Witty, Humorous and Inspiring Quotes–Beth Trissel


I love a good quote. I hope you enjoy this eclectic collection.

“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”
- Tom Clancy (1947-), paraphrasing Mark Twain

“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”
- Ingrid Bergman

“Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.”
- Savielly Grigorievitch TartakowerChessmaster

“A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

“Wit is educated insolence.” - Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

“Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’.” - Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

“Destiny is not a matter of change, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” - William Jennings Bryan

“If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Never forget that it is the spirit with which you endow your work that makes it useful or futile.”
Adelaide Hasse

“All for one; one for all.”
- Alexander Dumas (1824-1895)

“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”
Alice Roosevelt Longworth

“The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.”
- Albert Einstein

“Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog.”
- Mark Twain

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
- Edward Abbey (1927-1989)

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
- Napoleon Bonaparte

“After I’m dead I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.”
Cato the Elder (234-149 BC, AKA Marcus Porcius Cato)

“When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.”
John Ruskin

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
- Mark Twain

“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist–”
General John Sedgwick (1813-1864), last words

“I don’t feel good.”
- Luther Burbank (1849-1926), last words

“Ask her to wait a moment – I am almost done.”
Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), when informed that his wife was dying

“99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.”
- Unknown

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, prepare to die.”
- Klingon Proverb, Star Trek

“The greatest strength is gentleness.”
- Iroquois Proverb

“Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.”
- Proverb

“If you lose your temper, you’ve lost the argument.”
- Proverb

“Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
- Chinese Proverb

“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
- Thomas Edison (1874-1931)

“All science is either physics or stamp collecting.”
- Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937)

“The only possible conclusion the social sciences can draw is: some do, some don’t.”
- Ernest Rutherford

“A witty saying proves nothing.”
Voltaire (1694-1778)  *To this I would argue ‘that may be, Voltaire, but it makes life a darn site more entertaining.’

“I would like to be able to admire a man’s opinions as I would his dog – without being expected to take it home with me.”- Frank A. Clark

“As I get older I notice the years less and the seasons more.”
- John Hubbard

***These quotes are from an excellent site: http://www.tk421.net/quotes/

***All royalty free images

6 responses to “Witty, Humorous and Inspiring Quotes–Beth Trissel

  1. Very good ones And so true.

  2. I love this one!
    “As I get older I notice the years less and the seasons more.”
    - John Hubbard
    Boy is that ever true! LOL. Enjoyed your post Beth.

  3. Monya Clayton

    Lots of fun, Beth. Thanks, and thanks for the site address.

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