Quotes Community: Please comment with YOUR favorites! :)

“If you do not attain happiness, always remember that you are on the right road, and try not to leave it. Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself. Watch over your own deceitfulness and look into it every hour, every minute. Avoid being scornful, both to others and to yourself. What seems to you bad within you will grow purer from the very fact of your observing it in yourself. Avoid fear, too, though fear is only the consequence of every sort of falsehood. Never be frightened at your own faint-heartedness in attaining love. Don’t be frightened overmuch even at your evil actions. I am sorry I can say nothing more consoling to you, for love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams. Love in dreams is greedy for immediate action, rapidly performed and in the sight of all. Men will even give their lives if only the ordeal does not last long but is soon over, with all looking on and applauding as though on the stage. But active love is labor and fortitude, and for some people too, perhaps, a complete science. But I predict that just when you see with horror that in spite of all your efforts you are getting farther from your goal instead of nearer to it—at that very moment I predict that you will reach it and behold clearly the miraculous power of the Lord who has been all the time loving and mysteriously guiding you. Forgive me for not being able to stay longer with you. They are waiting for me. Good-by.”

–Fyodor Dostoyevsky, THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”
–Leo Tolstoy

“It is only necessary to grow old to become more charitable and even indulgent. I see no fault committed by others that I have not committed myself.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“In politics, as on the sickbed, people toss from side to side, thinking they will be more comfortable.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“A distracted existence leads us to no goal.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do.”

-Benjamin Franklin

 

“Earth’s crammed with heaven,

And every common bush afire with God;

But only those who see take off their shoes,

The rest sit around and pluck blackberries.”

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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