O quotations.


Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

Og Mandino


Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave,
When they think that their children are naive.

Ogden Nash.


Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.

Oliver Goldsmith


Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, but in what direction we are moving.

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.

The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.

Oprah Winfrey (1954-01-29/). Aka Oprah Gail Winfrey. American talk show host.


No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

There are many things that we would throw away, if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

The worst vice of the fanatic is his sincerity.

-From Laird Wilcox and John George, eds., Be Reasonable: Selected Quotations for Inquiring Minds [lairdwilcox.com].

One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.

We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.

Oscar Wilde (1854-10-16/1900-11-30). Born Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde. Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer.


The press today is an army with carefully organized weapons, the journalists its officers, the readers its soldiers. But, as in every army, the soldier obeys blindly, and the war aims and operating plans change without his knowledge. The reader neither knows nor is supposed to know the purposes for which he is used and the role he is to play. There is no more appalling caricature of freedom of thought. Formerly no one was allowed to think freely; now it is permitted, but no one is capable of it any more. Now people want to think only what they are supposed to want to think, and this they consider freedom.

-The Decline of the West. 1926. Vol. 2, ch. 12, sct. 4.

Oswald Spengler (1880/1936). German historian.


Both the victor
and the vanquished are
but drops of dew,
but bolts of lightning -
thus should we view the world.

-A poem written just before he died.

Ouchi Yoshitaka (1507/1551). Japanese samurai.


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