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The pompous geek's "Quotes to live by" archive

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi
Failure is success if we learn from it.

Malcolm S. Forbes
Fame is fleeting, money takes wing, popularity is an accident, the only thing that remains is character.

The self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.

Thomas Szasz
We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.

Unless you try to do something, beyond what you've already mastered, you will never grow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
What you are to be, you are now becoming.

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
A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.

Kurt Vonnegut - Sirens of Titan
"There is nothing-absolutely nothing-half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it."

"Ratty" from Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind In The Willows"
Finally, I am becoming stupider no more.

Mathematical genius Paul Erdös's self-written epitaph
For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know. The day will come when I will die. So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my allotted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze.

Richard Bode (From "First You Have to Row a Little Boat")
Integrity is being good, even when no one is watching.

In a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.

Richard Feynmann
Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Love each other or perish.

W. H. Auden
Few of us can stand prosperity. Another man's, I mean.

Mark Twain
I make it a point to seek the company, intellectually above all, of people who are superior to me in a number of ways - and I very often succeed.

William F. Buckley, Jr.
By paying our other debts, we are equal with all mankind, but in refusing to pay a debt of revenge, we are superior.

Charles Caleb Colton
When friends are hard to find
And life seems so unkind
Sometimes you feel so afraid
Just aim beyond the clouds
And rise above the crowds
And start your own parade

Barry Manilow
(Yeah, yeah, I know, it's a Manilow reference!
I had to throw this one in for Lori Parrish, er... I mean, Granberry)
I have great faith in fools. Self confidence, my friends call it.

Edgar Allan Poe
Here lies the body of Jonathan Jay
Who died defending his right of way
He was right, dead right as he sped along
But he's just as dead as if he'd been wrong.