William Shakespeare: To thine own self be true

William Shakespeare

This above all: to thine own self be true, / And it must follow, as the night the day, / Thou canst not then be false to any man. –William Shakespeare, poet and dramatist (1564-1616).

Francoise Sagan: Writing

I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall write badly if I do not live. –Francoise Sagan, playwright and novelist (1935-2004)

 

 

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Françoise sagan, All’impazzata, Astoria 2011; progetto grafico di zevilhéritier. Copertina (part.), 3 (Photo credit: federico novaro)

Mark Twain: Truth and fiction

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Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.

Mark Twain

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Persecution and not…

 

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Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. –Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882).

 

 

Corrie Ten Boom: Worry

Corrie ten Boom, "The Hiding Place"

Corrie ten Boom, “The Hiding Place” (Photo credit: Corrie ten Boom Museum)

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. ”
Corrie Ten Boom

Ambrose Bierce: Love

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Ambrose Bierce portre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Love: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage. –Ambrose Bierce, author and editor (1842-1914)

Bernard Iddings Bell: To love

Love Truly Romance

Love Truly Romance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“To love is not a passive thing. To love is active voice. When I love I do something, I function, I give. I do not love in order that I may be loved back again, but for the creative joy of loving. And every time I do so love I am freed, at least a little, by the outgoing of love, from enslavement to that most intolerable of master, myself.”
—Bernard Iddings Bell

Anatole France: Vain sounds

English: Anatole France

English: Anatole France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them. –Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Excess wisdom

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Photo credit: Books18)

“The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thomas Paine: Harder the conflict

Thomas Paine, Engraving

Thomas Paine, Engraving (Photo credit: Marion Doss)

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
Thomas Paine.

Edward Everett Hale: Being one

Edward Everett Hale

Edward Everett Hale (Photo credit: Mr. Ducke)

I am only one, / But still I am one. / I cannot do everything, / But still I can do something; / And because I cannot do everything, / I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. –Edward Everett Hale, author (1822-1909)

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Jane Austen: Suffering places

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Jane Austen, Watercolour and pencil portrait by her sister Cassandra, 1810 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.” – – –Jane Austen, novelist (1775-1817).

What the body says

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Eduardo Hughes Galeano (born September 3, 1940) is a Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The church says: The body is a sin. Science says: The body is a machine. Advertising says: The body is a business. The body says: I am a fiesta. –Eduardo Galeano, journalist and novelist (b. 1940)

William James: As you think, so shall you be

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910)

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.
William James.

Flattery

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English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering. –George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)

Benjamin Disraeli: Write a book

Line drawing of Disraeli

Line drawing of Disraeli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
Benjamin Disraeli.

Change

publicity photo of Lillian Hellman.

publicity photo of Lillian Hellman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People change and forget to tell each other. –Lillian Hellman, playwright (1905-1984)

Leo Tolstoy: Strange illusion

portrait of Leo Tolstoy

portrait of Leo Tolstoy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness. –Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (1828-1910).

Borrowed mirth

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Laugh, and the world laughs with you; / Weep, and you weep alone. / For this brave old earth must borrow its mirth, / But has trouble enough of its own.-Ella Wheeler Wilcox, poet (1850-1919)

Edgar Allan Poe: Nasal mob

1848 Daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe at 39, a...

1848 Daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe at 39, a year before his death (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led. ”
Edgar Allan Poe

Leo Tolstoy: Truth

Leo Tolstoy 1848

Leo Tolstoy 1848 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. –Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (1828-1910).

Zora Neale Hurston: Envious heart, treacherous ear

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“An envious heart makes a treacherous ear.”
Zora Neale Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God

William Makepeace Thackeray: The secret

William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray (Photo credit: Boston Public Library)

“Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed. ”
William Makepeace Thackeray

Mark Twain: Faith

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Mark Twain (Photo credit: aftab.)

“Your faith is what you believe, not what you know. ”
—Mark Twain

Moral certainty

H. L. Mencken, satirist, social critic, cynic,...

H. L. Mencken, satirist, social critic, cynic, freethinker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on “I am not too sure.” –H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)