Daring ideas are like chessmen moved
forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, (1749-1832)
Beulah, peel me a grape.
More than any other time in history,
mankind now faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter
hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have
the wisdom to choose correctly.
It is curious that physical courage should
be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)
This above all: to thine own self be true,
\ And it must follow, as the night the day, \ Thou canst not then be false to
--William Shakespeare, poet and dramatist
Some people with
great virtues are disagreeable, while others with great vices are delightful.
--Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld, moralist
Every child is an artist. The problem is
how to remain an artist once he grows up.
--Pablo Picasso, (1881-1973)
Today's public figures can no longer write
their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read
-Gore Vidal, (1925- )
Glory follows virtue as if it were its
--Marcus Tullius Cicero
The reason there are so few female
politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.
We ought not to treat living creatures like
shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.
--Plutarch, biographer (c. 46-120)
I can find in my undergraduate classes,
bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even
that the Sun is a star.
--Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once
Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's
the transition that's troublesome.
-Isaac Asimov, (1920-1992)
To announce that there must be no criticism
of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is
not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American
--Theodore Roosevelt, (1858-1919)
use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed
only by small children and large nations.
- David Friedman
Work is of two kinds: first, altering the
position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter;
second, telling other people to do so. The first is unpleasant and ill-paid;
the second is pleasant and highly paid.
--Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)
There is no such thing as a 'self-made'
man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind
deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the
make-up of our character and of our thoughts.
--George Matthew Adams
An invasion of armies can be resisted, but
not an idea whose time has come.
--Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
"When I use a word," Humpty
Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to
mean -- neither more nor less."
Today the real test of power is not
capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it.
--Anne O'Hare McCormick