Random Quotes

Rumi, fully Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi

You have read about the inspired spring. Drink from there. Be companions with those whose lips are wet with that water. Others, even though they may be your father or your mother, they’re your enemies. Leave, before they kill you! The pathless path opens whenever you genuinely say, There is no Reality but God. There is only God.’

Kevin Kelly

The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed by the inertia of the orthodox system.

Mary Shelley, née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin

My greatest pleasure was the enjoyment of a serene sky amidst these verdant woods: yet I loved all the changes of Nature; and rain, and storm, and the beautiful clouds of heaven brought their delights with them. When rocked by the waves of the lake my spirits rose in triumph as a horseman feels with pride the motions of his high fed steed.

Alain de Botton

We are certainly influenced by role models, and if we are surrounded by images of beautiful rich people, we will start to think that to be beautiful and rich is very important - just as in the Middle Ages, people were surrounded by images of religious piety.

Jamaican Proverbs

Yu nebba see sumoke widout fiyah

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

The football season is about over. Education never had a more financial year. School will commence now.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

Rosamunde Pilcher, also pen name Jane Fraser

Things happen the way they're meant to. There's a pattern and a shape to everything...Nothing happens without a reason... Nothing is impossible.

Matthew Hale, fully Sir Matthew Hale

Contemplation of human nature doth by a necessary connection and chain of causes carry us up to the Deity.

Robert H. Jackson, fully Robert Houghwout Jackson

The physical power to get the money does not seem to me a test of the right to tax. Might does not make right even in taxation. To hold that what the use of official authority may get the state may keep, and that if it cannot get hold of a nonresident stockholder it may hold the company as hostage for him, is strange constitutional doctrine to me.

Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

Bod tried to smile, but he could not find a smile inside himself.

A. J. Ayer, Alfred Jules Ayer

The ground for taking ignorance to be restrictive of freedom is that it causes people to make choices which they would not have made if they had seen what the realization of their choices involved.

Tim Keller, fully Timothy J. Keller

David found the heart to pray when he received God?s Word of promise?that he would establish his throne and build him a house. Christians, however, have an infinitely greater Word of promise. God will not merely build us a house, he will make us his house. He will fill us with his presence, beauty, and glory.

Scott Nearing

Q: You are a pacifist even to class struggles? [Nearing]: I am a pacifist in that I believe that no man has a right to do violence to any other man. Q: Even in the class struggle? [Nearing]: Under no circumstances.

Gottfried Leibniz, fully Gottfried Wilhalm von Leibniz, Baron von Leibnitz

It is true that I am often of another opinion from him, but, far from denying the merit of famous writers, we bear witness to it by showing wherein and wherefore we differ from them, since we deem it necessary to prevent their authority from prevailing against reason in certain important points; besides the fact that, in convincing such excellent men, we make the truth more acceptable, and it is to be supposed that it is chiefly for truth's sake that they are laboring.

Christian Nestell Bovee

To cultivate a garden is to walk with God.

Jennifer Granholm

The civil unrest of recent days must come to an end, and the healing process must begin for the future of the community. We will provide assistance both in ending the violence and enabling the healing process in Benton Harbor.

Virgil, also Vergil, fully Publius Vergilius Maro

Everyone is dragged on by their favorite pleasure.

Mao Tse-tung, alternatively Zedong, Ze dong, aka Chairman Mao

The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue.

William Shakespeare

The old folk, time's doting chronicles.

Italian Proverbs

The lion and the lamb shall lie down together, but the lamb won't get much sleep.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher

She was scrubbing furiously at a line of grease spots which led from the stove towards the door to the dining-room. That was where Henry had held the platter tilted as he carried the steak in yesterday. And yet if she had warned him once about that, she had a thousand times!

Robertson Davies

Whoever declares a child to be delicate thereby crowns and anoints a tyrant.

Mark Twain, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens

We have been housekeeping a fortnight, now?long enough to have learned how to pronounce the servants' names, but not how to spell them. We shan't ever learn to spell them; they were invented in Hungary and Poland, and on paper they look like the alphabet out on a drunk.

Phineas Fletcher

The way to God is by our selves.