Random Quotes

Graham Greene

Like Johns, I am one of the little men, not interested in ideologies, tied to a flat Cambridgeshire landscape, a chalk quarry, a line of willows across the featureless fields, a market town--his thoughts scrabbled at the curtain--where he used to dance at the Saturday hops.

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

Every fool describes in these bright days his wondrous journey to some foreign court, and spawns his quarto, and demands your praise.

Saint John of the Cross, born Juan de Yepes Álvarez

The devil fears a soul united to God as he does God himself.

Mitch Albom, fully Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom

That?s the thing when people leave us too suddenly, isn?t it? We always have so many questions.

William Shakespeare

Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest; but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me. I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious; with more offences at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in. What should such fellows as I do crawling between earth and heaven? We are arrant knaves all; believe none of us. Hamlet, Act iii, Scene 1

Nancy Reagan, born Anne Frances Robbins

My job is being 'Mrs. Ronald Reagan.'

William Wordsworth

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.

Moshe Dayan

In two cases I did not fulfill my role as defense minister, in that I did not stop things that I was sure should have been stopped.

Kenneth Grahame

The dreadful beast must be exterminated, the country-side must be freed from this pest, this terror, this destroying scourge. The fact that not even a hen roost was the worse for the dragon's arrival wasn't allowed to have anything to do with it. He was a dragon, and he couldn't deny it, and if he didn't choose to behave as such that was his own lookout. But in spite of much valiant talk no hero was found willing to take sword and spear and free the suffering village and win deathless fame; and each night's heated discussion always ended in nothing. Meanwhile the dragon, a happy Bohemian, lolled on the turf, enjoyed the sunsets, told antediluvian anecdotes to the Boy, and polished his old verses while meditating on fresh ones.

Yukio Mishima

His conviction of having no purpose in life other than to act as a distillation of poison was part of the ego of an eighteen-year-old. He had resolved that his beautiful white hands would never be soiled or calloused. He wanted to be like a pennant, dependent on each gusting wind. The only thing that seemed valid to him was to live for the emotions--gratuitous and unstable, dying only to quicken again, dwindling and flaring without direction or purpose.

Chinese Proverbs

If riches can be acquired with propriety, then acquire them; but let not unjust wealth be sought for with violence.

Stephen Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

The language of reactive people absolves them of responsibility.

Steven Pinker, fully Steven Arthur Pinker

The elegant study... is consistent with the themes of modern cognitive neuroscience. Every aspect of thought and emotion is rooted in brain structure and function, including many psychological disorders and, presumably, genius. The study confirms that the brain is a modular system comprising multiple intelligences, mostly nonverbal.

Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.

Jody Williams

Fiercely peaceful? Use peace as adrenaline? Reclaiming peace. Peace isn?t wimpy? Taking it on and changing the image of peace? We need to get rid of violence.- we need to stop believing violence is innately human.

Scottish Proverbs

The e'enin brings aa hame.

Ferdinand Lundberg

Apologists for the profession contend that lawyers are as honest as other men, but that is not very encouraging.

N. Sri Ram, fully Nilakanta Sri Ram or Nilakantha Sri Ram

There is nothing in the whole of Nature except the Will of the Divine. It is the Will of the one Center of every circle of life.

Jeanette Rankin

There can be no compromise with war; it cannot be reformed or controlled; cannot be disciplined into decency or codified into common sense.

Richard Nixon, fully Richard Milhous Nixon

We are all in it together. This is a war. We take a few shots and it will be over. We will give them a few shots and it will be over.

Saint John of the Cross, born Juan de Yepes Álvarez

The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. The soul has to proceed rather by unknowing rather than knowing.

Gustave Flaubert

His voice, at first weak and quavery, would grow shrill and plaintive. It trailed out in the darkness of the night like a wind-dispersed lament, voicing a nameless sorrow; and as it rose above the tinkling of the bells, the sound of the wind in the trees and the rumble of the empty old caravan, there was a far-off sound about it that knocked at Emma's heart. It went sheer down into the depths of her soul like a whirlwind in a chasm, and bore her away among the spaces of an illimitable melancholy.

T. H. White, fully Terence Hanbury White

For in those days love was ruled by a different convention to ours. In those days it was chivalrous, adult, long, religious, almost platonic. It was not a matter about which you could make accusations lightly. It was not, as we take it to be nowadays, begun and ended in a long week-end.

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

Even if many days and years pass and it seems as if you have accomplished nothing with your prayers and conversations with G-d, don

Plotinus

Never did eye see the sun unless it had first become sun-like, and never can the soul have vision of the First Beauty unless itself be beautiful.