Guiding Thoughts

Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. – Ronald Wilson Reagan

By pursuing his own interest man frequently promotes that of society more effectually than when he intends to promote it. – Adam Smith

The price of greatness is responsibility. – Winston Leonard Churchill

You’ve got to convince me that you know what it’s all about, that you’re not simply fiddling around by guess and by God, hoping it’ll come out all right somehow in the end. – Samuel Dashiell Hammett

Fortune favors the audacious. – Desiderius Erasmus

The way to fulfillment is in the use of our talents; we achieve nobility in the spirit that inspires that use. – Richard Milhous Nixon

Practice justice in word and deed, and do not get in the habit of acting thoughtlessly about anything. – Pythagoras

Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel with smile or frown; with that wild wheel we go not up or down; our hoard is little, but our hearts are great. – Alfred Tennyson

Carry on any enterprise as if all future success depended on it. – Armand du Plessis de Richelieu

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. – William Ernest Henley

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values. – Ayn Rand

That is true wisdom, to know how to alter one’s mind when the occasion demands it. – Publius Terentius Afer

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. – Theodore Roosevelt

The safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death. – Voltaire

Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow. – Lafayette Ronald Hubbard

Frankness is the child of honesty and courage. Say just what you mean to do on every occasion, and take it for granted that you mean to do right. – Robert Edward Lee

A tongue can sever friendship at a blow. – Geoffrey Chaucer

The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today. – Pope Paul VI

The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and his fellow men. – Robert Green Ingersoll

What we desire we readily believe, and what we ourselves think we expect others to think. – Julius Caesar

It would be just as well if you’d mention what you mean to do next, as I suppose you don’t mean to stop here all the rest of your life. – Charles Dodgson

Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment. – Jesus of Nazareth

One should never let an evil continue out of respect for a good when that good can easily be overwhelmed by that evil. – Niccolo Machiavelli

We must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures. – William Shakespeare

To hide a collar is not to remove it. – John Frederick Lange

If you want peace, prepare for war. – Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

At first glance, challenge and novelty may seem like things to avoid, but they are the exact ingredients that make for a satisfying experience. – Gregory Berns

Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead. – Carl von Clausewitz

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. – Socrates

There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily. – George Washington

War is frightening only to mediocre souls incapable of preferring a dangerous dignity to a useless life. – Jose Julian Marti

If you want to keep a secret, tell no one. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are. – George Santayana

Nothing in excess. – Thales of Miletus

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. – Robert Anson Heinlein

Look to the essence of a thing, whether it be a point of doctrine, of practice, or of interpretation. – Marcus Aurelius

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. – George Smith Patton

There are not many happinesses so complete as those that are snatched under the shadow of the sword. – Rudyard Kipling

Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstance confronting him. – Thomas Aquinas

You have to believe in yourself. – Sun Tzu

Be polite to all, but intimate with few. – Thomas Jefferson

Words build bridges into unexplored regions. – Adolf Hitler

No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies. – Dean Acheson

Choose your companions from the best. – William Butler Yeats

Maturity consists of having rediscovered the seriousness one had as a child at play. – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The pursuit of truth shall set you free—even if you never catch up to it. – Clarence Darrow

True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right. – Brigham Young

Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words. – Francois Rabelais

I found fear a mean, overrated motive; no deterrent, and, though a stimulant, a poisonous stimulant, whose every injection served to consume more of the system to which it was applied. – Thomas Edward Lawrence

Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready. – Theodore Roosevelt

Things are not always what they seem; outward form deceives many; rare is the mind that discerns what is carefully concealed within. – Julius Phaedrus

All evidence points two ways, like the ends of a stick. That is the trouble with it. – John Dickson Carr

It is not wise to neglect the present for the future, for who knows what the future will be. – Henry Rider Haggard

Our friends show us what we can do, our enemies teach us what we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We have to move ahead in order to stay ahead. – Richard Milhous Nixon

So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world. – Immanuel Kant

In order to live, man must act; in order to act, he must make choices; in order to make choices, he must define a code of values. – Ayn Rand

Fortune fears the brave; it overwhelms the cowardly. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Common sense tells us that minor problems require and justify but minor responses, and only extreme problems require and justify extreme solutions. – George Gordon Liddy

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. – Arthur Charles Clarke

There is no security in life, only opportunity. – Douglas MacArthur

Seek and ye shall find. – Jesus of Nazareth

Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared. – Edward Vernon Rickenbacher

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone. – Sigmund Freud

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what’s right. – Isaac Asimov

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. – Thomas Alva Edison

’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Tennyson

Great hearts should be patient under misfortunes, as well as joyful when all goes well. – Miguel de Cervantes

Against stupidity the gods themselves strive in vain. – Friedrich von Schiller

Greed is all right, by the way. I want you to know that. I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself. – Ivan Frederick Boesky

Be true; do not give dalliance too much the rein: the strongest oaths are straw to the fire in the blood. – William Shakespeare

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear. – George Walker Bush

Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning. – Erwin Johannes Rommel

We live in the present, we dream of the future, and we learn eternal truths from the past. – Chiang Kai-shek

If you have an idea, and it is a good idea, if you only stick to it you will come out all right. – Cecil John Rhodes

There’s no such thing as accidents, only plans other people make and don’t tell you about. – Scott Raymond Adams

It is hard to fight with one’s heart’s desire. – Lawrence George Durrell

Time abides long enough for those who make use of it. – Leonardo da Vinci

Consult your own understanding, your own sense of the probable, your own observation of what is passing around you. – Jane Austen

There are no insoluble problems. Only time-consuming ones. – James Albert Michener

Courage implies that one is willing to face a present evil so as to prevent a greater evil in the future. – Arthur Schopenhauer

Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain. – Donatien Alphonse de Sade

We make war that we may live in peace. – Aristotle

We fail far more often by timidity than by over-daring. – Ray Stannard Baker

To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will. – Ronald Wilson Reagan

In war there can be no substitute for victory. – Douglas MacArthur

The more extensive a man’s knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do. – Benjamin Disraeli

Never accept anything for true not clearly known to be such, carefully avoid haste and prejudice, and comprise nothing more in judgement than what was presented to the mind so clearly and distinctly as to exclude all ground of doubt. – Rene Descartes

Evil flourishes and rules in the cities of men and the waste places of the world, but anon the great giant that is God rises and smites for the righteous. – Robert Ervin Howard

The wise are instructed by reason, ordinary minds by experience, the stupid by necessity, and brutes by instinct. – Quintus Tullius Cicero

As there is a door in the soul which opens to God, so there is another door which opens on the recremental deeps. – Arthur Edward Waite

True, it is evil that a single man should crush the herd, but see not there the worse form of slavery, which is that the herd crushes out a man. – Antoine Jean-Baptiste de Saint Exupery

Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity. – William Howard Taft

Sleep is not always an unmixed blessing. It brings relief to the nerves and strength to the body; but it also brings cold sanity to shatter the flimsy emotional structures of the night before. – Eric Clifford Ambler

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. – Barry Morris Goldwater

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. – Andrew Jackson

Do better if possible, and that is always possible! – Francois Constantin

So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key. – Jack Tempchin and Robert Arnold Strandlund

Be not the slave of your own past. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Seize the day. – Quintus Horatius Flaccus

Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next. – Herbert Clark Hoover

Honor lies in honest toil. – Stephen Grover Cleveland

That conduct which in a minor practitioner might seem irregular, becomes, when he who exercises it occupies such indisputable prominence in his community as serves to place him above fear of reproach, simply that greater ethic which scorns the pettier conventionalities. – Samuel Dashiell Hammett

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson

In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid. – Simone de Beauvoir

The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. – Jacob Bronowski

All that is gold does not glitter. – John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

Only dead fish go with the flow. – Sarah Louise Heath (Sarah Palin)

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. – Anthony Robbins

Every uncorrected error and unrepented sin is, in its own right, a fountain of fresh sin flowing on to the end of time. – Clive Staples Lewis

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

It is vain to do with more what can be done with less. – William of Occam

With every lost hour, a part of life perishes. – Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. – Arthur Conan Doyle

Civilization began the first time an angry man cast an insult instead of a rock. – Sigmund Freud

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. – Marion Mitchell Morrison (John Wayne)

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. – Thomas Jefferson

Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention. – Emanuel James Rohn

Treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. – Alfred De Souza

God is in the details. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream. Not only plan but also believe. – Francois-Anatole Thibault (Anatole France)

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. – George Bernard Shaw

Art will always be the expression and reflection of the yearning and reality of an age. – Adolf Hitler

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. – Benjamin Franklin

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. – Thomas Sowell

A body must stay fit. Fit people like themselves much better. – Diana Vreeland

You can’t know too much, but you can say too much. – John Calvin Coolidge

A poor fool is he who adopts a manner of thinking for others. – Donatien Alphonse de Sade

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – John Wilden Hughes

Opportunities multiply as they are seized. – Sun Tzu

He who hesitates is a damned fool. – Mary Jane West (Mae West)

Few men are born brave. Many become so through training and force of discipline. – Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. – Robert Green Ingersoll

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes you might find you get what you need. – Michael Philip Jagger (Mick Jagger) and Keith Richards

Inactivity is death. – Benito Amilcare Mussolini

Never relinquish the initiative. – Charles Andre de Gaulle

Fear has its use, but cowardice has none. – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Only that one is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone. – Baruch de Spinoza

Do not give your advice until you are called upon. – Desiderius Erasmus

Never fight against heavy odds if by any possible maneuvering you can hurl your own force on only a part, and that the weakest part, of your enemy and crush it. – Thomas Jonathan Jackson (Stonewall Jackson)

Hear the other side. – Aurelius Augustinus (Augustine)

I’m going to live through this, and when it’s over, I’m never going to be hungry again. – Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell

Mockery is the fume of little hearts. – Alfred Tennyson

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. – George Smith Patton

Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day. – Franz Liszt

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen; few in pursuit of the goal. – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. – John Augustus Shedd

A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops. – John Joseph Pershing

Imagination creates reality. – Wilhelm Richard Wagner

If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t arrive at the place you hope to reach. – Yaakov Luban

Elegance is good taste plus a dash of daring. – Carmel White (Carmel Snow)

Never spend your money before you have earned it. – Thomas Jefferson

Followers who tell the truth, and leaders who listen to it, are an unbeatable combination. – Warren Gamaliel Bennis

We need audacity, more audacity, and always audacity. – Georges Jacques Danton

In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind. – Louis Pasteur

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

I humble myself before God and there the list ends. – Samuel Houston

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