Random Quotes

William Shakespeare

Can one desire too much of a good thing? As You Like It. Act iv. Sc. 1.

J. R. R. Tolkien, fully John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

And long there he lay, an image of the splendor of the Kings of Men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world.

Criminal Minds Opening and Closing Quotes

Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else unless it's an enemy. - Albert Einstein

Oliver Sacks

The tri-tone - an augmented fourth (or, in hazz parlance, a flatted fifth) - is a difficult interval to sing and has often been regarded as having an ugly, uncanny, or even diabolical quality. Its use was forbidden in early ecclesiastical music, and early theorists called it diabolus in musica (the devil in music). But Tartini used it, for this very reason, in his Devil's Trill Sonata for violin. Though the raw tri-tone sounds so harsh, it is easily filled out with another tri-tone to form a diminished seventh. And this, the Oxford Companion to Music notes, has a luscious effect... The chord is indeed the most Protean in all harmony. In England the nickname has been given it of 'The Clapham Junction of Harmony' - from a railway station in London where so many lines join that once arrived there one can take a train for almost anywhere else.

Morihei Ueshiba

Be ever-grateful for the gifts received from the universe, your family, Mother Nature, and your fellow human beings.

Charles Pierre Baudelaire

Just last! You do not hear more than a few stragglers rolling cars and broken - backed. For a few hours we have silence, if not the rest. At last he disappeared tyranny of the human face, and only by me suffer!

Anne Lamott

Life does not seem to present itself to me for my convenience, to box itself up nicely so I can write about it with wisdom and a point to make before putting it on a shelf somewhere.

William Feather, fully William A. Feather

Business is always interfering with pleasure - but it makes other pleasures possible.

Buddha, Gautama Buddha, or The Buddha, also Gotama Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha and Buddha Śākyamuni

One truly is the protector of oneself; who else could the protector be? With oneself fully controlled, one gains a mastery that is hard to gain.

S. Yizhar, pen name for Yizhar Simalansky

There is the ruthlessly long waiting, the nervous anxious waiting, ... the tedious waiting, that consumes and burns everything. When the order comes, the unit begins shelling. The villagers flee. The book ends with the cri de coeur of the young soldier narrator. This was what exile looked like, he thinks out loud, watching the Palestinians leaving. I had never been in the diaspora. I had never known what it was like, but people had spoken to me, told me, taught me, and repeatedly recited to me, from every direction ... exile. ... What, in fact, had we perpetrated here today?

Helen Keller. aka Helen Adams Keller

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

Stephen Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

Too many vacations that last too long, too many movies, too much TV, too much video game playing ? too much undisciplined leisure time in which a person continually takes the course of least resistance gradually wastes a life. It ensures that a person?s capacities stay dormant, that talents remain undeveloped, that the mind and spirit become lethargic and that the heart remains unfulfilled.

Lord Byron, formally George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

The "good old times" — all times when old are good — are gone.

Robert Hall

In all well-ordered politics, if we may judge from the experience of past ages, the attachment of men to their country is in danger of becoming an absorbing principle, inducing not merely a forgetfulness of private interest, but of the immutable claims of humanity and justice. In the most virtuous times of the Roman Republic their country was their idol, at whose shrine her greatest patriots were at all times prepared to offer whole hecatombs of human victims: the interests of other nations were no further regarded than as they could be rendered subservient to the gratification of her ambition; and mankind at large was considered as possessing no rights but such as might with the utmost propriety be merged in that devouring vortex. With all their talents and their grandeur, they were unprincipled oppressors, leagued in a determined conspiracy against the liberty and independence of mankind. In the eyes of an enlightened philanthropist, patriotism, pampered to such an excess, loses the name of virtue: it is the bond and cement of a guilty confederation. It was worthy of the wisdom of our great legislator to decline the express inculcation of a principle so liable to degenerate into excess, and to content himself with prescribing the virtues which are sure to develop it as far as is consistent with the dictates of universal benevolence.

George Eliot, pen name of Mary Ann or Marian Evans

When the commonplace We must all die transforms itself suddenly into the acute consciousness I must die - and soon, then death grapples us, and his fingers are cruel; afterwards, he may come to fold us in his arms as our mother did, and our last moment of dim earthly discerning may be like the first.

Graham Greene

Our heroes are simple: they are brave, they tell the truth, they are good swordsmen and they are never in the long run really defeated. That is why no later books satisfy us like those which were read to us in childhood—for those promised a world of great simplicity of which we knew the rules, but the later books are complicated and contradictory with experience; they are formed out of our own disappointing memories.

Saint John of Kronstadt, fully John Il’ich Serguiev, aka Holy Father John of the Kronstadt

Who [God] is reflected in the pious mind as the sun is reflected in a drop of water; the purer the drop is, the better, the clearer will be the reflection; the more turbid the drop, the dimmer will be the reflection; so that in the soul's state of extreme impurity or darkness, the reflection entirely ceases and the soul is left in a state of spiritual darkness, in a state of insensibility.

German Proverbs

Truth may be suppressed, but not strangled.

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

We are almost always guilty of the hate we encounter.

Philip K. Dick, fully Philip Kindred Dick

The core of my writing is not art but truth.

Vivekananda, fully Sri or Swami Vivekananda, born Narendra Nath Datta

The mind uncontrolled and unguided will drag us down, down, for ever — rend us, kill us; and the mind controlled and guided will save us, free us.

Hindu Proverbs

Don't judge any man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins

Italian Proverbs

The poorhouse is filled with honest people.

Havelock Ellis, fully Henry Havelock Ellis

It is the little writer rather than the great writer who seems never to quote, and the reason is that he is never really doing anything else.

Paul Bowles

Yes, said Dyar automatically, never having given much thought to what it would be like not to be an American. It seemed somehow the natural thing to be.