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Quintessential Quotes includes the musings of great thinkers of all kinds and from all eras reflecting on subjects that matter today and will continue to matter tomorrow. These words form the pillars of modern thought and have shaped the way we view the world. Each is an intellectual seed that can lead to new horizons.

Quintessential Quotes contains over 1,300 citations covering 250 subjects. Thinkers range from Aristotle to Zappa, from early Chinese gurus to 20th century politicians, from French philosophers to American naturalists and some of the greatest artists, poets, entrepeneurs, scientists, musicians and emperors that have ever lived.

Quintessential Quotes can be used to find a quote by a specific person. For instance users can discover what Pablo Picasso thought about art (Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth) or how Marlon Brando viewed success (Too much success can ruin you as surely as too much failure). The book can also be used to browse hundreds of subjects like Truth (Truth is what most contradicts itself. Lawrence Durrell ) or Promises (The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it. Napoleon). Quintessential Quotes can be easily navigated using the subjects TOC or Index of Sources and each entry is lists the year it was written or spoken.

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  • Look for the ridiculous in everything and you will find it.

  • Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that is has no meaning.

  • It is easy to get everything you want provided you first learn to do without the things you cannot get.

  • Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.

  • A good meal ought to begin with hunger.French ProverbA man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in free will after it.Aldous Huxley (1929)One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.

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Quintessential Quotes - Alexei Cohen

Quintessential Quotes

Wise Words from Visionary Thinkers

Compiled by

Roger Evans & Alan Hall

Edited by

Alexei Cohen

Copyright 2013 all rights reserved

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Preface

This book was created by necessity more than anything else. Being passionate about quotes meant that for years we collected and wrote down every great saying we came across. We went out of our way to track down and preserve aphorisms, maxims, adages, and proverbs that contained exceptional insight. That led to our refrigerators being covered with catchy phrases, our wallets stuffed with memorable sentences and our computers bursting with unforgettable files. It got to the point however that finding a quote became nearly impossible and the knowledge they contained was lost in a labyrinth of notes.

That’s why we decided to publish this book and arrange our quotes by subject and author in order to make finding them easier. Some quotes made the cut and others were left behind. The result is Quintessential Quotes and over 1,300 of the greatest things ever said about nearly everything. Now it’s possible to quickly locate quotes and use them for work, pleasure or simply to meditate upon. We believe reflecting on quotes is a valuable mental exercise and a wonderful way to examine the ideas that shaped our everyday beliefs.

We hope this collection will be useful for you and that it becomes a valuable part of your digital reference library.

Roger Evans

Alan Hall

Introduction

A good aphorism serves as food for every epoch.

-Nietzsche

The way we think today is based largely on ideas that originated in the past. Ideas which have survived and remain as vibrant and true now as when they were first created. In many ways quotes exemplify these ideas and the ones in this collection are not just witty but contain something essential and universal. The best ones, and those we were after, provide a distinct way of viewing the world, often they are not understood immediately and may be interpretated in various ways. This complexity is what distinguishes Quintessential Quotes from sound bites and what provides readers with something to meditate on, assess and ultimately adopt or dismiss. Many of the quotes within the same subject present different points of view and it is up to readers to form their own opinion.

You can learn a lot from a good quote. It is a shortcut to wisdom. Each one provides an entire philosophy in the nutshell of a sentence or two. If you consider the words carefully and follow the intellectual path they lead to then chances are you will see the world in a new way. Those are the kinds of quotes you’ll find in this collection. They have an aura of wisdom about them that the mind can chew on and perhaps even digest. They’re not as common as you might think but rather an endangered species in a universe of mundane, repetitive and mediocre language. Quintessential Quotes are not merely the result of elegant language but the tip of philosophical icebergs born from experience, wisdom and occasionally genius. They offer readers a unique opportunity to view life from a different intellectual angle in an instant.

We have tried to keep Nietzsche’s words in mind when creating this collection and only included quotes with meat on them, that made us stop and broaden our thinking. What we included came from a diverse group of over 500 philosophers, writers, politicians, artists, historians, and thinkers who cross cultural, historical and geographic divides. They range from ancient Greek philosophers to 21st century singers and everyone in between who had something original to say in a memorable and insightful way. It’s very good company to be in and how Quintessential Quotes can facilitate thinking for thinking’s sake. We encourage readers to go neuron-to-neuron with some of the brightest minds who ever lived and come to their own conclusions about everything from Ability to Zeal. You may not always agree but you will learn more about your own beliefs in the process.

Contents of Subjects

A

Ability

Absence

Absurd

Achievement

Acquaintances

Acquisition

Action

Adjustment

Admiration

Adventure

Adversity

Advice

Affection

Aggression

Agreement

Alienation

Ambition

America and Americans

Anger

Animals

Anxiety

Appearance

Architecture

Argument

Art and Artists

Aspiration

Association

B

Babies

Beauty

Behavior

Belief

Boldness

Books

Boredom

Business

C

Capitalism

Certainty

Chance

Change

Character

Children

Choice

Church

Cities

Civilization

Common Sense

Communism

Community

Competition

Complacency

Concealment

Conformity

Conscience

Contentment

Conversation

Country

Courage

Creativity

Culture

D

Death

Deception

Delay

Democracy

Desire

Despair

Destiny

Difficulty

Distrust

Dreams

Dress

Drinking

Duty

E

Eating

Education

Effort

Emotion

Enemies

Envy

Equality

Error

Existence

Expectation

Experience

F

Facts

Failure

Faith

Fame

Family

Fantasy

Fashion

Fate

Faults

Fear

Flattery

Force

Freedom

Friendship

Future

G

Genius

God

Goodness

Government

Greatness

Greed

Growth

Guilt

H

Habit

Happiness

Hatred

Heroes

History

Home

Honesty

Hope

Humor

Hunger

Hypocrisy

I

Idealism

Ideas

Identity

Ignorance

Imagination

Individuality

Infidelity

Innovation

Integrity

Intelligence

Involvement

J

Jealousy

Judgment

Justice

K

Kindness

Kissing

Knowledge

L

Language

Laughter

Law

Leadership

Learning

Liberty

Life

Literature

Longevity

Love

Lying

M

Madness

Mankind

Marriage

Maturity

Memory

Men and Women

Middle Age

Mind

Money

Morality

Music

N

Nation

Nature

Necessity

News

Noise

Novelty

O

Old Age

Opinion

Opportunity

Optimism

Originality

Others

P

Parenthood

Passion

Past

Patience

Peace

Perfection

Persuasion

Pleasure

Politics

Possession

Poverty

Praise

Present

Progress

Promises

Punishment

Q

Quarreling

Quotations

R

Reality

Reason

Reform

Religion

Reputation

Responsibility

Revenge

Revolution

S

Satisfaction

Science

Seasons

Self

Senses

Sex

Sickness

Silence

Sincerity

Sleep

Society

Solitude

Sorrow

Style

Success

Suffering

T

Talent

Taste

Technology

Television

Temptation

Thought

Thrift

Time

Tolerance

Tradition

Travel

Trust

Truth

U

Uncertainty

Understanding

Unhappiness

Unity

Universe

Usefulness

V

Value

Vice

Violence

Virtue

Vision

Vocation

Voting

W

War

Weakness

Wealth

Weather

Will

Wisdom

Wit

Women

Words

Work

World

Writing

Wrongdoing

Y

Youth

Z

Zeal

A

Ability

Everyone must oar with the oars that he has.

English Proverb

Most do violence to their natural aptitude and thus attain superiority in nothing.

Baltasar Gracian (1674)

It is easier to appear worthy of positions we have not got than of those we have.

La Rochefoucauld (1665)

Our vanity desires that what we do best should be considered hardest for us.

Nietzsche (1886)

Absence

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.

Thomas Fuller (1732)

Sometimes when one person is missing the whole world seems depopulated.

Lamartine (1820)

Absence lessens ordinary people and augments great ones as wind blows out a candles and makes a fire blaze.

La Rochefoucauld (1665)

Greater things are believed of those who are absent.

Tacitus (104)

Absence makes the heart grow frozen not fonder.

Judith Viorst (1986)

Absurd

If life life must not be taken too seriously then so neither must death.

Samuel Butler (1900)

Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that is has no meaning.

Henry Miller (1941)

There is but one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Napoleon (1812)

Look for the ridiculous in everything and you will find it.

Jules Renard (1890)

No one is laughable who laughs at himself.

Seneca (1st century)

Achievement

It is not the going out of port but the coming that determines the success of a voyage.

Henry Ward Beecher (1887)

The reward

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