Random Quotes

Walter Lippmann

This is the way of greatness, In the supreme moments of history, terms like duty, truth, justice, and mercy - which in our torpid hours are tried words - become a measure of decision. . . .

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

They did not know how hate can burn in hearts once changed from soft to stern nor all the false and fatal zeal the convert of revenge can feel.

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

He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

In a thick and captivating book, La rebellion Fran‡aise, the historian Jean Nicolas shows how the culture of rioting was extremely sophisticated?historically, it counts as the true French national sport.

T. Boone Pickens, fully Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr.

I?m a believer in informal communication within the company.

Ken Wilber, fully Kenneth Earl Wilber II

"Throughout history, religion has been the single greatest source of human-caused wars, suffering, and misery. In the name of God, more suffering has been inflicted than by any other manmade cause." I was, of course, using the word "religion" in its sociological meaning, as any belief invested with "ultimate concern," in which case not only Islam, Christianity, and Shintoism are religions, but Marxism, Nazism, and Eco-terrorism are all versions of religions or religiously held beliefs. Seen as such, the opening sentence is obviously true.

Arthur Golden

Now I understood the thing I?d overlooked; the point wasn?t to become a geisha but to be one. To become a geisha . . . well, that was hardly a purpose in life. But to be a geisha . . . I could see it now as a stepping-stone to something else.

George Herbert

So many men in Court and so many strangers.

William Shakespeare

Oh, how this spring of life resembleth The uncertain glory of an April day, Which now shows all the beauty of the sun, And, by and by, a cloud takes all away!

Chinese Proverbs

To drag for the reflected moon in the water.

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

He fell asleep immediately deeply, forgetting all his worries till the morning. To be precise, he dreamed of bread, butter and jam.

Leonard Susskind

Over the years, I began to understand that there were a lot of people out there reading physics in popular literature that they could not understand - not because it was too advanced, but because it wasn't advanced enough.

Yehudi Menuhin, fully Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin

Improvisation is the expression of the accumulated yearnings, dreams, and wisdom of the soul.

Roger Ebert

Many moviegoers and video viewers say they do not "like" black and white films. In my opinion, they are cutting themselves off from much of the mystery and beauty of the movies. Black and white is an artistic choice, a medium that has strengths and traditions, especially in its use of light and shadow. Moviegoers of course have the right to dislike b&w, but it is not something they should be proud of. It reveals them, frankly, as cinematically illiterate.

George Mason

Considering the natural lust for power so inherent in man, I fear the thirst of power will prevail to oppress the people.

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

He drew a deep breath. 'Well, I'm back,' he said.

Robert Lynd, fully Robert Wilson Lynd

The most popular of the vices at the present moment seems to me to be intolerance.

Groucho Marx, Pseudonym for Julius Henry Marx

He’s so full of alcohol, if you put a lighted wick in his mouth he’d burn for three days.

Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

Although she be but little, she is fierce.

Isaac Newton, fully Sir Isaac Newton

I do not define time, space, place, and motion, as being well known to all.

Samuel Butler

Any class is all right if it will only let others be so.

John Haynes Holmes

Priests are no more necessary to religion than politicians to patriotism.

Zig Ziglar, born Hilary Hinton Ziglar

You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.

Robert Ingersoll, fully Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll

Intellectual liberty is the air of the soul, the sunshine of the mind, and without it, the world is a prison, the universe is a dungeon.

William Morley Punshon

Speak the truth by all means; be bold and fearless in your rebuke of error, and in your keener rebuke of wrong doing; but be human, and loving, and gentle, and brotherly the while.