The clever turn of a word that makes one smile to themself and think “I knew that!” or which causes a bit of a blank look upon their face as they mull over a simple statement that they recognize as a very profound observation, seems to stick in your mind and reappear (as if by magic!) when you need to hear or share it most. It’s like when you open a bible (or a book of poetry) to a random page which always seems – somehow – to be the exact page you needed to read at that moment. Below are some of my favorite quotes spoken or written by iconic figures who stood in the forefront of their fields during the height of the Art Deco period (1920’s through the 1930’s). Perhaps one of these gems will hit the spot for you.
“If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.” – – Edith Wharton (author).
“One can never consent to creep, when one feels the impulse to soar.” – – Helen Keller (author, diplomat, inspirational speaker).
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – – Albert Einstein (scientist).
“”All men dream, but not equally – Those who dream at night, by the dusty recesses of their minds, awake to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of day are dangerous men, that they may act their dreams with open eyes to make them possible.” – – Thomas E. Lawrence (a.k.a. “Lawrence of Arabia”).
“Hell, there are no rules here — we’re trying to accomplish something.” – – Thomas A. Edison (inventor).
“Judge — A law student who marks his own examination-papers. Lawyer — One who protects us against robbers by taking away the temptation.” – and “Equality before the law is probably forever inattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges.” – – H. L. Mencken (author).
“Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.” – – Bernard Mannes Baruch (author).
“We have art so that we shall not die of reality.” – – Freidrich Nietzsche (philospher, author).
“Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.” – – W. Somerset Maugham (author)
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