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It's not an epitaph.
by Alan Alda

It's not an epitaph.
I felt I could look back at my life and get a good story out of it.
It's a picture of somebody trying to figure things out.
I'm not trying to create some impression about myself.
That doesn't interest me.
- Alan Alda

You have to leave the city of your comfort
and go into the wilderness of your intuition.
What you'll discover will be wonderful.
What you'll discover is yourself.
- Alan Alda

If I can't get the girl, at least give me more money.
- Alan Alda

Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always
better to be wise than to be smart.
- Alan Alda

 

Be brave enough to live life creatively.
The creative place where no one else has ever been.
- Alan Alda

You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk
and by not quite knowing what you're doing.
What you'll discover will be wonderful.
What you'll discover will be yourself.
- Alan Alda

My mother didn't try to stab my father until I was six,
but she must have shown signs of oddness before that.
- Alan Alda

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Be fair with others, but then keep after them until they're fair with you.
- Alan Alda

I'm an angry person, angrier than most people would imagine,
I get flashes of anger.
What works for me is working out when it's useful to use that anger.
- Alan Alda

When people are laughing, they're generally not killing one another.
- Alan Alda

You wouldn't want to be called a sell-out by selling a product.
Selling out was frowned on, whereas now you can major
in it at business school.
- Alan Alda

I'm in the real world, some people try to steal from me,
and I stop them, frequently, take them to court.
I love a good lawsuit.
It's fun.
- Alan Alda

It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy.
It's only necessary to be rich.
- Alan Alda

It's too bad I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am,
because the world could use a few people like that.
- Alan Alda

Begin challenging your own assumptions.
Your assumptions are your windows on the world.
Scrub them off every once in awhile,
or the light won't come in.
- Alan Alda

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed is really advice to myself,
a reminder to myself not to avoid change or uncertainty,
but to go with it, to surf into change.
- Alan Alda

Here's my Golden Rule for a tarnished age:
Be fair with others,
but keep after them until they're fair with you.
- Alan Alda

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into
the wilderness of your intuition.
- Alan Alda

I'm most at home on the stage.
I was carried onstage for the first time when I was six months old.
- Alan Alda

Almost everybody that's well-known gets tagged with a nickname.
- Alan Alda

When does she do all this thinking? We're together
all the time but she thinks deeply about things and
with feeling and she can remember the facts.
We've been married 48 years.
- Alan Alda

I've never tried to manipulate my image.
- Alan Alda

I wouldn't live in California.
All that sun makes you sterile.
- Alan Alda

After a while I started to think of that as an image
of something that went a lot deeper than the dead dog,
which is you can't bring back anything to life.
- Alan Alda

No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong,
gentle and good, without the world being better for it,
without somebody being helped and comforted by the
very existence of that goodness.
- Alan Alda

It's really clear to me that you can't hang onto something longer than its time.
Ideas lose certain freshness, ideas have a shelf life,
and sometimes they have to be replaced by other ideas.
- Alan Alda

I've been nominated twice before as actor in a leading part.
Now I'm nominated as actor in a supporting part.
If I don't win, I'll just wait until I'm nominated
for being in the theater during the show.
Do they have one like that?
- Alan Alda

I found I wasn't asking good enough questions because
I assumed I knew something.
I would box them into a corner with a badly formed question,
and they didn't know how to get out of it.
Now, I let them take me through it step by step,
and I listen.
- Alan Alda

It makes it fun.
When an actor plays a character, you want what that character wants.
Otherwise it doesn't look authentic.
So I really want to defeat Jimmy - I mean Jimmy as the character.
- Alan Alda

Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself.
Be bold.
When you embark for strange places, don't leave any
of yourself safely on shore.
Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.
- Alan Alda

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

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

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

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

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Life is not about how fast you run
or how high you climb
but how well you bounce.
- Vivian Komori

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

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

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Life is not supposed to be fair.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain


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