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Opinions

  • "A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." (William James)
  • "All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth." (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)
  • "Any clod can have the facts; having opinions is an art." (Charles McCabe)
  • "If in the last few years you haven't discarded a major opinion or aquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead." (Gelett Burgess)
  • "Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts." (E. B. White)
  • "The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion." (Arnold Glasow)
  • "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." (Anais Nin)

Patience

  • "Beware the fury of a patient man." (John Dryden)
  • "Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience." (Georges Louis Leclerc)
  • "If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid one hundred days of sorrow." (Chinese Proverb)
  • "In the struggle between the stone and the water, in time, the water wins." (Chinese Proverb)
  • "Patience will achieve more than force." (Edmund Burke)
  • "The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour." (Japanese Proverb)

People

  • "...society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers." (Mignon McLaughlin)
  • "A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." (Albert Einstein)
  • "A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." (Nancy Reagan)
  • "Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included." (Karl Marx)
  • "Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't they'd be married too." (H. Mencken)
  • "Boys frustrate me. I hate all their indirect messages, I hate game playing. Do you like me or don't you? Just tell me so I can get over you." (Kirsten Dunst)
  • "Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart." (Anne Frank)
  • "How do you women write so well?
  • "I think of a man and I take away reason and accountability." (Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets)
  • "I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw my bath toys were a toaster and a radio." (Joan Rivers)
  • "It was either Voltaire or Charlie Sheen who said, 'We are born alone. We live alone. We die alone. And anything in between that can give us the illusion that we're not, we cling to.'" (Gabriel Byrne)

Police

  • "I'm not against the police; I'm just afraid of them." (Alfred Hitchcock)

Poetry

  • "A Poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom." (Robert Frost)

Politicians

  • "I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians." (Charles DeGaulle)
  • "The White House has always attracted the mentally ill." (Anonymous, secret service agent

Punctuality

  • "A good battle plan that you act on today can be better than a perfect one tomorrow." (General George Patton)
  • "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." (Douglas Adams)
  • "I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird, and not enough the bad luck of the early worm." (Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1882 - 1945, 32nd U.S. President)
  • "Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time." (Theodore Roosevelt)
  • "No where to go, and all day to get there." (John A. Simone Sr., in regard to the elderly driving an automobile)
  • "Punctuality is the virtue of the bored." (Evelyn Waugh)
  • "The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse (to the trap) gets the cheese." (Anonymous)
  • "The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it." (Franklin P. Jones)

Quarrel

  • "If you think that by threatening me you can get me to do what you want ... well, that's where you're right. But--and I am only saying this because I care--there's a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing." (Val Kilmer, Real Genius)
  • "Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind." (John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th US president, 1917-63)
  • "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." (Napoleon Bonaparte)
  • "Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." (Ernest Hemingway)
  • "Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side." (François VI Duke (duc) de La Rochefoucauld, 1616-80)
  • "The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility." (John Arbuthnot Fisher)
  • "The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other ba$tard die for his." (General George Patton)
  • "War is a catalouge of blunders." (Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965)
  • "War is hell." (General William Tecumseh Sherman)
  • "You cannot prevent and prepare for war at the same time." (Albert Einstein)

Religion

  • "All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours." (Aldous Huxley)
  • "Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease." (Bill Maher)
  • "God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die." (Bill Watterson)
  • "Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense." (Chapman Cohen)
  • "Hobbes: Do you think there's a God? Calvin: Well, SOMEBODY'S out to get me." (Bill Watterson)
  • "I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil." (Albert Einstein)
  • "I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world." (Georges Duhamel)
  • "I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability." (Oscar Wilde)
  • "I took thought, and invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of `agnostic'." (Thomas Henry Huxley)
  • "I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details." (Albert Einstein)

Reality

  • "As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality." (Albert Einstein)
  • "Reality is just a crutch for people who can't handle drugs." (Anonymous)
  • "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." (Albert Einstein)
  • "This is too much reality for a Friday." (Anonymous, As Good As It Gets)

Risk

  • "Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game." (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832)
  • "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat" (Theodore Roosevelt)
  • "If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough." (Mario Andretti)
  • "If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room." (Jayne Howard)
  • "You miss 100% of the shots you never take." (Wayne Gretzky)

Science

  • "...scientific theorey is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena." (Wilhelm Reich, Function of the Orgasm)
  • "As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss." (Noam Chomsky)
  • "Honest pioneer work in the field of science has always been, and will continue to be, life's pilot. On all sides, life is surrounded by hostility. This puts us under an obligation." (Wilhelm Reich, Function of the Orgasm)
  • "The gods are too fond of a joke." (Aristotle)

Simplicity

  • "Any 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." (Albert Einstein)
  • "Everything deep is also simple and can be reproduced simply as long as its reference to the whole truth is maintained. But what matters is not what is witty but what is true." (Albert Schweitzer)
  • "Simplicity of character is the most natural result of profound thought." (Chinese Proverb)
  • "Take eloquence and wring its neck." (Paul Verlaine)
  • "The simplification of anything is always sensational." (Gilbert Keith Chesterton)

Sleep

  • "I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?" (Ernest Hemingway)

Self-examination

  • "A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected" (George Bernard Shaw)
  • "Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking." (H. Mencken)
  • "I have a huge, active imagination, [and] I think I'm really scared of being alone; because if I'm left to my own devices, I'll just turn into a madwoman." (Claire Danes)
  • "It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head." (Sally Kempton)
  • "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." (George Bernard Shaw)
  • "No one who, like me, conjures up the most evil of those half-tamed demons that inhabit the human beast, and seeks to wrestle with them, can expect to come through the struggle unscathed." (Sigmund Freud)
  • "Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness. And they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy ... or they become legend." (Jim Harrison, Legend of the Falls)
  • "Somebody's boring me. I think it's me." (Dylan Thomas)
  • "The unexamined life is not worth living." (Socrates)
  • "There is no me. I do not exist. There used to be a me but I had it surgically removed." (Peter Sellers)

Shame

  • "One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame we have killed off so much real shame as well." (Louis Kronenberger)

Sorrow

  • "Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad." (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
  • "I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing." (Agatha Christie)
  • "Shared joy is double joy. Shared sorrow is half sorrow." (Swedish Proverb)
  • "Sorrow is tranquillity remembered in emotion." (Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, US writer)
  • "There are three kinds of men: those who are preceded by their shadow, those who are pursued by it, and those who have never seen the sun." (Gerd de Ley, Undictated Thoughts)

Spelling

  • "It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word." (Andrew Johnson)

Success

  • "All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure." (Mark Twain)
  • "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." (Bill Cosby)
  • "I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense ... I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash." (Anthony Hopkins)
  • "If at first you don't succeed, assassinate everyone who knows you failed." (Anonymous)
  • "If the dogs are barking at your heels, you know you're leading the pack." (Anonymous)
  • "In life there are no winners, only assholes with Swiss Bank Accounts." (Matthew Lotti)
  • "It is not enough for me to win. My enemies must lose." (David Merrick)
  • "It takes time to succeed because success is merely the natural reward of taking time to do anything well." (Joseph Ross)
  • "It's hard to lose when your standards are so low." (John A. Simone Jr.)
  • "Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it." (Chinese Proverb)

Suffering

  • "Although the world is full of suffering,it is also full of the overcoming of it." (Helen Keller)

Strength

  • "As a rule, the mind, residing in a body that has become weakened by pampering, is also weak, and where there is no strength of mind there can be no strength of soul." (Mohandas Gandhi)

Technology

  • "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." (Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949)
  • "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." (Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943)
  • "It is appallingly obvious that our technology exceeds our humanity." (Albert Einstein)
  • "Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)
  • "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." (Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977)
  • "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." (Anonymous, Western Union internal memo, 1876)

Time

  • "A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time." (Anne Dillard)
  • "Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of." (Benjamin Franklin, from Poor Richard's Almanac)
  • "I confess, I do not believe in time." (Vladimir Nabokov, Speak Memory)
  • "They say that time is the fire in which we burn." (Malcolm McDowell)
  • "Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so." (Douglas Adams)
  • "Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions; the surest poison is time." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Thought

  • "A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor." (Victor Hugo)
  • "A man is what he thinks about all day long." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • "Anyone who has begun to think, places some portion of the world in jeopardy." (John Dewey)
  • "Man can alter his life by altering his thinking." (William James)
  • "Thought can make you; thought can break you." (Swami Sukhabodhananda)

Travel

  • "Never go on trips with anyone you do not love." (Ernest Hemingway)
  • "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page." (St. Augustine)
  • "To travel is to take a journey into yourself." (Dena Kaye)
  • "You lose sight of things...and when you travel, everything balances out." (Daranna Gidel)

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