Random Quotes

Michael J. Behe

When is it reasonable to conclude, in the absence of first-hand knowledge or eye witness accounts that something has been designed?

John Adams

Turn our thoughts, in the next place, to the characters of learned men. The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. Read over again all the accounts we have of Hindoos, Chaldeans, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Celts, Teutons, we shall find that priests had all the knowledge, and really governed all mankind. Examine Mahometanism, trace Christianity from its first promulgation; knowledge has been almost exclusively confined to the clergy. And, even since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate a free inquiry? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will soon find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your legs and hands, and fly into your face and eyes.

Robert Collier

In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.

Francis Bacon

Blushing is the livery of virtue, though it may sometimes proceed from guilt.

Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

He did all of this without thinking but with care.

Frank Herbert, formally Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr.

Clinging to any form of conservatism can be dangerous. Become too conservative and you are unprepared for surprises. You cannot depend on luck. Logic is blind and often knows only its own past. Logic is good for playing chess but is often too slow for the needs of survival.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

It was as though they had been plunged into a fabulous dream.

J.M. Barrie, fully Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet

That is ever the way. 'Tis all jealousy to the bride and good wishes to the corpse.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, born Mahesh Prasad Varma

The factor of time is very vital in life. Those who have accomplished great things in the world have been those who valued time in their life. The time of life is limited and a great amount of evolution has to be accomplished for fulfillment of life. Therefore, the factor of time must be valued above everything.

Charles Kingsley

There's no use doing a kindness if you do it a day too late.

William James

Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor. It alone prevents the hardest and most repulsive walks of life from being deserted by those brought up to tread therein.

Henry David Thoreau, born David Henry Thoreau

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view.

Sri Aurobindo, born Aurobindo Ghose or Ghose

In a word, godhead; to remake ourselves in the divine image.

Samuel Miller Hageman

To be alone with Silence is to be alone with God.

Mao Tse-tung, alternatively Zedong, Ze dong, aka Chairman Mao

Our stand is that of the proletariat and of the masses. For members of the Communist Party, this means keeping to the stand of the Party, keeping to Party spirit and Party policy.

Portuguese Proverbs

Keep no more cats that will catch mice.

Yukio Mishima

A father is a reality-concealing machine, a machine for dishing up lies to kids, and that isn't even the worst of it: secretly he believes that he represents reality.

Richard Dawkins

Living organisms had existed on earth, without ever knowing why, for over three thousand million years before the truth finally dawned on one of them. His name was Charles Darwin.

Wahiduddin, born Richard Shelquist

The ego is very useful, and is a part of the grand plan for humanity. However, when the ego grows too dominant and we become so occupied with the self-centered aspects of the ego that those thoughts eclipse our attention to the Divine Presence, then life is out of balance, and such an unbalanced ego will inevitably cause great suffering.

Silvio Berlusconi

The very idea of disputing the freedom of conscience and opinion of a commissioner of Catholic faith, contesting his own secular distinction between morality and law, smells of fundamentalism if not obscurantism.

Chinese Proverbs

Money sometimes prevents trouble; too much money breeds it.

Herman Hesse

It is not our task to get closer, so do not approach each other as the sun and the moon, or the sea and the land. The two of us, dear friend, we are the sun and the moon, are the sea and the land. Our m‚ta is not to transform into one another, but to get to know one another and learn any to see and another to respect what he is: our opposite and our complement.

Portuguese Proverbs

I kiss thee hide, because thou art to be a wine-bag.

Paulo Coelho

Because it is a process of alchemy: it transforms a vast manifestation of spiritual energy, which is love, into a physical gesture.