onewombat - Feed Quotations Book Search <![CDATA[Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.]]> <![CDATA[The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.]]> <![CDATA[The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.]]> <![CDATA[Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.]]> <![CDATA[Anxiety is the poison of human life; the parent of many sins and of more miseries. In a world where everything is doubtful, and where we may be disappointed, and be blessed in disappointment, why this restless stir and commotion of mind? Can it alter the cause, or unravel the mystery of human events?]]> <![CDATA[Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.]]> <![CDATA[Genuis flows through the most improbable portals]]> <![CDATA[Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution.]]> <![CDATA[As far as many statistical series that are related to activities of mankind are concerned, the date that divides human history into two equal parts is well within living memory. The world of today is as different from the world I was born in as that world was from Julius Caesar s. I was born in the middle of human history, to date, roughly. Almost as much has happened since I was born as happened before.]]> <![CDATA[Finite to fail, but infinite to venture.]]> <![CDATA[Cruelty has a Human Heart, And jealousy a Human Face; Terror the Human Form Divine, And secrecy the Human Dress. The Human Dress is forged Iron, The Human Form a Fiery Forge, The Human Face a Furnace seal d, The Human Heart its hungry gorge.]]> <![CDATA[Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. [Genesis 3:5]]]> <![CDATA[Man must realize his own unimportance before he can appreciate his importance.]]> <![CDATA[If we consider the superiority of the human species, the size of its brain, its powers of thinking, language and organization, we can say this: were there the slightest possibility that another rival or superior species might appear, on earth or elsewhere, man would use every means at his disposal to destroy it.]]> <![CDATA[Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us.]]> <![CDATA[As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.]]> <![CDATA[I love men, not for what unites them, but for what divides them, and I want to know most of all what gnaws at their hearts.]]> <![CDATA[Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man--yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it.]]> <![CDATA[In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.]]> <![CDATA[Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.]]> <![CDATA[We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.]]> <![CDATA[Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn't the dream destroy reality?]]> <![CDATA[Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.]]> <![CDATA[Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.]]> <![CDATA[Man is an ape with possibilities.]]> <![CDATA[The terror of the atom age is not the violence of the new power but the speed of man's adjustment to it -- the speed of his acceptance.]]> <![CDATA[The atom bomb was no great decision. It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.]]> <![CDATA[There are no accidents, only nature throwing her weight around. Even the bomb merely releases energy that nature has put there. Nuclear war would be just a spark in the grandeur of space. Nor can radiation alter nature: she will absorb it all. After the bomb, nature will pick up the cards we have spilled, shuffle them, and begin her game again.]]> <![CDATA[What happened at Hiroshima was not only that a scientific breakthrough had occurred and that a great part of the population of a city had been burned to death, but that the problem of the relation of the triumphs of modern science to the human purposes of man had been explicitly defined.]]> <![CDATA[Man is a being in search of meaning.]]> <![CDATA[The best security for civilization is the dwelling, and upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends, more than anything else, the improvement of mankind.]]> <![CDATA[Consider your breed; you were not made to live like beasts, but to follow virtue and knowledge.]]> <![CDATA[Though man is the only beast that can write, he has small reason to be proud of it. When he utters something that is wise it is nothing that the river horse does not know, and most of his creations are the result of accident.]]> <![CDATA[To the eyes of a god, mankind must appear as a species of bacteria which multiply and become progressively virulent whenever they find themselves in a congenial culture, and whose activity diminishes until they disappear completely as soon as proper measures are taken to sterilize them.]]> <![CDATA[Humanity I love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink]]> <![CDATA[It's funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to.]]> <![CDATA[Everyone is as God made him, and often a great deal worse.]]> <![CDATA[Politics and the fate of mankind are shaped by men without ideals and without greatness. Men who have greatness within them don't go in for politics.]]> <![CDATA[We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started... and know the place for the first time.]]> <![CDATA[Caring is a powerful business advantage.]]> <![CDATA[Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.]]> <![CDATA[We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured.]]> <![CDATA[It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.]]> <![CDATA[Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.]]> <![CDATA[To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.]]> <![CDATA[All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.]]> <![CDATA[One may summon his philosophy when they are beaten in battle, not till then.]]> <![CDATA[Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.]]> <![CDATA[There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it.]]> <![CDATA[Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits.]]> <![CDATA[If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind.]]> <![CDATA[The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.]]> <![CDATA[Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.]]> <![CDATA[Many talk like philosophers yet live like fools.]]> <![CDATA[Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.]]> <![CDATA[Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself.]]> <![CDATA[Who wills the end, wills the means.]]> <![CDATA[Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world.]]> <![CDATA[Life is not always not always what one wants it to be., but to make the best of it as it is the only way of being happy.]]> <![CDATA[You may be a princess or the richest woman in the world, but you cannot be more than a lady.]]> <![CDATA[In nature, the emphasis is in what is rather than what ought to be.]]> <![CDATA[Fortunately art is a community effort --a small but select community living in a spiritualized world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh.]]> <![CDATA[Death twitches my ear. Live, he says, I am coming.]]> <![CDATA[The inventor of the Xerox machine will, I am sure, find a special place reserved for him on one of the inner circles of Dante's Inferno.]]> <![CDATA[Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.]]> <![CDATA[I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made what Dante calls the Great Refusal. The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth.]]> <![CDATA[The base emotions Plato banned have left a radio-active and not radiant land.]]> <![CDATA[The sad souls of those who lived without blame and without praise.]]> <![CDATA[Heat cannot be separated from fire, or beauty from the eternal.]]> <![CDATA[There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.]]> <![CDATA[Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.]]> <![CDATA[The flame from the angel's sword in the garden of Eden has been catalyzed into the atom bomb; God's thunderbolt became blunted, so man's thunderbolt has become the steel star of destruction.]]> <![CDATA[I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.]]> <![CDATA[Who asks whether the enemy were defeated by strategy or valor?]]> <![CDATA[I have lived, and I have run the course which fortune allotted me; and now my shade shall descend illustrious to the grave.]]> <![CDATA[Roman, remember that you shall rule the nations by your authority, for this is to be your skill, to make peace the custom, to spare the conquered, and to wage war until the haughty are brought low.]]> <![CDATA[Each man has his appointed day: short and irreparable in the brief life of all, but to extend our fame by our deeds, this is the work of mankind.]]> <![CDATA[Curst greed of gold, what crimes thy tyrant power has caused.]]> <![CDATA[They can because they think they can.]]> <![CDATA[They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence]]> <![CDATA[The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.]]> <![CDATA[To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.]]> <![CDATA[There are few ironclad rules of diplomacy but to one there is no exception. When an official reports that talks were useful, it can safely be concluded that nothing was accomplished.]]> <![CDATA[Humans are amphibians -- half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.]]> <![CDATA[Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.]]> <![CDATA[The longer the title, the less important the job.]]> <![CDATA[No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!]]> <![CDATA[If you're going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy; God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won t.]]> <![CDATA[There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.]]> <![CDATA[The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.]]> <![CDATA[Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.]]> <![CDATA[It is only when we are very happy that we can bear to gaze merrily upon the vast and limitless expanse of water, rolling on and on with such persistent, irritating monotony, to the accompaniment of our thoughts, whether grave or gay. When they are gay, the waves echo their gaiety; but when they are sad, then every breaker, as it rolls, seems to bring additional sadness, and to speak to us of hopelessness and of the pettiness of all our joys.]]> <![CDATA[There is hope from the sea, but none from the grave.]]> <![CDATA[The sea, washing the equator and the poles, offers its perilous aid, and the power and empire that follow it... Beware of me, it says, but if you can hold me, I am the key to all the lands.]]> <![CDATA[We have no commission from God to police the world.]]> <![CDATA[A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.]]> <![CDATA[Tell the truth, and so puzzle and confound your adversaries.]]> <![CDATA[One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.]]> <![CDATA[Faith is the refusal to panic.]]> <![CDATA[If we want to make something really superb on this planet, there is nothing whatever that can stop us.]]> <![CDATA[Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.]]> <![CDATA[The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.]]> <![CDATA[Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.]]> <![CDATA[Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.]]> <![CDATA[Myths which are believed in tend to become true.]]> <![CDATA[The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun.]]> <![CDATA[The high sentiments always win in the end, the leaders who offer blood, toil, tears, and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.]]> <![CDATA[The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.]]> <![CDATA[Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness]]> <![CDATA[Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.]]> <![CDATA[The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection, that one is sometimes willing to commit sins for the sake of loyalty, that one does not push asceticism to the point where it makes friendly intercourse impossible, and that one is prepared in the end to be defeated and broken up by life, which is the inevitable price of fastening one's love upon other human individuals.]]> <![CDATA[He was an embittered atheist (the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him).]]> <![CDATA[Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.]]> <![CDATA[To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.]]> <![CDATA[To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.]]> <![CDATA[Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.]]> <![CDATA[Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.]]> <![CDATA[But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.]]> <![CDATA[One of the effects of a safe and civilized life is an immense oversensitiveness which makes all the primary emotions somewhat disgusting. Generosity is as painful as meanness, gratitude as hateful as ingratitude.]]> <![CDATA[So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.]]> <![CDATA[Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.]]> <![CDATA[To a surprising extent the war-lords in shining armor, the apostles of the martial virtues, tend not to die fighting when the time comes. History is full of ignominious getaways by the great and famous.]]> <![CDATA[One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.]]> <![CDATA[To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.]]> <![CDATA[Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.]]> <![CDATA[There are in every generation those who shrink from the ultimate sacrifice, but there are in every generation those who make it with joy and laughter and these are the salt of the generations.]]> <![CDATA[Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.]]> <![CDATA[If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.]]> <![CDATA[Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.]]> <![CDATA[It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.]]> <![CDATA[Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.]]> <![CDATA[Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men -- the balance-wheel of the social machinery.]]> <![CDATA[The way of the world is, to praise dead saints, and persecute living ones.]]> <![CDATA[The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.]]> <![CDATA[When you close your eyes to tragedy, you close your eyes to greatness.]]> <![CDATA[Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.]]> <![CDATA[A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.]]> <![CDATA[There are no tragedies, just facts not recognized in time.]]> <![CDATA[Commonplace people dislike tragedy because they dare not suffer and cannot exult.]]> <![CDATA[Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.]]> <![CDATA[When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped.]]> <![CDATA[The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives -- the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.]]> <![CDATA[The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.]]> <![CDATA[Lord we may know what we are, but know not what we may be.]]> <![CDATA[It isn't enough for your heart to break because everybody's heart is broken now.]]> <![CDATA[Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.]]> <![CDATA[Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.]]> <![CDATA[You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.]]> <![CDATA[The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.]]> <![CDATA[Perhaps life is just that... a dream and a fear.]]>