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Thinking is like loving and dying. Each of us must do it for himself.  ~Josiah Royce (1855-1916)

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?  ~Winnie the Pooh (timeless)

So jump in, agree or disagree, and hopefully, enjoy!


You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.
-Albert Camus, French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher (November 7, 1913 – January 4, 1960)

If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.
-Alan Simpson, US Senator from Wyoming who served from 1979 to 1997 (09/02/31 - )

An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
-Don Marquis, humorist and poet (1878-1937)


Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life.
-Barbara Kingsolver, novelist, essayist and poet (1955 - )

Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.
Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father of the United States, primary author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of the United States from 1801-1809 (April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826)
There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don't allow yourself to be one of them.
-Ralph Marston, American writer (January 18, 1955 - )

When you buy from an independent artist you are buying more than just a painting, or a novel, or a song. You are buying hundreds of hours of experimentation and thousands of failures. You are buying  days, weeks, months, years of frustration, and moments of pure joy. You are buying nights of worry about paying the rent, having enough money to eat, having enough money to feed the children, the birds, the dog. You aren’t just buying a thing, you are buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a private moment in someone’s life. Most of all you are buying that artist more time to do something they are truly passionate about; something that makes all of the above worth the fear and the doubt; something that puts the life into the living.
Rebekah Joy Plett, Artist


Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
-Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American artist, poet and writer (January 6, 1883 - April 10, 1931)

Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.
- Rumi, 13th century Muslim poet, jurist, theologian and Sufi mystic (September 30, 1207 - December 3, 1273
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
-Stephen Hawking, British theoretical physicist and author (January 8, 1942 - )
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
-Oliver Goldsmith, Anglo-Irish writer and poet (1730 - 1774)

The greatest thing a father can do to his children, is to love their mother.
-Anjaneth Garcia Untalan (can't find any information of him, but like the quote!)

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower, five-star genenal during World War II the 34th President of the U.S. from 1953 to 1961 (October 14, 1890 - March 28, 1969)
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
- Peter Drucker, American businessman, influential writer, management consultant, and self-described “social ecologist.” (November 19, 1909 - November 11, 2005)

Co-existence / or no existence.
- Piet Hein, Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor, designer, author and poet (December 16, 1905 - April 17, 1996)

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them become what they are capable of being.
-Goethe, German writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist and polymath (August 28, 1749 - March 22, 1832)

After victory, you have more enemies.
- Cicero, Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, orator, political theorist, Roman consul and constitutionalist (January 3, 103 BC - December 7, 43 BC

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
-Clarence Darrow, American lawyer (April 18, 1857-March 13, 1938)
In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
-Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, effecting a revolution on physics (March 14, 1879 - April 18, 1859)
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
-Edward Everett, American politician and educator (April 11, 1794 - January 15, 1865)

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
-Elie Wiesel, Hungarian born Jewish-American writer, professor, political activist, Noble Laureate, and Holocaust Survivor (September 30, 1928 - )

We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy.
-Henry Miller, American novelist and painter (December 26, 1891-June 7, 1980)
It has always seemed strange to me... the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.
John Steinbeck, American author and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962 (February 27, 1902 - December 20, 1968)

Mental illness is the only disease which you can be diagnosed with, and get yelled at for having. One in four Americans suffer from mental illness. Four in five American are affected by it. We are ready for the fight and we ask you to please join us in the revolution and help us educate souls all over the world to “Remove the Stigma!”
Joe Pantoliano, American film and TV actor (September 11, 1951 - )


If more politicians in this country were thinking about the next generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United States and the world.
-Claude Pepper, American politician who represented Florida in the Senate and the Miami area in the House of Representative (September 8, 1900-May 30, 1989)

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
-Derek Curtis Bok, American lawyer and educator, and the former president of Harvard University (March 22, 1930 - )
If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.
-Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
-Indira Gandhi, Indian politician and leader of the Indian National Congress, third Prime Minister of the Republic of India from 1966 to 1977 and again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984 (November 19, 1917 - October 31, 1984)

Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.
- Eric Hoffer, philosopher and social writer who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February, 1983. (July 25, 1902 - May 21, 1983)
There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.
Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, interior designer, writer and educator (June 8, 1867-April 9, 1959)
The death of dogma is the birth of morality.
-Immanuel Kant, German philosopher from Konigsberg (now Kaliningrad of Russia) who researched, lectured and wrote on philosophy and anthropology at the end of the 18th Century of Enlightenment. (1724-1804)
Peace is no mere matter of men fighting or not fighting. Peace, to have meaning for many who have known only suffering in both peace and war, must be translated into bread or rice, shelter, health, and education, as well as freedom and human dignity - a steadily better life. If peace is to be secure, long-suffering and long-starved, forgotten peoples of the world, the underprivileged and the undernourished, must begin to realize without delay the promise of a new day and a new life.
-Ralph J. Bunche, American political scientist and diplomat, 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner and recipient of the Medal of Freedom. (1904-1971)

He that finds his knowledge narrow, and his arguments weak, and by consequence his suffrage not much regarded, is sometimes in hope of gaining that attention by his clamours which he cannot otherwise obtain, and is pleased with remembering that at last he made himself heard, that he had the power to interrupt those whom he could not confute, and suspend the decision which he could not guide.
-Samuel Johnson, English poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer (1709-1784).


Inquiry is fatal to certainty.
-Will Durant, historian (1885-1981)

Your religion is what you do when the sermon is over.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr., American author best-known for his book Life's Little Instruction Book which was a New York Times best seller.

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
-Rabindranath Tagore, philosopher, author, songwriter, painter, educator, composer, Nobel laureate (1861-1941)

Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
-Thomas Paine,  author, pahphleteer, inventor, intellectual and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States (January 29, 1737 - – June 8, 1809)

The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales.
Aesop, slave in ancient Greece, whose fable ae some of the most well known in the world, and remain a popular choice for maral education of children today. (620-560 BCE)

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
Martin Luther King, Jr., American Baptist Minister, activist and iconic Civil Rights Leader, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)

Poverty wants much; but avarice, everything.
-Publilius Syrus, Roman author, 1st century B.C.


A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, novelist, poet, aesthete and author of short stories (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900)

You can get all A's and still flunk life.
Walker Percy, American Southern author whose interests included philosophy and semiotics.

To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
-Eric Hoffer, American social writer and philosopher (July 25, 1902 – May 21, 1983)

Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.
~Potter Stewart, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, appointed by Dwight Eisenhower (January 23, 1915 - December 7, 1960)

A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom a press will never be anything but bad.
~Albert Camus, French Algerian author, philosopher, and journalist (11/07/1913 - 01/04/1960)


You must consider the bottom line, but make it integrity before profits.
-Denis Waitley, American author and self-help speaker (1933 - )

Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
-James Bryce, politician, diplomat and historian (1838-1922)

One of the primary tests of the mood of a society at any given time is whether its comfortable people tend to identify, psychologically, with the power and achievements of the very successful or with the needs and sufferings of the underprivileged.
-Richard Hofstadter, historian (1916-1970)

This is the luxury of music. It touches every key of memory and stirs all the hidden springs of sorrow and joy. I love it for what it makes me forget and for what it makes me remember.
-Belle Brittain (circa 1920 - May 19, 1920 at Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.
Lisa Alther, American author and novelist ( July 23, 1944 - )


I do not want the peace which passes understanding, I want the understanding which brings peace.
-Hellen Keller, American author and educator who overcame the disabilities being blind and deaf (1880-1968)


The following seven quotes are IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY--Hope You'll Think About It::

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. 
~Henry David Thoreau

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. 
~Native American Proverb

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. 
~Cree Indian Proverb

Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect. 
~Chief Seattle, 1855

For 200 years we've been conquering Nature.  Now we're beating it to death. 
~Tom McMillan, quoted in Francesca Lyman, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. 
~Bill Vaughn, quoted in Jon Winokur, The Portable Curmudgeon, 1987

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.

~George Carlin

What you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you say.
-Chinese proverb

It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.
-Mark Twain, pen name for Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American author, humorist, and friend to presidents, artists, industrialists and European royalty. (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)

Living is the art of loving. Loving is the art of caring. Caring is the art of sharing. Sharing is the art of living. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
-Booker T. Washington, American political leader, educator, orator and author who was born into slavery to a white father and a slave mother in a rural area in southwestern Virginia. After emancipation, he worked in West Virginia in a variety of manual labor jobs before making his way to Hampton Roads seeking an education. He worked his way through Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) and attended college at Wayland Seminary. After returning to Hampton as a teacher, in 1881 he was named as the first leader of the new Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915)

All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.
-Adolf Hitlter (1899-1945)

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
-Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese born American philosophical essayist, novelist and poet (1883 - 1931)

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
-Winston Churchill, British Politician (November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965)


May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.
May the Irish hills caress you, may her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you, may the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.
~Irish Blessings

We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.
-Dr. Carter Goodwin Woodson, African-American historian, author, journalist, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founder of Journal of Negro History, and is known as the Father of Black History (December 19, 1875 - April 3, 1950)
Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.
-Mike Singletary, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and 1998 inductee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (October 9, 1958 - )
So let us begin anew— remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
-John Kennedy, 35th President of the United States who served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963 (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963)
The civil rights movement didn't begin in Montgomery and it didn't end in the 1960s. It continues on to this very minute.
-Julian Bond, American social activist and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement, politician, professor and writer( January 14, 1940 - )

If we do not hang together, we will all hang separately.
Benjamin Franklin, American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat (1706-1790)

If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.
-Howard Zinn, American essayist, author and professor emeritus in the Political Science Department at Boston University. (August 24, 1922 - )
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
~Martin Luther King, Jr., American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-Americn civil right movement. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. 
~Benjamin Franklin, author, printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, soldier, and diplomat. (1706-1790)

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?"
~Eve Merriam, poet, playwright, director, lecturer (1916-1992)

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.
~Irv Kupcinet, American newspaper columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a broadcast personality in Chicago IL

We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose.
-Bishop Desmond Tutu, South African cleric, author, activist, opponent of apartheid, Nobel Peach Prize winner (10/07/31- ) -Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

Mental illness is an equal-opportunity illness. Every one of us is impacted by mental illness. At least one in five adults are dealing with this illness, and many are not seeking help because the stigma prevents that.

-Margaret Larson, 25 year veteran of broadcast journalism

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than he who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.
-Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

It's one thing to think you are on the right path, but it's another to think yours is the only path.
Paulo Coehlo, Brazilian author and former theater director, actor, lyricist and journalist (1947- )

If you can't go around it, over it or through it, you had better negotiate with it.
Ashleigh Brilliant, author and cartoonist (1933- )

Superflous wealth can buy superfluities only.
Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

Hypocrisy: prejudice with a halo.
Ambrose Bierce, American writer, journalist and editor (1842-1914)

Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.
Jonathan Swift, Irish cleric, political pamphleteer, satirist and author (1667-1745)
He drew a circle to shut me out--Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in.
Edwin Markham, poet and author (1852-1940)
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (01/15/29-04/04/68)
If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French aviator and writer (1900-1944)
Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe.
-John Milton, Paradise Lost (1608-1674)
Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold.
-Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon (1876-1961 )
A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.
-Yogi Berra, former major league baseball player and manager (1925- )
A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.
-Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States (1933-1945) and an internationally prominent author, speaker, politician, and human rights activist (1884-1962)

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not a coincidence.
- Erma Bombeck, American humorist (1927-1996)


E pluribus unum. (Out of many, one.)
-Motto for the Seal of the United States. Adopted 20 June 1782, recommended by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, 10 Aug. 1776, and proposed by Swiss artist Pierre Eugene du Simitiere. It had originally appeared on the title page of the Gentleman's Journal (Jan. 1692).

An election is coming.  Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.  -George Eliot, pseudonym of Mary Anne Evans, English novelist, in her book Felix Holt (1819-1880)
Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
-James Russell Lowell, American poet and essayist (1819-1891)
The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.
-William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (1564-1616)

Credulity is belief in slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence.
-Tyron Edwards, American theologian best known for compiling the "New Dictionary of Thoughts" (1809-1894)


If every just man that now pines with want Had but a moderate and beseeming share Of that which lewdly-pampered luxury Now heaps upon some few with vast excess, Nature’s full blessings would be well-dispensed In unsuperfluous even proportion.
-John Milton, poet, prose polemicist, civil servant (1608-1674)


He who opens a school door closes a prison.
-Victor Hugo, poet, novelist, dramatist (1802-1885)


To use violence is to already be defeated.
-Chinese Proverb


No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
-George Burns, comedian, actor, writer (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996)


We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
-John F. Kennedy, thirty-fifth President of the United States (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963)


Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
-George Washington,
the first President of the United States (1732-1799)


There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
-Henry Clay,
nineteenth-century American statesman and orator (1777-1852)


In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.
-Iroquois Nation Maxim



It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character
-The Reverend Dr. Dale Turner (1917-2006)

No society that feeds its children on tales of successful violence can expect them not to believe that violence in the end is rewarded.
-Margaret Mead, anthropologist (1901-1978)
Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.
-Jeremy Bentham, jurist and philosopher (1748-1832)

The Hollow Men: Between the idea / And the reality / Between the motion / And the act / Falls the Shadow.
-T.S. Eliot, poet (1888-1965)

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.
 -Thomas Pynchon, writer (1937- )

We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.
-Carter Woodson on founding Negro History Week, 1926
The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.
-George Santayana, philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist (December 16, 1863, Madrid - September 26, 1952, Rome)

Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.
-Baltasar Gracian, philosopher and writer (1601-1658)

The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
-Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968)
(Editor's Note: Oops! A repeat; must have MLK, Jr. on my mind).

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it's the only one you have.
-Emile Chartier, philosopher (1868-1951)

Revenge converts a little right into a great wrong.
German Proverb
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.
-Charles Darwin naturalist and author (1809-1882)

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
-Albert Einstein
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.
- H. H. Munro (Saki) (1870-1916)
Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
-Mark Twain (1835-1910)
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
-Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
-Thomas Carlyle, Scottish-born British historian and essayist (1795-1881)
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
-James Russell Lowell, poet, editor, and diplomat (1819-1891)
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
-Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
-Frank William Leahy, football coach (1908-1973)

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
-Voltaire, French Philosopher and Writer (1694-1778)
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Any fool can try to defend his mistakes--and most fools do--but it gives one a feeling of nobility to admit one's mistakes. By fighting, you never get enough, but by yielding, you get more than you expected.
-The Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, quote from The Hidden Power of Kindness
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
-Abraham Lincoln, f(1809-1865)
The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.
-George Orwell (1903-1950)
Forgiveness and reconciliation are not just ethereal, spiritual, other-worldly activities. They have to do with the real world. They are realpolitik, because in a very real sense, without forgiveness, there is no future.
-Desmond Tutu (1931-) Cleric, Civil Rights Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 1984
This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
-Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)
There are three types of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics.
-Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881 / Popularized by Mark Twain (1835-1901)
No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.
-Turkish proverb
Patience is also a form of action.
-Auguste Rodin, sculptor (1840-1917)
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing the ground.
-Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, editor and orator (1817-1895)
Often war is waged only in order to show valor, thus an inner dignity is ascribed to war itself, and even some philosophers have praised it as an ennoblement of humanity, forgetting the pronouncement of the Greek who said, "War is an evil in as much as it produces more wicked men than it takes away.
-Immanuel Kant, philosopher (1724-1804)
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and the government when it deserves it.
-Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)

Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
-Lord Acton, historian (1834-1902)
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
-Samuel Johnson (1707-1784)
A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually.
-Abba Eban (1915-2002)
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
-Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)
The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.
-Milan Kundera, Franco-Czech writer (1929 - )
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An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
-Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give.
-P.D. James, writer (1920- )
What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.
-Marcus Tullius Cicero, Statesman, Orator, Writer (106-43 BCE)
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
-John Stuart Mill (1806 -1873)
Think for yourselves, and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
-Voltaire, Author and Philosopher (1694-1778)f
A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your successes.
-Cullen Hightower, salesman and writer (1923-)
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States (January 30, 1882-April 12, 1945)f

The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
Finley Peter Dunne, Journalist (1867-1936)
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, US (German-born) diplomat & scholar (1923 -)
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.
- Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut, Dutch-American Computer Scientist and Educator (1953-1994)

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
-Voltaire, French philosopher and writer (1694-1778)f
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
-Margaret Mead, American Cultural Anthropologist (1901-1978)
Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.
-Horace, Odes Roman lyric poet & satirist (65 BC-8 BC)
A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
-Theodore Roosevelt, Twenty-sixth US president (1858-1919)
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
-Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)
If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable.
-John F. Kennedy, 35th US president (1917-1963)
I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.
-Dudley Field Malone
People often see peace as the simple absence of war, but it is instead the result of courageous actions taken to initiate a dialogue between civilizations.
-Marianne Pearl, author of A Might Heart: The Brave Life and Death of my Husband, Danny Pearl
Editor's Note: Oops! Another repeat...Loved the book!
Wars are not acts of God. They are caused by man, by man-made institutions, by the way in which man has organized his society. What man has made, man can change.
Frederick Moore Vinson, Speech at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, 1945 (1890-1953)
But I have learned that in the world of mass media, "truth" is not based on clarity, but on repetition.
-Tariq Ramadan, Islamic Scholar
The phrase "working mother" is redundant.
- Jane Sellman

I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.
Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002)
God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease avalanches, and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods; but he cannot same them from fools.
-John Muir (1838-1914)
The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of government power, not the increase of it.
-Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the U.S., Nobel Peace Prize winner (1856-1924)
The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.
-Joseph Joubert, essayist (1754-1824)f
What we do in life echoes in eternity.
-Magnus Maximus, Roman Emperor (383-388 A.D.)
May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.
-An Irish blessing
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.f
-Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003)
When money speaks, the truth keeps silent.
-Russian proverb
Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Philosopher (1844-1900)
Some people think they are worth a lot of money just because they have it.
-Fannie Hurst, writer (1889-1968)
When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
- Goethe (1749-1832)
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
-Norman Cousins, author and editor (1915-1990)
I and the public know. What all schoolchildren learn. Those to whom evil is done. Do evil in return.
-W.H. Auden, poet (1907-1973)
From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.
Denides Dirot, French philosopher (1713–1784)
As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.
-William O. Douglas, Judge (1898-1980)
When we navigate the ocean, or when we predict an eclipse, we often find it convenient to assume that the earth goes around the sun and that stars are millions upon millions of kilometers away. But what of it? Do you suppose it is beyond us to produce a dual system of astronomy? The stars can be near or distant, according as we need them Do you suppose our mathematicians are unequal to that? Have you forgotten doublethink?
-George Orwell, 1984
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure.
-Ashleigh Brilliant, writer (1933-)
A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
-Alexander Pope, poet (1688-1744)
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
-Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
-George Santayana, Philosopher and Poet (1863-1952)
I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.-Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam (1883-1931)

People often see peace as the simple absence of war, but it is instead the result of courageous actions taken to initiate a dialogue between civilizations.
-Mariane Pearl, A Mighty Heart: The Brave Live and Death of my husband Danny Pearl
Power in whatever hands is rarely guilty of too strict limitations on itself.
-Edmund Burke, British political writer of the 18th century, Excerpt from "Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol" Composed in early 1777 when Burke was a member of Parliament from Bristol.
Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
-Socrates, philosopher (469-399 BCE)
I don't necessarily agree with everything I say.
-Marshall McLuhan, cultural historian and communications theorist (1911-1980)
When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.
-Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)f
No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
-John Donne, poet (1573-1631)
Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.
-Samuel Butler, writer (1835-1902)
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
-Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (1858-1919)
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.-Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President (1809-1865)

Drest in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assured, His glassy essence, like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven As make the angels weep.
-William Shakespeare, playwright and poet in "Measure Fore Measure" Act II, Scene II (1564-1616)
Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
-Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)
You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
-John Morley, statesman and writer (1838-1923)
Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
-Ambrose Bierce, writer (1842-1914)
The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it.
-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others.
-H. L. Mencken
..prejudice, the great labor-saving device that allows the formation of tightly held opinions without facts to support them.
-Stuart S. Light, writer in Santa Barbara. quote from his commentary in the Los Angeles Times, March 13, 2004
The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves.
-Plato, philosopher (427-347 BCE)
I say it took guts, which we need more of to break through the culture of reluctance that extends far beyond OSHA and sits like some choking toxic cloud over efforts to protect people while they work.
-Dave Johnson, Editor of Industrial Safely & Hygiene News on the New York Times December 21, 2003 controversial publication of a photo of the lifeless body of Patrick Walters being hauled from a collapsed trench near Cincinnati, Ohio. Times reporter David Barstow wrote a three part series on OSHA's "culture of reluctance," a study of how rarely employers are prosecuted for willful violations causing the death of an employee.
I am not young enough to know everything.
-Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
I think it would be a good idea.
-Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization (1869-1948)
When a bit of sunshine hits ye, after passing of a cloud,
When a fit of laughter gits ye,
And ye'r spine is feeling proud,
Don't forget to up and fling it
At a soul that's feelin' blue,
For the minit that ye sling it
It's a boomerang to you.
-Captain Jack, Former sea captain and a patient at the County Farm in Los Angeles in 1931
Editor's note: This poem touched me deeply. The County Farm is still helping the less fortunate! For more information, go to
The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible.
-A Yale University management professor in response to student Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service
(Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)
Let us be divinely dissatisfied as long as we have a wealth of creeds and poverty of deeds.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, "It might have been."
-John Greenleaf Whittier, poet (1807-1892)
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them
-Mark Twain (1835-1910)
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."
-Bertrand Russell
Flattery won't hurt you if you don't swallow it.
-Kin Hubbard, humorist (1868-1930)
No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical.
-Niels Bohr, physicist (1885-1962)
Truth exists; only lies are invented.
-Georges Braque
Always saddle your own horse!
-Connie D. Reeves, Texas Horseback Riding Teacher; Cowgirl Hall of Fame (1902-2003)
We despise all reverences and all objects of reverence which are outside the pale of our list of sacred things. And yet, with strange inconsistency, we are shocked when other people despise and defile the things which are holy to us.
-Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
-Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)
If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot.
-Italian Proverb
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
-Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US president, architect and author (1743-1826)

Can the meaning of a precise moment appear all at once? It need hardly be pointed out: only the succession of moments can become clear. One moment has meaning only in its relation to other moments. We are at each instance only fragments deprived of meaning if we do not relate these fragments to other fragments. How can we refer to this completed whole?
-Georges Bataille, The Tears of Eros (Tr. Peter Connor)
Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
-Hanlon's Razor
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
-Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and writer (1884-1962)
Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
-Marcel Proust, novelist (1871-1922)
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
-Franklin P. Jones, businessman (1887-1929)
If you start by yelling, you tend to forfeit the chance to persuade.
-Zbigniew Brzezinski
Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.
-Corrie Ten Boom
It's not the honors and not the titles and not the power that is of ultimate importance. It's what resides inside.
-Fred Rogers
Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
-Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started... and know the place for the first time.
-T. S. Elliot
We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the Earth together as brothers.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
To err is human: To forgive, canine.
What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone,
Men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, For whatever happens to the beasts,
Soon happens to man. All things are connected.
-Chief Seattle, Suquamish Indian Tribe
Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
-Paulo Freire, educator (1921-1997)
You only live once-but if you work it right, once is enough.
-Joe E. Lewis
The further away you get from the source, the more black and white it gets.
-Lars Moberg

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
Literature exists for the sake of the people--to refresh the weary, to console the sad, to hearten the dull and downcast, to increase man's interest in the world, his joy of living and his sympathy in all sorts and conditions of man.
-Judge Martin Manton, defending the novel Ulysses against its banning in 1934
Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.
-Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
-Henry James
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
-Sir Winston Churchill
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Remember that just the moment you say, "I give up!" someone else seeing the same situation is saying, "My what a great opportunity!
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
History, although sometimes made up of the few acts of the great, is more often shaped by the many acts of the small.
-Mark Yost
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
-Thomas Jefferson
No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.
-Sam Rayburn
It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars.
-Garrison Keillor, radio host and author (1942- )
Some people live and learn, others just live.
-Clarence "Gink" Wasson
The future struggles against being mastered.
-Latin Proverb
Home is an invention on which no one has yet improved.
-Ann Douglas
Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.
-Edna Ferber
Then he began to think of all the things Christopher Robin would want to tell him when he came back from wherever he was going to, and how muddling it would be for a Bear of Very Little Brain to try and get them right in his mind. "So perhaps," he said sadly to himself, "Christopher Robin won't tell me any more," and he wondered if being a Faithful Knight meant that you just went on being faithful without being told things.
-Winnie the Pooh
Smile! The fresh air is good for your teeth!
-Jack Bogut, KDKA Pittsburgh radio announcer, circa late 1960s-early 1970s
The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
-Milan Kunderat
The leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells, "Wrong jungle!"
-Stephen R. Covey
Reign endless, Rose! For fair you are. Nor heaven reserves a fairer thing.
-Herman Melville, "A Rose or Two"
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
-Melody Beattie as quoted in Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach
I was going to change my shirt, but I changed my mind instead.
-Winnie the Pooh
The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.
-Albert Einstein
What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.
-Will Rogers
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
-Wayne Gretzky
Character-the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life-is the source from which self-respect springs.
-Joan Didion
An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.
-Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)
I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen. After all, a good manager needs to listen at least as much as he needs to talk.
-Lee Iacocca
We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else's idea of life.
-James Van Praagh
Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
-Josh Billings, columnist and humorist (1818-1885)
Each relationship you have with another person reflects the relationship you have with yourself.
-Alice Deville
Success is peace of mind obtained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you're capable.
-John Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach
As if you could kill time, without injuring eternity.
-Henry David Thoreau
Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty.
-Jefferson Davis, Confederate President (1808-1889)
A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
-Rabindranath Tagore, poet, philosopher, author, songwriter, painter, educator, composer, Nobel laureate (1861-1941)
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