There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid a real labor of thinking.
— Thomas Edison
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do.
— Bertand Russel
— Derek BokIrony is the only weapon of defenseless.
— Sergei Dovlatov
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
— George Orwell
Hostility in social creatures is almost universal against individuals that behave in an abnormal manner.
— Niko Tinbergen, A study of social behavior of birds, 1961.
— Howard Bloom, The Lucifer Principle
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.
The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open.
— Guenter Grass
Evil prevails when good people keep silent.
Who knows only his own generation remain always a child.
None are as blind as those who refuse to see.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
— Mother Teresa
Daring ideas are like chess men moved forward.
They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
If you are going through hell, keep going.
— Winston Churchill
The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
— Marcel Proust
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
— Vince Lombardi
I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.
— Woodrow Wilson
Do what you can with what you have where you are.
— Teddy Roosevelt
The man who starts out going nowhere generally gets there.
— Dale Carnegie
There is nothing more enraging than someone exposing your faults — and being right.
— Thomas Friedman
There is nothing more humiliating than to have to defend the truth.
— Alain Finkelkraut
The dose differentiates a poison from a remedy.
— Paracelsus, 16th century alchemist
There comes an hour of sadness,
The setting of the sun.
Not for sins committed,
But for things I have not done.
Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
One man with courage makes a majority.
— Andrew Jackson
Only the shallow know themselves.
— Oscar Wilde
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
— St. Francis of Assisi
Tell me I forget, teach me I remember, involve me I learn.
— Ben Franklin
The bigger the lie, the more they believe it.
— Joseph Goebbels (Hitler's Propaganda Minister)
The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances.
— Victor Frankl
The oldest, shortest words -- "yes' and "no" -- are those which require the most thought.
The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity.
— Winston Churchill
The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
— Arthur Koestler
The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.
— Marcus Tullius Cicero
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues.
— Marcus Aurelius
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
— Thomas Jefferson
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
— Albert Einstein
To stay in place you have to run hard, and to get anywhere you have to run even harder.
— Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll
The past is the best predictor of the future.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
Nothing is more practical than a good theory.
— Albert Einstein
We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.
— Marshall McLuhan
— William Blake: The Marriage of Heaven and HellThe world is a dangerous place to live - not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
— Albert EinsteinAnger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
— Albert EinsteinWhat is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike.
— Alfred North WhiteheadIt's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.
— Paulo CoelhoWhen experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
— George Santayana
If you start with the wrong assumptions, no matter how logical your reasoning is, you will end up with the wrong conclusion.
The worst thing a son-of-a-bitch can do is turn you into a son-of-a-bitch.
— Frank Oppenheimer
— Mark Twain
History is a myth that men agree to believe.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
Dance as though no one is watching you,
Love as if you have never been hurt before,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though haven is on earth