- Plain as a nose in a man's face. - from Gargantua and Pantagruel
Sir Walter Ralegh
- The difference between a rich man and a poor man is this -- the former eats when he pleases, and the latter when he can get it.
- But true love is a durable fire
In the mind ever burning;
Never sick, never old, never dead;
From itself never turning
- All men are evil and will declare themselves to be so when occasion is offered.
- 'Tis a sharp medicine, but it will cure all that ails you. -- last words before his beheadding
- It is the ultimate wisdom of the mountains that a man is never more a man than when he is striving for what is beyond his grasp.
- Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
- When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
- If there is any one proof of a man's incompetence, it is the stagnant mentality of a worker who, doing some small routine job in a vast undertaking, does not care to look beyond the lever of a machine, does not choose to know how the machine got there or what makes his job possible, and proclaims that the management of the undertaking is parasitical and unneccessary.
William Brighty Rands(Matthew Browne)
- Never do today what you can
Put off until tomorrow.
- Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.
- You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
- A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
- The person who knows HOW will always have a job.
The person who knows WHY will always be his boss.
- Though thou has never so many counselors, yet do not forsake the counsel of your soul.
- If you want to get along, go along.
- A woman is like a tea bag--you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
- There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder.
- The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take a civil service exam.
- It's difficult to see that people are starving in this country because food isn't available.(1986)
- You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
- Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result. (Quoting Churchill)
Brian K. Reed
- In computer science, we stand on each other's feet.
- In Washington, it's dog eat dog. In academia, it's exactly the opposite.
Jules Renard (1864-1910)
- I finally know what distinguishes man from other beasts: financial worries. - Journals
- We don't understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it.
(1841-1919) French impressionist painter
- If the painter works directly from nature, he ultimately looks for nothing but momentary effects; he does not try to compose, and soon he gets monotonous.
- The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself and carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion. It is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion.
- In painting, as in the other arts, there's not a single process, no matter how insignificant, which can be reasonably made into a formula. You come to nature with your theories, and she knocks them all flat.
- I've been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.
- All politics are based on the indifference of the majority.
- The Lord's Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words.
Jean Paul Richter
(1763-1825) German novelist
- In later life, as in earlier, only a few persons influence the formation of our character; the multitude pass us by like a distant army.
- Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out.
- Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it charm.
- Men, like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest.
- A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards.
- Both class and race survive education, and neither should. What is education then? If it doesn't help a human being to recognize that humanity is humanity, what is it for? So you can make a bigger salary than other people?
Hyman G. Rickover
- It is necessary for us to learn from others' mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself.
- Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.
Lou A. Riley
- Relativity keeps anything from happening at once. Quantum mechanics keeps everything from really happening at all.
Rainer Maria Rilke
- Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see each other whole against the sky.
- For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
- Do not assume that she who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. Her life may also have much sadness and difficulty, that remains far beyond yours. Were it otherwise, she would never have been able to find these words.
- Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it , you will live along some distant day into your answers.
Frank Rizzo, mayor of Philadelphia and former police chief
- The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It's only the people who make them unsafe.
James J. Roche
- Be not surprised if thou findest thyself in possession of unexpected wealth. Allah will provide an unexpected use for it.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
- If we are to judge of love by the consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.
- If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.
- Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.
- Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.
- Absence abates a moderate passion and intensifies a great one- as the wind blows out a candle but fans fire into flame. (Maxims)
- We seldom attribute common sense except to those who agree with us.
- The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.
- Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
- If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
- Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.
- The chief problem with lower income farmers is poverty.
- To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.
- Nobody does good to man with impunity.