Random Quotes

Irvin D. Yalom

All the actions of the people are against him, all services are self-serving, all love is from self-love.

Thomas Cronin, fully Thomas Edward Cronin

Leaders must be representative?yet not too representative; they need to consult and engage followers, and they need to respond to them. Yet they also must educate, motivate and unlock the best in everyone.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

And I fancy, besides, that we seem like such different people... through various circumstances, that we cannot perhaps have many points in common. But yet I don't believe in that last idea myself, for it often only seems that there are no points in common, when there really are some... it's just laziness that makes people classify themselves according to appearances, and fail to find anything in common... But perhaps I am boring you?

William Shakespeare

Freedom, high-day! high-day, freedom! freedom, high-day, freedom! The Tempest, Act ii, Scene 2

Frank Zappa, born Frank Vincent Zappa

Everything on this planet has something to do with music. Music functions in the realm of sculptured air. Polluted as our atmosphere might be, air is the thing that makes music work. Since all other things that occur in the sound domain are transmitted to the ear through that swirling mass, depending on how wide you want to make your definition, you could perceive quite a bit of human experience in terms of music.

Gabriel García Márquez, aka Gabo

His blue eyes, lively and close-set, revealed the gentleness of a man who had read all of the books.

Ted Koppel, fully Edward James Martin "Ted" Koppel

He is a guy who's had a stake driven through his heart. I mean, really nailed to the bottom of the coffin with a wooden stake, and a silver bullet through the forehead for good measure-and yet he keeps coming back.

Author 237599

Changing the past is not to change a single fact; It is to cancel its consequences, which tend to be infinite

Francis Ford Coppola

We were raised in an Italian-American household, although we didn't speak Italian in the house. We were very proud of being Italian, and had Italian music, ate Italian food.

Margaret Sanger, fully Margaret Higgins Sanger Slee

When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race.

Wendell Lewis Willkie

And political parties, overanxious for vote catching, become tolerant to intolerant groups.

Swahili Proverbs

Do not run away from your responsibilities, how unpleasant they may be.

Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Chuck Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk

When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love. Now people hear a commercial for sour cream potato chips and rush out to buy them, but now they call this free will. At least the Greeks were being honest.

Mary Oliver

The clock! That twelve-figured moon skull, that white spider belly! How serenely the hands move with their filigree pointers, and how steadily! Twelve hours, and twelve hours, and begin again! Eat, speak, sleep, cross a street, wash a dish! The clock is still ticking. All its vistas are just so broad?are regular. (Notice that word.) Every day, twelve little bins in which to order disorderly life, and even more disorderly thought. The town?s clock cries out, and the face on every wrist hums or shines; the world keeps pace with itself. Another day is passing, a regular and ordinary day.

Leo Booth

In essence we have become addicted to the certainty, sureness or sense of security that our faith provides.

Pope Paul VI, born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini

Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy.

Ursula Le Guin, fully Ursula Kroeber Le Guin

Darkness is only in the mortal eye that thinks it sees, but sees not.

Yoshida Kenko

If a man strictly observe the rules of his way, and keep a rein on himself, then no matter what way it be, he will be a scholar of renown and be a teacher of multitudes.

Paul E. Johnson

The administration of Woodrow Wilson was one of the great watersheds in American history. It was Wilson who first introduced Americans to big, benevolent government.

Ernest Bramah, born Ernest Brammah Smith

There are few situations in life that cannot be honorably settled, and without loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice upon a dark night.

Roger Ebert

We are born into a box of time and space. We use words and communication to break out of it and to reach out to others.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

You will never find scientists leading armies into battle. You just won't. Especially not astrophysicists - we see the biggest picture there is. We understand how small we are in the cosmos. We understand how fragile and temporary our existence is here on Earth.

Russian Proverbs

One who sits between two chairs may easily fall down. (A person who cannot decide which of two courses to follow, who tries to follow two courses at the same time, may fail to follow either)

Leo Tolstoy, aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Tolstoi

The error arises from the learned jurists deceiving themselves and others, by asserting that government is not what it really is, one set of men banded together to oppress another set of men, but, as shown by science, is the representation of the citizens in their collective capacity.