Archived Quotes From March 2016

One of the problems in the United States is that "united in our prejudices we stand," you know?  What unites people, very often, is their fear. ~~ Bruce Springsteen

 If by the time we are 60 we haven't learned what a knot of paradox and contradiction life is, and how exquisitely the good and bad are mingled in every action we take … we haven't grown old to much purpose. ~~ John Cowper Powys

 What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. ~~ Aristotle

He who, having lost one ideal, refuses to give his heart and soul to another and nobler, is like a man who declines to build a house on rock because the wind and rain ruined his house on the sand. ~~ Constance Naden

Grief and disappointment give rise to anger, anger to envy, envy to malice, and malice to grief again, till the whole circle be completed. ~~ David Hume

Television's compelling power is its immediacy … this immediacy feeds the politics of emotions, gut reactions and impressions rather than the politics of logic, facts and reason; it emphasizes personality rather than issues. ~~ Hedrick Smith

The greatest of all perplexities in theology has been to reconcile the infinite goodness of God with his omnipotence.  Nothing puts a greater strain upon the faith of the common man than the existence of utterly irrational suffering in the universe. ~~ Walter Lippmann

I have come to the conclusion, after many years of sometimes sad experience, that you cannot come to any conclusion at all. ~~ Vita Sackville-West

I doubt whether the world holds for anyone a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice cream. ~~ Heywood Broun

Psychologically speaking, one may say that the hypocrite is too ambitious; not only does he want to appear virtuous before others, he wants to convince himself. ~~ Hannah Arendt 

You have to assume everybody is two-sided.  There's the friendly, warm, ingratiating side, and the darker side. ~~ Gary Shandling

Do you know the difference between education and experience?  Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't. ~~ Pete Seeger 

Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings. ~~ C. D. Jackson 

Silence isn't always golden, you know.  Sometimes it's just plain yellow. ~~ Jan Kemp

 It is legitimate to have one's own point of view and political philosophy.  But there are people who make anger, rather than a deeply held belief, the basis of their actions.  They do not seem to mind harming society as a whole in the pursuit of their immediate objective.  No society can survive if it yields to the demands of frenzy, whether of the few or the many. ~~ Indira Gandhi [Freedom is the Starting Point]

If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that… quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life. ~~ Chris Evert Lloyd

The easiest thing to be in the world is you.  The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be.  Don't let them put you in that position. ~~ Leo Buscaglia

There ain't no answer.  There ain't going to be any answer.  There never has been an answer.  That's the answer. ~~ Gertrude Stein

One of the hallmarks of emotional maturity is to recognize the validity of multiple realities. ~~ Harriet Goldhor Lerner

There will be those who will tell you, you can't make it because of where you live, because of how you look, because of the way you talk.  We all have heard that… I almost listened. ~~ L. Douglas Wilder

Malice swallows the greater part of its own venom. ~~ Publilius Syrus

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.  Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle. ~~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn

No problem is too big to run away from. ~~ Charles Schulz

 As you get older, it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary. ~~ Ernest Hemingway

In art and dream may you proceed with abandon.  In life may you proceed with balance and stealth. ~~ Patti Smith

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. ~~ Charles Mingus

If your dreams don't come true, be thankful that neither do your nightmares. ~~ Peter's Almanac

Upon an Easter Morning
So early in the day,
The bird raised up his whistle
To tune the night away. ~~ Eleanor Farjeon

The best-educated human being is the one who understands most about the life in which he is placed. ~~ Helen Keller

If you want a thing done well, get a couple of old broads to do it. ~~ Bette Davis

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.  I want to have lived the width of it as well. ~~ Diane Ackerman