Collected Quotes 2016-06-30

Just some more collected quotes. See the quotes tag for more.

This one seems particularly applicable during this presidential election year.

“History is moving pretty quickly these days, and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.”
― Ian Fleming

Miscellaneous others

Introverts are collectors of thoughts, and solitude is where the collection is curated and rearranged to make sense of the present and future.
Laurie Helgoe

Anyone who doesn’t make mistakes isn’t trying hard enough.
Wess Roberts

I am an old man and have known many troubles, but most of them never happened.
— Mark Twain

There would be no need for love if perfection were possible. Love arises from our imperfection, from our being different and always in need of the forgiveness, encouragement and that missing half of ourselves that we are searching for, as the Greek myth tells us, in order to complete ourselves.
Eugene Kennedy

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
Friedrich Nietzsche

One man’s constant is another man’s variable.
Alan J Perlis

Even a small star shines in the darkness.
— Danish Proverb

If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.
— Lao Tzu

Simple things should be simple, complex things should be possible.
— Alan Kay

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice—but in practice there is.”
— Yogi Berra

When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.
— Will Rogers


Collected Quotes November-December 2013

My main page on quotes is Quotes to Make You Think. Additional ones can be found under the Quotes tag.

I am certain there is too much certainty in the world. — Michael Crichton

The men who cannot laugh at themselves frighten me even more than those who laugh at everything. — Anne Perry

It always seems impossible until it’s done. — Nelson Mandela

Anyone can be a barbarian; it requires a terrible effort to remain a civilized man. — Leonard Woolf

Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t. — Bill Nye

Two is company, four is a party, three is a crowd. One is a wanderer. — James Thurber

Collected Quotes June-August 2013

My main page on quotes is Quotes to Make You Think. Additional ones can be found under the Quotes tag.

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. ― Franz Kafka

No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys. ― Douglas Horton

There’s something ugly about the flawless.  ― Dennis Lehane

If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. ― Leo Tolstoy


Collected Quotes Apr-May 2013

My main page on quotes is Quotes to Make You Think. Additional ones can be found under the Quotes tag.

Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are. — Niccolò Machiavelli

Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best. — Bernard M. Baruch

When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people. — Abraham Joshua Heschel

His books were the closest thing he had to furniture and he lived in them the way other men live in easy chairs. — Laura Hillenbrand

Thanks to Janice, heirloomgrit.

Collected Quotes Jan-Mar 2013

My main page on quotes is Quotes to Make You Think. Additional ones can be found under the Quotes tag.

The opposite of good is not evil. It’s indifference. — Abraham Joshua Heschel

He wrapped himself in quotations – as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors. — Rudyard Kipling

Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them. — George R.R. Martin

Digiphrenia – how technology lets us be in more than one place – and self – at the same time. Drone pilots suffer more burnout than real-world pilots, as they attempt to live in two worlds – home and battlefield – simultaneously. We all become overwhelmed until we learn to distinguish between data flows (like Twitter) that can only be dipped into, and data storage (like books and emails) that can be fully consumed. — Douglas Rushkoff – Present Shock

Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars – mere globs of gas atoms. I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more? The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination – stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch one – million – year – old light. A vast pattern – of which I am a part… What is the pattern, or the meaning, or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined it. Why do the poets of the present not speak of it? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?. — Richard Feynman

While he lives, he must think; while he thinks, he must dream. — Isaac Asimov

Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it. ― Mark Twain

We must be the change we want to see. ― Mahatma Gandhi

Thanks to friends who posted quotes. Geoff, Janice, Luther. Also, Goodreads has a quote of the day email which are linked there as a reference.

Collected Quotes November/December 2012

My main page on quotes is Quotes to Make You Think. Additional ones can be found under the Quotes tag.

If you can’t be seven feet tall, be seven feet smart. — Lois McMaster Bujold

A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. — Henry Miller

Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. — Arthur C. Clarke

None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are. ― Anne RiceThe Vampire Lestat

Collected Quotes September/October 2012

My main page on quotes is Quotes to Make You Think. Additional ones can be found under the Quotes tag.

I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited. — Jorge Luis Borges

“All people are insane. They will do anything at any time, and God help anybody who looks for reasons.” — Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another. — Toni Morrison

If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure. — James Madison (attributed), The Federalist No. 51

Weird behavior is natural in smart children, like curiosity is to a kitten. ― Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear

Thanks to people who posted quotes like Ben.

Collected Quotes July/August 2012

My main page on quotes is Quotes to Make You Think. Additional ones can be found under the Quotes tag.

I read like a wolf eats.
I read myself to sleep every night.
— Gary Paulsen

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. — Saint Thomas Aquinas

If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments. — Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I know that when people pull apart, they usually employ misunderstanding as a weapon, deliberately getting hold of the stick’s wrong end, impaling themselves on its point in order to prove the perfidy of the other. ― Salman Rushdie, Fury

Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. ― Carol Shields

Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question. ― E.E. Cummings

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right. ― Isaac Asimov

Good news travels fast; bad news travels faster.

We are drowning in information, but starved for knowledge. — John Naisbitt

A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. — Hunter S. Thompson

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. — George Bernard Shaw

There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will be neither a short nor an easy task, but it can be done…It is necessary that laws should be passed to prohibit the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes; it is still more necessary that such laws should be thoroughly enforced. Corporate expenditures for political purposes…have supplied one of the principal sources of corruption in our political affairs…  — Theodore Roosevelt, speech at Osawatomie, Kansas, “The New Nationalism” (August 31, 1910)

You were once wild, don’t let them tame you — Isadora Duncan

Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black. — Martin Amis

Thanks to all the friends and inspirations who shared quotes: Anthony, Patrick, Janice, Alina.

Collected Quotes May/June 2012

My main page on quotes is Quotes to Make You Think. Additional ones can be found under the Quotes tag.

The future is here; it’s just not evenly distributed. — William Gibson (source)

Shatner’s portrayal [of Kirk in Star Trek] is a little boy’s idea of what a captain is. He’s handsome, heroic, dashing, gets all the ladies. He makes all the right decisions. And his crew would follow him into the gates of Hell. That is the classic idea of the ship captain. Shatner just sells it. — Ronald Moore, writer for Star Trek, on Trek Nation

If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies. — Albert Einstein

‎”If you want to know where your heart is – look to where your mind goes when it wanders.” — Henri-Frédéric Amiel

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. — Joseph Brodsky

Thanks to friends for posting interesting quotes: Janice

Collected Quotes March/April 2012

My main page on quotes is Quotes to Make You Think. Additional ones can be found under the Quotes tag.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. — Jimi Hendrix

Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. — Rumi

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. — Maya Angelou

The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. — Barbara Kingsolver

Thanks to all the friends who shared quotes: Myk