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No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
by Erica Jong

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

Related topics: Wisdom

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong PHOTO

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

Love gives without taking
- Erica Jong


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If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Love is serene and calm
- Erica Jong

 

I have accepted fear as a part of life -
specifically the fear of change...
I have gone ahead despite the pounding
in the heart that says: turn back.
- Erica Jong

Hate generalizes; love is particular.
- Erica Jong

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

The best slave does not need to be beaten. She beats herself.
- Erica Jong

Betrayal betrays the betrayer.
- Erica Jong

Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye.
- Erica Jong

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

The trick is not how much pain you feel -
but how much joy you feel
- Erica Jong

He who can take advice is sometimes superior
to him who can give it.
- Erica Jong

Because I loved myself, I was loved.
- Erica Jong

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
- Erica Jong

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
- Erica Jong

We are finally driven to monogamy
not by morality but by exhaustion.
- Erica Jong

If sex and creativity are often
seen by dictators as subversive activities,
it's because they lead to the knowledge
that you own your own body
(and with it your own voice), and that's
the most revolutionary insight of all.
- Erica Jong

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.
- Anonymous (often attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Without change, there would be no butterflies.
- Anonymous

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie

If a warrior is to succeed at anything,
the success must come gently,
with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.
- Carlos Castaneda

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny
without leaving some mark on it forever.
- Francois Muriac

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Action is no less necessary than thought
to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When an idea reaches critical mass
there is no stopping the shift
its presence will induce.
- Marianne Williamson

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
- Benjamin E. Mays

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.
- William John Bennett

Live life with no regrets and no resentments.
Whatever happened in the past,
forgive yourself and others. Choose love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No individual has any right to come into the world
and go out of it without leaving something behind.
- George Washington Carver

Where there is love there is no question.
- Albert Einstein

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein

I have no need to conform to the stereotypes
others have defined for me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that love has no limits.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A discussion of philosophy is like a cat chasing its tail -
it may be an amusing diversion but
it has no chance for a satisfying conclusion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Avoiding danger is no safer
in the long run than outright exposure.
The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
- Helen Keller

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars,
or sailed to an uncharted land,
or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
- Helen Keller

You can have no dominion greater or
less than that over yourself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it
and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
- Henry David Thoreau

The River of Life flows eternally,
with infinite strength,
but with no convictions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your life is the fruit of your own doing.
You have no one to blame but yourself.
- Joseph Campbell

There is no goodness in attempting to coerce
another person into performing a good deed.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is no use saying, "We are doing our best."
You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- Winston Churchill

There's no wrong, only discovery...
- Byron Katie


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