What are your favorite quotes?

There's so much out there in terms of famous sayings. A few words encapsulate a range of emotions and feelings that we can relate to in the current moment. Quotes are a way of time travel in that years after they are said, we still read and reflect upon the shared experiences, humor, and observations they bring,

With that said, here are some of my favorite quotes. What are yours?

  • "I'll never make the mistake of being 70 again."

Casey Stengel after being fired by the Yankees for being too old to manage.

  • “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”

― Heraclitus

  • "My father told me 'Name your price in the beginning. If it ever gets more expensive than the price you name, get out of there.'"

― Dave Chappelle

  • "When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff."

― Mike Tyson

  • "You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"

― Donald Trump

  • "Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude."

― Zig Ziglar

  • "It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen."

―Muhammad Ali

 

Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth. Mike Tyson.

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Matrick:

Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth. Mike Tyson.

Nice one! I remember my management professor bringing this one up when he approached the topic of planning and goal-setting.

 
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First the art thread, now this. dchd9, I feel like we have similar taste. It might sound nerdy, but I keep a Word document on my personal laptop with my favorite quotes. Probably my top four:

“To err is human, to forgive divine.” -Alexander Pope

“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough. If you start off with a small dream, you may not have much left when it is fulfilled because along the way life will test your dreams and make demands on you.” -Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

“You cannot appreciate success if you do not know failure.” -Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

“If you don't have integrity, you have nothing. You can't buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.” -Henry Kravis

 
Sil:

First the art thread, now this. @dchd9, I feel like we have similar taste. It might sound nerdy, but I keep a Word document on my personal laptop with my favorite quotes. Probably my top four:"To err is human, to forgive divine." -Alexander Pope

Haha, I read a book once on how to survive college. The author's professor told him about the lives of Supreme Court justices, all of which were pretty simple (e.g., Justice Souter drinking a glass of milk every night while living w/ mom). They were nerds through and through, always studying and preferring to stay in. The professor made it a point every class to end by saying "nerds win the ball game!". I'd say it worked out well for Mr. Souter. I appreciate your comment :)
 

All those reminded me of this one: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson.

I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing. See my Blog & AMA
 
Matrick:

All those reminded me of this one: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." - Marianne Williamson.

They quoted that in the movie Coach Carter. Thanks for reminding me of it,

 

"You can't help when or what you were born, you may not be able to help how you die; but you can - and you should - try to pass the days between as a good man.” - Anton Myrer, 'Once an Eagle'

 
LeChiffre:

"You can't help when or what you were born, you may not be able to help how you die; but you can - and you should - try to pass the days between as a good man."
- Anton Myrer, 'Once an Eagle'

Oooh. Good one. I'll remember it. SB'd!

 

Two of my favorites:

"Sometimes the road less travelled is less travelled for a reason." - Jerry Seinfeld

"Happiness is but an occasional episode in a general drama of pain." - Thomas Hardy

 

If you are going through hell, keep going.

Churchill

It is better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven.

John Milton

Never discuss with idiots, first they drag you at their level, then they beat you with experience.
 

My favourite historic quotes by US Presidents: "We choose to go to the moon" - John F. Kennedy "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" - Ronald Reagan "Grab them by the pussy" - Donald J. Trump

 
Eddie Braverman:

There are so many from my years in the Marines (Marines are a philosophical bunch in their way) but the one that springs to mind is about the virtue of thoroughness:

Any man worth shooting is worth shooting twice.

Haha I remember reading this baseball joke; it's similar to what you said. The joke came about after Walter O'Malley, owner of the then Brooklyn Dodgers moved them to Los Angeles.

"If a Brooklyn man finds himself in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and O'Malley, but has only two bullets, what does he do? Shoot O'Malley twice."

 

"I do not like that man. I must get to know him better." - Abraham Lincoln

If you want good quotes, watch Ken Burns: Civil War. That whole 12 hour documentary series is full of them.

"That was basically college for me, just ya know, fuckin' tourin' with Widespread Panic over the USA."
 
WidespreadPanic90:

"I do not like that man. I must get to know him better." - Abraham Lincoln

If you want good quotes, watch Ken Burns: Civil War. That whole 12 hour documentary series is full of them.

I'm familiar with Burns' work; he also did a 10 part documentary called Baseball.

I'll check out Civil War, though. Thanks for the recommendation.

 

Baseball is good, too, but Civil War is by far his best. It used to be on Netflix but it was taken off about 2 months ago. Even though I've seen it a dozen times, I still bought it on iTunes because its the best thing to watch when nothing is on.

"That was basically college for me, just ya know, fuckin' tourin' with Widespread Panic over the USA."
 
Big4Propaganda:

"Trust me, I m not driving that 7-series without strippers. No one on the pole has good credit and they're all cash rich." - Warren Buffet on mortgage-backed securities

Haha SB'd. He said that? Timeless wisdom from the Wizard of Omaha

 

My father a man of few words once gave me some great advice: " ."

It's been instrumental to my success ever since.

26 Broadway where's your sense of humor?
 

"There's no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equal as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that is that. I am not talented, I am obsessed." - Conor McGregor

 

Life fast, die hard, and leave a beautiful looking body - Navy Seals

Tis better to build a friendship based on a business, than a business based on friendships. - John D. Rockefeller

"It is better to have a friendship based on business, than a business based on friendship." - Rockefeller. "Live fast, die hard. Leave a good looking body." - Navy SEAL
 

"the ultimate measure of who we are is what we do with what we have" has to be my all time favorite. Sometimes I have a tough time remembering that not everyone had an upbringing as fortunate as mine and it reminds me to consider the perspectives/ideas of others

 

"You can't direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails." - Unknown

From Civilization 4 upon discovering sailing technology.

 

“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just like people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise.

Life is just like an old time rail journey…delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”

-Jenkin Lloyd Jones

 

Long, but epic nonetheless: "It is not the critic who counts....the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly....who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Teddy Roosevelt

 

"When my boss asked me who is the stupid one, me or him, I told him everyone knows he doesn't hire stupid people. "

funny and a zinger.

"I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing. " -GG
 

Here's mine:

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.

Sugarybliss
 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ― Marcus Aurelius

 

“Luck favours the prepared mind” - not sure of its origin. It speaks to the fact that those who study or prepare can better influence decisions outside of their control (like receive more interviews or admonishments).

 

This Polish motherfucker that my dad knew, he used to say the most obnoxious and fake bullshit, and I've been listening to stories about him since I was a little kid. He claims to have been in prison when he was younger -- his alleged cellmate was a guy named "Big Bubba" -- and has somehow evaded an arrest warrant issued for a parking ticket for the past twenty-five years.

Such gems have included:

"He's like my truck: he wants to run but he can't." (Regarding a man with a bum leg.)

"How much does a Chinaman cost, anyways?" (Said at the bar at a Chinese restaurant.)

"Johnny! I'm going Asian!" (Frequently said to my dad's best friend at places all over the map; last time I heard it, we were at John's mother's funeral: when he walked into the church, he whispered those words into John's ear.)

"I've got an international license." (Said to a policeman that pulled him over.)

"I'm gonna get six limousines, and all of them will have girls in them! When we drive down the Mass Pike, I'll jump from limousine to limousine." (Said after he was scammed by John into "winning" the "Jamaican Lottery".)

He's also a known scam artist with his job; he's actually a very good carpenter, but he likes to dash with the cash without the work. Many people in our circle have threatened to kill him over the past twenty-eight years.

 

And though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable, I simply am not there.