Found 2,307 quotes starting with IF:

If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation.
– Anthon St MaartenRate it:
If we put the emphasis upon the right things, if we live the life that is worth while and then fail, we will survive all disasters, we will out-live all misfortune. We should be so well balanced and symmetrical, that nothing which could ever happen could throw us off our center, so that no matter what misfortune should overtake us, there would still be a whole magnificent man or woman left after being stripped of everything else.
– Orison Swett MardenRate it:
If we resist our passions, it is more from their weakness than from our strength.
– La RochefoucauldRate it:
If we say a little it is easy to add, but having said too much it is hard to withdraw and never can it be done so quickly as to hinder the harm of our success.
– Saint Francis de SalesRate it:
If we slide into one of those rare moments of military honesty, we realize that the technical demands of modern warfare are so complex a considerable percentage of our material is bound to malfunction even before it is deployed against a foe. We no longer waste manpower by carrying the flag into battle. Instead we need battalions of electronic engineers to keep the terrible machinery grinding.
– Ernest K. Gann, The Black WatchRate it:
If we stand by the eagle, fish will die; if we stand by the fish, eagle will die! This dilemma has been created by the random evolutionary process. There is no goodness, there is no justice and there is no intelligence in here. We are living in a primitive and flawed order.
– Mehmet Murat ildanRate it:
If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else.
– Reinhold NiebuhrRate it:
If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.
– Maria EdgeworthRate it:
If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, "Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number?" No. "Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence?" No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
– David HumeRate it:
If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished. (Proposal to reform welfare programs)
– Richard Milhous NixonRate it:
If we think we regulate printing, thereby to rectfy manners, we must regulate all regulations and pastimes, all that is delightful to man.
– John MiltonRate it:
If we truly knew someone’s entire life story and all the things they have been through we would drop all jealousy and comparison. We would admire their ability to shine
– Renae A. SauterRate it:
If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning.
– Carl R. RogersRate it:
If we value so highly the dignity of life, how can we not also value the dignity of death No death may be called futile.
– Yukio MishimaRate it:
If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is no barking dog to be tethered on a 1-foot chain.
– Theodor Wiesengrund AdornoRate it:
If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.
– Adlai E. Jr. StevensonRate it:
If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being -- we can do it.
– Roosevelt, EleanorRate it:
If we want a love message to be heard, it has to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
– Mother TeresaRate it:
If we want to judge the solidity of the democratic level of a country, it is useful to look at the Bribe Payers' Index (BPI). ( “Bribe payers' index” )
– Erik PevernagieRate it:
If we were faultless we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate.
– Francois FenelonRate it:
If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope.
– Jacques CousteauRate it:
If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.
– Arthur SchopenhauerRate it:
If we were talking to you on your first day of physical experience, we could be of great advantage to you because we would say, “Welcome to planet Earth. There is nothing you cannot be or do or have. And your work here—your lifetime career—is to seek joy.
– Esther HicksRate it:
If we were to be asked suddenly to give a definition of humility we would doubtless be greatly embarrassed.
– Edwin Holt HughesRate it:
If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other cause for prejudice by noon.
– George AikenRate it:

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