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Published Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 11:28 AM EDT
Jul 16 2016

The more a man cultivates the arts, the less randy he becomes.
Charles Baudelaire

The more a man dreams, the less he believes.
H.L. Mencken

The more alike men are, the weaker each feels in the face of all.
Alexis de Tocqueville

The more articulate one is, the more dangerous words become.
May Sarton

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race. Wonder and humility are wholesome emotions, and they do not exist side by side with a lust for destruction.
Rachel Carson

The more complex the world situation becomes, the more scientific and rational analysis you have to have, the less you can do with simple good will and sentiment.
Reinhold Neibuhr

The more complicated and powerful the job, the more rudimentary the preparation for it.
William F. Buckley, Jr.

The more control, the more that requires control. This is the road to chaos.
Frank Herbert

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.

The more data banks record about us, the less we exist.
Marshall McLuhan

The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose.
Thornton Wilder

The more defects a man may have, the older he is, the less lovable, the more resounding his success.
Marquis de Sade

The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
Joseph Priestly

The more enormous our wealth, the more extensive our fears, all our possessions are paled up with new edicts every day, and hung round with gibbets to scare every invader.
Oliver Goldsmith

The more exquisite any good is, of which a small specimen is afforded us, the sharper is the evil, allied to it; and few exceptions are found to this uniform law of nature.
David Hume

The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.
Isaac Disraeli

The more gold a man wears around his neck, the more worthless he thinks himself to be.
Michael O'Donoghue

The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.
Ellen Key

The more I examine the universe and the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming.
Freeman Dyson

The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there's any sort of benevolent force that has anything to do with it, at all.
Neil deGrasse Tyson

The more I love humanity in general, the less I love man in particular.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

The more I practice the luckier I get.
Arnold Palmer

The more I see of men, the more I admire dogs.
Madame Roland

The more I see of the monied classes, the more I understand the guillotine.
George Bernard Shaw

The more I think about it, the more I agree with the bees: worship the Queen and kill the unemployed.
Arthur Lotti

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
Richard Bach

The more lies are told, the more important it becomes for the liars to justify themselves by deep moral commitments to high-sounding objectives that mask the pursuit of money and power.
Bertram Gross

The more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture.
Thomas Paine

The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes.
Gore Vidal

The more necessary a thing is for living beings, the more easily it is found and the cheaper it is; the less necessary it is, the rarer and dearer it is.

The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.
Amelia Earhart

The more one forgets himself- by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love- the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself.
Viktor Frankl

The more one is absorbed in fighting evil, the less one is tempted to place the good in question.
Jean-Paul Sartre

The more one judges, the less one loves.
Honoré de Balzac

The more one learns, the more he understands his ignorance.
Louis L'Amour

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.
Edgar Rice Burroughs

The more one produces, the less one gets.
Norman Augustine

The more one suffers, the more, I believe, one has a sense of the comic. It is only by the deepest suffering that one acquires the authority in the art of the comic.
Søren Kierkegaard

The more one talks, the less the words mean.
Jean-Luc Godard

The more opinions you have, the less you see.
Wim Wenders

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward.
Arthur Koestler

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

The more precise the measurement of position, the more imprecise the measurement of momentum, and vice versa. ('The Uncertainty Principle' of quantum mechanics).
Werner Heisenberg

The more reason we have to pay attention to life, the less we have to pay attention to death.
B.F. Skinner

The more refined one is, the more unhappy.
Anton Chekhov

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

The more simple we are, the more complete we become.
Auguste Rodin

The more sophisticated we get, the more advanced our buildings and vehicles become, the more vulnerable we are.
Stephen Ambrose

The more that learn to read the less learn how to make a living. That's one thing about a little education. It spoils you for actual work. The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living.
Will Rogers

The more that people understand about the secret machinery of the universe, the less likely it is that they will be duped and victimized by television and politicians.
Rudy Rucker

The more they know, the more they'll understand. The more they understand, the more they'll care. Once they care, there's no stopping them.
Sam Walton

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
George Bernard Shaw

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Alphonse Karr

The more underdeveloped the country, the more overdeveloped the women.
John Kenneth Galbraith

The more useless the application, the better the graphics.
Variously attributed

The more virtuous a man is himself, the less does he suspect baseness in others.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

The more wants a man has, the less freedom.
Taylor Caldwell

The more we count the blessings we have, the less we crave the luxuries we haven't.
William Arthur Ward

The more we desire for that which is superfluous, the more we meet with difficulties; our strength and possessions are spent in unnecessary things, and are wanting when required for that which is necessary.

The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.
William Hazlitt

The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
J.B. Priestley

The more we find to love, the more we add to the measure of our hearts.
Lloyd Alexander

The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life.
Leo Tolstoy

The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them;

It is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.
Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin)

The more we refuse to buy into our inner critics- and our external ones too- the easier it will get to have confidence in our choices, and to feel comfortable with who we are- as women and as mothers.
Arianna Huffington

The more wonderful the means of communication, the more trivial, tawdry, or depressing its contents seemed to be.
Arthur C. Clarke

The more you approach infinity, the deeper you penetrate terror.
Gustave Flaubert

The more you are talked about the less powerful you are.
Benjamin Disraeli

The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
Noam Chomsky

The more you know, the harder it is to take decisive action. Once you become informed, you start seeing complexities and shades of gray. You realize that nothing is as clear and simple as it first appears. Ultimately, knowledge is paralyzing.
Bill Watterson

The more you know, the sadder you get.
Stephen Colbert

The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people.
Dian Fossey

The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.
Norman Vincent Peale

The more you make people alike, the more competition you have. Competition is based on the principle of conformity.
Marshall McLuhan

The more you put in your brain, the more it will hold- if you have one.
Rex Stout

The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best.
Will Rogers

The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.
Francois Fenelon

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.
George S. Patton

The more you try to pin a word down, the more you realize that it has its own cape, sword and little hat.
Roy Blount, Jr.

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Quotes of the day: Alvin Toffler

Published Saturday, July 02, 2016 @ 5:54 AM EDT
Jul 02 2016

Alvin Toffler (October 4, 1928 - June 27, 2016) was an American writer and futurist, known for his works discussing modern technologies, including the digital revolution and the communication revolution, with emphasis on their effects on cultures worldwide. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A new civilization is emerging in our lives, and blind men everywhere are trying to suppress it.

Anyone nit-picking enough to write a letter of correction to an editor doubtless deserves the error that provoked it.

Change is non-linear and can go backwards, forwards and sideways.

Change is not merely necessary to life- it is life.

Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.

If we do not learn from history, we shall be compelled to relive it. True. But if we do not change the future, we shall be compelled to endure it. And that could be worse.

If you don't have a strategy, you're part of someone else's strategy.

If you don't have a viable strategy, you will be defeated by someone who does.

Information is a substitute for time, space, capital, and labor.

It is always easier to talk about change than to make it.

It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.

Knowledge is knowing... or knowing where to find out.

Knowledge is promiscuous. It mates and gives birth to more knowledge.

Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.

Most managers were trained to be the thing they most despise- bureaucrats.

Much education springs from some image of the future. If the image of the future held by a society is grossly inaccurate, its education system will betray its youth.

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition.

Our moral responsibility is not to stop the future, but to shape it... to channel our destiny in humane directions and to ease the trauma of transition.

Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate.

Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.

Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible.

The control of knowledge is the crux of tomorrow's worldwide struggle for power in every human institution.

The first rule of survival is clear: Nothing is more dangerous than yesterday's success.

The future arrives too soon and in the wrong order.

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.

The political technology of the Industrial age is no longer appropriate technology for the new civilization taking form around us. Our politics are obsolete.

You cannot get a new economy without a new society.

You've got to think about the big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.

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Quotes of the day: Marlon Brando

Published Friday, July 01, 2016 @ 11:31 AM EDT
Jul 01 2016

Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 - July 1, 2004) was an American actor, film director, and activist. He is credited with bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is often cited as one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life.

Acting is the least mysterious of all crafts. Whenever we want something from somebody or when we want to hide something or pretend, we're acting. Most people do it all day long.

Acting serves as the quintessential social lubricant and a device for protecting our interests and gaining advantage in every aspect of life.

Acting, not prostitution, is the oldest profession. Even apes act.

All I want to be is normally insane.

An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, he ain't listening.

I don't mind that I'm fat. You still get the same money.

If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.

If we are not our brother's keeper, at least let us not be his executioner.

It is a simple fact that all of us use the techniques of acting to achieve whatever ends we seek.

Most of the successful people in Hollywood are failures as human beings.

Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.

Regret is useless in life. It's in the past. All we have is now.

The four pillars of wisdom that support journalistic endeavors are: lies, stupidity, money-grubbing, and ethical irresponsibility.

The principal benefit acting has accorded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.

Too much success can ruin you as surely as too much failure.


(July 1 is also the birthday of George Sand (Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin) and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg.)

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Published Monday, June 13, 2016 @ 8:11 PM EDT
Jun 13 2016

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

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice.
-Thomas Paine

A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.
-Theodore Roosevelt

A vice in common can be the ground of a friendship but not a virtue in common.
-W.H. Auden

Early rising may not be a vice... but it is certainly no virtue. The old saw about the early bird just goes to show that the worm should have stayed in bed.
-Robert A. Heinlein

Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.
-Edith Sitwell

Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization.
-Marquis de Sade

Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad. But the greatest part of mankind float betwixt vice and virtue.
-David Hume

Her virtue was that she said what she thought, her vice that what she thought didn't amount to much.
-Peter Ustinov

Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.
-Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practised at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.
-W. Somerset Maugham

I find that the best goodness I have has some tincture of vice.
-Michel de Montaigne

I prefer an accommodating vice
To an obstinate virtue.
-Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin)

I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
-Albert Einstein

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
-Barry M. Goldwater

In most poetic expressions of patriotism, it is impossible to distinguish what is one of the greatest human virtues from the worst human vice, collective egotism.
-W.H. Auden

It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
-James Fenimore Cooper

It is among the evils of slavery that it taints the very sources of moral principle. It establishes false estimates of virtue and vice: for what can be more false and heartless than this doctrine which makes the first and holiest rights of humanity to depend upon the color of the skin?
-John Quincy Adams

It is amusing that a virtue is made of the vice of chastity; and it's a pretty odd sort of chastity at that, which leads men straight into the sin of Onan, and girls to the waning of their color.
-Voltaire (François Marie Arouet)

Just as those who practice the same profession recognize each other instinctively, so do those who practice the same vice.
-Marcel Proust

More people are flattered into virtue than bullied out of vice.
-Robert Smith Surtees

My only aversion to vice is the price.
-Victor Buono

Nostalgia, the vice of the aged. We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome.
-Angela Carter

Nurse one vice in your bosom. Give it the attention it deserves and let your virtues spring up modestly around it. Then you'll have the miser who's no liar; and the drunkard who's the benefactor of the whole city.
-Thornton Wilder

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice; it whitens only the hair.
-Ira Gershwin

Our age is an age of moderate virtue
And moderate vice.
-T.S. Eliot

Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
-Francis Bacon

Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality. (1742)
-Henry Fielding

Religions which deprive the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.
-Bertrand Russell

Sadness is a vice.
-Gustave Flaubert

Society is immoral and immortal; it can afford to commit any kind of folly, and indulge in any sort of vice; it cannot be killed, and the fragments that survive can always laugh at the dead.
-Henry Adams

Some faults are so closely allied to qualities that it is difficult to weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
-Oliver Goldsmith

The extremes of vice and virtue are alike detestable; absolute virtue is as sure to kill a man as absolute vice is, let alone the dullnesses of it and the pomposities of it.
-Samuel Butler (Novelist, 1835-1902)

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
-Winston Churchill

The only vice which cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.
-William Hazlitt

The vice that underlies all vices is that we are held cheap by others, and far worse, that in our innermost soul we think cheaply of ourselves.
-Felix Adler

The worst vice of the fanatic is his sincerity.
-Oscar Wilde

There are a set of religious, or rather moral writers, who teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery, in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true.
-Henry Fielding

There is something deeply attractive, at least to quite a lot of people, about squalor, misery, and vice. They are regarded as more authentic, and certainly more exciting, than cleanliness, happiness, and virtue.
-Theodore Dalrymple

Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.
-Edgar Quinet

Vice came in always at the door of necessity, not at the door of inclination.
-Daniel Defoe

Vice is a creature of such hideous mien... that the more you see it the better you like it.
-Finley Peter Dunne

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As, to be hated, needs but to be seen.
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.
-Alexander Pope

Vice is its own reward.
-Quentin Crisp

Vice is nice
But a little virtue
Won't hurt you.
-Felicia Lamport

Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
-George Bernard Shaw

Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
-Adam Smith

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?
-Edgar Rice Burroughs

What does labor want? We want more school houses and less jails. More books and less guns. More learning and less vice. More leisure and less greed. More justice and less revenge.
-Samuel Gompers

What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.
-Benjamin Disraeli

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.
-Benjamin Franklin

Work keeps us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.
-Voltaire (François Marie Arouet)

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Published Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 6:13 AM EDT
Jun 11 2016

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
-Arthur Miller

A magazine or a newspaper is a shop. Each is an experiment and represents a new focus, a new ratio between commerce and intellect.
-John Jay Chapman

A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.
-Henry Fielding

Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, except that a newspaper can always print a retraction.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II

All newspaper and journalistic activity is an intellectual brothel from which there is no retreat.
-Leo Tolstoy

An honest newspaper publishes corrections on the front page. There are no honest newspapers.
-Ray Newton

Dad, as a good American, believed his newspapers.
-Upton Sinclair

Editor: a person employed on a newspaper whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
-Elbert Hubbard

Everybody who talks to a newspaper has a motive. That's just a given. And good reporters always, repeat always, probe to find out what that motive is.
-Ben Bradlee

Everything you read in the newspapers is absolutely true, except for that rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge.
-Erwin Knoll

Half the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President- the same half?
-Gore Vidal

Have a good time. The newspaper will be great if you're having a good time.
-Ben Bradlee

Have you noticed that life, with murders and catastrophes and fabulous inheritances, happens almost exclusively in newspapers?
-Jean Anouilh

I am unable to understand how a man of honor can take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.
-Charles Baudelaire

I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information.
-Christopher Hitchens

I do worry about how newspapers respond to falling circulation figures. I'm not sure that the answer is for newspapers to try to cater to whatever seems to be the fad of the day.
-Ben Bradlee

I shall never tolerate the newspapers to say or do anything against my interests; they may publish a few little articles with just a little poison in them, but one fine morning somebody will shut their mouths.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

I used to love the newspaper business because if you had an idea, you could get it into the paper immediately, in a matter of hours. Now you have to watch out and worry about who you are offending and blah blah blah. So it's changed.
-Ben Bradlee

If Moses had been paid newspaper rates for the Ten Commandments, he might have written the Two Thousand Commandments.
-Isaac Bashevis Singer

If the newspapers of a country are filled with good news, the jails of that country will be filled with good people.
-Daniel Patrick Moynihan

If you lose your temper at a newspaper columnist, he'll get rich or famous or both.
-James C. Hagerty

It is a newspaper's duty to print the news and raise hell.
-William Storey

Large newspapers are routinely censored by legal costs. It is time this stopped. It is time a country said, enough is enough, justice must be seen, history must be preserved, and we will give shelter from the storm.
-Julian Assange

Never believe in mirrors or newspapers.
-Tom Stoppard

Newspaper strikes are a relief.
-Princess Anne

Newspapermen meet many interesting people, most of them other newspapermen.
-Frederick C. Klein

Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.
-Charles Lamb

Newspapers are the second hand of history. This hand, however, is usually not only of inferior metal to the other hands, it also seldom works properly.
-Arthur Schopenhauer

Newspapers are unable, seemingly to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.
-George Bernard Shaw

Newspapers will run a headline: 'Shark kills human.' You never see a headline from the other perspective: 'Man swims in shark-infested water, forgets he's shark food.'
-Gary Larson

Nothing could be older than the daily news, nothing deader than yesterday's newspaper.
-Edward Abbey

Nowadays I'm not even sure if newspapers take into account whether a person is a good writer.
-Bob Schieffer

Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.
-Norman Mailer

One newspaper a day ought to be enough for anyone who still prefers to retain a little mental balance.
-Clifton Fadiman

People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
-A.J. Liebling

Reading the morning newspaper is the realist's morning prayer.
-Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

The average newspaper, especially of the better sort, has the intelligence of a hillbilly evangelist, the courage of a rat, the fairness of a prohibitionist boob-jumper, the information of a high-school janitor, the taste of a designer of celluloid valentines, and the honor of a police-station lawyer.
-H.L. Mencken

The business of a newspaper is to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.
-Finley Peter Dunne

The editor of a newspaper is like the ringmaster of a circus. He can book the acts, but he can't tell the acrobats which way to jump.
-Sir Humphrey Appleby

The evil that men do lives on the front pages of greedy newspapers, but the good is oft interred apathetically inside.
-Brooks Atkinson

The hell with the newspapers. Nobody reads the letters to the editor column except the nuts. It's enough to get you down.
-Philip K. Dick

The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehood and errors.
-Thomas Jefferson

The newspaper is in all its literalness the bible of democracy, the book out of which a people determines its conduct.
-Walter Lippmann

The newspapers still talk about glory but the average man, thank God, has got rid of that illusion.
-E.M. Forster

The nicest thing is to open the newspapers and not to find yourself in them.
-George Harrison

The relationship between truth and a newspaper is like the relationship between the color green and the number seven. Occasionally you will see the number seven written in green, but you learn not to expect this.
-Garrison Keillor

There is but one way for a newspaperman to look at a politician and that is down.
-Frank H. Simonds

Things that appear on the front page of the newspaper as 'fact' are far more dangerous than the games played by a novelist, and can lead to wars.
-E.L. Doctorow

Trying to be a first-rate reporter on the average American newspaper is like trying to play Bach's St Matthew Passion on a ukulele: The instrument is too crude for the work, for the audience and for the performer.
-Ben Bagdikian

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand on a clock.
-Ben Hecht

Vanity in a newspaper man is like perfume on a whore; they use it to fend off a dark whiff of themselves.
-Julian Assange

We live under a government of men and morning newspapers.
-Wendell Phillips

We should bear in mind that, in general, it is the object of our newspapers rather to create a sensation- to make a point- than to further the cause of truth.
-Edgar Allan Poe

Well, sure, the government lies, and the newspapers lie. But in a democracy, they aren't the same lies.
-Alexis A. Gilliland

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
-Thomas Jefferson

You should always believe all you read in newspapers, as this makes them more interesting.
-Rose Macaulay

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The majority and the minority

Published Thursday, June 09, 2016 @ 10:40 AM EDT
Jun 09 2016

A Bill of Rights that means what the majority wants it to mean is worthless.
-Antonin Scalia

A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority.
-Henry David Thoreau

All politics are based on the indifference of the majority.
-James Reston

As my father once explained to me, our 'rights' are only as strong as the democracy that protects them. Because we are a people's democracy here in America, as great as the people of this country can be, but also as fallible, we must stay ever vigilant in the face of any 'tyranny' of the majority, no matter the stated objective.
-George Takei

Civilization has been a continuous struggle of the individual or of groups of individuals against the State and even against 'society,' that is, against the majority subdued and hypnotized by the State and State worship.
-Emma Goldman

Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is ignorant.
-John Simon

Democracy is an experiment, and the right of the majority to rule is no more inherent than the right of the minority to rule; and unless the majority represents sane, righteous, unselfish public sentiment, it has no inherent right.
-William Allen White

Every effort for progress, for enlightenment, for science, for religious, political, and economic liberty, emanates from the minority, and not from the mass.
-Emma Goldman

Henotheism is the view that there are other gods, but there is only one God who is to be worshipped. The Ten Commandments express a henotheistic view, as does the majority of the Hebrew Bible.
-Bart D. Ehrman

I believe that it should be perfectly lawful to print even things that outrage the pruderies and prejudices of the general, so long as any honest minority, however small, wants to read them. The remedy of the majority is not prohibition, but avoidance.
-H.L. Mencken

I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations; but, on a candid examination of history, we shall find that turbulence, violence, and abuse of power, by the majority trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions, which, in republics, have, more frequently than any other cause, produced despotism. If we go over the whole history of ancient and modern republics, we shall find their destruction to have generally resulted from those causes.
-James Madison

I'm used to being in the minority. I'm a left-handed gay Jew. I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority.
-Barney Frank

If the society today allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority.
-Barbara Jordan

If you are cast in a different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it.
-Charlotte Brontë

In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.
-Alexis de Tocqueville

In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

In economics, the majority is always wrong.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

In making the great experiment of governing people by consent rather than by coercion, it is not sufficient that the party in power should have a majority. It is just as necessary that the party in power should never outrage the minority.
-Walter Lippmann

In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.
-Alexis de Tocqueville

It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist.
-John Dalberg-Acton

It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.
-G.H. Hardy

It is safe to wager that every public idea and every accepted convention is sheer foolishness, because it has suited the majority.
-Nicolas Chamfort

It takes fifty years for the majority to be right. The majority is never right until it does right.
-Henrik Ibsen

It taught me, at an early age, that being wrong can be dangerous, but being right, when society regards the majority's falsehood as truth, could be fatal.
-Thomas Szasz

Like the majority of men who are born to a given belief they demand the most rigorous proof of any adverse belief but assume that their own needs none.
-Herbert Spencer

Long ago I ceased to count heads. Truth is usually in the minority in this evil world.
-Charles H. Spurgeon

Machines have no political opinions, but they have profound political effects. They demand a strict regimentation of time, and, by abolishing the need for manual skill, have transformed the majority of the population from workers into laborers.
-W.H. Auden

Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; not conforming to standards of thought, speech, and action derived by the conformants from study of themselves; at odds with the majority; in short, unusual. It is noteworthy that persons are pronounced mad by officials destitute of evidence that they themselves are sane.
-Ambrose Bierce

Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority.
-William Jennings Bryan

Prohibition cannot be enforced for the simple reason that the majority of American people do not want it enforced and are resisting its enforcement.
-Fiorello LaGuardia

Schooling, which we engage in and which supposedly creates equal opportunities, has become the unique, never-before-attempted way of dividing the whole society into classes. Everybody knows at which level of his twelve or sixteen years of schooling he has dropped out, and in addition knows what price tag is attached to the higher schooling he has gotten. It's a history of degrading the majority of people.
-Ivan Illich

Shall we judge the country by the majority or by the minority? Certainly, by the minority. The mass are animal, in state of pupilage, and nearer the chimpanzee.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.
-Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The country was founded on the principle that the primary role of government is to protect property from the majority, and so it remains.
-Noam Chomsky

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a wide-spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
-Bertrand Russell

The Jews are the living embodiment of the minority, the constant reminder of what duties societies owe their minorities, whoever they might be.
-Abba Eban

The majority is always wrong. The minority is rarely right.
-Henrik Ibsen

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
-Honoré de Balzac

The majority of mankind is lazy-minded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith; and when the ordinary man calls himself a skeptic or an unbeliever, that is ordinarily a simple pose, cloaking a disinclination to think anything out to a conclusion.
-T.S. Eliot

The majority of the American people still believe that every single individual in this country is entitled to just as much respect, just as much dignity, as every other individual.
-Barbara Jordan

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to be insane in such a useful way that they can't commit you.
-Mark Edwards

The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.
-John Dalberg-Acton

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
-A.A. Milne

The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.
-Pope John Paul II

The truth must essentially be regarded as in conflict with this world; the world has never been so good, and will never become so good that the majority will desire the truth.
-Søren Kierkegaard

The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.
-Johann von Schiller

Was there ever a time when the majority was right?
-Robert A. Heinlein

We are so concerned to flatter the majority that we lose sight of how every so often it is necessary in order to preserve freedom for the minority, let alone for the individual, to face that majority down.
-William F. Buckley, Jr.

We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.
-Thomas Jefferson

What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike.
-Alfred North Whitehead

What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority.
-Walter Lippmann

When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right.
-Eugene V. Debs

When I refuse to obey an unjust law, I do not contest the right of the majority to command, but I simply appeal from the sovereignty of the people to the sovereignty of mankind.
-Alexis de Tocqueville

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
-Mark Twain

Whoever has an opinion of his own, and honestly expresses it, will be guilty of heresy. Heresy is what the minority believe; it is the name given by the powerful to the doctrine of the weak.
-Robert G. Ingersoll

Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.
-Leo Tolstoy

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Quotes of the day: Hosea Ballou

Published Tuesday, June 07, 2016 @ 2:16 AM EDT
Jun 07 2016

Hosea Ballou (April 30, 1771 – June 7, 1852) was an American Universalist clergyman and theological writer. He has been called one of the fathers of American Universalism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A mother's love, in a degree, sanctifies the most worthless offspring.

Be more careful of your conscience than of your estate. The latter can be bought and sold; the former never.

Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.

Experience is retrospect knowledge.

Folly is like the growth of weeds, always luxurious and spontaneous; wisdom, like flowers, requires cultivation.

Hatred is self-punishment.

Honest and courageous people have very little to say about either their courage or their honesty.

Hypocrisy is oftenest clothed in the garb of religion.

Idleness is emptiness; the tree in which the sap is stagnant, remains fruitless.

It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so.

Moderation is the key to lasting enjoyment.

No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work.

No reproof or denunciation is so potent as the silent influence of a good example.

Pretension almost always overdoes the original, and hence exposes itself.

Prosperity is very liable to bring pride among the other goods with which it endows an individual; it is then that prosperity costs too dear.

Prosperity often presages adversity.

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.

Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil's propagation.

Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right; more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.

Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.

The experience of others adds to our knowledge, but not to our wisdom; that is dearer bought.

The severest punishment suffered by a sensitive mind, for injury inflicted upon another, is the consciousness of having done it.

Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible.

There is no such thing as 'best' in the world of individuals.

There is nothing that needs to be said in an unkind manner.

To talk of luck and chance only shows how little we really know of the laws which govern cause and effect.

Unless we find repose within ourselves, it is vain to seek it elsewhere.

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Quotes of the day: Muhammad Ali

Published Friday, June 03, 2016 @ 11:59 PM EDT
Jun 03 2016

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, generally regarded as one of the most significant heavyweight champions in the history of the sport. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.

As long as I am alive, I will continue to try to understand more because the work of the heart is never done.

At home I am a nice guy; but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.

Don't count the days, make the days count.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, your hands can't hit what your eyes can't see.

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

I fear Allah, thunderstorms, and bad airplane rides.

I set out on a journey of love, seeking truth, peace and understanding. l am still learning.

If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.

If you love God, you can't love only some of his children.

It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

My soul has grown over the years, and some of my views have changed.

My toughest fight was with my first wife.

Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.

Religions all have different names, but they all contain the same truths... I think the people of our religion should be tolerant and understand people believe different things.

Spirituality is recognizing the divine light that is within us all. It doesn't belong to any particular religion; it belongs to everyone.

Superman don't need no seat belt.
(To which a flight attendant allegedly replied, 'Superman don't need no airplane, neither.')

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

The man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 30 has wasted 20 years of his life.

We all have the same God, we just serve him differently.

Wouldn't it be a beautiful world if just 10 percent of the people who believe in the power of love would compete with one another to see who could do the most good for the most people?


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Quotes of the day: Drew Carey

Published Monday, May 23, 2016 @ 4:17 AM EDT
May 23 2016

Andrew Allison "Drew" Carey (born May 23, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, Carey eventually gained popularity starring in his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, and serving as host of the U.S. version of the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, both of which aired on ABC.

Carey has appeared in several films, television series, music videos, a made-for-television film, and a computer game. He has hosted the game show The Price Is Right since 2007 on CBS. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


I have a position of indirect respect and oblique power.

I like to think of my house as nothing more than a glorified console for my television; the ultimate stereo cabinet.

I think that if anyone bothered to take a survey, they would find a sharp decline in atheism during the winters in Cleveland, Ohio.

I wish I could end every rap song I didn't like with a buzzer.

I'm not a good lover, but at least I'm fast.

If frogs could fly... well, we'd still be in this mess, but wouldn't it be neat?

It isn't premarital sex if you have no intention of getting married.

Know what I do when I watch the news now? I turn it off, I get out my bible, I turn to the book of Revelations and just start checking stuff off.

Libertarians are conservatives who still get high.

The difference between Las Vegas and Atlantic City is the difference between getting conned by a beautiful call girl and getting mugged by a crack head.

The only way I'd need a pain reliever to enjoy sex is if all of my fantasies came true at the same time.

There is no such thing as too much fun. People need to know it is okay to tell jokes and be happy.

Vegas is everything that's right with America. You can do whatever you want, 24 hours a day. They've effectively legalized everything there.

You say tomato, I say bourbon and coke.


(May 23 is also the birthday of Margaret Fuller.)

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Quotes of the day: Omar Khayyám

Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016 @ 9:23 AM EDT
May 18 2016

Omar Khayyám (May 18, 1048 – December 4, 1131), was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet, who is widely considered to be one of the most influential scientists of the middle ages. He wrote numerous treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy and astronomy. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread- and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness-
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

A Hair perhaps divides the False and True...

Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend...

As far as you can avoid it, do not give grief to anyone. Never inflict your rage on another. If you hope for eternal rest, feel the pain yourself; but don’t hurt others.

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

Dead yesterdays and unborn tomorrows, why fret about it, if today be sweet.

Don't pursue happiness! Life is as short as a sigh. The dust of people that were once famous turn with the reddish clay on the wheel you are looking at. The universe is a fata morgana; life is a dream.

Drink wine and look at the moon and think of all the civilisations the moon has seen passing by.

Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

Each Morn a thousand Roses brings, you say;
Yes, but where leaves the Rose of Yesterday?

I have not asked for life. But I try to accept whatever life brings without surprise. And I shall depart again without having questioned anyone about my strange stay here on earth.

I value the lover's sighs of happiness and I despise the hypocrite mumbling his prayers.

In monasteries, seminaries, retreats and synagogues, they fear hell and seek paradise. Those who know the mysteries of God never let that seed be planted in their souls.

Men talk of heaven, - there is no heaven but here; Men talk of hell, - there is no hell but here; Men of hereafters talk and future lives, - O love, there is no other life - but here.

Poor soul, you will never know anything of real importance. You will not uncover even one of life's secrets. Although all religions promise paradise, take care to create your own paradise here and now on earth.

Realise this: one day your soul will depart from your body and you will be drawn behind the curtain that floats between us and the unknown. While you wait for that moment, be happy, because you don't know where you came from and you don't know where you will be going.

Scholars really have nothing to teach you. But from the soft touch of the eyelashes of a woman you will know all there is to know about happiness.

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.

There was the Door to which I found no Key;
There was the Veil through which I might not see:
Some little talk awhile of Me and Thee
There was- and then no more of Thee and Me.

Today is the time of my youth I drink wine because it is my solace; Do not blame me, although it is bitter it is pleasant, It is bitter because it is my life.

Waste not your Hour, nor in the vain pursuit
Of This and That endeavour and dispute;
Better be jocund with the fruitful Grape
Than sadden after none, or bitter, Fruit.

When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.

When you have planted the rose of Love into your heart your life has not been in vain.

Yesterday This Day's Madness did prepare;
To-morrow's Silence, Triumph, or Despair:
Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why:
Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.


(May 18 is also the birthday of Mary McLeod Bethune and Tina Fey.)

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Quotes of the day: L. Frank Baum

Published Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 12:38 AM EDT
May 15 2016

Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919), better known by his pen name L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly known for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost works", 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.

As a matter of fact, we are none of us above criticism; so let us bear with each other's faults.

Familiarity with any great thing removes our awe of it

I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folk are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.

I believe that dreams- day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing- are likely to lead to the betterment of the world.

I have learned to regard fame as a will-o-the-wisp which, when caught, is not worth the possession; but to please a child is a sweet and lovely thing that warms one's heart and brings its own reward.

I think the world is like a great mirror, and reflects our lives just as we ourselves look upon it.

I thought it would be a good idea to regulate things myself and run the world as it ought to be run; but I gave it up long ago.

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization.

It is a callous age; we have seen so many marvels that we are ashamed to marvel more; the seven wonders of the world have become seven thousand wonders.

It seems unfortunate that strong people are usually so disagreeable and overbearing that no one cares for them. In fact, to be different from your fellow creatures is always a misfortune.

Never give up. No one knows what's going to happen next.

Never question the truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is filled with wonders.

No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.

Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't you think?

There is no place like home.

To destroy an offender cannot benefit society so much as to redeem him.

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.


(May 15 is also the birthday of Clifton Fadiman and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.)

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Quotes of the day: Roger Zelazny

Published Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 4:33 AM EDT
May 13 2016

Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American poet and writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels, best known for The Chronicles of Amber. He won the Nebula award three times (out of 14 nominations) and the Hugo award six times (also out of 14 nominations), including two Hugos for novels: the serialized novel ...And Call Me Conrad (1965; subsequently published under the title This Immortal, 1966) and then the novel Lord of Light (1967). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Between the black of yesterday and the white of tomorrow is the great gray of today, filled with nostalgia and fear of the future.

Beware the meek ... for we shall attempt to inherit the Earth.

Death is mighty, and is no one's friend.

Death is the only god that comes when you call.

Don't wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects.

I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows.

If the liberal arts do nothing else they provide engaging metaphors for the thinking they displace.

Life is full of doors that don't open when you knock, equally spaced amid those that open when you don't want them to.

Love is a negative form of hatred.

Never trust a cat, anyway. All they're good for is stringing tennis racquets.

No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words.

Nobody steals books but your friends.

Of all the things a man may do, sleep probably contributes most to keeping him sane.

Sleep is perhaps the only among life's great pleasures which need not be of short duration.

That's life: trust and you're betrayed; don't trust and you betray yourself.

The absence of a monument can, in its own way, be something of a monument also.

The dead are too much with us.

The death of an illusion tends to disconcert.

The enemy of the moment is not as important as our own inner weakness. If this is not mended we are already defeated, though no foreign conqueror stands within our walls.

The function of criticism should not be confused with the function of reform.

The universe did not invent justice. Man did. Unfortunately, man must reside in the universe.

There's no such thing as civilization. The word just means the art of living in cities.

There's really nothing quite like someone's wanting you dead to make you want to go on living.

Times have changed since the Good Book was written, and you can't hold with a purely Fundamentalist approach in complex times.

When inspiration is silent reason tires quickly.

When you are about to die, a wombat is better than no company at all.


(May 13 is also the birthday of Stephen Colbert.)

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Published Thursday, May 05, 2016 @ 1:54 PM EDT
May 05 2016

Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power; that is all.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.
-Bob Newhart

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.
-Arnold H. Glasow

Laughter is America's most important export.
-Walt Disney

Laughter is man's most distinctive emotional expression. Man shares the capacity for love and hate, anger and fear, loyalty and grief, with other living creatures. But humor, which has an intellectual as well as an emotional element, belongs to man.
-Margaret Mead

Laughter is poison to fear.
-George R.R. Martin

Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.
-Karl Barth

Laughter is the habitual crying of the wise.
-Magdalena Samozwaniec

Laughter is the last refuge of sorrow.
-Stephen Leacock

Laughter is wine for the soul- laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness- the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.
-Sean O'Casey

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
-Max Eastman

Laughter makes the bitter swallowing of truth, for some, a little easier.
-Bill Hicks

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Quotes of the day: Daniel Berrigan

Published Sunday, May 01, 2016 @ 1:44 AM EDT
May 01 2016

Daniel Joseph Berrigan, S.J. (May 9, 1921 – April 30, 2016), was an American Jesuit priest, anti-war activist, and poet. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the plague it promised to heal.

Because we want the peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war, of course, continues, because the waging of war, by its nature, is total- but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial.

Faith is rarely where your head is at. Nor is it where your heart is at. Faith is where your ass is at!

I don't have to prove my life. I just have to live.

I don't know what more to say. I mean, we're all going to die in a world that is worse than when we entered it.

If you are going to follow Jesus, you better look good on wood.

It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better.

No principle is worth the sacrifice of a single human being.

One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible.

tart with the impossible. Proceed calmly towards the improbable. No worry, there are at least five exits.

The arms race is worse than it ever was, the dumping of creation down a military rat hole is worse than it ever was, the wars across the earth are worse than they ever were.

The gift we can offer others is so simple a thing as hope.

There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war- at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

You have to struggle to stay alive and be of use as long as you can.

You just have to do what you know is right.

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Quotes of the day: Cory Booker

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016 @ 9:23 PM EDT
Apr 27 2016

(Photo by Kelly Campbell)

Cory Anthony Booker (b. April 27, 1969) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, in office since 2013. Previously he served as mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people. Before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children.

Courage has you say in a defiant spirit you can take everything from me, you could cut me deep, you could render me in shame but you will never ever stop me from loving those who mock me, from loving those that hate me, from loving those who don't forgive me, from loving the cynics, from loving the darkness so much that I myself through my small acts of consistent unyielding love may bring on the light.

Don't let your inability to do everything undermine your determination to do something.

First class in life has nothing to do with the clothes you wear, the car you drive or the house you live in. First class is and always will be about the content of your character, the quality of your ideas and the kindness in your heart.

Give more than is expected, love more than seems wise, serve more than seems necessary, and help more than is asked.

Give the respect you want to receive; embody the grace you hope to encounter; and help others with no expectations whatsoever.

Go out there and swear to this world your oath, not with your words, but with what you do. Not with your hand over your heart, but with your hand outstretched to a world that desperately needs your hand, your help, your insights, your creativity, your honor, your courage. It needs you.

If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse.

In life, it is never the big battle, the big moment, the big speech, the big election. That does not change things. What changes things is every day, getting up and rendering small acts of service and love beyond that what's expected of you or required of you.

It is okay not to like someone, but it is never okay to try and degrade, humiliate, or dehumanize them.

It's about time that we create first class citizenship for every American plain and simple. Every New Jersey-ian. This should not be a popular vote. This is something we should do now.

Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example.

May we help more than we hurt, may we seek to understand more than be understood and may we love more than we judge.

No matter what, we always have the power to choose hope over despair, engagement over apathy, kindness over indifference, love over hate.

No matter who you are, no matter what your color, creed, how you choose to pray or who you choose to love, that if you are an American - first generation or fifth - one who is willing to work hard, play by the rules and apply your God-given talents - that you should be able to find a job that pays the bills.

Real courage is holding on to a still voice in your head that says, 'I must keep going.' It's that voice that says nothing is a failure if it is not final. That voice that says to you, 'Get out of bed. Keep going. I will not quit.'

The right attitude can transform a barrier into a blessing, an obstacle into an opportunity or a stumbling block into a stepping stone.

We choose forward. We choose inclusion. We choose growing together. We choose American economic might and muscle, standing strong on the bedrock of the American ideal: a strong, empowered and ever-growing middle class.

What more could you ask for in life than to be given an impossible challenge?

When American citizens pull together, there is little we can't accomplish.

When happy, be kind. When angry, be kind. When hopeful, be kind. When discouraged, be kind. When ever, be kind.

You need to understand something, you drink deeply from wells of freedom and liberty and opportunity that you did not dig. You eat lavishly from banquet tables prepared for you by your ancestors. You sit under the shade of trees that you did not plant or cultivate or care for. You have a choice in life, you can just sit back, getting fat, dumb, and happy, consuming all the blessings put before you, or it can metabolize inside of you, become fuel to get you into the fight, to make this democracy real, to make it true to its words that we can be a nation of liberty and justice for all.


(April 27 is also the birthday of Herbert Spencer and Ulysses S. Grant.)

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Quotes of the day: Carol Burnett

Published Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 9:50 AM EDT
Apr 26 2016

Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer, whose career spans six decades of television. She is best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, for CBS. She has achieved success on stage, television, and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedy roles. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.

Because nobody goes through life without a scar.

Comedy is tragedy plus time.

Giving birth is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head.

I think we're here for each other.

It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington.

No one ever said life was fair. Just eventful.

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

The audience is never wrong.

We don't stop going to school when we graduate.

When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go.

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.

You do have to love your kids enough to let them hate you. But it's the disease that's hating you, not them.

You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk. It helps to know that you can survive it. That's an education in itself.

You have to have faith that there is a reason you go through certain things. I can't say I'm glad to go through pain, but in a way one must, in order to gain courage and really feel joy.


(April 26 is also the birthday of Bernard Malamud and Ludwig Wittgenstein.)

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Quotes of the day - Daniel Defoe

Published Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 8:22 PM EDT
Apr 24 2016

Daniel Defoe (c. 1660 – April 24, 1731), born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer, and spy, most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is noted for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise the form in Britain with others such as Samuel Richardson, and is among the founders of the English novel. He was a prolific and versatile writer, producing more than five hundred books, pamphlets, and journals on various topics, including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology, and the supernatural. He was also a pioneer of economic journalism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All men would be tyrants if they could.

All our discontents about what we want appeared to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.

As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is the worst of all snares.

It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.

Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.

Necessity makes an honest man a knave.

The best of men cannot suspend their fate:
The good die early, and the bad die late.

The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.

'Tis no sin to cheat the devil.

'Tis very strange Men should be so fond of being thought wickeder than they are.

Vice came in always at the door of necessity, not at the door of inclination.


(April 24 is also the birthday of Anthony Trollope and Robert Penn Warren.)

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Quotes of the day: Charlotte Brontë

Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 10:53 PM EDT
Apr 21 2016

Charlotte Brontë (April 21, 1816 – March 31, 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published her works (including her best known novel, Jane Eyre) under the pen name Currer Bell. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

Better to be without logic than without feeling.

Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us.

Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.

I am always easy of belief when the creed pleases me.

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.

I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.

I can be on guard against my enemies, but God deliver me from my friends!

I feel monotony and death to be almost the same.

If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.

If you are cast in a different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it.

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility; they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.

Let your performance do the thinking.

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.

Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.

Memory in youth is active and easily impressible; in old age it is comparatively callous to new impressions, but still retains vividly those of earlier years.

Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves.

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.

The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed.

The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter- often an unconscious, but still a truthful interpreter- in the eye.

There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.

True enthusiasm is a fine feeling whose flash I admire wherever I see it.

Who has words at the right moment?

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Quotes of the day: Richard Peck

Published Sunday, April 10, 2016 @ 6:50 AM EDT
Apr 10 2016

Richard Wayne Peck (born April 10, 1934) is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder (the sequel to A Long Way From Chicago.) For his cumulative contribution to young-adult literature he received the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1990. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Anyone who thinks small towns are friendlier than big cities lives in a big city.

But put two librarians' heads together, and mountains move.

Conformity is the enemy of friendship.

Fame is a funny thing, like a secret, both are hard to keep.

Humor is anger that was sent to finishing school.

I read because one life isn't enough, and in the page of a book I can be anybody.

I'm so far gone that I'm telling the truth. It sounds like a foreign language.

If you're going to read minds, start with a simple one.

Never trust an ugly woman. She's got a grudge against the world, said Grandma, who was no oil painting herself.

Only the nonreader fears books.

The only way you can write is by the light of the bridges burning behind you.

This is how you hold onto your family. You hold them with open hands so they are free to find futures of their own. It's just that simple.

We don't write what we know. We write what we wonder about.

Writing is communication, not self-expression. Nobody in this world wants to read your diary except your mother.


(April 10 is also the birthday of Anne Lamott, Evelyn Waugh, and William Hazlitt.)

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Quotes of the day: Sidney Lumet

Published Saturday, April 09, 2016 @ 3:45 AM EDT
Apr 09 2016

Sidney Arthur Lumet (June 25, 1924 - April 9, 2011) was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982). He did not win an individual Academy Award, but he did receive an Academy Honorary Award and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, which was nominated for ten, winning four. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All good work requires self-revelation.

All great work is preparing yourself for the accident to happen.

Everything becomes creative if the person doing the job is.

Good style, to me, is unseen style.

In drama, the characters should determine the story. In melodrama, the story determines the characters.

The nature of the work is to prepare for a good accident .

There are no personal revelations other than feelings arising from the work itself.



(April 9 is also the birthday of Charles Baudelaire, Tom Lehrer, Sam Harris. )

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Quotes of the day: Merle Haggard

Published Thursday, April 07, 2016 @ 5:15 AM EDT
Apr 07 2016

Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country music songwriter, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


At my age, I don't buy but a half a loaf of bread, you know?

By the time you get close to the answers, it's nearly all over.

I wish coke was still cola and a joint was a bad place to be.

I'll tell you what the public likes more than anything, it's the most rare commodity in the world- honesty.

If I hear another line dance song I think I'm going to puke.

If you gotta mess up the ecology of the world in order to raise a bunch of cows, well eat somethin' else. I'm not a fan of the cowboys.

In 1960, when I came out of prison as an ex-convict, I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there's available... in America right now.

It's easier to force feed people than it is to give 'em what they want. It makes more money.

Lay in the weeds and wait, and when you get your chance to say something, say something good.

Memories and drinks don't mix too well.

My second wife... and I worked together after we divorced for a period of maybe 20 years. And I managed to stay friends with another wife. And then there's one that I don't mess with. Everybody's got one of those.

The only thing that I miss lately in all music is somebody that will put out a melody that you can whistle. It doesn't seem like there's anything happening like that.

We need to have music that contributes to the well-being of the spirit. Music that cradles people's lives and makes things a little easier.

We're changing the Constitution out of fear. We spend all our time looking up each other's dresses. Fear's the only issue the Republican Party has. Vote for them, or the terrorists will win.

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Quotes of the day: Milan Kundera

Published Friday, April 01, 2016 @ 10:01 AM EDT
Apr 01 2016

Milan Kundera (b. April 1, 1929) is a Czech-born writer who went into exile in France in 1975, and became a naturalised French citizen in 1981. He "sees himself as a French writer and insists his work should be studied as French literature and classified as such in book stores". (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A person who longs to leave the place where he lives is an unhappy person.

A single metaphor can give birth to love.

A worker may be the hammer's master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.

And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself?

Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.

Culture is perishing in overproduction, in an avalanche of words, in the madness of quantity.

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring. It was peace.

Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.

He suddenly recalled from Plato's Symposium: People were hermaphrodites until God split then in two, and now all the halves wander the world over seeking one another. Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.

How goodness heightens beauty!

Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition.

In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.

Love is by definition an unmerited gift; being loved without meriting it is the very proof of real love.

Loves are like empires: when the idea they are founded on crumbles, they, too, fade away.

Metaphors are dangerous. Love begins with a metaphor. Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory.

Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.

No matter how much we scorn it, kitsch is an integral part of the human condition.

People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.

People are going deaf because music is played louder and louder, but because they're going deaf, it has to be played louder still.

The Greek word for 'return' is nostos. Algos means 'suffering.' So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.

The only relationship that can make both partners happy is one in which sentimentality has no place and neither partner makes any claim on the life and freedom of the other.

The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.

The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.

The worth of a human being lies in the ability to extend oneself, to go outside oneself, to exist in and for other people.

There is no means of testing which decision is better, because there is no basis for comparison. We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold.

There is no perfection only life.

There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos.

Those who consider the Devil to be a partisan of Evil and angels to be warriors for Good accept the demagogy of the angels. Things are clearly more complicated.

Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that's beautiful.

We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.

When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.

You can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not understand that imagination is a value in itself.

You can't measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange.


(April 1 is also the birthday of Abraham Maslow and Otto von Bismarck.)

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Quotes of the day: Marc Chagall

Published Monday, March 28, 2016 @ 11:25 PM EDT
Mar 28 2016

Marc Zakharovich Chagall (July 6, 1887 – March 28, 1985) was a Russian-French artist. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.

Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.

The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.

Great art picks up where nature ends.

The fingers must be educated, the thumb is born knowing.

If all life moves inevitably towards its end, then we must, during our own, color it with our colors of love and hope.

All our interior world is reality, and that, perhaps, more so than our apparent world.

Color is all. When color is right, form is right. Color is everything, color is vibration like music; everything is vibration.

Time is a river without banks.

Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.

Love and fantasy, go hand in hand.

Mozart never composed anything, ever! He copied what was written on his soul.

Mine alone is the country of my soul.

Art seems to me to be above all a state of soul.

Art is foremost a state of mind, and only secondarily a problem of form.

To call everything that appears illogical, fantasy, fairy tale, or chimera would be practically to admit not understanding nature.

In my youth, poverty enriched me, but now I can afford wealth.

One cannot be precise, and still be true.


(March 28 is also the birthday of Daniel Dennett.)

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Quotes of the day: Garry Shandling

Published Saturday, March 26, 2016 @ 4:33 PM EDT
Mar 26 2016

Garry Emmanuel Shandling (November 29, 1949 – March 24, 2016) was an American comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. He was best known for his work in It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show.

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The original Esquire article is here.

I'm more handsome than I act.

You're born a heterosexual. It's not a choice. Who would choose this? The guilt, the shame...and do you think I'm happy having to hire a decorator?

Call me old-school, but I miss the cold war.

Men who betray women also betray other men. Women shouldn't feel so special.

There's a good chance that if you're talking to me when I'm snoring, it means I'm bored.

Gossip is a sin.

I started boxing for exercise, and on the very first day, the trainer got in the ring with me and said, "Whoever controls the breathing in the ring controls the fight." I immediately passed out.

I had a car accident when I was twenty-seven in which I was nearly killed. I had a vivid near-death experience that involved a voice asking, "Do you want to continue leading Garry Shandling's life?" Without thinking, I said, "Yes." Since then, I've been stuck living in the physical world while knowing, without a doubt, that there's something much more meaningful within it all. That realization is what drives my life and work.

Dating a professional actress is tough. Especially if you're up for the same part.

Love is not enough to save a relationship.

My mother did the best she could. Sorry.

Dogs are not people. Be leery of any woman who refers to her dogs as her "kids," because you'll only end up paying for their schooling.

I remember when I was a struggling comic appearing for the first time in Las Vegas. Don Rickles came in to watch the new guy. Afterward, he came backstage, and I asked him if he thought I was funny. He said, "You know when you're funny. You don't have to ask." And he was right.

Smoothies might be fattening. Especially the ones made with frozen yogurt and gin.

Dr. Phil is hiding something. Otherwise, why wouldn't he use his last name?

Everyone at a party is uncomfortable. Knowing that makes me more comfortable.

Nice guys finish first. If you don't know that, then you don't know where the finish line is.

The best television series ever is probably The Twilight Zone.

Some people can fake it their whole lives.

I never listen to the audiotapes of my shrink sessions because the audience is usually so bad, I can't tell which jokes work and which ones don't.

Tom Hanks seems to know exactly what he's doing.

I once saw an elaborate landscape in a gallery, drawn in pencil, that took my breath away. Then I realized the artist probably didn't have enough confidence to use a pen.

A woman once asked me to autograph her T-shirt right across the chest. It only occurred to me later that she may have recognized me.

Nothing can succeed and last without teamwork.

I was anxious and depressed ahead of my time. I didn't need 9/11 to realize that in life, anything can happen. I've been on a state of alert since high school. Code plaid.

Impermanence. Impermanence. Impermanence.

Intellect without heart scares me.

Buddha didn't get married because his wife would have said, "What, are you going to sit around like that all day?"

The problem with the Pledge of Allegiance isn't the "God" part. It's the "pledge" part. Does a child know what kind of commitment he's making, and to whom, and at what cost?

I'll never agree to make another list like this one.

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Published Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 12:30 AM EDT
Mar 19 2016

A guy walks into a psychologist's convention with a banana in his pocket. When asked about the significance of this he says: well,they were all out of grapes.
-Bob Newhart

A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.
-Joey Adams

A psychologist said to me, there are only two important questions you have to ask yourself. What do you really feel? And, what do you really want? If you can answer those two, you probably can leave your neuroses behind you.
-Harold Ramis

A psychopath is someone who enjoys hurting people. A sociopath is someone who enjoys controlling people. An abusive spouse is the best of both worlds.
-Craig Bruce

A wonderful discovery, psychoanalysis. Makes quite simple people feel they're complex.
-S.N. Behrman

After a year in therapy, my psychiatrist said to me, 'Maybe life isn't for everyone.'
-Larry Brown

Although both the natural and moral sciences seek to understand the objects of their observation, in natural science the purpose of this is to be able to control them better, whereas in moral science it is, or ought to be, to be better able to leave them alone. The morally proper aim of psychology, then, is self-control.
-Thomas Szasz

Although it was popular in the rest of the world, 'Psycho' was banned in France for fear it might inspire copycat showers.
-Craig Kilborn

Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.
-Variously attributed

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
-Variously attributed

As a whole part of psychological education it needs to be remembered that a neurosis can be valuable; also that adjustment to a sick and insane environment is of itself not health but sickness and insanity.
-James Agee

Behavioral psychology is the science of pulling habits out of rats.
-Dr. Douglas Busch

Death is psychosomatic.
-Charles Manson

Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions.
-Thomas Szasz

Even the best psychiatrist is like a blindfolded auto mechanic poking around under your hood with a giant foam 'We're #1' finger.
-Dennis Miller

Every modern male has, lying at the bottom of his psyche, a large, primitive being covered with hair down to his feet.
-Robert Bly

Everyone thinks I'm psychotic, except for my friends deep inside the earth.
-Variously attributed

For too long a time- for half a century, in fact- psychiatry tried to interpret the human mind merely as a mechanism, and consequently the therapy of mental disease merely in terms of technique. I believe this dream has been dreamt out. What now begins to loom on the horizon is not psychologized medicine but rather those of human psychiatry.
-Viktor Frankl

Half a psychiatrist's patients see him because they are married- the other half because they're not.
-Arnold H. Glasow

Human beings seem to be far more autonomous and self-governed than modern psychological theory allows for.
-Abraham Maslow

I can't help believing that these things that come from the subconscious mind have a sort of truth to them. It may not be a scientific truth, but it's psychological truth.
-Brian Aldiss

I cannot conceive how anybody in his right mind should go to a psychoanalyst.
-Vladimir Nabokov

I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed.
-James Thurber

I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.
-Bobby Fischer

I don't have any pet peeves. I have major, psychotic hatreds.
-George Carlin

I don't need a psychiatrist. I'm Catholic.
-Dorothy Killgallen

I sent my desk calendar to a psychiatrist. The schedule was insane.
-Carol Simpson

I spent my whole life helping my mother carry around her psychic trunks like a bitter bellhop. So a great load was lifted when she died, and my life was much easier.
-Anne Lamott

I studied criminology, sociology, deviant psychology, abnormal psychology, and went into show business.
-Dan Aykroyd

I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another form. You can not believe in God, but you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.
-Michael Crichton

I think the mistake a lot of us make is thinking the state appointed psychiatrist is our 'friend.'
-Jack Handey

I think when I went to psychoanalysis, I actually believed that people said what they meant. This was my whole problem.
-John Malkovich

If the psychic energies of the average mass of people watching a football game or a musical comedy could be diverted into the rational channels of a freedom movement, they would be invincible.
-Wilhelm Reich

If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist.
-Ed Koch

If you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is to keep a pair of cats.
-Aldous Huxley

If you're gay and you can't hold hands, or you're black and you can't catch a taxi, or you're a woman and you can't go into the park, you are aware there's a menace. That's costly on a psychic level. The world should be striving to make all its members secure.
-Tony Kushner

In America all too few blows are struck into flesh. We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that. We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell.
-Norman Mailer

Intelligence is one of the greatest human gifts. But all too often a search for knowledge drives out the search for love. This is something else I've discovered for myself very recently. I present it to you as a hypothesis: Intelligence without the ability to give and receive affection leads to mental and moral breakdown, to neurosis, and possibly even psychosis. And I say that the mind absorbed in and involved in itself as a self-centered end, to the exclusion of human relationships, can only lead to violence and pain.
-Daniel Keyes

It is characteristic of all movements and crusades that the psychopathic element rises to the top.
-Robert Lindner

It is curious how an age of public self-revelation, and of the use of psychological jargon, should also be an age when self-examination is rarely practised.
-Theodore Dalrymple

It is doubtless true that religion has been the world's psychiatrist throughout the centuries.
-Karl Menninger

It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved.
-Tom Wolfe

It's disheartening to know that you live in a country that's just teeming with semi-literate, mediocre psychos.
-Henry Rollins

It's psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I'll get a saw.
-Bill Watterson (From the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes)

It's true I don't want to join the Army or turn lathes in precision parts factories, I'm nearsighted and psychopathic anyway. America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
-Allen Ginsberg

Legislators and revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time are either psychopaths or mountebanks.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lord, let me be the person my psychiatrist medicates me to be.
-Variously attributed

My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.
-Karl Kraus

Neurotic means he's not as sensible as I am, and psychotic means he's even worse than my brother-in-law.
-Karl Menninger

Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.
-Rita Rudner

Never underestimate the power of psychosis.
-Variously attributed

No man is a hero to his wife's psychiatrist.
-Eric Berne

No psychic value can disappear without being replaced by another of equivalent intensity.
-Carl Jung

No very sharp line can be drawn between social psychology and individual psychology.
-George Herbert Mead

Not all who hesitate are lost. The psyche has many secrets in reserve. And these are not disclosed unless required.
-Joseph Campbell

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment, and especially on their children, than the unlived lives of the parents.
-Carl Jung

One of the primary tests of the mood of a society at any given time is whether its comfortable people tend to identify, psychologically, with the power and achievements of the very successful or with the needs and sufferings of the underprivileged.
-Richard Hofstadter

Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
-Brendan Behan

Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.
-George Bernard Shaw

Personality problems may sometimes be loud protests against the crushing of one's psychological bones, of one's true inner nature.
-Abraham Maslow

Powerful men in particular suffer from the delusion that human beings have no memories. I would go so far as to say that the distinguishing trait of powerful men is the psychotic certainty that people forget acts of infamy as easily as their parents' birth.
-Stephen Vizinczey

Psychiatrists classify a person as neurotic if he suffers from his problems in living, and as psychotic if he makes others suffer.
-Thomas Szasz

Psychiatry is the care of the id by the odd.
-Variously attributed

Psychoanalysis is for hysterical pathological cases, not for silly rich American women who should be learning to darn socks.
-Sigmund Freud

Psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love.
-Sigmund Freud

Psychoanalysis is that mental illness for which regards itself as therapy.
-Karl Kraus

Psychoanalysis pretends to investigate the Unconscious. The Unconscious by definition is what you are not conscious of. But the Analysts already know what's in it. They should, because they put it all in beforehand. It's like an Easter Egg hunt.
-Saul Bellow

Psychoanalysts are not occupied with the minds of their patients; they do not believe in the mind but in a cerebral intestine.
-Bernard Berenson

Psychoanalysts seem to be long on information and short on application.
-Gene Fowler

Psychologists have hitherto failed to realize that imagination is a necessary ingredient of perception itself.
-Immanuel Kant

Psychology is as unnecessary as directions for using poison.
-Karl Kraus

Psychology is as useless as directions for using poison.
-Karl Kraus

Psychotherapy conquered what is in effect the human condition by annexing it in its entirety to the medical profession.
-Thomas Szasz

Psychotherapy is the theory that the patient will probably get well anyhow and is certainly a damn fool.
-H.L. Mencken

Psychotics are consistently inconsistent. The essence of sanity is to be inconsistently inconsistent.
-Larry Wall

Psychotics build castles in the air. Neurotics live in them. And psychiatrists collect the rent.
-Variously attributed

Race has been much more devastating, but there's one psychological factor (that's different): Very few black kids have ever had to worry about telling their parents that they were black.
-Barney Frank (on homosexuality)

Recognizing the structure of your psychology doesn't mean that you can easily rebuild it.
-Dean Koontz

Since this is the age of science, not religion, psychiatrists are our rabbis, heroin is our pork, and the addict is the unclean person.
-Thomas Szasz

So long as men denounce each other as mentally sick (homosexual, addicted, insane, and so forth)- so that the madman can always be considered the Other, never the Self- mental illness will remain an easily exploitable concept, and Coercive Psychiatry a flourishing institution.
-Thomas Szasz

So many of the ideas on which our psychologists base their beliefs about human intelligence, memory, and learning are all wishful thinking.
-Daniel Keyes

Social psychology is especially interested in the effect which the social group has in the determination of the experience and conduct of the individual member.
-George Herbert Mead

Southerners have a genius for psychological alchemy. If something intolerable simply cannot be changed, driven away or shot they will not only tolerate it but take pride in it as well.
-Florence King

Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
-Alfred Hitchcock

The biggest difference between the psychiatrist and the patient is that the psychiatrist has learned how to live with it.
-David Gerrold

The business of psychology is to tell us what actually goes on in the mind. It cannot possibly tell us whether the beliefs are true or false.
-Hastings Rashdall

The egg cream is psychologically the opposite of circumcision. It pleasurably reaffirms your Jewishness.
-Mel Brooks

The madness of depression is, generally speaking, the antithesis of violence. It is a storm indeed, but a storm of murk. Soon evident are the slowed-down responses, near paralysis, psychic energy throttled back close to zero. Ultimately, the body is affected and feels sapped, drained.
-William Styron

The power of authority is never more subtle and effective than when it produces a psychological 'atmosphere' or 'climate' favorable to the life of certain modes of belief, unfavorable, and even fatal, to the life of others.
-Arthur James Balfour

The principal benefit acting has accorded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.
-Marlon Brando

The psychologist who famously remarked that chastity was the rarest of all sexual perversions might have added that Religion was the most common.
-Arthur C. Clarke

The refusal of free inquiry derives from an awareness of the fragility of the basis of religious faith; and since certainty is psychologically preferable to truth, the former often being willfully mistaken for the latter, anything that threatens certainty is anathematized with fury.
-Theodore Dalrymple

The Religious Right care more about what goes on before birth and after death than what happens in between. And that by any definition, is a psychosis.
-Variously attributed

The study of crippled, stunted, immature, and unhealthy specimens can yield only a cripple psychology and a cripple philosophy. The study of self-actualizing people must be the basis for a more universal science of psychology.
-Abraham Maslow

The suppression of natural sexual gratification leads to various kinds of substitute gratifications. Natural aggression, for example, becomes brutal sadism which then is an essential mass-psychological factor in imperialistic wars.
-Wilhelm Reich

The truth of faith cannot be confirmed by latest physical or biological or psychological discoveries- as it cannot be denied by them.
-Paul Tillich

There are hardly any excesses of the most crazed psychopath that cannot easily be duplicated by a normal kindly family man who just comes in to work every day and has a job to do.
-Terry Pratchett

There has always been violence in art. There is violence in the Bible, violence in Homer, violence in Shakespeare, and many psychiatrists believe that it serves as a catharsis rather than a model.
-Stanley Kubrick

There is an entire branch of psychology specializing in children who will not join the common madness.
-Robert Brault

There is an important idea in psychology: The 'just world theory,' which says that it is very important for us to convince ourselves that the world is just and things happen for a reason. That there is some elemental fairness in everything, which creates the illusion of justice.
-Malcolm Gladwell

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
-Bernard Williams

There is no psychology; there is only biography and autobiography.
-Thomas Szasz

This is not a psychotic episode. This is a cleansing moment of clarity.
-Paddy Chayefsky

This shattering recognition of our mortality is at the root of far more mental illness than I suspect even psychiatrists are aware.
-Stanley Kubrick

To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior 'righteous indignation'- this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.
-Aldous Huxley

Two people can see the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right. It's not logical; it's psychological.
-Stephen Covey

We exist on several different planes, and when we said nothing had any reason we were referring to the psychological and social plane.
-Eugene Ionesco

We have psychologized like the insane, who aggravate their madness in struggling to understand it.
-Charles Baudelaire

When I believe, I am crazy. When I don't believe, I suffer psychotic depression.
-Philip K. Dick

Write documentation as if it will be read by psychopaths who know where you live.
-Variously attributed

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