Random Quotes

John Steinbeck

For the thickness of the layer of dust covering the spine of a public library books can measure up the culture of a people.

Rig Veda, or The Rigveda

People on the righteous path always progress, while people who are ignorant always falter and regress.

Martin Luther

Many pass for saints on earth whose souls are in hell.

Anne Lamott

Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean/ they show us how to live and die. They are full of all the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. And quality of attention: we may notice amazing details during the course of a day but we rarely let ourselves stop and really pay attention. An author makes you notice, makes you pay attention, and this is a great gift. My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I'm grateful for it the way I'm grateful for the ocean.

Edward Coke, fully Sir Edward Coke

Law is the safest helmet.

Marian Wright Edelman

No person has the right to rain on your dreams.

Sean Carroll, fully Sean Michael Carroll

The world keeps happening, in accordance with its rules; it's up to us to make sense of it and give it value.

Rabindranath Tagore, fully Sir Rabindranath Tagore, sobriquet Gurudev, aka Kabi Guru Rabindranath Thakur or Biswa Kabi

Life is perpetually creative because it contains in itself that surplus which ever overflows the boundaries of the immediate time and space, restlessly pursuing its adventure of expression in the varied forms of self-realization.


If, then, being is in itself desirable for the supremely happy man (since it is by its nature good and pleasant), and that of his friends very much the same, a friend will be one of the things that are desirable. Now that which is desirable form him must have, or he will be deficient in this respect. The man who is to be happy will therefore need virtuous friends.

Eric Hoffer

Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.

Maira Kalman

I don't listen to the news. I don't read the newspaper unless it's eccentric information - and the obituaries, of course.

Murray Rothbard, fully Murray Newton Rothbard

If government manages to establish paper tickets or bank credit as money, as equivalent to gold grams or ounces, then the government, as dominant money-supplier, becomes free to create money costlessly and at will. As a result, this 'inflation' of the money supply destroys the value of the dollar or pound, drives up prices, cripples economic calculation, and hobbles and seriously damages the workings of the market economy.


Nothing can harm a good man, either in life or after death.

Tibullus, fully Albius Tibullus

Fear not to swear; the winds carry the perjuries of lovers without effect over land and sea, thanks to Jupiter. The father of the gods himself has denied effect to what foolish lovers in their eagerness have sworn.

Scottish Proverbs

Fuils raves an wice men redds.

Yiddish Proverbs

May he swallow an umbrella and may it open in his belly!

Billy Graham, formally William Franklin "Billy" Graham

The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same.

Gabriel García Márquez, aka Gabo

The majority understood that his passivity was not that of a hero taking his ease but that of a cataclysm in repose.

W. Somerset Maugham, fully William Somerset Maugham

Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.

Saint Francis of Assisi, born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone

Blessed is the servant who esteems himself no better when he is praised and exalted by people than when he is considered worthless, simple, and despicable; for what a man is before God, that he is and nothing more.

Otto von Bismarck, Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg

I have a burden on my soul. During my long life, I did not make anyone happy, neither my friends, nor my family, nor even myself. I have done many evil things...I was the cause of the beginning of three big wars. About 800,000 people were killed because of me on the battlefields., and their mothers, brothers, and widows cried for them. And now this stands between me and God.

Frank Moore Colby

Why need every honest poet be suspected of leading a quadruple life? Sometimes the second or third meaning is less interesting than the first, and the only really difficult thing about a poem is the critic's explanation of it.

Guru Nanak

Physicians, temple priests, sellers of meat, and those who subsist by shop keeping must be avoided at sacrifices offered to the gods and to the manes.


As God disposes man laughs or weeps.

Martin Henry Fischer

Here's good advice for practice: go into partnership with nature; she does more than half the work and asks none of the fee.