Hagar the Horrible
Comic strip character
- As you journey through life take a minute every now and then to give a thought for the other fellow. He could be plotting something.
- It is my supposition that the Universe in not only queerer than we imagine, is queerer than we CAN imagine.
- Convincing yourself doesn't win an argument.
- We need to give ourselves permission to act out our dreams and visions, not look for more sensations, more phenomena, but live our strongest dreams -- even if it takes a lifetime.
- You cannot play with the animal in you without becoming wholly animal, play with falsehood without forfeiting your right to truth, play with cruelty without losing your sensitivity of mind. He who wants to keep his garden tidy doesn't reserve a patch for weeds.
- You are... the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as the lens does.
- It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.
- If you seek yourself,...you rob the lens of its transparency.... You will know life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of transparency, your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end, and remain purely as a means.
- The long haul is better than the big splash.
- A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life.
General of Ancient Carthage
- We will either find a way or make one.
Mark Victor Hansen
- Whatever you're ready for is ready for you.
Julius C. Hare
- The mind is like a sheet of white paper in this, that the impressions it receives the oftenest, and retains the longest, are black ones.
- What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
- Accountants are the witch doctors of the modern world.
- Without trust, words become the hollow sound of a wooden gong. With trust, words become life itself.
from Some Other Place. The Right Place.
- The dew at night is the weeping of the stars.
- And the trouble with mankind is that, because the right place can be found only in transitory, cyclic moments, mankind is always hunting for, and finding, some other place.
- The best way to convince yourself that somebody else exists is to look deeply into their eyes for a long time.
- Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there.
- The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
- When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard", I am always tempted to ask: "Compared to what?".
- I remember my grandfather telling me how each of us must live with a
full measure of loneliness that is inescapable, and we must not destroy
ourselves with our passion to escape this aloneness. (from Dalua)
- There is neither heaven nor earth, only snow, falling incessantly.
- Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
- It is clearly necessary to invent organizational structures appropriate to the multiculteral age.
- It matters if you just don't give up.
- My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it as it is and why it exists as all.
- We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
- Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
- Our lives are fed by kind words and gracious behavior. We are nourished by expressions like 'excuse me' and other such simple courtesies...Rudeness, the absence of the sacrament of consideration, is but another mark that our time-is-money society is lacking in spirituality, if not also in its enjoyment of life.
- If you think you can win, you can. Faith is necessary to victory.
- The more we do, the more we can do.
- Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.
- No really great man ever thought himself so.
- If we wish to know the force of human genius we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning we may study his commentators.
- Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
- If it isn't worth doing, it isn't worth doing well.
Laundry instructions on a shirt made by HEET (Korean Company)
- For best results: Wash in cold water separately, hang dry and iron with warm iron. For not so good results: Drag behind car through puddles, blow-dry on roofrack.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
(1770-1831) German philosopher
- What experience and history teach is this - that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it. (Philosophy of History)
- Never judge someone by who he's in love with; judge him by his friends. People fall in love with the most appalling people.
(1797-1856), German philosopher
- The fundamental evil of the world arose from the fact that the good Lord has not created money enough. (from English Fragments)
- It must require an inordinate share of vanity and presumption, too, after enjoying so much that is good
and beautiful on earth, to ask the Lord for immortality in addition to all.
- Human misery is too great for men to do without faith.
The sea has its pearls,
The heaven its stars, --
But my heart, my heart,
My heart has its love. (Das Meer hat seine Perlen, Stanza 1)
- Since the Exodus, freedom has always spoken with a Hebrew accent. (Germany to Luther, 1834)
- Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people.
- The German is like the slave who, without chains, obeys his masters merest word, his very glance. The condition of servitude is inherent in him, in his very soul; and worse than the physical is the spiritual slavery. The Germans must be set free from within. From without there is no help. (Gedanken und Einfalle)
- Dieu me pardonnera; c'est son metier. (God will pardon me, that's his job.)
Robert A. Heinlein
- You live and learn. Or you don't live long.
- An armed society is a polite society.
- Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it.
- A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
- No philosophy that he had ever heard or read gave any reasonable purpose for man's existence, nor any rational clue to his proper conduct. Basking in the sunshine might be as good a thing to do with one's life as any other--but it was not for him and he knew it, even if he could not define how he knew it. - from Methusalah's Children
- Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them.
- The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.
- from Catch-22
Claude Adrien Helvetius
- To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
- Genius is nothing but continued attention.
- Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honour.
- The great thing is to last and get your work done, and see and hear and understand and write when there is something that you know and not before and not too damn much afterwards.
- All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that it all happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstacy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.
- The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.
, - from For Whom the Bell Tolls
- All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
- A writer's problem does not change. It is always how to write truly and having found out what is true to project it in such a way that it becomes part of the experience of the person who reads it.
- Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.
- from Men at War
- If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.
- from A Movable Feast
- A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
- from The Old Man and the Sea
- As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of
- Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
- The best ammunition against lies is the truth, there is no ammunition against gossip. It is like a fog and the clear wind blows it away and the sun burns it off.
- There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
- Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo style of architecture.
- Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
- The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
- There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.
- Courage is grace under pressure.
- Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
- from The Garden of Eden
- My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
- Retirement is the ugliest word in the language.
- There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and, because it takes a man's life to know them, the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.
Graham L. Hemminger
- Tobacco is a dirty weed:
I like it.
It satisfies no normal need:
I like it.
It makes you thin, it makes you lean,
It takes the hair right off your bean,
It's the worst darn stuff I've ever seen:
I like it. (1915)
Lewis C Henry
- To our sweethearts and wives - may they never meet. - from Toasts for all occasions
- But in the case of human beings, friendship is a transitory art, subject to discontinuance without further notice.
- If this be treason, make the most of it!
- I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.