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Thursday, May 10, 2012

May 2012 Quotations

"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."
~~ attributed to James A. Garfield [1831-81]
"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad."
~~ Aldous Huxley [1894-1963]
"The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off."
~~ Gloria Steinem

"If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet."
~~ rock legend Keith Richards

"It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach."
~~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt [1882-1945]

"Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it."
~~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1821-81]

"Growing old is a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form."
~~ André Maurois [1885-1967]

"Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship God, and over these ideals they dispute and cannot unite -- but they all worship money."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing."
~~ Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"An idiot will try anything. That is how you know [that] he is an idiot."
~~ Michel Audiard [1920-85]

"All diseases run into one, old age."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"Every act of rebelling expresses a nostalgia for innocence."
~~ Albert Camus [1913-60]

"A study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything was last year."
~~ comedian Marty Allen

"You cannot find peace by avoiding life."
~~ Virginia Woolf [1882-1941]

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; n othing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
~~ Calvin Coolidge [1872-1933]

"An idea doesn't have to be true, or even especially convincing, to be politically effective."
~~ Elizabeth Kolbert

"Give me any two pages of the Bible and I'll give you a picture."
~~ Cecil B. DeMille [1881-1959]

"Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future."
~~ Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows. This – the supremacy of reason – was, is and will be the primary concern of my work, and the essence of Objectivism."
('Brief Summary', The Objectivist Sept 1971)
~~ Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others."
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

"There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate."
~~ Charles Dickens [1812-70]

"Ugliness is in a way superior to beauty because it lasts."
~~ Serge Gainsbourg [1928-91]

"If an idea's worth having once, it's worth having twice."
~~ playwright Tom Stoppard

"Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people."
~~ Carl Gustav Jung [1875-1961]

"Never say [that] you know a man until you have divided an inhereitence with him."
~~ poet Johann Kaspar Lavater [1741-1801]

"Civilization, at bottom, is nothing but a colossal swindle."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention [that] it deserves."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain."
~~ Vivian Greene

"I don’t hate people. I just feel better when they are not around."
~~ Charles Bukowski [1920-94]

"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."
~~ Bambi's friend Thumper

"Always make new mistakes."
~~ Esther Dyson

"To some extent what we saw in the 2007, 2008 crash was the result of the throwing off of Glass-Steagall."
~~ Richard Parsons, former Citigroup board chairman

"I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring."
~~ last words of physicist Richard P. Feynman [1918-88], as quoted in the biography "Genius"

"Better to do a good deed near at home than to go far away to burn incense."
~~ aviator Amelia Earhart [1897-1937]

"Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty."
~~ Nathaniel Hawthorne [1804-64]

"When I was young, I used to think that money was the most important thing in life. Now that I'm old, I know it is."
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

"We experience moments absolutely free from worry. These brief respites are called panic."
~~ Cullen Hightower [1923-2008]

"He was a bold man that first ate an oyster."
~~ Jonathan Swift [1667–1745]

"If you have talent, you don't have to tell [people."
~~ baseball great 'Pee Wee' Reese [1918-99]

"A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence [that] we have that people are still thinking."
~~ Jerry Seinfeld

"Tradition is tending the flame, it's not worshiping the ashes."
~~ composer Gustav Mahler [1860-1911]

"'Love thy neighbor' is a precept which could transform the world if it were universally practiced."
~~ Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune [1875-1955]

"The only difference between science and science fiction is timing."
~~ Ted Bell

"Remember, what happens in Las Vegas goes on Facebook."
~~ reporter Ungelbah Daniel-Davila

"We are stuck with an unemployment rate three points higher that the postwar average, and the percentage of working adult Americans is as low as it's been in almost thirty years."
~~ James Suroweicki, New Yorker Magazine
{"Be sure to thank a Republican." ~~ G.E. Nordell}

"Meetings are indespensible when you don't want to do anything."
~~ economist John Kenneth Galbraith [1908-2006]

"A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world."
~~ British author John le Carré

"If evolution really works, how come mothers have only two hands?"
~~ Milton Berle [1908-2002]

"The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages [that] you've been."
~~ author Madeleine L'Engle [1918-2007]

"It is cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age."
~~ Margaret Mead [1901-78]

"Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes the edge off admiration."
~~ William Hazlitt [1778-1830]

"Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius."
~~ Benjamin Disraeli [1804-81]

"Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act, and in that action are the seeds of new knowledge."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

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