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Thursday, September 04, 2008

September Quotations

"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When people fear the government, there is tyranny."
~~ Ben Franklin [1706-90]

"Man must learn to think for himself, rather than follow blindly what he has been taught."
~~ R. Buckminster Fuller [1895-1983]

"Not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime."
~~ Michael Mukasey, figurehead U.S Attorney General, 2008

"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."
~~ Thomas A. Edison [1847-1931]

"Without risk there is no possibility for glory."
~~ David Baldacci

“It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing. But I couldn’t give it up because by then I was too famous.”
~~ Robert Benchley [1889-1945]

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
~~ Dr. Seuss {Theodor Geisel 1904-91}

"The solution to the problems of human relationships is to be found in liberty."
~~ Frédéric Bastiat [1801-50]

"True believers are always wrong, whether they are Christians, Muslims or Jews."
~~ Janet Maker of Los Angeles, CA

"If death is truly the worst that can happen to a man, there is nothing to fear. But death is not the worst."
~~ Edward Abbey [1927-89]

"Don't ever let anyone monkey with your swing."
~~ baseball great Ted Williams [1918-2002]

"To lay blame is an abdication of power."
~~ Jeff Herman

"The province of art is ... all experience."
~~ Henry James [1843-1916]

"No man is rich enough to buy back his past."
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

"To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from Himself."
~~ Samuel Johnson [1709-84]

"It is the good girls who keep the diaries; the bad girls never have the time."
~~ Tallulah Bankhead [1902-68]

"Every man has his price? That is not true. But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing."
~~ Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"Nothing is so detrimental to quality as success."
~~ J.M.K. Nyks

"It is better to be able neither to read nor write than to be able to do nothing else."
~~ William Hazlitt [1778-1830]

"The great rule is not to talk about money with people who have much more or much less than you."
~~ Katharine Whitehorn

"A man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished."
~~ Zsa Zsa Gabor

"Excesses are essentially gestures. It is easy to be extremely cruel, magnanimous, humble or self-sacrificing when we see ourselves as actors in a performance."
~~ Eric Hoffer [1902-83]

"I require only three things in a man. He must be handsome, ruthless and stupid."
~~ Dorothy Parker [1893-1967]

"Our prejudices are our mistresses; reason is at best our wife, very often needed but seldom minded."
~~ Philip Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield [1694-1773]

"The best answer to anger is silence."
~~ German proverb

"Most women are not so young as they are painted."
~~ Max Beerbohm [1872-56]

"Sometimes I write sober and revise drunk, sometimes I write drunk and revise sober."
~~ Welsh poet Dylan Thomas [1914-54]

"Small things amuse small minds."
~~ Doris Lessing

"Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level."
~~ Quentin Crisp [1908-99]

"Paradoxes are verbal, they do not exist in the real world."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

"Liberty is always dangerous, but the safest thing [that] we have."
~~ Harry Emerson Fosdick [1878-69]

"Most of us edge forward, painfully advancing, yard by yard; [the truly creative] parachute behind enemy lines."
~~ P.D. James

"We have at times to be willing to be guilty."
~~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer [1906-45]

"No man is lonely while eating spaghetti."
~~ Robert Morley [1906-92]

"If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done."
~~ anonymous

"To kiss the lips of women, love the gods, do justice, laugh, and know [that] the world is mad."
~~ motto of director Oliver Stone

"Anything new, anything worth doing, can't be recognized. People just don't have that much vision."
~~ Pablo Picasso [1881-1973]

"There is such a thing as evil which can exist without causation."
~~ John D. MacDonald [1916-86]

"Every extreme attitude is a flight from the self; the passionate state of mind is an expression of inner dissatisfaction."
~~ Eric Hoffer [1902-83]

"Art and morality have little to say to each other."
~~ Anthony Burgess [1917-93]

"A true realist demands the impossible; a true idealist demands the impractical."
~~ Marilyn vos Savant

"The most pitiful human ailment is a birdseed heart."
~~ Wilson Mizner [1876-1933]

"What comes to perfection perishes."
~~ Robert Browning [1812-89]

"The flowing river never ceases, yet the water is never the same."
~~ Kamo-no Chomei [1155-1216]

"After a while you realize that if you're a real writer, then, like all writers, you're finally at the mercy of your readers. And giving yourself up to them, you just write."
~~ Michael Ventura

"Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold."
~~ André Maurois [1885-1967]

"An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere."
~~ Gustave Flaubert [1821-80]

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

1 comment :

Maryrose said...

Wow - blogger really made me jump through some hoops to be able to comment!

I'm so glad I found your blog (through working minds)

Thank you so much for the thoughts and quotes to ponder.