Inspirational Quotations: Favorite Quotations of Brandi M. Mills

I find the following quotations both inspirational and thought-provoking

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-Benjamin Franklin

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Create peace and harmony within yourself and it will manifest itself throughout the world.
-Cora R. Jones, 1990

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The best thing you can do is create, and to create you've got to be able to catch ideas. And creating...you've go to be optimistic. You can't have the attitude of 'it can't be done.' Everything can be done, you just have to be able to figure out a way to do it.
-David Lynch, 1984

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Genius is the gold in the mine. Talent is the miner who works and brings it out.
Unknown

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Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, "Certainly I can!" Then get busy and find out how to do it.
-Theodore Roosevelt

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Ever occur to you why so many of us can be this much concerned with animals sufferings? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote.
--Paul Harvey

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People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
--Hermann Hesse

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There are some situations from which one can only escape by acting like a devil or a lunatic.
--George Orwell

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If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.
--Harlan Ellison

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The one important thing I have learnt over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking oneself seriously. The first is imperative and the second disastrous.
--Harlan Ellison

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There is no greater sorrow than to be mindful of the happy time in misery.
--Henry Longfellow

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It is much easier to apologize than to ask permission.
--Grace Hopper

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Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
--Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every man has a right to knock him down for it.
--Doctor Samuel Johnson

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If you're a fisherman, get in a boat. Don't just stand there in a forest saying, 'I'm a fisherman, I'm a fisherman!' I mean, prove it.
--Michael J. Fox

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Grief can take care of itself, but, to get the full value of joy, you must have somebody to divide it with.
--Mark Twain

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The most beautiful women are made for lovers who lack imagination.
--Guy de Maupassant

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Madness is rare in individuals, but in groups, political parties, nations and eras it's the rule.
--Friedrich Nietzschi

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I am different from all the men I have seen. If I am not better, at least I am different.
--Jean Jacques Rousseau

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Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they can not be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
--Unknown

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Ignorance with love is better than wisdom without it.
--Unknown

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Be slow in choosing friends and be even slower in leaving them.
--Benjamin Franklin

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The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the thread, add to it another filament until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably, thought and act.
--Orison Sett Marden

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You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
--John Morley

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In Germany, they came first for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time, no one was left to speak up.
--Pastor Martin Niemoller, 1937 after his arrest by the Gestapo

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A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
--Herm Albright

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We do not inherit the land, we borrow it from our children.
--Native American Saying

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Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to always be a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world remains always in the infancy of knowledge.
--Cicero

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History is a set of lies agreed upon.
--Napoleon Bonaparte

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He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster.
--Friedrich Nietzschi

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Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
--Henry David Thoreau

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The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid if kings, priests and nobles rise up among us if the people are ignorance.
--Thomas Jefferson

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The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.
--George Washington

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A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
--H.L. Mencken

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I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express statements that differentiate me from a doormat.
--Rebecca West

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Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too.
--Voltaire

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In a state-run society the government promises you security. But it's a false promise predicated on the idea that the opposite of security is risk. Nothing could be further from the truth. The opposite of security is insecurity, and the only way to overcome insecurity is to take risks. The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street refuses to let go on the other side.
--Theodore Forstmann

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Am I not destroying enemies when I make friends of them?
--Abraham Lincoln

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You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
--Vernon Howard

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There is no room in this country [the USA] for hyphenated Americanism.
--Franklin Roosevelt

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I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
--Booker T. Washington

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Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
--Henry Winkler, 1995

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Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?
--Frank Scully

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Be happy while living for you're a long time dead.
--Scottish Proverb

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A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood.
--Chinese Proverb

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Tell me, and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand.
--Native American Proverb

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Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
--Harriet Braiker

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Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.
--Coretta Scott King

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Nothing is as terrible to see as ignorance in action.
--Goethe

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He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.
--Raymond Hull

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The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
--Sir Richard Francis Burton

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I take the view, and always have, that if you cannot say what you are going to say in 20 minutes, you ought to go away and write a book about it.
--Lord Brabazon

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When I hear someone sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'
--Sydney Harris

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All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that it all happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.
--Ernest Hemingway

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Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
--William Jennings Bryant

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I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing.
--Mae West

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Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there.
--Clare Booth Luce

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A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
--Clive James

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Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
--Will Rogers

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I am an old man and have known a great many trouble, but most of them have never happened.
--Mark Twain

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In the old McGuffey's Reader is a story about the clock that had been running for a long, long time on the mantelpiece. One day the clock began to think about how many times during the year ahead it would have to tick. It counted up the seconds-31,536,000 in the year-and the old clock just got too tired and said, 'I can't do it,' and stopped right there. When somebody reminded the clock that it did not have to tick the 31,536,000 seconds all at one time, but rather one by one, it began to run again and everything was all right.
--Nenien C. McPherson, Jr.

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Ideals are like stars. You will not succeed in touching them with your hands; but, like the seafaring man, you choose them as your guides, and, following them, you will reach your destiny.
--Carl Schurz

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The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
--Abigail van Buren

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Be not angry that you cannot make others as your wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
--Thomas A Kempis

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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

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Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.
--Unknown

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A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
--Josh Billings

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He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
--Unknown

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Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
--Dr. Samuel Johnson

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Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
--Robert Frost

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What worries you, masters you.
--Haddon W. Robinson

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Style is not lusting after someone because they're cool. Style is loving yourself 'till everyone else does too.
--Prince


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