If you could be the perfect person your lover imagines, what would be the point of love?
All dope can do for you is kill you… the long hard way. And it can kill the people you love right along with you.
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.
A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.
Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.
It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
No deep and strong feeling, such as we may come across here and there in the world, is unmixed with compassion. The more we love, the more the object of our love seems to us to be a victim.
Rachel: The pilgrims came here to escape persecution from the British. Elizabeth: Yes, so they could go about persecuting the Indians.
ER, “Great Expectations”
Aborigines, n.: Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country. They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
America is the only country ever founded on the printed word.
I will never admit that the beloved flag is to me merely the symbol of a land where I can live in rich content and make money.
Henry Cabot Lodge
We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.
Benjamin Harrison, address to Congress, 1888
The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic – have always blown on free men.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The pilgrims were kicked out of England, quarreled with the Dutch, alienated the Indians, and had an evil reputation among the turkeys.
I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Francis Bellamy, The Youth’s Companion, 8 September 1892 (Thank you, Anna.)
Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.
Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.
Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
Zora Neale Hurston
Love means not ever having to say you’re sorry.
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
James A. Baldwin
Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.
Love that is not madness is not love.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Love… it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be.
Love’s greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.
Barbara de Angelis
On rare occasions one does hear of a miraculous case of a married couple falling in love after marriage, but on close examination it will be found that it is a mere adjustment to the inevitable.
One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again.
One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
Honore de Balzac
One was never married, and that’s his hell; another is, and that’s his plague.
Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman.
Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Politics doesn’t make strange bedfellows – marriage does.
Protecting the institution of marriage safeguards, I believe, the American family.
Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive.
She’s been married so many times she has rice marks on her face.
Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there.
A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
Marion C. Garretty
Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister.
Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.
Charles M. Schulz
If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.
You can kid the world. But not your sister.
I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness.
Help one another, is part of the religion of sisterhood.
Louisa May Alcott
Sisters never quite forgive each other for what happened when they were five.
In thee my soul shall own combined the sister and the friend.
At least I know that one film-maker in my career has had the initiative to come to me and thought of me as being capable of doing interesting and complicated work, and so I have a new-found belief that other film-makers will see me in a different way, the way that Patty did.
My whole belief system is that our paths are drawn for us. I believe in reincarnation. I believe we’re here to learn and grow. We choose how we come into this life based on what it is we have to learn. Some people have harder lessons than others.
It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to fully develop his or her full potential. This is why we take precious time out of our lives and give it to politics.
We found that specialists did not know as much as we thought. So, you think maybe there are other answers. There are not but if you belief something will help you it probably will: it will help, not cure.
The test of a belief is not exclusively in the belief itself, but also in the intentions and actions of those who embrace it.
Bryant H. McGill
The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
Money motivates neither the best people, nor the best in people. It can move the body and influence the mind, but it cannot touch the heart or move the spirit; that is reserved for belief, principle, and morality.
Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible.
Ali’s belief in himself was something I picked up on, and it’s become my own philosophy.
Sugar Ray Leonard
In everyday life, my wife is the most wonderful. We’re in love with each other beyond belief.
Looking back, you realize that everything would have explained itself if you had only stopped interrupting.
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.
Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.
Stephen Leacock, Literary Lapses
The problem is that when you get it, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.
Jimmy Connors, on experience
Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward.
Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
David T. Wolf
Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.
Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited.
They don’t ask much of you. They only want you to hate the things you love and to love the things you despise.
A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all.
In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.