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Alfred Whitney Griswold Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alfred Whitney Griswold.

Things have got to be wrong in order that they may be deplored.
- Alfred Whitney Griswold

The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
- Alfred Whitney Griswold

Books won't stay banned.
They won't burn.
Ideas won't go to jail.
- Alfred Whitney Griswold

A Socrates in every classroom.
- Alfred Whitney Griswold

 

It is a barren kind of criticism which tells you what a thing is not.
- Alfred Whitney Griswold

In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost.
The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
- Alfred Whitney Griswold

The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to the finger of Adam,
whether it takes ultimate shape in a law of physics or a law of the land,
a poem or a policy, a sonata or a mechanical computer.
- Alfred Whitney Griswold

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Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

We don't see things as they are,
we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin

Sometimes the things you really want
sneak in the back door.
Notice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

We're so engaged in doing things
to achieve purposes of outer value
that we forget the inner value,
the rapture that is associated
with being alive, is what it is all about.
- Joseph Campbell

If you want to feel rich,
just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.
- Anonymous

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A generous heart, kind speech,
and a life of service and compassion
are the things which renew humanity.
- The Buddha

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

Keep a grateful journal. Every night,
list five things you are grateful for.
- Oprah Winfrey

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

The most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched,
they must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Do all things with love.
- Og Mandino

Be content with what you have,
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.
- Lao Tzu

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

Morality is the basis of things
and truth is the substance of all morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

Stand often in the company of dreamers.
They believe you can achieve impossible things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We can do no great things,
only small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

In your days - things like this happen to you...
You get a tap, a nudge, a gentle shake,
and life whispers to you, "I know you're tired -
but I don't want you to miss this."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you,
if the simple things in nature have a message you understand,
Rejoice, for your soul is alive.
- Eleanora Duse

The things that make me different are the things that make me.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

INTENT:
We hold the power to make things happen
through our intent -
to the extent that we use our intention
with compassion and without ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A ship in port is safe,
but that's not what ships are built for.
Sail out to sea and do new things.
- Grace Hopper

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

Only love and death will change all things.
- Khalil Gibran

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

In this life we cannot do great things.
We can only do small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

Rainbows and butterflies are themselves beautiful and highly symbolic,
but they are also representative of
all the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The universal Mind contains all knowledge.
It is the potential ultimate of all things.
To it, all things are possible.
- Ernest Holmes

You will do foolish things,
but do them with enthusiasm.
- Colette

To accomplish great things,
we must not only act, but also dream;
not only plan, but also believe.
- Anatole France

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

Know that you are one with the earth, with the water,
with the fire, with the air that you breathe, with all living things,
and that all of these are one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
All things share the same breath the
beast, the tree, the man... the air
shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle [actually written by screenwriter Ted Perry in 1972]

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time;
it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
- Sydney Harris

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life
than the greatest of things without it.
- Carl Jung

If we let things terrify us,
life will not be worth living.
- Seneca

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
- Chief Seattle

If we all did the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.
- Thomas Edison

If you follow the trail of your own
enthusiastically repeated stories,
you will begin to rediscover the things
that invigorate and enliven you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In all things and in all ways,
choice impacts virtually every element of our life.
It bears repeating that even those things
which seem out of reach of our choice
are governed by how we choose to perceive them.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

What people say, what people do,
and what they say they do
are entirely different things.
- Margaret Mead


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