Let proportion be found not only in numbers and measures, but also in sounds, weights, times, and positions, and what ever force there is.
--Leonardo Da Vinci, (1452-1519)
More die in the United States of too much food than of too little.
--John Kenneth Galbraith, (1908- )
Do you know what a pessimist is? A person who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
--George Bernard Shaw
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
--Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865)
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
--Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1958
Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.
--American Indian Proverb
What religion a man shall have is a historical accident, quite as much as what language he shall speak.
--George Santayana, (1863-1952)
Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth.
--Joseph Joubert, (1754-1824)
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
--George Washington, (1732-1799)
In democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism it's your count that votes.
- Mogens Jallberg
Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.
--Arthur Schopenhauer, (1788-1860)
Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.
--Jesse Lee Bennett
The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
--Robert Louis Stevenson
The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
--Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)
Night fell again. There was war to the south, but our sector was quiet. The battle was over. Our casualties were some thirteen thousand killed--thirteen thousand minds, memories, loves, sensations, worlds, universes--because the human mind is more a universe than the universe itself--and all for a few hundred yards of useless mud.
--John Fowles [The Magus, 1965]
What's done to children, they will do to society.
--Karl A. Menninger, (1893-1990)
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and hence clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
--H.L. Mencken, (1880-1956)
Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour
Rains from the sky, a meteoric shower
Of facts. . . .
They lie unquestioned, uncombined.
Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill
Is daily spun, but there exists no loom
To weave it into fabric.
--Edna St. Vincent Millay