Diana’s Enourmous Book of Quotes

Quotes inspire me. Quotes encourage me. Quotes validate the way I feel.

Here are some of my favourite quotes – you’ll recognize some of them from my Sunday posts. Enjoy!

“I wish grace and healing were more abracadabra kind of things. Also, that delicate silver bells would ring to announce grace’s arrival. But no, it’s clog and slog … on the floor, in the silence, in the dark”. Anne Lamott

“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But then, one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.” Lesson here: just stop overthinking it! ~ Woody Allen

You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. -Lucille Ball

“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet. Even longer,’ Pooh answered.”― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn. – Miguel de Cervantes

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Carrie Fisher

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. Ingrid Bergman

“Wisdom from the Hokey Pokey. Put your whole self in”. #quote #CoffeeShopSign

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung..” –CSLewis

I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. ~ Lily Tomlin

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. — Mahatma Gandhi

“Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.” -Albert Einstein

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” -Helen Keller

“He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.”

—    Albert Einstein

“Nothing is more damaging to a state than that cunning men pass for wise.”

—    Francis Bacon

“Outstanding leaders appeal to the hearts of their followers – not their minds. ”

— Unattributed

“I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable… but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

— Agatha Christie

“To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt. ”

—    Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“”Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry. “”

—    Bill Cosby

“The truth that is suppressed by friends is the readiest weapon of the enemy. ”

—    Robert Louis Stevenson

“Men, having often abandoned what was visible for the sake of what was uncertain, have not got what they expected, and have lost what they had.”

—    Demetrius Phalereus

“The reason there are so few good talkers in public is that there are so few thinkers in private. ”

— Unattributed

“I realize that I’m generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don’t care.”

— Dave Barry

“Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures. ”

—    Theodore Roosevelt

“There are two kinds of men who never amount to much those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else.”

— Cyrus H. Curtis

“You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking. ”

—    Lyndon B. Johnson

“I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change. ”

— Dan Quayle

“And if it all falls apart, I will know deep in my heart, the only dream that mattered had come true. In this life, I was loved by you.”

—    Colin Raye

“Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.”

—    Faith Whittlesey

“Professionalism: It’s NOT the job you DO, It’s HOW you DO the job. ”

— Unattributed

“I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”

— Carl Sandburg

“If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried. ”

— Unattributed

“The true recipe for a miserable existence is to quarrel with Providence.”

— James Waddell Alexander, II

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. ”

— George Orwell

“Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.”

— Betty Bender

“Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice. ”

— Samuel Johnson

“Stand still… and refuse to retreat. Look at it as God looks at it and draw upon His power to hold up under the blast. ”

— Charles Swindoll

“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. ”

— Mother Teresa

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. ”

— George S. Patton

“You know what’s probably a good thing to hang on your porch in the summertime, to keep mosquitoes away from you and your guests? Just a big bag of blood.”

— Jack Handey

“I don’t even know what street Canada is on.”

— Al Capone

“Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity. ”

— Karl Marx

“There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations. ”

— Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“If the secret sorrows of everyone could be read on their forehead, how many who now cause envy would suddenly become the object of pity. ”

— Proverb

“Hell, there are no rules here, we are trying to accomplish something. ”

—    Thomas Edison

“Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”

— George Orwell

“Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. ”

— Winston Churchill

“Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating! ”

— Iris Murdoch

“Life is playfulness… we need to play so that we can rediscover the magical around us.”

— Flora Colao

“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love, or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies?”

— Erich Fromm

“I came to the place of my birth and cried, The friends of my youth, where are they? And echo answered, Where are they? ”

— Proverb

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

— Abraham Lincoln

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life – define yourself.”

— Harvey Fierstein

“Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage. Courage is the most desperate, admirable and noble kind of love.”

— Delmore Schwartz

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. ”

— Robert Frost

“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent.”

— Dr. Seuss

“Some persons are likable in spite of their unswerving integrity. ”

— Don Marquis

“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.”

— Bertrand Russell

“Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain-dead.”

— Erma Bombeck

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

— Abraham Lincoln

“A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.”

— Chinese Proverb

“It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible.”

— David Brin

“Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace. ”

— Simone Weil

“Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death. ”

— Earl Wilson

“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”

— Charles Du Bos

 “Pain has its reasons, pleasure is totally indifferent. ”

— Francis Picabia

 “We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams. ”

— Eric Hoffer


7 thoughts on “DEBQ”

  1. Just posted this one on FB: “Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”
    — George Orwell
    Especially right now, it’s tough for some to let go of control and allow the next generation to learn from their experience. 😉


  2. Two of my favorite quotes is by me: A day without writing is still a day without writing.
    All families are dysfunctional. It’s just that some families are more dysfunctional than others.

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  3. The Hokey-Pokey: “Put your whole self in” is perfect!


  4. Love these quotes. My favorites on your list are Anne Lamott’s and Betty Bender’s. So true!


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