- Imagine a school with children that can read or write, but with teachers who cannot, and you have a metaphor of the Information Age in which we live.
- They keep telling us that in war truth is the first casualty, which is nonsense since it implies that in times of peace truth stays out of the sick bay or the graveyard.
- Everybody wants to see justice done, to somebody else.
- Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts.
- Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images.
- The more you study, the more you find out you don't know, but the more you study, the closer you come.
- It's not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(1772-1834) --English poet
- Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.
- Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
- He saw a lawyer killing a viper
On a dunghill hard, by his own stable
And the devil smiled, for it put him in mind
Of Cain and his brother, Abel.
- The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.
- Only the wise possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.
- I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is prose; words in their best order;—poetry; the best words in the best order.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
(1873-1954) --French author
- A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up.
G. Norman Collie
- Every man has one thing he can do better than anyone else - and usually it's reading his own handwriting.
Frederick L Collins
- There are two types of people--those who come into a room and say, Well, here I am! and those who come in and say, Ah, there you are.
Charles Caleb Colton
- He that is good will infallibly become better, and he that is bad will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue, and time are three things that never stand still.
- Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.
- Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other - it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
- How small a portion of our life it is that we really enjoy! In youth we are looking forward to things that are to come; in old age we are looking backward to things that are gone past; in manhood, although we appear to be more occupied in things that are present, yet even that is too often absorbed in vague determinations to be vastly happy on some future day when we have time.
- The greatest and most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least - the privilege of making others happy.
- Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
- The reason why great men meet with so little pity or attachment in adversity, would seem to be this: the friends of a great man were made by his fortune, his enemies by himself, and revenge is a much more punctual paymaster than gratitude.
- Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominates it is passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual.
- Doubt is the vestibule which all must pass before they can enter the temple of wisdom. When we are in doubt and puzzle out the truth by our own exertions, we have gained something that will stay by us and will serve us again. But if to avoid the trouble of the search we avail ourselves of the superior information of a friend, such knowledge will not remain with us; we have not bought, but borrowed it.
(551-479 BC) --K'ung Ch'iu - Chinese philosopher
- When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.
- By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
- If we don't know life, how can we know death?
- He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
- He does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches.
- Silence is a friend who will never betray.
- If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
- The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.
- To know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, there lies true wisdom.
- Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
- Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or
- Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.
- It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.
- What is the sound of one hand clapping?
- He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.
- The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
- The cautious seldom err.
- Things that are done, it is needless to speak about; things that are past it is needless to blame.
- To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
(1670-1729) --English dramatist
- Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
- Every man plays the fool once in his lif marry is
playing the fool all one's life, but to marry is to playing the fool all one's life long.
Thomas K. Connellan
- Organizations can grow faster than their brains can manage them in relation to their environment and to their own physiology. When this occurs, they are an endangered species.
(1903-1974) --English writer and critic
- Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice.
--American tennis champion
- Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you're too damned old to do anything about it.
- A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it.
- Toilet paper is a soft ware. What percentage of it are you reusing?
(1872-1933) --30th American president
- I've never been hurt by anything I didn't say.
- Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men of talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, 'press on' has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race.
- I think the American public wants a solemn ass as a President, and I think I'll go along with them.
--Arizona Secretary of Education
- Teachers should not impose their belief that the Earth is round on students who have been brought up to believe that it is flat.
(1857-1924) --British novelist, born in Poland
- All a man can betray is his conscience.
- The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
- Words, as is well known, are great foes of reality.
- The mind of man is capable of anything - because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future.
- The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
(1930-2016) British Commedian
- A man was marooned on a desert island. One day a beautiful woman arrives in a wet suit. 'When did you last have a smoke?' she asks. 'Five years ago.' So she gets out a cigar and he smokes it. She unzips her wet suit a bit and says, 'When did you last have a drink?' He said, 'Five years ago.' So she gets out a bottle of Scotch and he has a drink. Then she unzips her wet suit a bit more and says, 'And when was the last time you played around?' He looks at her in amazement and says: 'You're not telling me you've got a set of golf clubs in there?'
- It was revealed in a government survey published today that the Prime Minister is doing the work of two men, Laurel and Hardy.
- There was a fire at the main Inland Revenue office in London today, but it was put out before any serious good was done.
- West Mersea police announced tonight that they wish to interview a man wearing high heels and frilly knickers, but the Chief Constable said they must wear their normal uniforms.
- We'll be talking to a car designer who's crossed a Toyota with Quasimodo and come up with the Hatchback of Notre Dame.
- After a series of crimes in the Glasgow area, Chief Inspector McTavish has announced that he is looking for a man with one eye. If he doesn't find him, he's going to use both eyes.
- A juggernaut of onions has shed its load all over the M1. Motorists are advised to find a hard shoulder to cry on.
- We've just heard that in the English Channel, a ship carrying red paint has collided with a ship carrying purple paint. It is believed that both crews have been marooned.
- If I wear too much tartan I tend to look like a Thermos flask.
- All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my right hand.
- This is a message for seven honeymoon couples in a hotel in Peebles: Breakfast was served three days ago.
- French wine growers fear that this year's vintage may be entirely spoiled due to the grape treaders' sit-in.
- A cement mixer collided with a prison van on the Kingston by-pass. Motorists are asked to be on the look-out for 16 hardened criminals.
- We will be talking to an out of work contortionist who says he can no longer make ends meet.
--American commedian, actor, author
- Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.
- Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.
- I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
- It is nonsense to say that there is not enough time to be fully informed. Time given to thought is the greatest time saver of all.
--American minister, self-help speaker
- In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.
- Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are - or as we are conditioned to see it.
- Paradigms are powerful because they create the lens through which we see the world.
- Our character is a composite of our habits.
- Begin with the end in mind.
- Hope, of all ills that men endure,
The only cheap and universal cure.
- You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.
- When the Pirates of the Carribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists. - Ian Malcom from Jurassic Park
- Ian Malcolm:"God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs."
Ellie Sattler: "Dinosaurs...eat man. Woman inherits the Earth." (from Jurassic Park)
- The trouble with children is that they are not returnable.
(1599-1658) --English soldier and statesman
- He who stops being better stops being good.
(1894-1962) --American poet
- I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.
- To be nobody-but-yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else--means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
(1867-1934) --Polish Chemist, won the Nobel Prize in 1911 and 1935.
- Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
- One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
- Never drown a word meant for ears to hear.
- Keep humor alive and you stay alive longer too.
- If I am unaware of love, I live drably. If I become intoxicated with love, I live in dreamland. If I recognize love, and shake his hand then comfort, dreams, and sometimes intoxication become mine to drench in and give away as well.
- Just because I was born doesn't give me the right to scorn and devalue you or let you try to diminish me. Instead, my rights are to make sure that I control myself and recognize your right to control yourself.