Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Saturday, June 1, 2013


"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose."
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Whatever can happen to anyone can happen to me.
- Muriel Rukeyser

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci, (1452 - 1519)   

The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values.
- Norman Thomas
US socialist politician (1884 - 1968) 

I don't want to talk as much. It's nicer to think dear, pretty thoughts and keep them in one's heart, like treasures. I don't like to have them laughed at or wondered over.
- L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, 1908
Canadian novelist (1874 - 1942)  

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.
Leonardo da Vinci

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
Leonardo da Vinci

Intellectual passion dries out sensuality.
Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
Leonardo DaVinci, Notebooks (c. 1500)

Marriage: putting one's hand into a bag of snakes on the chance of drawing out an eel.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

hose who become enamored of practices without science are like sailors who go aboard ship without a rudder and compass, for they are never certain where they will land.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519), The Wisdom of Leonardo da Vinci

Blinding ignorance does mislead us.
O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!

- Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

Experience does not ever err. It is only your judgment that errs in promising itself results which are not caused by your experiments.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519), Notebooks

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