Random Quotes

William McDonough, fully William Andrews McDonough

There's probably 5000 times more solar energy than the humans will ever need. We could cover our highways with solar collectors to make ribbons of energy, and I think that it's really the largest job creation program in the history of the planet that's in front of us. It's a celebration of the abundance of human creativity combined with the abundance of the natural world.

Robert Burns, aka Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard

Misled by fancy's meteor ray, by passion driven; but yet the light that led astray was light from heaven.

John Milton

Virtue that wavers is not virtue, but vice revolted from itself, and after a while returning. the actions of just and pious men do not darken in their middle course.

Richard Steele, fully Sir Richard Steele

Marriage is an institution calculated for a constant scene of as much delight as our being is capable of. Two persons who have chosen each other out of all the species, with design to be each other?s mutual comfort and entertainment, have in that action bound themselves to be good-humored, affable, discreet, forgiving, patient, and joyful, with respect to other?s frailties and perfections, to the end of their lives. The wiser of the two (and it always happens one of them is such) will, for her or his own sake, keep things from outrage with the utmost sanctity. When this union is thus preserved (as I have often said), the most indifferent circumstance administers delight. Their condition is an endless source of new gratifications.

Tod Machover, Dan Ellsey

I think it gives an understanding how we?re picking out movement from what Dan?s doing, but I think it will also show you if you look at that movement that when Dan makes music, his motions are very purposeful, very precise, very disciplined and they?re also very beautiful. So, in hearing this piece as I mentioned before, the most important thing is the music?s great and it?ll show you who Dan is.

Albert Einstein

War cannot be humanized, it can only be abolished.

John Steinbeck

A lie is something good and valuable. A lovely and imponderable object to keep in reserve. But never use this gem until you have exhausted all truths. The truth is the common heritage, something that is always at hand, but the lies have to invent and you can never be sure of its effectiveness until you've used... and then it's too late

Sharon Salzberg

If we extend the force of love, love returns to us. The American psychologist William James once said, "My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items I notice shape my mind." Perhaps this is partially how this law works -- opening to the energy of love within us, we can notice it more specifically around us.

Gerald Ford, fully Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford, Jr., Orig. name Leslie Lynch King, Jr.

It is believed that a trial of Richard Nixon, if it became necessary, could not fairly begin until a year or more has elapsed. In the meantime, the tranquility to which this nation has been restored by the events of recent weeks could be irreparably lost by the prospects of bringing to trial a former President of the United States. The prospects of such trial will cause prolonged and divisive debate over the propriety of exposing to further punishment and degradation a man who has already paid the unprecedented penalty of relinquishing the highest elective office of the United States. Now, therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.

Miles Davis, fully Miles Dewey Davis III

I would go to the library and borrow scores by all those great composers, like Stravinsky, Alban Berg, Prokofiev. I wanted to see what was going on in all of music. Knowledge is freedom and ignorance is slavery, and I just couldn't believe someone could be that close to freedom and not take advantage of it.

Frank Lloyd Wright, born Frank Lincoln Wright

Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.

Garrison Keillor, fully Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor

Freedom doesn't mean aimlessness. We can't just sleepwalk through life.... Freedom demands structure.

Diane Ackerman

In the early years of the Uprising, we survived on one meal a day of horse meat and soup, but by the end we ate only dried peas, dogs, cats and birds.

Italian Proverbs

Honest men marry soon, wise men never.

Elizabeth Browning, fully Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Nor myrtle--which means chiefly love: and love is something awful which one dare not touch so early o' mornings.

Isaac Mizrahi

I'm not trying to be the next Joan Rivers.

Jonathan Haidt

[Politics is] about the eternal struggle between good and evil, and we all believe we're on the good team.

Dorothy Leigh Sayers

Once lay down the rule that the job comes first and you throw that job open to every individual, man or woman, fat or thin, tall or short, ugly or beautiful, who is able to do that job better than the rest of the world.

Lewis Carroll, pseudonym for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

I'm sure I'm not Ada for her hair goes in such long ringlets, and mine doesn?t go in ringlets at all; and I'm sure I'm not Mabel, for I know all sorts of things, and she's she and I'm I, and-oh dear, how puzzling it all is! I'll try if I know all the things I used to know. Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is-oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate! However, the Multiplication- Table doesn't signify: let's try geography. London is the capital of Paris, and Paris is the capital of Rome, and Rome-no, that's all wrong, I'm certain! I must have been changed for Mabel!

William Graham Sumner

It is taught that willing and voluntary service to others is the highest duty and glory in human life... The men of talent are constantly forced to serve the rest. They make the discoveries and inventions, order the battles, write the books, and produce the works of art. The benefit and enjoyment go to the whole. There are those who joyfully order their own lives so that they may serve the welfare of mankind.

Russian Proverbs

Every medal has two sides.

Scottish Proverbs

Him that daes ye a ill turn will never forgie ye.

David Attenborough, fully Sir David Frederick Attenborough

Anyone who thinks that you can have infinite growth on a planet with finite resources is either a madman or an economist.

Thomas Paine

As to the book called the Bible, it is blasphemy to call it the Word of God. It is a book of lies and contradictions, and a history of bad times and bad men. There are but a few good characters in the whole book.

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers

Liberty doesn?t work as well in practice as it does in speeches.