Quotes


There are 393 public quotes by various authors.

2017

We cling to memories as if they define us but... they really don't. What we do is what defines us.

We cling to memories as if they define us but... they really don't. What we do is what defines us. ...
2017 Dan Brown

Any man can stay sober in a desert, he mused, but only the loyal can sit in an oasis and refuse to part his lips.

Any man can stay sober in a desert, he mused, but only the loyal can sit in an oasis and refuse to part his lips. ...
2016-05-29 Alain De Botton

Compatibility is an achievement of love; it must not be its precondition.

Compatibility is an achievement of love; it must not be its precondition. ...
2016-03-24 Mattias Vral

If changing habits is difficult, make it a habit.

If changing habits is difficult, make it a habit. ...
2015-01-30 Randall Munroe

Caring about something makes people vulnerable, so not caring gives you power.

Caring about something makes people vulnerable, so not caring gives you power. ...
2012 Randall Munroe

The universal label — Ingredients: hydrogen, time.

The universal label — Ingredients: hydrogen, time. ...
2011-09-07 TF

For perfection, infinity is a requirement.

For perfection, infinity is a requirement.   ...
2011-07-25 Alain De Botton

So hard to accept that the prison door is open and we could walk out if we truly wanted.

So hard to accept that the prison door is open and we could walk out if we truly wanted. ...
2011-04-28 Flemming Funch

The well adjusted don't evolve.

The well adjusted don't evolve. ...
2011-04-25 Umair Haque

"Ethics" for some is equivalent to "Nice guys finish last." Not great if you wanna be winning.

"Ethics" for some is equivalent to "Nice guys finish last." Not great if you wanna be winning. ...
2011-04-17 TF

Človek je mladý dovtedy, kým dokáže zabehnúť viac kilometrov než koľko má rokov.

Človek je mladý dovtedy, kým dokáže zabehnúť viac kilometrov než koľko má rokov. ...
2011-04-17 TF

You are young as long as you can manage to run more kilometres than what is your age!

You are young as long as you can manage to run more kilometres than what is your age! ...
2010-12-22 Alain De Botton

Transparency is a foolish ideal. Life becomes intolerable without a capacity for secrets.

Transparency is a foolish ideal. Life becomes intolerable without a capacity for secrets. ...
2010-12-17 Alain De Botton

A true sense of your age derives not from people you fancy, but from those who start to fancy you.

A true sense of your age derives not from people you fancy, but from those who start to fancy you. ...
2010-12-17 Paulo Coelho

Don't ask permission. Do it now and regret later.

Don't ask permission. Do it now and regret later. ...
2010-12-16 Alain De Botton

A silence with a beautiful person always leaves you feeling you're the boring one.

A silence with a beautiful person always leaves you feeling you're the boring one. ...
2010-11-11 Alain De Botton

Of all the unmentioned things between people, one of the greatest is the reality of aging.

Of all the unmentioned things between people, one of the greatest is the reality of aging. ...
2010-11-03 Alain De Botton

Over 50 guests, you can be sure most people will be bitching about the hosts. Few of us have so many loyal friends.

Over 50 guests, you can be sure most people will be bitching about the hosts. Few of us have so many loyal friends. ...
2010-07-30 Umair Haque

In an unpredictable world, the challenge isn't seeing further into the future. It's seeing deeper into now.

In an unpredictable world, the challenge isn't seeing further into the future. It's seeing deeper into now. ...
2010-05-10 Alain De Botton

Power is sex for the old.

Power is sex for the old. ...
2010-05-05 TF

There's nothing brave in those who expect the worst. They just fear disappointment.

There's nothing brave in those who expect the worst. They just fear disappointment. ...
2010-02-14 TF

God seems to be just another unconfirmed extraterrestrial being.

God seems to be just another unconfirmed extraterrestrial being. ...
2010 Stephen Hawking

Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.

Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. ...
2009-07-31 TF

Complete freedom is incompatible with life.

Complete freedom is incompatible with life.   ...
2009-07-30 TF

The truth in wine is that it helps you to forget the question.

The truth in wine is that it helps you to forget the question. ...
2009 Mark Zuckerberg

Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.

Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough. ...
2008-01-08 TF

Copyright is a crime against humanity.

Copyright is a crime against humanity. ...
2007-12-17 TF

Výnimočnosť klíči v samote.

Výnimočnosť klíči v samote. ...
2007-04-20 TF

Krása je ako polarizované svetlo — vidno ju len z určitého uhla.

Krása je ako polarizované svetlo — vidno ju len z určitého uhla. ...
2006 Daniel Suarez

The promise of eternal life is a threat unless you get to start over.

The promise of eternal life is a threat unless you get to start over. ...
2006 Richard Dawkins

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. ...
2005-06-14 Steve Jobs

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because ...
2005-05-27 TF

Miracle is an euphemism for something we do not understand.

Miracle is an euphemism for something we do not understand. ...
2005-03-11 TF

Conception is a death sentence.

Conception is a death sentence. ...
1982 Fernando Pessoa

Narrar é criar, pois viver é apenas ser vivido.

Narrar é criar, pois viver é apenas ser vivido. ...
1982 Fernando Pessoa

To narrate is to create, for living is just being lived.

To narrate is to create, for living is just being lived. ...
1974 Richard P. Feynman

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool. ...
1971 John Lennon

Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people living for today...

Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people living for today... ...
1962 John Steinbeck

If one is vacilando, he is going somewhere but doesn't greatly care whether or not he gets there, although he has direction.

In Spanish there is a word for which I can't find a counterword in English. It is the verb vacilar, present participle vacilando. It ...
1954 Jan Werich

Člověk nemá zestárnout, dokud nezmoudří.

Člověk nemá zestárnout, dokud nezmoudří. ...
1948 Richard P. Feynman

You can't say A is made of B or vice versa. All mass is interaction.

You can't say A is made of B or vice versa. All mass is interaction. ...
1936 F. Scott Fitzgerald

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability ...
1935 Upton Sinclair

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. ...
1928 John A. Shedd

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are made for.

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are made for. ...
1914 Ella Wheeler Wilcox

To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men.

To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men. ...
1909 Jack London

Limited minds can recognize limitations only in others.

Limited minds can recognize limitations only in others. ...
1890 Arthur Conan Doyle

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. ...
1822 Stendhal

Beauty is nothing other than the promise of happiness.

Beauty is nothing other than the promise of happiness. ...
1814 Pierre-Simon De Laplace

Given for one instant an intelligence that could comprehend all the forces by which nature is animated ... an intelligence sufficiently vast to submit these data to analysis ...

Given for one instant an intelligence that could comprehend all the forces by which nature is animated ... an intelligence ...
1770 Voltaire

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one. ...
1656-12-04 Blaise Pascal

I would have written less, but I didn't have enough time.

I would have written less, but I didn't have enough time. ...
1615 Cardinal Bellarmine

To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.

To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin. ...
17th century (unknown)

They hang the man, and flog the woman, That steals the goose from off the common; But let the greater villain loose, That steals the common from the goose.

They hang the man, and flog the woman, That steals the goose from off the common; But let the greater villain loose, That steals the ...
Publilius Syrus

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

A rolling stone gathers no moss. ...
Omar Khayyam

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all ...
Jaromír Nohavica

Naděje je nejkrásnější prokletí — naděje je jediné co zbývá.

Naděje je nejkrásnější prokletí — naděje je jediné co zbývá. ...
Joseph Heller

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you. ...
Albert Einstein

Never memorize what you can look up in books.

Never memorize what you can look up in books. ...
Buckminster Fuller

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model ...
Winston Churchill

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something!

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something! ...
Omar Khayyam

Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why: Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.

Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why: Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where. ...
Dan Brown

Religion: Because thinking is hard.

Religion: Because thinking is hard. ...
George Santayana

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ...
Publilius Syrus

Saxum volutum non obducitur musco.

Saxum volutum non obducitur musco. ...
Georges Braque

A vase gives form to the void, and music to silence.

A vase gives form to the void, and music to silence. ...
Francis Bacon

The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.

The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses. ...
Lao Tzu

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. ...
(unknown)

Less is more. More or less.

Less is more. More or less. ...
Confucius

Age doesn’t always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.

Age doesn’t always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone. ...
(Sufi adage)

This too shall pass.

This too shall pass. ...
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

All art is but imitation of nature.

All art is but imitation of nature. ...
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Život je dosť dlhý ak vieš, ako ho prežiť.

Život je dosť dlhý ak vieš, ako ho prežiť. ...
Jaroslav Hašek

Co blázníte, vždyť jsou tady lidi!

Co blázníte, vždyť jsou tady lidi! ...
Saint Augustine

There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity.

There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity. It is this which drives us to ...
Voltaire

An optimist believes that we are living in the best of all possible worlds and a pessimist is afraid that it is true.

An optimist believes that we are living in the best of all possible worlds and a pessimist is afraid that it is true. ...
George Bernard Shaw

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches. ...
(Arabic saying)

It's easier to get into a hole than get out of it.

It's easier to get into a hole than get out of it. ...
Lao Tzu

A good runner leaves no track.

A good runner leaves no track. ...
(unknown)

Nós, ossos que aqui estamos, pelos vossos esperamos.

Nós, ossos que aqui estamos, pelos vossos esperamos. ...
Napoleon Bonaparte

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. ...
ABBA

Sometimes I wish that I could freeze the picture and save it from the funny tricks of time.

Sometimes I wish that I could freeze the picture and save it from the funny tricks of time. ...
Erich Maria Remarque

Nikdy nie je nič stratené, pokiaľ človek žije.

Nikdy nie je nič stratené, pokiaľ človek žije. ...
Albert Camus

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. ...
Pablo Picasso

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. ...
Margaret Mitchell

There's good money in empire building. But, there's more in empire wrecking.

There's good money in empire building. But, there's more in empire wrecking. ...
Robert A. Heinlein

Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.

Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so. ...
Stefan Zweig

Naším opravdovým osudem je možná být věčně na cestě, neustále litovat a nostalgicky toužit, stále dychtit po odpočinku, ale bez přestání bloudit.

Naším opravdovým osudem je možná být věčně na cestě, neustále litovat a nostalgicky toužit, stále dychtit po odpočinku, ale bez ...
Lao Tzu

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ...
Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. ...
Fred Hoyle

Space is only a two-hour drive away, if your car could go vertically upwards.

Space is only a two-hour drive away, if your car could go vertically upwards. ...
(African proverb)

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ...
Stewart Brand

This present moment used to be the unimaginable future.

This present moment used to be the unimaginable future. ...
Socrates

By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher... and that is a good thing for any man.

By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher... and that is a good ...
Ernest Rutherford

In science there is only physics; all the rest is stamp collecting.

In science there is only physics; all the rest is stamp collecting. ...
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Mysteries are not necessarily miracles.

Mysteries are not necessarily miracles. ...
Arthur C. Clarke

There is a hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags will not wave in a vacuum.

There is a hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags will not wave in a vacuum. ...
Saint Augustine

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. ...
(unknown)

A camel is a horse designed by a committee.

A camel is a horse designed by a committee. ...
(Arabic saying)

The soul invariably travels at the speed of a camel.

The soul invariably travels at the speed of a camel. ...
Socrates

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. ...
(unknown)

Philosophy is a study that lets us be unhappy more intelligently.

Philosophy is a study that lets us be unhappy more intelligently. ...
(unknown)

An authority is anyone who guessed right more than once.

An authority is anyone who guessed right more than once. ...
(unknown)

Imagine the silence if everyone said only what they know.

Imagine the silence if everyone said only what they know. ...
(unknown)

Never argue with an idiot. They'll bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Never argue with an idiot. They'll bring you down to their level and beat you with experience. ...
Thomas Paine

The christian religion is a parody on the worship of the Sun, in which they put a man whom they call Christ, in the place of the Sun, and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the Sun.

The christian religion is a parody on the worship of the Sun, in which they put a man whom they call Christ, in the place of the ...
Edgar Allan Poe

Your work is both true and original. Unfortunately, the parts that are true are not original, and the parts that are original are not true.

Your work is both true and original. Unfortunately, the parts that are true are not original, and the parts that are original are ...
(unknown)

Stupid ideas seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

Stupid ideas seem smarter when they come at you rapidly. ...
Euripides

He was a wise man who originated the idea of gods.

He was a wise man who originated the idea of gods. ...
Robert Green Ingersoll

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery. ...
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

There are many good people who are beneficially stimulated by some, but not all, manmade arrangements of colors and shapes on flat surfaces, essentially nonsense.

There are many good people who are beneficially stimulated by some, but not all, manmade arrangements of colors and shapes on flat ...
(unknown)

If you want to hide your face, walk naked.

If you want to hide your face, walk naked. ...
Ovid

Who would have known of Hector, if Troy had been happy? The road to valor is built by adversity.

Who would have known of Hector, if Troy had been happy? The road to valor is built by adversity. ...
Ovid

Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves achieved, we can scarcely call our own.

Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves achieved, we can scarcely call our own. ...
Voltaire

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ...
Ovid

We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.

We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings. ...
Hermann Hesse

The truth has a million faces, but there is only one truth.

The truth has a million faces, but there is only one truth. ...
(unknown)

Did it ever occur to you that nothing occurs to God?

Did it ever occur to you that nothing occurs to God? ...
Henny Youngman

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret. ...
(unknown)

To know recursion, you must first know recursion.

To know recursion, you must first know recursion. ...
(unknown)

Life is complex: it has real and imaginary parts.

Life is complex: it has real and imaginary parts. ...
Sa'di

To the eye of enmity virtue appears the ugliest blemish.

To the eye of enmity virtue appears the ugliest blemish. ...
Martin Heidegger

The possible ranks higher than the actual.

The possible ranks higher than the actual. ...
Bill Maher

If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence and sheer ignorance as religion is, you'd resign in protest.

If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence and sheer ...

If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking.

If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking. ...
William Somerset Maugham

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ...
Albert Einstein

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. ...
Albert Einstein

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. ...
Plato

No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.

No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding. ...
(unknown)

Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.

Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead. ...
(unknown)

Theories are cheap; proof is precious.

Theories are cheap; proof is precious. ...
Plato

Pleasure is the bait of sin.

Pleasure is the bait of sin. ...
(unknown)

Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.

Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted. ...
Arthur C. Clarke

No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the nonexistence of Zeus or Thor, but they have few followers now.

You will find men like him in all of the world's religions. They know that we represent reason and science, and, however confident ...
Bill Maher

The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble.

The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of ...
Galileo Galilei

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo ...
Arthur C. Clarke

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him.

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him. ...
Niels Bohr

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. ...
Gregory Benford

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced. ...

How peaceful life would be without love, how safe, how tranquil. And how dull.

How peaceful life would be without love, how safe, how tranquil. And how dull. ...
David Dunning

Very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is.

Very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good ...
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everyone hears only what he understands.

Everyone hears only what he understands. ...
Arthur C. Clarke

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. ...
Peter McIntyre

Confidence comes from not always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.

Confidence comes from not always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. ...
Voltaire

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ...
Voltaire

To a toad, what is beauty? A female with two pop-eyes, a wide mouth, yellow belly and spotted back.

To a toad, what is beauty? A female with two pop-eyes, a wide mouth, yellow belly and spotted back. ...
Benjamin Disraeli

The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.

The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes. ...
William Pitt

A long train of these practices has at length unwillingly convinced me that there is something behind the throne greater than the King himself.

A long train of these practices has at length unwillingly convinced me that there is something behind the throne greater than the ...
Hermann Hesse

Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them.

Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws ...
Ibn Khaldun

Blindly following ancient customs and traditions doesn't mean that the dead are alive, but that the living are dead.

Blindly following ancient customs and traditions doesn't mean that the dead are alive, but that the living are dead. ...
Mark Twain

All generalizations are false, including this one.

All generalizations are false, including this one. ...
Suetonius

Alea iacta est.

Alea iacta est. ...
Ovid

Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendo.

Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendo. ...
Carl Sagan

We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. ...
(unknown)

"A philosopher," said the theologian, "is like a blind man in a darkened room looking for a black cat that isn't there." "That's right," the philosopher replied, "and if he were a theologian, he'd find it.

"A philosopher," said the theologian, "is like a blind man in a darkened room looking for a black cat that isn't there." "That's ...
Desmond Tutu

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land.

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we ...
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. ...
Voltaire

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue. ...
Ovid

What is allowed us is disagreeable, what is denied us causes us intense desire.

What is allowed us is disagreeable, what is denied us causes us intense desire. ...
Robert Louis Stevenson

Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.

Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police. ...
Samuel Johnson

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. ...
(Greek proverb)

Act quickly, think slowly.

Act quickly, think slowly. ...
Ernest Hemingway

But in modern war, you die like a dog for no good reason.

But in modern war, you die like a dog for no good reason. ...
Napoleon Bonaparte

History is a lie agreed upon.

History is a lie agreed upon. ...
(unknown)

We need a law that will permit a voter to sue a candidate for breach of promise.

We need a law that will permit a voter to sue a candidate for breach of promise. ...
Aesop

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ...
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Life happens too fast for you to ever think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.

Life happens too fast for you to ever think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing ...
Björk

The Buddhists say we come back as animals and they refer to them as lesser beings. Well, animals aren't lesser beings, they're just like us. So I say fuck the Buddhists.

The Buddhists say we come back as animals and they refer to them as lesser beings. Well, animals aren't lesser beings, they're just ...
(unknown)

Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it.

Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it. ...
(unknown)

When I lie down on my bed and look at the stars in the sky I always wonder where the heck is my ceiling?

When I lie down on my bed and look at the stars in the sky I always wonder where the heck is my ceiling? ...
Napoleon Bonaparte

Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.

Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress. ...
(unknown)

The only difference between graffiti and philosophy is the word "fuck."

The only difference between graffiti and philosophy is the word "fuck." ...

Faith is the path of least resistance.

Faith is the path of least resistance. ...
(unknown)

We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful.

We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. ...
Thomas Jefferson

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow ...
Epicurus

Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.

Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not. ...
Leonardo da Vinci

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ...
Robert Louis Stevenson

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more clearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization...

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and ...
Arthur C. Clarke

A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.

A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets. ...
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.

The two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity. ...
Voltaire

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

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

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? ...
Albert Einstein

When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes. When you sit on a hot stove for two minutes, it seems like two hours. That's relativity.

When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes. When you sit on a hot stove for two minutes, it seems like ...
Erich Maria Remarque

Kto chce zdolať vrchol, musí pri tom nazrieť do najhlbších priepastí.

Kto chce zdolať vrchol, musí pri tom nazrieť do najhlbších priepastí. ...
Winston Churchill

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter. ...
Samuel Lover

Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise.

Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise. ...
Henry Brooks Adams

Chaos often breeds life, while order breeds habit.

Chaos often breeds life, while order breeds habit. ...
Charles Darwin

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ...
John Lennon

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. ...
Albert Einstein

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war. ...
Albert Einstein

Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else — unless it is an enemy.

Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else — unless it is an enemy. ...
Albert Einstein

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts. ...
Paul Gauguin

In Europe men and women have intercourse because they love each other. In the South Seas they love each other because they have had intercourse. Who is right?

In Europe men and women have intercourse because they love each other. In the South Seas they love each other because they have had ...
Søren Kierkegaard

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. ...
Charles August Lindbergh

Under the Federal Reserve Act, panics are scientifically created. The present panic is the first scientifically created one, worked out as we figure a mathematical equation.

Under the Federal Reserve Act, panics are scientifically created. The present panic is the first scientifically created one, worked ...
Albert Einstein

The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. ...
Woody Allen

Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday.

Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday. ...
John Ziman

Scientists are those who know more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

Scientists are those who know more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing. ...
Jonathan Swift

A wise man is never less alone than when he is alone.

A wise man is never less alone than when he is alone. ...
Robert A. Heinlein

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. ...
(unknown)

Atheism is a non-prophet organisation.

Atheism is a non-prophet organisation. ...
Albert Einstein

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. ...
Hermann Hesse

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us. ...
Hermann Hesse

To be able to throw one's self away for the sake of a moment, to be able to sacrifice years for a woman's smile — that is happiness.

To be able to throw one's self away for the sake of a moment, to be able to sacrifice years for a woman's smile — that is happiness. ...
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.

The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever ...
Tony Wheeler

Don't worry whether your trip will work out. Just go!

Don't worry whether your trip will work out. Just go! ...
(unknown)

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

What if there were no hypothetical questions? ...
Larry Niven

The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space programme.

The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space programme. ...
Albert Einstein

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ...
Aristotle

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness. ...
Aeschylus

The reward of suffering is experience.

The reward of suffering is experience. ...
Douglas Noel Adams

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be. ...
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.

When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her. ...
Buddha

Si tým, o čom si premýšľal a čím si sám seba urobil.

Si tým, o čom si premýšľal a čím si sám seba urobil. ...
Aristotle

We are what we frequently do.

We are what we frequently do. ...
Charles Halsey

A good question is like a miniskirt. Long enough to cover the essentials, but short enough to keep everyone interested.

A good question is like a miniskirt. Long enough to cover the essentials, but short enough to keep everyone interested. ...
Archimedes

Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth.

Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth. ...
George Santayana

When experience is not retained... infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

When experience is not retained... infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ...
(unknown)

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism — to steal from many is research.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism — to steal from many is research. ...
Mark Twain

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks — if we agree with him.

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks — if we agree with him. ...

Sometimes, ya gotta break some rules, to put things straight.

Sometimes, ya gotta break some rules, to put things straight. ...
Steven Wright

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear brighter — until they speak.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear brighter — until they speak. ...
Bertrand Russell

War does not determine who is right — only who is left.

War does not determine who is right — only who is left. ...
(Mongolské príslovie)

Cestujúci blázon je lepší než sediaci mudrc.

Cestujúci blázon je lepší než sediaci mudrc. ...
(Mongolské príslovie)

Kým je tvoj kôň silný, je čas cestovať a poznávať svet.

Kým je tvoj kôň silný, je čas cestovať a poznávať svet. ...
Anthony Judge

Questions last — answers multiply and rot.

Questions last — answers multiply and rot. ...
Miroslav Horníček

Smích bez příčiny znamená, že jste buď idiot, nebo zlaťoučké děvčátko.

Smích bez příčiny znamená, že jste buď idiot, nebo zlaťoučké děvčátko. ...
Ernest Hemingway

Obráť svoju tvár k slnku a všetky tiene padnú za teba.

Obráť svoju tvár k slnku a všetky tiene padnú za teba. ...
Ernest Hemingway

Človeka možno poraziť, nie však zničiť.

Človeka možno poraziť, nie však zničiť. ...
John Steinbeck

Zákon platí dovtedy, pokým nezasiahnu čary.

Zákon platí dovtedy, pokým nezasiahnu čary. ...
Erich Maria Remarque

Úbohý je iba ten, kto už nič nechce.

Úbohý je iba ten, kto už nič nechce. ...
Albert Einstein

Dokonalosť sa nedosahuje vtedy, keď nemožno nič pridať, ale vtedy, keď nemožno nič odobrať.

Dokonalosť sa nedosahuje vtedy, keď nemožno nič pridať, ale vtedy, keď nemožno nič odobrať. ...
Erich Segal

Milovať znamená správať sa tak, aby sme si nemuseli nič odpúšťať.

Milovať znamená správať sa tak, aby sme si nemuseli nič odpúšťať. ...
(unknown)

Neexistuje výrok, ktorý by ešte nebol povedaný.

Neexistuje výrok, ktorý by ešte nebol povedaný. ...
Socrates

V každom človeku je slnko, len ho nechať horieť.

V každom človeku je slnko, len ho nechať horieť. ...
Jerome D. Salinger

Poznáme pleskot dvoch tlieskajúcich dlaní. Ale ako zaplieska jedna dlaň?

Poznáme pleskot dvoch tlieskajúcich dlaní. Ale ako zaplieska jedna dlaň? ...
Jerome D. Salinger

Akoby nás ani neboli schopní milovať takých, akí sme. Akoby nás nevedeli milovať dovtedy, kým nás trochu nezmenia. Takmer rovnako, a zväčša i väčšmi, milujú dôvody, pre ktoré nás chcú milovať.

Akoby nás ani neboli schopní milovať takých, akí sme. Akoby nás nevedeli milovať dovtedy, kým nás trochu nezmenia. Takmer rovnako, a ...
Aldous Huxley

Člověk musí být zraněn a vzrušen, jinak nemůže ani pomyslit na věty, které jsou skutečně dobré a pronikají vším jako rentgenové paprsky.

Člověk musí být zraněn a vzrušen, jinak nemůže ani pomyslit na věty, které jsou skutečně dobré a pronikají vším jako rentgenové ...
Aldous Huxley

Šedesát dva tisíce čtyři sta opakování vytváří jednu pravdu. Idioti!

Šedesát dva tisíce čtyři sta opakování vytváří jednu pravdu. Idioti! ...
Ernest Hemingway

Človek je jediný tvor na tejto planéte, ktorý sa vie smiať, hoci na to má najmenej dôvodov.

Človek je jediný tvor na tejto planéte, ktorý sa vie smiať, hoci na to má najmenej dôvodov. ...
Voltaire

Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer.

Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer. ...
Voltaire

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. ...
Sofocles

Veľa je na svete mocného, no nič nie je mocnejšie ako človek.

Veľa je na svete mocného, no nič nie je mocnejšie ako človek. ...
Albert Einstein

Najkrajším zážitkom, ktorý človek môže mať je pocit tajomna.

Najkrajším zážitkom, ktorý človek môže mať je pocit tajomna. ...
Erich Maria Remarque

Človeka oceníme až keď ho niet.

Človeka oceníme až keď ho niet. ...
Marcus Aurelius

Musíš vždy konať, rozprávať a myslieť tak, akoby práve ten okamih bol posledný v tvojom živote.

Musíš vždy konať, rozprávať a myslieť tak, akoby práve ten okamih bol posledný v tvojom živote. ...
Miroslav Horníček

Bůh miluje ateisty, protože ho neobtěžují svými problémy.

Bůh miluje ateisty, protože ho neobtěžují svými problémy. ...
Antonio Machado

Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar.

Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar. ...
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

We all are joined in the serious business of keeping our food, shelter, clothing and loved ones from combining with oxygen.

We all are joined in the serious business of keeping our food, shelter, clothing and loved ones from combining with oxygen. ...
Horace

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. ...
Ernest Hemingway

Never mistake motion for action.

Never mistake motion for action. ...
Aristotle

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. ...
Aeschylus

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish. ...

As long as you don't choose, everything remains possible.

As long as you don't choose, everything remains possible. ...
(unknown)

Kto pravidelne cvičí, zomrie zdravší!

Kto pravidelne cvičí, zomrie zdravší! ...
(unknown)

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong. ...
(unknown)

If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re heading.

If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re heading. ...
(unknown)

Krúžok na kľúče je starý vynález, ktorý nám umožňuje stratiť všetky kľúče naraz.

Krúžok na kľúče je starý vynález, ktorý nám umožňuje stratiť všetky kľúče naraz. ...
Anthony Judge

No doubt? No dialogue!

No doubt? No dialogue! ...
Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation and I care not who makes its laws.

Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation and I care not who makes its laws. ...
Oscar Wilde

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success. ...
Peter Ustinov

If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done.

If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done. ...
Bryan White

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public. ...
(unknown)

A clear conscience is a sign of a fuzzy memory.

A clear conscience is a sign of a fuzzy memory. ...
(unknown)

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice. ...
(unknown)

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. ...
(unknown)

The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act. ...
Abraham Lincoln

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all ...
(unknown)

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be. ...
Stephen Hawking

To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.

To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit. ...
Ernest Hemingway

Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.

Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth. ...
Ernest Hemingway

That is the great fallacy, the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.

That is the great fallacy, the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful. ...
David Gate

Answers satisfy the mind, mysteries capture the heart.

Answers satisfy the mind, mysteries capture the heart. ...
(Chinese proverb)

Tell me and I'll forget; Show me and I may remember; Involve me and I'll understand.

Tell me and I'll forget;  Show me and I may remember;  Involve me and I'll understand. ...
Bertrand Russell

Be isolated, be ignored, be attacked, be in doubt, be frightened... but do not be silenced.

Be isolated, be ignored, be attacked, be in doubt, be frightened... but do not be silenced. ...
Nikita Khrushchev

It is one thing to control starving peasants; it is quite another to govern them once they have food in their bellies.

It is one thing to control starving peasants; it is quite another to govern them once they have food in their bellies. ...
Albert Einstein

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.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to ...
Ernest Hemingway

Life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose.

Life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose. ...
Oscar Wilde

Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative.

Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative. ...
(unknown)

When you're arguing with a fool, make sure he isn't doing the same thing.

When you're arguing with a fool, make sure he isn't doing the same thing. ...
Eric Sevareid

The chief source of problems is solutions.

The chief source of problems is solutions. ...
Plato

We should be ruled not by leaders chosen by a majority, but by those who are most intelligent.

We should be ruled not by leaders chosen by a majority, but by those who are most intelligent. ...
Albert Einstein

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

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. ...
(Roman grave inscription)

I was not, and I became; I was, and am no more. Thus much is true; Who says other, lies; for I shall not be. And thou who livest drink, play, come.

I was not, and I became; I was, and am no more. Thus much is true; Who says other, lies; for I shall not be. And thou who livest ...
Erich Maria Remarque

Takt je tichý dohovor mlčať o spoločných chybách, namiesto toho, aby sme sa ich zbavovali.

Takt je tichý dohovor mlčať o spoločných chybách, namiesto toho, aby sme sa ich zbavovali. ...
Lucretius

All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.

All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher. ...
Arthur C. Clarke

Unless we invent a better future, we won't have one of any kind.

Unless we invent a better future, we won't have one of any kind. ...

When you dream about bad things happening it shows you're still fighting. You're still alive. It's when you start do dream about good things you should start to worry.

When you dream about bad things happening it shows you're still fighting. You're still alive. It's when you start do dream about ...
Bertrand Russell

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. ...
Eleanor Roosevelt

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes.

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes. ...
Charles August Lindbergh

A radical is one who speaks the truth.

A radical is one who speaks the truth. ...
Ovid

In our play we reveal what kind of people we are.

In our play we reveal what kind of people we are. ...
Voltaire

It requires ages to destroy a popular opinion.

It requires ages to destroy a popular opinion. ...
Voltaire

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

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

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated. ...
George Carlin

I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a part of hell will break loose — it'll be much harder to detect.

I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a part of hell will break loose — it'll be much harder to detect. ...
Albert Einstein

Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.

Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler. ...
Ovid

It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe that there are.

It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe that there are. ...
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.

A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days. ...
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith. I consider the capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.

Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith. I consider the capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile. ...
Anthony Judge

The sustainability of the environment is ensured by the co-existence of species that by definition do not engage in fruitful intercourse.

The sustainability of the environment is ensured by the co-existence of many species that, by definition, do not engage in fruitful ...
Ovid

Nations and empires flourish and decay, By turns command, and in their turns obey.

Nations and empires flourish and decay, By turns command, and in their turns obey. ...
Ovid

There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.

There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing ...
Voltaire

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard.

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard. ...
Voltaire

The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it.

The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it. ...
Voltaire

The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.

The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out. ...
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. ...
Voltaire

All our history... is no more than accepted fiction.

All our history... is no more than accepted fiction. ...
Garrett Hardin

There is nothing more dangerous than a shallow thinking compassionate person.

There is nothing more dangerous than a shallow thinking compassionate person. ...
Voltaire

If you wish to converse with me, define your terms.

If you wish to converse with me, define your terms. ...
Voltaire

The instinct of a man is to pursue everything that flies from him, and to fly from all that pursue him.

The instinct of a man is to pursue everything that flies from him, and to fly from all that pursue him. ...
Voltaire

Illusion is the first of the pleasures.

Illusion is the first of the pleasures. ...
Albert Einstein

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

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

I should stop myself from dying if a good joke or a good idea occurred to me.

I should stop myself from dying if a good joke or a good idea occurred to me. ...
Ovid

Nothing is more powerful than habit.

Nothing is more powerful than habit. ...
Voltaire

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. ...
Voltaire

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. ...
Voltaire

Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.

Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes. ...
Voltaire

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. ...
(unknown)

Bombing for peace is like fucking for virginity.

Bombing for peace is like fucking for virginity. ...
(unknown)

Alcohol is not an answer but it certainly helps to forget the questions.

Alcohol is not an answer but it certainly helps to forget the questions. ...
Kahlil Gibran

No man can reveal to you anything but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

No man can reveal to you anything but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. ...
Sigmund Freud

Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.

Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity. ...
(unknown)

Beauty is only a light switch away.

Beauty is only a light switch away. ...
Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ...
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. ...
Dante Alighieri

I love to doubt as well as know.

I love to doubt as well as know. ...
Richard P. Feynman

I don't feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell. It doesn't frighten me.

I don't feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really ...
Murray Gell-Mann

Modern education is like being taken to the world's greatest restaurant & being forced to eat the menu.

Modern education is like being taken to the world's greatest restaurant & being forced to eat the menu. ...
(unknown)

If money is the root of all evil, why do churches beg for it?

If money is the root of all evil, why do churches beg for it? ...
W. H. Auden

The Ten Commandments consist in observing human behaviour and then inserting a "not".

The Ten Commandments consist in observing human behaviour and then inserting a "not". ...
Albert Einstein

If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution.

If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution. ...
John Adams

There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword. The other is by debt.

There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword. The other is by debt. ...
Terry Pratchett

There are different kinds of rules. From the simple comes the complex, and from the complex comes a different kind of simplicity. Chaos is order in a mask.

There are different kinds of rules. From the simple comes the complex, and from the complex comes a different kind of simplicity. ...
George Bernard Shaw

Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.

Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the ...
Oscar Wilde

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has ...
C. Northcote Parkinson

The amount of noise generated by a change is inversely proportional to the complexity of the change.

The amount of noise generated by a change is inversely proportional to the complexity of the change. ...
Chris Hedges

The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.

The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug. ...
Mahatma Ghandhi

An eye for an eye ends in making everybody blind.

An eye for an eye ends in making everybody blind. ...
Mae West

When choosing between two evils, I always like to take the one I've never tried before.

When choosing between two evils, I always like to take the one I've never tried before. ...
Carl Sagan

We are star stuff harvesting star light.

We are star stuff harvesting star light. ...
Carl Sagan

An extraterrestrial visitor examining the differences among human societies would find those differences trivial compared to the similarities.

An extraterrestrial visitor examining the differences among human societies would find those differences trivial compared to the ...
(unknown)

When you are standing on the edge of a cliff a step forward is not progress.

When you are standing on the edge of a cliff a step forward is not progress. ...
Henry Louis Mencken

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. ...
Arthur Koestler

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual. ...
Philip Kindred Dick

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

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. ...
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

What an optimistic animal man is! Imagine expecting the species to last for ten million more years - as though people were as well-designed as turtles!

What an optimistic animal man is! Imagine expecting the species to last for ten million more years - as though people were as ...
Socrates

What you cannot enforce, do not command.

What you cannot enforce, do not command. ...
George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. ...
Anton Chekhov

Any idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears you out.

Any idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears you out. ...
(French proverb)

Love is the dawn of marriage, and marriage is the sunset of love.

Love is the dawn of marriage, and marriage is the sunset of love. ...
Ovid

Love fed fat soon turns to boredom.

Love fed fat soon turns to boredom. ...
(unknown)

Marriage changes passion... suddenly you're in bed with a relative.

Marriage changes passion... suddenly you're in bed with a relative. ...
Woody Allen

If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.

If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans. ...
Voltaire

It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.

It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books. ...
Ovid

Do not let too strong a light come into your bedroom. There are in a beauty a great many things which are enhanced by being seen only in a half-light.

Do not let too strong a light come into your bedroom. There are in a beauty a great many things which are enhanced by being seen ...
Voltaire

There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.

There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times. ...
Voltaire

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. ...
Mark Twain

Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.

Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either. ...
Germaine Greer

By the act of marriage you endorse all the ancient and dead values. You endorse things like monogamy. Lifelong monogamy is a maniacal idea.

By the act of marriage you endorse all the ancient and dead values. You endorse things like monogamy. Lifelong monogamy is a ...
Oscar Wilde

We are all in the gutter. But some of us are looking at the stars.

We are all in the gutter. But some of us are looking at the stars. ...
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Educating a woman is like pouring honey over a fine Swiss watch. It stops working.

Educating a woman is like pouring honey over a fine Swiss watch. It stops working. ...
Voltaire

You can never correct your work well until you have forgotten it.

You can never correct your work well until you have forgotten it. ...
Thomas Haliburton

Whenever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience.

Whenever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience. ...
Jonathan Swift

Venus, a beautiful, good-natured lady, was the goddess of love; Juno, a terrible shrew, the goddess of marriage; and they were always mortal enemies.

Venus, a beautiful, good-natured lady, was the goddess of love; Juno, a terrible shrew, the goddess of marriage; and they were ...
Mignon McLaughlin

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. ...
Plato

Wise men talk because they have something to say; Fools talk because they have to say something.

Wise men talk because they have something to say; Fools talk because they have to say something. ...
Ann Landers

Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.

Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. ...
(unknown)

Freedom is not 'choosing between black and white', but to avoid such predetermined choice.

Freedom is not 'choosing between black and white', but to avoid such predetermined choice. ...
Fyodor Dostoevsky

In abstract love of humanity one almost always only loves oneself.

In abstract love of humanity one almost always only loves oneself. ...
Gerald Ford

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything that you have.

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything that you have. ...
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Loneliness is for the spirit what food is for the body.

Loneliness is for the spirit what food is for the body. ...
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

La solitudine è per lo spirito ciò che il cibo è per il corpo.

La solitudine è per lo spirito ciò che il cibo è per il corpo. ...
(unknown)

Slowly, slowly catchee monkey!

Slowly, slowly catchee monkey! ...
(unknown)

Pomaly, pomaličky chytaj opice!

Pomaly, pomaličky chytaj opice! ...
(unknown)

Asti, asti bandar ko bakaro!

Asti, asti bandar ko bakaro! ...
Publilius Syrus

Kameň čo sa kotúľa neobrastá machom.

Kameň čo sa kotúľa neobrastá machom. ...
Arthur C. Clarke

One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.

One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion. ...
Arthur C. Clarke

My objection to organized religion is the premature conclusion to ultimate truth that it represents.

My objection to organized religion is the premature conclusion to ultimate truth that it represents. ...
Charles Lindbergh

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it, but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it, but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance. ...
Charles Lindbergh

Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered, and the courage with which he maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.

Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered, and the courage with which he ...
Albert Einstein

What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.

What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world. ...