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The man who can smile when things go wrong
by Robert Bloch

The man who can smile when things go wrong
has thought of someone else he can blame it on.
- Robert Bloch

Related topics: Cynical

I have the heart of a child.
I keep it in a jar on my shelf.
- Robert Bloch

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden PHOTO

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

 

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

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The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

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.

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
- The Bible

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys
the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist,
and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

The gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
- Confucius

Behind an able man there are always other able men.
- Chinese proverb

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
- John Morley

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man is but the product of his thoughts -
what he thinks, he becomes.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another
must wait till that other is ready.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe,
that lures him to evil ways.
- The Buddha

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

Each man is the architect of his own fate.
- Appius Claudius

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be,
at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

A great man is always willing to be little.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
- Billy Graham

You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself.
- Galileo Galilei

If a man can... make a better mousetrap,
the world will make a beaten path to his door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man does his best, what else is there?
- George S. Patton

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

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 man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
- George Savile

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

For man with no forgiveness in heart,
life worse punishment than death.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

The more a man can forget, the greater the number
of metamorphoses which his life can undergo,
the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

How could man rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?
- Lao Tzu

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

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

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man
are fixed upon the same creation;
but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
- Albert Pike

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Money has never made man happy, nor will it,
there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.
The more of it one has the more one wants.
- Benjamin Franklin

Try not to become a man of success,
but rather try to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready
for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

Non-violence requires a double faith,
faith in God and also faith in man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Nothing can stop the man with the right
mental attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth can help the man
with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson

Take a chance! All life is a chance.
The man who goes farthest is generally
the one who is willing to do and dare.
- Dale Carnegie

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live
that his happiness shall depend
as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
- Yiddish Proverb


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