Some of my favorite quotes

There are wise and beautiful words uncounted, I cannot begin to list them all. These are but a few I've managed to capture as I came across them.


The meaning of life? Life has no meaning, we bring meaning to it


When love is not madness, it is not love


Don't knock on Death's door. Ring the bell and run, he hates that


The giving of love is the truest reward


What is to give light must endure burning


Being prepared to receive what thought is not prepared to think is what desreves the name of thinking


Planning is everything, the plan is nothing


Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans


Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition


Seize from every moment its unique novelty, and do not prepare your joys


There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not


If you judge people, you have no time to love them


Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart


Circles though small are yet complete


Who, being loved, is poor?


Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?


Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon


To be without some of the things you want is an indespensible part of happiness


The center of your heart: the hardest place to get to but the easiest place to be


Dwell not upon your weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire.


A heart in love with beauty never grows old.


The heart has reasons that reason does not know


Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.


First deserve, then desire.


Pleasure is very seldom found where sought


Avoid evil, and it will avoid thee.


Argue for your limitations and sure enough they're yours


Words must be weighed, not counted


Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known


Everyone prefers belief to the exercise of judgement


Doubt is not a very pleasant status, but certainty is a ridiculous one


The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost


You cnn't hold a man down without staying down with him


There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience


Absence diminishes weak passions and increases great ones, as the wind blows out candles and fans fire


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.


Silence. All human unhappiness comes from not knowing how to stay quietly in a room


They are never alone that are accompanied by noble thoughts


A friend is a present you give yourself


If you want something done, ask a busy person


It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question


Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards


The soul is born old but grows young, that is the comedy of life. The body is born young but grows old, that is life's tragedy


Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once


Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first, the lesson afterwards


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage


There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up


This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him


Maturity of mind is the capacity to endure uncertainty


If men believe, as I do, that this present earth is the only heaven, they will strive all the more to make heaven of it


Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we are not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering


He only profits from praise who values criticism


Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul


The person who pursues revenge should dig two graves


Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better


The service we render others is really the rent we pay for our room on earth


Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society


It doesn't hurt to be optimistic, you can always cry later


To teach is to learn twice


The only death you die is the death you die everyday by not living. Dream big and dare to fail


We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than reality


Reality is an oppressive word


I am erecting a barrier of simplicity between myself and the world


Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything they do not make more clear


To select well among old things is almost equal to inventing new ones


We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves to be like other people


We are shaped and fashioned by what we love


We have two ears but only one mouth, so that we may listen more and talk less


Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be


Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything


He who gives thanks has no time to complain


Nothing is worth more than this day


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes


The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion - these are the most valuable coin to a thinker at work. But in most schools guessing is heavily penalized and is associated somehow with laziness


The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.


Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well


It is happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust


What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?


In this world you must be a bit too kind to be kind enough


The classroom - not the trench - is the frontier of freedom now and forevermore


If you think education is expensive, try ignorance


Never be haughty to the humble. Never be humble to the haughty.


Men take more pains to mask than mend


All the faults of humanity are more pardonable than the means employed to conceal them


Yes, I am a dreamer.For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world


It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious


After all, the only proper intoxication is conversation


A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to let alone


Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have


Remember, stepping out your front door is dangerous business


We do not believe in rheumatism or true love until after the first attack


Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong


The surest cure for vanity is lonliness


Only a mediocre person is always at his best


The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own


The best armor is to keep out of range.


A closed mind is like a closed book, just a block of wood.


In Greece , poverty is always a guest


Here's what the truth is: We are all ddicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we're hooked on


If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace


I believe in comulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more war.


When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.


And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.


The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.  Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine  times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in  pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.



....and whether he thinks Bush is evil or just stupid. ("I think he is smart but willfully ignorant, and he uses his ignorance for strategic advantage, which is appalling. He substitutes belief for thought. It protects you from self-doubt.")


"When I talk to wounded veterans, I usually don't ask them what they think the mission was. I don't presume, because their lives are wrenching enough without the suggestion that their sacrifices may have been without meaning. Moreover, if that is so, it will become apparent to them soon enough . . . The young men and women who we've repeatedly put in harm's way are paying the price for this misbegotten mission, and as long as it continues, I, like so many of our countrymen, must walk this strange line between hating the war but honoring the warrior. I don't know how long we can keep it up. . ."

-Garry Trudeau


"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.


"There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by 
experience.  And then there is California ."

"Serenity is for the gods- not becoming in a mortal.  Better to be 
partisan and passionate on this earth; be plenty objective enough 
when dead."


Arise, sluggard, there is time enough for sleep in the grave.


Every animal knows more than you do.