Quotations - Volume 4
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- The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 AD)
- I am prepared for all emergencies but totally unprepared for everyday life. Unknown
- The world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
Robert Frost (1874-1963)
- He was so narrow-minded he could see through a keyhole with both eyes. Molly Ivins (1944-2007)
- Youth has a body in search of a wisdom, and with age the wisdom gained is in search
of a body. Peter Ron Prinzivalli
- When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
- There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. Robert Louis
- Readers are imaginary people who exist in the fantasies of writers. Achille Campanile (1899-1977)
- I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees. Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)
- You don't translate what the author wrote, but what he meant to say. This is why computers
will never be able to translate. Unknown
- Often war is waged only in order to show valor; thus an inner dignity is
ascribed to war itself, and even some philosophers have praised it as an
ennoblement of humanity, forgetting the pronouncement of the Greek who
said, "War is an evil in as much as it produces more wicked men than it
takes away." Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
- Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average
intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of the car is separate from
the way the car is driven. Edward de Bono (1933- )
- I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because
I notice it always coincides with their own desires. Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)
- A man is not old until his regrets take the place of dreams. Yiddish Proverb
- Work on good prose has three steps: a musical stage when it is composed, an
architectonic one when it is built, and a textile one when it is woven.
Walter Benjamin (1892-1940)
- Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
- One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and
willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one
or a bad one. Henry Miller (1891-1980)
- Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.
Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900)
- Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with
us or we will find it not. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
- One good thing about snowit makes your yard look as good as your
- Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.
Henry Ford (1863-1947)
- I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn.
Those to whom
evil is done
Do evil in return. W.H. Auden (1907-1973)
- The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to
its children. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
- The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the
commentary on it. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
- If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time
looking for him further. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)
- The social order of the future is neither that of paternalism nor that of
individualism, but that of fraternalism. It will be a social order in which each member
of society will recognize that the interest of one is the interest of all. Lyman Abbot, June 1906
- Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses
of peace must be constructed. UNESCO
- A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have
the best implements of war. Herbert V. Prochnow (1897-1998)
- I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received. Antonio Porchia (1885-1968)
- You can never understand one language until you understand at least two. Ronald Searle (1920- )
- Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought. Arthur Helps (1813-1875)
- Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. Unknown
- There must be more to life than having everything. Maurice Sendak (1928- )
- Never forget that you are part of the people that can be fooled some of the time. Unknown
- 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! Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
- Do not blame others for making you mad! Anger is a choice. Unknown
- Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has manynot on your past misfortunes,
of which all men have some. Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
- Frustration is commonly the difference between what you would like to be and what you are willing
to sacrifice to become what you would like to be. Unknown
- I am not young enough to know everything. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
- A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there. Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
- We avoid the things that we're afraid of because we think there will be dire consequences if we confront them.
But the truly dire consequences in our lives come from avoiding things that we need to learn about or discover.
Shakti Gawain (1948- )
- Life is a journey ... NOT a guided tour. Unknown, from a E-mail story
- Those who rule by fear alone are weak. The proper use of strength is to create respect, not fear. Only those who wish
to do evil should be fearful of a ruler. L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (1943- ) in Arms Commander
- More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness,
the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly. Woody Allen (1935- )
- It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud
for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell. William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891)
- People rarely win wars; governments rarely lose them. Arundhati Roy (1961- )
- In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known. Thomas R. Pickering (1931- )
- The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from. Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944- )
- Misfortunes one can endurethey come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults
ah!there is the sting of life. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) in Lady Windermere's Fan
- When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor have nothing to eat, they called me
a communist. Dom Hélder Câmara (1909-1999)
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- The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself. Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
- Transcend political correctness and strive for human righteousness. Anthony J. D'Angelo
- People are divided into two groupsthe righteous and the unrighteousand the righteous do the
dividing. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
- It is not a good thing to get all you want. Heraclitus of Ephesus (535-475 BCE)
- Children find everything in nothing, men find nothing in everything. Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)
- The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so
certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
- Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus (1913-1960)
- Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by
heart and his friends can only read the title. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
- Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf
and frees them. Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
- If privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy. Phil R. Zimmermann, Jr. (1954- )
- The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
- A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must
be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum. Henry Miller (1891-1980)
- Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it
forever. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)
- When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human
misery rather than avenge it? Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
- Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time. Stephen Swid
- The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from
within. Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
- Whenever 'A' attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon 'B', 'A' is
most likely a scoundrel. H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
- The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your
eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just
before you. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
- Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather
to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up,
totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!" Unknown
- Our greatest and most glorious achievement is to live as we should. Everything else
such as ruling, amassing wealth and constructing are at most only adjuncts and props.
Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)
- Poetry is the art of putting the ocean into a glass. Italo Calvino (1923-1985)
- Ignorance of your own ignorance is ignorance at its worst. Saint Jerome (347-420)
- Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are
putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
- To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water
exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to
be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a
wildflower in springthese are some of the rewards of the simple life.
John Burroughs (1837-1921)
- In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. Jose Narosky (1930- )
- I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the
spirit in which it is offered. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
- Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
- The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to
rule. H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
- Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of
thought. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
- While love is common, true love is rare, and I believe that few people are
fortunate enough to experience it. David Buss (1953- )
- It used to be that machines automated work, giving us more time to do other things.
But now machines automate the production of attention-consuming information, which takes
our time. Esther Dyson (1951- )
- Most of us grew up reading books (at least occasionally) and playing with "uninteractive"
toys that required us to make up our own stories, dialogue and behavior for them. Today's children
are living in an information-rich, time-compressed environment that often seems to replace a child's
imagination rather than stimulate it. I posit that being fed so much processed informationvideo,
audio, images, flashing screens, talking toys, simulated action gamesis akin to being fed too
much processed, sugar-rich food. It may seriously mess up children's information metabolism and
their ability to process information for themselves. In other words, will they be able to discern
cause and effect, to put together a coherent story line, to think scientifically? Esther Dyson (1951- )
- Have a strong mind and a soft heart. Anthony J. D'Angelo
- The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions. Alfred Adler (1870-1937)
- From smokers, we can learn tolerance. I've never met anybody who protested against nonsmokers.
Alessandro "Sandro" Pertini (1896-1990)
- There is no love without suffering or causing suffering. Henri de Régnier (1864-1936)
- Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares to forgive
an injury. Edwin Hubbell Chapin (1814-1880)
- Prudence is a rich ugly old maid courted by incapacity. William Blake (1757-1827)
- Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
- There are people who know everything, but that's all they know. Niccolò Macchiavelli (1469-1527)
- By coming to resemble what we are not, we cease to be what we are. Ernst Jünger (1895-1998)
- There is always a right way; there is always a wrong way. The wrong way always seems more
reasonable. George Augustus Moore (1852-1933)
- Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted
wrongly the first time. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997)
- Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from
the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) in The Devil's Dictionary
- That man is truly good who knows his own dark places. Beowulf
- A teacher who is attempting to teach, without inspiring the pupil with a
desire to learn, is hammering on a cold iron. Horace Mann (1796-1859)
- In the absence of touching and being touched, people of all ages can sicken
and grow touch-starved. Diane Ackerman (1948- )
- I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the
television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence.
Alice Walker (1944- )
- Men always want to be a woman's first lovewomen like to be a man's last
romance. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
- The more people are reached by mass communication, the less they
communicate with each other. Marya Mannes (1904-1990)
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- The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the
masks are dropped. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
- Nature can provide for the needs of people; [she] can't provide for the
greed of people. Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
- I don't mind that you think slowly but I do mind that you are publishing
faster than you think. Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958)
- There are three truths: my truth, your truth, and the truth. Chinese
- Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too
zealously, to make it easy for them. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
- To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god. Jorge
Luis Borges (1899-1986)
- Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of
hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo,
Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (1940- )
- A man said to the universe: "Sir I exist!" "However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation." Stephen Crane (1871-1900)
- I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time. Friedrich
- I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all
the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than
on the opinion of others. Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
- If you believe that discrimination exists, it will. Anthony J. D'Angelo
- Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990)
- Education no doubt can be suggested in the classroom; but education happens
in the library. John V. Fleming (1936- ) in The Daily Princetonian, January 17, 2005
- The irony of life is that it is lived forward but understood backward.
Søren Kirkegaard (1813-1855)
- Oftentimes, when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too.
But it never helps. Lemony Snicket [Daniel Handler] (1970- ) in The Wide Window
- Diplomacy is the velvet glove that cloaks the fist of power. Persuasion, not force,
works best and lasts longest. Robin Hobb (1952- ) in Fool's Fate
- Children know such a lot now. Soon they don't believe in fairies, and every time a
child says 'I don't believe in fairies' there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.
J. M. Barrie (1860-1937) in Peter Pan, a Dedication
- One by one as you swung monkey-wise from branch to branch in the wood of make-believe
you reached the tree of knowledge. Sometimes you swung back into the wood, as the unthinking
may at a cross-road take a familiar path that no longer leads to home; or you perched
ostentatiously on its boughs to please me, pretending you still belonged; soon you knew it
only as the vanished wood, for it vanishes, if one needs to look for it. J. M. Barre (1860-1937) in
Peter Pan, a Dedication"
- Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed. Mao Zedong (1893-1976)
- Poets are people who can still see the world through the eyes of children. Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897)
- Few see us as we are, but everyone sees what we pretend to be. Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)
- Hiss gently when necessary but do not bite. Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886)
- Imagination consoles us for what we are not, humour for what we are. Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
- There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish
to scatter joy and not pain around us. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
- Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on
silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise
and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.
Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and
trilling bolster his ego. Jean Arp (1886-1966)
- A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil. Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
- When I can look Life in the eyes,
Grown calm and very coldly wise,
Life will have given me the Truth,
And taken in exchangemy youth. Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)
- Religion can help us be kind, sincere, and honest. But all too often we
cherry-pick its teachings to condemn those we don't agree with. As many rivers
flow to merge in one ocean, many paths for spiritual
enlightenment can achieve the same goal. The problem begins when we want
to portray our religion as the best: "Mine is the one true religion and
all others are false." Such religious fervor leads to endless violence.
No other cause in human history has resulted in as many killings.
If we could remember that God doesn't live in a church, temple, or mosque,
there would be no need to preach to anyone, no need to save anyone's soul.
The best we can do is save ourselves and improve our own lives and/or
after-lives. Imagine a world where we don't feel a need to condemn anyone
because "the book of my religion says so." Anu Garg (1967- )
- A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all
his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants. Ralph
Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
- Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an
injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are
aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons,
especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all. Thomas Szasz (1920- )
- Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy. H. L.
- In many houses, people turn on their TVs as soon as they enter the front
door. It fills the air like an air-freshener. Many become uncomfortable
when the TV is turned off, as if their air supply has been cut off.
You often hear people complaining about how little time they have.
A moment later you can hear them discussing characters in the latest
vacuous reality show. TV doesn't kill just time. It promotes a sedentary
lifestyle leading to obesity and early cancellation of our very own
reality show. Anu Garg (1967- )
- A stiff apology is a second insult. The injured party does not want to be
compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he
has been hurt. G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
- What you think, you will becomegood or bad, strong or weak, victorious
or defeated. So practice being a positive thinker in a time like this. Norman
Vincent Peale (1898-1993)
- I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without
thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just
as our memory does. Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)
- Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor,
but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can
be life-threatening. Maya Angelou (1928- )
- The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for
the desire of the man. Anne-Louise-Germaine Necker, Baroness de Staël-Holstein (1766-1817)
- Life is short. Be swift to love! Make haste to be kind! Henri Frederic
- 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 (1743-1826)
- Digital is speed and efficiency. Paper is pleasure. Giuseppe Annoscia
- Profanity is the effort of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully.
Natalya Agar, Quoting Her Mother
- Nothing is poison and everything is poison; the difference is in the dose. Paracelsus (1493-1541)
- Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to
how they shall think. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
- Of course a platonic relationship is possiblebut only between husband and wife. Unknown
- Never judge a book by its movie. J. W. Eagan
- In general, men believe easily in that which they desire. Caius Julius Caesar (100-44 BC)
- Oh to have a lodge in some vast wilderness. Where rumors of oppression and
deceit, of unsuccessful and successful wars may never reach me anymore. William Cowper (1731-1800)
- The price of freedom of religion or of speech or of the press is that we must put up with, and even pay for, a good
deal of rubbish. Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954)
- Loneliness... is and always has been the central and inevitable experience
of every man. Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938)
- You can out-distance that which is running after you, but not what is
running inside you. Rwandan Proverb
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- It's impossible to be loyal to your family, your friends, your country, and
your principles, all at the same time. Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983)
- People do not become immune from the classical or theological human weaknesses merely
because they are operating in a technical situation. J. E. Gordon (1913-1998) in Structures, or
Why Things Don't Fall Down
- 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 to practice neither. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
- Love truth, but pardon error. Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet] (1694-1778)
- What's done to children, they will do to society. Karl A. Menninger (1893-1990)
- Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away; and if they could, they
would still be destroyed, chased and hunted down as long as fun or a dollar
could be got out of their bark hides, branching horns, or magnificent bole
backbones. Few that fell trees plant them; nor would planting avail much
towards getting back anything like the noble primeval forests. John Muir (1838-1914)
- Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new
channels, not of trade, but of thought. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
- God builds his temple in the heart on the ruins of churches and religions.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
- Wherever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship. Harry
S. Truman (1884-1972)
- The real heroes of the digital revolution in higher education are
librarians; they are the people who have seen the farthest, done the most,
accepted the hardest challenges, and demonstrated most clearly the benefits
of digital information. In the process, they have turned their own field
upside down and have revolutionized their own professional training. It is
a testimony to their success that we take their achievement for granted.
Edward L. Ayers (1953- ) and Charles Grisham (1947- ) in Why IT Has Not Paid Off As We Had Hoped (Yet)
- But where is what I started for, so long ago? And why is it yet unfound?
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) in Facing West from California's Shores
- Nostalgia reminds us that the past is never the way we imagined it was (or would
be). Johndan Johnson-Eilola in Nostalgic AngelsRearticulating Hypertext Writing
- Living in fear is a lot like running on a treadmill. It keeps you moving but it gets
you nowhere. Stephen Bentley (1954- ) in Herb and Jamaal Cartoon Strip
- Sometimes we get so caught up in the future, we forget to take pleasure in what we have.
We become so obsessed with 'I want, I want, I want' there is no room left to notice that we are
already neck-deep in grace. Carolyn Hobbs in Joy, No Matter What
- Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
Hector D. Cantu (1961- ) and Carlos Castellanos in Baldo Cartoon Strip
- I have heard that after thirty a man wakes up sad every morning. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
- Anger is creative. Depression is useless. Freeman Dyson (1923- ) in Disturbing the Universe
- It's not just positive feelings we want, we want to be entitled to our positive
feelings. Martin E. P. Seligman (1942- ) in Authentic Happiness
- Life is never what you expect it will be. Just as you come to the fringes of happiness,
touching it, feeling it, tasting itand desperately hoping for the rest of itit's jerked away.
Charles [and Caroline] Todd in A Test of Wills
- Technology has made evil anonymous. Freeman Dyson (1923- ) in Disturbing the Universe
- The conservative has but little to fear from the man whose reason is the servant of his
passions, but let him beware of him in whom reason has become the greatest and most terrible of the
passions. These are the wreckers of outworn empires and civilizations, doubters, disintegrators,
deicides... J. B. S. Haldane (1892-1964) in Daedalus, or Science and the Future
- One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. See how
willingly Nature poses herself upon photographers' plates. No earthly
chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul. John Muir (1838-1914)
- 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 (1879-1949)
- There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their
thoughts. Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet] (1694-1778)
- In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on
the next seven generations. Iroquois Nation Maxim
- True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess. Louis Nizer (1902-1994)
- A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain
is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.
Louis Nizer (1902-1994)
- Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand, and always disinterested;
having this advantage over oral instructors, that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often
as we please. Louis Nizer (1902-1994)
- To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult. Louis Nizer (1902-1994)
- No society that feeds its children on tales of successful violence can
expect them not to believe that violence in the end is rewarded. Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
- A closed mind is like a closed book: just a block of wood. Chinese Proverb
- Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go
hand in hand. Emily Kimbrough (1899-1989)
- The fingers of your thoughts are molding your face ceaselessly. Charles Reznikoff (1894-1976)
- Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science
makes skepticism a virtue. Robert King Merton (1910-2003)
- The first man to see an illusion by which men have flourished for centuries
surely stands in a lonely place. Gary Zukav
- Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
- There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the
intellect. G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
- You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a
man is wise by his questions. Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006)
- It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good,
too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the
things that money can't buy. George H. Lorimer (1867-1937)
- The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the
more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his
race or his holy cause. A man is likely to mind his own business when it is
worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless
affairs by minding other people's business. Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)
- The most important discoveries will provide answers to questions that we do
not yet know how to ask and will concern objects we have not yet imagined.
John N. Bahcall (1934-2005)
- It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
- Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)
- A library is thought in cold storage. Herbert Samuel (1870-1963)
- No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are
slippery and thought is viscous. Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918)
- Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad name. Henry
A. Kissinger (1923- )
- To love one's work is the nearest real approximation to happiness on earth.
Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909- )
- Yes we are three times richer than our grandparents. But are we three times happier?
Tony Blair (1953- )
- Men are not ashamed to think something dirty, but they are ashamed when they imagine that
others might believe them capable of these dirty thoughts. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)
- Always be nice to secretaries. They are the real gatekeepers in the world. Anthony J. D'Angelo
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- The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
- Hope is alright for breakfast, but it makes a very poor dinner. Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
- I believe I have found the missing link between animals and civilized man. It is us.
Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989)
- Language is the skin of the soul. Fernando Lázaro Carreter (1923-2004)
- Most people, if the truth be told, are gigantic bores. There's no need to subject yourself
to that kind of thing. Shelby Foote (1916-2005)
- I would live all my life in nonchalance and insouciance,
Were it not for making a living, which is rather a nouciance. Ogden Nash (1902-1971)
- Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
- Only a fool would choose war over peacefor in peace sons bury their fathers and in war
fathers their sons. Herodotus (c.490-430 BC)
- There is no path to peace. Peace is the path. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
- Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the
whole of our existence. Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)
- Lower your voice and strengthen your argument. Lebanese Proverb
- How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward. Spanish Proverb
- Poetry is the clear expression of mixed feelings. W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
- Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
- I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is
discovering. Robert Frost (1874-1963)
- Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
- The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and
writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it
is with what he vowed to make it. James M. Barrie (1860-1937)
- Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a
free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)
- There never was a good war or a bad peace. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
- And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
Daniel Defoe (c.1659-1731)
- Two percent of the people think; three percent of the people think they think; and ninety-five
percent of the people would rather die than think. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
- The holiest of all holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart; the secret
anniversaries of the heart. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
- Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
- In general, every country has the language it deserves. Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)
- For money you can have everything it is said. No that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite;
medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort, fun, but not pleasure;
acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honour; quiet days, but not peace.
The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money. Arne Garborg (1851-1924)
- If it is committed in the name of God or country, there is no crime so heinous that the public will not forgive it.
Tom Robbins (1936- )
- If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been. Robert H.
Schuller (1926- )
- Several excuses are always less convincing than one. Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
- A problem well stated is a problem half solved. — Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958)
- I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart, and that is
softness of head. Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
- Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do
only a little. Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
- Be good and you will be lonesome. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
- Whoever, in the pursuit of science, seeks after immediate practical
utility, may generally rest assured that he will seek in vain. Hermann L. F. von
- Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with
a harvest. Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857)
- The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of
those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too
little. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)
- These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the
shelves. Gilbert A. Highet (1906-1978)
- Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart. Anthony J. D'Angelo
- For all our conceits about being the center of the universe, we live in a
routine planet of a humdrum star stuck away in an obscure corner... on an
unexceptional galaxy which is one of about 100 billion galaxies. ... That
is the fundamental fact of the universe we inhabit, and it is very good for
us to understand that. Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
- In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments,
the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom
war is always pernicious even when successful. Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
- We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is
a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person. William
Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
- We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when
alone together. Jean de la Bruyere (1645-1696)
- A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression,
whether in the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its
business, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy
it. Lewis H. Lapham (1935- )
- Only in America... do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway
and put our useless junk in the garage. Internet Grafitti
- We all live in the protection of certain cowardices which we call our
principles. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
- If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise
in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose
trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour? Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
- A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror. As a rule, a beautiful woman
is a terrible disappointment. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)
- We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret
or disappointment. Jim Rohn (1930-2009)
- Heredity: you can't live with it, you can't live without it. Gary Wise and Lance
Aldrich in "Real Life Adventures" Cartoon
- I am part of all that I have found on my road. Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
- PAST, n. That part of Eternity with some small fraction of which we have a slight
and regrettable acquaintance. A moving line called the Present parts it from an imaginary period
known as the Future. These two grand divisions of Eternity, of which the one is continually
effacing the other, are entirely unlike. The one is dark with sorrow and disappointment, the
other bright with prosperity and joy. The Past is the region of sobs, the Future is the realm
of song. In the one crouches Memory, clad in sackcloth and ashes, mumbling penitential prayer;
in the sunshine of the other Hope flies with a free wing, beckoning to temples of success and
bowers of ease. Yet the Past is the Future of yesterday, the Future is the Past of to-morrow.
They are onethe knowledge and the dream. Ambrose Bierce (1842-1913) in The Devil's Dictionary
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- There are doors to the sea that are unlocked with words. Rafael Alberti (1902-1999)
- When we are ill we realise that we do not exist alone but chained to a different
domain, from which we are separated by an abyss, which doesn't know us and by which it is
impossible to make ourselves understood: our body. Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
- One of the advantages of pleasure over pain is that for pleasure you can say 'stop'.
Ugo Ojetti (1871-1946)
- Experience is a flame which cannot illuminate without burning. Benito Pérez Galdós (1843-1920)
- Not everyone can boast of having a friend. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944)
- The problem with being sure that God is on your side is that you can't
change your mind, because God sure isn't going to change His. Roger Ebert (1942- )
- We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)
- Whoever imagines himself a favorite with God holds others in contempt.
Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)
- It is one of the maladies of our age to profess a frenzied allegiance to
truth in unimportant matters, to refuse consistently to face her where
graver issues are at stake. Janos Arany (1817-1882)
- It does not require many words to speak the truth. Chief Joseph (1840-1904)
- Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the
comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is
violating all his laws. John Adams (1735-1826), 2nd U.S. President
- War, at first, is the hope that one will be better off; next, the
expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction
that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's
being worse off. Karl Kraus (1874-1936)
- Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a
stone. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
- It came to me that reform should begin at home, and since that day I have
not had time to remake the world. Will Durant (1885-1981)
- A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. Robert Quillen (1887-1948)
- You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it
turns out that God hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott (1954- )
- A dream shows us hidden connections between things that our waking minds
keep in separate compartments. Freeman Dyson (1923- ) in Disturb the Universe
- Technology is like rap music. It was interesting at first, but now it's
just annoying. Tom Batiuk (1947- ) and Chuck Ayers in Crankshaft
- The future is a breaker of promises. Shelley Berman (1925- )
- Intelligence selectively destroys information to create knowledge.
Ray Kurzweil (1948- ) in The Singularity Is Near
- Humans love the hint of risk, the taste of danger and exciting novelty,
but we also require stability. Life is the unfolding of narratives out of chaos,
and those stories tend to follow a powerful logic, strongly conservative.
Damien Broderick (1944- ) in The Spike
- Fiction has to be plausible. Reality just has to happen. Harry
Turtledove (1949- ) in Homeward Bound
- All too often, people of faith like to enumerate the sins of other traditions while ignoring the stains on their own...
But claiming that religion has only been evil is inaccurate. Karen Armstrong (1944- ) in The Case for God
- Rationality of thought imposes a limit on a person's concept of his
relation to the cosmos. John Forbes Nash, Jr. (1928- ) from his Nobel Autobiography
- God wants spiritual fruits, not religious nuts. Bumper Sticker
- Old Farmer's Advice
Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Life ain't about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.
Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.
Meanness don't jest happen overnight.
Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.
Don't judge folks by their relatives.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.
Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
The easiest way to eat crow is while it's still warm, 'cause the colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every mornin'.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.
If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God. From the Internet
- The Concert
When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the
mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing.
Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway
on stage. In horror, the mother saw her boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently
picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." At that moment, the great piano
master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear,
"Don't quit. Keep playing." Then, leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his
left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to
the other side of the child, and he added a running obbligato. Together, the old
master and the young novice transformed what could have been a frightening
situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was so mesmerized
that they couldn't recall what else the great master played. Only the classic,
"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." Perhaps that's the way it is with God.
What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the
results aren't always graceful flowing music. However, with the hand of the Master,
our life's work can truly be beautiful. The next time you set out to accomplish
great feats, listen carefully. You may hear the voice of the Master, whispering
in your ear, "Don't quit. Keep playing." May you feel His arms around you and know
that His hands are there, helping you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces.
Remember, God doesn't seem to call the equipped, rather, He equips the 'called.'
Life is more accurately measured by the lives you touch than by the things you acquire.
May God bless you and be with you always, and remember: "Don't quit. Keep playing."
From the Internet (Urban Legend, Apparently Untrue)
- It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. Unknown
- A psychiatrist is a fellow who asks you a lot of expensive questions your
wife asks for nothing. Joey Adams (1911-1999)
- 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 continually be part of unanimity. Christopher
- Of all things that are certain, the most certain is doubt. Bertolt
- The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering
from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then
it's you. Rita Mae Brown (1944- )
- Upbringing is a way of passing on the shortcomings of parents to their children.
Armand Carrel (1800-1836)
- What a pitiable thing it is that our civilization can do no better for us than to make us slaves to indoor life, so
that we have to go and take artificial exercise in order to preserve our health. George Wharton James (1858-1923)
- A poet looks at the world as a man looks at a woman. Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)
- Be like the bird, who halting in his flight
On limb too slight,
Feels it give way beneath him, yet sings
Knowing he has wings. Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
- Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes. Joseph Roux (1834-1905)
- We boil at different degrees. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
- If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of
fighting a foreign enemy. James Madison (1751-1836)
- Rare is the person who can weigh the faults of others without putting his
thumb on the scales. Byron J. Langenfeld
- When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is
slavery. Maxim Gorky (1868-1936)
- There are years that ask questions and years that answer. Zora Neale
- If stock market experts were so expert, they would be buying stock, not
selling advice. Norman R. Augustine (1935- )
- The hardest thing to see is someone you love loving someone else. Unknown
- You marry out of your greatest love, or your greatest fear. Unknown
- Gardening requires lots of water, most of it in the form of perspiration. Lou Erickson (1913-1990)
- Every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back. Unknown
- Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
- Confidence is contagious; so is lack of confidence. Vince Lombardi (1913-1970)
- If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.
Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. Colin Powell (1937- )
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- You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
- The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
- Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you canthere will always come a time when you
will be grateful you did. Sarah Caldwell (1924-2006)
- Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
- 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. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004)
- Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you.
Act for yourself. Face the truth. Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)
- If you have faith in yourself, others will have faith in you, too. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
- Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
James Baldwin (1924-1987)
- A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation. Clarence Edwin Ayres (1891-1972)
- The cruelest revenge of a woman is to remain faithful to a man. Jacques Bossuet (1627-1704); also sometimes attrib. Paul Bourget (1852-1935)
- Believe in everything you are told about the worldnothing is too awful to be impossible.
Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)
- A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of. Burt Bacharach (1928- )
- One of the greatest pleasures in life is friendship, and one of the pleasures of friendship is to have
someone in whom to confide a secret. Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873)
- Do stupid things, but do them with enthusiasm. Colette [Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954)
- No people do so much harm as those who go about doing good. Mandell Creighton (1843-1901)
- One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one
person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute. William Feather (1889-1981)
- We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the
same. Carlos Castenada (1925-1998)
- The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to
write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
- Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
- The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
- Look into any man's heart you please, and you will always find, in every
one, at least one black spot which he has to keep concealed. Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)
- If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the
wings of a vulturethat is immortality enough for me. Edward Abbey (1927-1989)
- 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 (1874-1936)
- Everyone confesses that exertion which brings out all the powers of body
and mind is the best thing for us; but most people do all they can to get
rid of it, and as a general rule nobody does much more than circumstances
drive them to do. Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
- The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for
jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most
brilliant. Salvador Dali (1904-1989)
- It's hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by
bolts of lightning. Bill Watterson (1958- ) in Calvin and Hobbs
- Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share and
sought advantage over no one. Robert Brault
- The further one grows spiritually, the more and more people one loves and
the fewer and fewer people one likes. Gale D. Webbe
- Religionfreedomvengeancewhat you will, A word's enough to raise
mankind to kill. George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)
- Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer
of what is kind than I am of what is true. Robert Brault
- Good prose is like a windowpane. George Orwell (1903-1950)
- I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we
use our power the greater it will be. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
- The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that
which must also make you lonely. Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965)
- Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged
as those who are. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
- I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork. Peter De
- Testing can show the presence of errors, but not their absence. Edsger
W. Dijkstra (1930-2002)
- From my close observation of writers... they fall into two groups: those
who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and those who bleed
copiously and secretly at any bad review. Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)
- News is what people want to keep hidden; everything else is publicity.
Bill Moyers (1934- )
- A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it.
Frank A. Clark (1911-1991)
- It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and
allayed by some mixture of sorrow. Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
- We find comfort among those who agree with us, growth among those who
don't. Frank A. Clark (1911-1991)
- We have become used to thinking that religion should provide us with information. Is there a God? How did the world come
into being? But this is a modern preoccupation. Religion was never supposed to provide answers to questions that lay within the
reach of human reason. That was the role of logos. Religion's task, closely allied to that of art, was to help us live creatively,
peacefully, and even joyously with realities for which there were no easy explanations and problems that we could not solve:
mortality, pain, grief, despair, and outrage at the injustice and cruelty of life. Karen Armstrong (1944- ) in
The Case for God
- Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)
- A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
- People, like sheep, tend to follow a leaderoccasionally in the right direction. Alexander Chase
- One of the pleasures of reading old letters is the knowledge that they need no answer. George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)
- When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer
names of hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them. They show us the state of our decay.
Brian Aldiss (1925- )
- There is a time in the life of every boy when he for the first time takes the backward view of life. Perhaps that is
the moment when he crosses the line into manhood... Ambitions and regrets awake within him... the voices outside of himself
whisper a message concerning the limitations of life. From being quite sure of himself and his future he becomes not at all sure...
The sadness of sophistication has come to the boy. With a little gasp he sees himself as merely a leaf blown by the wind
through the streets of his village. He knows that in spite of all the stout talk of his own fellows he must live and die in
uncertainty, a thing blown by the winds, a thing destined like corn to wilt in the sun... With all his heart he wants to come
close to some other human, touch someone with his hands, be touched by the hand of another. If he prefers that the other be a
woman, that is because he believes a woman will be gentle, that she will understand. He wants, most of all, understanding.
Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941) in "Sophistication", a story in the book Winesburg, Ohio
- Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word.
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) in "The Ballad of Reading Gaol"
- To repent and then start again from the beginningthat's what life is. Victor Cherbuliez (1829-1899)
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- Don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to. Fleetwood Mac, song lyric
- So often in time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. The Eagles, song lyric
- Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. Semisonic, song lyric
- The path that I have chosen now has led me to a wall, and with each passing day I feel a little more like something dear was lost.
It rises now before me, a dark and silent barrier between all I am, and all I would ever want to be. Kansas, from "The Wall"
- Then one day you find, ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun. Pink Floyd, song lyric
- You would think with all the genius and the brilliance of these times, we might find a higher purpose and a better use of mind.
Jackson Browne (1948- ), song lyric
- An unfulfilled life makes a hard man. Bruce Springsteen (1949- ), song lyric
- If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. Anthony
- Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow. Mary Anne Radmacher
- Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death. Betty Bender
- Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
- Creativity takes courage! Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
- The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult. Marie du Deffand (1697-1780)
- Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. Erica Jong (1942- )
- If you wait, all that happens is that you get older. Larry McMurtry (1936- )
- Let not the mistakes of yesterdaynor the fears of tomorrowspoil our today. Unknown
- There is the risk you cannot afford to take, and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take. Peter Drucker (1909-2005)
- In massive conflicts, all warring parties declare God's sanction and presence on their sideensuring that no matter
the outcome, God cannot lose. Brooke McEldowney (1952- ) in "9 Chickweed Lane" cartoon
- As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it. Dick Cavett (1936- )
- What makes this a terrible world is that we strive with the same passion in seeking to be happy and in
preventing others from being so. Antoine de Rivarol (1753-1801)
- Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all,
but just terrible things. Russell Baker (1925- )
- Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all. Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930)
- The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later;
in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting. Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)
- The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage so we get married. Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)
- History: an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves,
and soldiers mostly fools. Ambrose Bierce (1842-1913) in The Devil's Dictionary
- Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair. George Burns (1896-1996)
- Conscience is a dog that doesn't bar our way forward, but we can't stop it from barking. Nicolas de Chamfort (1741-1794)
- For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while. Luther Burbank (1849-1926)
- It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good ones slept better... while the bad ones seemed
to enjoy the waking hours much more. Woody Allen (1935- )
- The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
- Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be. William Adams (1564-1620)
- Risk-taking, trust, and serendipity are key ingredients of joy. Without risk, nothing new ever happens. Without trust,
fear creeps in. Without serendipity, there are no surprises. Rita Golden Gelman (1937- )
- Life isn't a matter of milestones but of moments. Rose F. Kennedy (1890-1995)
- We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. B. F. Skinner (1904-1990)
- Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he should be, and he will become what he could be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
- I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not. Lucille Ball (1911-1989)
- The most valuable thing you can make is a mistakeyou can't learn anything from being perfect. Adam Osborne (1939-2003)
- When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
- Love is not love until love's vulnerable. Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)
- Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed. Mwai Kibaki (1931- )
- When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way. Wayne Dyer (1940- )
- If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. David Viscott (1938-1996)
- You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. Gautama Buddha (c.563-c.483 BC)
- When someone wants to tell me the absolute truth, it is because he wants to put me under his control. Gianni Vattimo (1936- )
in Towards a Non-Religious Christianity
- Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination. Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
- The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraserin case you thought optimism was dead. Robert Brault
- I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it. Frank A. Clark (1911-1991)
- Whenever morality is based on theology, whenever right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral,
unjust, infamous things can be justified and established. Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872)
- In the small matters trust the mind, in the large ones the heart. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
- Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature
than any number of dull arguments. Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)
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- Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. Theodore Rubin (1923- )
- A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally,
who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the
circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and
charity. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
- In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less,
because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility
anyone could have. Lee Iacocca (1924- )
- Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories. Polybius (c.200-118 BC)
- Words fascinate me. They always have. For me, browsing in a dictionary is like being turned loose in a bank. Eddie Cantor (1892-1964)
- Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)
- The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. Ivy Baker Priest (1905-1975)
- For every ten people who are clipping at the branches of evil, you're lucky to find one who's hacking at the roots.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
- Even in the worm that crawls in the earth there glows a divine spark. When you slaughter a creature, you slaughter God.
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991)
- God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. Jacques Deval [Jacques Boularan] (1895-1972)
- Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and
then. Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003)
- It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. Lewis Grizzard (1946-1994)
- Map out your future, but do it in pencil. Jon Bon Jovi (1962- )
- Questioning the Lord gives him a chance to answer you. Quoted by Judy Guyton
- Not being able to sleep is terrible. You have the misery of having partied all night without the satisfaction.
Lynne Johnston (1947- ) in "For Better or for Worse"
- It's this love I have for books that's made me the smartest idiot in the world. Louise Brooks (1906-1985)
- The only solid and lasting peace between a man and his wife is, doubtless, a separation. Philip Dormer Stanhope,
4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)
- The oldest, shortest words - 'yes' and 'no' - are those which require the most thought. Pythagoras (c.570-c.495 BC)
- Whenever people say "We mustn't be sentimental," you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add
"We must be realistic," they mean they are going to make money out of it. Brigid Antonia Brophy, Lady Levey (1929-1995)
- There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public
Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth
receives the slightest consideration. Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)
- Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems. Anthony J. D'Angelo
- Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't
want, to impress people they don't like. Will Rogers (1879-1935)
- We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented
with ourselves. Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)
- I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn
human actions, but to understand. Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)
- They have a right to censure, that have a heart to help: The rest is
cruelty, not justice. William Penn (1644-1718)
- Disappointment is like a disease, a debilitating fever that saps your energy, drains your willpower and leaves you
frail and feeble. If left untreated, it can eat away at the mind, depressing the body's immune system and eventually
producing physical symptoms as painful and genuine as any bacterial or viral illness. Paul Adam in The Rainaldi Quartet
- Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it. Henry Thomas Buckle (1821-1862)
- Your neighbor's vision is as true for him as your own vision is true for
you. Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936)
- To find a person who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person
with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness. Robert Brault
- Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible.
They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the
poet said "erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers,
magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in
print. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
- Successful technological applications are those that enhance human capacities,
not those that force humans into pre-structured technological niches or functions.
L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (1943- ) in The Eternity Artifact
- You always remember best what you'd like to forget most. Davis Boyles in
- I don't understand these people who dub themselves the religious right. They're
worried about going to hellthey're already there. It's in their heads.
Brooke McEldowney (1952- ) in The Advocate
- Music isn't just learning notes and playing them, you learn notes to play to the music
of your soul. Katie Greenwood
- A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune. Unknown
- Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Red Auerbach (1917-2006)
- Every search engine is only as effective as the person in front of the keyboard. Unknown
- He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.
- Never refuse any advance of friendship, for if nine out of ten bring you nothing, one alone may repay you.
Claudine Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin (1682-1749)
- There are only two ways of telling the complete truthanonymously and posthumously.
Thomas Sowell (1930- )
- Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't
need to be done. Andy Rooney (1919- )
- I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
- A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes. Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)
- The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
- The United States seems destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of democracy.
Simon Bolivar (1783-1830)
- There is only one successto be able to spend your life in your own way. Christopher Morley (1890-1957)
- A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
- An optimist is he who believes that things cannot get any worse. Alessandro Morandotti (1909-1979)
- The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
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- The only beautiful eyes are those that look at you with tenderness. Coco Chanel (1883-1971)
- The only gift is a portion of thyself. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
- The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words
return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy. Florence Scovel Shinn (1871-1940)
- Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal that has the
true religionseveral of them. He is the only animal that loves his
neighbor as himself and cuts his throat, if his theology isn't straight. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
- Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so. Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
- We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves. Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)
- The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a
criminal. Erich Fromm (1900-1980)
- Co-existence / or no existence. Piet Hein (1905-1996)
- The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural
curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. Anatole France (1844-1924)
- There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the
unfamiliar: it keeps the mind nimble, it kills prejudice, and it fosters
humor. George Santayana (1863-1952)
- This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question,
explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn,
dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, argue, speak, write, read, draw,
provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand,
look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward,
circle, hide, and seek. To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of
answers. Terry Tempest Williams (1955- )
- He that uses many words for explaining any subject, doth, like the
cuttlefish, hide himself for the most part in his own ink. John Ray (1627-1705)
- Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet. Roger Miller (1936-1992)
- It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our
way. Rollo May (1909-1994)
- The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world
ugly and bad. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)
- People like to imagine that because all our mechanical equipment moves so
much faster, that we are thinking faster, too. Christopher Morley (1890-1957)
- A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of
time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
- Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in
the web of duty. Stephen King (1947- )
- They tell me that you'll lose your mind when you grow older. What they don't
tell you is that you won't miss it very much. Malcolm Cowley (1898-1989)
- Faith: the unknowable promoted to the irrefutable. Brooke McEldowney (1952- ) in
9 Chickweed Lane Cartoon
- We believe only in what we see, so since the advent of television we believe in everything.
Dieter Hildebrandt (1927- )
- It is not life that is prolonged, it is old age. Unknown
- Love is what happens to a man and a woman who don't know each other. William
Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
- Having no vices adds nothing to virtue. Antonio Machado (1875-1939)
- HOW TO STAY YOUNG
- Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
- Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle.
- Enjoy the simple things. The breeze on your cheek, a second cup of coffee outside, listening to the birds sing, every sunset you can see...
- Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with him or her.
- The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. LIVE while you are alive.
- Surround yourself with what you love. Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
- Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
- Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
- Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
- Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.
- Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of
what they had seen. Louis L'Amour (1908-1988)
- History is a vast early warning system. Norman Cousins (1915-1990)
- A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. Henry Ford (1863-1947)
- Bold Knaves thrive without one grain of Sense, but Good Men starve for want of Impudence. John Dryden (1631-1700)
- It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to
restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace. Andre Gide (1869-1951)
- Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness,
consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal
peace. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)
- How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake
mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young? Paul Sweeney
- The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common
feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after
another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002)
- You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will
never be able to repay you. John Wooden (1910-2010)
- The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of
morality by religion. Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008)
- A city that outdistances man's walking powers is a trap for man. Arnold
- God, grant me the Serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the Courage to
change the one I can, and the Wisdom to know it's me. Unknown
- There is no key to happiness. The door is always open. Marc P. Gohres
- Dear God, I have a problem, it's me. Unknown
- Playing music should be, at its very heart, an exercise in
“nonperfection.” In other words, making music is an exercise in
creativity, not an exercise in how to perfectly reproduce notated
music. If you want a piece of music performed “perfectly”from the
standpoint of a mechanical reproduction of notesthen listen to a
computer reproduce a MIDI file of a score. You’ll hear a stark example
of why striving for perfection is a sure road to sterile, boring,
nonemotional music making. Scott "The Piano Guy" Houston in
Making Music April 2007
- If you devote your life to seeking revenge, first dig two graves.
Confucius (551-479 BC)
- Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are
hatched. Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)
- The automobile has not merely taken over the street, it has dissolved the
living tissue of the city. Its appetite for space is absolutely insatiable;
moving and parked, it devours urban land, leaving the buildings as mere
islands of habitable space in a sea of dangerous and ugly traffic. James
Marston Fitch (1909-2000)
- Do I believe God is going to take away my illness when he turned an
entirely deaf ear to the six million Jews who went into the gas chambers?
Karen Armstrong (1944- )
- The hardest-learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to
give, not our kind. Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983)
- Whatever people in general do not understand, they are always prepared to
dislike; the incomprehensible is always the obnoxious. Letitia E. Landon (1802-1838)
- The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my
measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old
measurements and expect me to fit them. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
- The future belongs to people who see possibilities before they become obvious.
Ted Levitt (1925-2006)
- War is God's way of teaching Americans geography Ambrose Bierce (1842-1913)
- So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.
Peter Drucker (1909-2005)