Famous Motivational and Inspirational Quotes Quotes of the Month (Battle of Wits - Chiasmus)

Chiasmus: two otherwise parallel phrases with the second being a reverse order of the first. A famous illustration is Cicero's “One should eat to live, not live to eat.”

This month's gathering saw the most famous wits and personalities vying for the Champion of Chiasmus title. The judges are none other than yourselves. Hear them out and support your favorite team by casting your vote below.

~ Round 1 – The Presidential Team ~

John F. Kennedy: And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.

Abraham Lincoln: It has been said of the world's history hitherto that might makes right. It is for us and for our time to reverse the maxim, and to say that right makes might.

Ronald Reagan: Nations do not mistrust each other because they are armed; they are armed because they mistrust each other.

Mao Zedong: Politics is war carried out without bloodshed, while war is politics carried out with bloodshed.

John F. Kennedy: Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.

Bill Clinton: As we have throughout this century, we will lead with the power of our example, but be prepared, when necessary, to make an example of our power.

Abraham Lincoln: It is true that you may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time.

Georges Pompidou: A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service.

Jimmy Carter: America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense ... human rights invented America.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

Woodrow Wilson: I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!

~ Round 2 – The Thinkers Team ~

Francis Bacon: If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainty.

Laozi: Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure.

Baruch Spinoza: Fear cannot be without some hope nor hope without some fear.

Bernard Baruch: Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

Benjamin Disraeli: Action may not always bring happiness ... but there is no happiness without action.

Leonardo da Vinci: Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.

Havelock Ellis: Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm.

Cicero: Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

Confucius: The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please.

Erich Fromm: Infantile love follows the principle: 'I love because I am loved.' Mature love follows the principle: 'I am loved because I love.' Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says: 'I need you because I love you.'

Alfred North Whitehead: The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.

Jefferson Davis: Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty.

~ Round 3 – The Writers Team ~

Zig Ziglar: You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

W. Somerset Maugham: At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.

Thomas Huxley: Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.

Phillips Brooks: Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.

Cyril Connolly: Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

F. Scott Fitzgerald: You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say.

G. K. Chesterton: There is a great deal of difference between the eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.

Sam Ewing: It's not the hours you put in your work that count, it's work you put in the hours.

Edgar Watson Howe: A man has his clothes made to fit him; a woman makes herself fit her clothes.

Helen Rowland: To a woman the first kiss is just the end of the beginning but to a man it is the beginning of the end.

Peter De Vries: The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.

Thomas à Kempis: A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.

William Shakespeare: O powerful love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other, a man a beast.

John Churton Collins: Half of our mistakes in life arises from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.

H. L. Mencken: It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.

Mark Twain: It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.

Kahlil Gibran: When you love you should not say, 'God is in my heart,' but rather, 'I am in the heart of God.' And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Elbert Hubbard: If your religion does not change you, then you should change your religion.

~ Round 4 – The Underdogs Team ~

Mae West: It's not the men in my life, but the life in my men.

Anonymous: Marriage is the price men pay for sex; sex is the price women pay for marriage.

Jim Backus: Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success.

Amy Carmichael: You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.

E. Y. Harburg: To let a fool kiss you is stupid. To let a kiss fool you is worse.

Mason Cooley: Friendship is love minus sex and plus reason. Love is friendship plus sex and minus reason.

John D. Rockefeller, Jr.: A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.

Thomas J. Watson, Sr.: You have to put your heart in the business and the business in your heart.

Gene Mauch: I'm not the manager because I'm always right, but I'm always right because I'm the manager.

Herb Kelleher: Think small and act small, and we'll get bigger. Think big and act big, and we'll get smaller.

Anonymous: Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.

Jean Cocteau: Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion ... produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.

Anonymous: The secret of life is not to do what you like but to like what you do.

Kevin Costner: When a defining moment comes along, you define the moment, or the moment defines you.

Walter Winchell: Money sometimes makes fools of important persons, but it may also make important persons of fools.

The waist is a terrible thing to mind.

The mind is a terrible thing to waste.

And the Champion of Chiasmus is ...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Quotes of the Month (May 2007) - Children & Parenting


Famous Motivational and Inspirational Quotes Quotes of the Month (Children & Parenting)

~ Couple's dilemma ... ~

George Bernard Shaw: What if the child inherits my beauty and your brains?

Florynce Kennedy: If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.

Edna Gladney: There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.

David Frost: Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee.

Francis Bacon: Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.

~ Child's perspective ... ~

Laurence Sterne: I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me.

John Masefield: In the dark womb where I began
My mother's life made me a man.
Through all the months of human birth
Her beauty fed my common earth.
I cannot see, nor breathe, nor stir,
But through the death of some of her.


~ Child is born ... ~

Winston Churchill: There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.

Alexander Pope: Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.


~ Caring for young children ... ~

Charles Lamb: A child's a plaything for an hour.

Sam Levenson: Insanity is hereditary; you can get it from your children.

Nancy Mitford: I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.

Thomas Gray: Alas, regardless of their doom,
The little victims play!
No sense have they of ills to come,
Nor care beyond to-day.


Michel Eyquem de Montaigne: It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.

George Bernard Shaw: The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.

Graham Greene: What do we ever get nowadays from reading to equal the excitement and the revelation in those first fourteen years?

William Shakespeare: At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel,
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.


John Wilmot: Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; and now I have six children, and no theories.

King George V: My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.

~ Growing up years ... ~

Queen Victoria: You will find as the children grow up that as a rule children are a bitter disappointment – their greatest object being to do precisely what their parents do not wish and have anxiously tried to prevent.

Thomas Szasz: A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.

Angela Schwindt: While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

Carl Gustav Jung: If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.

Oscar Wilde: Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

Ogden Nash: Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
And that's what parents were created for.


~ Parenting is an experience ... ~

Francis Bacon: The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears.

J. August Strindberg: Family! ... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.

Bible: Honour thy father and thy mother.

~ Tribute to Mothers ... ~

Henry Ward Beecher: The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Men are what their mothers made them.

Jill Bennett: Never marry a man who hates his mother, because he'll end up hating you.

William Ross Wallace: For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh: By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.

Ann & Jane Taylor: Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My Mother.


Rudyard Kipling: If I were damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine.


"Here's to the happiest years of our lives
Spent in the arms of other men's wives.
Gentlemen! - Our mothers!"
... Edwin Lutyens


Happy Mother's Day!

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