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This page was started on 18 November 2010 to begin to help a few other people fit a few incidents and accidents into a much greater perspective than those provided by some hints and allegations of the past. It has now begun to develop into a convenient index not only of pages I have worked on, but of concepts and expressions to which I give approval or acceptance, as well as some I simply find notable and important, whether I can approve or accept them or not.


Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
~ Albert Einstein ~

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20 years, 9 months, and 17 days.

With this and other accounts I have made over 147,000 contributive edits, created well over 1001 pages and done substantial work on well over 1000 more, some of which are listed here.

Work records

I had no interest in presenting such records until prompted to by the presumptuous attitudes and actions of some who have often done very little work here beyond the creation, enforcement, or conceited dictation of strictures aligned with their will as if they were absolute and unquestionable mandates of Necessity. It is meant to serve as an easily accessible testimony of my actual work on helping to build this project, through actively constructive contributions, in contrast to the behavior of those who would unjustly, unfairly, or in any way needlessly constrict, constrain or control the contributions people can make, or even so exceed their proper authority as to execrate, eradicate, prevent or punish the attempts of others to contribute in innovative or creative ways which are not actually restricted or forbidden by properly developed and agreed-to rules.
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Pages I have started

This list is a sampling of pages I have started using the account-names Kalki, Achilles, Rumour, Taliesin, Moby, Accountability, & NEO as well as at least a few others, which I intend to gradually expand in coming months and years. I shall also gradually add short quotes from the pages to their place in the list as examples of some of the most significant ideas which these pages contain.
  1. Π (pi) · Something's going on. It has to do with that number. There's an answer in that number. … It's a door, Sol. It's a door. ~ π
  2. 2012 phenomenonIt will happen — a seeing … It is the display of B'olon-Yokte' in a great investiture.
  3. M. H. Abrams · The survival of artistic modes in which we recognize ourselves, identify ourselves and place ourselves will survive as long as humanity survives. · If you learn one thing from having lived through decades of changing views, it is that all predictions are necessarily false.
  4. Absolutism · It is possible that the distinction between moral relativism and moral absolutism has sometimes been blurred because an excessively consistent practice of either leads to the same practical result — ruthlessness in political life. ~ Richard Hofstadter · Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. ~ Bertrand Russell
  5. Absurdism · I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. ~ James Branch Cabell
  6. John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton (Lord Acton) · Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. · All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. · 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.
  7. Abigail Adams · These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or in the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues.
  8. Charles Francis Adams, Sr. · More than all, and above all, Washington was master of himself.
  9. Henry Adams · Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.
  10. John Adams · There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
  11. John Quincy Adams · All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
  12. Felix Adler · The Supreme Ethical Rule: Act So As To Elicit the Best In Others and Thereby In Thy Self.
  13. Æ (George William Russell) · For sure the enchanted waters pour through every wind that blows … And from the magic tree of life the fruit falls everywhere.
  14. Aesthetics · All art preserves mysteries which aesthetic philosophers tackle in vain. ~ Anthony Burgess
  15. Aeschylus · In our own despite, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
  16. eden ahbez · The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
  17. Martti Ahtisaari · You have to be rather straightforward with your clients. You can't tell the parties only nice things.
  18. Conrad Aiken · Music I heard with you was more than music, And bread I broke with you was more than bread…
  19. Akhenaten · How manifold it is, what thou hast made!
  20. Anna Akhmatova · ...and if a gag should bind my tortured mouth, through which a hundred million people shout, then let them pray for me, as I do pray for them, this eve of my remembrance day.
  21. Edward Albee · I've noticed that there is not necessarily a great relationship between what the majority of critics have to say and what is actually true.
  22. Brian Aldiss · Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.
  23. Alexander the Great · If I were not Alexander, I should wish to be Diogenes.
  24. Gracie Allen · Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
  25. James Allen · A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.
  26. Steve Allen · Ideas have consequences, and totally erroneous ideas are likely to have destructive consequences.
  27. Mansur Al-Hallaj · God, Most High, is the very one who Himself affirms His unity by the tongue of whatever of His creatures He wishes.
  28. Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf · I now inform you that you are too far from reality.
  29. Altered States · The final Truth of all things is that there is no final Truth. Truth is what's transitory. It's human life that is real.
  30. Ambiguity · If I take refuge in ambiguity, I assure you that it’s quite conscious. ~ Kingman Brewster, Jr.
  31. Henri-Frédéric Amiel · Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing. · Everything is a symbol of a symbol, and a symbol of what? of mind. · There is nothing non-exclusive but the All; my end is communion with Being through the whole of Being.
  32. Julie Andrews · Hopefully, I brought people a certain joy. That will be a wonderful legacy.
  33. Norman Angell · It is not the facts which guide the conduct of men, but their opinions about facts; which may be entirely wrong. We can only make them right by discussion.
  34. Maya Angelou · There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
  35. Angels · It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God alone. ~ William Blake
  36. Anonymous (group)‎‎ · THE CORRUPT FEAR US · THE HONEST SUPPORT US · THE HEROIC JOIN US. · We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.
  37. Marie Antoinette · It is quite certain that in seeing the people who treat us so well despite their own misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness.
  38. Michelangelo Antonioni · I began taking liberties a long time ago; now it is standard practice for most directors to ignore the rules. · The moment always comes when, having collected one's ideas, certain images, an intuition of a certain kind of development — whether psychological or material — one must pass on to the actual realization. · My characters are ambiguous. Call them that. I don't mind. I am ambiguous myself. Who isn't?
  39. Appendices to The Lord of the Rings · He was elven-wise, and there was a light in his eyes that when they were kindled few could endure.
  40. Arab Spring · An area that was a byword for political stagnation is witnessing a rapid transformation that has caught the attention of the world. ~ Rashid Khalidi · There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. This is one of those moments. This is one of those times. ~ Barack Obama
  41. Archilochus · The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.
  42. Armageddon · Honestly, if you're given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don't say "what kind of tea?" ~ Neil Gaiman
  43. Karen Armstrong · The one and only test of a valid religious idea, doctrinal statement, spiritual experience, or devotional practice was that it must lead directly to practical compassion.
  44. King Arthur · If people reach perfection they vanish, you know. ~ The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  45. Attar · All things are but masks at God's beck and call, They are symbols that instruct us that God is all. … Come you lost Atoms to your Centre draw, And be the Eternal Mirror that you saw…
  46. Attitude · My attitude is to give everyone some of my time. If I can contribute in any way to their happiness, that makes me happy. ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama · There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference! The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. ~ W. Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill
  47. Augustine of Hippo · Once for all, then, a short precept is given thee: Love, and do what thou wilt...
  48. Sri Aurobindo · To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs. · The supreme truths are neither the rigid conclusions of logical reasoning nor the affirmations of credal statement, but fruits of the soul's inner experience.
  49. Jane Austen · There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.
  50. Authoritarianism · Violence is the whole essence of authoritarianism, just as the repudiation of violence is the whole essence of anarchism. ~ Errico Malatesta
  51. Avatar (2009 film) · I See You.
  52. Hoyt Axton · When it all comes down I hope it doesn't land on you — When the truth is found I hope it will be true to you.
  53. Báb · The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion. This hath been God’s method in the past, and shall continue to be in the future! · How oft hath the Day of Resurrection dawned, and the people of the land where it occurred did not learn of the event. · Truth shall be firmly established, while aught else besides it is sure to perish.
  54. Lauren Bacall · A planned life is a dead life.
  55. Bahá'u'lláh · It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.
  56. Ba Jin · Loving truth and living honestly is my attitude to life. Be true to yourself and be true to others... This battle to save life will eventually be won. … Blind faith in established experience has been shattered, outmoded regulations have been smashed.
  57. The Ballad of the White Horse ·Before the gods that made the gods Had seen their sunrise pass, The White Horse of the White Horse Vale Was cut out of the grass. · I tell you naught for your comfort, Yea, naught for your desire, Save that the sky grows darker yet And the sea rises higher. · You sing of the young gods easily In the days when you are young; But I go smelling yew and sods, And I know there are gods behind the gods, Gods that are best unsung.
  58. Anne Bancroft · I am what I am because of what I am and if you like me I'm grateful, and if you don't, what am I going to do about it?
  59. Henri Barbusse · War will come again after this one. It will come again as long as it can be determined by people other than those who fight. · Let everything be remade on simple lines. There is only one people, there is only one people! · Yes, there is a Divinity, one from which we must never turn aside for the guidance of our huge inward life and of the share we have as well in the life of all men. It is called the truth.
  60. J. M. Barrie · Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?
  61. Bruce Fairchild Barton · A man may be down, but he is never out. · To every man of vision the clear Voice speaks; there is no great leadership where there is not a mystic. Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside themselves was superior to circumstance.
  62. Brian Bates (psychologist) · Nothing may happen without wyrd, for it is present in everything, but wyrd does not make things happen. Wyrd is created at every instant, and so wyrd is the happening. · Wyrd is the unfolding of our personal destiny. It has sometimes been translated into modern English as "fate." But it is much deeper than that. It does not see our lives as "pre-determined." Rather, it is an all-encompassing view which connects us to all things, thoughts, emotions, events in the cosmos as if through the threads of an enormous, invisible but dynamic web. Today, scientists know intellectually that all things are interconnected. But the power of Wyrd is to realise this in our inner being, and to know how to use it to manifest our personal destiny.
    Today, through a deep connection with wyrd, we are inspired to see our lives in a new and empowering way. It restores our experience of the healing power of love, nature and creativity. It is about letting into our lives the guidance of an extended universe of spirit. It brings ancient wisdom together with modern science in the service of enhancing our lives, and the integrity of our human presence on the planet.
  63. L. Frank Baum · I think the world is like a great mirror, and reflects our lives just as we ourselves look upon it.
  64. Being There · As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.
  65. Peter S. Beagle · Our true home is often right around the corner, if we'd only open our eyes — and our ears — to find it.
  66. Stephen Vincent Benét · Rest, like a goad, spurred my eyes open — and light broke upon them like a million swords: and she was there. There are no words. · I'm waiting. ... For something new and strange, Something I've dreamt about in some deep sleep, Truer than any waking... · God pity us indeed, for we are human, And do not always see The vision when it comes, the shining change, Or, if we see it, do not follow it, Because it is too hard, too strange, too new...
  67. Benevolence · Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?” ~ Brian Tracy
  68. Cyrano de Bergerac · If I were to explain to you what I perceive by the senses you do not have, you would interpret it as something that could be heard, seen, touched, smelled or tasted; but it is not like that.
  69. Eric Berne · A healthy person goes "Yes," "No," and "Whoopee!" An unhealthy person goes "Yes, but," "No, but," and "No whoopee."
  70. Sarah Bernhardt · We ought to hate very rarely, as it is too fatiguing; remain indifferent to a great deal, forgive often and never forget. · Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.
  71. Wendell Berry · Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
  72. Bias of Priene · Accept of things, having procured them by persuasion, not by force.
  73. Brad Bird · Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.
  74. Black Elk · The Great Spirit is everywhere; he hears whatever is in our minds and our hearts, and it is not necessary to speak to Him in a loud voice.
  75. Cate Blanchett · If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life — that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment — that would be the perfect state.
  76. Blow-Up · Nothing like a little disaster for sorting things out.
  77. David Bohm · We say that inseparable quantum interconnectedness of the whole universe is the fundamental reality, and that relatively independent behaving parts are merely particular and contingent forms within this whole.
  78. Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux · Often the fear of one evil leads us into a worse. · Virtue alone is the unerring sign of a noble soul. · The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all. · Let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.
  79. Bono · Idealism is under siege beset by materialism, narcissism and all the other isms of indifference. · Fuck the revolution! ... Where's the glory of bombing a Remembrance Day parade of old-age-pensioners…where's the glory in that? · There was a badness that had its way. But love wasn't lost. Love will have its day. ·  Sing the melody line you hear in your own head. Remember, you don't owe anybody any explanations... · Hey if God will send his angels And if God will send a sign And if God will send his angels Would everything be alright? · When John Lennon sings, "Oh, my love/For the first time in my life/My eyes are wide open" — these songs have an intimacy for me that's not just between people. · Love is not the easy thing... Walk on, walk on What you got they can't steal it No they can't even feel it Walk on, walk on…
  80. Book of the Dead (The Spells of Going Forth by Day) · Homage to you, Osiris, Lord of eternity, King of the gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, you being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy. · I shall not die again. My moment is in your bodies, but my forms are in my place of habitation. I am "He who cannot be known."
  81. The Books of Magic · From meetings and partings none can ever escape. Nor from magic. · Science is a way of talking about the universe in words that bind it to a common reality. Magic is a method of talking to the universe in words that it cannot ignore. The two are rarely compatible. · If you choose magic you will never be able to return to the life you once lived. Your world may be more ... exciting ... but it will also be more dangerous. Less reliable. And once you begin to walk the path of magic, you can never step off of it.
  82. George Boole · The general laws of Nature are not, for the most part, immediate objects of perception. …They are in all cases, and in the strictest sense of the term, probable conclusions.
  83. Daniel Boone · Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; And I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatsoever state he is.
  84. Max Born · The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it, seems to me the deepest root of all that is evil in the world.
  85. Paul Bourget · Some day you will know for yourself that it is almost as true to say that one recovers from all things as that there is nothing which does not leave its scar. · There is only one thing infamous in love, and that is a falsehood.
  86. David Bowie · There's a starman waiting in the sky He'd like to come and meet us, But he thinks he'd blow our minds. · I watch the ripples change their size But never leave the stream Of warm impermanence. So the days float through my eyes But still the days seem the same. And these children that you spit on As they try to change their worlds Are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through. · See these eyes so green I can stare for a thousand years — Colder than the moon — It's been so long… And I've been putting out fire… With gasoline … See these eyes so red Red like jungle burning bright Those who feel me near Pull the blinds and change their minds. … Ya wouldn't believe what I've been thru.
  87. Joseph Brackett · When true simplicity is gain'd To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd, To turn, turn will be our delight 'Till by turning, turning we come round right.
  88. Ray Bradbury · Mankind must save itself. We must escape the danger of war and politics. We must become astronauts and go out into the universe and discover the God in ourselves.
  89. John Bradford · There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford.
  90. Brahman‎‎ · The person who perceives Brahman in everything feels everlasting joy. ~ Bhagavad Gita
  91. Marlon Brando · Acting serves as the quintessential social lubricant and a device for protecting our interests and gaining advantage in every aspect of life.
  92. Ysabella Brave · I'd rather be nice to someone spoiled than mean to someone who really could use a hand.
  93. Kingman Brewster, Jr. · If I take refuge in ambiguity, I assure you that it’s quite conscious.
  94. Edie Brickell · What I am is what I am. Are you what you are — or what?
  95. Emily Brontë · No coward soul is mine, No trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere: I see Heaven's glories shine, And Faith shines equal, arming me from Fear.
  96. Gwendolyn Brooks · Art hurts. Art urges voyages — and it is easier to stay at home. · Truth-tellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars.
  97. Elizabeth Barrett Browning · Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God · How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. · If thou must love me, let it be for nought Except for love's sake only.
  98. Giordano Bruno · The single spirit doth simultaneously temper the whole together; this is the single soul of all things; all are filled with God.
  99. Martin Buber · Let us, cautious in diction And mighty in contradiction, Love powerfully. · Whoever pronounces the word God and really means Thou, addresses, no matter what his delusion, the true Thou of his life that cannot be restricted by any other and to whom he stands in a relationship that includes all others. · Through the Thou a person becomes I.
  100. John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir · The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. · We can pay our debts to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.
  101. Gautama Buddha · Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. · Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame. · Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love. This is the eternal rule. · To cease from evil, to do good, and to purify the mind yourself, this is the teaching of all the Buddhas.
  102. Sandra Bullock · Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts. You have to remember this when you find yourself at the beginning.
  103. James Burgh · You need not tell all the truth, unless to those who have a right to know it all. But let all you tell be truth.
  104. Burning Man · Burning Man is an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance.
  105. Richard Francis Burton · All Faith is false, all Faith is true: Truth is the shattered mirror strown in myriad bits; while each believes his little bit the whole to own. · The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. · The dearest ambition of a slave is not liberty but to have a slave of his own. · Do what thy manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause; He noblest lives and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made laws.
  106. Leo Buscaglia · What's the good of all our learning, knowing how to read and write and spell if no one ever teaches us the value of life, of our uniqueness, and personal dignity? · People are not here to meet your expectations. · It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely. · Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
  107. John Carder Bush · When I and stallion blend the grass gets cropped.
  108. Kate Bush · I just know that something good is going to happen. I don't know when, But just saying it could even make it happen...
  109. Vannevar Bush · As long as scientists are free to pursue the truth wherever it may lead, there will be a flow of new scientific knowledge to those who can apply it to practical problems. · Time and space are interconnected in strange ways; there is no absolute simultaneity. · It is Earlier Than We Think.
  110. Samuel Butler (poet) · What makes all doctrines plain and clear? About two hundred pounds a year. And that which was proved true before Prove false again? Two hundred more.
  111. John Byrom · Religion's Meaning when I would recall, Love is to me the plainest Word of all. · The Church is indeed, in its real Intent, An Assembly where Nothing but Friendship is meant; And the utter Extinction of Foeship and Wrath By the Working of Love in the Strength of its Faith.
  112. James Branch Cabell · The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. So I elect for neither label.
  113. James Callaghan · A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice. · A leader has to appear consistent. That doesn't mean he has to be consistent.
  114. Julia Cameron · What we focus on, we empower and enlarge. Good multiplies when focused upon. Negativity multiplies when focused upon. The choice is ours: Which do we want more of? · The growth of one blesses all. I am commited to grow in love. All that I touch, I leave in love. I move through this world consciously and creatively. · Love is the substance of all life. Everything is connected in love, absolutely everything.
  115. Mrs Patrick Campbell · Does it really matter what these affectionate people do — so long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses!
  116. Canopus in Argos · What are all these guises, aspects, presentations? Only manifestations of what we all are at different times, according to how these needs are pulled out of us. · I am ... what I am at the moment I am that.
  117. Georg Cantor · In mathematics the art of asking questions is more valuable than solving problems. · A set is a Many that allows itself to be thought of as a One. · The totality of all alephs cannot be conceived as a determinate, well-defined, and also a finished set.
  118. Karel Čapek · Robots of the world, you are ordered to exterminate the human race. Do not spare the men. Do not spare the women. Preserve only the factories, railroads, machines, mines, and raw materials. Destroy everything else. Then return to work. Work must not cease. · One of the worst muddles of this age is its confusing of the ideas behind combative and cognitive activity. Cognition is not fighting, but once someone knows a lot, he will have much to fight for, so much that he will be called a relativist because of it. · Life will not perish! It will begin anew with love; it will start out naked and tiny; it will take root in the wilderness, and to it all that we did and built will mean nothing — our towns and factories, our art, our ideas will all mean nothing, and yet life will not perish!
  119. Rachel Carson · If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.
  120. Chris Carter · The Truth is out there.
  121. Jimmy Carter · War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
  122. Sydney Carter · I danced in the morning When the world was begun, And I danced in the moon And the stars and the sun, And I came down from heaven And I danced on the earth, At Bethlehem I had my birth. · By Christ I mean not only Jesus; in other times and places, other planets, there may be other Lords of the Dance. But Jesus is the one I know of first and best. I sing of the dancing pattern in the life and words of Jesus. · Your holy hearsay is not evidence. Give me the good news in the present tense. What happened nineteen hundred years ago May not have happened. How am I to know? So shut your Bibles up and show me how The Christ you talk about Is living now.
  123. Casablanca · I've got a job to do too. Where I'm going, you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Here's looking at you, kid.
  124. Giacomo Casanova · I will begin with this confession: whatever I have done in the course of my life, whether it be good or evil, has been done freely; I am a free agent. · Reason is a particle of the Creator's divinity. When we use it with a spirit of humility and justice we are certain to please the Giver of that precious gift.
  125. Keisha Castle-Hughes
  126. Cat Power · We all do what we can So we can do just one more thing We can all be free … You’ve got to choose a wish or command At the turn of the tide.
  127. The Catcher in the Rye · I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff — I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye…
  128. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge · I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way. I am looking forward to helping as much as I can.
  129. Catherine II of Russia (Catherine the Great) · I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly. · The Laws ought to be so framed, that no one Citizen should stand in Fear of another; but that all of them should stand in Fear of the same Laws.
  130. Edith Cavell · I can’t stop while there are lives to be saved. · Standing as I do in view of God and eternity, I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.
  131. Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood · In the end, the character and the prosperity of the nation depend on the character of the individuals that compose it... · The vast majority of the peoples of the world are against war and against aggression. If they make their wishes known and effective, war can be stopped.
  132. Harry Chapin · All my life's a circle; But I can't tell you why; Season's spinning round again; The years keep rollin' by. · Music was his life, it was not his livelihood, And it made him feel so happy and it made him feel so good. And he sang from his heart and he sang from his soul. He did not know how well he sang; It just made him whole. · Oh, if a man tried To take his time on earth And prove before he died What one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world.
  133. Charlie Chaplin · I am an individual and a believer in liberty. That is all the politics I have. · My prodigious sin was, and still is, being a non-conformist. · I remain just one thing, and one thing only — and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.
  134. René Char · For me lightning lasts. · A poet should leave traces of his passage, not proofs. Traces alone engender dreams. · I believe in the magic and authority of words.
  135. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin · We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience. · The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
  136. Ray Charles · Soul is when you take a song and make it a part of you — a part that's so true, so real, people think it must have happened to you. … It's like electricity — we don't really know what it is, do we? But it's a force that can light a room. Soul is like electricity, like a spirit, a drive, a power.
  137. G. K. Chesterton · Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity. · What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but absence of self-criticism. · The modern world is filled with men who hold dogmas so strongly that they do not even know that they are dogmas. · It is idle to talk always of the alternative of reason and faith. Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all. · You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it. · One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place. · Mysticism keeps men sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity. · A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. · I came to the conclusion that the optimist thought everything good except the pessimist, and that the pessimist thought everything bad, except himself. · There is something to be said for every error; but, whatever may be said for it, the most important thing to be said about it is that it is erroneous. · A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. · The person who is really in revolt is the optimist, who generally lives and dies in a desperate and suicidal effort to persuade all the other people how good they are. It has been proved a hundred times over that if you really wish to enrage people and make them angry, even unto death, the right way to do it is to tell them that they are all the sons of God. · Let the thunder break on man and beast and bird And the lightning. It is something to have been. · I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. · There are two ways of dealing with nonsense in this world. One way is to put nonsense in the right place; as when people put nonsense into nursery rhymes. The other is to put nonsense in the wrong place; as when they put it into educational addresses, psychological criticisms, and complaints against nursery rhymes or other normal amusements of mankind. · Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much. · If we could destroy custom at a blow and see the stars as a child sees them, we should need no other apocalypse. · Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
  138. Childhood's End
  139. The Children's Hour
  140. Francis Pharcellus Church · There is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
    No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
  141. Circles · Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~ Albert Einstein · Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace. ~ Albert Schweitzer · Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. ~ Black Elk
  142. Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army · You could be part of a fighting force armed with ruthless love and fully trained in the ancient art of clowning and non-violent direct action. You could learn ingeniously stupid tactics that baffle the powerful. You could uncover your inner clown and discover the subversive freedom of fooling. You don't need to like clowns or soldiers, you just need to love life and laughter as much as rebellion. · I stand ready to deploy, engage, and use clown logic to change my enemies into friends and then into clowns. I am a harbinger of freedom, fun, and friendship, the clown's way of life. I am a rebel clown.
  143. James Clavell · The search for the truth is the most important work in the whole world — and the most dangerous. · To think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself it will spiral down into ever-increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that discipline — training — is about. · All stories have a beginning, a middle and an ending, and if they're any good, the ending is a beginning.
  144. Hillary Rodham Clinton · There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard.
  145. Coen brothers · Something pretty fucking weird is going on.
  146. Leonard Cohen · I'm guided by a signal in the heavens I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin. · I did my best, it wasn't much I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you. And even though it all went wrong I'll stand before the Lord of Song With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah. · Like a bird on the wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free. · What is a saint? A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love. Contact with this energy results in the exercise of a kind of balance in the chaos of existence. A saint does not dissolve the chaos; if he did the world would have changed long ago. I do not think that a saint dissolves the chaos even for himself, for there is something arrogant and warlike in the notion of a man setting the universe in order. It is a kind of balance that is his glory. He rides the drifts like an escaped ski. His course is the caress of the hill. His track is a drawing of the snow in a moment of its particular arrangement with wind and rock. Something in him so loves the world that he gives himself to the laws of gravity and chance. Far from flying with the angels, he traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape. His house is dangerous and finite, but he is at home in the world. He can love the shape of human beings, the fine and twisted shapes of the heart. It is good to have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love.
  147. Nat King Cole · Straighten up and fly right Straighten up and fly right Cool down, papa, don't you blow your top.
  148. Samuel Taylor Coleridge · All thoughts, all passions, all delights, Whatever stirs this mortal frame, All are but ministers of Love, And feed his sacred flame. · Veracity does not consist in saying, but in the intention of communicating truth. · If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil. He cannot stop at the beast. The most savage of men are not beasts; they are worse, a great deal worse. · It is a flat'ning Thought, that the more we have seen, the less we have to say. · He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all. · No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. · Weave a circle round him thrice, And close your eyes with holy dread, For he on honey-dew hath fed, And drunk the milk of Paradise. · I pass, like night, from land to land; I have strange power of speech; That moment that his face I see, I know the man that must hear me: To him my tale I teach. · If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake — Aye, what then?
  149. Colette · I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer. · Total absence of humor renders life impossible. · You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
  150. The Confidence-Man · Well, there is sorrow in the world, but goodness too; and goodness that is not greenness, either, no more than sorrow is. · What creature but a madman would not rather do good than ill, when it is plain that, good or ill, it must return upon himself? · Mystery is in the morning, and mystery in the night, and the beauty of mystery is everywhere. · You have hearkened to my story in vain, if you do not see that, however indulgent and right-minded I may seem to you now, that is no guarantee for the future. · Every great town is a kind of man-show, where the novelist goes for his stock, just as the agriculturist goes to the cattle-show for his. · How can that be trustworthy that teaches distrust? · Something further may follow of this Masquerade.
  151. Joseph Conrad · The horror! The horror! · The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. · It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose. · Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love — and to put its trust in life!!
  152. Anne Conway · Life and figure are distinct attributes of one substance, and as one and the same body may be transmuted into all kinds of figures; and as the perfecter figure comprehends that which is more imperfect; so one and the same body may be transmuted from one degree of life to another more perfect, which always comprehends in it the inferior.
  153. Diana Cooper · I'm not sure you know human love in the way I do. · It has always been my temptation to put myself in other people's shoes: even into a horse's shoes as he strains before the heavy dray; into a ballerina's points as she feels age weigh upon her spring… With experience of age I have learned to control this habit of sympathy which deforms truth.
  154. Elvis Costello · Alison, I know this world is killing you. Oh, Alison, my aim is true. · My ultimate vocation in life is to be an irritant, someone who disrupts the daily drag of life just enough to leave the victim thinking there's maybe more to it all than the mere hum-drum quality of existence. · I'm giving you a longing look Everyday, everyday, everyday I write the book. · Not everything you do can satisfy everybody's idealised version of you.
  155. Courage · There are periods when...to dare, is the highest wisdom. ~ William Ellery Channing · It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity. It is when we all play safe that fatality will lead us to our doom. ~ Dag Hammarskjöld · Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. ~ William Shakespeare · It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies; but a great deal more to stand up to your friends... ~ Albus Dumbledore · Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life. ~ E.M. Forster
  156. Leonard H. Courtney · Life often survives all the perversities of training. We cannot absolutely nullify the prodigality of nature, try as hard as we may. · The price of peace is eternal vigilance.
  157. William Cowper · Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. · God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm. · His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour; The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower. · Blind unbelief is sure to err, And scan his work in vain; God is his own interpreter, And he will make it plain.
  158. Dinah Craik · It may often be noticed, the less virtuous people are, the more they shrink away from the slightest whiff of the odour of un-sanctity. The good are ever the most charitable, the pure are the most brave. · Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. · We have not to construct human nature afresh, but to take it as we find it, and make the best of it. · You rarely can make another happy, unless you are happy yourself. · Let every one of us cultivate, in every word that issues from our mouth, absolute truth. · There never was night that had no morn. · Silence sweeter is than speech.
  159. Nathalia Crane · The world is growing gentle, But few know what she owes To the understanding lily And the judgment of the rose. · You cannot choose your battlefield, God does that for you; But you can plant a standard Where a standard never flew.
  160. Crazy Horse · A very great vision is needed, and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. · Crazy Horse dreamed and went into the world where there is nothing but the spirits of all things. That is the real world that is behind this one, and everything we see here is something like a shadow from that one. ~ Black Elk
  161. Lee Daniel Crocker · If rules make you nervous and depressed, and not desirous of participating in the Wiki, then ignore them and go about your business.
  162. John Crowley · Love is a myth. So is summer. · She wondered whether her head were so big as to be able to contain all this starry universe, or whether the universe were so little that it would fit within the compass of her human head. · The immense laughter of Bruno when he understood that Copernicus had inverted the universe — what was it but joy in the confirmation of his knowledge that Mind, in the center of all, contains within it all that it is the center of? ... the Universe exploded into infinitude, a circle of which Mind, the center, was everywhere and the circumference nowhere. · The universe is Time's body.
  163. E. E. Cummings · I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance. · To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. · love is the every only god
  164. Marie Curie · Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. · Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
  165. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (film) · Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss. · Some people were born to sit by a river. Some get struck by lightning. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people — dance.
  166. Book of Daniel · At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
    And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
    But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
  167. The Da Vinci Code (film) · The keystone is well hidden. · We are what we protect, what we stand up for.
  168. Neil Diamond · "I am," I said To no one there And no one heard at all Not even the chair "I am," I cried "I am," said I And I am lost, and I can't even say why
  169. Johnny Damon · We are not the cowboys anymore — we are just the idiots this year.
  170. Abraham Davenport · I am against an adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching, or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause of an adjournment: if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. · With all reverence, I would say, let God do His work, we will see to ours. Bring in the candles.
  171. Stephen Decatur · Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.
  172. John Dee · That which is affected at the periphery, however large it may be, cannot in any way lack the support of the central point.
  173. Edgar Degas · A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people. · I should like to be famous and unknown.
  174. Ellen DeGeneres · If we don't want to define ourselves by things as superficial as our appearances, we're stuck with the revolting alternative of being judged by our actions, by what we do. · Procrastinate now, don't put it off.
  175. J. M. DeMatteis · In the end, it doesn’t matter whether the transmission is instant or unfolds slowly, it’s the opening up that’s so magical. That moment of realizing that you’re connected to something so much bigger than yourself. · I understand the most profound and simplest Truth of all: Any time any of us reaches out, any time we pour even a drop of love, compassion, simple human decency (no matter how small; how seemingly insignificant) into the sea of earthly existence — we are, each and every one of us — the being called Mercy.
  176. Democratic Party (United States) · I am not a member of any organized party — I am a Democrat. ~ Will Rogers · I'm really not a very comfortable Democrat. I mean the Democrats in the last elections proved themselves to be a bunch of dithering pussies... and it was pathetic. So I'm just waiting until one party or the other actually gets a moral compass and a backbone. ~ John Perry Barlow
  177. Vincent de Paul · The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it. · However great the work that God may achieve by an individual, he must not indulge in self-satisfaction. He ought rather to be all the more humbled, seeing himself merely as a tool which God has made use of.
  178. Zooey Deschanel · I somehow see what's beautiful In things that are ephemeral · For those of you who thought you'd be forgotten, The friends you've made will try their best, to make it so. Think of all the beauty that you left behind you. You can take it if you want it, and then let it go. · Orpheus melted the heart of Persephone, but I never had yours I followed you back to the end of the path, but I never found the door · I like to learn things slow I like learning alot I like to get it all again and in the end You know you get what you got
  179. Desert · It is the real, and not the map, whose vestiges persist here and there in the deserts that are no longer those of the Empire, but ours: the desert of the real itself. ~ Jean Baudrillard · The desert takes our dreams away from us, and they don't always return. ~ Paulo Coelho · They make a desert and call it peace. ~ Tacitus ~ What makes the desert beautiful is that it hides, somewhere, a well. ~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry, in The Little Prince
  180. Jackie DeShannon · If you want the world to know We won't let hatred grow Put a little love in your heart. · There can be a new tomorrow There can be a brighter day There can be a new tomorrow Love will find a way.
  181. Ronald DeWolf · Cults are as dangerous as drugs. They commit the highest crime: the rape of the soul.
  182. Dhammapada · Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame. · Those who are in earnest do not die, those who are thoughtless are as if dead already. · Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love, this is an old rule. · Better than a thousand hollow words Is one word that brings peace.
  183. Emily Dickinson · "Hope" is the thing with feathers — That perches in the soul — And sings the tune without the words — And never stops — at all — · I'm Nobody! Who are you? Are you — Nobody — Too? … How dreary — to be — Somebody! How public — like a Frog — To tell one's name — the livelong June — To an admiring Bog! · If I can stop one heart from breaking I shall not live in vain...
  184. Dilbert · If I had a good attitude in this situation, it would be a sign of mental imbalance. My bad attitude is proof that I am thinking clearly. Are you going to compliment me on my clarity or demand I be irrational?
  185. Dionysius I of Syracuse · Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.
  186. Paul Dirac · It seems clear that the present quantum mechanics is not in its final form. · It seems that if one is working from the point of view of getting beauty in one's equations, and if one has really a sound insight, one is on a sure line of progress.
  187. The Doctor (of Doctor Who) · I have a thing. It's like a plan, but with more greatness.
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  189. Rose Tyler · I am the Bad Wolf. I create myself. I take the words — I scatter them in time and space … a message to lead myself here.
  190. Donna Noble · He saves planets, rescues civilizations, defeats terrible creatures... and runs a lot. Seriously, there is an outrageous amount of running involved.
  191. — Martha Jones · My name isn't important. There's someone else. The man who sent me out there, the man who told me to walk the Earth. And his name is The Doctor. He has saved your lives so many times and you never even knew he was there. He never stops. He never stays. He never asks to be thanked. But I've seen him, I know him... I love him... And I know what he can do.
  192. Amy Pond · There's someone coming. I don't know where he is, or what he's doing, but trust me, he's on his way.
  193. River Song · You make them so afraid. When you began, all those years ago, sailing off to see the universe, did you ever think you’d become this? The man who can turn an army around at the mention of his name? Doctor – the word for healer, and wise man, throughout the universe. We get that word from you, you know. But if you carry on the way you are, what might that word come to mean? To the people of the Gamma Forests, the word ‘doctor’ means ‘mighty warrior’. How far you’ve come. And now they’ve taken a child. The child of your best friends. And they’re going to turn her into a weapon, just to bring you down. And all this, my love...in fear of you.
  194. Clara Oswald · Do you know how you make someone into a Dalek? Subtract love, add anger. · Run … run, you clever boy … and remember.
  195. —x— Great Intelligence‎ · I have feasted on many minds, I have grown, but now it is time for you to reduce.
  196. —x— Master (Doctor Who) (this was merged into The Master) · Before we start all that, I just wanted to say: thank you. Thank you, one and all, you ugly, fat-faced bunch of wet, snivelling traitors.
  197. —x— Rassilon · It is said that in the final days of planet Earth, everyone had bad dreams.
  198. John Donne · Any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. · At the round earth's imagin'd corners, blow Your trumpets, angels, and arise, arise From death, you numberless infinities Of souls, and to your scattred bodies go. · One short sleep past, we wake eternally, And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die. · Teach me to hear mermaids singing, Or to keep off envy's stinging, And find What wind Serves to advance an honest mind. · For God's sake hold your tongue, and let me love.
  199. Donovan · For me to love you now Would be the sweetest thing, 'Twould make me sing, Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind. · I wanted to save our culture from the stupidity and the bigotry and the ignorance that threatened it. · Mmm... must be the season of the witch. · Wear your love like heaven.
  200. Doom · Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  201. The Doors of Perception · We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes. · What the rest of us see only under the influence of mescalin, the artist is congenitally equipped to see all the time. His perception is not limited to what is biologically or socially useful.
  202. Fyodor Dostoevsky · I am a ridiculous man. They call me a madman now. That would be a distinct rise in my social position were it not that they still regard me as being as ridiculous as ever. · Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. · A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying — to others and to yourself. · Civilization has made man, if not always more bloodthirsty, at least more viciously, more horribly bloodthirsty. · The characteristics of our romantics are to understand everything, to see everything and to see it often incomparably more clearly than our most realistic minds see it; to refuse to accept anyone or anything, but at the same time not to despise anything… · Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the beginning of their career, and very frequently at the end of it also.
  203. Francis Drake · There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.
  204. Jimmy Driftwood · Ole Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise, If we didn't fire our muskets 'til we looked 'em in the eyes.
  205. William Drummond of Hawthornden · God never had a church but there, men say, The Devil a chapel hath raised by some wyles. · This Life, which seems so fair, Is like a bubble blown up in the air By sporting children's breath, Who chase it everywhere.
  206. Dudeism · Legend has it that a Chinaman by the name of Lao Tzu one day said “Fuck it” (loosely translated from the Chinese), hopped on a water buffalo (possibly with rust coloration), and started heading a-way out west to Tibet. · The rug is only a fabrication which ties the room together. · The pure undogmatic centre of lots of traditions (Christianity, Vedism, Buddhism etc) is all the same. And that's Dudeism.
  207. Dunce · We all know that a conceited dunce will decide questions extemporaneous which would puzzle a college of philosophers, or a bench of judges. Ignorant and shallow-minded men do not see far enough to see the difficulty. ~ Horace Mann · When a great genius appears in the world the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~ Jonathan Swift
  208. Dune · Muad'Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. … Muad'Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson. · He was warrior and mystic, ogre and saint, the fox and the innocent, chivalrous, ruthless, less than a god, more than a man. There is no measuring Muad'Dib's motives by ordinary standards. · Governments can be useful to the governed only so long as inherent tendencies toward tyranny are restrained. · Power bases are very dangerous because they attract people who are truly insane, people who seek power only for the sake of power. · All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. · Does the prophet see the future or does he see a line of weakness, a fault or cleavage that he may shatter with words or decisions as a diamond-cutter shatters his gem with a blow of a knife? · When strangers meet, great allowances should be made for differences of custom and training. · You do not take from this universe. It grants you what it will. · The best prophets lead you up to the curtain and let you peer through for yourself. · The oracle shapes a projected inner universe to produce new external probabilities out of forces that are not understood. There is no need to understand these forces before using them to shape the physical universe. · Give me the judgment of balanced minds in preference to laws every time. · Live the best life you can. Life is a game whose rules you learn if you leap into it and play it to the hilt. · If you need something to worship, then worship life — all life, every last crawling bit of it! We're all in this beauty together!
  209. Dune (film) · Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken. · My own name is a killing word. Will it be a healing word as well? · Usul, we have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen. · Try looking into that place where you dare not look. You'll find me there, staring back at you.
  210. Kirsten Dunst · I just try to choose the scripts that have the best characters for myself, or would be the most challenging, or fun.
  211. Jimmy Durante · Everybody wants ta get inta da act! · Don't put no constrictions on da people. Leave 'em ta hell alone. · Be awful nice to 'em goin' up, because you're gonna meet 'em all comin' down. · Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.
  212. Bob Dylan · How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? How many seas must a white dove sail before she sleeps in the sand? · I ain't looking for you to feel like me, see like me, or be like me. · I was just too stubborn to ever be governed by enforced insanity. · The enemy is subtle, how be it we're deceived? When the truth's in our hearts and we still don't believe? · Come all without, come all within, You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn. · May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung. May your song always be sung, May you stay forever young. · You don't need a weather man To know which way the wind blows · Oh, the tree of life is growing where the spirit never dies And the bright light of salvation shines in dark and empty skies. · Well I tried my best to be just like I am, but everybody wants you to be just like them. · Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain. · Don't ask me nothin' about nothin'. I just might tell you the truth.
  213. Jakob Dylan · It's hard to admit but it's easy to tell That evil is alive and well. · Got my window open wide Got a good woman by my side · Something good this way comes.
  214. Freeman Dyson · To talk about the end of science is just as foolish as to talk about the end of religion. Science and religion are both still close to their beginnings, with no ends in sight. Science and religion are both destined to grow and change in the millennia that lie ahead of us, perhaps solving some old mysteries, certainly discovering new mysteries of which we yet have no inkling. · Trouble arises when either science or religion claims universal jurisdiction, when either religious dogma or scientific dogma claims to be infallible. Religious creationists and scientific materialists are equally dogmatic and insensitive. By their arrogance they bring both science and religion into disrepute. · It appears that mind, as manifested by the capacity to make choices, is to some extent inherent in every atom. The universe as a whole is also weird, with laws of nature that make it hospitable to the growth of mind. I do not make any clear distinction between mind and God. God is what mind becomes when it has passed beyond the scale of our comprehension. · Both as a scientist and as a religious person, I am accustomed to living with uncertainty. Science is exciting because it is full of unsolved mysteries, and religion is exciting for the same reason. The greatest unsolved mysteries are the mysteries of our existence as conscious beings in a small corner of a vast universe. · We stand, in a manner of speaking, midway between the unpredictability of atoms and the unpredictability of God. · Religion amplifies the good and evil tendencies of individual souls. · Progress in religion means that, as time goes on, religion more and more takes the side of the victims against the oppressors. · The laws of nature are constructed in such a way as to make the universe as interesting as possible.
  215. Eat Pray Love · If you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you. · To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.
  216. John Carew Eccles · We have to recognize that we are spiritual beings with souls existing in a spiritual world as well as material beings with bodies and brains existing in a material world. · The hypothesis has been proposed that all mental events and experiences, in fact the whole of the outer and inner sensory experiences, are a composite of elemental or unitary mental experiences at all levels of intensity.
  217. Meister Eckhart · If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "Thank You", that would suffice. · The aim of man is beyond the temporal — in the serene region of the everlasting Present. · Love is the root of all joy and sorrow. Slavish fear of God is to be put away. The right fear is the fear of losing God. · The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God's eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love.
  218. Ego · One always treads with a joyful step when one has dropped the burden called the ego. ~ Anthony de Mello · The Saint is a man who disciplines his ego. The Sage is a man who rids himself of his ego. ~ Wei Wu Wei
  219. Ferdinand Eisenstein · Beginning from the individual theorems, I grew accustomed to delve more deeply into their relationships and to grasp whole theories as a single entity. That is how I conceived the idea of mathematical beauty...
  220. Mohamed ElBaradei · I think the ultimate sense of security will be when we come to recognize that we are all part of one human race. Our primary allegiance is to the human race and not to one particular color or border. · Civil society is becoming better informed and more engaged. They are pressing their governments for change — to create democratic societies based on diversity, tolerance and equality. They are proposing creative solutions. They are raising awareness, donating funds, working to transform civic spirit from the local to the global. Working to bring the human family closer together. What is required is a new mindset and a change of heart, to be able to see the person across the ocean as our neighbour.
  221. Mircea Eliade · The crises of modern man are to a large extent religious ones, insofar as they are an awakening of his awareness to an absence of meaning. · Myth is an extremely complex cultural reality, which can be approached and interpreted from various and complementary viewpoints. · For those to whom a stone reveals itself as sacred, its immediate reality is transmuted into supernatural reality. In other words, for those who have a religious experience all nature is capable of revealing itself as cosmic sacrality. · A religious phenomenon will only be recognized as such if it is grasped at its own level, that is to say, if it is studied as something religious. To try to grasp the essence of such phenomenon by means of physiology, psychology, sociology, economics, linguistics, art or any other study is false; it misses the one unique and irreducible element in it — the element of the sacred. · The Experience of Sacred Space makes possible the "founding of the world": where the sacred Manifests itself in space, the real unveils itself, the world comes into existence. · In imitating the exemplary acts of a god or of a mythic hero, or simply by recounting their adventures, the man of an archaic society detaches himself from profane time and magically re-enters the Great Time, the sacred time. · Man becomes aware of the sacred because it manifests itself, shows itself, as something wholly different from the profane.
  222. T. S. Eliot · Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. · It is impossible to say just what I mean! · Do I dare Disturb the universe? · I will show you fear in a handful of dust. · Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow · Oh my soul, be prepared for the coming of the Stranger. Be prepared for him who knows how to ask questions. · In the vacant places We will build with new bricks · However you disguise it, this thing does not change: The perpetual struggle of Good and Evil. · The bad poet is usually unconscious where he ought to be conscious, and conscious where he ought to be unconscious. · We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. · The awful daring of a moment's surrender Which an age of prudence can never retract By this, and this only, we have existed.
  223. Elizabeth I of England · Much suspected by me, Nothing proved can be, Quoth Elizabeth prisoner. · I grieve and dare not show my discontent, I love and yet am forced to seem to hate, I do, yet dare not say I ever meant, I seem stark mute but inwardly do prate.
  224. Cass Eliot ("Mama" Cass) · Our job as entertainers is to ease some pain. So to begin with, you have to know what and where the pain is. · I've heard that story about kids are high naturally, but I've seen kids that aren't high, kids who've had the high taken out of them. · I think the unique thing about music and graphic art is as oposed to, say, acting and directing, that if you are good you can always create a place for yourself.
  225. Michael Ende · Time is Life. · Human passions have mysterious ways, in children as well as grown-ups. Those affected by them can't explain them, and those who haven't known them have no understanding of them at all. · There are people that can't go to Fantastica. There are those who can but never return. And there are just a few who go to Fantastica and come back. And they make both worlds well again. · Lots of things take time, and time was Momo's only form of wealth.
  226. The English Patient · Betrayals during war are childlike compared with our betrayals during peace. New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything. For the heart is an organ of fire. · We die, we die rich with lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have entered and swum up like rivers, fears we have hidden in, like this wretched cave. We are the real countries, not the boundaries drawn on maps with the names of powerful men. I know you will come and carry me out into the palace of winds. That's all I've wanted — to walk in such a place with you, with friends, on earth without maps.
  227. Epictetus · It is difficulties that show what men are. · If a man would pursue Philosophy, his first task is to throw away conceit. For it is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he has a conceit that he already knows. · Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men. · Thou shalt not blame or flatter any. · Everything has two handles, the one by which it may be carried, the other by which it cannot. · Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions. · Whatever you would make habitual, practice it; and if you would not make a thing habitual, do not practice it, but accustom yourself to something else. · First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
  228. Epicurus · Self-sufficiency is the greatest of all wealth. · A happy and eternal being has no trouble himself and brings no trouble upon any other being; hence he is exempt from movements of anger and partiality, for every such movement implies weakness. · He who is not satisfied with a little, is satisfied with nothing. · Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul. · It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honorably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honorably and justly without living pleasantly.
  229. Erik Erikson · Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.
  230. Essence ·  What is the essence of our God? The struggle for freedom. … For the essence of our ethic is not the salvation of man, who varies within time and space, but the salvation of God, who within a wide variety of flowing human forms and adventures is always the same, the indestructible rhythm which battles for freedom.
    We, as human beings, are all miserable persons, heartless, small, insignificant. But within us a superior essence drives us ruthlessly upward.
    From within this human mire divine songs have welled up, great ideas, violent loves, an unsleeping assault full of mystery, without beginning or end, without purpose, beyond every purpose. ~ Nikos Kazantzakis
  231. Euripides · Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other. · There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience. · I have found power in the mysteries of thought, exaltation in the changing of the Muses; I have been versed in the reasonings of men; but Fate is stronger than anything I have known. · I hold that mortal foolish who strives against the stress of necessity. · Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent. · Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.
  232. Edward Everett · Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. · The great object of all knowledge is to enlarge and purify the soul.
  233. Excalibur · You forget — dreams are sometimes windows to other realities. … and waking doesn't always make things better. · I know who I am — who I care for, who I don't — that's what matters. The rest I can take or leave. · The sword Excalibur, represented Hope. It was light in the darkness of fear and ignorance and hate. Do we want — have we the right — to snuff it out? I've run my whole life. I can't remember when I wasn't afraid. I let people tell me what to do — because it's easier that way, y'know … saves you the from having to take responsibility for anything. Well, I'm tired of running. I want to make a stand. Because if I don't then maybe I better let the warwolves carry me back … to their make-believe world … where I belong. A world of illusion and artifice, where whatever sells best gets the glory … whether it's truth or lies. · And so — with laughter and transcendent joy — the dream is reconstructed — and Excalibur … that most ancient and noble blade … is once more redrawn.
  234. Existentialism · From the very beginning, existentialism defined itself as a philosophy of ambiguity. ~ Simone de Beauvoir
  235. Fahrenheit 451 · Books are to remind us what asses and fools we are.
  236. Fairy tale · I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him. ~ River Song
  237. Fanaticism · The fanatical believer is not conscious of his envy, malice, pettiness and dishonesty. There is a wall of words between his consciousness and his real self. ~ Eric Hoffer · It appears to me that one defeats the fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one's intelligence. ~ George Orwell
  238. Eleanor Farjeon · Morning has broken, Like the first morning, Blackbird has spoken Like the first bird. · Of what use to destroy the children of evil? It is evil itself we must destroy at the roots. · All the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love.
  239. Frances Farmer · There comes a point when a dream becomes reality and reality becomes a dream.
  240. Philip José Farmer · The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest. · The stars above will be below when man has Love. · Resurrection, like politics, makes strange bedfellows. · You've beauty, flux, and terror To tell. So've I. · The real superhuman, man or woman, is the person who's rid himself of all prejudices, neuroses, and psychoses, who realizes his full potential as a human being, who acts naturally on the basis of gentleness, compassion, and love, who thinks for himself and refuses to follow the herd.
  241. Leslie Feist · One Two Three Four — Tell me that you love me more…
  242. Festivus · Festivus is completely flexible. There's no ruling force telling you what to do. Nobody owns it. ~ Allen Salkin
  243. W. C. Fields · I never voted for anybody. I always voted against.
  244. Albert Finney · Walking around in the spotlight having to be me is not something I'm particularly comfortable with or desire. I'd sooner pretend to be someone else.
  245. Edward FitzGerald (poet) · Science unrolls a greater epic than the Iliad. The present day teems with new discoveries in Fact, which are greater, as regards the soul and prospect of men, than all the disquisitions and quiddities of the Schoolmen.
  246. Margot Fonteyn · The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous. · Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike. · Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable.
  247. The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth · Great and little cannot understand one another. But in every child born of man … lurks some seed of greatness — waiting for the Food.
  248. Malcolm Forbes · Be Nice. Contrary to the cliché, genuinely nice guys most often finish first or very near it. I admit it's not easy when you've got a gripe. To be agreeable while disagreeing — that's an art. · Being right half the time beats being half-right all the time.
  249. E. M. Forster · If God could tell the story of the Universe, the Universe would become fictitious. · She might yet be able to help him to the building of the rainbow bridge that should connect the prose in us with the passion. Without it we are meaningless fragments, half monks, half beasts, unconnected arches that have never joined into a man. … Only connect! ... Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die. · Tolerance, good temper and sympathy are no longer enough in a world where ignorance rules, and Science, which ought to have ruled, plays the pimp. Tolerance, good temper and sympathy — they are what matter really, and if the human race is not to collapse they must come to the front before long. · One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life. · The people I respect most behave as if they were immortal and as if society was eternal.
  250. Four Quartets

    Time present and time past
    Are both perhaps present in time future
    And time future contained in time past.

    What might have been and what has been
    Point to one end, which is always present.

    Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
    Cannot bear very much reality.

    Except for the point, the still point,
    There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
    I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where
    And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.

    Time past and time future
    Allow but a little consciousness.

    To be conscious is not to be in time
    But only in time can the moment in the rose-garden,
    The moment in the arbour where the rain beat,
    The moment in the draughty church at smokefall
    Be remembered; involved with past and future.
    Only through time time is conquered.

    Words strain,
    Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
    Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
    Will not stay still.

    In my beginning is my end.

    The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
    Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.

    In my end is my beginning.

    Love is most nearly itself
    When here and now cease to matter.

    Right action is freedom
    From past and future also.
    For most of us, this is the aim
    Never here to be realised;
    Who are only undefeated
    Because we have gone on trying;

    We, content at the last
    If our temporal reversion nourish
    (Not too far from the yew-tree)
    The life of significant soil.

    With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling

    We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.

    Quick now, here, now, always —
    A condition of complete simplicity
    (Costing not less than everything)
    And all shall be well and
    All manner of thing shall be well
    When the tongues of flames are in-folded
    Into the crowned knot of fire
    And the fire and the rose are one.

  251. Francis of Assisi · Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. · Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him. And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor! Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
  252. Frederick Franck‎‎ · Illusion is the mantle of the Real · The religions are delusional constructs formed around an infallible core. · It is not that things are delusory but their separateness in the fabric of the Whole that is illusory ·  I believe in nothing but God! · Does anything live but Buddha Nature, Christ Spirit? · The cross of the Cruxifixion — without the cross of the Resurrection is the symbol of a mutilated Christianity.
  253. Viktor Frankl · A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth — that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love. … For the first time in my life I was able to understand the meaning of the words, "The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory."
  254. Freemasonry · The major offense of Masonry to orthodox churches is that it, like our First Amendment, encourages equal tolerance for all religions, and this tends, somewhat, to lessen dogmatic allegiance to any one religion. Those who insist you must accept their dogma fervently and renounce all others as devilish errors, correctly see this Masonic tendency as inimicable to their faith.
  255. Caspar David Friedrich · The divine is everywhere, even in a grain of sand… · All authentic art is conceived at a sacred moment and nourished in a blessed hour; an inner impulse creates it, often without the artist being aware of it. · I have to surrender myself to what encircles me, I have to merge with my clouds and rocks in order to be what I am.
  256. Erich Fromm · Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves. · Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others. · Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either. · In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead; in the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead. · Exploitation and manipulation produce boredom and triviality; they cripple man, and all factors that make man into a psychic cripple turn him also into a sadist or a destroyer. · I believe that none can "save" his fellow man by making a choice for him. To help him, he can indicate the possible alternatives, with sincerity and love, without being sentimental and without illusion. The knowledge and awareness of the freeing alternatives can reawaken in an individual all his hidden energies and put him on the path to choosing respect for "life" instead of for "death." · Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
  257. Robert Frost · Earth’s the right place for love: I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

    I have kept hidden in the instep arch
    Of an old cedar at the waterside
    A broken drinking goblet like the Grail
    Under a spell so the wrong ones can't find it
    So can't get saved, as Saint Mark says they mustn't.
    (I stole the goblet from the children's playhouse.)
    Here are your waters and your watering place.
    Drink and be whole again beyond confusion.
  258. Margaret Fuller · To one who has enjoyed the full life of any scene, of any hour, what thoughts can be recorded about it, seem like the commas and semicolons in the paragraph, mere stops. · I never lived, that I remember, what you call a common natural day. All my days are touched by the supernatural, for I feel the pressure of hidden causes, and the presence, sometimes the communion, of unseen powers. · Those who seem overladen with electricity frighten those around them. · Let us be wise, and not impede the soul ... Let us have one creative energy, one incessant revelation. Let it take what form it will, and let us not bind it by the past to man or woman, black or white. · One presence fill and floods the whole serene; Nothing can be, nothing has ever been, Except the one truth that creates the scene.
  259. Peter Gabriel · If looks could kill, they probably will In games without frontiers — war without tears. · You can blow out a candle But you can't blow out a fire Once the flames begin to catch The wind will blow it higher · Don't give up 'cos you have friends Don't give up You're not beaten yet. Don't give up I know you can make it good... Don't give up 'cause somewhere there's a place where we belong. · It’s only in uncertainty That we’re naked and alive. · Shock the monkey to life.
  260. George Gamow · It took less than an hour to make the atoms, a few hundred million years to make the stars and planets, but five billion years to make man!
  261. Judy Garland · Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. · Wouldn`t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, and a little more loving, have a little more empathy, and maybe we'd like each other a little bit more. · I've never looked through a keyhole without finding someone was looking back.
  262. Romain Gary · Humour is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.
  263. Carl Friedrich Gauss · I mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers, who set two half proofs equal to a whole one, but in the sense of a mathematician, where half a proof is zero, and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible.
  264. Marvin Gaye · Brother, brother, brother There's far too many of you dying. You know we've got to find a way To bring some lovin' here today.
  265. Geography · History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology. ~ James A. Garfield
  266. Geronimo · I cannot think we are useless or Usen would not have created us. He created all tribes of men and certainly had a righteous purpose in creating each.
  267. Ben Gibbard · Our band is very polarizing. There are people who absolutely can’t stand us, and people who absolutely can’t live without us. I’d rather spark those kind of polar-opposite feelings than have people be indifferent.
  268. Khalil Gibran · Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have found the soul walking upon my path." For the soul walks upon all paths.
  269. André Gide · Sin is whatever obscures the soul.
  270. Elizabeth Gilbert‎‎ · Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.
  271. Terry Gilliam · I don't do drugs. I don't like being fucked up. I've got enough bizarre chemicals floating around in my head. I'm just naturally like this.
  272. Jean Giraudoux · There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth. · The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.
  273. John Glenn · The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.
  274. Glory Road · Logic is a feeble reed, friend. "Logic" proved that airplanes can't fly and that H-bombs won't work and that stones don't fall out of the sky. Logic is a way of saying that anything which didn't happen yesterday won't happen tomorrow. · Magic is not science, it is a collection of ways to do things — ways that work but often we don't know why.
  275. Goddess · The goddess awakens in infinite forms and a thousand disguises. She is found where she is least expected, appears out of nowhere and everywhere to illumine the open heart. ~ Starhawk
  276. Andy Goldsworthy · My work comes first, reasons for it follow.
  277. Barry Goldwater · Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies.
  278. The Good Life (2007 film) · After you die, nothing you ever owned matters, and everything you ever did does.
  279. Good Omens · It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people. · For those of angel stock or demon breed, size, and shape, and composition, are simply options.
  280. Ellen Goodman · Global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.
  281. Maxim Gorky · Your books and maps are of no use if there's no land of righteousness. · Processing the human raw material is naturally more complicated than processing lumber. Yes, a human being can teach another one kindness — very simply! · Everybody, my friend, everybody lives for something better to come. That's why we want to be considerate of every man — Who knows what's in him, why he was born and what he can do?
  282. Gospel of John · In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
  283. Gospel of Luke · Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. ~ Jesus
  284. Gospel of Mark · And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
    And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
  285. Great Expectations · Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.
  286. Stephen Grellet · I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.
  287. Alfred Whitney Griswold · In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
  288. Groupthink · We are not talking about mere instinctive conformity — it is, after all, a perennial failing of mankind. What we are talking about is a rationalized conformity — an open, articulate philosophy which holds that group values are not only expedient but right and good as well. ~ William H. Whyte · I use the term groupthink as a quick and easy way to refer to the mode of thinking that persons engage in when concurrence-seeking becomes so dominant in a cohesive ingroup that it tends to override realistic appraisal of alternative courses of action. ~ Irving Janis
  289. G. I. Gurdjieff · I ask you to believe nothing that you cannot verify for yourself. · The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness. · By teaching others you will learn yourself.
  290. Haile Selassie I · This age above all ages is a period in history when it should be our prime duty to preach the Gospel of Grace to all our fellow men and women.
  291. Alex Haley‎‎ · Find the good — and praise it.
  292. Evelyn Beatrice Hall (wrote as S.G. Tallentyre) · I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
  293. Harry Harrison · Cold-blooded killing is just not my thing. I've killed in self-defence, I'll not deny that, but I still maintain an exaggerated respect for life in all forms.
  294. Dag Hammarskjöld · Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided. A mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world, and the course of human history, have meaning. · For all that has been — Thanks. For all that shall be — Yes.
  295. Hancock · Gods. Angels. Different cultures call us by different names. Now all of a sudden it's "superhero." · Do I look like I care what people think?
  296. Robert J. Hanlon · Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
  297. Harmony · I'd like to teach the world to sing
    In perfect harmony
    … ~ Billy Davis
  298. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 · Dumbledore trusted me to see this through.
  299. Lorenz Hart · Blue Moon, You saw me standing alone, Without a dream in my heart, Without a love of my own
  300. Juliana Hatfield · A heart that hurts, is a heart, a heart that works.
  301. Anne Hathaway · My entire film career's been dependent on my ability to look unattractive.
  302. Sophie B. Hawkins · Every season has it's change And I will see you When the sun comes out again.
  303. Helen Hayes · What is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
  304. William Hazlitt · Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.
  305. Piet Hein · Man is the animal that draws lines which he himself then stumbles over.
  306. Robert A. Heinlein One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen. · Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it. · Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense.
  307. Lillian Hellman · I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions, even though I long ago came to the conclusion that I was not a political person and could have no comfortable place in any political group.
  308. Ernest Hemingway · Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. · If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.
  309. Jimi Hendrix · Acting funny, but I don't know why, 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky.
  310. William Ernest Henley · It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
  311. O. Henry · It ain't the roads we take; it's what's inside of us that makes us turn out the way we do.
  312. Audrey Hepburn · I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people's minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing. · I am proud to have been in a business that gives pleasure, creates beauty, and awakens our conscience, arouses compassion, and perhaps most importantly, gives millions a respite from our so violent world.
  313. Frank Herbert · It is demonstrable that power structures tend to attract people who want power for the sake of power and that a significant proportion of such people are imbalanced — in a word, insane. · Learning a language represents training in the delusions of that language.
  314. Alexander Herrmann · Long years of training and exercise alone will not make a magician. … There must be some natural aptitude for the art; it must be born in a man, and can never be acquired by rule. He must be alert both in body and in mind; cool and calculating to the movement of a muscle under all circumstances; a close student of men and human nature. To these qualifications he must add the rather incongruous quality of a mind turning on contradictions. With a scientific cause he must produce a seemingly opposite effect to that warranted by order and system. I know of no life requiring such a series of opposite qualities as the magician's. · I have not drawn a very rosy picture of the magician. I did not intend to do so. To the novice entering the life and promising himself ease, indolence, and wealth, I should say, "Don't!"
  315. John Herschel · Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.
  316. Werner Herzog · That man is a head taller than me. That may change.
  317. Hirohito · Unite your total strength, to be devoted to construction for the future.
  318. Albert Hofmann · When you study natural science and the miracles of creation, if you don't turn into a mystic you are not a natural scientist.
  319. Billie Holiday · No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music.
  320. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. · Beware how you take away hope from any human being. · Time, time only, can gradually wean us from our Epeolatry, or word-worship, by spiritualizing our ideas of the thing signified. · There isn't a text in the Bible better worth keeping always in mind than that one, "Judge not, that ye be not judged."
  321. Sherlock Holmes · I am not the law, but I represent justice so far as my feeble powers go. · How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
  322. Eric Hoffer · In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
  323. Holy Grail · Doing the mind guerrilla, Some call it magic — the search for the grail. ~ John Lennon · The quest for the Grail is not archeology, it's a race against evil. ~ Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  324. Herbert Hoover · Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.
  325. Horton Hears a Who! (film) · I meant what I said, and I said what I meant, and an elephant's faithful one hundred percent! ... That's my code — my motto.
  326. Harry Houdini · I knew, as everyone knows, that the easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place some one is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death. · BELIEVE
  327. John Howe
  328. John Howe (artist)
  329. John Howe (cleric)
  330. Julia Ward Howe
  331. Alice Moore Hubbard
  332. Kin Hubbard
  333. Charles Evans Hughes
  334. Hugo · The story's not over yet.
  335. Humanism · The personal virtues which humanism cherishes are intelligence, amenity, and tolerance; the particular courage it asks for is that which is exercised in the support of these virtues. The qualities of intelligence which it chiefly prizes are modulation and flexibility. ~ Lionel Trilling
  336. Alexander von Humboldt
  337. Wilhelm von Humboldt
  338. Humility
  339. Francis Hutcheson
  340. Anne Hutchinson
  341. Aldous Huxley
  342. I Am Legend (film) · If you are out there — if anyone is out there — I can provide food, I can provide shelter, I can provide security. If there's anybody out there —anybody— please, you are not alone. · He walked out on that stage and sang. Somebody asked him "why" he said: "The people that are trying to make this world worse are not taking a day off — how can I?" — Light up the darkness. · This is ground zero. This is my site.
  343. Idiot · What is Grand is necessarily obscure to Weak men. That which can be made Explicit to the idiot is not worth my care. ~ William Blake · Idiots are not responsible for what they do. The real guilt falls on rational people who sit on their hands while the morons run wild. You can opt out if you want to. Play it safe. But if you do, don’t complain when the roof comes down. ~ Jack McDevitt
  344. Eric Idle
  345. Idolatry · The real sin of idolatry is always committed on behalf of something similar to the State. ~ Simone Weil
  346. Idylls of the King
  347. The Incredibles
  348. Individualism · Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known. I am inclined to say that it is the only real mode of Individualism that the world has known. ~ Oscar Wilde
  349. Ivan Illich
  350. Robert G. Ingersoll
  351. In the Days of the Comet
  352. Fakhruddin 'Iraqi
  353. Iron Man (film)
  354. Washington Irving
  355. Steve Irwin
  356. Isaiah
  357. L. P. Jacks
  358. Shoeless Joe Jackson
  359. Jainism · Souls render service to one another. ~ Umaswati
  360. Cheryl James
  361. Henry James
  362. Karl Jaspers
  363. Robinson Jeffers
  364. Peter Jennings
  365. Jesus
  366. Jewel (singer)
  367. Job: A Comedy of Justice
  368. James Jones
  369. John Paul Jones
  370. Janis Joplin
  371. Milla Jovovich · I think that at a given moment we all need a place to ourselves where we can refuge ourselves and cut ourselves off from the world.
  372. James Joyce
  373. Benito Juárez
  374. Julian · Let all people live in harmony ... Men should be taught and won over by reason, not by blows, insults, and corporal punishments. · Those who are in the wrong in matters of supreme importance are objects of pity rather than of hate. · So long as you are a slave to the opinions of the many you have not yet approached freedom or tasted its nectar. · All of us, without being taught, have attained to a belief in some sort of divinity, though it is not easy for all men to know the precise truth about it, nor is it possible for those who do know it to tell it to all men.
  375. Julian of Norwich · It behoved that there should be sin; but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well. · He that made all things for love, by the same love keepeth them, and shall keep them without end. · God is all that is good, as to my sight, and the goodness that each thing hath, it is He. · All thing that is done, it is well done: for our Lord God doeth all. · I beheld the property of mercy, and I beheld the property of grace: which have two manners of working in one love.
  376. Carl Jung
  377. Kalki
  378. Nikos Kazantzakis
  379. Walter Kaufmann
  380. Buster Keaton
  381. John Keats
  382. Helen Keller
  383. Robert F. Kennedy
  384. Johannes Kepler
  385. Ken Kesey · The job of the writer is to kiss no ass, no matter how big and holy and white and tempting and powerful. · I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph. · I'm for mystery, not interpretive answers. ... The answer is never the answer. What's really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you'll always be seeking. I've never seen anybody really find the answer, but they think they have. So they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer. · I been away a long time.
  386. Key · I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. · Prophets hold a key to the lock in a language. The mechanical image remains only an image to them. This is not a mechanical universe. ~ Frank Herbert
  387. John Maynard Keynes · A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.
  388. Hazrat Inayat Khan · People have fought in vain about the names and lives of their saviors, and have named their religions after the name of their savior, instead of uniting with each other in the truth that is taught.
  389. Omar Khayyám · The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
  390. Joyce Kilmer · Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.
  391. Angus King · We proved that with civility, common sense, building bridges, working with coalitions and working with people one at a time, we could do something.
  392. Carole King · I feel the earth move under my feet I feel the sky tumbling down — tumbling down I feel my heart start to trembling Whenever you're around · You've got to get up every morning with a smile on your face And show the world all the love in your heart The people gonna treat you better, You're gonna find, yes you will, That you're beautiful as you feel. · My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue An everlasting vision of the everchanging view A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold.
  393. Coretta Scott King
  394. Stephen King
  395. Henry Kissinger
  396. Kevin Kline
  397. Heidi Klum
  398. Holly Knight
  399. Kalki Koechlin
  400. Michael Korda
  401. K-PAX
  402. Karl Kraus
  403. Robby Krieger
  404. Kalki Krishnamurthy
  405. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
  406. Akira Kurosawa
  407. Emir Kusturica
  408. Henry Kuttner
  409. Labyrinth
  410. L.A. Confidential (film)
  411. Jean de La Fontaine
  412. Lady in the Water · Man thinks they are each alone in this world. It is not true. You are all connected. One act can one day affect all.
  413. Last of the Dogmen · Look, Elvis is dead, the government is not hiding UFOs, and there are no Cheyenne soldiers living in the Oxbow.
  414. The Last Mimzy · The ghosts are walking by my side. I feel their love I feel their pride, For I have built a bridge or two, Bridges between me and you. Hello I love you. ~ Roger Waters
  415. The Last Unicorn (film) · What do men know? Because they have seen no unicorns for a while does not mean we have all vanished. We do not vanish.There has never been a time without unicorns. We live forever!
  416. Hugh Latimer · The drop of rain maketh a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling. · Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.
  417. Leaves of Grass
  418. Ang Lee
  419. Stan Lee
  420. Madeleine L'Engle
  421. Les Misérables (musical)
  422. Lawrence Lessig · Overregulation stifles creativity. It smothers innovation. It gives dinosaurs a veto over the future. · A time is marked not so much by ideas that are argued about as by ideas that are taken for granted. · It's a bumper sticker culture. People have to get it like that, and if they don't, if it takes three seconds to make them understand, you're off their radar screen. · Show me why your regulation of culture is needed. Show me how it does good. And until you can show me both, keep your lawyers away. · It might be crazy to argue that we should preserve a tradition that has been part of our tradition for most of our history — free culture. If this is crazy, then let there be more crazies. Soon.
  423. Doris Lessing · I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common ... this is a disease of the mind, the way I see it. · In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools. · Laughter is by definition healthy.
  424. Denise Levertov · The world is not with us enough. O taste and see. · Two girls discover the secret of life in a sudden line of poetry. I who don't know the secret wrote the line. · If there is bliss, it has been already and will be; out-reaching, utterly. Blind to itself, flooded with otherness. · You are the stream, the fish, the light, the pulsing shadow. You the unchanging presence, in whom all moves and changes.
  425. C. S. Lewis
  426. Hilda Lewis
  427. Jenny Lewis
  428. Sinclair Lewis
  429. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
  430. Life of Pi (film) · Thank you Vishnu, for introducing me to Christ. — I came to faith through Hinduism, and I found God's love through Christ. But God wasn't finished with me yet. God works in mysterious ways, and so it was he introduced himself again. This time by the name of Allah. — Allāhu Akbar. · Above all: don't lose hope.
  431. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  432. Little Big Man · There is an endless supply of white men. There has always been a limited number of human beings. · Sometimes the magic works. Sometimes, it doesn't.
  433. Lonely Are the Brave · I don't need a card to figure out who I am. I already know.
  434. Lord of Light
  435. Love
  436. Nick Lowe
  437. Bernard Lown‎‎
  438. Max Lucado · All we can see is a fragment. Who can say what will come next?
  439. Halford E. Luccock
  440. Arnold M. Ludwig
  441. Martin Luther
  442. Jessica Lynch
  443. Magic · Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. ~ Arthur C. Clarke · In one sense Magick may be defined as the name given to Science by the vulgar. ~ Aleister Crowley · From meetings and partings none can ever escape. Nor from magic. ~ Neil Gaiman · Love works magic. ~ Novalis · Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic. ~ Carl Sagan · Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. ~ W. Clement Stone · Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology.
  444. Maurice Maeterlinck
  445. Mahavira
  446. Thomas Malory
  447. Aimee Mann
  448. Horace Mann
  449. Karl Mannheim
  450. Katherine Mansfield
  451. Marcel Marceau
  452. Marcus Aurelius
  453. Edwin Markham
  454. Brian G. Marsden
  455. José Martí
  456. Mary Martin
  457. Steve Martin
  458. Andrew Marvell
  459. Mary Poppins (film)
  460. Richard Matheson · Our world is in profound danger. Mankind must establish a set of positive values with which to secure its own survival. This quest for enlightenment must begin now. It is essential that all men and women become aware of what they are, why they are here on Earth and what they must do to preserve civilization before it is too late. · What you don’t understand yet is that we’re going to stay alive. We’ve found a way to do that and we’re going to set up society again slowly but surely. · I hope I’ve inspired a few people one way or another. · I am legend.
  461. Bill Mauldin
  462. Guy de Maupassant
  463. Meghan McCain‎‎
  464. Eugene McCarthy
  465. Mary McCarthy
  466. John McCrae
  467. William McFee
  468. Robert Roy MacGregor ("Rob Roy")
  469. Loreena McKennitt
  470. Don McLean
  471. Margaret Mead
  472. Meat Loaf
  473. Anthony de Mello
  474. Herman Melville
  475. Menachem Mendel of Kotzk
  476. Mencius · The way of learning is none other than finding the lost mind. · He who exerts his mind to the utmost knows his nature.
  477. Ismail Merchant
  478. Natalie Merchant
  479. Mercy (Vertigo)
  480. Merlin · When a man lies, he murders some part of the world. ~ Excalibur (1981)
  481. Joseph Merrick
  482. Michael (archangel)
  483. Michael (1996 film)
  484. Arthur Miller
  485. Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  486. Mirror · I think the world is like a great mirror, and reflects our lives just as we ourselves look upon it. Those who turn sad faces toward the world find only sadness reflected. But a smile is reflected in the same way, and cheers and brightens our hearts. ~ L. Frank Baum
  487. Joni Mitchell
  488. Moby-Dick
  489. Molière
  490. Monism · Anything we take in the Universe, because it has in itself that which is All in All, includes in its own way, the entire soul of the world, which is entirely in any part of it. ~ Giordano Bruno · One is The All. ~ Cleopatra the Alchemist
  491. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
  492. C. L. Moore
  493. Dudley Moore
  494. Gustave Moreau
  495. Jim Morrison
  496. Toni Morrison
  497. Moses · I have been a stranger in a strange land. · I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. · Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? · O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. · Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him. Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's.
  498. Mozi · The wise man who has charge of governing the empire should know the cause of disorder before he can put it in order. Unless he knows its cause, he cannot regulate it. · Whoever criticizes others must have something to replace them. Criticism without suggestion is like trying to stop flood with flood and put out fire with fire. It will surely be without worth. · Universal love is really the way of the sage-kings. It is what gives peace to the rulers and sustenance to the people.
  499. Muhammad · It is better for a leader to make a mistake in forgiving than to make a mistake in punishing. · Even as the fingers of the two hands are equal, so are human beings equal to one another. No one has any right, nor any preference to claim over another. You are brothers. · All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. · Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever has not kindness has not faith.
  500. Mumford (film) · I understand what it's like to want to leave a problem behind. · You're shockingly honest. That's what makes you great. I've never had a man treat me this way. With you I feel really listened to. · I noticed Something. For some reason, probably because I was too stoned to talk, everywhere I went people would talk to me. Tell me everything. Their problems, their inner most thoughts. Sometimes they needed advice, but most of the people just wanted someone to listen. · In a free society you are what you say you are. · I am not now, nor have I ever been, a psychologist.
  501. Bill Murray · I think romance basically starts with respect. And new romance always starts with respect. · I think I have some romantic friendships. Like the song “Love the One You’re With”; there is something to that. It’s not just make love to whomever you’re with, it’s just love whomever you’re with.
  502. Edward R. Murrow · Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices — just recognize them. · No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices. · Tell the truth and fear no man. · If none of us ever read a book that was "dangerous," had a friend who was "different," or joined an organization that advocated "change," we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants. · We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to associate, to speak and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular. · The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer. · We hardly need to be reminded that we are living in an age of confusion — a lot of us have traded in our beliefs for bitterness and cynicism or for a heavy package of despair, or even a quivering portion of hysteria. Opinions can be picked up cheap in the market place while such commodities as courage and fortitude and faith are in alarmingly short supply. · Except for those who think in terms of pious platitudes or dogma or narrow prejudice (and those thoughts we aren’t interested in), people don’t speak their beliefs easily, or publicly. · I have come to realize that I don’t have a monopoly on the world’s problems. Others have their share, often far bigger than mine. This has helped me to see my own in truer perspective: and in learning how others have faced their problems — this has given me fresh ideas about how to tackle mine. · Truth is the best propaganda and lies are the worst. To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.
  503. Mystery · Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers. ~ Ray Bradbury · I want to hear you laugh. Don't let the mystery go now. ~ Kate Bush · I've never seen anybody really find the answer, but they think they have. So they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer. ~ Ken Kesey
  504. Mysticism · Both the physicist and the mystic want to communicate their knowledge, and when they do so with words their statements are paradoxical and full of logical contradictions. ~ Fritjof Capra · Mysticism keeps men sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity. … It is exactly this balance of apparent contradictions that has been the whole buoyancy of the healthy man. The whole secret of mysticism is this: that man can understand everything by the help of what he does not understand. ~ G. K. Chesterton
  505. John Forbes Nash · Gradually I began to intellectually reject some of the delusionally influenced lines of thinking which had been characteristic of my orientation. This began, most recognizably, with the rejection of politically-oriented thinking as essentially a hopeless waste of intellectual effort.
  506. Necessity · Necessity has no law. · Nothing has more strength than dire necessity. ~ Euripides · Necessity dispenseth with decorum.· Not even the gods fight against necessity. ~ Simonides of Ceos
  507. Reinhold Niebuhr · God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. · One of the fundamental points about religious humility is you say you don't know about the ultimate judgment. It's beyond your judgment. And if you equate God's judgment with your judgment, you have a wrong religion. · Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
  508. The Neverending Story · Human passions have mysterious ways, in children as well as grown-ups. Those affected by them can't explain them, and those who haven't known them have no understanding of them at all. · What I've started I must finish. I've gone too far to turn back. Regardless of what may happen, I have to go forward. · DO WHAT YOU WISH. · There are people that can't go to Fantastica. There are those who can but never return. And there are just a few who go to Fantastica and come back. And they make both worlds well again.
  509. The NeverEnding Story (film)
  510. New England's Dark Day
  511. John Newton
  512. Isaac Newton
  513. Martin Niemöller
  514. Nihilism · Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos ~ The Coen brothers · Nihilists are not kind; They believe in nothing. ~ Dude De Ching
  515. Chester W. Nimitz
  516. Anaïs Nin
  517. Joshua A. Norton
  518. Nostradamus
  519. Occupy Wall Street · The way to understand all of this is to realize that it’s part of a broader syndrome, in which wealthy Americans who benefit hugely from a system rigged in their favor react with hysteria to anyone who points out just how rigged the system is. ~ Paul Krugman
  520. Om · Jai Guru Deva Om. Nothing's gonna change my world.' ~ John Lennon · Om mani padme hum.
  521. On the Waterfront
  522. The Once and Future King
  523. Once Upon a Time · What do you think stories are for? These stories are classics. There's a reason we all know them. They're a way for us to deal with our world. A world that doesn't always make sense.
  524. Yoko Ono
  525. Baroness Emma Orczy
  526. Orphan Black · How many of us are there? · There's a light in all of us.
  527. David Ortiz
  528. George Orwell
  529. Arthur O'Shaughnessy
  530. P. D. Ouspensky
  531. The Osterman Weekend
  532. The Outline of History
  533. Ovid
  534. Robert Owen
  535. Buck Owens
  536. Jesse Owens
  537. Oz the Great and Powerful · I don't want to be a good man... I want to be a great one. · You're capable of more than you know...
  538. Lewis Padgett (pseudonym of the writers Henry Kuttner and his wife C. L. Moore)
  539. Satchel Paige
  540. Thomas Paine
  541. Francis Turner Palgrave
  542. Pan (god) · In a dream I saw Jesus and My God Pan sitting together in the heart of the forest. ~ Khalil Gibran · Pan is deadLong live Pan! ~ Mike Scott
  543. Pangea Day
  544. Paracelsus
  545. Maxfield Parrish
  546. Dolly Parton
  547. Boris Pasternak
  548. Saint Patrick
  549. Paul of Tarsus
  550. Wolfgang Pauli
  551. Luciano Pavarotti
  552. Peace
  553. Giuseppe Peano
  554. Benjamin Peirce
  555. William Penn
  556. Roger Penrose
  557. Harold W. Percival · Consciousness is the ultimate Reality; compared with it, all else is illusion.
  558. Oliver Hazard Perry
  559. Saint Peter · Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?Jesus, to Peter in Gospel of John
  560. Tom Petty
  561. Phenomenon · Phenomena are constantly folded back upon themselves. ~ Albert Pike
  562. Plotinus · All teems with symbol; the wise man is the man who in any one thing can read another.
  563. Roman Polański
  564. Cole Porter
  565. Katherine Anne Porter
  566. Arthur Ponsonby
  567. Joseph Priestley
  568. Principia Discordia · Man has been on a bad trip for a long time now. It is called THE CURSE OF GREYFACE. · fnord · If you can master nonsense as well as you have already learned to master sense, then each will expose the other for what it is: absurdity. From that moment of illumination, a man begins to be free...
  569. Prometheus · I must bear What is ordained with patience, being aware Necessity doth front the universe With an invincible gesture. ~ Aeschylus, in Prometheus Bound, as translated by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  570. Prophet · A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country and in his own house. ~ Jesus
  571. Prudence
  572. Aleksandr Pushkin
  573. Thomas Pynchon
  574. Quakers · Men being born with a title to perfect freedom and uncontrolled enjoyment of all the rights and privileges of the law of nature ... no one can be put out of his estate and subjected to the political view of another, without his consent. ~ William Penn
  575. Quotations
  576. Rainbows
  577. Christopher Reeve
  578. Dana Reeve
  579. Wilhelm Reich
  580. R.E.M.
  581. Rembrandt
  582. Mary Renault
  583. Book of Revelation · He had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. · And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
  584. Kenneth Rexroth
  585. Lionel Richie
  586. Rainer Maria Rilke
  587. Happy Rhodes · Every step I take, I am alive. I am Life. · That I am one and many is at the heart of my dis-ease Yet I am one and many · When the rain came down — then came me. · Words weren't made for cowards.
  588. Spider Robinson · A person should live forever, or die trying. · There are in fact Laws of Conservation of Pain and Joy. Neither can ever be created or destroyed. But one can be converted into the other. · Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased — thus do we refute entropy. · God is an iron.
  589. Rudolf Rocker
  590. Richard Rodriguez
  591. Nicholas Roerich
  592. Eleanor Roosevelt
  593. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  594. Gary Ross · What's outside of Pleasantville? · Writing is all about the preservation of your own voice.
  595. Edmond Rostand
  596. Patricia Rozema
  597. Rita Rudner
  598. Muriel Rukeyser
  599. Don Miguel Ruiz
  600. Babe Ruth
  601. J. D. Salinger
  602. Sallustius · One may call the world a myth, in which bodies and things are visible, but souls and minds hidden. · Those who wish to hear about the Gods should have been well guided from childhood, and not habituated to foolish beliefs. · The divine itself is without needs, and the worship is paid for our own benefit. The providence of the Gods reaches everywhere and needs only some congruity for its reception. · Souls that have lived in virtue are in general happy, and when separated from the irrational part of their nature, and made clean from all matter, have communion with the gods and join them in the governing of the whole world.
  603. The San∂man
  604. George Santayana
  605. Kate Sheppard
  606. Friedrich Schiller
  607. Sophie Scholl
  608. Albert Schweitzer
  609. Helen Schucman
  610. Seal (musician)
  611. John Sedgwick
  612. Semiotics · A symbol always transcends the one who makes use of it and makes him say in reality more than he is aware of expressing. ~ Albert Camus
  613. Rod Serling
  614. Jerry Siegel
  615. September 11 attacks · This enemy attacked not just our people, but all freedom-loving people everywhere in the world. ~ George W. Bush · The target of the terrorists was not only New York and Washington but the very values of freedom, tolerance and decency which underpin our way of life. ~ Tony Blair · Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. ~ Barack Obama
  616. Sergeant York · I'm as much agin' killin' as ever, sir. But it was this way, Colonel. When I started out, I felt just like you said, but when I hear them machine guns a-goin', and all them fellas are droppin' around me... I figured them guns was killin' hundreds, maybe thousands, and there weren't nothin' anybody could do, but to stop them guns. And that's what I done.
  617. She & Him
  618. Mary Shelley
  619. Percy Bysshe Shelley
  620. Forrest Sherman · The survival of this country depends upon letting the world know we have the power and the ability to use it if the occasion demands.
  621. The Ship that Flew · It is the best of ships. When her sails are hoisted a breeze springs up and carries her swift and safe to whatever place the gods choose.
  622. Significance · A society which is mobile, which is full of channels for the distribution of a change occurring anywhere, must see to it that its members are educated to personal initiative and adaptability. Otherwise, they will be overwhelmed by the changes in which they are caught and whose significance or connections they do not perceive. ~ John Dewey · Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance. ~ Václav Havel
  623. Silver Surfer · If sacred places are spared the ravages of war... then make all places sacred. And if the holy people are to be kept harmless from war... then make all people holy.
  624. Alan K. Simpson · There is no "slippery slope" toward loss of liberty, only a long staircase where each step down must first be tolerated by the American people and their leaders. · If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.
  625. Edith Sitwell · I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.
  626. Clifford D. Simak · A million years from now there would be, if not Man, at least a caring thing. And that was the secret of the universe, Enoch told himself — a thing that went on caring. · When I talk of the purpose of life, I am thinking not only of human life, but of all life on Earth and of the life which must exist upon other planets throughout the universe.
  627. Simonides of Ceos
  628. Isaac Bashevis Singer
  629. Grace Slick
  630. Slumdog Millionaire
  631. B. F. Skinner
  632. Langdon Smith
  633. Lillian Smith (author)
  634. Margaret Chase Smith
  635. Olympia Snowe · It's not healthy for the country to have parties with polar opposite views without that bridge that you need to build consensus.
  636. Solemnity · If you are different, you had better hide it, and pretend to be solemn and wooden-headed. Until you make your fortune. For most wooden-headed people worship money; and, really, I do not see what else they can do. ~ Oliver Heaviside
  637. The Sonnets
  638. Kevin Spacey · Sometimes the person who is the most logical is the person whom we call insane. · John Lennon was many things to many people. A poet, a rocker, a leader, a troublemaker, a father, a husband — a man. Growing up, to me, he was a hero. The work of John Lennon was marked by its exquisite beauty and by its brutal honesty.
  639. Britney Spears
  640. Gerry Spence
  641. Roger Wolcott Sperry
  642. Spirituality
  643. Benjamin Spock
  644. Bruce Springsteen
  645. Stardust
  646. Stardust (film)
  647. Stardust Memories
  648. Starhawk
  649. Becky Stark
  650. Jim Starlin
  651. Steel · I never saw any one like him. He is steel! He would go through you like a sword! ~ Bram Stoker
  652. Wilhelm Stekel
  653. Jimmy Stewart
  654. Stickeen
  655. Storm
  656. Story · Do not tell people how to live their lives. Just tell them stories. And they will figure out how those stories apply to them. ~ Randy Pausch
  657. Strangeness · There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. ~ Francis Bacon
  658. Stranger in a Strange Land
  659. Barbra Streisand
  660. Bram Stoker
  661. Leopold Stokowski
  662. Lucy Stone
  663. W. Clement Stone
  664. Madeleine Stowe
  665. Tami Stronach
  666. Stupidity
  667. St. Vincent (musician)
  668. William Styron · Surely mankind has yet to be born. Surely this is true! · Great God, how early it is! · This was not judgement day — only morning. Morning: excellent and fair.
  669. Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude
  670. Sufism · All things are but masks at God's beck and call,
    They are symbols that instruct us that God is all. ~ Attar of Nishapur
  671. Aaron Swartz‎‎ · There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture. · The enemies of the freedom to connect have not disappeared. … There are a lot of people, a lot of powerful people, who want to clamp down on the Internet. And to be honest, there aren’t a whole lot who have a vested interest in protecting it from all of that.
  672. Emanuel Swedenborg
  673. Sword · The man who can wield the power of this sword can summon to him an army more deadly than any that walks this earth. Put aside the Ranger. Become who you were born to be. ~ Elrond, in The Return of the King · Verily Man shall not taste of victory Till he throws his sword away. ~ G. K. Chesterton in The Ballad of the White Horse
  674. Synchronicity · Any parapsychological effect that depends upon volition, upon the subject's intent, must differ from synchronicity. ~ Victor Mansfield · 
    It's so deep, it's so wide
    You're inside
    ~ Sting ~
  675. Rabindranath Tagore
  676. Taliesin
  677. Talmud
  678. Amy Tan
  679. Tao
  680. Taoism · Tao mystics never talk about God, reincarnation, heaven, hell. No, they don't talk about these things. These are all creations of human mind: explanations for something which can never be explained, explanations for the mystery. … Existence is a mystery, and one should accept it as a mystery and not pretend to have any explanation. No, explanation is not needed – only exclamation, a wondering heart, awakened, surprised, feeling the mystery of life each moment. Then, and only then, you know what truth is. And truth liberates. ~ Osho
  681. Sharon Tate
  682. Julie Taymor
  683. Temper · Men are like steel — when they lose their temper, they lose their worth.
  684. John Templeton · I'm really convinced that our descendants a century or two from now will look back at us with the same pity that we have toward the people in the field of science two centuries ago. · Let's worship Divinity, but understand the divinity we worship is beyond our comprehension. · The objective of our religious foundations is to teach people that they are hurting themselves when they say they believe something. What we should realize is we know almost nothing about God and therefore we should be eager to search and to learn.· The main focus in my life now is to open people's minds so no one will be so conceited that they think they have the total truth. They should be eager to learn, to listen, to research and not to confine, to hurt, to kill, those who disagree with them. · The question is not is there a God, but is there anything else except God? God is everyone and each of us is a little bit.
  685. Alfred Tennyson
  686. Teresa of Ávila
  687. Studs Terkel
  688. Tertullian
  689. U Thant · Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves. · As a Buddhist, I was trained to be tolerant of everything except intolerance. · The war we have to wage today has only one goal, and that is to make the world safe for diversity.
  690. Utopia‎ · Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labelled Utopian. ~ Emma Goldman
  691. They Might Be Giants
  692. R. S. Thomas
  693. Dorothy Thompson
  694. Thus Spoke Zarathustra
  695. Totalitarianism · Totalitarianism … does not so much promise an age of faith as an age of schizophrenia. A society becomes totalitarian when its structure becomes flagrantly artificial: that is, when its ruling class has lost its function but succeeds in clinging to power by force or fraud. Such a society, no matter how long it persists, can never afford to become either tolerant or intellectually stable. It can never permit either the truthful recording of facts or the emotional sincerity that literary creation demands. ~ George Orwell
  696. Arnold Toynbee
  697. Arnold J. Toynbee
  698. Brian Tracy‎‎ · Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?” ~ Brian Tracy
  699. P. L. Travers · We pass. But what the bee knows, the wisdom that sustains our passing life — however much we deny or ignore it — that for ever remains.
  700. The Tree of Life · I will be true to you. Whatever comes.
  701. Trickster · The Trickster represents the quality of randomness and chance in the universe, without which there could be no freedom. In the Craft the Goddess is not omnipotent. The cosmos is interesting rather than perfect, and everything is not part of some greater plan, nor is all necessarily under control. Understanding this keeps us humble, able to admit that we cannot know or control or define everything. ~ Starhawk
  702. Anthony Trollope
  703. Sojourner Truth
  704. KT Tunstall
  705. Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, Baron de Laune
  706. The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series)
  707. The Ultimate Gift
  708. Under the Tuscan Sun
  709. Universalism · We are, the great spiritual writers insist, most fully ourselves when we give ourselves away, and it is egotism that holds us back from that transcendent experience that has been called God, Nirvana, Brahman, or the Tao. ~ Karen Armstrong · In reality there are as many religions as there are individuals. ~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
  710. Peter Ustinov
  711. Jesse Ventura
  712. Vishnu · Vishnu, the Supreme Soul. The Soul of all things. Vishnu sleeps, floating on the shoreless cosmic ocean, and we are the stuff of his dreams. ~ Life of Pi
  713. Kurt Vonnegut
  714. Mark Waid · You have watched the Titans walk the Earth ... and you have kept stride. Perhaps you are more like them than you realize. You exist ... to give hope.
  715. Hugh Walpole
  716. Wanted (2008 film)
  717. M. Ward
  718. War Horse‎ · I promise that I'll look after him, and if possible, I'll return him to your care.
  719. Adam Warlock
  720. Earl Warren
  721. Robert Penn Warren
  722. Martha Washington · The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us, in our minds, wheresoever we go.
  723. J. C. Watts
  724. Evelyn Waugh
  725. H. G. Wells
  726. John Wesley
  727. Morris West
  728. Whale Rider
  729. What's So Bad About Feeling Good?
    What's a woe with somebody caring,
    Dreaming, loving and sharing
    What's so bad about feeling good?

    Though the world may not be perfect yet,
    Still the only way it's gonna get
    Any better is if we try.
    So come and kiss me,
    Let's get started
    Together warm and light-hearted.
    We'll enjoy Life the way we should
    And tell me what's so bad,
    Tell me what's so bad
    About feeling good?

  730. Andrew Dickson White
  731. White Rose
  732. Walt Whitman
  733. John Greenleaf Whittier
  734. Who Am I This Time?
  735. Ken Wilber
  736. Richard Wilbur
  737. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  738. Thornton Wilder
  739. Paul Williams · Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what's on the other side? · Our love is an old love, baby. It's older than all our years…
  740. Ted Williams · If you don't think too good, don't think too much.
  741. Alicia Witt
  742. The Wizard of Oz
  743. Wisdom
  744. George Woodcock · Simplicity is the first thing to guard against in writing a history of anarchism. · Anarchism is a manifestation of natural human urges … it is the tendency to create authoritarian institutions which is the transient aberration.
  745. Alexander Woollcott
  746. Virginia Woolf
  747. Stevie Wonder
  748. Steve Wozniak
  749. Wyrd ·  Wyrd literally means "that which has turned" or "that which has become." It carries the idea of "turned into" in both the sense of becoming something new and the sense of turning back to an original starting point. In metaphysical terms, wyrd embodies the concept that everything is turning into something else while both being drawn in toward and moving out from its own origins. Thus, we can think of wyrd as a process that continually works the patterns of the past into the patterns of the present. ~ Arlea Æðelwyrd Hunt-Anschütz · Wyrd is too vast and too complex, for us to comprehend, for we are ourselves, part of wyrd and cannot stand back to observe it as if it were a separate force. ~ Brian Bates (psychologist) · Wyrd's shaping changes the world under the heavens. ~ The Wanderer
  750. Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  751. William Butler Yeats
  752. Paramahansa Yogananda
  753. Alvin C. York · I noticed the bushes all around where I stood in my fight with the machine guns were all cut down. The bullets went over my head and on either side. But they never touched me. · A higher power than man power guided and watched over me and told me what to do.
  754. Theodore Zeldin · The violent have been victorious for most of history because they kindled the fear with which everyone is born. · The past is what provides us with the building blocks. Our job today is to create new buildings out of them.
  755. Zeno of Elea · My writing is an answer to the partisans of the many and it returns their attack with interest, with a view to showing that the hypothesis of the many, if examined sufficiently in detail, leads to even more ridiculous results than the hypothesis of the One.
  756. Philip Zimbardo‎‎ · The “Lucifer Effect” describes the point in time when an ordinary, normal person first crosses the boundary between good and evil to engage in an evil action.

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This is as yet only a sampling of pages I have destubbed, saved from deletion processes, or added to in other significant ways, which I will gradually expand in coming weeks and months
  1. 2011 Egyptian revolution · The word Tahrir means liberation.  It is a word that speaks to that something in our souls that cries out for freedom.  And forevermore it will remind us of the Egyptian people — of what they did, of the things that they stood for, and how they changed their country, and in doing so changed the world. ~ Barack Obama
  2. Edward Abbey · I pledge my allegiance to the damned human race, and my everlasting love to the green hills of Earth, and my intimations of glory to the singing stars, to the very end of space and time. · My job is to save the fucking wilderness. I don't know anything else worth saving. · Heaven is home. Utopia is here. Nirvana is now.
  3. Edwin Abbott Abbott · From dreams I proceed to facts. · I am indeed, in a certain sense a Circle ... and a more perfect Circle than any in Flatland; but to speak more accurately, I am many Circles in one. · Even a Sphere — which is my proper name in my own country — if he manifest himself at all to an inhabitant of Flatland — must needs manifest himself as a Circle.
  4. `Abdu'l-Bahá · Bigotry and dogmatic adherence to ancient beliefs have become the central and fundamental source of animosity among men, the obstacle to human progress, the cause of warfare and strife, the destroyer of peace, composure and welfare in the world.
  5. Peter Abelard · Constant and frequent questioning is the first key to wisdom … For through doubting we are led to inquire, and by inquiry we perceive the truth.
  6. Douglas Adams · 42 · All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.
  7. Samuel Adams · It is not unfrequent to hear men declaim loudly upon liberty, who, if we may judge by the whole tenor of their actions, mean nothing else by it but their own liberty, — to oppress without control or the restraint of laws all who are poorer or weaker than themselves.
  8. Joseph Addison · A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty Is worth a whole eternity in bondage. · Calm and serene he drives the furious blast; And, pleas'd th' Almighty's orders to perform, Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm.
  9. Lloyd Alexander · The deeds of a man, not the words of a prophecy, are what shape his destiny.
  10. Alfred the Great · I desired to live worthily as long as I lived, and to leave after my life, to the men who should come after me, the memory of me in good works.
  11. Ali · When wisdom reaches the acme of perfection it, will suppress the vicious instincts and injurious desires.
  12. Muhammad Ali · In a competition of love we'll all share in the victory, no matter who comes first.
  13. Dante Alighieri · Worldly renown is naught but a breath of wind, which now comes this way and now comes that, and changes name because it changes quarter.
  14. Ethan Allen · So far as prejudice, or prepossession of opinion prevails over our minds, in the same proportion, reason is excluded from our theory or practice.
  15. Tim Allen · Men are pigs. Too bad we own everything.
  16. Woody Allen · Maybe the poets are right. Maybe love is the only answer.
  17. American Gods · There's never been a true war that wasn't fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.
  18. Kingsley Amis · There was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones.
  19. Martin Amis · The humourless as a bunch don't just not know what's funny, they don't know what's serious. They have no common sense, either, and shouldn't be trusted with anything.
  20. Anacharsis · These decrees of yours are no different from spiders' webs. They'll restrain anyone weak and insignificant who gets caught in them, but they'll be torn to shreds by people with power and wealth.
  21. Anarchism · Anarchism is the attempt to eradicate domination. … Most fundamentally, I would see Anarchism as a synonym for anti-authoritarianism. ~ John Zerzan
  22. Kofi Annan · The idea that there is one people in possession of the truth, one answer to the world’s ills, or one solution to humanity’s needs, has done untold harm throughout history — especially in the last century.
  23. Animal Farm · Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey · ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL — BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.
  24. Anonymous · Actions speak louder than words. · Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. · You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
  25. Susan B. Anthony · Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation. · We assert the province of government to be to secure the people in the enjoyment of their unalienable rights. We throw to the winds the old dogma that governments can give rights.
  26. François Arago · On certain occasions, the eyes of the mind can supply the want of the most powerful telescopes, and lead to astronomical discoveries of the highest importance. · Such is the privilege of genius; it perceives, it seizes relations where vulgar eyes see only isolated facts.
  27. János Arany · In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.
  28. Archimedes · εὕρηκα! · Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth. · Do not disturb my circles!
  29. Benedict Arnold · Let me die in this old uniform in which I fought my battles. May God forgive me for ever having put on another.
  30. Aristotle · Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends. · To entrust to chance what is greatest and most noble would be a very defective arrangement. · He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. · The greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor. This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances.
  31. Louis Armstrong · Love baby, love. That's the secret, yeah. If lots more of us loved each other, we'd solve lots more problems. And then this world would be better. That's wha' ol' Pops keeps saying.
  32. Art · The role of art is to make a world which can be inhabited. ~ William Saroyan
  33. Ashoka the Great · Whoever praises his own religion, due to excessive devotion, and condemns others with the thought "Let me glorify my own religion," only harms his own religion. Therefore contact [between religions] is good. One should listen to and respect the doctrines professed by others. · Progress among the people through Dhamma has been done by two means, by Dhamma regulations and by persuasion. Of these, Dhamma regulation is of little effect, while persuasion has much more effect.
  34. Isaac Asimov
  35. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  36. Margaret Atwood
  37. Augustus
  38. Aung San Suu Kyi
  39. Avicenna
  40. Richard Bach
  41. Francis Bacon
  42. Mikhail Bakunin
  43. J. G. Ballard
  44. Honoré de Balzac
  45. Joel Barlow
  46. John Perry Barlow
  47. Karl Barth
  48. Roland Barthes
  49. Matsuo Bashō
  50. Count Basie
  51. Being John Malkovich
  52. Simone de Beauvoir
  53. William Beebe
  54. Alexander Graham Bell
  55. Saul Bellow
  56. Pope Benedict XVI
  57. Jeremy Bentham
  58. Tim Berners-Lee
  59. William Beveridge
  60. Beyond Good and Evil
  61. Homi J. Bhabha
  62. Benazir Bhutto
  63. Jello Biafra · If you go on teaching people that life is cheap, and leave them to rot in ghettos and jails, they may one day feel justified in coming back to rob and kill you. Duh! · While the left is all up their own asses with their little pet causes, the right comes in and takes control over that which is rightly everyone's.
  64. Ambrose Bierce
  65. ‎Billy Jack
  66. Osama bin Laden
  67. Bob Black · I'm the out-of-court jester who won't settle, I up the vigilante, I'm a law unto myself but break it anyway! I made a forced landing on the Moebius Strip and now I want to know, which side are you on? · A libertarian is just a Republican who takes drugs.
  68. Blade Runner
  69. William Blake
  70. Humphrey Bogart
  71. Niels Bohr
  72. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  73. Roberto Bolaño
  74. Mel Brooks · Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die. · Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We're unrehearsed.
  75. Robert Browning
  76. Pearl S. Buck
  77. William F. Buckley, Jr.
  78. Edmund Burke
  79. William S. Burroughs
  80. James Cameron
  81. John W. Campbell
  82. Albert Camus
  83. Lewis Carroll
  84. William Carey
  85. Thomas Carlyle
  86. Johnny Cash
  87. Willa Cather
  88. Constantine P. Cavafy
  89. Censorship‎‎ · If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. ~ Noam Chomsky · Don't join the book burners. Don't think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower · The whole principle is wrong; it's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't eat steak. ~ Robert A. Heinlein · An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. ~ Oscar Wilde
  90. Miguel de Cervantes
  91. Joshua Chamberlain
  92. Coco Chanel
  93. William Ellery Channing
  94. François-René de Chateaubriand
  95. Yevgeniy Chazov
  96. C. J. Cherryh · Inevitably the party trying to resolve a matter had to contend with the party most willing to exploit it. · If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.
  97. Christian anarchism · All good men are anarchists. All cultured, kindly men; all gentlemen; all just men are anarchists. Jesus was an anarchist. ~ Elbert Hubbard · Jesus was an anarchist savior. That's what the Gospels tell us. ~ Ivan Illich · Anarchism is in reality the ideal of political and social science, and also the ideal of religion. It is the ideal to which Jesus Christ looked forward. Christ founded no church, established no state, gave practically no laws, organized no government and set up no external authority, but he did seek to write on the hearts of men God's law and make them self-legislating. ~ Heber Newton
  98. Christmas
  99. Winston Churchill
  100. Arthur C. Clarke
  101. Emil Cioran
  102. Cloud Atlas · If I had remained invisible, the truth would have stayed hidden. I couldn't allow that. · What is a critic but one who reads quickly arrogantly, but never wisely? · Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the theory of relativity, and principles of uncertainty. Phenomena that determine the course of our lives. Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Yesterday, I believe I would never have done what I did today. These forces that often remake time and space, they can shape and alter who we imagine ourselves to be, begin long before we are born, and continue after we perish. Our lives and our choices, like quantum trajectories, are understood moment to moment, at each point of intersection, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction. · The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds, that go on and are pushing themselves throughout all time. Our lives are not our own, from womb to tomb, we're bound to others.
  103. Stephen Colbert · Reality has a well-known liberal bias. · If you don't give power to the words that people throw at you to hurt you, they don't hurt you anymore — and you actually have power those people. · Don’t be afraid to be a fool. ... Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it.
  104. Paulo Coelho
  105. Comedy · Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God. ~ Karl Barth · The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays the part. ~ Miguel de Cervantes · Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified. ~ G. K. Chesterton · As soon as you realize everything's a joke, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense. ~ Alan Moore in Watchmen
  106. Cyril Connolly
  107. Conspiracy‎‎
  108. William Crookes
  109. Elvis Costello
  110. Ann Coulter
  111. The Count of Monte Cristo
  112. Stephen Crane
  113. Michael Crichton
  114. Davy Crockett
  115. Oliver Cromwell
  116. Ward Cunningham · A wiki works best where you're trying to answer a question that you can't easily pose, where there's not a natural structure that's known in advance to what you need to know. · I wanted to invent some software that was completely different, that would grow and change as it was used. That’s how wiki came about. · I'm not a fan of classification. It's very difficult to come up with a classification scheme that's useful when what you're most interested in is things that don't fit in, things that you didn't expect. · When you get in situations where you cannot afford to make a mistake, it's very hard to do the right thing. So if you're trying to do the right thing, the right thing might be to eliminate the cost of making a mistake rather than try to guess what's right. · Over and over, people try to design systems that make tomorrow's work easy. But when tomorrow comes it turns out they didn't quite understand tomorrow's work, and they actually made it harder. · I don't claim to be a methodologist, but I act like one only because I do methodology to protect myself from crazy methodologists. ·
  117. Clarence Darrow · It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change. · I am an Agnostic because I am not afraid to think. I am not afraid of any god in the universe who would send me or any other man or woman to hell. If there were such a being, he would not be a god; he would be a devil. · I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure — that is all that agnosticism means. · As long as the world shall last, there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever. · You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.
  118. Philip K. Dick · They think they are free because they have never been free, and do not know what it means. · This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance. · Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
  119. Dorothy Day
  120. Salvador Dalí
  121. Voltairine de Cleyre
  122. Charles de Lint
  123. Charles Dickens
  124. Discworld
  125. Doctor Who · It's the best idea ever invented in the history of the world! ~ Russell T. Davies · The greatest science fiction series of all time is Doctor Who! And I'll take you all on, one-by-one or all in a bunch to back it up! ~ Harlan Ellison · It's all about the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism. ~ Craig Ferguson · He's this sort of harborer of good and fun and madness, and he's the cleverest man in the universe — and the silliest man in the universe. ~ Matt Smith
  126. First Doctor
  127. Second Doctor
  128. Third Doctor
  129. Fourth Doctor
  130. Fifth Doctor
  131. Sixth Doctor
  132. Seventh Doctor
  133. Eighth Doctor
  134. Ninth Doctor
  135. Tenth Doctor
  136. Eleventh Doctor‎‎ · There's something you better understand about me, 'cause it's important and one day your life may depend on it. I am definitely a madman with a box! · There are fixed points throughout time where things must stay exactly the way they are. This is not one of them, this is an opportunity. Whatever happens here will create its own timeline, its own reality, a temporal tipping point. The future revolves around you, here, now, so do good!
  137. Jack Harkness
  138. Rory Williams
  139. Cory Doctorow
  140. Door · If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. ~ William Blake
  141. Frederick Douglass
  142. Arthur Conan Doyle
  143. Will Durant · I feel for all faiths the warm sympathy of one who has come to learn that even the trust in reason is a precarious faith, and that we are all fragments of darkness groping for the sun.
  144. Gerald Durrell · We have inherited an incredibly beautiful and complex garden, but the trouble is that we have been appallingly bad gardeners. · We now stand so aloof from nature that we think we are God. This has always been a dangerous supposition. · Does a creature have to be of direct material use to mankind in order to exist? By and large, by asking the question "what use is it?" you are asking the animal to justify its existence without having justified your own.
  145. David Eagleman · Our ignorance of the cosmos is too vast to commit to atheism, and yet we know too much to commit to a particular religion. A third position, agnosticism, is often an uninteresting stance in which a person simply questions whether his traditional religious story (say, a man with a beard on a cloud) is true or not true. But with Possibilianism I’m hoping to define a new position — one that emphasizes the exploration of new, unconsidered possibilities. Possibilianism is comfortable holding multiple ideas in mind; it is not interested in committing to any particular story.
  146. Amelia Earhart
  147. Umberto Eco
  148. Thomas Edison
  149. Albert Einstein · Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed. · To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself. · All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. · The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it. · My religion consists of an humble admiration for the vast power which manifests itself in that small part of the universe which our poor, weak minds can grasp! · Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind · The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer. · I have always believed that Jesus meant by the Kingdom of God the small group scattered all through time of intellectually and ethically valuable people. · A religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt of the significance and loftiness of those superpersonal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation. They exist with the same necessity and matter-of-factness as he himself. · My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. · I have found no better expression than "religious" for confidence in the rational nature of reality, insofar as it is accessible to human reason. Whenever this feeling is absent, science degenerates into uninspired empiricism. · Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly. · There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.
  150. Either/Or · Let others complain that the times are wicked. I complain that they are paltry; for they are without passion. · Only the truth that builds up is truth for you. · I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations — one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it — you will regret both. · I think that's just how the world will come to an end: to the general applause of wits who believe it's a joke.
  151. Electricity · One can prophesy with a Daniel's confidence that skilled electricians will settle the battles of the near future. But this is the least. In its effect upon war and peace, electricity offers still much greater and more wonderful possibilities. ~ Nikola Tesla
  152. George Eliot · O may I join the choir invisible Of those immortal dead who live again In minds made better by their presence...
  153. T. S. Eliot · Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. · It is impossible to say just what I mean! · Do I dare Disturb the universe?
  154. Kerry Ellis · The exciting thing about seeing a new show is that you are taken on a journey of surprises, if you know what’s coming it takes away the fun.
  155. Harlan Ellison · The greatest science fiction series of all time is Doctor Who! And I'll take you all on, one-by-one or all in a bunch to back it up!
  156. Jacques Ellul · Propaganda does not aim to elevate man, but to make him serve. · Hate, hunger, and pride make better levers of propaganda than do love or impartiality.
  157. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  158. Enya
  159. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  160. Eternity
  161. Ethiopia
  162. Leonhard Euler
  163. Fascism
  164. William Faulkner
  165. Federico Fellini
  166. The Fellowship of the Ring
  167. Enrico Fermi
  168. Richard Feynman · In order to progress, we must recognize our ignorance and leave room for doubt.
  169. Johann Gottlieb Fichte
  170. Field of Dreams
  171. Irving Fiske
  172. Harry Emerson Fosdick
  173. George Fox
  174. Anatole France
  175. Benjamin Franklin
  176. Freedom
  177. Julien Friedler
  178. Milton Friedman
  179. Sigmund Freud
  180. James Anthony Froude · Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.
  181. Robert Fulghum · Be aware of wonder. And then remember the Dick and Jane books and the first word you learned — the biggest word of all — LOOK.
  182. Buckminster Fuller · The nearest each of us can come to God is by loving the truth.
  183. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) · Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. · It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. · I’m a lover of my own liberty, and so I would do nothing to restrict yours. · The ideally non-violent state will be an ordered anarchy. That State is the best governed which is governed the least. · The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
  184. John Kenneth Galbraith
  185. Neil Gaiman
  186. Gattaca · I never saved anything for the swim back. · Maybe I'm not leaving … maybe I'm going home.
  187. Greta Garbo
  188. James A. Garfield
  189. William Gibson‎‎
  190. Godspell Prepare ye the way of the Lord! · How do you remove a speck of sawdust from your brother's eye when all the while there's a big plank in your own?
  191. William Godwin
  192. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  193. Vincent van Gogh
  194. William Golding
  195. Emma Goldman
  196. Martha Graham
  197. Kenneth Grahame
  198. Green Lantern · In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight Let those who worship evil's might, Beware my power...Green Lantern's light!
  199. The Green Mile · Mostly, I'm tired of people being ugly to each other. I'm tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world every day.
  200. Groundhog Day · Anything different is good.
  201. Che Guevara
  202. Woody Guthrie
  203. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
  204. Gary Gygax
  205. Edward Everett Hale
  206. Edith Hamilton · There are few efforts more conducive to humility than that of the translator trying to communicate an incommunicable beauty. Yet, unless we do try, something unique and never surpassed will cease to exist, except in the libraries of a few inquisitive book lovers. · Great literature, past or present, is the expression of great knowledge of the human heart; great art is the expression of a solution of the conflict between the demands of the world without and that within.
  207. Hannibal
  208. Yip Harburg
  209. George Harrison
  210. Harvey
  211. Václav Havel
  212. Stephen Hawking
  213. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  214. Friedrich Hayek · We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish. · "Emergencies" have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded. · We must make the building of a free society once more an intellectual adventure, a deed of courage. · To act on the belief that we possess the knowledge and the power which enable us to shape the processes of society entirely to our liking, knowledge which in fact we do not possess, is likely to make us do much harm. · It is indeed probable that more harm and misery have been caused by men determined to use coercion to stamp out a moral evil than by men intent on doing evil. · The liberal, of course, does not deny that there are some superior people — he is not an egalitarian — but he denies that anyone has authority to decide who these superior people are. · If we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion. · It is possible for a dictator to govern in a liberal way. And it is also possible for a democracy to govern with a total lack of liberalism. Personally I prefer a liberal dictator to democratic government lacking liberalism. · All political theories assume, of course, that most individuals are very ignorant. Those who plead for liberty differ from the rest in that they include among the ignorant themselves as well as the wisest. · Our faith in freedom does not rest on the foreseeable results in particular circumstances, but on the belief that it will, on balance, release more forces for the good than for the bad. · There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. · A society that does not recognise that each individual has values of his own which he is entitled to follow can have no respect for the dignity of the individual and cannot really know freedom.
  215. Salma Hayek
  216. Heart · Whatever pretended pessimists in search of notoriety may say, most people are naturally kind, at heart. ~ James Branch Cabell
  217. Hearts in Atlantis (film) · We're all just passing through, kiddo. Just passing through, that's all. · What Ted did was open my eyes, and let the future in. I wouldn't have missed a minute of it. Not for all the world.
  218. Oliver Heaviside
  219. Heinrich Heine
  220. Patrick Henry
  221. Johann Gottfried Herder · We live in a world we ourselves create.
  222. Abraham Joshua Heschel
  223. Hermann Hesse
  224. Charlton Heston
  225. Napoleon Hill
  226. Ho Chi Minh
  227. The Hobbit
  228. Abbie Hoffman
  229. James P. Hogan · We're so saturated with propaganda every way you look that we don't notice it. But when it isn't there, you notice. · I am confident that the things that have been described for centuries as mystical insight are results of abnormal Multiverse sensitivity — either acquired accidentally or developed through training. · What mystics tried to describe was the freeing of consciousness — deliberately or otherwise — from the restraints that normally define identity, into the quantum-connected paths of the Multiverse.
  230. Holidays
  231. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  232. Grace Hopper · You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. · Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, "We've always done it this way." I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise. · It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.
  233. Elbert Hubbard · I AM an Anarchist. All good men are Anarchists. All cultured, kindly men; all gentlemen; all just men are Anarchists. Jesus was an anarchist. · One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. · Never explain — your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyhow.
  234. L. Ron Hubbard
  235. Victor Hugo
  236. In Memoriam A.H.H.
  237. Investment‎‎ · It will happen a 'seeing' … It is the display of B'olon-Yokte' in a great "investiture".
  238. Isocrates
  239. Michael Jackson
  240. Stonewall Jackson
  241. Alice James · Truly nothing is to be expected but the unexpected.
  242. William James
  243. Julian Jaynes · The mind is still haunted with its old unconscious ways; it broods on lost authorities; and the yearning, the deep and hollowing yearning for divine volition and service is with us still. · The divine kingdom to be regained is psychological not physical. It is metaphorical not literal. It is "within" not in extenso. · Our search for certainty rests in our attempts at understanding the history of all individual selves and all civilizations. Beyond that, there is only awe.
  244. Gertrude Jekyll
  245. Thomas Jefferson
  246. Jews
  247. Penn Jillette
  248. Steve Jobs
  249. Pope John Paul II
  250. Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  251. Van Jones
  252. Chief Joseph
  253. Joy
  254. Miranda July
  255. Justice
  256. Wendy Kaminer · Not everything that appears true is true. The ACLU is devoted to some very controversial principles — like the principle that everyone who is arrested should enjoy the same constitutional rights, regardless of their alleged crime or their character. We don't take that position to irritate people; we take that position because we believe in it. We believe in it, in part, in a spirit of enlightened self-interest, because the rights of each one of us are co-extensive with the rights of everyone who is arrested and prosecuted in the criminal courts. If we all don't enjoy the same rights, then no one enjoys any rights at all; some of us merely enjoy privilege.
  257. John F. Kennedy
  258. Jack Kerouac
  259. Imre Kertész
  260. Søren Kierkegaard
  261. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  262. Alfred Kinsey
  263. Kinsey (2004 film)
  264. Ben Klassen
  265. John Knox
  266. Kingdom of God · Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. · The Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it. ~ Jesus
  267. King Kong
  268. King Kong (1933 film)
  269. King Kong (1976 film)
  270. King Kong (2005 film)
  271. Abraham Isaac Kook‎‎
  272. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  273. U. G. Krishnamurti
  274. Kris Kristofferson
  275. Peter Kropotkin
  276. Milan Kundera
  277. Edwin H. Land
  278. Laozi
  279. Philip Larkin
  280. The Last Unicorn
  281. T. E. Lawrence
  282. Bruce Lee
  283. Gypsy Rose Lee
  284. Robert E. Lee
  285. Legend (film)
  286. Ursula K. Le Guin
  287. Gottfried Leibniz
  288. Vladimir Lenin · While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State. · Every cook must learn to rule the State. · Human thought by its nature is capable of giving, and does give, absolute truth, which is compounded of a sum-total of relative truths. · Whoever wants to reach socialism by any other path than that of political democracy will inevitably arrive at conclusions that are absurd and reactionary both in the economic and the political sense. · To accept anything on trust, to preclude critical application and development, is a grievous sin; and in order to apply and develop, “simple interpretation” is obviously not enough.
  289. John Lennon
  290. Leonardo da Vinci
  291. Leonidas I · Marry a good man, and bear good children. · Μολὼν λαβέ — Molōn labe!
  292. Errico Malatesta · Violence is the whole essence of authoritarianism, just as the repudiation of violence is the whole essence of anarchism. · By anarchist spirit I mean that deeply human sentiment, which aims at the good of all, freedom and justice for all, solidarity and love among the people; which is not an exclusive characteristic only of self-declared anarchists, but inspires all people who have a generous heart and an open mind. · We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves.
  293. Jean-Marie Le Pen · Everyone sees drama from his own perspective.
  294. Les Misérables
  295. Libertarianism · lib·er·tar·i·an: One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state.
  296. Liberty
  297. G. Gordon Liddy
  298. Light
  299. Lightning
  300. John C. Lilly‎‎ · In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true is true or becomes true, within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the mind, there are no limits...
  301. Abraham Lincoln
  302. Charles Lindbergh
  303. David Livingstone
  304. Ken Livingstone
  305. Lin Yutang
  306. John Locke
  307. The Lord of the Rings
  308. The Lord of the Rings (movies)
  309. Sophia Loren
  310. Konrad Lorenz
  311. James Russell Lowell · Who speaks the truth stabs Falsehood to the heart. · If ye do not feel the chain, When it works a brother's pain, Are ye not base slaves indeed, Slaves unworthy to be freed? · Is true Freedom but to break Fetters for our own dear sake, And, with leathern hearts, forget That we owe mankind a debt? No! true freedom is to share All the chains our brothers wear, And, with heart and hand, to be Earnest to make others free! · They are slaves who fear to speak For the fallen and the weak; They are slaves who will not choose Hatred, scoffing, and abuse, Rather than in silence shrink From the truth they needs must think; They are slaves who dare not be In the right with two or three.
  312. LSD · Deliberate provocation of mystical experience, particularly by LSD and related hallucinogens, in contrast to spontaneous visionary experiences, entails dangers that must not be underestimated. ~ Dr. Albert Hofmann
  313. Rosa Luxemburg
  314. David Lynch
  315. Jeff Lynne
  316. Louisa Lytton
  317. Wangari Maathai
  318. Niccolò Machiavelli
  319. Maimonides
  320. Man of La Mancha
  321. The Man Who Was Thursday
  322. Nelson Mandela
  323. Benoît Mandelbrot
  324. Thomas Mann
  325. Man of Steel (film) · My father believed that if the world found out who I really was, they'd reject me... out of fear. He was convinced that the world wasn't ready. What do you think? · It's not an "S". On my world it means "Hope".
  326. Imelda Marcos
  327. Don Marquis
  328. George Marshall · We have walked blindly, ignoring the lessons of the past...· The time has come when we must proceed with the business of carrying the war to the enemy... · Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation, and chaos. · We must present democracy as a force holding within itself the seeds of unlimited progress by the human race. · The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it. · If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known. · I have done my best, and I hope I have sown some seeds which may bring forth good fruit.
  329. Karl Marx
  330. Abraham Maslow
  331. Rollo May · To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive — to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before. · The first thing necessary for a constructive dealing with time is to learn to live in the reality of the present moment. For psychologically speaking, this present moment is all we have. · However it may be confounded or covered up or counterfeited, this elemental capacity to fight against injustice remains the distinguishing characteristic of human beings. · Artists are generally soft-spoken persons who are concerned with their inner visions and images. But that is precisely what makes them feared by any coercive society.
  332. Rachel McAdams · I’ve been able to stay afloat and also get to do things that are fun. I don’t know where that puts me in the grand scheme of things but I’ve really enjoyed the journey and the course it’s taken so far.
  333. Paul McCartney
  334. George MacDonald‎ ·  A genuine work of art must mean many things; the truer its art, the more things it will mean.
  335. Marshall McLuhan
  336. Larry McMurtry
  337. Golda Meir · Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us. · We don’t thrive on military acts. We do them because we have to, and thank God we are efficient. · We hate war. We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown, and when strawberries bloom in Israel. · Many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do? … Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.
  338. Henry Melvill · Ye cannot live for yourselves; a thousand fibres connect you with your fellow-men, and along those fibres, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and return to you as effects. · The Bible tells me explicitly that Christ was God; and it tells me, as explicitly that Christ was man. It does not go on to state the modus or manner of the union.
  339. The Men Who Stare at Goats · Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi! · More of this is true than you would believe.
  340. Mercy
  341. Mike + The Mechanics · Can you hear me, can you hear me running? Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
  342. Stanley Milgram · People are inventive. The variety of political forms we have seen in history are only several of many possible political arrangements. Perhaps the next step is to invent and to explore political forms that will give conscience a better chance to resist errant authority.
  343. Edna St. Vincent Millay
  344. Joaquin Miller
  345. John Milton
  346. Yukio Mishima
  347. Charles de Montesquieu
  348. Maria Montessori · To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the first duty of the educator.
  349. Monty Python and the Holy Grail · You can't expect to wield supreme power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!
  350. Alan Moore · You piss off a bard, and forget about putting a curse on you, he might put a satire on you. · There's no flesh and blood within this cloak to kill. There is only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof. · Ideas, unlike solid structures, do not perish. They remain immortal, immaterial and everywhere, like all Divine things. · There are people. There are stories. The people think they shape the stories, but the reverse is often closer to the truth.
  351. Hans Morgenthau · Even though anthropologists have shown that certain primitive peoples seem to be free from the desire for power, nobody has yet shown how their state of mind can be re-created on a worldwide scale so as to eliminate the struggle for power from the international scene.
  352. Mary Tyler Moore‎‎ · I knew at a very early age what I wanted to do. Some people refer to it as indulging in my instincts and artistic bent. I call it just showing off, which was what I did from about three years of age on. · I'm not an actress who can create a character. I play me.
  353. Carole Morin · It’s all real. It came out of my head. Everything in there is real. Even the things invented and imagined.
  354. Omar Mukhtar · We do not surrender — we win or die.
  355. Muses · Happy is he whom the Muses love: sweet flows speech from his mouth.
  356. Naples · Naples, sitteth by the sea, keystone of an arch of azure. ~ Martin Farquhar Tupper
  357. Napoleon I of France · He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat. · Imagination governs the world.
  358. Necessity · Necessity has no law. · Necessity can turn any weapon to advantage. · Necessity is the last and strongest weapon. · Not even the gods fight against necessity.
  359. Jawaharlal Nehru · Where freedom is menaced or justice threatened or where aggression takes place, we cannot be and shall not be neutral.
  360. Helmut Newton · My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain. · The term "political correctness" has always appalled me, reminding me of Orwell's "Thought Police" and fascist regimes.
  361. Nico · I don't see this decade then that decade. The same things happen in different guises.
  362. Friedrich Nietzsche · It is precisely facts that do not exist, only interpretations. · Our innermost being, our common foundation, experiences dreams with profound pleasure and joyful necessity. · Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful! · The secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and greatest enjoyment is — to live dangerously. · What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.
  363. Nineteen Eighty-Four
  364. Nineteen Eighty-Four (film)
  365. Albert Jay Nock
  366. Novalis
  367. Robert Nozick
  368. Number theory
  369. Barack Obama
  370. Kenzaburō Ōe
  371. Robert Oppenheimer
  372. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  373. Orlando: A Biography
  374. José Ortega y Gasset
  375. Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh)
  376. Pacifism · The only way to abolish war is to make peace heroic. ~ James Hinton · Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction. Be heroes in an army of construction. ~ Helen Keller
  377. Abraham Pais
  378. Nina Paley · I think artists do need to do work with no contract, because what we're motivated by is not money. We're motivated by a need to express ourselves and to get our ideas out.
  379. Christopher Paolini
  380. Lucy Parsons
  381. Andy Partridge
  382. George S. Patton
  383. Charles Sanders Peirce
  384. Penn & Teller
  385. Roger Penrose · We must make a distinction between what is "objective" and what is "measurable" in discussing the question of physical reality, according to quantum mechanics. · Science is a great deal more than mindless computation.
  386. Fred Perry
  387. Petrarch
  388. Phenomenon (film) · Love is buried under fear, and partnership, is right there under competition, and there's compassion underneath the greed. · I would be the sunlight in your universe You will think my love was really something good Baby if I could change the world… ~ Eric Clapton
  389. Emo Philips
  390. Pindar
  391. Valerie Plame
  392. Max Planck
  393. Pleasantville · There are some places … that the road doesn't go in a circle. There are some places where the road keeps going. · Nothing Is As Simple As Black And White.
  394. Edgar Allan Poe
  395. Karl Popper
  396. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  397. Neil Postman
  398. Colin Powell
  399. Terry Pratchett
  400. The Prestige · Every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige".
  401. Pride and Prejudice
  402. Prometheus (2012 film)
  403. Pythagoras · Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.
  404. François Rabelais
  405. Yitzhak Rabin · I, who have sent armies into fire and soldiers to their death, say today: We sail onto a war which has no casualties, no wounded, no blood nor suffering. It is the only war which is a pleasure to participate in — the war for peace.
  406. Ramakrishna · Great men have the nature of a child. They are always a child before Him; so they are free from pride. All their strength is of God and not their own. It belongs to Him and comes from Him.
  407. Jef Raskin
  408. Ronald Reagan
  409. Charles A. Reich
  410. Hanna Reitsch · I am not ashamed to say I believed in National Socialism. I still wear the Iron Cross with diamonds Hitler gave me. But today in all Germany you can't find a single person who voted Adolf Hitler into power.
  411. Relativism · Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful. ~ George E. P. Box · Relativism is not indifference; on the contrary, passionate indifference is necessary in order for you not to hear the voices that oppose your absolute decrees …  Relativism is neither a method of fighting, nor a method of creating, for both of these are uncompromising and at times even ruthless; rather, it is a method of cognition. If one must fight or create, it is necessary that this be preceded by the broadest possible knowledge ... One of the worst muddles of this age is its confusing of the ideas behind combative and cognitive activity. Cognition is not fighting, but once someone knows a lot, he will have much to fight for, so much that he will be called a relativist because of it. ~ Karel Čapek
  412. Religion
  413. The Return of the King
  414. Hyman G. Rickover
  415. Rigveda
  416. Manuel Rivera-Ortiz
  417. John D. Rockefeller
  418. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
  419. Will Rogers
  420. Romain Rolland · Every man who is truly a man must learn to be alone in the midst of all others, and if need be against all others. · I find war detestable but those who praise it without participating in it even more so. · God was Life, the drop of light fallen into the darkness, spreading out, reaching out, drinking up the night. But the night is limitless, and the Divine struggle will never cease: and none can know how it will end. · In that sonorous soul everything took shape in sound. It sang of light. It sang of darkness, sang of life and death. It sang for those who were victorious in battle. It sang for himself who was conquered and laid low. It sang. All was song. It was nothing but song. · May life herself speak! However inadequate I may be in listening to her, and in repeating her words, I shall try to record them, even if they contradict my most secret desires. In all that I write, may her will, not mine, be done!
  421. Theodore Roosevelt
  422. Leo Rosten · Extremists think "communication" means agreeing with them. · I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
  423. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  424. Rumi
  425. Bertrand Russell
  426. Ernest Rutherford
  427. Ryōkan
  428. Carl Sagan
  429. Jonas Salk
  430. George Sand
  431. José de San Martín
  432. Epifanio de los Santos
  433. Jean-Paul Sartre
  434. William Saroyan
  435. Girolamo Savonarola
  436. The Scarlet Pimpernel
  437. Karl Friedrich Schinkel
  438. Erwin Schrödinger
  439. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.
  440. Winfield Scott
  441. Edie Sedgwick
  442. September 11 attacks
  443. Dr. Seuss
  444. Shaka
  445. William Shakespeare
  446. George Bernard Shaw
  447. Hartley Shawcross, Baron Shawcross
  448. Charlie Sheen
  449. Martin Sheen
  450. Sherlock · I'm not a psychopath, Anderson, I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research. · I'm not going to go into detail about how I do what I do because chances are you wouldn't understand. If you've got a problem that you want me to solve, then contact me. Interesting cases only please. · This is what I do: 1. I observe everything. 2. From what I observe, I deduce everything. 3. When I've eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how mad it might seem, must be the truth.
  451. William Tecumseh Sherman
  452. William Shockley
  453. Henryk Sienkiewicz · There is within us a moral instinct which forbids us to rejoice at the death of even an enemy. · A man who leaves memoirs, whether well or badly written, provided they be sincere, renders a service to future psychologists and writers, giving them not only a faithful picture, but likewise human documents that may be relied upon. · My jests do not prevent me from thinking at times that in truth there is only one deity, eternal, creative, all-powerful, Venus Genetrix. She brings souls together; she unites bodies and things. · Not Nero, but God, rules the world.
  454. Silver Linings Playbook‎‎ · I was a big slut, but I'm not any more. There's always going to be a part of me that's sloppy and dirty, but I like that. With all the other parts of myself. Can you say the same about yourself fucker? Can you forgive? Are you any good at that?
  455. Simplicity · When true simplicity is gain'd To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd, To turn, turn will be our delight 'Till by turning, turning we come round right. ~ Joseph Brackett · Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance. ~ Coco Chanel · Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. ~ Frédéric Chopin · Nature has a great simplicity and, therefore, a great beauty. ~ Richard Feynman
  456. Bhagat Singh
  457. Will Smith
  458. Beverly Sills
  459. Simonides of Ceos
  460. Simplicity
  461. Socrates
  462. Somewhere in Time · Come back to me. · Is there any way I can tell you how my life have changed? Any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me? There is so much to say... I cannot find the words. Except for these: I love you. · Is time travel possible?
  463. Sophie's Choice (film) · I was sent to Auschwitz because they saw that I was afraid. · You are a Polack, not a Yid. That gives you a privilege, a choice. · This was not judgement day — only morning. Morning: excellent and fair.
  464. George Soros
  465. Regina Spektor
  466. Spoon
  467. Charles Spurgeon
  468. Ringo Starr
  469. John Steinbeck
  470. Gloria Steinem
  471. James Fitzjames Stephen · Parliamentary government is simply a mild and disguised form of compulsion. We agree to try strength by counting heads instead of breaking heads, but the principle is exactly the same… The minority gives way not because it is convinced that it is wrong, but because it is convinced that it is a minority.
  472. Wallace Stevens
  473. Ben Stiller
  474. Stonehenge
  475. Theodore Sturgeon
  476. Patrick Swift · All facts become joyous; the more terrible the material the greater the artistic triumph. · Life is more important than art — quantity is only important in that the amount of activity is greater not the number of works.
  477. Thales
  478. Howard Thurman · CHRISTMAS IS WAITING TO BE BORN: In you, in me, in all mankind. · Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
  479. Justin Trudeau
  480. Pierre Trudeau
  481. Truth
  482. Martin Farquhar Tupper · God, from a beautiful necessity, is Love in all he doeth, Love, a brilliant fire, to gladden or consume: The wicked work their woe by looking upon love, and hating it: The righteous find their joys in yearning on its loveliness for ever.
  483. Alan Turing
  484. Sun Tzu
  485. Superman
  486. Algernon Charles Swinburne
  487. Algernon Sydney
  488. Wisława Szymborska
  489. Tecumseh
  490. Edward Teller
  491. Tempest (1982 film) · It's all here, dog — beauty, magic, inspiration… and serenity. Not to mention silence, amazement, intimacy… enchantment. · Show me the magic. Come on, show me the magic.
  492. The Tempest (2010 film)
  493. Mother Teresa
  494. Nikola Tesla
  495. William Makepeace Thackeray
  496. They Might Be Giants · There are no masses in Dodge City, only individuals taking responsibility for their own actions. · I think if God is dead he laughed himself to death. — Because, you see, we live in Eden. Genesis has got it all wrong — we never left the Garden. Look about you. This is paradise. It's hard to find, I'll grant you, but it is here. Under our feet, beneath the surface, all around us is everything we want. The earth is shining under the soot. We are all fools.
  497. Hunter S. Thompson
  498. Henry David Thoreau
  499. J. R. R. Tolkien
  500. Leo Tolstoy
  501. Charles Trenet‎‎
  502. Trolls
  503. Benjamin Tucker
  504. Alan Turing · Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically as the exercise of a combination of two facilities, which we may call intuition and ingenuity. · Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition. · We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.
  505. Desmond Tutu
  506. William M. Tweed ("Boss Tweed") · The way to have power is to take it. · What are you going to do about it? · I don't care a straw for your newspaper articles; my constituents don't know how to read, but they can't help seeing them damned pictures.
  507. The Two Towers
  508. The Two Voices
  509. William Tyndale
  510. Ulysses (novel)
  511. Miguel de Unamuno
  512. Uncle Sam (Vertigo) · There are 200 million stories in the naked village. This is all of them. · It's a strange and frightening thing — to see yourself at your worst. · The only way to know how freedom works — is to work at it.
  513. V for Vendetta · Everybody is special. Everybody. Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain, everybody. Everybody has their story to tell… · I still don't know who codename V is, but I think I know what he is.
  514. V for Vendetta (2005 film) · Who is but the form following the function of what, and what I am is a man in a mask. · There's no certainty — only opportunity. · God is in the rain. · Artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up. · Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.
  515. Paul Valéry · Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them. · Politeness is organized indifference. · The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
  516. Bartolomeo Vanzetti · I am innocent of all crime, not only this one, but of all, all. I am an innocent man. I now wish to forgive some people for what they are doing to me.
  517. Henry Vaughan · An age of mysteries! which he Must live that would God's face see Which angels guard, and with it play, Angels! which foul men drive away. · Quickly would I make my path even, And by mere playing go to heaven.
  518. Gore Vidal · People in my situation get to read about themselves whether they want to or not. It's generally wrong. Or oversimplified — which is sometimes useful. · At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice. · I am at heart a propagandist, a tremendous hater, a tiresome nag, complacently positive that there is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.
  519. Richard Wagner · "Property" has acquired an almost greater sacredness in our social conscience than religion: for offence against the latter there is lenience, for damage to the former no forgiveness.
  520. Walden · There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. · The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. · Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors. · Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.
  521. William Wallace · We come here with no peaceful intent, but ready for battle, determined to avenge our wrongs and set our country free. Let your masters come and attack us: we are ready to meet them beard to beard. · Freedom is best, I tell thee true, of all things to be won.
  522. An Wang · Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.
  523. George Washington · If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences that can invite the consideration of mankind, reason is of no use to us … · All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. To me there is nothing in it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection with a power of promoting human felicity. · Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all.
  524. Bill Watterson‎‎ · I try to make everyone's day a little more surreal.
  525. Alan Watts · I have suggested that behind almost all myth lies the mono-plot of the game of hide-and-seek. · The ego is simply your symbol of yourself. · There is no formula for generating the authentic warmth of love. It cannot be copied.
  526. Wei Wu Wei · Play your part in the comedy, but don't identify yourself with your role! · Living should be perpetual and universal benediction.
  527. Simone Weil · Among those in whom the supernatural part of themselves has not been awakened, the atheists are right and the believers wrong. · Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.
  528. Steven Weinberg‎‎ · There is one constant that seems to be fine tuned...and that is dark energy.
  529. Charles Wesley · Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the new-born King!
  530. Vita Sackville-West‎‎ · I have come to the conclusion, after many years of sometimes sad experience, that you cannot come to any conclusion at all.
  531. What Dreams May Come · Thought is real. Physical is the illusion. Ironic, huh? · Sometimes, when you lose, you win. · What's true in our minds is true, whether some people know it or not. · In Hell there's real danger. Of losing your mind. · The old baggage, old roles of authority, who's the teacher, who's the father, gets in the way of who we really are to each other.
  532. E. B. White · I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear. · Life's meaning has always eluded me and I guess it always will. But I love it just the same. · Salutations!
  533. T. H. White · If people reach perfection they vanish, you know. · Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.
  534. Alfred North Whitehead · There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil. · The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, "Seek simplicity and distrust it." · The chief danger to philosophy is narrowness in the selection of evidence. · I have always noticed that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious of those who aren’t.
  535. Norbert Wiener · Neither the artist nor the mathematician may be able to tell you what constitutes the difference between a significant piece of work and an inflated trifle; but if he is not able to recognise this in his own heart, he is no artist and no mathematician.
  536. Elie Wiesel · If you ask me what I want to achieve, it's to create an awareness, which is already the beginning of teaching. · Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair. · Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other.
  537. Prince William of Wales · We’re very lucky. You know, we have lots of things that we are very fortunate to have.
  538. Roger Williams · Enforced uniformity confounds civil and religious liberty and denies the principles of Christianity and civility. No man shall be required to worship or maintain a worship against his will.
  539. Ellen Willis · My deepest impulses are optimistic; an attitude that seems to me as spiritually necessary and proper as it is intellectually suspect. · The project of organizing a democratic political movement entails the hope that one's ideas and beliefs are not merely idiosyncratic but speak to vital human needs, interests and desires, and therefore will be persuasive to many and ultimately most people. But this is a very different matter from deciding to put forward only those ideas presumed (accurately or not) to be compatible with what most people already believe. · Individuals bearing witness cannot do the work of social movements, but they can break a corrosive and demoralizing silence. · Prohibition is directly responsible for the power of crack dealers to terrorize whole neighborhoods. · By definition, the conventional wisdom of the day is widely accepted, continually reiterated and regarded not as ideology but as reality itself. Rebelling against "reality," even when its limitations are clearly perceived, is always difficult.
  540. Joseph C. Wilson‎‎ · It will be a cold day in hell before I vote for a Republican, even for dog catcher.
  541. Robert Anton Wilson · You simply cannot invent any conspiracy theory so ridiculous and obviously satirical that some people somewhere don't already believe it. · Elohim," the name for the creative power in Genesis, is a female plural, a fact that generations of learned rabbis and Christian theologians have all explained as merely grammatical convention. The King James and most other Bibles translate it as "God," but if you take the grammar literally, it seems to mean "goddesses." Al Shaddai, god of battles, appears later, and YHWH, mispronounced Jehovah, later still. · It's important to abolish the unconscious dogmatism that makes people think their way of looking at reality is the only sane way of viewing the world. My goal is to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone, but agnosticism about everything. · There is absolutely nothing that can be taken for granted in this world. · ONLY THE MADMAN IS ABSOLUTELY SURE.
  542. Ludwig Wittgenstein · A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes. · Philosophical problems can be compared to locks on safes, which can be opened by dialing a certain word or number, so that no force can open the door until just this word has been hit upon, and once it is hit upon any child can open it. · The World and Life are one. ... Ethics and Aesthetics are one. · Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of our language. · What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence. · My work consists of two parts: of the one which is here, and of everything which I have not written. And precisely this second part is the important one. · My difficulty is only an — enormous — difficulty of expression.
  543. Wonderfalls · I wonder wonder why the wonder falls I wonder why the wonder falls on me… · I don't have a choice. I'm a puppet. The universe sticks its hand up my butt, and if I don't dance people get hurt. · There’s something out there and it’s laughing at us.
  544. William Wordsworth · My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky… · Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar · Thanks to the human heart by which we live, Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears, To me the meanest flower that blows can give Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
  545. Frances Wright · An opinion, right or wrong can never constitute a moral offense, nor be in itself a moral obligation.
  546. Writing · Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life is in some sense exemplary, that the particular will turn out to be universal. ~ Martin Amis · I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility. ~ Katherine Paterson · How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. ~ Henry David Thoreau · The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog! ~ Bill Watterson
  547. Malcolm X · It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That's the only thing that can save this country. · Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor.
  548. Xanadu · The dream that came through a million years That lived on through all the tears, it came to Xanadu… · You have to believe we are magic, nothin' can stand in our way…
  549. Isoroku Yamamoto · A military man can scarcely pride himself on having "smitten a sleeping enemy"; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten.
  550. Frank Zappa · To me, absurdity is the only reality. · The most important thing to do in your life is to not interfere with somebody else's life. · I have four children, and I want them to grow up in a country that has a working First Amendment. · The first thing you have to do if you want to raise nice kids, is you have to talk to them like they are people instead of talking to them like they're property.
  551. Roger Zelazny · Do we make the Shadow worlds? Or are they there, independent of us, awaiting our footfalls? Or is there an unfairly excluded middle? Is it a matter of more or less, rather than either-or? · Good-bye and hello, as always.
  552. Zhuangzi · I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.

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  5. Abraham Davenport - WQ
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  7. Caroline Dhavernas - WQ
  8. Eleanor Farjeon - WQ
  9. The Good Life (2007 film) - WQ
  10. Ellen Goodman - WQ
  11. Kin Hubbard - WQ
  12. George Jones (painter)
  13. Denise Levertov - WQ
  14. Littlefield-Keeping House
  15. Mercy (Vertigo) - WQ
  16. Olde Woolen Mill (site used as the Parrish Shoe Factory in the 1995 fantasy film Jumanji)
  17. Arthur O'Shaughnessy - WQ
  18. Arthur Ponsonby, 1st Baron Ponsonby of Shulbrede - WQ
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  20. Miguel Ángel Ruiz - WQ
  21. Tami Stronach - WQ
  22. Dorothy Thompson - WQ
  23. Alicia Witt - WQ
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  1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  2. United States Declaration of Independence
  3. The Atlantic Charter between the US and the UK during WWII
  4. On Women's Rights to Vote by Susan B. Anthony
  5. The Little White Bird by J. M. Barrie
  6. The Age for Love by Paul Bourget
  7. We shall fight on the beaches by Winston Churchill
  8. Adrienne Clarkson's installation speech
  9. Kubla Khan, or a Vision in a Dream. A Fragment by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  10. The Golden Man by Philip K. Dick
  11. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  12. Sermons by Meister Eckhart
  13. O May I Join the Choir Invisible by George Eliot
  14. The Legend of Jubal by George Eliot
  15. Speech to the Troops at Tilbury by Elizabeth I of England
  16. Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. Author:Robert Frost (began page with "Mending Wall", "The Road Not Taken", "Birches", and "Fire and Ice"}
  18. Give me liberty or give me death by Patrick Henry
  19. Optimism by Helen Keller
  20. Ich bin ein Berliner by John F. Kennedy
  21. Ode by Arthur O'Shaughnessy
  22. A Tryst with Destiny by Jawaharlal Nehru
  23. The Four Freedoms speech by Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  24. First Inaugural Address by Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  25. Evolution by Langdon Smith
  26. Whiskey Speech by Noah S. Sweat
  27. Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
  28. Life Without Principle by Henry David Thoreau
  29. Ain't I a Woman? by Sojourner Truth
  30. Appeal to Congress to Declare War on Germany by Woodrow Wilson
  31. Ode : Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood by William Wordsworth
  32. Independence Day Speech at New Harmony by Frances Wright
  33. Author:William Shakespeare
  1. The Sonnets
  2. A Lover's Complaint
  3. Venus and Adonis
  4. The Passionate Pilgrim
  5. The Phoenix and the Turtle
  6. The Rape of Lucrece
  7. Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music
  8. The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
  9. All's Well That Ends Well
  10. As You Like It
  11. The Comedy of Errors
  12. The Tragedy of Coriolanus
  13. The Tragedy of Cymbeline
  14. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  15. The First Part of King Henry the Fourth
  16. The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth
  17. The Life of Henry the Fifth
  18. The First Part of King Henry the Sixth
  19. The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth
  20. The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth
  21. The Life of King Henry the Eighth
  22. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
  23. The Life and Death of King John
  24. The Tragedy of King Lear
  25. Love's Labour's Lost
  26. The Tragedy of Macbeth
  27. Measure for Measure
  28. The Merchant of Venice
  29. The Merry Wives of Windsor
  30. A Midsummer Night's Dream
  31. Much Ado About Nothing
  32. The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice
  33. Pericles, Prince of Tyre
  34. The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
  35. The Tragedy of Richard the Third
  36. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
  37. The Taming of the Shrew‎
  38. The Tempest
  39. The Life of Timon of Athens
  40. The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus
  41. Troilus and Cressida
  42. Twelfth Night
  43. The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  44. The Winter's Tale


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  1. Kalki user page, (with a logo I submitted rather late in the process of the Logo contest back in 2003)

Work at other places on the World Wide Web

Links to other work I have done at other projects on the internet — I might not actually post much here for many months, or years, and certainly make no promises that it will ever be a comprehensive list — I despise the attitudes of those who knowing but little, or believing they know much more than they actually do, are ready to pass judgment upon others as either totally admirable or totally despicable — the most honorable of people must often seem both to people with different ranges of perspective and knowledge, and this is how it always has been and shall always be. The wisest of people are very able to make swift and powerful assessments, but always keep in reserve much about their observations and considerations, and do not reveal them casually to those who have exhibited some of the most corrupted and perverse imaginations and inclinations which people are capable of exhibiting — an inclination to hate or punish others — or to excuse brutality, which I tend to define as clearly needless harshness. There is not the most profound and dutiful saint in all of human history who cannot be made to look ridiculous and contemptible to many, and there is not one villian and fiend who cannot seem admirable to some mind-warped dunce or dupe of evil with similar affinities, or even to many other heroes and saints, if sufficiently misinformed. Since I was a VERY young child I have taken to heart one of Ralph Waldo Emerson's assertions: "One to me are fame and shame" and generally preferred to remain relatively obscure, so much as possible, while I go about doing what good I can, for whom I can, when I can.

Users who have been falsely associated with me

There have been a few incidents where I have been accused of being a "sockpuppet" of a few other users, or they of me — or even a malicious vandal; I will list and perhaps link to some of those incidents here, gradually over the couse of coming months.
  • User:Bellwether on Wikipedia, my memory could conceivably be faulty, but from the edits made there I definitely believe this is NOT any alternate account which I created. I believe that It has been WRONGLY labelled as mine there. ~ Kalki·· 02:09, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

Other users I will definitely state I am NOT

Because of suspicions that might perhaps seem reasonable to some, based upon the levels of absurdity of some accusations which have already arisen against me, I will identify a few other users here, which I will state I definitely am NOT.
Zarbon (talk · contributions) - he seems much less active of late, and was often in contention with me on QOTD pages; but unlike some, I seek to avoid entering into even fake conflicts, so much as possible, rather than initiating any or creating the appearance of any.
Kalki10 (talk · contributions) - active in the last couple of days, thus far the only activity of this user seems to be promotion on the User talk:Kalki10‎‎ page of what a great person some claimant of being the Kalki Avatar is, and how some temple "will be very famous and attain prosperity by the sincere services of all devotees." So it goes. I will simply quote Gracie Allen at this point: "I bet you say that to all the girls." While perhaps not yet meriting extreme censure, I as yet see no clear interest or benefit to this project occurring; but keep other assessments in reserve.
Though I am very tolerant of people using whatever designations they desire for themselves or others, within such limits as can be fairly agreed to, I always find it ridiculous and somewhat contemptible when people seem to believe that they have unassailable understandings of things, or that any titles, names, or claims they have accepted or acquired in any way actually entitle them extraordinary influence or even absolute command or control in regards to the duties or desires of others. My life is pretty much devoted to shattering the delusions of such idolatry of names and titles, and maintaining and nurturing the spirits of Justice, Unity and Liberty in all that I can — and to vigorously reject and oppose the deplorable inclinations of some to expect, demand or provide abject unquestioning servitude to anyone or any established institution or creedal statements. I recognize that this often requires a great deal more sense than many people have, but I remain devoted to awakening such sense, so much as possible, rather than putting it to sleep, or seeking some foolishly clever "mastery" over the minds and lives of those who are so weak-minded or weak-souled as would consent to be unquestioning servants or slaves to anyone. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 10:44, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
I just got around to reviewing my earlier comments, and I want to be clear that though I can be somewhat harsh to people's claims of being so extraordinary as to be worthy of absolute deference and worship (as most, or indeed ALL people are in some ways extraordinary— and no one THAT extraordinary), I also wish to emphasize that I consider no person totally valueless — which is why I often object so intensely to people in any way being treated as if they were. I actually do believe that there are many extraordinary abilities that most people are capable of developing, but I am of no disposition to foster the delusions that development of many useful and convenient abilities will insure the wise or moral use of them, or that all claims to such are genuine or genuinely admirable. I am quite aware of the abuses of many forms of petty abilities and great powers by human individuals and groups, and do not intend to contribute to the strengths of those inclined to such actual abuses any more than I feel impelled to out of fundamental vital imperatives or prerogatives, including occasional pity for people allowing themselves to become little more than tools and slaves to sub-human brutal impulses — no matter how they might camouflage or disguise that fact with high sounding words and rational seeming arguments. I know my attempts at meticulous precision in expression can often irritate or baffle many, which is one reason I generally refrain from it, but when I speak I generally make as much effort as I can to be honest and to be as revelatory about things I believe it will be beneficial to reveal as I can. I am usually quite reluctant to reveal to anyone such things as I believe it likely would cause more harm than good, within the existing or foreseeable states of affairs. I am about to leave again, and won't likely be back for at least an hour... so it goes... ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 20:44, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

Incidents and accidents

Incidental conflicts of expectations I have encountered in my work on Wikimedia projects

Hints and allegations

Incidental conflicts of will and rights which I have encountered in my work on Wikimedia projects


My perspectives upon deliberate contentions between divergent expectations and wills which I have encountered in my work on Wikimedia projects; It might be several weeks or even months before I get around to working on this section; I am in no particular hurry, and like most people who edit here, I have many other things besides Wikiquote and Wikimedia activities to deal with.


"Final arguments" : a closing summary of some of my most notable activities on the Wikquote and Wikimedia projects and reactions to them, and some suggestions on how to proceed henceforth and hereafter, in relation to myself and to others with rather peculiar perspectives, interests and motivations, but not with any clearly malicious will or intentions — this section too, might not be worked on much for several weeks or months

User talk archives index

This section will eventually provide a complete listing of sections on my talk page archives.

2003 : Song lyrics - Julian of Norwich

2004 : Administrator nomination - Hegel - Links within quotes - Category options - Television shows - Dialog styles - Kalki : origins and uses of the name - Bolding of parts of quotes - lynx template - Reduced activity likely from me - Automagical Namespace Supression - "Title entries" - Not-so-speedy deletions - General format question - Logo - Quote of the day - UVa website on Prem Rawat - Categories - Wikimedia Commons - Removal of genuine quotes from Prem Rawat - Google - Benn of Woodrow Wilson fame - Stubs + expand - choosing of my inclination - Use of colons in section headers - LotR quote of the day - Categories

2005 : Wikiquote Maintenance - Removal of Notices from some Talk pages - Current events - Automated quote of the day - Newbie request & question - Yet another vandal - Newbie, again - Persistent Daniel Aubrey - List of films caching spam - Interested in becoming a Sysop - Imperfection vs. Incomprehension - Azerbaijani proverbs - Bureaucrat - Recovered/Recentchanges - A note of appreciation to all the new administrators - College pranksters? - Reirom VfD - IP lookups - Lynx change - Wikiquote:Issues - Block-compress errors log - Kudos for DeJong - Protection from move - Pirates - RfA Thanks - Thanks - Hello? - Wiki reps - Thanks! - Unable Log in - QOTD - Abortion - VfD - Invatation - Sysop nomination - Changing username - images - Ingmar Bergman - Sydsvenska - August 6th QOTD - August 9th - OK, I give up - purge - Truth - RfA - Template:Wikipedia - QOTD votes/submissions - New pages - Jerry Siegel - admin? - appreciation - logo?

2006 : Bakunin - Hey - - themes missing - Danny - QOTD problem - My RfA - Ignorance is bliss - QotD state - New page cycle - MediaWiki settings - My RfA - Invitation - - Possible impersonation - My RfA - Adding dates/works to Quotes of the Day - Dates redirected to QotD - Walt Whitman and Baseball - Bolding... - Personal attack user names - Starting the QotD conversion - Gracias - Qotd watcher account? - A Note for you - QotD change completion - Frida Kahlo - Latest vandalism - QotD 7/24 - James Branch Cabell Attribution - WoW vandalism - HELP - Question - PW Reset - Wiktionary message? - QOTD question - La Rochefoucauld - QOTD - A small point - Re: Missatribution - Hello Kalki - Tidying up of User languages - Name change request - Galbraith quote - Another username change request - B-101 - Wazzaup? - RFA closures - John Adams - Adi Gill - Asian Wiki - Coordinated rename/username claim - Our vandal this afternoon - Dhivehi Wikiquote - Adam Copeland Wikiquote - Name Change request - Thanks - Wikisource as source

2007 : Thanks! - Account name - Message for you - Revert War - The Last Unicorn - Admin Privileges - User: Adi Gill - Reduced activity here... - DHIVEHI language - February 14 - Military leaders - Hello! - Troll warning - Logo variant - Sonnets - JThorne - Sourcing Jefferson - insulting usernames - QOTD - Question - Do you not have reasons - Lynx removal - GordonWatts - Thank you very much - Ed Fitzgerald - Still busy... - Peter Gabriel - George Bush quote - Initial response - Order of quotes - New pages - da Bug - John Brown - David Hume - Rename - Zachary - TUFKAAP - Bot request - crosswiki impersonation - New Movie Page - Orwell quote - WelcomeBot - QotD votes - Mikhail Bakunin - Major vandaliser - Changing username - Jeandré du Toit - sockpuppet alert - Thanks! - DangerousNerd - You're an admin.? - Link blocked - Michael Moore - Board candidates - Erratic schedule - Orwell quote - Latest vandal - RfA - Thanks... - Trivial troll games - Name Change - IP range - Your contest logo - Yggdrasil - Kate Bush is featured on Wikipedia! - Inappropriate user names. - Neo to NEO - Thanks for the help on Algernon Sidney - New - Name change - Wikisource - External Links - Cyril Connolly - Twain cleanup - VfD - Essjay - Blocked - agf - Sathya Sai Baba - Current blocks - Iran - Anonymous complaint - Bukharin - Jimbo article - Help request - COMPLAINT!!! - Très intéressant - Jesus - Rush Limbaugh

2008 : New Year's resolution - Huard - User:Johney - Probable troll-impersonator - Buddy - Avicenna - Manson page - Susannah Constantine - Kalki - Date links - Yikes.... - John Ruskin - Ronald Reagan - Excuse me? - Eleanor Farjeon and King's Cross - WQ:RFA reminder - delete - Comet Holmes - Mysterious Albert Schweitzer quote - SUL requests - usurpation request ... MORE not yet listed...


2009 † 2010


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