The Best Ten Thousand Quotes, part 2

“The Best Ten Thousand Quotes”

part 2

Copyright 2016 Eric Landa

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I want to thank you and congratulate you for downloading this book “The BEST ten thousand quotes” part 2.

This second book contains another ten thousand quotes from both famous and ordinary people covering a wide variety of things. And as in part 1, they’ll make your face frown, your mouth smile and probably make your fingers scratch your head every now and then.

Thank you for downloading this book, I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Eric Landa (www.ericlanda.com)

Table of Content


10001 – 11000 Quotes by: Steve Prefontaine, Carl Sandburg, Vincent Van Gogh and many others


11001 – 12000 Quotes by: Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, Joseph Conrad and many others


12001 – 13000 Quotes by: Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Joseph Stalin and many others


13001 – 14000 Quotes by: Oscar Wilde, Ella Wheeler, Bill Cosby and many others


14001 – 15000 Quotes by: Albert Einstein, Gore Vidal, Henry Louis Mencken and many others


15001 – 16000 Quotes by: Gustave Flaubert, Edna Ferber, William Faulkner and many others


16001 – 17000 Quotes by: Herbert Clark Hoover, Leonard Hodgson and many others


17001 – 18000 Quotes by: Peter Marshall, Christopher Marlowe, Mary Marx and many others


18001 – 19000 Quotes by: Dutch Proverbs, Arab Proverbs, American Proverbs and many others


19001 – 20000 Quotes by: Arthur Schopenhauer, George Sand, William Safire and many others



If my theory of relativity proves to be correct, Germany will claim me a German, and France will claim me a citizen of the world. However, if it proves wrong, France will say I?m a German, and Germany will say that I’m a Jew. Albert Einstein



The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves, which leave us to wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them that we are missing. Gamel Abdel Nasser



We must hang together, gentlemen…else, we shall most assuredly hang separately. Benjamin Franklin



Riches may enable us to confer favors, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires a something that riches cannot give. Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon, 1825



Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. Mahtma Gandhi



Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live. Adolf Hitler, His 3rd Public Speech After taking Power.



A fair woman is a paradise to the eye, a purgatory to the purse, and a hell to the soul. Elizabeth Grymeston



Friendship improves happiness and reduces misery, by doubting our joys and dividing our grief. Joseph Addison, (1672-1719)



There will always be dissident voices heard in the land expressing opposition without alternatives, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side, and seeking influence without responsibility. John F. Kennedy, Speech for the Dallas Trade Mart which was never delivered.



We have the right to lie, but not about the heart of the matter. Luis Rodriguez, Always Running



I felt like poisoning a monk. Umberto Eco, on why he wrote the novel “The Name of the Rose.”



The greatest improvement is made by the man who works most intelligently. Bill Bowerman



If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds? worth of distance run? Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And you’ll be a Man, my son! Rudyard Kipling



To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift. Steve Prefontaine



Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it. Steve Prefontaine



If you have a body, you are an athlete. Bill Bowerman



A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody is going to win a 5,000-meter race after running an easy 2 miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself. Steve Prefontaine



Every pursuit is great when greatly pursued. Oliver Wendell Holmes



A gift in season is a double favor to the needy. Publilius Syrus



Contraceptives should be used on every conceivable occasion. Spike Milligan, (1918 – 2002)



The difference between a good man and a bad man is the choice of cause. William James



The life of the law has not been logic but experience. Oliver Wendell Holmes



There are dreams stronger than death. Men and women die holding these dreams. Carl Sandburg



For I dip into the future, as far as human eye can see, saw the vision of the world, and the wonder that would be. Lord Alfred Tennyson, Ulysses



#10025Beauty fades; dumb is forever. Judge Judy, From her book “Beauty fades; dumb is forever.”



God reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists. Albert Einstein



I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. Thomas Edison



An investment in knowledge still yields the best returns. Benjamin Franklin



A single event can shape our lives or change the course of history. Deepak Chopra, The Return of Merlin



Accurate scholarship can unearth the whole offence from Luther until noe that has driven a culture mad. From what occurred at linz what huge imago made a psychopathic god. I and the public know what all schoolchildren learn those to whom evil is done do evil in return. W. H. Auden



Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tries, and a touch that never hurts. Charles Dickens



We all know that art is not the truth, art is a lie that makes us realize the truth. Pablo Picasso



I believe in God like I believe in the sun, not because I can see it, but because of it all things are seen. C. S. Lewis



If I am not making music, I have no reason for existing. Claude Debussy



Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1600



The very essence of love is uncertainty. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest



Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin



Yet such is off the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere. J. R. R Tolkien, Elrond from The Lord of the Rings



The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen not touched… but felt in the heart. Hellen Keller



The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. Linus Pauling



Critics are our friends, they tell us our faults. Benjamin Franklin



Death tugs at my ear and says: “Live, I am coming.” Oliver Wendell Holmes



What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and yet loses his soul? Jesus Christ, Matthew 16:26



The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action. There is no fixed teaching. All I can provide is an appropriate medicine for a particular ailment. Bruce Lee, Quotation from the book: (The Art of Jeet Kune Do) by Bruce Lee



Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Jimi Hendrix



Today you play for a place in history, today you play for immortality. Gerard Houllier, UEFA Cup Final 2001 pre-match team talk



To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem. Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe



Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it. Winston Churchill



We find that after years of struggle we do not take a journey, but rather a journey takes us. John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley



Your problems and mine, they are nothing new. They are all just another small part of the generic nightmare. Lewis Ward



Boredom is a finicky creature, never around when you need it, and always popping up when you want it the least. Lewis Ward



The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face. Jim Bishop, New York Journal-American, March 14, 1959



A little bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika. Dorothy Parker



The only “ism” Hollywood believes in is plagiarism. Dorothy Parker



When you point to the moon, what do you see in front of your finger; Your task is to feel, not to think, when you can understand that the lesson will be learned. Bruce Lee, During a television interview



No sadder proof can be given by man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men. Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship, 1840



Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly. Lauren Becall



One cannot remain the same. Art is a mirror which should show many reflections, and the artist should not always show the same face, or the face becomes a mask. Yvette Gilbert, (1865-1944)



The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before. Thorstein Veblen



Invention is the mother of necessity. Thorstein Veblen



Just as it would be madness to settle on medical treatment for the body of a person by taking an opinion poll of the neighbors, so it is irrational to prescribe for the body politic by polling the opinions of the people at large. Plato



The man least dependent upon the morrow goes to meet the morrow most cheerfully. Epicurus, 300 B.C.



There is nothing that gives a man consequence, and renders him fit for command, like a support that renders him independent of everybody but the State he serves. George Washington



It is better to have done something than to have been someone. Claude Monet



Happiness is a warm puppy. Charles M. Schultz, Linus in “Peanuts”



You know when people are stupid, it frustrates me. Julia Roberts, on Oprah, 11/18/03



May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day. Native American Proverb



Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything. Thich Nhat Hanh



A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past. Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954



Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. John Updike



Every day we do things, we are things that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our life…, our way of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive. Thich Nhat Hanh



Fashion changes, style remains. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel



I do not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future. Oprah Winfrey, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”



Any proposition containing the word “is” creates a linguistically structural confusion which will eventually give birth to serious fallacies. Alfred Korzybski, His book, Science And Sanity



Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. Bob Dylan



A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection. Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club



We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. Thomas Jefferson, letter to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816



No government ought to be without censors & where the press is free, no one ever will. Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Washington, September 9, 1792



There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia to-day, flesh and blood tomorrow. Victor Hugo, Les Miserable, 1862



To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation. Yann Martel, Life of Pi



Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers. Homer Simpson, The Simpsons



Experience is a comb that is given to you, when you have already lost you hair. Giorgos Zambetas, Greek musician



For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. Vincent Van Gogh



Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the words without the tune, and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson



Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog. Doug Larson



To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself. Albert Einstein



Our character…is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be. George Santayana, “The German Mind: A Philosophical Diagnosis”



I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it. Edith Sitwell



Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose. Lyndon B. Johnson, address to the nation, November 28, 1963



Knowledge is love and light and vision. Helen Keller



Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller



You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. Eleanor Roosevelt



The journey in between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place. Barbara De Angelis



Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. C. S. Lewis


  1. If you would be loved, love and be lovable. Benjamin Franklin



To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. Gandhi



The greatest gift is a portion of thyself. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao-tzu



The family-that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to. Dodie Smith



Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations, 200 A.D.



If God can work through me, he can work through anyone. St. Francis of Assisi



First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epictetus



You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back. Barbara De Angelis



No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist. Ludwig von Beethoven



The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth. Jean Cocteau



For a significant man woman, the one thought he values greatly, to the laughter and scorn of insignificant men, is a key to hidden treasure chambers; for those others, it is nothing but a piece of old iron. Friedrich Nietzsche



To conquer others is to have power, to conquer yourself is to know the way. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching



Heaven endures and the earth last a long time because they do not live for themselves. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching



We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1600



It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top. Virginia Woolf



The people of the United States, perhaps more than any other nation in history, love to abase themselves and proclaim their unworthiness, and seem to find refreshment in doing so… That is a dark frivolity, but still frivolity. Robertson Davies



It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self- conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations are in a conspiracy to under-value them. Henry James



The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly. John F. Kennedy



Americans never quit. General Douglas Macarthur



The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way. Henry David Thoreau



Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five



I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American. Daniel Webster



I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth. John Adams



America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. John Quincy Adams



Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus. John Ashcroft



America is the country where you buy a lifetime supply of aspirin for one dollar and use it up in two weeks. John Barrymore



I just want to say this. I want to say it gently but I want to say it firmly: There is a tendency for the world to say to America, “the big problems of the world are yours, you go and sort them out,” and then to worry when America wants to sort them out. Tony Blair



America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered. Louis D. Brandeis



Our American values are not luxuries but necessities, not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself. Our common vision of a free and just society is our greatest source of cohesion at home and strength abroad, greater than the bounty of our material blessings. Jimmy Carter



There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. Bill Clinton



There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure. Dwight D. Eisenhower



America – a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose. Herbert Hoover



America is not merely a nation but a nation of nations. Lyndon B. Johnson



Intellectually, I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country. Sinclair Lewis



If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. John F. Kennedy, inaugural address, January 20, 1961



The strength of the United States is not the gold at Fort Knox or the weapons of mass destruction that we have, but the sum total of the education and the character of our people. Claiborne Pell



I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision. Carl Sandburg



America is a young country with an old mentality. George Santayana



In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. This is what makes America what it is. Gertrude Stein



There is a New America every morning when we wake up. It is upon us whether we will it or not. Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.



Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy. Margaret Thatcher



Just what is it that America stands for? If she stands for one thing more than another it is for the sovereignty of self-governing people. Woodrow Wilson



America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses. Woodrow Wilson



When I came back to Dublin I was court-martialed in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence. Brendan Behan



I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few. Benjamin Disraeli, campaign speech at High Wycombe, England, November 27, 1832



Some people did what their neighbors did so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them. George Eliot, Middlemarch



Our deeds are like children that are born to us; they live and act apart from our own will. George Eliot, Romola



What we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope. George Eliot, Middlemarch



The troublesome ones in a family are usually either the wits or the idiots. George Eliot, Middlemarch



Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen. Bob Marley



One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. Bob Marley



I had a dream last night that a hamburger was eating ME! Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld episode “The Van Buren Boys” – broadcast on February 6, 1997



The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935



Let me beg for your mercy if I have failed to earn your respect. Jason DeBruin, The poem “Temporary Shame”



(I do not know what it is about you that closes and opens; only something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses) nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands .e. cummings



People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately. Oscar Wilde, Letter from Paris, dated May 1900



cold silence has a tendency to atrophy any sense of compassion, between supposed lovers, between supposed brothers. And I know the pieces fit. Maynard James Keenan, in the song “Schism”, by Tool



The budget is like a mythical bean bag. Congress votes mythical beans into it, then reaches in and tries to pull real ones out. Will Rodgers



At the center of each human heart is goodness, layered over with hurt, confusion, and mistaken ideas. Our task is to gently peel off layer after layer until the unfettered heart can shed its love upon the world. Sue Patton Thoele, The Courage To Be Yourself Journal



Too much sanity may be madness – and the maddest of all – to see life as it is, and not as it ought to be. Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha



Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it. Woody Allen



Judgement of beauty can err, what with the wine and the dark. Ovid



What dreadful weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance. Jane Austen



Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two things better than these. Prophet Muhammad, Bukhari



When two persons are together, two of them must no whisper to each other, without letting the third hear; because it would hurt him. Prophet Mohammad, Bukhari & Muslim



Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms. Prophet Muhammad, Muslim



If you do not feel ashamed of anything, then you can do whatever you like. Prophet Mohammad, Abu-Masud: Bukhari



Far away there in the sunshine are my brightest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead. Louisa May Alcot



Men want sex. If men ruled the world, they could get sex anywhere, anytime. Restaurants would give you sex instead of breath mints on the way out. Gas stations would give sex with every fill-up. Banks would give sex to anyone who opened a checking account. Scott Adams, The Dilbert Future



Eternity is very long, especially towards the end. Woody Allen, Just Six Numbers, Martin Rees, page 71



If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil. Baruch Spinoza, The Ethics



I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. Ralph Waldo Emerson



A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward. Sir Winston Churchill, speech in the House of Commons, November 29, 1944



The mind has greater power over the emotions, and is less subject thereto, insofar as it understands all things to be necessary. Baruch Spinoza, The Ethics



He who loves God cannot endeavor that God should love him in return. Baruch Spinoza, The Ethics



The highest endeavor of the mind, and the highest virtue, is to understand things by intuition Baruch Spinoza, The Ethics



Blessedness is not the reward of virtue, but virtue itself; neither do we rejoice therein, because we control our lusts, but contrariwise, because we rejoice therein, we are able to control our lusts. Baruch Spinoza, The Ethics



The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt



The best holistic remedy for high blood pressure is a purring cat on your lap. Kathrine Palmer Peterson, 516 Sensational Cat Quotes



War is the continuation of politics by other means. General Karl Von Clausewitz, Book: “On War”



A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows us that faith proves nothing. Friedrich Nietzsche



All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse. John Quincy Adams



I am a galley slave to pen and ink. Honore de Balzac



Woe be to him that reads but one book. George Herbert



One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well. Amos Bronson Alcott



Oh for a book and a shady nook… John Wilson



You can cover a great deal of country in books. Andrew Lang



I read part of it all the way through. Samuel Goldwyn



Live always in the best company when you read. Sydney Smith



The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession, what there is of it. Mark Twain, Following the Equator



Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped. Calvin Coolidge, speech, June 11, 1928



A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs. Mark Twain, Following the Equator



I cannot call to mind a single instance where I have ever been irreverent, except toward the things which were sacred to other people. Mark Twain, “Is Shakespeare Dead?”



Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment. Mark Twain, The Gorky Incident



I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn. Henry David Thoreau



Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art. Izaak Walton



The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing. Eric Berne



God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. J. G. Holland



God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. Jacques Deval, Afin de vivre bel et bien



There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before. Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion and Other Essays



A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. Chinese Proverb



The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp. John Berry, Flight of White Crows



I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual. Virginia Woolf, Diary, 17 February 1922



It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible reading People. Horace Greeley



Nobody picks on a strong man. Charles Atlas



In a minute there is time for decision and revisions that a minute will reverse. T. S. Eliot



Why should I do anything for posterity? What has posterity ever done for me? Groucho Marx



To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. George Orwell



Everybody dies. What matters is what you do between now and when it happens to you. Orson Scott Card, Treasure Box



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. Stevenson Jr., speech at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 8, 1952



The sane appear as strange to the mad as the mad to the sane Joe Orton, What the Butler Saw, Act II



I have never seen a wild thing feel sorry for itself. A little bird will fall dead, frozen from a bough, without ever having felt sorry for itself. D. H. Lawrence



Human beings cannot stand too much reality. Thomas S. Eliot, Four Quartets



Not that you lied to me, but that I no longer believe you, has shaken me. Friedrich Nietzsce, Beyond Good and Evil



It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one. Voltaire, Zadig



During the Second World War, the Germans took four years to build the Atlantic Wall. On four beaches it held up the Allies for about an hour; at Omaha it held up the U.S. for less than one day. The Atlantic Wall must therefore be regarded as one of the greatest blunders in military history. Stephen Ambrose, D-Day, page 577



Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other. Honore de Balzac



First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint a second time. Honore de Balzac



Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John F. Kennedy, speech prepared for delivery in Dallas the day of his assassination, November 22, 1963



Behind every great fortune there is a crime. Honore de Balzac



I do not know everything; still many things I understand. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Trade-offs have been with us ever since the late unpleasantness in the Garden of Eden. Thomas Sowell, Editorial on Wal-Mart, 10-Dec-2003



It is pleasing to God whenever you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart. Martin Luther



For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure. Ralph Waldo Emerson



To be great is to be misunderstood. Ralph Waldo Emerson



All people want is someone to listen. Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog, May 8, 2003



Miracles: You do not have to look for them. They are there, 24/7, beaming like radio waves all around you. Put up the antenna, turn up the volume – snap… crackle… this just in, every person you talk to is a chance to change the world… Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog, May 6, 2003



To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. Elbert Hubbard



Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy



Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. Marilyn Vos Savant



There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it. Maya Angelou



When the destroyer comes, his first act will be to destroy all the books. Thomas More



I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges



Any man with a moderate income can afford to buy more books than he can read in a lifetime. Henry Holt



When books are burned in the end people will be burned too. Heinrich Heine



Never lend books – nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me. Anatole France



I do begin to have bloody thoughts. William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 4 Scene 1



I would fain die a dry death. William Shakespeare, The Tempest,, Act 1 Scene 1



What seest thou else In the dark backward and abysm of time? William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 1 Scene 2



Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground. William Shakespeare, The Tempest,, Act 1 Scene 2



Come what come may, Time and the hour runs through the roughest day. William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 1 Scene 3



I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty. Thomas Jefferson, letter to Count Diodati, 1807



O would some power the giftie give us to see ourselves as others see us. (O would some power the gift to give us to see ourselves as others see us.) Robert Burns, Poem “To a Louse” – verse 8



He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself. George Herbert



Scent is the soul of flowers, and sea flowers, as splendid as they may be, have no soul! Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Chapter 34



How tranquil is a coral tomb, and may the heavens grant that my companions and I be buried in no other! Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Chapter 19



Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. Thomas Paine, Common Sense



I have a hundred times wished that one could resign life as an officer resigns a commission. Robert Burns



I am one of those who believe that spiritual progress is a rule of human life, but the approach to perfection is slow and painful. If a woman elevates herself in one respect and is retarded in another, it is because the rough trail that leads to the mountain peak is not free of ambushes of thieves and lairs of wolves. Kahlil Gibran, The Broken Wings



No, it is remarkable that Everest did not yield to the first few attempts; it would have been surprising and not a little sad if it had, for that is not the way of great mountains. Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air



We never learn to pray, really pray- until we are in a situation where there is nothing left to do but pray. Victoria Damon



Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or justice to our enemies, justice will be done. George W. Bush



Do you want to know the secret of pain? If you just stop feeling it, you can start to use it. Robert England



The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet. A bird seems to be at the top of the scale, so vehement and intense his life. The beautiful vagabonds, endowed with every grace, masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds -- how many human aspirations are realized in their free, holiday-lives -- and how many suggestions to the poet in their flight and song! John Burroughs, Birds and Poets, 1887



When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head! William Blake



Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about. Saskya Pandita



I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven. Emily Dickinson



You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren. William Henry Hudson, Afoot in England, 1909



I realized that If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes. Charles Lindbergh, Interview shortly before his death, 1974



There I lay staring upward, while the stars wheeled over… Faint to my ears came the gathered rumor of all lands: the springing and the dying, the song and the weeping, and the slow everlasting groan of overburdened stone. J. R. R. Tolkien



He saw that it was an ironical thing for him to be running thus toward that which he had been at such pains to avoid. But he said, in substance, to himself that if the earth and the moon were about to clash, many people would doubtless plan to get upon the roofs to witness the collision. Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage, chapter 8



Loving is misery for women always. I shall never forgive God for making me a woman and dearly am I beginning to pay for the honour of owning a pretty face. Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd



You go back. You search for what made you happy when you were smaller. We are all grown up children, really… So one should go back and search for what was loved and found to be real. Audrey Hepburn



The teaching of politics is that the Government, which was set for protection and comfort of all good citizens, becomes the principal obstruction and nuisance with which we have to contend? The cheat and bully and malefactor we meet everywhere is the Government. Ralph Waldo Emerson,? Journal, 1860



When a traveler returned home, let him not leave the countries where he hath travelled altogether behind him. Francis Bacon, 1597-1625



Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers, that the mind can never break off from the journey. Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides



The world is a great book; he who never stirs from home reads only a page. Saint Augustine



I think that parents only get so offended by television because they rely on it as a babysitter and the sole educator of their kids. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Death, 1997



And for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, and subject to cruel and fierce storms. William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation



The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood. John Burroughs, The Snow-Walkers



Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen. Willa Cather, My Antonia



Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here to watch his woods fill up with snow. Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening



Every mile is two in winter. George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum



In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, Long ago. Christina Rossetti, A Christmas Carol



If there comes a little thaw, Still the air is chill and raw, Here and there a patch of snow, Dirtier than the ground below, Dribbles down a marshy flood; Ankle-deep you stick in mud In the meadows while you sing, “This is Spring.” Christopher Pearce Cranch, A Spring Growl



A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King. Emily Dickinson, No. 1333



To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human. Andy and Larry Wachowski, The Matrix, 1999



There are two things in particular that it [the computer industry] failed to foresee: one was the coming of the Internet(…); the other was the fact that the century would end. Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt



When life hands us a beautiful bouquet of flowers we stare at it in cautious expectation of a bee. Dean Koontz, Shadow Fires ( early book)



Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it but as I drink, I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Henry David Thoreau, Walden



Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. Helen Keller



Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach your patience, sweetness, insight. Helen Keller



If a nation is ruled by two kings, both the kings and their subjects will perish. Yeghishe



Tell me where I can escape death: discover for me the country, show me the men to whom I must go, whom death does not visit. Discover to me a charm against death. If I have not one, what do you wish me to do? I cannot escape from death, but shall I die lamenting and trembling? . . . Therefore, if I am able to change externals according to my wish, I change them: but if I cannot, I am ready to tear the eyes out of him who hinders me. Epictetus



It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than our own. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations



You can win a million battles but you can only lose one. R. A. Salvatore, Homeland



Choice is an illusion, created between those with power, and those without. Wachowski Brothers, The Matrix Reloaded



If we do not ever take time, how can we ever have time? Wachowski Brothers, The Matrix Reloaded



I started concentrating so hard on my vision that I lost sight. Robin Green, Northern Exposure, Burning Down the House, 1992



One person can have a profound effect on another. And two people…well, two people can work miracles. They can change a whole town. They can change the world. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Cicely, 1992



Joel: Ed, are you hallucinating? Ed: Oh, yeah, but not right now. Sy Rosen and Christian Williams, Northern Exposure, On Your Own, 1992



People are simply incapable of prolonged, sustained goodness. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Do The Right Thing, 1992



There can be no spirituality, no sanctity, no truth without the female sex. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Revelations, 1993



If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it. Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Lewis, Jr., May 9, 1798



As a scientist, I am not sure anymore that life can be reduced to a class struggle, to dialectical materialism, or any set of formulas. Life is spontaneous and it is unpredictable, it is magical. I think that we have struggled so hard with the tangible that we have forgotten the intangible. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Zarya, 1994



By mid-November I always like to have an extra 15 pounds on me. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, First Snow, 1993



Death is the enemy. I spent 10 years of my life single-mindedly studying, practicing, fighting hand to hand in close quarters to defeat the enemy, to send him back bloodied and humble and I am not going to roll over and surrender. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, First Snow, 1993



Women have more to offer this world than just a fallopian tube. Nothing is going to change until you quit looking at us as just sperm receptacles. Barbara Hall, Northern Exposure, Baby Blues, 1994



George Washington had a vision for this country. Was it three days of uninterrupted shopping? Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure, Bolt from the Blue, 1994



How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. Benjamin Disraeli, speech, January 24, 1860



Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud and one the stars. Frederick Lang bridge



Truth is generally the best vindication against slander. Abraham Lincoln, letter to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, July 18, 1864



They say dreams are the windows of the soul—take a peek and you can see the inner workings, the nuts and bolts. Henry Bromel, Northern Exposure, The Big Kiss, 1991



A man should not leave this earth with unfinished business. He should live each day as if it was a pre-flight check. He should ask each morning, am I prepared to lift-off? Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, All is Vanity, 1991



Obsessions and fixations are not really my field. All I know, when the mind really grabs hold of something, look out. Martin Sage and Sybil Adelman, Northern Exposure, The Bumpy Road to Love, 1991



I always admired atheists. I think it takes a lot of faith. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Seoul Mates, 1991



Rain usually makes me feel mellow. Curl up in the corner time, slow down, smell the furniture. Today it just makes me feel wet. Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure, Dateline: Cicely, 1992



Repetition is the death of art. Robin Green, Northern Exposure, Burning Down the House, 1992



The idea of an election is much more interesting to me than the election itself…The act of voting is in itself the defining moment. Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure, Democracy in America, 1992



Be open to your dreams, people. Embrace that distant shore. Because our mortal journey is over all too soon. David Assael, Northern Exposure, It Happened in Juneau, 1992



Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. Franklin D. Roosevelt, radio address, October 26, 1939



There is nothing sadder in this world than the waste of human potential. The purpose of evolution is to raise us out of the mud, not have us groveling in it. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Cicely, 1992



We hold in our hands, the most precious gift of all: Freedom. The freedom to express our art. Our love. The freedom to be who we want to be. We are not going to give that freedom away and no one shall take it from us! Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Cicely, 1992



Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the Dawn has come. Rabindranath Tagore



Some of the best advice I ever received was “Man, that was terrible”. Tom Hanks


  1. You know, if you treated every comic the way you treated me tonight. You would never see a bad show. Buddy Hackett



Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. Oprah Winfrey



Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate. Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean



Religion is pickled God. H. G. Wells, H. G. Wells Society



Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. Leo Buscaglia



We are the hero of our own story. Mary McCarthy



Live as though Christ died yesterday, rose from the grave today, and is coming back tomorrow. Theodore Epp



There was a star danced, and under that was I born. William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing



The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music… Bodies never lie. Agnes De Mille



Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Pan American Day address, April 15, 1939



Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around. Henry David Thoreau



Those who dance were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music. Angela Monet



It is better to looked over than overlooked. Mae West



We shall support whatever the enemy opposes and oppose whatever the enemy supports. Mao Tse-Tung



Wise men have more to learn of fools than fools of wise men. Michel de Montaigne



Peace and blessings manifest with every lesson learned – and if your knowledge were your wealth then it would be well earned. Erykah Badu, A line from the song “On & On”



Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Solomon, King of Israel, The Bible Proverbs 31:30



But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. The Apostle Paul (Saul of Tarsus), The Bible- Galations 5:22-23 NIV



When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt, quoted Kansas City Star, June 5, 1977



When there are monsters there are miracles. Ogden Nash



When he stood up, it was a very complicated motion. If the deck chairs on the Ship to the Sea of Night had opened up, they would have done so like that. It was like he was unfolding himself forever. Neil Gaiman, Good Omens



Look for the ridiculous in everything and you will find it. Jules Renard



Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis. Martha Beck, O Magazine, Growing Wings, January 2004



You can take from every experience what it has to offer you. And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath followed by another. Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, What I Know For Sure, January 2004



That consciousness is everything and that all things begin with a thought. That we are responsible for our own fate, we reap what we sow, we get what we give, we pull in what we put out. I know these things for sure. Madonna, O Magazine, January 2004



We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it. Sir Winston Churchill, speech in the House of Commons, July 14, 1940



We learn and grow and are transformed not so much by what we do but by why and how we do it. Sharon Salzberg, O Magazine, The Power of Intention, January 2004



Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of an intention. Sharon Salzberg, O Magazine, The Power of Intention, January 2004



How we treasure (and admire) the people who acknowledge us! Julie Morgenstern, O Magazine, Belatedly Yours, January 2004



Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine. Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, January 2004



Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future. Kathleen Norris, O Magazine, January 2004



Change, when it comes, cracks everything open. Dorothy Allison, O Magazine, January 2004



We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire…Give us the tools and we will finish the job. Sir Winston Churchill, BBC radio broadcast, Feb 9, 1941



I think people want their illusions and writers are mostly illusion. When you read their words, you read a flattened, incomplete version of the writer. Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, January 05, 2004



I have been truthful all along the way. The truth is more interesting, and if you tell the truth you never have to cover your tracks. Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, January 04, 2004



Sometimes it’s good to contrast what you like with something else. It makes you appreciate it even more. Darby Conley, Get Fuzzy, 2001



The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Franklin D. Roosevelt, message for Jefferson Day, April 13, 1945



Living is having ups and downs and sharing them with friends. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Prehistoric Ice Man, 1999



The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget. Mitchell Burgess, Northern Exposure, Thanksgiving, 1992



I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell. Harry S Truman, quoted by Time, June 9, 1975



The law is not so much carved in stone as it is written in water, flowing in and out with the tide. Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure, Crime and Punishment, 1992



Sometimes love will pick you up by the short hairs…and jerk the heck out of you. Denise Dobbs, Northern Exposure, Survival of the Species, 1993



Good food ends with good talk. Geoffrey Neighor, Northern Exposure, Duets, 1993



Real meaningful endeavors, the biggies in human existence, often require the sacrifice of others. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Northern Lights, 1993



Words calculated to catch everyone may catch no one. Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., speech to Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, July 21, 1952



A person has three choices in life. You can swim against the tide and get exhausted, or you can tread water and let the tide sweep you away, or you can swim with the tide, and let it take you where it wants you to go. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Northern Lights, 1993



Trees like to have kids climb on them, but trees are much bigger than we are, and much more forgiving. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Old Tree, 1993



I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions because I don’t think you should have to wait until December to start working on how to change yourself. I think if you’ve got a problem, you need to fix it now. Clay Aiken



A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. Jackie Robinson, baseball player



Working with children with autism has provided me with an opportunity to see the world in a different way. I see them strive to overcome obstacles and persevere, and learn to persevere myself. They are my inspiration. Clay Aiken



People feel comfortable around someone who is comfortable with himself. Clay Aiken, Teen People



Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them. Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., quoted by Human Behavior, May 1978



I am more and more convinced that our happiness depends more on how we meet the events in our lives, than on those events themselves. Alexander Humboldt



Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader and fuller life. W. E. B. Du Bois, last message to the world, 1957



Although the constant shadow of certain death looms over every day, the pleasures and joys of life can be so fine and affecting that the heart is nearly stilled in astonishment. Dean Koontz, Watchers



You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. Ziggy Marley



No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. Helen Keller



Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller



It often happens that the real tragedies in life occur in such an inarticulate manner that they hurt one by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style. oscar wilde, Quoted in Ellmann



An envious heart makes a treacherous ear. Zora Neale Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God”



In the career of glory one gains many things; the gout and medals, a pension and rheumatism…. And also frozen feet, an arm or leg the less, a bullet lodged between two bones which the surgeon cannot extract….all of these fatigues experienced in your youth, you pay for when you grow old. Because one has suffered in years gone by, it is necessary to suffer more, which does not seem exactly fair. Elzear Blaze, La Vie Militaire



What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly… it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated. Thomas Paine



Arbeit macht frei. (Work sets you free). Major Rudolph Hoss, Auschwitz Gate



Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye. Miss Piggy



Crash programs fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. Wernher Von Braun



Music—the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge, which comprehends mankind, but which mankind cannot comprehend. Ludwig van Beethoven



We are what we love, not what loves us. Charlie Kaufman, Adaptation



I know you have come to kill me. Shoot, coward! You are only going to kill a man. Che Guevara, His last words, spoken to his assassin.



The most profound statements are often said in silence. Lynn Johnston, For Better or For Worse, 01-15-04



Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears. Edgar Allen Poe



My vigor, vitality, and cheek repel me. I am the kind of woman I would run from. Nancy Astor



Democracy is not meant to be efficient, it is meant to be fair. Mario Cuomo



All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. Martin Luther King Jr.



Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. Martin Luther King Jr., December 11, 1964



The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. Martin Luther King Jr., “Strength to Love”



Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it. Ellen Goodman



Loneliness is the human condition. No one is ever going to fill that space. The best thing you can do it to know yourself… know what you want. Janet Fitch, “White Oleander”



Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair



I have an idea that some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not. They are strangers at their birthplace, and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played, remain but a place of passage. They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred and remain aloof among the only scenes they have ever knows. Perhaps it is this sense of strangeness that sends men far and wide in the search for something permanent, to which they may attach themselves. Perhaps some deep-rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands which his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history. Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs. Here is the home he sought, and he will settle amid scenes that he has never seen before, among men he has never known, as though they were familiar to him from his birth. Here at last he finds rest. W. Somerset Maugham



To feel the right emotions is fully as important as to hold the right ideas, and the great service of religion is the development of the right emotions. Geoffrey Parsons



The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one. Ralph Waldo Emerson



I look upon the whole world as my fatherland, and every war has to me the horror of a family fued. Helen Keller



Yes, I have cherished my “demagogue” role. I know that societies often have killed the people who have helped to change those societies. And if I can die having bought any light, having exposed any meaningful truth that will help to destroy the racist cancer that is maligant in the body of America – then, all of the credit is due to Allah. Only the mistakes have been mine. “Malcom X” ( 1964), The Autobiography of Malcom X



I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance. Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., retort to a heckler asking him to state his beliefs, Time, November 1, 1963



Hobbies cost money but interests are free. George Carlin, George Carlin: You Are All Diseased



You are free, and that is why you are lost. Franz Kafka



Ya know, if you treat every comic the way you treated me tonight, You would never see a bad show. Buddy Hackett



Tell no one the secret that you want to keep, although he may be worthy of confidence; for no one will be so careful of your secret as yourself. Saadi, On the Duties of Society



He that has acquired learning and nor practiced what he has learnt, is like a man who ploughs but sows no seed. Saadi, On the Duties of Society



Better hold the hand for coin, though small, Than lose, for one half a dang, it all. Saadi, On the Excellence of Contentment



When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite. Sir Winston Churchill, (1874-1965)



And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. Bible, Isaiah 32:17



I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else. Marilyn Monroe



I know three things will never be believed-the true, the probable, and the logical. John Steinbeck, The Winter of our Discontent, chapter 2



Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle may not grow. Frances Hodgson Burnett



The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Benjamin Disraeli



Perfection is the enemy of the good. Gustave Flaubert



The only excuse for creating something useless is that one admires it intensely. Oscar Wilde, Foreword, The Picture of Dorian gray



We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. William Ralph Inge



Too many people overvalue what they are, and undervalue what they are not. Malcolm Forbes



Actuated by the most glorious cause that mankind ever fought in, I am determined to defend this post to the very last extremity. Colonel Morgan, In response to the British demand of the surrender of Fort Washington



There is more stupidity then hydrogen in the universe and it has a longer shelf life. Frank Zappa



Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. John F. Kennedy, speech at The American University, Washington, D.C., June 10, 1963



A man who is careful with his palate is not likely to be careless with his paragraphs. Clifton Fadiman



There is nothing remarkable about it, all one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. J. S. Bach



A peacock who rests on its feathers is just another turkey. Dolly Parton



It takes a lot of money to look as cheap as I do. Dolly Parton



If Love be rough with you, be rough with Love, prick Love for pricking, and you beat Love down. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, Scene 2



Every person, all the events of your life, are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you. Richard Bach



I want to go on living even after my death, And therefore I am grateful to God For giving this gift? Of expressing all that is in me. Ann Frank, Diary of Ann Frank



What really keeps me going is the constant belief that it could all disappear tomorrow. Phil Donahue



To be great is to be misunderstood. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Imitation is suicide. Ralph Waldo Emerson



If you want to endure life, prepare yourself for death. Sigmund Freud, his essay on war & death



Happines is like mercury. Hard to hold, and when we drop it, it shatters into a million pieces. Maybe the bravest of all are those who have the courage to reach for it again. Mary Higgins Clark, Kitchen Privileges, A Memoir



I was born modest. Not all over, but in spots . Mark Twain



We live in a society of victimization, where people are much more comfortable being victimized than actually standing up for themselves. Marilyn Manson



So long as there are men there will be wars. Albert Einstein



Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem. Henry Kissinger, Wilson Library Bulletin, March 1979



The problem most people have with resisting temptation is that they never really want to discourage it altogether. Steve Martini



Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine arts; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest to reach true perfection. E.C. Stedman



People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown. Chuck Palahniuk



Someone bent on suicide won’t have much sense of humor left. Chuck Palahniuk



Society has traditionally always tried to find scapegoats for its problems. Well, here I am. Marilyn Manson



Like the wind crying endlessly through the universe, Time carries away the names and the deeds of conquerors and commoners alike. And all that we are, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment. Harlan Ellison, “Paladin of the Lost Hour”



Men want the same thing from women that they want from their underwear… a little support, comfort, and freedom. Jerry Seinfeld



You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Gandhi, quoted by Christian Science Monitor, May 17, 1982



A man who works beyond the surface of things, though he may be wrong himself, yet he clears the way for others and may make even his errors subservient to the cause of truth. Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry Into The Sublime and Beautiful



One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community. Albert Einstein



Propose to any Englishman any principle, or any instrument, however admirable, and you will observe that the whole effort of the English mind is directed to find a difficulty, defect or an impossibility in it. Charles Babbage



It has just been twenty-three years since I began to wander. In the next twenty-three years I wonder if there will come a time when life is no longer a wonderful adventure; when there is not some interesting experience in things or personalities waiting just around the corner. If that time does come, I hope that my release will be swift. Roy Chapman Andrews, Ends of the Earth, 1929



What we think about, expands. Marc Allen, Interview with Michael Toms



Within every adversity is an equal or greater opportunity. Napoleon Hill



We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it. Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory



I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts. Mark Twain, Wearing White Clothes speech, 1907



Sane and intelligent human beings are like all other human beings, and carefully and cautiously and diligently conceal their private real opinions from the world and give out fictitious ones in their stead for general consumption. Mark Twain, Mark Twain In Eruption



Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else. Mark Twain, quoted in Mark Twain and I, Opie Read, 1940



Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed. Don Wood



Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience. Hyman Rickover



Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Colin Powell



The only way most people recognize their limits is by trespassing on them. Tom Morris



Love is the big booming beat which covers up the noise of hate. Margaret Cho, weblog, 01-15-04



Ugly. Is irrelevant. It is an immeasurable insult to a woman, and then supposedly the worst crime you can commit as a woman. But ugly, as beautiful, is an illusion. Margaret Cho, weblog, 01-27-04



Thankfully, beauty is easier to remove than apply, and a swipe of DE maquillage in the right direction and you are you once again. Margaret Cho, weblog, 01-27-04



Politics has less to do with where you live than where your heart is. Margaret Cho, weblog, 01-18-04



This is the challenge of writing. You have to be very emotionally engaged in what you’re doing, or it comes out flat. You can’t fake your way through this. Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, January 29, 2004



He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader. Aristotle



The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and have the two as close together as possible. George Burns



When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. Elayne Boosler



Find out who you are and do it on purpose. Dolly Parton



We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle



The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life. Oscar Wilde



It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antione de St. Exupery, The Little Prince



Fail, fail again, fail better. Samuel Beckett



For no phase of life, whether public or private, whether in business or in the home, whether one is working on what concerns oneself alone or dealing with another, can be without its moral duty; on the discharge of such duties depends all that is morally right, and on their neglect all that is morally wrong in life. Marcus Tullius Cicero, On Duties I



Women are always being tested…but ultimately, each of us has to define who we are individually and then do the very best job we can to grow into it. Hillary Rodham Clinton



We all use our imagination every day. However, most of us are unaware that what we envision affects every cell of our bodies and every aspect of our performance. Marilyn King



If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for. Florence Scovel Shinn



It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. Mother Teresa



Fill your mind with the meaningless stimuli of a world preoccupied with meaningless things, and it will not be easy to feel peace in your heart. Marianne Williamson



Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller



It is amazing that our souls -- our eternal essences, with all their hopes and dreams and visions of an eternal world -- are contained within these temporal bodies. Marion Woodman



Everything in your world is created by what you think. Oprah Winfrey



One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats. Iris Murdoch



Whenever you take a step forward you are bound to disturb something. You disturb the air as you go forward, you disturb the dust, the ground. Indira Ghandi



Every small, positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future. Alice Walker



Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back; a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. Anais Nin



Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success. Diana Rankin



Great champions have an enormous sense of pride. The people who excel are those who are driven to show the world and prove to themselves just how good they are. Nancy Lopez



I think all great innovations are built on rejections. Louise Nevelson



If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments. Anne Morrow Lindbergh



The fullness of life is in the hazards of life. Edith Hamilton



I think that wherever your journey takes you, there are new gods waiting there, with divine patience -- and laughter. Susan M. Watkins



Perseverance and audacity generally win. Dorothee Deluzy



Never underestimate the power of passion. Eve Sawyer



Courage is fear that has said its prayers. Dorothy Bernard



Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross



God loves the world through us. Mother Theresa



Filling a bookcase is like gathering a social circle. May Lamberton Becker



As long as we focus on the outside, there will always be that empty, hungry, lost place inside that needs to be filled. Shakti Gawain



Sow and act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap destiny. Frances E. Willard



Limited expectations yield only limited results. Susan Laurson Willig



Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life. Germaine Greer



Unless I am what I am and feel what I feel -- as hard as I can and as honestly and truly as I can -- then I am nothing. Elizabeth Janeway



Dreams come a size too big so that we may grow into them. Josie Bisset



Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices – just recognize them. Edward R. Murrow, television broadcast, December 31, 1955



If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you. Natalie Goldberg



If the belief [in Christianity] did not make us happy, it would not be believed: how little it must then be worth! Friedrich Nietzsche, “Human, All Too Human” page 87, #120.



The reward for doing right is mostly an internal phenomenon: self-respect, dignity, integrity, and self- esteem. Dr. Laura Schlessinger



The power of the mind is an incredible thing, one that can never be underestimated. Mia Hamm



When nothing is sure, everything is possible. Margaret Drabble



Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure. Babe Didrikson



Apparent failure may hold in its rough shell the germs of a success that will blow worm in time, and bear fruit throughout eternity. Frances Watkins Harper



When we are chafed and fretted by small cares, a look at the stars will show us the littleness of our own interests. Mara Mitchell



We must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage, and determination to succeed. Rosalind Sussman Yalow



I believe that a worthwhile life is defined by a kind of spiritual journey and a sense of obligation. Hillary Rodham Clinton



Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can - - and surely will at times -- fail. I think we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk. Dr. Joyce Brothers



What we say and what we do ultimately comes back to us so let us own our responsibility, place it in our hands, and carry it with dignity and strength. Gloria Anzaldua



Women are the glue that hold our day-to-day world together. Anna Quindlen



The excellent becomes the permanent. Jane Adams



Self-esteem is something you have to earn! The only way to achieve self-esteem is to work hard. People have an obligation to live up to their potential. Bette Midler



Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. Helen Keller



Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth. Susan L. Taylor



The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else. Martina Navratilova



Feel the fear and do it anyway. Susan Jeffers



My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success. Helen Hayes



Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. Abigail Adams



Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey! Barbara Hoffman



I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. Abraham Lincoln, speech in Washington D.C., 1865



Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do -- can love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do. Barbara Sher



I have no riches but my thoughts. Yet these are wealth enough for me. Sara Teasdale



Increase your personal power through positive and powerful communication. Recognize and eliminate negative self-talk. Caterina Rando



You are the product of your own brainstorm. Rosemary Konner Steinbaum



We just find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been. George Eliot



Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear. Zora Neale Hurston



He who is sorrowful can force himself to smile, but he who is glad cannot weep. Selma Lagerloef



Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics. Jane Addams



The two important things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of an endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision. Robyn Davidson



I know that there are people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that! Tom Lehrer



The difficulty in life is the choice. George Moore, The Bending of the Bough, [1900], act IV



No man is defeated without until he is defeated within. Eleanor Roosevelt



Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful. Sophia Loren



People who keep journals have life twice. Jessamyn West



You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world. Sheilah Graham



Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel. Mary Astor



Goals are dreams with deadlines. Diana Scharf Hunt



War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men. Cardinal Richelieu



Self-trust, we know, is the first secret of success. Lady Wilde



Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. Virginia Woolf



Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. Rita Mae Brown



The growth of understanding follows an ascending spiral rather than a straight line. Joanne Field



I am the only truth I know. Jean Rhys



Wisdom is harder to DO than it is to know. Yula Moses



All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an interest in life, good, bad, or peculiar. Grace Paley



If you do nothing unexpected, nothing unexpected happens. Fay Weldon



Sometimes you got to create what you want to be a part of. Geri Weitzman



How do they who think they are unhappy differ from they who actually are? Countess Diane



The personal, if it is deep enough, becomes universal, mythical, symbolic. Anais Nin



If God had wanted us to think just with our wombs, why did He give us a brain? Claire Boothe Luce



Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I am in, therein to be content. Helen Keller



It would be ridiculous to talk of male and female atmospheres, male and female springs or rains, male and female sunshine…. How much more ridiculous is it in relation to mind, to soul, to thought, where there is as undeniably no such thing as sex… Elizabeth Cady Stanton



When people ask me why I am running as a woman, I always answer, “What choice do I have?” Pat Schroeder



We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us; and the more we gain, the more is our desire. The more we see, the more we are capable of seeing. Maria Mitchell



Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness. Oprah Winfrey



I could be whatever I wanted to be if I trusted that music, that song, that vibration of God that was inside of ME. Shirley MacLaine



Ethics is not definable, is not implementable, because it is not conscious; it involves not only our thinking, but also our feeling. Valdemar W. Setzer



The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are for loving in the present. Barbara de Angelis



The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing. Jack Kerouac, On the Road



Music expresses that which cannot remain silent and that which cannot be put into words. Victor Hugo



Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost



Has not Nature proved, in giving us the strength necessary to submit them to our desires, that we have the right to do so? Marquis de Sade, Aline et Valcour



About foxhunting: The unspeakable chasing the uneatable. Oscar Wilde



If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton



You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Kahlil Gibran



The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual -- when it begins to ignore the passions, the motions -- it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance. Isaac Bashevis Singer



A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered. C. S. Lewis



Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one bothered to ask. Billy Graham



To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see. Hellen Keller



Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision. Stevie Wonder



Everything you do or say is public relations. Unknown



There are no whole truths; all truths are half- truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil. Alfred North Whitehead



The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him. Henry Stimson



Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise. Bertrand Russell



The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Bertrand Russell



The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously. Nicholas Butler



The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution. Bertrand Russell



Live to learn… forget… and learn again. Brian



If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done. Ludwig Wittgenstein



Art is science made clear. Jean Cocteau



There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. Bertrand Russell



Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity. Christopher Morley



Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. Bertrand Russell



To believe is to know you believe, and to know you believe is not to believe. Jean-Paul Sartre



If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. Bertrand Russell



All men are in some degree impressed by the face of the world; some men even to delight. This love of beauty is taste. Others have the same love in such success that, not content with admiring, they seek to embody it in new forms. The creation of beauty is art. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience. Calvin & Hobbes



We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us. Stephen Covey



We are never late. We arrive precisely when we mean to. J. R. R Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring



I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious idea of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. Thomas A. Edison



The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return. Maria Edgeworth



Honest differences of opinion should never be permitted to destroy a friendship. Chiam Potok, The Chosen



Genius without education is like silver in the mine. Benjamin Franklin



Young cat, if you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you would learn! The most wonderful stuff! Dr. Seuss, Seuss-isms



Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue. Sir Francis Bacon



Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace! Where there is hatred let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. Saint Francis of Assisi, “Prayer of St Francis” (attributed)



If man could have half his wishes, he would double his troubles. Ben Franklin



Knowing is half the battle. GI Joe



What a time experiences as evil, is usually an untimely echo of what was formerly experienced as good—the atavism of a more ancient ideal. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil



One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art. Oscar Wilde



Some people are that – more than a parent, more than a role model, more than anything less than a religion. Margaret Cho, weblog, 05-04-04



I call architecture frozen music. Goethe



There is no one, no matter how wise he is, who has not in his youth said things or done things that are so unpleasant to recall in later life that he would expunge them entirely from his memory if that were possible. Marcel Proust



When something that honest is said it usually needs a few minutes of silence to dissipate. Pamela Ribon, Why Girls Are Weird, 2003



Having a holiday weekend without a family member felt like putting on a sweater that had an extra arm. Pamela Ribon, Why Girls Are Weird, 2003



The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. George Bernard Shaw



When you live in Texas, every single time you see snow it’s magical. Pamela Ribon, Why Girls Are Weird, 2003



It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them. John Steinbeck, East of Eden, Chapter 13, Part II



It is a primitive form of thought that things exist or do not exist. Sir Arthur Eddington



Like dear St. Francis of Assisi I am wedded to Poverty: but in my case the marriage is not a success. Oscar Wilde, , in a letter to his friend, Frances Forbes-Robertson, who had invited him to her wedding in London, but Wilde was



If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got. Lee Iacocca



It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot



I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the Centre. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.



Most people dread finding out when they come to die that they have never really lived. Henry David Thoreau



I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. Albert Einstein



Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans. Peter Drucker



Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T. S. Eliot



Don’t think you are paying me some kind of tribute if you let my death become the great event of your life. The best tribute you can pay me as a mother is to go on and have a good and fulfilling life. Enjoy what you have. Andrew Soloman, ?The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression?, comments from his mother shortly before her suicide



I’d like to be the person I could have been but never was. George Bernard Shaw, when asked on his deathbed, ?What would you do if you could live your life over again?



I believe that its most important function is in the formation of attachment. If we did not suffer enough loss to fear it, we could not love intensely. Andrew Soloman,? The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression?, on his belief that grief is profoundly important for the human cond



I have lost the half of myself ? a soul for which mine was made. Voltaire



Some people walk in the rain? others just get wet? Roger Miller



True life is lived when tiny changes occur. Leo Tolstoy



Nurture your mind with great thoughts for you will never go any higher than what you think. Benjamin Disraeli



The past is but the beginning of a beginning. H. G. Wells



Too low they build, who build beneath the stars. Edward Young



Speak the truth, but leave immediately after. Slovenian Proverb



it’s when the sun shines the brightest that our shadows appear the biggest. Robin Sharma, The Saint The Surfer and the CEO



There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings. Fyodor Dostoevski



Our lives are like the course of the sun. At the darkest moment there is promise of daylight. The London Times



The world isn’t interested in the storms you encountered, but whether or not you brought in the ship. Raul Armesto



Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. Albert Camus



Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of life. Maureen Hawkins



Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within. Miguel de Cervantes



I violated the Noah rule: Predicting rain doesn’t count; building arks does. Warren Buffett



If you have a harem of 40 women, you never get to know any of them very well. Warren Buffett



It’s only when the tide goes out that you discover who’s been swimming naked. Warren Buffett



Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein



A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw



Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear. Marcus Aurelius



Man, unlike the animals, has never learned that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it. Samuel Butler



To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. Oscar Wilde



Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted. John Lennon



Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. William James



It helps to write down half a dozen things which are worrying me. Two of them, say, disappear; about two, nothing can be done, so it’s no use worrying, and two perhaps can be settled. Sir Winston Churchill



To write it, it took three months; to conceive it ? three minutes; to collect the data in it ? all my life. F. Scott Fitzgerald



If I know what love is, it is because of you. Herman Hesse



We don’t see the end of the tunnel but I must say I don’t think it is darker than it was a year ago, and in some ways lighter. John F. Kennedy, speech in 1962



We can do no great things; only small things with great love. Mother Teresa



There are many in the world dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love. Mother Teresa



No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money. Samuel Johnson



Parents can only advise their children or point them in the right direction. Ultimately people shape their own characters. Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl



Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns—or dollars. Take your choice—there is no other. Ayn Rand



The more you suffer , the more you show you really care. The Offspring, Smash



Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it. Elias Schwartz



A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices. Edward R. Murrow



Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated. George Santayana



The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty



The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps. Benjamin Disraeli



Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor Hugo



The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Henri-Fr?d?ric Amiel



When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not. Mark Twain



On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time. Orwell



Everything you can imagine is real. Picasso



We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts. John Dewey



There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible. Henry Ford



Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. Robert Frost, The Black Cottage



If the lesser mind could measure the greater as a foot rule can measure a pyramid, there would be finality in universal suffrage. As it is, the political problem remains unsolved. George Bernard Shaw



A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures. Daniel Webster



Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere. G. K. Chesterton



Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. George Bernard Shaw



Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind. Leonardo da Vinci



Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds. Samuel Butler



About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends. Herbert Hoover



The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work. Robert Frost



Humankind cannot stand very much reality. T. S. Eliot



Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy. Margaret Thatcher



Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence. George F. Will



To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. G. K. Chesterton



God is a verb. R. Buckminster Fuller



Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival. W. Edwards Deming



The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities. Sophocles



The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it. Francois de La Rochefoucauld



Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. Malcolm Forbes



The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. Mark Twain



Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. John Steinbeck



So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do. Benjamin Franklin



I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it. Edith Sitwell



We are what we pretend to be, but we better be very careful what we pretend. Kurt Vonnegut



What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. Ralph Waldo Emerson



And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. Jerry Chin



If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience. George Bernard Shaw



The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more. Ed Parker



We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex—but Congress can. Cullen Hightower



Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories. Arthur C. Clarke



A healthy family is sacred territory. Unknown



Those who agree with us may not be right, but we admire their astuteness. Cullen Hightower



This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities. Bertrand Russell



In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying. Bertrand Russell



The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy – I mean that if you are happy you will be good. Bertrand Russell



Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology. Rebecca West



Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting. Unknown



The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. Ursula K. LeGuin



There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western religion, rejection without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western science. Gary Zukav, “The Dancing Wu Li Masters”



Take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then say it with the utmost levity. George Bernard Shaw



Good taste is always an asset. Rudy Bakalov



When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him. Thomas Szasz, “The Second Sin”



There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others, however humble. Washington Irving



If you stay in Beverly Hills too long you become a Mercedes. Robert Redford



I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true. Carl Sagan



Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science. Henri Poincare



What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer. Bertrand Russell



All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. Anatole France



No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. Abraham Lincoln



Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination. Bertrand Russell



Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world. Arthur Schopenhauer



We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. Stephen Hawking, Der Spiegel, 1989



You wake me up early in the morning to tell me I am right? Please wait until I am wrong. Johann von Neumann, on being phoned at 10:00 AM



Kindness and compassion toward all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bull fighting and rodeos are cut from the same fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent toward all life will we have learned to live well ourselves. Cesar Chavez, letter



People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times. Isaac Bashevis Singer



Genius without education is like silver in the mine. Benjamin Franklin



Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. Charles Caleb Colton



I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B. White



A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward. Jean Paul Richter



I’m searching through all that has ever been hoped, in praise of what can never be known. Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, February 13, 2004



Life is not what one lived, but rather what one remembers, and how it is remembered to tell the tale. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Vivir para contarla (Living to tell the tale)



Their plans were improved with the best advice. J. R. R.Tolkien, The Hobbit



I said to myself that growing up really means slowing down. Siri Hustvedt, What I Loved , pg. 336



Trust in Allah, but tie your camel. Old Muslim Proverb



The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. Augustine, (AD 354-430)



The road to true love never did run smooth. Shakespeare



A man who works beyond the surface of things, though he may be wrong himself, yet he clears the way for others and may make even his errors subservient to the cause of truth. Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Inquiry Into The Origins Of The Sublime And Beautiful.



Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back—in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you. Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, 1973



Envy is the consuming desire to have everybody else as unsuccessful as you are. Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, 1973



Lust is the craving for salt of a person who is dying of thirst. Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, 1973



Despair has been called the unforgivable sin—not presumably because God refuses to forgive it but because it despairs of the possibility of being forgiven. Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, 1973



You are the most beautiful girl that has ever lived, and it is worth dying to have kissed you. Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)



But no perfection is so absolute, That some impurity doth not pollute. William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece Ver. 124



My tongue will tell the anger of mine heart, Or else my heart, concealing it, will break. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew



He that is giddy thinks the world turns round. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew



To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. Robert Louis Stevenson



When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that is my religion. Abraham Lincoln



Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you have to be involved with them. Love is not a bandage to cover wounds. Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog, February 16, 2004



Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. Dwight D. Eisenhower, A speech to the National Defense Executive Reserve Conference in Washington, DC on Nov. 14, 1957



Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can. Danny Kaye



Well-behaved women rarely make history. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich



Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well. Aristotle



I already gave my best. I have no regrets at all. William Hung, 2004 American Idol Auditions



It is a truth universally acknowledged that as soon as one part of your life starts looking up, another falls to pieces. Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones Diary



Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday. Wilma Rudolph, “Wilma: The Story of Wilma Rudolph”



Determined people working together can do anything. Jim Casey, Founder of UPS



Beware the fury of a patient man. John Dryden



The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling I have always cultivated. Oscar Wilde



We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray



Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood. H. L. Mencken



A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it. H. L. Mencken



The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. H. L. Mencken



The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth—that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one. H. L. Mencken



For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe… Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end. H. L. Mencken



Man is never honestly the fatalist, nor even the stoic. He fights his fate, often desperately. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. This fighting, no doubt, makes for human progress, for it favors the strong and the brave. It also makes for beauty, for lesser men try to escape from a hopeless and intolerable world by creating a more lovely one of their own. H. L. Mencken



All [zoos] actually offer to the public in return for the taxes spent upon them is a form of idle and witless amusement, compared to which a visit to a penitentiary, or even to a State legislature in session, is informing, stimulating and ennobling. H. L. Mencken



Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them. H. L. Mencken



Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good. H. L. Mencken



Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true. H. L. Mencken



Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists. H. L. Mencken



Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable. H. L. Mencken



The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. H. L. Mencken



A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child. H. L. Mencken



Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. …The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive. Frank Herbert, Dune



I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. Frank Herbert, Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, “Dune”



Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other. Ann Landers



A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. Carl Sagan, “Contact”



Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can. Ralph Waldo Emerson



If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. Albert Camus



Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man. Leon Trotsky



Agnosticism simply means that a man shall not say he knows or believes that for which he has no grounds for professing to believe. Thomas H. Huxley



Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority. Thomas H. Huxley



Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others. Edward Abbey



I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire, (Attributed); originated in “The Friends of Voltaire”, 1906, by S. G. Tallentyre (Evelyn Beatrice Hall)



Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice. Anonymous



There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. Pablo Picasso



What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. John Ruskin



Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, use that something to support their own existence. Frank Zappa



Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. Voltaire



Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors. Thomas H. Huxley



Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that idea is not quite clear to him. Paul Eldridge



It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative. John Burroughs



[He was] a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity. Mark Twain



Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand. Mark Twain



It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry. H. L. Mencken



There is no passion like that of a functionary for his function. Georges Clemenceau



No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets. Edward Abbey



The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons. Fyodor Dostoevsky



Civilization is the process of reducing the infinite to the finite. Oliver Wendell Holmes



All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. Noam Chomsky



The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority. Ralph W. Sockman



Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. Marie Curie



Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone. Horace



If one has not given everything, one has given nothing. Georges Guynemer



Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember. Lucius Annaeus Seneca



A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill



When I say I believe in a square deal i do not mean … to give every man the best hand. If the cards do not come to any man, or if they do come, and he has not got the power to play them, that is his affair. All I mean is that there shall be no crookedness in the dealing. Theodore Roosevelt



It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat. Theodore Roosevelt, Paris, Sorbonne 1910



I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. Edward Everett Hale



Bisexuality automatically doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night. Woody Allen



Objective journalism is one of the main reasons American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long. Hunter S. Thompson



There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. Henry Kissinger



Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing. George Sheehan



The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work. Johann Von Neumann



And in that line now was a whiskered old man, with a linen cap and a crooked nose, who waited in a place called the Stardust Band Shell to share his part of the secret of heaven: that each affects the other and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one. Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven



Turning and turning in the widening gyre, The Falcone cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the Centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… W. B. Yeats, the second coming



Maybe I wanted to hear it so badly that my ears betrayed my mind in order to secure my heart. Margaret Cho, weblog, 03-03-04



A room without books is like a body without a soul. G. K. Chesterton



By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece. G. K. Chesterton



Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. G. K. Chesterton



I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it. G. K. Chesterton



If there were no God, there would be no Atheists. G. K. Chesterton



It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong. G. K. Chesterton



The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. G. K. Chesterton



There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read. G. K. Chesterton



I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half. Jay Gould



Boyhood, like measles, is one of those complaints which a man should catch young and have done with, for when it comes in middle life it is apt to be serious. P. G. Wodehouse, Uneasy Money



It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats. Russian proverb



At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies. P. G. Wodehouse, Uneasy Money



The man who willeth to do well… we should extol his virtues and speak not of his faults behind his back. Joseph Smith Jr.



Eventually, there will not be enough prisons if there are not enough good homes. Neal A. Maxwell



Gratitude is the memory of the heart. Saint Mary Euphrasia (Rose Virginie Pelletier)



When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. Alexander Graham Bell



A man has to have a code, a way of life to live by. John Wayne, the book “My Life With the Duke”



The noblest of men deserves not the weakest of women. Carey Bowman



When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will know peace. Jimi Hendrix



Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. Cindy Lew



It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin



Go, lovely rose! Tell her that wastes her time and me That now she knows, When I resemble her to thee, How sweet and fair she seems to be. Edmund Waller, Go, Lovely Rose: stanza 1



When one door of happiness closes another opens; but we often look so long at the closed one that we do not see the one which has opened for us. Helen Keller, Quote of the day book



The journey to the cross began long before. As the echo of the crunching of the fruit was still sounding in the garden, Jesus was leaving for Calvary. Max Lucado, “And the Angels were Silent the Final Week of Jesus”



O generations of men, how I count you as equal with those who live not at all! Sophocles, Oedpius Rex



No sun – no moon! No morn – no noon – No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day. No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, No comfortable feel in any member – No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November! Thomas Hood (1799-1845), in the poem called No!



In all the important preparations of the mind she was complete: being prepared for matrimony by an hatred of home, restraint, and tranquillity; by the misery of disappointed affection, and contempt of the man she was to marry. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park



We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of a man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice



All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it. Samuel Butler



“Only a novel”… in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humor are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language. Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey



You have delighted us long enough. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice



For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn? Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice



It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice



The ingenuity of the device blinds us to its utter uselessness. Anonymous British civil servant, “Take Her Deep” by I.J. Galatin, Cdr., US Navy, ret.



Of course we can keep this going, in principle, forever. In practice we will keel over from exhaustion, boredom, or death. David Adger, Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach



The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work. Vince Lombardi



A leader is a dealer in hope. Napolean Bonaparte



Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life. Joe Clark



Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible. William Sloane Coffin, http://www.pbs.org/now/society/coffin.html



The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love. William Sloane Coffin, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Sloane_Coffin



Human beings who blind themselves to human need make themselves less human. William Sloane Coffin, http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript310_full.html



When the dignity of one person is denied, all of us are denied. Hubert Humphrey



Do you know what friendship is… it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand. Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Chapter 13



The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders. Edward Abbey (1927 – 1989)



Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft. When a bullet passes through, it closes up. Dean Acheson (1893 – 1971)



Oh! love!… That is to be two and to be but one. A man and a woman mingled into one angel. It is heaven. Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Chapter 13



Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams. Mary Ellen Kelly



Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity. Lord Acton



Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey



May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. Edward Abbey



Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non-existence of Zeus or Thor – but they have few followers now . Arthur C. Clarke



It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God-but to create him. Arthur C. Clarke



Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal. Arthur C. Clarke



Noble be man, Helpful and good! For that alone Sets him apart From every other creature On earth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), from The Divine, 1783



I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark. Dick Gregory



To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else. Bernadette Devlin



As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying. Arthur C. Clarke



What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it;
boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it. Frank Herbert



Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back. Marcus Aurelius



Try to love someone who you want to hate, because they are just like you, somewhere inside, in a way you may never expect, in a way that resounds so deeply within you that you cannot believe it. Margaret Cho, weblog, 03-11-04



I love drugs, but I hate hangovers, and the hatred of the hangover wins by a landslide every time. Margaret Cho, weblog, 10-30-03



People drain me, even the closest of friends, and I find loneliness to be the best state in the union to live in. Margaret Cho, weblog, 10-30-03



Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with. Bob Wells



I exist as I am, that is enough. Walt Whitman



Ultimately nature and events are largely what our imaginations make them out to be. Jose Vasconcelos



In the vast reaches of the dry, cold night, thousands of stars were constantly appearing, and their sparkling icicles, loosened at once, began to slip gradually toward the horizon. Albert Camus



It is your attitude at the beginning of a task that determines success or failure. Corrine Dewlow



To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men. Ella Wheeler Wilcox



This day before dawn I ascended a hill and looked at the crowded heaven. Walt Whitman



A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad. Bob Edwards



As long as humanity has been human, it has looked toward the heavens and dreamed that someday, some way, there would be giant federal contracts involved. Dave Barry



I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A bird will fall frozen dead from the bow of a ship without ever having felt sorry for itself. D. H. Lawerence



Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path. Abdul Baha, Paris Talks, p. 15



If a man has ten good qualities and one bad one, to look at the ten and forget the one, and if a man has ten bad qualities and one good one, to look at the one and forget the ten. Abdul Baha, Bahai Writings



The most important principle of divine philosophy is the oneness of the world of humanity, the unity of mankind, the bond conjoining East and West, the tie of love which blends human hearts. Abdul Baha, April 19, 1912, Earl Hall



If a person commit a crime against you, have not the right to forgive him; but the law must punish him in order to prevent a repetition of that same crime by others, as the pain of the individual is unimportant beside the general welfare of the people. Abdul Baha, Paris Talks, p. 154



It is mathematics that offers the exact natural sciences a certain measure of security which, without mathematics, they could not attain. Albert Einstein



To state a theorem and then to show examples is literally to teach backwards. E. Kim Nebeuts



As for everything else, so for mathematical theory: beauty can be perceived but not explained. Arthur Cayley



If you think education is expensive, Try Ignorance!!! Andy McIntyre



Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity. Christopher Zeeman



Politics doesn’t make strange bedfellows—marriage does. Groucho Marx



As people do better, they start voting like Republicans- unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing. Karl Rove, March 19, 2001



Go tell the Spartans,
That here, obedient to their laws,
We lie. Simonides, Epitaph for the Spartans who fell at Thermopylae



The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. Stephen Hawking



Marriage is the golden ring in a chain, whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity. Kahlil Gibran



When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it? always. Mahatma Gandhi



Never allow others to put obstacles in the pathway of your dreams. John C. Maxwell, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader



No great leader in history fought to prevent change. John Maxwell, 21 Indispensible Qualities of a Leader



The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell



Boldness in itself is genius. L. Ron Hubbard



Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home? So close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world. Eleanor Roosevelt



Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend, before we too into the dust descend. Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam



The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn. David Russell



In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell



There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 5



A credit union is not an ordinary financial concern, seeking to enrich its members at the expense of the general public. Neither is it a loan company, seeking to make a profit at the expense of the unfortunates? The credit union is nothing of the kind; it is the expression in the field of economics of a high social ideal. Alphonse Desjardins, The Canadian credit union pioneer made the remarks in a speech in the early 1900s.



The credit Union movement. It is a great movement, worthy of great deeds, deserving of great loyalty. Edward Filene, founded the first credit union in the U.S.



I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM in 1943



How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. Benjamin Disraeli, Speech at the House of Commons, January 24, 1860



Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed. Herman Melville



In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from. Peter Ustinov



Critics search for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually find. Peter Ustinov



The more you know, the less you need to show. Anonymous



I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me to be the most civilized music in the world. Peter Ustinov



Did you know that every two hours the nations of this world spend as much on armaments as they spend on the children of this world every year? Peter Ustinov



The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come. Peter Ustinov



Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. Peter Ustinov



Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of. Peter Ustinov



It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously. Peter Ustinov



The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my American Express bill. Peter Ustinov



To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal. Peter Ustinov



Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them. Peter Ustinov



The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel. James Thurber



The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people—that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature. James Thurber



We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. Frank Tibolt



The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates



It is by will alone that I set my mind in motion. Mentat Prayer



I hold a creed, which no one ever taught me, and which I seldom mention, but in which I delight, and to which I cling, for it extends hope to all; it makes eternity a rest – a mighty home – not a terror and an abyss. With this creed, I can so clearly distinguish between the criminal and his crime, I can so sincerely forgive the first while I abhor the last; with this creed, revenge never worries my heart, degradation never too deeply disgusts me, injustice beaver crushes me too low; I live in calm, looking to the end. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, page 62



Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs. charlotte bronte, Jane Eyre, page 62



I don’t want to be cross, Love cannot be forced. Edith Frank, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl



Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig, then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun. Matt Groening



Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Frederick Douglass



Let us not forget that knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life. … I claim credit for nothing. Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insects as well as for the stars, Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper. Albert Einstein, Dilip Kumar Roy, (famous Indian classical singer), had cited the above quotation of Einstein in one of his let



il faut laisser du temps au temps (you have to give time – approximate translation) Francois Mitterand



The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. Tacitus



Practice random beauty and senseless acts of love. Anonymous



Do well and you will have no need for ancestors. Voltaire



Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes. Voltaire



Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. Voltaire



When it’s a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. Voltaire



Nothing in all the world is so nonsensical and contradictory, save mortals, that is, who live in the grip of the superstitions of the past. Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat



The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women? merely adored. Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband



All you umpires, back to the bleachers. Referees, hit the showers. It’s my game. I pitch, I hit, I catch. I run the bases. At sunset, I’ve won or lost. At sunrise, I’m out again, giving it the old try. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 Coda



While we are postponing, life speeds by. Seneca



It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god. Seneca



Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. John F. Kennedy



Knowledge is true opinion. Plato



Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. Plato



Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa



It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. Jane Austen



A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. John F. Kennedy



Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty. John F. Kennedy



The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things. Leonardo Da Vinci



Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all- the apathy of human beings. Hellen Keller



There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his. Helen Keller



Stand firm in your refusal to remain conscious during algebra. In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra. Fran Lebowitz



It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first. Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings


We can forgive you for killing our sons. But we will never forgive you for making us kill yours. Golda Meir, to Anwar Saddat just before the peace talks.



Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness: on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. Aiming at something else, they find happiness by the way. John Stuart Mill



And when the hourglass has run out, the hourglass of temporality, when the noise of secular life has grown silent and its restless or ineffectual activism has come to an end, when everything around you is still, as it is in eternity, then eternity asks you and every individual in these millions and millions about only one thing: whether you have lived in despair or not. Soren Kierkegaard, “The Sickness Unto Death”



Maturity comes not with age but with the acceptance of responsibility. You are only young once but immaturity can last a lifetime! Edwin Louis Cole



Fear keeps pace with hope. Nor does their so moving together surprise me; both belong to a mind in suspense, to a mind in a state of anxiety through looking into the future. Both are mainly due to projecting our thoughts far ahead of us instead of adapting ourselves to the present. Thus it is that foresight, the greatest blessing humanity has been given, is transformed into a curse. Seneca, Letters to Lucilius V



The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King Jr.



It is time, it is high time… Yes, but to do what? Friedrich Nietzsche, So spake Zarathoustra



Each time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. Robert F. Kennedy



If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. George Bernard Shaw



The power of illustrative anecdotes often lies not in how well they present reality, but in how well they reflect the core beliefs of their audience. David P. Mikkelson, Snopes.com, 04-10-04



If anything is sacred the human body is sacred. Walt Whitman



It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn – which is what life is all about. Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Magazine, May 2004



We come and go just like ripples in a stream. John V. Politis



The older I get, the more I feel almost beautiful… Sharon Old’s, Oprah Magazine, May 2004



You need only claim the event of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality. Florida Scott-Maxwell, Oprah Magazine, May 2004



I believe that freedom is the deepest need of every human soul. George W. Bush, Press Conference, White House, Tuesday, April 13, 2004



Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. Isaac Asimov, Salvor Hardin in “Foundation”



The measure of a society is found in how they treat their weakest and most helpless citizens. As Americans, we are blessed with circumstances that protect our human rights and our religious freedom, but for many people around the world, deprivation and persecution have become a way of life. Jimmy Carter



There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Chapter 7



A democracy is two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Freedom under a constitutional republic is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. Benjamin Franklin



Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature. Marilyn Monroe



Idiots…nothing can live forever. Magus Dactylus, Chronotrigger



Those who become enamored of practices without science are like sailors who go aboard ship without a rudder and compass, for they are never certain where they will land. Leonardo da Vinci, The Wisdom of Leonardo da Vinci



We make our fortunes and call them fate. Benjamin Disraeli



Life is made up of marble and mud. Nathaniel Hawthorne



A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Mahatma Gandhi



If a million people see my movie, I hope they see a million different movies. Quentin Tarantino, Referring to the movie Pulp Fiction



Ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones. Kurt Vonnegut, slaughterhouse 5



This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practice ourselves the kind of behavior we expect from other people. C. S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity



Badness is only spoiled goodness. C. S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity



Every poem can be considered in two ways—as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes. C. S. Lewis, A preface to “Paradise Lost”



For every action there is an equal and opposite government program. Bob Wells



It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous. C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man



I believe that to meet the challenge of the next century, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for his or her own self, family or nation, but for the benefit of all mankind. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, speech? in 1994



It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. Eleanor Roosevelt



His ignorance is encyclopedic. Abba Eban



Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds upon the heel that crushes it. Mark Twain



As an athlete, when you least expect it, you may find yourself standing on the threshold of an accomplishment so monumental that it strikes fear into your soul. You must stand ready, at any moment, to face the unknown. You must be ready to walk boldly thru the wall of uncertainty. John “The Penguin” Bingham, The courage to start



“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” Aleister Crowley



The perfect bureaucrat everywhere is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility. Brooks Atkinson, Once Around the Sun, 1951



Everyone who receives the protection of society owes a return for the benefit. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty



The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. John F. Kennedy, speech at Vanderbilt University, May 18, 1963



The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute. J. William Fulbright, Speech to the American Newspaper Publishers Assn. April 28, 1966



The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class. Aristotle, Politics



I believe and I say it is true Democratic feeling, that all the measures of the government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer. William Henry Harrison, Speech, October 1, 1840



There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher. Victor Hugo, Les Miserable, 1862



The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. Lord Acton, Letter to Mary Gladstone, 1881



Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass, Speech, April 1886



The state is nothing but an instrument of oppression of one class by another—no less so in a democratic republic than in a monarchy. Friedrich Engels, preface to Kark Marx, The Civil War in France, 1891



The century which we are entering can be and must be the century of the common man. Henry Wallace, Speech in New York City, May 8, 1942



From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. Louis Blanc, The Organization of Work, 1840



Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you. Nikita Khrushchev, remark at the Polish embassy in Moscow, Nov. 18, 1956



I once said, “We will bury you,” and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you. Nikita Khrushchev, Speech in Yugoslavia, Aug. 24, 1963



In all things that involve social pressures, if we want to see change we have to force the envelope outwards. Gary Lee Phillips



Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner. Ralph Waldo Emerson, New England Reformers, 1844



A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy. Benjamin Disraeli, Speech in the House of Commons, Mar. 3, 1845



The true conservative is the man who has a real concern for injustices and takes thought against the day of reckoning. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Speech in Syracuse, NY Sep. 29, 1936



A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt, radio address, Oct. 26, 1939



Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. Thomas Jefferson, Resolutions, 1803



Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men. Gerald R. Ford, on becoming President, Aug. 9, 1974



People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get. Frederick Douglass



If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass



I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. Frederick Douglass



An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Friedrich Engels



I never think of the future – it comes soon enough. Albert Einstein



The worst prison would be a closed heart. Unknown



Things are more like they are now than they have ever been. Gerald R. Ford



In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects. J. William Fulbright



Every man is the builder of a temple called his body. Henry David Thoreau, O Magazine, May 2004



We can only learn to love by loving. Iris Murdoch, O Magazine, February 2004



Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality… the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else. Jose Ortega y Gasset



The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich, O Magazine, February 2004



Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself. Jean Anouilh



Real love is a permanently self-enlarging experience. M. Scott Peck, O Magazine, February 2004



What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do?? Friedrich Nietzsche



To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. David Viscott, How to Live with Another Person, 1974



All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon sand. Ella Wheeler Wilcox, O Magazine, February 2004



Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be. Anton Chekhov



All my possessions for a moment of time. Elizabeth I



All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that. Baltasar Gracian



“How long does getting thin take?” Pooh asked anxiously. A. A. Milne



Time does not change us. It just unfolds us. Max Frisch



Regret for wasted time is more wasted time. Mason Cooley, O Magazine, April 2004



A single day is enough to make us a little larger. Paul Klee



This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson



The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it. Plutarch



If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves. Maria Edgeworth, O Magazine, April 2004



Read not to contradict and confute? Nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. Sir Francis Bacon, O Magazine, April 2003



Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. Harold Bloom, O Magazine, April 2003



A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return. Salman Rushdie, O Magazine, April 2003



What I dream of is an art of balance. Henri Matisse, O Magazine, April 2003



That which is static and repetitive is boring. That which is dynamic and random is confusing. In between lies art. John A. Locke



So divinely is the world organized that every one of us, in our place and time, is in balance with everything else. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, O Magazine, April 2003



We can be sure that the greatest hope for maintaining equilibrium in the face of any situation rests within ourselves. Francis J. Braceland, O Magazine, April 2003



Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how? We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark. Agnes de Mille



Order is not pressure which is imposed on society from without, but an equilibrium which is set up from within. Jose Ortega y Gasset



If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race. Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, April 2003



Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone? The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. Lin Yutang, O Magazine, October 2002



It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you. M. Grundler



Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Natalie Goldberg, O Magazine, October 2002



When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. Francois de La Rochefoucauld, quoted in O Magazine, October 2002



We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things?[but] there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper. James Carroll, O Magazine, October 2002



We have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies. Etty Hillesum, O Magazine, October 2002



Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles. Charlie Chaplin, O Magazine, October 2002



To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. Jane Austen



If you can attain repose and calm, believe that you have seized happiness. Julie-Jeanne-Eleonore de Lespinasse, O Magazine, October 2002



I take it that what all men are really after is some form or perhaps only some formula of peace. Joseph Conrad



There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted. James Branch Cabell



Acquire inner peace and a multitude will find their salvation near you. Catherine de Hueck Doherty, O Magazine, October 2002



Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, September 2002



The question should be, is it worth trying to do, nor can it be done. Allard Lowenstein, O Magazine, September 2002



The wisest men follow their own direction. Euripides



It has never been my object to record my dreams, just to realize them. Man Ray, O Magazine, September 2002



I do not want to die… until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown. Kathe Kollwitz, O Magazine, September 2002



Simply the thing that I am shall make me live. William Shakespeare



Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves. Germaine Greer, O Magazine, September 2002



The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing. Winifred Holtby, O Magazine, September 2002



One must desire something to be alive. Margaret Deland, O Magazine, September 2002



To want to be what one can be is purpose in life. Cynthia Ozick, O Magazine, September 2002



The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning. Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, September 2002



The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be. Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine



Dedication is not what others expect of you, it is what you can give to others. Unknown



Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books. Bell Hooks, O Magazine, December 2003



When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it. Marie de Sevigne, O Magazine, December 2003



There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love. Christopher Morley



I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself. Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, December 2003



Then give to the world the best you have. And the best will come back to you. Madeline Bridges, O Magazine, December 2003



I am here and you will know that I am the best and will hear me. Leontyne Price, O Magazine, December 2003



My one aim was to do a thing well and to excel if possible. Josephine demott Robinson, O Magazine, December 2003



When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. Helen Keller



Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night. Unknown



None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. Ralph Waldo Emerson



To try to be better is to be better. Charlotte Cushman, quoted in O Magazine, December 2003



The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. John F. Kennedy



Strive for excellence, not perfection. H. Jackson Brown Jr., O Magazine, December 2003



There was a disturbance in my heart, a voice that spoke there and said, I want, I want, I want! It happened every afternoon, and when I tried to suppress it got even stronger. Saul Bellow, O Magazine, September 2003



Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself! Marcus Aurelius Antoninus



Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it. Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, September 2003



Confidence in nonsense is a requirement for the creative process. Unknown



Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things. Denis Diderot



Blaze with the fire that is never extinguished. Luisa Sigea, O Magazine, September 2003



Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. Georg Wilhelm, O Magazine, September 2003



I had learnt to seek intensity? More of life, a concentrated sense of life. Nina Berberova, O Magazine, September 2003



The worst sin – perhaps the only sin – passion can commit, is to be joyless. Dorothy L. Sayers, O Magazine, September 2003



What makes the engine go? Desire, desire, desire. Stanley Kunitz, O Magazine, September 2003



As we grow old? The beauty steals inward. Ralph Waldo Emerson



There is no old age. There is, as there always was, just you. Carol Matthau, O Magazine, October 2003



I grow more intense as I age. Florida Scott-Maxwell, O Magazine, October 2003



You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older. Anouk Aimee, O Magazine, October 2003



I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time. Orson Welles



The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Anonymous



To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old. Oliver Wendell Holmes



The heads of strong old age are beautiful beyond all grace of youth. Robinson Jeffers, O Magazine, October 2003



I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming… suddenly you find – at the age of 50, say – that a whole new life has opened before you. Agatha Christie



I am an old man, but in many senses a very young man. And this is what I want you to be, young, young all your life. Pablo Casals, O Magazine, October 2003



To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent – that is to triumph over old age. Thomas Bailey Aldrich, O Magazine, October 2003



With age come the inner, the higher life. Who would be forever young, to dwell always in externals? Elizabeth Cady Stanton, O Magazine, October 2003



Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same. Pearl Buck, quoted in O Magazine, May 2003



The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. Elain Heffner, O Magazine, May 2003



The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day. M. Grundler



A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary. Dorothy C. Fisher, quoted in O Magazine, May 2003



There is? Nothing to suggest that mothering cannot be shared by several people. H. R. Schaffer, O Magazine, May 2003



What children take from us, they give? We become people who feel more deeply, question more deeply, hurt more deeply, and love more deeply. Sonia Taitz, O Magazine, May 2003



The world is full of women blindsided by the unceasing demands of motherhood, still flabbergasted by how a job can be terrific and torturous. Anna Quindlen, O Magazine, May 2003



Food is our common ground, a universal experience. James Beard, O Magazine, November 2003



The art of dining well is no slight art, the pleasure not a slight pleasure. Michel de Montaigne



Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast. Epictetus



Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly. M. F. K. Fisher, O Magazine, November 2003



Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead



God creates men, but they choose each other. Niccolo Machiavelli, quoted in O Magazine, November 2003



First it is necessary to stand on your own two feet. But the minute a man finds himself in that position, the next thing he should do is reach out his arms. Kristin Hunter, O Magazine, November 2003



The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession. Mark Twain



But the life that no longer trust another human being and no longer forms ties to the political community is not a human life any longer. Martha Nussbaum, O Magazine, November 2003



Memory is a giggling sprite and will not be tamed. She takes flight the moment the present becomes the past. Real Live Preacher, weblog, 04-29-04



Use soft words and hard arguments. Unknown



They will kill a great many of us. We will kill a few of them. They will tire of it first. Ho Chi Minh, When asked how Vietnam could possibly wage war against the West.



Shallow understanding accompanies poor compassion, great understanding goes with great compassion. Tich Nhat Han, The sun my heart



All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few. ? Marie Henri Beyle, (1783-1842)



you may not be responsible for being down. but you are responsible for getting up. Jesse Jackson, B.F.A. 1982



If I can stop one Heart from breaking I shall not live in vain If I can ease one Life the Aching, or cool one Pain, Or help one fainting Robin into his Nest again, I shall not live in Vain. Emily Dickinson



All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. T. E. Lawrence



If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius. Larry Leissner



For the great mass of mankind, the only saving grace needed is a steady fidelity to what is nearest to hand and heart for the short moment of each human effort. Joseph Conrad



If there’s one thing I know it’s God does love a good joke. Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog, 05-01-04



You cannot compile a wit out of two half-wits. Joe Orton



If it can be dreamed, it can be done. Walt Disney, Inauguration day of Disney World



I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. John Adams



Those who don’t build must burn. It’s as old as history and juvenile delinquency. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451



I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents. Winston Churchill



We shape our buildings and they shape us. Winston Churchill



I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby



The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits Anonymous



The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it. William James



Music, when soft voices die, Vibrates in the memory; Odors, when sweet violets sicken, Live within the sense they quicken. Percy Bysshe Shelley



When a man comes to die, no matter what his talents and influence, and genius, if he dies unloved his life must be a failure to him and dying a cold horror. It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world. John Steinbeck, East of Eden



No matter how long we exist, we have our memories. Points in time which time itself cannot erase. Suffering may distort my backward glances, but even to suffering, some memories will yield nothing of their beauty or their splendor. Rather they remain as hard as gems. Anne Rice, “Blood and Gold”



This Rock has become an object of veneration in the United States. I have seen bits of it carefully preserved in several towns in the Union. Does this sufficiently show that all human power and greatness is in the soul of man? Here is a stone which the feet of a few outcasts pressed for an instant; and the stone becomes famous; it is treasured by a great nation; its very dust is shared as a relic. Alexis DE Tocqueville



If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. Anonymous



The quality of an organization can never exceed the quality of the minds that make it up. Harold R. McAlindon



The more things change, the more they remain… insane. Michael Fry and T. Lewis, Over the Hedge, 05-09-04



He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom. Benjamin Franklin



The wisest mind has something yet to learn. George Santayana, Vol. 53 / No. 18 MMWR page 391



Things are neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so. William Shakespeare, Hamlet



I require myself not to be equal to the best, but to be better than the bad. Seneca



All art is quite useless. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey



It is impossible to say just what I mean! T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, line 105



I am in fact a Hobbit, in all but size. J. R .R. Tolkien



Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible, and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works… J. R. R. Tolkien



With hope or without hope we will follow the trail of our enemies. And woe to them, if we prove the swifter! J. R. R. Tolkien



Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. Will Durant



Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue. J. R. R. Tolkien, Mandos, The Silmarillion, Of the Flight of the Noldor



The treacherous are ever distrustful. J. R. R. Tolkien, Gandalf on Saruman, The Two Towers



He should not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, spoken by Elrond



Few can foresee whither their road will lead them, till they come to its end. J. R. R. Tolkien



For though I do not ask for aid, we need it. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, spoken by Boromir



I have no help to send, therefore I must go myself. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King



What do you mean? Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good on this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on? J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit



It is only the inferior thinker who hastens to explain the singular and the complex by the primitive shortcut of supernaturalism. H. P. Lovecraft



Daylight, in my mind, the night faded. Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird



I like it [The Bible] as a book. Just like I like “The Cat In The Hat” Marilyn Manson



God be between you and harm in all the empty places where you must walk. Ancient Egyptian Blessing



Live simply, so that all may simply live. St, Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) Foundress of the Sisters of Charity, USA, Speech given in the Diocese of Baltimore



A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? Oscar Wilde



Never argue with a fool. Someone watching may not be able to tell the difference. Anonymous



The people who cast the votes do not decide an election, the people who count the votes do. Joseph Stalin



I believe in one thing only, the power of the human will. Joseph Stalin



The only real power comes out of a long rifle. Joseph Stalin



Die, but do not retreat. Joseph Stalin



Gratitude is a sickness, suffered by dogs. Joseph Stalin



I liked New York when it was an up-and-down city for me, low streets and high buildings. But then, for me, it grew horizontal—-monotonous. Jasper Johns (lithographer), Newsweek, Oct. 24, 1977 – page 42.



There is no eraser on the end of a scalpel. Douglas Leonard Martin, Douglas Leonard Martin in a letter to FDA in 1975.



The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think. Horace Walpole, lived 1717-1797



I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability. Oscar Wilde



It is good for a man to eat thistles and to remember that he is an ass. E. S. Dallas



The most painful state of living is remembering the future. Soren Kierkegaard



If you follow all the rules, you miss all the fun. Katherine Hepburn



I want to do something different, really different, and if it alienates people that’s too bad. Kurt Cobain



I’ve seen too much hate to want to hate, myself, and every time I see it, I say to myself, hate is too great a burden to bear. Somehow we must be able to stand up against our most bitter opponents and say:?We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you…. But be assured that we’ll wear you down by our capacity to suffer, and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory. Martin Luther King Jr., A Christmas Sermon for Peace on Dec 24, 1967



Wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete. There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force… If we assume that life is worth living, if we assume that mankind has the right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war. Martin Luther King Jr., The Christmas Sermon On Peace in on Dec 24, 1967



You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. Mario Cuomo



If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to a library. Frank Zappa



When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people. It is excessively boring. Oscar Wilde, Jack from The Importance of Being Earnest



If you are not big enough to lose, you are not big enough to win. Walter Reuther



With love and patience, nothing is impossible. Daisaku Ikeda



To keep the body in good health is a duty otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha



History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstances. Donald Creighton



The secret of success is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. Benjamin Disraeli



There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder. Ronald Reagan



The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. William James



The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails. John Maxwell



My favorite part of the game is the opportunity to play. Mike Singletary



Every time you are not practicing someone else is. Boris Becker



Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. Ralph Waldo Emerson



The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. Thomas Paine



With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain. Friedrich von Schiller



We do not remember days, we remember moments. Cesare Pavese



Continuous effort is the key to unlocking our potential. Black Elk, Native American



Constant and determined effort breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles. Claude M Bristol



Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to. Henry Van Dyke



What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him. Louis L. Mann



Happiness is in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin Roosevelt



In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. Michael Korda



The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one. Elbert Hubbard



Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Henry Ford



Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. W. C. Fields



The first wealth is health. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation. William Arthur Wood



Outside show is a poor substitution for inner worth. Aesop



Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear. Martin Luther King Jr.



Where you start is not as important as where you finish. Zig Ziglar



Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein



Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. Sandra Carey



Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the life- long attempt to acquire it. Albert Einstein



Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lessons afterwards. Vernon Law



I never saw a pessimistic general win a battle. Dwight D. Eisenhower



You must do the things you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt



Challenges are what makes life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Joshua J. Marine



Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker. Zig Ziglar



Quality is never an accident. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives. Willa Foster



The greatest motivational act one person can do for another is to listen. Roy Moody



Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. Vincent Van Gogh



Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa



The future depends on what we do in the present. Mahatma Gandhi



The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving. Albert Einstein



Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go William Feather


The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln



The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. Vince Lombardi



Never let the sense of past failure defeat your next step. Oswald Chambers



Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie



The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. Charles DuBos



The enemy is in front of us, the enemy is behind us, the enemy is to the right and to the left of us. They can’t get away this time!!! General Douglas McArthur



The shortest distance between two points is not a very interesting journey. R. Goldberg



We presume that we would be ready for battle if confronted with a great crisis, but it is not the crisis that builds something within us? It simply reveals what we are made of already. Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, September 10



To fail to plan is to plan to fail. Robert Wubbolding



The first rule to tinkering is to save all the parts. Paul Erlich



Perhaps you do not understand me because you do not love me. West African proverb



The idea is there, locked inside, and all you have to do is remove the excess stone. Michelangelo



Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it. Marian Wright Edelman



To be persuasive, we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible, we must be truthful. Edward R. Murrow



Minds are like parachutes…they only function when they are open. Thomas Dewar



Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire. J. K. Rowling



You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. Tom Wilson, from comic strip “Ziggy”



First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down. George Burns



Usability is like oxygen -- you never notice it until it is missing... Unknown



The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder. Alfred Hitchcock



If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to Dorothy Parker



Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them. Abraham Lincoln



A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill



Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill- designed for the purpose. Winston Churchill



We are all travelers in the wilderness of the World, and the best that we can find in our travels is an honest friend. Robert Louis Stevenson



Too much rest is rust. Sir Walter Scott, The Betrothed



It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes. It may even lie on the surface; but we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions? especially selfish ones. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Peace and Violence, sct. 2, in Index, no. 4 (London, 1973.



It is the ordinary woman who knows something about love; the gorgeous ones are too busy being gorgeous. Katharn Hepburn



Pride grows in the human heart like lard on a pig. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago



A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites… Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Commencement Address at Harvard University, June 8, 1978.



We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Speech to the graduating class at Harvard (1978)



The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is safety. H. L. Mencken



Necessity makes even the timid brave. Sallust, Roman historian and politician (c. 86-c. 35 B.C.)



As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you speak. Toni Morrison, American writer (1931-)



Blessed are the weak who think that they are good because they have no claws. Baruch Spinoza



If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever. George Orwell, 1984



The path of repentance, though hard at times, lifts one ever upwards and leads to a perfect forgiveness. Howard W. Hunter, Speech given in October 1994



Are these perilous times? They are. But we can have peace in our hearts and in our homes. Gordon B. Hinkley, Speech given in October 2001



We know not of the future, and cannot plan for it much. But we can hold our spirits and our bodies so pure and high, we may cherish such thoughts and ideals, and dream such dreams of lofty purpose, that we can determine and know what manner of men we will be whenever and wherever the hour sticks that calls to noble action…, No man becomes suddenly different from his habit and cherished thought. Joshua L. Chamberlain, General Commander 20th Maine, Union Forces,



Although we were sent into a failing world, we were not sent to fail. Neil A. Maxwell



Pride is a spiritual Cancer: It eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense. C. S. Lewis, First things First



An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. T. S. Eliot, Quoted in the May, 24 edition of “The Montreal Gazette”



If there is no gardener there is no garden. Stephen R. Covey, First things First



I guess you go too far when pianos try to be guitars. Tori Amos



The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. Joseph Conrad, “Carnival of Wit”



Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. Robert Frost, “The Death of a Hired Man”



Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. Martin Luther



All the world is queer save thee and me. And even thou art a little queer. Sir Robert Owen



Wine is bottled poetry. Robert Louis Stevenson



Spring is the time of the year, when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade. Charles Dickens, Great expectations



Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do anything else. Henry David Thoreau, Vol. 2, p.318 Houghton Mifflin



How sweet it would be to treat men and things, for an hour, for just what they are! Henry David Thoreau, Simplify



Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Henry David Thoreau, simplify



Say what you have to say, not what you ought. any truth is better than make-Believe! Henry David Thoreau, Simplify



Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul. Henry David Thoreau, Simplify simplify



Hatred is toxic waste in the river of life. Micron



Advertising is the most potent influence in adapting and changing the habits and modes of life affecting what we eat, what we wear, and the work and play of a whole nation. Calvin Coolidge



The world is not made of molecules, the world is made of stories. Muriel Rukeyser



Thomas Jefferson still lives. John Adams, On his bed, not knowing Jefferson had died only a few hours earlier-July 4th, 1826



He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them. Chinese proverb



How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? John Kerry, Statement on Vietnam before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, April 22, 1971



The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it. Arnold Schwarzenegger



No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. Helen Keller



But all who are not lunatics are agreed about certain things: That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than to be a slave. Many people desire these things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer. These people can be refuted by science: Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy. Bertrand Russell, from the essay “The Science to Save Us From Science”



Nor need we be surprised that men so often embrace almost any doctrines, if they are proclaimed with a voice of absolute assurance. Judge Learned Hand, Address “A Fanfare for Prometheus”, January 29,1955



It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford



When a miracle happens, even if not to you, it’s nature is to naturally expand. You can almost feel the warmth on your face. Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog, 06-02-04



“Reality” is the only word in the English language that should always be used in quotes. Unknown



There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder. Ronald Reagan



To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last—but eat you he will. Ronald Reagan



The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas-a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated. Ronald Reagan



I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete. Ronald Reagan



The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away. Ronald Reagan



One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us. Kurt Vonnegut, “Cold Turkey”, In These Times, May 10, 2004



I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire



There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president. Kurt Vonnegut, “Cold Turkey”, In These Times, May 10, 2004



History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind. Edward Gibbon



Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative. Kurt Vonnegut, “Cold Turkey”, In These Times, May 10, 2004



Most advances in science come when a person for one reason or another is forced to change fields. Peter Borden



I am not dying, not any more than any of us are at any moment. We run, hopefully as fast as we can, and then everyone must stop. We can only choose how we handle the race. Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog comments, 06-11-04



Actions have consequences…first rule of life. And the second rule is this – you are the only one responsible for your own actions. Holly Lisle, Fire In The Mist, 1992



You must learn to face the fact, always, that you choose to do what you do, and that everything you do affects not only you but others. Holly Lisle, Fire In The Mist, 1992



Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. Mahatma Gandhi



I would rather be right and die than be wrong and kill. Holly Lisle, Fire In The Mist, 1992



The only place you will be accepted is the place you make for yourself. Holly Lisle, Fire In The Mist, 1992



Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic. Frank Herbert, Dune



It takes a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious. Alfred North Whitehead



A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it. Frank Herbert, Dune (First Law of Mentat)



Character is who you are when no one is looking. Allan Williams



The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience. Frank Herbert, Dune (Reverend Mother Mohiam)



When you really trust someone, you have to be okay with not understanding some things. Real Live Preacher, Real Live Preacher weblog, 07-08-04



My curiosity is my creativity on the way to discovery. “Why” on Quartz



We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve. Maxwell Maltz, Communication Bulletin for Managers & Supervisors, June 2004



The thing to remember is that that the future comes one day at a time. Dean Acheson, Communication Bulletin for Managers & Supervisors, June 2004



Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it. Les Brown, Communication Bulletin for Managers & Supervisors, June 2004



Luck is the residue of design. Branch Rickey, Communication Bulletin for Managers & Supervisors, June 2004



Even the fear of death is nothing compared to the fear of not having lived authentically and fully. Frances Moore Lappe, O Magazine, May 2004



Getting my lifelong weight struggle under control has come from a process of treating myself as well as I treat others in every way. Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, August 2004



When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Hunter S. Thompson



I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours. Hunter S. Thompson



It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top. Hunter S. Thompson



No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master. Hunter S. Thompson



Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect. Hunter S. Thompson



The real tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces himself for his one supreme effort-he never stretches to his full capacity, never stands up to his full stature. Arnold Bennett



Castles made of sand fall in the sea eventually. Jimi Hendrix



Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. Vince Lombardi



Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see. John Lennon, in Strawberry Fields Forever



In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. Anne Frank, from the diary of Anne Frank



Perfection can be achieved by no one, because perfection is achieved from faults- yet faults tear away the perfection in you. Mary Ross



Not what man knows but what man feels, concerns art. All else is science. Bernard Berenson



Statistically the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you would think the mere possibility of existence would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise. Lewis Thomas



I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life. Ronald Reagan



I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him. Mark Twain



He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice. Albert Einstein



There are no hopeless situations; There are only people who have grown hopeless about them. Clare Boothe Luce



Posterity is as likely to be wrong as anyone else. Heywood Broun, Sitting on the World, 1924



A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits. Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, 1978



A poem is no place for an idea. Edgar Watson Howe, Country Town Sayings, 1911



Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else? James Thurber



The secret to life is that there is no secret. “Swamp man” on Quartz



Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority. James Thurber



There are two kinds of light—the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. James Thurber



The world only goes round by misunderstanding. Charles Baudelaire



We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose. Charles Baudelaire



Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place. Charles Baudelaire



I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial. Charles Baudelaire



Engineers are all basically high-functioning autistics who have no idea how normal people do stuff. Cory Doctorow, Eastern Standard Tribe, 2004



True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. Socrates



Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne



I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, “I want to grow up and be a critic.” Richard Pryor, Guardian Unlimited (UK) August 9, 2004



Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong. Theodore Roosevelt, 1916 (quoted in the Theodore Roosevelt Centennial CD-ROM)



The key is to commit crimes so confusing that police feel too stupid to even write a crime report about them. Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive Comic, 10-30-03



I dream of wayward gulls and all landless lovers, rare moments of winter sun, peace, privacy, for everyone. William Claire



It was a cold, bright day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen. George Orwell, “1984”, first sentence



I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes. Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854



And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all. Socrates



Peace has never come from dropping bombs. Real peace comes from enlightenment and educating people to behave more in a divine manner. Carlos Santana, Associated Press interview, September 1, 2004



In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves. R. A. Butler



Politics is largely a matter of heart. R. A. Butler



Science is the only true guide in life. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Founder of modern Turkey 22.09.1924



Freedom and independence form my character. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Founder of modern Turkey 24.04.1921



If a man does his best, what more is there to ask for? George S. Patton



Everyone is having a harder time than it appears. Charles Grodin



The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground…. Unknown



Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do. Bob Dylan, “To Ramona”



There are no dirty words, only dirty minds. Lenny Bruce



An education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on. Terry Pratchett, Hogfather



A marriage is always made up of two people who are prepared to swear that only the other one snores. Terry Pratchett, The Fifth Elephant



It could not be happening because this sort of thing did not happen. Any contradictory evidence could be safely ignored. Terry Pratchett, Jingo



Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. Terry Pratchett, Hogfather



Unless we change direction, we are likely to wind up where we are headed. Chinese Proverb



If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. Katharine Hepburn



Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge. Friedrich Nietzsche



“Whoops” is a word that should never be said by some professions – Pilots, Racing car drivers, and hair colorists come immediately to mind but Dentists also have to be up in the top five. Richard Stubbs, Comedian, Book – “ Still Life”



The future is no place to place your better days. Dave Matthews, “Cry Freedom”



Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it. George Bernard Shaw



The only thing that comes to a sleeping man are dreams. Tupac Amaru Shakur



Well, the telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful. Kurt Vonnegut, Interview, Mcsweeneys.net



If privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy. Philip R. Zimmermann



Any fool can make a rule,
and any fool will mind it. Henry David Thoreau



Nothing recedes like success. Walter Winchell, American Columnist and Broadcaster (1897-1972)



The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it. Karl Marx (1845), Theses on Feuerbach (Thesis XI)



One of the most difficult tasks confronting philosophers is to descend from the world of thought to the actual world. Language is the immediate actuality of thought. Just as philosophers have given thought an independent existence, so they were bound to make language into an independent realm. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, German Ideology, Chapter 3



He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom. J. R.R. Tolkien, Spoken by Gandalf



What’s the use of happiness? It can?t buy you money. Henny Youngman



The deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised. J. R. R. Tolkien, Spoken by Aragorn



Never tell the truth to those unworthy of it…. Mark Twain



I love you. I used to pity your sorrow. But now, were you sorrowless, without fear or any lack, still i would love you. J. R. R. Tolkien, Spoken by Faramir



If we are immortal it is a fact in nature, and we are not indebted to priests for it, nor to bibles for it, and it cannot be destroyed by unbelief. Robert Ingersoll, ?What Must We Do To Be Saved?? (1880)



Don’t get married, just find someone you dont like and buy them a house. Sydney James



Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both. John Andrew Holmes



Are you insinuating that I am a purveyor of terminological inexactitudes? Winston Churchill, responding to a journalist



Social history might be defined negatively as the history of a people with the politics left out. G. M. Trevelyan



If you choose not to decide -- you still have made a choice! Neil Peart



Don’t worry about a thing, ?cause every little thing gonna be all right. Bob Marley, "Three Little Birds" - song "Legend"- album



Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged



Who is better, they who promote truth over happiness, or happiness over truth? Friedrich Nietzsche



Mental toughness is essential to success. Vince Lombardi



Strength, courage and power do not exclude kindness, understanding and consideration. You can be strong and kind; you can be courageous and understanding; you can be powerful and considerate. Linda R. Dominguez, How to Shine at Work, (McGraw-Hill)



Trying is the first step towards failure. Homer Simpson



The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Franklin D. Roosevelt



A Dream is where a boy can swim in the deepest oceans and fly over the highest clouds. Joanne K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore



There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Shakespeare, Hamlet



The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who seek them. Ayn Rand, Anthem



The resounding echo of the mortal coil, echoes in the ears of those who are unprepared for it. To some, it sounds like a symphony – to others, a death toll. George Whelton



Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping, For only the hand of God can contain your hearts. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet



These days, the wages of sin depend on what kind of deal you make with the devil. Kara Vichko



There are two things I know about life… Only the good die young but the real jerks will live forever. Lewis Black, “Black on Broadway” (2004)



When you take a man as he is, you make him worse. When you take a man as he can be, you make him better. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Immature love says, I love you because I need you, mature love says, I need you because I love you. Winston Churchill



When you get to the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on. Winston Churchill



Every silver lining has a touch of grey. Jerry Garcia



Virtual Reality is like mainlining television. William Gibson



Happiness is reflective, like the light of heaven. Washington Irving, American writer and poet



Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday living. Pablo Picasso



For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them. Sir Thomas More, Utopia, Book 1



Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get—only with what you are expecting to give—which is everything. Katharine Hepburn



Hell has no benefits, only torture. John Milton, Paradise Lost



Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. Thomas Fuller



Intense love does not measure, it just gives. Mother Teresa



My feelings would never change, but… now she was gone, and this thought meant more to me than the impending destruction of the world. Roger Zelazny, The Courts of Chaos



Power is the great aphrodisiac. Henry Kissinger



I like my cigar, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while. Groucho Marx



We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless. Oscar Wilde, A Picture of Dorian Grey – Preface



Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everyone else William Shakespeare, Venus & Adonis



The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others. Anonymous



I felt that I had done my duty. Nothing drove me now. I had run out of causes and was as close as I might ever be to peace. With all this behind me, I felt that if I had to die now, it was all right. I would not protest quite so loudly as I would have at any other time. Roger Zelazny, The Courts of Chaos



I have great faith in fools; self-confidence, my friends call it. Edgar Allan Poe



About Superman and Batman: the former is how America views itself, the latter, darker character is how the rest of the world views America. Michael Caine, www.aint-it-cool-news.com



A wise man is never too sure of what he knows to be true. James W. Gray



The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Thomas Jefferson



A leader has the right to be beaten, but never the right to be surprised. Napoleon Bonaparte



History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. Ronald Reagan, Address to the Nation, Jan 16, 1984



Compulsion cannot produce virtue; it can only produce the outward semblance of virtue. Dinesh D?Souza



When men take up arms to set other men free, there is something sacred and holy in the warfare. Woodrow Wilson



Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only the shallow people who do not judge by appearances. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray



At the beginning of a great national change, the patriot is a scarce man: scorned, ridiculed and forgotten. When his cause succeeds, however, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. Mark Twain



If you are idle, be not solitary. If you are solitary, be not idle. Samuel Johnson



Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe. Galileo Galilei



The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart. Robert Frost



I think most of us would be horrified to meet ourselves and discover what everyone else already knows about us. Bill Watterson



If people become ecstatic the whole society will have to change, because this society is based on misery. If people are blissful you cannot lead them to war -- to Vietnam, or to Egypt, or to Israel. No. Someone who is blissful will just laugh and say: This is nonsense! Osho, My Way: The Way of The White Clouds



A man who is afraid of death will be afraid of life also, because life brings death. If you are afraid of the enemy and you close your door, the friend will also be prohibited. Osho, The art of Dying



Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood. H. L. Mencken



Good music is good music, and everything else can go to hell. Dave Matthews, VH1 Special: Trey And Dave Go To Africa



Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. Reinhold Niebuhr, Rockford (IL) Register Star newspaper



Necessity, who is the mother of invention. Plato, The Republic



What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 153



Plato is boring. Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, What I owe to the Ancients



But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful! Friedrich Nietzsche, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Chapter 29



The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo, Foreword



A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions—as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 41



God is dead. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 108



There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891



Morality is herd instinct in the individual. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 116



The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 130



The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 191



For believe me: the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and greatest enjoyment is – to live dangerously. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 283



We are always in our own company. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 166



I would not know what the spirit of a philosopher might wish more to be than a good dancer. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, section 381



What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist, section 2



In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist, section 16



The perfect man uses his mind as a mirror.
It grasps nothing. It regrets nothing.
It receives but does not keep. Chuang Tzu



People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. George Orwell, (attributed)



I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters and that it is my duty…This is my highest and best use as a human. Ben Stein, E! Online, 12-20-03



Dressing up is inevitably a substitute for good ideas. It is no coincidence that technically inept business types are known as “suits.” Paul Graham, September 2004



I love hearing my relations abused. It is the only thing that makes me put up with them at all. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest



Doctors are not servants of their patients, they are traders like everyone else in a free society and they should bear that title proudly considering the crucial importance of the services they offer. Ayn Rand



Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. Woody Allen



God is not on the side of any nation, yet we know He is on the side of justice. Our finest moments [as a nation] have come when we faithfully served the cause of justice for our own citizens, and for the people of other lands. George W. Bush, Klein, J. (2004). The perils of a righteous president. Time, May 17: 25.



You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Dr. Seuss



Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt



If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on its headstone might well be: “It seemed a good idea at the time.” Dame Rebecca West



The way I see it if you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain. Dolly Parton



The kingdom of God or nothing. John Taylor, former president of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints



The real giants have been poets, men who jumped from facts into the realm of imagination and ideas. Bill Bernbach



God is in the details. Mies van der Rohe



If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am not for others, what am I?
And if not now, when? Rabbi Hillel



You have to be realistic about terrorism. Certain groups of people, certain groups, Muslim fundamentalists, Christian fundamentalists, Jewish fundamentalists, and just plain guys from Montana, are going to continue to make life in this country very interesting for a long, long time. George Carlin, You Are All Diseased



Thoughtfulness for others, generosity, modesty, and self-respect are the qualities which make a real gentleman or lady. Thomas Huxley



God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die. Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes



Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy



There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope. The death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. J. Michael Straczynski, Babylon 5 (Television Series)



No greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his brother. Not for millions, .. not for glory, not for fame. For one person, .. in the dark .. where no one will ever know .. or see. J. Michael Straczynski, Babylon 5 (Television Series) “Comes the Inquisitor”



To be a good soldier, you must love the army. To be a good commander, you must be willing to order the death of the thing you love. Robert E. Lee, Conversation with Gen. Longstreet



Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. Helen Keller, “The World at Her Fingertips” by Joan Dash



Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of our racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into impoverished reservations. John Kennedy, Autobiography of malcolm x



My thinking had been opened up wide in Mecca. I wrote long letters to my friends, in which I tried to convey to them my new insights into the American black man’s struggle and his problems as well as the depths of my search for truth and justice. ?I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda,? I had written to these friends. ?I am for truth, no matter who tells it. I am for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I am a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.? The American white man?s press called me the angriest Negro in America. I wouldn’t deny that charge; I spoke exactly as I felt. I believe in anger. I believe it is a crime for anyone who is being brutalized to continue to accept that brutality without doing something to defend himself. I am for violence if non-violence means that we continue postponing or even delaying a solution to the American black man?s problem. White man hates to hear anybody, especially a black man, talk about the crime that the white man perpetrated on the black man. But let me remind you that when the white man came into this country, he certainly wasn’t demonstrating non-violence. malcolm X, Autobiography of malcolm x



Every great improvement has come after repeated failure. Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are the posts on the road to achievement. Charles F. Kettering, quoted in Globe and Mail, Toronto, June 18, 2004, page A16, [email protected]



What importance can we attach to the things of this world? Friendship? It disappears when the one who is liked comes to grief, or the one who likes becomes powerful. Love? it is deceived, fleeting, or guilty. Fame? You share it with mediocrity or crime. Fortune? Could that frivolity be counted a blessing? All that remains are those so-called happy days that flow past unnoticed in the obscurity of domestic cares, leaving man with the desire neither to lose his life nor to begin it over. Chateaubriand



in song the words tend to lose their significance, do often lose it, while at the other extreme, in current prose it is the musical value that tends to disappear – so that verse stands symmetrically, as it were, between song, on the one hand, and prose on the other – and is thus admirably and delicately balanced between the sensual and the intellectual power of language. Paul Valery



The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. Brandon Lee



Life is something that everyone should try at least once. Henry J. Tillman



I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do? Ronnie Shakes



The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided. Casey Stengal



The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. Marcus Aurelius




Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. Lucille Ball



Is everybody in? Is everybody in? Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin. Jim Morrison



I am the lizard king. I can do anything. Jim Morrison



Alea Iacta est… (the dice is cast) Julius Ceasar, when crossing the rubicon and thus starting civil war that effectively ended the Roman republic



truth never perishes (Veritas numquam perit) seneca



Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit. Give everything you got today for tomorrow may never come. Dan Gable, University of Iowa wrestling coach



The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting. Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting



Mi taku oyasin. (We are all related.) Lakota belief



Religion is far too important a thing for atheists to leave to the religious. Tor N’retranders, Mark Verden (English title not known)



My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met. Rodney Dangerfield



I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out. Rodney Dangerfield



When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them. Rodney Dangerfield



My wife is always trying to get rid of me. The other day she told me to put the garbage out. I said to her I already did. She told me to go and keep an eye on it. Rodney Dangerfield



One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done. Marie Curie, Letter to her brother, 1894



We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity. Marie Curie, Lecture at Vassar College, May 14, 1921



I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale. Marie Curie



Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. Marie Curie



There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth. Marie Curie



You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. Marie Curie



To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend. Jacques Derrida



But psychoanalysis has taught that the dead? A dead parent, for example? Can be more alive for us, more powerful, more scary, than the living. It is the question of ghosts. Jacques Derrida, Quoted in New York Times, January 23, 1994



No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other. Jascha Heifetz



The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds. R. D. Laing



Practice Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Beauty. Unknown



We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing. R. D. Laing



From the moment of birth, when the stone-age baby confronts the twentieth-century mother, the baby is subjected to these forces of violence, called love, as its mother and father have been, and their parents and their parents before them. These forces are mainly concerned with destroying most of its potentialities. This enterprise is on the whole successful. R. D. Laing



It takes a village to raise an idiot. William Dukane



To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Justice will only exist where those not affected by injustice are filled with the same amount of indignation as those offended. Plato



At the risk of sounding ridiculous, a true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love. Ernesto “Che” Guevara



The end of all education should surely be service to others. Cesar E. Chavez



To the Nahuas, words were flowers, metaphors that gave birth to thoughts and actions. Jose Antonio Burciaga



I have to say that the traditional role is kind of a myth. I think the traditional Mexican woman is a fierce woman. Sandra Cisneros



All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. Thomas Paine, “Age of Reason”



Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, and equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them so close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world. Eleanor Anna Roosevelt, Remarks at presentation of booklet on human rights



Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr



People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. Albert Einstein



Blinding ignorance does mislead us.
O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! Leonardo Da Vinci



We might make mistakes but we will make other things too. Michael Joseph Savage



I once shook hands with Pat Boone and my whole right side sobered up. Dean Martin


A divine falsehood is more powerful than any human truth. Michael Bakunin, God and State



Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Berthald Auerbach



I distrust camels, and anyone else who can go a week without a drink. Joe Lewis



Wisdom comes with winters. Oscar Wildedmissions literature at Colby College.



Politics is the science of getting more power than anyone deserves to have. Kirk Brothers, The Revolutionary Right



Comtemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen and then ask yourself, What should be the reward of such sacrifices… If ye love wealth better than freedom, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands that feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. Samuel Adams



You guys over there, pair up into groups of three. Yogi Berra



Most people my age are dead at the present time. Casey Stengel



When words fail, music speaks. Hans Christian Anderson



Every attempt to employ mathematical methods in the study of chemical questions must be considered profoundly irrational and contrary to the spirit of chemistry… If mathematical analysis should ever had prominent place in chemistry – an aberration, which is happily almost impossible – it would be a rapid and widespread degeneration of that science. Auguste Comte, Philosophies Positive (1830)



If happiness truly consisted of physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow. William Lyon Phelps



It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again. Because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, he who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat”. Theodore Roosevelt



If you look for the bad in people, you will surely find it. Abraham Lincoln



Sex is part of nature, I go with nature. Marylin Monroe



It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it. Upton Sinclair



Many of us are more capable than some of us…
but none of us is as capable as all of us!! Tom Wilson, Ziggy (comic)



I still have a lot to learn – about the business, about music, and about myself. It’s exciting. Britney Spears



With love, you should go ahead and take the risk of getting hurt… because love is an amazing feeling. Britney Spears



I am as vulnerable and fragile as it is possible to be. I am shredded to the core. I am at the point where I am stripped bare. Rachel Hunter



You know criticism when you get into this business. You accept the bad with the good, the tabloids and the positive side of it. Carmen Electra



Is there a rehab center for Coke drinkers? I drink six to eight cans a day. Carmen Electra



I am happy being able to play roles with people my age because once you do something really mature there is no turning back. Lindsay Lohan



If I think more about death than some other people, it is probably because I love life more than they do. Angelina Jolie



Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds. Bob Marley



My life is very crazy and busy, but I love it that way. Hilary Duff



American can do better, and help is on the way. John Kerry, speech in 2004


#11589I would rather be the candidate of the NAACP than the NRA. John Kerry



We must uphold the promise of Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, and Clinton and never allow the President and his Republican friends to threaten Social Security by putting it on the Wall Street trading block. John Kerry, Speech at Democratic Convention, May 31, 2002



At every step of the way, George W. Bush has put the narrow interests of the few ahead of the interests of most Americans. John Kerry, speech in New York, August 24, 2004



We must become the change we want to see. Mahatma Gandhi



I defended this country as a young man, and I will defend it as president. John Kerry, speech in New York, August 24, 2004



Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done. George W. Bush, September 20, 2001



We have learned that terrorist attacks are not caused by the use of strength; they are invited by the perception of weakness. And the surest way to avoid attacks on our own people is to engage the enemy where he lives and plans. We are fighting that enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan today so that we do not meet him again on our own streets, in our own cities. George W. Bush, September 7, 2003



Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. George W. Bush, September 20, 2001



I believe that God has planted in every human heart the desire to live in freedom. And even when that desire is crushed by tyranny for decades, it will rise again. George W. Bush, State of the Union address, January 20, 2004



It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind. Jonathan Swift



I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Christopher Reeve



We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real? Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, 1953



Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment. R. Buckminster Fuller, Interview, April 30, 1978



Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not reali

zing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking. R. Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, 1963



Now there is one outstandingly important fact regarding Spaceship Earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it. R. Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, 1963



Our deeds are like children that are born to us; they live and act apart from our own will. Nay, children may be strangled, but deeds never: they have an indestructible life both in and out of our consciousness George Eliot, Romola, 1863



There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music. George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, 1860



Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane. Philip K. Dick, Valis



Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty. Henry M. Robert



Pathos, piety, courage, ? they exist, but are identical, and so is filth. Everything exists, nothing has value. E. M. Forster, A Passage to India, 1924



If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. E. M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951



The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry. Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, 1929



In the defense of our nation, a president must be a clear-eyed realist. There are limits to the smiles and scowls of diplomacy. Armies and missiles are not stopped by stiff notes of condemnation. They are held in check by strength and purpose and the promise of swift punishment. George W. Bush, speech, November 19, 1999



American foreign policy must be more than the management of crisis. It must have a great and guiding goal: to turn this time of American influence into generations of democratic peace. George W. Bush, speech, November 19, 1999



The case for trade is not just monetary, but moral. Economic freedom creates habits of liberty. And habits of liberty create expectations of democracy. George W. Bush, speech, November 19, 1999



America has never been an empire. We may be the only great power in history that had the chance, and refused ? preferring greatness to power and justice to glory. George W. Bush, speech, November 19, 1999



The peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history, yet common in our country. With a simple oath, we affirm old traditions and make new beginnings. George W. Bush, Inaugural address, 2001



America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. George W. Bush, Inaugural address, 2001



We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace. We know that oppressive governments support terror, while free governments fight the terrorists in their midst. We know that free peoples embrace progress and life, instead of becoming the recruits for murderous ideologies. George W. Bush, Speech to UN General Assembly, September 21, 2004



The desire for freedom resides in every human heart. And that desire cannot be contained forever by prison walls, or martial laws, or secret police. Over time, and across the Earth, freedom will find a way. George W. Bush, Speech to UN General Assembly, September 21, 2004



For too long, many nations, including my own, tolerated, even excused, oppression in the Middle East in the name of stability. Oppression became common, but stability never arrived. We must take a different approach. We must help the reformers of the Middle East as they work for freedom, and strive to build a community of peaceful, democratic nations. George W. Bush, Speech to UN General Assembly, September 21, 2004



The advance of liberty is the path to both a safer and better world. George W. Bush, Speech to UN General Assembly, September 21, 2004



Good writing takes more than just time; it wants your best moments and the best of you.Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com weblog, 10-09-04



Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. Abigail Adams



Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken. Abigail Adams



Great necessities call out great virtues. Abigail Adams



We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. Abigail Adams



Reputations are created every day and every minute . Christopher Ruel



I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term -- meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching -- there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster. Ansel Adams



Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder. Arnold Toynbee



Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor. Arnold Toynbee



We have been God-like in our planned breeding of our domesticated plants and animals, but we have been rabbit-like in our unplanned breeding of ourselves. Arnold Toynbee



My prerogative right now is to just chill and let all the other overexposed blondes on the cover of Us Weekly (magazine) be your entertainment. Britney Spears, on her web site, October 2004



The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive. Thomas Jefferson



It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars. Arthur C. Clarke, First on the Moon, 1970



Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion. Ovid



The inspirational value of the space program is probably of far greater importance to education than any input of dollars… A whole generation is growing up which has been attracted to the hard disciplines of science and engineering by the romance of space. Arthur C. Clarke, First on the Moon, 1970



At the present rate of progress, it is almost impossible to imagine any technical feat that cannot be achieved – if it can be achieved at all – within the next few hundred years. Arthur C. Clarke, 1983



If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run – and often in the short one – the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative. Arthur C. Clarke, The Exploration of Space, 1951



A hundred years ago, the electric telegraph made possible – indeed, inevitable – the United States of America. The communications satellite will make equally inevitable a United Nations of Earth; let us hope that the transition period will not be equally bloody. Arthur C. Clarke, First on the Moon, 1970



All Faith is false, all Faith is true Truth is the shattered mirror strewn In myriad bits; while each believes His little bit the whole to own. Sir Richard Francis Burton



The only way to be truly misogynistic is to be a woman. Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive webcomic, 11-11-04



An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh. Will Rogers



A bad wound may heal, but a bad name will kill. Scottish Proverb



A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. Chinese Proverb



A bird that you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return. Jewish Proverb



A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers. Chinese Proverb



A book holds a house of gold. Chinese Proverb



A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. Charles Baudelaire



A book is like a garden carried in the pocket . Chinese Proverb



A book tightly shut is but a block of paper. Chinese Proverb



A brave man dies but once, a coward many times. Native American Proverb



A camel never sees its own hump. African Proverb



A child is the root of the heart. Maria de Jesus



A clash of doctrines is not a disaster—it is an opportunity. Alfred North Whitehead



A clear conscience is a good pillow. American Proverb



A closed mind is a good thing to lose. Anonymous



Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo. James Klass



A closed mouth gathers no feet. Anonymous



A cold needs the cook as much as the doctor. Scottish Proverb



A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. Harold Fricklestein



A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good. Anonymous



A contented mind is a continual feast. American Proverb



A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats. Benjamin Franklin



A coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave just one. Anonymous



A crow is no whiter for being washed. French Proverb



A danger foreseen is half-avoided. Cheyenne Proverb



A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections. Chinese Proverb



Not all those who wonder are lost. Unknown



A different language is a different vision of life. Federico Fellini



A diplomat must always think twice before he says nothing . Irish Proverb



A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. Josh Billings



A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied. Irish Proverb



A dollar saved is a quarter earned. Oscar Levant



A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. Ogden Nash



A fault confessed is half redressed. Polish Proverb



A feeling of real need is always a good enough reason to pray. Hannah Whitall Smith



A filthy mouth will not utter decent language. Chinese Proverb



I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me . Woody Allen



A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so. Aristotle



A fool and water will go the way they are diverted. African Proverb



A fool judges people by the presents they give him. Chinese Proverb



A friend in power is a friend lost. Henry Adams



A friend is one before whom I may think aloud. Ralph Waldo Emerson



A friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. Anonymous



A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday. Erma Bombeck



A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Lao-Tsu, The Way of Lao-Tsu



A functioning police state needs no police. William S. Burroughs



A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials. Chinese Proverb



A goal without a plan is just a wish. Antoine de Saint-Exupery



A good book has no ending. R. D. Cumming



A good conscience is a continual Christmas. Benjamin Franklin



A good example is like a bell that calls many to church. Danish Proverb



A good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help another up. Anonymous



A good friend will fit you like ring to finger. Venezuelan Proverb



A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week. George S. Patton



No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen. Minor White, Photographer



A good resolution is like an old horse, which is often saddled but rarely ridden. Mexican Proverb



A good son makes a good husband. American Proverb



A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. Barry Goldwater



A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. Saul Bellow



A great obstacle to happiness is the expectation of too great a happiness. Fontenelle



A groundless rumor often covers a lot of ground. Anonymous



A guest is like rain: when he lingers on, he becomes a nuisance. Yiddish Proverb



A guest sees more in an hour than the host in a year. Polish Proverb



A guilty conscience needs no accuser. Anonymous



To be matter of fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy -- and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful. Robert Heinlein



A hair on the head is worth two on the brush. Irish Proverb



A half-truth is a whole lie. Yiddish Proverb



A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains. Dutch Proverb



A harvest of peace is produced from a seed of contentment. American Proverb



A hedge between keeps friendship green. German Proverb



A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer. Ralph Waldo Emerson



A husband is always a sensible man; he never thinks of marrying. Alexandre Dumas



Everything may happen. (Omnio fieri possent.) Seneca, Epistuloe and Lucilium, Epis. LXX, 9



A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles. Washington Irving



A kind word is like a spring day. Russian Proverb



A lady is a woman who makes it easy for a man to be a gentleman. American Proverb



A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel. Robert Frost



A lie runs until it is overtaken by the truth. Cuban Proverb



A lie travels farther than the truth. Irish Proverb



A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth. George Bernard Shaw



A light heart lives long. Irish Proverb



These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. Gilbert Highet



A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. Oscar Wilde



A love that can last forever takes but a second to come about. Cuban Proverb



A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. Oscar Wilde



A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis. Anonymous



A man is as old as he feels himself to be. English Proverb



A man is judged by his deeds, not by his words. Russian Proverb



A man is known by the company he avoids. Anonymous



A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him. Samuel Johnson



A man of character in peace is a man of courage in war. Sir James Glover



A man of sixty has spent twenty years in bed and over three years in eating. Arnold Bennett



A man of understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself. Michel de Montaigne



A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. Michelangelo Buonarroti



A man who builds his own pedestal had better use strong cement. Anna Quindlen


A man who could build a church, as one may say, by squinting at a sheet of paper. Charles Dickens



There is only one blasphemy, and that is the refusal to experience joy. Paul Rudnick



A mother understands what a child does not say. Jewish Proverb



A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one. Alexander Hamilton



A person should want to live, if only out of curiosity. Yiddish Proverb



A pessimist, confronted with two bad choices, chooses both. Jewish Proverb



A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love. William Butler Yeats



A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. Herm Albright



They have exiled me now from their society and I am pleased, because humanity does not exile except the one whose noble spirit rebels against despotism and oppression. He who does not prefer exile to slavery is not free by any measure of freedom, truth and duty. Kahil Gibran, Spirits Rebellious



A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck. James A. Garfield



A pretty woman is a welcome guest. Lord Byron



A problem well stated is a problem half solved. Charles F. Kettering



A quarrel is like buttermilk, the more you stir it, the more sour it grows. Bolivian Proverb



A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. Clive James



A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are for. John A. Shedd



A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services. Daniel J. Boorstin



A silent mouth is sweet to hear. Irish Proverb



But my dear man, reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know. Alan Watts



A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over. Benjamin Franklin



A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner. English Proverb



A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves. Bertrand de Jouvenal



A society that puts equality… ahead of freedom will end up with neither. Milton Friedman



A soft answer turned away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Bible, Proverbs 15:1 (KJV)



A stumble may prevent a fall. English Proverb



A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use. Washington Irving



A throw of the dice will never abolish chance. Stephane Mallarme



If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. Voltaire


#11763Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein



A turkey never voted for an early Christmas. Irish Proverb



A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students. John Ciardi



A vision without action is called a daydream; but then again, action without a vision is called a nightmare. Jim Sorensen



A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user . Theodore Roosevelt



A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one. Thomas Carlyle



A wise man cares not for that which he cannot have. Italian Proverb



A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. Sir Francis Bacon



A word out of season may mar a whole lifetime. Greek Proverb



Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction. E. F. Schumacher



A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Thomas Mann



About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age. Gloria Pitzer



Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. English Proverb



Accidents will occur in the best regulated families. Charles Dickens



Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul. Saint Teresa of Avila



Acting is a form of deception, and actors can mesmerize themselves almost as easily as an audience. Leo Rosten



Action is eloquence. William Shakespeare



Action is the foundational key to all success. Tony Robbins



Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. G. M. Trevelyan



Adversity is the touchstone of friendship. French Proverb



Advice is least heeded when most needed. American Proverb



Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind. Samuel Taylor Coleridge



After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box. Italian Proverb



All great change in America begins at the dinner table. Ronald Reagan



All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. Sir Winston Churchill



All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. Ralph Waldo Emerson



All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life. Thomas Mann



All philosophies, if you ride them, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others. Samuel Butler



All pleasures contain an element of sadness. Jonathan Eibeschutz



All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. Aristotle



All warfare is based on deception. There is no place where espionage is not used. Offer the enemy bait to lure him. Sun-Tzu



All we know is still infinitely less than all that remains unknown. William Harvey



All would live long, but none would be old. Benjamin Franklin



Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. Abraham Lincoln



Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking. John Maynard Keynes



Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky. American Proverb



America will never run… And we will always be grateful that liberty has found such brave

defenders. George W. Bush



Among the attributes of God, although they are all equal, mercy shines with even more brilliancy than justice. Miguel De Cervantes



Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think. Alexander Pope



An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick. William Butler Yeats



An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last. Sir Winston Churchill



An atheist is one who hopes the Lord will do nothing to disturb his disbelief. Franklin P. Jones



An honest man is the noblest work of God. Alexander Pope



An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin



An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters. Henry Clay



And all who told it added something new, And all who heard it made enlargements too. Alexander Pope



And say my glory was I had such friends. William Butler Yeats



Anger is a bad counselor. French Proverb



Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you. G. M. Trevelyan



Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind. Robert Ingersoll



Anger is one of the sinners of the soul. Thomas Fuller



Anger is the only thing to put off until tomorrow. Czech Proverb



Anger without power is folly. German Proverb



Art is a deliberate recreation of a new and special reality that grows from your response to life. It cannot be copied; it must be created. Anonymous



Anonymity is the truest expression of altruism. Eric Gibson



Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes. Bible, Proverbs 26:4 (NIV)



Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist. Robert G. Allen



Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately. Saul Bellow



Any fine morning, a power saw can fell a tree that took a thousand years to grow. Edwin Teale



Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought. Dwight D. Morrow



Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week. Alice Walker



Anyone who limits her vision to memories of yesterday is already dead. Lily Langtry



Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde



Anyone who truly loves God travels securely. Saint Teresa of Avila



I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me. A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh



Anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of everyone else. William Rotsler



Anything that can be done chemically can be done by other means. William S. Burroughs



Appraise war in terms of the fundamental factors. The first of these factors is moral influence. Sun-Tzu



Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing. Oscar Wilde



Arrogance is a kingdom without a crown. American Proverb



Art is the illusion of spontaneity. Japanese Proverb



As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Bible, Proverbs 23:7



As Americans, we go forward, in the service of our country, by the will of God. Franklin D. Roosevelt



As fast as laws are devised, their evasion is contrived. German Proverb



All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind. Communist Manifesto



As he thinks in his heart, so he is. Jewish Proverb



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



As you teach, you learn. Jewish Proverb



Ask questions from your heart and you will be answered from the heart. Omaha Proverb



Assumptions are the termites of relationships. Henry Winkler



At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment. Benjamin Franklin



At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year. Thomas Tusser



At high tide fish eat ants; at low tide ants eat fish. Thai Proverb



At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets. Oscar Wilde



Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of. Anonymous



Bad is never good until worse happens. Danish Proverb



Bad news goes about in clogs, Good news in stockinged feet. Welsh Proverb



Baloney is the lie laid on so thick you hate it. Blarney is flattery laid on so thin you love it. Fulton J. Sheen



Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson



Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand. Leo Durocher



Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too. Thomas Fuller



No pressure, no diamonds. Mary Case



Be alert to give service. What counts a great deal in life is what we do for others. Anonymous



Be gentle to all and stern with yourself. Saint Teresa of Avila



Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down. Jimmy Durante



Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes. Confucius



Be sincere; be brief; be seated. Franklin D. Roosevelt



Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. Benjamin Franklin



Be thankful for the least gift, so shalt thou be meant to receive greater. Thomas a Kempis



Be the first to the field and the last to the couch. Chinese Proverb



Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. Henry David Thoreau



Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so. Lord Chesterfield



Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. Eleanor Roosevelt



Beauty is the purgation of superfluities. Michelangelo Buonarroti



Bees that have honey in their mouths have stings in their tails. Scottish Proverb



Before all else, we seek, upon our common labor as a nation, the blessings of Almighty God. Dwight D. Eisenhower



Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. Alexander Graham Bell



Beginning is easy – Continuing is hard. Japanese Proverb



Better be quarrelling than lonesome. Irish Proverb



Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. Aesop



Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad. Thomas Paine



Better no law than laws not enforced. Italian Proverb



Better the foot slip than the tongue. French Proverb



Between two products equal in price, function and quality, the better looking will out sell the other. Raymond Loewy



Beware of the man to whom you have done a good turn. Lebanese Proverb



Beware of the young doctor and the old barber. Benjamin Franklin



Beware the flatterer: he feeds you with an empty spoon. Cosino DeGregrio



Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment. Rita Mae Brown



Biology has at least 50 more interesting years. James D. Watson



Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. Hamilton Wright Mabi



Blind belief is dangerous. Kenyan Proverb



Blood is inherited and virtue is acquired. Venezuelan Proverb



Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content. Paul Valery



Books may well be the only true magic. Alice Hoffman



Bore: one who has the power of speech but not the capacity for conversation. Benjamin Disraeli



Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism. William Phillips



Bravery never goes out of fashion. William Makepeace Thackeray



Break the leg of a bad habit. Puerto Rican Proverb



Comedy is tragedy plus time. Carol Burnett



Brevity is the soul of lingerie. Dorothy Parker



Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home. Irish Proverb



Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points. Knute Rockne



But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever. John Adams



By asking for the impossible we obtain the possible. Italian Proverb



By learning to obey, you will know how to command. Italian Proverb



By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn. Latin Proverb



By perseverance the snail reached the ark. Charles Haddon Spurgeon



What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos. Kerry Thornley, Principia Discordia, 5th edition



Bygone troubles are a pleasure to talk about. Yiddish Proverb



Cast all your cares on God; that anchor holds. Alfred Lord Tennyson



Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there. Henry James



Character is higher than intellect… A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Character is what God and the angels know of us; reputation is what men and women think of us. Horace Mann



Character is what you are in the dark. American Proverb



Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones. Phillips Brooks



Not only are you anal, but you are anal about things most people have never even heard of. Nigel



Cheese, wine, and a friend must be old to be good. Cuban Proverb



Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression. Haim Ginott



Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded. Jess Lair



Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. Harold S. Hulbert



Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. John Adams



Children speak in the field what they hear in the house. Scottish Proverb



Choose your pleasures for yourself, and do not let them be imposed upon you. Lord Chesterfield



Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself. Jean Francois Revel



What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy? Ursula K. LeGuin



Coercion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him. Ronald Reagan



Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger. Arnold Palmer



Concern should drive us into action and not into depression. Anonymous



Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends. H. L. Mencken



Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking. H. L. Mencken



Conscience is the voice of the soul. Polish Proverb



Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have. Anonymous



The Depth of your Mythology is the Extent of your Effectiveness. John Maxwell



Control thy passions, lest they take vengeance on thee. Epictetus



Conversation is food for the soul. Mexican Proverb



Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. George S. Patton



Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. Raymond Lindquist



Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use . Ruth Gordon



Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams



Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet. Henry David Thoreau



Ever notice that what the hell is always the right decision? Marilyn Monroe



Customs are more powerful than laws. The Talmud



Danger and delight grow on one stalk. English Proverb



Danger past, God forgotten. Scottish Proverb



Dare to be naive. R. Buckminster Fuller



Daylight follows a dark night. Maasai Proverb



Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates



Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom. Chinese Proverb



Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Occasionally, I have to think like myself to remember where I put something. Sue S. Taylor



Dig the well before you are thirsty. Chinese Proverb



Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them. Aristotle



Diligence is the mother of good luck. American Proverb



Diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means. Zhou En Lai



Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way. American Proverb



Diplomacy is to do and say, the nastiest thing in the nicest way. Isaac Goldberg



Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments . Frederick the Great



Diplomacy: lying in state. Oliver Hereford



Discretion is knowing how to hide that which we cannot remedy. Spanish Proverb



Discretion is the better part of valor. Anonymous



Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil. Chinese Proverb



Do not always expect good to happen, but do not let evil take you by surprise. Czech Proverb



Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. Benjamin Franklin



Do not ask God the way to heaven; he will show you the hardest one. Stanislaw J. Lec



Do not be wise in words – be wise in deeds. Jewish Proverb



Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it. Thomas Jefferson



Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. Unknown



Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time. Hebrew Proverb



Do not cut down the tree that gives you shade. Persian Proverb



Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still. Chinese Proverb



Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Do not insult the mother alligator until after you have crossed the river. Haitian Proverb



Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good. C. S. Lewis



Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself. Henry James



Do not read beauty magazines. They only make you feel ugly. Mary Schmich



Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened. Egyptian Proverb



Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought. Matsuo Basho



Do not spit in the well – you may be thirsty by and by. Russian Proverb



Do not try to fight a lion if you are not one yourself. African Proverb



Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt



Do you know, my son, with what little understanding the world is ruled? Pope Julius III



Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. Roger Caras



It usually takes a long time to find a shorter way. Anonymous



There is no They, Only Us. Graffito



Dreams are wishes your heart makes. American Proverb



Drink nothing without seeing it; sign nothing without reading it. Spanish Proverb



Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third. Knute Rockne



Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire. Arab Proverb



Each bird loves to hear himself sing. Arapaho Proverb



Each body has its art… Gwendolyn Brooks



Here is the world, sound as a nut, perfect, not the smallest piece of chaos left, never a stitch nor an end, not a mark of haste, or botching, or second thought; but the theory of the world is a thing of shreds and patches. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Each day provides its own gifts. American Proverb



Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown. Chinese Proverb



Eagles fly alone, but sheep flock together. Polish Proverb



Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin



Eat and drink with your relatives; do business with strangers. Greek Proverb



Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. Edward Everett



Education is the best provision for the journey to old age. Aristotle



Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. G. M. Trevelyan



Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge. Mark Twain



Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. Frank Leahy



Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure. Benjamin Franklin



Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin



Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. Thomas Jefferson



Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. Ronald Reagan



Even the longest day has its end. Irish Proverb



Beware the man of one book. Saint Thomas Aquinas



Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state. Thomas Jefferson



Every civilization that has ever existed has ultimately collapsed. Henry Kissinger



Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism. Carl Jung



Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. H. L. Mencken



Every once in a while, take the scenic route. H. Jackson Brown Jr.



Every theory of love, from Plato down, teaches that each individual loves in the other sex what he lacks in himself. G. Stanley Hall



Everybody has been young before, but not everybody has been old before. African Proverb



All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Buddha



Everyone is the age of their heart. Guatemalan Proverb



Everyone loves justice in the affairs of another. Italian Proverb



Everyone needs a strong sense of self. It is our base of operations for everything that we do in life. Julia T. Alvarez



Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. Thomas A. Edison



Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it. Publilius Syrus



Everything passes, everything breaks, everything wearies. French Proverb



Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso



Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me. Sigmund Freud



If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. Albert Einstein



Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana



Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. Albert Schweitzer



Express a mean opinion of yourself occasionally; it will show your friends that you know how to tell the truth. Edgar Watson Howe



Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind. Paul Theroux



Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Barry Goldwater



Eyes that see do not grow old. Nicaraguan Proverb



Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world always yields; or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and it will succumb. William Makepeace Thackeray



The life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. Thomas Hobbes, “The Leviathan”



All that we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring



The wise learn many things from their enemies. Aristophanes, 450-385 BC, Birds, 414 BC



Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shores our bed and eats at our own table. Herman Melville, Moby Dick



Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. James Joyce



(I do not know what it is about you that closes and opens; only something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses) e. e. cummings



You become responsible forever, for what you have tamed. Antoine de Saint-Exupery



Conformity is the jailer of freedom, and the enemy of growth. John F. Kennedy



In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than to advance. Joseph Stalin



Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do it enough to impress themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much. Zora Neale Hurston



Which is worse: Hell or nothing? Chuck Palahniuk



A well frog knows nothing of the ocean for it is bound by its space. The Spring insect knows nothing of the Winter because it is bound to a single season. Chuang Tzu



Sleep… Oh! how I loathe those little slices of death. Longfellow



If The Way is made clear, it is no longer The Way. Chuang Tzu



I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead. Ronald Reagan, Nov. 5, 1994



While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? George Bernard Shaw



Music is the last true voice of the human spirit. It can go beyond language, beyond age, and beyond color straight to the mind and heart of all people. Ben Harper



The truth is so precious that she must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies. Winston Spencer Churchill



Do not allow children to mix drinks. It is unseemly and they use too much vermouth. Steve Allen



Art is the Indispensible medium for the communication of a moral idea. Ayn Rand, The Romantic Manifesto



If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them. Sue Grafton



Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should just live next door and just visit now and then. Katharine Hepburn



Men, in general, are but great children. Napoleon



Sigmund Freud once said, “What do women want?” The only thing I have learned in fifty-two years is that women want men to stop asking dumb questions like that. Bill Cosby



Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men . Joseph Conrad



An American Monkey after getting drunk on Brandy would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men. Charles Darwin



When a young man complains that a young lady has no heart, it is a pretty certain sign that she has his. George D. Prentice



This nation will never go back to the false comforts of the world before 9
11. We are engaging the enemy as we must, in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, so we will not have to face them here at home. Dick Cheney, KCI Expo Center, June 1 2004



Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Samuel Johnson



Patience is the companion of wisdom. St. Augistine



it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle



Computers are not intelligent. They only think they are. Martin Schulze



Strength and wisdom are not opposing values. Bill Clinton, 2004 democratic convention speech



I have seen the science I worshipped, and the aircraft I loved, destroying the civilization I expected them to serve. Charles Lindbergh, Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper (letter to the editor)



The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them. Karl Marx



Communications without intelligence is noise;
Intelligence without communications is irrelevant. Gen Alfred Gray, USMC



Specialization is for insects. Robert Heinlein, The voice of Lazarus Long



Dolendi modus, timendi non item. (To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.) Sir Francis Bacon, Of Seditions and Troubles



the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness, the independence of solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance (essay)



Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers. Socrates



Politics is the art of the possible. (originally, “Die Politik ist die Lehre von M?glichen.”) Otto von Bismarck



The important is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. John Lubbock



Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. William Butler Yeates



Jargon allows us to camouflage intellectual poverty with verbal extravagance. David Pratt



A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough. Quoted by Benjamin Franklin, Pearls of Wisdom, by Jerome Agel and Walter D. Glanze



A diet is when you watch what you eat and wish you could eat what you watch. Hermione Gingold, from a press report, 1973



I go into ecstasies every time I see the naked figure of a woman, such as Venus, for example. It strikes me as so wonderful and exquisite that I have difficulty in stopping the tears rolling down my cheeks. Anne Frank, from The Diary of a Young Girl, January 5, 1944



Wisdom is better than wit, and in the long run will certainly have the laugh on her side. Jane Austen, from a letter to her niece, November 18, 1814



Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Bible, Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7



Being able to support oneself allows one to choose a marriage out of love and not just economic dependence. It also allows one to risk that marriage. Gloria Steinem



I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right. Albert Einstein, Sc



Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but unlike charity, it should end there. Clare Booth Luce



Jesus was a bachelor and never lived with a woman. Surely living with a woman is one of the most difficult things a man has to do, and he never did it. James Joyce



Brevity is the soul of wit. William Shakespeare



Truth fears no questions. Anonymous



I must be cruel, only to be kind. William Shakespeare



Death ends a life, not a relationship. Morrie Schwartz, Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom



If you tell a lie -- tell a big one. Joespeh Goebbels



“I meant,” said Implore bitterly, “what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?” Death thought about it. “Cats,” he said eventually. “Cats are nice.” Terry Pratchett, Sourcery



The first thing a girl hopes for from the garden of love is at least one carat. S. S. Biddle



The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor. Margo Kaufman



As long as people are going to call you a lunatic anyway, why not get the benefit of it? It liberates you from convention. Gregory Macguire, Wicked



The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal—or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be. Elizabeth Peters



What will a child learn sooner than a song? Alexander Pope



Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace. George Santayna



The phrase “domestic cat” is an oxymoron. George Will



The golden rule of cats that governs all relationships we have with people: you scratch my back, you scratch my back. David Fisher, Conversations with My Cat



The more we study, the more we discover our ignorance. Percy Bysshe Shelley



Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want. Joseph Wood Krutch, Twelve Seasons



Aunt Marion was right… Never marry a musician, and never answer the door. Charlie Brown, Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz



Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know. Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven



Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from the inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves. Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven



We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. Maya Angelou



The Courage that we all prize and seek is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully. Thomas Carlyle, Profiles in Courage by: John F. Kennedy



Is demum miser est, cuius nobilitas miserias nobilitat. (Indeed, wretched the man whose fame makes his misfortunes famous.) Lucius Accius, Telephus



Men want the same thing from women and their underwear: support, comfort, and freedom Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld



When you have a child, the world has a hostage. Ernest Hemingway



To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour. William Blake



When it comes to sex, the most important six inches are the ones between the ears. Dr. Ruth Westheimer



The “highest” states of mind held up before mankind by Christianity as of supreme value, are actually forms of convulsive epilepsy. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist



To save your world you asked this man to die; Would this man, could he see you now, ask why? W. H. Auden, Epitaph for an Unknown Soldier



In case you never noticed, the path you never chose has chosen you. Jason Mraz



A picture can say 1000 words but it can also inspire you to write 1000 more. Jason Mraz



Friends are great and always seem to work by the appropriate will of God. Jason Mraz



I aught join a club and beat you over the head with it. Groucho Marx



Religiously strict people, who judge themselves without mercy, are also those who have most often spoken ill of mankind in general. Frederick Nietzsche



Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility. James Thurber



When you control the ball, you control the score. Pele



God is either everything, or He is nothing. Bill Wilson, Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous



There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? Robert Francis Kennedy, 1968 presidential campaign



Death solves all problems. No man, no problem. Josef Stalin



People who imagine themselves to be self-made seldom enjoy examining the process of manufacture in detail. Richard Russo



Show me an objective worthy of war and I will go along with you. Otto Von Bismarck



All romantics meet the same fate someday. Cynical and drunk and boring someone in some dark cafe. Joni Mitchell, song-The Last Time I Saw Richard



The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. Eden Phillips



When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser. Socrates



We slew the goliath of racism, we now must contend with his offspring. Rev. Jesse Jackson



God is not merely interested in the freedom of brown men, yellow men, red men and black men. He is interested in the freedom of the whole human race. Martin Luther King Jr.



This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live. General Omar Bradley



The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it. Terry Pratchett



For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, © run away from, and (d) rocks. Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites



Stupid men are often capable of things the clever would not dare to contemplate… Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay



The consensus seemed to be that if really large numbers of men were sent to storm the mountain, then enough might survive the rocks to take the citadel. This is essentially the basis of all military thinking. Terry Pratchett, Eric



No one but a theorist believes his theory; everyone puts faith in a laboratory result but the experimenter himself. Albert Einstein, quoted in Scientific American, September 2004, page 69



Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Dennis Kucinich, 2004 speech to Democratic National Convention



I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music. J. S. Bach



Doubt is a feeling too lonely to know that faith is its twin. Khalil Gibran, The Prophet



Chastity is the greatest form of perversion. Oscar Wilde



my dear boy, no woman is a genius. They are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray



Summertime, and the living is easy. George Gershwin, Porgy and Bess



America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country. George W. Bush



We shall not cease from our exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time T. S. Eliot



Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health



I trained for three years at drama school to be an actor – not a celebrity. Orlando Bloom



There is nothing more unequal, than the equal treatment of unequal people. Thomas Jefferson



Friend, be not afraid of thy office, thou sandiest me to God. Saint Thomas More, upon being executed



No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding. Plato, Laws



I cherish the Franco-German cooperation as one of the most important developments in post-war Europe. But I will not accept is as being so sacrosanct that the rest of us shall simply adapt to what is decided between Paris and Berlin. Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, President, ELDR 1995-2000, Foreign Minister 1982-1993, Nordic Embassies in Berlin 23 September 2003



There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. Albert Schweitzer



Everybody in this life has their challenges and difficulties. That is part of our mortal test. . . . Peace comes through hope. James E. Faust



I intend to live forever or die trying. Joseph Heller, Catch-22



If you would be unloved and forgotten, be reasonable. Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater



Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines. Bertrand Russell



In an information world where we all have someday to say it is important to remember that sometimes we need to listen. Robert Anthony, Great American Poets 2004



If we could only share our hopes, our dreams, our disappointments, our fears, our achievements, and our discoveries…. the world would be a little kinder and a lot more forgiving. Robert Anthony, Great American Poets 2002



I have been like a child walking along the shore line. Quickly discarding one sea shell for another of more outward beauty-- never to know the pearl within! Robert Anthony, The Man Who Would Never Be King



Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. Greek Proverb



I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, cattle, barns, and farming tools, for these are more easily acquired than gotten rid of. Better if they had been born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf, that they might have seen with clearer eyes what field they were called to labor in. Henry David Thoreau, Walden



I have no life, just e-mail. Michael Jantze, The Norm (Daily Comic Strip)



Happiness is not a reward – it is a consequence.
Suffering is not a punishment – it is a result. Robert G. Ingersoll



Art is anything you can get away with. Andy Warhol



I respect every soldier, from every country, who serves beside us in the hard work of history. America is grateful, and America will not forget. George W. Bush, September 2, 2004, The Republican National Convention, N.Y.



Brutality creates respect. Adolph Hitler



There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit. Napoleon Bonaparte



In war, you win or lose, live or die – and the difference is just an eyelash. General Douglas MacArthur



It is the province of knowledge to speak
And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.



Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war. Ernest Hemingway



All is for the best in the best of all possible ways. Voltaire, Candide



In whatever one does, there must be a relationship between the eye and the heart. With the eye that is closed, one looks within, with the eye that is open, one looks without. Henri Cartier-Bresson



success is quest that will take me a life time to for fill but it is worth the wait Teddy Carroll



Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. Ronald Reagan



The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consists in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives meaning to our life on this unavailing star. Logan Pearsall Smith



One can search the brain with a microscope and not find the mind, and can search the stars with a telescope and not find God. J. Gustav White



Love is not blind, it sees more not less; But because it sees more it chooses to see less. Unknown



The one bonus of not lifting the ban on gays in the military is that the next time the government mandates a draft, we can all declare we are homosexual instead of running off to Canada. Lorne Bloch



Soldiers who are not afraid of guns, bombs, capture, torture or death say they are afraid of homosexuals. Clearly we should not be used as soldiers; we should be used as weapons. anonymous, Letter to the Editor, The Advocate



Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands? Ernest Gaines



My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror. W. Somerset Maugham



If male homosexuals are called “gay,” then female homosexuals should be called “ecstatic.” Shelly Roberts



Eventually, alas, I realized the main purpose of buying cocaine is to run out of it. George Carlin, From his book – Brain Droppings



My love for you, Lord, is not an uncertain feeling, but a matter of conscious certainty. With your word you pierced my heart, and I loved you. But heaven and earth and everything in them on all sides tell me to love you. Saint Augustine, Confessions



That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet. Emily Dickinson



The power to tax, once conceded, has no limits; it contains until it destroys. Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress



If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? Abraham Lincoln



True friendship is seen through the heart not through the eyes. Unknown



How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven. Robert A. Heinlein



A fool cannot be protected from his folly. If you attempt to do so, you will not only arouse his animosity but also you will be attempting to deprive him of whatever benefit he is capable of deriving from experience. Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig. Robert A. Heinlein



Premenstrual Syndrome: Just before their periods women behave the way men do all the time. Robert A. Heinlein



A pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun – and neither can stop the march of events. Robert A. Heinlein



Remind me to write an article on the compulsive reading of news. The theme will be that most neuroses can be traced to the unhealthy habit of wallowing in the troubles of five billion strangers. Robert A. Heinlein



The United States has become a place where entertainers and professional athletes are mistaken for people of importance. Robert A. Heinlein



There are laws for everything except the harm families do. Sue Grafton, “D” is for Deadbeat



Emotion is a rotten base for politics. Dick Francis



Physics is the science of all the tremendously powerful invisibilities – of magnetism, electricity, gravity, light, sound, cosmic rays. Physics is the science of the mysteries of the universe. How could anyone think it dull? Dick Francis, Twice Shy



It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice



The moment that any of us begins to trade principle for approval we give up our power. Dennis Kucinich



The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or even heard, they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller



Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy which sustained him through temporary periods of joy. W. B. Yeats



No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. Stanislaw J. Lec



People only see what they are prepared to see. Ralph Waldo Emerson



We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God. Harry S. Truman



the tragedy of life is not that we die, but is rather, what dies inside a man while he lives. Albert Schweitzer



Humans live best when each has his place, when each knows where he belongs in the scheme of things. Destroy the place and destroy the person. Frank Herbert, Dune



There is one and only one social responsibility of business-to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition without deception or fraud. Milton Friedman


Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. Walter Elliot



You do not merely want to be considered the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones that do what you do. Jerry Garcia



A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child. Knights of Pythagoras



Nothing in the world will take away persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than an unsuccessful man with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge



If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at second, or even the third place. Cicero



They are able because they think they are able. Virgil



[What is the definition of guts?] Grace under pressure. Ernest Hemingway



If you have no confidence in [yourself] you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won before you have started. Marcus Garvey



He who does not hope to win has already lost. Jose Joaquin de Olmedo



Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they?ve got a second. Give your dreams all you?ve got and you?ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you!! William James



Act as if were impossible to fail. Dorothea Broude



Every man is the architect of his own fortune. Appius Claudius



The quality of an individual is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Ray Kroc



The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is looking. Annson Dorrance



Nothing endures but change. Heraclitus



What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Zig Ziglar



As long as you are going to think anyway, think big. Donald Trump



The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for. Maureen Dowd



I believe there is no source of deception in the investigation of nature which can compare with a fixed belief that certain kinds of phenomena are impossible. William James



If I could take all your words away and give you but a sparse few, they would be: ?I now know, I am absolute, I am complete, I am God, I am.? If there were no other words but these, you would no longer be limited to this plane. Ramtha



That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it… We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus



I was very strange back then. I could see I had problems. I would sit in a closet a lot of the time and not come out, or I would sit up on top of my desk, or under my desk, or do weird things like get my wisdom teeth out and bleed all over the hallways. Tim Burton, Burton On Burton



I could have gone on flying through space forever. Yuri A. Gagarin



Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten imparting grace. Plato



To err is human, to forgive divine. Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism



My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. Erma Bombeck



A human being is an animal suspended in webs of significance which he himself has spun. Clifford Geertz, “Cultural Anthropology” by Nanda



If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them. George Orwell



We are tied down to a language that makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style. Tom Stoppard, Rosencranz And Guildenstern Are Dead



Quod est ante pedes nemo spectat: coeli scrutantur plagas.
(No one sees what is before his feet: we all gaze at the stars.) Marcus Tullius Cicero



What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print. Isodore Duncan



Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse. James Cagney



If at first you dont succeed, skydiving is not for you. Wendy Northcutt, Darwin Awards – literature



The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count them decide everything. Josef Stalin



From the persistence of noise comes the insistence of rage.
From the emergence of tone comes the divergence of thought.
From the enlightenment of music comes the wisdom of… silence. Visions of Gregorian Chants



Whenever we read the obscene stories, voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortous executions, the unrelenting vindictivenes, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistant that we called it the word of a Demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind, and, for my part, I sincerly detest it as I detest everything that is cruel. Thomas Paine



Witness at all times. If necessary, use words. St. Francis of Assissi



Those who have long enjoyed such privleges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them. Franklin D. Roosevelt



So long as there are men there will be wars. Albert Einstein



Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country. Bertrand Russell



War is delightful to those who have not experienced it. Erasmus



When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt



I think; therefore I am. Rene Descartes



Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds. William Shakespeare, Sonnet CXVI



Men may seem detestable as joint stock-companies and nations; knaves, fools, and murderers there may be; men may have mean and meagre faces; but man, in the ideal, is so noble and so sparkling, such a grand and glowing creature, that over any ignominious blemish in him all his fellows should run to throw their costliest robes. Herman Melville, Moby Dick



My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can. Frank Zappa



Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Yoda, Character in the Star Wars Saga



We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall hang separately. Benjamin Franklin



Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him!
(said after capture of Saddam) George W. Bush, BBC/CNN



Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Chinese Proverb



The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. Robert Lynd



To be feared is much safer then to be loved. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince



Remember that the evil which is now in the world will only get more powerful, and that it is not evil which conquers evil, but only love. The Grand Duchess Olga of Russia, Letter, 1917



The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. Robert Lynd, Book-“The Pleasures of Ignorance” (1921)



I wasted time, now time doth waste me. William Shakespeare, Richard II



I must be an optimist, because a pessimist is never disappointed. Janis Joplin, Biography of Joplin by Myra Freidman



I have learned that the less I pay attention, the more often I am pleasantly suprised. Raymond Justice



The belief that there are other life forms in the universe is a matter of faith. There is not a single shred of evidence for any other life forms, and in forty years of searching, none has been discovered. There is absolutely no evidentiary reason to maintain this belief. Michael Crichton, Caltech Michelin Lecture, January 17, 2003



Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Michael Crichton, Caltech Michelin Lecture, January 17, 2003



If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex? Art Hoppe



Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. …The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive. Frank Herbert, Dune



What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other? George Eliot



There will always be one who loves, and one who lets himself be loved. W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage



The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself. W. S. Maugham, Of Human Bondage



Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man. Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Shortly before being shot.



I exist as I am, that is enough. Walt Whitman, Song of Myself



How good bad music and bad reasons sound when one marches against an enemy! Friedrich Nietzsche



Hell, we spent $200 Billion to get a scared guy who needed a shave out of a fox-hole! And he may even die of prostate cancer before we even get a chance to try him, dammit! Ted Turner, A speech to the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN



As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of being. Carl Jung



In the sixties, the world was normal and people took acid to make it weird. Nowadays the world is weird and people take prozac to make it normal. Unknown



No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear. C. S. Lewis



Perception is strong, sight is weak. Miyamoto Musashi, “A Book of Five Rings”



While I know that the beautiful, the spiritual, and the sublime are today suspect, I have begun to stop resisting the constant urge to deny that beauty has a valid right to exist in contemporary art. Ian Hornak, Cover Magazine, 1994; American Idealist & Realist Painter and Draughtsman recognized for his collaboration with the



You have never done enough, so long as it is still possible that you have something of value to contribute Dag Hammarskjold



The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. John Kenneth Galbraith



When you choose the behaviour, you choose the consequences. Dr. Phillip McGraw



If rough be love with you, be rough with love. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet



Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. Yoda, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi



Experience does not ever err. It is only your judgment that errs in promising itself results which are not caused by your experiments. Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks



Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.” Josef Stalin



Whatever else may divide us, Europe is our common home; a common fate has linked us through the centuries, and it continues to link us today. Leonid Brezhnev



Those who try to give us advice on matters of human rights do nothing but provoke an ironic smile among us. We will not permit anyone to interfere in our affairs. Konstantin Chernenko



A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, -- a mere heart of stone. Charles Darwin



We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act. Charles Darwin



The fact of evolution is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an improved theory, is it then a science or faith? Charles Darwin



One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name. Walter Scott



Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness. George Sand



To die for an idea is to place a pretty high price upon conjectures. Anatole France, Revolt of the Angels



No question is ever settled until it is settled right. Ella Wheeler Wilcox



In a mad world, only the mad are sane. Akiro Kurosawa



All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi



lovers alone wear sunlight e.e. cummings



No matter how much cats fight there always seem to be plenty of Kittens. Abraham Lincoln, On Marriage



Good seamanship is recovering from an incident at sea. Great seamanship is avoiding an incident at sea. unknown, US Navy Wisdom



Art lives where absolute freedom is because when it is not, there can be no creativity. Bruce Lee



Art requires imagination. It requires Creativity. Creativity requires experience and experience comes from your life. And your life is expressed in your art. Bruce Lee



For one human being instinctively feels respect and love for another human being so long as he does not know him well enough to judge him; and that he does not, the craving he feels is evidence. Thomas Mann, Death in Venice



All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney



1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them. Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions



It’s more easy to win a chess game in five minutes than it is to talk about Russians problems in 15 minutes Garry Kasparov, Baltic Development Forum, Hamburg, September 13, 2004



The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato, The Republic



Here stand I. I can do no other. Martin Luther



What kind of people do they think we are, do they think we will be bowed by their tryanny? Winston Churchill, Speaking of the Japanese invasion of British colonies in SE Asia



We live as we dream – alone. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness



I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. Maya Angelou



Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control. It is the shaping impulse of America that neither fate nor nature nor the irresistible tides of history, but the work of our own hands, matched to reason and principle, that will determine our destiny. There is pride in that, even arrogance, but there is also experience and truth. In any event, it is the only way we can live. Robert F. Kennedy, 1966 speech to South African young people



No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity, but I know none, therefore am no beast. William Shakespeare, Richard III



All true wealth is biological. Lois McMaster Bujold, Memory



You give but little when you give of your posessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Kahlil Gibran, The Prohpet, 1923



Love is know the pain of too much tenderness. Kahlil Gibran



Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. Plato, The Republic



Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven. John Milton, Paradise Lost



On this planet, there are people with talents and people with flaws. The smart ones learn to use their talents, but the happy ones learn to accept their flaws. Dick Solomon, 3rd Rock From the Sun



Dancing is a contact sport. Football is a hitting sport. Vince Lombardi, Lombardi Winning is the only thing (by Jerry Kramer)



I will demand a commitment to excellence and to victory, and that is what life is all about. Vince Lombardi, Lombardi Winning is the only thing (by Jerry Kramer)



Fatigue makes cowards of us all. Vince Lombardi, Lombardi Winning is the only thing (by Jerry Kramer)



The will to excel and the will to win, they endure. They are more important than any events that occasion them. Vince Lombardi, Lombardi Winning is the only thing (by Jerry Kramer)



The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. Vince Lombardi, Lombardi Winning is the only thing (by Jerry Kramer)



Sacred cows make the best hamburgers. Mark Twain



Necessity, who is the mother of invention. Plato, The Republic



Yea, though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me… Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me throughout the rest of my life and i will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Bible, Psalm 23, New Testament



Any fool can tell the truth; it takes talent to lie well. Robert Ludlum, “The Tristan Betrayal”



The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men. Henry David Thoreau, book



Everything terrible is something that needs our love. Rilke



One of the great mistakes that can be made by a man of my age is to get involved in athletic competition with children—unless, of course, they are under six. And even then, stay away from hide-and-seek. Bill Cosby, Time Flies



Reality is only just a word. Harry Chapin



I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott



Will it not be felt that Virtue, however beautiful, becomes the worst of all attitudes when it is found too feeble to contend with Vice… Marquis de Sade, Justine



Time heals what reason cannot. Seneca



Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull. H. L. Mencken



I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. Mother Teresa



A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. Ingrid Bergman



Always remember, you can never finish work, but work can finish you. Louis Keisler



I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake his neighbours up. Henry David Thoreau, Walden; Where I Lived, And What I Lived For



Everybody loves to see justice done on somebody else. Bruce Cockburn



The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)



For all men tragically great are made so through a certain morbidness. Herman Melville, Moby Dick



Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. Nikola Tesla



If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search… I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor. Nikola Tesla, New York Times, October 19, 1931



The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. Nikola Tesla, Modern Mechanics and Inventions. July, 1934



You conquer every hardness with your eyes, as you do likewise every light; so if it can happen that one can die of joy, now would be the time. Michelangelo, Poem Fragment



You only give me what you have left over, and you want things from me that I do not have. Michelangelo, Poem Fragment



The world is my lobster. Henry J. Tillman



If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking. Lyndon B. Johnson



In wildness is the preservation of the world. Henry David Thoreau, Walking (1862)



Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed. Oprah Winfrey



Repulsion is the sentry that guards the gate to all that we most desire. Salvador Dali



From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity. Edvard Munch



Life is a dream from which we must wake before we can dream again. Robert Jordan, The Fires of Heaven



We all make our limits, and we set them further out than we have any right. Robert Jordan, The Fires of Heaven



Physics is to math what sex is to masturbation. Richard Feynman



Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. Mark Twain, inscription beneath his bust in the Hall of Fame



My utterance is mighty, I am more powerful than the ghosts; may they have no power over me. Egyptian Book of the Dead



Only the devil wishes everyone to be his friend. Nicholas Venturella



Time is but a stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. Henry David Thoreau, Walden



To do anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. Steve Prefontaine



There are only 3 sports, Bullfighting, Motor Racing and Mountain climbing. All the rest are games. Earnest Hemingway



The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot. Mark Twain, What Is Man? (1906)



Besides anarchy, the worst thing in this world is government. Henry Ward Beecher



Laws are a dead letter without courts to expound and define their true meaning and operation. Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist 22



Liberty is to faction, what air is to fire, an ailment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be a less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency. James Madison, Federalist 10



There comes a time when a man must spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats. H. L. Mencken



Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. E.L. Doctorow



Your security does not lie in the hands of Kerry, Bush or al-Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands. Osama Bin Laden, BBC



In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell



Reverence for life brings us into a spiritual relation with the world which is independent of all knowledge of the universe. Albert Schweitzer



Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%. Thomas Jefferson



I am only one, but I am one. I can not do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I can not do interfere with what I can do. Edward E. Hale



In great attempts, it is even glorious to fail. Vincent T. Lombardi



None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself. Muhammad



The only obligation which I have a right to assume, is to do at any time what I think right. Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobience



You can get everything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they want. Zig Ziglar, See you at the Top



So as a prince is forced to know how to act like a beast, he must learn from the fox and the lion; becouse the lion is defenceless against traps and the fox is defenceless against wolves. Therefore one must be a fox in order to recognise traps and lion to frighten off wolves. Niccollo Machavelli, The Prince.



Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. Bertrand Russell, Autobiography



I wanted to become the seeker, the aroused and passionate explorer, and it was better going at it knowing nothing at all, always choosing the unmarked bottle, always choosing your own unproven method, armed with nothing but faith and a belief in astonishment. Pat Conroy, “The Lords of Discipline”



In order to deserve, we must pay our dues and steadily work for perfection. We must relish in struggle, and relinquish pride. We must dispel fear and seek enlightenment. We must shun division and honor love. We must know our hearts and seek to understand others. We must try, live, create, feel, grow and love. Bryant McGill, Stanford Lectures on Poetry, 1990



A good novel is an indivisible sum; every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization. Ayn Rand, The Romantic Manifesto p. 74 (pb 93)



If men want to oppose war, it is *statism* that they must oppose. Ayn Rand, Capitalism, the Unknown Ideal p. 42



An artist does not fake reality--he *stylizes* it. Ayn Rand, From the article "Art and Sense of Life" in The Romantic Manifesto



In the long run you only hit what you aim at. Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high. Henry David Thoreau



James, you ought to discover some day that words have an exact meaning. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957



The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech. Justice Anthony Kennedy, in 91-155



For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root. Henry Thoreau



Spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison. Clive Lewis



No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable. Adam Smith



A person who can acquire no property, can have no other interest but to eat as much, and to labour as little as possible. Whatever work he does beyond what is sufficient to purchase his own maintenance can be squeezed out of him by violence only, and not by any interest of his own. Adam Smith



The affluence of the rich excites the indignation of the poor, who are often both driven by want, and prompted by envy, to invade his possessions. Adam Smith



The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects are perhaps always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding or to exercise his invention in finding out expedients for removing difficulties which never occur. He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become. Adam Smith



The difference of natural talents in different men is, in reality, much less than we are aware of; and the very different genius which appears to distinguish men of different professions, when grown up to maturity, is not upon many occasions so much the cause as the effect of the division of labour. The difference between the most dissimilar characters, between a philosopher and a common street porter, for example, seems to arise not so much from nature as from habit, custom, and education. When they came into the world, and for the first six or eight years of their existence, they were perhaps very much alike, and neither their parents nor playfellows could perceive any remarkable difference… Adam Smith



Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7



They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin



Apathy isn?t it. We can do something. So flower power didn?t work. So what. We start again. John Lennon



Humans are driven by a perpetual and restless desire of power. Thomas Hobbes



All wealth is the product of labor. John Locke



New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without anyother reason but because they are not already common. John Locke



Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip. John Locke



Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain. John Locke



Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. John Locke



The discipline of desire is the background of character. John Locke



All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called “Facts”. They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain. Thomas Hobbes



My purpose in life does not include a hankering to charm society. James Dean



Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that?s all you have. James Dean



I think the prime reason for existence, for living in this world, is discovery. James Dean



There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantages of others. Niccolo Machiavelli



The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. H. P. Lovecraft



The best accessory a girl can have is her best friend. Paris Hilton



While I know that the beautiful, the spiritual, and the sublime are today suspect, I have begun to stop resisting the constant urge to deny that beauty has a valid right to exist in contemporary art. Ian Hornak, Cover Magazine, 1994



He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. Thomas Paine



The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow. Bob Marley



Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even. Muhammad Ali



Being powerful is a lot like being a woman: If you have to tell someone that you are, invariably, you are not. Margaret Thatcher



To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Theodore Roosevelt



On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that all their efforts shall not have been in vain. Dwight D. Eisenhower



Some men are born posthumously. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist



A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. Aristotle, unknown



You will make all kinds of mistakes but as long as you are generous and true and fierce you cannot hurt the world, or even seriously distress her. Winston Churchill



It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. William Ernest Henley, From the poem “Invictus”



Religion is an illusion, and it derives its strength from its readiness to fit in with our instinctual wishful impulses. Sigmund Freud



I would rather think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to come together and make sense. Rabbi Harold Kushner



I am convinced that it is not the fear of death, of our lives ending that haunts our sleep so much as the fear … that as far as the world is concerned, we might as well never have lived. Rabbi Harold Kushner



Everything that God created is potentially holy, and our task as humans is to find that holiness in seemingly unholy situations. When we can do this, we will have learned to nurture our souls. Rabbi Harold Kushner



Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness. Rabbi Harold Kushner



We are here to change the world with small acts of thoughtfulness done daily rather than with one great breakthrough. Rabbi Harold Kushner



The human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out a tune for a dancing bear, when we hope with our music to move the stars. Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary



Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken



America, meaning mostly the United States, is not an easy concept to comprehend. It may be appropriate that it was discovered by a Genoese sailor, in the service of the Spanish crown, looking for some place else and that, for the next half-century, it was treated as a geological impediment to be gotten through or around in order to reach some far more profitable other side. Vincent Canby, The New York Times, November 11, 1984



There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. Somerset Maugham, The New York Times Book Review, September 30, 1984



Jean Paul Sartre says in “No Exit” that hell is other people. Well, our task in life is to make it heaven. Or at least earth. Alan Alda, GQ, Summer, 1980



We can begin by noting that the body prefers to keep itself alive. John Tierney, Esquire, August 1981



Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-ight drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen. John le Carre, “The Chancellor Who Agreed To Play Spy, in The New York Times, May 8, 1974



Dreaming permits every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives. William Dement, Forbes Magazine, April 6, 1998



Getting old is not for sissies. Bette Davis



What a beautiful morning. John Hancock, to Sam Adams at the Battle of Lexington



For men who had easily endured hardship, danger and difficult uncertainty, leisure and riches, though in some ways desirable, proved burdensome and a source of grief. Sallust



If i cannot smoke in heaven, then i shall not go. Groucho Marx



A learned man is an idler who kills time with study. Beware of his false knowledge: it is more dangerous than ignorance. George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, 1903



The unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it. Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, 1903



War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength George Orwell, Book “1984”



Live to the point of tears. Albert Camus



Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power. John Steinbeck



Sleep, those little slices of death; Oh how I loathe them. Edgar Allan Poe



From the totalitarian point of view, history is something to be created rather than learned. George Orwell, Essay: “The Prevention of Literature” (1946)



Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! Henry David Thoreau, WALDEN: Or, Life in the Woods



If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions. Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction



If you fear change, leave it here. Unknown, Sign on a restaurant tip jar



There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. Celine Dion



Democracy works. Against us. Jon Stewart, The Daily Show: Referring to the victory of George W. Bush in the 2004 election.



In a way the CID man was pretty lucky, because outside the hospital the war was still going on. Men went mad and were rewarded with medals. All over the world, boys on every side of the bomb line were laying down their lives for what they had been told was their country, and no one seemed to mind, least of all the boys who were laying down their young lives. Joesph Heller, Catch-22



In science as in love, too much concentration on technique can often lead to impotence. P. L. Berger



If people really want to go, and really try all their lives, I think they will get in; for I don?t believe there are any locks on that door, or any guards at the gate. I always imagine it is as it is in the picture, where the shining ones stretch out their hands to welcome poor Christian as he comes up from the river. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women



You know what I say to people when I hear they?re writing an anti-war book?? I say, "why don?t you write an anti-glacier book instead?"
What he meant, of course, was that there would always be wars, that they were as easy to stop as glaciers. I believe that, too. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughter-House 5



The way we see the problem is the problem. Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People



How to make God laugh: Tell him your future plans. Woody Allen



The course of true love was never easy. William Shakespeare



Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine. Henry David Thoreau



It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. James Thurber



Security is a process, not a product. Bruce Schneier, Secrets and Lies - Digital Security in a Networked World -- by Bruce Schneier - ISBN 0-471-25311-1



I have been called the most powerful woman in the world, but I have on occasion lacked even the power of speech, because although we have crossed the threshold into a new century, there are still too many questions for which we have no answers. Madeleine K. Albright, Farewell Remarks at U.S. Department of State; January 19, 2001; Washington, DC



Desire, even in its wildest tantrums, can neither persuade me it is love nor stop me from wishing it were. W. H. Auden



The capacity for passion is both cruel and divine. George Sand



Stolen sweets are best. Colley Cibber



My dreams were all my own; I accounted them to nobody; They were my refuge when annoyed – my dearest pleasure when free. Mary Shelley



It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. Leonardo da Vinci



Fools rush in and get the best seats. Alfred E. Neuman (probably William Gaines), MAD Magazine



Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian. Robert Orben



What then is the American, this new man? He is either an European, or the descendant of an European, hence that strange misture of blood, which you will find in no other country. I could point out to you a family whose grandfather was an englishman, whose wife was Dutch, whose son married a french woman, and whose present four sons have now four wives of different nations. He is an American. Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer III: What is an American?



Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine. Elvis Presley



Everyone has a right to his own course of action. Moliere



I have never examined the subject of humor until now. I am surprised to find how much ground it covers. I have got its divisions and frontiers down on a piece of paper. I find it defined as a production of the brain, as the power of the brain to produce something humorous, and the capacity of percieving humor. Mark Twain



Those who say truth is stranger than fiction have wasted their time on poorly written fiction. Mark Twain



There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity. General Douglas MacArthur



There is no path to peace. Peace is the path. Mahatma Gandhi, “Non-Violence in Peace and War”



We enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciate light because we have been in darkness. By the same token, we can experience joy because we have known sadness. David Weatherford



Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. Kahlil Gibran



The absence of love is the most abject pain. Herr Lipp



When sorrows come, they come not single spies, But in battalions. William Shakespeare



There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope. George Eliot



A great many open minds should be closed for repairs. Toledo Blade



All cats are gray in the dark. Benjamin Franklin



The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations. David Friedman



Cross-country skiing is great if you live in a small country. Steven Wright



The Creator gave man two ears and one mouth;there is a reason why He did so. Thomas Barron



There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. Epictetus



People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Audrey Hepburn



We have weapons of mass destruction we have to address here at home. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Homelessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Unemployment is a weapon of mass destruction. Dennis Kucinich



We are not without accomplishment. We have managed to distribute poverty equally. Nguyen Co Thatch, Vietnamese foreign minister



If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very low crime rate. Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.



Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Theresa



Not only is he ambidextrous, but he can throw with either hand. Duffy Daugherty, football coach and sports analyst



Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season. One word and one word only: Super Bowl. Bill Peterson, football coach



You guys line up alphabetically by height. Bill Peterson, Florida State football coach



Most cars on our roads have only one occupant, usually the driver. Carol Malia, BBC Anchorwoman



Nobody takes a picture of something they want to forget. Sy Parrish, One Hour Photo



The President can bomb anybody he likes. Richard Nixon, Nixon



Thinking evil is making evil. Friedrich Nietzsche



Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it and the imagination to improvise. Sylvia Plath, The Journals of Sylvia Plath



Tomas did not realize at the time that metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love. Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



When President Bush invaded Iraq after 9
11 it was like Truman invading Mexico after Pearl Harbor. John Kerry, Debate



The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought. Sir Thomas Beecham



You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. Ralph Waldo Emerson



He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. Aeschylus



If you cannot convince them, confuse them. Harry S Truman



I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. Harry S Truman



A special Providence protects fools, drunkards, small children and the United States of America. Otto von Bismarck



Violence is the diplomacy of the incompetent. Isaac Asimov, Prelude to Foundation, said by Hari Seldon



I know of no way to judge the future but by the past. Patrick Henry



It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant perhaps the one is as painful as the other. Francis Bacon



Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own. Ella Wheeler Wilcox



The idea that no gentleman ever swears is all wrong; he can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and affectionate way. Mark Twain, Speech in NYC, Jan. 22, 1906



Swearing is like any other music…If it is not done well, if it is not done with a fine and discriminating art, and vitalized with gracious and heartborn feeling, it lacks beauty, it lacks charm, it lacks expression, it lacks nobleness, it lacks majesty… David Gridley, Indiantown



The dark today leads into light tomorrow;
There is no endless joy,
…and yet no endless sorrow. Ella Wheeler Wilcox



In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all… Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You cannot now realize that you will ever feel better… And yet this is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again. Abraham Lincoln



Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened. Sir Winston Churchill



Winter is come and gone,
But grief returns with the revolving year. Percy Bysshe Shelley, Adonais



Horror on earth is real and it is every day. It is like a flower or like the sun; it cannot be contained. Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones



Over one mind and over ones body the individual is sovereign. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty



All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying,losing, cheating, and mediocrity are easy. Stay away from easy. Scott Alexander, film writer and director



So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Death ends a life, not a relationship. Morrie Swartz, Tuesdays with Morrie (book)



Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is the resolute acceptance of death. Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings



Freedom is the right to say two plus two make four. If granted, all else follows. George Orwell



English is the easiest language to speak badly. George Bernhard Shaw



Life, at best, is completely unpredictable. Chrisopher Walken



Let them hate us, as long as they fear us. Caligula (Gaius Caesar)



Is necessary to take such measures that, when they believe no longer, it may be possible to make them believe by force. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince



We have not seen great things done in our time except by those who have been considered mean; the rest have failed. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince



And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. Jerry Chin



The tragic mistake of so many in the environmentalist movement is the belief that the rest of the world can afford to hold itself to our expensive green standards. Jonathan Berry



Frustration is one of the greatest things in art; satisfaction is nothing. Malcom Mclaren



What do you do with a lifetime of work? Face it in the morning. Iggy Pop



The only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts, and that is where all our battles should be fought. Mahatma Gandhi



What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility. Leo Tolstoy



Live simply that others may simply live. Mahatma Gandhi



You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Mae West



Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, and a dark side, and it holds the universe together. Carl Zwanzig



A cheerful look brings joy to the heart. William Makepeace Thackeray



A good laugh is sunshine in a house. William Makepeace Thackeray



There are times of pure joy when you wish all human life well. Francis Bacon



A good life is a series of joyful meetings and joyful moments. Francis Bacon



Let your heart give you joy in all the days of your life. Ecclesiastes



Honesty is being able to tell the truth without hurting anyone. Federico Fellini, 8 ½



Like President Reagan, President Bush has not shied from calling evil by its name or declaring his intention to defeat its latest incarnation, terrorism, just as free men and women of all political persuasions, here and abroad, defeated fascism and communism before. Donald Rumsfeld, Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, October 10, 2003



It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible. Aristotle



Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved. Jane Goodall



Roots creep under the ground to make a firm foundation. Shoots seems new and small, but to reach the light they can break through brick walls. Jane Goodall



Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Bible, Jesus in Matthew 5:9



Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree what they are made of, where they come from, or how often the should appear. Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Hostile Hospital



If you are interested in stories with happy endings you would be better off reading some other book. Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning



On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory. General Douglas MacArthur



What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story,
And the greatest good is little enough:
for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams. Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Life is a Dream



Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more. You should never wish to do less. Robert E. Lee



There is no substitute for victory. General Douglas MacArthur



We must not just be in the world and above the world, but also of the world. To love it for what it is… is the only task. Avoid it and you are lost. Loose yourself in it, and you are free. Henry Miller, in a letter to Lawrence Durrell



Is yours an honest lament?…Most are not, you know. Most self-imposed burdens are founded on misperceptions. We – at least we of sincere character – always judge ourselves by stricter standards than we expect others to abide by. It is a curse, I suppose, or a blessing, depending on how one views it… Take it as a blessing, my friend, an inner calling that forces you to strive to unattainable heights. R. A. Salvatore, Sojourn



It is better, I think, to grab at the stars than to sit flustered because you know you cannot reach them… At least he who reaches will get a good stretch, a good view, and perhaps even a low-hanging apple for his efforts. R. A. Salvatore, Sojourn



There is a wide world out there, my friend, full of pain, but filled with joy as well. The former keeps you on the path of growth, and the latter makes the journey tolerable. R. A. Salvatore, Sojourn



Guilt resembles a sword with two edges. On the one hand, it cuts for Justice, imposing practical morality upon those who fear it. But there is another side to that weighted emotion. Conscience does not always adhere to rational judgment. Guilt is always a self-imposed burden, but it is not always rightly imposed. R. A. Salvatore, Sojourn



The meekest of animals will fight bravely when it is backed against a wall, for it has nothing left to lose. A poor man is more deadly than a rich man because he puts less value on his own life. R. A. Salvatore, The Crystal Shard



To any intelligent being, there is no emotion more important than hope. Individually or collectively, we must hope that the future will be better than the past, that our offspring, and theirs after them, will be a bit closer to an ideal society, whatever our perception of that might be… It is at those times when we feel we are contributing to that ultimate end… we feel true elation. R. A. Salvatore, Siege of Darkness



In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be. Hubert H. Humphrey



Evil is relative?You can?t hang a sign on it. You can?t touch it or taste it or cut it with a sword. Evil depends on where you are standing, pointing your indicting finger. Glen Cook, The Black Company



I guess each of us, at some time, finds one person with whom we are compelled toward absolute honesty, one person whose good opinion of us becomes a substitute for the broader opinion of the world. Glen Cook, Shadow Games



Mornings are wonderful! The only drawback is that they come at such an inconvenient time of day! Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues



To laugh is to live profoundly. Milan Kundera, The Book Of Laughter and Forgetting



We must never allow the future to be weighed down by memory. For children have no past, and that is the whole secret of the magical innocence of their smiles. Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting



Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win. Kongming (Zhuge Liang)



Everything that happens in life is there to aid our spiritual growth. M. Scott Peck



I am grateful for all my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties. J. C. Penny



Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. Babe Ruth



Mental health increases as we pursue reality at all cost. M. Scott Peck



Never deprive someone of hope -- it may be all they have. Unknown



You can choose your behavior, the world chooses your consequences. Pia Melody



Deep experience is never peaceful. Henry James



Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. Albert Camus



If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing. Zimbabwean Proverb



The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it. Daniel Webster



The solving of almost every crime mystery depends on something which seems, at the first glance, to bear no relation whatever to the original crime. Elsa Barker



Believing where we cannot prove. Alfred, Lord Tennyson



Love comforteth like sunshine after rain. William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part 3



I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. Og Mandino



People forget how fast you did a job -- but they remember how well you did it. Howard W. Newton



Drugs are a bet with your mind. Jim Morrison, Biography



When you give up drinking, you have to deal with that wonderful personality that started you drinking in the first place. Oscar Levant



He who has nothing and wants something is less frustrated than he who has something and wants more. Eric Hoffer, True Believer or Theory of leisure class



Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved. Mark Twain



All say, “How hard it is that we have to die”—a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live. Mark Twain



The more words you know, the more clearly and powerfully you will think and the more ideas you will invite into your mind. Wilfred Funk



It is the action of an uninstructed person to reproach others for his own misfortune; of one entering instruction, to reproach himself; and one perfectly instructed, to reproach neither others nor himself. Epictetus, Enchiridion



If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and
or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State. Joseph Goebbels



Next to selfishness the principal cause which makes life unsatisfactory is want of mental cultivation. John Sturart Mill, Defence of Hedonism



A life spent making mistakes is not only most honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. Unknown



There are three things that are important in human life. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind. Henry James



Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. Anna Freud



You can do no great things, just small things with great love. Mother Teresa, Robin Williams



The question our century puts before us is: is it possible to regain the lost dimension, the encounter with the Holy, the dimension which cuts through the world of subjectivity and objectivity and goes down to that which is not world but is the Mystery of the Ground of Being. Paul Tillich, From a lecture



Thou art a Man, God is no more.
Thy own humanity learn to adore. William Blake



The tree of Liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson



As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality. George Washington



There was no telling what people might find out once they felt free to ask whatever questions they wanted to. Joseph Heller, Catch 22



It is better to have dreamed a thousand dreams that never were than never to have dreamed at all. Alexander Pushkin



Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad. George Orwell, 1984



Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood. George Orwell, 1984



In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion: the more intelligent, the less sane. George Orwell, 1984



One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish a dictatorship. George Orwell, 1984



The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. George Orwell, 1984



Orthodoxy means not thinking – not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness. George Orwell, 1984



If we deny love that is given to us, if we refuse to give love because we fear pain or loss, then our lives will be empty, our loss greater. Unknown



That which seems most feeble and bewildered in you is the strongest and most determined. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet



What is love? As far as I can tell, is is passion, admiration, and respect. If you have two, you have enough. If you have all three, you dont have to die to go to heaven. William Wharton



Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult, and not tried. G. K. Chesterton



Men are only as unfaithful as their options. Chris Rock



Every child deserves a home and love. Period. Dave Thomas



We look at adoption as a very sacred exchange. It was not done lightly on either side. I would dedicate my life to this child. Jamie Lee Curtis



A word to the wise is infuriating. Hunter S Thompson



The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. Hunter S Thompson



There is nothing more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge. Hunter S Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas



You can not gain peace by avoiding life. Virginia Woolf



Distance lasts a day. But reality lasts a lifetime. Dr. Laura Schlessinger, The Dr. Laura radio show



All true wealth is biological. Lois McMasters Bujold, “Mirror Dance”



I never wanted to be the biggest guy. I just wanted to be the best. The Rock



You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man. Frederick Douglass



The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it. Webster



The stability of the whole is guaranteed by the instability of its parts. Karin Mei?enburg, translator and author



Absence of proof is not proof of absence. Michael Crichton



With enough courage, you can do without a reputation. Clark Gable, Gone With the Wind



If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. Abraham Lincoln



Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus



Between thought and expression lies a lifetime. Lou Reed



I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Albert Einstein



I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth. Janeane Garofalo



Spend and be spent. Theodore Roosevelt, sign posted at his grave site



Have love for everyone, no one is other than you. Ramakrishna



Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the best even of their blunders. Friedrich Nietzsche



To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ulysses (poem)



There is no escape – we pay for the violence of our ancestors. Frank Herbert



The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for. Joseph Addison



It is better to live for one day as a tiger than to live for a thousand years as a sheep. Tibetan Proverb



A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears. Woodrow Wyatt



The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein



If you find serenity and happiness, some people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. Mother Teresa



The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. Ian Fleming



It is a lesson never learned: Matters of state and the heart that start with a lie rarely end well. Maureen Dowd, New York Times, January 10, 2005



Once a man has some money, peace begins to sound good to him. Clint Eastwood, Movie: “A Fistful of Dollars,” 1964



If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell



Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the governing of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address



Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many. Spinoza



Always win; but if you must lose, make the person in front of you break the record. Steve Knight



The stronger must dominate and not blend with the weaker, thus sacrificing his own greatness. Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf



A pessimist is never disappointed. Jack Cleary



Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too. Voltaire, Essay on Tolerance



Each man is his own prisoner, in solitary confinement for life. Robert A. Heinlein, “If This Goes On”



My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre, and that I am therefor excused from saving Universes. Douglas Adams, Ford Prefect in “Life, the Universe, and Everything”



If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden;
if you want to be happy for life, plant a tree. English proverb



The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching



I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions. Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking



Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken. Jane Austen, Emma



Keep thy religion to thyself. George Carlin



With great power comes great responsibility. Stan Lee, Spider-Man comic



The ballot is stronger than the bullet. Abraham Lincoln



He attacked everything in life with a mix of extrordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which. Douglas Adams



See first, think later, then test. But always see first. Otherwise you will only see what you were expecting. Most scientists forget that. Douglas Adams



The perfect man of action, is the suicide. William Carlos Williams



Duty is heavier than a mountain, death lighter than a feather. Jordan, Robert



Honor and shame from no condition rise.
Act well your part: there all the honor lies. Alexander Pope



Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. Alexander Pope



Pain is a very precious gift. Do not waste it. Martha Singleterry



Speak of things public to the public, but of things lofty and secret only to the loftiest and most private of your friends. Hay to the ox and sugar to the parrot. Johannes Trithemius, 1488



A state that dwarfs its men in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes, will find that with small men no great things can really be accomplished. John Stewart Mills



True genius is always inborn and never cultivated, let alone learned. Adolf Hitler, Mien Kampf



If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. Mark Twain



Paranoia is just a kind of awareness, and awareness is just a form of love. Charles Manson



I am certain there is too much certainty in the world. Michael Crichton, State of Fear



The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard. Steven Wright



Of all tyrannies democracy is the most agonizing, the most inane, the absolute fall of everything great and elevated. S?ren Kierkegaard, Journal 1848



Fixed ideas are like a cramp in the foot – the best remedy against it is to tread on it. S?ren Kierkegaard, Journal, july 6., 1838



Alas! While the speculative honourable professor explains the entire existence has he in distraction forgotten his own name, that he is a man, purely and simply a man, not a fantastic 3
8 of a paragraph. S?ren Kierkegaard, Asluttende uvidenskabeligt Efterskrift



The chief weapon of sea pirates, however, was their capacity to astonish. Nobody else could believe, until it was too late, how heartless and greedy they were. Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions



During my three years in Vietnam, I certainly heard plenty of last words by dying American footsoldiers. Not one of them, however, had illusions that he had somehow accomplished something worthwhile in the process of making the Supreme Sacrifice. Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus



The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error. Bertolt Brecht, The life of Galileo



When in doubt, observe and ask questions. When certain, observe at length and ask many more questions. George S. Patton



You give little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Kahlil Gibran



Give what you have. To some it may be better than you dare think. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Maturity beings to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself. John MacNaughton



Truth is a pathless land. Krishnamurti



A man without justice is a beast, and a man who would make himself a beast forgets the pain of being a man. Timothy Leary



Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought. Albert Szent-Gyorgi



If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married. Katharine Hepburn



Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high- class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four. Katharine Hepburn



Enemies are so stimulating. Katharine Hepburn



The changes in the human condition are uncertain and frequent. Many, on whom fortune has bestowed her favours, may trace their family to a more unprosperous station; and many who are now in obscurity, may look back upon the affluence and exalted rank of their ancestors. Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, February 23, 1775



When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. Sell not liberty to purchase power. Benjamin Franklin



We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too. John F. Kennedy



…Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee. Saint Augustine, The Confessions. Book 1. (The Harvard Classics. 1909?14, p.1)



History is a cyclic poem written by Time upon the memories of man. Percy Bysshe Shelley



The best historian is he who combines knowledge of the evidence with the largest intellect, the warmest human sympathy and the highest imaginative powers. G. M. Trevelyan



My hometown was so dull that one time the tide went out and never came back Fred Allen



The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. Sir Winston Churchill



The greatest ideas are the simplest. William Golding, Lord of The Flies



Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don?t mind, it doesn?t matter. Satchel Paige



Give death a better name or die trying. Timothy Leary



Passion is the source of our finest moments, the joy of love, the clarity of hatred, and the ectasy of grief. Ty King, Written for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, episode Passion, voice over by David Boreanaz



If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. Epictetus, Serendipity



Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work. Gustave Flaubert



Einstein said that God does not play dice with the universe. He was right, but not in the way he meant. God doesn?t play dice with the universe because the universe doesn?t need him. The craps table is set up and running. Whether or not God put it there is besides the point. Mark Coggins, “The Immortal Game” (novel)



Carbon atoms on a distant planet rearranged themselves into DNA, microorganisms formed, grew backbones, swam around the ocean, mutated into amphibians and crawled onto dry land?and finally a cab appeared at the mouth of the alley. Mark Coggins, “The Immortal Game” (novel)



Life is a tale told by an idiot -- full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. William Shakespeare



Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess. Edna Woolman Chase



Success is never final. Sir Winston Churchill



That everybody is allowed to learn to read spoileth in the long run not only writing but thinking. Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra



If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gough



Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others. Mark Twain



A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. Harry S Truman



How many pessimists end up by desiring the things they fear, in order to prove that they are right? Robert Mallet



The future belongs to those who dare. Anonymous



Some people are so fond of ill-luck that they run half- way to meet it. Douglas Gerald



Dancing is like dreaming with your feet! Constanze



The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie. Agnes de Mille



The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word. Mata Hari



God gave us memories that we might have roses in December. J. M. Barry



So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now. William of Baskerville, The Name of the Rose



One thing we know for sure is that change is certain, progress is not. Hilary Clinton



Love has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupery



A novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart. Julia Alvarez, In the Time of the Butterflies



The problem with the common person is that he is so unbearably common! Oscar Wilde



Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one. Charles Mackay



Oats. A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people. Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language



One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop. G. Weilacher



Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised, to carry money without spending it and to bear an injustice without wanting to get even. Ann Landers



In war, there are no unwounded solders. Jose Narosky



Jealousy – that dragon which slays love under the pretense of keeping it alive. Havelock Ellis



Dictators long ago found out it is easier to unite people in common hatred than common love. Dagobert D. Runes



Our humanity is trapped by moral adolescents. We have too many men of science, too few men of God. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom and power without conscience. General Omar Bradley



The possession of unlimited power will make a despot of almost any man. There is a possible Nero in the gentlest of human creature that walks. Thomas Bailey Aldrich



He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invated by worry, fret and anxiety. Ralph Waldo Emerson



I am wealthy in my friends. William Shakespeare



I wish you all the good and charm that life can offer. Think of me kindly, and rest assured that no one would more rejoice to hear of your happiness. Ludwig van Beethoven



Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. Mark Twain



A friend is a present you give yourself. Robert Louis Stevenson



I cannot believe that the purpose of life is (merely) to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate. I think it is above all to matter, to count, to stand for something. To have it make some difference that you lived at all. Leo Rosten



Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Mark Twain



Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. Helen Keller



I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. Mother Theresa



We must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Opinions mean nothing; they may be beautiful or ugly, clever or foolish, anyone can embrace or reject them. Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha



Blessed be childhood which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness. Henri F. Amiel



To know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. Ralph Emerson



He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death. H. H. Munro, (Saki)



O Death the Healer, scorn thou not, I pray,
To come to me: of cureless ills thou art
The one physician. Pain lays not its touch
Upon a corpse. Aeschylus



Of all the gods, Death only craves not gifts:
Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering poured
Avails; no altars hath he, nor is soothed
By hymns of praise. From him alone of all
The powers of heaven Persuasion holds aloof. Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Frag. 146 (trans. by Plumptre).



I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil. Aeschylus



If eyes were made for seeing,
Then Beauty is its own excuse for being. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Without the smile from partial beauty won,
Oh what were man??a world without a sun. Thomas Campbell



Resolve to be thyself; and know, that he Who finds himself, loses his misery. Matthew Arnold



Is life worth living? Yes, so long
As there is wrong to right. Alfred Austin



So long as faith with freedom reigns
And loyal hope survives,
And gracious charity remains
To leaven lowly lives;
While there is one untrodden tract
For intellect or will,
And men are free to think and act,
Life is worth living still. Alfred Austin



The Night has a thousand eyes,
And the Day but one;
Yet the light of the bright world dies
With the dying sun.
The mind has a thousand eyes,
And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When love is done. Francis William Bourdillon



In a few minutes a computer can make a mistake so great that it would have taken many men many months to equal it. Unknown



To deny we need and want power is to deny that we hope to be effective. Liz Smith



The essence of independence has been to think and act according to standards from within, not without. Inevitably anyone with an independent mind must become "one who resists or opposes authority or established conventions": a rebel. If enough people come to agree with, and follow, the Rebel, we now have a Devil. Until, of course, still more people agree. And then, finally, we have --- Greatness. Aleister Crowley



I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show for any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. Ralph Waldo Emerson



A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. Theodore Roosevelt



Affection cannot be manufactored or regulated by law. If one has no affection for a person or a system, one should be free to give the fullest expression to his disaffection, so long as he does not contemplate, promote, or incite to violence. Mahatma Gandhi, 1922 Circuit House speech (court) charged with “attempting to disaffect towrds his majestys government”



The trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. C. S. Lewis



Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. Daniel Webster



Not eating meat is a decision, eating meat is an instinct. Denis Leary, No Cure for Cancer



Love inspires, illuminates, designates and leads the way. Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures



The time for thinkers has come. Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health



That which is not just is not law. William Lloyd Garrison, Boston abolitionist



Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures



The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. George S. Patton



Live life to the fullest tomorrow may never be. Shahrukh Khan, a famous actor in india



The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact. George Orwell



Some promises are better left unsaid Ashlee Simpson, In her album Autobiography.



In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one part of the citizens to give to the other. Voltaire, The Portable Voltaire



Greatness is great power, producing great effects. It is not enough that a man has great power in himself, he must shew it to all the world in a way that cannot be hid or gainsaid. William Hazlitt, on the Pleasure of Hating



No man is truly great, who is great only in his life-time. The test of greatness is the page of history. William Hazlitt, on the Pleasure of Hating



The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet. Lao-Tzu



Popularity is neither fame nor greatness. William Hazlitt, on the Pleasure of Hating



A King (as such) is not a great man. He has great power, but it is not his own. William Hazlitt, on the Pleasure of Hating



To display the greatest powers, unless they are applied to great purposes, makes nothing for the character of greatness. William Hazlitt, on the Pleasure of Hating



To impress the idea of power on others, they must be made in some way to feel it. William Hazlitt



A great chessplayer is not a great man, for he leaves the world as he found it. William Hazlitt, on the Pleasure of Hating



No act terminating in itself constitutes greatness. William Hazlitt, on the Pleasure of Hating



A really great man has always an idea of something greater than himself. William Hazlitt, on the Pleasure of Hating



…greatness sympathises with greatness, and littleness shrinks into itself. William Hazlitt, on the Pleasure of Hating



Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… it has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival. C. S. Lewis



Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right. Ghandi, 1931



Before we acquire great power, we must acquire wisdom to use it well. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Truth is subject to too much analysis. Frank Herbert, Dune



Blood is thicker than water, but politics are thicker than blood. Frank Herbert, Dune



Absolute power is the power to destroy. Frank Herbert, Dune



Beaurocracy destroys initiative. Frank Herbert, Dune



It is impossible to live in the past, difficult to live in the present and a waste to live in the future. Frank Herbert, Dune



Seek freedom and become captive of your desires, seek discipline and find your liberty. Frank Herbert, Dune



Humans live best when each has a place to stand, when each knows where he belongs in the scheme of things and what he may achieve. Destroy the place and you destroy the person. Frank Herbert, Dune



Peace for any prolonged period of time is impossible. Humans have a natural thirst for chaos and war is the most readily available form of chaos. Frank Herbert, Dune



When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. African proverb



All governments eventually lean further and further towards aristocracy. Frank Herbert, Dune



Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. It is when they have become established that aims are lost and replaces by vague ritual. Frank Herbert, Dune



Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowlege: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. Charles Darwin



We have flown the air like birds and swum the seas like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers. Martin Luther King Jr.



Storms make trees take deeper roots. Dolly Parton



The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain. Dolly Parton



We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. Dolly Parton



Be polite to all, but intimate with few. Thomas Jefferson



You either have to be first, best or different. Loretta Lynn



We do not hate those we fight; we do not love those we defend. Unknown, Tuskegee Airman motto during World War II



We have a lot of reasons but only one real one. Pablo Picasso



Master your instrument, master the music, and then forget all that crap and just play. Charlie Parker



Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. Rabindranath Tagore



That which is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil. Friedrich Nietzsche



Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace. Albert Schweitzer



I must dislike those who, whatever I do to please them, persist in disliking me; I must resist those who punish me unjustly. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre



Less is more. Mies van der Rohe, Referring to Modern Architecture



God is in the details. Mies van der Rohe



Life is pain, anyone who says differently is selling something. William Goldman, The Princess Bride



To live is well, but to live well is better Russian proverb



Since no one is perfect, it follows that all great deeds have been accomplished out of imperfection. Yet they were accomplished, somehow, all the same. Lois McMaster Bujold, Mirror Dance, 1994, p. 287



The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it. Abbie Hoffman



A grand passion is the privelege of people who have nothing to do. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray



If you ask me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud. Emile Zola



Well behaved women seldom make history. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich



I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us. Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop



God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. C. S. Lewis



Dost thou love life? Than do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin



Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln



Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper until you get the right answer. Carl Sandburg



I hate quotations. Ralph Waldo Emerson



If a rhinoceros were to enter this resteraunt now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I would be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever. G. K. Chesterton



I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. C. S. Lewis



He was burned, so he ran into the bamboo grove, but the grove caught fire. Punjabi proverb, Translated by Gurinder Singh Mann



Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter



Being shot out of a cannon is always better than being squeezed through a tube. Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear



Life is too important to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde



Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher



Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt



Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust



It?s such a part of me, I assume Everyone can see it. Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog, 02-09-05



For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name,
He marks-not that you won or lost-
But how you played the game. Grantland Rice, “Alumunus Football,” Only the Brave and Other Poems, p. 144 (1941)



I describe in a realistic form a nonrealistic reality. Fernando Botero, Columbian painter and sculptor



In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time. Edward P. Tryon



This is the true nature of home -- it is the place of Peace; the shelter, not only from injury, but from all terror, doubt and division. John Ruskin



When you start to doubt yourself, the real world will eat you alive. Henry Rollins, From his song “Shine”



A warrior of light knows that he will hear an order in the silence of his heart that will guide him. Paulo Coelho, Manual of the Warrior of Light



True love allows each person to follow his or her own path, aware that doing so can never drive them apart. Paulo Coelho, Brida



To love is to commune with another person and to discover in him or her a divine spark. Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I sat down and wept



The Lord listens to the pryers of those who ask to be able to forget hatred, but is deaf to those who want to flee love. Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain



Few take up the burden of their own victory: most give up their dreams when they become impossible. Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage



We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot. Eleanor Roosevelt



I opened the window and my heart. The sun flooded my house and love flooded my soul. Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I sat down and wept



Time does not always pass at the same speed. We are the ones who determine that speed. Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage



For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imaginations, we learned to talk. Stephen Hawking



All for ourselves and nothing for other people seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind. Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, 1776



Stop thinking, and end your problems. Lao Tzu



The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo



A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing. Victor Hugo



Do not fear mistakes, there are none. Miles Davis



First you imitate, then you innovate. Miles Davis



Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything. Ivana Trump



A day without sunshine is like, you know, night. Steve Martin



Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass. Ann Landers



It requires more courage to suffer than to die. Napoleon Bonaparte



There is nothing the body suffers which the soul may not profit by. George Meredith



Sometimes, when one person is absent, the whole world seems depopulated Allphonse de Lamartine



Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings. Elie Weisel



We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King Jr.



The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. Thomas Jefferson



Fleas can be taught nearly anything a congressman can. Mark Twain



If one has made a mistake, and fails to correct it, one has made a greater mistake. Plato



An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. Charles Bukowski



It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary. David Bailey



For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of a Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a MaCaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros. Ethel Barrymore



A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him. David Brink



Why is my existence so perfect with dark places? And why do I no longer care? Lemuel W. H. Ranier



And now the sequence of events in no particular order. Dan Rather



The road to truth is long, and lined the entire way with annoying bastards. Alexander Jablokov, The Place of No Shadows



My main hope for myself is to be where I am. Woody Harrelson



Life is very important to Americans. Bob Dole



Do not always assume the other fellow has intelligence equal to yours. He may have more. Terry Thomas



You will always find [hatred] strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe



Weak people cannot be sincere. Le Rochefoucauld



In a free society no one can win all the time. No one can have his way all the time and no one is right all the time. Richard M. Nixon



Luck is what you have left over after you give 100 percent. Langston Coleman



The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. Harry Golden



We are not enemies but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic cords of memory shall swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of nature. Abraham Lincoln



It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. David Hume



Communism is what happens when, in the name of Mind, men free themselves from God. Whittaker Chambers, from Witness (1952)



To drift is to be in hell; to be in heaven is to steer. George Bernerd Shaw



The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows. Aristotle Onassis



This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it. William James



Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided. John Locke



Whatever thy hand findest to do, do it with all thy heart. Jesus Christ



How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. Annie Dillard, “Winning Words” Compiled by Allen Klein Portland House, 1998



Statistics are like a drunk with a lampost: used more for support than illumination. Sir Winston Churchill



A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. Elbert Hubbard



Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Nelson Mandela



Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Nelson Mandela



We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding, from Four Quartets



Science … warns me to be careful how I adopt a view which jumps with my preconceptions, and to require stronger evidence for such belief than for one to which I was previously hostile. My business is to teach my aspirations to conform themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations. Thomas Huxley



God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. Voltaire



The state is the great ficticious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else. Frederic Bastait, Letters to the Economist March 5, 2005



Almost anything you do is insignificant, But it is very important that you do it. Mahathma Gandhi



When kings the sword of justice first lay down;
They art no kings, though they posess the crown;
Titles are shadows, crowns are empty things,
The good of subjects is the end of kings. Daniel Defoe



Its never too late to have a happy childhood. Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker



Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? Abraham Lincoln



No doubt alcohol, tobacco, and so forth, are things that a saint must avoid, but sainthood is a thing that human beings must avoid. George Orwell



It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. Sir Edmund Hillary



Love is merely madness. Shakespeare



Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness. George Orwell, 1984



You cannot condemn a man for what may only be a figment of your own imagination. Stephen King



Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. Mark Twain



Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in. Leonardo da Vinci



In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man. Alfred Hitchcock



She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit. W. Somerset Maugham



Life is just a quick succession of busy nothings. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park



Drugs are a bet with your mind. Jim Morrison



[The pamphlet] was very patriotic. That is, it talked about killing foreigners. Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment



What our ancestors would really be thinking, if they were alive today, is: “Why is it so dark in here?” Terry Pratchett, Pyramids



A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read. Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!



The only time anyone has ever gotten into serious trouble was when he decided he could do nothing about something. L. Ron Hubbard, Book: Dianetics 55



Dreams, goals, ambitions – these are the stuff man uses for fuel. L. Ron Hubbard, www.scientology.org



Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow. L. Ron Hubbard, Book: The Creation of Human Ability



You want to raise your child in such a way that you don?t have to control him, so that he will be in full possession of himself at all times. Upon that depends his good behavior, his health, his sanity. L. Ron Hubbard, Book: Child Dianetics



The wrong thing to do about any given circumstance or situation is to do nothing. L. Ron Hubbard



Well, all I know is what I read in the papers. Will Rogers



A great artist is always before his time or behind it. George Moore



Remorse: beholding heaven and feeling hell. George Moore



Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends. Henry Ward Beecher



Maturity consists in having rediscovered the seriousness one had as a child at play. Friedrich Nietzsche



No country can be described as free- but each has different degrees of bondage. Agatha Christie, Appointment with Death



Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty but it is religion and morality alone that can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. John Adams



It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. Albert Einstein, Letter, 24 March 1954. Quoted in “Albert Einstein: The Human Side,” edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman



Every women needs at least 4 animals. A mink in her closet, a jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed, and a jackass that pays for everything. Paris Hilton



For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not, none will suffice. Joseph Dunninger, Mentalist



Supreme happiness will be the greatest cause of misery, and the perfection of wisdom the occassion of folly. Leonardo DaVinci, The notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci by Macurdy



Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire. La Rochefoucald



There are always reasons for murdering a man. But there is no justification for his existence. Albert Camus, The Fall



I try and try to deny that I need you but still you remain on my mind. Mariah Carey



Until divinity decides to reveal the future to human kind, the sum of all human wisdom is contained in these two words: Wait and Hope. Alexandre Dumas, Translation from “The Count of Monte Cristo”



It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends. J. K. Rowling



To what purpose should I trouble myself in searching out the secrets of the stars, having death or slavery continually before my eyes? Anaximenes



I have no money, no resources, and no hope. I am the happiest man alive. Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer



I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful. Marilyn Monroe



Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great. Comte DeBussy-Rabutin



An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine. Marilyn Monroe



I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else. Marilyn Monroe



I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made. Marilyn Monroe



Those who enjoy such freedoms as we enjoy, forget in time that men died to earn them. Franklin Roosevelt



True strength lies in gentleness. Irish Proverb



The passing of an ordinary man is sad. The passing of a great man is tragic, and doubly tragic when the greatness passes before the man does. Harpo Marx, Harpo Speaks Autobiography – paperback, pg. 400



The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants. Johnny Depp



Impossible is nothing. Mohammed Ali



I should wish to see a world in which education aimed at mental freedom rather than imprisoning the minds of the young in a rigid armor of dogma calculated to protect them though life against the shafts of impartial evidence. Bertrand Russell, “Why I am Not a Christian”



If every age has its own characteristic doctrine, there are a thousand signs which point to Fascism as the characteristic doctrine of our time. Benito Mussolini, The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism, 1935



Some forms of reality are so horrible we refuse to face them, unless we are trapped into it by comedy. To label any subject unsuitable for comedy is to admit defeat. Peter Sellers



There is no greater joy than of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation. Henri Bergson



Freedom hath a thousand charms to show,
That slaves however contented never know. Cowper



That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much. Robert Louis Stevenson



Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. Edwin Hubbel Chapin



Faith is not the knowledge of what the mystery of the universe is, but the conviction that there is a mystery, and that it is greater than us. Rabbi David Wolpe



Faith is, above all, openess; an act of trust in the unknown. Alan Watts



The glory of friendship is not the outstreched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him. Ralph Waldo Emerson



A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you just the same. Elbert Hubbard



There is nothing glorious in dying, anyone can do it. John Lydon



We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. Luciano de Crescento



No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves. John Peter Zenger



God gives us our relatives—thank God he lets us choose our friends. Ethel Watts Mumford



Our friendships are precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life;and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part is sunshine. Thomas Jefferson



Happiness is something that you are and it comes from the way you think. Wayne Dyer



To live happily is an inward power of the soul. Marcus Aurelius



Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life. Burton Hills



At the end of our time on earth, if we have lived fully, we will not be able to say, “I was always happy”. Hopefully we will be able to say, “I have experienced a lifetime of real moments, and many of them were happy moments.” Barbara DeAngelis



A man without trust is a man without life. Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time



Beauty holds more worth than gold. Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time



Death is as light as a feather; duty as heavy as a mountain. Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time



Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost. Rousseau



Hardness shatters; strength endures. Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time



On the heights, all paths are paved with daggers. Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time



Hammer the iron that lies on your anvil instead of daydreaming about working silver. Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time



Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Aristotle



A sense of humor is just common sense dancing. Clive James



Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society. William Makepeace Thackery



On with the dance! Let joy be undefined! Lord Byron



All we have of freedom -- all we use or know --
This our fathers bought for us, long and long ago. Kipling



As you express joy, you draw it out of those you meet, creating joyful people and joyful events. The greater the joy you express,the more joy you experience. Arnold Patent



Laughing deeply is living deeply. Milan Kundera



Laughter is the first evidence of freedom. Rosario Castellanos



Blessed is he who has has learned to laugh at himself for he shall never cease to be entertained. Shirley MacLaine



The art of living lies in a fine mingling of holding on and letting go. Havelock Ellis



Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, and to work, and to play, and to look up at the stars and sun. Henry Van Dyke



You only live once but if you work it right, once is enough. Joe E. Lewis



Let no one who loves be called unhappy. For even love unreturned has its rainbow. J. M. Barrie



True love is night jasmine, a diamond in darkenss, the heartbeat no cardiologist has ever heard. It is the most common of miracles, fashioned of fleecy clouds, a handful of stars tossed into the night sky. Jim Bishop



It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either. Mark Twain



Love is letting go of fear. Gerald Jampolsky



When words leave off, music begins. Thomas Carlyle



If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your back. Eido

Tai Shimano Roshi


Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Kahlil Gibran



Poetry is the utterance of deep and heartfelt truth. The true poet is very near the oracle. Edward

Hubbell Chaplin



Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. Robert Frost



Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history. Plato



Listen. Do not have an opinion while you listen because frankly, your opinion doesn’t hold much water outside of Your Universe. Just listen. Listen until their brain has been twisted like a dripping towel and what they have to say is all over the floor. Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog, 02-14-2003



In Mexico we have a word for sushi: Bait. Jose Simon



The Earth is the Cradle of the Mind -- but one cannot eternally live in a cradle. Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky



Share your M&Ms. There are bags and bags of them all over the place. If you give them one of yours, even one of the green ones, you will not be lacking. Honust Injun. Now apply this to Time, Concern, Touch, Interest and Being Vulnerable. Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog, 02-14-03



When someone is giving you their theology, their God words, you should listen hard and be very gentle. The time to deliver your God words is when you are asked. Real Live Preacher, Real Live Preacher weblog, 03-25-05



If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Nelson Mandela



Blessed are the forgetful for they get the better even of their blunders. Friederich Nietzsche, quoted in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (movie)



I was too green to know that all cynicism masks a failure to cope -- an impotence, in short; and that to despise all effort is the greatest effort of all. John Fowles, The Magus



Well done is better than well said. Ben Franklin



He who makes a beast of himself relieves himself the pain of being a man. Hunter S. Thompson



Doroga k Zvjozdam Otkrita.
(The way to the stars is open.) Sergei Koroljov



The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. L. P. Hartley, The Go-Between



Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife,
Throughout the sensual world proclaim,
One crowded hour of glorious life,
Is worth an age without name. Thomas Osbert Mordaunt



Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kinda falls into place.” Jennifer Aniston



It is amazing how much crisper the general experience of life becomes when your body is given a chance to develop a little strength. Frank Duff, A Coder in Courierland, 03-20-05



How do I know what I have to say until I see what I have said? E. M. Forster



Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. Theodor W. Adorno



I had an epiphany a few years ago where I was out at a celebrity party and it suddenly dawned on me that I had yet to meet a celebrity who is as smart and interesting as any of my friends. Moby, quoted on CNN.com, March 2005



To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. Francois de la Rochefoucauld



People are like stained glass windows, they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is only seen if there is a light within. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross



Never be indifferent to injustice. Esnesto “Che” Guevara



Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own…. Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love the greater the jealousy. Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Srange Land



You cannot keep a man down without staying down with him. Steve Biko



The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism



Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius



Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished. Confucius



Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. Pablo Picasso



The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963



Not going home is already like death. E. Catherine Tobler, Vanishing Act



So many Gods, so many creeds
So many ways that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind
is all this sad world needs. Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Old postcard



The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will educate his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. Thomas Edison



The envier praises me unknowingly. Khalil Gibran



There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find how you yourself have altered. Nelson Mandela



The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them. Socrates



Nothing is too wonderful to be true. Michael Faraday



You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can see the whole trip that way. E. L. Doctorow



Persistence plus no dignity equals success. Cynthia Wang



The first thing you lose on a diet is brain mass. Margaret Cho



Shall ignorance of good and ill
Dare to direct the eternal will?
Seek virtue, and of that possets,
To Providence resign the rest. Gay



So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked. Mark Twain



She (India) has left indelible imprints on one fourth of the human race in the course of a long succession of centuries. She has the right to reclaim… her place amongst the great nations summarizing and symbolizing the spirit of humanity. From Persia to the Chinese sea, from the icy regions of Siberia to Islands of Java and Borneo, India has propagated her beliefs, her tales, and her civilization. Sylvia Levi



Suffering is none the less acute and much more lasting when it is put into words. Evelyn Waugh, Work Suspended (1943)



Eh! Je suis leur chef, il fallait bien les suivre.
(Ah well! I am their leader, I really ought to follow them.) Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin



The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it. Bill Nye, Interview with Wired.com, April 2005



It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes in The Copper Beeches



What can we see, read, acquire, but ourselves? Take the book, my friend, and read your eyes out, you will never find there what I find. Ralph Waldo Emerson



I think it is good that books still exist, but they make me sleepy. Frank Zappa



I cannot live without books. Thomas Jefferson



The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy. Gustave Flaubert



Everything comes to him who waits but a loaned book. Frank McKinney Hubbard



I mean your borrowers of books – those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes. Charles Lamb



Common sense is as rare as genius. Ralph Waldo Emerson



The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust



Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing. Ralph Waldo Emerson



One runs the risk of weeping a little, if one allows himself to be tamed. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince



You are beautiful, but you are empty. One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you—the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince



You must read, you must persevere, you must sit up nights, you must inquire, and exert the utmost power of your mind. If one way does not lead to the desired meaning, take another; if obstacles arise, then still another; until, if your strength holds out, you will find that clear which at first looked dark. Giovanni Boccaccio, Leitch, Vincent B. ed. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. New York: Norton, 2001.



I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best Frida Kahlo



Social engaged intellectuals must accept reality as they found it and shape it toward positive social goals, not stand aside in self-righteous isolation. John Dewey


  1. When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. Jimi Hendrix



I think of football as a sport the way ducks think of hunting as a sport. Bill Watterson



Major writing is to say what has been seen, so that it need never be said again. Delmore Schwartz



The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. Muhammad Ali



While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. Leoardo da Vinci



Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. Ralph Waldo Emerson



The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all. Desiderius Erasmus



Life is the will to power; our natural desire to dominate and reshape the world to fit our own preferences and assert our personal strength to the fullest degree. Friedrich Nietzche



I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. Thomas Jefferson



Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. Thomas H. Huxley



All art is quite useless. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Prologue



Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Mark Twain



Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. Doug Casey, Investment guru; author of “Crisis Investing”



As your attorney i advise you to take a hit out of the small brown bottle in my shaving kit. Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas



From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. Pubilius Syrus



Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing and dancing, sooner than war. Homer



In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language. Mark Twain



When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle



Probably all laws are useless, for good men do not want laws at all, and bad men are made no better by them. Demonax



I knew a man who gave up smoking, drinking, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself. Johnny Carson, people magazine special issue



Only a fool walks backwards into the future. Terry Goodkind



She is a peacock in everything but beauty. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray



And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet



To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it. Voltaire



Art is a lie which makes us realize the truth. Pablo Picasso, Asher Lev Book



[Mankind] is governed by minorities, seldom or never by majorities. It suppresses its feelings and its beliefs and follows the handful that makes the most noise. Sometimes the noisy handful is right, sometimes wrong, but no matter, the crowd follows it. Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger, Chapter IX



Unlike human beings, computers possess the truly profound stupidity of the inanimate. Bruce Sterling, The Hacker Crackdown



Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired in the final analysis, is a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, who are cold and not clothed. Dwight D. Eisenhower



A word to the wise is infuriating. Hunter S. Thompson



Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance


#13091In an era of global abundance, our world has the resources to reduce dramatically the massive divides that persist between rich and poor, if only those resources can be unleashed in the service of all peoples. Kofi Annan, In his “In Larger Freedom” report to the United Nations General Assembly



If you do something only for money, you will never succeed at it. Don Hall, (Hallmark CEO)



It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize how much you love them. Agatha Christie



You must come to terms with your wholeself. the wholeness which exceeds all our virtue and all our vice. Ursula Le Guin



Sundown, yellow moon, I replay the past. I know every scene by heart, they all went by so fast. Bob Dylan, “If you see her, say hello”



A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson



You can overcome any obstacles by asking the right questions of the right people at the right time, then act on that advice with passion. Dan Surface, The One Business Book You Absolutely Must Own!



Teaching is as sacred as priesthood. If one has not the concern for humanity, the love of living creatures, the vision of the priest and artist, he must not teach. Pearl Buck



It is noble to teach oneself, it is still nobler to teach others. Mark Twain



To teach well is to believe in what and whom you teach. Donna Bulger



Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty. Albert Einstein



When all you can feel are the shadows, turn your face towards the sun. Helen Keller



The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. Mark Twain



I always have a quotation for everything, it saves original thinking. Dorothy L. Sayers



A crisis does not always appear to a policymaker as a series of dramatic events. Usually it imposes itself as an exhausting agenda of petty chores demanding both concentration and endurance. Henry Kissinger, Years of Upheaval



A great disaster is a symbol to us to remember all the big things of life and forget the small things, of which we have thought too much. Jawaherlal Nehru



To each mortal peradventure earth becomes a new machine. Browning



The kingdoms of fantasy and mirth are longlasting and not of this world. V. S. Pritchett



The actual God of many Americans… is simply the current of American life. C. H. Cooley



All created things are impermanent. Strive on with diligence. Buddha, Last words before his death



Give up your relentless moralizing, the continual pinpricks which pierce the skin of your fellows. The distinction between good and evil is the sickness of the mind. Give up your morals, and the people will regain a love of their fellows. Lao Tse, In a discussion with Confucious about the true nature of humanity.



Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong. Thomas Jefferson, (Notes on Virginia, 1782)



It becomes a bore doing imaginative books that do not touch imaginations, and at length one stops even planning them. H. G. Wells, Preface of “The Complete Science-Fiction Treasury of H.G. Wells”



The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott Fitzgerald



Art is a lie that tells the truth. Pablo Picasso



A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know. Diane Arbus, (1923-1971)



He loved humankind dearly and with all his heart, but he disliked most human beings. David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars



Battles are won by iron hearts in wooden ships. Ernst J?nger, In Stahlgewittern (The Storm of Steel)



You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Joe Lewis



Against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.
(Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens) Friedrich von Schiller, Cohen & Cohen 1960, The Penguin dictionary of quotations



To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day. Sir Winston Churchill



Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. Albert Camus



I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. Thomas Jefferson, to Archibald Stuart, 1791



You can either hold yourself up to the unrealistic standards of others, or ignore them and concentrate on being happy with yourself as you are. J. Jacques, Questionable Content webcomic, #352, 05-04-05


Dignity comes not from control, but from understanding who you are and taking your rightful place in the world. Real Live Preacher, Real Live Preacher weblog, 05-01-05



Some of my friends support the measure, and some of my friends oppose it. I support my friends. Everett Dirksen, Answering a question about a controversial senate bill. Quoted on a political talk show on WBEZ FM in Chicago.



I am a man of principle, and one of my basic principles is flexibility. Everett Dirksen



[Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon?laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution?these can lift at a colossal humbug?push it a little?weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger, chapter 10 (1916)



Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad. Norm Papernick



Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. Fyodor Dostoevsky



Older men declare war, but it is the youth that must fight and die. Herbert Hoover



The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Thomas Jefferson



We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate. Thomas Jefferson



I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people who are convinced they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another. Ellen Goodman



The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears. Ellen Goodman



All in all, I am not surprised that the people who want to unravel the social contract start with young adults. Those who are urged to feel afraid, very afraid, have both the greatest sense of independence and the most finely honed skepticism about government. Ellen Goodman



In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right. Ellen Goodman



You can teach someone who cares to write columns, but you can?t teach someone who writes columns to care. Ellen Goodman



By interpreting freedom as the propagation and immediate gratification of needs, people distort their own nature, for they engender in themselves a multitude of pointless and foolish desires, habits, and incongruous stratagems. Their lives are motivated only by mutual envy, sensuality, and ostentation. Fyodor Dostoevsky



Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it. Tom Lehrer



The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. Vincent T. Lombardi



Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another. Homer, The Illiad



The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, “You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I?m just not close enough to get the job done.” George Carlin



If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet Isaac Bashevis Singer



The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye



To err is human, to purr is feline. Robert Byrne



A man who won?t die for something is not fit to live. Martin Luther King Jr.



The idea is to die young as late as possible. Ashley Montagu



Successful education is always a two-way street. Dirk Van Der Elst, Culture as Given, Culture as Choice



I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other. God help me. Amen. Martin Luther, in front of his inquisitors at the Diet of Worms.



If a pessimist is always right, is he a realist? Unknown



Successful men are defined by thier actions;
Unsuccessful men are defined by actions not taken. Tom Rose



A Church without Youth is a Church without a future. Moreover, Youth without a Church is Youth without a future. Pope Shenouda III, Pope & Patriach of Alexandria



Man can live far from God -- not outside God. God is wherever we are. Even in suffering? Even in suffering. Elie Wiesel, The Perils of Indifference



And, therefore, indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor -- never its victim, whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten. Elie Wiesel, The Perils of Indifference



Indifference, then, is not only a sin, it is a punishment. Elie Wiesel, The Perils of Indifference



Education in the key to preventing the cycle of violence and hatred that marred the 20th century from repeating itself in the 21st century. Elie Wiesel, Chicago Sun-Times, November 5, 2001



They were going to die. They knew it, and their last words were I love you. Even in great pain, their last words were of love… People who could have saved themselves and they ran back in to save others instead. If humanity is capable of that, how can I lose hope in humanity? Elie Wiesel, Chicago Sun-Times, November 5, 2001



No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern; no idea is so modern
that it will not someday be antiquated. Ellen Glasgow



I have no doubt that faith is only pure when it does not negate the faith of another. I have no doubt that evil can be fought and that indifference is no option. I have no doubt that fanaticism is dangerous. And of all the books in the world on life, I have no doubt that the life of one person weighs more than them all. Elie Wiesel, O Magazine, November 2000



Are you so unobservant that you do not yet realize that sanity and hapiness are an impossible combination? Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger



I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think vainly, flattered myself that, without very much bloodshed, it might be done. John Brown, last words in a written note given to his jailer, Dec. 2, 1859



A politician is an arse upon which everybody has sat except a man E. E. Cummings



I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist, but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller. Michael Palin



In the end, everything is a gag. Charlie Chaplin



There are people who make things happen,
those who watch what happens,
and those who wonder what happened. Unknown



I was born at the age of 12 on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot. Judy Garland



I sing all kinds. Elvis Presley



Man, I was tame compared to what they do now, are you kidding ? All that I ever did was just jiggle. Elvis Presley



Take care of the fans and they will sure as hell take care of you. Elvis Presley



The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to. Richard Feynman, Letter to Koichi Mano, February 3, 1966



There is no harm in doubt and scepticism, for it is through these that new discoveries are made. Richard Feynman, Letter to Armando Garcia J, December 11, 1985



Having a personal philosophy is like having a pet marmoset, because it may be very attractive when you acquire it, but there may be situations when it will not come in handy at all. Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Grimm Grotto



Books are the way the dead talk to the living. Laurie Anderson



An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success. Stephen R. Covey, Principle-centered Leadership



Humankind differs from the animals only by a little, and most people throw that away. Confucius, Roots of Wisdom 4th edition



Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. Psalm 42, Book II, Holy Bible



Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. (Lesson of trust) Numbers 21:7, Holy Bible



Before Elvis, there was nothing. John Lennon



As soon as we left the ground I knew I myself had to fly! Amelia Earhart



Some things are so completely ludicrous that a man must laugh or die. To die laughing must be the most glorious of all glorious deaths! Edgar Allen Poe



I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness… HP Lovecraft, From Beyond



That is not dead which can eternal lie
And with strange aeons even death may die. HP Lovecraft, Quoting the Necronomicon, in The Nameless City



You are only as wise as others perceive you to be. M. Shawn Cole



It?s a wonder I haven?t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. Anne Frank, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, July 15, 1944



It?s utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. Anne Frank, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, July 15, 1944



Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove. Terry Pratchett



Hatred may be engendered by good deeds as well as bad ones. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1513)



Nothing feeds upon itself as liberality does. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1513)



That which is static and repetitive is boring. That which is dynamic and random is confusing. In between lies art. John Locke



Let the world change you and you can change the world. (Deje el mundo cambiarle y usted puede cambiar el mundo.) Che Guevara



You can stand tall, without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims. Harriet Woods



People want to know how much you care before they care how much you know. James F. Hind



Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave. Baron Henry Peter Brougham



Charity sees the need not the cause. German Proverb



Change is the law of life; and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy



Do not let people put you down. Believe in yourself and stand for yourself and trust yourself. Jacob Neusner



There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. John Andrew Holmer



So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause. George Lucas, Senator Amidala in Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)



It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself. Salvador Dali



Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences. J. K. Rowling, J. K. Rowling Official Website



Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? Abraham Lincoln



Every now and then I like to lean out my window, look up and smile for a satellite picture. Steven Wright



He who controls the past controls the future. George Orwell, “Nineteen Eighty-Four”



You go to war with the Army you have. They’re not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time. Donald Rumsfeld, http://www.dod.gov/transcripts/2004/tr20041208-secdef1761.html



It is our task in our time and in our generation to hand down undiminished to those who come after us, as was handed down to us by those who went before, the natural wealth and beauty which is ours. John F. Kennedy



I am not sure I am willing to do what it takes to become President of the United States Jack Kemp, Seattle, Washington, Winter 1996/97 lecture series, when asked if he would run for president in 2000



There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)



Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live. Morrie Schwartz, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom



Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too—even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling. Morrie Schwartz, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom



It is not the consciousness of men that determines their beeing, but on the contrary, it is their social being that determines their consciousness. Karl Marx



We generate our own environment. We get exactly what we deserve. How can we resent the life weve created for ourselves? Whos to blame, whos to credit, but us? Who can change it anytime we wish, but us? Richard Bach, One



Never argue with an idiot, because they will only bring you down to their level and beat you by experience. John Guerrero



Man have to have friends even in hell. Miguel de Cervantes



Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Harry S Truman



The secret of happiness in not in what one likes to do, but in what one has to do. James M. Barrie



Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself – and be lenient to everybody else. Henry Ward Beecher



The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife. Hilary J. Bader, Ferengi Rule of Aquisition #48, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Episode 26, “Rules of Aquisition”



Tradition is the social equivalent of personal habit. Hassan Fathy, An Architecture for People by James Steele, page 185.



If everything on earth were rational, nothing would happen. Dostoyevsky



When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. Mark Twain



I have come to value liberated minds as the supreme good of life on earth. J. Frank Dobie, His tombstone in the Texas State Cemetery



My computer beat me at checkers, but I sure beat it at kickboxing. Emo Phillips



Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents. Arthuer Schopenhauer



The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. Socrates



Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats



Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage. William S. Burroughs



It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thoughts or action we should remember our dying and try so to live, that our death brings no pleasure on the world. John Steinbeck



Valour needs first strength, then a weapon. J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring



He who is greedy is disgraced; he who discloses his hardship will always be humiliated; he who has no control over his tongue will often have to face discomfort. Hazrat Ali Ibn-e- Abi Talib, Nahj-ul-Balagha (Sermon and sayings compilation)



Man is a wonderful creature; he sees through the layers of fat (eyes), hears through a bone (ears) and speaks through a lump of flesh (tongue). Hazrat Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib, Nahj-ul-Balagha (Sermons and sayings Compilation)



Virtue is insufficient temptation. George Bernard Shaw



Live amongst people in such a manner that if you die they weep over you and if you are alive they crave for your company. Hazrat Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib, Nahj-ul-Balagha (Sermons and sayings Compilation)



If you overpower your enemy, then pardon him by way of thankfulness to Allah, for being able to subdue him. Hazrat Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib, Nahj-ul-Balagha (Sermons and sayings Compilation)



Unfortunate is he who cannot gain a few sincere friends during his life and more unfortunate is the one who has gained them and then lost them (through his deeds).Hazrat Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib, Nahj-ul-Balagha (Sermons and sayings Compilation)



Be generous but not extravagant, be frugal but not miserly. Hazrat Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib, Nahj-ul-Balagha (Sermons and sayings Compilation)



The best kind of wealth is to give up inordinate desires. Hazrat Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib, Nahj-ul-Balagha (Sermons and sayings Compilation)



A wise man first thinks and then speaks and a fool speaks first and then thinks. Hazrat Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib, Nahj-ul-Balagha (Sermons and sayings Compilation)



Be afraid of a gentleman when he is hungry, and of a mean person when his stomach is full. Hazrat Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib, Nahj-ul-Balagha (Sermons and sayings Compilation)



Courage is grace under pressure. Ernest Hemmingway



If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian. Paul McCartney



Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. Ralph Waldo Emerson



Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today. Herman Wouk



Punctuality is the virtue of the bored. Evelyn Waugh



Morality is temporary, wisdom is permanent. Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear



If you run from a wolf, you may run into a bear. Lithuanian Proverb



Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. W. B. Yeats



A genius is just a talented person who does his homework. Thomas A. Edison



Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes his aid against the other…. The prayers of both could not be answered—that of neither has been answered fully. Abraham Lincoln



Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, opulence is when you have three – and paradise is when you have none. Doug Larson



Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents. Arthuer Schopenhauer



Unless you are ambitious, you do not make progress. Tony Blair, BBC news website



It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. Abraham Lincoln



See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda. George W. Bush, http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/05/20050524-3.html



Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs, Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes, Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers’ tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall and a preserving sweet. William Shakespeare, Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 1, sc. 1.



You will have more fun on your vacation if you maintain a mental age of 18 or less. Act just old enough to make your travel connections and stay out of trouble. Joe Schwartz



The writer is the engineer of the human soul. Joseph Stalin, Brainy Quote



Time is the best teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all of its students. Robin Williams



If you want to succeed,you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success. John D. Rockefeller



One can acquire everything in solitude, except character. Marie Stendhal



From each according to their ability, to each according to their need. Karl Marx



Today I met with a subliminal advertising executive for just a second. Steven Wright



October is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. Others are July, January, April, September, November, May, March, June, December, August and February. Mark Twain



Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse. Lily Tomlin



When I consider the small span of my life absorbed in the eternity of all time, or the small part of space which I can touch or see engulfed by the infinite immensity of spaces that I know not and that know me not, I am frightened and astonished to see myself here instead of there… now instead of then. Blaise Pascal



Punctuality is the thief of time. Oscar Wilde



If a dog will not come to you after he has looked you in face, you should go home and examine your conscience. Woodrow Wilson



Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends. Dwight D. Eisenhower



I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors’ to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours Henry David Thoreau



A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. Ingrid Bergman



The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin



Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. Roger Lewin



Every man ought to be supposed a knave, and to have no other end, in all his actions, but private interest. By this interest we must govern him, and by means of it, make him cooperate to public good, notwithstanding his unsatiable avarice and ambition. Alexander Hamilton, P. 217 – A History of the American People by P. Johnson



I like a beautiful song that tells you terrible things. We all like bad news out of a pretty mouth. Tom Waits, Blood Money interviews



When one is trying to do something beyond his known powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends. Friends are at their best in moments of defeat. Henry Miller



Whoever despises himself still respects himself as one who despises. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil aphorism 78



The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. Dee Hock



The evil men do lives after them, the good is often interred with their bones. William Shakspeare, Julius Ceaser



Energy is that amazing feeling that comes to life inside of you when you’re happy and believe in yourself. Richard Simmons



Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit, a refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings. Alfred North Whitehead, N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.



All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. Lawrence of Arabia, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Suppressed introductory chapter, first published 1939, Penguin edition p. 23



Truth springs from argument amongst friends. David Hume



Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to. Arnold H. Glasgow



Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. Confucius, Analects



Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche



We can never tell what is in store for us. Harry S Truman



The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. e. e. cummings



True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost. Charles Caleb Colton



Logic is like the sword—those who appeal to it shall perish by it. Samuel Butler



If you suffer, thank God! -- it is a sure sign that you are alive. Elbert Hubbard



Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. Albert Camus



Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.



Failure is not the only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others. Jules Renard



Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. Truman Capote



Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself. Charlie Chaplin



Fall down seven times, get up eight. Japanese Proverb



False enchantment can last a lifetime. W. H. Auden



Fate rules the affairs of mankind with no recognizable order. Seneca



Fighting fire with fire only gets you ashes! Abigail van Buren



Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Ralph Waldo Emerson



First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. Epictetus



First mend yourself, and then mend others. Jewish Proverb



First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epictetus



For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. Saint Teresa of Avila



For some not to be martyrs is martyrdom indeed. Leo Rosten



For the birds that cannot soar, God has provided low branches. Turkish Proverb



For the sake of peace one may lie, but peace itself should never be a lie. The Talmud



Is there life before death? Graffito, in Belfast



I am prepared to meet anyone, but whether anyone is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. Mark Twain



Fortune is a giver and a taker. Polish Proverb



Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit. Ronald Reagan



From error to error one discovers the entire truth. Sigmund Freud



From word to deed is a great space. French Proverb



Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing. Paul Theroux



Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich—something for nothing. George Bernard Shaw



Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade. Rudyard Kipling



Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. Kahlil Gibran



Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile! Kurt Vonnegut Jr.



Genius is born—not paid. Oscar Wilde



Gentlemen prefer bonds. Andrew Mellon



Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love. Socrates



Give away all you like, but keep your bills and your temper. Irish Proverb



Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them afterwards. St. Francis Xavier



Give neither advice nor salt, until you are asked for it. English Proverb



Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Glass, china and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended. Benjamin Franklin



Go and wake up your luck. Persian Proverb



Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.



God conceals himself from the mind of man, but reveals himself to his heart. African Proverb



God enters by a private door into every individual. Ralph Waldo Emerson



God gives every bird his worm, but he does not throw it into the nest. Swedish Proverb



God gives to every man virtue, temper, and understanding. William Cooper



God gives us relatives; thank God we can choose our friends. Ethel Mumford



God gives, but man must open his hand. German Proverb



God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it. Daniel Webster



God has always been hard on the poor. Jean-Paul Marat



God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart. Izaak Walton



What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself. Roland Barthes, Esprit



God heals, and the doctor takes the fees. Benjamin Franklin



God helps those who help themselves. Anonymous



God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere. Voltaire



God is always on the side of the big battalions. Voltaire


God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things done. Harry Emerson Fosdick



God made man because He loves stories. Elie Wiesel



God made Truth with many doors to welcome every believer who knocks on them. Kahlil Gibran



God pays, but not weekly wages. Polish Proverb



God said: you must teach, as I taught, without a fee. The Talmud



A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men. Roald Dahl, (Willie Wonka) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory



Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue. Izaak Walton



Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget. Anonymous



Good luck beats early rising. Irish Proverb



Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot. Clarence Thomas



Goodness is the only investment that never fails. French Proverb



Gossip about a person and his shadow will appear. Japanese Proverb



Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid. Walter Winchell



Gossip needs no carriage. Russian Proverb



Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government. Bertrand Russell



How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a weary world. Shakespeare



Governments never learn. Only people learn. Milton Friedman



Grammar school never taught me anything about grammar. Isaac Goldberg



Gratitude is the memory of the heart. Italian Proverb



Gray skies are just clouds passing over. Duke Ellington



Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people. Eleanor Roosevelt



Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. Washington Irving



Great necessities call forth great leaders. Abigail Adams



Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. Sally Koch



Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error. Benjamin Disraeli



Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. Vincent van Gogh



Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. John F. Kennedy



Greedy eaters dig their graves with their teeth. French Proverb



Grief shared is half grief; Joy shared is double joy. Honduran Proverb



Grow into your ideals so that life cannot rob you of them. Albert Schweitzer



Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. Gail Sheehy



Haste is good only in catching fleas. Alla Yaroshinskaya



Hate the sin, love the sinner. Mahatma Gandhi



He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue. Benjamin Franklin



The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. Eric Hoffer



He is most cheated who cheats himself. Danish Proverb



He is rich enough that wants nothing. Polish Proverb



He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity. Ben Jonson



He that can have patience can have what he will. Benjamin Franklin



He that gives should never remember, he that receives should never forget. The Talmud



He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. Benjamin Franklin



He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money. Benjamin Franklin



He that jokes confesses. Italian Proverb



He that lives on hope will die fasting. American Proverb



The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on. Walter J. Lippmann



He that loves the law will get his fill of it. Scottish Proverb



He that plants trees loves others besides himself. English Proverb



He that promises most will perform least. Gaelic Proverb



He that seeks trouble never misses. French Proverb



He that would be a leader must be a bridge. Welsh Proverb



He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees. Benjamin Franklin



He was a bold man that first ate an oyster. Jonathan Swift



He who begins many things finishes but few. Italian Proverb



He who demands mercy and shows none burns the bridges over which he himself must later pass. Thomas Adams



He who divides and shares is left with the best share. Mexican Proverb



Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it. Marian Anderson



He who does not venture has no luck. Mexican Proverb



He who hesitates is sometimes saved. James Thurber



He who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning. Danish Proverb



He who is caught in a lie is not believed when he tells the truth. Spanish Proverb



He who is dying of hunger must be fed rather than taught. Saint Thomas Aquinas



He who is not aware of his ignorance will only be misled by his knowledge. Richard Whatley



He who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance. Jean Jacques Rousseau



He who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself. John Milton



It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. Sir Winston Churchill



People are more easily led than driven. David Harold Fink



He who never made a mistake never made a discovery. Samuel Smiles



He who refuses to obey cannot command. Kenyan Proverb



He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king. John Milton



He who teaches children learns more than they do. German Proverb



He who waits for a chance may wait for a long time. Nigerian Proverb



He who would travel happily must travel light. Antoine de Saint-Exupery



History is moving, and it will tend toward hope, or tend toward tragedy. George W. Bush



If peace cannot be maintained with honor, it is no longer peace. John Russell



Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together. Jesse Jackson



History knows no resting places and no plateaus. Henry Kissinger



Hold no man responsible for what he says in his grief. The Talmud



Honesty is probably the sexiest thing a man can give to a woman. Debra Messing



Freedom is from within. Frank Lloyd Wright



It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice



Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill- designed for the purpose. Sir Winston Churchill



Convictions are more dangerous enemies of the truth than lies. Friedrich Nietzsche



People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross



Jingshen is the Mandarin word for spirit and vivacity. It is an important word for those who would lead, because above all things, spirit and vivacity set effective organizations apart from those that will decline and die. James L. Hayes, Memos for Management: Leadership, 1983



You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of live. Vince Lombardi



It takes a big man to cry. It takes an even bigger man to laugh at that man and an ever bigger man to ask why he is laughing. Jack Handey



The ability to see beauty is the beginning of our moral sensibility. What we believe is beautiful we will not wantonly destroy. Reverend Sean Parker Dennison, Ministrare, 2-10-05



You can evade life, but you can not evade Death. T. S. Elliot



I confess I do not know why, but looking at the stars always makes me dream. Vincent Van Gogh



Uncertainty will always be part of the taking charge process. Harold Geneen



Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. William Wordsworth



Sometimes the only sense we can make out of life is a sense of humor. American Greetings Card



Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. Kurt Vonnegut



Tis a good thing to laugh at any rate, and if a straw can tickle a man, it is an instrument of happiness. Chamfort



Life is not a laughing matter, but can you imagine having to live without laughing. Leonid Sukhorukov



Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship; and it is by far the best ending for one. Oscar Wilde



No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad. Thomas Carlye



The laughter of a man is the contentment of God. John Weiss



A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. Phyllis Diller



In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable, you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing. John Henry Cardinal Newman



Nothing makes your sense of humor disappear faster than having somebody ask you where it is. Ivern Ball



He is not laughed at who laughs at himself first. Thomas Fuller



If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. Andy Rooney



If you can find humor in anything, you can survive it. Bill Cosby



Laugh and the world laughs with you;
Weep and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
but has trouble enough of its own. Ella Wheeler



Be still sad heart and cease repining;
Behind the clouds the sun is shining,
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life a little rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary. Longfellow



Remember that it is far better to follow well than to lead indifferently. John G. Vance



To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent. Robert Copeland



A committee can make a decision that is dumber than any of its members. David Coblitz



There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde



The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow. H. G. Wells



There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulities or you alter yourself to meet them. Phyllis Battone



One must fight for a life of action, not reaction. Rita Mae Brown



When times are good, be happy, but when time are bad consider; God has made the one as well as the other. Bible, Ecclesaistes 7:14



Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Bible, Luke 6:21



The only real training for leadership is leadership. Anthony Jay



Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble…for the Lord, your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Bible, Deuteronomy 31:6 NAS



The Lord is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid. Bible, Psalm 27:1 NLT



Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



You have to expect things of yourself before you do them. Michael Jordan



Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny. Mahatma Gandhi



I hope you become confortable with the use of logic wihout being deceived into concluding that logic will inevitably lead you to the correct conclusion. Neil Armstrong, USC 2005 graduation



Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women



What matters is this: you can look at a scar and see hurt, or you can look at a scar and see healing. Try to understand. Sherri Reynolds, A Gracious Plenty



Every problem has a gift for you in its hands. Richard Bach



The art of leading, in operations large or small, is the art of dealing with humanity, of working diligently on behalf of men, of being sympathetic with them, but equally, of insisting that they make a square facing toward their own problems. S. L. A. Marshall, Men Against Fire, 1947



You may encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated. Maya Angelou



Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, and snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. John Ruskin



Hope itself is a species of happiness, and perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords. Samuel Johnson



If nature made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart. And though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that. Frances Burnett



Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. Theodore Rubin



History is one war after another with a bunch of murders and natural disasters in between. Sarah Vowell, Assassination Vacation (p. 208)



Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax. Mike Royko, columnist



We are taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they are of equal value as happiness excitement and inspiration. Alanis Morissette



So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. Francis Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby



Comedy is acting out optimism. Robin Williams



There is nothing training cannot do. Nothing is above its reach. It can turn bad morals to good; it can destroy bad principles and recreate good ones; it can lift men to angelship. Mark Twain



If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry. Ernest Hemingway



Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, author Alexis de Tocqueville



The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, author Alexis de Tocqueville



Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated. Nelson Mandela



The road to success leads through the valley of humility, and the path is up the ladder of patience and across the wide barren plains of perseverance. As yet, no short cut has ever been discovered. Joseph J. Lamb



I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. Ralph Nader



There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is only the comparison of one state with another. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss. It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good life is to live. Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo



There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey



Angels dancing on the head of a pin dissolve into nothingness at the bedside of a dying child. Waiter Rant, Waiter Rant weblog, 06-21-05



People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generosity. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey



In the desert a fountain is springing,
In the wide waste there still is a tree,
And a bird in the solitude singing,
Which speaks to my spirit of thee. Lord Byron, Stanzas to Augusta



Opinions are made to be changed – or how is the truth to be got at. Lord Byron



It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Sir Winston Churchill, My Early Life, 1930



Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them -- this is of the essence of leadership. Theodore H. White, The Making of the President, 1960



What the imagination seizes as beauty must be the truth. John Keats



Death is a veil which those who live call life, Sleep and it is lifted. Percy B. Shelley



Life may change, but it may fly not;
Hope may vanish, but can die not;
Truth be veiled, but still it burneth;
Love replused – but it returneth Percy B. Shelley



If I should die, I have left no immortal work behind me – nothing to make my friends proud of my memory – but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered. John Keats, Letter to Fanny Brawne, Feb 1820 – died 1 year later



I muse with the greatest affection on every flower I have known from my infancy – their shapes and colours are as new to me as if I had just created them with a superhuman fancy – It is because they are connected with the most thoughtless and happiest moments of our lives. John Keats, Letter to James Rice, Feb 1820



O for a life of Sensations rather than of Thoughts. John Keats, Letter to Benjamin Bailey, Nov 1817



Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; The best of life is but intoxication. Lord Byron, Don Juan



What is hope? nothing but the paint on the face of Existence; the least touch of truth rubs it off, and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of. Lord Byron, Letter to Thomas Moore



Learn to obey before you command. Solon



If you look after the pennies, the dollars will look after themselves. J. Paul Getty



They say golf is not a contact sport. Not the way we play it. Alice Cooper, BBC6 Radio, The Bruce Dickinson show



Justice is incidental to law and order. J. Edgar Hoover



It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin it. Latin proverb



Here?s what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey. Kurt Vonnegut, Cold Turkey



The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. Albert Einstein



To have a choice at all is to be free – even when the choice is between two terrible things. Orson Scott Card, The Worthing Saga



Thoughts are tyrants that return again and again to torment us. Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights



I wish there could have been an invention that bottled up a memory, like perfume, and it never faded, never got stale. Then whenever I wanted to, I could uncork that bottle and live the memory all over again. Daphne DuMaurier, Rebecca



The love we give away is the only love we keep. Elbert Hubbard



The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln



What a new face courage puts on everything. Ralph Waldo Emerson



The future is no place to place your better days. Dave Matthews



What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us are wrapped up in parentheses. John Irving, _The Cider House Rules_ (1985)



It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible. George W. Foote



I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours. Stephen Roberts



If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass



Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear. Thomas Jefferson



Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Napoleon Bonaparte



To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy. David Brooks



It is sad that while science moves ahead in exciting new areas of research, fine-tuning our knowledge of how life originated and evolved, creationists remain mired in medieval debates about angels on the head of a pin and animals in the belly of an Ark. Michael Shermer



I refuse to be labeled immoral merely because I am godless. Peter Walker



Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius



Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa



The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves if we are underlings. Shakespeare.



Man lowers his head and lunges into civilization, forgetting the days of his infancy when he sought truth in a snowflake or a stick. Man forgets the wisdom of the child. Jack Kerouac



I suddenly discovered the delight of rebellion. Jack Kerouac



The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious and may revolutionize a whole town. Eleanor H. Porter



I dream for a living. Steven Spielberg



Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why not use the dollar for a bookmark? Steven Spielberg



Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice



I am not concerned that you have fallen; I am concerned that you arise. Abraham Lincoln



Golf is a good walk spoiled. Mark Twain



The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose. Frederick Douglass.



The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason. Benjamin Franklin



O God! I ask You for the means to do good, to avoid evil and to love the poor. Mohammed



When a man marries, he has fulfilled half of (his) faith. So let him remain conscious of God regarding the remaining half



Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against passion and your appetite. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet



No one now dies of fatal truths; there are too many antidotes to them. Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human



People who comprehend a thing to its very depths rarely stay faithful to it forever. For they have brought its depths into the light of day: and in the depths there is always much that is unpleasant to see. Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human



Every answer asks a more beautiful question e e cummings



Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who decided to stand their ground. Unknown



People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends and Influence People



Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live. Henry David Thoreau



Let him think I am more man that I am and I will be so. Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea



Knowledge would be fatal, it is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things beautiful. Oscar Wilde, The picture of Dorian Gray



People come up to me and say, “Emo, do people really come up to you?” Emo Phillips



I reject your reality and substitute my own! Adam Savage, Mythbusters TV show



Death is not extinguishing the light
It is simply putting out the lamp
Because the dawn has come Rabindranath Tagore



Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet



You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief, But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet



Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. Chief Seattle



Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet



For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?
Verily, when good is hungry is seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet



Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.
But you are life and you are the veil.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
But you are eternity and you are the mirror. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet



For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet



All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. Buddha



Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. Buddha



Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. Buddha



Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha



However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you, If you do not act upon them? Buddha (563 – 483 B.C.)



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



Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. Buddha



Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. Buddha



The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood. Buddha



The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. Buddha



There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. Buddha



Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha



I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another. Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, 1799



The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781-82



It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information. Oscar Wilde



The human brain is like a railroad freight car -- guaranteed to have a certain capacity but often running empty. Unknown



Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt… Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves. Robert Anton Wilson



If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation. Anais Nin



Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd. From the I Ching



If you can read this, thank a teacher. Anonymous teacher



It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry S Truman



Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday. Anonymous



Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson



Honey is sweet but bees sting. French Proverb



Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. Sir Francis Bacon



Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords. Samuel Johnson



Hope is the nurse of misery American Proverb



Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. Emily Dickinson



Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier. Alfred Lord Tennyson



How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward. Spanish Proverb



How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! Maya Angelou



However far the stream flows, it never forgets its source. Nigerian Proverb



However long the night, the dawn will break. African Proverb



Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. R. Buckminster Fuller



Humanity is composed but of two categories, the invalids and the nurses. Richard Brinsley Sheridan



Humility is no substitute for a good personality. Fran Lebowitz



Humor is a rubber sword—it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. Mary Hirsch



Humor the sons of the poor, for they give science its splendor. The Talmud



Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue. Francois de La Rochefoucauld



I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist. Tammy Faye Bakker



Change is good, but dollars are better. Anonymous



I am a friend of the working man, and I would rather be his friend, than be one. Clarence Darrow



I am a part of all I have read. John Kieran



I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of. Clarence Darrow



I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. Walt Whitman



I am in the prime of senility. Benjamin Franklin



I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. Nelson Mandela



I avow myself the partisan of truth alone. William Harvey



I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate. Arthur Wing Pinero



I live for books. Thomas Jefferson



I cannot live without books. Thomas Jefferson



I do beseech you to direct your efforts more to preparing youth for the path and less to preparing the path for the youth. Ben Lindsey



I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him. Saint Teresa of Avila



I do not know the American gentleman, god forgive me for putting two such words together. Charles Dickens



I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy. Samuel Butler



I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace. Helen Keller



I drink to make other people seem more interesting. George Jean Nathan



I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on. Oscar Levant



I give myself, sometimes, admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it. Mary Montagu



I had rather be right than be President. Henry Clay



I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. John Steinbeck



Nature and Books belong to the eyes that see them. Emerson



I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. Maya Angelou



I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart. Alice Walker



I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me. Dudley Field Malone



I have no faith, very little hope, and as much charity as I can afford. Thomas H. Huxley



I have often thought morality may perhaps consist solely in the courage of making a choice. Leon Blum



I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance. Samuel Taylor Coleridge



I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish. Michelangelo Buonarroti



I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. Cyrus Ching



I love you the more that I believe you have liked me for my own sake and for nothing else. John Keats



I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. Roy Croft



I must say that acting was good training for the political life that lay ahead of us. Anthony Burgess



I never vote for anyone; I always vote against. W. C. Fields



I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. Michelangelo Buonarroti



I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day. Albert Camus



I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time. Anna Freud



I will charge thee nothing but the promise that thee will help the next man thee finds in trouble. Mennonite Proverb



I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. Booker T. Washington



All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato. George Santiano



I will prepare and some day my chance will come. Abraham Lincoln



I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing. Jonathan Swift



I would not attack the faith of a heathen without being sure I had a better one to put in its place. Harriet Beecher Stowe



I would rather not know how to write and have something to say than know how to write and have nothing to say. Enrique Tessieri



Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen. Jerome K. Jerome



If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water. Yiddish Proverb



If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world. Blaise Pascal



If America shows weakness and uncertainty, the world will drift toward tragedy. That will not happen on my watch. George W. Bush



The Net interprets censorship as damage… and routes around it. John Gilmore



If charity cost nothing, the world would be full of philanthropists. Jewish Proverb



If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock. Arthur Goldberg



If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow. William McFee



If government could create jobs and raise children, socialism would have worked. George Gilder



If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him. Chinese Proverb



If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself. D. L. Moody



If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully. Kahlil Gibran



It is better to be quotable than to be honest. Tom Stoppard



I have decided that suicide is completely out of the question. I refuse to end the suffering of others… No, I must contemplate homicide and end the suffering of one… ME!!! Anonymous



If it were not for hope, the heart would break. Thomas Fuller



If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov



If men will not be governed by God, they will be ruled by tyrants. William Penn



If not for fear, sin would be sweet. Jewish Proverb



If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. Seneca



If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being? Alexander Solzhenitsyn



If someone betrays you once, it?s their fault; if they betray you twice, it?s your fault. Eleanor Roosevelt



If stock market experts were so expert, they would be buying stock, not selling advice. Norman Augustine



If the rich could hire the poor to die for them, the poor would make a very nice living. Jewish Proverb



If the young only knew; if the old only could. French Proverb



If thee marries for money, thee surely will earn it. Ezra Bowen



If there is another world, he lives in bliss. If there is none, he made the best of this. Robert Burns



When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of obsessive love. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2005



This world is the will to power – and nothing besides! Friedrich Nietzsche, The World to Power, section 1064



To solve the problems of today, we must focus on tomorrow. Erik Nupponen



He has never written a single book, so you can imagine how much he knows. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest



To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell. Marquis de Sade



Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain. Marquis de Sade



Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you Aldous Huxley



Fear is a great motivator. Art Bell



Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! Benjamin Franklin, 1759



Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. Michael Landon



We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard



Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. Ronal Reagan, 20 March 1981



Rules too soft are seldomly followed; rules too harsh are seldomly executed. Benjamin Franklin



Nice guys finish last. Leo Durocher, (attributed, see notes)



The beauty of daylight-saving time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier. Edward Markey, quoted in Associated Press, July 22, 2005



I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind… At the back of the Daylight