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Quotes of the day: George Burns

Published Saturday, March 08, 2014 @ 5:54 PM EST
Mar 08 2014

George Burns (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996), born Nathan Birnbaum, was an American comedian, actor and writer. He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three-quarters of a century. At the age of 79, Burns' career was resurrected as an amiable, beloved and unusually active old comedian in the 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He continued to work until shortly before his death, in 1996, at the age of 100. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it.

Do you know what it means to come home at night to a woman who'll give you a little love, a little affection, a little tenderness? It means you're in the wrong house.

Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.

First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down.

For forty years my act consisted of one joke. And then she died.
(from Gracie: A Love Story)

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family- in another city.

How can I die? I'm booked.

I can do everything now that I could do when I was 18. I was pretty pathetic at 18.

I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.

I can't understand why I flunked American history. When I was a kid there was so little of it.

I was always taught to respect my elders and I've now reached the age when I don't have anybody to respect.

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.

I'd go out with women my age, but there are no women my age.

I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than be a success at something I hate.

If I'd taken my doctor's advice and quit smoking when he advised me to, I wouldn't have lived to go to his funeral.

If it's a good script I'll do it. And if it's a bad script, and they pay me enough, I'll do it

If you live to be a hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age.

It's good to be here. At my age, it's good to be anywhere.

Old age is when you resent the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated because there are fewer articles to read.

Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.

Sex at age 90 is like trying to shoot pool with a rope.

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and have the two as close together as possible.

The secret of acting is sincerity. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

When I was young I was called a rugged individualist. When I was in my fifties I was considered eccentric. Here I am doing and saying the same things I did then and I'm labeled senile.

You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.

You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you're down there.

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Quotes of the day: Gene Fowler

Published Saturday, March 08, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Mar 08 2014

Gene Fowler (March 8, 1890 - July 2, 1960), born Eugene Devlan, was a writer and actor, known for The Mighty Barnum (1934), What Price Hollywood? (1932) and Billy the Kid (1941). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

A book is never finished; it's abandoned.

An editor should have a pimp for a brother so he'd have someone to look up to.

Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical.

Everyone needs a warm personal enemy or two to keep him free from rust in the movable parts of his mind.

For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.

He has a profound respect for old age. Especially when it's bottled.

Hollywood is a place where you either ride in a Rolls Royce or are run over by one.

If they haven't heard it before, it's original.

It is easier to believe than to doubt.

Love and memory last and will so endure till the game is called because of darkness.

Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.

Never thank anybody for anything, except a drink of water in the desert- and then make it brief.

News is history shot on the wing. The huntsmen from the Fourth Estate seek to bag only the peacock or the eagle of the swifting day.

Perhaps no mightier conflict of mind occurs ever again in a lifetime than that first decision to unseat one's own tooth.

Psychoanalysts seem to be long on information and short on application.

The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.

They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.

What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins.

Whatever one believes to be true either is true or becomes true in one's mind.

Whatever one wishes to say, there is one noun only by which to express it, one verb only to give it life, one adjective only which will describe it. One must search until one has discovered them, this noun, this verb, this adjective, and never rest content with approximations, never resort to trickery, however happy, or to vulgarisms, in order to dodge the difficulty.

Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.

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Quotes of the day: Stanley Kubrick

Published Friday, March 07, 2014 @ 5:11 AM EST
Mar 07 2014

Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 - March 7, 1999) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor who did most of his work as an expatriate in the United Kingdom. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. His films, typically adaptations of novels or short stories, are noted for their "dazzling" and unique cinematography, attention to detail in the service of realism, and the evocative use of music. Kubrick's films covered a variety of genres, including war, crime, romantic and black comedies, horror, epic and science fiction. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.

Any time you take a chance you better be sure the rewards are worth the risk because they can put you away just as fast for a ten dollar heist as they can for a million dollar job.

Do we lose our humanity if we are deprived of the choice between good and evil?

Hitler loved good music and many top Nazis were cultured and sophisticated men but it didn't do them, or anyone else, much good.

However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

I don't like doing interviews. There is always the problem of being misquoted or, what's even worse, of being quoted exactly.

If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed.

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.

Include utter banalities.

It's a mistake to confuse pity with love.

It's intimidating, especially at a time like this, to think of how many books you should read and never will.

Modern science seems to be very dangerous because it has given us the power to destroy ourselves before we know how to handle it. On the other hand, it is foolish to blame science for its discoveries, and in any case, we cannot control science. Who would do it, anyway?

More people read books about the Nazis than about the UN. Newspapers headline bad news. The bad characters in a story can often be more interesting than the good ones.

Never, ever go near power. Don't become friends with anyone who has real power. It's dangerous.

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

One man writes a novel. One man writes a symphony. It is essential that one man make a film.

People can misinterpret almost anything so that it coincides with views they already hold.

The most memorable scenes in the best films are those which are built predominantly of images and music.

The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent.

The power and authority of the State should be optimized and exercized only to the extent that is required to keep things civilized.

The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning.

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.

There's something in the human personality which resents things that are clear, and conversely, something which is attracted to puzzles, enigmas, and allegories.

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

What chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it’s really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.

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Quotes of the day: Ring Lardner

Published Thursday, March 06, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Mar 06 2014

Ringgold Wilmer Lardner (March 6, 1885 - September 25, 1933) was an American sports columnist and short story writer best known for his satirical takes on the sports world, marriage, and the theatre. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.

An optimist is a girl who mistakes a bulge for a curve.

'Are you lost, Daddy?' I asked tenderly. 'Shut up,' he explained.

He gave her a look you could have poured on a waffle.

He looked at me as if I were a side dish he hadn't ordered.

How can you write if you can't cry?

No one, ever, wrote anything as well even after one drink as he would have done without it.

The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have.

There isn't anything on earth as depressing as an old sportswriter.

They gave each other a smile with a future in it.

Where do they get that stuff about me being a satirist? I just listen.

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Quotes of the day: Management

Published Wednesday, March 05, 2014 @ 12:02 AM EST
Mar 05 2014


A mission statement is defined as 'a long awkward sentence that demonstrates management's inability to think clearly.' All good companies have one.
-Scott Adams

All good work is done in defiance of management.
-Bob Woodward

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but management won't pay a penny for it.
-Gerald Weinberg

Bank failures are caused by depositors who don't deposit enough money to cover losses due to mismanagement.
-Dan Quayle

Catching people doing things right is a powerful management concept.
-Ken Blanchard

Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management.
-Doug Larson

Eighty percent of good management is hiring the right people. The other 20 percent is getting out of their way.
-Scott Adams

Engineering without management is art.
-Jeff Johnson

Every layer of management exists for the sole purpose of warning us about the layer above.
-Scott Adams

I fire staff regularly, sometimes for no reason at all. Terror is a marvelous, often underutilized management tool.
-(From the magazine Forbes FYI)

I learned about stress management from my kids. Every night after work, I drink some chocolate milk, eat sugary cereal straight from the box, then run around the house in my underwear screaming like a monkey.
-Randy Glasbergen

I tell you, sir, the only safeguard of order and discipline in the modern world is a standardized worker with interchangeable parts. That would solve the entire problem of management.
-Jean Giraudoux

If at first you don't succeed, try management.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of management.

It's a lot easier to fake good management than to fake good code.

It's vital for employees to accept the 'buy-in' process. That way management has someone to blame when things go wrong.
-Scott Adams

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.
-Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
-Peter Drucker

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
-Stephen Covey

Put an underdog on top and it makes no difference whether his name is Russian, Jewish, Negro, Management, Labor, Mormon, Baptist he goes haywire. I've found very, very few who remember their past condition when prosperity comes.
-Harry S. Truman

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
-Peter Drucker

Sometimes when I get direction from management I have to stop, take a deep breath, and ask myself, 'What would MacGyver do in a situation like this?'

The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill.
-Robert Heller

The trick of management is finding people with the right demons.
-David Carlson

When people stare at you in disbelief, do you repeat what you just said, only louder and slower? Good, you're management material.
-Scott Adams

You cannot manage a man into combat; you must lead him. You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership.
-Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

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Quotes of the day: Robert Orben

Published Tuesday, March 04, 2014 @ 12:04 AM EST
Mar 04 2014

Robert Orben (b. March 4, 1927) is best known as an American professional comedy writer, though he also worked as a speechwriter for Gerald R. Ford and as a magician. He has written multiple books on comedy, mostly collections of gags and 'one-liners' originally written for his newsletter, Orben's Current Comedy, and he has also written books for magicians. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that individuality is the key to success.

Did you ever figure to be living in a time when your check is good, but the bank bounces?

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?

Do you realize what would happen if Moses were alive today? He'd go up to Mount Sinai, come back with the Ten Commandments, and spend the next eight years trying to get published.

Do your kids a favor- don't have any.

Don't think of it as failure. Think of it as time-released success.

Economists can certainly disappoint you. One said that the economy would turn up by the last quarter. Well, I'm down to mine and it hasn't.

I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.

If somebody accuses you in a story of being a crook, you can demand that they prove it. But if a comic says it and you protest, people say, 'What's the matter, you can't take a joke?'

If you can get someone to laugh with you, they will be more willing to identify with you, listen to you. It parts the waters.

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.

Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.

Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson... you find the present tense and the past perfect.

Old people shouldn't eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get.

Planned obsolescence is not really a new concept. God used it with people.

Quit worrying about your health. It'll go away.

Sometimes I get the feeling the whole world is against me, but deep down I know that's not true. Some of the smaller countries are neutral.

Summit meetings tend to be like panda matings. The expectations are always high, and the results usually disappointing.

There are only two kinds of people in this world. The realists and the dreamers. The realists know where they are going and the dreamers have already been there.

These detective series on TV always end at precisely the right moment-after the criminal is arrested and before the court turns him loose.

Time flies. It's up to you to be the navigator.

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Quotes of the day: Tom Wolfe, Jr.

Published Sunday, March 02, 2014 @ 4:01 AM EST
Mar 02 2014

Thomas Kennerly "Tom" Wolfe, Jr. (b. March 2, 1931) is an American author and journalist, best known for his association and influence over the New Journalism literary movement in which literary techniques are used in objective, even-handed journalism. Beginning his career as a reporter he soon became one of the most culturally significant figures of the sixties after the publication of books such as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, a highly experimental account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and his collections of articles and essays, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers and The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby. His first novel entitled The Bonfire of the Vanities, released in 1987, was met with critical acclaim and was a great commercial success. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A cult is a religion with no political power.

A lie may fool someone else, but it tells you the truth: you're weak.

Criminal law is a thing unto itself, because the stakes are not money but human life and human freedom, and I tell you, that sets off a lot of crazy emotions.

Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.

Don't confuse the water with the pump.

For the debut of Las Vegas as a resort in 1946, Bugsy Siegel hired Abbot and Costello, and there, in a way, you have it all.

Frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it, I can't see a painting.

I never forget. I never forgive. I can wait. I find it very easy to harbor a grudge. I have scores to settle.

I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.

If a conservative is a liberal who's been mugged, a liberal is a conservative who's been arrested.

If you label it this, then it can't be that.

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.

Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America- that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.

Sometimes we don't even realize what we really care about, because we get so distracted by the symbols.

That's mostly what the Internet is, just passing the time. But unfortunately you are dealing with words that can have meaning.

The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion.

The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.

The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.

We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we're in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of the past.

You can be denounced from the heavens, and it only makes people interested.

You never realize how much of your background is sewn into the lining of your clothes.

You're either on the bus or off the bus.

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Quotes of the day: Michel de Montaigne

Published Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 12:49 AM EST
Feb 28 2014

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (February 28, 1533 – September 13, 1592) was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre, and commonly thought of as the father of modern skepticism. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual exercises with casual anecdotes and autobiography— and his massive volume Essais (translated literally as "Attempts" or "Trials") contains, to this day, some of the most widely influential essays ever written. Montaigne had a direct influence on writers all over the world, including René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, William Hazlitt, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Stefan Zweig, Eric Hoffer, Isaac Asimov, and possibly on the later works of William Shakespeare. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man must be a little mad if he does not want to be even more stupid.

A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.

As far as fidelity is concerned, there is no animal in the world as treacherous as man.

Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass.

Every other knowledge is harmful to him who does not have knowledge of goodness.

Few men have been admired by their own households.

For truth itself does not have the privilege to be employed at any time and in every way; its use, noble as it is, has its circumscriptions and limits.

He who does not give himself leisure to be thirsty cannot take pleasure in drinking.

He who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying.

How many things served us yesterday for articles of faith, which today are fables for us?

How many worthy men have we seen survive their own reputation!

I find that the best goodness I have has some tincture of vice.

I quote others only in order the better to express myself.

I speak the truth, not my fill of it, but as much as I dare speak; and I dare to do so a little more as I grow old.

I want death to find me planting my cabbages, but caring little for it, and even less for my imperfect garden.

I will follow the good side right to the fire, but not into it if I can help it.

In my opinion, every rich man is a miser.

It (marriage) happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.

Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.

Let no man be ashamed to speak what he is not ashamed to think.

Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.

Malice sucks up the greatest part of its own venom, and poisons itself.

Man is certainly crazy. He could not make a mite, and he makes gods by the dozen.

My trade and my art is living.

No matter that we may mount on stilts, we still must walk on our own legs. And on the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

Physicians have this advantage: the sun lights their success and the earth covers their failures.

Saying is one thing and doing is another.

The day of your birth leads you to death as well as to life.

The life of Caesar has no more to show us than our own; an emperor's or an ordinary man's, it is still a life subject to all human accidents.

The man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.

The most certain sign of Wisdom is a constant cheerfulness.

The plague of man is boasting of his knowledge.

The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mold... The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbor creates a war betwixt princes.

The thing I fear most is fear.

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.

Things are not bad in themselves, but our cowardice makes them so.

Those who have compared our life to a dream were right... We are sleeping awake, and waking asleep.

What of a truth that is bounded by these mountains and is falsehood to the world that lives beyond?

When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me?

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Quotes of the day: Hugo Black

Published Thursday, February 27, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Feb 27 2014

Hugo Lafayette Black (February 27, 1886 – September 25, 1971) was an American politician and jurist. A member of the Democratic Party, Black represented Alabama in the United States Senate from 1927 to 1937, and served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1937 to 1971. Black was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the first of nine Roosevelt nominees to the Court, and outlasted all except for William O. Douglas. Black is widely regarded as one of the most influential Supreme Court justices in the 20th century. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


(Today is also the birthday of John Steinbeck and Peter De Vries)


A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion.

An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public affairs is what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the First Amendment.

Anonymous pamphlets, leaflets, brochures and even books have played an important role in the progress of mankind. Persecuted groups and sects from time to time throughout history have been able to criticize the oppressive practices and laws either anonymously or not at all... It is plain that anonymity has sometimes been assumed for the most constructive purposes

Citizenship is no light trifle to be jeopardized any moment Congress decides to do so under the name of one of its general or implied grants of power.

For the First Amendment rests upon the premise that both religion and government can best work to achieve their lofty aims if each is left free from the other within its respective sphere.

I always keep my Constitution in my coat pocket... You ought to keep one on you all the time.

I believe that our Constitution, with its absolute guarantee of individual rights, is the best hope for the aspirations of freedom which men share everywhere.

In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government's power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.

It is my belief that there are 'absolutes' in our Bill of Rights, and that they were put there on purpose by men who knew what the words meant and meant their prohibitions to be 'absolutes.'

It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.

Laws are made to protect the trusting as well as the suspicious.

One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.

Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind.

Our own free system to live and progress has to have intelligent citizens, citizens who cannot only think and speak and write to influence people, but citizens who are free to do that without fear of governmental censorship or reprisal.

The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.

The First Amendment is truly the heart of the Bill of Rights. The Framers balanced its freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition against the needs of a powerful central government, and decided that in those freedoms lies this nation's only true security. They were not afraid for men to be free. We should not be.

The layman's Constitutional view is that what he likes is Constitutional and that which he doesn't like is un-Constitutional. That about measures up the Constitutional acumen of the average person.

The public welfare demands that constitutional cases must be decided according to the terms of the Constitution itself, and not according to judges’ views of fairness, reasonableness, or justice.

The United States has a system of taxation by confession.

The word 'security' is a broad, vague generality whose contours should not be invoked to abrogate the fundamental law embodied in the First Amendment. The guarding of military and diplomatic secrets at the expense of informed representative government provides no real security...

Today most Americans seem to have forgotten the ancient evils which forced their ancestors to flee to this new country and to form a government stripped of old powers used to oppress them.

Ultimately all the questions boil down to one- Whether we as a people will try fearfully and futilely to preserve democracy by adopting totalitarian methods, or whether in accordance with out traditions, and our constitution we will have the confidence and courage to be free.

Under our constitutional system, courts stand, against any winds that blow, as havens of refuge for those who might otherwise suffer because they are helpless, weak, outnumbered, or because they are nonconforming victims of prejudice and public excitement.

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.

Without deviation, without exception, without any ifs, buts, or whereases, freedom of speech means that you shall not do something to people either for the views they express, or the words they speak or write.

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Quotes of the day: Victor Hugo

Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014 @ 12:32 AM EST
Feb 26 2014

Victor Marie Hugo (February 26, 1802 - May 22, 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame), 1831. Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed; he became a passionate supporter of republicanism, and his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and artistic trends of his time. He was buried in the Panthéon. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.

A library implies an act of faith

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.

As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.

Great blunders are often made, like large ropes, of a multitude of fibers.

It is man's consolation that the future is to be a sunrise instead of a sunset.

Liberation is not deliverance.

Life, misfortunes, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields which have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the illustrious heroes.

Men hate those to whom they have to lie.

Mirrors, those revealers of the truth, are hated; that does not prevent them from being of use.

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas.

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

Popularity? It is glory's small change.

Social problems overstep frontiers. The sores of the human race, those great sores which cover the globe, do not halt at the red or blue lines traced upon the map.

The desert is where God is and Man is not.

The ones who live are the ones who struggle.

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that one is loved; loved for oneself, or better yet, loved despite oneself.

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.

There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their number than the greatness of a man is determined by his height.

To love is to act.

To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.

To reform a man, you must begin with his grandmother.

We are all under sentence of death, but with a sort of indefinite reprieve.

When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.

You insist on the example (of the death penalty). Why? For what it teaches. What do you want to teach with your example? That thou shalt not kill. And how do you teach thou shalt not kill? By killing.

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Quotes of the day: Anthony Burgess

Published Tuesday, February 25, 2014 @ 12:13 AM EST
Feb 25 2014

John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL (February 25, 1917 – November 22, 1993) – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Manchester Catholic family in the North of England, he eventually became one of the best known English literary figures of the latter half of the twentieth century. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room.

An Irish homosexual is a man who prefers women to drink.

And the words slide into the slots ordained by syntax, and glitter as with atmospheric dust with those impurities which we call meaning.

Bathe twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.

Death comes along like a gas bill one can't pay.

Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses to be bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?

Every dogma has its day.

I suppose the only real reason for travelling is to learn that all people are the same.

If the world is to be improved it must be by the exercise of individual charity.

If you expect the worst from a person you can never be disappointed.

It's sapiens to be homo.

Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.

Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.

Men are influenced by big loud empty words, styes which swell the eyelids and impede vision of the truth.

No matter how poor a writer is, if he has written a book which changes someone's life he has achieved the only sort of success worth having.

Reality is what I see, not what you see.

The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.

The state is never so efficient as when it wants money.

The U.S. presidency is a Tudor monarchy plus telephones.

To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.

Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create. They don't know how to use their energy creatively so they do the opposite and destroy.

We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.

We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.

Writers are not, by nature, respectable: their function is to be subversive.

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Quotes of the day: G.C. Lichtenberg

Published Monday, February 24, 2014 @ 12:06 AM EST
Feb 24 2014

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (July 1, 1742 - February 24, 1799) was a German scientist, satirist, and Anglophile. As a scientist, he was the first to hold a professorship explicitly dedicated to experimental physics in Germany. Today, he is remembered for his posthumously published notebooks, which he himself called Sudelbücher, a description modeled on the English bookkeeping term "scrapbooks," and for his discovery of the strange tree-like patterns now called Lichtenberg figures. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.

A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.

Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.

Good taste is either that which agrees with my taste or that which subjects itself to the rule of reason. From this we can see how useful it is to employ reason in seeking out the laws of taste.

He who knows himself properly can very soon learn to know all other men. It is all reflection.

I am convinced we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too.

If people should ever start to do only what is necessary millions would die of hunger.

If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.

It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into.

Of all the inventions of man I doubt whether any was more easily accomplished than that of a Heaven.

Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.

Popular presentation today is all too often that which puts the mob in a position to talk about something without understanding it.

The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery.

The 'second sight' possessed by the Highlanders in Scotland is actually a foreknowledge of future events. I believe they possess this gift because they don't wear trousers... That is also why in all countries women are more prone to utter prophecies.

The greatest events occur without intention playing any part in them; chance makes good mistakes and undoes the most carefully planned undertaking. The world's greatest events are not produced, they happen.

The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things.

The journalists have constructed for themselves a little wooden chapel, which they also call the Temple of Fame, in which they put up and take down portraits all day long and make such a hammering you can't hear yourself speak.

The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted.

The most successful tempters and thus the most dangerous are the deluded deluders.

There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.

There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.

There is no more important rule of conduct in the world than this: attach yourself as much as you can to people who are abler than you and yet not so very different that you cannot understand them.

There were honest people long before there were Christians and there are, God be praised, still honest people where there are no Christians. It could therefore easily be possible that people are Christians because true Christianity corresponds to what they would have been even if Christianity did not exist.

To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.

Virtue by premeditation isn't worth much.

We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.

We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him.

When a book and a head collide and a hollow sound is heard, must it always have come from the book?

With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.

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Quotes of the day: W.E.B. DuBois

Published Sunday, February 23, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Feb 23 2014

William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." DuBois (February 23, 1868 - August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, DuBois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After graduating from Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. DuBois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Believe in life! Always human beings will progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.

Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.

Deception is the natural defense of the weak against the strong.

Either the United States will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.

Everybody is in favor of justice so long as it costs them no effort.

Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor,- all men know something of poverty; not that men are wicked,- who is good? not that men are ignorant,- what is Truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.

I insist that the object of all true education is not to make men carpenters, it is to make carpenters men.

I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not. Across the color-line I move arm in arm with Balzac and Dumas, where smiling men and welcoming women glide in gilded halls.

Ignorance is a cure for nothing.

Liberty trains for liberty. Responsibility is the first step in responsibility.

No state can be strong which excludes from its expressed wisdom, the knowledge possessed by mothers, wives and daughters.

Only the soul that suffers knows its suffering. Only the one who needs knows what need means.

Pessimism is cowardice.

The cause of war is preparation for war.

The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.

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

The time must come when, great and pressing as change and betterment may be, they do not involve killing and hurting people.

The worker must work for the glory of his handiwork, not simply for pay; the thinker must think for truth, not for fame.

The world is shrinking together; it is finding itself neighbor to itself in strange, almost magic degree.

There is always a certain glamour about the idea of a nation rising up to crush an evil simply because it is wrong. Unfortunately, this can seldom be realized in real life; for the very existence of the evil usually argues a moral weakness in the very place where extraordinary moral strength is called for.

There is but one coward on earth, and that is the coward that dare not know.

To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.

Unfortunately there was one thing that the white South feared more than Negro dishonesty, ignorance, and incompetency, and that was Negro honesty, knowledge, and efficiency.

We can afford the Truth.

What do nations care about the cost of war, if by spending a few hundred millions in steel and gunpowder they can gain a thousand millions in diamonds and cocoa?

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Quotes of the day: Sacha Guitry

Published Thursday, February 20, 2014 @ 7:47 PM EST
Feb 20 2014

Alexandre-Pierre Georges "Sacha" Guitry (February 21, 1885 - July 24, 1957) was a French stage actor, film actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright of the Boulevard theatre. He was the son of a leading French actor, Lucien Guitry, and followed his father into the theatrical profession. He became known for his stage performances, often in boulevardier roles, in the many plays he wrote, of which there were more than 120. He was married five times, always to rising actresses whose careers he furthered. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man must marry only a very pretty woman in case he should ever want some other man to take her off his hands.

A woman who runs off with her lover does not abandon her husband; she rids him of an unfaithful wife.

An ideal wife is one who remains faithful to you but tries to be just as charming as if she weren't.

He does not seem intelligent enough to be crazy.

Honest women are inconsolable for the mistakes they haven't made.

I am in favor of preserving the French habit of kissing ladies' hands- after all, one must start somewhere.

I would gladly admit women are superior to men if only they would stop trying to be the same as us.

If women knew how much we missed them, they would leave sooner.

If women were good, God would have one.

Memory is the one paradise out of which we cannot be driven.

Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness.

The best way to turn a woman's head is to tell her she has a beautiful profile.

The better I know men... the more I like dogs!

The little I know, I owe to my ignorance.

The secret of a good marriage is forgiving your partner for marrying you in the first place.

To dread irony is to fear reason.

When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.

Why is it better to love than to be loved? It is surer.

You can pretend to be serious; but you can't pretend to be witty.

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Quotes of the day: Frederick Douglass

Published Thursday, February 20, 2014 @ 12:36 AM EST
Feb 20 2014

Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1818 - February 20, 1895) was an African-American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.

I have often sung to drown my sorrow, but seldom to express my happiness.

I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ; I therefore hate the corrupt, slave-holding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land.

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence.

I would unite with anybody to do right; and with nobody to do wrong.

If there is no struggle there is no progress.

In all the relations of life and death, we are met by the color line.

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress.

The man who is right is a majority.

Those who profess to favour freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without ploughing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

To make a contented slave it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken the moral and mental vision and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason.

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.

When a great truth once gets abroad in the world, no power on earth can imprison it, or prescribe its limits, or suppress it.

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

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Quotes of the day: Carson McCullers

Published Tuesday, February 18, 2014 @ 8:48 AM EST
Feb 18 2014

Carson McCullers (February 19, 1917 - September 29, 1967) was an American writer of novels, short stories, plays, essays, and poetry. Her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, explores the spiritual isolation of misfits and outcasts in a small town of the U.S. South. Her other novels have similar themes and most are set in the deep South. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A most mediocre person can be the object of a love which is wild, extravagant, and beautiful as the poison lilies of the swamp.

All we can do is go around telling the truth.

But look what the Church has done to Jesus during the last two thousand years. What they have made of Him. How they have turned every word He spoke for their own vile ends. Jesus would be framed and in jail if he was living today.

But the hearts of small children are delicate organs. A cruel beginning in this world can twist them into curious shapes.

How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?

I must go home periodically to renew my sense of horror.

I think we look for the differences in people because it makes us less lonely.

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.

It is music that causes the heart to broaden and the listener to grow cold with ecstasy and fright.

Love is a joint experience between two persons- but the fact that it is a joint experience does not mean that it is a similar experience to the two people involved.

Once you have lived with another, it is a great torture to have to live alone.

Resentment is the most precious flower of poverty.

The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.

The Heart is a lonely hunter with only one desire! To find some lasting comfort in the arms of another's fire... driven by a desperate hunger to the arms of a neon light, the heart is a lonely hunter when there's no sign of love in sight!

The mind is like a richly woven tapestry in which the colors are distilled from the experiences of the senses, and the design drawn from the convolutions of the intellect.

The most fatal thing a man can do is try to stand alone.

The thinking mind is best controlled by the imagination.

The value and quality of any love is determined solely by the lover himself.

The world is certainty a sudden place.

There are the lover and the beloved, but these two come from different countries.

There is no stillness like the quiet of the first cold nights in the fall.

There's nothing that makes you so aware of the improvisation of human existence as a song unfinished. Or an old address book.

We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.

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Quotes of the day: J. Robert Oppenheimer

Published Tuesday, February 18, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Feb 18 2014

(J. Robert Oppenheimer by Philippe Halsman, 1958)

Julius Robert Oppenheimer (April 22, 1904 - February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is among the persons who are often called the "father of the atomic bomb" for their role in the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Any man (Albert Einstein) whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man.

Both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.

I can't think that it would be terrible of me to say- and it is occasionally true- that I need physics more than friends.

If you are a scientist you believe that it is good to find out how the world works; that it is good to find out what the realities are; that it is good to turn over to mankind at large the greatest possible power to control the world and to deal with it according to its lights and its values.

In some sort of crude sense which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.

It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them.

No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows.

The history of science is rich in the example of the fruitfulness of bringing two sets of techniques, two sets of ideas, developed in separate contexts for the pursuit of new truth, into touch with one another

The people of this world must unite or they will perish.

The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors.

There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.

There are no secrets about the world of nature. There are secrets about the thoughts and intentions of men.

There is no place for dogma in science.

There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry.

To try to be happy is to try to build a machine with no other specification than that it shall run noiselessly.

We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism.

We knew the world would not be the same. Few people laughed, few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.

We know that the wages of secrecy are corruption. We know that in secrecy error, undetected, will flourish and subvert.

We may be likened to two scorpions in a bottle, each capable of killing the other, but only at the risk of his own life.

When we deny the evil within ourselves, we dehumanize ourselves, and we deprive ourselves not only of our own destiny but of any possibility of dealing with the evil of others.

When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you've had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.

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Quotes of the day: Barry Humphries

Published Sunday, February 16, 2014 @ 5:53 PM EST
Feb 16 2014

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John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (b. February 17, 1934) is an Australian comedian, satirist, artist, and author. Humphries is best known for writing and playing his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. He is also a film producer and scriptwriter, a star of London's West End musical theatre, an award-winning writer and an accomplished landscape painter. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Australia is an outdoor country. People only go inside to use the toilet. And that's only a recent development.

Barry Humphries is a Division of the Barry Humphries Group.

If you're going to advertise a farewell tour it's got to be good.

Most of my contemporaries at school entered the World of Business, the logical destiny of bores.

My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet. She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia.

My parents were very pleased that I was in the army. The fact that I hated it somehow pleased them even more.

New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human.

The best jokes are often only understood by one other person.

The past is so reliable, so delightful and the best place to live.

There are some people who ask for an autograph and then ask who you are.

There is no more terrible fate for a comedian than to be taken seriously.

To live in Australia permanently is rather like going to a party and dancing all night with one's mother. There's something a little unhealthy about it.

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Quotes of the day: G.M. Trevelyan

Published Sunday, February 16, 2014 @ 3:37 AM EST
Feb 16 2014

George Macaulay Trevelyan, (February 16, 1876 – July 21,1962), as a British historian. Trevelyan was the third son of Sir George Otto Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet, and great-nephew of Thomas Babington Macaulay, whose staunch liberal Whig principles he espoused in accessible works of literate narrative avoiding a consciously dispassionate analysis, that became old-fashioned during his long and productive career. The noted historian E.H. Carr considered Trevelyan to be one of the last historians of the Whig tradition. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.

Socrates gave no diplomas or degrees, and would have subjected any disciple who demanded one to a disconcerting catechism on the nature of true knowledge.

An historical event cannot be isolated from its circumstances, any more than the onion from its skins, because an event is itself nothing but a set of circumstances, none of which will ever recur.

Social history might be defined negatively as the history of a people with the politics left out.

Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.

We are the children of the earth and removed from her our spirit withers.

Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.

Every true history must force us to remember that the past was once as real as the present and as uncertain as the future.

History repeats itself and history never repeats itself are about equally true. We never know enough about the infinitely complex circumstances of any past event to prophesy the future by analogy.

I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. After a day's walking, everything has twice its usual value.

The poetry of history lies in the quasi-miraculous fact that once, on this earth, once, on this familiar spot of ground, walked other men and women, as actual as we are today, thinking their own thoughts, swayed by their own passions, but now all gone, one generation vanishing into another, gone as utterly as we ourselves shall shortly be gone, like ghosts at cockcrow.

You cannot so completely isolate any historical event from its circumstances as to be able to deduce from it a law of general application. Only politicians adorning their speeches with historical arguments have this power; and even they never agree.

One half who graduate from college never read another book.

Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.

A little man often casts a long shadow.

The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.

If one could make alive again for other people some cobwebbed skein of old dead intrigues and breathe breath and character into dead names and stiff portraits. That is history to me!

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Quotes of the day: Matt Groening

Published Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 12:22 AM EST
Feb 15 2014

Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening (b. February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, screenwriter, producer, animator, author, musician, comedian, and voice actor. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell as well as the television series, The Simpsons and Futurama. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A lot of people believe that if everybody just did what they were told- obeyed- everything would be fine. But that's not what life is all about. That's not real. It's never going to happen.

It's just hard not to listen to TV: it's spent so much more time raising us than parents have.

Most TV shows don't reward you for paying attention.

When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

I can't believe it! Reading and writing actually paid off!

I plead alignment to the flakes of the untitled snakes of a merry cow and to the republicrats for which they scam: one nacho, underpants with licorice and jugs of wine for owls.

You should listen to your heart, and not the voices in your head.

What if we chose the wrong religion? Each week we just make God madder and madder.

Romance is dead. It was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.

I'll keep it short and sweet- Family. Religion. Friendship. These are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.

Ah, sweet pity. Where would my love life be without it?

Cartooning is for people who can't quite draw and can't quite write. You combine the two half-talents and come up with a career.

I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I will do it again.

I judge my life by how miserable it used to be. If I could pay my rent, I was deliriously happy. Now I'm deliriously happy all the time.

Everybody doesn't have to get every joke. People really appreciate not being condescended to.

Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.

Are we alone in an uncaring universe, or is God some kind of wiseguy?

God often gives nuts to toothless people.

If Casper is a Friendly Ghost, where did they bury the body of Casper the Friendly Dead Kid?

Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig, and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.

Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra. Suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.

When authorities warn you of the sinfulness of sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities.

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Quotes of the day: George Jean Nathan

Published Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 5:04 AM EST
Feb 14 2014

George Jean Nathan (February 14, 1882 - April 8, 1958) was the leading American drama critic of his time. Active from 1905 to 1958, he published 34 books on the theatre, co-edited The Smart Set and The American Mercury with H.L. Mencken, and zealously practiced 'destructive' theatre criticism. (Click here for full biography)


A man admires a woman not for what she says, but what she listens to.

A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.

An optimist is the kind of person who believes a housefly is looking for a way out.

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.

Criticism is the art of appraising others at one's own value.

Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.

I drink to make other people interesting.

I hold that companionship is a matter of mutual weaknesses. We like that man or woman best who has the same faults we have.

It is only the cynicism that is born of success that is penetrating and valid.

Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle dog and sometimes for a man.

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.

One does not go to the theater to see life and nature; one goes to see the particular way in which life and nature happen to look to a cultivated, imaginative and entertaining man who happens, in turn, to be a playwright

Opening night is the night before the play is ready to open.

Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.

Politics is the pursuit of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.

Ten million dollars worth of intricate and ingenious machinery functioning elaborately to put skin on baloney.
(re: Hollywood)

What passes for woman's intuition is often nothing more than man's transparency.

Whenever a man encounters a woman in a mood he doesn't understand, he wants to know if she's tired.

Women, as they grow older, rely more and more on cosmetics. Men, as they grow older, rely more and more on a sense of humor.

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Remembering Sid Caesar

Published Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Feb 13 2014

Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar
(September 8, 1922 – February 12, 2014)

(Richard Drew/Associated Press)

Sid Caesar, a comedic force of nature who became one of television's first stars in the early 1950s and influenced generations of comedians and comedy writers, died on Wednesday. He was 91.

Mr. Caesar largely faded from the public eye in his middle years as he struggled with crippling self-doubt and addiction to alcohol and pills. But from 1950 to 1954, he and his co-stars on the live 90-minute comedy-variety extravaganza 'Your Show of Shows' dominated the Saturday night viewing habits of millions of Americans. In New York, a group of Broadway theater owners tried to persuade NBC to switch the show to the middle of the week because, they said, it was ruining their Saturday business.

Albert Einstein was a Caesar fan. Alfred Hitchcock called Mr. Caesar the funniest performer since Charlie Chaplin.

Television comedy in its early days was dominated by boisterous veterans of vaudeville and radio who specialized in broad slapstick and snappy one-liners. Mr. Caesar introduced a different kind of humor to the small screen, at once more intimate and more absurd, based less on jokes or pratfalls than on characters and situations. It left an indelible mark on American comedy.

'If you want to find the urtexts of 'The Producers' and 'Blazing Saddles,' of 'Sleeper' and 'Annie Hall,' of 'All in the Family' and 'M*A*S*H' and 'Saturday Night Live,' ” Frank Rich wrote in The New York Times when he was its chief theater critic, 'check out the old kinescopes of Sid Caesar.'

A list of Mr. Caesar's writers over the years reads like a comedy all-star team. Woody Allen and Mel Brooks did some of their earliest writing for him. So did the most successful playwright in the history of the American stage, Neil Simon. Carl Reiner created one landmark sitcom, 'The Dick Van Dyke Show;' Larry Gelbart was the principal creative force behind another, 'M*A*S*H.' Mel Tolkin wrote numerous scripts for 'All in the Family.' The authors of the two longest-running Broadway musicals of the 1960s, Joseph Stein ('Fiddler on the Roof') and Michael Stewart ('Hello, Dolly!'), were Caesar alumni as well. (Click here for the full New York Times obituary.)


Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.

If I don't believe it, I don't care.

In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.

New Year's Eve we got five dollars for the evening- but that was from eight to unconscious.

The best thing about humor is that it shows people they're not alone.

The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius.

The remote control changed our lives... The remote control took over the timing of the world. That's why you have road rage. You have people who have no patience, because you got immediate gratification. You got click, click, click, click. If it doesn't explode within three seconds, click click, click.

The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one.

When I did comedy I made fun of myself.If there was a buffoon, I played the buffoon. And people looked at me and said, 'Gee, that's like Uncle David', or 'That's like a friend of mine'. And they related through that. I didn't make fun of them. I made fun of me.

You gotta come down to go up.

You have to be prepared for luck. You have to work with luck.


YouTube video: Mel Brooks on working for Sid Caesar


YouTube video: Sid Caesar reminisces with Barry Mitchell.
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Quotes of the day: Charles Darwin

Published Wednesday, February 12, 2014 @ 3:01 AM EST
Feb 12 2014

Charles Robert Darwin, FRS (February 12, 1809 - April 19, 1882) was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


(Today is also the birthday of Abraham Lincoln.)


A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.

A republic cannot succeed, till it contains a certain body of men imbued with the principles of justice and honour.

Although much remains obscure, and will long remain obscure, ... I am convinced that Natural Selection has been the main but not exclusive means of modification.

False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often long endure; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, as every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path towards error is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.

Great is the power of steady misrepresentation; but the history of science shows that fortunately this power does not long endure.

I feel most deeply that the whole subject is too profound for the human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton. Let each man hope and believe what he can. Certainly I agree with you that my views are not at all necessarily atheistical.

I love fools' experiments. I am always making them.

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week.

It has often and confidently been asserted, that man's origin can never be known: but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.

It may be doubted whether any character can be named which is distinctive of a race and is constant.

More individuals are born than can possibly survive. A grain in the balance can determine which individuals shall live and which shall die.

One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.

The highest stage in moral culture at which we can arrive, is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an Agnostic.

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universe to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act... Our faculties are more fitted to recognize the wonderful structure of a beetle than a Universe.

When I view all beings not as special creations, but as the lineal descendants of some few beings which lived long before the first bed of the Cambrian system was deposited, they seem to me to become ennobled.

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Quotes of the day: Burt Reynolds

Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014 @ 6:41 AM EST
Feb 11 2014

Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds, Jr. (born February 11, 1936) is an American actor, director and voice artist. Some of his notable roles include Bo 'Bandit' Darville in the Smokey and the Bandit films, Lewis Medlock in Deliverance, Bobby "Gator" McCluskey in White Lightning and sequel Gator, Charlie B. Barkin in All Dogs Go to Heaven, Jack Horner in Boogie Nights, and Woodrow "Wood" Newton in the television series Evening Shade. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


(Today is also the birthday of Thomas Alva Edison.)


I'm going to retire hopefully like Cary Grant did. I'll be on stage telling a story, everyone's going to applaud and laugh and then I'll drop like a rock.

I'm terrified of marriage. I'm terrified of not doing something so important and at the same time I think you shouldn't rush into these things.

I've always gotten along well with Texans. You've got to.

If you hold on to things long enough, they get back into style. Like me.

Marriage is about the most expensive way for the average man to get laundry done.

My acting is a bit like basketball. Most females in my films come off very well. I give great assist. And if I'm lucky, I even score.

My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave.

The moment you grab someone by the lapels, you're lost.

The only way you can hurt anyone in this business is by succeeding and hurting their pocket book maybe or just smiling and not giving up.

There are no awards in Hollywood for being an idiot.

There are three stages of an actor's career. Young, old, and 'You look good.'

There's no appreciation of actors and no sense of history.

You can only hold your stomach in for so many years.

You get to a certain age, where you know you can't go over the wall, but I'll never get to the age where I can't go through it.

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Quotes of the day: Doug Larson

Published Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 5:18 AM EST
Feb 10 2014

Doug Larson (b February 10, 1926) was a columnist and editor for the Door County Advocate (1953-1964) and wrote a daily column for the Green Bay Press-Gazette (1964-1988)- both Wisconsin-based newspapers.


A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.

A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes.

Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.

Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management.

Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of their own.

For every little kid who still believes in Santa Claus, there is at least one adult who still believes in professional wrestling.

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.

If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur.

If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.

More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse.

Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.

Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.

Sometimes opportunity knocks, but most of the time it sneaks up and then quietly steals away.

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.

The cat could very well be man's best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.

The one good thing about repeating your mistakes is that you know when to cringe.

The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others.

The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there's only one other choice.

The surprising thing about young fools is how many survive to become old fools.

The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate.

The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.

There must be a happy medium somewhere between being totally informed and blissfully unaware.

They should have picked a different city to name after a man who reputedly never told a lie.

Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, opulence is when you have three- and paradise is when you have none.

Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.

What some people mistake for the high cost of living is really the cost of high living.

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Quotes of the day: Brendan Behan

Published Sunday, February 09, 2014 @ 2:06 AM EST
Feb 09 2014

Brendan Francis Behan (February 9, 1923 – March 20, 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Ah, bless you, Sister. May all your sons be bishops.

An author's first duty is to let down his country.

Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done; they've seen it done every day; but they're unable to do it themselves.

Every cripple has his own way of walking.

Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day

I am a daylight atheist.

I am a drinker with writing problems.

I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse.

I only drink on two occasions- When I am thirsty and when I'm not.

I respect kindness in human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. I don't respect the law; I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.

I saw a sign that said 'Drink Canada Dry'. So I did.

I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.

If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.

It's a queer world, God knows, but the best we have to be going on with.

Mother, they would praise my balls if I hung them high enough.

One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.

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

The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.

The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.

The sun was in mind to come out but having a look at the weather it was in lost heart and went back again.

The world is a madhouse, so it's only right it's patrolled by armed idiots.

There's no bad publicity except an obituary.

What the hell difference does it make, left or right? There were good men lost on both sides.

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Quotes of the day: John von Neumann

Published Saturday, February 08, 2014 @ 1:11 AM EST
Feb 08 2014

John von Neumann (December 28, 1903 – February 8, 1957) was a Hungarian pure and applied mathematician and polymath. He made major contributions to a number of fields, including mathematics (foundations of mathematics, functional analysis, ergodic theory, geometry, topology, and numerical analysis), physics (quantum mechanics, hydrodynamics, and fluid dynamics), economics (game theory), computer science (Von Neumann architecture, linear programming, self-replicating machines, stochastic computing), and statistics. He was a pioneer of the application of operator theory to quantum mechanics, in the development of functional analysis, a principal member of the Manhattan Project and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (as one of the few originally appointed), and a key figure in the development of game theory and the concepts of cellular automata, the universal constructor, and the digital computer. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All stable processes we shall predict. All unstable processes we shall control.

Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.

In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

It is just as foolish to complain that people are selfish and treacherous as it is to complain that the magnetic field does not increase unless the electric field has a curl. Both are laws of nature.

It would appear that we have reached the limits of what it is possible to achieve with computer technology, although one should be careful with such statements, as they tend to sound pretty silly in five years.

Life is a process which may be abstracted from other media.

The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work.

There is an infinite set A that is not too big.

There probably is a God. Many things are easier to explain if there is than if there isn't.

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about.

We willingly pay 30,000 - 40,000 fatalities per year for the advantages of individual transportation by automobile.

When we talk mathematics, we may be discussing a secondary language built on the primary language of the nervous system.

With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.

You don't have to be responsible for the world that you're in.

You insist that there is something a machine cannot do. If you tell me precisely what it is a machine cannot do, then I can always make a machine which will do just that.

You wake me up early in the morning to tell me that I'm right? Please wait until I'm wrong.

Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

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Quotes of the day: Alfred Adler

Published Friday, February 07, 2014 @ 4:53 AM EST
Feb 07 2014

Alfred W. Adler (February 7, 1870 - May 28, 1937) was an Austrian medical doctor, psychotherapist, and founder of the school of individual psychology. His emphasis on the importance of feelings of inferiority— the inferiority complex— is recognized as isolating an element which plays a key role in personality development. Alfred Adler considered human beings as an individual whole, therefore he called his psychology "Individual Psychology." Adler was the first to emphasize the importance of the social element in the re-adjustment process of the individual and who carried psychiatry into the community. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous.

A simple rule in dealing with those who are hard to get along with is to remember that this person is striving to assert his superiority; and you must deal with him from that point of view.

Death is really a great blessing for humanity, without it there could be no real progress. People who lived for ever would not only hamper and discourage the young, but they would themselves lack sufficient stimulus to be creative.

Follow your heart but take your brain with you.

It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.

It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.

It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.

Man knows much more than he understands.

Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.

My difficulties belong to me!

No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma - but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.

The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction.

The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.

The stronger the feeling of inferiority, the higher the goal for personal power.

The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.

There is no such thing as talent. There is pressure.

To be human means to feel inferior.

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words.

We must never neglect the patient's own use of his symptoms.

Defiant individuals will always persecute others, yet will always consider themselves persecuted.

We live upon the contributions of our ancestors. Nature is a good scavenger. She soon gets rid of her rubbish.

Every individual acts and suffers in accordance with his peculiar teleology, which has all the inevitability of fate, so long as he does not understand it.

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Quotes of the day: Bob Marley

Published Thursday, February 06, 2014 @ 4:51 AM EST
Feb 06 2014

Nesta Robert Marley OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter who achieved international fame through a series of crossover reggae albums. Beginning in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.

I don't have prejudice against myself. My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don't dip on nobody's side. Me don't dip on the black man's side nor the white man's side. Me dip on God's side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.

I don't stand for black man's side, I don't stand for white man's side, I stand for God's side.

If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing.

In the abundance of water a fool is thirsty.

It is better to live on the house top
than to live in a house full of confusion.

None but ourselves can free our minds.

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

One love, one heart,
Let's get together and feel alright.

Possession make you rich? I don't have that type of richness. My richness is life, forever.

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.

The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.

The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?

Today, people struggle to find what's real. Everything has become so synthetic that a lot of people, all they want is to grasp onto hope.

Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.

We don't have education, we have inspiration; if I was educated I would be a damn fool.

You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters?

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Quotes of the day: Charles A. Lindbergh

Published Tuesday, February 04, 2014 @ 5:40 AM EST
Feb 04 2014

Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974), nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist. As a 25-year-old U.S. Air Mail pilot, he emerged suddenly from virtual obscurity to instantaneous world fame as the result of his Orteig Prize-winning solo non-stop flight on May 20–21, 1927, made from Roosevelt Field in Garden City on New York's Long Island to Le Bourget Field in Paris, France, a distance of nearly 3,600 statute miles (5,800 km), in the single-seat, single-engine purpose-built Ryan monoplane Spirit of St. Louis. Lindbergh was the first person in history to be in New York one day and Paris the next. A U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve officer, he was also awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his historic exploit. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


After my death, the molecules of my being will return to the earth and sky. They came from the stars. I am of the stars.

God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.

I believe the risks I take are justified by the sheer love of the life I lead.

I have seen the science I worshiped, and the aircraft I loved, destroying the civilization I expected them to serve.

I realized that If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.

Isn't it strange that what we talk least about the things we think about most?

Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter.

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.

Living in dreams of yesterday, we find ourselves still dreaming of impossible future conquest...

Our ideals, laws and customs should be based on the proposition that each generation, in turn, becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on to the future.

Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.

Science is insulating man from life- separating his mind from his senses. The worst of it is that it soon anaesthetises his senses so that he doesn't know what he's missing.

To a person in love, the value of the individual is intuitively known. Love needs no logic for its mission.

What kind of man would live where there is no danger? I don't believe in taking foolish chances. But nothing can be accomplished by not taking a chance at all.

Whether outwardly or inwardly, whether in space or time, the farther we penetrate the unknown, the vaster and more marvelous it becomes.

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Quotes of the day: Walter Bagehot

Published Monday, February 03, 2014 @ 4:04 AM EST
Feb 03 2014

Walter Bagehot (February 3, 1826 – March 24, 1877) was a British journalist, businessman, and essayist, who wrote extensively about government, economics, and literature. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.

A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.

An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.

Every trouble in life is a joke compared to madness.

Free government is self-government. A government of the people by the people. The best government of this sort is that which the people think best.

In every particular state of the world, those nations which are strongest tend to prevail over the others; and in certain marked peculiarities the strongest tend to be the best.

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.

It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations.

Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.

Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them.

Nothing is more unpleasant than a virtuous person with a mean mind.

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.

Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.

Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.

Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits.

So long as there are earnest believers in the world, they will always wish to punish opinions, even if their judgment tells them it is unwise and their conscience that it is wrong.

The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.

The great difficulty which history records is not that of the first step, but that of the second step.

The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency.

The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.

We must not let daylight in upon the magic.

What impresses men is not mind, but the result of mind.

When great questions end, little parties begin.

Writers, like teeth, are divided into incisors and grinders.

You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius; but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbor.

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Quote of the day: Super Bowl edition

Published Sunday, February 02, 2014 @ 6:55 AM EST
Feb 02 2014

"We need to keep it in perspective. It's a very, very important game, but it's not the be all and end all of everything. The city better get its act together regardless; I'm talking politically, with its business leaders, its religious leaders, everybody's got to get back to work."
-Dan Rooney (quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 23, 2005)

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Quotes of the day: Werner Heisenberg

Published Saturday, February 01, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Feb 01 2014

Werner Karl Heisenberg (December 5, 1901 – February 1, 1976) was a German theoretical physicist and one of the key creators of quantum mechanics... In 1927 he published his uncertainty principle, upon which he built his philosophy and for which he is best known. Heisenberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 1932 "for the creation of quantum mechanics". He also made important contributions to the theories of the hydrodynamics of turbulent flows, the atomic nucleus, ferromagnetism, cosmic rays, and subatomic particles, and he was instrumental in planning the first West German nuclear reactor at Karlsruhe, together with a research reactor in Munich, in 1957. Considerable controversy surrounds his work on atomic research during World War II. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


(Today is also the birthday of S.J. Perelman)


An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject and how to avoid them.

Every experiment destroys some of the knowledge of the system which was obtained by previous experiments.

In general, scientific progress calls for no more than the absorption and elaboration of new ideas- and this is a call most scientists are happy to heed.

In the strict formulation of the law of causality- if we know the present, we can calculate the future- it is not the conclusion that is wrong but the premise.

It will never be possible by pure reason to arrive at some absolute truth.

Light and matter are both single entities, and the apparent duality arises in the limitations of our language.

Nature is made in such a way as to be able to be understood. Or perhaps I should put it- more correctly- the other way around, and say that we are made in such a way as to be able to understand Nature.

Quantum theory provides us with a striking illustration of the fact that we can fully understand a connection though we can only speak of it in images and parables.

Science no longer is in the position of observer of nature, but rather recognizes itself as part of the interplay between man and nature.

The conception of objective reality... has thus evaporated... into the transparent clarity of mathematics that represents no longer the behavior of particles but rather our knowledge of this behavior.

The existing scientific concepts cover always only a very limited part of reality, and the other part that has not yet been understood is infinite.

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

The smallest units of matter are not physical objects in the ordinary sense; they are forms, ideas which can be expressed unambiguously only in mathematical language.

There is a fundamental error in separating the parts from the whole, the mistake of atomizing what should not be atomized. Unity and complementarity constitute reality.

What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.

Whenever we proceed from the known into the unknown we may hope to understand, but we may have to learn at the same time a new meaning of the word 'understanding.'


The Internet is run by a guy named Heisenberg, and his principles are undertain.
-Kevin G. Barkes

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Quotes of the day: A.A. Milne

Published Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 6:44 AM EST
Jan 31 2014

Alan Alexander Milne (January 18, 1882 - January 31, 1956) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.

Bores can be divided into two classes; those who have their own particular subject, and those who do not need a subject.

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.

For one person who dreams of making fifty thousand pounds, a hundred people dream of being left fifty thousand pounds.

Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.

I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.

If a statement is untrue, it is not the more respectable because it has been said in Latin.

If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name.

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.

It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before.

No brain at all, some of them, only grey fluff that's blown into their heads by mistake, and they don't Think.

No doubt Jack the Ripper excused himself on the grounds that it was human nature.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts.

The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief- call it what you will- than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course.

The spring has sprung, the grass is rizz. I wonder where them birdies is?

The things that make me different are the things that make me.

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.

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.

What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.

When you do the things that you can do, you will find a way.

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.

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Quotes of the day: Mohandas Gandhi

Published Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 6:52 AM EST
Jan 30 2014

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma (Sanskrit: "high-souled," "venerable")—applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa,—is now used worldwide. He is also called Bapu (Gujarati: endearment for "father," "papa.") in India. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A convert's enthusiasm for his new religion is greater than that of a person who is born in it.

A good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty.

A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.

A man of truth must also be a man of care.

All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul.

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.

An unjust law is itself a species of violence.

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal, and not in reaching it.

Good government is no substitute for self-government.

Good travels at a snail's pace. Those who want to do good are not selfish, they are not in a hurry, they know that to impregnate people with good requires a long time.

I hold that democracy cannot be evolved by forcible methods. The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within.

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

I worship God as Truth only. I have not yet found Him, but I am seeking after Him.

In reality there are as many religions as there are individuals.

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence. Violence is any day preferable to impotence. There is hope for a violent man to become non-violent. There is no such hope for the impotent.

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

I’m a lover of my own liberty, and so I would do nothing to restrict yours.

Jealousy does not wait for reasons.

Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.

Man easily capitulates when sin is presented in the garb of virtue.

My faith is brightest in the midst of impenetrable darkness.

Nonviolence should never be used as a shield for cowardice. It is a weapon for the brave.

Nothing is impossible for pure love.

Poverty is the worst kind of violence.

Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different road, so long as we reach the same goal. Wherein is the cause for quarreling?

Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.

Selfishness is blind.

Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.

So long as a man does not of his own free will put himself last among his fellow creatures, there is no salvation for him.

Strength of numbers is the delight of the timid. The valiant in spirit glory in fighting alone.

The cry for peace will be a cry in the wilderness, so long as the spirit of nonviolence does not dominate millions of men and women.

The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need but not for every man's greed.

The ideally non-violent state will be an ordered anarchy. That State is the best governed which is governed the least.

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the 'still small voice' within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

To befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion.

To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman

Truth never damages a cause that is just.

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

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Quotes of the day: Thomas Paine

Published Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 4:48 AM EST
Jan 28 2014

Thomas Paine (January 29, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called "a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination".

At the time of his death, most American newspapers reprinted the obituary notice from the New York Citizen, which read in part: "He had lived long, did some good and much harm." Only six mourners came to his funeral, two of whom were black, most likely freedmen. The writer and orator Robert G. Ingersoll wrote:

"Thomas Paine had passed the legendary limit of life. One by one most of his old friends and acquaintances had deserted him. Maligned on every side, execrated, shunned and abhorred- his virtues denounced as vices- his services forgotten- his character blackened, he preserved the poise and balance of his soul. He was a victim of the people, but his convictions remained unshaken. He was still a soldier in the army of freedom, and still tried to enlighten and civilize those who were impatiently waiting for his death. Even those who loved their enemies hated him, their friend– the friend of the whole world– with all their hearts. On the 8th of June, 1809, death came– Death, almost his only friend. At his funeral no pomp, no pageantry, no civic procession, no military display. In a carriage, a woman and her son who had lived on the bounty of the dead– on horseback, a Quaker, the humanity of whose heart dominated the creed of his head– and, following on foot, two negroes filled with gratitude– constituted the funeral cortege of Thomas Paine.

(Click here for full Wikipedia article.)


A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

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.

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

An army of principles will penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.

An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws.

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

He who dares not offend cannot be honest.

He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.

I care not how affluent some may be, provided that none be miserable in consequence of it.

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.

In the early ages of the world, according to the Scripture chronology there were no kings; the consequence of which was, there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throws mankind into confusion.

Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.

It is of the utmost danger to society to make it (religion) a party in political disputes.

It is the duty of a patriot to protect his country from its government.

It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all.

Man cannot make, or invent, or contrive principles; he can only discover them, and he ought to look through the discovery to the Author.

Men did not make the earth. It is the value of the improvements only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property. Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds.

My own mind is my own Church.

Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.

Reason obeys itself; and Ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.

That which is now called natural philosophy, embracing the whole circle of science, of which astronomy occupies the chief place, is the study of the works of God, and of the power and wisdom of God in his works, and is the true theology.

The Bible is a book that has been read more and examined less than any book that ever existed.

The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.

The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries, that have afflicted the human race, have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion. It has been the most dishonorable belief against the character of the divinity, the most destructive to morality, and the peace and happiness of man, that ever was propagated since man began to exist.

The nearer any disease approaches to a crisis, the nearer it is to a cure. Danger and deliverance make their advances together, and it is only the last push, in which one or the other takes the lead.

The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.

The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.

The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.

There is something exceedingly ridiculous in the composition of monarchy; it first excludes a man from the means of information, yet empowers him to act in cases where the highest judgment is required.

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

Though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.

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.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen and unsupposed circumstances... that no human wisdom can calculate the end.

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.

When man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.

When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have freedom.

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime.

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Quotes of the day: Alan Alda

Published Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 2:55 AM EST
Jan 28 2014

Alan Alda (born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo; January 28, 1936) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is best known for his starring roles as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H and Arnold Vinick in The West Wing, and his supporting role in the 2004 film The Aviator, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Journalism and a member of the advisory board of The Center for Communicating Science. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.

Don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Laugh at yourself, but don't doubt yourself.

For humans, flying isn't magic, it's physics.

I wouldn't live in California. All that sun makes you sterile.

I'm in the real world, some people try to steal from me, and I stop them, frequently, take them to court. I love a good lawsuit. It's fun.

If I can't get the girl, at least give me more money.

If you know what you're looking for, that's all you'll get- what's previously known. But when you're open to what's possible, you get something new- that's creativity.

It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich.

It's really clear to me that you can't hang onto something longer than its time. Ideas lose certain freshness, ideas have a shelf life, and sometimes they have to be replaced by other ideas.

It's too bad I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that.

Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.

Loneliness is everything it's cracked up to be.

My mother didn't try to stab my father until I was six.

The good thing about being a hypocrite is that you get to keep your values.

The most striking thing about the scientists I met was their complete dedication to evidence. It reminded me of the wonderfully plainspoken words of Richard Feynman who felt it was better not to know than to know something that was wrong.

When people are laughing, they're generally not killing one another.

You can lend them your talents, but don't give them your soul.

You can tell a lot about people by the way they treat the help.

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

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Quotes of the day: Lewis Carroll

Published Monday, January 27, 2014 @ 12:02 AM EST
Jan 27 2014

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (January 27, 1832 - January 14, 1898), better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky," all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy, and there are societies in many parts of the world (including the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, and New Zealand dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of his works and the investigation of his life. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare to live in any scene in which we dare not die.

Everything's got a moral, if you can only find it.

I suppose every child has a world of his own- and every man, too, for the matter of that. I wonder if that's the cause for all the misunderstanding there is in Life?

If you want to inspire confidence, give plenty of statistics– it does not matter that they should be accurate, or even intelligible, so long as there is enough of them.

In some ways, you know, people that don't exist, are much nicer than people that do.

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backward.

Some children have the most disagreeable way of getting grown-up.

(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought-
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


On Dreaming, After Falling Asleep Watching TV

by Isabelle Di Caprio
(published in MAD magazine, circa 1963)

Twas Brillo and G.E. Stoves
Did Proctor-Gamble in the Glade
All Pillsbury were the Tasty Loaves
And in a Minute Maid

"Beware the Station Break, my son,
The voice that lulls, the ads that vex,
Beware the Doctor's Claim and shun
That horror called Brand-X!"

He took his Q-Tip swab in hand,
Long time the Tension Headache fought,
So Dristan he by a Mercury,
And Bayer break'd in thought.

And as in Bufferin Gulf he stood,
The Station Break, with Rise of Tame,
Came Wisking through the Pride-hazed wood,
And Cream-Rinsed as it came!

"Buy one, buy two, we're almost through!"
The Q-Tip Dash went Spic-and-Span,
He Tide Airwick, and with Bisquick,
Went Aero-Waxing Ban.

"And hast thou Dreft the Station Break?
Ajax the Breck, Excedrin boy,
Oh Fab wash day! Cashmere Bouquet!"
He Handi-wrapped with Joy.

Twas Brillo and G.E. Stoves
Did Proctor-Gamble in the Glade
All Pillsbury were the Tasty-Loaves
And in a Minute Maid.

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Quotes of the day: Douglas MacArthur

Published Sunday, January 26, 2014 @ 4:58 AM EST
Jan 26 2014

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) was an American general and field marshal of the Philippine Army who was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines Campaign, which made him and his father Arthur MacArthur, Jr., the first father and son to be awarded the medal. He was one of only five men ever to rise to the rank of General of the Army in the U.S. Army, and the only man ever to become a field marshal in the Philippine Army. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.

Americans never quit.

Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.

I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.

I have returned.

In no other profession are the penalties for employing untrained personnel so appalling or so irrevocable as in the military.

In war there is no substitute for victory.

It is fatal to enter an war without the will to win it.

It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.

It was close; but that's the way it is in war. You win or lose, live or die- and the difference is just an eyelash.

It's the orders you disobey that make you famous.

Never give an order that can't be obeyed.

Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die.

Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear- kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor- with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.

Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind.

Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the application of external force is pure nonsense. Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our free institutions- those institutions we proudly called the American way of life.

The issues are global and so interlocked that to consider the problems of one sector, oblivious to those of another, is but to court disaster for the whole.

There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.

We are not retreating; we are advancing in another direction.

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

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Quotes of the day: Virginia Woolf

Published Saturday, January 25, 2014 @ 12:07 AM EST
Jan 25 2014

Adeline Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941) was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and i>Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.

Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation.

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.

Better was it to go unknown and leave behind you an arch, then to burn like a meteor and leave no dust.

Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us.

Books are the mirrors of the soul.

By the truth we are undone. Life is a dream. 'Tis the waking that kills us. He who robs us of our dreams robs us of our life.

Friendships, even the best of them, are frail things. One drifts apart.

Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do.

Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.

Habits and customs are a convenience devised for the support of timid natures who dare not allow their souls free play.

How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn’t pull the trigger?

How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.

Human beings have neither kindness, nor faith, nor charity beyond what serves to increase the pleasure of the moment.

I am rooted, but I flow.

I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun.

I have lost friends, some by death... others by sheer inability to cross the street.

I like books whose virtue is all drawn together in a page or two. I like sentences that don't budge though armies cross them.

I prefer men to cauliflowers.

I read the book of Job last night-I don't think God comes well out of it.

I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

Illusions are to the soul what atmosphere is to the earth.

It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.

It is far more difficult to murder a phantom than a reality.

It is no use trying to sum people up

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.

Never pretend that the things you haven't got are not worth having.

No passion is stronger in the breast of a man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.

Nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates happiness from melancholy.

On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.

Once you begin to take yourself seriously as a leader or as a follower, as a modern or as a conservative, then you become a self-conscious, biting, and scratching little animal whose work is not of the slightest value or importance to anybody.

One can only believe entirely, perhaps, in what one cannot see.

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.

Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.

She thought there were no Gods; no one was to blame; and so she evolved this atheist's religion of doing good for the sake of goodness.

The beauty of the world... has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.

The middle age of buggers is not to be contemplated without horror.

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

The strongest natures, when they are influenced, submit the most unreservedly: it is perhaps a sign of their strength.

Though we see the same world, we see it through different eyes.

To let oneself be carried on passively is unthinkable.

We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.

What does the brain matter compared with the heart?

When the body escaped mutilation, seldom did the heart go to the grave unscarred.

Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.

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Quotes of the day: Elizabeth Wharton

Published Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 12:05 AM EST
Jan 24 2014

Edith Wharton (born Edith Newbold Jones; January 24, 1862 - August 11, 1937) was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in literature, for her twelfth novel, The Age of Innocence. In addition to writing several respected novels, Wharton produced a wealth of short stories and is particularly well regarded for her ghost stories. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.

Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins.

Every house is a mad house at some time or another.

Half the trouble in life is caused by pretending there isn't any.

I don't know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting.

I was just a screw or cog in the great machine I called life, and when I dropped out of it I found I was of no use anywhere else.

If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.

In every heart there should be one grief that is like a well in the desert.

In our individual loves, though the years are sad, the days have a way of being jubilant.

In the rotation of crops there was a recognized season for wild oats; but they were not sown more than once.

Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.

My little dog- a heartbeat at my feet.

Nothing is more perplexing to a man than the mental process of a woman who reasons her emotions.

Silence may be as variously shaded as speech.

The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it. You might as well say that the only way not to think about air is to have enough to breathe.

The real marriage of true minds is for any two people to possess a sense of humor or irony pitched in exactly the same key, so that their joint glances on any subject cross like interarching searchlights.

The worst of doing one's duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else.

There are two ways of spreading light: to be
The candle or the mirror that reflects it.

There's no such thing as old age; there is only sorrow.

They are all alike you know. They hold their tongues for years and you think you're safe, but when the opportunity comes they remember everything.

True originality consists not in a new manner, but in a new vision.

What a shame it is for a nation to be developing without a sense of beauty, and eating bananas for breakfast.

When people ask for time, it's always for time to say no. Yes has one more letter in it, but it doesn't take half as long to say.

Who's 'they'? Why don't you all get together and be 'they' yourselves?

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Quotes of the day: Salvador Dalí

Published Thursday, January 23, 2014 @ 12:02 AM EST
Jan 23 2014

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (May 11, 1904 - January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, in the Catalonia region of Spain.

Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in August 1931. Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Dalí attributed his "love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes" to an "Arab lineage", claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors.

Dalí was highly imaginative, and also enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior. His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork, to the dismay of those who held his work in high esteem, and to the irritation of his critics. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.

An elegant woman is a woman who despises you and who has no hair under her arms.

Everything alters me, but nothing changes me.

Happy is he who causes scandal.

Have no fear of perfection- you'll never reach it.

I am going to my room to masturbate before I have a light lunch, if you would like to come and watch.
(To party guests)

I am not strange. I am just not normal.

I am Surrealism.

I don't do drugs. I am drugs.

I think that the sweetest freedom for a man on earth consists in being able to live, if he likes, without having the need to work.

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

It's either easy or impossible.

So little of what could happen does happen.

Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic.

The daily life of a genius, his sleep, his digestion, he ecstasies, his nails, his colds, his blood, his life and death are essentially different from the rest of mankind.

The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.

The reason some portraits don't look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures.

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.

There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.

There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.

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Quotes of the day: John Ruskin

Published Monday, January 20, 2014 @ 12:03 AM EST
Jan 20 2014

John Ruskin (February 8, 1819 - January 20, 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draftsman, watercolorist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging from geology to architecture, myth to ornithology, literature to education, and botany to political economy. His writing styles and literary forms were equally varied. Ruskin penned essays and treatises, poetry and lectures, travel guides and manuals, letters and even a fairy tale. The elaborate style that characterized his earliest writing on art was later superseded by a preference for plainer language designed to communicate his ideas more effectively. Click for full Wikipedia article.


All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time.

Education does not mean teaching people to know what they do not know; it means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.

Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.

Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.

Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts- the book of their deeds, the book of their words, and the book of their art.

How false is the conception, how frantic the pursuit, of that treacherous phantom which men call Liberty.

In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.

In old times, men used their powers of painting to show the objects of faith; in later times, they used the objects of faith that they might show their powers of painting.

Modern traveling is not traveling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel.

No small misery is caused by overworked and unhappy people, in the dark views which they necessarily take up themselves, and force upon others, of work itself.

Of human work none but what is bad can be perfect in its own bad way.

Punishment is the last and least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance.

The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price, and to be bought for it.

The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition.

The simplest and most necessary truths are always the last believed.

The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions.

The world is full of vulgar Purists, who bring discredit on all selection by the silliness of their choice; and this the more, because the very becoming a Purist is commonly indicative of some slight degree of weakness, readiness to be offended, or narrowness of understanding of the ends of things.

There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.

There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men, that most love variety and change.

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.

When we build, let us think that we build for ever.

Whereas it has long been known and declared that the poor have no right to the property of the rich, I wish it also to be known and declared that the rich have no right to the property of the poor.

You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil.

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Quotes of the day: Edgar Allan Poe

Published Sunday, January 19, 2014 @ 2:44 AM EST
Jan 19 2014

Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

In January 1845 Poe published his poem, The Raven, to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. For years, he had been planning to produce his own journal, The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. On October 7, 1849, at age 40, Poe died in Baltimore; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.

Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today. The Mystery Writers of America present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All that we see or seem,
Is but a dream within a dream.

But as in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of today, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.

Can it be fancied that Deity ever vindictively
Made in his image a mannikin merely to madden it?

Coincidences, in general, are great stumbling blocks in the way of that class of thinkers who have been educated to know nothing of the theory of probabilities- that theory to which the most glorious objects of human research are indebted for the most glorious of illustration.

Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.

I have great faith in fools- self-confidence my friends will call it.

I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.

I was never really insane except upon occasions where my heart was touched.

If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.

It is with literature as with law or empire- an established name is an estate in tenure, or a throne in possession.

It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.

Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man.

Man is an animal that diddles, and there is no animal that diddles but man.

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.

Sleep, those little slices of death- how I loathe them.

Sound loves to revel in a summer night.

That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?

The customs of the world are so many conventional follies.

The most natural, and, consequently, the truest and most intense of the human affections are those which arise in the heart as if by electric sympathy.

The plots of God are perfect. The universe is a plot of God.

The realities of the world affected me as visions, and as visions only, while the wild ideas of the land of dreams became, in turn,- not the material of my every-day existence- but in very deed that existence utterly and solely in itself.

There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction.

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.

To observe attentively is to remember distinctly.

To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.

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.

Whether people grow fat by joking, or whether there is something in fat itself which predisposes to a joke, I have never been quite able to determine...

Years of love have been forgot
In the hatred of a minute.

Yes, Heaven is thine; but this
Is a world of sweets and sours;
Our flowers are merely- flowers.

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Quotes of the day: Daniel Webster

Published Saturday, January 18, 2014 @ 7:50 AM EST
Jan 18 2014

Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) was a leading American statesman and senator from Massachusetts during the period leading up to the Civil War. He first rose to regional prominence through his defense of New England shipping interests. Webster's increasingly nationalistic views, and his effectiveness as a speaker, made him one of the most famous orators and influential Whig leaders of the Second Party System. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A strong conviction that something must be done is parent of many bad measures.

An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, the power to destroy.

There is always room at the top.

There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession.

Let it be borne on the flag under which we rally in every exigency, that we have one country, one constitution, one destiny.

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.

Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.

What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality.

I mistrust the judgment of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned.

The proper function of a government is to make it easy for the people to do good, and difficult for them to do evil.

There is nothing so powerful as truth- and often nothing so strange.

Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution of your country and the government established under it. Leave evils which exist in some parts of the country, but which are beyond your control, to the all-wise direction of an over-ruling Providence. Perform those duties which are present, plain and positive. Respect the laws of your country.

A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.

There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.

The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.

There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.

We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people.

Nothing will ruin the country if the people themselves will undertake its safety; and nothing can save it if they leave that safety in any hands but their own.

Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.

Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on Earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.

Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable.

Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.

The dignity of history consists in reciting events with truth and accuracy, and in presenting human agents and their actions in an interesting and instructive form. The first element in history, therefore, is truthfulness; and this truthfulness must be displayed in a concrete form.

Standing armies are the oppressive instruments for governing the people, in the hands of hereditary and arbitrary monarchs.

Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.

Lawyers on opposite sides of a case are like the two parts of shears; they cut what comes between them, but not each other.

The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.

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Quotes of the day: John Naisbitt

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 6:34 AM EST
Jan 15 2014

John Naisbitt (b January 15, 1929) is an American author and public speaker in the area of futures studies and author of Megatrends (1982). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Almost all change is evolutionary, not revolutionary... expectations always travel at higher speeds.

Don't get so far in front of the parade that no one knows you're in the parade.

In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn.

In the stream of time, the future is always with us.

In their search for quality, people seem to be looking for permanency in a time of change.

Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.

It is in the nature of human beings to bend information in the direction of desired conclusions.

Lawyers are like beavers: They get in the mainstream and dam it up.

Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.

Most change is not in what we do, but how we do it.

Strategic planning is worthless- unless there is first a strategic vision.

The most reliable way to forecast the future is to try to understand the present.

The new leader is a facilitator, not an order giver.

The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many.

Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are going.

Value is what people are willing to pay for it.

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.

We blur the distinction between real and fake.

We favor the quick fix, from religion to nutrition.

We have for the first time an economy based on a key resource (information) that is not only renewable, but self-generating. Running out of it is not a problem, but drowning in it is.

We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human race.

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Quotes of the day: Anaïs Nin

Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 @ 6:36 AM EST
Jan 14 2014

Anaïs Nin (born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) was an American author born to Spanish-Cuban parents in France, where she was also raised. She spent some time in Spain and Cuba but lived most of her life in the United States where she became an established author. She published journals (which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death), novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica. A great deal of her work, including Delta of Venus and Little Birds, was published posthumously. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All those who try to unveil the mysteries always have tragic lives. At the end they are always punished.

Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes one feel as you might when a drowning man holds unto you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.

Art is the method of levitation, in order to separate one's self from enslavement by the earth.

Creation which cannot express itself becomes madness.

Experience teaches acceptance of the imperfect as life.

For you and for me the highest moment, the keenest joy, is not when our minds dominate but when we lose our minds...

How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than set out to create it for herself.

Human beings can reach such desperate solitude that they may cross a boundary beyond which words cannot serve, and at such moments there is nothing left for them but to bark.

I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits.

I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.

I seek the real stuff of life. Profound drama.

I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself.

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

Literature is one vast hypocrisy, a giant deception, treachery. All writers have concealed more than they revealed.

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.

Love reduces the complexity of living.

Memory is a great betrayer.

Nothing too long imagined can be perfect in a worldly way.

Passion gives me moments of wholeness.

People living deeply have no fear of death.

Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.

Societies in decline have no use for visionaries.

Solitude may rust your words.

Stories do not end.

The enemy of a love is never outside, it's not a man or woman, it's what we lack in ourselves.

The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.

There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.

To lie, of course, is to engender insanity.

What I cannot love, I overlook.

Worlds self made are so full of monsters and demons.

You cannot save people, you can only love them.

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"It's been real."

Published Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 7:05 AM EST
Jan 13 2014

Ernie Kovacs (January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962) was an American comedian, actor, and writer whose uninhibited and visually experimental style continues to influence and inspire television comedy. Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, Saturday Night Live, The Uncle Floyd Show, Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and television entertainers including David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, and Craig Ferguson have all used elements of the absurdist humor introduced by Kovacs.

Please visit www.erniekovacs.net, a comprehensive resource with links to scores of Kovacs-related material.


It's been real.

Television: A medium. So called because it's neither rare nor well done.

I was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1919 to a Hungarian couple. I've been smoking cigars ever since.

You don't do anything you lose money on unless you like it a lot.

I know what television is not. It is not photographed radio or vaudeville.

I don't know. I just do it.

I have never really understood classical music, so I would like to take this opportunity to explain it to others.


"Nothing in moderation."

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Quotes of the day: Alexander Hamilton

Published Saturday, January 11, 2014 @ 6:09 AM EST
Jan 11 2014

Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 (or 1757) – July 12, 1804) was a founding father of the United States, chief of staff to General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the Constitution, the founder of the nation's financial system, and the founder of the first American political party. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A fondness for power is implanted in most men, and it is natural to abuse it when acquired.

A national debt, if not excessive, will be to us as a national blessing. It will be a powerful cement of our union.

And it is long since I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value.

Civil liberty is only natural liberty, modified and secured by the sanctions of civil society.

Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.

I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man.

In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.

Inequality will exist as long as liberty exists. It unavoidably results from that very liberty itself.

It is a maxim deeply ingrafted in that dark system, that no character, however upright, is a match for constantly reiterated attacks, however false.

Laws are a dead letter without courts to expound and define their true meaning and operation.

Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.

Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals, for the most part governed by the impulse of passion.

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.

Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.

Remember civil and religious liberty always go together: if the foundation of the one be sapped, the other will fall of course.

The passions of a revolution are apt to hurry even good men into excesses.

The system, though it may not be perfect in every part, is, upon the whole, a good one; is the best that the present views and circumstances of the country will permit; and is such an one as promises every species of security which a reasonable people can desire.

There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.

To produce the desirable changes, as early as may be expedient, may therefore require the incitement and patronage of government.

Unless your government is respectable, foreigners will invade your rights; and to maintain tranquillity you must be respectable; even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.

We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.

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Quotes of the day: Lord Acton

Published Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 12:04 AM EST
Jan 10 2014

John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, KCVO, DL (January 10, 1834 - June 19, 1902)- known as Sir John Dalberg-Acton, 8th Bt from 1837 to 1869, and usually referred to simply as Lord Acton- was an English Catholic historian, politician, and writer. He was the only son of Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, 7th Baronet and a grandson of the Neapolitan admiral Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet. He is famous for his remark, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare, and its triumphs have been due to minorities, that have prevailed by associating themselves with auxiliaries whose objects differed from their own; and this association, which is always dangerous, has been sometimes disastrous, by giving to opponents just grounds of opposition.

Be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites.

Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.

Fanaticism displays itself in the masses; but the masses were rarely fanaticised; and the crimes ascribed to it were commonly due to the calculations of dispassionate politicians.

Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority.

History provides neither compensation for suffering nor penalties for wrong.

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.

Judge not according to the orthodox standard of a system religious, philosophical, political, but according as things promote, or fail to promote the delicacy, integrity, and authority of Conscience.

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.

Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought.

Liberty, next to religion has been the motive of good deeds and the common pretext of crime...

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Put conscience above both system and success.

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. The law of liberty tends to abolish the reign of race over race, of faith over faith, of class over class.

The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.

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.

The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history, like the grains of gold in the sand of a river; and the knowledge of the past, the record of truths revealed by experience, is eminently practical, as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future.

The story of the future is written in the past, and that which hath been is the same thing that shall be.

The strong man with the dagger is followed by the weak man with the sponge.

There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.

There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.

There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.

There is not a more perilous or immoral habit of mind than the sanctifying of success.

Universal History is ... not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.


Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
-Eric Hoffer

In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.
-David Brin

Power corrupts- isn't that what it's for?

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat, though.
-John Lehman

Power corrupts; PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.
-Vinton Cerf

Power dements even more than it corrupts, lowering the guard of foresight and raising the haste of action.
-Will Duran

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
-John Steinbeck

Power interrupts. Uninterruptible power interrupts absolutely.
-Craig Bruce

You know, 'power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely?' It's the same with powerlessness. Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely.
-Studs Terkel

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