Random Quotes

Francis Crick, fully Sir Francis Harry Compton Crick

The origin of life appears to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have to be satisfied to get it going.

John Steinbeck, fully John Ernst Steinbeck

There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.

William Shakespeare

He hath a heart as sound as a bell and his tongue is the clapper, for what his heart thinks, his tongue speaks. Much Ado About Nothing, Act iii, Scene 2

William Shakespeare

O, judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason.

Alan Lightman, fully Alan Paige Lightman

I picked such seemingly disparate essays, I thought it was important to say what was the guiding principle in the selection rather than focus on any one essay. I reached for some principle that had been subconscious in me and lifted it into consciousness. Authenticity and sincerity were the most important unifying principles of all these apparently different essays.

Thich Nhất Hanh

Our true nature is the nature of no birth and no death. Only when we touch our true nature can we transcend the fear of non-being, the fear of annihilation.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

By Gryffindor, the bravest were pPrized far beyond the rest; For Ravenclaw, the cleverest would always be the best; for Hufflepuff, hard workers were most worthy of admission; and power-hungry Slytherin loved those of great ambition.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Men can never understand the fear of everlasting punishment that fills the souls of women and children. The orthodox religion, as drawn from the Bible and expounded by the church, is enough to drive the most imaginative and sensitive natures to despair and death.

Florence Scovel Shinn

I am at peace with myself and with the whole world. I love everyone and everyone loves me. The flood gates of my good now open.

Orson Welles, fully George Orson Welles

As close to a genius as anyone I have ever met.

Nisargadatta Maharaj, fully Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli

Earnestness is not a yearning for the fruits of one's endeavors. It is an expression of an inner shift of interest away from the false, the unessential, the personal.

Theodore Dreiser, fully Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser

If I were personally to define religion I would say that it is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstance; an envelope to pocket him from the unescapable and unstable illimitable. We seek to think of things as permanent and see them so. Religion gives life a habitation and a name apparently-though it is an illusion. So we are brought back to time and space and illimitable mind-as what? And we shall always stand before them attributing to them all those things which we cannot know.

Romanian Proverbs

Idle people have the least leisure.

Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso

Far be that fate from us!

Dave Eggers

Knowledge is a basic human right. Equal access to all possible human experiences is a basic human right.

Vincent McNabb

Inspiration presupposes revelation. Inspiration may be called the guardian of revelation.

Robert Ingersoll, fully Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll

My creed is that: Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so.

Thomas Tusser

Seek home for rest, for home is best.

Paulo Coelho

After some time, the bitter does not fit any desire. It has no will or living or dying. This is the problem.

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav or Breslov, aka Reb Nachman Breslover or Nachman from Uman

How could they not oppose me, for I walk a new path, one that no man has ever walked before, nor any creature since the time the Torah was received. Even though it is a very old path, nevertheless it is completely new.

Paulo Coelho

Beauty, love my daughter, it is never forever.

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav or Breslov, aka Reb Nachman Breslover or Nachman from Uman

Your sins and wrongdoing may cause you great anguish. You may suffer the worst agonies of regret. Yet your very contrition over your sins actually increases your days and adds to your life, for "The fear of God increases one's days" (Proverbs 10:27).

Brené Brown

Loving and accepting ourselves are the ultimate acts of courage. In a society that says, ?Put yourself last?, self-love and self-acceptance are almost revolutionary.

Robert A. Heinlein, fully Robert Anson Heinlein, pen name for Anson MacDonald

Daughters can spend ten percent more than a man can make in any usual occupation. That?s a law of nature, to be known henceforth as ?Harshaw?s Law.

Michel Foucault

In any case, it was in the nineteenth century that each person began to have the right to his own little box for his own personal decomposition.