“When I make a Mistake, it’s a Beauty” Fiorella H. La Guardia

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Quotes are excerpts from a speech, book, or film which inspire others. Knowledge is power but words maybe more powerful. It is known that words can inspire and also destroy. Words can bring freedom and also cause captivity. Words can give hope and also bring despair. Words can heal wounds but also injure. It depends on how the words were crafted and presented. I sincerely hope that each volume of ‘I Quotes’ will inspire you and help you understand life, its hidden treasures as well as others. Do have a good read.



“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave”.

Mo Willems, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

“Perhaps the greatest faculty our minds possess is the ability to cope with pain. Classic thinking teaches us of the four doors of the mind, which everyone moves through according to their need.

First is the door of sleep. Sleep offers us retreat from the world and all its pain. Sleep marks passing time, giving us distance from the things that hurt us. When a person is wounded, they will often fall unconscious. Similarly, someone who hears traumatic news will often swoon or faint. This is the mind’s way of protecting itself from pain by stepping through the first door.

Second door is the door of forgetting. Some wounds are too deep to heal, or too deep to heal quickly. In addition, many memories are simply painful, and there is no healing to be done. The saying ‘time heals all wounds’ is false. Time heals most wounds. The rest are hidden behind this door.

Third is the door of madness. There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.

Last is the door of death. The final resort. Nothing can hurt us after we are dead, or so we have been told”.

Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other”.

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

“I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother”.

Martha Gellhorn, Selected Letters

“According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else”.

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix



“Two things that are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe”.

Albert Einstein

“Be the change that you wish to see the world”.

Mahatma Gandhi

“Without music, life would be a mistake”.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference”.

Elie Wiesel

“Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company”.

Benjamin Franklin Wade



“All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost,

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadow shall spring,

Renewed shall be the blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king”.

J.R.R Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,

I love you simply, without problems or pride,

I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving you but this, in which there is no I or you,

So intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,

So intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close”.

Pablo Neruda,100 Love Sonnets

“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,

In secret, between the shadow and the soul”.

Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry”.

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words, and that which cannot remain silent”.

Victor Hugo



“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”.

Isaac Asimov

“The Seven Social Sins are:

Wealth without work,

Pleasure without conscience,

Knowledge without character,

Commerce without morality,

Science without humanity,

Worship without sacrifice,

Politics without principle”.

Fredrick Lewis Donaldson, From his sermon in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.

“Never memorize something that you can look up”.

Albert Einstein

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind”.

Albert Einstein

“If we know what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”

Albert Einstein



“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run”.

Babe Ruth

“Winning isn’t everything—but wanting to win is”.

Vince Lombardi

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start”.

John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginners Guide to the Joy of Running

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team”.

Phil Jackson

“The score never interested me, only the game”.

Mae West



“If you know anyone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.

Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do”.

Stephen Fry

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you”.

Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends And Influence People

“I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, ‘Where’s the self-help section?’ She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose”.

George Carlin

“Anger, resentment, and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others—it only changes yours”.

Shannon Alder, 300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It’s Too Late

“The only time you fail is when you fall and stay down”.

Stephen Richards, Cosmic Ordering: You can be Successful



“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“If I love you, what business is it of yours?”

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“In the midst of chaos, there is also an opportunity”.

Sun Tzu, A Arte da Guerra

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out”.

Steve Jobs

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

Sheryl Sandberg, Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead



“So many books, so little time”.

Frank Zappa

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough”.

Mae West

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results”.

Narcotics Anonymous

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid”.

Jane Austen

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read”.

Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings for by and About Groucho Marx



“Only a well-fed, well-housed, well-schooled people can enjoy the blessing of liberty”.

Fiorello H. La Guardia

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