These are just some of my favorite quotes. This list will continue to grow as I track down other favorite quotes that I have jotted down in one place or another.


We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training



No man is free who is not master of himself


Richard Feynman

The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man.

~Richard Feynman

Donald Hall

If our goal is to write poetry, the only way we are likely to be any good is to try to be as great as the best

~Donald Hall

Alan Kay

Don’t worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

~Alan Kay

David McCullough

However little television you watch, watch less

~David McCullough

Alan Perlis

Dealing with failure is easy: work hard to improve. Success is also easy to handle: you’ve solved the wrong problem. Work hard to improve.

~Alan Perlis

Remez Sasson

Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.

~Remez Sasson


Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment


No man was ever wise by chance


The difficulty comes from our lack of confidence


It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness


Swami Satchidananda

When you become the master of your mind, you are master of everything

~Swami Satchidananda

Mark Twain

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

~Mark Twain

Carl Winfield

We’re even wrong about which mistakes we are making

~Carl Winfield

William Butler Yeats

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity

~William Butler Yeats