Florence Shinn

The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.

We anticipate what's to come, then ignore what's actually here.

When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: 'Only stand out of my light.' Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light.

Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can do is take a complete rest.

Maybe he's only a little bit crazy, like painters, or composers, or some of those men in Washington.

J. Frank Dobie

The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another.


Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.

Charlie Chaplin

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles.


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