Cowardice asks the question, 'is it safe?' Expediency asks the qustion, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But conscience asks the questrion, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neiher safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right.

Love is like infinity: You can't have more or less infinity, and you can't compare two things to see if they're equally infinite. Infinity just is, and that's the way I think love is, too.

There is just enough wildness in our midst that we can still point to it and say, this matters. And to ask each other are we large enough as a species to allow others to survive and coexist as a part of our community. Fifty years from now we may not have those options …

Unnamed Law: If it happens, it must be possible.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
... Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.
A. Lou Vickery

When I do good I feel good. When I do bad I feel bad. That is my religion.
Abraham Lincoln, quoted by Christopher Reeve

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.
Alan Alda

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
Alan Watts, in "The Way of Zen"

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.
Albert Camus

Don't wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.
Albert Camus

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
Albert Einstein

If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called Research.
Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Albert Einstein

The significant problems we face today cannot be solved by the level of thinking we were at when we created them.
Albert Einstein

It's not that I'm so smart, It's just that I stay with problems longer
Albert Einstein 1879-1955, Physicist

Intellectuals solve problems: geniuses prevent them.
Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)

A discovery is an accident meeting a prepared mind.
Albert Szent-Gyorgi

Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought.
Albert Szent-Gyorgi

It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than, try to be a little kinder.
Aldous Huxley 1894-1963, novelist

The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894 - 1963)

Find the good and praise it.
Alex Haley

God may not always come when you call him, but he's always on time.
Alex Haley

All are but parts of one stupendous whole whose body nature is, and God the soul.
Alexander Pope 1688-1744

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)

Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced.
Alfred North Whitehead

It is the business of the future to be dangerous.
Alfred North Whitehead

The major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur.
Alfred North Whitehead

So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson author, born August 6, 1809

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you.
Althea Gibson

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
Amelia Earhart

Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not knows no release from little things.
Amelia Earhart

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
Anais Nin

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.
Anais Nin, writer (1903-1977)

People cannot discover new lands until they have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
André Gide

In youth we feel richer for every new illusion; in more mature years, for every one we lose.
Anne Sophie Swetchine, mystic 1782-1857

After all these years ... the sun has never turned to the earth and said: Hey, you owe me.

Don't you know the game is crooked? I know. But it's the only game in town.

I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

I used to be a vegetarian until I found myself leaning toward the sun.

Now say to thyself, If there is any good thing I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any person, let me do it now, let me not defer or neglect it, for I may not pass this way again.

People say you can't compare apples and oranges. But why not? They are both hand-held, round, edible, fruity things that grow on trees.

The three sources of satisfaction: make something new, take care of something old, and pat your dog while reflecting on both.

To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, 'There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.'
Ansel Adams, photographer 1902-1984

Trust in Allah, but tie your camel.
Arabic saying

Change in all things is sweet.

Wit is educated insolence.

The one fact about the future of which we can be certain is that it will be utterly fantastic.
Arthur C. Clarke

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke, "Technology and the Future"

I resist change even as I call for it.
Author, Mason Cooley

There are only two kinds of music ... good music and bad music.
B.B. King

I need someone to protect me from all the measures they take in order to protect me.
Banksy, street artist (b.1974)

Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.
Barbara Bush

Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel.
Bella Abzug

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
Benjamin Franklin

Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.
Benjamin Franklin

Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.
Benjamin Franklin

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.
Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790, Scientist, Publisher & Diplomat

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life. The longing for love. The search for knowledge, and unbelievable pity for the suffering of mankind.
Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
Bertrand Russell, Philosopher, Nobel laureate (1872 - 1970)

I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity.
Bette Midler

It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.
Betty Friedan

You can recognize a pioneer by the arrows in his back.
Beverly Rubik

Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.
Bill Veeck, owner St. Liouis Browns, Cleveland Indians

A man does not show his greatness by being at one extremity, but rather by touching both at once.
Blaise Pascal

I was ahead in the slalom. But in the second run, everyone fell on a dangerous spot. I was beaten by a woman who got up faster than I did. I learned that people fall down, winners get up and Gold Medal winners just get up faster.
Bonnie St. John

Like a clean hull, a clear vision will suffer less drag as it sails through the waters -- muddy or clear.
Bonnitta Roy

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.
Booker T. Washington

I've been ionized, but I'm okay now.
Buckaroo Banzai

No matter where you go ... there you are.
Buckaroo Bonzai

I don't know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing -- a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process, an integral function of the universe.
Buckminster Fuller

He's green as a pool table and twice as square
Buddy Guy

You're from 900 years in the future, and you need MY help?
Captain Archer, "Enterprise"

To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.
Cardinal Bellarmine (Galileo trial, 1615)

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.
Carl Sagan

The greatest certainty in life is death. The greatest uncertainty is the time.
Carl Sandberg

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 Zuckmeyer, 1896-1977, writer and playwright

You could look it up.
Casey Stengel

Have patience! In time, even grass becomes milk.
Charan Singh, mystic

What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don't believe in taking foolish chances, but nothing can be accomplished without taking any chance at all.
Charles Augustus Lindbergh

It is not the strongest of species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.
Charles Darwin

Don't think of yourself as indispensable or infallible. The cemeteries of the world are full of indispensable men.
Charles de Gaulle

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
Charles De Gaulle

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Novelist

My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
Charles F. Kettering

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.
Charles Schulz

In the end we can never be given knowledge by others; we can only be stimulated. We must develop our own knowledge.
Charles T. Tart

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
Chinese proverb

So many of our dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.
Christopher Reeve

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.

No good deed goes unpunished.
Clare Booth Luce

Well ya see, Norm, it's like this … A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers.
Cliff Clavin of Cheers

Friendship is born when one person says to another: What! You, too? I thought I was the only one.
Clive Staples Lewis

Only the wisest and stupidist of men never change.

The superior man limits his achievements.

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
Cowboy Poetry

Don't think... it only hurts the team.
Crash Davis (Kevin Costner)

In Washington D.C. the size of a farewell party may be directly proportional to the honoree's new position and their prospective ability to dispense largess.
D.G. Cross

The future is much like the present, only longer.
Dan Quisenberry

There are only three responses to questions from the press: (1) 'I know and will tell you'; (2) 'I know and I can't tell you'; and (3) 'I don't know.'
Dan Rather

Planning for the future without a sense of history is like planting cut flowers.
Daniel Boorstin

Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men's blood.
Daniel Burrnham architect, September 4, 1846 - June 1, 1912

Stubborn opposition to proposals often has no other basis than the complaining question, 'Why wasn't I consulted?'
Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.

Our destiny: from unknown to unknown. May we have the faith to accept this mystery and build upon its everlasting truth.
David H. Eaton

Don't be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
David Lloyd George

What really makes it an invention is that someone decides not to change the solution to a known problem, but to change the question.
Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway transporter

First law on holes - when you're in one, stop digging!
Denis Healey

The trouble with words is that you never know whose mouths they've been in.
Dennis Potter, dramatist

It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.
Dolly Parton

Plan backwards as well as forward. Set objectives and trace back to see how to achieve them. You may find that no path can get you there. Plan forward to see where your steps will take you, which may not be clear or intuitive.
Donald Rumsfeld

Sausage making and policy-making shouldn't be seen close-up.
Donald Rumsfeld

The most underestimated risk for a politician is over exposure
Donald Rumsfeld

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
Dr. Albert Scchweitzer 1875-1965, Medical Missionary

I suppose Jane Wyman is the first lady! And Jack Benny is secretary of the treasury! I've had enough practical jokes for one evening! Good day, future boy!
Dr. Emmet Brown, Back to the Future

There's that word again; 'heavy'. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the earth's gravitational pull?
Dr. Emmet Brown, Back to the Future

The future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one.
Dr. Emmett 'Doc' L. Brown, Back to the Future Part III

I don't think we're for anything, we're just products of evolution. You can say "Gee, your life must be pretty bleak if you don't think there's a purpose," but I'm anticipating a good lunch.
Dr. James Watson (Nobel prize)

Cassandra in Greek legend, you recall, was condemned to know the future but to be disbelieved when she foretold it. Hence the agony of foreknowledge combined with the impotence to do anything about it.
Dr. Kathryn Railly, Twelve Monkeys

There is a good deal of excellent research on child's play. It has shown conclusively that through play, with the freedom of action it allows and the stressless environment in which it occurs, children discover, relate to and define themselves and their world. ...It is, therefore, paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play.
Dr. Leo Buscaglia

I still climb Mount Everest just as often as I used to. I play polo just as often as I used to. But to walk down to the hardware store I find a little bit more difficult
Dr. Suess

An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man's knowledge is more of a miracle than any sticks turned to snakes or the parting of waters ... Darwin moved us forward to a hilltop where we could look back and see the way from which we came.
Drummond, from "Inherit the Wind"

I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The world moves, and ideas that were good once are not always good.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Dwight David Eisenhower

Devotion is love, for if you allocate your time to the things that are most important to you, then you love them and you will succeed.
Eamon McEneaney

Every hour, every minute, every second of your lives is a precious gift. Don't put off too long those things that you want to do. Make sure your priorities are correct and realize what is really important with your life now. Every single day, celebrate life. And may the light of Eamon always live on in our hearts.
Eamon McEneaney

The meek shall inherit the earth ... six feet at a time.
Earl Broussard

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether its at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.
Earl Nightingale 1921-1989, Author & Speaker

Do not confuse movement with action.
Earnest Hemingway

But can it core an apple, oh chef of the future?
ED Norton: The Honeymooners

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
Edward Abbey, naturalist and author 1927-1989

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 the something that I can do.
Edward Everett Hale

It is not necessarily true that averaging the averages of different populations gives the average of the combined population. (Simpson's Paradox)
Edward H. Simpson 1922 -, Statistician

He drew a circle that shut me out- Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in.
Edwin Markham

Library: A place where the dead lie.
Elbert Hubbard (The Roycroft dictionary)

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. 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 ultiimately our own responsibility.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), Former American First Lady

You wouldln't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 - 1962

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives ane we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own reponsibility.
Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962, American First Lady

Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

Dear, never forget one little point. It's my business. You just work here.
Elizabeth Arden, President of Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics

Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.
Emily Dickinson

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

You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.
Erica Jong

Acolytes of the imagination know that fantasy can open a way out of the prison-house of our mundane habits of seeing and being, a way that leads to an otherworld more real and resplendent that the one out the window.
Erik Davis

If you begin to look like your passport photo, it's time to go home.
Erma Bombeck

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.
Ethel Barrymore

It slipped my mind that I could use my brain.
Evan Dando

The greatest compliment we can receive is the referral of your irreverent and slightly jaded far sighted friends and family.

The aim of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension.
Ezra Pound, poet 1895-1972

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

Boom-time buzz: Free Agent Nation is a utopia. The Brand Called You is more marketable than ever. Cold reality: Free Agent Nation is a jungle. The Brand Called You is the only way to survive.
Fast Company 3.04

You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality. When at last age has assembled you together, will it not be easy to let it all go, lived, balanced, over?
Florida Scott-Maxwell, The Measure of My Days

There is nothing I can give you that you have not. But there is much that, while I cannot give, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take heaven. No peace lies in the future that is not hidden in this present instant. Take peace. The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach is joy. Take joy. And so at this time, I greet you with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away.
Fra Giovanni, 1513

A very powerful question may not have an answer at the moment it is asked. It will sit rattling in the mind for days or weeks as the person works on an answer. If the seed is planted, the answer will grow. Questions are alive.
Fran Peavey

Face the past without regret, the future without fear, and live in the present with gratitude.
Frank Hall

Telling the truth without sensitivity can be a form of abuse.
Frank Hall

When I'm a Buddhist my family hates me. When I'm the Buddha they love me.
Frank Hall

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
Frank Zappa

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
Frank Zappa

Only our concept of time makes it possible for us to speak of the Day of Judgment by that name; in reality it is a summary court in perpetual session.
Franz Kafka

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
Frederick Doublass

I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted.
Frederick Douglas

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous.
Frederick Douglas

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at least finding the other end fastened about his own neck.
Frederick Douglass

The advantage of a free market is that it allows millions of decision-makers to respond individually to freely determined prices, allocating resources - labor, capital and human ingenuity - in a manner that can't be mimicked by a central plan, however brilliant the central planner.
Frederick von Hayek

Dreams are constructed from the residue of yesterday.

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
Friedrich Engels

Co-ed steam rooms! I LOVE the future!
Fry, "Futurama"

Nothing great has been and nothing great can be accomplished without passion.
G.W.F. Hegel

If you can't tie good knots, tie plenty of them
Gary Jobson

If you get the objectives right, a lieutenant can write the strategy.
Gen. George Marshall

The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind.
Gen. Joe Stilwell

The lyfe so short, the crafte so long to learn.
Geoffrey Chaucer

I don't have a past. I have a continuous present. The past is part of the present, just as the future is. We exist in time.
George Ballanchine, choreographer

I have no literary approach - except to literature.
George Ballanchine, choreographer

If you set out deliberately to make a masterpiece, how will you ever get it finished?
George Ballanchine, choreographer

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
George Bernard Shaw

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard Shaw

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing
George Bernard Shaw

I put a dollar into one of those change machines. Nothing changed.
George Carlin

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
George Eliot

Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.
George Gordon Noel Byron (Lord Byron) 1824-1878

At any given moment, there is a sort of all pervading orthodoxy, a general tacit agreement not to discuss large and uncomfortable facts.
George Orwell

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
George Orwell

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
George Orwell, author

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
George S. Patton, Jr.

The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
George Santayana 1863 - 1952

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way you will command the attention of the world.
George Washington Carver 1864-1943, Scientist

Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated. I was in hopes that the enlighterned and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.
George Washington, in a letter, Oct. 20, 1792

Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst elements of American life: violence and committee meetings.
George Will

You don't have to have fought in a war to love peace.
Geraldine Ferraro

Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life.
Giorgos Seferis, Nobel laureate (1900-1971)

The definition of promiscuity? One more partner than you've ever had.
Gloria Feldt

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be defeated, but they start a winning game.

When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half.
Gracie Allen

A degree in economics doesn't really prepare you to understand the economy very well.
Graduating student, Oregon State University '09

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

Now is the time to understand That all your ideas of right and wrong Were just a child's training wheels To be laid aside When you finally live with veracity And love.
Hafez, poet 1315 - 1390

Man's chief moral deficiency appears to be not his indiscretions but his reticence.
Hannah Arendt

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

Of course God will forgive me, that's his business.
Heinrich Heine, last words

Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture.
Helen Hayes

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.
Helen Keller

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Helen Keller

The heresy of our age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Helen Keller

What could be worse than being blind? ... having no vision.
Helen Keller

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature nor do the children of man as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Helen Keller 1880-1968, Blind/Deaf Author & Lecturer

The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not bretheren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.
Henry Beston, naturalist, author (1888-1968)

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau

In times when the government imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also the prison.
Henry David Thoreau

It takes two to speak truth - One to speak, and another to hear.
Henry David Thoreau

Things do not change; we change.
Henry David Thoreau

I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862, wtiter and poet

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.
Henry Ford

There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance -- that principle is contempt prior to investigation.
Herbert Spencer, British philosopher

We line our lives with beautiful things to create a cushion of stability: the illusion of a cohesive past, the promise of an unclouded future.
Holland Cotter. art critic

Escaping! We can't start escaping now! What would future generations think of us!?
Horatio Jackson, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

You can't pray a lie.
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future.
Ian E. Wilson

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
Indira Gandhi

I have no regrets. I wouldn't have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.
Ingrid Bergman

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka! (I found it!) but rather, 'hmm.... that's funny...'.
Isaac Asimov

After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.
Italian Proverb

Now, my suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose... I suspect that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of, in any philosophy.
J.B.S. Haldane

The censors say they're protecting the family unit in America, when the reality is, if you suck a tit, you're an X, but if you cut it off with a sword, you're a PG.
Jack Nicholson

The role of White House Chief of Staff is that of a 'javelin catcher.'
Jack Watson

I've sometimes thought that the difference between the Scotch and the English is that the Scotch are hard in all other respects but soft with women, and the English are hard with women and soft in all other respects.
James Barrie

This field, this game: It's part of our past, Ray, It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again.
James Earl Jones in "Field of Dreams."

Conform and be dull
James Frank Dobie

If you forgive people enough you belong to them, and they to you, whether either person likes it or not - squatter's rights of the heart.
James Hilton

If you forgive people enough you belong to them, and they to you, whether either person likes it or not - squatter's rights of the heart.
James Hilton

Civilization may be said indeed to be the creation of its outlaws.
James Joyce

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
James McNeil Whistler (1834-1903)

Our whole American way of life is a great war of ideas, and librarians are the arms dealers selling weapons to both sides.
James Quinn

I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed.
James Thurber

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
James Thurber

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
James Thurber

The wit makes fun ot other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself.
James Thurber

Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?
James Thurber

Why do you have to be a noncomformist like everybody else?
James Thurber

Fortune and misfortune are like the twisted strands of a rope.
Japanese saying

... take from the altars of the past the fire - not the ashes.
Jean Jaurès, French philosopher

To observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.
Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986)

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Jimi Hendrix

The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.
Joan Baez

Benedictine spirituality is a consistent one: live life normally, live life thouhtfully, live life profouncly, live life well. Never neglect and never exaggerate. It is a lesson that a world full of cults and fads and workaholics and short courses in difficult subjects needs dearly to learn.
Joan Chittister O.S.B.

Life changes fast. Life changes in an instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.
Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

Behavior is the mirror in which everybody shows their image
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I can't understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I'm frightened by old ones.
John Cage

A university is a reading and discussion club. If students knew how to use the library, they wouldn't need the rest of the buildings. The faculty's job, in great part, is to teach students how to use a library in a living way. All a student should really need is access to the library and a place to sleep.
John Ciardi, in Ciardi Himself, 1989

Ti'l this day, I am my own brochure and my contract is my handshake.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
John Dewey

Beware the fury of the patient man.
John Dryden, poet and dramatist (1631-1700)

When written in Chinese the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.
John F. Kennedy

Wherever there is smoke there is a good smoke machine.
John F. Kennedy

We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of Liberty.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy - Inaugural Address

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.
John Lennon

That's how you deal with stardom; you make it the least important part of your life.
John Lithgow

That's how you deal with stardom; you make it the least important part of your life.
John Lithgow

To prejudge other men's notions before we have looked into them is not to show their darkness but to put out our own eyes.
John Locke

Was there ever any domination that did not appear natural to those who possessed it?
John Stuart Mill

All prisons are mental prisons -- including yours.
John Wareham, author of How to Break Out of Prison

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
John Wooden

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
John Wooden

The farther the experiment is from theory, the closer it is to the Nobel Prize.

The metaphor is probably the most fertile power possessed by man.
José Ortega y Gasset

You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so where you do not know what is in the morning paper. A place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. At first you may think nothing's happening. But if you have a sacred space and take advantage of it and use it everyday, something will happen.
Joseph Campbell

You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
Joseph Conrad 1857 - 1924, Novelist

Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.
Josh Billings

Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions.
Joyce Carol Oates, writer 1938 -

Whatever one man is capable of conceiving, other men will be able to achieve.
Jules Verne

1/2 the failure in the world is a result of pulling the reins on a leaping horse.
Julias Hare

Please subdue the anguish of your soul. Nobody is destined only to happiness or to pain. The wheel of life takes one up and down by turn.
Kalidasa, dramatist (c. 4th century)

Life never falls, but never gets out of falling. It is poised in a persistent state of almost-fell.
Kevin Kelly

Flattery won't hurt you if you don't swallow it.
Kin Hubbard, humorist (1868-1930)

We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon.
Konrad Adenauer

When things are going good, reflect. When things are going bad, be brave.
Korean proverb

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.
Kurt Vonnegut, Author

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means each party getting fifty percent of the publicity.
Lauren Bacall

I've been married to one Marxist and one Fascist, and neither one would take the garbage out.
Lee Grant

Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts.
Leo Rosten 1908-1997, Author

What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.
Leo Tolstoy

Hip is a verdict, not an intention
Leonard Cohen

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Leonardo da Vinci

Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci

A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its business. cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it.
Lewis H. Lapham, editor and writer , (1935 -)

Trust no past however pleasant! Let the dead past bury its dead! Act, act in thee living present! Heart within, and God o'erhead!

Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket, and do not pull it out and strike it merely to show you have one. If you are asked what o'clock it is, tell it, but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman.
Lord Chesterfield, statesman and writer, 1694-1773

There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell 'em.
Louis Armstrong

There is no such thing to my mind ... as an innocent stockholder. He may be innocent in fact, but socially he cannot be held innocent. He accepts the benefits of the system. It is his business and his obligation to see that those who represent him carry out a policy which is consistent with the public welfare.
Louis Brandeis

Literature is the language of society, as speech is the language of man.
Louis de Bonald, Philosopher, Politician (1754 - 1840)

You see much more of your children once they leave home.
Lucille Ball

I am an atheist. Thank god.
Luis Bunuel, film director

I think ... I think it's in my basement. Let me go upstairs and check.
M.C. Escher

I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
Mae West

I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

If you want something really important to be done you must not merely satisfy the reason, you must satisfy the heart also.
Mahatma Gandhi

Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, politics without principle.
Mahatma Gandhi

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further.
Mahatma Gandi (1869-1948)

I force myself to contradict myself to avoid conforming to my own ideas.
Marcel Duchamp

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

If you are distressed by any external thing, it is not this thing which disturbs you, but your own judgement about it. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgement now.
Marcus Aurelius

The fragmentation of rational knowledge in the post-modern world has produced a focus on information that is unaware of its history.
Marcus Breen

Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.
Margaret Mitchell

When all is said and done, monotony may after all be the best condition for creation.
Margaret Sackville

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
Margaret Thatcher

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
Marie Curie

If you think you have things under control, you're not going fast enough.
Mario Andretti

You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
Mario M. Cuomo

The altar cloth of one aeon is the doormat of the next.
Mark Twain

Too much of anything is bad. But too much whiskey is just enough.
Mark Twain

Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.
Mark Twain

You can't depend on your judgement when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

A man cannot be comforrtable without his own approval.
Mark Twain 1835-1910

Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.
Mark Twain 1835-1910

01010100 01110010 01101001 01110101 01101101 01110000 01101000 <3 (translation: Triumph)
Mars Phoenix Lander

We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.
Marshal McLuhan

The story begins only when the book closes.
Marshall McLuhan

Before it is too late, we must narrow the gaping chasm between our proclomations of peace and our lowly deeds which precipitate and perpetuate war.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Forty-five bucks for a Pepsi? This IS the future!
Marty McFly, "Back to the Future Part II"

Of course! The path to heaven doesn't lie down in flat miles. It's in the imagination with which you perceive this world, and the gestures with which you honor it.
Mary Oliver

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
Maya Angelou

The happy heart runs with the river, floats on the air, lifts to the music, soars with the eagle, hopes with the prayer.
Maya Angelou

The future has taken root in the present.

Looking at the cake is like looking at the future, until you've tasted it what do you really know? And then, of course, it's too late. [Arthur takes a bite.] Too late.
Merlin, Excalibur

A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.
Michael Pollan, author, journalism professor, b. 1955

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
Michaelangelo Buonarroti 1474-1564, Painter & Sculptor

There's no need to stand behind anyone when there's so much room to walk.
Mickenburg, Taxi Driver Wisdom

In the future, geese will be rocket-powered.
Mike Nelson, Mystery Science Theater 3000

When you hit a wrong note, it's the next note that makes it good or bad.
Miles Davis

The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.
Mister Roberts

From the first moment I looked into that horror on September 11, into that fireball, into that explosion of horror, I knew it. I recognized an old companion. I recognized religion.
Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Mortimer J. Adler 1902-2001, Philosopher, Educator

Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.
Mother Teresa

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Muriel Strode

My uncle once ordered popovers from the restaurant's bill of fare. And when they were served, he regarded them with a penetrating stare ... Then he spoke great Words of Wisdom as he sat there on that chair: To eat these things said my uncle, you must exercise great care. You may swallow down what's solid ... BUT ... you must spit out the air! And ... as you partake of the world's bill of fare, that's darned good advice to follow. Do a lot of spitting out the hot air. And be careful what you swallow
My Uncle Terwilliger on the Art of Eating Popovers

What is history but a fable agreed upon.
Napoleon Bonaparte

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

A deep truth is a truth so deep that not only is it true but it's exact opposite is also true.
Niels Bohr

Some things are so serious, they can only be joked about.
Niels Bohr

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
Niels Bohr

You must carry a chaos inside you to give birth to a dancing star.

Come the millennium, month 12, In the home of greatest power, The village idiot will come forth To be acclaimed the leader.

Dr. Evil, wouldn't it be easier to use your knowledge of the future to play the stock market? We could literally make trillions!
Number Two, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

To keep your marriage brimming with love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong admit it; whenever you're right, shut up.
Ogden Nash

No plan survives contact with the enemy.
Old military axiom

Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., jurist

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom.
Omar Bradley

Be yourself, everybody else is already taken.
Oscar Wilde

The gods have two ways of dealing harshly with us -- the first is to deny us our dreams, and the second is to grant them.
Oscar Wilde

The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.
Oscar Wilde

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

I've... learned that it's a hell of a lot easier to just build something than to try to convince somebody who doesn't believe it's possible.
Paul Baran, father of the Internet architecture

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
Paul McCartney singer/songwriter

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
Paul McCartney, singer/songwriter

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

The purpose of marketing is to make selling unnecessary.
Peter Drucker

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow - what a Ride!'
Peter Sage

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Phillip K. Dick

Philosophers must ulltimately find their true perfection in knowing all the follies of mankind by introspection
Piet Hein, poet & scientist 1905-1996

Experts have their expert fun ex cathedra telling one just how nothing can be done
Piet Hein, poet and scientist, 1905-1996

Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.
Poor Richard's Almanac

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

If I am not for myself, who will be? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?
Rabbi Hillel

Sooner or later we will come to the edge of all that we cannot control and find life waiting there for us.
Racheo Naomi Remen, My Grandfather's Blessings

Fame is proof that people are gullible.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is a lesson which all history teaches the wise, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live in the sunshine. Swim the sea. Drink the wild air
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

The test of civilization is the power of drawing the most benefit out of cities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Henceforth, please God, forever I forego the yolk of men's opinions. I will be light-hearted as a bird and live with God. I find him in the bottom of my heart, and I hear continually his voice therein.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance"

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your mind. Put your whole soul to it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, Essayist, Philosopher, Poet

Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
RD Laing 1927-1989, psychiatrist and author

I don't hate my enemies. After all, I made 'em.
Red Skelton, Comic, Actor, (1913 - 1997)

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
Reggie Leach

The machine offered Descartes a model for thinking about the human body. It later provided British mathematician Alan Turing with a model for intelligenet behavior. But machines will never be able to give the thinking process a model of thought itself, since machines are not mortal. What gives humans access to the symbolic domain of value and meaning is the fact that we die.
Regis Debray, French journalist (1940 - )

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

If I should die today, let only this be said of me that some corner of a foreign field will be forever England.
Robert Brooke

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?
Robert Browning

There are no future facts, but there are no past possibilities.
Robert Brumbaugh

An honest man here lies at rest, the friend of man the friend of truth the friend of age and guide of youth. Few hearts like his with virtue warmed, few heads with knowledge so informed. If there's another world, he lives in bliss. If there is none, he made the best of this.
Robert Burns

Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.
Robert Frost

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

We dance round in a ring and suppose But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
Robert Frost, "The Secret Sits"

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

In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.
Robert Heinlein

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
Robert Lynd

How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
Robert Penn Warren

When you create you get a little endorphin rush. Why do you think Einstein looked like that?
Robin Williams Comic/Actor

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame

Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one's death.
Rollo May

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Romans 12:2

How do you know the future you've got now is the same future you're going to have if something in the past is different from the last time you went back to the future?
Ron Wheatcroft, Goodnight Sweetheart

I've always believed that a lot of the troubles in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other.
Ronald reagan 1911-2004, 40th President of the U.S.

If you want money more than anything, you'll be bought and sold your whole life.

Straying maps the path.
Rumi, poet

Straying maps the path.
Rumi, poet

Be, the money will come to you.

Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.

I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.
Septima Poinsette Clark

There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price.
Shirley Chisholm

I stopped believing in Santa Claus at the age of six when my mother took me to see him in a store and he asked for my autograph.
Shirley Temple Black

If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
Sir Isaac Newton

The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.
Sir William Osler

Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.
Sir Winston Churchill

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
Søren Kierkegaard

Men have slow reflexes. In general, it takes several generations later for them to understand.
Stanislaw J. 1909-1966 Lee, poet & aphorist

I have walked through many lives, some of them my own, and I am not who I was, though some principle of being abides from which I struggle not to stray.
Stanley Kunitz

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.
Susan B. Anthony

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T.S. Eliot

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
T.S. Eliot

Where is the life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
T.S. Eliot

(on seeing a former lover for the first time in years) I thought I told you to wait in the car.
Tallulah Bankhead

My son is now an 'entrepreneur.' That's what you're called when you don't have a job.
Ted Turner, President of Turner Broadcasting

UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
The Lorax

Destiny's powerful hand has made the bed of my future, and it's up to me to lie in it. I am destined to be a superhero. To right wrongs, and to pound two-fisted justice into the hearts of evildoers everywhere. And you don't fight destiny! No sir! And, you don't eat crackers in the bed of your future, or you get all... scratchy.
The Tick

Everybody was a baby once, Arthur. Oh, sure, maybe not today, or even yesterday. But once! Babies, chum: tiny, dimpled, fleshy mirrors of our us-ness, that we parents hurl into the future, like leathery footballs of hope! And you've got to get a good spiral on that baby, or evil will make an interception!
The Tick

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.
Theodor Adorno 1903-1969, Philosopher & Composer

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena: whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood: who strives valiantly: who errs and comes short again and again: who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in worthy cause: who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievements: and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but it is morally treasonable to the American putlic.
Theodore Roosevelt

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by fallure, than to take rank witth those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt 1859-1919, 26th Pres.

Only your compassion and loving kindness are invincible, and without limit.
Thich Nhat Hanh

The only gift is giving to the poor; all else is exchange.
Thiruvalluvar, poet (c. 30 BCE)

I never did a day's work in my life; it was all fun.
Thomas A. Edison

Hell, there are no rules here -- we're trying to accomplish something.
Thomas Edison

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas Edison

Zeal without knowledge is fire without light
Thomas Fuller

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
Thomas Jefferson

Question was open because it had not yet received any form; it was a king of prime matter, or a substance that existed in a realm of potentiality, an indefinite state that had not yet become anything in particular and maybe never would. But any formed object, on the other hand, would have denied all that: if it has alreay received form it is over, closed and ended; it has slid from the vague cloud of potentiality into a collision with the flat wall of fact that lay hidden behind it.
Thomas McEvilley (Art of America, November, 2008)

I dread our own mistakes more than the enemy's intentions.
Thucydides - The Peloponnesian War

If you are lost - 'climb, conserve, and confess.'
U.S. Navy SNJ Flight Manual

If two things don't fit, but you believe both of them, thinking that somewhere, hidden, there must be a third thing that connects them, that's credulity.
Umberto Eco (1929) Foucalt's Pendulum

A pint of example is worth a gallon of advice.

One thing you can give and still keep - is your word.

Do today what no man will do
So you can do tomorrow what no man can do.

Good judgement only comes from experience and experience only comes from bad judgement.

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
Victor Hugo

Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm whereas a large fire is enhanced by it - likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicament and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.
Viktor E. frankl 1905-1997, Holocaust survivor and author

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour -- his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle -- victorious.
Vince Lombardi

While statistics are interesting, they're all in the past.
Vince Lombardi

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

Love truth, but pardon error

It is provided in the essence of things that from the fruition of any success, no matter what, comes forth something to make greater struggle necessary.
Walt Whitman

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals ... argue not concerning God ... re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul.
Walt Whitman

It is far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price ... than a fair company at a wonderful price.
Warren Buffett

I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.
Warren Buffett, President of Berkshire Hathaway

If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.
Warren Buffett, President of Berkshire Hathaway

At a certain point in time, no decision becomes the decision.
Watts Wacker

I am the media.
Watts Wacker

Most people who hire me aren't spendin' ... other people's money.
Watts Wacker

No one is less ready for tomorrow than the person who holds the most rigid beliefs about what tomorrow will contain.
Watts Wacker

One's burdens in life, one's personal baggage ... results from the collection of all of their interactions with everyone they are exposed to in life ... and under what circumstances. The 'anchor' to 'evolution at the appropriate speed' is the human condition. The Zeitgeist. As a result, humanity has not had an evolutionary change in 10,000 years. It is time for that change. It has happened - we just can't measure it yet.
Watts Wacker

Reject doubt. Do your best instead.
Watts Wacker

Tomorrow now arrives before yesterday is over.
Watts Wacker

Wacker means awake in Dutch.
Watts Wacker

What we need is more people to lose their temper in public.
Watts Wacker

The Christmas spirit? ... Enjoy! Give thanks. And; do not forget to ask for help.
Watts Wacker ,2010

We predict the future. And the best way to predict it, is to invent it.
Well Manicured Man, The X-Files

I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order.
Wieslawa Szymborska, poet

Live so that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.

Inquiry is fatal to certainty.
Will Durant 1885-1981, Historian

Even if you're on the right track, if you're just sitting there ... you'll still get run over.
Will Rogers

It's not what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.
Will Rogers

The fellow who can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for he is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can't make anybody believe that he has it.
Will Rogers

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.
Will Rogers

Live so that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
Will Rogers 1879 - 1935, comedian and actor

To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour.
William Blake

To see the world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour
William Blake

What is now proved, was once only imagined.
William Blake

Many of my characters first came through to me as voices. That's why I use a tape recorder.
William Burroughs

Revolution in America begins in books and music, then waits for political operatives to 'implement changes after the fact.'
William Burroughs

In dreams begin responsibility
William Butler Yates

I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
William Faulkner

The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself.
William Faulkner

A great many people think that they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
William James

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
William James 1842-1910, Psychologist, Professor and Author

Action is eloquence
William Shakespeare

Blest are those
Whose blood and judgment are so well commingled
That they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger
To sound what stop she please.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet, III, ii

I asked an 85 year old professor, 'What makes you cry?' He said, 'Whenever I see or hear the truth.'
William Sloan Coffin

That best portion of a good man's life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
William Wordsworth

Indecision may or may not be our biggest problem.
Willie Nelson

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Winston Churchill

Victory is not final. Defeat is not failure. It's all about courage.
Winston Churchill

Never does a man portray his character more vividly than his proclaiming the character of another
Winston Churchill 1874-1965, former British Prime Minister

The currency of the new economy won't be money but attention. Thank you for your attention.
Wired 5.12

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good 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 neglecct it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Wm. Penn 1644-1718, Religious leader

Oh, it is excellent to have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.
Wm. Shakespeare 1564-1616, playwright & poet

I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, But down at the bottom we, too, should have rights
Yertle the Turtle

If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water.
Yiddish proverb

I never blame myself when I'm not hitting, I just blame the bat. And if it keeps up, I change bats.
Yogi Berra

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.
Zen proverb