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It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis
Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
What good is it being Marilyn Monroe? Why can't I just be an ordinary woman?
Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.
Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.
Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge.
To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia - to mistake an ordinary young woman for a goddess.
H. L. Mencken
Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
If we do discover a complete theory, it should be in time understandable in broad principle by everyone. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people be able to take part in the discussion of why we and the universe exist.
The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind - not the fiend or the sadist.
If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.
That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.
I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.
I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences. Today is one of those experiences.
I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.
I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy.
I don't pretend to be an ordinary housewife.
Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.
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