"A burning purpose attracts others who are drawn along with it and help fulfill it." -- Margaret Bourke-White, American photojournalist (1904-1971).
"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, American comedian (1946-1989).
"Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny." -- Carl Schurz, American politician (1829-1906).
"Tact is, after all, a kind of mind-reading." -- Sarah Orne Jewett, American author (1849-1909).
"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, American author and philosopher (1902-1983).
"No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern. No idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated." -- Ellen Glasgow, American author (1874-1945).
"God knows that a mother needs fortitude and courage and tolerance and flexibility and patience and firmness and nearly every other brave aspectuof the human soul. But because I happen to be a parent of almost fiercely maternal nature, I praise casualness. It seems to me the rarest of virtues." -- Phyllis McGinley, American poet and author (1905-1978).
"Take it easy, but take it." -- Studs Terkel, American author.
"Like ships, men founder time and again." -- Henry Miller, American novelist (1891-1980).
"Outside the kingdom of the Lord there is no nation which is greater than any other." -- Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopha (1891-1975)
"The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be." -- Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (c.604-531 B.C.)
"Wars on nations change maps. War on poverty maps change." -- Muhammad Ali, American boxing champion.
"The people no longer believe in principles, but will probably periodically believe in saviours." -- Jacob Christoph Burckhardt, Swiss historian (1818-1897).
"When an old man dies, a library burns down." -- African proverb.
"The biggest big business in America is not steel, automobiles, or television. It is the manufacture, refinement and distribution of anxiety." -- Eric Sevareid, American news commentator (1912-1992).
"There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, and not as many separate ones." -- Anwar Sadat, president of Egypt (1918-1981).
"For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while." -- Luther Burbank, American horticulturist (1849-1926).
"There is nothing in the universe that I fear but that I shall not know all my duty, or shall fail to do it." -- Mary Lyon, American educator (1797-1849).
"If youth only had a chance or old age any brains." -- Stephen Leacock, Canadian humorist-educator (1869-1944).
"Too long a sacrifice / Can make a stone of the heart. / O when may it suffice?" -- William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and playwright (1865-1939).
"In America, getting on in the world means getting out of the world we have known before." -- Ellery Sedgwick, American editor (1872-1960).
"If a man will begin in certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin in doubts he shall end in certainties." -- Francis Bacon, English philosopher (1561-1626)
"Taste. You cannot buy such a rare and wonderful thing. You can't send away for it in a catalogue. And I'm afraid it's becoming obsolete." -- Rosalind Russell, American actress (1911-1976).
"Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved." -- Mark Twain (1835-1910).
"Life is one long process of getting tired." -- Samuel Butler, British author (1835-1902).
"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more." -- From "Henry the Fifth," by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).
"Never practice what you preach. If you're going to practice it, why preach it?" -- Lincoln Steffens, American journalist-reformer (1866-1936).
"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James, American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910).
"Eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation." -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945).
"History, in general, only informs us what bad government is." -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826).
"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy." -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).
"Political history is far too criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and villains from fiction." -- W.H. Auden, British poet (1907-1973).
"The best mirror is an old friend." -- George Herbert, English author (1593-1633).
"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing." -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).
"Music...does not need the image and the concept, but merely endures them as accompaniments." -- Nietzsche.
"If a religion is unpatriotic, it ain't right." -- Harriette Arnow, American author (1908-1986).
"Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves." -- Gene Fowler, American journalist and author (1890-1960).
"Only where there is language is there world." -- Adrienne Rich, American poet.
"He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser." -- Susan Sontag, American author and critic.
"It is difficult to give children a sense of security unless you have it yourself. If you have it, they catch it from you." -- William C. Menninger, American scientist, physician, engineer (1899-1966).
"What is more unwise than to mistake uncertainty for certainty, falsehood for truth?" -- Cicero, Roman orator, statesman and philosopher (106-43 B.C.)
"The only thing I regret about my past life is the length of it. If I had my past life over again I'd make all the same mistakes -- only sooner." -- Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (1903-1968).
"As I see it, in this country (America) -- a land of the most persistent idealism and the blandest cynicism -- the race is on between the decadence and its vitality." -- Alistair Cooke, British-born American journalist and broadcaster.
"What is it to be a gentleman? The first to thank and the last to complain." -- Serbian proverb.
"Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed." -- Mark Twain (1835-1910).
"The only sure thing about luck is that it will change." -- Bret Harte, American author and journalist (1836-1902).
"Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect, they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries." -- Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher (1883-1955).
"A man is only as good as what he loves." -- Saul Bellow, American author.
"I speak the truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more, as I grow older." -- Catherine Drinker Bowen, American author (1897-1973).
"Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it." -- Andre Gide, French author and critic (1869-1951).
"Our whole life is an attempt to discover when our spontaneity is whimsical, sentimental irresponsibility and when it is a valid expression of our deepest desires and values." -- Helen Merrell Lynd, American sociologist and author (1896-1982).
"Out of love you can speak with straight fury." -- Eudora Welty, American author.
"Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare." -- Pierre Corneille, French dramatist and poet (1606-1684).
"Lies are like donuts. They look good, they taste good and they smell good. But when you get to the center you find that there is nothing there."-- DW.
"In a closed society filled with criminals, the only crime is getting caught." -- Hunter S. Thompson.
"Rove your assigned airspace, spot the enemy, shoot him down, and anything else is rubbish." -- Manfred Von Richtofen.
"A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station." -- Abbie Hoffman.
"Nearly all our disasters come from a few fools having the `courage of their convictions."' -- Coventry Patmore, English poet (1823-1896).
"No one is such a liar as the indignant man." -- Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900).
"Spring makes everything young again except man." -- Jean Paul Richter, German author (1763-1825).
"The best way to start a fire with two sticks, is to be sure that one of them is a match." -- Will Rogers.
"Don't forget to love yourself." -- Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813-1855).
"Show me a man who claims he is objective and I'll show you a man with illusions." -- Henry R. Luce, American magazine publisher (1898-1967).
"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." -- "Parkinson's Law," by C. Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993).
"There are only two kinds of people in the world that really count. One kind's wheat and the other kind's emeralds." -- Edna Ferber, American author (1887-1968).
"Priests are no more necessary to religion than politicians to patriotism." -- John Haynes Holmes, American clergyman and reformer (1879-1964).
"If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your mirror." -- Francois Rabelais, French satirist (1494-1553).
"It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring." -- Alfred Adler, Austrian psychoanalyst (1870-1937).
The spinal column is a long bunch of bones. The head sits on the top, and you sit on the bottom.
"No I don't mind if you smoke, in fact after I've shot you 8 or 9 times I'd expect you to smoke quite a bit." -- Smilin' Jack to a woman sharing an elevator car.
"In scandal, as in robbery, the receiver is always as bad as the thief." -- Lord Chesterfield, English author and statesman (1694-1773).
"Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night." -- Rupert Brooke, English poet (1887-1915).
"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, American educator (1872-1964).
"What is man but his passion?" -- Robert Penn Warren, American author, poet and critic (1905-1989).
"The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease." -- Marianne Moore, American poet (1887-1972).
"There are two ways to slice easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking." -- Alfred Korzybski, Polish-American linguist (1879-1950).
"We live by encouragement and die without it -- slowly, sadly and angrily." -- Celeste Holm, American actress.
"Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year." -- Franklin P. Adams, American journalist (1881-1960).
"What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance." -- Havelock Ellis, English psychologist (1859-1939).
"What we respect we always do, but what we do not respect we ignore." -- Plato ( ? -347 B.C.).
"We are what we pretend to be so we must be careful what we pretend to be." -- Kurt Vonnegut, American author.
"To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can have." -- Theodore H. White, American political writer (1915-1986).
"Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." -- Jack Benny (1894-1974).
"Every ten years a man should give himself a good kick in the pants." -- Edward Steichen, American photographer (1879-1973).
"It was naive of the 19th century optimists to expect paradise from technology -- and it is equally naive of the 20th century pessimists to make technology the scapegoat for such old shortcomings as man's blindness, cruelty, immaturity, greed and sinful pride." -- Peter F. Drucker, American government official.
"Your friend will argue with you." -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer.
"Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries." -- James Michener, American author (1907-1997).
"Human beings are the only creatures who are able to behave irrationally in the name of reason." -- Ashley Montagu, English anthropologist.
"The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." -- Lily Tomlin.
I get plenty of exercise -- jumping to conclusions, pushing my luck, and dodging deadlines.
"Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but wants only to be provoked." -- Katherine Anne Porter, American author (1894-1980).
"As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost, and science can never regress." -- J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist (1904-1967).
"Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is -- it is her shadow." -- Gamaliel Bailey, American abolitionist (1807-1859).
"Would to God that we might spend a single day really well." -- Thomas a Kempis, German monk and author (c. 1380-1471).
"If you believe everything you read, better not read." -- Japanese proverb.
"History repeats itself in the large because human nature changes with geological leisureliness." -- Will (1885-1981) and Ariel Durant (1898-1981), American historians.
"Los secretos ni oirlos ni decirlos." (Don't listen to secrets -- and don't tell them.) -- Spanish proverb.
"The compensation of growing old was simply this: that the passions remain as strong as ever, but one has gained -- at last! -- the power which adds the supreme flavor to existence, the power of taking hold of experience, of turning it round, slowly, in the light." -- Virginia Woolf, English author (1882-1941).
"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, American newspaper columnist (1894-1961).
"By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it." -- George Burns (1896-1996).
"Know yourself, and your neighbor will not mistake you." -- Scottish proverb.
"The clearest statement of principle goes bad if it is repeated too often. It ceases to be a statement and becomes a slogan." -- Virgil Thomson, American composer and critic (1896-1989).
"Jealousy is all the fun you think they had." -- Erica Jong, American author.
"God gives us relatives; thank God, we can choose our friends." -- Addison Mizner, American architect (1872-1933).
"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got." -- Janis Joplin, American rock singer (1943-1970).
"I wish there were some wonderful place called the Land of Beginning Again." -- Lois Fletcher.
"A new subrace began to enter the earth's plane around 1932 because of a change in astrological influences, and we are admonished to insure better products for a better people....You expect a new root race. What are you doing to prepare for it? You must prepare food for their bodies, as well as their minds and their spiritual development." -- Cayce Readings 5748-6, 470-39.
"The food of the future will be fruit and seed. The time will come when meat will no longer be eaten." -- Baha'i Writings.
"The food which is agreeable to different men is of three sorts...Men of sattwa like foods which increase their vital force, strength and health. Such foods add to the physical and mental life. They are juicy, soothing, fresh, and agreeable. But men of Rajas prefer foods which are bitter, sour, salty, hot, pungent, acid, burning. These cause ill health, and distemper of mind and body. And men of tamas take a perverse pleasure in foods which are stale, tasteless, rotten and impure. They like to eat the leavings of others." -- Bhadavad Gita.
"It is my view that the Vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperment would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind." -- Albert Einstein, Dec 27, 1930.
"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Gandhi
"The essence of taste is suitability. Divest the word of its prim and priggish implications, and see how it expresses the mysterious demand of the eye and mind for symmetry, harmony and order." -- Edith Wharton, American author (1862-1937).
"Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable." -- Mohandas K. Gandhi, Indian spiritual leader (1869-1948).
"The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well." -- Horace Walpole, Fourth Earl of Orford, English author (1717-1797).
"If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much." -- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ("Lewis Carroll"), English author (1832-1898).
"A man can't ride your back unless it's bent." -- Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968).
"If you want to know what God thinks of money, look at the people he gives it to." -- New England saying.
"A fellow who is always declaring he's no fool usually has his suspicions." -- Wilson Mizner, American playwright (1876-1933).
"Understanding is a two-way street." -- Eleanor Roosevelt.
"Whatever you do not understand, you cannot possess." -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.
"It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly." -- Anatole France.
"There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce." -- Mark Twain.
"He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet." -- Joseph Joubert.
"The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next." -- Ursula K. Le Guin, American Writer.
"Tact is after all a kind of mindreading." - Sarah Orne Jewett - (1849-1909) American Writer.
"If you have made mistakes...there is always another chance for you...you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down but the staying down." - Mary Pickford - American Actress.
"You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you." - Mary Tyler Moore - Actress/Entertainer.
"Our strength is often composed of the weakness we're damned if we're going to show." - Mignon McLaughlin - 20th century American Writer.
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this experience is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost." -- Martha Graham.
"Our journey to enlightenment requires us to go beyond the emotions, past the physical demands of the body, to the spiritual demands of the soul." -- LKT.
"Humans smile with so little provocation." -- Cmdr. Spock, from "Journey to Babel," stardate 3842.3.
"It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man's insecurity before himself and before nature." -- Albert Einstein.
"I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity." -- Albert Einstein.
"Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." -- Albert Einstein.
"And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious and great things." -- Rainer Maria Rilke, German poet (1876-1926).
"History must speak for itself. A historian is content if he has been able to shed more light." -- William L. Shirer, American author and journalist (1904-1993).
"Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark." -- Agnes de Mille, American dancer-choreographer (1905-1993).
"The devil is easy to identify. He appears when you're terribly tired and makes a very reasonable request which you know you shouldn't grant." -- Fiorello LaGuardia, mayor of New York City (1882-1947).
"There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness." -- John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Scottish author (1875-1940).
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ... You must do the thing you think you cannot do." -- Eleanor Roosevelt, American first lady (1884-1962).
"Wisdom is divided into two parts: (a) having a great deal to say, and (b) not saying it." -- Anonymous.
"Very few men are wise by their own counsel; or learned by their own teaching. For he that was only taught by himself, had a fool to his master." -- Ben Jonson, English dramatist and poet (1572-1637).
"To have reason to get up in the morning, it is necessary to possess a guiding principle. A belief of some kind. A bumper sticker, if you will." -- Judith Guest, American author.
"FEW THINGS are harder to put up with," Mark Twain wrote, "than the annoyance of a good example."
"Man is the only animal that blushes," Mark Twain wrote. "Or needs to."
"Truth is the most valuable thing we have," Mark Twain wrote. "Let us economize it."
"Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which they never show to anybody." -- Mark Twain.
"Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." -- T. Jefferson.
"Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese." -- Billie Burke, American actress.
"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before." -- Mae West, American actress.
"One wonders what would happen in a society in which there were no rules to break. Doubtless everyone would quickly die of boredom." -- Susan Howatch, British writer.
"In passing also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on woman." -- Nancy Astor, British politician.
"The most popular labor-saving device is still money." -- Phyllis George, American sportscaster.
"Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing." -- Phyllis Diller, American entertainer.
"A mother is neither cocky, nor proud, because she knows the school principal may call at any minute to report that her child has just driven a motorcycle through the gymnasium." -- Mary Kay Blakely, American writer.
"The only difference between a rut and a grave is their demensions." -- Ellen Glasgow.
"I never yet heard man or woman much abused that I was not inclined to think the better of them, and to transfer the suspicion or dislike to the one who found pleasure in pointing out the defects of another." -- Jane Porter.
"Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid Joy." -- Felicia Hemans.
"Art is a form of catharis." -- Dorothy Parker.
"Beauty is not caused, it is." -- Emily Dickinson.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -- Eleanor Roosevelt.
"An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her." -- Agatha Christie.
"Not to know is bad. Not to want to know is worse. Not to hope is unthinkable. Not to care is unforgivable." -- Nigerian saying.
"The spirit is life; the mind is the builder; the physical is the result." -- Edgar Cayce.
"Do not, I beg you, look for anything behind phenomena. They are themselves their own lesson." -- Goethe.
"Picture a massless particle."
"Barn's burnt down - now I can see the moon." -- Masahide.
"When the Many are reduced to One, to what is the One reduced?"
"Water which is too pure has no fish." -- Ts'ai Ken T'an.
"Why tell animals living in the water to drink?" -- West African Proverb.
"What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?" -- Western Koan.
"If you wish to drown, do not torture yourself with shallow water." -- Bulgarian Proverb.
"Go - not knowing where. Bring - not knowing what. The path is long, the way unknown." -- Russian Fairy Tale.
"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." -- Ursula K. Le Guin.
"It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head." -- Sally Kempton, American writer.
"Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life." -- Sophia Loren, Italian actress.
"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold." -- Helen Keller, American writer.
"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm." -- Colette, French writer.
"And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more." -- Erica Jong, American writer.
"Just remember, we're all in this alone." -- Lily Tomlin, American actress.
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." -- Beverly Sills, American opera singer and manager.
"Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training." -- Anna Freud, Austrian psychoanalyst.
"Women are repeatedly accused of taking things personally. I cannot see any other honest way of taking them." -- Marya Mannes, American writer.
"The wise man must be wise before, not after." -- Epicharmus, Sicilian Greek comic poet (? - c.450 B.C.).
"Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them." -- Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian statesman (1889-1964).
"God cannot alter the past, historians can." -- Samuel Butler.
"History is a set of lies agreed upon." -- Napoleon Bonaparte.
"Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking." -- Black Elk.
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
"On average our children represent 25% of the population. However, on consideration they represent 100% of our future." -- Unknown.
"The time will come when Winter will ask us: `What were you doing all the Summer?"' -- Bohemian proverb.
"Time is the thief you cannot banish." -- Phyllis McGinley, American poet and author (1905-1978).
"You can always spot a well-informed man -- his views are the same as yours." -- Ilka Chase, author, actress and humorist (1905-1978).
"Christmas is the day that holds all time together." -- Alexander Smith, Scottish poet and essayist (1830-1867).
"It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you ... yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand." -- Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997).
"Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense." -- Gertrude Stein, American author (1874-1946).
Eve, the earthworm sez: "If yer not forest, yer against us."
"Wisdom often escapes those who simply write their beliefs. True wisdom only results from reading that which has not yet been read."-- Dr. Dan Woolman, physicist.
"Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills." -- Minna Antrim, American writer (1856-1950).
"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, American educator and scholar (1858-1945).
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -- Arthur C. Clarke (1917- ).
"A fool and his money are soon parted, but you never call him a fool till the money is gone." -- Anonymous.
"No one worth possessing can be quite possessed." -- Sara Teasdale, American author and poet (1884-1933).
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. ... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival." -- C.S. Lewis, British author (1898-1963).
"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, American social reformer (1810-1850).
"There are philosophies which are unendurable not because men are cowards, but because they are men" -- Ludwig Lewisohn, German-born English author and artist (1882-1955).
"A concept is stronger than a fact" -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American economist and feminist (1860-1935).
Will Rogers: "We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by."
Proverbs 22:2: "The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all."
"Fools are more to be feared than the wicked" -- Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689).
"On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points" -- Virginia Woolf, English author and critic (1882-1941).
"The instinctive feeling of a great people is often wiser than its wisest men" -- Louis Kossuth ,Hungarian statesman (1802-1894).
"The more we learn the more we realize how little we know" -- R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983).
"Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young" -- Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, English dramatist (1855-1934).
"Where... the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh just 1-1/2 tons" --Popular Mechanics, March 1949, p.258.
"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how" --Nietzsche.
"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, American first lady (1744-1818).
"Heresy is what the minority believe; it is the name given by the powerful to the doctrines of the weak" -- Robert G. Ingersoll, American lawyer and statesman (1833-1899).
"A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean question: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well -- or ill?" -- John Steinbeck, American author (1902-1968)
"When I was a young man I vowed never to marry until I found the ideal woman. Well, I found her -- but, alas, she was waiting for the perfect man" -- Robert Schuman, French statesman (1886-1963).
"Next to the slanderer, we detest the bearer of the slander to our ears" -- Mary Catherwood, American novelist (1847-1901).
"I am firm. You are obstinate. He is a pig-headed fool" -- Katharine Whitehorn, British newspaper columnist.
"It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument" -- William Gibbs McAdoo, American government official (1863-1941).
"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game" -- Jacques Barzun, French-born American author.
"The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you" -- Viscountess Astor, American-born English politician (1879-1964).
"There is the National flag. He must be cold, indeed, who can look upon its folds rippling in the breeze without pride of country. If in a foreign land, the flag is companionship, and country itself, with all its endearments" -- Charles Sumner, American author (1811-1874).
"Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence" -- O. Henry (William Sydney Porter), American author (1862-1910).
"The basic discovery about any people is the discovery of the relationship between its men and women" -- Pearl S. Buck, American author (1892-1973).
"Free thinkers are generally those who never think at all" -- Laurence Sterne, English author (1713-1768).
"Love your enemy -- it'll drive him nuts" -- Anonymous.
"Summer makes a silence after spring" -- Vita Sackville-West, English poet and author (1892-1962).
"To understand is hard. Once one understands, action is easy" -- Sun Yat-sen, Chinese statesman (1866-1925).
"Suffering without understanding in this life is a heap worse than suffering when you have at least the grain of an idea what it's all for" -- Mary Ellen Chase, American author (1887-1973).
"There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you if you don't repeat it" -- Pearl Bailey, American singer and actress (1918-1990).
"The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master" -- James Fenimore Cooper, American author (1789-1851).
"Patience! Patience! Patience is the invention of dullards and sluggards. In a well-regulated world there should be no need of such a thing as patience" -- Grace King, American author (1852-1932).
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't" -- Mark Twain (1835-1910).
"I do believe one ought to face facts. If you don't they get behind you and may become terrors, nightmares, giants, horrors. As long as one faces them one is top dog" -- Katherine Mansfield, New Zealander author (1888-1923).
"Reputation is a bubble which a man bursts when he tries to blow it for himself" -- Emma Carleton, American journalist (1850-1925).
"The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means" -- Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968).
"To be successful, grow to the point where one completely forgets himself; that is, to lose himself in a great cause" -- Booker T. Washington, American educator (1856-1915).
"The slight that can be conveyed in a glance, in a gracious smile, in a wave of the hand, is often the ne plus ultra of art. What insult is so keen or so keenly felt, as the polite insult which it is impossible to resent?" -- Julia Kavanagh, Irish novelist (1824-1877)
"How much did I hear of religion as a child? Very little, and yet my heart leaped when I heard the name of God. I do believe every soul has a tendency toward God" -- Dorothy Day, American activist (1897-1980).
"Neither in the life of the individual nor in that of mankind is it desirable to know the future" -- Jakob Burckhardt, Swiss historian (1818-1897).
"A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive" -- Pearl Bailey, American entertainer (1918-1990).
"What intellectual snobs we have become! Virtue is now in the number of degrees you have -- not in the kind of person you are or what you can accomplish in real-life situations" -- Eda J. LeShan, American educator.
"Every ambitious man is a captive and every covetous one a pauper" -- Arab proverb.
"Only the man who finds everything wrong and expects it to get worse is thought to have a clear brain" -- John Kenneth Galbraith, American economist.
"Chi parla troppo non puo parlar sempre bene." (He who talks much cannot always talk well.) -- Carlo Goldoni, Italian dramatist (1707-1793)
"There is a Law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish" -- Alfred Alder, Austrian psychoanalyst (1870-1937).
"Television is a triumph of equipment over people, and the minds that control it are so small that you could put them in a gnat's navel with room left over for two caraway seeds and an agent's heart" -- Fred Allen, American comedian (1894-1956).
"As people used to be wrong about the motion of the sun, so they are still wrong about the motion of the future. The future stands still; it is we who move in infinite space" -- Rainer Maria Rilke, German poet (1875-1926).
"The only folks who give us pain are those we love the best" -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American poet (1850-1919).
"One can acquire everything in solitude -- except character" -- Stendhal (Henri Beyle), French author and critic (1783-1842).
"The history of the world shows that when a mean thing was done, man did it; when a good thing was done, man did it" - Robert G. Ingersoll, American lawyer and statesman (1833-1899).
"Malice drinks one-half of its own poison" -- Seneca, Roman statesman (circa 5 B.C.-A.D. 65).
"The public! the public! How many fools does it take to make up a public?" -- Nicolas Chamford, French writer (1740-1794)
"If you play with a thing long enough, you will surely break it" -- Corollary to Murphy's Law.
After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good
he started roaring.
He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.
The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
"You better enjoy livin' baby, 'cause dying is a pain in the ass" -- Frank Sinatra (1915-1998).
"Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you" -- Malcolm Cowley, American author and critic (1898-1989).
"The little I know I owe to my ignorance" -- Sacha Guitry, French actor and dramatist (1885-1957).
"The sages tell us that in order to enjoy power we have to let go of power-to overcome ourselves. I have found this to be true in my life and experiments" - Nikola Tesla l901.
"Live simply so that others may simply live..." - Gandhi.
"All sins are attempts to fill voids" - Simone Weil, French philosopher (1909-1943).
"Originality and a feeling of one's own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle" -- Feodor Dostoyevsky, Russian author (1821-1881).
"Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man" -- St. Teresa of Avila, Spanish Carmelite nun (1515-1582).
"What man strives to preserve, in preserving himself, is something which he has never been at any particular moment" -- George Santayana, Spanish-American philosopher (1863-1952).
"Marriage is a lottery in which men stake their liberty and women their happiness" -- Madame Virginie de Rieux, 16th-century French writer.
"Nothing has more lives than an error you refuse to correct." -- O.A. Battista, Canadian-born author-scientist.
"Beauty is the promise of happiness." -- Stendahl Henri Beyle, French author and critic (1783-1842).
"It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong; the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by physical means." -- Lydia Maria Child, American author (1802-1880).
"Misery loves company, but company does not reciprocate." -- Addison Mizner, American architect (1872-1933).
"An educated man should know everything about something, and something about everything." -- Dame C.V. Wedgwood, English historian (1910-1997).
"The tonque of the wise brings healing" -- Proverbs 12:18.
"The tragedy of love is indifference." -- W. Somerset Maugham, English author-dramatist (1874-1965).
"The first duty of love is to listen." -- Paul Tillich, American theologian (1886-1965).
"Thanksgiving, to be truly thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving." -- Proverbs.
"Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul." -- Henry van Dyke, American clergyman (1852-1933).
"Some minds remain open long enough for the truth not only to enter but to pass on through by way of a ready exit without pausing anywhere along the route." -- Sister Elizabeth Kenny, Australian nurse (1886-1952).
"Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold." -- Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, American writer (1900-1948).
"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, American historian (1863-1936).
"Our doubts are traitors And make us lose the good we oft , might win By fearing to attempt." -- Shakespeare.
"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius." -- Arthur Conan Doyle, British writer (1856-1930).
ARBEIT MACHT FREI- this was over the entrance to the concentration campsWork makes you free.
"Man's reach should always exceed his grasp." -- JFK.
"A man has got to know his limitations" -- Clint Eastwood.
"All who achieve real distinction in life began as revolutionaries." -- George Bernard Shaw.
"...to have joy, one must share it.... happiness was born a twin..." Old Indian saying.
"If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help." -- From the address President Kennedy never got to deliver in Dallas on November 22nd, 1963.
"We are always doing, says he, something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us." -- Joseph Addison, English essayist and poet (1672-1719).
"Make haste slowly." -- Caesar Augustus, Roman emperor (63 B.C.-A.D. 14).
"If an historian were to relate truthfully all the crimes, weaknesses and disorders of mankind, his readers would take his work for satire rather than for history." -- Pierre Bayle (bayl), French philosopher and critic (1647-1706).
"You simply cannot hang a millionaire in America." -- Bourke Cockran, American politician and orator (1854-1923).
"No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right." -- Helen Keller, American author and lecturer (1880-1968).
"Religion is an attempt, a noble attempt, to suggest in human terms more-than-human realities." -- Christopher Morley, American author-journalist (1890-1957).
"Whoever has himself as a guru, has a fool for a disciple." -- St. Bernard.
"In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou has attained it thou art a fool." -- Simon Ben Azzai, second century (A.D.) Jewish scholar.
"A religion that is small enough for our understanding would not be large enough for our needs." -- Arthur Balfour, the First Earl of Balfour, English statesman (1848-1930).
"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, American writer and social critic (1897-1966).
"Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education." -- Chuang-tzu, Chinese writer (c.369 B.C.-c.286 B.C.).
"The mind will ever be unstable that has only prejudices to rest on, and the current will run with destructive fury when there are no barriers to break its force." -- Mary Wollstonecraft, English author (1759-1797).
"I could prove God statistically. Take the human body alone -- the chances that all the functions of an individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity." -- George H. Gallup, American pollster (1901-1984)
"When writers come, I find I'm talking all the time, exchanging thoughts I haven't exchanged for some time. I get stupid in solitude." -- Mary McCarthy, American author (1912-1989).
"History is simply a piece of paper covered with print; the main thing is still to make history, not to write it." -- Otto von Bismarck, German statesman (1815-1898).
"Good taste is better than bad taste, but bad taste is better than no taste at all." -- Arnold Bennett, English poet, author and critic (1867-1931).
"The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan values and ends is ... the source of all religious fanaticism." -- Reinhold Niebuhr, American clergyman and author (1892-1971).
"To do good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler -- and no trouble." -- Mark Twain.
"In essentials, unity; in differences, liberty; in all things, charity."-- Philipp Melanchthon.
"God give me strength to face a fact though it slay me." -- Thomas Huxley, English biologist (1825-1895).
"There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them." -- Andre Gide, French author and critic (1869-1951).
"It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good." -- Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (1901-1978).
"If I have done any deed worthy of remembrance, that deed will be my monument. If not, no monument can preserve my memory." -- Agesilaus the Second, King of Sparta (c.444-360 B.C.)
"In the time of your life, live -- so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite variety and mystery of it." -- William Saroyan (1908-1981).
"Truth is not introduced into the individual from without, but was within him all the time." -- Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813-1855).
"Money often costs too much." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet and philosopher (1803-1882).
"Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret." -- Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman (1804-1881).
"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace." -- Amelia Earhart, American aviator (1898-1937?)
"If there is no Hell, a good many preachers are obtaining money under false pretenses." -- Attributed to William A. "Billy" Sunday, American baseball player turned evangelist (1862-1935).
"Every knowledge of reality by the human mind has the character of higher or lower probability." -- Paul Tillich
If people listened to themselves more often, they would talk less.
"Everybody's private motto: It's better to be popular than right." -- Mark Twain (1835-1910).
"I do not prize the word cheap. It is not a badge of honor ... it is a symbol of despair. Cheap prices make for cheap goods; cheap goods make for cheap men; and cheap men make for a cheap country!" -- President William McKinley (1843-1901).
"We used to do things for posterity, now we do things for ourselves and leave the bill to posterity." -- Anonymous.
"To think is to speak low. To speak is to think aloud." -- F. Max Mueller, German philologist (1823-1900).
"Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself." -- Anthony Trollope, English author (1815-1882).
"When he (Columbus) started out he didn't know where he was going, when he got there he didn't know where he was, and when he got back he didn't know where he had been." -- Anonymous
"What is time? The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running of the sand, day and night, summer and winter, months, years, centuries -- these are but arbitrary and outward signs, the measure of Time, not Time itself. Time is the Life of the soul." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (1807-1882).
"The imperceptible process of age has a point which, once passed, cannot be retraced. I knew I had passed that point and was getting old the day I noticed that all the cops looked so young." -- Harry Lewis Golden, American author, editor and publisher (1903-1981).
"The world is divided into people who think they are right." -- Anonymous.
"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." -- Samuel Johnson, English lexicographer (1709-1784). (To which Ambrose Bierce replied, "I beg to submit that it is the first.")
"History is the propaganda of the victors." -- Ernst Toller, German poet and dramatist (1893-1939).
"You ain't heard nothin' yet." -- Line spoken by Al Jolson in "The Jazz Singer."
"I have always noticed that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious of those who aren't." -- Alfred North Whitehead, English philosopher and mathematician (1861-1947).
"The role of a do-gooder is not what actors call a fat part." -- Margaret Halsey, American writer.
"Material abundance without character is the path to destruction." ... "Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever." Thomas Jefferson.
"It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins." Infamous writer, printer and renegade compatriot of T.Jefferson, B. Franklin.
"Never apologize for your true beliefs, never compromise you basic principals, and never surrender your cherished right and your sacred responsibility to be active and engaged in this wonderful thing we call Democracy."- Mark A Casper.
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly, nor too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians. Not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here, for life liberty and the pursuit of happiness." ... "...If they are of a contrary character, they will be miserable. Righteousness alone can exalt them as a nation...Whoever thou are, remember this, and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself and encourage it in others." - Patrick Henry.
"We this day have restored the sovereignty to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising and the setting of the sun. Let his kingdom come." - Declaration of Independence - Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, John Adams, Samuel Adams, & other signers.
"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of Government, but far from it. In its' stead, we have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self government. Upon the capacity for each and all of us to govern ourselves. To control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." - James Madison - Architect of the Constitution, 4th President.
"For as much as it is the duty of all men to adore the almighty God, to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to his benefits, and to implore such further blessing. That with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of the divine creator. And together with our humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and to blot out their sins from remembrance. That it may please Him to take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue, and Godliness. And to prosper the means of religion, for the promotion of the enlargement of that Kingdom, which consisteth of righteousness, peace, and joy, in the Holy Ghost." - 11/1/1777 First National Proclamation of ThanksGiving - Following the Battle of Saratoga.
"principles of morality must be taught in the public schools." ... "Providence has given our people the choice of their rule. And it is a duty as well as a privilege and interest of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians to be their rulers." - John Jay - 1st Chief Justice.
"... And finally, let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers came hither with a high veneration for the Christian faith. They journeyed by its' light, and they laboured in its' hope. If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses of this country I do not know what is to become of us as a Nation. If God and his word are not known and received then the Devil and his works will gain the ascendancy. If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and the breadth of this land, then degradation, and misrule, anarchy, and misery, darkness, and corruption will reign without end. If we work on marble, it will perish. If on brass, time will efface it. Immortal minds and imbued with principles, with a just fear of God, and the love of our fellow man, we engrave something on those tablets that will brighten until all eternity!" - Daniel Webster - 12/22/1820 - Bicentennial Celebration of The Pilgrims Landing at Plymouth Rock.
"The Bible is the foundation upon which our republic rests." ... "I, Andrew Jackson, in my last will and testament, do affirm that the Bible is true. And upon that sacred volume I rest my hope of eternal salvation, through the merits of our blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. First, I bequeath my body to the dust whence it comes, and my soul to God who gave it. Hoping for a happy immortality through the atoning merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world!"
"I have been called an Aristocrat and a Democrat. I am neither. I am a Christocrat." ... "Let the children...be carefully instructed in the principles and obligations of the Christian religion. This is the most essential part of education." ... "The great enemy of the salvation of man, in my opinion, never invented a more effectual means of extirpating Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools." - Dr. Benjamin Rush, Co-signer of the Declaration of Independence, author of "The Bible in Schools", and the first founder to call for free national public schools.
"Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. ... America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." - Alexis de Tocqueville, mid-19th century French Statesman.
"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." ... "O most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ my merciful and loving Father, I acknowledge and confess my guilt, in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day. I have called on thee for pardon and forgiveness of sins ... Let me live according to those holy rules which Thou hast this day prescribed in Thy holy word." - George Washington's Sunday evening prayer, written by his own hand in his field notebook.
"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with those of Christianity." ... "The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were....the general principles of Christianity." ... "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion....Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." - John Adams.
"Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the redeemer of mankind... It is impossible that it should be otherwise and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian." - Supreme Court, 1892 Church of the Holy Trinity v.s. United States.
"The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His Apostles... This is genuine Christianity and to this we owe our free constitutions of government." - Noah Webster.
"Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine....Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other." Justice James Wilson, Co-signer of the Constitution and an original Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"As the greatest single source for political inspiration, 34% of the founders quotations from 1760-1805 were of this same genre and sited the Bible and it's principles.
"It has been a well known ingredient of every hopefully successful government that some form of solidifying spiritual and moral focus must be made available and encouraged. Some applications of this purpose have been errant, but the main point must not be lost. The Bible provides us with an excellent road map for the kinds of self-destructive actions to avoid, and the farther we stride from a unifying goal of morality, the farther we shall slide from 'liberty and justice for all'" - David House.
"Without play, without fantasy, no creative work has ever come to birth.'' -- Carl Jung.
"When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt." --Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
"The truth always carries the ambiguity of the words used to express it." --Frank Herbert, Emperor of Dune.
"Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested." -- Guinean saying.
"There are plenty of fools in the world; but if they had not been sent for some wise purpose, they wouldn't have been here; and since they are here they have as good a right to have elbow-room in the world as the wisest." -- Susan Edmonstone Ferrier, Scottish novelist (1782-1854).
"Where apathy is master, all men are slaves." -- Anonymous.
"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, American lawyer (1857-1938).
"If you want work well done, select a busy man -- the other kind has not time." -- Elbert Hubbard, American author and publisher (1856-1915).
"What makes a leader -- intelligence, integrity, imagination, skill: in brief, statecraft? Not at all. It is the fact that the man has a following." -- Gerald W. Johnson, American journalist (1890-1980).
"A man who is afraid will do anything." -- Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian statesman (1889-1964).
"There seems to be an excess of everything except parking space and religion." -- "Kin Hubbard" (Frank McKinney), American humorist (1868-1930).
"The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man; it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail." -- William Faulkner (1897 1962).
"History is mostly guessing, the rest is prejudice." -- Will (1885-1981) and Ariel Durant (1898-1981), American historians.
"The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions." -- Susan Sontag, American author and critic.
"One of the great lessons the fall of the leaf teaches, is this: Do your work well and then be ready to depart when God shall call." -- Tryon Edwards, American clergyman (1809-1894).
"I found more joy in sorrow / Than you could find in joy." -- Sara Teasdale, American author and poet (1884-1933).
"If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul." -- Logan Pearsall Smith, Anglo-American author (1865-1946).
"Eliminate the impossible, and whatever remains, however improbable, is the truth" -- Sherlock Holmes.
"For a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush, we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows, just waiting." -- Robert Benchley, American humorist (1889-1945).
"A clown,'' Red Skelton once said, "is a warrior who fights gloom.''
"I'm nuts and I know it,'' Red Skelton once said. "But as long as I make them laugh they ain't gonna lock me up.''
"One of these days is none of these days." -- Anonymous.
"Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying." -- Nikki Giovanni, American author and poet.
"Somewhere the Sky touches the Earth, and the name of that place is the End." -- African saying.
"America has been called a melting pot, but it seems better to call it a mosaic, for in it each nation, people or race which has come to its shores has been privileged to keep its individuality, contributing at the same time its share to the unified pattern of a new nation." -- King Baudouin the First of Belgium (1930-1993).
"Better to be without logic than without feeling." -- Charlotte Bronte, English author (1816-1855).
"I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet and author (1772-1834).
"While the word is yet unspoken, you are master of it; when once it is spoken, it is master of you." -- Arab proverb.
"History is a pageant and not a philosopher." -- Augustine Birrell, English author and statesman (1850-1933).
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal." -- Hannah More, English author and social reformer (1745-1833).
"Never, never, never quit." -- Sir Winston Churchill.
"Censorship is the height of vanity." -- Martha Graham, American modern dance pioneer (1893-1991).
"The other day I dreamed that I was at the gates of heaven," Mother Teresa told Prince Michael of Greece in 1996. "And St. Peter said, 'Go back to Earth, there are no slums up here."'
"People do not live in the present always, at one with it. They live at all kinds of and manners of distance from it, as difficult to measure as the course of planets. Fears and traumas make their journeys slanted, peripheral, uneven, evasive." -- Anais Nin, American writer (1903-1977).
"We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality." -- Iris Murdoch, Irish author.
"History may be divided into three movements: what moves rapidly, what moves slowly and what appears not to move at all." -- Fernand Braudel, French historian (1902-1985).
"I am one of the people who love the why of things." -- Catherine the Great, Russian czarina (1729-1796).
"Art and religion first; then philosophy; lastly science. That is the order of the great subjects of life, that's their order of importance." -- Muriel Spark, Scottish author.
"Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess." -- Edna Woolman Chase, American fashion editor (1877-1957).
"My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not." -- Proverbs 1:10.
"It ain't enough to get the breaks. You gotta know how to use 'em." -- Huey P. Long, American politician (1893-1935).
"The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of one's self." -- Jane Addams, American social worker and Nobel Peace laureate (1860-1935).
"The chains which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least." -- Anne Sophie Swetchine, Russian-French author (1782-1857).
"No one knows his true character until he has run out of gas, purchased something on the installment plan and raised an adolescent." -- Marcelene Cox, American writer.
"Authors and actors and artists and such / Never know nothing, and never know much." -- Dorothy Parker (1893-1967).
"To know a little less and to understand a little more: that, it seems to me, is our greatest need." -- James Ramsey Ullman, American author (1907-1971).
"If life is a waste of time, and time is a waste of life, then let's all get wasted together and have the time of our lives."
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it." -- Edith Wharton, American author (1862-1937).
"To feel that one has a place in life solves half the problem of contentment." -- George Edward Woodberry, American poet, critic and educator (1855-1930).
"The old forget. The young don't know." -- Japanese proverb.
"We live in a world of lies. ~~ Ideas live longer than people." -- Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
"Wisdom is born, stupidity is learned." -- Russian proverb.
"A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he's crossing a one-way street." -- Laurence J. Peter, Canadian-born educator and author of "The Peter Principle" (1919-1990).
"The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything." -- Edward John Phelps, American lawyer and diplomat (1822-1900).
Luke 21:36, "Pray always that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things coming on the earth..."
"Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second -- and best -- in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having had a good night's sleep and not being hurt by new shoes." -- Theodor Fontane, German author (1819-1898).
"Not paying attention to Jewish fables or to commandments of those who reject the truth." -- Titus, 1:14.
"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he hoped to make it." -- Sir James Matthew Barrie, Scottish dramatist-author (1860-1937).
"One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it." -- Elizabeth Bowen, Irish author (1899-1973).
"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common." -- John Locke, English philosopher (1632-1704).
"The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings." -- Henri Frederic Amiel, Swiss critic (1821-1881).
"Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do." -- Jose Ortega Y Gasset Spanish philosopher (1883-1955).
'Another source of conviction in the existence of God ... follows from the ... impossibility of conceiving this immense and wonderful universe, including man with his capacity for looking far backwards and far into futurity, as the result of blind chance or necessity.' -- Charles Darwin
Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who do not. -- Anonymous.
With the first link, a chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably. -- Captain Picard, Star Trek - TNG: The Drumhead.
"I never liked the middle ground -- the most boring place in the world." -- Louise Nevelson, Russian-American artist (1900-1988).
"No matter what side of an argument you're on, you always find some people on your side that you wish were on the other side." -- Jascha Heifetz , Russian-born American violinist (1901-1987).
"Laughter is the language of the gods." - Buddhist saying.
"I'm a self-made man, but I think if I had it to do over again, I'd call in someone else." -- Roland Young, English actor (1887-1953).
"The love we give away is the only love we keep." -- Elbert Hubbard, American author (1856-1915).
"Happiness is good health and a bad memory." -- Ingrid Bergman, Swedish-born actress (1915-1982).
"A very great part of the mischiefs that vex this world arises from words." -- Edmund Burke, British statesman (1729-1797).
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious ... the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science." -- Albert Einstein (1879-1955).
"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right." -- Isaac Asimov.
"There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up." -- Rex Stout, American author (1886-1975).
"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted." -- Aldous Huxley, English author (1894-1963).