Random Quotes

Minna Thomas Antrim

A homely face and no figure have aided many women heavenward.

Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann

It would be a considerable consolation to the poor and discontented could they but see the means whereby the wealth they covet has been acquired, or the misery that it entails.

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

One can only believe entirely, perhaps, in what one cannot see.

Louis D. Brandeis, fully Louis Dembitz Brandeis

Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.

Swahili Proverbs

What is not eaten by a man, let the devil eat it.

Michael J. Behe

At conception there are a number of gene pieces (found in 4 clusters) in the fertilized cell that contribute to making antibodies. There are about 250 gene segments (pieces) in cluster one, 10 gene segments that form cluster 2, 6 segments that comprise cluster 3 and another 8 segments that make up cluster 4.

Osho, born Chandra Mohan Jain, also known as Acharya Rajneesh and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

It is a strange thing, that every child is born with a closed hand , and everybody dies with an open hand!

Bernard Baruch, fully Bernard Mannes Baruch

Those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter.

Sri Chinmoy, born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose

Man is by nature a lover. Only he has yet to discover the real thing to love. This quest awakens him to the fulfillment of his real Self.

Paramahansa Yogananda, born Mukunda Lal Ghosh

Death is not a blotting-out of existence, a final escape from life; nor is death the door to immortality. He who has fled his Self in earthly joys will not recapture it amidst the gossamer charms of an astral world. There he merely accumulates finer perceptions and more sensitive responses to the beautiful and the good, which are one. It is on the anvil of this gross earth that struggling man must hammer out the imperishable gold of spiritual identity.

William Shakespeare

A most unspotted lily shall she pass To the ground, and all the world shall mourn her. King Henry VIII. Act v. Sc. 5.

Thomas De Quincey, fully Thomas Penson De Quincey

Flowers that are so pathetic in their beauty, frail as the clouds, and in their coloring as gorgeous as the heavens, had through thousands of years been the heritage of children -- honored as the jewelry of God only by them -- when suddenly the voice of Christianity, counter-signing the voice of infancy, raised them to a grandeur transcending the Hebrew throne, although founded by God himself, and pronounced Solomon in all his glory not to be arrayed like one of these.

Robert Burton

Diogenes struck the father when the son swore.

Ernest Hemingway, fully Ernest Miller Hemingway

Well, Fitz, I looked all through that bible, it was in very fine print and stumbling on that great book Ecclesiastics, read it aloud to all who would listen. Soon I was alone and began cursing the bloody bible because there were no titles in it — although I found the source of practically every good title you ever heard of. But the boys, principally Kipling, had been there before me and swiped all the good ones so I called the book Men Without Women hoping it would have a large sale among the fairies and old Vassar Girls.

Herman Hesse

I have no desire to walk on water, said Siddhartha. Let the old shramanas satisfy themselves with such skills.

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

Nations are just like individuals. Loan them money and you lose their friendship.

Hippocrates, fully known as Hippocrates of Cos or Hippokrates of Kos

If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

You have a wonderful organization. I understand you have ten thousand here. And if you count the ones in the various federal prisons, it brings your total membership up to around thirty thousand.

Philip Glass

The Forms of Plato are by definition unchanging. The actual chair is not the "real" chair according to this conception, but only the accidental instantiation of the ideal chair. It is this ideal chair which possesses a superior reality. This is a grave error which spawns all manner of demons and calamities for the human race it seems to me. To move away from the conception of the superior reality of universals is an ongoing task of the modern sensibility. Music should be a part of this progression.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To be infatuated with the power of one’s own intellect is an accident which seldom happens but to those who are remarkable for the want of intellectual power. Whenever Nature leaves a hole in a person’s mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.

English Proverbs

Nothing comes out of the sack but what was in it.

Frank Zappa, born Frank Vincent Zappa

Just because somebody hears something you say, or reads something that you write, doesn’t mean you’ve reached them. With reading comprehension being what it is in the U. S., you can safely toss that one out the window. If you want to judge by the listening habits of people who buy records, the first thing they do is put it on and talk over it.

United Nations

The UN wasn’t created to take mankind into paradise, but rather, to save humanity from hell. - Dag Hammarskjöld

Tony Blair, fully Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

I think the single most important political distinction today is actually between open-minded versus closed-minded, and that's why I think this crosses the boundaries of traditional - center-right and center-left have much more in common with each other right now than the right does with the center-right, and the left does with the center-left.

Zen Proverbs and Thoughts

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faith the best relationship.