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Many people hear voices when no-one is there.  Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing. 

--Margaret Chittenden

He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.

--Voltaire, philosopher (1694-1778)

As crude a weapon as a cave man's club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life.

--Rachel Carson

If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.

--Louis D. Brandeis

If you rest, you rust.

--Helen Hayes

The computer is a moron.

--Peter F. Drucker

The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.

--Edward R. Murrow

The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.

--Stendal (Marie Henri Beyle), (1783-1842) 

The peculiar malaise of our day is air-conditioned unhappiness, the staleness and stuffiness of machine-made routine.

--Eugene B. Borowitz

Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.

--John Muir, Naturalist and explorer (1838-1914)

There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be.

--Charles Pierce

There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.

-Robert Graves, (1895-1985)

The secret of getting things done is to act!

--Dante Alighieri

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.

--Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.

--John Perry Barlow

He's the best physician who knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.

--Benjamin Franklin, (1706-1790)

Only the educated are free.

--Epictetus, philosopher (c. 60-120)

I believe I found the missing link between animal and civilized man. It is us.

--Konrad Lorenz, ethologist, Nobel laureate (1903-1989)

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. 

--Charles Darwin, (1809-1882)

It is always the secure who are humble. 

--G. K. Chesterton, (1874-1936)

If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further. 

--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. 

--Carl Sagan, (1934-1996)

We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.

--Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

Category: Aphorisms | Added by: Ктулху (18.05.2011)
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