Quotes G – L

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

goals * god * goodness * gratitude * greed

habits * happiness * heaven & hell * heroes * history * holes * honors * humanity * humility * humor * hypocrisy

ideas * ignorance * illusions * imagination * immorality * impatience * indifference * inferiority * irreverence

jackass * journalism * judgment * justice

kindness * knowledge

labor * law * laziness * learning * liberals * lies * life * literature * love* luck

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



All our inventions are but improved means to an unimproved end. –Henry David Thoreau

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. –Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. –Douglas Adams

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else. –Laurence J. Peter

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Make no little plans! They have no magic to stir men’s blood. –Daniel Burnham

The secret of man’s being is not only to live but to have something to live for. –Fyodor Dostoevsky

We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don’t know. –W. H. Auden

You’ve got to be really careful if you don’t know where you’re going, or you might not get there. –Yogi Berra


A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshiping we are becoming. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ah! what a divine religion might be found out if charity were really made the principle of it instead of faith. –Percy Bysshe Shelley

Did you hear about the dislexic, agnostic insomniac? Poor thing, he lies awake nights, wondering if there really is a dog. –Unknown

For sure, as a species we are rather odd …

No other creature needs money, or god. –Peggy Seeger

God’s only excuse is that he does not exist. –Stendahl

Gullibility and credulity are considered undesirable qualities in every department of human life — except religion. –Christopher Hitchens

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. –Galileo

I once wanted to become an atheist, but then I realized — they have no holidays! –Henny Youngman

I was just thinking, if it is really religion with these nudist colonies, they sure must turn atheists in the wintertime. –Will Rogers

If I were to construct a God I would furnish Him with some way and qualities and characteristics which the Present lacks.

* He would not stoop to ask for any man’s compliments, praises, flatteries; and He would be far above exacting them. I would have Him as self-respecting as the better sort of man in these regards.

* He would not be a merchant, a trader. He would not buy these things. He would not sell, or offer to sell, temporary benefits, or the joys of eternity for the product called worship. I would have Him as dignified as the better sort of man in this regard.

* He would value no love but the love born of kindnesses conferred; not that born of benevolences contracted for.

* Repentance in a man’s heart for a wrong done would cancel and annul that sin; and no verbal prayers for forgiveness be required or desired or expected of that man.

* In His Bible there would be no Unforgiveable Sin. He would recognize in Himself the Author and Inventor of Sin, and Author and Inventor of the Vehicle and Appliances for its commission; and would place the whole responsibility where it would of right belong: upon Himself, the only Sinner.

* He would not be a jealous God–a trait so small that even men despise it in each other.

* He would not boast. He would keep private His admirations of Himself; He would regard self-praise as unbecoming the dignity of his position.

* He would not have the spirit of vengeance in His heart. Then it would not issue from His lips.

* There would not be any hell–except the one we live in from the cradle to the grave.

* There would not be any heaven–the kind described in the world’s Bibles.

* He would spend some of His eternities in trying to forgive Himself for making man unhappy when he could have made him happy with the same effort, and he would spend the rest of them in studying astronomy. –Mark Twain

If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex? –Art Hoppe

If triangles had a god, he would have three sides. –Charles de Montesquieu

I’m still an atheist, thank god. –Luis Bunuel

In religion we believe only what we do not understand, except in the instance of an intelligible doctrine that contradicts an incomprehensible one. In that case we believe the former as a part of the latter. –Ambrose Bierce

It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so. –Robert A. Heinlein

It is the will of God that we must have critics and missionaries and congressmen and humorists, and we must bear the burden. –Mark Twain

It’s hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by lightning. –Bill Watterson

Many people want to serve god … but only in an advisery capacity. –Unknown

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

Men rarely if ever manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child. –Robert A. Heinlein

One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion. –Arthur C. Clarke

Piety is reverence for the Supreme Being, based upon His supposed resemblance to man. –Ambrose Bierce

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines. –Bertrand Russell

Religion is what the common people see as true, the wise people see as false, and the rulers see as useful. –Seneca

Religious freedom should work two ways: we should be free to practice the religion of our choice, but we must also be free from having someone else’s religion practiced upon us. –John Irving

So many gods, so many creeds,

So many paths that wind and wind,

While just the art of being kind

Is all the sad world needs. –Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. –Richard Francis Burton

The problem with being sure god is on your side is that you can never change your mind, because god sure isn’t going to change his. –Roger Ebert

To you I’m an atheist; maybe to god I’m the loyal opposition. –Woody Allen

With or without religion, we’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. –Steven Weinberg

You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. –Anne Lamott

You talk to God, you’re religious. God talks to you, you’re psychotic. –Doris Egan


Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. –Henry David Thoreau

Be good and you will be lonesome. –Mark Twain

Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do. –Voltaire

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. –Mark Twain

Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good. –H. L. Mencken

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. –Albert Einstein

In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death. –Anne Frank

Only the mediocre are always at their best. –Jean Giraudoux

To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler – and less trouble. –Mark Twain

When I’m good, I’m very good. When I’m bad, I’m better. –Mae West


Il faut donner sans se souvenir, et recevoir sans oublier. Give without remembering, and receive without forgetting. –Brian Tracy

Gratitude may be the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices. –Thomas Fuller

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. –Epictetus

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. –G.K. Chesterton

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. –Mark Twain

In everyone’s life, at some time our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. –Albert Schweitzer

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. –H. L. Mencken

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. –Marcel Proust

Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness. –Fyodor Dostoevsky

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. –Charles Dickens

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. –Tecumseh


A strange species we are, We can stand anything God and nature can throw at us save only plenty. If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much, and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy, sick. –John Steinbeck

Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer. –Julian Casablancas

I pity the man that wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman that produced the cloth will starve in the process. –Benjamin Harrison

If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves, there wouldn’t be enough to go around. –Christina Stead

No man is rich enough to say, “I have enough!” –Latin proverb

Poverty consists, not in the decrease of one’s posessions, but in the increase of one’s greed. –Plato

The only trouble with capitalism is capitalists – they are too damn greedy! –Herbert Hoover

There must be more to life than having everything. –Maurice Sendak

To be content with little is difficult; to be content with much, impossible. –Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

We don’t know what we want, but we are ready to bite somebody to get it. –Will Rogers

We have created a manic world nauseous with the pursuit of material wealth. Many also bear their cross of imagined deprivation, while their fellow human beings remain paralyzed by real poverty. We drown in the thick sweetness of our sensual excess and our shameless opulence, while our discontent souls suffocate in the arid wasteland of spiritual deprivation. –Anthon St. Maarten


Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. –W. Somerset Maugham

Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. –Mark Twain

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit. –Aristotle


A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance. –Anatole France

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. –Unknown

Be happy, but never satisfied. –Bruce Lee

Don’t mistake pleasure for happiness; they’re a different breed of dog. –Josh Billings

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. –Ernest Hemingway

Happiness is little more than good health and a bad memory. –Albert Schweitzer

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember. –Oscar Levant

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. –mahatma Gandhi

If ignorance is such bliss, why aren’t more people happy? –LLF

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years. –Bertrand Russell

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

If you want to be happy, practice compassion. –Dalai Lama

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. –Mahatma Gandhi

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. —-Charles H. Spurgeon

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness. –George Orwell

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact. –Bertrand Russell

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. –Abraham Lincoln

No sane man can be happy, for to him life is real, and he sees what a fearful thing it is. Only the mad can be happy, and not many of those. –Mark Twain

People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure. –Russell Baker

Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality. -Nicolas de Chamfort

Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. –H. L. Mencken

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. –Oscar Wilde

The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain; the most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure. –Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they make the best of everything. –Curmudgeon

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it. –C. P. Snow

There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball,

And that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all. –Ogden Nash

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. –Joseph Addison

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. –Buddha

We will find fulfillment not in the goods that we have, but in the good we can do for each other. –Robert F. Kennedy


All too often, hell is other people – but so is heaven. –LLF

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. –Mark Twain

Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out – and your dog would go in. –Mark Twain

Heaven is A place where the wicked cease from troubling you with talk of their personal affairs, and the good listen with attention while you expound your own. –Ambrose Bierce

Heaven is where the Police are British, the Chefs are Italian, the Mechanics are German, the Lovers are French, – and it’s all organized by the Swiss.

Hell is where the Police are German, the Chefs are British, the Mechanics are French, the Lovers are Swiss – and it’s all organized by the Italians. –unknown

Hell is empty, and all the devils are here. –William Shakespeare

I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell. –Harry S Truman

If I have any belief about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons. –James Thurber

If there’s no music in heaven, I won’t go; and if they don’t have good music, I won’t stay! –LLF

If you’re going through hell, keep going! –Winston Churchill

The fact that there’s a highway to hell but only a stairway to heaven says a lot about anticipated traffic volume. –Curmudgeon


Unconsciously we all have a standard by which we measure other men, and if we examine closely we find that this standard is a very simple one and is this: we admire them, we envy them, for great qualities which we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that. Our heroes are the men who do things which we recognize with regret and sometimes with a secret shame that we cannot do. We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself there would be no heroes. — Mark Twain

There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind. -Hannah Senesh


A generation which ignores history has no past – and no future. –Robert A. Heinlein

Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people. –Eleanor Roosevelt

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind. –Edward Gibbon

History is the account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools. –Ambrose Bierce

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. –Karl Marx

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

I’m going to put people in my place, so when the history of this administration is written at least there’s an authoritarian voice saying exactly what happened. –George W. Bush

It is not worthwhile to try to keep history from repeating itself, for man’s character will always make the preventing of the repetitions impossible. –Mark Twain

It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. –Molly Ivins

It’s still too soon to tell. –Zhou Enlai, giving his assessment of the French Revolution, 1971?

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history. –Dan Quayle

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach. –Aldous Huxley

There’s an old saying about those who forget history. I don’t remember it, but it’s good. –Stephen Colbert

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. –George Santayana

Today history is what we say it is. –unnamed television executive

When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion. –C. P. Snow


The first rule of holes: when you’re in one, stop digging! –Molly Ivins

The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth. –unknown


I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall. –Eleanor Roosevelt

On the whole, it is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. –Mark Twain


I know that there are people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that! –Tom Lehrer

I love mankind – it’s just people I can’t stand! –Charles M. Schulz

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? –Unknown

It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor. –Eric Hoffer

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest. –Isaac Asimov

The curse of the human race is not that we are so different from one another, but that we are so alike. –Salman Rushdie

The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession, what there is of it. –Mark Twain

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher. –Victor Hugo

We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools. –Martin Luther King Jr.

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


Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars. –Serbian proverb

If only I had a little humility, I’d be perfect. –Ted Turner

It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Real excellence and humility are not incompatible one with the other, on the contrary they are twin sisters. –Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit. –Aesop

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us. –Quentin Crisp

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left. –Oscar Levant


Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind. –E. B. White

Humor is also a way of saying something serious. –T. S. Eliot

Humor is the good natured side of a truth. –Mark Twain

Humor prevents a hardening of the attitudes. –Joel Goodman

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. –Will Rogers

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. –Oscar Wilde

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn’t. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. — Horace Walpole

Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments. –Isaac Asimov

Laughter is the closest distance between two people. –Victor Borge

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. –George Bernard Shaw

People will never laugh at anything that is not based on truth. –Will Rogers

That is the saving grace of humor; if you fail, no one laughs at you. –A. Whitney Brown

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. –Mark Twain

There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity — like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule — that’s what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel — it’s vulgar. –Molly Ivins

There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. –Will Rogers

Think of what would happen to us in America if there were no humorists; life would be one long Congressional Record. –Tom Masson

You got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and you’ve got to be a humorist to stay one. –Will Rogers


The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. –William Hazlitt

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. –Ralph Waldo Emerson


An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it. –Don Marquis

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. –Oscar Wilde

Barricades of ideas are worth more than barricades of stones. –José Martí

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine. –Fran Lebowitz

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. –John Cage

In America, preposterousness prevents the acceptance, but not the expression, of ideas. –California Attorney General, 1961

It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date. –Roger von Oech

Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that idea is not quite clear to him. –Paul Eldridge

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

New opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies, then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions open to discussion, and finally as established truths. –George Bernard Shaw

No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come. –Victor Hugo

The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it. –P. D. Medawar

The only truly new ideas the right has come up with in the last twenty years are: (1) supply side economics, which is a way of redistributing the wealth upward toward those who already have more than they know what to do with, and (2) creationism, which is a parallel idea for redistributing ignorance out from its fundamentalist strongholds to those who know more than they need to. –Barbara Ehrenreich

The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas! –Unknown

To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true. –H. L. Mencken


A little ignorance can go a long way. –Curmudgeon

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad. –Bob Edwards

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance. –Laurence J. Peter

An ignorant person is one who doesn’t know what you have just found out. –Will Rogers

Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn. –Benjamin Franklin

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. –George Bernard Shaw

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

I would rather have my ignorance than another man’s knowledge, because I have so much more of it. –Mark Twain

If ignorance is such bliss, why aren’t more people happy? –LLF

Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. –James Baldwin

Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil. –Plato

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reason obeys itself, and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. –Thomas Paine

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

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. –Daniel Boorstin

There is no slavery but ignorance. –Robert G. Ingersoll

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. Benjamin Franklin


Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality. -Nicolas de Chamfort

The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths. –Aleksandr Pushkin

The point of modernity is to live a life without illusions while not becoming disillusioned. –Antonio Gramsci


Everything you can imagine is real. –Pablo Picasso

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. –Albert Einstein

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn’t. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. — Horace Walpole

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine; it is stranger than we can imagine. –Arthur Eddington

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. –John Lennon

Some people hear voices. Some see invisible people. Others have no imagination whatsoever. –unknown

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

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another. –John Burroughs

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. –Mark Twain


A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. –Thomas Paine

Other people’s sins always shock me; my own seem perfectly natural. –Nancy Mitford

So let us regard this as settled: what is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious. –Marcus Tullius Cicero

We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals. We know now that it is also bad economics. –Franklin D. Roosevelt


Instant gratification takes too long. –Carrie Fisher

There are two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness. –Franz Kafka

Why is patience a virtue? Why can’t ‘hurry the hell up’ be a virtue? –Curmudgeon


I hate the indifferent. I believe that living means taking sides. Those who really live cannot help being a citizen and a partisan. Indifference and apathy are parasitism, perversion, not life. That is why I hate the indifferent. –Antonio Gramsci

In the face of suffering, one has no right to turn away, not to see. –Elie Wiesel

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity. –George Bernard Shaw


Remember, nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt


Irreverence is the champion of liberty, and its only sure defense. –Mark Twain

It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor. –Neil Gaiman

No god and no religion can survive ridicule. No church, no nobility, no royalty or other fraud, can face ridicule in a fair field and live. –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 devil’s aversion to holy water is a light matter compared with a despot’s dread of a newspaper that laughs. –Mark Twain


Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn’t any. But this wrongs the jackass. –Mark Twain


A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favor. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens. –Nelson Mandela

A man’s judgment cannot be better than the information on which he has based it. Give him no news or present him only with distorted and incomplete data, with ignorant, sloppy or biased reporting, with propaganda and deliberate falsehoods, and you destroy his whole reasoning process and make him something less than a man. –Arthur H. Sulzberger

A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not. –Henry Fielding

All news is lies, and all propaganda is disguised as news. –Willy Munzenberg

Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media. –Noam Chomsky

During a recent panel on the numerous failures of American journalism, I proposed that almost all stories about government should begin: “Look out! They’re about to smack you around again!” –Molly Ivins

Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. –A.J. Liebling

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be… The People cannot be safe without information. When the press is free, and every man is able to read, all is safe. –Thomas Jefferson

If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. –Mark Twain

If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. –Malcolm X

In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever. –Oscar Wilde

It is to the printing press — to the recorder of mans deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news — that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with such help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent. –John F. Kennedy

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations. –George Orwell

Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive. –G. K. Chesterton

No honest journalist should be willing to describe himself or herself as ’embedded.’ To say, ‘I’m an embedded journalist’ is to say, ‘I’m a government propagandist. –Noam Chomsky

Nobody believes the official spokesman… but everybody trusts an unidentified source. –Ron Nessen

Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians. –David Brinkley

Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. –Thomas Jefferson

Our newspapers do not represent public interests, but private interests; they do not represent humanity, but property; they value a man, not because he is great or good, or wise, or useful, but because he is wealthy, or of service to vested wealth. –Upton Sinclair

Our republic and its press will rise or fall together. An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mold the future of the republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations. –Joseph Pulitzer

People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news. -A. J. Liebling

Poor is the power of the lead that becomes bullets, compared to the power of the hot metal that becomes types. –Georg Brandes

The American press, has been given extraordinary freedom by the Supreme Court’s interpretations of the First Amendment. In return, it owes society courage. –Anthony Lewis

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

The devil’s aversion to holy water is a light matter compared with a despot’s dread of a newspaper that laughs. –Mark Twain

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. –Oscar Wilde

The media is a Counter-Intelligence organization. The media backs every war. The role of the media and embedded historians is to surround the truth with a bodyguard of lies. –Greg Hallett

The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. –Malcolm X

The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news, we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were. –David Brinkley

The press has a preferred position in our constitutional scheme, not to enable it to make money, not to set newsmen apart as a favored class, but to bring fulfillment to the public’s right to know. –William O. Douglas

The Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent ANY part of the government from deceiving the people. –Hugo L Black, New York Times vs. U.S., 1971 (Pentagon Papers)

The United States has no independent print and television media. It has “presstitutes” who are paid for the lies that they tell. –Paul Craig Roberts

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


A man’s judgment cannot be better than the information on which he has based it. Give him no news or present him only with distorted and incomplete data, with ignorant, sloppy or biased reporting, with propaganda and deliberate falsehoods, and you destroy his whole reasoning process and make him something less than a man. –Arthur H. Sulzberger

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

Make no judgments where you have no compassion. –Anne McCaffrey

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

Remember, when the judgment is weak, the prejudice is strong. –Kane O’Hara

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance. –Laurence J. Peter

We may not return the affection of those who like us, but we always respect their good judgment. –Libbie Fudim


Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity. –Lord Acton

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. –Abraham Lincoln

I say that justice is truth in action. –Benjamin Disraeli

If it [the machine of government] is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. –Henry David Thoreau

I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. –Malcolm X

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

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. –Martin Luther King Jr.

It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered. – Aristotle

It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones. –Nelson Mandela

Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong. –Theodore Roosevelt

Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice. –ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN

Justice is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together. –Daniel Webster

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. –Benjamin Franklin

Fiat justitia, ruat caelum.

Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall! –Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus

Nothing is to be preferred before justice. –Socrates

Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?

–Lillian Hellman

The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them. –Lois McMaster Bujold

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons. –Fyodor Dostoevsky

There is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper — and one hardly knows which is the more annoying. –Bertrand Russell

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

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison. –Henry David Thoreau

We ought always to deal justly, not only with those who are just to us, but likewise to those who endeavor to injure us; and this, for fear lest by rendering them evil for evil, we should fall into the same vice. –Herocles

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. –Frederick Douglass


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. –Plato

If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague. –Unknown

In this world, you must be a bit too kind to be kind enough. –Pierre de Marivaux

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. –Mother Teresa

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. -Samuel Johnson

Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave, and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way. –Alice Childress

So many gods, so many creeds,

So many paths that wind and wind,

While just the art of being kind

Is all the sad world needs. –Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The real index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be. –Louis de Bernieres

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. –Oscar Wilde

The worst kind of people confuse kindness for weakness. –Werner Makowski

There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness. –Cicero

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, because I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. –Robert Brault

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? –Jean-Jacques Rousseau

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. –Abraham Joshua Heschel

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away. –Arthur Helps

You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late. –Ralph Waldo Emerson


Any fool can know. The point is to understand. –Albert Einstein

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. –George Bernard Shaw

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority. –Thomas H. Huxley

I confess I prefer true but imperfect knowledge, even if it leaves much undetermined and unpredictable, to a pretence of exact knowledge that is likely to be false. –Friederich Hayek

I was born not knowing, and have had only a little time to change that here and there. –Richard Feynman

I would rather have my ignorance than another man’s knowledge, because I have so much more of it. –Mark Twain

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov

If you knew what you were doing, you’d probably be bored. –Curmudgeon

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. –Samuel Johnson

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. –James Thurber

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge. –Enrico Fermi

It is our “knowledge” — the things we are sure of — that makes the world go wrong, and keeps us from seeing and learning. –Lincoln Steffens

It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that just ain’t so. –Will Rodgers

Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty. — Jacob Bronowski

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. –James Madison

Saying what we think gives us a wider conversational range than saying what we know. –Cullen Hightower

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. –Frank Herbert

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. –Daniel Boorstin

The only knowledge that can hurt us is the knowledge we don’t have. –Curmudgeon

They know enough who know how to learn. –Henry Adams

To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm. —-Friedrich August von Hayek

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird … So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing — that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something. –Richard Feynman


A woman’s place is in her union. –Protest sign, Madison Wisconsin 2011

Although it is true that only about 20 percent of American workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts. –Molly Ivins

If I were a factory employee, a workman on the railroads or a wage-earner of any sort, I would undoubtedly join the union of my trade. If I disapproved of its policy, I would join in order to fight that policy; if the union leaders were dishonest, I would join in order to put them out. I believe in the union and I believe that all men who are benefited by the union are morally bound to help to the extent of their power in the common interests advanced by the union. –Theodore Roosevelt

If you’re not at the table, you’re probably on the menu. –classic union proverb

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if Labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. –Abraham Lincoln

Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America. –JOHN L. LEWIS

Show me the country that has no strikes and I’ll show you the country in which there is no liberty. –Samuel Gompers

The boss works me like a dog; the union treats me like a man. –Raul Grijalva’s father

The only thing workers have to bargain with is their skill or their labor. Denied the right to withhold it as a last resort, they become powerless. The strike is therefore not a breakdown of collective bargaining-it is the indispensable cornerstone of that process. –Paul F. Clark

United we bargain, divided we beg. –Unknown

We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers’ salaries and take away their right to strike. –Adolf Hitler, 1933


A good lawyer knows the law; a great lawyer knows the judge. –Curmudgeon

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer. –Robert Frost

A litigant is a person about to give up his skin, for the hope of retaining his bones. Ambrose Bierce

Anyone engaging in illegal financial transactions will be caught and persecuted. –George W. Bush

If it [the machine of government] is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. –Henry David Thoreau

If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that the end justifies the means, to declare that the government may commit crimes, would bring terrible retribution. –Louis D. Brandeis

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive. –EARL WARREN

It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important. –Martin Luther King Jr.

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

That was never in the Constitution, however much the liberals laugh at me for saying it, they know good and well it was never in the Constitution! Such language only appeared in the constitution of the Communist Soviet Union. –Pat Robertson, on the constitutional separation of church and state

The corporation is an ingenious legal device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. –Ambrose Bierce

The function of the law is not to provide justice or to preserve freedom. The function of the law is to keep those who hold power in power. –Gerry Spence

The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer. –Henry Kissinger

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. –Anatole France

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence. –H. L. Mencken

The Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent ANY part of the government from deceiving the people. –Hugo L Black, New York Times vs. U.S., 1971 (Pentagon Papers)

The suspension of habeas corpus and free speech that went hand in hand with America’s three largest wars was lifted at war’s end. However, President George W. Bush’s repeal of the Constitution has been expanded by President Obama and codified by Congress and executive orders into law. Far from defending our liberties, our soldiers who died in “the war on terror” died so that the president can indefinitely detain US citizens without due process of law and murder US citizens on suspicion alone without any accountability to law or the Constitution. –Paul Craig Roberts

The welfare of the people is the ultimate law. –Marcus Tullius Cicero

There is far too much law for those who can afford it, and far too little for those who cannot. –Derek Bok

Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called what it may. –Daniel Webster

When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When the law is on your side, pound the law. If neither one is on your side, pound the table! –advice for young lawyers


Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy. –Edgar Bergen

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. –Will Rogers

If you are just coasting, you’re going downhill. –Curmudgeon

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. –Mahatma Gandhi

There are two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness. –Franz Kafka

There may be no excuse for laziness … but I’m still looking for one. –Curmudgeon


A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad. –Bob Edwards

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing you can do is keep your mind young. –Mark Twain

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. –Douglas Adams

I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like to be taught. –Winston Churchill

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him. –Galileo Galilei

In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. –Eric Hoffer

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Learning is the kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious. –Ambrose Bierce

Supposing is good, but finding out is better. –Mark Twain

The wisest mind has something yet to learn. –George Santayana

They know enough who know how to learn. –Henry Adams

We learn something every day, though sometimes it’s that what we learned the day before was wrong. –Bill Vaughan

When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die. –Lillian Smith

You can observe a lot just by watching. –Yogi Berra


It was the white liberals who marched with me so I could play golf, go bowling, and try on clothes in downtown Odessa. Now I’m hearing there’s something wrong with them, and instead, those people who tried to keep me out–the city officials, the sheriffs, the power brokers-they’re my friends. I prefer to adhere to what Darrell Royal says, ‘You dance with who brung ya.’ –Gary Bledsoe

Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they’ve stolen. –Mort Sahl

Liberalism is trust of the people, tempered by prudence; conservatism, distrust of people, tempered by fear. –William E. Gladstone

Reality has a well-known liberal bias! –Steven Colbert

The conservative is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the liberal who wishes to replace them with others. –Ambrose Bierce


A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. –Winston Churchill

A lie told often enough becomes the truth. –V. I. Lenin

A truth that’s told with bad intent

Beats all the lies you can invent. –William Blake

Actions lie louder than words. –Carolyn Wells

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

Euphemism is just a euphemism for lying. –Bobbie Gentry

Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter because nobody listens. –Nick Diamos

I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won’t. –Mark Twain

If the Republicans will stop telling lies about us, we will stop telling the truth about them. –Adlai Stevenson

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State. –Joseph Goebbels

It is hard to tell if a man is telling the truth, when you know you would lie if you were in his place. –H. L. Mencken

It is within the power of writers and artists to do much more: to defeat the lie! –Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. –Fyodor Dostoevsky

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives. –Mark Twain

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

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

That’s not a lie, it’s a terminological inexactitude. –Alexander Haig

The biggest lie I tell myself is ‘I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it’. –Curmudgeon

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. –Robert Louis Stevenson

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

The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves. –v. S. Naipal


Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, drink the good wine. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special! –Curmudgeon

Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it. –Laura Hillenbrand

Everything that lives lives not alone, nor for itself. –William Blake

I intend to live forever, or die trying. –Curmudgeon

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image. –Stephen Hawking

If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. –Mickey Mantle

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. –Eleanor Roosevelt

If nothing in your life makes you laugh, cry, or even swear, how alive are you? –LLF

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. –Lao Tzu

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning. –Albert Einstein

Life is a moderately good play with a badly-written third act. –Truman Capote

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain. –Vivian Greene

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon

Life without industry is guilt, industry without art is brutality. –John Ruskin

Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening. –Nelson Mandela

Look at life through the windshield, not the rear view mirror. –Unknown

Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life. –Elizabeth Goudge

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –Martin Luther King Jr.

Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. –Henry Van Dyke

The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever. –Anatole France

The key to immortality is first to live a life worth remembering. –Bruce Lee

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. –Pablo Picasso

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. –Ursula K. LeGuin

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. –Henry David Thoreau

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived

well. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose. –Robert Byrne

There must be more to life than having everything. –Maurice Sendak

Pour bien vivre, bien aimer, et laisser dire les autres.

To live well, love well, and let the others say what they will! –French proverb

To love human beings is still the only thing worth living for; without that love, you really do not live. –Soren Kierkegaard We don’t get to choose how we die, or when. All we can choose is how we will live right now. –Joan Baez

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. –Winston Churchill

You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth. –Unknown

You live and learn, or you don’t live long. –Robert A. Heinlein

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. –Mae West


A classic is something that everybody wants to have read, and nobody wants to read. –Mark Twain

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero, but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. –G. K. Chesterton

Be careful about reading health books. You could die of a misprint. –Mark Twain

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. – -Anton Chekhov

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t. –Mark Twain

How can I tell what I think till I see what I say? –E. M. Forster

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. –Jorge Luis Borges

I learned long ago that being Lewis Carroll was infinitely more exciting than being Alice. –Joyce Carol Oates

I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork. –Peter De Vries

Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today. –Herman Wouk

Life is too short to read a bad book. –James Joyce

Never judge a book by its movie. –J. W. Eagan

Never lend the books you love; no one ever returns them. –Anatole France

Not long ago a young man who aspired to become a novelist asked me how he should set to work. I did my best to explain. ‘The first thing is to buy quite a lot of paper, a bottle of ink, and a pen. After that you merely have to write.’ –Aldous Huxley

The covers of this book are too far apart. –Ambrose Bierce

The cure for writer’s cramp is writer’s block. –Inigo DeLeon

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. –Oscar Wilde

The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order. – -Jean Cocteau

There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. –Bertrand Russell

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly; it should be thrown with great force. –Dorothy Parker

Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. … With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. –Gabriel García Márquez

What a heavy oar the pen is, and what a strong current ideas are to row in! –Gustave Flaubert

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? –Henry Ward Beecher

Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted. –Jules Renard

Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and finally for money. –Moliere


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. –Martin Luther King Jr.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. –Mother Teresa

Love: a temporary insanity, generally curable by marriage. –Ambrose Bierce

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. –Martin Luther

King Jr.

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. –H. L. Mencken

Some people say love is blind,

When I think it’s just a bit short-sighted. –Billy Bragg

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people. –G. K. Chesterton

* The most important thing in any relationship is not what you get from it, but what you give. In any case, the giving of love is an education in itself. –Eleanor Roosevelt

There is no remedy to love but to love more. –Henry David Thoreau

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god. –Jorge Luis Borges

To love human beings is still the only thing worth living for; without that love, you really do not live. –Soren Kierkegaard

You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it. –Curmudgeon

Luck –

We must believe in luck, for how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like? –Jean Cocteau


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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