Quotations

The journey is the reward.
· Tao saying

A good traveller has no fixed plan and is not intent on arriving.
· Lao Tzu

Favorite way of coping with everyday life: pretending it's a fantasy movie. Not something along the lines of YOU! YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN, SPECIAL POWERS AND YOUR BIRTHRIGHT AWAIT! but rather one of those epic journey tales a la The Lord of the Rings, some road that will define the Fate of the Universe in which everyone in the movie is a different fantasy stock character, whether healer or witch or wench, white knight or dragon smoldering in the corner, king or jester dancing before the throne. Sometimes- depending on the day- I'm a different version of any of of these, but usually I'm just The Traveler. Or the Narrator. All of the Great Dangers of the epic are condensed down to ordinary obstacles. A final exam. An interview. My mother. A confrontation with someone I really don't want to confront, my own demons. Going to work. Getting out of bed on a cold morning. Being afraid and doing it anyway. DO NOT LOSE FAITH, SAMWISE.
· Avaunt

Lipstick is the red badge of courage.
· Man Ray

Every now and then when life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only real cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas.
· Hunter S. Thompson

Life is chaos. Chaos is life. Control is an illusion.
· Trance Gemini, "Andromeda"

Action helps you think and raises your self-esteem. Good luck happens when you're in action. Ask yourself, "Does this go toward or away from what I want?" There's an animal in us, and it has great instincts. Scan for a desire and follow it. Set a goal, any goal, and start doing everything you can think of to achieve it.
· Barbara Sher

Today I see beauty everywhere I go, in every face I see, in every single soul, and sometimes even in myself.
· Kevyn Aucoin

In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
· Jane Austen

One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
· Jane Austen

There's something amazing about tea. It's good before a meal, after a meal, when drunk, when taking drugs, while playing football and after being called a poof in the street.
· Noel Fielding

It is important to learn at an early age that no one is watching and taking the score. It's such a blinding glimpse into the obvious that nobody is watching - but it's so true. And you can empower yourself by believing it.
· Maeve Binchy

What you are is what you have been. What you'll be is what you do now.
· Buddha

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
· Albert Schweitzer

There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.
· Jane Austen

We drink tea to escape the noise of the world.
· T'ien Yiheng

Action is the antidote to despair.
· Joan Baez

You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live now.
· Pearl Bailey

You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.
· Robert Frost

Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.
· Viktor Frankl

I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through then follow through.
· Edward V. Rickenbacker

The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.
· Hungarian saying

Life is a great big canvas. Throw all the paint you can at it.
· Danny Kaye

The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
· Pablo Casals

There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you - if you don't repeat it.
· Tallulah Bankhead

If I had my life to live again. I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
· Roseanne

My husband and I didn't sign a pre-nuptial agreement. We signed a mutual suicide pact.
· Roseanne

Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month when I can be myself.
· Roseanne

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.
· Ethel Barrymore

You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.
· Ethel Barrymore

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
· Sally Berger

I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced nothing finer than a person who thinks and practices true tolerance.
· Frank Knox

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
· Ingrid Bergman

Everybody struggles.
· Judy Henske

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
· Ingrid Bergman

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.
· Erma Bombeck

I've never been married, but I tell people I'm divorced so they won't think something's wrong with me.
· Elayne Boosler

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
· Charlotte Bronte

If the world were a logical place, men would ride side-saddle.
· Rita Mae Brown

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
· Rita Mae Brown

You are your work. Don't trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That's a rotten bargain.
· Rita Mae Brown

Just trying to do something - just being there, showing up - is how we get braver. Self-esteem is about doing.
· Joy Browne

Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building after seeing Italy.
· Fanny Burney

Leap, and the net will appear.
· Julia Cameron

No pressure, no diamonds.
· Mary Case

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
· Marie Curie

Old age is no place for sissies.
· Bette Davis

Being an old maid is like death by drowning, a really delightful sensation after you cease to struggle.
· Edna Ferber

Instant gratification takes too long.
· Carrie Fisher

If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.
· Katharine Hepburn

A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.
· Grace Hopper

Goals are dreams with deadlines.
· Diana Hunt

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
· Erica Jong

Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozey, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.
· Billie Jean King

A hundred years from now? All new people.
· Anne Lamott

There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.
· Mignon McLaughlin

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
· Mignon McLaughlin

The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.
· Agnes De Mille

Just go out there and do what you have to do.
· Martina Navratilova

The vote means nothing to women. We should be armed.
· Edna O'Brien

I base my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.
· Gilda Radner

We want far better reasons for having children than not knowing how to prevent them.
· Dora Russell, birth control pioneer

If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.
· Julia Sorel

If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.
· Amy Tan

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.
· Ernestine Ulmer

A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?
· Jane Wagner

I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
· Jane Wagner

I really believe it's the moments we can't talk about that become the rest of our lives. It's the moments we can't process by telling a story that destroy us in the end.
· Chuck Palahniuk

If you think you can, you're right; and if you think you can't, you're right.
· Mary Kay Ash

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
· Maya Angelou

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.
· Louisa May Alcott

Don't agonize. Organize.
· Florynce Kennedy

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
· G.K. Chesterton, "All Things Considered"

In the desert you celebrate nothing but water.
· Michael Ondaatje, "The English Patient"

Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides.
· Rita Mae Brown

If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.
· Alice Roosevelt Longworth

I don't exercise. My philosophy is: No pain, no pain.
· Carol Leifer

Not many people enjoy the experience of loneliness, but it's good discipline and it's also a fact of life that mature people need to cope with. Consider the sheer human misery caused by people fleeing from loneliness. One way to endure loneliness is to train yourself to be an observer, a passive witness to the world. This is not easy or simple. To occupy your bench in the park and to observe, really observe, the passing parade and read the faces and grasp the snatches of conversation. This is the great privilege of loneliness, a sort of selflessness to the point of invisibility, a keenness of eye and ear, an appreciation of the human comedy. And then it is the pleasures of observation that lead one back into the social mill.
· Garrison Keillor

Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
· Hedy Lamarr

Being a mother is a noble status, right? Right. So why does it change when you put "unwed" or "welfare" in front of it.
· Florynce Kennedy

No one is free when others are oppressed.
· Gandhi

The important thing in acting is to be able to laugh and cry. If I have to cry, I think of my sex life. If I have to laugh, I think of my sex life.
· Glenda Jackson

Power is the ability not to have to please.
· Elizabeth Janeway

The lesson we learn from history is: "This is what people are like."
· David Glaser

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
· Gandhi

I ask no favors for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from off our necks.
· Sarah Moore Grimke

The only aspect of our travels that is interesting to others is disaster.
· Martha Gellman

To love what you do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun?
· Katharine Graham

Self-esteem is the basis for feminism because self-esteem is based on defining yourself and believing in that definition. Self-esteem is regarding yourself as a grown-up.
· Susan Faludi

If there is anything disagreeable going on, men are sure to get out of it.
· Jane Austen

I used to wonder what people thought of me. Now I wonder what I think of them.
· Brooke Astor

All sins are attempts to fill voids.
· Simone Weil

To a worm in horseradish, the whole world is horseradish.
· Jewish saying

If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.
· Virginia Woolf

Too much of a good thing is wonderful.
· Mae West

A curved line is the loveliest distance between two points.
· Mae West

Women must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
· Charlotte Whitton

No girl would go to the altar if she knew all.
· Victoria, Queen of England

What I wanted to be when I grew up was in charge.
· Wilma Vaught

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us we'd be millionaires.
· Abigail Van Buren

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.
· May Sarton

I've taken up meditation. I like to have espresso first to make it more challenging.
· Betsy Salkind

Done is better than perfect.
· Anne Mollegen Smith

I went shopping last week looking for feminine protection. I looked at all the products and I decided on a .38 revolver.
· Karen Ripley

Experts say you should never hit your children in anger. When is a good time? When you're feeling festive?
· Roseanne

You wanna hear my personal opinion on prostitution? If men knew how to do it, they wouldn't have to pay for it.
· Roseanne

Every time somebody opens their mouth they have an opportunity to do one of two things · connect or divide.
· Joss Whedon

Women should try to increase their size rather than decrease it, because I believe the bigger we are, the more space we'll take up, and the more we'll have to be reckoned with. I think every woman should be fat like me.
· Roseanne

If there is no great glorious end to all this, if nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do, because that's all there is. What we do now, today. All I want to do is help. I want to help because I don't think people should suffer as they do. Because, if there is no bigger meaning, then the smallest act of kindness is the greatest thing in the world.
· "Angel"

All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
· James Thurber

A person isn't who they are during the last conversation you had with them - they're who they've been throughout your whole relationship.
· Rainer Maria Rilke

Happiness is the quiet lull between problems.
· Paul Reiser's father

A woman's place is in control.
· Lucy, "Peanuts"

There's a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
· Dorothy Parker

One day I found myself saying to myself, "I can't live where I want to. I can't even say what I want to!" I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to.
· Georgia O'Keeffe

When one is pretending, the entire body revolts.
· Anais Nin

When you're not blond and thin, you come up with a personality real quick.
· Kathy Najimy

Having money is just the best thing.
· Madonna

I'm tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.
· Madonna

When men are oppressed, it's tragedy; when women are oppressed, it's tradition.
· Bernadette Mosala

When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking.
· Elayne Boosler

I leave before being left. I decide.
· Brigitte Bardot

Neither birth nor sex forms a limit to genius.
· Charlotte Bronte

When a man gives his opinion he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion she's a bitch.
· Bette Davis

The two important things I learned were that you are as powerful and as strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision.
· Robyn Davidson

The truth isn't always a blinding light. Sometimes it's a deep and dazzling darkness, that illuminates - and burns - just as surely.
· Albert Einstein

Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.
· Albert Einstein

You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.
· C.S. Lewis

Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?
· Buffy, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

First things first and second things never.
· Shirley Conran

I use a notecard everyday. I write down three things to do and three phone calls I have to make. I'm lucky if I get them done, but it keeps me focussed and is less overwhelming than a long list.
· Shirley Conran

I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.
· Frank Sinatra

If God is male, then male is God.
· Mary Daly

I had explained that a woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
· Mary Daly

When God closes a door, jump out a window.
· Viridian

All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.
· Louis Armstrong

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.
· Mary Pickford

There are no facts, only stories.
· Emma Restall Orr

As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.
· Lao Tzu

People don't take trips. Trips take people.
· John Steinbeck

Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
· Martin Luther King

If there's one thing I know, it's this - everybody thinks somebody else is having a better life.
· Arabella Weir

Forgive, but never forget.
· John F. Kennedy

Carpe diem!
· "Dead Poets Society"

Anxiety is a response you choose.
· Barefoot Doctor

Anywhere But Here is a perfectly valid destination.
· Sarah D. Bunting

No one has ever said on their death bed, "I wish I'd spent more time at the office."
· Anonymous

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
· Theodore Roosevelt

There's nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music.
· John Keats

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect.
· Mark Twain

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

The objection to fairy stories is that they tell children there are dragons. But children have always known here are dragons. Fairy stories tell children that dragons can be killed.
· G.K. Chesterton

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
· Cicero

An adventure is something that while it's happening you wish it wasn't.
· Mark Twain

I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going right deep down into life and not caring a damn.
· P. G. Wodehouse

We will find a way, or make one.
· Hannibal

Don't be afraid. Just play the music.
· Charlie Parker

First you guess - don't laugh, this is the most important step. Then you compute the consequences. Compare the consequences to experience. If it disagrees with experience, the guess is wrong. In that simple statement is the key to science. It doesn't matter how beautiful your guess is or how smart you are or what your name is. If it disagrees with experience, it's wrong. That's all there is to it.
· Richard Feynman, on how to discover a new law of physics.

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
· James Thurber

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
· Abraham Lincoln

Dogbert: "The key to happiness is self-delusion. Don't think of yourself as an organic pain-collector racing towards oblivion."

Dilbert: "I've never had that thought. Until now."

Dogbert: "Don't blame me. I said don't."

· Scott Adams, "Dilbert"

I never went wrong by being myself.
· Kevyn Aucoin

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.
· Dom Helder Camara

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
· Gandhi

If you're falling off a cliff, you may as well try to fly.
· Captain John Sheridan, "Babylon 5"

To succeed, you must be able to concentrate, and to know what to concentrate on.
· Denise McCluggage, race car driver

I have arrived. I am home. My destination is in every step.
· Thich Nath Hanh

Evil is easy, and has infinite forms.
· Pascal

Somebody gets into trouble, gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it.
· Kurt Vonnegut

It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.
· Pat Robertson, about the Equal Rights Amendment

The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
· Lily Tomlin

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Roumania.

· Dorothy Parker

I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
· Jim Morrison

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
· Thomas Jefferson (who'd obviously never been to Ireland).

We have a very good head thing but we don't make love.
· Marc Bolan, describing his friendship with David Bowie

I had a deprived childhood, you see. I had lots of other kids to play with and my parents bought me outdoor toys and refused to ill-treat me, so it never occurred to me to seek solitary consolation with a good book.
· Terry Pratchett

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
· Gloria Steinem

You have had many sadnesses, large ones, which passed. And you say that even this passing was difficult and upsetting for you. But please, ask yourself whether these large sadnesses haven't rather gone right through you. Perhaps many things inside you have been transformed; perhaps somewhere, deep inside your being, you have undergone important changes while you were sad.
· Ranier Maria Rilke, "Letters to a Young Poet"

Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.
· Oscar Wilde

Fan fiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of owned by the folk.
· Henry Jenkins

Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST.
· Frank Zappa

Quantum Astrophysics. Even a drugged monkey could do it.
· Dick Solomon, "3rd Rock From the Sun," describing the course of study that he teaches at university.

You can't make anyone love you and you can't stop anyone from dying.
· Sue Grafton

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
· David Russell

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build this whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life... You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They do something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should just be friends' or 'how very perceptive' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-out-you-apart pain. I hate love.
· Neil Gaiman, "A Doll's House"

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
· Emma Goldman

Never confuse a single mistake with a final mistake.
· F. Scott Fitzgerald

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.
· Will Rogers

If you touch the devil, you can't let go.
· Irish saying

I would be most happy if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists of building enough bookshelves.
· Anna Quindlen

Knowledge is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
· Tao teaching

When something like this happens, you suddenly have no sense of reality at all. You have lost a piece of your past. The infidelity itself is small potatoes compared to the low-level brain damage that results when a whole chunk of your life turns out to have been completely different from what you thought it was. It becomes impossible to look back at anything that's happened... without wondering what was really going on.
· Nora Ephron

Hate is baggage. Life's too short to be pissed off all the time. It's just not worth it.
· Danny, "American History X"

I'm an optimist, but I'm an optimist that carries a raincoat.
· Harold Wilson

People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.
· Ann Landers

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
· Thomas Jefferson

We make a living by what we get, but we make a lifetime by what we give.
· Winston Churchill

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
· Anais Nin

It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. This is not a weakness. That is life.
· Jean-Luc Picard, "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

When you learn not to want things so badly, life comes to you.
· Jessica Lang

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
· Anonymous

Man forgives woman anything save the wit to outwit him.
· Minna Antrim

The thing women have got to learn is that nobody gives you power. You just take it.
· Roseanne

I'm never going to be famous. My name will never be writ large on the roster of Those Who Do Things. I don't do any thing. Not one single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don't even do that any more.
· Dorothy Parker

Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
· Jean-Paul Sartre

I've suffered a great many catastrophes in my life. Most of them never happened.
· Will Rogers

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
· Eleanor Roosevelt

Insecure people have a special sensitivity for anything that finally confirms their own low opinion of themselves.
· Sue Grafton

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
· Mark Twain

Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.
· Euripides

Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggars and the beaten. And seeing them, he cried out in his spirit, "Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?" And God said, "I did do something. I made you."
· Sufi teaching

Nothing we can do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future.
· Ashleigh Brilliant

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk everything, you risk even more.
· Erica Jong

Dancing is healing to the soul, and that's the best thing most of us can be doing right now. Dance until it falls off. I can't guarantee it will prevent war, but then again, I can't guarantee it won't, either. Can you?
· Deepfog

I don't trust any bastard who doesn't drink. People who don't drink are afraid of revealing themselves.
· Humphrey Bogart

On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But, conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons.
· Douglas Adams

Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
· Thomas Paine

Never before have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity! Have you considered a career in the Church?
· Blackadder

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
· Theodore Roosevelt

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
· Oscar Wilde

The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.
· Henry Van Dyke

Chase after truth like hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails.
· Clarence Darrow

Unless you're willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen.
· Phillip Adams

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
· William Morris

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
· Robert Louis Stevenson

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
· Helen Keller

It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than, "Try to be a little kinder."
· Aldous Huxley

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
· Augustine

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
· Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The things that are ours cannot be given away, or taken away, or lost. We break our hearts, all of us, trying to keep things that do not belong to us - and to which we have no right.
· Myrtle Reed

What people really need is a good listening-to.
· Mary Lou Casey

I think the reward for conformity is everyone likes you but yourself.
· Rita Mae Brown

The only devils in the world are the ones running around in our own hearts.
· Gandhi

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
· Carlos Castaneda

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
· James Thurber

There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.
· Dave Barry

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it... always.
· Gandhi

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English - up to fifty words used in correct context - no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.
· Carl Sagan

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
· Dalai Lama

Literature is the memory of humanity.
· Isaac Bashevis Singer

Death twitches my ear. "Live," he says, "I am coming."
· Virgil

Maturity begins when we're content to feel we're right about something without feeling the necessity to prove someone else wrong.
· Sydney J. Harris

Once, in the Orient, I talked of suicide with a sage whose clear and gentle eyes seemed forever to be gazing at a never-ending sunset.

"Dying is no solution," he affirmed.

"And living?" I asked.

"Not living either," he conceded. "But, who tells you there is a solution?"

· Elie Wiesel

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.
· Albert Einstein

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.
· Kris Kristofferson. An excerpt from the lyrics of a song he wrote for Janis Joplin.

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.
· Euripides

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
· Elie Wiesel

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.
· Gilda Radner

Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.
· Chesterfield

Peace is not the absence of war, but the presence of justice.
· Martin Luther King

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
· George Bernard Shaw

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
· F. Scott Fitzgerald

Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.
· Francis of Assisi

Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.
· W. Edwards Deming

Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.
· Ralph Waldo Emerson

If your success is not on your own terms; if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.
· Anna Quindlen

Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.
· Lois Wyse

Where there's fear, there is power.
· Craft saying, quoted by Starhawk in "Dreaming The Dark"

I'm sometimes asked, "Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?" I answer, "Because I work at the roots."
· George T. Angell

I thought I could change the world. It took me a hundred years to figure out I can't change the world. I can only change Bessie. And honey, that ain't easy either.
· Annie Elizabeth (Bessie) Delany

Worries go down better with soup than without.
· Jewish saying

The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?
· Pablo Picasso

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
· Sun Tzu

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
· Joseph Campbell

I have never been contained except I made the prison.
· Mary Evans

Ignorance is a voluntary misfortune.
· Italian saying

Comedy is tragedy... plus time.
· Carol Burnett

The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
· Muhammad Ali

Sometimes I get the feeling the whole world is against me, but deep down I know that's not true. Some smaller countries are neutral.
· Robert Orben

The plainest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness: her state is like that of things in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene.
· Michel Montaigne

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad; and that is my religion.
· Abraham Lincoln

The best thing I've ever thought of to say when somebody calls you a bitch is 'Thank you.'
· Gloria Steinem

Nothing lasts forever - not even your troubles.
· Arnold H. Glasow

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
· Alice Walker

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
· Winston Churchill

Don't smoke too much, drink too much, eat too much or work too much. We're all on the road to the grave - but there's no need to be in the passing lane.
· Robert Orben

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
· Winston Churchill

I have no particular talent; I am merely extremely inquisitive.
· Albert Einstein

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.
· Kin Hubbard

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
· Henry David Thoreau

In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.
· Iroquois Confederacy working principle.

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.
· Winston Churchill

Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.
· Claus Moser

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
· Noam Chomsky

The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.
· Katherine Whitehorn

A nation which is able to say everything becomes able to do everything.
· Napoleon Bonaparte

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this; decide what you want.
· Ben Stein

Whoever controls the media - the images - controls the culture.
· Allen Ginsberg

If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
· Douglas Adams

What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
· Thomas Carlyle

Important principles may and must be inflexible.
· Abraham Lincoln

Nothing amuses me more than the easy manner with which everybody settles the abundance of those who have a great deal less than themselves.
· Jane Austen

True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.
· Louis Nizer

Freud, living at a time when women were proving their heads were no different from men's, substituted the penis for the head as the organ of male superiority, an organ women could never prove they had.
· Una Stannard

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
· Gandhi

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is still my own.
· Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is our choices... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
· J.K. Rowling

I am bigger than anything that can happen to me. All these things, sorrow, misfortune, and suffering, are outside my door. I am in the house, and I have the key.
· Charles Fletcher Lummis

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.
· Peter T. McIntyre

Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.
· Dorothy Parker

It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.
· Adlai Stevenson

Forget your mistakes, but remember what they taught you.
· Dorothy Galyean

So many of us define ourselves by what we have, what we wear, what kind of house we live in and what kind of car we drive... If you think of yourself as the woman in the Cartier watch and the Hermes scarf, a house fire will destroy not only your possessions but yourself.
· Linda Henley

It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not.
· James Gordon

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.
· Emily Post

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
· Gandhi

Being powerful is like being a lady... If you have tell people you are, you aren't.
· Margaret Thatcher

I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.
· Jim Rohn

The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.
· Margot Fonteyn

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.
· Phyllis Diller

Time wounds all heels.
· Jane Ace

It's never too late - in fiction or in life - to revise.
· Nancy Thayer

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
· Rabindranath Tagore

How can they say my life isn't a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
· Logan Pearsall Smith

Habit is an easy place to hide.
· Tom Rusk

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
· Mark Twain

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
· Chinese saying

Never forget that you can only stumble if you're moving.
· Richard P. Carlton

The church says that the earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow on the moon and I have more faith in the shadow than in the church.
· Ferdinand Magellan

A free lunch is only found in mousetraps.
· John Capuzz

I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention.
· Diane Sawyer

People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.
· Isaac Bashevis Singer

No one can go back and make a brand new start, my friend, but anyone can start from here and make a brand new end.
· Dan Zadra

Follow your bliss.
· Joseph Campbell

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
· Mark Twain

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.
· Ivy Baker Priest

Don't accept rides from strange men, and remember that all men are strange.
· Robin Morgan

You have been told that real life is not like college, and you have been correctly informed. Real life is more like high school.
· Meryl Streep

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So, what the hell, leap.
· Cynthia Heimel

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.
· Mary Anne Roadacher-Hershey

Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.
· Gloria Steinem

One is happy as a result of one's own efforts, once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness - simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience. Happiness is no vague dream, of that I now feel certain.
· Mary Evans

People facing death don't think about what degrees they have earned, what positions they have held, or how much wealth they have accumulated. At the end, what really matters is whom you love and who loved you.
· Bernadine Healy

Dying is a wild night and a new road.
· Emily Dickinson

There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organisation. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organised along the lines of the Mafia.
· Kurt Vonnegut

Uncertainty is the normal state.
· Tom Stoppard, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead"

You live and learn. Or you don't live long.
· Robert A. Heinlein

Life will not break your heart. It'll crush it.
· Henry Rollins

It gets harder the more you know. Because the more you know the uglier everything seems.
· Frank Zappa

Champagne to my real friends, and real pain to my sham friends.
· Tom Waits

I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle. As the wagon driver said when they came to a long, hard hill, "Them that's going on with us, get out and push. Them that ain't, get out of the way."
· Robert Fulghum, "It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on it"

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.
· Seneca

Democracy is the worst system devised by the wit of man, except for all the others.
· Winston Churchill

There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
· Hannah Arendt

We have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscious, and the prudence never to practice either.
· Mark Twain

God has no religion.
· Gandhi

I don't think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains.
· Anne Frank

Journalist: "So Frank, you have long hair. Does that make you a woman?"

Frank Zappa: "You have a wooden leg. Does that make you a table?"

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
· Oscar Wilde

We come. We go. And in between we try to understand.
· Rod Steiger

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
· Mark Twain

That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse.
· Bill Waterson

The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.
· Tom Clancy

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?
· Charles Schulz

When one realises his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels.
· Edward Dahlberg

Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
· Dalai Lama

I think I've discovered the secret of life - just hang around until you get used to it.
· Charles Schulz

When I think over what I have said, I envy mutes.
· Seneca

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
· Paul Valery

Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.
· Lily Tomlin

Experience is not what happens to you. It's what you do with what happens to you.
· Aldous Huxley

A true friend stabs you in the front.
· Oscar Wilde

Anything I have ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death.
· Betty Bender

The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
· Mark Twain

Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.
· Oscar Wilde

Not all who wander are lost.
· J.R.R. Tolkien

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
· Oscar Wilde

There is no problem that cannot be solved by chocolate.
· Buffy, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes but in liking what one does.
· J.M. Barrie

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
· Nikos Kazantzakis

I want nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.
· Nikos Kazantzakis's epitaph

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.
· Brigitte Bardot

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.
· Oprah

Respect your curses, for they are the instruments of your destiny. Love your enemies, for they determine who you are.
· Joseph Campbell

People become what they expect themselves to become.
· Gandhi

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
· Albert Einstein

A classic is a book everyone wants to have read but nobody wants to read.
· Mark Twain

First sentences are doors to worlds.
· Ursula K. Le Guin

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.
· G.K.Chesterton

An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.
· Aldous Huxley

A short story is like a kiss in the dark.
· Stephen King

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
· Scott Adams

I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
· E. M. Forster

The pledge of allegiance says "liberty and justice for all." Which part of "all" don't you understand?
· Patricia Schroeder

I love fandom. It constantly reassures me that there are so many people out there more demented than myself.
· Lanning Cook

Even God cannot change the past.
· Agathon

Thought shall be the harder,
Heart the keener,
Courage the greater,
As our strength grows less.
· An anonymous Anglo-Saxon warlord

Poetry begins in delight, and ends in wisdom.
· Robert Frost

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
· Agatha Christie

Live. Grow stronger. Fight another day.
· Methos, "Highlander"

It's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
· Abraham Lincoln

No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
· P.J. O'Rourke

The Americans will always do the right thing... after they've exhausted all the alternatives.
· Winston Churchill

Who can protest and does not, is an accomplice in the act.
· "The Talmud"

God, 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.
· Reinhold Niebuhr

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.
· Bob Dylan

In my heart I believe a woman has two choices; either she is a feminist or she is a masochist.
· Gloria Steinem

There comes a moment in every person's life when they realise they adore me.
· Salvador Dali

Homer: "Is this a happy ending or a sad ending?"

Marge: "It's an ending. That's enough."
· "The Simpsons"

Get busy living, or get busy dying.
· "The Shawshank Redemption"

The past is never dead. It's not even past.
· William Faulkner

There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.
· Gandhi

The question is not, can they reason, nor, can they talk? But rather, can they suffer?
·Jeremy Bentham, on animals.

There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
· Pablo Picasso

Standing aside is the same as pulling the trigger.
· Meg Coburn, "The Replacement Killers"

If you want to live a happy life, link that to a goal, not to people or things.
· Albert Einstein

Fall down seven times. Stand up eight.
· Japanese saying

Knowledge speaks. Wisdom listens.
· Jimi Hendrix

Feminism is the radical idea that women are people.
· Anonymous

If men got pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
· Anonymous female New York taxi driver, quoted by Gloria Steinem

I'm just like any modern woman trying to have it all: a loving husband, a family. It's just I wish I had more time to seek out the Dark Forces and join their hellish crusade.
· Morticia Addams, "The Addams Family"

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.
· Alan Alda

Well behaved women do not make history.
· Mae West

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
· Katherine Hepburn

Womanist: Loves music. Loves dance. Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit. Loves love and food and roundness. Loves struggle. Loves the folk. Loves herself. Regardless.
· Alice Walker

Live like there's no tomorrow, dance like no-one's watching, and love like it's never going to hurt.
· Anonymous

Make love for money, dance like it hurts, work when someone's looking.
· Scott Adams, "Dilbert"

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
· Oscar Wilde

There are two types of women in this world, those who like chocolate and complete bitches.
· Dawn French

People call me a feminist when I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
· Rebecca West

Never give up. Never. Never. Never.
· Winston Churchill

Bite me.
· Buffy

The truth may be out there, but lies are inside your head.
· Terry Pratchett

Five days a week, my body is a temple. The other two, it's an amusement park.
· Jerry Doyle

Our strength is often composed of the weakness we're damned if we're going to show.
· Mignon McLaughlin

Fail. Fail again. Fail better.
· Samuel Beckett

If I want your opinion, I'll beat it outta ya.
· Elvira

If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die... but real love is forever.
· "The Crow"

The Nature of this Flower is to Bloom.
· Alice Walker

The Internet is an elite organization. Most of the population of the world has never even made a phone call.
· Noam Chomsky

A word after a word after a word is power.
· Margaret Atwood

There's no such thing as an ex-junkie.
· Henry Rollins

The only kind of courage that matters is the kind that gets you through the next two minutes.
· Anonymous

Electrons dance in front of your eyes and you call it colour. Waves of air sweep over you and you call it music. The massive sphere on which you dwell rotates a few degrees and you call it sunset. There is magic in every moment.
· Anonymous

Calvin: "Do you believe in the devil? You know, a supreme Evil Being dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man?"

Hobbes: "I'm not sure man needs the help."

· Bill Watterson, "Calvin and Hobbes"

Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.
· "Men In Black"

The truth is that life is hard and dangerous; that those who seek their own happiness do not find it; that those who are weak must suffer; that those who demand love will be disappointed; that those who are greedy will not be fed; that those who seek peace will find strife; that truth is only for the brave; that joy is only for those who do not fear to be alone; that life is only for the one who is not afraid to die.
· Joyce Cary

No risk, no rush.
· Anonymous

If a person offends you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chances and hit him with a brick.
· Mark Twain

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not so sure about the universe.
· Albert Einstein

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
· Elie Wiesel

For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
· Alfred D'Souza

You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
· Robin Williams

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, co-operate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
· Robert Heinlein

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
· Galileo

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
· W. H. Auden

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
· A. A. Milne

First they went after the Communists,
and I did not stand up, because I was not a Communist.
Then they went after the homosexuals and infirm,
and I did not stand up, because I was neither.
Then they went after the Jews,
and I did not stand up, because I was not a Jew.
Then they went after the Catholics,
and I did not stand up, because I was Protestant.
Finally, they went after me,
and there was no one left to stand up for me.

· Martin Neimoller

The more trust you develop in your body, the more trust you develop in your deeper self.
· Barefoot Doctor

It's easier to sing something than say it.
· Ian McCulloch

So when your back's up against the wall and there's no tomorrow, just take one day at a time and remember, the bigger they are... etcetera.
· Jack O'Neill, "Stargate SG-1"

You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.
· Booker T. Washington

The most damaging phrase in the language is: "It's always been done that way."
· Grace Hopper

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
· Robert Frost

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
· Dwight Eisenhower

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.
· Galileo

Some people say that I must be a horrible person, but that's not true. I have the heart of a young boy. In a jar. On my desk.
· Stephen King

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.
· Albert Schweitzer, on meat eating.

God respects us when we work but loves us when we dance.
· Arab saying

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
· Anais Nin

If you can risk everything, you can do anything.
· Patricia Routledge

Free your mind and your ass will follow.
· "Platoon"

If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
Steven Wright

Evil is easy and has infinite forms.
· Blaise Pascal

If everyone likes you, you're not doing it right.
· Bette Davis

Violence is an expression of impotence.
· Hannah Arendt

All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance: it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid and that distant countries are united with canals. If a man was to compare the effect of a single stroke of the pick-ax or of one impression of the spade with the general design and last result, he would be overwhelmed by the sense of their disproportion; yet those petty operations, incessantly continued, in time surmount the greatest difficulties, and mountains are levelled, and oceans bounded, by the slender force of human beings.
· Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

The generous and the bold have the best lives.
Poetic Edda

All that is in the heart is written in the face.
· African saying

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
· Edmund Burke

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
· Bill Watterson

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
· Gandhi

Fear less, hope more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.
· Swedish saying

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
· Anonymous

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow, rest this afternoon.
· Snoopy

What we know is a drop. What we don't know is an ocean.
· Isaac Newton

It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe.
· Robert W. Service

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
· T.S. Eliot

It's hard to get into this world and hard to get out of it, and what's in between doesn't make much sense.
· Robert Frost

Only connect.
· E.M. Forster

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.
· Bertrand Russell

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
· Albert Einstein

Arguing with an engineer is a lot like wrestling in the mud with a pig. After a few hours, you realize the pig likes it.
· Anonymous

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
· Maori saying

One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.
· Hannah More

Experience is a dim lamp that only lights the one who bears it.
· Louis-Ferdinand Celine

Know that the outward form passes away, but the world of reality remains forever. How long will you play at loving the shape of the jug? Leave the jug; go, seek the water!
· Rumi

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.
· Abraham Lincoln

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
· Theodore Roosevelt

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.
· Frederick Douglass

Cut the shit and do the thing.
· Marc Allen

May you live every day of your life.
· Jonathan Swift

It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
· Ursula K. LeGuin

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
· Martin Luther King, Jr

If there are two courses of action, you should take the third.
· Jewish saying

All life is an experiment.
· Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.
· Richard Bach

The expert at anything was once a beginner.
· Hayes

Calmness is the cradle of power.
· Josiah Gilbert Holland

What you don't deal with rules your life.
· Steven Tyler

It's not the same to talk of bulls as to be in the bullring.
· Spanish saying

Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!
· Emiliano Zapata and Dolores Ibarruri

The force that has overcome Europe and destroyed entire states within days could cope with us, a handful of youngsters. It was an act of desperation... We aspired to only one thing: to sell our lives for the highest possible price.
· Mordechai Tenenbaum-Tamaroff, WWII Jewish Resistance fighter

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
· Crowfoot, 1890

If you wish to drown, do not torture yourself with shallow water.
· Bulgarian saying

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
· John F. Kennedy

Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, just as the wind blows out a candle and fans a fire.
· La Rochefoucauld

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
· Alan Kay

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.
· Helen Keller

Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; be courteous to your creditors; keep your digestion good; exercise; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make you happy; but, my friend, these I reckon will give you a good life.
· Abraham Lincoln

One kind word can warm three winter months.
· Japanese saying

All the decent people, male and female, are feminists. The only people who are not feminists are those who believe that women are inherently inferior or undeserving of the respect and opportunity afforded men. Either you are a feminist or you are a misogynist. There is no box marked "other."
· Ani DiFranco

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
· Janis Joplin

Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.
· Matt Groening

Remember, always be yourself. Unless you suck.
· Joss Whedon

The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.
· Susan B. Anthony

If you don't like what you're doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.
· Timothy Leary

No one ever grieves the way they think they should.
· Te

Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel.
· Bella Abzug

When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.
· Joseph Campbell

As above, so below.
· Craft saying

To me, love, spirituality and life are all the same thing. To me they're all about honoring the circle, and they're just different ways of defining the same understanding. Our society as a whole, because we have placed our love for money above our love for life, has devalued the sacred and devalued love.
· Julia Butterfly Hill

If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.
· Howard Zinn

Nail polish or false eyelashes isn't politics. If you have good politics, what you wear is irrelevant. I don't take dictation from the pig-o-cratic style setters who say I should dress like a middle-aged colored lady. My politics don't depend on whether my tits are in or out of a bra.
· Florence Kennedy

My silences have not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.
· Audre Lorde

Woman is the nigger of the world.
· Yoko Ono

When we talk about equal pay for equal work, women in the workplace are beginning to catch up. If we keep going at this current rate, we will achieve full equality in about 475 years. I don't know about you, but I can't wait that long.
· Lya Sorano

One single act of defiance against power, against the State that seems omnipotent but is not, transforms and transfigures the human personality. At least for a time. For a while. Perhaps that is enough.
· Edward Abbey

Those who profess to love freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing. A struggle may be a moral one, or it may be physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
· Frederick Douglass

I am in earnest - I will not equivocate - I will not excuse - I will not retreat a single inch and I will be heard.
· William Lloyd Garrison, slavery abolitionist and feminist

If you can't lower heaven, raise hell.
· Mother Jones

When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When government fears the people, there is liberty.
· Thomas Paine

You ask me why the IWW is not patriotic to the United States. If you were a bum without a blanket; if you had left your wife and kids when you went west for a job, and had never located them since; if your job had never kept you long enough in a place to qualify to vote; if you slept in a lousy, sour bunkhouse, and ate food just as rotten as they could give you and get by with it; if deputy sheriffs shot your cooking cans full of holes and spilled your grub on the ground; if your wages were lowered on you when the bosses thought they had you down... if every person who represented law and order and the nation beat you up, railroaded you to jail, and the good Christian people cheered and told them to go to it, how in hell do you expect a man to be patriotic? This war is a businessman's war and we don't see why we should go out and get shot in order to save the lovely state of affairs that we now enjoy.
· Big Bill Haywood

For every dollar the boss has and didn't work for, one of us worked for a dollar and didn't get it.
· Big Bill Haywood

Can one regard a fellow creature as a property item, an investment, a piece of meat, an "it," without degenerating into cruelty towards that creature? Human slavery was brutal. Does anyone really believe that nonhuman slavery operates on a higher plane?
· Karen Davis

It is nearly fifty years since I was assured by a conclave of doctors that if I did not eat meat I should die of starvation.
· George Bernard Shaw

Life is a daring adventure or nothing.
· Helen Keller

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
· Joseph Chilton Pearce

Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world. Indeed that is all that ever has.
· Margaret Mead

You can't be a real country unless you have a BEER and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a BEER.
· Frank Zappa

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family at Christmas · in another city.
· George Burns

Failure is never quite as frightening as regret.
· The Dish

The wheel keeps turning. You can't stop it. Sometimes things get worse, sometimes they get better... It's like a song. Now, I can hold a note for a long time. Actually I can hold a note forever. But eventually that's just noise. It's the change we're listening for. The note coming after, and the one after that. That's what makes it music.
· Lorne, "Angel"

I used to worship Shelley for dying young. Now I think it's braver to die old.
· Erica Jong

Any smoothly functioning technology will have the appearance of magic.
· Arthur C. Clarke

Love doesn't make the world go 'round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
· Franklin P. Adams

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
· Immanuel Kant

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
· Gandhi

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
· Napoleon Bonaparte

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the masters. Seek what they sought.
· Matsuo Basko

You can no more win a war than an earthquake.
· Jeanette Rankin, the first woman member of the US Congress.

Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
· David Lloyd George

Behaviour is truth.
· Andrew Vachss

If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
· Carl Sagan

I think it would be a good idea.
· Gandhi, when asked what he thought of western civilisation.

It's later than you think.
· Anonymous

All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.
· Jean-Luc Godard

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
· Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
· Elie Wiesel

Think fast, talk slow.
· Anonymous

It's 106 miles to Chicago. We've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it.
· "The Blues Brothers"

 

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