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My Ultimate Favorite Quotes ***

  1. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." -- Mahatma Gandhi
  2. "Life is too important to be taken seriously." -- Oscar Wilde
  3. "A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems." -- Paul Erdos
  4. "His ignorance is encyclopedic" -- Abba Eban (1915-2002)
  5. "You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty." -- Sacha Guitry (1885-1957)
  6. "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. " -- Woody Allen (1935-)
  7. "Imitation is the sincerest form of television. " -- Fred Allen (1894-1956)
  8. "I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy." -- Steve Martin
  9. "Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And he's carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he's carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you're drunk. " -- Jack Handy
  10. "Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen." -- Mort Sahl
  11. "Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue." Francois De La Rochefoucauld
  12. "Happiness is wanting what you get, NOT getting what you want." -— Robert A. Heinlein
  13. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." -- Mahatma Gandhi
  14. The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not. -- George Bernard Shaw
  15. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. -- Thomas Jefferson

Wisdom

  1. If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four sharpening the axe. - A. Lincoln
  2. How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. -- Annie Dillard
  3. Cherish the questions, for the answers keep changing. -- Albert Einstein
  4. The highest wisdom is kindness." (BERAKOT, 17a)   Berakot
  5. "Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable." -- John Patrick in The Teahouse of the August Moon
  6. "It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it." -- Sam Levenson
  7. "Wisdom begins in wonder." -- Socrates
  8. "We may give advice, but not the sense to use it." -- Francois De La Rochefoucauld
  9. "The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think." -- Horace Walpole (1717 - 1797)
  10. "Take what you need, and find solace where you can." -- Crispen Sartwell
  11. "Life is too important to be taken seriously." -- Oscar Wilde
  12. "Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." -- Alphonse Karr
  13. "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. " -- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
  14. " ... When I am working on a problem , I never think about beauty .I think of only how to solve the problem . But when I have finished , if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong . " -- Buckminster Fuller
  15. "It's not just the slam of a door, or the clang of a gate that imprisons.
    It is, more often, the silent closing of the mind to reason." -- In some article I read which I now can't find
  16. At the end of all Seeking . . . the Seeker is the one Sought. -- Christopher Wynter
  17. "Wisdom consists in knowing what to do with what you know." - Anonymous
  18. Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it -- David Star Jordan
  19. Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. -- Andre Gide
  20. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  21. He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. -- Lao Tzu
  22. You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
    You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions -- Naguib Mahfouz
  23. The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet -- James Oppenheim
  24. Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference -- Saint Francis of Assisi
  25. Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry,
    the philosophy which does not laugh
    and the greatness which does not bow before children. -- Kahlil Gibran
  26. Time is too slow for those who wait,
    too swift for those who fear,
    too long for those who grieve,
    too short for those who rejoice,
    but for those who love,
    time is eternity.
        -- Henry Van Dyke
  27. Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVII, v. 24)
  28. Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise. - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor), in Plutarch's "Life of Cato"
  29. Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains. -- Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3)

Wisdom and Listening

  1. "Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens." - Jimi Hendrix
  2. "I have often regretted my speech, never my silence." - Xenocrates (396-314 B.C.)
  3. "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." -- Abraham Lincoln
  4. "In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth teaching others." -- Ibn Gabirol, poet and philosopher (c.1022-1058)
  5. It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Truth

  1. The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. - Niels Henrik David Bohr
  2. "All truth passes through three stages.
      First, it is ridiculed.
      Second, it is violently opposed.
      Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." -- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
  3. "A gaffe occurs not when a politician lies, but when he tells the truth." -- Michael Kinsley
  4. "The study of error serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth." -- Walter Lippmann
  5. If it is not true it is very well invented. [It., Se non e vero, e molto ben trovato.] - Giordano Bruno, Degli Eroici Furori

Epitaphs

Ignorance

  1. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. -- Mark Twain
  2. His ignorance is encyclopedic. -- John Dryden from The Maiden Queen (act I, sc. 2)
  3. I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know. [Lat., Non me pudet fateri nescire quod nesciam.] -- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) - Source: Tusc. Quoest. (I, 25, 60)
  4. It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
  5. Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung. - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)
  6. Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein
  7. There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life. - Frank Zappa

Insults

  1. His ignorance is encyclopedic -- Abba Eban (1915-2002)
  2. He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met. -- Abraham Lincoln
  3. If this is coffee, please bring me some tea;
    but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. -- Abraham Lincoln
  4. Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. I'll waste no time reading it. -- Moses Hadas, in a letter
  5. "I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception." -- Groucho Marx
  6. "I've had a wonderful time, but this wasn't it." -- Groucho Marx

Love

  1. Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. -- George Elliot
  2. "Women should be obscene and not heard." -- Groucho Marx

Math

  1. "A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems." -- Paul Erdos
  2. [A reply to a question about how he got his expertise:] By studying the masters and not their pupils. -- Abel, Niels H. (1802 - 1829)
  3. Mathematics reveals its secrets only to those who approach it with pure love for its own beauty. -- Archimedes
  4. If others would but reflect on mathematical truths as deeply and continuously as I have, they would make my discoveries. -- Carl Friedrich Gauss
  5. Archimedes will be remembered when Aeschylus is forgotten, because languages die and mathematical ideas do not. -- G.H. Hardy
  6. Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explorers often get lost. Rigour should be a signal to the historian that the maps have been made, and the real explorers have gone elsewhere. -- W.S. Anglin in Mathematics and History

Character

  1. Class is how you treat people who can do nothing for you. -- Geof Greenleaf
  2. The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be -- Socrates
  3. Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. ~Janet Lane

Inpiration

  1. The best way to predict the future is to create it --Unknown
  2. We make a living by what we get,
    but we make a life by what we give.
      ~~Norman MacEwan
  3. Risk more than others think is safe.
    Care more than others think is wise.
    Dream more than others think is practical.
    Expect more than others think is possible.
      ~Cadet Maxim, USMA, West Point, NY

Happiness

  1. "Happiness is wanting what you get, NOT getting what you want." -— Robert A. Heinlein
  2. Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. -- Abraham Lincoln
  3. "To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom." -— Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not. -- George Bernard Shaw

Success

  1. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. -- Mark Twain
  2. I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. --Jimmy Dean
  3. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. --Henry Ford
  4. Success is not measured by what you accomplish. It's measured by the opposition you encounter, and the courage with which you maintain your struggle against the odds. --Jerry Frenz
  5. Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. -- Doug Larson
  6. Self-reverence
    Self-knowledge
    Self-control
    These three alone LEAD to SUCCESS
          --Alfred Lord Tennyson
  7. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal. - Thomas Carlyle
  8. Popularity comes from allowing yourself to be bored by people while pretending to enjoy it -- Karol Newlin
  9. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. -- Thomas Jefferson
  10. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. -- T. S. Eliot
  11. Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I'll give you a stock clerk. --J. C. Penney
  12. Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends. --Jawaharlal Nehru
  13. A man may fall many times but he will not be a failure until he says someone pushed him. -- Elmer G. Letterman
  14. Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -- Thomas Edison
  15. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. -- John Woodenf

Education

  1. "The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled." -- Plutarch
  2. "Good enough isn't good enough." - Judy Codding, principal of Bronxville High School
  3. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." -- Mahatma Gandhi
  4. The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. -- Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903) British Philosopher
  5. Education is the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the ignorant by the incompetent. -- Josiah Stamp
  6. Education is the process of casting false pearls before real swine. -- Prof. Irwin Edman
  7. "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. " - Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  8. The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. -- Mark Twain
  9. "Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much." --Walter Lippmann
  10. ‘The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.’ -— Dee Hock
  11. "... the kids do what no one expects them to do. That's progress." -- Ted Sizer (founded the Coalition of Essential Schools)
  12. Focus, thoroughness, insistence that kids perform (answer to how a fine school could get a whole lot better) -- Ted Sizer (wrote Horace's Compromise)
  13. "... nothing worth knowing can be taught." --Oscar Wilde, 1891
  14. If I Have Seen Further, It Is By Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants. --Isaac Newton
  15. If others would but reflect on mathematical truths as deeply and continuously as I have, they would make my discoveries. -- Carl Friedrich Gauss
  16. "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." -- Einstein
  17. "Experience teaches us not to assume that the obvious is clearly understood" -- Paulo Friere in his book: Cultural Action for Freedom (1972)
  18. The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher regard those who think alike than those who think differently. -- Nietzsche
  19. "You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself" --Galileo
  20. "Great opportunity is usually disguised as unsolvable problems." -- Gretchen G. Clement

Miscellaneous

  1. Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example. -- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  2. "Youth is wasted on the young." -- George Bernard Shaw
  3. Against logic there is no armor like ignorance -- Peter J. Lawrence
  4. ‘Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.’ -- Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. ‘A mind stretched to a new idea never regains its original dimension.’ -— Oliver Wendell Holmes
  6. ‘Carpenters bend wood, fletchers bend arrows, wise men fashion themselves.’ -— Gautama Buddha
  7. ‘Only the wise possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.’ — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  8. ‘Common-sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.’ — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  9. ‘The foolish man wonders at the unusual; the wise man at the usual.’ — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Work

  1. "Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it." -- Buddha

Writing

  1. If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster. -- Isaac Asimov
  2. "When I want to read a good book, I write one." - Benjamin Disraeli
  3. Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book. -- Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)
  4. What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. -- Samuel Johnson
  5. Writing comes more easily if you have something to say. -- Sholem Asch
  6. We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to. -- Somerset Maugham
  7. The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak. -- Friederich Nietzsche
  8. Writing is its own reward. -- Henry Miller
  9. How do I know what I think until I see what I say? -- E. M. Forster
  10. I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. -- Joan Didion
  11. Writers seldom write the things they think. They simply write the things they think other folks think they think. -- Elbert Hubbard

Book Reviews

  1. "This book fills a much-needed gap." -- Moses Hadas (1900-1966) in a review
  2. "Your manuscript is both good and original. However, that which is good is not original, and that which is original is not good. -- Samuel Johnson

Definitions

  1. "A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems." -- Paul Erdos
  2. "Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue." Francois De La Rochefoucauld
  3. Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me. " - Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
  4. "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -- Winston Churchill
  5. "A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep." -- ?? http://webs.csu.edu/~biep1/index.html
  6. "Quando omni flunkus moritati!" (When all else fails, play dead!) -- ??
  7. "Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."-- H. L. Mencken
  8. "Dullness is the coming-of-age of seriousness." -- Oscar Wilde, Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young
  9. Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. -- Abraham Lincoln
  10. Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead. ~Mac McCleary
  11. Patience: A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue. ~Ambrose Bierce

Humor

  1. "You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart. -- Fred Allen
  2. "Imitation is the sincerest form of television. " -- Fred Allen (1894-1956)
  3. "I would not join any club that would have someone like me for a member." -- Groucho Marx
  4. "You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty." -- Sacha Guitry (1885-1957)
  5. There are two groups of people in the world; those who believe that the world can be divided into two groups of people, and those who don't. -- ?
  6. There are three kinds of people in the world; those who can count and those who can't. -- ?
  7. "It may be that the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong - but that is the way to bet." --Damon Runyon (1880-1946)
  8. "I am not young enough to know everything. " -- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
  9. "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. " -- Woody Allen (1935-)
  10. "Imitation is the sincerest form of television. " -- Fred Allen (1894-1956)
  11. "I think it would be a good idea. " -- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), when asked what he thought of Western civilization
  12. "If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me." -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980)
  13. If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life -- without even considering if there are men on base. —- Dave Barry
  14. "I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy." -- Steve Martin
  15. "Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as meaningless experiences go, it's pretty damned good." -- Woody Allen
  16. "I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me." -- Dave Barry
  17. "Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And he's carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he's carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you're drunk. " -- Jack Handy
  18. "Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza." — Dave Barry
  19. "A Yuppie is someone who believes it's courageous to eat in a restaurant that hasn't been reviewed yet." -- Mort Sahl
  20. "Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen." -- Mort Sahl
  21. "you don't know what you think unless you say it." -- Mort Sahl
  22. "Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion." -- Jed Babbin, a former deputy undersecretary of defense in the first Bush administration
  23. Some people say that I must be a horrible person, but that's not true. I have the heart of a small boy -- in a jar on my desk. -- Stephen King, 3/8/90
  24. Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we'll find it. -- Sam Levenson
  25. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? -- Stephen Levine
  26. Aristotle was famous for knowing everything. He taught that the brain exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true only of certain persons. -- Will Cuppy
  27. "The Chameleon's face reminded Aristotle of a Baboon. Aristotle wasn't much of a looker himself." -- Will Cuppy
  28. "Anything can happen, but it usually doesn’t." -- Robert Benchley
  29. "I agree with Rush Limbaugh [in] about 95% of the things that he lies about" -- Paul
  30. "and vice (vice versa) likewise" -- Paul
  31. "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." -- Hunter S. Thompson
  32. "No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating." -- Oscar Wilde
  33. "Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke." -- Steve Martin
  34. "Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh." -- George Bernard Shaw
  35. "Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is." -- Steve Martin
  36. "Kids like my act because I'm wearing nose glasses. Adults like my act because there's a guy who thinks putting on nose glasses is funny." -- Steve Martin

Bumper Stickers

  1. "Individualists of the World - Unite! "
  2. "Procrastinate Now."
  3. "I'm Out Of Estrogen And I've Got A Gun."
  4. BE ALERT! ...The world needs more lerts.

Politics

  1. "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison
  2. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. -- James Madison
  3. The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. -- James Madison
  4. The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. -- James Madison
  5. "No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices." -- Edward R. Murrow
  6. The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders...tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. -– Herman Goering
  7. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. -- James Madison
  8. "At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." -- Abraham Lincoln from The Lyceum Address (1838)
  9. "Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure." -- Abraham Lincoln 1848
  10. The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war. -- James Madison
  11. "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies." -- Groucho Marx
  12. "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." -- Anatole France
  13. It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood. -- James Madison
  14. "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." -- Abraham Lincoln in the end of the Second Inaugural Address (1865)
  15. "Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices — just recognize them." -- Edward R. Murrow
  16. "A gaffe occurs not when a politician lies, but when he tells the truth." -- Michael Kinsley
  17. "Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. " -- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
  18. "I've arranged with my executor to be buried in Chicago. Because when I die, I want to still remain active politically." -- Mort Sahl
  19. "Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen." -- Mort Sahl
  20. The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith
  21. "Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable." -- John Kenneth Galbraith
  22. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. -- Aesop
  23. Naturally, when it comes to voting, we in Texas are accustomed to discerning that fine hair's-breadth worth of difference that makes one hopeless dipstick slightly less awful than the other. But it does raise the question: Why bother?
    Oh, it's just that your life is at stake. -- Molly Ivins
  24. "The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice." --Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
  25. "War hath no fury like a non-combatant." -- Charles Edward Montague
  26. "I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference. It was the content. I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things." -- Ronald Reagan
  27. "As we know,/ There are known knowns./ There are things we know we know./ We also know/ There are known unknowns./ That is to say/ We know there are some things/ We do not know./ But there are also unknown unknowns/ The ones we don't know we don't know." -- Donald Rumsfeld

Liberty

  1. "If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed." -- Mark Twain
  2. A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both. -- James Madison

Liberty

  1. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -- Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
  2. "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips
  3. A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. --Edward R. Murrow
  4. Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one. -- A. J. Leibling
  5. If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all. --Jacob Hornberger (1995)
  6. I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights. --Abraham Lincoln
  7. Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law', because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. --Thomas Jefferson
  8. The inconveniences attending respect for your neighbors' rights are the price we pay for civilization. --Peter E. Hendrickson
  9. Tyranny is always better organized than freedom. --Charles Peguy
  10. First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I am not a Jew. Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I am not a socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I am not a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, and there was no one left to help me. --Pastor Niemoller

Democracy

  1. "Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few." -- George Bernard Shaw
  2. "I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance" -- Thomas Carslyle
  3. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. --George Bernard Shaw
  4. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. --James Bovard (1994)
Tyranny
  1. First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist, so I said nothing. Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social Democrat, so I did nothing. Then came the trade unionists, but I was not a trade unionist. And then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did little. Then when they came for me, there was no one left to stand up for me. -- Martin Niemöller
  2. The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. --H.L. Mencken
  3. Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. --C. S. Lewis

Israel

  1. "We will have peace with the Arabs when they will love their children more than they hate us." -- Golda Meir
  2. "We can forgive the Arabs one day for killing our children, but we can never forgive them for forcing us to kill theirs." -- Golda Meir

Courage

  1. Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. --General George S. Patton, U.S. Army
  2. "The only way to fail is to quit." -- The Dalai Lama
  3. "If this boy passes the examinations he will be admitted; and if the white students choose to withdraw, all the income of the college will be devoted to his education." --Harvard president Edward Everett, 1848, when a black applied for admittance to the college
  4. "Dat man ober dar say dat women needs to be helped into carriages and lifted ober ditches, and to hab de best place everywhar. Nobody eber helps me into carriages, or ober mud-puddles, or gibs me any best place! And ain't I a woman! Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed, and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man -- when I could get it -- and bear de lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen chilern, and seen 'em mos' all sold into slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?" -- Sojourner Truth, May 1851
  5. "What does not destroy me, makes me stronger." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
  6. "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -- Anonymous
  7. "Action is eloquence." -- William Shakespeare

Law

  1. "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding," Brandeis wrote. "They [the makers of the Constitution] conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone—the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men." -- Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis in 1928

Religion

  1. When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion. -- Abraham Lincoln
Famous Quotes
  1. "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. " --Benjamin Disraeli
  2. "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. 'You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" ' -- George Bernard Shaw

    Though Kennedy stated that he was quoting George Bernard Shaw when he said this, he is often thought to have originated the expression, which actually paraphrases a line delivered by the Serpent in Shaw's play Back To Methuselah : “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’".

  4. "There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it." -- George Bernard Shaw li>"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing." -- Oscar Wilde
  5. If It Weren'T For The Last Minute, Nothing Would Get Done. -- Anonymous
  6. The pen is mightier than the sword. -- Bulwer-Lytton
  7. "First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Catholics, but I was not a Catholic so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out." -- Rev. Martin Niemoller in 1945

Quotes Relevant to Current Events

  1. "There's nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.: -- Alfred Hitchcock
  2. "Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have." -- Emile Chartier
  3. "The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them." -- Albert Einstein
  4. "Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." --Hitler's #2 Man, Hermann Goering


Lesser Quotes (Not great but worthy of inclusion)

  1. Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment. -- Robert Benchley
  2. Life is what happens while you are making other plans. -- John Lennon
  3. Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow. -- Oscar Wilde
  4. Too much of a good thing is wonderful. -- Mae West
  5. The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. -- Albert Einstein
  6. The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office. -- Robert Frost
  7. Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. -- W. C. Fields
  8. The Universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. -- Eden Philpotts
  9. Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance? -- Edgar Bergen (via Charlie McCarthy)
  10. "What I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death." -- Dave Barry
  11. "More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly." -- Woody Allen
  12. "Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer." -- Dave Barry
  13. "Anything worth having is worth cheating for." -- W. C. Fields
  14. Everything I do is either illegal, immoral, or fattening. -- W. C. Fields
  15. Hangman: Have you any last wish? W. C. Fields: Yes, I'd like to see Paris before I die. (pause) Philadelphia will do.
  16. I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally. -- W. C. Fields
  17. And if it turns out that there is a God, I don't believe that he is evil. The worst that can be said is that he's an underachiever. — Woody Allen
  18. If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. -- Lin Yutang
  19. All my life I wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific. -- Jane Wagner (via Lily Tomlin)
  20. "There are two rules for success in life: Rule 1: Don't tell people everything you know." -- I don't know who first said this
  21. "Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it's open to anybody who owns hideous clothing." -- Dave Barry

Disputed Quotes - Attribution

  1. "Please excuse the long letter — I didn't have time to write a short one." — Although often attributed to Blaise Pascal or Mark Twain, Cicero said it long before
    See http://lists.village.virginia.edu/lists_archive/Humanist/v05/0440.html

Disputed Quotes - Content

  1. Occam's or Ockham's Razor: "if two theories explain the facts equally well then the simpler theory is to be preferred"
  2. Did Stalin Really Say That Thing About votes? by Emily Yoffe
  3. "It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." -- Joseph Stalin
  4. "It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes." -- (Joseph Stalin)
  5. Alternate Undisputed Quote: "As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it?" -- Tammany Hall Boss William Marcy Tweed

Disputed Quotes - Attribution and Content

  1. Winston Churchill described democracy as "the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time"
    The popular misquote (and the one I prefer) is: "Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others."

Speeches

  1. Mario Cuomo's keynote address at the Democratic National Convention (MS Word)
  2. I Have a Dream -- Martin Luther King   Writings
  3. Public Address Gateway

Documents

  1. Constituion Society Founding Documents
  2. Declaration of Independence -- Thomas Jefferson   Rough Draft   Dutch Inspiration?
  3. All the State Constitutions and Web Sites
  4. Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History
  5. Electronic Text Collections

Quotes to Memorize

  1. The Gettysburg Address -- Abraham Lincoln 11/19/1863   Other Speeches
  2. To be or not to be - HAMLET Act 3, Scene 1   Act 3 Scene 1
  3. Hamlet's Speech to the Players -- Act 3, Scene 2
  4. Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man. 9 -- Alexander Pope (1688–1744) Essay on Man. Epistle ii. Line 1. More   Large Print
  5. A little learning is a dangerous thing; 26 Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. -- Alexander Pope Essay on Criticism. Part ii. Line 15.

Riddles

  1. What is greater than God, More evil than the devil, The poor have it,
    The rich need it, And if you eat it, you'll die?
    More info
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