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I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day,
by J. B. Priestley

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day,
a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of
magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
- J. B. Priestley

We pay when old for the excesses of youth.
- J. B. Priestley

Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself -
with a smile.
- J. B. Priestley

Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.
- J. B. Priestley

 

Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called
shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself.
- J. B. Priestley

Western man is schizophrenic.
- J. B. Priestley

There are plenty of clever young writers.
But there is too much genius, not enough talent.
- J. B. Priestley

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Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned.
The perfect life is spread before us every day,
but it changes and withers at a touch.
- J. B. Priestley

Our trouble is that we drink too much tea.
I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient,
which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats.
- J. B. Priestley

A novelist who writes nothing for 10 years finds his reputation rising.
Because I keep on producing books they say there must
be something wrong with this fellow.
- J. B. Priestley

I know only two words of American slang,
'swell' and 'lousy'.
I think 'swell' is lousy, but 'lousy' is swell.
- J. B. Priestley

She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.
- J. B. Priestley

Accidents, try to change them - it's impossible.
The accidental reveals man.
- J. B. Priestley

If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules,
but if not - and the odds are against it -
go to your desk no matter what your mood,
face the icy challenge of the paper -
write.
- J. B. Priestley

The greatest writers of this age...
are aware of the mystery of our existence.
- J. B. Priestley

To different minds, the same world is a hell,
and a heaven.
- J. B. Priestley

There was no respect for youth when I was young,
and now that I am old, there is no respect for age,
I missed it coming and going.
- J. B. Priestley

I never read the life of any important person without
discovering that he knew more and could do more than
I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes.
- J. B. Priestley

Britain, which in the years immediately before this
war was rapidly losing such democratic virtues as it possessed,
is now being bombed and burned into democracy.
- J. B. Priestley

When I was young there was no respect for the young,
and now that I am old there is no respect for the old.
I missed out coming and going.
- J. B. Priestley

Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer,
but if you must, then write.
- J. B. Priestley

Public opinion polls are rather like children in a garden,
digging things up all the time to see how they're growing.
- J. B. Priestley

If we openly declare what is wrong with us,
what is our deepest need, then perhaps the death and
despair will by degrees disappear.
- J. B. Priestley

To show a child what once delighted you,
to find the child's delight added to your own -
this is happiness.
- J. B. Priestley

Marriage is like paying an endless visit in your worst clothes.
- J. B. Priestley

The more we elaborate our means of communication,
the less we communicate.
- J. B. Priestley

The greater part of critics are parasites,
who, if nothing had been written, would find nothing to write.
- J. B. Priestley

The first fall of snow is not only an event,
it is a magical event.
You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different,
and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
- J. B. Priestley

We should like to have some towering geniuses,
to reveal us to ourselves in colour and fire,
but of course they would have to fit into the pattern
of our society and be able to take orders from sound administrative types.
- J. B. Priestley

In plain words: now that Britain has told the world
that she has the H-Bomb she should announce as early
as possible that she has done with it,
that she proposes to reject in all circumstances nuclear warfare.
- J. B. Priestley

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

Love like you've never been hurt,
dance like no one is watching,
live as though heaven is on earth.
- Satchel Paige

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

An "always been" does not mean I must choose "what must be."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The highest thinkers of the ages,
the seers of the tribes and the nations,
have been optimists.
- Helen Keller

Education is what survives when
what has been learned has been forgotten.
- B. F. Skinner

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie

Calm provides clarity. Pause to consider
the gifts you have been given,
the difference you have made
and the direction in which you are headed.
- Anonymous

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune;
most of which never happened.
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues
have never been discovered.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

All life is change.
Release your attachment to the way things have been,
and wend your way joyfully
through life's unfolding majesty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth
until the hour of separation.
- Khalil Gibran

Re-examine all that you have been told...
dismiss that which insults your soul.
- Walt Whitman

Like a Butterfly, I have been Reborn
with Bold Colors and Strong Wings.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your innermost core has always been pure.
Purity is intrinsic to you,
it cannot be taken away.
- Osho

The wish for healing has always been half of health.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Life is too short, time is too precious,
and the stakes are too high
to dwell on what might have been.
- Hilary Clinton

The world has always been in an uproar,
and it always will be.
Choose Peace. Choose to live with Peace.
Choose to interact peacefully with everyone -
especially those whose instinct is not to be peaceful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

What is admirable about those
who have been of great service to humanity
is not that they suffered in being of service,
but that they found their source of happiness
(joy if you prefer) in that service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something,
some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we?
If this is a chance to find out
even just a little part of that answer...
I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?
- the Jodie Foster movie Contact (1997)

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

I have compassion for everyone who has ever
been a player upon the stage of my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

One never notices what has been done;
one can only see what remains to be done.
- Marie Curie

I accept that no one else has ever been to blame
for either my joy or my suffering.
The entire cause of all my joys and all my sufferings
is my own emotional response to the events of my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Visualize your end result as having already been accomplished.
Let the image of your success play on the giant screen
in full color with surround sound -
so real you can smell and taste it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Competition has been shown to be useful
up to a certain point and no further,
but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today,
begins where competition leaves off.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I accept everything that ever has been,
with no regrets, no resentments, and no call for vengeance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price.
May He be so to every one of us.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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