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Quotes of the day: Jean Anouilh

Published Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 1:29 PM EDT
Jun 22 2015

Jean Marie Lucien Pierre Anouilh (June 23, 1910 – October 3, 1987) was a French dramatist whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, Anouilh is best known for his 1943 play Antigone, an adaptation of Sophocles' classical drama, that was seen as an attack on Marshal Pétain's Vichy government. One of France's most prolific writers after World War II, much of Anouilh's work deals with themes of maintaining integrity in a world of moral compromise. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A genius knows how to make himself easily understood without being obvious about it.

A good actor must never be in love with anyone but himself.

All evil comes from the old. They grow fat on ideas and young men die of them.

An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.

Effective action is always unjust.

God is on everyone's side... and in the last analysis, he is on the side with plenty of money and large armies.

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

I like reality. It tastes like bread.

Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance.

It takes a certain courage and a certain greatness to be truly base.

Life has a way of setting things in order and leaving them be. Very tidy, is life.

Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it.

Life is very nice, but it lacks form. It's the aim of art to give it some.

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.

Men create real miracles when they use their God-given courage and intelligence.

Nothing is irreparable in politics.

Oh, love is real enough; you will find it someday, but it has one archenemy- and that is life.

One cannot weep for the entire world, it is beyond human strength. One must choose.

Our entire life- consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.

Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.

Some men like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path.

Talent is like a faucet, while it is open, one must write.

The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it.

There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.

Things are beautiful if you love them.

To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It is easy to say no, even if saying no means death.

Tragedy is restful: and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it.

Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.

We poison our lives with fear of burglary and shipwreck, and, ask anyone, the house is never burgled, and the ship never goes down.

What fun it would be to be poor, as long as one was excessively poor! Anything in excess is most exhilarating.

What you get free costs too much.

When you are forty, half of you belongs to the past... And when you are seventy, nearly all of you.


(June 23 is also the birthday of Alan Turing and Joss Whedon.)

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Quotes of the day: Maximilien Robespierre

Published Tuesday, May 05, 2015 @ 4:34 PM EDT
May 05 2015

Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre (May 6, 1758 - July 28 1794) was a French lawyer and politician, and one of the best-known and most influential figures of the French Revolution. As a member of the Estates-General, the Constituent Assembly and the Jacobin Club, he opposed the death penalty and advocated the abolition of slavery, while supporting equality of rights, universal male suffrage and the establishment of a republic. He opposed dechristianisation of France, war with Austria and the possibility of a coup by the Marquis de Lafayette. As a member of the Committee of Public Safety, he was an important figure during the period of the Revolution commonly known as the Reign of Terror, which ended a few months after his arrest and execution in July 1794 following the Thermidorian reaction. The Thermidorians accused him of being the "soul" of the Terror, although his guilt in the brutal excesses of the Terror has not been proven. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil.

Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.

Chance and intrigue have produced more heroes than genius and virtue.

Death is the beginning of immortality.

Omelettes are not made without breaking eggs.

Peoples do not judge in the same way as courts of law; they do not hand down sentences, they throw thunderbolts; they do not condemn kings, they drop them back into the void; and this justice is worth just as much as that of the courts.

Pity is treason.

Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible; it is therefore an emanation of virtue; it is not so much a special principle as it is a consequence of the general principle of democracy applied to our country's most urgent needs.

The aim of constitutional government is to preserve the Republic; that of revolutionary government is to lay its foundation.

The general will rules in society as the private will governs each separate individual.

The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.

The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies.

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.

To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.

We must smother the internal and external enemies of the Republic or perish with it; now in this situation, the first maxim of your policy ought to be to lead the people by reason and the people's enemies by terror.

When a Banker jumps out of a window, jump after him- that's where the money is.

When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.


(May 6 is also the birthday of Orson Welles, Sigmund Freud, and Theodore H. White.)

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Quotes of the day: Louis L'Amour

Published Saturday, March 21, 2015 @ 10:21 PM EDT
Mar 21 2015

Louis Dearborn L'Amour (March 22, 1908 - June 10, 1988) was an American author. His books consisted primarily of Western novels (though he called his work 'frontier stories'), however he also wrote historical fiction (The Walking Drum), science fiction (The Haunted Mesa), nonfiction (Frontier), as well as poetry and short story collections, many of which were adapted into motion pictures. L'Amour's books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death almost all of his 105 existing works (89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full- length works of nonfiction) were still in print. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A good beginning makes a good end.

A man who is in love with learning is a man who is never without a bride, for there is always more.

A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one's life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself.

A mistake constantly made by those who should know better is to judge people of the past by our standards rather than their own. The only way men or women can be judged is against the canvas of their own time.

A sword is never enough. The mind is also a weapon, but like the sword it must be honed and kept sharp.

A true gentleman is at a disadvantage in dealing with women. Women are realists, and their tactics are realistic, so no man should be a gentleman where women are concerned unless the women are very, very old or very, very young. Women admire gentlemen, and sleep with cads.

Adventure is just a romantic name for trouble. It sounds swell when you write about it, but it's hell when you meet it face to face in a dark and lonely place.

Ancestry is most important to those who have done nothing themselves, and often the ancestor from whom they claim descent is one they would not allow in the house if they met him today.

Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before- it takes something from him.

Being scared can keep a man from getting killed, and often makes a better fighter of him.

Do not let yourself be bothered by the inconsequential. One has only so much time in this world, so devote it to the work and the people most important to you, to those you love and things that matter.

Even those who fancy themselves the most progressive will fight against other kinds of progress, for each of us is convinced that our way is the best way.

Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.

Honor is important only when dealing with honorable men.

I have reverence for truth, but I do not know what truth is. I suspect that there are many truths, and therefore, I suspect all who claim to have 'the' truth.

I wonder why it is the man who pleads for mercy never gives it.

I've noticed that whenever a man is asked to be realistic he is being asked to betray something in which he believes. It is the favorite argument of those who believe that only the end matters, not the means.

If you want the law to leave you alone, keep your hair trimmed and your boots shined.

Men must always remember that civilization is a flimsy cloak, and just outside are hunger, thirst, and cold... waiting.

Money can be lost or stolen, health and strength may fail, but what you have committed to your mind is yours forever.

Mostly a man just thinks about women, and they all get to look mighty fine after a while. A body forgets how mean and contrary they can be, and he just thinks of them as if they were angels or something.

Neither age nor size makes a man.

No man has the right to be ignorant.

No memory is ever alone; it's at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations.

No one can get an education, for of necessity education is a continuing process.

Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.

One can waste half a lifetime with people one doesn't really like, or doing things when one would be better off somewhere else.

Power not only corrupts he who wields the power but those who submit to it. Those who grovel at the feet of power betray their fellows to hide themselves behind the cloak of submission. It is an evil thing.

Reading without thinking is nothing, for a book is less important for what it says than for what it makes you think.

Sometimes I wonder if anything is ever ended. The words a man speaks today live on in his thoughts or the memories of others, and the shot fired, the blow struck, the thing done today is like a stone tossed into a pool and the ripples keep widening out until they touch lives far from ours.

The buzzard has only to wait. In the end, we all come to him or his like.

The more one learns, the more he understands his ignorance.

The only thing that never changes is that everything changes.

The terrorist lives for terror, not for the change he tells himself he wants. He masks his desire to kill and destroy behind the curtain of a cause.

There is power in the word whether written or spoken, for words can create images for those who have not themselves seen.

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

To a fool time brings only age, not wisdom.

To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.

Today is all we have, tomorrow is a mirage that may never become reality.

Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.

We Americans love to view things with alarm. But if you look back, you see that life was always hard. It was never easy. And we got through it all, and we'll get through this, too.


(March 22 is also the birthday of Rudy Rucker.)

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Quotes of the day: Will Durst

Published Tuesday, March 17, 2015 @ 6:09 PM EDT
Mar 17 2015

Will Durst (b. March 18, 1952) is an American political satirist. He writes several Internet columns, contributes to Independent Media Institute's Alternet.org and the Huffington Post on a regular basis, is a former contributing editor to National Lampoon and George, and has contributed to various periodicals such as the New York Times, the The Funny Times and his hometown San Francisco Chronicle. His weekly podcasts can be heard on various radio stations and his website, willdurst.com. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Ah. Columbus Day. Guy had no idea where he was going. Couldn't figure out where he was. Did it all on borrowed money. He is an American hero.

Comedy is defiance. It's a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale.

Congressional responsibility. It's like saying Fukushima Sushi.

Every time I hear the oil companies talk about solar energy I worry they've developed a plan to block out the sun.

Everybody says not enough people vote. Now, I don't know nothing, but after the midterms, pretty obvious to me, that too many people vote.

Good to see the CIA finally acknowledging Area 51. Maybe one of these days we can get them to recognize the existence of the Constitution.

How did sex come to be thought of as dirty in the first place? God must have been a Republican.

I hate the outdoors. To me the outdoors is where the car is.

I'd accuse the Democrats of being afraid of their own shadow, but I have yet to be convinced they actually cast one.

If you're worried about losing a job to someone without a fifth grade education who doesn't speak English, immigration is not your biggest problem.

In San Francisco, Halloween is redundant.

It is my experience that the best way to deal with American politics is 50 milligrams of Zoloft 3 times a day.

It's okay to laugh in the bedroom so long as you don't point.

Men are superior to women, for one thing they can urinate from a speeding car.

Pope Benedict XVI admits he used to be a member of the Nazi Party, but he didn't want to be. He was forced to join as a youth and got out as soon as he could. And I can relate, because that pretty much mirrors my experience with the Catholic Church.

So, 'No boots on the ground,' sounds pretty good. And then you begin to suspect the Pentagon has developed combat slippers.

The administration says the American people want tax cuts. Well, duh. The American people also want drive-through nickel beer night. The American people want to lose weight by eating ice cream. The American people love the Home Shopping Network because it's commercial-free.

The only reason Congress isn’t like a petulant child grabbing a ball and going home is an excess of petulant children and a lack of balls.

The only time you can believe a politician is when he says his opponent is a lying thief.

This means it's okay for me to kick a Supreme Court Justice right in the shin because my religion considers punishing stupidity a sacrament.


(March 18 is also the birthday of Grover Cleveland and John Updike.)

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Quotes of the day: E.L. Doctorow

Published Tuesday, January 06, 2015 @ 5:55 AM EST
Jan 06 2015

Edgar Lawrence "E.L." Doctorow (January 6, 1931 - July 21, 2015) was an American author known internationally for his unique works of historical fiction. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Banks and churches and courtrooms all depend on the appurtenances of theatre. On illusion... If there was true justice why would such trappings be necessary? Wouldn't a table and chairs and an ordinary room serve just as well?

Congress is so beholden to the money that any solution in the general interest will be frustrated and subverted by the corporate interests who feel they will be damaged by progress, fair play and justice.

Grandmamma had been the last connection to our past. I had understood her as some referent moral authority to whom we paid no heed, but by whose judgments we measured our waywardness.

Happiness consists of living in the dailiness of life and not knowing how happy you are. True happiness comes of not knowing you're happy.

History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.

I am often asked the question, how can the masses permit themselves to be exploited by the few. The answer is by being persuaded to identify with them.

I asked this question: How can I think about my brain when it's my brain doing the thinking? So is this brain pretending to be me thinking about it?

I take the position that true faith is not a supersessional knowledge. It cannot discard the intellect.

I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad.

If justice cannot be made to operate under the worst possible conditions of social hysteria, what does it matter how it operates at other times?

Orthodox devotions that do not let in the light of modern knowledge are no more than a form of ancestor worship.

Satire's nature is to be one-sided, contemptuous of ambiguity, and so unfairly selective as to find in the purity of ridicule an inarguable moral truth.

Someone dying asks if there is life after death. Yes, comes the answer, only not yours.

The bad news is that if we do in fact get off the earth we will contaminate the rest of the universe with our moral insufficiency.

The difference between Socrates and Jesus is that no one had ever been put to death in Socrates' name. And that is because Socrates' ideas were never made law. Law, in whatever name, protects privilege.

The experience of experience is untransmittable.

The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.

The images of things are not the things in themselves.

There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.

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

We're always attracted to the edges of what we are, out by the edges where it's a little raw and nervy.

Where most people live, most of us, imagining it to be the real sunlit world when it is only a cave lit by the flickering fires of illusion.

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

Writing is like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.


(January 6 is also the birthday of Carl Sandburg, Alan Watts, and Khalil Gibran.)

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Quotes of the day: Will Durant

Published Tuesday, November 04, 2014 @ 6:49 PM EST
Nov 04 2014

William James Durant (November 5, 1885 - November 7, 1981) was a prolific American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife Ariel Durant and published between 1935 and 1975. He was earlier noted for The Story of Philosophy, written in 1926, which one observer described as "a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


As to harmonizing the theory of evolution with the Biblical account of creation, I do not believe it can be done, and I do not see why it should be. The story of Genesis is beautiful, and profoundly significant as symbolism: there is no good reason to torture it into conformity with modern theory.

By and large the poor have the same impulses as the rich, with only less opportunity or skill to implement them.

Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it.

Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.

Civilization exists by geologic consent, subject to change without notice.

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art; it arises in hypothesis and flows into achievement.

Excellence... is not an act but a habit.

Forget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.

Freedom and Equality are sworn enemies. When one prevails, the other one dies.

Hence a certain tension between religion and society marks the higher stages of every civilization. Religion begins by offering magical aid to harassed and bewildered men; it culminates by giving to a people that unity of morals and belief which seems so favorable to statesmanship and art; it ends by fighting suicidally in the lost cause of the past.

History has been too often a picture of the bloody stream. The history of civilization is a record of what happened on the banks.

History reports that the men who can manage men manage the men who can manage only things, and the men who can manage money manage all.

How much more suffering is caused by the thought of death than by death itself.

I feel for all faiths the warm sympathy of one who has come to learn that even the trust in reason is a precarious faith, and that we are all fragments of darkness groping for the sun.

If the average man had had his way there would probably never have been any state. Even today he resents it, classes death with taxes, and yearns for that government which governs least. If he asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous.

If you can't say good and encouraging things, say nothing. Nothing is often a good thing to do, and always a clever thing to say.

In its youth a people produce mythology and poetry; in its decadence, philosophy and logic.

In progressive societies the concentration (of wealth) may reach a point where the strength of number in the many poor rivals the strength of ability in the few rich; then the unstable equilibrium generates a critical situation, which history has diversely met by legislation redistributing wealth or by revolution distributing poverty.

It is a mistake to think that the past is dead. Nothing that has ever happened is quite without influence at this moment. The present is merely the past rolled up and concentrated in this second of time.

It may be true... that 'you can't fool all the people all the time,' but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.

Love is the most practical thing in the world. If you take an attitude of love toward everybody you meet, you'll eventually get along.

Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.

Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias. For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies.

Nothing is impossible to gods and authors.

One of the lessons of history is that the gods can be silent in many languages.

Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.

Peace is an unstable equilibrium, which can be preserved only by acknowledged supremacy or equal power.

Perhaps our supercilious disgust with existence is a cover for a secret disgust with ourselves: we have botched and bungled our lives, and we cast the blame upon the 'environment,' or the 'world,' which have no tongues to utter a defense.

Power dements even more than it corrupts, lowering the guard of foresight and raising the haste of action.

Progress is the domination of chaos by mind and purpose, of matter by form and will. It need not be continuous to be real.

Read, think well of mankind, go to our libraries and rejoice.

Rome remained great as long as she had enemies who forced her to unity, vision, and heroism. When she had overcome them all she flourished for a moment and then began to die.

Rooted in freedom, bonded in the fellowship of danger, sharing everywhere a common human blood, we declare again that all men are brothers, and that mutual tolerance is the price of liberty.

Sixty years ago I knew everything. Now I know nothing. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

So the story of man runs in a dreary circle, because he is not yet master of the earth that holds him.

The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionaries are philosophers and saints.

Those who have suffered much become very bitter or very gentle.

To rulers religion, like almost everything else, is a tool of power.

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves; let us be above such transparent egotism.

Tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty; certainty is murderous.

Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.

When liberty exceeds intelligence, it begets chaos, which begets dictatorship.

When we have learned to reverence liberty as well as wealth, we too shall have our Renaissance.

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Quotes of the day: Frantz Fanon

Published Saturday, July 19, 2014 @ 9:38 PM EDT
Jul 19 2014

Frantz Fanon (July 20, 1925 - December 6, 1961) was a Martinique-born, French Creole psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary, and writer whose works are influential in the fields of post-colonial studies, critical theory, and Marxism. As an intellectual, Fanon was a political radical, and an existentialist humanist concerning the psychopathology of colonization, and the human, social, and cultural consequences of decolonization. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.

Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand.

Fervor is the weapon of choice for the impotent.

He who is reluctant to recognize me opposes me.

I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization.

Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land but from our minds as well.

Mastery of language affords remarkable power.

Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.

The business of obscuring language is a mask behind which stands the much bigger business of plunder.

The oppressed will always believe the worst about themselves.

The peasants alone are revolutionary, for they have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

The unpreparedness of the educated classes, the lack of practical links between them and the mass of the people, their laziness, and, let it be said, their cowardice at the decisive moment of the struggle will give rise to tragic mishaps.

There is a point at which methods devour themselves.

They realize at last that change does not mean reform, that change does not mean improvement.

Violence is man re-creating himself.

We believe that an individual must endeavor to assume the universalism inherent in the human condition.

What I call middle-class society is any society that becomes rigidified in predetermined forms, forbidding all evolution, all gains, all progress, all discovery. I call middle-class a closed society in which life has no taste, in which the air is tainted, in which ideas and men are corrupt. And I think that a man who takes a stand against this death is in a sense a revolutionary.

What matters is not to know the world but to change it.

When people like me, they like me 'in spite of my color.' When they dislike me; they point out that it isn't because of my color. Either way, I am locked in to the infernal circle.


(Today is also the birthday of Ernest Hemingway.)

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Quotes of the day: Arthur Schopenhauer

Published Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EST
Feb 22 2014

Arthur Schopenhauer (February 22, 1788 - September 21, 1860) was a German philosopher best known for his book, The World as Will and Representation, in which he claimed that our world is driven by a continually dissatisfied will, continually seeking satisfaction. Influenced by Eastern thought, he maintained that the "truth was recognized by the sages of India"; consequently, his solutions to suffering were similar to those of Vedantic and Buddhist thinkers (i.e. asceticism); his faith in "transcendental ideality" led him to accept atheism and learn from Christian philosophy. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man's face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man's thoughts and aspirations.

Anybody can sympathize with another's sorrow, but to sympathize with another's joy is the attribute of an angel.

Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another's money. Idiots!

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.

Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.

Compassion is the basis of all morality.

Console yourself by remembering that the world doesn't deserve your affection.

Do not shorten the morning by getting up late, or waste it in unworthy occupations or in talk; look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred. Evening is like old age: we are languid, talkative, silly. Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.

Dogma is intended for, and suited to, the great mass of the human race; and as such it can contain merely allegorical truth that it nevertheless has to pass off as truth sensu proprio.

Every child is in a way a genius; and every genius is in a way a child.

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.

Every parting gives a foretaste of death; every coming together again a foretaste of the resurrection. This is why even people who were indifferent to each other rejoice so much if they come together again after twenty or thirty years' separation.

Everybody's friend is nobody's.

Fame is something which must be won; honor, only something which must not be lost.

Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.

Hatred is an affair of the heart; contempt that of the head.

Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.

If there is anything in the world that can really be called a man's property, it is surely that which is the result of his mental activity.

If wicked actions are atoned for only in the next world, stupid ones are only atoned for in this.

If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.

In early youth, as we contemplate our coming life, we are like children in a theatre before the curtain is raised, sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to begin.

In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.

In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.

Intellect is invisible to the man who has none.

It is difficult, if not impossible, to define the limit of our reasonable desires in respect of possessions.

It would be a good thing to buy books if one could also buy the time to read them; but one usually confuses the purchase of books with the acquisition of their contents.

Life is a business that does not cover the costs.

Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.

Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.

Man is the only animal who causes pain to others with no other object than wanting to do so.

Many learned persons have read themselves stupid.

Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.

Money is human happiness in the abstract: he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes his heart entirely to money.

Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.

National character is only another name for the particular form which the littleness, perversity and baseness of mankind take in every country. Every nation mocks at other nations, and all are right.

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

Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.

Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.

Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors.

Reason is feminine in nature; it can only give after it has received. Of itself it has nothing but the empty forms of its operation.

Style is nothing but the mere silhouette of thought; and an obscure or bad style means a dull or confused brain.

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.

Talent works for money and fame; the motive which moves genius to productivity is, on the other hand, less easy to determine.

The animals are much more content with mere existence than we are; the plants are wholly so; and man is so according to how dull and insensitive he is.

The bad thing about all religions is that, instead of being able to confess their allegorical nature, they have to conceal it...

The cheapest form of pride however is national pride. For it reveals in the one thus afflicted the lack of individual qualities of which he could be proud, while he would not otherwise reach for what he shares with so many millions.

The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.

The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.

The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.

The first forty years of life give us the text, the next thirty the commentary.

The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.

The word of man is the most durable of all material.

There are two things which make it impossible to believe that this world is the successful work of an all-wise, all-good, and, at the same time, all-powerful Being; firstly, the misery which abounds in it everywhere; and secondly, the obvious imperfection of its highest product, man, who is a burlesque of what he should be.

There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.

There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome; to be got over.

There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness, revelry, high life.

There is something in us wiser than our head.

To free a man from error is to give, not to take away. Knowledge that a thing is false is a truth. Error always does harm; sooner or later it will bring mischief to the man who harbors it.

We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends, namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success.

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.

We must recognise the fact that mankind cannot get on without a certain amount of absurdity, that absurdity is an element in its existence, and illusion indispensable; as indeed other aspects of life testify.

Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become.

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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: Francis Bacon

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014 @ 12:05 AM EST
Jan 22 2014

Sir Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban, Kt., QC (January 22, 1561 - April 9, 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.

Bacon was knighted in 1603, and created Baron Verulam in 1618 and Viscount St. Alban in 1621; as he died without heirs, both peerages became extinct upon his death. He famously died by contracting pneumonia while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A wise man will make more opportunities, than he finds.

Be angry, but sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Anger must be limited and confined, both in race and in time.

But by far the greatest obstacle to the progress of science and to the undertaking of new tasks and provinces therein is found in this- that men despair and think things impossible.

Certainly fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.

Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.

Fortune is like the market, where many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.

Glorious men are the scorn of wise men, the admiration of fools, the idols of parasites, and the slaves of their own vaunts.

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.

Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.

Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced.

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she is blind, she is not invisible.

In charity there is no excess.

It is a strange desire, to seek power and to lose liberty.

It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed.

It is true that that may hold in these things, which is the general root of superstition; namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.

Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.

Nature is often hidden; sometimes overcome; seldom extinguished.

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

Riches are for spending.

Silence is the virtue of a fool.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested...

The human understanding is of its own nature prone to suppose the existence of more order and regularity in the world than it finds.

The joys of parents are secret; and so are their griefs and fears. They cannot utter the one; nor they will not utter the other.

The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament, is affectation; to make judgment wholly by their rules, is the humor of a scholar.

Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion.

Virtue is like a rich stone- best plain set.

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Quotes of the day: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Published Monday, October 07, 2013 @ 6:41 AM EDT
Oct 07 2013

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (August 29, 1809 - October 7, 1894) was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author. Regarded by his peers as one of the best writers of the 19th century, he is considered a member of the Fireside Poets. His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858). He is also recognized as an important medical reformer. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.

A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. It has come to you over a new route, by a new and express train of associations.

Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them!

All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called 'facts.' They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.

Apology is only egotism wrong side out.

Beware how you take away hope from any human being.

Controversy equalizes fools and wise men in the same way- and the fools know it.

Death tugs at my ear and says, 'Live. I am coming.'

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.

Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.

How many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made!

Humility is the first of the virtues- for other people.

I find that the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

I hate paying taxes. But I love the civilization they give me.

In my experience, clever food is not appreciated at Christmas. It makes the little ones cry and the old ones nervous.

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.

It is by little things that we know ourselves; a soul would very probably mistake itself for another, when once disembodied, were it not for individual experiences which differ from those of others only in details seemingly trifling.

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

Knowledge and timber shouldn't be much used, till they are seasoned.

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

Leverage is everything, was what I used to say- don't begin to pry till you have got the long arm on your side.

Life is a fatal complaint, and an eminently contagious one.

Literature is full of coincidences, which some love to believe are plagiarisms. There are thoughts always abroad in the air which it takes more wit to avoid than to hit upon.

Man has his will- but woman has her way!

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one they where they sprang up.

Memory is a net; one finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook; but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking.

Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.

Most persons have died before they expire- died to all earthly longings, so that the last breath is only, as it were, the locking of the door of the already deserted mansion.

Old age is fifteen years older than I am.

People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be 'consistent.'

Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground-floor.

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.

Some of the sharpest men in argument are notoriously unsound in judgment.

Stupidity often saves a man from going mad.

The best servant does his work unseen.

The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye: the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.

The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.

The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

There never was an idea started that woke up men out of their stupid indifference but its originator was spoken of as a crank.

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.

Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.

Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable . It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.

We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible.

We forget that weakness is not in itself a sin. We forget that even cowardice may call for our most lenient judgment, if it spring from innate infirmity.

When one has had all his conceit taken out of him, when he has lost all his illusions, his feathers will soon soak through, and he will fly no more.

Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks.

You can hire logic, in the shape of a lawyer, to prove anything that you want to prove.

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Quotes of the day: Roy Blount, Jr.

Published Friday, October 04, 2013 @ 12:01 AM EDT
Oct 04 2013

(Today is also the birthday of Damon Runyon and Charleton Heston)


Roy Alton Blount, Jr. (b. October 4, 1941) is an American writer. Best known as a humorist, Blount is also a reporter, speaker and versifier who claims that he can't act but did appear as himself in a cameo in "Treme," and is heartbrokenly unable to make music in any form yet performs in an ill-defined capacity with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock band composed entirely of writers. He is also a former president of the Authors Guild. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A dog will make eye contact. A cat will, too, but a cat's eyes don't even look entirely warm-blooded to me, whereas a dog's eyes look human except less guarded.

A good heavy book holds you down. It's an anchor that keeps you from getting up and having another gin and tonic.

Any given generation gives the next generation advice that the given generation should have been given by the previous generation but now it's too late.

Anybody who claims not to feel bad when they're 67 is lying.

Contemporary American children, if they are old enough to grasp the concept of Santa Claus by Thanksgiving, are able to see through it by December 15th.

Doctors and lawyers must go to school for years and years, often with little sleep and with great sacrifice to their first wives.

English is an outrageous tangle of those derivations and other multifarious linguistic influences, from Yiddish to Shoshone, which has grown up around a gnarly core of chewy, clangorous yawps derived from ancestors who painted themselves blue to frighten their enemies.

Even intellectuals should have learned by now that objective rationality is not the default position of the human mind, much less the bedrock of human affairs.

I do hope you realize that every time you use disinterested to mean uninterested, an angel dies.

I have to be firm on this: unique is not to be modified. Adding very or absolutely is like putting a propeller on a rabbit to make him hop better. It won't work, and he won't be a rabbit anymore.

I prefer my oysters fried; that way I know my oysters died.

I think writer's block is simply the dread that you are going to write something horrible. But as a writer, I believe that if you sit down at the keys long enough, sooner or later something will come out.

If a cat spoke, it would say things like, "Hey, I don't see the problem here."

In the beginning, Atlanta was without form, and void; and it still is.

Language seems to me intrinsically comic- noises of the tongue, lips, larynx, and palate rendered in ink on paper with the deepest and airiest thoughts in mind and the harshest and tenderest feelings at heart.

Many a person has been saved from summer alcoholism, not to mention hypertoxicity, by Dostoyevsky.

People don't necessarily want or need to be done unto as you would have them do unto you. They want to be done unto as they want to be done unto

Studying literature at Harvard is like learning about women at the Mayo clinic.

The last time somebody said, 'I find I can write much better with a word processor,' I replied, 'They used to say the same thing about drugs.'

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

Usage ain't always a matter of ought.

When money gets too far away from actual, physical, real equity and property it gets too abstract and too distantly derived and then suddenly it's not worth anything anymore. And the same is true of language.

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Quotes of the day: Henry Ford

Published Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 1:52 AM EDT
Jul 30 2013

Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Ford did not invent the automobile, but he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford to buy. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with "Fordism": mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers. Ford had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace. His intense commitment to systematically lowering costs resulted in many technical and business innovations, including a franchise system that put dealerships throughout most of North America and in major cities on six continents. Ford left most of his vast wealth to the Ford Foundation and arranged for his family to control the company permanently.

Ford was also widely known for his pacifism during the first years of World War I, and also for being the publisher of antisemitic texts such as the book The International Jew.

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A low wage business is always insecure.

A man's college and university degrees mean nothing to me until I see what he is able to do with them.

America is not a land of money but of wealth- not a land of rich people, but of successful workers.

An educated person, I think, is one who not only knows a lot, but knows how to do a lot of things.

Any man can learn anything he will, but no man can teach except to those who want to learn. Education is preeminently a matter of quality, not amount.

Anything that is not right, whether it temporarily favors the employees or the employers, cannot last- because it is not right.

As betting at the race ring adds neither strength nor speed to the horse, so the exchange of shares in the stock market adds no capital to business, no increase in the production and no purchasing power to the market.

But to do for the world more than the world does for you- that is Success.

Cutting wages is not the way to recovery. Raise wages and improve the product.

Depressions aren't acts of God; like wars, they are the work of a small group of men who profit by them.

Education is preeminently a matter of quality, not amount.

Every business is a monarchy with, not a man, but an idea as king.

Every man is entitled to make a darn fool of himself at least once in a lifetime.

I believe in 100% Theory and 100% Practice. Theory without practical application is futile.

I believe that any stock that is sold should have real value as automobile or bushel of potatoes, and stock market should be run as a vegetable market.

I believe that music fills a great place. The teaching of it goes far to restore the balance and richness of life, and- I might add- the unit of life also.

I can visualize the time when almost every family will have a small plane in their back yard.

I don't expect to retire. Every man must work, that's his natural destiny.

I don't like old people. I stay away from them.

I don't like to read books. They muss up my mind.

I don't read history. That's in the past. I'm thinking of the future.

I haven't put a pencil to a piece of paper, working out a problem, in years; I do it in my head.

I wouldn't give five cents for all the art in the world.

Idleness is the reason for many of our troubles.

If the boss stands in the way of men getting what they earn, he is not fit to be boss.

If we could get all religions together on a common purpose- the elimination of jealousies and the things that make men covet another's belongings, we would be a long way toward the goal of outmoding war, depression and poverty.

If we had more justice there would be less need of charity.

If you find out what men want and give them that, you are pleasing them. If you find out what is good for them and give them that, you are performing a service.

In the long run people are going to buy the cheapest and the best article no matter where it is made.

Look beyond the individual to the cause of his misery.

Machines were devised not to do a man out of a job, but to take the heavy labor from man's back and place it on the broad back of the machine.

Man minus the Machine is a slave; Man plus the Machine is a freeman.

Many people are busy trying to find better ways of doing things that should not have to be done at all. There is no progress in merely finding a better way to do a useless thing.

Mark my word: A combination airplane and motor car is coming. (in 1940)

Mass production is craftsmanship with the drudgery taken out of it.

Money will ruin the life of any man who treats it like anything but a tool with which to work.

Most fashionable commodity in US is going to be old-fashioned common sense and work.

Most of the sickness in the world is caused by eating too much.

No American ought to be compelled to strike for his rights. He ought to receive them naturally, easily, as a matter of course.

No one ever wins a war.

No one will ever get anywhere in this world unless he becomes a teacher, one who can show others how to do things.

Nothing can be made except by makers, nothing can be managed except by managers. Money cannot make anything and money cannot manage anything.

Of all the follies the elder generation falls victim to this is the most foolish, namely, the constant criticism of the younger element who will not be and cannot be like ourselves because we and they are different tribes produced of different elements in the great spirit of Time.

Only one thing makes prosperity, and that is work.

Paying good wages is not charity at all- it is the best kind of business.

People will try to fix world but world will fix people.

Should a man quit at 40 he is failure- Retire at that age is sorry failure.

Somewhere is a master mind sending brain wave messages to us. There is a Great Spirit. I never did anything by my own volition. I was pushed by invisible forces within and without me.

Stock market never made business-business makes the stock market.

Teach children not to be gullible.

That man is best educated who knows the greatest number of things that are so, and who can do the greatest number of things to help and heal the world.

The best way is always the simplest. The attics of the world are cluttered up with complicated failures.

The best way to make money in business is not to think too much about making it.

The depression was just a state of mind. It is over for everyone who has changed his state of mind.

The farther you look back, the farther you can look ahead.

The home of tomorrow will make women free for work... free to work as they like, not as they are bound to do by the past... work is the only real happiness... industry itself has been modernized so that almost any job in industry may be taken over by a woman.

The most closely organized groups and movements in the world are those which have been the least friendly to the people's progress and liberty.

The only thing you can give a man without hurting him is an opportunity.

The present method of producing milk is too laborious. I believe that we can make milk by scientific process, eliminating the cow.

The remains of the old must be decently laid away; the path of the new prepared. That is the difference between Revolution and Progress.

The sense of injustice, more than the unjust condition itself, is what wears on men's minds.

The unhappiest man on earth is the one who has nothing to do.

The way out of the depression is to start spending and doing things.

The world is held together by the mass of honest folk who do their daily tasks, tend their own spot in the world, and have faith that at last the Right will come fully into its own.

There can be no bosses in our country except the people. The job of the government is to serve, not to dominate.

There can be no lasting peace where hatred exists. Hatreds will continue to arise as long as the causes of war are not rooted out and exposed.

There is nothing ever wrong with ability, ambition, achievement; but they can easily be wronged by being used to bad ends.

There should be no unemployment. There is large percentage of labor now which cannot make a living because wages are not high enough. That is industry's second job. First job is to make good product. Second pay a good wage.

Three most deleterious things of modern life in their present order of importance are: tobacco, alcohol and intemperate eating. Both alcohol and tobacco are taboo in plants.

To be good is not enough; a man must be good for something.

Two classes of people lose money; those who are too weak to guard what they have; those who win money by trick. They both lose in the end.

Wars are necessary to teach us lessons we seem unable to learn any other way.

We are always seeking for those things which are in the clouds, not for those that lie at our feet.

We now know that anything which is economically right is also morally right. There can be no conflict between good economics and good morals.

We ought to know more about the families who founded this nation, and how they lived.

What right have you, save service to the world, to think that other men's labor should contribute to your gains?

When bankers get into business they usually destroy it.

When you once get an idea in which you believe with all your heart, work it out.

Work is our sanity, our self-respect, our salvation. The day's work is the center of everything.

Worry is the most wasteful thing in the world.

You can't tell me you can make any system or country work with low wages and high prices, and high wages with high prices don't mean anything when the prices eat up the wages and don't leave anything over.

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Advanced situational ethics

Published Saturday, July 27, 2013 @ 2:43 AM EDT
Jul 27 2013

If I can be with the one I love, is it still OK to love the one I'm with?
-The Covert Comic

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Quotes of the day: Roger Zelazny

Published Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 4:05 AM EDT
Jun 14 2013

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

A totally nondenominational prayer: Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters, that I be forgiven for anything I may have done or failed to do which requires forgiveness. Conversely, if not forgiveness but something else may be required to insure any possible benefit for which I may be eligible after the destruction of my body, I ask that this, whatever it may be, be granted or withheld, as the case may be, in such a manner as to insure said benefit. I ask this in my capacity as your elected intermediary between yourself and that which may not be yourself, but which may have an interest in the matter of your receiving as much as it is possible for you to receive of this thing, and which may in some way be influenced by this ceremony. Amen.

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

Coincidence is like a rubber band. Stretch it too far and it snaps.

Death is the only god who comes when you call.

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

I enjoy slaughtering beasts, and I think of my relatives constantly.

I sometimes think of us as a gang of mean little old ladies in a combination rest home and obstacle course.

It is anticipation and recollection that fill the heart- never the sensation of the moment.

It would be nice if there were some one thing constant and unchanging in the universe. If there is such a thing, then it is a thing which would have to be stronger than love, and it is a thing which I do not know.

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

Love is a negative form of hatred.

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

Nobody steals books but your friends.

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

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

The death of an illusion tends to disconcert.

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

The power to hurt... has evolved in a direct relationship to technological advancement.

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

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

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

To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, “I wish I had known this some time ago.”

When inspiration is silent reason tires quickly.

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

While I had often said that I wanted to die in bed, what I really meant was that in my old age I wanted to be stepped on by an elephant while making love.

(Also- G.K. Chesteron died on this date in 1936.)

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Published Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 1:27 AM EDT
Oct 03 2012

One of these things is not like the other,
One of these things just doesn't belong
Can you guess which thing is not like the other
Before I finish singing this song?

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