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Assorted Quotations

16.12, Revised 12-10-16

    These are just assorted quotes picked up over the years.  Current 12-10-16. There is no order here, except that the last group has already been published in my Yijing Commentary and towards the end I've made a beginning of sorting quotes by author. So far the only authors with their own sections are Lucretius, Alexis de Tocqueville, Thomas Jefferson, Loren Eiseley, Yogi Berra, Steven Wright, George Carlin, Thomas Paine, Ambrose Bierce, Meister Eckhart, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, M. K. Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, Carl Sagan, Aldo Leopold, Edward Abbey, HH the Dalai Lama, Friedrich Nietzsche, Alan Watts, Albert Schweitzer and Jalal ad-Din Rumi.

    The  link below is the best search engine I know for finding quotes or verifying authors. It's not the simple Google search engine:  Pick a string of the four or five words most likely to be unique to the quote and the least likely to have been altered in the retelling.  Then enter these in the box "Contains the entire phrase." Using the string instead of the author helps to locate misattributed quotes. Wikiquote is growing as a source as well.


Integrity is wholeness, the greatest beauty is
Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things,
the divine beauty of the universe.
Love that, not man apart from that.
            Robinson Jeffers

Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.
            Martin Luther

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
            Robert Swan

You have to accept that you'll never be good enough for some people. Whether that is going to be your problem or theirs is up to you.
            Bryant McGill

We can't sit around like a bunch of nitwits just watching the planet burn down around us. If a radical political alternative is not opened up, then I think we are essentially going to amuse and entertain ourselves into extinction. Business as usual at this point is a death sentence on the human race.
            Terence McKenna

Part of what psychedelics do is they decondition you from cultural values. This is what makes it such a political hot potato. Since all culture is a kind of con game, the most dangerous candy you can hand out is one which causes people to start questioning the rules of the game.
            Terence McKenna

If you're helping someone and expecting something in return, you're doing business not kindness.

The reality is we have more In Common With the people we're bombing than the people were bombing them for.
            Russell Brand

That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.
            Erich Fromm

No man can be a good citizen unless he has a wage more than sufficient to cover the bare cost of living, and hours of labor short enough so after his day's work is done he will have time and energy to bear his share in the management of the community, to help in carrying the general load.
            Theodore Roosevelt

Did you ever wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and think, “That can’t be right!”?
            Aunty Acid

The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.
            Neil deGrasse Tyson

Psychedelics, used responsibly and with proper caution, would be for psychiatry what the microscope is for biology and medicine or the telescope is for astronomy.
            Stan Grof, MD.

My thoughts cannot move an inch without bumping into some piece of you.

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.
            Khalil Gibran

Huge amounts of global  civilization are functioning on automatic pilot. You think if you were to walk into the world trade center, or the pentagon or NATO headquarters in Brussels, that there would be smart people furiously running things. No; there are idiots everywhere! At every level of organization.
            Terence McKenna

Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
            Ezra Pound

If you thought science was certain – well, that was just an error on your part.
            Richard Feynman

The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretense, infringed.
            James Madison, original draft of the Bill of Rights

Some people have a way with words and other people - uh, not have way.
            Steve Martin

A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week!
But I'm damned if I see how the helican!
            Dixon Lanier Merritt (misattributed to Ogden Nash)

There are three things that terrify religion: free speech, free thought, and free women. Combine these three elements and you'll witness a remarkable woman who freely and intelligently speaks her mind.
            Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
            Aldous Huxley
I don’t know how to save the world. I don’t have the answers or The Answer. I hold no secret knowledge as to how to fix the mistakes of generations past and present. I only know that without compassion and respect for all of Earth’s inhabitants, none of us will survive—nor will we deserve to.
            Leonard Peltier
I would like to see every single soldier on every single side, just take off your helmet, unbuckle your kit, lay down your rifle, and set down at the side of some shady lane, and say, nope, I ain’t a gonna kill nobody. Plenty of rich folks wants to fight. Give them the guns.
            Woody Guthrie   

 There is no limit to what a man can do so long as he does not care a straw who gets the credit for it.
            Charles Edward Montague, Disenchantment (1922)

You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. This is how prayer works.
            Pope Francis

Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something you know nothing about and refuse to investigate.
            Dr. Wayne Dyer

I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.
            Kahlil Gibran

In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.
            Thich Nhat Hanh

Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.
            Martin Luther King Jr.

You know the sad thing about betrayal? It never comes from an enemy.

The problem with religion, because it has been sheltered from criticism, is that it allows people to believe en masse what only idiots or lunatics would believe in isolation.
            Sam Harris

Your God controls the laws of physics, ten thousand billion billion stars. But what he really cares about is who you sleep with.
            Richard Dawkins

You don't remember the times your dad held your handle bars. You remember the day he let go.
            Lenore Skenazy

Many people think that being spiritual means being positive, but being spiritual means being conscious and aware. To become conscious is a much different thing than to become positive. To become conscious and aware, we must become authentic. Authenticity includes both positive and negative.
            Teal Swan

Enlightenment, understood in the widest sense as the advance of thought, has always aimed at liberating human beings from fear and installing them as masters. Yet the wholly enlightened earth is radiant with triumphant calamity. Enlightenment’s program was the disenchantment of the world.
            Max Horkheimer, ‎Theodor W. Adorno

Experience is the hardest kind of teacher Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.
            Oscar Wilde

You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
            Eleanor Roosevelt

The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door.
            Ralph Nader

If I am traitor, who did I betray?” he asked. “I gave all my information to the American public, to American journalists who are reporting on American issues. If they see that as treason, I think people really need to consider who they think they’re working for. The public is supposed to be their boss, not their enemy.
            Edward Snowden

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
            Benjamin Franklin

I think it's obvious that the psychedelics are demonized and illegalized by our society because somewhere in our society are controlling minds that realize that these substances have the potential, have the power to unpick the controlling hierarchy.
            Graham Hancock

You can't have a war on terrorism because that's not a actual enemy, it's an abstract. It's like having a war on dandruff. That war will be eternal and pointless. It's idiotic. That's not a war, it's a slogan. it's a lie. It's advertising, which is the only art form we ever invented in America. And we use it to sell soap, wars and presidential candidates in the same fashion.
            Gore Vidal

Politics is the art of making your selfish desires seem like the national interest.
            Thomas Sowell

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!
            Charlie Chaplin.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
            James Keller

Enough is abundance to the wise.

I ain’t draft dodging. I ain’t burning no flag. I ain’t running to Canada. I’m staying right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I’ve been in jail for 400 years. I could be there for 4 or 5 more, but I ain’t going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want to die, I’ll die right here, right now, fightin’ you, if I want to die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no Vietcong, no Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you? You won’t even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won’t even stand up for my rights here at home.
            Muhammad Ali

When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
            attributed to Sinclair Lewis, unverified

The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering.
            Tom Waits

I want to be alone with someone else who wants to be alone.
            Dimitri Zaik

We ain’t a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the fucking irony in that.
            Justin Halpern’s dad

You have to be odd to be number one.
            Dr. Seuss

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s.
            Anais Nin

I am blooming from the wound where I once bled.
            Rune Lazuli

Crawl inside this body- find where I am most ruined, love me there.
            Rune Lazuli

We should not underestimate the capacity of well-run propaganda systems to drive people to irrational, murderous, and suicidal behavior.
            Noam Chomsky

Our common home is being pillaged, laid waste and harmed with impunity. Cowardice in defending it is a grave sin. We see with growing disappointment how one international summit after another takes place without any significant result. There exists a clear, definite and pressing ethical imperative to implement what has not yet been done. We cannot allow certain interests – interests which are global but not universal – to take over, to dominate states and international organizations, and to continue destroying creation. People and their movements are called to cry out, to mobilize and to demand – peacefully, but firmly – that appropriate and urgently-needed measures be taken.
            Pope Francis

Nobody sees the obvious, nobody observes the ordinary. There are more miracles in a square yard of earth than in all the fables of the Church.
            Robert Anton Wilson

We want to be fixed by the same people who broke us and that’s the worst kind of pain imaginable.
            r.h. Sin

Make no mistake about it – enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.

We inherit every one of our genes, but we leave the womb without a single microbe. As we pass through our mother's birth canal, we begin to attract entire colonies of bacteria. By the time a child can crawl, he has been blanketed by an enormous, unseen cloud of microorganisms--a hundred trillion or more. They are bacteria, mostly, but also viruses and fungi (including a variety of yeasts), and they come at us from all directions: other people, food, furniture, clothing, cars, buildings, trees, pets, even the air we breathe. They congregate in our digestive systems and our mouths, fill the space between our teeth, cover our skin, and line our throats. We are inhabited by as many as ten thousand bacterial species; those cells outnumber those which we consider our own by ten to one, and weigh, all told, about three pounds--the same as our brain. Together, they are referred to as our microbiome--and they play such a crucial role in our lives that scientists … have begun to reconsider what it means to be human.
            Michael Specter

How thoughtful of God to arrange matters so that, wherever you happen to be born, the local religion always turns out to be the true one.
            Richard Dawkins

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
            Bruce Lee

Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.
            Bruce Lee

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
            Margaret Mead

Education isn’t something you can finish.
            Isaac Asimov

There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will be neither a short nor an easy task, but it can be done.
            Theodore Roosevelt, New Nationalism Speech

I would rather have ques­tions that can’t be an­swered than an­swers that can’t be ques­tioned.
            attributed to Richard Feynmen

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
            Greek Proverb

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
            Robert Heinlein

I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.
            Frida Kahlo

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
            Alfred Hitchcock

The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany.
            Rebecca Solnit

Choosing to spend our tax money on building our nation instead of endless war is not magical thinking. Magical thinking is when you believe bombing strangers makes you safe.
            Bernie Sanders

My spirituality is that we are all in this together
            Bernie Sanders

There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea - God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
            Elizabeth Warren

Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.
            Dorothy Parker

The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog.
            GK Chesterton

The point is, there is no feasible excuse for what are, for what we have made of ourselves. We have chosen to put profits before people, money before morality, dividends before decency, fanaticism before fairness, and our own trivial comforts before the unspeakable agonies of others.
            Iain Banks, Complicity

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
            Pema Chodron

If serving is beneath you, leadership is beyond you.

An old man said "Erasers are made for those who make mistakes" A youth replied "Erasers are made for those who are willing to correct their mistakes!"

Nationalism does nothing but teach you to hate people you never met, and to take pride in accomplishments you had no part in.
            Doug Stanhope

Ere long the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil. No community where every member possesses the art can ever be the victim of oppression in any of its forms.
            Abraham Lincoln

Beliefs are dangerous. Beliefs allow the mind to stop functioning. A non-functioning mind is clinically dead. Believe in nothing.
            Maynard James Keenan

An early objection I had with Christianity at school was being told I was part of a flock. Shepherds don't just look after sheep because they like them. They either want to fleece them, fuck them, or eat them.
            Christopher Hitchens

The greatest danger to our future is apathy.
            Jane Goodall

A basic principle of modern state capitalism is that costs and risks are socialized to the extent possible, while profit is privatized.
            Noam Chomsky

Science alone of all the subjects contains within itself the lesson of the danger of belief in the infallibility of the greatest teachers of the preceding generation.... As a matter of fact I can also define science another way: Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts."
            Richard Feynman

Virtue and intelligence belong to human beings as individuals freely associating with other individuals in small groups. So do sin and stupidity. But the subhuman mindlessness to which the demagogue makes his appeal, the moral imbecility on which he relies when he goads his victims into action, are characteristic not of men and women as individuals, but of men and women in masses.
            Aldous Huxley

My point, once again, is not that those ancient people told literal stories and we are now smart enough to take them symbolically, but that they told them symbolically and we are now dumb enough to take them literally.
            John Dominic Crossan

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
            James A. Baldwin

If you want to understand any problem in America, you need to focus on who profits from that problem, not who suffers from the problem.
            Dr Amos Wilson

The biggest concern for any organization should be when their most passionate people become quiet.
            Tim McClure

If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.
            Zig Ziglar

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
            Robert A. Heinlein

I don't run from my demons. I learn their names.

You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.
            Robert Heinlein

Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt.

Your head's like mine, like all our heads; big enough to contain every god and devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in there! But what do we choose to keep in this miraculous cabinet? Little broken things, sad trinkets that we play with over and over. The world turns our key and we play the same little tune again and again and we think that tune's all we are.
            Grant Morrison

Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.   
            Arundhati Roy

While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickening to empire
And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and sighs out, and the mass hardens,
I sadly smiling remember that the flower fades to make fruit, the fruit rots to make earth.
Out of the mother; and through the spring exultances, ripeness and decadence; and home to the mother.
You making haste haste on decay: not blameworthy; life is good, be it stubbornly long or suddenly
A mortal splendor: meteors are not needed less than mountains: shine, perishing republic.
But for my children, I would have them keep their distance from the thickening center; corruption
Never has been compulsory, when the cities lie at the monster's feet there are left the mountains.
And boys, be in nothing so moderate as in love of man, a clever servant, insufferable master.
There is the trap that catches noblest spirits, that caught – they say – God, when he walked on earth.
Robinson Jeffers, Shine, Perishing Republic (1887-1962)

It doesn’t stop being magic just because you know how it works.
            Terry Pratchett

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.
            George Bernard Shaw

A businessman cannot force you to buy his product; if he makes a mistake, he suffers the consequences; if he fails, he takes the loss. A bureaucrat forces you to obey his decisions, whether you agree with him or not ... If he makes a mistake, you suffer the consequences; if he fails, he passes the loss on to you, in the form of heavier taxes.
            Ayn Rand

Innumerable suns exist; innumerable earths revolve around these suns in a manner similar to the way the seven planets revolve around our sun. Living beings inhabit these worlds.
            Giordano Bruno (1546-1600) burned for heresy

As you advance in social hierarchy the percentage of smart people does not increase. … Every human situation is bedeviled by morons. No matter how high you rise you’re surrounded by fools, and you’re lucky if you’re not one of them. That’s the basic thing to guard against.
            Terence McKenna, McKenna’s Law

The chief lesson to be learned from the psychedelic experience is the degree to which unexamined cultural values and limitations of language have made us the unwitting prisoners of our own assumptions.
            Terence McKenna

Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult…. All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And when they become discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontentment led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances.
            George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

If you have a dysfunctional institution, don't try to change it. Rather, determine what that institution was supposed to deliver and design a better system to actually deliver that purpose or service. If you have done the thing correctly, then people will come to you for that. The old institution will eventually wither and die.
            Bill Mollison

Don’t ask kids what they want to be when they grow up but what problems they want to solve.  This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for, to what do I need to learn to be able to that. –            
            Jaime Casap, Google Global Education Evangelist

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
            Dwight D. Eisenhower

Step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not.

Science is a method of investigation and not a belief system.
            John Cleese

The roots of all living things are tied together. Deep in the ground of being, they tangle and embrace. This understanding is expressed in the term nonduality. If we look deeply, we find that we do not have a separate self-identity, a self that does not include sun and wind, earth and water, creatures and plants, and one another.
            Joan Halifax

You don’t measure love in time. You measure love in transformation. Sometimes the longest connections yield very little growth, while the briefest of encounters change everything. The heart doesn’t wear a watch - it’s timeless. It doesn’t care how long you know someone. It doesn’t care if you had a 40 year anniversary if there is no juice in the connection. What the heart cares about is resonance. Resonance that opens it, resonance that enlivens it, resonance that calls it home.
            Jeff Brown

There are poems inside of you that paper can't handle.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
            Steve Jobs

It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.
            Muhammad Ali (Robert Service had “grain of sand”)

My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage.
            Alice Hoffman, Aunt Frances in Practical Magic

If you are filled with pride you will have no room for wisdom.
            African proverb

It is easy for me to imagine that the next great division of the world well be between people who wish to live as creatures and people who wish to live as machines.
            Wendell Berry

The money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes that it would trickle down to the needy. Mr. Hoover was an engineer. He knew that water trickled down. Put it uphill and let it go and it will reach the dryest little spot. But he didn’t know that money trickled up. Give it to the people at the bottom and the people at the top will have it before night anyhow. But it will at least have passed through the poor fellow’s hands.
            Will Rogers

Uma no mimi ni nembutsu
A sutra in a horse's ear
            Japanese phrase

Juu-nin to-iro
Ten people, ten colours
            Japanese phrase

Grief is just love with no place to go.
            Jamie Anderson

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.            Marcus Tullius Cicero

However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
            George Washington, Farewell Address

By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth!
            Dr. Strange

The problem with any unwritten law is that you don't know where to go to erase it.
            Glaser and Way

If you don’t like my peaches, don’t shake my tree. Get out of my orchard, let my peaches be.
            William Harris  “Hot Time Blues”
I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me.
            Dave Barry

A family - all
leaning on staves and white-haired
visiting the graves

What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to.
            Hansell B. Duckett

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
            Sir Barnett Cocks

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.
            E. O. Wilson

The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.
            Stanley Kubrick

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
            Abraham Maslow

Biological evolution employs no author, but only a patient and extremely effective editor.
            Andrew Bard Schmookler, Parable of the Tribes

 “It begins with an appetite,” he said, describing the way he started a song, “to discover my self-respect. To redeem the day. So the day does not go down in debt.“
            Leonard Cohen

To get back to the warning that I received. You may take it with however many grains of salt that you wish. That the brown acid that is circulating around us isn't too good. It is suggested that you stay away from that. Of course it's your own trip. So be my guest, but please be advised that there is a warning on that one, ok?
            Chip Monck

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
            H. L. Mencken

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
            Steven Weinberg

O Lord if I worship you out of fear of hell, burn me in hell. If I worship you in the hope of paradise, forbid it to me.

There is no monument dedicated to the memory of a committee.
            Lester J. Pourciau

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.
            Laurence J. Peter

When we wish to correct with advantage, and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side on which it is false. He is satisfied with that, for he sees that he was not mistaken, and that he only failed to see all sides. Now, no one is offended at not seeing everything; but one does not like to be mistaken, and that perhaps arises from the fact that man naturally cannot see everything, and that naturally he cannot err in the side he looks at, since the perceptions of our senses are always true… .People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.
            Blaise Pascal

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.
            Shana Alexander

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.
            Saul Alinksky,  Rules for Radicals

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
            Saul Alinksky,  Rules for Radicals

Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority.
            James Thurber

So it's gonna be forever / Or it's gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it's over / If the high was worth the pain …
'Cause we're young and we're reckless / We'll take this way too far
It'll leave you breathless / Or with a nasty scar
            Taylor Swift

Anything which is troubling you, anything which is irritating you, THAT is your teacher.
            Ajahn Chah

Efficiency is intelligent laziness.

The moment you say that any idea system is sacred, whether it's a ... satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible.
            Salman Rushdie

The State that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting by fools.

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
            William Wrigley Jr.

Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something.
            Pancho Villa’s last words

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.
            John Gaule

I will miss having someone to command me and require things of me, someone to demand the old western possessive love. That great cultural malady; we miss the erotic caresses our mothers were too well brought up to give us, the bare nipples and scent of sex and excretion, the honesty of pain. All of life that was hidden, we must crave in our lovers.
            Mary Sativa, Acid Temple Ball

We need anything politically important rationed out like Pez: small, sweet, and coming out of a funny, plastic head.
            Dennis Miller

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

I don’t believe anything, but I have many suspicions.
            Robert Anton Wilson

You are not superior just because you see the world in an odious light.
            Vicomte de Chateaubriand

Why  do they sterilize the needle for lethal  injections?

Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.

So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
            Jorge Luis Borges

It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
            John Andrew Holmes

As soon as you begin to believe in something, then you can no longer see anything else. The truth you believe in and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.
            Pema Chodron, The Wisdom of No Escape

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.
            Lord Byron

Nothing, then, can happen in Nature to contravene her own universal laws, nor anything that is not in agreement with these laws or that does not follow from them.
        Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677)

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.
            Marie Beyon Ray

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.
            Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
            Robert Frost

The sound of rain needs no translation.
            Morimoto Roshi

Bad things happen when you get hands, dolphin.
            Franz Wright

We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.
            Robert Wilensky

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable than risk being happy.
            Robert Anthony

Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. It is possible to live and not know.
            Rainer Maria Rilke

To be willing to die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.
            Anatole France

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
            Rabindranath Tagore

Words are not truth. Truth is like the moon, and words are like my finger. I can point to the moon with my finger, but my finger is not the moon.
            Chan Master Huineng

A committee can make a decision that is dumber than any of its members.
            David Coblitz

More important than enlightenment
is the practice of the understanding gained from it
            Billy Moffat

As the Buddha taught, we suffer only when we cling to or resist experience; when we want life different than it is. As the saying goes: “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.” When painful sensations arise and we can simply meet them with clarity and presence, we can see that pain is just pain. We can listen to pain’s message and respond appropriately—taking good care.   If we are mindful of pain rather than reactive, we do not contract into the experience of a victimized, suffering self.
            Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance. p. 106

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.
            Indian Proverb

I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.
            Marie Curie

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.
            Rabindranath Tagore

And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy.
            Edgar Allan Poe

"Nobushige, a great samurai, sought out Zen master Hakuin and asked him: "Is there really a heaven and a hell?"
"Who are you?" asked Hakuin.
"I am a samurai," Nobushige replied. "You?" Hakuin snorted. "What lord would employ you? You look like a beggar!"
Furious Nobushige began to draw his sword, but then Hakuin said, "Here open the gates of hell."
Nobushige took the point, sheathed his sword, and bowed. "Here open the gates of heaven," said Hakuin."

A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.
            Robert Frost

Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.
            Jeffrey Eugenides

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

Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents' shortcomings.
            Laurence J. Peter

We are in and of nature from our very beginning. Human society and our relationships with one another are important, but our selves are richer in the continuum of interconnections, not only with other humans and the human community as a whole but also with creatures, plants, and the bioregion that we inhabit.
            Joan Halifax, "The Fruitful Darkness”

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
            Marcus Aurelius

April Fools Day is the one day of the year that people critically evaluate news articles before accepting them as true.

Today’s Tip for Fiction Writers:
A good way to “liven up” the plot of a novel is to give the characters some romantic interest.
WRONG: Doreen entered the room.
RIGHT: Doreen entered the room and had sex with Roger.
            Dave Barry, Ask Mr. Language Person

Propaganda in favor of action dictated by the impulses that are below self-interest offers false, garbled or incomplete evidence, avoids logical argument and seeks to influence its victims by the mere repetition of catchwords, by the furious denunciation of foreign or domestic scapegoats, and by cunningly associating the lowest passions with the highest ideals, so that atrocities come to be perpetrated in the name of God and the most cynical kind of Realpolitik is treated as a matter of religious principle and patriotic duty.
            Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited

The UK air dropped matchbooks into enemy lines which contained instructions on how a soldier could fake illnesses to get sent home. Once the Nazi leaders caught wind of this, they stopped sending their troops home who claimed to have said illnesses. Not only did this get healthy enemy troops sent home, it eventually ended with genuinely ill troops being sent back into combat, to spread real disease among their ranks.

She was asked what she had learned from the Holocaust, and she said that 10 percent of any population is cruel, no matter what, and that 10 percent is merciful, no matter what, and that 80 percent could be moved in either direction.
            Kurt Vonnegut quoting Susan Sontag

We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colors and all cultures are distinct & individual.
            c. joybell

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

Liberty is the power that we have over ourselves.
            Hugo Grotius

You may live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension.
            Nicola Tesla

Rules preclude initiative. Regimentation precludes evolution. Letting accidents happen, mistakes be made, results in new ideas. Trial and error is the key to all progress.
            Philip K. Howard, The Death of Common Sense.

Enjoyment follows from the balance of challenge and skills. The word challenge has embedded in its meaning the possibility of failure; take away that possibility, and the possibility of enjoyment goes with it. Take away the possibility of failure, and the concept of measuring up that underpins self-respect is meaningless.
            Charles Murray paraphrasing Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Rights are, therefore, predominantly about preventing others from constricting our choices, and as long as our choices do not interfere substantially with others, then they are purely our own.
            Patrick Hopkins

Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.
            James Madison, 1774

After being Turned Down by numerous Publishers, he had decided to write for Posterity.
            George Ade

It is difficult for a man to understand something that his paycheck is dependent upon him not understanding.
            Upton Sinclair

Everyone else is waiting for eternity and the shamans are saying,”How about tonight?”
            Alberto Villoldo

The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous.
            George Orwell

The perfect bureaucrat everywhere is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility.
            Brooks Atkinson

Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.
            Nuremberg trials, 1945

By preserving the method of nature in the conduct of the State, in what we improve, we are never wholly new; in what we retain, we are never wholly obsolete.
            Edmund Burke

If you cannot say what you are going to say in twenty minutes you ought to go away and write a book about it.
            Lord Brabazon

Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.
            Ayn Rand

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

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

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

One general pulling out a victory
leaves ten thousand corpses to rot.
            Ts’ao Sung

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.
            R. D. Laing

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
            Khalil Gibran

I thought growing old would take longer.

Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?
            Mary Oliver

Virtue is choked with foul ambition.
            William Shakespeare, Henry V1

Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.
            Khaled Hosseini

And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.
            John Steinbeck

Let the wild rumpus start!
            Maurice Sendak

Whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.
            Lysander Spooner

You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too.
            John Kenneth Galbraith

The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it.
            Frank Herbert

Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.
            L. M. Montgomery

To fathom hell or soar angelic, just take a pinch of Psychedelic.
            Humphry Osmond

Then I said to myself, "The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?"
            Ecclesiastes 2:15

Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there.
            E. H. Gombrich 

You have to accept that everything in life is not a symbol. Everything that happens to you is not a metaphor. You will drive yourself crazy by constantly digging for a deeper significance. Some things just are.
            Ellen Hardin

Even he, to whom most things that most people would think were pretty smart were pretty dumb, thought it was pretty smart.
            Douglas Adams

Those who have taken upon them to lay down the law of nature as a thing already searched out and understood, whether they have spoken in simple assurance or professional affectation, have therein done philosophy and the sciences great injury for as they have been successful in inducing belief, so they have been effective in quenching and stopping inquiry; and have done more harm by spoiling and putting an end to other men’s efforts than good by their own.
            Francis Bacon, 1620

Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.
            Noam Chomsky

I prefer a short life with width to a narrow one with length.
            Ibn Sina

Butterflies are self propelled flowers.
            Robert A. Heinlein

Whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a parliament or a communist dictatorship... the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in every country.
            Hermann Goering

Peace be on the hand that turned the key, for it taught me my most essential art, which is not that of writing but the domestic art of knowing how to wait; how to save up the crumbs, how to turn the worst into the not so to lose and recover in a single instant that frivolous thing: a taste for life

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.
            Dorothy Thompson

Humans make the mistake of believing that it is their right to survive. Species die out on this planet all the time without anyone noticing. The planet will still be there, and we must lose this attitude of divine right, that something will save us...

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
            G. K. Chesterton

Those who don’t understand history are doomed to repeat it, those that do understand are doomed to watch in horror while everyone else repeats it.

The bigger you build your bonfire of knowledge, the more darkness is revealed to your startled eye. Another way to say it is that as your sphere of knowledge grows in size, the surface area of ignorance grows ever larger.
            Terence Mckenna

Loneliness is failed solitude.
            Sherry Turkle

There is nothing more important than appearing to be religious.
            Niccolò Machiavelli

I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.
            Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

What you get away with is who you tend to be.
            John Gorka

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
            Judith Martin

The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity .…They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.
            Vice President Henry A. Wallace, April 9, 1944.

Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost.
            Kahlil Gibran

Not what we have but what we 'Enjoy', constitutes our abundance.

Denique (quid verbis opus est?) spectemur agendo!
Finally (what is the use of words?) let us be judged by our actions!
            Ovid,  Metamorphoses

The only thing worse than a man you can't control is a man you can.
            Margo Kaufman

You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
            Timothy Leary

From those to whom much is given, much will be required.
            Luke 12:48

Therefore the knowledge that stops at what it does not know is the greatest.                 Zhuangzi

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
            Groucho Marx

Do for the future what you're grateful the past did for you.
            Danny Hillis, Golden Rule of Time

Mysteriously, as elusive as it is, this moment--where the eye is what it sees, where the heart is what it feels--this moment shows us that what is real is sacred.
            Mark Nepo

The difficulty is to realize the groundlessness of our believing.
            Ludwig Wittgenstein

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
            Stephen Jay Gould

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.
            C.G. Jung

There are people who think that everything one does with a serious face is sensible.
            Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

You will kill ten of us, we will kill one of you, but in the end, you will tire of it first.
            Hồ Chí Minh

Dance like it hurts,
Love like you need money,
Work when people are watching.
            Scott Adams

An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible.

He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.
            William Shakespeare

I like coconuts
You can break them open
And they smell like ladies lying in the sun
            Widespread Panic, Coconut

That the birds of worry and care
Fly high above your head
This you cannot help.
That they build their nests in your hair
This you can prevent.
            San Juan Horseshoe (newspaper)

I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.
            Oscar Wilde

Religious belief consists of the belief that there is an unseen order and that our supreme good lies in harmoniously adjusting to that order.
            William James

What if this weren't a hypothetical question?

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.
            Laurence J. Peter

We are all wanderers on this earth. Our hearts are full of wonder,
and our souls are deep with dreams.
            Proverb of Gypsy: Bulgaria Old World

Without speculation there is no good and original observation.
            Darwin to Wallace 

No matter how many years you sit doing zazen, you will never become anything special.
            Kodo Sawaki

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
            Arthur C. Clarke

Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog; fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion.
            Robertson Davies

The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.
            Theodore Roosevelt

The great tragedy of Science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
            Thomas H. Huxley

Doctors pour drugs of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, into human beings of whom they know nothing.

Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror....Just keep going
No feeling is final
            Rainer Maria Rilke

Then Vacchagotta the wanderer went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, exchanged courteous greetings with him. After an exchange of friendly greetings and courtesies, he sat down to one side. As he was sitting there he asked the Blessed One, 'Now then, master Gotama, is there a self?' When this was said, the Blessed One was silent. 'Then is there no self?' The second time the Blessed One was silent. Then Vacchagotta the wanderer got up from his seat and left.
"Then not long after Vacchagotta the wanderer had left, Venerable Ānanda said to the Blessed One, 'Why, Lord, did the Blessed One not answer when asked a question by Vacchagotta the wanderer?'"
And here's the Buddha's response: "Ānanda, if I, being asked by Vacchagotta the wanderer if there is a self were to answer that there is a self, that would be conforming with those brahmans and contemplatives who are exponents of eternalism. If I, being asked by Vacchagotta the wanderer if there is no self were to answer that there is no self, that would be conforming with those brahmans and contemplatives who are exponents of annihilationism. If I, being asked by Vacchagotta the wanderer if there is a self were to answer that there is a self, would that be in keeping with the arising of knowledge that all phenomena are not-self?"
And Venerable Ānanda said, "No, Lord."
Then the Buddha said, "And if I, being asked by Vacchagotta the wanderer if there is no self, were to answer that there is no self, the bewildered Vacchagotta would become even more bewildered: 'Does the self that I used to have now not exist?'"
            SN 44.10

If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.
            African proverb

People ask me, what is special in my mentorship which has made Malala so bold and so courageous and so vocal and poised? I tell them, don't ask me what I did. Ask me what I did not do. I did not clip her wings, and that's all.
            .Ziauddin Yousafzai

Consciousness begins when brains acquire the power, the simple power I must add, of telling a story without words, the story that there is life ticking away in an organism, and that the states of the living organism, within body bounds, are continuously being altered by encounters with objects or events in its environment, or, for that matter, by thoughts and by internal adjustments of the life process. Consciousness emerges when this primordial story - the story of an object causally changing the state of the body - can be told using the universal nonverbal vocabulary of body signals. The apparent self emerges as the feeling of a feeling. When the story is first told, spontaneously, without it ever having been requested, and forevermore after that when the story is repeated, knowledge about what the organism is living through automatically emerges as the answer to a question never asked. From that moment on, we begin to know.
I suspect consciousness prevailed in evolution because knowing the feeling caused by emotions was so indispensable for the art of life, and because the art of life has been such a success in the history of nature. But I will not mind if you prefer to give my words a twist and just say that consciousness was invented so that we could know life. The wording is not scientifically correct, of course, but I like it.
            Antonio R. Damasio, The Feeling of What Happens, 30-31

When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole.  We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance.  Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone.  A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.
            Tesla, 1926

I hope that you will listen, but not with the memory of what you already know; and this is very difficult to do. You listen to something, and your mind immediately reacts with its knowledge, its conclusions, its opinions, its past memories. It listens, inquiring for a future understanding.
Just observe yourself, how you are listening, and you will see that this is what is taking place. Either you are listening with a conclusion, with knowledge, with certain memories, experiences, or you want an answer, and you are impatient. You want to know what it is all about, what life is all about, the extraordinary complexity of life. You are not actually listening at all.
You can only listen when the mind is quiet, when the mind doesn't react immediately, when there is an interval between your reaction and what is being said. Then, in that interval there is a quietness, there is a silence in which alone there is a comprehension which is not intellectual understanding.
If there is a gap between what is said and your own reaction to what is said, in that interval, whether you prolong it indefinitely, for a long period or for a few seconds - in that interval, if you observe, there comes clarity. It is the interval that is the new brain. The immediate reaction is the old brain, and the old brain functions in its own traditional, accepted, reactionary, animalistic sense.
When there is an abeyance of that, when the reaction is suspended, when there is an interval, then you will find that the new brain acts, and it is only the new brain that can understand, not the old brain.
            Jiddu Krishnamurti

Don't be the one in charge of wisdom.
or: do not be a proprietor of wisdom.
            Zhuangzi, ch 7

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.
            Robertson Davies

Once you have understood the union of emptiness and the dependent arising of phenomena, you will see clearly how deluded and deceiving the ways of the world really are, and, like an old man forced to play children’s games, you will find them very tiresome.
            Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.
            Thich Nhat Hanh

The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
            F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it’s damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.
            Bill Murray (?)

The future will be better tomorrow.
            Dan Quayle

If your nerve deny you, go above your nerve.
            Emily Dickinson

The wages of sin are unreported.

The logic behind magic is that we create what we are imagining.
            Mary Faulkner

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals.  It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.
            Anais Nin

Creationism in the U.S. is an embarrassment and a shame, a religious superstition that does real harm to children. Creationism is a symptom of a willful ignorance and an anti-intellectualism that thwarts scientific progress at home and humiliates the U.S. abroad.
            Bill Nye

You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.
            Aldous Huxley

There is nothing in the world more difficult than candor, and nothing easier than flattery. If there is a hundredth of a fraction of a false note to candor, it immediately produces dissonance, and as a result, exposure. But in flattery, even if everything is false down to the last note, it is still pleasant, and people will listen not without pleasure; with coarse pleasure, perhaps, but pleasure nevertheless.
            Fyodor Dostoevsky

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.
            Ernest Hemingway

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
            Napoleon Bonaparte

When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something.
            Jared Sparks (1789-1866)

When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.
            J. P. McEvoy, “Passing the hot potato” (1947)

I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.
            Jules Renard

Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind.
            Kurt Vonnegut

To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent.
            Robert Copeland

There will always be a part, and always a very large part of every community, that have no care but for themselves, and whose care for themselves reaches little further than impatience of immediate pain, and eagerness for the nearest good.
            Samuel Johnson

I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for each other.
            Katharine Hepburn

Let us by all wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.
            James Monroe, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1817

During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution.
            James Madison

If you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet, and you can find a lot of people there who don't like you.
            Tina Fey

You're on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where to go.
            Dr. Seus

I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it.
            Jack Handey

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
            Aldous Huxley

With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.
            Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Paradise is like where you are right now, only much much better.
            Laurie Andersen

You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.
            Marie Curie

If you begin to understand who you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.
            Jiddu Krishnamurti

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
            Benjamin Franklin

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. in the question.
            Rainer Maria Rilke

Love her, but leave her wild.
            To Kill a Mockingbird screenplay.

This is rather as if you imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, 'This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!' This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.
            Douglas Adams

Eventually I think there will be a real shamanism, a new shamanism, a shamanism practiced in the full light of science and in the full light of a global data processing capacity, to heal and balance what is otherwise an extremely neurotic and violence prone species.
            Terence McKenna

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
            Chinese proverb

Let the wild rumpus start.
            Maurice Sendak

Find what you love and let it kill you.
            Charles Bukowski

Only in America can you be pro-death penalty, pro-war, pro-unmanned drone bombs, pro-nuclear weapons, pro-guns, pro-torture, pro-land mines, and Still call yourself 'Pro-Life'."
            John Fugelsang

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
            Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.

Destroying rainforests for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.
            Edward O. Wilson

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
            Tony Robbins

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

I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.
            Stephen Jay Gould

Asking, ‘If there is no God, what is the purpose of life?’ is like asking, ‘If there is no master, whose slave will I be?’
            Dan Barker

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
            Benjamin Franklin

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.
            Thomas Merton

I don't count my sit-ups, I only start counting when it starts hurting, when I feel pain, that's when I start counting, cause that's when it really counts.
            Muhammad Ali

If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's.
            Joseph Campbell

To what shore would you cross,
O my heart? there is no traveler before you, there is no road:
Where is the movement, where is the rest, on that shore?
There is no water; no boat, no boatman, is there;

There is not so much as a rope to tow the boat, nor a man to draw it.

No earth, no sky, no time, no thing, is there: no shore, no ford!

There, there is neither body nor mind: and where is the place
That shall still the thirst of the soul?
You shall find naught in that emptiness.

Be strong, and enter into your own body: for there your foothold is firm.
Consider it well, O my heart! go not elsewhere. Kabir says:

"Put all imaginations away, and stand fast in that which you are."
            "Songs of Kabir" Translated by Rabindranath Tagore

Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.
            Roger Corless (often attributed to George Carlin)

There are men running governments who shouldn’t be allowed to play with matches.
            Will Rogers

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
            Charles Darwin

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said “faster horses”.
            Henry Ford

The people who are trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?
            Bob Marley

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
            George Orwell

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
            Ecclesiastes 9:10

‘Do unto others…’ is a good rule of thumb. I live by that. Forgiveness is probably the greatest virtue there is. But that’s exactly what it is - a virtue. Not just a Christian virtue. No one owns being good. I’m good. I just don’t believe I’ll be rewarded for it in heaven. My reward is here and now. It’s knowing that I try to do the right thing. That I lived a good life. And that’s where spirituality really lost its way. When it became a stick to beat people with. ‘Do this or you’ll burn in hell.’ You won’t burn in hell. But be nice anyway.
            Ricky Gervais

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
            Sarah Williams

What is the purpose of life? It's quite simple : it is to live a life of purpose. It is taking what you love and what you're passionate about and making a difference.
            Sue Fitzmaurice

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.
            Noam Chomsky

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
            Thomas Merton

The closer you get to excellence in your life, the more friends you'll lose. People love you when you're average because it makes them comfortable. But when you pursue greatness it makes people uncomfortable. Be prepared to lose some people on your journey or even walk alone.
            Tony A. Gaskins Jr

The best chief is not the one who persuades people to his point of view. It is instead the one in whose presence most people find it easiest to arrive at the truth.

I said I was the greatest, not the smartest!
            Muhammad Ali

It isn’t the mountain ahead to climb that wears you down. It’s the pebble in your shoe.
            Muhammad Ali

If governments are involved in covering up the knowledge of aliens, then they are doing a much better job of it than they seem to do at anything else.
            Stephen Hawking

Why do people say "grow some balls"? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.
            Betty White

For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.
             Cynthia Occelli

Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world of conformists.
            Nicola Tesla

Being honest may not get you many friends, but it will always get you the right ones.
            John Lennon

Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.
            Jean Piaget

Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.
            Bruce Lee

This place will always be too small for all the dreams inside my head. I'm sorry but I cannot stay.

Perhaps, the problem is not the intensity of your love, but the quality of the people you are loving.”
            Warsan Shire

And the rest is rust and stardust.
            Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.
            L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’
            Isaac Asimov

She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.
            J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew”

A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.
            Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.
            Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.
            Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted.
            Frank Herbert Dune

What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.
            Hitchen’s Razor

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. The last of human freedoms is to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances.
            Viktor E. Frankl

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
            Jane Goodall

There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket… . I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
            Major General Smedley Butler

When a well-packed web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations the Truth will seem utterly preposterous and it's speaker a raving lunatic.
            Dresden James

The great corporations which we have grown to speak of rather loosely as trusts are the creatures of the State, and the State not only has the right to control them, but it is duty bound to control them wherever the need of such control is shown.
            Theodore Roosevelt

Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.
            Leonardo da Vinci

There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.
            Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

My faith demands--this is not optional--my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.
            President Jimmy Carter

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.
            Ann Landers

baka ni tsukeru kusuri wa nai
No medicine for stupidity.
            Japanese proverb

The one who tells the stories rules the world.

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.
            Mary Oliver

You will love and not be loved back. Give and not receive. Help and be left helpless. Teach and not be taught. Forgive and be forgotten. Trust and be doubted. Pray and be cursed by others. You will be unnoticed, unliked, unloved and unappreciated... But NEVER EVER NEVER let anyone else stop you from being YOU. Because YOU are the one stretching, growing and rising to a better job, career, love, relationship, opportunity. Never subtract the best of you to add the worst of anyone else.
            Howard Britt

The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.
            Alberto Brandolini

Real food doesn’t have ingredients. Real food Is ingredients.
            Jamie Oliver

Whatever is happening is the path to enlightenment.
            Pema Chodron

You can tell the size of a man by the size of the things that bother him.

If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.
            Richard Tirendi

The shaman is a person who is able to transcend the dimensional confines of cultural existence. They know more than the people they serve. The people they serve are like children within the game of culture. Only the shaman knows that culture is a game. Everyone else takes it seriously. That’s how he can do his magic.
            Terence McKenna

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.
            Stephen Jay Gould

For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks and its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction...                   
            Cynthia Ocelli

People are not machines but in every opportunity where they are allowed to behave like machines, they will so behave.
            Ludwig von Bertalanffy

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
            Muhammad Ali

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
            Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.
            e.e. cummings

Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.
            Matt Groening

Computer games don't affect kids, I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music.
            Marcus Brigstocke

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.
            John Howard Payne

My goal is to achieve a little less injustice in Uruguay, to help the most vulnerable and to leave behind a political way of thinking, a way of looking at the future that will be passed on and used to move forward. There’s nothing short-term, no victory around the corner. I will not achieve paradise or anything like that. What I want is to fight for the common good to progress. Life slips by. The way to prolong it is for others to continue your work.
            Jose Mujica

I’m not the poorest president. The poorest is the one who needs a lot to live. My lifestyle is a consequence of my wounds. I’m the son of my history. There have been years when I would have been happy just to have a mattress.
            Jose Mujica

Good-humor is a philosophic state of mind; it seems to say to Nature
that we take her no more seriously than she takes us. I maintain that
one should always talk of philosophy with a smile.
            William James

If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience.
            John Cage

Even duct tape can't fix stupid ... but it can muffle the sound!
            John Wayne (?)

The kids text me "plz" which is shorter than please. 
I text back "no" which is shorter than "yes".

To romanticize the world is to make us aware of the magic, mystery and wonder of the world; it is to educate the senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite.

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
            Nelson Henderson

I have been to the darkest corners of government, and what they fear is light.
            Glenn Greenwald

The perfect bureaucrat everywhere is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility.
            Brooks Atkinson

That is the greatest fallacy, the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.
            Ernest Hemingway

When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.
            C. S. Lewis

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.
            Dan Quayle

The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.
            Russell Baker

The Sunni and the Shiite lived together in mixed neighborhoods until democracy taught them to pick sides.

They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.
            Mexican Proverb

Body, like the mountain
Heart, like the ocean
Mind, like the sky.

A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.
            Segal's Law

Tranquilizers work only if you follow the advice on the bottle: Keep Away From Children.
            Phyllis Diller

We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up.
            Phyllis Diller

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

You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
            Timothy Leary

The mystical experience does not confer ontological status upon its content.
            Agehananda Bharati

So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause.
            George Lucas

People want economy and they will pay any price to get it.
            Lee Iacocca

He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
            Douglas Adams

Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening.
            Barbara Tober

Play fair, be prepared for others to play dirty, and don’t let them drag you into the mud.
            Richard Branson

Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it.
            Stephen Vizinczey

Nothing has an uglier look to us than reason, when it is not on our side.

Softness is not weakness. It takes courage to stay delicate in a world this cruel.
            Beau Taplin

I'm glad I didn't have to fight in any war. I'm glad I didn't have to pick up a gun. I'm glad I didn't get killed or kill somebody. I hope my kids enjoy the same lack of manhood.
            Tom Hanks

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
            Carl Jung

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
            Rainer Maria Rilke

We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know enough to get by. Every question we answer leads on to another question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species.
            Desmond Morris

As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.
            M. Cartmill

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
            William Blake

A century ago, scarcity had to be endured. Today, it has to be enforced.
             Murray Bookchin

I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.
            Samuel Goldwyn

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
            Eric Hoffer

Mysteries profaned and made public fade and lose their grace. Therefore, cast not pearls before swine, nor spread roses for the ass.
            Johann V. Andrae,  1616

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.                
            Matthew 7:6, KJV

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.
            Margaret Bonnano

You never hear from the people the dolphins didn’t save ...
            Aeon Magazine

America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there.
            Laurence J. Peter

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively are less free.
            Edward Snowden

We give thanks for our friends.
Our dear friends.
We anger each other;
We fail each other.
We share this sad earth, this tender life,
this precious time.
Such richness. Such wildness.
Together we are blown about.
Together we are dragged along.
All this delight.
All this suffering.
All this forgiving life.
We hold it together.
            Michael Leunig

Yesterday, upon the stair,

I met a man who wasn't there.

He wasn't there again today,
I wish, I wish he'd go away...
            Hughes Mearns

Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.
            Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
            Dr. Seuss

LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behavior in people who have not taken it.
            Timothy Leary

Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.
            Samuel Johnson

We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.

The skeptical fences are there for a reason—to keep the borderlands of science from shading too far into pseudoscience, non-science, and nonsense. For every Copernicus, Newton, and Einstein, there were a thousand cons, cranks, and quacks with their revolutionary theories that turned out to be flummery and flapdoodle. Scientists don't have the time or resources to shilly-shally with every new idea that comes down the pike. That is what the skeptics do, and as part of the scientific process this is the power of positive skepticism.
            Michael Shermer, 2005

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
            Alan Corenk

The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
            Gustave Flaubert

It's all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back.
            Mick Jagger

These grand and fatal movements toward death: the grandeur of the mass
Makes pity a fool, the tearing pity
For the atoms of the mass, the persons, the victims, makes it seem monstrous
To admire the tragic beauty they build.
It is beautiful as a river flowing or a slowly gathering
Glacier on a high mountain rock-face,
Bound to plow down a forest, or as frost in November,
The gold and flaming death-dance for leaves,
Or a girl in the night of her spent maidenhood, bleeding and kissing.
I would burn my right hand in a slow fire
To change the future ... I should do foolishly. The beauty of modern
Man is not in the persons but in the
Disastrous rhythm, the heavy and mobile masses, the dance of the
Dream-led masses down the dark mountain.
            Robinson Jeffers

Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons.
            Popular Mechanics, March 1949 

I dote on his very absence.
            William Shakespeare

Leave it to a girl to take the fun out of sex discrimination.
            Bill Watterson

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
            Steven Weinberg

Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it's just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.
            David Sedaris

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
            Sir Winston Churchill

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
            Thomas Sowell

It is spring again. The earth is like a child who knows poems by heart.

Certification from one source or another seems to be the most important thing to people all over the world. A piece of paper from a school that says you’re smart, a pat on the head from your parents that says you’re good or some reinforcement from your peers that makes you think what you’re doing is worthwhile. People are just waiting around to get certified.
            Frank Zappa

If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.
            Frank Zappa

I don't care that they stole my idea . . I care that they don't have any of their own.
            Nikola Tesla

Every Warrior of the Light has felt afraid of going into battle.
Every Warrior of the Light has, at some time in the past, lied or betrayed someone.
Every Warrior of the Light has trodden a path that was not his.
Every Warrior of the Light has suffered for the most trivial of reasons. Every Warrior of the Light has, at least once, believed he was not a Warrior of the Light.
Every Warrior of the Light has failed in his spiritual duties.
Every Warrior of the Light has said ‘yes’ when he wanted to say ‘no.’
Every Warrior of the Light has hurt someone he loved.
That is why he is a Warrior of the Light, because he has been through all this and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is.
             Paulo Coelho

Man is a rational animal. So at least we have been told. Throughout a long life I have searched diligently for evidence in favor of this statement. So far, I have not had the good fortune to come across it.
            Bertrand Russell

If you expect the world to be fair with you because you are fair you're fooling yourself that's like expecting the lion not to eat you because you didn't eat him.

Man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that great gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born.
            Fyodor Dostoevsky

We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns.
            Tom Waits

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

If for company you cannot find a wise and prudent friend who leads a good life, then, like a king who leaves behind a conquered kingdom, or like a lone elephant in the elephant forest, you should go your way alone.

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
            Robert Bresson

Patience is not the ability to wait but how you act while you’re waiting.
            Joyce Meyer

I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I'm beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn't pleasant, it's not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.
            Hermann Hesse,

This view that the Almighty considers women to be inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or tradition. Its influence does not stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue, or temple. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths, creating an environment in which violations against women are justified. The truth is that male religious leaders have had – and still have – an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world.
            Jimmy Carter

Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another's life.
The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who can not provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.
            Sitting Bull

The act of forgiveness takes place in our own mind. It really has nothing to do with the other person.
            Louise Hay

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

    “I do not believe anything.” This remark was made, in these very words, by John Gribbin, physics editor of New Scientist magazine, in a BBC-TV debate with Malcolm Muggeridge, and it provoked incredulity on the part of most viewers. It seems to be a hangover of the medieval Catholic era that causes most people, even the educated, to think that everybody must "believe" something or other, that if one is not a theist, one must be a dogmatic atheist, and if one does not think Capitalism is perfect, one must believe fervently in Socialism, and if one does not have blind faith in X, one must alternatively have blind faith in not-X or the reverse of X.
    My own opinion is that belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence. The more certitude one assumes, the less there is left to think about, and a person sure of everything would never have any need to think about anything and might be considered clinically dead under current medical standards, where absence of brain activity is taken to mean that life has ended.
            Robert Anton Wilson

It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.
            Dave Barry

A society surviving on the creation of artificial needs and the manufacturing of unnecessary products will not be able to face the challenges resulting from the destruction of our environment.
            Pierre Joliot

We Americans live in a nation where the medical-care system is second to none in the world, unless you count maybe 25 or 30 little scuzzball countries like Scotland that we could vaporize in seconds if we felt like it.
            Dave Barry

Under the relentless thrust of accelerating over-population and over-organization, and by means of ever more effective methods of mind-manipulation, the democracies will change their nature; the quaint old forms--elections, parliaments, Supreme Courts and all the rest--will remain. The underlying substance will be a new kind of non-violent totalitarianism. All the traditional names, all the hallowed slogans will remain exactly what they were in the good old days. Democracy and freedom will be the theme of every broadcast and editorial- but democracy and freedom in a strictly Pickwickian sense. Meanwhile the ruling oligarchy and its highly trained elite of soldiers, policemen, thought-manufacturers and mind-manipulators will quietly run the show as they see fit.
            Aldous Huxley

If there is a Creator-God, it has used methods of creation that are indistinguishable from nature, it has declined to make itself known for all of recorded history, it doesn't intervene in affairs on earth, and has made itself impossible to observe. Even if you believe in that God... why would you think it would want to be worshiped?
            David G. McAfee,

The Indians are so naive and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. When you ask for something they have, they never say no. To the contrary, they offer to share with anyone. They would make fine servants… . With 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do what ever we want.
            Christopher Columbus

Instead of sending guns, send pens. Instead of sending tanks, send books. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers.
            Malala Yousafzai   

We don't need a law against McDonald's or a law against slaughterhouse abuse--we ask for too much salvation by legislation. All we need to do is empower individuals with the right philosophy and the right information to opt out en masse.
            Joel Salatin

Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy
Not my circus, not my monkeys.
            Polish Proverb

We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace--business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.
            Franklin D. Roosevelt

If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day.
            John A. Wheeler

Night is not something to endure until dawn. It is an element, like wind or fire. Darkness is its own kingdom; it moves to its own laws, and many living things dwell in it.
            Patricia A. McKillip

The best way to predict your future is to create it.
            Abraham Lincoln

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
            Alan Kay

The technique of infamy is to invent two lies and to get people to argue heatedly over which one of them is true.
            Ezra Pound

The best way to predict the future is to design it.
            R. Buckminster Fuller

Detachment is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you.
            Ali ibn abi Talib

The symbolism of the Goddess is not a parallel structure to the symbolism of God the Father. The Goddess does not rule the world. She is the world. Manifest in each of us, She can be known internally by every individual, in all her magnificent diversity.

War is when your government tells you who the enemy is,
revolution is when you figure it out for yourself.

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
            Nelson Mandela

Red meat is NOT bad for you. Now blue-green meat, THAT'S bad for you!
            Tommy Smothers

Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.
            Rita Rudner

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

Worlds on Worlds are rolling over,
From creation and decay,
Like bubbles on a river,
Sparkling, bursting, borne away.

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears or the sea.
            Isak Dinesen

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.
            Rod Serling

            Laura E. Richards

Antonio, Antonio
Was tired of living alonio.
He thought he would woo
Miss Lissamy Lu
Miss Lissamy Lucy Molonio.

Antonio, Antonio
Rode off on his polo-ponio.
He found the fair maid
In a bowery shade,
A-sitting and knitting alonio.

Antonio, Antonio
Said, "If you will be my ownio,
I'll love you true,
And I'll buy for you
And icery creamery conio."

"Oh, nonio, Antonio!
You're far too bleak and bonio!
And all that I wish,
You singular fish,
Is that you would quickly begonio."

Antonio, Antonio
He uttered a dismal moanio.
Then he ran off and hid,
(Or I'm told that he did)
In the Antecatarctical Zonio.

You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you are too busy; then you should sit for an hour.
            Zen saying

The third-rate mind is only happy when it's thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it's thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it's thinking.
            A. A. Milne

It is the duty of every man to provide for himself a competency. It is essential to happiness to be above want.
            Anon, 1837

Whatever you may say something is, it is not ! ... the map is not the territory ... the word is not the thing.                
            Alfred Korzybski

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
             Dr. Seuss

Propaganda works best when those who are manipulated are confident that they are acting on their own free will.
            Joseph Goebbels

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who loves his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.
            H.L. Mencken

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.
            Rebecca West

She's mad but she's magic. There's no lie in her fire.
            Charles Bukowski

Examine the religious principles, which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men's dreams.
            David Hume

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
            John Ciardi

    You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.
    And at one point you'd hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.
    And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives.
    And you'll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they'll be comforted to know your energy's still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you're just less orderly. Amen.
            Aaron Freeman

The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.
            Steve Furtick

Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.
            Arundhati Roy

As long as enough people can be frightened, then all people can be ruled. That is how it works in a democratic system and mass fear becomes the ticket to destroy rights across the board.
            James Bovard

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
            Stephen R. Covey

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
            Wendell Berry

You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.
            Bob Marley

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.
            Frederic Bastiat

To His Coy Mistress
            Andrew Marvell. 1621–1678
HAD we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, Lady, were no crime
We would sit down and think which way
To walk and pass our long love's day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges' side
Shouldst rubies find: I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the Flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, Lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
    But at my back I always hear
Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found,
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song: then worms shall try
That long preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust:
The grave 's a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
    Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapt power.
Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Thorough the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.

If your everyday life seems poor,
don't blame it; blame yourself;
admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet
to call forth its riches; because for the creator
there is no poverty and no indifferent place.

The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.
            Gregory Bateson

I believe in the separation of church and planet.   
            Eric Idle

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
            George Santayana

We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy.
            Chris Hedges

[For Tesla fans - at the time the idea was a lot less controversial]
The year 2100 will see eugenics universally established. In past ages, the law governing the survival of the fittest roughly weeded out the less desirable strains. Then man’s new sense of pity began to interfere with the ruthless workings of nature. As a result, we continue to keep alive and to breed the unfit. The only method compatible with our notions of civilization and the race is to prevent the breeding of the unfit by sterilization and the deliberate guidance of the mating instinct. Several European countries and a number of states of the American Union sterilize the criminal and the insane. This is not sufficient. The trend of opinion among eugenists is that we must make marriage more difficult. Certainly no one who is not a desirable parent should be permitted to produce progeny. A century from now it will no more occur to a normal person to mate with a person eugenically unfit than to marry a habitual criminal.
            Nikola Tesla

Gullibility and credulity are considered undesirable qualities in every department of human life – except religion.
            Christopher Hitchens

We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.
            David Lynch

The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, pays the freight both ways.
            John F. Kennedy

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
            Abraham Lincoln

If you seek some special life outside of daily activities, that is like brushing aside waves to look for water.

Science does not aim at establishing immutable truths and eternal dogmas; its aim is to approach the truth by successive approximations, without claiming that at any stage final and complete accuracy has been achieved.
            Bertrand Russell

The Earth is not dying, it is being killed. And the people who are killing it have names and addresses.               
            Utah Phillips

Peace it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise trouble or hard work it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart

Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience … . Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.
            Howard Zinn

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
            Kurt Vonnegut

The cure for poverty has a name, in fact: it's called the empowerment of women. If you give women some control over the rate at which they reproduce, if you give them some say, take them off the animal cycle of reproduction to which nature and some doctrine—religious doctrine condemns them, and then if you'll throw in a handful of seeds perhaps and some credit, the floor of everything in that village, not just poverty, but education, health, and optimism will increase.
            Christopher Hitchens

For those of us who desire a great transformation in this world, we must remember this: We do not need to put forth any energy at all towards changing the system which now ‘exists’. It will fall of its own weight. It is already falling. The cracks and fissures inherent within its structure ensure the inevitability of its collapse. All we need to do is to decide what it is that we want to create to stand in its place. When all of our energy is focused on that, we will be standing in this transformed world we all want to see.
            Teal Scott

The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
            Charles Bukowski

We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.
            Charles Bukowski

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours -- it is an amazing journey -- and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.
            Bob Moawad

Journalism is the only profession explicitly protected by the U.S. Constitution, because journalists are supposed to be the check and balance on government. We’re supposed to be holding those in power accountable. We’re not supposed to be their megaphone. That’s what the corporate media have become.        Amy Goodman

When the Missionaries arrived, the Africans had the land and the Missionaries had the Bible. They taught how to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible.
            Jomo Kenyatta

Only in America can you be Pro-Death Penalty, Pro-War, Pro-Unmanned Drone Bombs, Pro-Nuclear Weapons, Pro-Guns, Pro-Torture, Pro-Land Mines, and Still call yourself 'Pro-Life'.
            John Fugelsang

Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe. ”
            Arundhati Roy,

A basic principal of modern state capitalism is that costs and risks are socialized to the extent possible, while profit is privatized.
            Noam Chomsky

They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.
            Kahlil Gibran

There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.
            Don Miguel Ruiz

Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, "This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!" This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.
            Douglas Adams

Those who o not move do not notice their chains.
            Rosa Luxemburg

Little by little, one travels far.

I think that presidents don't give up power that has accrued to them by the precedent of previous presidents. Even when they say they would like to, I think once they get there they don't give it up.
            Rachel Maddow

Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities — the political, the religious, the educational authorities — who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing — forming in our minds — their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness, chaotic, confused vulnerability to inform yourself.
            Timothy Leary

If we are going to teach creation science as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction.”
            Judith Hayes

Plenty of rich folks want to fight. Give them the guns.
            Woody Guthrie

Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.
            Howard Zinn

It was a book to kill time for those who like it better dead.
            Dame Rose Macaulay

A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
            Bertrand Russell

If you thought before that science was certain―well, that is just an error on your part.
            Richard Feynman

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
            Frederick Douglas

This dead of midnight is the noon of thought,
And Wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars.
             Mrs. Barbauld. 1743-1825, A Summer's Evening Meditation

Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from outside, is available...a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.
            Fred Hoyle, 1948

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die.
            Blade Runner, Batty soliloquy

Fear prophets ... and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.
            Umberto Eco

It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it.
            Henry Allen

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
            Steven Weinberg

On the main gateway an Islamic inscription written in Persian reads "Isa (Jesus), son of Mary said: 'The world is a Bridge, pass over it, but build no houses upon it. He who hopes for a day, may hope for eternity; but the World endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer for the rest is unseen.'
            inscription on the Buland Darwaza

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
             Bertrand Russell

An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously.
            Charles F. Kettering

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

It will be a happy day for the nation when the corporations shall be excluded from political activity and vast accumulations of capital cannot be employed in an attempt to control government.
            George W.P. Hunt (Arizona's First Governor)

Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.
            William Safire

All alone a sweet apple reddens on the topmost branch,
high on the highest branch, the apple pickers did not notice it,
they did not truly forget it, but they could not reach it. (Fr. 105)

The trick to flying is to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
            Arthur Dent (Hitchhiker's Guide)

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.
            Abbie Hoffman

There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey.
            John Ruskin

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
             Isaac Asimov

Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.
            Daniel Webster

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
            Anatole France

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
            Laurence J. Peter

Live Better, Help Often, and Wonder More
            Sunday Assembly Motto

A swami kept a cat in his ashram. There were very few occasions when the cat and the swami were not seen together. The only time there was ever any problem was at Evening Puja, when the cat sometimes upset the oil lamps. After a few incidents, the swami decided the cat could not be present during the Puja any more and took to putting it out just before the ritual began. This solved the problem comfortably and Puja went on for years without interruption. Eventually the swami passed away. All the faithful devotees continued doing Puja and continued to put the cat out before it began. One day the cat died. There was no question in the minds of the devotees: they immediately went out to the market and found another cat for the ashram. It would not be possible to do Puja properly without the ritual of putting the cat outside.

If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; But if you really make them think, they'll hate you.
            Don Marquis

The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.
            Fyodor Dostoevsky

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
            Pablo Picasso

Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.
            Pablo Picasso

The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give it away.
            Joy J. Golliver, often attrributed to Picasso, or even Shakespeare.
Seems to be lifted. paraphrased, and rearranged from David Viscott's 1993 "Finding Your Strength in Difficult Times,"
where the original reads:
The purpose of life is to discover your gift.
The work of life is to develop it.
The meaning of life is to give your gift away.
(I think purpose and meaning fit better in these positions)

Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behavior and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.
            Terence McKenna

A compass, I learned when I was surveying, it'll... it'll point you True North from where you're standing, but it's got no advice about the swamps and deserts and chasms that you'll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead, heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp... What's the use of knowing True North?
            From the movie Lincoln, 2012

Too many people buy things they don't need with money they don't have trying to
impress people they don't even like.
            Ali-Azri Hassan (attrib)

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts
            Marcus Aurelius

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
            George Eliot

Scientists praise the "plausibility" and "beauty" of theories, making value judgments on the basis of how they think things work, or ought to work. Science is in fact so value laden that Albert Einstein denied that all we do is observe and measure, saying that what we think exists is a product almost as much of theory as of observation. When theories change, observations follow suit.
            Franz de Waal

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
            Ernest Benn (not Groucho Marx)        

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "eureka!" but "that's funny … ."
            Isaac Asimov

Life is just a mess, full of tall children, grown stupider, less alert and resilient, and nobody knows what makes it go — as a whole, or any part of it. But nobody ever tells.
            Kenneth Rexroth

A state which dwarfs men, in order that they be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes - will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished.
            J. S. Mill, On Liberty

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
            John Lennon

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
            Arthur Schopenhauer

What some people mistake for the high cost of living is really the cost of high living.
            Doug Larson

Nothing can so alienate a voter from the political system as backing a winning candidate.
            Mark B. Cohen

The increase of wealth is not boundless. The end of growth leads to a stationary state. The stationary state of capital and wealth...would be a very considerable improvement on our present condition...a stationary condition of capital and population implies no stationary state of human improvement. There would be as much scope as ever for all kinds of mental culture, and moral and social progress; as much room for improving the art of living, and much more likelihood of it being improved, when minds ceased to be engrossed by the art of getting on.
            John Stuart Mill

The most formidable military machine depends ultimately on the obedience of its soldiers, the most powerful corporation becomes helpless when its workers stop working, when its customers refuse to buy its products. The strike, the boycott, the refusal to serve, the ability to paralyze the functioning of a complex social structure, these remain potent weapons against the most fearsome state of corporate power.
            Howard Zinn

On the Plains of Hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions, who, at the Dawn of Victory, sat down to wait, and waiting--died!
            George W. Cecil

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
            Carl Sandburg

We're actors - we're the opposite of people.
            Tom Stoppard

Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
            Kurt Vonnegut

The secret in life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.
            Henry Moore

On highroads on winter nights, without roof, without clothes, without bread, a voice gripped my frozen heart: "Weakness or strength: there you are, it's strength. You do not know where you are going, nor why you are going: enter anywhere, reply to anything. They will no more kill you than if you were a corpse."
            Rimbaud, Saison en Enfer

Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt
In solitude, where we are least alone.
            George Gordon Byron

Man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that great gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born.
            Fyodor Dostoevsky

And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.
            Ecclesiastes 1:18

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

The greatest miracle of life is that although we all know we will die tomorrow,
we can live today as if we will live forever

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
            Winston Churchill

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

It is impossible to love, and to be wise.
            Francis Bacon

There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.
            Don Miguel Ruiz

Oh, lady with your legs so fine, oh, stranger at your wheel
You are locked into your suffering and your pleasures are the seal.
            Leonard Cohen

O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy—
Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue—
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men.
            Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Let us enlighten, then, our earthly burdens,
By going back to school, this time in gardens.
            Wendell Berry

We are not here concerned with hopes and fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it.
            Charles Darwin

I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.
            Jack Benny

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
            P.J. O'Rourke

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free!
            P. J. O'Rourke

If you're really successful at bullshitting, it means you're not hanging around enough people smarter than you.
            Neil deGrasse Tyson

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
            Dr. Suess.

I have come to terms with the future.
From this day onward
I will walk easy on the earth.
Plant trees.
Kill no living things.
Live in harmony with all creatures.
I will restore the earth where I am.
Use no more of its resources than I need.
And listen, listen to what it is telling me.
            M. J. Slim Hooey

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
            Margaret Atwood

You think you do right to hide little things in big ones, and yet they get away from you. But if you were to hide the world in the world, so that nothing could get away, this is the ever-enduring aspect of things that transcends circumstance.

But leave the Wise to wrangle, and with me
The Quarrel of the Universe let be:
     And, in some corner of the Hubbub couch'd,
Make Game of that which makes as much of Thee.
            Omar Khayyam

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.
            Woody Allen

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

Some people are lying to you. Sometimes they know it. Sometimes they don't and can't help it. You get to spend your whole life sorting these people out from one another. Have fun. Oh, and sometimes you're one of them. Have even more fun.
            Barry Smith

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Some people swear by this philosophy. If you know someone like that, it's best not to invite them to a magic show. Especially not to see Shame-O the Magnificent!
            Barry Smith

"Wrong' is one of those concepts that depends on witnesses.
            Scott Adams

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
            William James

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
            Laurence J. Peter

We exist in a bizarre combination of Stone Age emotions, medieval beliefs, and god-like technology.
            E.O. Wilson.

College isn't the place to go for ideas.
            Helen Keller

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God.
Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity:
there is none that doeth good.
            Psalms 53

I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.
            Abraham Maslow

You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind. You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material.
            Leviticus 19:19

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
            Bernard Berenson

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
            Samuel Johnson

"Heaven and Earth revolve and interpenetrate; the myriad things bustle about and yet form a unity. If one is able to know this unity, then there is nothing that cannot be known; if one cannot know this unity, then there is not even one thing that can truly be known." Huainanzi 7: 夫天地運而相通,萬物總而為一。能知一,則無一之不知也;不能知一,則無一之能知也。

Christianity is discovered in the desire to blame weakness on universal innate defects, to claim the strengths of others are irrelevant and false, and to exchange one's natural pursuit of strength with a supernatural solution that is far easier to achieve. The weak become the strong, and through rejection of the religion, the strong become the weak. It is the antithesis of Darwinism and a psychosis of petulance.
            Tom Swan

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
            Sir Francis Bacon

Why is it so difficult to take the first, necessary, close-in, courageous step to claiming our happiness in life? Perhaps, because taking that step immediately leads to a kind of radical internal simplification, where, suddenly, large parts of us, parts of us that had been kept gainfully employed for years; parts of us we thought absolutely necessary to the story, are suddenly out of a job. There occurs in effect a massive form of internal corporate downsizing, where the naysayers in us that do not wish to participate are let go, with all of the accompanying death-like trauma, and where the last fight occurs, a rear guard disbelief that this new, less complicated self, is equal to the new possibilities ahead. –It is always hard to believe that the courageous step is so close to us, that it is closer in than we could imagine, that in fact, we already know what it is, and that that step is simpler, more radical than we had thought: which is why we so often prefer the story to be more complicated, our identities equally clouded by fear and the answer safely in the realm of impossibility.
            David Whyte

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
            Oscar Wilde

It's not denial. I'm just very selective about the reality I accept.
            Calvin & Hobbes

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy afternoon.
            Susan Ertz

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
            Blaise Pascal

It is a poor poet that falls silent when he finds out that the sun is actually a massive sphere of hydrogen fusing into helium
            Richard Feynmann

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.
            Emo Philips

The best cure for sea sickness is to sit under a tree.
            Spike Milligan

As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.
            John Glenn

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
            George Bernard Shaw

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.                       
            Abraham Lincoln

It's half an inch of water and you think you're gonna drown.
            John Prine

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper."
            Rod Serling

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read "President Can't Swim".
            Lyndon B. Johnson

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
            Aldous Huxley

The only thing that makes it a part of your life is that you keep thinking about it.

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable than risk being happy.
            Robert Anthony

You are not superior just because you see the world in an odious light.
            Vicomte de Chateaubriand

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.
             Douglas Adams

Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority.
            James Thurber

There was a boundary to us then, when we was on the land.
            Paraphrased, Steinbeck, screenplay of Grapes of Wrath 

Be yourself - everyone else is already taken.
            Oscar Wilde

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
                   George Orwell

Money passed from your left hand to your right is not a gift.
            Ludwig Wittgenstein

We no longer live in a society, we live in an economy, where right and wrong is determined not by fairness, but by profitability — and where the law no longer dictates corporate behavior, but corporate behavior dictates the law.
            Dave Beerman

I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
            Rebecca West

Bad times have a scientific value.
These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
            Napoleon Bonaparte

The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling.
                   Paula Poundstone

Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.
Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.
            Friedrich von Schiller

If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.
            Jack Handey

Just because some of can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the universe.
            Kurt Vonnegut

The pathways that have led to our evolution are quirky, improbable, unrepeatable and utterly unpredictable. Human evolution is not random; it makes sense and can be explained after the fact. But wind back life’s tape to the dawn of time and let it play again–and you will never get humans a second time.
            Stephen Jay Gould

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.
                   Upton Sinclair

I Am Not There

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sun on ripened grain.
I am the gentle Autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
            by Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)

The shadows of the bamboos
brush the temple steps
The dust is not stirred

Nevertheless, flowers fall with our attachment,
and weeds spring up with our aversion.

True terror is knowing that the country is run by your high school class.
            Kurt Vonnegut

A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time.
            Alfred E. Wiggam

When a Zen master and his disciples began their evening meditation, the cat who lived in the monastery made so much noise that it distracted them. So the teacher ordered that the cat be tied up during the evening practice. Years later when the master died, the monks continued to tie up the cat during the meditation session. When the cat eventually died, another cat was brought to the monastery and tied up during the evening meditation. Centuries later learned descendants of the Zen master wrote scholarly treatises about the religious significance of tying up a cat during meditation practice.
            As told by Morgan Rosenberg, Dark Buddhism

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
            Frank Zappa

‎The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter—for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way.
            Nikola Tesla, The Problem of Increasing Human Energy (1900)

Or is it your reputation that's bothering you? But look at how soon we're all forgotten. The abyss of endless time that swallows it all. The emptiness of those applauding hands.
            Marcus Aurelius:

Sexual selection may produce traits that natural selection would never permit
            Charles Darwin (paraphrase?)

The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot. And then, just possibly, hopefully, it goes on.
            Audre Lorde

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
            Lin Yutang

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
            Lin Yutang

When Small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set.
            Lin Yutang

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 premonition 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. From a knowledge of those limitations and its richness of experience emerges a symphony of colours, richer than all, its green speaking of life and strength, its orange speaking of golden content and its purple of resignation and death.( My Country and My People)
            Lin Yutang

A vague hope of immortality detracts from our wholehearted enjoyment of this earthly existence.
            Lin Yutang

Belief in our mortality, the sense that we are eventually going to crack up and be extinguished like the flame of a candle, I say, is a gloriously fine thing. It makes us sober; it makes us a little sad; and many of us it makes poetic. But above all, it makes it possible for us to make up our mind and arrange to live sensibly, truthfully and always with a sense of our own limitations. It gives peace also, because true peace of mind comes from accepting the worst. Psychologically, I think it means a release of energy.
            Lin Yutang

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.
            Lin Yutang

I cannot think of any American whom I know or have heard of, who is not contributing in some way to destruction. The reason is simple: to live undestructively in an economy that is overwhelmingly destructive would require of any one of us, or of any small group of us, a great deal more work than we have yet been able to do. How could we divorce ourselves completely and yet responsibly from the technologies and powers that are destroying our planet? The answer is not yet thinkable, and it will not be thinkable for some time—even though there are now groups and families and persons everywhere in the country who have begun the labor of thinking it.
            Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America, p. 18.

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
            Wendell Berry

We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?
            Wendell Berry
It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.
            Wendell Berry

It is a horrible fact that we can read in the daily paper, without interrupting our breakfast, numerical reckonings of death and destruction that ought to break our hearts or scare us out of our wits.
            Wendell Berry

I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children; who has undertaken to cherish it and do it no damage, not because he is duty-bound, but because he loves the world and loves his children; whose work serves the earth he lives on and from and with, and is therefore pleasurable and meaningful and unending; whose rewards are not deferred until "retirement," but arrive daily and seasonally out of the details of the life of their place; whose goal is the continuance of the life of the world, which for a while animates and contains them, and which they know they can never compass with their understanding or desire.
            Wendell Berry, The Unforeseen Wilderness (1971)

Individualism is going around these days in uniform, handing out the party line on individualism.
            Wendell Berry, A Continuous Harmony (1972), Think Little

Though I can see no way to defend the economy, I recognize the need to be concerned for the suffering that would be produced by its failure. But I ask if it is necessary for it to fail in order to change: I am assuming that if it does not change it must sooner or later fail, and that a great deal that is more valuable will fail with it. As a deity the economy is a sort of egotistical French monarch, for it apparently can see no alternative to itself except chaos, and perhaps that is its chief weakness. For, of course, chaos is not the only alternative to it. A better alternative is a better  economy. But we will not conceive the possibility of a better  economy, and therefore will not begin to change, until we quit deifying the present one.
            Wendell Berry, A Continuous Harmony

By this time, the era of cut-and-run economics ought to be finished. Such an economy cannot be rationally defended or even apologized for. The proofs of its immense folly, heartlessness, and destructiveness are everywhere. Its failure as a way of dealing with the natural world and human society can no longer be sanely denied. That this economic system persists and grows larger and stronger in spite of its evident failure has nothing to do with rationality or, for that matter, with evidence. It persists because, embodied now in multinational corporations, it has discovered a terrifying truth: If you can control a people’s economy, you don’t need to worry about its politics; its politics have become irrelevant. If you control people’s choices as to whether or not they will work, and where they will work, and what they will do, and how well they will do it, and what they will eat and wear, and the genetic makeup of their crops and animals, and what they will do for amusement, then why should you worry about freedom of speech? In a totalitarian economy, any "political liberties" that the people might retain would simply cease to matter. If, as is often the case already, nobody can be elected who is not wealthy, and if nobody can be wealthy without dependence on the corporate economy, then what is your vote worth? The citizen thus becomes an economic subject.
            Wendell Berry, Another Turn of the Crank (1996) Conserving Forest Communities

We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
            David Brower

Loggers losing their jobs because of Spotted Owl legislation is, in my eyes, no different than people being out of work after the furnaces of Dachau shut down.
            David Brower

They simply don't know that much about what they're doing. There isn't enough control. There isn't enough capability in ordinary people to tinker with such a complicated piece of machinery.
            David Brower

Understanding how DNA transmits all it knows about cancer, physics, dreaming and love will keep man searching for some time.
            David Brower

If greed were not the master of modern man--ably assisted by envy--how could it be that the frenzy of economism does not abate as higher "standards of living" are attained, and that it is precisely the richest societies which pursue their economic advantage with the greatest ruthlessness? How could we explain the almost universal refusal on the part of the rulers of the rich societies--where organized along private enterprise or collective enterprise lines--to work towards the humanisation of work? It is only necessary to assert that something would reduce the "standard of living" and every debate is instantly closed. That soul-destroying, meaningless, mechanical, monotonous, moronic work is an insult to human nature which must necessarily and inevitably produce either escapism or aggression, and that no amount of of "bread and circuses" can compensate for the damage done--these are facts which are neither denied nor acknowledged but are met with an unbreakable conspiracy of silence--because to deny them would be too obviously absurd and to acknowledge them would condemn the central preoccupation of modern society as a crime against humanity.
            E.F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful

Any intelligent fool can invent further complications, but it takes a genius to retain, or recapture, simplicity.
            E.F. Schumacher

Call a thing immoral or ugly, soul-destroying or a degradation to man, a peril to the peace of the world or to the well-being of future generations: as long as you have not shown it to be "uneconomic" you have not really questioned its right to exist, grow, and prosper.
            E.F. Schumacher

Every increase of needs tends to increase one's independence on outside forces over which one cannot have control and therefore increases existential fear.
            E.F. Schumacher

It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work.
            E.F. Schumacher

After all, for mankind as a whole there are no exports. We did not start developing by obtaining foreign exchange from Mars or the moon. Mankind is a closed society.
            E.F. Schumacher

Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?
            Rachel Carson,Silent Spring

As crude a weapon as the cave man's club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life - a fabric on the one hand delicate and destructible, on the other miraculously tough and resilient, and capable of striking back in unexpected ways. These extraordinary capacities of life have been ignored by the practitioners of chemical control who have brought to their task no "high-minded orientation," no humility before the vast forces with which they tamper.
            Rachel Carson,Silent Spring

This is an era of specialists, each of whom sees his own problem and is unaware of or intolerant of the larger frame into which it fits.
            Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

We have looked first at man with his vanities and greed and his problems of a day or a year; and then only, and from this biased point of view, we have looked outward at the earth he has inhabited so briefly and at the universe in which our earth is so minute a part. Yet these are the great realities, and against them we see our human problems in a different perspective. Perhaps if we reversed the telescope and looked at man down these long vistas, we should find less time and inclination to plan for our own destruction.
            Rachel Carson (1952)

I believe in time, matter and energy, which make up the whole of the world. I believe in reason, evidence and the human mind, the only tools we have; they are the product of natural forces in a majestic but impersonal universe, grander and richer than we can imagine, a source of endless opportunity for discovery. I believe in the power of doubt; I do not seek out reassurances, but embrace the question, and strive to challenge my own beliefs. I accept human mortality. e have but one life, brief and full of struggle, leavened with love and community, learning and exploration, beauty and the creation of new life, new art and new ideas. I rejoice in this life I have, and in the grandeur of the world that preceded me, and an earth that will abide without me.
            PZ Meyers
The very expression "scientifically proven" is a contradiction in terms. There is nothing that is scientifically proven. The core of science is the deep awareness that we have wrong ideas, we have prejudices. Science is not about certainty. Science is about finding the most reliable way of thinking at the present level of knowledge. In fact, not only is it not certain, but it's lack of certainty that grounds it. Scientific ideas are credible not because they are sure, but because they are the ones that have survived all the possible past critiques, and they are the most credible because they were put on the table for everybody's criticism.
            Carlo Ravelli

All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law.
            Theodore Roosevelt

If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.
            H. P. Lovecraft

We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return.
            Richard Dawkins

Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.
            Ken Blanchard

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.
            Lily Tomlin

Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid.
            John Wayne

If you seek some special life outside of daily activities, that is like brushing aside waves to look for water.

Reexamine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.
            Walt Whitman

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.
            wrongly attributed to Charles Darwin, possibly Leon C. Megginson

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
            Richard Dawkins

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
            Benjamin Franklin

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
            George Orwell

People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.
            Wendell Berry

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
            Leonardo da Vinci

We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end. It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood. . . .It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless.
            Lincoln, letter to (Col.) William F. Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864.

Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.
            Hypatia of Alexandria

One for whom the pebble has value will be surrounded by treasures wherever he goes.
            Par Lagerkvist   

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
            Dr. Seuss

Two percent of the people think. Three percent of the people Think they think. And ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.
            George Bernard Shaw

There is pleasure in the pathless woods
There is rapture on the lonely shore
There is society where none intrudes
By the deep sea, and music in its roar
I love not man the less but nature more.
            Lord Byron

Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error.
            Linus Pauling

The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane.
            Eric Fromm

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
            Attributed to the Buddha

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
            Martin Luther King

The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.
            Frank Zappa

Loving someone who doesn't love you is like waiting for a ship at the airport.

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing about the bird. So let's take a look at the bird and see what it's doing.
            Richard Feynman

It's an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don't try to make it posthumous.
            Gloria Steinham

Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it.
            Oscar Wilde

“Another area of fuzzy thinking out there is the movement called Intelligent Design. It asserts that somethings are too marvelous or too intricate to explain. The contention is that these things defy common scientific accounts for cause and effect, and so they’re ascribed to an intelligent, purposeful designer… . So let’s start a movement called Stupid Design, and we’ll see where that takes us. For example, what’s going on with your appendix? It’s much better at killing you than it is at anything else. That’s definitely a stupid design. What about your pinky toenail? You can barely put nail polish on it; there’s no real estate there. how about bad breath, or the fact that you breathe and drink through the same hole in your body, causing some fraction of us to choke to death every year? And here’s my last one. Ready? Down there between our legs, it’s like an entertainment complex system in the middle of a sewage system. Who designed that?”
            Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you it will.

Size matters not.

You must unlearn what you have learned.

Named must be your fear before banish it you can.

Too any people spend money they haven't earned, to buy thinks they don'e want, to impress people they don't like.
            Will Smith

What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
            Thomas Carlyle

"Flowing water -- my mind doesn't try to keep up;
lingering clouds -- my thoughts match their slowness."    
            Du Fu 杜甫, Tang Dynasty

It is a great tragedy that science, this wonderful process for finding out what is true, has ceded the spiritual uplift of its central revelations: the vastness of the universe, the immensity of time, the relatedness of all life, and life’s preciousness on our tiny planet.
            Ann Druyan interviewed by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry,

The masses regard sufficient food as their heaven. 民以食為天

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.
            Thomas Sowell

To stop leaving tracks is easy. Not to walk upon the ground is hard.

If you run after things, nothing will come to you. Let things run after you. The sea never sends an invitation to the rivers. That’s why they run to the sea. The sea is content. It doesn’t want anything. That’s the secret in life. Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
            Probably falsely attributed to Zhuangzi (could be Osho?)

Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.
                  Niels Bohr

The size of the bubble is determined by the responsibility you assume, and this size determines whether something is within you or outside you. Definitions eventually integrate. If you assume a very small, infinitely small, level of being, then everything appears to be outside of you. That's maximum separation from awareness. You have become a particle!
On the other hand, if you assume a level of being that is expansive enough to contain the universe, then the universe is within you.
            Harry Palmer, from Living Deliberately

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

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
                   Steven Weinberg

The environmental movement is consumed with trying to preserve the planet forever. But we know that isn't in God's plan. The earth we inhabit is not a permanent planet. It is, frankly, a disposable planet -- it is going to have a very short life. It's been around six thousand years or so - - that's all -- and it may last a few thousand more. And then the Lord is going to destroy it.
I've told environmentalists that if they think humanity is wrecking the planet, wait until they see what Jesus does to it. ... This earth was never ever intended to be a permanent planet -- it is not eternal. We do not have to worry about it being around tens of thousands, or millions, of years from now because God is going to create a new heaven and a new earth."
            John MacArthur

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

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

This book fills a much-needed gap.
             Moses Hadas

There is no good lighting that is healthy and for our well being without proper darkness.
            Roger van der Heide         

We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.
            Walt Kelly

Quafak observed that Earthlings did not like to think, and especially disliked being called upon to think for themselves. They would have you believe that thinking actually caused them physical pain. They were resentful and suspicious of their own minds, and wished to be rid of them.
            Source: Ed Taylor (ET) via Thomas Foster

One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways."
             Bertrand Russell

Do not teach a monkey to climb trees. 毋教猱升木 Wú jiào náo shēng mù

I know not, sir, whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare, but if he did not it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life.
            James M. Barrie

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
            A. A. Milne

Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
            Hanlon's Razor

I like rice. Rice is great if you're hungry and want 2000 of something.
            Mitch Hedberg

I have a friend who's an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up a flower and say "look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree. Then he says "I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing," and I think that he's kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe. Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is ... I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it's not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there's also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts.”
             Richard P. Feynman

Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
            Jerry Garcia

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
            Doug Larson

Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible.
            Edward Teller

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
            Peter Drucker

Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
            Michael Crichton

I try to be cynical, but it's hard to keep up [0r]
No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.
            Lily Tomlin

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read "President Can't Swim."
            Lyndon B. Johnson

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
            Alvin Toffler

Like its politicians and its wars, society has the teenagers it deserves.
            J. B. Priestley

A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time.
            Alfred E. Wiggam

Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority.
            James Thurber

Studies suggest if you lose one sense, your other senses are enhanced. That's why people with no sense of humor have an increased sense of self-importance.
            Shawn Kirby (?)

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
            Henry Ford

I can explain this to you. I can't comprehend it for you.
            Ed Koch

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
            Dr. Seuss

Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people. Otherwise, there wouldn't be religious people.
            Doris Egan

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

Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.
            Marquis de Flers Robert and Arman de Caillavet

Naturally, the common people don't want war ... but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.
            Hermann Goering

The wages of sin are unreported.

If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.
            Henry A. Kissinger

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
            Henry A. Kissinger

No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.
            Donald Foster

This story from Jiddu Krishnamurti, I think, explains it best: "You may remember the story of how the devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil, 'What did that man pick up?'
'He picked up a piece of Truth', said the devil.
'That is a very bad business for you, then', said his friend.
'Oh, not at all', the devil replied,  "I am going to help him organize it."

I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.
             Richard Feynman

Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.
            Friedrich von Schiller

The cause of most of man's unhappiness is sacrificing what he wants most, for what he wants now.
            Gordon B. Hinkley

And now it is us. We are the ones they spoke of long ago... They say this is the hardest time to live, but they say to be alive, to come into creation and to live upon the earth at this time is also the greatest honor.
            Lee Brown, Continental Indigenous Council

I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

Heaven is Where:
The Police are British,
The Chefs are French,
The Mechanics are German,
The Lovers are Italian, and
It's all organized by the Swiss.
Hell is Where:
The Police are German,
The Chefs are British,
The Mechanics are French,
The Lovers are Swiss, and
It's all organized by the Italians.

Idols are the profoundest fallacies of the mind of man. Nor do they deceive in particulars [that is, objects in the external world] … but from a corrupt and crookedly-set predisposition of the mind; which doth, as it were, wrest and inject all the anticipations of the understanding. For the mind of man … is so far from being like a smooth, equal, and clear glass, which might sincerely take and reflect the beams of things, according to their true incidence; that it is rather like an enchanted glass, full of superstitions, apparitions, and imposture.
            Francis Bacon, Great Instauration, 1620, 1674 translation bu Gilbert Wats

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator there is no poverty.

A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
            Sir Barnett Cocks

As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.
            Matt Cartmill

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
             Bruce Lee

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

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
            David Friedman

Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem.  Frankly, these people frighten me.  Politics and governing demand compromise.  But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise.  I know, I've tried to deal with them.
            Barry Goldwater

A man who is born into a world already possessed - if he cannot get subsistence from his parents on whom he has a just demand, and if the society do not want his labour, has no claim of right to the smallest portion of food.
At nature's mighty feast there is no vacant cover for him. She tells him to be gone, and will quickly execute her own orders, if he does not work upon the compassion of some of her guests. If these guests get up and make room for him, other intruders immediately appear demanding the same favour. The plenty that before reigned is changed into scarcity; and the happiness of the guests is destroyed by the spectacle of misery and dependence in every part of the hall.
            Thomas Malthus' Essay on Population, 1803 edition:

Marriage changes passion. Suddenly you are sleeping with a relative.

We learn something every day, and lots of times it's that what we learned the day before was wrong.
            Bill Vaughan

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
            Arthur Schopenhauer

Soil is the basis for human health, and agriculture is the basis for civilization and there is great historical evidence that most of the great ancient civilizations fell as a result of decline in their soil.
            John Crawford

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
            George Bernard Shaw

2 is not equal to 3, not even for large values of 2.
            Grabel's Law

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.
            Lily Tomlin

The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.
            Andre Malraux

The World Is a Beautiful Place
The world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don't mind happiness
not always being
so very much fun
if you don't mind a touch of hell
now and then
just when everything is fine
because even in heaven
they don't sing
all the time

The world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don't mind some people dying
all the time
or maybe only starving
some of the time
which isn't half bad
if it isn't you

Oh the world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don't much mind
a few dead minds
in the higher places
or a bomb or two
now and then
in your upturned faces
or such other improprieties
as our Name Brand society
is prey to
with its men of distinction
and its men of extinction
and its priests
and other patrolmen

and its various segregations
and congressional investigations
and other constipations
that our fool flesh
is heir to

Yes the world is the best place of all
for a lot of such things as
making the fun scene
and making the love scene
and making the sad scene
and singing low songs and having inspirations
and walking around
looking at everything
and smelling flowers
and goosing statues
and even thinking
and kissing people and
making babies and wearing pants
and waving hats and
and going swimming in rivers
on picnics
in the middle of the summer
and just generally
'living it up'
but then right in the middle of it
comes the smiling
            Lawrence Ferlinghetti

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
            Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
            Elizabeth Warren

Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths.
            Bertrand Russell

Father William
            Lewis Carroll

"You are old, Father William," the young man said,
"And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head—
Do you think, at your age, it is right?"

"In my youth," Father William replied to his son,
"I feared it might injure the brain;
But now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again."

"You are old," said the youth, "As I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door—
Pray, what is the reason of that?"

"In my youth," said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
"I kept all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment—one shilling the box—
Allow me to sell you a couple?"

"You are old," said the youth, "And your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak—
Pray, how did you manage to do it?"

"In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life."

"You are old," said the youth, "one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose—
What made you so awfully clever?"

"I have answered three questions, and that is enough,"
Said his father; "don't give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I'll kick you down stairs!"

            Laura E. Richards

Once there was an elephant
Who tried to use the telephant.
No, No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone!

(Dear me I am not certain quite
that even now I've got it right!)

However it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telefunk.
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telefee!

I fear I'd better drop the song
Of Elephop and telephong.

A Ballad Of China
            Laura E. Richards

Her Name was Dilliki Dolliki Dinah;
Niece she was to the Empress of China;
Fair she was as a morning in May,
when Hy Kokolorum stole her away.

Hy was a wizard, I'd have you know;
Wicked as weasels and black as a crow;
Lived in castle a-top a hill;
Had a panther who's name was Bill;

Used to ride him around and around,
creeping and peeping close to the ground;
Working mischief wherever he could;
Nothing about him in anyway good!

Saw the maiden one midsummer morn,
(sweetest creature that ever was born!),
Creeped and peeped in his wizardly way,
Catched her and snatched her and stole her away!

All through China arose a cry:
"Some one has stolen out Dilliki Di!"
People gathered in every Forum,
Crying, "it must be Hy Kokolorum!"

All the Barons in China land,
Ling the lofty and Bing the Bland,
Kong the Kingly and Bond the brave,
Vowed a vow to find and save

Darling Dilliki Dolliki Dinah
(niece you know to the empress of china;
Fair you know as a morning in May),
Whom Hy Kokolorum had stolen away.

Now in a kingly, ringly row,
Round and about the hill they go,
Ling the lofty, Bing the bland,
Kong and Bong, and there they stand,

Weaving a weird and spinning a spell,
All with intent to quash and quell
Hy Kokolorum, worker of woe,
Wicked as weasels and black as a crow.

Dilliki Dinah was weeping her fill,
When stepped up softly the panther Bill;
Whispered," if you will give me a kiss,
I'll turn your sorrow into bubbling bliss!"

she, to animals always kind,
Said," No! Really? Well, i don't mind!"
Dropped a kiss on his nose so pink,
And-goodness gracious! what do you think?

He turned into a beautiful Golden King,
Crown and sceptre and everything!
Ran the old wizard through and through,
Saying, "now there is an end of you!"

Caught the maiden up in his arms,
Broke through the net of spells and charms,
Cried to the barons Bold and Brave,
"I've had the honor to find and save

Darling Dilliki Dolliki Dinah
Niece (I learn) to the Empress of china,
Fair (I swear) as a morning in May
And she is my queen to this very day!"

Benjamin Jones Goes Swimming
            Aileen Fisher

Benjamin Jones in confident tones
told his wife, "On the fourth of July
I think I'll compete in the free-for-all meet.
I bet I can win, if I try."

But his wife said "My word! How very absurd!
You haven't gone swimming for years.
With others so fast, you're sure to be last,
And I'll blush to the tip of my ears."

Well, the Fourth quickly came, and waiting acclaim
Were wonderful swimmers galore,
Each poised in his place for the start of the race,
While spectators crowded the shore.

The contest began, and Bengy, poor man,
Was passed on the left and the right.
His pace was so slow that a crab saw his toe
And thought it would venture a bite.

Ben noticed the crab as it started to grab
And--perhaps the result can be guessed:
The thought of his toe in the claw of his foe
Made him swim like a swimmer possessed!

And the crowd on the shore sent up a great roar
As Ben took the lead in the dash,
While his wife on the dock received such a shock
She fell in the lake with a splash.
Sonnet XXV
As in the midst of battle there is room
For thoughts of love, and in foul sin for mirth;
As gossips whisper of a trinket’s worth
Spied by the death-bed’s flickering candle-gloom;
As in the crevices of Caesar’s tomb
The sweet herbs flourish on a little earth:
So in this great disaster of our birth
We can be happy, and forget our doom.
For morning, with a ray of tenderest joy
Gilding the iron heaven, hides the truth,
And evening gently woos us to employ
Our grief in idle catches. Such is youth;
Till from that summer’s trance we wake, to find
Despair before us, vanity behind.
            George Santayana 1863–1952

It's all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back.
            Mick Jagger

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
            George Eliot

One can ask what might it take to have an agriculture that does not degrade the soils, a fishery that does not deplete the ocean, a forestry that keeps watersheds and ecosystems intact, population policies that respect human sexuality and personality while holding the numbers down, and energy policies that do not set off fierce little wars. These are the key questions worth our lifetimes and more.
            Gary Snyder

We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us day and night.  To see this truth is to realize that the sacred and secular cannot be divided.  Even the most transcendent visions of spirituality must shine through the here and now and be brought to life in how we walk, eat, and love one another.
            Jack Kornfield

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.
            David Brin

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western religion, rejection without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western science.
            Gary Zukav

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
            John Cage

There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.
            James Branch Cabell

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
            Bertrand Russell

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
            Buckminster Fuller

It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
            John Andrew Holmes

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.
            Samuel Adams

If little else, the brain is an educational toy.
            Tom Robbins

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

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer."
            Robert Frost

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.
            Pierre Beaumarchais

Irrigation of the land with seawater desalinated by fusion power is ancient. It's called 'rain'."
            Michael McClary

Most advances in science come when a person for one reason or another is forced to change fields.
            Peter Borden

When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
            R. Buckminster Fuller

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
            Rita Mae Brown

There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.
            Bertrand Russell

No good deed goes unpunished.
            Clare Booth Luce

We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact.
            Jean-Paul Sartre
Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
            Rainer Maria Rilke

Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.

It is bad luck to be superstitious.
            Andrew W. Mathis

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

What luck for rulers that men do not think.
            Adolf Hitler

On the principle that the public knows what's best, the prole will always go where others go, preferably to stand in line once he's there.
            Paul Fussell, "Class"

I'm just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It's just, I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade.
            Morticia Addams

Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.
            Falsely attributed to Mariah Carey

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.
             Laurens Van der Post

If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame this; blame yourself: admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth it’s riches: because for the creator there is no poverty and no indifferent place.
            Rainer Maria Rilke.

Money can't buy happiness, but neither can poverty.
            Leo Rosten

Never knock on Death's door: ring the bell and run away! Death really hates that!
            Matt Frewer

I'm a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn. That's what kind of man I am. You're just a woman with a small brain. With a brain a third the size of us. It's science.
            Ron Burgundy

The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.
            Anatole France

[Mal is disconcerted to find Saffron in his bed, wearing only a bedsheet.]
Saffron: But we've been wed. Aren't… we to become one flesh?
Mal: Well, no, uh… we're still two fleshes here, and... I think... that your flesh oughta… sleep somewhere else.
Saffron: I'm sorry. When we talked, I'd hoped, but I—
[She gestures with her hands, losing the sheet. Mal turns away.]
Mal: Whoa, hey! Flesh. Um... Saffron... i-it... it ain't a question of pleasing me. It's more a question of what's...
[Mal, breathing heavily, strains not to look at the naked woman.]
Mal: of what's morally right.
Saffron: I do know my Bible, sir. "On the night of their betrothal, the wife shall open to the man as the furrow to the plow, and he shall work in her, in and again, till she bring him to his fall, and rest him then upon the sweat of her breast."
[Cut to Mal, who is openly staring now.]
Mal: Whoa. Good Bible.
            Firefly, Our Mrs. Reynolds (the quotation is actually from an Islamic Hadith)

Communism is like one big phone company.
            Lenny Bruce

Most people ignore most poetry / because / most poetry ignores most people.
            Adrian Mitchell

It’s better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
            James Thurber

I think the world is run by 'C' students.
            Al McGuire

There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.
            Franz Kafka

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

Who shall measure the heat and violence of the poet's heart when caught and tangled in a woman's body?
            Virginia Woolf

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way, so I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on the list.

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

I thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted pay checks.

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark
or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

 You're never too old to learn something stupid.

The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese,

Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm. 

OK, so what's the speed of dark?
            Unknown, sounds like Wright

The un-lived life s not worth examining.
            Sheldon Kopp or Tom Morris?

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
            Chinese (African?) Proverb

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
            Albert Camus

The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.
            Edwin Schlossberg

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
            Aldous Huxley

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
            Will Rogers
There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.
            Will Rogers

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
            Will Rogers

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
            Will Rogers

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
            Will Rogers

Some people try to turn back their odometers.
Not me; I want people to know 'why' I look this way.
I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren't paved.
            Will Rogers

I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
            Will Rogers

After all, my erstwhile dear,
My no longer cherished;
Need we say it was not love,
Just because it perished?
            Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

Getting caught is the mother of invention.
            Robert Byrne

This isn't right. This isn't even wrong.
            Wolfgang Pauli

In Her Praise
This they know well: the Goddess yet abides.
Though each new lovely woman whom she rides,
Straddling her neck a year or two or three,
Should sink beneath such weight of majesty
And, groping back to humankind, gainsay
The headlong power that whitened all her way
With a broad track of trefoil—leaving you,
Her chosen lover, ever again thrust through
With daggers, your purse rifled, your rings gone—
Nevertheless they call you to live on
To parley with the pure, oracular dead,
To hear the wild pack whimpering overhead,
To watch the moon tugging at her cold tides.
Woman is mortal woman. She abides.
            Robert Graves

Discretion is not the better part of biography.
            Lytton Strachey

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
            Hermann Hesse

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
            George Santayana

I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.
            Richard Feynman

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
            Douglas Adams

There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.
            Robertson Davies

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
            Sir Francis Bacon

The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.
            Nikos Kazantzakis

Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.
            Nikola Tesla

A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.
            Thomas Edison

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
            A. A. Milne

Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.
            R. Buckminster Fuller

Even in  the valley of the shadow of death two and two do not make six,

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.
            Thomas A. Edison

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
            Seneca the Younger 4 b.c.- 65 a.d.

The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.
            Herbert Agar

Seeing ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them.
            Franklin P. Adams

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

Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.
            Clive Barnes

I would like to beg you, dear Sir, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, some day far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
            Rainer Maria Rilke's Advice to a Young Poet

Careful. We don't want to learn from this.
            Bill Watterson

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.
            Enrico Fermi

Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.
            Lily Tomlin

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
            Stephen Roberts

The only paradise is paradise lost.
            Marcel Proust

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
            H. P. Lovecraft

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.
            Daniel J. Boorstin

You can never get enough of what you don’t really need.
            Eric Hoffer

Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.
            Unknown Author

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
            Abraham Lincoln

When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.
            C. P. Snow

Earth's the right place for love. I don't know where it's likely to go better.
            Robert Frost

The problem with the designated driver program, it's not a desirable job, but if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it. At the end of the night, drop them off at the wrong house.
            Jeff Foxworthy

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.
            Laurens Van der Post

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
            Martin Luther King Jr.

I have four great vows:
When I'm hungry, I eat;
when it's cold, I put on more clothes;
when I'm tired, I stretch out and sleep;
when it gets warm, I like to find a cool breeze.
            Baiyun Shouduan, quoted by John Tarrant

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
            Baltasar Gracian

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.
            Mignon McLaughlin
Great men are true men, the men in whom nature has succeeded. They are not extraordinary – they are in the true order. It is the other species of men who are not what they ought to be.
            Henri-Frederic Amiel

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
            Sir Richard Francis Burton

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he who sees takes off his shoes.
            Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.
            Daphne de Maurier

One for whom the pebble has value must be surrounded by treasures wherever he goes.
            Par Lagerkvist

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.
            Michel de Montaigne (used by Mark Twain)

The real writer is one who really writes. Talent is an invention, like phlogiston, after the fact of fire.
            Marge Piercy

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
            Anais Nin

Going to  church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.
            Unknown source

For  every action there is an equal and opposite government  program.
            Unknown source

Experience  enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
            Unknown source

If you had to identify in one word the reason why the human race has not achieved and never will achieve its  full potential, that word would be meetings.
            Unknown source

There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and  'mental illness.
            Unknown source

No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.
            Donald Foster

Which of the Himalayas is the shortest?
            Steve Connelly

I heard that in relativity theory space and time are the same thing. Einstein discovered this when he kept showing up three miles late for his meetings.
            Alex Kirlik

Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening.
            Barbara Tober

The true measure of a man is what he would do if he knew he would never be caught.
            Lord Kelvin

To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent.
            Robert Copeland

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

Self-knowledge is an elusive thing, for the self changes in the knowing
            Joseph Levenson

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
            William James

It's a category error, like trying to define fruit in miles per hour.
            Peter H. Butterworth

My friend from Asia has powers and magic, he plucks a blue leaf from the young blue-gum
And gazing upon it gathering and quieting
The God in his mind, creates an ocean more real than the ocean, the salt, the actual
Appalling presence, the power of the waters.
He believes that nothing is real except as we make it. I humbler have found in my blood
Bred west of Caucasus a harder mysticism.
Multitude stands in my mind but I think that the ocean in the bone vault is only
The bone vault’s ocean: out there is the ocean’s;
The water is the water, the cliff is the rock, come shocks and flashes of reality. The mind
Passes, the eye closes, the spirit is a passage;
The beauty of things was born before eyes and sufficient to itself, the heart-breaking beauty
Will remain when there is no heart to break for it.
            Robinson Jeffers (b. 10 January 1887)

A committee can make a decision that is dumber than any of its members.
            David Coblitz

Here's something to think about: How come you never see a headline like 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?
            Jay Leno

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
            Umberto Eco

Nothing can so alienate a voter from the political system as backing a winning candidate.
            Mark B. Cohen

It's easy to be brave from a distance.

Soul has its own inner law of growth.
was retranslated loosely in Cold Souls as:
The soul is its own source of unfolding.

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
            H. L. Mencken

Character is easier kept than recovered.
            English Proverb

It's mutual interest, not trust, that will be the bond of our relationship.
            The International (film)

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.
            Albert Camus

The course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education.
            John F. Kennedy

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
            Napoleon Bonaparte

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

So, we'll go no more a-roving     
  So late into the night,     
Though the heart be still as loving,     
  And the moon be still as bright.
For the sword outwears its sheath,          
  And the soul wears out the breast,     
And the heart must pause to breathe,     
  And love itself have rest. ... .
            Lord Byron

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
            Bertrand Russell

Some people are better than others - smarter, harder working, more learned, more productive, harder to replace.
            William A. Henry III, In Defense of Elitism

In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from.
            Peter Drucker

There's a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about any overlarge concentration of like-thinking individuals, no matter how virtuous their cause.
            P. J. O'Rourke

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

I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it..
            W. C. Fields

We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.
            Will Rogers

Things are going to get unimaginably worse, and they're never, ever going to get better again.
            Kurt Vonnegut

If you are thinking 1 year ahead, plant seeds
If you are thinking 10 years ahead, plant a tree
If you are thinking 100 years ahead, educate the people.
            Chinese Emperor Kuan Tsu, 5th century BC

11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor yet bread to the wise, nor yet wealth to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of knowledge; for time and chance will happen to them all.
12 For surely man also knows not his time: as fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as birds that are caught in a snare; even thus the sons of men are snared at an evil time, when it falls suddenly upon them.
            Ecclesiastes 9:11

The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
            Sir Winston Churchill

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
            Martin Luther King Jr.

Dance like it hurts,/ Love like you need money,/ Work when people are watching.
            Scott Adams

One of my favorite scenes from the movies- Streep's character in Out of Africa has just driven off a lion with a bullwhip, but not before the lion has killed one of the wagon's oxen, and Streep herself has got tangled in a thorn bush. Her muslim manservant is pulling the thorns from her back and pondering: "Memsahib is bleeding - she does not have this ox.  The lion is hungry - he does not have this ox. The wagon is heavy - it does not have this ox. God is Happy, Sabu- he plays with us."
            Out of Africa

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
            Hannah Arendt

"Junsei nana korobi, Ya oki" 
(Such is life - Seven times down, Eight times up!)
            Zen saying, Daruma doll

We do what we must, and call it by the best names.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
            Douglas Adams

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

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
            Bernard Berenson

The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.
            Edwin Schlossberg

Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.
            Frank Zappa

The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.
            Bertrand Russell

After waiting for years to have a child, a Japanese feudal Lord was at last blessed by the birth of a son. A Zen master renowned for his exquisite calligraphy was commissioned by the Lord to create a fine work of art and a blessing of the birth, to be presented at a grand celebration.. The  Master arrived at the festivities three days later and unrolled a small scroll that read: "Grandfather dies, father dies, son dies." The Lord was enraged and had the Roshi seized and dragged before him, demanding either a satisfactory account or a severed head. The Master explained "Sir, the greatest blessing is to be accord with the natural order of things, but I can write these in any other order you might prefer."                    Zen lore

Raise no more devils than you can lay down.
            Blackheart, Ghost Rider, from ???

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
            Napoleon Bonaparte

Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.
            John Andrew Holmes

Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either.
            Gore Vidal

What's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh.
            Latin proverb

I'm a godmother, that's a great thing to be, a godmother. She calls me god for short, that's cute, I taught her that.
            Ellen DeGeneres

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
            William G. McAdoo

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
            P. J. O'Rourke

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
            Ben Hecht

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.
            H. L. Mencken

Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.
            Unknown source

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bike.  Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way, so I stole a bike and asked him to forgive me.
            Unknown source

Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.
            Jules Renard

It's a lot like nature. You only have as many animals as the ecosystem can support and you only have as many friends as you can tolerate the bitching of.
            Randy K. Milholland

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
            Clement Atlee

You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.
            Sydney Smith

1. Never tell everything at once.
            Ken Venturi

Seeing a murder on television... can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
            Alfred Hitchcock

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

Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything.
            Henri Poincare

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.
            Shana Alexander

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
            Steven Weinberg

When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.
            George Bernard Shaw

Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.
            Blaise Pascal

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

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
             Joseph Conrad

I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
            Woodrow Wilson

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
            Aldous Huxley

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

'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in
front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.'
            G. K. Chesterton

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
            Isaac Asimov

Ars longa, vita brevis, occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile.
Life is short, [the] art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment dangerous, judgment difficult.

Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there.
            E. H. Gombrich

Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it's just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.
            David Sedaris

Clouds are so beautiful I could bite my toes!
            Matthew Howe (age 4)

In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
            Johann von Neumann

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know 'why' I look this way.  I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.
            Will Rogers

Life is not about waiting for the storms to's about learning how to dance in the rain.
            Unknown, sometimes attributed to a greeting card maker, Vivian Greene

Give a man a match, and he'll be warm for a minute, but set him on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.
            Poe, 1830

    Empty Headed Athenians
St. Paul spoke up on the Hill of Mars
To the empty-headed Athenians;
But I would rather talk to the stars
Than to empty-headed Athenians;
    It’s only too easy to form a cult,
    To cry a crusade with “Deus Vult”—
    But you won’t get much of a good result
    From empty-headed Athenians.
The people of London much resemble
Those empty-headed Athenians.
I could very easily make them tremble,
Those empty-headed Athenians.
    A pinch of Bible, a gallon of gas,
    And I, or any otherguess ass,
    Could bring to our mystical moonlight mass
    Those empty-headed Athenians.
In fine, I have precious little use
For empty-headed Athenians.
The birds I have snared shall all go loose;
They are empty-headed Athenians.
    I thought perhaps I might do some good;
    But it’s ten to one if I ever should—
    And I doubt if I would save, if I could,
    Such empty-headed Athenians.
So (with any luck) I shall bid farewell
To the empty-headed Athenians.
For me, they may all of them go to hell,
For empty-headed Athenians.
    I hate your idiot jolts and jars,
    You monkeys grinning behind your bars—
    I’m more at home with the winds and stars
    Than with empty-headed Athenians.
            Aleister Crowley

My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird —
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
    Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
    Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me
    keep my mind on what matters,
    which is my work,
 which is mostly standing still and learning to be
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,
    which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
    and these body-clothes,
    a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
    to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
    telling them all, over and over, how it is
    that we live forever.
            Mary Oliver

This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready
to break my heart
as the sun rises,
as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers
    and they open ---
    pools of lace,
    white and pink ---
    and all day the black ants climb over them,
boring their deep and mysterious holes
into the curls,
craving the sweet sap,
taking it away
    to their dark, underground cities ---
    and all day
    under the shifty wind,
    as in a dance to the great wedding,
the flowers bend their bright bodies,
and tip their fragrance to the air,
and rise,
their red stems holding
    all that dampness and recklessness
    gladly and lightly,
    and there it is again ---
    beauty the brave, the exemplary,
blazing open.
Do you love this world?
Do you cherish your humble and silky life?
Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?
    Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden,
    and softly,
    and exclaiming of their dearness,
    fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,
with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling,
their eagerness
to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are
nothing, forever?
            Mary Oliver,  New And Selected Poems

Every day
     I see or hear
               that more or less
kills me
     with delight,
          that leaves me
               like a needle
in the haystack
     of light.
          It was what I was born for -
               to look, to listen,
to lose myself
     inside this soft world -
          to instruct myself
               over and over
in joy,
     and acclamation.
          Nor am I talking
               about the exceptional,
the fearful, the dreadful,
     the very extravagant -
          but of the ordinary,
               the common, the very drab,
the daily presentations.
     Oh, good scholar,
          I say to myself,
               how can you help
but grow wise
     with such teachings
          as these -
               the untrimmable light
of the world,
     the ocean's shine,
          the prayers that are made
               out of grass?
            Mary Oliver

    Wild Geese
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
            Mary Oliver

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.
            Mary Elizabeth Frye (attrib)

If you don't know the kind of person I am
and I don't know the kind of person you are
a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.
    For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,
    a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break
    sending with shouts the horrible errors of childhood
    storming out to play through the broken dyke.
And as elephants parade holding each elephant's tail,
but if one wanders the circus won't find the park,
I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty
to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.
    And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,
    a remote important region in all who talk:
    though we could fool each other, we should consider—
    lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark.
For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
the signals we give—yes or no, or maybe—
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.
            William Stafford

    The Man Watching
I can tell by the way the trees beat, after
so many dull days, on my worried windowpanes
that a storm is coming,
and I hear the far-off fields say things
I can't bear without a friend,
I can't love without a sister
    The storm, the shifter of shapes, drives on
    across the woods and across time,
    and the world looks as if it had no age:
    the landscape like a line in the psalm book,
    is seriousness and weight and eternity.
What we choose to fight is so tiny!
What fights us is so great!
If only we would let ourselves be dominated
as things do by some immense storm,
we would become strong too, and not need names.
    When we win it's with small things,
    and the triumph itself makes us small.
    What is extraordinary and eternal
    does not want to be bent by us.
    I mean the Angel who appeared
    to the wrestlers of the Old Testament:
    when the wrestler's sinews
    grew long like metal strings,
    he felt them under his fingers
    like chords of deep music.
Whoever was beaten by this Angel
(who often simply declined the fight)
went away proud and strengthened
and great from that harsh hand,
that kneaded him as if to change his shape.
Winning does not tempt that man.
This is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively,
by constantly greater beings.
            Rainer Maria Rilke

One evening, an old native American told his grandson a story about the inner struggle taking place in Man's soul. "You see, my child, this inner conflict, the struggle, is between two wolves inside us all: One wolf is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, vanity, self-pity, guilt, offense, inferiority, lies and arrogance. The other wolf is pleasure, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kind-heartedness, generosity, empathy, truth, mercy and faith.
The grandson thought for a moment and asked his grandfather: "And which wolf wins?"
Grandfather smiled and answered simply: "The one you feed."
            Source unknown

New Rule: Just because your tattoo has Chinese characters in it doesn't make you spiritual. It's right above the crack of your ass. And it translates to "beef with broccoli." The last time you did anything spiritual, you were praying to God you weren't pregnant. You're not spiritual. You're just high.
            Bill Maher

New Rule: The more complicated the Starbucks order, the bigger the asshole. If you walk into a Starbucks and order a "decaf grande half-soy, half-low fat, iced vanilla, double-shot, gingerbread cappuccino, extra dry, light ice, with one Sweet-n'-Low and one NutraSweet," ooh, you're a huge asshole.
            Bill Maher

Dao is the dynamic field of natural law in whose context all else takes place
            Bruce Hamerslough

A man is exactly as great as the tide surging beneath him

The injustice we seed grows a poison fruit, one that we inevitably end up eating.
            Gerry Spence

"Secret? There is no secret.
"Anyone with eyes can see the way to live: by watching life, observing nature and cooperating with it, making common cause with the process of existence.
"By living life for itself, don't you see, deriving pleasure from the gift of pure being.
"Life is its own answer. Accept it and enjoy it day by day. Live as well as possible; expect no more. Destroy nothing; humble nothing; look for fault in nothing. Leave unsullied and untouched all that is beautiful. Hold that which lives in all reverence; for life is given by the sovereign of our universe, given to be savored, to be luxuriated in, to be respected.
"But that's no secret. You're intelligent. You know, as well as I, what has to be done.
            Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles

He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I ever met.
            Abraham Lincoln

Americans have a curiosity a mile wide and an inch deep.
            Russian visitor

Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!
            Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends
            William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Seventeen times of trying to commit suicide, I think it’s time to give up.
            Sam Ross, a disabled Iraq veteran now in a mental hospital.

God made mud. God got lonesome. So God said to some of the mud, "Sit up!" "See all I've made," said God, "the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars." And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around. Lucky me, lucky mud. I, mud, sat up and saw what a nice job God had done. Nice going, God. Nobody but you could have done it, God! I certainly couldn't have. I feel very unimportant compared to You. The only way I can feel the least bit important is to think of all the mud that didn't even get to sit up and look around. I got so much, and most mud got so little. Thank you for the honor! Now mud lies down again and goes to sleep. What memories for mud to have! What interesting other kinds of sitting-up mud I met! I loved everything I saw! Good night.                 The Last Rites of the Bokononist faith, Kurt Vonnegut, jr., Cat’s Cradle

Freedom and equality require some capacities internal to the individual, and these the more removal of external barriers can never assure.
            Lawrence M. Mead, Beyond Enlightenment

Rich enough to buy another, poor enough to sell oneself

As Nietzsche himself observed, the flip side of an urge to dominate is an urge to submit and then to construe victimization as a claim to privilege.
            National Review, 1992, p 25

668: the neighbor of the Beast

The test of anything in the Victorian mind was "does society approve?"

They conferred, as against the government, the right to be left alone - the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men
            Justice  Brandeis

It is my belief that there are absolutes in our Bill of Rights, and that they were put  there on purpose by men who knew what words meant and meant their prohibitions to be absolute.
            Justice Hugo Black

It is true that liberty is precious. So precious that it must be rationed. 

Ethical values cannot be separated from biological facts
            Potter, Bioethics

Whether a democracy addicted to excesses can reform itself
            Richard Lamm

The general rule is that a democratic politician had better not be right too soon.
            Walter Lipmann

Where they make a desert, they call it peace.

Strange game, professor Falkan. The only winning move is not to play.
            War Games

The Second Amendment is not about duck hunting.
            David Nolan.

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
            Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die . . .
            Mary Elizabeth Frye

I take a bottle of wine and I go drink it among the flowers.
We are allways three ... counting my shadow and my friend the shimmering moon
Happily the moon knows nothing of drinking, and my shadow is never thirsty
When I sing, the moon listens to me in silence. When I dance, my shadow dances too.
After all festivities the guests must depart. This sadness I do not know.
When I go home, the moon goes with me and my shadow follows me.
            Li Po, The Little Fete

Quis hic locus? Quae regio? Quae mundis plaga? What world is this? What Kingdom? What shores of what worlds?
            Lucius Annaeus Seneca Minor

Quis hic locus, quae regio, quae mundi plaga?  ubi sum? sub ortu solis, an sub cardine glacialis ursae?
What place is this, what region, what quarter of the world? Where am I? Under the rising of the sun or beneath the wheeling course of the frozen bear?
            Seneca, _Herucles Furens_ line 1138
            Quoted in T.S. Eliot's "Marina"

It's what Hercules says when he comes to his senses after killing his wife & children. I've wondered how such lines made their way to Hollywood.
            Probably through Eliot's "Marina," where Eliot quotes Seneca.

It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch.
            found on a tombstone

Biological man does not create his society any more than soil creates a tree....Biological man is exploited and devoured by social patterns that are essentially hostile to his biological values.
            Robert Pirsig

Representative government in the United States represents money, not people, and therefore forfeited our allegiance and moral support.
            Edward Abby

And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.
            Jeremiah 2:7

Bioethics - ethical values cannot be separated from biological facts.
            Van Rensselaer Potter

    Dover Beach
The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.
    Sophocles long ago
    Heard it on the Ægæan, and it brought
    Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
    Of human misery; we
    Find also in the sound a thought,
    Hearing it by this distant northern sea.
The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.
    Ah, love, let us be true
    To one another! for the world, which seems
    To lie before us like a land of dreams,
    So various, so beautiful, so new,
    Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
    Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
    And we are here as on a darkling plain
    Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
    Where ignorant armies clash by night.
            Matthew Arnold

If a builder build a house for some one and complete it, he shall give him a fee of two shekels in money for each sar of surface.  If a builder build a house for some one, and does not construct it properly, and the house which he built fall in and kill its owner, then that builder shall be put to death. If it kill the son of the owner the son of that builder shall be put to death. If it kill a slave of the owner, then he shall pay slave for slave to the owner of the house. If it ruin goods, he shall make compensation for all that has been ruined, and inasmuch as he did not construct properly this house which he built and it fell, he shall re-erect the house from his own means. If a builder build a house for some one, even though he has not yet completed it; if then the walls seem toppling, the builder must make the walls solid from his own means.
            First Building Code, Hammurabi, c. 1810 BCE – 1750 BCE

Thou knowest I am not wicked ... yet thou dost destroy me.

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts -- for support rather than for illumination.
            Andrew Lang (oft quoted as history for statistics)

The Invisible Foot
            term coined by Milton Friedman

Everything not forbidden is compulsory.
            T. H. White

The authority of a chief is permanently established by continuity of war.
            Herbert Spencer

There are no phenomena which a society presents but what have there origins in the phenomena of individual human life, which again have their roots in vital phenomena at large.
            Herbert Spencer

A large class of officiously humane people, can never see any social evil, but they propose to pass some law for its future prevention. It never strikes them that the misfortunes of one are lessons for thousands - that the world generally learns more by its mistakes than by its successes.
            Herbert Spencer

Historically, much of the motivation for public schooling has been to stifle variety and institute social control.
            Jack Hugh, Cato Institute

People smart enough to want to learn are smart enough to tune the selector button to the channel that has what they want.
            Mary Ruwart

It is wrong to demand that the individual subordinate himself to the collectivity or merge in it, because it is by its most advanced individuals that the collectivity progresses and they can really advance only if they are free.... The individual is indeed the key of the evolutionary movement.
            Sri Aurobindo, The Future Evolution of Man

The law, aspiring to the perfect housing abode, has accumulated so many good ideas that the only type of new building that is permitted must satisfy middl- class standards. A law that dictates either a model home or no home is probably fine for some, but what about those trying to provide housing for the poor?  
            Philip K. Howard, The Death of Common Sense

We have invented a hybrid government form that achieves near perfect inertia. No one is in control. No one makes decisions. Only the massive weight of accumulated laws keeps everyone in check.
            Philip K. Howard

Just as life preservers are not the preferred means of keeping passengers afloat, judicial review was not the preferred means of protecting the liberties of the people.
            Randy E. Barnett

All the varied rights of man were threatened with submergence in a single right, that of belonging to a popular majority, or more accurately, of being represented by a legislative majority.
            Randy E, Barnett

Law sufficiently complex is indistinguishable from no law at all.
            Charles Murray

An essential element of lawfulness is law which is simple, objective and consistently applied.
            Charles Murray   

What is deadening to the soul is not to lose but to be forbidden to win.
            Charles Murray

A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested - Frank Rizzo
A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged - Tom Wolfe

Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges.
I don't have to show you any stinking badges!
            Treasure of the Sierra Madre, film quote

When you look at the long an gloomy history of man, you will find far more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ben committed in the name of rebellion.
            C. P. Snow "Either-Or"

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.

The astrological zodiac was not founded on the stars, but on symbolic motifs of our inner nature.
            Aratos (3rd cent. BCE)

Little people are entitled to little justice.
            Gerry Spence

God against man. Man against man. Man against woman. Man against nature. Very strange religion.
            D. T. Suzuki, on Christianity

History is a long and tragic story of the fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. 
            M.L King

The legitimate object of government is to do for a community what they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do for themselves in their separate and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.
            Abraham Lincoln, 1854

If you don't know where you're going, slow down.
            Herman E. Daley and John B. Cobb, Jr. For the Common Good

What has posterity ever done for me?
            Kenneth Boulding

It is scarcely the same thing to put a man on the moon as to put a bone in your nose.
             William A. Henry III, In Defense of Elitism

Generals always prepare for the last war
            proverb, author unknown

How lucky it is for tyrants that one half of mankind doesn't think
and the other half doesn't feel.
            J. G. Seume, quoted by Auden
The censorial power is in the people over government, not the government over the people.
            James Madison

From each according to his ability, to each according to his work

The real problem is what to do with the problem-solvers after the problems are solved.
            Gay Talese

Long experience has taught us that it is dangerous in the interest of truth to suppress opinions and ideas; it has further taught us that it is foolish to imagine that we can do so. It is far easier to meet an evil in the open and defeat it in fair combat in people's minds, than to drive it underground and have no hold on it or proper approach to it. Evil flourishes far more in the shadows than in the light of day.
            Jawaharlal Nehru, The Unity of India, 1937

To live and work as bid by conscience
Political maturity of the people
            Gorbachev phrases

The censorial power is in the people over the government, not in the government over the people.
            James Madison

From time to time it is necessary that pestilence, famine and war prune the luxuriant growth of the human race.

Tough Love
            Garret Hardin

We do not know what we are and cannot agree on what we want to be
            Vercours, You Shall Know Them

Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
            Frederick Douglass:

A poor man shames us all
            Gambra saying

We shall achieve justice in Athens when those who are not wronged are more
indignant than those who are.
            Unknown Greek philosopher

aprender en cabeza ajena - Spanish saying, to learn in another's head

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong
            Lord Acton

Freedom is the luxury of self-discipline
            Lord Acton ???

The State has our instincts without our restraints
            Will &Ariel Durant, Lessons of History

Government has been a giant pyramid scheme, a chain letter to the future
            Richard Lamm

On the tablet of history we will have ti confess "It happened on our watch"
            Richard Lamm

Hell is truth seen to late
            John Locke

Immortality is one of the qualities we ascribe to people without having a sufficient understanding of their meaning.  Other qualities of this kind are individuality, in the sense of an inner unity, a permanent and unchangeable I, consciousness and will. All these qualities can belong to man, but this certainly does not mean that they do belong to him, or belong to each and every one.
            Gurdjieff, quoted by Ouspensky, p. 39

Man is not born with the finer bodies ... they can only be artificially cultivated in him provided favorable conditions but internal and external are present.
            Gurdjieff, quoted by Ouspensky, In Search, p. 41

What may be called the astral body is obtained by means of fusion, that is, by means of terribly hard inner work and struggle, Man is not born with it. And only very few men acquire an astral body. If it is formed it may continue to live after the death of the physical body, and it may be born again in another physical body. This is reincarnation. If it is not reborn, then in the course of time it also dies.
            Gurdjieff, quoted by Ouspensky, In Search, p. 32

Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.
            George Washington, letter, Oct. 31, 1786

I see dead people
walking around like regular people
they don't see each other
they only see what they want to see
they don't know they're dead
            The Sixth Sense

I see dumb people
walking around like regular people
they don't see each other
they only see what they want to see
they don't know they're dumb

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 lion is made up of the lambs he's digested
            Georgios Seferis, via Maria

Year after year in Washington, budget debates seem to come down to an old, tired argument: on one side, those who want more government, regardless of the cost; on the other, those who want less government, regardless of the need.
             Jeff Kallman

That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.

Evolution is recklessly opportunistic
            Ernst Mayer

One could almost define life as the organized disobedience to the law of gravity.

Wilderness was just a scenic consideration, just a decoration at the edges of the human world.
            Dave Foreman

Yes, we have a soul, but it's made of lots of tiny robots!
            Giulio Giorello, Italian philosopher

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
            George Orwell

The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.
            Jack Handey

Be willing to have it so.  Acceptance of what has happened is the first step in overcoming the consequence of any misfortune.
            William James

Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured and to struggle against entropy.
            Vaclav Havel

Making a living is not the same thing as making a life. 
            Maya Angelou

Adversity is the trial of principle.  Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.

Sanctified afflictions are spirititual promotions. 
            Matthew Henry

Anybody can become angry - that is easy.  But to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy. 

A man may smile, and smile, and be a villain. 

Greatness of soul is shown as well by what is attempted as by what is achieved.
            C. Nestell Bovee

In the power of fixing the attention lies the most precious of the intellectual habits. 
            Robert Hall

Well begun is half done. 

Carpe Diem.         

The world has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood. 
            Lyndon B. Johnson

Caution, though very often wasted, is a good risk to take. 
            H.W. Shaw

Chance favors the prepared mind. 
            Louis Pasteur

If we don't change our direction we'll end up where we're headed. 
            Chinese Proverb

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand how hard it is to change others.
            Arnold Glasow

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.  
            John Kenneth Galbraith

Christ has no body now on earth but yours.  Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks out upon the world, yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good, yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now. 
            St. Theresa

To me it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography. 
            George Santayana

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. 

Be sincere, be brief, be seated. 

Are you out to win an argument or an agreement?
            Jim Lytle

A conservative is a man who does not think that anything should be done for the first time. 
            Alfred E. Wiggam

Conservatives are not ncessarily stupid people, but most stupid people are conservative.
            J.S. Mill

Formula for contentment:  just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you had right now - and then got it back again. 
            Frances Rodman

No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individualty of his rowing. 

True contentment is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it.
            Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a creative mind to spot wrong questions. 
            A. Jay

In a calm sea every man is a pilot. 
            John Ray (1627-1705)

To escape criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. 
            Elbert Hubbard

The trouble with most people is that that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than their minds.
            Walter Duranty

First deserve, then desire. 

Enthusiasm- etym. en theos, possessed by a god

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. 
            Anatole France

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
            Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

There can be no excess to love, none to knowledge, none to beauty when these attributes are considered in the purest sense. 

Experience is the name people give to their mistakes. 
            Jewish proverb

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. 
            Theodore Hesburgh

He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little. 

Genius is the capacity for seeing relationships where other men see none. 
            William James

Beware of the man whose God is in the skies. 
            G.B. Shaw

Everone desires long life, not one old age. 
            Johnathan Swift

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
            John Milton

A cottage will hold as much happiness as would stock a palace. 
            James Hamilton

Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we think up to hide them. 
            La Rouchefoucauld

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
            O.W. Holmes

It is not enough to aim - you must hit. 
            Italian proverb

How many joys are crushed because people look up at the sky and disregard what is at their feet. 
            Goethe's mother

Justice: a decision in your favor. 
            Harry Kaufman

He who laughs, lasts. 
            Mary Pettibone Poole

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence.
Conservatism, distrust of the people tempered be fear. 

So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot. 
            George Orwell

You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth. 
            Evan Esar

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something. 
            Wilson Mizner

Men do not trip on mountains, they trip on small stones. 

Luck - where preparation meets opportunity.  
            Earl Nightengale

The harder you work the luckier you get. 
            Gary Player

Learn from the mistakes of others- you can't live long enough to make them all yourself. 
            Martin Vanbee

Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think and thinking where we ought to feel. 
            J. Collins

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. 
            Annie Dillard

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. 
            Henry Ford

An optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it is. 
            Robert J. Oppenheimer

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
            Reginald Mansell

We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are. 
            Talmud QBLH

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny. 
            Elbert Hubbard

Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. 
            Thomas La Mance

People are not afraid of death per se, but of the incompleteness of their lives. 
            Lisel Marburg Goodman

There has been a lot of progress during my lifetime, but I'm afraid it's heading in the wrong direction. 
            Ogden Nash

In leaving nothing to chance you will do few things wrong.  You will also do few things. 

Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off. 
            Johnathan Swift

People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness. 
            John Wanamaker

True repentance is to cease from sin. 
            St. Ambrose

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. 
            Andrew Gide

Nothing splendid was ever achieved except by those who dared to believe that something within them was superior to circumstances. 
            Bruce Barton

Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness.  The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there. 
            Eric Hoffer

Rabbi Zusya said that on the day of judgment God would ask him not why he had not been Moses but why he had not been Zusya.
            Rabbi Zusya

If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. 
            Proverb quoted by Sam Levinson

The hands that help are holier than the lips that pray. 

It is a pleasure to have someone to whom we can say, from time to time, that solitude is a fine thing. 

A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices. 
            William James

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. 
            Winston Churchill

Wisdom is knowing what to do next.  Virtue is doing it. 
            David Starr Jordan

Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar. 

These Macedonians are a rude and clownish people; they call a spade a spade.

No one can ascend onto a higher step until he places another man in his own place.  What a man received he must immediately give back; only then can he receive more.  Otherwise from him will be taken even what he has already been given.
             G. I. Gurdjieff

"More than any time in history, mankind now faces a crossroads.  One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction.  Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly." --
            Woody Allen, Side Effects

There was once a Wise Sage who wandered the countryside. One day, as he passed near a village, he was approached by a woman who saw he was a Sage, and told him of a sick child nearby. She beseeched him to help this child, as he may. The Sage came to the village, and a crowd gathered around him, for such a man was a rare sight. One woman brought the sick child to him, and he
said a prayer over her.
"Do you really think your prayer will help her, when medicine has failed?" yelled a man from the crowd.
"You know nothing of such things! You are a stupid fool!" said the Sage to the man.
The man became very angry with these words, and his face grew hot and red. He was about to say something, or perhaps strike out at him, when the Sage walked over to him and said: "If one word has such power as to make you so angry and hot, may not another
have the power to heal?" And thus, the Sage healed two people that day.

If there are any gods whose chief concern is man, they can't be very important gods.
            Arthur C. Clarke

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced -- even a proverb is no proverb till your life has illustrated it. --
            John Keats

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.
             Charles Evans Hughes

There in the water
Color of water moves

The Baptists believe in The Right to Life before you're born.  They also believe in Life After Death, but that is a privilege and you have to earn it by spending the interim in guilt-ridden misery.  At an early age I decided that living a life of pious misery in the hope of going to heaven when it's over is a lot like keeping your eyes shut all through a movie in the hope of getting your money back at the end.
            A. Whitney Brown, "The Big Picture"

Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.
            Murray Edelman, Politics as Symbolic Action

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
            Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924)

I know not, sir whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare, but if he did not it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life.
            J.M. Barrie (1860 - 1937)

We realize too late that we never taught our students what ducks know without knowing, that "we must love life before loving its meaning," as Dostoyevsky told us.  We must love life, and some meaning may grow from that love.  A marsh at nightfall is life loving itself.  Nothing more. But nothing less, either, and we should not be fooled into thinking this is a small thing.
            Kathleen Dean Moore, Holdfast

Political and social institutions of all kinds, as viewed by Chuang Tzu, serve only to impose suffering on man. This is because the natures of different things are not identical, and each individual has its own special likings. Hence, they neither need be, nor should they be, forcibly made identical.  Since things are thus different, it is right  that they should remain different.  In this way uniformity is made out of difference.  All political and social institutions, however, decide upon a single Good as a standard for conduct, and make all men follow this standard.  This is to constrain difference to a forced uniformity, in which case what is intended to help people results only in harming them.
            Fung Yu-Lan, A History of Chinese Philosophy

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
            Alan Dean Foster, "To the Vanishing Point"

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
            William Pitt

Liberty don't work as good in practice as it does in speeches.
            Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)

Black drinks the sun and draws all colours to it. 
            Robert Graves

Remember the generational battles twenty years ago? Remember all the screaming at the dinner table about haircuts, getting jobs and the American dream? Well, our parents won. They're out living the American dream on some damned golf course in Vero Beach, and we're stuck with the jobs and haircuts.
            P. J. O'Rourke

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.
            Sally Kempton

on the twelfth floor
a life's work holds open
the book-reviewer's door
            Martin Burke

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
            Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

 For every living creature that succeeds in getting a footing in life there are thousands or millions that perish.  There is an enormous random scattering for every seed that comes to life. This does not remind us of intelligent human design. "If a man in order to shoot a hare, were to discharge  of guns on a great moor in all possible directions; if in order to get into a locked room,  he were to buy ten thousand casual keys, and try them all; if, in order to have a house, he were to build a town, and leave all the other houses to wind and weather - assuredly no one would call such proceedings purposeful and still less would anyone conjecture behind these proceedings a higher wisdom, unrevealed reasons, and superior prudence.
            J.W.N. Sullivan

There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are,  curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags  and tiny blasts of tiny trumpets, we have met the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us.
            Walt Kelly

The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other.
            David Riesman

If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
            Frank Herbert

Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.
            General Colin Powell

Why is it that we entertain the belief that for every purpose odd numbers are the most effectual?
            Pliny the Elder (23 AD - 79 AD)

To us, the moment 8:17 A.M. means something - something very important, if it happens to be the starting of our daily train. To our ancestors, such an odd eccentric instant was without significance - did not even exist.  In inventing the locomotive, Watt and Stevenson were part inventors of time.
            Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Observance of customs and laws can very easily be a cloak for a lie so subtle that our fellow human beings are unable to detect it.  It may help us to escape all criticism, we may even be able to deceive ourselves in the belief of our obvious righteousness. But deep down, below the surface of the average man's conscience, he hears a voice whispering, "There is something not right," no matter how much his rightness is supported by public opinion or by the moral code.
            Carl G. Jung, intro to Frances G. Wickes' "Analysis der
            Kinderseele" (The Inner World of Childhood), 1931

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.
            Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 1966

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
             Lillian Hellman (1907 - 1984)

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.  His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.
            John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873), "On Liberty", 1859

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.   
            SNL ???

The road to truth is long, and lined the entire way with annoying bastards.
            Alexander Jablokov, The Place of No Shadows

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
            Leonard Cohen

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. 
            W. B. Yeats

Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightening.
            Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Science progresses one funeral at a time. (not a quote, but a paraphrase of:)
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them to see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
            Max Planck

It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.
            Peter De Vries

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
            A. A. Milne

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
            Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)å

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design abuilding, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, giveorders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
            Excerpt from the notebooks of Lazarus Long, from Robert Heinlein's "Time Enough for Love"

What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes. Take fifty of our current proverbial sayings-- they are so trite, so threadbare. None the less they embody the concentrated experience of the race, and the man who orders his life according to their teachings cannot be far wrong. Has any man ever attained to inner harmony by pondering the experience of others?  Not since the world began! He must pass through fire.
            Norman Douglas

When you determined what you want, you have made the most important decision of your life. You have to know what you want in order to attain it.
            Douglas Lurtan

We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like.  I have prepared one of my own. I have placed some rather large samples of dynamite, gunpowder, and nitroglycerin.  My time capsule is set to go off in the year 3000.  It will show them what we are really like.
            Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980)

Too many people have decided to do without generosity in order to practise charity.
            Albert Camus, The Fall

Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade in which you're not really interested in order to get where you're going.
            Christopher Darlington Morley

Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?  (But who will guard the guards?)

There was a young woman named Jenny,
Whose limericks weren't worth a penny.
Her rhythm and rhyme
Were perfectly fine
But whenever she tried to write any,
She always had one line too many.

There once was a man from Dundoo
Whose limericks stopped at line two.

Hypocrisy is the vaseline of political intercourse.
            Billy Connolly on ABC's "Head Of the Class"

The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
            William James (1842 - 1910)

The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given "disease." The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.
             Dr. Thomas Arnold Mindell

One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is 'to be prepared'.
             Dan Quayle, 12/6/89

To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man.
            Alan Paton

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
            Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.
            David Hume (1711 - 1776)

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.
            Daniel Boorstin

After several minutes of utterly dull conversation I began to think of her not as a woman but as a human, then not as a human but as an animal, then not as an animal but as a source of high-grade protein.
            Mark Gooley

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
            P.J. O'Rourke

Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.
            Marcus Aurelius Antoninus,  Meditations

[It's] time for the human race to enter the solar system.
            Dan Quayle

I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.
            Richard Feynman

It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.
            G. H. Hardy

I don't believe in intuition. When you get sudden flashes of perception, it is just the brain working faster than usual.  But you've been getting ready to know it for a long time, and when it comes, you feel you've known it always.
            Katherine Anne Porter, 1989

Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling into at night.  I miss you like hell.
            Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950), Letters, 1952

The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years.  The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!'
            John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
            Rabbinical Saying

Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds - all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.
            Edward Everett Hale

I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.
            Herbert Bayard Swope

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
            Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

It was mentioned on CNN that the new prime number discovered recently is four times bigger than the previous record.
            John Blasik

God does not play dice with the universe; he plays an ineffible game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
            Gaiman and Pratchett's "Good Omens"

In Biblical times, a man could have as many wives as he could afford. Just like today.
            Abigail Van Buren

Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. I'll waste no time reading it.
            Moses Hadas (1900 - 1966)

Sometimes when I look at my children I say to myself, "Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin."
            Lillian Carter, mother of Jimmy and Billy

Sex is the biggest nothing of all time.
            Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)

Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
            George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

It cost about 75 cents to kill a man in Ceasar's time. The price rose to about $3,000 per man during the Napoleonic wars; to $5,000 in the American Civil War; and then to $21,000 per man in World War I.  Estimates for the future wars indicate that it may cost the warring countries not less than $50,000 for each man killed.
             Senator Homer T. Bone

It is a very lonely life that a man leads, who becomes aware of truths before their times.
            Thomas Brackett Reed

A well cultivated mind is made up of all the minds of preceding ages; it is only the one single mind educated by all previous time.

It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before.
            Author Unknown

 A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the full value of time and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.

I would rather be ashes than dust. I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by a dryrot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in a magnificient glow,  than a sleepy and permanent planet.  The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
            Jack London, Personal Credo

Time is a cruel thief to rob us of our former selves. We lose as much to life as we do to death.
            Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, 'A Woman of Independent Means'

Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
            Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1809 - 1894)

That all our knowledge begins with experience, there is indeed no doubt....but although our knowledge originates WITH experience, it does not all arise OUT OF experience.
            Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
            Arthur Koestler

Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.
            Thomas Wentworth Higginson

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
            Douglas Adams

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
            Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
            Ralph Nader

To emphasize the afterlife is to deny life. To concentrate on Heaven is to create hell. In their desperate longing to transcend the disorderliness, friction, and unpredictability that pesters life; in their desire for a fresh start in a tidy habitat, germ-free and secured by angels, religious multitudes are gambling the only life they may ever have on a dark horse in a race that has no finish line.
            Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All

A great philosophy is not one that passes final judgments and establishes ultimate truth. It is one that causes uneasiness and starts commotion.
            Charles Peguy

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers.  The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
            Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Olmstead v. United States (1928)

Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe, but to find out what he has to do; and to restrain himself within the limits of his comprehension.
            Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.
            Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

When shit becomes valuable, the poor will be born without assholes.
            Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped.
            Sam Levenson (1911 - 1980)

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.
            Justice William O. Douglas

Mars is essentially in the same orbit... Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen.  If oxygen, that means we can breathe.
            Dan Quayle, 8/11/89

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change.
            Dan Quayle, 5/22/89

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.
            George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
            Hermann Hesse

Models are to be used, not believed.
            H. Theil `Principles of Econometrics'

Somebody once asked Niels Bohr why he had a horseshoe hanging above the front door of his house. "Surely you, a world famous physicist, can't really believe that hanging a horseshoe above your door brings you luck?".
"Of course not," Bohr replied, "but I have been reliably informed that it will bring me luck whether I believe in it or not."
            Neils Bohr

Etymology, n.:   Some early etymological scholars come up with derivations that were hard for the public to believe. The term "etymology" was formed from the Latin "etus" ("eaten"), the root "mal" ("bad"), and "logy" ("study of").  It meant "the study of things that are hard to swallow."           
             Mike Kellen

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
            Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
            Tom Robbins

Nobody believes the official spokesman... but everybody trusts an unidentified source.
             Ron Nesen

I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.
            Richard Feynman

 Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.

A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
            Bill Cosby

Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.
            General Colin Powell

Stay away from needle drugs.  Richard Nixon is the only dope worth shooting.
            Abbie Hoffman

You teach best what you most need to learn.
            Richard Bach

The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn't need its brain anymore so it eats it! (It's rather like getting tenure.)
            Daniel Dennett, from Consciousness Explained
Penicillin was indeed the product of accidental discovery, but the discovery was made, and the knowledge developed, because certain scientists had definite goals in mind. "Chance," Pastuer wrote, "favors only the prepared mind." The mind must be prepared not only by scientific training and technological know-how,  but also by the awareness of social needs.
            Saturday Review

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
            Storm Jameson

The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views...which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.
            Doctor Who

Not even the gods fight against necessity.
            The Seven Sages (650 BC - 550 BC), from Diogenes
            Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy. Then they told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy. I was deprived. (Oh not deprived but rather underprivileged)  Then they told me that underprivileged was overused. I was disadvantaged. I still don't have a dime.  But I have a great vocabulary.
            Jules Feiffer

Pluralitas non ponenda est sine necessitate
            Occam, alternate phrasing

Necessity knows no law.
            Publilius Syrus

First things first, but not necessarily in that order.
            Doctor Who

That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and, were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions.
            George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

He who would rise in the world should veil his ambition with the forms of humanity.
            Chinese Proverb

The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs, of his neighbor.
            Benjamin Franklin

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
            Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1890

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.
            Mary Ellen Kelly

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave.
            Baron Henry Peter Brougham

Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.
            Laurence J. Peter

The prime purpose of eloquence is to keep other people from talking.
            Louis Vermeil

The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
            William Cowper

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
            Helen Keller

The atom, being for all practical purposes the stable unit of the physical plane, is a constantly changing vortex of reactions.

The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.
            James Baldwin

As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found--in himself.
            Erich Fromm

After all, what is your hosts' purpose in having a party?  Surely not for you to enjoy yourself; if that were their sole purpose, they'd have simply sent champagne and women over to your place by taxi.
            P. J. O'Rourke

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.
            Quentin Crisp

Cruel men believe in a cruel God and use their belief to excuse their cruelty. Only kindly men believe in a kindly God, and they would be kindly in any case.
            Bertrand Russell

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
            Malcolm S. Forbes

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”
            Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

I am not sure that God always knows who are his great men; he is so very careless of what happens to them while they live.
            Mary Hunter Austin (1868-1934)

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
            Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
            Irving Caesar

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

...the safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
            Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
            Stewart L. Udall, 1965

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
            George Washington

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.

It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that the Internet has evolved into a force strong enough to reflect the greatest hopes and fears of those who use it. After all, it was designed to withstand nuclear war, not just the puny huffs and puffs of politicians and religious fanatics.
            Denise Caruso, (New York Times)

He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires and fears is more than a king.
            John Milton

He that fears your presence will hate you absence.
            Thomas Fuller

A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace.

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
            William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
            Arthur Friedman ???  Alfred Adler ???

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.  If your mind isnt clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

A View of T'ai-Shan
What shall I say of the Great Peak? --
The ancient dukedoms are everywhere green,
Inspired and stirred by the breath of creation,
With the Twin Forces balancing day and night.
. . . I bear my breast toward opening clouds,
I strain my sight after birds flying home.
When shall I reach the top and hold
All mountains at a single glance?
            Tu Fu

In ethics, prudence is not an important virtue, but in the world it is almost everything.
            Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

Neither moral relations nor the moral law can swing in vacuo. Their only habitat can be a mind which feels them; and no world composed of merely physical facts can possibly be a world to which ethical propositions apply.
            William James (1842–1910),

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
            Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

The gods, likening themselves to all kinds of strangers, go in various disguises from city to city, observing the wrongdoing and the righteousness of men.
            Homer (~700 BC)

Eternity has nothing to do with the hereafter... This is it... If you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere.  The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here's the place to have the experience.
            Joseph Campbell

The right to vote is a *consequence*, not a primary cause, of a free social system -- and its value depends on the constitutional structure implementing and strictly delimiting the voters' power; unlimited majority rule is an instance of the principle of tyranny.
            Ayn Rand

The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
            Claude Levi-Strauss

I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.
            Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
            James Russell Lowell

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
            Honore de Balzac (1799 - 1850)

Then there was LSD, which was supposed to make you think you could fly. I remember it made you think you couldn't stand up, and mostly it was right.
            PJ O'Rourke

True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality; the inequality of success; the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of the world.
            Felix Emmanuel Schelling

Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up save in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.
            C.S. Lewis

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
            Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880)

The individual's whole experience is built upon the plan of his language.
            Henri Delacroix

Whoever is not a misanthrope at forty years can never have loved mankind.
            Sebastien Chamfort

Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority--literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social and even political.
            Ignazio Silone, The God That Failed (1950)

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.         
            Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
            H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create but by what we refuse to destroy.
            John C. Sawhill

Whatever their other contributions to our society, lawyers could be an important source of protein.
            Guindon cartoon caption

National Health Insurance:
The compassion of the IRS
The efficiency of the Postal Service
All at Pentagon prices!!!!
            Seen on a bumper sticker

To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them:  but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?
            Socrates (469–399 B.C.),

I've never understood why women love cats. Cats are independent, they don't listen, they don't come in when you call, they like to stay out all night, and when they're home they like to be left alone and sleep. In other words, every quality that women hate in a man, they love in a cat.
            Jay Leno

At night, the moon is hunting
wearing silver
Indians are its easy prey
            Arthur Sze "Lament"

If you think you're too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
            Bette Reese

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them.  That's the essence of inhumanity.
            GB Shaw

Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity.  Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have! But they have one thing you haven't got - a diploma. Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universitatus Committeatum E Pluribus Unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of Th. D...that's Doctor of Thinkology. 
            The Wizard of Oz

It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little kinder."
            Aldous Huxley

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
            Baltasar Gracian

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
            Jeanette Rankin

The best things in life are not things.
            Ann Landers

To me life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.
            Rita Rudner

You have to be very religious to change your religion.
            Comtesse Dianne,  Maximes de a Vie

What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived at to make life more livable.            Louise Nevelson

Like all dreamers, I confuse disenchantment with truth.

Men hate those to whom they have to lie.
            Victor Hugo

Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson of statecraft.
            James Russell Lowell

If men could forsee the future they would still behave as they do now.
            Russian proverb

A man with no future will always run to his past.
            Due South

Experience is something you do not get until just after you need it.
            Oliver's law

It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.
            Stuart's law of retroaction

You can't fall off the floor.
            Paul's law

An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.
            Weber's definition

This I believe: to oppose
Is the only fine thing in life.
To oppose is to live.
To oppose is to get a grip on the very self.
            Kaneko Mitsuharu

I am this world and I eat this world.  Who knows this knows.
            Taittreya Upanishad

The strongest are those who renounce their own times and become a living part of those yet to come.  The strongest, and the rarest.
            Milovan Djilas

To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.
            William Walton

Many promising reconciliations have broken down because while both parties came prepared to forgive, neither party came prepared to be forgiven.
            Charles William

There is no escape - man drags man down or man lifts man up.
            Booker T. Washington

There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything.  Both save us from thinking.
            Alfred Korzybski

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
            John Locke

The soul has more diseases than the body.
            Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

Water tells a tale as it goes.

There must be more to life than having everything.
            Maurice Sendak

Things are not untrue just because they never happened.
            Dennis Hamley

The answers aren't important really.  What's important is knowing all the questions.
            Zilpha Keatley Snyde

Deep Peace of the Running Wave to You
Deep Peace of the Flowing Air to You
Deep Peace of the Quiet Earth to You
Deep Peace of the Shining Stars to You
Deep Peace of the Gentle Night to You
Moon and Stars pour their Healing Light on You
Deep Peace to You
            Celtic Blessing

Man is stark raving mad.  He cannot make a worm, but he makes gods by the dozen.

Woe is wondrously clinging: the clouds ride by.

Toute nation a le gouvernement qu'elle mérite.
Every nation gets the government it deserves.
            Joseph de Maistre, 1811

Five senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconceptions and assumptions so numerous that I can never examine more than minority of them - never become conscious of them all. How much of total reality can such an apparatus let through?
            C. S. Lewis

I can’t understand why people are frignhtened of new ideas.  I’m frightened of the old ones.            John Cage

Nothing can be attained without suffering, but at the same time we must begin by sacrificing suffering.

In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
            Frank Zappa

Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
            Jean Sibelius

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
            George Bernard Shaw

The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists in the circulation of their blood.
            Logan Pearsall Smith

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.
            John Kenneth Galbraith

You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
            John J. Plomp

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
            Andre Gide

Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.
            Walter Lippmann

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

When man wanted to make a machine that would walk he created a wheel, which does not resemble a leg.

You don't get anything clean without getting something else dirty.
            Cecil Baxter

All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.
            Benjamin Franklin

The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.
            Andre Malraux

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
            Abraham Lincoln

Everyone has their first date and the object is to hide your flaws.
And then you're in a relationship and it's all about hiding your disappointment.
And then you're married and it's about hiding your sins.
            The Dollhouse

Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day.
            Bertrand Russell

Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.
            John Andrew Holmes

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
            Bill Cosby

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
            Will Rogers

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
            Rene Descartes

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
            Leonardo da Vinci

The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.
            Frank Herbert

Some things have to be believed to be seen.
            Ralph Hodgson

God's an imaginary friend for grownups.
            Elmore Leonard, Big Bounce

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
            Abraham Maslow

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
            Will Rogers

In just two days from now, tomorrow will be yesterday.

I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other..

Red meat is not bad for you. Fuzzy green meat is bad for you.

Heaven is Where:
The Police are British
The Chefs are Italian,
The Mechanics are German,
The Lovers are French
and It's all organized by the Swiss.
Hell is Where:
The Police are German,
The Chefs are British,
The Mechanics are French,
The Lovers are Swiss
and It's all organized by the Italians.

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose.
            Andy Rooney

For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.
            Alice Kahn

worth paraphrasing
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
            Doug Larson

The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.
            H. L. Mencken

Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
            Charles Mackay

I have seen the future and it doesn't work.
            Robert Fulford

Here's something to think about: How come you never see a headline like 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?
            Jay Leno

Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
            Iris Murdoch

Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.

Whoso would be a man must  be a nonconformist.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
            Arthur C. Clarke, Clarke's Third Law

A poem is no place for an idea.
            Edgar Watson Howe

For every one of them that dies, ten of us may die and in the end it is they who will tire of war.
            Ho Chi Minh?

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
            Arthur Schopenhauer

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
            Steven Weinberg

We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.
            Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Love like green signal in traffic jam, Sahib
            From a movie "My Faraway Bride"

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.
            Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

If the human mind was simple enough to understand, we'd be too simple to understand it.
            Emerson Pugh

"Life's tough... it's even tougher if you're stupid."
            John Wayne

The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
            Sir Winston Churchill

A nation is a society united by delusions about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors.
            William Ralph Inge

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
            Soren Kierkegaard

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

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
            Thomas A. Edison

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
            Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.
            George F. Will

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
            Samuel Johnson

One of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity.
            Andrew Carnegie

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. […] Is there no other way the world may live?
            Dwight David Eisenhower, “The Chance for Peace,” speech, 1953

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
            Martin Luther King Jr.

From The New Atlantis, 1626
    We have also furnaces of great diversities, and that keep great diversity of heats; fierce and quick, strong and constant, soft and mild, blown, quiet, dry, moist, and the like. But above all we have heats, in imitation of the sun's and heavenly bodies' heats, that pass divers inequalities, and as it were orbs, progresses, and returns whereby we produce admirable effects. Besides, we have heats of dungs, and of bellies and maws of living creatures and of their bloods and bodies, and of hays and herbs laid up moist, of lime unquenched, and such like. Instruments also which generate heat only by motion. And farther, places for strong insulations; and, again, places under the earth, which by nature or art yield heat. These divers heats we use as the nature of the operation which we intend requireth.
    We have also perspective houses, where we make demonstrations of all lights and radiations and of all colors; and out of things uncolored and transparent we can represent unto you all several colors, not in rainbows, as it is in gems and prisms, but of themselves single. We represent also all multiplications of light, which we carry to great distance, and make so sharp as to discern small points and lines. Also all colorations of light: all delusions and deceits of the sight, in figures, magnitudes, motions, colors; all demonstrations of shadows. We find also divers means, yet unknown to you, of producing of light, originally from divers bodies. We procure means of seeing objects afar off, as in the heaven and remote places; and represent things near as afar off, and things afar off as near; making feigned distances. We have also helps for the sight far above spectacles and glasses in use; we have also glasses and means to see small and minute bodies, perfectly and distinctly; as the shapes and colors of small flies and worms, grains, and flaws in gems which cannot otherwise be seen, observations in urine and blood not otherwise to be seen. We make artificial rainbows, halos, and circles about light. We represent also all manner of reflections, refractions, and multiplications of visual beams of objects.
    We have also precious stones, of all kinds, many of them of great beauty and to you unknown, crystals likewise, and glasses of divers kind; and among them some of metals vitrificated, and other materials, besides those of which you make glass. Also a number of fossils and imperfect minerals, which you have not. Likewise loadstones of prodigious virtue, and other rare stones, both natural and artificial.
    We have also sound-houses, where we practise and demonstrate all sounds and their generation. We have harmony which you have not, of quarter-sounds and lesser slides of sounds. Divers instruments of music likewise to you unknown, some sweeter than any you have; with bells and rings that are dainty and sweet. We represent small sounds as great and deep, likewise great sounds extenuate and sharp; we make divers tremblings and warblings of sounds, which in their original are entire. We represent and imitate all articulate sounds and letters, and the voices and notes of beasts and birds. We have certain helps which, set to the ear, do further the hearing greatly; we have also divers strange and artificial echoes, reflecting the voice many times, and, as it were, tossing it; and some that give back the voice louder than it came, some shriller and some deeper; yea, some rendering the voice, differing in the letters or articulate sound from that they receive. We have all means to convey sounds in trunks and pipes, in strange lines and distances. ...
    We have also engine-houses, where are prepared engines and instruments for all sorts of motions. There we imitate and practise to make swifter motions than any you have, either out of your muskets or any engine that you have; and to make them and multiply them more easily and with small force, by wheels and other means, and to make them stronger and more violent than yours are, exceeding your greatest cannons and basilisks. We represent also ordnance and instruments of war and engines of all kinds; and likewise new mixtures and compositions of gunpowder, wild-fires burning in water and unquenchable, also fire-works of all variety, both for pleasure and use. We imitate also flights of birds; we have some degrees of flying in the air. We have ships and boats for going under water and brooking of seas, also swimming-girdles and supporters. We have divers curious clocks and other like motions of return, and some perpetual motions. We imitate also motions of living creatures by images of men, beasts, birds, fishes, and serpents; we have also a great number of other various motions, strange for equality, fineness, and subtilty. ...
    These are, my son, the riches of Salomon's House.
            Frances Bacon, The New Atlantis, 1626

We tend to scoff at the beliefs of the ancients. But we can't scoff at them personally, to their faces, and this is what annoys me.
            Jack Handey

When you're riding in a time machine way far into the future, don't stick your elbow out the window, or it'll turn into a fossil.
            Jack Handey

I know not, sir, whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare, but if he did not it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life.
            James M. Barrie

One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
            William Feather

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

Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
            Sir Winston Churchill

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
            Bertrand Russell

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
            Steven Weinberg

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
            e e cummings

The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.
            Anatole France

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
            Sir Francis Bacon

Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.
            Evan Esar

Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this, that you are dreadfully like other people.
            James Russell Lowell

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
            George Bernard Shaw

In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from.
            Peter Drucker

For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.
            H. L. Mencken

The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.
            Kilgore Trout

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
            Ronald Reagan

To survive is sometimes a leap into madness. The fingers of saints are still hot from miracles, but can they save themselves?
            Joy Harjo, In Mad Love and War

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it
            George (Santayana

If the Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me
            Jimmy Buffett

There is still a difference between something and nothing, but it is purely geometrical and there is nothing behind the geometry.
            Martin Gardner

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
            HL Mencken

My work is a game, a very serious game.
            MC Escher

The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.
            Marquis de Vauvenargues

Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there.
            E. H. Gombrich

If a path to the better there be, it begins with a full look at the worst.
            Thomas Hardy

Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.
            Friedrich von Schille

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
            William G. McAdoo

Every politician on earth claims to support freedom. The problem is so few of them understand the simple meaning of the word.
            Ron Paul

The greater the hold of government upon the life of the individual citizen, the greater the risk of war.
            John Hospers

We are confronted by insurmountable opportunities.
            Walt Kelly, From Pogo

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
            Philip K. Dick

Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it.
            Harry S. Truman

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.
            Faith Whittlesey

What we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.
            Sydney J. Harris

Never knock on Death's door: ring the bell and run away! Death really hates that!
            Matt Frewer

Today's Tip for Fiction Writers:
A good way to 'liven up" the plot of a novel is to add some romantic interest.
Wrong: Doreen entered the room.
Right: Doreen entered the room and had sex with Roger.
            Dave Barry

I like coconuts, you can break them open & they smell like ladies lyin' in the sun
            Panic Widespread

The first day was golden and she colored the Sun
    and she named it Hyperion
    and she made it a day of light and healing
The second was silver and she colored the Moon
    and she named it Phoebe
    and she made a day of enchantment and the living waters
And the third was many-colored and she colored the Earth
    and she made a day of joy
    with the scarlet strength of seed
In the fourth the black and white were mingled into quicksilver
    and she colored Mercury
    and she made a day of wisdom
    and the signs that are placed in the firmament
The fifth was bright blue and she envisaged Jupiter
    and she made a day of awe and circles, circles
    and she set it to dye the blood of the universe
The sixth was burning with icy green flames that glowed white
    and of her beauty she made Venus
    and she made a day of love
    whereby all beings are united
The seventh was rich purple, of the mollusks
    and she colored Chronos
    and she made a day of idleness and repose
    whereby all beings cease from struggle
            Incredible String Band

Asking which contributes more to intelligence, heredity or environment, is like asking which contributes more to the area of a field - its length or it width? Neither can contribute anything by itself.
            Donald Hebb

Nature gets credit which should in truth be reserved for ourselves: the rose for its scent: the nightingale for his song: the sun for his radiance. The poets are entirely mistaken. They should address their lyrics to themselves, and should turn them into odes of self-congratulation on the excellency of the human mind. Nature is a dull affair, soundless, scentless, colourless; merely the hurrying of material, endlessly, meaninglessly. (S.M.W. P. 80)
            A.N. Whitehead

A man with no future will always run to his past
            Due South (TV show)

If this were a church, you could shush me.
Since this is a bar, these are my genitals.
            Steve Pagano

Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad.
            Diogenes the Cynic

He wrapped himself in quotations- as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.
            Rudyard Kipling

Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so.
            Bertrand Russell

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
            Douglas Adams

Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
            Kurt Vonnegut

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
            George Bernard Shaw

What was there in those sovereigns to entitle them to your laudatory mention? Their sophistical reasonings (resembled) the reckless breaking down of walls and enclosures and planting the wild rub us and wormwood in their place; or making the hair thin before they combed it; or counting the grains of rice before they cooked them . They would do such things with careful discrimination; but what was there in them to benefit the world? If you raise the men of talent to office, you will create disorder; making the people strive with one another for promotion; if you employ men for their wisdom, the people will rob one another (of their reputation) 1. These various things are insufficient to make the people good and honest. They are very eager for gain;--a son will kill his father, and a minister his ruler (for it). In broad daylight men will rob, and at midday break through walls. I tell you that the root of the greatest disorder was planted in the times of Yâo and Shun. The branches of it will remain for a thousand ages; and after a thousand ages men will be found eating one another.
            Zhuangzi, Ch 23

One of the great dreams of man must be to find some place between the extremes of nature and civilization where it is possible to live without regret.
            Barry Lopez

I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.
            Jane Wagner (and Lily Tomlin)

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
            Josh Billings (1818 - 1885)

The trouble ain't that people are ignorant. It's that they know so much that ain't so.
            Josh Billings

Common sense and sense of humor are the same thing moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
            Clive Jones

I know not, sir, whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare, but if he did not it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life.
            James M. Barrie (1860 - 1937)

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
            Ayn Rand

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
            Benjamin Franklin

Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.
            Alfred North Whitehead  

The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity.
            Helen Rowland

It is an error to imagine that evolution signifies a constant tendency to increased perfection. That process undoubtedly involves a constant remodelling of the organism in adaptation to new conditions; but it depends on the nature of those conditions whether the directions of the modifications effected shall be upward or downward.
            Thomas H. Huxley

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use ordinary situations.
            Jean Paul Richter

The imperfect is our paradise.
Note that, in this bitterness, delight,
Since the imperfect is so hot in us,
Lies in flawed words and stubborn sounds.
            Wallace Stevens

As the bonfires of knowledge grow brighter, the more the darkness is revealed to our startled eyes.
            Terrence McKenna

The success of the masterpieces seems to lie not so much in their freedom from faults – indeed we tolerate the grossest errors in them all – but in the immense persuasiveness of mind which has completely mastered its perspective.
            Virginia Woolf

The universe is made of stories, not atoms.
            Muriel Rukeyser

What you cannot know in your body you can know nowhere else.
            The Upanishads

“There is no use trying,’ said Alice. ‘One can't believe impossible things.’ ‘I dare say you haven't had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’”
            Lewis Carroll

To change a major paradigm is to change our definition of what is possible.
            Mark B. Woodhouse

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.
            Abraham Lincoln

There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality, that it makes things happen.
            Sean O'Faolain

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
            Martin Luther King Jr.

"Reality" is the only word in the English language that should always be used in quotes.

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
            Richard Feynman

Einstein's space is no closer to reality than Van Gogh's sky. The glory of science is not in a truth more absolute than the truth of Bach or Tolstoy, but in the act of creation itself. The scientist's discoveries impose his own order on chaos, as the composer or painter imposes his; an order that always refers to limited aspects of reality, and is based on the observer's frame of reference, which differs from period to period as a Rembrant nude differs from a nude by Manet.
            Arthur Koestler, The Act of Creation

Intuition is the source of scientific knowledge.

When a thing is new, people say: 'It is not true.' Later, when its truth becomes obvious, they say: 'It is not important .' Finally, when its importance cannot be denied, they say: 'Anyway, it is not new.' "
            William James

Dear dear! How queer everything is today! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night. Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost remember feeling a little different.
            Lewis Carroll

Things are not as they appear to be. Nor are they otherwise.
            The Lankavatara Sutra

Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it.
            Niels Bohr

The ontology of materialism rested upon the illusion that the kind of existence, the direct “actuality” of the world around us, can be extrapolated into the atomic range. This extrapolation is impossible, however.
            Werner Heisenberg

The smallest units of matter are, in fact, not physical objects in the ordinary sense of the word; they are forms, structures or— in Plato's sense—Ideas, which can be unambiguously spoken of only in the language of mathematics.
            Werner Heisenberg

We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning.                                Werner Heisenberg

Observation plays a decisive role in the event and . . . the reality varies, depending upon
whether we observe it or not.
            Werner Heisenberg

I think it is safe to say that no one understands quantum mechanics. Do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possibly avoid it, ' Bu t how can it be like that?' because you will go 'down the drain' into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped. Nobody knows how it can be like that.
            Richard Feynman

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on
in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances that they want, and if they can't find them, make them.
            George Bernard Shaw

The last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
            Viktor Frankl

In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.
            John Lilly

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
            George Bernard Shaw

Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

To know ourselves as this free, creative energy is to know the meaning of life in this world.
            Bruno Barnhart

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is awaiting us. . . . The old skin has to be shed before the new one is to come.
            Joseph Campbell

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.

Of all the creatures of earth, only human beings can change their patterns. Man alone is the architect of his destiny. . . . Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
            William James

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

Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it . . . and change it as times change, truly are powerless because they cannot think new thoughts.
            Salman Rushdie

It's never too late to have a happy childhood
            Tom Robbins

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd."
            Alexander Pope

"What Semiramis Said"
The moon's a steaming chalice
Of honey and venom-wine.
A little of it sipped by night
Makes the long hours divine.
But oh, my reckless lovers,
They drain the cup and wail,
Die at my feet with shaking limbs
And tender lips all pale.
Above them in the sky it bends
Empty and gray and dread.
To-morrow night 'tis full again,
Golden, and foaming red.
            Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
            H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

You dangle a carrot in front of her nose
And she goes wherever the carrot goes.
            Aleister Crowley
Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so ;
For those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy picture[s] be,
Much pleasure, then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou'rt slave to Fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,

And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy, or charms can make us sleep as well,
And better than thy stroke ; why swell'st thou then ?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And Death shall be no more ; Death, thou shalt die.
            John Donne (1572-1631)

May God us keep from Single vision & Newton’s sleep!
            William Blake

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 against a wall."
            Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Santa Claus has the right idea .. Visit people only once a year.
            Victor Borge

By all means, marry.  If you get a good wife, you'll become happy;  if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.
            Alex Levine

Money can't buy you happiness . but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.
            Spike Milligan

What's the use of happiness?   It can't buy you money.                
            Henny Youngman

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.               
            Herbert Henry Asquith

I don't feel old.  I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap.
            Bob Hope

We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.
            Will Rogers

The cardiologist's diet:  If it tastes good ... spit it out.

Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government.
            Henry Kissinger

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle.
            Ayn Rand

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
            Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

None are more hopelessly enslaved, than those who falsely believe themselves to be free.

A free people should be armed and disciplined and ought to have sufficient arms and ammunition to protect themselves from all who might abuse them, including their own government.
             General George Washginton

Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.
            Benito Mussolini

Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an underground dictatorship... To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a republic... The Constitution of this republic should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom."
            Dr Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
            Buckminster Fuller

It is enough that the people know there was an election;. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
            Joseph Stalin

Loyalty is the realization that America was born of revolt, flourished in dissent, became great through experimentation. Our tradition is one of protest and revolt, and it is stultifying to celebrate the rebels of the past while we silence the rebels of the present.
            Henry Steele Commanger

 I can't begin to tell you how much I love my country. I love it enough to risk its wrath by pointing out the things that will destroy it, harm it very deeply
            Martin Sheen, Actor

Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism and find criticism subversive.
             Henry Steele Commager

When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.
            Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The first casualty when war comes, is Truth.
             Senator Hiram Johnson (1917)

Why of course the people don't want war.... But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.

The greatest threat to our world and its peace comes from those who want war, who prepare for it, and who, by holding out vague promises of future peace or instilling fear of foreign agression, try to make us accomplices to their plans.
             Herman Hesse (1877-1962)

Mental floss prevents Truth decay.
            St. Germain

Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals.
             O Pioneer

War is a confession that we don't believe in ourselves, that we have more belief in the instruments of violence.
            Dennis J. Kucinich

He who fails to assert his rights - has none.
            Author Unknown

What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.
            Theordore Roethke

If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for life is even greater than their fear. People who can open to the web of life that called us into being, and who can rest in the vitality of that larger body...
            Joanna Macy

When they came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
I was not a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
            Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)

An old Navajo was telling his grandson about the fight that is going on inside of him. He said it is between two wolves: one is evil (anger,
envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, superiority, etc) and the other is good (joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, etc). The grandson thought about it and asked, "Which wolf wins?" He replied, "The one I feed."

He who dies in the Lie is destined to repeat it.
            Cmdr. Gyeorgos Ceres Hatonn

There is no such thing as a friendship between nations. No nation can be trusted beyond its perceived self-interest.
             George Washington

The greatest purveyor of violence on the planet is my own government.
            Dr. Martin Luther King

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate (but) that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light - not our darkness - that frightens us. We ask ourselves Who am I to be brilliant/gorgeous/talented/fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be! You are a child of god. Your playing small does not save the world. We are born to manifest the glory of God within us. (It is) within everyone.
            Marianne Williamson

The measure of our lives does not depend solely on how we have lived, but upon how much we leave behind.
             Charlton Heston

All the water in the sea can't sink the ship that doesn't let the water in.
            Mary Baker Eddy

We are forgetting that we are a part of that which we mindlessly destroy and, as such, we will be our own last victims.
            Paul Watson, Co-Founder, Greenpeace.

We cannot allow the state an autocratic right to govern outside the Constitution.
            Boyd E. Graves, J.D

What luck for the rulers that men do not think.
            Adolph Hitler

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

Scientific criticism has no nobler task than to shatter false beliefs.
            Ludwig von Mises

All of us necessarily hold many casual opinions that are ludicrously wrong simply because life is far too short for us to think through even
a small fraction of the topics that we come across.
            Julian Simon

What Goes Around...
His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. "I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life.
"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.
At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.
"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.
"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.
"I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of." And that he did. Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, he graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.
Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin.
The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.

He who does not enjoy solitude will not enjoy freedom.
            Arthur Schopenhauer

This assembly of life took a billion years to evolve.  It has eaten the storms - folded them into its genes - and created the world that created us.
            E.O. Wilson, The Diversity of Life

The big bang of the human psyche - the recognition of death.
            Northern Exposure

Clouds are so beautiful I could bite my toes!
            Matthew Howe (age 4)

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you:
totally to be a fool
while Spring is in the world
my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady I swear by all flowers. Dont cry
-the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says
we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph
And death I think is no parenthesis
            ee cummings

"You are a great and powerful nation. Are you not ashamed that you give so much time to the pursuit of money, and reputation, and honors, and care so little for truth and wisdom and the improvement of your soul?"
            Socrates, Apology

'And he said unto them, "If a man told God that he wanted most of all to help the suffering world, no matter the price to himself, and God answered and told him what he must do, should the man do as he is told?"
"Of course, Master!" cried the many. "It should be pleasure for him to suffer the tortures of hell itself, should God ask it!"
"No matter what those tortures, no matter how difficult the task?"
"Honor to be hanged, glory to be nailed to a tree and burned, if so be that God has asked," said they.
"And what would you do," the Master said unto the multitude, "if God spoke directly to your face and said, 'I COMMAND THAT YOU BE HAPPY IN THE WORLD, AS LONG AS YOU LIVE.' What would you do then?"
And the multitude was silent, not a voice, not a sound was heard upon the hillsides, across the valleys where they stood.'
            Richard Bach, Illusions

Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
            Redd Foxx

To speak of the love of humanity is meaningless. There is no such thing as humanity. What we call humanity has a name, was born, lives on a street, gets hungry, needs all the particular things we need. As an abstract, it has no reality whatsoever
            Howard Thurman

There once was a secluded village in the middle of a forest. Ocassionally travelers came by and it was decided they should have a wise old person standing at the crossroads greeting strangers. The first day a traveler came by. The traveler asked the old person, "I am looking for a new village to live in. What kind of people do you have in your village?" The greeter replied, "What kind did you have in
your old village?"
"Oh, they were mean and rotten, they were just awful horrible people. I couldn't wait to leave."
The greeter said, "we have the same kind here."
The next day another traveler came by and asked the same question, "what kind of people do you have here?" Again the greeter answered, "what kind did you have in your old village?" The traveler answered, "they were just wonderful people, fully loving caring, I just hated to leave."
The wise old greeter said, "We have same kind here."

The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet.
            William Gibson

They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety... deserve neither safety nor liberty.
            Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

And as a private citizen, believe me, you are looked on as a major nuisance. The facts are, you now have a government that comes at you and you're supposed to have a government that comes from you.
            Ross Perot, presdential debates, 1992

Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the head and the ass are interchangeable.

Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream in its course. It  will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find  the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it  out of your sight. It will take you.

2 Blondes
A blond woman is driving her car and gets pulled over at an intersection by a blond woman cop.
The blond lady cop walks up to the blond driver's car and says, "May I see your license, please?"  The blond driver asks, "Excuse me, officer, but what does it look like?" The cop says, "It has your picture on it." After rifleing through her purse for several minutes, the driver hands the cop her compact.
 The cop opens the compact, looks at the mirror, hands it back to the driver and says, "Well, ma'am, I stopped you because you failed to come to a complete stop at that stop sign behind you; but, I am going to let you go with a warning this time as a professional courtesy."
The blond driver says, "Thank you very much, officer, but why is it a 'professional courtesy'?"
The blond cop says, "I didn't realize you were a police officer until I saw your license!"

Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out.
But I can usually shut the bitch up with cookies.

Old age ain't no place for sissies.
            Bette Davis

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.
            Jennifer Unlimited

Heaven has French cooks, English police, German mechanics, Italian lovers, and it’s all run by the
Swiss. Hell, in contrast, has English cooks, German police, French mechanics, Swiss lovers and the whole damn place is run by the Italians.

Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
            Howard Thurman

Start with the Sun, and everything else will slowly, slowly happen.
            D.H. Lawrence

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
            Jiddu Krishnamurti.

Political ability is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, and next year.  And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.
            Winston Churchill

Bigamy is having one wife too many.  Monogamy is the same thing.
            Oscar Wilde

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work.  I want to achieve immortality through not dying.  
            Woody Allen.

After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations.
            H. L. Mencken, on Shakespeare.

Love ... The delightful interval between meeting a beautiful girl and discovering she looks like a haddock.
            John Barrymore

I always keep a stimulant handy in case I see a snake - which I also keep handy.
            W.C. Fields

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. 
            Robert Maynard Hutchins

Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. 
            G.M. Trevelyan

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. 
            Arthur C. Clarke

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
            Robert Louis Stevenson

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

We live and we learn. But, sadly, at different rates. 
            Alan Magid

Man's mind stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
            Oliver Wendell Holmes

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
            Vernor Sanders

People only see what they are prepared to see. 
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of education is respecting the pupil. 
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words are tools which automatically carve concepts out of experience. 
            Julian S. Huxley

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
            G.K. Chesterton

Adults are obsolete children. 
            Dr. Seuss

If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.
            Ignacio Estrada

If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.
            Norman Douglas

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. 
            Chinese proverb

The best teachers are those that show you where to look but don't tell you what to see.
            Alexandra K. Trenfor

The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do. 
            John Stuart Mill

A teacher affects eternity; no one can tell where his influence stops. 
            Henry Adams

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. 
            H.G. Wells

The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done. 
            Jean Piaget

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value to its scarcity.  
            Samuel  Butler

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.  
            Sir Francis Bacon

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. 
            Edward Everett

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions. 
            Anthony Jay

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
            Edith Ann [Lily Tomlin]

I forget what I was taught. I only remember what I have learnt.  
            Patrick White

Let early education be a sort of amusement, you will then better be able to find out the natural bent of the child. 

I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.  
            Woodrow Wilson

Don't worry that children are never listening to you. Worry that they are always watching you.
            Robert Fulghum

All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent. 
            John F. Kennedy

 The freedom to make mistakes provides the best environment for creativity.

 There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly. 
            Buckminster Fuller

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future.   The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. 
            Eric Hoffer

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want
and then advise them to do it. 
            Harry S. Truman

 Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.
             Leonardo da Vinci

Education is understanding relationships.  
            George Washington Carver

Education's responsibility is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
            Malcolm Forbes

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
            Derek Bok, President, Harvard University

Be very, very careful what you put into that head, because you will never, ever get it out.  
            Cardinal Wolsey

What is the greatest sign of success for a teacher...?  It is to be able to say "the children are now working as if I did not exist.  
            Maria Montessori

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.
            Amos Bronson Alcottl

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
            Peter F. Drucker

One is always a long way from solving a problem until one actually has the answer.
                Stephen Hawking

Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a flame. 
            W.B. Yeats

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. 
            Alvin Toffler

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
                G.K. Chesterton

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.
            Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education...The human mind is our fundamental resource.   
            John F. Kennedy

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.
                Robert Green Ingersoll

 It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. 
            Frederick Douglass

The aim of education should be to teach us how to think, rather than what to think.  To improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, rather than to load the memory with thoughts of other men. 
            Bill Beattie

Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. 
            John W. Gardner

Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back. 
            Chinese Proverb

The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.
            Marva Collins

Never help a child with a task that they feel they can complete themselves. 
            Maria Montessori

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. 
            Henri L. Bergson

Inside every older lady is a younger lady -- wondering what the hell happened.
            Cora Harvey Armstrong

Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut her up with cookies.
            Cora Harvey Armstrong

Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
            Charlotte Whitton

I try to take one day at a time -- but sometimes several days attack me at once.
            Jennifer Unlimited

If you can't be a good example -- then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.

When I was young, I was put in a school for retarded kids for two years before they realized I actually had a hearing loss. And they called ME slow!
            Kathy Buckley

Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.
            Maryon Pearson

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
            Eleanor Roosevelt

There are 2 theories to arguing with a woman...neither works.
            Will Rogers
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
            Will Rogers

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
            Will Rogers

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
            Will Rogers

 The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
            Will Rogers
Some people try to turn back their odometers.  Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way.  I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.
            Will Rogers
 I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
            Will Rogers

A fool and his money are soon elected.
            Will Rogers

Nothing in the entire universe ever perishes, believe me, but things vary, and adopt a new form. The phrase "being born" is used for beginning to be something different from what one was before, while "dying" means ceasing to be the same. Though this thing may pass into that, and that into this, yet the sums of things remains unchanged.
            Ovid (43 BC - 18 AD), Metamorphoses

Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.
            Barry Switzer

Think not forever of yourselves, O Chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground.     
            Peacemaker, founder of the Iroquois Confederacy, (ca. 1000 AD)

It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.
            Agnes Repplier

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
            Helen Keller

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
            Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other.
            David Riesman

One way of looking at the history of the human group is that it has been a continuing struggle against the veneration of 'crap.'  Our intellectual history is a chronicle of the anguish and suffering of men who tried to help their contemporaries see that some part of their fondest beliefs were misconceptions, faulty assumptions, superstitions, and even outright lies.
            Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner, Teaching as a Subversive Activity

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
            Gerry Spence

The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept.           
            D. H. Lawrence

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
            George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Some things have to be believed to be seen.
            Ralph Hodgson, on ESP

It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses. Today, however, we need new lenses.  And we need to throw the old ones away.
            Kenich Ohmae

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
            James Feibleman

If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe.
             Lord Salisbury

Believe those who are seeking the truth.  Doubt those who find it.
            Andre Gide

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
            Lewis Carroll

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.
            Demosthenes (384 BC - 322 BC), Third Olynthiac

Nothing changes more constantly than the past; for the past that influences our lives does not consist of what happened, but of what men believe happened.       
            Gerald W. Johnston

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.           
            The Buddha

If you are near the enemy, make him believe you are far from him.  If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.
            Sun-Tzu, The Art of War

To believe with certainty we must begin by doubting.
            King Stanislas I of Poland

We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.

As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.
            William James (1842 - 1910)

The source of Pyrrhonism comes from failing to distinguish between a demonstration, a proof and a probability. A demonstration supposes that the contradictory idea is impossible; a proof of fact is where all the reasons lead to belief, without there being any pretext for doubt; a probability is where the reasons for belief are stronger than those for doubting.
            Andrew Michael Ramsay (1686–1743), Scottish philosopher

This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as I live it is my privilege - my *privilege* to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I've got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.         
            George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

The only thing you will ever be able to say in the so-called 'social' sciences is: "some do, some don't.
            Ernst Rutherford

A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange...Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.             Aristotle

It is certain that either wise bearing or ignorant carriage is caught, as men take diseases, one from another; therefore, let all take heed as to the society in which they mingle, for in a little while they will be like it.                 Shakespeare, King Henry IV

When you take charge of your life, there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.
            Geoffrey F. Abert

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.         
            Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public!
            Bryan White, Reader's Digest Magazine 1999

Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.
            Sir Francis Bacon

Conscience, in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.
            Taylor's Statesman

Conventionality is not morality.  Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.
            Charlotte Bronte

Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids

What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike.
            Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Without a doubt the greatest injury of all was done by basing morals on myth.  For, sooner or later,  myth is recognized for what it is, and disappears.  Then morality loses the foundation on which it has been built.
            Lord Samuel, "Romanes Lecture", 1947

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
            Anais Nin

Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new loveliness of his own making, and it's a tragedy. A lot of people don't have the courage to do it.
            Helen Hayes, in Roy Newquist, Showcase, 1966

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.
            Daniel Boorstin

Would you like me to give you a formula for success?  It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't as all. You can be discouraged by failure - or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that's where you will find success.
            Thomas J. Watson

Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.
            James F. Clarke

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
            Raymond Lindquist

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
            Scott Adams, 'The Dilbert Principle'

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.
            William Plomer

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
            Karl Menninger

Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things.
             Ray Bradbury

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
             Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

The mainspring of creativity appears to be the same tendency which we discover so deeply as the curative force in psychotherapy, man's tendency to actualize himself, to become his potentialities. By this I mean the organic and human life, the urge to expand, extend, develop, mature - the tendency to express and activate all the capacities of the organism, or the self.
            Carl Rogers

The heatlh of an environmental system is directly proportionate to its diversity.
            An Axiom in Ecology

There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.
            Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne (1533–1592)

There is as much difference between us and ourselves as between us and other people.

The war we have to wage today has only one goal and that is to make the world safe for diversity.
             U Thant, Burma, UNSecretary-General

Variety's the very spice of life,
That gives it all its flavour.
            William Cowper, The Task, Bk ii, `The Timepiece', 606

Order, unity and continuity are human inventions just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias.
            Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Hell is other people.
            Jean Paul Sartre

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
            Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.
             William Plomer

The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.
             John Schaar, futurist

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
            Karl Menninger

Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things.
             Ray Bradbury

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
             Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius-- the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination.
            Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834)

The war we have to wage today has only one goal and that is to make the world safe for diversity.
             U Thant, Burma, UNSecretary-General

Order, unity and continuity are human inventions just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias.
            Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Laws, religions, creeds, and systems of ethics, instead of making society better than its best unit, make it worse than its average unit, because they are never up to date.                 
            George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950),

Savages cling to a local god of one tribe or town. The broad ethics of Jesus were quickly narrowed to village theologies, which preach an election or favoritism.                        
            Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882),

Everywhere, the ethical predicament of our time imposes itself with an urgency which suggests that even the question “Have we anything to eat?” will be answered not in material but in ethical terms.       
             Hugo Ball (1886–1927),

It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.       
            Margaret Mead

Honor isn't about making the right choices. It's about dealing with the consequences.
            Midori Koto

Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.
            Robert G. Ingersoll (1833 - 1899)

The hard truth is that what may be acceptable in elite culture may not be acceptable in mass culture, that tastes which pose only innocent ethical issues as the property of a minority become corrupting when they become more established. Taste is context, and the context has changed.
            Susan Sontag (b. 1933),

The man of character, sensitive to the meaning of what he is doing, will know how to discover the ethical paths in the maze of possible behavior.        
            Earl Warren

My belief is that no being and no society composed of human beings ever did, or ever will, come to much unless their conduct was governed and guided by the love of some ethical ideal.             
            Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95)

It is not enough to do good; one must do it the right way.
            John Viscount Morley, of Blackburn

The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.
            Maria Montessori

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
            William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "The Merchant of Venice"

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.            
            Francis, Duc de La Rochefoucauld.  Maxim 22.

Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues, we write in water.
            Shakespeare, Henry VIII

Evil is unspectacular and always human
And shares our bed and eats at our own table.
            W(ystan) H(ugh) Auden, Herman Melville

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.
            Helen Keller, My Religion

Nothing is evil which is according to nature.
            Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room.
            Blaise Pascal, Pensées

There is no law of progress. Our future is in our own hands, to make or to mar. It will be an uphill fight to the end, and would we have it otherwise? Let no one suppose that evolution will ever exempt us from struggles. 'You forget,' said the Devil, with a chuckle, 'that I have been evolving too.'
            William Ralph Inge

This survival of the fittest which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called "natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life."
            Herbert Spencer: Principles of Biology. Indirect Equilibration..

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
            Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, Ch. 4

We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.           
            Samuel Johnson

Long ailments wear out pain, and long hopes, joy.
            Stanislaus I of Poland

A man's character is his fate.
            Heraclitus (540 BC - 480 BC)

How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.
            Wilhelm von Humboldt

Nature is at work..  Character and destiny are her handiwork. She gives us love and hate, jealousy and reverence. All that is ours is the power to choose which impulse we shall follow.
            David Seabury

Men heap together the mistakes of their lives and create a monster they call destiny.
            John Oliver Hobbes

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

One can always point to a time, a choice, an act that set the tone for a life and changed a personal destiny.
            Carol O'Connel

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
            Laurence J. Peter

Fortune favors the brave.       
            Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC), Aeneid

He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold.           
            Baltasar Gracian

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
            Hermann Hesse

Fate is unalterable only in the sense that given a cause, a certain result must follow, but no cause is inevitable in itself, and man can shape his world if he does not resign himself to ignorance.
            Pearl S. Buck

The element running through entire nature, which we popularly call Fate, is known to us as limitation. Whatever limits us, we call Fate.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them.
            Marilyn Ferguson

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.
            James F. Byrnes

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
            Plato (427 AD - 347 AD)

Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.
            Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956), The Mother, 1932

We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
            Author Unknown

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.           
            Thomas Merton

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.       
            Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, 1933

I saw that all things I feared, and which feared me, had nothing good or bad in them save insofar as the mind was affected by them.
            Spinoza, Dutch Philosopher

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
            Jiddu Krishnamurti

The trouble with most people is that that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than their minds, 
            Walter Duranty

Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
            Jean de La Fontaine

I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
            George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

The highest proof of civility is that the whole public action of the State is directed on securing the greatest good of the greatest number.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882),

The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not "to have and to hold" but "to give and serve." There can be no other meaning.
            Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell

One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.
            Hannah More

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
            Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)

In studying the history of the human mind one is impressed again and again by the fact that the growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and that each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement. One could almost say that nothing is more hateful to man than to give up even a particle of his unconsciousness. Ask those who have tried to introduce a new idea!
            Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
              Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

We find comfort among those who agree with us--growth among those who don't.
            Frank A Clark

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
             George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
            Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
             John J. Plomp

If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place.
            Orison Swett Marden

Love does not dominate; it cultivates.
            Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.
            James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
            Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

One of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity.
            Andrew Carnegie

Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.
            William Feather, The Business of Life

Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.
            Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery

Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch'entrate. - All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
            Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia, `Inferno', iii. 9

Expecting something for nothing is the most popular form of hope.
            Arnold H. Glasow

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
            Francis Bacon, Apothegms, 36

Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.
            Dr Samuel Johnson, quoted in James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson

My doctor gave me two weeks to live. I hope they're in August.
            Ronnie Shakes

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.
            Charles F. Kettering

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for .success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.
            Vaclav Havel

Take hope from the heart of man, and you make him a beast of prey.
            Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Hope is the last thing that dies in man; and though it be exceedingly deceitful, yet it is of this good use to us, that while we are traveling through life it conducts us in an easier and more pleasant way to our journey's end.
            Francois De La Rochefoucauld

The test of a first-fate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
            F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
            Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1895)

It is the individual's task to differentiate himself from all the others and stand on his own feet. All collective identities... interfere with the fulfillment of this task. Such collective identities are crutches for the lame, shields for the timid, beds for the lazy, nurseries for the irresponsible....     
            C. G. Jung

Responsiblity is a unique concept. It can only reside and inhere in a single individual. You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you. You may disclaim it, but you cannot divest yourself of it.
            Admiral Hyman Rickover

Everything without tells the individual that he is nothing; everything within persuades him that he is everything.           
            X. Doudan

We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general.  Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.         
            John Dewey

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.           
            Oscar Wilde

I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.
            Ayn Rand, Anthem, 1946

True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality; the inequality of success; the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of the world.
            Felix Emmanuel Schelling

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
            Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

You can't build a reputation on what you intend to do.
            Liz Smith

Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.
            Philip Dormer Chesterfield (1694 - 1773)

We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.
            Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightening.
            Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.
            Claude A. Helvetius

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
            Harriet Braiker

The man who is intent on making the most of his opportunities is too busy to bother about luck.
            B. C. Forbes

The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep.
            George Stephanopolous

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.
            Barry LePatner

Everyone complains of his lack of memory, but nobody of his want of judgment.
            La Rochefoucauld

A great philosophy is not one that passes final judgments and establishes ultimate truth. It is one that causes uneasiness and starts commotion.       
            Charles Peguy

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils. The thing is to supply light and not heat            Woodrow Wilson

The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing.
            Walt Whitman

We find it hard to apply the knowledge of ourselves to our judgment of others.  The fact that we are never of one kind, that we never love without reservations and never hate with all our being cannot prevent us from seeing others as wholly black or white.            Eric Hoffer

He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any faculty than the ape-like one of imitation. He who chooses his plan for himself, employs all his faculties. He must use observation to see, reasoning and judgment to foresee, activity to gather materials for decision, discrimination to decide, and when he has decided, firmness and control to hold to his deliberate decision.
            John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873), On Liberty, 1859

I have made good judgements in the Past.  I have made good judgements in the Future.
            Dan Quayle

Non Judgment: In our world where it seems we are taught to judge everything all around and about us and we spend so much of our time doing just that, it might be wise to ask if we can judge anything. To judge anything with any degree of clarity and accuracy we would need all the information past, present and future and how it will affect all concerned to make a perfect judgment. Since no one has that skill, ability or information, you might agree, it may be unwise to judge. This idea may be hard to accept, but when you look back over your life and the judgments you made, ask yourself. How many of your judgments, when you made them, were you perfectly sure they were correct, would you want to change now with the benefit of 20 20 hindsight? Since every judgment is only an opinion based on the limited information at hand, filtered through one's personal value system, it might be safe to assume no two people will judge anything exactly the same. Even concepts of right and wrong, good or bad, good or bad morals and ethics are only opinions, for what may be good in one case may be a disaster in another.
            Sidney Madwed

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
            Mat 7:3

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
            Mat 7:6

You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man's freedom. You can
be free only if I am free.                
            Clarence Darrow

If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.
            Carl Schurz

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.
            Theodor W. Adorno

The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so efforts to obtain it.  Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.
            J.S.Mill, On Liberty

Fiat Lux

In the beginning, there was nothing. And God said, 'Let there be Light.' And there was still nothing. But, you could see it.
            Dave Weinstein (dweinste@isis)

You are the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as the lens does. Ifyou seek yourself, you rob the lens of its transparency. You will know life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of transparency, your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end, and remain purely as a means.
            Dag Hammarskjold

You can't have a light without a dark to stick it in.
            Arlo Guthrie

Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.
            Nido Qubein

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.
            Niels Bohr (1885 - 1962)

Despising for you the city, I turn my back.  There is a world elsewhere.
            Shakespeare, Coriolanus

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
            Charles Kingsley

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.                     
            Margaret Young

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

Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them.
            Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. October 3, 1952

Understand clearly that when a great need appears a great use appears also; when there is a small need there is small use; it is obvious, then, that full use is made of all things at all times according to the necessity thereof.
            Dogen Zenji

We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.
            J. M. Barrie

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
            Vernon Howard

Eat before shopping. If you go to the store hungry, you are likely to make unnecessary purchases.
            American Heart Association Cookbook

I try to know what I need to know. I make sure to know what I want to know.
            Nero Wolfe

Necessity, who is the mother of invention.
            Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), The Republic

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
            Hans Hofmann

The advertising industry is one of our most basic forms of communication and, allegedly, of information.  Yet, obviously, much of this ostensible information is not purveyed to inform but to manipulate and to achieve a result -- to make somebody think he needs something that very possibly he doesn't need, or to make him think one version of something is better than another version when the ground for such a belief really doesn't exist.
            Marvin E. Frankel

Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with it apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.
            Norman Podhoretz

For every living creature that succeeds in getting a footing in life there are thousands or millions that perish. There is an enormous random scattering for every seed that comes to life. This does not remind usof intelligent human design. "If a man in order to shoot a hare, were to discharge thousands of guns on a great moor in all possible directions; if in order to get into a locked room, he were to buy ten thousandcasual keys, and try them all; if, in order to have a house, he were to build a town, and leave all the other houses to wind and weather - assuredly no one would call such proceedings purposeful and still less would anyone conjecture behind these proceedings a higher wisdom, unrevealed reasons, and superior prudence."
            J.W.N. Sullivan  

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.
            Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Someone has described science as an orderly arrangement of what, at the moment, seems to be facts.
            Author Unknown

Memory depends very much on the perspicuity, regularity, and order of our thoughts. Many complain of the want of memory, when the defect is in the judgment; and others, by grasping at all, retain nothing.
            Thomas Fuller

It is with  disease of the mind, as with those of the body; we are half dead before we understand our disorder, and half cured when we do.
            C. C. Colton

It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order -- and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order.
            Douglas Hostadter

In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.
            Will Durant, quoted in Time

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
            Jonathan Kozol

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
            Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
            Horace Mann (1796 - 1859)

Another such victory and we are lost.
            Pyrrhus (318 BC - 272 BC), from Plutarch, Lives

The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities...It is best to win without fighting.
            Sun-tzu (~300 bce)

Never fight an inanimate object.
            P. J. O'Rourke

Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.

When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
            Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
            James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have  done.

It may not be amiss, here, Gentlemen, to remind you of the good old rule, that on questions of fact, it is the province of the jury, on questions of law, it is the province of the court to decide. But it must be observed that by the same law, which recognizes this reasonable distribution of jurisdiction, you have nevertheless a right to take upon yourselves to judge of both, and to determine the law as well as the fact in controversy. On this, and on every other occasion, however, we have no doubt, you will pay that respect, which is due to the opinion of the court: For, as on the one hand, it is presumed, that juries are the best judges of facts; it is, on the other hand, presumable, that the court are the best judges of law. But still both objects are lawfully, within your power of decision.
            State of Georgia v Brailsford, 3 U.S. 1 (1794)

We recognize, as appellants urge, the undisputed power of the jury to acquit, even if its verdict is contrary to the law as given by the judge, and contrary to the evidence. This is a power that must exist as long as we adhere to the general verdict in criminal cases, for the courts cannot search the minds of the jurors to find the basis upon which they judge. If the jury feels that the law under which the defendant is accused, is unjust, or that exigent circumstances justified the actions of the accused, or for any reason which appeals to their logic of passion, the jury has the power to acquit, and the courts must abide by that decision.
            US vs Moylan, 417 F 2d 1002, 1006 (1969)

No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, or disseized [dispossessed], or outlawed, or exiled, or in any way harmed - nor will we go upon [condemn] or send upon [imprison] him - save by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the law of the land.
            Magna Carta AD 1215, Clause 39

Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.
            Joseph Campbell

It is because nations tend towards stupidity and baseness that mankind moves so slowly; it is because individuals have a capacity for things that it moves at all.
            George Gissing

A good deed is the best form of prayer       
            Serbian proverb

Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
            Thomas Carlyle

Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.
            William Shakespeare, 'Measure for Measure'

When you have given nothing, ask for nothing.
            Albanian Proverb

The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he has an abscess on his knee or in his soul.
            Rona Barrett

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.
            Saint Theresa of Jesus

Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.
            Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
            William James (1842 - 1910)

From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.
            Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.
            Jessamyn West

Five senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconceptions and assumptions so numerous that I can never examine more than minority of them - never become conscious of them all. How much of total reality can such an apparatus let through?
            C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)

It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior imapartiality.
            Arnold Bennett

I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind;  yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
            Kahlil Gibran

Of all the causes which conspire to blind
Man's erring judgment, and misguide the mind;
What the weak head with strongest bias rules,-
Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
            Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

Redeem / The time. Redeem / The unread vision in the higher dream.
            T. S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday, IV

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are always in search of the redeeming formula, the crystallizing thought.
            Etty Hillesum

Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken.  If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal.  Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements.  Lock it up save in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.  But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.
             C.S. Lewis

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
            Mother Theresa

I will be correspondent to command, And do my spiriting gently.   
            William Shakespeare  "The Tempest"

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
            Dietrich Bonhoffer

We can gradually grow into any condition we desire, provided we first make ourselves in habitual mental attitude the person who corresponds to those conditions.
            Thomas Troward

If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure.
            Dan Quayle

The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.
            Jawaharlal Nehru

A venturesome minority will always be eager to get off on their own... let them take risks, for Godsake, let them get lost, sunburnt, stranded, drowned, eaten by bears, buried alive under avalanches- that is the right and privilege of any free American.
            16 Idaho Law Review 407, 420 - 1980.

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

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
            John Stewart Mill

Necessity does the work of courage.         
            George Eliot

Strong hope is a much greater stimulant of life than any realized joy could be.
            Friedrich Nietzche

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.   
            Greg Anderson

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

On action alone be thy interest, Never on its fruits.
Let not the fruits of action be thy motive,  Nor be thy attachment to inaction.
            Bhagavad Gita

My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
            Bette Davis

The link between ideas and action is rarely direct. There is almost always an intermediate step in which the idea is overcome. De Tocqueville points out that it is at times when passions start to govern human affairs that ideas are most obviously translated into political action. The translation of ideas into action is usually in the hands of people least likely to follow rational motives. Hence, it is that action is often the nemesis of ideas, and sometimes of the men who formulate them. One of the marks of the truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action - the ability to pass directly from thought to action.
            Eric Hoffer

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone.  The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
            Lin Yutang

Providence has nothing good or high in store for one who does not resolutely aim at something high or good. A purpose is the eternal condition of success.
            T. T. Munger

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
            Robert Heinlein

Dishonor will not trouble me, once I am dead.
            Euripides (485 BC - 406 BC), Alcestis, 438 B.C.

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
            George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out.
            Russian proverb

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
            Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is 'look under foot.' You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.
            John Burroughs

The Paleolithic hunters who painted the unsurpassed animal murals on the ceiling of the cave at Altamira had only rudimentary tools. Art is older than production for use, and play older than work. Man was shaped less by what he had to do than by what he did in playful moments. It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities.
            Eric Hoffer

Man is a stream whose source is hidden. Our being is descending into us from we know not whence. The most exact calculator has no prescience that somewhat incalculable may not balk the very next moment. I am constrained every moment to acknowledge a higher origin for events than the will I call mine.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sensual and spiritual are linked together by a mysterious bond, sensed by our emotions, though hidden from our eyes. To this double nature of the visible and invisible world—to the profound longing for the latter, coupled with the feeling of the sweet necessity for the former, we owe all sound and logical systems of philosophy, truly based on the immutable principles of our nature, just as from the same source arise the most senseless enthusiasms.
            Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

Be a fountain, not a drain.
            Rex Hudler, quoted in 'Sports Illustrated'

Nothing, of course, begins at the time you think it did.
            Lillian Hellman, An Unfinished Woman, 1969

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.           
            Ben Hecht

Men can do nothing without the make-believe of a beginning. Even Science, the strict measurer, is obliged o start with a make-believe unit, and must fix on a point in the stars' unceasing journey when his sidereal clock shall pretend that time is Nought. His less accurate grandmother Poetry has always been understood to start in the middle; but on reflection it appears that her proceeding is not very different from his; since Science, too, reckons backward as well as forward, divides his unit into billions, and with his clock-finger at Nought really sets off _in medias res_. No retrospect will take us to the true beginning; and whether our prologue be in heaven or on earth, it is but a fraction of that all-presupposing fact with which our story sets out.
            George Eliot from "Daniel Deronda"

Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.
            Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

As time goes on, new and remoter aspects of truth are discovered which can seldom be fitted into creeds that are changeless.            Clarence Day

Life does not count by years. Some suffer a lifetime in a day, and so grow old between the rising and the setting of the sun.
            Augusta Jane Evans

The biggest difference between time and space is that you can't reuse time.
            Merrick Furst

Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.
            John Archibald Wheeler (1911 - ), American J. of Physics, 1978, 46, 323

What is ten thousand years?  Time is short for one who thinks, endless for one who yearns.

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.  Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
            Carl Sandburg

I am a bear of very little brain, and long words bother me.     

Commit random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
            Anne Herbert

Nobody ever celebrates room temperature.
            Larry Moore

A good occupational force must never crush--it must corrupt.   

One must never drive his enemy to despair-- it makes him strong.  

Label something, kill it a little.
            Larry Moore

Some thoughts should be thrown out upon the second wearing.
            Larry Moore

Being rich is like being ten feet tall-- it's good for some things, bad for others.
            Larry Moore

Death is learning new tricks to living--and not being able to try them out.
            Larry Moore

Half the art of conversation lies in silence.
            Larry Moore

A man's memory is what he forgets with.
            Odell Shepard

If you don't get lost, there's a chance you may never be found.

Imagine this butterfly exactly as it is, but ugly instead of beautiful.
            Ludwig Wittgenstein

My mother used to tell me, "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant."  Well, for years I was smart.  I recommend pleasant.

I'm sorry--this is a scene in which I have no lines.
            Larry Moore

Not to understand a man's purpose does not make HIM confused.    
            "Kung Fu"

It's just his style--he doesn't mean anything by it.
            Larry Moore

Everything has two handles:  one by which it can be carried and one by which it cannot. 

I'm glad I don't like peas, because if I liked peas, I'd probably eat them--and I hate peas.  

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

Unformed people delight in the gaudy and in novelty.  Cooked people delight in the ordinary. 
            Zen saying

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God: 
But only he who sees takes off his shoes.

As two buddhist monks walked a muddy road, they came upon a beautiful young woman in a silk kimono, unable to cross an intersection.  The first monk picked her up and carried her across. The two monks travelled on in silence. At the end of the day the second monk, obviously perturbed, said, "How could you do that?  You know we are supposed to avoid women; they're dangerous!"
The first monk replied, "I put her down at the side of the road; you are still carrying her."
            Zen lore

Make each act virgin, even the repeated one.
            after Rene Char

The word "explain" means literally to flatten out.
            Philip Slater

There is another world, but it is in this one.
            Paul Eluard

What if your knees bent the other way, what would a chair look like?

The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself. 
            Bertrand Russell

My work is done, why wait? 
               suicide note of George Eastman, founder of Kodak

Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent. 
              Jean Kerr

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.         
            Jeannette Rankin

In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance.  In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace--and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock. 
            "The Third Man"

It is easier to get forgiveness than permission. 
            Murphy's Law, Book Two

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
            Susan Ertz

Any new venture goes through the following stages:  enthusiasm, complication, disillusionment, search for the guilty, punishment of the innocent, and  promotion of those who did nothing.

If Jesus was Jewish, how come he has a Mexican name?
            Truman Capote

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.      
            Bertrand Russell

Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.   
            Elizabeth Bowen

Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
            Nick Diamos

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. 
            Calvin Coolidge

A God we can understand is no God. 
            Professor Dillon

It is a mistake to allow any mechanical object to realize you are in a hurry.
            Ralph's Observation

Beware, gentle knight: the greatest monster of them all is reason. 
            Don Quixote

It is more shameful to distrust one's friends than to be deceived by them.
            Duc de la Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

If you want something badly, that's how you get it. 

Egotism - usually just a case of mistaken nonentity.
            Barbara Stanwyck

I wish I had gotten as much in bed as I got in the newspapers.
            Linda Ronstadt

Oppressed people are frequently very oppressive when first liberated. They know but two positions: Somebody's foot on their neck or their foot on somebody's neck.
            Florence Kennedy

I've always found paranoia a perfectly defensible position.
            Pat Conroy

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
            L. Peters

The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting.
            Gloria Leonard

Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.
            Short North Sal

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.
            Woody Allen
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.

Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself.
            Potter Stewart

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
            Soren Kierkegaard

During sex I fantasize that I'm someone else.
            Richard Lewis
Everybody has sex now. When I was a kid only women had sex and you had to get it from them.
            Tony Stone
 You might be a redneck if you've been too drunk to fish.
            Jeff Foxworthy

Strong women leave big hickies.
Complete truthfulness is one of the rarest of virtues. Even those who regard themselves as absolutely truthful are daily guilty of over-statements and under-statements. Exaggeration is almost universal.
            Herbert Spencer
I went to a bookstore the other day. I asked a woman behind the counter where the self-help books were. She said, "If I told you that would defeat the whole purpose."
             Brian Kiley
I can't mate in captivity.
            Gloria Steinem
I'm walking home from school and I'm watching some men build a new house. All of a sudden the guy hammering on the roof calls me a paranoid little weirdo. In Morse code.
            Emo Phillips
I come from a small town where the population never changes. Each time a woman gets pregnant someone leaves town.
            Michael Pritchard

 A man was arrested and when the police searched him they found he had a half-foot cobra in his pants. Apparently the guy was pretty well-endowed because when they asked him what the snake was doing in his pants, he replied, "Dating."
             Bill Maher

I cannot afford to waste my time making money.
            J. Louis R. Agassiz

The fuchsia is the world's most carefully spelled flower.
            Jimmy Barnes

Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
            Ava Gardner

I was recently born again. I must admit it's a glorious and wonderful experience, but I can't say my mother enjoyed it a whole lot.
            John Wing

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
            Philip K. Dick

In a little over a hundred years? All new people.
            Anne Lamott

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.  No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
            Elbert Hubbard, The Roycroft Dictionary and Book of Epigrams, 1923

Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo:  not merely the duty to foster invention and constantly to create technological novelties, but equally the duty to surrender to these novelties unconditionally, just because they are offered, without respect to their human consequences.
            Lewis Mumford

I think I should not go far wrong if I asserted that the amount of genuine leisure available in a society is generally in inverse proportion to the amount of labor-saving machinery it employs.
            E.F. Schumacher

What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions.
            Arnold Glasow

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
            Arthur C. Clarke

In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.
            Baba Dioum

Mountains flow,
Rivers sit

There has never been an objective being.
Knowing that, the rest is known.
            The Upanishads

...I ask you to consider—if this is a firm, and if the Board of Regents are the Board of Directors, and if President Kerr in fact is the manager, then I tell you something—the faculty are a bunch of employees and we're the raw material! But we're a bunch of raw materials that don't mean to be - have any process upon us. Don't mean to be made into any product! Don't mean - Don't mean to end up being bought by some clients of the University, be they the government, be they industry, be they organized labor, be they anyone! We're human beings!...There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.
            Mario Savio, 1964

What we learn from one another does not die, so we have to be careful what we hand down.

Any severance produces two wounds that are, among other things, the record of how the severed parts once fitted together.
            Wendell Berry

Only at the moment of opposition does the self emerge as a function of the mind.
            Hua-Ching Ni

The real gets buried and the false runs wild. People have all sorts of emotions, feelings and desires, developing complex and involuted psychologies. A hundred worries disturb their minds, then the thousand things tax their bodies. They think what is miserable is enjoyable, they think what is false is real. They have entirely lost the original state.   
            Liu I-Ming

This our life ... finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones and good in everything.
            Shakespeare, As You Like It, II,i,12

The court official in one life has seven rebirths as a beggar.
            Chinese proverb

Will you tell me how to prevent riches from becoming the effects of temperance and industry?
            John Adams, to Thomas Jefferson

Reality is the shifting face of need.
            Anonymous Grafitti

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
            The Wizard of Oz

At the ancient pond
A frog plunges into
The sound of water

Three feet of snow
Enlightened, not enlightened
No difference now
            Steve Sanfield

Emptying the piss pot
He notices the moon
Pours it on himself
            Steve Sanfield

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it's queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there's some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
            Robert Frost, Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

What is this gift that things give, senators, if it isn't in their ability to declare that they have given life to those from whom they haven't taken it?

We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.
            Leif Smith

You can fool too many people too much of the time.
            James Thurber

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
            Groucho Marx

Sorcery is a journey of return. We return victorious to the spirit, having descended into hell. And from hell we bring trophies. Understanding is one of our trophies.
            Castaneda, The Power of Silence

Our youth now loves luxuries. They have bad manners and contempt for authority. They show disrespect for elders and they love to chatter instead of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants, of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food, and tyrannize their teachers.

What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are.

There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another great truth.
            Niels Bohr

Most advances in science come when a person, for one reason or another, is forced to change fields.
            Peter Borden

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it's the only one you have.
            Emile Chartier

More men die of their medicines than their diseases.

To the question "where does the soul go when the body dies?" Jacob Boehme answered,
"There is no necessity for it to go anywhere",
            Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
            Arthur Conan Doyle

These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed ... Great necessities call out great virtues.
            Abigail Adams.

Man is not made for society, but society is made for man. No institution can be good which does not tend to improve the individual.
            Margaret Fuller

Everybody lies but it doesn't matter since nobody listens.
            Randall A. Forselius

The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of oneself.
            Jane Adams

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
            George Bernard Shaw

I don't know what the purpose of life is, but the purpose of the question, "What is the purpose of life?" is to be larger than any answer can encompass, and so teach us three things: relativity, humility and wonder.
            John Simon

The law is an ass, an idiot.
            Charles Dickens

Advertising has done more to cause the social unrest of the 20th century than any other single factor.
            Claire Booth Luce

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
            Paul Valery

The official buzz phrase was "existence precedes essence," but perhaps a better slogan for existentialists would have been, "We're just making this up as we go".

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

To have doubted one's own first principles is the first mark of a civilized man.
            Oliver Wendell Holmes

Civilization is a race between education and catastrophe.
            H.G. Wells

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
            Christopher Morley

Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
            Anna Freud

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
            Rachel Carson

I am prejudiced in favor of him who, without impudence, can ask boldly. He has faith in humanity, and faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to give grandly can ask nobly and with boldness.
            Johann Kaspar

More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing nothing than by believing too much.
            P.T. Barnum

There is a difference in degrees between men's understandings, apprehensions and reasonings, to so great a latitude that one may, without doing injury to mankind, affirm that there is a greater distance between some men and others in this respect, than between some men and some beasts.
            John Locke

We are all citizens of history.
            Clifton Faldiman

It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.
            Betty Friedman

The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority. Yes, the damned, compact, liberal majority.
            Henrik Ibsen

Most of us love from our need to love, not because we find someone deserving.
            Nikki Giovanni

Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.
            Rosa Luxemburg

A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
            Oscar Wilde

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
            Lord Morley

Seek not the favor of the multitude: it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of the few; and number not voices, but weigh them.
            Immanuel Kant

Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the memories of having read the reviews.
            John Updike

Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college.
            Lillian Smith

A religion that is small enough for our understanding would not be large enough for our needs.
            Arthur Balfour

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
            Helen Keller

We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves filled with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposes to rob us of their companionship.
            James Harvey Robinson

Beauty is the promise of happiness.

We are acting too cowardly to survive. No one guarantees that our species will survive unless we begin to develop courage.
            Maya Angelou

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
            Horace Walpole

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
            Abraham Lincoln

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.
            Dorothy Thompson

We have lost the idea that reasonable men can disagree.
            Michael Crichton

Death destroys a man. The idea of death saves him.
            E.M. Forster

There is, I think, nothing in the world more futile than the attempt to find out how a task should be done when one has not yet decided what the task is.
            Alexander Meiklejohn

We live by encouragement and die without it - slowly, sadly and angrily.
            Celeste Holm

Open-mindedness is not the same as empty-mindednedd. To hang out a sign saying: "come right in; there is no one at home" is not the equivalent of hospitality.
            John Dewey

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
            Henry Emerson Fosdick

As you live, believe in life. Always human beings will live and profess to greater, broader and fuller life. The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end comes slowly, because time is long.
            W.E.B. DuBois

The great myth of the 20th century was for progressive people to imagine that the state was the engine of their hopes.
            Michael Novak

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
            C. Northcote Parkinson, Parkinson's Law

I cannot accept the popular usage of the word chaos to mean something disorderly. I am more inclined to think that the poverty of our vision causes certain larger orders to seem in disarray.
            Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work, and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.
            Lucille Ball

The history of almost every civilization furnishes examples of geographic expansion coinciding with deterioration in quality.
            Arnold Toynbee

Rights not claimed are considered waived.
            A presumption of law

History is principally the inaccurate narration of events which ought not to have happened.
            Ernest Albert Hooten

A true history of human events would show that a far larger proportion of our acts are the results of sudden impulses and accidents, than of that reason of which we so much boast.
            Peter Cooper

A happiness that is sought for ourselves alone can never be found; for a happiness that is diminished by being shared is not big enough to make us happy.
            Thomas Merton

We are all more average than we think.
            Gorham Munson

Modern man thinks he loses something - time - when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains - except kill it.
            Eric Fromm

History is an accumulation of error.
            Norman Cousins

To change and to improve are two different things.
            German Proverb

Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
            Benjamin Franklin

I don't know what one means by happy. I'm happy spasmodically. If I eat a chocolate turtle, I'm happy. When the box is empty, I'm unhappy. When I get another box I'm happy again.
            Katherine Hepburn

A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.
            Edgar Watson Howe

We do not usually look for allies when we love. Indeed, we often look on those who love with us as rivals and trespassers. But we always look for allies when we hate.
            Eric Hoffer

I wanted a perfect ending ... Now I've learned the hard way that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next, Delicious ambiguity.
            Gilda Radner

Every ambitious man is a captive and every covetous one a pauper.
            Arab Proverb

It is no simple matter to pause in the midst of one's maturity, when life is full of function, to examine what are the principles which control that functioning.
            Pearl S. Buck

If you are able to state a problem it can be solved.
            Edwin Land

We are here to abet creation and to witness to it, to notice each other's beautiful face and complex nature so that creation need not play to an empty house.
            Annie Dillard

My heart is moved by all I cannot save: so much has been destroyed I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.
            Adrienne Rich

If we will have the wisdom to survive, to stand like slow-growing trees on a ruined place, renewing, enriching it, if we will make our seasons welcome here, asking not too much of earth or heaven, then a long time after we are dead the lives our lives prepare will live here....
            Wendell Berry

In the struggles we choose for ourselves, in the ways we move forward in our lives and bring the world forward with us, it is right to remember the names of those who gave us strength in this choice of living. It is right to name the power of hard lives well-lived. We share a history with those lives. We belong to the same motion. They too were strengthened by what had gone before. They too were drawn on by the vision of what might come to be. Those who lived before us, who struggled for justice and suffered injustice before us, have not melted into dust and have not disappeared, they are with us still. The lives they lived hold us steady. Their words remind us and call us back to ourselves. Their courage and love evoke our own. We carry them with us: we are their voices, their hands, their hearts. We take them with us, and with them, choose the deeper path of living.
            Kathleen McTigue

Did someone say that there would be an end, an end, Oh, an end to love and mourning?
What has been once so interwoven cannot be raveled, not the gift ungiven.
Now the dead move through all of us still glowing.
Mother and child, lover and lover mated, are wound and bound together and enflowing.
What has been plaited cannot be unplaited-- only the strands grow richer with each loss and memory makes kings and queens of us.
Dark into light, light into darkness, spin.
When all the birds have flow to some real haven, we who find shelter in the warmth within, listen and feel new-cherished, new-forgiven, as the lost human voices speak through us and blend our complex love, our mourning without end.
            May Sarton, All Souls

There are times when I stand aside and wonder at the strangeness of this world of ours. The years of all of us are short, our lives precarious. Our days and nights go hurrying on and there is scarcely time to do the little that we might. Yet we find time for bitterness, for petty treason and evasion. What can we do to stretch our hearts enough to lose their littleness? Here we are -- all of us -- all of us on this planet, bound together in a common destiny, living our lives between the briefness of the daylight and the dark. Kindred in this, each lighted by the same precarious, flickering flame of life, how does it happen that we are not kindred in all things else? How strange and foolish are these walls that separate and divide us!
            A. Powell Davies, "A Common Destiny"

With mounds of greenery, the brightest ornaments, we bring high summer to our rooms, as if to spite the somberness of winter come. In time of want, when life is boarding up against the next uncertain spring, we celebrate and give of what we have away. All creatures bend to rules, even the stars constrained. There is a blessed madness in the human need to go against the grain of cold and scarcity. We make a holiday, the rituals varied as the hopes of humanity. The reasons as obscure as ancient solar festivals, as clear as joy on one small face.
            Margaret Starkey

We consider bibles and religions divine—I do not say they are not divine
I say they have all grown out of you, and may grow out of you still
It is not they who give the life—it is you who give the life
            Walt Whitman

Allons! to that which is endless, as it was beginningless,     
To undergo much, tramps of days, rests of nights,
To merge all in the travel they tend to, and the days and nights they tend to,
Again to merge them in the start of superior journeys;     
To see nothing anywhere but what you may reach it and pass it,
To conceive no time, however distant, but what you may reach it and pass it,
To look up or down no road but it stretches and waits for you—however long, but it stretches and waits for you;
To see no being, not God’s or any, but you also go thither,     
To see no possession but you may possess it—enjoying all without labor or purchase—abstracting the feast, yet not abstracting one particle of it;
To take the best of the farmer’s farm and the rich man’s elegant villa, and the chaste blessings of the well-married couple, and the fruits of orchards and flowers of gardens,
To take to your use out of the compact cities as you pass through.
To carry buildings and streets with you afterward wherever you go,
To gather the minds of men out of their brains as you encounter them—to gather the love out of their hearts,
To take your lovers on the road with you, for all that you leave them behind you,
To know the universe itself as a road—as many roads—as roads for traveling souls.
            Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road, v13

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing up the ground.
They want rain without thunder and lightning, they want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters.
This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.
Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never did and it never will.
Find out what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice which will be imposed upon them.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
            Frederick Douglass

Trees and stone seem more like me each day.

 To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.

I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me, That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea... There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute, except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters.
            D.H. Lawrence

Know that joy is rarer, more Difficult and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation.
            Andre Gide

What you are looking for is who is looking.
            St. Francis

The manifesto of the person . . . marks one of the great turning points in the human story . . . We may come to see that tribe, nation, class, social movement, revolutionary masses . . . that all these have, like shadows that eclipse the sun, gained their existence at the expense of something far brighter and more beautiful: our essential and still unexplored self. And, recognizing that truth, we may seek to replace these "higher" social allegiances with an astonishing ethical proposition—that all people are created to be persons, and that persons come first, before all collective fictions.
            Theodore Roszak

Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates.
            Abbott Lawrence Lowell

Don Juan assured me that in order to accomplish the feat of making myself miserable I had to work in the most intense fashion, and that it was absurd.... "The trick is in what one emphasizes," he said. "We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
            Carlos Castaneda

We have to stumble through so much dirt and humbug before we reach home. And we have no one to guide us. Our only guide is our homesickness.
            Herman Hesse, Steppenwolf

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.

A preaching point is not a meeting point.
            Mother Theresa

You are merely the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as the lens does. If you seek yourself, ‘your rights’, you prevent the oil and air from meeting in the flame, you rob the lens of its transparency. You will know life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of transparency, your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end, and remain purely as a means.
            Dag Hammarskjold

It is a terrible thing To be so open: it is as if my heart Put on a face and walked into the world
            Sylvia Plath

We must cultivate and defend particularity, individuality, and irregularity—life. Human beings do not have a future in the collectivism of bureaucratic states or in the mass society created by capitalism.  Every system, by virtue as much of its abstract nature as of its pretension to totality, is the enemy of life. As a forgotten Spanish poet, José Moreno Villa, put it with melancholy wit:  “I have discovered in symmetry the root of much iniquity.”
            Octavio Paz

Having discovered an illness, it is not particularly useful to prescribe death as a cure.
            George McGovern

We don't know who discovered water, but we're certain it wasn't a fish.
            John Culkin

You know you can never find out what’s happening from the company bulletin or the adult press.  You know that.  The king’s messengers are always telling you what they want you to know, for their own benefit.  The revolutionary message, what’s really happening, has always come from outcasts.
            Timothy Leary

There is an artistry of experience that precedes the artistry of creation.
            Matthew Lipman

Marriage is not a matter of creating a quick community of spirit by tearing down and destroying all boundaries. Rather, a good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude. Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living, side by side, can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole and against a wide sky.

What is more beautiful than a road? It is the symbol and image of an active, varied life.
            George Sand

How hard it is to escape from places.  However carefully one goes they hold you - you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences - like rags and shreds of your very life.
            Katherine Mansfield

Oh lonesome's a bad place to get crowded into.
            Kenneth Patchen

One must show man not when  he's dressed up for Sunday, but in all his phases, his conditions, his base attitudes and spirit - that he goes on, he continues, he has outlived the dinosaur, he has outlived the atom bomb, and I'm convinced in time he can even outlive the wheel.
            William Faulkner

They say there's no fool like an old fool. I have, however, seen several: they were, as it happens, young fools.
            Idries Shah

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.
            Thomas Pynchon

The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything either as a blessing or as a curse.

We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.
            Talmudic saying

I did not see
The flute you made of my bones
            Daniel Tucker

You see it's like a portmanteau - there are two meanings packed up into one word.
            Lewis Carroll, Looking Glass

You haf too much ego in your cosmos.
            Rudyard Kipling

That's a fair thought to lie between maid's legs.
            Shakespeare, Hamlet

Is it progress if a cannibal uses knife and fork?
            Stanislaus Lee

Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.
            Benjamin Disraeli

If you wish to drown, do not torture yourself with shallow water.
            Bulgarian Proverb

History is after all nothing but a pack of tricks we play on the dead.

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself!
            Walt Whitman

The tragedy of life is not so much that men suffer, but rather what they miss.

The map appears to us more real than the land.
            D.H. Lawrence

Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.
            John Morley

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It obviates the crude requirements of polygamy. If you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem.
            G.K. Chesterton

It doesn't much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find out next morning that it was someone else.
            Samuel Rogers

There is no true wealth beyond a man's need.
            Kahlil Gibran

The rule of their order had but one clause: "Do what thou wilt".

Someone, I tell you, will remember us. We are oppressed by fears of oblivion yet are always saved by judgement of good men.

Necessity makes even the timid brave.
            Sallust, Catilini

"Abroad," that large home of ruined reputations.
            George Eliot

No man is a prophet  in his own village.
            Jewish Proverb

That which we call intelligence in the mind of some people is but a local inflammation.
            Khalil Gibran

Do you think you love your Creator?
Love your fellow creatures first.

One hour's teaching is better than a whole night of prayer.

People complain about time being short, going fast. But when it seems to go slowly they complain that it drags. Let us consider the people, not the supposed movements of time.
            Idries Shah

It is not the thing you fear that you must deal with, it is the mother of the thing you fear.
            David Whyte

In monastery darkness
by the light of one flashlight
the old shrine room waits in silence
While above the door
we see the terrible figure,
fierce eyes demanding, "Will you step through?"
And the old monk leads us,
bent back nudging blackness
prayer beads in the hand that beckons.
We light the butter lamps
and bow, eyes blinking in the
pungent smoke, look up without a word,
see faces in meditation,
a hundred faces carved above,
eye lines wrinkled in the hand held light.
Such love in solid wood!
Taken from the hillsides and carved in silence
they have the vibrant stillness of those who made them.
Engulfed by the past
they have been neglected, but through
smoke and darkness they are like the flowers
we have seen growing
through the dust of eroded slopes,
then slowly opening faces turned toward the mountain.
Carved in devotion
their eyes have softened through age
and their mouths curve through delight of the carver’s hand.
If only our own faces
would allow the invisible carver's hand
to bring the deep grain of love to the surface.
If only we knew
as the carver knew, how the flaws
in the wood led his searching chisel to the very core,
we would smile, too
and not need faces immobilized
by fear and the weight of things undone.
When we fight with our failing
we ignore the entrance to the shrine itself
and wrestle with the guardian, fierce figure on the side of good.
And as we fight,
our eyes are hooded with grief
and our mouths are dry with pain.
If only we could give ourselves
to the blows of the carver’s hands,
the lines in our faces would be the trace lines of rivers
feeding the sea
where voices meet, praising the features
of the mountain and the cloud and the sky.
Our faces would fall away
until we, growing younger toward death
every day, would gather all our flaws in celebration
to merge with them perfectly,
impossibly, wedded to our essence,
full of silence from the carver's hands.
            David Whyte, The Faces of Braga

The biggest big business in America is not steel, automobiles, or television; it is the manufacture, refinement, and distribution of anxiety.
            Eric Sevareid

Be a tiger - if you are ready for a tiger's problems.
            Arab Proverb

The repentance of the wolf is death.
            Arab Proverb

What is known to be tyranny to the superior man may appear to be justice to the ordinary one.
            Arab Proverb

Because sugar is not arsenic, many graves are full.
            Arab Proverb

Allah's the atheist. He owns no Allah.

The great masses of the people will more easily fall victim to a great lie than a small one.
            Hitler, Mein Kampf

Oh lady with your legs so fine, Oh children of the wheel,
You are locked into your suffering And your pleasures are the seal.
            Leonard Cohen

Poor innocent! Hell has no power over pagans.

Where there are humans
You'll find flies
And buddhas

Ten years' searching in the deep forest.
Today great laughter at the edge of the lake.

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he sees who takes off his shoes.
            E.B. Browning

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware,
            Henry Miller

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual, everyday routine.
            Shunryu Suzuki

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
            Walt Whitman

A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.

War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.
            George Orwell

Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.
            Charles Peguy

What a government taxes, such as work, saving and investment, it gets less of. What a government subsidizes, such as unemployment, debt, consumption, it gets more of.
            John Galt, Dreams Come True

Tell the truth and run.
            Yugoslavian Proverb

Truth certainly exists. But it is very hard to put together. It's always an assembled truth.
            Heinrich Boll

There is no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them.
            Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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

Self preservation is the first law of nature.
            Samuel Butler

Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey the laws too well.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

To fight for yourself is right. To die vainly without hope of winning is the act of stupid men.
            Kung Fu, TV series

We no longer believe that it is just for one man to govern two men, but we have yet to outgrow the absurd belief that it is just for two men to govern one man.
            Charles T. Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians

[Democracy] can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury.
            Alexander Tytler

The people get what the majority deserves.
            Jim Davidson

Resistance to tyranny is service to God.
            James Madison

It is not simply a question of checking the encroachments of totalitarianism; we must first overcome our own lack of resolve.
            Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age.
            Alfred Nobel

Do not that to thy neighbor that thou wouldst not suffer from him.
            Pittacus of Lesbos, 640-570 bce.

A tyrant is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
There die a myriad, And of the best among them,
For an old bitch gone in the teeth, For a botched civilization.
            Ezra Pound

We think and name in one world, we live and feel in another.
            Marcel Proust

There are no vices. There are only phases.
            August Rodin

See that the child does not confound good with immobility.
            Maria Montessori

For they think it most meet that every man should plead his own matter, and tell the same tale before the judge that he would tell to his man of law. So shall there be less circumstance of words, and the truth shall sooner come to light.
            Sir Thomas Moore, Utopia

Those who would treat politics and morality apart will never understand the one or the other.
            John Morley

The way to eliminate the unfit is to keep them from being born ... we should not only check degeneration negatively, but further evolution positively, by artificial insemination and work for the production of a nobler and nobler race of beings.
            Herman Joseph Muller

Variation, experiment and insurgence are all of them attributes of freedom.
            Lewis Mumford

A creative writer must study carefully the works of his rivals, including the Almighty.
            Vladimir Nobokov

In reality it would seen that he is vanquished who is afraid of his adversary and that the whole secret of war is this.
            Napoleon, a little in a error

Soldiers were made on purpose to be killed.

There are two levers for moving men - interest and fear.

A thing is complete when you can let it be.
            Gita Bellin

Those whose desire to know exceeds their desire for safety are those who shape history.
            Julie Fawley

A man who marries a woman to educate her falls a victim to the same fallacy as the woman who marries a man to reform him.
            Elbert Hubbard

To him who is in fear, everything rustles.

We are here on earth to do good to others. What others are here for, I do not know.
            W.H. Auden

I only want enough to keep body and soul apart.
            Dorothy Parker

Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.

Man must choose whether to be rich in things or in the freedom to use them.
            Ivan Illich

Money is the symbol of duty, it is the sacrament of having done for mankind that which mankind wanted.
            Samuel Butler

Taste all, and hand the knowledge down.
            Gary Snyder

This living, flowing land is all there is forever.
            Gary Snyder

What we haven't imagined will one day spit us out, magnificent and simple.
            Joy Harjo

What does the vast and rushing drama of the universe ...
Want clowns for? Hah?
            Robinson Jeffers

It is likely that I have escaped the things you want and am seeking the things you fear.
            Robinson Jeffers

Truly the world is full of things the mind must know
And the hand must not do.
            Robinson Jeffers

Come, fool, be patient.
Life is not logic.
            Robinson Jeffers

Mankind, your Satans are not very happy either.
            Robinson Jeffers

The chief beginning of evil is goodness in excess.

The people are the most important element; the spirits of the land and grain are next; the ruler is the least important.

But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true.
            H.L. Mencken

But any man who inflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood, and that is what happened to Jesus.
            H.L. Mencken

He who knows how to be poor knows everything.
            Jules Michelet

Who hath not worked shall not eat.
            Midrash, Captain John Smith, USSR Constitution

Yet so natural to mankind is intolerance in whatever they really care about, that religious liberty has hardly anywhere been realized.
            J.S. Mill

The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually and collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection.
            J.S. Mill

It is a piece of idle sentimentality that truth, merely as truth, has any inherent power denied to error or prevailing against the dungeon and stake. Men are not more zealous for truth thann they often are for error.
            J.S. Mill

Yet many a man is making friends with death, even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
            Edna St Vincent Millay

The freedom of conscience is a right so sacred that even the name of tolerance involves a species of tyranny.
            Comte de Mirabeau

Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical rate.
            Thomas Malthus

We come inevitably to the fundamental question: What are people for? What is living for? If the answer is a life of dignity, decency and opportunity, then every increase in population means a decrease in all three. The crowd is a threat to very single being.
            Mayra Mannes

Letting a hundred flowers bloom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy.
            Mao Zedong. Had it only been true.

Poverty is the mother of crime.
            Marcus Aurelius Antonius

A government of laws, not of men.
            John Marshall

A corporation is an artificial thing, invisible, intangible, and exists only in the contemplation of the law.
            John Marshall. Of course, a government of laws is a corporation.

Capital is dead labor that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking from living labor.
            Karl Marx

All surplus value ... is in substance the materialization of unpaid labor.
            Karl Marx

Rules have no existence outside of individuals.

What does democracy come down to? The persuasive power of slogans.
            W. Somerset Maugham

Violence arises not out of superfluity of power but out of powerlessness.
            Rollo May

New means create new ends as new services create new discomforts.
            Marshall McLuhan

"The medium is the message" because it is the medium that shapes and controls the scale and form of human association and action.
            Marshall McLuhan

I don't believe in setting up universal standards that a large proportion of people can't reach.
            Margaret Mead

The reason the mass of men fear God, and at bottom dislike him, is because they rather distrust His Heart and fancy him all brain, like a watch.
            Herman Melville

The awareness of dying for something great and noble strips death of its absurd character.
            Ignace Lepp

We have given so many hostages to fortune.

For something in the envy of the small still loves the vast democracy of death.
            Edward George Bulwer Lytton

It is necessary that the prince should know how to color his nature well, and how to be a hypocrite and dissembler.
            Niccolo Machiavelli

Politics has no relation to morals.
            Niccolo Machiavelli

The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man. It is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate.
            James Madison

The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.
            Andre Malraux

If our civilization is not the first to deny the immortality of the soul, it is certainly the first for which the soul has no imporatnce.
            Andre Malraux

I am one of those who do not believe that a national debt is a national blessing, but rather a curse to a republic; inasmuch as it is calculated to raise around the administration a moneyed aristocracy dangerous to the liberties of the country.
            Andrew Jackson

The mischief springs from the power which the moneyed interest derives from a paper currency which they are able to control, from the multitude of corporations which exclusive privileges which they have succeeded in obtaining in the different States, and which are employed altogether for their benefit; and unless you become more watchful in your States and check this spirit of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges you will in the end find that the most important powers of Government have been given or bartered away, and the control over your dearest interests has passed into the hands of these corporations.
            Andrew Jackson

Get rid of the devil and the priest will have nothing to do.
            Nikita Khrushchov

"Geopolitics" and "Lebensraum"
            terms coined by Rudolf Kjellan.

Revolutions, we must remember, are always made by minorities.
            Peter Kropotkin

When a government violates the people's rights, insurrection is ... the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensable of duties.
            Marquis de Lafayette

That action is best which provides the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.
            formulated by Francis Hutcheson (1694-1746)

Hunger and self-government are incompatible.
            Aldous Huxley

Religion can survive only as a consciously accepted system of make believe.
            Aldous Huxley

The implications of evolutionary humanism are clear. If the full development of human possibilities are the overriding aims of our evolution, then any overpopulation which brings malnutrition and misery, or which erodes the world's material resources or its resources of beauty or intellectual satisfaction are evil.
            Julian Huxley   

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.
            Thomas H. Huxley    

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

As long as woman regards the bible as the charter of her rights, she will be the slave of man.
            Robert Ingersoll

Our hope of immortality does not come from any religion, but clearly all religions come from that hope.
            Robert Ingersoll

The hunting and the fighting instinct continue in many manifestations. They both support the emotion of anger; they combine in the fascination which stories of atrocities have for most minds ... the pleasure of disinterested cruelty has been thought a paradox and writers have sought to show that is no primitive attribute of our nature, but rather a resultant of the subtile or other less malignant elements of mind. This is a hopeless task. If evolution and the survival of the fittest be true at all, the destruction of prey and of human rivals must have been among the most important. ... It is just because human bloodthirstiness is such a primitive part of us that it is so hard to eradicate, especially when a fight or a hunt is promised as part of the fun.
            William James, The Principles of Psychology, 1890

Our faith is faith in some one else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case. Our belief in truth itself, for instance, that there is a truth, and that our minds and it are made for each other,--what is it but a passionate affirmation of desire, in which our social system backs us up? We want to have a truth; we want to believe that our experiments and studies and discussions must put us in a continually better and better position towards it; and on this line we agree to fight out our thinking lives. But if a pyrrhonistic sceptic asks us how we know all this, can our logic find a reply? No! certainly it cannot. It is just one volition against another,--we willing to go in for life upon a trust or assumption which he, for his part, does not care to make.
            William James

We have lost the power even of imagining what the ancient idealization of poverty could have meant: the liberation of material attachments, the unbridled soul, the manlier indifference, the paying our way by what we are or do and not by what we have, the right to fling away our life at any moment irresponsibly -- the more athletic trim, in short, the moral fighting shape.
            William James

The people is that part of the state that does not know what it wants.

Ars longa, vita brevis.

Success is the sole earthly judge of right or wrong.

You will kill ten of our men, and we will kill one of yours, and in the end it will be you who tire of it.
            Ho Chi Minh

Force and fraud are in war the cardinal virtues.
            Thomas Hobbes

Great cases, like hard cases, make bad law.
            Oliver Wendall Holmes

A constitution is not intended to embody a particular economic theory.
            Oliver Wendall Holmes

The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.
            Oliver Wendall Holmes. Scary definition.

In view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more often likely to be foolish than sensible.
            Bertrand Russel

We are in danger of developing a cult of the Common Man, which means a cult of mediocrity.
            Oliver Wendall Holmes

A dissent in a court of last resort is an appeal to the brooding spirit of the law, to the intelligence of a later day.
            Justice Charles Hughes

Religion is nothing but the shadow cast by the universe on human intelligence.
            Victor Hugo

Laws give the weak new burdens, and the strong new powers.

It is this desire for being talked about, and this unremitting rage to distinguish ourselves, that we owe the best and worst things we possess.

Morality is the observance of the rights of others.
            Dagobert D. Runes

It is never possible to rule innocently.
            Louis Antoine Leon de Saint-Just [apply to democracy too]

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
            George Santayana

Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself. That is the first principle of existentialism.

Sense has ever been centered in the few. Votes should be weighed, not counted.
            Friedrich von Schiller

Dare to be wrong and to dream.
            Friedrich von Schiller

The majority of men are not capable of thinking, but only of believing, and are not accessible to reason, but only to authority.
            Arthur Schopenhauer

To mourn for the time when one will be no more is just as absurd as to mourn over the time when as yet one was not.
            Arthur Schopenhauer

Unrest is the mark of existence.
            Arthur Schopenhauer

Men have as a rule a weakness for trusting others who pretend to supernatural sources of knowledge.
            Arthur Schopenhauer

Scrutamini Scriptura: these two words have undone the world
            John Seldon (let us look at the scriptures)

We are more wicked together than separately.
            Seneca the Younger

This is the reason we cannot complain of life: it keeps no one against his will.
            Seneca the Younger

No man ever becomes wise by chance.
            Seneca the Younger

Saints are usually killed by their own people.
            Eric Sevaried

As fire is indispensable to cooking, so knowledge is indispensable to deliverance.

Government has no rights; it is a delegation from several individuals for the purpose of securing their own. It is therefore just, only so far as it exists by their consent, useful only so far as it operates to their well-being. ... The only use of government is to repress the vices of man. If man were to day sinless, tomorrow he would have a right to demand that government and all its evils should cease
            Percy Bysshe Shelley

I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.

Death is not the greatest of evils; it is worse to want to die and not be able to.

Liberty of each, limited by the like liberties of all, is the rule.
            Herbert Spencer

The right to Ignore the State: As a corollary to the proposition that all institutions must be subordinated to the law of equal freedom, we cannot choose but admit the right of the citizen to adopt a condition of voluntary outlawry. If every man has freedom to do all that he wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man, then he is free to drop connection with the state—to relinquish its protection, and to refuse paying towards its support.
            Herbert Spencer

The belief not only of the Socialists, but also of those so-called Liberals who are dilligently preparing the way for them, is that by due skill an ill-working humanity may be framed into well-working institutions. It is a delusion. The defective nature of citizens will show themselves in the bad acting of whatever social structure they are arranged into. There is no political alchemy by which you can get golden conduct out of leaden instincts.
            Herbert Spencer,  "The Man  versus the State"

The endeavor for self-preservation is the primary and only foundation of virtue.

The crowd plays the tyrant, when it is not in fear.

Obsolete classes do not voluntarily abandon the stage of history.

I find it valid to understand man as an animal before I am prepared to know him as man.
            John Steinbeck

There is no duty we underrate so much as the duty of being happy.
            Robert L. Stevenson

As if a man's soul were not too small to begin with, they have dwarfed and narrowed theirs by a life of all work and no play; until here they are at forty, with a listless attention, a mind vacant of all material of amusement, and not one thought to rub against another, while they wait for the train.
            Robert L. Stevenson

A young, healthy child well-nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing and wholesome food.

Law is a bottomless pit; it is a cormorant, a harpy that devours everything.

The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.

Homo sum, et humani nihil a me alienum est.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
            Dylan Thomas

Any moment in history which attempts to perpetuate itself becomes reactionary.

Slavery results from laws, laws are made by governments, and, therefore people can only be freed from slavery by the abolition of governments. ... And it is time for people to understand that governments not only are not necessary, but are harmful and most highly immoral institutions, in which a self-respecting, honest man cannot and must not take part. ... And as soon as people clearly understand this, they will ... cease to give the governments soldiers and money. And as soon as a majority of people cease to do this, the fraud which enslaves people will be abolished. Only in this way can people be freed from slavery.
            Leo Tolstoy

The possibility of killing oneself is a safety valve. Having it, man has no right to say life is unbearable.
            Leo Tolstoy

Yes, we will do anything for the poor man, anything but get off his back.
            Leo Tolstoy

Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man.
            Leo Tolstoy   

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robe of the tyrant it has deposed.
            Barbara Tuchman

Interference with another's business is a crime and the only crime, and as such may be properly resisted.
            Benjamin Tucker

There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has.
            Griffin v Illinois, Supreme Court

It is for the good of the state that man should be deluded by religion.
            Marcus Terentius Varro

To bring into this world an unwanted human being is as antisocial an act as murder.
            Gore Vidal

In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens and giving it to another.

All political ideas cannot and should not be channeled into the programs of our two major parties.
            Earl Warren

Never shall men know liberty until each and every individual is acknowledged to be the only legitimate sovereign of his or her person, time and property, each living and acting at his own cost.
            Josiah Warren

In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion be enlightened.
            George Washington

Charity is twice cursed. It hardens him that gives and it softens him that takes.
            Bouck White

Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.
            Oscar Wilde

For he who lives more lives than one, more deaths than one must die.
            Oscar Wilde

I know not whether Laws be right or whether Laws be wrong; all that we know who live in gaol is that the wall is strong; and that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.
            Oscar Wilde

It is the confession, not the priest that gives us absolution.
            Oscar Wilde

Liberty has never come from government...  The history of liberty is the history of resistance.
            Woodrow Wilson

The great monopoly in this country is the money monopoly. So long as it exists, our old variety of freedom and individual energy of development are out of the question.
            Woodrow Wilson

The good life is the world seen sub specie aeternitatis.

The chief aim of wisdom is to enable one to bear with the stupidity of the ignorant.
            Xystus I (Sixtus)

One day posterity will remember this strange era, these strange times, when ordinary common honesty was called courage.
            Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The deed is everything. The glory is nought.

What is the freedom of the most free? To act rightly.

Conceit, arrogance and egotism are the essentials of patriotism.
            Emma Goldman

The strongest bulwark of authority is uniformity.
            Emma Goldman

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
            Barry Goldwater

It is as hard to tell the truth as to hide it.
            Baltasar Gracian

The right of revolution is an inherent one.
            U.S. Grant   

All heresies are forbidden by both divine and imperial laws and shall forever cease.
            Decree of Emperor Gratian (assassinated)   

Shun security.
            Thales of Miletus

The doubtful precedent of one generation becomes the fundamental maxim of another.
            Henry Hallam

If a noble charge another noble with murder but fails to prove it, the accuser shall be put to death.
            Hammurabi's Code

We will either find a way or make one.

The world owes all its outward impulses to men ill at ease. the happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
            Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The right to revolt has sources deep in our history.
            William O. Douglas

The American Government is premised on the theory that if the mind of man is to be free, his beliefs, his ideology, his philosophy must be placed beyond the reach of government.
            William O. Douglas

Virtue in distress and vice in triumph make atheists of mankind.
            John Dryden

To become a great man it is necessary to become a great rascal.
            Guillaume DuBois

This is the way the world ends: Not with a bang but a whimper.
            T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

The manners and morals of mankind are all at the mercy of a new generation.

Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.

We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death and afraid of each other.

Character is that which can do without success.

Nature is loved by what is best in us.

Democracy becomes a government of bullies, tempered by editors.

A man thinks differently in a palace and in a hut.
            Ludwig Feuerbach

Sustainable design is the set of perceptual and analytic abilities, ecological wisdom, and practical wherewithal essential to making things that fit in a world of microbes, plants, animals, and entropy. In other words, (sustainable design) is the careful meshing of human purposes with the larger patterns and flows of the natural world, and careful study of those patterns and flows to inform human purposes.
            David Orr, Ecological Literacy

A sustainable society is one which satisfies its needs without diminishing the prospects of future generations.
            Lester R. Brown, Founder and President, Worldwatch Institute

Sustainability is equity over time.: As a value, it refers to giving equal weight in your decisions to the future as well as the present. You might think of it as extending the Golden Rule through time, so that you do unto future generations as you would have them do unto you.
            Robert Gilman, Director, Context Institute

A transition to sustainability involves moving from linear to cyclical processes and technologies. The only processes we can rely on indefinitely are cyclical; all linear processes must eventually come to an end.
            Dr. Karl Henrik-Robert, MD, founder of The Natural Step, Sweden

Actions are sustainable if:
There is a balance between resources used and resources regenerated.
Resources are as clean or cleaner at end use as at beginning.
The viability, integrity, and diversity of natural systems are restored and maintained.
They lead to enhanced local and regional self-reliance.
They help create and maintain community and a culture of place.
Each generation preserves the legacies of future generations."
            David McCloskey, Professor of Sociology, Seattle University

Water wearing the earth is the shape of the earth.
            Wendell Berry

Now the old ways that have brought us
Farther than ewe remember sink out of sight
As under the treading of many strangers
Ignorant of landmarks.
            Wendell Berry

Praise ignorance, for what man has not encountered he has not destroyed.
            Wendell Berry

Spring tangles shadow and light, branches of trees
Knit vision and wind, the shape of the wind is a tree
Bending, spilling its birds.
            Wendell Berry

We owe the future the past, the long knowledge
That is the potency of time to come.
            Wendell Berry

And what leagues there are between our feet and day.
            Emily Dickenson

"When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty,
"I always pay it extra".
            Lewis Carroll

Another place! It's enough to grieve me, that old dream of going,
Of becoming another man, just by getting up and going to a better place.
            Wendell Berry

The struggle is on, no mistake, and I take the side of history,
Against the coming of numbers.
            Wendell Berry

Vision must have severity at its edge.
            Wendell Berry

It is just as true as it ever was that...the majority are always, relatively, in the wrong, the minority sometimes, relatively, in the right (every one, or course, is free at any time to belong to either), and all before God, absolutely in the wrong, that all of the people some of the time and some of the people most of the time will abuse their liberty and treat it as the license of an escaped slave.
            W. H. Auden

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
& the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
& no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.
            W. H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"

The sum of behavior is to retain a man's own dignity without intruding upon the liberty of others.
            Francis Bacon

That man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal an do well.
            Francis Bacon

Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people; and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order.
            Francis Bacon

Except as its clown and jester, society does not encourage individuality, and the state abhors it.
            Bernard Berenson

The universe is a machine for creating gods.
            Henri Bergson (1859-1941)

Elan Vital, vital ardor
            term coined by Henri Bergson

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by its minorities.
            Lord Acton

Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
            Lord Acton

A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.
            Alfred Adler

Liberty is always unfinished business.
            ACLU Motto

Liberty has never yet lasted long in a democracy.
            Fischer Adams

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.

Man is not the best thing in the world.

The state is by nature clearly prior to the family and to the individual since the whole is of necessity prior to the part.
            Aristotle's error

In search of hope in an age of despair, the philosopher settles for an optimism based on catastrophe.
            Raymond Aron

Probably no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and education.
            Raymond Flexner

Eighty percent of mankind is stuff to fill graves with.
            Ford Madox Ford

Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor liberty to purchase power.
            Benjamin Franklin

No more second hand god.
            Buckminster Fuller

A good life is the only religion.
            Thomas Fuller

Property in land is as indefensible as property in man.
            Henry George

Whoever controls the language, the images, controls the race.
            Alan Ginsberg

It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion.

Every educated person is a future enemy.
            Martin Bormann

The only true and natural foundations of society are the wants and fears of individuals.
            William Blackstone

One law for the lion and ox is oppression.
            William Blake

Liberty's chief foe is theology.
            Charles Bradlaugh

Happy is the country which requires no heroes.
            Berthold Brecht

I consider myself neither legally nor morally bound to obey the laws made by a body on which I have no representation.
            H. Rap Brown

Truth does not change because it is or is not believed by a majority of people.
            Guido Bruno

In any society, the artist has a responsibility. His effectiveness is certainly limited and a writer or painter cannot change the world. But they can keep an essential margin of nonconformity alive. Thanks to them, the powerful can never affirm that everyone agrees with their acts. That small difference is very important. When power feels itself totally justified and approved, it immediately destroys whatever freedoms we have left, and that is fascism.
            Luis Buñuel (1900-1983)

Life is heredity plus environment.
            Luther Burbank

Where mystery begins, religion ends.
            Edmund Burke

We first throw away the tales along with the rattles of our nurses; those of the priest keep their hold a little longer; those of the government the longest of all.
            Edmund Burke

Depend upon it that the lovers of freedom will be free.
            Edmund Burke

Enlightened self-interest
            coined by Edmund Burke

Nothing is true, everything is permitted.
            Hassan I Sabbah

The people is a beast of muddy brain the knows not its own strength.
            Tommaso Campanella

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
            Albert Camus

Man at bottom is not entirely guilty since he did not begin history, nor entirely innocent, since he continues it.
            Albert Camus

Under coercion a man may sin.
            Council of Lydda

The people want to be deceived. Let them be deceived.
            Carlo Caraffa

Society is founded on hero worship.
            Thomas Carlyle

The best sauce in the world is hunger.
            Miguel de Cevantes

The more laws, the less justice.

An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.
            Henry Clay

To write is to kill something to death.
            Jean Cocteau

If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barrabas
            Jean Cocteau

Malinformation is more hopeless than misinformation. Error is always more busy than ignorance.
            Charles Colton

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.
            Clarence Darrow

And with the guts of the last priest lets us strangle the last king.
            Denis Diderot

I know not how to conceive the good, apart from the pleasures of taste, sexual pleasure, the pleasures of sound and the pleasures of beautiful forms.

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.
            Leonard Henry Courtney, not Benjamin Disraeli or Mark Twain

The European talks of progress because by the aid of a few scientific discoveries he has established a society which has mistaken comfort for civilization.
            Benjamin Disraeli

Why, for example, should a group of simple, stable compounds of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen struggle for billions of years to organize themselves into a professor of chemistry? What's the motive? If we leave a chemistry professor out on a rock in the sun long enough the forces of nature will convert him into simple compounds of carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, and small amounts of other minerals. It's a one-way reaction. No matter what kind of chemistry professor we use and no matter what process we use we can't turn these compounds back into a chemistry professor Chemistry professors are unstable mixtures of predominantly unstable compounds which, in the exclusive presence of the sun's heat, decay irreversibly into simpler organic and inorganic compounds. That's a scientific fact.
            Robert M. Pirsig

The reason atoms become chemistry professors has got to be that something in nature does not like laws of chemical equilibrium or the law of gravity or the laws of thermodynamics or any other law that restricts the molecule’s freedom They only go along with laws of any kind because they have to, preferring an existence that does not follow any laws whatsoever.
            Robert M. Pirsig

One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'.
            George W. Bush

I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don't care what the facts are.
            George H.W. Bush

Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length
            Robert Frost

Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
            Robert Frost

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
            Emerson, full essay is here:

Supposedly, during one of the first meeting between Henry Kissinger and  Premier Zhou en Lai  from China in 1971, Kissinger asked about the impact of the French Revolution  (1789). The answer was "it is too early to say"
            Zhou en Lai

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
            Anonymous, often attributed to Nietzsche and many others

The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.
            Randall Jarrell, American poet, 1914-1965

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
            Winston Churchill

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.
            Clarence Darrow

He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.
            William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?
            Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it.
            Moses Hadas

He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.
            Abraham Lincoln

I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.
            Groucho Marx

I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play, bring a friend...if you have one.
            George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second.... if there is one.
            Winston Churchill, in reply George Bernard Shaw

I was once asked if I had any ideas for a really scary reality TV show. I have one reality show that would really make your hair stand on end: "C-Students from Yale".
            Kurt Vonnegut, from A Man Without a Country

For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.
            Kurt Vonnegut, from A Man Without a Country

There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it. This is it: only nut cases want to be president. This was true even in high school. Only clearly disturbed people ran for class president.
            Kurt Vonnegut, from A Man Without a Country

So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate, the House of Representatives, or the media. The America I loved still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.
            Kurt Vonnegut, from A Man Without a Country

Albert Einstein and Mark Twain gave up on the human race at the end of their lives, even though Twain hadn't even seen the first world war. War is now a form of TV entertainment, and what made the first world war so particularly entertaining were two American inventions, barbed wire and the machine gun. Like my distinct betters Einstein and Twain, I now give up on people, too. I am a veteran of the second world war and I have to say this is not the first time I have surrendered to a pitiless war machine.
            Kurt Vonnegut, from A Man Without a Country

Dover Beach

The sea is calm to-night,
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; -- on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanch'd land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.

Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the Aegean, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
Hearing it by this distant northern sea.
The sea of faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl'd.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.
            Matthew Arnold

We won't dispassionately investigate or rationally debate which drugs do what damage and whether or how much of that damage is the result of criminalization. We'd rather work ourselves into a screaming fit of puritanism and then go home and take a pill.
            P.J. O'Rourke

I would rather live in a society which treated children as adults than one which treated adults as children.

I guess you will have to go to jail. If that is the result of not understanding the Income Tax Law, I will meet you there. We shall have a merry, merry time, for all our friends will be there. It will be an intellectual center, for no one understands the Income Tax Law except persons who have not sufficient intelligence to understand the questions that arise under it.
            Senator Elihu Root of NY, 1913

To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin
            Cardinal Belleramine

If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
            Frank Herbert, The Dosadi Experiment

Since when is "public safety" the root password to the Constitution?
            C. D. Tavares

We have rights, as individuals, to give as much of our own money as we please to charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of public money.
            David Crockett, Congressman 1827-35

I'm a politician, and as a politician I have the perogotive to lie whenever I want.
            Charles Peacock, ex-director of Madison Guaranty, the Arkansas S&L at center of Whitewatergate.

The children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society that is coming, where everyone would be interdependent.
            John Dewey 1899

Independent self-reliant people would be a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future where people will be defined by their associations.
             John Dewey 1896

I think the terror most people are concerned with is the IRS.
            Malcolm Forbes, when asked if he was afraid of terrorism

Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.
            U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark - Mapp vs. Ohio

No man has ever ruled other men for their own good.
            George D. Herron

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer..."
            Abraham Lincoln

A general State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mold in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.
            John Stuart Mill, 1859

Regulation - which is based on force and fear - undermines the moral base of business dealings. It becomes cheaper to bribe a building inspector than to meet his standards of construction. A fly-by-night securities operator can quickly meet all the S.E.C. requirements, gain the inference of respectability, and proceed to fleece the public. In an unregulated economy, the operator would have had to spend a number of years in reputable dealings before he could earn a position of trust sufficient to induce a number of investors to place funds with him. Protection of the consumer by regulation is thus illusory.
            Alan Greenspan

I oppose registration for the draft... because I believe the security of freedom can best be achieved by security through freedom.
            Ronald Reagan

Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others: The Constitution of this Republic should make a special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom.
            Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence

The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.
            Will Rogers, 1920's

Minimum wage laws tragically generate unemployment, especially among the poorest and least skilled or educated workers... Because a minimum wage, of course, does not guarantee any worker's employment; it only prohibits, by force of law, anyone from being hired at the wage which would pay his employer to hire him.
            Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty

Decriminalization would take the profit out of drugs and greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the drug-related violence that is currently plaguing our streets.
            Kurt L. Schmoke, Baltimore Mayor

Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.
            Joseph Stalin

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the Public Treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the Public Treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy always followed by dictatorship.
            Alexander Fraser Tytler, "The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic"

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
            Dan Quayle

Be wary of strong spirits. It can make you shoot at tax collectors ... and miss.
            Robert A. Heinlein

Every dollar spent to punish a drug user or seller is a dollar that cannot be spent collecting restitution from a robber. Every hour spent investigating a drug user or seller is an hour that could have been used to find a missing child. Every trial held to prosecute a drug user or seller is court time that could be used to prosecute a rapist in a case that might otherwise have been plea bargained.
            Randy E. Barnett, "Curing the Drug-Law Addiction"

See, when the Government spends money, it creates jobs; whereas when the money is left in the hands of Taxpayers, God only knows what they do with it. Bake it into pies, probably. Anything to avoid creating jobs.
            Dave Barry

MTV may talk about lighting fires and killing children, but Janet Reno actually does something about it.
            Spy Magazine

The pig if I am not mistaken
Supplies us sausage, ham, and bacon.
Let others say his heart is big
I call it stupid of the pig.
            O. Nash

I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming in terror like his passengers.
            Jim Larkin

High concentration of Libertarian quotes

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
            John Adams (1814)

One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.
            Thomas B. Reed (1886)

If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all.
            Jacob Hornberger (1995)

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
            P.J. O'Rourke

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
            George Washington

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
            Robert Heinlein

The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.
            John Hay (1872)

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
            James Bovard (1994)

When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.
            Gary Lloyd

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
            H.L. Mencken

It is not the business of government to make men virtuous or religious, or to preserve the fool from the consequences of his own folly. Government should be repressive no further than is necessary to secure liberty by protecting the equal rights of each from aggression on the part of others, and the moment governmental prohibitions extend beyond this line they are in danger of defeating the very ends they are intended to serve.
            Henry George

The power to tax is the power to destroy.
            John Marshall

[On ancient Athens]: In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all   security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.
            Edward Gibbon

Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.
            Lysander Spooner

There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws.
            Ayn Rand

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
            G. Gordon Liddy

The United States is a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced.
            Frank Zappa

It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.
            Charles A. Beard

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
            Edward R. Murrow

It is not the responsibility of the government or the legal system to protect a citizen from himself.
            Justice Casey Percell

 No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words "no" and "not" employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights.
            Edmund A. Opitz

The state in which the rulers are the most reluctant to govern is always the best and most quietly governed; and the state in which they are the most eager, the worst.

It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.
            Calvin Coolidge

First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I'm not a Jew. Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I'm not a socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I'm not a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, but by then there was no one left to help me.
             Pastor Father Niemoller (1946)

Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.

The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire.
            Joseph Sobran (1995)

Governments harangue about deficits to get more revenue so they can spend more.
            Allan H. Meltzer (1993)

No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.
            P. J. O'Rourke (1992)

The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another.
            Milton Friedman

The best government is the one that charges you the least blackmail for leaving you alone.
            Thomas Rudmose-Brown (1996)

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.
            P.J. O'Rourke (1993)

The Government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
            Ronald Reagan

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change.
            Dan Quayle

Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.
            Charles Peguy

He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.
            Luke 22:36.

Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
            Benjamin Disraeli, 1874

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
            William Pitt (1783)

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
            P.J. O'Rourke

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.
            Milton Friedman

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
            Honore de Balzac

Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
            William Penn (1693)

In 1940, teachers were asked what they regarded as the three major problems in American schools. They identified the three major problems as: Littering, noise, and chewing gum. Teachers last year were asked what the three major problems in American schools were, and they defined them as: Rape, assault, and suicide.
            William Bennett (1993)

The threat posed by humans to the natural environment is nothing compared to the threat to humans posed by global environmental policy.
            Fred L. Smith (1992)

Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping, and unintelligent.
            H. L. Mencken

The difference between libertarianism and socialism is that libertarians will tolerate the existence of a socialist community, but socialists can't tolerate a libertarian community.
            David D. Boaz (1997)

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.
            Patrick Henry

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages. Nobody but a beggar chooses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow citizens.
            Adam Smith, "The Wealth of Nations"

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
            H.L. Mencken

Liberals want the government to be your Mommy. Conservatives want government to be your Daddy. Libertarians want it to treat you like an adult.
            Andre Marrou

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
            John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.
            Harry Browne

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
            Noam Chomsky

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.
            James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union

If we have to kill 12 people to save 1 human life it will have been worth it.

Virtually all reasonable laws are obeyed, not because they are the law, but because reasonable people would do that anyway. If you obey a law simply because it is the law, that's a pretty likely sign that it shouldn't be a law.

The U.S. Constitution may be flawed, but it's a whole lot better than what we have now.

When goods don't cross borders, soldiers will.
            Fredric Bastiat, early French economist

Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire.
            Ludwig Mises,

The legacy of Democrats and Republicans approaches: Libertarianism by bankruptcy.
            Nick Nuessle, 1992

We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we may have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.
            Stephen Schneider, environmental activist, in "Discover", Oct. '89

Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence.
            Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist

Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should have fought for was representation without taxation.
            Fletcher Knebel, historian

Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has any right to but himself. The labor of his body and the work of his hands are properly his.
            John Locke, 1690

Taxation of earnings from labor is on a par with forced labor. Seizing the results of someone's labor is equivalent to seizing hours from him and directing him to carry on various activities.
            Robert Nozick, Harvard philosopher

Alcohol didn't cause the high crime rates of the '20s and '30s, Prohibition did. And drugs do not cause today's alarming crime rates, but drug prohibition does.
            US District Judge James C. Paine, addressing the Federal Bar Association in Miami, November, 1991

Even the most Bush-happy, flag suckling jack-arse knows deep-down inside that something is wrong. America is over and everyone knows it. The New World Order has a dying empire odor and changing the channel ain't going to make this go away.
            Jello Biafra

If the jury feels the law is unjust, we recognize the undisputed power of the jury to acquit, even if its verdict is contrary to the law as given by a judge, and contrary to the evidence &  and the courts must abide by that decision.
            US v Moylan, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1969, 417 F.2d at 1006

National Health Insurance means combining the efficiency of the Postal Service with the compassion of the I.R.S. &  and the cost accounting of the Pentagon.
            Louis Sullivan/Connie Horner quoted by Novak in _Forbes_

Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA   ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State.
            Heinrich Himmler

The Ten Commandments contain 297 words. The Bill of Rights is stated in 463 words. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address contains 266 words. A recent federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words.
            The Atlanta Journal

Government does not grow by seizing our freedoms, but by assuming our responsibilities.
            Michael Cloud

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.
            Justice William O. Douglas

This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!
            Adolph Hitler [1935] The Weapons Act of Nazi Germany.

No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: "But what would you replace it with?" When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?
            Thomas Sowell

A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort &  is not strictly speaking a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang violence.
            Ayn Rand

Society exists for the benefit of its members   not the members for the benefit of society.
            Herbert Spencer

Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
            Mary McCarthy

Equality of opportunity is freedom, but equality of outcome is repression.
            Dick Feagler

There are people who think that plunder loses all its immorality as soon as it becomes legal. Personally, I cannot imagine a more alarming situation.
             FrÈdÈric Bastiat

The New Deal began, like the Salvation Army, by promising to save humanity. It ended, again like the Salvation Army, by running flop-houses and disturbing the peace.
            H. L. Mencken

Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee.
            F. Lee Bailey

Today, it is the government that is free   free to do whatever it wants.
            Harry Browne

If you ruin your life, you will pay the price of rehabilitating yourself &  We are not punished for our sins, but by them. Liberty means responsibility.
            Michael Cloud

Drug misuse is not a disease, it is a decision, like the decision to step out in front of a moving car. You would call that not a disease but an error of judgment.
            Philip K. Dick

That which we call sin in others is experiment for us.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.
            Ulysses S. Grant

We find many things to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation.
            William Hazlitt

The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force.  
            Adolf Hitler

I never hurt nobody but myself and that's nobody's business but my own. 
            Billie Holiday

Historically, much of the motivation for public schooling has been to stifle variety and institute social control.  
            Jack Hugh

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.  
            Charles Evans Hughes

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it.  
            Martin Luther King, Jr.

Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.  
            Abraham Lincoln

Public educators, like Soviet farmers, lack any incentive to produce results, innovate, to be efficient, to make the kinds of difficult changes that private firms operating in a competitive market must make to survive.  
            Carolyn Lochhead

If you can cut the people off from their history, then they can be easily persuaded.  
            Karl Marx

It is a popular delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money through inefficiency and sloth. Enormous effort and elaborate planning are required to waste this much money.  
            P.J. O'Rourke

Petty laws breed great crimes.

The essential psychological requirement of a free society is the willingness on the part of the individual to accept responsibility for his life.
            Edith Packer

I am convinced that we can do to guns what we've done to drugs: create a multi-billion dollar underground market over which we have absolutely no control.  
            George L. Roman

What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long.  
            Thomas Sowell

The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit &  furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do & he does not keep "protecting" you by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that.  
            Lysander Spooner

If I were a Brazilian without land or money or the means to feed my children, I would be burning the rain forest too.  

Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any body of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.  
            Noah Webster

The higher entry standards imposed by licensing laws reduce the supply of professional services & the poor are the net losers, because the availability of low-cost service has been reduced. In essence, the poor subsidize the information research costs of the rich.  
            S. David Young

I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.  
            George Mason.

It took about 150 years, starting with a Bill of Rights that reserved to the states and the people all powers not explicitly delegated to the federal government, to produce a Supreme Court willing to rule that growing corn to feed to your own hogs is interstate commerce and can therefore be regulated by Congress.  
            David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom

I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.  
            J. Edgar Hoover

The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.  
            Justice William O. Douglas

There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust.  
            Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wealth comes from successful individual efforts to please one's fellow man &  that's what competition is all about: "outpleasing" your competitors to win over the consumers.  
            Walter Williams

To me, it doesn't matter if your scapegoats are the Jews, the homosexuals, the male sex, the Masons, the Jesuits, the Welfare Parasites, the Power Elite, the female sex, the vegetarians, or the Communist Party. To the extent that you need a scapegoat, you simply have not got your brain programmed to work as an efficient problem-solving machine.  
            Robert Anton Wilson

Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.  
            Josef V. Stalin

To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.
            Richard Henry Lee (who drafted the Second Amendment as well as the rest of the Bill of Rights) 1788

Faced with the pain of freedom, man begs for his shackles.  
            Gerry Spence

The limitation of tyrants is the endurance of those they oppose. 
            Frederick Douglass

The jury has the right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy. 
            John Jay, Joint-author of the Federalist Papers and first U. S. Supreme Court Chief Justice

Freedom is essentially a condition of inequality, not equality. It recognizes as a fact of nature the structural differences inherent in man  - in temperament, character, and capacity - and it respects those differences. We are not alike and no law can make us so.  
            Frank Chodorov

Live and let live.  
            Friedrich von Schiller

Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.  
            Henri Frederic Amiel

Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.  

When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic. 
             Dresden James

How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think.  
            Adolf Hitler

Now that I look back, I realize that a life predicated on being obedient is a very comfortable life indeed. Living in such a way reduces to a minimum one's own need to think.  
            Adolf Eichmann, Memoirs written after his 1960 capture by Israel.

The pattern is as old as human life. The new rulers use more and more force, more police, more soldiers, trying to enforce more efficient control, trying to make the planned economy work by piling regulations on regulations, decree on decree. The people are hungry and hungrier. And how does a man on this earth get butter? Doesn't the government give butter? But government does not produce food from the earth; Government is guns. It is one common distinction of all civilized peoples, that they give their guns to the Government. Men in Government monopolize the necessary use of force; they are not using their energies productively; they are not milking cows. To get butter, they must use guns; they have nothing else to use.  
            Rose Wilder Lane

There's another major hurdle to a new year of prosperity: our tax code. No human being understands it. The current code, which runs over 8,000 pages and countless thousands more pages of IRS rulings and interpretations, is beyond redemption. Incalculable amounts of the nation's intellectual brainpower are devoted to the dead-end task of coping with the current tax code. Over one-half million people in the U.S. make their living off it, whether in lobbying, lawyering, tax preparing, or accounting.  Americans spend five and one-half billion hours a year filling out tax forms &  and spend between $100 billion and $300 billion to comply with the current code.  
            Malcolm S. Forbes,

The average family pays more in taxes than it spends on food, clothing, and shelter combined.  
            Congressman Dick Armey, Why a Flat Tax? Durell Journal of Money and Banking, Spring 1995

The present struggle seems less about abolishing big government than about who gets to use it.  
            William Greider, One World Ready or Not

 If we do not halt this steady process of building commissions and regulatory bodies and the special legislation like huge inverted pyramids over every one of the simple constitutional provisions, we shall soon be spending many billions of dollars more.  
            Franklin D. Roosevelt

The proper and limited use of government is to invoke a common justice and keep the peace and that is all.  
            Leonard Read

The bureaucrat's first objective, of course, is preservation of his job  provided by the big-government system, at the taxpayers expense. Whether real world problems get solved or not is of secondary importance. It doesn't take much cynicism, in fact, to see that the bureaucrats have a vested interest in not having problems solved. If the problems did not exist (or had been invented), there would be no reason for the bureaucrat to have a job  
            William Simon, former U.S Treasury Secretary

Bureaucrats write memoranda both because they appear to be busy when they are writing and because the memos, once written, immediately become proof that they were busy.  
            Charles Peters, How Washington Really Works

The era of big government is over.  
            Bill Clinton, State of the Union Address, January 23, 1996

Of all 36 ways to get out of trouble, the best way is leave.  
            Chinese Proverb

Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense. The thought that the State has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally denied.  
            Arthur Miller

We do many things at the federal level that would be considered dishonest and illegal if done in the private sector.  
            Donald T. Regan

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.  
            Plato circa 400 B.C.

Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes and a tolerable administration of justice.
            Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living.  
            Yiddish proverb

It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses.  
            Winston Churchill

Capitalism without failure is like religion without sin. Bankruptcies and losses concentrate the mind on prudent behavior. 
             Allan H. Meltzer

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.  
            Martin Luther King Jr.

There are two kinds of people - those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition there.  
            Indira Gandhi

Wherever politics intrudes upon economic life, political success is readily attained by saying what people like to hear rather than what is demonstrably true. Instead of safeguarding truth and honesty, the state then tends to become a major source of insincerity and mendacity.  
            Hans F. Sennholz

Politicians are always interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs.  
            P.J. O'Rourke

It may be true  that "you can't fool all the people all the time", but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.  
            Will & Ariel Durant

Democracies have been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death. 
             James Madison

It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood, if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be like tomorrow. 
             James Madison, Federalist Paper #62

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.  
            Martin Luther King Jr.

The government's only proper job is to protect individual rights against violence by force or fraud, to protect men from foreign invaders and to settle disputes among men according to objective laws. The greatness of the Founding Fathers was how well they understood this issue and how close some of them came to understanding it perfectly.  
            Ayn Rand

If [drugs] didn't exist, our government would have to invent them, the better to enact laws aimed at keeping the citizens "sinless and obedient." 
            Gore Vidal

Going to war accelerated the move from indirect to direct rule. Almost any state that makes war finds that it cannot pay for the effort from its accumulated reserves and current revenues. Almost all war-making states borrow extensively, raise taxes, and seize the means of combat -  including men -  from reluctant citizens who have other uses for their resources.  
            Charles Tilly

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.  
            Plato, 347 B.C.

Governments need armies to protect them from their enslaved and oppressed subjects.  

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right - a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.  
            Abraham Lincoln [!], January 12, 1848 speech in Congress

The error is in the assumption that the General Government is a party to the constitutional compact. The States formed the compact, acting as sovereign and independent communities.  
            John C. Calhoun

Taxation with representation ain't so hot either.  
            Gerald Barzan

Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic. 
             Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Slogans on guns:
A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
Six-shooter: The original point and click interface.
If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.
What part of "shall not be infringed" don't you understand?
The Second Amendment is in place in case they ignore the others.
911 -  government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.
Assault is a behavior, not a device.
Criminals love gun control -  it makes their jobs safer.

The New Deal Court essentially told Congress: It doesn't matter what the Constitution says or what limits on government it establishes, you are empowered to spend money on whatever you please. And so Congress does, even though its profligacy has placed the nation in great economic peril.  
            Stephen Moore, Director of Fiscal Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, March, 1997

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic....  
            Congressional and Presidential Oath of Office

The word politics is derived from the words "poly" meaning many and "ticks" meaning blood sucking parasites.  
            Larry Hardiman

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. 
            Benjamin Franklin

Switzerland is a land where crime is virtually unknown, yet most Swiss males are required by law to keep in their homes what amounts to a portable, personal machine gun. 
            Tom Clancy

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.  
            Milton Friedman

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.  
            George Eliot

Politicians never accuse you of "greed" for wanting other people's money -  only for wanting to keep your own money.  
            Joseph Sobran

Mankind will in time discover that unbridled majorities are as tyrannical and cruel as unlimited despots. 
            John Adams 1793

I want a government small enough to fit inside the Constitution. 
            Harry Browne

Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.  

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.  
            Thomas Sowell

We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.
            Bill Clinton (USA TODAY, 11 March 1993, page 2A)

A lot of people say there’s too much personal freedom. When personal freedom’s being abused, you have to move to limit it.
            Bill Clinton (April 19, 1994, on MTV)

Politicians, like bombers, seldom see their victims.  
            Donald Boudreaux, Chairman, George Mason University Department of Economics

Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy.  
            US House Congressional Resolution 48 "A Republic; not a Democracy", sponsored by Ron Paul, 3/6/01.

The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.  
            Thomas Sowell

It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law - that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either his own devices or his own thoughts.  
            H. L. Mencken

Contrary to popular opinion, the Constitution was not  - and is not -  a grant of rights to the citizenry. Instead, the Constitution is a "barbed-wire entanglement" designed to interfere with, restrict, and impede government officials in the exercise of political power.  
            Jacob Hornberger, 11/01

To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt.  
            Elizabeth Cady Stanton

To be governed is to be watched, inspected, directed, indoctrinated, numbered, estimated, regulated, commanded, controlled, law-driven, preached at, spied upon, censured, checked, valued, enrolled  by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so.  
            Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Americans have the mistaken viewpoint that Lady Liberty is only a peacetime luxury who is ill-equipped to fight the nasties. Therefore, they reason, we need an equally nasty Big Brother. Americans have forgotten that Lady Liberty is one ferocious mother when protecting her children.  
            Mary Ruwart

Try to halt violence by restricting gun ownership and you won't halt violence. But you will create entire classes of new criminals -  people who make paperwork errors, violate technical specification of the law, or rebel against the new restrictions. And you'll create new bureaus, new enforcement arms, new prisons to punish them. You'll make hordes of lawyers and bureaucrats very happy. Organized criminals will be grateful to the naive moral crusaders ("useful idiots") as they profit by selling an illegal product. And ordinary street criminals will bless fools, legislators, and "leaders" for making their job so much safer.  
            JPFO's "Bill of Rights Sentinel", Fall 2001.

The prospect of a government that treats all its citizens as criminal suspects is more terrifying than any terrorist. And even more frightening is a citizenry that can accept the surrender of its freedoms as the price of "freedom". 
             Joe Sobran

The reason welfare is bad is not because it costs too much, nor because it "undermines the work ethic," but because it is intrinsically at odds with the way human beings come to live satisfying lives.  
            Charles Murray

Public Schools too often fail because they are shielded from the very force that improves performance and sparks innovation in nearly every other human enterprise  - competition.  
            Robert Lutz/Clark Durant

The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world. First you take people's money away quietly, and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly.
            Thomas Sowell

The economic miracle that has been the United States was not produced by socialized enterprises, by government-unon-industry cartels or by centralized economic planning. It was produced by private enterprises in a profit-and-loss system. And losses were at least as important in weeding out failures, as profits in fostering successes. Let government succor failures, and we shall be headed for stagnation and decline.  
            Milton Friedman

Democracy -  A government of the masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any form of direct expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic   negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it is based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard for consequences. Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.  
            1928 U.S. Army Training Manual

Were it necessary to bring a majority into a comprehension of the libertarian philosophy, the cause of liberty would be utterly hopeless. Every significant movement in history has been led by one or just a few individuals with a small minority of energetic supporters. 
             Leonard E. Read

Man must have the right of choice, even to choose wrong, if he shall ever learn to choose right.  
            Josiah C. Wedgwood

The greatest threat to the future of our nation  - to our freedom -  is not foreign military aggression &  but the growing dependence of the people on a paternalistic government. A nation is no stronger than its people and the best measure of their strength is how they accept responsibility.  
            Charles B. Shuman

It must be obvious that liberty necessarily means freedom to choose foolishly as well as wisely; freedom to choose evil as well as good; freedom to enjoy the rewards of good judgment, and freedom to suffer the penalties of bad judgment. If this is not true, the word "freedom" has no meaning.  
            Ben Moreell

We must remember that the principal instrument of government is coercion and that our government officials are no more moral, omnipotent, nor omniscient than are any of the rest of us. Once we understand the basic principles which must be observed if freedom is to be safeguarded against government, we may become more hesitant in turning our personal problems and responsibilities over to that agency of coercion, with its insatiable appetite for power.  
            W. C. Mullendore

Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.  
            James Madison

The greatest productive force is human selfishness.  
            Robert Heinlein

If an exchange between two parties is voluntary, it will not take place unless both believe they will benefit from it. Most economic fallacies derive from the neglect of this simple insight, from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.  
            Milton Friedman

Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.  
            George Bernard Shaw

Don't ask the barber whether you need a haircut.  
            Daniel Greenberg

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.  
            John Henry Boetker

This country was founded by religious nuts with guns. 
            P.J. O'Rourke

When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads.  
            Ron Paul, M.D

Have you ever noticed how statists are constantly "reforming" their own handiwork? Education reform. Health-care reform. Welfare reform. Tax reform. The very fact that they're always busy "reforming" is an implicit admission that they didn't get it right the first 50 times.  
            Lawrence W. Reed, economist, in The Freeman

Man, no doubt, owes many other moral duties to his fellow men; such as to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, care for the sick, protect the defenseless, assist the weak, and enlighten the ignorant. But these are simply moral duties, of which each man must be his own judge, in each particular case, as to whether, and how, and how far, he can, or will perform them. 
            Lysander Spooner

Economic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics. 
            Ludwig von Mises

According to the Tax Foundation, taxes now consume more than 38% of the average family's budget. That is more than is spent on food, clothing, housing, and transportation combined. Compare this to the plight of medieval serfs. They only had to give the lord of the manor one-third of their output -- and they were considered slaves. So what does that make us?  
            Daniel Mitchell, The Washington Times, 3/9/99

The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should therefore be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated. If the doctrine be admitted, rulers have only to declare war and they are screened at once from scrutiny.  
            William Ellery Channing (1780-1842), Life, 1848

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you.  
            Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General, New York Times, 10/02/77

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon a supposition that he may abuse it.  
            Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), Address, First Protectorate Parliament, 1654

Any time we deny any citizen the full exercise of his constitutional rights, we are weakening our own claim to them.  
            Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969), U.S. President, Reader's Digest, 12/63

Complete and accurate surveillance as a means of control is probably a practical impossibility. What is much more likely is a loss of privacy and constant inconvenience as the wrong people gain access to information, as one wastes time convincing the inquisitors that one is in fact innocent, or as one struggles to untangle the errors of the errant machine.  
            Victor Ferkiss, Technological Man: The Myth and the Reality, 1969

I know of no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.  
            Ulysses S. Grant (1882-1885), U.S. President, Inaugural Address, 4 March 1869

A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.  
            Granville Hicks (1901-1982)

If there is any principle of the constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought -  not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.  
            Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935), U.S. Supreme Court Justice, United States v. Schwimmer, 1929

Liberty is often a heavy burden on a man. It involves the necessity for perpetual choice which is the kind of labor men have always dreaded.  
            Oliver Wendall Holmes, Sr. (1809-1884), Elsie Venner, 1861

Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the restrictions imposed upon power granted or reserved. The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its grants of power to the federal government and its limitations of the power of the States were determined in the light of emergency, and they are not altered by emergency. 
            Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948), Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Home Building & Loan Assn v. Blairsdell, 1934

I believe the State exists for the development of individual lives, not individuals for the development of the state.  
            Julian Huxley (1878-1975)

It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.              
            Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), Supreme Court Justice, American Communications Assn v. Douds, 1950

We are reluctant to admit that we owe our liberties to men of a type that today we hate and fear -  unruly men, disturbers of the peace, men who resent and denounce what Whitman called "the insolence of elected persons" ,  in word, free men.
            Gerald W. Johnson (1890-1980), American Freedom and the Press, 1958

Every man should know that his conversations, his correspondence, and his personal life are private.  
            Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973), Remarks, 3/10/67

The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.  
            John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. President, Speech, University of California, 3/23/63

At the heart of western freedom and democracy is the belief that the individual man is the touchstone of value, and all society, groups, the state, exist for his benefit. Therefore the enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and abiding practice of any western society.  
            Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968), U.S. Senator, Speech, University of Capetown, 6/6/66

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grand-children are once more slaves.
            D. H. Lawrence (1885-1938), 1915

If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution.  
            Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), First Inaugural Address, 4 March 1861

In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men. It administers justice among men who conduct their own affairs.  
            Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), An Inquiry into the Principles of the Good Society, 1937

To change masters is not to be free.  
            Jose Marti y Perez (1853-1895)

Tolerance is a better guarantee of freedom than brotherly love; for a man may love his brother so much that he feels himself thereby appointed his brother's keeper.
            Everett Dean Martin (1880-1941), Liberty, 1930

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.  
            John Morley (1838-1923), Critical Miscellanies

In any free society, the conflict between social conformity and individual liberty is permanent, unresolvable, and necessary.  
            Kathleen Norris

No free people can lose their liberties while they are jealous of liberty. But the liberties of the freest people are in danger when they set up symbols of liberty as fetishes, worshipping the symbol instead of the principle it represents.  
            Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), in Liberty and the Great Libertarians (C. Spradling)

A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.  
            Mario Puzo, The Godfather

One evening, when I was yet in my nurse's arms, I wanted to touch the tea urn, which was boiling merrily.  My nurse would have taken me away from the urn, but my mother said "Let him touch it." So I touched it -  and that was my first lesson in the meaning of liberty. 
             John Ruskin (1819-1900), The Story of Arachne, 1870

There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all.  
            Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Arizona v. Hicks, 3/3/87

There is no "slippery slope" toward loss of liberty, only a long staircase where each step down must first be tolerated by the American people and their leaders.  
            Alan K. Simpson, U.S. Senator, New York Times, 9/26/82

The right to defy an unconstitutional statute is basic in our scheme. Even when an ordinance requires a permit to make a speech, to deliver a sermon, to picket, to parade, or to assemble, it need not be honored when it's invalid on its face.  
            Potter Stewart (1915-1985), U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Walker v. Birmingham, 1967

Men love liberty because it protects them from control and humiliation by others, thus affording them the possibility of dignity; they loathe liberty because it throws them back on their own abilities and resources, thus confronting them with the possibility of insignificance.  
            Thomas Szasz, The Untamed Tongue, 1990

Constitutions are checks upon the hasty action of the majority. They are the self-imposed restraints of a whole people upon a majority of them to secure sober action and a respect for the rights of the minority.  
            William Howard Taft (1857-1930), U.S. President, Veto Message, Arizona Enabling Act, 1911

No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than any [constitutional] provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government.  
            Roger B. Taney (1777-1864), U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ex parte Milligan, 1866

Government cannot make us equal; it can only recognize, respect, and protect us as equal before the law.  
            Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.  
            Lily Tomlin

When a self-governing people confer upon their government the power to take from some and give to others, the process will not stop until the last bone of the last taxpayer is picked bare.  
            Howard Kershner

It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one tenth part.  
            Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father

The War on Drugs is a price support system for terrorists and drug pushers. It turns ordinary, cheap plants like marijuana and poppies into fantastically lucrative black market products. Without the War on Drugs, the financial engine that fuels terrorist organizations would sputter to a halt.  
            Ron Crickenberger, Libertarian Party Political Director 2/4/02

Letting lawyers make laws is like letting doctors make diseases.  

There may be two libertarians in the world who agree on absolutely everything, but I am not one of them.  

As the growing emphasis on feelings crowds out reason, facts will play a smaller role in public discourse.  
            Paul Craig Roberts

Democrats can never get any sleep because they are afraid somebody somewhere is making too much money. Republicans can never get any sleep because they are afraid somebody somewhere is having too much fun.  

Our Constitution is not a body of law to govern the people; it was formulated to govern the government, to make government the servant and not the master of the people.  
            William F. Jasper

Six Miracles of Socialism:
There is no unemployment, but no one works.
No one works, but everyone gets paid.
Everyone gets paid, but there is nothing to buy with the money.
No one can buy anything, but everyone owns everything.
Everyone owns everything, but no one is satisfied.
No one is satisfied, but 99 percent of the people vote for the system.  

In order to prevent democracy from becoming a tyranny over minorities, individual rights must supersede all democratic voting and all regulations. Rights must come first. Laws should come second, and only to protect those rights; nothing more.  
            Stuart K. Hayashi

It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.  
            James Fenimore Cooper, The American Democrat, 1838

The whole of economics can be reduced to a single lesson, and that lesson can be reduced to a single sentence. The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups. 
            Henry Hazlitt in Economics in One Lesson

The average American family head will be forced to do twenty years' labor to pay taxes in his or her lifetime.  
            James Bovard, Lost Rights

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.  
            Oscar Ameringer

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.  
            Winston Churchill

Jury: Twelve people who determine which client has the better lawyer.  
            Robert Frost

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.  
            Robert Orben

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.  
            Alfred Adler

My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.  
            Ashleigh Brillian

Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make wonderfully submissive slaves.  
            Joseph Sobran in The Myth of 'Limited Government'

The common denominator in all government activity is the use of force: Government either forces you to do things, forces you not to do things, or forces you to pay for things.  
            Doug Newman

All the fiery rhetoric of the Founders was directed at a "tyrant" who taxed his subjects at a rate of about three percent.
            Doug Newman

If the government can't keep drugs away from inmates who are locked in steel cages, surrounded by barbed wire, watched by armed guards, drug-tested, strip-searched, X-rayed, and videotaped how can it possibly stop the flow of drugs to an entire nation?  
            Ron Crickenberger

The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.  
            William Safire

Before you criticize people, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you've got a mile-long head start. And you have their shoes.  
            The Lion

If you have ever seen a four-year-old trying to lord it over a two-year-old, then you know what the basic problem of human nature is  and why government keeps growing larger and ever more intrusive.  
            Thomas Sowell

Democracy says it is acceptable to take money or property from a nonconsenting individual because he is outnumbered.  

Isn't it about time we found Congress in contempt of The People?  

BATF=Bad Attitude Towards Freedom  

What men value in this world is not rights but privileges.  
            H.L. Mencken

Republicans don't want anyone having more fun than they do, and the Democrats don't want anyone making more money than they do. Libertarians want you to make money and have fun.  
            Andre Marrou, LP Presidential candidate

Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one's government is not necessarily to secure freedom.  
            F.A. Hayek

An inherent weakness of a pure democracy is that half the voters are below average intelligence.  

The Bill of Rights does not come from the people and is not subject to change by majorities. It comes from the nature of things. It declares the inalienable rights of man not only against all government but also against the people collectively.  
            Walter Lippmann

In a society obsessed with arranging every detail of existance, the unintended is ominous.  

The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd.  
            Alan Ashley-Pit

The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of an expanding bureaucracy.  

The compelling issue to both conservatives and liberals is not whether it is legitimate for government to confiscate one's property to give to another, the debate is over the disposition of the pillage.  
            Walter Williams

Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex, intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple, stupid behavior.  
            Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus of Visa Corp

Adam Smith's key insight was that both parties to an exchange can benefit and that, so long as cooperation is strictly voluntary, no exchange can take place unless both parties do benefit.  
            Milton Friedman

Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.  
            Milton Friedman

We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes non-work.  
            Milton Friedman

Self-interest is not myopic selfishness. It is whatever it is that interests the participants, whatever they value, whatever goals they pursue. The scientist seeking to advance the frontiers of his discipline, the missionary seeking to convert infidels to the true faith, the philanthropist seeking to bring comfort to the needy -  all are pursuing their interests, as they see them, as they judge them by their own values.  
            Milton Friedman

There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal.  
            F.A. Hayek

Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear -  kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor  - with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.  
            General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), Supreme Allied Commander, General of the U.S. Army

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.  
            George E. MacDonald (1824-1905), Scottish Novelist

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.  
            James Madison (1751-1836), 4th U.S. President

Unless a good deed is voluntary, it has no moral significance.  
            Everett Dean Martin (1880-1941), Political Philosopher

I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.  
            H.L. Mencken

A right without an attendant responsibility is as unreal as a sheet of paper which has only one side.  
            Felix Morley (1894-1981), American Journalist, Educator and Author

The great non sequitur committed by defenders of the State, is to leap from the necessity of society to the necessity of the State.  
            Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995), American Economist, Historian, Political Theorist, and Author

Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country  
            Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), English Philosopher, Author, 1950 Nobel Prize-Winner in Literature

The main political problem is how to prevent the police power from becoming tyrannical. This is the meaning of all the struggles for liberty.
            Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973), Austrian Economist and Author

The main point of a constitution is to put limits on what aspects of life are subject to majority rule.  
            Ronald Bailey

When the people have no tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.  
            Lord Lytton

It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.  
            James Madison

Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense.  
            Robert Heinlein
It's easier to scare someone than to persuade him.  
            Edwin Feulner, president of The Heritage Foundation

The government's War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice.  
            Harry Browne

It is much cheaper and enormously more profitable for the special interests to purchase the regulatory favors of Washington's political harlots than to compete in a fair, unsubsidized markeplace.  
            Lee Robinson

The greatest gift of freedom is that it allows us to govern ourselves, and the greatest burden of freedom is that it requires us to govern ourselves.
            Robert Hawes

All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.  
            Marbury vs Madison

Everyone is entitled to his own opnion, but not his own facts.  
            Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty- and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.
            H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, Feb. 12, 1923

98% of Americans support the use of mass transit by others.  
            The Onion (satire newspaper)

Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.  

Expecting the government to fight the deficit is like expecting the Mafia to fight crime.  

The chief purpose of government it to perpetuate the government.  

Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents? 
            Peg Bracken?

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

The majority of Americans get their news and information about what is going on with their government from entities that are licensed by and subject to punishment at the hands of that very government.  
            Neal Boortz

What the government gives, it must first take away.  
            John S. Coleman

With respect to the words "general welfare," I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.  
            James Madison

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.  
            Abraham Lincoln

Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.  

Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.  
            Adlai E. Stevenson

A problem well stated is a problem half solved.  
            C.F. Kettering

I don't have any solution, but I certainly admire the problem.  
            Ashleigh Brilliant

Poverty is the greatest cause of terrorism.  
            Azmat Hassan, at the Conference on World Affairs, Boulder CO, 4/6/04

In almost all matters, the real question should be: why are we letting government handle this?  
            Harry Browne

From the fact that people are very different it follows that, if we treat them equally, the result must be inequality in their actual position, and the only way to place them in an equal position would be to treat them differently. Equality before the law and material equality are therefore not only different but are in conflict with each other; and we can achieve either the one or the other, but not both at the same time.  
            Friedrich von Hayek

That measures of this nature [the draft] should be debated at all in the councils of a free government is cause of dismay. The question is nothing less than whether the most essential rights of personal liberty shall be surrendered and despotism embraced in its worst form.  
            Daniel Webster

A hallmark of democracy is pressure-group warfare, as each group seeks to claim the status of a majority and exploit all the rest.  
            Robert Garmong

It makes no difference, in principle, if this "collective will" is divined by the edicts of a dictator or by majority vote -  so long as the rights of the individual may still be sacrificed.  
            Robert Garmong

Individualists unite!  
            Treveor Sutherland, Hamilton County TN LP Chairman

Those are my principles. If you don t like them, I have others.  
            Groucho Marx

Most people ... aren't just ignorant or stupid: they genuinely prefer government control of their own and their neighbors' lives. We can hand out flyers for the rest of our lives, publish as many books as we like, make speeches until we're blue in the face, and most of them aren't going to change their minds. While they disagree among themselves about the details, authoritarians of one sort or another constitute an overwhelming majority.  
            Max Orhai, Liberty Magazine, 6/04, page 23

Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.  
            James Madison

The next time some academics tell you how important "diversity" is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.  
            Thomas Sowell

Government failure is always used as an excuse for government expansion. Government thrives on crisis and incompetence.  
            Jim Babka of

The price of empire is terrorism. 

We have been living amidst one of the great revolutions of human history, and we hardly know it: the penetration of the State into every aspect of human life and society. Some people regard this as good and "progressive," others regard it as tyrannical; but either way, it's a fact, a transformation as great as, say, the Industrial Revolution. Absolutely nothing is now beyond the scope of State power.  
            Joseph Sobran, 1/27/04

The war on "terror" will never be over, it will just change locations. Like the war on drugs, prostitution, pornography, and the many others that will follow, it is a war on humanity. These wars will never be won; the State will just keep creating new boogiemen to frighten us with. The sheep will anxiously anticipate the next fall guy the State offers up as a sacrifice for the war on whatever happens to be next. Be careful, the next pawn could be me or you.  
            Mike Wasdin

Vows made in a storm are forgotten in calms.  
            Old English saying

If the Tenth Amendment were still taken seriously, most of the federal government's present activities would not exist. That's why no one in Washington ever mentions it.  
            Thomas E. Woods, Jr. in The Policitally Incorrect Guide to American History

The problem is that democracy is not freedom. Democracy is simply majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with real freedom. Our founding fathers clearly understood this.  
            Rep. Ron Paul in Democracy Is Not Freedom

To shackle future generations, with such monstrous debt and liabilities [$50 trillion+ of unfunded federal liabilities], is tantamount to selling them into tax slavery.  
            Eric Englund in Income Taxes, Obesity, and Other Maladies of Nanny Statism 2/28/05.

A man is none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.  
            Lysander Spooner

You don't need a treaty to have free trade.  
            Murray Rothbard


From The Sun, Sunbeams, 2000

The harder we look at our aches and ailments, the more we will be startled by the painful truths they are trying to convey about our dangerously disembodied way of life.
            Marion Woodman

There is this noteworthy difference between savage and civilized: that while a sick, civilized man may be six months convalescing, generally speaking, a sick savage is almost half well again in a day.
            Herman Melville

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

I've never been very good at feasting on the daily newspaper. It turns bitter in my mouth. And yet, this is my world. This face of suffering I must embrace as a part of my responsibility. Part of the feast is becoming aware of the world that is mine. Part of the feast is owning this broken world as my own brokenness.
            Macrina Wiederkehr

It is good that fire should burn, even if it consumes your house; it is good that force should crush, even if it crushes you; it is good that rain should fall, even if it destroys your crops and floods your land. Plagues and pestilences attest to the constancy of natural law. They set us to cleaning our streets and houses and to readjusting our relations to outward nature. Only in a live universe could disease and death prevail. Death is a phase of life, a redistributing of the type. Decay is another kind of growth.
            John Burroughs

If I were a Brazilian without land or money or the means to feed my children, I would be burning the rain forest, too.

We cannot cheat on DNA. We cannot get round photosynthesis. We cannot say, I am not going to give a damn about phytoplankton. All these tiny mechanisms provide the preconditions of our planetary life. To say we do not care is to say in the most literal sense that we choose death.
            Barbara Ward

I knew nothing of reality until Mummy died. She shielded us from everything. And then suddenly I was having to deal with the butler, the two chauffeurs, the cook, and everything else.
            Charlotte Brown (nee de Rothschild)

I've a strong impression our world is about to go under. Our political systems are deeply compromised and have no further uses. Our social behavior patterns, interior and exterior, have proved a fiasco. The tragic thing is, we neither can nor want, nor have the strength, to alter our course. It's too late for revolutions, and deep down inside ourselves we no longer even believe in their positive effects. Just around the corner an insect world is waiting - and one day it's going to roll over our ultra-individualized existence. Otherwise, I'm a respectable Social Democrat.
            Ingmar Bergman

If, every day, I dare to remember that I am here on loan, that this house, this hillside, these minutes, are all leased to me, not given, I will never despair. Despair is for those who expect to live forever. I no longer do.
            Erica Jong

No one has the right to sit down and feel hopeless. There's too much work to do.
            Dorothy Day

I am happy now that Charles calls on my bedchamber less frequently than of old. As it is, I endure but two calls a week, and when I hear his steps outside my door I lie down on my bed, close my eyes, open my legs, and think of England.
            Lady Alice Hillingdon

Women hope men will change after marriage, but they don't; men hope women won't change, but they do.
            Bettina Arndt

Lovemaking is radical, while marriage is conservative.
            Eric Hoffer

We tend to think of the erotic as an easy, tantalizing sexual arousal. I speak of the erotic as the deepest life force, a force which moves us toward living in a fundamental way.
            Audre Lorde

If my hands tremble with desire, they tremble likewise when I reach for the chalice on Sunday, and if lust makes me run and caper, it is no stronger a force than that which brings me to my knees to say thanksgivings and litanies. What can this capricious skin be but a blessing?
            John Cheever

What is erotic? The acrobatic play of the imagination. The sea of memories in which we bathe. The way we caress and worship things with our eyes. Our willingness to be stirred by the sight of the voluptuous. What is erotic is our passion for the liveliness of life.
            Diane Ackerman

Sexual intercourse is kicking death in the ass while singing.
            Charles Bukowski

We do what only lovers can: make a gift out of necessity.
            Leonard Cohen

There are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it, like in the Bible with the locusts. And other people who stand around and watch them eat it.
            Lillian Hellman

A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
            George Bernard Shaw

Not every problem someone has with his girlfriend is necessarily due to the capitalist mode of production.
            Herbert Marcuse

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
            Eleanor Roosevelt

He had vowed long ago, and renewed his vow frequently, that if holding hands in a circle and singing hymns . . . was what it took to make life endurable, he would rather die.
            Annie Dillard

The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that they always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts.
            Ivan Illich

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him or to him.
            Thomas Edison

hatred bounces.
            e. e. cummings

I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes.
            Maxine Hong Kingston

To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his right and left hands. He uses both.
            Saint Catherine of Sienna

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
            Alfred D. Souza

You come to see . . . that suffering is required; and you no more want to avoid it than you want to avoid putting your next foot on the ground when you are walking. In the spiritual path, joy and suffering follow one another like two feet, and you come to a point of not minding which "foot" is on the ground. You realize, on the contrary, that it is extremely uncomfortable hopping all the time on the joy foot.
            John G. Bennett

It is not hard work which is dreary; it is superficial work.
            Edith Hamilton

A devotee once complained to the great nineteenth-century saint Sri Ramakrishna about not having had any deep experiences of God. Sri Ramakrishna took him by the hand and led him to the ashram's bathing pond. They both walked into the water until they were about waist deep, and Sri Ramakrishna then pushed the man's head underwater with great force and held him there for nearly a minute. The man struggled and struggled, and finally the saint released his grip and the man emerged urgently from the water, gasping for breath. Sri Ramakrishna said to him, "When you want God as much as you wanted that next breath, you will see God."
            Bo Lozoff

It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
            E. L. Doctorow

Truth, poor child, was nobody's daughter. She took off her clothes and jumped in the water.
            Dorothy L. Sayers

The attitude that I take is that everyday life is more interesting than forms of celebration, when we become aware of it. That when is when our intentions go down to zero. Then suddenly you notice that the world is magical.
            John Cage

We are nature. We are nature seeing nature. We are nature with a concept of nature. Nature weeping. Nature speaking of nature to nature.
            Susan Griffin

Few people have the imagination for reality.
            Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is well to remember that by the time-scale of the universe, the shapes of all things and systems are as fugitive and evanescent as those clouds driven before a gale, which coalesce and dissolve as they go.
            David Pye

Call a thing immoral or ugly, soul-destroying or a degradation of man, a peril to the peace of the world or to the well-being of future generations; as long as you have not shown it to be "uneconomic" you have not really questioned its right to exist, grow, and prosper.
            E. F. Schumacher

To get an idea of our fellow countrymen's miseries we have only to look at their pleasures.
            George Eliot

We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing. We cannot use our hands, or our legs, or our eyes, or our arms. We do not know an edible root in the woods. We cannot tell our course by the stars, nor the hour of the day by the sun. It is well if we can swim and skate. We are afraid of a horse, of a cow, of a dog, of a cat, of a spider. Far better was the Roman rule to teach a boy nothing that he could not learn standing.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

Old age was growing inside me. It kept catching my eye from the depths of the mirror. I was paralyzed sometimes as I saw it making its way toward me so steadily when nothing inside me was ready for it.
            Simone de Beauvoir

Old people are fond of giving good advice; it consoles them for no longer being capable of setting a bad example.
            La Rochefoucauld

When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men know what I mean.

Let's make capitalism work for everybody.
            Jerry Rubin, 1980

I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.
            H.L. Mencken

A belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
            Joseph Conrad

You can never get enough of what you don't really want.
            Eric Hoffer

Soon the child's clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions and abstractions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day . . . we become seekers.
            Peter Matthiessen

The teenagers aren't all bad. I love 'em if nobody else does. There ain't nothing wrong with young people. Jus' quit lyin' to 'em.
            Jackie "Moms" Mabley

The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be on to something. Not to be on to something is to be in despair.
            Walker Percy

There often seems to be a playfulness to wise people, as if either their equanimity has as its source this playfulness or the playfulness flows from the equanimity; and they can persuade other people who are in a state of agitation to calm down and manage a smile.
            Edward Hoagland

From The Sun, Sunbeams, 2001

Fear has a smell, as love does.
            Margaret Atwood

We have attempted to separate the spiritual and the erotic, thereby reducing the spiritual to a world of flattened affect, a world of the ascetic who aspires to feel nothing.
            Audre Lorde

The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin.
            Oscar Wilde

Passionate love is not peculiar to the human species, for it penetrates through all existing things - celestial, elemental, vegetable, and mineral.

It is my opinion that humans are largely what they make of themselves; in other words, "human nature" is not so much an empirical reality as a process of self-construction. This means that if people become what they think they are, what they think they are is exceedingly important.
            Linda Marie Fedigan

Happiness is always a byproduct. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy, you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.
            Robertson Davies

It is the virtue and the pathos of man that he aspires endlessly toward a better world; it is his weakness and his tragedy that he does nothing to bring such a world even one step nearer.
            Ludwig Lewisohn

What have we achieved in mowing down mountain ranges, harnessing the energy of mighty rivers, or moving whole populations about like chess pieces, if we ourselves remain the same restless, miserable, frustrated creatures we were before? To call such activity progress is utter delusion.
            Henry Miller

To be a consumer is the most primitive level of being. It is to be a mouth, an eater, a devourer of things. To discover the truth of who we are, we must discard the consumer mentality and reclaim our spiritual dignity.
            David Frawley

The philosopher Diogenes was sitting on a curbstone, eating bread and lentils for his supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who lived comfortably by flattering the king. Said Aristippus, "If you would learn to be subservient to the king, you would not have to live on lentils." Said Diogenes, "Learn to live on lentils, and you will not have to cultivate the king."
            Louis I. Newman

The struggle to save the global environment is in one way much more difficult than the struggle to vanquish Hitler, for this time the war is with ourselves. We are the enemy, just as we have only ourselves as allies. In a war such as this, then, what is victory and how will we recognize it?
            Al Gore

Many of us have no long-range vision in much of our struggle. We think only of the moment, this time, this place, this circumstance. But think of the ten generations of children that inherit love, and their children, and theirs. . . . Anyone can count the seeds of an apple. Who can count the apples in a seed?
            Stephen Covey

If you don't have any money, the problem is food. When you have money, it's sex. When you have both, it's health. If everything is simply jake, then you're frightened of death.
            J.P. Donleavy

In nothing does man, with his grand notions of heaven and charity, show forth his innate, wild animalism more clearly than in his treatment of his brother beasts. From the shepherd with his lambs to the red-handed hunter, it is the same: no recognition of rights - only murder in one form or another.
            John Muir

The sense of smell in the animal is what intuition is to the human spirit. It tells you of the invisible, of what cannot be detected by any other means. It tells you the things that are not there, yet are coming. You see into the blind, opaque past and round the corner of time.
            Laurens van der Post

We do not go to bed in single pairs; even if we choose not to refer to them, we still drag there with us the cultural impediments of our social class, our parents' lives, our bank balances, our sexual and emotional expectations, our whole biographies - all the bits and pieces of our unique existences.
            Angela Carter

I didn't want it like that. Not against the bricks or hunkering in somebody's car. I wanted it to come undone like gold thread, like a tent full of birds.
            Sandra Cisneros

In the next voyage of the Mayflower, after she carried the Pilgrims, she was employed in transporting a cargo of slaves from Africa.
            Nathaniel Hawthorne

We have entered a new Middle Ages, a time of plague, famine, violence, extreme class disparity, and religious fanaticism, . . . a time when it is terribly important, and often dangerous, to preserve values and knowledge - to stand up for visions that most of this crazed world can't comprehend or tolerate. The value of having an inner map of the world as it is (not as it's broadcast) is this: it allows you to know that your task is larger than yourself. If you choose, just by virtue of being a decent person, you are entrusted with passing on something of value through a dark, crazy time - preserving your integrity, in your way, by your acts and your very breathing for those who will build again when this chaos exhausts itself. People who assume the burden of their own integrity are free - because integrity is freedom, and (as Nelson Mandela proved) its force can't be quelled even when a person of integrity is jailed. The future lives in our individual, often lonely, and certainly unprofitable acts of integrity, or it doesn't live at all.
            Michael Ventura

Deep down, all of us are probably aware that some kind of mystical evolution is our true task. Yet we suppress the notion with considerable force because to admit it is to admit that most of our political gyrations, religious dogmas, social ambitions, and financial ploys are not merely counter-productive but trivial.
            Tom Robbins

It's all very well to run around saying regulation is bad, get the government off our backs, etc. Of course our lives are regulated. When you come to a stop sign, you stop; if you want to go fishing, you get a license; if you want to shoot ducks, you can shoot only three ducks. The alternative is dead bodies at the intersection, no fish, and no ducks. OK?
            Molly Ivins

Money is like fire, an element as little troubled by moralizing as earth, air, and water. Men can employ it as a tool, or they can dance around it as if it were the incarnation of a god. Money votes socialist or monarchist, finds a profit in pornography or translations from the Bible, commissions Rembrandt and underwrites the technology of Auschwitz. It acquires its meaning from the uses to which it is put.
            Lewis H. Lapham

Have you ever asked what is the root of money?
            Ayn Rand

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
            Woody Allen

Justice without love is not justice. Love without justice is not love.
            Mother Teresa

Time to plant tears, says the Almanac.
            Elizabeth Bishop

The absence of the dead . . . is their way of appearing.
            Simone Weil

There are years when nothing happens and years in which centuries happen.
            Carlos Fuentes

Spiritual awakening is frequently described as a journey to the top of a mountain. We leave our attachments and our worldliness behind and slowly make our way to the top. At the peak we have transcended all pain. The only problem with this metaphor is that we leave all the others behind. . . . In the process of discovering our true nature, the journey goes down, not up. . . . Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward the turbulence and doubt. . . . We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and we try not to push it away. If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we will let it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down. With us move millions of others, our companions in awakening from fear. At the bottom we discover water, the healing water of compassion. Right down there in the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die.
            Pema Chodron

From The Sun, Sunbeams, 2002

I can reason down or deny everything, except this perpetual Belly; feed he must and will, and I cannot make him respectable.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

My mother made me eat broccoli. I hate broccoli. I am the president of the United States. I will not eat any more broccoli.
            George Bush the Elder

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.
            Bill Vaughan

The United States is like the guy at the party who gives cocaine to everybody and still nobody likes him.
            Jim Samuels

Independence? That's a middle-class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
            George Bernard Shaw

We think work with the brain is more worthy than work with the hands. Nobody who thinks with his hands could ever fall for this.
            E.F. Schumacher

If the aborigine drafted an iq test, all of Western civilization presumably would flunk it.
            Stanley Marion Garn

School is an institution built on the axiom that learning is the result of teaching. And institutional wisdom continues to accept this axiom, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
            Ivan Illich

The first step is to measure whatever can be easily measured. That is ok as far as it goes. The second step is to disregard that which can't be measured or give it an arbitrary quantitative value. This is artificial and misleading. The third step is to presume that what can't be easily measured really isn't very important. This is blindness. The fourth step is to say that what can't be easily measured doesn't exist. This is suicide.
            Daniel Yankelovich

Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.
            Richard Feynman

You may break any written law in America with impunity.  There is an unwritten law that you break at your peril. It is: do not attack the profit system.
            Mary Heaton Vorse

The real measure of our wealth is how much we'd be worth if we lost all our money.
            John Henry Jowett

We must, in short, make it economically possible for people to act upon their own best moral values.
            Michael Harrington

I love my daughter. She and I have shared my body. There is a part of her mind that is a part of mine. But when she was born, she sprang from me like a slippery fish, and has been swimming away ever since.
            Amy Tan

One can live at a low flame. Most people do. For some, life is an exercise in moderation (best china saved for special occasions), but given something like death, what does it matter if one looks foolish now and then, or tries too hard, or cares too deeply?
            Diane Ackerman

Slipping on my shoes, boiling water, toasting bread, buttering the sky: that should be enough contact with Allah in one day to make anyone crazy.

If the landscape reveals one certainty, it is that the extravagant gesture is the very stuff of creation. After the one extravagant gesture of creation in the first place, the universe has continued to deal exclusively in extravagances, flinging intricacies and colossi down aeons of emptiness. . . . The whole show has been on fire from the word go.
            Annie Dillard

There it is. I don't believe in anything, but I'm always glad to wake up in the morning. It doesn't depress me. I'm never depressed. My basic nervous system is filled with this optimism. It's mad, I know, because it's optimism about nothing. I think of life as meaningless and yet it excites me. I always think something marvelous is about to happen.
            Francis Bacon

Nonattachment is not the elimination of desire. It is the spaciousness to allow any quality of mind, any thought or feeling, to arise without