Favorite Quotations

Favorite quotations chosen by Timothy Lutts:

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible”
-Frank Zappa

“One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.”
-George Sand

“Religion is the opium of the masses.”
-Karl Marx

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, everyday, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.”
-Christopher Morley

“The test of an adventure is that when you’re in the middle of it, you say to yourself, ‘Oh, now I’ve got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.’ And the sign that something’s wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure.”
-Thornton Wilder

“Art for art’s sake makes no more sense than gin for gin’s sake.”
-Somerset Maugham

“When you realize that no one really knows what they are doing and that everyone is doing the best they can according to their own level of consciousness, life gets a lot easier.”
-Bruno Cavaleiro

“My project was retarded by the laws of nature. The world was not prepared for it. It was too far ahead of time. But the same
laws will prevail in the end and make it a triumphal success.”

-Nikola Tesla

“Temporal Happiness is for weak and vulgar Minds, but Calamity is the Touchstone of a brave Mind, that resolves to live and die free and Master of itself.”
-Sir Richard Bulstrode

“Dream big and dare to fail.”
-Norman Vaughan

“It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.”
-Robert A. Heinlein

“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere”

“One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.”
-Margaret Mead

“Learning is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.”
-Chinese Proverb

“It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.”
-Grace Murray Hopper

“Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.”
-Charles Schulz

“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”
-Claude Monet

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”
-Naguib Mahfouz

“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.”
-George H. Lorimer

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”
-Peace Pilgrim

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”
-Albert Einstein

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”
-Albert Einstein

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”
-Abraham Lincoln

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”
-Woody Allen

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
-Aldous Huxley

“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.”
-John Kenneth Galbraith

“We are on the cusp of this time where I can say, “I speak as a citizen of the world” without others saying, “God, what a nut.”
-Lawrence Lessig

“One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant.”
-John Locke

“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”
-Leonardo da Vinci

“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”
-Albert Einstein

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
-Thomas Mann

“If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, — quieter, warmer.”
-Dag Hammarskjold

“The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.”
-Linus Pauling

“Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent.”
-Bertrand Russell

“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”
-Jean-Paul Sartre

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
-Christopher Robin to Pooh – A.A. Milne

“Two percent of the people think; three percent of the people think they think; and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.”
-George Bernard Shaw

“The shortest answer is doing the thing.”
-Ernest Hemingway

“I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.”
-Ayn Rand

“The power to tax is the power to destroy.”
-Chief Justice John Marshall

“Those who are willing to trade freedom for the illusion of security, deserve neither and will lose both.”
-Benjamin Franklin

“In evaluating people, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”
-Warren Buffett

“When I take a look at a company’s annual report, if I don’t understand it, they don’t want me to understand it.”
-Warren Buffett

“One only gets to the top rung on the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly all sorts of powers, all sort of abilities which you thought never belonged to you – suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, “Well, I’ll have a go, too.”
-Margaret Thatcher

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

“To buy when others are despondently selling and to sell when others are greedily buying requires the greatest fortitude and pays the greatest reward.”
-Sir John Templeton

“When everyone thinks alike, everyone is likely to be wrong.”
-Humphrey Neill, The Art of Contrary Thinking

“A contrarian should look at all sides of a question or problem and not just follow the crowd. And if the crowd gets thick and heavy, then usually you should avoid it. It’s more independent thinking than anything else.”
-James L. Fraser, author, publisher, contrarian thinker

“In sum, the purpose is to contest the popular view, because popular opinions are so frequently found to be untimely, misled (by propaganda), or plainly wrong.”
-Humphrey Neill

“The man who is too set to change is dead already. The funeral is a mere detail.”
-Henry Ford

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”
Japanese proverb

“If what you are getting online is for free, you are not the customer, you are the product.”
-Jonathan Zittrain, professor of Internet law (b. 1969)

“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
 -Zig Ziglar

“If you don’t write your books, nobody else will do it for you. No one else has lived your life.”
-José Saramago

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
-Virginia Woolf, writer (1882-1941)

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”
-Usually attributed to Mark Twain. (The original, “A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on,” was written by C. H. Spurgeon in Gems from Spurgeon, published in 1859.)

“The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.”
-Daniel J. Boorstin, historian, professor, attorney, and writer (1914-2004)

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.”
-William Arthur Ward, college administrator, writer (1921-1994)

“Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.”
-George Sewell, physician and writer (1690-1736)

“I’ve never met a successful pessimist.”
-William J. O’Neil

“Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”
-Sydney J. Harris, journalist and author (1917-1986)

“The most corrosive piece of technology that I’ve ever seen is called television — but then, again, television, at its best, is magnificent.”
-Steve Jobs

“A cult is a religion with no political power.”
-Tom Wolfe, author and journalist (b. 1931)

“Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.”
-Jean de la Bruyere, essayist and moralist (1645-1696)

“It is on my mind every hour of every day that I have 168 hours this week to improve my life.  It is really up to me to be a good steward of this time to accomplish my goals and change my life this week.” 
-Bob Cox

“Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.”
-Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
-Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

“Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like paté.”
-Margaret Atwood, novelist and poet (b. 1939)

“I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.”
-Attributed to Charles V, King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor

“The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”
- William Morris

“If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.”
-Horace Mann, educational reformer (1796-1859)

“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. I like a little rebellion now and then.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
-Epicurus, philosopher (c. 341-270 BCE)

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
-Albert Einstein

“Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have”
-Harry Emerson Fosdick  (American clergyman 1878-1969)

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, everyday, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.”
-Christopher Morley (American writer and editor 1890-1957)

“Enthusiasm is a poor guide, but a good companion.” 
-Dickson G. Watts

“Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a ‘necessary evil’, it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil.”
-Sydney J. Harris, journalist (1917-1986)

“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.”
-John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914)

“For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.”
-Arne Garborg, writer (1851-1924)

“A man’s first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, his next to escape the censures of the world.”
-Joseph Addison, essayist and poet (1672-1719)


“Is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s?”
-Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)

“Getting results through people is a skill that cannot be learned in the classroom.” 
-Jean Paul Getty

“Commandment Number One for any truly civilized society is this: Let people be different.”
-David Grayson [pen name of Ray Stannard Baker], journalist, author (1870-1946)

“Cheap food makes for expensive health care.”
-Brent Stoker, dairy farmer

“Life is not fair; get used to it.” 
-Bill Gates

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.”
-Khalil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)

“It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.”
-William G. McAdoo, lawyer and politician (1863-1941)

“You can only see as far as your headlights … but you can make the whole trip that way.”
-E. L. Doctorow

“I leave out the parts that people skip.” 
-Elmore Leonard

“For most purposes, a man with a machine is better than a man without a machine.”
-Henry Ford

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
-Albert Einstein

“A good leader can’t get too far ahead of his followers.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The first duty of love is to listen.” 
-Paul Tillich

“Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi”
-A Latin phrase, literally meaning “What is legitimate for Jove (Jupiter), is not legitimate for oxen.” The phrase was created by Terence, a playwright of the Roman Republic. The phrase is often translated as “Gods may do what cattle may not.”

“I feel that there is reason lurking in you somewhere, so we will patiently grope round for it.”  
-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

“The right time is ANY time that one is still so lucky as to have.” 
-Henry James

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” 
-Leonardo da Vinci

“In youth we feel richer for every new illusion; in maturer years, for every one we lose.”
-Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine, mystic (1782-1857)

“There are two ways of being happy: We may either diminish our wants or augment our means – either will do – the result is the same; and it is for each man to decide for himself, and do that which happens to be the easiest. If you are idle or sick or poor, however hard it may be to diminish your wants, it will be harder to augment your means. If you are active and prosperous or young and in good health, it may be easier for you to augment your means than to diminish your wants. But if you are wise, you will do both at the same time, young or old, rich or poor, sick or well; and if you are very wise you will do both in such a way as to augment the general happiness of society.”
-Benjamin Franklin  (1706-1790)

“What monstrosities would walk the streets were some people’s faces as unfinished as their minds.”
-Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
-Albert Einstein

“The Good Life is one inspired by Love and guided by Knowledge.”
- Bertrand Russell

“The artist brings something into the world that didn’t exist before, and he does it without destroying something else.”
-John Updike, writer (1932-2009)

“People who keep dogs are cowards who haven’t got the guts to bite people themselves.” 
-August Strindberg

“Society is like a stew. If you don’t keep it stirred up you get a lot of scum on the top.”
-Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

“To be nobody but myself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.”
-E.E. Cummings, poet (1894-1962)

“Humans have made amazing advancements in the last 100 years, but they haven’t changed one bit in the last 10,000 years.”

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” 
-Charles M. Schulz  (1922-2000)

“Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the correctness of a belief.”
-Arthur Schnitzler, writer and doctor (1862-1931)

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

“I wish I’d watched less TV.” 
-Billy Graham

“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” 
- Mario Andretti

“If you want to be happy, be.” 
-Leo Tolstoy 1828 – 1910

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
-Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” 
-Albert Einstein

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”
-Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

“For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.” -Jonathan Swift, satirist (1667-1745)

Metaphors be with you.

“He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.”
-Horace, poet and satirist (65-8 BCE)

“It’s not the genius who is 100 years ahead of his time but average man who is 100 years behind it.”
-Robert Musil, novelist (1880-1942)

“Templeton attributed much of his success to his ability to maintain an elevated mood, avoid anxiety and stay disciplined.”

“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.”
-Ross Perot

“Tear man out of his outward circumstances; and what he then is; that only is he.”
-Johann Gottfried Seume, author (1763-1810)

“This is indeed India! The land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendour and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence .… the one land that all men desire to see, and having once seen by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined.”
-Mark Twain

“Imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were made by God or that specific software was coded by him. Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98. Could anything — anything — be more ridiculous? And yet, this would be no more ridiculous than the world we are living in.”
-Sam Harris, author (1967- )

“Speech is for the convenience of those who are hard of hearing.”
-Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

“All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard no horse sing.” 
-Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.”
-General Peyton C. March (1864-1955)

“This above all: to thine own self be true, \ And it must follow, as the night the day, \ Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
-William Shakespeare, poet and dramatist (1564-1616)

“It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.”
-Baltasar Gracian, philosopher and writer (1601-1658)

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” 
-William James, psychologist (1842-1910)

“We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.”
-Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question,‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

 “I’ve made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.”
-Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, and author (1872-1970)

“A painter is a man who paints what he sells; an artist, on the other hand, is a man who sells what he paints.”
-Pablo Picasso, artist and sculptor (1881-1973)

“Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.”
-Laurens van der Post, explorer and writer (1906-1996)

“The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.” 
-Robert Louis Stevenson

“The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic — in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea — known to medical science is work.”
-Thomas Szasz, author, professor of psychiatry (b. 1920)

“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”
-H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

“To use bitter words, when kind words are at hand is like picking unripe fruit when the ripe fruit is there.”
-Thiruvalluvar, poet (c. 1st century BCE or 6th century CE)

“Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other ‘sins’ are invented nonsense.”
-Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988)

“No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.”
-P.J. O’Rourke, writer (1947- )

“A man who is ‘ill-adjusted’ to the world is always on the verge of finding himself. One who is adjusted to the world never finds himself, but gets to be a cabinet minister.”
-Hermann Hesse, novelist, poet, Nobel laureate (1877-1962)

 “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
-Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

“The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, ‘Thus far and no  farther.’ ”
-Ludwig van Beethoven, composer (1770-1827)

“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from that of their social environment.”
-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

“Don’t be yourself. Be someone a little nicer.”
-Mignon McLaughlin, journalist and author (1913-1983)

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

“The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.”
-Rita Mae Brown, writer (1944- )

“The older I grow, the more I listen to people who don’t talk much.”
-Germain G. Glien

“My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its officeholders.”
-Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)

“The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.”
-Arthur C Clarke, science fiction writer (1917- )

“All kids are gifted; some just open their packages earlier than others.”
-Michael Carr

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.”
-Lee Iacocca, automobile executive (1924- )

“Honesty is often very hard. The truth is often painful.  But the freedom it can bring is worth the trying.”
-Fred Rogers.

“Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.” 
-C. S. Lewis

“The Good Life is one inspired by Love and guided by Knowledge.”
-Bertrand Russell

“My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”
-Peter Golkin, museum spokesman (1966- )

“Everybody line up alphabetically according to your height.”
-Casey Stengel (1891-1975)

“When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take – choose the bolder.”
-Ezra Pound

“Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.”
-Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
-William Arthur Ward, college administrator, writer (1921-1994)

“Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none.”
-Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)

“We find comfort among those who agree with us, growth among those who don’t.”
-Frank A. Clark, writer (1911- )

“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. It it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
-E.B. White, writer (1899-1985)

“The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.”
-Lorraine Hansberry, playwright and painter (1930-1965)

“It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.”
-Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)

“The further one grows spiritually, the more and more people one loves and the fewer and fewer people one likes.”
-Gale D. Webbe, clergyman and author (1909-2000)

“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, consultant, writer, and speaker (1933- )

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
-Reinhold Niebuhr

“One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.”
-E.B. White, writer (1899-1985)

“We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.”
-Carlos Castenada, mystic and author (1925-1998)

“Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.”
-Rene Descartes, philosopher and mathematician (1596-1650)

“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.”
-Robert Quillen, journalist and cartoonist (1887-1948)

“The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.”
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh, writer (1906-2001)

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”
-Chief Joseph, native American leader (1840-1904)

“There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.” -Dale Carnegie, author and educator (1888-1955)

“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”
-John Steinbeck, novelist, Nobel laureate (1902-1968)

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
-Abraham Joshua Heschel, theology professor (1907-1972)

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
-Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
-Ernest Hemingway, author and journalist, Nobel laureate (1899-1961)

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”
-Immanuel Kant, philosopher (1724-1804)

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
-Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

“Learning is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.”
-Chinese Proverb

“The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.”
-Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”
-Naguib Mahfouz, writer (1911- )

“No society that feeds its children on tales of successful violence can expect them not to believe that violence in the end is rewarded.”
-Margaret Mead, anthropologist (1901-1978)

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
-Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)

“To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up.”
-Ogden Nash, author (1902-1971)

“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.”
-Paul Dudley White, physician (1886-1973)

“I am so convinced of the advantages of looking at mankind instead of reading about them, and of the bitter effects of staying at home with all the narrow prejudices of an Islander, that I think there should be a law amongst us to set our young men abroad for a term among the few allies our wars have left us.”
-Lord Byron, poet (1788-1824)

“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.”
-H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”
-Noam Chomsky, linguistics professor and political activist (1928- )

“There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.”
-French proverb

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
-Alexander Graham Bell, inventor (1847-1922)

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.”
-The Once and Future King, by Terence Hanbury White (advice from the wizard Merlyn as he is instructing young Arthur, the future king)

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr., writer

“I’m always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence.”
-Alice Walker, writer (1944- )

“The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.”
-Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist, essayist, and poet (1850-1894)

“Knowing ignorance is strength; ignoring knowledge is sickness.”
-Lao-Tzu, philosopher (6th century BCE)

“Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.”
-Stephen Swid, executive

“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.”
-Abigail Van Buren, advice columnist (1918- )

“Substitute damn every time you’re inclined to write very; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
-Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)

“No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.”
-Turkish proverb

“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 Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
-George Santayana, philosopher (1863-1952)

“It is always the secure who are humble.”
-G.K. Chesterton, essayist and novelist (1874-1936)

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
-Theodore M. Hesburgh, educator (1917- )

“It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don’t have to.”
-Walter Linn

“I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays.”
-Henny Youngman, comedian, actor (1906-1998)

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”
-Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, and author (1872-1970)

“I’m proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money.”
-Arthur Godfrey, television host, entertainer (1903-1983)

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”
-Joseph Addison, writer (1672-1719)

“It is better to learn to say no than to learn Latin.”
-Larry Williams

“Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.”
-Ryan Andrew Holmes

“No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”
-John Donne, poet (1573-1631)

“In a perfect union the man and woman are like a strung bow. Who is to say whether the string bends the bow, or the bow tightens the string?”
-Cyril Connolly, critic and editor (1903-1974)

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.”
-Jorge Luis Borges, writer (1899-1986)

“Illigitimi non carborundum”

“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”
-Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
-Mohandas K. Gandhi

“Understanding a person does not mean condoning; it only means that one does not accuse him as if one were God or a judge placed above him.”
-Erich Fromm, psychoanalyst and author (1900-1980)

“The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.”
-Hungarian proverb

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”
-Frank Lloyd Wright

“Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.”
-Elbert Hubbard

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”
-Irish proverb

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
-James Matthew Barrie

“War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.”
-Ambrose Bierce

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

“Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.”
-Margaret Chittenden

“Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.”

“I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.”
-Bill Vaugha

“People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security.”
-Benjamin Franklin

“He is rich who owes nothing.”
-Hungarian proverb

“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.”

“Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.” -Charles Dickens

“If the camel once gets his nose in a tent, his body will soon follow.”
-Arabian proverb

“We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom.”
-Michel Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592)

“To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.”
-Karen Sunde, playwright

No one ever says “It’s only a game,” when their team is winning.

“There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.”
-Christopher Morley

“Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.”
-Benjamin Franklin

“The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.”
-Jules Renard, writer (1864-1910)

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” 
-Woody Allen

“The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything – or nothing.”
-Nancy Astor, first woman member of Parliament in England (1879-1964)

“Lack of money is the root of all evil.”
-George Bernard Shaw

“There is nothing like dream to create the future.”
-Victor Hugo

“Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the mountains… But all this is unphilosophical to the last degree… when thou canst at a moment’s notice retire into thyself.” -Marcus Aelius Aurelius

“Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast.”
-Peter Drucker (1909-)

“The mind is its own place, and in itself / Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
-John Milton (1608-1674), Paradise Lost

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”
-Charles Wadsworth

“Memory moderates prosperity, decreases adversity, controls youth and delights old age.”
-Lactantius Firmianus

“An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.”
-G.K. Chesterton

“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”
-Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

“It is easier to buy books than to read them, and easier to read them than to absorb them.”
-William Osler

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”
-Chinese Proverb

“Son, when you grow up you will know who I really am. I am just a child like you who has been forced to act responsibly.”
-Rod Byrnes

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
-Haida Indian Sayin

“Oh senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm, and yet will make Gods by dozens.”
-Michel de Montaigne Essays, II,xii, 1580

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
-Henry David Thoreau

“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”
-Saul Bellow

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use being anything else.”
-Sir Winston Churchill

“Scratch a pessimist and you find often a defender of privilege.”
-William Beveridge

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
-Abraham Lincoln

“The theory of democratic government is not that the will of the people is always right, but rather that normal human beings of average intelligence will, if given a chance, learn the right and best course by bitter experience.”
-W.E.B. Du Bois

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
-Henry Adams

“A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs.”
-Bernard Baruch

“Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.”
-Lord Byron

“It’s true Heaven forbids some pleasures, but a compromise can usually be found.”

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his livelihood depends upon his not understanding it.”
-Upton Sinclair

“Mr. Market is kind of a drunken psycho. Some days he gets very enthused, some days he gets very depressed. And when he get really enthused… you sell to him, and if he gets depressed, you buy from him. There’s no moral taint attached to that.”
-Warren Buffett

“If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.”
-Calvin Coolidge

“Although I have been prevented by outward circumstances from observing a strictly vegetarian diet, I have long been an adherent to the cause in principle. Besides agreeing with the aims of vegetarianism for aesthetic and moral reasons, it is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”
-Albert Einstein

“Eat every meal as if it’s your last; when the last one comes, you probably won’t be very hungry.”
-Nora Ephron

“I believe all religions are becoming obsolete, clinging to ancient concepts.”
- Sir John Marks Templeton

“Bull-markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria.”
-Sir John Marks Templeton

“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”
-Abraham Lincoln

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”
-Milton Friedman

“This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.”
-John Adams

“The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a heaven that it shows itself cloddish.”
-Evelyn Waugh

“Markets are never wrong; Opinions are.”
-Jesse L. Livermore

“In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.”
-Ivan Illich

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
-Albert Einstein

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”
-Albert Einstein

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
-Albert Einstein

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.”
-Albert Einstein

“A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.”
-Albert Einstein

“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”
-Albert Einstein

“Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”
-Albert Einstein

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
-Albert Einstein

“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”

-Albert Einstein

“Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.”
-Albert Einstein

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”
-Albert Einstein

“Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.”
-Albert Einstein

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
-Albert Einstein

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”
-Albert Einstein

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
-Albert Einstein

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
-Albert Einstein

“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.”
-Albert Einstein

“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.”
-Albert Einstein

“The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little.”
-Ray Bradbury

“The first duty of love is to listen.”
-Paul Tillich

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
-E.B. White

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