Random Quotes

Kenneth Grahame

Supper was finished at last, and each animal felt that his skin was now as tight as was decently safe.

Georg Hegel, fully Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

The sequence of the conceptions is at the same time a sequence of realizations.

Hugh Blair

There are indeed few good dispositions of any kind with which the improvement of taste is not more or less connected. A cultivated taste increases sensibility to all the tender and humane passions by giving them frequent exercise; while it tends to weaken the more violent and fierce emotions:

Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

What if it does not die! What if the gate of life - what infinity! And all this would be mine! I would then every minute a century turned, nothing would be lost every minute to score counting, there's nothing to be not spent in vain!

Frances Hodgson Burnett, fully Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett

All women are princesses , it is our right.

Scott Adams, fully Scott Raymond Adams

I never liked New Year's Eve anyway. And this one's no different. I will not be pressured into having fun just because we arbitrarily use a base Ten counting system and a big round number is coming up.

Jean Baudrillard

The name of the thing that paralyzes human life is not the threat of atomic bomb throwing. The name of our lives is something that the cancer deterrent.

Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Baker

Dogs never bite me - just humans.

Pliny the Younger, full name Casus Plinius Caecilius Secundus, born Gaius Caecilius or Gaius Caecilius Cilo

Men are generally more pleased with a widespread than with a great reputation.

Henry James

The historian, essentially, wants more documents than he can really use; the dramatist only wants more liberties than he can really take.

Robert Kiyosaki, fully Robert Toru Kiyosaki

First of all, The US Federal Reserve Bank is not U.S. It is made up of a bunch of international, rich guys from all over the world. The second thing, it is not federal. It's not a US entity... Third, it has no reserves. There is nothing there. And fourth, it's not a bank. So that's why when I talk to people who need to really understand the new rules of money, which really began to take effect in 1971 when we were allowed to print money for the rest of the world, is understanding that this here is causing the rich to get richer and the poor and the middle class to get poor, but more importantly, the lower middle class is almost getting wiped out... And the reason the troubles have started, again, is the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank is not U.S., it's not federal, there's no reserve and it's not a bank. So if you understand that, then you can start to hedge your position rather than save money.

Ronald Reagan, fully Ronald Wilson Reagan

The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.

Walter Pater, fully Walter Horatio Pater

No account of the Renaissance can be complete without some notice of the attempt made by certain Italian scholars of the fifteenth century to reconcile Christianity with the religion of ancient Greece.

Raymond Postgate, fully Raymond William Postgate

Fiction in any form has always intended to be realistic. Old-fashioned novels which now seem stilted and artificial to the point of burlesque did not appear that way to the people who first read them. Writers like Fielding and Smollett could seem realistic in the modern sense because they dealt largely with uninhibited characters, many of whom were about two jumps ahead of the police, but Jane Austen’s chronicles of highly inhibited people against a background of rural gentility seem real enough psychologically. There is plenty of that kind of social and emotional hypocrisy around today. Add to it a liberal dose of intellectual pretentiousness and you get the tone of the book page in your daily paper and the earnest and fatuous atmosphere breathed by discussion groups in little clubs. These are the people who make bestsellers, which are promotional jobs based on a sort of indirect snob-appeal, carefully escorted by the trained seals of the critical fraternity, and lovingly tended and watered by certain much too powerful pressure groups whose business is selling books, although they would like you to think they are fostering culture. Just get a little behind in your payments and you will find out how idealistic they are.

Neil Postman

If every college teacher taught his courses in the manner we have suggested, there would be no needs for a methods course. Every course would be a course in methods of learning and, therefore, in methods of teaching. For example, a "literature" course would be a course in the process of learning how to read. A history course would be a course in the process of learning how to do history. And so on. But this is the most farfetched possibility of all since college teachers, generally speaking, are more fixated on the Trivia game, than any group of teachers in the educational hierarchy. Thus we are left with the hope that, if methods courses could be redesigned to be model learning environments, the educational revolution might begin. In other words, it will begin as soon as there are enough young teachers who sufficiently despise the crippling environments they are employed to supervise to want to subvert them. The revolution will begin to be visible when such teachers take the following steps (many students who have been through the course we have described do not regard these as "impractical"): 1. Eliminate all conventional "tests" and "testing." 2. Eliminate all "courses." 3. Eliminate all "requirements." 4. Eliminate all full time administrators and administrations. 5. Eliminate all restrictions that confine learners to sitting still in boxes inside of boxes...the conditions we want to eliminate... happen to be the sources of the most common obstacles to learning. We have largely trapped ourselves in our schools into expending almost all of our energies and resources in the direction of preserving patterns and procedures that make no sense even in their own terms. They simply do not produce the results that are claimed as their justification in the first place ? quite the contrary. If it is practical to persist in subsidizing at an ever-increasing social cost a system which condemns our youth to ten or 12 or 16 years of servitude in a totalitarian environment ostensibly for the purpose of training them to be fully functioning, self-renewing citizens of democracy, then we are vulnerable to whatever criticisms that can be leveled.

Joseph Addison

The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers, And heavily in clouds brings on the day, The great, the important day, big with the fate Of Cato and of Rome.

Winston Churchill, fully Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

I was never tired of listening to his wisdom or imparting my own.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is our conscience, not our pride that has put doorkeepers at our doors.

Thomas Carlyle

What we might call, by way of Eminence, the Dismal Science.

Yukio Mishima

However, as words become particularized, and as men begin - in however small a way - to use them in personal, arbitrary ways, so their transformation into art begins. It was words of this kind that, descending on me like a swarm of winged insects, seized on my individuality and sought to shut me up within it. Nevertheless, despite the enemy's depredations upon my person, I turned their universality - at once a weapon and a weakness - back on them, and to some extent succeeded in using words to universalize to my own individuality.

Thomas Mann, fully Paul Thomas Mann

The purifying, healing influence of literature, the dissipating of passions by knowledge and the written word, literature as the path to understanding, forgiveness and love, the redeeming might of the word, the literary spirit as the noblest manifestation of the spirit of man, the writer as perfected type, as saint.

William Shakespeare

Under which king, Bezonian? speak, or die! King Henry IV. Part II. Act v. Sc. 3.

Nâzım Hikmet

When the light of the star which flows into my eyes as a drop of gold first pierced the darkness in space, there was not a single eye on earth looking at the sky.

Lawren Harris, fully Lawren Stewart Harris

In the inner place where true artists create there exists a pure child.

Vladimir Lenin, fully Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

He who now talks about the "freedom of the press" goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.