My favourite quotes

It's a kind of intellectual laziness to put other people's thinking into the service of expressing your own. For now, laziness will have to do.

English

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall
– Confucius
"The evolution from happiness to habit is one of death’s best weapons"
– Julio Costazar, Argentine writer
"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die tomorrow."
– James Dean
"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."
– Paulo Coelho
"Success is going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."
– Winston Churchill
"There are no short cuts to any place worth going."
– Beverly Sills
"Don't go where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Dream is not what you see in your sleep; dream is the thing that does not let you sleep."
– A P J Abdul Kalam

My variation: "It's better to have a dream whose pursuit doesn't let you sleep than one that you have only in your sleep."
"If everything seems under control you're not going fast enough."
– Mario Andretti
"We don't see things as they are.  We see them as we are."
"It's the silence between the notes that makes the music."
– in Jacob the Baker, Noah benShea
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
– Albert Einstein
"Philosophy is questions that may never be answered.  Religion is answers that may never be questioned."
– Anonymous
"You can't always do what you like but you can always like what you do."
– Paul Noll
"The ultimate result of shielding man from the effects of folly is to people the world with fools."
– Herbert Spencer
"Law of succinctness: We should not assert that for which we do not have some proof."
– Occam's Razor (Or, in modern terms, KISS: Keep it simple, stupid.)
"Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breaths away."
– Anonymous

Chinese

  • 坐这山望那山一事无成 - 梁启超
  • 有志者事竟成
  • 路摇知马力日久见人心
  • 塞翁失马焉知非福
  • 一分为二
  • 一朝被蛇咬十年怕井绳
  • 水涨船高
  • 良药苦口利于病, 忠言逆耳利于行
  • 物竞天择
  • 强扭的瓜不甜
  • 读万卷书不如行万里路
  • 有力不在声高
  • 不做亏心事,不怕鬼敲门
  • 比上不足比下有余
  • 各人自扫门前雪