Selected Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him.

It isn’t sufficient just to want – you’ve got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.

To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.

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3 quotes about contentment.

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.

Lao Tzu

There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.

Swami Sivananda

Eventually, we reach the point where we start to realize that we are not going to find peace, contentment, happiness, strength, fearlessness – all of the things that in our heart of hearts we wish we had – outside of us..

Guy Finley

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Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid..

George Bernard Shaw

3 quotes about life

The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.

Audrey Hepburn

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Lao Tzu

My painting 2/5/2015

My painting 2/5/2015

Seasons

Time will pass and seasons will come and go.

Roy Bean

There are seasons in life. Don’t ever let anyone try to deny you the joy of one season because they believe you should stay in another season… Listen to yourself. Trust your instincts. Keep your perspective.

Jane Clayson

Another season passed and we are going back to New York, to our family and friends there.

I will be 81 soon. It’s a very good number!

I read long time ago that in Mongolia “9” is a happy number. 81 = 9 X 9.

Is it nine times happiness?

We are going from stunning sunrises in Florida to terrific sunrises in Queens.

Sunrise in Hollywood, Florida

Sunrise in Hollywood, Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise in QUEENS, NY

Sunrise in QUEENS, NY

Everything looks wonderful and full of joy.

I will not post anything for a week.

Please enjoy 750 old posts.

Best to you!

Are you ready for divorce?

There are two kinds of fools: those who can’t change their opinions and those who won’t.

Josh Billings

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Wait! Wait!

Don’t tell me that you are not married!

Don’t tell me that you love your spouse so much that you’ll never divorce her or him!

I am not talking about dissolving marriage.

I am talking about your readiness to listen, to think, be flexible, to part with your opinions if it makes sense.

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Several weeks ago a couple of friends visited us in Pocono Manor. We had a very nice time together and we discussed different topics. They mentioned that their grandson (who is a college graduate) had opinions about everything and became angry and rude if somebody had expressed a different opinion.

It did not surprise us. We hear very often that students and professors are against discussions in universities, that they simply vote against allowing people with different opinions to speak on campuses.

I remember with great love wonderful teachers who gave us…

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Quotes about simplicity

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

Lao Tzu

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.

Walt Whitman

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PAINTING by JF

PAINTING by JF

Courage and character

You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.

Epicurus

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln

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World

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

William Shakespeare

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

Jawaharlal Nehru

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Again funny quotes? (3/25/2015)

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.

Margaret Mead

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

Elbert Hubbard

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

Isaac Asimov

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.

Albert Einstein

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

Lana Turner

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.

W. H. Auden

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PAINTING by JF

Being ordinary.

I had a nightmare:

    all people became famous,
    all people became very successful,
    all people became very rich,
    all people reached their goals and …
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 I took a cold shower, then turned on my PC and found two quotes below:
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“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
― William Martin
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“And while it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage to find fulfillment in being ordinary. For the joys that last have little relationship to achievement, to standing one step higher on the victory platform. What is the adventure in being ordinary? It is daring to love just for the pleasure of giving it away. It is venturing to give new life and to nurture it to maturity. It is working hard for the pure joy of being tired at the end of the day. It is caring and sharing and giving and loving…”
― Marilyn Thomsen
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I read the quotes, signed happily, drank a glass of warm milk and immediately fell asleep.
PAINTING by JF

PAINTING by JF

Quotes about ignorance

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.

Maya Angelou

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Winston Churchill

Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor.

Henry Rollins

If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.

P. J. O’Rourke

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Painting by JF

Painting by JF

Life triumphs!

For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.

D. H. Lawrence

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Victory quotes

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

Winston Churchill

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.

George S. Patton

Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack.

Sun Tzu

Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.

George S. Patton

You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.

J. Donald Walters

There is no substitute for victory.

Douglas MacArthur

The idea that a war can be won by standing on the defensive and waiting for the enemy to attack is a dangerous fallacy, which owes its inception to the desire to evade the price of victory.

Douglas Haig

Where there is unity there is always victory.

Publilius Syrus

More Salvador Dali’s quotes +

I am working on a second post about Gala and Salvador Dali. I am reading what I found about them and trying to understand what really motivated both.

I’ll tell you soon about their relationship from my point of view (based on available information).

Some people asked me why it is necessary to know about lives of famous people.

My answer is simple: we must learn about people as much as possible because it can decide our fates. Today one person can be responsible for what happens with millions or billions people.

Just remember the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. At that time we were very close to the nuclear war.

Not long ago we learned that relationships between men and women can have very serious effect on the fate of our country (remember the presidential candidate Edwards and the head of CIA general Petraeus).

When I read today about people who want to become President of my country I ask myself: “Why do they think that they are capable? What motivates them? How can we decide who is the best person for the job?”

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I am not strange. I am just not normal.

A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.

One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.

People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.

It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself.

Let my enemies devour each other.

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Wheels

The wheels are spinning in my head all the time.

Justin Berfield

Inspiration is some mysterious blessing which happens when the wheels are turning smoothly.

Quentin Blake

Sometimes the wheels of justice grind slowly.

Terry Waite

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So called funny quotes.

Smiles and laughter are very good for our health!

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

Henry A. Kissinger

Money won’t buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem.

Bill Vaughan

When I eventually met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always.

Rita Rudner

A vegetarian is a person who won’t eat anything that can have children.

David Brenner

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

H. L. Mencken

If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.

George Burns

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Salvador Dali’s quotes

The photo of Salvador Dali below shot by Carl Van Vechter in 1934 (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.

Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali.

In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.

I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.

Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory.

What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.

Quotes about women

Before writing more stories about women I want to introduce to you quotes below. They show my understanding of role of women in our world.

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A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.

Coco Chanel

Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him.

Groucho Marx

The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

Timothy Leary

God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met.

Farrah Fawcett

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Quotes about youth

“In youth we learn; in age we understand.”

Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

“Youth is easily deceived, because it is quick to hope.”

Aristotle

“You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.”

Dave Barry

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring in your life and the lives of people you love.”

Sophia Loren

“The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe experience is a substitute for intelligence.”

Ernest Hemingway

“Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only, are you grown old. And then, indeed as the ballad says, you just fade away.”

Douglas MacArthur