What's Your Favorite Quote?

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Thought it might be kinda fun to start a thread like this. Sometimes a little inspiration or humor is all it takes to get our creative butts into gear. Quotes are also a great way to connect with your readers--whether you're writing a blog post, email message, ebook, or whatever.

So here's my first contribution which is dedicated to all the great Warriors who have helped me out these past few days:

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. -- Edmund Burke

Pass it on!
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Johnson
    Have no idea who said this originally but here goes...

    Build a man a fire and you will keep him warm for a day. Set a man on fire and you will keep him warm for the rest of his life.
    • Profile picture of the author ibuildlinks
      "If we are celebrating our birthdays because we are a year older, we are then celebrating one year closer to our death." -KYLE XY series
    • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
      Originally Posted by Eric Johnson View Post

      Have no idea who said this originally but here goes...

      Build a man a fire and you will keep him warm for a day. Set a man on fire and you will keep him warm for the rest of his life.
      I believe this is from one of Terry Pratchet's color of magic novels.

      I keep a list of fav sayings so here they are - and some are from fellow Warriors:

      "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."
      Ignacio Estrada

      I’m not a religious man, but to realize you might be the answer to someone’s prayers
      is a powerful thing.

      Earl Nightingale defines success as the pursuit of a worthy goal. G

      Caveat venditor is Latin for let the seller beware

      Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand
      - Kurt Vonnegut

      I drank What? --Socrates

      A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog,
      conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall,
      set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone,
      solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook
      a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
      Specialization is for insects.
      -Robert A. Heinlein

      Samuel Beckett, ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’

      "Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not;
      nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
      Genius will not;
      unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
      Education will not;
      the world is full of educated derelicts.
      Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
      The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the
      human race."
      - Calvin Coolidge

      "100% of the shots you don't take don't go in."
      - Wayne Gretzky

      In order to have a Cause, there must be an Enemy.
      --Paul Myers

      I swear eternal hostility against all tyranny over the minds of men.
      --Thomas Jefferson

      What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it! / Boldness has genius, power and magic in it

      I shall be telling this with a sigh; Somewhere ages and ages hence:
      two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by,
      And that has made all the difference.
      --Robert Frost

      A Good Parent creates good memories,
      A Bad Parent creates bad memories,
      --Robert Allen

      Those who sacrifice freedom for security, deserve neither.
      --Ben Franklin

      "With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first
      thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably." These
      words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie -- as a wisdom, and warning. The first
      time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged.
      --Capt. Jean Luc Picard (STNG)

      "Build a man a fire, and he will be warm for a day. Set a man on fire
      and he will be warm for the rest of his life"
      --Terry Pratchett

      "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do
      than by the ones you did do."
      --Mark Twain

      "I always knew I'd see the first man on the Moon. I never dreamed I'd see the
      --Dr Jerry Pournelle

      "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of
      arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but
      rather to skid in broadside,thoroughly used up, totally
      worn out, and loudly proclaiming --
      "WOW! What a Ride!"
      --Jeffrey Mazza

      "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
      Winston Churchill

      "You can get anything in life you want, if you'll
      just help enough other people get what they want." Zig Ziglar

      "Money may not buy happiness, but you can buy a damn big yacht and sail right up close to it." --David Lee Roth

      "If you believe you can, you're right. If you believe you cannot, you are also right." --Henry Ford

      "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people,
      it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government."
      -Patrick Henry-

      "We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on
      when it's necessary to compromise."
      -- Larry Wall in <1991Nov13.194420.28091@netlabs.com>

      Obviously I was either onto something, or on something.
      -- Larry Wall on the creation of Perl

      Integrity is what happens when NO ONE is watching.
      Dr. Mani (Money.Power.Wisdom - The Scoble ‘Face-Off’ : Things a Blogger with Influence Should NOT Do!)

      Shakespeare wrote:
      "Our doubts are traitors and let us lose the good we oft might win
      By fearing to attempt."

      some great 'Laws' to live by:
      Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design

      "You must learn all you can, then go back out into the world
      and give your learning back to the people."
      Mariah Watkins

      "Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." - Conrad Hilton.
    • Profile picture of the author Johnny Mac
      set a man on fire and you'll send him to eternity.
  • Profile picture of the author John Rowe
    Originally Posted by Amanda K. Jones View Post

    What are Some of Your Favorite Quotes?
    Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone
    else's opinions, their lives a mimicry.
    -- Oscar Wilde

    The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with
    your opinions and content with your knowledge.
    -- Elbert Hubbard

    I don't want my body to be a distraction from my talent or
    my brain.
    -- Shania Twain

    (Note: If I had Shania's body, it would be somewhat of a
    distraction for me, as I would never step out of the shower...
    BUT... her quote is about fitness and staying healthy, and
    I like it.)

    The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something
    you don't know anything about.
    -- Wayne Dyer

    It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
    It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
    -- Mark Twain

    If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it
    from him.
    -- Benjamin Franklin

    Money will always remain an effect.
    -- Atlas Shrugged

    The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new
    way or to say a new thing in an old way.
    -- Richard HardingDavis

    People will spend their last nickel to have some fun.
    --P.T. Barnum

    Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base
    and keep your foot on first.
    -- Fredrick B. Wilcox

  • Profile picture of the author TimS
    Mine is a combination of a quote and a picture. I used to have this as my desktop background
    • Profile picture of the author hartian
      Originally Posted by TimS View Post

      Mine is a combination of a quote and a picture. I used to have this as my desktop background
      Thanks for my new desktop background!
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    These are off the top of my head, so they may be paraphrased, but close.

    Two runner's up...

    3. Don't criticize what you can't understand - The Times They Are A Changin', Bob Dylan

    2. I do not wish to achieve immortality through my works, I wish to achieve it by not dying. - Woody Allen

    And my all time fave quote...

    1. Truth is the sword of us all - Stiv Bator(s)


    p.s. Then again there are tons of DEVO lyrics that are hard to beat, but don'tget me started.
  • Profile picture of the author Ben Clemons
    i always liked "2nd place is the first loser"
  • Profile picture of the author Tuzic

    "all that glistens is not gold"
    • Profile picture of the author Corwinnx
      Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve

      A true soldier does not admit defeat before the battle- Helen Keller

      It is better to say nothing and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt- ( I think that was Shakespeare)

      Do not give me 100% of what 1 man can, give me 5% of what 100 men can do.

      If you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big. - The Donald
  • Profile picture of the author Greg124
    Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
    Andy Dufresne - The Shawshank Redemption.

    Any society that would give up a little liberty to obtain a little security,deserve neither and will lose both.
    Benjamin Franklin.

    Banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
    Thomas Jefferson.

    The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
    Albert Einstein.

    The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.
    Walter P. Chrysle.
  • Profile picture of the author gjabiz
    "Where the head goes...

    the body follows."

    And there is plenty of proof on this forum.
  • Profile picture of the author timesaver22
    "If you're willing to do for a year what others won't,
    you can do for a lifetime what others CAN'T!"
  • Profile picture of the author John Rowe
    • If at first you don't succeed... Then skydiving's not for you.
    • If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
    • Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
    • Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield.
    • Driver carries no cash, he's married.
    • Profile picture of the author n\a
      "I am the punishment of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a great punishment like me upon you."

      Gengis Khan
  • Profile picture of the author Terry M.
    Content is Kong. As in the "King Kong".

    - By John Reese
  • Profile picture of the author ariyes
    "any way any how"
    • Profile picture of the author jensrsa
      I try to live by:

      "If you worry you die, if you don't worry you die - so why worry" Alfred E Neuman (I think but it doesn't matter)

  • Profile picture of the author Vince Runza Online
    From The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce:

    QUOTATION, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.
    The words erroneously repeated.
  • Profile picture of the author incomefix
    I am bigger than anything that can happen to me. All these things, sorrow, misfortune, and suffering, are outside my door. I am in the house and I have the key.
    -- Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859 - 1928 - Former Editor of the Los Angeles Times)
  • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
    "It is our most in-depth perception that allows us to acheive greatness."
    • Profile picture of the author TheVCF
      1) "If you want to make a LOT of Money, find a Need and Fill it! ...
      If you want to make a TON of Money, find a Problem and FIX it!"
      - original origin unknown

      2) "You will have Everything You Want in life, iff you help enough Other People Achieve what They Want [in life]! "
      - Zig Ziglar

      I hope this helps and Have a Great Day!

      - Michael
    • Profile picture of the author David Campbell
      Optimists are right. So are the pessimists. It's up to you to choose which you will be. - Harvey Mackay

      I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor. - Henry David Thoreau

      No one finds life worth living; he makes it worth living. - Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • Profile picture of the author Carl Hughes
    "Early to bed and early to rise work like hell and advertise"
    Ted Turner
  • Profile picture of the author Stephen McPherson
    Well, two of my favorite movie lines would have to be: "I've got a baaaad feeling about this!" - Star Wars (and Indy) and "Patience, my young Padawan learner". I'm guilty of saying this to my eldest son, when he's in a hurry. At least it still makes him laugh!
  • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
    Be Like Water My Friend -- Bruce Lee

    - Jared
  • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
    I like this one... I made this one...

    What CAN be done today, SHALL be done today.

  • Profile picture of the author David McGimpsey
    You only ever regret in life the risks you never take.

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