Marquis de Lafayette
- Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.
Jean de La Fontaine
- Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
Alphonse de Lamartine
- There is a woman at the begining of all great things.
- Sad is his lot, who, once at least in his life, has not been a poet.
- A year from now you may wish you had started today.
- A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable. (corrected after a note from Leslie)
- Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
- The poor wish to be rich, the rich wish to be happy, the single wish to be married, and the married wish to be dead.
- He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts -- for support rather than for illumination.
- Even in the darkest phase be it thick or thin, always someone marches brave here beneath my skin.
- The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
- All things in the world come from being.
And being comes from non-being.
- Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
- The good man is the teacher of the bad,
And the bad is the material from which the good may learn.
He who does not value the teacher,
Or greatly care for the material,
Is greatly deluded although he may be learned.
Such is the essential mystery.
- The men who are great live with that which is substantial, they do not stay with that which is superficial; they abide with realities, they remain not with what is showy. The one they discard, the other they hold.
- Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.
- To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
- The cat could very well be man's best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.
- There are worse things than getting a call for the wrong number at 4 AM. It could be the right number.
- The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there's only one other choice.
- If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
- Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enought to know they were impossible.
- If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.
- The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.
- The power of the computer is locked behind a door with no knob.
T. E. Lawrence
- All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. - from The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
D. H. Lawrence
- We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive - and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.
- Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to
breathe free. - Engrved on Statue of Liberty
- Have you ever been out for a late autumn walk in the closing part of the afternoon, and suddenly looked up to realize that the leaves have practically all gone? And the sun has set and the day gone before you knew it - and with that a cold wind blows across the landscape? That's retirement.
- Turn on, tune in and drop out.
- There are three side effects of acid. Enchanced long term memory, decreased short term memory, and I forget the third.
- Stand firm in your refusal to remain conscious during algebra. In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra.
- Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep.
- Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky.
Robert E. Lee
- Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.
Ursula K. LeGuin
- What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
- You can't crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them.
- The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
- It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
- As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope.
- I certainly wasn't happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. What I was given was the thing you can't earn, and can't keep, and often don't even recognize at the time; I mean joy.
US Secretary of the Navy
- Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.
- Life is what happens while you are making other plans.
- My defenses were so great. The cocky rock-and-roll hero who knew all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didn't know how to cry. Simple.
- Dying is easy, it's living that scares me to death.