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Much can be inferred about a man from his mistress: in her one beholds his weaknesses and his dreams.

 

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)

 

People who never have any time on their hands are those who do the least.

 

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)

 

To be content with life -- or to live merrily, rather -- all that is required is that we bestow on all things only a fleeting, superficial glance; the more thoughtful we become the more earnest we grow.

 

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)

 

You could afford your house without the government if it weren't for the government.

 

Rush Limbaugh (1951-, American TV personality)

 

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.

 

Yutang, Lin (1895-1976, Chinese writer and philologist)

 

A Government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

 

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))

 

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.

 

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))

 

Everybody likes a compliment.

 

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))

 

He who molds the public sentiment... makes statues and decisions possible or impossible to make.

 

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))

 

I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

 

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))

 

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 (1809-1865, American President (16th))

 

Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.

 

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))

 

People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.

 

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))

 

The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.

 

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))

 

There are few things wholly evil or wholly good. Almost everything, especially of government policy, is an inseparable compound of the two, so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded.

 

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))

 

I have brightness in my soul, which strains toward Heaven. I am like a bird!

 

Jenny Lind

 

Lost time is like a run in a stocking. It always gets worse.

 

Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)

 

It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least. It is equally true that that government is best which provides most.

 

Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)

 

One realizes the full importance of time only when there is little of it left. Every man's greatest capital asset is his unexpired years of productive life.

 

P. W. Litchfield

 

He who would make serious use of his life must always act as though he had a long time to live and schedule his time as though he were about to die.

 

Emile Littre

 

A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.

 

John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)

 

Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.

 

John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)

 

Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.

 

John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)

 

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle victorious.

 

Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)

 

It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever -- the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.

 

Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)

 

It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.

 

Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)

 

Mental toughness is essential to success.

 

Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)

 

Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It's something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.

 

Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)

 

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.

 

Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)

 

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

 

Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)

 

How many times have you heard this statement, I haven't time. How many times have we made it ourselves?  Oh, I wish I had time. Time for what? Time to work in the Church, to serve in our communities and time to improve our minds. Think again of these twenty-four hours that are given to us.

 

John Longden

 

Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)

 

Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. In is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and a manly heart.

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)

 

Resolve and thou art free.

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)

 

Time... is the life of the soul.

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)

 

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)

 

The male sex still constitute in many ways the most obstinate vested interest one can find.

 

Lord Longford

 

I really think that American gentlemen are the best after all, because kissing your hand may make you feel very good but a diamond and a sapphire bracelet lasts forever.

 

Anita Loos (1893-1981, American novelist, screenwriter)

 

Every time I appoint someone to a vacant position, I make a hundred unhappy and one ungrateful.

 

Louis XIV (1638-1715, French king from 1643-1715)

 

Time! Joyless emblem of the greed of millions, robber of the best which earth can give.

 

Amy Lowell (1874-1925, American poet, critic)

 

Sentiment is intellectualized emotion; emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.

 

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)

 

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.

 

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)

 

In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking.

 

Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913, British statesman, banker, naturalist)

 

But if God had wanted us to think just with our wombs, why did He give us a brain?

 

Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987, American diplomat, writer)

 

The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied.

 

Lucretius (c.95-55 BC, Roman poet and philosopher)

 

Debate is the death of conversation.

 

Emil Ludwig (1881-1948, German writer)

 

I have the feeling when I write poetry that I am doing what I am supposed to do.You don't think about whether you're going to get money or fame, you just do it.

 

Doris Lund

 

Who has skill in the art of music is of good temperament and fitted for all things.

 

Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)

 

Time is an available instrument for reaching the eternal.

 

John W. Lynch

 

A lady is nothing very specific. One man's lady is another man's woman; sometimes, one man's lady is another man's wife. Definitions overlap but they almost never coincide.

 

Russell Lynes (1910-1991, American editor, critic)

 

Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from the birth as a paternal, or in other words a meddling government, a government which tells them what to read and say and eat and drink and wear.

 

Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859, American essayist and historian)

 

We must judge a government by its general tendencies and not by its happy accidents.

 

Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859, American essayist and historian)

 

To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.

 

George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)

 

To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power.

 

George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)

 

We die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well.

 

George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)

 

You can't live on amusement. It is the froth on water -- an inch deep and then the mud.

 

George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)

 

Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations.

 

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)

 

Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see, but only a few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are, and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.

 

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)

 

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

 

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)

 

Men love according to their own will, and fear according to the will of the prince. A wise prince should establish himself on that which is in his own control, and not in that of others.

 

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)

 

Nothing is interesting if you are not interested.

 

Helen MacInnes (1907-1985, Scottish author)

 

When you educate a man you educate an individual; when you educate a woman you educate a whole family.

 

Robert M. MacIver

 

Women do not find it difficult nowadays to behave like men, but they often find it extremely difficult to behave like gentlemen.

 

Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972, British writer)

 

It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are.

 

James Mackintosh (1765-1832, British author)

 

What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.

 

James Madison (1751-1836, American statesman, president)

 

I'm anal retentive. I'm a workaholic. I have insomnia. And I'm a control freak. That's why I'm not married. Who could stand me?

 

Madonna (1958-, American musician, singer, actress,)

 

The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams. We would have more than one Einstein, Edison, Schweitzer, Mother Theresa, Dr. Salk and other great minds in a century.

 

Sidney Madwed

 

You do well to have visions of a better life than of every day, but it is the life of every day from which the elements of a better life must come.

 

Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949, Belgian author)

 

Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.

 

Norman Mailer (1923-, American author)

 

Every country has the government it deserves.

 

Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821, French diplomat, philosopher)

 

I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.

 

Dudley Field Malone

 

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

 

Nelson Mandela (1918-, South African president)

 

There are many examples of women that have excelled in learning, and even in war, but this is no reason we should bring em all up to Latin and Greek or else military discipline, instead of needle-work and housewifery.

 

Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733, Dutch-born British author, physician)

 

There are many examples of women that have excelled in learning, and even in war, but this is no reason we should bring em all up to Latin and Greek or else military discipline, instead of needle-work and housewifery.

 

Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733, Dutch-born British author, physician)

 

My days of whining and complaining about others have come to an end. Nothing is easier than fault-finding. All it will do is discolor my personality so that none will want to associate with me. That was my old life. No more.

 

Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

Author's website: www.ogmandino.com

 

Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.

 

Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)

 

Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.

 

Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)

 

Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.

 

Thomas Mann (1875-1955, German author, critic)

 

It is privilege of living to be... acutely, agonizingly conscious of the moment that is always present and always passing.

 

Marya Mannes (1904-1990, American writer)

 

Men are creatures with eight hands.

 

Jane Mansfield (1933-1967, American actress)

 

Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory.

 

Zedong Mao (1893-1976, Founder of the People's Republic of China)

 

It is essential to our well-being, and to our lives, that we play and enjoy life. Every single day do something that makes your heart sing.

 

Wieder Marcia (American author, speaker)

 

It's how we spend our time here and now, that really matters. If you are fed up with the way you have come to interact with time, change it.

 

Wieder Marcia (American author, speaker)

 

When we are doing what we love, we don't care about time. For at least at that moment, time doesn't exist and we are truly free.

 

Wieder Marcia (American author, speaker)

 

A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires.

 

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)

 

Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt or thought has had its hand in molding us, shaping us.

 

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)

 

It is what we do easily and what we like to do that we do well.

 

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)

 

No man can be ideally successful until he has found his place. Like a locomotive he is strong on the track, but weak anywhere else.

 

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)

 

Resolve that whatever you do, you will bring the whole man to it; that you will fling the whole weight of your being into it.

 

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)

 

The man who has no money is poor, but one who has nothing but money is poorer. He only is rich who can enjoy without owning; he is poor who though he has millions is covetous.

 

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)

 

We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.

 

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)

 

You have not found your place until all your faculties are roused, and your whole nature consents and approves of the work you are doing.

 

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)

 

You know from past experiences that whenever you have been driven to the wall, or thought you were, you have extricated yourself in a way which you never would have dreamed possible had you not been put to the test. The trouble is that in your everyday life you don't go deep enough to tap the divine mind within you.

 

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)

 

You will never succeed while smarting under the drudgery of your occupation, if you are constantly haunted with the idea that you could succeed better in something else.

 

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)

 

Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day...

 

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)

 

I have a lifetime appointment, and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110, shot by a jealous husband.

 

Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993, American judge)

 

Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens, then everybody disagrees.

 

Boris Marshalov

 

I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot.

 

Steve Martin (1945-, American actor, comedian, screenwriter, playwright, writer)

 

If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.

 

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876, British writer, social critic)

 

But at my back I always hear time's winged chariot hurrying near.

 

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678, British metaphysical poet)

 

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