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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
by Anne Bradstreet

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Related topics: Inspirational Wisdom

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge,
fitter to bruise than polish.
- Anne Bradstreet

A prosperous state makes a secure Christian,
but adversity makes him Consider.
- Anne Bradstreet

Youth is the time of getting, middle age of improving,
and old age of spending.
- Anne Bradstreet

 

If what I do prove well, it won't advance.
They'll say it's stolen, or else it was by chance.
- Anne Bradstreet

Iron till it be thoroughly heated is incapable to be wrought;
so God sees good to cast some men into the furnace of affliction,
and then beats them on his anvil into what frame he pleases.
- Anne Bradstreet

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

I tried to remember how to exhale.
I had to look away before it came back to me.
- Bella, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares.
I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
- Jonas Salk

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- Margaret Mead

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

Everyone who got where he is,
had to begin where he was.
- Richard L. Evans

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

If the tongue had not been framed for articulation,
man would still be a beast in the forest.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

Touch me in the morning
Then just walk away
We don't have tomorrow
But we had yesterday
- Ron Miller/Michael Masser

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

I have lost my seven best friends,
which is to say that God has had mercy on me
seven times without realizing it.
He lent a friendship, took it from me, and sent me another.
- Jean Cocteau

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

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The soul would have no rainbow,
Had the eyes no tears.
- John Vance Cheney

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

I am certainly not an authority on love because there
are no authorities on love,
just those who've had luck with it and those who haven't.
- Bill Cosby

A person isn't who they are during
the last conversation you had with them -
they're who they've been
throughout your whole relationship.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

You know the only people who are always sure about
the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.
- Bill Cosby

Essentially all suffering is the result of...
1. Comparing what we have (or don't have) today
... with what we had yesterday.
2. Comparing what we fear we might have (or not have) tomorrow)
... with what we have today.
3. Comparing what we have (or don't have) with what others have.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

If someone had told me I would be Pope one day,
I would have studied harder.
- Pope John Paul I

Think what a better world it would be if we all,
the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock
every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
- Barbara Jordan

I had a birthday one night on a farm we were shooting on.
I walked into the tent, and there were 150 people waiting for me,
all wearing masks of my face.
- Stephen Hopkins

Ironically, women who acquire power are more likely
to be criticized for it than are the men who have always had it.
- Carolyn Heilbrun

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you,
fame.
If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle.
So at least it's something I experience,
but that's not where I live.
- Marilyn Monroe

I always felt that the great high privilege,
relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
- Katherine Mansfield

My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood,
musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
- Ray Charles

Think where mans glory most begins and ends,
and say my glory was I had such friends.
- William Butler Yeats

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

No stream rises higher than its source.
Whatever man might build, could never
express or reflect more than he was.
He could record neither more nor less
than he had learned of life.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Once I got married and had kids, I moved away from romantic roles,
because it seemed wrong to have my 3-year-old wondering
why Daddy was kissing someone else.
- Chevy Chase

Always it gave me a pang that my children had no lawful claim to a name.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

I met an American woman and got married so I had to get a job.
- Walter Wager

The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities
and the responsibility that we all had.
It wasn't the answer.
It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
- John Lennon

If a composer could say what he had to say in words
he would not bother trying to say it in music.
- Gustav Mahler

My mother was the influence in my life.
She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate
triumph of justice and hard work.
She believed passionately in education.
- John H. Johnson

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
- William James

Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate,
now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?
- Will Rogers

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

My father...
had sharper eyes than the rest of our people.
- Chief Joseph

My mother worked in factories, worked as a domestic,
worked in a restaurant, always had a second job.
- Ed Bradley


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