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Some Favorite Quotes

Updated on August 8, 2015
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I collect quotes. I like them because they plug you into another person’s mind. They show a glimpse of how they thought. They show that some things are timeless. These are some of my favorites.

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

- Thomas Paine


First we make our habits and then our habits make us.

- John Dryden


Character is a victory not a gift.

- Ivor Griffith


Habits change into character.

- Ovid


Some of the most wonderful people are the ones that don’t fit into boxes.

- Tori Amos


Fortune favors the bold.

- Vigil


Use what talent you possess; the woods would be very silent

If no birds sang except those that sang best.

- Henry Van Dyke


Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.

- Liz Smith


Progress is not created by contented people.

- Frank Tyger


The purpose of an education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

- Malcolm Forbes


You cannot tell a man anything; you can only help him find it for himself.

- Galileo Galilei


Do not feel certain of anything.

- Bertrand Russell


Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority; it is time to reform.

- Mark Twain


If you have to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not

achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings”.

- Dave Berry


Never confuse movement with action.

- Ernest Hemingway


Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds;

cannot change anything.

- George Bernard Shaw


And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.

- Erica Jong


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

- Thomas Edison


We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.

- Eric Hoffer

You no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.

- Jeannette Rankin


Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.

- Eric Hoffer


In times of rapid change, experience can be your worst enemy.

- J Paul Getty


Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.

- Henry Ford


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.

- Aristotle


That’s enough for now. Which one did you like best?

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    • donna bamford profile image

      donna bamford 

      9 years ago from Canada

      The Bertrand Russell one is my favourite but in a way I agree with all of them.Good choices.

    • Beata Stasak profile image

      Beata Stasak 

      9 years ago from Western Australia

      I believe in the last one with Aristotle. Thank you for answering my question on the hub. By the way, taking away writing and poetry, I am big fan of kayaking too.

    • WebMag profile image

      WebMag 

      9 years ago

      John Dryden's is my favorite among these.

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