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In any assembly the simplest way to stop transacting
by Jacques Barzun

In any assembly the simplest way to stop transacting
business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principal.
- Jacques Barzun

Music is intended and designed for sentient beings
that have hopes and purposes and emotions.
- Jacques Barzun

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
- Jacques Barzun

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America
had better learn baseball,
the rules and realities of the game -
and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams.
- Jacques Barzun

 

Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced
meaning in a memorable form -
or else it is not art.
- Jacques Barzun

If it were possible to talk to the unborn,
one could never explain to them how it feels to be alive,
for life is washed in the speechless real.
- Jacques Barzun

If civilization has risen from the Stone Age,
it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.
- Jacques Barzun

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In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work.
It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
- Jacques Barzun

Of course, clothing fashions have always been impractical,
except in Tahiti.
- Jacques Barzun

Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine.
- Jacques Barzun

Idealism springs from deep feelings,
but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole.
- Jacques Barzun

The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction)
is that soon there will be more writers than readers.
- Jacques Barzun

Except among those whose education has been in the minimalist style,
it is understood that hasty moral judgments about the
past are a form of injustice.
- Jacques Barzun

Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy.
- Jacques Barzun

A man who has both feet planted firmly in the air can
be safely called a liberal as opposed to the conservative,
who has both feet firmly planted in his mouth.
- Jacques Barzun

An artist has every right - one may even say a duty -
to exhibit his productions as prominently as he can.
- Jacques Barzun

The test and the use of man's education is that he
finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.
- Jacques Barzun

The intellectuals' chief cause of anguish are one another's works.
- Jacques Barzun

Political correctness does not legislate tolerance;
it only organizes hatred.
- Jacques Barzun

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
- Jacques Barzun

Since it is seldom clear whether intellectual activity
denotes a superior mode of being or a vital deficiency,
opinion swings between considering intellect a privilege
and seeing it as a handicap.
- Jacques Barzun

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker

Nothing external to you has any power over you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is an unalterable law.
- The Buddha

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal
to reason and is in conflict with morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If there is any one secret of success,
it lies in the ability to get
the other person's point of view
and see things from that person's angle
as well as from your own.
- Henry Ford

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed
is more important than any other one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.
- Benjamin Disraeli

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it
and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
- Henry David Thoreau

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

Begin to act from your dominion.
Declare the truth by telling yourself
that there is nothing to be afraid of,
that you no longer entertain any images of fear.
- Ernest Holmes

Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions,
it is governed by our mental attitude.
- Dale Carnegie

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

Most everything in life is about our
point-of-view rather than any absolute.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life,
he will lose his reverence for all of life.
- Albert Schweitzer

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution.
If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.
- Norman Vincent Peale

When any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed,
say: "There is another way of looking at this."
- A Course In Miracles

It is any day better to stand erect
with a broken and bandaged head
then to crawl on one's belly,
in order to be able to save one's head.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If you're doing your best,
you won't have any time to worry about failure.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

A mind at peace, a mind centered
and not focused on harming others,
is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
- Wayne Dyer

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

You must not under any pretense allow
your mind to dwell on any thought
that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.
- Emmet Fox

Increase of material comforts,
it may be generally laid down,
does not in any way whatsoever
conduce to moral growth.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

You can conquer almost any fear
if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist
anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

Any statement that is self-serving
is likely to contain untruths.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

The dream you are living is your creation.
It is your perception of reality that you can change at any time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

You may be always victorious if
you will never enter into any contest
where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.
- Epictetus

Any human being who is becoming independent of conditionings,
of religions, scriptures, prophets and messiahs, has arrived home.
He has found the treasure which was hidden in his own being.
- Osho

Determine never to be idle.
No person will have occasion to complain
of the want of time who never loses any.
It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
- Thomas Jefferson

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

No individual has any right to come into the world
and go out of it without leaving something behind.
- George Washington Carver

Pessimism never won any battle.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
- Friedrich Nietzsche


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