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Monday, September 15, 2008

September Quotations II (The Sequel)

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
~~ Carl Sandburg [1878-1967]

"Vice has this defeat: It cannot be truly intelligent. It's very motives are its weakness."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

"One has to buy [immortality] with the blood of one's heart."
~~ Henry James [1843-1916]

"Knowledge always brings responsibility."
~~ P.D. James

"Every soldier who ever died was innocent."
~~ David Baldacci

"The worst crimes ... are the ones done by people who are trying to punish themselves."
~~ John D. MacDonald [1916-86]

"As a high school English teacher, I can testify that ,,, [television] is so poisonous and hypnotic that the disease of illiteracy is rampant."
~~ Robert G. Arthur of Kings Park, NY (circa 1984)

"The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action."
~~ Frank Herbert [1920-86]

"A poet doesn't choose his subject, it chooses him."
~~ P.D. James

"Life is, in fact, a battle ... Evil is insolent and strong; beauty enchanting but rare; goodness very apt to be weak; folly very apt to be defiant; wickedness to carry the day; imbeciles to be in great places, people of sense in small, and mankind generally unhappy. But the world as it stands is no illusion, no phantasm, no evil dream of a night; we wake up to it again for ever and ever; we can neither forget it nor deny it nor dispense with it."
~~ Henry James [1843-1916] (in 1878)

"The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done."
~~ Jean Piaget [1896-1980]

"Only education is capable of saving our societies from possible collapse, whether violent, or gradual."
~~ Jean Piaget [1896-1980]

"Scientific thought, then, is not momentary; it is not a static instance; it is a process."
~~ Jean Piaget [1896-1980]

"Live all [that] you can; it is a mistake not to."
~~ Henry James [1843-1916]

"The most deadly commitment of all is to be committed only to one's self. Some come to realize this [only] after they are in the nursing home."
~~ John D. MacDonald [1916-86]

"I don't seek, I find."
~~ Pablo Picasso [1881-1973]

"What kept me going was maybe stubbornness and a lack of good sense."
~~ Oliver Stone

"Every stick points in two directions, one opposed to the other."
~~ Isaac Asimov {attributed}

"Man was born to be rich or inevitably to grow rich through the use of his faculties."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live."
~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1749-1832]

"The first man to see an illusion by which men have flourished for centuries surely stands in a lonely place."
~~ Gary Zukav

"A bit of perfume always clings to the hand that gives the rose."
~~ Chinese proverb

"In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual."
~~ Galileo Galilei [1564-1642]

"Those who wish to sing always find a song."
~~ Swedish proverb

"Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power."
~~ Eric Hoffer [1902-1983]

"What science cannot tell us, mankind cannot know."
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970]

"All utterances about the nature of God are nonsensical."
~~ A.J. Ayer

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"
~~ Abraham Lincoln [1809-1865]

"An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision."
~~ James McNeill Whistler [1834-1903]

"Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless."
~~ Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

"Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose."
~~ Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions."
~~ Frank Lloyd Wright [1867-1959]

"Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource - the minds of our children."
~~ Walt Disney [1901-66]

"A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end ... but not necessarily in that order."
~~ Jean-Luc Godard

"Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors."
~~ Eugene O'Neill [1888-1953]

"The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life and one is as good as the other."
~~ Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961]

"Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television."
~~ Woody Allen

"Some of you rich men have to be taught that all the world cannot be bribed into condoning your offences."
~~ Sherlock Holmes

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future."
~~ physicist Niels Bohr [1885-1962]

"The present is pregnant with the future."
~~ Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz [1646-1716]

"I have a naive trust in the universe ... that at some level it all makes sense, and we can get glimpses of that sense if we try.”
~~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

"The happiness that is genuinely satisfying is accompanied by the fullest exercise of our faculties and the fullest realization of the world in which we live."
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970]

"Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and grsvity we shall harness the energies of Love. Then, for the second time in the history of thr world, man will have discovered fire."
~~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin [1881-1955]

"I think our own hearts can teach us no longer to look around for imaginary supports, no longer to invent allies in the sky, but rather to look to our own efforts to make the world a place to live in instead of the sort of place that the churches in all these centuries have made it."
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970] {quoted by Felix De Cola on his deathbed}

"The fish trap exists because of the fish; once you've gotten the fish, you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit; once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning; once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so [that] I can have a word with him?"
~~ Chuang-Tzu (circa IVth Century BCE)

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

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