Random Quotes

Herbie Hancock, fully Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock

I wanted to work with artists who were strong enough personalities that they'd all have something of their own to bring. My foundation is jazz, which is all about interaction. Jazz gives you a lot of tools to play with.

Maxwell Maltz

Conscious effort inhibits and ‘jams’ the automatic creative mechanism.

Ramdas, fully Swami Ramdas, born Vittal Rao, aka Beloved Papa

The true communion with God is through the spirit. The moment we rise above the body-consciousness, we become one with the being of God.

Robin Sharma

I must change myself before I change my life.

Shoghí Effendi, fully Shoghí Effendí Rabbání

I didn?t want to be the Guardian. I knew what it meant. I knew that my life as a human being was over. I didn?t want it, and I didn?t want to face it. So as you?ll remember, I left the Holy Land. And I went up into the mountains of Switzerland, and I fought with myself until I conquered myself. Then I came back and I turned myself over to God, and I was the Guardian.

William Shakespeare

It illumineth the face, which as a beacon gives warning to all the rest of this little kingdom, man, to arm ... this valor comes of sherris. Henry IV, Part II, Act iv, Act 3

Romanian Proverbs

After the work is done, repose is sweet.

Winston Churchill, fully Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

You must look at the facts because they look at you.

German Proverbs

He who pays his debts, betters his condition.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Nature is a wary wily long-breathed old Witch, tough-lived as a Turtle and divisible as the Polyp, repullulative in a thousand Snips and Cuttings, integra et in toto! She is sure to get the better of Lady MIND in the long run, and to take her revenge too ? transforms our To Day into a Canvass dead-colored to receive the dull featureless Portait of Yesterday.

Hannah Arendt

What the will is not able to accomplish is this steadfast enjoyment; the will is given as a mental faculty because the mind ?is not sufficient to itself? and ?through its need and want, it becomes excessively intent upon its own actions?. The will decides how to use memory and intellect, that is, it ?refers them to something else,? but it does not know how ?to use with the joy, not of hope, but of the actual thing.? That is the reason the will is never satisfied, for satisfaction means that the ?will is at rest,? and nothing - certainly not hope - can still the will?s restlessness ?save endurance,? the quiet and lasting enjoyment of something present; only ?the force of love is so great that the mind draws in with itself those things upon which it has so long reflected with love?. The whole mind ?is in those things upon which it thinks with love? and these are the things ?without which it cannot think of itself.?

Milan Kundera

Love begins with a metaphor, which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory.

Nachman of Breslov, aka Reb Nachman Breslover or Bratslav, Nachman from Uman

Many people have more than enough to cover their needs yet waste away all their days in pursuit of profit. They will submit to every kind of effort, risk and inconvenience for the sake of money. They behave exactly like one with actual debts strung around his neck - but they are driven only by the obligation they feel to their own desires. These are so demanding that it is as if they really did owe an enormous sum. In effect they are debtors all their lives and they die in debt to their desires.

Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus

Those who are unacquainted with the world take pleasure in the intimacy of great men; those who are wiser dread the consequences.

David Foster Wallace

It takes great personal courage to let yourself appear weak.

Zeno of Citium

One should seek virtue for its own sake and not from hope or fear, or any external motive. It is in virtue that happiness consists, for virtue is the state of mind which tends to make the whole of life harmonious.

Scottish Proverbs

A good tale is no the waur o' being twice tale.

D. H. Lawrence, fully David Herbert "D.H." Lawrence

Truth does not lie beyond humanity, but is one of the products of the human mind and feeling.

Paul Gaugin, fully Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin

The great artist is a formulation of the greatest intelligence: He is the recipient of sensations which are the most delicate and consequently the most invisible expressions of the brain.

Thurgood Marshall

The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down.

Mason Cooley

'Be faithful to your roots' is the liberal version of 'Stay in your ghetto.'

Debasish Mrida

With resentment, hearts burn in the fire of hatred. With forgiveness, hearts dance with pure joy.

Barbara Ehrenreich, born Barbara Alexander

Some of us still get all weepy when we think about the Gaia Hypothesis, the idea that earth is a big furry goddess-creature who resembles everybody's mom in that she knows what's best for us. But if you look at the historical record -- Krakatoa, Mt. Vesuvius, Hurricane Charley, poison ivy, and so forth down the ages -- you have to ask yourself: Whose side is she on, anyway?

Russian Proverbs

He pours from the void into the empty.

Paul E. Johnson

We have to face the ugly fact: Internationalism - the principle of collective security and the attempt to regulate the world through representative bodies - has been dealt a vicious blow by Mr. Chirac's bid to present himself as a world statesman, whatever the cost to the world. France is a second-rate power militarily. But because of its geographic position at the center of Western Europe and its nominal possession of nuclear weapons, which ensures its permanent place on the U.N. Security Council, it wields considerable negative and destructive power. On this occasion, it has exercised such power to the full, and the consequences are likely to be permanent.