When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
A witty saying proves nothing.
To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
Great men are not always idiots.
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
No one finds life worth living; he must make it so.
A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.
Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.
Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.
One who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints.
No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.
He alone is wise who can accommodate himself to all contingencies of life; but the fool contends, and struggling, like a swimmer, against the stream.
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has!
Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.
One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.
That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon but hires an army to prove it.
It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.
Dieu me pardonnera. C'est son metier. (God will forgive me. It's his job.)
Have you ever taken something out of the clothes hamper because it had become, relatively, the cleanest thing?
Criminal court is where bad people are on their best behavior. It's much more dangerous for lawyers and judges in family court, where good people are at their worst.
In heaven all the interesting people are missing.
The test of a first-rate intellegence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.
True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn't seem to be working.
There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.
The only way to reform some people is to chloroform them.
When love is strong, a man and a woman can make their bed on a sword's blade. When love grows weak, a bed of 60 cubits is not large enough.
Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.
A loving wife will do anything for her husband except stop criticizing him and trying to improve him.
If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners.
Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.
Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don't know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.
Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.
It is what we learn after we think we know it all, that counts.
Conventionality is not moreality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.
Everyone should free their mind and soul. Some are ready to free them now, and some will be ready to free them in the future. Some will never be ready and that is what makes their lives not worth living.
The point to remember is what the government gives it must first take away.
Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.
The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going.
Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage -- it can be delightful.
There are two million interesting people in New York and only seventy-eight in Los Angeles.
One golfer a year is hit by lightning. This may be the only evidence we have of God's existence.
Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in a few words.
The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.
If we deny love that is given to us, if we refuse to give love because we fear pain or loss, then our lives will be empty, our loss greater.
In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police.
Politicians are the same the world over: they promise to build a bridge even when there is no river.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
I hope I didn't brain my damage!
We are the hero of our own story.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either.
No man is responsible for his father. That was entirely his mother's affair.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Men are punished by their sins, not for them.
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
It all depends on how we look at things, and not on how they are themselves.
Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
I have a rock garden. Last week three of them died.
Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you.
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
The man least dependent upon the morrow goes to meet the morrow most cheerfully
The best leader is the one who has the sense to surround himself with outstanding people and the self-restraint not to meddle with how they do their jobs.
Curiosity in children is but an appetite for knowledge. One great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle their time insipidly is because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected.
A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you.
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.
Fools rush in where fools have been before.
Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.
Men willingly believe what they wish.
You can't stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh.
If it bleeds, you can kill it.
If you can't convince them, confuse them.
Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.
To err is human, to blame the next guy even more so.
Delay is preferable to error.
The palest ink is better than the best memory.
Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
If you fear nothing, you love nothing. If you love nothing, what joy can there be in life?
The finest inheritance you can give to a child is to allow it to make its own way, completely on its own feet.
Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought -- particularly for people who can never remember where they have left things.
You can't learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.
How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable must be the truth?
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
The greatest productive force is human selfishness.
No liberal man would impute a charge of unsteadiness to another for having changed his opinion.
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
He not busy being born is busy dying.
If the point is sharp, and the arrow is swift, it can pierce through the dust no matter how thick.
When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it - don't back down and don't give up - then you're going to mystify a lot of folks.
All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
There is only one way in which a person acquires a new idea; by combination or association of two or more ideas he already has into a new juxtaposition in such a manner as to discover a relationship among them of which he was not previously aware.
Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair.
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.
A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.
The one thing more difficult than following a regimen is not imposing it on others.
Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.
Instant gratification takes too long.
It is better to wear out than to rust out.
The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.
It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.
A man is too apt to forget that in this world he cannot have everything. A choice is all that is left him.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.
I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.
I love deadlines, I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
If God dropped acid, would he see people?
Walking is man's best medicine.
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool.
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military.
There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.
Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep.
Truth is more of a stranger than fiction.
If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music... and of aviation.
Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.
There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.
Life is something that everyone should try at least once.
Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% mortality rate.
To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
One reason why I don't drink is because I wish to know when I am having a good time.
Anyone who wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.
The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says that it is impossible he is very probably wrong.
It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.
A friend is someone who will help you move. A real friend is someone who will help you move a body.
A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.
It is impossible to thoroughly enjoy idling unless one has plenty of work to do.
A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.
Accident, n.: A condition in which presence of mind is good, but absence of body is better.
Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean one?
The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas in the minds of energetic men of good will.
Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things maya get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.
'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.
We enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciate light because we have been in darkness. By the same token, we can experience joy because we have known sadness.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.
However long the night, the dawn will break.
There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge, that myth is more potent than history. I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts - that hope always triumphs over experience - that laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death.
Death ends a life, not a relationship.
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
If man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
Life is eternal and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
Is death the last sleep? No - it is the last and final awakening.
Desire is half of life, indifference is half of death.
I have died many a death in love, and yet, had I not loved I would never have lived at all.
Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death.
Without an understanding of myth or religion, without an understanding of the relationship between destruction and creation, death and rebirth, the individual suffers the mysteries of life as meaningless mayhem alone.
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree on.
I have an existential map. It has 'You are here' written all over it.
Living in a vacuum sucks.
If we could raise one generation with unconditional love, there would be no Hitlers. We need to teach the next generation of children from Day One that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.
My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money.
The author of the Iliad is either Homor or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundre.
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
What one has not experienced one will never understand in print.
Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly,' meaning 'many,' and the word 'ticks,' meaning 'blood sucking parasites.'
When someone tells you something defies description, you can be pretty sure he's going to have a go at it anyway.
Anyone who uses the phrase 'easy as taking candy from a baby' has never tried taking taking candy from a baby.
Hegel was right when he said that we should learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
In a few minutes a computer can make a mistake so great that it would have taken many men many months to equal it.
Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so.
The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.
Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.
The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.
Realism... has no more to do with reality than anything else.
Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.
Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.
Anybody can win unless there happens to be a second entry.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.
The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.
It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.
I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
Seeing a murder on television... can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
The most wasted day of all is that during which we have not laughed.
Keep away from people who try and belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.