When vultures watching your civilization begin dropping dead, it is time to pause and wonder.
- David Brower
Our repeated failure to fully act as we would wish must not discourage us. It is the sincere intention that is the essential thing, and this will in time release us from the bondage of habits which at present seem almost insuperable.
- Thomas Troward
No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.
- Leo Buscaglia
Nay, tempt me not to love again There was a time when love was sweet Dear Nea had I known thee then, Our souls had not been slow to meet But oh this weary heart hath run So many a time the rounds of pain, Not even for thee, thou lovely one Would I endure such pangs again.
- Sir Thomas More
There is no greater sorrow Than to be mindful of the happy time In misery.
- Dante Alighieri
Quotation ... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read. Quotations due to the last motive are invariably ill-advised; the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous; the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium.
- Henry W. Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926)
The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.
- John McEnroe
Friendships that have stood the test of time and change are surely best.
- Joseph Parry