- The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
- You know, music, art - these are not just little decorations to make life prettier. They're very deep necessitites which people cannot live without.
- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
- Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
- The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.
- God is really another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He just goes on trying other things.
- This thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.
- My beauty is my curse.
- I'm watching way too much children's television.
- Never eat anything bigger than your head.
- When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you.
- The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for that future.
- No matter how you look at it, all the emotions connected with love are not really immortal; like all other passions in life, they are bound to fade at some point. The trick is to convert love into some lasting friendship that overcomes the fading passion.
- We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or that if they have existed up to now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future. -- from The Universe in the Light of Modern Physics
- A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
(427-347 BC) Greek philosopher, student of Socrates
- Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
- And yet the true creator is necessity, which is the mother of invention.
- The life which is unexamined is not worth living.
- The beginning is the most important part of the work.
- Arguments derived from probabilities are idle.
- As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest blabbers.
- Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
- Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body, but knowledge acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
- If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.
- Democracy does not contain any force which will check the constant tendency to put more and more on the public payroll. The state is like a hive of bees in which the drones display, multiply and starve the workers so the idlers will consume the food and the workers will perish.
- Boys should abstain from all use of wine until their eighteenth year, for it is wrong to add fire to fire.
- We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
- When the mind is thinking, it is talking to itself.
- There are three classes of men--lovers of wisdom, lovers of honour, lovers of gain.
- Bad conduct soils the finest ornament more than filth.
- The gods confound the man who first found out how to distinguish hours! Confound him, too, who in this place set up a sun-dial, to cut and hack my days so wretchedly into small portions.
Pliny The Elder
- So as this only point among the rest remaineth sure and certain, namely, that nothing is certain....
- It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.
- To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
- The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
- Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends
- The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it, therefore, while it lasts, and not spend it to no purpose. -- from Of the Training of Children
- Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
- The foolish reject what they see, not what they think; the wise reject what they think, not what they see.
Edgar Allan Poe
- All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
- I have great faith in fools -- self-confidence my friends call it.
- They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
- Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.
Enrique Jardiel Poncela
- When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
(1688-1744) English Poet, Satirist
- Tis education forms the common mind: Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclin'd. - from Moral Essays
- To err is human, to forgive divine. - from An Essay on Criticism
- All nature is but art unknown to thee.
- Short is my date, but deathless my renown. (translation of Homer's Iliad)
- Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never is, but always to be blest.
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
- Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die. (from Essay on Man)
- All other goods by Fortune's hands are given;
A wife is the peculiar gift of Heaven.
- There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
- It is with our judgments as with our watches: no two go just alike, yet each believes his own.
Pooh's Little Instruction Book
- Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
- A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.
- Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.
- To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks.
- When having a smackerel of something with a friend, don't eat so much that you get stuck in the doorway trying to get out.
- When late morning rolls around and you're feeling a bit out of sorts, don't worry; you're probably just a little eleven o'clockish.
- When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.
- People who don't Think probably don't have Brains; rather, they have grey fluff that's blown into their heads by mistake.
- If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
- If you want to make a song more hummy, add a few tiddely poms.
- You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
- Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
- It gets you nowhere if the other person's tail is only just in sight for the second half of the conversation.
- Those who are clever, who have a Brain, never understand anything.
- Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.
- A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.
- Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you.
- Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.
Popular Mechanics, 1949
- Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
- Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance.
- Literature is news that STAYS news.
- Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
Francis Gary Powers
U-2 reconnaissance pilot, after he was returned to the US
- I was a pilot flying an airplane and it just so happened that where I was flying made what I was doing spying.
- Happiness is a present attitude and not a future condition.
- Very seldom will a person give up on himself. He continues to have hope because he knows he has the potential for change. He tries again--not just to exist, but to bring about those changes in himself that will make life worth living. Yet people are very quick to give up on friends, and especially on their spouses, to declare them hopeless, and to either walk away or do nothing more than resign themselves to a bad situation. - from Notes On Love and Courage
George D. Prentice
- A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string.
Business Editor for Prentice Hall, 1957
- I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year.
- Common sense is an aftereffect of 2000 years of philosophical scar tissue.
Our hopes, like towering falcons, aim
At objects in an airy height;
The little pleasure of the game
Is from afar to view the flight.
- For hope is but the dream of those that wake.(Solomon on the Vanity of the World)
- Nothing is stronger than habit.
- Love is space and time measured by the heart.
- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
- People wish to learn to swim and at the same time keep one foot on the ground.
- Les vrais paradis sont les paradis qu'on a perdus.
(The only true paradises are lost paradises.)
- For every disease that doctors cure with medicine, they produce ten in healthy people by inoculating them with that virus which is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill.
- The soul of man is divided into three parts, intelligence, reason, and passion. Intelligence and passion are possessed by other animals, but reason by man alone.
- Half a bee, philosophically, must ipse facto half not be. But can it be an entire bee, if half the bee is not a bee, due to some ancient injury?
- We apologize again for the fault in the subtitles. Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked... have been sacked.
- In accordance with our principles of free enterprise and healthy competition, I'm going to ask you two to fight to the death for it.
- I think that all right-thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed up in this country with being sick and tired. I'm certainly not! But I'm sick and tired of being told that I am!