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It is far more impressive when others
by Judith Martin

It is far more impressive when others
discover your good qualities without your help.
- Judith Martin

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If written directions alone would suffice,
libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached.
- Judith Martin

There are three social classes in America:
upper middle class,
middle class, and lower middle class.
- Judith Martin

Chaperons don't enforce morality; they force immorality to be discreet.
- Judith Martin

 

Most people who work at home find they do not have
the benefit of receptionists who serve as personal guards.
- Judith Martin

You glance at an e-mail.
You give more attention to a real letter.
- Judith Martin

We already know that anonymous letters are despicable.
In etiquette, as well as in law, hiring a hit man to
do the job does not relieve you of responsibility.
- Judith Martin

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Many people mistakenly think a new technology cancels out an old one.
- Judith Martin

Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet,
respectful tones, but in a foreign language.
You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children.
- Judith Martin

We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must
be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.
- Judith Martin

Honesty has come to mean the privilege of insulting
you to your face without expecting redress.
- Judith Martin

You do not have to do everything disagreeable that you have a right to do.
- Judith Martin

Chaperons, even in their days of glory,
were almost never able to enforce morality;
what they did was to force immorality to be discreet.
This is no small contribution.
- Judith Martin

When a society abandons its ideals just because most
people can't live up to them,
behavior gets very ugly indeed.
- Judith Martin

Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin,
but a virtue.
- Judith Martin

Indeed, Miss Manners has come to believe that the basic
political division in this country is not between liberals
and conservatives but between those who believe that
they should have a say in the love lives of strangers and those who do not.
- Judith Martin

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

A man in debt is so far a slave.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer
is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
- Theodore Roosevelt

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

There are risks and costs to action.
But they are far less than the long range
risks of comfortable inaction.
- John F. Kennedy

Most of us love, to be sure.
Yet far too often our love is passive.
We must be proactive in our love
in order for it to change our lives.
- Marianne Williamson

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Working at a job you hate is unlikely
to bring you either happiness or success.
Do what you love. You are far more likely to gain success -
recognition and financial reward - if you are working
at something that inspires and excites you.
And, whether wealth follows or not, you will be happy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Answers of Spirit are far more powerful
than the Questions of our small minds.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

From far beyond this life,
I hear the call.
From place beyond all place,
I feel the call.
From time before all time,
I know the call.
From one before all ones,
I am the call.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship,
and it is far the best ending for one.
- Oscar Wilde

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

As far as we can discern,
the sole purpose of human existence
is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
- Carl Jung

Faith is the highest passion in a human being.
Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Life is far too important a thing
ever to talk seriously about.
- Oscar Wilde

It is a mistake to look too far ahead.
Only one link in the chain of destiny
can be handled at a time.
- Winston Churchill

Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour
when every one has to throw off his mask?
Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked?
Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight
in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it?
I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others
that at last their true nature could not reveal itself;...
In every man there is something which to a certain degree
prevents him from becoming perfectly transparent to himself;
and this may be the case in so high a degree,
he may be so inexplicably woven into relationships of life
which extend far beyond himself that he almost cannot reveal himself.
But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love,
and he who cannot love is the most unhappy man of all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Little do men perceive what solitude is,
and how far it extendeth.
For a crowd is not company,
and faces are but a gallery of pictures,
and talk but a tinkling cymbal,
where there is no love.
- Francis Bacon

When life offers you a dream so far
beyond any of your expectations,
it's not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.
- Bella, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

In soloing - as in other activities -
it is far easier to start something
than it is to finish it.
- Amelia Earhart

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
- John Muir

The physician can bury his mistakes,
but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines -
so they should go as far as possible from home
to build their first buildings.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness,
and the word happy would lose its meaning
if it were not balanced by sadness.
It is far better take things as they come along
with patience and equanimity.
- Carl Jung

How far you can go without destroying from within
what you are trying to defend from without?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it,
and though fast rooted, they travel about as far as we do.
- John Muir

As far as the laws of mathematics
refer to reality, they are not certain,
and as far as they are certain,
they do not refer to reality.
- Albert Einstein

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

Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
- Edward de Bono

Lose not yourself in a far off time,
seize the moment that is thine.
- Friedrich Schiller

Most people never run far enough on their first wind
to find out they've got a second.
- William James

Trust in yourself.
Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.
- Claudia Black

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.
- Henry Ward Beecher

To be seventy years young is sometimes
far more cheerful and hopeful
than to be forty years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer
silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
- Albert Einstein

Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.
- Arnold Bennett

The price of every thing rises and falls from time
to time and place to place;
and with every such change the purchasing power of
money changes so far as that thing goes.
- Alfred Marshall

No society can surely be flourishing and happy,
of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith

One lifetime is never enough to accomplish one's horticultural goals.
If a garden is a site for the imagination,
how can we be very far from the beginning?
- Francis Cabot Lowell

It's far easier to forgive an enemy after you've got even with him.
- Olin Miller

The artist's world is limitless.
It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.
It is always on his doorstep.
- Paul Strand

It is an interesting question how far men
would retain their relative rank
if they were divested of their clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.
- Knute Rockne

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others,
but far enough ahead to motivate them.
- John C. Maxwell

To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man.
Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
- Charles Edwards

If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the
refrigerator are so far apart,
some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.
- Joey Adams

The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon.
We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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