Random Quotes

Omar Khayyám

And when like her, oh, Saki, you shall pass among the Guests Star-scatter'd on the Grass, and in your joyous errand reach the spot where I made One ? turn down an empty Glass!

Lin Yutang

While in the West the insane are so many that they are put in an asylum, in China the insane are so unusual that we worship them, as anybody who has a knowledge of Chinese literature will testify.

Jared Diamond

What did the last Easter Islander say as he chopped down the last tree? The Easter Islanders didn't have anthropologists.

Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

A story that began with, and exists because of, my love of the remoter parts of Scotland, where the bones of the Earth show through, and the sky is a pale white, and it's all astoundingly beautiful, and it feels about as remote as any place can possibly be.

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

The capitalist principle and the monarchist or governmental principle are one and the same principle; that the abolition of the exploitation of man by man and the abolition of the government of man by man are one and the same formula.

Henri Matisse, birth name Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse

The sign is determined at the moment I use it and for the object of which it must form a part. For this reason I cannot determine in advance signs which never change, and which would be like writing: that would paralyze the freedom of my invention.

Mary Oliver

Crossing the Swamp - Here is the endless wet thick.

Philip K. Dick, fully Philip Kindred Dick

He was always moving, advancing into new regions he had never seen before. A constantly unfolding panorama of sights and scenes, frozen landscapes spread out ahead. All objects were fixed. Pieces on a vast chess board through which he moved, arms folded, face calm. A detached observer who saw objects that lay ahead of him as clearly as those under foot. Right now, as he crouched in the small supply closet, he saw an unusually varied multitude of scenes for the next half hour. Much lay ahead. The half hour was divided into an incredibly complex pattern of separate configurations. He had reached a critical region; he was about to move through worlds of intricate complexity.

Finnish Proverbs

Men seek a warm hearth as termites seek rotten wood.

David Baldacci

Fiction is sort of a way to set the record straight, and let people at least believe that justice can be achieved and the right outcomes can occur.

Robert Anton Wilson, aka Bob, born Robert Edward Wilson

The Bible tells us to be like God, and then on page after page it describes God as a mass murderer. This may be the single most important key to the political behavior of Western Civilization.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously.

Cicero, fully Marcus Tullius Cicero, anglicized as Tully

Control thyself.

Simon Sinek

Some in management positions operate as if they are in a tree of monkeys. They make sure that everyone at the top of the tree looking down sees only smiles. But all too often, those at the bottom looking up see only asses.

Phillips Brooks

Wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever commonplace and homely way, there God is hewing out the pillars for His temple.

Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet

One always begins with the simple, then comes the complex, and by superior enlightenment one often reverts in the end to the simple. Such is the course of human intelligence.

Zig Ziglar, born Hilary Hinton Ziglar

Selling is essentially a transfer of feelings

Joseph Addison

Augustus, a few minutes before his death, asked his friends who stood about him, if they thought he had acted his part well; and upon receiving such an answer as was due to his extraordinary merit, ?Let me then,? says he, ?go off the stage with your applause;? using the expression with which the Roman actors made their exit at the conclusion of a dramatic piece. I could wish that men, while they are in health, would consider well the nature of the part they are engaged in, and what figure it will make in the minds they leave behind them, whether it was worth coming into the world for; whether it be suitable to a reasonable being; in short, whether it appears graceful in this life, or will turn to advantage in the next.

Michio Kaku

The universe is a symphony of strings, and the mind of God that Einstein eloquently wrote about for thirty years would be cosmic music resonating through eleven-dimensional hyper space.

Eric Hoffer

Resistance, whether to one’s appetites or to the ways of the world, is a chief factor in the shaping of character.

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

The senses, although they are necessary for all our actual knowledge, are not sufficient to give us the whole of it, since the senses never give anything but instances, that is to say particular or individual truths. Now all the instances which confirm a general truth, however numerous they may be, are not sufficient to establish the universal necessity of this same truth, for it does not follow what happened before will happen the same way again.

Robert Kiyosaki, fully Robert Toru Kiyosaki

When you want success as bad as you want your next breathe of air, you will succeed.

Peter Bayne

The wild force of genius has often been fated by Nature to be finally overcome by quiet strength. The volcano sends up its red bolt with terrific force, as if it would strike the stars; but the calm, resistless hand of gravitation seizes it and brings it to the earth.

Raimon Panikkar, fully Raimon Panikkar-Alemany

Peace cannot merely be achieved by a military disarmament. It also requires a ‘disarmament’ of the prevailing cultures, the abandonment of the ruts of habitual attitudes in which modern, Western culture has developed. This would also include letting go of or re-assessing traditional, acquired values, and values we currently consider non-negotiable — like progress, technology, science, democracy and the world economic market. We unthinkingly impose our value-systems as indispensable conditions for establishing a dialogue with other cultures. But don’t forget that, at the same time, 70 per cent live in conditions of utter inferiority and degradation, and, of course, it’s an affront to speak of dialogue if the conditions of equality are absent, if somebody is starving and has been deprived of all human dignity. If we regarded other cultures as equal, we would no longer consider the ‘modern’ criterion as a necessary condition to create lasting peace for humanity.

Molière, pen name of Jean Baptiste Poquelin

Ah! What a fine thing it is to know something!