Random Quotes

Wynton Marsalis

Most of you have returned at a time when many would have stayed away.

J.M. Barrie, fully Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet

Do you know, Peter asked, why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.

Henrik Ibsen, aka Henrik Johan Ibsen

I thank God that in the bath of Pain. He purged my love. What strong compulsion drew me on I knew not, till I saw in you the treasure I had blindly sought in vain. I praise Him, who our love has lifted thus to noble rank by sorrow, ? licensed us to a triumphal progress, bade us sweep thro' fen and forest to our castle-keep, a noble pair, astride on Pegasus!

Samuel Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson

To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.

Paul Chatfield, pseudonym for Horace Smith

We may hold it slavish to dress according to the judgment of fools and the caprice of coxcombs; but are we not ourselves both when we are singular in our attire?

Xenophon, aka Xenophon of Athens

Truly, men often fail to understand their own weaknesses, I said neutrally, and their lack of self-knowledge can bring terrible disasters down on their own heads.

Author 193954

The realization that I had an incurable disease, that was likely to kill me in a few years, was a bit of a shock. How could something like that happen to me? Why should I be cut off like this? However while I had been in hospital, I had seen a boy I vaguely knew die of leukemia in the bed opposite me. It had not been a pretty sight. Clearly there were people who were worse off than I. At least, my condition didn’t make me feel sick. Whenever I feel inclined to be sorry for myself, I remember that boy.

T. S. Eliot, fully Thomas Sterns Eliot

There is another way, if you have the courage.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.

Kamal Meattle

There are three basic green plants, common green plants, with which we can grow all the fresh air we need indoors to keep us healthy.

Edwin Percy Whipple

There is natural disposition with us to judge an author’s personal character by the character of his works. We find it difficult to understand the common antithesis of a good writer and a bad man.

Melinda French Gates

I want to live as private a life as I can because of our children.

Ramakrishna, aka Ramakrishna Paramhamsa or Sri Ramakrishna, born Gadadhar Chattopadhyay

Little children play with dolls in the outer room just as they like, without any care of fear or restraint; but as soon as their mother comes in, they throw aside their dolls and run to her crying, Mamma, mamma. You too, are now playing in this material world, infatuated with the dolls of wealth, honor, fame, etc., If however, you once see your Divine Mother, you will not afterwards find pleasure in all these. Throwing them all aside, you will run to her.

James Bryant Conant

Pride requires very costly food - its keeper’s happiness.

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Art must go beyond the limitation of the object, of the so-called artistic product (while considering it to be of fundamental importance), in order to be active in every situation and place of planetary life.

Nelson Mandela, fully Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favor. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens.

Lord Byron, formally George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

As fierce as hell, or fiercer still, A woman piqued who has her will.

Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso

To feel our ills is one thing, but to cure them is another.

Emily Dickinson, fully Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

They say that God is everywhere and yet we always think of him as somewhat of a recluse.

Jonathan Haidt

Liberals are my friends, my colleagues, my social world.

Robert Herrick

In prayer the lips ne'er act the winning part without the sweet concurrence of the heart.

Brian Cox, fully Brian Edward Cox

Anyone who thinks the Large Hadron Collider will destroy the world is a twat.

Tony Blair, fully Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

No one is to blame for the breakdown in trust between politics, media and the public.

Cyril Connolly, fully Cyril Vernon Connolly

Slums may be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.

William Shakespeare

So; now prosperity begins to mellow, and drop into the rotten mouth of death. Here in these confines slily have I lurk’d, to watch the waning of mine enemies. A dire induction am I witness to, and will to France; hoping the consequence will prove as bitter, black, and tragical.