- The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad.
- I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the subject grow to look like his portrait.
Charles Anderson Dana
(1819-1897) --American newspaper editor, Publisher
- When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news.
- The most delightful advantage of being bald: one can hear snowflakes.
(1265-1321) --Italian Poet
- Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch'entrate. (Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here)
- The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.
- Pride, envy, avarice -- these are the sparks have set on fire the souls of man.
- For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
Georges Jacques Danton
(1759-1794) --French revolutionary leader
- Audacity, more audacity and always audacity.
--Director of OMB, explaining President Bush's campaign pledges
- He didn't say that. He was reading what was given to him in a speech.
(1857-1938) --American criminal lawyer
- Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails.
- None meet life honestly and few heroically.
- The man who fights for his fellow-man is a better man than the one who fights for himself.
- To think is to differ.
- The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children.
- Liberty is the most jealous and exacting mistress that can beguile the soul and brain of man.
- As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.
- The law is a horrible business.
- There is no such thing as justice--in or out of court.
- You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.
- With all their faults, trade-unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed.
- True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
- I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.
Charles [Robert] Darwin
(1809-1882) --English naturalist
- I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
- man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.
- A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
- The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
- False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutory pleasure in proving their falseness.
- Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety.
A. M. Davis ("Bert Milton")
- If you spill your coffee in your neighbor's lap -- INSTANTLY assure him that you really didn't care for the coffee anyway. Tell him not to mind it at all. (Awful Table Manners Corrected)
(1926-1991) --U.S. jazz musician, composer
- That was my gift -- having the ability to put certain guys together that would create a chemistry and then letting them go; letting them play what they knew, and above it.
- I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.
- I'll play it first and tell you what it is later.
- Bebop was about change, about evolution. It wasn't about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.
- A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it.
Eugene V. Debs
(1855-1926) --American socialist, activist, unionist
- If it had not been for the discontent of a few fellows who had not been satisfied with their conditions, you would still be living in caves. Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization. Progress is born of agitation. It is agitation or stagnation.
- The rights of one are as sacred as the rights of a million.
- When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right.
- I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.
Decca Recording Co. review of the Beatles, 1962
- We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.
(1660-1731) --English journalist and novelist
- The best of men cannot suspend their fate: The good die early, and the bad die late.
--Inventor of the "audion" tube, making commercial radio possible
- You have debased my child--you have made him a laughingstock of intelligence--a stench in the nostrils of the gods of the ionosphere. (speech to the National Association of Broadcasters)
Charles de Gaulle
--French general, statesman
- Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
- How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over 200 varieties of cheeses? (1958)
- For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.
- A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.
- To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.
- When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.
- You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
- I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.
- I have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take the Métro.
- Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
- I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
- Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.
- In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country of the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
- It will not be any European statesman who will unite Europe: Europe will be united by the Chinese.
- In order to become the master the politician poses as the servant.
(1863-1920) --German poet and playwright
- A little kindness from person to person is better than a vast love for all humankind.
(1798-1863) --French romantic painter
- What makes men of genius, or rather, what they make, is not new ideas, it is that idea - possessing them - that what has been said has still not been said enough.
Madame Dorthee Deluzy
- It is easier to forgive an enemy that a friend.
- Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.
Max De Pree
- We cannot become what we need to be, by remaining what we are.
(1595-1650) --French mathematician and philosopher
- Cogito, ergo, sum. (I think; therefore I am.)
- There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull: How do you hang on to
someone who won't stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won't go? -- from The War of the Roses
- To gain that worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
- The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.
- The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults. -- from The Tunnel of Love
- Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens.
Phillip K. Dick
--Science Fiction author and editor
- Reality is that which refuses to go away when I stop believing in it.
(1812-1870) --English author
- It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done;
it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
- It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. - from A Tale of Two Cities
- It was a turkey! He could never have stood upon his legs, that bird! He would have snapped 'em off short in a minute, like sticks of sealing wax. (A Christmas Carol )
- Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.
(1830-1886) --American poet
- Parting is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell.
- Success is counted sweetest by those who ne'er succeed.
- Integrity is like oxygen: The higher you go, the less there is of it.
- I sing sometimes for the war that I fight, cause every tool is a weapon if you hold it right.
Edsger W. Dijkstra
- The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.
- Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.