Random Quotes

Steven Pinker, fully Steven Arthur Pinker

Artists and critics have long believed that an appreciation of elite art is ennobling and have spoken of cultural philistines in tones ordinarily reserved for child molesters.

Polish Proverbs

Without work there won't be any bread in your mouth.

Walt Whitman, fully Walter "Walt" Whitman

Something there is more immortal even than the stars, (Many the burials, many the days and nights, passing away,) something that shall endure longer even than lustrous Jupiter, longer than sun or any revolving satellite, or the radiant sisters the Pleiades.

Buckminster Fuller, fully Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller

I have been a deliberate half-century-fused inciter of a cool-headed, natural, gestation-rate-paced revolution, armed with physically demonstrable livingry levers with which altogether to elevate all humanity to realization of an inherently sustainable, satisfactory-to-all, ever higher standard of living. Critical threshold-crossing of the inevitable revolution is already underway.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Those who do not think that employment is systemic slavery are either blind or employed.

Garrison Keillor, fully Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor

Travel is the art form available to Everyman. You sit in the coffee shop in a strange city and nobody knows who you are, or cares, and so you shed your checkered past and your motley credentials and you face the day unarmed ... And onward we go and some day in the distant future, we will stop and turn around in astonishment to see all the places we've been and the heroes we were.

Milan Kundera

Adventure, the first great theme of the novel.

William Shakespeare

I prithee take thy fingers from my throat, for, though I am not splenitive and rash, yet have I in me something dangerous, which let thy wisdom fear; away the hand. Hamlet, Act v, Scene 1

Calvin Coolidge, fully John Calvin Coolidge, Jr.

Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "Press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race

Robert Hall

It is not sin that kills the soul, but impenitence.

Paulo Coelho

Life is too short to waste time complaining. Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.

Thomas Guthrie

We want a religion that, not dressed for Sundays and walking on stilts, descends into common and everyday life; is friendly, not selfish; courteous, not boorish; generous, not miserly; sanctified, not sour; that loves justice more than gain; and fears God more than man; to quote another's words - "a religion that keeps husbands from being spiteful, or wives fretful; that keeps mothers patient, an...d children pleasant; that bears heavily not only on the 'exceeding sinfulness of sin,' but on the exceeding rascality of lying and stealing; that banishes small measures from counters, sand from sugar, and water from milk-cans" - the faith, in short? and whose fruit is works.

Henry James

We haven't gone head to head this year, but on paper [Penn State] looks just as capable as we are to win the championship.

Yitzhak Shamir, born Icchak Jaziernicki

I considered the prevention of war as the test of our security policy; in addition to being able to rapidly and forcefully end any war forced upon us.

Pashto Proverbs

Brotherly love is all very well, but let there be some sort of account kept.

Elbert Green Hubbard

As a rule, the man who can do all things equally well is a very mediocre individual.

Atharva Veda, or Atharvaveda

A brahmachari is he, who tries to attain enlightenment while he is alive and aspires for 'salvation' after his death. He incessantly makes efforts to improve upon his intellect and knowledge and to treads on the path of truth. Quite naturally gods are pleased by him and dwell in his heart.

Simone Weil

The needs of the soul can for the most part be listed in pairs of opposites which balance and complete one another. The human soul has need of equality and of hierarchy. Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings. Hierarchy is the scale of responsibilities. Since attention is inclined to direct itself upwards and remain fixed, special provisions are necessary to ensure the effective compatibility of equality and hierarchy.

Max Weber, formally Maximilian Carl Emil Weber

Sociology is] the science whose object is to interpret the meaning of social action and thereby give a causal explanation of the way in which the action proceeds and the effects which it produces. By "action" in this definition is meant the human behavior when and to the extent that the agent or agents see it as subjectively meaningful ... the meaning to which we refer may be either (a) the meaning actually intended either by an individual agent on a particular historical occasion or by a number of agents on an approximate average in a given set of cases, or (b) the meaning attributed to the agent or agents, as types, in a pure type constructed in the abstract. In neither case is the "meaning" to be thought of as somehow objectively "correct" or "true" by some metaphysical criterion. This is the difference between the empirical sciences of action, such as sociology and history and any kind of a priori discipline, such as jurisprudence, logic, ethics, or aesthetics whose aim is to extract from their subject-matter "correct" or "valid" meaning.


Things assume reality because of the unity maintained within that modification.

Ronald Reagan, fully Ronald Wilson Reagan

It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work -- work with us, not over us; stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.

Loren Eiseley

The creature had never lived to see a man, and I, what was it I was never going to see?

English Proverbs

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.

Steve Jobs, fully Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs

I?m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.

Tony Blair, fully Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

Lead me into war...you know I believe in you.