quotes

that i like (in no particular order)

Empathy is the most radical of human emotions.
Gloria Steinem

The future is already here. It’s just not very evenly distributed.
William Gibson

One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex.
Margaret Thatcher

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.
Cicero

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
Alexander Pope

There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.
Juan Montalvo

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
Margaret Thatcher

Only the shallow know themselves.
Oscar Wilde

If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.
George Carlin

If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.
Mikhail Gorbachev

You are not superior just because you see the world in an odious light.
Vicomte de Chateaubriand

Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.
Margaret Mitchell

Virtue is insufficient temptation.
George Bernard Shaw

I always wanted to be somebody, but I should’ve been more specific.
Lily Tomlin

A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely fool-proof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Douglas Adams

The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.
David Russell

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
Albert Einstein

Life is something to do when you can’t sleep.
Fran Lebowitz

Whining is anger through a small opening.
Al Franken

The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases, think for yourself.
Gotthold Lessing

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

My brains don’t fall out of my ass when I’m naked.
Kristine Lefebvre

Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.
Katherine Whitehorn

Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the bad girls live.
Dennis Miller

It’s amazing how long it takes to complete something you’re not working on.
R. D. Clyde

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
Socrates

The secret of joy in work can be contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl S. Buck

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
Voltaire

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
John F Kennedy

There are two kinds of light — the glow that illuminates and the glare that obscures.
James Thurber

Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth.
Edna Ferber

I am human; nothing human is alien to me.
Terence

What can I say about that suit that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan; it looks bombed out and depleted.
Dave Chappelle

Do something every day that scares you.
Eleanor Roosevelt (and everything she said)

You can’t tell people how to feel when they read your work. You can only hope to connect.
Dan Chaon

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
Oscar Wilde

Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the one thing he can’t afford to lose.
Thomas Edison

The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
Thomas Merton

Round pegs in square holes tend to have dangerous thoughts about the social system and to infect others with their discontents.
Aldous Huxley

Actual happiness looks pretty squalid in comparasion with the over-compensations for misery.
Aldous Huxley

Her idea of wit is nothing more than an incisive observation, humorously phrased and delivered with impeccable timing.
from The Simpsons

Well, that appears to me to be a kind of socialism for the rich and rugged hard individualistic capitalism for the poor.
Martin Luther King, Jr

Just because your view of the universe is limited doesn’t mean it is.
me

The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector.
Ernest Hemingway

We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are.
The Talmud

Husbands die every day, Dolores.
from Dolores Claiborne

There is no way to move without making waves.
Malcolm Forbes

You expect me to believe that scantily clad, in the arms of another man, in the middle of the night, inside an elephant, you were rehearsing?
from Moulin Rouge

There is no good writing; there is only good rewriting.
Louis Brandeis

The more elaborate our means of communication the less we communicate.
Joseph Priestly

The learned man knows that he is ignorant.
Victor Hugo

You can’t fake it. Bad writing is a gift.
Richard Le Gallienne

A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.
Grace Murray Hopper

There is no art in turning a goddess into a witch, a virgin into a whore, but the opposite operation, to give dignity to what has been scorned, to make the degraded desirable, that calls for art or for character.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Let them call me rebel, and welcome; I feel no concern from it. For I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.
Thomas Paine

The trouble with my wife is that she is a whore in the kitchen and a cook in bed.
Geoffrey Gorer

The whore is despised by the hypocritical world because she has made a realistic assessment of her assets and does not have to rely on fraud to make a living. In an area of human relations where fraud is regular practice between the sexes, her honesty is regarded with a mocking wonder.
Angela Carter

There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
Mark Twain

Having someone think I am witty and smart is a complete turn-on for me.
Dolores French

I was tortured once…I didn’t like it.
from Once Upon a Time in Mexico

What is to give light must endure burning.
Viktor Frankl

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.
Peyton Conway March

An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field.
Niels Bohr

We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.
Niels Bohr

If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.
Aristotle Onassis

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
John Kenneth Galbraith

A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn’t.
Tom Waits

If men knew all that women think, they would be twenty times more audacious.
Alphonse Karr

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin

Being a writer is like having homework for the rest of your life.
Lawrence Kasdan

By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Confucious

I like work: It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.
Jerome K. Jerome

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci

Everyone is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding that limit.
Elbert Hubbard

Fear is often disguised as moral outrage.
Judy Blume

You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.
Jimmy Dean

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
Robert Frost

Art is not only the desire to tell one’s secret; it is the desire to tell it and hide it at the same time.
Thomton Wilder

A man always has two reasons for what he does — a good one and the real one.
J. P. Morgan

Half of the harm done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.
T. S. Elliot

Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.
Jane Goodall

Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose.
Thomas Edison

You can’t tell people how to feel when they read your work. You can only hope to connect.
Dan Chaon

Sophistication is upscale conformity.
James Richardson

There are no right answers to wrong questions.
Ursula K. Le Guin

If a woman never lets herself go, how will she ever know how far she might have got?
Germaine Greer

Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant — it tends to get worse.
Molly Ivins

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.
George Bernard Shaw

It took me 17 years to get 3000 hits in baseball. I did it one afternoon on the golf course.
Hank Aaron

No cause no effect.
Jose Cuervo slogan

Sometimes when they say you’re ahead of your time, it’s just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of time.
George McGovern

Start every day with a smile and get it over with.
W.C. Fields

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.
George Orwell

The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
James Baldwin

Well, if one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected — those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most! — and listens to their testimony. Ask any Mexican, any Puerto Rican, any black man, any poor person — ask the wretched how they fare in the halls of justice, and then you will know, not whether or not the country is just, but whether or not it has any love for justice, or any concept of it. It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
James Baldwin

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: “O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.” And God granted it.
Voltaire

Cowardice is impotence worse than violence. The coward desires revenge but being afraid to die, he looks to others, maybe to the government of the day, to do the work of defense for him. A coward is less than a man. He does not deserve to be a member of a society of men and women.
Mahatma Gandhi


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