A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
-George Bernard Shaw

Never deprive someone of hope -- it may be all they have.


People forget how fast you did a job -- but they remember how well you did it.

--Howard W. Newton

As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.

--George Washington

If we deny love that is given to us, if we refuse to give love because we fear pain or loss, then our lives will be empty, our loss greater.


A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

--Winston S. Churchill

The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.


I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

--Albert Einstein

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

--Albert Einstein

Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.


The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.

The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.

--Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.

--Bokonon, Cat's Cradle

Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.

--Putt's Law

Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.

--Alfred Bernhard Nobel

Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought.

--Albert Szent-Gyorgi

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.

--John Steinbeck

In science as in love, too much concentration on technique can often lead to impotence.

--P. L. Berger

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

--James Thurber

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.

--Robert Orben

There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.

--General Douglas MacArthur

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.

--David Friedman

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

--Mother Theresa

Once you've accumulated sufficient knowledge to get by, you're too old to remember it.


I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

--Harry S Truman

Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.

--Winston Churchill

So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.

--Jerry Chin

Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

--Carl Zwanzig

It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible.


What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story,

And the greatest good is little enough:
for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.

--Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Life is a Dream

In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.
--Hubert H. Humphrey
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

--Winston Churchill

Life is a tale told by an idiot -- full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

--William Shakespeare

The future belongs to those who dare.


So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now.

--William of Baskerville, The Name of the Rose

One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.

--G. Weilacher

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

--Mark Twain

He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.

--H. H. Munro

To deny we need and want power is to deny that we hope to be effective.

--Liz Smith

That which is not just is not law.

--William Lloyd Garrison

The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.


Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.

--Ghandi (1931)

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

--African proverb

Be polite to all, but intimate with few.

--Thomas Jefferson

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.

--Albert Schweitzer

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.

--Abbie Hoffman

I hate quotations.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is too important to be taken seriously.

--Oscar Wilde

This is the true nature of home -- it is the place of Peace; the shelter, not only from injury, but from all terror, doubt and division.

--John Ruskin

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.

--Howard Aiken

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.

--Isaac Newton

The road to truth is long, and lined the entire way with annoying bastards.

--Alexander Jablokov, The Place of No Shadows

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.

--David Hume

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

--Thomas Jefferson

Whatever thy hand findest to do, do it with all thy heart.

--Jesus Christ

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.


Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

--W. Somerset Maugham

Well, all I know is what I read in the papers.

--Will Rogers

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.

--La Rochefoucald

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.

--Comte DeBussy-Rabutin

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty.

--Abraham Lincoln

Freedom hath a thousand charms to show,

That slaves however contented never know.


No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves.

--John Peter Zenger

Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.


All we have of freedom -- all we use or know --

This our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.

--Rudyard Kipling

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.

--Mark Twain

The Earth is the Cradle of the Mind -- but one cannot eternally live in a cradle.

--Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky

Doroga k Zvjozdam Otkrita.

(The way to the stars is open.)

--Sergei Koroljov

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.

--Theodor W. Adorno

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.

--Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.


Shall ignorance of good and ill

Dare to direct the eternal will?
Seek virtue, and of that possest,
To Providence resign the rest.


Eh! Je suis leur chef, il fallait bien les suivre.

(Ah well! I am their leader, I really ought to follow them.)

--Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

--Marcel Proust

Major writing is to say what has been seen, so that it need never be said again.

--Delmore Schwartz

I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

--Thomas Jefferson

When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A friend should bear his friend's infirmities.


A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.

--Robert Southey

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

--F. Scott Fitzgerald

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.

--Albert Camus

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.

--G. B. Stern

Life is like a sewer... what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.

--Tom Lehrer

If a pessimist is always right, is he a realist?


No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern; no idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated.

--Ellen Glasgow

There are people who make things happen,

those who watch what happens,
and those who wonder what happened.


What Every Computer Consultant Needs to Know:

1) In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.

2) Do not believe in miracles. Rely on them.

--Murphy's Computer Laws (Finagle's Rules)

An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.

--Stephen R. Covey, Principle-centered Leadership

You are only as wise as other's perceive you to be.

--M. Shawn Cole

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave.

--Baron Henry Peter Brougham

Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes.

--Lewis Grizzard

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.

--Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

--Harry S Truman

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.


Virtue is insufficient temptation.

--George Bernard Shaw

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.

--Evelyn Waugh

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

--Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

--Abraham Lincoln

Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.

--Dwight David Eisenhower

When one is trying to do something beyond his known powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends. Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.

--Henry Miller

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.

--David Hume

Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to.

--Arnold H. Glasgow

No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

--John Donne, Meditation XVII

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.

--Hubert Humphrey

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

--Confucius, Analects

'Tis hard if all is false that I advance

A fool must now and then be right, by chance.

--William Cowper, Conversation

We can never tell what is in store for us.

--Harry S Truman

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

--e. e. cummings

True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.

--Charles Caleb Colton

Logic is like the sword--those who appeal to it shall perish by it.

--Samuel Butler

That's the secret to life... replace one worry with another....

--Charles Schulz, "Charlie Brown"

If you suffer, thank God! -- it is a sure sign that you are alive.

--Elbert Hubbard

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

--Albert Camus

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.

--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.

--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

I am prepared to meet anyone, but whether anyone is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

--Mark Twain

Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile!

--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.

--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself.

--Roland Barthes, Esprit

A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.

--Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

How far that little candle throws his beams!

So shines a good deed in a weary world.


Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

--John F. Kennedy

The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.

--Eric Hoffer

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.

--Walter J. Lippmann

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.

--Marian Anderson

People are more easily led than driven.

--David Harold Fink

Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.

--Jesse Jackson

Jingshen is the Mandarin word for spirit and vivacity. It is an important word for those who would lead, because above all things, spirit and vivacity set effective organizations apart from those that will decline and die.

--James L. Hayes, Memos for Management: Leadership (1983)

In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable, you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.

--John Henry Cardinal Newman

Uncertainty will always be part of the taking charge process.

--Harold Geneen

Remember that it is far better to follow well than to lead indifferently.

--John G. Vance

The only real training for leadership is leadership.

--Anthony Jay

The art of leading, in operations large or small, is the art of dealing with humanity, of working diligently on behalf of men, of being sympathetic with them, but equally, of insisting that they make a square facing toward their own problems.

--S. L. A. Marshall, Men Against Fire (1947)

If you cry "Forward!" you must without fail make plain in what direction to go. Don't you see that if, without doing so, you call out the word to both a mond and revolutionary, they will go in directions precisely opposite?

--Anton Chekhov

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

--Ralph Nader

Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them -- this is of the essence of leadership.

--Theodore H. White, The Making of the President (1960)

Learn to obey before you command.


It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin it.

--Latin proverb

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.

--Abraham Lincoln

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

--Frederick Douglass

The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves if we are underlings.


The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.

--Frederick Douglass

Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who decided to stand their ground.


Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

--Chief Seattle

The essence of true friendship is to make allowances for another's little lapses.

--David Storey

Vacation used to be a luxury, however, in today's world, it has become a necessity.


It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn't in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals.

--Charles Kuralt

The human brain is like a railroad freight car -- guaranteed to have a certain capacity but often running empty.


They copied all they could follow

but they couldn't copy my mind
so I left them sweating and stealing
a year and a half behind.

--Rudyard Kipling

Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt... Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.

--Robert Anton Wilson

If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.

--Anais Nin

Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.

--I Ching

If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?


If you can read this, thank a teacher.

--Anonymous teacher

If it weren't for caffeine I'd have no personality whatsoever!


Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.


Cycology -- The science of propelling one's self through the environment to enhance well-being.


My wife says I never listen to her. At least I think that's what she said.


Change is good, but dollars are better.


I live for books.

--Thomas Jefferson

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

--P. J. O'Rourke

Nature and Books belong to the eyes that see them.


Life is like a box of chocolates... you never know what you're gonna get.

--Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump

All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.

--George Santiano

The Net interprets censorship as damage... and routes around it.

--John Gilmore

As long as I have you there is just one other thing I'll always need -- tremendous self control.

--Ashleigh Brilliant (Copyright Ashleigh Brilliant, Santa Barbara CA.  All rights reserved.)

I have decided that suicide is completely out of the question. I refuse to end the suffering of others... No, I must contemplate homicide and end the suffering of one... ME!!!



Giving what you don't have to give.
Giving when you don't need to give.
Giving because you want to give.

--Damien Hess

To solve the problems of today, we must focus on tomorrow.

--Erik Nupponen

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, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.

--John Dryden, Imitation of Horace

For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,

And though a late, a sure reward succeeds.

--William Congreve, The Mourning Bride

Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man.

--Joseph Addison, Cato

Pygmies are pygmies still, though percht on Alps;

And pyramids are pyramids in vales.
Each man makes his own stature, builds himself.
Virtue alone outbuilds the Pyramids;
Her monuments shall last when Egypt's fall.

--Edward Young, Night Thoughts

All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter.

--Edmund Burke, Speech on the Conciliation of America

One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist.

--Diogenes Laertius, Zeno

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

--David Star Jordan, The Philosophy of Despair

Virtue is its own reward. There's a pleasure in doing good which sufficiently pays itself.

--Sir John Vanbrugh, The Relapse

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.

--Aristotle, Rhetoric

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.

--Bessie Stanley

Technology: No Place for Wimps!

--Scott Adams, Dilbert

Sing Ho! For the life of a Bear!

--Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

...You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

--Bob Dylan, "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (1967)

To err is human, to blame the next guy even more so.


I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving -- we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

--Oliver W. Holmes

The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.

--Havelock Ellis

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.

--Bertrand Russell

Expect everything, and anything seems nothing.

Expect nothing, and anything seems everything.

--Samuel Hazo

Politicians are the same all over. they promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

--Nikita Khrushchev

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

--James Joyce

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.

--Winston Churchill

Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.

--Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,

Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.

--Shakespeare, King Henry V, Act III, Scene 1

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.

--Doug Larson

Stupid is a boundless concept.


Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant.


A library is an arsenal of liberty.


A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.


A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.


A single fact can spoil a good argument.


By all means, let's not confuse ourselves with the facts!


Courage atrophies from lack of use.


Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.

--Peter Benchley

Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.

--Sam Brown, "Washington Post" (1977)

Step with care and great tact

And remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

--Dr. Suess, Oh, the Places You'll Go

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.


From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.


What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

--Samuel Johnson

If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten,

either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.

--Benjamin Franklin

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.


Life is short; live it up.


Technology is ruled by two types of people: those who manage what they do not understand, and those who understand what they do not manage.

--Mike Trout

The tallest blade of grass is the first to be cut by the scythe.

--old Russian saying

Live simply that others might simply live.

--Elizabeth Seaton

Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought -- particularly for people who can never remember where they have left things.

--Woody Allen

You can't have everything. Where would you put it?

--Steven Wright

Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence.

--Henrik Tikkanen

Doing a thing well is often a waste of time.

--Robert Byrne

The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas [and] the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.

--Oliver W. Holmes, dissent Abrams v. United States (1919)

Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.

--Chief Joseph on his surrender to Gen. Howard (October 5, 1877)

There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.

--Montesquieu (1742)

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

--Baltasar Gracian

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.

--Alfred Adler

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

--Galileo Galilei

I am not young enough to know everything.

--Oscar Wilde

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

--Thomas Jefferson

The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.

--P. J. O'Rourke

Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.

--General George Catlett Marshall

A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding.

--General Douglas MacArthur

I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number.

--Abraham Lincoln

Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.


The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.


The really happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery when on a detour.


Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.


Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.


The only real failure in life is the failure to try.


He who ceases to learn cannot adequately teach.


All good things are wild, and free.

--Henry David Thoreau

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.


You can learn a lot from people who view the world differently than you do.

--Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

The most important things in life aren't things.

--Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

If you talk the talk, you damn well better walk the walk.

--Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

When you're young, try to be realistic; as you get older, become idealistic. You'll live longer.

--Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

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