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Life, future & positive attitude

I would rather die standing than live kneeling - Stéphane Charbonnier, Editor of Charlie Hebdo (murdered by jihadist terrorists in Paris, 2015)

You can everything in life you want, if you will let enough other people get what they want - Zig Ziglar, American author, salesman, and motivational speaker (1926-2012)

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see - Henry David Thoreau

Enjoy the present moment as best you can; it's where your future comes from - unattributable

There's more to life than increasing its speed - Gandhi

I've made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven't lived in vain - Muhammad Ali

Live your life and forget your age - Albert Einstein

I don't have to be what you want me to be - Muhammad Ali

Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving - Albert Einstein

Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it - Groucho Marx

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy - Guillaume Apollinaire

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise again - unattributable

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress - Gandhi

Don't compare your life to others; you have no idea what their journey is all about - unattributable

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed - Jonathon Swift

That which does not kill us makes us stronger - Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem - David Carradine

Live life simply so that you can focus on what really matters - unattributable

Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving - Albert Einstein

Be curious and however difficult life may seem there is always something you can do and succeed at; it matters that you don't just give up - Professor Stephen Hawking, physicist and cosmologist

When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them - Plato

Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it - Lou Holtz

Always be more proud of what you do than what you wear - unattributable

Do something worth remembering - Elvis Presley

Never fear the event - Horatio Nelson

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become - Carl Jung

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure - William Feather

Don't look back, you're not going that way - unattributable

Once something is a passion, the motivation is there - Michael Schumacher, F1 racing driver

Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of youthful looks - Charles Dickens

What is important in your life? The kind of things you have or the kind of person you are? How much you can get or how much you can give? - Rev Richard Hall

Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you - unattributable

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do - John Wooden

There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else - Winston Churchill

The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity - Winston Churchill

Optimists make the world, because pessimists never bother to try - unattributable

I never saw a pessimistic general win a battle - Eisenhower

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get - H Jackson Brown Jnr

Imagination is more important than knowledge - Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning - Albert Einstein

The power to question is the basis of all human progress - Gandhi

Train your mind to see the good in everything - unattributable

A cheerful heart is good medicine - Proverbs 17:22

Attitudes are contagious... is yours worth catching? - unattributable

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our character and not our circumstances - Nelson Mandela

Feeling grateful is an essential part of living a happier life - unattributable

Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it - Irving Berlin

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude - Maya Angelou

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future - John F Kennedy

Can anything that is useful be accomplished without change? - Emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121 - 180)

He who makes the most noise usually has the least to say - orator's proverb

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound - William Shakespeare

The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress - Joseph Joubert

If not us, who? If not now, when? - unattributable

We can't always control what happens but we can control our response - Phil Harding (2012)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win - Gandhi

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present - Lau Tzu

It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top - Robert M Pirsig

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work - Richard Bach

Be outrageous!! People who achieve mastery have the ability to be outrageous - Gita Bellin

There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win - Muhammad Ali

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Money & possessions

The best things in life aren't things - unattributable

Most of the important things I have don't actually cost anything, such as appreciating art and nature, and the kindness of other people - Patrick Jephson, private secretary to Princess Diana

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest - Henry David Thoreau

My principles are more important than the money or my title - Muhammad Ali

Your true worth is determined by how much more you give than you take in payment - unattributable

We haven't the money so we've got to think - Lord Ernest Rutherford (1871 - 1937)

We have somehow deluded ourselves into thinking that wealth is wisdom - Harry Leslie Smith

Now that we have everything we need, we discover that there is almost nothing that we have that we want - John Cage

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime you just might find, you get what you need - The Rolling Stones

To be envious is to lessen oneself - unattributable

Are you your clothes? Are you your name? Are you your profession? Stop identifying with them. They come and go - Anthony de Mello

Maybe you should be satisfied with what you've got. Your best bet is to try to be happy, satisfying relationships with your partner, family and friends and enjoy yourself - Oliver James, psychologist and author of 'Affluenza'

How many things I can do without! - Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

The more money someone accumulates, the less interesting that person becomes - unattributable

One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich, both come to poverty - Proverbs 22:19

He who dies rich dies disgraced - Andrew Carnegie, industrialist, millionaire, and philanthropist (1835 - 1919)

No one has ever become poor by giving - Anne Frank

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same - Philip Gibbs

He who knows he has enough is rich - Tao Te Ching

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough - William Shakespeare

We haven't the money so we've got to think - Lord Ernest Rutherford (1871 - 1937)

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise - Alice Walker

The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are - Mother Teresa

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money - unattributable

Your presence is worth more than your presents at Christmas - unattributable

I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful - Marilyn Monroe

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Humour & its value

A day without laughter is a day wasted - Charlie Chaplin

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people - Victor Borge

As long as you can laugh at yourself you will never cease to be amused - unattributable

If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you - Groucho Marx

It's important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can lose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general - Professor Steven Hawking, theoretical physicist & cosmologist (2016)

If you can find humour in anything, you can survive it - Bill Cosby

My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world - Muhammad Ali

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts - Will Rogers (1879-1935)

I've always been an optimist and I believe laughter is a wonderful thing - Alice Herz-Sommer (1903-2014), pianist and Theresienstadt concentration camp holocaust survivor

If you can find humour in anything, you can survive it - Bill Cosby

I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful - Bob Hope

If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you open to my ideas - John Cleese (comedian)

I love it when I find a way to laugh everyday. I know my pain lessens when I'm feeling happy - Neal Engelking, motivational author, consultant and speaker

There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man - Aristotle

Through humour, we see in what seems rational, the irrational; in what seems important, the unimportant - Charlie Chaplin

A sense of humour comes from a real sense of perspective - unattributable

You live but once; you might as well be amusing - Coco Chanel

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight - Phyllis Diller

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Miscellaneous

Philosophers should try to get people to think, rather than telling them what to think... enough of that out there already - Claire Grant @cantabclaire

Just because I spend a lot of time thinking doesn't mean I don't like parties and getting into trouble - Professor Steven Hawking, theoretical physicist & cosmologist (2016)

A child of five could understand this. Fetch me a child of five - Groucho Marx

If you've heard this before don't stop me because I'd like to hear it again - Groucho Marx

I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it - Groucho Marx

I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception - Groucho Marx

When I was born I was so ugly the doctor slapped my mother - Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian & actor

Ever notice that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, but anyone going faster is a maniac? - George Carlin

Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind - old maxim

Overpopulation is a serious issue. The human race will soon have to get used to 12 in a room - Spike Milligan

We haven't got a plan so nothing can go wrong! - Spike Milligan

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see - Muhammad Ali

One day the "Don't Knows" will get in and then where will we be? - Spike Milligan

Truth is not determined by a majority vote - Pope Benedict XVI

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all - John F Kennedy

50% of people won't vote, and 50% don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same 50% - Gore Vidal (writer)

Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things - Philippians 4:8 (New Testament)

Three ways to fail at everything in life:
1. Complain about everything,
2. blame others for your problems, and
3. never be grateful
- anonymous

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The 5 questions we should ask politicians:
  1. What power have you got?
  2. Where did you get it from?
  3. In whose interests do you exercise it?
  4. To whom are you accountable?
  5. How can we get rid of you?
- Tony Benn (1925 - 2014), British Labour politician

Thinking is one of the most important weapons in dealing with problems - Nelson Mandela

If you want peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner - Nelson Mandela

Knowledge is experience, everything else is information - Albert Einstein

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous - Albert Einstein

I'm so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life! - Eleanor Roosevelt

Absence of proof is not proof of absence - Michael Crichton

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication - Leonardo da Vinci

I base my fashion sense on what doesn't itch - Gilda Radner

Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest - 'Fool' in William Shakespeare's King Lear

Diplomacy, n. is the art of letting somebody else have your way - David Frost, British broadcaster (1939-2013)

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it - Upton Sinclair

The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution - Bertrand Russell

If you're going through hell, keep going - Winston Churchill

Confront a corpse at least once. The absolute absence of life is the most disturbing and challenging confrontation you will ever have - David Bowie (1947 - 2016)

A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognised - Fred Allen

If you don't want to do something, discuss it or hold a meeting - unattributable

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction - Anne Frank

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop - Confucius

The one who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the one doing it - Roman rule

80% of success is showing up - Woody Allen

I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark - Muhammad Ali

I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring - David Bowie (1947 - 2016)

Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than open it and remove all doubt - Denis Thatcher

I am giving you the right answers! You're just asking the wrong questions - Dennis the Menace (cartoon character, created by Hank Ketcham)

In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience - Oscar Wilde

Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt - Herbert Hoover

No-one ever says it's "Only a game" when they're winning - unattributable

Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn't have to do it - unattributable

When ideas fail, words come in very handy - Goethe

I do not agree with what you say but I'll defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything - Thomas Sowell

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results - Winston Churchill

It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required - Winston Churchill

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth - Gandhi

The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions - Claude Levi Strauss

One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life - Chinese proverb

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there - L P Hartley (1895 - 1972)

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on - Samuel Butler

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance - an unknown 83 year-old

There are no new sins, the old ones just get more publicity - unattributable

Where is all the knowledge we lost with information? - T S Elliot

When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done - unattributable

What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again - Anne Frank





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