- You can't trust anybody with power.
- Whoever controls the media - the images - controls the culture.
- The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made.
Bhagavad Gita >
- That which is not, shall never be;
that which is, shall never cease to be.
To the wise, these truths are self-evident.
William E. Gladstone
- Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence;
Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.
- The difference between a crank and a visionary is about five years.
- I've never been drunk, but often I've been overserved.
- Good teaching is 1/4th preparation and 3/4ths theatre.
Nazi propaganda minister
- The past is lying in flames. The future will rise from the flames within our hearts. (May 10, 1933,)
(1749-1832) German Philosopher
- Who never ate his bread in sorrow,
- Who never spent the darksome hours
- Weeping, and watching for the morrow,--
- He knows ye not, ye gloomy Powers.
- Know'st thou the land where the lemon-trees bloom,
- Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket's gloom,
- Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows,
- And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose?
- Art is long, life short; judgment difficult, opportunity transient.
- He is happiest, be he king or peasant who finds peace in his home.
- When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
- What government is the best? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.
- It is not enough to have knowledge, one must also apply it. It is not enough to have wishes, one must also accomplish.
- If a man writes a book, let him set down only what he knows. I have guesses enough of my own.
- One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
- The man of understanding finds everything laughable.
- Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
- Everything a human being wants can be divided into four components: love, adventure, power and fame.
- Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
- Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different.
- Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
- Nature understands no jesting. She is always true, always serious, always severe. She is always right, and the errors are always those of man.
- Life is not anything, but an opportunity for something.
- Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be, and he will become as he can and should be.
- I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.
- If you feel that you have both feet planted on level ground, then the university has failed you.
- Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
William Goldman (from The Princess Bride)
- I am no one to be trifled with. That is all you ever need to know.
- My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
- Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.
- I've done that already, and I haven't the slightest intention of ever doing it again. --Westley
- God grant you your quota of smiles. --Yeste
- Child; sweet child. I have a knife. I have my sword. I did not come across the world to lose you now. --Westley
- I am poor, and no one knows me in all the world but you and Inigo, but I do not have to suffer fools. --Domingo
- But love is many things, none of them logical.
- There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher.
- Be kind to everyone you talk with. You never know who's going to be on the jury.
- I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!
- Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
- The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit.
A. L. Goodhart
- Americans hardly ever retire from business: they are either carried out feet first or they jump from a window.
- Like a cat preparing for a leap, you can throw your heart into something ahead and the rest of you catches up. However, what seems most important is the muscle power available for the leap.
- from Moving Heaven And Earth
(1868-1936) --Russian novelist, short-story writer, dramatist
- A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains.
- In the carriages of the past you can't go anywhere.
- Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.
- When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.
- You must write for children in the same way as you do for adults, only better.
- In marriage, being the right person is as important as finding the right person.
Stephen Jay Gould
- A mutation doesn't produce major new raw material. You don't make new species by mutating the species. That's a common idea people have; that evolution is due to random mutations. A mutation is NOT the cause of evolutionary change. Something else than natural selection brings about species at new levels, trends and direction.
- A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
- Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
- Whatever our point of view or frame of reference, the world is richer and more amazing than we realize. All frames of reference are limited. All points of view can be supple- mented by further experience under new and various conditions.
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) US Civil War General (Union), US President
- The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike at him as hard as you can and as often as you can, and keep moving on.
- Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately you occasionally find men disgrace labor. (speech, 1875)
- Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the state forever separate. (speech, 1875)
- There is no money in poetry, but then there is no poetry in money, either.
- There is nothing in the world that people so much thrive upon, grow fine and rosy and robust upon... as being loved.
- The darkest hour of any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it.
- I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot.
- The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages.
- There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
- Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It has no mother.
- A good education should leave much to be desired.
General Charles H. Grosvenor
Representative from Ohio, famous for predictions of presidential elections
- Figures won't lie, but liars will figure.
- Comparing information and knowledge is like asking whether the fatness of a pig is more or less green than the designated hitter rule.
- Providence, that watches over children, drunkards, and fools
With silent miracles and other esoterica,
Continue to suspend the ordinary rules
And take care of the United States of America.
- from Gaily the Troubadour
- If a sufficient number of people who wanted to stop war really did gather together, they would first of all begin by making war upon those who disagreed with them. And it is still more certain that they would make war on people who also want to stop wars but in another way.
- Some men rob you with a gun, some with a fountain pen.