Random Quotes

L. Frank Baum, fully Lyman Frank Baum

I don't know enough, replied the Scarecrow cheerfully. My head is stuffed with straw, you know, and that is why I am going to Oz to ask him for some brains. Oh, I see, said the Tin Woodman. But, after all, brains are not the best things in the world. Have you any? inquired the Scarecrow. No, my head is quite empty, answered the Woodman. But once I had brains, and a heart also; so, having tried them both, I should much rather have a heart.

Tallulah Bankhead, fully Tallulah Brockman Bankhead

My progress reminded me of the horses in The Whip. They raced at the limit of their speed directly toward the audience. But they raced on a treadmill which canceled out their progress.

Tony Judt, fully Tony Robert Judt

Something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today. For thirty years we have made a virtue out of the pursuit of material self-interest: indeed, this very pursuit now constitutes whatever remains of our sense of collective purpose.

Ashraf Ghani

What people want is order so they can manage their lives. Instead they have uncertainty and corruption where just a few become obscenely wealthy.

Peter Ustinov, fully Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov

The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.

Mary Oliver

And it is exceedingly short, his galloping life. Dogs die so soon. I have my stories of that grief, no doubt many of you do also. It is almost a failure of will, a failure of love, to let them grow old?or so it feels. We would do anything to keep them with us, and to keep them young. The one gift we cannot give.

Seth Godin

No one anoints you as leader?Change isn?t made by asking permission. Change is made by asking forgiveness, later.

Joseph Addison

I have seen an antiquary lick an old coin, among other trials, to distinguish the age of it by its taste.

Mason Cooley

Truth can remain silent. Lies must be spoken.

Marianne Williamson

Much of the prejudice against women is stored at an unconscious level. Many of those with the most punishing attitudes towards passionate women -and free women are passionate women ? consider themselves social liberals, even feminists. Women?s rights seem to them to be of obvious importance, but what is not obvious to them is how much they conspire to keep the lid on female power. Female power transcends what are thought of as woman?s issues. Female power involves women taking part in the conversation either in the public arena or the dinner table, and having the same emotional space in which to do so as men. It means women not having to fear punishment of any kind. It means women not having to worry that they will be considered unfeminine if they speak up. It means women really coming out to play and getting support for their playing from men as well as women.

Martha Washington, fully Martha Dandridge Curtis Washington

I am not apt to forget the feelings that have been inspired by ray former society with good acquaintances, nor to be insensible to their expressions of gratitude to the President of the United States; for you know me well enough, to do me the justice to believe, that I am only fond of what comes from the heart.

George Orwell, pen name of Eric Arthur Blair

International sport is war without shooting.

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

In five ways should a clansman minister to his friends and familiars -- by generosity, courtesy, and benevolence, by treating them as he treats himself, and by being as good as his word.

Graham Greene

They want enough rice, I said. They don't want to be shot at. They want one day to be much the same as another. They don't want our white skins around telling them what they want.

Os Guiness

The problem is not that reason attacks faith but that emotions overwhelm reason as well as faith, and it is impossible for reason to dissuade them. ? [This kind of] doubt comes just at the point where the believer?s emotions (vivid imagination, changing moods, erratic feelings, intense reactions) rise up and overpower the understanding of faith. Outvoted, outgunned, faith is pressed back and hemmed in by the unruly mob of raging emotions that only awhile earlier were quiet, orderly citizens of the personality. Reason is cut down, obedience is thrown out, and for a while the rule of emotions is as sovereign as it is violent. The coup d?‚tat is complete.

Cofer Black, fully Joseph Cofer Black

I've heard people say this country wasn't at war. I want to tell you, Mr. Chairman ... we conducted ourselves at war ... We did the best we could under the law and with the resources provided and under our defined rules of engagement.

JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

For it was wonderful how you could obscure an emotional issue by appearing to seek precision.

Oliver Sacks

When writing my Leg book, I drew heavily on the detailed journals I had kept as a patient in 1974. Oaxaca Journal, too, relied heavily on my handwritten notebooks. But for the most part, I rarely look at the journals I have kept for the greater part of a lifetime. The act of writing is itself enough; it serves to clarify my thoughts and feelings. The act of writing is an integral part of my mental life; ideas emerge, are shaped, in the act of writing.

Victor Hugo

Ideas can no more flow backward than can a river.

Winston Churchill, fully Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

In critical and confusing situations is always best to go back to basic principles and simple action.

Philip K. Dick, fully Philip Kindred Dick

The objective reality is a synthetic construct, dealing with a hypothetical universalization of a multitude of subjective realities.

William Shakespeare

They met me in the day of success: and I have learned by the perfectest report, they have more in them than mortal knowledge. When I burned in desire to question them further, they made themselves air, into which they vanished. Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it, came missives from the king, who all-hailed me 'Thane of Cawdor;' by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time, with 'Hail, king that shalt be!' This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness, that thou mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee. Lay it to thy heart, and farewell.

William Shakespeare

Now sit we close about this taper here, and call in question our necessities.

Graham Greene

Innocence is a kind of insanity.

Jon Rappoport

"In 1977, 34 new cases of measles were reported on the campus of UCLA, in a population that was supposedly 91% immune, according to careful serological testing. Another 20 cases of measles were reported in the Pecos, New Mexico, area within a period of a few months in 1981, and 75% of them had been fully immunized, some of them quite recently. A survey of sixth-graders in a well-immunized urban community revealed that about 15% of this age group are still susceptible to rubella, a figure essentially identical with that of the pre-vaccine era.