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Joseph de Maistre Quotes and Sayings

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I don't know what a scoundrel is like,
but I know what a respectable man is like,
and it's enough to make one's flesh creep.
- Joseph de Maistre

If there was no moral evil upon earth,
there would be no physical evil.
- Joseph de Maistre

In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author;
vision is confined,
means are limited, scope is restricted,
movements are labored, and results are humdrum.
- Joseph de Maistre

A constitution that is made for all nations is made for none.
- Joseph de Maistre

 

Man in general, if reduced to himself,
is too wicked to be free.
- Joseph de Maistre

Every country has the government it deserves.
- Joseph de Maistre

We are tainted by modern philosophy which has taught us that all is good,
whereas evil has polluted everything and in a very real sense all is evil,
since nothing is in its proper place.
- Joseph de Maistre

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Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and,
always discontented with what he has,
loves only what he has not.
People complain of the despotism of princes;
they ought to complain of the despotism of man.
- Joseph de Maistre

Man is so muddled, so dependent on the things immediately before his eyes,
that every day even the most submissive believer can
be seen to risk the torments of the afterlife for the smallest pleasure.
- Joseph de Maistre

We are all bound to the throne of the Supreme Being
by a flexible chain which restrains without enslaving us.
The most wonderful aspect of the universal scheme of
things is the action of free beings under divine guidance.
- Joseph de Maistre

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 PHOTO

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll PHOTO
(Alice in Wonderland)

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer) PHOTO

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump PHOTO

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

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed) PHOTO

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
- Lao Tzu

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous PHOTO

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi) PHOTO

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

To know God, watch a butterfly return to the same tree -
after a year and a thousand miles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

A leader is best when people barely know he exists;
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it ourselves.
- Lao Tzu

Know that love conquers fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We still do not know one thousandth of one percent
of what nature has revealed to us.
- Albert Einstein

It is better to displease the people
by doing what you know is right.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side
of every fear is a freedom.
- Marilyn Ferguson

The more I see, the less I know for sure.
- John Lennon

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid
as getting to know how enormously much
he is capable of doing and becoming.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Know that happiness is created by the act
of expressing gratitude for all of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Know that today is your day to dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One must know not just how to accept a gift,
but with what grace to share it.
- Maya Angelou

Know that anger is always fear and frustration.
What if we could lean back into the arms of Spirit
and trust the future?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know the power of saying, "Thank you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Know that the greatest gift you can give the world is your happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How different our lives are when we
really know what is deeply important to us,
and keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day
to be and to do what really matters most
- Stephen Covey

One thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

If you don't know what you want, you will probably never get it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

As soon as you trust yourself,
you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Know that the darkest night is often
the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Know that you can have whatever you want,
when you ask from a compassionate heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The years teach much which the days never know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know that time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
You give your own meaning to time, as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Know that your life is designed to be an adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know the power of kindness.
Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go,
radiate your kindness to all.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do the very best I know how -
the very best I can;
and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
- Abraham Lincoln

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

We are not what we know
but what we are willing to learn.
- Mary Catherine Bateson

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Confucius

When I am working on a problem,
I never think about beauty,
but when I have finished,
if the solution is not beautiful,
I know it is wrong.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

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


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