- Doctors are men who prescribe medicine of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, for human beings of which they know nothing.
-- This attribution to Voltaire appears in Strauss' Familiar Medical Quotations (1968), p. 394, and in publications as early as 1956 ; the quotation in French does not, however, appear to be original, and is probably a relatively modern invention, only quoted in recent (21st century) published works, which attribute it to "Voltaire" without citing any source.
- the "whole government is a Ponzi scheme."
-- Bernard Madoff 2011
- "In order to know something, you must first know nothing." or "If you don't know nothing, you don't know anything"
- "A friend is someone who is on your side... even when you are wrong."
- "A good messenger expects to get shot."
-- Larry Wall
- "Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and
those who love it are not equal to those who live it."
- "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just
-- Will Rogers
- "Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know
where to find it."
-- Albert Einstein
- "What is most needed for learning is a humble mind."
-- Confucius, The Book of History, circa 500 B.C.
- "I love learning, but hate being taught."
-- Winston Churchill
- "In theory practice works the same as theory."
-- Peter Below
- "Breaking stuff can be a very effective way to learn."
-- Karl Perry
- "It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat
everything as if it were a nail. "
-- Abraham Maslow
- "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. "
-- Mark Twain
- "Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master."
-- Sallust (86-34 B.C.)
- "Anyone can make enemies."
- "Let us rejoice as men because a prolonged hoax has collapsed and
we clearly see what threatens us."
- "Each day provides its own gifts."
-- Martial, Epigrams, 86 A.D.
- "All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are
- "The Lord of the Rings" J.R.R. Tolkien
- "Procrastination is the thief of time."
-- Edward Young, Night Thoughts, 1742.
- "Give yourself time to succeed. You have to develop new habits,
thinking, and knowledge."
-- D. Yager
- "If you rush a miracle, you get rotten miracles."
-- Miracle Max, _The Princess Bride_
- "The years teach much which the days never know."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson,
- "Experience" in Essays (Second Series) 1844
- "All great leaders have understood that their number one responsibility
is cultivating their own discipline and personal growth. Those who
cannot lead themselves cannot lead others."
-- John Maxwell
- "before you try to change others... remember how hard it is to change
-- Bill Bluestein
- "Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man
-- Albert Einstein, Life Magazine, May 2, 1955 More people are flattered
into virtue than bullied out of vice.
-- Robert Smith SurteesD, The Analysis of the Hunting Field, 1846
- "School takes 13 years, because that is how long it takes to break
a child's spirit."
-- Martin Luther King
- "Predictability is one step removed from slavery"
-- Benjamin Franklin
- "To the man who is afraid, everything rustles. "
-- Sophocles, Fragment 58, Acrisius, 5th Century, B.C.
- "A weed is only a plant that you don't want." Gabriel Russo
- "Christianity will be the ruin of America,"
-- Thomas Jefferson
- "The face of tyranny Is always mild at first."
-- Racine, Britannicus, 1669
- "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves."
-- William Pitt (Pitt the Younger), Speech, House of Commons. November
-- (although i have seen this attributed to John W. Campbell, Jr.
- "A license is permission to do something which is otherwise unlawful;
it is a contract which lowers your status from free man to subject,
member, or slave"
- "Beware those who seek to control knowledge, for they already see
themselves your master."
- "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do
-- Edmund Burke
- "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe
they are free."
- "If you attack expecting to prevail, do it in full strength, because
a surplus of victory never caused any conqueror one pang of remorse.
- "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
-- Benjamin Franklin (attr)
- "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
- "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."
--Tacitus, Annals, circa 116 A.D. The purpose of the law is to prevent
the strong always having their way.
-- Ovid (43 B.C.--(?)A.D. 17), Fasti
- "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government
has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't
enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be
a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking
-- Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged In The Decline and Fall of the Athenian
Republic, Tyler wrote of great civilizations:
- "They begin in Bondage. They then go from Bondage to Spiritual Faith.
With that Spiritual Faith they develop great Courage. That Great Courage
leads to Liberty. Liberty then leads to Abundance. Abundance then
leads to Selfishness. This Selfishness then leads to Complacency.
The Complacency grows into Apathy. Apathy then degenerates into Dependence.
This Dependence brings them full circle back into Bondage."
- "The first casualty when war comes is truth."
-- Hiram Warren Johnson, Speech, US Senate, 1917
- "God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which
is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of
the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,
it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty ...
And what country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not
warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as
to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time
to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural
-- Thomas Jefferson. Nov. 13. 1787, letter to William S. Smith.
- A thief believes everybody steals.
-- Edgar Watson Howe , Country Town Sayings, 1911
- "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
-- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
- "One more such victory, and we are lost."
-- Pyrrhus, After defeating the Romans at Asculum, 279 B.C.
- "A wise man's question contains half the answer."
-- Solomon Ibn Gabirol, The Choice of Pearls, circa 1050
- "Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have
to keep going back and beginning all over again.
-- Andre Gide, Le Traite du Narcisse, 1891
- "I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have
not had the time to make it shorter."
-- Blaise Pascal, Lettres provinciales, XVI, 1656
- "May I have the wisdom to accept what I cannot change, The courage
to change those things I can, And the firepower to make the difference.
- There are no victims, only volunteers.
- No matter where you go, there you are.
- People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you
- If you spend all your time looking down, you'll never see the sun.
- Without love in the dream, it will never come true.
- Problems are just opportunities in disguise.
- Chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are to strong
to be broken.
- The more people know, the more they forgive.
- A person who lies for you, will lie against you.
- There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your hearts desire.
The other is to get it.
- We like someone because. We love someone although.
- If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem
as a nail.
- What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
- No one can liberate the slave who loves his chains.
- If you plant ice, you're going to harvest wind.
- The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
- When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
- Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither.
- Beauty is recessive.
- A child who fears noises becomes an adult who hates noises.
- Whom they have injured, they also hate.
- To be honest, one must be inconsistent.
- Love is not in gazing at each other, but in looking in the same
- Danger and delight grow on but one stalk.
- A good memory is remembering the same mistake every time you repeat
- The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- What if there were no hypothetical questions?
- We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our
- Adventure = Risk + Purpose
- Anxiety is fear of one's self.
- When you get there, there isn't any there there.
- Good judgment come from experience, and experience - well that comes
from poor judgment.
- Everyone who got where they are, had to start where they were.
- I think, therefore I am confused.
- My limitations are my strengths.
- People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
- The opposite of love is not hate, but apathy.
- Courage is fear holding on a moment longer.
- We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing while others
judge us by what we have already done.
- The cruelest lies are often told in silence
- The perception of beauty is a moral test.
- We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the fullest.
- I love the rain, it washes memories off the sidewalk of life.
- Tomorrow never comes, but the morning after certainly does.
- You ain't gonna learn what you don't want to know.
- Time is the image of eternity.
- Procrastination is the thief of time.
- Lazy people are always looking for something to do.
- Necessity is the plea for every infringement of freedom. It is the
argument of tyrants and the creed of slaves.
- We have met the enemy, and it is us.
- For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are there, "It
might have been."
- As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
- We seek the truth and will endure the consequences.
- I'd be unstoppable if only I could get started.
- Would you like it done now or done right?
- There is never time to do it right, but always time to do it again.
- May you live all the days of your life.
- When the student is ready, the teacher appears.
- Who should, but those that can.
- No one can love the man he fears.
- He who loves to be feared, fears to be loved.
- If you keep doing what you did, you'll keep getting what you got.
- If is easier to die for a cause than to live for it.
- The ugly duckling stopped feeling ugly when he realized he was a
- Be careful of what you ask for, you might just get it.
- Patience is never more important than when you're on the verge of
- Don't fight forces, use them.
- Love and let love.
- Give time time.
- Worry is like paying interest on a debt that you don't owe.
- This animal is very bad, when attacked, it defends itself.
- Fat birds don't fly.
- If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find
in each man's life, sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostilities.
- Forgiveness is the fragrance of the violet which clings to the heel
that crushed it.
- There are two ways to reduce weight: eat less, or go where there
is less gravity.
- Of all cold words of tongue or pen, the worst are these, "I knew
- ... harder than the softness of indifference.
- People would rather be deceived, than convinced that the opinion
they formed of a person at first sight was incorrect
- Treat your enemies as if they will someday be your friends, and
- If you have no enemies, you are likely to be in the same predicament
in regard to friends.
- We always like those who admire us, we do not always like those
whom we admire.
- ... enchanted isle of time.
- Feeling bad never makes you feel good.
- Comes a time when the blind man says, "Don't you see?"
- Nostalgia is a seductive liar.
- ... unromantic as Monday morning.