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Above all, don't lie to yourself.
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Above all, don't lie to yourself.
The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie
comes to a point that he cannot
distinguish the truth within him, or around him,
and so loses all respect for himself and for others.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare PHOTO

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow confines
of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns of all humanity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be above the Madness of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is above all by the imagination
that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

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Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Like a bird in flight, your life can soar
above the troubles of the world.
Breathe deep, choose, and break the shackles of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Like an Eagle, May You Always Soar
High Above the Troubles of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Aim above morality.
Be not simply good,
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

There are old heads in the world
who cannot help me by their example or advice
to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself;
but I believe that it is in my power
to elevate myself this very hour
above the common level of my life.
- Henry David Thoreau

Like an Eagle, I Soar High Above the Troubles of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

Life is not easy for any of us.
But what of that?
We must have perseverance
and above all confidence in ourselves.
We must believe that we are gifted for something
and that this thing must be attained.
- Marie Curie

Don't seek God in temples.
He is close to you.
He is within you.
Only you should surrender to Him
and you will rise above happiness and unhappiness.
- Leo Tolstoy

I soar on eagle wings,
high above the madness of the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Doing an injury puts you below your enemy;
revenging one make you but even with him;
forgiving it sets you above him.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

Above all else, my inspiration is friendship.
- Bono

Twinkle, twinkle little bat
How I wonder what you're at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky.
- Lewis Carroll

Life is a journey. It is not a race to test
who can finish first or who can end up with the most loot.
Rather, life is best enjoyed as a meander -
watching the view to left and right - above and below -
as the days slowly move past in dress review.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Above all the grace and the gifts
that Christ gives to his beloved
is that of overcoming self.
- St. Francis of Assisi

What people want, above all, is order.
- Stephen Gardiner

All men are created equal, it is only men themselves
who place themselves above equality.
- David Allan Coe

I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill.
- Edward Appleton

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
- Jean Anouilh

There has to be evil so that
good can prove its purity above it.
- The Buddha

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.
Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being
and walk away from every illness.
I have walked myself into my best thoughts,
and I know of no thought so burdensome
that one cannot walk away from it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The effort to understand the universe is one
of the very few things that lifts human life
a little above the level of farce,
and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
- Steven Weinberg

In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep,
one must above all be a sheep oneself.
- Albert Einstein

It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human.
I am a woman first of all.
- Anais Nin

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
- George Jean Nathan

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.
But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.
- Sarah Ban Breathnach

In our society leaving baby with Daddy is just one
step above leaving the kids to be raised by wolves or apes.
- Al Roker

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell,
but not the contrary of what they see.
It is above them and not contrary to them.
- Blaise Pascal

Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in
business but above all...
good design must primarily serve people.
- Thomas J. Watson

The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear -
fear of the unknown,
the complex, the inexplicable.
What he wants above everything else is safety.
- H. L. Mencken

We were sweet, lovely people who wanted to throw out
all the staid institutions who placed money and wars above all else.
When you're young you think that's how life works.
- Margot Kidder

Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him,
penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with
its spirit of divine discontent and longing.
- Kenneth Grahame

The time has come for all good men to rise above principle.
- Huey Long

Peace, above all things, is to be desired,
but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on
equable and lasting terms.
- Andrew Jackson

Adoration is caring for God above all else.
- Evelyn Underhill

Poets yearn, of course, to be published,
read, and understood, but they do little,
if anything, to set themselves above the common herd and the daily grind.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Speaking as a Democrat, all my life battling for what
I conceived to be Democracy,
and what I conceived to be right, I am yet an American above Democracy.
- Richard Parks Bland

The wealth of the country, its capital,
its credit, must be saved from the predatory poor as
well as the predatory rich,
but above all from the predatory politician.
- James J. Hill

Alfie was the first time I was above the title;
the first time I became a star in America.
- Michael Caine

Above all, ignore the audience.
- Minnie Maddern Fiske

If you want your writing to be taken seriously,
don't marry and have kids, and above all,
don't die.
But if you have to die, commit suicide.
They approve of that.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

As great scientists have said and as all children know,
it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception,
and compassion, and hope.
- Ursula K. LeGuin

A deck of cards is built like the purest of hierarchies,
with every card a master to those below it,
a lackey to those above it.
- Ely Culbertson

What concerns me, is the general social tendency to enforce a level,
above which nothing rises and stands out.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman.
- Guillaume Apollinaire

Love rules the court, the camp, the grove,
And men below, and saints above: For love is heaven,
and heaven is love.
- Walter Scott

The government, which was designed for the people,
has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers,
the special interests.
An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
- Woodrow Wilson

Rise above principle and do what's right.
- Joseph Heller

I like good stories above all else...
and kickin' art really goes the final stretch to ensure a comic is good.
- Robert Kirkman

It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs:
only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.
- Howard Nemerov

Hello from above our magnificent planet Earth.
- Laurel Clark

My state has the highest child poverty rate in all of New England,
above the national average.
- Patrick J. Kennedy

The wise are above books.
- Samuel Daniel

The vision that the founding fathers had of rule of
law and equality before the law and no one above the law,
that is a very viable vision, but instead of that,
we have quasi mob rule.
- James Bovard

One of the things that's clear to me from interviews
that I've read is that the more popular successful
jazz musicians had audiences above and beyond the music community.
- Branford Marsalis

These critics organize and practice in my case a sort
of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should
know how to question and above all,
to moderate.
- Jacques Derrida

You have been tried by twelve good men and true,
not of your peers but as high above you as heaven is of hell,
and they have said you are guilty.
- Roy Bean

Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you.
I believe the greatest characteristic of genius,
is, above all, force.
- Gustave Flaubert


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