Blue Book, a collection of quotes, page six of quotes, B

"Long tresses down to the floor can be beautiful, if you have that, but learn to love what you have."
– Anita Baker

"Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else."
– Ivern Ball

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in the world."
– Lucille Ball

"The more you judge, the less you love."
– Honore de Balzac

"The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I'd make all the same mistakes, only sooner."
– Tallulah Bankhead

"It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen."
– Brigitte Bardot

"Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty."
– John Basil Barnhill, Barnhill-Tichenor Debate on Socialism. Saint Louis, Missouri: National Rip-Saw Publishing. p. 34

"Let me tell thee, time is a very precious gift of God; so precious that it is only given to us moment by moment."
– Amelia Barr

"God gave us memory that we might have roses in December."
– James M. Barrie

"The best time to make friends is before you need them."
– Ethel Barrymore

"You grow up the day you have your first real laugh — at yourself."
– Ethel Barrymore

"More history's made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills, and proclamations."
– John Barth, The Sot-Weed Factor

"Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why."
– Bernard Baruch

"What's done to children, they will do to society."
– Orlando A. Battista

"Stubborness does have its helpful features. You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow."
– Glen Beaman

"I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note — torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one."
– Henry Ward Beecher

"To give and not to feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving."
– Max Beerbohm

"We must develop a fair appreciation for the real strengths and limitations of government effort on behalf of children. Government, obviously, cannot fill a child's emotional needs. Nor can it fill his spiritual and moral needs. Government is not a father or mother. Government has never raised a child, and it never will."
– William J. Bennett

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
– Milton Berle

"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils."
– Hector Berlioz

"It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning."
– Claude Bernhard

"Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting."
– Elizabeth Bibesco

"As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand."
– Josh Billings

"Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does."
– Josh Billings

"There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory."
– Josh Billings

"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."
– Erma Bombeck

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'"
– Erma Bombeck

"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."
– Napoleon Bonaparte

"The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children."
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."
– Victor Borge

"Time isn't a commodity, something you pass around like cake. Time is the substance of life. When anyone asks you to give your time, they're really asking for a chunk of your life."
– Antoinette Bosco

"The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway."
– Henry Boye

"Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything."
– Ray Bradbury

"Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing."
– Harriet Braiker

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
– Robert Brault

"The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser — in case you thought optimism was dead."
– Robert Brault

"My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot."
– Ashleigh Brilliant

"Don't take anyone else's definition of success as your own."
– Jacqueline Brisken

"Life just is. You have to flow with it. Give yourself to the moment. Let it happen."
– Jerry Brown

"He said true things, but called them by wrong names."
– Elizabeth Barret Browning

"The best things in life aren't things."
– Art Buchwald

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned."
– Buddha

"They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel."
– Carl W. Buechner

"An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way."
– Charles Bukowsky

"You can never plan the future by the past."
– Edmund Burke

"My mother always said, 'When you're eating pretzels, chew before you swallow'. Always listen to your mother."
– George W. Bush (1/14/2002)

"Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death."
– James F. Byrnes