- Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting.
Herakleitos ( sometimes Heraclitus)
- Nothing endures but change.
- Everything flows; nothing remains.
- No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
- Wisdom is one thing. It is to know the thought by which all things are steered through all things.
- The concept of two people living together for 25 years without a serious dispute suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.
- The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.
- The eyes have one language everywhere.
- We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice.
- In peace, sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury their sons.
- There is nobody so irritating as someone with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
- In any free society where terrible wrongs exist, some are guilty - all are responsible.
- If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is a part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
- Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.
- These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice and just as the touch on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.
- A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success.
- Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue prints of your ultimate achievements.
- When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
Sir Edmund Hillary
- It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- There's a mighty big difference between good, sound reasons and reasons that sound good.
- One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one's life.
- I must apologize for the lack of bloodshed in tonight's program. We shall try to do better next time.
- We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like. I have prepared one of my own. I have placed some rather large samples of dynamite, gunpowder, and nitroglycerin. My time capsule is set to go off in the year 3000. It will show them what we are really like.
- There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.
C. A. R. Hoare
- There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to
make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.
John Oliver Hobbes
- Men heap together the mistakes of their lives, and create a monster they call Destiny.
- Some things have to be believed to be seen.
- If you do not ask the right questions, you do not get the right answers. A question asked in the right way often points to its own answer. Asking questions is the A-B-C of diagnosis. Only the inquiring mind solves problems.
- The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.
- Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
- The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.
Douglas R. Hofstadter
- Apathy on the individual level translates into insanity at the mass level.
- As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.
- Love and a red nose can't be hid.
Commonwealth Edison News Supervisor
- It depends on your definition of 'asleep'. They were not stretched out. They had their eyes closed. They were seated at their desks with their heads in a nodding position. (responding to charges that two nuclear plant operators were sleeping on the job)
- A dog is not `almost human' and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
- Man has his will - but woman has her way.
- Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
- Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
- No families take so little medicine as those of doctors, except those of apothecaries.
- from Medical Essays
- To obtain a man's opinion of you, make him mad.
- Life is action and passion; therefore, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.
- What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
- People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, 'Why wasn't it done the other way?'
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
- As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.
- Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.
- The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.
- To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.
- In the sciences, we are now uniquely privileged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
- Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
Homer (c. 850 BC) Greek epic poet
- A decent boldness ever meets with friends. ( The Odyssey)
- Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt.
- Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a world-wide depression all by myself.
- There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.
- A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.
- It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.
- Nobody's interested in sweetness and light.
- Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero!
(Seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow)
- Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in properous circumstances, would have lain dormant.
- Multa ferunt anni venientes commoda secum, Multa recedentes adimiunt.
(The years, as they come, bring many agreeable things with them; as they go, they take many away.)
- from Ars Poetica
- Whatever your advice, make it brief.
- Brevis esse laboro, obscurus fio.(When I labor to be brief, I become
- from Ars Poetica
- Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own;
He who secure within can say:
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
- In the midst of hopes and cares, of apprehensions and of disquietude, regard every day that dawns upon you as if it was to be your last; then super-added hours, to the enjoyment of which you had not looked forward, will prove an acceptable boon.
- Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque revenit.
(You may drive nature out with a pitchfork, she will nevertheless come back.)
- Dum loquimur invida aetas fugerit. (While we talk, hostile time flies away)
- Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.
- A woman who can't forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man.
- No woman ever falls in love with a man unless she has a better opinion of him than he deserves.
- A really busy person never knows how much he weighs.
- Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
- A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness
- Death: To stop sinning suddenly.
- Live truth instead of professing it.
- No one ever gets far unless he accomplishes the impossible at least once a day.
- So far I haven't heard of anybody who wants to stop living on account of the cost.
- Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.
- It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.
- Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Baron Friedrich Von Hugel
- Caring is everything; nothing matters but caring.
Charles Evans Hughes
- When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.
(1802-1885) French author, dramatist
- Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
- I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak
was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, - and the stars through his soul.
- There is one thing stronger than all the armies of the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.
- Thought is the labour of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.
- He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
Genius is a promontory jutting out of the infinite.
Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.
- It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
- Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
- Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.
- Art is one of the means whereby man seeks to redeem a life which is experienced as chaotic, senseless, and largely evil.
- Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
- Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
- There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
- Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.
- The older dictators fell because they could never supply their subjects with enough bread, enough circuses, enough miracles and mysteries. Nor did they posses a really effective system of mind-manipulation.
Under a scientific dictator, education will really work--with the result that most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution. There seems to be no good reason why a
thoroughly scientific dictatorship should ever be overthrown. - from Brave New World Revisited
- To his dog, every man is Napoleon.
- Experience teaches only the teachable.
- You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but now, as yet, intelligent enough.
T. H. Huxley
- There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.
- Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.