Interesting Quotes and Facts

Interesting Quotes

Disclaimer: Sources are specified if they are known. These quotes were collected over time, and are not guaranteed to be accurate.

When there is in elephant in the room, introduce him.

Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.

The important thing is never to stop questioning. [Albert Einstein]

How inappropriate to call this planet earth when it is quite clearly Ocean. [Arthur C. Clarke]

Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it. [Herbert Simon]

I think the biggest mistake most people make when they pick their first job is they don't worry enough about whether they'll love the work, and they worry more about whether it's good experience. [Steve Ballmer]

Every great human achievement is preceeded by extended periods of dedicated, concentrated effort. [Brian Tracy]

The grass is greener on this side.

The white man has the clock, but the African has the time. [African saying]

Be who you are and say what you mean because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. [Dr. Seuss]

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. [Jayaram]

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever. [Mahatma Gandhi]

Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education. [MLK Jr.]

Honesty without compassion is brutality.

Strive to realize a state of inward happiness, independent of circumstances. [J.P. Greaves]

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you. [Jean-Paul Sartre]

We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the trugh. [Pablo Picasso]

Never mistake activity for achievement. [John Wooden]

You cannot be so afraid of failure that you don't attempt to succeed. [David LeGrant]

I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies another this right makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it. [Thomas Paine, 1783]

Your time is limited, so don't wast it living someone else's life. [Steve Jobs]

Free speech exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where people are themselves free. [Theodore Roosevelt, 1918]

Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complimentary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavour. [Jean-Paul Sartre]

The truth is found when men are free to pursue it. [Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936]

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. [George Orwell, 1945]

Any time we deny any citizen the full exercise of his constitutional rights, we are weakening our own claim to them. [Dwight Eisenhower, 1963]

What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. [Robert F. Kennedy, 1964]

If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. [Albert Camus]

I've got a theory that if you give 100% all the time, somehow things will work out in the end. [Larry Bird]

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she 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. Few are willing to embrace the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change. [Robert F. Kennedy]

Stand on each others shoulders not on each others toes.

Short journeys always help to keep the big Journey (life) healthy... [Jong]

Choosing whom you love is the most political decision you can make. [Meera Syal]

the only way to have a friend is to be one. [Emerson]

hope that you feel this,
feel this way forever,
you can plan a pretty picnic
but you can't predict the weather. [Outkast (Ms. Jackson)]

About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age. [Gloria Pitzer, 1979]

Friends come and go
As the currents ebb and flow
The swells and ripples that they make
Leave mixed emotions in their wake
For some friends drift with changing tide
Come on strong and then subside
Only to be cast Upon the shore
Disappear and be seen no more
But Some friendships are strong enough to stand
the changing tides and shifting sand
What is strong enough to set these friendships apart
Affinity of mind and heart
Love much more than mere token
thoughts understood
Yet unspoken
A common bond, a mutual goal
An understanding heart and soul
It's these little things that mean so much
Are strokes of friendship's velvet touch
[Karina, sfraves, 2002]

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. [Theodore Roosevelt]

In high seas or-a low seas,
I'm gonna be your friend.
And baby high tide or low tide,
I'll be by your side. [Bob Marley]

The act leading to conception involves half a billion sperm: Long ago each of us overcame the toughest odds we'll ever face. Life itself is a comparative afterthought, a bonus, a casual cooling-off chat in the post-game locker room. Had I learned this sooner, I might have lightened up a bit.

I'm not going to lie to you: It's hard to change. It's easy to keep going along, never pushing yourself. There are days when I don't feel like getting out of bed and going to my studio. But I do it, because I know I'll be a better and stronger person for it. And it's not because I'll have exercised my body. It's because I'll have exercised my will. And a strong will can overcome anything. [Billy Blanks (Tae-Bo)]

I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.

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

One thing we know, which the white man may one day discover-- our God is the same God. You may think now that you own Him as you wish to own our land; but you cannot. He is the God of all people, and His compassion is equal for all... [Chief Seattle, Suquamish people, 1854]

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. [Rebecca West 1913]

I have a special butt... It has special curves, and it kinda has it's own attitude... I think the audience can feel that, and if I were to try to put someone else's butt in that place, the audience would feel cheated and emotionally insulted. [Will Smith on doing underwear scenes]

The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr. [Muhammed]

Tradition is just the illusion of permanence. [Woody Allen]

Don't make me come down there. [God]

Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. [Thomas Jefferson]

What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us.

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. [JFK]

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it. [Thucydides]

He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes, but he who never asks a question remains a fool forever. [Tom Connelly]

Choose your love, love your choice [Thomas Monson]

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. [Elanor Roosevelt]

Victory is what happens when ten thousand hours of training meet up with one moment of opportunity.

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. [Mahatma Gandhi]

Happiness is Available. Help yourself. [Thich Nhat Hanh]

From the dawn of time man has struggled for just four things: food, safety, someone to love, and a pair of shoes that fit. [Being Human]

I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to. [Shaquille O'Neal on whether he had visited the Parthenon during his visit to Greece]

sometimes the hand that holds you is the hand that holds you down

ideology can withstand legality [rudy paraphrased]

it's all because of you, i'm never sad and blue, you brightened up my day, in your own special way... whenever you're around, i'm never feeling down, you are a trusted friend, in you i can depend. [mary j]

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. [Seneca]

let go of my ears. i know what i'm doing.

Since the measuring device has been constructed by the observer... we have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning. [Werner Karl Heisenberg]

The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives, everything he does becomes tainted. [Mahatma Gandhi]

People that are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do...

Beethoven was in a perpetual state of diarrhea, yet managed to create some of the most uplifting music known to man. [shreyas]

i like being moved. I don't like being pushed. [John Cage]

no matter how far you've gone on a wrong road, turn back. [turkish proverb]

Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive. [Howard Thurman]

Work like you don't need money, Love like you've never been hurt, And dance like no one's watching.

Love is the loaded gun. Let me point it at everyone. [1989, the violet burning]

Intellect is a tool of the will.

Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief,
All kill their inspiration and then sing about the grief.
[U2, The Fly, Achtung Baby]

All the busy little creatures
Chasing out their destinies
Living in their pools
They soon forget about the sea...
[Neil Peart, 1980]

If we could shrink the Earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like this: There would be 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere (North and South) and 8 Africans. 51 would be female; 49 would be male. 70 would be non-white; 30 white. 70 would be non-Christian; 30 Christian. 50% of the entire world's wealth would be in the hands of only 6 people and all 6 would be citizens of the United States. 80 would live in substandard housing. 70 would be unable to read. 50 would suffer from malnutrition. 1 would be near death, 1 would be near birth. Only 1 would have a college education. No one would own a computer When one considers our world from such an incredibly compressed perspective, the need for both tolerance and understanding becomes apparent. [statistics are pre-1990]

Digital information, unconstrained by packaging, is a continuing process more like the metamorphosing tales of prehistory than anything that will fit in shrink-wrap. From the Neolithic to Gutenberg (monks aside), information was passed on, mouth to ear, changing with every retelling (or resinging). The stories which once shaped our sense of the world didn't have authoritative versions. They adapted to each culture in which they found themselves being told. Because there was never a moment when the story was frozen in print, the so-called "moral" right of storytellers to own the tale was neither protected nor recognized. The story simply passed through each of them on its way to the next, where it would assume a different form. As we return to continuous information, we can expect the importance of authorship to diminish. Creative people may have to renew their acquaintance with humility. [John Perry Barlow, Everything You Know About Intellectual Property Is Wrong]

You should always stop to smell the roses, but, should one be missed, don't spend so much time looking over your shoulder that you miss the next one coming up.

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. [Plato]

Do you listen or wait-to-talk? [Pulp Fiction]

I'm so fast I can turn out the light and be in bed before it gets dark. [Muhammad Ali]

It is hard to be brave when you're only a very small animal [Piglet]

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and 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. [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. [John Wayne]

Spirit. It cannot be broken and it cannot be stolen away. A victim in the throes of despair might feel otherwise, and certainly the victim's "master" would like to believe it so. But in truth, the spirit remains, sometimes buried but never fully removed. Spirit. It is the hero's strength, the mother's resilience, and the poor man's armor. It cannot be broken, and it cannot be taken away. This I must believe. [Drizzt Do'Urden]

Marketing is a mental exercise with the battleground being the human mind. All offensive operations should be directed at that target. Your artilery is nothing but words, pictures, sounds. [Reis and Trout]

You're not going crazy, you're going sane in a crazy world. [the Tick]

One cannot shake hands with a clinched fist. [Indira Gandhi]

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them 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, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who as the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, 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]

Some people dream of worthy accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.

A ship in the harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.

Hope is hearing the music of the future. Faith is dancing to it today.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?" Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. You were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within you. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. [Marianne Williamson "A Return to Love"]

It is understood that the Republicans are considering changing their emblem from an elephant to a condom because a condom stands for inflation, halts production, encourages cooperation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives one a sense of security while screwing others. [from a feminist magazine]

Catholics go to church every week and gamble, but they call it Bingo. The Pope blesses 'em, so it's all right. The state of Nevada is built on a deck of cards and a roulette wheel, but that's okay, 'cause it's white folks that passed the law saying it was okay. But you let us go over in the corner of the alley with some dice and try to make a little profit and here comes the police, the judge, the jailer and the sociology student. We get thrown into jail for gambling or stealing. White folks go to Congress for stealing and they call that democracy. [H Rap Brown]

You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it on the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bullshit and you know it. [from Mean Streets]

the difference between ignorant and educated people is that the latter know more facts. But that has nothing to do with whether they are stupid or intelligent. The difference between stupid and intelligent people--and this is true whether or not they are well-educated--is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations--in fact, they expect them and are apt to become suspicious when things seem overly straightforward. [Constable Moore in "Diamond Age" by Neal Stephenson]

CM: The old guard believe in that code because they came to it the hard way. They raise their children to believe in that code--but their children believe it for entirely different reasons. N: They believe it because they have been indoctrinated to belive it. CM: Yes. Some of them never challenge it--they grow up to be small-minded people, who can tell you what they believe but not why they believe it. Others become disillusioned by the hypocrisy of society and rebel N: Which path do you intend to take? Conformity or rebellion? CM: Neither one. Both ways are simple-minded--they are only for people who cannot cope with contradiction and ambiguity. [Nell and Constable Moore in "Diamond Age" by Neal Stephenson]

We are reorganizing in order to eliminate duplication and redundancy. [Herb Caen]

Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they can't get it wrong.

Love your enemies -- they hate that.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. [Arthur C. Clarke]

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. [Linus Pauling]

You might be disappointed if you fail, but you will be doomed if you don't try. [Ben Franklin]

Fear is a darkroom for developing negatives.

Finally, an effective animal trap must be suited to the particular attributes of the quarry it is designed to capture. One cannot capture a guppy with a lobster trap or a mosquito with a butterfly net. Consider the awesomly effective 19th-century Amercian wolf trap. The simplicity and frightening elegance of this trap is that it depends of the wolf's appetite for the the taste of blood. A bloodied knife blade was left to freeze in the winter ice. While licking the knife, the wolf would cuts its tongue and began to bleed. It would then start to lick at the knife all the more, which in turn led to a greater flow of blood - and the wolf's ultimate undoing. The animal's blood attracted other wolves, who then attacked the victim and eventually, one another. Thus a whole pack of wolves could be destroyed with just one trap. [Jeffrey Z. Rubin]

All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them. [Walt Disney]

Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child. [Ron Wild]

If a woman is swept off a ship into the water, the cry is `Man overboard!' If she is killed by a hit-and-run driver, the charge is `manslaughter.' If she is injured on the job, the coverage is `workmen's compensation.' But if she arrives at a threshold marked `Men Only,' she knows the admonition is not intended to bar animals or plants or inanimate objects. It is meant for her. [Alma Graham]

Fortunately, the second-to-last bug has just been fixed. [Ray Simard]

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality. [Jules de Gaultier]

Art is meant to disturb. [Georges Braque]

I won't hold back anything,
And I'll walk away a fool or a king. [Billy Joel -- Matter of Trust]

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half of the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it. [Bertrand Russell]

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. [Francis Bacon]

Human life cannot be formless. We live by patterns. We move in comradeships. Conformity is evil when it distorts, flattens, and erases fruitful ways, strong ideas, natural identities; it is evil when it is a steamroller. But a man cannot escape being part of a milieu - and a recognizable part - unless he flees naked to a cave, never to return. The sensible thing is to use hard thinking to find the right way to live and then to live that way. What matters is living with dignity, with decency, and without fear. [Herman Wouk]

Brutality can never be undone. [RageATM]

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

Imagine a school with children that can read or write, but with teachers who can not, and you have a metaphor of the Information Age in which we live. [Peter Cochrane]

To my son, color is something that comes in a box. I just wish he didn't have to grow up.

To succeed, you must have tremendous perserverance... tremendous will. "I will drink the ocean", says the perservering soul; at my will mountains will crumble." Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal. [Swami Vivekananda]

the revolution will not be televised. [Gil Scott Heron, 1975]

Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that has. [Margaret Meade]

living, dying, and thinking... they're all team sports. [Timothy Leary]

Any man that needs to get totally drunk on a regular basis, has a gaping hole to fill before going out and looking for a woman. [my sister, paraphrased]

Maintaining the status quo is the same as regressing; while you are holding your own, others are passing you by. Be harsh on yourself. Do not ever think that you have made it; do not ever be staisfied by what you have done. Drive yourself for the rest of your life. If you do not move, you become paralyzed. Develop your potential to the fullest, for you, too, can wake the sleeping genius at will. [Kim Woo-Choong, Every Street Is Paved With Gold]

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. [Chinese Proverb]

metaphors be with you.

Telling a tale cannot be like living it, no matter what you say,
talking of love cannot be like giving it away. [Information Society]

I see you over there, just clinging to the wall. Because they told you like ivy you were bound to crawl. But you kept looking up, girl, and I know why. You knew someday you were gonna touch the sky. [John Hiatt]

Will you remember my name, when we pass each other in the streets? Will you call out, stop and talk to me, or will you just walk on by as if you hadn't noticed me standing there, staring at you, tears thick as blood pouring down my face, crying out for someone to help me, pleading for you to rescue me, as I slowly drown in my lonely pain?

Never cut what you can untie. [Joseph Joubert]

Invitation is the highest form of flattery.

To quote is to borrow, to proclaim is to create... [J. Tibet]

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression: this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. [Article 19, U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights]

Ignorance is curable....

Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up. [Robert Frost]

The United States is like the guy at the party who gives cocaine to everybody and still nobody likes him. [Jim Samuels]

When you deceive some people some of the time, you are not worthy of anyone's trust [me]

Thus science may implement the ways in which man produces, stores, and consults the record of the race. [Vannevar Bush]

When I walk down the street and only 3 or 4 shots are fired at me, I find it hard to stay awake. [Mehul]

Research is to see what everybody else sees, and to think what nobody else has thought. [Albert Szent-Gyorgy]

Your lips look cold. Can I warm them up for you?

I look at the time with you to keep me awake and alive. [Peter Gabriel "In Your Eyes"]

Caring is the most hazardous of human experiences because it means choosing to be vulnerable.

Tools do not equal Talent.

If the grass is always greener... why build the fence?

If I could look into your skin, into your arm, what would I see?
Someone who was made of meat, someone who was made of blood,
someone who was just like me. If I could gaze into your brain,
into your hair, what would I see? someone who was made of wood,
someone who was made of stone, someone totally alone. You.
[Robyn Hitchcock "If I Could Look"]

I have driven the streets of Bombay. I fear death no longer. [Mehul]

It is the priviledge of the strong to be kind

The reader wants to be involved in a mutual act of seduction, and there is no excitement in seducing a whore. [Umberto Eco -- New York Times, Nov. 28 1995]

We must support friends even in their mistakes; however, it must be the friend and not the mistake we are supporting. [Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi]

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. [Charles Kingsley]

Juvenile delinquient de jones wheel lever 2000 soap opera ra ra ra three cheers for fred flintstone is the way of the walk this way they talk this way out dude man knarps i gotta tell ya something on my jigsaw puzzle me me my ne moe ne need to get De'd to the apartment to say something else where's the D center row motzerella la la la la la la la la la la lalapolozza another contest another price is right to speak your mind your own business though while snug in their beds while visions of sugar plumbs danced in their heads surgeon and juice from the batch or realize I'm a nellie oleson of a bitch they aint shit this is another hit row row row your boat gently down the stream mearily mearily mearily life is but a dream on buddy you can't play me like silly puddy wax some more then go to the store like a slut face whorote down what I was thinking columns of a gong show me your stuff to myself serve beverage e jackson in law of the landed another trick or treat smell my feet give me something good to eat...... [CPG]

The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well. [Elisabeth Kubler-Ross]

People are like stained glass windows; they sparkle and shine while the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within. [Elisabeth Kubler-Ross]

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. [Mother Teresa]

...progress is often accompanied by the willingness of the individual to take risks. The ultimate test of education is to evaluate the progress of the past, to responsibly manage the consequences of that progress, and to contribute to the intellectual and technological advancements that will appear in the future ... technology is a tool and not a master. [Arkansas School for Mathematics and Science -- Philosophy Statement]

The only rational way of educating is to be an example--if one can't help it, a warning example. [Einstein]

Funk 'em, just to see the look on their face. [George Clinton]

If George Washington didn't get independence for this country nonviolently, and if Patrick Henry didn't come up with a nonviolent statement, and you taught me to look up to them as patriots and heroes, then it's time for you to realize that I've learned your books well. [Malcolm X]

the key to immortality is living a life worth remembering

swing low... time to move on... light years in time...
ahead of our time... free your mind and come fly with me...
it's hip... on the mothership... [Parliament Funkadelic]

Trying to put a size 12 foot, in a size 8 shoe..
is like putting on a five dollar hat, on a nickel-head. [Parliament]

I'm vile and perverted.
I'm obsessed and deranged.
I've existed for years but very little has changed.
I'm the tool of the government and industry too.
For I'm destined to rule and regulate you.
You may think I'm pernicious, but you can't look away.
I'll make you think I'm delicious with the stuff that I say.
I'm the best you can get... have you guessed me yet?
I'm the slime oozing out of your TV set....
[Frank Zappa]

As a boy in the middle west, I used to amuse myself by holding a stick across a gateway that the sheep had to pass through. After the first few sheep had jumped over the stick, I took it away; but all the other sheep leaped through the gateway over an imaginary barrier. The only reason for their jumping was that those in front had jumped. The sheep is not the only animal with that tendency. Almost all of us are prone to do what others are doing, to believe what others are believing, to accept, without question, the testimony of prominent people. [Dale Carnegie "Public Speaking"]

He who loves all, loves none. [The Final Call]

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. [Einstein]

Linux is stable, Windoze is the stuff you find on the floor of a stable.

Do, or do not. There is no try. [Yoda]

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. [Lincoln]

Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritative regime. [Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart]

Live never to be ashamed if anything you do or say is published around the world - even if what is published is not true. [Richard Bach]

That which does not kill us, only makes us stronger. [Nietschze]

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. [Gandhi]

... you're a loser becasuse you try too much ... winners don't think about winning, they just love to run ... [With Honors]

In acute suffering the need for meaning is as strong or stronger than the need for happiness. [Peter Berger]

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall not be disappointed.

What's the difference between ignorance and apathy?
I don't know, and I don't care.

They praise these tiny indie bands, but if a band finally gets mainstream success, the same people who praised them attack them for 'selling out.' People often play at being nonconformists to mask their own feelings of not fitting in. [Kyle Baker, Why I Hate Saturn]

The problem with being best man at a wedding is that you never get a chance to prove it.

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. [Mark Twain]

One side of the street is a Church; across the road is a liquor store. Both of 'em keepin us poor. [Chuck D]

He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave. [Sir William Drummond]

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. [Oscar Wilde]

You're 18 points down [in the polls]... You might as well do what's right. [Henry Kissinger]

Don't just adopt opinions, develop them. [Charles Isbell]

There are three ways to ruin yourself -- gambling, women, and technology. Gambling is the fastest. Women are the most pleasurable. Technology is the most certain. [George Pompidou]

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. [Caius Petronius Arbiter, died 66 A.D.]

I did not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfuly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man. [Chuang-Tzu]

If you are a Christian, there is no mitigating circumstance that allows you not to love somebody. [Miami Chief of Police <-- this is not a typo]

A lack of knowledge of this area can lead to chaos and futile Sisyphusian work efforts. [anonymous grad school application]

There's two reasons that a person will do something -- the reason that sounds good, and the real reason.

Let me assure you that to us here at First National, you're not just another number. You're two numbers, a dash, three more numbers, another dash, and another number. [James Estes]

Regret for the past is a waste of spirit. [NYPD Blue]

Whatever you love most, that is your god. [Martin Luther]

Those who do not read have no advantage over those who cannot read. [Mark Twain]

In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. [Carl Sagan]

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. [Norman Cousins]

You can't steal second base until you get to first.

Pain is weakness leaving the body

One man's magic is another man's science, and a third's religion

Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor's noisy party, than being there. [Franklin P. Jones]

To the small of brain, ambiguity is pain. [Mister The Toad (Zippy the Pinhead)]

If we are to have peace on earth ... our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and as long as we try, the more we are going to have war in this world. We must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools. [MLK Jr.]

Those who fear technology are letting themselves fall victim to those of us who don't.

The shepard drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepard as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him as the destroyer of liberty. [Abraham Lincoln]

I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. [supposedly Voltaire]

But some of the nonsense was evil, since it concealed great crimes. For example, teachers of children in the United States of America wrote this date on blackboards again and again, and asked the children to memorize it with pride and joy: 1492. The teachers told the children that this was when their continent was discovered by human beings. Actually, millions of human beings were already living full and imaginative lives on the continent in 1492. That was simply the year in which sea pirates began to cheat and rob and kill them. [Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., "Breakfast of Champions"]

Foreign Aid (n): The transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.

I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it. [Einstein]

The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn't need its brain any more so it eats it. It's rather like getting tenure.

If it is true that there must be a causeless cause, that does not imply that that cause must be a conscious supernatural entity, and especially not that any such entity must match the description favoured by any particular religion. [Alt.Atheism FAQ]

Knowledge may be power, but communication is the key.

Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny. [Carl Schurz]

No matter what kind of advice and prompting you receive from parents, teachers, advisors, and peers, if you honestly listen to your own intellectual instincts -- to your own inner music, to your own drum beat -- you will ultimately "track yourself through life. [Thoreau]

When I make my first million, I think I'll buy myself some happiness;
If there's a sale on satisfaction, I might just have to stock up. [Human Radio]

Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

The Biosphere II, which is supposed to represent a balanced sampling of life on Earth, contains over 3500 species of plants, animals, birds and insects, and eight white people.

Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule--and both commonly succeed, and are right. [H.L. Mencken]

Before you lend money to a friend, decide which one is worth more... [dat funky Krish]

Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like, and give her a house.

Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people I had to kill because they pissed me off...

No, his mind is not for rent; to any God or government... [Peart/Dubois]

Come with me, everything will be alright. [a true friend]


last updated 02-Oct-09