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“Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
– Malcolm Forbes

“I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.”
– Joseph Baretti

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
– Ralph Hodgson

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
– Dorothy Nevill

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
– Carl Jung

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
– Carl Jung

“Money can't buy happiness, but neither can poverty.”
– Leo Rosten

“If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one - if he had the power - would be justified in silencing mankind.”
– John Stuart Mill

“A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.”
– Gian Vincenzo Gravina

“If the human mind was simple enough to understand, we'd be too simple to understand it.”
– Emerson Pugh

“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”
– Leonardo da Vinci

“I like rice. Rice is great if you're hungry and want 2000 of something.”
– Mitch Hedberg

“It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.”
– Neil Gaiman

“A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.”
– John Ciardi

“When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.”
– William Wrigley Jr.

“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.”
– Tom Stoppard

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“The significance of man is that he is insignificant and is aware of it.”
– Carl Becker

“Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this, that you are dreadfully like other people.”
– James Russell Lowell

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”
– Robert Frost

“I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.”
– Seneca

“There are two types of people--those who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am!" and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are".”
– Frederick L Collins

“A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.”
– Henry Fielding

“We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.”
– Robert Wilensky

“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.”
– Frank Herbert

“To be willing to die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.”
– Anatole France

“Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.”
– Bertrand Russell

“Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.”
– George Burns

“Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.”
– Rene Descartes

“Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.”
– Albert Camus

“A chess genius is a human being who focuses vast, little-understood mental gifts and labors on an ultimately trivial human enterprise.”
– George Steiner

“Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made.”
– Otto von Bismarck

“Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation.”
– Kin Hubbard

“Choose your pleasures for yourself, and do not let them be imposed upon you.”
– Lord Chesterfield

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
– Peter Drucker

“Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.”
– Philip K. Dick

“In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
– Chinese Proverb

“None of it means a damn thing.”
– Mal Reynolds (in Firefly)

“Winning may not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it.”
– Dianne Feinstein

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

“You're only imprisoned if you don't feel free.”
– Mark Hawke

“Character is what you have left when you've lost everything you can lose.”
– Evan Esar

“We should do everything within our means to only live within our means.”
– Anon

“No human thing is of serious importance.”
– Plato

“Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.”
– Plato

“He who does not desire power is fit to hold it.”
– Plato

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything.”
– Plato

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”
– Plato

“Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there.”
– E. H. Gombrich

“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.”
– John Gaule

“Eternity is a very long time, especially towards the end.”
– Stephen Hawking

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do.”
– Christopher Morley

“The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.”
– Shana Alexander

“Never give a party if you will be the most interesting person there.”
– Mickey Friedman

“Only the mediocre are always at their best.”
– Jean Giraudoux

“I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution.”
– Wernher von Braun

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”
– Dr Seuss

“Nobody can change the whole world, but everybody can change their own.”
– Anon

“In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.”
– Johann von Neumann

“The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly I discover that there is no reason.”
– John Cage

“It is not how old you are, but how you are old.”
– Jules Renard

“You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.”
– Michael Pritchard

“What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.”
– Oscar Levant

“Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?”
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
– William Congreve

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
– Soren Kierkegaard

“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.”
– Robertson Davies

“We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.”
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.”
– Albert Einstein

“The creator of the universe works in mysterious ways. But he uses a base ten counting system and likes round numbers.”
– Scott Adams

“The reason there is so little crime in Germany is that it's against the law.”
– Alex Levin

“We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.”
– John W. Gardner

“What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.”
– Paul Valery

“A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.”
– Unknown

“In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.”
– Carl Sagan

“We like someone because; we love someone although.”
– Henri de Montherlant

“No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.”
– Henry Adams

“Now is the time for all good men to come to.”
– Walt Kelly

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
– Albert Einstein

“Be like a postage stamp: stick to one thing until you get there.”
– Josh Billings

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

“The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.”
– George Eliot

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
– Sir Isaac Newton

“Any excuse will serve the tyrant.”
– Aesop

“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.”
– Herman Melville

“When Solomon said there was a time and a place for everything he had not encountered the problem of parking his car.”
– Bob Edwards

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.”
– Arthur Schopenhauer

“One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it.”
– Elias Schwartz

“To be or not to be. That's not really a question.”
– Jean-Luc Godard

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”
– Robert Frost

“America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.”
– Arnold Toynbee

“Who could ever know the mind of a chook?”
– Ross Prior

“Dirt is dirt, wherever you are; it has the same properties.”
– Ross Prior

“Stuff will always come up.”
– Tim Hawke

“It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.”
– Isaac Asimov

“A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.”
– Joseph Roux

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”
– Mark Twain

“Virtue is its own punishment.”
– Aneurin Bevan

“What people want isn't always what they really want.”
– Andrew Ellis

“What you tolerate, you teach.”
– Kim Scott

“We are but a heartbeat away from eternity.”
– Adrian Geering

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less travelled by / And that has made all the difference.”
– Robert Frost

“Many people would sooner die than think; in fact, some do so.”
– Bertrand Russell

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
– Seneca

“Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.”
– Malcolm Forbes

“For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.”
– H. L. Mencken

“The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.”
– Bertrand Russell

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.”
– Thomas H. Huxley

“I hate television. I hate it as much as I hate peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.”
– Orson Welles

“Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.”
– Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.”
– Olin Miller

“The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.”
– Steven Weinberg

“The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.”
– Plato

“The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides.”
– Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“World class is a phrase used by provincial cities and second-rate entertainment events, as well as a wide variety of insecure individuals, to assert that they are not provincial or second-rate, thereby confirming that they are.”
– John Ralston Saul

“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.”
– Galileo Galilei

“I like escalators because an escalator can never break, it can only become stairs. There would never be an "escalator temporarily out of order" sign, only an "escalator temporarily stairs; sorry for the convenience".”
– Mitch Hedberg

“I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.”
– Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Sometimes people are layered like that. There's something totally different underneath than what's on the surface. But sometimes, there's a third, even deeper level, and that one is the same as the top surface one. Like with pie.”
– Joss Whedon et al

“Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.”
– Frank Zappa

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
– Thomas Edison

“When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.”
– Robert Strauss

“The reverse side also has a reverse side.”
– Japanese Proverb

“We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.”
– Blaise Pascal

“A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.”
– Segal's Law

“It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.”
– Arnold Toynbee

“Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.”
– John Andrew Holmes

“No friendship is so cordial or delicious as that of girl for girl; no hatred so intense and immovable as that of woman for woman.”
– W.S. Landor

“Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.”
– Charles Caleb Colton

“Falling in love is a lot like dying. You never get to do it enough to become good at it.”
– Unknown

“Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God's final word on where your lips end.”
– Jerry Seinfeld

“Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives.”
– Sue Murphy
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  1. Stephen Riddell said,

    on February 8th, 2007 at 9:41am

    “Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
    – Ralph Hodgson

    Although meant to be a parody on the classic saying to do with extraordinary happenings, there is a great truth in this in relation to one of the biggest lies ever believed en masse. When Mr. Charles Darwin first believed in the idea of naturalistic causes for human existence he then saw it. Such has been the pattern with many generations since the death of the idea of spontaneous generations.

    I wonder if Ralph Hodgson realised the most fundamental issue he was talking about when designing in his mind such a quotable phrase.

  2. Squeaky said,

    on February 12th, 2007 at 8:12pm

    You know Friedrich Nietzsche has some rather interesting quotes – even negative – surrounding God and Christianity in general. Upon further research into this man, I’m not sure how I feel about him…

    Having said that, I wholeheartedly agree with Seneca: “I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good”!

  3. Sonya said,

    on February 28th, 2007 at 11:01pm

    During my studies I was required to purchase a very expensive text book on polymer science. What had the potential to be very boring subject was redeemed by the conversational and humorous style the authors used. The prefaces for the first and second editions featured in this book and these alone almost justified the hefty price tag. They contain many quotable gems, several of which I want to share with you.

    “All morning I worked on the proof of one of my poems, and I took out a comma; in the afternoon I put it back.”
    – Oscar Wilde

    “Don’t quote Latin; say what you have to say, and then sit down.”
    – Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington

    “This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.”
    – Winston Churchill

    …and my personal favourite…

    “Organic chemistry is the study of organs; inorganic chemistry is the study of the insides of organs.”
    – Max Shulman

  4. on July 16th, 2007 at 5:43am

    I like this one from Henry D. Thoreau:

    “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. “

  5. on March 19th, 2008 at 9:38am

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