I have always been a fan of quotes, I collect them from various places, even write a few myself. This page is a list of all the quotes I have added to the random quotes on the home page. If you have any quotes you like please add them on as a comment, and I will include them in to the list (I will of course make sure your name is mentioned). This list is by no means complete yet, will be several nights of adding in quotes as I have them all over the place at the moment. Also if you see a quote misquoted please let me know so I can correct it. I will also be posting some longer quotes and passages as sub-pages.
The only real Prison is Fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.
It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. You can never change things by fighting the existing reality.
Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.
Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.
You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.
The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true
we live on borrowed time but we usually waste the time we have. so take time to enjoy your life because you never know when it will just disappear.
It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
Forgiveness is the smell that lavender gives out when you tread on it
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
No body can be the best at every thing, But any one can be the best at some thing. Finding your something is the key to success.
Success in life is not measured by the amount of money that you earn, but in the quality of the time you have spent.
Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.
Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.
It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy – I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.
We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.
The significance of man is that he is insignificant and is aware of it.
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
Dignity cannot wait for better times
Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up
Happiness is not a destination it is a way of life
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.
A signature always reveals a man’s character – and sometimes even his name.
I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.
Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy.
When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
Logic, logic, logic. Logic is the beginning of wisdom, Valeris, not the end
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.
The Internet is like alcohol in some sense. It accentuates what you would do anyway. If you want to be a loner, you can be more alone. If you want to connect, it makes it easier to connect.
You don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty.
Good people do good things, and bad people do bad things. But for good people to do bad things.. that requires religion…
America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.
We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.
Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
“To draw an analogy: a man’s suffering is similar to the behaviour of gas. If a certain quantity of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly, no matter how big the chamber. Thus suffering completely fills the human soul and conscious mind, no matter whether the suffering is great or little. Therefore the ‘size’ of human suffering is absolutely relative.”
Freedom, however, is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of putting it into practice.
A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time.
There are more fools in the world than there are people.
I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
The reason there is so little crime in Germany is that it’s against the law.
The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.
It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.
Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.
The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.
People will buy anything that is one to a customer.
If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.
Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.
Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.
First there is a time when we believe everything, then for a little while we believe with discrimination, then we believe nothing whatever, and then we believe everything again – and, moreover, give reasons why we believe.
Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses.
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.
A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
Everything you can imagine is real.
My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what’s really going on to be scared.
The first question I ask myself when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful is why do I think it’s not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.
No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.
I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.
The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
Martyrdom… is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen.
The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.
Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.
The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.
Sanity is a madness put to good use.
My way of joking is to tell the truth. It is the funniest joke in the world.
Seeing ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them.
Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits.
If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.
I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don’t.
That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.
The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.
To be willing to die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.
In science, ‘fact’ can only mean ‘confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.’ I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
Tradition is what you resort to when you don’t have the time or the money to do it right.
The only thing that lasts longer than a friend’s love is the stupidity that keeps us from knowing any better.
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
I like an escalator because an escalator can never break, it can only become stairs. There would never be an escalator temporarily out of order sign, only an escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience.
Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.
I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
Sometimes people are layered like that. There’s something totally different underneath than what’s on the surface. But sometimes, there’s a third, even deeper level, and that one is the same as the top surface one. Like with pie.
It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Dignity cannot wait for better times
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.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination; happiness is to be found along the way not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it’s too late. The time for happiness is today not tomorrow.