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Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.

Albert Einstein

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain... When you are joyous look deep into your heart and you will find that it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

Kahlil Gibran

(contributed by Stoner Bob Adney)

Common sense is what tells you that the world is flat.

Grasshopper always wrong in argument with chicken.

Book of Chan compiled by O.P.U sect.

Many people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.

Bertrand Russell

With every passing hour our solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster 13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress.

Ransom K. Ferm

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

William James

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

Douglas Adams
Last Chance to See

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.


Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again.

F. P. Jones

Is it possible to grow wiser without knowing it? One hopes so. We all hope so.

An empty man is full of himself.

Those who fear death most are those who enjoy life least.

Truth is always the enemy of power. And power the enemy of truth.

The more corrupt a society, the more numerous its laws.

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is the most fatal.

When the game is over, the king and the pawn go into the same box.

Italian proverb

No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.

Eleanor Roosevelt

You long for success? Start at the bottom; dig down.

When the situation is desperate, it is too late to be serious. Be playful.

If you want to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the Universe.

Carl Sagan

The porcupine with the sharpest quills gets stuck on a tree more often.

Few are the friends of your own self; most are the friends of your success.

Don't change horses while crossing a stream.

American proverb

The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.

Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged

True merit is like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.

Lord Halifax

Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

Victor Hugo

Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.


What a person believes is not as important as how a person believes.

Timothy Virkkala

You always have to give up something you want for something you want more.

When things are going well, something will go wrong.
When things just can't get any worse, they will.
Anytime things appear to be going better, you have overlooked something.

One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

Anything that begins well, ends badly.
Anything that begins badly, ends worse.

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.

Richard Feynman

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balanceaccounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, giveorders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly.

Specialization is for insects.

Robert A. Heinlein
The Notebook of Lazarus Long.

When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.

Sacha Guitry.

Bachelors know more about women than married men do. If they didn't, they'd be married too.

Henry Louis Mencken.

Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.

Polish proverb

An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.

Charles Bukowski

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

Theodore M. Hesburgh

Dear Lady be cautious of Cupid
List well to the lines of this verse
To be kissed by a fool is stupid
To be fooled by a kiss is worse.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

Ambrose Redmoon

Man forgives woman anything save the wit to outwit him.

Minna Antim

Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.

Charles Mingus

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.

Hodding Carter

A tart temper never mellows with age; and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

A wise man may look ridiculous in the company of fools.

Learn as though you would never be able to master it; Hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.


Nothing dries sooner than tears.

Many a man's tongue has broken his nose.