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THIS EDITION: fault :: excuse :: blame

Quoted In The Grove:

An artist is his own fault.
~John O’Hara

I have this desire to keep improving, so I find fault.
~Heston Blumenthal

To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
~Louis Nizer

I criticize by creation ‒ not by finding fault.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero


Exercise Prompt 03/28: mystery


Justifying a fault doubles it.
~French proverb

Bad excuses are worse than none.

He who excuses himself accuses himself.

Don’t do what you’ll have to find an excuse for.

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.


And besides, he added, forgetting that several excuses are always less convincing than one…
~Aldous Huxley

There is no such thing as a list of reasons. There is either one sufficient reason or a list of excuses.
~Robert Brault

The explanation is always longer when there isn’t any.
~Robert Brault

The moment I make an excuse, I confess to many things.
~Muriel Strode

Every vice has its excuse ready.
~Publilius Syrus

Excuses are reasons with a streak of jaundice.
~Henry Stanley Haskins

If there is a hard-won ability I would wish to take into a second life, it is the ability to recognize tomorrow’s regret in today’s excuse.
~Robert Brault

I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first.
~Benjamin Franklin


It is always too hot or too cold for the man who wants to quit.
~Poor Richard Junior’s Philosophy

If you don’t want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.
~Yiddish proverb

We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.

If your armor against the world is laziness and excuses, you’re not protecting yourself from battle and injury — you’ve trapped yourself inside with them.
~Terri Guillemets


There is always a perfectly good excuse, always a reason not to. The hardest freedom to win is the freedom from one’s excuses.
~Robert Brault

Excuses are the tools with which incompetents build to themselves great monuments of Nothing.
~author unknown

We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible.
~François de La Rochefoucauld


Two wrongs don’t make a right, but they make a good excuse.
~Thomas Szasz

A pint of effort is worth a gallon of excuses.
~William Arthur Ward

We weave our excuses around events.
Thin, poor quality cloth of justification
Poor substitutes for the heavy tribal blankets
Once we wove to wrap our children.
~Phillip Pulfrey

The things you want to do are all up to you—
Excuses are sabotage.
~Terri Guillemets

The person who wants to do something finds a way; the other finds an excuse.
~author unknown


Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
~Kimberly Johnson

Of all Excuses this is most forbid:
I did the Thing because the Others did.
~Arthur Guiterman

The truly free man is the one who will turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.
~Jules Renard

The pretended admission of a fault on our part creates an excellent impression.

We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free from great ones.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having seen, makes up a good part of our sincerity.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld


Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
~Oscar Wilde


The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them.

Almost any fault, sin or crime is considered more leniently if there’s a touch of class involved.
~Frank Abagnale

Balance in life is the key, as Aristotle taught us. Nobody likes a naive Pollyanna, but neither do we like to be around people who are constantly complaining and finding fault.
~Mark Skousen

As a kid, I often figured it was good to be patient to a fault.
~Aimee Bender


I think people imagine going back to a time when they knew who they were and they knew what the circumstances were ‒ if you screwed up it was your fault.
~Gore Verbinski


Even if you play perfectly, a fault of your opponent’s can destroy the entire beauty of the game.
~Vladimir Kramnik


We don’t suggest that because San Francisco lies on top of an earthquake fault that it should be moved.
~John Breaux


To be suspicious is not a fault. To be suspicious all the time without coming to a conclusion is the defect.
~Lu Xun


This is the great fault of wine; it first trips up the feet: it is a cunning wrestler.


In a funny way, when things went wrong in my life ‒ and it is my fault that they went wrong, it is not anyone else’s fault ‒ and all the glittering outside things were taken away, I was left with the things of most value.
~Kimberly Quinn


The year my mom worked as a secretary at an apparel company in midtown, she would often come home in tears because she had mistakenly called her boss by another coworker’s name. ‘You know how it is,’ my father said, ‘they all look the same. It’s not your mom’s fault. There’s just no telling them apart. Same high nose and deep-set eyes.’
~Jenny Zhang


Everything is my fault when you’re me. I don’t know why.
~Machine Gun Kelly


When someone walks into me, whether it’s my fault or not, I say, ‘Sorry.’
~Rachel Shenton


Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault, and truth discourtesy.
~George Herbert


You’re the only one that’s in control of your emotions; you’re the only one that’s inside of you at all times. So control you however you want to. If you’re not happy, that’s your fault.
~Tiffany Haddish


My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.
~Muhammad Ali


How strange to use You only live once as an excuse to throw it away.
~Bill Copeland


Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
~Oliver Goldsmith


I’ll look back on my career as a whole and at parts of it and say I should have enjoyed that more. I suppose that’s my own fault.
~Alun Wyn Jones

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Posted From The Grove

When the soul, through its own fault… becomes rooted in a pool of pitch-black, evil smelling water, it produces nothing but misery and filth.
~Saint Teresa of Avila

The burden of citizenship is accepting that what is neither your fault nor your responsibility may be your problem.
~Anand Giridharadas

It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something.
~Anthony Trollope


I had worked for George Bush as a speechwriter, and I read a lot of White House memoirs. They all have two themes: ‘It Wasn’t My Fault‘ and ‘It Would Have Been Much Worse if I Hadn’t Been There.’
~Christopher Buckley

Across Africa there is what I call a colonialist mentality or orthodoxy. Orthodoxy in the sense that a lot of things have gone wrong in Africa in the post-colonial period. And time and time again, any time something went wrong, the leadership claims that it was never their fault.
~George Ayittey

The lesson of the last year is this: foreign policy can’t be managed through the politics of personality, and our President would do well to take note of an observation John F. Kennedy made once he was in office – that all of the world’s problems aren’t his predecessor’s fault.
~Sarah Palin


I don’t think that political history is full of a whole lot of tremendously honest people. I have never found any fault about that as far as Mr. . . . is concerned in my relationship with him.
~Bobby Knight

This is a do-it-yourself test for paranoia: you know you’ve got it when you can’t think of anything that’s your fault.
~Robert M Hutchins

Just hear Senator McCain speak. He may not give you the answer you are looking for, he may not be in agreement with you on a stance or an issue, but the man is honest to a fault.
~Curt Schilling

Honesty allows us to live with not knowing. We do not know the full story; we do not know where we are in the story. We do not know who, ultimately, is at fault or who will carry the blame in the end.
~David Whyte

Dare to be true. Nothing can need a lie:
a fault which needs it most, grows two thereby.
~George Herbert

For me, the greatest fault would be to tell somebody something I’m not.
~Manti Te’o


I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past, but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time, and I will absolutely defend those who carried out the interrogations within the orders they were given.
~Dennis C Blair


But in answer to your question about the conspiracy angle, I think that any historian worth his salt, and this is where I fault Stephen Ambrose and a lot of these guys who attack me – not all of life is a result of conspiracy by any means! Accident occurs alongside conspiracy.
~Oliver Stone


It’s not my fault that there is this gap between rich and poor, it is the fault of governments. I want a different world. One where I don’t wake up thinking I’m so lucky to be able to feed my daughter.
~Emma Thompson

But he like my mother, had certainly come to know that those who work the most do not make the most money. It was the fault of the rich, it seemed, but just how he did not know.
~Agnes Smedley

It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded, it is someone’s fault if they failed.
~Herman Cain

It isn’t the rich people’s fault that poor people are poor. Poor people who get an education and work hard in this country will stop being poor. That should be the goal for all poor people everywhere.
~Ben Stein

But if you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought there by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart. We need to be educating these children, because they will become a drag on our society.
~Rick Perry

The worst fault of the working classes is telling their children they’re not going to succeed.
~John Mortimer

In my right-wing politics of the time, I held that unemployment was usually the fault of the unemployed.
~Luke Ford


When Indian economy was growing at the rate of 8 to 9 percent, I think everybody was quite happy. Even when there were defects in our policies, they were overlooked, and when the economy slows down, people try to find fault and excuses.
~Manmohan Singh

A troubled economy is always the sitting president’s fault. It was when Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter, when Bill Clinton defeated George H. W. Bush, and when Barack Obama defeated John McCain by running against George W. Bush.
~Mark McKinnon


The only way to security for Israel and a humane life for Palestinians in their own land is political. No matter where the fault for past negotiating failures lies, there is no other path.
~Anthony Lewis

Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.
~Benjamin Franklin

If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.
~Jack Kerouac


A man must fortify himself and understand that a wise man who yields to laziness or anger or passion or love of drink, or who commits any other action prompted by impulse and inopportune, will probably find his fault condoned; but if he stoops to greed, he will not be pardoned, but render himself odious as a combination of all vices at once.
~Apollonius of Tyana

Globalization is exposing new fault lines – between urban and rural communities, for example.
~Ban Ki-moon

Greed and globalization aren’t just America’s fault.
~Arlo Guthrie

The fault lines are shifting from the boundaries of nations into the web of our societies and the streets of our cities. And, terrorism and extremism are a global force that are larger than their changing names, groups, territories and targets.
~Narendra Modi


In golf, a wedge issue means just that: You can’t hit your sand wedge, or your lob wedge needs to be regrooved. In politics, a wedge issue is more serious still: It’s one that splits the electorate, dividing voters along ideological fault lines.
~Steve Rushin

Politics also reflects the fault lines in our society, and the fact is that it is not very easy for any marginalised group to come forward in any domain.

I’m here to speak for those who say the American Dream isn’t working for them, because I know it isn’t. I’m here to say it’s not your fault: the ruling class… has failed you.
~Wendy Long

I will make it a point to voice my opinions. But if I am at fault, I will also apologise.
~Hina Khan


DESTINY, n. A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure.
~Ambrose Bierce

For all its terrible faults, in one sense America is still the last, best hope of mankind, because it spells out so vividly the kind of happiness that most people actually want, regardless of what they are told they ought to want.
~Ferdinand Mount

To us Americans much has been given; of us much is required. With all our faults and mistakes, it is our strength in support of the freedom our forefathers loved which has saved mankind from subjection to totalitarian power.
~Norman Thomas

But, after all, we are a young nation, and vanity is a fault of youth.
~Rebecca Harding Davis


In the Matrix in which Americans live, nothing is ever their fault.
~Paul Craig Roberts

With Benghazi, I don’t see anyone saying, ‘Hey look, I am overall responsible for this and therefore, I take responsibility for what happened. It’s my fault.’ I haven’t heard that yet. Meanwhile, the other side of the coin, the Osama bin Laden raid, it seems everyone made that decision, and that’s just unbelievable to me.
~Jocko Willink

What you find when you live in the United States, you live in the West, is that when somebody fails, it’s never their fault. They always like to blame somebody other than themselves for a failure.
~Stephen A Schwarzman

Wherever you find a problem, you will usually find the finger-pointing of blame. Society is addicted to playing the victim.
~Stephen Covey

Of all the parts of your body, be most vigilant over your index finger, for it is blame-thirsty. A pointed finger is a victim’s logo.
~Joseph Brodsky

…and I think it’s no particular political party’s fault. People have been left behind, and in America, we’re used to going forward. It’s always like we’re going to be better; the next generation’s going to be better.
~Dana Carvey


I readily concede that a prime minister is not required to speak on every occasion or on every subject, but when there is a duty to speak, silence is unacceptable. Silence can be a strategy, silence can be a tactic, but silence can never be an answer to the ills of our polity and the fault lines of our society.
~P Chidambaram


If you commit a big crime then you are crazy, and the more heinous the crime the crazier you must be. Therefore you are not responsible, and nothing is your fault.
~Peggy Noonan

Liberals have invented whole college majors ‒ psychology, sociology and women’s studies ‒ to prove that nothing is anybody’s fault.
~P J O’Rourke


The environmental crisis arises from a fundamental fault: our systems of production ‒ in industry, agriculture, energy and transportation ‒ essential as they are, make people sick and die.
~Barry Commoner

The Great War was nobody’s fault ‒ or everybody’s.
~Margaret MacMillan

No one is to blame. It is neither their fault nor ours. It is the misfortune of being born when a whole world is dying.
~Alexander Herzen


~The RSA: Brene Brown on Blame (3:15) preachy, but funny & relatable


~Ivan del Rio: Blame (0.10) might be useful sometime


~Janet Lees: Blame the Fox (4:51) lines of poetry against grey and foggy lands, to haunting music


~Circus Tree: Blame Carousel (1:00) blame as it rolls downhill, also fun/relatable


~PH’ Label: Excuse My French (0:49) not for the faint of heart, clips of swearing in movies


~Radim Vanous: SPOLK / Excuse me • 58 seconds of staged people images


~Fawlty Towers: Top 10 moments (9:53) John Cleese and cast, nothing more to be said


Removing the faults in a stage-coach may produce a perfect stage-coach, but it is unlikely to produce the first motor car.
~Edward de Bono

I could pose as a Yahoo rep claiming that there’s been some sort of fault, and somebody else is getting your e-mail, and we’re going to have to remove your account and reinstall it. So what we’ll do is reset the current password that you have – and by the way, what is it?
~Kevin Mitnick

Intensity of desire will always find a way, just as weakness of purpose will always find an excuse.
~Muriel Strode

Success is a tale of obstacles overcome, and for every obstacle overcome, an excuse not used.
~Robert Brault

Don’t find fault, find a remedy.
~Henry Ford

The trouble with always leaving yourself a way out is that you always take it.
~Robert Brault


When the plane is delayed, it’s not the fault of the girl at the desk. I’m resigned to the fact that everything is out of my control and that air travel nowadays is barbaric.
~Tom Conti

Travel is hard, and it’s mostly not your fault.
~Andrew Sean Greer

It wasn’t about the money. I just wanted them to admit it was their fault.
~Barry Sheene


In Boston I got to a point where I thought I was putting out fires more than being a baseball coach. And some of it was my fault. I was getting stubborn. My fuse was a little shorter than it needed to be. And that helps nobody.
~Terry Francona

When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.

My job is to show my clients that their anger is rarely someone else’s fault. It’s their flaw.
~Marshall Goldsmith (leadership coach)

Correct one fault at a time. Concentrate on the one fault you want to overcome.
~Sam Snead (golf)


It’s not Apple’s fault that they’re seeking to avoid paying taxes. They’re not lying, cheating or stealing. They’re following the rules that were created by governments. If the government doesn’t like the rules, they can change them.
~John Mackey

Amazon is certainly not a perfect company. However, doctors, teachers, engineers, journalists, politicians, and labor unions are also on a continuum of consciousness, and none are perfect either. It is easy to judge and find fault with any company if that is what one’s ideological biases wish to see.
~John Mackey


It may be true, that men, who are mere mathematicians, have certain specific shortcomings, but that is not the fault of mathematics, for it is equally true of every other exclusive occupation.
~Carl Friedrich Gauss


It’s not blaming the victim. It’s not anybody’s fault. They just did something that didn’t work, that’s all.
~Kary Mullis

If you have made a mistake, all right. Never find fault with a man because he has made a mistake. It is only a fool that makes the same mistake the second time.
~Charles M Schwab

Always mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior.
~William Collins

I have been rich, and I have been broke. Some of it is my fault for choosing bad management and making bad investments. But that is life – we all take risks.
~Ronnie Wood

Whatever you think of Facebook, you cannot fault it for lack of ambition.
~Joe Green

I don’t fault my former law firm for running their business like a business or expecting their new hire to be worth the obscene rate she was billed out at, but fun it was not.
~Rachel Sklar

Ultimately, even if you follow the advice of a mentor or board member, it’s still your fault if they were wrong!
~David Cohen

Many businesses find their culture organized around a dangerous fault line known as ‘us and them,’ with executives on one side and employees on the other. The divide is both real and expensive.
~Punit Renjen

Look ‒ this is the terror of being a founder & CEO. It is all your fault. Every decision, every person you hire, every dumb thing you buy or do ‒ ultimately, you’re at the end.
~Ben Horowitz

I think my greatest virtue is that I have the courage to take tough decisions. As for my greatest fault, I guess I should be a little tougher. The feedback I get always is that I am not as tough and demanding as I should be.
~Ajay Piramal

In the beginning, everybody that gets to work with me, thinks I’m nice. But three weeks later, they hear a bell ringing. Then they realise I meant everything I said during that first week. It’s not my fault people are not taking me serious from the first moment.
~Andrew Eldritch

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
~Desmond Tutu

I live in a universe in which blame doesn’t exist. I don’t believe in being at fault; I believe in taking responsibility for your actions. If I do something wrong, I take responsibility for it.
~Concha Buika

I was an executive running a pretty substantial group before becoming CEO, and I had no idea what it was like. When something goes wrong, people say, ‘It’s all your fault.’ Your reaction is, ‘It’s not my fault.’ But what do you mean? I was the founder, I hired everybody in the company, I was managing it.
~Ben Horowitz

If you are a real leader, every single thing is your fault.
~Andy Dunn

There’s this issue where I’m really doing well and got hate ’cause I’m too light-skinned. I understand why people say that ‒ throughout history, the lighter you are, that’s how it’s been. But it’s not my fault. My mom and dad had me! I look how I look.
~Jorja Smith

I wanted to work in the Hindi film industry much more than what I was offered. But if you are a grain of rice in a wheat field, it is not your fault… You are just different.
~Soni Razdan


Race is the San Andreas Fault of our culture as well as our history. Its fissures are forever present and not that far beneath the surface of every day life. To deny that is to risk being labeled delusional.
~Mike Barnicle

America was founded on the fissure between slave states and free states, so these huge fault lines are just built into the American project. How we repress them, express them, deal with them, talk around them, think through them, don’t think through them, is fascinating to me.
~Rick Perlstein


…was appointed to be the HUD secretary. He knows nothing about the mission of HUD. He doesn’t care about people in public housing. He believes that if you are poor, it is your own fault. And he doesn’t know the difference between an immigrant and a slave.
~Maxine Waters

Those close to Mr. Obama say he grows irritated at being misunderstood ‒ not just by opponents who insinuate that he caters to African-Americans, but also by black lawmakers and intellectuals who fault him for not making his presidency an all-out assault on racial disparity.
~Jodi Kantor


When we feel helpless later in life, fear makes us scapegoat others. Instead of fixing the problems, we say, ‘Oh, it’s all their fault – those women or immigrants are infesting our country.’ Rather than useful protest or constructive solutions, we get angry at these handy targets.
~Martha Nussbaum

When people have been hurt over and over, and rather than compassion or understanding you’re given lectures about how it’s really all your fault and that no one needs to make amends, you can lose your mind.
~Michelle Alexander

Something goes wrong, I yell at them ‒“Fix it”‒ whether it’s their fault or not. You can only really yell at the players you trust.
~Bill Parcells

As a player, when you get beaten, you can comfort yourself by saying you did reasonably well. As a manager, when you get beaten, you think it’s all your fault, but 70,000 people and all those watching on television know it’s your fault.
~Mark Hughes

The fault always lies in the candidate or the head coach or the guy holding the ball.
~Luther Strange

I’ve always said the quarterback and the head coach always get too much blame when you lose and too much credit when you win.
~Eli Manning

It is a fault of the whole team if you don’t deliver.
~Georginio Wijnaldum (soccer)


You tell me you want to race down the street, I’m going to try to beat you. My grandmother asks me to race down the street, I’m going to try to beat her. And I’ll probably enjoy it. Competitive to a fault, sometimes.
~Derek Jeter

There are no excuses in fighting. You can be playing a team sport and have a good game, and you can lose. In fighting, it’s all on me. If I go out there and lose, then it’s my fault. I like that.
~Alexander Volkanovski

…like I was saying before, if you give one-hundred percent of your best, and you may have fault, but there is nothing you can do, because you gave one-hundred percent.
~Lou Ferrigno


I’m loyal to a fault – even though I’ve been to hell and back with Vince McMahon, I would never to do anything to hurt him. But it’s also survival of the fittest out there.
~Hulk Hogan

It’s not my fault Hulk Hogan is afraid of me.
~Scott Steiner

The truth is, in this age of Instagram and Facebook and Snapchat, we know way too much about athletes ‒ and it’s their fault.
~Billy Crystal


I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?
~Yogi Berra



I tend to root for characters who have a lot of negative qualities, but what’s driving them forward is their passion. They’re on a mission, and maybe their approach is misguided, but you can’t fault them for giving 150%.
~Laurie Metcalf

I really like people who have the gift of the gab. I like characters that are very eloquent, articulate and confident in what they’re saying. Especially coming off ‘Captain America,’ who’s very internal and intimate, I’d love to play someone who wears their emotions on their sleeves, potentially to a fault.
~Chris Evans

I can easily come up with ten really iconic stories/trade paperbacks for Superman, Batman, others… name me ten equally big, iconic Wonder Woman stories. Much harder. That ain’t the character’s fault, that isn’t sexism, that’s just not servicing the character.
~J Michael Straczynski

I try to represent specific experiences of specific characters, and that’s all I want to try to do. I don’t ever try to think about representing a culture, because its impossible, and someone will fault you. And it just doesn’t interest me.
~Jhumpa Lahiri


I’m choosy to a fault. You want to hold out for a project that means something. You’re the one who’s there working fifteen hours a day, and if you don’t believe in it, it can feel a whole lot longer.
~Lizzy Caplan

You can’t go around the theatres handing out cards saying, ‘It isn’t my fault’. You go onto the next one.
~Preston Sturges

I do not fault anyone else who makes choices to play characters that they wished they hadn’t… Because at the end of the day, none of us are happy with our jobs all the time.
~Peter Dinklage

I was on cruise control from ’85 to ’95, and it was my fault. There were a lot of self-inflicted wounds, when I was not doing any original material. I wasn’t directing. I wasn’t writing. That’s not who I am.
~Sylvester Stallone

I don’t really analyze my process. I do know that if it’s not right, I won’t move on. I’m tenacious to a fault about that.
~Doug Liman (director)

If I feel that I’m not able to do my best work ‒ whether that’s my own fault or as a result of an editorial situation ‒ then I need to stop doing it. I would rather not do something than do it badly or ineffectively. It’s the only way I can live with myself and do right by the fans in the long haul.
~J Michael Straczynski

…if the scripts are not good, and the characters aren’t engaging, then you don’t believe in the journey, and you’re not connected to it. It’s not the technology’s fault.
~Andy Serkis


I like to rehearse and rehearse and have everything exactly calculated before we start shooting ‒ probably to a fault.
~John Lithgow

If you’re the star of a show, the next one has to be as good or better, and if you’re doing a series, if anything goes wrong, it’s your fault. There’s nobody else to blame.
~June Whitfield


A bad audition is usually the director’s fault, not the actor’s. It’s up to the director to get the atmosphere right to get the best out of your auditionees.
~Marianne Elliott


I never, ever want to apologize for a film. If it’s bad I’ll say it’s my fault. And that’s what I can say so far in all the films that I’ve done, that if you don’t like it, it’s entirely my fault.
~Ken Burns

I have been very lucky to have final cut in all my films; everything that is wrong in them is my fault.
~Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.
~Benjamin Franklin

When you blame yourself, you learn from it. If you blame someone else, you don’t learn nothing, cause hey, it’s not your fault…
~Joe Strummer

… Is it my taste? Maybe not, but I’m not going to fault anybody for doing what they’re doing as long as people are showing up.
~Wanda Sykes

Does ‘Jersey Shore’ make me sad for humanity that this is what’s passing for entertainment? Well, this is a business, and if that’s what millions of people want to watch, I can’t fault someone for producing it.
~Terence Winter

The corporate system dictates what gets made, and the movies are so bad because of the economic structure of Hollywood. The big business takeover of Hollywood is at fault rather than American storytellers ‒ it’s what keeps textured movies from getting made.
~James Gray

You must speak the vision of your project in a way that convinces people to pay for it. If they won’t pay for it, that is the artist’s fault. It is my fault. It is your fault. It is not the executive’s fault or the world’s.
~Jill Soloway


~SLX Productions: EXCUSE (14:06) the weight of life, and rooftops


~Michael P O’Hara: Blame Cupid Stupid (4:39) animated love story, rhymed


~Dust: To Err (10:05) until the fading trumpet’s goodbye


I think I’m probably a very sad man wrapped in a very joyful package, and I think I’m very resilient, and I think I’m quite generous, sometimes to a fault. And I’m very bad with money, but I don’t see that too much of a flaw.
~Dave Matthews

I don’t think of myself as funny. I think of myself as rather grave, actually. And I’m suspicious of fun. I never quite know what that is or how to deal with it or how to generate it. That’s my fault. I know it’s a burden on the people I’m with. It’s tiresome.
~Hugh Laurie


I reached a point where I didn’t think I was that great… I think I was becoming boring as well as bored. It was nobody’s fault except mine – probably – and it might not even be my fault.
~Michael Keaton

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it’s their fault.
~Henry Kissinger

If you’re bored and you look bored, that’s your fault.
~Matt Berry


Not that it was Twiggy’s fault, but the ubiquity of her image created a sense in young women that to be stylish meant to be skinny, flat-chested with an ingenue face and straight hair.
~Susie Orbach `

To copy beauty forfeits all pretense to fame;
to copy faults is want of sense.
~Charles Churchill

Blemishes are hid by night and every fault forgiven; darkness makes any woman fair.

I love my beauty. It’s not my fault.
~Valentino Garavani


I’m famous by default. I came out of the womb, and people wanted to know who I was because of my parents.
~Frances Bean Cobain

I think anybody who’s doing work in their teen years on TV or in the movies, you’re a teen idol by default.
~Jason Bateman

The thing I regret most about my life are those inane photos of me with icons. They used to come down here and dress me up, and I just tolerated it. It’s my fault. But I shouldn’t have done it. They literally brought down costumes, candles, and icons! It was unbelievable stupidity.
~John Tavener (composer)

You can’t really fault people who are experiencing fame. They’re just making their way through, and everybody around them is reflecting this fame right back at them. It’s strange.
~Justine Bateman


How many times have we seen reality celebrities fall from grace ‒ often through no fault of their own ‒ and then go on a show like ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ and say, ‘I want to show the public a different side of me.’ And I’m screaming at the telly going, ‘This is not therapy. This is voyeurism!’
~Ricky Gervais

Errors of taste are very often the outward sign of a deep fault of sensibility.
~Jonathan Miller

The rumor mill always seemed like a grass fire to me. Why walk out in the middle of the field, it’s just going to flame out and go away just like everything else does?
~Amy Grant

A cake is a very good test of an oven: if it browns too much on one side and not on the other, it’s not your fault – you need to have your oven checked.
~Delia Smith

I don’t want anybody near me when I am cooking. If I am going to make a mistake, it has to be my fault.
~Leonard Slatkin


My guilty pleasure is just eating really bad food. I cannot help myself, but you’re on the road during the night, and the only thing open is a fast food place, and you’re like ‘Alright. Not my fault. It’s time to eat.’

A lot of lawyers are set to tell me that it’s not my fault I like to eat.
~Neil Cavuto

I have 40 pounds to lose. It is not the fault of the fast food people, and anyone who’s trying to sue the fast food places needs a therapist, not an attorney.
~Richard Simmons



The majority of the high schools and the public schools in N.Y.C. don’t even have band programs. Hip-hop in a lot of ways is an outgrowth of a lack of instruments and a desire to play music, so we can’t really fault the kids for that.
~Wynton Marsalis

When I was at Capitol ‒ and this was not Capitol’s fault ‒ I was aiming, you know. I would listen to country radio and go, ‘What version of me does radio want?’
~Walker Hayes

This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist.

That is the true joy of being a solo artist. I can do whatever I want. I can go wherever I want. I can show up with my guitar and my song, and it can sound a hundred different ways. That’s the freedom of being on your own. The flipside is: That’s you on the cover. If it sucks, it’s your fault.
~Jenny Lewis


Dance must have a precision without fault.
~Arielle Dombasle

I had been making films for almost ten years, and the head men at RKO thought of me only in terms of musicals. I found no fault with that, except I just couldn’t stand being typed or pigeonholed as only a singing and dancing girl. I wanted to extend my range.
~Ginger Rogers


As far as the Animals breaking up ‒ it was my fault. I wanted out. We took it to the max, as far as we could take it. Our reunion tour in 1983 went pretty good until we left America. Then we pushed it too hard and it fell apart.
~Eric Burdon

There has been the biggest black cloud following me around. People believe it’s all my fault that Steve is not here. He has always had an open door, and he doesn’t choose to do this any more.
~Neal Schon (Journey)

It just broke my heart, and I had to get away from it. I love them to death, but they know how bad it got. It’s not their fault, but I couldn’t do that any longer.
~Brian Welch (Korn)

A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults.
~Charles Kingsley

A true friend sees past your excuses to the real reason it’s not your fault.
~Robert Brault


One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.
~Edward G Bulwer-Lytton

Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time.
~Sydney Smith

If you have any fault to find with anyone, tell him, not others, of what you complain; there is no more dangerous experiment than that of undertaking to be one thing before a man’s face and another behind his back.
~Robert E Lee


I’m probably the most honest person you’ll ever meet – to a fault, like, I-will-hurt-your-feelings honest. I’m sure if I lied about anything, it would have been silly, but I haven’t retained that information.
~Ellen DeGeneres

I’m just a real person and I tell it like it is. I don’t have a lot of secrets, which has been a fault of mine.
~NeNe Leakes

It’s really how you deal with people. Do people respect you? Are you honest with people even if it’s something they don’t want to hear? Anyone in Hollywood will tell you I’m extremely up front and honest almost to a fault.
~Ving Rhames

I feel like I’m really honest in my interviews, to a fault. I’ve lost friends over it. Major friends. And I’m heartbroken about that.
~Shia LaBeouf

To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life.
~Simone Weil


~Beecher’s Fault: Liquor Store (3:00) beachin’


~YMG Motion Pictures: Kanye • Blame Game (5:08) surprise villain


~baranov: Inka • Blame Me (3:53) singer dancing, or dancer singing


~Enfant Terrible Films: Luka • Blame (2:49) …but is it jealousy


~molly paul: Excuse me (3:23) Africa, another language, nothing’s lost


Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover, an accomplishment in a bachelor, and second-nature in a married man.
~Helen Rowland

I think the most important foundation about any relationship is just being honest. You’ve got to. My wife and I are honest to a fault with each other, and we’re best friends on top of it, so we’re very fortunate.
~Max Greenfield


Since the day Brahma created the world to this day, no one’s ever been able to satisfy a wedding guest. They always find some opportunity or other to find fault and criticise. One who can’t even afford a dry piece of bread at home becomes a lord at the wedding party.
~Munshi Premchand

…but yet they grumbled. Such is human-nature. The man who drinks beer at home always criticizes the champagne, and finds fault with the Burgundy when he is invited out to dinner.
~Mark Twain

A wedding, people decide to get married, it comes out of such love for one another and then women can turn into these other people. They’re planning something that’s the biggest event they’ll ever plan in their lives and it turns them into this other person, so it’s not totally the guy’s fault that he’s feeling disconnected from this person.
~Alison Brie

Just because a woman is beautiful doesn’t mean she can’t be a good wife. If her beauty affects her personality, then it’s her mentality that’s at fault… not the tilt of her nose.
~Fred MacMurray


A man’s mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.
~Walter Bagehot

You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?
~Benjamin Franklin

Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.
~Doris Lessing

I am so infinitely happy that he loves me so much, and I pray that it will always be like this. It won’t be my fault if he ever stops loving me.
~Eva Braun (of Hitler)


If you ask my wife, the biggest fault is my inability around the house. She says the only thing handy about me is that I’m close by. And, I have a terrible memory. I’m bad at saying no. I often double-book. There are a lot of things.
~Hugh Jackman

My wife keeps on telling me my worst fault is that I keep things to myself and appear relaxed. But I am really in a room in my own head and not hearing a thing anyone is saying.
~Tom Hanks

Everything was my fault. I was so dumb. But if I hadn’t made the mistakes I made, I wouldn’t have met the wonderful woman I’ve been married to for over 30 years, so I guess that makes the mistakes OK.
~Donald Sutherland

If the present Mrs. Wogan has a fault ‒ and I must tread carefully here ‒ if she has a fault, this gem in the diadem of womanhood is a hoarder. She never throws anything out. Which may explain the longevity of our marriage.
~Terry Wogan


We have all these cultural assumptions about love. People get hurt, and we say, ‘Oh, it’s no one’s fault.’
~Mona Simpson

I regret losing certain women, but it was always my fault.
~Scott Baio

I’ve slept with a couple of people and made some poor choices and put things in jeopardy with… what I was happy with, and that’s my own fault. I’ve got no one else to blame about that stuff.
~Shane Warne


Guys like to gaslight us, and it’s not cool. And it happens so much; it’s happened to me in relationships. It’s happened to me where I have been cheated on, and I felt so sad and angry, like it wasn’t my fault, but that was because the person was gaslighting me into thinking it was my fault.
~Ava Max

A lot of times, women complain about men around them. It’s not always someone else’s fault. If you’re the common denominator in 57 different relationships that didn’t work out, then maybe, just maybe… it’s you!
~Karrine Steffans

I went through a long period of time in that marriage when I didn’t believe anything was my fault. I had to face what my part was, and only because of that difficult work was I able to trust a man again.
~Connie Sellecca

Don’t go telling yourself you’re in love with the man he could be; you gotta love the man standing in front of you right now. Simply put, love the person not the potential! Otherwise, he will always be disappointing to you. And whose fault is that?
~Niecy Nash

I think in most relationships that have problems, there’s fault on both sides. And in order for it to work, there has to be some common ground that’s shared. And it’s not just one person making amends.
~Steve Carell

Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld


I’m a bit of a romantic, to a fault. It’s led me to some great things and also some sad things. It’s made me a better person, to keep a good spirit about dating.
~Alexander Koch


I worked very hard, but I think it’s unfair to make it all sound like it’s all David’s fault.
~Liza Minnelli

Relationships, for me, have been elusive. And I would say mostly it’s been my fault. I was always more concentrated on my career. And yes, you do question people’s motives. Is it just because I’m him – I’m Nathan Lane?
~Nathan Lane


Unilateral divorce has decreased the bargaining power of the person who wants the marriage to last and has not engaged in behavior that meets the legal definition of fault. On the other hand, it has increased the bargaining power of the person who is willing to leave.
~Stephanie Coontz

Instead, I think over the years we have cut the strength of marriage and relationships by the law and weakened the institution. We have tried to deal with relationships with no-fault divorce, with child custody, with so many other avenues; and it has not helped.
~Timothy Murphy


No relationships are perfect. When they develop, there are things that have happened before in your life that you maybe don’t discuss. And there are always fault lines within every relationship. I believe it doesn’t take too much pressure to be placed on those fault lines for them to start cracking apart.
~Andrew Haigh

It is almost always a fault of one who loves not to realize when he ceases to be loved.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld


Never love unless you can
Bear with all the faults of man:
Men sometimes will jealous be,
Though but little cause they see…
~Thomas Campion

…oft my jealousy
Shapes faults that are not..
~William Shakespeare

Jealousy is, I think, the worst of all faults because it makes a victim of both parties.
~Gene Tierney


All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld


A relationship becomes easier when you realize that you don’t have to be the one at fault to be the one who’s sorry.
~Robert Brault


Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.

I find fault with my children because I like them and I want them to go places – uprightness and strength and courage and civil respect and anything that affects the probabilities of failure on the part of those that are closest to me, that concerns me – I find fault.
~Branch Rickey

My father was a disciplinarian. He had this cane and he would spare no one if found at fault. Unlike Babita, I was not physically strong and couldn’t cope with the training. So I got the most beatings.
~Geeta Phogat (Gold, women’s wrestling, 55kg)

I hated myself for so many reasons, and I thought so many things were my fault that happened to me growing up.
~Mary J Blige

I would sit in class, and I would just cry. Like I don’t even know why. It wasn’t my school’s fault. It wasn’t anyone’s fault. I just didn’t like the environment. I totally had too much on my plate. At this point I wasn’t even doing YouTube yet, mind you.
~Emma Chamberlain


More than anything, whether it’s my dad’s fault or whatever, I wouldn’t allow myself to be loved. I lived most of my life thinking that I was unlovable, that I was broken goods, or whatever.
~Bart Millard

I wish I’d known that apologizing is a sign of strength. I had the impression that if you apologize, it’s a sign of weakness. I kind of picked up the message from my father, ‘Real men don’t apologize. You just do your best, and if you happen to hurt some people, that’s their fault. You just go on. Don’t apologize. That’s a sign of weakness.’
~Gary Chapman

It is worth while too to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a boy’s mind from effort.

My early life was a bit of a mess but it was no one’s fault. It was just how it was.
~David Warner


One of the myths about Dad was that he was mean. That simply wasn’t true. I always found him generous to a fault but he wasn’t reckless with his money, which was rather rare in Hollywood. He’d grown up with nothing and he wasn’t about to fritter it all away.
~Jennifer Grant (daughter, Cary Grant)

My father and mother have given me so much love, so much support, that it would trivialize their parenthood if I would reduce it just to basketball. But my dad does call me before and after every game. And when we lost a game we shouldn’t have, he told me it wasn’t my fault. And I appreciated that, because he was trying to pick me up.
~Jeff Van Gundy


Children are supposed to help hold a marriage together. They do this in a number of ways. For instance, they demand so much attention that a husband and wife, concentrating on their children, fail to notice each other’s faults.
~Richard Armour

Divorce isn’t the child’s fault. Don’t say anything unkind about your ex to the child, because you’re really just hurting the child.
~Valerie Bertinelli


Isn’t it true that the fault of birth rests somewhat on the child? I believe it’s we who led our parents on to bear us, and it’s our unborn children who make our flesh itch.
~T E Lawrence


I had older brothers and sisters who were high achievers, and I felt different, misunderstood by my family. That’s not my family’s fault; it was my perception.
~Willie Aames

Children in foster care are there through no fault of their own, and they face challenges that would test the resolve of even the most mature adults: frequent moves, early trauma, instability, and in many cases, abuse.
~Cathy McMorris Rodgers

…although I never judge him. If you did, you’d become one of those people who is all-consumed by a fault in their past. And I haven’t got the time for it.
~Martin Clunes

American popular culture, like individuals in daily life, tends to either romanticize or demonize mothers. We ricochet between ‘Everything I ever accomplished I owe to my mother’ and ‘Every problem I have in my life is my mother’s fault.’
~Deborah Tannen


It’s like my parents’ musical tastes are the mother and father of my music. It’s their fault for making me so emotional and in tune with my emotions!
~Chet Faker

My parents have always given me whatever I wanted. Took me to the ballet, the opera, museum exhibitions. I was always surrounded by art. It’s their fault I’ve become an actress.
~Bar Paly

What I do now is all my dad’s fault, because he bought me a guitar as a boy, for no apparent reason.
~Rod Stewart

A woman should say: ‘Have I made him happy? Is he satisfied? Does he love me more than he loved me before? Is he likely to go to bed with another woman?’ If he does, then it’s the wife’s fault because she is not trying to make him happy.
~Barbara Cartland

What do women do when they get together? We sit around and talk! Men, not so much. My theory is that this difference is genetic and dates back to the hunter-gatherer societies, when the men had to be quiet as they hunted, lest they scare away the bison and then everyone starved to death and it was all their fault.
~Jenna McCarthy

In the 1970s, girls didn’t do anything. It wasn’t their fault. For me and the other working-class girls I hung around with, our route was plotted – you were a secretary and a wife. I wanted to hitchhike around the world, go on motorbikes, be in bands.
~Viv Albertine

We have grown up watching women be used as props on a man’s journey. It’s not our fault that that’s what we saw as children. But we need to acknowledge that and do better.
~Jessica Chastain


As a child, I’ve always been in trouble with men and the police have always had to get involved, through no fault of my own.
~Katie Price

There’s an imbalance when if a woman goes out for a walk at 3 in the morning and something happens to her it was somehow her fault, and with a man that’s not true.
~Patty Griffin

I never said I’m not a feminist! I wrote one column where I was being sarcastic, and I called myself a ‘wombist’. Now which sane person would say that ‘wombist’ is a better term than feminist? I was being sarcastic, and perhaps it was my fault in not getting the point across as clearly as I would have liked to.
~Twinkle Khanna

I think that’s one of the reasons women don’t tell people when they’ve had a miscarriage ‒ they think it’s their fault.
~Ali Wong

I still ask myself the same questions every woman asks. Was it my fault? Did I say or do something to make him feel like such an advance was welcome? And like most women, I never told anyone. Instead, I just quit.
~Emily Chang


Frankly, as secretary of state, if somebody treats you badly because you’re a woman, it’s your fault ‒ not theirs.
~Condoleezza Rice

Casting couch is not just a man’s fault. It is important to say this because we blame the other side always.
~Andrea Jeremiah

Men are the weaker sex and retain their immaturity, it seems, to the grave. It’s like a built-in design fault. You can’t do anything about it.
~Naveen Andrews


It’s not my fault if the media and the public are more interested in Tiger Woods than in women farm workers.
~Gloria Allred (feminist lawyer)


I’m definitely a people pleaser. I like people to be happy around me and be comfortable. I go out of my way, sometimes to a fault, to make sure everyone is okay.
~Ken Jeong

I used to be very scared of silence because I felt it was my responsibility to keep people occupied. That definitely spawns from an insecurity in myself. When people aren’t enjoying themselves, when I’m involved, it somehow comes back to it being my fault. But I do want people to have a good time.
~Dylan Sprouse


Many girls aspire to a version of selfhood that puts a psychological glass ceiling on their potential to succeed. They suffer from what I call the Curse of the Good Girl: the pressure to be liked by everyone, generous to a fault, and flawless at everything you do.
~Rachel Simmons

Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything.
~Anita Brookner

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Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals — except the weasel.
~The Simpsons

ENVIRONMENT The cause of all the faults you have been unable to shove off on Heredity.
~Charles Wayland Towne

A lot of leftists think it is soccer’s fault that people don’t think, while most rightists are convinced that soccer is a proof that people think with their feet.
~Eduardo Galeano

And I know this happens because I took economics, and I’d explain it to ya, but I flunked that course. Not my fault. They taught it at 8 o’clock in the morning. And there is absolutely nothing you can learn out of one bloodshot eye.
~Lewis Black

The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on.
~Robert Bloch

I’m not a Republican, but I was one once ‒ when I was 7 years old. Not my fault. The symbol of the Republican Party is an elephant, I’m a Hindu ‒ I was confused.
~Hari Kondabolu

I’ve been in 30 car crashes, none of ’em my fault, I swear on a stack of midgets… OK, they were probably all my fault.
~Roddy Piper

She’s generous to a fault ‒ if it’s her own.
~Arthur Baer

Only a cheap politician, greedy for political gain, would try to single out one individual for blame. The fault lies not with the individual but with the system, and that system is Richard Nixon.
~Pat Paulsen

If God had intended me to make excuses for who I am, He would have given me better excuses.
~Robert Brault


People were laughing at us and we knew it was our fault. The scandal caused us a lot of pain but I guess it made us face reality.
~Rob Pilatus

I do public appearances. I’m bluff, hearty, goofy. I wear loud clothes, and I read the funny bits. I occasionally get taken to task for one thing or another, and I acknowledge my fault, my flaw, my failure, and I move on.
~Nick Harkaway

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
~Les Brown

The books that stuck with me most as a child were ‘A Wrinkle In Time‘, ‘Dracula‘, ‘Hatchet‘, ‘Bunnicula‘, ‘White Fang‘, and this YA/kids’ book called ‘Nobody’s Fault‘ where a kid drowns one weekend as friends play around a flooded ditch.
~Nate Powell

In general, I think people are worried about saying the wrong thing to any grieving person. On a very basic level, I think they’re frightened of touching off tears or sorrow, as though someone tearing up at the mention of unhappy news would be the mentioner’s fault.
~Elizabeth McCracken

I feel somewhere there is a fault in this whole mindset of not accepting the natural process. To age gracefully, to accept life with grace has more beauty and charm. But you have to be fit and healthy. And that is something we should strive for.
~Manisha Koirala

Age is not our fault.
~Goenawan Mohamad

It’s a lot harder to find fault with the mundane details of daily existence when you really, really know on a cellular level that you’re going to go, and that this moment, right now, is life. Life isn’t what happens to you in 20 years. This moment, right now, is your life.
~Alan Ball

A fault is fostered by concealment.

An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.
~Jonathan Swift

I have frequently held myself compensated for all my indolence by the fact that I recognized it; and the pleasure which the accurate observation of a personal fault afforded me was often greater than the chagrin caused by the fault itself…
~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
~William Shakespeare


Gladly we desire to make other men perfect, but we will not amend our own fault.
~Thomas a Kempis

Beyond fault are better answers. Between them is your openness, be the door.
~author unknown

…if you have failed, if through your own fault and your own folly, or the fault and the folly of others, if you have seemed to lose your chance, if you have lost the simple faith of your childhood, if you have atrophied your faculties, even if you have poisoned your blood, begin where you are to‑day and out of the treasured experience of the past, with all its good and also with all its evil, set your face forward toward a nobler and a more splendid future.
~Lyman Abbott



It’s no one’s fault to be born ugly, but, honestly, must it be worn as a symbol of pride?
~Joan Collins

If you eat junk, you look like junk. People say, ‘It’s not my fault, it’s my glands.’ It’s not; it’s greed!
~Joan Collins


Now I can see I was at fault for not being more considerate, but when we were doing the show I didn’t think it was my job to be considerate to other people.
~Ron Moody

We live in a world where finding fault in others seems to be the favorite blood sport. It has long been the basis of political campaign strategy. It is the theme of much television programming across the world. It sells newspapers. Whenever we meet anyone, our first, almost unconscious reaction may be to look for imperfections.
~Henry B Eyring

I’m not perfect, I just do what I think is right. So if I can’t fulfil people’s expectations, I’m sorry, but it’s not my fault.
~Conchita Wurst


I’m empathetic to a fault. I really do – embarrassingly enough – tear up when someone squishes a bug in front of me.
~Kristen Bell

Teach me to feel another’s woe,
to hide the fault I see,
that mercy I to others show,
that mercy show to me.
~Alexander Pope

What do you do when life blindfolds you and spins you around? We think it’s our fault, that we’re to blame, when really we should be focused on being gentle with ourselves.
~Melody Beattie

I think that people who live in cultures without quite so much privilege, opportunity or grandiosity have a little bit more respect for the workings of destiny, and the limitations that people can find themselves in through no fault of their own.
~Elizabeth Gilbert

Sometimes bad luck hits you like in an ancient Greek tragedy, and it’s not your own making. When you have a plane crash, it’s not your fault.
~Werner Herzog

If you’re guilty of something, you can focus on that, but if something terrible happens, and you can’t imagine how you could have changed it, that’s very difficult for the mind. In some ways, it’s more difficult not to be at fault because it’s a subtler thing.
~Darin Strauss


I always assess what’s my fault, but I don’t dwell on mistakes, I never have; it’s not part of my make up. I know what I am and know what I can do. You just move on.
~Joe Hart

I feel like all my faults go into making the person that I am. I like myself as a person. And I think taking any fault away would change who I am as a person.
~Will Forte

It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one.
~Jerome K Jerome

If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues.
~Edward G Bulwer-Lytton


That’s one of our biggest problems, it’s always somebody else’s fault instead of our own fault.
~Don Young

We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.
~Katharine Hepburn

If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.
~Richard Bach

You can make excuses or you can get the job done, but you can’t do both.
~Hap Holmstead

It was our fault, and our very great fault — and now we must turn it to use; We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse! So the more we work and the less we talk the better results we shall get…
~Rudyard Kipling

I have made my mistakes my strengths instead of looking at whose fault it is.
~Arjun Kapoor

I’m a deeply romantic person, nostalgic to a fault.
~David Lowery

I have the fault of being a little more sincere than is proper.
~Jon Taffer

I’m a passionate person, to a fault at times.

I’m sentimental to a fault.
~David Lowery

People who think they’re generous to a fault usually think that’s their only fault.
~Sydney J Harris

I think at the end of the day, I am myself, to a fault.
~Trevor Bauer

Faultless to a fault.
~Robert Browning


@Writers Platform

For an author to write as he speaks is just as reprehensible as the opposite fault, to speak as he writes; for this gives a pedantic effect to what he says, and at the same time makes him hardly intelligible.
~Arthur Schopenhauer

The visual arts, from Manet onwards, seemed far more open to change and experiment than the novel, though that’s only partly the fault of the writers. There’s something about the novel that resists innovation.
~J G Ballard

Authenticity does matter, but only as it serves the novel’s more traditional literary demands: that the fault lines be drawn where the internal life and the larger world meet.
~Amitava Kumar


As people who know me know, probably to a fault, I am usually not without thoughts and words.
~Ben Rhodes

I have frequently noticed in myself a tendency to a diffuse style; a disposition to push my metaphors too far, employing a multitude of words to heighten the patness of the image, and so making of it a conceit rather than a metaphor, a fault copiously illustrated in the poetry of Cowley, Waller, Donne, and others of that ilk.
~Sidney Lanier


It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on.
~Jack Kerouac

It is not Kafka’s fault that his wonderful writings have lately turned into a fad, and are read by people who have neither the ability nor the desire to absorb literature.
~Hermann Hesse


I’m a perfectionist to a fault.
~Nate Parker

People tell me being a perfectionist is a fault, but I find that’s what drives me.
~Paula Garces

I’m not suggesting that the play is without fault; all of my plays are imperfect, I’m rather happy to say ‒ it leaves me something to do.
~Edward Albee

My fault now is making my plays too short.
~Beth Henley


I can easily come up with ten really iconic stories/trade paperbacks for Superman, Batman, others… name me ten equally big, iconic Wonder Woman stories. Much harder. That ain’t the character’s fault, that isn’t sexism, that’s just not servicing the character.
~J Michael Straczynski

Writers generally get into writing because they want to write, not because they want to be independent publishers, and you can’t really fault someone for saying, ‘What I’m doing right now works, so there’s no reason to change it.’
~Jennifer Armintrout

For pity’s sake, if you don’t take a shine to a novel, there are loads more in the world; read something else. Continue suffering, and it’s not the author’s fault. It’s yours.
~Lionel Shriver

Plato found fault that the poets of his time filled the world with wrong opinions of the gods, making light tales of that unspotted essence, and therefore would not have the youth depraved with such opinions.
~Philip Sidney

People can get obsessed with romance, they can get obsessed with political paranoia, they can get obsessed with horror. It’s isn’t the fault of the subject matter that creates the obsession, I don’t think.
~Adam Arkin


These reasonings will furnish us with an adequate definition of a true critic; that he is a discoverer and collector of writers’ faults. ~Jonathan Swift

Some people do really find fault like there’s a reward for it.
~Zig Ziglar

A critic would sacrifice the entire rose to find fault with the thorn.
~Terri Guillemets

I, therefore, O Caesar, do not publish this work, merely prefixing my name to a treatise which of right belongs to others, nor think of acquiring reputation by finding fault with the works of any one.

Now, Reader, when this book you scan,
Resolve to prove a candid man;
Not, critic-like, seek faults to find,
And every beauty leave behind;
But, should a weed appear in sight,
A flower pray cull to make it right;
And thus you’ll prove a candid soul.
Judge not a portion but the whole.
~J Johnson

Sing on, ye poets, spite of faults,
The world will stop when music halts…
~Pattie French Witherspoon

That’s the fault of the rock press. They are always playing up controversy, scandal, aggravation, and irritation.
~Walter Becker

The news media are, for the most part, the bringers of bad news… and it’s not entirely the media’s fault, bad news gets higher ratings and sells more papers than good news.
~Peter McWilliams


If I’m in danger then it’s usually my fault and it’s up to me to get myself out of it. I am not in it just to get an adrenalin rush. No way!
~Kate Adie (BBC foreign correspondent)

Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.
~Henry Grunwald

You can get numbed. People can get hardened. It’s not their fault; they just get hardened. News media get hardened. Proprietors get even harder.
~Vanessa Redgrave

Online, you can’t be scooped. If you are scooped, it’s no one’s fault but your own.
~Jacob Weisberg


Prewritten Prompt: fault


Wild joyous gods, who winked at faults and folly,
And could be pitiful and melancholy.
~George Eliot


For support, I fall back on my heart. Has a man any fault a woman cannot weave with and try to change into something better, if the god her man prays to is a mother holding a baby?
~Haniel Long

To many people virtue consists chiefly in repenting faults, not in avoiding them.
~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

It’s very difficult to determine whether this is the fault of the world that has abandoned the Church, or the Church that does not know how to relate to the world.
~Angelo Scola


When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.


Although I do wrong, I do not the wrongs that I am charged with doing; the wrong that I do is through the frailty of human nature, like other men. No man lives without fault.
~Joseph Smith, Jr

God’s forgiveness is the only thing. And, well, I take full responsibility for the adultery. It was my fault and, you know, no matter what went on, the man has to take responsibility; and I do.
~Jim Bakker

Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people; and behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him.
~Pontius Pilate


Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion.
~Blaise Pascal

The basic fault lines today are not between people with different beliefs but between people who hold these beliefs with an element of uncertainty and people who hold these beliefs with a pretense of certitude.
~Peter L Berger


O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!
~Dante Alighieri

In the West, people don’t have any real problems. It’s all based on bad conscience, a very Christian notion. I don’t have any bad conscience. If there’s a God that created us, if I am bad, it’s his fault.
~Marjane Satrapi

If God made the body, and the body is dirty, then the fault lies with the manufacturer.
~Lenny Bruce

God has made all of us in a certain way, and we are all unique. I see no reason to find fault in that.

Humanity is a crazy contradiction. I accept us for who we are. We’re not that great. Every time we take a step forward we go back to the same primitive behavior. We’re meant to be this way. It’s not our fault, it’s just who we are.
~Colin Quinn

It is no small misfortune and disgrace that, through our own fault, we neither understand our nature nor our origin.
~Saint Teresa of Avila

If the ways of the Almighty are not humanly logical, it is not the fault of the Almighty but of the limitations of human logic.
~Maria Montessori


Since the Church is to be servant to the poor, it is our fault if that wealth is not channeled to help the poor in our world.
~Cesar Chavez

If someone was born the way she was born, are you going to blame him, or are you going to blame God? Whose fault is that? Nobody’s.
~Caster Semenya

I always tell myself… that the faith I have is a gift, so I shouldn’t take that for granted. And so when people are struggling and feel they have no faith at all, I shouldn’t say, ‘Well, it’s their fault.’
~Blase J Cupich

No matter what Jesus did, someone found fault with it.
~Mother Angelica

Plants are decisive to a fault. A stem produces a bud that flowers once and once only. It offers pollen that is either dispersed or goes nowhere. One pollen grain either enters a stigma or it falls upon stony ground. An ovum is either fertilized or the whole project stalls out.
~Hope Jahren

If a patient is cold, if a patient is feverish, if a patient is faint, if he is sick after taking food, if he has a bed-sore, it is generally the fault not of the disease, but of the nursing.
~Florence Nightingale

We’ll lose more species of plants and animals between 2000 and 2065 than we’ve lost in the last 65 million years. If we don’t find answers to these problems, we’re gonna be victims of this extinction event that we’re at fault for.
~Paul Watson

To congratulate oneself on one’s warm commitment to the environment, or to peace, or to the oppressed, and think no more is a profound moral fault.
~Robert Conquest

The environmental crisis arises from a fundamental fault: our systems of production – in industry, agriculture, energy and transportation – essential as they are, make people sick and die.
~Barry Commoner

If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change, we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect.
~Jacques Yves Cousteau

Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault the punishment it deserves.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley


Climate change is not the fault of man. It’s Mother Nature’s way. And sucking greenhouse gases from the atmosphere is too limited a solution. We have to be prepared for fire or ice, for fry or freeze. We have to be prepared for change.
~Howard Bloom


I think in the wake of Katrina, the Coast Guard may well have been the only entity or agency that came out of that exercise free of fault and free of blame.
~Howard Coble

Visual effects have always been a part of this art form. And CG is simply a tool on the filmmaker’s tool belt to tell a story, but when the end result is bad ‒ maybe it’s not the tool’s fault.
~Freddie Wong

The personal contact is a personal thing. The fact that some people don’t know their neighbors, I don’t think that technology is at fault. You don’t lose anything with technology. You gain other avenues of understanding.
~John Warnock

I live a half mile from the San Andreas fault – a fact that bubbles up into my consciousness every time some other part of the world experiences an earthquake. I sometimes wonder whether this subterranean sense of impending disaster is at least partly responsible for Silicon Valley’s feverish, get-it-done-yesterday work norms.
~Gary Hamel

The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.
~Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel


Students never think it can be the teacher’s fault and so I thought I was stupid. I was frustrated and would come home and cry because I couldn’t do it. Then we got a new teacher who made math accessible. That made all the difference and I learned that it’s how you present it that makes it scary or friendly.
~Danica McKellar

The factory model of education is a gargantuan bureaucracy. Some kids are good fits – I wasn’t. The system gives you bad grades and tells you you’re stupid. You don’t think, ‘If this kid’s not a good fit, it could be the system’s fault.’
~Jose Ferreira


I was never good academically. It was mainly my own fault.
~David Jason

People don’t know how to listen, and it’s not their fault. In school, we learn how to read, we learn how to write ‒ but nobody teaches you how to listen.
~Daniel H Pink

I don’t listen well at all. I don’t take direction well at all. I have to admit that is my main fault.
~Sloane Stephens

What I prefer is an audience who listen. And are intelligent. Which I try and assume every audience is. And that if something goes wrong, it’s generally my fault and not theirs.
~Dylan Moran


When a child knows that he or she is dyslexic, that it’s the way their brain is programmed, and it’s not their fault, that makes all the difference in the world.
~Philip Schultz

Combating any kind of obstacle is much easier if you know that it’s real and not your fault, and it’s something you can fight against.
~Eileen Pollack


If every day in the life of a school could be the last day but one, there would be little fault to find with it.
~Stephen Leacock


§ The Exercise:

plan b

every step a misstep
every stake planted a mistake
every wrong granted
personally owned
my fault & i’m sorry
catchprase of the day
or begging pardons
steps away
… to be.
sealed off in quarantine
the audience of everything
can do no harm


quartet with backup

metal kettle, rusted teapots
iron songbirds, watering can
grouped as one spouting porchside
bass thru tenor state of mind
no fault of theirs they can’t sing


question #9

water, the source of life
oxygen, the breath of life
together, love iron to death
whose fault is that



quick entertainment
or quickly deadly
who can fault the stars
the sharks their food
winds that go their way
blow the wrong direction

age of aquarious turned contagious
who’s to blame this age of rage
where’s-the-love still waits to know
i’m ready to be contaged


not yet so far

2 = number of feet needed to reach destiny
star . fallen from a distance above
interest + 1 :: 2B friendly
distance-plus-one to reach love

time, love’s impatient wait for discovery
fault the stars, far too distant falsely constant
how long the length to obscurity
zero, the timeless distance of instant


personal ponder #9

fault me for asking so
i need to know
should i stay or go
which place forego
wishes vacillating
thinking oscillating
to and fro
but shirking work
to surrender worth
not play with words
that’s a given
simple answer: no



calcified deified memories
‘t ain’t nobody’s fault
yesterday’s better quality
hope and certainty
forced to kneel
bow to reality
the laws of ten
time and consequence
learning mortal gravity


5s ‘n 7s

rubbed the wrong way, shaken up
I myself have a small fault
soft loam of love cracked apart
willing victim, motherhood
fertile earth still giving birth
art of love, a broken heart
~Andrea (not Saint Andrew)


fault me for transgressing you
younger me still wanting to
love-naive but learning too
chipped veneer that covers two
urgent nature saying who
best shares the stage, worlds to view
hapless loner to be true


there is no lure like beauty
seducing inspiration
temptation as a duty
words worthy their expression
else fault the stars for shining


frauds of love at fault
gaslighters and wannabes
failed posers that fade


cobwebs and their husks
like love, then the memories
the fault of spiders


The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

Many young people don’t vote because they feel unwelcome and irrelevant, and that’s the system’s fault… As much as MTV tries to get them to vote, politicians don’t include young voters because young voters don’t donate money.
~Ken Hakuta

Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.
~Edward Coke


I’m not conceited. Conceit is a fault and I have no faults.
~David Lee Roth

The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.
~Henri Bergson


My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.
~Jack Kerouac

Heaven has given to every human being the power of controlling his passions, and if he neglects or loses it, the fault is his own, and he must be answerable for it.
~John Quincy Adams


When something gets attention so quickly, people sometimes will look for reasons to find fault and tear it down.
~John Hawkes

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.
~John Henry Newman


I am a very judgmental person. Of myself and other people. I recognise it’s a great fault, but I have no power over that.
~Richard E Grant

There’s something delicious about finding fault with something. And that can be including finding fault with one’s self, you know?
~Pema Chodron


Forgive completely. They whose Words recall
Forgiven Faults, have not forgiven All.
~Arthur Guiterman

He understood (what so many faultlessly polite people do not understand) that a stiff apology is a second insult. He understood that the injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
~G K Chesterton


I don’t know that there’s any rhyme or reason to bullying… it’s not even the bully’s fault, which is why it’s such a difficult thing to combat.
~Dove Cameron

If I can convince you that I’m going to beat you up, and you believe me, that’s your fault.
~Bernard Hopkins


The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
~Benjamin Franklin

Never find fault with the absent.
~Alexander Pope


You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
~Erica Jong

Blame is just a lazy person’s way of making sense of chaos.
~Douglas Coupland

Blame is for God and small children.
~Dustin Hoffman


There is so much good in the worst of us,
and so much bad in the best of us,
that it ill behooves any of us
to find fault with the rest of us..
~James Truslow Adams

Do not think of your faults, still less of other’s faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.
~John Ruskin

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The Olio: Quotes Harvested
https://bqotd.com, https://brainyquote.com, https://quotegarden.com, https://wisesayings.com


Fun Tarts: https://gocomics.com


The Salmagundi: Video Harvest

https://venmo.com, https://vimeo.com, https://youtube.com


Wordgrove: Homepage links to stories, poems, essays, early offerings, and…
Prologue, a first look and introduction to Archipelago: the prequel series
of Archipelago & Oakley (alternative fiction: seven, in two volumes)


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Words: notes in the mind played like a music for creating harmony, instrumental in cacophony …the song of thoughts, a symphony of quotes.
~I. Ben Chang-Hyde

Wordgrove’s Post & Review uses quotes



Quoted In The Grove:
After looking at the Alps, I felt that my mind had been stretched beyond the limits of elasticity…
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.
~Albert Einstein

Only an open mind is big enough to contain the secrets of the universe.
~Vera Stanley Alder

Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.
~Charles F Kettering


Next Prompt: fault


Imagine the brain, that shiny mound of being, that mouse-gray parliament of cells, that dream factory, that petit tyrant inside a ball of bone, that huddle of neurons calling all the plays, that little everywhere, that fickle pleasuredrome, that wrinkled wardrobe of selves stuffed into the skull like too many clothes into a gym bag…. We take for granted the ridiculous-sounding yet undeniable fact that each person carries around atop the body a complete universe in which trillions of sensations, thoughts, and desires stream…. It’s where catchy tunes snag, and cravings keep tugging.
~Diane Ackerman

For – hold them – Blue to Blue –
The one the other will absorb –
As Sponges – Buckets – do –
The Brain is just the weight of God –
For – Heft them – Pound for Pound –
And they will differ – if they do –
As Syllable from Sound –
~Emily Dickinson


I have too much brain for my head; it cannot play at ease in its case.
~Joseph Joubert

A fully open mind could shatter the skull in both directions.
~Henry Flynt

Everyone should have their mind blown once a day.
~Neil deGrasse Tyson

The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
~Madame De Stael

The mind is like a trunk: if well-packed, it holds almost every thing; if ill-packed, next to nothing.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

One of the habits of the mind is the invention of horrible imaginings.
~Jorge Luis Borges

What a sink of madness is man’s mind!
~Octave Mirbeau

No ghost could frighten me as my own thoughts will.
~Mabel Collins

Pain of mind is worse than pain of body.
~Latin proverb

When the mind’s free,
The body’s delicate. The tempest in my mind
Doth from my senses take all feeling else
Save what beats there.
~William Shakespeare

Mental health is the ability to love, the ability to work, the ability to play, and the ability to use your mind soundly.
~Ashley Montagu

The fastest way out of mental illness is to learn what it means to live in peace.
~Dr Bill Pettit

The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.
~John Milton

It is the mind that maketh good or ill,
That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.
~Edmund Spenser


It’s certainly my honor to be able to, hopefully, change the world a tiny bit, one mind at a time.
~Jodi Picoult

If you are always looking for fault, that is what you will find‒ and you’ll never have peace of mind.
~Dorsey Baker

Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others… I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge… Other people do not have to change for us to experience peace of mind.
~Gerald Jampolsky

Holding grudges has always proven to eat away one’s peace of mind.
~Edmond Mbiaka

For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
~Charlotte Bronte


Peace of mind for five minutes, that’s what I crave.
~Alanis Morissette

When a man finds no peace within himself it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
~L A Rouchefoliocauld

Every goal, every action, every thought, every feeling one experiences, whether it be consciously or unconsciously known, is an attempt to increase one’s level of peace of mind.
~Sidney Madwed

The mind is never right but when it is at peace within itself.

There are so many things to confuse my mind,
As I struggle on through the daily grind!
But I feel that, sometime, I’ll surely find
The perfect answer that will ease my mind!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham


The priority of life is peace of mind, seek for it first and then everything in life will surely glow with passionate peace. No more fighting once the battle is over.
~Kemmy Nola

If you want peace, stop fighting. If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts.
~Peter McWilliams


The mind is the most capricious of insects — flitting, fluttering. ~Virginia Woolf

Nothing but a devouring flame of thought—
But a naked, eternally restless mind!
~Matthew Arnold

‘Tis the great art of life to manage well
The restless mind…
~John Armstrong


Strong minds suffer without complaining; weak minds complain without suffering.
~Lettie Cowman

Mind over matter. Weak minded people are easily influenced. Strong minded people you can’t break their will.
~Lee Boyd Malvo

True courage is a result of reasoning. A brave mind is always impregnable.
~Jeremy Collier

Whether you be man or woman you will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
~James Allen


We observe with confidence that the truly strong mind, view it as intellect or morality, or under any other aspect, is nowise the mind acquainted with its strength; that here the sign of health is unconsciousness.
~Thomas Carlyle

A weak mind is ambitious of envy, a strong one of respect.
~Edward Wigglesworth


A weak mind sinks under prosperity as well as under adversity. A strong and deep one has two highest tides, ‒when the moon is at the full, and when there is no moon.
~Augustus Hare

A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.
~Lord Chesterfield

Ridicule is a weak weapon when pointed at a strong mind; but common people are cowards and dread an empty laugh.
~Martin Farquhar Tupper

If he were a man of strong mind, it only gave him fits; but a person of mere average intellect it usually sent mad.
~Jerome K Jerome

It is the mind that makes the body.
~Sojourner Truth

A strong body is a good asset. A strong mind is a very good asset.
~Rickson Gracie

What, then, subdues the stronger body? It is the stronger MIND!
~Andrew Jackson Davis

Let mind prevail where muscles fail.
~James Lendall Basford


Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives.
~Robert Collier

A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see nothing that does not answer.
~Jane Austen


The mind is everything. What you think you become.

What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
~Napoleon Hill

If you have a strong mind and plant in it a firm resolve, you can change your destiny.
~Paramahansa Yogananda

The toughest battle is Mind.
~Terri Guillemets

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Posted From The Grove

You know how men become bone lazy for want of bodily exercise. Well, they become brain lazy for want of mental exercise…
~Bernard Shaw

The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.
~Albert Camus

Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.
~Hermann Hesse

I’ve always had an inquisitive mind about everything from flowers to television sets to motor cars. Always pulled them apart – couldn’t put ’em back, but always extremely interested in how things work.
~Craig Johnston

A rose is the visible result of an infinitude of complicated goings on in the bosom of the earth and in the air above, and similarly a work of art is the product of strange activities in the human mind.
~Clive Bell

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
~F Scott Fitzgerald


From Diamond-Dust the Diamond Lustre gains,
And Brains are polished bright by Other Brains.
~Arthur Guiterman

Active minds that think and study,
Like Swift Brooks are seldom Muddy.
~Arthur Guiterman


The human mind is our fundamental resource.
~John F Kennedy

The mark of a truly civilized man is confidence in the strength and security derived from the inquiring mind.
~Felix Frankfurter

Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
~B R Ambedkar

Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero

The desire in our minds is as real as the thirst in our throats.
~Terri Guillemets

Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.
~Mohandas Gandhi


The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.

What monstrosities would walk the streets were some people’s faces as unfinished as their minds.
~Eric Hoffer


Human intelligence is a reflection of the intelligence that produces everything. In knowing, we are simply extending the intelligence that comes to and constitutes us. We mimic the mind of God, so to speak. Or better, we continue and extend it.
~Huston Smith

Education should prepare our minds to use its own powers of reason and conception rather than filling it with the accumulated misconceptions of the past.
~Bryant H McGill

The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.
~Frederick William Robertson

Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.

Schools are not intended to moralize a wicked world, but to impart knowledge and develop intelligence, with only two social aims in mind: prepare to take on one’s share in the world’s work, and perhaps in addition, lend a hand in improving society, after schooling is done.
~Jacques Barzun

Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined.
~Alexander Pope

To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination.


One of the great things about young people is that they do question, that they do care deeply about justice, and they have open minds.
~Zack de la Rocha

Kids go to school and college and get through, but they don’t seem to really care about using their minds. School doesn’t have the kind of long term positive impact that it should.
~Howard Gardner

One of the great mind destroyers of college education is the belief that if it’s very complex, it’s very profound.
~Dennis Prager

Indeed, to me the charm of an encyclopaedia is that it knows, and I needn’t… In short, the place for facts is books, and I shall expect this new Britannica to enable me to forget rather than to remember.
~Francis Yeats-Brown


Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.
~Edmund Burke

Your mind is what makes everything else work.
~Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Over the past 20 years, I have noticed that the most flexible, dynamic, inquisitive minds among my students have been industrial design majors. Industrial designers are bracingly free of ideology and cant. The industrial designer is trained to be a clear-eyed observer of the commercial world – which, like it or not, is modern reality.
~Camille Paglia


Some of my high school teachers did remind me that I had an excellent imagination when it came to making up excuses.
~David E Kelley


A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind, and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation.
~Howard Crosby


When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.
~George Harrison

The mind is a city like London, smoky and populous.
~Delmore Schwartz

A busy mind, caught up in its own stuff, can make the world feel like a very small place. Meditation reminds us just how big the world really is.
~Andy Puddicombe

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
~Lao Tzu


Real peace of mind is the companion of the silence of the mind.
~Remez Sasson

Sometimes it’s harder to attain inner silence than outer silence. The dog stopped barking and the kids have gone to bed, but your mind has a lot to talk about and it knows you can’t pretend you’re not at home.
~Terri Guillemets


My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed… And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.
~Saint Augustine

Peace of mind is not a goal I need achieve. It’s a place inside I never want to leave. Close my eyes, I still my thoughts and then I say I will choose to live in peace today.
~Robert Alan Silverstein

We talk about training the mind, but we are not training it to do something; rather, we are training it o come to a place of natural rest, where we can see life more clearly with a new perspective.
~Andy Puddicombe

To have a quiet mind is to possess one’s mind wholly.
~Hamilton Mabie

Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.
~Hugh Jackman


The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.
~Sigmund Freud

If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind!
Chuang Tzu

When the mind is at peace, the world too is at peace. Nothing real, nothing absent, not holding on to reality, not getting stuck in the void, you are neither holy nor wise, just an ordinary fellow who has completed his work.
~Layman P’ang

Without peace of mind, life is just a shadow of its possibilities.
~Jean Borysenko


The mind has its own logic but does not often let others in on it.
~Bernard DeVoto

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.
~Arnold Bennett


Power of the mind comes from the quietness. Nothing is as precious as peace of mind.
~Haridutt Sharma

None is richer than he who simply has peace of mind.
~Maj Wambebe

There is no greater wealth in this world than the peace of mind.
~Tiny Buddha

Money doesn’t mind if we say it’s evil, it goes from strength to strength. It’s a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.
~Martin Amis

I haven’t strength of mind not to need a career.
~Ruth Benedict


Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.
~Marcus Aurelius

Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.
~Denis Waitley


As an entrepreneur, you shouldn’t have an exit strategy. If you are planning for an exit, your mind is focused on the wrong things for your business.
~Tomas Gorny

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
~Antony Jay


Office politics are bloody-minded, but weak on content.
~Mason Cooley

One must learn the art of not getting deeply involved emotionally so that even the thought of failure does not disturb his peace of mind.
~R K Jain

Success – keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep.
~Walter Scott


Do not confuse peace of mind with spaced-out insensitivity. A truly peaceful mind is very sensitive, very aware.
~Tenzin Gyatso

Cultivate peace of mind which does not separate one’s self from one’s surroundings. When that is done successfully, then everything else follows naturally.
~Robert M Prisig

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
~Swami Sivananda


Some of the best ideas I get seem to happen when I’m doing mindless manual labor or exercise. I’m not sure how that happens, but it leaves me free for remarkable ideas to occur.
~Chuck Palahniuk

The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return to better thinking.

You can limber up your mind the same way— by tossing ideas back and forth. Countless creative ideas have been originated by one idea bringing to mind another.
~Humphrey B Nail


Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.
~Roger Babson


I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.
~Larry King

You have to listen to the people who have a negative opinion as well as those who have positive opinion. Just to make sure that you are blending all these opinions in your mind before a decision is made.
~Carlos Ghosn

Listening works better for me. I already know what I think.
~author unknown

One of the things I like enormously about Bob Weinstein is that he’s the only studio head I have ever known who will change his mind and say he was wrong.
~Dean Koontz


~Lalita Lupina: Mind Your Mind: (2:16) cartoon images, snippets of thought, random instances of mind


~Shinseungback Kimyonghun: Mind (2:06) unsure whether mezmerizing, or soothing


~Borja Mucientes: My Mind (6:31) fashion as a mystery, as a science, a social contract… then art


~Thessa Meijer: Mind Dear (3:36) if’n ya likes the pooches and the people who loves ’em


In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero

All sorts of bodily diseases are produced by half used minds; for it is the mind that makes the body: that is my secret, and the secret of all the true healers.
~Bernard Shaw


What, then, subdues the stronger body? It is the stronger MIND!
~Andrew Jackson Davis

Let mind prevail where muscles fail.
~James Lendall Basford


The modern mind tends to be more and more critical and analytical in spirit, hence it must devise for itself an engine of expression which is logically defensible at every point and which tends to correspond to the rigorous spirit of modern science.
~Edward Sapir

The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being, and through its use, brings peace to every human soul.
~Alfred Adler

Like all science, psychology is knowledge; and like science again, it is knowledge of a definite thing, the mind.
~James M Baldwin


To be interested in the changing seasons is… a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
~George Santayana

Man is unique not because he does science, and his is unique not because he does art, but because science and art equally are expressions of his marvelous plasticity of mind.
~Jacob Bronowski


It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are.
~Clive James

Who knows what technology will emerge in the next five years, let alone 20. Yet the education we provide our children now is supposed to last for decades. We cannot train them for jobs that do not even exist yet, but we can provide them with the minds and tools they’ll need to adapt to our ever-changing set of circumstances.
~Jim Hunt

I constantly remind people that crime isn’t solved by technology; it’s solved by people.
~Patricia Cornwell


I think that consciousness has always been the most important topic in the philosophy of mind, and one of the most important topics in cognitive science as a whole, but it had been surprisingly neglected in recent years.
~David Chalmers

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
~Margaret Mead

I wonder if there is such a thing in nature as a FAT MIND? I really think I have met with one or two: minds which could not keep up with the slowest trot in conversation; could not jump over a logical fence, to save their lives; always got stuck fast in a narrow argument; and, in short, were fit for nothing but to waddle helplessly through the world.
~Lewis Carroll

…certain it is that minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort, and like them, are often successfully cured by remedies in themselves very nauseous and unpalatable.
~Charles Dickens

Too much sugar leads to a heavy body, and too many distractions lead to a heavy mind. Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit.
~Naval Ravikant

I don’t mind that I’m fat. You still get the same money.
~Marlon Brando


The human mind is Nature’s keyboard, on which her harmonies and discords are sounded by the touch of invisible fingers.
~James Lendall Basford

Formerly, whenever I went a-fishing in my head for thoughts or fancies, I always caught something; now the fish no longer come like that. They are beginning to be petrified upon the bottom, and I am obliged to hew them out. Occasionally I can only extract them in fragments, like fossil remains, and patch something or other together from them.
~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Don’t mind the…
daily road though it is rather dusty,
but remember the brooks and the hills…
~Emily Dickinson

For the mind disturbed, the still beauty of dawn is nature’s finest balm.
~Edwin Way Teale

Peace of mind always comes with knowing who you truly are, where you currently stand, where you positively need to be, and strongly believing in its possibility.
~Edmond Mbiaka

Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.
~Stephen Covey

Living a life of honesty creates peace of mind, and peace of mind is priceless.
~Marc And Angel


Peace of mind arrives the moment you come to peace with the contents of your mind.
~Rasheed Ogunlaru

Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.
~Brian Tracy


Peace of mind begins when we stop thinking about how far we have to go, or how hard the road has been, and just let ourselves feel peace.
~Robert Alan Silverstein

Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.
~Lin Yutang


But peace of mind which you hunt outside is within you. All the worries and miseries are the creations of your mind. By changing your attitude you can easily change them.
~Haridutt Sharma

Everything you need to live a truly wonderful life filled with peace and joy is something you have access to right now. It’s literally all in your mind.
~Dr Robert Puff

For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe.
~Larry Eisenberg

You will give yourself peace of mind if you perform every act of your life as if it were your last.
~Marcus Aurelius


While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind.
~Mary Wortley Montagu

When it’s time for me to walk away from something, I walk away from it. My mind, my body, my conscience tell me that enough is enough.
~Jerry West

Only the just man enjoys peace of mind.


A flowerless conscience, drooping amid the ripened weeds of neglect!
~James Lendall Basford

Weeds are pulled up by the roots to clear the fields for the growing grain. Why should not mental weeds be pulled up by the roots also, and the mind cleared for growth?
~Horace Fletcher

When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.
~Horace Walpole

A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth… [A] man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
~James Allen


The mind is the root from which all things grow if you can understand the mind, everything else is included.

Fill your mind with the meaningless stimuli of a world preoccupied with meaningless things, and it will not be easy to feel peace in your heart.
~Marianne Williamson


A decision once taken brings peace to a man’s mind and eases his soul.
~Mika Waltari

One’s mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.
~A C Benson

Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.
~Thomas Huxley

Peace of mind is attained not by ignoring problems, but by solving them.
~Raymond Hull


When the mind once allows a doubt to gain entrance, the value of deeds performed grow less, their character changes, we forget the past and dread the future.
~Jules Verne

I don’t think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking there’s some kind of change.
~Bob Dylan

How to calm your mind? By living in the moment. That’s where you can find pure happiness.
~Nina Purewal

A philosophic mind is not haunted by the ghosts of tradition or superstition, neither does it shrink from the most profound contemplation of the future.
~James Lendall Basford


The word philosophy sounds high-minded, but it simply means the love of wisdom. If you love something, you don’t just read about it; you hug it, you mess with it, you play with it, you argue with it.
~Hugh Jackman

A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.
~Manly P Hall

One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.
~Frank Zappa

Happiness is nothing but temporary moments here and there – and I love those. But I would be bored out of my mind if I were happy all the time.
~Zoe Saldana

It is a sign of contraction of the mind when it is content, or of weariness. A spirited mind never stops within itself; it is always aspiring and going beyond its strength.
~Michel de Montaigne

My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.
~Arthur Conan Doyle

The test and the use of man’s education is that he finds pleasure in the exercise of his mind.
~Jacques Barzun

Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.
~Daphne du Maurier

Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.
~J Donald Walters

There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy.

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
~Joseph Addison

Obscurèd life sets down a type of bliss;
A mind content both crown and kingdom is.
~Robert Greene


You wonder sometimes, if it weren’t for a false sense of complacency, if you’d ever have any peace of mind at all.
~Robert Brault


Never mind your happiness; do your duty.
~Peter Drucker


Lie down in blackness of night, forgotten remnants rush to the mind, or creeping slowly appear in the dreams.
~Terri Guillemets

There is both a skill factor and an effort factor in dream recall. People can develop dream recall skills, such as lying still in the morning and writing down whatever comes to mind.
~Henry Reed

Your mind, while blessed with permanent memory, is cursed with lousy recall. Written goals provide clarity. By documenting your dreams, you must think about the process of achieving them.
~Gary Ryan Blair

But I have been interested in dreams, really since I was a kid. I have always been fascinated by the idea that your mind, when you are asleep, can create a world in a dream and you are perceiving it as though it really existed.
~Christopher Nolan (of Inception)

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
~Henri Matisse

Some people go to the movies to be reminded that everything’s okay. I don’t make those kinds of movies.
~David Fincher

Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind.
~Mick Jagger


I was watching TV at age 9 or 10, and my mom said that I came from the front room and I told her that I want to act. And she said if you want to do this at 18, then you can. It was a very simple story, yet, I do not even remember the conversation that I had with my mother. Until she reminded me of the story many years later.
~Derek Luke

I decided to go to school for advertising and graphic design. That was what I was gonna do but acting is that thing, it’s like a splinter in your mind and you can’t get rid of it. So I decided to move to L.A. a few years ago and it just snowballed into this thing called ‘The Hunger Games.’
~Dayo Okeniyi

In the back of my mind, I can never forget this could be gone tomorrow – and at this point I think the odds are against me… the chances of succeeding in this business are slim to none; there’s only a handful of people that have long careers. You have to put in the work, you can never be satisfied, never take it for granted.
~Zac Ephron

The one thing I learned the most about acting is it takes a tremendous amount of courage to go there and stand still. It takes courage and guts to step out of your mind frame and depict something.
~Carson Daly

I’ve become so earthy. And I never was earthy. I’m doing all kinds of different roles which are not at all like the intellectual and the legal mind of Ben Stone.
~Michael Moriarty


I find that kid actors are great reminders of the simplicity of acting. As you get older, you can sometimes complicate things a little more. You can become too aware of, ‘Okay, this is the scene emotionally. This is where we need to be. We’ve got the climax coming up.’ You can start to analyze it too much.
~Hugh Jackman


Directing is: you’re overwhelmed the whole time. Your mind never stops. If you care about it. You wake up in the morning and you begin thinking about it and then you go to sleep at night and you’re still thinking about it.
~Campbell Scott

In a daydream sort of way, I think it would be pretty cool to direct a movie. But I have been on movie and TV sets and know it is hard work. I like directing it in my mind. It is easier.
~Michael Connelly

The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.
~Henry Miller


I wouldn’t mind producing a movie with a music storyline, but acting in one is too close to home.
~Garth Brooks

Keep in mind that there are computers, that do touch things up. Like when I got a hold of the poster for ‘Gold Diggers,’ I said: ‘Hey, wait a minute! Those aren’t my teeth!’
~Anna Chlumsky

I don’t mind a little Sturm und Drang. When I was doing ‘Riding in Cars With Boys,’ I wouldn’t smile at anybody, because my character, Bev, was angry at the world. I’m the opposite. Inside my head I’d be like, God, I’ll explain to you at the end of shooting that I’m not this person.
~Drew Barrymore


I don’t really know a lot of famous people. I’ve met a lot of famous people. If I ran into Tom Hanks today, I would have to remind him who I was and he would then remember me. But he wouldn’t come up to me and say, “Hi Dave!”
~David Zucker

It’s always a little mind-boggling to realize that these famous actors know who I am.
~Emily Blunt

It’s been real weird. It wasn’t how I expected my life to turn out. Especially, mainly pertaining to the show. It never crossed my mind that one day I’m gonna be big and famous and have my own TV show, you know?
~Jack Osbourne

But being on location and shooting, whether its in Puerto Rico or Atlanta, it always reminds me of how really cool my job can be. Interacting with the fans is one of the best parts of it.
~Dwayne Johnson

Most people are really cool and I really don’t mind talking to them and answering their questions.
~Jimmy Carl Black


I I have always been aware that you have to get people listening before you can change their minds. Any artist’s big fear is being ignored, so if you get debate, that’s great.
~Damien Hirst

I have to remind my dad, ‘Journalists – no matter how many cigars they smoke with you – are not your friends, so don’t talk to them.’
~Cameron Diaz

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
~David Hume

I remember reminding myself that beauty is an opinion, not a fact. And it has always made me feel better.
~Hayden Panettiere


The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.
~William Wordsworth

When you are balanced and when you listen and attend to the needs of your body, mind, and spirit, your natural beauty comes out.
~Christy Turlington

Lovely flowers have overgrown my mind — trying to crowd out the ugly world with beauty.
~Terri Guillemets


It is shallow people who think beauty is frivolous or excessive. If you are bringing beauty and god, you are enriching the country. Rice feeds the body, books feed the mind, beauty feeds the soul. It is one thing I can really be proud of and stand tall in the world.
~Imelda Marcos

Beauty is ever to the lonely mind a shadow fleeting;
she is never plain.
She is a visitor who leaves behind the gift of grief,
the souvenir of pain.
~Christopher Morley

When the soul looks out of its body, it should see only beauty in its path. These are the sights we must hold in mind, in order to move to a higher place.
~Yusef Lateef

There is a brief moment when all there is in a man’s mind and soul and spirit is reflected through his eyes, his hands, his attitude. This is the moment to record.
~Yousuf Karsh

The human mind is a dramatic structure in itself and our society is absolutely saturated with drama.
~Edward Bond

The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.
~Rene Magritte


It is a myth that art has to be sold. It is not like stocking a grocery store where people fill a pushcart. Art is a product that has no apparent need. The salesperson builds the need in the mind of the buyer.
~Jack White

What do you hang on the walls of your mind?
~Eve Arnold


Great art – or good art – is when you look at it, experience it and it stays in your mind. I don’t think conceptual art and traditional art are all that different.
~Damien Hirst

The mind, as you age,
Is an artist, it seems.
Monet paints your mem’ries,
Picasso your dreams.
~Robert Brault


When you were younger, the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired. You’ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going.
~George S Patton

Being a former dancer, classical dancer, it informed me as a human being just in terms of the grace I guess. Ballet is a very graceful form of art. You also become very aware of your body and your mind and your body is working in conjunction. That kind of helps you in acting as well. It’s not only using your mind, it’s like making your mind communicate this character into your body so that you can bring it to life and physicalize it.
~Zoe Saldana


Mind Games

Omeleto: Ava In the End (10:04) it’s all in the mind


~Dust: Intelligentia (11:11) who is grilling whom?


~Dust: How Is This The World (13:42) breeching the virtual divide


~Dust: LAL (14:04) allegorical animation, analogy squared


~Dust: Andromeda (14:28) breeching the deeper divide


I have never seen a bad television program, because I refuse to. God gave me a mind, and a wrist that turns things off.
~Jack Paar

The mind of the people is like mud, from which arise strange and beautiful things.
~Walter J Turner


Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
~Charles Caleb Colton

Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aid them to judge for themselves.
~William Ellery Channing

One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers.
~James Humes

The mind uses its faculty for creativity only when experience forces it to do so.
~Henri Poincare

Let me remind you that nuclear disarmament is not just an ardent desire of the people, as expressed in many resolutions of the United Nations. It is a legal commitment by the five official nuclear states, entered into when they signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
~Joseph Rotblat

There will always be disputes between nations which, at times, will inflame the public and threaten conflicts, but the main thing is to educate the people of the world to be ever mindful that there are better means of settling such disputes than by war.
~Frank B Kellogg

An open mind is better than a clenched fist.
Matshona Dhliwayo

Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men.
~Marcus Garvey


I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.
~Mahatma Gandhi

The coming together of like-minded individuals through action is what’s needed to see wide spread change for us, our planet and its creatures.
~Ian Somerhalder

Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.
~William S Burroughs

People tell you the world looks a certain way. Parents tell you how to think. Schools tell you how to think. TV. Religion. And then at a certain point, if you’re lucky, you realize you can make up your own mind. Nobody sets the rules but you. You can design your own life.
~Carrie-Anne Moss

To insure peace of mind ignore the rules and regulations.
~George Ade

Insubordination may only be the evidence of a strong mind.
~Napoleon Bonaparte

Free your mind, and your feet will follow.
~Kevin Nelson

Some minds are made of blotting-paper: you can write nothing on them distinctly. They swallow the ink, and you find a large spot.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away; than what it leaves behind.
~William Wordsworth

The intention to live as long as possible isn’t one of the mind’s best intentions, because quantity isn’t the same as quality.
~Deepak Chopra


Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.
~John Wooden

Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success.
~William J H Boetcker


The racing driver’s mind has to have the ability to have amazing anticipation, coordination, and reflex. Because of the speed the car goes.
~Emerson Fittipaldi

Base Ball, to be played thoroughly, requires the possession of muscular strength, great agility, quickness of eye, readiness of hand, and many other faculties of mind and body that mark the man of nerve.
~Henry Chadwick

I played a lot of sports when I was a kid so I get in that ballgame mindset of being really, really respectful, but at same time saying to yourself, ‘Don’t back down a single inch, hang with these guys if you can.’ If they throw it high and tight you have to stand in there, you can’t take yourself out of that moment.
~Michael Keaton


A strong mind is one of the key components that separates the great from the good.
~Gary Player

Bjorn was a different breed, I threw my best material at him, but he would never smile, but that added to the charm when he played me and Mac. We were going nuts and losing our mind and he was sitting back like he was on a Sunday stroll.
~Jimmy Connors

It’s when the discomfort strikes that they realize a strong mind is the most powerful weapon of all.
~Chrissie Wellington

In the big leagues everyone has ability. It always comes down to mind games. Who ever is more mentally strong-wins.
~Muhammad Ali

I spent money, I slept with women around the league, but I always kept my mind on the game.
~Dennis Rodman

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.
~Thomas Jefferson


Your body actually reminds you about your age and your injuries – the body has a stronger memory than your mind.
~Mikhail Baryshnikov

We live in the mind, in ideas, in fragments. We no longer drink in the wild outer music of the streets – we remember only.
~Henry Miller


In my mind, as long as I did what was right for me, I was cool. But that’s not the way it works. You have to think about other people and take their feelings into account.
~Joe Nichols

Just as you wash your hands before eating, clear your mind before engaging with the world.


Stone walls confine a tinker; cold iron binds a witch; but a musician’s music can never be fettered, for it lives first in her heart and mind.
~Charles de Lint

I dabbled in things like Howlin’ Wolf, Cream and Led Zeppelin, but when I heard Son House and Robert Johnson, it blew my mind. It was something I’d been missing my whole life. That music made me discard everything else and just get down to the soul and honesty of the blues.
~Jack White

It’s so amazing, standing on the corner ‒this happened in Washington, D.C. – and somebody comes by in a Cadillac and you hear ‘Manic Monday’ on the radio, and you don’t even know this person, and they’re listening to it and singing along with it. Wow! Blows your mind.
~Debbi Peterson


Have you ever wondered why young people take to music like fish to water? Maybe it’s because music is fun. Plain and simple. It opens up their minds to dream great dreams about where they can go and what they can do when they get older.
~Isaac Hayes

I never minded being thought of as a pop star. People have always thought I wanted to be seen as a serious musician, but I didn’t, I just wanted people to know that I was absolutely serious about pop music.
~George Michael

Clearly romantic comedy is my franchise genre, I don’t mind saying that, it’s true. I love doing them and hopefully always will do them.
~Meg Ryan


All my concerts had no sounds in them; they were completely silent. People had to make up their own music in their minds!
~Yoko Ono

Artschwager’s art always involves looking closely at surfaces, questions what an object is, wants to make you forget the name of the thing you’re looking at so that it might mushroom in your mind into something that triggers unexpected infinities.
~Jerry Saltz

Outside museums, in noisy public squares, people look at people. Inside museums, we leave that realm and enter what might be called the group-mind, getting quiet to look at art.
~Jerry Saltz

I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand… Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit.
~Jacqueline Cochran

Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.
~Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
~Jack Benny

I don’t mind my age.
~Heather Mills


Those who visit foreign nations, but associate only with their own country-men, change their climate, but not their customs. They see new meridians, but the same men; and with heads as empty as their pockets, return home with traveled bodies, but untravelled minds.
~Charles Caleb Colton

I think it’s a very firm part of human nature that if you surround yourself with like-minded people, you’ll end up thinking more extreme versions of what you thought before.
~Cass Sunstein

When people in stadiums do the Wave, it’s the group-mind collective organism spontaneously organizing itself to express an emotion, pass time, and reflect the joy of seeing the rhythms of many as one, a visual rhyming or music in which everyone senses where the motion is going.
~Jerry Saltz

The mind like any other organism gradually shapes itself to what surrounds it, and resents disturbance in the form which its life has assumed.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

We always think we’d be happier in some faraway place, as if you could catch a plane to a state of mind.
~Robert Brault

Travelling expands the mind rarely.
~Hans Christian Andersen


I don’t mind where I work, it’s really nice to be able to travel around and taste the flavours of different countries.
~Toni Collette

I don’t mind traveling that much when I can go somewhere and stay there for a while, but touring is different. You rarely see anything. You get there early in the morning and you’re resting all day, and you go in and do a sound check, and you do the show, and then bam you’re gone.
~George Strait


Some minds improve by travel, others, rather, resemble copper wire, or brass, which get the narrower by going farther.
~Thomas Hood

Above all, remember that the most important thing you can take anywhere is not a Gucci bag or French-cut jeans; it’s an open mind.
~Gail Rubin Bereny


Postmodern Jukebox: ft Allison Young (4:11) title is the song charmingly sung


~Sunday Girl (3:34) song finds its mirror in the eyes


~Puddles Pity Party (4:08) inhabits the song

~Hoagy Charmichael : GEORGIA ON MY MIND

~Romain Vuillemin (3:10) filmed foreign, familiar accent


~Alessandro Nasuti & Marco Cavero (4:00) imported talents making good

~John Hartford: Gentle On My Mind • The Petersens (4:10) the family that plays together…


~James Taylor: João Pedro Melão ‒ Carolina In My Mind • ft Jacob Collier (3:52) beautifully idiosyncratic


~Willie Nelson: Sissel • You Were Always on My Mind (3:52) truth of the song in this rendering of it


~Elvis Presley: Angelina Jordan • Suspicious Minds (3:53) crowded with crystals, mirrors, elegant old furnishings… memories


Getting over someone is a grieving process. You mourn the loss of the relationship, and that’s only expedited by ‘Out of sight, out of mind.’ But when you walk outside and see them on a billboard or on TV or on the cover of a magazine, it reopens the wound. It’s a high-class problem, but it’s real.
~Hank Azaria

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?
~J K Rowling

Experiencing one peaceful relationship will change every experience one has.
~Karen Casey


The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

A thought often makes us hotter than a fire.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return to better thinking.

No, no, the mind I love must still have wild places, a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass, an overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two (real snakes), a pool that nobody’s fathomed the depth of — and paths threaded with those little flowers planted by the mind. It must also have real hiding places, not artificial ones — not gazebos and mazes. And I have never yet met the cultivated mind that has not had its shrubbery.
~Katherine Mansfield


Peace of mind makes the body healthy, but jealousy is like a cancer.

The Wedding March always reminds me of the music played when soldiers go into battle.
~Heinrich Heine

I don’t mind dating younger men now.
~Jackee Harry

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
~Honore de Balzac

I change my mind so much I need two boyfriends and a girlfriend.

In our minds, love and lust are really separated. It’s hard to find someone that can be kind and you can trust enough to leave your kids with, and isn’t afraid to throw her man up against the wall and lick him from head to toe.
~Tori Amos

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.

Peace of mind is found when you stop judging yourself and stop judging others. Aspire to what you were born into and don’t let the limitations of your family background reduce the height of your potential.
~Kemmy Nola

My family got all over me because they said Bush is only for the rich people. Then I reminded them, ‘Hey, I’m rich’.
~Charles Barkley

It did remind me of something out of Greek mythology – the richest king who gets everything he wants, but ultimately his family has a curse on it from the Gods.
~Martin Scorsese


Keep in my mind my dad didn’t become a huge, huge mega actor until I was halfway through high school – so right around the time he’s going through his big renaissance is right when I’m starting to do my high school revolting.
~Colin Hanks

I’ve hung out at dozens of playgrounds, bored out of my mind, with not even a look of comfort from disapproving mothers all around me. Either they think I’m a pedophile or a deadbeat dad. That’s what I get for being a single dad – suspicious looks at the playground.
~Dominic West

My husband Rhashan reminds me of my father because he’s got great strength of character.
~Olivia Williams


I’d lose my mind if I heard my kid call the nanny Mommy.
~Toni Braxton

I have to keep reminding myself that I am their mother. Sometimes we are sitting at home and I feel like we are waiting for our mom to come home.
~Ruby Wax


I don’t think that I’m that easy to live with. I have to be reminded that I can have fun. I need my family to remind me in a loving and nice way to lighten up.
~Debra Winger


My mind boggles at the amount of violence inflicted upon children in today’s society.
~Samantha Morton

In my rational mind, I know… that is a very simplistic way of looking at it, but when there is violence of that kind, it challenges my faith. I still can’t say that I totally understand why – why that is allowed to happen.
~Linda Vester


My mom has a good way of engaging me in a conversation about the choices I make, listening, being objective and open-minded, and respecting those choices so long as they don’t put me in danger.
~Casey Affleck

The most challenging part of being a dad is self-restraint. So often your instinct is to teach and tell. I am constantly reminding myself to listen to them.
~Michael Chiklis

Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.
~Sitting Bull

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Calvin and Hobbes


It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
~Thomas Aquinas

No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge


The audience changes every night. You’re the same person. You have to speak your mind and do the stuff that you think is funny and makes you laugh.
~Joe Rogan

I actually think of being funny as an odd turn of mind, like a mild disability, some weird way of looking at the world that you can’t get rid of.
~Calvin Trillin


Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.
~W C Fields

I don’t mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I’ve saved all year.
~Victor Borge

Remind people that profit is the difference between revenue and expense. This makes you look smart.
~Scott Adams

Ever wonder what crime you committed that you are confined to a small enclosure above your sinuses, under permanent skull arrest?
~Robert Brault

A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often.
~Oliver Herford

Perhaps God gives us a physical body so that every time we change our mind, we won’t be someone else.
~Robert Brault

I suppose my childish days are over, aren’t yours? I’ve got it all together now, don’t you? I must admit though, there are some days I practice positive thinking, and other days I’m not positive I am thinking.
~John M Eades

All my life I’ve wanted, just once, to say something clever without losing my train of thought.
~Robert Brault

It’s odd the things that people remember. Parents will arrange a birthday party, certain it will stick in your mind forever. You’ll have a nice time, then two years later you’ll be like, ‘There was a pony there? Really? And a clown with one leg?’
~David Sedaris

I’ve concluded, after many years, that my mind works by process of elimination. Problem is, it hasn’t eliminated anything yet.
~Robert Brault

In my mind I’m a blind man doin’ time.
~Tupac Shakur

Death has always had a prominent place in my mind. There are times when I think somebody might kill me.
~Dennis Rodman

Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
~J K Rowling


Pawel Kuczynski


Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
~Elbert Hubbard

The truly strong and sound mind is the mind that can embrace equally great things and small. I would have a man great in great things, and elegant in little things.
~Samuel Johnson


Weak minds sink under prosperity as well as adversity; but strong and deep ones have two high tides.
~David Hare

Are the waves of the brain drawn like tides of the ocean by some psychic moon, as yet unexplored?
~Barbara Webster Shenton


The mind is like a richly woven tapestry in which the colors are distilled from the experiences of the senses, and the design drawn from the convolutions of the intellect.
~Carson McCullers

The mind wears the colors of the soul, as a valet those of his master.
~Sophie Swetchine

Webs of strange patterns we weave (each owns)
From colour and soul; and like unto these,
Soul has its tones and semitones,
Mind has its major and minor keys.
~Amy Levy


Few minds are sunlike, sources of light in themselves and to others: many more are moons that shine with a borrowed radiance. One may easily distinguish the two: the former are always full; the latter only now and then, when their suns are shining full upon them. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

A few great minds are enough to endow humanity with monstrous power, but a few great hearts are not enough to make us worthy of using it.
~Jean Rostand

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.
~Washington Irving


The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
~Aldous Huxley

In ’98, I locked myself in my house, went out of my mind and wrote 25 songs. I rarely bathed during that period of writing, I sent out for food, I didn’t really venture out of my house in three or four months. It was a hell of an experience.
~Jerry Cantrell

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
~Laurence Sterne


Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
~Charles Caleb Colton

Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.
~Benjamin Disraeli

A great mind becomes a great fortune.
~Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
~Washington Irving

Little men with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds.
~Zig Ziglar

Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person’s mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.


A weak mind is ambitious of envy, a strong one of respect.
~Edward Wigglesworth

A weak mind is like a horoscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.
~Lord Chesterfield

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
~Eric Hoffer

An open mind leaves a chance for someone to drop a worthwhile thought in it.
~Mark Twain

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
~Terry Pratchett

An open mind is like an open window. It lets the fresh air in.
~Mike Hernacki

An open mind, like an open window, should be screened to keep the bugs out.
~Virginia Hutchison

The mind of man is often like a house of which he is the landlord; bad tenants are more easily admitted than removed.
~James Lendall Basford


The problem with open-mindedness is that it can become empty-mindedness.
~Christopher Hitchens

By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
~Richard Dawkins

In order to keep an open mind, I am trying to avoid learning anything.
~Ashleigh Brilliant

Many a person thinks he or she has an open mind, when it is merely vacant.
~author unknown

An open mind but not an empty head.
~Edward Tufte


An open-minded person sees life without boundaries, whereas a close-minded person can only see what’s beyond their eyes.
~Kaoru Shinmon

We can seek,
we can find,
if we open our minds.
~Terri Guillemets


If you cannot be open-minded, then you do not possess your ideas, your ideas possess you.
~Bryant McGill

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.
~Frank Zappa

If you don’t go through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors.
~Mark W Perrett

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
~George Bernard Shaw


The human mind evolved always in the company of the human body, and of the animal body before it was human. The intricate connections of mind and body must exceed our imagination, as from our point of view we are peculiarly prevented from observing them.
~John Desmond Bernal

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
~Margaret Mead

The human body and mind are tremendous forces that are continually amazing scientists and society. Therefore, we have no choice but to keep an open mind as to what the human being can achieve.
~Evelyn Glennie

…but life depends on the body being fed, whereas we can continue to exist as animals (scarcely as men) though the mind be utterly starved and neglected.
~Lewis Carroll


Until the mind is open, the heart stays closed. The open mind is the key to the open heart.
~Byron Katie

I don’t need other people to have an open mind for me to be happy. I’m the only one who needs an open mind.
~Byron Katie

An open mind is a prerequisite to an open heart.
~Robert M Sapolsky

Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.
~Phil Jackson

An open mind is as welcoming as an open door.
~Nick Lopez


The mind is never satisfied with the objects immediately before it, but is always breaking away from the present moment, and losing itself in schemes of future felicity… The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
~Samuel Johnson

True hope is based on energy of character. A strong mind always hopes!
~Karl Ludwig von Knebel

Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear.

A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope.
~Thomas Carlyle

The energy of the mind is the essence of life.


It is cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties.
~Swami Vivekananda


Open your mind before your mouth.

Some open minds should be closed for repairs.
~Toledo Blade


@Writers Platform

When I write down my thoughts, they do not escape me. This action makes me remember my strength which I forget at all times. I educate myself proportionately to my captured thought. I aim only to distinguish the contradiction between my mind and nothingness.
~Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont

There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.
~Michel de Montaigne

Of course a poem is a two-way street. No poem is any good if it doesn’t suggest to the reader things from his own mind and recollection that he will read into it, and will add to what the poet has suggested. But I do think poetry readings are very important.
~James Laughlin

When you’re going through something, whether it’s a wonderful thing like having a child or a sad thing like losing somebody, you often feel like ‘Oh my God, I’m so overwhelmed; I’m dealing with this huge thing on my own.’ In fact, poetry’s a nice reminder that, no, everybody goes through it. These are universal experiences.
~Caroline Kennedy

[T]o‑day you are a great writer, a great philosopher, a great poet; a fibre of your brain breaks, and in vain they will bleed you or put ice on your head, to‑morrow you will be only a poor madman.
~Claude Tillier

It requires a strong mind to bear up against several languages. Some persons have learnt so many, that they have ceased to think in any one.
~Arthur Helps

The mind is like an ocean. The surface layers of the mind function actively while the deeper levels remain silent.
~Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Many minds are like low-grade ores, there is gold in them, but it takes a vast deal of labor to get it out.
~John Alfred Spender


The mind is like a mechanical instrument that plays a great variety of tunes, but it must play them in succession.
~William Hazlitt

The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down and requires to be constantly wound up.
~William Hazlitt


The mind is like a sheet of white paper…the impressions it receives are oftenest, and retains the longest, are black ones.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles

Since I was there in the very beginning, I know the history of the characters. So, I make comments about the tone and sometimes remind the writers that we’ve done that before.
~Matt Groening

The mind is like a slate, one thing gets rubbed out for another.
~Sam Slick


As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent of talking much, and saying nothing.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld


Our minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them
~Thomas Merton

A mind without occupation is like a cat without a ball of yarn.
~Samuel Willoughby Duffield


Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.

The mind is like the stomach. It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests.
~Albert Jay Nook


Prewritten Prompt: mind


Man’s mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain.
~John Calvin

You shall always find what you created in your mind, for instance, a benevolent God or an evil Devil. Between them are countless facets. Therefore, concentrate on the depth of your consciousness and on what you consider to be positive and good.
~Hans Bender

Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


I have to keep reminding myself: If you give your life to God, he doesn’t promise you happiness and that everything will go well. But he does promise you peace. You can have peace and joy, even in bad circumstances.
~Patricia Heaton

If but Thy grace will guide us, lead us on our way,
No thief can steal our peace of mind, our light of day.


The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.
~Eric Hoffer

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.

If we bring not the good courage of minds covetous of truth, and truth only, prepared to hear all things, and decide upon all things, according to evidence, we should do more wisely to sit down contented in ignorance, than to bestir ourselves only to reap disappointment.
~Frances Wright

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
~Hannah Arendt


To the mind, God is a perfect criminal. He has done such a perfect crime by creating this world that mind cannot trace how He did it. That is why the mind always freaks out about God.
~Prem Rawat

I had a million questions to ask God: but when I met Him, they all fled my mind; and it didn’t seem to matter.
~Christopher Morley


God has already given us peace of mind, but some of us are yet to experience it, because they continue to feed the wrong words to their subconscious mind.
~Edmond Mbiaka

If you fill your mind with thoughts of beauty, forgiveness, thankfulness, harmony and love, then the chaotic life you lead will transform wonderfully into harmonious, blissful living.
~David Michael Ferruolo


Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion.

When I drank, I had a very different attitude towards my playing. It was sloppier but I kind of liked it that way. It was like the alcohol was telling my mind what to do.
~Mick Mars

I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me – spiritually and financially.
~Denzel Washington

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.
~William Bennett


Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch.
~E M Forster

Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people’s business.
~Jesse Ventura

Religion is just mind control.
~George Carlin


Nobody minded what you did in bed or what you said about God, a very civilized attitude in 1948.
~Simon Raven

I have a great mind to believe in Christianity for the mere pleasure of fancying I may be damned.
~Lord Byron

Atheism shows strength of mind, but only to a certain degree.
~Blaise Pascal

Bondage is of the mind; freedom too is of the mind. If you say ‘I am a free soul. I am a son of God who can bind me’ free you shall be.


The mind controls so much of the body. We are much more than flesh and blood; we are complex systems. Patients do better when they have faith that they’re going to do better. That’s why I always tell my patients and their families not to neglect their prayers. There’s nobody I don’t say that to.
~Benjamin Carson

There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.
~John Wooden

Reason is an action of the mind; knowledge is a possession of the mind; but faith is an attitude of the person. It means you are prepared to stake yourself on something being so.
~Michael Ramsey


There are lots of people out there who think they know the truth about God and religion, but does anybody really know for sure? That’s why the founding fathers built freedom of religious belief into the structure of this nation, so that everybody could make up their minds for themselves.
~Jesse Ventura

Put your mind on the gospel. And remember – there’s one God for all.
~Mahalia Jackson


Our brains are seventy-year clocks. The Angel of Life winds them up once for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hand of the Angel of the Resurrection.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Give Thy richest gift to me:
Give, oh, give me peace of mind!
Nothing else can take its place…
Peace, sweet peace, Lord, let me find!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

The mind covers more ground than the heart, but goes less far.
~Chinese Proverb

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
~Rabindranath Tagore


Have a strong mind and a soft heart.
~Anthony J D’Angelo

Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.
~Phil Jackson

You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.
~George Michael

Intelligence entails a strong mind, but genius entails a heart of a lion in tune with a strong mind.
~Criss Jami


§ The Exercise:

the way of it

walking the loose amble
meditation in motion
unglued from the earth
each step
not minding the curbs
walking the walk



love is grand
shared minds
joined hearts
necessary actually
at least act the part
love is grand
or we die


an appreciation

not the shiniest scientifically beautiful
but the most expressive very best eyes
not the sharpest most incisive mind
but the forgiving kind and most wise
not exempt from the lowest lows
thus enabled for the highest highs
branching world of textured senses
art that captures, reasons theorized
the gift of yes from loving lips
aching sighs and quivering thighs
vexing questions, improper actions
full life, rich with living to be realized


5s ‘n 7s

hermetically sealed minds
out of range, thoughts out of line
old legends as prophesy
time versus eternity
hist’ry’s not the sharpest tool
not kind nor wise, but no fool
guilt as pain pleads don’t be cruel


the nod of a head
described as a bow
sending a signal
old meeting of minds
mergings of purpose
feminine to wed
masculine to bed


we took a fast vote
me, myself and I
fast life / peace of mind
we chose the slow boat
on our way to die


obey and advance
purpose of war is at stake
hell no, we won’t go
board game of The World on fire
one fail the future won’t mind


dead men sure don’t mind
not anymore anyway
cadavers don’t talk

I’ve half a mind to…
he said bravely, stopped wisely
grave remains unfilled


measured out of mind
time, the cycle motorized
life, the distraction

time is what matters
awake before the big sleep
mind over mattress


you won’t see ugly
far stronger minds blown away
because then she sang

projected outcome
seduce me, then reduce me
hell no, i don’t mind

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The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

I don’t mind not being cool.
~Chris Martin

If you don’t mind haunting the margins, I think there is more freedom there.
~Colin Firth


Mind your mind. Mind your thinking. What we think has a way of manifesting itself into reality.
~I C Robledo

Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.
~Earl Nightingale


Aspatria’s mind was sensitive and observing; it lived very well on its own ideas.
~Amelia E. Huddleston Barr

There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet.
~Eric Hoffer


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Here, in your mind, you have complete privacy. Here there’s no difference between what is and what could be.
~Chuck Palahniuk


Only the freedom of mind can prevent the state from becoming totalitarian and from issuing totalitarian demands.
~Friedrich Durrenmatt

I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.
~Harriet Tubman


Negation is the mind’s first freedom, yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we exert ourselves to overcome it, adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us.
~Emile M Cioran

The power of the mind is your power. Use it. Don’t let it use you. ~Terri Guillemets


Controlling the mind doesn’t take one to freedom. Controlling the mind adds another link to one’s shackles.
~Wu Hsin

A mind is as strong as its weakest link.
~Thomas Lansing Masson


How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.
~David Joseph Schwartz

My dad told me something long before I was in politics, and when your dad gives you advice every single day, eventually one or two of the things stick in your mind. And he said, don’t believe what people say, believe what they do.
~Mick Mulvaney

Never mind the odds against you. If you doubled your effort, what would the odds against you do — send for reinforcements?
~Robert Brault


It’s hard to make up your bed while you’re still sleeping in it. Hard to make up your mind for the same reason.
~Robert Brault


Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.
~William S Burroughs


Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.
~Joan Rivers


The minute you stop overwhelming your mind with caring about what everyone else thinks, and start doing what you feel in your heart is right, is the minute you will finally feel freedom and peace of mind.
~Melchor Lim


Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good.
~Harriet Beecher Stowe


As you create peace in yourself, you increase peace in the world by adding one more peaceful person to it.
~Jerry Dorsman

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Voices from the past join one another, share space and take issue with each other in provocative new ways. Wordgrove’s Post & Review uses quotes.



Quoted In The Grove:
All secrets become deep. All secrets become dark. That’s in the nature of secrets.
~Cory Doctorow

Privacy is something that we maintain for the good of ourselves and others. Secrecy we keep to separate ourselves from others, even those we love.
~Mary Alice Monroe

Our secrets are the walls that separate us and the bridges that connect us with others and who we truly are.
~Frank Warren

The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.
~Edgar Watson Howe


Returning from Colombia to Oregon: With all the disconnects that relocating involves, there will be a delay in getting out the next edition.


Next Exercise Prompt: mind


In the bottom of my heart lies a secret which I have never told a soul in the world. There is an image of this person who is dearest to me and closer than anything else.
~Avril Lavigne

There is a name hidden in the shadow of my soul,
where I read it night and day and no other eye sees it.
~Alphonse De Lamartine


A secret love is beautiful, sweet and sacred when it’s just a light infatuation; but when that person reaches over and touches you in the heart, making it alive in a way it has never known, that secret love becomes frightening, because you can never make them love you, you would never want to make them love you… no matter which way you view it, they don’t love you…and your heart doesn’t know how to beat the same.
~Stefanie Schneider

We’ve all at some point in our life encountered that feeling of secretly liking someone, secretly having your eyes on them, secretly wishing they knew, but deep inside you were afraid of what the outcome would be. So you kept it unnoticed. Kept it hidden…
~Telisa McLaughlin


I pretend to look around, but I was actually looking at you.
~author unknown

He wanted her. She’d never tell.
Secretly she wanted him as well.
~Avril Lavigne

To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.
~Federico Garcia Lorca

Love should never be a secret. If you keep something as complicated as love stored up inside, it could make you sick.
~Stan Lee

The extreme form of passionate love is secret love.
~Japanese Proverb

Some of us will never know we’d owned someone’s heart for a season.
~Joyce Rachelle


Some relationships hurt but secret relationships hurt more than that where you don’t confess even to yourself that you’re in a relationship.
~Gaurav S Kaintura

I had deluded myself throughout by the idea of reviving a secret love which did not exist at all.
~Iris Murdoch


Love is the instrument to unfold divine secrets…
Love is the reign timeless, dimensionless…
Lover is as distinct as the moon shining among stars on the sky.
~Kürsat Kizbaz

There’s so little love in the world, Julie. When it’s kept a secret, it’s wasted.
~Eleanor Perry

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Posted From The Grove

You have a magnificent chance, dear boy, with all the advantages of wealth and station. I beseech you not to throw it away by any exhibition of talent… Be careful that your metaphors show no imagination and conceal your brains as you would a discreditable secret. Above all, if you have a sense of humour, crush it. Crush it.
~W Somerset Maugham (on going into politics)


The first rule in keeping secrets is nothing on paper.
~Thomas Powers

The secret to strong security: less reliance on secrets.
~Whitfield Diffie


Secrets press inside a person. They press the way water presses at a dam. The secrets and the water, they both want to get out.
~Franny Billingsley

To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.
~Samuel Johnson

The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn’t one.
~Margaret Atwood


Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility.
~Robin Morgan

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.
~Maximilien Robespierre

We don’t have an Official Secrets Act in the United States, as other countries do. Under the First Amendment, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of association are more important than protecting secrets.
~Alan Dershowitz

The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
~Thomas Jefferson

Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
~Louis D Brandeis

The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.

Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.
~Tony Blair

There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.
~William Hazlitt


By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.
~John Maynard Keynes

Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.
~Jeremy Bentham


Secretary of War Stanton used to get out of patience with Lincoln because he was all the time pardoning men who ought to be shot.
~Elihu Root

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often time we call a man cold when he is only sad… If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Espionage, for the most part, involves finding a person who knows something or has something that you can induce them secretly to give to you. That almost always involves a betrayal of trust.
~Aldrich Ames

Trust him not with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers.
~Johann Kaspar Lavater

Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested.
~Elizabeth I


I saw clearly that war was upon us when I learned that my young men had been secretly buying ammunition.
~Chief Joseph

We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon – no alternative.
~Golda Meir

You might hold an ethical position that it’s wrong to lie, but if you have plans for a war in Iraq, and you want to keep them secret for practical reasons – to reduce casualties, perhaps – and someone asks you about those plans, you may need to lie for a ‘good’ outcome.
~Peter Singer


Brainy folks were also present in Lyndon Johnson’s administration, especially in the Pentagon, where Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s brilliant ‘whiz kids’ tried to micro-manage the Vietnam war, with disastrous results.
~Thomas Sowell

War’s dirty little secret is that some men love it.
~Kathryn Bigelow


Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.
~Sun Tzu

Secrecy is the soul of all great designs. Perhaps more has been effected by concealing our own intentions than by discovering those of our enemy.
~Charles Caleb Colton


Intelligence agencies keep things secret because they often violate the rule of law or of good behavior.
~Julian Assange

The secret is this, once you begin to take action, you’ll usually take more action then you had originally planned.
~James A Murphy


To cement a new friendship, especially between foreigners or persons of a different social world, a spark with which both were secretly charged must fly from person to person, and cut across the accidents of place and time.
~Cornelia Otis Skinner

One of my goals upon becoming Secretary of State was to take diplomacy out of capitals, out of government offices, into the media, into the streets of countries.
~Hillary Clinton


People who are in power make their arrangements in secret, largely as a way of maintaining and furthering that power.
~Don DeLillo

The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is that they both understand who is president.
~Dean Acheson

Nobody is going to delegate a lot of power to a secretary that they can’t control.
~Michael Bloomberg


I was extended secret service protection during my presidential run in 1984, when I received the most death threats ever made toward a candidate.
~Jesse Jackson

History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose.
~John le Carre


Let judges secretly despair of justice:
their verdicts will be more acute.
Let generals secretly despair of triumph;
killing will be defamed.
Let priests secretly despair of faith:
their compassion will be true.
~Leonard Cohen

The secret we should never let the game masters know is that they don’t need any rules.
~Gary Gygax


For every secret hangs in greater fear between the speaker’s mouth and hearer’s ear than any peril between cup and lip.
~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Secrecy is a vacuum and nothing fills a vacuum like paranoid speculation.
~Max Brooks

Anyone who knows how difficult it is to keep a secret among three men ‒particularly if they are married ‒ knows how absurd is the idea of a worldwide secret conspiracy consciously controlling all mankind
~Oswald Mosley

Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead.
~Benjamin Franklin


Some people think my father was a spy, because of working for that government agency in Vietnam, but he can’t find his car keys, much less keep a national secret.
~Lauren Graham

By nominating Chuck Hagel to be his Defense secretary, President Obama is putting forward an aloof contrarian who doesn’t suffer fools – a striving politician who considers himself above politics.
~Ron Fournier

I am neither frustrated nor planning anything other than being the best Secretary of State I could be.
~Hillary Clinton


Secrecy has many advantages, for when you tell someone the purpose of any object right away, they often think there is nothing to it.

Secret enmities are more to be feared than open ones.


The secret of concentration is the secret of self discovery.
~Arnold Palmer

Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.
~Andrew Carnegie

Secrecy can spring from the best motives; but as it grows it begins to exist only for itself, only for its own sake, only to cover its own abuses.
~Christopher Dodd


~Underwater Movie Challenge: Top Secret (1:33) think up something crazy, ‘n some fool idjits’ll try’n make it happen


~Andrenus Craton: The Secret (0:59) quite simple, really


The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.
~Benjamin Disraeli

The secret of success is sincerity.
~Jean Giraudoux

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
~Henry Ford

The whole secret to our success is being able to con ourselves into believing that we’re going to change the world because statistically we are unlikely to do it.
~Tom Peters

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
~Benjamin Disraeli


Ask yourself the secret of your success. Listen to your answer, and practice it.
~Richard Bach

The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.
~Tony Robbins

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
~Swami Sivananda

Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win.
~Nadia Comaneci

You’ve got to work hard for your success and you’ve got to have a steady presence. That’s the secret.
~Kid Rock

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
~Louis Pasteur

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
~Benjamin Disraeli


The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.
~Aristotle Onassis

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
~Colin Powell

There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it?
~Kin Hubbard


You’ve got to ask! Asking is, in my opinion, the world’s most powerful – and neglected – secret to success and happiness.
~Percy Ross

If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.
~Henry Ford

The secret of my success is a two word answer: Know people.
~Harvey S Firestone


The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
~Bertrand Russell

The secret to happiness in your work is to find a job in which your neurosis is constructive.
~Jeanne LaMont

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.

The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.
~Cyril Connolly


The secret of happiness is the determination to be happy always, rather than wait for outer circumstances to make one happy.
~J Donald Walters

…the true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life, in elevating them by art instead of handing the performance of them over to unregarded drudges, and ignoring them…
~William Morris

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.
~Leo Buscaglia

The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
~Roald Dahl


The secret of long life is double careers. One to about age sixty, then another for the next thirty years.
~David Ogilvy


The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.
~George Bernard Shaw


I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
~Pablo Neruda

Every virtuous act has some Dark secret in its heart; every risk we take contains a mystery that can’t be solved.
~Gregory David Roberts

Secrets are dark things. They don’t exist in the light. They glow faintly in forgotten corners, in mysterious mind nooks, in lost memory maps. Secrets are the shadows of the soul.
~Sukanya Venkatraghavan


As the warm glow flickers from jack-o-lanterns, dark secrets are brought to light. Terrifying creatures rule the night and strike fear into eager souls who relish the unknown.
~James E Garvey

I grew up in the ’80s where there’s a lot of these kind of post-apocalyptic, post-comet, post-whatever it was, so that always captured my imagination a lot as a little kid, that idea of getting access to secret places and being able to roam around where you’re not supposed to.
~Gillian Flynn

I remember being a kid and sleeping over at my friend’s house and staying up late and watching ‘Nosferatu.’ Vampire movies are supposed to be secret and bad. They should be rated R.
~Ethan Hawke


I don’t know what the secret to longevity as an actress is. It’s more than talent and beauty. Maybe it’s the audience seeing itself in you.
~Joan Blondell

The secret to film is that it’s an illusion.
~George Lucas

I feel that directors at times are like the janitors on the set. I am the secretary, I am the organizer, I am the maid, and I ask if they have eaten or rested. The best things are always out of your control. It’s those moments that surpass the imagination that are thrilling.
~Jane Campion

The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.
~Tony Dungy

Servant leadership is the foundation and the secret of Sam Walton’s ability to achieve team synergy.
~Michael Bergdahl

Woodrow Wilson called for leaders who, by boldly interpreting the nation’s conscience, could lift a people out of their everyday selves. That people can be lifted into their better selves is the secret of transforming leadership.
~James MacGregor Burns

One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers.
~James Humes

My mom’s collard greens. No one else in the world can make them like hers. I’m not just saying that because she’s my mom. She’s got some Mississippi secret. I could seriously eat them every day.

When I tour, it’s like, well, like a food tour as much as a comedy tour. I try to eat at all the weird places, the obscure barbecue joints, burger places. There are a few spots in L.A. that I’m obsessed with – one of them is the Taco Zone taco truck on Alvarado. There are secret off-menu items that are amazing.
~Aziz Ansari

The secret of food lies in memory – of thinking and then knowing what the taste of cinnamon or steak is.
~Jerry Saltz


You can’t prove Rembrandt is better than Norman Rockwell – although if you actually do prefer Rockwell, I’d say you were shunning complexity, were secretly conservative, and hadn’t really looked at either painter’s work. Taste is a blood sport.
~Jerry Saltz


~Omeleto: The Secret Market (22:27) well-crafted exploration, the price of…


~Dust: Laboratory Conditions (17:01) secret of life after death, w/ Marisa Tomei & Minnie Driver


~Omeleto: A Secret Journey (17:09) and yet, life is sacred


~Rob Carter: The Raisin (9:16) a most improbable parable, unsure the lesson, just because


~Omeleto: Keepsake (14:26) stories grim & grimmer and their resolution


Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.

In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty. I can imagine no more fascinating privilege than to be allowed to ransack the desks of a thousand American business men, men supposed to be hard-headed, absorbed in brisk commerce. Somewhere in each desk one would find some hidden betrayal of that man’s private worship.
~Christopher Morley


Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.
~Christian Dior

My beauty secret is absolutely no sun.
~Vivienne Westwood

I mean, no one asks beauty secrets of me, or ‘What size do you wear?’ or ‘Who’s your couturier?’ They ask me about really deep things and I love that.
~Shirley MacLaine


Don’t despair too much if you see beautiful things destroyed, if you see them perish. Because the best things are always growing in secret.
~Ben Okri

What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

My mom’s a secret Rastafarian.
~Jenna Bush


Secrets are things we give to others to keep for us.
~Elbert Hubbard

A good friend keeps your secrets for you. A best friend helps you keep your own secrets.
~Lauren Oliver

Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.
~Jeremy Taylor


I want him to see the flowers in my eyes and hear the songs in my hands.
~Francesca Lia Block

There are people hell-bent on the idea that we’re a Christian band in disguise, and that we have some secret message. We have no spiritual affiliation with this music. It’s simply about life experience.
~Amy Lee (Evanescence)

The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one’s eyes.
~George Sand

Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
~Walt Whitman

Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself.
~L Wolfe Gilbert


Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are three secrets to managing. The first secret is have patience. The second is be patient. And the third most important secret is patience.
~Chuck Tanner

Patience is the secret to good food.
~Gail Simmons


It is the people who can do nothing who find nothing to do, and the secret to happiness in this world is not only to be useful, but to be forever elevating one’s uses.
~Sarah Orne Jewett

I have discovered the secret of happiness – it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy. …The secret of happiness is something to do.
~John Burroughs

A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
~Thomas Jefferson


~Leonard Cohen: IN MY SECRET LIFE

~himself: (4:08) visually cryptic


~KateCat 2: Till Bronner & Carla Bruni (5:37) languorous, takes her time, lingers with the lyrics


~Brian W Foster: (6:14) loss unfolds w/ visual storyline


~Death of a Ladies’ Man Sessions: with Leif Vollebekk (5:41) idiosyncratic, you will or you won’t


~MichaelKingShow: Johnny Rivers • Secret Agent Man (3:27) w/ Rowan Atkinson providing comic relief


~Moelia Comesana: Peter Gabriel • Secret World (10:29) in concert


~Carly Simon: We Have No Secrets (4:28) w/ Harry Connick Jr


~Roxette: Secrets That She Keeps (3:24) lip-sync, teeny-bop posturing, still…


~Faith Hill: The Secret of Life (4:23) she gives away a few


~VJ: Bruce Springsteen • Secret Garden (4:25) Jerry Maguire soundtrack, visual recap


~Mary Lambert: Secrets (3:53) you may know, but she don’t care


~Ron Elliott: Secret Crush (4:16) twisty tale of love and secrets with a rare happy ending


~Gwirithdess: Little Secret (1:28) the future pending telegraphing sadness


~OneRepublic: Secrets (3:52) nicely done, but all the stories about secrets and love seem to end in sadness


~OneRepublic: The Piano Guys Secrets (5:07) orchestral version, music without story or tears


~Michal Blaszczyk: Secret (2:04) understated, ghostly, scrolling despair


~Endeavor Media Group: Secret & Whisper XOXOXOX (3:26) energetic rock ‘n roll

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Better to live with the guilty secret than the open truth of their life together ‒ that they were bound by the habit of illicit lust, mutual degradation.
~Fay Weldon

Keeping secrets will always lead to unhappiness and communication is the key to love.
~Laura Esquivel

My stay-married secret would probably be exercising good communication, not when you have to but all the time. I think if you do that, you kinda just cleanse the situations, so there’s not build up. I think that’s probably the best way to do it.
~Guy Fieri


Some men consider their wives nobody; when a secret is confided to them, with the injunction to tell nobody, of course they tell their wives only.
~James Lendall Basford

Never tell a secret to a bride or groom; wait until they have been married longer.
~E W Howe


We confide our secret to a friend, but in love it escapes us.
~Jean De La Bruyere

I didn’t think marriage worked. I thought everybody who was married was secretly miserable – that it was something they just put up with for their children.
~Salma Hayek

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.
~Henny Youngman


The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.
~Julia Child

The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony.
~V S Pritchett

The great secret of a successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters.
~Harold Nicolson

The secret of a good marriage is forgiving your partner for marrying you in the first place.
~Sacha Guitry


Mom and Dad were married 64 years. And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist – because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table. That’s how she found out what happened on the day my father died – she went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose.
~Mitt Romney


Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.
~Aphra Behn

There comes a point in a relationship when you realize that you trust someone enough to let them keep their secrets.
~Robert Brault


Your secret love
Why can’t we tell somebody
‘Cause secret loves
Never last as long
~Luther Ronzoni Vandross


…we long so desperately for their touch, even just brief, we could almost bleed we long for it so. And when they find a lover, we feel like a shadow, longing to be seen as real, until we finally learn we have nothing more to do than to fade away from their light.
~Stephanie Schneider

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
~Carl Sandburg


Jealousy – that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.
~Emile M Cioran

Nothing is more capable of troubling our reason, and consuming our health, than secret notions of jealousy in solitude.
~Aphra Behn


It does good to no woman to be flattered [by a man] who does not intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it; and, if discovered and responded to, must lead, ignis-fatuus-like, into miry wilds whence there is no extrication.
~Charlotte Bronte

A woman can keep one secret ‒ the secret of her age.

Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting.
~Arthur Conan Doyle


Growing up, my dolls were doctors and on secret missions. I had Barbie Goes Rambo.
~Zoe Saldana


For somebody who loves foreign policy, being Secretary is the best job in the world – but it doesn’t happen twice.
~Madeleine Albright

I am often asked if, when I was secretary, I had problems with foreign men. That is not who I had problems with, because I arrived in a very large plane that said United States of America. I had more problems with the men in our own government.
~Madeleine Albright


How can smart women be so stupid about men sometimes? Lack of knowledge. It’s what men have kept secret for so long.
~Steve Harvey

When I joined Bill Clinton’s start-up presidential campaign… I never gave a minute’s thought to what would happen if we won. When we did – and I became the first woman to serve as White House press secretary – it changed my life. But it didn’t change the world.
~Dee Dee Myers

The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.
~Wilma Mankiller

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No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.
~Walter Bagehot

Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
~Mark Twain

I don’t think I really know just how cool Satan really was when I was in Junior High School. Now, thanks to Marilyn Manson, it’s no longer a secret.
~Jim Coleman

I discovered something amazing, which has caused a lot of controversy – the fountain of youth. I have to keep it a secret!
~David Copperfield

Secrets are like pregnancies hereabouts. You can hide them for a while but then they will start screaming.
~Jim Crace

There are secrets I would not reveal under torture. I mean, there would have to be a silence at a cocktail party, or you would have to be sitting next to me in tourist class.
~Robert Brault

SECRETS are a burden. That’s the reason we are so anxious to have somebody to help us carry them.
~Josh Billings

A SECRET is like an aching tooth — keeps you uneasy till it’s out.
~Josh Billings

DULLARD, n. A member of the reigning dynasty in letters and life… The secret of their power is their insensibility to blows; tickle them with a bludgeon and they laugh with a platitude… According to the most trustworthy statistics the number of adult Dullards in the United States is but little short of thirty millions, including the statisticians.
~Ambrose Bierce


The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job. My wife told me.
~Howard Nemerov

Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.
~Henny Youngman

I have a theory that the secret of marital happiness is simple: drink in different pubs to your other half.
~Jilly Cooper

The secret of a successful marriage is not to be at home too much.
~Colin Chapman


Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
~Mark Twain

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
~Groucho Marx

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
~Lucille Ball

The secret to humor is surprise.

I was kind of secretly hoping one of my kids would go out and make a million bucks. So when they put me in a home, at least I’ll have a window with a view.
~Joe Biden


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We spend our days, each one of us, in looking for the secret of life. Well, the secret of life is in art.
~Tweed Conrad

The secret to life is balance in all things.
~James A Murphy

Giving is the secret of a healthy life. Not necessarily money, but whatever a man has of encouragement and sympathy and understanding.
~John D Rockefeller


The secret of life is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.
~Tweed Conrad

The safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.


I think it’s useful, as a famous person, to have as little separation between the perception of you and how you really are – because otherwise I’d be sitting here thinking I’m keeping secrets, and wondering when you’re going to find out.
~Daniel Radcliffe

Secrecy sets barriers between men, but at the same time offers the seductive temptation to break through the barriers by gossip or confession.
~Georg Simmel

The widespread interest in gossip is inspired, not by a love of knowledge but by malice: no one gossips about other people’s secret virtues, but only about their secret vices.
~Bertrand Russell

The best way to find a person’s dark secrets is to praise them to their friends.
~Tony Crossley

Secrets tend to get revealed when you’re feeling most loved and when you’re feeling most betrayed.
~author unknown

I trust it will not be giving away professional secrets to say that many readers would be surprised, perhaps shocked, at the questions which some newspaper editors will put to a defenseless woman under the guise of flattery.
~Kate Chopin


Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority.
~Henri Frederic Amiel

I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?
~Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Secrets are a part of life. Their mysteries make our world beautiful. Their depths inspire our hearts, intrigue our minds, and embrace our very souls.
~Imania Margria

Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.
~Thomas Carlyle

I think I’ve discovered the secret of life ‒ you just hang around until you get used to it.
~Charles M Schulz


He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.
~W Somerset Maugham

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@Writers Platform

As there are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write, so the heart is a secret even to him (or her) who has it in his own breast.
~William Makepeace Thackeray

Daddy, tell me your best secret.
(I have woven a parachute out of everything broken;
my scars are my shield;
and I jump, daylight or dark, into any country,
where as I descend I turn native and stumble
into terribly human speech and wince recognition.)
~William Stafford


Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch’s brew.
~Anthony Hecht

It’s part of a writer’s profession, as it’s part of a spy’s profession, to prey on the community to which he’s attached, to take away information – often in secret – and to translate that into intelligence for his masters, whether it’s his readership or his spy masters. And I think that both professions are perhaps rather lonely.
~John le Carre

Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.
~Paul Tournier

I was interested by the idea that artists working in a totalitarian dictatorship or tsarist autocracy are secretly and slightly shamefully envied by artists who work in freedom. They have the gratification of intense interest: the authorities want to put them in jail, while there are younger readers for whom what they write is pure oxygen.
~Tom Stoppard

When I write now I do not invent situation, characters, or actions, but rather structures and discursive forms, textual groupings which are combined according to secret affinities among themselves, as in architecture or the plastic arts.
~Juan Goytisolo

The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society.
~Nicolas Chamfort


Alex grew up in Hampshire with her head in the clouds and her nose in a book, secretly hoping to find Narnia every time she opened a wardrobe.
~Alex English

It’s a little silly to finally learn how to write at this age. But I long ago realized I was secretly sincere.
~Annie Dillard


Ooh, it’s too embarrassing to share my innermost romantic secrets – although I have written Danielle the odd poem. If anything they are more comedic than romantic. They used to be well-received but that was before she started studying Shakespeare at drama college. Now I feel so inept.
~Gary Lineker

I don’t hate humanity and I’m not interested in people who do. Although, it’s funny, actually, some of my favorite writers really do. Like Martin Amis. My dirty secret. ‘London Fields’ is one of my favorite books ever. And it’s indefensible! But he’s so funny… I forgive him everything.
~Elizabeth Gilbert


The only people you can really share certain things with in secret are your girlfriends.
~Shirley Knight

If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure – the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men. Why not write about it truthfully?
~Virginia Woolf

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
~Maya Angelou

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
~Virginia Woolf


The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master.
~Henry James


If life is so critical, if Anne Frank could die, if my friend could die, children were as vulnerable as adults, and that gave me a secret purpose to my work, to make them live. Because I wanted to live. I wanted to grow up.
~Maurice Sendak

I remember telling my creative writing teacher that you never want to have a journal, because if you lose it, then someone’s going to know all your secrets. And then she stopped using a journal, but I always write everything down… Anytime I travel, I try and fill up notepads.
~Garrett Hedlund


§ The Glass Table:

Love, Unforgiving (an excerpt)
Some days I wake up confident; a crack of a smile resting unnoticed on my face. I go about my day without noticing I have yet to have a single thought about…you. Thank god. If I’d have stayed with you a moment longer, I would have crashed and burned. …But only loneliness is present to haunt my [winter] days while the sting of each shallow inhale reminds me, I suffer therefore I live-


§ Guest Quotes:
There are worse things than a broken heart.
Like the love that you don’t explore.
~Dawson’S Creek

If you love someone, tell them. For hearts are often broken by words left unspoken.
~Stephanie Roogle


~Charles Swindoll: Attitude (exerpt)
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home.

We cannot change our past… we cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
~Christone @Wordgrove Ataraxia, contributing


Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.
~Irving Berlin


We have much to learn by studying nature and taking the time to tease out its secrets.
~David Suzuki

All sorts of bodily diseases are produced by half used minds; for it is the mind that makes the body: that is my secret, and the secret of all true healers.
~Bernard Shaw

But the real secret to lifelong good health is actually the opposite: Let your body take care of you.
~Deepak Chopra

The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives, but still hidden from the public, is that most things get better by themselves; most things, in fact, are better in the morning.
~Lewis Thomas

The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient’s hopes are the physician’s secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.
~Norman Cousins


My two secrets to staying healthy: wash your hands all the time. …And the other is hot peppers. I eat a lot of hot peppers. I for some reason started doing that in 1992, and I swear by it.
~Hillary Clinton

Our secrets are what keep us sick and as soon as we are able to expose them to another person, that is when the healing begins.
~Phillip L Smith

I worked as a secretary, a waitress and a dance teacher – all in high school.
~Jennie Garth

The usual channels of university studies or secretarial work did not appeal to me. I cherished difficult dreams through confidence in myself.
~Ella Maillart

When I look back over my life it’s almost as if there was a plan laid out for me – from the little girl who was so passionate about animals who longed to go to Africa and whose family couldn’t afford to put her through college. Everyone laughed at my dreams. I was supposed to be a secretary in Bournemouth.
~Jane Goodall

I have a secret thought from some things I have observed, that God may perhaps design you for some singular service in the world.
~David Brainerd


The American education system couldn’t be more badly directed or poorly funded if the Secretary of Education were Ed Wood.
~Dennis Miller

Then again, you may pick up just enough education to hate people who say, It’s a secret between he and I. Or you may end up in some business office, throwing paper clips at the nearest stenographer. I just don’t know.
~J D Salinger

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§ The Exercise:

Today Only Always

Talk too loud
— too fast
— say the wrong thing
— can’t think of a word

Catch in the throat
— a useful sort of silence
— interrupted delivery
— unparalleled success

Store shelves
— fence-mending tools
— new self-respect
— perfect advice: STFU


unwritten story

camouflaged path
mined with distractions
hidden entrance
padlocked door
private garden
arcane texts
obscure truths
shrouded secrets
cryptic warnings
mystic patterns
veiled instructions
forgotten language
News at 10


5s ‘n 7s

steps become miles became years
one love stayed the other strayed
shock of pain unwelcome tears
wending home by winding way
displaced, disgraced openly
who locked that door tossed the key
died inside repeatedly


silent departure
the quiet exit
despair the reason
life unbearable
nowhere left to turn
no point in secrets
we’re going on strike


treetop perspective sees things
seasoned world its work to read
roots have secrets dark as gold
mire of treasure and compost
sky buried, interred in earth


vexed generations
left to wallow in a world
slimed by the boomers
who fashioned their happiness
trading the future for Now


secrets of the skin
encased universe within
pleasure having been
invited back in again
realm of life and school of sin


age old recipe
family secret for years
get drunk and forget


secret happy war
to be loved or forgotten
wedded bliss or free


secret strain of seeds
airborne germs fleshed ideas
call it the podcast

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The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

Each has its lesson; for our dreams in sooth, come they in shape of demons, gods, or elves, are allegories with deep hearts of truth that tell us solemn secrets of ourselves.
~Henry Timrod

Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
~Alfred North Whitehead


A great many men’s gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Secrets are pleasant to each child of Eve.
~Hannah Cowley


One of the first rules of science is if somebody delivers a secret weapon to you, you better use it.
~Herbert Simon

The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.
~Bertrand Russell


A secret’s worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept.
~Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Secrets have a way of making themselves felt, even before you know there’s a secret.
~Jean Ferris


Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.
~Leo Burnett

Ah, the creative process is the same secret in science as it is in art. They are all the same absolutely.
~Josef Albers


The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
~Doris Lessing

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
~Aldous Huxley


Buried deep beneath the surface of his character, was a hidden, yet a restless ambition: but this was perhaps, at present, a secret even to himself. We know not our own characters till time teaches us self-knowledge…
~Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton

I’m not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats. I’m not looking for the secret to life… I just go on from day to day, taking what comes.
~Frank Sinatra


The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
~Horace Walpole

Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.
~Bryant H. McGill


Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.
~Wilma Rudolph

The secret is not to give up hope. It’s very hard not to because if you’re really doing something worthwhile I think you will be pushed to the brink of hopelessness before you come through the other side.
~George Lucas


Our love is like the wind. I can’t see it, but I can feel it.
~Nicholas Sparks

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.

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The Olio
Quotes harvested from:
https://bqotd.com, https://quotegarden.com, https://wisesayings.com


Fun Tarts: https://gocomics.com


The Salmagundi
Video Harvest:
https://venmo.com, https://vimeo.com, https://youtube.com

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