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Words of Infinite Wisdom to Inspire, Enlighten & Entertain -100 Great Quotes (plus a few more)

Updated on August 25, 2011

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My Top 10 Favorites Quotations Of All Time (in no particular order):

  • "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." Winston Churchill
  • "My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." Dalai Lama
  • "All I can do is be me, whoever that is." Bob Dylan
  • "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Barack Obama
  • "Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them as much." Oscar Wilde
  • "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle." (?)
  • "Every true genius is bound to be naïve." Friedrich Schiller
  • "No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids - their behavior is always normal." Bill Cosby
  • "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein
  • "A dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly, it’s the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they’re going to do something incredibly… stupid." Captain Jack Sparrow

Great Quotes about Kids and Parenting

  • "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. " - Frederick Douglass

  • "Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children." - Kahlil Gibran

  • "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." - Nelson Mandela

  • "If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children." - Mohandas Gandhi

  • "Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives." Maya Angelo

  • "The extent to which a parent is able to see a child's world through that child's eyes depends very much on the parent's ability to appreciate differences between herself and her child, and to respect those differences. Your own children need you to accept them for who they are, not who you would like them to be." - Lawrence Balter

  • "Tell the children the truth." - Bob Marley

  • "You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any. " - Bill Cosby

  • "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. " - PabloPicasso

  • "All of us have moments in out lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them. " - Erma Bombeck

  • "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much." - Jackie Kennedy

Dalai Lama

  • My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
  • Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
  • Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
  • I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest.
  • I do not judge the universe.
  • Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
  • With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
  • Sometimes, one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes, one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.


  • By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
  • Wisdom is to know the extent of ones ignorance.

Albert Einstein

  • There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
  • Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
  • Only two things are Infinite; 'The Universe' and 'Human Stupidity'; and I am not too sure about the former.
  • Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
  • Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
  • If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.
  • Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
  • A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
  • The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
  • Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Bill Cosby

  • Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
  • I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
  • Gray hair is God's graffiti.
  • A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
  • Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.
  • I wasn't always black... there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.
  • I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
  • It isn't a matter of black is beautiful as much as it is white is not all that's beautiful.
  • No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids - their behavior is always normal.

Winston Churchill

  • A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
  • A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
  • A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
  • Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
  • A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you, fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
  • Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
  • A joke is a very serious thing.
  • A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
  • All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
  • Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
  • Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.


  • A jug fills drop by drop.
  • Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
  • Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
  • An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
  • Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
  • He is able who thinks he is able.
  • Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

Captain Jack Sparrow

  • If you were waiting for the opportune moment, that was it.
  • A dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly, it’s the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they’re going to do something incredibly… stupid.
  • Shoot him! Cut out his tongue. Then shoot his tongue!
  • This is not my vessel. My vessel is magnificent, and fierce and huge-ish and gone... Why is it gone?
  • Ladies! Will you please shut it? Listen to me. Yes, I lied to you. No, I don't love you. Of course it makes you look fat. I've never been to Brussels. It is pronounced "egregious". By the way, no, I've never met Pizzaro but I love his pies. And all of this pales to utter insignificance in light of the fact that my ship is once again gone. Savvy?
  • You may kill me but you may never insult me!
  • If we don’t have the key, we can’t open whatever we dont’ have that it unlocks. So what purpose would be served in finding whatever need be unlocked, which we don’t have, without first having found the key what unlocks it?
  • I leave you people alone for just a minute and look what happens. Everything’s gone to pot!
  • Will Turner: You cheated! Captain Jack Sparrow: (shrugs) Pirate.
  • You will always remember this as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow.
  • Why should I sail with any of you? 4 of you have tried to kill me in the past, and one of you succeeded.
  • But why is the rum gone?
  • She's safe, just like I promised. She's all set to marry Norrington, just like she promised. And you get to die for her, just like you promised. So we're all men of our word, really... except for Elizabeth, who is, in fact, a woman.
  • Where's the thump-thump?!?!

Random Quotes

  • "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Barack Obama
  • "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." Thomas Jefferson
  • "Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected." George Washington
  • "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." Mother Teresa
  • "Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them as much." Oscar Wilde
  • "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle." (?)
  • "Every true genius is bound to be naïve." Friedrich Schiller
  • "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."Terry Pratchett, Diggers
  • "A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew." Herb Caen
  • "All I can do is be me, whoever that is." Bob Dylan
  • "Turn your wounds into wisdom." Oprah Winfrey
  • "We are but the universe, trying to understand itself." Delenn (Babylon 5)

In My Own Words

(I humbly add these quotations of my own to this list)

  • I will not forget the purpose of embarking on this journey, lest I lose direction and fail to reach my destination.
  • Hypocrites are usually the ones who are unable to see the absurdity of their duplicitous views....
  • The world could collapse around my ears, and I'd still know how to adapt to

    the change and rebuild on the ruins.

  • "Thoughts become things" is a truth to take far. A wish is a thought, so wish on a star!

  • Most people "get" it, while others just don't. Some do, but refuse to admit so. A few don't know there is anything to get, and yell "fire fire" no matter what instead... Then there are those who put quail feathers and eagle shit into the same carton, label it "rooster eggs"...and then take offense when you refuse to eat the omelettes they cook!

  • "Thoughts become things" so spend lots of time thinking about what you WANT to happen instead of what you DON'T want.

  • Most victims would never tolerate from a stranger the abuse that they endure from a family member or significant other. The emotional hold that the perpetrator has over their victim is invisible, both to them and everyone else.That is the power of the perpetrator.

  • There is no choice between Darkness & The Light. Darkness is but the absence of Light.
  • Do not live in the Darkness of the past, or let fear stop you from creating your own destiny.
  • Keeping dark secrets will keep you sick.
  • There are pills that can help a victim to overcome the devastating effects of abuse, but there are NO pills that can stop an abuser from abusing.
  • Revenge will only give you a temporary and false sense of redemption.
  • Find the light and add your own to its brilliance.
  • Hate only feeds the darkness and leaves you cold, alone and empty.
  • Let the universe seek its own revenge. Karma will be punishment enough, so leave them to their fate, and return to your own journey.
  • Love and believe in yourself. Then the love and warmth you seek will be able find you.
  • Forgive People. Do not forgive someone for the purpose of giving them another chance, but to give yourself the chance to let go. Then forgive yourself too.
  • Take responsibility for your own happiness, and be the author of your own destiny.
  • The path I follow is fraught with danger, but I am not afraid. Fear and anger have ever been your tools; I no longer use them as my compass for experience has made me wise. My courage comes from having faith in the morality of my purpose and I trust instead my own tools of love, intelligence and empathy to show me the way.
  • I will do whatever I need to do to protect my kids, because they asked me to, and because I must if I value human morality and the rights of children. I do not do it for revenge against you. It's not all about you; it never was and it never will be. Nor is it about me. It's about them and always will be. Love should not hurt!
  • First and foremost of the Rights of Children is their right to be protected from harm, and to live with out fear, in the warm, safe embrace of unconditional love.
  • There are some things we'll never get over.Some people we'll always miss.Some who have hurt us so much, that we think we'll never recover. It's not fair, but that's just the way it is.We still have to keep on going on, the best we can. I'll be fine. You'll be fine. We'll be fine.We are still here.You are not alone.You ...will never be alone.Just don't forget to breath, don't forget about you and don't forget about me.
  • Self respect comes from within, from reaching for your dreams, from the satisfaction of achievement, from knowing you have something to offer, from inspiring others to greater things, from giving of yourself for the greater good, from providing people with an insight that will foster empathy, from sharing your knowledge with those who seek enlightenment, from the pride felt with each small success, from having a sense of purpose that gives you direction, from forgiving yourself for your mistakes, from gaining wisdom from your experiences, and from never giving in to failure, but always having the courage to try again.
  • Society condemns women who kill their partners after suffering from family violence for years. While I don't condone it, I also do not condemn it. Regardless of physical abuse, consider that severe emotional, mental and/or psychological abuse has been compared to the torture tactics used by various military interrogators on enemy prisoners of war. Now consider this scenario: A prisoner of war is subjected to torture for years. The POW fears that their torturer will hunt them down and kill them if they try to escape. Eventually, they can't take it anymore and can't watch the hurt inflicted on the other prisoners either, so they turn around and kill their torturer. Now ask yourself this: Would you condemn the brave soldier and think he should be sent to jail, or would you think he deserved a medal for bravery? Just food for thought....
  • Lord, please grant me the self control I need to be the master of my emotions in court. I may need extra help to be able to once again show such graceful restraint the next time I have to watch my atheist-ex raise his right hand and swear to You that he will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth...
  • I will never cease to be amazed by the predictable unpredictability of sadistically manipulative, abusive, psychopathic perpetrators.

(Copyright: safe-at-last 2010)


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