A. A. Milne
- Here is Edward Bear coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way...if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it! - Winnie the Pooh
- One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
- For I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and big words Bother me. - Winnie the Pooh
- It's so much friendlier with two. - Winnie the Pooh
- We can't all, and some of us don't. That's all there is to it. - Eeyore
- It is hard to be brave when you're only a Very Small Animal. - Piglet
- How long does getting thin take? - Winnie the Pooh
- Revenge, at first though sweet, bitter ere long, back on itself recoils.
- The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
- The sages say life is an illusion, but does that change its poignancy? Let us be sad; it is feeling that makes us human.
- Even on the road to hell, flowers can make you smile.
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
- I invite you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air, and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland. (speech before the National Association of Broadcasters, May 9, 1961)
- Children will watch anything, and when a broadcaster uses crime and violence and other shoddy devices to monopolize a child's attention, it's worse than taking candy from a baby. It is taking precious time from the process of growing up. (testimony to Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency,1961)
- You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way.
- No computer has ever been designed that is ever aware of what it's doing; but most of the time, we aren't either.
- After all, tomorrow is another day.
- I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.
- A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but, after a while, knows something.
- The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.
- All the ills of mankind,
All the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books,
All the political blunders,
All the failures of the great leaders,
Have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.
- One should eat to live, and not live to eat.
- Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
(1553-1592) Fench essayist, courtier
- All passions that suffer themselves to be relished and digested are but moderate.
- Arts and sciences are not cast in a mould, but are formed and perfected by degrees, by often handling and polishing, as bears leisurely lick their cubs into form.
- Few men have been admired by their own domestics.
- For a desperate disease a desperate cure.
- The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be oneself.
- He that I am reading seems always to have the most force.
- He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
- I have never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than myself.
- I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
- I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little the more as I grow older.
- It happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.
- It is not without good reason said, that he who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying.
- Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.
- Man in sooth is a marvellous, vain, fickle, and unstable subject.
- Man is certainly stark mad. He cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by the dozen.
- Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.
- The mind is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not discreetly how to use
- Nature forms us for ourselves, not for others; to be, not to seem.
- Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.
- The oldest and best known evil was ever more supportable than one that was new and untried.
- The only good histories are those that have been written by the persons themselves who commanded in the affairs whereof they write.
- Perched on the loftiest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our own behind.
- Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of the mind is irreparable.
- Saying is one thing, doing another.
- The sciences and arts are not cast in a mold, but formed and shaped little by little, by repeated handling and polishing, as bears lick their cubs into shape at leisure.
- There is more ado to interpret interpretations than to interpret the things, and more books upon books than upon all other subjects; we do nothing but comment upon one another.
- There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.
- There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.
- When I play with my cat, who knows whether she isn't amusing herself with me more than I am with her?
- A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.
Alfred A. Montapert
- All lasting business is built on friendship.
Charles-Louis de Secondat Montesquieu
- Tous les vices politiques ne sont pas de vices moraux, et tous les vices moraux ne sont pas des vices politiques.(All political vices are not moral vices, and all moral vices are not political vices.)
(1870-1952) Italian educator, reformer
- The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.
- The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!
- The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.
- Discipline must come through liberty. . . . We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.
- We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.
(1771-1854) - English poet
- Yet nightly pitch my moving tent
A day's march nearer home.
Dwight L. Moody
- Character is what you are in the dark.
- This is adding insult to injuries.
- Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
J. Pierpont Morgan
- I don't want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do; I hire him to tell me how to do what I want to do.
Elting E. Morison
- The executive exists to make sensible exceptions to general rules.
- Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it.
- Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.
- There is only one success -- to be able to spend you life in your own way.
- No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as a dog does.
- Where it is duty to worship the sun, it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.
- The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.
(1834-1896) English craftsman, poet
- Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
- Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement; a sanded floor and whitewashed walls and the green trees, and flowery meads, and living waters outside.
- Memory and imagination help [a man] as he works. Not only his own thoughts, but the thoughts of the men of past ages guide his hands; and, as part of the human race, he creates.
- Not on one strand are all life's jewels strung.
- A man at work, making something which he feels will exist because he is working at it and wills it, is exercising the energies of his mind and soul as well as of his body.
If you cannot learn to love real art; at least learn to hate sham art and reject it . . . because these are but the outward symbols of the poison that lies within them.
Sir Claus Moser
- Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.
- Few men of action have been able to make a graceful exit at the appropriate time.
- One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intellect.
- What you keep to yourself you lose, what you give away, you keep forever.
Edward R. Murrow
(1908-1965) News anchor, broadcast journalist, director of the US Information Agency
- The fact that your voice is amplified to the degree where it reaches from one end of the country to the other does not confer upon you greater wisdom or understanding than you possessed when your voice reached only from one end of the bar to the other.
- Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.
- The politician in my country seeks votes, affection and respect, in that order. With few notable exceptions, they are simply men who want to be loved. 1959
- The politician is trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded, because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him.
- Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices -- just recognize them.
- Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.
- Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
- Of this be wary. Honor and fame are often regarded as interchangeable. Both involve an appraisal of the individual. . . but I suggest this difference. Fame is morally neutral.
- No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. (on On US Senator Joseph McCarthy's coercive congressional hearings on Communism, 1954)
- If none of us ever read a book that was dangerous, had a friend who was different or joined an organization that advocated change, we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants. Whose fault is that? Not really McCarthy's. He didn't create this situation of fear. He merely exploited it, and rather successfully.
- People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were.
- Most of us probably feel we couldn't be free without newspapers, and that is the real reason we want the newspapers to be free.
- The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.
- If we were to do the Second Coming of Christ in color for a full hour, there would be a considerable number of stations which would decline to carry it on the grounds that a Western or a quiz show would be more profitable.