Quotes Q – Z

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

reality * reason * reform * revolution * rights

sanity * science * security * selfishness * serendipity * sex * significance * silence * slavery * speculation * strength * struggle * stupidity

taxes * television * temptation * torture * truth * tyranny


vengeance * violence * virtue & vice

war * wisdom * women * words * work

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



Every time I close the door on reality, it sneaks back in through the windows. –Curmudgeon

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. –Richard Feynman

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. –Carl Sagan

Humankind cannot stand very much reality. –T. S. Eliot

I love acting. It is so much more real than life. –Oscar Wilde

Perhaps reality is a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs. –Lily Tomlin

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

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. –Albert Einstein

Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. –Jane Wagner

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. –John Lennon

The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are. –Niccolo Machiavelli

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


A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices. –William James

A sect or party is an elegant incognito, devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Either you think, or others will think for you, and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you. –F. Scott Fitzgerald

I don’t mind that you think slowly, but I do mind that you are publishing faster than you think. –Wolfgang Pauli

If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; But if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.” –Don Marquis

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. –Bertrand Russell

It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. –Jonathan Swift

It’s easy to get lost in thought; after all, for most of us it’s unfamiliar territory. –Paul Fix

Learn to think before you learn to believe, or you’ll soon believe that you don’t have to think. –Unknown

Life cannot be classified in terms of a simple neurological ladder, with human beings at the top; it is more accurate to talk of different forms of intelligence, each with its strengths and weaknesses. This point was well demonstrated in the minutes before last December’s tsunami, when tourists grabbed their digital cameras and ran after the ebbing surf, and all the ‘dumb’ animals made for the hills. –B. R. Myers

Man is not the rational animal; he is the rationalizing animal. –Mark Twain

Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so. –Bertrand Russell

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on Earth – more than ruin – more than even death… Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man. –Bertrand Russell

Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think. –Niels Bohr

No, no, you’re not thinking, you’re just being logical. –Niels Bohr

Nothing has an uglier look to us than reason, when it is not on our side. –Lord Halifax

Our hearts must know the world of reason, and our reason must be guided by an informed heart. –Bruno Bettelheim

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. –Novalis

Rational arguments don’t usually work on religious people. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be religious people. –Doris Egan

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

The brain is an apparatus with which we think we think. –Ambrose Bierce

The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution. –Bertrand Russell

The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. –Thomas Paine

The one means that wins the easiest victory over reason: terror and force. –Adolf Hitler

The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them. –George Bernard Shaw

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do. –B. F. Skinner

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them. –Albert Einstein

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-ratemind is only happy when it is thinking. –A. A. Milne

The thug is aware that loudness convinces sixty persons where reasoning convinces but one. –Mark Twain

Those who will not reason are bigots, those who cannot are fools, and those who dare not are slaves. –Lord Byron

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead. –Thomas Paine

We can have facts without thinking, but we cannot have thinking without facts. –John Dewey

What luck for rulers that men do not think. –Adolf Hitler

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. –Thomas Paine


If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate. –Henry J. Tillman

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

Reformers who are always compromising have not yet grasped the idea that truth is the only safe ground to stand upon. –Elizabeth Cady Stanton


As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever. –Clarence Darrow

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made. –Oscar Wilde

I will die like a true-blue rebel. Don’t waste time in mourning – organize! –Joe Hill

Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against. –Thomas Carlyle

No people in the world ever did achieve their freedom by goody-goody talk and moral suasion: it being immutable law that all revolutions that will succeed must begin in blood, whatever may answer afterward. –Mark Twain

Our homeland is the whole world. Our law is liberty. We have but one thought, revolution in our hearts. –Dario Fo

Revolution always comes from below. No man with four aces asks for a new deal. –Richard Needham

Revolution is an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment. –Ambrose Bierce

Revolutions are celebrated only when they are no longer dangerous. –Pierre Boulez

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it. –Abbie Hoffman

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

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. –John F. Kennedy

What is a rebel? A man who says no. –Albert Camus

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. –Victor Hugo


A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi . . . has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It’s not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for. –Thurgood Marshall

A right delayed is a right denied. –Martin Luther King Jr.

A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you. –Ramsey Clark

As the years pass, the power of the government becomes more and more pervasive. It is a power to suffocate both people and causes. Those in power, whatever their politics, want only to perpetuate it. Now that the fences of the law, and the tradition that protected the press are broken down, the people are the victims. The First Amendment as I read it was designed precisely to prevent that tragedy. 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

Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn’t even get out of committee. –F. Lee Bailey

I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the rights of the people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. –James Madison

I disapprove of everything you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. –Voltaire

Majority rule only works if you’re also considering individual rights. Because you can’t have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper. –Larry Flynt

Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. –Eleanor Roosevelt

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 right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. –Hubert Humphrey

There isn’t a Parallel of Latitude but thinks it would have been the Equator if it had had its rights. –Mark Twain

When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw. –Nelson Mandela

When the rights of any group, no matter how small, no matter how marginal, are violated, your liberty, and your freedom, are also put at risk. Let there never be a day when we cast about in horror and have to ask the question, how did it ever come to this? –Thomas Childers

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home … they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world. –Eleanor Roosevelt


Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined. –Samuel Goldwyn

I don’t really trust a sane person. –Lyle Alzado

Insanity does not run in my family. Rather, it strolls through, taking its time, getting to know each of us personally. –Curmudgeon

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. –Albert Einstein

Insanity in individuals is something rare — but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule. –Friedrich Nietzsche

Show me a sane man, and I will cure him for you. –Carl Jung

Sometimes I sit quietly and wonder why I’m not in a mental asylum. Then I look around and realize … maybe I am. –Curmudgeon

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you. –Rita Mae Brown

When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane. –Hermann Hesse

Science –

Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western religion; rejection without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western science. –Gary Zukav

For NASA, space is still a high priority. –Dan Quayle

Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts. –Baruch Spinoza

If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this. –3M engineer Spencer Silver

It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong. –Richard Feynman

Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue. –Robert King Merton

Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws. –Douglas Adams

Our science is a drop; our ignorance, an ocean. –William James

Our task, both in science and in society at large, is to prove the conventional wisdom wrong and to make our unpredictable dreams come true. –Freeman Dyson

Questions, not answers, are how science makes progress. –Stuart Firestein

Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof. -Ashley Montague

Speculation is perfectly all right, but if you stay there you have only founded a superstition. If you test it, you’ve started a science. –Hal Clement

Stand up, stand up for Darwin,

For ignorance reigns still.

If you value truth and science,

Stand fast though none else will.

With pandering textbook publishers,

And cowardly school boards,

Creationist superstition

Would drag us all backwards. – LLF

The cool thing about science is that it’s true whether you believe it or not. –Neil DeGrasse Tyson

The difference between art and science is that when something works in art, there is no need to explain it. –Curmudgeon

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy. –Steven Weinberg

The great tragedy of science — the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. –Thomas H. Huxley

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. –Albert Einstein

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage. –Mark Russell

There are 3 kinds of people in this world. Those who are good at math, and those who aren’t. –Curmudgeon

There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery. –Enrico Fermi

There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact. –Mark Twain

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. –Carl Sagan


A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. –Grace Hopper

It’s a dangerous business, going out your front door. –J. R. R. Tolkien

Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear. –Nelson Mandela

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

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

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


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.

It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others. –John Andrew Holmes

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. –Oscar Wilde

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. –John Kenneth Galbraith

Think lightly of yourself, and deeply of the world. –Miamoto Yusashi

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

When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package. –John Ruskin


May you find contentment in achieving what you seek, and wonder in receiving what you do not expect. –French Proverb

Serendipity is looking for a needle in a haystack, and finding the farmer’s daughter instead. –Unknown


Give me chastity and continence … but not yet. –Augustine of Hippo

I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience. –Shelley Winters

Sex is a lot like playing bridge; if you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand. –Mae West


Be alert. The most important things in life are seldom the most obvious. –Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted. –Albert Einstein

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

The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection. –Bertrand Russell

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. –Mahatma Gandhi


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

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

Silence is golden … but duct tape is silver. –Curmudgeon

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. –Jean Arp

There are many things best left unspoken, as I always remember right after saying them. –Curmudgeon

There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard. –Arundhati Roy

To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one. –Colette

To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. –Abraham Lincoln

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. –John Morley


A slave is he who cannot speak his thoughts. –Euripides

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

I freed a thousand slaves; I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves. –Harriet Tubman

I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. –Frederick Douglass

If slavery is not wrong, nothing is. –Abraham Lincoln

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy. –Ivan Illich

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. –Voltaire

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck. –Frederick Douglass

One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education… The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted. –Eleanor Roosevelt

The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free. –Nicolas Taleb

The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price, and to be bought for it. –John Ruskin

The Grecians and Romans were strongly possessed of the spirit of liberty but not the principle, for at the time they were determined not to be slaves themselves, they employed their power to enslave the rest of mankind. –Thomas Paine

Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. –Rosa Luxemburg

Whenever I hear any one arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him, personally. –Abraham Lincoln


Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. –W. C. Fields

Speculation is perfectly all right, but if you stay there you have only founded a superstition. If you test it, you’ve started a science. –Hal Clement

The only time to buy these stocks is on a day with no “Y” in it. –Warren Buffett

There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can. –Mark Twain

This world is such a strange, and a funny place to be,

Where the gambling man is rich, while the working man is poor. –Woody Guthrie


A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It is a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity. –Jimmy Carter

All cruelty springs from weakness. –Seneca

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

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

If you can start the day without caffeine;

if you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains;

if you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles;

if you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it;

if you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time ;

if you can take criticism and blame without resentment;

if you can conquer tension without medical help;

if you can relax without alcohol;

if you can sleep without the aid of drugs;

… then you’re probably the family dog. –Curmudgeon

It takes a big man to admit when he’s wrong, and an even bigger one to keep his mouth shut when he’s right. –Curmudgeon

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. –Don Marquis

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. –Mahatma Gandhi

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


Fall seven times, stand up eight. –Japanese proverb

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.

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

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes. –Eleanor Roosevelt

No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune. –Plutarch

Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome. –Samuel Johnson

Stumbling is not falling. –Malcolm X

Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. –Abraham Lincoln

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. –Senator Edward Kennedy

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. –Elie Wiesel

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. –Dr. Seuss

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

What’s right and good doesn’t come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it – as if the cause depends on you, because it does. –Bill Moyers

When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better. –Pauline R. Kezer

While there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. –Eugene V. Debbs


Against stupidity, the gods themselves are helpless! –Isaac Asimov

Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. –Friedrich von Schiller

Artificial Intelligence is no match for natural stupidity. –Unknown

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. –Frank Leahy

Even duct tape can’t fix stupid … but it might muffle the sound! –Curmudgeon

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. –Elbert Hubbard

I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it. –Edith Sitwell

I don’t think we get smarter as we get older; we just run out of stupid things to do. –Curmudgeon

I’ve got to stop saying “How stupid can you be?” Too many people are taking it as a challenge. –Curmudgeon

If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us back out? –Will Rogers

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile. –Albert Schweitzer

No amount of intelligence or education is a guarantee against stupidity. –Unknown

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

Obstinacy and vehemency in opinion are the surest proofs of stupidity. –Bernard Barton

One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain’t nothin’ can beat teamwork. –Edward Abbey

Rogues are preferable to imbeciles, since they sometimes take a rest. –Alexandre Dumas

* Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. –Mark Twain

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence. –Henry Adams

There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of us are stupider than that. –George Carlin

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not always sure about the universe. –Albert Einstein

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

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


Death and taxes are both certain. But death isn’t annual. –Unknown

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

The best measure of a man’s honesty isn’t his income tax return. It’s the zero adjust on his bathroom scale. –Arthur C. Clarke

The income tax has made even more liars out of the American people than golf has. –Will Rogers

The wages of sin are unreported. –Unknown


Imitation is the sincerest form of television. –Fred Allen

Television? A medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done. –Ernie Kovacs

Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other. –Ann Landers

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 human race is faced with a cruel choice: work, or daytime television. –Unknown


Don’t worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you. –Winston Churchill

I can resist everything except temptation. –Oscar Wilde

I generally avoid temptation … unless I can’t resist it. –Mae West

Lead me not into temptation – I can find it myself. –unknown

Most people would like to be delivered from temptation, but would like it to keep in touch. –Robert Orben

There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice. –Mark Twain

Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again. –Robert A. Heinlein


This so-called ill treatment and torture in detention centers, stories of which were spread everywhere among the people, and later by the prisoners who were freed… were not, as some assumed, inflicted methodically, but were excesses committed by individual prison guards, their deputies, and men who laid violent hands on the detainees. –Rudolf Hoess, the SS, commandant at Auschwitz.


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

All great truths begin as blasphemies. –George Bernard Shaw

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. –Galileo

An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may. –William Hazlitt

Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. –Albert Einstein

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. –Josh Billings

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. –Andre Gide

Between truth and the search for truth, I opt for the second. –Bernard Berenson

Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it. –Rabindranath Tagore

Blues is truth, and truth is blues. Show me a man who knows the truth — and I’ll show you a fellow that’s got the blues. –Joel Mabus

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth. –George Carlin

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. –Friedrich Nietzsche

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts. –Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth. –Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable. –Mark Twain

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. –Aldous Huxley

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

He who dares not offend cannot be honest. –Thomas Paine

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

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

I never know how much of what I say is true. –Bette Midler

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

If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth. –Carl Sagan

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

If you call the tail a leg, how many legs will a dog have? Four; a tail remains a tail, whatever you call it. –Abraham Lincoln

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. –Virginia Woolf

If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way. –Emil Zola

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

If you were on trial for being honest, would there be enough evidence to convict you? –Curmudgeon

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

I’m sick and tired of hearing things

From uptight, shortsighted, narrowminded hypocrites!

All I want is the truth.

Just gimme some truth! –John Lennon

It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. –Thomas Paine

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 takes two to speak truth — one to speak and another to hear. –Henry David Thoreau

Keep the company of those who seek the truth; run from those who have found it. –Václav Havel

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. –Winston Churchill

Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth. –Cicero

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 one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth. –Mahatma Gandhi

One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant. –John Locke

One word of truth outweighs the whole world. –Alexander Solzhenitsyn

People don’t want to hear the Truth because they do not want their illusions destroyed. –Friedrich Nietzsche

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. –Henry David Thoreau

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

The facts fairly and honestly presented; truth will take care of itself. –William Allen White

The farther a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. –George Orwell

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. –John F. Kennedy

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. –Niels Bohr

The problem with making assumptions is that we believe they are the truth. –Don Miguel Ruiz

The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth. –Edith Sitwell

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

The Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act. –George Orwell

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. –Oscar Wilde

The world is too dangerous for anything but truth, and too small for anything but love. –William Sloan Coffin

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth — anonymously, and posthumously. –Thomas Sowell

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

There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world. –Thomas Jefferson

There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange. –Daniel Webster

There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth. –Charles Dickens

Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. – -Flannery O’Connor

Truth is generally the best vindication against slander. –Abraham Lincoln

Truth is more of a stranger than fiction. –Mark Twain

Truth never damages a cause that is just. –Mahatma Gandhi

We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart. –Blaise Pascal

We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. –John F. Kennedy

What for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth. –Boris Pasternak

When in doubt, tell the truth. –Mark Twain

When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong. -Richard Dawkins

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where facts are few, experts are many. –Donald R. Gannon

You know Republicans, they love the truth, they just hate facts. –Bill Maher


A dictator is the chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of despotism to the plague of anarchy. –Ambrose Bierce

A government that can, without trial, destroy you by simply putting on a list your name, or the name of an organization with which you are associated, is a tyranny. A government that invades other countries, and that feels free to murder people in any country it chooses, is a tyranny. –Charley Reese

A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one! –Alexander Hamilton

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. –Aristotle

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. –Thomas Jefferson

At a certain point in their existential experience, the oppressed feel an irresistible attraction to the oppressor and his way of life. Sharing this way of life becomes an overpowering aspiration. –Paulo Freire

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to, and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. Without a struggle, there can be no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. –Frederick Douglass

Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. –Noah Webster

I have sworn on the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the minds of men. –Thomas Jefferson

I think there are two ways in which people are controlled. First of all frighten people, and secondly demoralize them. –Tony Benn

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. –James Madison

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. –Voltaire

It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice. –Henry A. Wallace

Must a government of necessity be too strong for the liberties of its people or too weak to maintain its own existence? –Abraham Lincoln

No man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices. –-Edward R. Murrow

Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, and the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. –David Hume

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons! Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences. –C. S. Lewis

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens, and creates a country where everyone lives in fear. –Harry S Truman

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God. –Benjamin Franklin

Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny. –Robert A. Heinlein

Secrecy is the freedom tyrants dream of. –Bill Moyers

The ideal subjects for totalitarian rule are people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction no longer exists. –Hannah Arendt

The most powerful tool in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. –Stephen Biko

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

There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. –Noah Webster

We grow tyrannical fighting tyranny. The most alarming spectacle today is not the spectacle of atomic bombs in an unfederated world, it is the spectacle of the Americans beginning to accept the device of loyalty oaths and witch-hunts, beginning to call anybody they don’t like a ‘communist’. –E. B. White

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

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. –Victor Hugo

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. –Thomas Jefferson

Whoever has any authority over you, no matter how small, will attempt to use it. –Curmudgeon


A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things. –Herman Melville

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

Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation. –unknown

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. –Carl Jung

I am ashamed of anyone who has eyes and still can’t see. –Kathryn Lasky

I can’t understand it. I can’t even understand the people who can understand it. –Queen Juliana

I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. –Abraham Lincoln

I know you believe that you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. –Robert McCloskey

If you understand it, it is probably obsolete. –Curmudgeon

Is it so bad to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. –Upton Sinclair

It is not necessary to understand things to argue about them. –Pierre de Beaumarchais

It seems far better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot. –unknown

It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear. –Dick Cavett

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness. –James Thurber

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. –Joseph Fort Newton

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. –Stephen R. Covey

My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what’s really going on to be scared. –P. J. Plauger

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand. –Neil Armstrong

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

Seeing ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions — about them. –Franklin P. Adams

Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake. –Victor Frankl

Sometimes I think I understand everything, and then I regain consciousness. –unknown

Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand. –Chinese proverb

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

There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it. –Charles Kettering

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. –Anais Nin

When god wishes to punish, he first takes away the understanding. –George Herbert

With money I can only buy things; with thinking I can understand things. –Unknown


The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. –John E Southard

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? –Eleanor Roosevelt


Are you going to come quietly, or do I have to use earplugs? –Spike Milligan

Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived. –Abraham Lincoln

Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it. –Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Man can be the most affectionate and altruistic of creatures, yet he is potentially more vicious than any other. He is the only one who can be persuaded to hate millions of his own kind whom he has never seen, and to kill as many of them as he can lay his hands on in the name of his tribe or his god. –Benjamin Spock

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. –Thomas Edison

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem that it is generally employed only by small children — and large nations. –David Friedman

The one means that wins the easiest victory over reason: terror and force. –Adolf Hitler

We may worry too much about violence on television. There’s quite a lot of television comedy, too; does that cause comedy in the streets? –Dick Cavett


As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue. –Albert Einstein

By hating vices too much, they come to love men too little. –Edmund Burke

Courage is the most valuable of all the virtues, because without it you cannot practice any of the others. –Maya Angelou

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made. –Oscar Wilde

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

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

He has all the virtues I dislike, and none of the vices I admire. –Winston Churchill

If you live long enough, first you will be accused of things you never did, and later, credited for virtues you never had. –I. F. Stone

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. –Abraham Lincoln

Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues. –Napoleon

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues. –Bertrand Russell

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

The virtue of some people consists wholly in condemning the vices in others. –Herbert Samuel

Virtue is its own punishment. –Aneurin Bevan

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


All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. –George Orwell

All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers …. Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born. –Francois Fenelon

Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war. –Norman Mailer

Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war. –Otto von Bismarck

Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide. –Eleanor Roosevelt

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. –Oscar Wilde

Do we need weapons to fight wars? Or do we need wars to create markets for weapons? –Arundhati Roy

Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship’s captain has to avoid a shipwreck. –Guy de Maupassant

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. –Dwight D. Eisenhower

Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace. –Charles Sumner

How would you describe the difference between modern war and modern industry — between, say, bombing and strip mining, or between chemical warfare and chemical manufacturing? The difference seems to be only that in war the victimization of humans is directly intentional and in industry it is “accepted” as a “trade-off”. –Wendell Berry

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it. –Jack Handey

I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war. –Eleanor Roosevelt

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. –Albert Einstein

If we’re going to have a nuclear holocaust, let’s get it over with, and move on! –unknown idiot

It is well that war is so terrible, lest we should grow too fond of it. –Robert E. Lee

Mankind must put an end to war – or war will put an end to mankind. –John F. Kennedy

No one is fool enough to choose war instead of peace. For in peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons. –Herodotus

Not All Wars Are Just! Some Are Just War! Dennis Kucinich

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

Sometime they’ll give a war … and nobody will come. –Carl Sandburg

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. –Robert Lynd

The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants, and for peace like retarded pygmies. –Lester Bowles Pearson

The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it. -George C. Marshall

The parties with the most to gain never show up on the battlefield. –Naomi Klein

The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war. –E. B. White

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people. –Howard Zinn

There never was a good war or a bad peace. –Benjamin Franklin

To robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name of empire; they make a desert and call it peace. –Tacitus

War does not determine who is right – only who is left. –Bertrand Russell

War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. –Smedley D. Butler

War is hell. It is cruelty and destruction, and you cannot refine it. –William Tecumseh Sherman

War is terrorism, magnified a hundred times. –Howard Zinn

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

War? What is it good for? It’s good for business. –Billy Bragg

War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. –John F. Kennedy

Wars are caused by undefended wealth. –Douglas MacArthur

Wars teach us, not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies. –W. L. George

We do not need to dominate the world. We want and need to work with other nations. We want to find solutions other than killing people. Not in our name, not with our money, not with our children’s blood. –Molly Ivins

We must say what everybody knows but does not venture to say — that by whatever name men may call murder — murder always remains murder… They will cease to see the service of their country, the heroism of war, military glory, and patriotism, and will see what exists: the naked, criminal business of murder. –Leo Tolstoy

Well, if we fix it so you can’t make no money on war,

We’ll all forget what we was killing folks for. –Woody Guthrie

What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world. –Robert E. Lee

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism, or the holy name of liberty or democracy? –Mahatma Gandhi

What the hell do we keep on fighting for?

We must know by now there is no just war! –LLF

When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die. –Jean-Paul Sartre

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. –Jeannette Rankin

You can’t say that civilization don’t advance, for in every war they kill you in a new way. –Will Rogers


Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others. –Edward Abbey

By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere. –Billy Crystal

Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom –Chinese proverb

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

I once read that the wise person keeps his brain full, and his bowels empty. Clearly, too many of us do just the opposite. –LLF

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken, and the wisest might err. –Mahatma Gandhi

* The meek shall inherit the earth; the strong and the wise move on. –Unknown

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

We judge of man’s wisdom by his hope. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Who is wise? He that learns from every One.

Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions.

Who is rich? He that is content.

Who is that? Nobody! –Benjamin Franklin

Wisdom is what’s left after we’ve run out of personal opinions. –Cullen Hightower

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something. –Plato

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. –Naguib Mahfouz


Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn’t, they’d be married too. –H. L. Mencken

Here’s all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. –George Carlin

Money and women. They’re two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn’t do for anything else. Same with money. –Satchel Paige

Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s just too much fraternizing with the enemy. –Henry Kissinger

One man’s folly is another man’s wife. –Helen Rowland

Well-behaved women don’t change the world. –Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult. –Charlotte Whitton

When women go wrong, men go right after them. –Mae West

Women aren’t as ‘mere’ as they used to be. –Walt Kelly


A bore is a person who talks when you wish him to listen. –Ambrose Bierce

After all is said and done, a lot more will be said than done. –Unknown

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

Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule. –Stephen King

As far as I’m concerned, ‘whom’ is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler. –Calvin Trillin

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you “liberate” a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests. –Gore Vidal

Does punctuation matter? Let’s see …

– Woman, without her man, is nothing.

– Woman: without her, man is nothing. –Unknown

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. –Robert Benchley

Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted. –Fred Allen

I never know how much of what I say is true. –Bette Midler

If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur. –Doug Larson

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. –Nelson Mandela

Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don’t know, and I don’t care. –William Safire

It’s time to stop talking when the other person nods his head affirmatively, but says nothing. –Henry S. Haskins

It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. –Mark Twain

Language furnishes the best proof that a law accepted by a community is a thing that is tolerated and not a rule to which all freely consent. –Ferdinand de Saussur

Modern English is the Wal-Mart of languages: convenient, huge, hard to avoid, superficially friendly, and devouring all rivals in its eagerness to expand. –Mark Abley

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery, and thought is viscous. –Henry Adams

Of those who say nothing, few are silent. –Thomas Neill

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. –Benjamin Franklin

Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big. –Theodore Roosevelt

The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning. –Mark Twain

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink. –George Orwell

The prime purpose of eloquence is to keep other people from talking. –Louis Vermeil

The words of some men are thrown forcibly against you and adhere like burrs. -Henry David Thoreau

There are some who only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts. –Voltair

Those who do not learn from cliches are destined to repeat them. –Curmudgeon

Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can’t read them either. –Gore Vidal

We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. –Abigail Adams

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. –Epictetus

Well done is better than well said. –Benjamin Franklin

When ideas fail, words come in very handy. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something. –Plato

Words are like money; there is nothing so useless, unless when in actual use. –Samuel Butler

Words — so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. –Nathaniel Hawthorn

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking. –John Maynard Keynes


A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. And on my desk, I have a work station. –Unknown

All I want is less to do, more time to do it, and higher pay for not getting it done. –unknown

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. –Theodore Roosevelt

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance? –Edgar Bergen

I don’t need time; what I need is a deadline. –Jean-Paul Sartre

I have long been of the opinion that if work were such a splendid thing the rich would have kept more of it for themselves. –Bruce Grocott

I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” –Jerome K. Jerome

I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks. –Curmudgeon

If wealth was the result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire. —-George Monbiot

In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. –Warren Buffett

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. –Harry S. Truman

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

Of course worry kills more peple than work, because more people worry than work. –Robert Frost

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. –Peter Drucker

Some days, the best thing about my job is that the chair spins. –Curmudgeon

The early bird who catches the worm usually works for someone who comes in late … and owns the worm farm. –Curmudgeon

The first five days after the weekend are the hardest. –Curmudgeon

The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. –John Ruskin

The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work, or daytime television. –Unknown

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. –Pearl S. Buck

There’s no job so simple that it can’t be done wrong. –Curmudgeon

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. –John Ruskin

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: “Whose?” –Don Marquis

When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better. –Pauline R. Kezer

When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt. –Henry J. Kaiser

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it. –Theodore Roosevelt

Work is the curse of the drinking classes. –Oscar Wilde

Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and need. –Voltaire


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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