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Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. 

--Martin Luther King, Jr.

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. 

--Galileo Galilei, (1564-1642)

A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.

--Robert A. Heinlein, (1907-1988)

Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.

--Thomas A. Edison

Gentlemen, progress has never been a bargain.  You've got to pay for it. Sometimes I think there's a man behind a counter who says, "All right, you can have a telephone; but you'll have to give up privacy, the charm of distance.  Madam, you may vote; but at a price; you lose the right to retreat behind a powder-puff or a petticoat.  Mister, you may conquer the air; but the birds will lose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline!

--Henry Drummond, Inherit the Wind

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves the much higher consideration.

--Abraham Lincoln, State of the Union, 1861

Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.

--Ashley Montagu

The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.

--George Orwell, (1903-1950)

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

--Edward R. Murrow, (1908-1965)

Donuts.  Is there anything they can't do?

--Homer J. Simpson

Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.

--Samuel Butler, (1612-1680)

Sometimes to remain silent is to lie. 

--Miguel de Unamuno, philosopher (1864-1936)

Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. 

--George Bernard Shaw, (1856-1950)

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. ... One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.

--Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream, Washington DC, Aug 28, 1963.

Walking is man's best medicine. 

--Hippocrates, (460-377 BC)

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away."  How much it expresses!  How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction! 

--Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865)

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering. 

--Arthur C Clarke, (1917- )

Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

--William Strunk, Jr., (1869-1946)

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing.  If you can fake that, you've got it made. 

--Groucho Marx

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. 

--George Bernard Shaw, (1856-1950)

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. 

--Blaise Pascal, (1623-1662)

Category: Aphorisms | Added by: Ктулху (18.05.2011)
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