Random Quotes

Ludwig van Beethoven

Patience, they tell me, I must now choose for a guide. I have done so. It shall be my resolve, lastingly, I hope, to endure until it pleases the implacable Parca: to break the thread. There may be improvement,?perhaps not,?I am prepared.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

It's actually the minority of religious people who rejects science or feel threatened by it or want to sort of undo or restrict the... where science can go. The rest, you know, are just fine with science. And it has been that way ever since the beginning.

Zen Proverbs and Thoughts

Most people, being influence by the body's love of comfort, do not notice the evils that follow comfort...

F. Scott Fitzgerald, fully Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

The only way to increase it is to cultivate your own garden. And the only thing that will help you is poetry, which is the most concentrated form of style.... I don't care how clever the other professor is, one can't raise a discussion of modern prose to anything above tea-table level.

Walt Whitman, fully Walter "Walt" Whitman

Ar,’d year! Year of the struggle! No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year! Not you as some pale poetling, seated at a desk, lisping cadenzas piano; but as a strong man, erect, clothed in blue clothes, advancing, carrying a rifle on your shoulder, with well-gristled body and sunburnt face and hands—with a knife in the belt at your side, as I heard you shouting loud—your sonorous voice ringing across the continent; your masculine voice, O year, as rising amid the great cities.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

Every prisoner knows perfectly that he is a convict and a reprobate, and knows the distance which separates him from his superiors; but neither the branding irons nor chains will make him forget that he is a man.

Scottish Proverbs

Dirt defies the kin.

Naomi Shihab Nye

Maybe when your mother died young, you became instantly old.

Jane Hirshfield

I see poetry as a path toward new understanding and transformation.

Tom Robbins, fully Thomas Eugene "Tom" Robbins

If you lack the iron and the fuzz to take control of your own life, if you insist on leaving your fate to the gods, then the gods will repay your weakness by having a grin or two at your expense. Should you fail to pilot your own ship, don't be surprised at what inappropriate port you find yourself docked. The dull and prosaic will be granted adventures that will dice their central nervous systems like an onion, romantic dreamers will end up in the rope yard. You may protest that it is too much to ask of an uneducated fifteen-year-old girl that she defy her family, her society, her weighty cultural and religious heritage in order to pursue a dream that she doesn't really understand. Of course it is asking too much. The price of self-destiny is never cheap, and in certain situations it is unthinkable. But to achieve the marvelous, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.

Osho, born Chandra Mohan Jain, also known as Acharya Rajneesh and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty.

Harry Browne, fully Harry Edson Browne

The Drug Warriors will tell you that harsh sentences strike fear in the hearts of America’s drug kingpins. But cases in which a big-time drug dealer receives a long prison sentence are very rare. One-time offenders and innocent bystanders get sentences ranging from a few years to life without chance of parole. This is not just a technical problem that needs to be corrected. These injustices are inevitable in any plan to prosecute victimless crimes. Without victims to testify, the state must [make offers] to truly guilty people to provide testimony. The drug kingpins have plenty of names to give the prosecutors, and so they obtain reduced sentences. But the low-level drug runner has little to offer-so these people wind up with the worst sentences. The drug warriors may want you to believe that only drug kingpins go to prison. But in 1998 alone, 682,885 Americans were arrested for possessing marijuana. More than half of the prison population of 2 million are non-violent offenders.

Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

I?ll tell you something,' he said, as if he had said nothing that day. 'You?re walking on gallows ground, and there?s a rope around your neck and a raven-bird on each shoulder waiting for your eyes, and the gallows tree has deep roots, for it stretches from heaven to hell, and our world is only the branch from which the rope is swinging.

Sarah Kay

Some nights, I wake up knowing he is anxious. He is across the world in another woman's arms and the years have spread us like dandelion seeds, sanding down the edges of our jigsaw parts that used to only fit each other

John M. Mason, fully John Mitchell Mason

Self-knowledge is that acquaintance with ourselves which shows us what we are, and what we ought to be, in order to our living comfortably and usefully here, and happily thereafter.

John Wooden, fully John Robert Wooden

Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.

Rachel Carson, fully Rachel Louise Carson

About the book, I sometimes have a feeling (maybe 100% wishful thinking) that perhaps this long period away from active work will give me the perspective that was so hard to attain, the ability to see the woods in the midst of the confusing multitude of trees.

Eugenio Montale

It has often been observed that the repercussion of poetic language on prose language can be considered a decisive cut of a whip.

Adrienne Rich, fully Adrienne Cecil Rich

In [family snapshots] the flow of profane time has been stopped and a sacred interval of self-conscious revelation has been cut from it by the edge of the picture frame and the light of the sun or the flash.

Thomas Henry Huxley, aka T.H. Huxley and Darwin's Bulldog

The student of development finds, not only that the chick commences its existence as an egg, primarily identical, in all essential respects, with that of the Dog, but that the yelk of this egg undergoes division?that the primitive groove arises, and that the contiguous parts of the germ are fashioned, by precisely similar methods into a young chick, which, at one stage of its existence, is so like the nascent Dog, that ordinary inspection would hardly distinguish the two. The history of the development of any other vertebrate animal, Lizard, Snake, Frog, or Fish, tells the same story.

Mencius, born Meng Ke or Ko

There is no attribute of the superior man greater than his helping men to practice virtue.

Chinese Proverbs

A dead songbird gives us no meat.

Hsuan Hua, aka An Tzu and Tu Lun

Money is the filthiest thing around. If you stay around it very long, you'll be defiled.

Theodor W. Adorno, born Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund

The important thing is not the planning of an Index Verborum Prohibitorum of current noble nouns, but rather the examination of their linguistic function.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, fully Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski

The quest for a political solution for the growing chaos in Iraq should involve four steps: 1. The United States should reaffirm explicitly and unambiguously its determination to leave Iraq in a reasonably short period of time... 2. The United States should announce that it is undertaking talks with the Iraqi leaders to jointly set with them a date... 3. The United States should issue jointly with appropriate Iraqi leaders, or perhaps let the Iraqi leaders issue, an invitation to all neighbors of Iraq (and perhaps some other Muslim countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, and Pakistan) to engage in a dialogue regarding how best to enhance stability in Iraq in conjunction with U.S. military disengagement and to participate eventually in a conference regarding regional stability... both Iran and Syria have lately called for a regional dialogue.... A serious regional dialogue.... could be buttressed at some point by a wider circle of consultations involving other powers with a stake in the region?s stability, such as the EU, China, Japan, India, and Russia... 4. Concurrently, the United States should activate a credible and energetic effort to finally reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace....