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A good question is never answered.
by John Ciardi

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

Related topics: Wisdom

Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal,
with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
- John Ciardi

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

 

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions.
I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation
the courage of their confusions.
- John Ciardi

There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.
- John Ciardi

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The classroom should be an entrance into the world,
not an escape from it.
- John Ciardi

Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.
- John Ciardi

Intelligence recognizes what has happened.
Genius recognizes what will happen.
- John Ciardi

What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the
thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen,
and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down.
- John Ciardi

Poetry lies its way to the truth.
- John Ciardi

The Constitution gives every American the inalienable
right to make a damn fool of himself.
- John Ciardi

The reader deserves an honest opinion.
If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow.
- John Ciardi

A neighborhood is a residential area that is changing for the worse.
- John Ciardi

Every game ever invented by mankind,
is a way of making things hard for the fun of it!
- John Ciardi

Written by a sponge dipped in warm milk and sprinkled with sugar.
- John Ciardi

A dollar saved is a quarter earned.
- John Ciardi

The day will happen whether or not you get up.
- John Ciardi

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty
loses interest in the students.
- John Ciardi

Nothing goes further toward a man's liberation than
the act of surviving his need for character.
- John Ciardi

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Play to win, but be a good loser.
Have a plan for your life,
but accept whatever comes your way
with grace and gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Regrets are the tears of good deeds left undone
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Good Endings precede Good Beginnings.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It all comes to this:
the simplest way to be happy is to do good.
- Helen Keller

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

"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

Good works are links that form a chain of love.
- Mother Teresa

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

Whatever you are, be a good one.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler

Bad times have a scientific value.
These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good humor is the health of the soul,
sadness is its poison.
- Lord Chesterfield

Good things happen to those who hustle.
- Anais Nin

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

A good head and a good heart
are always a formidable combination.
- Nelson Mandela

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

If being good isn't working - try being outrageous.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

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

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
- Mother Teresa

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

By having a reverence for life,
we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.
By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
- Albert Schweitzer

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

It is good to have an end to journey towards;
but it is the journey that matters in the end.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank


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