QUOTES OF THE DAY
"We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke straps our vice."
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862).
The big thieves hang the little ones.
Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.
Carl Jung, psychiatrist (1875-1961)
Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored.
Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite.
Josh Billings, columnist and humorist (1818-1885)
The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
John Locke, philosopher (1632-1704)
It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.
Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988)
“The price good people pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:
She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison."
He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."
A member of Parliament to Disraeli:
"Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."
"He had delusions of adequacy."
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." -
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." -
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.."
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend ... if you have one."
- George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ... if there is one."
"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."
"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
Irvin S. Cobb
"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
Charles, Count Talleyrand
"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."
"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination."
Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
"He has Van Gogh's ear for music.."
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But, this wasn't it."
Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.
George Sewell, physician and writer (1690-1736)
We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others.
Blaise Pascal, philosopher and mathematician (1623-1662)
Courts determine questions of law and not justice and even that is questionable.
William M. Turner, (1939- )
The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.
William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist (1811-1863)
The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, scientist and philosopher (1742-1799)
Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience.
Hartley Shawcross, barrister, politician, and prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes tribunal (1902-2003)
"There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed."
Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end.
Joseph Conrad, novelist (1857-1924)
"A goal without a plan is just a wish."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
To know how to say what other people only think is what makes men poets and sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think, makes men martyrs or reformers, or both.
Elizabeth Rundle Charles, writer (1828-1896)
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
Ben Hecht, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, director, and producer (1894-1964)
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.
John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (1819-1900)
Inquiry is fatal to certainty
Will Durant, Historian (1885-1981)
Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.
William Proxmire, U.S. Senator, reformer (1915-2005)
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (1807-1882)
You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.Joseph Conrad, novelist (1857-1924)
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. Oliver Goldsmith, writer and physician (1730-1774)
There is no shame west of the Pecos especially east of St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe.
He hasn't the sense that God gave a donut.
Extreme justice is extreme injustice.
Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, orator, writer (106-43 BCE
When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. -Abraham Joshua Heschel, theology professor (1907-1972)
The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.
Florence Scovel Shinn, writer, artist and teacher (1871-1940)
After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.
Be good and you will be lonesome.
Walking is man's best medicine.
Economists are people who wonder if what works in reality can also work in theory. Ronald Regan
Oh, it is excellent to have a giant's strength, but it tyrannous to use it like a giant
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived
Corruption is as old as prostitution. Just one of the subtle strategies that the human species employs for survival. Others just kill.
I once met a man who had forgiven an injury. I hope some day to meet the man who has forgiven an insult.
Charles Buxton, brewer, philanthropist, writer, and politician (1823-1871)
Literature is the language of society, as speech is the language of man.
Louis de Bonald, philosopher and politician (1754-1840)
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
- Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)
"A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule."
Michael Pollan, author, journalism professor (b. 1955
The death of dogma is the birth of morality.
Immanuel Kant, philosopher (1724-1804)
"Only those who risk going too far can really know how far they can go"
If the world ever advances beyond what it is today, it must be led by men who express their real opinions.
Robert G. Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (1833-1899)
Those who matter, don't judge. Those who judge, don't matter!!
A good mother knows how to give her child peace of mind rather than "a piece of her mind"
"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words"
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"We think in generalities, but we live in detail."
Alfred North Whitehead
"You can't be old and wise without being young and stupid"
To the World You May be One Person, but to One Person you Could be The World.
"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much"
"Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong"
"I can resist anything but temptation"
Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.
When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with.
Anais Nin, writer (1903-1977)
Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation.
Susan B. Anthony, reformer and suffragist (1820-1906)
The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.
Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996)
An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.
James Albert Michener, novelist (1907-1997)
Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven't done a thing. You are just talking.
Wangari Muta Maathai, activist and Nobel laureate (b. 1940)
The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already . . .
Leo Tolstoy, 1897
To Grow a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
Eleanor Roosevelt"One cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole."
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)
"We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin."
Andre Berthiaume, novelist (b. 1938)
"The best mind-altering drug is the truth."
"Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority."
Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist (1825-1895
"In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual."
Galileo Galilei, physicist and astronomer (1564-1642)
"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy."
Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 1802. ME 10:342
"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." - Thomas Jefferson
What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist (b. 1949)
"Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings -- always darker, emptier, and simpler." Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)
"Good men must not obey the laws too well."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher
"Anyone who believes in infinite growth in a finite world is either mad or an economist"
"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy." --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 1802. ME 10:342
A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity. -Robert Frost, poet (1874-1963)
Not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt.
Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist (1825-1895)
I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations. -
Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature.
George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)
"L'honnetete n'est pas la meilleure politique, il est la seule."
"I sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies."
Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.
Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)
You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.
Khalil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)
It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
William G. McAdoo, lawyer and politician (1863-1941)
Economics of declarant will limit irrational exuberance
John D'Antonio paraphrasing Alan Greenspan
October 16, 2009
The greatest question in all science is where is the next grant coming from.
Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
Old African Proverb
Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.
Robert Orben, Magician and Author
I have always said , you should learn something new every day.
Unfortunately, many of us are at that age where what we learn today, we forget tomorrow. This was certainly true in my aged father's case, an avid reader, where the first chapter of every book was always page worn.
The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.
It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Is world trade law a barrier to saving our climate? No; but, our climate may be used as an excuse to bring down our trade laws.
Must we consider Democrats in support of Obama's policies of comstockery?
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
In 1921, Albert Einstein presented a paper on his then-infant Theory
of Relativity at the Sorbonne. He said then:
"If I am proved correct, the Germans will call me a German, the Swiss will call me a Swiss citizen, and the French will call me a great scientist.
"If relativity is proved wrong, the French will call me a Swiss, the Swiss will call me a German, and the Germans will call me a Jew."
"If a book be false in its facts, disprove them; if false in its reasoning, refute it. But for God s sake, let us freely hear both sides if we choose."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
"I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer."
Douglas Adams, satirist (1952-2001)
"Anything too stupid to be said is sung."
"Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything."
John Kenneth Galbraith
"No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gota a gota el agua se agota
Water is life
Old Spanish Dicho
"We will only know the worth of water when the well is dry."
"Till taught by pain, men know not water's worth."
"Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary."
Reinhold Niebuhr, theologian (1892-1971)
"It's easy to stay busy. The trick is to stay busy and make money."
Old Lawyers Proverb
"It is a trick among the dishonest to offer sacrifices that are not needed,
or not possible, to avoid making those that are required."
"During times of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is.
Jean Anouilh, dramatist (1910-1987)
"Hypocrisy is the beginning of virtue."
Justice Antonin Scalia
Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 14, 2009
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together
in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal
system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)
"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism," they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform."
Norman Mattoon Thomas 1944
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Society is like a stew. If you don't keep it stirred up you get a lot of scum on the top.
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
Jerome K. Jerome,
Recent work on information processing (even kin recognition) in plants suggests that there may be more going on there than we now understand; as for birds and mammals, it has long been appreciated that they are perfectly capable of deception and subversion. For my part, I don't find these things odd or disturbing, as it's the continuity of all life that intrigues me most. Humans are not alone in their baseness -- though a few may be alone in their desire to rise above it.
Sometimes you have to state the obvious for the benefit of the oblivious!
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.Anonymous
If you don't have new ideas, you rely on old tactics to cover your derriere.
"Everyone has a bridge to nowhere! Many ultimately take it!"
"The State Engineer of New Mexico is now involved in so much litigation that he has gone cross-eyed and is unable to argue consistently. His office has become the cornucopia of bad faith."
"The State Engineer of New Mexico is so imbued in its own mythology it will not accept the reality of history and the courts commonly and invariably go along with him because of the inadequate intellectual capacity and mental lassitude of the judges or their plain unwillingness to work"
"The New Mexico State Engineer has been trying to petrify his own fictions for decades."
In war, the first casualty is truth.
Any simple problem can be made insoluble if enough meetings
are held to discuss it.
(Mitchell's Law of Committees)
Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
If you let them construct the backbone, eventually they will build the whose fish.
(William M. Turner)
When asked what he thought of bureaucrats, Will Rogers replied that there was nothing wrong with them that a hanging a week wouldn't cure
"Instead of your success, focus on your significance in other's lives"
"Bad debts are not like good wine; they don't get better with age."
(Robert Dickinson Esq.)
"Those who stand up for what is right must expect to be treated badly."
(Justice Clarence Thomas, American Enterprise Institute, 2003 Annual Dinner)
Now that you have answered all of the questions, question all of the answers
It is as though it had never been, just a memory.
(Great Expectations by Charles Dickinson)
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
"You must always remember [Albert Einstein's famous quote], because the mediocre mind you encounter may be your own."
"To every human is given a key to the gates of heaven; the same key also opens the gates of hell."
"Between thinking and doing there is an ocean."
" No matter what a man's past may have been, his future is spotless."
"The proper response to variability is insurance not denial."
"In life there are two kinds of people. There are those who do the work and then there are those who try to claim the credit. Always strive to be in the first group; there is much less competition."
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away -
“Only the educated are free."
"Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it."
"Thought and action must never part company."
"He who faces no calamity gains no courage."
"Water is no longer perceived as a gift from God, but a commodity for which one has to pay. Water will become like oil one day, I have no doubt about it."
Dr. Isabel Al-Assar
November 24, 2005
"Water drives men to drink with their enemies."
"Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property."
Jean De La Bruyere
"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."
- John Cage
"Das Prinzip aller Dinge ist das Wasser. Aus Wasser ist alles, und ins Wasser kehrt alles zurück"
Thales von Milet, 600 v. Chr.
"A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain."