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Quotes of Note

This are my top-20 favorite quotes. Sixteen are from general sources and four are from Baha'i Scripture. This list is subject to change without notice. (Chances are, though, that any new quotes being added to this list will appear in Twigs of a Family Tree before or rather than appearing here.

16.  Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

15.  If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.
       -- Maya Angelou

14.  The world is divided into two classes of people:  the few people who make good on their promises (even if they don't promise as much), and the many who don't  Get in column A and stay there.
       -- Robert Townsend

13.  We are an intelligent species and the use of our intelligence quite properly gives us pleasure.  In this respect the brain is like a muscle.  When it is in use we feel very good.  Understanding is joyous.
       -- Carl Sagan

12.  I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
       -- Bill Cosby (a person can be woefully - and rightfully - out of favor without everything they ever said becoming untrue)

11.  Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
       -- Robert Louis Stevenson

10.  As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.
       -- Joan Baez

9.  The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be lighted.

8.  It is not the strongest species that will survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Charles Darwin

7.  I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
     -- Frederick Douglass

6.  What you are is God's gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift back to God.
     -- Kelly Jeppesen

5.  There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots, the other wings.
     -- Hodding Carter, as quoted by James J. Close

4.  People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
     -- H. Jackson Browne

3.  God is magnificent.
     -- Avery Brooks, when asked what he would have said in Neil Armstrong's boots on 7/20/69

2.  Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't.
     -- Richard Bach

1.  In my experience, if you cannot say what you mean, you can never mean what you say. The details are everything.
     -- Durano, Centauri Minister of Intelligence, in the Babylon 5 episode "Into the Fire"

0. (Sorry, had to unexpectedly but inarguably add these two in 2016 because, like #1 above, upon exposure I instantly memorized them):
    You only cry for help if you believe there's help to cry for.
    ...I am reminded of my struggle. My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons. Some within. Some without.
    Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist.

    -- Wentworth Miller

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4.  Whatever is done in love is never any trouble, and - there is always time.

3.  The shining spark of truth cometh forth only after the clash of differing opinions.

2.  O Son of Man! Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee....
     -- Bahá’u’lláh

1.  O Son of Being! Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee.
     -- Bahá’u’lláh

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