Quotes D – F

• Here is part of a still-growing herd of political, humorous and general quotations, listed in the following categories:

death * deception * decision * democracy * despair * diplomacy * disappointment * discretion * dissent * dreams
education * elections * enemies * envy * equality * evil * experience
failure * fame * fanatics * fascism * fear * forgiveness * freedom * friendship * future

A few items are even my own shameless efforts, but I’ve paid my dues by finding all this stuff … and now it’s your turn to suffer. – LLF



A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. –Joseph Stalin
Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. –Voltaire
As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death. –Leonardo DaVinci
Biography lends to death a new terror. –Oscar Wilde
Death and taxes are both certain … but death isn’t annual. –Unknown
He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death. –H. H. Munro
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. –Redd Foxx
I believe that people would be alive today if there were a death penalty. –Nancy Reagan
I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it. –Mark Twain
I don’t think about dying; that’s the last thing I want to do. –Curmudgeon
I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure. –Clarence Darrow
I used to eat a lot of natural foods – until I learned that most people die of natural causes. –Curmudgeon
I want to die peacefully in my sleep, as my grandfather did. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car. –Unknown
If I’m ever on life support, please pull the plug! Then, plug me back in and see if I reboot. –Curmudgeon
If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age. –George Burns
I’m not sure some of us will even make good compost. –LLF
The eulogy is praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead. –Ambrose Bierce
When you are dead, you don’t realize it, so it is difficult only for others. The same is true when you are stupid. –Curmudgeon
You should always go to other peoples funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. –Yogi Berra


Deja Moo — the feeling that you’ve heard this Bull before! –Curmudgeon

I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the one who sold it. –Will Rogers

It is perfectly true that you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Unfortunately, those in power understand that they never need to do that. If enough of us can be deceived or distracted – as all too often we can be – then they can do anything with impunity. Even if some of us see the dangers and object, we may not be able to stop them, at least not in the short term. –LLF

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: once we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back. –Carl Sagan

The essence of lying is in deception, not in words. –John Ruskin

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool. –Richard Feynman

We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones. –Francois de La Rochefoucauld

When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people. –Mark Twain

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on. –George W. Bush

You can fool too many of the people too much of the time. –James Thurber


Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. –Martin Luther King Jr.

I used to be indecisive, but now I’m just not sure. –unknown

In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing. –Theodore Roosevelt

Indecision may … or may not … be my problem. –Jimmy Buffett

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. –Thomas Sowell

It’s no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another. –George H. W. Bush

The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take. -C. Northcote Parkinson

The only good thing about having your back to the wall is that it makes it really easy to choose which way you’re going to go. –Jim Butcher

Well, either team could win. –central Ohio football coach

When you come to a fork in the road, take it. –Yogi Berra


As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. –Abraham Lincoln

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear. –Alan Corenk

Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame. –Bertrand Russell

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. –Clement Atlee

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. –George Bernard Shaw

Everybody’s for democracy in principle. It’s only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections. –Meg Greenfield

I don’t know exactly what democracy is. But we need more of it. –Chinese Student, Tianamen Square, 1989

If you cannot get rid of the people who govern you, you do not live in a democratic system. –Tony Benn

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith. –Senator J. William Fulbright

In a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t waste time voting. –Charles Bukowski

In democracy it’s your vote that counts; In feudalism it’s your count that votes. –Mogens Jallberg

In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy. –Fran Lebowitz

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government – except all the others that have been tried. –Winston Churchill

It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting. –Tom Stoppard

Men write many fine and plausible arguments in support of monarchy, but the fact remains that where every man in a state has a vote, brutal laws are impossible. –Mark Twain

Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. –Helen Keller

Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship. –William Blum

Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it. –Howard Zinn

Television is the first truly democratic culture – the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want. –Clive Barnes

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. –John F. Kennedy

The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion. –Molly Ivins

The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it. –Edward Dowling

Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule, and both commonly succeed – and they are right. –H. L. Mencken

We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both. –Louis D. Brandeis


I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. –Abraham Lincoln, 1865

When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always. –Mahatma Gandhi

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. –Mahatma Gandhi


A diplomat can tell you to go to hell, in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip. –Caskie Stinnett

Always keep your words soft and sweet – just in case you have to eat them. –Unknown

At times my greatest accomplishment is just keeping my mouth shut. –Curmudgeon

Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock. –Will Rogers

Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves, and how little we think of the other person. –Mark Twain

It is rarely necessary or wise to tell people everything you think. –LLF

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. –Abraham Lincoln

Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy. –Isaac Newton


Les déceptions ne tuent pas et les espérances font vivre.
The disappointments do not kill, and hopes keep you alive. –Georges Sand

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines! Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover! –Mark Twain

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. –Martin Luther King Jr.


Discretion is not the better part of biography. –Lytton Strachey

I prefer not to think before speaking. I like being just as surprised as everyone else by what comes out of my mouth. –Curmudgeon


Dissent is what rescues democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors. –Molly Ivins

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith. –Senator J. William Fulbright

It is not enough to allow dissent. We must demand it! –Robert F. Kennedy

Most dissent is not disloyalty. Real disloyalty is keeping quiet when something needs to be said. –Steve Smith

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots. –Barbara Ehrenreich

We have come to a point where it is loyalty to resist, and treason to submit. –Carl Schurz

We must dissent from the fear, the hatred, and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that buried its head in the sand waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education, or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and timeless absence of moral leadership. We must dissent, because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better. –Thurgood Marshall


A dream does not die on it’s own. A dream is vanquished by the choices ordinary people make about real things in their own lives. –Jonathan Kozol

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. –John Barrymore

Dream no small dreams, for they have no power to move the hearts of men. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Rêver, c’est le bonheur ; attendre, c’est la vie.
Dreaming is happiness; waiting is life. –Victor Hugo

Dreams do not vanish, so long as people do not abandon them. –Phantom F. Harlock

Dreams shouldn’t be about what you can buy — they should be about what mark you leave in the world. –Claire Cross

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die,
life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. –Langston Hughes

Hope is the dream of a waking man. –Aristotle

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. –Thomas Jefferson

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. –Robert H. Goddard

It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream…. Not failure, but low aim is sin. –Benjamin Elijah Mays

Il faut des rêves suffisamment grands pour ne pas les perdre de vue en les poursuivant.
One must have big enough dreams so as not to lose sight of them while pursuing them. –Yves Michallet

Some look at things that are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not? –George Bernard Shaw

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. –Eleanor Roosevelt


A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. –Theodore Roosevelt

America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week. –Evan Esar

An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t. –Anatole France

Bachelor’s degrees make pretty good place mats if you get them laminated. –Jeph Jacques

Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power. –Rep. Barbara Jordan

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people…. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. –Thomas Jefferson

Education either functions … to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity, or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world. –Paulo Freire

Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance. –Will Durant

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

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. –Albert Einstein

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. –Nelson Mandela

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t. –Pete Seeger

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. –Lord Henry Peter Brougham

Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge. –Mark Twain

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. –Malcolm Forbes

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war. –Maria Montessori

First, god made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards. –Mark Twain

For every person who wants to teach there are approximately thirty people who don’t want to learn … much. –W. C. Sellar, R. J. Yeatman

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. –Mark Twain

I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won’t have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be! –Jerry Falwell

If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools, they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals. –Susan B. Anthony

* If you think education is expensive, it can’t compare to the price of ignorance. –Gordon Ghee

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have. –Lee Iacocca

Let us reform our schools, and we shall find little reform needed in our prisons. — John Ruskin

One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests. –Thomas Paine

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. –Jacques Barzun

The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting. –Plutarch

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well. –Aristotle

Those who trust us educate us. –T. S. Eliot

We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow. –Oscar Wilde


A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election. –Bill Vaughan

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. –George G. Nathan

Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets. –Abraham Lincoln

But in this country we have one great privilege which they don’t have in other countries. When a thing gets to be absolutely unbearable the people can rise up and throw it off. That’s the finest asset we’ve got — the ballot box. –Mark Twain

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. –George Bernard Shaw

Electile disfunction: the inability to become … enthusiastic … about any candidate for office. –Curmudgeon

Elections are funny things. No matter how bad all the candidates may be, someone always wins. –Alan Grayson

Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything. –Frank Dane

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal. –Emma Goldman

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. –Josef Stalin

It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting. –Tom Stoppard

One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law. –John Paul Stevens, December 2000

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election. –Otto von Bismarck

The problem with political jokes? Too many of them get elected. –Unknown

You won the elections, but I won the count. –Anastasio Somoza


A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies. –Oscar Wilde

Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate. –Thomas Jones

Governments will use whatever technology is available to them to combat their primary enemy — their own population. –Noam Chomsky

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. –Abraham Lincoln

I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war … –Rev. Pat Robertson, advocating the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us. –Hermann Hesse

If you want to make enemies, try to change something. –Woodrow Wilson

In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. –Thich Nhat Hanh

It may sound trite, but using the weapons of the enemy, no matter how good one’s intentions, makes one the enemy. –Charles de Lint

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we. –George W. Bush

You can judge the quality of a man by the depravity of his enemies. –Unknown


Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied. –Mark Twain


I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist. –Sally Kempton

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. –Rebecca West


If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them. –Sojourner Truth

Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less. –Susan B. Anthony

Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box. –Italian proverb

The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing, and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it. –Eleanor Roosevelt

The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. –Rev. Pat Robertson


All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. –Edmund Burke

Constantly choosing between the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil. –Jerry Garcia

Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete. –Jean-Paul Sartre

I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil. –Robert F. Kennedy

I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth. –Molly Ivins

I object to violence because even when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. –Mahatma Gandhi

In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations. –Alexander Solzehnitsyn

Lack of money is the root of all evil. –George Bernard Shaw

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. –Blaise Pascal

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness. –Mary Wollstonecraft

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. –Joseph Conrad

The evil that men do lives after them.
The good is oft interred with their bones. –William Shakespeare

The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it. –Albert Einstein

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. –Henry David Thoreau

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children. –Jimmy Carter

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

Whenever I’m caught between two evils, I take the one I’ve never tried. –Mae West


Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t. –Pete Seeger

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. –Vernon Sanders Law

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. -Aldous Huxley

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake … almost as soon as you make it again. –Franklin P. Jones

Experience is simply the name we give to our mistakes. –Oscar Wilde

Good judgment comes from experience, but often experience comes from bad judgment. –Rita Mae Brown

I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened. — Mark Twain

If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone. –John Maxwell

It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars. –Garrison Keillor

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. –Eleanor Roosevelt


A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. –John Burroughs

A minute’s success pays the failure of years. –Robert Browning

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. –Curmudgeon

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. –Thomas Edison

If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure. –Dan Quayle

It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable. –Moliere

Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal. –Mike Ditka

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. –Winston Churchill

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. –Thomas Carlisle

We’ve learned how to destroy, but not to create; how to waste, but not to build; how to kill men, but not how to save them; how to die, but seldom how to live. –Omar Bradley

What you don’t do can be a destructive force. –Eleanor Roosevelt


Do not trust the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you or I were going to be hanged. –Oliver Cromwell

Fame is a bee.
It has a song—
It has a sting—
Ah, too, it has a wing. –Emily Dickinson


A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. –Winston Churchill

Absolute faith corrupts as comprehensively as absolute power. –Eric Hoffer

At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political ideas. –Aldous Huxley

Be wary of anyone who claims to know the “will of god”. If they actually believe it, be terrified. –LLF

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. –Voltaire

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim. –George Santayana

Fanaticism is a monster that pretends to be the child of religion. –Voltaire

Fear prophets and those prepared to die for ‘the truth’, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them. –Umberto Eco

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right. –Laurens Van der Post

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. -Mark Twain

‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion’. Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect. –Salman Rushdie

The greater the ignorance, the greater the dogmatism. –William Osler

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract. –Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. –Bertrand Russell

There’s no place in a fanatic’s head where reason can enter. –Napoleon

What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents. –Robert F. Kennedy


Fascism is capitalism plus murder. –Upton Sinclair

Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power. –Benito Mussolini

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. –Sinclair Lewis


As long as enough people can be frightened, then all people can be ruled. That is how it works in a democratic system, and mass fear becomes the ticket
to destroy rights across the board. –James Bovard

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps. –David Lloyd George

Fear sells. Fear makes money. The countless companies and consultants in the business of protecting the fearful from whatever they may fear know it only too well. The more fear, the better the sales. –Daniel Gardner

Hatred is never anything but fear … if you feared no one, you would hate no one. –Hugh Downs

If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living. –Seneca

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. –Nelson Mandela

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely while under the influence of a great fear. –Bertrand Russell

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. –Edmund Burke

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. –Marie Curie

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. –Dorothy Thompson

People react to fear, not love – they don’t teach that in Sunday School, but it’s true. –Leonardo da Vinci

Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. –Henry Van Dyke
* The things people attack reflect what they despise and fear in themselves. –Carl Jung
There are two levers for moving men: interest & fear. Napoleon
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. –Bertrand Russell
To fight fear, act. To increase fear, wait, put off, postpone. –David Joseph Schwartz
We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death. –David Sarnoff
What we fear comes to pass more speedily than what we hope. –Publilius Syrus
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much. –Oscar Wilde
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. –John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. –Paul Boese
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. –William Blake
Life is an adventure in forgiveness. –Norman Cousins
One should forgive one’s enemies, but not before they are hanged. –Heinrich Hein
Teach every child you meet the importance of forgiveness. It’s our only hope of surviving their wrath, once they realize just how badly things are screwed up for them. –Curmudgeon
The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult. –Alden Nowlan
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. –Mahatma Gandhi
To err is human; to forgive, infrequent. –Franklin P. Adams

A hungry man is not a free man. – -Adlai Stevenson

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison. –Nelson Mandela

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people…. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. –Thomas Jefferson

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. –Nelson Mandela

Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me. –Nelson Mandela

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. –Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect. –Eleanor Roosevelt

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. –Thomas Paine

If crime fighters fight crime, and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? –George Carlin

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. –George Orwell

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. –Noam Chomsky


If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word freedom out of your vocabulary. –Malcolm X

Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free. Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either. –Mark Twain

No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves. –John Peter Zenger

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. –Soren Kierkegaard

The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. –H. L. Mencken

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. –Albert Camus

The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. –Malcolm X

The price of freedom of religion or of speech or of the press is that we must put up with, and even pay for, a good deal of rubbish. –Robert H. Jackson

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom. –William O. Douglas

The Truth which makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. –Herbert Agar

There is no conflict between liberty and safety. We will have both or neither. –Ramsey Clark

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it. –Abraham Lincoln

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it. –Thomas Paine

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. –Benjamin Franklin

True liberty can exist only when justice is equally administered to all. –Lord Mansfield

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can only be free if I am free. –Clarence Darrow

You can’t trade your freedom for security, because in the end, you’ll lose both. –Brandon Mayfield


A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. –C. S. Lewis

A friend is someone who will help you move. A real friend is someone who will help you move a body. –Unknown

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends. –Walt Whitman

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. –Confucius

The bird, a nest; the spider, a web; man, friendship. –William Blake


Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. –John F. Kennedy

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia. –Charles M. Schulz

Eternity’s a terrible thought. I mean, where’s it all going to end? –Tom Stoppard

I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some. –Herbert Rappaport

I never think of the future – it comes soon enough. –Albert Einstein

It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. –Yogi Berra

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. –Abraham Lincoln

The future ain’t what it used to be. –Yogi Berra

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. –Eleanor Roosevelt

The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope. –Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The present is a time of struggle; the future is ours. –Che Guevara

We did not come here to fear the future; we came here to shape it. –Barack Obama

We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there. –Charles F. Kettering

What happens when the future has come and gone? –Robert Half

When you realize children are our future … it’s rather terrifying. –Curmudgeon

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. –George Orwell


DISCLAIMER: I do not vouch for the accuracy of any quote or attribution in this list, with the possible but not absolute exception of my own lines. Some I’ve edited slightly, and some come from my all-too fallible memory. Those marked with * are still more uncertain. For the rest, I have found them all somewhere in books, music or on some website – which does not signify much, either, and I offer no reference notes for this material. – LLF


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