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Death is the only thing we haven't succeeded in completely vulgarizing.

Aldous Huxley

Ambition is but avarice on stilts and masked.

Walter Savage Landor

You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Die on a hilltop... eyeing the crows... waiting for your lids to close... but you want to watch as they peck your flesh... Ironic that they go for the eyes first...

Ed Vedder
Vitalogy: The Study of Life

I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose.

Clarence Darrow

Where it is duty to worship the sun, it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.

John Morley

The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.


What is to give light must endure burning.

Viktor Frankl

Either I will find a way, or I will make one.

Phillip Sidney

The truth shall make you free, but first it shall piss you off.

The flapping of a single butterfly's wing today produces a tiny change in the state of the atmosphere. Over a period of time, what the atmosphere actually does diverges from what it would have done. So, in a month's time, a tornado that would have devastated the Indonesian coast doesn't happen. Or maybe one that wasn't going to happen, does.

Ian Stewart
Does God Play Dice? The Mathematics of Chaos.

Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise and rudely great...
He hangs between; in doubt to act or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a god, or beast;
In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born to die, and reasoning but to err.

Alexander Pope

Cogita tute - think for yourself.

In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed.

Leo Rosten

A political convention is after all not a meeting of a corporation's board of directors; it is a fiesta, a carnival, a pig-rooting, horse-snorting, band-playing, voice-screaming medieval get-together of greed, practical lust, compromised idealism, career-advancement, meeting, feud, vendetta, conciliation, of rabble-rousers, fist fights (as it used to be), embraces, drunks (again as it used to be) and collective rivers of animal sweat.

Norman Mailer
Some Honorable Men: Political Conventions

I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.

Issac Asimov

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

Winston Churchill

We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.

David Sarnoff

We weep over the graves of infants and the little ones taken from us by death; but an early grave may be the shortest way to heaven.

Tryon Edwards

Success has killed more men than bullets.

Texas Guinan

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.

Soren Kierkegaard

Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?

Holly Near

Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a god.

Jean Rostand

It's not the bullet with my name on it that worries me. It's the one that says "To whom it may concern."

anonymous Belfast resident
London Guardian, 1991

"Judge not, that ye be not judge"... is an abdication of moral responsibility: it is a moral blank check one gives to others in exchange for a moral blank check one expects for oneself. There is no escape from the fact that men have to make choices; so long as men have to make choices, there is no escape from moral values; so long as moral values are at stake, no moral neutrality is possible. To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accesory to the torture and murder of his victims. The moral principle to adopt... is: "Judge, and be prepared to be judged."

Ayn Rand

I must create a system, or be enslav'd by another man's.

William Blake

You said that you wanted to put us upon a reservation, to build us houses and make us medicine lodges. I was born where there were no enclosures and everything drew a free breath. I want to die there and not within walls.

Ten Bears
The Comanche at The Council of Medicine Lodge Creek 1867

I am nothing and should be everything.

Karl Marx

You can be watching T.V. and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All Cokes are the same and all Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.

Show me an idealistic person who says that life must be preserved at any cost and I will show you a practical person who will betray anyone, anytime, to remain alive.

The creation continues incessantly through the media of man. But man does not create... he discovers.

Antoni Gaudi

Those who look for the laws of nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.

Antoni Gaudi

Copiers do not collaborate. Because of this, originality consists in returning to the origin.

Antoni Gaudi

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 and punishment and hope of reward after death. It is therefore easy to see why the Churches have always fought science and persecuted its devotees.

Albert Einstein

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

William Blake

I think; therefore I am.

René Descartes
Discourse on the Method

Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase... the human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive.

Frank Herbert

We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.

Tad Williams
To Green Angel Tower (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn)

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.

Edward Everett Hale

I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.

Clarence Darrow

Sleep is good, death is better; but of course, the best thing would to have never been born at all.

Heinrich Heine

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Thomas Paine

Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature - is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Don't get mad - get even.

I don't speak for others and they don't speak for me.

I've been through many strange confusions
Splitting myself into too many faces
Now the mirror's broken
I can see the worms behind

Apollo, Prostitute

Anticipation is a richly hidden castle standing far from fear.

Truth, like the sun, cannot be directly observed.

Mourning is for the living.

We'll burn that bridge when we come to it.