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Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Live-By

Never ascribe to malice that which is
adequately explained by incompetence.
- Napoleon

Though beauty gives you a weird sense of entitlement,
it's rather frightening and threatening to have others
ascribe such importance to something you know you're
just renting for a while.
- Candice Bergen

Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.
- James M. Barrie

 

No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature,
but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

You will not dishonor the divine perfections by judgments unworthy of them,
provided you never judge of Him by yourself,
provided you do not ascribe to the Creator the imperfections
and limitations of created beings.
- Nicolas Malebranche

Therefore, in the course of the work I have followed this plan:
I describe in the first book all the positions of the
orbits together with the movements which I ascribe to the Earth,
in order that this book might contain,
as it were, the general scheme of the universe.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

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I believe life is a series of near misses.
A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all.
It's seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future.
It's seeing what other people don't see And pursuing that vision.
- Howard Schultz

I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language.
To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax,
to grasp the morphology of this or that language,
but it means above all to assume a culture,
to support the weight of a civilization.
- Frantz Fanon

I can easily conceive, most Holy Father,
that as soon as some people learn that in this book
which I have written concerning the revolutions of the heavenly bodies,
I ascribe certain motions to the Earth,
they will cry out at once that I and my theory should be rejected.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

In the last fifty years science has advanced more than
in the 2,000 previous years and given mankind greater
powers over the forces of nature than the ancients ascribed to their gods.
- John Boyd Orr

It was a shock to people of the nineteenth century when they discovered,
from observations science had made, that many features
of the biological world could be ascribed to the elegant
principle of natural selection.
- Michael Behe

It is a shock to us in the twentieth century to discover,
from observations science has made, that the fundamental
mechanisms of life cannot be ascribed to natural selection,
and therefore were designed.
But we must deal with our shock as best we can and go on.
- Michael Behe

Of course, Third World leaders love you.
By ascribing third world ills to First World sins,
you absolve them of blame for their countries' failure to advance.
- John McCarthy

One might have thought the world would stop ascribing
moral equivalence between acts of terrorism and acts of punishing terrorism.
It has not happened that way.
- Theodore Bikel

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

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- A Course in Miracles

I set my own course through the ocean of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Would you rather be right or happy?
- A Course in Miracles

If you want to be heroic,
Don't emulate your heroes,
learn from them.
Heroes don't follow anyone,
they set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How we spend our days is of course
how we spend our lives.
- Annie Dillard

We should take care not to make the intellect our god;
it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
- Albert Einstein

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Life is a dangerous - ultimately fatal - endeavor,
so you may as well live it full out.
Chart your course, cast off the lines,
and boldly sail the seas of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The ego lives by comparisons...
The ego cannot survive without judgment.
- A Course in Miracles

Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
- A Course In Miracles

When any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed,
say: "There is another way of looking at this."
- A Course In Miracles

Honor your past, and all the consequences of that past.
Receive insight into relieving the pain
caused by past experiences and current attitudes toward life.
Observe life as it currently appears,
and then train yourself to observe life
from other perspectives that support a higher quality of living.
Re-consider your priorities.
Chart your Course.
Set Sail with Courage.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I hold my course with focused attention
and relentless commitment,
as I weather the storms of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The common denominator of our heroes
is that each set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You cannot be totally committed sometimes.
- A Course In Miracles

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man
take which course he will,
he will be sure to repent.
- Socrates

Stay at the center
and let all things take their course.
- Lao Tzu

The success of love is in the loving -
it is not in the result of loving.
Of course it is natural in love
to want the best for the other person,
but whether it turns out that way or not
does not determine the value of what we have done.
- Mother Teresa

Of course I am afraid. What sane man is not?
- Luciano Pavarotti

Persevere in moving toward highly worthwhile but difficult goals.
In smaller issues, take an easier course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world you see has nothing to do with reality.
It is of your own making and does not exist.
- A Course In Miracles

My happiness depends on me.
- A Course in Miracles

Take a course in good water and air;
and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own.
Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.
- John Muir

The trouble with having an open mind, of course,
is that people will insist on coming along
and trying to put things in it.
- Terry Pratchett

And think not, you can direct the course of love;
for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
- Khalil Gibran

Every loving thought is true.
Everything else is an appeal for healing and help,
regardless of the form it takes.
- A Course In Miracles

I Act with Bold Courage -
Taking inspiration from the powerful vision of my future,
I boldly set sail with courage and intent.
I hold my course with focused attention and relentless commitment,
as I weather the storms of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The course of true love never did run smooth.
- William Shakespeare

In your brother is The Light.
See him as sinless,
and there can be no fear in you.
- A Course In Miracles

Do you prefer that you be right or happy?
- A Course in Miracles

There are many answers you have received
but have not yet heard.
- A Course In Miracles

Seek not outside yourself.
- A Course in Miracles

My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and
I told him of course he could,
so long as he didn't take it out of my garden.
- Eric Morecambe

I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work.
Of course it doesn't work.
We are supposed to work it.
- Alexander Woollcott

The way people in democracies think of the government
as something different from themselves is a real handicap.
And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
- Lewis Mumford

Ideas shape the course of history.
- John Maynard Keynes

I wanted to escape so badly.
But of course I knew I couldn't just give up and leave school.
It was only when I heard my mom's voice that I came out of my hiding place.
- Zhang Ziyi

In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words,
and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.
- Winston Churchill

When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.
- Peter Drucker

The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.
- Billy Graham

I do like to shock and surprise people.
When it's all in good fun, of course.
- Ruth Warrick

Thank you, gentlemen. Someday I will repay you,
unless of course I can't find you, or if I forget.
- the movie Shrek 2

Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable.
They little know what radical change are possible through prayer.
Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O infinite creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.
- Michelangelo

I'm not feeling very well - I need a doctor immediately.
Ring the nearest golf course.
- Groucho Marx

When I first saw you, I thought you were handsome.
Then, of course, you spoke.
- the movie As Good As It Gets (1997)

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is,
of course, living in a state of sin.
- John von Neumann

Some things cannot be spoken or discovered until
we have been stuck, incapacitated,
or blown off course for awhile.
- David Whyte

I can't imagine how many first performances I've done,
perhaps 500.
Some of them have been very good, and some of course very bad.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

Of course great politicians are always liable to be wrong about something,
and the more people tell them they are wrong,
the more stubbornly they defend their error.
- Ferdinand Mount

I went to school for about 2 years on a technical course,
and I learned a lot.
I learned about air mixture ratios and all the stuff;
I learned how to draw blood.
- Tom Araya

Of course education becomes very very important and
that's for our human resource development.
- Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

And, of course, it must be asked: is it proper to transact
with the Turks for the most reassured of Greek possessions
when Greece is under Turkish invasion and subjugation?
- Melina Mercouri

I am Armenian, so of course I am obsessed with laser hair removal!
Arms, bikini, legs, underarms...
my entire body is hairless.
- Kim Kardashian


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