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Monday, February 07, 2011

February 2011 Quotations

“The cure for capitalism's failing would require that a government ... rise above the interests of one class alone.”
~~ Robert L. Heilbroner [1919-2005]

“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”
~~ John F. Kennedy [1917-63]

"Darrell Issa is the most evil man I ever met."
~~ Franklin Porath, former business partner

"Nothing gets done in the United States because it's the right thing to do; it gets done because it's the profitable thing to do."
~~ Zane Fischer, Santa Fe Reporter columnist

"The thing that impresses me most about America is the way [that] parents obey their children."
~~ Edward, Duke of Windsor [1894-1972]

"[The NRA's interpretation of the Second Amendment] is one of the greatest pieces of fraud – I repeat the word 'fraud' – on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime."
~~ former Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, in 1991

"Every absurdity has a champion to defend it."
~~ Oliver Goldsmith [1728-74]

"When the people contend for their liberty, they seldom get anything by their victory but new masters."
~~ George Savile, Marquis of Halifax [1633-95]

"Jehovah has always seemed to me the most fascinating character in all fiction."
~~ Oliver Herford [1863-1935]

"If you would civilize a man, begin with his grandmother."
~~ Victor Hugo [1802-85]

"Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics of the chips that were left."
~~ Oliver Wendell Holmes [1809-94]

"Pretty much all the honest truthtelling there is in the world is done by children."
~~ Oliver Wendell Holmes [1809-94]

"A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again."
~~ Jean Renoir [1894-1979]

"The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new."
~~ Dr. Samuel Johnson [1709-84]

"The best you get is an even break."
~~ Franklin P. Adams [1881-1960]

"It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."
~~ Alfred Adler [1870-1937]

"An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer."
~~ Fred Allen [1894-1956]

"It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider [that] the real vice is making losses."
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

"Learn all the rules, every one of them, so that you will know how to break them."
~~ Irvin S. Cobb [1896-1944]

"The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least amount of hissing."
~~ Jean Baptiste Colbert [1619-83]

"Truth is the object of philosophy, but not always of philosophers."
~~ John Churton Collins [1848-1908]

"All modern men are descended from wormlike creatures, but it shows more on some people."
~~ Will Cuppy [1884-1949]

"Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive and express what we really are."
~~ Don Miguel Ruiz

"He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still."
~~ Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu [IVth Century B.C.E.]

"Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance."
~~ educator William Wirt [1874–1938]

"As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of demand."
~~ Josh Billings [1818-85]

"Wine is the drink of the gods, milk the drink of babies, tea the drink of women, and water the drink of beasts."
~~ John Stuart Blackie [1809-95]

"God is always on the side which has the best football coach."
~~ Heywood Broun [1888-1939]

"The better part of valor is indiscretion."
~~ Samuel Butler [1835-1902]

"I spent a year in that town, one Sunday."
~~ Warwick Deeping [1877-1950]

"Judge a man not by his clothes, but by his wife's clothes."
~~ British distiller Thomas Robert Dewar [1864-1930]

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
~~ Benjamin Disraeli [1804-81]

"All generalizations are dangerous, even this one."
~~ Alexander Dumas, fils [1824-95]

"YouTube ... is a kind of Special Olympics for show-offs."
~~ critic James Wood

"We are all geniuses up to the age of ten."
~~ Aldous Huxley [1894-1963]

"Whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes."
~~ Robert Maynard Hutchins [1899-1977]

"It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians."
~~ Henrik Ibsen [1828-1906]

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