- In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
- Everything is funny as long as it is happening to some one else.
- Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
- We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
- Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
- The best doctor in the world is a veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what is the matter - he's got to just know.
- What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.
- We have the best Congress money can buy.
- I don't make jokes--I just watch the government and report the facts.
- There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.
- There is good news from Washington today. Congress is deadlocked and can't act.
(1754-1793) - French revolutionary
- O Liberty! Liberty! how many crimes are committed in thy name!
- It is for the wise people who delight in humanity, praise justice, despise their flatterers, and respect the truth.
- A fondness for satire indicates a mind pleased with irritating others; for myself, I never could find amusement in killing flies.
- The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, the skillful direct it.
- People who know how to employ themselves, always find leisure moments, while those who do nothing are forever in a hurry.
- The more I see of men, the more I admire dogs.
- There are three rings in marriage.
The engagement ring...
The wedding ring...
and the suffering.
- Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.
- You always pass failure on the way to success.
- No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
- When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die.
- The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Life was meant to be lived and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
- You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
- Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts about reality.
- We would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.
- Every man has a right to life. That means that he also has a right to make a comfortable living.
- No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level--I mean the wages of decent living.
(1858-1919) US President
- A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
- All the resources we need are in the mind.
- No man is above the law and no man below it.
- Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
- No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.
- Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
- In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
- Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer too much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
- The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
- The great lawyer who employs his talent and his learning in the highly emunerative task of enabling a very wealthy client to override or circumvent the law is doing all that in him lies to encourage the growth in the country of a spirit of dumb anger against all laws and of disbelief in their efficacy.
- Never invest in anything that eats or needs repainting.
- The P/E ratio doesn't mean anything when there is no E.
- Anything is possible, but only a few things actually happen.
- Early in my business career I learned the folly of worrying about anything. I have always worked as hard as I could, but when a thing went wrong and could not be righted, I dismissed it from my mind.
- We don't make mistakes here, we just have happy accidents. - from the Joy of Painting
- I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories, and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or phrases on a piece of paper and then went back and filled in the spaces.
Jean Jacques Rousseau
- Days of absence, sad and dreary,
Clothed in sorrow's dark array,--
Days of absence, I am weary:
She I love is far away.
--from Day of Absence
(1792-1868) Italian opera composer, known for The Barber of Seville (1816) and William Tell (1929)
- Every kind of music is good, except the boring kind.
- Give me a laundry-list and I'll set it to music.
- One cannot judge 'Lohengrin' [by Wagner] from a first hearing, and I certainly do not intend to hear it a second time.
- Answer them [critics] with silence and indifference. It works better, I assure you, than anger and argument. . . .
Jean Jacques Rousseau
- To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.
- Accent is the soul of language; it gives to it both feeling and truth.
- If you are going to do something wrong at least enjoy it.
- Before marriage, a man declares that he would lay down his life to serve you; after marriage, he won't even lay down his newspaper to talk to you.
- The universe is made of stories, not atoms.
Jalal ud-Din Rumi
- Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
- One of these days in your travels, a guy is going to come up to you and show you a nice brand-new deck of cards on which the seal is not yet broken, and this guy is going to offer to bet you that he can make the Jack of Spades jump out of the deck and squirt cider in your ear. But, son, do not bet this man, for as sure as you are standing there, you are going to end up with an earful of cider.
- This is the true nature of home - it is the place of Peace; the shelter, not only from injury, but from all terror, doubt and division.
- There is hardly anything in the world that some man can't make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.
- War does not determine who is right -- only who is left.
- I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
- Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so.
- There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
- So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
- The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
- The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
- Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
- It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
- 'Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
- Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. - from Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays
- The main thing needed to make men happy is intelligence.
- A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to philosophers to be obviously progress -- though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known.
- The most savage controversies are about those matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
- The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
- Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 10-12 to 1.
Albert P. Ryder
- Have you ever seen an inchworm crawl up a leaf or a twig, and then, clinging to the very end, revolve in the air, feeling for something, to reach something? That's like me. I am trying to find something out there beyond the place on which I have footing.
- I don't believe anything. I only know some things to a greater
degree of certainty than others. - from When Galaxies Collide