Quotations

 

 

 

 

A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the judge.
— Anon.

A meal without wine is called breakfast.
— Anon.

All of the good chemistry jokes Argon.
— Anon.

Cats are like Baptists. They raise hell but you can’t catch them at it.
— Anon.

Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first, and the lesson afterward.
— Anon.

Four things you can’t recover: the stone after the throw, the word after it’s said, the occasion after it’s missed, the time after it’s gone.
— Anon.

Hate is not a family value.
— Anon.

I am not my brother’s keeper. I am my brother’s brother.
— Anon.

I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow is not looking good either.
— Anon.

I can’t promise that I be here for the rest of your life, but I can promise that I’ll love you for the rest of mine.
— Anon.

If I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes. Only then would you realize how special you are.
— Anon.

If it has testicles or tires, it’s gonna give you trouble.
— Anon.

In this house, we do second chances, we do grace, we do fun, we do I’m sorry, we do forgiveness, we do hugs, we do family, we do LOVE.
— Anon.

Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
— Anon.

Let’s eat grandma.
Let’s eat, grandma.
Commas save lives.
— Anon.

Live your life in the moment.
— Anon.

May those that love us, love us. And those that don’t love us, may God turn their hearts. And if God doesn’t turn their hearts, may He turn their ankles, so that we will know them by their limping.
— Anon.

The best things in life are the people we love …
the places we’ve been …
and the memories we’ve made along the way.
— Anon.

We’ll be friends until we are old and senile … then we’ll be new friends.
— Anon.

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.
— Basho

Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
— Ambrose Bierce

Egotist, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.
— Ambrose Bierce

Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.
— Ambrose Bierce

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
— William Blake

To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.
— William Blake

We who seek knowledge shall not be satisfied in life, for knowledge–truth–is limitless. Those who choose to cling to one point in the infinity of knowledge may be satisfied, but are so because they blind themselves to the remaining truth.
— The Book of the Living

Every day people are straying away from church and going back to God.
— Lenny Bruce

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

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
— Samuel Butler

An intellectual is a person whose mind watches itself.
— Albert Camus

Good people do not let others suffer needlessly.
— Orson Scott Card

The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them.
— Orson Scott Card

Everybody dies. What matters is what you do between now and when it happens to you.
— Orson Scott Card

I’ve lived too long with pain. I won’t know who I am without it.
— Orson Scott Card

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
— Winston Churchill

A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
— Arthur C. Clarke

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
— Georges Clemenceau

Agnostics are just atheists without balls.
— Stephen Colbert

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
— The Dalai Lama

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
— The Dalai Lama

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
— The Dalai Lama

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
— The Dalai Lama

Nature is the art of God.
— Dante

A man who is not a Liberal at sixteen has no heart; a man who is not a Conservative at sixty has no head.
— Benjamin Disraeli

He who isn’t busy being born, is busy dying.
— Easy Rider

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
— Albert Einstein

1. Out of clutter; find simplicity.
2. From discord, find harmony
3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
— Albert Einstein

And thou shalt have dominion over all the beasts…except, of course, for cats.
— Felines: 12-15

I always keep a supply of stimulant on hand in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy.
— W. C. Fields

A woman drove me to drink, and I never even had the courtesy to thank her.
— W. C. Fields

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
— Jean de La Fontaine

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
— Benjamin Franklin

Be the change you want to see in the world.
–Gandhi

One cannot step twice into the same river.
— Herakleitos

Idiopathic, from the Latin meaning we’re idiots cause we can’t figure out what’s causing it.
— Gregory House, MD

It is in the nature of medicine that you are gonna screw up. You are gonna kill someone. If you can’t handle that reality, pick another profession. Or finish medical school and teach.
— Gregory House, MD

It’s a basic truth of the human condition that everybody lies. The only variable is about what.
— Gregory House, MD

I’ve found that when you want to know the truth about someone that someone is probably the last person you should ask.
— Gregory House, MD

The only completely consistent people are the dead.
— Aldous Huxley

Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.
— Irish Proverb

Wherever you are, it is your own friends who make your world. Properly speaking a man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.
— William James

The map is not the territory.
— Alfred Korzbyski

Unlike most of life, what you do really matters. Your actions have real consequences. You have to pay attention and focus, and that’s very satisfying. It forces you to pay great attention and you lose yourself in the task at hand. Without the risk, that wouldn’t happen, so the risk is an essential part of climbing, and that’s hard for some people to grasp. You can’t justify the risk when things go wrong and people die. The greater the risk, the greater the reward in most aspects of life, and in climbing that’s certainly true, too. It’s very physical, you use your mind and your body.
— Jon Krakauer

Funny thing about guilt. There’s nothing so bad that you can’t add a little guilt to it and make it worse; and there’s nothing so good you can’t add guilt to it and make it better. Guilt distracts us from a greater truth: we have an inherent ability to heal. We seem intent on living through even the worst heartbreak.
— Latter Days

So anyway, I got to watch as they opened this guy’s chest. And there it was, this human heart, you know? This human heart. You think about it beating and all, but it’s more of a dance. And I couldn’t get over that that’s all that tethers us to this planet – this one fragile muscle. And how it’s so tiny, really, in the big scheme of things. And when you think about all the things that can stop it… Well you just figure that there’s got to be something else, something miraculous that keeps that valiant little muscle dancing.
— Latter Days

Well, when I was a little kid, I used to put my nose right up to the Sunday comics. And I was just amazed because it looked like this mass of dots, and none of it made sense until I pulled back. Life looks like that mass of dots to me sometimes. None of it makes any sense, but I like to think that, from God’s perspective, life, everything – even this – make sense. It’s not just dots. Instead we’re all connected, and it’s beautiful and funny and good. This close we can’t expect it to make sense, not right now.
— Latter Days

Life is what happens while you are making other plans.
— John Lennon

No good deed goes unpunished.
— Clare Boothe Luce

The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.
— W. Somerset Maugham

The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.
— Bernard Melamud

Demagogue: One who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.
— H. L. Mencken

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you a car.
— Laurence J. Peter

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
— Winnie the Pooh

Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.
— J. Danforth Quayle

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe and stronger than
you seem, and smarter than you think.
— Christopher Robbin to Pooh

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is judged with all the blindness of life itself.
— George Santayana

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
— Arthur Schopenhauer

Och well, you could be dead yet.
— Scottish Proverb

Those who want the fewest things are nearest to the gods.
— Socrates

I drank what?
— Socrates

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.
— Joseph Stalin

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

An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.
— Dylan Thomas

I did not attend his funeral, but I wrote a nice letter saying I approved of it.
— Mark Twain

If Christ were here now, there is one thing he would not be–a Christian.
— Mark Twain

The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
— Mark Twain

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

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
— Mark Twain

Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
— Mark Twain

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
— Voltaire

If God created us in his own image we have more than reciprocated.
— Voltaire

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
— Mae West

There are two tragedies in life. One is not getting what one wants and the other is getting it.
— Oscar Wilde

We think in generalities, but we live in detail.
— Alfred North Whitehead

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
— Marianne Williamson

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
— John Wooden

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
— William Butler Yeats

When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding, he is an ordinary man.
— Zen saying

 

It’s a basic truth of the human condition that everybody lies. The only variable is about what