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Alan Jay Lerner Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alan Jay Lerner.

Men die but an idea does not.
- Alan Jay Lerner

You write a hit the same way you write a flop.
- Alan Jay Lerner

Why can't a woman be more like a man?
- Alan Jay Lerner

Coughing in the theater is not a respiratory ailment.
It is a criticism.
- Alan Jay Lerner

 

A schedule so tight that it would only work if I didn't sleep on Monday nights.
- Alan Jay Lerner

An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him.
- Alan Jay Lerner

With a little bit of luck, you'll never work!
- Alan Jay Lerner

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Back home everyone said I didn't have any talent.
They might be saying the same thing here but it sounds better in French.
- Alan Jay Lerner

It's not a pretty face, I grant you.
But underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
- Alan Jay Lerner

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

When It's Darkest, Men See the Stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire,
men cannot live without a spiritual life.
- The Buddha

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Women want mediocre men,
and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.
- Margaret Mead

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Instead of comparing our lot with that
of those who are more fortunate than we are,
we should compare it with the lot
of the great majority of our fellow men.
It then appears that we are among the privileged.
- Helen Keller

The highest proof of the spirit is love.
Love is the eternal thing which men can already
on earth possess as it really is.
- Albert Schweitzer

How could man rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?
- Lao Tzu

Do not pray for easy lives.
Pray to be stronger men.
- John F. Kennedy

The reason why men do not obey us,
is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

Who never walks save where he sees
men's tracks, makes no discoveries.
- J. G. Holland

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great men or men of great gifts
you shall easily find,
but symmetrical men never.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

My heart bleeds at the death of every one of our gallant men.
- Robert E. Lee

Real friendships among men are so rare
that when they occur they are famous.
- Clarence Day

Men and women belong to different species and communications
between them is still in its infancy.
- Bill Cosby

Men kick friendship around like a football,
but it doesn't seem to crack.
Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

In every society some men are born to rule,
and some to advise.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

Men in general judge more from
appearances than from reality. All
men have eyes, but few have
the gift of penetration.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

The majority of men meet with failure
because of their lack of persistence
in creating new plans to take
the place of those which fail.
- Napoleon Hill

Habits age men before their time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every creature is better alive than dead,
men and moose and pine trees,
and he who understands it aright
will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The revelation of thought takes men
out of servitude into freedom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men
is primarily based on mutual trust
and only secondarily on institutions
such as courts of justice and police.
- Albert Einstein

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures
from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

Truth is the property of no individual
but is the treasure of all men.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him,
that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men,
and when he devotes himself helpfully
to all life that is in need of help.
- Albert Schweitzer

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Long ago men fought and died for their faith;
but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, -
the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren
and their rights of conscience.
- Helen Keller

The difference between men friends and women friends
is that men tend to do things together,
women tend to just be together.
- Art Jahnke

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Henry David Thoreau

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

Men are what their mothers made them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When men are easy in their circumstances,
they are naturally enemies to innovations.
- Joseph Addison

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize.
The first is gentleness;
the second is frugality;
the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others.
Be gentle and you can be bold;
be frugal and you can be generous;
avoid putting yourself before others
and you can become a leader among men.
- Lao Tzu

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste
that they hurry past it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Men are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

A man likes his wife to be
just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness,
and just stupid enough to admire it.
- Israel Zangwill

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood
between sincere men of all denominations.
- Helen Keller

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- Elbert Hubbard

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

Men are disturbed not by things,
but by the view which they take of them.
- Epictetus

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil.
If they would only expend the same
amount of energy loving their fellow men,
the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
- Helen Keller

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha


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