Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.--La Rochefoucald


Tell the boss what you really think of him...and the truth shall set you free.


--Railway Clerk


Never underestimate a woman...unless you're talking about her age or weight.




Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.


--Erica Mann Jong


Do not believe those persons who say they have never been jealous. What they mean is that they have never been in love.


--Gerald Brenan


It is by logic that we prove, but by intuition that we discover.


--Henri Poincaré


The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.


--Oliver Wendell Holmes


If a man can see both sides of a problem, you know that none of his money is tied up in it.


--Verda Ross


Keep a secret, it's your slave. Tell it, and it's your master.


--Will Henry


The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.


--Charles F. Ketterling


A book, tight shut, is but a block of paper.


--Chinese proverb



We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable.


--Alexander Solzhenitsyn


People seem to get nostalgic about a lot of things they weren't so crazy about the first time around.


--Webster's Crosswords


We probably wouldn't worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.


--Olin Miller

Some people think it's holding on that makes one strong. Sometimes it's letting go.


--Sylvia Robinson



The soldiers fight, and the kings are heroes.


--Jewish Proverb


It is the eyes of other people that ruin us. If all but myself were blind, I should want neither a fine house nor fine furniture.


--Benjamin Franklin


Sometimes the best way to convince someone he is wrong is to let him have his way.


--Nashville Banner


About 95% of what's told you in confidence, you couldn't get anybody to listen to anyway.


--Mack McGinnis


When people tell you how young you look, they are also telling you how old you are.


--Cary Grant


Nothing prevents us from being natural so much as the desire to appear so.


--La Rochefoucald


Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.


--Jean Sibelius


In a war of ideas, it is people who get killed.




Patience often gets the credit that belongs to fatigue.


--Franklin P. Jones


A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place. A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse...and dreams of home. --Carl Burns


To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. --Eva Young


Love is what you've been through with somebody.


--James Thurber


A bachelor is a guy who leans toward women--but not far enough to lose his balance.


--Earl Wilson


It's been the same since caveman days, this game of love--they just changed the trumps from clubs to diamonds.


--Lou Erickson

Love may be blind, but it seems to be able to find its way around in the dark.


--Ozzie St. George


Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.


--Peter DeVries


Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.


--Thomas Carlyle


The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.


--J.M. Power

We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for our ability to amuse them.


--Evelyn Waugh


I used to trouble about what life was for--now being alive seems sufficient reason.


--Joanna Field


The most valuable talent is that of never using two words when one will do.


--Thomas Jefferson

The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless.


--Eric Hoffer


The work will teach you how to do it.


--Estonian Proverb

Be happy. It is a way of being wise.




Yes, there is a Nirvana; it is in leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.


--Kahlil Gibran


A perfect wife is one who doesn't expect a perfect husband.





If you treat a sick child like an adult and a sick adult like a child, everything usually works out pretty well.


--Ruth Carlisle


A fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease.


--Bliss Carman


The truest test of independent judgment is being able to dislike someone who admires us, and to admire someone who dislikes us.


--Sydney J. Harris 


375. Many a standing ovation has been caused by someone jumping to his feet in an effort to beat the rest of the audience to the parking lot.


--Earl Wilson 


383. If you think that one individual can't make a difference in the world, consider what one cigar can do in a nine-room house.


--Bill Vaughan



388. How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.

--David B. Norris


389. The impossible is often the untried.


--Jim Goodwin




393. You have to be careful about being too careful.


--Beryl Pfizer




Love me or hate me, but spare me your indifference.


--Libbie Fudim 


When I look at the future it's so bright it burns my eyes.


--Oprah Winfrey




You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.


--John H. Holcomb




It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.


--Edmund Hillary



A pedestal is as much a prison as any small space.


--Gloria Steinem


The fear of death keeps us from living, not from dying.


--Paul C. Roud


Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.


--Thomas J. Watson, Sr.



If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.


--Geena Davis



Happiness is being married to your best friend.


--Barbara Weeks



You never realize what a good memory you have until you try to forget something.


--Franklin P. Jones





559. We put thirty spokes to make a wheel:


But it is on the hole in the center that the use of the cart hinges.


We make a vessel from a lump of clay;


But it is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful.


We make doors and windows for a room;


But it is the empty spaces that make the room livable.


Thus, while existence has advantages,


It is the emptiness that makes it useful.


--Lao Tzu


560. The leader teaches more through being than through doing. The quality of one's silence conveys more than long speeches.


--John Heider


561. Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry. Men say that a stitch in time saves nine, and so they take a thousand stitches today to save nine tomorrow.


--Henry David Thoreau


562. To many of today's parents, youth is stranger than fiction.


--The Houghton Line


563. Character is a strange blending of flinty strength and pliable warmth.


--Robert Shaffer


564. People help each other through a crisis by each supposing that the other can handle it better than he himself can.


--Frank A. Clark


565. One-half of life is luck; the other half is discipline--and that's the important half, for without discipline you wouldn't know what to do with luck.


--Carl Zuckmayer


566. Never look for a worm in the apple of your eye.


--Langston Hughes


567. My philosophy is to make the most of all that comes, and the least of all that goes.


--Teresa Watkins: Intern at BHS


568. Happiness lies in our own backyard, but it's probably well hidden by crabgrass.


--Dell Crossword Puzzles


569. A 45-year old looks a lot like a 25-year old who's been out all night. And feels just as good about having survived the experience.


--Marilyn vos Savant


570. May you enjoy the horn of plenty without blowing it.


--Bill Copeland


571. Lovers should not separate from each other after making love without admiring each other, without being conquered as well as conquering, so that no feeling of satiation or desolation arises nor the horrid feeling of misusing or having been misused.


--Herman Hesse


572. A new broom sweeps clean, but the old brush knows the corners.


--Irish Proverb


573. When the body is sad, the heart languishes.


--Albert Camus


  574.. To know how other people behave takes intelligence, but to know myself takes wisdom.

To manage other people's lives takes strength, but to manage my own life takes true power.


If I am content with what I have, I can live simply and enjoy both prosperity and free time.


If my goals are clear, I can achieve them without fuss.


If I am at peace with myself, I will not spend my life force in conflicts.


If I have learned to let go, I do not need to fear dying.


--John Heider: The Tao Of Leadership


575. I am not what I think I am. I am not what you think I am. I am what I think you think I am.


--Bleiberg and Leubling


576.Home is where we tie one end of the thread of life.


--Martin Buxbaum


577. The word "listen" contains the same letters as the word "silent."


--Alfred Brendel


578. We do not remember days; we remember moments.


--Cesare Pavese


579. Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solicitude is the enemy of well-being.


--John Updike


580. If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.


--Mother Teresa


581. The most wonderful thing about miracles is that they sometimes happen.


--G.K. Chesterson


582. The eyes shout what the lips fear to say.


--Will Henry


583. I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.


--Mary Wortley Montagu


584. To err is human; to admit it, superhuman.


--Doug Larson


585. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.


--Beverly Sills


586. A modest man is usually admired--if people ever hear of him.


--Ed Howe


587. The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.


--William James


588. Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.


--Janis Joplin


589. The smart ones ask when they don't know. And, sometimes, when they do.


--Malcolm S. Forbes


590. Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.


--James Stephens


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


--Edith Sitwell


592. Feeling is what you get for thinking the way you do.


--Marilyn vos Savant


593. Conversations and criticism take place in particular circumstances. Turf matters.


--Lugones & Spelman


594. Want a thing long enough, and you don't.


--Chinese Proverb


595. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.


--Theodore Roosevelt


596. Being right half the time beats being half-right all the time.


--Malcolm Forbes


597. Most people are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.


--Herman Hesse


598. Their guilt made me eloquent because I was not its victim.


--Albert Camus: The Fall


599. "Fault" means failure to meet a standard. Whose? Mine.


--Hugh Prather


600. How can you get very far,


If you don't know Who You Are?


How can you do what you ought,


If you don't know What You've Got?


And if you don't know Which To Do


Of all the things in front of you,


Then what you'll have when you are through


Is just a mess without a clue


Of all the best that can come true


If you know What and Which and Who.


--Benjamin Hoff: The Tao of Pooh


601. People sometimes forget that a rat race can be won only by a rat.


--Paul Palmer


602. Home is not where you live, but where they understand you.


--Christian Morgenstern


603. Respect is love in plain clothes.


--Frankie Byrne


604. If you never heard opportunity knock, maybe you're never at home.


--Marilyn vos Savant


605. Our visions of what is better are always informed by our perception of what is bad about our present situation.


--Lugones & Spelman


606. The river is everywhere at the same time...everywhere and the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past, nor the shadow of the future.


--Herman Hesse


607. Proof is never definitive, after all; one has to begin again with each new person.


--Albert Camus


608. Some cry: "Love me!!" Others: "Don't love me!!" But a certain genus, the worst and most unhappy, cries: "Don't love me and be faithful to me!!"


--Albert Camus


609. Half-truths are like half a brick--they can be thrown farther.


--Vice Admiral Human G. Rickover


610. The hardest thing in the world to open is a closed mind.


--Modern Maturity


611. To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.




612. If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.


--Dan Rather


613. Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.


--Sandra Day O'Connor


614. The only way to have a friend is to be one.


--Ralph Waldo Emerson


615. Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life.


--Herman Hesse


616. The act of love...is a confession. Selfishness screams aloud, vanity shows off, or else true generosity reveals itself.


--Albert Camus


617. A fool is someone whose pencil wears out before its eraser does.


--Marilyn vos Savant


618. Complaining about exclusion is a way of remaining silent.


--Lugones & Spelman


619. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.


--Eleanor Roosevelt


620. Always try to be a little kinder than necessary.


--James M. Barrie


621. In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.


--Karl Reiland


622. The gift of happiness belongs to those who unwrap it.


--Andrew Dunbar


623. What single ability do we all have? The ability to change.


--Leonard Andrews


624. Happiness is contagious. Be a carrier!!


--Robert Orben


625. The excellent is new forever.


--Ralph Waldo Emerson


626. A little explained, a little endured, a little forgiven, the quarrel is cured.


--Mary H. Waldrip


627. Luck is largely a matter of paying attention.


--Susan M. Dodd


628. You're who you think you are, even if you never admit it to yourself or to anyone else. You may be in the worst position to judge, but you're in the best position to know.


--Marilyn vos Savant


629. We have to fight our own niceness because it clouds our minds and hearts.


--Lugones & Spelman


630. It hurts to thwart the reflexes of grab, of clutch; to love and let go again and again.


--Margie PIercy


631. There is still today, and tomorrow fresh with dreams: Life never grows old.


--Rita Duskin


632. Everything that was not suffered to the end and finally concluded, recurred, and the same sorrows were undergone.


--Herman Hesse


633. Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism.


--Albert Camus


634. All men are born equal but the tough job is to outgrow it.


--Don Leary


635. What you can do, or dream you can, begin it: Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.




636. It is always wise to stop wishing for things long enough to enjoy the fragrance of those now flowering.


--Patricia Clafford


637. Nothing produces such odd result as trying to get even.


--Franklin P. Jones


638. I make mistakes; I'll be the second to admit it.


--Jean Kerr


639. Tact is the rare talent for not admitting you were right in the first place.


--Funny Funny World


640. The best eraser in the world is a good night's sleep.


--O.A. Battista


641. Do not let the good things in life rob you of the best things.


--Buster Rothman


642. Happiness is a way station between too much and too little.


--Channing Pollock


643. To the victor belong the responsibilities.


--Al Bernstein


644. It's not easy taking problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line.


--Reader's Digest


645. A wish is a desire without an attempt.


--Reader's Digest


646. Loving behavior contributes to the group at the expense of the individual. Competition contributes to the survival of the individual at the expense of the group. In the garden of life, some people are more like flowers, and other people are more like weeds.


--Marilyn vos Savant


647. What happens to a dream deferred?


Does it dry up


Like a raisin in the sun?


Maybe it just sags


Like a heavy load.


Or does it explode?


--Langston Hughes


648. If...happiness is the absence of fever then I will never know happiness. For I am posessed by a fever for knowledge, experience and creation.


--Anäis Nin


649. To face others is to decide that maybe we can change our situation in self-constructive ways.


--Lugones & Spelman


650. Perhaps you seek too much...as a result of your seeking you cannot find.


--Herman Hesse


651. Be yourself. Who else is better qualified?


--Reader's Digest


652. Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.


--Reader's Digest


653. Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.


--Reader's Digest


654. Martyrs, cher ami, must choose between being forgotten, mocked, or made use of. As for being understood--never!!!


--Albert Camus


655. Crowding a life does not always enrich it.


--Reader's Digest


656. "Pull yourself together" is seldom said to anyone who can.


--Reader's Digest


657. You can't really be strong until you see a funny side to things.


--Reader's Digest


658. I'm like a child


trying to do everything


say everything


and be everything


all at once.


--John Hartford


659. The articulation of experience is among the hallmarks of a self-determining individual or community.


--Lugones & Spelman


660. Fame is a cancer and ego: its seed.


--Toad the Wet Sprocket


661. Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding mean: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal.


--Herman Hesse


662. I love life--that's my real weakness. I love it so much that I am incapable of imagining what is not life.


--Albert Camus


663. Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.


--Reader's Digest


664. Thought is action in rehersal.


--Reader's Digest


665. The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.


--Reader's Digest


666. Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.


--Reader's Digest


667. I want to look at life in the available light.


--Rush: Presto


668. It's no secret that a friend is someone who lets you help; it's no secret that a liar won't believe anyone else.


--U2: Achtung Baby


669. Our experiences are deeply influenced by what is said about them.


--Lugones & Spelman


670. Some people suffer in silence louder than others.


--Reader's Digest


671. We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.


--Reader's Digest


672. The trick is to hold opinions without letting opinions hold you.


--Reader's Digest


673. Whatever your lot in life, build something on it.


--Reader's Digest


674. There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.


--Reader's Digest


675. Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.


--Herman Hesse


676. Mon cher ami, let's not give them any pretext, no matter how small, for judging us!!! Otherwise, we'll be left in shreds. We are forced to take the same precautions as the animal trainer. If, before going into the cage, he has the misfortune to cut himself while shaving, what a feast for the wild animals!!


--Albert Camus


677. Having the opportunity to talk about one's life, to give an account of it, to interpret it, is integral to leading that life rather than being led through it.


--Lugones & Spelman


678. The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.


--Reader's Digest


679. Don't be troubled if the temptation to give advice is irresistible; the ability to ignore it is universal.


--Reader's Digest


680. Frustration is commonly the difference between what you would like to be and what you are willing to sacrifice to become what you would like to be.


--Reader's Digest


681. A man who enjoys responsibility usually gets it. A man who merely likes exercising authority usually loses it.


--Reader's Digest


682. You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.


--Reader's Digest


683. Nothing's so cold as closing the heart when all we need is to free the soul.


--Toad the Wet Sprocket


684. Now's the time to turn the tide, now's the time to fight. Let us not go gently to the endless winter night. Now's the time to make the time while hope is still in sight.


--Rush: Presto


685. In every truth, the opposite is equally true. A truth can only be expressed and enveloped in words if it is one-sided.


--Herman Hesse


686. In short, the moment I grasped that there was something to judge in me, I realized that there was in them an irresistible vocation for judgment.


--Albert Camus


687. Temper is a valuable possession--don't lose it.


--Reader's Digest


688. Temptation usually comes in through a door that has deliberately been left open.


--Reader's Digest


689. Question authority, but raise your hand first.


--Reader's Digest


690. Far away is only far away if you don't go there.


--Reader's Digest


691. One disadvantage of having nothing to do is you can't stop and rest.


--Reader's Digest


692. Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever.


--Reader's Digest


693. People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.


--Reader's Digest


694. If time is not real, then the dividing line between this world and eternity, between suffering and bliss, between good and evil, is also an illusion.


--Herman Hesse


695. The look of success, when it is worn a certain way, would infuriate a jackass.


--Albert Camus


696. God damn the wounds that show how deep a word can cut.


--Toad the Wet Sprocket


697. Pleasure leaves a fingerprint as surely as mortal pain...in memories they resonate and echo back again.


--Rush: Presto


698. Desperation is a tender trap--it gets you every time.


--U2: Achtung Baby


699. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.


--Reader's Digest


700. We can often endure an extra pound of pain far more easily than we can suffer the withdrawal of an ounce of acustomed pleasure.


--Reader's Digest


701. How often we are offended by not being offered something we do not really want.


--Reader's Digest


702. Ideas are very much like children--your own are wonderful.


--Approved Crossword Puzzles


703. Genius is initiative on fire.


--Holbrook Jackson


704. A compliment is verbal sunshine.


--Robert Orben


705. Patience is the companion of wisdom.


--St. Augustine


706. Love is an egotism of two.


--Henri La Salle


707. How you use today will determine how tomorrow uses you.


--Earl Wilson


708. The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection. No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it.


--Herman Hesse


709. Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.


--Albert Camus


710. Pray your gods who rule you by your fears for they are quick and ruthless punishers.


--Toad the Wet Sprocket


711. No hero in your tragedy, no daring in your escape, no salutes for your surrender, nothing noble in your fate--Christ, what have you done??


--Rush: Presto


712. ...I refuse to believe I am a piece of dust scuttering through uncaring space. I believe I count--that I have work to do--that there is need of me. I have a place. I want to live. The moment is Now--Now is my forever. I am still somebody--somebody on whom nothing is lost. With my last breath, I sing a psalm.


--Rita Duskin


713. Good conversation, like a defensive driver, yields the right of way.


--William Walter De Bolt


714. Woman's virtue is man's greatest invention.


--Cornelia Otis Skinner


715. Spring is nature taking up its option on the world.


--Reader's Digest


716. Only nature does great things for nothing.


--Reader's Digest


717. Be sure that you put your feet in the right place, and then stand firm.


--Reader's Digest


718. There is only misfortune in not being loved; there is misery in not loving.


--Albert Camus


719. Appreciation is the lubricant of life.


--Gerald Horton Bath


720. I am a feather for each wind that blows.




721. Is it that they fear the pain of death? Or could it be they fear the joy of life?


--Toad the Wet Sprocket


722. It's not as if this barricade blocks the only road; it's not as if you're all alone in wanting to explode.


--Rush: Presto


723. Maturity is not equated with independence though it includes a certain capacity for independence...The independence of the mature person is simply that he does not collapse when he has to stand alone. It is not an independence of needs for other persons with whom to have relationship: that would not be desired by the mature.


--Nancy Chodorow


  724.. When we first met and loved, I did not build

Upon the event with marble...


--Elizabeth Barrett Browning


725. Thin airy things extend themselves in space,


Things solid take up little place...


--Abraham Cowley


726. Errors like straws upon the surface flow;


He who would search for pearls must dive below...


--John Dryden


727. Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant.


--Edmund Burke


728. No mud can soil us but the mud we throw...


--James Russell Lowell


729. Love melts the rigor which the rocks have bred;


A flint will break upon a feather bed...


--John Cleveland


730. Hark! She is called, the parting hour is come.


Take thy farewell, poor world! Heaven must go home...


--Richard Crashaw


731. Greatly his foes he dreads, but more his friends;


He hurts me most who lavishly commends.


--Charles Churchill


732. You purchase pain with all that joy can give,


And die of nothing but a rage to live.


--Alexander Pope


733. There's not a joy the world can give like that it takes away...


--Lord Byron


734. People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.


--Albert Camus


735. All the sacrifice in vain; and then love remains. Though everything is lost, we will pay the price, but we will not count the cost.


--Rush: Roll The Bones


736. Since our awareness of others is considered our duty, the price we pay when things go wrong is guilt and self-hatred. And things always go wrong. We respond with apologies; we continue to apologize long after the event is forgotten--and even if it had no casual relation to anything we did to begin with.


--Nancy Chodorow


737. An individual's treatment and alternatives in life may depend as much on the reputation of the group to which that person belongs as on their own merit.


--Catharine MacKinnon


738. Packed in my skin from head to toe


Is one I know and do not know.


--Edwin Muir


739. Leave me, O Love, which reachest but to dust,


And throw, my mind, aspire to higher things...


--Sir Phillip Sidney


740. People have different blues and think they're might sad,


But blues about a man the worst I ever had.....




741. O Caroline, Caroline, child of the sun,


We can never forget that our hearts have been one...


--Oliver Wendell Holmes


742. Where will I be five year from now? I delight in not knowing. That's one of the greatest things about life--its wonderful surprises.


--Marlo Thomas


743. In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.


--John C. Collins


744. When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.


--Reverend Charles Allen


745. People need responsibility. They resist assuming it, but they cannot get along without it.


--John Steinbeck


746. To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.


--Ken S. Keyes


747. A liking for truth at any cost is a passion that spares nothing and that nothing resists. It's a vice, at times a comfort, or a selfishness.


--Albert Camus


748. If you want to know who is being hurt in this society, go see what is being done and to whom in pornography and then go look for them other places in the world.


--Catharine MacKinnon


749. Differences of power are always manifested in asymmetrical access.


--Marilyn Frye


750. The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.


--Jonas Salk


751. Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed.


--Thomas Harris


752. If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.


--Bob Hope


753. The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.


--Francis Bacon


754. Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.


--Francis Bacon


755. I cannot sing the old songs,


I sang long years ago,


For heart and voice would fail me,


And foolish tears would flow.


--Charlotte A. Barnard


756. Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love,


But--why did you kick me downstairs?


--Isaac Bickerstaffe


757. It is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer.


--Sir William Blackstone


758. I was absent at the moment I took up the most space.


--Albert Camus


759. Something there is moves me to love, and I


Do know I love, but know not how, nor why.


--Alexander Brome


760. Oh, I am very weary,


Though tears no longer flow;


My eyes are tired of weeping,


My heart is sick of woe.


--Anne Brontë


761. A minute's success plays the failure of years.


--Robert Browning


762. Parting is all we know of heaven,


And all we need of hell.


--Emily Dickinson


763. The hours I spent with thee, dear heart,


Are as a string of pearls to me;


I count them over, every one apart,


My rosary.


--Robert C. Rogers


764. Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.


--Sophia Loren


765. A stumble may prevent a fall.


--English Proverb


766. Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.




767. If Darwin's theory of evolution was correct, cats would be able to operate a can opener by now.


--Larry Wright


768. It's not only who you know but what you know about who you know that counts.


--Mrs. C. Lowe


769. Everything takes longer than you expect--even when you expect it to take longer than you expect.


--Ashleigh Brilliant


770. If at first you don't succeed, think how many people you've made happy.


--H. Duane Black


771. A word to the wise is often enough to start an argument.


--The 1986 Almanac for Farmers and City Folk


772. A bird in the hand is bad table manners.


--Classic Crossword Puzzles


773. To be a prisoner means to be defined as a member of a group for whom the rules of what can be done to you, of what is seen as abuse of you, are reduced as part of the definition of your status.


--Catharine MacKinnon


774. What is it about separation, in any or all of its many forms and degrees, that makes it so basic and so sinister, so exciting and so repellent?


--Marilyn Frye


775. No matter how many levels of consciousness one reaches, the problem always goes deeper.


--Shulamith Firestone


776. I can do only one thing at a time, but I can avoid doing many things simultaneously.


--Asleigh Brilliant


777. The worst prison would be a closed heart.


--Pope John Paul II


778. There are no dumb questions--only dumb answers.


--Marshall Loeb


779. A winner makes commitments; a loser makes promises.


--Fanuel Tjingaete


780. It's every American's duty to support his government, but not necessarily in the style to which it has become accustomed.


--Thomas Clifford


781. The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward.


--Arthur Koestler


782. Optimism is an intellectual choice.


--Diana Schneider


783. It is often to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity.


--Frederick Phillips


784. Laziness is nothing more than resting before you get tired.


--Jules Renard


785. You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.


--Boris Yeltsin


786. The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.


--Samuel Johnson


787. There is a naive belief that injustice only had to be pointed out in order to be cured.


--Gloria Steinem


788. We have a problem for those who advocate competitive equality of opportunity: the prizes won in the competitions of the first generation will tend to defeat the requirements of equality of opportunity for the next.


--Lloyd Thomas


789. Nothing adds such dignity to character as the recognition of one's self-sovereignty.


--Elizabeth Cady Stanton


790. What is contrary to women's nature to do, they never will be made to do by simply giving their nature free play.


--John Stuart Mill


791. There is always hope when people are forced to listen to both sides.


--John Stuart Mill


792. To do injustice is more disgraceful than to suffer it.




793. Regardless of how much patience we have, we would prefer never to use any of it.


--James T. O'Brien


794. Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.


--Ann Landers


795. Always give 100%, and you'll never have to second-guess yourself.


--Tommy John


796. You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.


--Henry Ford


797. Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.


--Albert Camus


798. You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.


--Margaret Thatcher


799. You may be sorry that you spoke, sorry you stayed or went, sorry you won or lost, sorry so much was spent. But as you go through life, you'll find--you're never sorry you were kind.


--Herbert V. Prochnow


800. There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.


--Josh Billings


801. An age is called Dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.


--James A. Michener


802. The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.


--Chinese Proverb


803. Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.


--Publilius Syrus


804. Patience is the ability to let your light shine after your fuse has blown.


--Bob Levey


805. Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.


--George Seaton


806. Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.


--Don Wilder


807. Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself.


--St. Francis de Sales


808. To refuse political equality is to rob the ostracized of all self-respect.


--Elizabeth Cady Stanton


809. Men do not want solely the obedience of women, they want their sentiments.


--John Stuart Mill


810. Insofar as we are taught how to read, what we engage are not texts but paradigms.


--Annette Kolodny


811. To show your true ability is always, in a sense, to surpass the limits of your ability, to go a little beyond them: to dare, to seek, to invent; it is at such a moment that new talents are revealed, discovered, and realized.


--Simone de Beauvoir


812. That which commands admiration in the white woman only hastens the degradation of the female slave.


--Patricia H. Collins


813. Women punish themselves for the failure to conform.


--Sandra Bartky


814. If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you'll find you've done it.


--Pam Shaw


815. Looks are so deceptive that people should be done up like food packages with the ingredients clearly labeled.


--Helen Hudson


816. Getting people to like you is only the other side of liking them.


--Norman V. Peale


817. The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.


--Dorothy Nevill


818. Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.


--G.K. Chesterson


819. All that is worth cherishing in this world begins in the heart, not the head.


--Suzanne Chazin


820. Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.


--Jonathon Swift


821. Life is like a cobweb, not an organization chart.


--Ross Perot


822. In the end it will not matter to us whether we fought with flails or reeds. It will matter to us greatly on what side we fought.


--G.K. Chesterson


823. The human mind is as driven to understand as the body is driven to survive.


--Hugh Gilmore


824. A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.


--P.J. O'Rourke


825. People with tact have less to retract.


--Arnold H. Glasow


826. Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.


--Václav Havel


827. Many things are lost for want of asking.


--English Proverb


828. If you don't place your foot on the rope, you'll never cross the chasm.


--Liz Smith


829. Laws and systems of polity always begin by recognizing the relations they find already existing between individuals.


--John Stuart Mill


830. However gifted an individual is at the outset, if his or her talents cannot be exploited because of his or her social condition, because of the surrounding circumstances, these talents will be still-born.


--Simone de Beauvoir


831. The disciplinary power that inscribes femininity in the female body is everywhere and it is nowhere; the disciplinarian is everyone and yet no one in particular.


--Sandra Bartky


832. Rank does not confer privilege of give power. It imposes responsibility.


--Peter Drucker


833. Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.


--Al Bernstein


834. Opportunities are often thing you haven't noticed the first time around.


--Catherine Deneuve


835. Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.


--Franklin P. Jones


836. All human wisdom is summed up in two words--wait and hope.


--Alexandre Dumas


837. The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps--we must step up the stairs.


--Vance Havner


838. The bridges you cross before you come to them are over rivers that aren't there.


--Gene Brown


839. Facts are stubborn things.


--Alain René Lesage


840. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.


--Jim Ryun


841. There are two sides to every story--at least.


--Ann Landers


842. The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.


--Theodore Hesburgh


843. There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.


--Louis L'Amour


844. Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.


--Alice M. Swaim


845. Just pray for a tough hide and a tender heart.


--Ruth Graham


846. You don't just luck into things as much as you'd like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it's friendships or opportunities.


--Barbara Bush


847. Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.


--Felix Frankfurter


848. No man, for any considerable time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally gettin bewildered as to which may be the true.


--Nathaniel Hawthorne


849. Women's body language speaks eloquently, though silently, of her subordinate status in a hierarchy of gender.


--Sandra Bartky


850. You don't plow under the corn because the seed was planted with a neighbor's shovel.


--Ken Kesey (On Abortion!!!)


851. Language forces us to perceive the world as men present it to us.


--Julia Penelope


852. We, ordinary people--sometimes frightened a little--hiding our secret hopes--want an ordinary love--need someone to hold.




853. Some people stay far away from the door if there's a chance of it opening up. They hear a voice in the hall outside and hope that it just passes by.


--Billy Joel


854. Too many lives go up in smoke--it's nice to laugh but don't be the joke.


--Janet Jackson


855. When you have robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power. He is free again.


--Alexander Solzhenitsyn


856. The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree, but to hold hands.


--Alexandra Penney


857. Discipline is remembering what you want.


--David Campbell


858. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.


--Mignon McLaughlin


859. Nature gave women too much power; the law gives them too little.


--Will Henry


860. The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.


--Ralph Waldo Emerson


861. The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.


--James Baldwin


862. Performance for another in no way signals the inferiority of the performer to the one for whom the performance is intended.


--Sandra Bartky


863. We are born male or female, but not masculine or feminine.


--Sandra Bartky


864. The essence of terrorism is that one never knows when is the wrong time and where is the wrong place.


--Carole Sheffield


865. Happiness is an inside job.


--William Arthur Ward


866. Never be kissed by a fool, and don't be fooled by a kiss.




867. It isn't what you know that counts, it's what you think of in time.


--Leo Aikman


868. Heredity is nothing but stored environment.


--Luther Burbank


869. The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.


--Admiral Hyman Rickover


870. Those who know the least know it the loudest.


--Joan Tosti


871. We are half ruined by conformity, but we should be wholly ruined without it.


--Charles Dudley Warner


872. Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.


--Katharine Hepburn


873. The most manifest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness.





877. We experience moments absolutely free from worry. These brief respites are called panic.


--Cullen Hightower


878. Part of me wants to call you up and talk to you like a friend, and there's a part of me that wants to shut you out and never see your face again.


--Wilson Phillips


879. You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.


--Woody Allen


880. One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve.


--Paul Nitze


881. People want to know how much you care before they care how much you know.


--James F. Hind


882. There are good men everywhere. I only wish they had louder voices.


--Louis L'Amour


883. I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.


--Clint Eastwood


884. Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it.


--Sam Ewing


885. How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.


--Annie Dillard


886. The better we feel about ourselves, the fewer times we have to knock somebody else down to feel tall.




887. Whenever things sound easy, it turns out there's one part you didn't hear.


--Donald E. Westlake


888. What we must decide is how we are valuable rather than how valuable we are.


--Edgar Z. Friedenberg


889. The truth will ouch.


--Arnold H. Glasow


890. Wisdom often consists of knowing what to do next.


--Herbert Hoover


891. Nothing is really lost. It's just where it doesn't belong.


--Suzanne Mueller


892. The man who is brutally honest enjoys the brutality quite as much as the honesty. Possibly more.


--Richard J. Needham


893. To believe with certainty, we must begin with doubting.


--Stanislaus I


894. No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helps you.


--Althea Gibson


895. What I say is, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.


--A.A. Milne


896. Anger is a symptom, a way of cloaking and expressing feelings too awful to experience directly--hurt, bitterness, grief and, most of all, fear.


--Joan Rivers


897. Why doesn't the fellow who says "I'm no speechmaker" let it go at that instead of giving a demonstration?


--Kin Hubbard


898. You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.


--John Morley


899. Nothing is work unless you'd rather be doing something else.


--George Halas


900. Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage.


--Regina Nadelson


901. In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.


--Thurgood Marshall


902. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.


--Will Rogers


903. There's man all over you, blaming on his boots the faults of his feet.


--Samuel Beckett


904. It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.


--Tom Brokaw


905. The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.


--Daniel J. Boorstin


906. Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it.




907. Time is swift, it races by;


Opportunities are born and die...


Still you wait and will not try--


A bird with wings who dares not


rise and fly.


--Pooh (A.A. Milne)


908. Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.


--Oprah Winfrey


909. Envy is the cause of political division.




910. Beneath the greatest love lies a hurricane of hate.


--Phil Ochs


911. Sex IS power. Identity is power. In western culture, there are no nonexploitative relationships. Everyone has killed in order to live.


--Camille Paglia


912. The reasonable man adapts to the world; the unreasonable man expects the world to adapt to him. Therefore, all change is accomplished by unreasonable men.


--Beer Commercial


913. There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the Ripper.


--Camille Paglia


914. Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportuntiy to be otherwise.


--Maya Angelou


915. I am not angry, damnit, I am passionate.


--Susan Powter


916. The world is a spiritual kindergarten, where thousands of bewildered infants are trying to spell GOD with the wrong blocks.


--Edward Arlington Robinson


917. People don't want to work to make themselves one inch taller, they would rather push the other guy down.


--Anand Malik, UTK Education Professor


918. Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.




919. If I have seen farther than other men, it is because I stand on the shoulders of giants.


--Isaac Newton


920. The next hour, the next moment, is as much beyond our grasp and as much in God's care, as that a hundred years away. Care for the next minute is just as foolish as care for tomorrow, or for a day in the next thousand years. In neither can we do anything, in both God is doing everything. Those claims only of tomorrow which have to be repeated today are the joy of today: the moment which coincides with work to be done, is the moment to be minded; the next is nowhere until God has made it.


--C.S. Lewis


921. Flattery is counterfeit money which, but for vanity, would have no circulation.


--La Rochefoucald


922. Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.


--Kin Hubbard


923. One-half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.


--Josh Billings


924. Believe one who has tried it.




925. Truth hurts -- not the searching after; the running from!


--John Eyberg


926. A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.


--Abba Eban


927. Foolproof systems don't take into account the ingenuity of fools.


--Gene Brown


928. Swift gratitude is the sweetest.


--Greek proverb


929. Love can achieve unexpected majesty in the rocky soil of misfortune.


--Tony Snow


930. Life is about timing.


--Carl Lewis


931. If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.


--Marva N. Collins


932. He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.




933. You have to start knowing yourself so well that you begin to know other people. A piece of us is in every person we can ever meet.


--John D. MacDonald


934. We all have enough strength to bear other people's woes.


--La Rochefoucald


935. The first rule of holes: when you're in one, stop digging.


--Molly Ivins


936. Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work.


--Michael Novak


937. If you have to keep reminding yourself of a thing, perhaps it isn't so.


--Christopher Morley


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


--Doug Larson


939. Winning has a joy and discrete purity to it that cannot be replaced by anything else.


--A. Bartlett Giamatti


940. The best proof of love is trust.


--Joyce Brothers


941. Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.


--Charles Haddon Spurgeon


942. I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.


--Carl Sandburg


943. It's when you run away that you're most liable to stumble.


--Casey Robinson


944. The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.


--Charles Kuralt


945. There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn't tell you about it?


--Kin Hubbard


946. What is a memory? Not a storehouse, not a trunk in the attic, but an instrument that constantly refines the past into a narrative, accessible and acceptable to oneself.


--Stanley Kauffmann


947. Lack of something to feel important about is almost the greatest tragedy a man may have.


--Arthur E. Morgan


948. I endeavor to be wise when I cannot be merry, easy when I cannot be glad, content with what cannot be mended and patient when there be no redress.


--Elizabeth Montagu


949. Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.


--Henry Ward Beecher


950. Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.


--Louis Pasteur


951. Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man.


--Louis Nizer


952. Nothing lasts forever -- not even your troubles.


--Arnold H. Glasow


953. Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle Autumn's rain. I am the swift uplifting rush when you awaken in the morings hush of quiet birds circles flight. I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry -- I am not there, I did not die.




954. The sages say that life is illusion, but does that change its poignancy? Let us be sad; it is feeling that makes us human.


--Deng Ming-Dao


955. Even on the road to hell, flowers can make you smile.


--Deng Ming-Dao


956. A funeral is for those left behind. Sometimes, one wonders if the weeping is more out of fear for ourselves than it is sympathy for the deceased.


--Deng Ming-Dao


957. When it is time to part, then it is time to part. There should be no regrets. The beauty of marriage is like the fleeting perfection of a snowflake.


--Deng MIng-Dao


958. Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.


--Tao Te Ching (Stephen Mitchell)


959. I ask the reader to remember that what is most obvious may be most worthy of analysis. Fertile vistas may open out when commonplace facts are examined from a fresh point of view.


--L.L. Whyte


960. Knowledge is a social product. Its function is not to interpret but to change society.


--Anand Malik


961. Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.


--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


962. Asking an incumbent member of Congress to vote for term limits is a bit like asking a chicken to vote for Colonel Sanders.


--Rep. Bob Inglis


963. Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.


--Pablo Picasso


964. Little girls and butterflies need no excuse.


--Robert A. Heinlein


965. Sir, your remarks are repugnant to me, and I disagree with your viewpoints. But I will defend to the death your right to express them.




966. Tell me who's your friend and I'll tell you who you are.


--Russian Proverb


967. What is a friend? I will tell you...it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.


--Frank Crane


968. It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.


--William Blake


969. No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.


--Alice Walker


970. Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.


--Joseph Addison


971. All that you are is the result of what you have thought.




972. It is necessary for us to learn from others' mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself.


--Admiral Hyman G. Rickover


973. Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.




974. The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.


--Ellen Parr


975. An eye for an eye will make the whole world go blind.


--Mahatma Gandhi


976. The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.


--Albert Einstein


977. The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces.




978. The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reach us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.


--Kahlil Gibran


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


--Samuel Smiles


980. No really great man ever thought himself so.


--William Hazlitt


981. Little minds areinterested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.


--Elbert Hubbard


982. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you'll land among the stars.


--Les Brown


983. You are eight years old. It is Sunday evening. You are granted an extra hour before bed. The family is playing monopoly. You have been told that you are big enough to join them. You lose. You are losing continuously. Your stomach cramps with fear. Nearly all your possessions are gone. Your brothers are snatching all the houses from your streets. The last street is being sold. You have to give in. You have lost. And suddenly, you know that it is only a game. You jump with joy and you knock the big lamp over. It falls on the floor and drags the teapotwith it. The others are angry with you, but you laugh when you go upstairs. You know you are nothing. And you know that not-to-be and not-to-have give an immeasurable freedom.


--Janwillem van de Wetering


984. Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it.


--Christopher Morley


985. As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope.


--Ursula K. LeGuin


986. The man who attends strictly to his business usually has plenty of business to attend to.




987. Any business arrangement that is not profitable to the other fellow will in the end prove unprofitable for you. The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated.


--B.C. Forbes


988. Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.


--Sir Walter Scott


989. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be conductive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings--that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.


--Guatama Buddha


990. Of all the creatures on this planet none is more dangerous than a human being.


--Robert A. Heinlein


991. Human beings are about 1,000 times dumber and meaner than they think they are.


--Kurt Vonnegut


992. How embarassing to be human.


--Kurt Vonnegut


993. I like having a machine called 'elvis' on the network because that way, I can say 'ping elvis' and have it come back with 'elvis is alive'.


--Carl Shipley


994. What happens when we're dead? The irony is that all our questions will be answered after we die. We spend our whole life trying to figure out the truth and the only way we'll find out what it is, is to get hit by a bus. And the only comfort that religion offers is that God is driving that bus.


--_When Galaxies Collide_


995. I don't believe anything. I only know some things to a greater degree of certainty than others.


--_When Galaxies Collide_


996. Well, he had some unique theories. The only thing that really bothered me was when he compared the Bible to a badly xeroxed chain letter.


--_When Galaxies Collide_


997. What does God do? I mean, we all know what he did. Supposedly he created the universe and then he allowed us to screw it up. There he sits omniscient and omnipotent as ever, knows all, sees all. But what does he do all day? He's just sitting up there, looking down, watching, and saying "I knew that. Yeah, I knew that. Yeah, I knew that." I mean, why doesn't he get bored? Maybe that's why there's so much evil in the world. To keep God amused.


--_When Galaxies Collide_


998. To understand truth you have to be truly detached. But to be truly detached you have to be dead.


--_When Galaxies Collide_


999. Ghandi must have really loved humanity to be willing to be bashed in the head for it.


--_When Galaxies Collide_














09 October 2003


Edward Paul Abbey:


  a.. Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.


Agha Hasan Abedi


  a.. The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work.

Bella Abzug (1920-1998):


  a.. She [a woman politician] will be challenging a system that is still wedded to militarism and that saves billions of dollars a year by underpaying women and using them as a reserve cheap labour supply.

Dean Gooderham Acheson (1893-1971), US Secretary of State


  a.. The future comes one day at a time."


(John Emerich Edward Dalberg) Lord Acton (1834-1902):


  a.. Everything secret degenerates; nothing is safe that does not bear discussion and publicity.

  b.. Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.

  c.. The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.

  d.. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  e.. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.



Abigail Smith Adams (1744-1818):


  a.. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could. I can not say that I think you very generous to the Ladies, for whilst you are proclaiming peace and good will to Men, Emancipating all Nations, you insist upon retaining an absolute power over Wives. [Letter to John Adams, 1776.]

  b.. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation. Letter to John Adams (1776)

  c.. We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.



Ansel Adams (1902-84)

American photographer


  a.. There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.


Douglas Adams (1952-)


  a.. That young girl is one of the least benightedly unintelligent organic life forms it has been my profound lack of pleasure not to be able to avoid meeting.

  b.. There is a theory that state: "If anyone finds out what the universe is for it will disappear and be replaced by something more bizzarly inexplicable. "There is another theory that states: "This has already happened..." Douglas Adams, "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

  c.. If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?

  d.. Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

  e.. I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

  f.. Life... is like a grapefruit. It's orange and squishy, and has a few pips in it, and some folks have half a one for breakfast.

  g.. The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

  h.. In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

  i.. In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.



George Burton Adams: (1851-1925), American educator, historian


  a.. Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else.

  No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the

  opportunity to give encouragement.

Henry Brooks Adams: (1838-1918), American historian, writer


  a.. A friend in power is a friend lost.

  b.. Every man should have a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.

  c.. No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.

  d.. There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.

  e.. One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.



John Adams


  a.. I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in orger to giver their children a right to study painting, poetry, music...

James Truslow Adams: (1878-1949), American historian, writer


  a.. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life IS worth living and your belief will

  help create the fact.

  b.. There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to

  make a living and the other how to live.

  c.. Our minds thus grow in spots; and like grease spots, the spots spread. But we

  let them spread as little as possible: we keep unaltered as much of our old

  knowledge, as many of our old prejudices and beliefs, as we can.




Phillip Adams:


  a.. Unless you're willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen.

Samuel Adams: (1722-1803)


  a.. Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.

Scott Adams: American cartoonist


  a.. I'm slowly becoming converted to the principle that you can't motivate people to do things, you can only demotivate them. The primary job of the manager is not to empower but to remove obstacles.

  b.. No matter how smart you are, you spend much of your day being an idiot.

  c.. Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available,

  they will create their own problems.

William Adams


  a.. Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.

  b.. You can have anything you want--if you want it badly enough.

  You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to

  accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of


  c.. My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719): English essayist and poet


  a.. Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.

  b.. Our delight in any particular study, art, or science rises and improves in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus, what was at first an exercise becomes at length an entertainment.

  c.. Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything

  praiseworthy in human life.

  d.. Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.

  e.. What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.

  f.. Our real blessings often appear to us in the shapes of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.

  g.. What pity is it that we can die but once to serve our country!

  h.. Mysterious love, uncertain treasure,

  Hast thou more of pain or pleasure!                         

  Endless torments dwell about thee:                           

  Yet who would live, and live without thee!       

  i.. I value my garden more for being full blacbirds than of

  cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.           



Konrad Adenauer:


  a.. The one sure way to conciliate a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.

Alfred Adler (1870-1937): Austrian psychiatrist


  a.. The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.

  b.. A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.

  c.. Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events not of words. Trust movement.

  d.. It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.

  e.. If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere


  f.. We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.



Freda Adler (1934- ):


  a.. There is another side to chivalry. If it dispenses leniency, it may with equal justification invoke control.

Kirt Herbert Adler


  a.. Tradition is what you resort to when you don't have the time or the money to do

  it right.


Mortimer Adler: (b. 1902), American philosopher, educator


  a.. You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are

  doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your

  mind think.

Renata Adler (1938- ):


  a.. Bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel.

Richard P Adler


  a.. All television is children's television.

Stella Adler:


  a.. Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

Theodor W. Adorno:


  a.. Intolerence of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.

Æschylus (525-456 BC) (Greek tragic dramatist)


  a.. Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend's success without envy.

  b.. The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold


  c.. A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.

  d.. Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.

  e.. When a man's willing and eager, the gods join in.

  f.. Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old.


Aesop (c. 620-560 B.C.): Greek fabulist


  a.. Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.

  b.. Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

  c.. Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.

  d.. Enemies' promises were made to be broken.

  e.. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

  f.. The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.

  g.. It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.

  h.. Much outcry, little outcome.

  i.. Men often applaud an imitation, and hiss the real thing.

  j.. Our insignificance is the cause of our safety.

  k.. Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.

  l.. Please all, and you will please none.

  m.. It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.

  n.. Those who voluntarily put power into the hands of a tyrant or enemy, must not wonder if it be at last turned against themselves.

  o.. Wealth unused might as well not exist.

  p.. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

  q.. We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

  r.. A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.

  s.. Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.

  t.. Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no

  one else does, the truth -- don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing




Herbert Agar:


  a.. The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.

Charles Hamilton Aide: 


  a.. I sit beside my lonely fire and pray for wisdom yet: for calmness to remember

  or courage to forget.

Conrad Aiken


  a.. Music I heard with you was more than music, and break I broke with you was more than bread. Now that I am without you, all is desolate; all that was once so beautiful is dead.

Howard Aiken:


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

Charlotte Elizabeth Aissé (1694/95-1733):


  a.. I could never love where I could not respect.

Robert Aitken:


  a.. The Universal is always the same, the specifics are always different.



John Akers


  a.. Set your expectations high; find men and women whose integrity and values you respect; get their agreement on a course of action; and give them your ultimate trust.

Akhenaton? (c. B.C. 1375)


  a.. Adversity is the seed of well-doing: it is the nurse of

  heroism and boldness; who that hath enough, will endanger

  himself to have more? who that is at ease, will set his

  life on the hazard?

  b.. O think not, bold man, because thy punishment is delayed, that the arm of God is weakened; neither flatter thyself with hopes that He winketh at thy doings. His eye pierceth the secrets of every heart, and He remembereth them for ever...

  c.. Learn that the advantage lieth not in possessing good things, but in the knowing the use of them.                              

  d.. Say not unto thyself, Behold, truth breedeth hatred, and I will avoid it; dissimulation raiseth friends, and I will follow it.  Are not the enemies made by truth, better than the friends obtained by flattery?     

  e..                Behold the vain man, and observe the arrogant; he clotheth

                 himself in rich attire, he walketh in the public street, he

                 casteth round his eyes, and courteth observation.  He      

                 tosseth up his head, and overlooketh the poor; he treateth 

                 his inferiors with insolence, his superiors in return look 

                 down on his pride and folly with laughter                     



  f.. To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom;

  and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares;

  but a contented mind is a hidden treasure,

  and trouble findeth it not.

  g.. Labour not after riches first, and think thou afterwards

  wilt enjoy them. He who neglecteth the present moment,

  throweth away all that he hath. As the arrow passeth

  through the heart, while the warrior knew not that it was

  coming; so shall his life be taken away before he knoweth

  that he hath it.

  h.. As the tempest and the thunder affect not the sun or the

  stars, but spend their fury on stones and trees below;

  so injuries ascend not to the Soul of the great, but waste

  themselves on such as are those who offer them.

  i.. Hear the words of prudence, give heed unto her counsels, and

  store them in thine heart; her maxims are universal, and

  all the virtues lean upon her; she is the guide and the

  mistress of human life.

  j.. As the ocean giveth rise to springs, whose water

  return again into its bosom through the rivers,

  so runneth thy life force from the heart outwards,

  and so returneth into its place again     

  k.. Presume not in prosperity, neither despair in adversity:

  court not dangers, nor meanly fly from before them:

  dare to despise whatever will not remain with thee

  l.. He that giveth away his treasure wisely, giveth away his plagues: he that retaineth their increase, heapeth up sorrow.

Hoshang N. Akhtar:


  a.. An intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and

  more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of

  courage -- to move in the opposite direction.



Ben Joseph Akiba


  a.. The paper burns, but the words fly away.

Emma Albani (1852-1930), Canadian soprano, stage name for Marie Louise Emma Lajeunesse


  a.. I had always loved beautiful and artistic things, though before leaving America I had had a very little chance of seeing any.

  b.. Unless you know what you want, you can't ask for it.

Edward Albee:


  a.. Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.

Geoffrey F. Albert: 


  a.. The most important thing about having goals is having one.

  b.. It often takes more courage to change one's opinion than to stick to it.

Herm Albright


  a.. A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough

  people to make it worth the effort.


Amos B Alcott   (1694-1773)


  a.. There is virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards,

  in fields, streams and groves, in rustic recreations and   

   plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy. 

Amos Bronson Alcott: (1799-1888), American educator, social reformer


  a.. The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He

  inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that

  quickens him. He will have no disciple.

Alan Alda:


  a.. Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you

  embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the

  nerve to go into unexplored territory.

Muhammad Ali (1942- ):


  a.. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

  b.. Don't count the days, make the days count.

  c.. The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses--behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.

  d.. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

  e.. I'm the best. I just haven't played yet [on his golf game].

  f.. The man who has no imagination has no wings.

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

  h.. Superman don't need no seat belt. [Comment to flight attendant, who replied, "Superman don't need no airplane, either."]



Saul David Alinsky (1909-1972):


  a.. Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

  b.. Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you are free to live.

  c.. The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people. When an action is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear, and retreat.

  d.. When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters - one

  represents danger, and the other represents opportunity

  e.. The third rule is: Whenever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

Agnes Allen:


  a.. Almost anything is easier to get into than to get out of.

Fred Allen


  a.. I have just returned from Boston. It is the only thing to do if you find yourself there.

  b.. You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway

  seeds and a producer'sheart.

  c.. A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to

  avoid being recognized.

George Allen


  a.. Leisure time is that five or six hours when you sleep at night.

Gracie Allen


  a.. When I was born I was so surprised I couldn't talk for a year and a half.

James Lane Allen (1849-1923)  American novelist


  a.. Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts

  will inevitably bring about right results.

  b.. Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your

  vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal

  is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.

  c.. We do not attract what we want, But what we are.


Woody Allen: (b. 1935)American comedian, stage and movie actor, radio broadcaster


  a.. It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.

  b.. It is impossible to experience one's death objectively and still carry a tune.

  c.. Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions.

  d.. Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as meaningless experiences go its pretty damn good.

  e.. Is sex dirty? Only if it's done right.

  f.. Thought: Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a


  g.. "If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing

  anything very innovative.

  h.. On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down.

  i.. Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year and spends very little on office supplies.

  j.. I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.

  k.. The difference between sex and death is that with death you can do it alone and no one is going to make fun of you. -

  l.. When I was kidnapped my parents snapped into action..........they rented out my room.

  m.. Why are our days numbered and not, say, lettered?



Noelie Altito


  a.. The shortest distance between two points is under construction.


Ambrose of Milan (c. 340-397):


  a.. True repentance is to cease from sinning.



Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)


  a.. Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.

  b.. For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.

Idi Amin Dada


  a.. In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order.

Anacharsis (fl BC 600)


  a.. Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will like them only

  entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and    

  powerful will easily break through them.                     

Laurie Anderson


  a.. Paradise is exactly like where you are right now...only much, much better


Margaret Anderson (1893-1973):


  a.. In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love you want the other person.

Marian Anderson (1902- ):


  a.. As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.

Poul Anderson:


  a.. I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.

F. Emerson Andrews:


  a.. Happiness, it is said, is seldom found by those who seek it, and never by those who seek it for themselves.



Maya Angelou (b. 1928)


  a.. Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity to be otherwise.

  b.. If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

  c.. While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been

  improving the quality of man's humanity to man.

Joan Walsh Anglund (b. 1926),


  a.. Friendships begin because, even without words, we understand

  how someone feels.


Anne of Austria (1601-1666):


  a.. God does not pay at the end of every week, but He pays.



  a.. Take pride in how far you have come, have faith in how far you can go.

  b.. An accountant is a person hired to explain that you didn't make the money you thought you did.

  c.. Before the world finds a place for you, find a place for yourself in the world.

  d.. No dream comes true until you wake up and go to work.

  e.. Home is not given, but made.

  f.. He who accuses too many, accuses himself.

  g.. Draw in the breath of life, and as you breathe, smile.

  h.. When a man boasts about what he'll do tomorrow we like to find out what he did yesterday.

  i.. Advice would be more acceptable if it didn't always conflict with our plans.

  j.. Shared joy is joy doubled. Shared sorrow is sorrow halved

  k.. Knowledge is not what you can remember, but what you cannot forget.

  l.. Go as far as you can see, and when you get there, you will see farther.

  m.. Wisdom: to live in the present, plan for the future, and profit from the past.

  n.. Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.

  o.. Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

  p.. People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

  q.. A disciple once complained, "You tell us stories, but you never reveal their meaning to us." The master replied, "How would you like it if someone offered you fruit and chewed it up for you before giving it to you?"

  r.. Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our heart and we are never, ever the same.

  s.. It is not important what you believe, only that you believe.

  t.. When saving for old age, be sure to put away a few pleasant thoughts.

  u.. Fear is a darkroom for developing negatives.

  v.. Flowers are the poetry of earth, as stars are the poetry of heaven.

  w.. The road of life can only reveal itself as it is traveled; each

  turn in the road reveals a surprise. Man's future is hidden.

  x.. You are younger today than you ever will be again. make use of it.

  y.. Fear less, hope more;

  Whine less, breathe more;

  Talk less, say more;

  Hate less, love more;

  And all good things are yours.

  z.. The trouble with parenthood is that by the time you're experienced you're unemployable.

  aa.. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

  ab.. I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.

  ac.. Waste not fresh tears over old griefs

  ad.. The more useful the shopping list the more likely it will be left at home.

  ae.. Adversity introduces a man to himself.

  af.. Children learn best from example; the trouble is they don't know a good example from a bad one.

  ag.. A moment is a lifetime.....but only for a moment.

  ah.. There is no danger of developing eyestrain from looking on the bright side of things.

  ai.. Man - despite his artistic pretensions, his sophitication, and his many accomplishments - owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.

  aj.. To reach a great height a person needs to have great depth.

  ak.. The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears.

  al.. There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear.

  am.. If you don't hear opportunity knocking, find another door.

  an.. This is my rule of married life: it's better to be happy than to be right.

  ao.. Wisdom consists of knowing when to avoid perfection.

  ap.. An Unfailing Success Plan: At each day's end write down the six most important things to do tomorrow; number them in

  order of importance, and then do them.


Jean Anouilh (1910-1987) French playwright


  a.. The object of art is to give life a shape.

  b.. Things are beautiful if you love them.

  c.. To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and

  plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It's easy to say

  no, even if it means dying.

  d.. Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.

Saint Anselm of Canterbury (c. 1033-1109):


  a.. Nor do I seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe that I may understand. For this too I believe, that unless I first believe, I shall not understand.

Robert Newton Anthony (b. 1916), American writer


  a.. Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just


  b.. Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk

  being happy.


Susan B[rownell] Anthony (1820-1906):


  a.. It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.

  b.. Of all the old prejudices that cling to the hem of the woman's garments and persistently impede her progress, none holds faster than this. The idea that she owes service to a man instead of to herself, and that it is her highest duty to aid his development rather than her own, will be the last to die.

  c.. The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons?

  d.. ...this oligarchy of sex, which makes fathers, brothers, husbands and sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters of every household--which ordains all men sovereigns, all women subjects, carries dissension, discord, and rebellion into every house of the nation.

  e.. The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 AD)


  a.. Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man--yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it.

  b.. Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to

  investigate systematically and truly all that comes under  

   thy observation in life.  

  c.. "To them that ask, where have you seen the gods, or how do you know for certain

  there are gods, that you are so devout in their worship? I answer: Neither have

  I ever seen my own soul, and yet I respect and honor it."

  d.. When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive--to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.                                  



Minna Antrim (1861-?):


  a.. Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274):



Karl Arbeiter:


  a.. You're aware the boy failed my grade school math class, I take it? And not that many years later he's teaching college. Now I ask you: Is that the sorriest indictment of the American educational system you ever heard? No aptitude at all for long division, but never mind. It's him they ask to split the atom. How he talked his way into the Nobel prize is beyond me. But then, I suppose it's like the man says, It's not what you know.... [elementary teacher of Albert Einstein].



Petronius Arbiter (d. 66 AD):


  a.. We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975):


  a.. Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.



Aristotle (384-322 BC):


  a.. Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.

  b.. The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.



  e.. Every science and every inquiry, and similarly every activity and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good.

  f.. Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.




Happiness depends upon ourselves.


The quality of life is determined by its activities.

  m.. That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.


  o.. We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.


  q.. Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.


  s.. The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.

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



  w.. Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.




Louis Armstrong (1900-1971):


  a.. If ya ain't got it in ya, ya can't blow it out.

Janos Arany: (1817-82), Hungarian poet


  a.. In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.


Matthew Arnold (1822-88), British poet, critic


  a.. "I do not believe today everything I believed yesterday; I

  wonder will I believe tomorrow everything I believe today



Isaac Asimov (1920-1992): Russian-born American scientist, writer


  a.. The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" but "That's funny..."

  b.. Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right.

  c.. Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.

  d.. Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

  e.. It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.






Russell P. Askue


  a.. If living conditions don't stop improving in this country, we're going to run out of humble beginnings for our great men.



Athenæus (Circa 200 A.D.)

Greek grammarian, rhetorician



  b.. The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes

  or fears or wishes rather than with their minds


  e.. Treat the other man's faith gently; it is all he has to believe with.




Margaret Atwood (1939- ):


  a.. I myself have 12 hats, and each one represents a different personlity. Why be just yourself?

W[ystan] H[ugh] Auden (1907-1973):


  a.. Every high C accurately struck demolishes the theory that we are the irresponsible puppets of fate or chance.


  c.. You owe it to us all to get on with what you're good at.

  d.. No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.




Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430): Christian church father, philosopher


  a.. Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.


  d.. O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.


  f.. The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.


  i.. Give me chastity and continence -- but not yet.




Augustus Caesar (63 BC-14 AD):


Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD): Roman emperor, philosopher



  c.. Observe constantly that all things take place by change,

  and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the    

  Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which

    are, and to make new things like them.

  d.. How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.

  e.. Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.

  f.. To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.


  b.. Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

  c.. Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong

  is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight

  than it is swept by and another takes its place, and

  this too will be swept away.


Ausonius (310-395 A.D.)


  a.. Begin; to begin is half the work.  Let half still remain;  

  again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.              


Jane Austen (1775-1817):


Sri da Avabhas: (Adi Da Samraj)


  a.. The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.



Charles Babbage (1792-1871):



Richard Bach:


  a.. The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.

  b.. You teach best what you most need to learn.   (from Illusions)

  c.. Live never to be ashamed if anything you do or say is published around the world - even if what is published is not true.(from Illusions)

  d.. There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.

  e.. Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is . . . impossible.

  f.. Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know it just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers.

  g.. You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.

  (from Illusions)

  h.. Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.

  i.. Here is a test to find out if your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't. (from Illusions)

  j.. Argue for your limitations and sure enough they are yours.


  l.. In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.(from Illusions)

Francis Bacon (1561-1626):


  a.. For what a man would like to be true, that he more readily believes.

  b.. The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other.


  d.. They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

  e.. If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

  f.. No man is angry that feels not himself hurt.


  i.. Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.


  k.. Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink,

  old friends to trust, and old authors to read

  l.. He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for

  time is the greatest innovator.

  m.. The more a man drinketh of the world,

  the more it intoxicateth.



Joan Baez


  a.. Action is the antidote to despair.

 b.. You don't get to choose how you're going to die or when. You can only decide how you're going to live.

Walter Bagehot (1826-1877):




Bailey   1816-1902


  a..               We live in deeds, not years:                                

                 In thoughts, not breaths;                                   

                 In feelings, not in figures on a dial.                      

                 We should count time by heart-throbs.  He most lives        

                 Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best

  a.. The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat oneself


F. Lee Bailey (1933- ):



Russell Baker


George Balanchine (1904-1983):


  a.. I don't want people who want to dance; I want people who have to dance.


James Baldwin (1924-1987):


  a.. Be careful what you set your heart upon, for it will surely be yours.

  b.. Everything in life depends on how that life accepts its limits.

  c.. Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.

  d.. I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hate so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.

  e.. Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

  f.. Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.


  h.. People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.



Roger Nash Baldwin (1884-1981) American civil rights activist


  a.. The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention.


Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850):



  b.. An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.

  c.. There are no little events with the heart.  It magnifies

    everything; it places in the same scales the fall of an

    empire of fourteen years and the dropping of a woman's

    glove, and almost always the glove weighs more than the empire

  d.. Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.                                       


Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968):


  a.. It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.



  d.. If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.


Roger Bannister


  a.. This--this was what made life: a moment of quiet, the water falling in the

  fountain, the girl's voice...a moment of captured beauty. He who is truly wise

  will never permit such moments to escape.


Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743-1825):


  a.. The most characteristic mark of a great mind is to choose some one important object, and pursue it for life.

  b.. We can only love what we know.


Clive Barnes


  a.. Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. the most terrifying thing is what people do want.










Sir James M[atthew] Barrie (1860-1937):


  a.. Always try to be a litle kinder than necessary.

  b.. I am not young enough to know everything.

  c.. Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.

  d.. Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.

  e.. The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.

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

  g.. The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.

Dave Barry (b. 1947) American humorist, author


  a.. Bad grammar is the leading cause of slow, painful death in North America

  b.. Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.

  c.. I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win

  an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know

  this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of

  their great respect, they don't even invite me.

Lynda Barry (b. 1956): American cartoonist,


  a.. Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.

John Barrymore (1882-1942) American actor


  a.. Happiness often sneaks through a door you didn't know you left open.

Mildred Barthel:


  a.. Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.

Bruce Barton: (1886-1967), American writer, congressman


  a.. Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstances.



Leanna L. Bartram:


  a.. True love is when your heart and your mind are saying the same thing.

Bernard M. Baruch:


  a.. Making a success of the job at hand is the best step toward the kind you want.

  b.. I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.

Mihkail Baryshnikov:


  a.. I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.

Jacques Martin Barzun (b. 1907), American educator, historian


  a.. Since it is seldom clear whether intellectual activity denotes

  a superior mode of being or a vital deficiency, opinion swings

  between considering intellect a privilege and seeing it as a



Harry Bassett:


  a.. To prosper soundly in business, you must satisfy not only your customers, but you must lay yourself out to satisfy also the men who make your product and the men who sell it.


Daisy Bates (1863-1951):


  a.. No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies.

  b.. Opinions differ most when there is least scientific warrant for having any.

Marston Bates


  a.. Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.

Louise Beal


  a.. Love thy neighbour as yourself, but choose your neighbourhood.

Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948):


  a.. You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence.

  b.. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

The Beatles


  a.. Life is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.

  b.. There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be, all you need is love.

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-1799):


  a.. It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-87), American clergyman


  a.. The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the

  wide world's joy.

Sir Max Beerbohm


  a.. She was one of the people who say "I don't know anything about music really, but I know what I like."

John Beecher:


  a.. Strength is a matter of the made-up mind.



Henry Ward Beecher


  a.. Now comes the mystery.

  b.. The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way.

  c.. The difference between perseverace and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.

  d.. If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.

  e.. Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

Beethoven ( 1770-1827 )


  a.. Music - The one incorporeal entrance into the higher world

  of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind

  cannot comprehend.



Brendan Francis Behan (1923-64), Irish writer, playwright


  a.. Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.

  b.. The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.

  c.. I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.

Aphra Behn:


  a.. Variety is the soul of pleasure.

(Arthur) Clive (Howard) Bell (1881-1964): British critic


  a.. To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.

Guy Bellamy:


  a.. Hindsight is an exact science.

Mark Beltaire


  a.. Strike from mankind the principle of faith and men would have no more history

  than a flock of sheep.


Robert Benchley (1889-1945):


  a.. Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing.

  b.. Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.

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

  d.. There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don't.

  e.. The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.

Ruth Fulton Benedict (1887-1948):


  a.. No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and institutions and ways of thinking.

  b.. We do not see the lens through which we look.

Stephen Vincent Benet


  a.. Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.

W. Gurney Benham


  a.. By losing present time, we lose all time.

  b.. When you see a snake, never mind where he came from.

Ernest Benn:


  a.. Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy."

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931):


  a.. The price of justice is eternal publicity.

  b.. Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.

Robert F. Bennett (b. 1933) American politician, Republican


  a.. A desire to be in charge of our own lives, a need for control, is born in each

  of us. It is essential to our mental health, and our success, that we take





Warren G. Bennis: (b. 1925) American writer, sociologist


  a.. Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.

  b.. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

  c.. The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born--that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.

  d.. Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line.

Jack Benny (1894-1974):


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


Kathy Kay Benudiz


  a.. There is no distance too far between friends,

  for friendship gives wings to the heart.

Bernard Berenson (1865-1959):


  a.. Boast is always a cry of despair, except in the young it is a cry of hope.

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

Sally Berger (1933- ):


  a.. You never saw a fish on the wall with its mouth shut.

Henri Bergson (1859-1941):


  a.. The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

  b.. Sex-appeal is the keynote of our whole civilization.

Bernard Berkowitz:


  a.. It is up to us to give ourselves recognition. If we wait for it to come from others, we feel resentful when it doesn't, and when it does, we may well reject it.

Rusty Berkus:


  a.. There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we

  are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential.

Isiah Berlin (1909- ):


  a.. To understand is to perceive patterns.

Hector Berlioz


  a.. Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

Georges Bernanos (1888-1948)


  a.. Hell is not to love anymore

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153):


  a.. You wish to see; listen. Hearing is a step toward Vision.

Claude Bernard (1813-1878):


  a.. It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.

John Berry (1915- ):


  a.. The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.

Wendell Berry:


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

Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901): English novelist


  a.. My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.

Derek Bethune


  a.. Be slow to fall into friendship, but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.

Mary McLeod Bethune :(1875-1955)


  a.. Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is

  possible. With it, nothing is impossible.

Elizabeth Bibesco:


  a.. To others we are not ourselves but performers in their lives cast for a part we do not even know we are playing.



Bible Quotations:


  a.. ...Their strength is to sit still. --Is. 30:7

  b.. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.-- Romans 3:23

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914):


  a.. The covers of this book are too far apart.

  b.. Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.

  c.. Prayer - to ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in

  behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy

  d.. Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.

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

  f.. Admiration, n.: Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.

  g.. Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think.

  h.. Faith, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks, without knowledge, of things without parallel.

  i.. MUGWUMP, n. In politics one afflicted with self-respect and addicted to the vice of independence. A term of contempt.

  j.. OPPOSITION, n. In politics the party that prevents the Government from running amuck by hamstringing it. The King of Ghargaroo, who had been abroad to study the science of government, appointed one hundred of his fattest subjects as members of a parliament to make laws for the collection of revenue. Forty of these he named the Party of Opposition and had his Prime Minister carefully instruct them in their duty of opposing every royal measure. Nevertheless, the first one that was submitted passed unanimously. Greatly displeased, the King vetoed it, informing the Opposition that if they did that again they would pay for their obstinacy with their heads. The entire forty promptly disemboweled themselves. "What shall we do now?" the King asked. "Liberal institutions cannot be maintained without a party of Opposition." "Splendor of the universe," replied the Prime Minister, "it is true these dogs of darkness have no longer their credentials, but all is not lost. Leave the matter to this worm of the dust." So the Minister had the bodies of his Majesty's Opposition embalmed and stuffed with straw, put back into the seats of power and nailed there. Forty votes were recorded against every bill and the nation prospered. But one day a bill imposing a tax on warts was defeated -- the members of the Government party had not been nailed to their seats! This so enraged the King that the Prime Minister was put to death, the parliament was dissolved with a battery of artillery, and government of the people, by the people, for the people perished from Ghargaroo.

  a.. PANDEMONIUM, n. Literally, the Place of All the Demons. Most of them have escaped into politics and finance, and the place is now used as a lecture hall by the Audible Reformer. When disturbed by his voice the ancient echoes clamor appropriate responses most gratifying to his pride of distinction.

  b.. For 'tis Politics intended By the elevator, mind, It will boost a person splendid If his talent is the kind.

  c.. Politics is the conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw] (1818-1885):


  a.. As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.

  b.. Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.

Victoria Billings (1945- ):


  a.. Rape is a culturally fostered means of suppressing women. Legally we say we deplore it, but mythically we romanticize and perpetuate it, and privately we excuse and overlook it.

Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898):


  a.. When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.

  b.. Universal suffrage is the government of a house by its nursery.

  c.. People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.

Emily P. Bissell


  a.. Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, But great actions speak to all mankind.



Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950):


  a.. Justice is better than chivalry if we cannot have both.

Tony Blair


  a.. I believe Mrs. Thatcher's emphasis on enterprise was right.

Eubie Blake:


  a.. If you didn't know how old you were, how old would you be?

William Blake (1757-1827):


  a.. Expect poison from the standing water.

  b.. A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

  c.. He who has suffered you to impose on him knows you.

  d.. He who would do good to another must do it

  In Minute Particulars:

  General Good is the plea of the scoundrel,

  Hypocrit and flatterer.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is--infinite.

  f.. You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.



H.P.Blavatsky  1831-1891


  a..               Do not believe that lust can ever be killed out if gratified

                 or satiated, for this is an abomination inspired by         

                 illusion.   It is by feeding vice that it expands and waxes 

                 strong, like to the worm that fattens on the blossom's     


  b..               Reflect upon the defects of your character:  thoroughly

                 realize their evils and the transient pleasures they give  

                 you, and firmly will that you shall try your best not to   

                 yield to them the next time

Robert Albert Bloch (b. 1917)


  a.. Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If

  encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are


Alexander Blok


  a.. With your whole body, with your whole heart, with your whole conscience, listen to the Revolution....This is the music everyone who has ears should hear.

Barbara Bloom, American artist


  a.. You have to choose where you look, and in making that choice

  you eliminate entire worlds.

Milo Bloom


  a.. The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important.

Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818-1894):


  a.. Man represents us, legislates for us, and now holds himself accountable for us! How kind in him, and what a weight is lifted from us! We shall no longer be answerable to the laws of God or man, no longer be subject to punishment for breaking them, no longer be responsible for any of our doings.

Robert Bly (1926- ):


  a.. We are living at an important and fruitful moment now, for it is clear to men that the images of adult manhood given by the popular culture are worn out; a man can no longer depend on them. By the time a man is thirty-five he knows that the images of the right man, the tough man, the true man which he received in high school do not work in life.

Niels Bohr (1885-1962):


  a.. If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet.

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

  c.. There are some things that are so serious that you have to laugh at them.

  d.. An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.

  e.. The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.

  f.. There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth.



Derek Curtis Bok (1930- ):


  a.. If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

  b.. I think the measure of your success to a certain extent will be the amount of

  things written about you that aren't true.

Sarah Knowles Bolton


  a.. Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.

Erma Bombeck (1927-1996):


  a.. As a graduate of the Zsa Zsa Gabor School of Creative mathematics, I honestly do no know how old I am.

  b.. Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.

  c.. If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.

  d.. We've got a generation now who were born with semiequality. They don't know how it was before, so they think, this isn't too bad. We're working. We have our attache cases and our three piece suits. I get very disgusted with the younger generation of women. We had a torch to pass, and they are just sitting there. They don't realize it can be taken away. Things are going to have to get worse before they join in fighting the battle.

  e.. When humor goes, there goes civilization.

  f.. Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821):


  a.. A leader is a dealer in hope.

  b.. Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.

  c.. There are two levers for moving men: interest and fear.

  d.. There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.

  e.. Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent. -

  f.. In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

  g.. The only conquests that are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.

  h.. If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing. -

  i.. A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. -

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945): German Protestant theologian


  a.. The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.

  b.. Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.

  c.. If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.

  d.. It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he

  can bring momentous issues to the fore and make a decision

  about them. The weak are always forced to decide between

  alternatives they have not chosen themselves.

Margaret Bonnano:


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

Daniel J. Boorstein:


  a.. The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance--it is the illusion of knowledge.

  b.. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.

Catherine Booth:


  a.. If we are to better the future we must disturb the present.

James H Boren


  a.. When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.

Nathaniel Borenstein


  a.. 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.

  b.. 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.

Victor Borge: (b. 1909) Danish-born American pianist


  a.. Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

Gloria Borger


  a.. For most folks, no news is good news; for the press, good news is not news.

Jorge Luis Borges


  a.. Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone. -

Martin Bormann (1900-1945):


  a.. Every educated person is a future enemy.

Max Born: (1882-1970) German-British physicist.


  a.. The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world.

  b.. There are two objectionable types of believers: those who believe the incredible and those who believe that 'belief' must be discarded and replaced by 'the scientific method.'

  c.. I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actual philosophy.

  d.. Intellect distinguishes between the possible and the impossible; reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless. Even the possible can be senseless.

Jaques Benigne Bossuel


  a.. The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.



Phyllis Bottome (1882-1963):


  a.. There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them.

Nadia Boulanger (1887-1974):


  a.. Do not take up music unless you would rather die than not do so.

  b.. A great work of art is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.

  c.. Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.



Bourdillon   (1852-1921)


  a.. The night has a thousand eyes, And the day but one;

                 Yet the light of the bright world dies, With the dying sun.

                 The mind has a thousand eyes, And the heart but one;        

                 Yet the light of a whole life dies, When love is done.     



Alec Bourne


  a.. It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.

Christian Nestell Bovee (1820-1904)


  a.. We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us.

  b.. Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear great joys.

  c.. A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never

  making a mistake as by never repeating it.




Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1972):


  a.. Art is the only thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.

  b.. Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms.

  c.. No object is mysterious. The mystery is in your eyes.

  d.. When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.

L. M. Boyd


  a.. There are 350 varieties of shark, not counting loan and pool.

Henry Boye:


  a.. The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.

Lord Brabazon:


  a.. I take the view, and always have, that if you cannot say what you are going to say in twenty minutes you ought go to away and write a book about it.

Peg Bracken (1918- ):


  a.. When there's a lot of it around, you never want it very much.

Ray Bradbury (1920- ):


  a.. Don't think! Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things; you simply must do them.

  b.. We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.

  c.. You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.

F. H. Bradley (1846-1924):


  a.. The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.

Gen. Omar Bradley


  a.. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. -

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):


  a.. Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.

Harriet Beryl Braiker (1948- ):


  a.. Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

Othal Brand:


  a.. Sure, it's going to kill a lot of people, but they may be dying of something else anyway. [Member of a Texas pesticide review board, on chlordane.]

Dorothea Brande:


  a.. All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success.



Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941):


  a.. Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.

  b.. Low wages are not cheap wages.

Amanda Bradley


  a.. Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make

  every day a holiday and celebrate just living!

Marlon Brando


  a.. If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.

Anthony Brandt (b. 1936): Amerian writer, author


  a.. Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.

Georges Braque (1882-1963):


  a.. Art is meant to disturb.

Bertolt Brecht


  a.. Grub first, then ethics.

William J. Brennan, Jr. (1906- ):


  a.. Our statute books gradually became laden with gross, stereotyped distinctions between the sexes and, indeed, throughout much of the 19th century the position of women in our society was, in many respects, comparable to that of blacks under the pre-Civil War slave codes.

  b.. There can be no doubt that our Nation has had a long and unfortunate history of sex discrimination. Traditionally, such discrimination was rationalized by an attitude of "romantic paternalism" which, in practical effect, put women, not on a pedestal, but in a cage.

Norman Brenner


  a.. The intermediate stage between socialism and capitalism is alcoholism.

Kingman Brewster:


  a.. Universities should be safe havens where ruthless examination of realities will not be distorted by the aim to please or inhibited by the risk of displeasure.

Kingman Brewster, Jr. (1919-88), American diplomat


  a.. There is no greater challenge than to have someone relying upon

  you; no greater satisfaction than to vindicate his expectation.

  b.. Maybe you are the cool generation ... If coolness means a

  capacity to stay calm and use your head in the service of ends

  passionately believed in, then it has my admiration.


Fannie Brice


  a.. Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be.


Robert Bridges


  a.. Long years you've kept the door ajar

  To greet me, coming from afar.

  Long years in my accustomed place

  I've read my welcome in your face.

Ashleigh (Ellwood)Brilliant: (b. 1933)


  a.. By doing just a little every day, I can gradually let the task overwhelm me.

  b.. I feel disillusioned. Do you have any good new illusions?

  c.. I waited and waited, and when no message came, I knew it must have been from you.

  d.. I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it.

  e.. Please don't ask me what the score is, I'm not even sure what the game is.

  f.. I may not be totally perfect, but parts of me are excellent.

  g.. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target. -

  h.. If you don't do it, you'll never know what would have happened if you had done it.

  i.. My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I'm right.

  j.. My sources are unreliable, but their information is fascinating.

  k.. The time for action is past! Now is the time for senseless bickering!

David Brinkley


  a.. The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.

Benjamin Britten:


  a.. Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house. Slowly you see more details of the house--the color of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows. The notes are the bricks and mortar of the house.

  b.. I do not easily think in words, because words are not my medium....I also have a very real dread of becoming one of those artists who talk. I believe so strongly that it is dangerous for artists to talk

William J. Broad


  a.. The crux... is that the vast majority of the mass of the universe seems to be missing.

Herb Brody:


  a.. Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that

  conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by

  looking in the rearview mirror.

Jacob Bronowski


  a.. No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.



Emily Bronte (1818-1848):


  a.. The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him; they crush those beneath them.

Anita Brookner:


  a.. The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce

  in life is rarely so simple and never so just.

Phillips Brooks:


  a.. The true way to be humble is not to stoop till you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that shall show you what the real smallness of your greatest greatness is.

Thomas Brooks


  a.. God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb, God will certainly be deaf.

Van Wyck Brooks (1886-1963):


  a.. The creative impulses of man are always at war with the possessive impulses.

Brigid Brophy (1929- ):


  a.. Whenever people say "we mustn't be sentimental", you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, "we must be realistic", they mean they are going to make money out of it.

Dr. Joyce (Diane Bauer) Brothers: (b. 1929) American psychologist, author


  a.. Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.

  b.. The person interested in success has to learn to view failure

  as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the


(Matthew) Heywood (Campbell) Broun (1888-1939):  American journalist


  a.. The tragedy of life is not that man loses but that he almost wins

Charles Brower


  a.. Few people are successful unless a lot of other people want them to be.

A. Whitney Brown: American publisher


  a.. I'm not a vegetarian because I love animals. I'm a vegetarian because I hate plants.

Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810):


  a.. Of all the forms of injustice, that is the most egregious which makes the circumstances of sex a reason for excluding one half of mankind from all those paths which lead to usefulness and honor.

David Brown:


  a.. Those who don't believe in you won't change their minds when you succeed.

Fredric Brown: Science fiction writer


  a.. Don't ever sell mankind short by saying there's anything they can't do.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.:


  a.. Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

  b.. When you have nothing important or interesting to say, don't let anyone persuade you to say it.

  c.. Believe in miracles but don't depend on them. When you hear a kind word spoken about a friend, tell him so. Spoil your spouse, not your children. Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language. To help your children turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money.

  d.. People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because

  they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost

  e.. Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.

Joan Winmill Brown


  a.. Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter

  how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts

  and cards to be bought and given--when Christmas Day comes

  there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the

  same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.

John Mason Brown:


  a.. She knows what is the best purpose of education: not to be frightened by the best but to treat it as part of daily life. [Tribute to classical scholar Edith Hamilton.]



Les Brown:


  a.. Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality. [Originally said to Les Brown by one of his high school teachers.]

Rita Mae Brown


  a.. 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.

Sam Brown


  a.. Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.

Mathew Browne


  a.. Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow.

Sir Thomas Browne


  a.. Sleep is a death; oh, make me try

  a.. By sleeping what it is to die,

  And as gently lay my head


  On my grave as now my bed!


  a.. Sure there is music even the beauty, and the silen note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument. For there is a music whever there is a harmony, order, or proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres.

  a.. Life is a pure flame,

                 and we live by an invisible sun within us.                  



Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861):


  a.. Light tomorrow with today!

Robert Browning


  a.. Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?

  b.. Love is energy of life.

  c.. Peotry puts the infinite within the finite.

  d.. Why comes temptation but for man to meet

  And master and make crouch beneath his foot, And so be pedestaled in triumph?    

  e.. Grow old along with me!

  The best is yet to be . . .  

  f.. 'Tis not what a man does which exalts him, but what man would do!

Giordano Bruno (1548-1600):


  a.. It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.

Anatole Broyard


  a.. There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.



Jean de La Bruyere 1645-1696


  a.. Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.

  b.. There is no road too long to the man

  who advances deliberately and without undue haste;          

  there are no honors too distant to the man                  

  who prepares himself for them with patience

Anita Bryant


  a.. As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children.

Paul William "Bear" Bryant (1913-83)


  a.. If any thing goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games for you.



William Jennings Bryant (1860-1925) American poet, editor


  a.. The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

  b.. Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness-a harsh nurse, who roughly

  rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.

John Buchan (1875-1940):


  a.. We can pay our debts to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.

  b.. An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.


Stan Buchanan


  a.. Be Not Bumptious!

Art Buchwald :


  a.. You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All

  you're doing is recording it.

Pearl Buck (1892-1973):


  a.. Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.

  b.. I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.

William F Buckley


  a.. We love your adherence to democratic principles.

  b.. Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.

Siddhartha Gautama Buddha (c. 563-483 B.C.):


  a.. Everything changes, nothing remains without change.

  b.. Pain is the outcome of sin.

  c.. The less you have, the less you have to worry about.

  d.. Believe nothing merely because you have been told it....Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings--that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.

  e.. A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion,

  does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering

  f.. Be ye lamps unto yourselves - hold ye fast to the truth as to a lamp.

  g.. Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.

  h.. Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of

  water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost


  i.. The ocean, king of mountains and the mighty continents

  Are not heavy burdens to bear when compared

  To the burden of not repaying the world's kindness.

  j.. Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but

  it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.

  k.. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.

  l.. There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.

  m.. Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.

  n.. We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.

  o.. Following the Noble Path is like entering a dark room with a light in the hand; the darkness will all be cleared away,

  and the room will be filled with light.

  p.. Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are

  created by the activities of the mind.

  q.. Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.

  r.. Happiness follows sorrow, sorrow follows happiness, but when one no longer discriminates happiness and sorrow, a

  good deal and a bad deed, one is able to realize freedom.

  s.. Of all the worldly passions, lust is the most intense. All other worldly passions seem to follow in its train.

Carl W. Buechner


  a.. They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how

  you made them feel.



Charles Bukowski


  a.. Before you kill something make sure you have something better to replace it with; something better than political opportunist slamming hate horse shit in the public park.

Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)


  a.. Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes.  Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it.   

  b.. In science, read, by preference, the newest works;

  in literature, the oldest.The classic literature is always modern              



Charlotte Bunch (1944- ):


  a.. Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women's issues.

Luther Burbank (1849-1926):


  a.. Heredity is nothing but stored environment.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797):


  a.. All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

  b.. Dangers by being despised grow great.

  c.. My hold of the colonies is in the close affection which grows from common names, from kindred blood, from similar privileges, and equal protection. These are ties which, though light as air, are as strong as links of iron. (Speech, Conciliation w America, 22 Mar. 1775)

  d.. Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little.

  e.. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

  f.. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Anthony Burgess


  a.. Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.

Carol Burnett (1933- ): American actress, singer, commedian


  a.. Comedy is tragedy plus time.

  b.. I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the

  things that don't work out, that's when I've really learned.

Frances Burnett (1849-1924):


  a.. It is astonishing how short a time it takes for very wonderful things to happen.

George Burns (1896-1996):


  a.. Everyday happiness means getting up in the morning, and you can't wait to finish your breakfast. You can't wait to do your exercises. You can't wait to put on your clothes. You can't wait to get out--and you can't wait to come home, because the soup is hot.

  b.. No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

  c.. I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than be a success at something I hate.

  d.. Too bad all the people who know how to run this country are busy running taxicabs or cutting hair.

H. S. M. Burns:


  a.. Take care of those who work for you and you'll float to greatness on their achievements.

John Burroughs:


  a.. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.

Robert Burton (1577-1640) English cleric, writer


  a.. One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.

  b.. Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men

  still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach

  the top.

Dr. (Felice) Leo(nardo) Buscaglia (b. 1924):


  a.. I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy.



Barbara Bush (1925- ):


  a.. And who knows? Somewhere out there in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well! [Commencement address to Wellesley College.]

George Bush (1924- ):


  a.. I don't know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.

  b.. It's no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another.

  c.. I have opinions of my own -- strong opinions --but I don't always agree with them.

George Walker Bush (b. 1946), 43rd US President


  a.. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest

  buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.

  These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of

  American resolve.

Willard C. Butcher:


  a.. High premiums are being paid today not particularly for quality service or long-term building of a business but rather for making money quickly, getting rich, and getting out. And that's wrong.

Nicholas Murray Butler


  a.. An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680):


  a.. The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.

  b.. How thankful we ought to feel that Wordsworth was only a poet and not a musician. Fancy a symphony by Wordsworth! Fancy having to sit it out! And fancy what it would have been if he had written fugues!

  c.. Life is like playing the solo violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.

  d.. Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.

  e.. The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.

  f.. Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.

  g.. Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.

  h.. A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities

  will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all,

  save those worth committing.

  i.. The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.

  j.. Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know

  the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.

Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902)


  a.. Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.

  b.. Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.

  c.. An idea must not be condemned for being a little shy and

  incoherent; all new ideas are shy when introduced first among

  our old ones. We should have patience and see whether the

  incoherency is likely to wear off or to wear on, in which latter

  case the sooner we get rid of them the better.

  d.. All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

Charles Buxton  (1823-1871)


  a.. Experience shows that success is due less to ability        

   than to zeal.  The winner is he who gives himself to        

   his work body and soul.

James Francis Byrnes (1879-1972)


  a.. Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of


Robert Byrne


  a.. In order to preserve your self-respect, it is sometimes necessary to lie and cheat.

  b.. Partying is such sweet sorrow.

  c.. Until you walk a mile in another man's moccasins you can't imagine the smell.

  d.. Getting caught is the mother of invention.





[George Gordon] Byron ( 1788-1824)


  a.. To have joy one must share it.

  Happiness was born a twin.

  b.. Yet he was jealous, but he did not show it, for jealously dilikes the world to know it.

  c.. And, after all what is a lie? T'is but the truth in masquerade.

  d.. He who ascends to mountain tops, shall find

  The loftiest peaks most wrapped in clouds and snow;         

  He who surpasses or subdues mankind,                        

  Must look down on the hate of those below.

  e.. Friendship is Love without his wings!

  f.. All comedies are ended by a marriage.


James B Cabell


  a.. The optimist proclaims we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.

Herb Caen


  a.. Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that can stay up all night and eat anything.

  b.. The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.

  c.. There are more of them than us.

Irving Caesar


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

Julius Caesar


  a.. Men willingly believe what they wish.

John Cage (1912-1992):


  a.. I can't understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I'm frightened of old ones.

  b.. Music is a means of Rapid Transportation.

  c.. Try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.

Sherri Chasin Calvo:


  a.. If you have never said "Excuse me" to a parking meter or bashed your shins on a fireplug, you are probably wasting too much valuable reading time.

Arthur Calwell


  a.. It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.

Julia Cameron:


  a.. When we are angry or depressed in our creativity, we have misplaced our power. We have allowed someone else to determine our worth, and then we are angry at being undervalued.

Simon Cameron


  a.. An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.

David Campbell:


  a.. Discipline is remembering what you want.

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987):


  a.. I don't have to have faith. I have experience.

  b.. If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track, which has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.

  c.. The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.

  d.. One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.

  e.. Follow your bliss, and doors will open where there were no doors before.

Mrs. Patrick Campbell


  a.. I don't mind where people make love, so long as they don't do it

  in the street and frighten the horses.



Albert Camus (1913-1960):


  a.. But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?

  b.. Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.

  c.. Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.

  d.. To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.

  e.. In the depth of winter I finally learned there was in me invincible summer.

  f.. Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.

  g.. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; don't walk behind me, I may not lead; walk beside me, and just be my friend.

  h.. Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.

  i.. Integrity has no need of rules.

  j.. Don't wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.

Elias Canetti (b. 1905)Bulgarian-born writer


  a.. The self-explorer, whether he wants to or not, becomes the explorer of

  everything else. He learns to see himself, but suddenly, provided he was honest,

  all the rest appears, and it is as rich as he was, and, as a final crowning,


Eddie Cantor: Actor


  a.. He hasn't an enemy in the world - but all his friends hate him.

Robert F. Capon:


  a.. The world looks as if it has been left in the custody of trolls.

Al Capone


  a.. When I sell liquor, its called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, its called hospitality.

  b.. You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.

  c.. Vote early and vote often.

Al Capp (1909-1979):


  a.. Anyone who can walk to the welfare office can walk to work

  b.. Success is following the pattern of life one enjoys most.

Frank Capra:


  a.. Whenever a situation develops to its extreme, it is bound to turn around and become its opposite.

Roger Caras:


  a.. There are only three sins--causing pain, causing fear, causing anguish. The rest is window dressing.

Orson Scott Card: (b. 1951), American writer


  a.. In order to learn, one must change one's mind.

  b.. In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him

  well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love




Alex Carey


  a.. It is long accepted by the missionaries that morality is inversely proportional to the amount of clothing people wore.

Sandra Carey


  a.. Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other

  helps you make a life.

George Carlin


  a.. May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881):


  a.. Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.

  b.. Do the duty which lieth nearest to thee! Thy second duty will already have become clearer.

  c.. Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther.

  d.. It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.

  e.. The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.

  f.. Our grand business is not to see what lies                  

  dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.  

  g.. Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.

  h.. The end of man is action, and not thought, though it be of the noblest.     

  i.. The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak, becomes a steppingstone in the path of the strong.



Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919):


  a.. As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.

  b.. No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.

Dale Carnegie: (1888-1955)Scottish-born American industrialist, philanthropist, educator


  a.. Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don't put off being happy until some future date.

  b.. One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend

  to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the

  horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today

  c.. Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.

  d.. Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.

Liz Carpenter (1920- ):


  a.. Anybody against women, against the ERA, should never be voted into office again.

David Carradine:


  a.. There's an alternative. There's always a third way, and it's not a combination of the other two ways--it's a different way.

Lewis Carroll


  a.. Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.(From Alice in Wonderland)

Thomas Carruthers:


  a.. A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.

Johnny Carson (1925- ):


  a.. Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.

Rachel Carson (1907-1964):


  a.. For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.

  b.. The "control of nature" is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and the convenience of man.

  c.. The discipline of the writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him.

  d.. For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.

  e.. In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference.

Boake Carter


  a.. In time of war the first casualty is truth.

Hodding Carter


  a.. Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone.

Lady Violet Bonham Carter (1887 - 1969)


  a.. Outer space is no place for a person of breeding.



M. Cartmill


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

Joyce Cary


  a.. I look upon life as a gift from God. I did nothing to earn it. Now that the time is coming to give it back, I have no right to complain.

Pablo Casals (1876-1973):


  a.. I am perhaps the oldest musician in the world. I am an old man but in many senses a very young man. And this is what I want you to be, young, young all your life, and to say things to the world that are true. [At a concert he played when he was 95.]

  b.. Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most.

Giacomo Girolamo Casanova de Seingalt (1725-1798):


  a.. Man is free, but not if he doesn't believe it.

  b.. If you want to make people laugh, your face must remain serious.

Carlos Castaneda (1931- ): American writer


  a.. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone the question, ...Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use.

  b.. All paths lead nowhere, follow the path with heart.

  c.. Things don't change. You change your way of looking, that's all.

Willa Cather (1873-1947):


  a.. Where there is great love there are always miracles.

Catherine II of Russia (1729-1796):


  a.. I am one of the people who love the why of things.

  b.. I praise loudly, I blame softly.

Wynn Catlin


  a.. Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice Doggie!" till you can find a rock.

Marcius Porcius Cato (BC 234-149) [the Elder or the Censor] Roman politician, general


  a.. Those who steal from private individuals spend their lives in stocks and

  chains; those who steal from the public treasure go dressed in gold and purple.

Dick Cavett


  a.. If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either.

Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947):


  a.. There are two kinds of restrictions upon human liberty--the restraint of law and that of custom. No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.

Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933):


  a.. What shall become of us without any barbarians?

  Those people were a kind of solution.

Dick Cavett:


  a.. As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.

Madison J. Cawein


  a.. Some reckon time by stars,

  And some by hours;

  Some measure days by dreams

  And some by flowers;

  My heart alone records

  My days and hours.

  (from Some Reckon Time by Stars)

Luis Cernuda


  a.. Everything beautiful has its moment and then passes away.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616):


  a.. All music jars when the soul is out of tune.

  b.. A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.

  c.. Fair and softly goes far.

  d.. Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.

  e.. To withdraw is not to run away.

  f.. By the streets of "by and by", one arrives at the house

  of "never".

  g.. Every one is the son of his own works.                      


Marc Chagall (1887-1985)Russian-born artist


  a.. Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.

Achaan Chah


  a.. At some point your heart will tell itself what to do.



Allan K. Chalmers:


  a.. The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Edwin Hubbell Chapin


  a.. Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it foregoes revenge, and dares to forgive an injury.

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959):


  a.. He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.

  b.. She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.

  c.. Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can

  find outside an advertising agency.

Coco Chanel (1883-1971):


  a.. How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.

  b.. There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!

William Ellery Channing


  a.. Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin (1889-1977)


  a.. Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the Headless Monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.

George Chapman


  a.. A promise is most given when least said.

Tielhard de Chardin


  a.. The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.

Emile Auguste Chartier (1868-1951):


  a.. To think is to say no.

Cesar Chavez


  a.. In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence.

Chekhov (1860-1904)


  a.. Man is what he believes.

  b.. The more refined one is, the more unhappy.

John Vance Cheney


  a.. The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.

Scott Cherf:


  a.. To go faster, slow down. Everybody who knows about orbital mechanics understands that.

Neeli Cherkovski


  a.. He tried to imagine that seeing a young couple parading by on the street didn't mean anything, but it affected him. The opposite sex remained a mystery. He could not accept the idea that a woman might love him. He gazed in amazement at empty-faced men locked arm in arm with beautiful women; he felt the rift between these men's sexual nonchalance and his own hyper-sensitivity and vulnerability. All the more he turned to the typewriter and the ephemeral glories of intoxication. "Probably, I could have ended up not liking myself," he [CB] says, "but I was lucky. There was nothing wrong with me. It was other people who fell short, who didn't have true humanity." -- from Hank: the life of Charles Bukowski

Philip Dormer Shanhope, Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773): [4th Earl of Chesterfield] English politician


  a.. Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.

  b.. Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.

  c.. Ridicule is the best test of truth.

  d.. Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and

  do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have


  e.. I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.

  f..                Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is

                 unattainable; however, they who aim at it, and persevere,

                 will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and  

                 despondency make them give it up as unattainable.      

  g.. Know the true value of time, snatch, sieze and enjoy every moment of it.     



G[ilbert] K[eith] Chesterton (1874-1936): British writer, critic


  a.. Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.

  b.. The artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.

  c.. If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

  d.. An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is

  only an adventure wrongly considered

  e.. I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.

  f.. True contentment is a real, even an active, virtue--not only affirmative but creative. It is the power of getting out of any situation all there is in it.

  g.. The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.



I Ching  (BC 1150)


  a..               The quiet and solitary man apprehends the inscrutable.

                 He seeks nothing, holds to the mean, and remains free      

                 from entanglements.   

  b..               Creativity comes from awakening and directing men's higher

                 natures, which originate in the primal depths of the uni-  

                 verse and are appointed by Heaven

  c..                Indecision regarding the choice among pleasures temporarily

                 robs a man of inner peace.  After due reflection, he attains

                 joy by turning away from the lower pleasures and seeking the

                 higher ones.     

  d..               Man becomes the master of difficult situations by refusing

                 the assistance of weak men.  He relies on his own strength 

                 of character 

  e..                He who possesses the source of Enthusiasm                   

                 Will achieve great things.                                  

                 Doubt not.  You will gather friends around you              

                 As a hair clasp gathers the hair.    

  f..               The superior man, when he stands alone, is unconcerned,

                 And if he has to renounce the world, he is undaunted         

  g.. When clouds form in the skies we know that rain will follow but we must not

  wait for it. Nothing will be achieved by attempting to interfere with the future

  before the time is ripe. Patience is needed.              



Brock Chisholm:


  a.. You can only cure retail but you can prevent wholesale.

Shirley Chisholm (1924- ):


  a.. Of my two "handicaps," being female put many more obstacles in my path than being black.

  b.. Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.

  c.. We Americans have a chance to become someday a nation in which all racial stocks and classes can exist in their own selfhoods, but meet on a basis of respect and equality and live together, socially, economically, and politically. We can become a dynamic equilibrium, a harmony of many different elements, in which the whole will be greater than all its parts and greater than any society the world has seen before. It can still happen.

Edward Chilton


  a.. I'm worried that the universe will soon need replacing. It's not holding a charge.

Noah Chomsky (1928- ):


  a.. If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849):


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

Chuang-tzu ( fl BC 350 )


  a.. A dog is not considered a good dog

  because he is a good barker.

  A man is not considered a good man

  because he is a good talker.

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965):


  a.. An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.

  b.. Genius is independant of situation.

  c.. A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

  d.. If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.

  e.. If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.

  f.. If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised.

  g.. If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time--a tremendous whack.

  h.. It is a great mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.

  i.. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."

  j.. Mr. Atlee is a very modest man. Indeed, he has a lot to be modest about.

  k.. Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

  l.. Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.

  m.. Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

  n.. This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.

  o.. This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.

  p.. I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.

  q.. An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.

  r.. Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

  s.. The English never draw a line without blurring it.

  t.. A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

  u.. There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.

  v.. The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.

  w.. The latest refinements of science are linked with the cruelties of the Stone Age.

  x.. It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. . . . The quotations, when engraved upon the memory, give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.

  y.. Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.

  z.. If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.

  aa.. I like a man who grins when he fights.

  ab.. A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye and see his equal



  a.. .Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most times he will pick himself up and carry on.

  b.. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

  c.. Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.

  d.. I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

  e.. No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.

  f.. I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

  g.. History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

  h.. A joke is a very serious thing.

  i.. We have our own dream and our own task,

  We are with Europe, but not of it,

  We are linked but not combined,

  We are interested and associated but not absorbed

  j.. From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.

  k.. My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.

  l.. A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

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

  n.. There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.

  o.. Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.

  p.. It's a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.

  q.. Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time.

  r.. I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic.

  s.. Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

  t.. The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.

John Ciardi


  a.. You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.

[Marcus Tullius] Cicero (106-43 BC):


  a.. Hatred is inveterate anger.

  b.. A man of courage is also full of faith.

  c.. Nothing quite new is perfect.

  d.. Natural ability without education has more often raised a man

  to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

  e.. Men in no way approach so nearly to the gods as in doing good to men.                                    

  f.. The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.

  g.. I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.

  h.. In nothing do men more nearly approach the Gods than by doing good to their fellow man.

  i.. No one can give you better advice than yourself.

  j.. Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.

  k.. The shifts of fortune tests the reliability of friends.

  l.. Nothing troubles you for which you do not yearn.

  m.. We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.

  n.. When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.

  o.. Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the   

                 usefulness of which all mankind are agreed.                 



Tennessee Claflin (1845-1923):


  a.. The world enslaves our sex by the mere fear of an epithet; and as long as it can throw any vile term at us, before which we cower, it can maintain our enslavement.

Kathryn Clarenbach (1925? - ):


  a.. The overemphasis on protecting girls from strain or injury and underemphasis on developing skills and experiencing teamwork fits neatly into the pattern of the second sex....Girls are the spectators and the cheerleaders....Perfect preparation for the adult role of woman--to stand decoratively on the sidelines of history and cheer on the men who make the decisions.

Arthur C. Clarke (1917- ):


  a.. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

  b.. The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.

  c.. The only real problem in life is what to do next.

  d.. The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

  e.. Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.

  f.. It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him.

  g.. Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.

  h.. The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.

  i.. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

  j.. It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.



Ramsey Clark


  a.. Who will protect the public when the police violate the law?

Thomas Campbell Clark


  a.. I am convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile.

  b.. Claudianus ( 365? - 408? AD )

  c.. Expel avarice, the mother of all wickedness, who, always

  thirsty for more, opens wide her jaws for gold.

Eldridge Cleaver (1935- ):


  a.. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

  b.. The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.

John Cleese (1939- ):


  a.. If life were fair, Dan Quayle would be making a living asking, "Do you want fries with that?"

  b.. If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

  c.. I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.

Georges Clemenceau


  a.. War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military.

  b.. America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization. -

St. Clement of Alexandria (150?-220?):


  a.. If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.

Jim Clemetson:


  a.. If all were equal, no race would be run. If there could be no second place, no dead last, would any run their fastest? Would any run at all?

Hillary Rodham Clinton


  a.. The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future.

William Clinton:


  a.. It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.

George Clooney:


  a.. The only failure is not to try.

William Cobbett:


  a.. Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent.

Bruce Cockburn


  a.. The trouble with normal is it always gets worse.

Claud Cockburn (1904 - 1981)


  a.. Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

Mark B. Cohen


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



Morris R[aphael] Cohen (1880-1947):


  a.. Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents, but grow out of the very essence of religion, namely, its absolute claims.



Sir Edward Coke (1552-1633)


  a.. Precaution is better than cure.

Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925)American editor, essayist


  a.. Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great adventure

  down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the sun. For if he dies

  without a question in his heart, what excuse is there for his continunace.

Dale Coleman


  a.. One must never be in haste to end a day. There are too few of them in a lifetime.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge::  (1772-1834) English poet


  a.. No man does anything from a single motive.

  b.. Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius,

  being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.

  c.. He prayeth best who loveth best All things both great and

  small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all

  d.. Friendship is like a sheltering tree.

Colette (1873-1954):


  a.. No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.

  b.. There is nothing that gives more assurance than a mask.

  c.. We don't feel at ease here: we are surrounded by too much beauty.

  d.. Who said you should be happy? Do your work.

  e.. You can do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

  f.. There is one art of which man should be master,

  the art of reflection.



Robert Collier:


  a.. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

Emily Collins (1818?-1879?):


  a.. It is ever thus; where Theology enchains the soul, the Tyrant enslaves the body.

(John) Churton Collins


  a.. To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)


  a.. Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.

  b.. When you have nothing to say, say nothing.

  c.. Evils in the journey of life are like the hills which alarm

  travelers on their road. - Both appear great at a distance,

  but when we approach them we find they are far less

  insurmountable than we had conceived.

  d.. Deliberate with caution, but act with decision;

  and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness

  e.. Those who visit foreign nations,

  but who associate only with their own countrymen,           

  change their climate, but not their customs;                

  they see new meridians, but the same men;                   

  and with heads as empty as their pockets,                   

  return home with travelled bodies, but untravelled minds.  

  f.. Time, the cradle of hope, but the grave of ambition, is the

  stern corrector of fools, but the salutary counsellor of the

  wise, bringing all they dread to the one, and all they     

  desire to the other....He that has made it his friend will 

  have little to fear from his enemies, but he that has made 

  it his enemy will have little to hope from his friends.                                                    

  g.. True friendship is like sound health,

  the value of it is seldom known until it be lost

  h.. The seeds of repentance are sown in youth by pleasure,

  but the harvest is reaped in age by pain





Jules Combarieu (1859-1916):


  a.. Music is the art of thinking with sounds.

Barry Commoner:


  a.. Nothing ever goes away.

Barber B. Conable Jr. (1922- ):


  a.. Women do two thirds of the world's work....Yet they earn only one tenth of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property. They are among the poorest of the world's poor.

James Bryant Conant (1893-1978)American educator, President-Harvard


  a.. Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.

Phil Condit


  a.. None of us is as smart as all of us.

Confucius (551-479 BC):


  a.. Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.

  b.. I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

  c.. Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

  d.. Heaven means to be one with God.

  e.. Wealth and rank are what people desire, but unless they be obtained in the

  right way they may not be possessed.

  f.. He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.

  g.. We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy

  than in endeavoring to think so ourselves

  h.. The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.                           

  i.. Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not to others what thou

  wouldst not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries.

  Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him

  assistance, invoke God in his behalf.

  j.. The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.

  k.. When anger rises, think of the consequences.

  l.. A picture is a poem without words.

  m.. To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.

  n.. Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.

  o.. By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection which is noblest;                    

  second, by imitation, which is the easiest;               

  and third, by experience, which is the bitterest



William Congreve


  a.. Music has charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

Cyril Connolly


  a.. Imprisoned in every fat man a thin man is wildly signaling to be let out.

  b.. Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.

  c.. Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.

  d.. The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924):


  a.. You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.

  b.. I can't imagine a human being so hard up for something to do as to quarrel with me.

James R. Cook:


  a.. Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.

Rich Cook


  a.. Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

Alistair Cooke


  a.. A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it.

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933):  30th US President, Republican


  a.. Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and

  goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

  b.. I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say.

  c.. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.



Jilly Cooper


  a.. The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness, can be trained to do most things.

Vernon Cooper


  a.. These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom

  is of the future.

Aaron Copland:


  a.. Listening to the Fifth Symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams is like staring at a cow for forty-five minutes.

  b.. The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer

  would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would

  be, 'No.'

Professor Irwin Corey:


  a.. If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going.

Pierre Corneille (1606-1684):


  a.. What destroys one man preserves another.

F. M. Cornford (1874-1943):


  a.. Every public action which is not customary, either is wrong or, if it is right, is a dangerous precedent. It follows that nothing should ever be done for the first time.

Bill [William Henry] Cosby (1937- ):


  a.. I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

  b.. People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on.

Lawrence Coughlin


  a.. Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.

Norman Cousins (1915-90)American editor, writer, author


  a.. The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human

  beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.

Steven Covey:


  a.. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Robert R. Coveyou:


  a.. The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.




Edward Gordon Craig:


  a.. That is what the title of artist means: one who perceives more than his fellows, and who records more than he has seen.

Frank Crane:


  a.. What you want to be eventually, that you must be every day; and by and by the quality of your deeds will get down into your soul.



Quentin Crisp (1908- ):


  a.. Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.



David Crockett (1786-1836)


  a.. Be sure you are right, then go ahead.

Norm Crosby


  a.. When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.




Crowfoot (1821-90)Native American, Blackfoot


  a.. What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.


E(dward) E(stlin) Cummings (1894-1962)American writer


  a.. To be nobody-but-yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day,

  to make you everybody else--means to fight the hardest battle which any human

  being can fight; and never stop fighting



Mary Daly (1928- ):


  a.. I had explained that a woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.



Dante, Alighieri (1265-1321):


  f.. The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.



Clarence Darrow

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.



Robertson Davies (1913- ):


  a.. All mothers think their children are oaks, but the world never lacks for cabbages.

  b.. The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact a return to the idealised past.

  c.. Fanaticism is...overcompensation for doubt.

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

  e.. The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519):


  a.. He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.

  b.. Nature never breaks her own laws.

  c.. Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.

  d.. It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

  e.. Thou, O God, dost sell us all good things at the price of labor.

  f.. Vows begin when hope dies.

  g.. Strive to preserve your health; and in this you will better

  succeed in proportion as you keep clear of the physicians,

  for their drugs are a kind of alchemy concerning which there

  are no fewer books than there are medicines.


  h.. Those who are enamoured of practice without science are like a pilot who goes into a ship without rudder or compass and never has any certainty of where he is going. Practice should always be besed upon a sound knowledge of theory.

  i.. Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.

  j.. All our knowledge has it's origins in our perceptions.

  k.. The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things.



Geena Davis:


  a.. If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.

Miles Davis (1926-1991):


  a.. Don't play what's there, play what's not there.

  b.. I'll play it first and tell you what it is later.

Simeone de Beauvoir (1908-1986):


  a.. Art is an attempt to integrate evil.

  b.. The faculty of imagination is both the rudder and the bridle of the senses.

  c.. However gifted an individual is at the outset, if his or her talents cannot be developed because of his or her social condition, because of the surrounding circumstances, these talents will be still-born.

  d.. One is not born a woman, one becomes one.

  e.. Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior; she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority.

Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926):


  a.. Riches are the savings of many in the hands of one.

  b.. The rights of one are as sacred as the rights of a million.

  c.. Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder...the master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. [Debs served a 10 year jail sentence for saying this in the USA in 1918.]

  d.. When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right.

  e.. While there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

Edgar Degas (1834-1917):


  a.. In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.



Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970):


  a.. Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.

  b.. I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians."

Frederick Delius (1862-1934):


  a.. There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating.

Tom DeMarco:


  a.. There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back. - ( Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister )

  b.. Craziness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

Hugo Demartini


  a.. People are always talking about tradition, but they forget we have a tradition of a few hundred years of nonsense and stupidity, that there is a tradition of idiocy, incompetence and crudity.

William Dement


  a.. Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.

Agnes de Mille (1908- ):


  a.. 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.

  b.. When you perform...you are out of yourself--larger and more potent, more beautiful. You are for minutes heroic. This is power. This is glory on earth. And it is yours nightly.

Barbara Deming (1917- ):


  a.. If men put from them in fear all that is "womanish" in them, then long, of course, for that missing part in their natures, so seek to possess it by possessing us; and because they have feared it in their own souls seek, too, to dominate it in us--seek even to slay it--well, we're where we are now, aren't we?

W. Edwards Deming (1900-1993):


  a.. If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing.

  b.. It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.

  c.. People work in the system. Management creates the system.

Demosthenes ( BC 384-322 )


  a.. Nothing is so easy as to deceive one's self;

  for what we wish, that we readily believe.



 John Denham ( 1615-1668 )


  a.. Learn to live well, that thou may'st die so too;

  To live and die is all we have to do.



Max De Pree:


  a.. The first responsibility of a leader is to define responsibility. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.

Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859):


  a.. If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.

René Descartes (1596-1650)


  a.. Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.

  b..                If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary

                 that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as       

                 possible, all things

  c.. When it is not in our power to determine what it true, we ought to follow what is most probable.

Madame de Staël [Anna Maria Louis Germaine Necker] (1766-1817):


  a.. Genius has no sex!

  b.. The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action.

  c.. The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.

  d.. One must, in one's life, make a choice between boredom and suffering.

  e.. Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.

Marquis de Vauvenarges (1715-1747):


  a.. Lazy people are always looking for something to do.

J. DeVille:


  a.. In communities where men build ships for their own sons to fish or fight from, quality is never a problem.

Richard M. DeVos:


  a.. Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. A "you can do it" when things are tough.

Peter DeVries (1910- ):


  a.. I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning.

  b.. It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.

Thomas Dewar    1864-1930


  a.. Love is an ocean of emotions, entirely surrounded by expenses

John Dewey (1859-1952):


  a.. Every thinker puts some portion of an apparently stable world in peril.



The Dhammapada ( c BC 300 )


  a.. All that we are is the result of what we have thought:

  it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our

  thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought,

  pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox

  that draws the carriage.

  b.. As the bee takes the essence of a flower

  and flies away without destroying its beauty and perfume,  

  so let the sage wander in this life.                        

  c.. For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: Hatred ceases by love - this is an old rule.

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982):


  a.. Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

Emily Dickinson


  a.. You can stay young as long as you learn.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870):


  a.. He did each single thing as if he did nothing else.

  b.. Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tries, and a touch that never hurts.

  c.. This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.

Denis Diderot (1713-1784):


  a.. Distance is a great promoter of admiration!

  b.. Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

Joan Didion (1935- ):


  a.. I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means.



Annie Dillard (1945- ):


  a.. How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

Phillis Diller


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

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881):


  a.. Nurture your mind with great thoughts.

  b.. Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing.

  c.. The secret of success is constancy of purpose.

  d.. Change is inevitable....change is constant.

  e.. Life is too short to be little.

  f.. I never deny, I never contradict. I sometimes forget.

  g.. Nurture your minds with great thoughts, to believe in the heroic makes heroes.

  h.. Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, old age a regret.

Isaac D'Israeli (1766-1848 )


  a.. The act of contemplation creates the thing contemplated.

  b.. Fortune is rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.

  c.. The act of contemplation creates the thing contemplated.



Mike Ditka


  a.. You are never a loser until you quit trying.

Dorothea Dix (1802-1887):


  a.. In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.

W. MacNeile Dixon:


  a.. Our desires attract supporting reasons as a magnet the iron fillings.

E. L. Doctorow:


  a.. Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

Angelo Donghia:


  a.. Assumption is the mother of the screw-up.

John Donne:


  a.. Love built on beauty, soon as beauty dies

  b.. No man is an Island, entire of it selfe; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any man's death diminishes me, becaise I am involved in Mankinde; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls: It tolls for thee.

Fyodor Dostoyevski


  a.. The soul is healed by being with children.

William O. Douglas:


  a.. Security can only be achieved through constant change, through discarding old ideas that have outlived their usefulness and adapting others to current facts.

  b.. Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions.  It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.

Frederick Douglass (1817?-1895):


  a.. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.

Robert Downey, Jr.:


  a.. Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly at first.

Hugh Downs:


  a.. A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


  a.. Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

  b.. Men die of the diseases which they have studied most...It's

  as if the morbid condition was an evil creature which, when

  it found itself closely hunted, flew at the throat of its pursuer.

William Drayton:


  a.. Change starts when someone sees the next step.

John Dryden (1631-1700):


  a.. Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.

  b.. Dancing is the poetry of the foot.



W. E. B. DuBois (1868-1963):


  a.. The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.

René Dubos (1901-1982):


  a.. The most important pathological effects of pollution are extremely delayed and indirect.

Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968):


  a.. The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.

Isadora Duncan (1878-1927):


  a.. If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.

David Dunham:


  a.. Efficiency is intelligent laziness.

Max DuPree


  a.. We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.

Will Durrant


  a.. One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.

  b.. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921- ):


  a.. What was once thought can never be unthought.

Scott Michael Durski


  a.. Spend each moment perfecting the next, not correcting the last.

Andrea Dworkin (1946- ):


  a.. By the time we are women, fear is as familiar to us as air; it is our element. We live in it, we inhale it, we exhale it, and most of the time we do not even notice it. Instead of "I am afraid," we say, "I don't want to," or "I don't know how," or "I can't."

  b.. Depicting women as whores and the sexuality of women as sluttish is what pornography does. Its job in the politically coercive and cruel system of male supremacy is to justify and perpetuate the rape and prostitution from which is springs.

  c.. Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination.

  d.. Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us.

  e.. Sexism is the foundation on which all tyranny is built. Every social form of hierarchy and abuse is modeled on male-over-female domination.

  f.. We have a double standard, which is to say, a man can show how much he cares by being violent--see, he's jealous, he cares--a woman shows how much she cares by how much she's willing to be hurt; by how much she will take; how much she will endure; how suicidal she's prepared to be.

  g.. Woman is not born; she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so.

Bob Dylan (1941- ):


  a.. A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.

Wayne Dyer


  a.. Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules.

Book of Dyzan    BC 3000?


  a.. The root of life was in every drop of the ocean of

  immortality, and the ocean was radiant light, which was    

  fire, and heat, and motion.  Darkness vanished and was no  

  more; it disappeared in its own essence, the body of fire  

  and water, or father and mother...   

  b.. ...The last vibration of the seventh eternity thrills

  through infinitude.  The mother swells, expanding from     

  within without, like the bud of the lotus.                  

  The vibration sweeps along, touching with its swift   

  wing the whole universe and the germ that dwelleth in dark-

  ness:  the darkness that breathes over the slumbering waters

  of life...                                                   

  Darkness radiates light, and light drops one solitary 

  ray into the mother-deep.  The ray shoots through the       

  virgin egg.  The ray causes the eternal egg to thrill, and 

  drop the non-eternal germ, which condenses into the



J. W. Eagan:


  a.. Never judge a book by its movie.



Amelia Earhart


  a.. Courage is the price that Love exacts for granting peace.

Gerald Early: writer


  a.. I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball.

Joe Early: US Congressman


  a.. They gave me a book of checks. They didn't ask for any deposits.

Max Eastman (1883-1969):


  a.. People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo.

Abba Eban:


  a.. History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.

  b.. You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.

Richard Eberhart (1904- ):


  a.. Style is the perfection of a point of view.

Marie Ebner von Eschenbach (1830-1916):


  a.. Imaginary evils are incurable.

Mary Baker Eddy        1821-1910


  a.. There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter.                                                   

  All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All - in all.                                   

  Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error

  b.. Spirit is the real and eternal;

  matter is the unreal and temporal.

Marian Wright Edelman (1937- ):


  a.. We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.

Dave Edison:


  a.. I'm desperately trying to figure out why kamikaze pilots wore helmets.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931):


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

  b.. I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

  c.. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

  d.. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

  e.. Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.

  f.. Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.

Bob Edwards:


  a.. If you want anything done well, do it yourself. This is why most people laugh at their own jokes.

Tryon Edwards (1809-94) Writer, author


  a.. The great end of education is to discipline rather than to

  furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers,

  rather than fill it with the accumulation of others.

  b.. If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.



Albert Einstein (1879-1955):


  a.. A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.

  b.. A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.

  c.. A man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. He sits on a hot stove for a minute, it's longer than any hour. That is relativity.

  d.. A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

  e.. A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.

  f.. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

  g.. As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.

  h.. As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

  i.. A theory is something nobody believes, except the person who made it. An experiment is something everybody believes, except the person who made it...(attributed)

  j.. Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius

  -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.

  k.. Before God we are equally wise - and equally foolish.

  l.. Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

  m.. Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

  n.. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

  o.. Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom.

  p.. Generations to come will find it difficult to believe that a man such as Gandhi ever walked the face of this earth.

  q.. Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love.

  r.. God does not play dice with the universe. 

  s.. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

  t.. Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.

  u.. He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

  v.. Hell, there are no rules here-- we're trying to accomplish something.

  w.. How do I work? I grope.

  x.. I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

  y.. I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.

  z.. I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.

  aa.. I want to know all Gods thoughts...all the rest are just details.

  ab.. If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.

  ac.. If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith.

  ad.. If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.

  ae.. If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it?

  af.. Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world.

  ag.. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

  ah.. It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

  ai.. Imagination is more important than knowledge.Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.

  aj.. It is not known with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

  ak.. It is the theory that decides what can be observed.

  al.. It would seem that men always need some idiotic fiction in the name of which they can hate one another. Once it was religion. Now it is the State. 



  a.. My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

  b.. Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.

  c.. No, this trick won't work...How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

  d.. Not everything that can be counted counts; and not everything that counts can be counted.

  e.. Only a life lived for others is worth living.

  f.. Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

  g.. Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem--in my opinion--to characterize our age.

  h.. Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

  i.. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

  j.. The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.

  k.. The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

  l.. The faster you go, the shorter you are.

  m.. The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.

  n.. The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

  o.. The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.

  p.. The human mind has first to construct forms, independently, before we can find them in things.

  q.. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

  r.. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

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

  t.. The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

  u.. The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

  v.. The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.

  w.. There are only two truly infinite things, the universe and stupidity. And I am unsure about the universe.

  x.. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

  y.. Three rules of work: (1) Out of clutter, find simplicity; (2) From discord, find harmony; (3) In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

  z.. To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

  aa.. Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.

  ab.. Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.

  ac.. We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything.

  ad.. We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

  ae.. When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.

  af.. Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.



Loren (Corey) Eiseley: (1907-77) American writer, author


  a.. Like the herd animals we are, we sniff warily at the strange one among us.

Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969): U.S. President


  a.. Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

  b.. Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.

  c.. Through unity of action we can be a veritable colossus in support of peace. No one can defeat us

  unless we first defeat ourselves. Every one of us must be guided by this truth.

  d.. We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.

  e.. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

  f.. I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.

  g.. What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.

  h.. Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand

  miles from the corn field.

  i.. Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual as one

  in which he has had some fun, some joy, some real satisfaction,

  that day is a loss.

George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans] (1819-1880):


  a.. An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.

  b.. The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.

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

  d.. Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.

  e.. He was like the cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.

  f.. What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?

  g.. In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness.

  h.. I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.

  i.. It is never too late to become what you might have been.

  j.. One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.

  k.. Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.

  l.. Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

  m.. There is no private life which is not determined by a wider public life.

  n.. Speech is but broken light upon the depth

  Of the unspoken.





T.S. Eliot (1888-1965):


  a.. The definition of hell is a place where nothing connects with nothing.

  b.. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.

  c.. Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

  d.. Hell is oneself, hell is alone, the other figures in it, merely projections.

  e.. Music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all, but you are the music while the music lasts.

  f.. Music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all, but you are the music while the music lasts.

  g.. No one can become really educated without having pursued some study in which he took no interest. For it is part of education to interest ourselves in subjects for which we have no aptitude.

  h.. The remarkable thing about television is that it permits several million people to laugh at the same joke

  and still feel lonely.

  i.. We shall not cease from exploration

  And the end of all our exploring

  Will be to arrive where we started

  And know the place for the first time.

  j.. Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.

Duke Ellington (1899-1993):


  a.. Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited.

  b.. A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

Walter Elliot:


  a.. Perseverence is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.

Havelock Ellis


  a.. What we call "morals" is simply blind obedience to words of command.

  b.. The omnipresent process of sex, as it is woven into the whole texture of our man's or woman's body, is the pattern of all the process of our life.

Harlan Ellison :


  a.. The two most abundant things in the universe are Hydrogren and stupidity.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): American writer


  a.. All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.

  b.. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

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

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

  e.. Be an opener of doors for such as come afer thee, and do not try to make the universe a blind alley.

  f.. Beware what you set your heart upon, for it surely shall be yours.

  g.. Don't SAY things. What you ARE stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.

  h.. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

  i.. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day

  in the year.  No man has learned anything rightly, until   

  he knows that every day is Doomsday

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

  k.. Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying.

  l.. Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.

  m.. Evermore in the world is this marvelous balance of beauty and disgust, magnificence and rats.

  n.. Excellence is new forever.

  o.. Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.

  p.. Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely.

  q.. Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.

  r.. For everything you have missed you have gained something.

  s.. God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please--you can never have both.

  t.. A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.

  u.. The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.

  v.. Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens.

  w.. It is a luxury to be understood.

  x.. A man's library is a sort of harem.

  y.. Knowledge is an antidote to fear.

  z.. A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.

  aa.. Money often costs too much.

  ab.. A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

  ac.. The more he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

  ad.. Nothing is beneath you if it is in the direction of your life; nothing is great or desirable if it is off from that.

  ae.. People only see what they are prepared to see.

  af.. It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try

  to help another without helping himself.

  ag.. The religions are obsolete when the reforms do not proceed from them.

  ah.. The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.

  ai.. Skill to do comes of doing.

  aj.. Success: to have laughed often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.



  a.. There are three wants which can never be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says, "Anywhere but here."

  b.. There is a crack in everything God has made.

  c.. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

  d.. To fill the hour--that is happiness.

  e.. To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.

  f.. Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with outselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth.

  g.. What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.

  h.. People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

  i.. You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

  j.. Always do what you are afraid to do.

  k.. The things taught in school are not an education but a means to an education.

  l.. To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.

  m.. A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.

  n.. I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.

  o.. Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

  p.. Hitch your wagon to a star.

  q.. It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

  r.. The only gift is a portion of yourself.

  s.. Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well

  as think.

  t.. When the eyes say one thing and the tongue another, the practiced person relies on the language of the first.

  u.. Every man I meet is in some way my superior.

  v.. Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent

  God bursts through everywhere.

  w.. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

  x.. Here is a day now before me;

  a day is a fortune and an estate;

  who loses a day loses life

  y.. So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it


  z.. A man's wife has more power over him than the state has.

  aa.. The power of a man increases steadily by continuing in one direction.



  a.. There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.

  b.. Women see better than men. Men see lazily, if they do not expect to act. Women see quite without any wish to act.

  c.. When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something.

Epictetus (c. 50-120):


  a.. Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.

  b.. Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.

  c.. We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

  d.. Only the educated are free.

  e.. First say to yourself what you would be, then do what you have to do.

  f.. There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease

  worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

  g.. Difficulties show men what they are.   In case of any

  difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough

  antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be 

  without toil.

Epicurus (342-270 BC):


  a.. Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.

  b.. Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come,

  we no longer exist.

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536):


  a.. War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.

  b.. It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.

John Erskine


  a.. There's a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me.

Susan Ertz


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

M. C. Escher:


  a.. My work is a game, a very serious game.

Euripides (480-406 BC):


  a.. But this is slavery, not to speak one's thoughts.

  b.. I hate it in friends when they come too late to help.

  c.. Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.

  d.. Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.

  e.. Ignorance of one's misfortunes is clear gain.

  f.. Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.

  g.. Slight not what's near through aiming at what's far.

George Bird Evans :


  a.. I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't

  certain we knew better.

Harold Evans


  a.. The camera cannot lie. But it can be an accessory to untruth.

John Evelyn: (1620-1706) English writer


  a.. Friendship is the golden thread that ties the hearts of all hearts of all the world.

Edward Everett:


  a.. Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.

Kenny Everett


  a.. And it's all done in the best possible taste ( As CUPID STUNT )

Sam Ewing:


  a.. Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it.

  b.. "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up

  their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up

  at all.


Clifton Fadiman::


  a.. When you read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.

  b.. For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.



Susan Faludi (1959- ):


  a.. Feminism's agenda is basic: it asks that women not be forced to "choose" between public justice and private happiness. It asks that women be free to define themselves--instead of having their identity defined for them, time and again, by their culture and their men.

-Michael Faraday


  a.. The lecturer should give the audience full reason to believe that all his powers have been exerted for their pleasure and instruction.

Peter Farquharson:


  a.. Relationships of trust depend on our willingness to look not only to our own interests, but also the interests of others.

George Farquhar


  a.. Captain is a good travelling name and so I take it.

David Fasold


  a.. Intellectual brilliance is no guarentee against being dead wrong.

Haneef A. Fatmi:


  a.. Intelligence is that faculty of mind, by which order is perceived in a situation previously considered disordered.

William Faulkner (1897-1962):


  a.. To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color, is like living in Alaska and being against snow.

  b.. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

William Feather:


  a.. Beware of the man who won't be bothered with details.

  b.. If people really liked to work, we'd still be plowing the land with sticks and transporting goods on our backs.

  c.. Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing.

James Feibleman


  a.. A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.

Charles Feidelson Jr.


  a.. Life is a series of little deaths out of which life always returns.

Bruce Feirstein


  a.. Never settle with words what you can accomplish with a flamethrower.

Owen Feltham     1602-1668


  a.. The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple  means and the exercise of ordinary qualities.  These may for the most part be summed up in these two - commonsense and   perseverance.

  b.. Perfection is emutable. But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them.



Federico Fellni


  a.. I claim the right to contradict myself. I don't want to deprive myself of the right to talk nonsense, and I ask humbly to be allowed to be wrong sometimes.



François Fenelon:


  a.. The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.

Catherine Rippenger Fenwick


  a.. Your body cannot heal without play.

  Your mind cannot heal without laughter.

  Your soul cannot heal without joy.

Millicent Fenwick


  a.. Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self.

David Ferrier


  a.. Computer : a million morons working at the speed of light.

Lewis S. Feuer


  a.. Wherever a set of alternative possible routes toward achieving a given end presents itself, a student movement will tend to choose the one which involves a higher measure of violence or humiliation directed against the older generation.

Richard Feynman (1918-1988):


  a.. Do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possible avoid it, "But how can it be like that?" because you will get down the drain, into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped. Nobody knows how it can be like that.

  b.. For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled [from the Challenger Disaster report].

  c.. The theoretical broadening which comes from having many humanities subjects on the campus is offset by the general dopiness of the people who study these things...

  d.. We have a habit in writing articles published in scientific journals to make the work as finished as possible, to cover up all the tracks, to not worry about the blind alleys or describe how you had the wrong idea at first, and so on. So there isn't any place to publish, in a dignified manner, what you actually did in order to get to do the work.

Immanuel Hermann Fichte:


  a.. If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us at least live so as to deserve it.

Eugene Field (1850-1895):


  a.. Mr. Clarke played the King all evening as though under constant fear that someone else was about to play the Ace. [Field was referring to Creston Clarke's performance of King Lear in Denver in 1880.]

Franklin Field:


  a.. The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: "I did not have time."

Edgar R. Fiedler


  a.. Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers (six if one went to Harvard).

Henry Fielding (1707 - 1754)


  a.. Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are.

  b.. A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.

  c.. George was a great dunce, but no matter for that: all men do not thrive in the world according to their learning.

  d.. In a debate, rather pull to pieces the argument of thy

  antagonist than offer him any of thy own; for thus thou

  wilt fight him in his own country

W C Fields


  a.. I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.

  b.. There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation

  c.. Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.

Eva Figes (1932- ):


  a.. There is a hidden fear that somehow, if they are only given a chance, women will suddenly do as they have been done by.

Millard Fillmore


  a.. The nourishment is palatable.

Derwood Fincher


  a.. Experience is what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse!

John Fischer:


  a.. The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different--to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind, and spirit he or she possesses.

Joseph Fischer


  a.. Sex is hereditary. If your parents never had it, chances are you wont either.

Carrie Fisher


  a.. You can't find any true closeness in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake closeness so well.

Geoffrey Fisher:


  a.. Until you know that life is interesting--and find it so--you haven't found your soul.



Ella Fitzgerald (1918- ):


  a.. Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.

Edward Fitzgerald


  a.. I come like Water, and like Wind I go.

F Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)


  a.. Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

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

  c.. Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.

Zelda Fitzgerald


Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.


Bernice Fitz-Gibbon


  a.. Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago?

Edward Flaherty


  a.. You couldn't get a clue during the clue mating season in a field full of horny clues if you smeared your body with clue musk and did the clue mating dance.

Robert Flaherty


  a.. There's a saying among prospectors: "Go out looking for one thing, and that's all you'll ever find.

Doris Fleeson (1901-1970):


  a.. It is occasionally possible to charge Hell with a bucket of water, but against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.

Patricia Fleming (1942- ):


  a.. The Rule of Sibs: If your sibling gets something you want, you (1) try to take it; (2) break it; or (3) say it's no good.

Peggy Fleming (b. 1948) American figure skater, won women's title at US champ


  a.. The ultimate goal should be doing your best and enjoying it.

Errol Flynn


  a.. It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper.

Doug Floyd


  a.. You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.

Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695):


  a.. To live lightheartedly but not recklessly; to be gay without being boisterous; to be courageous without being bold; to show trust and cheerful resignation without fatalism--this is the art of living.

Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991):


  a.. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.

Samuel Foote:


  a.. He is not only dull in himself, but the cause of dullness in others.

B.C. Forbes


  a.. History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.

Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990):


  a.. The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.

  b.. By the time we've made it, we've had it.

Henry Ford (1863-1947):


  a.. A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.

  b.. Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.

  c.. The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.

  d.. Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

  e.. Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.

  f.. Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

  g.. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.

  h.. There is one rule for industrialists and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.

  i.. You don't build a reputation on what you're going to do.

  j.. History is more or less bunk.

  k.. I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.

  l.. If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.

  m.. Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.

  n.. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

  o.. One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.

  p.. The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.

  q.. Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.

  r.. You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.



John M. Ford


  a.. We're not lost. We're locationally challenged.

  b.. I am...a mushroom; On whom the dew of heaven drops now and then.

Norman Ford


  a.. Never try to tell everything you know. It may take too short a time.

Kelly Fordyce


  a.. Language is a wonderful thing. It can be used to express thoughts, to conceal thoughts, but more often, to replace thinking.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970):


  a.. Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do belive in Art for Art's sake.

  b.. How do I know what I think until I see what I say?

  c.. Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969):


  a.. Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.

  b.. I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.

Hannah Webster Foster (1758/59-1840):


  a.. In whatever situation we are placed, our greater or less degree of happiness must be derived from ourselves. Happiness is in a great measure the result of our own dispositions and actions.

William A. Foster:


  a.. Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful executiion; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.

Lucas Foss:


  a.. Composing is like making love to the future.

John Fowles (1926- ):


  a.. There comes a time in each life like a point of fulcrum. At that time you must accept yourself. It is not any more what you will become. It is what you are and always will be.

  b.. We all write poems; it is simply that the poets are the ones who write in words.

Jeff Foxworthy:


  a.. You moon the wrong person at an office party and suddenly you're not "professional" any more.

Anatole France [Jacques Anatole Thibault] (1844-1924):


  a.. All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.

  b.. The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.

  c.. If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

  d.. It is well for the heart to be naive and for the mind not to be.

  e.. The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, or to steal bread.

  f.. A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.

  g.. Unhappiness does make people look stupid.

  h.. When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.

  i.. The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.

  j.. To die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.



  a.. We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom we admire.

St. Francis of Assisi:


  a.. It's no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.

  b.. Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

  c.. Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Francisco Franco


  a.. I am responsible only to God and history.

Otto Frank:


  a.. I have lost everything but my life. [The father of Anne Frank, he was the only survivor of the family.]



Rose Franken


  a.. Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.

Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965):


  a.. The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards.

  b.. The mode by which the inevitable is reached is effort.

  c.. Selfishness is the dynamo of our economic system...which may range from mere petty greed to admiralble types of self-expression.

Viktor E. Frankl


  a.. Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: The last of his freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. ( from Man's Search for Meaning)

  b.. Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790):


  a.. The best is the cheapest.

  b.. They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

  c.. Diligence is the mother of good luck.

  d.. Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

  e.. Fish and visitors smell in three days.

  f.. If you would be loved, love and be lovable.

  g.. Words may show a mans wit but actions his meaning.

  h.. For want of a nail the shoe was lost;

  for want of a shoe the horse was lost;                      

  and for want of a horse the rider was lost;                 

  being overtaken and slain by the enemy,                     

  all for want of care about a horse-shoe nail

  i.. The honest man takes pains, and then enjoys pleasures; the knave takes pleasure, and then suffers pain.

  j.. Happiness consists more in small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.

  k.. Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

  l.. The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.

  m.. The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.

  n.. The secret of success is constancy to purpose.

  o.. Well done is better than well said.

  p.. Each year, one vicious habit rooted in time ought to make the worst man good.

  q.. Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.

  r.. Were it offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in a second edition to correct some faults in the first.

  s.. Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other.

  t.. There are three great friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

  u.. Ne'er take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in.

  v.. In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.

  w.. Are you angry that others disappoint you? Remember you cannot depend on yourself.

  x.. I know not which lives more unnatural lives,

  Obeying husbands, or commanding wives.

  y.. Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

  z.. Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards.

  aa.. I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in a second edition to correct some faults of the first.

  ab.. Where there is marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.

  ac.. Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

  ad.. Games lubricate the body and the mind





John Frazee


  a.. When a cat is dropped, it always lands on its feet, and when toast is dropped, it always lands with the buttered side down. I propose to strap buttered toast to the back of a cat; the 2 will hover, inches above the ground. With a giant buttered-cat array, a high-speed monorail could easily link New York with Chicago.



James G. Frazer:


  a.. The second principle of magic:...things which have once been in contact with each other continue to act on each other at a distance after the physical contact has been severed.

Marilyn French (1929- ):


  a.. Anyone determined to find another person or group inferior can always find whole lists of grounds that demonstrate inferiority because we are all inferior to the ideals of humanness we have erected.

  b.. In places where the sexes receive relatively equal care, like Europe, the United States, and Japan, the ratio of female to male is 1.06 to 1....Thus, a population with more males than females can occur only by design....Throughout this century, the proportion of women to men in India has steadily declined, from over 97 females to 100 males in 1901, to 93:100 in 1971, to 92:100 in 1991. Pakistan has 94 females per 100 males....So many women are being killed that women, until recently 51 percent of the world's population, are no longer a majority. A 1991 U.N. publication reports that the elimination of females in places like India, Pakistan, Albania, and United Arab Emirates (48.3 women to 100 men!) offsets the female majority in developed countries to make males the majority of the world's population.

  c.. Men seem unable to feel equal to women: they must be superior or they are inferior.

  d.. Religions are major vehicles for subjugating women. To keep women from having political power--power within the churches, a voice on public issues--religions concentrate mainly on women's bodies....Thus, some focus on women's appearance, dress, and ahbits, as if all human virtue depended on them (yet men's apperaance, dress, and habiuts are seen as irrelevant to virtue); others focus on women's potential for motherhood, as if women alone had the duty to perpetuate the human species. Religions do not require men to support or reward or help women in this task, but they demand that men control it.

Betty Friedan (1921- ):


  a.. The glorification of the "'woman's role," then, seems to be in proportion to society's reluctance to treat women as complete human beings; for the less real function that role has, the more it is decorated with meaningless details to conceal its emptiness.

  b.. The problem that has no name--which is simply the fact that American women are kept from growing to their full human capacities--is taking a far greater toll on the physical and mental health of our country than any known disease.

David Friedman


  a.. The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.

Isaac Friedmann


  a.. Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.

Paulo Freire


  a.. Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.

Dawn French


  a.. If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush...

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)


  a.. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

  b.. The tendency of aggressionis an innate, independant, instinctual disposition in man...it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.

  c.. Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.

  d.. America is a mistake, a giant mistake.

  e.. Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.

Fred Friendly


  a.. The news is the one thing the networks can point to with pride. Everything else they do is crap - and they know it.

Bruce Jay Friedman


  a.. Never be possessive. If a female friend lets on that she is going out with another man, be kind and understanding. If she says she would like to go out with the Dallas Cowboys, including the coaching staff, the same rule applies. Tell her: "Kath, you just go right ahead and do what you feel is right." Unless you actually care for her, in which case you must see to it that she has no male contact whatsoever.

  b.. A Code of Honor: Never approach a friend's girlfriend or wife with mischief as your goal. There are just too many women in the world to justify that sort of dishonorable behavior. Unless she's really_ attractive.

Milton Friedman (1912- ):


  a.. If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.

  b.. Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.

Paulo Friere:


  a.. Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.

Max Frisch (1911-1991):


  a.. Technology...the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it.

Erich Fromm (1900-1980):


  a.. As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask.

  b.. The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal. -

  c.. Destructiveness is the outcome of an unlived life.

  d.. The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge.

  e.. Immature love says: "I love you because I need you." Mature love says: "I need you because I love you."



Robert Frost (1874-1963):


  a.. The best way out is always through.

  b.. Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

  c.. For me the initial delight is in the surprise of remembering something I didn't know I knew. I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing...is discovering.

  d.. Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.

  e.. An idea is a feat of association.

  f.. I'm not confused, I'm just well mixed.

  g.. The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.

  h.. Nobody was ever meant

  To remember or invent                                       

  What he did with every cent

  i.. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.

  j.. A poem begins with a lump in the throat.

  k.. Style is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward.

  l.. Talking is a hydrant in the yard and writing is a faucet upstairs in the house. Opening the first takes the pressure off the second.

  m.. There's nothing I'm afraid of like scared people.

  n.. I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

  o.. A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.

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

  q.. Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

  r.. Hell is a half-filled auditorium.

  s.. The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office.

  t.. You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.

  u.. You have freedom when you're easy in your harness.

  v.. A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.

  w.. A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.

  x.. A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.

  y.. The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.

  z.. In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

  aa.. Poetry begins in delight and ends in wisdom

  ab.. Love is an irresistable desire to be irresistably desired

Christopher Fry (1907- ):


  a.. I want to look at life--at the commonplaces of existence--as if we had just turned a corner and run into it for the first time.

Libbie Fudim


  a.. Love me or hate me, but spare me your indifference.

Carlos Fuentes (1928- ):


  a.. I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.

Athol Fugard


  a.. We compound our suffering by victimizing each other.

R. Buckminster Fuller:


  a.. The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.

  b.. Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering.

  c.. When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

  d.. Every child is born a genius.

Millard Fuller


  a.. It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It's what you do with your life that counts

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661):


  a.. All things are difficult before they are easy.

  b.. A fox should not be on the jury at a goose's trial.

  c.. The more wit the less courage.

  d.. All fame is dangerous:  Good, bringeth Envy; Bad, Shame.

  e.. He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.

  f.. He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.

  g.. If an ass goes travelling he will not come home a horse.

  h.. Lavishness is not generosity.

  i.. He lives long that lives well; and time misspent is not lived, but lost.

  j.. A man is not good or bad for one action.

  k.. Act nothing in a furious passion. It's putting to sea in a storm.

  l.. Nothing costs so much as what is given us.

  m.. The number of malefactors authorizes not the crime.

Thomas Fuller, 1732


  a.. Choose a wife by your ear than your eye.

  b.. He that would have the fruit must climb the tree.



Zsa Zsa Gabor (1919- ):


  a.. Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do.

  b.. I never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.

  c.. I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.

  d.. I know nothing about sex because I was always married.

Dennis Gabor:


  a.. The most important and urgent problems of the technology of today are no longer the satisfactions of primary needs or of archetypal wishes, but the reparation of the evils and damages by technology of yesterday.

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908- ):


  a.. All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.

  b.. A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket is in touch with his deepest emotions.

  c.. The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of privation for the poor.

  d.. Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.

  e.. Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.

  f.. The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

  g.. The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.

  h.. In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no

  need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

  i.. People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage.

  j.. When people are the least sure, they are often the most dogmatic.

  k.. Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.

  l.. Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.  

  m.. The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

  n.. One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.

  o.. Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.

  p.. Washington is a place where people praise courage and act on

  elaborate personal cost-benefit calculations.



Galileo Galilei (1564-1642):


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

  b.. You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.

  c.. It has always seemed to me extreme presumptuousness on the part of those who want to make human ability the measure of what nature can and knows how to do, since, when one comes down to it, there is not one effect in nature, no matter how small, that even the most speculative minds can fully understand.

Paul Gallico (1897-1976):


  a.. One is always seeking the touchstone that will dissolve one's deficiencies as a person and as a craftsman. And one is always bumping up against the fact that there is none except hard work, concentration, and continued application.

Pierre Gallois:


  a.. If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow enobled and no-one dares criticize it.

George Gallup:


  a.. I could prove God statistically.

Gamaliel (fl. 100AD)


  a.. Do God's will as if it were thy will,

  and he will accomplish thy will as if it were his own

Indira Gandhi:


  a.. You can't shake hands with a clenched fist.



Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948):


  a.. As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, you should keep it. If you were to give it up in a mood of self-sacrifice or out of a stern sense of duty, you would continue to want it back, and that unsatisfied want would make trouble for you. Only give up a thing when you want some other condition so much that the thing no longer has any attraction for you.

  b.. Good government is no substitute for self-government.

  c.. I learnt the lesson of nonviolence from my wife, when I tried to bend her to my will. Her determined resistance to my will on the one hand, and her quiet submission to the suffering my stupidity involved on the other, ultimately made me ashamed of myself and cured me of my stupidity in thinking that I was born to rule over her.

  d.. In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.

  e.. It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.

  f.. Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.

  g.. Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.

  h.. You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

David P(ierpont) Gardner: (b. 1933) President, University of Utah


  a.. We learn simply by the exposure of living, and what we learn most natively is

  the tradition in which we live.

Ed Gardner:


  a.. Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.

John W. Gardner (1912- ):


  a.. The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in plilosophy because it is an exaulted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.

  b.. Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Few have excellence thrust upon them. . .they achieve it. They do not achieve it unwittingly by doing what comes naturally and they don't stumble into it in the course of amusing themselves. All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose.

  c.. True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.

  d.. Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in

  the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage.

James Abram Garfield (1831-1881):


  a.. If the power to do hard work is not talent, it is the best substitute for it.

Marcus Garvey (1887-1936):


  a.. The whole world is run on bluff.

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865):


  a.. I'll not listen to reason. Reason always means what someone else has got to say.

Paul Gaugin


  a.. I shut my eyes in order to see.

Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855):


  a.. Finally, two days ago, I succeeded--not on account of my hard efforts, but by the grace of the Lord. Like a sudden flash of lightning, the riddle was solved. I am unable to say what was the conducting thread that connected what I previously knew with what made my success possible.

  b.. If others would but reflect on mathematical truths as deeply and as continuously as I have, they would make my discoveries.

Jules de Gaultier:


  a.. Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

Michael J. Gelb: (b. 1952) Writer, author


  a.. Confusion is the welcome mat at the door of creativity.

  b.. Over-seriousness is a warning sign for mediocrity and bureaucratic thinking. People who are seriously committed to mastery and high performance are secure enough to lighten up.

Larry Gelbart:


  a.. One doesn't have a sense of humor. It has you.



David Gelernter:


  a.. The first step is always to succeed in becoming surprised, to notice that there is something funny going on.

Christian Furchtegott Gellert:


  a.. Live as you would have wished to live when you are dying.

Harold Geneen:


  a.. The best way to inspire people to superior performance is to convince them by everything you do and by your everyday attitude that you are wholeheartedly supporting them.

  b.. When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books. You will be reading meanings.

George Gershwin


  a.. True music...must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans. My time is today.


George III of England:


  a.. I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor.

Henry George (1839-1897):


  a.. Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.

W. L. George


  a.. Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies.

John Paul Getty (1892-1976):


  a.. If you can count your money you don't have a billion dollars.

  b.. No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or "get rich" in business by being a conformist.

Edward Gibbon (1737-1794):


  a.. I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.

  b.. The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

Henry Gibbons


  a.. A kiss: The anatomical juxtaposition of two orbicularis oris

  muscles in a state of contraction.

J. W. Gibbs:


  a.. One of the principle objects of theoretical research in any department of knowledge is to find the point of view from which the subject appears in its greatest simplicity.

W. S. Gilbert:


  a.. When everyone is somebody, then no one's anybody.

  b.. No one can have a higher opinion of him than I have, and I think he's a dirty little beast.





Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931): Lebanese-born American mystic poet, painter


  a.. You give but a little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of your heart that you truly give.

  b.. You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?

  c.. I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

  d.. The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

  e.. The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger

  than it really is.

  f.. To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.

  g.. Enthusiasm is a volcano on whose top never grows the grass of hesitation

  h.. Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.

Andre Gide (1869-1951): French writer


  a.. Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.

  b.. You give little when you give of your possessions.

  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

  c.. Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we

  have to keep going back and beginning all over again.

  d.. Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.

  e.. Seize from every moment its unique novelty and do not prepare your joys.

  f.. Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.


Virginia Gildersleeve (1877-1965):


  a.. The ability to think straight, some knowledge of the past, some vision of the future, some urge to fit that service into the well-being of the community--these are the most vital things that education must try to produce.

Brendan Gill:


  a.. Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.

Strickland Gillian


  a.. You may have tangible wealth untold;

  Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.

  Richer than I you can never be--

  I had a mother who read to me.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935):


  a.. There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.

[Hippolyte] Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944):


  a.. The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.

  b.. Only the mediocre are always at their best.

Bhagavad Gita (c BC 400 )


  a.. He who wherever he goes is attached to no person and to no

  place by ties of flesh; who accepts good and evil alike,

  neither welcoming the one nor shrinking from the other -

  take it that such a one has attained Perfection.

  b.. Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.

  c.. The wise see knowledge and action as one; they see truly.

  d.. For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends;  but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will be the greatest enemy.

  e.. A man must elevate himself by his own mind, not degrade    

  himself.  The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul,  

  and his enemy as well



Arnold Glasgow:


  a.. Expecting something for nothing is the most popular form of hope.

  b.. One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.

Max Gluckman : (1911-75), South African writer, author


  a.. A science is any discipline in which the fool of this

  generation can go beyond the point reached by the genius of the

  last generation.

Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945):


  a.. It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion.



  a.. In any non-trivial axiomatic system, there are true theorems which cannot be proven.

Gail (Kathleen) Godwin: (b. 1937) American writer, author


  a.. Some things arrive on their own mysterious hour, on their own terms and not

  yours, to be seized or relinquished forever.

Hermann Goering ( -1945):


  a.. Naturally the common people don't want war...but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along....All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.

George W. Goethals:


  a.. Knowledge of our duties is the most essential part of the philosophy of life. If you escape duty you avoid action. The world demands results.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832):


  a.. All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.

  b.. The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.

  c.. Enjoy what you can, endure what you must.

  d.. If you treat an individual as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.

  e.. Plunge boldly into the thick of life! Each lives it,

  not to many is it known; and seize it where you will,

  it is interesting.

  f.. Experience is only half of experience.

  g.. He alone is great and happy who requires neither to command nor to obey in order to secure his being of some importance in this world.

  h.. He who wishes to exert a useful influence must be careful to insult nothing. Let him not be troubled by what seems absurd, but concentrate his energies on the creation of what is good. He must not demolish, but build. He must raise temples where mankind may come and partake of the purest pleasure.

  i.. Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable.

  j.. Nothing is as terrible to see as ignorance in action.

  k.. One never goes so far as when one doesn't know where one is going.

  l.. Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.

  m.. There is no patriotic art and no patriotic science

  n.. There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.

  o.. Age does not make us childish, as some say; it only finds us true children still.

  p.. Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.

  q.. Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.

  r.. We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

  s.. When ideas fail, words come in very handy.

  t.. Life is the childhood of our immortality.

  u.. None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free

Whoopi Goldberg


  a.. When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become like a wildfire.

Allan Goldfein:


  a.. Only exceptionally rational men can afford to be absurd.



Emma Goldman (1869-1940):


  a.. Every effort for progress, for enlightenment, for science, for religious, political, and economic liberty, emanates from the minority, and not from the mass.

  b.. Methods and means cannot be separated from the ultimate aim.

  c.. The most violent element in society is ignorance.

  d.. Whether our reformers admit it or not, the economic and social inferiority of women is responsible for prostitution.

James Goldsmith:


  a.. If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774): The Vicar Of Wakefield


  a.. He who seeks for applause only from without has all his happiness in another's keeping.

  b.. Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

  c.. Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry 

  d.. The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity: yet there is still a greater, which is the good man that comes to relieve it.

Samuel Goldwyn (1882 - 1974)


  a.. No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life.

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

Barry Goldwater:


  a.. Politics [is] the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order."



  a.. If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.

Ellen Goodman (1941- ):


  a.. This is what it's like being a successful woman in America. You get to be treated as the second sex by an ever-more-elite class of men.

Paul Goodman (1911-1972):


  a.. Enjoyment is not a goal. It is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.

Roy Goodman:


  a.. Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.

Walter Goodman:


  a.. The idea of all-out nuclear war is unsettling.

Jim Goodwin:


  a.. The impossible is often the untried.

Karen Elizabeth Gordon:


  a.. All phone calls are obscene.

Al Gore (1948- ):


  a.. The struggle to save the global environment is in one way much more difficult than the struggle to vanquish Hitler, for this time the war is with ourselves. We are the enemy, just as we have only ourselves as allies. In a war such as this, then, what is victory and how will we recognize it?

Maxim Gorki:


  a.. When everything is easy one quickly gets stupid.

Mikhail Gornachov


  a.. We are not abandoning our convictions, our philosophy or traditions, nor do we urge anyone to abandon theirs. -

Baltazar Gracian (1601-1658):


  a.. Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.

  b.. Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.

  c.. Watchfulness is the only guard against cunning.  Be intent

  on his intentions.  Many succeed in making others do their 

  own affairs, and unless you possess the key to their motives

  you may at any moment be forced to take their chestnuts out

  of the fire to the damage of your own fingers.

Samuel Grafton


  a.. A penny will hide the biggest star in the Universe if you hold

  it close enough to your eye

Katharine Graham (1917- ):


  a.. To love what you do and feel that it matters--how could anything be more fun?



Martha Graham (1894-1991):


  a.. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.

  b.. We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same.... One becomes in some area an athlete of God.

Cary Grant:


  a.. I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me.

David Grayson: (1890-1990)


  a.. I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it

  the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like

  to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift

  along into the holidays--let them overtake me unexpectedly--waking up some fine

  morning and suddenly saying to myself: "Why this is Christmas Day!"

Lucy Grealy:


  a.. I once thought that when you understood something, it was with you forever. I know now that this isn't so, that most truths are inherently unretainable, that we have to work hard all of our lives to remember the most basic things.

Graham Green


  a.. Heresy is another word for freedom of thought.

Daniel Greenberg:


  a.. Don't ask the barber whether you need a haircut.

Robert Greenleaf:


  a.. Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.

Germaine Greer (1939- ):


  a.. There is no such thing as security. There never has been.

Stephan Grellet:


  a.. I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

André Ernest Gretry (1741-1813):


  a.. There must be deviations from the rules in order to express almost anything....However, only the man who is familiar with the rules may sometimes violate them, for he alone can know that, in certain cases, the rule is not enough.

Wayne Gretzky:


  a.. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.

Susan Griffin (1943- ):


  a.. ...rape is a form of mass terrorism, for the victims of rape are chosen indiscriminately, but the propagandists for male supremacy broadcast that it is women who cause rape by being unchaste or in the wrong place at the wrong time--in essence, by behaving as though they were free....The fear of rape keeps women off the streets at night. Keeps women at home. Keeps women passive and modest for fear that they be thought provocative.

Sarah Moore Grimké (1792-1873):


  a.. I ask no favors for my sex. I surrender not our claim to equality. All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from off our necks, and permit us to stand upright on the ground which God has designed us to occupy.

  b.. There is another way in which the general opinion, that women are inferior to men, is manifested....I allude to the disproportionate value set on the time and labor of men and women.

Lewis Grizzard:


  a.. The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems,

  block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.

Matt Groening


  a.. When authorities warn you of the sinfulness of sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities. -- From "Basic Sex Facts For Today's Youngfolk" in _Life In Hell-- by Matt Groening



Charles H Grosvenor


  a.. Figures won't lie, but liars will figure

Robert Grudin:


  a.. Happiness may well consist primarily of an attitude toward time.

  b.. Individuals we consider happy commonly seem complete in the present and we see them constantly in their wholeness: attentive, cheerful, open rather than closed to events, integral in the moment rather than distended across time by regret or anxiety.

Gerald W. Grummet


  a.. While intelligent people can often simplify the complex, a fool is more likely

  to complicate the simple.

Bryant Gumbel: American news journalist


  a.. I once read that the only way to enjoy life is to observe

  everything with a sense of detached amusement. I don't always

  do that, but it serves you well to keep it in mind

Carl Gunter:


  a.. Inbreeding is how we get championship horses [Louisianna state representative, explaining why he was fighting a proposed antiabortion bill that allowed abortion in cases of incest.]

Gurdjieff ( 1873 - 1949 )


  a.. According to real, exact knowledge, one force, or two

  forces, can never produce a phenomenon. The presence

  of a third force is necessary, for it is only with the

  help of a third force that the first two can produce

  what may be called a phenomenon, no matter in what sphere.

  b.. Man has the possibility of existence after death. But

  possibility is one thing and the realization of the

  possibility is quite a different thing.

  c.. If a sufficient number of people who wanted to stop war

  really did gather together, they would first of all begin

  by making war upon those who disagreed with them. And it

  is still more certain that they would make war on people

  who also want to stop wars but in another way.

  d.. The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness,

  and 'consciousness' cannot evolve unconsciously.

  The evolution of man is the evolution of his will,

  and 'will' cannot evolve involuntarily.

  The evolution of man is the evolution of his power of doing,

  and 'doing' cannot be the result of things which 'happen.'

  e.. It is the greatest mistake to think that man is always one

  and the same.  A man is never the same for long.  He is    

  continually changing.  He seldom remains the same even for 

  half an hour.




Moses Hadas (1900-1966):


  a.. Thank you for sending me a copy of your book--I'll waste no time reading it.

  b.. This book fills a much-needed gap.

Ken Hakuta


  a.. Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.

J. B. S. Haldane (1892-1964):


  a.. I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.

Edward Everett Hale:


  a.. I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.

Sarah J Hale          1788-1879


  a.. The temple of our purest thoughts is silence.

George Saville Lord Halifax:


  a.. A prince who will not undergo the difficulty of understanding must undergo the danger of trusting.

  b.. They who are of the opinion that Money will do everything, may very well be suspected to do everything for Money.

Bishop Hall


  a.. Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave.

Alexander Hamilton:


  a.. Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

  b.. Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.

  c.. In framing a government which is to be administered by men

  over men the great difficulty lies in this:  You must first

  enable the government to control the governed, and in the  

  next place, oblige it to control itself

Edith Hamilton (1867-1963):


  a.. It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an edcuated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought--that is to be educated.

Hugh Hamilton


  a.. I never think he is quite ready for another world who is altogether weary of this.



Robert M Hamilton


  a.. A book of quotations . . . can never be complete.

Scott Hamilton:


  a.. The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961):


  a.. It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.

  b.. You never return. A different man finds a different city.

  c.. Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.

Becca Handel (1982- ):


  a.. Be careful whom you fall for; make sure they'll catch you.

Thich Nhat Hanh:


  a.. The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

Fridtjof Hansen


  a.. War will cease when men refuse to fight.

Patty Hansen


  a.. Those of us who refuse to risk and grow get swallowed up by life.

Larry Hardiman:


  a.. The word "politics" is derived from the word "poly", meaning 'many', and the word 'ticks', meaning 'blood sucking parasites'.

Thomas Hardy: (1840-1928):


  a.. My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all the ages and the thought of his own.

Lucille S. Harper


  a.. The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people.


Edward H. Harriman:


  a.. Much work is lost for the lack of a little more.



Sydney J. Harris (1917- ):


  a.. Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a "necessary evil," it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil.

  b.. Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.

  c.. We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice--that is, until we stop saying "It got lost," and say "I lost it."

Barbara G. Harrison


  a.. Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality;

  they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in

  the world begin in the imagination.



J. Hart


  a.. Fig Newton: The force required to accelerate a fig 39.37 inches sec.

Grace Hartigan (1922- ):


  a.. I don't mind being miserable as long as I'm painting well.

Paul Harvey


  a.. In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.

Stephen William Hawking (1942- ):


  a.. God not only plays dice, he also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen.

  b.. It matters if you just don't give up.

  c.. My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.

Goldie Hawn (1945- ):


  a.. There are only three ages for women in Hollywood--Babe, District Attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864):


  a.. Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it an object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possible we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.

  b.. Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

  c.. Such has often been my apathy, when objects long sought, and earnestly desired, were placed within my reach.

S. I. Hayakawa (1890-1973):


  a.. If you can see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it.

S(amuel) I(chiye) Hayakawa (1906-92)Canadian-born American philologist


  a.. How anybody dresses is indicative of his self-concept. If

  students are dirty and ragged, it indicates they are not

  interested in tidying up their intellects either

Helen Hays (1900- ):


  a.. My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830): British essayist noted for literary criticism


  a.. Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.

  b.. The art of pleasing consists of being pleased.

  c.. He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must always have had a very low standard of it in mind.

  d.. Prejudice is the child of ignorance.

  e.. To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two

  greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength

  of mind.

  f.. Words are the only things that last forever.

  g.. There is nothing more to be esteemed than a manly firmness

  and decision of character.  I like a person who knows his

  own mind and sticks to it; who sees at once what is to be

  done in given circumstances and does it.

  h.. We never do anything well until we cease to think about the manner of doing it.

  i.. The surest hindrance of success is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds, or too high an opinion of the judgment of the public. He who is determined not to be satisfied with anything short of perfection will never do anything to please himself or others.

Thomas F Healey


  a..          Don't strew me with roses after I'm dead.

    When Death claims the light of my brow. No flowers of life will cheer me: Instead You may give me my roses now!


Frederick Henry Hedge    1805-1890


  a.. Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir.  He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past

Wilma Scott Heide (1926- ):


  a.. Every social trait labelled masculine or feminine is in truth a human trait. It is our human right to develop and contribute our talents whatever our race, sex, religion, ancestry, age. Human rights are indivisible!

  b.. The only jobs for which no man is qualified are human incubator and wet nurse. Likewise, the only job for which no women is or can be qualified is sperm donor.

  c.. The pedestal is immobilizing and subtly insulting whether or not some women yet realize it. We must move up from the pedestal.

Carolyn G. Heilbrun (1926- ):


  a.. Today's youth seem finally to have understood that only by freeing woman from her exclusively sexual role can man free himself from his ordained role in the rat-race: that of the rat.



Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988): American writer,


  a.. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

  b.. Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.

  c.. A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything.

  Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

  d.. Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

Heinrich Heine (1797-1856):


  a.. Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people.

  b.. There are more fools in the world than there are people.

John Heisman:


  a.. Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football.

Joseph Heller: American novelis


  a.. There was only one catch and that was Catch22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask, and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if didn't want to he was sane and had to.

  b.. Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.

  c.. Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

Suzanne Heller


  a.. Misery is when you make your bed and then your mother tells you

  it's the day she's changing the sheets.

Lillian Hellman (1905-1984): American playwright


  a.. Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?

  b.. Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961): American writer


  a.. All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened.

  b.. Courage is grace under pressure.

  c.. To stay in places and to leave, to trust, to distrust, to no longer believe and

  believe again, . . . to watch the snow come, to watch it go, to hear rain on a

  tent, to know where I can find what I want.

  d.. Never mistake motion for action.

Madeline Hemmings (1942- ):


  a.. With increased opportunity comes increased stress. The stress comes from multiple conflicting demands and very little in the way of role models.

L. L. Henderson


  a.. Fathers send their sons to college either because they went to college or because they didn't.

Mary Henle:


  a.. If the individual is narrowly concentrated on the goal, to the exclusion of other relevant aspects of the problem situation, he is often unable to achieve a solution. The creative thinker must stand sufficiently detached from his work.

  b.. It seems safe to say that significant discovery, really creative thinking, does not occur with regard to problems about which the thinker is lukewarm.

Buck Henry


  a.. We need a president who's fluent in at least one language.

Matthew Henry ( 1662-1714 )


  a.. There is a burden of care in getting riches;

  fear of keeping them; temptation in using them;

  guilt in abusing them, sorrow in losing them;

  and a burden of account at last to be given concerning them.



Katherine Hepburn


  a.. Plain women know more about men than beautiful ones do. But beautiful women don't need to know about men. It's the men who have to know about beautiful women.

Heraclitus (c. 540-480 B.C.):


  a.. There is nothing permanent except change.

  b.. If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out, and difficult.

  c.. To do the same thing over and over is not only boredom; it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do.

  d.. The way up and the way down are one and the same.

Alan Patrick Herbert (1890-1971):


  a.. If nobody said anything unless he knew what he was talking about, a ghastly hush would descend upon the earth.

  b.. The conception of two people living together for twenty-five years without having a cross word

  suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.

George Herbert (1593-1633):


  a.. Living well is the best revenge.

  b.. Love and a cough cannot be hid.

  c.. The best smell is bread; the best saver, salt; the best love, that of children.

  d.. You must lose a fly to catch a trout.

Judith Herman:


  a.. It is very tempting to take the side of the perpetrator. All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing. He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil. The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain. The victim demands action, engagement, and remembering.

Herodotus (484-424 BC):


  a.. Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.

  b.. They [the Persians] are accustomed to deliberate on matters of the highest moment when warm with wine; but whatever they in this situation may determine is again proposed to them on the morrow, in their cooler moments, by the person in whose house they had before assembled. If at this time also it meet their approbation, it is executed; otherwise it is rejected. Whatever also they discuss when sober, is always a second time examined after they have been drinking.

Don Herold (1889-?):


  a.. The brighter you are, the more you have to learn.

  b.. The chief trouble with jazz is that there is not enough of it; some of it we have to listen to twice.

  c.. I do not believe in doing for pleasure things I do not like to do.

  d.. I had, out of my sixty teachers, a scant half dozen who couldn't have been supplanted by phonographs.

  e.. Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.

  f.. Very few people look the part and are it too.

  g.. There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.

Lewis B[laine] Hershey (1893- ):


  a.. I've lived under situations where every decent man declared war first and I've lived under situations where you don't declare war. We've been flexible enough to kill people without declaring war. [Lieutenant Governor & Director of the Selective Service System, on the Vietnam War.]

Milton S. Hershey:


  a.. Give them quality. That's the best kind of advertising.

Friedrich Otto Hertz:


  a.. At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being.

Arthur Herzog:


  a.. To fake it is to stand guard over emptiness.

Theodore M. Hesburgh (1917- ):


  a.. The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.

Abraham Joshua Heschel:


  a.. Racism is man's gravest threat to man--the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.

Herman Hesse (1877-1962):


  a.. If you hate someone, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.

  b.. Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.

  c.. When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.



John Heywood


  a.. And death makes equal the high and low.

Granville Hicks (1901-1982):


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

Gilbert Highet:


  a.. A teacher must believe in the value and interest of his subject as a doctor believes in health.

Aaron Hill ( 1685-1750 )


  a.. Courage is poorly housed that dwells in numbers;

  the lion never counts the herd that are about him,

  nor weighs how many flocks he has to scatter.



Benjamin Harvey Hill:


  a.. He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression, and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy, and a man without guile. He was a Caesar, without his ambition; Frederick, without his tyranny; Napoleon, without his selfishness, and Washington, without his reward. [These words were spoken about Robert E. Lee.]

Napoleon Hill


  a.. Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

  b.. Cherish your visions and you dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.

  c.. You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more

  service and better service than you are now being paid for.



  a.. If not you, then who?

  If not now, then when?

Edmund Hillary::


  a.. It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

Burton Hills:


  a.. Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.

Hippocrates (460-357 BC):


  a.. Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.

Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980)


  a.. Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.

  b.. In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a


  c.. Seeing a murder on television... can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.

  d.. This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book - it makes a very poor doorstop.

Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)


  a.. The art of leadership. . .consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention. . . . The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belong to one category.

  b.. The day of individual happiness has passed.

  c.. Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong.

  d.. What luck for the rulers that men do not think.

  e.. The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.

  f.. What luck for the rulers that men do not think

  g.. Strength lies not in defense but in attack

  h.. The great masses of the people... will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one

Bill Hoest:


  a.. I just need enough to tide me over until I need more.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983):


  a.. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.

  b.. The compulsion to take ourselves seriously is in inverse proportion to our creative capacity. When the creative flow dries up, all we have left is our importance.

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

  d.. Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself.

  e.. The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else--we are the busiest people in the world.

  f.. Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.

  g.. The greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.

  h.. However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. It is not so much the example of others we imitate, as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.

  i.. How much easier is self-sacrifice than self-realization!

  j.. The greatest weariness comes from work not done.

  k.. It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.

  l.. It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites--opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is no polarity--where energies flow smoothly in one direction--there will be much doing but no music.

  m.. Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.

  n.. Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.

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



  a.. Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.

  b.. People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.

  c.. The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.

  d.. There is a totalitarian regime inside every one of us. We are ruled by a ruthless politburo which sets our norms and drives us from one five-year plan to another. The autonomous individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.

  e.. To believe that is we could but have this or that we would be happy is to suppress the realization that the cause of our unhappiness is in our inadequate and blemished selves. Excessive desire is thus a means of suppressing our sense of worthlessness.

  f.. To spell out the obvious is often to call it into question.

  g.. Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous.

  h.. We can never have enough of that which we really do not want.

  i.. We can never really be prepared for that which is wholly new. We have to adjust ourselves, and every radical adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem; we undergo a test, we have to prove ourselves. It needs inordinate self-confidence to face drastic change without inner trembling.

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

  k.. How frighteningly few are the persons whose death would spoil our appetite and make the world seem empty.

  a.. When people are free to do as they please, they usually

  imitate each other



Abbie Hoffman


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

A. A. Hodge


  a.. It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to

  find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.

Ralph Hodgson


  a.. Some things have to be believed to be seen.(On ESP)

Josiah Gilbert Holland:


  a.. There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.

John Andrew Holmes:


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

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-94),


  a.. To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and

  hopeful than to be forty years old.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935):


  a.. Beware how you take away hope from any human being.

  b.. Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.

  c.. Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.

  d.. A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience

  e.. Grow we must, if we outgrow all that love us.

  f.. To reach the port of Heaven we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it.  But we must sail, and not drift or lie at anchor

  g.. I despise making the most of one's time. Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected.

  h.. The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.

  i.. Nothing is so commonplace as to wish to be remarkable.

  j.. Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.

  k.. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

  l.. To live fully is to be engaged in the passions of one's times,

  m.. I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.

  n.. Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.

  o.. The flowering moments of the mind

  Drop half their petals in our speech

John Holt


  a.. The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do.



Homer (8th century B.C.):


  a.. A decent boldness ever meets with friends.

  b.. For Fate has wove the thread of life with pain

  c.. And twins ev'n from the birth are Misery and Man!

  d.. As leaves on the trees, such is the life of man.

Arthur Honegger


  a.. There is no doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead.

Herbert Hoover (1874-1964):


  a.. Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by myself.

J Edgar Hoover


  a.. Justice is incidental to law and order.

John Barrow Hope


  a.. Tis after death that we measure men.

Gerard Manley Hopkins


  a.. Elected Silence, sing to me and beat upon my whorled ear, pipe me to pastures still and be the music that I care to hear.

Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992):  [Admiral] American mathematician


  a.. Do it. It is easier to ask forgiveness than to gain permission.

  b.. I am now going to make you a gift that will stay with you the rest of your life. For the rest of your life, every time you say, "we've always done it that way," my ghost will appear and haunt you for twenty-four hours.

  c.. A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.

  d.. You manage things; you lead people.

Horace (65-8 BC): Roman lyric poet


  a.. The covetous man is ever in want.

  b.. Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call today his

  own; He who secure within can say: Tomorrow do thy worst, for I

  have lived today.

  c.. Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.

  d.. He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin

  e.. Seize the day.

  f.. Adversity reveals genius, properity conceals it.

  g.. When discord dreadful bursts her brazen bars,

  And shatters locks to thunder forth her wars.



Karen Horney (1885-1952):


  a.. Like all sciences and all valuations, the psychology of women has hitherto been considered only from the point of view of men. [_Feminine Psychology_, 1926]

Jim Horning


  a.. Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.

A. E. Hotchner


  a.. Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries

  unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail

  in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of

  something I have done.

A. E. Houseman


  a.. Three minutes thought would suffice to find this out; but

  thought is irksome and three minutes is a long time.

Moe Howard


  a.. Only fools are positive.

Sidney Howard:


  a.. One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.

Vernon Howard


  a.. Quit thinking that you must halt before the barrier of inner

  negativity. You need not. You can crash through...whatever we

  see a negative state, that is where we can destroy it.

Ed Howe


  a.. Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.



Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937):


  a.. When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.

  b.. If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old.

  c.. When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have.

James Howell:


  a.. Who has once the fame to be an early riser may sleep till noon.

Fred Hoyle


  a.. There is a coherent plan in the universe, though I don't know what it's a plan for.

Elbert V. Hubbard (1856-1915):


  a.. Every saint has a bee in his halo.

  b.. Forbid a man to think for himself or to act for himself and you may add the joy of piracy and the zest of smuggling to his life.

  c.. Prophecy - To observe that which has passed, and guess it will happen again.

  d.. The love we give away is the only love we keep.

  e.. Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

  f.. Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.

  g.. If you can't answer a man's argument, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names. To stop sinning suddenly.

  h.. Life in abundance comes only through great love.

  i.. The man who has no problems is out of the game.

  j.. Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.

  k.. One can endure sorrow alone, but it takes two to be glad.

  l.. Righteous indignation: your own wrath as opposed to the shocking bad temper of others.

  m.. To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

  n.. Work to become, not to acquire.

  o.. Luck is tenacity of purpose.

  p.. Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive.

  q.. Punishment - The justice that the guilty deal out to those

  that are caught.

  r.. Never explain--your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.

  s.. Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.

  t.. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.



F. M. Hubbard


  a.. Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.



Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)


  a.. Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.

  b.. A good listener is usually thinking about something else.

  c.. Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.

  d.. When a fellow says it ain't the money but the principle of the thing, it's the money.

  e.. Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.

Gervase Hughes (1905- ):


  a.. It has been said that if the opening phrase of a classical menuet can be fitted to the words "Are you the O'Reilly who owns this hotel?" then it was composed by Haydn; if they can't then it wasn't.

Langston Hughes (1902-1967):


  a.. Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.

  b.. I will not take "but" for an answer.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802-1885):


  a.. Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.

  b.. He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

  c.. Music expresses that which can not be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

  d.. People do not lack strength; they lack will.

  e.. Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

    a.. Caution is the eldest child of wisdom.

David Hume


  a.. The sweetest and most inoffensive path of life leads through the avenues of science and learning; and

  whoever can either remove any obstruction in this way, or open up any new prospect, ought, so far, to

  be esteemed a benefactor to mankind.



Hubert Horatio Humphrey (1911-1978):


  a.. Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth that must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow, and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.

  b.. The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.

  c.. There are not enough jails, not enough police, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.

  d.. Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.

  e.. In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.

Robert A. Humphrey:


  a.. An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions.

Leigh Hunt


  a.. Travelling in the company of those we love is home in motion.

Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960)


  a.. Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.

Robert Hutchings


  a.. The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963): British writer,


  a.. Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

  b.. Several excuses are always less convincing than one.

  c.. Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.

  d.. There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that is your own self.

  e.. So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will arise to make them miserable.

  f.. Maybe this world is another planet's Hell

  g.. The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into

  old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.

  h.. Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.

  i.. At any given moment, life is completely senseless.

  But viewed over a period, it seems to reveal itself

  as an organism existing in time, having a purpose,

  trending in a certain direction.

  j.. Maybe this world is another planet's Hell.

  k.. Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.

  l.. The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.

  m.. Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.



Sir Julian Huxley:


  a.. Sooner or later, false thinking brings wrong conduct.

  b.. Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat.

Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895):


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

  b.. Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.

  c.. The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only hold a man's foot

  long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.

  d.. If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?

  e.. Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned.


Lee Iacocca:


  a.. We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?

Henrik Johan Ibsen (1828-1906):


  a.. You should never put on your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.

  b.. A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. -



  a.. The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone.

John James Ingalls


  a.. In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.

Wiliam Ralph Inge (1860-1954):


  a.. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

  b.. There are two kinds of fools: one says, "This is old, therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new, therefore it is better."

  c.. Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.

Jean Ingelow (1820-1897):


  a.. I have lived to thank God that all my prayers have not been answered.

Robert G[reen] Ingersoll (1833-1899):


  a.. Few rich men own their own property. The property owns them.

  b.. Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.

  c.. In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments--there are consequences.

  d.. He stands erect by bending over the fallen. He rises by lifting others.

Eugene Ionesco (1912- ):


  a.. You can only predict things after they've happened.

  b.. You've always made the mistake of being yourself.

Muhammad Iqbal (1873-1938):


  a.. Everything that possesses life dies if it has to live in uncongenial surroundings.

John Irving:


  a.. We invent what we love, and what we fear.

Isabella I of Spain: (1451-1504):


  a.. ...the distance is great from the firm belief to the realization from concrete experience.


Andrew Jackson (1768-1845):


  a.. Every man who has been in office a few years believes he has a life estate in it, a vested right. This is not the principle of our government. It is a rotation in office that will perpetuate our liberty.

  b.. One man with courage makes a majority.



Phil Jackson (1945- ):


  a.. In basketball--as in life--true joy comes from being fully present in each and every moment, not just when things are going your way. Of course, it's no accident that things are more likely to go your way when you stop worrying about whether you're going to win or lose and focus your full attention on what's happening right this moment.

  b.. Like life, basketball is messy and unpredictable. It has its way with you, no matter how hard you try to control it. The trick is to experience each moment with a clear mind and open heart. When you do that, the game--and life--will take care of itself.

Reggie Jackson


  a.. The will to win is worthless if you don't get paid for it.

(General) Thomas Jonathon [Stonewall] Jackson: (1824-1863) American military leader


  a.. Never take counsel of your fears.

Mick Jagger:


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

Clive James


  a.. It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are.

Henry James (1843-1916), American writer, critic


  a.. Ideas are, in truth, forces. Infinite, too, is the power of personality. A union of the two always makes history.

  b.. It's time to start living the life you've imagined.

William James (1842-1910):


  a.. Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

  b.. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will held create the fact.

  c.. The emotions aren't always immediately subject to reason, but they are always immediately subject to action.

  d.. The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.

  e.. Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.

  f.. If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.

  g.. The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

  h.. Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

  i.. Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

  j.. There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.

  k.. The whole drift of my education goes to persuade me that the world of our present consciousness is only one out of many worlds of consciousness that exist.

  l.. When once a decision is reached and execution is the order of the day, dismiss absolutely all responsibility and care about the outcome.

  m.. The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts life.

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

  o.. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living

  and your belief will help create the fact.

  p.. A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

  q.. The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

Anna Brownell Jameson (1794-1860):


  a.. Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords--philosophy, art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather.

  b.. The only competition worthy a wise man is with himself.

Elizabeth Janeway (1913- ):


  a.. Power is the ability not to have to please.

  b.. We haven't come a long way. We've come a short way. If we hadn't come a short way, no one would be calling us "baby."

James Jeans (1877-1946):


  a.. Put three grains of sand inside a vast cathedral, and the cathedral will be more closely packed with sand than space is with stars.

  b.. To travel hopefully is better than to arrive.

Susan Jeffers:


  a.. We cannot escape fear. We can only transform it into a

  companion that accompanies us on all our exciting adventures.



Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826): 3rd US President


  a.. The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

  b.. A Decalogue of Canons for observation in Practical Life:

        Never put off till tomorrow what you can do to-day.


        Never trouble another for wht you can do yourself.


        Never spend your money before you have it.


        Never buy what you do not want, becasue it is cheap; it will be dear to you.


        Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.


        We never repent of having eaten too little.


        Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.


        How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.


        Take things always by their smooth handle.


        When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.


  a.. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

  a.. Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

  b.. In matters of principle, stand like a rock. In matters of taste, swim with the current.

  c.. It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

  d.. It is as useless to argue with those who have renounced the use of reason as to administer medication to the dead.

  e.. It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

  f.. It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.

  g.. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

  h.. Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.

  i.. Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

  j.. The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

  k.. There is no truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.

  l.. Were we directed from Washington when to sow, & when to reap, we should soon want bread.

  m.. In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty. -

  n.. That government is best which governs least.

  o.. Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

Jerome Klapka Jerome: (1859-1927) English writer, author


  a.. It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.

  b.. It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.

  c.. I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to

  keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.

Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857):


  a.. Dogmatism is puppyism come to its full growth.

  b.. That fellow would vulgarize the day of judgment.

  c.. The law is a pretty bird, and has charming wings.

  It would be quite a bird of paradise if it did not carry such a terrible bill.

Penn Jillette:


  a.. My favorite thing about the Internet is that you get to go into the private world of real creeps without having to smell them.

Job          BC 400?


  a.. Our days upon earth are a shadow.

Pope John XX111


  a.. Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.

  b.. Gerald White Johnson (1890-1980):

  c.. Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials, or none at all.

James Weldon Johnson


  a.. It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives its most distinctive characteristic.

[Claudia Taylor] Lady Bird Johnson (1912- ):


  a.. The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.

Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973):


  a.. Poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance.

  b.. To hunger for use and to go unused is the worst hunger of all.

  c.. What convinces is conviction.

  d.. You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.

Philip Johnson:


  a.. Architecture is the art of how to waste space.



Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784): British writer, lexicographer, wrote "Dictionary of the English Language"


  a.. Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.

  b.. What we hope ever to do with ease we must first learn to do with diligence.

  c.. A cucumber should be well-sliced, dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out.

  d.. Against the head which innocence secures,

  Insidious malice aims her dart in vain;                     

  Turned backwards by the powerful breath of heaven

  e.. Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.

  f.. Among the calamities of war may be numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates, and credulity encourages.

  g.. The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

  h.. To neglect, at any time, preparation for death, is to sleep

  on our post at a siege; to omit it in old age, is to sleep

  at an attack.

  i.. I deny the lawfulness of telling a lie to a sick man for fear of alarming him; you have no business with consequences you are to tell the truth.

  j.. A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.

  k.. Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him.

  l.. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill....Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.

  m.. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.

  n.. He is not only dull in himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.

  o.. He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.

  p.. I have found men more kind than I expected, and less just.

  q.. Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.

  r.. If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.

  s.. It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

  t.. Kindness is in our power, but fondness is not.

  u.. The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.

  v.. Many falsehoods are passing into uncontradicted history.

  w.. Men seldom give pleasure when they are not pleased themselves.

  x.. No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.

  y.. No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.

  z.. Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome.

  aa.. Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought; our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

  ab.. Prejudice, not being founded on reason, cannot be removed by argument.

  ac.. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

  ad.. The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things--the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.

  ae.. There are charms made only for distant admiration.

  af.. There is nothing too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.

  ag.. Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him

  to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom

  you have been at pains to attach to you.

  ah.. Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt.

  ai.. To do nothing is in every man's power.

  aj.. To improve the golden moment of opportunity and catch the good that is within our reach is the great art of life.

  ak.. We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

  al.. What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.

  am.. Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

  an.. What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

  ao.. When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped.

  ap.. Life is short. The sooner that a man begins to enjoy his wealth the better.

  aq.. We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

  a.. Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion

  between his desires and his enjoyments.

  b.. Round numbers are always false.



Sonia Johnson (1936?- ):


  a.. In our patriarchal world, we are all taught--whether we like to think we are or not-- that God, being male, vaues maleness much more than he values femaleness,...that in order to propitiate God, women must propitiate men. After all, God won't like us if we don't please those nearest his heart, if we don't treat his cronies well.

  b.. Women cannot serve two masters at once who are urgently beaming antithetical orders.... Either we believe in patriarchy--the rule of men over women--or we believe in equality.

Franklin P. Jones (1906- ):


  a.. The easiest way to resist temptation is publicly.

  b.. The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to

  appreciate it.

Howard Mumford Jones (1892-1980): Anacin educator


  a.. Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it.

Jimmie Jones:


  a.. A man's gotta make at least one bet a day, else he could be walking around lucky and never know it.

Erica Jong (1942- ):


  a.. Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness.

  b.. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

  c.. Women really must have equal pay for equal work, equality in work at home, and reproductive choices. Men must press for these things also. They must cease to see them as "women's issues" and learn that they are everyone's issues-- essential to survival on planet Earth.

  d.. Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

Janis Joplin (1943-1970):


  a.. Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.

  b.. You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.

Barbara Jordan (1936- ):


  a.. If you had to work in the environment of Washington, D.C., as I do, and watch those men who are so imprisoned and so confined by their eighteenth-century thought patterns, you would know that if anybody is going to be liberated, it's men who must be liberated in this country.

David Starr Jordan


  a.. Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for.

Jeff Jordan


  a.. Straighten up your room first, then the world.

June [Meyer] Jordan: (1939- ):


  a.. I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824):


  a.. The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.

  b.. Children need models more than they need critics.

  c.. Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.

  d..   You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some with you.

  e.. How many people become abstract as a way of appearing profound!

  f.. Never cut what you can unravel.

  g.. You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.

  h.. Be charitable and indulgent to every one but thyself.

Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893):


  a.. The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.

  b.. Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door.

Don Juan


  a.. The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything either as a blessing or a curse.

Carl Jung (1875-1961):


  a.. As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.

  b.. Because the European does not know his own unconscious, he does not understand the East and projects it into everything he fears and despises in himself.

  c.. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.

  d.. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

  e.. The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.

  f.. The healthy man does not torture others--generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.

  g.. Man needs difficulties. They are necessary for health.

  h.. The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

  i.. Nothing worse could happen to one than to be completely understood.

  j.. The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases

  k.. 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.



John Junor


  a.. An ounce of emotion is equal to a ton of facts.

Juvenal (47-138):


  a.. But who would guard the guards themselves?

  b.. I will it. I insist on it! Let my will stand instead of reason.

  c.. No one ever reached the climax of vice at one step.

  d.. Two things only the people anxiously desire--bread and circuses.





Kabbalah ( BC 1200? - 700? AD)


  a.. We are negative in our relationships with that which is of

  a higher potential than we are; and we are positive in our

  relationships with that which has a lower potential. This

  is a relationship which is in a perpetual state of flux, and

  which varies at every separate point at which we make our

  innumerable contracts with our environment.

  b.. Just as too much charity is the handiwork of a fool,

    so too much patience is the hallmark of a coward.

  c.. Involvement in a form is the beginning of the death of

  life.  It is a straightening and a limiting; a binding     

  and a constricting.  Form checks life, thwarts it, and     

  yet enables it to organize.  Seen from the point of view   

  of free-moving force, incarceration in a form is extinction.

  Form disciplines force with a merciless severity

  d.. It is a descending stream of pure activity which is the dynamic force of the universe.

Abu Ali Katib       (fl. c. 940)


  a.. Association with corrupt people is a pain, the cure of which is separating yourself from them.         


Pauline Kael (1919- ):


  a.. Trash has given us an appetite for art.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924):


  a.. In the fight between you and the world, back the world.

  b.. A book should serve as an axe to the ice inside us.

Henry J. Kaiser (1882-1967):


  a.. When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.

K'ang Yu-wei (1858-1927):


  a.. Men have callously and unscrupulously repressed women, restrained them, deceived them, shut them up, imprisoned them, and bound them. . . .And yet. . . those whom we call good men, righteous men, have been accustomed to the sight of such things, have sat and looked and considered them to be matters of course.

Orhan Veli Kanik (1914-1950):


  a.. All the things we did for our country.

  Some of us died,

  Some of us gave speeches.

Garson Kanin:


  a.. Amateurs hope. Professionals work.



Immanuel Kant (1724-1804):


  a.. Act only on that maxim whereby thou canst at the same time will that it should become a universal law.

  b.. The possession of power unavoidably spoils the free use of reason.

Alphonse Karr (1808-1890):


  a.. If we are to abolish the death penalty, I should like to see the first step taken by my friends the murderers.

  b.. The more things change, the more they are the same.

Yousef Karsh:


  a.. I have found that great people do have in common. . .an immense belief in themselves and in their mission. They also have gerat determination as well as an ability to work hard. At the crucial moment of decision, they draw on their accumulated wisdom. Above all, they have integrity.

Danny Kaye


  a.. Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.


Nikos Kazantzakis


  a.. Teachers are those who use themselves as bridges, over which they invite their students to cross; then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.

Edward Keating


  a.. You do not destroy an idea by killing people; you replace it with a better one.

Sam Keen:


  a.. We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.

Helen Keller (1880-1968):


  a.. I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

  b.. The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.

  c.. I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

  d.. We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.

  e.. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.

  f.. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.

  g.. Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

  h.. We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.

  i.. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, not touched . . . but are felt in the heart.

  j.. When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

  k.. College isn't the place to go for ideas.

  l.. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.

  m.. Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all- the apathy of human beings.



Walt Kelly (1913-1973):


  a.. I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

  b.. We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.

  c.. We has met the enemy, and it is us.

  d.. Now is the time for all good men to come to.

Sally Kempton (1943- ):


  a.. I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist.

  b.. Men define intelligence, men define usefulness, men tell us what is beautiful, men even tell us what is womanly.

  c.. Men have laid down the rules and definitions by which the world is run, and one of the objects of their definitions is woman.

Florynce Kennedy (1916- ):


  a.. The biggest sin is sitting on your ass.

  b.. Don't agonize. Organize.

  c.. If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.

  d.. Niggerization is the result of oppression--and it doesn't just apply to black people. Old people, poor people, and students can also get niggerized.

  e.. There are very few jobs that actually require a penis or vagina. All other jobs ought to be open to everybody.

  f.. ...there can be no really pervasive system of oppression, such as that in the United States, without the consent of the oppressed.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963):


  a.. All of us do not have equal talents, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.

  b.. The supreme reality of our time is...the vulnerability of this planet.

  c.. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

  d.. Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.

  e.. We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.

  f.. Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

  g.. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

  h.. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

  i.. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or to make it the last.

  j.. And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

Robert F. Kennedy ( -1968):


  a.. Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

  b.. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946):


  a.. In the long run we are all dead.

  b.. But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.

  c.. It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong.

Ken Kesey::


  a.. People think love is an emotion. Love is good sense.

Ken S. Keyes:


  a.. To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.

Charles F. Kettering:


  a.. My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.



Omar Khayyam (fl 1100)


  a.. But helpless Pieces of the Game He plays

  Upon this Checker-board of Nights and Days;

  Hither and thither moves, and checks, and slays,

  And one by one back in the Closet lays.

  b.. For in and out, above, about, below,

  'Tis nothing but a Magic Shadow-show,

  Play'd in a Box whose Candle is the Sun,

  Round which we Phantom Figures come and go.

  c.. Yet Ah, that Spring should vanish with the Rose.

  That Youth's sweet-scented manuscript should close!

  The Nightingale that in the branches sang

  Ah whence and whither flown again, who knows?


Miles Kindera:


  a.. "I think therefore I am" is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968):


  a.. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.

  b.. We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

  c.. Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?

  d.. Everything we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

  e.. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps perpetrate it.

  f.. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

  g.. It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.

  h.. Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy-five and yet not ever truly to have lived.

  i.. [Man] has now reached the day when violence toward another human being must become as abhorrent as eating another's flesh.

  j.. Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody. Not a few men who cherish lofty and noble ideas hide them under a bushel for fear of being called different.

  k.. Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

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

  m.. The old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.

  n.. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

  o.. Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

  p.. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

  q.. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

  r.. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

  s.. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Frank Kingdon:


  a.. Questions are the creative acts of intelligence.

Charles Kingsley (1819-1875):


  a.. We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936):


  a.. If you don't get what you want, it's a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price.

  b.. The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. 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.

  c.. Success and failure are the same impostor.

  d.. What you do when you don't have to, determines what you will do when you can no longer help it.

  e.. Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855):


  a.. Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

  b.. If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential -- for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.

  c..    Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.      

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

Henry Kissinger (1923- ):


  a.. The absence of alteratives clears the mind marvelously.

  b.. Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.

  c.. It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.

  d.. The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault.

  e.. No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there's too much fraternizing with the enemy.

  f.. The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.

  g.. The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.

  h.. University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.



Paul Klee (1879-1940):


  a.. Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.

  b.. The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.

John David Klein:


  a.. I saw this show under adverse circumstances--my seat was facing the stage. [On Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down.]

Sally Koch:


  a.. Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.

Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967):


  a.. The laws of morals and the laws of music are the same.

Alice Koeller:


  a.. My purposes are the geography that marks out my line of travel toward the person I want to be.

Arthur Koestler (1905-1983):


  a.. The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.

Mira Komarovsky (1906- ):


  a.. For an interest to be rewarding, one must pay in discipline and dedication, especially though the difficult or boring stages which are inevitably encountered.

Joan Konner (1931- ):


  a.. This life isn't bad for a first draft.

Sheldon Kopp:


  a.. In the long run, we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.



Michael Korda:


  a.. Male chauvinism is...a shrewd method of extracting the maximum of work for the minimum of compensation.

Jack Kornfield


  a.. To live fully is to let go and die with each passing moment, and to be reborn in each new one.

André Kostelanetz:


  a.. Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for--sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive or quiet and calm.

  b.. One of the greatest sounds of them all--and to me it is a sound--is utter, complete silence.

Ernie Kovacs


  a.. Television - a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well-done.

Jonathan Kozol:


  a.. Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.


Hilton Kramer:


  a.. The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.

Juanita Kreps (1921- ):


  a.. I'd like to get to the point where I can be just as mediocre as a man.

Irving Kristol:


  a.. Being frustrated is disagreeable, but the real disasters in life begin when you get what you want.

Ray Kroc:


  a.. The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.

Nikita Kruschev


  a.. Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers.

Rabbi Harold Kushner


  a.. Being kind to others is a way of being good to yourself.



Suzanne La Follette (1893- ):


  a.. ...nothing could be more grotesquely unjust than a code of morals, reinforced by laws, which relieves men from responsibility for irregular sexual acts, and for the same acts drives women to abortion, infanticide, prostitution, and self-destruction.

  b.. There is nothing more innately human than the tendency to transmute what has become customary into what has been divinely ordained.

Jean de La Fontaine (1621-95), French writer, author


  a.. It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.

Fiorello H. La Guardia (1882-1947):


  a.. The Devil is easy to identify. He appears when you're tired and makes a very reasonable request which you know you shouldn't grant.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld ( 1613 - 1680 )


  a.. As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few

  words, so it is of small wits to talk much and say nothing.

  b.. Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.

  c.. Nothing is so contagious as example; and we never do any great good or evil which does not produce its like.

Jess Lair:


  a.. Joy is not in things, it is in us.

Charles Lamb (1775-1854)


  a.. A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.

  b.. I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is.



Karen Lamb:


  a.. A year from now you may wish you had started today.

Louis L'Amour:


  a.. Victory is not won in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later win a little more.

Edwin Land (1909-1991):


  a.. Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.

  b.. Politeness is the poison of collaboration.

  c.. Science is a method to keep yourself from kidding yourself.

Ann Landers [Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer] (1918- ):  American journalist, editor


  a.. Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are

  supervised, to carry money without spending it and to bear an

  injustice without wanting to get even.

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

  c.. Opportunities are usually disguised by hard work, so most people don't recognize them.

  d.. Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.

Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), British writer


  a.. People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose

  direction and begin to bend.

Wanda Landowska (1879-1959):


  a.. I never practice; I always play.

Rose Lane:


  a.. As novices, we think we're entirely responsible for the way people treat us. I have long since learned that we are responsible only for the way we treat people.

  b.. Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don't even remember leaving open.



Lao-tse (c. 604-c. 531 B.C.):


  a.. Acting without design, occupying oneself without making a business of it, finding the great in what is small and the many in the few, repaying injury with kindness, effecting difficult things while they are easy, and managing great things in their beginnings; this is the method of Tao.

  b.. Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.

  c.. The greatest administrators do not achieve production through constraints and limitations. They provide opportunities.

  d.. A leader is best when people barely know that he exists. Less good when they obey and acclaim him. Worse when they fear and despise him. Fail to honor people, and they fail to honor you. But of a good leader, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, "We did this ourselves."

  Lao-Tzu (fl. B.C. 600) Legendary Chinese philosopher


    The Eternal is empty (like a bowl),

    It may be used but its capacity is never exhausted.

    It is bottomless, perhaps the ancestor of all things.

    It blunts its sharpness,

    It unties its tangles,

    It softens its light.

    It becomes one with the dusty world.

    Deep and still, it appears to exist forever.

    I do not know whose son it is.

    It seems to have existed before the Lord.


  a.. In a thousand pounds of law there is not an ounce of love.

  b.. To know that you do not know is the best.

  To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.      

  Only when one recognizes this disease as a disease          

  Can one be free from the disease.                           

  The sage is free from the disease.                          

  Because he recognized this disease to be disease,           

  He is free from it

  a.. We look at it and do not see it;

  Its name is The Invisible.

  We listen to it and do not hear it;

  Its name is The Inaudible.

  We touch it and do not find it;

  Its name is The Subtle (formless).

  These three cannot be further inquired into,

  And hence merge into one.

  Going up high it is not bright,

  And coming down low, it is not dark.

  Infinite and boundless, it cannot be given any name;

  It reverts to nothingness.

  This is called shape without shape,

  Form without object.

  It is The Vague and Elusive.

  Meet it and you will not see its head.

  Follow it and you will not see its back.

  Hold on to The Way of the old in order to master the things

  of the present.

  From this one may know the primeval beginning

  (of the universe).

  This is called the bond of The Eternal

  b.. He who knows enough is enough will always have enough.

  a.. There is nothing softer and weaker than water,

  And yet there is nothing better for attacking hard and

  strong things.

  For this reason there is no substitute for it.

  All the world knows that the weak overcomes the strong and

  the soft overcomes the hard.

  But none can practice it

  a.. Which does one love more, fame or one's own life?

  Which is more valuable, one's own life or wealth?

  Which is worse, gain or loss?


  He who has lavish desires will spend extravagantly.

  He who hoards most will lose heavily.

  He who is contented suffers no disgrace.

  He who knows when to stop is free from danger.

  Therefore he can long endure

  b.. I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize.  

  The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the      

  third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before

  others.  Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you  

  can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and   

  you can become a leader among men.

  c.. Use words sparingly then all things will fall into place.                       

  A tornado does not last a whole morning.                    

  A downpour of rain does not last a whole day.               

  And who works these? Heaven and Earth.                                           

  What Heaven and Earth cannot do enduringly: how much less can man do it?                                


  d.. From of old the things that have acquired unity are these:

  Heaven by unity has become clear;

  Earth by unity has become steady;

  The Spirit by unity has become spiritual;

  The Valley by unity has become full;

    All things by unity have come into existence

  e.. Of old those who were the best rulers were

  subtly mysterious and profoundly penetrating;             

  Too deep to comprehend.                                   

  And because they cannot be comprehended,                    

  I can only describe them arbitrarily:                     

  Cautious, like crossing a frozen stream in the winter,   

  Alert, like one fearing danger on all sides,              

  Reserved, like one visiting,                              

  Yielding, like ice about to melt,                         

  Genuine, like a piece of uncarved wood,                   

  Open and broad, like a valley,                            

  Merged and undifferentiated, like muddy water.

  f.. To see things in the seed, that is genius.



Ring Lardner (1885-1933):


  a.. He gave her a look you could have poured on a waffle.

  b.. They gave each other a smile with a future in it.

Doug Larson:


  a.. Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.

  b.. Few things are more satisfying than seeing your own children have teenagers of their own.

  c.. Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enought to know they were impossible.

  d.. The cat could very well be man's best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.

  e.. The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there's only one other choice.

  f.. The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.

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

Christopher Lasch


  a.. Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.

Tommy Lasorda


  a.. The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.

Geoffrey Latham


  a.. Music is the vernacular of the human soul.

Vernon Law:


  a.. Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.

Lewis E. Lawes, Warden:


  a.. If you want to make a dangerous man your friend, let him do you a favor.

D[avid] H[erbert] Lawrence


  a.. Sex and beauty are inseparable, like life and consciousness. And the intelligence which goes with sex and beauty, and arises out of sex and beauty, is intuition.

  b.. Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.

T. E. Lawrence


  a.. All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the

  dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it

  was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for

  they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

Barry Le Patner


  a.. Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.

Reggie Leach


  a.. Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.



Stephen Butler Leacock (1869-1944):


  a.. Advertising may be described as the science of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it.

  b.. I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work the more I have of it.

  c.. Life, we learn too late, is in the living, the tissue of every day and hour.

C. W. Leadbeater:


  a.. It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.

Frank Leahy:


  a.. Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.

Norman Lear:


  a.. Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything.

Timothy Leary


  a.. Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

Robert Keith Leavitt


  a.. People don't ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts.

Fran Lebowitz


  a.. I never took hallucinogenic drugs because I never wanted my consciousness expanded one unnecessary iota.

  b.. Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep.

  c.. Your life story would not make a good book. Don't even try.

Stanislaw Jerszy Lec (1909-1966):


  a.. Beyond each corner new directions lie in wait.

  b.. He who limps is still walking.

  c.. I prefer the sign NO ENTRY to the one that says NO EXIT.

  d.. The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him.

  e.. Where a harsh law rules, people yearn for lawlessness.

  f.. You will always find some Eskimos ready to instruct the Congolese on how to cope with heat waves.

  g.. People find life entirely too time-consuming.

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



  a.. Genius is only patience.



Leon Lederman


  a.. Physics isn't a religion. If it were, we'd have a much easier time raising money.

Gypsy Rose Lee (1914-1970):


  a.. God is love, but get it in writing.

Robert E Lee (1807-70) American Confederate general in the Civil War


  a.. Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your

  duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.

  b.. It is well that war is so terrible, or we should get too fond of it.

  c.. You must be careful how you walk, and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set.

  d.. The education of a man is never completed until he dies.

  e.. There is a terrible war coming, and these young men who have never seen war cannot wait for it to happen, but I tell you, I wish that I owned every slave in the South, for I would free them all to avoid this war.



Ursula K. LeGuin (1929- ):


  a.. It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

  b.. It's queer that daylight's not enough. We need the shadows, in order to walk. The Left Hand of Darkness

  c.. Love doesn't just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.

  d.. To oppose something is to maintain it.

  e.. The preservation of life seems to be rather a slogan than a genuine goal of the anti-abortion forces; what they want is control. Control over behavior; power over women.

  f.. True myth may serve for thousands of years as an inexhaustible source of intellectual speculation, religious joy, ethical inquiry, and artistic renewal. The real mystery is not destroyed by reason. The fake one is. You look at it and it vanishes. You look at the Blonde Hero--really look--and he turns into a gerbil. But you look at Apollo, and he looks back at you. The poet Rilke looked at a statue of Apollo about fifty years ago, and Apollo spoke to him. "You must change your life," he said. When the true myth rises into consciousness, that is always its message. You must change your life.

  g.. You can't crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them.

Tom Lehrer


  a.. The Army has carried the American ... ideal to its logical conclusion. Not only do they prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, creed and color, but also on ability.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716):


  a.. Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.

Robert Leighton (1611-1684)


  a.. Sin first is pleasing, then it grows easy, then delightful,

  then frequent, then habitual, then confirmed; then the man

  is impenitent, then he is obstinate, then he is resolved

  never to repent, and then he is ruined.

Leland ( 1824 - 1903 )


  a.. Time fleeth on, Youth soon is gone,

  Naught earthly may abide; Life seemeth fast,

  But may not last - It runs as runs the tide.

Madelaine L'Engle:


  a.. The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.

  b.. That's the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they've been all along.

Nikolai Lenin


  a.. It is true that liberty is precious - so precious that it must be rationed. -

John Lennon (1940-1980):


  a.. Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

  b.. Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it


Jay Leno American comedian/ performer


  a.. Your preoccupation should be on doing what you do as well as

  you can. What your co-workers say about you, what your opponent

  is doing -- that doesn't matter.

John Leonard:


  a.. In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving around old trunks of bad times, the pain of this and the shame of that, the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold.

Mike Leonard


  a.. Life is too serious to be taken seriously.

Aldo Leopold


  a.. We face the question whether a still higher standard of living

  is worth its costs in things natural, wild, and free.

Ursala Lequin


  a.. To break a promise is to deny the reality of the past; Therefore it is

  to deny the hope of a real future....

Gerda Lerner (1920- ):


  a.. Everything that explains the world has in fact explained a world that does not exist, a world in which men are at the center of the human enterprise and women are at the margin "helping" them. Such a world does not exist--never has.



Max Lerner (1902- ):


  a.. In the end, as any successful teacher will tell you, you can only teach the things that you are. If we practice racism then it is racism that we teach.

Doris Lessing (1919- ):


  a.. It seems to me like this: it's not a terrible thing--I mean, it may be terrible, but it's not damaging, it's not poisoning--to do without something one really wants. . . . What's really terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do, or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better.

Roger L'Estrange:


  a.. It is not the place, not the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable.

Stanislaus Leszczynski (1677-1766):


  a.. Misers are very kind people: they amass wealth for those who wish their death.

David Letterman


  a.. Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.

Oscar Levant (1906-1972):


  a.. Happiness isn't something you experience, it's something you remember.

  b.. I'm going to memorize your name and throw my head away.

  c.. I am no more humble than my talents require.

  d.. The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.

Claud Levi-Strauss


  a.. The world began without man, and it will complete itself without him. -

Aaron Levenstein


  a.. Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.

Bernard Levin


  a.. Ask a man which way he is going to vote, and he will probably tell you. Ask him, however, why, and vagueness is all.

Stephen Levine


  a.. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Kurt Lewin:


  a.. If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.

  b.. There is nothing so practical as a good theory.

C[live] S[taples] Lewis: (1898-1963): British writer


  a.. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that's above you.

  b.. I believe in Christianity as I believe in the sun--not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

  c.. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look

  for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth - only soft soap and

  wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

  d.. Language exists to communicate whatever it can communicate. Some things it communicates so badly that we never attempt to communicate them by words if any other medium is available.

  e.. The safest road to hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without milestones, without signposts.

  f.. Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.

Richard Lewis


  a.. I quit therapy because my analyst was trying to help me behind my back.

Robert Cecil Day Lewis


  a.. First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do nto write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.

  b.. A woman means by Unselfishness chiefly taking trouble for others; a man means not giving trouble to others....Thus while the woman thinks of doing good offices and the man of respecting other people's rights, each sex, without any obvious reason, can and does regard the other as radically selfish.

Sinclair Lewis


  a.. People will buy anything that is one to a customer.

Bella Lewitsky (1916- ):


  a.. To move freely you must be deeply rooted.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799): German physicist, philosopher


  a.. A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.

  b.. "Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.

  c.. If an angel were to tell us something of his philosophy, I do believe some of his propositions would sound like 2 x 2 = 13.

  d.. "I am always grieved when a man of real talent dies, for the world

  needs such men more than heaven does.

  e.. Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all.

  f.. A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.

  g.. What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our mouths.



Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865):  16th US President,


  a.. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.

  b.. As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.

  c.. Avoid popularity if you would have peace.

  d.. The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.

  e.. The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.

  f.. The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.

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

  h.. The Bible is not my Book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma.

  i.. Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

  j.. Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.

  k.. If you intend to work, there is no better place than right where you are; if you do not intend to go to work, you     

  cannot get along anywhere.  Squirming and crawling from place to place can do no good.

  l.. I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that

  if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I

  have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one

  friend left, and that friend shall be down inside me.

  m.. For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like.

  n.. He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.

  o.. I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.

  p.. If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?

  q.. If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.

  r.. He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.

  s.. Moral principle is a looser bond than pecuniary interest.

  t.. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.

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

  v.. No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.

  w.. Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts - not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

  x.. People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

  y.. The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a caused we believe to be just.

  z.. Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiation of his temper and loss of self-control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite.

  aa.. Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

  ab.. To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.

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

  ad.. When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.

  ae.. When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it is best to let him run

  af.. With the catching end the pleasures of the chase.

  ag.. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906- ):


  a.. The most exhausting thing in life is insincerity.

  b.. One can never pay in gratitude; once can only pay "in kind" somewhere else in life.

  c.. Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.

  d.. Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.

  e.. There is no sin punished more implacably by nature than the sin of resistance to change.

Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-74)


  a.. What kind of man would live a life without daring? Is life so sweet that we should criticize men that seek adventure? Is there a better way to die?

Margaret Lindsey


  a.. The little things are most worthwhile-- quiet word, a look, a smile.

Henry C. Link:


  a.. Fear is nature's warning signal to get busy.

  b.. While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.

Walter Lippmann (1889-1974):


  a.. It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.

  b.. There is nothing so bad but it can masquerade as moral.

  c.. When all think alike, no one is thinking very much.

Sandra Litoff


  a.. The only thing worse than a husband who never notices what you cook or what you wear, is a husband who always notices what you cook and what you wear.

Mary Wilson Little


  a.. There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do

  and not doing it.

William Littler:


  a.. The cheap, no matter how charming, how immediate, does not wear so well. It has a way of telling its story the first time through.

Livy (BC 59-17AD)


  a.. In great straits and when hope is small, he boldest counsels are the safest



John Locke (1632-1704):


  a.. The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.

  b.. I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.

  c.. New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not common.

  d.. General observations drawn from particulars are the jewels

  of knowledge, comprehending great store in a little room.

William J. Locke


  a.. I believe half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go

  straight at things.

Vince Lombardi (1913-1970):


  a.. If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.

  b.. Winning is not everything. It's the only thing.

  c.. The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

Mikhail Lomonosov


  a.. Carolus V, Emperor of Rome, was wont to say that the Hispanic tongue was seemly for converse with God, the French with friends, the German with enemies, the Italian with the feminine sex.

Janet Long


  a.. Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882): American writer


  a.. We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

  b.. When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music.

  c.. Music is the universal language of makind -- poetry their universal pastime and delight.

  d.. Ah, how skillful grows the hand

  That obeyeth Love's command!

  It is the heart and not the brain

  That to the highest doth attain,

  And he who followeth Love's behest

  Far excelleth all the rest.

  e.. Resolve and thou art free.

  f.. If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm any hostility.

  g.. Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,

  Is our destined end or way;

  But to act, that each to-morrow

  Finds us further than to-day.

Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980):


  a.. If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.

  b.. The secret of eternal youth is arrested development.

Shirley Lord


  a.. What really matters is what you do with what you have.

Audré Lorde: (1934- )


  a.. Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.

  b.. Silence has never brought us anything of worth.

Konrad Lorenz:


  a.. A man sufficiently gifted with humor is in small danger of succumbing to flattering delusions about himself, because he cannot help perceiving what a pompous ass he would become if he did.

George Horace Lorimer (1868-1937) editor, writer


  a.. It's good to have money and the things money can buy.  But

  it's good too, to check up once in a while and make sure   

  you haven't lost the things that money can't buy



  a.. Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.

H. P. Lovecraft:


  a.. The most merciful thing in the world. . .is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.

A. Lawrence Lowell:


  a.. There is pleasure in abundance but you will not find it by seeking for it. I know no occupation in life more barren of results than the permanent seeking of pleasure. Pleasure is a by-product of doing something that is worth doing. Therefore. do not seek pleasure as such. Pleasure comes of seeking something else, and comes by the way. The whole point of enjoying recreation is that it is not your permanent occupation. The man who is seeking pleasure as his main occupation in life never has any recreation, because he can never turn to anything else.

James Russel Lowell (1819-91), American editor, poet, diplomat,


  a.. One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.

Mary Lowry (1946- ):


  a.. There are very few people who don't become more interesting when they stop talking.

Lu Yen (fl. 800 A.D.)


  a..               True thoughts have duration in themselves.

                 If the thoughts endure, the seed is enduring;               

                 if the seed endures, the energy endures;                    

                 if the energy endures, then will the spirit endure.         

                 The spirit is thought; thought is the heart;                

                 the heart is the fire; the fire is the Elixir

  b.. 'Release is in the eye.'... 'The seed-blossoms (spiritual

  embryo) of the human body must be concentrated upward in the

  empty space (the heavenly heart between the eyes).'         

  Immortality is contained in this sentence and also the   

  overcoming of the world is contained in it.  This is the   

  common goal of all religions





John Lubbock: (1834-1913), British banker, politician, naturalist.


  a.. When we have done our best, we should wait the results in peace.

  b.. What we see depends mainly on what we look for.



  a.. The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life.

Clare Booth Luce (1903-1987):


  a.. The American Republic is now almost 200 years old, and in the eyes of the law women are still not equal with men. The special legislation which will remedy that situation is the Equal Rights Amendment. Its language is short and simple: Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged in the United States or by any state on account of sex.

  b.. Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, She doesn't have what it takes. They will say, Women don't have what it takes.

  c.. Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there.

  d.. No good deed goes unpunished.

  e.. Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.

  f.. Thoughts have no sex.

  g.. A woman's best protection is a little money of her own.

Lucretius (c. 99-55 BC):


  a.. The falling drops at last will wear the stone.

Stephanie Luetkehans:


  a.. Having it all doesn't necessarily mean having it all at once.

Florence Luscomb


  a.. There is no end to what you can accomplish if (or when) you don't care who gets the credit.

Martin Luther (1483-1536):


  a.. Medicine makes people ill, mathematics makes them sad, and theology makes them sinful.

  b.. Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God.

  c.. Almost every night when I wake up the devil is there

  and wants to dispute with me. I have come to this

  conclusion: When the argument that the Christian is

  without the law and above the law doesn't help, I

  instantly chase him away with a fart. (As recorded by Veit Dietrich (1506-1549) )

  d.. Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

  e.. You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.

John Lyly (1554?-1606):


  a.. After three days, fish and guests stink.



J. Russel Lynes (1910-91), US editor, critic, author


  a.. If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it,

  laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably




Gen Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964):


  a.. In war there is no substitute for victory.

  b.. There is no security on this earth. There is only opportunity.

Rose Macauley (1889-1958):


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



Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859):


  a.. The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.

George MacDonald


  a.. Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we trust utterly.

John D. MacDonald:


  a.. Friendships, like marriages, are dependent on avoiding the unforgivable.

Niccolo Machiavelli


  a.. It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.

Shirley MacLaine (1934- ):


  a.. Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.

Lestor Maddox:


  a.. Honest businessmen should be protected from the unscrupulous consumer.

  b.. That's part of American greatness, is discrimination. Yes, sir. Inequality, I think, breeds freedom and gives a man opportunity.

James Madison (1751-1836):


  a.. The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.

Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949):


  a.. All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.

  b.. We possess only the happiness we are able to understand.

  c.. An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness.

  No reward coming after the event can compare with the      

  sweet reward that went with it

Mahabharata ( c BC 400 )


  a.. Never are noble spirits

  Poor while their like survive;

  Pure love has gems to render,

  And virtue wealth to give.

  Never is lost or wasted

  The goodness of the good...



Bathshua Makin (1612-1674):


  a.. A learned woman is thought to be a comet, that bodes mischief whenever it appears.

Andre Malraux (1901-1976):


  a.. Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.

Maxwell Maltz:


  a.. Of all the traps and pitfalls in life, self-disesteem is the deadliest, and the hardest to overcome, for it is a pit designed and dug by our own hands, summed up in the phrase, "It's no use--I can't do it."

  b.. A step in the wrong direction us better than staying on the spot all your life.

Nelson Mandela (1918- ):


  a.. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Og Mandino:


  a.. Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of reward. Your life will never be the same again.

  b.. The only people who never fail are those who never try.

  c.. Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today. Go another mile!

Horace Mann ( 1796-1859 )


  a.. You need not tell the truth, unless to those who have a

  right to know it all. But let all you tell be truth.



Thomas Mann (1875-1955):


  a.. A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a great truth.

  b.. War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.

Marcel Marceau (1923- ):


  a.. Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?

Bob Marley


  a.. I like to see you move with the rythm; I Like to see when you're dancin' from within.



Don Marquis (1878-1937):


  a.. An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.

  b.. An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.

  c.. When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?'

  d.. Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.


Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)


  a..              O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the

                 beauty of a thousand stars


Peter Marshall:


  a.. If you hug to yourself any resentment against anybody else, you destroy the bridge by which God would come to you.

  b.. Small deeds done are better then great deeds planned.


Martial (40-102):


  a.. Gifts are like hooks.

  b.. The flaw which is hidden is deemed greater than it is.

  c.. There is no glory in outstripping donkeys.

  d.. To-morrow I will live, the fool does say:

  to-day itself's too late; the wise lived yesterday



Judith Martin [Miss Manners] (1938- ):


  a.. Ideological differences are no excuse for rudeness.

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

Steve Martin


  a.. I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks.

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876):


  a.. ...is it to be understood that the principles of the Declaration of Independence bear no relation to half of the human race?

Andrew Marvell ( 1621 - 1678 )


  a.. The world in all does but two nations bear,

  The good, the bad, and these mixed everywhere.

Groucho Marx (1890-1977):


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

  b.. A man's only as old as the woman he feels.

  c.. A woman is an occasional pleasure but a cigar is always a smoke.

  d.. As soon as I get through with you, you'll have a clear case for divorce and so will my wife.

  e.. Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife.

  f.. Believe me, you have to get up early if you want to get out of bed.

  g.. Blood's not thicker than money.

  h.. Do you think I could buy back my introduction to you?

  i.. Don't look now, but there's one too many in this room and I think it's you.

  j.. Don't point that beard at me, it might go off.

  k.. Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.

  l.. From the moment I picked your book up until I put it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.

  m.. Go, and never darken my towels again.

  n.. He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.

  o.. I cannot say that I do not disagree wtih you.

  p.. I didn't like the play. But I saw it under unfavorable circumstances--the curtains were up.

  q.. I do not care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.

  r.. I have nothing but confidence in you, and very little of that.

  s.. I married your mother because I wanted children, imagine my disappointment when you came along.

  t.. I must confess, I was born at a very early age.

  u.. I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.

  v.. I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.

  w.. I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.

  x.. Ice Water? Get some Onions - that'll make your eyes water!

  y.. I'd horsewhip you if I had a horse.

  z.. If I held you any closer I would be on the other side of you.

  aa.. It isn't necessary to have relatives in Kansas City in order to be unhappy.

  ab.. I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.

  ac.. Marry me and I'll never look at another horse!

  ad.. Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.

  ae.. Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.

  af.. No one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend.

  ag.. One morning I shot an elephant in my pyjamas. How he got into my pyjamas I'll never know.

  ah.. Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.

  ai.. Quote me as saying I was misquoted.

  aj.. Remember men, we're fighting for this woman's honour; which is probably more than she ever did.

  ak.. Room service? Send up a larger room.

  al.. The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

  am.. She's afraid that if she leaves, she'll become the life of the party.

  an.. There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of your fellow man.

  ao.. Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others.

  ap.. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

  aq.. Time wounds all heels.

  ar.. Well, art is art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water! And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like apple-sauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now, uh... Now you tell me what you know.

  as.. Whatever it is,... I'm against it.

  at.. Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?

  au.. Why should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?

  av.. Why was I with her? She reminds me of you. In fact, she reminds me more of you than you do!

  aw.. Women should be obscene and not heard.

  ax.. You'd better beat it. You can leave in a taxi. If you can't get a taxi, you can leave in a huff. If that's too soon, you can leave in a minute and a huff.

  ay.. You know I could rent you out as a decoy for duck hunters?

  az.. You've got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I'll bet he was glad to get rid of it.

Karl Marx


  a.. From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.

  b.. Religion... is the opium of the masses.

Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945):


  a.. Modern music is as dangerous as cocaine.

John Masefield (1878-1967):


  a.. His face was filled with broken commandments.

Abraham Maslow (1908-1970):


  a.. A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.

  b.. A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.

  c.. When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail.

Allan Massie (1938- ):


  a.. We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible.

Brian Masters (1939- ):


  a.. Evil is something you recognize immediately you see it: it works through charm.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965):


  a.. It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

  b.. Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

  c.. Reserve is an artificial quality that is developed in most of us but as the result of innumerable rebuffs.

  d.. Love is only the dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species. -

  e.. It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.

  f.. Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)


  a..                Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war

                 as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck.






André Maurois (1885-1967):


  a.. In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.

  b.. Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand.

Rollo May (1909- ):


  a.. It is an old and ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.

  b.. The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.



  a.. "Why are we surprised when politicians play politics? It's not like they are supposed to be real adults... they are, after all, politicians and don't have real jobs and aren't playing around with their money.

Andrew Maxfield


  a.. Let us be corrageous in our weakness; Let us be giving with our strength.

  b.. The condition that Mother-nature is in is the condition that we are in.

  c.. Life is a joke; It just matters how well you tell it.

  d.. I have heard some people say; Love never fails. I think love says; Love always succeeds! (Do you see it?; Think Positive.)

Mary McCarthy (1912-1989):


  a.. An unrectified case of injustice has a terrible way of lingering, restlessly, in the social atmosphere like an unfinished question.

  b.. If someone tells you he is going to make a "realistic decision," you immediately understand that he has resolved to do something bad.

Claude McDonald:


  a.. Worriers spend a lot of time shoveling smoke.

Sally McFague:


  a.. We, all of us, are being called to do something unprecedented. We are being called to think about "everything that is," for we now know that everything is interrelated and that the well-being of each is connected to the well-being of the whole. This suggests a "planetary agenda" for all the religions, all the various fields of expertise.

George McGovern (1922- ):


  a.. I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.

Al McGuire


  a.. I think the world is run by C students.

Leslie M. McIntyre:


  a.. Nobody objects to a woman being a good writer or sculptor or geneticist if at the same time she manages to be a good wife, good mother, good-looking, good-tempered, well-groomed and unaggressive.

Bethania McKenstry


  a.. I'm not sure I want popular opinion on my side -- I've noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.

Mignon McLaughlin (1915- ):


  a.. Even cowards can endure hardship; only the brave can endure suspense.

  b.. Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

  c.. Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it.

  d.. The only kind of courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one minute to the next.

  e.. Our strength is often composed of the weakness we're damned if we're going to show.

Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980):


  a.. Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.



  a.. I pray for wisdom,

  am answered with a study guide.

  I pray for strength,

  am answered with an exercise routine.

  I pray for courage,

  am answered with a call to commitment.

  I pray for generalities,

  Am answered with specifics.

W. Somerset Maugham


  a.. Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.

Margaret Mead (1901-1978):


  a.. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

  b.. We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world.

  c.. ...we may say that many, if not all, of the personality traits which we have called masculine or feminine are as lightly linked to sex as are the clothing, the manners, and the form of headdress that a society at a given period assigns to either sex.

  d.. We must recognize that beneath the superficial classifications of sex and race the same potentialities exist, recurring generation after generation, only to perish because society has no place for them.

Donella A. Meadows:


  a.. Technology can relieve the symptoms of a problem without affecting the underlying causes. Faith in technology as the ultimate solution to all problems can thus divert our attention from the most fundamental problem--the problem of growth in a finite system--and prevent us from taking effective action to solve it.



Edwin Meese:


  a.. If a person is innocent of a crime, then he is not a suspect. [Meese, then Attorney General, explaining why the Miranda decision enabling those arrested to be advised of their rights was not necessary any more.]

Golda Meir (1898-1978):


  a.. Moses dragged us for 40 years through the desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no oil.

  b.. Once in a Cabinet we had to deal with the fact that there had been an outbreak of assaults on women at night. One minister suggested a curfew: Women should stay home after dark. I said, "But it's the men who are attacking the women. If there's to be a curfew, let the men stay home, not the women."

  c.. Religious families have sons as well as daughters. If army life is degrading why are they not concerned for the morals of their sons?

  d.. To be successful, a woman has to be better at her job than a man.

Mencius (372?-289? BC):


  a.. Truth uttered before its time is dangerous.

  b.. Let not a man do what his sense of right bids him not to

  do, nor desire what it forbids him to desire. This is

  sufficient. The skillful artist will not alter his

  measures for the sake of a stupid workman.



H(enry) L(ouis) Mencken (1880-1956):


  a.. Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.

  b.. A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

  c.. Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

  d.. The fact that a human brain of high amperage, otherwise highly efficient, may have a hole in it is surely not a secret.

  e.. Firmness in decision is often merely a form of stupidity. It indicates an inability to think the same thing out twice.

  f.. For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.

  g.. Hanging one scoundrel, it appears, does not deter the next. Well, what of it? The first one at least is disposed of.

  h.. I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.

  i.. It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.

  j.. It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.

  k.. A man is called a good fellow for doing things which, if done by a woman, would land her in a lunatic asylum.

  l.. One yearns unspeakably for a composer who gives out his pair of honest themes, and then develops them unashamed, and then hangs a brisk coda to them, and then shuts up.

  m.. Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

  n.. Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a moveable body.

  o.. Life is a dead-end street.

  p.. Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.

  q.. A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.

  r.. Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

  s.. No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

  t.. Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

  u.. Time is the great legalizer, even in the field of morals.

  v.. The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

  w.. Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.

  x.. Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.

  y.. Legend--a lie that has attained the dignity of age.

  z.. Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

  aa.. Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't they'd be married too.

  ab.. The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.

  ac.. When women kiss it always reminds one of prize fighters shaking hands..

  ad.. Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.

  ae.. Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

  af.. Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.

  a.. For every problem, there is one solution which is simple, neat and wrong.

  b.. Men have a much better time of it than women; for one thing, they marry later; for another thing they die earlier.

Dr. Karl Menninger


  a.. Love cures people -- both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.

Gian-Carlo Menotti (1911- ):


  a.. Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do.

  b.. Melody is a form of remembrance....It must have a quality of inevitability in our ears.

Ethel Merman:


  a.. You'll never prove you're too good for a job by not doing your best.

W. S. Merwin


  a.. We are the echo of the future.

Michalangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564):


  a.. If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all.

  b.. I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

  c.. Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish.

  d.. My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through earth's loveliness.

James Michener:


  a.. Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.



Adam Michnik:


  a.. Start doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and humane society? Then behave decently and humanely.

Stanley Milgram:


  a.. The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873):


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

  b.. Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.

  c.. He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.

  d.. One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.

  e.. I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.

  f.. If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be in silencing mankind.

  g.. That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.

  h.. The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.

  i.. The tendency has always been strong to believe that whatever received a name must be an entity or being, having an independent existence of its own. And if no real entity answering to the name could be found, men did not for that reason suppose that none existed, but imagined that it was something peculiarly abstruse and mysterious.

  j.. Was there ever any domination which did not appear natural to those who possessed it?

Bradley Millar:


  a.. Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.

Kelly Millar:


  a.. Never sigh into a container of Golf fish flakes.

  b.. Perfection cannnot be defined or seen; it can only be found in your heart.

Margaret Millar


  a.. Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses.


Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950):


  a.. It is not true that life is one damn thing after another, it is the same damn thing over and over.

  b.. It is not true that life is one damn thing after another...It's one damn thing over and over.

  c.. Music my rampart, and my only one.

  d.. There is no God.

  But it does not matter.

  Man is enough.

  e.. And all the loveliest things there be come simply, so it seems to me.

Arthur Miller (1915- ):


  a.. An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted.

David Miller


  a.. All you have to do is go down to the bottom of your swimming pool and hold your breath [US DOE Spokesperson, on protecting yourself from nuclear radiation].



Henry Miller (1891-1980):


  a.. All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.

  b.. Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.

  c.. Every man has his own destiny; the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.

  d.. The real leader has no need to lead--he is content to point the way.

  e.. Whatever needs to be maintained through force is doomed.

  f.. The one thing we can never get enough of is love.

  And the one thing we never give enough is love.

Kate Millett (1934- ):


  a.. Because of our social circumstances, male and female are really two cultures and their life experiences are utterly different.

  b.. However muted its present appearance may be, sexual domination obtains nevertheless as perhaps the most pervasive ideology of our culture and provides its most fundamental concept of power.

  c.. Many women do not recognize themselves as discriminated against; no better proof could be found of the totality of their conditioning.

A. A. Milne (1882-1956):


  a.. When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.  (from The House at Pooh Corner)

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

  c.. "Well," said Pooh, "what I like best--" and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called. ( from The House at Pooh Corner)

  d.. "Is anybody home?" called out Pooh very loudly. "No!" said a voice; and then added, "you needn't shout so loud. I heard you quite well the first time."

John Milton (1608-1674):


  a.. He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.

  b.. Necessity, the tyrant's plea.

  c.. Peace hath her victories, no less renowned than War.

  d.. He that has light within his own clear breast

  May sit in the centre, and enjoy bright day:                

   But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts             

  Benighted walks under the mid-day sun;                      

   Himself his own dungeon

  e.. Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.

  f.. The mind is its own place, and in itself

  Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven

  g.. Good, the more communicated, more abundant grows.

Charles Mingus:


  a.. Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.

Margaret Mitchell


  a.. Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was.

William Mitford


  a.. Men fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil, and yet no man knows that it may not be the greatest good.

Wilson Mizner (1876-1933):


  a.. A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but, after a while, knows something.

  b.. Those who welcome death have only tried it from the ears up.

  c.. Life is a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest.

  d.. I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your efforts to believe it.

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

  f.. Some of the greatest love affairs I've known have involved one actor--unassisted.

  g.. The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong.

  h.. When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism; but when you take it from many writers, it's research.

  i.. Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing for something.

Mohammed ( 570-632 AD )


  a.. Every good act is charity. A man's true wealth hereafter

  is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.



Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673):


  a.. It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.

  b.. One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.

  c.. Men are all alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that they differ.

  d.. Things are only worth what you make them worth.

  e.. The greater the obstacle, the more the glory in overcoming it.

Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Baker] (1926-1962):


  a.. Ever notice that "what the hell" is always the right decision?

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

Elizabeth Montagu (1720-1800):


  a.. Minds ripen at very different ages.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592):


  a.. Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.

  b.. Hath God obliged himself not to exceed the bounds of our knowledge?                                           

  c.. He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.

  d.. I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.

  e.. The most manifest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness.

  f.. If you don't know how to die, don't worry;

  Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and     

  adequately.  She will do this job perfectly for you;        

  don't bother your head about it

  g.. There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.

  h.. We are, I know not how, double in ourselves, so that what we believe we disbelieve, and cannot rid ourselves of what we condemn.

Alfred A. Montapert


  a.. Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not

  make any progress.

Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1775):


  a.. If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.

  b.. Solemnity is the shield of idiots.

  c.. Useless laws weaken necessary laws.

  d.. What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.

Roy E. Moody:


  a.. The greatest motivational act one person can do for another is listen.

George Moore (1852-1933):


  a.. A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.

Henry Moore:


  a.. It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.

Marianne Moore (1887-1972):


  a.. If you will tell me why the fen appears impassable, I then will tell you why I think that I can cross it if I try.

  b.. Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.

Hannah More (1745-1833):


  a.. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

  b.. We are apt to mistake our vocation by looking out of the way for occasions to exercise great and rare virtues, and by stepping over the ordinary ones that lie directly in the road before us.

Thomas More (1478-1535):


  a.. Whoever loveth me, loveth my hound.

Jean Moreau


  a.. Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age



Arthur E. Morgan:


  a.. Lack of something to feel important about is almost the greatest tragedy a man may have.

Charles Morgan:


  a.. As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.

Julia Morgan (1872-1957):


  a.. Never turn down a job because you think it's too small; you don't know where it can lead.

Robin Morgan (1941- ):


  a.. Although every organized religion works overtime to contribute its own brand of misogyny to the myth of woman-hate, woman-fear, and woman-evil, the Roman Catholic church also carries the immense power of very directly affecting women's lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion, and by its use of skillful and wealthy lobbies to prevent legislative change. It is an obscenity--an all-male hierarchy, celibate or not, that presumes to rule on the lives and bodies of millions of women.

Christopher Darlington Morley (1890-1957):


  a.. If you have to keep reminding yourself of a thing, perhaps it isn't so.

  b.. Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade in which you're not really interested in order to get where you're going.

  c.. My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed.

  d.. There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it.

  e.. Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.

John Morley


  a.. You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.

William Morris


  a.. The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.

Stephen Morrissey


  a.. It's so easy to laugh. It's so easy to hate. It takes strength to be gentle and kind.

Toni Morrison (1931- ):


  a.. If there's a book you want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.

Dwight Morrow


  a.. Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.

Bernadette Mosala:


  a.. When men are oppressed, it's tragedy. When women are oppressed, it's tradition.

Robert Motherwell:


  a.. It's not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous. It's more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.

Lucretia Mott (1793-1880):


  a.. Learning, while at school, that the charge for the education of girls was the same as that for boys, and that, when they became teachers, women received only half as much as men for their services, the injustice of this distinction was so apparent, that I resolved to claim for my sex all that an impartial Creator had bestowed, which, by custom and a perverted application of the Scriptures, had been wrested from women.

  b.. We too often bind ourselves by authorities rather than by the truth.

Bill Moyers (1934- ):


  a.. Secrecy is the freedom tyrants dream of.



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791):


  a.. Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

Muhammad (570-632):


  a.. Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave.

John Muir (1838-1914):


  a.. When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.

  b.. The water in music the oar forsakes." The air in music the wing forsakes. All things move in music and write it. The mouse, lizard, and grasshopper sing together on the Turlock sands, sing with the morning stars.

Martin Mull


  a.. Human beings are seventy percent water, and with some the rest is collagen.

Lewis Mumford


  a.. Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.

[Jean] Iris Murdoch (1919- ):


  a.. Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.

  b.. Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.

Donald Murray:


  a.. Meaning is not thought up and then written down. The act of writing is an act of thought. All writing is experimental in the beginning. It is an attempt to solve a problem, to find a meaning, to discover its own

Howard Murray:


  a.. It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.

W. H. Murray:


  a.. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets: Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Edward R Murrow


  a.. Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation.

Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645)


  a.. In fighting and in everyday life you should be determined

  though calm.  Meet the situation without tenseness yet not 

  recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased...An elevated 

  spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak.  Do not let the   

  enemy see your spirit.

Gunnar Myrdal


  a.. The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery without almost noticing them.



Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977):


  a.. Genius is an African who dreams up snow.

. Gerald Nachman


  a.. Nothing fails like success.

Nagarjuna ( c 100-200 AD )


  a.. This body, full of faults,

  Has yet one great quality:

  Whatever it encounters in this temporal life

  Depends upon one's actions.

  b.. When young, rejoice in the tranquillity of the old.

  However great your glory, be forbearing in your manner.

  Boast not of what you know, even when learned.

  However high you may rise, be not proud

  c.. Those who speak with discretion

  Are respected by mankind,

  As the sun, emerging from the shadows,

  By its rays creates great warmth

  d.. Any man who strives to do his best

  Whether his work be great or small                          

  Is considered to be doing the work of a lion



Nahmanides ( c 1300 )


  a.. An individual should hold an awareness of God and His love

  all the time. He should not separate his consciousness from

  the Divine while he journeys on the way, nor when he lies

  down nor when he rises up.



W. A. Nance:


  a.. No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him.

Odgen Nash


  a.. The turtle lives 'twixt plated decks which practically conceal its sex. I think it clever of the turtle in such a fix to be so fertile.

Gamel Nasser


  a.. The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them [which] we are missing.

George Jean Nathan


  a.. Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.

  b.. Love demands infinitely less than friendship.

E. Kim Nebeuts:


  a.. Teach to the problem, not to the text.

  b.. To state a theorem and then to show examples of it is literally to teach backwards.

Suzanne Necker:


  a.. Fortune does not change men; it unmasks them.

  b.. Worship your heroes from afar; contact withers them.

Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964):


  a.. I want nothing to do with any religion concerned with keeping the masses satisfied to live in hunger, filth, and ignorance.

  b.. Logic and cold reason are poor weapons to fight fear and distrust. Only faith and generosity can overcome them.

Thomas Neill:


  a.. Of those who say nothing, few are silent.

Ron Nesen


  a.. Nobody believes the official spokesman... but everybody trusts an unidentified source.

John von Neuman:


  a.. Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.

  b.. In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

  c.. There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.

Dorothy Nevill (1826-1913):


  a.. The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

David B Newberry


  a.. Music should be the words of the soul.



Flower A Newhouse


  a.. Lack of will power has caused more failure than lack of intelligence or ability.

Alfred E. Newman:


  a.. Crime does not pay ... as well as politics.

  b.. We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons...

  c.. Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down.

James R. Newman:


  a.. The most painful thing about mathematics is how far away you are from being able to use it after you have learned it.

John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890):


  a.. It is almost the definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.

  b.. Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.

A. Edward Newton (1863-1940):


  a.. Gilbert White discovered the formula for complete happiness, but he died before making the announcement, leaving it for me to do so. It is to be very busy with the unimportant.

Isaac Newton (1642-1727):


  a.. No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.

Jack Nicklaus:


  a.. Focus on remedies, not faults.

  b.. Learn the fundamentals of the game and stick to them. Band-Aid remedies never last.

Martin Niemoller (1892-1984):


  a.. In Germany they first came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me--and by that time no one was left to speak up.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900):


  a.. A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove


  b.. A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of


  c.. A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to

  endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.

  d.. Against boredom even the gods contend in vain.

  e.. Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.

  f.. All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from

  the senses.

  g.. All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails

  at a given time is a function of power and not truth.

  h.. Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches

  themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt

  nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt.

  i.. And be on thy guard against the good and the just! They would fain

  curcify those who devise their own virtue--they hate the lonesome ones.

  j.. And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least

  once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by

  at least one laugh.

  k.. Art is the proper task of life.

  l.. Believe me, the secret of the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest

  enjoyment of existence is to live dangerously!

  m.. Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by

  those one has had.

  n.. Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.

  o.. Courageous, untroubled, mocking and violent--that is what Wisdom wants us

  to be. Wisdom is a woman, and loves only a warrior.

  p.. Discontent is the seed of ethics.

  q.. Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

  r.. Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.

  s.. Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern,

  like bad wallpaper.

  t.. For others do I wait ... for higher ones, stronger ones, more triumphant

  ones, merrier ones, for such as are built squarely in body and soul

  laughing lions must come.

  u.. God is dead but considering the state Man is in, there will perhaps be

  caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown.

  v.. Great indebtedness does not make men grateful, but vengeful; and if a

  little charity is not forgotten, it turns into a gnawing worm.

  w.. Here the ways of men part if you wish to strive for peace of soul and

  pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.

  x.. He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. Man does not strive

  for pleasure; only the Englishman does.

  y.. He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either.

  z.. He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser.

  aa.. He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a

  monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also

  into you.

  ab.. He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation

  of the enemy's life.

  ac.. Hold a true friend with both your hands.

  ad.. Hope in reality is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs the

  torments of man.

  ae.. Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of man.

  af.. How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.

  ag.. How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad

  habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are

  tools to help us through life.

  ah.. I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it

  endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.

  ai.. I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.

  aj.. I fear we are not getting rid of God because we still believe in grammar.

  ak.. I live in my own place, have never copied anybody even half, and at any

  master who lacks the grace to laugh at himself--I laugh.

  al.. I teach you the superman. Man is something to be surpassed.

  am.. If a woman seeks education it is probably because her sexual apparatus is


  an.. If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to


  ao.. If you go to see the woman, do not forget the whip.

  ap.. In all institutions from which the cold wind of open criticism is excluded, an innocent corruption begins to grow like a mushroom--for example, in senates and learned societies.

  aq.. In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with

  reality at any point.

  ar.. In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.

  as.. In heaven all the interesting people are missing.

  at.. In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same

  reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.

  au.. In music the passions enjoy themselves.

  av.. In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees

  everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing

  seizes him.

  aw.. Insanity is the exception in individuals. In groups, parties, peoples,

  and times it is the rule.

  ax.. Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man's?

  ay.. Is not life a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?

  az.. It is a curious thing that God learned Greek when he wished to turn

  author--and that he did not learn it better.

  ba.. It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what other men say in whole

  books--what other men do not say in whole books.

  bb.. It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy


  bc.. Jesus died too soon. If he had lived to my age he would have repudiated

  his doctrine.

  bd.. Let us not underestimate the privileges of the mediocre. As one climbs

  higher, life becomes ever harder; the coldness increases, responsibility


  be.. Live in danger. Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius.

  bf.. Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.

  bg.. Love is like racing across the frozen tundra on a snowmobile which flips

  over, trapping you underneath. At night, the ice-weasels come.

  bh.. Love matches, so called, have illusion for their father and need for their


  bi.. Man is more ape than many of the apes.

  bj.. Man is the cruelest animal. At tragedies, bullfights, and crucifixions he

  has so far felt best on earth; and when he invented hell for himself,

  behold, that was his very heaven.

  bk.. Man's maturity to have regained the seriousness that he had as a child at


  bl.. Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.

  bm.. Necessity is not an established fact, but an interpretation.

  bn.. No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.

  bo.. No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

  bp.. Not every end is a goal. The end of a melody is not its goal; however, if the melody has not reached its end, it would also not have reached its goal. A parable.

  bq.. Nothing is beautiful, only man on this piece of naïvety rests all

  aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add

  its second nothing is ugly but degenerate man--the domain of aesthetic

  judgment is therewith defined.

  br.. One must separate from anything that forces one to repeat No again and again.

  bs.. One should dies proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.

  bt.. One does not hate as long as one has a low esteem of someone, but only

  when one esteems him as an equal or a superior.

  bu.. On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain either you will

  reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that

  you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.

  bv.. One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing


  bw.. One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the

  tone in which it was conveyed.

  bx.. One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.

  by.. One should part from life as Odysseus parted from Nausicaa with a blessing

  rather than in love.

  bz.. One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary

  actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.

  ca.. Only sick music makes money today.

  cb.. Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not

  learned its nature it is our future that lays down the law of our today.

  cc.. Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words

  directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus one morning they are

  there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the

  thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow

  in him!

  cd.. People demand freedom only when they have no power.

  ce.. People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have

  a right to ours. The inference is false; a gift confers no rights.

  cf.. Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so

  deeply that he had to invent laughter.

  cg.. Perhaps nobody yet has been truthful enough about what 'truthfulness' is.

  ch.. Plato was a bore.

  ci.. Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings.

  cj.. Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces obstinacy,

  it sharpens the sense of alienation and strengthens the power of


  ck.. Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.

  cl.. The better the state is established, the fainter is humanity.

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

  ugly and bad.

  cn.. The desire to create continually is vulgar and portrays jealousy, envy,

  ambition. If one is something one really does not need to make

  anything--and one nonetheless does very much. There exists above the

  'productive' man a yet higher species.

  co.. The doer alone learneth.

  cp.. The Earth has a skin and that skin has diseases, one of those diseases is


  cq.. The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

  cr.. The formula for my happiness a Yes, a No, a straight line, a goal.

  cs.. The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.

  ct.. The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather

  a condition of it.

  cu.. The last Christian died on the cross.

  cv.. The living is a species of the dead; and not a very attractive one.

  cw.. The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.

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

  hate his friends.

  cy.. The miserable have no other medicine but hope.

  cz.. The more abstract the truth you wish to teach, the more you must allure

  the senses to it.

  da.. The most instructive experiences are those of everyday life.

  db.. 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.

  dc.. The same passions in man and woman nonetheless differ in tempo; hence man

  and woman do not cease misunderstanding one another.

  dd.. 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.

  de.. The thought of suicide is a great source of comfort; with it a calm

  passage is to be made across many a bad night.

  df.. The thousand mysteries around us would not trouble but interest us, if

  only we had cheerful, healthy hearts.

  dg.. The vanity of others runs counter to our taste only when it runs counter

  to our vanity.

  dh.. The world itself is the will to power--and nothing else! And you yourself

  are the will to power--and nothing else!

  di.. There are no moral phenomena, only a moral interpretation of phenomena.

  dj.. There are no facts, only interpretations.

  dk.. There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.

  dl.. There cannot be a God because, if there were one, I would not believe that

  I was not He.

  dm.. There is not enough religion in the world to destroy the world's religions.

  dn.. These people abstain, it is true but the bitch Sensuality glares enviously

  out of all they do.

  do.. This is the hardest of all to close the open hand out of love, and keep

  modest as a giver.

  dp.. This secret spoke Life herself unto me 'Behold,' said she, 'I am that

  which must ever surpass itself.'

  dq.. To forget one's purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.

  dr.. To friend Overbeck and wife. Although you have so far demonstrated little

  faith in my ability to pay, I yet hope to demonstrate that I am somebody

  who pays his debts--for example, to you. I am just having all

  anti-Semites shot. Signed, Dionysus

  ds.. To live alone one must be a beast or a god, says Aristotle. Leaving out

  the third case one must be both--a philosopher.

  dt.. To make the individual uncomfortable, that is my task.

  du.. To use the same words is not a sufficient guarantee of understanding; one

  must use the same words for the same genus of inward experience;

  ultimately one must have one's experiences in common.

  dv.. True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are

  used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also

  always some reason in madness.

  dw.. Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.

  dx.. Under peaceful conditions the militant man attacks himself.

  dy.. Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich starker. (Transl: Whatever does not

  destroy me makes me stronger.)

  dz.. We operate with nothing but things which do not exist, with lines, planes,

  bodies, atoms, divisible time, divisible space--how should explanation

  even be possible when we first make everything into an image, into our own


  ea.. We praise or blame as one or the other affords more opportunity for

  exhibiting our power of judgment.

  eb.. What does not destroy me, makes me strong.

  ec.. When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets

  another one.

  ed.. When marrying, ask yourself this question Do you believe that you will be

  able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else

  in marriage is transitory.

  ee.. When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago

  ef.. Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego.'

  eg.. Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.

  eh.. Without music, life would be a mistake.

  ei.. Woman was God's second mistake.

  ej.. You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil.


Benedict Nightingale:


  a.. [William Inge] handles symbolism rather like an Olympic weight lifter, raising it with agonizing care, brandishing it with a tiny grunt of triumph, then dropping it with a terrible clang.

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910):


  a.. No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be other than this--"devoted and obedient." This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.

Chester Nimitz


  a.. A ship is always referred to as "she" because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.

Leonard Nimoy:


  a.. The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.



Anais Nin (1903-1977):


  a.. Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds onto you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.

  b.. The artist is the only one who knows that the world is a subjective creation, that there is a choice to be made, a selection of elements.

  c.. Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

  d.. We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.

  e.. The function of art is to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.

  f.. How wrong it is for women to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than set out to create it herself.

  g.. We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.

Paul Nitze:


  a.. One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve.

Pat Nixon (1912- ):


  a.. I have sacrificed everything in my life that I consider precious in order to advance the political career of my husband.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994):


  a.. For years politicians have promised the moon. I'm the first one to be able to deliver it.

  b.. I don't think that a leader can control to any great extent his destiny. Very seldom can he step in and change the situation if the forces of history are running in another direction.

  c.. If you think the United States has stood still, who built the largest shopping center in the world?

  d.. It is necessary for me to establish a winner image. Therefore, I have to beat somebody.

  e.. A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.

  f.. Under the doctrine of the separation of powers, the manner in which the president personally exercises his assigned executive powers is not subject to questioning by another branch of government.

  g.. What was Watergate? A little bugging!

  h.. When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.

  i.. I would have made a good pope.

  j.. Voters quickly forget what a man says.

  k.. I also believe that academic freedom should protect the right of a professor or student to advocate Marxism, socialism, communism, or any other minority viewpoint--no matter how distasteful to the majority, provided. . .

  l.. When I grow up, I want to be an honest lawyer so things like that can't happen. [ Richard Nixon (young) on Teapot Dome scandal ]

  m.. Nothing would please the Kremlin more than to have the people of this country choose a second rate president.

  n.. Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.



Louis Nizer (1902- ):


  a.. A fine artist is one who makes familiar things new and new things familiar.

  b.. Oh, I get lucky a lot. I get lucky at four in the morning in the law library.

Nordstrom's Department Store:


  a.. Use your own best judgment at all times. [This is their entire policy manual.]

Kathleen Norris (1880-1966):


  a.. Each and every one of us has one obligation, during the bewildered days of our pilgrimage here: the saving of his own soul, and secondarily and incidentally thereby affecting for good such other souls as come under our influence.

  b.. In any free society, the conflict between social conformity and individual liberty is permanent, unresolvable, and necessary.

  c.. Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.

Christopher North


  a.. Laws were made to be broken.

Oliver North:


  a.. I was provided with additional input that was radically different from the truth. I assisted in furthering that version.

Eleanor Holmes Norton (1937- ):


  a.. On the road to equality there is no better place for blacks to detour around American values than in forgoing its example in the treatment of its women and the organization of its family life.

  b.. The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.

Rudolf Nureyev:


  a.. Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration.

Edgar Wilson ["Bill"] Nye (1850-1896):


  a.. There are just two people entitled to refer to themselves as "we"; one is the editor and the other is the fellow with a tapeworm.

Ewald B. Nyquist:


  a.. Equality is not when a female Einstein gets promoted to assistant professor. Equality is when a female schlemiel moves ahead as fast as a male schlemiel.





07 October 2003


Sean O'Casey: (1884-1964) Irish dramatist


  a.. The world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.

Sandra Day O'Connor: (1930- ):


  a.. Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.

  b.. The more education a woman has, the wider the gap between men's and women's earnings for the same work.



  a.. The better we feel about ourselves, the fewer times we have to knock somebody else down to feel tall.

Leo O'Donovan:


  a.. Everything in life is most fundamentally a gift. And you receive it best and you live it best by holding it with very open hands.

David Ogilvy:


  a.. The best leaders are apt to be found among those executives who have a strong component of orthodoxy in their character. Instead of resisting innovation, they symbolize it.

Georgia O'Keefe


  a.. Where I was born and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.



Austin O'Malley: (1858 ?-1932)


  a.. Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye.

  b.. Despair is vinegar from the wine of hope.

  c.. The weaker the man in authority...the stronger his insistence that all his privileges be acknowledged.

James Robert Oppenheim:


  a.. The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it.

  b.. The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.

Robert Orben:


  a.. To err is human--and to blame it on a computer is even more so.

John O'Reilly (1844-1890)


  a.. Be silent and safe - silence never betrays you.

P. J. O'Rourke:


  a.. Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs; we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.

  b.. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

  c.. The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.

  d.. Never fight an inanimate object.

  e.. Love is a driver, bitter and fierce if you fight and resist

  him, Easy-going enough once you acknowledge his power.

  f.. A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat.

José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955):


  a.. Life means to have something definite to do--a mission to fulfill--and in the measure in which we avoid setting our life to something, we make it empty. Human life, by its very nature, has to be dedicated to something.

George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950):


  a.. All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

  b.. Good writing is like a windowpane.

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

  d.. Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.

  e.. The quickest way to end a war is to lose it.

  f.. Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.

  g.. A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.

  h.. On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time.

  i.. Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

Ronald E Osborn


  a.. Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Sir William Osler:


  a.. The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well.

  b.. To have striven, to have made an effort, to have been true to certain ideals--this alone is worth the struggle. We are here to add what we can to, not to get what we can from, life


Herbert Otto:


  a.. Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.

P. D. Ouspensky:


  a.. A symbol may serve to transfer our intuitions and to suggest new ones only so long as its meaning is not defined.

Ovid (43 B.C.- A.D. 18):


  a.. Add little to little and there will be a big pile.

  b.. Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.

  c.. To be loved, be lovable

  d.. In our play we reveal what kind of people we are.

  e.. The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged.

  f.. If Jupiter hurled his thunderbolt as often as men sinned,

  he would soon be out of thunderbolts

  g.. You will go most safely in the middle.

Robert Owen (1771-1858):


  a.. Never argue; repeat your assertion.



Ignace Paderewski (1860-1941):


  a.. Before I was a genius I was a drudge.

Thomas Paine (1737-1809):


  a.. Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself--that is my doctrine.

  b.. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

  c.. Time makes more converts than reason.

  d.. It is necessary to the happiness of a man that he be mentally faithful to himself.

  e.. Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.

  f.. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.

  g.. I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.

Bahya ibn Pakuda


  a.. Whoever performs only his duty is not doing his duty.

Arnold Palmer:


  a.. It's a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get.

Gretta Brooker Palmer (1905-1953):


  a.. Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.



Christabel Pankhurst (1880-1958):


  a.. Ability is sexless.

  b.. We are here to claim our right as women, not only to be free, but to fight for freedom. It is our privilege, as well as our pride and our joy, to take some part in this militant movement, which, as we believe, means the regeneration of all humanity.

Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928)


  a.. How different the reasoning is that men adopt when they are discussing the cases of men and those of women.

  b.. Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it.

Charles H Parkhurst


  a.. Sympathy: Two hearts tugging at one load.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967):


  a.. The affair between Margot Asquinth and Margot Asquinth will live as one of the prettiest love stories in all literature. [From her review in the New Yorker of the Autobiography of Margot Asquinth.]

  b.. His voice was as intimate as the rustle of sheets.

  c.. Misfortune, and recited misfortune especially, may be prolonged to the point where it cases to excite pity and arouses only irritation.

  d.. One more drink and I'll be under the host.

  e.. She [Katherine Hepburn] runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.

  f.. Sorrow is tranquility remembered in emotion.

  g.. Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.

  h.. They sicken of the calm, who know the storm.

  i.. This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.

C[yril] Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993):


  a.. Where life is colorful and varied, religion can be austere or unimportant. Where life is appallingly monotonous, religion must be emotional, dramatic and intense. Without the curry, boiled rice can be very dull.

  b.. The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.

  c.. Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.

Ellen Parr


  a.. The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Allan Partridge


  a.. "Is it not true that sex degrades women....... if it is any good"



Blaise Pascal (1623-1662):


  a.. Continuous eloquence wearies.

  b.. If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.

  c.. The heart has its own reason which reason does not know.

  d.. However vast a man's spiritual resources, he is capable of but one great passion.

  e.. I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still and quiet in a room alone.

  f.. The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.

  g..                Nature has perfections, in order to show that she is the

                 image of God; and defects, to show that she is only his image

  h.. Let us wager the gain and the loss is wagering that God is. Let us consider the two possibilities. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Hesitate not, then, to wager that He is.

  i.. Little things console us because little things afflict us.

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

  k.. Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will.

  l.. Reason is the slow and torturous method by which those who do not know the truth discover it.

  m.. Reason's last step it the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.

  n.. The sole cause of man's unhappiness is the he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.

  o.. We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by reasons which have occurred to others.

  p.. When the passions become masters, they are vices.

Boris Pasternak (1890-1960):


  a.. Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895):


  a.. Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.

  b.. Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.

Walter Pater (1839-1894):


  a.. Art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass.

  b.. To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.

  c.. What we have to do is to be for ever curiously testing new opinions and courting new impressions.

Alan Paton (1903-1988):


  a.. The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that they are not mended again.

  b.. There is only one way in which one can endure man's inhumanity to man and that is to try, in one's own life, to exemplify man's humanity to man.

  c.. When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.

  d.. I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they (the whites of South Africa) have turned to loving, they will find we (the blacks) are turned to hating.

  e.. What broke in a man when he could bring himself to kill another?

  f.. Who knows for what we live, struggle and die?... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom.



  a.. To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man.

George Smith Patton, Jr. (1885-1945):


  a.. Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

  b.. Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

  c.. Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.

Jean Paul:


  a.. All that you do increases your power to do more.

Linus Carl Pauling (1901-1994):


  a.. The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.

Cesare Pavese:


  a.. One must look for one thing only, to find many.

Anna Pavlova (1881-1931):


  a.. To follow, without halt, one aim: There's the secret of success.

Norman Vincent Peale


  a.. Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Lester B. Pearson:


  a.. Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.

I. M. Pei:


  a.. Great artists need great clients.

George Peele (1558?-1597?)


  a.. Beauty, strength, youth, are flowers but fading seen;

  Duty, faith, love, are roots, and ever green

William Penn


  a.. He that lives to forever, never fears dying.

Boise Penrose


  a.. Public office is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Claude Pepper


  a.. Life is like riding a bicycle. You don't fall off unless you stop pedaling.

Samuel Pepys


  a.. Music and women I cannot but give way to, whatever my business is.

Fritz Perls:


  a.. Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge.

Persius (34-62):


  a.. He conquers who endures.

Irene Peter (1945- ):


  a.. Ignorance is no excuse--it's the real thing.



Laurance Peter


  a.. An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.

  b.. Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.

  c.. Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.

  d.. In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.

  e.. Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.

Tom Peters:


  a.. Advantage comes not from the spectacular or the technical. Advantage comes from a persistent seeking of the mundane edge.

  b.. Formula for success: underpromise and overdeliver.

  c.. The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.

  d.. There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity.

Peter G. Peterson (1926- ):


  a.. The experience may have been costly, but it was also priceless.

Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374):


  a.. A short cut to riches is to subtract from our desires.

Phaedrus (c.25AD)


  a.. Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.

Edward John Phelps (1822-1900):


  a.. The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911):


  a.. Happiness must be cultivated. It is like character. It is not a thing to be safely let alone for a moment, or it will run to weeds.

Eden Phillpotts (1862-1960):


  a.. The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Austin Phelps:


  a.. Wear the old coat and buy the new book.

Wendell Phillips [George William Curtis] (1811-1884):


  a.. Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.

  b.. My advice to a young man seeking deathless fame would be to espouse an unpopular cause and devote his life to it.

  c.. Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics.

Eden Phillpotts


  a.. The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973):


  a.. Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.

  b.. What one does is what counts and not what one had the intention of doing.

  c.. Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

  d.. I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

  e.. I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.

  f.. Age only matters when one is ageing. Now that I have arrived at a great age, I might just as well be twenty.

  g.. We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.

  h.. If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.

  i.. Copmuters are useless. They can only give you answers.

  j.. Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

  k.. Drink to me.

Thomas Pickering


  a.. In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known.


Marge Piecy


  a.. If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening.

Albert Pike (1809-1891)


  a.. A man, foreseeing that another will do a certain act, and

  in nowise controlling or even influencing him may use that

  action as an instrument to effect his own purposes.

    a.. Virtue is but heroic bravery, to do the thing thought to be

    true, in spite of all enemies of flesh or spirit, in despite

    of all temptations or menaces

    b.. A Human Thought is an actual EXISTENCE, and a Force and

    Power, capable of acting upon and controlling matter as

    well as mind

    c.. He who endeavors to serve, to benefit, and improve the

    world, is like a swimmer, who struggles against a rapid    

    current, in a river lashed into angry waves by the winds.  

    Often they roar over his head, often they beat him back and

    baffle him.  Most men yield to the stress of the current...

    Only here and there the stout, strong heart and vigorous   

    arms struggle on toward ultimate success



Augusto Pinochet


  a.. Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood.

  b.. William Pitt (1759-1806):

  c.. Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.



  a.. The measure of a man is what he does with power.

Max Planck (1858-1947):


  a.. An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: it rarely happens that Saul becomes Paul. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out and that the growing generation is familiarized with the idea from the beginning. In The Philosophy of Physics (1936).

Plato (429-347 BC):


  a.. The flute is not an instrument that has a good moral effect--it is too exciting.

  b.. Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.

  c.. If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.

  d.. Justice is having and doing what is one's own.

  e.. Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.

  f.. The first and best victory is to conquer self; to be

  conquered by self is of all things most shameful and vile

  g.. The true creator is necessity, which is the mother of our invention.

  h.. A tyrant...is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.

  i.. Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

Pliny the Elder (23-79 A.D.)


  a..                True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written;

                 in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to

                 make the world happier and better for our living in it.

  b.. Home is where the heart is.

  c.. Let honour be to us as strong an obligation as necessity is to others.


Pliny the Younger (61-105):


  a.. An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.

Plutarch (46-120):


  a.. Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.

  b.. To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.

  c.. Medicine, to produce health, has to examine disease; and music, to create harmony, must investigate discord.

  d..                It is an observation no less just than common, that there

                 is no stronger test of a man's real character than power   

                 and authority, exciting as they do every passion, and      

                 discovering every latent vice

  e.. God is the brave man's hope, and not the coward's excuse.

    a.. Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance

    to weigh friends



Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849):


  a.. Glitter, and in that one word how much of all that is detestable do we express.

  b.. The world is a great ocean, upon which we encounter more

  tempestuous storms than calms



Frederick Pohl:


  a.. Nothing is so good that somebody, somewhere, will not hate it.

Jules Henri Poincaré (1854-1912):


  a.. Mathematicians do not study objects, but relations between objects. Thus, they are free to replace some objects by others so long as the relations remain unchanged. Content to them is irrelevant; they are interested in form only.



Roman Polanski


  a.. Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater

Joseph Pollard (1843-1892)


  a.. The wheel goes round and round,

  And some are up and some are on the down,

  And still the wheel goes round.

Polybius (B.C. 203?-120)


  a.. Some men give up their designs when they have almost

  reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain

  a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous

  efforts than before.

  b.. It is not the object of war to annihilate those who have

  given provocation for it, but to cause them to mend their

  ways; not to ruin the innocent and guilty alike, but to

  save both

Alexander Pope (1688-1744):


  a.. True politeness consists in being easy one's self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can.

  b.. Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?

  c.. True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,

  As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance

  d.. Honour and shame from no condition rise;

  Act well your part, there all the honour lies.

  e.. A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the

  wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is

  wiser to-day than he was yesterday

  a.. Vice is a monster so frightful mien,

  As to be hated needs but to be seen;

  Yet too oft, familiar with her face,

  We first endure, then pity, then embrace

  b.. All nature is but art unknown to thee;

  All chance, direction, which thou canst not see;

  All discord, harmony not understood;

  All partial evil, universal good;

  And spite of pride, in erring reason's spite,

  One truth is clear, whatever is, is right.




Karl Popper (1902- ):


  a.. Do not allow your dreams of a beautiful world to lure you away from the claims of men who suffer here and now. Our fellow men have a claim to our help; no generation must be sacrificed for the sake of future generations.

  b.. We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell.

Antonio Porchia


  a.. One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.

Jane Porter:


  a.. The best manner of avenging ourselves is by not resemblimg him who has injured us.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (1908-1972):


  a.. A man's respect for law and order exists in precise relationship to the size of his paycheck.

Anthony Powell (1905- ):


  a.. Self-love seems so often unrequited.

Colin Powell:


  a.. Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.

  b.. There are no secrets to success. Don't waste your time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence.

Hugh Prather


  a.. Live as if everything you do will eventually be known.

Elvis Presley


  a.. I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.

Bill Press:


  a.. He is racist, he's homophobic, he's xenophobic and he's a sexist. He's the perfect Republican candidate. [California Democratic Party chairman about Pat Buchanan.]

Leontyne Price (1927- ):


  a.. Accomplishments have no color.

  b.. All token blacks have the same experience. I have been pointed at as a solution to things that have not begun to be solved, because pointing at us token blacks eases the conscience of millions, and I think this is dreadfully wrong.

  c.. If you are going to think black, think positive about it. Don't think down on it, or think it is something in your way. And this way, when you really do want to stretch out, and express how beautiful black is, everybody will hear you.... How can you not stand tall?--because you are saying who you are.

  d.. The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do.

Ivy Baker Priest (1905-1975):


  a.. Any woman who has a career and a family automatically develops something in the way of two personalities, like two sides of a dollar bill, each different in design. . . . Her problem is to keep one from draining the life from the other.

Mathew Prior


  a.. They talk most who have the least to say.

Michael Pritchard


  a.. You don't stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing.



V[ictor] S[awdon] Pritchett (1900- ):


  a.. The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony.

Herbert V. Prochnow:


  a.. A city is a large community where people are lonesome together.

  b.. Ignorance is a voluntary condition.

Adelaide Anne Procter


  a.. But I struck one chord of music like the sound of a great Amen.

William Proxmire


  a.. Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.

Propertius (54 BC-2 AD):


  a.. Never change when love has found its home.

Marcel Proust (1871-1927):


  a.. Less disappointing than life, great works of art do not begin by giving us all their best.

  b.. Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.

  c.. Our intonations contain our philosophy of life, what each of us is constantly telling himself about things.

  d.. People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.

  e.. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

  f.. Things don't change, but by and by our wishes change.

  g.. The true paradises are the lost paradises.

  h.. We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes. The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerable becomes unimportant. We have not managed to surmount the obstacle, as were absolutely determined to do, but life has taken us around it, led us past it, and then if we turn around to gaze at the remote past, we can barely catch sight of it, so imperceptible has it become.



  a.. Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.

Richard Pryor:


  a.. Everyone carries around his own monsters.



  a.. 90:4 (B.C. 1000?-300?)       A thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when    

                                         it is past, and as a watch in the night.


Publilius Syrus (fl. BC 42):


  a.. Anyone can hold the helm while the sea is calm.

  b.. The coward regards himself as cautious, the miser as thrifty.

  c.. Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

  d.. Depend not on fortune, but on conduct.

  e.. To do two things at once is to do neither.

  f.. When you are at sea, keep clear of the land.

  g.. No one reaches a high position without daring.

  h.. Practice is the best of all instructors.



Chesty Puller:


  a.. All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us....they can't get away this time. [USMC, when surrounded by 8 enemy divisions during the Korean War.]

Nathan M. Pusey:


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

  b.. The teacher's task is not to implant facts but to place the subject to be learned in front of the learner and, through sympathy, emotion, imagination and patience, to awaken in the learner the restless drive for answers and insights which enlarge the personal life and give it meaning.

Pythagoras (fl. 6th century BC):


  a.. Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be. Custom will soon render it easy and aggreeable.

  b.. Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.

  c.. Write in the sand the flaws of your friend.


Quarles (1592-1644)


  a.. My soul, what's lighter than a feather?  Wind.

  Than wind?  The fire.  And what than fire? The Mind.        

  What's lighter than the mind?  A thought.  Than thought?   

  This bubble world.  What than this bubble?  Nought

[James] Dan[forth] Quayle (1947- ):


  a.. The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century.

  b.. [Abortion] is not an issue with the American people. It is a figment of your imagination if you think that this is an issue that is talked about a lot.

  c.. Are they taking DDT? [A question to doctors about the treatment given to AIDS patients.]

  d.. "Hawaii is a unique state. It is a small state. It is a state that is by itself. It is a --it is different from the other 49 states. Well, all states are different, but it's got a particularly unique situation."

  e.. Bank failures are caused by depositors who don't deposit enough money to cover losses due to mismanagement.

  f.. The future will be better tomorrow.

  g.. We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world.

  h.. Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts.

  i.. "I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix."

  j.. I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican.

  k.. I deserve respect for the things I didn't do.

  l.. I did what any normal person would do at that age. You call home. You call home to mother and father and say, "I'd like to get into the Coast Guard." [Dan Quayle, then vice-presidential candidate, defending his National Guard service during the Vietnam War.]

  m.. I had not had that question before. [Why, during the Bentsen debate, Quayle could not say what he would do if he suddenly became president.]

  n.. If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure.

  o.. I'll have to check with my dad. [Quayle's response when an Indiana GOP country chairman asked him to run for Congress in 1976.]

  p.. I'm glad you asked me that. This gives me the perfect opportunity to talk about the problems with this Congress [in response to a reporter's question about his use of Air Force 2 to go on golf trips at the cost of $26,000/hour].

  q.. I was a less than serious student in college. If I had it to do over again, I would be far more serious. I did play a lot of golf. But I don't think that's any reflection on my ability to lead this nation.

  r.. It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in the air and water that are doing it.

  s.. It's a good Supreme Court. They're lawyers...they're judges...they're appointed for life. [On being asked about the verdict in the Supreme Court ruling on the Pennsylvania abortion law case.]

  t.. Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.

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

  v.. It's a question of whether we're going to go forward into the future or past to the back.

  w.. A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.

  x.. It's time for the human race to enter the solar system.

  y.. It was just a job. It wasn't any special interest in consumer affairs. I needed a paycheck and the Attorney General said that I would be best to go down there, because he knew I was anti-consumer. [Talking about his job as Chief Investigator, Consumer Protection Division of the Indiana Attorney General's office from 1970-1971.]

  z.. I want to be Robin to Bush's Batman.

  aa.. Murphy Brown is doing better than I am. At least she knows she still has a job next year.



  a.. I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin in high school so I could converse with those people.

  b.. I would guess that there's adequate low-income housing in this country.

  c.. Let me say it one more time. It is ill-rel-e-vant. [Response to repeated questions about his parents' involvement in the John Birch Society.] Because. Because I say it isn't. [Explaining why the questions aren't relevant.]

  d.. Life has been very good to me. I never had to worry about where I was going to go. But I do say, "Dan, you know, sometime in life there's going to be a tragedy." There was never anything where "I've got to work really hard to get there."

  e.. A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.

  f.. Mars is essentially in the same orbit. Mars is somewhat the same distance from the sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe.

  g.. Most women do not want to be liberated from their essential natures as women.

  h.. Our party has been accused of fooling the public by calling tax increases "revenue enhancement." Not so. No one was fooled.

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

  j.. Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.

  k.. Republicans have been accused of abandoning the poor. It's the other way around. They never vote for us.

  l.. Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.

  m.. Space is almost infinite. As a matter of fact, we think it is infinite.

  n.. There. I paid for my ice tea and I even left you a penny. [Vice President Quayle at Bob's Big Boy in Claymont, DE, giving the cashier a dollar for a 99 cent iced tea, and then laughing. On a stop at a Delaware restaurant in February 1992, Quayle bought a coffee at Dempsey's Diner and left no tip. On that occasion he had just come from a $500 a plate dinner at the Hotel Du Pont. This time, after leaving his 1 cent tip, he went to a $250 a plate fundraiser in WIlmington.]

  o.. This isn't a man who is leaving with his head between his legs.

  p.. Tobacco exports should be expanded aggressively because Americans are smoking less.

  q.. Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.

  r.. Votes are like trees, if you are trying to build a forest. If you have more trees than you have forests, then at that point the pollsters will probably say you will win.

  s.. We expect them [Salvadoran officials] to work toward the elimination of human rights in accordance with the pursuit of justice.

  t.. We lead in exporting jobs [speaking to the Chamber of Commerce in Evansville, Indiana, a city that had lost four large companies in the previous four years].

  u.. We shouldn't have to be burdened with all the technicalities that come up from time to time with shrewd, smart lawyers interpreting what the laws or what the Constitution may or may not say [addressing a police academy in Knoxville, Tennessee].

  v.. We'll let the sunshine come in and shine on us, because today we're happy and tomorrow we'll be even happier [to students at a Miami high school with the highest dropout rate in the city].

  w.. We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world.

  x.. What a terrible thing to have lost one's mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is [speaking to the United Negro College Fund].

  y.. You're a very strong woman.... Though this would be a traumatic experience that you would never forget, I think that you would be very successful in life. [Telling an 11-year-old girl why he would want her to have the baby if she were raped by her father.]

  z.. Happy campers you have been, happy campers you are, and happy campers you will always be..

  aa.. "The loss of life will be irreplaceable."

  ab.. "It is wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago..."

  ac.. "I stand by all the misstatements that I've made."

  ad.. "P O T A T O E "

  ae.. "We are ready for an unforseen event that may or may not occur."

Nido Qubein:


  a.. Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.

Josiah Quincy (1744-1775):


  a.. When you have a number of disagreeable duties to perform, always do the most disagreeable first.

Anna Quindlen:


  a.. Familiarity breeds content.



Sir Walter Raleigh


  a.. O eloquent, just, and mightie Death! whom none could advise, thou hast persuaded; what none hath dared,

  b.. O reputation!   dearer far than life,

  Thou precious balsam, lovely, sweet of smell,               

  Whose cordial drops once spilt by some rash hand,           

  Not all the owner's care, nor the repenting toil            

  Of the rude spiller, ever can collect                       

  To its first purity and native sweetness



  a.. Remember if you marry for beauty, thou bindest thyself all

  thy life for that which perchance, will neither last nor

  please thee one year: and when thou hast it, it will be to

  thee of no price at all.



Ayn Rand (1905-1982):


  a.. Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive.

  b.. Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.

  c.. That which you see is the first thing to disbelieve.

  d.. And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride.

  This god, this one word: "I."



A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979):


  a.. In every truth, the beneficiaries of a system cannot be expected to destroy it.

John Randolph (1773-1833):


  a.. He [Edward Livingston] is a man of splendid abilities, but utterly corrupt. He shines and stinks like rotten mackerel by moonlight.

Jeanette Rankin (1880-1973):


  a.. As a woman I can't go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else.

  b.. The individual woman is required...a thousand times a day to choose either to accept her appointed role and thereby rescue her good disposition out of the wreckage of her self-respect, or else follow an independent line of behavior and rescue her self-respect out of the wreckage of her good disposition.

  c.. We're half the people; we should be half the Congress.

  d.. The surest way to prevent war is not to fear it.

  e.. You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.

William Raspberry:


  a.. People who believe a problem can be solved tend to get busy solving it.

Dan Rather


  a.. An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone


Maurice Ravel (1875-1937):


  a.. You would only lose the spontaneous quality of your melody, and end by writing bad Ravel. [To George Gershwin, on refusing him as a pupil.]

Diane Ravitch (1938- ):


  a.. The person who knows "how" will always have a job. The person who knows "why" will always be his boss.

Dixie Lee Ray


  a.. A nuclear power plant is infinently safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year.

John Ray ( 1627-1705)


  a.. In a thousand pounds of law there is not an ounce of love.



Samuel Rayburn (1882-1961):


  a.. No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.

Ronald Reagan (1911- ):


  a.. Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.

  b.. Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.

  c.. You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.

  d.. Human beings are not animals, and I do not want to see sex and sexual differences treated as casually and amorally as dogs and other beasts treat them. I believe this could happen under the ERA.

  e.. If it takes a bloodbath, let's get it over with. No more appeasement. [on the question of silencing campus radicals, 1970]

  f.. If you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all.

  g.. It doesn't do good to open doors for someone who doesn't have the price to get in. If he has the price, he may not need the laws. There is no saying the Negro has to live in Harlem or Watts.

  h.. I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.

  i.. Maybe we should not have humored them...[when they asked to live on reservations]. Maybe we should have said, "No, come join us. Be citizens along with the rest of us." [During a trip to Moscow, when asked about U.S. treatment of Native Americans.]

  j.. My fellow Americans, I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes [before he was going to make a radio broadcast, unaware that the mike was on].

  k.. Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere.

  l.. There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.

  m.. There is today in the United States as much forest as there was when Washington was at Valley Forge.

  n.. A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at?

  o.. The United States has much to offer the third world war [in a speech on what the U.S. had to offer the Third World. He repeated this error nine times in the same speech.]

  p.. Well, I learned a lot....You'd be surprised. They're all individual countries. [Speech following his tour of South America.]

  q.. You know, your nose looks just like Danny Thomas's [to Lebanese Foreign Minister, during a briefing on the realities of the Middle East conflict].

  r.. Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.

  s.. Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

  t.. Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

  u.. I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary.

  v.. I would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Bernice Johnson Reagon(1942- ):


  a.. If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition.

  b.. There is nowhere you can go and only be with people who are like you. Give it up.

Ambrose Redmoon:


  a.. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

Donna Reed (1921- ):


  a.. If nuclear power plants are safe, let the commercial insurance industry insure them. Until these most expert judges of risk are willing to gamble with their money, I'm not willing to gamble with the health and safety of my family.

Thomas B[rackett] Reed (1839-1902):


  a.. They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge. [He was referring to two of his colleagues in the US House of Representatives.]

Charley Reese:


  a.. It is never wise to seek or wish for another's misfortune. If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang.



Robert Reich:


  a.. A leader is someone who steps back from the entire system and tries to build a more collaborative, more innovative system that will work over the long term.

Coletta Reid (1943- ):


  a.. Class supremacy, male supremacy, white supremacy--it's all the same game. If you're on top of someone, the society tells you you are better.

Theodore Reik


  a.. Love is an attempt to change a piece of a dream world into reality.

  b.. There are only two roads that lead to something like human happiness. They are marked by the words: love and achievement. . . . In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy. . . . The secret of human happiness is not in self-seeking but in self-forgetting.

Carl Reiner (1922- ):


  a.. The absolute truth is the thing that makes people laugh.

Jules Renard (1864 - 1910)


  a.. If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.

  b.. I am not sincere, even when I say I am not.

Louise Renne (1937- ):


  a.. What is enough? Enough is when somebody says, "Get me the best people you can find" and nobody notices when half of them turn out to be women.

Agnes Repplier


  a.. It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and impossible to find it elsewhere.

James Reston


  a.. This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.

Joshua Reynolds: (1723-1792)


  a.. Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; mothing can come of nothing.

  a.. Nothing is denied to well-directed labor,

  and nothing is ever to be attained without it



Quintin Reynolds


  a.. The scientists split the atom; now the atom is splitting us.

Charles Reznikoff:


  a.. The fingers of your thoughts are molding your face ceaselessly.

Adrienne Rich (1929- ):


  a.. I am a feminist because I feel endangered, psychically and physically, by this society and because I believe that the women's movement is saying that we have come to an edge of history when men--insofar as they are embodiments of the patriarchical idea--have become dangerous to children and other living things, themselves included.

  b.. In the middle-class United States, a veneer of "alternative lifestyles" disguises the reality that, here as everywhere, women's apparent "choices" whether or not to have children are still dependent on the far from neutral will of male legislators, jurists, a male medical and pharmaceutical profession, well-financed lobbies, including the prelates of the Catholic Church, and the political reality that women do not as yet have self-determination over our bodies and still live mostly in ignorance of our authentic physicality, our possible choices.

  c.. When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.

Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal de Richelieu (1585-1642):


  a.. If you give me six lines written by the most honest man, I will find something in them with which to hang him.

Jean Paul Richter:


  a.. Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use ordinary situations.

  b.. A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's.

  c.. A scholar knows no boredom.

[Edward Vernon]Eddie Rickenbacker (1890-1973):


  a.. Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.

  b.. I can give you a six-word formula for success: "Think things through--then follow through.",.

Jacob Riis:


  a.. Sometimes, when nothing seems to help, I go to look at the stonecutter, hammering away on his anvil, perhaps a hundred times without even a crack to show for it. But on the hundred and first blow, it splits in two--and I know that it was not that blow that did it, but rather all those that came before.

Alexandra Ripley:


  a.. Should-haves solve nothing. It's the next thing to happen that needs thinking about.

Antoine de Rivaroli (1753-1801)


  a.. Gold, like the sun, which melts wax and hardens clay,

  expands great souls and contracts bad hearts



Joan Rivers (1933- ):


  a.. Anger is a symptom, a way of cloaking and expressing feelings too awful to experience directly-- hurt, bitterness, grief, and, most of all, fear.

Frank Rizzo


  a.. The streets are safe in Philadelphia, it's only the people who make them unsafe

Anthony Robbins:


  a.. If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.

Tom Robbins (1936- ):


  a.. Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.

  b.. It is never too late to have a happy childhood.

  c.. Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and

  cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.

Florence Robinson (1940- ):


  a.. If the people will lead, eventually the leaders will follow.

  b.. People don't understand that not only can they make a difference, it's their responsibility to do so.

Dennis Roch:


  a.. If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.

François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680):


  a.. Absence extinguishes small passions and increases great ones, as the wind blows out a candle, and kindles a fire.

  b.. Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we resort to to hide them.

  c.. Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.

  d.. Everyone complains of his lack of memory, but nobody of his want of judgment.

  e.. The glory of great men should be measured by the means they have used to acquire it.

  f.. Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.

  g.. It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.

  h.. The man who lives free from folly is not so wise as he thinks.

  i.. The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.

  j.. The most trying fools are the bright ones.

  k.. The vices enter into the composition of the virtues, as poisons into that of medicines.                          

  Prudence collects, arranges, and uses them beneficially against the ills of life

  l.. It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

  m.. Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.

  n.. Nothing is so contagious as an example. We never do great good or evil without bringing about more of the same on the part of others.

  o.. Old men love to give advice to console themselves for not being able to set a bad example.

  p.. One who finds no satisfaction in himself seeks for it in vain elsewhere.

  q.. Perfect virtue consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone.

  r.. Quarrels would not last so long if the fault were only on one side.

  s.. A shrewd man has to arrange his interests in order of importance and deal with them one by one; but often our greed upsets this order and makes us run after so many things at once that through over-anxiety to obtain the trivial, we miss the most important.

  t.. There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not.

  u.. To establish oneself in the world, one does all one can to seem established there already.

  v.. To praise princes for virtues they are lacking in is a way of insulting them with impunity.

  w.. Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.

  x.. Tricks and treachery are merely proofs of lack of skill.

  y.. We all have enough strength to bear other people's woes.

  z.. We come fresh to the different stages of life, and in each of them we are quite inexperienced, no matter how old we are.

  aa.. We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.

  ab.. When we cannot find contentment in ourselves it is useless to seek it elsewhere.

  ac.. Why must we have enough memory to recall to the tiniest detail what has happened to us, and not have enough to remember how many times we have told it to the same person?



John Davidson Rockefeller, Sr. (1839-1937),


  a.. I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.

John D. Rockefeller (1874-1960):


  a.. I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.

  b.. I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.

François Auguste René Rodin (1840-1917)


  a.. Where shall we begin? There is no beginning. Start where you arrive. Stop before what entices you. And work! You will enter little by little into the entirety. Method will be born in proportion to your interest.

  b.. To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.

Carl Rogers


  a.. What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.

Will Rogers (1879-1935):


  a.. If you want to be successsful, it's just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.

  b.. There's no trick in being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.

  c.. You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.

  d.. The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best.

  e.. Politics is applesauce.

  f.. Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to


  g.. See what will happen if you don't stop biting your fingernails?

  (to his niece on seeing the Venus de Milo)

  h.. The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other.

  i.. "Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth."

  j.. Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.... You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.

  k.. We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.

  l.. Everything is funny as long as it is happening to someone else.

  m.. I'm not a real movie star. I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.

  n.. The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself.

Jim Rohn


  a.. Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for

  greatness--great wealth, great return, great satisfaction,

  great reputation, and great joy

Jeanne-Marie Roland (1754-93), French revolutionary


  a.. The more I see of men, the more I admire dogs.

Romain Rolland (1866-1944):


  a.. I find war detestable but those who praise it without participating in it even more so.

Andy Rooney (1919- ):


  a.. Phyllis Schlafly speaks for all American women who oppose equal rights for themselves.

  b.. Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place

  is giving America a new sense of purpose.

  c.. Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't

  need to be done.

(Anna)Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962):


  a.. Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do and damned if you don't.

  b.. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

  c.. When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die.

  d.. Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

  e.. It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.

  f.. A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.

  g.. Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.

  h.. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

  i.. In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.

  The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.

  j.. You always admire what you really don't understand.

  k.. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945):


  a.. Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

  b.. No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.

  c.. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

  d.. If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in

  other lands, they must be made brighter in our own...If in 

  other lands the eternal truths of the past are threatened by

  intolerance, we must provide a safe place for their         


  e.. No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.



Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919):


  a.. Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.

  b.. The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants them to do, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.

  c.. The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life.

  d.. Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.

  e.. Do what you can with what you have where you are.

  f.. Far away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at worth worth doing.

  g.. To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

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

Ned Rorem (1923- ):


  a.. Art means to dare--and to have been right.

  b.. If music could be translated into human speech, it would no longer need to exist.

  c.. The twelve-toners behave as if music should be seen and not heard.

Billy Rose:


  a.. It's hard for a fellow to keep a chip on his shoulder if you allow him to take a bow.

Julius Rosenwald


  a.. Early in my business career I learned the folly of worrying about anything. I

  have always worked as hard as I could, but when a thing went wrong and could not

  be righted, I dismissed it from my mind.

Alice Rossi (1922- ):


  a.. Without the means to prevent, and to control the timing of conception, economic and political rights have limited meaning for women. If women cannot plan their pregnwncies, they can plan little else in their lives.

A. M. Rosenthal:


  a.. When something important is going on, silence is a lie.

Leo Rosten:


  a.. You understand people better if you look at them--no matter how old or impressive or important they may be--as if they were children. For most men never mature; they simply grow taller.

Alice Rossi (1922- ):


  a.. Equal pay for equal work continues to be seen as applying to equal pay for men and women in the same occupation, while the larger point of continuing relevance in our day is that some occupations have depressed wages because women are the chief employee. The former is a pattern of sex discrimination, the latter of institutionalized sexism.

Hugo Rossi:


  a.. In the fall of 1972 President Nixon announced that the rate of increase of inflation was decreasing. This was the first time that a sitting president used the third derivative to advance his case for reelection.

Gioacchini Antonio Rossini (1792-1868):


  a.. Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music.

  b.. One cannot judge "Lohengrin" from a first hearing, and I certainly do not intend to hear it a second time.

  c.. Mr. Wagner has beautiful moments but awful quarter hours.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778):


  a.. Taste is, so to speak, the microscope of the judgment.

  b.. People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.



Jean Rostand (1894-1977):


  a.. The obligation to endure gives us the right to know.

Rita Rudner


  a.. My mother buried three husbands, and two of them were just napping.

  b.. Most turkeys taste better the day after; my mother's tasted better the day before.

  c.. I got kicked out of ballet class because I pulled a groin muscle. It wasn't mine.

Jelaluddin Rumi (13th century):


  a.. The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

  Don't go back to sleep.

  You must ask for what you really want.

  Don't go back to sleep.

  People are going back and forth across the doorsill

  where two worlds touch.

  The door is round and open.

  Don't go back to sleep.

Margaret Lee Runbeck:


  a.. Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

  b.. Silence makes the real conversation between friends. Not the

  saying, but the never needing to say is what counts.

[Alfred] Damon Runyon (1884-1946):


  a.. The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.

John Ruskin (1819-1900):


  a.. Do not think of your faults, still less of others' faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.

  b.. Every great man is always being helped by everybody; for his gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.

  c.. Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.

  d.. There's no music in a "rest," Katie, that I know of: but there's the making of music in it. And people are always missing that part of the life-melody.

  e.. The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.

  f.. I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility. Really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not in them but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, incredibly merciful.

  g.. In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.

  h.. Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.

  i.. There is hardly anything in the world that some man can't make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.

  j.. When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970):


  a.. Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves.

  b.. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

  c.. Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavor after a worthy manner of life.

  d.. There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

  e.. Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly.

  f.. In all things it is a good idea to hang a question mark now and then on the things we have taken for granted.

  g.. It's a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.

  h.. Mathematics is the only science where one never knows what one is talking about nor whether what is said is true.

  i.. Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

  j.. The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.

  k.. Those who in principle oppose birth control are either incapable of arithmetic or else in favour of war, pestilence and famine as permanent features of human life.

  l.. One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.

  m.. To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.

  n.. To be without some of the things you want is an indispensible part of happiness.

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

  p.. Most people would rather die than think: many do.

  q.. The Christian view that all intercourse outside marriage is immoral was, as we see in the above passages from St. Paul, based upon the view that all sexual intercourse, even within marriage, is regrettable. A view of this sort, which goes against biological facts, can only be regarded by sane people as a morbid aberration. The fact that it is embedded in Christian ethics has made Christianity throughout its whole history a force tending towards mental disorders and unwholesome views of life.

  r.. The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

Mark Russell:


  a.. The Republicans have a new healthcare proposal: Just say NO to illness!

[George Herman] Babe Ruth (1895-1948):


  a.. Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.

Ernest Rutherford


  a.. A translation is no translation, he said, unless it will give you the music of a peom along with the words of it.

Jim Ryun:


  a.. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.


































Saadi (1184-1291)


  a.. The bird alighteth not on the spread net when it beholds

  another bird in the snare.  Take warning by the misfortunes

  of others, that others may not take example from you


A Sachs


  a.. Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.

William L. Safire (b. 1929) American journalist


  a.. What we don't need to know for achievement, we need to know for

  our pleasure. Knowing how things work is the basis for

  appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight





Francios Sagan


  a.. A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you.

Antoine de Saint Exupery (1900-1944): French writer


  a.. As for the Future, your task is not to foresee, but to enable it.

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

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

  d.. He who would travel happily must travel light.