Imagination is more important than knowledge.
--Albert Einstein

We can do no great things; only small things with great love.

--Mother Teresa

Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it.

--Elias Schwartz

Everything you can imagine is real.


It's life, Jim... but not as we know it.


Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.

--W. Edwards Deming

We are what we pretend to be, but we better be very careful what we pretend.

--Kurt Vonnegut

A healthy family is sacred territory.


Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting.


Good taste is always an asset.

--Rudy Bakalov

No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.

--Abraham Lincoln

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

--Malcolm S. Forbes

Trust in Allah, but tie your camel.

--Old Muslim Proverb

If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.


Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.


What does not destroy me, makes me strong.

--Friedrich Nietzsche

In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.

-- Jane Haddam

Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.

--Ann Landers

Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice.


[He was] a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity.

--Mark Twain

If one has not given everything, one has given nothing.

--Georges Guynemer

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

--Henry Kissinger

Maybe he's only a little bit crazy, like painters, or composers, or some of those men in Washington.

--Mr. Shellhammer

It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats.

--Russian proverb

Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.

--Cindy Lew

All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.

--Samuel Butler

Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.

--Joe Clark

To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.

--Bernadette Devlin

Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with.

--Bob Wells

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.

--Mary Ellen Kelly

The difficulty in life is the choice.

--George Moore, The Bending of the Bough, act IV (1900)

War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men.

--Cardinal Richelieu

Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be a part of.

--Geri Weitzman

Ethics is not definable, is not implementable, because it is not conscious; it involves not only our thinking, but also our feeling.

--Valdemar W. Setzer

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

--Isaac Newton

Everything you do or say is public relations.


Live to learn... forget... and learn again.


Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience.

--Calvin & Hobbes

Knowing is half the battle.

--GI Joe

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans.

--Peter Drucker

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

--George Bernard Shaw

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.
--Slovenian Proverb
A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.

--Bob Edwards

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!

--Peter Drucker

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

--Will Rogers

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

--William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 5

The more you know, the less you need to show.


Bullwinkle: You just leave that to my pal. He's the brains of the outfit.

General: What does that make YOU?
Bullwinkle: What else? An executive...

--Jay Ward

It is by will alone that I set my mind in motion.

--Mentat Prayer

Practice random beauty and senseless acts of love.


When I discover who I am, I'll be free.

--Ralph Ellison

There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.

--Lou Reed, Magic and Loss

It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.

--Stewart's Law of Retroaction, Murphy's Law, Book Two

We come and go just like ripples in a stream.

--John V. Politis

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

--Salvor Hardin

Life is made up of marble and mud.

--Nathaniel Hawthorne

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.

--Bob Wells

To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.


You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.

--Henry Ford

The worst prison would be a closed heart.


In all things that involve social pressures, if we want to see change we have to force the envelope outwards.

--Gary Lee Phillips

It's easy to identify people who can't count to ten.

They're in front of you in the supermarket express lane.

--M. Grundler

"How long does getting thin take?" Pooh asked anxiously.

--A. A. Milne

That which is static and repetitive is boring.

That which is dynamic and random is confusing.
In between lies art.

--John A. Locke

It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you.

--M. Grundler

There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.

--James Branch Cabell

Simply the thing that I am shall make me live.

--William Shakespeare

Dedication is not what others expect of you, it is what you can give to others.


Confidence in nonsense is a requirement for the creative process.


The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

--Chinese Proverb

The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.

--M. Grundler

If everything is coming your way then you're in the wrong lane.


Use soft words and hard arguments.


If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius.

--Larry Leissner

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits


The quality of an organization can never exceed the quality of the minds that make it up.

--Harold R. McAlindon

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

--Will Durant

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.

--William Saroyan

Never argue with a fool. Someone watching may not be able to tell the difference.


Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.


It is good for a man to eat thistles and to remember that he is an ass.

--E. S. Dallas

With love and patience, nothing is impossible.

--Daisaku Ikeda

With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.

--Friedrich von Schiller

Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.

--W. C. Fields

No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.

--John Locke

Hell, there are no rules here--we're trying to accomplish something.

--Thomas A. Edison

The first rule to tinkering is to save all the parts.

--Paul Erlich

Usability is like oxygen -- you never notice it until it is missing...


OK, so you've got a Ph.D. Now, don't touch anything.


Wine is bottled poetry.

--Robert Louis Stevenson

Hatred is toxic waste in the river of life.


He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.

--Chinese proverb

"Reality" is the only word in the English language that should always be used in quotes.


Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

nothing is going to get better. It's not.

--Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.


Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

--Mahatma Gandhi

My curiosity is my creativity on the way to discovery.

--"Why" on Quartz

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.

--Isaac Asimov

Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance.


Never give advice...

A wise man won't need it
A fool won't heed it.


The secret to life is that there is no secret.

--"Swampman" on Quartz

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.


And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.


The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground....


Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.


Any fool can make a rule,

and any fool will mind it.


Never tell the truth to those unworthy of it....

--Mark Twain

If you choose not to decide -- you still have made a choice!

--Neil Peart

Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?

--Kelvin Throop, III

I haven't a clue as to how my story will end. But that's all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you don't conclude that the road has vanished... And how else could we discover the stars?


These days, the wages of sin depend on what kind of deal you make with the devil.

--Kara Vichko

The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.


When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.

--Peter O'Toole, The Ruling Class

Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.

--H. L. Mencken

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

--Oscar Wilde

The perfect man uses his mind as a mirror.

It grasps nothing. It regrets nothing.
It receives but does not keep.

--Chuang Tzu

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.

--Woody Allen

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

If I am not for others, what am I?
And if not now, when?

--Rabbi Hillel, 12th Century

If you can't convince them, confuse them.

--Harry S Truman

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.

--Casey Stengal

Mi taku oyasin. (We are all related.)

--Lakota belief

It matters not what goal you seek

Its secret here reposes:
You've got to dig from week to week
To get Results or Roses.

--Edgar Guest

Practice Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Beauty.


Art can't hurt you.

--Fred Babb

God put me on Earth to accomplish a certain number of things.

Right now I'm so far behind I will never die!


In dwelling, live close to the ground.

In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

--Tao Te Ching

I'm out of the loop, and that's the way I like it.


Many of us are more capable than some of us...

but none of us is as capable as all of us!!

--Tom Wilson, "Ziggy"

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery,

None but ourselves can free our minds.

--Bob Marley

We must become the change we want to see.

--Mahatma Gandhi

Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.

--George Patton

Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty.

--Henry M. Robert

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

--Vincent T. Lombardi

Let's just say I was testing the bounds of society. I was just curious.

--Jim Morrison

Reputations are created every day and every minute.

--Christopher Ruel

Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion.


We don't work for each other,

We work with each other.

--Stanley C. Gault

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.

--James Klass

Not all those who wander are lost.

--J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

I'm not intending to imply insult or judgment here but I am curious to know in order to be able to respond to your posts in an appropriate manner, so please forgive what appears to be, but in fact is not intended as, an insulting question:

Are you stupid?

--Melinda Shore

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

--Lao-Tsu, The Way of Lao-Tsu

Everything may happen. (Omnio fieri possent.)

--Seneca, Epistuloe ad Lucilium, Epis. LXX, 9

No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen.

--Minor White, Photographer

To be matter of fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy -- and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.

--Robert A. Heinlein

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.

--Gilbert Highet

...desire cracks open the gates. If you're ready it will take you through. But nothing lasts forever, time is the destroyer, the wheel turns again and again, watch out it will take you through.


There is only one blasphemy, and that is the refusal to experience joy.

--Paul Rudnick

They have exiled me now from their society and I am pleased, because humanity does not exile except the one whose noble spirit rebels against despotism and oppression. He who does not prefer exile to slavery is not free by any measure of freedom, truth and duty.

--Kahil Gibran, Spirits Rebellious

But my dear man, reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.

--Alan Watts

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

--Albert Einstein

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.

--E. F. Schumacher

Satire's my weapon, but I'm too discreet

To run amuck, and tilt at all I meet.

--Alexander Pope

I'll publish right or wrong. Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.

--Lord Byron

Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.

--John Maynard Keynes

If a person feels he can't communicate, the least he can do is shut up about it.

--Tom Lehrer

Art is a deliberate recreation of a new and special reality that grows from your response to life. It cannot be copied; it must be created.


I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me.

--A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.

--Communist Manifesto

That's the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!


No pressure, no diamonds.

--Mary Case

You can't be truly rude until you understand good manners.

--Rita Mae Brown

Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.

--Rita Mae Brown

Comedy is tragedy plus time.

--Carol Burnett

What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.

--Kerry Thornley, Principia Discordia, 5th edition

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.

--Rita Mae Brown

Not only are you anal, but you are anal about things most people have never even heard of.


What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?

--Ursula LeGuin

The Depth of your Mythology is the Extent of your Effectiveness.

--John Maxwell

Ever notice that what the hell is always the right decision?

--Marilyn Monroe

Occasionally, I have to think like myself to remember where I put something.

--Sue S. Taylor

Don't be afraid to take one large step because you can't cross a chasm in two small leaps.

--Lloyd George

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.


If everybody's thinking alike, somebody isn't thinking.


It usually takes a long time to find a shorter way.


There is no They, Only Us.


Here is the world, sound as a nut, perfect, not the smallest piece of chaos left, never a stitch nor an end, not a mark of haste, or botching, or second thought; but the theory of the world is a thing of shreds and patches.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1845)

Some day my boat will come in, and with my luck I'll be at the airport.


Beware the man of one book.

--St. Thomas Aquinas

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

--Samuel Johnson

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.


Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

--George Santayana

The wise learn many things from their enemies.

--Aristophanes, Birds (414 BC)

'Tis better to have loved and lost

Than never to have loved at all.

--Alfred Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam, line 27, stanza 4 (1850)

Dolendi modus, timendi non item.

(To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.)

--Bacon, Of Seditions and Troubles

Sleep... Oh! how I loathe those little slices of death....


It's better to be quotable than to be honest.

--Tom Stoppard

Truth fears no questions.


Ring the bells that still can ring.

Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.

--Leonard Cohen, "Anthem"

All jobs are easy to the person who doesn't have to do them.

--Holt's Law

Is demum miser est, cuius nobilitas miserias nobilitat.

(Indeed, wretched the man whose fame makes his misfortunes famous.)

--Lucius Accius, Telephus

To save your world you asked this man to die;

Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?

--W. H. Auden, Epitaph for an Unknown Soldier

There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why...

I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?

--Robert Francis Kennedy, 1968 presidential campaign

This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.

--General Omar Bradley

You shouldn't say it is not good. You should say, you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.

--James Whistler

'Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

--Samuel Johnson

No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.

--Plato, Laws

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

--Greek Proverb

It is the province of knowledge to speak

And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

--Oliver Wendell Holmes

Love is not blind, it sees more not less;

But because it sees more it chooses to see less.

--Rabbi Julins Gordon

True friendship is seen through the heart not through the eyes.


Life's truest happiness is found in friendships we make along the way.


People only see what they are prepared to see.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.

--Knights of Pythagoras

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.

--Appius Claudius

Nothing endures but change.


To err is human, to forgive divine.

--Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism

From the persistence of noise comes the insistence of rage.

From the emergence of tone comes the divergence of thought.
From the enlightenment of music comes the wisdom of... silence.

--Visions of Gregorian Chants

I think; therefore I am.

--Rene Descartes

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

--Chinese Proverb

Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. ...The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive.

--Frank Herbert, Dune

The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.

--Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Insisting on perfect safety is for people who don't have the balls to live in the real world.

--Mary Shafer

What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do -- especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.

--William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways

In a mad world, only the mad are sane.

--Akiro Kurosawa

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

--Plato, The Republic

Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

--Plato, The Republic

Necessity, who is the mother of invention.

--Plato, The Republic

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.

--Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

--Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

In wildness is the preservation of the world.

--Henry David Thoreau, Walking (1862)

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

--Mark Twain, inscription beneath his bust in the Hall of Fame

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.

-- Mark Twain, What Is Man? (1906)

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

--Albert Einstein

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.

--Bertrand Russell, Autobiography

The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.

--Justice Anthony Kennedy, 91-155

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

--Benjamin Franklin

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

--Justice Louis D. Brandeis, dissenting Olmstead v. United States, 277 US 479 (1928)

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

--Thomas Paine

Take Nothing but Pictures.

Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.

--Motto of the Baltimore Grotto (caving society)

You can choose a ready guide

In some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide
You still have made a choice
You can choose from phantom fears
and kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose free will.

--Rush, "Free Will"

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

--Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.

--Cervantes, The Impossible Dream

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.

--William J. H. Boetcker

You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.

--Lyndon Johnson

A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular.

--Adlai Stevenson

If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.

--Van Gogh

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

--Thomas Paine

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.

--Albert Einstein

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

--Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

--Bertrand Russell

To be nobody-but-yourself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

--e. e. cummings

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.

--Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Wind, Sand and Stars (1939)

...[I] put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

--John Gillespie Magee, Jr., High Flight

It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.

--Samuel Johnson, Boswell's Life (1770)

The condition upon which God has given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.

--John Philpot Curran (July 10, 1790)

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.


The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.

It is the source of all art and science.

--Albert Einstein

You must first get along with yourself before you can get along with others.

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

If you listened hard enough the first time, you might have heard what I meant to say.


Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

--Margaret Lee Runbeck

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

Forget your enemies. It's your friends you frustrate that cause all the problems.

--Michael J. Tucker

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.

--Willa Cather

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