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Quotes of the day: Andrew Grove

Published Tuesday, September 01, 2015 @ 12:15 PM EDT
Sep 01 2015

Andrew Stephen "Andy" Grove (b. András István Gróf, September 2, 1936), is a Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, and author. He is a science pioneer in the semiconductor industry. He escaped from Communist-controlled Hungary at the age of 20 and moved to the United States where he finished his education. He later became CEO of Intel Corporation and helped transform the company into the world's largest manufacturer of semiconductors. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A fundamental rule in technology says that whatever can be done will be done.

Bad companies are destroyed by crisis. Good companies survive them. Great companies are improved by them.

I think it is very important for you to do two things: act on your temporary conviction as if it was a real conviction; and when you realize that you are wrong, correct course very quickly.

I'm of the belief that you don't want to talk to your refrigerator.

If the world operates as one big market, every employee will compete with every person anywhere in the world who is capable of doing the same job. There are lots of them and many of them are hungry.

Just as we could have rode into the sunset, along came the Internet, and it tripled the significance of the PC.

Just as you would not permit a fellow employee to steal a piece of office equipment worth $2,000, you shouldn't let anyone walk away with the time of his fellow managers.

Leaders have to act more quickly today. The pressure comes much faster.

Let chaos reign, then rein chaos.

Most Americans probably aren't aware that there was a time in this country when tanks and cavalry were massed on Pennsylvania Avenue to chase away the unemployed.

Not all problems have a technological answer, but when they do, that is the more lasting solution.

Nothing sharpens the awareness of a situation like the sight of a gallows.

Privacy is one of the biggest problems in this new electronic age.

So give me a turbulent world as opposed to a quiet world and I'll take the turbulent one.

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.

Technology happens, it's not good, it's not bad. Is steel good or bad?

Technology will always win. You can delay technology by legal interference, but technology will flow around legal barriers.

The Internet doesn't change everything. It doesn't change supply and demand.

The personal computer... went to individuals first before it went to corporations... The corporations are sitting, wishing this whole friggin' thing (electric cars) to go away. Which is exactly what the computer companies' attitude was to personal computers.

There are so many people working so hard and achieving so little.

There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment- and you start to decline.

You have no choice but to operate in a world shaped by globalization and the information revolution. There are two options: adapt or die.

Your career is your business, and you are its CEO.


(September 2 is also the birthday of Cleveland Amory.)

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Quotes of the day: Edgar Rice Burroughs

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

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


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

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

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

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

Death, only, renders hope futile.

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

Imagination is but another name for super intelligence.

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


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

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Quotes of the day: David Frost

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

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


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

Being upbeat is the key to life.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Quotes of the day: Huey P. Long

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

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


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

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

Hard work is damned near as overrated as monogamy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Quotes of the day: Michael Jackson

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

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


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

All of us are products of our childhood.

Consciousness expresses itself through creation.

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

I was a veteran, before I was a teenager.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.

Look beyond yourself.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Quotes of the day: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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


A clever man commits no minor blunders.

A distracted existence leads us to no goal.

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

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.

Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.

Character develops itself in the stream of life.

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The coward only threatens when he is safe.

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

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

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

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

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

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

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

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

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

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

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

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

What we do not understand we do not possess.

Where there is much light, the shadow is deep.


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

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Quotes of the day: Theodore Dreiser

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

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


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

A thought will color a world for us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance.

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

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

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

Nothing is proved, all is permitted.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Quotes of the day: Franz Werfel

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The safest wealth is the poverty of needs.

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


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


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

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Quotes of the day: Walt Kelly

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

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


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

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

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

Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing.

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

In like a dimwit, out like a light.

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

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

Look alive. Here comes a buzzard.

Looking back on things, the view always improves.

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

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

Romeo wasn't bilked in a day.

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

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

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

Twenty Percent of Zero is Better than Nothing.

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

We have met the enemy and he is us.

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

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


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

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Quotes of the day: John Green

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luck is for suckers.

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

My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.

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

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

Some people have lives; some people have music.

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

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

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

The marks humans leave are too often scars.

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

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

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

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

The world is not a wish-granting factory.

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

What a slut time is. She screws everybody.

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

What's the meaning of life? Other people.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Quotes of the day: Philosophy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All philosophy lies in two words: sustain and abstain.

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

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

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

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

Astonishment is the root of philosophy.
-Paul Tillich

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

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

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

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

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

History is Philosophy teaching by examples.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leisure is the mother of philosophy.
-Thomas Hobbes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philosophy! The lumber of the schools.
-Jonathan Swift

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Life of Pi)
-Yann Martel

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

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

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


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

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Quotes of the day: Annie Proulx

Published Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 4:05 PM EDT
Aug 21 2015

Edna Annie Proulx (b. August 22, 1935) is an American journalist and author. She has written most frequently as Annie Proulx but has also used the names E. Annie Proulx and E.A. Proulx. Her second novel, The Shipping News (1993), won both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and was adapted as a 2001 film of the same name. Her short story "Brokeback Mountain" was adapted as an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning major motion picture released in 2005. She won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her first novel, Postcards. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A spinning coin, still balanced on its rim, may fall in either direction.

All the travelin I ever done is going around the coffeepot looking for the handle.

And it may be that love sometimes occurs without pain or misery.

Anyway, there's something wrong with everybody and it's up to you to know what you can handle.

I wish I knew how to quit you.

If you can't fix it you've got to stand it.

It takes a year... a full turn of the calendar, to get over losing someone.

It's easier to die if others around you are dying.

One of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music.

Only earth and sky matter. Only the endlessly repeated flood of morning light. You begin to see that God does not owe us much beyond that.

Ordinary parties... were subtle games of sexual and social badminton...

The world is a staircase. Some go up and some come down. We must ascend.

We face up to awful things because we can't go around them, or forget them.

We're all strange inside. We learn how to disguise our differences as we grow up.

What we fear we often rage against.

What we have to get over, somehow we do. Even the worst things.

Where are the reporters of yesteryear? The nail biting, acerbic, alcoholic nighthawk bastards who truly knew how to write?


(August 22 is also the birthday of Dorothy Parker, Ray Bradbury, and Norman Schwarzkopf.)

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Quotes of the day: Kenny Rogers

Published Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 2:42 PM EDT
Aug 20 2015

Kenneth Ray "Kenny" Rogers (b. August 21, 1938) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Though he has been most successful with country audiences, he has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone and has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Don't be afraid to give up the good for the great.

Growing older is not upsetting; being perceived as old is.

Here's what I've learned about raising boys... if you keep 'em busy, they're fine. You let 'em get bored, they'll dismantle your house board by board.

I had holes in my jeans well before it was fashionable.

I've always said that gray hair looks good on everybody but yourself. To me, it makes me look old.

If you want people to know what your message is, just sing it.

People will clap to be nice. They will not laugh to be nice.

There is a trade off- as you grow older you gain wisdom but you lose spontaneity.

There's a new hit rock group or singer every five minutes, but with country music, you have one hit and those people love you forever.

The greatest gift in the world is a good employee, you know, or people who can do your work for you and do it well the way you'd like to have it done.

When you're poor and you have a bunch of kids in your family, you don't know that everybody's not poor.

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Quotes of the day: Don King

Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015 @ 10:56 AM EDT
Aug 19 2015

Donald "Don" King (b. August 20, 1931) is an American boxing promoter whose career highlights include promoting "The Rumble in the Jungle" and the "Thrilla in Manila". King has promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golota, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones, Jr. and Marco Antonio Barrera. Almost all of them sued him for defrauding them; King settled most lawsuits for six- to eight-digit pay-offs while managing to avoid a conviction of felony fraud or time in jail. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Hypocrisy is the mother of all evil and racial prejudice is still her favourite child.

I can't believe that having said what I said was interpreted as having been what I said when I said it, because I said it where I said it, when I said it, and who I said it to.

I dare to be great. The man without imagination stands unhurt and hath no wings. This is my credo, this is my forte.

I had a moment of religious epiphanosity.

I will fight for America until the day I drop.

If a bullfrog had wings it wouldn't bump his behind every time he hopped.

If you cast your bread upon the water and you have faith, you'll get back cash. If you don't have faith, you'll get soggy bread.

Machiavelli taught me it was better to be feared than loved. Because if you are loved they sense you might be weak. I am a man of the people and help them but it is important to do so through strength.

Martin Luther King took us to the mountain top: I want to take us to the bank.

Only in America can a Barack Obama happen. Only in America can a Don King happen.

Only in America can you find so many angry people claiming to love their country, while hating almost anyone in it.

Only in America will you see people circling the parking lot looking for a close space at a gym.

There's nothing I love more in life than turning around a bigot.

You can be the greatest guy in the world but if you ain't got no heart, you ain't gonna survive.

You can't rule the world, but what you can do is win the world with love and understanding.

You don't get nothing from sleep but a dream.

You go for the quality of the performance, not the longevity of it.

You see, the problem with me is I'm so good even my friends think I'm doing something wrong. Flair and flamboyance is not illegal. It may be detestable, it may be offensive, but it's not illegal.

You sign an agreement; you make a contract, you live up to it. You never get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate. You got a right to say yay or nay.


(August 20 is also the birthday of Paul Tillich and H.P. Lovecraft.)

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Quotes of the day: Gene Roddenberry

Published Tuesday, August 18, 2015 @ 7:19 AM EDT
Aug 18 2015

Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American television screenwriter, producer, populistic philosopher, and futurist. He is best remembered for creating the original Star Trek television series. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.

Art is really people asking the eternal question, 'What is it all about?'

Earth is the nest, the cradle, and we'll move out of it.

I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will — and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.

I think God is as much a basic ingredient in the universe as neutrons and positrons... God is, for lack of a better term, clout. This is the prime force, when we look around the universe.

In the 24th century there will be no hunger, there will be no greed, and all the children will know how to read.

It is the struggle itself that is most important. We must strive to be more than we are. It does not matter that we will not reach our ultimate goal. The effort itself yields its own reward.

It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.

Our prime obligation to ourselves is to make the unknown known.

Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.

Star Trek says that it has not all happened, it has not all been discovered, that tomorrow can be as challenging and adventurous as any time man has ever lived.

Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. […] If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.

The glory of creation is in its infinite diversity.

The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.

Time is the fire in which we burn.

We are on a journey to keep an appointment with whatever we are.

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all- powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.


(August 19 is also the birthday of Bernard Baruch, Coco Chanel, John Dryden, Malcolm Forbes, and Ogden Nash.)

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Quotes of the day: Shelley Winters

Published Monday, August 17, 2015 @ 1:25 PM EDT
Aug 17 2015

Shelley Winters (August 18, 1920 – January 14, 2006) was an American actress who appeared in dozens of films, as well as on stage and television; her career spanned over 50 years. Winters won Academy Awards for The Diary of Anne Frank and A Patch of Blue, and received nominations for A Place in the Sun (Best Actress) and The Poseidon Adventure (Best Supporting Actress). She also appeared in such films as The Big Knife, A Double Life, Lolita, The Night of the Hunter, Alfie and Pete's Dragon. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Good, bad, or indifferent - it doesn't matter, just work.

I hate to tell you how old I am, but I reached the age of consent 75,000 consents ago.

I have bursts of being a lady, but it doesn't last long.

I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience.

In Hollywood, all marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes the problems.

Life is a constant process of change, for better or worse.

Now that I'm over sixty I'm veering toward respectability.

Security is when I'm very much in love with somebody extraordinary who loves me back.

Stardom can be very destructive - particularly if you believe in it.

Whenever you want to marry someone, go have lunch with his ex- wife.

Where do you go to get anorexia?

I am the modern, intelligent, independent-type woman. In other words, a girl who can not get a man.


(August 18 is also the birthday of Roberto Clemente, Elayne Boosler, and Denis Leary.)

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Quotes of the day: V.S. Naipaul

Published Sunday, August 16, 2015 @ 5:07 PM EDT
Aug 16 2015

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, TC (b August 17, 1932), is a Trinidad-born Nobel Prize-winning British writer known for his comic early novels set in Trinidad, his bleaker later novels of the wider world, and his autobiographical chronicles of life and travels. Naipaul has published more than 30 books, both of fiction and nonfiction, over some 50 years. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


An autobiography can distort; facts can be realigned. But fiction never lies: it reveals the writer totally.

Anybody can be decisive during a panic; it takes a strong man to act during a boom.

Certain emotions bridge the years and link unlikely places.

Everybody is interesting for an hour, but few people can last more than two.

Government that breaks its own laws can also easily break you.

How we flounder when emotion overtakes us.

I profoundly feel that people are letting you down all the time.

It is wrong to have an ideal view of the world. That's where the mischief starts. That's where everything starts unravelling...

It's very attractive to people to be a victim. Instead of having to think out the whole situation, about history and your group and what you are doing... if you begin from the point of view of being a victim, you've got it half-made. I mean intellectually.

Life doesn't have a neat beginning and a tidy end, life is always going on. You should begin in the middle and end in the middle, and it should be all there.

Life is a helluva thing. You can see trouble coming and you can't do a damn thing to prevent it coming. You just got to sit and watch and wait.

Men need history; it helps them to have an idea of who they are.

Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision.

My life is short. I can't listen to banality.

One always writes comedy at the moment of deepest hysteria.

One isn't born one's self. One is born with a mass of expectations, a mass of other people's ideas- and you have to work through it all.

Small things start us in new ways of thinking.

The chaos lies all within.

The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.

The world is always in movement.

The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.


(August 17 is also the birthday of Mae West.)

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Quotes of the day: E.F. Schumacher

Published Saturday, August 15, 2015 @ 3:53 PM EDT
Aug 15 2015

Ernst Friedrich "Fritz" Schumacher (August 16, 1911 – September 4, 1977) was an internationally influential economic thinker, statistician and economist in Britain, serving as Chief Economic Advisor to the UK National Coal Board for two decades. His ideas became popularised in much of the English-speaking world during the 1970s. He is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale, decentralized and appropriate technologies. His 1973 book Small Is Beautiful: a study of economics as if people mattered is among the 100 most influential books published since World War II. It was translated into many languages, bringing him international fame. Schumacher's basic development theories have been summed up in the catch-phrases Intermediate Size and Intermediate Technology. In 1977 he published A Guide for the Perplexed as a critique of materialist scientism and as an exploration of the nature and organisation of knowledge. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


An attitude to life which seeks fulfillment in the single-minded pursuit of wealth- in short, materialism- does not fit into this world, because it contains within itself no limiting principle, while the environment in which it is placed is strictly limited.

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

Anything that we can destroy, but are unable to make is, in a sense, sacred, and all our 'explanations' of it do not explain anything.

Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.

Few can contemplate without a sense of exhilaration the splendid achievements of practical energy and technical skill, which, from the latter part of the seventeenth century, were transforming the face of material civilization, and of which England was the daring, if not too scrupulous, pioneer.

Here we are in this wholly fantastic universe with scarcely a clue as to whether our existence has any real significance.

If, however, economic ambitions are good servants, they are bad masters.

Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility.

It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work.

Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.

Never let an inventor run a company. You can never get him to stop tinkering and bring something to market.

Perhaps we cannot raise the winds. But each of us can put up the sail, so that when the wind comes we can catch it.

Scientific and technological 'solutions' which poison the environment or degrade the social structure and man himself are of no benefit, no matter how brilliantly conceived or how great their superficial attraction.

Small is beautiful.

The cultivation and expansion of needs is the antithesis of wisdom. It is also the antithesis of freedom and peace.

The disease having been caused by allowing cleverness to displace wisdom, no amount of clever research is likely to produce a cure.

The most striking about modern industry is that it requires so much and accomplishes so little. Modern industry seems to be inefficient to a degree that surpasses one’s ordinary powers of imagination. Its inefficiency therefore remains unnoticed.

The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.

The richer a society, the more impossible it becomes to do worthwhile things without immediate pay-off.

The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self- balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.

Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology towards the organic, the gentle, the non-violent, the elegant and beautiful.

You can either read something many times in order to be assured that you got it all, or else you can define your purpose and use techniques which will assure that you have met it and gotten what you need.


(August 16 is also the birthday of Charles Bukowski, T.E. Lawrence, and James Cameron.)

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Quotes of the day: Edna Ferber

Published Friday, August 14, 2015 @ 5:02 PM EDT
Aug 14 2015

Edna Ferber (August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968) was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were especially popular and included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), Show Boat (1926; made into the celebrated 1927 musical), Cimarron (1929; made into the 1931 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), and Giant (1952; made into the 1956 Hollywood movie). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A closed mind is a dying mind.

A woman can look both moral and exciting... if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.

Anything can have happened in Oklahoma. Practically everything has.

Being an old maid is like death by drowning, a really delightful sensation after you cease to struggle.

Big doesn't necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren't better than violets.

Cherry cobbler is shortcake with a soul.

Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling.

Home is the place where your everyday clothes are, and where somebody or something needs you.

Housework's the hardest work in the world. That's why men won't do it.

I like different places. I like any places that isn't here.

I think that in order to write really well and convincingly, one must be somewhat poisoned by emotion. Dislike, displeasure, resentment, faultfinding, imagination, passionate remonstrance, a sense of injustice- they all make fine fuel.

If American politics are too dirty for women to take part in, there's something wrong with American politics.

If men ever discovered how tough women actually are, they would be scared to death.

It's terrible to realize that you don't learn how to live until you're ready to die; and, then it's too late.

Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way.

No one in the United States has the right to own millions of acres of American land, I don't care how they came by it.

Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.

Roast beef, medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy.

The small town smart set is deadly serious about its smartness.

There are people who will tell you that no girl possessing a grain of common sense and a little nerve need go hungry, no matter how great the city. Don't you believe them.

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Quotes of the day: John Galsworthy

Published Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 1:43 PM EDT
Aug 13 2015

John Galsworthy OM (August 14, 1867 - January 31, 1933) was an English novelist and playwright. Notable works include The Forsyte Saga (1906–1921) and its sequels, A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.

Art is the great and universal refreshment. For Art is never dogmatic; holds no brief for itself; you may take it, or you may leave it.

Come! Let us lay a lance in rest, And tilt at windmills under a wild sky!

Everything known before it happens; and headlines twice the size of the events.

He is but a poor philosopher who holds a view so narrow as to exclude forms not to his personal taste.

How to save the old that's worth saving, whether in landscape, houses, manners, institutions, or human types, is one of our greatest problems, and the one that we bother least about.

I cannot explain. There are things that I can't make clear, because you are wilfully blind to all that I believe in.

I don't know much about morality and that, but there is this: It's always worth while before you do anything to consider whether it's going to hurt another person more than is absolutely necessary.

If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.

It isn't enough to love people because they're good to you, or because in some way or other you're going to get something by it. We have to love because we love loving.

Justice is a machine that, when someone has once given it the starting push, rolls on of itself.

Life was to be lived- not torpidly dozed through in this queer cultured place, where age was in the blood! Life was for love- to be enjoyed!

Love of beauty is really only the sex instinct, which nothing but complete union satisfies.

Love! Beyond measure- beyond death- it nearly kills. But one wouldn't have been without it.

One's eyes are what one is, one's mouth what one becomes.

Only out of stir and change is born new salvation.

Public opinion's always in advance of the law.

Summer- summer- summer! The soundless footsteps on the grass!

The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy, the building of a house, the writing of a novel, the demolition of a bridge, and, eminently, the finish of a voyage.

The good will live, the bad will die; and tomorrow only can tell us which is which!

The value of a sentiment is the amount of sacrifice you are prepared to make for it.

The world's a fine place for those who go out to take it; there's lots of unknown stuff in it yet. I'll fill your lap, my pretty, so full of treasures that you shan't know yourself. A man wasn't meant to sit at home...

There's just one rule for politicians all over the world: Don't say in Power what you say in Opposition; if you do, you only have to carry out what the other fellows have found impossible.

When Man evolved Pity, he did a queer thing- deprived himself of the power of living life as it is without wishing it to become something different.


(August 14 is also the birthday of Gary Larson, Russell Baker, and Steve Martin.)

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Quotes of the day: Julia Child

Published Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @ 1:37 PM EDT
Aug 12 2015

Julia Carolyn Child (born McWilliams; August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) was an American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most notable of which was The French Chef, which premiered in 1963. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A cookbook is only as good as its worst recipe.

Because of media hype and woefully inadequate information, too many people nowadays are deathly afraid of their food, and what does fear of food do to the digestive system? I am sure that an unhappy or suspicious stomach, constricted and uneasy with worry, cannot digest properly.

Being tall is an advantage, especially in business. People will always remember you. And if you're in a crowd, you'll always have some clean air to breathe.

Everything can have drama if it's done right. Even a pancake.

How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?

I hate organized religion. I think you have to love thy neighbor as thyself. I think you have to pick your own God and be true to him. I always say 'him' rather than 'her.' Maybe it's because of my generation, but I don't like the idea of a female God. I see God as a benevolent male.

I have trouble with toast. Toast is very difficult. You have to watch it all the time or it burns up.

I think anyone who is a carnivore needs to understand that meat does not originally come in these neat little packages.

In the 1960s, you could eat anything you wanted, and of course, people were smoking cigarettes and all kinds of things, and there was no talk about fat and anything like that, and butter and cream were rife. Those were lovely days for gastronomy, I must say.

It's hard to imagine a civilization without onions.

It's so beautifully arranged on the plate- you know someone's fingers have been all over it.

Life itself is the proper binge.

My, I get so depressed after a poor meal; that's why I can never stay in England for more than a week.

The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.

The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they're right if you love to be with them all the time.

Why not just make the damn thing properly and eat less of it?
(on low-fat alternatives to traditional dishes.)


(August 13 is also the birthday of Alfred Hitchcock and Felix Adler.)

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Quotes of the day: Mary Roberts Rinehart

Published Tuesday, August 11, 2015 @ 1:07 PM EDT
Aug 11 2015

Pittsburgh-born Mary Roberts Rinehart (August 12, 1876 – September 22, 1958) was an American writer, often called the American Agatha Christie, although her first mystery novel was published 14 years before Christie's first novel in 1922. Rinehart is considered the source of the phrase "The butler did it" from her novel The Door (1930), although the novel does not use the exact phrase. Rinehart is also considered to have invented the "Had-I-But- Known" school of mystery writing, with the publication of The Circular Staircase (1908). She also created a costumed super-criminal called "the Bat", cited by Bob Kane as one of the inspirations for his "Batman". (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A cat and a Bible, and nobody needs to be lonely.

A little work, a little sleep, a little love and it's all over.

A man may shout the eternal virtues and be unheard forever, but if he babble nonsense in a wilderness it will travel around the world.

All houses in which men have lived and suffered and died are haunted houses.

And there are no pockets in shrouds!

Because we are always staring at the stars, we learn the shortness of our arms.

Enemies are an indication of character.

Every act of one's life is the unavoidable result of every act that has preceded it.

From class consciousness to class hatred was but a step.

Girls inevitably grew into women, but something of the boy persisted in every man.

Great loves were almost always great tragedies. Perhaps it was because love was never truly great until the element of sacrifice entered into it.

I found that my name signed to a check was even more welcome than when signed to a letter.

I hate those men who would send into war youth to fight and die for them; the pride and cowardice of those old men, making their wars that boys must die.

I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money.

I suppose it is because woman's courage is mental and man's physical, that in times of great strain women always make the better showing.

It is only in his head that man is heroic; in the pit of his stomach he is always a coward.

It takes a good many years and some pretty hard knocks to make people tolerant.

It's money that brings trouble. It always has and it always will.

Love is like the measles, all the worse when it comes late.

Men deceive themselves; they look back on the children who were once themselves, and attempt to reconstruct them. But they can no longer think like the child.

Men play harder than they work; women work harder than they play.

Peace is not a passive but an active condition, not a negation but an affirmation.

Pretense is the oil that lubricates society.

Suspicion is like the rain. It falls on the just and on the unjust.

That is the tragedy of growing old... You don't leave the world. It leaves you.

The greatest weapon in the world... is ridicule.

The one pleasure that never palls is the pleasure of not going to church.

The world doesn't come to the clever folks, it comes to the stubborn, obstinate, one-idea-at-a-time people.

There are lies and lies. Now and then the Great Recorder must put one on the credit side of the balance, one that has saved intolerable suffering, or has made well and happy a sick soul.

There comes a time when ambition ceases to burn, or romance to stir, and the highest cry of the human heart is for peace.

There is no place in the world, I imagine, for a philosopher with a sense of humor, a new leisure, and an inquiring turn of mind!

There is no truly honest autobiography.

To the bottle! In infancy, the milk bottle; in our prime, the wine bottle; in our dotage, the pill bottle.

What a tragedy it was that the only thing age could offer to youth was its own experience, and that the experiences of others were never profitable.

Women are like dogs really. They love like dogs, a little insistently. And they like to fetch and carry and come back wistfully after hard words, and learn rather easily to carry a basket.


(August 12 is also the birthday of Cecil B. DeMille and William Goldman.)

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Quotes of the day: Louise Bogan

Published Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 3:21 PM EDT
Aug 10 2015

Louise Bogan (August 11, 1897 – February 4, 1970) was an American poet. She was appointed the fourth Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 1945. As poetry editor of The New Yorker magazine for nearly 40 years, Bogan played a major role in shaping mainstream poetic sensibilities of the mid-20th Century. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A thousand kindnesses do not make up for a thousand blows.

Because language is the carrier of ideas, it is easy to believe that it should be very little else than such a carrier.

But childhood prolonged, cannot remain a fairyland. It becomes a hell.

How much of our inner substance is it good for us to give to public griefs? The whole modern tendency to agonize over the suffering of the entire globe is surely something new.

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!

I have lost faith in universal panaceas- work is the one thing in which I really believe.

I think that 'intellectuals' cause a great deal of trouble trying to do it all with the mind. It is the heart that counts.

Innocence of heart and violence of feeling are necessary in any kind of superior achievement: The arts cannot exist without them.

Perhaps this very instant is your time.

Politics are nothing but sand and gravel: it is art and life that feed us until we die. Everything else is ambition, hysteria or hatred

Stupidity always accompanies evil. Or evil, stupidity.

The Initial Mystery that attends any journey is: how did the traveler reach his starting point in the first place?

The intellectual is a middle-class product; if he is not born into the class he must soon insert himself into it, in order to exist. He is the fine nervous flower of the bourgeoisie.

You need some place to work in. That's the door half open.

Your work is carved out of agony as a statue is carved out of marble.


(August 11 is also the birthday of Angus Wilson and Alex Haley.)

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Quotes of the day: Debates

Published Sunday, August 09, 2015 @ 9:20 PM EDT
Aug 09 2015

Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.
-Amos Bronson Alcott

Debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide- open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.
-William J. Brennan, Jr.

Debates conceal rather than reveal the truth. Truth is revealed in solitude.
-Leo Tolstoy

Disagreement produces debate but dissent produces dissension.
-Daniel J. Boorstin

Disagreement, vehement disagreement, is healthy. Debate is impossible without it. Evil does not question itself. Even the incorruptible are corruptible if they cannot accept the possibility of being mistaken.
-Craig Ferguson

Facts and theories are different things, not rungs in a hierarchy of increasing certainty. Facts are the world's data. Theories are structures of ideas that explain and interpret facts. Facts do not go away while scientists debate rival theories for explaining them. Einstein's theory of gravitation replaced Newton's, but apples did not suspend themselves in mid-air pending the outcome.
-Stephen Jay Gould

For the sake of democracy, vigorous, civilized debate must replace the law of silence that political correctness has imposed.
-Theodore Dalrymple

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
-Hubert H. Humphrey

Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
-Michael Crichton

I think that you can disagree with people and debate over their positions with issues without engaging in the politics of personal destruction.
-Hillary Rodham Clinton

In a body (like Congress) where there are more than one hundred talking lawyers, you can make no calculation upon the termination of any debate.
-Franklin P. Adams

It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.
-Joseph Joubert

Nothing is gained by debate on non-debatable subjects.
-Theodore Roosevelt

On every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or intended against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.
-Thomas Jefferson

One rule observed in their council is, never to debate a thing on the same day in which it is first proposed; for that is always referred to the next meeting, that so men may not rashly and in the heat of discourse engage themselves too soon, which might bias them so much that, instead of consulting the good of the public, they might rather study to support their first opinions, and by a perverse and preposterous sort of shame hazard their country rather than endanger their own reputation, or venture the being suspected to have wanted foresight in the expedients that they at first proposed; and therefore, to prevent this, they take care that they may rather be deliberate than sudden in their motions.
-Thomas More

Religious believers of the world, you are free to continue to debate the simple, narrow question that divides you from atheists, but you have no right, in so doing, to treat the Humanists of the world with contempt. You owe them a deep debt of gratitude, for not only have they shed much light on a naturally dark world but they have very probably helped civilize your own specific religion.
-Steve Allen

Sloths move at the speed of congressional debate but with greater deliberation and less noise.
-P.J. O'Rourke

That's one of the major lessons: no president should ever take this nation to war without full public debate in the Congress and/or in the public.
-Robert McNamara

The ethical debates are like stones in a stream. The water runs around them. You haven't seen any biological technologies held up for one week by any of these debates.
-Ray Kurzweil

The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an encyclopedia of clichés the first prize.
-Saul Bellow

There needs to be debates, like we're going through. There needs to be town-hall meetings. There needs to be travel. This is a huge country.
-George W. Bush

There's a time for debate and a time for consensus. There's a time for advocacy and time for first principles.
-Anthony Kennedy

What I think the political correctness debate is really about is the power to be able to define. The definers want the power to name. And the defined are now taking that power away from them.
-Toni Morrison

Whatever the field under discussion, those who engage in debate must not only believe in each other's good faith, but also in their capacity to arrive at the truth.
-W.H. Auden


(August 10 is also the birthday of Herbert Hoover.)

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Quotes of the day: Daniel Keyes

Published Saturday, August 08, 2015 @ 10:50 PM EDT
Aug 08 2015

Daniel Keyes (August 9, 1927 – June 15, 2014) was an American author best known for his Hugo award-winning short story and Nebula award-winning novel Flowers for Algernon. Keyes was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2000. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A child may not know how to feed itself, or what to eat, yet it knows hunger.

Even in the world of make-believe there have to be rules. The parts have to be consistent and belong together.

He makes the same mistake as the others when they look at a feeble- minded person and laugh because they don't understand there are human feelings involved.

Here in your university, intelligence, education, knowledge, have all become great idols.

How many great problems have gone unsolved because men didn't know enough, or have enough faith in the creative process and in themselves, to let go for the whole mind to work at it?

How strange it is that people of honest feelings and sensibilty, who would not take advantage of a man born without arms or legs or eyes—how such people think nothing of abusing a man with low intelligence.

I am afraid. Not of life, or death, or nothingness, but of wasting it as if I had never been.

I don't know what's worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you've always wanted to be, and feel alone.

Intelligence alone doesn't mean a damned thing.

Intelligence and education that hasn't been tempered by human affection isn't worth a damn.

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.

No one really starts anything new... Everyone builds on other men's failures. There is nothing really original in science. What each man contributes to the sum of knowledge is what counts.

Now I understand that one of the important reasons for going to college and getting an education is to learn that the things you've believed in all your life aren't true, and that nothing is what it appears to be.

Punctuation, is? fun!

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

Strange about learning; the farther I go the more I see that I never knew even existed.

Strange about learning; the farther I go the more I see that I never knew even existed. A short while ago I foolishly thought I could learn everything - all the knowledge in the world. Now I hope only to be able to know of its existence, and to understand one grain of it. Is there time?

Thank God for books and music and things I can think about.

That's the thing about human life- there is no control group, no way to ever know how any of us would have turned out if any variables had been changed.

The answer can't be found in books- or be solved by bringing it to other people. Not unless you want to remain a child all your life. You've got to find the answer inside you- feel the right thing to do.

The meaning of my total existence involves knowing the possibilities of my future as well as my past, where I'm going as well as where I've been.

The path I choose through the maze makes me what I am. I am not only a thing, but also a way of being- one of many ways- and knowing the paths I have followed and the ones left to take will help me understand what I am becoming.

There are a lot of people who will give money or materials, but very few who will give time and affection.

We learn what something is not- and that is as important as a positive discovery to the man who is going to pick up from there. At least he knows what not to do.

Who's to say that my light is better than your darkness? Who's to say death is better than your darkness? Who am I to say?

You can't have everything you want in one woman.


(August 9 is also the birthday of John Dryden and Marvin Minsky.)

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