Random Quotes

F. Scott Fitzgerald, fully Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

What was the promise with the head sick?

Susan Sontag

Ours is an age which consciously pursues health, and yet only believes in the reality of sickness. The truths we respect are those born of affliction. We measure truth in terms of the cost to the writer in suffering — rather than by the standard of an objective truth to which a writer's words correspond. Each of our truths must have a martyr.

Paulo Coelho

In his pursuit of the dream, he was being constantly subjected to tests of his persistence and courage. So he could not be hasty, nor impatient. If he pushed forward impulsively, he would fail to see the signs and omens left by God along his path. God placed them along my path.

P.D. Ouspensky, fully Peter Demianovich Ouspensky, also Pyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii, also Uspenskii or Uspensky

Existing criminology is insufficient to isolate barbarism. It is insufficient because the idea of "crime" in existing criminology is artificial, for what is called crime is really an infringement of "existing laws", whereas "laws" are very often a manifestation of barbarism and violence. Such are the prohibiting laws of different kinds which abound in modern life. The number of these laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm. On the other hand, unquestionable crimes escape the field of vision of criminology, either because they have not recognized the form of crime or because they surpass a certain scale. In existing criminology there are concepts: a criminal man, a criminal profession, a criminal society, a criminal sect, and a criminal tribe, but there is no concept of a criminal state, or a criminal government, or criminal legislation. Consequently what is often regarded as "political" activity is in fact a criminal activity. This limitation of the field of vision of criminology together with the absence of an exact and permanent definition of the concept of crime is one of the chief characteristics of our culture.

William Hale White, known by pseudonym Mark Rutherford

In the presence of some people we inevitably depart from ourselves: we are inaccurate, we say things we do not feel, and talk nonsense. When we get home we are conscious that we have made fools of ourselves. Never go near these people.

Vera Rubin, fully Vera Cooper Rubin

Three of my children married Jewish people. One did not and that marriage didn't last more than half a dozen years or so. The others are still very close.

James Frazer, aka James George Frazer

The custom of burning a beneficent god is too foreign to later modes of thought to escape misinterpretation.

S'rîmad Bhâgavatam, aka Bhâgavata Purâna or Bhāgavata

Donations given dutifully, irrespective the return, at the proper time and place and to suitable persons - that giving is considered to be of goodness.

Octavio Paz, born Octavio Paz Lozano

The American: a titan enamored of progress, a fanatical giant who worships "getting things done" but never asks himself what he is doing nor why he is doing it.

David Foster Wallace

I'm just afraid of having a tombstone that says ?HERE LIES A PROMISING OLD MAN.?

Ferdinand Foch

The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.

Mark Bittman

One billion people in the world are chronically hungry. One billion people are overweight.

John Adams

Grief drives men into habits of serious reflection, sharpens the understanding and softens the heart.

Cloud of Unknowing, full title The Cloud of Unknowing

Where then, you say shall I be? Nowhere by this tale! Exactly you say this well, for there would I have you. For nowhere physically is everywhere spiritually.

Vedas, The Vedas

God too is a reality, ever present in us and in every being; but we miss Him, as we miss the movement of the earth. - Atharva Veda

Sufi Proverbs

The more the merrier.

Madeleine L’Engle

One reason nearly half my books are for children is the glorious fact that the minds of children are still open to the living word; in the child, nightside and sunside are not yet separated; fantasy contains truths which cannot be stated in terms of proof.

William Sewell, also credited to J.M. Sewell

Sin is a state of mind, not an outward act.

L. Frank Baum, fully Lyman Frank Baum

They seemed happy and contented, though, remarked the Wizard, and those who are contented have nothing to regret and nothing more to wish for.

Seth Godin

Turn strangers into friends. Turn friends into donors And then... do the most important job: Turn your donors into fundraisers.

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav or Breslov, aka Reb Nachman Breslover or Nachman from Uman

You should constantly lift up your heart to God in exactly the same way. Go aside and cry out to God. For everyone is in great danger in this world - as you know very well deep inside your soul. Understand these words very carefully.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

Professor, Harry gasped. Your bird ? I couldn?t do anything ? he just caught fire ?

Jane Hirshfield

Poems' deep work is a matter of language, but also a matter of life. One part of that work is to draw into our awareness and into language itself the unobvious and the unexpected.

John Wooden, fully John Robert Wooden

We are many, but are we much?

William Blake

Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.