Archives of Previous Quotes Posted in 2015

Group conformity scares the pants off of me because it's so often a prelude to cruelty towards anyone who doesn't want to--or can't--join the Big Parade. ~~ Bette Midler

 Dying's not so bad.  At least I won't have to answer the telephone. ~~ Rita Mae Brown

 The important thing is not to stop questioning. ~~ Albert Einstein

 If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.  Then quit.  There's no use being a damn fool about it. ~~ W. C. Fields

 The handwriting on the wall may be a forgery. ~~ Ralph Hodgson

 If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. ~~ Anatole France

 There are two ways to slide easily through life:  to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking. ~~ Alfred Korzybski

 When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before. ~~ Mae West

 Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~~ Oscar Ameringer

 Animals are such agreeable friends; they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. ~~ George Eliot

 I love deadlines.  I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. ~~ Douglas Adams

 It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. ~~ Mark Twain

 Not to decide is to decide. ~~ Harvey Cox

 Life is just one damned thing after another. ~~ Elbert Hubbard

 I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. ~~ E. B. White

 Every man is worth just so much as the things are worth about which he busies himself. ~~ Marcus Aurelius

 Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength. ~~ Henry Ward Beecher

I was surprised when I started getting old.  I always thought it was one of those things that would happen to someone else.  ~~ George Carlin

Most of us believe in making people happy only if they can be happy in ways of which we approve.  ~  Robert S. Lynd

 It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations.  They presented him the words, "This, too, shall pass away." ~~ Abraham Lincoln 

 America is a willingness of the heart. ~~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

 We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can. ~~ Will Rogers

 My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn.  ~~ Louis Adamic

 The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. ~~ Dolly Parton

 A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ~~ George Bernard Shaw 

If it ain't broke, break it would seem to be my design for living. ~~ Julie Burchill

To be disesteemed by people you don't have much respect for is not the worst fate. ~~ Mary McCarthy

I have not lost my mind.  It's backed up on disk somewhere. ~~ Unattributed

Political designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ~~ George Orwell [Eric Blair]

Life is the garment we continually alter, but which never seems to fit. ~~ David McCord 

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. ~~ John, Viscount Morley 

Nobody who has not been in the interior of a family can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be. ~~ Jane Austin    

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters. ~~ Henry David Thoreau 

 An intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent.  It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction. ~~ E. F. Schumacher

 If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement. ~~ Jimmy Carter 

The biggest gap in the world is the gap between the justice of a cause and the motives of the people pushing it. ~~ John P. Grier

One of the most useful things you can learn is to yawn with your mouth closed, or in such a way people think you are smiling at them. ~~ Joe Moore

 You never know what's hit you.  A gunshot is the perfect way.  [When asked how he would choose to die.] ~~ John F. Kennedy

 Life is mostly froth and bubble,

Two things stand like stone.

Kindness in another's trouble,

Courage in your own. ~~ Adam L. Gordon

"Be yourself" is the worse advice you can give some people. ~~ Tom Masson

 If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it. ~~ Stanley Garn 

 "Do other men for they would do you."  That's the true business precept. ~~ Charles Dickens

If there ever could be a proper time for mere catch arguments, that time surely is not now.  In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and in eternity. ~~ Abraham Lincoln

 All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions. ~~ Leonardo da Vinci

 They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~~ Edgar Allan Poe

 I am one individual on a small planet in a little solar system in one of the galaxies. ~~ Roberto Assagioli

 There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability.  It is the ability to recognize ability. ~~ Robert Half 

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there. ~~ Laurence J. Peter

 We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our worst enemies. ~~ Roderick Thorp

Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat. ~~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

 I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure -- which is:  Try to please everybody. ~~ Herbert Bayard Swope 

The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well. ~~ H. T. Leslie

 The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues. ~~ Elizabeth Taylor 

There are two kinds of people in this world:  Those who blow out everybody's else's candle to make theirs shine brighter, and those who light everybody else's candle to make the world shine brighter.  Which person do you want to be? ~~ Joe Estey [Tacoma News Tribune]

 Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. ~~ Robert Frost

 Prayer of the modern American:  "Dear God, I pray for patience.  And I want it RIGHT NOW! ~~ Oren Arnold 

Were it offered to my choice, I should have no objections to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in a second edition to correct some faults of the first. ~~ Benjamin Franklin 

 What's joy to one is a nightmare to the other. ~~ Bertolt Brecht

 Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson. ~~ Vernon Law

 I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way. ~~ Franklin P. Adams

 Death lies on her, like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field. ~~ Shakespeare [Romeo and Juliet]

 If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed, and color, we would find some other causes for prejudice by noon. ~~ Senator George Aiken

 True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. ~~  Dave Tyson Gentry

 If you keep your mind sufficiently open, people will throw a lot of rubbish into it. ~~ William A. Orton

 The test of enjoyment is the remembrance which is leaves behind. ~~ Logan Pearsall Smith 

 My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy.  I can't figure it out.  What am I doing right? ~~ Charles M. Schulz

 Creativeness often consists of merely turning up what is already there.  Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago? ~~ Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

You only have power over people so long as you don't take EVERYTHING away from them.  But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power -- he's free again. ~~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn 

We hope vaguely but dread precisely. ~~ Paul Valery

 Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder. ~~ Laurence J. Peter

 A problem is something you have hopes of changing.  Anything else is a fact of life. ~~ C. R. Smith

The way to procure insults is to submit to them:  a man meets with no more respect than he exacts. ~~ William Hazlitt

 The most disturbing and wasteful emotions in modern life, next to fright, are those which are associated with the idea of blame, directed against the self or against others. ~~ Harvey Ferguson

 Elections are like sex.  The pleasure is momentary, the position is ridiculous, and the result can be damnably expensive. ~~ Keith Hampson

The slaughter of innocents is probably a fate that is written into the destiny of places where dreams begin to dry up. ~~ John Denver 

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law. ~~ Abraham Lincoln

Every time you use the phrase "all my life," it has a different meaning. ~~ George Carlin

One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear. ~~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Nothing in life is to be feared.  It is only to be understood. ~~ Marie Curie

Three words sum up what you can count on in life:  It goes on. ~~ Joe Moore

 Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. ~~ Storm Jameson

 There are thirty-six thousand days
To a life
And I have wasted sixteen thousand
On nothing.
Please tell God to set back his clock. ~~ Nguyen Cong Tru

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. ~~ Bertrand Russell

Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow the skunks to choose the weapons. ~~ Joe Cannon

 I think I've discovered the secret of iife--just hang around until you get the hang of it. ~~ Charles Schulz (Peanuts)

 Leaders don't create followers; they create more leaders. ~~ Tom Peters

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. ~~ Maya Angelou

 Insane people are always sure they're just fine.  It's only the sane people who are willing to admit they're crazy. ~~ Nora Ephron

The biggest human temptation is … to settle for too little. ~~ Thomas Merton 

 Never idealize others.  They will never live up to your expectations.  Don't over-analyze your relationships.  Stop playing games.  A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.  ~~ Leo Buscaglia

 Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform.  Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation. ~~ Susan Brownell Anthony 

 If in the last few years you haven't discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse.  You may be dead. ~~ Gelett Burgess

Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

It has been left to our generation to discover that you can move heaven and earth to save five minutes and then not have the faintest idea what to do with them when you have saved them. ~~ C. E. M. Joad

 "Age ain't nothin' but a number."  But age is other things, too.  It is wisdom, if one has lived one's life properly.  It is experience and knowledge.  And it is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over. ~~ Miriam Makeba [Makeba, My Story]

Sometimes the child in one behaves a certain way and the rest of oneself follows behind, slowly shaking its head. ~~ James E. Shapiro

 We come back to autumn,
to zucchini that wilt like witches' shoes. ~~ Margaret Hasse

What we need in appointive positions is men of knowledge and experience who have sufficient character to resist temptations. ~~ Calvin Coolidge

Figure you are the way you are for a reason. ~~ Michael J. Fox

To be reminded that one is very much like other members of the animal kingdom is often funny … though … I do not too much mind being somewhat like a cat. ~~ Joseph Wood Krutch

 Almost no one feels indifferent about clothes:  if their own clothes do not concern them, somebody else's do. ~~ Joe Moore

True words are not always pretty; pretty words are not always true. ~~ Japanese Proverb

 Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will. ~~ James Stephens

Nearly everyone will lie to you, given the right circumstances. ~~ President Bill Clinton

In my time I have seen truth that was anything under the sun but just, and I have seen justice using tools and instruments I wouldn't want to touch with a 10-foot fence rail. ~~ William Faulkner

I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else. ~~ Dolly Parton

 Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society.  The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute. ~~ Gil Stern

 You think you have a handle on God, the Universe, and the Great White Light until you go home for Thanksgiving.  In an hour, you realize how far you've got to go and who is the real turkey. ~~ Shirley MacLaine [Dance While You Can]

We are in favor of tolerance, but it is a very difficult thing to tolerate the intolerant and impossible to tolerate the intolerable. ~~ George D. Prentice 

There are … two kinds of people in this world, those who long to be understood and those who long to be misunderstood.  It is the irony of life that neither is gratified. ~~ Carl Van Vechten

You don't have to be old in America to say of a world you lived in, "That world is gone." ~~ Peggy Noonan

Of all the [cat] toys available, none is better designed than the owner himself.  A large multipurpose plaything, its parts can be made to move in almost any direction.  It comes completely assembled and it makes a sound when you jump on it. ~~ Stephen Baker

The lark, fearing that Heaven would fall, lay on her back, holding her feet up towards the sky, thinking she might thus prevent the catastrophe.  Some laughed at her and said:  "With your spindle legs, you want to become a tree, O bird, with a mind capacious as the sea."  The lark replied simply, "I am doing what I can."

The words "I am …" are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to.  The thing you're claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you. ~~ A. L. Kitselman 

 A hypocrite is like the man who murdered both his parents and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan. ~~ Abraham Lincoln

 Noise proves nothing.  Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid. ~~ Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens]

 If American men are obsessed with money, American women are obsessed with weight. The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss, and I do not know which talk is the more boring. ~~ Marya Mannes

I have noticed before that there is a category of acquaintanceship that is not friendship or business or romance, but speculation, fascination. ~~ Jane Smiley [Good Will]

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been. ~~ Madeline L'Engle 

 If we are not our brother's keeper, let us at least not be his executioner. ~~ Marlon Brando

We learn as much from sorrow as from joy, as much from illness as from health, from handicap as from advantage--and indeed perhaps more. ~~ Pearl S. Buck

Happiness in the ordinary sense is not what one needs in life, though one is right to aim at it.  The true satisfaction is to come through and see those whom one loves come through. ~~ E. M. Forster

It's practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry. ~~ Joe Moore

If you find yourself daydreaming that everything will be made right by the holiday season, be honest and admit that it really isn't going to have that much impact.  We know that for some people this is easy and for others it's enormously difficult. ~~ Dr. Jerry M. Wiener

We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand … and melting like a snowflake.  Let us use it before it is too late. ~~ Marie Beynon Ray

Power in the hands of particular groups and classes serves like a prism to refract reality through their own perspective. ~~ Sheila Rowbotham 

It often takes more courage to change one's opinion than to stick to it. ~~ George Christoph Lichtenberg

 For countless ages the sun rose and set, the moon waxed and waned, the stars shone in the Milky Way; but it was only with the coming of man that these things were understood.  Man has unveiled secrets which might have been thought undiscoverable.  Much has been achieved in the realm of art, science, literature, and religion.  Is all this to end because so few are able to think of man rather than of this or that group of men? ~~ U Thant

The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there. ~~ Robert M. Pirsig

The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well. ~~ Foe Ancis 

To be simple is the best thing in the world; to be modest is the next best thing.  I am not sure about being quiet. ~~ G. K. Chesterton

They were nice enough people and all, but there wasn't much love in them.  Because they were too busy being afraid.  Love didn't grow very well in a place where there was only fear, just as plants didn't grow very well in a place where it was always dark. ~~ Stephen King [The Stand]

 … the qualities I cherish in the people I love -- their wit, humor, courage, loyalty, faith, compassion, mercy -- are not ultimately the work of the flesh.  These things outlast the body; they live on in the memories of family and friends, live on forever by inspiring others to be kind and loving.  Humor, faith, courage, compassions -- these don't rot and vanish; they are impervious to bacteria, stronger than time or gravity; they have their genesis in something less fragile than blood and bone, in a soul that endures. ~~ Dean Koontz [Seize the Night]

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. ~~ Helen Keller

Adversity is like the period of the rain … cold, comfortless, unfriendly to man and to animal; yet from that season have their birth the flower, the fruit, the date, the rose, and the pomegranate. ~~ Sir Walter Scott

True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow. ~~ Edward Hoagland

[On himself:]  An idealist without illusions. ~~ John F. Kennedy

If at first you don't succeed, you're about average. ~~ Robert Anthony

It is an illusion to suppose that a dictator makes himself; at most he seizes an opportunity made for him by passive, stupid, incompetent, and above all, unsatisfied and fearful men. ~~ L. Susan Stebbing [Ideas and Illusions]

The strongest human instinct is to impart information, the second strongest is to resist it. ~~ Kenneth Graham

Wooden-headedness, the source of self-deception, is a factor that plays a remarkably large role in government … It is acting according to wish while not allowing oneself to be deflected by the facts. ~~ Barbara Tuchman



There is space within sisterhood for likeness and difference, for the subtle differences that challenge and delight; there is space for disappointment--and surprise. ~~ Christine Downing