F to J
- Most of us expect too much from others and not enough from ourselves.
Mark L. Feldman
- Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? Answer:
five. Why? Because there's a difference between deciding and doing.
- The first principle is that you must not fool
yourselfand you are the easiest to fool.
- If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again. Then
give up. There's no use in being a damned fool about it.
- Theres a seeker born every minute.
- You can easily judge the character of others by how they
treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.
- Paying attention to simple little things that most men
ignore makes a few men rich.
- The grotesque will always appear and take hold of those
ages which are under the strain of disaster, feeling the sinister and chaotic aspects of
life, but advanced enough to appease the mind by laughter. [In Symbol and Metaphor
in Human Experience (1949)]
- The obvious is better than obvious avoidance of it. [in Modern
English Usage (1926)]
- The law in its majesty prohibits rich and poor alike from
sleeping under bridges.
- Anger is never without a reason, but seldom a good one.
- Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
- Those who would sacrifice liberty for safety deserve
- Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
- The price of civilization is instinctual renunciation.
- Education is hanging around until you've caught on.
- Education is the ability to listen to almost anything
without losing your temper or self confidence.
- I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has
endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
- We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put
to death by reality.
- The whole is simpler than the sum of its parts.
- The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that,
you've got it made.
- You can't lead by pushing.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Man supposes that he directs his life and governs his
actions, when his existence is irretrievably under the control of destiny.
- I dont want to come to grips with power; I want to
- Death was Patrick Henrys second choice.
- Its the stupidity, stupid.
- I know it is true, I made it up myself.
- When we are not sure, we are alive.
- Believe nothing, not even yourself. [in Views from the
Real World (talks from 1917-1933, published in 1973)]
- That which is easy is bad for your inner life. [in Voices
in the Dark, wartime meetings (compiled by Patterson)]
H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama
- I believe that the destructive nature of society that now
threatens the existence of the entire human world has much to do with human intelligence.
The way to overcome all human sufferingthat also is through human intelligence.
- My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
- The universe is not only queerer than we suppose; it is
queerer than we can suppose.
This is often paraphrased by substituting the word "stranger" for
"queerer," understandable as the original sense of the word "queer"
has been eclipsed by the sense of "homosexual" since Haldane said that.
- Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that
God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful,
filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.
- A thing is the reification of an operational principle.
Robert Harper [Congressman, South Carolina, 1765-1825]
- Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.
Sir John Harrington
- Treason doth never prosper; whats the reason? For if
it prosper, none dare call it treason. [in Epigrams (1618)]
- I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it
says something about human nature that the only life we have created so far is purely
destructive. Weve created life in our own image.
- Love your enemiesthey may tell you the truth.
- All my enemies are self-appointed.
- There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less
intelligence and more sense than we have.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
- Talent is often to be envied, and genius very commonly to
be pitied. It stands twice the chance of the other of being in a hospital, in jail, in
debt, or in bad repute.
- Some men are alive only because it is against the law to
- The right to be heard does not include the right to be
- The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons,
because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while,
what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.
- Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
- Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense.
- The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to
acknowledge authority, as such. For him, scepticism is the highest of duties, blind faith
the one unpardonable sin.
- A great many people think they are thinking when they are
merely rearranging their prejudices.
- Geniuses are commonly believed to excel other men in their
power of sustained attention, but it is their genius making them attentive, not their
attention making geniuses of them.
- Most people live, whether physically, intellectually, or morally, in a very restricted
circle of their being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible
consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his
whole bodily organism, should get into the habit of using and moving only his little
finger. Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources
are than we had supposed.
- The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a creative mind to spot wrong
- Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of
the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable;
that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to
violate would be oppression.
- I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility
against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
- I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power
the greater it will be.
- I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It
is always oppressive.
- It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for
himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of
circumstances, become his own.
- I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
- I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending
too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
- Question with boldness even the existence of a God;
because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of
- No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the
equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.
- The care of every man's soul belongs to himself. But what if he neglect the care
of it? Well, what if he neglect the care of his health or his estate? Will the
magistrate make a law that he not be poor or sick? God himself will not save men
against their wills.
- The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a
crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the
foundations of society.
- The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than
the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
- The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time
with the blood of patriots and of tyrants. It is its natural manure.
Jesus of Nazareth
- The world is a bridge. Pass over it, but build no house
upon it. [Saying attributed to Jesus carved upon the wall of a Muslim temple in India]
- Every man is prompted by the love of himself to imagine that he possesses some
qualities, superior, either in kind or degree, to those which he sees allotted to the rest
of the world; and, whatever apparent disadvantages he may suffer in the comparison with
others, he has some invisible distinctions, some latent reserve of excellence, which he
throws into the balance, and by which he generally fancies that it is turned in his
- Nobody can be taught faster than he can learn.
- Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is
particularly fine, strike it out.
- Sir, I have given you an argument. I am not obliged to
provide you with an understanding.
- The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are
too strong to be broken.
- There is a certain race of men that either imagine it their
duty, or make it their amusement, to hinder the reception of every work of learning or
genius, who stand as sentinels in the avenues of fame, and value themselves upon giving
Ignorance and Envy the first notice of a prey.
- We often look with indifference on the successive parts of something that, if the whole
were seen together, would shake us with emotion.
Franklin P. Jones
- Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an
acquaintance, or a stranger.
- Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
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