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Harry Houdini Quotes and Sayings

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But then, so far as I know, I am the only performer
who ever pledged his assistants to secrecy,
honor and allegiance under a notarial oath.
- Harry Houdini

My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion,
and many things that seem wonderful to most men are
the every-day commonplaces of my business.
- Harry Houdini

The great day of the Fire-eater - or,
should I say, the day of the great Fire-eater -
has passed.
- Harry Houdini

Flames from the lips may be produced by holding in
the mouth a sponge saturated with the purest gasoline.
- Harry Houdini

 

The eating of burning brimstone is an entirely fake performance.
- Harry Houdini

Fire has always been and, seemingly,
will always remain,
the most terrible of the elements.
- Harry Houdini

Eating coals of fire has always been one of the sensational feats of the Fire Kings,
as it is quite generally known that charcoal burns
with an extremely intense heat.
- Harry Houdini

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Only one man ever betrayed my confidence,
and that only in a minor matter.
- Harry Houdini

I make the most money, I think, in Russia and Paris,
for the people of those countries are so willing to be amused,
so eager to see something new and out of the ordinary.
- Harry Houdini

It is still an open question, however,
as to what extent exposure really injures a performer.
- Harry Houdini

How the early priests came into possession of these secrets does not appear,
and if there were ever any records of this kind the
Church would hardly allow them to become public.
- Harry Houdini

No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron
unless he has a good set of teeth.
- Harry Houdini

Another method of eating burning coals employs small
balls of burned cotton in a dish of burning alcohol.
- Harry Houdini

But it must not be thought that I say this out of personal experience:
for in the many years that I have been before the public
my secret methods have been steadily shielded by the
strict integrity of my assistants,
most of whom have been with me for years.
- Harry Houdini

I think that in a year I may retire.
I cannot take my money with me when I die and I wish to enjoy it,
with my family, while I live.
I should prefer living in Germany to any other country,
though I am an American, and am loyal to my country.
- Harry Houdini

To cause the face to appear in a mass of flame make use of the following:
mix together thoroughly petroleum,
lard, mutton tallow and quick lime.
Distill this over a charcoal fire, and the liquid which
results can be burned on the face without harm.
- Harry Houdini

In all feats of fire-eating it should be noted that
the head is thrown well back,
so that the flame may pass out of the open mouth instead of up into the roof,
as it would if the head were held naturally.
- Harry Houdini

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa PHOTO

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey PHOTO

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela PHOTO

I can't go back to yesterday -
because I was a different person then.
- Lewis Carroll PHOTO

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker PHOTO

Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things,
and then proceed to greater.
- Epictetus

Knowledge is soon changed, then lost in the mist, an echo half-heard.
- Gene Wolfe

Start by doing what's necessary;
then do what's possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln

If everyone is moving forward together,
then success takes care of itself.
- Henry Ford

If you wish to see the truth,
then hold no opinion for or against.
- Osho

If you begin to understand what you are
without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.
- J. Krishnamurti

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

Does thou love life? Then do not squander time;
for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

It is any day better to stand erect
with a broken and bandaged head
then to crawl on one's belly,
in order to be able to save one's head.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;
people create distinctions out of their own minds
and then believe them to be true.
- The Buddha

Everything is okay in the end.
If it's not okay, then it's not the end.
- Anonymous

When you see something done,
know that you intended it.
If you don't like what you see,
then deeply examine your intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

It is better to conquer yourself
than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
- The Buddha

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

An inspiring vision - then courageous action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose wisely - then act decisively. Do it today!
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To manage your mind,
know that there is nothing,
and then relinquish all attachment to nothingness.
- Lao Tzu

I wrap the potential for bitterness,
resentment, martyrdom in the blanket of forgiveness
and just set it down.
Then it just melts in the warmth. And goes away.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

You need to make a commitment,
and once you make it,
then life will give you some answers.
- Les Brown

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony.
Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.
- Rumi

Don't ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
- Howard Thurman

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff that life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

You have to learn the rules of the game.
And then you have to play better than anyone else.
- Albert Einstein

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

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

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Life is change. Without change, there is no life.
Why then do we so fight against change?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone should carefully observe
which way his heart draws him,
and then choose that way with all his strength.
- Hasidic Proverb

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

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Play the game for more than you can afford to lose...
only then will you learn the game.
- Winston Churchill

Today, I will do my best...
and then relax in the knowing
that I have done all I could.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe you can - and then make it happen.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.
- Henry David Thoreau

If we fail to plan, we merely bob helplessly -
like a cork on the sea of life.
If we resist whatever life delivers to us,
we create untold misery for ourselves.
If we act with vision and commitment,
and then accept whatever Spirit provides,
we live a life of purpose and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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


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