- The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 9 out of 10 doctors agree that 1 out of 10 doctors is an idiot.
- Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher "standard of living" is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important that television.- from A Sand County Almanac
- A thing is right if it tends to preserve the stability, integrity, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong if it tends otherwise.
- When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.
- The American sign of civic progress is to tear down the familiar and erect the monstrous.
- Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.
- Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.
- The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
- There has never been an unexpectedly short debugging period in the history of computers. - from Hackers
- Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up save in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket - safe, dark, motionless, airless - it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.
- Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." - from Mere Christianity
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
- To read means to borrow; to create out of one's readings is paying off one's debts.
- Before we blame, we should first see if we can't excuse.
Life's Little Instruction Book, Vol II
- Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.
- Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false is guilty of falsehood, and the accidental truth of the assertion does not justify or excuse him.
- Find out what whiskey he drinks and send all of my generals a case, if it will get the same results. - in reply to comments about General Grant's drinking problems
- I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
- The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
- Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
- If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. You may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
- Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...We here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
- No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
- Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tired on him personally.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
- To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.
- If you don't go far enough back in memory or far enough ahead in hope,
your future will be impoverished.
- Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
- We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
- New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any
other reason but because they are not common.
- I'd better get off the phone now, I've already told you more than I heard myself.
- Winning is not a sometime thing; its an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit.
- If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
- The scab is a traitor to his God, his mother, and his class.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.
- The holiest of holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart.
- If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm any hostility.
- Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues.
- Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
- Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.
James Russell Lowell
- One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
- In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
- When important decisions have to be taken, the natural anxiety to come to a right decision will often keep you awake. Nothing, however, is more conducive to healthful sleep than plenty of open air.
- Every generation thinks it has the answers, and every generation is humbled by nature.
- I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.
H. E. Luccock
- No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.
Clare Boothe Luce
- Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there.
- Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, She doesn't have what it takes. They will say, Women don't have what it takes.
- Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.
Charles J.C. Lyall
- There are four things that hold back human progress; ignorance, stupidity, committees, and accountants.
- Never call an accountant a credit to his profession; a good accountant is a debit to his profession.