Random Quotes

William Blake

Oh! Why was I born with a different face? Why was I not born like the rest of my race? When I look,each one starts! When I speak, I offend; then I’m silent and passive and lose every friend. Then my verse I dishonor, my pictures despise, my person degrade and my temper chastise; and the pen is my terror, the pencil my shame; all my talents I bury, and dead is my fame. I’m either too low or too highly prized; when elate I’m envy'd, when meek I’m despis'd.

Lao Tzu, ne Li Urh, also Laotse, Lao Tse, Lao Tse, Lao Zi, Laozi, Lao Zi, La-tsze

What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.

Chinese Proverbs

Fight fire with fire.

Richard Nixon, fully Richard Milhous Nixon

My concern today is not with the length of a person's hair but with his conduct. (On campus radicals)

Italian Proverbs

A greased mouth cannot say no.

Berber Proverbs

In the far-off fields, the cabbages are fine.

Erma Bombeck, fully Erma Louise Bombeck, born Erma Fiste

A child needs your love most when he deserves it least

Thomas Edison, fully Thomas Alva Edison

Through all the years of experimenting and research, I never once made a discovery. I start where the last man left off.... All my work was deductive, and the results I achieved were those of invention pure and simple.

Winston Churchill, fully Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

Our loyal, brave people? should know the truth... they should know that we have sustained a defeat without a war? and that the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies; ?Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting.? And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proferred to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigor, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.

Jacques Ellul

In the midst of increasing mechanization and technological organization, propaganda is simply the means used to prevent these things from being felt as too oppressive and to persuade man to submit with good grace. When man will be fully adapted to this technological society, when he will end by obeying with enthusiasm, convinced of the excellence of what he is forced to do, the constraint of the organization will no longer be felt by him; the truth is, it will no longer be a constraint, and the police will have nothing to do. The civic and technological good will and the enthusiasm for the right social myths — both created by propaganda — will finally have solved the problem of man.

William Shakespeare

Unregarded age in corners thrown.

Vinoba Bhave, fully Vinayak Narahari "Vinoba" Bhave

Human life is full of the play of samskaras - tendencies developed by repeated actions.

George MacDonald

There is no cheating in nature and the simple unsought feelings of the soul. There must be a truth involved in it, though we may but in part lay hold of the meaning.

Robert Gordon Sproul

That university man is rare indeed who would claim that the present system of higher education is adequate; yet we adhere to it because it is easier than to make a radical change. The lockstep is hard to break. The faculty develops younger men to follow in its footsteps, selecting teachers on the basis of their conformance to the tradition of the men who trained them. Generation after generation recites the same rigamarole, and all too seldom do the augurs glance at one another and solemnly wink. The curious thing is that the men who, in educational systems accept what has been done traditionally, in their own fields recognize that science is changing constantly, and they are always experimenting in the hope that they may contribute to the changes. Why should we not look on education as a problem for experimentation just as we so look on a problem in physics or astronomy? Why, when we recognize the importance of theories and experimentation in every other field, should we accept, with such complaisance, our present system of education? The reason is that most of us either give no thought to the theory underlying the system of education we support, or think of education as an exception to the rule that every subject must rest on some cardinal theory.

John Macmurray

Religion is about fellowship and community… The task of religion is the maintenance and extension of human community.

Romanian Proverbs

Hunger goes in a straight line, desire turns in circles.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

When I fall into the abyss, I go straight into it, head down and heels up, and I’m even pleased that I’m falling in just such a humiliating position, and for me I find it beautiful. And so in that very shame I suddenly begin a hymn.

Wayne Dyer, fully Wayne Walter Dyer

You’ll see it when you believe it.

Norman Vincent Peale

Always remember that problems contain values that have improvement potential.

Debasish Mrida

The whole night I was thinking and dreaming to give you the most beautiful gift and that is my heart.

Edward Abbey

Stranger than the storms, though not so grand and symphonic, are the flash floods that follow them, bursting with little warning out of the hills and canyons, sometimes an hour or more after the rain has stopped.

Maria Von Ebner-Eschenbach, or Marie von Ebner-Eschenbachová, Marie Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach

The moral code which was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for our children.

William Blake

On Another’s Sorrow -

Can I see another’s woe,
And not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another’s grief,
And not seek for kind relief?

Can I see a falling tear,
And not feel my sorrow’s share?
Can a father see his child
Weep, nor be with sorrow fill’d?

Can a mother sit and hear
An infant groan, an infant fear?
No, no! never can it be!
Never, never can it be!

And can He who smiles on all
Hear the wren with sorrows small,
Hear the small bird’s grief and care,
Hear the woes that infants bear,

And not sit beside the nest,
Pouring pity in their breast;
And not sit the cradle near,
Weeping tear on infant’s tear;

And not sit both night and day,
Wiping all our tears away?
O, no! never can it be!
Never, never can it be!

He doth give His joy to all;
He becomes an infant small;
He becomes a man of woe;
He doth feel the sorrow too.

Think not thou canst sigh a sigh,
And thy Maker is not by;
Think not thou canst weep a tear,
And thy Maker is not near.

O! He gives to us His joy
That our grief He may destroy;
Till our grief is fled and gone
He doth sit by us and moan.

Che Guevara, fully Ernesto “Che” Guevara

To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We must create the pedagogy of the paredón [execution wall].

Mason Cooley

After desolation, grief brings back our humanity.