Quotations: Odds & Ends

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Quotations: Odds & Ends

  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.

Note on this Collection of Quotations

  • This page is for quotations that did not fit comfortably into currently available categories or topics. Sometimes, it is also a place to repeat a great quotation.

Quotations from Various Sources

Organized alphabetically, not by subject or topic.

“A country with no borders is like a body with no skin.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“A man who refuses to have his own philosophy will only have the used-up scraps of somebody else’s philosophy.” —G. K. [Gilbert Keith] Chesterton, “The Revival of Philosophy,” The Common Man (1930)

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

“A person who is capable of blushing cannot have a bad heart.” —Buddhist saying

“A speaker of truth has no friends.” —African proverb

“A state of society where men may not speak their minds cannot long endure.” —Winston Churchill

“Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind blows out candles and fans fire.” —François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

“Accuse the other side of that which you are guilty.” —Joseph Goebbels (paraphrased)

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.” —Lao Tzu

“Art is the path to being spiritual.” —Piet Mondrian

“As a liberal, as an American, as a Jew, I far more fear the left than the right.” —Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School professor

“At what point did women’s fashion decide to turn women into advertisements for sex?” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.” —Henry David Thoreau

“Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie.” —Russian proverb

“Capitalism is the worst economic system, except for all those other economic systems that have been tried from time to time.” —Winston Churchill

“Censorship of anything, at any time, in any place, on whatever pretense, has always been and always will be the last resort of the boob and the bigot.” ―Eugene O’Neill

“Common sense is not so common.” —Voltaire

“Divide the fire, and you will soon put it out.” —Greek proverb

“Enlightened self-interest is, of course, not the loftiest of motives, but those who decry it often substitute, by accident or design, motives which are much worse, such as hatred, envy, and love of power.” —Bertrand Russell

“Even a computer must rely on energy or power (electricity) to complete tasks because directions are insufficient.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Even when he is still, the foolish man is busy. Even when he is busy, the wise man is still.” —Ashtavakra Gita

“Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, and then it seeks to silence good.” —Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” —Aldous Huxley

“Films, football, beer, and above all, gambling, filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.” —George Orwell

“Finding a way to live the simple life today is man’s most complicated task.” —Henry A. Courtney

“First tell the truth, then give your opinion.” —Dennis Prager

“Genius is eternal patience.” —Michelangelo

“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.” —Desiderius Erasmus

“God has no religion.” —Gandhi

“Governments will use whatever technology that is available to them to combat their primary enemy, their own population.” —Noam Chomsky

“He who dares not offend cannot be honest.” —Thomas Paine

“History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.” —Thurgood Marshall

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.” —Coco Chanel

“Humor was another of the soul’s weapons in the fight for self-preservation. It is well known that humor, more than anything else in the human make-up, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds.” —Viktor Frankl

“I awoke, only to find that the rest of the world was still asleep.” —Leonardo da Vinci

“I believe we’re responsible for everything that happens to us.” —Yanni

“I cannot cure myself of that most woeful of youth’s follies—thinking that those who care about us will care for the things that mean much to us.” —D. H. Lawrence

“I don’t feel threatened by people who ask questions. It’s those who refuse to answer them that frighten me.”—Jason Bacchetta

“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” —Nelson Mandela

“I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I’m beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn’t pleasant; it’s not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.” —Hermann Hesse

“I let people think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, I already know I’m better than them.” —Marilyn Monroe

“I meet young people, and they want to act and they want to be famous, and I tell them, when you get to the top of the tree, there’s nothing up there. Most of this is nonsense, most of this is a lie. Accept life as it is. Just be grateful to be alive.” —Anthony Hopkins

“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” ―Ronald Reagan

“If gender is a social construct, then why do people get operations in order to claim to be the gender they want to be?” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“If you want to anger a conservative, lie to them. If you want to anger a liberal, tell them the truth.” —Teddy Roosevelt

“If you’re afraid of loneliness, don’t marry.” —Chekhov

“If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.” —Kingsley Amis

“If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.” —Thomas Sowell

“If you worship your enemy, you are defeated. If you adopt your enemy’s religion, you are enslaved. If you breed with your enemy, you are destroyed.” —Polydoros of Sparta

“In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.” —John Gottman

“Individuals search for truth, groups search for consensus.” —Naval Ravikant

“It is a well-known fact that revolutions are not conducted from below by the people, but from above, in the name of the people, by an aspiring elite.” —Roger Scruton

“It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and non-violence, it is a choice between nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.” —Vincent Van Gogh

“Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.” —Carl Sandburg

“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” —Madame de Stael

“Man is but a reed, the weakest nature, yet he is a thinking reed.” —Blaise Pascal

“Man’s mind when tempered with time will return to the scene of the crime.” —Homer

“May your life be like a wildflower growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.” —Native American proverb

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.” —Arthur Conan Doyle

“Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.” —H. L. Mencken

“Misunderstanding of the present grows fatally from the ignorance of the past.” —Marc Bloch

“My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.” —William Shakespeare

“Negative energy can never rescue you from other negatives.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“No man is more hated than he who speaks the truth.” —Plato

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” —C. S. Lewis

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” —Confucius

“Our virtues are, most often, only vices in disguise.” —Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction.” ―Umberto Eco, The Prague Cemetery

“People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.” —George R.R. Martin

“People sometimes ask if I have tried to convince black ‘leaders’ to take a different view on racial issues. Of course not. I wouldn’t spend my time trying to persuade the mafia to give up crime. Why should I spend time trying to convince race hustlers to give up victimhood?” —Thomas Sowell

“Persons of genius are, ex vi termini, more individual than any other people—less capable, consequently, of fitting themselves, without hurtful compression, into any of the small number of molds which society provides in order to save its members the trouble of forming their character.” ―John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

“Prevention of birth is a precipitation of murder.” —Tertullian

“Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.” —John Ruskin

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” —Henry Ford

“Self-government is our right, a thing born in us at birth; a thing no more to be doled out to us or withheld from us by another person than the right to life itself.” —Roger Casement

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” —Winston Churchill

“The ancients tried to consider things from all points of view and to consult all opinions; they tried to understand and aimed for wisdom. But the moderns produce theories; they have a project and aim for change or reform. They would rather be right according to their theories than wise without a theory.” —Harvey C. Mansfield

“The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living. Yet it is possible to practice the art of living even in a concentration camp, although suffering is omnipresent.” —Viktor Frankl

“The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.” —Dennis Prager

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” —Richard Phillips Feynman

“The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history. Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long that nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was. The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” —Milan Kundera

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” —George Orwell

“The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.” —Milton Friedman

“The greatest evils in the world will not be carried out by men with guns, but by men in suits sitting behind desks.” —C. S. Lewis

“The greatest strength is gentleness.” —Iroquois proverb

“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” —Eric Hoffer

“The idea is to die young as late as possible.” —Ashley Montagu

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.” —Hannah Arendt

“The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” —Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute; the man who does not ask is a fool for life.” —Confucius

“The people who matter will recognize who you are.” —Alan Cohen

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” —Henry David Thoreau

“The saint is a man who disciplines his ego. The sage is a man who rids himself of his ego.” —Wei Wu Wei

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.” —Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior

“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” —Ayn Rand

“The society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have it thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.” —Thucydides

“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” —Aristotle

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” —Walt Streightiff

“There’s no such thing as a friend who doesn’t have any flaws. But if you try to look for all their flaws, you will remain with no friends.” —Buddhist saying

“There is no document of civilization that is not at the same time a document of barbarism.” —Walter Benjamin

“There is no reality but God because God is the only reality that persists forever.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“They’ve got the usual Socialist disease—they’ve run out of other people’s money.” —Margret Thatcher

“Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.” —William Blake

“Truth does not do as much good in the world as the appearance of it does evil.” —Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Truth is not a left-wing value.” —Dennis Prager

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” —C. S. Lewis

“We are, all of us, creatures of habit, and when the seeming necessity for schooling ourselves in new ways ceases to exist, we fall naturally and easily into the manner and customs which long usage has implanted ineradicably within us.”―Edgar Rice Burroughs

“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” —Dave Ramsey

“We convince by our presence.” —Walt Whitman

“We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” —George Orwell

“We often do good so that we can do evil with impunity.” —François de La Rochefoucauld

“What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life.” —Bertrand Russell

“What people believe prevails over the truth.” —Sophocles

“Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.” —Stephen Covey

“When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself so that its professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, it is a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.” —Benjamin Franklin

“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” —Frederic Bastiat

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.” —Leonardo da Vinci

“Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, no matter what name it is called.” —John Stuart Mill

“Writing is a trail of breadcrumbs that interpreters eat to erase the trail.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“You hard-shelled materialists were all balanced on the very edge of belief—of belief in almost anything.” —G. K. [Gilbert Keith] Chesterton, “The Miracle of Moon Crescent” (1924)

“You have a right to your own opinion but not to your own facts.” —Conservative saying

“You want to find living silence, not dead silence.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice