Random Quotes

Chuck Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk

I suppose it?s comfort, perhaps a sense of self-control, doing worse things to yourself than the world will ever dare inflict.

Simone de Beauvoir, fully Simone-Ernestine-Lucie-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir

Practical reasons invoked against legal abortion have no weight, as to moral reasons, they reduce to the old Catholic argument: the fetus has a soul to heaven forbids that by removing it before the baptism. It should be noted that the church allows, occasionally, the death of grown men, in war or when it is put to death; reservation, however, to the fetus, an uncompromising humanitarianism.

Mahatma Gandhi, fully Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Bapu

Heroes are made in the hour of defeat. Success is, therefore, well described as a series of glorious defeats.

George Carlin, fully George Denis Patrick Carlin

So what's the speed of dark?

William George Jordan

Life is a state of constant radiation and absorption; to exist is to radiate; to exist is to be the recipient of radiations.

Alan Watts, fully Alan Wilson Watts

To remain stable is to refrain from trying to separate yourself from a pain because you know that you cannot. Running away from fear is fear, fighting pain is pain, trying to be brave is being scared. If the mind is in pain, the mind is pain. The thinker has no other form than his thought. There is no escape.

Buddha, Gautama Buddha, or The Buddha, also Gotama Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha and Buddha Śākyamuni

You are a seeker. Delight in the mastery of your hands and your feet, of your words and your thoughts. Delight in meditation and in solitude.

Jean-Paul Sartre

I can neither seek within myself the true condition which will impel me to act, nor apply to a system of ethics for concepts which will permit me to act... No general ethics can show you what is to be done; there are no omens in the world.

Author 193315

There was a time when all these things would have passed me by, like the flitting figures of a theatre, sufficient for the amusement of an hour. But now, I have lost the power of looking merely on the surface.

Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus

Nature is the nature of all things that are; things that are have a union with all things from the beginning.

Salman Khan, fully Salman Amin "Sal" Khan

If it's cool, say it's cool. Express an emotion. Students aren?t given the luxury of stepping back and appreciating.

Richard Feynman, fully Richard Phillips Feynman

In this age of specialization men who thoroughly know one field are often incompetent to discuss another. The great problems of the relations between one and another aspect of human activity have for this reason been discussed less and less in public. When we look at the past great debates on these subjects we feel jealous of those times, for we should have liked the excitement of such argument. The old problems, such as the relation of science and religion, are still with us, and I believe present as difficult dilemmas as ever, but they are not often publicly discussed because of the limitations of specialization.

Minna Thomas Antrim

There never was a woman who did not prefer an oblique compliment to a straight truth - if the latter were unflattering.

Joe Namath, fully Joseph William Namath, aka Willie Joe and Broadway Joe

I think that at some point in your life you realize you don't have to worry if you do everything you're supposed to do right. Or if not right, if you do it the best you can... what can worry do for you? You are already doing the best you can.

Richard Wagner, fully Wilhelm Richard Wagner

I am fond of them, of the inferior beings of the abyss, of those who are full of longing.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

You know what I wisht I had, Ma? A pouch like a 'possum, to tote things.

Shannon L. Alder

They say instant communication is not communication at all but merely a frantic, trivial, nerve-wracking bombardment of clich‚s, threats, fads, fashions, gibberish and advertising. However, who has not hung on a scripture, a quote, a statement, only to stumble upon the key phrase that brought all things to a turning point? The greatest sermons and speeches were pieced together by illuminating thoughts that powered men to surpass their own commonness. It is the sparkling magic of letters forming words, and those words colliding with passion, that makes statements into wisdom.

George Chapman

So our lives In acts exemplary, not only win Ourselves good names, but doth to others give Matter for virtuous deeds, by which we live.

Stewart Brand

Well, nuclear waste is sort of a first two generations of reactors issue. U.S. has decided to use once through rather than to reprocess the way French and Japanese do. And so weve got a fair amount of nuclear waste that?s sitting around in dry cask storage being perfectly okay while we think about it. And either we will use it as fuel in the so-called fourth generation reactors that are being designed now or we could reprocess it the way the French do, or we could stick in the ground, not in Nevada, but it looks like New Mexico, the so-called waste isolation pilot plant, its been putting nuclear waste in a salt formation for 10 years now, looks like a good place to put this stuff if we wanted just file it and forget it.

William Rounseville Alger

Every man is his own greatest dupe.

Emily Dickinson, fully Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

Who has not found the heaven below will fail of it above. God's residence is next to mine, His furniture is love.

Francis Beaumont

The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much. He is not rich that possesses much, but he that covets no more; and he is not poor that enjoys little, but he that wants too much.

Leo Tolstoy, aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Tolstoi

Why is gambling forbidden while women in costumes which evoke sensuality are not forbidden? They are a thousand times more dangerous!

Andrew Bernstein

Capitalism is the greatest benefactor man has ever had. It is time for the thinking men and women of every nation to recognize that fact and to fully embrace the system of the mind and of individual rights. Men and women of all countries unite - in your support of capitalism. You have a world of joyous achievement to win.

Patti Smith, fully Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith

I dreamed of having a book of my own, of writing one that I could put on a shelf.