Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws -- a thing which can never be demonstrated.
A faith to live by, a self to live with, and a purpose to live for.
Attempt something so impossible that unless God is in it, it's doomed to failure.
Faith in the ability of a leader is of slight service unless it be united with faith in his justice.
Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
I claim to be an average man of less than average ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.
All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
As he that fears God hears nothing else, so, he that sees God sees every thing else.
Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.
To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass, is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes.
There is no such thing as a lack of faith. We all have plenty of faith, it's just that we have faith in the wrong things. We have faith in what can't be done rather than what can be done. We have faith in lack rather than abundance but there is no lack of faith. Faith is a law.
You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
Faith. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you. [Peter 3:15]
For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
According to your faith; be it done unto you.
Faith is a continuation of reason.
When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.
Faith is building on what you know is here, so you can reach what you know is there.
Some things have to be believed to be seen.
As the essence of courage is to stake one's life on a possibility, so the essence of faith is to believe that the possibility exists.
My faith has no bed to sleep upon but omnipotence.
A faith that hasn't been tested can't be trusted.
A person consists of his faith. Whatever is his faith, even so is he.
It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.
That's the thing about faith. If you don't have it you can't understand it. And if you do, no explanation is necessary
The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
Faith makes all things possible... love makes all things easy.
Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.
What we wish, that we readily believe.
The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.
The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
I always prefer to believe the best of everybody -- it saves so much trouble.
Faith... is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
Faith is the refusal to panic.
At the beginning of every act of faith, there is often a seed of fear. For great acts of faith are seldom born out of calm calculation.
You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.
Eternal life does not begin with death; it begins with faith.
It isn't our gifts, talents, or abilities that makes us strong; rather, it is our struggle with them that strengthens us.
Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. I will not try it. Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.
Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.
Who loves not women, wine and song remains a fool his whole life long.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
Three can keep a secret if two are dead.
He that's secure is not safe.
Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never mended well.
Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.
Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.
If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.
We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride and four times as much by our foolishness.
A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
When you're finished changing, you're finished.
If you would know the value of money try to borrow some.
He that speaks much, is much mistaken.
Half wits talk much, but say little.
I am about courting a girl I have had but little acquaintance with. How shall I come to a knowledge of her faults, and whether she has the virtues I imagine she has? Answer. Commend her among her female acquaintances.
If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
There never was a good war or a bad peace.
Love well, whip well.
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
The things which hurt, instruct.
Laws too gentle, are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.
He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
Nothing is more fatal to health than an over care of it.
There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means -- either may do -- the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
There are no gains without pains.
Necessity never made a good bargain.
When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.
Where there is marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.
Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference!
I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.
Aggression, the writer's main source of energy.
Does our ferocity not derive from the fact that our instincts are all too interested in other people? If we attended more to ourselves and became the center, the object of our murderous inclinations, the sum of our intolerances would diminish.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself.
Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.
People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.
The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt.
A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.
The consistent anarchist should be a socialist, but a socialist of a particular sort. He will not only oppose alienated and specialized labor and look forward to the appropriation of capital by the whole body of workers, but he will also insist that this appropriation be direct, not exercised by some elite force acting in the name of the proletariat. Some sort of council communism is the natural form of revolutionary socialism in an industrial society. It reflects the intuitive understanding that democracy is largely a sham when the industrial system is controlled by any form of autocratic elite, whether of owners, managers, and technocrats, a vanguard party, or a State bureaucracy.
We may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.
Most human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie, but rather mourn the apathetic, throng the coward and the meek who see the world's great anguish and its wrong, and dare not speak.
I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy. It's not giving a damn.
Anarchism is the only philosophy which brings to man the consciousness of himself; which maintains that God, the State, and society are non-existent, that their promises are null and void, since they can be fulfilled only through man's subordination. Anarchism is therefore the teacher of the unity of life; not merely in nature, but in man.
People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all.
The ordinary man is an anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbor to be governed, but he himself doesn't want to be governed. He is mortally afraid of government officials and policemen.
My thinking tends to be libertarian. That is, I oppose intrusions of the state into the private realm -- as in abortion, sodomy, prostitution, pornography, drug use, or suicide, all of which I would strongly defend as matters of free choice in a representative democracy.
The anarchist and the Christian have a common origin.
It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.
It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be.
Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.
I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose.
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody.
Singularity in the right hath ruined many; happy those who are convinced of the general opinion.
Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.
I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truththat God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?
Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.
In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point; only then can he look beyond it. It is obviously impossible to get around it, jump over it, or simply avoid it.
That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.
My rule, in which I have always found satisfaction, is, never to turn aside in public affairs through views of private interest; but to go straight forward in doing what appears to me right at the time, leaving the consequences with Providence.
In these sentiments, sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government, but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered; and believe further, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.
Whilst the last members were signing [the Constitution], Doctor Franklin, looking towards the Presidents chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art, a rising, from a setting, sun. I have, said he, often and often, in the course of the session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President, without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting; but now at length, I have the happiness to know, that it is a rising, and not a setting sun.
We assemble parliaments and councils, to have the benefit of their collected wisdom; but we necessarily have, at the same time, the inconvenience of their collected passions, prejudices, and private interests. By the help of these, artful men overpower their wisdom, and dupe its possessors; and if we may judge by the acts, arrets, and edicts, all the world over, for regulating commerce, an assembly of great men is the greatest fool upon earth.
The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
God is subtle, but He is not malicious. I cannot believe that God plays dice with the world.
God is clever, but not dishonest.
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
According to this conception, the sole function of education was to open the way to thinking and knowing, and the school, as the outstanding organ for the people's education, must serve that end exclusively.
It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.
One must not attempt to justify them, but rather to sense their nature simply and clearly.
Caution is a most valuable asset in fishing, especially if you are the fish.
If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.
In a healthy nation there is a kind of dramatic balance between the will of the people and the government, which prevents its degeneration into tyranny.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
The environment is everything that isn't me.
Many of the things you can count, don't count. Many of the things you can't count, really count.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
You can't blame gravity for falling in love.
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.
We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.
One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve.
People die of fright and live of confidence.
The heart is forever inexperienced.
I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.
What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.
You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.
Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.
There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.
Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.
If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.
In eternity there is indeed something true and sublime. But all these times and places and occasions are now and here. God himself culminates in the present moment and will never be more divine in the lapse of the ages. Time is but a stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it, but when I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away but eternity remains.
By avarice and selfishness, and a groveling habit, from which none of us is free, of regarding the soil as property, or the means of acquiring property chiefly, the landscape is deformed, husbandry is degraded with us, and the farmer leads the meanest of lives. He knows Nature but as a robber.
Farmers are respectable and interesting to me in proportion as they are poor.
The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.
The words which express our faith and piety are not definite; yet they are significant and fragrant like frankincense to superior natures.
Only Americans can hurt America.
We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.
My facts shall be falsehoods to the common sense. I would so state facts that they shall be significant, shall be myths or mythologies. Facts which the mind perceived, thoughts which the body thought -- with these I deal.
The eye is the jewel of the body.
Being is the great explainer.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.
I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.
If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.
If you desire many things, many things will seem few.
It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones -- with ingratitude.
The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbor.
Most fools think they are only ignorant.
A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
There have been as great souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous.
The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.
An old young man, will be a young old man.
At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes -- goodwill among men and peace on earth.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
If we knew what we were doing it wouldn't be research.
The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
The pioneers of a warless world are the young men and women who refuse military service.
Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
The proof of gold is fire...
There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
To put it boldly, it is the attempt at a posterior reconstruction of existence by the process of conceptualization.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
An empty stomach is not a good political advisor.
There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.
Love everyone, quantum physicists are finding the reason.
sometimes you don't know you've crossed the line until you're on the other side and can't go back.
This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.
Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation.
Sometimes we are inclined to class those who are once-and-a-half witted with the half-witted, because we appreciate only a third part of their wit.
Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.
Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.
To be witty is not enough. One must possess sufficient wit to avoid having too much of it.
The witty woman is a tragic figure in American life. Wit destroys eroticism and eroticism destroys wit, so women must choose between taking lovers and taking no prisoners.
We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination.
Whitaker Chambers testified that Alger Hiss was a member of his communist party cell. Alger Hiss was the president of the carnegie endowment for world peace which works closely with the UN advocating for the creation of a world government. They published a book in 1940 titled 'The New World Order' which outlines their plan for its creation after World War II. There's still people trying to create this supposed world order and there appears to be people involved from all sides of the paradigm.
It does say if you don[[#146]]t love your fellow Christians you're not one in the big book.
Their real names roggenfelder but they changed it, the crafty bastards. We Are Change confronted him and exposed him. He ran away like a BIG PUSSY EVIL PENGUIN.
We don[[#146]]t invade countries for the reasons we're told or we would[[#146]]ve done a lot of things about a lot of things. They tell you things like they hate freedom so you[[#146]]re okay with them attacking but it[[#146]]s for other reasons.
Double-thought: as you believe things that should be self-contradictory. This is generally the result of some kind of propaganda.
They consider care dull and do a ceremony where they burn it so they can be care-free while they[[#146]]re at the grove. It[[#146]]s weird to see what those rich assholes are up to when they don[[#146]]t think any cameras are around.
The ruling elites are obviously favoring marx[[#146]]s ideology[[#146]]s as if the man has come back from the dead. This is what jfk warned us about lamenting that if only we would[[#146]]ve given marx - a poor journalist at the tribune a pay raise all of these monsters wouldn[[#146]]t have emerged. He then went on to warn us by telling the press to warn us, that there was a monolithic conspiracy being carried out by a secret society and that we were in grave danger. That[[#146]]s the last press conference he did before he died.
Doesn't make much sense to me to spray everything with chemicals when you're trying to clean.
I think we[[#146]]re in trouble if people don[[#146]]t stop thinking everything that's going wrong is due to accidental opinions.
We[[#146]]re being poisoned on a mass scale either accidentally or on purpose. I[[#146]]m pretty sure it[[#146]]s the latter because certain powerful people want to reduce population growth on a global scale.
Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.
People who can't be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate.
Discussion in America means dissent.
The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
The stabbing horror of life is not contained in calamities and disasters, because these things wake one up and one gets very familiar and intimate with them and finally they become tame again. No, it is more like being in a hotel room in Hoboken let us say, and just enough money in one's pocket for another meal.
Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection IS the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted.
I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.
The original crime of niggers and lesbians is that they prefer themselves.
Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.
Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves. A man must have a good share of wit himself to endure a great share of it in another.
Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.
Wit is educated insolence.
In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.
When the water of a place is bad it is safest to drink none that has not been filtered through either the berry of a grape, or else a tub of malt. These are the most reliable filters yet invented.
No thought, no reflection, no analysis, no cultivation, no intention; let it settle itself.
The ultimate Path is without difficulty. Just avoid picking and choosing.
You cannot describe it or draw it. You cannot praise it enough or perceive it. No place can be found in which to put the Original Face; it will not disappear even when the universe is destroyed.
The real death of America will come when everyone is alike.
Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.
They've made it clear that anyone who questions the official version of events on 9/11 is politcally incorrect and it is a career-killer for anyone involved with it, making people reluctant to take a position in favor of the CD hypothesis as the talking heads launch attacks against them, deem them insane, and the american people still buy their garbage.
If you listen to the tapes[NORAD tapes on 9/11], it's obvious they were given misinformation. They have no idea what's going on and they weren't even authorized to shoot anything down had they intercepted the planes because they were being given bad information and didn't have authorization from the DoD. One of 4 pilots(they wouldn't authorize more than 4 jets in the air) said that if you were watching CNN you would've had a better idea of what was going on than he did. They tried covering up those tapes for a long time for this reason.
You could read The Inside Story of the 911 Commission, by Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton(head of 9/11 commssion) and they state in there that they were purposefully set up to fail and that the whitehouse did everything in their power to impede the investigation while also disallowing any independant investigations to take place.
If standard operating procedure would've have been followed the planes wouldn't have been able to crash into the buildings, they would've been intercepted and then shot down if they didn't comply with their orders. Pilots that worked in that area have stated this as well. In June they changed the operating procedure so couldn't act without the approval of the secretary of defense.
They weren't incapable of learning how to fly a plane because they were trained on U.S. bases and given VISAS by the CIA.
Physics suggests that it would take the path of least of resistance but all three towers took the path of most resistance.
Nanothermite is an explosive. You can't accidentally find it anywhere except where it has been used.
That's not a conspiracy theory, it's history.
Capitalism isn[[#146]]t the problem and neither is Socialism, its people, specific people, that are wrecking society.
John O'Neil [FBI Agent] was onto the terrorist's plot. His operation [Operation Able Danger] was shut down by the CIA. He was reassigned to the 105th of the south tower where he died on September 11.
A working theory is that 9/11 has to do with a think tank group called the Project for a New American Century. In 2000 they wrote a document titled 'Rebuilding America's Defenses which called for a lot of radical changes that came to fruition after 9/11 including the invasion of the middle east, things that they needed a buttload of money to do but didn't have funding. Toward the end they make the statement that before the process of transformation can begin a catalyzing catastrophe needs to occur like a new pearl harbor, otherwise it would've took them decades to do what they wanted to do.
An old thing becomes new if you detach it from what usually surrounds it.
A kiss may ruin a human life.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
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.
Rex 84 is a martial law plan that allows the federal government to destroy the separation of powers.
John Kerry admitted that they took down building 7 with explosives.
There's a tribunal appointed by the president that can declare anyone an enemy combatant and enemy combatants don't have right to a trial. This allows the government to circumvent the constitution.
Otherwise intelligent people allow things like hatred, prejudice, and various beams in their in their eyes affect their judgment.
Here[[#146]]s what they[[#146]]re doing: All power and wealth is going to the top of a compartmentalized pyramid system and then they plan to rule the entire world.
What has been is what it seems will be unless we can break our conditioning by realizing our conditioning. That's the only way we can break free from the cycle of history.
The real truth was taken by pirates and is at the bottom of the ocean. You will have to go deep to find it.
I quit watching the debates after they excluded Ron Paul and censored supposedly live interviews with him from the tv.
Members of Congress were told they could face martial law if they didn[[#146]]t pass the bailout bill. This will not be the last time.
Revolutions are the only way we can evolve coincidentally. Otherwise we[[#146]]ll be held back while the people we need to revolt against do.
You[[#146]]re required to fight the government since they are not obeying the laws of the constitution and it says in the constitution to fight them if they are not.
Ah, the romans 13 ploy. The CFR trained 26, 000 priests to tell you to obey the government as if their authority is an extension of God's. That is only valid if we lived in a righteous country. Hitler loved romans 13.
Love poems are always cliche to me but not to the person it[[#146]]s for.
Everytime I see a picture of George Bush he[[#146]]s making me hate, destroying love. Many people as a result of such do not love at all.
Satan isn't anything to believe in but there are people running things whose God is Lucifer. Check out the Lucifierian Doctrine which Albert Pike wrote. He said it is given to 29th-33rd rank Masons in his book Morals and Dogma.
You can find her in the Bohemian Grove. Also, congress is in her belly. I present to her the middle finger.
There hasn't been peace on earth because people cant seem to figure out that the real enemy is the people manipulating world events from behind the scenes for their own selfish interests.
Sad people have more sober reflections.
Before I judge anything, first I ask, is it true about myself?
If you don't think it's going on in this country it's because we've had the blinders pulled over our eyes for some quite time. In fact it has happened in NC and I know there's atleast over 75,000 reports of people being involuntarily sterilized in the US since 1929.
Some circles believe that the Earth's population should be reduced drastically, up to 80% as some people have written and it is set in 8 different languages on the Georgia Guidestones.
Man lies down and does not rise until the heavens are no more. They will not awake nor arise from their sleep.
Hitler said that categories were the greatest tool a leader can use to control people and set them against each other. We should stop categorizing each other for all of the misconceptions that it causes.
Much history of the world has been lost. How magnificent and confusing what's left is.
He was defeated 2000 years ago though there's many that feel that he is The Lord and that they will succeed.
You need to love your enemies and the world because if you have hate, disgust, whatever else it[[#146]]s bad for you while love is good. You operate on different frequencies and make the most connections in your genetic code so it would actually alter who you are and what you look like if you don't.
Most people can't understand how others can blow their noses differently than they do.
Actually we are a vulgar, pushing mob whose passions are easily mobilized by demagogues, newspaper men, religious quacks, agitators and such like. To call this a society of free peoples is blasphemous. What have we to offer the world besides the superabundant loot which we recklessly plunder from the earth under the maniacal delusion that this insane activity represents progress and enlightenment?
In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
The superficiality of the American is the result of his hustling. It needs leisure to think things out; it needs leisure to mature. People in a hurry cannot think, cannot grow, nor can they decay. They are preserved in a state of perpetual puerility.
What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.
America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
To be an American (unlike being English or French or whatever) is precisely to imagine a destiny rather than to inherit one; since we have always been, insofar as we are Americans at all, inhabitants of myth rather than history.
We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.
Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
The American lives even more for his goals, for the future, than the European. Life for him is always becoming, never being.
I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.
American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those who have seen America only in their dreams.
Sir, they are a race of convicts, and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.
America is like one of those old-fashioned six-cylinder truck engines that can be missing two sparkplugs and have a broken flywheel and have a crankshaft that's 5000 millimeters off fitting properly, and two bad ball-bearings, and still runs. We're in that kind of situation. We can have substantial parts of the population committing suicide, and still run and look fairly good.
I don't see America as a mainland, but as a sea, a big ocean. Sometimes a storm arises, a formidable current develops, and it seems it will engulf everything. Wait a moment, another current will appear and bring the first one to naught.
There is one expanding horror in American life. It is that our long odyssey toward liberty, democracy and freedom-for-all may be achieved in such a way that utopia remains forever closed, and we live in freedom and hell, debased of style, not individual from one another, void of courage, our fear rationalized away.
The American mood, perhaps even the American character, has changed. There are few manifestations any longer of the old American self-assurance which so irritated Dickens. Instead, there is a sense of frustration so perceptible that even our politicians have attempted to exploit it.
Part of the American dream is to live long and die young. Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.
America and its demons, Europe and its ghost.
The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be...
I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.
America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still.
The business of America is business and the chief ideal of the American people is idealism.
Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the battle field.
America, thou half-brother of the world; with something good and bad of every land.
The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.
Most people grow old within a small circle of ideas, which they have not discovered for themselves. There are perhaps less wrong-minded people than thoughtless.
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
To see, to hear, means nothing. To recognize (or not to recognize) means everything. Between what I do recognize and what I do not recognize there stands myself. And what I do not recognize I shall continue not to recognize.
To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.
Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death... others through sheer inability to cross the street.
What you have to do is enter the fiction of America, enter America as fiction. It is, indeed, on this fictive basis that it dominates the world.
Deep down, the US, with its space, its technological refinement, its bluff good conscience, even in those spaces which it opens up for simulation, is the only remaining primitive society.
The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.
There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.
America's best buy is a telephone call to the right man.
I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President.
America is the best half-educated country in the world.
America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.
America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers.
America is like an unfaithful love who promises us more than we got.
Of all the nations in the world, the United States was built in nobody's image. It was the land of the unexpected, of unbounded hope, of ideals, of quest for an unknown perfection. It is all the more unfitting that we should offer ourselves in images. And all the more fitting that the images which we make wittingly or unwittingly to sell America to the world should come back to haunt and curse us.
The difference between our decadence and the Russians is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.
I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.
The human race has improved everything, but the human race.
To accept civilization as it is practically means accepting decay.
The word civilization to my mind is coupled with death. When I use the word, I see civilization as a crippling, thwarting thing, a stultifying thing. For me it was always so. I don't believe in the golden ages, you see... civilization is the arteriosclerosis of culture.
The path of civilization is paved with tin cans.
Civilization today reminds me of an ape with a blowtorch playing in a room full of dynamite. It looks like the monkeys are about to operate the zoo, and the inmates are taking over the asylum.
As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions. Our riches will leave us sick; there will be bitterness in our laughter; and our wine will burn our mouth. Only that good profits, which we can taste with all doors open, and which serves all men.
All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.
Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
If Germany, thanks to Hitler and his successors, were to enslave the European nations and destroy most of the treasures of their past, future historians would certainly pronounce that she had civilized Europe.
Why do you have to a nonconformist like everybody else?
As to conforming outwardly, and living your own life inwardly, I have not a very high opinion of that course.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.
Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all for fear of being carried off their feet. The prospect really does frighten me that they may finally become so engrossed in a cowardly love of immediate pleasures that their interest in their own future and in that of their descendants may vanish, and that they will prefer tamely to follow the course of their destiny rather than make a sudden energetic effort necessary to set things right.
America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind.
In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.
It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.
The true courage of civilized nations is readiness for sacrifice in the service of the state, so that the individual counts as only one amongst many. The important thing here is not personal mettle but aligning oneself with the universal.
We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother, but his enemy, and when he has conquered it, he moves on.
The story of Americans is the story of arrested metamorphoses. Those who achieve success come to a halt and accept themselves as they are. Those who fail become resigned and accept themselves as they are.
The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
A trait no other nation seems to possess in quite the same degree that we do -- namely, a feeling of almost childish injury and resentment unless the world as a whole recognizes how innocent we are of anything but the most generous and harmless intentions.
We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
The main thing that endears the United Nations to member governments, and so enables it to survive, is its proven capacity to fail. You can safely appeal to the United Nations in the comfortable certainty that it will let you down.
It is impossible for a stranger traveling through the United States to tell from the appearance of the people or the country whether he is in Toledo, Ohio, or Portland, Oregon. Ninety million Americans cut their hair in the same way, eat each morning exactly the same breakfast, tie up the small girls curls with precisely the same kind of ribbon fashioned into bows exactly alike; and in every way all try to look and act as much like all the others as they can.
If you think the United States has stood still, who built The largest shopping center in the world?
I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather as prematurely old, as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen.
Americans are very friendly and very suspicious, that is what Americans are and that is what always upsets the foreigner, who deals with them, they are so friendly how can they be so suspicious they are so suspicious how can they be so friendly but they just are.
This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me.
America is just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.
Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
We[[#146]]re sleeping and there[[#146]]s a bunch of creepy old dudes molesting us.
The ideal American type is perfectly expressed by the Protestant, individualist, anti-conformist, and this is the type that is in the process of disappearing. In reality there are few left.
It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it. Everybody has their own America, and then they have the pieces of a fantasy America that they think is out there but they can't see.
Being American is to eat a lot of beef steak, and boy, we've got a lot more beef steak than any other country, and that's why you ought to be glad you're an American. And people have started looking at these big hunks of bloody meat on their plates, you know, and wondering what on earth they think they're doing.
There isn't a single human characteristic that can be safely labeled as American.
It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.
In Boston they ask, How much does he know? In New York, How much is he worth? In Philadelphia, Who were his parents?
America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.
I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.
The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
If one asks the whence derives the authority of fundamental ends, since they cannot be stated and justified merely by reason, one can only answer: they exist in a healthy society as powerful traditions, which act upon the conduct and aspirations and judgments of the individuals; they are there, that is, as something living, without its being necessary to find justification for their existence.
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.
The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms -- this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the rank of devoutly religious men.
He who joyfully marches to music 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 fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
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.
To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground.
The highest principles for our aspirations and judgments are given to us in the Jewish-Christian religious tradition.
Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
Formal symbolic representation of qualitative entities is doomed to its rightful place of minor significance in a world where flowers and beautiful women abound.
Science is the attempt to make the chaotic diversity of our sense experience correspond to a logically uniform system of thought.
Science is the century-old endeavor to bring together by means of systematic thought the perceptible phenomena of this world into as thorough-going an association as possible.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.
A Conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.
The government of the United States is a device for maintaining in perpetuity the rights of the people, with the ultimate extinction of all privileged classes.
Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.
No one every listened themselves out of a job.
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
You can't know too much, but you can say too much.
Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party.
In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.
A sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself.
Politics is far more complicated than physics.
Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.
During the last century, and part of the one before, it was widely held that there was an unreconcilable conflict between knowledge and belief.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god: it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
If men as individuals surrender to the call of their elementary instincts, avoiding pain and seeking satisfaction only for their own selves, the result for them all taken together must be a state of insecurity, of fear, and of promiscuous misery.
A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
If one were to take that goal out of out of its religious form and look merely at its purely human side, one might state it perhaps thus: free and responsible development of the individual, so that he may place his powers freely and gladly in the service of all mankind.
I can't believe that God plays dice with the universe.
The bitter and the sweet come from the outside, the hard from within, from one's own efforts.
Let the others have the charisma. I've got the class.
A lady of what is commonly called an uncertain temper -- a phrase which being interpreted signifies a temper tolerably certain to make everybody more or less uncomfortable.
Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.
May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
Lovers alone wear sunlight
Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.
A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. Theyll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government.
Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.
But we know that freedom cannot be served by the devices of the tyrant. As it is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence. And any who act as if freedoms defenses are to be found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America.
I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.
Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods.
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
A theory is the more impressive the greater is the simplicity of its premises, the more different are the kinds of things it relates and the more extended the range of its applicability.
Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up.
It is theory that decides what can be observed.
Technological progress is like an ax in the hands of a pathological criminal.
The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet
Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.
Humanity I love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink
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 everyday. Never lose a holy curiosity.
How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
To understand the world one must not be worrying about one's self.
The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force.
One need only think of the weather, in which case the prediction even for a few days ahead is impossible.
I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.
An attempt at visualizing the Fourth Dimension: Take a point, stretch it into a line, curl it into a circle, twist it into a sphere, and punch through the sphere.
He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.
Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.
If there is a look of human eyes that tells of perpetual loneliness, so there is also the familiar look that is the sign of perpetual crowds.
To have a quiet mind is to possess one's mind wholly; to have a calm spirit is to possess one's self.
Conversation enriches the understanding; but solitude is the school of genius.
Though the most beautiful creature were waiting for me at the end of a journey or a walk; though the carpet were of silk, the curtains of the morning clouds; the chairs and sofa stuffed with cygnet's down; the food manna, the wine beyond claret, the window opening on Winander Mere, I should not feel --or rather my happiness would not be so fine, as my solitude is sublime.
The roaring of the wind is my wife and the stars through the window pane are my children. The mighty abstract idea I have of beauty in all things stifles the more divided and minute domestic happiness.
There is in us a lyric germ or nucleus which deserves respect; it bids a man to ponder or create; and in this dim corner of himself he can take refuge and find consolations which the society of his fellow creatures does not provide.
The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.
Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.
A man may be a heretic in the truth; and if he believe things only because his pastor says so, or the assembly so determines, without knowing other reason, though his belief be true, yet the very truth he holds becomes his heresy.
Lords are lordliest in their wine.
We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure.
I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can.
Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad.
No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.
A body of work such as Pasteur's is inconceivable in our time: no man would be given a chance to create a whole science. Nowadays a path is scarcely opened up when the crowd begins to pour in.
People who have reformed themselves has contributed their full share towards the reformation of their neighbor.
This most beautiful system [The Universe] could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.
The solutions all are simple -- after you have arrived at them. But they're simple only when you know already what they are.
You can cage the singer but not the song.
Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.
Charm is a product of the unexpected.
Charm is the ability to make someone think that both of you are quite wonderful.
A woman asking Am I good? Am I satisfied? is extremely selfish. The less women fuss about themselves, the less they talk to other women, the more they try to please their husbands, the happier the marriage is going to be.
Hope is the most sensitive part of a poor wretch's soul; whoever raises it only to torment him is behaving like the executioners in Hell who, they say, incessantly renew old wounds and concentrate their attention on that area of it that is already lacerated.
The thief. Once committed beyond a certain point he should not worry himself too much about not being a thief any more. Thieving is God's message to him. Let him try and be a good thief.
Repudiating the virtues of your world, criminals hopelessly agree to organize a forbidden universe. They agree to live in it. The air there is nauseating: they can breathe it.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
Anything inside that immobilizes me, gets in my way, keeps me from my goals, is all mine.
I will grow. I will become something new and grand, but no grander than I now am. Just as the sky will be different in a few hours, its present perfection and completeness is not deficient, so am I presently perfect and not deficient because I will be different tomorrow. I will grow and I am not deficient.
As you think so shall you be! Since you cannot physically experience another person, you can only experience them in your mind. Conclusion: All of the other people in your life are simply thoughts in your mind. Not physical beings to you, but thoughts. Your relationships are all in how you think about the other people of your life. Your experience of all those people is only in your mind. Your feelings about your lovers come from your thoughts. For example, they may in fact behave in ways that you find offensive. However, your relationship to them when they behave offensively is not determined by their behavior, it is determined only by how you choose to relate to that behavior. Their actions are theirs, you cannot own them, you cannot be them, you can only process them in your mind.
Only the insecure strive for security.
Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit.
A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.
It is always good policy to tell the truth unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar. Jerome K. Jerome It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I'm looking for the truth. and so it goes away. Puzzling.
The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!
I have just about all I can take of myself.
Organization is the enemy of improvisation.
We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.
Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood.
The great work must inevitably be obscure, except to the very few, to those who like the author himself are initiated into the mysteries. Communication then is secondary: it is perpetuation which is important. For this only one good reader is necessary.
The world itself is pregnant with failure, is the perfect manifestation of imperfection, of the consciousness of failure.
The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.
However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.
It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.
Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers.
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
I respect only those who resist me; but I cannot tolerate them.
They said, You have a blue guitar, you do not play things as they are. The man replied, Things as they are changed upon a blue guitar.
Good and bad men are less than they seem.
Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.
The duty of man is the same in respect to his own nature as in respect to the nature of all other things, namely not to follow it but to amend it.
To have that sense of one's intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything: the ability to discriminate, to love and to remain indifferent. To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically incapable of either love or indifference.
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
Law cannot persuade when it cannot punish.
The weakness of an enemy forms part of our own strength.
It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe.
I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas.
Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us.
It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.
Duty cannot exist without faith.
The most beautiful things in the universe are the starry heavens above us and the feeling of duty within us.
When we take one step toward to God, he takes seven steps toward us.
Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
Most men pray for power, the strength to do things. Few people pray for love, the quality to be someone.
I have no greater joy then to hear that my children walk in truth. [John 4]
You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.
I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks.
The reason why we see that people of the greatest capacity are not rich, is either they despise wealth in comparison to something else, or, they are not content in getting an estate, unless they may do it in their own way, while at the same time enjoying all the pleasures and gratitude's of life.
There are two perfectly good men, one dead, and the other unborn.
Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.
A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.
I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.
The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.
Where ever you find humor, you find pathos close by it side.
In activity we must find our joy as well as glory; and labor, like everything else that is good, is its own reward.
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.
It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
The very flexibility and ease which make men's friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget. And a man who has a few friends, or one who has a dozen (if there be any one so wealthy on this earth), cannot forget on how precarious a base his happiness reposes; and how by a stroke or two of fate --a death, a few light words, a piece of stamped paper, a woman's bright eyes --he may be left, in a month, destitute of all.
You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?
Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.
There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.
My father told me that if you saw a man in a Rolls Royce you could be sure he was not a gentleman unless he was the chauffeur.
There are two ways of exerting one's strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.
The beginning and almost the end of all good law is that everyone shall work for their bread and receive good bread for their work.
No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
Inaction may be the biggest form of action.
The foolish think that nothing is well done, except that which they do themselves.
A clear understanding of negative emotions dismisses them.
The man of understanding finds everything laughable.
The words of the world want to make sentences.
Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.
Falsity cannot keep an idea from being beautiful; there are certain errors of such ingenuity that one could regret their not ranking among the achievements of the human mind.
I made a wrong mistake
No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.
Why should we strive, with cynic frown, to knock their fairy castles down?
Idealist: a cynic in the making.
If poetry is like an orgasm, an academic can be likened to someone who studies the passion-stains on the bedsheets.
Conscience: self-esteem with a halo.
He who marries for money earns it.
Too humble is half proud.
God gave burdens, also shoulders.
Some people are electrifying, they light up a room when they leave.
Unhurt people are not much good in the world.
All of us could take a lesson from the weather, it pays no attention to criticism.
Your labor only may be sold, your soul must not.
Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself.
We operate with nothing but things which do not exist, with lines, planes, bodies, atoms, divisible time, divisible space -- how should explanation even be possible when we first make everything into an image, into our own image!
We are franker towards others than towards ourselves.
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.
To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all.
The city sleeps and the country sleeps, the living sleep for their time, the dead sleep for their time, the old husband sleeps by his wife and the young husband sleeps by his wife; and these tend inward to me, and I tend outward to them, and such as it is to be of these more or less I am, and of these one and all I weave the song of myself.
And if tonight my soul may find her peace in sleep, and sink in good oblivion, and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.
Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.
Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
To possess your soul in patience, with all the skin and some of the flesh burnt off your face and hands, is a job for a boy compared with the pains of a man who has lived pretty long in the exhilarating world that drugs or strong waters seem to create and is trying to live now in the first bald desolation created by knocking them off.
A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, rapture possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie.
Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have Certainty without any proof.
Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed.
I said to the almond tree, Friend, speak to me of God, and the almond tree blossomed.
The manager administers; the leader innovates. The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective. The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. The manager has his eye on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon. The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
Managers are people who do things right; leaders are people who do the right thing.
The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.
Nothing is more discouraging than unappreciated sarcasm.
Those who talk about individuality the most are the ones who most object to deviation, and in a few years it may be the other way around. Some day everybody will just think what they want to think, and then everybody will probably be thinking alike; that
Our blight is ideologies -- they are the long-expected Antichrist!
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction, both are transformed.
Too much attention to health is a hindrance to learning, to invention, and to studies of any kind, for we are always feeling suspicious shootings and swimmings in our heads, and we are prone to blame studies from them.
He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him.
The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.
History teaches us that the great revolutions aren't started by people who are utterly down and out, without hope and vision. They take place when people begin to live a little better -- and when they see how much yet remains to be achieved.
The great challenge which faces us is to assure that, in our society of big-ness, we do not strangle the voice of creativity, that the rules of the game do not come to overshadow its purpose, that the grand orchestration of society leaves ample room for the man who marches to the music of another drummer.
The Third World is not a reality but an ideology.
The great battleground for the defense and expansion of freedom today is the whole southern half of the globe... the lands of the rising peoples. Their revolution is the greatest in human history. They seek an end to injustice, tyranny and exploitation. More than an end, they seek a beginning.
The drama of life begins with a wail and ends with a sigh.
One must either be the hammer or the anvil.
Nothing is as new as something which as been long forgotten.
The greatest step is out the door.
She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.
The world is full of cactus, but we don't have to sit on it.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all.
When a man has once loved a woman, he will do anything for her, except continue to love her.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
The Laws of Nature are just, but terrible. There is no weak mercy in them. Cause and consequence are inseparable and inevitable. The elements have no forbearance. The fire burns, the water drowns, the air consumes, the earth buries. And perhaps it would be well for our race if the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Man were as inevitable as the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Nature --were Man as unerring in his judgments as Nature.
And the night shall be filled with music, and the cares, that infest the day, shall fold their tents, like the Arabs, and as silently steal away.
Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have.
The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice.
Conservation and rural-life policies are really two sides of the same policy; and down at bottom this policy rests upon the fundamental law that neither man nor nation can prosper unless, in dealing with the present, thought is steadily taken for the future.
The need for collecting large campaign funds would vanish if Congress provided an appropriation for the proper and legitimate expenses of each of the great national parties, an appropriation ample enough to meet the necessity for thorough organization and machinery, which requires a large expenditure of money. Then the stipulation should be made that no party receiving campaign funds from the Treasury should accept more than a fixed amount from any individual subscriber or donor; and the necessary publicity for receipts and expenditures could without difficulty be provided.
Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.
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.
Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others.
What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?
In every question and every remark tossed back and forth between lovers who have not played out the last fugue, there is one question and it is this: Is there someone new?
Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.
It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. Human understanding has vulgarly occupied itself with nothing but understanding, but if it would only take the trouble to understand itself at the same time it would simply have to posit the paradox.
How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.
Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while a great wind is bearing me across the sky.
Where gold speaks every tongue is silent.
However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.
It has been said that there is no fool like an old fool, except a young fool. But the young fool has first to grow up to be an old fool to realize what a damn fool he was when he was a young fool.
Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it.
One is hardly sensible of fatigue while he marches to music.
When he took time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself.
For my part I distrust all generalizations about women, favorable and unfavorable, masculine and feminine, ancient and modern; all alike, I should say, result from paucity of experience.
If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.
Women have no wilderness in them. They are provident instead content in the tight hot cell of their hearts. To eat dusty bread.
Woman is not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so.
It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
I have tamed men of iron in my day, shall I not easily crush these men of butter?
This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun, and animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence towards the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men; go freely with the powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and mothers, of families: read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life: re-examine all you have been told at school or church, or in any books, and dismiss whatever insults your soul.
Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes).
Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever.
never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.
The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.
Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself.
Governments can err, Presidents do make mistakes, but the immortal Dante tells us that divine justice weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted in different scales. Better the occasional faults of a Government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a Government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.
The first theory is that if we make the rich richer, somehow they will let a part of their prosperity trickle down to the rest of us. The second theory was the theory that if we make the average of mankind comfortable and secure, their prosperity will rise upward through the ranks.
There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.
There can't be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.
The greatest art of a politician is to render vice serviceable to the cause of virtue.
An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.
I have simplified my politics into an utter detestation of all existing governments; and, as it is the shortest and most agreeable and summary feeling imaginable, the first moment of an universal republic would convert me into an advocate for single and uncontradicted despotism. The fact is, riches are power, and poverty is slavery all over the earth, and one sort of establishment is no better, nor worse, for a people than another.
People say I'm indecisive, but I don't know about that.
Political organizations have slowly substituted themselves for the Churches as the places for believing practices. Politics has once again become religious.
If American politics does not look to you like a joke, a tragic dance; if you have enough blindness left in you, on any plea, on any excuse, to vote for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party (for at present machine and party are one), or for any candidate who does not stand for a new era, -- then you yourself pass into the slide of the magic-lantern; you are an exhibit, a quaint product, a curiosity of the American soil. You are part of the problem.
Politicians have the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterward to explain why it didn't happen.
Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.
I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. I am President of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli.
The ablest man I ever met is the man you think you are.
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
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.
Progress and reaction have both turned out to be swindles. Seemingly, there is nothing left but quietism -- robbing reality of its terrors by simply submitting to it.
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more or less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction.
In every one of those little stucco boxes there's some poor bastard who's never free except when he's fast asleep and dreaming that he's got the boss down the bottom of a well and is bunging lumps of coal at him.
For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.
The child thinks of growing old as an almost obscene calamity, which for some mysterious reason will never happen to itself. All who have passed the age of thirty are joyless grotesques, endlessly fussing about things of no importance and staying alive without, so far as the child can see, having anything to live for. Only child life is real life.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Reactionary: A man walking backwards with his face to the future.
True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.
Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists.
Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough.
The moment a mere numerical superiority by either states or voters in this country proceeds to ignore the needs and desires of the minority, and for their own selfish purpose or advancement, hamper or oppress that minority, or debar them in any way from equal privileges and equal rights -- that moment will mark the failure of our constitutional system.
No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities.
We are enjoying sluggish times and not enjoying them very much.
There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.
Only the person of worth can recognize the worth in others.
Go further...treat others as THEY would like to be treated
The man of the house can destroy the pleasure of the household, but he cannot make it. That rests with the woman, and it is her greatest privilege.
The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.
I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.
The height of cleverness is being able to conceal it.
That is the consolation of a little mind; you have the fun of changing it without impeding the progress of mankind.
Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn.
Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.
To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.
Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.
The lack of objectivity, as far as foreign nations are concerned, is notorious. From one day to another, another nation is made out to be utterly depraved and fiendish, while ones own nation stands for everything that is good and noble. Every action of the enemy is judged by one standardevery action of oneself by another. Even good deeds by the enemy are considered a sign of particular devilishness, meant to deceive us and the world, while our bad deeds are necessary and justified by our noble goals which they serve.
The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.
We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it, controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering it to the free play of our subjectivity.
The rising power of the United States in world affairs requires, not a more compliant press, but a relentless barrage of facts and criticism. Our job in this age, as I see it, is not to serve as cheerleaders for our side in the present world struggle but to help the largest possible number of people to see the realities of the changing and convulsive world in which American policy must operate.
It is best to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.
The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.
Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood.
The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important.
He who binds to himself a joy doth the winged life destroy. But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in Eternity's sunrise.
I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow.
You gave him an opportunity of showing greatness of character and he did not seize it. He will never forgive you for that.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
If there were dreams to sell, what would you buy?
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
They are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.
A good husband makes a good wife.
The man who suspects his own tediousness is yet to be born.
Gracious to all, to none subservient, Without offense he spoke the word he meant.
Anyone who has passed through the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.
Fascism is a European inquietude. It is a way of knowing everything -- history, the State, the achievement of the proletarianization of public life, a new way of knowing the phenomena of our epoch.
Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.
They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
Nothing is so contemptible as the sentiments of the mob.
The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
The key to why things change is the key to everything.
No one is going to turn down a good meal because he does not understand the digestive mechanism.
In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but its effects.
What a curious picture it is to find man, homo sapiens, of divine origin, we are told, seriously considering going underground to escape the consequences of his own folly. With a little wisdom and foresight, surely it is not yet necessary to forsake life in the fresh air and in the warmth of the sunlight. What a paradox if our own cleverness in science should force us to live underground with the moles.
The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves.
The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
Love yourself unconditionally, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults.
Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.
Learn what you are and be such.
Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt.
I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
Do you want to know a good way to fall in love? Just associate with all your pleasant experiences with someone, and disassociate from all the unpleasant ones.
The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him, they crush those beneath them.
Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune?
Folks don't like to have somebody around knowing more than they do. It aggravates em. You're not gonna change any of them by talking right, they've got to want to learn themselves, and when they don't want to learn there's nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language.
It does me good to write a letter which is not a response to a demand, a gratuitous letter, so to speak, which has accumulated in me like the waters of a reservoir.
You can't ask for what you want unless you know what it is. A lot of people don't know what they want or they want much less than they deserve. First you have figure out what you want. Second, you have to decide that you deserve it. Third, you have to believe you can get it. And, fourth, you have to have the guts to ask for it.
It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one.
He's a fool that makes his doctor his heir.
If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies.
Every little girl knows about love. It is only her capacity to suffer because of it that increases.
I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence.
I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth.
If you never change your mind, why have one?
Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.
The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
It is hard for the ape to believe he descended from man.
The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces -- in nature, in society, in man himself.
Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies.
Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.
Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
The fifties -- they seem to have taken place on a sunny afternoon that asked nothing of you except a drifting belief in the moment and its power to satisfy.
The person who in shaky times also wavers only increases the evil, but the person of firm decision fashions the universe.