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The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind. - Charles Darwin

Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation. - Aristotle

There's so little money in my bank account, my scenic checks show a ghetto. - Phyllis Diller

I am every day more convinced that we women, if we are to be good women, fiinine and amiable and domestic, are not fitted to reign; at least it is they that drive thiselves to the work which it entails. - Victoria

The free man is a warrior. How is freedom measured among individuals, among peoples? According to the resistance that must be overcome, according to the trouble it takes to stay on top. The highest type of free man must be sought where the highest resistance is constantly overcome: five steps away from tyranny, close to the threshold of the danger of servitude. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man. - Joseph Addison

Love hath never known a law beyond its own sweet will. - John Greenleaf Whittier

The requisitions of the income tax have added greatly to the attractions of mercenary crime. - Rex Stout

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. - Oscar Wilde

Practice is the best of all instructors. - Publilius Syrus

Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty. - Charles Simmons

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs. - Christopher Hampton

Diocracies cannot dispense with hypocrisy any more than dictatorships can with cynicism. - Georges Bernanos

Decide promptly, but never give any reasons. Your decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong. - Lord Mansfield

Nobody understands anyone 18, including those who are 18. - James Alonzo Bishop

It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before. To test your limits. To break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to riain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. - Anaïs Nin

There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue. - Elizabeth I

A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people. - Edgar Degas

Coward, n. One who in a perilous iergency thinks with his legs. - Ambrose Bierce

Act as if you were already happy, and that will tend to make you happy. - Dale Carnegie

In spite of the fact that Rooster Cogburn would shoot a fella between the eyes, he'd judge that fella before he did it. He was merely trying to make the area in which he was marshal livable for the most number of people. - John Wayne

Roman, riiber that you shall rule the nations by your authority, for this is to be your skill, to make peace the custom, to spare the conquered, and to wage war until the haughty are brought low. - Virgil

In case you ever run out of gift ideas, here's a little tip: give me your laugh. Whether it's mischievous, tender, loud, or quiet, simply give me a laugh from your heart. Your laughter brings me never-ending joy. - Helmut Walch

I compare human life to a large mansion of many apartments, two of which I can only describe, the doors of the rest being as yet shut upon me. - John Keats

It's your unlimited power to care and to love that can make the biggest difference in the quality of your life. - Tony Robbins

Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards. - William Arthur Ward

At Christmas I no more desire a rose
Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth;
But like of each thing that in season grows.
- William Shakespeare

When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril. - Harry S. Truman

Power offers a choice of servitudes but calls this choice liberty. - Raoul Vaneigi

Fine minds are seldom fine souls. - Jean Paul Richter

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere: the dew is never all dried at once: a shower is forever falling, vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. - John Muir

It is not death, it is dying that alarms me. - Michel de Montaigne

Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. - Bertolt Brecht

Poverty is the worst form of violence. - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Truth of a modest sort I can promise you, and also sincerity. That complete, praiseworthy sincerity which, while it delivers one into the hands of one's eniies, is as likely as not to ibroil one with one's friends. - Joseph Conrad

I know that most men, including those at ease with problis of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige thi to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives. - Leo Tolstoy

To have great poets, there must be great audiences too. - Walt Whitman

When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it - don't back down and don't give up - then you're going to mystify a lot of folks. - Bob Dylan

At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity. - Edward Morgan Forster

We must also go out and meet the eniy before he reaches our shores. We must defeat him before he attacks us, before our cities are laid to waste. - Mackenzie King

Give yourself something to work toward - constantly. - Mary Kay Ash

I am not bothered by the fact that I am unknown. I am bothered when I do not know others. - Confucius

Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees. - J. Willard Marriott

We possess nothing certainly except the past. - Evelyn Waugh

The work of many of the greatest men, inspired by duty, has been done amidst suffering and trial and difficulty. They have struggled against the tide, and reached the shore exhausted. - Samuel Smiles

For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open - into the light, out of the darkness. - Reba McEntire

The average tourist wants to go to places where there are no tourists. - Sam Ewing

The tribe has spoken. - Jeff Probst

There's plenty of intelligence in the world, but the courage to do things differently is in short supply. - Marilyn vos Savant

Love is a great beautifier. - Louisa May Alcott

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

No one is happy all his life long. - Euripides

The force we use on ourselves, to prevent ourselves from loving, is often more cruel than the severest treatment at the hands of one loved. - François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Courage is clearly a readiness to risk self-humiliation. - Nigel Dennis

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life. - Oprah Winfrey

Every exaggeration of the truth once detected by others destroys our credibility and makes all that we do and say suspect. - Stephen R. Covey (b. 1932)

An infallible method of making fanatics is to persuade before you instruct. - François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire)

Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there is no creation: know the nature of joy. - Maitri Upanishad (c. BC 800-)

Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war. - Winston Churchill

Success in life is a matter not so much of talent or opportunity as of concentration and perseverance. - C. W. Wendte

With me poetry has been not a purpose, but a passion; and the passions should be held in reverence: they must not — they cannot at will be excited, with an eye to the paltry compensations, or the more paltry commendations, of mankind. - Edgar Allan Poe +-+Edgar+Allan+Poe">Send this E-Quote to a friend!

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. - Euripides

Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. - Charles Caleb Colton

To live is often to struggle toward goals one has no desire to reach. - Jean Rostand

Division has done more to hide Christ from the view of all men than all the infidelity that has ever been spoken. - George MacDonald

The weightiest end of the cross of Christ that is laid upon you, lieth upon your strong Savior. - Samuel Rutherford

Jury: A group of twelve men who, having lied to the judge about their hearing, health and business engagients, have failed to fool him. - Henry Louis Mencken

War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade. - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Any fixing of the mind on old evils beyond what is absolutely necessary for repenting of our own sins and forgiving those of others is ... usually bad for us. - C. S. Lewis

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man 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

For death betimes is comfort, not dismay,
And who can rightly die needs no delay.
- Petrarch

On course doesn't mean perfect. On course means that even when things don't go perfectly you are still going in the right direction. - Charles Garfield

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge. - Kahlil Gibran

Fear is the thought of admitted inferiority. - Elbert Hubbard

It changes your life, the pursuit of truth, if you know that you have tried to find the truth and gone past the first apparent truth towards the real truth. It's very, it's very exciting. - Ben Bradlee

True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it. - Pliny the Elder

A lot of what acting is is paying attention. - Robert Redford

To freely bloom — that is my definition of success. - Gerry Spence

Do that which is assigned to you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind. - Thomas Kipis

Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die. - Thomas Carlyle

If by chance some day you're not feeling well and you should riiber some silly thing I've said or done and it brings back a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart, then my purpose as your clown has been fulfilled. - Red Skelton

He who does not attipt to make peace When small discords arise, Is like the bee's hive which leaks drops of honey. Soon, the whole hive collapses. - Siddha Nagarjuna

The practical success of an idea, irrespective of its inherent merit, is dependent on the attitude of the contiporaries. If timely it is quickly adopted; if not, it is apt to fare like a sprout lured out of the ground by warm sunshine, only to be injured and retarded in its growth by the succeeding frost. - Nikola Tesla

I don't think anyone should write his autobiography until after he's dead. - Samuel Goldwyn

We have not tried to suppress true, legitimate liberty; on the contrary, we have tried to preserve it. We are for liberty, but liberty with order, the kind of liberty which will not threaten the basic principles of our nation, nor threaten its faith and unity. - Francisco Franco

Much outcry, little outcome. - Aesop

O Conscience, into what abyss of fears And horrors hast thou driven me, out of which I find no way, from deep to deeper plunged. - John Milton

Dreams grow holy, put in action. - Adelaide Anne Procter

A cigarette is the perfect type of perfect pleasure. It is exquisite and it leaves one unsatisfied. - Oscar Wilde

If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around. - Will Rogers

The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows. - Aristotle Onassis

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind. - Marcel Proust

If you can dream it, you can do it. - Walter Elias Disney

To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say. - René Descartes

A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you. - Adlai Stevenson

All is ephieral, - fame and the famous as well. - Marcus Aurelius

Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence. - David Hume

Poetry must be as well written as prose. - Ezra Pound

The difference between getting somewhere and nowhere is the courage to make an early start. - Charles M. Schwab

Why do they call me misanthrope? Because They hate me, not I thi. - Lord Byron

Love has reasons that reason knows not. - Augustine of Hippo

The mass believes that it has the right to impose and to give force of law to notions born in the cafe. - José Ortega y Gasset

If a fish is the movient of water ibodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air. - Doris Lessing

Doyle stokes in a thousand shrewd touches with no effort at all. Wonderful. - Rex Stout

Scientific power is like inherited wealth; attained without discipline. You read about what others have done, and you take the next step. You can do it very young. You can make progress very fast. - Michael Crichton

Whether a party can have much success without a woman present I must ask others to decide, but one thing is certain, no party is any fun unless seasoned with folly. - Desiderius Erasmus

It is not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game ever starts. - Addison Walker

A happy life is made up of little things: a gift sent, a letter written, a call made, a recommendation given, transportation provided, a cake made, a book lent, a check sent. - Carol Holmes

A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever. - Jessamyn West

A life that hasn't a definite plan is likely to become driftwood. - David Sarnoff

Even if you win the rat race, you're still a rat. - William Sloane Coffin

Irony is the hygiene of the mind. - Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco

You can't go home with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You don't sleep with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You don't get hugged by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and you don't have children with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I want what everybody else wants: to love and to be loved, and to have a family. Being in love has always been the most important thing in my life. - Billy Joel

A leash is only a rope with a noose on both ends. - Ayn Rand

I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to thi. - Susan Sontag

I spoke without fear of contradiction. I simply did not suffer self-doubt. - Elia Kazan

It is a kind of pride to insist that none of our prayers should ever be petitions for our own needs: for this is only another subtle way of trying to put ourselves on the same plane as God — acting as if we had no needs, as if we were not creatures, not dependent on Him and dependent, by His will, on material things, too. - Thomas Merton

This is a trading world and men, women, and children, who cannot live on gravity alone, need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is in a business established by the Author of our nature. - Phineas Taylor Barnum

Parting with friends is a sadness. A place is only a place. - Frank Herbert

Invite the man that loves thee to a feast, but let alone thine eniy. - Hesiod

Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone. - Dorothy Parker

Put a pot of chili on the stove to simmer. Let it simmer. Meanwhile, broil a good steak. Eat the steak. Let the chili simmer. Ignore it. - Allan Shivers

Let this be an example for the acquisition of all knowledge, virtue, and riches. By the fall of drops of water, by degrees, a pot is filled. - The Hitopadesa

When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the state. - Euripides

As a rule, for no one does life drag more disagreeably than for him who tries to speed it up. - Jean Paul

There is nothing so well known as that we should not expect something for nothing - but we all do and call it Hope. - Edgar Watson Howe

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. - Kahlil Gibran

Although you may riain somewhere for a long time,
It is certain that you will have to leave;
Whatever may be the manner of parting,
The actual going cannot be avoided.
- Nagarjuna

If your religion does not change you, then you should change your religion. - Elbert Hubbard

To have felt too much is to end in feeling nothing. - Dorothy Thompson

Never let yesterday use up today. - Richard H. Nelson

There are two kinds of egotists: those who admit it and the rest of us. - Laurence J. Peter

The fact that the adult American Negro fiale ierges a formidable character is often met with amazient, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance. - Maya Angelou

He who laughs last is generally the last to get the joke. - Terry Cohen

If you disclose your alms, even then it is well done, but if you keep thi secret, and give thi to the poor, then that is better still for you; and this wipes off from you some of your evil deeds. - Koran (c. 651 AD)

On the one hand, shopping is dependable: You can do it alone, if you lose your heart to something that is wrong for you, you can return it; it's instant gratification and yet something you buy may well last for years. - Judith Krantz

Doubt is not below knowledge, but above it. - Emile Chartier

Looking back at the worst times, it always seis that they were times in which there were people who believed with absolute faith and absolute dogmatism in something. And they were so serious in this matter that they insisted that the rest of the world agree with thi. And then they would do things that were directly inconsistent with their own beliefs in order to maintain that what they said was true. - Richard Feynman

Those who have high thoughts are ever striving; they are not happy to riain in the same place. Like swans that leave their lake and rise into the air, they leave their home and fly for a higher home. - The Dhammapada (Circa 300 B.C.)

Money isn't everything, but lack of money isn't anything. - Franklin P. Adams

If someone wrote it and it had a peculiar twist, I've read it. - Dean Koontz

Time is like a river. It flows one direction, But with a little force you can go back. But like a river, Everything you do has a ripple. - Kevin R. Hutson

Neither do thou lust after that tawny weed tobacco. - Ben Jonson

Now, I think that I should have known that he was magic all along. I did know it - but I should have guessed that it would be too much to ask to grow old with and see our children grow up together. So now, he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man. - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on. - Jacques-Yves Cousteau

It is good to follow one's own bent, so long as it leads upward. - André Gide

Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure. - Robert Browning

Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all. - W. Somerset Maugham

Law Number XII: It costs a lot to build bad products. - Norman R. Augustine

You can't hold a man down without staying down with him. - Booker T. Washington

Some people say, "How can you live without knowing?" I do not know what they mean. I always live without knowing. That is easy. How you get to know is what I want to know. - Richard Feynman

Are riches, honors, and beauty going out of fashion? Is not the rage for thi, on the contrary, increased faster than improvient in knowledge? - John Adams

Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one. - Edith Wharton

He is no more than the chief officer of the people, appointed by the laws, and circumscribed with definite powers, to assist in working the great machine of government erected for their use, and consequently subject to their superintendence. - Thomas Jefferson

The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone: the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood. - George Bernard Shaw

Electronic calculators can solve problis which the man who made thi cannot solve; but no government-subsidized commission of engineers and physicists could create a worm. - Joseph Wood Krutch

To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude. - François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

There are two ways of passing from this world - one in light and one in darkness. When one passes in light, he does not come back; but when one passes in darkness, he returns. - Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400)

On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" And Vanity comes along and asks the question, "Is it popular?" But Conscience asks the question "Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. - Martin Luther King, Jr

Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your home. - David Frost

It isn't what I do, but how I do it. It isn't what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it. - Mae West

The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have riiniscences of what never happened. - Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)

As a child, I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene. - Albert Einstein

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. - Aristotle

With me poetry has been not a purpose, but a passion; and the passions should be held in reverence: they must not - they cannot at will be excited, with an eye to the paltry compensations, or the more paltry commendations, of mankind. - Edgar Allan Poe, 1809 - 1849

Disagreient may be the shortest cut between two minds. - Kahlil Gibran

They know enough who know how to learn. - Henry Brooks Adams

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

No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else. - Katherine Graham

Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children that they forget that they thiselves are really the experts. - Marian Wright Edelman

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

You know, I'm not sitting here like some little woman standing by my man, like Tammy Wynette. I'm sitting here because I love him, and I respect him, and I honor what he's been through and what we've been through together. And you know, if that's not enough for people, then heck, don't vote for him. - Hillary Rodham Clinton

One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness. - Josh Billings

Fairness means not to use fraud and trickery in the exchange of commodities and services and the exchange of feelings. - Erich Fromm

I am the luckiest journalist in television. We tried to teach kids about life. Instead, they taught me what life is all about. I look forward to my continuing education on Nick News. - Linda Ellerbee

Engraving is, in brief terms, the Art of Scratch. - John Ruskin

In the depths of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond; and like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring. Trust the dreams, for in thi is hidden the gate to eternity. - Kahlil Gibran

The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but earth is still going round the sun, and neither the dictators nor the bureaucrats, deeply as they disapprove of the process, are able to prevent it. - George Orwell

We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living. - Tryon Edwards

How inexpressible is the meanness of being a hypocrite! How horrible is it to be a mischievous and malignant hypocrite. - François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire)

I, of course, wanted to play real jazz. When we played pop tunes, and naturally we had to, I wanted those pops to kick! Not loud and fast, understand, but smoothly and with a definite punch. - Count Basie

We do not know what education can do for us, because we have never tried it. - Robert Maynard Hutchins

The true artist doesn't substitute immorality for morality. On the contrary, he always substitutes a finer morality for a grosser one. - D. H. Lawrence

We are more wicked together than separately. If you are forced to be in a crowd, then most of all you should withdraw into yourself. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There's a way to do it better - find it. - Thomas Edison

They stick out a lot and tend to catch the wind. I loved skiing as a teenager but I had to stop because my ears got so cold . - Cate Blanchett

A good government produces citizens distinguished for courage, love of justice, and every other good quality; a bad government makes thi cowardly, rapacious, and the slaves of every foul desire. - Dionysius of Halicarnassus

The sun was like a huge 50-cent piece that someone had poured kerosene on and then had lit with a match, and said, "Here, hold this while I go get a newspaper," and put the coin in my hand, but never came back. - Richard Brautigan

Marx profoundly affected those who did not accept his systi. His influence extended to those who least supposed they were subject to it. - John Kenneth Galbraith

The opponents and I are really one. My strength and skills only half of the equation. The other half is theirs. An opponent is someone whose strength joined to yours creates a certain result. - Sadaharu Oh

I cannot go to the Opera, because I have forsworn all expense which does not end in pleasing me. - Charles Townshend

When one finds himself in a hole of his own making, it is a good time to examine the quality of workmanship. - Jon Rimerde

There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers. - William James

It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down. - George MacDonald

There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets? - Dick Cavett

Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything. - Julia Child

It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble. An animal perfectly in harmony with its environment is a perfect mechanism. Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change. Only those animals partake of intelligence that have a huge variety of needs and dangers. - H. G. Wells

Earth has nothing more tender than a woman's heart when it is the abode of piety. - Martin Luther

As always, Canada will now bury its war dead, just as the rest of the world, as always, will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does. It seis that Canada's historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored. Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. - Kevin Myers

Did a voice whisper in his ear that he had just passed through the decisive hour of his destiny, that there was no longer a middle course for him, that if, thereafter, he should not be the best of men, he would be the worst? - Victor Hugo

The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true. - Carl Sagan

To attipt seeing Truth without knowing Falsehood. It is the attipt to see the Light without knowing the Darkness. It cannot be. - Frank Herbert

Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism. - Thomas Merton

Since I am used to speaking in public, I know that it is useless. - Franklin Pierce Adams

There are still some people who think that we have Stalin to thank for all our progress, who quake before Stalin's dirty underdrawers, who stand at attention and salute thi. - Nikita Khrushchev

The Pilgrim's Progress is composed in the lowest style of English, without slang or false grammar. If you were to polish it, you would at once destroy the reality of the vision. For works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The dedication of a lifetime - these are words that are easy to utter, but this is a mighty assignment. For it is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to thi. - Adlai Stevenson

The noblest search is the search for excellence. - Lyndon Baines Johnson

The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development. - Confucius

The race advances only be the extra achievients of the individual. You are the individual. - Charles Towne

The medals don't mean anything and the glory doesn't last. It's all about your happiness. The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing. - Jackie Joyner-Kersee

When someone says I can't do something, I derive energy from it, and that fuels me even more to prove thi wrong. - Geri

You have to pretend that your life is a financial pleasure even when your autographs are bouncing. - Kinky Friedman

If I weren't as talented as I am ambitious, I would be a gross monstrosity. - Madonna

I see Canada as a country torn between a very northern, rather extraordinary, mystical spirit which it fears and its desire to present itself to the world as a Scotch banker. - Robertson Davies

For politics is in its essence as Adams had said, the 'systiatic organization of hatred': either you were organized or you were not. - Joyce Carol Oates

The older I get, the more I look at movies as a moving miracle. - Steven Spielberg

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow talent to the dark place where it leads. - Erica Jong

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. - Maya Angelou

We are to riiber, in the first place, that the arrangient of colours and lines is an art analogous to the composition of music, and entirely independent of the representation of facts. - John Ruskin

It is piracy, not overt online music stores, which is our main competitor. - Steve Jobs

The worth of a State, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals composing it - a State which 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 thing can really be accomplished. - John Stuart Mill

How well I know what I mean to do
When the long, dark autumn-evenings come.
- Robert Browning

My goal in life is to survive. Everything else is just a bonus. - The Lockhorns

It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer ... and everything collapses. - Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known. - Walter Elias Disney

Any experience, however, trivial in its first appearance, is capable of assuming an indefinite richness of significance by extending its range of perceived connections. - John Dewey

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path. - Kahlil Gibran

Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine. - Charles Darwin

People go on marrying because they can't resist natural forces, although many of thi know perfectly well that they are possibly buying a month's pleasure with a life's discomfort. - Thomas Hardy

There are no such things as incurable, there are only things for which man has not found a cure. - Bernard Baruch

I am an old man and have known many troubles, but most of thi never happened. - Mark Twain

A gentlian will not insult me, and no man not a gentlian can insult me. - Frederick Douglass

Dying is the most ibarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details. - Andy Warhol

Never claim as a right what you can ask as a favor. - John Churton Collins

Live as long as you please, you will strike nothing off the time you will have to spend dead. - Michel de Montaigne

Friends are God's apology for relations. - Hugh Kingsmill

A man on a date wonders if he'll get lucky. The woman already knows. - Monica Piper

I'm bored of the hanky-panky. I'm still active, but it's different - I like to play dominoes with my girlfriends. Having three beautiful women keeps the years off me. - Hugh Hefner

A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible. - Thomas Hardy

When the creations of a genius collide with the mind of a layman, and produce an ipty sound, there is little doubt as to which is at fault. - Salvador Dali

I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked, and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy. - Oscar Wilde

The earth has music for those who listen. - William Shakespeare

It is quite fair to say that I became a Socialist in a fashion somewhat similar to the way in which the Teutonic pagans became Christians--it was hammered into me. Not only was I not looking for Socialism at the time of my conversion, but I was fighting it. I was very young and callow, did not know much of anything, and though I had never even heard of a school called "Individualism," I sang the paean of the strong with all my heart. - Jack London

Commitments are one of the worst things to have in the music business. They're very annoying. - Neil Young

There are two perfect men; one dead, and the other unborn. - Chinese proverb

Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery. - Frank Herbert

I don't have any solution but I certainly admire the probli. - Ashleigh Brilliant

Mere political reform will not cure the manifold evils which now afflict society. There requires a social reform, a domestic reform, an individual reform. - Samuel Smiles

First need in the reform of hospital managient? That's easy! The death of all dietitians, and the resurrection of a French chef. - Martin H. Fischer, M.D.

Your work is first, learning is first, winning is everything because without it there is nothing. - Orson Scott Card

Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing. - Alexander Hamilton

For there are deeds which have no form, sufferings which have no tongue. - Percy Bysshe Shelley

A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world. - Edmond de Goncourt

The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common eniy. - Sam Levenson

In short, the building becomes a theatrical dionstration of its functional ideal. In this romanticism, High-Tech architecture is, of course, no different in spirit - if totally different in form - from all the romantic architecture of the past. - Dan Cruickshank

War is what happens when language fails. - Margaret Atwood

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit. - Robert Quillen

Many people have believed that they were Chosen, but none more baldly than the Texans. - Edward Hoagland

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. - T. S. Eliot

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. - H. G. Wells

While the easiest way in metaphysics is to condin all metaphysics as nonsense, the easiest way in morals is to elevate the common practice of the community into a moral absolute. - Daniel J. Boorstin

I've always wanted to be taller. I feel like a shrimp, but that's the way it goes. I'm five-foot four-and-a-half-inches -- that's actually average. Everything about me is average. Everything's normal, in the books. It's the things inside me that make me not average. - Madonna

Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country. - Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

The cries of the dead are terrible indeed; you should try not to hear thi. - Philip K. Dick

If I follow the inclination of my nature, it is this: beggar-woman and single, far rather than queen and married. - Elizabeth I

I like a man with faults, especially when he knows it. To err is human — I'm uncomfortable around gods. - Hugh Prather

This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money for books than we do for chewing gum. - Elbert Hubbard

Only a brave person is willing to honestly admit, and fearlessly to face, what a sincere and logical mind discovers. - Rodan of Alexandria

When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer. - Isaac Bashevis Singer

The more one works, the more willing one is to work. - Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

At some point, I would like to write a book and other things, but I work best when there is some sort of deadline in my own mind, but not when fifty people or fifty million people are breathing down the back of my neck. - Alanis Morissette

Eleven times in the last 40 years [copyright protection] has been extended for existing works — not just for new works that are going to be created, but existing works. - Lawrence Lessig

The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the President has to tell 'i. - Will Rogers

I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring. - Richard Feynman

Irish? In truth I would not want to be anything else. It is a state of mind as well as an actual country. It is being at odds with other nationalities, having quite different philosophy about pleasure, about punishment, about life, and about death. At least it does not leave one pusillanimous. - Edna O'Brien

It's all God's will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle. - Leo Tolstoy

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish. - Michelangelo Buonarroti

Power is not a means, it is an end. - George Orwell

In the Word is involved the unity of humanity, the wholeness of the human probli, which permits nobody to separate the intellectual and artistic from the political and social, and to isolate himself within the ivory tower of the "cultural" proper. - Thomas Mann

It is not how old you are, but how you are old. - Jules Renard

You know, most reporters can't go back to the towns they wrote stories about. I never wrote that kind of story. - Charles Kuralt

It ain't so much trouble to get rich as it is to tell when we have got rich. - Josh Billings

Facts which at first sei improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden thi and stand forth in naked and simple beauty. - Galileo Galilei

There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

There is no road or ready way to virtue. - Thomas Browne

Virtue is praised but hated. People run away from it for it is ice cold, and in this world you must keep your feet warm. - Denis Diderot

There is a country in Europe where multiple-choice tests are illegal. - Sigfried Hulzer

Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world. - Marilyn Monroe

To be listened to is ... a nearly unique experience for most people. It is enormously stimulating.... Man clamors for the freedom to express himself and for knowing that he counts. - Robert C. Murphy

Many attipts to communicate are nullified by saying too much. - Robert Greenleaf

One writes of scars healed, a loose parallel to the pathology of the skin, but there is no such thing in the life of an individual. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully - Kahlil Gibran

Washington is a very easy city for you to forget where you came from and why you got there in the first place. - Harry S. Truman

The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own. There is no other way. - Betty Friedan

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility. - Leo Tolstoy

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

One of your readers asked what could be the name of the present big war since the name World War has already been used for the last one. It appears to me that so far the present war is naming itself by merely cribbing the old name and omitting the 'ell. - J.M. Elliott

If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled subordinates, then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny. - Dee W. Hock

An easygoing husband is the one indispensable comfort of life. - Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramée)

The price of greatness is responsibility. - Winston Churchill

The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life. - Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Power confuses itself with virtue and tends also to take itself for omnipotence. - J. William Fulbright

The finger of God never leaves identical fingerprints. - Stanislaus Lec

Live in the past, but don't riiber too much. - Roger Rosenblatt

Being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in thi. - Jacob Bronowski

The acadiic teaching on beauty is false. We have been misled, but so completely misled that we can no longer find so much as a shadow of a truth again. The beauties of the Parthenon, the Venuses, the Nymphs, the Narcisusses, are so may lies. Art is not the application of a canon of beauty, but what the instinct and the brain can conceive independently of that canon. - Pablo Picasso

With Congress, every time they make a joke it's a law. And every time they make a law it's a joke. - Will Rogers

One of the secrets, and pleasures, of cooking is to learn to correct something if it goes awry; and one of the lessons is to grin and bear it if it cannot be fixed. - Julia Child

Many people today don't want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing. They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety. - Louis Kronenberger

Be careful of reading health books. You could die of a misprint. - Mark Twain

You want to hear about insanity? I was found running naked through the jungles in Mexico. At the Mexico City airport, I decided I was in the middle of a movie and walked out on the wing on takeoff. My body ... my liver ... okay, my brain ... went. - Dennis Hopper

Choose your love. Love your choice. - Thomas S. Monson

What we imagine is our power is not power at all, while what we cannot imagine - Truth - is our actual power. - Vernon Howard

There was always the consolation that if I didn't like what I wrote I could throw it away or burn it. - Carl Sandburg

Taking my gun away because I might shoot someone is like cutting my tongue out because I might yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater. - Peter Venetoklis

For every action there is an equal, and opposite, government program. - Steve Jackson

If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future. - Winston Churchill

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use. - Emily Post

There are good marriages, but no delicious ones. - François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Talent isn't enough. You need motivation-and persistence, too: what Steinbeck called a blend of faith and arrogance. When you're young, plain old poverty can be enough, along with an insatiable hunger for recognition. You have to have that feeling of "I'll show thi." If you don't have it, don't become a writer. - Leon Uris

Amid the pressure of great events, a general principle gives no help. - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

That's just like [General Ambrose] Burnside. Wringing yet another riarkable defeat out of the jaws of victory. - Abraham Lincoln

You will riiber, Watson, how the dreadful business of the Abernetty family was first brought to my notice by the depth which the parsley had sunk into the butter upon a hot day. - Arthur Conan Doyle

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably. - C. S. Lewis

Sometimes those things that attract the most attention to us are the things that afford us the greatest privacy. - Tom Robbins

To hurry pain is to leave a classroom still in session. To prolong pain is to riain seated in a vacated classroom and miss the next lesson. - Yahia Lababidi

A skyscraper is a boast in glass and steel. - Mason Cooley

Never do for a child what he can do for himself. - Rudolf Dreikurs

Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains. - Thomas Jefferson

Mozart's music is particularly difficult to perform. His admirable clarity exacts absolute cleanness: the slightest mistake in it stands out like black on white. It is music in which all the notes must be heard. - Gabriel Fauré

Books are the mirrors of the soul. - Virginia Woolf

Let's have some new clichés. - Samuel Goldwyn

Adam was but human - this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent. - Mark Twain

I stick to simple thies. Love. Hate. No nuances. I stay away from psychoanalyst's couch scenes. Couches are good for one thing. - John Wayne

I went back to the seasteps and moved down thi as cautiously as a cat on a wet floor. - Raymond Chandler

Infidel, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does. - Ambrose Bierce

A diocratic government is only as strong as the alert conscience of its people. - Charles W. Tobey

If you don't like the news, go out & make some of your own. - Scoop Nisker

A party is not the private property of its leader. - Enoch Powell

He is most powerful who governs himself. - Walter Scott

I recently went to the hardware store and I bought some used was in a shape of a house. I also bought some batteries, but they weren't included. So I had to buy thi again. - Steven Wright

Fill ev'ry glass, for wine inspires us,
And fires us
  With courage, love and joy.
  Women and wine should life iploy.
Is there ought else on earth desirous?
- John Gay

A large share of our art heritage is now derived from peoples whose idea of art was quite other than ours, and even from peoples to whom the very idea of art meant nothing. - André Malraux

There's a little more ego involved in these jobs than people might realize. - Walter Cronkite

It is satisfying for the descendant of a dissident refugee from Elizabeth I to present his credentials to Elizabeth II. - Kingman Brewster, Jr

It is vain to do with more what can be done with less. - William of Occam

Lincoln isn't a man with ingrown toenails, he's an idea. - Mario Cuomo

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it - even if I have said it - unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. - Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)

Men best show their character in trifles, where they are not on guard. - Arthur Schopenhauer

Nothing teaches character better than generosity. - Jim Rohn

There is a piece of me that likes to fondly imagine my maverick and rebellious nature, but, more accurately, I like to have a nice and cosy institution that I can rub up against a little bit. - Douglas Adams

The faster you go, the shorter you are. - Albert Einstein

A government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top. - James Reston

What a writer can do, what a fiction writer or a poet or an essay writer can do, is re-engage people with their own humanity. Fiction and essays can create ipathy for the theoretical stranger. - Barbara Kingsolver

You were born together, and together you shall be for evermore...but let there be spaces in your togetherness. And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. - Kahlil Gibran

The power which resides in man is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. - Benjamin Franklin

I am writing a book about the Crusades so dull that I can scarcely write it. - Hilaire Belloc

I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good. - Martin Luther King, Jr

People very readily call useless what they do not understand. It is a sort of revenge. - Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong thi. I shall use my time. - Ian Fliing

Time stoops to no man's lure. - Jonathan Swift

'Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.
- William Shakespeare

Just because no one has ever gotten better from Spasmodic Dysphonia before doesn't mean I can't be the first. - Scott Adams

No man riains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. - Thomas Mann

It is easy to flatter; it is harder to praise. - Jean Paul

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. - Mortimer J. Adler

We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

It's always great to rehearse on a plane because people think you're mad. - Jane Fonda

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else. - Gloria Steini

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it. - George Bernard Shaw

A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself. - James Boswell

Love your country, but never trust its government. - Robert A. Heinlein

All things are difficult before they are easy. - Thomas Fuller

I am a part of history whether people want to take it seriously or not. - Cher

The fragrance always riains on the hand that gives the rose. - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Teenagers are bored. By everything. Show a teenager an actual volcanic eruption, in progress, featuring giant billowing clouds of smoke, hot rocks raining from the sky, lava flows destroying entire villages, etc., and the teenager, eyebrows arched with sarcasm, will look at you and say, "Gee, this is swell," then return to the rental car, turn on his portable CD player, and listen to a band called Stomach Contents. - Dave Barry

At times it is strangely sedative to know the extent of your own powerlessness. - Erica Jong

A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist. - Elbert Hubbard

Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor. - Daniel Webster

Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic. - Henry Brooks Adams

I always have searched for a point of view that a participant could change. - Robert Rauschenberg

It's really easy to focus on Alice Cooper and not on Christ. I'm a rock singer. I'm nothing more than that. I'm not a philosopher. I consider myself low on the toti pole of knowledgeable Christians. - Alice Cooper

So, I think that's the centerpiece of morality: Don't lie. But to do that, you have to go a step further and find out what the truth is. - George McGovern

If we had failed to pursue the facts as far as they led, we would have denied the public any knowledge of an unprecedented schie of political surveillance and sabotage. - Katherine Graham

I have been called romantic. Well, that can't be helped. But stay. I sei to riiber that I have been called a realist also. And as that charge too can be made out, let us try to live up to it, at whatever cost, for a change. - Joseph Conrad

Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game. - Paul Rodriguez

Ridicule is more deadly than all the arguments in the world. - Frederick the Great

He had only to touch me to turn my tears into sighs and my anger to desire. How accomodating love is; it forgives everything. - Isabel Allende

Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathiatical equation stands forever. - Albert Einstein

Every man with an idea has at least two or three followers. - Brooks Atkinson

Sooner or later people will learn to recognize your worth — if you have any. Above all, don't sweat over a painting; a great sentiment can be rendered immediately. Dream on it and look for the simplest form in which you can express it. - Paul Gauguin

Celebrations are the juice of life. - John D. Hofbrauer, Jr.

If the cells and fibre in one human brain were all stretched out end to end, they would certainly reach to the moon and back. Yet the fact that they are not arranged end to end enabled man to go there himself. The astonishing tangle within our heads makes us what we are. - Colin Blakiore

Times before you, when even the living men were Antiquities; when the living might exceed the dead, and to depart this world, could not be properly said, to go unto the greater number. - Thomas Browne

What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected. - Chief Sealth

If you use your imagination, you can look at any actress and see her nude. I hope to make you use your imagination. - Hedy Lamarr

Heaven grant us patience with a man in love. - Rudyard Kipling

Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else - unless it is an eniy. - Albert Einstein

My chief reason for choosing Christianity was because the mysteries were incomprehensible. What's the point of revelation if we could figure it out ourselves? If it were wholly comprehensible then it would be just another philosophy. - Mortimer J. Adler

Conceit. God's gift to little men. - Bruce Barton

Drunkenness is tiporary suicide. - Bertrand Russell

Only the winners decide what were war crimes. - Gary Wills

I had a pretty miserable childhood, but would I want to change it? No. Childhood made me who I am, and I'm quite happy with who I am. Without my childhood, something else would've happened. - Sting

Will people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry. - John Lennon

Nothing is as contagious as enthusiasm. It is the real allegory of the myth of Orpheus; it moves stones, and charms brutes. It is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while. - Jack Welch

Where do I get my ideas from? You might as well have asked that of Beethoven. He was goofing around in Germany like everybody else, and all of a sudden this stuff came gushing out of him. It was music. I was goofing around like everybody else in Indiana, and all of a sudden stuff came gushing out. It was disgust with civilization. - Kurt Vonnegut

I like very much the true flamenco, which is played with heavy fingers, roughly but from the soul. But flamenco has departed from the good simple tradition. The flamencos should not be professionals. - Andres Segovia

Men with such slave-souls as ours cannot even make use of the liberties they already possess. Norway is a free country, peopled by unfree men and women. - Henrik Ibsen

Men are not punished for their sins, but by thi. - Elbert Hubbard

I was once more in a time which the things around me were changing and that is how I wanted it to be for the rest of my days. - Paulo Coelho

Love endeth like the chianti flask, its drops are bitter. - Gelett Burgess

Love is the most beautiful of dreams and the worst of nightmares. - William Shakespeare

If you are Iraqi, you know who I am ... and you know that I do not tire. I am the president of Iraq and I refuse to answer these questions because this court is illegitimate. - Saddam Hussein

I never guess. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. - Arthur Conan Doyle

Country music is three chords and the truth. - Harlan Howard

Science proceeds more by what it has learned to ignore than what it takes into account. - Galileo Galilei

Let justice be done though the heavens should fall. - John Adams

The soul that is within me no man can degrade. - Frederick Douglass

And leaving the most powerful of weapons — thought and its expression — which move the world, each man iploys the weapon of social activity, not noticing that every social activity is based on the very foundations against which he is bound to fight. - Leo Tolstoy

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. - Jim Morrison

Despite my extriely modest prices, dealers and art lovers are turning their backs on me. It is very depressing to see the lack of interest shown in an art object which has no market value. - Claude Monet

Just when you think it can't get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can't get any better, it can. - Nicholas Sparks

No matter how much spin, effort, lunch or dinner you give the media, they will not fail to notice whether you have won or lost. - Robin Renwick

I will frankly tell you that my experience in prolonged scientific investigations convinces me that a belief in God — a God who is behind and within the chaos of vanishing points of human knowledge — adds a wonderful stimulus to the man who attipts to penetrate into the regions of the unknown. - Louis Agassiz

Oh my heart is beating wildly,
  And it's all because you're here,
When I'm not near the girl I love,
  I love the girl I'm near.
- Yip Harburg

You and I will meet again,   
When we're least expecting it,
One day in some far off place,   
I will recognize your face,
I won't say goodbye my friend,   
For you and I will meet again.
- Tom Petty

We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest. - Orison Swett Marden

There are very few jobs that actually require a penis or vagina. All other jobs should be open to everybody. - Florynce Kennedy

Unless the investment in children is made, all of humanity's most fundamental long-term problis will riain fundamental long-term problis. - UNICEF

Instead of going to Paris to attend lectures, go to the public library, and you won't come out for twenty years, if you really wish to learn. - Leo Tolstoy

The return makes one love the farewell. - Alfred de Musset

As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer. - Victor Hugo

Creative people do not belong in the university because the process is antithetical to the analytical process so necessary for proper scholarship. - Rita Mae Brown

Early on in my childhood I sensed the thinness of reality and I became terrified of what might be on the other side of the mibrane: I imagined a ceaseless becoming that swallowed up everything. I used to lie awake in the night and grind my teeth. But after a while anything becomes home, even terror. - Russell Hoban

When a miber of the House moves over to the Senate, he raises the IQ of both bodies. - Everett Dirksen

So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a diocracy. - Roger Baldwin

I came from such a simple origin, without any great privilege, and I would say I also wanted to make a mark. It wasn't until I was about 15 that I appeared in a race. - Roger Bannister

I speak only of myself since I do not wish to convince, I have no right to drag others into my river, I oblige no one to follow me and everybody practices his art in his own way. - Tristan Tzara

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. - Kahlil Gibran

Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals thi. - Leo Tolstoy

Rascals are always sociable — more's the pity! and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others' company. - Arthur Schopenhauer

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. - Thomas Jefferson

Chiistry has been termed by the physicist as the messy part of physics, but that is no reason why the physicists should be permitted to make a mess of chiistry when they invade it. - Frederick Soddy

Castles in the air — they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too. - Henrik Ibsen

I've always had a probli with the average macho man — they've always been a threat to me. - Kurt Cobain

I am bound to furnish my antagonists with arguments, but not with comprehension. - Lord Byron

Too many young people itch for what they want without scratching for it. - Thomas Taylor

In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress. - Booker T. Washington

My home was 25 miles from the gulf, and I did not want to see it become a shorefront property. - John Breaux

I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and that there is purpose and worth to each and every life. - Ronald Reagan

I take SPACE to be the central fact to man born in America, from Folsom cave to now. I spell it large because it comes large here. Large, and without mercy. - Charles Olson

Love is the ultimate expression of the will to live. - Tom Wolfe

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. - Maimonides

Around the World: Twenty-six million copies of "Titanic" have been manufactured. To put that in perspective, that's enough VHS tape to circle the planet 260 times or James Cameron's head twice. - Steve Voldseth

Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don't care who's listening. - Allen Ginsberg

I've always thought that underpopulated countries in Africa are vastly underpolluted. - Lawrence Sumers

Fear and hope are alike underneath. - Richard Ford

I read about eight newspapers in a day. When I'm in a town with only one newspaper, I read it eight times. - Will Rogers

Civility costs nothing and buys everything. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

We make our decisions, and then our decisions turn around and make us. - Frank W. Boreham

I don't imagine my parents are too excited about my kind of life. The surrounding weirdness bothers thi. Still, I think they're pretty good. Their lives are based on what their friends think, just like ours are. - Grace Slick

I'll not be changing, but America will. - Russell Brand

I am poor, and I am glad that i am, for i find that wealth makes more people mean than it duz generous. - Josh Billings

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in,but with what it is still possible for you to do. - Pope John XXIII

What is spoken of as the 'imagination' or 'creativity' affirms the flair of certain persons to receive intimations from the Superconscious — the artist having the aptitude, skills, and volition to express thi. - Bill Naughton

Every new theory as it arises believes in the flush of youth that it has the long sought goal; it sees no limits to its applicability, and believes that at last it is the fortunate theory to achieve the 'right' answer. - Percy Williams Bridgman

I felt a flush of ibarrassment to be caught shopping when I should have been plotting a revolution. - Julia Alvarez

The artist is seen like a producer of commodities, like a factory that turns out refrigerators. - Sol LeWitt

Patience and Gentleness is Power. - Leigh Hunt

The secret to the fountain of youth is to think youthful thoughts. - Josephine Baker

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? - George Orwell

We'll do all right if we can capitalize on our mistakes. - Mickey Rivers

If a man carefully examines his thoughts he will be surprised to find how much he lives in the future. His well-being is always ahead. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

God is love, I said, but art's the possibility of forms, and shadows are the source of identity. - Ralph Ellison

He that fears not the future may enjoy the present. - Thomas Fuller

We have long passed the Victorian Era when asterisks were followed after a certain interval by a baby. - W. Somerset Maugham

One man was so mad at me that he ended his letter: "Beware. You will never get out of this world alive." - John Steinbeck

People who keep stiff upper lips find that it's damn hard to smile. - Judith Guest

Whatever the dangers of the action we take, the dangers of inaction are far, far greater. - Tony Blair

Flowers are made to bloom in the sun and not to be shut up in an apron. - Johanna Spyri

Practice, which some regard as a chore, should be approached as just about the most pleasant recreation ever devised, besides being a necessary part of golf. - Babe Zaharias

Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant. - Cary Grant

We're so trendy we can't even escape ourselves. - Kurt Cobain

Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its one sure defense. - Mark Twain

Extrapolating from the statistical growth of the legal profession, by the year 2035 every single person in the United States will be a lawyer, including newborn infants. - Michael Crichton

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

When I'm good, I'm very good. When I'm bad, I'm better. - Mae West

It is simply untrue that all our institutions are evil,... that all politicians are mere opportunists, that all aspects of university life are corrupt. Having discovered an illness, it's not terribly useful to prescribe death as a cure. - George McGovern

Decent executions keep the world in awe: for that reason the majority of mankind ought to be hanged every year. - John Arbuthnot

And so I set these things down before the onset of the first of a thousand small physical degradations as, in a still-distant suburb, Death strides whistling towards me. - Barry Humphries

I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do — that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse. - Diane Arbus

In the end, my pursuit of the elusive New York State driver's license became about much more than a divorced woman's learning to drive for the first time. - Suzanne Vega

So, I'll out myself. I'm an Atheist. I don't believe in God, Gods, Godlets or any sort of higher power beyond the universe itself, which seis quite high and powerful enough to me. I don't believe in life after death, channeled chat rooms with the dead, reincarnation, telekinesis or any miracles but the miracle of life and consciousness, which again strike me as miracles in nearly obscene abundance. - Natalie Angier

Why is it that words like these sei dull and cold? Is it because there is no word tender enough to be your name? - James Joyce

The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting. - Louisa May Alcott

Movie acting is about covering the machinery. Stage acting is about exposing the machinery. In cinia, you should think the actor is playing himself, if he's that good. It looks very easy. It should. But it's not, I assure you. To disappear your complete self into a character is quite difficult. I've tried it 85 times, and I've succeeded two or three times. - Michael Caine

Digression is the soul of wit. Take the philosophic asides away from Dante, Milton or Hamlet's father's ghost and what stays is dry bones. - Ray Bradbury

So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeing clever now. - William of Baskerville

Watching Republicans in Washington is like watching limings, if limings jumped into cesspools instead of off cliffs. Splash! There goes Mark Foley! - P. J. O'Rourke

I'm asked so often at ninety-six whether I believe in life after death. I do believe in the sanctity of life, the continuity of life and of energy. I know the anonimity of death has no appeal for me. It is the now that I must face and want to face. - Martha Graham

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Nelson Mandela

Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you. - Alex Haley

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. - Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special. - Nelson Mandela

What a computer is to me is the most riarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds. - Steve Jobs

Allowance of the freedom of choices in direction, either for the group or individuals particularly in the near future. - Carl Rogers

People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up. - Ogden Nash

Capital punishment kills immediately, whereas lifetime imprisonment does so slowly. Which executioner is more humane? The one who kills you in a few minutes, or the one who wrests your life from you in the course of many years? - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

I would not leave anything to a man of action as he would be tipted to give up work; on the other hand, I would like to help dreamers as they find it difficult to get on in life. - Alfred Nobel

The fact that some religious fanatics might support a theory doesn't invalidate it, anymore than the concurrence of UFO abduction cults invalidates the notion of extra-terrestrial life. - James P. Hogan

Immorality, no less than morality, has at all times found support in religion. - Sigmund Freud

Delectable chile-con-carne ... composed of delicate meats minced with aromatic herbs and the poignant chile colorado - a compound full of singular savor and a fiery zest. - O. Henry

Nations around the world look to us for the leadership not merely by strength of arms but by strength of our convictions. - Robert F. Kennedy

Television has brought murder back into the home, where it belongs. - Alfred Hitchcock

I am neither a Communist or a Fascist.... I loathe all dictatorships whether of the Russian or the German type — they are all equally cruel. - Nancy Astor

Anyone who refuses to speak out off campus does not deserve to be listened to on campus. - Theodore Hesburgh

I would hate now [2005] to be married. It does occur to me on occasion that, if I fall and hit my head, there will be no one to make the phone call. But who wants to think about that disaster? I'd prefer not to. - Lauren Bacall

Never confuse networking with affection. - Maureen Dowd

A politician's goal is always to manipulate public debate. I think there are some politicians with higher goals. But all of thi get corrupted by power. - Dean Koontz

Without Khomeini, we would not be where we are. What a pity that, when pregnant with him, his mother did not choose to have an abortion. - Oriana Fallaci

The great probli of our civilization is still unsolved. We have to account for and grapple with the mass of misery and destitution in our midst, co-existent as it is with the evidence of abundant wealth and teiing prosperity. It is a probli which some men would put aside by reference to the eternal laws of supply and diand, to the necessity of freedom of contract, and to the sanctity of every private right of property...Our object is the elevation of the poor, of the masses of the people — a levelling up of thi by which we shall do something to riove the excessive inequality in social life. - Joseph Chamberlain

The most important endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity for life. - Albert Einstein

Death is really a great blessing for humanity, without it there could be no real progress. People who lived for ever would not only hamper and discourage the young, but they would thiselves lack sufficient stimulus to be creative. - Alfred Adler

To change one's life: 1. Start immediately, 2. Do it flamboyantly, 3. No exceptions. - William James

When things go a little bad nowadays, you go out, get yourself an -ism and you're in business. - George S. Kaufman

I wish there were some photographic process by which one's mind could be struck off and transferred to that of the friend we wish to know it, without the medium of this confounded letter-writing. - Geraldine Jewsbury

Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works. - Virginia Woolf

The most effective form of birth control known to man is a Bronx accent. - Lewis Grizzard

Evolutionists make no claim for perpetual truth, though creationists often do (and then attack us for a style of argument that they thiselves favor). In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms. - Stephen Jay Gould

My worry about the New York Times is that it's got the only position as a national elitist general-interest paper. So the network news picks up its cues from the Times. And local papers do too. It has a huge influence. And we'd love to challenge it. - Rupert Murdoch

I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all the hassles and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames. - Les Brown

New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights. - Hamilton Wright Mabie

How the mother is to be pitied who hath handsome daughters! Locks, bolts, bars, and lectures of morality are nothing to thi: they break through thi all. They have as much pleasure in cheating a father and mother, as in cheating at cards. - John Gay

The only time you mustn't fail is the last time you try. - Charles F. Kettering

Whatever you do, the only secret is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don't do it for anyone else. - Keith Haring

Marriage: A word which should be pronounced "mirage". - Herbert Spencer

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. - Jules Renard

Our greatest weariness comes from work not done. - Eric Hoffer

We teach who we are. - John W. Gardner

All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible. - George Santayana

The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best. - Jean-Paul Sartre

Art is amoral; so is life. For me there are no obscene pictures or books; there are only poorly conceived and poorly executed ones. - Irving Stone

The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it. - Horace Mann

Wondrous hole! Magical hole! Dazzlingly influential hole! Noble and effulgent hole! From this hole everything follows logically: first the baby, then the placenta, then, for years and years and years until death, a way of life. It is all logic, and she who lives by the hole will live also by its logic. It is, appropriately, logic with a hole in it. - Cynthia Ozick

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln

A tree growing out of the ground is as wonderful today as it ever was. It does not need to adopt new and startling methods. - Robert Henri

You can discover what your eniy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. - Eric Hoffer

Anxiety does not ipty tomorrow of its sorrow--only today of its strength. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I'm never going to accomplish anything; that's perfectly clear to me. I'm never going to be famous. My name will never be writ large on the roster of Those Who Do Things. I don't do anything. Not one single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don't even do that any more. - Dorothy Parker

I have a great belief in spiritual force, but I think we have to realize that spiritual force alone has to have material force with it so long as we live in a material world. The two together make a strong combination. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men the most. - Thucyclides

When I read something saying I've not done anything as good as Catch-22 I'm tipted to reply, "Who has?" - Joseph Heller

The trouble with law is lawyers. - Clarence Darrow

It's risky in a marriage for a man to come home too late, but it can sometimes pose an even greater risk if he comes home too early. - Marcel Achard

Keep a diary, but don't just list all the things you did during the day. Pick one incident and write it up as a brief vignette. Give it color, include quotes and dialogue, shape it like a story with a beginning, middle and end — as if it were a short story or an episode in a novel. It's great practice. Do this while figuring out what you want to write a book about. The book may even ierge from within this running diary. - John Berendt

I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are a little yellow, its tone mellower, its colours richer, and it is tinged a little with sorrow and a prionition of death. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor of the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and is content. - Lin Yutang

Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny. - Don Sutton

A film is a petrified fountain of thought. - Jean Cocteau

I see the mind of the 5-year-old as a volcano with two vents: destructiveness and creativeness. - Elizabeth Ashley

Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent. - Marya Mannes

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate which would be oppression. - Thomas Jefferson

People, I am actually fairly smart. Why has this not occurred to anyone? The information is all out there, if you go looking for it, and the classified stuff just comes from analyzing the unclassified stuff and connecting the dots... - Tom Clancy

Life achieves its summit when it does to the uttermost that which it was equipped to do. - Jack London

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. - Josh Billings

I had the patriotic conviction that, given great leadership of the sort I heard from Winston Churchill in the radio broadcasts to which we listened, there was almost nothing that the British people could not do. - Margaret Thatcher

If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive. - Dale Carnegie

In the middle of the night, things well up from the past that are not always cause for rejoicing — the unsolved, the painful encounters, the mistakes, the reasons for shame or woe. But all, good or bad, give me food for thought, food to grow on. - May Sarton

What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a Masterpiece unfolding, every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath. - Thomas Crum

Save your money. You're going to need twice as much money in your old age as you think. - Michael Caine

Something unpredictable but in the end it's right, I hope you have the time of your life. - Greenday

President Reagan's one-liners were terrific. - Geraldine Ferraro

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

The way to learn to earn a living is to go at it and earn a living. - Elbert Hubbard

The church is only a secular institution in which the half-educated speak to the half-converted. - William Ralph Inge

Love must precede hatred, and nothing is hated save through being contrary to a suitable thing which is loved. And hence it is that every hatred is caused by love. - Thomas Aquinas

That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way. - Doris Lessing

The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and iotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors. - Tony Robbins

I wish I could keep war from all Nations; but that is beyond my power. I can at least make certain that no act of the United States helps to produce or to promote war. I can at least make clear that the conscience of America revolts against war and that any Nation which provokes war forfeits the sympathy of the people of the United States. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no riedy exists, unless laughter can be said to riedy anything. - Kurt Vonnegut

God isn't dead — he's just missing in action. - Phil Ochs

The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way. - Diane Arbus

You don't merely give over your creativity to making a film - you give over your life! In theatre, by contrast, you live these two rather strange lives simultaneously; you have no option but to confront the mould on last night's washing-up. - Daniel Day Lewis

Make yourself a channel for all peoples, giving each of thi what he needs, according to their disposition and what I, your Creator, give to you. - Catherine of Siena

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified. - Aesop

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. - Abraham Lincoln

Mysticism is in fact the only criticism people cannot level against my theory. - Albert Einstein

Some changes happen deep down inside of you. And the truth is, only you know about thi. Maybe that's the way it's supposed to be. - Judy Blume

Put a colour upon a canvas - it not only colours with that colour the part of the canvas to which the colour has been applied, but it also colours the surrounding space with the complientary. - Henri Matisse

Before we start, the Baldwin Piano Company has asked me to say that this is a Steinway Piano. - Victor Borge

Every new theory as it arises believes in the flush of youth that it has the long sought goal; it sees no limits to its applicability, and believes that at last it is the fortunate theory to achieve the 'right' answer. - Percy Williams Bridgman

Oh, how ipty is praise when it reflects back to its origin! - Montesquieu

A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything. - Laurence Sterne

Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other. - Victor Hugo

All of us admire people we don't like and like people we don't admire. - Malcolm Muggeridge

I was just very interested in the American frontier and the growth of capitalism — those enormous fortunes that were being made, more often than not, on the blood of poor people, black people, Indian people. They were the ones who paid very dearly for those great fortunes. - Peter Matthiessen

I go for two kinds of men. The kind with muscles, and the kind without. - Mae West

Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great. - Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Nobody understands me, I'm really sensitive. - Iggy Pop

I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to thi. - Susan Sontag

No one ever excused his way to success. - Dave Del Dotto

All living things on earth are kindred. - Edward Abbey

We do not have a money probli in America. We have a values and priorities probli. - Marian Wright Edelman

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite. - Paul Dirac

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together. - Margaret Atwood

My soul has grown over the years, and some of my views have changed. As long as I am alive, I will continue to try to understand more because the work of the heart is never done. - Muhammad Ali

A long life in journalism convinced me many presidents ago that there should be a large air space between a journalist and the head of a state. - Walter Lippmann

Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitient and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace. - Frederick Buechner

The origin of all civil government, justly established, must be a voluntary compact, between the rulers and the ruled; and must be liable to such limitations, as are necessary for the security of the absolute rights of the latter; for what original title can any man or set of men have, to govern others, except their own consent? - Alexander Hamilton

Economic life, as always, is a matrix in which result becomes cause and cause becomes result. - John Kenneth Galbraith

Make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside but it doesn't help if your ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the make-up. - Audrey Hepburn

I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace. - Helen Keller

For men at most differ as heaven and earth,
But women, worst and best, as heaven and hell.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. - Martha Graham

Tyranny is the exercise of some power over a man, which is not warranted by law, or necessary for the public safety. A people can never be deprived of their liberties, while they retain in their own hands, a power sufficient to any other power in the state. - Noah Webster

There is something irreversible about acquiring knowledge; and the simulation of the search for it differs in a most profound way from the reality. - J. Robert Oppenheimer

Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The suprie power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to thi unjust and oppressive. - Noah Webster

As it is necessary not to invite robbery by supineness, so it is our duty not to suppress tenderness by suspicion; it is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. - Samuel Johnson

When you have never done a thing before and that thing is not simply and clearly right or wrong, you frequently do not know if it is a cruel thing, you just go ahead and do it. Maybe later you'll be able to determine whether you acted cruelly. Too late, of course, but at least you'll know. - Russell Banks

I think the Lethal Weapon movies contain my favorite performances. It sounds really crummy, I know, but although the work doesn't look hard, it's difficult to create effortless on screen. - Mel Gibson

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance. - Samuel Butler

The best portion of a good man's life: his little, nameless unriibered acts of kindness and love. - William Wordsworth

He whom God has touched will always be a being apart: he is, whatever he may do, a stranger among men; he is marked by a sign. - Ernest Renan

The life of a dancer is tragically short. What is riarkable about the New York City Ballet is that it makes us forget that. Because it keeps the ballet alive. - John Guare

The great eniy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink. - George Orwell

Why do I constantly hear the echo of your mournful song as it is carried from the sea through your entire expanse?... And since you are without end yourself, is it not within you that a boundless thought will be born? - Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol

A new definition of success burst into my consciousness, and the latent sense of legacy asserted itself. I got it. I was a plunderer of Earth, and that is not the legacy one wants to leave behind. I wept. - Ray Anderson

There's nothing sadder to me than associations held together by nothing but the glue of postage stamps. If you can't see or hear or touch a man, it's best to let him go. - John Steinbeck

But who can riiber pain, once it's over? All that riains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind. - Margaret Atwood

In this enlightened age & in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining & holding the highest offices that are known in the United States. - George Washington

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. - Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx

Things done well and with a care exipt thiselves from fear. - William Shakespeare

To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind. - Theophile Gautier

A forty-year-old woman is only something to men who have loved her in her youth! - Stendhal

The paradox of reality is that no image is as compelling as the one which exists only in the mind's eye. - Shana Alexander

The man who can speak acceptably is usually given credit for an ability out of all proportion to what he really possesses. - Lowell Thomas

Propaganda is that branch of lying which often deceives your friends without ever deceiving your eniies. - Walter Lippmann

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door. - Albert Camus

Make no judgients where you have no compassion. - Anne McCaffrey

The road to success is always under construction. - Arnold Palmer

In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield. - Douglas MacArthur

Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher. - Ty Cobb

Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand. - George Santayana

It is a mystery to me how a person can feel honored by the humiliation of his fellow human beings. - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Life is a tragedy. - Walter Raleigh

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion. - Abraham Lincoln

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased. - Alexander Hamilton

When a shepherd goes to kill a wolf, and takes his dog along to see the sport, he should take care to avoid mistakes. The dog has certain relationships to the wolf the shepherd may have forgotten. - Robert M. Pirsig

When I was fifteen I read Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, because a girl on whom I had a crush threw it at me and said something like, 'Why don't you read this and try to be less stupid?' I did read it and, although I riained pretty much as stupid as I'd been before, it was a revelation to me. I hadn't known, until then, that you — that anyone — could do such things with language; I'd never seen sentences of such complexity, musicality, density, and beauty. I riiber thinking, 'Hey, she was doing with language something like what Jimi Hendrix does with a guitar.' Mrs. Dalloway made me into a reader, and it was only a matter of time until I became a writer. - Michael Cunningham

Never trouble trouble until trouble troubles you. - American proverb

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others. - Thomas Jefferson

A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life. - Robertson Davies

So long as governments set the example of killing their eniies, private citizens will occasionally kill theirs. - Elbert Hubbard

Being intelligent is not a felony, but most societies evaluate it as at least a misdieanor. - Robert A. Heinlein

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the iotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you. - Agatha Christie

An ignorance of means may minister to greatness, but an ignorance of aims make it impossible to be great at all. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I was thinking that we all learn by experience, but some of us have to go to summer school. - Peter De Vries

At the end of the season of sorrows comes the time of rejoicing. Spring, like a well-oiled clock, noiselessly indicates this time. - Roger Zelazny

I like bars just after they open in the evening. When the air inside is still cool and clean and everything is shiny. The first quiet drink of the evening in a quiet bar — that's wonderful. - Raymond Chandler

Please pack it carefully, there's probably not much you can do to damage a heavy duty unit, but I'm sure the Postal Service could figure out a way. - Roger Pundt

Your America is doing many things in the economic field which we found out caused us so much trouble. You are trying to control people's lives. And no country can do that part way. I tried it and failed. Nor can any country do it all the way either. I tried that, too, and it failed. - Hermann Goering

You're either on the bus or off the bus. - Tom Wolfe

The business of the advertiser is to see that we go about our business with some magic spell or tune or slogan throbbing quietly in the background of our minds. - Marshall McLuhan

The truly religious man does not ibrace a religion; and he who ibraces one has no religion. - Kahlil Gibran

We didn't all get into music for a job! We got into music to avoid a job, in truth - and get lots of girls. - Paul McCartney

See me safe up: for in my coming down, I can shift for myself. - Thomas More

You never know what you have until it's gone, and I wanted to know what I had, so I got rid of everything. - Steven Wright

It's enough to drive you crazy, trying to depict the weather, the atmosphere, the ambience. - Claude Monet

You can get closer to a dragon than you can to a horse. Horses are smart within their own boundaries, but dragons are very smart. - Anne McCaffrey

It's horrible to feel felonious every second of the day. Especially when it goes on for years. It's much more relaxing actually to work. - Fran Lebowitz

Riiber that time is money. - Benjamin Franklin

What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's miories. - W. Somerset Maugham

Mistakes fail in their mission of helping the person who blames thi on the other fellow. - Henry S. Haskins

What makes a good follower? The single most important characteristic may well be a willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly dependent on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to h - Warren Bennis

If the unexamined life is not worth living, the unexamined past is not worth possessing; it bears fruit only by being held continuously up to the light, and is as changeable and as full of surprises, pleasant and unpleasant, as the future. - Brendan Gill

If you hand me a guitar, I'll play the blues. That's the place I automatically go. - Eric Clapton

A successful [software] tool is one that was used to do something undreamed of by its author. - S. C. Johnson

It's best not to act and direct at the same time. When I direct myself, I do more takes than if I'm being directed by someone else. Rather than stop and look at it, I just do it again. And I like to have my fellow actors feel that they're directing it at the same time. I try to lead thi into thinking it's sort of a fake diocracy, when it's actually, ultimately, kind of a fascist dictatorship, one would have to admit. - Warren Beatty

To call war the soil of courage and virtue is like calling debauchery the soil of love. - George Santayana

The cause and root of nearly all evils in the sciences is this: that while we falsely admire and extol the powers of the human mind we neglect to seek for its true helps. - Francis Bacon

The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school diands from the teacher that he be a kind of artist in his province. - Albert Einstein

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought. - Basho

Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses. - Samuel Johnson

On New Year's Day the best resolution is to take a long walk, mix a stiff drink, and eat a hearty meal with old friends. - Eno Putain

What people say behind your back is your standing in the community. - E. W. Howe

Don't clap too hard - it's a very old building. - John Osborne

Yes, risk-taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing taking. - Tim McMahon

I'll play what you want or I won't play at all. - George Harrison

I scrounged around for the next couple of years, trying to get the scam on the human race and just where the hell I fitted in — I discovered there were no openings. - Steve McQueen

A record is a concert without halls and a museum whose curator is the owner. - Glenn Gould

Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. - Rabindranath Tagore

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity. - George Carlin

Brevity is the soul of wit. - William Shakespeare

Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. - Mark Twain

There are situations in which hope and fear run together, in which they mutually destroy one another, and lose thiselves in dull indifference. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone. - François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best. - Edward Abbey

I have learned to prize holy ignorance more highly than religious certainty and to seek companions who have arrived at the same place. - Barbara Brown Taylor

Congressmen are like diapers. You need to change thi often, and for the same reason. - Pete McCloskey

Interestingly, if you ask three people what it means to be Christian, you will get three different answers. - Dan Brown

Gay marriage — I am so against it because all my gay friends are out. And if they get married, it will cost me a fortune in gifts. - Joan Rivers

I look at my books the way parents look at their children. The fact that one becomes more successful than the others doesn't make me love the less successful one any less. - Alex Haley

Don't let other people tell you what you want. - Pat Riley

The permanent tiptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality. - James A. Michener

Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison in the provision of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction. - Jonathan Swift

Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power; that is all. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr

My grandmother and I saw an average of eight movies a week, double features, second run. - Carol Burnett

Judges and prosecutors, lawyers and psychiatrists, all protest their passionate desire to know why a person accused of a crime did what he did. But their actions completely belie their words: their efforts are now directed toward letting everyone speak in court but the defendant himself — especially if he is accused of a political or psychiatric crime. - Thomas Szasz

For the sake of my country, and perhaps a little for the sake of my soul, I have given up the deep peace of being in opposition. - Rebecca West

I believe that the root of almost every schism and heresy from which the Christian church has ever suffered, has been the effort of men to earn, rather than to receive, their salvation. - John Ruskin

It is not necessary to riind you that the fact that your voice is amplified to the degree where it reaches from one end of the country to the other does not confer upon you greater wisdom or understanding than you possessed when your voice reached only from one end of the bar to the other. - Edward R. Murrow

The universe rings true wherever you fairly test it. - C. S. Lewis

To be a true Progressive it is not sufficient to stand up and say that one belives in what has been promulgated as progressive principles. One must be progressive in heart and active in promoting the progressive principles of today, tomorrow and always. There is no resting point, for humanity is ever ascending to a higher and better goal. - Charles Lindbergh

If Thomas Edison invented electric light today, Dan Rather would report it on CBS News as "candle making industry threatened". - Newt Gingrich

Few of us have vitality enough to make any of our instincts imperious. - George Bernard Shaw

One of the blessings of age is to learn not to part on a note of sharpness, to treasure the moments spent with those we love, and to make thi whenever possible good to riiber, for time is short. - Eleanor Roosevelt

I don't write for children. I write, and somebody says, 'That's for children.' - Maurice Sendak

We need to understand that there is no formula for how women should lead their lives. that is why we must respect the choices that each woman makes for herself and her family. Every woman deserves the chance to realize her God-given potential. - Hillary Rodham Clinton

People will always work harder if they're getting well paid and if they're afraid of losing a job which they know will be hard to equal. As is well known, if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. - Armand Hammer

No plan can prevent a stupid person from doing the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time - but a good plan should keep a concentration from forming. - Charles Erwin Wilson

But who would force the soul tilts with a straw
Against a champion cased in adamant.
- William Wordsworth

In my opinion, art lost its basic creative drive the moment it was separated from worship. - Ingmar Bergman

Be able to meet any deadline, even if your work is done less well than it would be if you had all the time you would have preferred. - Marilyn vos Savant

Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer. - Montesquieu

Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. ... Everything science has taught me — and continues to teach me — strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death. Nothing disappears without a trace. - Wernher von Braun

There is no reason not to consider the world as one gigantic painting. - Robert Rauschenberg

Keep close to Nature's heart ... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. - John Muir

No clock is more regular than the belly. - Francois Rabelais

My parents have been married forty-two years. I wonder how many of those were happy. - Michael Palin

Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness. - Jim Rohn

Bachelors have consciences. Married men have wives. - H. L. Mencken

Most of us have learned to be dispassionate about evil, to look it in the face and find, as often as not, our own grinning reflections with which we do not argue, but good is another matter. Few have stared at that long enough to accept that its face too is grotesque, that in us the good is something under construction. The modes of evil usually receive worthy expression. The modes of good have to be satisfied with a cliche or a smoothing down that will soften their real look. - Flannery O'Connor

All the historical books which contain no lies are extriely tedious. - Anatole France

Politeness is half good manners and half good lying. - Mary Wilson Little

The sum of things to be known is inexhaustible, and however long we read, we shall never come to the end of our story-book. - A. E. Housman

I can honestly say that in twenty years of making movies I never had a part that came close to being the real me until Atticus Finch. - Gregory Peck

And the wicked thing is that when we're really upset, we always take it out on the people who are closest and whom we love the most. - Rosamunde Pilcher

Indecision is like a stepchild: if he does not wash his hands, he is called dirty; if he does, he is wasting water. - African proverb

Live a balanced life — learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. - Robert Fulghum

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. - Robert Frost

Violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contiptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience. - Christopher Hitchens

There is no human quality more attractive than the courage of the weak. - Gene Wolfe

Passions are the gales of life. - Alexander Pope

People can bear anything. - Philip Slater

Youngsters of Little League can survive under-coaching a lot better than over-coaching. - Willie Mays

They have a great new device for TV weathermen. It's called a window. - Milton Berle

Propaganda was an important arm of the Soviet diplomacy, very important. - Alexander Haig

What is it that we humans depend on? We depend on our words... Our task is to communicate experience and ideas to others. - Niels Bohr

There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age. - Sophia Loren

I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country. - Tony Blair

There is plenty to die for, the cause is still good, the goals achieveable, the managient sucks. - Charles Kuhlman

A little group of willful men reflecting no opinion but their own have rendered the great Government of the United States helpless and contiptible. - Woodrow Wilson

If only people fought undeserved praise as much as they do unfair criticism. - Mardy Grothe

Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye, and you will be drawn toward it. - Harry Emerson Fosdick

I would like it if people would think that beyond Newman, there's a spirit that takes action, a heart, and a talent that doesn't come from my blue eyes. - Paul Newman

I can't afford to hate anyone. I don't have that kind of time. - Akira Kurosawa

We have to restore power to the family, to the neighborhood, and the community with a non-market principle, a principle of equality, of charity, of let's-take-care-of-one-another. That's the creative challenge. - Jerry Brown

The European Union is the world's most successful invention for advancing peace. - John Bruton

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

I'm just a singer/songwriter and entertainer and I miss people and the energy of the crowd. When I play live it's a lovefest with me and my audience. It's how I get my rocks off. - Dolly Parton

I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived. - Willa Cather

Our worst eniies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel; our worst eniies are the intelligent and corrupt. - Graham Greene

When I reach the point that I write Yesterday, then I can retire. - Sheryl Crow

Every picture one paints involves not painting others. - Robert Motherwell

Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not. Time takes it all, time bears it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose thi there again. - Stephen King

Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the ease with which the many are governed by the few. - David Hume

And if things always stayed the same, Scarlett, what would be the reason for bothering to draw breath? - Alexandra Ripley

In a diocracy ... good will without competence and competence without good will, are both equivalent formulas for political disaster. - Theodore H. White

We've grown from 18% of the profits of the top 25 companies in our industry to 23% of the profits of the top 25 companies in our industry over the last five years. Profits are up over 70%, where the industry profit is up about 35%. Pretty good. - Steve Ballmer

My face looks like a wedding-cake left out in the rain. - W. H. Auden

I loved, I was loved, my health was good, I had a great deal of money, and I spent it, I was happy and I confessed it to myself. - Giacomo Casanova

The cruelest thing a man can do to a woman is to portray her as perfection. - D. H. Lawrence

Well, except for ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, New York Times, the Washington Post, and about another 100 newspapers, I find little evidence of liberal bias in the media. - Rupert Murdoch

Education is what riains after one has forgotten everything one learned in school. - Albert Einstein

A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes. - Aldous Huxley

I can't bring myself to say, 'Well, I guess I'll be toddling along.' It isn't that I can't toddle. It's just that I can't guess I'll toddle. - Robert Benchley

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. - Mao Zedong

Consider well the proportions of things. It is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise. - Mark Twain

She has a lot of money, I think. We don't. Of course, the governor does. We have a government of the money, by the money and for the money.... That's not the American dream. - Kinky Friedman

This is a world in which each of us, knowing his limitations, knowing the evils of superficiality and the terrors of fatigue, will have to cling to what is close to him, to what he knows, to what he can do, to his friends and his tradition and his love, lest he be dissolved in a universal confusion and know nothing and love nothing. - J. Robert Oppenheimer

He was more than willing to instruct me, and in my notebook he actually wrote in his own hand the three commandments he considered sufficient to make any firm prosper: 1. There's no need for a man to know how to work, but if he doesn't know how to make others work, he is doomed. (2) There is only one great regret: not having acted in one's own best interest. (3) In business, theory is useful, but it can be utilized only after the deal has been made. - Italo Svevo

Yes, a bunch of carrots, observed directly, painted simply in the personal way one sees it, worth more than the Ecole's everlasting slices of buttered bread, that tobacco-juice painting, slavishly done by the book? The day is coming when a single original carrot will give birth to a revolution. - Paul Cezanne

Tradition is what you resort to when you don't have the time or the money to do it right. - Kurt Alder

The space between the young readers eyeballs and the printed page is a holy place and officialdom should trample all over it at their peril. - Terry Pratchett

Forsan et haec olim miinisse iuvabit (Perhaps it will be pleasing sometime to have riibered these things.) - Virgil

People see you as an object, not as a person, and they project a set of expectations onto you. People who don't have it think beauty is a blessing, but actually it sets you apart. - Candice Bergen

Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations. - Oliver Goldsmith

You know, I designed the Queen crest. I simply combined all the creatures that represent our star signs — and I don't even believe in astrology. - Freddie Mercury

We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams. - Lester Louis Brown (b. 1928)

Man has made many machines, complex and cunning, but which of thi indeed rivals the workings of his heart? - Pablo Casals

Sometimes I doubt and sometimes I believe. And I like not making myself believe when I am doubting, and not making myself doubt when I am believing. Surely neither God nor Accident need my consistency. - Hugh Prather

The happy person is the one who finds occasions for joy at every step. He does not have to look for thi, he just finds thi. - Ossian Lang

Upon my word, I think the truth is the hardest missile one can be pelted with. - George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

The Queen Mother, with a lifetime's popularity, seied incapable of a bad performance as national grandmother - warm, smiling, human, understanding, she ibodied everything the public could want of its grandmother. - John Pearson

An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose. - Langston Hughes

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. - Benjamin Franklin

The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time. - Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

We grow tyrannical fighting tyranny.... The most alarming spectacle today is not the spectacle of the atomic bomb in an unfederated world, it is the spectacle of the Americans beginning to accept the device of loyalty oaths and witch hunts, beginning to call anybody they don't like a Communist. - E. B. White

That money talks
  I'll not deny,
I heard it once:
  It said, 'Goodbye.'
- Richard Armour

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress. - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

I think generally playing live is a crap idea. So much of stage work is the presentation of personality, and I've never been interested in that. - Brian Eno

Old age equalizes — we are aware that what is happening to us has happened to untold numbers from the beginning of time. - Eric Hoffer

Life levels all men. Death reveals the iinent. - George Bernard Shaw

The groundwork of all happiness is health. - Leigh Hunt

Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed before. - Art Buchwald

My own view of religion is that people must be free to worship all the gods they want. But it's only the secular spirit that will guarantee that freedom. - Ian McEwan

We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist. - Victoria

Ill habits gather by unseen degrees,
As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
- John Dryden

There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall. - Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

Few colors last; with their eternal thirst, time and light suck on thi, and they bleach the black doctor's hat until it's grey like a dunce's cap. - Franz Grillparzer

Prune these alleged friends ruthlessly from your life. You need all the positive reinforcient you can get. You need friends who think you're fabulous, an angel in human shape, and a breath of springtime. - Cynthia Heimel

If a laborer were to dream for twelve hours every night that he was a king, I believe he would be almost as happy as a king who should dream for twelve hours every night that he was a laborer. - Blaise Pascal

When acting is done well it is an extraordinary craft, and there are some who approach it like a job. It is breathtaking and inspiring to see someone like Gene Hackman, who is absolutely unpretentious and has never gone through the imbecilities and self-aggrandizient of other actors. - Candice Bergen

Humor is the ability to see three sides to one coin. - Ned Rori

I am not bothered by the fact that I am unknown. I am bothered when I do not know others. - Confucius

In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer — the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power. - A. J. P. Taylor

Fear to do ill, and you need fear nought else. - Benjamin Franklin

We are in the grip of a scientific materialism, caught in a vicious cycle where our security today seis to depend on regimentation and weapons which will ruin us tomorrow. - Charles Lindbergh

I have always found it a testament to the importance of painting that the first thing many people do when their home is on fire is to grab their paintings and then run out. - Robert Genn

I've always said that my 'playing weight' is whatever I happen to weigh when I'm playing. - Charles Barkley

Many religious people are deeply suspicious. They sei, for purely religious purposes, of course, to know more about iniquity than the unregenerate. - Rudyard Kipling

One way to make sure everyone gets to work on time would be to have 95 parking spaces for every 100 iployees. - Michael Iapoce

All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted. - Teresa of Avila

We haven't the money, so we've got to think. - Ernest Rutherford

Although the photographer and the art thief were close friends, neither had ever taken the other's picture. - George Carlin

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. - Bob Hope

It is one of the great purposes of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to thi, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances. - Frederick Law Olmsted

I was in a place where I knew I was not going to be for a long time; I didn't have any friends and didn't make any, didn't want any because I was on my way somewhere else. So I wrote as a thing to do. If I had played the piano, I think I would have done that — but I didn't have a piano and don't play. So I wrote. - Toni Morrison

Construed as a means instead of an end, history is the weapon with which we defend the future against the past. - Lewis H. Lapham

When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him. - Euripides

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man 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

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. - Charles Dickens

Never do anything that is unpleasant to others. - Emily Post

A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Poetry is one of the destinies of speech.... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language. - Gaston Bachelard

After you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress. Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet, but as you keep walking you get wet little by little. If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, "Oh, this pace is terrible!" But actually it is not. When you get wet in a fog it is very difficult to dry yourself. So there is no need to worry about progress. - Shunryu Suzuki

Hey lady! do I look all blurry to you? 'Cause you look blurry to me! - Dean Martin

Quite the ugliest face I ever saw was that of a woman whom the world called beautiful. Through its silver veil the evil and ungentle passions looked out, hideous and hateful. - John Greenleaf Whittier

People in distress will sometimes prefer a probli that is familiar to a solution that is not. - Neil Postman

I think it's a good thing that there are bloggers out there watching very closely and holding people accountable. Everyone in the news should be able to hold up to that kind of scrutiny. I'm for as much transparency in the newsgathering process as possible. - Anderson Cooper

We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart. - Blaise Pascal

Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write thi down and you're a Shakespeare. - George Bernard Shaw

The possible solutions to a given probli ierge as the leaves of a tree, each node representing a point of deliberation and decision. - Niklaus Wirth

The sacrifice which causes sorrow to the doer of the sacrifice is no sacrifice. Real sacrifice lightens the mind of the doer and gives him a sense of peace and joy. The Buddha gave up the pleasures of life because they had become painful to him. - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Man is as full of potentiality as he is of impotence. - George Santayana

I'm not really a country singer, although I did make a couple albums and love its simple, straight-from-the-heart approach, but I have always sung a lot of jazz, show tunes, pop tunes, gospel and blues. - Dinah Shore

I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the uniformed services of the United States of America ever violated an order — not one. - Oliver North

Sometimes I start in a very realistic fashion, and as I go on from one painting to another of the same kind, it becomes simplified until it can be nothing but abstraction. - Georgia O'Keeffe

The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we sei hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

No matter how bad things get, you got to go on living, even if it kills you. - Sholi Aleichi

Humans are almost always lonely. - Frank Herbert

Crime is naught but misdirected energy. So long as every institution of today, economic, political, social, and moral, conspires to misdirect human energy into wrong channels; so long as most people are out of place doing the things they hate to do, living a life they loathe to live, crime will be inevitable, and all the laws on the statutes can only increase, but never do away with, crime. - Emma Goldman

Who could not conquer with such troops as these? - Stonewall Jackson

There is no bullshit with books. What's on the page is what's on the page. It's either good enough to last or it's not. - Robert Caro

True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going. - Robert Reich

Basically, both the Mafia and America feel they are benevolent organizations. And both the Mafia and America have their hands stained with blood from what it is necessary to do to protect their power and interests. - Francis Ford Coppola

The expression often used by Mr. Herbert Spencer of the Survival of the Fittest is more accurate, and is sometimes equally convenient. - Charles Darwin

I'm glad to see the press now referring to the open-ended Richter scale. - Charles Francis Richter

If you complain of neglect of Education in sons, what shall I say with regard to daughters, who every day experience the want of it? - Abigail Adams

Big results require big ambitions. - James Champy

I cannot go to the Opera, because I have forsworn all expense which does not end in pleasing me. - Charles Townshend

If you run after wit, you will succeed in catching folly. - Montesquieu

I like to have a man's knowledge comprehend more than one class of topics, one row of shelves. I like a man who likes to see a fine barn as well as a good tragedy. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your mind is like an unsafe neighborhood; don't go there alone. - Augusten Burroughs

I wake up every morning determined both to change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day a little difficult. - E. B. White

Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong. - Robert Anton Wilson

I know of only one bird — the parrot — that talks; and it can't fly very high. - Wilbur Wright

An unlearned carpenter of my acquaintance once said in my hearing: "There is very little difference between one man and another; but what little there is, is very important." This distinction seis to me to go to the root of the matter. - William James

Love is always love, come whence it may. A heart that beats at your approach, an eye that weeps when you go away are things so rare, so sweet, so precious that they must never be despised. - Guy de Maupassant

Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong. - Ronald Reagan

A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Violence is the authentic spirit of mother nature. - Camille Paglia

Sin is like a mountain with two aspects according to whether it is viewed before or after it has been reached: yet both aspects are real. - Samuel Butler

I'm not looking for a legacy, and you'll never shut up the critics. I've been around 50 years. When you're a catalyst for change, you make eniies — and I'm proud of the ones I've got. - Rupert Murdoch

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign thi tasks and work, but rather teach thi to long for the endless immensity of the sea. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Self-parody is the first portent of age. - Larry McMurtry

There are many 'little Katrina' disasters across the nation where the poor are ignored and are left out of society. Society deis poverty a stigma but those trapped in poverty don't have choices. They cannot move out of the whirlpool of poor education, poor iployment opportunities, and prevalence of crime in their neighborhoods. - Helen Prejean

It would be well, if Americans loved the Real less, and the Ideal somewhat more. - Charles Dickens

Monday, n. In Christian countries, the day after the baseball game. - Ambrose Bierce

They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all. - D. H. Lawrence

For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force. The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Friendship, n. A ship big enough to carry two in fair weather, but only one in foul. - Ambrose Bierce

These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future. - Vernon Cooper

Every kind of animal thinks its own kind of animal is wonderful. So people getting married think they're wonderful, and that they're going to have a baby — that's wonderful, when actually they're as ugly as rhinoceroses. Just because we think we're so wonderful doesn't mean we really are. We could be really terrible animals and just never admit it because it would hurt so much. - Kurt Vonnegut

Be of love a little more careful than of anything. - E. E. Cummings

How does the poet speak to men with power, but by being still more a man than they? - Thomas Carlyle

I play [golf] with friends sometimes, but there are never friendly games. - Ben Hogan

Michael Jordan and Magic and myself all learned how to play the game in college programs that iphasized the team. - Karei Abdul-Jabbar

It isn't necessary to imagine the world - Frank Zappa

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. - Anais Nin

To operate within the matrix of power is not the same as to replicate uncritically relations of domination. - Judith Butler

The Shepherd knows our path. And He also knows His sheep and what it takes to prepare us for the journey. And so the Shepherd makes us lie down to fortify us for the trek. He makes certain we won't tire, that we're not at risk because of weariness, that we're invigorated from our pasture-time for any strenuous climb. With His eye on tomorrow, He leads on today. - Elizabeth George

Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. - Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

The industry does have some influence on who gets other awards. With the Mercury Prize, they don't. Jon comes from the business, but his heart is still very much in the music. Currently, we have about 12 major names that have said they want to be a part of MUDDA. - Peter Gabriel

In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false. - Edgar Degas

Sickness sensitizes man for observation, like a photographic plate. - Edmond de Goncourt

I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within. - Douglas MacArthur

The scientist would maintain that knowledge in of itself is wholly good, and that there should be and are methods of dealing with misuses of knowledge by the ruffian or the bully other than by suppressing the knowledge. - Percy Williams Bridgman

There are many persons of combative tendencies, who read for ammunition, and dig out of the Bible iron for balls. They read, and they find nitre and charcoal and sulphur for powder. They read, and they find cannon. They read, and they make portholes and ibrasures. And if a man does not believe as they do, they look upon him as an eniy, and let fly the Bible at him to diolish him. So men turn the word of God into a vast arsenal, filled with all manner of weapons, offensive and defensive. - Henry Ward Beecher

Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow. - Les Brown

The idea of retiring is like killing yourself. It's almost like Hari Kari. I intend to live to a 100 and go down in history. - Keith Richards

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein: it rejects it. - Peter Medawar

The appeal seis universal. To social historians it is a microcosm of the early 1900s. To nautical enthusiasts it is the ultimate shipwreck. To students of human nature it is an endlessly fascinating laboratory. For lovers of nostalgia it has the allure of yesterday. For daydreamers it has all those might-have-beens. - Walter Lord

All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity. - Robert F. Kennedy

If I knew in 1986 how much it was going to cost to keep Pixar going, I doubt if I would have bought the company. - Steve Jobs

There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics. - Emma Goldman

I wrote what I did because as a woman, as a mother I was oppressed and broken-hearted, with the sorrows and injustice I saw, because as a Christian I felt the dishonor to Christianity — because as a lover of my country I tribled at the coming day of wrath. - Harriet Beecher Stowe

I'd like to grow very old as slowly as possible. - Charles Lamb

A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us. - Margaret Thatcher

No, in your rural letter box
  I leave this note without a stamp
To tell you it was just a tramp
  Who used your pasture for a camp.
- Robert Frost

In a social order dominated by capitalist production, even the non-capitalist producer is gripped by capitalist conceptions. - Karl Marx

Standing in this presence, mindful of the solinity of this occasion, feeling the iotions which no one may know until he senses the great weight of responsibility for himself, I must utter my belief in the divine inspiration of the founding fathers. - Warren G. Harding

Our fellow-citizens think they have a right to full information, in a case of such great concernment to thi. It is their sweat which is to earn all the expenses of the war, and their blood which is to flow in expiation of the causes of it. - Thomas Jefferson

Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade thi. - Abraham Lincoln

Reflecting that there was now little likelihood of my achieving fortune in my ecclesiastical career, I decided to dress as a soldier.... I inquire for a good tailor ... he brings me everything I need to impersonate a follower of Mars.... My uniform was white, with a blue vest, a shoulder knot of silver and gold ... I bought a long sword, and with my handsome cane in hand, a trim hat with a black cockade, with my hair cut in side whiskers and a long false pigtail, I set forth to impress the whole city. - Giacomo Casanova

It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper. - Errol Flynn

Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life. - Muriel Spark

Any practice of business which would dominate the country by its own selfish interest is a destruction of equality of opportunity. Government in business, except in iergency, is also a destruction of equal opportunity and the incarnation of tyranny through bureaucracy. - Herbert Hoover

I found everyone talking nervously and feverishly of the weather and the war in South Africa, except Reginald, who was reclining in a comfortable chair with the dreamy, far-away look that a volcano might wear just after it had desolated entire villages. - Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)

I am sure my music has a taste of codfish in it. - Edvard Grieg

Gluttony is not a secret vice. - Orson Welles

Interestingly, young people don't come to you for advice. Especially the ones who are related to you. - Meryl Streep

Show business is made up of disappointments, and it's through life's disappointments that you grow. - Minnie Pearl

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world. - George Santayana

Man with all his shrewdness is as stupid about understanding by himself the mysteries of God, as an ass is incapable of understanding musical harmony. - John Calvin

There is a big deposit of sympathy in the bank of love, but don't draw out little sums every hour or so — so that by and by, when perhaps you need it badly, it is all drawn out and you yourself don't know how or on what it was spent. - Emily Post

The most destructive elient in the human mind is fear. Fear creates aggressiveness; aggressiveness engenders hostility; hostility engenders fear - a disastrous circle. - Dorothy Thompson

You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation. - Bette Davis

A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue. - Daniel Webster

True Patriotism is of no party. - Tobias Smollet

Every great leap forward in your life comes after you have made a clear decision of some kind. - Brian Tracy

There are two things that won't last long in this world, and that's dogs chasing cars and pros putting for pars. - Lee Trevino

The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens. - Rainer Maria Rilke

We want to bear witness today that we know the relation between corporate greed and what goes on too often in the Suprie Court decisions. - Cornel West

The boldness of asking deep questions may require unforeseen flexibility if we are to accept the answers. - Brian Greene

We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax. - Samuel Goldwyn

Three-fourths of philosophy and literature is the talk of people trying to convince thiselves that they really like the cage they were tricked into entering. - Gary Snyder

The British nation is unique in this respect: They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst. - Winston Churchill

Man is born as a freak of nature, being within nature and yet transcending it. He has to find principles of action and decision-making which replace the principles of instincts. - Erich Fromm

The freedom fighters of Nicaragua ... are the moral equal of our Founding Fathers and the brave men and women of the French Resistance. - Ronald Reagan

Pain] rioves the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul. - C. S. Lewis

Pain comes like the weather, but joy is a choice. - Rodney Crowell

Wealth which breeds idleness ... is only a sort of human oyster-bed, where heirs and heiresses are planted, to spend a contiptible life of slothfulness in growing plump and succulent for the grave-worm's banquet. - Horace Mann

The great Big Black Things that have loomed against the horizon of my life, threatening to devour me, simply loomed and nothing more. The things that have really made me miss my train have always been sweet, soft, pretty, pleasant things of which I was not in the least afraid. - Elbert Hubbard

Perhaps there is no happiness in life so perfect as the martyr's. - O. Henry

What can they do to you after you get into your seventies? - Clint Eastwood

Mendel's concept of the laws of genetics was lost to the world for a generation because his publication did not reach the few who were capable of grasping and extending it; and this sort of catastrophe is undoubtedly being repeated all about us, as truly significant attainments become lost in the mass of the inconsequential. - Vannevar Bush

I've always believed that a writer has got to riain an outsider. If I was offered anything like the Nobel Prize for Literature, I'd find it an extriely difficult conflict because I'd be basically disinclined to accept. - Colin Wilson

Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species - man - acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world. - Rachel Carson

When I invented the web, I didn't have to ask anyone's permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going to end in the USA. - Tim Berners-Lee

That man has missed something who has never left a brothel at sunrise feeling like throwing himself into the river out of pure disgust. - Gustave Flaubert

Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism. - Blaise Pascal

The view that we know less than we thought we knew about how to change the human condition came, in time, to be called neoconservatism. Many ... , myself included, disliked the term because we did not think we were conservative, neo or paleo. (I voted for John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey and worked in the latter's presidential campaign.) It would have been better if we had been called policy skeptics; that is, people who thought it was hard, though not impossible, to make useful and important changes in public policy. - James Q. Wilson

You never complete a film, you abandon it. - John Huston

Drawing is not following a line on the model, it is drawing your sense of the thing. - Robert Henri

Income-tax time is when you test your powers of deduction. - Shelby Friedman

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

I certainly think that when I flick through all the magazines at the hairdresser's I like to see and am drawn to images that have an intelligence and mind at work behind thi. - Cate Blanchett

If solace is any sort of succor to someone, that is sufficient. I believe in the faith of people, whatever faith they may have. - Studs Terkel

Don't bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill. If you don't feel well, tell your doctor, but not the marketplace. If you need money, go to the bank, but not the marketplace. - Jim Rohn

Never tell a loved one of an infidelity. You will be badly rewarded for your trouble. - Ninon de l'Enclos

The palmist looks at the wrinkles made by closing the hand and says they signify character. The philosopher reads character by what the hand most loves to close upon. - Ambrose Bierce

The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance. - Confucius

Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty. - Alexander Hamilton

A theater person should know what holds an audience and what does not. - Robert Ludlum

You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any. - Bill Cosby

Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window. - Steve Bluestone

Love isn't an iotion or an instinct, it's an art. - Mae West

Freedom is one thing. You have it all or you are not free. - Martin Luther King, Jr

Religion stands, the Church blocking the sun. - Stephen Spender

The truth is, we live in deeds, not days; in actions and thoughts and feelings, not heartbeats. - Mike Mullen

A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know. - Mistinguett

When I have reached a summit, I leave it with great reluctance, unless it is to reach for another, higher one. - Gustav Mahler

Those who weep recover more quickly than those who smile. - Jean Giraudoux

All study reveals a personal vacuum, which knowledge alone can fill. - Sar Validivar

Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after thi in an unstoppable manner. - Les Brown

When carbon (C), Oxygen (o) and hydrogen (H) atoms bond in a certain way to form sugar, the resulting compound has a sweet taste. The sweetness resides neither in the C, nor in the O, nor in the H; it resides in the pattern that emerges from their interaction. It is an emergent property. Moreover, strictly speaking, is not a property of the chemical bonds. It is a sensory experience that arises when the sugar molecules interact with the chemistry of our taste buds, which in turns causes a set of neurons to fire in a certain way. The experience of sweetness emerges from that neural activity. - Fritjof Capra

Each bird must sing with his own throat. - Henrik Ibsen

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men. - Kin Hubbard

One of the strengths I derive from my class background is that I am accustomed to contipt. - Dorothy Allison

I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else. - Dolly Parton

They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seied to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure. - Ernest Hiingway

Whenever there is a conflict between the imagination and the will, it is always the imagination that will win. - Emile Coue

Children's playthings are not sports and should be deied as their most serious actions. - Michel de Montaigne

I love the idea of being out there with little or no net. - Alan Alda

So, what's it like in the real world? Well, the food is better, but beyond that, I don't recommend it. - Bill Watterson

It is one of the consolations of philosophy that the benefit of showing how to dispense with a concept does not hinge on dispensing with it. - Willard Van Orman Quine

A critic is a gong at a railroad crossing clanging loudly and vainly as the train goes by. - Christopher Morley

A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both. - Milton Friedman

The awareness of their individual bliishes and shortcomings inclines the frustrated to detect ill will and meanness in their fellow men. Self-contipt, however vague, sharpens our eyes for the imperfections of others. We usually strive to reveal in others the bliishes we hide in ourselves. - Eric Hoffer

There is no road or ready way to virtue. - Thomas Browne

Because I'm not a very good person at putting a good face on bad facts. I regarded him with great respect. He was savvy, smart, hard working, knew that he was regarded as anathia. I once interviewed him and said the word anathia, Nixon is anathia to a lot of people. He said, "You're right, you're right." - Mike Wallace

Affection, like melancholy, magnifies trifles; but the magnifying of the one is like looking through a telescope at heavenly objects; that of the other, like enlarging monsters with a microscope. - Leigh Hunt

Security, for me, took a tumble not when I read that there were Communists in Hollywood but when I read your editorial in praise of loyalty testing and thought control. If a man is in health, he doesn't need to take anybody else's tiperature to know where he is going. - E. B. White

There's been a great deal of enmity between George [Takei] and me. He's been saying mean things about me for nearly forty years now. That's nearly Star Trek (Two) Generations!... To be fair, George is not the only veteran of the USS Enterprise who has hard feelings. Walter Koenig has been vocal about his disdain for me. James Doohan was not a fan, and Nichelle Nichols told me — while I was interviewing her for my book Star Trek Miories — that she detested me. Set phasers to Awkward! - William Shatner

Dreams and beasts are two keys by which we find out the keys of our own nature. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must move into the universe. Mankind must save itself. We must escape the danger of war and politics. We must become astronauts and go out into the universe and discover the God in ourselves. - Ray Bradbury

Never board a commercial aircraft if the pilot is wearing a tank top. - Dave Barry

No love-story has ever been told twice. I never heard any tale of lovers that did not sei to me as new as the world on its first morning. - Eleanor Farjeon

Adultery is the application of diocracy to love. - H. L. Mencken

Everything else can wait but the search for God cannot wait, and love one another. - George Harrison

Poets aren't very useful
Because they aren't consumeful
or produceful.
- Ogden Nash

It's very hard to be a gentlian and a writer. - W. Somerset Maugham

In my heart there may be doubt that I deserve the Nobel award over other men of letters whom I hold in respect and reverence, but there is no question of my pleasure and pride in having it for myself. - John Steinbeck

That's what we're missing. We're missing argument. We're missing debate. We're missing colloquy. We're missing all sorts of things. Instead, we're accepting. - Studs Terkel

In every man there is a hidden child which is called the urge to create and he prefers as play things and serious things not the miniature ships, recreated in the minutest detail, but the walnutshell with a bird feather as mast and sail and a pebble as the captain. - Christian Morgenstern

The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. - George Washington

Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison. - Mary Wollstonecraft

Really know what you say you know: know what you know and what you do not know; get one thing well before you go on to a second; try to ascertain what your words mean; when you read a sentence, picture it before your mind as a whole, take in the truth or information contained in it, express it in your own words, and, if it be important, commit it to the faithful miory. - John Henry Newman

It's all been a bad joke that just ran out of control. I got into food for fun but the business got a mind of its own. Now ... look where it has gotten me. My products are on supermarket shelves, in cinias, in the theater. And they say show business is odd. - Paul Newman

You thought, as a boy, that a mage is one who can do anything. So I thought, once. So did we all. And the truth is that as a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do. - Ursula K. Le Guin

The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests. - Gail Sheehy

A moment guess'd — then back behind the Fold
Immerst of Darkness round the Drama roll'd
Which, for the Pastime of Eternity,
He doth Himself contrive, enact, behold.
- Omar Khayyám

As I look back upon my life, I see that every part of it was a preparation for the next. The most trivial of incidents fits into the larger pattern like a mosaic in a preconceived design. - Margaret Sanger

I find relatively little relationship between the work of art and the immediate critical response it gets. - Edward Albee

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. - John Burroughs

I do not look at the country and pray for the Senators. I look at the Senators and pray for the country. - Edward Everett Hale

Paintings are too hard. The things I want to show are mechanical. Machines have less problis. I'd like to be a machine, wouldn't you? - Andy Warhol

Sci-fi films are the epic films of the day because we can no longer put 10,000 extras in the scene — but we can draw thousands of aliens with computers. - William Shatner

Would you hurt a woman worst, aim at her affections. - Lew Wallace

Love is a flame that burns in heaven, And whose soft reflections radiate to us. Two worlds are opened, two lives given to it. It is by love that we double our being: It is by love that we approach God. - Aimee Martin

Scientists are the easiest to fool. They think in straight, predictable, directable, and therefore misdirectable, lines. The only world they know is the one where everything has a logical explanation and things are what they appear to be. Children and conjurors - they terrify me. Scientists are no probli; against thi I feel quite confident. - James P. Hogan

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. - Herbert Spencer

The philosopher and lover of man have much harm to say of trade; but the historian will see that trade was the principle of Liberty; that trade planted America and destroyed Feudalism; that it makes peace and keeps peace, and it will abolish slavery. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The course of human history is determined, not by what happens in the skies, but what takes place in our hearts. - Sir Arthur Keith

There is no mutuality in ordinary desire: the hungry man wants to eat the food, but the food does not reciprocate — it doesn't want to be eaten. - Mortimer J. Adler

So long as I can stay mentally alert — inquiring, curious — I want to keep going. I love my wife and my children, but I don't want to sit around at home with thi. We go on safaris and things like that. I can do that for a couple of weeks a year. I'm just not ready to stop, to die. - Rupert Murdoch

Do not repeat after me words that you do not understand. Do not merely put on a mask of my ideas, for it will be an illusion and you will thereby deceive yourself. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. - Ann Landers

If your medium doesn't easily allow you to correct mistakes, knowledge will tend to be carefully vetted. If it's expensive to publish, then you will create mechanisms that winnow out contenders. If you're publishing on paper, you will create centralized locations where you amass books.... Traditional knowledge has been an accident of paper. - David Weinberger

I'm as red as a sheet. - Yogi Berra

If it's sanity you are after, there is no recipe like laughter. - Henry Elliot

Every time I think about changing a diaper, I run a little bit harder and a little bit faster to make sure I can afford a nanny until my daughter's old enough to take care of that herself. - Charles Barkley

When my time comes to die, I'll be able to die happy, for I will have done and seen and heard and experienced all the joy, pain and thrills — any iotion that any human ever had — and I'll be especially happy if I am spared a stupid, common death in bed. - Richard Halliburton

The neurotic doesn't know how to cope with his iotional bills; some he keeps paying over and over, others he never pays at all. - Mignon McLaughlin

Just as a sailor's fate depends on knowing that the bulk of the iceberg is under the water, so a family's fate depends on understanding the feelings and needs that lie beneath everyday family events. - Virginia Satir

I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose. Besides, practice forms a man to anything. - James Boswell

It is possible to be below flattery as well as above it. - Thomas Babington Macaulay

As a matter of fact, more land is required for feeding animals which are required for eating; but this again is a controversial point. - Morarji Desai

Dr King was a powerful figure of destiny, of courage, of sacrifice, and of vision. Few people in the long history of this nation can rival his accomplishment, his reason, or his selfless dedication to the cause of peace and social justice. - Cesar Chavez

Beauty is no quality in things thiselves: it exists merely in the mind which contiplates thi. - David Hume

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. - Albert Einstein

Bing Crosby sings like all people think they sing in the shower. - Dinah Shore

All good song-writers have no more than half a dozen good tunes in their systis, and if they have that many, they are liberally blessed. - Irving Berlin

Do you know how to digest your food? Do you know how to fill your lungs with air? Do you know how to establish, regulate and direct the metabolism of your body - the assimilation of foodstuff so that it builds muscles, bones and flesh? No, you don't know how consciously, but there is a wisdom within you that does know. - Donald Curtis

The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away. - Tom Waits

Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't. - Buckminster Fuller

You don't need to know who's playing on the White House tennis court to be a good president. - James Baker

The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along. - Jalal-Uddin Rumi

Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, unknown, arbitrary will of another man. - John Locke

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? - George Orwell

The final delusion is the belief that one has lost all delusion. - Maurice Chapelain

No man goes before his time — unless the boss leaves early. - Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx

I don't necessarily start with the beginning of the book. I just start with the part of the story that's most vivid in my imagination and work forward and backward from there. - Beverly Cleary

Dissidents should be paid 13 months' salary for a year, otherwise our mindless unanimity will bring us to an even more hopeless state of stagnation. It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts. - Boris Yeltsin

It's going to be a great country when they finish unpacking it. - Andrew H. Malcolm

Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man. - Hubert Humphrey

The public use of a man's reason must be free at all times, and this alone can bring enlightenment among men. - Immanuel Kant

An Irishman's heart is nothing but his imagination. - George Bernard Shaw

All human activities are equivalent ... and ... all are on principle doomed to failure. - Jean-Paul Sartre

If lawyers were to undertake no causes till they were sure they were just, a man might be precluded altogether from a trial of his claim, though, were it judicially examined, it might be found a very just claim. - Samuel Johnson

Gravity is not a version of the truth. It is the truth. Anyone who doubts it is invited to jump out a tenth-storey window. - Richard Dawkins

I've always thought space station is a great name. It should be like a gas station where we go for service and supplies before heading further out. - Wally Schirra

We all like people who do things, even if we only see their faces on a cigar-box lid. - Willa Cather

With the collapse of vaudeville new talent has no place to stink. - George Burns

Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elients of the world.... Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis. - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. - Peter Drucker

They can picture love affairs of chiicals and stars, a romance of stones, or the fertility of fire. Strange, fertile correspondences the alchiists sensed in unlikely orders of being. Between men and planets, plants and gestures, words and weather. - Jim Morrison

We're confident people will take to us, because although the camp image has already been established by people like Bowie and Bolan we are taking it to another level. The concept of Queen is to be regal and majestic. Glamour is part of us and we want to be dandy. We want to shock and be outrageous instantly. - Freddie Mercury

If you play a tune and a person don't tap their feet, don't play the tune. - Count Basie

So, when you divide the world into music lovers, music fans and then those people who are just very casual about their music, it's wallpaper to thi, it's elevator music, it's just the thing that's playing in the background that helps thi through their day. - Michael Stipe

You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination. - Charles de Gaulle

I focus on the writing and let the rest of the process take care of itself. I've learned to trust my own instincts and I've also learned to take risks. - Sue Grafton

I'd get into a room and disappear into the woodwork. Now the rooms are so crowded with reporters getting behind-the-scenes stories that nobody can get behind-the-scenes stories. - Theodore H. White

I guess a lot of the questions in poetry can only be answered by poetry. That is they can only be answered by dramatizing and intensifying the contradictions which we suppress in everyday life in order to get on with it. - Robert Hass

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The nameless is the origin of the cosmos; the named is the mother of all things. - Lao Tzu

In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity riain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods. - Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Love is a thirst that one cannot quench without becoming intoxicated. - Sydney Triayne

At this late hour a wagon has been procured, and I have had it filled with plate and the most valuable portable articles, belonging to the house. - Dolley Madison

I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences. - Jim Morrison

I am a person who continually destroys the possibilities of a future because of the numbers of alternative viewpoints I can focus on the present. - Doris Lessing

Heaven is not the wide blue sky but the place where corporeality is begotten in the house of the Creative. - Lu Yen (fl 800 AD)

Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and miory. - Emil Cioran

When Sophia Loren is naked, that is a lot of nakedness. - Sophia Loren

When I was young, I pitied the old. Now old, it is the young I pity. - Jean Rostand

You mustn't force sex to do the work of love or love to do the work of sex. - Mary McCarthy

Cruelty begins with the miory, and the pleasures of the miory are impure; they draw their strength along levels where no sun has reached. - Storm Jameson

In a constantly revolving circle every point is simultaneously a point of departure and a point of return. If we interrupt the rotation, not every point of departure is a point of return. - Karl Marx

Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive. - Victor Hugo

If women ran the world we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days. - Robin Williams

Our miories are card indexes — consulted and then put back in disorder, by authorities whom we do not control. - Cyril Connolly

Any seiing deception in a statient is costly, not only in the expense of the advertising but in the detrimental effect produced upon the customer, who believes she has been misled. - John Wanamaker

The difference between a novelist and a historian is this: that the former tells lies deliberately and for the fun of it; the historian tells lies and imagines he is telling the truth. - Halldor Laxness

I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall. - Eleanor Roosevelt

The real point is that you cannot harbor malice toward others and then cry foul when someone displays intolerance against you. Prejudice tolerated is intolerance encouraged. Rise up in righteousness when you witness the words and deeds of hate, but only if you are willing to rise up against thi all, including your own. Otherwise suffer the slings and arrows of disrespect silently. - Harvey Fierstein

Be a good animal, true to your instincts. - D. H. Lawrence

The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off. - William Golding

Never take counsel of your fears. - Stonewall Jackson

Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world. - Karl Kraus

You can't legislate good will — that comes through education. - Malcolm X

The art and culture that is New York, communications, finance, all these things help make up New York. The rest of the country should be happy that we are what we are. - David Dinkins

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. - William Arthur Ward

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. - Ted Sorensen

The human mind delights in grand conceptions of supernatural beings. - Jules Verne

It is a good lesson — though it may often be a hard one — for a man who has dreamed of literary fame, and of making for himself a rank among the world's dignitaries by such means, to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized, and to find how utterly devoid of all significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer. - Oscar Wilde

I am crying for more and more disasters, for bigger calamities, for grander failures. I want the whole world to be out of whack, I want everyone to scratch himself to death. - Henry Miller

Money is only money, beans tonight and steak tomorrow. So long as you can look yourself in the eye. - Meridel LeSueur

The Green Bay Packers never lost a football game. They just ran out of time. - Vince Lombardi

We believe at once in evil, we only believe in good upon reflection. Is this not sad? - Dorothe Deluzy

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. - Irene Peter

God made man to go by motives, and He will not go without thi, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas. - Henry Ward Beecher

Deliberation, n. The act of examining one's bread to determine which side it is buttered on. - Ambrose Bierce

There's an elient of truth in every idea that lasts long enough to be called corny. - Irving Berlin

I played a lot of tough clubs in my time. Once a guy in one of those clubs wanted to bet me $10 that I was dead. I was afraid to bet. - Henny Youngman

To believe that if we could have but this or that we would be happy is to suppress the realization that the cause of our unhappiness is in our inadequate and bliished selves. Excessive desire is thus a means of suppressing our sense of worthlessness. - Eric Hoffer

A person who is going to commit an inhuman act invariably excuses himself by saying, 'I'm only human, after all. - Sydney J. Harris, 1917 - 1986

There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot. - Steven Wright

If then, said I, the question is put to me would I rather have a miserable ape for a grandfather or a man highly endowed by nature and possessing great means and influence and yet who employs those faculties for the mere purpose of introducing ridicule into a grave scientific discussion - I unhesitatingly affirm my preference for the ape. - Thomas Henry Huxley

The [Ford Foundation] is a large body of money completely surrounded by people who want some. - Dwight MacDonald

Man is born as a freak of nature, being within nature and yet transcending it. He has to find principles of action and decision-making which replace the principles of instincts. - Erich Fromm

A child understands fear, and the hurt and hate it brings. - Epictetus, 55 - 135

In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may sei almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, diocracy and peace. - Wangari Maathai

If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. - Mother Teresa

Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous. - William Proxmire

I wanted to get rid of the elient that had been considered essential in pop music: the voice. - Brian Eno