Random Quotes

John Adams

The frightful engines of ecclesiastical councils, of diabolical malice, and Calvinistical good-nature never failed to terrify me exceedingly whenever I thought of preaching.

Sinclair Lewis, fully Harry Sinclair Lewis

It might be the doing of Satan, in whom Aaron anxiously believed with all of his being except, perhaps, his mind.

Mary Oliver

Finally, I knew what you have to do, and began, though... sounds that emit bad advice, and though... the house shake... and despite the tension in the ankles. Interested in my life. Every voice screaming at you. But you did not stop. You know what you have to do, despite the ferocity of the wind and the cruelty of her fingers that nearly toppled back, despite the sadness terrible. Time is trailed lonely, and the road is filled branches falling ... and stones. But little by little, melted in the distances voices, and burned the stars... then came a new sound slowly realized that your voice? packed with world where determined to do the only thing that can be done - intent on... life saving the only... that you can really save them.

John Grisham, fully John Ray Grisham, Jr.

Maybe. A lot of players have been hit in the head, but few got hurt. Ray Chapman was killed by a pitch in 1920. Mickey Cochrane never played again after taking one in the head. Tony Conigliaro was a certain Hall of Famer, then he got beaned in the eye. I hit him once, did you know that? Tony C.? Yep. In 1965, I was pitching for Cleveland. Tony crowded the plate, and he was fearless. I drilled him in the shoulder and never felt bad about it. Sometimes you gotta hit a guy, Joe, you know that. But you don?t try to hurt someone; it?s never part of the game to throw at a guy?s head. He?s got a family, a career. That was my mistake.

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

Wickedness supposed to taste the evil hidden malignancy wickedness.

Debasish Mrida

Even if you are strange, you may not be able to deny that we all live in the same home that we call Earth. So let us love her.

Samuel Gompers

America must be kept American. Those who would flood the country with hordes of immigrants from southeastern Europe care no more for America then do the Hottentots. Their desires are governed by greed.

Allan Bloom, fully Allan David Bloom

The strength of his soul is a result of the part of it that makes him proud and ambitious, that seeks an autonomy not dependent on others? opinions or wills.

Author Unknown

Misfortunes are needles with which God sews our souls to the eternal truths.

Yukteswar, fully Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, born Priyanath Karar

Wisdom is not assimilated with the eyes, but with the atoms. When your conviction of a truth is not merely in your brain but in your being, you may diffidently vouch for its meaning.

Thomas Carlyle

Ye are most strong, ye Sons of the icy North, of the far East, far marching from your rugged Eastern Wildernesses, hither-ward from the gray Dawn of Time! Ye are Sons of the Jotun-land; the land of Difficulties Conquered. Difficult? You

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The stork flew over a town one day,
And back of each wing an infant lay;
One to a rich man’s home he brought,
And one he left at a labourer’s cot.
The rich man said, ‘My son shall be
A lordly ruler o’er land and sea.’
The labourer sighed, ‘’Tis the good God’s will
That I have another mouth to fill.’
The rich man’s son grew strong and fair,
And proud with the pride of a millionaire.
His motto in life was, ‘Live while you may, ’
And he crowded years in a single day.
He bought position and name and place,
And he bought him a wife with a handsome face.
He journeyed over the whole wide world,
But discontent his heart lay curled
Like a serpent hidden in leaves and moss,
And life seemed hollow and gold was dross.
He scoffed at woman, and doubted God,
And died like a beast and went back to the sod.
The son of the labourer tilled the soil,
And thanked God daily for health and toil.
He wedded for love in his youthful prime,
And two lives chorded in tune and time.
His wants were simple, and simple his creed,
To trust God fully: it served his need,
And lightened his labour, and helped him to die
With a smile on his lips and a hope in his eye.
When all is over and all is done,
Now which of these men was the richer one?

Milarepa, fully Jetsun Milarepa

When the time of death arrives, the unlucky cannot make appeal.

Graham Greene

The truth has never been of any real value to any human being - it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.

Mozi or Mo-tze, Mocius or Mo-tzu, original name Mo Di, aka Master Mo

Mind is understanding of the essence of things.

Tim Ferriss

In the context of body redesign, there are two fundamental MEDs to keep in mind: To remove stored fat ? do the least necessary to trigger a fat-loss cascade of specific hormones. To add muscle in small or large quantities ? do the least necessary to trigger local (specific muscles) and systemic (hormonal2) growth mechanisms.

Robert Byrne, fully Robert Leo Byrne

One of the disadvantages of having children is that they eventually get old enough to give you presents they make at school.

Stephen Levine

Letting ourselves be forgiven is one of the most difficult healings we will undertake…and one of the most fruitful.

Saint Vincent de Paul

We must be firm but not rough in our guidance and avoid an insipid kind of meekness, which is ineffective. We will learn from Our Lord how our meekness should always be accompanied by humility and grace so as to attract hearts to Him and not cause anyone to turn away from Him.

Thorstein Veblen, fully Thorstein Bunde Veblen, born Torsten Bunde Veblen

Without reflection or analysis, we feel that what is inexpensive is unworthy. "A cheap coat makes a cheap man."

English Proverbs

Who thinks to live must live to think, else mind and body lose their link.

George Villiers 2nd Duke of Buckingham

The blackest Ink of Fate, sure, was my Lot, and, when she writ my Name, she made a blot.

Václav Havel

Lying can never save us from another lie.

John Betjeman, fully Sir John Betjeman

In the licorice fields at Pontefract my love and I did meet and many a burdened licorice bush was blooming round our feet; red hair she had and golden skin, her sulky lips were shaped for sin, her sturdy legs were flannel-slack'd the strongest legs in Pontefract.?

Saint John of the Cross, born Juan de Yepes Álvarez

The soul that journeys to God, but does not shake off its cares and quiet its appetites, is like one who drags a cart uphill.