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Class is an aura of con­fi­dence that is being sure with­out being cocky. Class has noth­ing to do with mon­ey. Class nev­er runs scared. It is self-dis­ci­pline and self-knowl­edge. It’s the sure foot­ed­ness that comes with hav­ing proved you can meet life.

— Ann Lan­ders

It is an old error of man to for­get to put quo­ta­tion marks where he bor­rows from a woman’s brain!

— Anna Gar­lin Spencer

Of all the wastes of human igno­rance per­haps the most extrav­a­gant and cost­ly to human growth has been the waste of the dis­tinc­tive pow­ers of wom­an­hood after the child-bear­ing age.

— Anna Gar­lin Spencer

I wake up every morn­ing with a great desire to live joy­ful­ly.

— Anna Howard Shaw

The thing that is real­ly hard, and real­ly amaz­ing, is giv­ing up on being per­fect and begin­ning the work of becom­ing your­self.

— Anna Quindlen

Recent­ly a young moth­er asked for advice. What, she want­ed to know, was she to do with a 7-year-old who was obstreper­ous, out­spo­ken, and incon­ve­nient­ly will­ful? ‘Keep her,’ I replied. The suf­fragettes refused to be polite in demand­ing what they want­ed or grate­ful for get­ting what they deserved. Works for me.

— Anna Quindlen

Peo­ple help you, or you help them, and when we offer or receive help, we take in each oth­er. And then we are saved.

— Anne Lam­ott

You own every­thing that hap­pened to you. Tell your sto­ries. If peo­ple want­ed you to write warm­ly about them, they should’ve behaved bet­ter.

— Anne Lam­ott

Noth­ing can be deli­cious when you are hold­ing your breath.

— Anne Lam­ott

We begin to find and become our­selves when we notice how we are already found, already tru­ly, entire­ly, wild­ly, mess­i­ly, mar­velous­ly who we were born to be.

— Anne Lam­ott

To love your­self as you are is a mir­a­cle, and to seek your­self is to have found your­self, for now. And now is all we have, and love is who we are.

— Anne Lam­ott

Don’t wish me happiness—I don’t expect to be hap­py. It’s got­ten beyond that, some­how. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor—I will need them all.

— Anne Mor­row Lind­bergh

It is with the heart that one sees right­ly; what is essen­tial is invis­i­ble to the eye.

— Antoine de Saint-Exu­pery, The Lit­tle Prince

Life always bursts the bound­aries of for­mu­las.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Any idiot can face a cri­sis; it’s this day-to-day liv­ing that wears you out.

— Anton Chekov

Hap­pi­ness depends upon our­selves.

— Aris­to­tle

Since the things we do deter­mine the char­ac­ter of life, no blessed per­son can become unhap­py. For he will nev­er do those things which are hate­ful and pet­ty.

— Aris­to­tle

When asked how much edu­cat­ed men were supe­ri­or to those une­d­u­cat­ed, Aris­to­tle answered, ‘As much as the liv­ing are to the dead.’

— Aris­to­tle, Dio­genes

The beau­ty of the soul shines out when a man bears with com­po­sure one heavy mis­chance after anoth­er, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and hero­ic tem­per.

— Aris­to­tle

For mon­ey you can have every­thing it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; med­i­cine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowl­edge but not intel­li­gence; glit­ter, but not com­fort; fun, but not plea­sure; acquain­tances, but not friend­ship; ser­vants, but not faith­ful­ness; grey hair, but not hon­or; qui­et days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for mon­ey. But not the ker­nel. That can­not be had for mon­ey.

— Arne Gar­borg

Suc­cess is a jour­ney, not a des­ti­na­tion. The doing is often more impor­tant than the out­come.

— Arthur Ashe

The object of teach­ing a child is to enable the child to get along with­out the teacher. We need to edu­cate our chil­dren for their future, not our past.

— Arthur C. Clarke

For much of human his­to­ry, it may have been a nec­es­sary evil, but why was it more evil than nec­es­sary? Isn’t killing peo­ple in the name of God a pret­ty good def­i­n­i­tion of insan­i­ty?

— Arthur C. Clarke

Reli­gion is a byprod­uct of fear.

— Arthur C. Clarke

When you express your grat­i­tude, you will bring joy to oth­ers’ lives. When oth­ers know joy, your life will be filled with hap­pi­ness.

— Arthur Dobrin

The phys­i­cal rhythm of life estab­lished through sen­si­tiv­i­ty to qual­i­ta­tive time mir­rors the ebb and flow of water. Main­tain­ing rhythm is depen­dent on our dai­ly deci­sions con­cern­ing voca­tion, recre­ation and work. Using the image of water roots Water­shed Spir­i­tu­al­i­ty in diver­si­ty and plu­ral­ism. Life in a “vari­ety of forms” implies an empha­sis on inter-reli­gious appre­ci­a­tion and the uni­ver­sal­ist vision.

— Arthur Paul Pat­ter­son

You write to com­mu­ni­cate to the hearts and minds of oth­ers what’s burn­ing inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.

— Arthur Plot­nik

Hap­pi­ness belongs to those who are suf­fi­cient unto them­selves. For all exter­nal sources of hap­pi­ness are, by their own nature, high­ly uncer­tain, pre­car­i­ous, ephemer­al, and sub­ject to chance.

— Arthur Schopen­hauer

The moments of hap­pi­ness we enjoy take us by sur­prise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.

— Ash­ley Mon­tagu

Despair and iso­la­tion are my great­est inter­nal ene­mies, I need to remem­ber I am not alone, even when it feels that way.

— Audre Lorde

Car­ing for myself is not self-indul­gence, it is self-preser­va­tion and that is an act of polit­i­cal war­fare.

— Audre Lorde

You will dis­cov­er that you have two hands. One is for help­ing your­self and the oth­er is for help­ing oth­ers.

— Audrey Hep­burn

Civ­i­liza­tion is the progress toward a soci­ety of pri­va­cy.

— Ayn Rand

Books are the car­ri­ers of civ­i­liza­tion. With­out books, his­to­ry is silent, lit­er­a­ture dumb, sci­ence crip­pled, thought and spec­u­la­tion at a stand­still.

— Bar­bara Tuch­man

There is no edu­ca­tion like adver­si­ty.

— Ben­jamin Dis­raeli

What we antic­i­pate sel­dom occurs; what we least expect­ed gen­er­al­ly hap­pens.

— Ben­jamin Dis­raeli

A con­ser­v­a­tive gov­ern­ment is an orga­nized hypocrisy.

— Ben­jamin Dis­raeli, Speech on agri­cul­tur­al inter­ests, 17 March 1845

I have brought myself, by long med­i­ta­tion, to the con­vic­tion that a human being with a set­tled pur­pose must accom­plish it, and that noth­ing can resist a will which will stake even exis­tence upon its ful­fill­ment.

— Ben­jamin Dis­raeli

Joy is not in things! It is in us!

— Ben­jamin Franklin

Man can be the most affec­tion­ate and altru­is­tic of crea­tures, yet he’s poten­tial­ly more vicious than any oth­er. He is the only one who can be per­suad­ed to hate mil­lions of his own kind whom he has nev­er seen and to kill as many as he can lay his hands on in the name of his tribe or his God.

— Ben­jamin Spock

A great obsta­cle to hap­pi­ness is expect­ing too much hap­pi­ness.

— Bernard de Fontanelle

The art of liv­ing lies not in elim­i­nat­ing but in grow­ing with trou­bles.

— Bernard M. Baruch

Don’t be afraid of death so much as an inad­e­quate life.

— Bertolt Brecht

The world is full of mag­i­cal things patient­ly wait­ing for our wits to grow sharp­er.

— Bertrand Rus­sell

If all our hap­pi­ness is bound up entire­ly in our per­son­al cir­cum­stances, it is dif­fi­cult not to demand of life more than it has to give.

— Bertrand Rus­sell

And if there were a God, I think it very unlike­ly that He would have such an uneasy van­i­ty as to be offend­ed by those who doubt His exis­tence.

— Bertrand Rus­sell

There are two motives for read­ing a book; one, that you enjoy it; the oth­er, that you can boast about it.

— Bertrand Rus­sell

Reli­gion is some­thing left over from the infan­cy of our intel­li­gence, it will fade away as we adopt rea­son and sci­ence as our guide­lines.

— Bertrand Rus­sell

Old age ain’t no place for sissies.

— Bette Davis

When a man gives his opin­ion he’s a man. When a woman gives her opin­ion she’s a bitch.

— Bette Davis
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