Random Quotes

Wright Morris

There's little to see, but things leave an impression. It's a matter of time and repetition. As something old wears thin or out, something new wears in. The handle on the pump, the crank on the churn, the dipper floating in the bucket, the latch on the screen, the door on the privy, the fender on the stove, the knees of the pants and the seat of the chair, the handle of the brush and the lid to the pot exist in time but outside taste; they wear in more than they wear out. It can't be helped. It's neither good nor bad. It's the nature of life.

John Adams

Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.

Wumen Huikai

One instant is eternity; eternity is the now. When you see through this one instant, you see through the one who sees.

P. J. O'Rourke

Just because a subject is serious doesn't mean it doesn't have plenty of absurdities.

Henry Clay

Impart additional strength to our happy Union. Diversified as are the interests of its various parts, how admirably do they harmonize and blend together!?We have only to make a proper use of the bounties spread before us, to render us prosperous and powerful.

Chinese Proverbs

All the past died yesterday; the future is born today.

Robert Herrick

More discontents I never had since I was born, then here; where I have been, and still am sad, in this dull Devon-shire: yet justly too I must confesse; I ne?r invented such ennobled numbers for the Presse, then where I loath?d so much.

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

I don't know what humor is.

Robert Louis Stevenson, fully Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor.

William Shakespeare

Say there be; yet nature is made better by no mean but nature makes that mean. So, over that art which you say adds to nature, is an art that nature makes.

Debasish Mrida

Love is the most powerful catalyst. It can change a heart and the world.

Salman Rushdie, fully Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie

I have a deep feeling for Kashmir, and I just had to write this book, ... [But] it's very hard to write about real events. It becomes unbearable. The challenge in writing this book was: how do you write about these things bearably without sweetening the pill?

Alan Lightman, fully Alan Paige Lightman

I think Joe Leiberman has been one of the leaders of the country... people have such a broad respect for him as a moral force.

Nathalie Sarraute, fully Nathalie Tcherniak Sarraute

Television has lifted the manufacture of banality out of the sphere of handicraft and placed it in that of a major industry.

Steve Jobs, fully Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.

George Bernard Shaw

Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.

Harry S. Truman

A leader has to lead, or otherwise he has no business in politics.

Polish Proverbs

Where there is love, there is happiness.

Thomas Carlyle

No sooner does a great man depart, and leave his character as public property, than a crowd of little men rushes towards it. There they are gathered together, blinking up to it with such vision as they have, scanning it from afar, hovering round it this way and that, each cunningly endeavoring, by all arts, to catch some reflex of it in the little mirror of himself.

Gertrude Stein

I think one is naturally impressed by anything having a beginning a middle and an ending when one is beginning writing and that it is a natural thing because when one is emerging from adolescence, which is really when one first begins writing one feels that one would not have been one emerging from adolescence if there had not been a beginning and a middle and an ending to anything.

Richard Dawkins

Blindness to suffering is an inherent consequence of natural selection. Nature is neither kind nor cruel but indifferent.

Joseph Addison

As true wit consists in the resemblance of ideas, and false wit in the resemblance of words, according to the foregoing instances; there is another kind of wit which consists partly in the resemblance of ideas, and partly in the resemblance of words, which for distinction-sake I shall call mixed wit. This kind of wit is that which abounds in Cowley more than in any other author that ever wrote. Mr. Waller has likewise a great deal of it. Mr. Dryden is very sparing in it. Milton had a genius much above it. Spenser is in the same class with Milton. The Italians, even in their epic poetry, are full of it. Monsieur Boileau, who formed himself upon the ancient poets, has everywhere rejected it with scorn. If we look after mixed wit among the Greek writers, we shall find it nowhere but in the epigrammatists. There are indeed some strokes of it in the little poem ascribed to Mus‘us, which by that, as well as many other marks, betrays itself to be a modern composition. If we look into the Latin writers, we find none of this mixed wit in Virgil, Lucretius, or Catullus; very little in Horace, but a great deal of it in Ovid, and scarce anything else in Martial.

Hindustani Proverbs

Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.

Scottish Proverbs

A hadden tongue maks a slabbered mou.

Lynn Margulis

It took me days of conversation even to begin to understand Lovelock's thinking. My first response, just like that of the neo-Darwinists, was "business as usual." I would say, "Oh, you mean that organisms adapt to their environment." He would respond, very sweetly, "No, I don't mean that." Lovelock kept telling me what he really meant, and it was hard for me to listen. Since his was a new idea, he hadn't yet developed an appropriate vocabulary. Perhaps I helped him work out his explanations, but I did very little else.