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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

Bertrand Russell

Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

George Washington

The Idols that beset human minds lie deep in human nature itself and in the very community of our race. It is incorrectly claimed that the human sense is the measure of things. Rather, the case that all our perceptions, both of our sense and of our minds, are reflections of man, not of the universe, and the human understanding is like an uneven mirror that cannot reflect truly the rays from objects, but distorts and corrupts the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.

Sir Francis Bacon
Novum Organum

All true wisdom is found on T-shirts.

Don't worry over what other people are thinking about you. They're too busy worrying over what you are thinking about them.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln

It is difficult beyond description to conceive that space can have no end; but it is more difficult to conceive an end. It is difficult beyond the power of man to conceive an eternal duration of what we call time; but it is more impossible to conceive a time when there shall be no time.

Thomas Paine
The Age of Reason (Part 1)

When you can't have what you want, it's time to start wanting what you have.

Kathleen A. Sutton

A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana
The Life of Reason

The best defense against logic is ignorance.

It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

Mark Twain

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

Oscar Wilde

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.

Friedrich Nietzsche

You will never "find" time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

Charles Buxton

Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.


Only a life lived for others is worth living.

Albert Einstein

What do you despise? By this are you truly known.

Frank Herbert

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.

Wilson Mizner

There is only one rule for being a good talker - learn to listen.

Christopher Morley

The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.

Joseph Heller

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

The Republic. Book II. 377B

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.

Mark Twain
What Is Man?

It is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.

Mark Twain

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

Galileo Galilei

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.

George Bernard Shaw

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.


A person is just about as big as the things that make him angry.

Take my word for it, the silliest woman can manage a clever man, but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.


Sometimes, to be silent is to be most eloquent.

Charlston Heston

The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.

Carl Jung

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.


Your eyes can deceive you, don't trust them.

Obi Wan Kenobi
Star Wars

A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.

Georges Bernanos

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is about.

Angela Schwindt

The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.

John Ruskin

The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.

Alan Ashley-Pitt

In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king.

Never try to out-stubborn a cat.

Lazarus Long
Time Enough for Love

I have made mistakes but I have never made the mistake of claiming that I have never made one.

James Gordon Bennett

Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with.

Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise person to be able to sell it.

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

Joann C. Jones

Never accept the proposition that just because a solution satisfies a problem, that it must be the only solution.

Raymond E. Feist
Magician (Master) The author's preferred edition

The seagulls follow the trawler that throws sardines into the sea.

Eric Cantona

Everything is easy, finding it out is hard.