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I can't tell you if genius is hereditary,
by James Whistler

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary,
because heaven has granted me no offspring.
- James Whistler

Related topics: Intelligence

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
- James Whistler

I am not arguing with you - I am telling you.
- James Whistler

An artist's career always begins tomorrow.
- James Whistler

 

You shouldn't say it is not good.
You should say, you do not like it; and then,
you know, you're perfectly safe.
- James Whistler

The vast majority of English folk cannot and will not
consider a picture as a picture,
apart from any story which it may be supposed to tell.
- James Whistler

Work alone will efface the footsteps of work.
- James Whistler

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The rare few, who, early in life have rid themselves
of the friendship of the many.
- James Whistler

If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible.
- James Whistler

To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is,
is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano.
- James Whistler

I maintain that two and two would continue to make four,
in spite of the whine of the amateur for three,
or the cry of the critic for five.
- James Whistler

It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait.
- James Whistler

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering
is worse than the suffering itself.
- Paulo Coelho

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.
- Saint Bartholomew

Never allow a person to tell you NO
who doesn't have the power to say YES.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

Always listen to the experts.
They'll tell you what can't be done and why.
Then do it.
- Robert Heinlein

Intent is what can make a man succeed
when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated.
- Carlos Castaneda

You don't need anybody to tell you
who you are or what you are.
You are what you are!
- John Lennon

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
- George S. Patton

We tell the real truth of our life
by the stories we repeatedly tell.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.
- Epictetus

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

It's essential to tell the truth at all times.
This will reduce life's pain.
Lying distorts reality.
All forms of distorted thinking must be corrected.
- John Bradshaw

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job,
tell 'em, Certainly I Can. -
and get busy and find out how to do it.
- Theodore Roosevelt

I do myself a greater injury in lying
than I do him of whom I tell a lie.
- Michel de Montaigne

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie.
I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave.
And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
- H.L. Mencken

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

What is a friend? I will tell you ...
it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.
- Frank Crane

The most interesting information comes from children,
for they tell all they know and then stop.
- Mark Twain

If I mayn't tell you what I feel,
what is the use of a friend?
- William Makepeace Thackeray

Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
- Jonas Salk

No greater thing is created suddenly,
any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.
If you tell me that you desire a fig,
I answer you that there must be time.
Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
- Epictetus

I used to tell my husband that,
if he could make me "understand" something,
it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

NO ONE has been granted the authority to tell me
how my life should be lived.
I answer only to myself and to Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

Tell me whom you live with,
and I will tell you who you are.
- Spanish Proverb

It is a great confidence in a friend
to tell him your faults;
greater to tell him his.
- Benjamin Franklin

Tell me about a person's family, friends, and community,
and I'll tell you what his opinions are.
- Mark Twain
(paraphrase)

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth
or burn down your house, you can never tell.
- Joan Crawford

We tell lies when we are afraid...
afraid of what we don't know,
afraid of what others will think,
afraid of what will be found out about us.
But every time we tell a lie,
the thing that we fear grows stronger.
- Williams Tad

We take refuge in pride,
because we are afraid to tell the truth to ourselves.
- Kakuzo Okakura

Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.
- Stephanie Klein

People will, in a great degree,
and not without reason,
form their opinion of you upon
that which they have of your friends;
and there is a Spanish proverb
which says very justly,
"Tell me whom you live with,
and I will tell you who you are.
- Lord Chesterfield

You never can tell with bees.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The "stories" we choose to tell about our past
are never what a video camera would have recorded.
We can tell a sad story or a happy story,
and neither story is either
more accurate or "better" than the other story.
The difference is that one story causes us to suffer,
while the other brings us joy. I choose joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be smarter than other people, just don't tell them so.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

If you're going to tell people the truth,
be funny or they'll kill you.
- Billy Wilder

(Jesus on Love)
You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
- Matthew 18:15

I take every opportunity to articulate to others
the ways that they have blessed and influenced me.
I hold sweet memories of making the opportunity
to thank teachers who have influenced me.
I encourage everyone to seize opportunities
to tell people who have made a gift of knowledge or influence.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Jesus preached more and taught more
about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry
than he did about heaven and hell.
Shouldn't that tell us something?
- John Grisham

If you ask me what I came into this life to do,
I will tell you: I came to live out loud.
- Emile Zola

I'm not interested in age.
People who tell me their age are silly.
You're as old as you feel.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal.
My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
- Louis Pasteur

I wouldn't pretend to tell you we don't pay our lawyers well.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

Except in cases of necessity, which are rare,
leave your friend to learn
unpleasant things from his enemies;
they are ready enough to tell them.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A friend will tell you she saw your old boyfriend -
and he's a priest.
- Erma Bombeck

Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell,
but not the contrary of what they see.
It is above them and not contrary to them.
- Blaise Pascal

(Jesus on Anger and Revenge)
You have heard that it was said,
"Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth."
But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person.
If someone strikes you on the right cheek,
turn to him the other also.
- Matthew 5:38-39

I married the first man I ever kissed.
When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.
- Barbara Bush

Never tell a secret to a bride or a groom;
wait until they have been married longer.
- Edgar Watson Howe

If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun.
When that happens I tell myself just to go out and
play as I did when I was a kid.
- Thomas J. Watson

One should never trust a woman who tells her real age.
If she tells that, she'll tell anything.
- Oscar Wilde

We all should choose our friends carefully.
I used to think that no one could know me better than somebody else,
because you're inside yourself, your body, you can't see yourself.
If you think like that, you surround yourself with
other people who are willing to tell you who you are,
which are usually judgmental people ...
we should really surround ourselves with the ones
that adore us and believe in the highest of us.
- Jewel

I'm 86 and my doctor used to tell me to slow down -
at least he did until he dropped dead.
- Cesar Romero

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball.
I'll tell you what I do.
I stare out the window and wait for spring.
- Rogers Hornsby

Human beings are the only creatures on the planet
who tell time and think they have to earn a living.
- Buckminster Fuller

The best comfort I could offer
was to just let her tell her story.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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