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Commonly Quotes

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

Related topics: Values Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Live-By Habits Repetition Practice

Be who you are and say what you feel
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.
- commonly but falsely attributed to Dr. Seuss,
this misquote consists of the Bernard Baruch quote,
"Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
with additional words added anonymously.

Conversations with God are very different
from the usual nature of prayer.
Prayers are commonly only in one direction -
the one praying speaks and hopes God is listening.
Prayers also tend to focus on asking
for specific things or outcomes one wants,
rather than seeking to better understand the mind of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Men have a respect for scholarship and learning
greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve.
- Henry David Thoreau

 

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
- commonly but falsely attributed to William Shakespeare

Sincerity is not only effective and honourable,
it is also much less difficult than is commonly supposed.
- George Henry Lewes

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It is commonly said that a teacher fails if he has
not been surpassed by his students.
There has been no failure on our part in this regard
considering how far they have gone.
- Edmond H. Fischer

For imagination sets the goal picture which our automatic mechanism works on.
We act, or fail to act, not because of will,
as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.
- Maxwell Maltz

My opinion was that if we had a common enemy we should get together commonly.
- Julius Rosenberg

Sincerity is like traveling on a plain,
beaten road, which commonly brings a man sooner to
his journey's end than by-ways,
in which men often lose themselves.
- John Tillotson

Clairvoyant, n.: A person, commonly a woman,
who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron -
namely,
that he is a blockhead.
- Ambrose Bierce

Abscond - to move in a mysterious way,
commonly with the property of another.
- Ambrose Bierce

Ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity.
- Ambrose Bierce

It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is
a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune;
but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.
- Nicolas de Chamfort

Eagles commonly fly alone.
They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together.
- John Webster

The Lord commonly gives riches to foolish people,
to whom he gives nothing else.
- Martin Luther

The book which you read from a sense of duty,
or because for any reason you must, does not commonly make friends with you.
- William Dean Howells

A woman, the more curious she is about her face,
is commonly the more careless about her house.
- Ben Jonson

Write down the thoughts of the moment.
Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
- Francis Bacon

All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called "Facts".
They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
- Thomas Hobbes

It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest,
and surely the fairer way is not much about.
- Francis Bacon

As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless;
and considering the general run of sons,
as seldom a misfortune to be childless.
- Lord Chesterfield

It may happen sometimes that a long debate becomes
the cause of a longer friendship.
Commonly, those who dispute with one another at last agree.
- Elbert Hubbard

Those placed in the position which I now occupy,
commonly feel concern about their worthiness to receive
the great honour which has been done them.
- Cecil Frank Powell

Him, who incessantly laughs in the street,
you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

There is an expression now that is commonly used about
these so-called internal conflicts which are not really internal,
because they have connections to the outside world.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

Time-space as commonly understood, in the sense of
the distance measured between two time-points,
is the result of time calculation.
- Martin Heidegger

Politics, as the word is commonly understood,
are nothing but corruptions.
- Jonathan Swift

But most commonly, it's one poem that I work on with a lot of intensity.
- Philip Levine

In valley drift we meet commonly with the bones of
quadrupeds which graze on plains bordering rivers.
- Charles Lyell

Who belongs to the community of the commonly protected?
- Robert Casey

Nearness to nature...
keeps the spirit sensitive to impressions not commonly
felt and in touch with the unseen powers.
- Charles Alexander Eastman

Going back into the history of a word,
very often into Latin, we come back pretty commonly
to pictures or models of how things happen or are done.
- J. L. Austin

Whatever is not commonly seen is condemned as alien.
- Iris Chang

We do not commonly see in a tax a diminution of freedom,
and yet it clearly is one.
- Herbert Spencer

Fortune has something of the nature of a woman.
If she is too intensely wooed, she commonly goes the further away.
- Charles V

Insecurity, commonly regarded as a weakness in normal people,
is the basic tool of the actor's trade.
- Miranda Richardson

The unrestricted competition so commonly advocated
does not leave us the survival of the fittest.
The unscrupulous succeed best in accumulating wealth.
- Rutherford B. Hayes

The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars,
nor its great scholars great men.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Language commonly stresses only one side of any interaction.
- Gregory Bateson

It is commonly agreed that children spend more hours
per year watching television than in the classroom,
and far less in actual conversation with their parents.
- Paul Weyrich

So I'm not a Southern writer in the commonly held sense of the term,
like Faulkner or Eudora Welty, who took the South for
their entire literary environment and subject matter.
- Donna Tartt

Notwithstanding this high Ecclesiastical authority,
he who dared accept truth only because it could be proved,
or proved to be good, and disregard authority,
was commonly stigmatized as an infidel.
- Ethan A. Hitchcock

It is commonly said that men are forward to believe
whatever is connected with their own interest.
This in common cases is true; but it is also true,
that when some very great and unexpected good news is brought to us,
we find it very difficult to credit it.
- Archibald Alexander

But the way people commonly use the word nowadays it
means something all of whose parts are mutually interdependent -
not only for their mutual action,
but for their meaning and for their existence.
- David Bohm

These are ideas.
I could say that they just came to me,
but it would be more accurate to say that I went to them.
Ideas - and new connections between ideas -
lead you away from commonly held perceptions of reality.
Ideas lead you out here.
Ideas lead you into the darkness.
- Dave Sim

I commonly went ashore every day, either upon business,
or to recreate myself in the fields,
which were very pleasant,
and the more for a shower of rain now and then,
that ushers in the wet season.
- William Dampier

The revision of the books of Judges,
Samuel,
and Kings, undertaken towards the end of the Babylonian exile,
a revision much more thorough than is commonly assumed,
condemns as heretical the whole age of the Kings.
- Julius Wellhausen

Acting is the most personal of our crafts.
The make-up of a human being - his physical,
mental and emotional habits - influence his acting
to a much greater extent than commonly recognized.
- Lee Strasberg

Sometimes, instead of purchasing a commodity out and out,
people want to buy only the use of it,
for a longer or shorter period.
The price paid for such temporary use is commonly called hire.
- John Buchanan Robinson

People commonly educate their children as they build their houses,
according to some plan they think beautiful,
without considering whether it is suited to the purposes
for which they are designed.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return.
But if a blow were given for such cause,
and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of
the facts and of the pun,
and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character,
return a verdict of justifiable homicide.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is commonly asserted and accepted that Paradise
Lost is among the two or three greatest English poems;
it may justly be taken as the type of supreme poetic
achievement in our literature.
- John Drinkwater

People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains,
new stars, garish birds, freak fish,
grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal
stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Mental agitations and eating cares are more injurious to health,
and destructive of life, than is commonly imagined,
and could their effects be collected,
would make no inconsiderable figure in the bills of mortality.
- William Falconer

Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous,
commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the successful writers of prose,
those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions.
- William E. Gladstone

And let me take one of the explanations most commonly given:
Analysts were pressured to reach conclusions that would
fit the political agenda of one or another administration.
I deeply think that is a wrong explanation.
- David Kay

Suffrage, noun.
Expression of opinion by means of a ballot.
The right of suffrage (which is held to be both a privilege and a duty) means,
as commonly interpreted, the right to vote for the
man of another man's choice,
and is highly prized.
- Ambrose Bierce

If politics and business fail us, of course the military will be called in.
In the developing world, the massive and repeated ecological
disasters are quite commonly met by the military.
- Bruce Sterling

It's commonly said that people who've been ill in childhood
and who've had an upset education never really regret that they do.
It means that you don't look at the world in the way that other people do,
and if you were inclined to be a writer,
that's a help.
- John Keegan

The dance commonly begins about the middle of the afternoon or later,
after sundown.
When it begins in the afternoon, there is always an
intermission of an hour or two for supper.
The preliminary painting and dressing is usually the work of about two hours.
- James Mooney

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

The invariable mark of wisdom is to
see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker

A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
- William James

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The common denominator for success is work.
- John D. Rockefeller

The future has nothing in common with the past -
except natural laws and human nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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