The Quotations Home Page

Home | Poetry | Images | Spy | Trivia
Quotations
Quote Index | Descriptions | Search Suggestions

Alphabetical by Topic

    Repetition

  1. Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.
       -- George Eliot

  2. Like warmed-up cabbage served at each repast, The repetition kills the wretch at last.
       -- Juvenal

  3. There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.
       -- Arthur Schopenhauer

  4. Men get opinions as boys learn to spell,
    By reiteration chiefly.
       -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning


    Reputation

  5. Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
       -- George Washington

  6. Good will, like a good name, is got by many actions, and lost by one.
       -- Lord Jeffrey

  7. A doctor's reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care.
       -- George Bernard Shaw

  8. The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him, and pigmy in its proportions when it follows.
       -- Alexandre de Talleyrand-Périgord

  9. A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.
       -- Joseph Hall

  10. What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.
       -- Ed Howe

  11. The two most precious things this side of the grave are our reputation and our life. But it is to be lamented that the most contemptible whisper may deprive us of the one, and the weakest weapon of the other.
       -- Charles Caleb Colton

  12. Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
       -- Elbert Hubbard

  13. Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.
       -- Mencius


    Resignation

  14. Resignation is the courage of Christian sorrow.
       -- Alexandre Vinet

  15. It seems that nothing ever gets to going good till there's a few resignations.
       -- Kin Hubbard

  16. Resignation is putting God between ourselves and our troubles.
       -- Anne Sophie Swetchine

  17. We cannot conquer fate and necessity, yet we can yield to them in such a manner as to be greater than if we could.
       -- Walter S. Landor

  18. A wise man cares not for what he cannot have.
       -- Jack Herbert

  19. Welcome death, quoth the rat, when the trap fell.
       -- Thomas Fuller

  20. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.
       -- Henry David Thoreau

  21. For after all, the best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.
       -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


    Resolution

  22. Clothe with life the weak intent, let me be the thing I meant.
       -- John Greenleaf Whittier

  23. The block of granite which is an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
       -- Thomas Carlyle

  24. It is always during a passing state of mind that we make lasting resolutions.
       -- Marcel Proust

  25. Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.
       -- Oscar Wilde

  26. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  27. Resolve and thou art free.
       -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  28. Either I will find a way, or I will make one.
       -- Philip Sidney


    Respect

  29. One of the surprising things in this world is the respect a worthless man has for himself.
       -- Ed Howe

  30. There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age--I missed it coming and going.
       -- J. B. Priestly

  31. I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them.
       -- Herbert Henry Lehman

  32. I don't know what a scoundrel is like, but I know what a respectable man is like, and it's enough to make one's flesh creep.
       -- Joseph de Maistre

  33. Men are respectable only as they respect.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


    Responsibility

  34. The only way to get rid of responsibilities is to discharge them.
       -- Walter S. Robertson

  35. Responsibility is the price of greatness.
       -- Winston Churchill

  36. Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influence to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach.
       -- William Ellery Channing

  37. Responsibility educates.
       -- Wendell Phillips

  38. You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don't seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
       -- Henry Ford II

  39. The Buck Stops Here
       -- Harry S. Truman

  40. Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all. Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, gives us manhood or womanhood fibre.
       -- Frank Crane


    Rest

  41. Who remembers when we used to rest on Sunday instead of Monday?
       -- Kin Hubbard

  42. Absence of occupation is not rest;
  43. A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
       -- William Cowper

  44. He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  45. Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother.
       -- Voltaire

  46. I shall need to sleep three weeks on end to get rested from the rest I've had.
       -- Thomas Mann

  47. Rest: the sweet sauce of labor.
       -- Plutarch

  48. Eternal rest sounds comforting in the pulpit; well, you try it once, and see how heavy time will hang on your hands.
       -- Mark Twain

  49. Put off thy cares with thy clothes; so shall thy rest strengthen thy labor, and so thy labor sweeten thy rest.
       -- Francis Quarles


    Result

  50. Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.
       -- Thomas A. Edison

  51. The man who gets the most satisfactory results is not always the man with the most brilliant single mind, but rather the man who can best coordinate the brains and talents of his associates.
       -- W. Alton Jones

  52. It has been my observation and experience, and that of my family, that nothing human works out well.
       -- Don Marquis

  53. They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.
       -- Hosea: 8:7


    Retirement

  54. A man is known by the company that keeps him on after retirement age.
       -- Anonymous

  55. The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does.
       -- Anonymous

  56. The worst of work nowadays is what happens to people when they cease to work.
       -- Gilbert K. Chesterton

  57. Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drive into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  58. Love prefers twilight to daylight.
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes


    Reverie

  59. There is no self-delusion more fatal than that which makes the conscience dreamy with the anodyne of lofty sentiments, while the life is groveling and sensual.
       -- James Russell Lowell

  60. Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.
       -- John Locke

  61. Do anything rather than give yourself to reverie.
       -- William Ellery Channing

  62. Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.
       -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  63. Both mind and heart when given up to reveries and dreaminess, have a thousand avenues open for the entrance of evil.
       -- Charles Simmons

  64. To lose one's self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes.
       -- Antoine Rivarol

  65. In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts bring sad thoughts to the mind.
       -- William Wordsworth


    Revolution

  66. Revolutions are not trifles, but spring from trifles.
       -- Aristotle

  67. Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.
       -- George Bernard Shaw

  68. I have not yet begun to fight.
       -- John Paul Jones

  69. Many of the world's troubles are not due just to Russia or communism. They would be with us in any event because we live in an era of revolution--the revolution of rising expectations.
       -- Adlai E. Stevenson

  70. We have a lot of people revolutionizing the world because they've never had to present a working model.
       -- Charles F. Kettering

  71. Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and force a new one that suits them better.
       -- Abraham Lincoln

  72. Revolutions are not made by men in spectacles.
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  73. Make revolution a parent of settlement, and not a nursery of future revolutions.
       -- Edmund Burke

  74. Revolution: in politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.
       -- Ambrose Bierce

  75. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

  76. It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
       -- Lenin, Vladimir

  77. Revolutionary movements attract those who are not good enough for established institutions as well as those who are too good for them.
       -- George Bernard Shaw


    Reward

  78. The effects of our actions may be postponed but they are never lost. There is an inevitable reward for good deeds and an inescapable punishment for bad. Meditate upon this truth, and seek always to earn good wages from Destiny.
       -- Wu Ming Fu

  79. The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  80. Blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, and though a late, a sure reward succeeds.
       -- William Congreve

  81. It is the amends of a short and troublesome life, that doing good and suffering ill entitles man to a longer and better.
       -- William Penn

  82. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
       -- Calvin Coolidge

  83. He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.
       -- Confucius

  84. Not in rewards, but in the strength to strive, the blessing lies.
       -- J. T. Towbridge

  85. He that does good for good's sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.
       -- William Penn

  86. No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.
       -- Booker T. Washington

  87. Perhaps the reward of the spirit who tries is not the goal but the exercise.
       -- E. V. Cooke

  88. Let the motive be in the deed and not in the event. Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward.
       -- Kreeshna


    Ridicule

  89. Ridicule is the first and last argument of fools.
       -- Charles Simmons

  90. Man learns more readily and remembers more willingly what excites his ridicule than what deserves esteem and respect.
       -- Horace

  91. Scoff not at the natural defects of any which are not in their power to amend. It is cruel to beat a cripple with his own crutches!
       -- Thomas Fuller

  92. Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
       -- Thomas Jefferson

  93. Mockery is the weapon of those who have no other.
       -- Hubert Pierlot

  94. Ridicule is the language of the devil.
       -- Thomas Carlyle


    Rights

  95. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
       -- Thomas Jefferson

  96. Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
       -- Mark Twain

  97. No man was ever endowed with a right without being at the same time saddled with a responsibility.
       -- Gerald W. Johnson

  98. The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual's private rights.
       -- Sir William Blackstone

  99. From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.
       -- Carl Schurz

  100. No man has a right to do what he pleases, except when he pleases to do right.
       -- Charles Simmons

  101. It is in the American tradition to stand up for one's rights--even if the new way to stand up for one's rights is to sit down.
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

  102. Many a person seems to think it isn't enough for the government to guarantee him the pursuit of happiness. He insists it also run interference for him.
       -- Anonymous

  103. I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
       -- Robert Green Ingersoll

    In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country.
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

  104. The right to be heard does not include the right to be taken seriously.
       -- Hubert H. Humphrey


    Riot

  105. The poor suffer twice at the rioter's hands. First, his destructive fury scars their neighborhood; second, the atmosphere of accommodation and consent is changed to one of hostility and resentment.
       -- Lyndon Baines Johnson

  106. The Commission believes there is a grave danger that some communities may resort to the indiscriminate and excessive use of force. The harmful effects of overreaction are incalculable.
       -- Commission on Civil Disorder, 1968

  107. If we resort to lawlessness, the only thing we can hope for is civil war, untold bloodshed, and the end of our dreams.
       -- Archie Lee Moore

  108. No nation, no matter how enlightened, can endure criminal violence. If we cannot control it, we are admitting to the world and to ourselves that our laws are no more than a facade that crumbles when the winds of crisis rise.
       -- Alan Biole


    Risk

  109. It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks, and the greatest of all prizes are those connected with the home.
    --Theodore Roosevelt

  110. The willingness to take risks is our grasp of faith.
    --George E. Woodberry

  111. I've run less risk driving my way across country than eating my way across it.
    --Duncan Hines

  112. The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.
    --Jawaharlal Nehru

  113. Risk is a part of God's game, alike for men and nations.
    --George E. Woodberry

  114. A man sits as many risks as he runs.
    --Henry David Thoreau

  115. Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.
    --Tobias G. Smollett

  116. Everything is sweetened by risk.
    --Alexander Smith

  117. Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
    --William Lloyd George

  118. Every noble acquisition is attended with its risks; he who fears to encounter the one must not expect to obtain the other.
    --Metastasio

  119. The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.
    --Henri-Frédéric Amiel, 1856

  120. Live dangerously and you live right.
    --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, 1806

  121. Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.
    --George Bernard Shaw

  122. Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your foot on first base.
    -- Fredrick Wilcox

  123. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
    --Beverly Sills


    Rivalry

  124. Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride.
       -- John Ruskin

  125. It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age.
       -- Joseph Addison

  126. Anybody can win unless there happens to be a second entry.
       -- George Ade

  127. Rivalry is the life of trade, and the death of the trader.
       -- Elbert Hubbard

  128. In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.
       -- Christian Nestell Bovee

  129. If we devote our time disparaging the products of our business rivals, we hurt business generally, reduce confidence, and increase discontent.
       -- Edward N. Hurley

  130. Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.
       -- Henry Ford II

B A C K


©1994 Stephen L. Spanoudis, All Rights Reserved Worldwide

H o m e  |   e - m a i l