George Bernard Shaw
(1856-1950) English Playwright
- All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
- Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
- The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth, without making some other Englishman despise them. (from Pygmalion)
- Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
- Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
- The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
- Hell is paved with good intentions, not bad ones. All men mean well.
- He who can, does. He who cannot teaches.
- I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
- It is most unwise for people in love to marry.
- Lack of money is the root of all evil.
- Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
- Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful.
- A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
- A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.
- Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity. ( from Man and Superman)
- No question is so difficult to answer as that which the answer is obvious.
- The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.
- The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
- There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
- There is only one religion, though there are a hundred version of it.
- We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
- When I was young I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.
- You see things and you say "Why?"; but I dream things that never were and I say "Why not?"
- You have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
- Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
Percy B. Shelley
- Love withers under constraint; its very essence is liberty; it is compatible neither with obedience, jealousy, nor fear: it is there most pure, perfect and unlimited, where its votaries live in confidence, equality and reserve.
- A fool and his words are soon parted; a man of genius and his money.
R. C. Sheriff
- When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a clock.
William Tecumseh Sherman
(1820-1891) US Civil War General (Union)
- You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it.
- The legitimate object of war is a more perfect peace. (speech, 1865)
- I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected. (message to Republican National Committee, 1884)
- I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengance, more desolation. War is hell. (speech, 1879)
- Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life.
- I like having a machine called 'elvis' on the network because that way, I can say 'ping elvis' and have it come back with 'elvis is alive'.
- Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
- They are never alone who are accompanied by noble thoughts.
- Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.
Inventor of Post-It notepads
- If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this.
- Whenever a thing is done for the first time, it releases a little demon.
- All life's answers are on TV.
- It's complicated, being an American, Having the money and the bad conscience, both at the same time.
(1878-1968) US author, social activist, best known for The Jungle, 1906
- All truly great art is optimistic. The individual artist is happy in his creative work. The fact that practically all great art is tragic does not in any way change the above thesis.
- It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
- I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach. (referring to The Jungle)
- I am sustained by a sense of the worthwhileness of what I am doing; a trust in the good faith of the process which created and sustains me. That process I call God.
Colin P. Sisson
- What we vividly imagine, ardently desire, enthusiastically act upon, must inevitably come to pass.
B. F. Skinner
- Education is what survives when what has been learned had been forgotten.
- The work of many of the greatest men, inspired by duty, has been done admist suffering and trial and difficulty. They struggled against the tide, and reached the shore exhausted.
- For want of self-restraint many men are engaged all their lives in fighting with difficulties of their own making, and rendering success impossible by their own cross-grained ungentleness; whilst others, it may be much less gifted, make their way and achieve success by simple patience, equanimity, and self-control.
- Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
Founder of Federal Express Corp.
- The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible. - Yale University professor's response to his paper
proposing an overnight delivery service
Logan Pearsall Smith
- How can they say my life isn't a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
- It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
- It is almost worth while to be cheated; people's little frauds have an interest which amply repays what they cost us.
- People have the power to redeem the work of fools.
- A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whom timidity prevented from making a first effort.
- Pay quickly what thou owest. The needy tradesman is made glad by such considerate haste.
(470?-399 BC) Greek philosopher
- Everyone should be married. If it is successful, you will become happy. If not, you will become a philosopher.
- Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.
(1886-1975) U.S. Representative from New York state
- My dog can bark like a congressman, fetch like an aide, beg like
a press secretary and play dead like a receptionist when the phone rings.
Robert C. Solomon
- The brain can be seen as a complex machine, like a gooey computer.
- By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
- The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.
- He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
- You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.
- The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.
- Time alone can prove a just man just, though you can know a bad man in a day.
- For money you would sell your soul. - from Antigone
- How dreadful knowledge of truth can be
When there's no help in truth!
- When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something.
Robert D. Sprecht
- Under any conditions, anywhere, whatever you are doing, there is some ordinance under which you can be booked.
Madame de Stael
- The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it: but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.