Random Quotes

Viktor Frankl, fully Viktor Emil Frankl

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Herman Hesse

I would traverse not once more, but often the hell of my inner being. One day I would be a better hand at the game. One day I would learn how to laugh. Pablo was waiting for me, and Mozart too.

Shashi Tharoor

Universality of the UN is a worthwhile thing in its own self because it means that every country belongs, feels it has a stake, and participates, rather than going away and finding other methods of conducting international relations.

William Shakespeare

The will is deaf and hears no heedful friends.

Spanish Proverbs

The worst ewe dungs in the milking-pail.

Henri Matisse, birth name Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse

I am unable to make any distinction between the feeling I get from life and the way I translate that feeling into painting.

Temple Grandin, fully Mary Temple Grandin

The big companies are like steel and activists are like heat. Activists soften the steel, and then I can bend it into pretty grillwork and make reforms.

Leo Tolstoy, aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Tolstoi

Lord have mercy! Pardon and help us! he repeated the words that suddenly and unexpectedly sprang to his lips. And he, an unbeliever, repeated those words not with his lips only. At that instant he knew that neither his doubts nor the impossibility of believing with his reason- of which he was conscious- all prevented his appealing to God. It all flew off like dust. To whom should he appeal, if not to Him in whose hands he felt himself, his soul, and his love, to be?

Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.

Edward Young

I have about concluded that wealth is a state of mind, and that anyone can acquire a wealthy state of mind by thinking rich thoughts.

Lisa Randall

My second concern about Occam?s Razor is just a matter of fact. The world is more complicated than any of us would have been likely to conceive. Some particles and properties don?t seem necessary to any physical processes that matter?at least according to what we?ve deduced so far. Yet they exist. Sometimes the simplest model just isn?t the correct one.

Tom Lehrer, fully Thomas Andrew Lehrer

His rivals used to say quite a bit that as a monarch he was most unfit. But still in all they had to admit that he loved his mother.

Francis Bacon

The understanding must not ... be allowed to jump and fly from particulars to axioms remote and of almost the highest generality (such as the first principles, as they are called, of arts and things), and taking stand upon them as truths that cannot be shaken, proceed to prove and frame the middle axioms by reference to them; which has been the practice hitherto, the understanding being not only carried that way by a natural impulse, but also by the use of syllogistic demonstration trained and inured to it. But then, and then only, may we hope well of the sciences when in a just scale of ascent, and by successive steps not interrupted or broken, we rise from particulars to lesser axioms; and then to middle axioms, one above the other; and last of all to the most general. For the lowest axioms differ but slightly from bare experience, while the highest and most general (which we now have) are notional and abstract and without solidity. But the middle are the true and solid and living axioms, on which depend the affairs and fortunes of men; and above them again, last of all, those which are indeed the most general; such, I mean, as are not abstract, but of which those intermediate axioms are really limitations.

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

Questioner: Similarly the good news of enlightenment will, sooner or later, bring about a transformation. Nisargadatta: Yes, first hearing (shravana), then remembering (smarana), pondering (manana) and so on. We are on familiar ground. The man who heard the news becomes a Yogi; while the rest continue in their Bhoga.

Chinese Proverbs

However wrong the magistrate and his assistants may be, their messenger is not to be blamed.

William S. Burroughs, fully William Seward Burroughs II

Madness is confusion of levels of fact. . . . Madness is not seeing visions but confusing levels.

Terence, full Latin name Publius Terentius Afer

As many men, so many minds; everyone his own way.

Nicholas D. Kristof, fully Nicholas Donabet Kristof

It feels unseemly to defend the vaporizing of two cities, events that are regarded in some quarters among the most monstrous acts of the twentieth century. But we owe it to history to appreciate that the greatest tragedy of Hiroshima was not that so many people were incinerated in an instant, but that in a complex and brutal world, the alternatives were worse.

Nikhilananda, fully Swami Nikhilananda, born Dinesh Chandra Das Gupta

Let a Christian follow the precepts of his faith, let a Hindu and a Jew follow theirs. If they strive long enough, they will ultimately discover God, who runs like a seam under the crusts of rituals and forms.

Felix Adler

Theologians often say that faith must come first, and that morality must be deduced from faith. We say that morality must come first, and faith, to those whose nature fits them to entertain it, will come out of the experience of a deepened moral life as its richest, choicest fruit. Precisely because moral culture is the aim, we cannot be content merely to lift the mass of mankind above the grosser forms of evil. We must try to advance the cause of humanity by developing in ourselves, as well as in others, a higher type of manhood and womanhood than the past has known. To aid in the evolution of a new conscience, to inject living streams of moral force into the dry veins of materialistic communities is our aim. We seek to come into touch with the ultimate power in things, the ultimate peace in things, which yet, in any literal sense, we know well that we cannot know. We seek to become morally certain — that is, certain for moral purposes — of what is beyond the reach of demonstration. But our moral optimism must include the darkest facts that pessimism can point to, include them and transcend them.

Reggie Watts, fully Reginald Lucien Frank Roger "Reggie" Watts

I think the end goal, hopefully, is to take advantage of the attention I've gotten along the way and use it for good and build some communities, and as I get older I can continue to do things and be surrounded by things that are inspirational to me.

Thomas Hobbes

As it is necessary for all men that seek peace to lay down certain rights of nature; that is to say, not to have liberty to do all they list, so is it necessary for man’s life to retain some: as right to govern their own bodies; enjoy air, water, motion, ways to go from place to place; and all things else without which a man cannot live, or not live well.

George Berkeley, also Bishop Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne

My design is to show the manner wherein we perceive by sight the distance, magnitude, and situation of objects. Also to consider the difference there is betwixt the ideas of sight and touch, and whether there be any idea common to both senses.

Nachman of Breslov, aka Reb Nachman Breslover or Bratslav, Nachman from Uman

But know that certain outstanding Tzaddikim who are in the category of Moses have been obliged to investigate these philosophies in order to extricate and elevate the fallen souls that have become sunk in them. Through their great sanctity these Tzaddikim had the power to release these trapped souls.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

We have all lost touch with life, we all limp, each to a greater or lesser degree.