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John Ciardi Quotes

I hope you find these John Ciardi Quotes inspiring and motivational.

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

Related topics: Wisdom

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

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Play to win, but be a good loser.
Have a plan for your life,
but accept whatever comes your way
with grace and gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

When I do good, I feel good.
When I do bad, I feel bad.
That's my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln


 

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

A good head and a good heart
are always a formidable combination.
- Nelson Mandela

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

An ounce of conscious choice is worth a pound of good fortune.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

Good things come in small packages.
- old proverb

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

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

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

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

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

If I am not for myself,
who will be for me?
Yet if I am for myself alone,
of what good am I?
- Hillel

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor
to be what you desire to appear.
- Socrates

Fighting not good. But if must fight... win.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A sloth lives a pretty good life, s-l-o-w-l-y.
Maybe we have something to learn from him.
Some days, being sloth-like may be just what you need
to avoid being consumed by urgency.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Aim above morality.
Be not simply good,
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you
to reach the heights of your capabilities
or make the money that you want
without becoming very good at it.
- Brian Tracy

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Good humor is the health of the soul,
sadness is its poison.
- Lord Chesterfield

Be not merely good; be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

Merely to avoid harming others is not enough.
Earn your place in this world by doing good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If being good isn't working - try being outrageous.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I've learned that mistakes can often be
as good a teacher as success.
- Jack Welch

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil,
when one feels tranquil,
one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings;
when one has these feelings and appreciates them,
one is free of fear.
- The Buddha

Whatever you are, be a good one.
- Abraham Lincoln

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

Not life, but good life,
is to be chiefly valued.
- Socrates

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

This time, like all times, is a very good one,
if we but know what to do with it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

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

However carefully we plan our future,
we are always climbing the steps to nowhere.
While it is important to our happiness
that we have an intent for our lives,
it is equally crucial to accept in advance
that we truly have no idea how our lives will turn out -
and that is good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Good Endings precede Good Beginnings.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler

The good news is that you aren't
as important as you thought you were.
Relax. The weight of the world
is not on your shoulders.
Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We see what we ASSUME we will see.
If you believe the world is evil, you will see evil.
If you believe the world is good, you will see good.
To change how life looks, change how you see life -
change your expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

Necessity never made a good bargain.
- Benjamin Franklin

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme.
Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful.
Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just.
Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.
- Lao Tzu

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

Bad times have a scientific value.
These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good things happen to those who hustle.
- Anais Nin


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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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