Quotes

These are quotes I’ve collected over the years, most of which I will not remember but now I have a way of reviewing them all in one place..well, at least the good ones.  They are not all by people I admire, some like Christopher Hitchens, I have reservations about but I admire much too.  The point is not necessary the author but the quote.

Personal Growth

(This first quote is the sole reason for why I am doing this site)

“Be the Change that you want to see in yourself” Mohandas Gandhi  

“It was an expression of life and life is always happy when it is expressing itself “ Jack London from White Fang

You won’t ever get what you want if every time you get something you want something different… Try living for today, not for what could be tomorrow….. Unknown
“Maturity, which is fateful to so many Enchantments”    Mark Twain

A melancholy lesson of advancing years is the realization that you can’t make old friends.” Christopher Hitchens

“What is the nature of the search? you ask. Really it is very simple; at least for a fellow like me. So simple that it is easily overlooked. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life.”    Walker Percy from the Book “The Moviegoer”

“Brevity is the Soul of Wit” William Shakespeare, from Hamlet

“End of Soul, is the beginning of form” Charles Bukowski on writing

“I cannot pretend I am without fear…But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers……Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”  Dr. Oliver Sacks in the Op-Ed essay in NY Times about learning that he had terminal cancer

“Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.” – Teddy Roosevelt

“Ignorance is the parent of fear” from Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Political

“Distrust all those in whom the urge to punish is strong” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“There was never a good war, or a bad peace” Benjamin Franklin

“Power Concedes nothing without demand.  It never did and never will”  Frederick Douglass

“The greater the Power, the more dangerous the abuse”  Edmund Burke

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal” Emma Goldman

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil’ (Exodus 23:2),  Bertrand Russel’s favorite quote

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life, A Longing for Love, the search for Knowledge and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind, these passions like great winds have blown me hither over a deep ocean of anguish…. Bertrand Russel

“I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.” Vladimir Nabokov

“Spontaneous eloquence seems to me a miracle,” Vladimir Nabokov

There is, especially in the American media, a deep belief that insincerity is better than no sincerity at all. Christopher Hitchens

“A Lie will go around the world, while truth is pulling its boots on” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny; they have only shifted it to another shoulder” G. B. Shaw

“There is no proletarian, not even a communist movement that does not served the interests of money.” Oswald Spengler

Humor

  • Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
  • “Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak”
  • “Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside” Mark Twain
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