CHA's Collected Quotations on Selected Topics  

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Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963)

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.

Ronald David Laing (1927-1989)

To be perfect is to have changed often.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

The absurd man is he who never changes.

Auguste Barthelemy (1796-1867)

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.

Paul Valery (1871-1945)

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

Elbert G. Hubbard (1856-1915)

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.

Henry Kissinger (1923-     )

I hold that that man is in the right who is most closely in league with the future.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

The perpetual obstacle to human advancement is custom.

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.

Paul Valery (1871-1945)

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

Herbert George Wells (1866-1946)

When you're through changing, you're through.

Bruce Barton(1886-1967)



Speak comfortable words!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

O' give me commentators plain, Who with no deep researches vex the brain.

George Crabbe (1754-1832)

He that knows least commonly presumes most.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader, but to protect the writer.

Dean Acheson (1893-1971)

I think the whole glory of writing lies in the fact that it forces us out of ourselves into the lives of others.

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on the grounds that one can do it well.

George Santayana (1863-1952)

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

A sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.

William Dean Howells (1837-1920)

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

If a man is often the subject of conversation he soon becomes the subject of criticism.

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

I begin to suspect man's bewilderment is the measure of his wisdom.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than a whole book of praise after a success.




To them I said, "The truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images."

Plato (427?-347? BC)

Between the idea and the reality, Between the motion and the act, Falls the shadow.

Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965)

What we do not understand, we do not possess.

Johann von Goethe (1749-1832)

We prove what we want to prove, and the real difficulty is to know what we want to prove.

Emile Auguste Chatier

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

All the effects of nature are only the mathematical consequence of a small number of immutable laws.

Pierre-Simon de Laplace (1749-1827)

We live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinian physics ruled by Frankensteinian logic.

Malcolm Cowley (1898- )

He that will not reason is a bigot, He that cannot reason is a fool, He that dares not reason is a slave.

William Drummond (1854-1907)

Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.

Josh Billings (1818-1885)

I am dying with the help of too many physicians.

Alexander The Great (356-323 BC)

The greatest difficulty of the intellectual is distinguishing the important from the unimportant.

John P. Grier

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1858-1930)

One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.

Will Rogers (1879-1935)



What we need, gentlemen, is a completely brand new idea that has been thoroughly tested.

New Yorker Cartoon

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Any new theory first is attacked as absurd; then it is admitted to be true, but obvious and insignificant; finally it seems to be important, so important that its adversaries claim that they themselves discovered it!

William James (1842-1910)

Man errs so long as he strives.

Johann von Goethe (1749-1832)

The secret of good direction does not consist of solving problems, but in identifying them.

Lawrence A. Appley (1904-     )

Every good laboratory consists of first rate men working in great harmony to insure the progress of science; but down at the end of the hall is an unsociable, wrong-headed fellow working on unprofitable lines, and in his hands lies the hope of discovery.

Ernst Rutherford (1871-1937)

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us will put out more ideas if our efforts are appreciated.

Alexander F. Osborn (1888-1966)

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Eden Phillpotts (1862-1960)

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986)

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)



The very first step toward success in any occupation is to become interested in it.

William Osler (1849-1919)

Nothing ever succeeds which exuberant spirits have not helped to produce.

Fredrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

That man is truly free who desires what he is able to perform, and does what he desires.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.

John Gardner (1912-     )

Adversity is the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free from admirers then.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Doing is the great thing. For if, resolutely, people do what is right, in time they come to like doing it.

John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Method facilitates every kind of business, and by making it easy, makes it agreeable and also successful.

Charles Paul Simmons (1924-     )

From compromise and things half-done, Keep me, with stern and stubborn pride, And when at last the fight is won, God, keep me still unsatisfied.

Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977)

Success is partial to the persistent person.

Frank Crane

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyages of their life, Is bound in shallows and miseries.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Experts ranked in serried rows, Filled the enormous plaza full, But only one is there who knows, And he's the man who fights the bull.

Robert Graves (1895-1985)



This, above all: Unto thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thous canst not then be false to any man.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Truth emerges more readily from error than confusion.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Life must be lived forwards, But can only be understood backwards.

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Half the failures of life arise from pulling in one's horse as it is leaping.

Julius Hare (1795-1855)

I shall be telling this with a sign, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, And I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

This could be such a beautiful world if we could all care just a little more.

Rosalind Welcher (1922-     )

We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its vulnerable supplies of air and soil, preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and I will say the love, we give our fragile craft.

Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours.

Swedish Proverb

The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1911?- )

The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.

Horace Walpole (1717-1787)

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

Fredrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

For all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these, "It might have been."

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)


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