- Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.
--New York City Mayor, after he failed to pay his income taxes
- I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.
(Circa 200 A. D.) --Greek philosopher
- We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less.
- The mob is the mother of tyrants.
- Democritus says, "But we know nothing really; for truth lies deep down."
- When Thales was asked what was difficult, he said, "To know one's self." And what was easy, "To advise another."
- Solon used to say that speech was the image of actions;... that laws were like cobwebs, --for that if any trifling or powerless thing fell into them, they held it fast; while if it were something weightier, it broke through them and was off.
- Chilo advised, "not to speak evil of the dead."
- He used to say that it was better to have one friend of great value than many friends who were good for nothing.
- He said that there was one only good, namely, knowledge; and one only evil, namely, ignorance.
- Time is the image of eternity.
- Aristotle was once asked what those who tell lies gain by it. Said he, "That when they speak truth they are not believed."
- The question was put to him, what hope is; and his answer was, "The dream of a waking man."
- "Bury me on my face," said Diogenes; and when he was asked why, he replied, "Because in a little while everything will be turned upside down."
- All things are in common among friends.
- I am a citizen of the world.
- It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.
- Nothing can be produced out of nothing.
(1901-1966) -American animated film producer, amusement park creator
- If you can dream it, you can do it.
(1804-1881) --English politician and author
- Never complain and never explain.
- There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.
- Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men.
- Sir, I say that justice is truth in action. - from a speech in House of Commons, February 11, 1851
- What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens.
- He is a self-made man, very much in love with his creator.
- Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men.
- We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
- In a progressive country change is constant, change is inevitable. - from a speech on the Reform Bill of 1867, Edinburgh, October 29, 1867
- Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future. - from Coningsby, 1844
- We live in an age when to be young and indifferent can no longer be synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity. - from Sybil, 1845
- Mediocrity can talk; but it is for genius to observe.
- Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
--American professional football coach
- You never really lose until you quit trying.
(At the Lavander Lantern)
- I wonder who is haunting the little snug cafe,
- That place, half restaurant and home,
- since we have gone away;
- The candled dimness, smoke and talk,
- and tables brown and bare --
- But no one thinks of tablecloths when
- love and laughter's there...
- Where hearts were high and fortunes
- low, and onions in the stew.
W. MacNeile Dixon
- Our desires attract supporting reasons as a magnet the iron fillings
Lames Frank Dobie
(1888-1964) --American folklorist
- Conform and be dull.
- An ancient Buddha said "mountains are mountains; waters are waters." These words do not mean mountains are mountains; they mean mountains are mountains.
(1572-1631) --English poet
- No man is an Island, entire of it self;
every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were;
any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee. (from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions )
- Love all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.
Thomas Aloysius Dorgan
- Life is like eating artichokes, you have got to go through so much to get so little.
- They say that after a brush with death the world looks different and that was true for me, but by the time I caught my breath, I realized that it was because I had lost my glasses. - from The Broken Cord
(1821-1881) --Russian novelist
- The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
- Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on Earth.
- There are two problems in my life: the political ones are insoluble and the economic ones are incomprehensible.
- Character isn't inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains.
- Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
Arthur Conan Doyle
(1858-1930) --British writer, physician, creator of Sherlock Holmes
- A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to need, and the rest he can put away in the lumber room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.
- There comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.
- When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
- It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.
- It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.
- Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius. (The Valley of Fear)
- When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
- Change starts when someone sees the next step.
- The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
- Quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for. A product is not quality because it is hard to make and costs a lot of money, as manufacturers typically believe. This is incompetence. Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality.
(1631-1700) --English Poet
- Pains of love be sweeter far
Than all other pleasures are.
- A mob is the scum that rises upmost when the nation boils.
- You see through love, and that deludes your sight, As what is straight seems crooked through the water.
- And virtue, though in rags, will keep you warm.
Fr. Alfred D'Souza
- For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin--real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
- The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
Charles H. Duell
--Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899
- Everything that can be invented has been invented.
(1878-1927) --American dancer
- Dancing: The Highest Intelligence in the Freest Body.
- Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting, and doing the things historians usually record -- while, on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry, and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks.
- Tired mothers takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.
--American singer and songwrighter
- A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.
- How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? (song lyric)