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.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Quotes of the Month (Sep 2007) - Women in Society

Famous Motivational and Inspirational Quotes Quotes of the Month (Women in Society)

~ Women in Politics ~

Barbara Bush: Who knows, somewhere out there in the audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps and preside over the White House as the President's spouse. I wish him well.

Hillary Clinton: There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard.

Margaret Thatcher: In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.

Florence P. Dwyer: A Congresswoman must look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, speak on any given subject with authority and most of all work like a dog.

Pat Schroeder : Crying is almost a ritual that male politicians must do to prove they are compassionate, but women are supposed to wear iron britches.

~ Women in Business ~

Carly Fiorina: Anytime you have a fiercely-competitive, change-oriented growth business where results count and merit matters, women will rise to the top.

Edith Johnson: Too seldom does the world pause to consider how much kinder and more humane business has become since women invaded the market-place.

Faith Popcorn: Women are becoming enormously successful ... They're running their businesses on what we call a familial model, a family, instead of a hierarchical top-down military model. They work with, not over or for.

Bridget A. Macaskill: Women are naturally good motivators, good at juggling different projects and issues at the same time, and more cooperative rather than aggressive and confrontational.

~ Women have strong Character ~

Nancy Reagan: A woman is like a teabag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is.

Elizabeth I: I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too!

Margaret Thatcher: We shall not be diverted from our course. To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catch-phrase, the U-turn, I have only this to say. 'You turn if you want; the lady's not for turning.'

~ Women suffer from Inequality ~

Elizabeth Janeway: When women ask for equality, men take them to be demanding domination.

Timothy Leary: Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

Dorothy L. Sayers: Every great man has a woman behind him ... And every great woman has some man or other in front of her, tripping her up.

Bella Abzug: The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.

Susan B. Anthony: Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.

Carly Fiorina: Business shouldn't be like sports, separating the men from the women.

~ Women face Discrimination ~

Jill Barad: When you apply the word power to a man, it means strong and bold – very positive attributes. When you use it to describe a woman, it suggests bitchy, insensitive, hard.

Elizabeth MacKay: For a woman to attain a high level in a male-dominated profession, she has to work twice as hard and/or be twice as smart.

G. K. Chesterton: Twenty million young women rose to their feet with the cry We will not be dictated to, and promptly became stenographers.

Barber B. Conable, Jr.: Women do two thirds of the world's work ... Yet they earn only one tenth of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property. They are among the poorest of the world's poor.

Katharine Graham: If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood.

Mary Harney: If you want to push something ... you're accused of being aggressive, and that's not supposed to be a good thing for a woman. If you get upset and show it, you're accused of being emotional.

C. L. R. James: A new type of woman arises. She is called a career woman. A man is never a career man. That is his right and privilege. But the woman is called career woman because her 'career'... demands that she ... even renounce normal life.

Harriet Rubin: Men are still clinging to the hope that women are powerless, because they haven't got much else to cling to.

~ Women are Stereotyped ~

George Burns: Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, and a good woman – or a bad woman. It depends on how much happiness you can handle.

Jerry Hall: My mother said it was simple to keep a man – you must be a maid in the living room, acook in the kitchen and a whore in the bedroom. I said I'd hire the other two and take care of the bedroom bit.

W. Somerset Maugham: American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.

Jack Davies: Running after women never hurt anybody – it's catching 'em that does the damage.

P. J. O'Rourke: There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the Mercedes 380SL convertible.

Anton Chekhov: A woman can become a man's friend only in the following stages – first an acquaintance, next a mistress, and only then a friend.

Oliver Herford: A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's; she changes it more often.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan: Punctuality is a species of constancy, a very unfashionable quality in a lady.

~ Women are often Misunderstood ~

Hannah Cowley: But what is woman? - only one of Nature's agreeable blunders.

Ovid: Whether they give or refuse, it delights women to have been asked.

Oscar Wilde: Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious.

Samuel Butler: I heard a man say that brigands demand your money or your life, whereas women require both.

~ To all the Ladies ... ~

Oprah Winfrey: The greatest contribution you can make to women's rights, is to be the absolute ... best at what you do.

“Women are the real architects of society.”

... Harriet Beecher Stowe

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