Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

— Albert Einstein

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

— Oscar Wilde

I’ve always been considered an asshole for about as long as I can remember. That’s just my style.

— Royal Tenenbaum

I try not to break the rules, but merely to test their elasticity.

— Bill Veeck

Keep your dreams. Live them with abandon. The moderately composed know none so lovely as the divinely extravagant.

— Neil Martinique

Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.

— George Santayana

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

— Marcel Proust

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out.

— Bill Hicks

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

— Helen Keller

The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

— Marcel Proust

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

— John F. Kennedy

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.

— Oscar Wilde

Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature.

— Michael Faraday

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

— William Butler Yeats

The opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference.

— Elie Wiesel

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

— Jack London

Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

— 14th Dalai Lama

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.

— Dave Barry

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

— George Bernard Shaw

Intolerance of your present creates your future.

— Mike Murdock

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

— Napoleon Bonaparte

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.

— John Donne

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.

— Marcel Proust

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?

— Robert Browning

Enthusiasm is a force multiplier.

— Gen. Colin Powell

Ability may get you to the top, but only character will keep you there.

— Anonymous

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.

— Alfred Adler

You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault–not leadership.

— Dwight Eisenhower

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

— Gen. George Patton

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

— Theodore Roosevelt

There is no limit to the good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.

— Gen. George Marshall

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

— Francis Bacon