(1910 - 1987) French playwright
- Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it.
- Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, you have to write. Inspiration? - a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance.
- I like reality. It tastes of bread.
- Life is very nice, but it lacks form. It's the aim of art to give it some.
- To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It's easy to say no, even if it means dying.
- Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.
- Saintliness is also a temptation.
- Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.
Louis K. Anspacher
- Marriage is that relation between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal.
Susan B. Anthony
(1820 - 1906) American suffragist
- The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.
Dr. Robert Anthony
- If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
- When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
- Two things a man cannot hide: that he is drunk, and that he is in love.
- If the people have no bread, let them eat cake.
- "Come to the edge," he said. They said, "We are afraid." "Come to the edge," he said. They came. He pushed them, And they flew.
- Give me a place to stand on and I will move the earth.
(1906 - 1975) German born writer, teacher, political philosopher, emigrated to the US in 1933
- Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
(1925 - ) Israeli defense minister
- Never answer a hypothetical question.
(1492 - 1556) --Italian poet, writer, dramatist
- I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.
- Nothing, it appears to me is of greater value in a man than the power of judgement; and the man who has it may be compared to a chest fulled with books, for he is the son of nature and the father of art.
- A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart.
- Dead, you will lie under a yard of earth,
Far from daylight and all delighting.
So drain the cup; take your pleasures undiluted;
Embrace that beautiful girl, your wife;
And pin no hopes on "immortal wisdom":
Cleanthes and Zeno lie as deep as any.
(384 - 322 BC) Greek philosopher
- All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
- Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not easy.
- Change in all things is sweet.
- Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come.
- Education is the best provision for old age.
- The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.
- I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.
- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
- If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.(Politics)
- Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal; equals revolt in order that they may be superior.
- Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
- Man is by nature a political animal.
- Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.
- There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
- We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
- Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
- You can't get ahead while getting even.
- It's all right to hold a conversation, but you should let go of it now and then.
- Middle age is the time of life that a man first notices in his wife.
- In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.
Edwin L. Arnold
- Though the rich man's dinner goes in at his mouth, the poor man must often be content to dine though his nose. --from Lieut Gulliver Jones (1905)
(1822 - 1888) British poet
- Resolve to find thyself; and to know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.
- But each day brings its petty dust
Our soon-chok'd souls to fill,
And we forget because we must,
And not because we will.
(1943 - 1993) American tennis champion, aids activist
- From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
- The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.
G. O. Ashley
- Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners.
(1920 - 1992) Prolific American author of science fiction and non-fiction
- From my close observation of writers...they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.
- I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
- The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny...'
- University President: "Why is it that you physicists always require so much expensive equipment? Now the Department of Mathematics requires nothing but money for paper, pencils, and erasers...and the Department of Philosophy is better still. It doesn't even ask for erasers."
- I'm not a speed reader. I'm a speed understander.
- A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.
- No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. . .
- It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for
- If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.
- A friend is someone who sees through you and still enjoys the view.
Lady Nancy Astor
(1879 - 1964) English politician, first woman member of the British Parliment
- I married beneath me. All women do.
- One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.
- The only thing I like about rich people is their money.
- My vigour, vitality and cheek repel me. I am the kind of woman I would run from.
(Ca. 200 AD)
- It was a saying of Demetrius Phalereus, that "Men having often abandoned what was visible for the sake of what was uncertain, have not got what they expected, and have lost what they had,--being unfortunate by an enigmatical sort of calamity."
- Every investigation which is guided by principles of Nature fixes its ultimate aim entirely on gratifying the stomach.
- Goodness does not consist in greatness, but greatness in goodness.
W. H. Auden
(1907 - 1973) Poet
- A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.
- In those whom I like, I can find no common denominator; in those whom I love I can: they all make me laugh.
- Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
Norman R. Augus
- A recent government publication on the marketing of cabbage contains, according to one report, 26,941 words. It is noteworthy in this regard that the Gettysburg Address contains a mere 279 words while the Lord's Prayer comprises but 67.
Norman R. Augustine
(1935 - ) - American author and chairman, Martin Marietta Corporation
- The weaker the data available upon which to base ones conclusion, the greater the precision which should be quoted in order to give the data authenticity.
(3540-0430) Early Christian Bishop, religious philosopher
- A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
(121 - 180 ) Roman Emperor
- All is ephemeral,--fame and the famous as well.
- The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, in so far as it stands ready against the accidental and the unforeseen, and is not apt to fall.
- As for life, it is a battle and a sojourning in a strange land; but the fame that comes after is oblivion.
- As surgeons keep their instruments and knives always at hand for cases requiring immediate treatment, so shouldst thou have thy thoughts ready to understand things divine and human, remembering in thy every act, even the smallest, how close is the bond that unites the two.
- Be not as one that hath ten thousand years to live; death is nigh at hand: while thou livest, while thou hast time, be good.
- Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought.
- By a tranquil mind I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered.
- Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.
- Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it.... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.
- The happiness and unhappiness of the rational, social animal depends not on what he feels but on what he does; just as his virtue and vice consist not in feeling but in doing.
- If it is not seemly, do it not; if it is not true, speak it not.
- Just as the sand-dunes, heaped one upon another, hide each the first, so in life the former deeds are quickly hidden by those that follow after.
- "Let thine occupations be few," saith the sage, "if thou wouldst lead a tranquil life."
Love the little trade which thou hast learned, and be content therewith.
- Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee.
- No form of Nature is inferior to Art; for the arts merely imitate natural forms.
- Nothing can come out of nothing, any more than a thing can go back to nothing.
- Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.
- The passing minute is every man's equal possession but what has once gone by is no longer ours.
- Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life,--there, if one must speak out, the real man.
- Remember this,--that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.
- Remember this,--that very little is needed to make a happy life.
- Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.
- This Being of mine, whatever it really is, consists of a little flesh, a little breath, and the part which governs.
- Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
- That which comes after ever conforms to that which has gone before.
- Things that have a common quality ever quickly seek their kind.
- Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.
- The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
- Whatever happens at all happens as it should; thou wilt find this true, if thou shouldst watch closely.
- Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no
part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.
- What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee.
- A wrong-doer is often a man that has left something undone, not always he that has done something.
- Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another.
(1775 - 1817) English author
- I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.
- I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.
- One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it unless it has all been suffering, nothing but suffering.
- One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
- Those who do not complain are never pitied.
- Thinkers prepare the revolution; bandits carry it out.