Random Quotes

W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden

Let us honor if we can the vertical man, though we value none but the horizontal one

Jacques Lusseyran

Colors, shapes, even objects, the heaviest of them, all had the same vibration. And today, every time I assume the attitude of tender attention, I find the same vibration once again. In those days, when people asked me what was my favorite color, I always answered "Green." But I only learned later that green was the color of hope.

George Bernard Shaw

A man's interest in the world is only an overflow from his interest in himself.

Sherwood Anderson

The whole object of education is, or should be, to develop mind. The mind should be a thing that works. It should be able to pass judgment on events as they arise, make decisions.

Pauline Kael

I didn't dislikeÿAmerican Beautyÿ-- I hated it. It's not that it's badly made -- it isn't. It has snappy rhythms and Kevin Spacey's line readings are very smart, and Annette Bening is skillful in the scene where she beats up on herself. But the picture is a con. It buries us under the same load of attitudes that were tried out inÿCarnal KnowledgeÿandÿThe Ice Storm, with the nice trustworthy young dope-dealers ofÿEasy Rider. Maybe audiences are so familiar with this set of anti-suburbia attitudes that it's developed into its own movie genre.

Stephan Nachmanovitch

In improvisation, there is only one time. This is what computer people call real time. The time of inspiration, the time of technically structuring and realizing... the time of playing it, and the time of communicating with the audience, are all one.

Emma Goldman

Patriotism ... is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit.

Nigerian Proverbs

Because of three, three days visit a trader cannot shit in his Shed.

Romanian Proverbs

The eye is bigger than the belly.

German Proverbs

A glutton young, a beggar old.

Hans Seyle, fully Hans Hugo Bruno Seyle

My advice to any young person at the beginning of their career is to try to look for the mere outlines of big things with their fresh, untrained, and unprejudiced mind.

Stephen King, fully Stephen Edwin King

Lying in the bed that had once held two, Lisey thought alone never felt more lonely than when you woke up and discovered you still had the house to yourself. That you and the mice in the walls were the only ones still breathing.

James Gleick

When the Lilliputians first saw Gulliver's watch, that "wonderful kind of engine... a globe, half silver and half of some transparent metal," they identified it immediately as the god he worshiped. After all, "he seldom did anything without consulting it: he called it his oracle, and said it pointed out the time for every action in his life." To Jonathan Swift in 1726 that was worth a bit of satire. Modernity was under way. We're all Gullivers now. Or are we Yahoos?

Josef Pieper

To be just means to recognize the other as other; it means to give acknowledgment even where one cannot love... A just man is just, therefore, because he sanctions another person in his very separateness and helps him to receive his due.

Andrew Bernstein

Some people are so used to experiencing stress that they don't remember what life was like without it

Michael Parenti

The first law of the market is to make the largest possible profit from other people's labor or go out of business. Profitability rather than human need is the determining condition of private investment.

Persian Proverbs

Don?t count your chickens before they are hatched.

William Shakespeare

Portia adieu! I have too griev'd a heart to take a tedious leave.

W. C. Fields, stage name for William Claude Dukenfield

Don’t say you can’t swear off drinking; it’s easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.

William Cowper

Habits of close attention, thinking heads, become more rare as dissipation spreads, till authors hear at length one general cry tickle and entertain us, or we die!

Patience Johnson

Before God can lift you up, He will first knock you down. Go through it, I have been there many times. The most interesting part is when you look back and see how far He has brought you, you can't afford not to get up and keep on moving.

Tony Judt, fully Tony Robert Judt

The more equal a society, the greater the trust. And it is not just a question of income: where people have similar lives and similar prospects, it is likely that what we might call their ?moral outlook? is also shared.

William Shakespeare

An angel; or, if not, an earthly paragon.

Graham Greene

Death never mattered at those times - in the early days I even used to pray for it: the shattering annihilation that would prevent forever the getting up, the putting on of clothes, the watching her torch trail across to the opposite side of the common like the tail-light of a low car driving away.

Italian Proverbs

Rome wasn't built in a day.