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It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so. ...
by William Shakespeare

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Values Intention Thought

When a father gives to his son, both laugh;
when a son gives to his father, both cry.
- William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
- William Shakespeare

 

Discretion is the better part of valor.
(originally "The better part of valor is discretion")
- William Shakespeare

Love is blind.
- William Shakespeare

Parting is such sweet sorrow.
- William Shakespeare

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Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

The course of true love never did run smooth.
- William Shakespeare

When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
- commonly but falsely attributed to William Shakespeare

In time we hate that which we often fear.
- William Shakespeare

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

Love sought is good,
but given unsought is better.
- William Shakespeare

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Be true to thyself.
- William Shakespeare
(paraphrase of Shakespeare's famous quote)

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
- William Shakespeare

The golden age is before us, not behind us.
- William Shakespeare

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
- William Shakespeare

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Expectation is the root of all heartache.
- William Shakespeare

To thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare

O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which
doth mock the meat it feeds on.
- William Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
- William Shakespeare

What's in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet
- William Shakespeare

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Many a man his life hath sold
but my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
- William Shakespeare

Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new- hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade.
- William Shakespeare

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
- William Shakespeare

Friendship is all about Mutuality,
neither Individuality nor Singularity.
- Aparna Chatterjee

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort
of feeling safe with a person;
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but to pour them all out, just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping, and then,
with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
- George Eliot

We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone -
but paradoxically, if we cannot trust,
neither can we find love or joy.
- Walter Anderson

It is neither wealth nor splendor;
but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.
- Thomas Jefferson

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation
can be trusted to act humanely
or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
- Bertrand Russell

True love is a process of co-creation
in which neither feels ownership or superiority.
Jealousy is a highly destructive force
for love and relationships.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable...
Every step toward the goal of justice
requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle;
the tireless exertions and
passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The "stories" we choose to tell about our past
are never what a video camera would have recorded.
We can tell a sad story or a happy story,
and neither story is either
more accurate or "better" than the other story.
The difference is that one story causes us to suffer,
while the other brings us joy. I choose joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Neither blame or praise yourself.
- Plutarch

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor,
nor should life rest on a single hope.
- Epictetus

Meditation is neither shutting things out nor off.
It is seeing things clearly,
and deliberately positioning yourself differently in relationship to them.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

I was taught that the way of progress
is neither swift nor easy.
- Marie Curie

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone,
"it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
- Lewis Carroll

Where there is charity and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white.
Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
- Lao Tzu

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

Life is best when I wish neither to hurry the future nor to slow it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that life is most joyful when you
neither attempt to hurry the future nor to slow it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Marriage is neither heaven nor hell,
it is simply purgatory.
- Abraham Lincoln

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

No stream rises higher than its source.
Whatever man might build, could never
express or reflect more than he was.
He could record neither more nor less
than he had learned of life.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular;
but one must take it BECAUSE it is right.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes
is a sign of want of education.
To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun.
To accuse neither oneself nor others
shows that one's education is complete.
- Epictetus

The unpredictable and irregular happenings
of life's cycles are an inherent part of their nature.
There are droughts and heat waves, injuries occur.
The lion eats the zebra -
one is nourished, one dies - neither failed.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish
there was less immaturity in political thinking.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down
on the tracks of history
to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Cheer for endings - whether goals have been met or not -
whether the ending is tidy or ragged.
Without endings, there would be neither the opportunity
nor the incentive to think new thoughts,
and to begin great new projects.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Service which is rendered without joy
helps neither the servant nor the served.
But all other pleasures and possessions
pale into nothingness before service
which is rendered in a spirit of joy.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

You are not your mind. You, a Spiritual BEing,
are neither your mind nor your body.
Mind and body are your tools - to use as you choose.
Sometimes your body appears to have a will of its own,
as when it twitches or pains.
Likewise, your mind often appears to have its own will.
That incessant chattering of regret, disappointment, guilt,
shame, foreboding, worry, and fear
is your Rattlesnake Mind striking off on its own.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Use heroes as a springboard for inquiry
into the identity and nature of admirably human qualities.
Do not judge heroes -
neither to put them unquestioningly on a pedestal
nor to unkindly probe their flaws.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Prayer does not use up artificial energy,
doesn't burn up any fossil fuel, doesn't pollute.
Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance.
- Margaret Mead

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

Books and friends should be few but good.
- Anonymous

A true friend sees the good in everything,
and brings out the best in the worst of things.
- Sasha Azevedo

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:
this is the ideal life.
- Mark Twain

An old friend will help you move.
A good friend will help you move a dead body.
- Jim Hayes

Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons
to promote the good and happiness of one another.
- Eustace Budgell

So long as the memory of certain
beloved friends lives in my heart,
I shall say that life is good.
- Helen Keller

Friendship, like the immortality of the soul,
is too good to be believed.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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