Favourite Quotes

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“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb – thats where the fruit is” – Mark Twain

“Grace is not for the deserving, but for the believing.”

“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion” – Alexander the Great. 

Hows this for vision: The legendary sculptor, Michelangelo claimed that as he looked into the stone, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”  ~ Marcel Proust

“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”  ~ Mark Twain

“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” ~ Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“Vision is not enough. It must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.” ~ Vaclav Havel

“Lord, may I make a difference for you that is utterly disproportionate to who I am” – John Piper

Quote by Bono: “Religion is what we’re left with when the Spirit has left the room”

Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. (Mark Twain)

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.” ~ Kimberly Johnson

An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything.” ~ Lynn Johnston

“Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.” ~ Tryon Edwards

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for in London there is all that life can afford.” – Samuel Johnson Boswell

“To the person who does not know where he wants to go, there is no favorable wind.” ~ Seneca

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.” ~ T.E. Lawrence

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.” – Hellen Keller

“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Wherever you go, there you are!” (You can run from everything and everyone, but not from yourself)

“If you think you are a leader, but have no-one following you, you are merely taking a walk.”

“If you dont stand for anything, you’ll fall for anything”

“A man wrapped up in himself makes a small package”

“Being a male is a matter of birth. Being a man is a matter of maturity”

“There is possibly a kernel of truth in every criticism”

“An oak tree is just an acorn that held its ground.”

“To get to the source, you have to swim upstream”

“If you follow the crowd, you’re bound to get lost in it”

I’ll add to these regularly, so come back for more nuggets… Share your own favourites as a comment below:

30 thoughts on “Favourite Quotes

  1. Angus

    Don’t look where you fall, but where you slipped. ~African Proverb

    The essential question is not, “How busy are you?” but “What are you busy at?” ~Oprah Winfrey

    You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. ~Irish Proverb

  2. Sergio Catignani

    Of course, one has to be a good sport and be a fair player, but when I was a swimmer, I used to train at Fordham University (New York).
    Vince Lombardi, a great NFL coach, coached there and I used to love reading one of his famous quotes written on the walls:
    “WINNING ISN’T EVERYTHING, IT’S THE ONLY THING!”
    That is a great quote to live by, if you’re trying to achieve something difficult or at least worthwhile pursuing!

  3. Thorsten Brettschneider

    I don’t say embrace trouble. That’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you’ll see alot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it. Oliver Wendell Holmes. JR.

  4. Ric

    “People are unreasonable and self centered – love them anyway, if you do good, people will accuse you selfish motives – do good anyway, the good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow – do good anyway, honesty and transparency make you vulnerable – be honest and transparent anyway, what you spend years building may be destroyed overnight – build anyway, people who really want help may attack you if you help them – help them anyway, give the world the best you have and you may get hurt – give the world your best anyway.” – Mother Theresa

  5. Bekka Chapman

    “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” Thomas Anquinas

  6. weckleben

    Only a few of mine are originals…this was not one of them. In fact, I heard it first at a Victory Weekend in Manila. It sure is true.

  7. Sergio Catignani

    “I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight”. General S. Patton
    Something to remember when reading 1 Tim 6:12

  8. weckleben

    “You have to think about the big things while you are doing the small things, so that the small things go in the right direction.” By A Toffler – I got this off Eugene & Anna’s – missionaries in Nepal – newsletter. They are living this truth…

  9. Gerald

    Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
    – Marie Curie

  10. C. S. Lewis is a veritable legend…. a goldmine of great quotes.

    My favourite:
    “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

    Other great ones
    “Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”

    “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”

    “If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.”

    “The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

    “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

    “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

    And finally, ones that I find very personally applicable, as a Thirty-year-old, tea-drinking musician:

    “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough to suit me.”

    “Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”

    “Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.”

  11. Bekka Chapman

    remember, that at the end of a bad day it take 48 muscles to frown, 28 to smile, and only for to reach out at hit somebody!

  12. Manthe Champion

    “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt” – William Shakespeare.

    “The unsaid can always be said, but the said can never be unsaid” – Old Persian proverb.

  13. claudine shiels

    Wolfi, you’ve left out: HAPPY WIFE, HAPPY LIFE!

    Here’s one of my Irish favourites:

    “It’s so sad, it would bring a tear to a glass eye!”

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