Quotations - Volume 6

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  1.  Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. — David Lloyd George (1863-1945)

  2.  Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is. — Thomas Szasz (1920- )

  3.  Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted. — Jules Renard (1864-1910)

  4.  We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public. — Bryan White (1974- )

  5.  Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. — Groucho Marx (1890-1977)

  6.  I accept the whole damn thing. It is neither all beautiful nor all terrible, but a wash of multitudinous despairs and exhilarations about which we know nothing. Our history is so small, our experience so limited, our science so inadequate, our theologies so crammed in mere matchboxes, that we know we stand on the outer edge of a beginning and our greatest history lies before us, frightening and lovely, much darkness and much light. — Ray Bradbury (1920- )

  7.  Someone once said that a democratic society cannot survive for long after 51 percent of the people decide that they want to live off the other 49 percent. Yet that is the direction in which we are being pushed by those who are promoting envy under its more high-toned alias, "social justice". — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

  8.  American culture is, one way or another, business culture, and our business is service. Once we were a great industrial nation. Now we are a service economy. Which means we are forced to interact with each other, every day, in person and by phone and email. And it's making us all a little mad. — Peggy Noonan (1950- ) in "We Pay Them to Be Rude to Us" in the WSJ.com Opinion Journal

  9.  While college students may be computer-literate, they are not, as a rule, research-literate. And there's a huge difference between the two. — Todd Gilman in "Not Enough Time in the Library" in The Chronicle of Higher Education

  10.  We cannot undo the past,but we are bound to pass it in review in order to draw from it such lessons as may be applicable to the future. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  11.  To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. — Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  12.  The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  13.  It is better to be both right and consistent. But if you have to choose—you must choose to be right. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  14.  To try to be safe everywhere is to be strong nowhere. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  15.  Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. — Donna Westmoreland Oneal (1949- )

  16.  The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy. — Florence Scovel Shinn (1871-1940)

  17.  How often in life must one be content with what one can get! — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  18.  It is wonderful how well men can keep secrets they have not been told. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  19.  Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. — Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

  20.  Money often costs too much. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  21.  The best evidence of the fairness of any settlement is the fact that it fully satisfies neither party. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  22.  Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  23.  Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. — John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006)

  24.  These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. — Gilbert Highet (1906-1978)

  25.  All social reform... which is not founded upon a stable medium of internal exchange becomes a swindle and a fraud. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  26.  It is pretty tough to reshape human society in an after-dinner speech. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  27.  Enough is as good as a feast. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  28.  Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. — Theodor Adorno (1903-1969)

  29.  You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. — Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)

  30.  You may try to destroy wealth, and find that all you have done is to increase poverty. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  31.  Fearthought is futile worrying over what cannot be averted or will probably never happen. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  32.  You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing—after they have tried everything else. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  33.  Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  34.  Every generation of faculty seems to have to rediscover what really works in pedagogy. — Larry G. Richards (1939- )

  35.  Because we don't understand the brain very well we're constantly tempted to use the latest technology as a model for trying to understand it. In my childhood we were always assured that the brain was a telephone switchboard. (What else could it be?) And I was amused to see that Sherrington, the great British neuroscientist, thought that the brain worked like a telegraph system. Freud often compared the brain to hydraulic and electromagnetic systems. Leibniz compared it to a mill, and now, obviously, the metaphor is the digital computer. — John R. Searle (1932- )

  36.  In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. — Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001)

  37.  Be the master of your will and the slave of your conscience. — Hasidic Saying

  38.  In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat? — Unknown

  39.  Pedantry and mastery are opposite attitudes toward rules. To apply a rule to the letter, rigidly, unquestioningly, in cases where it fits and in cases where it does not fit, is pedantry ... To apply a rule with natural ease, with judgment, noticing the cases where it fits, and without ever letting the words of the rule obscure the purpose of the action or the opportunities of the situation, is mastery. — George Polya (1887-1985)

  40.  Miss Mae West / Is one of the best: / I would rather not / Say the best what. — E. W. Fordham (1845-1925)

  41.  "I quite realized," said Columbus, / "That the earth was not a rhombus, / But I am a little annoyed / To find it an oblate spheroid." — E. Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956)

  42.  Henry the Eighth / Took a thucthethtion of mateth. / He inthithted that the monkth / Were a lathy lot of thkunkth. — E. Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956)

  43.  "Susaddad!" exclaimed Ibsen, / "By dose is turdig cribson! / I'd better dot kiss you. / Atishoo! Atishoo!" — E. Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956)

  44.  Edgar Allen Poe / Was passionately fond of roe. / He always liked to chew some / When writing anything gruesome. — E. Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956)

  45.  Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

  46.  I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. — Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

  47.  If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers. — Irvin S. Cobb (1876-1944)

  48.  May we each be the person someone else is grateful for. — Arlyn Newcomb (1966- )

  49.  We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894)

  50.  In heaven, the police are British, the chefs are French, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian, and everything is organized by the Swiss. In hell, the police are German, the chefs are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss, and everything is organized by the Italians. — Unknown

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  51.  Elitism is the slur directed at merit by mediocrity. — Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986)

  52.  Public opinion rarely considers the needs of the next generation or the history of the last. It is frequently hampered by myths and misinformation, by stereotypes and shibboleths, and by an inate resistance to innovation. — Theodore C. Sorensen (1928-2010)

  53.  Some people become so expert at reading between the lines they don't read the lines. — Margaret Millar (1915-1994)

  54.  A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. — Thomas Carruthers

  55.  Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are? — Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990)

  56.  In a free country there is much clamor, with little suffering: in a despotic state there is little complaint but much suffering. — Lazare Hippolyte Carnot (1801-1888)

  57.  You can't shame or humiliate modern celebrities. What used to be called shame and humiliation is now called publicity. — P. J. O'Rourke (1947- )

  58.  There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke. — Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  59.  The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever. — Anatole France (1844-1924)

  60.  What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do. — John Ruskin (1819-1900)

  61.  You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by. — James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

  62.  Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock. — Ben Hecht (1894-1964)

  63.  Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known. — Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

  64.  If a dog jumps into your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer. — Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

  65.  A man really writes for an audience of about ten persons. Of course if others like it, that is clear gain. But if those ten are satisfied, he is content. — Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

  66.  An empty bladder is the indispensible prelude to a fruitful discussion. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  67.  The alteration of Parties in power, like the rotation of crops, has beneficial results. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  68.  Among our Socialist opponents there is great confusion. Some of them regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Only a handful see it for what it really is—the strong and willing horse that pulls the whole cart along. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  69.  These examinations were a great trial to me... I should have liked to be asked to say what I knew. They always tried to ask what I did not know. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  70.  I get my exercise serving as pall-bearer to my many friends who exercised all their lives. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  71.  Thought is the most dangerous process known to man. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  72.  Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. — Ascribed to Jules Ellinger

  73.  It is more often from pride than from ignorance that we are so obstinately opposed to current opinions; we find the first places taken, and we do not want to be the last. — Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

  74.  It is better to prevent crimes than to punish them. — Cesare Beccaria (1738-1794)

  75.  It's a great mistake when you are in a leadership position to want to be like everyone else. Because that, actually, is not your job. Your job is to be better, and to set standards that those below you have to reach to meet. And you have to do this even when it's hard, even when you know you yourself don't quite meet the standards you represent. — Peggy Noonan (1950- ) from "The Captain and the King" in the WSJ.com Opinion Journal, 1/7/11

  76.  Useless laws weaken the necessary laws. — Charles de Montesquieu (1689-1755)

  77.  Politicians exploit economic illiteracy. — Walter E. Williams (1936- )

  78.  You have to evaluate the effects of public policy as opposed to intentions. — Walter E. Williams (1936- )

  79.  If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

  80.  No man has a prosperity so high or firm, but that two or three words can dishearten it; and there is no calamity which right words will not begin to redress. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  81.  Moderate giftedness has been made worthless by the printing press and radio and television and satellites and all that. A moderately gifted person who would have been a community treasure a thousand years ago has to give up, has to go into some other line of work, since modern communications put him or her into daily competition with nothing but world's champions. — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007)

  82.  I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers. — Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)

  83.  Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. — James Anthony Froude (1818-1894)

  84.  Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was a time when you were not: that gives us no concern. Why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be? To die is only to be as we were before we were born. — William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

  85.  It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen. — Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

  86.  Remember that you are needed. There is at least one important work to be done that will not be done unless you do it. — Charles L. Allen (1913-2005)

  87.  Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one. — Neil Gaiman (1960- )

  88.  The older I get, the better I was. — Unknown

  89.  Absolute justice is achieved by the suppression of all contradiction: therefore it destroys freedom. — Albert Camus (1913-1960)

  90.  Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy. — Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

  91.  The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else—we are the busiest people in the world. — Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

  92.  All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own. — Plutarch (c.46-120)

  93.  No door is so tight that rumors cannot escape it. — Robin Hobb (1952- ) in Dragon Keeper

  94.  The more instantaneous our technology, the more we are losing the ability to communicate. Twitter and text-messaging result in economy of expression, not in clarity or beauty. — Victor Davis Hanson (1953- ) from In Defense of the Liberal Arts

  95.  While some people were struck by the president’s reference to Sputnik, I thought it served as yet another reminder that we’ll be lucky if we can borrow enough money from the Chinese to buy a good telescope so we can watch their moon landing. — Fred Thompson (1942- ) in Fixing Bathroom Tiles on the Titanic (2011)

  96.  Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

  97.  At least one way of measuring the freedom of any society is the amount of comedy that is permitted, and clearly a healthy society permits more satirical comment than a repressive, so that if comedy is to function in some way as a safety release then it must obviously deal with these taboo areas. This is part of the responsibility we accord our licensed jesters, that nothing be excused the searching light of comedy. If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value, and conversely all groups who claim immunity from laughter are claiming special privileges which should not be granted. — Eric Idle (1943- )

  98.  A goal without a plan is just a wish. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944)

  99.  Historian Paul Johnson once asked Winston Churchill to what he attributed his success in life. Churchill replied: Conservation of energy. Never stand up when you can sit down. And never sit down when you can lie down. — Winston Churchill (1874-1965) as quoted by Paul Johnson (1928- )

  100.  Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids. — John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

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  101.  There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like schoolboys; they cheat their master by copying the answer out of a book without having worked out the sum for themselves. — Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

  102.  Brian Sutton-Smith, a leading psychologist of play, once said, "The opposite of play isn't work. It's depression." In our real lives, hard work is too often something we do because we have to do it—to make a living, to get ahead, to meet someone else's expectations, or simply because someone else gave us a job to do. We resent that kind of work. It stresses us out. It takes time away from our friends and family. It comes with too much criticism. We're afraid of failing. We often don't get to see the direct impact of our efforts, so we rarely feel satisfied. Or, worse, our real-world work isn't hard enough. We're bored out of our minds. We feel completely underutilized. We feel unappreciated. We are wasting our lives. — Jane McGonigal (1977- ) in Reality Is Broken

  103.  If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. — James Madison (1751-1836) in Federalist No. 51

  104.  Ideas are such intangible things that it is hard to believe that they have had a huge impact on the lives of people who are not intellectuals and who, in many cases, have paid little attention to those ideas. — Thomas Sowell (1930- ) in Dangerous Minds

  105.  Air travel is the most expensive unpleasant experience in everyday life outside the realm of words ending in -oscopy. — Jonah Goldberg (1969- )

  106.  The United States does not have a [airport/airline] security system; it has a system for bothering people. — Shlomo Dror, Israeli air-security expert

  107.  Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt. — George Sewell (1690-1736)

  108.  Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth. — Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

  109.  The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention... A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words. — Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

  110.  The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  111.  Think much, speak little, and write less. — French Proverb

  112.  Books have to be heavy because the whole world's inside them. — Juliaerin [Flickr screen name]

  113.  The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses. — Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

  114.  As you get older, you still seek the meaning of life, but it becomes more important to seek it in good company and in pleasant places and with 4 o'clock cocktails. — Robert Brault

  115.  An individual human existence should be like a river: small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being. — Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  116.  To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell. — Buddhist Proverb

  117.  How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. — George Washington Carver (1864-1943)

  118.  Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others. — Jacob M. Braude

  119.  We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. — Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

  120.  What people want, mainly, is to be told by some plausible authority that what they are already doing is right. I don't know of a quicker way to become unpopular than to disagree. — John Brunner (1934-1995) in The Jagged Orbit

  121.  No one imagines that symphony is supposed to improve as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them. — Alan Watts (1915-1973)

  122.  By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve. — Robert Frost (1874-1963)

  123.  All attempts to reduce bureaucracy increase it. — Theodore Dalrymple [Anthony Daniels] (1949- )

  124.  Librarians are the secret masters of the universe. They control information. Never piss one off. — Spider Robinson (1948- ) in The Callahan Touch

  125.  Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them. — Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990)

  126.  Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices. — Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990)

  127.  When people know that you believe in them, wondrous things begin to happen in their lives. — Yvette Nicole Brown (1971- ) quoting her mother

  128.  Rimsky-Korsakov, in his famous treatise on orchestration, said that it is almost impossible to make a bad sound with the orchestra, and provided a composer has some aural imagination and a working knowledge of instruments, that is more or less true. — John Rutter (1945- ) in album notes for Distant Land

  129.  If you sit around and wait for inspiration, all you get is a sore ass. — Michael Tompkins, quoting Wayne Thiebaud (1920- )

  130.  To simplify where you know little is easy. To simplify where you know a great deal requires gifts of a different order: unusual penetration of mind and, above all, sheer nerve. — Edmund S. Morgan (1916- )

  131.  You cannot lay bare your private soul and look at it... It is too disgusting. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  132.  I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it. — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  133.  Too many Americans complain, not because they don't have what they truly need, but because they don't have what they want, and worse, what they feel "entitled to". — Cal Thomas (1942- )

  134.  Good government can't solve all our problems, but it can at least not make them worse. — Robert J. Samuelson (1945- )

  135.  Nothing illustrates the superficiality of our times better than the enthusiasm for electric cars, because they are supposed to greatly reduce air pollution. But the electricity that ultimately powers these cars has to be generated somewhere—and nearly half the electricity generated in this country is generated by burning coal. — Thomas Sowell (1930- ) in "Random Thoughts for the New Year"

  136.  What do you call it when someone steals someone else's money secretly? Theft. What do you call it when someone takes someone else's money openly by force? Robbery. What do you call it when a politician takes someone else's money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him? Social Justice. — Thomas Sowell (1930- ) in "Random Thoughts for the New Year"

  137.  When an organization has more of its decisions made by committees, that give more influence to those who have more time available to attend committee meetings and to drag out each meeting longer. In other words, it reduces the influence of those who have work to do, and are doing it, while making those who are less productive more influential. — Thomas Sowell (1930- ) in "Random Thoughts for the New Year"

  138.  The real egalitarians are not the people who want to redistribute wealth to the poor, but those who want to extend to the poor the ability to create their own wealth, to lift themselves up, instead of trying to tear others down. Earning respect, including self-respect, is better than being a parasite. — Thomas Sowell (1930- ) in "Random Thoughts for the New Year"

  139.  The bigger the government, the less citizens do for one another. If the state will take care of me and my neighbors, why should I? — Dennis Prager (1948- ) from Big Government Means Small People in "The National Review Online"

  140.  Nothing more guarantees the erosion of character than getting something for nothing. In the liberal welfare state, one develops an entitlement mentality… And the rhetoric of liberalism—labeling each new entitlement a "right"—reinforces this sense of entitlement. — Dennis Prager (1948- ) from Big Government Means Small People in "The National Review Online"

  141.  The leftist weltanschauung sees society's and the world's great battle as between rich and poor rather than between good and evil. Equality therefore trumps morality. — Dennis Prager (1948- ) from Big Government Means Small People in "The National Review Online"

  142.  If you want to feel good, liberalism is awesome. If you want to do good, it is largely awful. — Dennis Prager (1948- ) from Big Government Means Small People in "The National Review Online"

  143.  In the West, we are hard at work establishing a culture that fetishizes education, and instills the belief that college—regardless of its content or application—will, and should, inexorably lead to a better job, or a better life, or even a better America. Worse, that one has a right to these things. In doing so, we have created a Potemkin aristocracy, one based upon the erroneous and tragic conceit that having letters after one's name intrinsically confers excellence. We are happily encouraging our children to join its ranks, regardless of whether there is any evidence that to do so will be in their interest. This is supremely ironic, given that so many of America's billionaires—i.e. those who pay for more educations and create more jobs than anyone else—are college dropouts. Indeed, both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates failed to finish college. Can we say with a straight face that this has adversely affected them, or America at large? — Charles C. W. Cooke (1984- ) in "Don't Occupy Education?" from The Corner (National Review Online) October 17, 2011

  144.  For every prohibition you create you also create an underground. — Jello Biafra (1958- )

  145.  The prospects are dim for a society that makes mascots out of the unproductive and condemns the productive. — Walter E. Williams in "The Patriot Post", 11/23/11

  146.  Responsibility matures and advances the competent and ages and breaks fools. — Dudley Pope (1925-1997) in Ramage's Challenge

  147.  We are no longer land of the free and home of the brave. America is now land of the envious and home of the victim. — Star Parker [Larstella Irby] (1956- ) in Lux Libertas, 12/12/11

  148.  A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others. — William Faulkner (1897-1962)

  149.  Once plants and animals were raised together on the same farm—which therefore neither produced unmanageable surpluses of manure, to be wasted and to pollute the water supply, nor depended on such quantities of commercial fertilizer. The genius of American farm experts is very well demonstrated here: they can take a solution and divide it neatly into two problems. — Wendell Berry (1934- )

  150.  Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness. — George Sand [Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin] (1804-1876)

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  151.  Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: "My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly." The stranger is a theologian. — Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

  152.  Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. — C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

  153.  I also mentioned that it makes no difference whether racial slurs are banned. Removing the word for an attitude has no effect on the attitude. Removing the attitude, however, does remove the taboo words associated with it. Words only alert us to the attitudes; they do not control them. — Dr. Goodword [Robert E. Beard] (1938- ) in "Dr. Goodword's Language Blog", 10/18/2006

  154.  There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception. — James Thurber (1894-1961)

  155.  If you carry the bricks from your past relationship to the new one, you'll only build the same house. — Lance D. Watson

  156.  America is definitely getting older, but we don't seem to be maturing. — Burt Prelutsky (1940- ) in "The Patriot Post" 12/26/2011

  157.  Remorse is a violent dyspepsia of the mind. — Ogden Nash (1902-1971)

  158.  In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leathern boxes. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  159.  Solitude is out of fashion. Our companies, our schools and our culture are in thrall to an idea I call the New Groupthink, which holds that creativity and achievement come from an oddly gregarious place. Most of us now work in teams, in offices without walls, for managers who prize people skills above all. Lone geniuses are out. Collaboration is in. But there's a problem with this view. Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption. — Susan Cain in The Rise of the New Groupthink

  160.  Most inventors and engineers I've met are like me ... they live in their heads. They're almost like artists. In fact, the very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone ... I'm going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone... Not on a committee. Not on a team. — Stephen G. Wozniak (1950- )

  161.  However, with charity as with everything else, it cannot simply be assumed that more is always better. A "safety net" can easily become a hammock. "Social justice" can easily become class warfare that polarizes a nation, while leading those at the bottom into the blind alley of resentments, no matter how many broad avenues of achievement may be available to them. — Thomas Sowell (1930- ) in "Two Worlds, National Review Online 9/6/2011

  162.  Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct. — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  163.  The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or a new thing in an old way. — Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916)

  164.  A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs—jolted by every pebble in the road. — Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

  165.  Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war. — Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898)

  166.  Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end. — Sid Caesar (1922- )

  167.  When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set. — Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

  168.  There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous. — Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888-1959)

  169.  The path of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked. — Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

  170.  Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. — A. A. Milne (1882-1956)

  171.  If you've forgotten the language of gratitude, you'll never be on speaking terms with happiness. — Folk Saying

  172.  Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. — Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

  173.  Eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God's infinite love. — Bill Hicks (1961-1994)

  174.  You have this little spot of time between eternities to do something amazing—don't waste it. — Dean L. Kamen (1951- ) speaking at the dedication of Rice Hall, University of Virginia, 11/18/11

  175.  An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last. — Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  176.  The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much. — William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

  177.  He who has a why can endure any how. — Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

  178.  Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read! — Unknown

  179.  Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. — Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

  180.  The new Obama Doctrine is a lead from behind strategy for a left-behind America. The world has always had, and will always have, a leader. As America steps back, someone else will step forward. — Howard Philip "Buck" McKeon (1938- ) quoted in "Strategic Capitulation" in PatriotPost.US 1/6/2012

  181.  The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. — Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

  182.  Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks. — Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

  183.  Never cut what you can untie. — Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

  184.  A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both. — Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

  185.  We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. — John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

  186.  It's change only when you don't want it, but improvement if you do. — Sherwood Smith (1951- ) [Paraphrased] in Treason's Shore

  187.  If a rabbit defined intelligence the way man does, then the most intelligent animal would be a rabbit, followed by the animal most willing to obey the commands of a rabbit. — Robert Brault (1938- )

  188.  Nothing an engineer likes more than when things go wrong in a predictable manner. Woo! Repeatability! — Sara Gould (1979- )

  189.  The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. — Linus Pauling (1901-1994)

  190.  We should not write so that it is possible for the reader to understand us, but so that it is impossible for him to misunderstand us. — Quintilian [Marcus Fabius Quintilianus] (c.35-100)

  191.  You can't get around newspaper people. I think they are the slobber-heartedest, lily-mindedest, piously conniving crowd in the modern world. — Flannery O'Connor

  192.  Fame is a high place surrounded with traps set by jealous men. — Dudley Pope (1925-1997) in Ramage's Trial

  193.  The general trend in modern thinking [is that] rights become more important than responsibility. — H.R.H. Charles, Prince of Wales (1948- ) in Harmony - A New Way of Looking at Our World

  194.  That is human nature, that people come after you, willingly enough, provided only that you no longer love or want them. — A. S. Byatt [Antonia Susan Duffy] (1936- ) in Possession

  195.   We are defined by the lines we choose to cross or to be confined by. — A. S. Byatt [Antonia Susan Duffy] (1936- ) in Possession

  196.  Sometimes, the facts aren't the truth. — L. E. Modesitt, Jr. inImager's Challenge

  197.  Mercy or forebearance in return for pure evil is not virtue; it is disaster. — L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (1943- ) in Imager's Challenge

  198.  Politicians can solve almost any problem—usually be creating a bigger problem. — Thomas Sowell (1930- ) in "Spreading the Wealth" in National Review Online 10/18/11

  199.  The nicest place to be is in someone's thoughts. — Marilyn Austin

  200.  No one likes change unless he makes it himself. Then it's innovation. — Sherwood Smith (1951- ) in Inda

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  201.  When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to fail. If you are going after Moby Dick, take along the tartar sauce. — Joel Huffer

  202.  There is no technological fix that will allow perpetual population and economic growth. — Paul Ehrlich (1932- )

  203.  There are two kinds of truth: that which enlightens and that which is only cruel. — Sherwood Smith (1951- ) in Treason's Shore

  204.  War is a convenient fix for government problems if it happens somewhere else. To other people. — Sherwood Smith (1951- ) in Treason's Shore

  205.  It is the fate of most voyagers, no sooner to discover what is most interesting in any locality, than they are hurried from it. — Charles Darwin (1809-1882) in Voyage of the Beagle

  206.  It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us. — Epicurus (c.341-270 BC)

  207.  You can stack the deck all you want, but chance gets the last deal. — Tom Batiuk (1947- ) in Funky Winkerbean (Cartoon)

  208.  The increased subjugation to mechanical, monocultural procedures, laid down in premeditated sequences of questions and responses, avoids human contact and understanding, eliminates the need for human judgement or the deployment of common sense, the application of insight or the generosity of trust, the exercise of imagination or the sharing of compassion. In such a mechanical world, disconnection is complete and all human values are completely swept away, and I just wonder if we really want this to be the future ground plan of our civilization... — HRH Charles, Prince of Wales (1948- ) in Harmony, a New Way of Looking at Our World

  209.  Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  210.  Human beings never behave more badly toward one another than when they believe they are protecting God. — The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor (1951- )

  211.  There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man. — Aristotle (384-322 BC)

  212.  One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. — Henry Miller (1891-1980)

  213.  A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. — Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977)

  214.  Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass. — Confucius (c.551-478 BC)

  215.  No matter how little or how much one has, envy destroys happiness. We naturally envy those who have more money or a nicer home, and those we think have better kids, better spouses or better jobs. But the fact is that we almost never know the pain and suffering of anyone we envy. As a wise woman said to me when I was in high school, "The only happy people I know are people I don't know well." — Dennis Prager (1948- ) in "Who Is Happy?" from The Patriot Post, 3/13/12

  216.  Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. — William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

  217.  The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best—and therefore never scrutinize or question. — Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002)

  218.  The world, we are told, was made especially for man—a presumption not supported by all the facts... Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation? — John Muir (1838-1914)

  219.  Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure." — H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

  220.  How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think. — Adolph Hitler (1889-1945)

  221.  Special thanks to the person who invented casual Friday. Now it's casual everyday in America. But when you lower standards people don't decide to give you more, they give you less. — Peggy Noonan (1950- ) in "America's Crisis of Character" from The Patriot Post 4/21/12

  222.  That sorrow which is the harbinger of joy is preferable to the joy which is followed by sorrow. — Saadi (c.1213-1291)

  223.  The difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets. — Will Rogers (1879-1935)

  224.  If you have any young friends who asipire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they're happy. — Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

  225.  You are free to choose but you are not free of the consequence of your choice. — Unknown

  226.  Thanks to the internet, never before have ill-informed people had such a stranglehold on vague facts. — Dennis Miller (1953- )

  227.  Our chief want in life, is, somebody who shall make us do what we can. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  228.  The Gross National Product measures everything except that which makes Life worthwhile. — Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)

  229.  In books we see the world as we'd like it to be—then, we look up from the page and see the world as it really is. — Fred O'Bryant (1949- )

  230.  Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. — Ian MacLaren [aka John Watson] (1850-1907)

  231.  You can only be as happy as the person you're in love with is. — Daniel Radcliffe (1989- )

  232.  Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. — Stephen R. Covey (1932- )

  233.  You can be neither too young nor too old to have your heart broken. — Alexander Kent [Pseud. for Douglas Edward Reeman] (1924- ) in The Only Victor

  234.  Most men are cowards at four o'clock in the morning. — Dudley Pope (1925-1997) in Ramage and the Saracens

  235.  Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought. — Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

  236.  Neither stability nor change have any intrinsic value. The worth of stability is in the goodness it preserves, while the worth of change is in the goodness it brings about. — Donald P. Ely (1930- )

  237.  True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring. — Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

  238.  Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday. — Thornton Wilder (1897-1975)

  239.  There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'. — Isaac Asimov (1919-1992)

  240.  The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. — Margaret Thatcher (1925- )

  241.  The cure for anything is salt water—sweat, tears, or the sea. — Isak Dinesen [pen name of Karen Blixen] (1885-1962)

  242.  I begin to see what marriage is for. It's to keep people away from each other. Sometimes I think that two people who love each other can be saved from madness only by the things that come between them: children, duties, visits, bores, relations, the things that protect married people from each other. — Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

  243.  Some stories are true that never happened. — Elie Wiesel (1928- )

  244.  Can a people tax themselves into prosperity? Can a man stand in a bucket and lift himself up by the handle? — Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  245.  Congratulation: The civility of envy. — Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

  246.  "I know," he said after a pause, "that all this will be absolutely incredible to you, but to me the one incredible thing is that I am here to-night in this old familiar room, looking into your friendly faces, and telling you all these strange adventures. — H. G. Wells (1866-1946) in The Time Machine

  247.  How much of human life is lost in waiting. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  248.  What is to give light must endure burning. — Viktor Frankl (1905-1997)

  249.  Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  250.  Deep within the soul of the lonely caged bird / Beats the rhythm of a distant forest / Etched upon its broken heart / The faded memory of flight. — Ginni Bly (1945- )

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  251. One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. — Plato (c.428-348 BC)

  252.  I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you've earned, but not greed to want to take somebody else's money. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

  253.  The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed. — Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

  254.  No man was ever more than about nine meals away from crime or suicide. — Eric Sevareid (1912-1992)

  255.  There is no hater like one who has greatly loved. — John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

  256.  Human wandering through the zoo / what do your cousins think of you. — Don Marquis (1878-1937)

  257.  We should tackle reality in a slightly jokey way, otherwise we miss its point. — Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990)

  258.  Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things. — Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007)

  259.  Govern wisely, and as little as possible. — Sam Houston (1793-1863)

  260.  In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving around old trunks of bad times, the pain of this and the shame of that, the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold. — John Leonard (1939-2008)

  261.  I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. — Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968)

  262.  My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad. — Olive Schreiner (1855-1920)

  263.  The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. — Stephen Hawking (1942- )

  264.  Prayer is asking for rain. Faith is carrying an umbrella. — Quoted by Jone Mader

  265.  The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. — Chinese Proverb

  266.  A happy memory never wears out. — Amish Proverb

  267.  Worry is like praying for what you don't want. — Quoted by Sharon Christian

  268.  You don't have to attend every argument you're invited to. — Quoted by Brenda Ashford

  269.  Always show more kindness than seems necessary, because the person receiving it needs it more than you will ever know. — Colin Powell (1937- )

  270.  Kind words make good echoes. — NYC Church Sign

  271.  The key to success is self-confidence, and the key to self-confidence is preparation. — Jane Garton

  272.  We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death. — Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

  273.  Few are the giants of the soul who actually feel that the human race is their family circle. — Freya Stark (1893-1993)

  274.  The recognition of the insuperable limits to his knowledge ought indeed to teach the student of society a lesson of humility which should guard him against becoming an accomplice in men's fatal striving to control society. — Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992)

  275.  Be humble for you are made of Earth. Be noble for you are made of stars. — Serbian Proverb

  276.  The music that can deepest reach, / And cure all ill, is cordial speech. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  277.  We change whether we like it or not. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  278.  Nothing is so exhausting as indecision and nothing is so futile. — Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  279.  When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and other build windmills. — Chinese Proverb

  280.  Talent is cheap. What really matters is discipline. — Andre Dubus (1936-1999)

  281.  The sense of wishing to be known only for what one really is is like putting on an old, easy, comfortable garment. You are no longer afraid of anybody or anything. You say to yourself, 'Here I am --- just so ugly, dull, poor, beautiful, rich, interesting, amusing, ridiculous --- take me or leave me.' And how absolutely beautiful it is to be doing only what lies within your own capabilities and is part of your own nature. It is like a great burden rolled off a man's back when he comes to want to appear nothing that he is not, to take out of life only what is truly his own. — David Grayson (1870-1946)

  282.  I know I'm not perfect and I don't live to be. But, before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean. — Bob Marley (1945-1981)

  283.  Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences. — Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

  284.  No man should judge unless he asks himself in absolute honesty whether in a similar situation he might not have done the same. — Viktor Frankl (1905-1997)

  285.  It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. — Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)

  286.  One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if it were possible, speak a few reasonable words. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  287.  My soul is a broken field, plowed by pain. — Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

  288.  Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some, and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. — Robert Fulghum (1937- )

  289.  We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for. — Marie Ebner von Eschenbach (1830-1916)

  290.  There are two kinds of light—the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. — James Thurber (1894-1961)

  291.  Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. — Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

  292.  The beginning of a new year is often a time to look forward and look back. The way the future looks, I prefer to look back—and depend on my advanced age to spare me from having to deal with too much of the future. — Thomas Sowell (1930- ) in "Republicans Deserved to Lose", 1/1/13

  293.  People have the illusion that all over the world, all the time, all kinds of fantastic things are happening. When in fact, over most of the world, most of the time, nothing is happening. — David Brinkley (1920-2003)

  294.  Mistakes are part of the dues that one pays for a full life. — Sophia Loren (1934- )

  295.  Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks. — Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

  296.  The world is a magical place full of people waiting to be offended by something. — Unknown

  297.  I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone. — Edith Cavell (1865-1915)

  298.  Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent. — Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  299.  The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. — Linus Pauling (1901-1994)

  300.  It's amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a huge government bureaucracy to administer it. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

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  301.  The most beautiful world is always entered through imagination. — Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  302.  Don't do something permanently stupid because you're temporarily upset. — Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar (1926-2012)

  303.  It is impossible to live pleasurably without living prudently, honorably, and justly; or to live prudently, honorably, and justly, without living pleasurably. — Epicurus (c.341-270 BC)

  304.  Higher ed is notorious for tunnel vision, and a library is often the only entity in a given organization that has a truly holistic view of a campus typically comprised of constituents focused on their own slice of pie. — Char Booth

  305.  Democrats believe that good and evil in this country is divided along party lines, with all the caring people in  their party, and all the greedy, mean people in the other.  They also believe that intelligence is doled out along party lines.  Conservatives are morons while liberals are the most brilliant people ever seen. — Karin McQuillan in “The Democrat Moral Superiority Complex” from American Thinker

  306.  Left to themselves, people tend to sort themselves out into communities of like-minded neighbors. — Thomas Sowell (1930- ) in “Unintended Consequences” from The Patriot Post

  307. Not everyone who is single is lonely; not everyone who is taken is in love. — Unknown

  308.  Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. — Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel [1904-1991])

  309.  If you write to impress it will always be bad, but if you write to express it will be good. — Thornton Wilder (1897-1975)

  310.  It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us. — Epicurus (c.341-270 BC)

  311.  There's no man so wise as the man who says nothing at the right time. — Stephen Bentley (1954- ) in Herb and Jamaal cartoon

  312.  A library is infinity under a roof. — Gail Carson Levine (1947- )

  313.  Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass. — Confucius (c.551-478 BC)

  314.  It doesn't take much to make a woman happy. However, it takes even less to make her mad. — Unknown

  315.  Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that crushed it. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  316.  There’s not much practical Christianity in the man who lives on better terms with angels and seraphs than with his own children and neighbors. — Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

  317.  It is easy to make a buck; it is a lot tougher to make a difference. — Tom Brokaw (1940- )

  318.  Is evil something that just is? A driving force that would exist no matter what? Or is it something we create and force others into the role of because we know we can't feel like heroes until we've made a few villains. — Randal K. Milholland

  319.  When I was about eight, I decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book. — Margaret Walker (1915-1998)

  320.  The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best—and therefore never scrutinize or question. — Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002)

  321.  The world, we are told, was made especially for man—a presumption not supported by all the facts... Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation? — John Muir (1838-1914)

  322.  Women always worry about the things that men forget; men always worry about the things women remember. — Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953)

  323.  Great minds think alike... and so do a lot of really stupid ones, too. — Unknown

  324.  Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs. — Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)

  325.  Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. — Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)

  326.  That sorrow which is the harbinger of joy is preferable to the joy which is followed by sorrow. — Saadi (c.1213-1291)

  327.  Why would I engage with people digitally whom I would never engage with actually? Why does the technology exonerate the kind of foul expression that you would not tolerate anywhere else? — Leon Wieseltier (1952- )

  328.  Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  329.  Where blood is once begun to be shed, it is seldom staunched of a long time after. — John Robinson (1576-1625)

  330.  Creativity is intelligence having fun. — Attrib. Albert Einstein (1879-1955) but probably spurious

  331.  People change and forget to tell each other. — Lillian Hellman (1905-1984)

  332.  The welfare state, promoted by those who insist that it is society that is keeping some people down, makes it unnecessary for many low-income people to exert themselves—and therefore makes it unnecessary for them to develop their own potential to the fullest. — Thomas Sowell (1930- ) from “How to Measure Social Mobility”

  333.  Politicians tend to think in short run terms, if only because elections are held in the short run. Therefore, there is always a temptation to do reckless and short-sighted things to get over some current problem, even if that creates far worse problems in the long run. — Thomas Sowell (1930- ) from “Can It Happen Here?” in The Patriot Post

  334.  We put onto our dreams the shapes we think with during the day, depriving our dreams of the message they are trying to deliver. — Gregory Maguire (1954- ) in A Lion Among Men

  335.  It is my belief that if a scientist cannot talk simply about his subject, he has not got to the bottom of it himself. — Edward Victor Appleton (1892-1965)

  336.  Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul. — Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994)

  337.  My job is to lay out a positive vision for the future of the country, and their job is to make sure no one else finds out about it. — Mitt Romney (1947- ) speaking about the news media

  338.  If you can remember everything about the Sixties, you weren't really there. — Paul Lorin Kantner (1941- )

  339.  Any idiot can face a crisis—it's this day to day living that wears you out. — Anton Chekov (1860-1904)

  340.  The Hebrew Bible does not say that the gods do not exist, merely that we are not to worship them. For a Christian, doubt is a shameful secret, a failure of faith, but the rabbis have long embraced doubt as an opportunity for vigorous argument. For the rabbis, the existence of God is no more of a question than the existence of air: Doubt is how we converse with Him. — Laurie R. King (1952- ) in The God of the Hive

  341.  Children are fantastic little creatures. Next to drunk people, they are the only truly honest people on earth. — Mads Nipper, CEO of LEGO

  342.  In your battle with the world, always bet on the world. — Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

  343.  No one heals himself by wounding another. — Saint Ambrose [Aurelius Ambrosius] (337-397)

  344.  It is kind of fun to do the impossible. — Walt Disney (1901-1966)

  345.  Fear of failure is the parent of all failures. — Stephen Bentley (1954- ) in Herb and Jamaal cartoon

  346.  The government has made it too easy not to work and at the same time to have the quality of life that is better than someone who works and is not a burden to society. — Ken Colvin in American Thinker

  347.  What is to give light must endure burning. — Viktor Frankl (1905-1997)

  348.  [Alexis de] Tocqueville also foresaw exactly how this regulatory state would suffocate the spirit of free enterprise: “It rarely forces one to act, but it constantly opposes itself to one’s acting; it does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes, and finally reduces [the] nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.” — Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) in Democracy in America, as quoted by Niall Ferguson (1964- )

  349.  The best teachers are those who tell you where to look but don't tell you what to see. — Alexandra Trenfor

  350.  Moses comes down from the mountain with good news and bad news about God’s commandments. “The good news: I kept him down to ten. The bad news: adultery stays.” — Joshua Shmidman (1934-2005), as quoted by Ruth R. Wisse (1936- )

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  351.  Women's liberation, if not the most extreme then certainly the most influential neo-Marxist movement in America, has done to the American home what communism did to the Russian economy, and most of the ruin is irreversible. By defining relations between men and women in terms of power and competition instead of reciprocity and cooperation, the movement tore apart the most basic and fragile contract in human society, the unit from which all other social institutions draw their strength. — Ruth Wisse (1936- )

  352.  When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt. — Robert M. Pirsig (1928- )

  353.  Sometimes I think I'm a figment of my own imagination. — Suzanne Bombard

  354.  In some circumstances, the refusal to be defeated is a refusal to be educated. — Margaret Halsey (1910-1997)

  355.  There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life. — Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

  356.  Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly. — Morticia Addams (TV and cartoon character)

  357.  Some people create their own storms, then get upset when it rains. — Unknown

  358.  If I want something remarkable that I've never achieved, I have to be willing to do something I've never done before to achieve it. — James Tobin

  359.  Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once. — Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

  360.  Don't judge men's wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance. — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  361.  We must not be frightened nor cajoled into accepting evil as deliverance from evil. We must go on struggling to be human, though monsters of abstractions police and threaten us. — Robert Hayden (1913-1980)

  362.  Any man who thinks he can be happy and properous by letting the American Government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian. — Henry Ford (1863-1947)

  363.  Insanity in individuals is something rare—but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule. — Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

  364.  I used to wonder what it'd be like to read other people's minds. Then I got a Facebook account, and now I'm over it. — Unknown

  365.  The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. — Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

  366.  An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it. — Don Marquis (1878-1937)

  367.  Telling us what to think has evolved into telling us what to say, so telling us what to do can't be far behind. — Charlton Heston (1923-2008)

  368.  Books are my friends when nobody else can be; they offer a form of intimacy nothing else does. They do not make me a better person, but they give me respite from the incessant noise of existence. — Mark Kingwell from “Beyond the Book” in Harper’s Magazine

  369.  Angry mobs rarely go away if you ask nicely. — Kate Ashwin in Widdershins cartoon

  370.  We can communicate information at the speed of light but have trouble finding anything meaningful to send back and forth. — Victor Davis Hanson (1953- )

  371.  What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. — Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

  372.  Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?" Priest: "No, not if you did not know." Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me?" — Unknown

  373.  Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean that politics won't take an interest in you. — Attrib. to Pericles (495-429 BC) but not substantiated

  374.  Never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer give a damn. — Unknown

  375.  The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. — Hans Hofmann (1880-1966)

  376.  Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. — Aristotle (384-322 BC)

  377.  Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity to take things for granted. — Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

  378.  After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. — William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

  379.  There is no doubt that I have lots of words inside me; but at moments, like rush-hour traffic at the mouth of a tunnel, they jam. — John Updike (1932-2009)

  380.  Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm but the harm does not interest them. — T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

  381.  Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  382.  Do you know what's hard after making other people happy? It's when they don't realize that you also need someone to do the same. — Ritu Ghatourey

  383.  The problem with quotes on the Internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity. — Humorously (and incorrectly) attrib. to Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  384.  Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle of lotteries, dating and religion. — Scott Adams (1957- )

  385.  The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity—much less dissent. — Gore Vidal (1925-2012)

  386.  A profound unmitigated loneliness is the only truth of life. — R. K. Narayan (1906-2001)

  387.  The tradgedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live. — Norman Cousins (1915-1990)

  388.  Let us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. — John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

  389.  The two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and goodbye for the last. — Moira Rogers

  390.  You know you're really stressed when you start getting on your own nerves. — Unknown

  391.  What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. — Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

  392.  The only thing one can give an artist is leisure in which to work. To give an artist leisure is actually to take part in his creation. — Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

  393.  It came to me that reform should begin at home, and since that day I have not had time to remake the world. — Will Durant (1885-1981)

  394.  When religious fanaticism enters the realm of politics, the mix is extremely volatile. — Laurie R. King (1952- ) in Garment of Shadows

  395.  Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts. — Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

  396.  So many books—so much confusion! All around us an ocean of print and most of it covered in froth. — Lope de Vega (1562-1635) in All Citizens Are Soldiers

  397. The trouble with words is that you never know whose mouths they've been in. — Dennis Potter (1935-1994)

  398. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  399. Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

  400. The great thing about internet research is that I can find information about anything—and some of it is true. — Lisa Barker (1949- )

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  401. The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been. — Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007)

  402. Learning is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily. — Chinese Proverb

  403. A Conservative says, "If it hasn't happened to me, I don't care." A Liberal says, "This should never happen to anyone, and that's why I care." — Unknown

  404. Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. — Mason Cooley (1927-2002)

  405. Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there. — Miles Davis (1926-1991)

  406. Patience is not the ability to wait but how you act while you're waiting. — Joyce Meyer (1943- )

  407. Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone—except God. — Billy Graham (1918- )

  408. The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. — Alfred North Whitehead(1861-1947)

  409. What the income-inequality debate is about is not social justice but social rule. It is about power, about who wields it and to what purposes, and the slogans and statistics that appear in the papers are the weapons by which a caste of liberals organizes its political coalition and vanquishes its opposites. — Matthew Continetti (1981- ) in the Washington Free Beacon

  410. I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person. — Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)

  411. Never argue with a woman who reads. It's likely she can also think. — Unknown

  412. Four-wheel drive doesn't mean you won't get stuck—it just means you will get stuck in worse places. — Warner Granade (1948- )

  413. The hinge on Pandora's box works only one way. — Brooke McEldowney (1952- )

  414. Have they not set a precedent which may be more fatal to the Nation—if merit is not to be rewarded, who will strive for it? — Joshua Barney (1759-1818)

  415. Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something. — Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

  416. Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it, but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance. — Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974)

  417. Never hit a man while is back is turned, my son. The guy behind you might get ideas! — Chris Browne (1952- ) in Hagar the Horrible Cartoon

  418. What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup. — Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)

  419. They know enough who know how to learn. — Henry Adams (1838-1918)

  420. Libraries are the poor man's university, the place where you can have access to all the knowledge of the world for free. — Edwin Maxwell

  421. One day work is hard, and another day it is easy; but if I had waited for inspiration I am afraid I should have done nothing. The miner does not sit at the top of the shaft waiting for the coal to come bubbling up to the surface. One must go deep down, and work out every vein carefully. — Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)

  422. Every man has his secret sorrows, which the world knows not; and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

  423. People hate the truth for the sake of whatever it is they love more than the truth. They love truth when it shines warmly on them, and hate it when it rebukes them. — Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

  424. You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. — Irish Proverb

  425. The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. — Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

  426. Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry ... With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. — Gabriel García Márquez (1927- )

  427. Mistakes are part of the dues that one pays for a full life. — Sophia Loren (1934- )

  428. A pedestal is as much a prison as any small space. — Gloria Steinem (1934- )

  429. Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. — Oscar Ameringer (1870-1943)

  430. There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted. — Washington Irving (1783-1859)

  431. Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us. — Paul Theroux (1941- )

  432. An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may. — William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

  433. Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. — Charles Simic (1938- )

  434. We are living in a sick society filled with people who would not directly steal from their neighbor but who are willing to demand that the government do it for them. — William L. Comer

  435. Love is taking a few steps backward, maybe even more... to give way to the happiness of the person you love. — Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956) in Winnie the Pooh

  436. A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. — Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

  437. The battleground of the mind is where life's most precious victories are won or lost. — Kenneth Copeland (1936- )

  438. Be a fountain, not a drain. — Rex Hudler (1960- )

  439. There are no grown-ups. We suspect this when we are younger, but can confirm it only once we are the ones writing books and attending parent-teacher conferences. Everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently. — Pamela Druckerman in What You Learn in Your 40s

  440. Corruption left untouched multiplies. — John Frisby

  441. There is an idea floating around college campuses—including here at Harvard—that scholars should be funded only if their work conforms to a particular view of justice. There’s a word for that idea: censorship. And it is just a modern-day form of McCarthyism. — Michael Bloomberg (1942- )

  442. If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month. — Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

  443. Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  444. Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door. — Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

  445. Correction does much, but encouragement does more. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  446. Political correctness is tyranny with manners. — Charlton Heston (1923-2008)

  447. A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side. — Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)

  448. Our civil liberties will not be lost to crude fascists in jackboots. More likely, the death of free speech will be the work of the new medieval Torquemadas who claim they destroyed freedom of expression for the sake of “equality” and “fairness” and “saving the planet”. — Victor Davis Hanson (1953- )

  449. The truth will set you free, but first it will break your heart. — Joseph Lee “Joe” Henry (1960- )

  450. There seems to be a dangerously large number of people who think that the law exists to give them whatever they want—even when that means denying other people the same rights that they claim for themselves. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

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  451. The track record of academics in other kinds of cases is not the least bit encouraging as regards the likelihood of impartial justice. Even on many of our most prestigious college campuses, who gets punished for saying the wrong thing and who gets away with mob actions depends on which groups are in vogue and which are not. This is carried to the point where some colleges have established what they call “free speech zones”—as if they are granting a special favor by not imposing their vague and arbitrary “speech codes” everywhere on campus. The irony in this is that the Constitution already established a free speech zone. It covers the entire United States. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

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