Monthly Archives: May 2010

Life Sayings (Part 4)

“The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone.” – William J. H. Boetcker

“The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.” – Tommy Smothers

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” – Phillips Brooks

You can’t be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.

“The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” – George Eliot

“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.” – Charles Swindoll

“Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen for you, to you and because of you.” – T. Alan Armstrong

“Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.” – Julius Charles Hare

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.”

“To the extent that we are not living our lives exactly as we want – with the love and friendships we want, the abundance we want, and the happiness we are seeking – it’s to that extent we are resisting it.” – Brad Yates

“Nothing of importance is ever achieved without discipline. I feel myself sometimes not wholly in sympathy with some modern educational theorists, because I think that they underestimated the part that discipline plays. But the discipline you have in your life should be one determined by your own desires and your own needs, not put upon you by society or authority.” – Bertrand Russell

“If you do not act congruently with a belief across all parts of your life, then you don’t really believe it.” – Steve Pavlina

The greatest battles in life are fought daily in the silent chambers of our own souls.

“How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.” – Alexandre Dumas

“I do not believe much in education. Each man ought to be his own model, however frightful that may be.” – Albert Einstein

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” – Albert Einstein

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller

“A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.” – Plato

“Rebellion is almost as stupid as obedience. In either case you let yourself be defined by what they tell you to do.” – Paul Graham

“If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us least live so as to deserve it.” – Immanuel Hermann Fichte

As long as you think you’ll find happiness “out there”, you’ll never find it anywhere else.

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

“All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.” – Johann von Goethe

In the word “impossible” is another word – “possible”.

“Stop chasing life – it can run faster than you.” – Arvind Katoch

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr Suess

“Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence.” – Spanish Proverb

“The older I grow the more I listen to people who don’t talk much.” – Germain G. Glien

“Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.” – Sir Francis Bacon

You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth. – Evan Esar

“Pain (any pain – emotional, physical, mental) has a message. The information it has about our life can be remarkably specific, but it usually falls into one of two categories: “We would be more alive if we did more of this,” and, “Life would be more lovely if we did less of that.” Once we get the pain’s message, and follow its advice, the pain goes away.” – Peter McWilliams

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller

“The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.” – Winifred Holtby

“The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.” – Josh Billings

Witty Quotes (Part 2)

“You don’t appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you’re older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle aged woman – stuff you pay good money for in later life.” – Emo Phillips

“My problems all started with my early education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.” – Woody Allen

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”” – President Ronald Reagan

“mid – life crisis: It’s a bullshit term used by psychologists to classify people in a certain age bracket who’re unsatisfied with thier lives. In your twenties it’s called a quarterlife crisis, and during childhood its called Oppositional Defiant Disorder.” – Ayliana

ATHEISM: – The belief that there was nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then everything magically rearranged itself for no reason what so ever into self – replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs. Makes perfect sense!

“Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.” – Philip K. Dick

“An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn’t take his education too seriously.” – Charles F Kettering

“Wow, just imagine missing school on the day when they were learning blue. You’d spend the rest of your life wondering what color the sky is.” – Daniel Quinn

I talk to myself, because we have a lot in common.

“If this world were a role – playing game (RPG), would you be classified as an Avatar or an NPC (non – player character)? NPCs sit around and repeat the same actions day after day. Avatars go on quests, where every day is different.” – Steve Pavlina

“The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.” – Harry S. Truman

“Sex is a dirty, filthy, vile disgusting thing. Save it for the one you love.”

Boredom is the #1 enemy of learning. Therefore, school is the #1 enemy of learning.

“Adam was but human – this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.” – Mark Twain

I’m no astronaut, but I’ll send a probe to Uranus.

Don’t knock on death’s door. Ring the bell and run away. Death hates it when you do that.

“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln

“What does education often do? It makes a straight – cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The founding fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called education. School is where you go between when your parents can’t take you and industry can’t take you.” – John Updike

Knowledge is power… Power corrupts… Help support evil – stay in school.

“The best argument against democracy is a five – minute conversation with the average voter.” – Winston Churchill

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” – Kierkegaard

Thanks for the diploma… can I have my childhood back?

So school does a few useful things. So what? If they gave you free ice cream in hell, would you want to go there?

“In school, they said Practice Makes Perfect, and then they said Nobody’s Perfect, so I stopped practicing.” – Stephen Wright

“Love isn’t blind, it just uses a completely different navigation system that isn’t compatible with anything else.”

“Lead us not into temptation. We’ll get there without your help.”

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” – Mark Twain

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” – Mark Twain

Foolishness always results when the tongue outraces the brain.

“One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.” – Will Durant

“If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.” – Lemony Snicket

Just so everybody knows, the Procrastinator’s Convention has been postponed until next week…

“I don’t have to know everything, as long as I know something you don’t.” – Stoney

“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” – H. L. Mencken

“I installed Windows on my robot and now it crashes into everything” – MikEms

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost

“You can’t please everyone, and forcing a smile for extended periods of time can lead to murder at the dinner table 20 years later.” – thunder

Meaningful Quotes (Part 4)

“The only environment that schools do adequately prepare their students for is prison… and even that’s a misnomer. Unless you are convicted of a crime that you didn’t commit, you actually have to do something to go to prison… to be sent to school, all you have to do is be young.” – Content_Eagle

“There can be no justice so long as laws are absolute. Even life itself is an exercise in exceptions.” – Jean – Luc Picard

Laws and morals don’t have much in common.

“Ambition is a path, not a destination, and it is essentially the same path for everybody. No matter what the goal is, the path leads through Pilgrim’s Progress regions of motivation, hard work, persistence, stubbornness, and resilience under disappointment. Unconsidered, merely indulged, ambition becomes a vice; it can turn an man into a machine that knows nothing but how to run. Considered, it can be something else – pathway to the stars, maybe.” – Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (1987)

“School days are the unhappiest in the whole span if human existence. They are full of dull, unintelligible tasks, new and unpleasant ordinances, with brutal violations of common sense and common decency.” – Henry Louis Mencken

“If you only look at what is, you might never attain what could be.”

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it” – Albert Einstein

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus

“Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, and enflames the great.” – Anonymous

“[There is a] common – sense perception, endemic in our culture, of children as rather silly and immature, unfit to be given responsibility. Yet such a view is clearly in danger of being self – confirming; for where children are seen as silly and immature, they will not be given responsibility, and where they are not given responsibility, they are likely to remain silly and immature.” – John Darling

“Life is perverse in the sense that, the more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire.” – Brian Tracy

“You are free at the moment you choose to be.” – Voltaire

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens” – Jimi Hendrix

“Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.” – S.Swid

“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.” – Buddha

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“It’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.” – Hubert Humphrey

“The Internet is the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.” – Eric Schmidt

“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” – Voltaire

Don’t be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life

“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” – John F. Kennedy

“Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” – Albert Einstein

Most people were miserable in school. Most people have been convinced that school was good, even necessary for them. The unfortunate result is that many people believe that being miserable was good for them and will be good for their children. This is far from a healthy attitude.

“That you may retain your self – respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.” – William J. H. Boetcker

“Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“What a different world this would be if people would listen to those who know more and not merely try to get something from those who have more.” – William J. H. Boetcker

“Spanking is like fast food: It’s fast, it works for the moment, it takes zero thought but, in the long run, it’s bad for you. Spanking simply teaches children to obey out of fear of being caught and punished. It doesn’t teach self – discipline; it teaches children it’s okay for big people to hit little people, that it’s okay to do something as long as you don’t get caught.” – Wendy Kerr Hadley, globeandmail.com, July 1, 2008

“To trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.” – John Holt

“You cannot motivate people, you can only demotivate them” – Eckart Wintzen

“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

“Those who have been required to memorize the world as it is will never create the world as it might be.” – High School Graffiti

“I prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery.” – Thomas Jefferson

Life Sayings (Part 3)

“To abandon a comfortable lifestyle that isn’t deeply fulfilling is to abandon nothing.” – Steve Pavlina

“The good is the enemy of the best.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

“We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” – Stacie Tauscher

“We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space.” – Dr. Bob Moorehead

There is nothing that is permanent. In that realisation is the peace that we are searching for.

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.”

“The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” – old Chinese proverb

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein

“He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.” – Albert Einstein

“Don’t blame the tool for what the user did with it.” – Rebelnerd

When I was five years old, my mom always told me happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “Happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.

I don’t think the point of life is to accomplish a certain level of external success. I believe we’re actually here to acquire and enjoy experiences.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” – Albert Camus

“Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” – Ralph Ellison

“Tradition” is a euphemism for organised ignorance

Speak when you’re angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.

“Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill

“Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain and most fools do.” – Ben Franklin

“The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear… What he wants above everything else is safety.” – Henry Louis Mencken

“Fulfilment is reaching your own expectations, not the expectations of others.”

“What will survive of us is love.” – Phillip Larkin

“Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” – Henry Ford

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.” – B.Franklin

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

“Always do right; this will gratify some and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain

“That best portion of a good man’s life: His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” – William Wordsworth

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.” – Edmund Burke

“Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice.” – George Jackson

“Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.” – Plutarch

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever – lengthening, ever – ascending, ever – improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self – confident and more and more successful.” – Mark Victor Hansen

“Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.” – Sumner Redstone

War does not determine who is right, it determines who is left.

“Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“When any government, or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, this you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motive.” – Robert A. Heinlein

Memorable Quotes (Part 2)

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

“Nothing hitler did was illegal.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.

“The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” – Erica Jong

In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung

“Children have more need of models than of critics.” – Carolyn Coats

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” – Wayne Dyer

“Adam did not want the apple for the apple’s sake; he wanted it because it was forbidden.” – Mark Twain

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” – Dalai Lama

“If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.” – Marien Wright Edelman

“My teachers say I’m addled… my father thought I was stupid, and I almost decided I must be a dunce.” – Thomas Edison

“He told me that his teachers reported that he was mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.” – Hans Albert Einstein, on his father, Albert Einstein

“The person who forgets the ultimate, is a slave to the immediate” – John C Maxwell

“Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.”

“Fear of corrupting the mind of the younger generation is the loftiest form of cowardice.” – Holbrook Jackson

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” – Oscar Wilde

“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” – Dale Carnegie

People show what they are by what they do with what they have.

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” – Albert Einstein

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” – Albert Einstein

“In a society devoid of critical thinking, you simply cannot kill a bad idea.” – Bruce Levine

“Age is no guarantee of maturity.” – Lawana Blackwell

“In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” – Bertrand Russell

“He is no fool who would give up what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.” – J Elliot

A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

“To achieve the impossible, one must think the absurd, to look where everyone else has looked, but to see what no – one else has seen.”

“One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness – it is usually returned.” – Cort R Flint

The answers have always been there, they only needed to be found.

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

“We live our lives from A – Z, but forget the other 24 letters in between.” – Timothy Leary

“When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.” – Maurice Maeterlinck

“Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

Meaningful Quotes (Part 3)

“Let him who would move the world, first move himself.” – Socrates

“The test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.” – John Holt

“Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing – where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger; which he knows he was meant and made to do.” – Phillips Brooks

“The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on – because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.” – Noam Chomsky

“It is absurd and anti – life to be a part of a system that compels you to listen to a stranger reading poetry when you want to learn to construct buildings, or to sit with a stranger discussing the construction of buildings when you want to read poetry.” – John Taylor Gatto

“School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.” – Ivan Illich

“I am learning all the time, the tombstone will be my diploma.” – Eartha Kitt

“Self – education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” – Isaac Asimov

“Friendship isn’t a big thing. It’s a million little things.” – Unknown

“All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules, otherwise, we would never have anything new.” – Charles Ketter

“We are students of words; we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.” – Paulo Coelho

“The map is not the territory.” – Alfred Korzybski

“School educates people” can be proved by examining people who went to school and finding them to be educated, or proved false by finding one who is uneducated.

“Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.” – Voltaire “No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” – Voltaire “It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.” – Voltaire “Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.” – Voltaire

“Far better it is to dare mighty things than to rank with those poor timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat”

“Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind.” – Plato

When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.

“Empty your head and the rest will come.” – Revis

“Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends.” – Isabel Paterson

“A lot of what we do requires that we treat things that are symbolic as if they are actually real. We mistake the symbols for what they refer to, and representations of reality are not necessarily the same as the reality itself.” – Doc Johnson

“There are none so blind as those who will not look.”

“Let me control the textbooks, and I will control the state.” – Adolf Hitler

“As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.” – Clarence Darrow

“Non – cooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“If we were to believe the conventional wisdom that true happiness comes only from meeting challenges and productively exerting ourselves towards responsible goals (etc), then we should conclude that young children are never truly happy, and we should develop work – schedules for infants – to prevent the misery and degenerate idleness that must result from all that pointless play, infantile wishful thinking, daydreaming and sucking on a nipple.” – Swami Lego Ver

“It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.” – Mark Twain

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” – Rene Descartes

“Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still.” – Robert Sternberg

“Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.” – Russell Baker

Meaningful Quotes (Part 2)

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“I counsel you, my friends: Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“What is the mark of liberation? No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Trust lies at the core of love; there can be no true love without trust.” – M.K.Soni

“The authority of those who teach is very often a hindrance to those who wish to learn.” – Cicero

“Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

“Anyone who thinks the sky is the limit has limited imagination.” – Robert H. Schuller

“A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.” – Proverbs 18:2

“Freedom is not the result of exceptions to the law; the laws are the exceptions to freedom.” – Alex Koroknay – Palicz

“Once good becomes acceptable, greatness cannot be attained.” – Healy

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Comfort the disturbed; disturb the comfortable.”

“Courage is being scared to hell, but saddling up anyways.” “It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”

“Who wants all the answers? Who wants effortless moments? Who wants to be given the warm, humble feeling atop Mount Kilimanjaro without the climb?” – Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D.

“Don’t be afraid of death, but rather the unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. That’s like a deaf person arguing that there is no sound because he can’t hear anything.

“To define is to destroy, to suggest is to create.” – Stephane Mallarme

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

“A child can ask a thousand questions that the wisest man cannot answer.” – Jacob Abbott

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.” – Albert Einstein

“I do not believe much in education. Each man ought to be his own model, however frightful that may be.” – Albert Einstein

“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil” – Thomas Mann

“Common sense isn’t all that common” – Voltaire

“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?” – Ernest Gaines

“Day after day, week after week, I hear more and more stories of the fucked up world we live in. I will not, and I cannot just walk away. My health is deteriorating, my checking account balance is negative and my car is falling apart, but damn it youth rights is true. I know it is true and just with every stick of bone and drop of marrow. Young people are oppressed. They are. The oppression hurts youth and it hurts adults. We can’t give up on them. We can’t walk away. We can’t let them down. Cause if we don’t finally put an end to this then our kids are gonna go through the same bullshit we went through. And their kids. And their kids. Someone has to put an end to it. That someone is us.” – Alex Koroknay-Palicz, Executive Director, National Youth Rights Association

“Great spirits have always met violent opposition from mediocre minds” – Einstein

“What’s done to children, they will do to society.” – Karl Menninger

“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness.” – Ivan Turgenev

“Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone.” – Leo Tolstoy

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing external to you has any power over you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” – Albert Einstein

“Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Unconditional love is full appreciation for someone/something that has some things you don’t espouse yourself. Because if you love someone just like you, you love them for the parts that remind you of you, and that’s conditional.” – blank_mind

“Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.” – H. L. Mencken

“The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.” – Martin Luther

“The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.” – Joseph Joubert

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

Going to church does not make you a Christian any more than going to a hospital makes you a doctor.

Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information and religions destroy spirituality

Life Sayings (Part 2)

“There are no difficult students – just students who don’t want to do it your way” – Jane Revell & Susan Norman

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.” – Galielo Galilei

“You can’t direct the wind but you can adjust the sails.” – Anonymous

“The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.” – Pierre de Coubertin

A career is a job that has gone on too long.

“A city is a large community where people are lonesome together.” – Prochnow

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. – Galileo Galilei

“The best revenge is to be unlike the one who caused the injury.” – Marcus Aurelius

“I realized long ago that life is all about the journey and not about the destination. The moment you think you know it all you stagnate and die. Life and the arts are all about bodies in motion.” – Richard Norton

“If you’re not in awe, then you’re not paying attention.”

“The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it.” – Albert Einstein

“When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.” – E. Stanly Jones

“Any plan, no matter how poorly conceived, if boldly executed, is better than inaction.” – U.S. Infantry manual

“One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.” – Pearl S. Buck

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” – Harry S. Truman

“Our opinion of people depends less upon what we see in them than upon what they make us see in ourselves.” – Sara Grand

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard

“Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.” – Lucius Seneca

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius

“To live without hope is to cease to live.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“If you want to be happy, be.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Of all the things which wisdom acquires to produce the blessedness of the complete life far the greatest is the possession of Friendship.” – Epicurus

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

“Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble.” – Arabic Proverb

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.” – Aristotle

“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.” – Wolfgang Mozart

“Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill

“Wish not so much to live long as to live well.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue… as the unintended side – effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.” – Viktor Frankl

“If I could turn back the clock, I would have resisted parental pressure and moved away from home. Parents and society suffer from a permanent hysteria over economic security. The young are not permitted any other considerations…I would have learned a skill and alternated periods of work, study and travel. I would have chosen my teachers from life. Do this rather than receive what is basically indoctrination in error.” – Henry Makow

Too often we treat survival as our first priority, and only after we secure that can we move onto something more interesting than survival, like discovering a life purpose. But you aren’t here to survive. Do you realize you’re not going to survive? You’re going to die. Your physical life here is temporary. If you set survival as your goal, you lose automatically. Everyone who tries to survive fails. That’s how the game is set up. It’s supposed to happen that way. – Steve Pavlina

“So take it from me, you’ll learn more from your accidents than anything that you could ever learn at school.” – Billy Joel

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” – Albert Einstein

Witty Quotes (Part 1)

I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow is not looking good either.

You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.

I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.

Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue.

I don’t have an attitude problem, you have a perception problem.

My reality check bounced.

On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.

I don’t suffer from stress. I am a carrier.

A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.

Everyone’s entitled to be stupid but you are abusing the priviledge.

Im an angel! Honest! The horns are just there to keep the halo up straight!

No officer, there’s no blood in my alcohol system!

On the other hand, you have different fingers.

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

When you go to the mind reader, do you get half price?

Don’t let your mind wander – it’s far too small to be let out on its own.

“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.” – George Bernard Shaw

“A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well”

“I’m not shy; I’m studying my prey.”

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Winston Churchill

Sign in front of a repair shop: We Can Repair Anything. (Please Knock Hard On The Door – The Bell Doesn’t Work)

If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs, it is just possible you haven’t grasped the situation.

My mom always said men are like linoleum floors. If you lay them right, you can walk over them for 30 years.

“If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.” – Henry Youngman

“A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” – Herm Albright

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” – Winston Churchill

“In the beginning, the world was created. This has been widely considered a bad move and made a lot of people angry.”

I’m really sorry… I just ran over your dogma with my karma.

“The tooth fairy teaches children that they can sell body parts for money.” – David Richerby

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” – W. C. Fields

“I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous – everyone hasn’t met me yet.” – Rodney Dangerfield

“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.” – Bill Watterson

“The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.” – Sam Rayburn

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” – Mark Twain

When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying when I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

“I should really like to think there’s something wrong with me… because, if there isn’t then there’s something wrong, or at least, very different from what it seemed to be, with the world itself… and that’s much more frightening!” – T.S.Eliot

Memorable Quotes (Part 1)

Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky, and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

Tell me what you need, and I’ll tell you how to get along without it.

Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If they aren’t there the first time, chances are you won’t be needing them again.

Everybody is somebody else’s weirdo.

There’s a light at the end of every tunnel, just pray it’s not a train.

If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

“Just because you’re stupid enough to die for you country, doesn’t mean you’re smart enough to vote.” – a Random Bumper Sticker

“The tragedy in life is not so much what people suffer, but rather what they miss.” – Thomas Carlyle

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia

“Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.” – Jim Horning

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” – William Blake

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” – Albert Einstein

Nice words aren’t true and true words aren’t nice.

“Money is like manure. If you spread it around, it does a lot of good, but if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell.” – Clint W. Murchison , Texas financier

“The purpose of time is to keep everything from happening all at once. It’s not working.” – Jim Paradis

“Go away, I’m alright!” – Last words of H. G. Wells

Our eyes are placed in front because it is more important to look ahead than to look back.

Everyone who lives dies, but not everyone who dies lives.

“I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada.” – Britney Spears, Pop Singer

“The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.” – Sigmund Freud

“Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional.” – Buddhist proverb

“The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.” – Richard Cecil

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

“If you do not push the boundaries, you will never know where they are.” – T. S. Elliot

“I like your Christ. I don’t like your Christians.” – Gandhi

“The Wizard’s First Rule: People are stupid. They will believe any lie either because they want to believe it’s true or because they’re afraid it’s true.” – Terry Goodkind

“Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors.” – Walt Disney

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” – Soren Kierkegaard

“The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” – Mark Twain

“Well begun is half done.” – Aristotle

“Good habits result from resisting temptation.” – Ancient Proverb

“Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.” – Denis Diderot

“I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.” – Albert Einstein

“The level of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” – Dostoevsky