Random Quotes

Joseph Campbell

We have not even to risk the adventure alone for the hero’s of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god. And where we had though to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. And where we had though to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone we shall be with all the world.

Joseph Addison

Supposing all the great points of atheism were formed into a kind of creed, I would fain ask whether it would not require an infinite greater measure of faith than any set of articles which they so violently oppose.

Shana Alexander, fully Shana Agar Alexander

The price of shallow sex may be a corresponding loss of capacity for deep love.

Solomon, fully King Solomon, aka Jedidiah

The hope of those who are right with God is joy, but the hope of the sinful comes to nothing.

Russian Proverbs

There is more light than can be seen through the window.

German Proverbs

Beware of laughing hosts and weeping priests.

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

Through the spread of peace the whole world can be drawn to serve God with one accord, because when men are at peace with one another they talk to each other about the true purpose of the world and its vanities. They discuss the realities of life and how, when a person dies, all that remains is whatever he prepared for the world of eternity after death, because neither silver nor gold accompany a person after death. When people come to understand this they will abandon their illusions and idols of silver, aspiring only to God and His Torah. Their only aim will be to serve God and seek out the truth.

Sherwin Nuland, fully Sherwin Bernard Nuland

The good thing that may yet happen during dying is not the possibility of survival when we're beyond that point. The good thing that may yet happen is that our lives will have great meaning for those we leave behind.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, fully Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

But I didn't call to him for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone - he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and as far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling.

Chuck Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk

Because tanning and steroids are only a problem if you plan to live a long time.

Ronald A. Heifetz

First, [the leaders] identified the adaptive challenge – the gap between aspirations and reality – and focused attention on the specific issues created by that gap. Recognizing that they were working with a problem that existing technical expertise could not solve satisfactorily, they shifted from giving authoritative solutions to a plan for managing people’s adaptive problem-solving.

Gregory Nazianzen, aka Saint Gregory of Nazianzus or Gregory the Theologian

Let us not ask of the Lord deceitful riches, nor the good things of this world, nor transitory honors; but let us ask for light.

Satchidananda, fully Swami Satchidananda, born C. K. Ramaswamy Gounder

When you win and the other fellow loses, what do you see? A losing face. There is great joy in losing and making the other person win and have a happy face. Who will be the happiest person? The one who brings happiness to others.

Richard Dawkins

The God of the Old Testament himself, with his pitilessly vengeful jealousy, his racism, sexism, and terrifying bloodlust, will not be adopted as a literal role model by anybody you or I would wish to know. Yes, of course it is unfair to judge the customs of an earlier era by the enlightened standards of our own. But that is precisely my point! Evidently, we have some alternative source of ultimate moral conviction that overrides Scripture when it suits us.

Mark Twain, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens

Forget and forgive. This is not difficult when properly understood. It means forget inconvenient duties, then forgive yourself for forgetting. By rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy.

Annie Besant

The soul grows by reincarnation in bodies provided by nature, more complex, more powerful, as the soul unfolds greater and greater faculties. And so the soul climbs upward into the light eternal. And there is no fear for any child of man, for inevitably he climbs towards God.

Hitopadesa or The Hitopadesa or Hitopadesha

By the fall of water-drops the pot is filled: such is the increase of riches, of knowledge, and of virtue.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Wouldst thou subject all things to thyself? Subject thyself to reason.

Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

I don't think it would be fun to write after inhaling art fumes. (What are art fumes?) No, I just make stuff up. It's easier that way.

Albert Einstein

God is subtle, but he is not malicious.

George William Russell

Cry aloud to heaven for new souls. The souls you have got cast upon the screens of publicity appear like the horrid and writhing creatures enlarged from the insect world, and revealed to us by the cinematographer. You may succeed in your policy and ensure your own damnation by your victory. The men whose manhood you have broken will loathe you, and will always be brooding and scheming to strike a fresh blow. The children will be taught to curse you. The infant being molded in the womb will have breathed into its starved body the vitality of hate. It is not they — it is you who are the blind Samson’s pulling down the pillars of the social order.

Atharva Veda, or Atharvaveda

We speak here to all the gods that hold to their agreements, promote the order (of the universe), together with all their wives, they shall deliver us from calamity.

Lisa Randall

Despite my resistance to hyperbole, the LHC belongs to a world that can only be described with superlatives. It is not merely large: the LHC is the biggest machine ever built. It is not merely cold: the 1.9 kelvin (1.9 degrees Celsius above absolute zero) temperature necessary for the LHC?s supercomputing magnets to operate is the coldest extended region that we know of in the universe?even colder than outer space. The magnetic field is not merely big: the superconducting dipole magnets generating a magnetic field more than 100,000 times stronger than the Earth?s are the strongest magnets in industrial production ever made. And the extremes don?t end there. The vacuum inside the proton-containing tubes, a 10 trillionth of an atmosphere, is the most complete vacuum over the largest region ever produced. The energy of the collisions are the highest ever generated on Earth, allowing us to study the interactions that occurred in the early universe the furthest back in time.

Robert Service, fully Robert William Service

I loved to toy with tuneful rhyme,
My fancies into verse to weave;
For as I walked my words would chime
So bell-like I could scarce believe;
My rhymes rippled like a brook,
My stanzas bloomed like blossoms gay:
And that is why I dream this book
A verseman's holiday.

The palm-blades brindle in the blaze
Of sunsets splendouring the sea;
The Gloaming is a lilac haze
That impish stars stab eagerly. . . .
O Land of Song! Oh golden clime!
O happy me, whose work is play!
Please take this tribute of my rhymes:
A verseman's holiday.

Elbert Green Hubbard

Knowledge is the distilled essence of our intuitions, corroborated by experience.