If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
-Noah Chomsky (1928- )
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-Philip K. Dick (1928-1982)
Those who steal from private individuals spend their lives in stocks and chains; those who steal from the public treasure go dressed in gold and purple.
If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either.
There is nothing that gives more assurance than a mask.
There are two kinds of restrictions upon human liberty--the restraint of law and that of custom. No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
-Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947)
Everything beautiful has its moment and then passes away.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
-Coco Chanel (1883-1971)
Man becomes the master of difficult situations by refusing the assistance of weak men. He relies on his own strength of character
The superior man, when he stands alone, is unconcerned,
And if he has to renounce the world, he is undaunted
-I Ching (BC 1150)
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time--a tremendous whack.
Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
If all were equal, no race would be run. If there could be no second place, no dead last, would any run their fastest? Would any run at all?
-Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)
Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great adventure down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the sun. For if he dies without a question in his heart, what excuse is there for his continuance.
-Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925)American editor, essayist
Wealth and rank are what people desire, but unless they be obtained in the right way they may not be possessed.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.
A picture is a poem without words.
To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.
-Confucius (551-479 BC)
Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.
-James R. Cook
When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
-Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) 30th US President
If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going.
-Professor Irwin Corey
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
-Crowfoot (1821-90)Native American, Blackfoot
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.
Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the Headless Monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.
-Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin (1889-1977)
The more refined one is, the more unhappy.
It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
All our knowledge has it's origins in our perceptions.
-Robertson Davies (1913- )
There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating.
-Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
-Agnes de Mille (1908- )
The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action.
-Madame de StaŽl (1766-1817)
You can stay young as long as you learn.
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
-Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969): U.S. President
The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
Life is too short to be little.
Nurture your minds with great thoughts, to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
-Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
The act of contemplation creates the thing contemplated.
-Isaac D'Israeli (1766-1848)
We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball.
-Gerald Early: writer
You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.
Imaginary evils are incurable.
-Richard Eberhart (1904- )
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
-Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
It would seem that men always need some idiotic fiction in the name of which they can hate one another. Once it was religion. Now it is the State.
-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
The definition of hell is a place where nothing connects with nothing.
The remarkable thing about television is that it permits several million people to laugh at the same joke and still feel lonely.
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.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
-T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)
Beware what you set your heart upon, for it surely shall be yours.
Money often costs too much.
The more he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
Every man I meet is in some way my superior.
I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): American writer