( ) Member of a Texas pesticide review board
- Sure, it's going to kill a lot of people, but they may be dying of something else anyway. on the use of Chlordane
Louis D. Brandeis
(1856 - 1941) American Jurist
- Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposesare beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil - minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well - meaning but without understanding.
- There's no fool like an old fool - you can't beat experience.
Wernher Von Braun
( ) German physicist
- The best computer is a man, and it's the only one that can be mass - produced by unskilled labor.
- The finest kind of friendship is between people who expect a great deal of each other but never ask it.
(1898 - 1956) German playwright
- What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- First the grub, then the morals.
- War is like love; it always finds a way.
- Intellectuals are people who believe that ideas are of more importance than values. That is to say, their own ideas and other people's values. - from Thoughts in a Dry Season
- Universities should be safe havens where ruthless examination of realities will not be distorted by the aim to please or inhibited by the risk of displeasure.
(1862 - 1932)
- The man who is not a socialist at twenty has no heart, but if he is still a socialist at forty he has no head.
- When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight.
(1950 - ) German left-leaning politician and member of the European Parliment
- The spine is man's Achillies heel.
- God created the world. He was a satirist.
- Jesus chased the moneychangers from the temple. Now they are everywhere.
- We have nothing to say to say to each other. But we don't talk about it.
Anthelme Brillant - Savarin
- The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than he discovery of a new star. - from The Physiology of Taste
- Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.
(1933 - ) UC Berkeley 'street' philosopher and famously brief American Aphorist
- By doing just a little every day, I can gradually let the task overwhelm me.
- I could do great things, if I weren't so busy doing little things.
- If you're careful enough, nothing good or bad will ever happen to you.
- I feel much better now that I've given up hope.
- I don't have any solution, but I certainly admire the problem.
- In order to discover who you are, first discover who everybody else is, and you're what's left.
- I waited and waited, and when no message came, I knew it must have been from you.
- I want either less corruption, or more chance to participate in it.
- Life is the only game in which the object of the game is to learn the rules.
- Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove.
- Maybe I'm lucky to be going so slowly, because I may be going in the wrong direction.
- My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.
- My sources are unreliable, but their information is fascinating.
- Please don't lie to me, unless you're absolutely sure I'll never find out the truth.
- Please don't ask me what the score is, I'm not even sure what the game is.
- Should I abide by the rules until they're changed, or help speed the change by breaking them? Better start rushing before the rush begins!
- Strange as it may seem, my life is based on a true story.
- To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
- Try to be the best of what you are, even if what you are is no good.
Alice May Brock
- Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.
( ) American scientist, author, philosopher
- To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
Emily Jane Bronté
( ) English author
- Riches I hold in light esteem
And love I laugh to scorn;
And lust of fame was but a dream,
That vanished with the morn from The Old Stoic
(1816 - 1855) English novelis, poet, best known for Jane Eyre
- I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
- Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.
- The writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master - something that at time strangely wills and works for itself.
- Look twice before you leap.
- Feeling without judgement is a washy draught indeed; but judgement untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.
- Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves.
- Tragedy is if I cut my finger, comedy is if I walk into an open sewer and die.
(1835 - 1893)
- Life comes before literature, as the material always comes before the work. The hills are full of marble before the world blooms with statues.
Van Wyck Brooks
(1886 - 1963)
- The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me, by newspapers and the Bible.
- The creative impulses of man are always at war with the possessive impulses.
- Nothing is sadder than having worldly standards without worldly means.
- As against having beautiful workshops, studios, etc., one writes best in a cellar on a rainy day.
- The man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man.
- Whenever people say "we mustn't be sentimental", you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, "we must be realistic", they mean they are going to make money out of it.
Dr. Joyce Brothers
( ) American psychologist, author
- Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
- My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.
- Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave.
Haywood Hale Broun
- Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
- All technology should be assumed guilty until proven innocent.
- The business that considers itself immune to the necessity for advertising sooner or later finds itself immune to business.
A. Whitney Brown
( ) American editor, publisher
- Our bombs are smarter than the average high school student. At least they can find Kuwait.
- I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.
- Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you'll land among the stars.
Rita Mae Brown
- About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all.
- A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all.
- Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.
- Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
- One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
- The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
- You can't be truly rude until you understand good manners.
- The whole motivation for any performer is 'Look at me, Ma.'
(1920 - ) Polish satirist and editor
- The lesser evil usually lasts longer.
- Difficult questions should be answered before they are asked.
- Sometimes difficulties come because you expect them.
- Correcting old mistakes is often more costly than making new ones.
- Some must live with the consequences of what they didn't dare do.
- Exceptions spread word of the rule.
- A view through bars can spoil the prettiest landscape.
- Under certain circumstances, a wanted poster is a letter of recommendation.
- What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.
Jean de la Bruyere
- Nothing more clearly show how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other wordly goods, than the way he distributes these, and the sort of men who are most amply provided with them. - from Of Worldly Goods (1688)
- Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present which seldom happens to us.
William Jennings Bryan
(1860 - 1925) American lawyer, speaker,polititian, presidential candidate
- No one can earn a million dollars honestly.
- Anglo - Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.
- Destiny is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
- Do not compute the totality of your poultry population until all the manifestations of incubation have been entirely completed.
A. G. Buckham
- Monotony is the awful reward of the careful.
- Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.
- Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.
- Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
- The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings.
( ) American musician, songwriter
- Don't try to describe the ocean if you've never seen it.
- Truth is stranger than fishin'.
- I'll tell you why I like the cigarette business. It cost a penny to make. Sell it for a dollar. It's addictive. And there's a fantastic brand loyalty.
- Artificial Intelligence: the art of making computers that behave like the ones in movies.
Edward Bulwer - Lytton
- 'It is destiny' - phrase of the weak human heart! 'It is destiny' - dark apology for every error! The strong and virtuous admit no destiny.
1970's Fictional Character played by actor Carrol O'Conner
- God don't make no mistakes. That's how He got to be God.
(1729 - 1797) English statesman
- When bad men combine, the good must associate else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
- The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
- The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts.
- Ambition can creep as well as soar.
- We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
( ) American actress, singer, commedian, winner of five Emmy awards
- Comedy is tragedy plus time.
- Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.
- When someone who is known for being comedic does something straight, it' s always "a big breakthrough" or a "radical departure." Why is it no one ever says that if a straight actor does comedy? Are they presuming comedy is easier?
- When you have a dream you've got to grab it and never let go.
- I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out, that's when I've really learned.
- Celebrity was a long time in coming; it will go away. Everything goes away.
- Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
(1896 - 1996) American actor, author, commedian, vaudevilian
- Retire? I'm going to stay in show business until I'm the only one left. - at age 90, in 1986
- Nice to be here? At my age it's nice to be anywhere.
- Say good night, Gracie.
- I get a standing ovation jaust standing.
- I would go out with women my age, but there are no women my age.
- Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.
- Everyday happiness means getting up in the morning, and you can't wait to finish your breakfast. You can't wait to do your exercises. You can't wait to put on your clothes. You can't wait to get out and you can't wait to come home, because the soup is hot.
(1837 - 1921) American naturalist
- A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
- The spirit of man can endure only so much and when it is broken only a miracle can mend it. from The Moon Men (1925)
- I think all of us are looking at the future with yesterday's eyes.
Sir Richard Francis Burton
(1821 - 1890) British explorer, tranlator, author
- The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
(1577 - 1640) English clergyman
- A good conscience is a continual feast.
- No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.
(1925 - ) U.S. first lady, wife of George H.W. Bush
- Bias has to be taught. If you hear your parents downgrading women or people of different backgrounds, why, you are going to do that.
- Believe in something larger than yourself.
- The winner of the hoop race will be the first to realize her dream, not society's dream, her own personal dream.
- You don't just luck into things as much as you'd like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it's friendships or opportunities.
- Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president' s spouse. I wish him well!
George Herbert Walker Bush
( ) US President, Vice President, Ambassador to China
- The Congress will push me to raise taxes, and I'll say no, and they'll push and I'll say no, and they'll push again. And all I can say to them is read my lips: No New Taxes.(Accepting the Republican nomination for US President, 1988).
Nicholas M. Butler
(1862 - 1947) American educator
- Businesses planned for service are apt to succeed; businesses planned for profit are apt to fail.
(1835 - 1902) British author, copmposer, translater, painter and sheep farmer
- The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and in exactly the right places. (The Way of All Flesh)
- All progress is based on an innate universal desire on the part of evert organism to live beyond its income.
- Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a person of some sense to know how to lie well.
- Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself. (The Way of All Flesh)
- For truth is precious and divine;
Too rich a pearl for carnal swine.
- Hard-and-fast lines ever cut the fingers of those who draw them.
- I do not mind lying but I hate inaccuracy.
- Life is not an exact science, it is an art.
- Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
- Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victems he intends to eat until he eats them.
- Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers. Cannibalism is moral in a cannibal country.
- Paying debts is a luxury we can not all of us afford.
- People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely, but according to the ration between what they get and what they have been led to expect.
- Small things may be rehearsed, but the greatest are always do-or-die, neck-or-nothing matters.
- There is a miracle somewhere. At the point where two very large nothings have united to form a very little something.
- Virtue is a stranger in this world; and boundless egoism, cunning and malice are always the order of the day. It is wrong to deceive the young on this point, for it will only make them feel later on that their teachers were the first to deceive them.
- We are like billiard balls played in a game by unskillful players, continually being nearly sent into a pocket, but hardly ever getting right into one except by a fluke.
- You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
- Don't go through life, grow through life.
- You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.
- Everything is in a state of flux, including the status quo.
James F. Byrnes
- Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They are more afraid of life than death.
George Gordon, Lord Byron
(1788 - 1824) English poet
- Man's love is of man's life a part; it is a woman's whole existance.
- There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar;
I love not Man the less, but Nature more. - from Childe Harold
- And when we think we lead, we are most led.
- All comedies are ended by a marriage.
- Smiles form the channel of a future tear.
- But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.