K to R
- Out of the crooked timber of humanity nothing straight can
- The secret must be kept from all non-people. The mystery
must be hidden from all idiots.
can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
- Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in
my heart. As long as it stays I am ironicif it is pulled out I shall die.
- Fear is not of the unknown, but of loss of the known.
- The truth is a pathless land.
- To be religious is to be sensitive to reality.
Judge Mills Lane
- A dog doesnt want very much and is happy with that. A
cat doesnt know what he wants and wants more of it.
- The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.
- What makes us like new acquaintances is not so much the weariness we have of the old
ones or the pleasure of changing, as the disgust of not being admired enough by those who
know us too well, and the hope of being more admired by those who do not know us as well.
- We must beware of falling into the fatally common error of
supposing that what we see is all there is to see.
- When a liberal is abused, he says, Thank God they
didnt beat me. When he is beaten, he thanks God they didnt kill him.
When he is killed, he will thank God that his immortal soul has been delivered from its
- Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law; it's nine-tenths
of the problem.
- The pressures of being a parent are equal to any pressure
on earth. To be a conscious parent, and really look to that little being's mental and
physical health, is a responsibility which most of us, including me, avoid most of the
time, because it's too hard. . . . To put it loosely, the reason why kids are crazy is
because nobody can face the responsibility of bringing them up.
- There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who
say to God, Thy will be done, and those to whom God says, in the end, Thy
will be done. All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could
be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who
seek find. To those who knock it is opened. [in The Great Divorce]
- There seems no plan because its all plan. There seems
no center because its all center.
G. C. Lichtenberg
- A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the
joke he resents.
- Intelligence is that aspect of human cognition that we
haven't managed to emulate yet.
- The accumulation of all powers in the same hands, whether
of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly be
pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
- [T]there never was a people whose liberties long
survived a standing army.
- Paranoia is just a higher form of awareness.
Judith Martin (Miss Manners)
- Manners require showing consideration of all human beings,
not just the ones to whom one is close. [10/13/2000]
- If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see
every problem as a nail.
- Don't take your life personally. It's not about you!
- Value judgements are bad.
- A man may be a fool and not know it--but not if he is married.
- Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be
- For every complex question theres a simple
answerand its wrong.
- The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is
that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been
- Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.
- We are here, and it is now. Further than that, all human
knowledge is moonshine.
- The truth that many people never understand, until it is toolate, is that the more you
try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things
begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.
James Grier Miller
- Ontology recapitulates philology.
- Fear and dull disposition, lukewarmness and sloth, are not
seldom wont to cloak themselves under the affected name of moderation.
- Our root fantasy is that "I" am real and that
it's possible for "me" to be happy.
- The worst-tempered people I've ever met were the people who
knew they were wrong.
- I never met a man who thought his thinking was faulty.
- We are, I know not how, double in ourselves, so that what we believe we disbelieve, and
cannot rid ourselves of what we condemn.
- All play and no work makes Jack a dumb jerk.
Edward R. Murrow
- The obscure we see eventually; the completely apparent
takes a litle longer.
- In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I
didnt speak up because I wasnt a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I
didnt speak up because I wasnt a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didnt speak up because I wasnt a trade unionist. Then they came for the
homosexuals, and I didnt speak up because I wasnt a homosexual. Then they came
for the Catholics and I didnt speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came
for mebut by that time there was no one left to speak up.
- I know not what I appear to the world, but to myself I seem
to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and
then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell, whilest the great ocean of truth lay
all undiscovered before me.
- Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
- He who despises himself yet esteems himself as a
individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
(Beyond Good and Evil)
- The most common sort of lie is the one uttered to one's self.
- A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that
it needs work.
- To a warden, Utopia is an escape-proof jail.
- Don't take yourself too seriously. And don't be too serious
about not taking yourself too seriously.
- If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to
tell people what they do not want to hear.
- The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being but to
remind him that he is already degraded.
- There are many things that you can understand now,
although, of course, they will be surrounded by things you cannot understand yet; but if
you begin with those you can understand, you will understand many other things. Every
moment of understanding, every realization, sheds light not only on the thing we are
thinking about but on many other things as well
- Think in other categories.
- Whatever stops thought is false. [in Tertium Organum]
- It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from
Robert L. Park
- Alas, to wear the mantle of Galileo it is not enough that
you be persecuted by an unkind establishment, you must also be right.
- Vanity is so secure in the heart of man that everyone wants to be admired: even I who
write this, and you who read this.
General George S. Patton
- Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.
- Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
- An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and
converting its opponents. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out, and
that the growing generation is familiarised with the ideas from the beginning
- As you ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the
head, or the head without the body, so neither ought you to attempt to cure the body
without the soul. (Charmides)
- Science is nothing but perception.
- We have met the enemy and he is us.
- Some praise at morning what they blame at night
But always think the last opinion right.
- The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
- Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has
neither the cruelties nor the enchantments.
- The features of our face are hardly more than gestures which have become permanent.
- The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.
- The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having
- Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.
- Intelligence cant be insulted.
is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled
by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
Rainer Maria Rilke
- Live your questions now and, perhaps even without knowing
it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.
Personally, I have always felt that the best doctor in the
world is the veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what is the matter . . . he's just
got to know.
- Success lies in the opposite direction of the natural flow.
- Nine-tenths of wisdom consists of being wise in time.
- If I omit practice one day, I notice it. If two days the
critics notice it. If three days the public notices it.
- Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion
now accepted was once eccentric.
- Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trustedto act humanely or to think sanely
under the influence of a great fear.
- No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
- One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary
to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is
voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.
- To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last
product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.
Bertrand Russells grandmother
- What is mind? It doesnt matter. What is matter? Never
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