Cool Quotes

Just a bunch of cool quotes to brighten your day!

  • Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler – Albert Einstein
  • We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. -Albert Einstein,
  • Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian. – Dennis Wholey
  • Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. -Mahatma Gandhi
  • When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt. -Robert T. Pirsig
  • Wit is educated insolence. -Aristotle
  • It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. -Voltaire
  • Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned. -Buddha
  • It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Discipline without freedom is tyranny; freedom without discipline is chaos. -Cullen Hightower
  • One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. -Rita Mae Brown
  • Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well. -Josh Billings
  • It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?- Ronald Reagan
  • Men of genius are often dull and inert in society, as a blazing meteor when it descends to earth, is only a stone. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. – Winston Churchill
  • A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs–jolted by every pebble in the road. -Henry Ward Beecher
  • In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth — teaching others. -Ibn Gabirol
  • We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. -John Webster
  • Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. -Hanlon’s Razor
  • The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life. -Leo Tolstoy
  • Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them. -Samuel Butler
  • A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that usesit. -Rabindranath Tagore
  • I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate. -Elbert Hubbard
  • Television is an invention whereby you can be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your house. -David Frost
  • The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. -H.L. Mencken
  • It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us. -Epicurus, Greek philosopher
  • By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. – Socrates
  • A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. -Greek proverb
  • Humans — who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals — have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and “animals” is essential if we are to bend them to our will, wear them, eat them — without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret. -Carl Sagan
  • Love: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage. -Ambrose Bierce
  • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. -Abraham Lincoln
  • Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. -Ambrose Bierce
  • Some people change when they see the light, others when they feel the heat. – Caroline Schoeder
  • The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. -Bertrand Russell
  • Have more than thou showest, Speak less than thou knowest. -William Shakespeare
  • To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs. -Aurobindo Ghose, Indian philosopher
  • A man’s life is interesting primarily when he has failed–I well know. For it is a sign that he has tried to surpass himself. -Georges Clemenceau
  • The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. – Dolly Parton
  • In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. -Alfred Adler (1870-1937)
  • The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions. -James Russell Lowell
  • When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I’m beginning to believe it. -Clarence Darrow
  • Every person takes the limits for their own field of vision for the limits of the world. -Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Sometimes to remain silent is to lie. -Miguel de Unamuno
  • A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one at all would find fault with what he has done. – Cardinal Newman
  • If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing. -Benjamin Franklin
  • Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it – Richard Feynman
  • Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. -Pablo Picasso
  • The man who is a pessimist before forty-eight knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little. -Mark Twain
  • The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. – Lloyd Jones
  • A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.- Gerald Ford
  • Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.- David Lloyd George
  • Behaviorism is the art of pulling habits out of rats. — O’Neill
  • Every saint has a past and every sinner a future. -Oscar Wilde
  • There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. -Alfred Hitchcock
  • The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization. -Sigmund Freud
  • Committee: The unwilling, selected from the unfit, to do the unnecessary. – Margarte Thatcher
  • There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. -Elie Wiesel
  • Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. -Albert Einstein
  • There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. -James Madison
  • You have to decide at the end of the day if you can live with yourself. -Princess Anne
  • A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government. -Edward Abbey
  • Laundry instructions on a shirt made by HEET (Korea): For best results: Wash in cold water separately, hang dry and iron with warm iron. For not so good results: Drag behind car through puddles, blow-dry on roofrack.
  • He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. -Edmund Burke
  • Computers are useless. They can only give you answers – Pablo Picasso
  • I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants. — A. Whitney Brown
  • Middle age is when you go to bed at night and hope you feel better in the morning. Old age is when you go to bed at night and hope you wake up in the morning. – Groucho Marx
  • A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. – Oscar Wilde
  • Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill
  • None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. -Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
  • Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves. -Lord Byron
  • The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border. -Pablo Casals
  • If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time. -Chinese Proverb
  • The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. -Bertrand Russell
  • Efficiency is intelligent laziness. -David Dunham
  • Great minds have purposes; little minds have wishes. Little minds are subdued by misfortunes; great minds rise above them. – Washington Irving
  • We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom. -Michel Montaigne
  • We are so fond of being out among nature, because it has no opinions about us. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
  • The greatest truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest men. -Julius Charles Hare
  • We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security. -Dwight David Eisenhower
  • The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply. -Kahlil Gibran
  • Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both. -John Andrew Holmes
  • Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. – Robert Frost
  • Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again. — F. P. Jones
  • For sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed, they must be interrupted. -Jean Paul Richter
  • Blessed is the man who, having nothing to stay, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.- George Eliot
  • Life is too important to be taken seriously. – Oscar Wilde
  • Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up. -Robert Frost
  • It is man’s sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man. -Albert Schweitzer
  • I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers. — “A Bit of Fry and Laurie”
  • Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both. -OscarWilde
  • The believer is happy; the doubter is wise. -Hungarian proverb
  • A free society is a place where it’s safe to be unpopular. -Adlai Stevenson
  • I wish I were either rich enough or poor enough to do a lot of things that are impossible in my present comfortable circumstances. -Don Herold
  • The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t. -Henry Ward Beecher
  • Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. -Edsger W. Dijkstra
  • Do you love me because I’m beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me? -Oscar Hammerstein II
  • It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. -Aristotle
  • When you say that you agree to a thing in principle, you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out. -Otto von Bismarck
  • Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties. -Jules Renard
  • My wife and I were happy for 20 years – then we met. -Rodney Dangerfield
  • The most favourable laws can do very little towards the happiness of people when the disposition of the ruling power is adverse to them. -Edmund Burke
  • Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. -Jonathan Kozol
  • An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. -Victor Hugo
  • Adults are obsolete children. -Dr. Seuss
  • I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies. -Pietro Aretino, (1492-1556)
  • If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done. – Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. -John Nichols
  • Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. -Charles Darwin
  • There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to doand not doing it. -Mary Little
  • The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. -John Adams, 2nd US President
  • They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Ben Franklin, ~1784
  • Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.- Albert Einstein
  • Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. -Paulo Freire
  • Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play. -Immanuel Kant
  • Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim. -George Santayana
  • Is this true or only clever? — Augustine Birrell
  • Youth has a body in search of a wisdom, and with age the wisdom gained is in search of a body. – Peter Ron Prinzivalli
  • Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. – Mark Twain
  • Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. -Rabindranath Tagore
  • I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers. -Kahlil Gibran
  • Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed. -Natalie Clifford Barney
  • To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind. -Theophile Gautier
  • Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. -Yogi Berra
  • A great many people mistake opinions for thoughts. -Herbert V. Prochnow
  • Whenever people say ‘We mustn’t be sentimental,’ you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add ‘We must be realistic,’ they mean they are going to make money out of it. -Brigid Brophy
  • It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare. -Mark Twain
  • Do you know what a pessimist is? A person who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it. -George Bernard Shaw
  • People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. -Kierkegaard
  • They know enough who know how to learn. -Henry Adams
  • Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power. -Lao-Tzu
  • Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right. -Isaac Asimov
  • The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they’re going to be when you kill them. — William Clayton
  • The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill
  • Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. -Henri Bergson
  • To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious. – Samuel Butler, poet
  • God never occurs to you in person but always in action. – Mohandas Gandhi
  • Visits always give pleasure – if not the arrival, the departure. -Portuguese Proverb
  • A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. — William James
  • There are two kinds of people who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else. – Cyrus Curtis
  • The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reach us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiation of their personalities. -Kahlil Gibran
  • It is more shameful to distrust one’s friends than to be deceived by them. -De la Rochefoucauld
  • A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • To teach is to learn twice. -Joseph Joubert
  • We need not fear those who do evil in the name of evil, but Heaven protect us from those who do evil in the name of good. – Arthur C. Adams
  • If you would stand well with a great mind, leave him with a favorable impression of yourself; if with a little mind, leave him with a favorable impression of himself. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. -Oscar Wilde
  • If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re taking life too seriously. – Sanjay Udani
  • The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time. -Franklin P. Adams
  • The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. -Benjamin Mays
  • Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even when there is no river. – Nikita Krushchev
  • If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. -Lin Yutang
  • Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child. -Ron Wild
  • The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Conversation, n. A fair to the display of the minor mental commodities, each exhibitor being too intent upon the arrangement of his own wares to observe those of his neighbor. -Ambrose Bierce
  • Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.- William Kant
  • You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. -Ziggy
  • If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? -Ed Dussault
  • Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -Pablo Picasso
  • Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler. –Einstein
  • Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist. -Michael Levine
  • Marriage is a wonderful institution, that is of course if you like living in an institution. – Groucho Marx
  • The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt
  • We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like? -Jean Cocteau
  • All people are born alike — except Republicans and Democrats. – Groucho Marx
  • Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. – Vernor Sanders Law
  • Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.” – Mark Twain
  • The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. – Benjamin Mays
  • The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of government power, not the increase of it. -Woodrow Wilson
  • eople who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security. -Benjamin Franklin
  • Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice -George Jackson
  • Pray as if everything depended on God, and work as if everything depended upon man. – Cardinal Francis J. Spellman
  • To hurt someone you know will forgive you is the unkindiest thing of all. – Robert Brault
  • The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward. -Arthur Koestler
  • Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. -John F. Kennedy
  • It is bad luck to be superstitious. — Andrew Mathis
  • History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure. -Thurgood Marshall
  • To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of the lamb for the sake of the human body. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man. -Mahatma Gandhi
  • Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. – G.k. Chesterton
  • There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets? — Dick Cavett, mocking the TV-violence debate
  • When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny. -Thomas Jefferson
  • A pedestal is as much a prison as any small space. -Gloria Steinem
  • Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value to its scarcity. -Samuel Butler
  • Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment. -Mahatma Gandhi
  • Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.- Antonio Smith
  • Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on “I am not too sure.” – H.L.Mencken
  • We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true. — Robert Wilensky
  • All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed. -Sean O’Casey
  • Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. -Helen Keller
  • The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He is in front of it. -Axel Munthe
  • Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws. -John Adams, 2nd US president
  • There is only on thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience. – Archibald McLeish
  • Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. -Mark Twain
  • Wise men talk because they have something to say, fools talk because they have to say something. – Plato
  • It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. – Emiliano Zapata
  • Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones. -Charles Caleb Colton
  • Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings. C. D. Jackson
  • It is useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office.- Shirley MacLaine
  • A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist. -Louis Nizer
  • Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door. -Benjamin Jowett
  • I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it. -Voltaire
  • If the secret sorrows of everyone could be read on their forehead, how many who now cause envy would suddenly become the objects of pity. -Italian proverb
  • Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. -Blaise Pascal
  • Strange that creatures without backbones have the hardest shells. -Kahlil Gibran
  • The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.- Samuel Johnson
  • Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. -Japanese proverb
  • Quote me as saying I was misquoted. – Groucho Marx
  • God has no religion. -Mohandas Gandhi
  • If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base. — Dave Barry
  • The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.- John F. Kennedy
  • The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. -Samuel Johnson
  • When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always. -Mohandas Gandhi
  • A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. – Walter Winchell
  • When people tell you how young you look, they are also telling you how old you are. -Cary Grant
  • Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much of life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. -Thoreau
  • Not all those that wander are lost. – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • There are two kinds of people in this world: Those that enter a room and turn the television set on, and those that enter a room and turn the television set off. – Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) in The Manchurian Candidate
  • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. – Steven Wright
  • Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up. -Jesse Louis Jackson
  • Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one. -Ivern Ball
  • The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad. — Salvador Dali
  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi
  • I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult the calendar. -Robert Brault
  • If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right. -Jules Renard
  • If a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.- Martin Luther King Jr.
  • The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. -Thomas Jefferson
  • Many live in the ivory tower called reality; they never venture on the open sea of thought. -Francois Gautier
  • Him that I love, I wish to be free — even from me. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming in terror like his passengers. -Jim Harkins
  • A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished. -Johann Christoph Schiller, German Writer (1759-1805)
  • The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. -Winston Churchill
  • To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest. – M. K. Gandhi
  • An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field. -Niels Bohr
  • The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back. -Abigail Van Buren
  • In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone’s letter. -Chinese proverb
  • Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty. -Stanislaw J. Lee
  • The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. -Aristotle
  • If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. -Aldous Huxley
  • Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child’s loss of a doll and a king’s loss of a crown are events of the same size. -Mark Twain
  • Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything they learned in school. – Albert Einstein
  • Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. – Malcolm S. Forbes
  • There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. -Edith Wharton
  • No one ever ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward. -Amar Bose
  • Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple. -C. W. Ceram
  • We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered. -Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough. Groucho Marx (1890 – 1977)
  • Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. -Doug Larson
  • Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption. -John Stuart Mill
  • The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? -Kahlil Gibran
  • The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’ – Isaac Asimov
  • When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him. -Thomas Szasz
  • Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned. -Heinrich Heine
  • Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it’s the only one you have. -Emile Chartier
  • All great truths begin as blasphemies. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. -Charles Caleb Colton
  • For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. -Richard Feynman
  • When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. -R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Never rise to speak till you have something to say; and when you have said it, cease. -John Witherspoon
  • Every man dies. Not every man truly lives. – Braveheart
  • The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within. -Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. -Groucho Marx
  • The surest sign of intelligent life in the universe is that they haven’t attempted to contact us. – Bill Watterson
  • Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power. -Eric Hoffer
  • The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. -Samuel Johnson
  • When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. -Helen Adams Keller
  • It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. -John Gilmore
  • Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don’t swallow it. -Hank Ketcham
  • Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. — Mark Twain
  • I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self. -Aristotle
  • The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults. -Peter De Vries
  • A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. – Miguel de Cervantes
  • Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use. -Charles Schulz
  • The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible. – Jean Kerr
  • A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience. -Doug Larson
  • It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defence, we would sanction the subversion of one of those liberties which make the defence of our nation worthwhile. -Earl Warren
  • It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. -Charles Darwin
  • Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend. -Albert Camus
  • Give me the patience to endure the things which cannot be changed, the courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to know one from the other. – Oliver J. Hart
  • It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. -Voltaire
  • If it is committed in the name of God or country, there is no crime so heinous that the public will not forgive it. -Tom Robbins
  • Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. -Lord Acton
  • Some people approach every problem with an open mouth. -Adlai Stevenson
  • It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars. -Garrison Keillor
  • Fill the seats of justice with good men, not so absolute in goodness as to forget what human frailty is. -Thomas Noon Talfourd
  • We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are. -Talmudic Saying
  • When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice. -William James
  • We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. -Edward R. Murrow
  • In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians, and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people. Groucho Marx (1890 – 1977)
  • In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. -Albert Schweitze
  • Nature can provide for the needs of people; [she] can’t provide for the greed of people. -Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have. -Doris Mortman
  • I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. -James Baldwin
  • Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow. -Alice M. Swaim
  • True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess. -Louis Nizer
  • Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. -Albert Camus
  • Failures are divided into two classes–those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. -John Charles Salak
  • By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. -Socrates
  • If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable. -John F. Kennedy
  • To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. – Thomas Edison
  • Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums, who can’t are those in cemeteries. -Everett Dirksen
  • Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving in words evidence of the fact. -George Eliot
  • I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. -Thomas Jefferson
  • When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. -Martin H. Fischer
  • Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out – it’s the grain of sand in your shoe. -Robert Service
  • Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. -George Bernard Shaw
  • Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself – Leo Tolstoy
  • A myth is a fixed way of looking at the world which cannot be destroyed because, looked at through the myth, all evidence supports the myth. -Edward De Bono
  • Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same. — Oscar Wilde
  • Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. -Ambrose Redmoon
  • It’s so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don’t say it. – Sam Levenson
  • Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it, anything but live for it. -Charles Caleb Cotton
  • We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it – and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore, either. — Mark Twain
  • The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else. -Martina Navratilova
  • To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. -Mahatma Gandhi
  • God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. -Voltaire
  • Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. -Plato
  • Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. -Mark Twain
  • More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. -Woody Allen
  • You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. -Indira Gandhi
  • I have learned silence from the talkative; tolerance from the intolerant and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to those teachers. – Khalil Gibran
  • Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.- Groucho Marx (1890 – 1977)
  • Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. -George Washington
  • Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue. -Robert King Merton
  • I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. -Susan B Anthony
  • As the State is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence. -Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • In the small matters trust the mind, in the large ones the heart. -Sigmund Freud
  • Eyes are vocal, tears have tongues, and there are words not made with lungs. -Crashaw
  • By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest. -Confucius
  • Humor is just another defense against the universe. -Mel Brooks
  • There is no greater sorrow than to recall a time of happiness in misery. -Dante
  • Black holes are where God divided by zero. -Steven Wright
  • No man was ever endowed with a right without being at the same time saddled with a responsibility.- Gerald W. Johnson
  • Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and the government when it deserves it. -Mark Twain
  • You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. -Naguib Mahfouz
  • A critic is one who leaves no turn unstoned. -George Bernard Shaw
  • No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come. -Victor Hugo
  • The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. -Dante Alighieri
  • The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. – Steve Biko
  • As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life – so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls. -Matt Cartmill, anthropology professor and author
  • A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company. -Charles Evans Hughes
  • Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.- Groucho Marx (1890 – 1977)
  • I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. -Galileo Galilei
  • After I’m dead I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one. -Cato the Elder
  • How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. -Marcus Aurelius
  • Journalism is literature in a hurry. — Matthew Arnold
  • You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again. -Bonnie Prudden, fitness trainer
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