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The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles.
Life's true lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Live-By

The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment,
to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
- Charles Du Bos (1882-1939), from his book Approximations (1922)
(not Charles DuBois or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

The real lessons from the book of life
are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A closed mind is like a closed book;
just a block of wood.
- Chinese proverb

Life is a Book of Riddles,
with the Real Lessons Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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The Lessons of the Book of Life are
Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The things of this world exist;
they are; you can't refuse them.
- Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching - Book One #2 - version by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Book of Life is a Book of Riddles,
with its Real Lessons Writ Small in the Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Faith:
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
...
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
- Patrick Overton - from his book of poems: The Leaning Tree, 1975
[Widely mis-attributed to Barbara J. Winter, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others]

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.
- Charles M. Schulz in his Peanuts cartoon

Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
- Omar Khayyam

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
- Harrison Ford

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
- Saint Augustine

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all,
there is only the meaning we each give to our life,
an individual meaning, an individual plot,
like an individual novel, a book for each person.
- Anais Nin

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

If I read a book that impresses me,
I have to take myself firmly in hand
before I mix with other people;
otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
- Anne Frank

Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club.
You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it.
- Erma Bombeck

A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen,
is that you can take it to bed with you.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
- Thomas Jefferson

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

The joke in our family is that we can cry reading the phone book.
- Ron Reagan

O Day of days when we can read!
The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Marriage - a book of which the first chapter is written
in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
- Beverley Nichols

I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.
- Elie Wiesel

It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.
- Cyril Connolly

The most permanent lessons in morals are those which come,
not of booky teaching, but of experience.
- Mark Twain

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Books are mirrors:
you only see in them what you already have inside you.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection,
not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
- Martin Luther

Books serve to show a man
that those original thoughts of his
aren't very new at all.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

Books and friends should be few but good.
- Anonymous

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
- Horace

Books! I dunno if I ever told you this,
but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
- Bono

All of the books in the world contain no more information
than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year.
Not all bits have equal value.
- Carl Sagan

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare

Books are the treasured wealth of the world
and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you want to read about love and marriage,
you've got to buy two separate books.
- Alan King

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see.
- John Burroughs

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

I live alone, with cats, books, pictures,
fresh vegetables to cook, the garden,
the hens to feed.
- Jeanette Winterson

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

More books, more racing and more foolishness with cars
and motorcycles are in the works.
- Brock Yates

Read the best books first,
or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
- Henry David Thoreau

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers,
the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters,
and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
- John Lubbock

Movies are not scripts - movies are films;
they're not books,
they're not the theatre.
- Nicolas Roeg

We are the children of a technological age.
We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work.
Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books.
Reading them, however, has not changed.
- Lawrence Clark Powell

A house without books is like a room without windows.
- Horace Mann

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than
the metaphysics of books.
- Walt Whitman

Books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
- Bono

We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry,
because we didn't think it was fair in the history
books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory,
and when the Indians won it was a massacre.
- Dick Gregory

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person
walks in the woods and listens carefully,
he can learn more than what is in books,
for they speak with the voice of God.
- George Washington Carver

Success is to be measured not so much
by the position that one has reached in life
as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
- Booker T. Washington

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having,
except as a result of hard work.
- Booker T. Washington

Character is power.
- Booker T. Washington

There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high,
simple and useful life.
- Booker T. Washington

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read With loads of
learned lumber in his head.
- Alexander Pope

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

We Learn...
10% of what we read,
20% of what we hear,
30% of what we see,
50% of what we see and hear,
70% of what we discuss,
80% of what we experience,
95% of what we teach others.
- William Glasser


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