(1928 - ) American Author and Futurist; best known for Future Shock, and for his observations of 'post-industrial' society
- Change is the process by which the future invades our lives. [from Future Shock, 1970]
- Future Shock is the shattering stress and disorientation the we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time. [from Future Shock, 1970]
- The recognition that no knowledge can be complete, no metaphor entire, is itself humanizing. It counteracts fanaticism. It grants even to adversaries the possibility of partial truth, and to oneself the possibility of error.
- Society needs people who take care of the elderly and who know how to be compassionate and honest. Society needs people who work in hospitals. Society needs all kinds of skill that are not just cognitive; they're emotional, they're affectional. You can't run the society on data and computers alone. [from an Austrailin radio interview, 1998]
- The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and re-learn.
- Culture shock is what happens when a traveller suddenly finds himself in a place where yes may mean no, where a 'fixed price' is negotiable, where to be kept waiting in an outer office is no cause for insult, where laughter maay signify anger. [from Future Shock, 1970]
- Power is defined as the ability to make things happen, or to prevent certain things from happening. [from The Third Wave, 1980]
- Knowledge, violence, wealth, and the relationships among them, define power in society. [from The Third Wave, 1980]
- Loneliness is now so widespread, it has become, paradoxically, a shared experience. [from The Third Wave, 1980]
- Knowledge serves as a wealth and power multiplier. [from Powershift, 1990]
- You've got to think about 'Big Things' while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction. 
(1835 - ) Newspaper, Toledo, Ohio
- Many open minds should be closed for repairs.
J. R. R. Tolkein (John Ronald Reuel Tolkien)
(1892 - 1973) Influential Author of Fantasy, Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford; close friend of C.S. Lewis; best know for The Hobbit and The Lord opf the Rings Trilogy
from The Hobbit, 1937
- In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
- Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.
- Trolls are mighty slow on the uptake, and mighty suspicious of anything new to them.
- Elvish singing is not a thing to miss, not in June under the stars, if you care for such things
- Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have, and days that are good to havve, are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpatating, even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a bit of telling anyway.
- Deep down here by the dark water lived old Gollum, a small slimy creature. I don't know where he came from, nor who or what he was. He was Gollum -- as dark as darkness, except for two big round pale eyes in his thin face.
- This thing all things devours
Birds, beasts, trees flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays kings, ruins town;
And beats high mountains down. [Gollum's last riddle]
- May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks. [Gandalf's reply to the eagles]
- There it is: dwarves are not heroes, but calculating folk with a great idea of the value of money.
- It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
Leo Tolstoy (Lev Nikolayevitch Tolstoy)
(1828 - 1910) Russian Novelist, essayist, dramatist and philosopher
- The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.
- Error is the force that welds men together; truth is communicated to men only by deeds of truth. [from My Religion,1885]
- All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
- Where Love is, God is. 
- Music is the shorthand of emotion.
- The hero of my tale, whom I love with all the power of my soul, whom I have tried to portray in all his beauty, who has been, is, and will be beautiful, is Truth. (1855)
- A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.
[from Writings on Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence, 1886]
- All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. [from Anna Karenina, 1877]
- In spite the mountains of books written about art, no precise definition of art has been constructed. And the reason for this is that the conception of art has been based on the conception of beauty. [from What is Art?, 1896]
- History would be a wonderful thing — if it were only true.
- Quite often a man goes on for years imagining that the religious teaching that had been imparted to him since childhood is still intact, while all the time there is not a trace of it left in him. [from Confession, 1882]
- By words one transmits thoughts to another, by means of art, one transmits feelings. [from What is Art?, 1896]
from War and Peace, 1869
- Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.
- You will die - and it will all be over. You will die and find out everything - or cease asking.
- Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.
- Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait.
- The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.
- Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.
- History is the life of nations and of humanity. To seize and put into words, to describe directly the life of humanity or even of a single nation, appears impossible.
- Modern history, like a deaf man, answers questions no one has asked.
(1939 - ) American Actress, Comedienne, author and producer
- I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
- I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.
- Wouldn't it be great if we all grew up to be what we wanted to be? The world would be full of nurses, firemen, and ballerinas.
- If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?
- Why is it when we talk to God we're said to be praying — but when God talks to us, we're said to be schizophrenic?
- The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you're still a rat.
- Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.
- For fast acting relief, try slowing down.
- If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?
- Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
- If you read a lot of books, you're considered well-read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well-viewed.
- Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet?
- Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.
- I may be schizophrenic, but I'll always have each other.
- Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then — we elected them.
- Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
- When I am happy I feel like crying, but when I am sad I don't feel like laughing. I think it is better to be happy; then you get two feelings for the price of one.
- The phone company handles 84 billion calls a year, everything from kings, queens, and presidents to the scum of the earth.
- We're the phone company. We don't care; we don't have to.
- You're dealing with the phone company, Mr. Veedle. We are not bound by city, state, or federal regulations. We are omnipotent.
from The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, 1985
- Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.
- When you're dancing the mystical dance of the molecules, you're not the one who's leading.
- Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.
- Man invented language to satisfy his deep inner need to complain.
- All my life, I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.
- If I had known what it would be like to have it all -- I might have been willing to settle for less.
- No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up.
- Remember, we're all in this alone.
- If evolution was worth its salt, it should've evolved something better than 'survival of the fittest.' I think a better idea would be 'survival of the wittiest.' At least, that way, creatures that didn't survive could've died laughing.
Arnold J. Toynbee
(1885 - 1975) British Historian and author of the twelve-volume A Study of History
- Man cannot live by technology alone. from [from Civilization on Trial, 1948]
- Technology is the invention, manufacture, and use of tools. [from A Study of History, 1961]
- My advice to any traveller who is travelling to learn would be: 'fight tooth and nail to be permitted to travel in what is technically the least efficient way.' [from Experiences, 1969]
- The universe becomes intelligible to the extent of our ability to apprehend it as a whole. from [from Civilization on Trial, 1948]
- A sudden, crushing deteat is apt to atimulate the defeated party to set its house in order and prepare to make a victorious response. [from A Study of History, 1961]
Alexis de Toqueville (Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville)
(1805 - 1859)
- America is a land of wonders, in which everything is in constant motion and every change seems an improvement. No natural boundary seems to be set to the efforts of man; and in his eyes what is not yet done is only what he has not attempted to do. [from Democracy in America, 1840]
- In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult part to invent is the end.
- All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.
- As for me, I am deeply a democrat; this is why I am in no way a socialist. Democracy and socialism cannot go together. You can't have it both ways. [from Notes for a Speech on Socialism, 1848]
- It is the dissimilarities and inequalities among men which give rise to the notion of honor; as such differences become less, it grows feeble; and when they disappear, it will vanish too.
- God does not need to speak for himself in order for us to discover definitive signs of his will; it is enough to examine the normal course of nature and the consistent tendency of events. I know without needing to hear the voice of the Creator that the stars trace out in space the orbits which his hand has drawn. [from Democracy in America, 1840]
- The last thing a political party gives up is its vocabulary.
- We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
- The French constitute the most brilliant and the most dangerous nation in Europe and the best qualified in turn to become an object of admiration, hatred, pity or terror but never indifference.
- Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
- Despotism may govern without faith, but Liberty cannot. [from Democracy in America, 1840]
- No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.
- Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. [from Democracy in America, 1840]
- What most astonishes me in the United States, is not so much the marvelous grandeur of some undertakings, as the innumerable multitude of small ones. [from Democracy in America, 1840]
- Equality is a slogan based on envy. It signifies in the heart of every republican: "Nobody is going to occupy a place higher than I."
- Every central government worships uniformity: uniformity relieves it from inquiry into an infinity of details.
- History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.
- A long war almost always reduces nations to the wretched alternative of being abandoned to ruin by defeat or despotism by success.
(1935 - ) American Humorist, Journalist and Novelist
- Marriage is not merely sharing the fettucini, but sharing the burden of finding the fettucini restaurant in the first place.
- Math was always my bad subject. I couldn't convince my teachers that many of my answers were meant ironically.
- In modern America, anyone who attempts to write satirically about the events of the day finds it difficult to concooct a situation so bizzare that it may not acturally come to pass while his article is still on the presses. [from Uncivil Liberties, 1982]
- The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
- As far as I'm concerned, "whom" is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler.
- Even today, well-brought-up English girls are taught by their mothers to boil all veggies for at least a month and a half, just in case one of the dinner guests turns up without his teeth.
- Following the Jewish tradition, a dispenser of schmaltz (liquid chicken fat) is kept on the table to give the vampires heartburn if they get through the garlic defense.
- Keeping off a large weight loss is a phenomenon about as common in American medicine as an impoverished dermatologist.
- When it comes to Chinese food I have always operated under the policy that the less known about the preparation the better. A wise diner who is invited to visit the kitchen replies by saying, as politely as possible, that he has a pressing engagement elsewhere.
Gary Trudeau (Garretson Beekman Trudeau)
(1948 - ) American Cartoonist, creator of 'Doonesbury'
- Criticizing a political satirist for being unfair is like criticizing a nose guard for being physical. 
- The terrible truth about writers is, they create characters and then they put them in harm's way. That's what drama is about. [in Rolling Stone, 2004]
- That's what fiction writers do: create characters and do terrible things to them for the entertainment of others. If they feel guilty enough, they write happy endings. [interview, 2007]
Pierre Trudeau (Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau)
(1919 - 2000) Prime Minister of Canada
- Let us overthrow the totems, break the taboos. Or better, let us consider them cancelled. Coldly, let us be intelligent.
- The view we take here is that there's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.
- Living next to the Press is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt. 
- Travel a thousand miles by train and you are a brute; pedal five hundred on a bicycle and you remain basically a bourgeois; paddle a hundred in a canoe and you are already a child of nature. 
- Liberalism is the philosophy for our time, because it does not try to conserve every tradition of the past, because it does not apply to new problems the old doctrinaire solutions, because it is prepared to experiment and innovate and because it knows that the past is less important than the future. 
- It's not a perfect job, but it sure beats working.
- Somethings I never learned to like. I didn't like to kiss babies, though I didn't mind kissing their mothers.
- The Past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshipped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness.
- The essential ingredient of politics is timing.
Harry S Truman
(1884 - 1972) 33rd president of the United States.
- If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. 
- When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.
- Well, I wouldn't say I was in the 'great' class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great.
- Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive. And don't ever apologize for anything.
- I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have the sense to do without my persuading them. That's all the powers of the President amount to.
- How far would have Moses gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?
- I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Toombstone, Arizona. It says: "Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest." I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have.
- The White House is the finest prison in the world.
- It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job. It's a depression when you lose your own. [interview, 1958]
(1946 - ) Brash, frequently abrasive American Businessman, author and TV personality
- As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big.
- In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish. [from The Art of the Deal, 1987]
- Now, if your boss is a sadist, then you have a big problem. In that case, fire your boss and get a new job. [from How to Get Rich, 2004]
- People settle for mediocrity for one reason—they're lazy.
- If you hang out with a loser, you are a loser
- Think big, or go home.
Sojourner Truth (Isabella Van Waegener Baumfree)
(1787-1883) American Abolitionist and Womens' Rights Activist
- The rich rob the poor, and the poor rob each other.
- Whar did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with him.
- If my cup won't hold but a pint and yorn holds a quart, wouldn't ye be mean not to let me have my little half-measure full?
Paul Tsongas (Paul Efthemios Tsongas)
(1941 - 1997) U.S. Senator, Presidential candidate, and Peace Corps volunteer
- The great political tugs of the past 35 years have concerned the distribution of the golden eggs. In the 1980's and 1990's we must focus on the health of the goose.
- That's a good question. Let me try to evade you.
- The cold war is over; Japan won.
- Nobody on his deathbed ever said, "I wish I had spent more time at the office."
Sophie Tucker (Sonia Kalish)
(1884 - 1966) American singer and comedian
- I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better.
- An audience enjoys hearing you make fun of yourself
(1942 - ) Professor of Information Science, Statistics and Political Economy at Yale
- There are only two industries that refer to their customers as "users."
(1937 - 1966) Mathematical Psychologist, McArthur Fellow
- Whenever there is a simple error that most laymen fall for, there is always a slightly more sophisticated version of the same problem that experts fall for.