Random Quotes

Andrew McAfee

We are entering a new phase in world history—one in which fewer and fewer workers will be needed to produce the goods and services for the global population.

Esther Perel

But when we reduce sex to a function, we also invoke the idea of dysfunction. We are no longer talking about the art of sex; rather, we are talking about the mechanics of sex. Science has replaced religion as the authority; and science is a more formidable arbiter. Medicine knows how to scare even those who scoff at religion. Compared with a diagnosis, what's a mere sin? We used to moralize; today we normalize, and performance anxiety is the secular version of our old religious guilt.

Martin Buber

Feelings dwell in man; but man dwells in his love. That is no metaphor, but the actual truth. Love does not cling to the I in such a way as to have the Thou only for its content, its object; but love is between I and Thou. The man who does not know this, with his very being know this, does not know love; even though he ascribes to it the feelings he lives through, experiences, enjoys, and expresses.

Groucho Marx, Pseudonym for Julius Henry Marx

The first thing which I can record concerning myself is, that I was born. These are wonderful words. This life, to which neither time nor eternity can bring diminution - this everlasting living soul, began. My mind loses itself in these depths.

Chuck Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk

I learned all those jokes in second grade. Second grade is really where they tell you those horrific jokes, racist jokes and misogynistic jokes that you have no idea what they mean, and you just memorize them because they have a very strong effect, they make people laugh in this kind of nervous, horrible way, and it's only later that you realize that you've got a head full of crap.

Rush Limbaugh

Obama's not down for the civil rights struggle, and he certainly wasn't down for the apartheid struggle, but he's clearly gonna take advantage of it and insert himself in such a way as to make it look like he is single-handedly responsible for apartheid going by the wayside.

James Bryant Conant

Pure truth, like pure gold, has been found unfit for circulation, because men have discovered that it is far more convenient to adulterate the truth than to refine themselves. They will not advance their minds to the standard, therefore they lower the standard to their minds.

Charles Caleb Colton

Some read to think, these are rare; some to write, these are common; some to talk, and these are the great majority.

Yann Martel

Why can we throw a question further than we can pull in an answer?

Rod Serling, fully Rodman Edward "Rod" Serling

Rod Serling: Picture of the spaceship E-89, cruising above the thirteenth planet of star system fifty-one, the year 1997. In a little while, supposedly, the ship will be landed and specimens taken: vegetable, mineral and, if any, animal. These will be brought back to overpopulated Earth, where technicians will evaluate them and, if everything is satisfactory, stamp their findings with the word "habitable" and open up yet another planet for colonization. These are the things that are supposed to happen? Picture of the crew of the spaceship E-89: Captain Ross, Lieutenant Mason, Lieutenant Carter. Three men who have just reached a place which is as far from home as they will ever be. Three men who in a matter of minutes will be plunged into the darkest nightmare reaches of the Twilight Zone? Picture of a man who will not see anything he does not choose to see--including his own death. A man of such indomitable will that even the two men beneath his command are not allowed to see the truth; which truth is, that they are no longer among the living, that the movements they make and the words they speak have all been made and spoken countless times before--and will be made and spoken countless times again, perhaps even unto eternity. Picture of a latter-day Flying Dutchman, sailing into the Twilight Zone.

Chinese Proverbs

Love has its tides; before ebb tide you must take advantage of the flood.

Baruch Spinoza, later Benedict de Spinoza

No one envies the virtue of anyone who is not his equal.

Michel Foucault

We can say that today's writing has freed itself from the theme of expression. Referring only to itself; but without being restricted to the confines of its interiority, writing is identified with its own unfolded exteriority.

Wole Soyinka, fully Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Babatunde Soyinka

I consider the process of gestation just as important as when you're actually sitting down putting words to the paper.

Ernest Dimnet

Life is a succession of lessons enforced by immediate reward, or, oftener, by immediate chastisement.

William Shakespeare

Do I? Yea, in truth, do I, an 'twere an aspen leaf. I cannot abide swaggerers. Aspen Leaves of Grace

Tai-shang Kan-Ying Pien (Treatise of the Exalted One on Response and Retribution)

Their lusty desires exceed all measure.

Erma Bombeck, fully Erma Louise Bombeck, born Erma Fiste

I've got to bring out the big ammunition on sex education. The bra and girdle section of Sears just isn't doing it.

Paul Valéry, fully Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry

O thoughtful waste of my days! What an artist I have destroyed!

Jean Baptiste Lacordaire, fully Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

Prepare a path for God so that he can enter your heart.

Jack Kerouac, born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac

Walking on water wasn't built in a day

Nisargadatta Maharaj, fully Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli

You are a man because you identify with the body. If you do not identify with the body, what sex are you? After leaving the body, the vital breath and the ‘I am’ merge into the substratum. Then where is man or woman?

Jerome Bruner, fully Jerome Seymour Bruner

Knowledge, after all, is justified belief.

William Penn

Love labor: for if thou dost not want it for food, thou mayest for physic. It is wholesome for the body and good for thy mind.

William Saroyan

I had in my soul the greatest truths to tell, but when I came to the work of telling them I couldn't do it.