Eclectic quotations accumulating in Hell's Kitchen, NY, USA.


"There is often less danger in the things we fear than in the things we

-- John Churton Collins


“I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it and one is the feeling that I haven't just been sitting on my ass all afternoon.”
-- William F. Buckley, Jr., 1925-2008


"Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise".
-- Joan Rivers


"Live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find eternity in each moment..."
-- Thoreau


"Seek respect mainly from thyself, for it comes first from within".
-- Steven H. Coogler


"Don’t worry about this world; it is not broken. And don’t worry about others. You worry more about them than they do… There are people waging war; there are people on the battlefield who are more alive than they’ve ever been before. Don’t try to protect people from life; just let them have their experience while you focus upon your own experience".
-- Abraham-Hicks


"Nothing is worth more than this day."
-- Goethe


"You know, whatever happens, we're going to be fine."
-- Hillary Rodham Clinton


"It's certainly true that the effort necessary for accomplishment will make you tired. And yet the lack of any effort at all will surely bring on an even greater amount of weariness.

"It's far better to be exhausted from focused effort than to be tired of doing nothing. After you've grown tired from productive effort, you can renew your energy with a little bit of rest and relaxation.

"But when you're tired because of a lack of meaningful effort, that's a different story. No amount of rest can overcome such weariness.

"What can overcome that kind of weariness? It will disappear as soon as you start to take purposeful, directed action.

"Too much of anything will make you tired, especially too much of nothing. If you're going to be tired, then make sure you gain something valuable from it.

"So go ahead, set your sights high, and do something truly useful and challenging with your time. You'll make yourself tired, and it will feel great".

-- Ralph Marston


"Compassion is the basis of all morality."
-- Arnold Schopenhauer


"If you don't want to be a doormat, then get up off the floor!"
-- Unknown


"The reason you want every single thing that you want, is because you think you will feel really good when you get there. But, if you don't feel really good on your way to there, you can't get there. You have to be satisfied with what-is while you're reaching for more".


"All you need is faith and trust... and a little bit of pixie dust!"
-- Peter Pan, as quoted by Scott.


"Trust that they're making their lives work in the way that they're making their lives work. And just teach through the power of your example"
-- Abraham-Hicks.


"Good turns are little things and big things. A good turn might be just
the answering of a question in giving a direction to someone. It might
be helping an aged or blind person across the street. It might be the
saving of a human life.... The good turn is service. It is giving or
doing something for other people without expecting a reward or praise."
-- The Boy Scout Encyclopedia, 1952.


"I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable; to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all."
-- Leo C. Rosten, as quoted by dAAve.


"Don't you think my narcissism is the most interesting thing there is?"
-- Norman Rush


"Life is about focus. What you focus on, you become. If you focus on nothing, you become nothing."
-- Cory A. Booker
, Mayor of Newark, as quoted in The New York Times, andrew jacobs oct 3 07


"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
-- Theodore Roosevelt


"So many people need you to behave in a certain way for them to feel
good. They condemn you for your selfishness. "How dare you be so selfish
as to follow what makes you feel good? You should follow what makes us
feel good." At an early age, you were convinced that you weren't smart
enough to know, and that somebody else should make the decisions... You
could not live in this culture during the times of your life without
getting a huge amount of information relative to that, just in the way
people respond to the things you do and say."
-- Abraham-Hicks


"What's coming is a gradual loosening of the hold that culture and biology have on you, and the arrival of your authentic self. You are losing nothing real by getting older. In fact, you're moving into a life that's sure to be more conscious, centered, creative, and energetic than anything you've known so far..."
-- Barbara Sher,
It's Only Too Late If You Don't Start Now.


"Attaining lasting happiness requires that we enjoy the journey on our way toward a destination we deem valuable. Happiness is not about making it to the peak of the mountain nor is it about climbing aimlessly around the mountain; happiness is the experience of climbing toward the peak."
-- Tal Ben-Shahar, Happiest, p.27


"Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge; fitter to bruise than polish."
-- Anne Bradstreet


"A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of."
-- Burt Bacharach


"Everything that is today could not be if it were not for that which was
-- Abraham-Hicks


"If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less."
-- Gen. Eric Shinseki


"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful
than a life spent doing nothing."
-- George Bernard Shaw


"God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try."
-- Mother Teresa


"Hope is not blind optimism... Hope is not sitting on the sidelines or
shirking from a fight... Hope is that thing inside of us that insists,
despite all the evidence to the contrary, that there is something
greater inside of us."
-- Barack Obama