Quotes of the day: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Published Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 9:04 PM EDT
Aug 31 2015

Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American writer best known for his creations of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter, although he produced works in many genres. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


I am convinced that what are commonly known as 'the breaks,' good or bad, have fully as much to do with one's success or failure as ability.

Anger and hate against one we love steels our hearts, but contempt or pity leaves us silent and ashamed.

Love is a strange master, and human nature is still stranger.

It never seems to occur to some people, that, like beauty, a sense of humor may sometimes be fatal.

Death, only, renders hope futile.

The more one listens to ordinary conversations the more apparent it becomes that the reasoning faculties of the brain take little part in the direction of the vocal organs.

Imagination is but another name for super intelligence.

Were there no desire there would be no virtue, and because one man desires what another does not, who shall say whether the child of his desire be Vice or Virtue?


(September 1 is also the birthday of Alan Dershowitz and Ann Richards.)

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Quotes of the day: David Frost

Published Sunday, August 30, 2015 @ 7:32 PM EDT
Aug 30 2015

Sir David Paradine Frost, OBE (April 7, 1939 - August 31, 2013) was an English journalist, comedian, writer, media personality and television host. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A conservative is someone who demands a square deal for the rich.

Being upbeat is the key to life.

Diplomacy is the art of letting somebody else have your way.

Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.

Having one child makes you a parent; having two, you are a referee.

Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home.

This is what has to be remembered about the law: Beneath that cold, harsh, impersonal exterior there beats a cold, harsh, impersonal heart.


(August 31 is also the birthday of William Saroyan.)

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Quotes of the day: Huey P. Long

Published Saturday, August 29, 2015 @ 8:32 PM EDT
Aug 29 2015

Huey Pierce Long, Jr. (August 30, 1893 – September 10, 1935), nicknamed The Kingfish, was an American politician who served as the 40th Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and as a member of the United States Senate from 1932 until his assassination in 1935. A Democrat, he was an outspoken populist who denounced the rich and the banks and called for "Share the Wealth." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man is not a dictator when he is given a commission from the people and carries it out.

Corrupted by wealth and power, your government is like a restaurant with only one dish. They've got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side. But no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen.

Hard work is damned near as overrated as monogamy.

I can frighten or buy ninety-nine out of every one hundred men.

I have one language. Ignorant as it is, it is the universal language within the sphere in which I operate. Its simplicity gains pardon for my lack of letters and education.

I'm for the poor man- all poor men, black and white, they all gotta have a chance. They gotta have a home, a job, and a decent education for their children. 'Every man a king'- that's my slogan.

If fascism ever came to the United States, it would be wrapped in an American flag.

In a political fight, when you've got nothing in favor of your side, start a row in the opposition camp.

One of these days the people of Louisiana are going to get good government- and they aren't going to like it.

The only difference I ever found between the Democratic leadership and the Republican leadership is that one of them is skinning you from the ankle up and the other, from the ear down.

The time has come for all good men to rise above principle.

You will find that you cannot do without politicians. They are a necessary evil in this day and time.


(August 30 is also the birthday of Mary Shelley and Warren Buffet.)

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Quotes of the day: Michael Jackson

Published Friday, August 28, 2015 @ 11:10 PM EDT
Aug 28 2015

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A star can never die. It just turns into a smile and melts back into the cosmic music, the dance of life.

All of us are products of our childhood.

Consciousness expresses itself through creation.

Don't blame it on the sunshine. Don't blame it on the moonlight. Blame it on the boogie.

I was a veteran, before I was a teenager.

If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.

If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and make a change.

In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.

Just because it's in print doesn't mean it's the gospel.

Just doing as well as you did last time is not good enough.

Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.

Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

Look beyond yourself.

The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.

The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.

What happened to truth? Did it go out of style?

When all life is seen as divine, everyone grows wings.

This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye, but the dance lives on.


(August 29 is also the birthday of John Locke, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., and Charles Kettering )

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Quotes of the day: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Published Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 5:02 PM EDT
Aug 27 2015

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 28, 1749 – March 22, 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him are extant. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A clever man commits no minor blunders.

A distracted existence leads us to no goal.

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is still my own.

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.

Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.

Character develops itself in the stream of life.

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

Error is on the surface; truth is hid in great depths.

Everything a human being wants can be divided into four components: love, adventure, power, and fame.

Everything in the world may be endured, except continual prosperity.

I hate all bungling as I do sin, but particularly bungling in politics, which leads to the misery and ruin of many thousands and millions of people.

If I love you, what business is it of yours?

If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.

If youth is a fault, it is one which is soon corrected.

It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Legislators and revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time are either psychopaths or mountebanks.

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean.

Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different.

Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable.

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

Of the whole rabble of thieves, the fools are the worst; they rob you of both time and peace of mind.

The coward only threatens when he is safe.

The day is committed to error and floundering; success and achievement are matters of long range.

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.

Then indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days.
Are you in earnest?
Seize this very minute;
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

There is no use in reproving vulgarity, for it never changes.

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

Tolerance comes with age. I see no fault committed that I myself could not have committed at some time or other.

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find distorted minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.

What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.

What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.

What we do not understand we do not possess.

Where there is much light, the shadow is deep.


(August 28 is also the birthday of Leo Tolstoy and Robertson Davies )

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Quotes of the day: Theodore Dreiser

Published Wednesday, August 26, 2015 @ 5:55 PM EDT
Aug 26 2015

Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser (August 27, 1871 – December 28, 1945) was an American novelist and journalist of the naturalist school. His novels often featured main characters who succeeded at their objectives despite a lack of a firm moral code, and literary situations that more closely resembled studies of nature than tales of choice and agency. Dreiser's best known novels include Sister Carrie (1900) and An American Tragedy (1925). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man, a real man, must never be an agent, a tool, or a gambler—acting for himself or for others—he must employ such. A real man— a financier— was never a tool. He used tools. He created. He led.

A thought will color a world for us.

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.

Assure a man that he has a soul and then frighten him with old wives' tales as to what is to become of him afterward, and you have hooked a fish, a mental slave.

Every person according to his light... You must help the world express itself. Use will make your powers endure...

I acknowledge the Furies. I believe in them. I have heard the disastrous beating of their wings.

I believe in the compelling power of love. I do not understand it. I believe it to be the most fragrant blossom of all this thorny existence.

If I were personally to define religion, I would say that it is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstance.

In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance.

Let no one underestimate the need of pity. We live in a stony universe whose hard, brilliant forces rage fiercely.

Life is made for the strong. There is no mercy in it for the weak– none... Such is the tragedy of desire.

Love is the only thing you can really give in all this world. When you give love, you give everything.

Nothing is proved, all is permitted.

Only in rare instances and with rare individuals does there seem to be any guiding light from within.

Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast, in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason.

The most futile thing in this world is any attempt, perhaps, at exact definition of character. All individuals are a bundle of contradictions - none more so than the most capable.

When the distraction of the tongue is removed, the heart listens.

Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.


(August 27 is also the birthday of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Lyndon B. Johnson.)

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Quotes of the day: Franz Werfel

Published Tuesday, August 25, 2015 @ 3:07 PM EDT
Aug 25 2015

Franz Viktor Werfel (September 10, 1890 – August 26, 1945) was an Austrian-Bohemian novelist, playwright, and poet whose career spanned World War I, the Interwar period, and World War II. He is primarily known as the author of The Forty Days of Musa Dagh (1933, English tr. 1934, 2012), a novel based on events that took place during the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and The Song of Bernadette (1941), a novel about the life and visions of the French Catholic saint Bernadette Soubirous, which was made into a Hollywood film of the same name. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Between too early and too late, there is never more than a moment.

False ideals cannot be shattered by criticism. Right ideals must take up the battle against them.

The basic formula of all sin is: frustrated or neglected love.

Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is its soliloquy.

For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.

The safest wealth is the poverty of needs.

Yes, death is strong, but look you, the strongest, Stronger is music than death.


Last December 13th (1964), there appeared in the newspapers the juiciest, spiciest, raciest obituary that has ever been my pleasure to read. It was that of a lady named Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel who had, in her lifetime, managed to acquire as lovers practically all of the top creative men in central Europe, and, among these lovers, who were listed in the obituary, by the way, which was what made it so interesting, there were three whom she went so far as to marry. One of the leading composers of the day: Gustav Mahler, composer of Das Lied von der Erde and other light classics. One of the leading architects: Walter Gropius of the Bauhaus school of design. And one of the leading writers: Franz Werfel, author of The song of Bernadette and other masterpieces. It's people like that who make you realize how little you've accomplished. It is a sobering thought, for example, that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years. It seemed to me, I'm reading this obituary, that the story of Alma was the stuff of which ballads should be made, so here is one.
-Tom Lehrer


(August 26 is also the birthday of Ben Bradlee.)

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Quotes of the day: Walt Kelly

Published Monday, August 24, 2015 @ 11:42 AM EDT
Aug 24 2015

Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr. (August 25, 1913 – October 18, 1973) or Walt Kelly, was an American animator and cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Pogo. He began his animation career in 1936 at Walt Disney Studios, contributing to Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo. Kelly resigned in 1941 at the age of 28 to work at Dell Comics, where he created Pogo, which eventually became his platform for political and philosophical commentary. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A parade is the worst form of transportation known to man.

Don't believe something just because you didn't read it in the papers. Wait until you haven't seen it on television.

Don't take life so serious, son, it ain't nohow permanent.

Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing.

If you can't win, don't join them; learn how to lose.

In like a dimwit, out like a light.

It is not good enough for things to be planned - they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation.

Learn to laugh at your troubles and you'll never run out of things to laugh at.

Look alive. Here comes a buzzard.

Looking back on things, the view always improves.

Now is the time for all good men to come to.

Resolve, then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blasts on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us.
(From the comic strip Pogo)

Romeo wasn't bilked in a day.

The certainty of misery is better than the misery of uncertainty.
(From the comic strip Pogo)

The trouble with a melting pot is that the scum comes to the top, and what's on the bottom gets burned.
(From the comic strip Pogo)

There's no easy quick way out, we're gonna have to live through our whole lives, win, lose, or draw.

Twenty Percent of Zero is Better than Nothing.

We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.
(From the comic strip Pogo)

We have met the enemy and he is us.

Women aren't as mere as they used to be.

You know you're an adult when you can look back and no longer count all of your mistakes.


(August 25 is also the birthday of Leonard Bernstein and Martin Amis.)

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Quotes of the day: John Green

Published Sunday, August 23, 2015 @ 9:28 PM EDT
Aug 23 2015

John Michael Green (b. August 24, 1977) is an American author of young adult fiction, YouTube video blogger (vlogger) and creator of online educational videos. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, and his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars debuted at number 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list in January 2012. The 2014 film adaptation opened at #1 at the box office. In 2014 Green was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Being in a relationship, that's something you choose. Being friends, that's just something you are.

Caring doesn't sometimes lead to misery. It always does.

Grief does not change you... It reveals you.

I don't have facts on my side... but I still think I'm right. That's the American way.

I don't know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.

I may die young, but at least I'll die smart.

I'm not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.

If you are rich, you have to be an idiot not to stay rich. And if you are poor, you have to be really smart to get rich.

It is very sad to me that some people are so intent on leaving their mark on the world that they don't care if that mark is a scar.

Luck is for suckers.

Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we're quoting.

My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.

People don't object if someone has special beliefs. They just don't want to hear about them.

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

Some people have lives; some people have music.

Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.

Talking to a drunk person was like talking to an extremely happy, severely brain-damaged three-year-old.

The funny thing about writing is that whether you're doing it well or you're doing it poorly, it looks the exact same. That is actually one of the main ways that writing is different from ballet dancing.

The marks humans leave are too often scars.

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.

The United States Congress, like a lot of rich people, lives in two houses.

The Venn Diagram of guys who don't like smart girls and guys you don't want to date is a circle.

The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives.

The world is not a wish-granting factory.

There is no them, there are only facets of us.

What a slut time is. She screws everybody.

What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?

What's the meaning of life? Other people.

When people have to choose between civilization and warm genitals, they choose warm genitals

When things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It's because a little piece gets lost - the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed.

You can say a lot of things about Alabama, but you can't say that Alabamans as a people are unduly afraid of deep fryers.

You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world... but you do have some say in who hurts you.

You don't remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.


(August 24 is also the birthday of Jorge Luis Borges, Max Beerbohm, Paulo Coelho, and Theodore Parker.)

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Quotes of the day: Philosophy

Published Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 5:34 PM EDT
Aug 22 2015

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A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.
-Louis Pasteur

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
-George Bernard Shaw

A little philosophy makes a man an Atheist: a great deal converts him to religion.
-David Hume

A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
-G.K. Chesterton

A philosophy is characterized more by the formulation of its problems than by its solution of them.
-Suzanne K. Langer

About no subject is there less philosophizing than about philosophy.
-Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

All philosophy lies in two words: sustain and abstain.

Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.
-Henry Miller

Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there.
-Sydney J. Harris

Any religion or philosophy which is not based on a respect for life is not a true religion or philosophy.
-Albert Schweitzer

Aphorisms are the true form of the universal philosophy.
-Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Astonishment is the root of philosophy.
-Paul Tillich

Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle, like an epic poem.
-Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Doing something stupid once is just plain stupid. Doing something stupid twice is a philosophy.
-Dan O'Neill

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
-Margaret Thatcher

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
-David Hume

Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.
-C.S. Lewis

History is Philosophy teaching by examples.

I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time. (In the comic strip Peanuts)
-Charles M. Schulz

I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.
-Alice Roosevelt Longworth

I think a little philosophy should be added to life and art by way of seasoning, but to make it one's specialty seems to me as strange as eating nothing but horseradish.
-Boris Pasternak

I think the Greeks invented sports as an antidote to philosophy. In sports there are absolute rules. It's not, What about this? What about that? Either you're safe or you're out. It's ten yards or it's not. It's in the hoop or out of the hoop. It's certain.
-Jack Nicholson

In metaphysics, the notion that earth and all that's on it is a mental construct is the product of people who spend their lives inside rooms. It is an indoor philosophy.
-Edward Abbey

In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met with by the way.
-Havelock Ellis

Leisure is the mother of philosophy.
-Thomas Hobbes

Libertarians secretly worried that ultimately someone will figure out the whole of their political philosophy boils down to 'get off my property.' News flash: This is not really a big secret to the rest of us.
-John Scalzi

Moral philosophy is nothing else but the science of what is good, and evil, in the conversation, and society of mankind. Good, and evil, are names that signify our appetites, and aversions; which in different tempers, customs, and doctrines of men, are different.
-Thomas Hobbes

My philosophy of life can be summed up in four words: It can't be helped.
-Will Cuppy

My studies in Speculative philosophy, metaphysics, and science are all summed up in the image of a mouse called man running in and out of every hole in the Cosmos hunting for the Absolute Cheese.
-Benjamin DeCasseres

No philosophy based on an incorrect view of the nature of man is likely to produce social good.
-Stanley Kubrick

Of course I believe that solipsism is the correct philosophy, but that's only one man's opinion.
-Melvin Fitting

Optimism is a philosophy based on the belief that basically life is good, that, in the long run, the good in life overbalances the evil.
-Norman Vincent Peale

People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
-John Cheever

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of our language.
-Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophy is an unusually ingenious attempt to think fallaciously.
-Bertrand Russell

Philosophy is empty if it isn't based on science. Science discovers, philosophy interprets.
-Albert Einstein

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.

Philosophy is the microscope of thought. Everything desires to flee from it, but nothing escapes it.
-Victor Hugo

Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!
-Iris Murdoch

Philosophy! The lumber of the schools.
-Jonathan Swift

Religion ends and philosophy begins, just as alchemy ends and chemistry begins and astrology ends, and astronomy begins.
-Christopher Hitchens

Science is a philosophy of discovery. Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance. You cannot build a program of discovery on the assumption that nobody is smart enough to figure out the answer to a problem.
-Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
-Bertrand Russell

The chief error in philosophy is overstatement.
-Alfred North Whitehead

The difficulty in philosophy is to say no more than we know.
-Ludwig Wittgenstein

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy, that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
-John Gardner

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.
-Albert Camus

There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.
-Charles M. Schulz

To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.
-Thomas Paine

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
-William R. Inge

To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.

(Life of Pi)
-Yann Martel

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.
-Martin L. Gross

What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It's close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically.
-Elie Wiesel

When lost in a forest go always down hill. When lost in a philosophy or doctrine go upward.
-Ambrose Bierce


(August 23 is also the birthday of Arnold J. Toynbee and Will Cuppy.)

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