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Annie Besant Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Annie Besant.

Better remain silent, better not even think,
if you are not prepared to act.
- Annie Besant

Liberty is a great celestial Goddess,
strong, beneficent, and austere, and she can never
descend upon a nation by the shouting of crowds,
nor by arguments of unbridled passion,
nor by the hatred of class against class.
- Annie Besant

No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad
a message to the world as this good news of Atheism.
- Annie Besant

For centuries the leaders of Christian thought spoke
of women as a necessary evil,
and the greatest saints of the Church are those who despise women the most.
- Annie Besant

 

Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position;
denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd.
- Annie Besant

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
- Chinese proverb often quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

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To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anger? perhaps there is a better way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience, persistence, and perseverance.
A little more each day, a little better each day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act
is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Better than a thousand hollow words,
is one word that brings peace.
- The Buddha

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Kindness is better than piety.
- Yiddish Proverb

With realization of one's own potential and
self-confidence in one's ability,
one can build a better world.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Vision stands on the shoulders of what is actual
to get a better view of what is possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In my own deepening understanding of myself
I find my capacity to serve others is deepened as well.
The better I am at self-care
the more genuinely nurturing of others I am able to be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right,
than to be responsible and wrong.
- Winston Churchill

I like the silent church before the service begins,
better than any preaching.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ignorance and bungling with love
are better than wisdom and skill without.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is better to displease the people
by doing what you know is right.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

Never mind what others do;
do better than yourself,
beat your own record from day to day,
and you are a success.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Better keep yourself clean and bright;
you are the window through which
you must see the world.
- George Bernard Shaw

Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington

If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive.
If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.
- Anonymous

Why, I'd like nothing better than to achieve
some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.
- Aristophanes

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks
for everything that happens to you,
knowing that every step forward is a step toward
achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
- Brian Tracy

A "No" uttered from deepest conviction
is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please,
or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Every day in every way I am getting better and better.
- Anonymous

Love is a better teacher than duty.
- Albert Einstein

It is any day better to stand erect
with a broken and bandaged head
then to crawl on one's belly,
in order to be able to save one's head.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words
than words without a heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie.
I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave.
And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
- H.L. Mencken

Sometimes it is better to lose
and do the right thing
than to win and do the wrong thing.
- Tony Blair

Hate destroys, Love builds.
Hate tears down, Love renews and creates.
Hatred holds no hope for the future.
Love creates Today as its own better future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is a better place because I am here.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I release the familiar that I may better discover my inspiring future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is better to conquer yourself
than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
- The Buddha

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better
to displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
- William J. H. Boetcker

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich,
for the hopes of the instructed
are better than the wealth of the ignorant.
- Epictetus

The world is a better place because I am here;
the energy that I radiate into this world
is a gift beyond my own understanding.
Through ME, an all encompassing Love enters this world;
and I am profoundly grateful that the Powers of Light
have chosen ME to be a conduit for Infinite Love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is better to learn late than never.
- Publilius Syrus

How could youths better learn to live
than by at once trying the experiment of living?
- Henry David Thoreau

It is better to travel well than to arrive.
- The Buddha

Build a better mousetrap
and the world will beat a path to your door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today is probably a good day for something;
but it's a better day for doing nothing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is better to be in chains with friends,
than to be in a garden with strangers.
- Persian Proverb

It is better to do one's own duty,
however defective it may be,
than to follow the duty of another,
however well one may perform it.
He who does his duty as
his own nature reveals it, never sins.
- Lao Tzu

Positive thinking will let you do everything
better than negative thinking will.
- Zig Ziglar

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Trust yourself. Only you can live your life.
Only you can taste your victories.
Only you can suffer the sting of your defeats.
Make your own choices, and accept your own consequences -
for better or worse.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I rest in the light of forgiveness.
I forgive myself and others for that
which is done (and better left undone)
and also that which is not done (and better if done).
I give myself permission to enjoy this moment without guilt.
I freely release all uncertainty, regret, and fear.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Look deep into nature, and then
you will understand everything better.
- Albert Einstein

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

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
- Samuel Beckett

Conversations with God are very different
from the usual nature of prayer.
Prayers are commonly only in one direction -
the one praying speaks and hopes God is listening.
Prayers also tend to focus on asking
for specific things or outcomes one wants,
rather than seeking to better understand the mind of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority
has made the world better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

No one can give you better advice than yourself.
- Cicero

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Successful people ask better questions,
and as a result, they get better answers.
- Tony Robbins

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin

A bad peace is better than a good war.
- Yiddish Proverb

Sometimes good things fall apart
so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

As a cure for worrying,
work is better than whiskey.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The smallest seed of faith is better than
the largest fruit of happiness.
- Henry David Thoreau


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