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Lewis Thomas Quotes and Sayings

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The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives,
but still hidden from the public, is that most things
get better by themselves;
most things,
in fact, are better in the morning.
- Lewis Thomas

Related topics: Medical

Human language...
prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand.
- Lewis Thomas

If you want to use a cliche you must take full responsibility
for it yourself and not try to fob it off on anon.,
or on society.
- Lewis Thomas

We are built to make mistakes, coded for error.
- Lewis Thomas

 

It hurts the spirit, somehow, to read the word environments,
when the plural means that there are so many alternatives
there to be sorted through,
as in a market, and voted on.
- Lewis Thomas

The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things
to worry about from Science,
along with behaviour control, genetic engineering,
transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained
growth of plastic flowers.
- Lewis Thomas

Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work.
We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.
- Lewis Thomas

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We leave traces of ourselves wherever we go,
on whatever we touch.
- Lewis Thomas

It is from the progeny of this parent cell that we all take our looks;
we still share genes around,
and the resemblance of the enzymes of grasses to those
of whales is in fact a family resemblance.
- Lewis Thomas

Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming,
a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep
path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at
a bend in the road ahead,
a place where you can expect to sit for a moment,
catching your breath.
- Lewis Thomas

We are, perhaps, uniquely among the earth's creatures,
the worrying animal.
We worry away our lives, fearing the future,
discontent with the present, unable to take in the idea of dying,
unable to sit still.
- Lewis Thomas

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather PHOTO

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

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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. PHOTO

To be great is to be misunderstood.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

To accomplish great things,
we must not only act, but also dream;
not only plan, but also believe.
- Anatole France

Great acts are made up of small deeds.
- Lao Tzu

Know that you cannot create great new beginnings
until you sincerely celebrate the endings that precede them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies,
but even more to stand up to your friends.
- J.K. Rowling

Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye

These are not dark days -
these are great days.
- Winston Churchill

After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Nelson Mandela

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

No great thing is created suddenly.
- Epictetus

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,
adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. -
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My great concern is not whether you have failed,
but whether you are content with your failure.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

Thinking is necessary, but not sufficient, for living a great life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.
- Benjamin Disraeli

A little neglect may breed great mischief.
- Benjamin Franklin

Keep courage. Whatever you do,
do not feel sorry for yourself.
You will win in a great age of opportunity.
- Richard L. Evans

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

Being is the great explainer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

We come nearest to the great
when we are great in humility.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

In times of great stress or adversity,
it's always best to keep busy,
to plow your anger and your energy
into something positive.
- Lee Iacocca

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort,
and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Before we acquire great power
we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dare to dream of your great success.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

I welcome change as a great adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks
in great and honorable courses
with a sure hope and trust in itself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds.
- Albert Einstein

That some achieve great success,
is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

Forgiving is not a gift to someone else.
Forgiving is your gift to yourself -
a great gift - the gift of happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To be conscious that you are ignorant
is a great step to knowledge.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative,
to which all beings owe their beginning
and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu

Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Because of a great love, one is courageous.
- Lao Tzu

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

All difficult things have
their origin in that which is easy,
and great things in that which is small.
- Lao Tzu

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

Great works are performed not by strength,
but by perseverance.
- Samuel Johnson

If a warrior is to succeed at anything,
the success must come gently,
with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.
- Carlos Castaneda

To the philosopher,
death is but the next great adventure.
- J. K. Rowling

There is a great future in front of you,
you can leave your past behind.
- Joel Osteen

I am a great believer in luck
and I find that the harder
I work the more I have of it.
- Thomas Jefferson


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