"We have just religion enough to
make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. "
"It's not worth
an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are
already enough people to do that. "
"Democracy is government by
discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. "
"I would not like to be a
political leader in Russia. They never know when they're being taped. "
"Language is the most imperfect
and expensive means yet discovered for communicating thought. "
"What we call progress is the
exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance. "
"No matter what side of an
argument you're on, you always find some people on your side that wish you were
on the other side. "
"In America any boy may become
President, and I suppose that's just the risk he takes. "
"I have left orders to be
awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet
"It has been my experience that
folks who have no vices have very few virtues. "
"When I can no longer bear to
think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact
"Of all the wild
beasts of land or sea, the wildest is woman. "
"If hard work
were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it for themselves.
"When you sit
with a nice girl for two hours, you think it's only a minute. But when you sit
on a hot stove for a minute, you think it's two hours. That's relativity. "
"The only thing
that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency. "
"We ought to have
as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep it out of as many things
as possible. "
"The only reason
I'm here is because I don't yet have the moral strength to turn down the money.
"By all means
marry. If you get a good wife, you will become happy; and if you get a bad one,
you will become a philosopher. "
enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your
"Virtue is it's
own revenge. "
"It is by
universal misunderstanding that we all agree. For if, by ill luck, people
understood each other, they would never agree. "
anything until it has been officially denied. "
"I do not take a
single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier
for it. "
proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist
fears this is true. "
"The best thing
about animals is that they don't talk much. "
"When I was a boy
I was told that anybody could become president; I'm beginning to believe it.
"The trouble with
people is not that they don't know, but that they know so much that ain't so.
"Though I am not
naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance. "
your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when
it reached only to the end of the bar. "
"One good husband
is worth two good wives, for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.
"It is better to
be adventurous than cautious, because fortune is a woman. "
"If you marry you
will regret it. If you do not marry, you will also regret it. "
The first human being
who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization. "
"The police are
not here to create disorder. They are here to preserve disorder. "
"Technology is a
way of organizing the universe so that man doesn't have to experience it. "
"An antique is
something that's been useless so long it's still in pretty good condition.
"Even when all
the experts agree, they may well be mistaken. "
of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation. "
government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly
"The superior man
understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
"Regarded as a
means, the businessman is tolerable; regarded as an end he is not so
"I have never
understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that
he has a sense of humor. "
"Life being what
it is, one dreams of revenge. "
"The trouble with
facts is that there are so many of them. "
is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an
encyclopedia of clichés as the first prize. "
"There's a time
when you have to explain to your children why they're born, and it's a marvelous
thing if you know the reason by then. "
"Half the misery
in the world is caused by ignorance. The other half is caused by
"The first sigh
of love is the last of wisdom. "
"It's not certain
that everything is uncertain. "
"I cannot and
will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions. "
been figured out except how to live. "
woman! Would that we could fall into her arms without falling into her
"Politics is the
art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it
incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. "
the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket. "
"Men talk of
killing time, while time quietly kills them. "
"In matters of style, swim
with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."
- George Eliot "Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth or the only truth."
- Charles A. Dana "Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination."
- Roy Goodman "Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival."
- C.S. Lewis "True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."
- Antoine De Saint-Exupery "Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor?"
- Frank Moore Cobly "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. "You can't try to do things - - you simply must do them."
- Ray Bradbury "Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent."
- Marilyn vos Savant "It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies."
- Arthur Calwell "The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge."
- Albert Einstein "If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties."
- Francis Baron "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
- Mahatma Gandhi "Don't be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small steps."
- David Lloyd George "The man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap."
- Ayn Rand "To do good things in the world, first you must know who you are and what gives meaning to your life."
- Paula P. Brownlee "Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind."
- Samuel Johnson "Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."
—Mahatma Gandhi "Love all. Trust a few. Do wrong to none."
- William Shakespeare "Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall."
- Oliver Goldsmith "We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne."
- Marcus Aurelius "Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal."
- E. Joseph Cossman "Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson "No man is happy who does not think himself so."
- Publilius Syrus "Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him."
- Aldous Huxley "People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross "Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy."
- Gen. H. Norman Schwartzkopf "Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle."
- James Russell Lowell "True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice."
- Ben Johnson "It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail."
- Peter Marshall "Keeping score of old scores and scars, getting even and one-upping, always makes you less than you are."
- Malcolm Forbes "Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible."
- Doug Larson "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
- John Wooden "The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been."
- Alan Ashley-Pitt "If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been."
- Robert H. Schuller "The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless."
- Jean Jacques Rousseau "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas."
- Marie Curie "New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common."
- John Locke "The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions."
- Claude Levi-Strauss "Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost."
- Robert H. Schuller "Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself."
- Robert Ingersoll "Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."
- Joseph Addison "Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."
- Erica Jong "The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything."
- William Connor Magee "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."
- Aristotle "Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have."
- Doris Mortman