Random Quotes

Umberto Eco

Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big.

William Shakespeare

O hateful Error, Melancholy's child! Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men The things that are not? O Error, soon conceiv'd, Thou never com'st unto a happy birth, But kill'st the mother that engender'd thee.

Sharon Salzberg

There's no commodity we can take with us. There is only our lives, whether we live them wisely or whether we live them in ignorance. And this is everything.

Shannon L. Alder

Conformity begins the moment you ignore how you feel for acceptance.

Jim Morrison

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

If a daughter you have, she's the plague of your life, no peace shall you know though you've buried your wife! At twenty she mocks at the duty you taught her-- Oh, what a plague is an obstinate daughter!

Mary Shelley, née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin

My greatest pleasure was the enjoyment of a serene sky amidst these verdant woods: yet I loved all the changes of Nature; and rain, and storm, and the beautiful clouds of heaven brought their delights with them. When rocked by the waves of the lake my spirits rose in triumph as a horseman feels with pride the motions of his high fed steed.

Anne Dillard

I look at the mountain, which is still doing its tricks, as you look at a still-beautiful face belonging to a person who was once your lover in another country years ago: with fond nostalgia, and recognition, but no real feeling save a secret astonishment that you are now strangers. Thanks. For the memories.

Richard Hofstadter

If there is anything more dangerous to the life of the mind than having no independent commitment to ideas, it is having an excess of commitment to some special and constricting idea.

William Shakespeare

DON PEDRO: She cannot endure to hear tell of a husband. LEONATO: O, by no means; she mocks all her wooers out of suit. Much Ado About Nothing, Act ii, Scene i

Werner Heisenberg, fully Werner Karl Heisenberg

What happens depends on our way of observing it or on the fact that we observe it.

Tallulah Bankhead, fully Tallulah Brockman Bankhead

It's one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work - the night watchman.

Brené Brown

There is a full spectrum of human emotions and when we numb the dark, we numb the light.

Jeremy Rifkin

It is possible to be in favor of progress, freedom of inquiry and the advancement of consciousness and still be opposed to essential elements of the prevailing scientific and technological world view. We stifle freedom of inquiry and undermine the great potential of human consciousness only when we steadfastly refuse to entertain new ways of re-imagining our world

Frank Gruber, pseudonumns include Stephen Ace, Charles K. Boston & John K. Vedder

It's just as easy to love a wealthy man as a poor one. And it is a lot easier to marry him.

William Tecumseh Sherman

I am a damned sight smarter man than Grant. I know more about military history, strategy, and grand tactics than he does. I know more about supply, administration, and everything else than he does. I'll tell you where he beats me though and where he beats the world. He doesn't give a damn about what the enemy does out of his sight, but it scares me like hell? I am more nervous than he is. I am more likely to change my orders or to countermarch my command than he is. He uses such information as he has according to his best judgment; he issues his orders and does his level best to carry them out without much reference to what is going on about him and, so far, experience seems to have fully justified him.

Louis Antoine de Saint-Just, fully Louis Antoine Léon de Saint-Just

Most arts have produced miracles, while the art of government has produced nothing but monsters.

Paul Harvey, fully Paul Harvey Aurandt

This is the highest honor I have received since 60-some years ago, when Angel said "I do."

Jean de La Bruyère

There is a false modesty, which is vanity; a false glory which is levity; a false grandeur, which is meanness; a false virtue, which is hypocrisy, and a false wisdom, which is prudery.

Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

It's only a world, after all, and they're just sand grains in the desert, worlds.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The universe is almost 14 billion years old, and, wow! Life had no problem starting here on Earth! I think it would be inexcusably egocentric of us to suggest that we're alone in the universe.


A human being is only breath and shadow.

Chinese Proverbs

A weir close to completion left undone due to the shortage of a basket of earth.

Norbert Weiner

We are but whirlpools in a river of ever-flowing water. We are not stuff that abides, but patterns that perpetuate themselves. A pattern is a message, and may be transmitted as a message.

Georges Bataille, fully Georges Albert Maurice Victor Bataille

The certainty of incoherence in reading, the inevitable crumbling of the soundest constructions, is the deep truth of books. Since appearance constitutes a limit, what truly exists is a dissolution into common opacity rather than a development of lucid thinking. The apparent unchangingness of books is deceptive: each book is also the sum of the misunderstandings it occasions.