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No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.   Bertrand Russell


Quotes  & Misquotes


Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.   -Bertolt Brecht 





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


There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.   Laurence J. Peter


Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.   Jim Rohn


In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.      -Stephen Jay Gould



The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, and they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. --Carl Sagan


I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." -- Woodrow Wilson



I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. -- Pablo Picasso





If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.   Ivan Turgenev

If all the year were playing holidays; To sport would be as tedious as to work.  William Shakespeare






One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. -- Will Durant






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




A war, even the most victorious, is a national misfortune.   Helmuth von Moltke





The reasons for a household's financial success can be broken down into 55% planning, 30% asset allocation and 15% avoiding big mistakes, like ignoring the advice of their advisor. All the rest is selection and timing. You can't control it (selection & timing) and it doesn't contribute anything.   Nick Murray


Financial success is almost purely a function of acting as opposed to reacting. When I have a plan and I continue to act on it through my life ... I achieve all my financial goals.  Nick Murray






It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis. -- Margaret Bonnano







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

The living need charity more than the dead.   George Arnold

A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.   Jack London

In charity there is no excess.   Sir Francis Bacon






Be charitable before wealth makes thee covetous.   Sir Thomas Browne






And malt does more than Milton can -  to justify God's ways to man.   A. E. Housman





"The gods, likening themselves to all kinds of strangers, go in various disguises from city to city, observing the wrongdoing and the righteousness of men.   Homer

God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.   Izaak Walton

I want to believe in intelligent design, and hence I am suspicious of anything that seems to confirm my desire to believe.   James Lileks

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.   Mother Teresa

Live among men as if God beheld you; speak to God as if men were listening.   Seneca







It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine.   Heraclitus

If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.   Kahlil Gibran

Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thought on the unthinking.   John Maynard Keyes

Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence.   Francis Jeffrey


Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.   Isaac Asimov


The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.   Joan Baez

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.    John F. Kennedy

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.   Mahatma Gandhi

Peace is not an absence of war. It is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.   Benedictus de Spinoza

We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.   Dwight D. Eisenhower

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.   G. K. Chesterton

My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that 'achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.   Helen Hayes

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.   Henry David Thoreau

The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in this business. You've got to keep on working that talent. Someday I'll reach for it and it won't be there.  Irving Berlin

The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.   Nancy Astor

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.   William James

"I never saw, heard, nor read that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular but some degree of persecution.  Jonathan Swift

The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion, it will cease to be free for religion.   U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Houghwout Jackson

[I]t will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.    Jane Austen

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.   Sir Richard Francis Burton

The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.  Matthew Arnold

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.   Steven Weinberg

Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one.   Thomas Jefferson

No man who know aught can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free.   John Milton

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.   Benjamin Disraeli

Statistician: A man who believes figures don't lie, but admits that under analysis some of them won't stand up either.   Evan Esar

I could prove God statistically.  George Gallup

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.  Joseph Stalin

Life itself, the phenomenon of life, the gift of life, is so breathtakingly serious.   Boris Pasternak

All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.    Sean O'Casey

We always plan too much and always think too little.- Joseph A. Schumpeter

We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.   George Sand

The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children.   Clarence Darrow

For rarely are sons similar to their fathers: most are worse, and a few are better than their fathers.   Homer

You can live a lifetime and, at the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself.   Beryl Markham

That some have succeeded greatly is proof that others can as well.   -Abraham Lincoln

Nothing is as simple as we hope it will be." -- Jim Horning

History knows no resting places and no plateaus.   Henry Kissinger

Idleness and lack of occupation tend - nay are dragged - towards evil.   Hippocrates

Maybe I couldn't be dafter, But I keep wondering if this time we couldn't settle our differences before a war instead of after. Ogden Nash 

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

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

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.   Elizabeth Taylor

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.   Rene Descartes

Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy.   Seneca

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.   Sir Winston Churchill

'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.   Abraham Lincoln

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.   Edith Sitwell

There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.  Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.   Mahatma Gandhi

It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.     Pythagoras


Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.   -Bertolt Brecht


Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.    Charles Caleb Colton

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.   Logan Pearsall Smith

Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.   Horace Mann


If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.   Michel de Montaigne

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.   Hans Selye

History has always shown that the contrarian attitude has always paid off over time. That being fully invested in the midst of a crisis will pay off. That being patient is eventually rewarding. We are not about to defy history.  Michael Lee-Chin

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.  -- Isaac Newton


I believe that it is critical not to be part of the herd when investing in financial markets. Just because most investors are moving in a particular direction doesn't make it the best direction. In fact, often it has meant the opposite.  Jeffrey Vinik


Whenever the consensus in the investment world starts to pronounce something, you can be sure the opposite is about to happen.  David Roche


The general idea is that what works most of the time is nearly the opposite of what works in the long run.   William Eckhardt

Using contrary thinking is investment at it's best and will beat any system. On paper it may seem easy but in practice it is very difficult and requires considerable nerve.  Jim Slater

The fact that other people agree or disagree with you makes you neither right or wrong. You will be right if your facts and reasoning are correct.   Benjamin  Graham

Genius is a short memory in a bull market.  J. K. Galbraith

The usual bull market successfully weathers a number of tests until it is considered invulnerable, whereupon it is ripe for a bust.  George Soros

Bull markets are robust phenomena. It is a healthy sign that so many people are looking for this one to end. Much more dangerous is when the financial pages are complacently optimistic.  Quentin Lumsden

At the heart of a bear market , nobody knows it is a bear market - they just think it is a correction.  Dr. Mark Faber

Remember that downturns do not last forever, particularly since politicians discovered the antidote - inflation.  John  Train


Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.     Thomas Jones





A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.    Hector Hugh Munro,


If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.    Moshe Dayan

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.  Napoleon Bonaparte

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.  Voltaire

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.  William Blake

Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.  Publilius Syrus






He who would travel happily must travel light.  Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.   Clifton Fadiman

Before he sets out, the traveler must possess fixed interests and facilities to be served by travel.   George Santayana

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

Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.   Sigmund Freud







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  or  Albert Einstein         


Invest with us based on the quality of our underlying assets, which is the result of us dogmatically abiding by the tenets of our investment principles and not based on our short-term performance. Michael lee-Chin

Trying to do market timing is likely, not only  not  to add value to your investment program, but to be counterproductive. John C. Boyle

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims." - Aristotle

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.    Samuel Johnson

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct. - Benjamin Disraeli

Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.  Martin Luther King

The first condition of immortality is death.   Stanislaw J. Lec

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.   Susan Ertz

The struggle to reach the top is itself enough to fulfill the heart of man.   Albert Camus

The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.  Anatole France

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying.   Woody Allen

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.  Pierre Corneille


Speak when you are angry--and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.   Laurence J. Peter







Those who speak most of progress measure it by quantity and not by quality   -George Santayana








The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.   -Arthur Koestler

The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth.- G. C. Lichtenberg

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.  
George Bernard Shaw

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.   H. L. Mencken

My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.   Jean Rostand

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.   Oscar Wilde

Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try.   Peggy Noonan

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.   Abraham Lincoln


Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.   Oscar Levant


You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.   Seneca


You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.   Ronald Reagan

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.   Benjamin Disraeli

Statistician: A man who believes figures don't lie, but admits that under analysis some of them won't stand up either.   Evan Esar

I could prove God statistically.   George Gallup

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.   Joseph Stalin


Effort  is only effort when it begins to hurt."- Jose Ortega y Gasset





Between two products equal in price, function and quality, the better looking will out sell the other.  
Raymond Loewy

People always call it luck when you've acted more sensibly than they have.   Anne Tyler

A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.   James A. Garfield

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?   Jean Cocteau


True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home.   John Hay

I have often thought morality may perhaps consist solely in the courage of making a choice.   Leon Blum

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.   Thomas Jefferson

Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.   .   Thomas Jefferson

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.   .   Thomas Jefferson

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.   .   Thomas Jefferson

Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.   .   Thomas Jefferson

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.   Aldous Huxley

An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.   Dan Rather


Only sick music makes money today.   Friedrich Nietzsche


I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.   Elvis Presley


Music is essentially useless, as life is.   George Santayana

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.   Josh Billings

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.   Mahatma Gandhi

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.   Niccolo Machiavelli

In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.   Sir Francis Bacon

Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.   Paul Gauguin

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.   Albert Einstein

In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.   Andy Warhol

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.   Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face.  
Jim Bishop

When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.   William Hazlitt

You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.  Albert Schweitzer

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.   Charles Dudley Warner

Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.   Kahlil Gibran

The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed.   Seneca

You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.  Isaac Asimov

If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A well-written Life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.   Thomas Carlyle

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.   Leo Rosten

 An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.   Charles de Montesquieu

Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword.    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, DO something. Don't just stand there. Make it happen.   -- Lee Iacocca

To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.   Anatole France

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.   Edgar Allan Poe

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.   Henry David Thoreau

I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.   Aeschylus

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy   Norman Vincent Peale

There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me.'   Andre Gide

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.   Mark Twain

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.   Sophia Loren

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.    Rosalynn Carter

Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.   Don Marquis

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare.   Anon

Humility is no substitute for a good personality.   Fran Lebowitz

Life is a long lesson in humility.   James M. Barrie

You couldn't be that good and not know it, somewhere in your secret heart, however much you'd been abused into affecting public humility.   Lois McMaster Bujold

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.   Mark Twain

I am no more humble than my talents require.   Oscar Levant

This only is denied to God: the power to undo the past.   Agathon

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

Everyone ought to worship God according to his own inclinations, and not to be constrained by force.   Flavius Josephus

Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon man.   Francis Cardinal Spellman

They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse. Emily Dickinson

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.  John Kenneth Galbraith

Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.   Martin Luther King Jr.

Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.   Alfred North Whitehead

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.   Benjamin Disraeli

Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.   Ambrose Bierce

Be careful -- with quotations, you can damn anything.   Andre Malraux

When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.   Anatole France

That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.  Paul Valery

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.   Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.   Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.   Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.   Ralph Waldo Emerson


Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.   Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.    Ralph Waldo Emerson

Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.   Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have Immortal longings in me.   William Shakespeare

All work & no play makes Jack a dull boy.  Anon

The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman.  Willa Cather

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.   Herodotus

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.   Robert J. Sawyer

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.   Ovid

He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.   Henry David Thoreau

No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive.   Dr. Joyce Brothers

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labour by taking up another.   Anatole France

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.   Bertrand Russell

He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.   Henry David Thoreau

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.   Herodotus

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.   Robert J. Sawyer

peech is of time, silence is of eternity.   Thomas Carlyle

Literature is news that stays news.   Ezra Pound


Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.   Thomas A. Edison

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.   Benjamin Franklin

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.   Bertrand Russell

There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.   George Bernard Shaw

The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.  
Saint Jerome

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.    Bertrand Russell

The devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape. -- William Shakespeare

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.   Martin Luther King Jr.

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.   Voltaire

There are more fools in the world than there are people.   Heinrich Heine

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.   Gustave Flaubert

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.   George Bernard Shaw

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.   Jean Giraudoux

I am not sincere, even when I say I am not.   Jules Renard

Sincerity is the way of Heaven.   Mencius

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.   Oscar Wilde

Out of every fruition of success, no matter what, comes forth something to make a new effort necessary.   Walt Whitman

If I should die...I have left no immortal work behind me -- nothing to make my friends proud of my memory -- but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered.    John Keats

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.   Albert Einstein  (attributed)

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.   Aldous Huxley

Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get them, get them right, or they will get you wrong.   Dr. Thomas Fuller

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.   John Adams

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.   Mark Twain

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.   Albert Schweitzer

Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can't buy.   Izaak Walton

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -- R. W. Emerson

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.   Ernest Rutherford

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community. ... The man who dies ... rich dies disgraced.   Andrew Carnegie

Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.   Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.   Aldous Huxley

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.   Aristotle

In the state of nature...all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law.    Charles de Montesquieu the result of human organization. We are not born equal.   Hannah Arendt

If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day.-- John A. Wheeler

I ask you to look both ways. For the road to a knowledge of the stars leads through the atom; and important knowledge of the atom has been reached through the stars.   Sir Arthur Eddington

I don't confuse greatness with perfection. To be great anyhow is...the higher achievement.   Lois McMaster Bujold, 

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.   Eugene Delacroix

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.   Albert Einstein

Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.   Confucius

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.   Aesop

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.   George Sand

Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness.   William Shakespeare - Macbeth

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.   President J F Kennedy

Hell, there are no rules here we're trying to accomplish something.    Thomas A. Edison

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.   Bertrand Russell

Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone - but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.   Bette Davis

When love is in excess it brings a man nor honor nor any worthiness.   Euripides

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

I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly." -- Michel de Montaigne

Call no man foe, but never love a stranger.    Stella Benson

But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.   Jane Austen

Government is not the problem, and government is not the solution. We, the American people, we are the solution.    President  Wm Clinton

I'm definitely not a pioneer. That's for people like Jackie Robinson and Lee Elder. I'm just a product of their hard work.   Tiger Woods

Medicine is] a collection of uncertain prescriptions the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.   Napoleon Bonaparte

Don't live in a town where there are no doctors.   Jewish Proverb

One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.   Sir William Osler

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.   Thomas Szasz

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.   Voltaire

The law must be stable, but it must not stand still.   Roscoe Pound

Everything you can imagine is real.   Pablo Picasso

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.   Philip K. Dick

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.   Lily Tomlin

Reality is something you rise above.    Liza Minnelli

The real distinction is between those who adapt their purposes to reality and those who seek to mold reality in the light of their purposes.   Henry Kissinger

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.   Albert Einstein

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.   Albert Einstein

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

The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.    Albert Einstein

He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.   Albert Einstein


The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.   George Bernard Shaw

My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.   Jean Rostand

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.   Oscar Wilde

Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try.   Peggy Noonan


Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.   Lillian Hellman



In war there is no substitute for victory.   Gen. Douglas McArthur


Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune.   Dr. Thomas Fuller



It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine.   Heraclitus



The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken.   Homer

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.   Elizabeth Cady Stanton    women's suffrage activist

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.   Demosthenes

Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.   Henry J. Kaiser

One today is worth two tomorrows.  Ben Franklyn





I never think of the future, it comes soon enough. -- Albert Einstein





The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.   Milan Kundera

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity.    Richard M. Nixon


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.   Sir Francis Bacon

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.   Thomas A. Edison


A book may be amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity. Oliver Goldsmith

Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.   Abigail Van Buren

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.   Benjamin Franklin

I'm very pleased with each advancing year. It stems back to when I was forty. I was a bit upset about reaching that milestone, but an older friend consoled me. 'Don't complain about growing old - many, many people do not have that privilege.'   Earl Warren




To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.   Bernard M. Baruch


Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.  Groucho Marx





Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardour and attended to with diligence.   Abigail Adams


Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.   Confucius


Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.   Euripides



Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.   Lord Chesterfield



Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.   Theodore Roosevelt




Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better."- Florence Nightingale



Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.   Mark Twain

Nothing is stronger than habit.   Ovid

How use doth breed a habit in a man!   William Shakespeare




Before you trust a man, eat a peck of salt with him.   proverb

It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.   Albert Einstein




I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.   Charles De Gaulle

Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important.   Eugene McCarthy





When the political columnists say 'Every thinking man' they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'Every intelligent voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them.   Franklin P. Adams








An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.   Thomas Jefferson






Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs that properly concern them.   Paul Valery



Only through art can we get outside of ourselves and know another's view of the universe.   Marcel Proust


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