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.
— Napoleon Bonnapart
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.