Civilization's Quotations: Life's Ideal

by Richard Alan Krieger

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Civilization’s Quotations: Life’s Ideal is a “Personal Empowerment Book” that helps to create a happy life by building a spiritual and philosophical foundation from the greatest writings by the greatest teachers of all time with their timeless wisdom.

 

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Note: The following is in the “Introduction” of the book. The "bold words" are categories that are listed in the book in the order that they appear.

“Life’s Ideal”


We are born into a life and our journey begins. Our sense of self grows, while we become aware of the world around us. As we progress along our path, our experiences help us to define our character. A destiny is woven into our being, and luck too comes into play as we move through our cycles of time. We express our love, which produces a happiness that motivates us to be good. As truth is revealed to us, it gradually builds into an inner wisdom, and our mind expands as we encounter various ideas of philosophy. The power of words shows us the value of education, which is never ending. The need for prudence, gratitude, forgiveness and charity become clear as we see how these attributes help us to create a sense of peace. Faith in our dreams motivates our will to move forward and gives us the courage to turn our inner genius into action. As we work, we help to create opportunities that may bring success, wealth and power. We learn that with growth comes responsibility, and we gain a greater appreciation of how justice is to be applied in the development of civilization.

Meeting diverse people along the way, we receive inspiration from them; we discover our true love and together form a family, and we enjoy new and ongoing friendships. With a greater sense of freedom, we find the time to explore all the beauty that exists around us in nature. As we age, we come to respect the four seasons of life as expressed in humanity and the abundant earth we inhabit and we appreciate every age as each time period for what it represents. We do our best to maintain our natural health, knowing that this is always our greatest treasure as we travel on life’s journey. Our exploration of science then builds a better understanding of reality, of the world and the universe in which we live.

Note: The following quotations that are together represent quotes that are next to each other in my book that create a “train of thought” or “stream of consciousness” that sounds like a speech being given by one person. This pattern of sentences is one that I’ve labeled, “Poetic Quotation.”


LIFE
“Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself.” — Erich Fromm
“To be what we are and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

“People for the sake of getting a living forget to live.” — Margaret Fuller
“There is more to living then increasing its speed.” — Gandhi

“Life is a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism: the way you play it is free will.” — Nehru
“With most people life is like backgammon - half skill and half luck.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.” — Epicurus
“It is nothing to die; it is frightful not to live.” — Victor Hugo
“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.” — Wabaha Indian Proverb
“Do not act as if you had a thousand years to live.” — Marcus Aurelius

“Manage all your actions, words, and thoughts accordingly since you can at any moment quit life.” — Far Eastern Saying
“And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln
“If existence had not been better than non-existence, there would have been no being.” — Kahlil Gibran

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” — George Washington Carver

LIFE IS A JOURNEY
“The purpose is not the end, but the journey.” — Old Proverb
“The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step.” — Lao-The
“The distance is nothing; it is only the first step which counts.” — Madame du Deffand
“What is the use of running when we are not on the right road?” — German Proverb
“If we don’t change our direction, we are likely to wind up where we are headed.” — Chinese Proverb
“If you are reluctant to ask the way, you will be lost.” — Malay Proverb
“Better ask twice then lose your way once.” — Danish Proverb
“Every road has two directions.” — Russian Proverb
“It is a long road the has no turning.” — Irish Proverb
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” — Lewis Carroll

“Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer then one.” — Japanese Proverb
“Who walks a road with love will never walk that road alone again.” — Charles Thomas Davis
“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” — Thoreau
“There is the path of fear and the path of love. Which will you follow?” — Buddha

SELF DISCOVERY
“Be true to thyself as thou be not false to others.” — Sir Francis Bacon
“Know Thyself.” — Solon
“Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know and what you can do.” — Menander of Athens
“Know thyself? If I knew myself I’d run away.” — Goethe
“I know all save myself alone.” — Francois Villon
“Many men are wise about many things and ignorant about themselves.” — St. Bernard

(“Mastering One’s Self”)
“There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.” — Louis XIV
“Best to conquer yourself than to conquer thousands in battle.” — Buddha
“Let they that would move the world first move themselves.” — Socrates
“No man is free who cannot command himself.” — Pythagoras
“Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.” — Seneca
“Lord of oneself, though not of lands; and having nothing, yet hath all.” — Sir Henry Wotton
“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” — Aldous Huxely
“If you seek to understand the whole universe, you will understand nothing at all. If you seek only to understand yourself, you will understand the whole universe.” — Native American Proverb

Note: The following “bold words” are subcategories under “Character.”

CHARACTER
“Character is Destiny.” “A man’s character is his guardian divinity.” — Heraclitus

“Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.” — Santayana

“Character is higher then intellect. Men of character are the consciousness of the society to which they belong.” — Emerson

“Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“There are three marks of a superior man: being virtuous, one is free from anxiety; being wise, one is free from perplexity; being brave, one is free from fear.” — Confucius

“No cost is too heavy for the preservation of one’s honor.” — Gandhi

“Everywhere the basis of principle is tradition.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“We cannot live better than in seeking to become better, not more agreeably than in having a clear conscience.” — Socrates

Conscience is a man’s compass.” — Vincent van Gogh

“Even when there is no law, there is conscience.” — Publilus Syrus

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” — Thomas Jefferson

“I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” — George Washington

Humility is the solid foundation of all the virtues.” — Confucius

“Before honor is humility.” — Proverbs 15:33

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it was humility that makes men as angels.” — Augustine of Hippo

“All the education young people receive will be in vain if they do not learn good manners.” — Gandhi

“Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy.” — Emerson

“Self-respect, that cornerstone of all virtue.” — Sir John Herschel

“Man has responsibility, not power.” — Native American Proverb

VIRTUE
“Virtue is the truest nobility.” — Cervantes

“Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold.” — Beethoven

“The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.” — Confucius

“We should cease to grow the moment we cease to discriminate between virtue and vice.” — Gandhi
“To flee vice is the beginning of virtue.” — Horace
“There is much vice and misery in the world, I know; but more virtue and happiness I believe.” — Thomas Jefferson

DESTINY
“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” — William Bryan
“A man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny.” — Paul Tillich
“In your own self lies destiny.” — Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Lead me, O Zeus and though, O Destiny, Lead thou me on, to whatsoever task thou sendest me.” — Cleanthes
“We are but as the instrument of Heaven. Our work is not design, but destiny.” — Tennyson
“How easy ’tis, when Destiny proves kind, with full spread sails to run before the wind!” — John Dryden
“No wind favors them who have no destined port.” — Montaigne
“If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water.” — Hebrew Proverb
“But ah, who can deceive his destiny?” — Spenser
“Tis vain to quarrel with our destiny.” — Thomas Middleton

FATE
“All is created and goes according to order, yet over our lifetime rules an uncertain fate.” — Goethe
“Nothing happens by chance or accident.” — Edgar Cayce
“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.” — Zen Proverb
“It is the fate of the coconut husk to float, for the stone to sink.” — Malayan Proverb
“Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from eternity.” — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

LUCK
“Pitch a lucky man into the Nile and he will come up with a fish in his mouth.” — Arabian Proverb
“One man can burn water, whereas another cannot burn oil.” — Kashmiri Proverb
“As long as we are lucky we attribute it to our smartness; our bad luck we give the gods credit for.” — Josh Billings
“The dice of Zeus have ever lucky throws.” — Sophocles
“If heaven drops a date, open your mouth.” — Chinese Proverb
“The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.” — Wilson Mizner
“No blessing lasts forever.” — Plautus

 

CHANCE

“Chance favors a prepared mind.” — Pasteur

TIME
“Our souls traverse spaces in Life which are not measurable by Time that invention man.” — Kahlil Gibran


“Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.” — Emerson


“Time is too Slow for those who wait, too Swift for those who Fear, too Long for those who Grieve, too Short for those who Rejoice, but for those who Love, Time is not.” — Henry van Dyke


“That which is proven by time cannot be assailed by man, while that which is disproved by time cannot be justified by man.” — Confucius


“The trouble is that you think you have time.” — Buddha

THE PRESENT
“The present is the gift of the moment.” — Anonymous

“Look not to the future with fear, nor to the past with anger, but be in the present with awareness.” — James Thurber

THE MOMENT
“Every moment is of infinite worth for it is the representative of a whole eternity.” — Goethe

“In tragedy every moment is eternity; in comedy, eternity is a moment.” — Christopher Fry

NOW
“Now is the result of all your yesterdays and the basis of all our tomorrows, so why don’t you just pay attention to what’s happening now?” — Eli Ywahoo.

TODAY
“Every day cannot be a feast of lanterns.” — Chinese Proverb

“Every day should be passed if it were to be our last.” — Publilius Syrus

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” — Emerson

“No matter how difficult the past, you can always start today.” — Buddha

“For yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision. Look well therefore to this day! Such is the Salutation to the Dawn.” — Hindu Proverb

THE FUTURE
“When man speaks of the future, the gods laugh.” — Chinese Proverb

THE AGE/ERA
“The alter of an eon is the doormat of the next.” — Mark Twain
“The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.” — Sir William Osler

“You know that the dark age is like a knife which kings handle like butchers. Justice has taken wing and flown away. The darkness of untruth obscures even the light of the moon which cannot be seen.” — Guru Kanak

The Golden Age
“From the days of the first grandfather, every man has remembered a golden age behind him!” — James Russell Lowell
“The golden age never was the present age.” — Benjamin Franklin
“The golden time of Long Ago.” — William Winter
“Time will run back and fetch the Age of Gold.” — Milton
“The world’s great age begins anew, the golden years return.” — Shelley

LOVE
“To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another.” — Leibnitz
“Two persons who love each other are in a place more holy then the interior of a church.” — William Phelps
“For love is heaven, and heaven is love.” — Sir Walter Scott
“Matches are made in heaven.” — Robert Burton
“Mutual love, the crown of all our bliss.” — Milton
“It’s a couple’s world.” “It takes two to tango.” — Old Proverbs
“Why do you take by force that which you could obtain by love?” — The Powhatans
“Make Love! Not War!” — Vietnam War Protest Motto

“Love conquers all; let us surrender to love.” — Virgil

“It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.” — Kahlil Gibran

“Love without veneration and enthusiasm is only friendship.” — George Sand

“Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep burning, unquenchable.” — Henry Ward Beecher

“We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.” — W. Somerset Maugham

“While every human being has a capacity for love, it’s realization is one of the most difficult achievements.” — Erich Fromm

“Love in the past is only a memory. Love in the future is a fantasy. Only here and now can we truly love.” “Do not seek perfection in a changing world. Instead perfect your love.” — Buddha

“Love is never security; love is a state in which there is no desire to be secure; it is a state of vulnerability.” — J. Krishnamurti

“Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.” — Vincent van Gogh

“Love is the greatest refreshment of life.” — Picasso
“Love is sweet, but taste best with bread.” — Jewish Proverb

“Love is a state in which man sees things most decidedly as they are not.” — Nietzsche
“Love is an attempt to change a piece of a dream into a reality.” — Theordor Reik

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” — Aristotle

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but looking outward together in the same direction.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

“To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic.” — Alphonse de Lamartine

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.” — Bible, John 4:18

“Eunuchs, abortive Platonists and priests speak always very wisely about love.” — Theodore Spencer

“When poverty comes in the door, love flies out the window.” — Caxton

“Those who love deeply never grow old. They may die of old age, but they die young.” — Benjamin Franklin

“For neither birth, nor wealth, nor honors, can awaken the minds of men the principles which should guide those who from their youth aspire to an honorable and excellent life, as Love awakens them.” — Plato

“Love is the instrument with which one may spread the eternal force that can never be extinguished, which overcomes death and spreads light, which embodies the poise of wisdom, peace and all that exceeds understanding.” — Semjase

THE HEART
“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” — Dickens
“It is wisdom to believe in the heart.” — Santayana
“The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.” — Pascal
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” — Bible, Matthew 6:21

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor heard, nor touched… but are felt in the heart.” — Helen Keller

“The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” — Buddha

“When the knot of the heart, which is ignorance, is loosed, all doubts are dissolved, all evil effects of deeds are destroyed.” — The Upanishads

“Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.” — Shakespeare

HAPPINESS
“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” — Margaret Lee Runbeck

“Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln

“It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.” — Desiderius Erasmus

“If thou wouldst be happy, have an indifference for more then what is sufficient.” — William Penn

“Happy is the man who findeth wisdom.” — Bible, Proverbs 3:13

“The only ones among us who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” — Albert Schweitzer

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” — Thomas Jefferson

“To me there is no duty we so underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefit upon the world.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

“There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” — Epictetus

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus

“One who is not happy with nothing will not be happy with anything. Simplicity brings more happiness then complexity.” — Buddha

GOODNESS
“Goodness is the supreme beauty.” — Caroline Fry

“Be good and care not to whom.” — Old Proverb

“Be not merely good; be good for something.” — Thoreau

“Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.” — Bible, Romans12:21

“You are not only good yourself, but the cause of goodness in others.” — Socrates

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” — Marcus Aurelius

KINDNESS
“Be kind, for every man you meet is fighting a hard battle.” — Plato

“A kindness is never wasted.” — Aesop

“Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind?” — Buddha

“Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.” — French Proverb

TRUTH
“If thou art in company with others, be not ashamed of Truth.” — Martin Tupper
“It would be wrong to put friendship before truth.” — Aristotle
“I am therefore to become your enemy because I tell you the truth?” — Bible, Galatians 4:16
“The truth is not always what we want to hear.” — Jewish Proverb
“The truth hurts.” — Old Proverb
“So absolutely good is truth, truth never hurts the teller.” — Robert Browning
“I must speak the truth and nothing but the truth.” — Cervantes
“One should utter the truth.” — Dhammanpada 224

“Truth is always the strongest argument.” — Sophocles

“Truth fears no trial.” — Thomas Fuller

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.” — Abraham Lincoln

“There is no truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.” — Thomas Jefferson

“The seeker after truth should be humbler then the dust.” — Gandhi

“Unless you expect the unexpected you will never find ’truth,’ for it is hard to discover and hard to attain.” — Heraclitus

“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Seize upon truth, whoever it is found, amongst your friends, amongst your foes, on Christian or on heathen ground; the flower’s divine wherever it grows.” — Isaac Watts

“The individual absorbs knowledge, but Truth absorbs the individual.” — Manly P. Hall

“Do not expect truth to prevail in all situations.” — Buddha

“Rather then love, than money, then fame, give me truth.” — Thoreau

“The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.” — Emerson

“Truth is it’s own reward.” — Plato

“All things perish, Truth alone remains.” — Katha-Upanishad

IDEALS
“Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides and following them you will reach your destiny.” — Carl Schurz

WISDOM
“Wisdom begins in wonder.” — Socrates

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom.” — Bible, Proverbs 4:7

“Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.” — Horace

“Wisdom comes alone through suffering.” — Aeschylus

“Not by years but by disposition is wisdom acquired.” — Plautus

“The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, is to know that which is true.” — Lactantius

“It is the duty of a wise man to foresee evil and to prevent it.” — Pittacus

“The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.” — Cicero

“Wisdom without goodness is craft and treachery.” — Sir Richard Steele

“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today the he was yesterday.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Wise men, even if all the laws were abolished, would still lead the same lives.” — Aristophanes

“Knowledge is proud that one has learned so much. Wisdom is humble that one knows no more.” — William Cowper

“In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it thou are a fool.” — Simon Ben Azzai

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” — Shakespeare

“How can a wise man, knowing the unity of life, seeing all creatures in himself be deluded or sorrowful?” — Chandogya-Upanishad

“Many men might have attained to wisdom had they not assumed that they already possessed it.” — Seneca

“Socrates the first and wisest of them all professed to know this only, that he nothing knew.” — Milton

“A wise man’s country is the world.” — Aristippus

“Even in death is not to be feared by he who has lived wisely.” — Buddha

KNOWLEDGE
“The first step to knowledge is to know that we are ignorant. As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.” — Socrates
“Behold, we know not anything.” — Tennyson
“It is better to know nothing than to know what ain’t so.” — Josh Billings
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” — George Bernard Shaw
“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” — Alexander Pope
“If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?” — Thomas Huxley
“The more you know, the less you understand.” — Tao Te Ching
“The more you know, the less you need.” — Aboriginal Australian Proverb

“Knowledge is the food of the soul.” — Plato

“Knowledge is power.” — Sir Francis Bacon

“Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” — Shakespeare

“Knowledge exists to be imparted.” — Emerson

“Knowledge humbleth the great man, astonished the common man, and puffery up the little man.” — Old Proverb

“The ignorant go everywhere and learn little; the wise go within and learn everything there is to know.” — George King

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” — Bhagavad-gita 4

“All men by nature desire knowledge.” — Aristotle

“The desire to know is natural to good men.” — Leonardo da Vinci

“True knowledge is not attained by thinking. It is what you are; it is what you become.” — Sri Aurobindo

“One that would know what shall be must consider what hath been.” — Thomas Fuller

“That the soul be without knowledge, it is not good.” — Bible, Proverbs 19:2

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” — Bible, Hosea 4:6

“The more extensive a man’s knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.” — Disraeli

PHILOSOPHY
“Philosophy if rightly defined is nothing but the love of wisdom.” — Cicero

“Philosophy is the science which considers truth.” “Wonder is the first cause of philosophy.” — Aristotle

“Philosophy is the art of living.” — Plutarch

“Philosophy is reason with the eyes of the souls.” — Sims

“Philosophy is nothing but discretion.” — John Selden

“Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt; when thoroughly explored it dispels it.” — Sir Francis Bacon

“Truth is the object of philosophy, but not always of philosophers.” — John Collins

“Whence? Whither? Why? How? These questions cover all philosophy.” — Joseph Joubert

“A man has one thing to fear: that is to die before he becomes a philosopher.” — Solon

“There are more things in heaven and earth Horatio than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” — Shakespeare

“The chief intellectual characteristic of the present age is its despair of any constructive philosophy.” — John Devey

“Until philosophers are kings, cities will never cease from ill, nor the human race.” — Plato

“Philosophy did not find Plato already a noble man, it made him one.” “It is the bounty of nature that we live, but of philosophy that we live well, which is in truth a greater benefit then life itself.” — Seneca

“What is it to be a philosopher? Is it not to be prepared against events? — Epictetus

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts: but to so love wisdom as to live according to its dictates.” — Thoreau

“The philosopher is Nature’s pilot. And there you have the difference: to be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer.” — George Bernard Shaw

“The besetting sin of philosophers is that, being human, they endeavor to survey the universe from the standpoint of gods.” — Alfred North Whitehead

“The maxim ‘Think for yourself,’ is basic; but the further maxim, ‘Think socially’ must be added if philosophy is to do it’s whole duty.” — Edgar Brightman

“The discovery of what is true, and the practice of that which is good, are the two most important objects of philosophy.” — Voltarie

“When Aristotle was asked what he gained from philosophy, he answered, ‘To do without being commanded what others do from fear of the laws.’” — Diogenes

PERSEVERANCE
“Perseverance works triumphs.” — Virgil
“Great works need not great strength, but perseverance.” — Far Eastern Saying
“A man who persists in genuineness will increase in adequacy.” — Thomas Lynch
“The power of a man increases steadily by continuance in one direction.” — Emerson

GOALS
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” — Napoleon Hill
“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.” — John D. Rockefeller
“Because our goals are not lofty but illusory, our problems are not difficult but nonsensical.” — Wittgenstein
“Before you can score you must first have a goal.” — Greek Proverb
“The man who has the will to undergo all labor may win any goal.” — Menander
“Do not turn back when you are just at the goal.” — Publilus Syrus
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” — Einstein

DREAMS
“Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?” — Tennyson
“Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” — John Updike
“Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.” — Marsha Norman

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney
“Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.” — Anatole France
“If you don’t have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true?” — Oscar Hammerstein
“I have a dream.” — Martina Luther King Jr.
“A man whom a dream hath possessed knoweth no more of doubting.” — Shaemas O’Sheel

“The significance of a man is not what he attains, but rather in what he longs to attain.” — Kahlil Gibran

“Saddle your dreams before you ride them.” — Mary Webb

“We often forget our dreams so speedily: if we cannot catch them as they are passing out the door, we never set eyes on them again.” — William Hazlitt

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” — John Barrymore

“Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.” — Schiller

“Greatness is the dream of youth realized in old age.” — Alfred Victor Vigny

“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.” — Joseph Campbell

“Few have greater riches then the joy that comes to us in visions, in dreams which no man can take away.” — Euripides
“What is life, without a dream?” — Edmond Rostand
“Life, what is it but a dream?” — Lewis Carroll
“Deserve your dream.” — Octavio Paz
“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.” “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” — Thoreau

“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.” — William Faulker

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” — Edgar Allan Poe
“The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.” — T. E. Lawrence

“We need men who can dream of things that never were.” — John F. Kennedy

“Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” “Man, alone has the power to transform thoughts into physical reality; man, alone can dream and make dreams come true.” — Napoleon Hill

“Ah, great it is to believe the dream as we stand in youth by the starry stream; but a greater thing is to fight life through and say at the end, the dream is true!” — Edwin Markham


THE GOLDEN RULE
 

"Do not to others as you would not like done to yourself.” — Confucius
“Do not to others what ye do not wish done to yourself.” — Mahabharata, Hinduism
“Do not do to your fellow people what is hateful to you.” — The Talmud, Judaism
“Do as you would want done to you.” — Vdana-Varga, Buddhism
“Whatsoever ye would have others do to you, do ye even so to them.” — Bible, Matthew 7:12
“Blessed are those who prefer others before themselves.” — Baha’i Faith
“Regard all creatures as you would regard your own self.” — Jainism
“Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others.” — Zoroastrian Proverb
“Do not do unto others what angers you if done to you by others.” — Isocrates
“Refrain from doing what you do not want them to do to you.” — Thales
“We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us.” — Aristotle

“If you accommodate others, you will be accommodating yourself.” — Chinese Proverb

“No one of you is a believer until he desire for their brother that which he desire for himself.” — The Koran, Islam

Book Summary
 

The Golden Rule = Kindness & Respect
"Be kind, everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." — Plato
"Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind?" — Buddha
"Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his moccasins." — Native American
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” — George Washington Carver


Purpose of Life = Being of Service
"It is more blessed to give than to receive." — Bible, Acts 20:35
"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." — PIcasso
"The only ones among us who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." — Albert Schweitzer


Soul Growth = Becoming Virtuous
"The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort." — Confucius
"Man has responsibility, not power." — Native American Proverb
"Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold." — Beethoven
"Happy is the man who findeth wisdom." — Bible, Proverbs 3:13
"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits." — Thomas Jefferson
"Philosophy did not find Plato already a noble man, it made him one." — Seneca
"The discovery of what is true, and the practice of that which is good, are the two most important objects of philosophy." — Voltarie


Simplicity = Natural Peace
"Beware the barrenness of a busy life." — Socrates

"One who is not happy with nothing will not be happy with anything. Simplicity brings more happiness then complexity." — Buddha
"If thou wouldst be happy, have an indifference for more then what is sufficient." — William Penn
"People for the sake of getting a living forget to live." — Margaret Fuller
"There is more to living then increasing its speed." — Gandhi
"Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical." — Emerson


Destiny/Fate = Free Will & Luck
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." — William Bryan
"We are but as the instrument of Heaven. Our work is not design, but destiny." — Tennyson
"Life is a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism: the way you play it is free will." — Nehru
"It is the fate of the coconut husk to float, for the stone to sink." — Malayan Proverb
"When man speaks of the future, the gods laugh." — Chinese Proverb
I"deals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides and following them you will reach your destiny." — Carl Schurz


Realizing One’s Dream
"Ah, great it is to believe the dream as we stand in youth by the starry stream; but a greater thing is to fight life through and say at the end, the dream is true!" — Edwin Markham

Dark Age/Age of Transition
"You know that the dark age is like a knife which kings handle like butchers. Justice has taken wing and flown away. The darkness of untruth obscures even the light of the moon which cannot be seen.” — Guru Kanak
"The Age of Darkness will constantly proceed in it’s decay until the beginning of a new era." — Vishnu Purana 4:24

NOTE: The age we're living in ("The Winter of Time") is spoken of in greater detail in these texts…
Christianity - II Timothy 3:1-5
Buddhism - Lotus Sutra 13
Hinduism - Vishnu Purana 4:24


The Golden Age
"The golden time of Long Ago." — William Winter
"Time will run back and fetch the Age of Gold." — Milton
"The world’s great age begins anew, the golden years return." — Shelley

NOTE: Here is an example of “Poetic Quotation” of quotes that go together like a speech being given.


TRUTH
"If thou art in company with others, be not ashamed of Truth." — Martin Tupper
"It would be wrong to put friendship before truth." — Aristotle
"I am therefore to become your enemy because I tell you the truth?" — Bible, Galatians 4:16
"The truth is not always what we want to hear." — Jewish Proverb
"The truth hurts." — Old Proverb
"So absolutely good is truth, truth never hurts the teller." — Robert Browning
"I must speak the truth and nothing but the truth." — Cervantes
"One should utter the truth." — Dhammanpada 224


Folk Quotations (Highlights)
(Found under “Sense” that's found under "Philosophy.")


"Pitch a lucky man into the Nile and he will come up with a fish in his mouth." — Arabian Proverb
"One finger cannot lift a pebble." — Native American Proverb
"A sheep cannot climb a tree." — Chinese Proverb
"Better lose an anchor then the whole ship." — Dutch Proverb
"Even a lion must defend himself against flies."— German Proverb
"Wood that grows warped can never be straightened." — Greek Proverb
"The day of the storm is not the time for thatching." — Irish Proverb
"There is no need to bind up one’s head before it is broken." — Italian Proverb
"Before you climb up the ladder, count the rungs." — Jewish Proverb
"If there is no wind, row." — Latin Proverb
"It’s not enough to know how to ride, you must know how to fall." — Mexican Proverb
"When the mouse laughs at the cat there is a hole nearby." — Nigerian Proverb
"One pound of learning requires ten ponds of common sense to apply it." — Persian Proverb
"Even a clock that is not going is right twice a day." — Polish Proverb
"Visits always give a pleasure; if not the arriving, so the departing." — Portuguese Proverb
"After the head is off, one does not cry over the hair." — Russian Proverb
"There’s many a good cock that comes out of a tattered bag." — Scottish Proverb
"Who ties well, unties well." — Spanish Proverb
"During the calm waters, every ship has a great Captain." — Swedish Proverb
"What goes up… must come down." — Old Proverb