Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.
--Will Rogers, humorist (1879-1935)
At times it may be necessary to temporarily accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.
--Margaret Mead, anthropologist (1901-1978)
I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed.
--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)
As far as I'm concerned, 'whom' is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler.
--Calvin Trillin, writer (1935- )
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
You can always spot a well informed man--his views are the same as yours.
A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.
--Eleanor Roosevelt, (1884-1962)
It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of one of those liberties which make the defense of our nation worthwhile.
--Earl Warren, (1891-1974)
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
--Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
The radio is nothing but a conduit through which pre-fabricated din can flow into our homes. And this din goes far deeper, of course, than the eardrums. It penetrates the mind, filling it with a babble of distractions, blasts of corybantic or sentimental music, continually repeated doses of drama that bring no catharsis, but usually create a craving for daily or even hourly emotional enemas.
--Aldous Huxley; On Silence; 1946
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
--Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President (1809-1865)
The prophet, whether he be theologian or social scientist, is necessarily detached in some degree from the common currents of his age. From this detachment may come also an unrepresentative sense of aloneness, of alienation. However brilliant the searchlight of imagination, the direction of its brilliance is inevitably selective and always subjective to some extent
--Robert A. Nisbet
People like to imagine that because all our mechanical equipment moves so much faster, that we are thinking faster, too.
--Christopher Morley, (1890-1957)
What is done well is done quickly enough.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
Science is the tool of the Western mind and with it more doors can be opened than with bare hands. It is part and parcel of our knowledge and obscures our insight only when it holds that the understanding given by it is the only kind there is.
--C. G. Jung (1875-1961)
In the republic of mediocrity genius is dangerous.
--Robert G. Ingersoll, (1833-1899)
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
- -Frank Lloyd Wright, (1867-1959)
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)
Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.
Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
--G. M. Trevelyan