Random Quotes

Yann Martel

You bring joy and pain in equal measure- come aboard if your destination is oblivion. It should be our next stop. We can sit together. You can have the window seat, if you want. But it's a sad view.

Author Unknown

Worrying is the interest paid on a debt you may not owe.

William Congreve

A hungry wolf at all the herd will run, In hopes, through many, to make sure of one.

Andrew Sullivan, fully Andrew Michael Sullivan

The United States has managed to go to war for two centuries without the president authorizing and monitoring the torture of prisoners. The Bush administration's legalization of torture and withdrawal from Geneva is unique in American history. Yes, wars will lead to individuals committing war crimes in the heat of battle. Yes, it carries a horrifying logic. But an advance, pre-meditated decision by the president to engage in war crimes is new and unprecedented. Bush really is uniquely awful as a president in this respect: an indefensible war criminal, who has permanently stained the country he represents and betrayed the soldiers who expect decency and lawfulness in their commander-in-chief.

Mitch Albom, fully Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom

The genius of life is its variety. If you played one note and kept playing it all of the time, you’d go nuts. It’s the blending of the different notes that make the music.

Mexican Proverbs

It is in our work that we discover love and faith.

Joseph Addison

The schoolboy counts the time till the return of the holidays; the minor longs to be of age; the lover is impatient till he is married.

Mae Jemison

The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin even, or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity.

Romanian Proverbs

As you make your bed, so you must lie on it.

Madeleine L’Engle

Like all great fantasists, he has taught me about life, life in eternity rather than chronology, life in that time in which we are real.

Robert Jastrow

The details differ, but the essential elements in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis are the same? This is an exceedingly strange development, unexpected by all but the theologians. They have always believed the word of the Bible. But we scientists did not expect to find evidence for an abrupt beginning because we have had, until recently, such extraordinary success in tracing the chain of cause and effect backward in time? At this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.

George Herbert

To a great night, a great Lanthorne.

Jim Barksdale, formally James Love Barksdale

Because his responsibilities extend beyond the (15 agencies making up the U.S.) Intelligence Community, the program manager should have enhanced authority within the executive office of the president.

Lord Brooke, Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, de jure 13th Baron Latimer and 5th Baron Willoughby de Brooke

As charity covers a multitude of sins before God, so does politeness before men.

Scottish Proverbs

When pride's in the van, beggin's in the rear.

Stephane Mallarme, born Étienne Mallarmé

Illumined by the principle that chose my consecration it extends a salutation.

Olive Schreiner

Now we have no God. We have had two the old God that our fathers handed down to us, that we hated, and never liked the new one that we made for ourselves, that we loved but now he has flitted away from us, and we see what he was made of -- the shadow of our highest ideal, crowned and throned. Now we have no God.

W. Somerset Maugham, fully William Somerset Maugham

Mr. Harrington was a bore. He exasperated Ashenden, and enraged him; he got on his nerves, and drove him to frenzy. But Ashenden did not dislike him. His self-satisfaction was enormous but so ingenuous that you could not resent it; his conceit was so childlike that you could only smile at it.

Wael Ghonim

Our revolution is like Wikipedia, okay? Everyone is contributing content, [but] you don't know the names of the people contributing the content. This is exactly what happened. Revolution 2.0 in Egypt was exactly the same. Everyone is contributing small pieces, bits and pieces. We drew this whole picture of a revolution. And no one is the hero in that picture.

Moroccan Proverbs

The tongue has no bone yet it crushes.

Saint Teresa of Ávila, aka Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada

Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it. As soon you apply yourself to orison, you will at once feel your senses gather themselves together: they seem like bees which return to the hive and there shut themselves up to work at the making of honey. At the first call of the will, they come back more and more quickly. At last, after countless exercises, of this kind, God disposes them to a state of utter rest and of perfect contemplation.

Gamaliel Bradford

The best translation is not that which is most like the original but which is the most different from it.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Sometimes I didn't even have enough money to eat. I became so weak from malnourishment that my hair fell out, and I couldn't get out of bed.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Dreams or illusions, call them what you will. They lift us from the commonplace life to better things.

Oriana Fallaci

You cannot govern, you cannot administrate, with an ignoramus.