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Saturday, December 01, 2007

December Quotations

"Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long."
~~ Ogden Nash [1902-71]

"Church is a place where gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive."
~~ Joseph Campbell [1904-87]

"Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
~~ Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

"I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty."
~~ Woodrow Wilson [1856-1924]
(inscribed on a plaque inside the base of the Statue of Liberty)

"If the only prayer you say in your life is 'thank you' that would suffice."
~~ Meister Eckhart [c. 1260-c. 1328]

"Democracy is not something [that] you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something [that] you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles."
~~ Abbie Hoffman [1936-89]

"Long ago I became convinced that the seeing see little."
~~ Helen Keller [1880-1968]

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, it doesn't go away."
~~ Philip K. Dick [1941-82]

"A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election."
~~ Bill Vaughn

"Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage."
~~ Dwight D. Eisenhower [1890-1969]

"The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy!"
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"I think, therefore I am annoyed."
~~ Darby Conley (draws the "Get Fuzzy" comic strip)

"Lobbying is the world's second-oldest profession."
~~ radio talk show host Bill Press

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended."
~~ Fredrick Bastiat [1801-50]

"Congress, after years of stalling, finally got around to clearing the way for informal discussions that might lead to possible formal talks that could potentially produce some kind of tentative agreements..."
~~ Dave Barry

"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taken one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; in practice, there is."
~~ Chuck Reid

"Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory."
~~ Albert Schweitzer [1875-1965]

"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten."
~~ American psychologist B.F. Skinner [1904-90]

"Nothing is worth doing unless it has the potential to f*** up your whole life."
~~ Richard Ford

"Murder is always a mistake – one should never do anything one cannot talk about after dinner."
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900] (in "The Picture of Dorian Gray")

"A company is known by the people it keeps."
~~ Will Rogers [1879-1935]

"The United States seems destined to plague us with all manner of evil in the name of liberty."
~~ Simón Bolívar [1783-1830]

"Give the public something better and the public will buy."
~~ Walter P. Chrysler [1875-1940]

“Our doubts are traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.”
~~ William Shakespeare [1564-1616]

"In California, the subdivider, like the poor, is always with us."
~~ Earl Derr Biggers [1884-1933]

"Whatever you do, you'll regret it."
~~ Allan Mcleod Gray [1905-75]

{many other such quotations are posted
on the Working Minds website}

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