Quotes | Full List with Attributions

 “Hate – it has caused a lot of problems in this world, but has not solved one yet.” Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks On the Road (often mis-attributed to Maya Angelou’s ‘I know why the caged Bird sings’.)

“Our power comes not from suppressing others but from up lifting them.” Sakyong Miphan Rinpoche (2004). “Turning the Mind Into an Ally”, p.18, Penguin

“I am because we are” translation of ‘Ubuntu’ an old African Proverb (basis of being human and our interconnection. Desmond Tutu is famous for speaking of this concept.)

“Not all those who wander are lost”, a line from the poem “All that is gold does not glitter”, written by J. R. R. Tolkien for The Lord of the Rings.

“Not everything that matters can be measured and not everything that can be measured matters.” (Albert Einstein – original attribution is cited by William Bruce Cameron. Cameron’s 1963 text “Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking” contained the following passage. 

“It would be nice if all of the data which sociologists require could be enumerated because then we could run them through IBM machines and draw charts as the economists do. However, not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

“No matter what the situation, remind yourself ‘I have a choice’” Deepak Chopra

Those who know, do not speak; those who speak, do not know” – Tao te Ching by  Lao Tzu Ch. 52 as translated by Arther Walley (1934) pronouns adapted for equality purposes. Original – He who knows does not speak, he who speaks does not know. instead of “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” ( Jimi Hendrix)

“Silence is a source of great strength.” (Lao Tzu  from Tao te Ching, 6th Century)

“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.” (Albert Einstein- as cited by in 2006, The Yale Book of Quotations by Fred R. Shapiro, Section: Albert Einstein, Page 231, Yale University Press, New Haven. (Verified on paper)

“A witty saying proves nothing.” (Voltaire)

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Alan Kay (1971) at a 1971 meeting of PARC. Similar remarks are attributed to Peter Drucker and Dandridge M. Cole. Cf. Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future (1963): “The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented.” Nigel Calder reviewed Gabor’s book and wrote, “we cannot predict the future, but we can invent it…”

“Be careful with your words. Once said, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten.” ( Unknown)

“In today’s world, simple kindness is a revolutionary act.” (Bryant McGill)

“Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe” (American Proverb popularized in 1850)

“Get rid of the gadgets and have a dance” (Fresh & Friendship women, East Leeds, June 2016) 

“If we are so clever, why don’t we create giant bees and tiny elephants?” Ellie Harrison, April 2017

“Some days I amaze myself, other days I put my keys in the fridge.” Unknown

“When the best leader’s work is done, people will say: ‘We did it ourselves. ” (Lao Tzu) Tao te ching, chapter 17 

“Keep the ones that hear you when you don’t say a word.”  Unknown

“Everything has been figured out, except how to live.” Jean-Paul Satre, French existentialist

“You don’t make mistakes. Mistakes make you.”

“It is better to beg forgiveness, than ask permission”  Grace Hopper 

“My goal is to do something outrageous everyday.” adapted words of Maggie Kuhn, advocate of the ‘Grey Panthers’ who made a goal on her 80th birthday to do something outrageous atleast every week.

“Peace begins when the people with the most power listen to the people with the least.” International Poetry Peace Conference, London June 2016.

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan – full quote is… “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

“Read the directions even if you don’t follow them” and “the race is long and in the end it’s only with yourself” Mary Theresa Schmich  June 1, 1997 column, commonly referred to as “Wear sunscreen”, was widely attributed on the Internet to a Kurt Vonnegut commencement address at M.I.T. It was later published as a book and released as a popular recording by Baz Luhrman called “Always wear Sunscreen.”.   

If you’re still searching for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror.Roman Price

“You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is the only option you have” Bob Marley

“The truth is everyone hurts you, you’ve just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”Bob Marley

“Stop being afraid of what can go wrong, start being excited about what can go right.” – Life and Business strategist, entrpreneur and bestselling author, Tony Robbins

Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.- American philosopher Wayne Dyer

“Lead by example” – as told to us by Kim Leadbeater, Jo Cox’s sister, at Galvanising Leeds: Stop Hate Crime Conference, June 2018. (Jo Cox was a labour MP for Batley/Spen ward was shot and stabbed multiple times by Thomas Mair, on June 16th 2016.)