The most poignant quotes
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate and learn from
Note: Throughout history the rich, famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ( 1807 ~ 1882 )
All things come round to him who will but wait.
In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.
Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.
Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.
Into each life some rain must fall.
A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.
Evil is only good perverted.
All things must change to something new, to something strange.
Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny, for it is destiny.
However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.
Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom.
Youth comes but once in a lifetime.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Build today, then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place.
Heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight but, while their companions slept, they were toiling upward in the night.
Love gives itself; it is not bought.
People demand freedom only when they have no power.
Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Something attempted, something done, Has earned a nights repose.
The nearer the dawn the darker the night.
The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.
Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues.
Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.
Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
Give what you have to somebody, it may be better than you think.
If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.
If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.
Lives of great men all remind us, We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us, Footprints on the sands of time.
Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.
Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul.
Know how sublime a thing is to suffer and be strong.
Joy, temperance, and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose.
Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.