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When a man you like switches from what
by Franklin Pierce Adams

When a man you like switches from what
he said a year ago, or four years ago,
he is a broad-minded person who has courage enough
to change his mind with changing conditions.
When a man you don't like does it,
he is a liar who has broken his promise.
- Franklin Pierce Adams

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Years ago we discovered the exact point,
the dead center of middle age.
It occurs when you are too young to take up golf and
too old to rush up to the net.
- Franklin Pierce Adams

You do not know what you can miss before you try.
- Franklin Pierce Adams

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

 

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)

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

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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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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)

Mystery creates wonder, and wonder is the basis
of man's desire to understand.
- Neil Armstrong

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

There is a sufficiency in the world
for man's need but not for man's greed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

There is no limit to what a man can do
or where he can go,
if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
- Robert Woodruff

A great secret of success is to go through life
as a man who never gets used up.
- Albert Schweitzer

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth,
and if a man does not know what a thing is,
it is at least an increase in knowledge
if he knows what it is not.
- Carl Jung

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

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

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

Is the babe young? When I behold it,
it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
- Henry David Thoreau

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

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

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

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

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

A man who as a physical being
is always turned toward the outside,
thinking that his happiness lies outside him,
finally turns inward and
discovers that the source is within him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.
- the movie Braveheart

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man.
Everything that exists has brought
with it its own peculiar lesson.
- Orison Swett Marden

To measure the man, measure his heart.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

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

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs

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

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

A man can succeed at almost anything
for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
- Charles M. Schwab

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

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

If you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language,
that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela

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

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

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing,
and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
- George Bernard Shaw

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

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

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.

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted,
but beholds it as something
unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
- Albert Schweitzer

Before you criticize a man,
walk a mile in his shoes.
- Anonymous

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

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
- Epicurus

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

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.

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

Science gives man knowledge, which is power;
religion gives man wisdom, which is control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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