Sunday, June 8, 2008 – Influence


Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar. ~ Edward R. Murrow


The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret. ~ Salvador Dalí


It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence. ~ Eric Hoffer


All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field. ~ Albert Einstein


You know what’s really frightening? You – Jon Stewart – actually have an influence on this presidential election. That is scary, but it’s true. You’ve got stoned slackers watching your dopey show every night and they can vote. ~ Bill O’Reilly


The future influences the present just as much as the past. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Affluence means influence. ~ Jack London


It is easier to influence strong than weak characters in life. ~ Margot Asquith


People are submissive to power, and few of them can be influenced by doctrines of righteousness. ~ Frances McCartney Fulke-Greville, Prayer for Indifference


It is a strange trade, that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale. ~ Thomas Carlyle


What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin. ~ Henry Ward Beecher


Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent. ~ Carl Jung


The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born. ~ William Inge


If the nose of Cleopatra had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have been changed. ~ Blaise Pascal, Thoughts (VIII, 29)


The only real influence I’ve ever had was myself. ~ Edward Hopper


Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. ~ Oscar Wilde


Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door. ~ Saul Bellow


No man is much regarded by the rest of the world. He that considers how little he dwells upon the condition of others, will learn how little the attention of others is attracted by himself. While we see multitudes passing before us, of whom perhaps not one appears to deserve our notice or excites our sympathy, we should remember, that we likewise are lost in the same throng, that the eye which happens to glance upon us is turned in a moment on him that follows us, and that the utmost which we can reasonably hope or fear is to fill a vacant hour with prattle, and be forgotten. ~ Samuel Johnson


He is not famous. It may be that he never will be. It may be that when his life at last comes to an end he will leave no more trace of his sojourn on earth than a stone thrown into a river leaves on the surface of the water. But it may be that the way of life that he has chosen for himself and the peculiar strength and sweetness of his character may have an ever-growing influence over his fellow men so that, long after his death perhaps, it may be realized that there lived in this age a very remarkable creature. ~ William Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge


Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things. ~ George Carlin


If you removed all of the homosexuals and homosexual influence from what is generally regarded as American culture, you would pretty much be left with “Let’s Make a Deal.” ~ Fran Lebowitz


Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom. ~ Johann Friedrich Von Schiller


Disco is a major influence in the world of fashion. ~ Neil Bogart


Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood. ~ Walt Disney


Plain truth will influence half a score of men at most in a nation, or an age, while mystery will lead millions by the nose. ~ Viscount Henry St John Bolingbroke


Influencing people is dangerous. Their acts and thoughts become your illegitimate children. You can’t get away from them and Heaven knows what they mayn’t grow up into. ~ Elizabeth Bibesco


The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. ~ Hubert Humphrey