T. E. Lawrence Quotes

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are the dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.

It is difficult to keep quiet when everything is being done wrong, but the less you lose your temper the greater your advantage. Also then you will not go mad yourself.

This is kinda subjective. Sometimes keeping your mouth shut is precisely what causes madness, but I guess true sanity is finding the happy medium WLT
Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books: but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals.

The Beduin could not look for God within him: he was too sure that he was within God.

With two thousand years of examples behind us, we have no excuses when fighting for not fighting well.

Is this a nice way of saying kick butt and take names or if it’s worth fighting for, intend to win? I know I certainly do. I never fight if I know I can’t win. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to figure out how to win and strategically pick my time to do so. WLT

I prefer lies to truth, especially when the lies are about me.

This one makes me kinda sad, because most of humankind is just this delusional. Give me the truth, but do it kindly. WLT
T. E. Lawrence, 1888 – 1935

NEWSPAPERS, JOURNALISTS, WRITERS

A news sense is really a sense of what is important, what is vital, what has color and life – what people are interested in. That’s journalism.
– Burton Rascoe

In a medium in which a News Piece takes a minute and an In-Depth Piece takes two minutes, the Simple will drive out the Complex.
– Frank Mankiewicz

Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
– Gore Vidal

A newspaper is not just for reporting the news, it’s to get people mad enough to do something about it.
– Mark Twain, 1835 – 1910

The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me, by newspapers and the Bible.
– Van Wyck Brooks, 1886 – 1963

Dogs need to sniff the ground; it’s how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the next yard.
– Dave Barry

Sucess, Inspiration Reality Check Quotes

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
– Booker Taliaferro Washington, 1856 – 1915

Inquisitiveness and strength make me want to rise above my valley-bound brothers. I must reach the summit to see the truth.
– Delores Seats

Rise above principal and do what’s right.
– Joseph Heller, 1923 – 1999

Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.
– Nancy Kerrigan

Great minds have great purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
– Washington Irving, 1783 – 1859

Reality is something you rise above.
– Liza Minnelli

Pirate Quotes

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
– Henry Lewis Mencken, 1880 – 1956

The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a pirate.
– Bern Williams

Even pirates, before they attack another ship, hoist a black flag.
– Bela Kiraly

There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
– James Russell Lowell, 1819 – 1891

Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.
– Mark Twain, 1835 – 1910

Writing Quotes

A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the word you first thought of.
– Burtram Mark Bacharach, 1898 – 1983

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
– Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867 – 1959

We need programs that will teach athletes how to spell “jump shot” rather than how to shoot it.
– Larry Hawkins

A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That’s basic spelling that every woman ought to know.
– Mistinguett, 1875 – 1956

Nothing you can’t spell will ever work.
– Will Rogers, 1879 – 1935
Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.
– Benjamin Franklin, 1706 – 1790

Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life.
– Charles Scribner, Jr.

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.
– Elizabeth Hardwick

Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.
– George Bernard Shaw, 1856 – 1950

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
– Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Reading is a luxury in the same way that eating and breathing are.
– G. Armour Van Horn

Quotes for Writers and Readers

Men do not understand books until they have had a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
– Ezra Loomis Pound, 1885 – 1972

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
– Gilbert Highet, 1906 – 1978

[A] book … unlike a television program, moving picture or any other “modern means of communication” … can wait for years, yet be available at any moment when it happens to be needed.
– Joseph Wood Krutch, 1893 – 1970

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare.
– Kenko Yoshida, 1283 – 1352

It does not matter how many books you have, but how good the books are which you have.
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca, c. 4 BC – AD 65

If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and … if they had been any better, I should not have come.
– Raymond Chandler, 1888 – 1959