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Don Marquis Quotes

Let these quotes by Don Marquis help you to have a positive attitude toward life, and to think positively.

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.
- Don Marquis

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I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard PHOTO

An idea that is developed and put into action
is more important than
an idea that exists only as an idea.
- The Buddha

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

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Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

The movie character Forrest Gump describing life
as being "like a box of chocolates,"
is such a positive upbeat way of
characterizing the uncertainty of life.
I have no idea what life will give me next,
but whatever it is, it will be sweet.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

An idea that is not dangerous is
unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

Many persons have a wrong idea of
what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

An invasion of armies can be resisted,
but not an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

A person with a new idea is
a crank until the idea succeeds.
- Mark Twain

An idea is salvation by imagination.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

When an idea reaches critical mass
there is no stopping the shift
its presence will induce.
- Marianne Williamson

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

That deep emotional conviction of the presence
of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed
in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
- Albert Einstein

If you are possessed by an idea,
you will find it expressed everywhere,
you even smell it.
- Thomas Mann

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body
treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
- Peter Medawar

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Unity with all creation is a huge idea,
but it fits comfortably within the vast cathedral of our being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

However carefully we plan our future,
we are always climbing the steps to nowhere.
While it is important to our happiness
that we have an intent for our lives,
it is equally crucial to accept in advance
that we truly have no idea how our lives will turn out -
and that is good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I will dance a little.
I will move with the wind.
I will give my body to my love and celebrate
that we have substance beyond the idea of ourselves.
We can move. We can touch. This is my physical exclamation point.
This is how I can awaken my mind to the possibilities in the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It takes a long while for a naturally trustful person
to reconcile himself to the idea that
after all God will not help him
- H. L. Mencken

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do real life people actually fall in love
with the idea of being in love?
Unfortunately, it is actually quite common.
Someone wants desperately to have
the husband or wife of their dreams.
They visualize the vine-covered cottage
with the white picket fence.
They choose the colors for the nursery.
They design all the aspects of their married life.
A real person stands no chance of measuring up to those fantasies.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Beyond mind, there is an awareness that is intrinsic,
that is not given to you by the outside, and is not an idea -
and there is no experiment up to now
that has found any center in the brain
which corresponds to awareness.
The whole work of meditation is
to make you aware of all that is "mind"
and disidentify yourself from it.
That very separation is the
greatest revolution that can happen to man.
Now you can do and act on only that
which makes you more joyous, fulfills you,
gives you contentment, makes your life a work of art, a beauty.
But this is possible only if the master in you is awake.
- Osho

What do I think of Western civilization?
I think it would be a very good idea.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When I eventually met Mr. Right
I had no idea that his first name was Always.
- Rita Rudner

The church is always trying to get other people to reform;
it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little,
by way of example.
- Mark Twain

The idea of brotherhood re-dawns upon the world
with a broader significance
than the narrow association of
members in a sect or creed.
- Helen Keller

Just as in the comedies, a person who is in love
with the idea of love sees prospective partners
through the lens of idealism.
The reaction is, "This must be the one.
They are so perfect - the match of my dreams."
Is that person they just met a perfect match?
It's unlikely their friends think so.
So what happened? That person with the cute smile
was not much more than a mirror for the hopes and dreams
of the one in love with love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory... Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea - God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."
- Elizabeth Warren

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
- Walter Bagehot

The value of an idea has nothing whatsoever
to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it.
- Oscar Wilde

As I would not be a slave,
so I would not be a master.
This expresses my idea of democracy.
- Abraham Lincoln

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

Is a belief a perception of the five senses,
or is it a perception of emotional feeling?
Is it better to say "I sense" and/or "I feel"?
Is it better to say " I know" than "I believe"?
Is belief based on experience or on a idea?
My thinking is that belief/believing is a very missed used word.
- Anonymous

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile,
and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
- Flavia Weedn

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

If you love something, set it free;
if it comes back it's yours,
if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

Stay Happy, never let anyone get your goat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

It's never too late -
never too late to start over,
never too late to be happy.
- Jane Fonda

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
- Abraham Lincoln

Never be stopped by fear or self-pity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never give up, for that
is just the place and time
that the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

Never give up.
- Anonymous

Tough times never last but tough people do.
- Robert H. Schuller

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is fully as bad as you think it is,
so never think life is bad.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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