a collection of wisdom

It is a great happiness when two good minds meet, both cultivated and with such difference of learning as to excite each other’s curiosity, and such similarity as to understand each other’s allusions in the touch-and-go of conversation. They make each other strong and confident… The unspoken part of this conversation is the most valuable. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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truer were never spoken… much more after the jump…

What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil
~Friedrich Nietzsche


Good-Bye, proud world! I`m going home:
Thou art not my friend, and I`m not thine.
Long through thy weary crowds I roam;
A river-ark on the ocean brine,
Long I`ve been tossed like the driven foam;
But now, proud world! I`m going home.
Good-bye to Flattery`s fawning face;
To Grandeur with his wise grimace;
To upstart Wealth`s averted eye;
To supple Office, low and high;
To crowded halls, to court and street;
To frozen hearts and hasting feet
To those who go, and those who come;
Good-bye, proud world! I`m going home.
I am going to my own hearth-stone,
Bosomed in yon green hills alone,
A secret nook in a pleasant land,
Whose groves the frolic fairies planned;
Where arches green, the livelong day,
Echo the blackbird’s roundelay,
And vulgar feet have never trod
A spot that is sacred to thought and God.
O, when I am safe in my sylvan home
I tread on the pride of Greece and Rome;
And when I am stretched beneath the pines,
Where the evening star so holy shines,
I laugh at the lore and the pride of man,
At the sophist schools and the learned clan;
For what are they all, in their high conceit,
When man in the bush with God may meet?
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life – to strengthen each other is all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow; to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting. ~George Eliot

Love does not dominate; it cultivates ~Goethe

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. ~Joseph Stalin (let’s remember that Iraq is well over 1 million, who cares?)

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. ~Flannery O’Connor

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. ~Albert Einstein

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered. ~Voltaire

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

We do what we must, and call it by the best names. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 The incapacity for freedom can only arise from a want of moral and intellectual power; to heighten this power is the only way to supply this want; but to do this presupposes the exercise of the power, and this exercise presupposes the freedom which awakens spontaneous activity. ~Kant

The two most noble things in the world are Learning & Virtue. The latter is health, the former is power. The latter is being, the former is action. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The year ends, and how much the years teach which the days never know! ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” ~E.E. Cummings

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

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. ~Thomas Jefferson

The god of the old testament is arguably one of the most unpleasant characters in all of fiction. Jealous and proud of it, a petty unjust, unforgiving control freak. A vindictive blood thirsty ethnic cleanser. A misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, mega-maniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. ~Richard Dawkins

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

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. ~James Branch Cabell

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. ~Oscar Wilde

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

Gore Vidal, returning to the United States after years in Europe was asked how he liked America after all that time. Did it feel different? Did he still care? “How is it, then,” the reporter asked, “to live full-time in the United States?”

“If you care about America it’s dreadful,” he said. “If you are making money you don’t care.

Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. ~Franklin P. Jones

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. ~Mark Twain

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

It has ever been my experience that folks who have no vices, have very few virtues. ~Abraham Lincoln

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them. ~Paul Valery

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. ~Dr. Seuss

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. ~Frank Herbert

British journalist George Monbiot, author of Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning has a theory: “We wish our governments to pretend to act,” he writes. “We get the moral satisfaction of saying what we know to be right, without the discomfort of doing it. My fear is that the political parties in most rich nations have already recognized this. They know that we want tough targets, but that we also want those targets to be missed. They know that we will grumble about their failure to curb climate change, but that we will not take to the streets. They know that nobody ever rioted for austerity.

I have long been of the opinion that if work were such a splendid thing the rich would have kept more of it for themselves. ~Bruce Grocott

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. ~B. F. Skinner

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

Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd. ~Edith Sitwell

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

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. ~John Kenneth Galbraith

The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy. ~Alfred North Whitehead

O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet. ~Saint Augustine

Any clod can have the facts, but having opinions is an art. ~Charles McCabe

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

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. ~Galileo Galilei

Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic. ~Dan Rather

In 1992, 26 per cent of Canadians said they agreed with the statement: “The father of the family must be the master of his own house.” In 2005, only 18 per cent of Canadians agree with that notion, according to Adams’ numbers. By contrast, 42 per cent of Americans agreed with that statement in 1992. But by 2005, more than half of Americans – 52 per cent – said that dad must be the boss at home.

When I was a kid, a bad bike cost $39 and a great bike, a really great bike, cost $99. Maybe an adult could figure out how to spend $300 on a Campy or something, but a 10:1 premium was considered pretty extreme.Today, a bad bike costs $69. A really great bike costs $3,000 and a superduper bike costs $8,000 or so. Figure the premium for the best is up from 10:1 to 100:1.Same thing is true for restaurants (McDonald’s is still cheap, but Alain Ducasse is not.) And for cars, management consulting, coaching, charitable donations and wine.The gap is getting wider and wider. In a lot of categories online, the bottom has gone to … free. Shopping online, in fact, is largely about the edges, and the people who are premium are at the edge. ~Seth’s Blog – sethgodin.typepad.com

There was not much sense in disturbing or confusing him with facts. He had already made up his mind. ~Raphael Lemkin

… but when i see the others sacrifice pleasures, repose, wealth, power, and life itself for the preservation of this sole good [freedom] which is so distained by those who have lost it; when I see animals born free and despising captivity break their heads against the bars of their prison; when I see multitudes of entirely naked savages scorn European voluptuousness and endure hunger, fire, the sword, and death to preserve only their independence, I feel that it does not behoove slaves to reason about freedom. ~Rousseau

We are men and our lot is to learn and to be hurled into inconceivable new worlds. ~Don Juan

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong ~Voltaire

A typical artificial strawberry flavor, like the kind found in a Burger King strawberry milkshake, contains the following ingredients: amyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, diaprpyl ketone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amylketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl peptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotrpin, hydroxyphenyl, -2-butaanone, -ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essentail oul, maltol, 4-methlacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl hepitine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oit, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, y-undercalactone, vanillin and solvent. ~Fast Food Nation

Every human being has his moments of aloneness, and how he invests these periods determine the spiritual wealth of his life. ~Gilean Douglas

Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not, whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot, whatever the weather we’ll weather the weather whether we like it or not. ~Unknown

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a special message in the gangland graffiti that city planners fail to see: acres of grey concrete do not a village make ~Desmond Morris

During the iboga trip, it seemed that something – something that I could only describe as a force or even an entity – took me by the hand and led me through my entire life up to that point. This being seemed to be able to navigate through time and to organize the data from the holographic index of my memories as easily as I might walk around the art in a museum hall. ~Daniel Pinchpeck

During WW2, Aurthur Koestler described those frustrated few who spoke up in the newspapers and public meetings against Nazi atrocities as “screamers”. The screamers succeded in reaching listeners for a moment, Koestler wrote, only to watch them shake themselves “like puppies who have got their fur wet” and return to the blissful place of ignorance and un-involvement . “You can convince them for an hour, ” Koestler noted, but then “their mental half-defence begins to work and in a week the shrug of incredulity has returned like a reflex temporarily weakened by a shock.” ~Samantha Power

…so I am the one who quietly takes stock, I suppose. Believing in all things equally. Believing fundamentally in the right of a plant or a virus to rule the earth. Mother says I have no heart for my own kind. She doesn’t know. I have too much. I know what we have done, and what we deserve.

Misunderstanding is my cornerstone. It’s everyone’s come to think of it. Illusions mistaken for truth are the pavement under our feet. They are what we call civilization. ~Ada (the poisonwood bible)

The great hoax which we are perpetuating everyday of our lives is that we are making life easier, more comfortable, more enjoyable, more profitable. We are doing just the contrary. We are making life stale, flat and unprofitable every day in every way. One ugly word covers it all: waste. Our thoughts, our energies, our very lives are being used up to create what is unwise, unnecessary, unhealthy. The stupendous activity which goes on in forest, field, mine and factory never add up to happiness, contentment, peace of mind, or long life for those who engaged in it. Very, very few americans enjoy the work that they are obliged to perform day in and day out. Most of them look upon their work as stultifying and degrading. Few ever find a way out. The vast majority are condemned, just as any slave, any convict, any half-wit. The work of the world, as it is so nobly called, is performed by drudges. That so many of them are well educated only makes the picture that much worse. How little it matters whether one be lawyer, doctor, preacher, chemist, engineer, teacher or architect. One might just as well have been a stevedore, bank clerk, ditch digger, gambler or garbage collector. Who really loves what he is doing day in and day out? What holds one to a job, trade, profession or pursuit? Inertia? We are all locked together, as in a vice, feeding on one another, preying on one another. Talk of the insect world, by comparison, we resemble their degenerate offspring. ~Henry Miller

The growing consciousness is a danger and a disease. ~Nietzshe

There must come an end to this too much prosperity of ours, or it would go on to madness. [re:america] ~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1851)

Truth; Realism. Are you not scared by seeing that the gypsies are more attractive to us than the apostles? For though we love goodness and not stealing, yet we also love freedom and not preaching. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

You should never ask me what I can do. If you do not find my gift without asking I have none for you. Would you ask a woman whrein her loveliness consists? Those to whome she is lovely will not discover it so. Such questions are but curiosity and gossip. Besides, I cannot tell you what my gift is unless you can find it without my description. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man acts in a purely mechanical way, reacting to external demands or instruction rather than in ways determined by his own interests and energies and power, we may admire what he does but we despise what he is. ~Humbolt

Indeed on occasion the u.s.directly or indirectly aided those committing genocide. It orchestrated the vote in the UN credentials committee to favor the Khmer Rouge. It sided with and supplied agricultural and manufacturing credits to Iraq while Saddam Hussein was attempting to wipe out the countries Kurds. Along with it’s European allies, it maintained an arms embargo against the Bosnian Muslims even after it was clear that the arms ban prevented the Muslims from protecting themselves. It used it’s clout on the UN security council to mandate the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers from Rwanda and block efforts to deploy there. To the people of Bosnia and Rwanda, the u.s. and it’s security council allies held out the promise of protection, a promise that they were not prepared to keepunited states. The key question after a century of false promises, is: Why does the US stand so idly by? ~Samantha Power

Late capitalism in general (and the 60’s in particular) constitute a process in which the last surviving internal and external zones of pre-capitalism – the last vestiges of non-commodified or traditional space within and outside the advanced world – are now ultimately penetrated and colonized in their turn. Late capitalism can therefore be described as the moment when the last vestiges of nature which survived into classical capitalism are at length eliminated: Namely the third world and the unconscious. The 60’s will then have been the momentous transformational period when this systematic restructuring takes place on a global scale. ~Fredric Jameson

In the woods is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of god, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perpetual festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

At the lowest order of magnitude in physics, particles or waves become so sensitive that the act of observation affects their energy level and modifies the reading. We do not know in advance whether our approach to something or someone will destabilize or even desecrate the hoped for response ~Roger Shatuck (to the physicist who can explain this (confirm..deny) I’d appreciate it)

Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end. A counted number of pulse only is given to us of a variegated, dramatic life. How may we see in them all that is to be seen in them by the finest senses? How can we pass most swiftly from point to point, and be present always at the focus where the greatest number of vital forces unite in their purest energy? To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life. Failure is to form habits. ~Oscar Wilde

We will soon launch an imperial war on Iraq with all the ‘On to Berlin’ bravado with which French poilus and British tommies marched in August 1914. But this invasion will not be the cakewalk neoconservatives predict… For a militant Islam that holds in thrall scores of millions of true believers will never accept George Bush dictating the destiny of the Islamic world … The one endeavour at which Islamic peoples excel is expelling imperial powers by terror and guerrilla war. They drove the Brits out of Palestine and Aden, the French out of Algeria, the Russians out of Afghanistan, the Americans out of Somalia and Beirut, the Israelis out of Lebanon. .. We have started up the road to empire and over the next hill we will meet those who went before. The only lesson we learn from history is that we do not learn from history. ~Pat Buchanan(2003)(Yes, that Pat Buchanan)

One must approach one’s own and others’ deepest feelings and yearnings with circumspection for fear of driving them into hiding ~Roger Shatuck

… and they know it even if we don’t want to[re:global opinion america’s many indiscretions]. ~Noam Chomsky

No one is born an artist. One elects for it! And when you elect to be the first and last among men you find nothing strange about sleeping with a donkey, putting your paws in a garbage pail, or swallowing reproaches and insults from all the near and dear ones who regard your way of life as a grave mistake. ~Henry Miller

As defined by this generation of leaders, collective security means arranging to blame one another for inaction, so that everyone has an excuse. It does not mean standing together; it means hiding together -Joe Biden [re:Yugoslavia]

… the former [animal] chooses or rejects by instinct and the latter [man] by an act of freedom, so that the beast cannot deviate from the rule that is prescribed to it even when it would be advantageous for it to do so, and a man deviates from it often to his detriment. ~Rousseau

Los Angeles, I discovered, is a terrible city. ~Ralph Edwards

As isolated, eccentric thinkers grew into a massive, querulous crowd, the establishment switched hurridly to its most primitive form of response – attack. The young intellectual, instead of being patted tolerantly on the head, found himself struck on the skull by a police baton. The lively brains that society had so carefully nurtured were soon suffering not from strain but concussion.

The moral for the authorities is clear: do not give creative liberties unless you expect people to take them. The young human animal is not a stupid, idle creature that has to be driven to creativity; it is a fundamentally creative being that in the past has been made to appear idle by the suppressive influences exerted on it from above. The establishment’s reply is that dissenting students are bent, not on positive innovation, but on negative disruption. Against this, however, it can be argued that these two processes are very closely related and that the former only degenerates into the latter when it finds itself blocked.

The secret is to provide a social environment capable of absorbing as much inventiveness and novelty as it sets out to encourage in the first place. As the super-tribes are constantly swelling is size and the human zoo is becoming ever more cramped and crowded, this requires careful and imaginative planning. Above all it calls for considerably more insight into the biological demands of the human species, on the part of politicians, administrators and city planners, than has been evident in the recent past. – Desmond Morris

The road to fascism is being paved at a clandestine yet alarming velocity, across valleys, prairies and forests, surrounding cites, towns and states, from Atlantic to Pacific, immersing 300 million individuals into a fog of engendered tyranny, who without a care or whisper or concern remain trapped by comfortable surroundings born through perpetual indebtedness. Even as their rights and freedoms and liberties are made to disappear, even as their Constitution is burned, even as their nation hangs on the precipice of despotism, even as their collective destiny is being destroyed those residing inside the belly of the beast hear no evil, see no evil and feel no evil, preferring to gossip about pedophile politicians and celebrity failings than informing themselves to the last throes of the American republic

Bush’s New Digs in Paraguay

Our paranoid friends over at Bring It On have put together a story that hasn’t exactly made Washington Whispers. It’s real short and real simple:

* The Cuban news service reports that George W. Bush has purchased 98,840 acres in Paraguay, near the Bolivian/Brazilian border.

* Jenna Bush paid a secret diplomatic visit to Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte and U.S. Ambassador James Cason. There were no press conferences, no public sightings and no official confirmation of her 10-day trip which apparently ended this week.

* The Paraguayan Senate voted last summer to “grant U.S. troops immunity from national and International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction.”

* Immediately afterwards, 500 heavily armed U.S. troops arrived with various planes, choppers and land vehicles at Mariscal Estigarribia air base, which happens to be at the northern tip of Paraguay near the Bolivian/Brazilian border. More have reportedly arrived since then.

Now, Prensa Latina is a Cuban-government operation that is not exactly friendly toward Washington, what with Washington trying to kill Castro for 50 years and all.

But Prensa Latina didn’t invent the story. It’s all over the South American press – and not just Venezuela and Bolivia.

As far as we can understand, all the paperwork and deeds and such are secret. But somehow the news leaked that a new “land trust” created for Bush had purchased nearly 100,000 acres near the town of Chaco.

And Jenna’s down there having secret meetings with the president and America’s ambassador to Paraguay, James Cason. Bush posted Cason in Havana in 2002, but last year moved him to Paraguay.

Cason apparently gets around. A former “political adviser” to the U.S.ATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic, Cason has been stationed in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama … basically everywhere the U.S. has run secret and not-so-secret wars over the past 30 years.

Here’s a fun question for Tony Snow: Why might the president and his family need a 98.840-acre ranch in Paraguay protected by a semi-secret U.S. military base manned by American troops who have been exempted from war-crimes prosecution by the Paraguyan government?

Here’s a little background on the base itself, which Rumsfeld secretly visited in late 2005:

U.S. Special Forces began arriving this past summer at Paraguay’s Mariscal Estigarribia air base, a sprawling complex built in 1982 during the reign of dictator Alfredo Stroessner. Argentinean journalists who got a peek at the place say the airfield can handle B-52 bombers and Galaxy C-5 cargo planes. It also has a huge radar system, vast hangers, and can house up to 16,000 troops. The air base is larger than the international airport at the capital city, Asuncion.

Some 500 special forces arrived July 1 for a three-month counterterrorism training exercise, code named Operation Commando Force 6.

Paraguayan denials that Mariscal Estigarribia is now a U.S. base have met with considerable skepticism by Brazil and Argentina. There is a disturbing resemblance between U.S. denials about Mariscal Estigarribia, and similar disclaimers made by the Pentagon about Eloy Alfaro airbase in Manta , Ecuador. The United States claimed the Manta base was a “dirt strip” used for weather surveillance. When local journalists revealed its size, however, the United States admitted the base harbored thousands of mercenaries and hundreds of U.S. troops, and Washington had signed a 10-year basing agreement with Ecuador.

We’ve been directed to yet another parapolitical theory here at Rigorous Intuition, where it is reported that Rev. Moon bought 600,000 hectares – that’s 1,482,600 acres – in the same place: Chaco, Paraguay.

Another twist: The first story, from Paraguay, apparently refers to the senior George Bush as the owner of the 98.840 acres in Moon’s neighborhood.

Bush 41 was the first bigshot politician to go prancing around with Rev. Moon in public. Especially in South America:

“In the early stages of the Reagan Revolution that embraced the Washington Times and Moon’s anti-Communist movement, it was embarrassing to be caught at a Moon event,” wrote The Gadflyer last year. “Until George H.W. Bush appeared with Moon in 1996, thanking him for a newspaper that ‘brings sanity to Washington.'” That was while on an extended trip to South America in Moon’s company. A Reuters’ story of Nov 25 of that year describes the former president as “full of praise” for Moon at a banquet in Buenos Aires, toasting him as “the man with the vision.” (And Moon helped Bush out with his own vision thing, paying him $100,000 for the pleasure of his company.) Bush and Moon then traveled together to Uruguay, “to help him inaugurate a seminary in the capital, Montevideo, to train 4,200 young Japanese women to spread the word of his Church of Unification across Latin America.”

Isn’t that special?

Oh, and both the Moonie and Bush land is located at what Paraguay’s drug czar called an “enormously strategic point in both the narcotics and arms trades.” And it sits atop the one of the world’s largest fresh-water aquifers.

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

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty. ~Eugene McCarthy

The world is divided in to three classes of people: a very small group that makes things happen, a somewhat larger group that watches things happen, and the great multitude which never knows what happened. ~Bohemian Grove member Nicholas Murray Butler (President of Columbia University, 1901-1945)

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.

~Oscar Wilde

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

~Abraham Lincoln

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.

~Albert Einstein

I have always looked on disobedience toward the oppressive as the only way to use the miracle of having been born.

~Oriana Fallaci

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

~Peter Drucker

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.

~Elizabeth Taylor

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.

~Paul Valery

When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others.

~Bertrand Russell

When you’re through changing, you’re through.

~Bruce Barton

Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows

~David T. Wolf

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Love is when you look into someone’s eyes, And see everything you need.

~Kristen Kappel

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.

~Willa Cather

A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears.

~Leo Tolstoy

If I had my way We’d sleep every night wrapped around each other Like hibernating rattlesnakes.

~William S. Burroughs

Because you lie beside me now, I dream of kites and carousels And sleep at peace within myself And fear the night no more…

~Robert Sexton

Love is space and time measured by the heart.

~Marcel Proust

How come we don’t always know when love begins, but we always know when it ends?

~L. A. Story

The truth is more important than the facts.

~Frank Lloyd Wright

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.

To love and be loved, is to feel the Sun from both sides.

~David Viscott

First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.

~Greek Proverb

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.

~Robert Louis Stevenson

See the whole thing is a world full of rucksack wanderers, Dharma Bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming, all that crap they didn’t really want anyway such as refrigerators, TV sets, cars, and general junk you finally always see a week later in the garbage anyway, all of them imprisoned in a system of work, produce, consume, work, produce, consume, I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of ’em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures.

~Jack Kerouac

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the love of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.

-Robert Southey

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.


I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.

~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.
~Swedish proverb

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

~John 4:18

Love suffers long, and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

~Paul of Tarsus, 1 Corinthians 13:4 – 8

The course of true love never did run smooth.

~William Shakespeare

The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.

~George Bernard Shaw

Never give a party if you will be the most interesting person there.

-Mickey Friedman

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.

~Dan Quayle

Romantic love reaches out in little ways, showing attention and admiration. Romantic love remembers what pleases a woman, what excites her, and what surprises her. Its actions whisper: you are the most special person in my life.

~Charles Stanley

True love is rare, so when you find it don’t let it go just because of a barrier you can’t cross.

~Ray H Wall

There is nothing more painful than seeing someone you love loving someone else. But there is nothing more rewarding than seeing two people you love loving each other.

~J.H. Li

The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing.


War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it.

~Leo Tolstoy

The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise.

~George Santayana

Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

~Sir Winston Churchill

Love starts with a smile, Grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear.

The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.

~Malcolm X

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speak what you think today in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make yourself necessary to somebody. Do not make life hard to any.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius is childhood recaptured.


I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.

~Wilson Mizner

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

~George Bernard Shaw

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

~Frank Zappa

God has always been hard on the poor.

~Jean-Paul Marat

Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so.

~Lord Chesterfield

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.


Few are agreeable in conversation, because each thinks more of what he intends to say than of what others are saying, and listens no more when he himself has a chance to speak.

~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.

~Henry David Thoreau,

if man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it i because hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

~Henry David Thoreau

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

~Henry David Thoreau

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

~Henry David Thoreau

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is in prison.

~Henry David Thoreau

It is never too late to give up your prejudices.

~Henry David Thoreau

In what concerns you much; do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.

~Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.

~Henry David Thoreau

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.

~Charles Bukowski

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.

~Charles Bukowski

You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.

~Charles Bukowski

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

The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.

~Robert Louis Stevenson

There is no strong performance without a little fanaticism in the performer.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowledge is true opinion.


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

~Tom Lehrer

Acquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.

~Ambrose Bierce

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

~St. Augustine

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.

~Walt Whitman

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains.

~Walt Whitman

All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.

~Walt Whitman

Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?

~Walt Whitman

Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.

~Walt Whitman

I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.

~Walt Whitman

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

~Walt Whitman
I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.

~Walt Whitman

Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools, Wisdom cannot be pass’d from one having it to another not having it, Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof.

~Walt Whitman

I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.

~Bob Dylan

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.

~H. L. Mencken

An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.

~Henry Ford

When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, Idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.

~Logan Pearsall Smith

Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt… Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.

~ Robert Anton Wilson

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.

~Enrico Fermi

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.

~Galileo Galilei

It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance; for it requires knowledge to perceive it and therefore he that can perceive it hath it not.

~Jeremy Taylor

Nothing is worse than active ignorance.

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind.

~John Tillotson

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.

~Laurence J. Peter

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.

~Mark Twain

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn’t.

~Mignon McLaughlin

Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.


There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ignorance is not innocence but sin.

~Robert Browning

It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance.

~Saint Jerome

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.

~Sir William Osler

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.


Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands until they’ve flung it away.


Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

~Will Durant

The more things change, the more they remain… insane.

~Michael Fry and T. Lewis

Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be.

~Anton Chekhov

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.

~Bertrand Russell
Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.

~Blaise Pascal

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.

~David Viscott

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

~Henry David Thoreau

I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman’s feelings; and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of.

~Jane Austen

Love is not blind – it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.

~Rabbi Julius Gordon

Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.

~William Shakespeare

You will never know true happiness until you have truly loved, and you will never understand what pain really is until you have lost it.


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

The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one’s relationship has a glowing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing, it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of Divine accident.

~Sir Hugh Walpoe

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I cannot think well of a man who sports with any woman’s feelings; and there may often be a great deal more suffered than a stander-by can judge of.

~Jane Austen

The last time somebody said, ‘I find I can write much better with a word processor.’, I replied, ‘They used to say the same thing about drugs.’

~Roy Blount Jr.

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself. (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

~Walt Whitman

When someone hurts you, cry a river, Build a bridge and get over it!

~Richard Middleton

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

~Lao Tzu

It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.

~Logan Pearsall Smith

My Karma ran over your dogma.


Better to starve free than be a fat slave.


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

A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.

~Granville Hicks

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.

~Comte de Bussy-Rabnutin

There is no strong performance without a little fanaticism in the performer.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.

~Laurence J. Peter

But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

~Benjamin Franklin

I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible.

~Oscar Wilde

There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.

~Bertrand Russell

There are only two kinds of scholars; those who love ideas and those who hate them.

~Emile Chartier

Since it’s an obvious consequence you have to assume it’s the purpose. Just like in law, anticipated consequences are taken as the evidence for intention. And here’s it so obvious you can’t seriously doubt it.

Knowledge is power.

~Francis Bacon

For men are not equal: thus speaks justice.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

I am a law only for my kind, I am no law for all.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right – especially when one is right.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

What does not kill me, makes me stronger.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man’s?

~Friedrich Nietzsche

For believe me: the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and greatest enjoyment is – to live dangerously.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

God is dead.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

Morality is herd instinct in the individual.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

To find everything profound – that is an inconvenient trait. It makes one strain one’s eyes all the time, and in the end one finds more than one might have wished.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

To predict the behaviour of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

The overman…Who has organized the chaos of his passions, given style to his character, and become creative. Aware of life’s terrors, he affirms life without resentment.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

~Friedrich Nietzsche

In truth, there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It’s one of the curses of London.

~E. M. Forster

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.

~Orson Welles

You’re never too old to become younger.

~Mae West

A cult is a religion with no political power.

~Tom Wolfe

Thanks to his constant habit of shaking the bottle in which life handed him the wine of experience, he presently found the taste of the lees rising as usual into his draught.

~Henry James

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, It’s the size of the fight in the dog.

~Author Unknown

A great lover, is not a man who romances a different woman every night…

A great lover, is a man who romances the same woman every night.

~Ancient Chinese Proverb

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.

~John Quincy Adams

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

~H.G. Wells

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.


Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.

~Neil Gaiman

The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively but says nothing.

~Henry S. Haskins

You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience.

~Stanislaw J. Lec

Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter because nobody listens.

~Nick Diamos

Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.

~Frank Dane

The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.

~HL Mencken

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.


Love is when your mouth has no need to move to make her happy because your heart is beating, and that’s all that matters.

~Kaitlin Rogers

In democracy it’s your vote that counts; In feudalism it’s your count that votes.

~Mogens Jallberg

The word ‘politics’ is derived from the word ‘poly’, meaning ‘many’, and the word ‘ticks’, meaning ‘blood sucking parasites’.

~Larry Hardiman

How could we drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun?”

~Friedrich Nietzsche

My father rode a camel. I drive a car. My son flies a plane. His son will ride a camel.

~Anonymous Saudi Sheik

Ghawar, Ghawar she gave and gave; They sucked her dry like mankind’s slave; The Sheiks told us that big oil lie; And all those people had to die.

~Saudi Lyrical History

A happy man marries the girl he loves; a happier man loves the girl he marries.


Men who never get carried away should be.

~Malcolm Forbes

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.

~Sir William Osler

We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.

~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people’s characters.

~Margaret Halsey

Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.

~Fran Lebowitz

Love unexpressed is a crime against the heart.


The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.

~Robert Louis Stevenson

Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.

~Jule Renard

The trouble with facts is that there are so many of them.

~Samuel McChord Crothers

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

~Napoleon Bonaparte

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.

~Thomas A. Edison

We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?

~Ray Bradbury

The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he’s on.

~Joseph Heller

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.

~Samuel Johnson

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

~Ernest Hemingway

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

~Walter Bagehot

The best defense against the atom bomb is not to be there when it goes off.


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

~Kurt Vonnegut

Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything.

~Henri Poincare

Men have become the tools of their tools.

~Henry David Thoreau

Knowledge is power, if you know it about the right person.

~Ethel Mumford

The first question I ask myself when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful is why do I think it’s not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.

~John Cage

When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.

~Brendan Behan

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

~AA Milne

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward.

~John Maynard Keynes

The older I grow, the less important the comma becomes. Let the reader catch his own breath.

~Elizabeth Clarkson Zwart

The soul is healed by being with children.

~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

God is a geometrician.


The heart is forever inexperienced.

~Henry David Thoreau

A kiss is something you cannot give without taking and cannot take without giving.

Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways.

~Samuel McChord Crothers

I loathe the expression “What makes him tick.” It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.

~James Thurber

It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.

~Eugene McCarthy

What if this weren’t a hypothetical question?


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

~Hermann Hesse

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.

~Ronald Reagan

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

~Christopher Morley

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.

Look for the ridiculous in everything and you will find it.
The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.
~Shana Alexander

No one can earn a million dollars honestly.

~William Jennings Bryan

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

~Charles Darwin

It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.

~P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.

~Joseph Conrad

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

~GK Chesterton

Those who speak most of progress measure it by quantity and not by quality.

~George Santayana

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.

~Stephen Jay Gould

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

~HL Mencken

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

~Sir Barnett Cocks

A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time.

~George Iles

The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That’s where we come in; we’re computer professionals. We cause accidents.

~Nathaniel Borenstein

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

~Jack London

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.

~George Jean Nathan

Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

~C. G. Jung

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.

~Thomas Jefferson

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

All the world’s a cage.

~Jeanne Phillips

Courage is knowing what not to fear.


To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.

~William M. Thackeray

Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.

~Philip K. Dick

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

~Upton Sinclare

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.

~Victor Hugo

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

~Mark Twain

Pessimism…is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child’s play.

~Thomas Hardy

One man by himself is nothing. Two people who belong together make a world.

~Hans Margolius

The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.

~Anatole France

All the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.

~Harry S Truman

Music is essentially useless, as life is.

~George Santayana

Anybody can win unless there happens to be a second entry.

~George Ade

My education was dismal. I went to a series of schools for mentally disturbed teachers.

~Woody Allen

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

~Soren Kierkegaard

Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.

~Howard Aiken

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

~PJ O’Rourke

Romantic love is a passionate spiritual-emotional-sexual attachment between a man and a woman that reflects a high regard for the value of each other’s person.
~Nathaniel Branden

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made.

~Oscar Wilde

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

~Honore de Balzac
We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.

~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

~Walt Whitman

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.

~Enrico Fermi

The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one’s relationship has a glowing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing, it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of Divine accident.

~Sir Hugh Walpoe

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

~Thomas Szasz

He knows all about art, but he doesn’t know what he likes.

~James Thurber

Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.

~Anita Brookner

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.

~ Mohandas Gandhi

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty – a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.

~Bertrand Russell

I’ve always found paranoia to be a perfectly defensible position.

~Pat Conroy

Love me now, love me never, but if you love me, love me forever.

It’s not a matter of whether or not someone’s watching over you. It’s just a question of their intentions.

~Randy K. Milholland

God help those who do not help themselves.

~Wilson Mizner

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.

~Isaac Asimov

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.

~R. Buckminster Fuller

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

~Mark Twain

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

~Brooks Atkinson

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

~Charles Bukowski

Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think.

~Ambrose Bierce

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

~Abraham Lincoln

Thou art to me a delicious torment.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all.

~Washington Irving

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, Deep-burning and unquenchable.

~Bruce Lee

If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.

~Edith Wharton

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.

~John Stuart Mill

There are two kinds of light–the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.

~James Thurber

A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.

~Robert Heinlein

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.


The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

~Oscar Wilde

Our life on earth is, and ought to be, material and carnal. But we have not yet learned to manage our materialism and carnality properly; they are still entangled with the desire for ownership.

~E. M. Forster

A house is made with walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

~Albert Einstein

It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible.


That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.

~William JH Boetcker

If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.
~Kahlil Gibran

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.

~Pablo Picasso

Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

~Lewis Carroll

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 only abnormality is the incapacity to love.

~Anais Nin

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.

~George Eliot

Defining and analyzing humour is a pastime of humourless people.

~Robert Benchley

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.

~Vladimir Nabokov

Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.

~Marilyn Monroe

Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.

~Ambrose Bierce

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

~Thomas Jefferson

Being in the army is like being in the Boy Scouts, except that the Boy Scouts have adult supervision.

~Blake Clark

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.

~Oscar Wilde

Turn the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.

~Frank Lloyd Wright

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

~William Safire

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

~Thomas Jefferson

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

~Soren Kierkegaard


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