“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” — Albert Einstein.
I clean off my desk and organize my files once a year whether they need it or not. In the process I often come across little slips of paper containing interesting quotes and comments that I have read in some article or book or maybe even heard on television. I jot them down in hope of having them handy to use in a future column. But most I never use because I forget they are there or where I put them.
This time I found quite a few — most of them too good to throw out — so, adding some that were scribbled in the margins or my notebooks and tossing in some that I’ve used in columns way back in the ’80s, I offer you this collection of thought provoking tidbits to stir up your imagination. Some of the authors are listed, and with others, well, the author will remain a mystery.
“For the secret of man’s being is not only to live, but to have something to live for.” — Dostoevski.
“He who thinks he knows, doesn’t know. He who thinks he doesn’t know, knows.” — Joseph Campbell.
“Nations are identified by not only their highest point of civilized achievement, but also by their weakest.”
“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” — Charles Spurgeon.
“The really great people are the ones who know how to make the little people feel great.” — Ashleigh Brilliant.
“You give little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” — Kahil Gibran.
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus.
“The man who cannot create wants to destroy.” — Erich Fromm.
“Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and their politicians as a joke.” — Will Rogers.
“Ours is an age which is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.” — H.M. Jones.
“To be blessed is to experience joy, to know freedom, to have an inner peace that is sustaining in any and every situation.” — Muriel James.
“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” — Theodore M. Hesburgh.
“There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advised.” — Gore Vidal.
“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.” — Franklin P. Jones.
“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.”— Theodore Roosevelt.
“I saw the angel in the marble and just chiseled until I set him free.” — Michelangelo.
“To understand and to be understood makes our happiness on earth.” — German Proverb.
“Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.” — Alvin Toffler.
“All power is a trust and we are accountable for its exercise.” — Disraeli.
“Man must listen to his own drummer, or be marched right out of himself.” — Leo Buscaglia.
“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt.
“Denied a sense of structure and cohesiveness in life — the kind of stability provided by a clearly defined system of meanings — we are overwhelmed by anxiety, insecurity and self-doubt.”
“America refuses to face the painful truth about itself.”
“Just as we must let go of dead philosophies, illusions and old science to confront reality, so a country must keep challenging its traditions if it is to be transformed — if it wants renewal.” — Marilyn Ferguson.
“The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.” — Hungarian proverb.
“Those who aren’t looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.” — Socrates.
“To keep your marriage brimming/ With love in the loving cup/ Whenever you’re wrong, admit it/ Whenever you’re right, shut up.” — Ogden Nash.
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a job well done or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived: this is to have succeeded.” — Fosdick.
Since 1984, Dorothy Dimitre has written more than 700 columns for various local newspapers. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.