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Thistle Quote of the Day

Welcome to these Thistle Quotes of the Day from my large collection of positive, romantic, and funny quotes.

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

Related topics: Wisdom Perspective

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower
wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
- Abraham Lincoln

 

A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not,
is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.
- Richard Burton

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot


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Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

A man is as unhappy as he has convinced himself he is.
- Seneca

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

If a man does his best, what else is there?
- George S. Patton

Take a chance! All life is a chance.
The man who goes farthest is generally
the one who is willing to do and dare.
- Dale Carnegie

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.
- Yiddish Proverb

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion
to his commitment to excellence,
regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another
must wait till that other is ready.
- Henry David Thoreau

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A great man is always willing to be little.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is but the product of his thoughts -
what he thinks, he becomes.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Nothing can stop the man with the right
mental attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth can help the man
with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

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

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
- Billy Graham

A man in debt is so far a slave.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Non-violence requires a double faith,
faith in God and also faith in man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Before you criticize a man,
walk a mile in his shoes.
- Anonymous

If a man does not know what port he is steering for,
no wind is favorable to him.
- Seneca

A man who as a physical being
is always turned toward the outside,
thinking that his happiness lies outside him,
finally turns inward and
discovers that the source is within him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

A man can succeed at almost anything
for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
- Charles M. Schwab

The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

Try not to become a man of success,
but rather try to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe,
that lures him to evil ways.
- The Buddha

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

A great secret of success is to go through life
as a man who never gets used up.
- Albert Schweitzer

Man plans, God laughs
- Yiddish Proverb

There are other measures of self-respect for a man,
than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
- George Savile

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

The man who is successful is the man who is useful.
- Bourke Cockran

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted,
but beholds it as something
unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
- Albert Schweitzer

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man
are fixed upon the same creation;
but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
- Albert Pike

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

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

There is a sufficiency in the world
for man's need but not for man's greed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready
for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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