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Merely Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Merely are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

You can't cross the sea merely by
standing and staring at the water.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

 

The most difficult thing is the decision to act,
the rest is merely tenacity.
The fears are paper tigers.
You can do anything you decide to do.
You can act to change and control your life;
and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
- Amelia Earhart

A "No" uttered from deepest conviction
is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please,
or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is important to expect nothing,
to take every experience,
including the negative ones,
as merely steps on the path,
and to proceed.
- Ram Dass


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I am merely a bit player in your stories,
as you are merely a bit player in mine.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Science merely quantifies and documents
the relationships among miracles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

The mind has exactly the same power as the hands:
not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.
- Colin Wilson

Be not merely good; be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Don't worry about that chair with a hole in the middle.
It's merely waiting to be reupholstered.
- the movie Casino Royale (1966)

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedom of others.
- Nelson Mandela

About most subjects, there is not "The Truth;"
there is merely one's personal truth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man does not weave this web of life.
He is merely a strand of it.
Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

When one fully lives a life of acceptance,
life's vagaries are not merely tolerated,
but are received as a gift.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
- Albert Einstein

Merely to avoid harming others is not enough.
Earn your place in this world by doing good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To say "too busy" is merely
to say "confused priorities."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is an open question whether any behavior
based on fear of eternal punishment
can be regarded as ethical
or should be regarded as merely cowardly.
- Margaret Mead

We must concentrate not merely on
the negative expulsion of war
but the positive affirmation of peace.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Suspended between earth and sky,
my humanity draws from both,
my tendrils reach for the energies of each.
Spirit and Ground - equal yet opposite,
the lightness and the solidarity,
the ephemeral and the substantial.
The substantial is no more and no less
than the ephemeral - merely different.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem.
It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
- Albert Einstein

Know that darkness is merely the absence of light.
You can be the small candle that defeats the vast darkness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We will have to repent in this generation,
not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people,
but for the appalling silence of the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The existence of an anthropomorphic
"Father-figure" deity is not impossible,
merely exceptionally improbable and illogical.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us is burdened by an unlimited number of
expectations (demands) that we hold for the actions of others.
We "know" that there is a right way to do things,
and are often outraged when our expectations are not met.
Usually, we are unaware that we merely
have a strong opinion and point-of-view,
and are sure that we know how everything is supposed to be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The very ink with which all history
is written is merely fluid prejudice.
- Mark Twain

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed,
for if you merely offend them, they take vengeance,
but if you injure them greatly, they are unable to retaliate,
so that the injury done to a man
ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Contrary to general belief,
I do not believe that friends are necessarily
the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov

Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light
is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
- Rumi

All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful
death than animals that know nothing.
- Maurice Maeterlinck

The source of most worry is a lack of acceptance
of the uncertainties of the future.
When one fully lives a life of acceptance,
life's vagaries are not merely tolerated,
but are received as a gift.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our society is not a community, but merely a collection
of isolated family units.
- Valerie Solanas

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.
We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
- Samuel Ullman

Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.
- Irvin S. Cobb

The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely.
You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
- Henry David Thoreau

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go;
they merely determine where you start.
- Nido Qubein

If we fail to plan, we merely bob helplessly -
like a cork on the sea of life.
If we resist whatever life delivers to us,
we create untold misery for ourselves.
If we act with vision and commitment,
and then accept whatever Spirit provides,
we live a life of purpose and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.
- Kerry Thornley

The ending of a job or a relationship
may appear as the darkest night,
but it is merely the Winter season -
the time of renewal and rebirth
that precedes the new planting -
the beginning of the next great cycle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The highest education is that which
does not merely give us information
but makes our life in harmony with all existence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

An artist never really finishes his work,
he merely abandons it.
- Paul Valery

We who engage in nonviolent direct action
are not the creators of tension.
We merely bring to the surface
the hidden tension that is already alive.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Christians are supposed not merely to endure change,
nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Do more than is required.
What is the distance between someone who achieves their
goals consistently and those who spend their lives
and careers merely following? The extra mile.
- Gary Ryan Blair

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
- Salvador Dali

He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife.
Then he realized there was a contradiction involved
here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
- Douglas Adams

Technological progress has merely provided us with
more efficient means for going backwards.
- Aldous Huxley

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food;
therefore,
if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life
merely for the sake of his appetite.
- Leo Tolstoy

Doctors are just the same as lawyers;
the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you,
whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.
- Anton Chekhov

Good manners have much to do with the emotions.
To make them ring true, one must feel them,
not merely exhibit them.
- Amy Vanderbilt

Religion is not merely the opium of the masses,
it's the cyanide.
- Tom Robbins

Impossibilities are merely things of which we have not learned,
or which we do not wish to happen.
- Charles W. Chesnutt

Civilization is merely an advance in taste:
accepting,
all the time, nicer things, and rejecting nasty ones.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

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

The march to our duty here, not merely to ourselves,
but to our surroundings, must proceed.
God wills it.
- William H. O'Connell

My early wounds were the English school system among other things.
It wasn't merely the discipline, it was the ways in
which boys got what was called the school spirit.
- George Woodcock

Children with Hyacinth's temperament don't know better as they grow older;
they merely know more.
- Hector Hugh Munro

Doctors are the same as lawyers; the only difference
is that lawyers merely rob you,
whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.
- Anton Chekhov

Our first remark on this subject is that the ministry is an office,
and not merely a work.
- Charles Hodge

Merely by existing and evolving in time -
by existing -
any physical system registers information,
and by evolving in time it transforms or processes that information.
- Seth Lloyd

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person
can change his future by merely changing his attitude.
- Oprah Winfrey

In view of our public pledges, we public officials
can never again go before the public merely promising election reform.
The time for promises is past.
- Charles Edison

I am, as I've said, merely competent.
But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary.
- Billy Joel

Beauty is no quality in things themselves.
It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.
- David Hume

The present condition of fame is merely fashion.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The employee is regarded by the employer merely in
the light of his value as an operative.
His productive capacity alone is taken into account.
- Leland Stanford


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