The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of
everything. They just make the best of everything.

If you really want to do something, you'll find a way;
if you don't, you'll find an excuse.

The Seven Deadly Sins:

Truth, if it becomes a weapon against persons
Beauty, if it becomes vanity.
Love, if it becomes possessive.
Loyalty, if it becomes blind, careless trust.
Tolerance, if it becomes indifference.
Self-confidence, if it becomes arrogance.
Faith, if it becomes self-righteous

Ashley Cooper, American columnist

The true test of a first-rate mind is the ability
to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

When someone gets something for nothing
Someone else gets nothing for something.

All ambitions are lawful except those which climb
upward on the miseries and credulities of mankind.

Joseph Conrad, A Personal record

... the negroes had been regarded as beings of an inferior order ... so far inferior that they had no rights which a white man was bound to respect.

Chief-Justice R. B. Taney
In the Dred-Scott Decision, 1857

The two hardest things to handle in life are
failure and success.

The pessimist may be right in the long run,
but the optimist has a better time during the trip.

The business of leaders, of heroes, is tricky.
Leadership is not something that is done to people,
like fixing your teeth. Leadership is unlocking people's
potential to become better.

Bill Bradley, Retired U.S. Senator

It will never be possible for any length of time for any
group of the American people, either by reason of wealth
or learning or inheritance or economic power, to retain any
mandate, any permanent authority to arrogate to itself the
political control of American public life.

Franklin Roosevelt, Address, June, 136

Great minds discuss ideas,
average minds discuss events,
small minds discuss people.

Admiral Hyman Rickover, U.S. Navy

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

Love at first sight is easy to understand.
It's when two people have been looking at each
other for years that it becomes a miracle.

May be if we did a better job at listening, history
wouldn't have to repeat itself.

Since when do you have to agree with people
just to defend them from injustice?

Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), American Playwright

Capitalist production begets, with the inexorability of
a law of nature, its own negation.

Karl Marx, Capital

Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent
homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.

Herbert Spencer, First Principles

And who are the greater criminals - those who sell the
instruments of death, or those who buy them and use them?

Robert E. Sherwood, Idiot's Delight

Not only our future economic soundness but the very
soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the
determination of our government to give employment to
idle men.

Franklin Roosevelt, Radio Address, April, 1938

They never fail who die
In a great cause: the block may soak their gore;
Their heads may sodden in the sun; their limbs
Be strung to city gates and castle walls -
But still their spirit walks abroad.

Byron, Marino Faliero, II, 2

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

Longfellow, The Ladder of St. Augustine

But be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some
achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, II,5

To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.

A. B. Alcott, Table Talk

If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany
will claim me as a German and France will declare that I
am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue,
France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare
that I am a Jew.

Albert Einstein, Address, at the Sorbonne

A marriage should be necessitated by economic satisfiability
and viability, obedient to cultural compatibility and
acceptability, acclimatized by geographical proximity or
tolerability, stimulated by social dynamics and morality,
and impervious to materialistic hedonisms and financial vicissitudes.

Kingsley C. Nwosu

Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is
not subject to diminishing returns.

J. M. Clark, Journal of Political Economy, Oct. 1927

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the
sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.

Gay, Fables, I

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and, whatever
you hit, call it the target.

Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.

H. L. Mencken

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.

Bill Vaughan

Leibowitz's Rule: When hammering a nail, you will never hit your finger if you hold the hammer with both hands.

Leibowitz's Rule

If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.

Lyndon Baines Johnson

I only regret that I have but only one life to loose for my country.

Nathan Hale
Speech before his execution, Sept., 1776

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love, one another.

Swift, Thoughs on Various Subjects

Man, biologically considered, ... is the most formidable of all the beasts of prey, and, indeed, the only one that preys systematically on its own species.

William James, Memories and Studies

... What is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after ...

Ernest Hemingway, death in the Afternoon

If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in any moral point of view, justify revolution - ...

Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, 1861.

What good is having someone who can walk on water if you can't follow in his footsteps?

An American is a person who isn't afraid to criticize the President but is always polite to traffic cops.

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.

George Bernard Shaw

Any clod can have the facts, but having opinions is an art.

Charles McCabe

College football is a game which would be much more interesting if the faculty played instead of the students, and even more interesting if the trustees played. There would be a great increase in broken arms, legs, and necks, and simultaneously an appreciable diminution in the loss to humanity.

H. L. Mencken

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.

Groucho Marx

Teamwork is essential -- it allows you to blame someone else.

Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat.

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it.

Clarence Darrow

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.

-- Isaac Newton

In the sciences, we are now uniquely privileged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand.

-- Gerald Holton

If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.

-- Hal Abelson

In computer science, we stand on each other's feet.

-- Brian K. Reid

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein -- it rejects it.

-- P. Medawar

No matter how great your triumphs or how tragic your defeats -- approximately one billion Chinese couldn't care less.

Lazlo's Chinese Relativity Axiom

Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don't think.


The idea is to die young as late as possible.

Ashley Montagu

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 Roosevelt

It's not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcomming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Franklin Roosevelt, April, 1910 ("The Man in the Arena.")

Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains.

Eric Hoffer

Before you act, listen.
Before you react, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.

Ernest Hemingway

If people are trying to bring you down,
it only means you're above them.

If you don't stand for something,
you'll fall for anything.

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come..

William Shakespeare

If you love and get hurt, love more.
If you love more and hurt more, love even more.
If you love even more and get hurt even more, love some more until it hurts no more....

William Shakespeare

Love me or hate me, both are in my favor.
If you love me, I'll always be in your heart.
If you hate me, I'll always be in your mind..

William Shakespeare