Quote Library

Engagement/Wedding

  • "You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."

    Dr. Seuss
  • "It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."

    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • "For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

    Lao Tzu
  • "Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."

    Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
  • "Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold."

    Zelda Fitzgerald
  • "And, in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make."

    Paul McCartney
  • "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

    Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version
  • "We loved with a love that was more than love."

    Edgar Allan Poe
  • "You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear."

    Oscar Wilde
  • "He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."

    Emily Brontë
  • "Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction."

Friendship

  • "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."

    Albert Camus
  • "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."

    C.S. Lewis
  • "A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you."

    Elbert Hubbard
  • "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

    Maya Angelou
  • "There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate."

    Linda Grayson
  • "It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals
  • "It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter."

    Marlene Dietrich
  • "When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'."

    Groucho Marx
  • "We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet. 'Even longer,' Pooh answered."

    A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
  • "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light."

    Helen Keller
  • "What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies."

    Aristotle
  • "Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears."

    John Lennon
  • "A Friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives."

    Euripides
  • "Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together"

    Woodrow Wilson
  • "Friendship with oneself is all-important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies."

    Aristotle
  • "My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."

    Henry Ford
  • "... no man is useless while he has a friend."

    Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "The best mirror is an old friend."

    George Herbert
  • "The world would be so lonely, in sunny hours or gray. Without the gift of friendship, to help us every day."

    Hilda Brett Farr
  • "Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."

    Helen Keller
  • "When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves."

    William Arthur Ward
  • "Ah, how good it feels... the hand of an old friend"

    Mary Englebright
  • "A friend is one who walks in when others walk out"

    Walter Winchell
  • "It takes a long time to grow an old friend."

    John Leonard
  • "The better part of one's life consists of his friendships."

    Abraham Lincoln
  • "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being."

    Goethe
  • "Best friends are like diamonds, precious and rare. False friends are like leaves, found everywhere."

    Anonymous
  • "A friend is a gift you give yourself."

    Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity."

    Kahil Gibran
  • "The best time to make friends is before you need them."

    Ethel Barrymore
  • "When character of man is not clear to you, look at his friends."

    Japanese Proverb
  • "Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."

    Muhammad Ali

Anniversary

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

    Marcel Proust
  • "Who, being loved, is poor?"

    Oscar Wilde

Valentine's Day

  • "If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you."

    A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
  • "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind."

    William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • "The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space."

    Marilyn Monroe
  • "If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever."

    Alfred Tennyson
  • "We love the things we love for what they are."

    Robert Frost
  • "I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."

    Mother Teresa
  • "Where there is love there is life."

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart"

    Helen Keller
  • "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach"

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • "One word Frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love."

    Sophocles
  • "Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet."

    Plato

Music

  • "Without music, life would be a mistake."

    Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
  • "The only thing better than singing is more singing."

    Ella Fitzgerald
  • "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent"

    Victor Hugo
  • "Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."

    Maya Angelou
  • "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."

    Aldous Huxley, Music At Night: And Other Essays

Books/Reading

  • "A room without books is like a body without a soul."

    Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • "So many books, so little time."

    Frank Zappa
  • "The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read."

    Mark Twain
  • "The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."

    Jane Austen
  • "We read to know that we are not alone."

    C.S. Lewis
  • "There is no friend as loyal as a book."

    Ernest Hemingway
  • "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."

    Jorge Luis Borges
  • "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."

    Groucho Marx
  • "Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?"

    Henry Ward Beecher
  • "Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world."

    Voltaire
  • "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."

    Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."

    Frederick Douglass
  • "The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books"

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • "The world was hers for the reading."

    Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."

    Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

Encouragement

  • "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

    Thomas A. Edison
  • "Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."

    G.K. Chesterton
  • "Everything you can imagine is real."

    Pablo Picasso
  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted."

    Charles Chaplin
  • "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."

    Albert Einstein
  • "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

    Winston S. Churchill
  • "Always do what you are afraid to do."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "If you are going through hell, keep going."

    Winston S. Churchill
  • "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

    Martin Luther King Jr.
  • "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."

    E.E. Cummings
  • "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."

    Robert Frost
  • "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

    Martin Luther King Jr.
  • "Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul
    And sings the tune without the words
    And never stops at all."

    Emily Dickinson

Milestones

  • "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

    Dr. Seuss
  • "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."

    Lewis Carroll
  • "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

    Oscar Wilde
  • "Be the change that you wish to see in the world."

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

    Nelson Mandela
  • "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."

    Mae West
  • "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

    John Lennon
  • "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

    George Bernard Shaw
  • "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."

    Albert Einstein
  • "This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man."

    William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  • "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."

    William Shakespeare
  • "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

    Aristotle, Metaphysics
  • "You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation."

    Brigham Young
  • "The unexamined life is not worth living."

    Socrates
  • "Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

    A.A. Milne
  • "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

    Lao Tzu
  • "If you are going through hell, KEEP GOING!"

    Winston Churchill

  • "While Eeyore frets ... ... and Piglet hesitates ... and Rabbit calculates ... and Owl pontificates ...Pooh just is."

    The Tao of Pooh

  • "We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."

    Kurt Vonnegut

  • "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

    Henry David Thoreau

  • "Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans."

    John Lennon

  • "Life loves the liver of it."

    Maya Angelou

  • "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

    Dr. Seuss

  • "Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal"

    Pamela Vaull Starr

  • "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day."

    Winnie the Pooh

  • "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."

    Nelson Mandela

  • "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."

    Robert Frost

  • "Don't worry, be happy."

    Bobby McFerrin

  • "Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant."

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • "When you are stuck in self-pity or envy or worry, try getting grateful for something in your life. It's good for the soul."

    Maria Shriver

  • "Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right."

    Henry Ford

  • "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."

    Oscar Wilde

  • "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."

    Albert Einstein

  • "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."

    Henry David Thoreau

  • "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

    Ghandi

  • "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."

    Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!
  • "You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth."

    William W. Purkey
  • "The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world."

    Dalai Lama

Work Retirement

  • "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

    Confucius
  • "Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value."

    Albert Einstein

Leadership Appreciation

  • "Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them."

    William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
  • "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

    Martin Luther King Jr.
  • "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."

    Robert Frost
  • "Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich."

    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Service & Corporate Awards

  • "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

    Anne Frank
  • "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."

    Jane Goodall
  • "What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change."

    Madeleine Albright
  • "Never Mistake Knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life."

    Sandra Carey
  • "If you judge people,you have no time to love them."

    Mother Teresa
  • "We are not what we know, but what we are willing to learn."

    Mary Catherine Bateson
  • "I was motivated to be different in part because I am different."

    Donna Brazile
  • "Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

    Margaret Mead
  • "Never Mistake Knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life."

    Sandra Carey
  • "Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."

    Pamela Vaull Starr
  • "You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through."

    Rosalynn Carter
  • "One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done."

    Marie Curie
  • "Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short."

    Golda Meier
  • "I've learned that people will forget what you have said, people will forget what you did , but people will never forget how you made them feel."

    Maya Angelou

Teacher/Mentor

  • "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."

    Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."

    Dalai Lama XIV
  • "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."

    Henry David Thoreau
  • "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."

    Albert Einstein

Aging/Birthdays

  • "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."

    Henry Ford
  • "It takes a long time to become young."

    Pablo Picasso
  • "None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm."

    Henry David Thoreau
  • "Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."

    Mark Twain
  • "Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art."

    Stanislaw Lec
  • "All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much."

    George Harrison
  • "God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."

    Voltaire
  • "Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words."

    Plautus
  • "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

    Dr. Seuss
  • "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."

    Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

New Baby

  • "I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity."

    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm."

    Bruce Barton
  • "Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."

    A.A. Milne
  • "A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it."

    Frank A. Clark
  • "Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber, holy angels guard thy bed! Heavenly blessing without number gently falling on thy head."

    Isaac Watts
  • "Babies are such a nice way to start people."

    Don Herrold
  • "A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities."

    Edna J. Leshan
  • "The best thing to spend on your children is time."

    Arnold Glasgow
  • "All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking your children into a house with white carpet is one of them."

    Erma Bombeck
  • "Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever-fresh and radiant possibility."

    Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • "Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."

    Elizabeth Stone
  • "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."

    Dr Seuss
  • "There is only one pretty child in the world and every mother has it"

    Chinese proverb
  • "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."

    Albert Einstein
  • "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

    Albert Einstein
  • "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

    Pablo Picasso

Bar/Bat-Mitzvah

  • "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."

    E.E. Cummings
  • "Whatever you are, be a good one."

    Abraham Lincoln

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