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James Neill's Favorite Quotes

Last updated:
17 Mar 2006

There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living.
- David Starr Jordan

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
- James Russell Lowell

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.
- Dr. Seuss

You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
- A. A. Milne, Pooh's Little Instruction Book

The longest journey begins with a single step...not a turn of the ignition key.
- Edward Abbey

It takes a village to raise a child.
- African proverb

That which does not kill me makes me stronger.
- Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, p.23

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
- Art Linkletter

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do.
- Dale Carnegie

It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people's lives.
- Clint Eastwood

It is important that an aim never be defined in terms of activity or methods. It must always relate directly to how life is better for everyone.... The aim of the system must be clear to everyone in the system. The aim must include plans for the future. The aim is a value judgment.
- W. Edwards Deming

We are looking ahead, as is one of the first mandates given to us as chiefs, to make sure [that] every decision we make relates to the welfare and well-being of the seventh generation to come, and that is the basis by which we make decisions in council.  We consider: Will this be to the benefit of the seventh generation.  This is a guideline.
- an Iroquois chief quoted by Jeremy Rifkin in Time Wars

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
- Greek Proverb

Before enlightenment chop wood and carry water.
After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.
-Wu Li

Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
- Bruce Lee

With a book tucked in one hand, and a computer shoved under my elbow, I will march, not sidle, shudder or quake, into the twenty-first century.
- Ray Bradbury, Digital Deli

Even the smallest window of opportunity can lead you to success.
- Karen Levin

At this point in history, the most radical, pervasive, and earth-shaking transformation would occur simply if everybody truly evolved to a mature, rational, and responsible ego, capable of freely participating in the open exchange of mutual self-esteem.
- Ken Wilber, 1981

Make your disability your opportunity.
- Commonly attributed to Kurt Hahn, but Hahn attributed it to Dr. Zimmerman

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live.  Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.  We have guided missiles and misguided men.
- Martin Luther King

People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.
- Joseph Campbell

It haunts me, the passage of time.  I think life is a process of burning oneself out and time if the fire that burns you.  But I think the spirit of man is a good adversary.
- Tennessee Williams, 1958

If there is technological advance without social advance, there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery.
- Michael Harrington

It is not a sign of good health to be well adjusted to a sick society.
- J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986)

There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.
- Sun Tzu, The Art of War, II.6

The healthy being craves an occasional wildness, a jolt from normality, a sharpening of the edge of appetite, his own little festival of the Saturnalia, a brief excursion from his way of life.
- Robert MacIver

Grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
- Serenity Prayer

My first act of free will shall be to believe in free will.
- William James

Language is a virus.
- William Burroughs, Literature/Beat Generation

We adore chaos because we love to produce order.
- M. C. Escher

A drop of ink may make a million think.
- Mark Twain

When women are relegated to moods, mannerisms, and contours that conform to a single ideal of beauty and behavior, they are captured in both body and soul, and are no longer free.
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run with the Wolves

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy
- Hamlet, Act I, Scene V, Shakespeare

For the first time in history it is now possible to take care of everybody at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. Only ten years ago the ‘more with less’ technology reached the point where this could be done. All humanity now has the option to become enduringly successful. (1980)
(Buckminster Fuller Institute)