My Favorite Quotables

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"The great are great only because we are on our knees."
Pierre Joseph Proudhon

"You can't hold a man down without staying down with him."
Booker T. Washington

"Society attacks early when the individual is helpless."
B.F. Skinner

"The proverb warns that 'You should not bite the hand that feeds you.' But maybe you should if it prevents you from feeding yourself."
Thomas Szasz

"Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Eleanor Roosevelt.


"I have never seen a person grow or change in a constructive direction when motivated by guilt, shame and/or hate."
William Goldberg

"Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat."
Harry Emerson Fosdick

"If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us."
Herman Hesse

"The fault no child ever loses is the one he was most punished for."
Cesare Beccaria

"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."

"The biggest liar in the world is They Say."
Douglas Malloch

"The child must know that he is a miracle; that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him."
Pablo Casals

"You may strive to be like your children, but seek not to make them like you."
Kahlil Gibran

"Heredity: the traits that a disobedient child gets from the other parent."
Luther Burbank


"When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble."

"We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are."
Anais Nin

"Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch."
James Baldwin


"Outside of truth there is no poetry."

"You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you."
Joseph Joubert

" makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry."
Emily Dickinson

"Whatever you have to say, leave the roots on, let them dangle
And the dirt
just to make clear
where they came from."

Charles Olson


"To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life."
Gelett Burgess

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited."

"Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers."

"It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows."

"To know and yet think we do not know is the highest attainment. Not to know and yet think we do know is a disease."

"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
Eden Phillpots

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
Helen Keller

"I can feel gulity about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness."
Abraham Maslow


"Absence extinguishes small passions and increases great ones, as the wind will blow out a candle, and blow in a fire."
Duc de La Rochefoucauld

"Let there be spaces in your Togetherness."
Kahlil Gibran

"In jealousy there is more of self-love than of love to another"
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the perogative of the brave."
Mahatma Gandhi

"The more you love, the more you can love - and the more intensely you love. Nor is there any limit on how many you can love."
Robert Heinlein (as Lazarus Long)

"Love is strong as death."
Song of Solomon 8, verse 6, The Bible

"Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it."
Song of Solomon 8, verse 7, The Bible

"Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn't jealous. It doesn't brag or get conceited. It isn't selfish. It doesn't get angry. It doesn't plan to hurt anyone. It doesn't delight in evil but is happy with the truth. It bears everything, believes everything, hopes for everything, endures everything. Love never dies."
1 Corinthians 13, verses 4-8, The Bible.

"And so these three, faith, hope, and love endure, But the greatest of them is love."
1 Corinthians 13, verse 13, The Bible.

You can always tell a real friend: when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job."
Laurence J. Peter


"I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing."
Oscar Wilde

"The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously."
Henry Kissinger

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
Aldous Huxley

"If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing."
Anatole France

"Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How's that again? I missed something."
Robert Heinlein (as Lazarus Long)

"There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher."
Oliver Goldsmith

"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"Only the suppressed word is dangerous."
Ludwig Borne

"Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit."
Edward R. Murrow

"Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coattails."
Clarence Darrow

"Some minds remain open long enough for the truth not only to enter but to pass on through by way of a ready exit without pausing anywhere along the route."
Elizabeth Kenny

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
George Orwell "There are many more wrong answers than right ones, and they are easier to find."
Michael Friedlander

"If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way."
Emile Zola


"The only completely consistent people are the dead."
Aldous Huxley

"I would rather men should ask why no statue has been erected in my honor, than why one has."
Marcus Porcius Cato

"May you live all the days of your life."
Jonathan Swift

"Every action of our lives touches some chord that will vibrate in eternity."
Edwin Hubbel Chapin

"A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents."
G.C. Lichtenberg

"Enemies are so stimulating."
Katherine Hepburn

"Sure, ninety percent of science fiction is crud. Ninety percent of everything is crud."
Theodore Sturgeon

"Astrology is astronomy brought to earth and applied to the affairs of men."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
Carl Sagan

"It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English - up to fifty words used in correct context - no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese."
Carl Sagan


"A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician."

"Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease."

"Few people can fail to generate a self-healing process when they become genuinely involved in healing others."
Theodore I. Rubin


"Are you in a bad mood? Don't you wanna talk about it? Did I say somethin' rude? You don't have to cry about it. Aren't you feelin' okay? Would you like a little company? Or did you have a bad day? Are you mad at me? - Let it show. Don't tell me nothing - I don't wanna know. There's nothing I hate more than nothing. Nothing keeps me up at night. I toss and turn over nothing. Nothing could cause a great big fight. Hey what's the matter? Don't tell me nothing."
NOTHING by Edie Brickell

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