“‘How do you know so much about everything?’ was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was, ‘By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.’” -John Abbott
“The key to wisdom is this - constant and frequent questioning . . . for by doubting, we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.” -Peter Abelard (about 1120)
Peter Abelard was born in 1099. He was a medieval French scholastic philosopher, logician, theologian, teacher, musician, composer, and poet. Peter Abelard passed on in 1142.
“Congress is back in season.” -Jane Ace
“He shot out of here like a bat out of a belfry.” -Jane Ace
“Home wasn’t built in a day.” -Jane Ace
“I am his awfully-wedded wife.” -Jane Ace
“Now, there’s no use crying over spoiled milk.” -Jane Ace
“Seems like only a year ago they were married nine years!” -Jane Ace
“Time wounds all heels.” -Jane Ace
Jane Ace was born as Jane Epstein on 12 October 1897 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America. She became an actress. Jane Ace passed on at 77 years of age on 11 November 1974 in New York City, New York, United States of America.
“To manage a system effectively, you might focus on the interactions of the parts rather than their behavior taken separately.” -Russell L. Ackoff (Russell Lincoln Ackoff)
“A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation . . . is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run.” -George Matthew Adams
“Each day can be one of triumph if you keep up your interests.” -George Matthew Adams
“Each day of your life, as soon as you open your eyes in the morning, you can square away for a happy and successful day. It’s the mood and the purpose at the inception of each day that are the important facts in charting your course for the day. We can always square away for a fresh start no matter what the past has been. It’s today that is the paramount problem always. Yesterday is but history.” -George Matthew Adams
“Fortify yourself with a flock of friends! You can select them at random, write to one, dine with one, visit one, or take your problems to one. There is always at least one who will understand, inspire, and give you the lift you may need at the time.” -George Matthew Adams
“He who praises another enriches himself far more than he does the one praised. To praise is an investment in happiness. The poorest human being has something to give that the richest could not buy.” -George Matthew Adams
“Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that one never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.” -George Matthew Adams
“The difficult tasks to be performed are not the ones that mean physical and mental labor, but the ones that you dislike are the ones that you do not love. There are unpleasant angles to nearly every important job to be done in this world but there must be an overall love for doing each, else precious time and effort are uselessly wasted. I shall never forget noting a sign above a construction job that read: Builder of Difficult Foundations. That man must have loved that calling, else he would not have made a point of advertising the fact!” -George Matthew Adams
“There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don’t care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.” -George Matthew Adams
“You are your greatest investment. The more you store in that mind of yours, the more you enrich your experience, the more people you meet, the more books you read, and the more places you visit, the greater is that investment in all that you are. Everything that you add to your peace of mind, and to your outlook upon life, is added capital that no one but yourself can dissipate.” -George Matthew Adams
George Matthew Adams was born on 23 August 1878 in Saline, Michigan, United States of America. He became a newspaper columnist and the founder of the George Matthew Adams Newspaper Service, which syndicated comic strips and columns to newspapers. His own writings were published widely in newspapers. George Matthew Adams passed on at 84 years of age on 29 October 1962.
“No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.” -Henry Brooks Adams: “The Education of Henry Adams”
“Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.” -Henry Brooks Adams
Henry Brooks Adams was born on 16 February 1838 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America. He became a historian and a writer. Henry Brooks Adams passed on at 80 years of age on 27 March 1918 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America.
“Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first a right to life; secondly to liberty; thirdly to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. Those are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation commonly called the first law of nature.” -Samuel Adams
“Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.” -Samuel Adams
“Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on Earth for civil and religious liberty.” -Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams was born in 1722. He was an American Revolutionary War leader. Samuel Adams passed on in 1803.
“You’ve got to win in your mind before you win in your life.” -John Addison
“A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.” -Joseph Addison
“Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.” -Joseph Addison
Joseph Addison was born on 1 May 1672 in Milston, Wiltshire, England, as the eldest son of Reverend Lancelot Addison. He became an essayist, a dramatist, a poet, a politician, and co-founder with Richard Steele of “The Spectator” (1711 - 1712) magazine. Joseph Addison passed on at 47 years of age on 17 June 1719 in London, England.
“Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words.” -Alfred Adler
“Ask others about themselves. At the same time, be on guard not to talk too much about yourself.” -Mortimer Adler
“You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.” -Mortimer Adler
Mortimer Jerome Adler was born in 1902. He was an American philosopher in the Aristotelian and Thomistic traditions, an educator, a writer, and an editor. He worked for Columbia University, the University of Chicago, Encyclopedia Britannica, and his own Institute for Philosophical Research. Mortimer Jerome Adler passed on in 2001.
“Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen.” -Aeschylus
“The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.” -Aeschylus
Aeschylus was born in about 523 B.C.E. in Eleusis, Greece. He became a poet and a tragic dramatist. Among other plays, he wrote “Persians” (472 B.C.E.), “Seven Against Thebes” (467 B.C.E.), “The Suppliants” (463 B.C.E.), and “Oresteia” (458 B.C.E.). Aeschylus passed on at about 67 years of age in about 456 B.C.E. in Gela, Sicily, Italy.
“The Spartans do not enquire how many the enemy are, but where they are.” -Agis II (427 B.C.E.)
Music I heard with you was more than music
And bread I broke with you was more than bread.
“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.” -Leo Aikman
Leo Aikman was born on 22 December 1908 in Dana, Indiana, United States of America. He worked with the National Parks Service in Washington, District of Columbia for several years before transferring to Marietta, Georgia in 1941 to be the historian at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. He was a columnist for the “Atlanta Constitution” from 1948 until he passed away. As a humorist and speaker, he entertained and inspired audiences across the continental United States. Leo Aikman passed on in 1978.
“Set your expectations high; find men and women whose integrity and values you respect; get their agreement on a course of action; and give them your ultimate trust.” -John Akers
“Unless you know what you want, you can’t ask for it.” -Emma Albani
Emma Albani is a pseudonym of Marie Louise Emma Lajeunesse, who was born in 1852. She was a Canadian soprano. Marie Louise Emma Lajeunesse passed on in 1930.
“A man can do all things if he but wills them.” -Leon Battista Alberti
“No art, however minor, demands less than total dedication if you want to excel in it.” -Leon Battista Alberti
Leon Battista Alberti was born on 14 February 1404 in Genoa, Italy. He became a writer, an artist, an architect, a poet, a priest, a linguist, a philosopher, a cryptographer, and a general Renaissance polymath. Leon Battista Alberti passed on at 68 years of age on 25 April 1472 in Rome, Italy.
“Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure.” -Amos Bronson Alcott
“There is virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards, in fields, streams, and groves, in rustic recreations and plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy.” -Amos Bronson Alcott
“Thinking makes the man.” -Amos Bronson Alcott
“To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.” -Amos Bronson Alcott
“While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.” -Amos Bronson Alcott
Amos Bronson Alcott was born on 29 November 1799 in Wolcott, Connecticut, United States of America. He was the father of writer Louisa May Alcott. He became a schoolteacher, a writer, and a social reformer. Amos Bronson Alcott passed on at 88 years of age on 4 March 1888 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.
“‘Stay’ is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.” -Louisa May Alcott
“Don’t be afraid of life’s challenges.” -Louisa May Alcott
“Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.” -Louisa May Alcott
“Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds.” -Louisa May Alcott
“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.” -Louisa May Alcott
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” -Louisa May Alcott: “Little Women” (1868 - 1869)
“Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!” -Louisa May Alcott (1859)
“Love is a great beautifier.” -Louisa May Alcott
“Now and then genius carries all before it, but not often. We have to climb slowly, with many slips and falls.” -Louisa May Alcott
“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” -Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott, also known by the pseudonym A. M. Barnard, was born on 29 November 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States of America, as a daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott. She became a novelist. She is known for her book, “Little Women” (1868 - 1869), followed by its sequels, “Good Wives,” “Little Men,” and “Jo’s Boys.” Louisa May Alcott passed on at 55 years of age on 6 March 1888 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.
“It’s not so much the journey that’s important; as is the way that we treat those we encounter and those around us, along the way.” -Jeremy Aldana
“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The eagle has landed.” -Buzz Aldrin
“My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.” -H. Fred Ale
“The garden should be adorned with roses and lilies, the turnsole, violets, and mandrake; there you should have parsley, cost, fennel, southern-wood, coriander, sage, savory, hyssop, mint, rue, dittany, smallage, pellitory, lettuces, garden-cress, and peonies. There should also be beds planted with onions, leeks, garlic, pumpkins and shallots. The cucumber growing in its lap, the drowsy poppy, the daffodil and brank-ursine ennoble a garden. Nor are there wanting, if occasion further thee, pottage-herbs: beets, herb-mercury, orache, sorrel and mallows, anise, mustard, white pepper, and wormwood do good service to the gardener.” -Alexander of Neckham: “Of the Nature of Things” (1187)
“We all have stumbling blocks . . . what is most important is turning them into stepping stones.” -L. Kay Alexander
“After every storm the Sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s infeasible duty is to be of good cheer.” -William R. Alger
“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit.” -George Allen
“Winning can be defined as the science of being totally prepared.” -George Allen
George Herbert Allen, Senior was born on 29 April 1918 in Nelson County, Virginia, United States of America. He became a football coach. George Herbert Allen, Senior passed on at 72 years of age on 31 December 1990 in Palos Verdes Estates, California, United States of America.
“A man is literally what he thinks.” -James Allen: “As a Man Thinketh” (1903)
“All that man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.” -James Allen
“Change your thoughts, change your life.” -James Allen
“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become.” -James Allen: “As a Man Thinketh” (1903), ‘Visions and Ideals’
“He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. His every thought is allied with power, and all difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome. Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force.” -James Allen: “As a Man Thinketh” (1903)
“In all human affairs there are efforts and there are results and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.” -James Allen
“Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people things and other people will alter towards him.” -James Allen
“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.” -James Allen
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” -James Allen
“You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” -James Allen: “As a Man Thinketh” (1903)
“Your circumstances may be uncongenial but they shall not long remain so if you but perceive an Ideal and strive to reach it.” -James Allen
James Allen was born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England on 28 November 1864. He became a writer. He is known for his inspirational books and poetry, and as a pioneer in the self-help movement. His first book was “From Poverty to Power, or, the Realization of Prosperity and Peace” (1901), but his best-known work is “As a Man Thinketh” (1903). James Allen passed on at 47 years of age on 24 January 1912 in Ilfracombe, Devon, England.
“Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream and he thinks you’re crazy. Succeed and he thinks you’re lucky. Acquire wealth and he thinks you’re greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn’t understand.” -Robert G. Allen
“Words transform. Speak only with a good purpose. Say only things that serve you and others. Choose your words wisely.” -Robert G. Allen
Robert G. Allen was born on 20 May 1948 in Raymond, Alberta, Canada. He is an American writer of books on wealth building.
“When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no, ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’” -V. L. Allineare
“How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.” -George Alliston
“The shortest distance between two points is under construction.” -Noelie Altito
“The hard part of standing on an exponential curve is, when you look backwards it looks flat, and when you look forwards it looks vertical, and it is very hard to calibrate how much you are moving because it always looks the same.” -Sam Altman
“All the people who do well work very hard. Nobody who has a record of achievement has been lazy about it.” -Sidney Altman
“Live your life with purpose. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes. Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Be yourself and don’t wait for the approval of others. But most importantly, have a positive and humble mindset no matter what situation you are in. Count your blessings, not your problems, and you will realize how beautiful your life truly is.” -Troy Amdahl
“Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature . . . is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“It is not what he has, or what he does, which directly expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves. The consciousness of wrong-doing makes us irritable, and our heart in its cunning, quarrels with what is outside it, in order that it may deafen clamor within.” -Henri Frederic Amiel
“Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Henri-Frédéric Amiel, also known simply as Henri Amiel, was born on 27 September 1821 in Geneva, Switzerland. He became a moral philosopher, a writer, a poet, and a critic. He is known for his book, “Jounal Intime” (English: “Private Journal”) (1884). Henri-Frédéric Amiel passed on at 59 years of age on 11 May 1881 in Geneva Switzerland.
“Nothing is an obstacle unless you say it is.” -Wally Amos
“The seed of everything is in everything else.” -Anaxagoras
“Creativity is innocent, playful and simple. When we paint and color and cut with scissors, we are five years old again, absorbed in the moment, ecstatic in joy.” -
Dana Lynne Anderson
“I don’t pretend to tell people how to live their lives other than to do the right thing and work hard. Everything else should take care of itself.” -Dave Anderson
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” -Greg Anderson
“Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.” -Greg Anderson
“How do you balance the budget, cut taxes, and increase defense spending at the same time? It’s very simple. You do it with mirrors.” -John B. Anderson: speech (1980)
John Bayard Anderson was born on 15 February 1922 in Rockford, Illinois, United States of America. John Bayard Anderson passed on at ? years of age on 3 December 2017 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America.
“As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.” -Marian Anderson
“There are some men who lift the age that they inhabit, till all men walk on higher ground in that lifetime.” -Maxwell Anderson
Maxwell Anderson was born in 1888. Maxwell Anderson passed on in 1959.
“It takes great courage to faithfully follow what we know to be true.” -Sara E. Anderson
“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.” -Walter Anderson
“Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” -Walter Anderson
Walter Anderson was born on 31 August 1944. He is an American newspaperman and an editor, and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of “Parade Magazine.”
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” -Mario Andretti
“Even though circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, never lose sight of your goal. Instead, prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.” -Mario Andretti
“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” -Mario Andretti
“Love what you do. Believe in your instincts. And you’d better be able to pick yourself up and brush yourself off every day. While life is not always fair, it is manageable. It is a matter of attitude and confidence.” -Mario Andretti
Mario Andretti is a professional race car driver.
“Sometimes I’m so sweet even I can’t stand it.” -Julie Andrews
“Grow antennae, not horns.” -James B. Angell
James B. Angell is a former president of the University of Michigan.
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” -Maya Angelou
“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without it we can’t practice any other virtue with consistency.” -Maya Angelou
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou
“I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.” -Maya Angelou
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
“If you train your mind to search for the positive things about other people, you will be surprised at how many good things you can observe in them and comment upon.” -Maya Angelou
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” -Maya Angelou
“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.” -Maya Angelou
“Nothing will work unless you do.” -Maya Angelou
“One isn’t necessarily born with courage but one is born with potential. Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” -Maya Angelou
“People have to feel needed. Frequently, we just offer a job and ‘perks.’ We don’t always offer people a purpose. When people feel there is a purpose and that they’re needed, there’s not much else to do except let them do the work.” -Maya Angelou
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” -Maya Angelou
“The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.” -Maya Angelou
“This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” -Maya Angelou
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” -Maya Angelou
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” -Maya Angelou
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” -Maya Angelou
“You alone are enough . . . you have nothing to prove to anybody.” -Maya Angelou
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou
“Your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome troubles.” -Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Ann Johnson on 4 April 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri, United States of America. She became a poet, a memoirist, a dancer, a producer, a playwright, a director, a teacher, an essayist, a singer, and an actress. Maya Angelou passed on at 86 years of age on 28 May 2014 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America.
“It’s easy to say no. But to say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows.” -Jean Anouilh
“Some people like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path.”
“Things are beautiful if you love them.” -Jean Anouilh
Jean Marie-Lucien-Pierre Anouilh was born in 1910 in Bordeaux, France. He was a French dramatist best known for his 1943 play, ”Antigone,” an adaptation of Sophocles’ classical drama. Much of his work deals with themes of maintaining integrity in a world of moral compromise. Jean Marie-Lucien-Pierre Anouilh passed on in 1987.
“Act as if you have already achieved your goal and it is yours.” -Robert Anthony
“Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.” -Robert Anthony
“The best way to escape from your problem is to solve it.” -Robert Anthony
“What you can’t communicate runs your life.” -Robert Anthony
“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” -Robert Anthony
“You are wholly complete and your success in life will be in direct proportion to your ability to accept this truth about you.” -Robert Anthony
“You can have anything you want if you will give up the belief that you can’t have it.” -Robert Anthony
Robert Newton Anthony was born on 6 September 1916 in Orange, Massachusetts, United States of America. He became an organizational theorist, a professor of management control at Harvard Business School, a United States Assistant Secretary of Defense, and a writer. Robert Newton Anthony passed on at 90 years of age on 1 December 2006 in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States of America.
“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.” -Susan B. Anthony
Susan Brownell Anthony, also known as Susan B. Anthony, was born on 15 February 1820. She became an advocate of women’s right to vote. Susan Brownell Anthony passed on at 86 years of age on 13 March 1906.
“Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.” -Thomas Aquinas
“If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.” -Thomas Aquinas
“There is nothing on this Earth more to be prized than true friendship.” -Thomas Aquinas
“To love is to will the good of the other.” -Thomas Aquinas: “Summa Theologica” (1265 - 1274)
Thomas Aquinas was born in 1225 or 1227 in Roccasecca, Italy. He became a Roman Catholic priest and friar, a philosopher, and a theologian. Thomas Aquinas passed away on 7 March 1274 at the Cisterian monastery of Fossa Nuova, Terracina, Italy.
“What it comes down to is that anybody can win with the best horse. What makes you good is if you can take the second or third-best horse and win.” -Vicky Aragon
“Aggressiveness is the principal guarantor of survival.” -Robert Ardrey
“I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.” -Pietro Aretino
“I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.” -Pietro Aretino
Pietro Aretino was born in 1492. Pietro Aretino passed on in 1556.
“It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war.” -Aristophanes
“The wise learn many things from their enemies.” -Aristophanes
Aristophanes was born in about 448 B.C.E. in Aegina, Greece. He became a comic dramatist and a poet of ancient Athens, Greece. Aristophanes passed on in 385 B.C.E.
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people goin’ by
I see friends shaking hands saying, “How do you do”
They’re really saying, “I love you.”
I hear babies cry, I watch then grow,
They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know;
And I think to myself, What a wonderful world;
Yes, I think to myself, What a wonderful world.
Louis Armstrong was born in 1900. Louis Armstrong passed on in 1971.
“Being in your own business is working 80 hours a week so that you can avoid working 40 hours a week for someone else.” -Ramona E. F. Arnett
“Well, back to the old drawing board.” -Peter Arno
Is it so small a thing,
To have enjoyed the Sun,
To have lived light in the Spring,
To have loved, to have thought, to have done?
-Matthew Arnold: “Empedocles on Etna”
“Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.” -Matthew Arnold: “Empedocles on Etna, and Other Poems” (1852), ‘Self-Dependence’
Matthew Arnold was born on 24 December 1822 in Laleham near Staines, England. He was married to Frances Wightman in 1851. He became a Victorian poet, a literary critic, and a social reformer. Matthew Arnold passed on at 65 years of age on 15 April 1888 in Liverpool, England.
“A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” -Mary Kay Ash
“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it, so it goes on flying anyway.” -Mary Kay Ash (1918 - 2001), founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.” -Mary Kay Ash
“Everyone wants to be appreciated. So if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.” -Mary Kay Ash
“Give yourself something to work toward - constantly.” -Mary Kay Ash
“I believe that you should praise people whenever you can; it causes them to respond as a thirsty plant responds to water.” -Mary Kay Ash
“No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.” -Mary Kay Ash
“Return telephone calls promptly but be judicious about the time spent on the phone.” -Mary Kay Ash
“There are four kinds of people in this world: those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; those who wonder what happened; those who don’t know that anything happened. I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be first on that list.” -Mary Kay Ash
“We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you.” -Mary Kay Ash
“You can go as far as your mind lets you.” -Mary Kay Ash
Mary Kay Ash was born as Mary Kathlyn Wagner in 1918 in Hot Wells, Texas, United States of America. She became a businesswoman, the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Incorporated, and a writer. Mary Kay Ash passed on in 2001.
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” -Arthur Ashe
“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.” -Arthur Ashe
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe
Arthur Ashe was born in 1943. He became an American professional tennis player. Arthur Ashe passed on in 1993.
“Being of good cheer makes it possible for us to turn all of our sunsets into sunrises.” -Marvin J. Ashton
“Greatness is best measured by how well an individual responds to the happenings in life that appear to be totally unfair, unreasonable, and undeserved.” -Marvin J. Ashton: as quoted in ‘If Thou Endure It Well,’ published in “Ensign” (November 1984) magazine, page 22
“The joys of happiness can only be realized by living lofty principles.” -Marvin J. Ashton
“Victories in life come through our ability to work around and over the obstacles that cross our path. We grow stronger as we climb our own mountains.” -Marvin J. Ashton
“We are poor in character when we think getting by is a substitute for doing our best.” -Marvin J. Ashton: Brigham Young University devotional
“What we are is more important than what we have or what is said of us.” -Marvin J. Ashton
“What we do with what happens to us is more important than what happens to us.” -Marvin J. Ashton
“Worthiness is a process, and perfection is an eternal trek. We can be worthy to enjoy certain privileges without being perfect.” -Marvin J. Ashton
Marvin Jeremy Ashton was born in 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America. He served a mission in Great Britain and worked in the lumber business as a young man. He became a managing director of Latter-day Saints Social Services and was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1971 until his passing. Marvin Jeremy Ashton passed on in 1994.
“Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.” -Herbert Henry Asquith
Herbert Henry Asquith was born on 9 December 1852 in Morley, Yorkshire, England. He became a prime minster of Great Britain (1908 - 1916). Herbert Henry Asquith passed on in 1928.
“The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.” -Athenaeus (about C.E. 200)
Athenaeus of Naucratis was born in C.E. 170 in Naucratis. He was a grammarian and a rhetorician of ancient Greece. Athenaeus of Naucratis passed on in C.E. 223.
“Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.” -Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins was born in 1924. He was a country music performer. Chet Atkins passed on in 2001.
“There are two things needed in these days; first, for rich men to find out how poor men live, and second, for poor men to know how rich men work.” -Edward Atkinson
“What if we had a chance to do it again and again, until we finally did get it right? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?” -Kate Atkinson
“We are in the stickiest situation since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun.” -Rowan Atkinson
“The best way to overcome undesirable or negative thoughts and feelings is to cultivate the positive ones.” -William Walker Atkinson
William Walker Atkinson, also known by the pseudonyms Theron Q. Dumont and Yogi Ramacharaka, was born on 5 December 1862. Mental, physical, and financial ruin led him to discover the theories and philosophies found in his works. William Walker Atkinson passed on at 69 years of age on 22 November 1932.
“15 minutes a day! Give me just this and I’ll prove I can make you a new man.” -Charles Atlas
“Nobody picks on a strong man.” -Charles Atlas
Charles Atlas was born as Angelo Siciliano in 1892. Charles Atlas passed on in 1972.
“All that we are not stares back at what we are.” -W. H. Auden
“You owe it to us all to get on with what you’re good at.” -W. H. Auden
Wystan Hugh Auden, also known as W. H. Auden, was born on 21 February 1907 in York, England. He was married to Erika Mann in 1935. He became a writer and a poet. He traveled extensively in Europe, Iceland, and China during the 1930’s. He fought in the Spanish Civil War. He became a naturalized American in 1938. Wystan Hugh Auden passed on at 66 years of age on 29 September 1973 in Vienna, Austria.
“Just do what you do best.” -Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach was born in 1917. He was an American basketball coach. Red Auerbach passed on in 2006.
“I have become a question to myself.” [translation to English]
“Quaestio mihi factus sum.” [original Latin]
-Augustine of Hippo
“For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.” -Augustine of Hippo
“If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.” -Augustine of Hippo
“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.” -Augustine of Hippo
“Time is like a river made up of events which happen, and its current is strong; no sooner does anything appear than it is swept away.” -Augustine of Hippo
Augustine of Hippo, also known as Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, was born as Aurelius Augustine on C.E. 13 November 354 in Thagaste, Numidia (now Souk Ahras, Algeria). He became a Christian theologian, a writer, and a bishop of Hippo in Roman Africa (396 - 430). He is known for his works, “The Confessions of Augustine” and “The City of God.” Augustine of Hippo passed on at 75 years of age on C.E. 28 August 430 in Hippo Regius, Numidia (now Annaba, Algeria).
“Simply stated, it is sagacious to eschew obfuscation.” -Norman R. Augustine
Norman Ralph Augustine was born in 1935.
“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” -Jane Austen
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” -Jane Austen
“It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.” -Jane Austen
“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” -Jane Austen: “Sense and Sensibility” (1811)
“She was not a woman of many words, for, unlike people in general, she proportioned them to the number of her ideas.” -Jane Austen: “Sense and Sensibility” (1811), volume 2, chapter 12
“Success supposes endeavor.” -Jane Austen
Jane Austen was born in 1775. She never married. She became an English novelist. Jane Austen passed on in 1817.
“Fake it until you make it! When you’re feeling bad, get dressed up - soon your inside will catch up with your outside.” -Denise Austin
“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” -Emory Austin