Random Quotes

P. J. O'Rourke

Even the dumber parts of our government are not run by idiots. These are ordinary people like us, doing a job. By and large, they're trying to do it as well as they can. Or at least as often as people in the private sector try to do as well as they can.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

I never thought I'd hear myself say it, but safety first!

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

I woke up in bed with a man and a cat. The man was a stranger; the cat was not

Thomas Brooks

Those who live as the many, must die with the many, and go to hell with the many. The way to hell is broad and well beaten. The way to be undone forever is to do as the most do.

Thich Nhất Hanh

The raft is used to cross the river. It isn't to be carried around on your shoulders. The finger which points at the moon isn't the moon itself.

Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you've got anyway.

Rainer Maria Rilke, full name René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke

Whom will you cry to, heart? More and more lonely, your path struggles on through incomprehensible mankind. All the more futile perhaps for keeping to its direction, keeping on toward the future, toward what has been lost. Once. You lamented? What was it? A fallen berry of jubilation, unripe. But now the whole tree of my jubilation is breaking, in the storm it is breaking, my slow tree of joy. Loveliest in my invisible landscape, you that made me more known to the invisible angels.

Jane Goodall, fully Dame Jane Morris Goodall, born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall

I think the best evenings are when we have messages, things that make us think, but we can also laugh and enjoy each other's company.

David Whyte

To forgive is to put oneself in a larger gravitational field of experience than the one that first seemed to hurt us. We reimagine ourselves in the light of our maturity and we reimagine the past in the light of our new identity, we allow ourselves to be gifted by a story larger than the story that first hurt us and left us bereft.

English Proverbs

Between the devil and the deep (blue) sea.

Martin Heidegger

Once we have revived our ontological anxiety, we must keep it alive, not allow it to die away into comfortable obscurity once again. Instead of letting our being-towards-death fade back into the diversionary small-talk of the 'they', we must focus our lives around this 'threat'. Then our ontological anxiety can become the light of our being ?purifying, refining, & integrating our otherwise diffuse, preoccupied, & fragmented existence. In the light (or in the shadow) of this constant internal threat-to-being, we are empowered to choose our Authentic projects-of-being ?those basic endeavors that correlate best with our ontological anxiety. Returning to this deepest truth of our being can bring us back to ourselves.

Lawrence Wright

What is true is what is true for you. No one has any right to force data on you and command you to believe it or else. If it is not true for you, it isn?t true. Think your own way through things, accept what is true for you, discard the rest. There is nothing unhappier than one who tries to live in a chaos of lies.

Robertson Davies

All mothers think their children are oaks, but the world never lacks for cabbages.

Russian Proverbs

One can't break an axe with a whip.

William Cullen Bryant

That rolls to its appointed end.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

Causing Dobby's eyes to leak with happiness again.

Oliver Sacks

The doctor and the patient two equals, learn from each other and assisted other and reach together new knowledge and treatment.

Honoré de Balzac

All happiness depends on courage and work. I have had my periods of wretchedness, but with energy and above all with illusions, I pulled through them all.

Irish Proverbs

He who comes with a story to you brings two away from you.

Yiddish Proverbs

The truth comes out like oil on water.

Robert Ingersoll, fully Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll

The poor man and the poor woman who work night and day, in order that they may give education to their children, so that they may have a better life than their father and mother had; the parents who deny themselves the comforts of life, that they may lay up something to help their children to a higher place -- they are worshipers; and the children who, after they reap the benefit of this worship, become ashamed of their parents, are blasphemers.

Leonard Cohen, fully Leonard Norman Cohen

Until you let me know: That I am not the one who loves ?It's love that chooses me. When hatred with his package comes, you forbid delivery.

Tony Blair, fully Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

The rules of the game have changed. We welcome people here who are peaceful and law-abiding. People who want to be British citizens should share our values and our way of life. But if you come to our country from abroad, don't meddle in extremism. If you meddle in it or engage in it, then you're going to go back out again.

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

They (self-realized people) may laugh and cry according to circumstances, but inwardly they are cool and clear, watching detachedly their own spontaneous reactions. Appearances are misleading and more so in the case of a self-realized people.

Adam Smith

Every man is rich or poor according to the degree in which he can afford to enjoy the necessaries, conveniences, and amusements of human life.