Clever definitions

  1. High-maintenance person: easy to upset; difficult to please.
    Low maintenance person: difficult to upset; easy to please.

    (by Mark Goulston in Do YOU Practice the Golden Rule? Take the Double Standard Assessment Test )
  2. Synergy: 1 + 1 = 3
    Compromise: 1 + 1 = 1 ½

    (by Stephen Covey  from  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

  3. Knowledge: knowing a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom: not putting it in your fruit salad.

    (by Peter Kay)

  4. Neurosis: just a high-class word for whining. (Albert Ellis)

Clever, witty quotes

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford
Dreams don’t work unless you do. John C. Maxwell
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde
To understand all is to forgive all. French saying
We tend to get what we expect. Norman Vincent Peale
A skunk is better company than a person who prides himself on being ‘frank’. Robert Heinlein
Never try to have the last word. You might get it. Robert Heinlein
Never miss a good chance to shut up. Will Rogers
Arguing with a fool proves there are two. Doris M. Smith
The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. Abraham Lincoln
The only way to have a friend is to be one. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait to hear the answer. Unknown
Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say. Unknown
Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why? To find a good one, you must one hundred try. Claude Mermet
A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else. Len Wein
A true friend overlooks your failures and tolerates your success! Doug Larson
I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you. Roy Croft
It takes a long time to grow an old friend. John Leonard
My best friend is that one who brings out the best in me. Henry Ford
One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. Rita Mae Brown
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. Dr. Seuss
I don’t let go of concepts –I meet them with understanding. Then they let go of me. Byron Katie
I don’t miss him; I miss who I thought he was. Unknown
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. William James
The reward of a thing done well is to have done it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is astonishing how long it takes to finish something you are not working on. Unknown
Many people have a good aim in life, but for some reason they never pull the trigger. Unknown
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Ralph Waldo Emerson
You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do. Henry Ford
Action will destroy your procrastination. Og Mandino
Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don’t have to. Walter Linn
Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid. Kim Hubbard
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I’ll go anywhere as long as it’s forward. David Livingstone
Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. John Kenneth Galbraith
If you want to make enemies, try to change something. Woodrow Wilson
To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often. Winston Churchill
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius
The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress. Charles F. Kettering
The real fault is to have faults and not to amend them. Confucius
If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s OK. But you’ve got to shoot for something. A lot of people don’t even shoot. Confucius
It is better to play than do nothing. Confucius
Straight-forwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness. Confucius
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. Confucius
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Confucius
Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats. Howard Aiken
It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company. George Washington
You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with. Wayne Dyer
We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love. Unknown
Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that. Michael Leunig
Soul-mates are people who bring out the best in you. They are not perfect but are always perfect for you. Unknown
Want to know something really subversive? Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. It’s really worth fighting for — risking everything for. And the trouble is — if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. Erica Jong
A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not. Unknown
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. Plato
To handle yourself, you your head; To handle others, use your heart. Unknown
No-one can make you feel inferior without your permission. Eleanor Roosevelt
To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable. Erich Fromm
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward. Soren Kierkegaard
The one who loves least controls the relationship. Unknown
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius
The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them. Mark Twain
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Unknown
Life is not one thing after another. It’s the same damn thing over and over! Unknown
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. Mahatma Gandhi
Once you have learned to love, you will have learned to live. Unknown
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind. Mahatma Gandhi
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain
Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late Benjamin Franklin
The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about. Wayne Dyer
How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win. Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be. Unknown
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that’s my religion. Abraham Lincoln
The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. George Bernard Shaw
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person. He believed in me. Jim Valvano (basketball coach)
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he’s absolutely free to choose. William M. Bulger
Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely. Erma Bombeck
It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. Tom Robbins
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. Adlai E. Stevenson
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make a mistake. Elbert Hubbard
Playing it safe is the riskiest choice we can ever make. Sarah Ban Breathnach
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russell
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid one hundred days of sorrow. Chinese proverb
You will never find time for anything. You must make it. Charles Buxton
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth. Benjamin Disraeli
He who wrestles with us, strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skills. Our antagonist is our helper. Edmund Burke
Don’t make someone a priority who only makes you an option. Unknown
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
We can’t always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did. Mark Twain
Knowledge is proud she knows so much; wisdom is humble that she knows no more. William Cowper
It is not what you gather but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Helen Walton
Fools learn from experience. Wise men learn from the experience of others. Otto von Bismarck
People are made to be loved and things are made to be used. There is much chaos in this world because things are being loved and people are being used. Unknown
Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it. Katherine Whitehorn
The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. William James
The problem human beings face is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed. Michelangelo
All mankind is divided into three groups: those who are immovable; those who are movable; and those who move. Benjamin Franklin
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. Richard P. Feynman
I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. Mark Twain
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. George Bernard Shaw
What gets measured gets managed. Peter Drucker
Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace. Robert J. Sawyer
Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece. Ralph Charell
I not only use all the brains I have, but all that I can borrow. Woodrow Wilson
By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day. Robert Frost
The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive. Thich Nhat Hanh
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. George Bernard Shaw
This too shall pass. Persian proverb
Whoever best describes a problem is the one most likely to solve it. Dan Roam
A successful business is either loved or needed. Ted Leonsis
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. Winston Churchill
Improve by 1% a day, and in just 70 days, you’re twice as good. Alan Weiss
Whenever an individual or business decides that success has been attained, progress stops. Thomas J. Watson
We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are. Anais Nin
How do I know what I think until I hear what I say? E. M. Forster
To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered. John Ruskin
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Cyril Parkinson
It ain’t what you know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. Mark Twain
We all have times when we think more effectively, and times when we should not be thinking at all. Daniel Cohen
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. The Serenity Prayer
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln
We find comfort among those who agree with us, and growth among those who don’t. Frank A. Clark
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done. Peter Drucker
The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year. John Foster Dulles
That which can be destroyed by the truth should be. P. C. Hodgell
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker
Rare is the person who can weigh the faults of others without putting his thumb on the scales. Byron J. Langenfeld
A life lived in fear is a life half-lived. Spanish proverb
Time is a great healer, but a poor beautician. Lucille S. Harper
Human beings aren’t rational animals; we’re rationalizing animals who want to appear reasonable to ourselves. Eliot Aronson ?
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. Naguib Mahfouz
It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help. Judith Martin
The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. Linus Pauling
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. Voltaire
Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible. Miguel Unamuno
Take care that no one hates you justly. Publiius Syrus
Belief gets in the way of learning. Robert Heinlein
When one teaches, two learn. Robert Heinlein
One man’s theology is another man’s belly laugh. Robert Heinlein

Clever, one-liner quotes

Never miss a good chance to shut up. (Will Rogers)

Don’t try to have the last word. You might get it. (Robert Heinlein)

A skunk is better company than a person who prides himself on being frank. (Robert Heinlein)

Arguing with a fool proves there are two. (Doris M Smith)

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success! (Doug Larson)

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. (Rita Mae Brown)

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. (Ben Stein)

I’ve never learned from a man who agreed with me. (Robert Heinlein)

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. (Winston Churchill)

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. (George Bernard Shaw)

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. (Oscar Wilde)

A friend is a present you give yourself. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. (William James)

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. (Albert Schweitzer)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle)

Men’s natures are alike. It is their habits that carry them far apart. (Confucius)

We must be the change we wish to see. (Gandhi)

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. (Albert Einstein)

Would you like me to give you a formula for success?It’s quite simple really. Double your rate of failure. (Thomas J.Watson)

A thousand words will not leave as deep an impression as one deed. (Henrik Ibsen)

As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. (Andrew Carnegie).

Dreams don’t work unless do you. (John C. Maxwell)

Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire. (Dale Carnegie)

The best way out is always through. (Robert Frost)

Do what you feel in your heart to be right — for you’ll be criticized anyway. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Happiness is not a goal; it’s a by-product. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more. (Merle Shain)

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. (Marie Curie)

Fears are nothing more than a state of mind. (Napoleon Hill)

Ultimately, we know deeply that the other side of fear is freedom. (Marilyn Ferguson)

I’m afraid to show you who I really am. If I show you who I really am, you mightn’t like it — and that’s all I’ve got. (Sabina Ward-Harrison)

The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. (Richard Bach)

Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it…that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear. (Dale Carnegie)

One who looks for a friend without faults will have none. (Hasidic saying)

A true friend is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else. (Len Wein)

Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity. (Patti Wilson)

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. (Helen Keller)

No-one can make you feel inferior without your permission. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Respect yourself and others will respect you. (Confucius)

It takes years to build up trust, and just seconds to destroy it. (Unknown).

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. (Confucius)

We find comfort among those who agree with us, and growth among those who don’t. (Frank A. Clark)

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.  (Peter Drucker)

While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions. (Stephen Covey)

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.  (Peter Drucker)

Time is a great healer, but a poor beautician.  (Lucille S. Harper)