The entering into our exciting new millennium has inspired me to add this quotes page to my site. May it be a healthy, joyous and peaceful one for us ALL

Since there is such a huge amount of quotes that I'm just dying to share with you guys, what do you say we get right to it without further adieu? Enjoy them!!! 


"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."
-Helen Keller

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
-Helen Keller

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."
-Helen Keller

"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something."
- Henry David Thoreau

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
-Henry David Thoreau

"Men have become the tools of their tools."
Henry David Thoreau

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The choice is no longer between violence and non-violence. It is between non-violence and non-existence."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present."
-Bill Keane

"You don't take a photograph, you make it."
-Ansel Adams

"What's another word for "Thesaurus?"
-Steven Wright

"Why don't they make the whole plane out of that black box stuff."
-Steven Wright

"A friend of mine once sent me a post card with a picture of the entire planet Earth taken from space. On the back it said, 'Wish you were here'."
-Steven Wright

"I put instant coffee in a microwave oven and almost went back in time."
-Steven Wright

"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind... War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.  Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or to make it the last. And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.  Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. Washington [D.C.] is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm. Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
-John F. Kennedy 

"Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.  Some see things that are, and ask why.  I dream of things that never were and ask why not."
-Robert F. Kennedy 

"Class has a sense of humor. It knows that a good laugh is the best lubricant for oiling the machinery of human relations. Class never makes excuses. It takes its lumps and learns from past mistakes. Class bespeaks an aristocracy unrelated to ancestors or money. Some extremely wealthy people have no class at all, while others who are struggling to make ends meet are loaded with it. Class is real. You can't fake it. Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down. Class is already up and need not attempt to look better by making others look worse. Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class because he is comfortable with himself. If you have class, you've got it made. If you don't have class, no matter what else you have, it won't make up for it."
-Ann Landers

"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?"
-Stephen Levine 

"Only do what your heart tells you."
-Diana, Princess of Wales

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one." 
-John Lennon

"War does not determine who is right - only who is left."
-Bertrand Russell

"If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies."

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
-Albert Einstein

"Why don't you write books people can read?" 
-Nora Joyce to her husband James 

"Peace is not just the absence of conflict but also the presence of justice."
-Harrison Ford in Air Force One

"The best index to a person's character is [a] how he treats people who can't do him any good, and [b] how he treats people who can't fight back."
-Abigail Van Buren 

"Action is the antidote to despair."
-Joan Baez

Join the Army, see the world, meet interesting people - and kill them.
- Pacifist Badge, 1978

<>"Blessed is he who makes his companions laugh."
-The Koran

"Don't dream it - be it."
-Tim Curry in the Rocky Horror Picture Show

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" 
-H. M. Warner, founder of Warner Brothers, in 1927 

"Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition."
-Alexander Smith

"Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier."
-Mother Teresa 

"If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand."

"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow - Don't walk behind me, I may not lead - Just walk beside me and be my friend."
-Albert Camus

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."

"The mind like a parachute, functions only when open."

"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding."
-Albert Einstein 

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. " 
 -Oscar Wilde

"I've had a wonderful time, but this wasn't it." 
-Groucho Marx

"Outside of a dog a book is man's best friend - inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
-Groucho Marx

"It is clear that the way to heal society of its violence... and lack of love is to replace the pyramid of domination with the circle of equality and respect."

<>"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt. " 
-Mark Twain

"War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military."
-George Clemenceau

"Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something."
-Henry David Thoreau

"War will cease when men refuse to fight."
-Fridtjof Hansen

"We look forward to the time when the power to love of will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace."
-William Gladstone 

"The fact is, I see no compelling reason why we should not unilaterally get rid of our nuclear weapons. To maintain them is costly and adds nothing to our security. I can think of no circumstances under which it would be wise for the United States to use nuclear weapons, even in retaliation for their prior use against us. What, for example, would our targets be? It is impossible to conceive of a target that could be hit without large-scale destruction of many innocent people?" 
-Paul H. Nitze in an article titled "A Threat Mostly to Ourselves",  NY Times Oct. 28, 1999. Nitze was ambassador-at-large during the Reagan Administration and one of the coldest of cold warriors.

"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home."
-Ken Olson, World Future Society Convention, 1977

"The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter." 
-Mark Twain

"Write a wise saying and your name will live forever"

"Once I would have described myself as "non-violent" (in fact, once I was, to the point of never defending myself) -- but after a lot of consideration I have decided that what I am now is "nonaggressive."

Violence is the use of destructive force against an object, or a person who doesn't welcome it. Unfortunately, self-defense often involves violence.

I cannot claim I am "non-violent" or "anti violence," because I am pro self-defense. I simply believe that one should never INITIATE violence. I believe that most people would describe themselves this way if you put this distinction before them in those words."
- C.D. Tavares

"Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I am with you kid. Let's go!"
-Maya Angelou

"There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up."
-Bernard Meltzer

"In violence we forget who we are."
- Mary McCarthy

"The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word 'love'. It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life."
-Lydia Maria Child

"This above all; to thine own self be true"
-William Shakespeare

"A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts who you have become and still gently alllows you to grow."
-William Shakespeare

"If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see."
-Henry David Thoreau

"It is never too late to give up your prejudices."
-Henry David Thoreau

"What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"
-Henry David Thoreau

"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."
-Robin Williams

"Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do."

"One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered."
-Michael J. Fox

"Courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. Real courage is when you fight for what is right regardless of whether you win or lose."
Atticus Finch of the film,"To Kill a Mockingbird"

"If violence is answered by violence, the result is a physical struggle. Now, a physical struggle inevitably arouses in the minds of those directly and even indirectly concerned in it emotions of hatred, fear, rage and resentment. In the heat of conflict all scruples are thrown to the winds, and all the habits of forbearance and humaneness, slowly and laboriously formed during generations of civilised living, are forgotten. Nothing matters any more except victory. And when at last victory comes to one or other of the parties, this final outcome of physical struggle bears no necessary relation to the rights and wrongs of the case: nor in most cases, does it provide any lasting settlement to the dispute."
- Aldous Huxley

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
- Pablo Picasso

"We challenge the culture of violence when we ourselves act in the certainty that violence is no longer acceptable, that it's tired and outdated no matter how many cling to it in the stubborn belief that it still works and that it's still valid."
- Gerard Vanderhaar

"The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out."
- Chinese Proverb

"There have been periods of history in which episodes of terrible violence occurred but for which the word violence was never used.... Violence is shrouded in justifying myths that lend it moral legitimacy, and these myths for the most part kept people from recognizing the violence for what it was.  The people who burned witches at the stake never for one moment thought of their act as violence; rather they thought of it as an act of divinely mandated righteousness.  The same can be said of most of the violence we humans have ever committed."
- >Gil Bailie

"The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence."
- Joan Baez