Quotes starting with D

Below you will find our collection of inspirational quotes and sayings starting with the letter D, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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Dally not with other folk's spouses or money.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Dating a tennis player is risky - love means nothing to us.      -- Anna Kournikova
Dead men don't bite.      -- Plutarch (46-120)
Dead men tell no tales.      -- J. Wilson (1664)
Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own.      -- Chinese Proverb
Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They're only powerful when you got your back turned.     -- Eminem
Dear insecure girls everywhere, you're not ugly, society is. Sincerely, The truth.     -- Unknown
Dear Monday, I want to break up. I'm seeing Tuesday and dreaming about Friday. Sincerely, It's not me, It's you.      -- Anonymous
Dear Monday, thanks for having the word "mon" in you. That's French for "mine," in case you weren't aware, Monday, but it makes me think of you more as "my day," and frankly, that sounds like a much more promising start to the week.      -- Unknown Author
Dear Radio Stations, please do not play Katy Perry's 'Friday Night' Monday morning at 8 AM during my drive to work.      -- Anonymous
Death - the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.      -- Walter Scott
Death is a distant rumor to the young.      -- Andrew A. Rooney
Death is a law, not a punishment.      -- Jean Dubos
Death is a new office building filled with modern furniture, A wise thing, but which has no purpose for us.     -- John Ashbery
Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.      -- Andrew Sachs
Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.      -- Epicurus
Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.     -- Napoleon Bonaparte
Death is the great leveller.      -- Claudian
Death is the veil which those who live call life: They sleep, and it is lifted.      -- Percy Bysshe Shelley
Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.      -- Seneca
Death keeps no calendar.      -- English (on death and dying)
Death never takes a wise man by surprise; he is always ready to go.      -- Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695)
Death pays all debts.      -- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Death takes no bribes.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Decaffeinated coffee is the devil's blend.     -- Unknown Author
Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.     -- Bill Cosby
Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree, because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch, or you might simply get covered in sap, and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors, where it is harder to get a splinter.      -- Lemony Snicket
Deeds are fruits; words are leaves.      -- English (on words and deeds)
Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope     -- Elizabeth Gilbert
Definition of a great teammate: a person who makes their teammates look great.     -- Emily Kohibus
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.     -- George Eliot
Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty.     -- Hannah More
Depend on others and you will go hungry.      -- Nepalese (on self-reliance)
Depend on your walking stick; not on other people.      -- Japanese (on self-reliance)
Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement.     -- Joyce Meyer
Depression has been labelled the common cold of psychopathology. This comparison is unfortunate, for it conveys the impression of a frequent but mild complaint. In reality ... depression is not only the most frequent mental health problem, but is among the most serious.     -- PAUL GILBERT
Depression is a choice.     -- A.B. CURTISS
Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer.      -- Dorothy Rowe
Depression is anger without enthusiasm     -- Anon
Depression is boring, I think and I would do better to make some soup and light up the cave.     -- Anne Sexton
Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It's always there, though.     -- Jeffrey Eugenides
Depression is not only an experience in the mind; it is also an affliction of the body. There is a lack of energy, a painful heaviness; sadness and a grief that permeate to our marrow.     -- Philip Martin
Depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling.      -- Judith Guest
Depression is only reached the instant your mind rejects the most basic of instincts - the need to survive at all costs.     -- Demarcole
Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who can despair at what we lose, and depression is the mechanism of that despair.     -- Andrew Solomon
Depression is the inability to construct a future.     -- Rollo May
Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it's a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.     -- J.K. Rowling
Depression is useful. It signals that you need to make changes in your life, it challenges your tendency to withdraw, it reminds you to take action.     -- Gloria Anzaldua
Depression is when you have lots of love, but no one's taking.     -- Doug Coupland
Depression opens the door to beauty of some kind.      -- James Hillman
Destroy your enemy by making him your friend.      -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Determination allows mere mortals to soar to unimaginable, new heights.     -- Unknown
Determination becomes obsession and then it becomes all that matters.     -- Jeremy Irvine
Determination burns within each one of us. Whether or not it will heat the room or the whole house depends on how much time we spend feeding the fire.     -- Michelle C. Ustaszeski
Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.     -- Denis Waitley
Determination is like a muscle. If you do not use it regularly, it fades away.     -- Lynn Jennings
Determination is the wake-up call to the human will.     -- Anthony Robbin
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.     -- Thomas Jefferson
Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then... find the way.     -- Abraham Lincoln
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.     -- Brian Tracy
Developing a desire to learn is the kindling point of all classroom achievement.      -- Robert John Meehan
Diamond cuts diamond.      -- Marstow (1604)
Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to relaize our need of one another.     -- Desmond Tutu
Differences challenge assumptions.     -- Anne Wilson Schaef
Differences don't just threaten and divide us. They also inform, enrich, and enliven us.     -- Harriet Lerner
Differences were meant by God not to divide but to enrich.     -- J.H. Oldham
Different strokes for different folks.      -- Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)
Difficulties make you a jewel.      -- Japanese (on adversity)
Diligence is the mother of good fortune.     -- Benjamin Disraeli
Diligence is the mother of good luck.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Disappointment is a good sign of basic intelligence. It cannot be compared to anything else: it is so sharp, precise, obvious, and direct. If we can open, then we suddenly begin to see that our expectations are irrelevant compared with the reality of the situations we are facing.     -- Chogyam Trungpa
Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.     -- Eric Hoffer
Disappointment is nothing but an eye-opening learning process for your future endeavors.      -- Edmond Mbiaka
Disappointment is really just a term for our refusal to look on the bright side.     -- Richelle E. Goodrich
Disappointment or misfortune don't last long among us, the poor; we can't live if we brood on them the whole time.     -- Viramma Racine
Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.     -- Eliza Tabor
Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it supplies as many images to the mind, and as many topics to the tongue.     -- Samuel Johnson
Disappointments are a result of failed expectations. To have less disappointments, either expect less from other people or demand more from yourself.     -- Kevin Ngo
Disappointments are just God's way of saying I've got something better Be Patient.. Live Life.. Have Faith..     -- Lanette Sem
Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air.     -- Friedrich Schiller
Discover your passion. Pursue your passion. Then your passion can enrich your life and the lives of others.     -- Donna Satchell
Discretion is a girl's best friend. Learn when to use it, and when to let it slip.     -- Jennifer Megan Varnadore
Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice.     -- Author Unknown
Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life.     -- Georg Simmel
Discretion is the better part of not getting exsanguinated.     -- Jim Butcher
Discretion is the better part of valor.      -- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.      -- Walter Scott
Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.     -- Christine Keeler
Discretion is the salt, and fancy the sugar of life; the one preserves, the other sweetens it.     -- John Christian Bovee
Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.     -- Francis Bacon
Discretion of speech is more than eloquence; and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words or in good order.     -- Francis Bacon
Dislike what deserves it, but never hate: for that is of the nature of malice; which is almost ever to persons, not things, and is one of the blackest qualities sin begets in the soul.     -- Willliam Penn
Dissatisfaction is a great starting point, for it is right there that we have the most power, strength, and energy to push change through.     -- David DeNotaris
Distance does not break off the friendship absolutely, but only the activity of it.     -- Aristotle
Distance doesn't exist, in fact, and neither does time. Vibrations from love or music can be felt everywhere, at all times.     -- Yoko Ono
Distance gives us a reason to love harder.     -- Anon
Distance is a bad excuse for not having a good relationship with somebody. It's the determination to keep it going or let it fall by the wayside; that's the real reason that the relationships continue.     -- James McAvoy
Distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It's for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It's for those who know a good thing when they see it, even if they don't see it nearly enough.      -- Megahn Daum
Distance lends enchantment to the view.      -- Thomas Campbell (1777-1844)
Distance means so little when someone means so much.      -- Anonymous