i have a small collection in opera notes, pick one every day for my feeds, to match my moods. Some of my absolute favorites:
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.
- Stephen Vincent Benet
Never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity. Don't assign to stupidity what might be due to ignorance. And try not to assume your opponent is the ignorant one until you can show it isn't you.
- M.N. Plano
"...when you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it."
- A.A. Milne, "The House At Pooh Corner"
"But it is vital to remember that information is not knowledge; that knowledge is not wisdom; and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step to all of these."
- Arthur C. Clarke
The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved
by the level of thinking that created them.
- Albert Einstein
Dare to be naive.
- Buckminster Fuller
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
- Bertrand Russell
Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers,
and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of
life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are
inherent in each experience -- to appreciate the fact that life is complex.
- M. Scott Peck
Inventing the future requires giving up control. No one with a compelling purpose and a great vision knows how it will be achieved. One has to be willing to follow an unknown path, allowing the road to take you where it will. Surprise, serendipity, uncertainty and the unexpected are guaranteed on the way to the future.
- George Land
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.
- Robert Brault
and perhaps a couple lighter ones
"Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job." - Franklin P Jones
Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
- D. P. Barron
If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.