Quotations


 

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. (Hans Hofmann)

The advantage of being able to identify sin is that you can go out and do it, and enjoy it. (Molly Ivins)

After the first death, there is no other. (Dylan Thomas)

An agnostic is someone who is not religious enough to be an atheist. (Anonymous)

All power corrupts but some must govern. (John le Carré)

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Alone I came into the world, alone I shall go from it. (Anonymous)

Always be able to talk. (Kirk O'Donnell)

Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest. (Mark Twain)

Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners. (Edward Abbey)

And it's very, very funny / When you've lots and lots of money / To be horrible to those with none! / Be horrible to those with none! (Anna Russell)

Anyone, taken as an individual, is tolerably sensible and reasonable -- as a member of a crowd, he at once becomes a blockhead. (Schiller)

Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology. (Arthur C. Clarke)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. (Arthur C. Clarke)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo. (Anonymous)

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. (H.L. Mencken)

As you get older things will seem more lame than before. Nothing will change but you, I promise. (Anonymous)

The average bloke . . . hates and fears all freedom, not only for others but for himself, and stamps it out wherever possible. (Robert A. Heinlein)

Bad bureaucrats like it when you don't show up for hearings. (Anonymous)

Bad politicians like it when you don't vote. (Anonymous)

Baloney baffles brains. (Eric Frank Russell)

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. (Philip K. Dick)

Be a citizen, not a subject. (Anonymous)

Be a match, not a stick. (Anonymous)

Be amazed first, ask questions later. (Tom Siddell)

Be ashamed to die unless you have scored some victory for humanity. (Horace Mann)

Beer is proof that God loves us and wishes us to be happy. (Benjamin Franklin)

Beer is proof that God does destructive testing. (Anonymous)

Behind the anger is the fear. What are you afraid of? (Anonymous)

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. (Plato)

A board is long, hard, and narrow. It is made of wood. (Mark Twain)

Bottom line, we're all pretty pathetic. But we're all doing the best we can. (Anonymous)

Build a fire for a man and you'll warm him for an evening. Set fire to him and you'll warm him for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

Care about other people's approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. (Lao Tse)

A cat looks down at man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look you in the eye and see his equal. (Winston Churchill)

Chance favors the prepared mind. (Louis Pasteur)

Change happened and you thought it was forever, and immediately there were all the enemies of that change making common cause and meeting in the cloakrooms. (C. J. Cherryh)

Children and barbarians have clear ideas of justice due to them, but no idea at all of justice due from them. (Murray Leinster)

Civilization consists of mastering human nature. (Anonymous)

[He knew that] comfort is antipathetic to change and the most comfortable are the dead. (Alexei Panshin)

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. (Albert Einstein)

Compassion is the evolutionarily selected trait that allows the human species to survive its own nature. (Anonymous)

A computer is like God without mercy. (Anonymous)

Confidence is a temporary condition that lasts until you truly understand the situation. (Chuuya Koyama)

Decisions are always made by the people in the room. (Anonymous)

Demagoguery is sound tactics for apes armed with rocks, suicidal tactics for apes armed with nuclear weapons. (Anonymous)

Denial is not a survival strategy. (Anonymous)

Done is better than perfect. (Anonymous)

Don't you dare besmirch the name of Congress. They are patriotic Americans trying to dress and feed themselves. (Jon Stewart)

Don't say, do. (Bow Sim Mark)

Do, or not do. There is no try. (Steve Lucas)

Do not go gentle into that good night, old age should burn and rage at break of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. (Dylyn Thomas)

A drunk depends upon familiarity, otherwise he cannot function. (Anonymous )

The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse always gets the cheese. (Steven Wright)

Embrace governance, not politics. (Anonymous)

Emotionally, most people never graduate from high school. (Anonymous)

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. (attrib. Thomas Jefferson)
Eternal vigilance is the price of good government. (Anonymous)

Even monkeys fall from trees. (Anonymous)

Everybody's got to die of something, there's no shame in that. But it's shameful to die of stupidity. (Anonymous)

Everything isn't subjective. Reality also matters. Truth matters. It is still a word with meaning. (David Brin)

Failure to plan is planning to fail. (Winston Churchill)

Fascism will come to America wrapped in a flag carrying a bible. (Sinclair Lewis)

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. (Richard Feynman)

The first sin is loosing the beast in men. The second is putting ideas before human lives. (Anonymous)

First they came for the blacks, and I was happy. Then they came for the gays, and I was happy. Then they came for me, and I was "WTF?" (Anonymous)

For some people, being free means being free to keep their feet on someone else's chest. (Mike Royko, paraphrased)

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could be any different. (Oprah Winfrey)

Formal courtesy between husband and wife is even more important than it is between strangers. (Robert Heinlein)

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate. (Hubert H. Humphrey)
Anvils are noisy. (Anonymous)

The freedom of the city is not negotiable. We cannot negotiate with those who say, "What's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable." (John F. Kennedy)

From this observed behavior a major psychological truth about this race of forked destroyers may be deduced: that, just as nature abhors a vacuum, "mankind abhors equality." (Soseki Natsume)

Give guilt -- the gift that lasts forever. (Garrison Keillor)

God doesn't make you a bigot. You're just a bigot. (Reza Aslan)

God help, I say, God help the place where the systems are more important than the people, and all the systems work. (Barry Spacks)

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules. (George Bernard Shaw)

The golden rule is that those as have the gold make the rules. (Anonymous)

Governance is what people do while politicians aren't looking. (Anonymous)

Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. (Robert Heinlein)

Happiness is kind of a bovine thing. They get it, we don't. (Sting)

Having an opinion is easy. Having a fact is harder. Turning a fact into an opinion is harder yet. Turning that opinion reality is hardest of all. (Anonymous)

History is written by the victors. (Winston Churchill)

How can someone so smart be so stupid? (Anonymous)

Human beings are creatures that use the powers of gods to further the ambitions of apes. (Anonymous)

The human species requires the fullest possible development of all of the talents of all of its individual members. Equality of outcome is achieved only to the extent this requirement is met for specific individuals. (Anonymous)

An ideologue is someone who knows the solution before he knows the problem. (Anonymous)

An ideologue is someone who not only stopped thinking years ago, he believes that's a virtue. (Anonymous)

An ideologue puts dead principles ahead of living people. (Anonymous)

Ideology suppresses conscience. (Anonymous)

I do not believe I am naive, but I am proud to say that I am not cynical. (Elliot Lee Richardson)

I don't want no pickle. Just want to ride my motorcycle. (Bob Dylan)

I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. (Thomas Edison)

If conservatives want to preserve the best of the past, why do they promote oil drilling in nature preserves? (Anonymous)

If it's a big issue, you don't try to get over it. You hold it inside and move on. (Ken Akamatsu)

I feel like the dog that chases the garbage truck and finally catches it. Now what do I do? (Bill Clinton)

If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing, right? (Tory Bellechi)

If only Hitler had been accepted to art school! (Anonymous)

If the kingdom of heaven could only be brought about by concealing the rape of children, would it be worth it? (Anonymous)

If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the facts are against you, argue the law. And if the law and the facts are against you, pound on the table and yell. (Anonymous)

If we supervised our children the way we supervise our politicians, we would bring them into the world, ignore them until they did something we didn't like, and then throw them out on the street. (Anonymous)

If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud there will be no water; without water, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, you cannot make paper. (Thich Nhat Hahn)

If you can't say no, then your yeses are not freely chosen. (Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen)

If you took all the fools out of the legislature, it would not be a representative body anymore. (Anonymous)

If you use big words, no one will know you aren't doing jack squat. (Stephen Colbert)

Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved. (Thucydides)

Ignorance killed the cat, sir, curiosity was framed. (C.J. Cherryh)

I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power. (Thomas Jefferson)

Illegitimis non carborundum est. (Anonymous)

I like being weird, weird is all I've got. That, and my sweet style. (Maurice Moss)

I’m a tough person. I wasn’t afraid of other kids because I understood that someday they’d wash my car. (Johnny Weir)

Being an immigrant to a place shows you have ambition and guts. Being born in a place only shows your parents were fertile. (Anonymous)

I most fear stupid people. Stupid people will do anything. Truly smart people will do only what is logical for them to do. (C. J. Cherryh)

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. (Thomas Jefferson)

In nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments -- there are consequences. (Robert Green Ingersoll)

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. (Erasmus)
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is in the looney bin. (Anonymous)

I do not insult Marko. I pay him the tribute of speaking of him and feeling about him precisely as I did when he lived; the insult would be to smear his corpse with the honey exuded by my fear of death. (Rex Stout)

If the misery of our poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. (Charles Darwin)

I reject your reality and substitute my own. (Adam Savage)

The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite. (Thomas Jefferson)

It is always wiser, where there is a choice, to trust inertia. It is the greatest force in the world. (Rex Stout)

It is better to have no opinion about God at all than to hold beliefs that are not worthy of Him. (Francis Bacon)

It is the function of the Church to oppose all original experience, because this can only be unorthodox. (C.G. Jung)

It's hard to learn anything if you know in advance what the answer is supposed to be. (Anonymous)

It's not what you don't know that'll hurt you, it's what you do know that ain't so. (Anonymous)

It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them. (Steve Jobs)

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

I used to think that I was helping humanity -- and I gloried in the thought. Presently I found that humanity not only doesn't want to be helped, it actively resents any attempt to help it. (Robert A. Heinlein)

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. (Anonymous)

Lawyers and politicians are so used to manipulating the perception of reality through words that they can forget there is a reality independent of those words. (Anonymous)

The Leaden Rule is: shoot first, aim second, think later. (Pierre Dac)

Learning curves are for pussies. (Jon Stewart)

Love is a many squandered thing. (Anonymous)

The majestic equality of the laws prohibits the rich and the poor alike from sleeping under bridges, begging in the streets and stealing bread. (Anatole France)

A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. (John Wayne, attrib.)

Manners separate us from the animals. (Jason Ross)

The marks won't listen if it's free. (Robert A. Heinlein)

Meetings are places where dead ideas rise from their graves and eat the brains of the living. (Dave Barry, paraphrased)

Men, having been given free will, are not virtuous by nature and, acknowledging their imperfections, create governments so that they may live in safety and harmony together. (John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon)

Misery loves company. The feeling is not mutual. (Anonymous)

Misfits aren't misfits among other misfits. (Barry Manilow)

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 K. Galbraith)

Money talks. (Anonymous)

The most difficult of enterprises is to secure the cooperation of others in enterprises those others did not think of first. (Murray Leinster)

Most men are of naught more use in their lives but as machines for turning food into sh*t. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand. (Neil Armstrong)

Mr. Fast Lane sez, "Ship It!" (Anonymous)

Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference. (Mark Twain)

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence. (Napoleon Bonaparte)

Never criticize a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes. That way, you're a mile away, and he doesn't have any shoes. (Ray Maggliozzi)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. (Margaret Mead)

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. (Napoleon Bonaparte)

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right. (Isaac Asimov)

Never start a war with something you can't talk to. (C.J. Cherryh)

The noble person uses things; the lesser man is used by things. (Xunzi)

No man can be fully efficient if he expects praise or appreciation for what he does. (Murray Leinster)

No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. (James Madison)

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. (Albert Einstein)

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. (Martin Luther King Jr.)

Nothing's hopeless except never trying. (C. J. Cherryh)

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. (Rex Stout)

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. (Benjamin Franklin)

Nowadays people know the price of everything but the value of nothing. (Oscar Wilde)

Once you've got 'em by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow. (Lyndon B. Johnson)

One advantage of listening to pop music in a foreign language is that you're not distracted by the inanity of the lyrics. (Anonymous)

Only the ignorant can be pure. (Anonymous)

The ones most concerned about who's a team player are the ones who aren't. (Anonymous)

The only difference between men and boys is the size of their toys. (Anonymous)

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. (Arthur C. Clarke)

Pacifism founders on a single fact: it only takes one side to have a war. (Anonymous)

Paranoia is the ultimate in egotism. (Anonymous)

Paranoids make enemies. (Anonymous)

Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic. (Jean Sibelius)

The peasant wants only to be left alone to prosper in peace. (Niccolo Machiavelli)

People who need people are the luckiest people in the world (Barbara Streisand)
Neediness is unattractive. (Anonymous)

Perfectionism consumes productivity. (Anonymous)

Politics has no content. (Anonymous)

Politics is emotional, governance is rational. (Anonymous)

Politics is muda. (Anonymous)

Politics is masturbation, governance is intercourse. (Anonymous)

Politics is the art of the possible. (Otto Von Bismarck)

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. (John Kenneth Galbraith)

Politics is organized and systematized bitchiness. (Anonymous)

Politics is the systematic cultivation of hatred. (Attrib. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand)

Politics is too important to be left to politicians. (Warren Rudman)

Poor people have sh*tty lobbyists. (Jon Stewart)

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. (Herm Albright)

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. (Abraham Lincoln)

The problem is, nuclear power is a technology for grownups, and we ain't grownups. (Anonymous)

The problem is that people think that problems can be solved magically. (Umaru Yar'Adua)

Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy. (H.L. Mencken)

Quack, damn you. (Jaime Heinemann)

Reality is always “out of model.” (Anonymous)

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. (Philip K. Dick)

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. (Seneca the Younger)

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. (Steve Jobs)

The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses. (Sir Francis Bacon)

A ruler, in choosing his instruments, must remember that they, too, choose him. (Houjou Soun)

Rulers do not prosper unless the people are stupid. (Kokui Kou)

A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory. (Arthur Miller)

Science gives man what he needs. But magic gives him what he wants. (Tom Robbins)

Science is shaped by ignorance. (David Gross)

Show up or shut up. (Anonymous)

Sin is cruelty and injustice, all else is peccadillo. (Robert Heinlein)

Since the masses are always eager to believe something, for their benefit nothing is so easy to arrange as facts. (Charles Maurice de Talleyrand)

Smart people believe weird things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for non-smart reasons. (Michael Shermer)

Solutions to tough problems should be made as simple as possible -- and no simpler. (Albert Einstein)

Some people insist that 'mediocre' is better than 'best'.... They delight in clipping wings because they themselves can't fly. (Robert Heinlein)

Sometimes "empowerment" just means, "Give me your power and I'll throw you a fish." (Anonymous)

Specialization is for insects. (Robert A. Heinlein)

Sometimes it’s things that take the joy out of life, like a blowout when you’re hitting sixty or a button coming off of a shirt when you’re in a hurry, but usually it’s people. (Rex Stout)

A spotless house is the sign of a misspent life. (Anonymous)

Success is never final. Failure is seldom fatal. It's courage that counts. (Winston Churchill)

Sucks, getting old. (Anonymous)

Talent hits a target that no one else can hit; genius hits a target that no one else can see. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Taxes, after all, are the dues that we pay for the privilege of membership in an organized society. (Franklin Delano Roosevelt)

Taxes are the prices we pay for civilized society. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

That I was not dueling with [the king], but trying to communicate with him, was itself an incommunicable fact. (Ursula K. LeGuin)

That's one small can for a man, one giant heap for mankind. (Anonymous)

That is the American experiment. An ethnic group arriving on America's shores, to be reviled and hazed, living in squalor, or if they are lucky Squalor Heights, working hard to give their children or grandchildren the opportunity to sh*t on the next group landing on our shores. (Jon Stewart)

There are three kinds of people I've found: those who think the universe is good, those who believe it's corrupt, and those who don't want to think about it any more than they can help. I prefer the first two. (C. J. Cherry)

There's a sucker born every minute. (David Hannum, erron. attrib. P.T. Barnum)

There's no limit to the amount of good you can do, as long as you don't insist on getting credit for it. (Tip O'Neill)

There’s nothing more tiresome than to have to be witty.  (Anonymous)

There is no Democratic or Republican way to pick up garbage. (Fiorello LaGuardia)

There is no normal or abnormal. There is only harmless and harmful. (Anonymous)

Thoroughly conscious ignorance is the prelude to every real advance in science. (James Clerk Maxwell)

Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose. (Murray Leinster)

To be conservative is to be afraid. (Anonymous)

To be is to do. (Socrates)
To do is to be. (Sartre)
Do be do be do. (Frank Sinatra)
Yaba daba doo! (Fred Flintstone)

To load a mule: pile it on until he collapses, take 10 pounds off, and whip him until he gets up. (Anonymous)

To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle. (George Orwell)

The tragic flaw of democracy is that people need leaders. (Anonymous)

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.... Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. (Mark Twain)

Turtle-messaging has a big advantage over neutrino-messaging: when they arrive, they're easy to catch. (Urgelt)

Vindication is a Yiddish word for whitewash. (Bryan Wice)

Vote as if your life depends on it. Because it does. (Anonymous)

The wages of stupidity are death. (Anonymous)

War doesn't mature men; it merely pickles them in the brine of disgust and dread. (Rex Stout)

We all have an equal right to be mediocre. (Anonymous)

We get the government we deserve. (Anonymous)

We expect of our political leaders traits we never demand of ourselves. Things like bravery, and consistency, and honesty. (Anonymous)

We have to improve life, not just for those who know how to manipulate the system, but also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity. (Dorothy Height)

We put a President up there, and then we set fire to him because he's not solving all our problems. (John Lennon)

What is treason? Merely a matter of dates. (Attrib. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand)

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. (Arthur C. Clarke)

When I go down into the ground at last, as God is my judge, I pray my best-beloved may have better to say of me than, "He didn't hit me." (Lois McMaster Bujold)

When we run out of money, we have to start thinking. (Winston Churchill)

When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir? (John Maynard Keynes)

Where moralism goes, hypocrisy will surely follow. (Scott Brewer)

Whether you function as welders or inspectors, the laws of physics are implacable lie-detectors. You may fool men. You will never fool the metal. (Lois McMaster-Bujold)

Why is it that if you take advantage of a tax break and you're a corporation or Mitt Romney you're a smart businessman, but if you take advantage of something that you need to not be hungry, you're a moocher? (Jon Stewart)

Work hard. Tell everyone everything you know. Close a deal with a handshake. Have fun! (Harold Edgerton)

"Working class free-market conservative" is spelled S-U-C-K-E-R. (Anonymous)

The world is made by the people who show up for the job. (Lois McMaster Bujold)

The world's most supine political position: "They're all crooks anyhow."
The world's second most supine political position: "They're all idiots anyhow." (Anonymous)

Work is for saps. (Henry Miller)

Xenophobia forever! (Anonymous)

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing after they've tried everything else. (Winston Churchill)

You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come. (Victor Hugo)

You cannot evade quantity. You may fly to poetry and music, and quantity and number will face you in your rhythms and your octaves. (Alfred North Whitehead)

You don’t wrestle with a pig because you get very dirty and the pig just loves it. (Travis Mayfield)

You have a perfect right to smoke. That doesn't give you the right to blow smoke in my face. (Anonymous)

You've convinced me. Now go out and make me do it. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

You've got to give an editor something to change, or he gets frustrated. After he p**s in it, he likes the flavor better, so he buys it. (Robert A. Heinlein)