The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it. -- Albert Einstein

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. -- Ronald Reagan

If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual. -- Frank Herbert

The undeserving maintain power by promoting hysteria. ~~ Frank Herbert

Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders. -- Frank Herbert

Burn the bridge behind you, leave no retreat. There's only one way home. ~~ Manowar (Heart of Steel)

Those who are inclined to suffer fools gladly should plan to spend a lot of time suffering. ~~ Enak Nomolos

One shot at glory, In the crossfire overhead,
Fate stands before me, Words have all been said,
One shot at glory, Driving hard and seeing red,
Destiny calls me, One night of fire, One shot at glory.   ~~ Judas Priest (One Shot at Glory)

When I was a fighting-man, the kettle-drums they beat,
The people scattered gold-dust before my horse's feet.
But now I am a great king, the people hound my track,
With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.   ~~ Robert E. Howard (The Road of Kings)

But you civilized men are soft. Your lives are not nailed to your spines as are ours.   ~~ Robert E. Howard (A Witch Shall be Born)

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim. ~~ George Santayana

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim. ~~ George Santayana

Too clever is dumb. ~~ Ogden Nash

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. ~~ Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ~~ Thomas Jefferson

There are those who argue that everything breaks even in this old dump of a world of ours. I suppose these ginks who argue that way hold that because the rich man gets ice in the summer and the poor man gets it in the winter things are breaking even for both. Maybe so, but I'll swear I can't see it that way. -- Bat Masterson

Someone once said that 80% of success is showing up. I have observed in today's corporate workplace (which most days looks an awful lot like DilbertWorld), that the remainder consists of politics, shameless self-promotion, and a lot of just faking it. Enak Nomolos

The only things in Dilbert I haven't yet seen in the real world are the talking animals. Enak Nomolos

Some people are like Slinkies ~~ not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs. Unknown

Everybody has to die, but I always believed an exception would be made in my case. Now what?
-- William Saroyan

A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.
-- Samuel Adams

I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.
-- William F. Buckley

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
-- Winston Churchill

Out of every hundred new ideas ninety-nine or more will probably be inferior to the traditional responses which they propose to replace. No one man, however brilliant or well-informed, can come in one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and dismiss the customs or institutions of his society, for those are the wisdom of generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory of history.
-- Will And Ariel Durant

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville

It is not strange... to mistake change for progress.
-- Millard Fillmore

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
-- Benjamin Franklin

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
-- Barry Goldwater

Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.
-- Barry Goldwater

The prudent capitalist will never adventure his capital... if there exists a state of uncertainty as to whether the Government will repeal tomorrow what it has enacted today.
William Henry Harrison

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! ~~ I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
-- Patrick Henry

I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
-- Thomas Jefferson

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
-- Thomas Jefferson

If you kill enough of them, they stop fighting.
Curtis LeMay

Compassion is defined not by how many people are on the government dole but by how many people no longer need government assistance.
-- Rush Limbaugh

The world's biggest problem is the unequal distribution of capitalism. If there were capitalism everywhere, you wouldn't have food shortages.
-- Rush Limbaugh

From this arises an argument: whether it is better to be loved than feared. I reply that one should like to be both one and the other; but since it is difficult to join them together, it is much safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.
Niccolo Machiavelli

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
-- James Madison

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.
Somerset Maugham

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

One of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one's house. A man's house is his castle.
James Otis

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
-- Thomas Paine

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.
-- Thomas Paine

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
-- Ronald Reagan

Millions of individuals making their own decisions in the marketplace will always allocate resources better than any centralized government planning process.
-- Ronald Reagan

We don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.
-- Ronald Reagan

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
-- Ronald Reagan

I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.
-- Ronald Reagan

Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far.
-- Theodore Roosevelt

Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.
-- Benjamin Rush

There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs.
-- Thomas Sowell

Conservatives have excellent credentials to speak about human rights. By our efforts, and with precious little help from self-styled liberals, we were largely responsible for securing liberty for a substantial share of the world's population and defending it for most of the rest.
-- Margaret Thatcher

To be free is better than to be unfree ~~ always. Any politician who suggests the opposite should be treated as suspect.
-- Margaret Thatcher

Yet the basic fact remains: every regulation represents a restriction of liberty, every regulation has a cost. That is why, like marriage (in the Prayer Book's words, regulation should not 'be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly'
-- Margaret Thatcher

Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence.
-- George Washington

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
-- Robert Heinlein

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.
-- Margaret Thatcher

No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
Mark Twain

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Will Rogers

Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.
-- Calvin Coolidge

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
-- Winston Churchill

If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.
Dwight Eisenhower

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.
P.J. O'Rourke

The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
-- Ayn Rand

Political tags ~~ such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth ~~ are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
Robert Heinlein

The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
-- Patrick Henry

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is a instrument for the people to restrain the government.

Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare but only those specifically enumerated.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
-- Frederic Bastiat

The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.
(Origin uncertain)

Self-deception is the most effective kind.
Enak Nomolos

Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
-- Benjamin Franklin

The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.
-- Theodore Roosevelt

There is no victory at bargain basement prices.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.
-- Thomas Sowell

To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering.
-- Barry Goldwater

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
-- John Augustus Shedd

Good Conservatives always pay their bills. And on time. Not like the Socialists who run up other people's bills.
-- Margaret Thatcher

No matter how worthy the cause, it is robbery, theft, and injustice to confiscate the property of one person and give it to another to whom it does not belong.
Walter Williams

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
-- Newt Gingrich

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
-- Adam Smith

What's the difference between a liberal and a conservative? A liberal will interpret the constitution, a conservative will quote it.
-- Rush Limbaugh

It isn't that Liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so.
-- Ronald Reagan

Self-discipline consists of being able to say no to yourself.
Enak Nomolos, Sr.

A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.
-- Milton Friedman

I want people to take thought about their condition and to recognize that the maintenance of a free society is a very difficult and complicated thing and it requires a self-denying ordinance of the most extreme kind. It requires a willingness to put up with temporary evils on the basis of the subtle and sophisticated understanding that if you step in to do something about them you not only may make them worse, you will spread your tentacles and get bad results elsewhere.
-- Milton Friedman

In understanding a man's character, knowing who his enemies are can be as useful as knowing who his friends are.
Enak Nomolos, Sr.

The reason there are so many conspiracy theories is, I suspect, that there are so many conspiracies.
Enak Nomolos

We could symbolize the history of the republic thus far with a monument consisting of three statues - one of George Washington, who could not tell a lie, one of Bill Clinton, who could not tell the truth, and a third representing the American people, who can not tell the difference.

Beyond the primitive tribal or village community of at most a few hundred people, human beings are intrinsically incapable of responsible self-government for any length of time. As populations increase, technology advances, and the culture becomes more complex, so also will there be ever more of those who avail themselves of every opportunity to behave in an irresponsible and ultimately self-destructive manner, while those who do not choose to do so nevertheless do nothing to remedy the situation.
Enak Nomolos

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
-- Rush (Freewill)

Have you noticed how tall the street lights are these days? We're gonna need a lot more rope when the time comes.
Enak Nomolos

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
-- Emiliano Zapata

It has been said that it is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. Of course, if you nevertheless choose to live on your knees, you will still die eventually, after a rather pointless life.
Enak Nomolos

Promoters of crackpot propaganda such as man-made climate change often defend their assertions as being supported by scientific consensus. Again demonstrating that consensus consists of averaging the opinions of the ignorant.
Enak Nomolos

Electric eye, in the sky
Feel my stare, always there
There's nothing you can do about it
Develop and expose
I feed upon your every thought
And so my power grows.
-- Judas Priest (Electric Eye)

He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon.
Old Proverb

Gleaming shell of an outworn lie, fable of Right Divine.
You gained your crowns by heritage, but Blood was the price of mine.
The throne that I won by blood and sweat, by Crom, I will not sell
For promise of valleys filled with gold or threat of the Halls of Hell!
-- Robert E. Howard (The Road of Kings)

What do I know of cultured ways; the gilt, the craft and the lie?
I, who was born in a naked land, and bred in the open sky?
The subtle tongue, the sophist guile; they fail when the broadswords sing.
Rush in and die, dogs - I was a man before I was a king!
-- Robert E. Howard (The Road of Kings)

BIGOT, n. One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.
-- Ambrose Bierce (The Devil's Dictionary)

Bigot - a person who wins an argument with a liberal
-- Rush Limbaugh

Compassion is no substitute for justice.
-- Rush Limbaugh

Abstinence prevents sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy - every time it's tried.
-- Rush Limbaugh

Don't Forget to Pay Your Taxes. 12 Million Illegal Aliens Depend on You.
Seen on a bumper sticker

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
-- Frank Herbert (Dune)

The founders of this country resorted to armed rebellion for much less than what the federal government has done, and continues to do, to the people.
Enak Nomolos

If you do not control the enemy, the enemy will control you.
-- Miyamoto Musashi

In battle, if you make your opponent flinch, you have already won.
-- Miyamoto Musashi

Ask a Native American what happens when illegal immigration is not controlled.

America is at that awkward stage; it's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.
Claire Wolfe

I never thought there were corners in time,
'Til I was told to stand in one.
-- Jefferson Starship - Hyperdrive

Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.
James Mattis, General, USMC

You think you've private lives,
Think nothing of the kind.
There is no true escape,
I'm watching all the time.
-- Judas Priest (Electric Eye)

Cynic - A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes to improve his vision.
-- Ambrose Bierce (The Devil's Dictionary)

And where are all the mercenaries - paid for by the king? Have they joined the mob you say, doesn't money mean anything?
Jack Traylor (Flowers of the Night)

One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small.
And the ones that mother gives you don't do anything at all.
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
-- George Washington

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
-- George Washington

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be "cured" against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals
-- C. S. Lewis

I build molecules for a living, I can't begin to tell you how difficult that job is. I stand in awe of God because of what he has done through his creation. Only a rookie who knows nothing about science would say science takes away from faith. If you really study science, it will bring you closer to God.
-- James Tour

The fundamentals of liberalism:

1. Every grievance, no matter how petty, must be satisfied.
2. Every desire is an absolute necessity and entitlement.
3. You must pay for someone else's bad decisions.
4. Success is inherently unfair. Failure is always someone else's fault.
5. The positive results of hard work are only the product of blind luck.
6. Keeping your earnings is selfish. Taking it from you to give away is compassionate.
7. Opportunity must be sacrificed for "equality."
8. Actual results are always secondary to good intentions.
9. Giving up true liberty is a small price to pay for false security.
10. Individual rights must yield to collective rights.


Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don't.

Tolerance is the last virtue of a depraved society. When an immoral society has blatantly and proudly violated all the commandments, it insists upon one last virtue, tolerance for its immorality. It will not tolerate condemnation of its perversions. It creates a whole new world in which only the intolerant critic of intolerable evil is evil.
(Origin uncertain)

Many of collectivism's erroneous arguments are based upon the untenable illusion that private property and free enterprise are responsible for human discontent.

Don't open a box you didn't close.
-- Pandora

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
-- Ronald Reagan

The tragedy of man is that he can conceive self perfection but cannot achieve it.
Reinhold Niebuhr
We know that one doesn't need to be fanatical, sadistic, or mentally ill to murder millions; that it is enough to be a loyal follower eager to do one's duty.

-- Simon Wiesenthal
He had enough
He couldn't take anymore.
He found a place in his mind
and slammed the door.

Judas Priest (Beyond the Realms of Death)

Free men are not equal and equal men are not free.

Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.
(Origin uncertain)

Liberalism is a philosophy of consolation for western civilization as it commits suicide.
-- Jerry Pournelle

Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.
John Harrington

Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell; and George the Third may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.
-- Patrick Henry

If America falls, it will be a thousand years of darkness for the entire planet.
Ann Coulter

Coincidence: You weren't paying attention to the other half of what was going on.
-- Chad C. Mulligan

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
-- Marcus Tullius Cicero

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there would be a shortage of sand.
-- Milton Friedman

Self-deception is the most effective kind. No one else will ever deceive you as thoroughly as you can deceive yourself, and you will never believe the lies of others as readily as you believe the lies you tell yourself.
Enak Nomolos

In Germany they first came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.
-- Martin Niemoller

I can calculate the movement of the stars, but not the madness of men.
-- Sir Isaac Newton

The evil was not in bread and circuses, per se, but in the willingness of the people to sell their rights as free men for full bellies and the excitement of the games which would serve to distract them from the other human hungers which bread and circuses can never appease. The moral decay of the people was not caused by the doles and the games. These merely provided a measure of their degradation. Things that were originally good had become perverted and, as Shakespeare reminds us, 'Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.'
-- Ben Moreell

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
-- Tacitus

A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.
-- Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)

Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.
-- Thor Heyerdahl

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
-- John Adams

And all the pressure that's been building up
For all the years it bore the load
The cracks appear, the frame starts to distort
Ready to explode.
Judas Priest (Jawbreaker)

Islam, Nazism and Communism all require mass murders because the dogmas they espouse are unsound, unworkable and basically inhumane.

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

-- Winston Churchill
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

-- Winston Churchill
Those who condemn wealth are those who have none and see no chance of getting it.

-- William Penn Patrick
He who is not contented with what he has would not be contented with what he would like to have.

-- Socrates
In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Now don't you be fooled by my shaking knees, 'cause I can fight dirty and when I'm scared.

-- Nazareth (Go Down Fighting)
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.

Sun Tzu
In socialist countries, people wait in line for bread. In countries with free markets, bread waits for people to buy it, and it's cheap and plentiful.

The historical reality of the Second Amendment's protection of the right to keep and bear arms is not that it protects the right to shoot deer. It protects the right to shoot tyrants, and it protects the right to shoot at them effectively, with the same instruments they would use upon us.

Andrew P. Napolitano
We can ignore reality, but we can not ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.

-- Ayn Rand
Man fights with his mind. His hands and his weapons are simply extensions of his will, and one of the fallacies of our era is the notion that equipment is the equivalent of force.

-- Jeff Cooper
Los Angeles and Ho Chi Minh City have declared themselves sister cities. It makes sense: they are both Third World metropolises formerly occupied by Americans.

-- Jeff Cooper
There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men.

-- Robert Heinlein
When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.

-- Frederic Bastiat
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.

-- George Washington
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

-- Isaac Asimov
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

~~ George Bernard Shaw
Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.

-- Ronald Reagan
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!

-- Sir Walter Scott (Marmion)
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

P.J. O'Rourke
To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat you he will.

-- Ronald Reagan
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

-- Benjamin Franklin

-- Robert Heinlein
That which does not kill me, has made a grave tactical error.

-- Jerry Pournelle
Freedom is not free. It is bought at a high price. It can be squandered cheaply.

-- Jerry Pournelle
It's the nature of government, to build enduring institutions, structures that stay long after their purpose is over. If you pay people to help the poor, you have people who won't be paid if there aren't any poor, so they'll be sure to find some.

-- Jerry Pournelle
Life is a lemon and I want my money back.

-- Meat Loaf
Man builds naught that man may not destroy.

-- Edgar Rice Burroughs (Thuvia, Maid of Mars)
The eye that looks ahead to the safe course is closed forever.

-- Paul Atreides (Dune)
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Andrew P. Napolitano (see also Voltaire)
It is easier to destroy than create.

-- Larry Niven
It is easier to destroy than create.

-- Larry Niven
Institutions, though made up of dwarfs ~~ are able to crush giants ~~ unique and superior individuals.

-- Unknown
Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.

-- Frank Herbert
One of the problems with human intelligence is that we are so good at defending ideas that we arrived at irrationally.

-- Unknown
For every action there is a reaction, for every good an evil, for every strength a weakness, and for every injustice there is somewhere a final justice.

-- Mack Bolan
If it hurts you aren't dead yet.

-- Unknown
The real motives of liberals have nothing to do with the welfare of other people. Instead, they have two related goals... to establish themselves as morally and intellectually superior to the rather distasteful population of common people, and to gather as much power as possible to tell those distasteful common people how they must live their lives.

-- Thomas Sowell
Our tax system penalizes those who are producing wealth in order to subsidize those who are only consuming it.

-- Thomas Sowell
Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.

-- Conan the Barbarian (The Tower of the Elephant)
People say with age there comes experience,
But as soon as you are born you start to die
Older men are chosen to speak wisely,
But call the child to the sacrificial rite.

-- Styx (Young Man)
Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened." Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened."

-- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Beware the Fury of a Patient Man.

-- John Dryden (Absalom and Achitophel)
It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.

-- David Brin
Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect any who seek it.

-- Frank Herbert
All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

-- Frank Herbert
Reason is the first victim of strong emotion.

-- Frank Herbert
Every civilization depends upon the quality of the individuals it produces.

-- Frank Herbert
If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

-- Anatole France
All presidents but Jefferson have argued that their first job was to keep us safe. All presidents but Jefferson were wrong. If you read the Constitution, you will see that the President's first job - as Jefferson understood well - is to keep us free.

-- Andrew P. Napolitano
Truth is treason in an empire of lies.

-- George Orwell
Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie.

-- Miyamoto Musashi
When you stop being dangerous, you start being edible.

-- Dr. William Aprill
Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your
beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to
that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they
may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!

-- from Braveheart
In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

-- Mark Twain
The guest who has escaped from the roof, will think twice before he comes back in by the door.

-- Gandalf to Saruman (in The Two Towers)
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

If it's worth fighting for, it's worth fighting dirty for.

-- Unknown
If it isn't broken, the government will fix it until is.

The problem with the world is that intelligent people are full of doubts,
while the stupid ones are full of confidence.

Charles Bukowski
“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”

-- Friedrich Nietzsche
The worship of the state is the worship of force. There is no more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of incompetent, corrupt, or vile men. The worst evils which mankind ever had to endure were inflicted by governments.

-- Ludwig von Mises
Tolerance will reach such a level that intelligent people will be banned from thinking so as not to offend the imbeciles.

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

-- William Pitt the Younger November 1783
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.

-- George Bernard Shaw
If a businessman makes a mistake, he suffers the consequences. If a bureaucrat makes a mistake, you suffer the consequences.

-- Ayn Rand
A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.

Lord Chesterfield
Institutions, though made up of dwarfs are able to crush giants. That is, unique and superior individuals.

The Agonist

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Quotes by bad people
Some might be inclined to wonder why bad people like Hitler (and his henchmen) Mao Zedong (the Chinese dictator formerly known as Mao Tse-tung), or others. (personally, I often wondered why we teach our children that Hitler, Stalin, et al. were bad, but do not apply this treatment to Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Alexander, Julius Caeser, and many others (including the operators of the British Empire) who caused massive death and destruction and human suffering)

The simple answer is that truth uttered by an evil person does not cease to be truth. In addition, the fact that people who are wicked or insane (or perhaps both) make lucid factual observations should be a warning to those who are not.

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. - From "Manual of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

Hope clouds observation. - Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

Humans must never submit to animals. - A Recitation from the Bene Gesserit School

The willow submits to the wind and prospers until one day it is many willows - a wall against the wind. This is the willow's purpose. - Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

A world is supported by four things... the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous and the valor of the brave. But all of these are as nothing without a ruler who knows the art of ruling. - Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

Motivating people, forcing them to your will, gives you a cynical attitude towards humanity. It degrades everything it touches. - Lady Jessica Atreides

The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger. - Margot Lady Fenrig

My father once told me that respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality. - From "Conversations With Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

Command must always look confident. All that faith riding on your shoulders while you sit in the critical seat and never show it. - Duke Leto Atreides

I must rule with eye and claw - as the hawk among lesser birds. - Duke Leto Atreides.

Some things beggar likeness. - Duke Leto Atreides

When God hath ordained a creature to die in a particular place, He causeth that creature's wants to direct him to that place. - Planetologist Pardot Kynes

Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man. - From "Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

All of man's water, ultimately, belongs to his people - to his tribe. - Planetologist Pardot Kynes

There is probably no more terrible instant of enlightenment than the one in which you discover your father is a man with human flesh. - From "Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

Polish comes from the cities; wisdom from the desert. - Arrakeen Saying

Humans live best when each has his place to stand, when each knows where he belongs in the scheme of things and what he may achieve. Destroy the place and you destroy the person. - Bene Gesserit Teaching

There should be a science of discontent. People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles. - From "Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife - chopping off what's incomplete and saying: "Now it's complete because it's ended here." - From "Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

The day hums sweetly when you have enough bees working for you. - The Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

The day the flesh shapes and the flesh the day shapes. - Duke Leto Atreides

Mood's a thing for cattle or for making love. You fight when the necessity arises, no matter your mood. - Gurney Halleck

There is no escape - we pay for the violence of our ancestors. - From "Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

People are the true strength of a Great House. - Paul Muad'Dib Atreides

Muad'Dib could indeed see the Future, but you must understand the limits of this power. Think of sight. You have eyes, yet cannot see without light. If you are on the floor of a valley, you cannot see beyond your valley. Just so, Muad'Dib could not always choose to look across the mysterious terrain. He tells us, that a single obscure decision of prophecy, perhaps the choice of one word over another, could change the entire aspect of the future. He tells us "The vision of time is broad, but when you pass through it, time becomes a narrow door." And always, he fought the temptation to choose a clear, safe, course, warning "That path leads ever down into stagnation." - From "Arrakis Awakening" by the Princess Irulan

Law is the ultimate science. - Sign above the door of the Emperor Shaddam IV

What do you despise? By this are you truly known. - From "Manual of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

One must always keep the tools of statecraft sharp and ready. Power and fear - sharp and ready. - Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

At the age of fifteen, he had already learned silence. - From "A Child's History of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

The absence of a thing, this can be as deadly as the presence. The absence of air, eh? The absence of water? The absence of anything else we're addicted to. - Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

One does not risk everything to settle a score prematurely. - Tuek

Whether a thought is spoken or not it is a real thing and it has power. - Tuek

One enemy at a time. - Gurney Halleck

The real wealth of a planet is in its landscape, how we take part in the basic source of civilization - agriculture. - Liet Kynes

No more terrible disaster could befall your people than for them to fall into the hands of a Hero. - Planetologist Pardot Kynes

The young reed dies so easily. Beginnings are times of such peril. - Lady Jessica Atreides

When your opponent fears you, then's the moment when you give the fear its own rein, give it the time to work on him. Let it become terror. The terrified man fights himself. Eventually, he attacks in desperation. That is the most dangerous moment, but the terrified man can be trusted usually to make a fatal mistake. - Duncan Idaho

Survival is the ability to swim in strange water. - Bene Gesserit Axiom

The highest function of ecology is the understanding of consequences. - Pardot Kynes

From water does all life begin. - Orange Catholic Bible, 467 Kalima

Repression makes a religion flourish. - Thufir Hawat

When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong - faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thought of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it's too late. - Bene Gesserit Proverb

How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him. - From "Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

Prophets have a way of dying by violence. - Bene Gesserit Saying

The eye that looks ahead to the safe course is closed forever. - Paul Muad'Dib Atreides

Use the first moments in study. You may miss an opportunity for quick victory this way, but the moments of study are insurance of success. Take your time and be sure. - Duncan Idaho

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic. - From "The Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

Beyond a critical point within finite space, a freedom diminishes as numbers increase. This is true of humans in the finite space of a planetary ecosystem as it is of gas molecules in a sealed flask. 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. - Planetologist Pardot Kynes

Much that was called religion has carried an unconscious attitude toward life. True religions must teach that life is filled with joys pleasing to the eye of God, that knowledge without action is empty. All men must see that the teaching of religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax. The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you've always known. - Conclusion, Commentaries on the Orange Catholic Bible

There exists no separation between gods and men: one blends softly casual into the other. - Proverbs of Muad'Dib

Every civilization must contend with an unconscious force which can block, betray or countermand almost any conscious intention of the collectivity. - Tleilaxu Theorem (unproven)

I never wanted to be a god. I wanted only to disappear like a jewel of trace dew caught by the morning. I wanted to escape the angels and the damned - alone ... as though an oversight. - Paul Muad'Dib Atreides

Fragmentation is the natural destiny of all power. - Paul Muad'Dib Atreides

To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror; to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror. - Bene Gesserit Saying

Evil can be detected by its smell. - Paul Muad'Dib Atreides

Truth suffers from too much analysis. - Ancient Fremen Saying

Power tends to isolate those who hold too much of it. Eventually, they lose touch with reality ... and fall. - Edric, the Guild Steersman

Some say that people cling to Imperial leadership because space is infinite. They feel lonely without a unifying symbol. For a lonely people, the Emperor is a definite place. They can turn toward him and say: "See, there He is. He makes us one." Perhaps religion serves the same purpose. - Scytale, the Face Dancer

To endure oneself may be the hardest task in the universe. - Hayt, the Ghola

Men always fear things which move by themselves. - Hayt, the Ghola

The flesh surrenders itself. Eternity takes back its own. Our bodies stirred these waters briefly, danced with a certain intoxication before the love of life and self, dealt with a few strange ideas, then submitted to the instruments of Time. What can we say of this? I occurred. I am not ... yet, I occurred. - Paul Muad'Dib Atreides

One peels a problem like an onion. - Ancient Saying

You do not beg the sun for mercy. - "Muad'Dib's Travail," from the Stilgar Commentary

When a creature has developed into one thing, he will choose death rather than change into the opposite. - Scytale, the Face Dancer

No matter how exotic human civilization has become, no matter the developments of life and society, nor the complexity of the machine/human interface, there always come interludes of lonely power when the course of humankind, the very future of humankind, depends upon the relatively simple actions of single individuals. - From The Tleilaxu Godbuk

There's but a thin line between many an enemy and many a friend. Where that line stops, there's no beginning and no end. - Bijaz, the Dwarf

The convoluted wording of legalisms grew up around the necessity to hide from ourselves the violence we intend toward each other. Between depriving a man of one hour from his life and depriving him of his life there exists only a difference of degree. You have done violence to him, consumed his energy. Elaborate euphemisms may conceal your intent to kill, but behind any use of power over another the ultimate assumption remains: "I feed on your energy." - Addenda to Orders in Council, The Emperor Paul Muad'Dib

The hearts of all men dwell in the same wilderness. - Tibana of IV Anbus

Every judgment teeters on the brink of error. To claim absolute knowledge is to become monstrous. Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty. - Leto Atreides II

Anything can be a tool - poverty, war. War is useful because it is effective in so many areas. It stimulates the metabolism. It enforces government. It diffuses genetic strains. It possesses a vitality such as nothing else in the universe. Only those who recognize the value of war and exercise it have any degree of self-determination. - Bijaz, the Dwarf

One makes a choice between dangers. - Lady Alia Atreides

Too much knowledge never makes for simple decisions. - Ghanima Atreides

One observes the survivors and learns from them. - Lady Jessica Atreides

When we try to conceal our innermost drives, the entire being screams betrayal. - Lady Jessica Atreides

You've heard of animals chewing off a leg to escape a trap. There's an animal kind of trick. A human would remain in the trap, endure the pain, feigning death that he might kill the trapper and remove a threat to his kind. - Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

Ambitions tend to remain undisturbed by realities. - The Preacher

People, not commercial organizations or chains of command, are what make great civilizations work. Every civilization depends upon the quality of the individuals it produces. - A letter to CHOAM, attributed to The Preacher

Atrocity is recognized as such by victim and perpetrator alike, by all who learn about it at whatever remove. Atrocity has no excuses, no mitigating argument. Atrocity never balances or rectifies the past. Atrocity merely arms the future for more atrocity. It is self-perpetuating upon itself - a barbarous form of incest. Whoever commits atrocity also commits those future atrocities thus bred. - The Apocrypha of Muad'Dib

Humiliation is a thing which no person can forget. - From The Preacher's Message to the Princess Irulan

You were taught to believe that loyalty buys loyalty. Ohh, Duncan, do not believe in history, because history is impelled by whatever passes for money. - From The Preacher's Message to Duncan Idaho

Short-term expediency always fails in the long run. - The Preacher at Arrakeen

It's a subtle and powerful thing, prescience. The future becomes the now. To be sighted in the land of the blind carries its own perils. If you try to interpret what you see for the blind, you tend to forget that the blind possess an inherent movement conditioned by their blindness. They are like a monstrous machine moving along its own path. They have their own momentum, their own fixations. I fear the blind ... I fear them. They can so easily crush anything in their path. - Leto Atreides II

Since every individual is accountable ultimately to the self, the formation of that self demands our utmost care and attention. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders. - Law and Governance, The Spacing Guild Manual

How seductive it is to live in peace. - Lady Jessica Atreides

This is the fallacy of power: ultimately it is effective only in an absolute, limited universe. But the basic lesson of our relativistic universe is that things change. Any power must always meet a greater power. Muad'Dib taught this lesson to the Sardaukar on the Plains of Arrakeen. His descendants have yet to learn the lesson for themselves. - The Preacher at Arrakeen

If you put away those who report accurately, you'll keep only those who know what you want to hear. I can think of nothing more poisonous than to rot in the stink of your own reflections. - Lady Jessica Atreides

One cannot have a single thing without its opposite. - Bene Gesserit Axiom

If you focus your awareness only upon your own rightness, then you invite the forces of opposition to overwhelm you. This is a common error. Even I, your teacher, have made it. - Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

Q: The nightingale nests in the plum tree, but what will she do with the wind. A: Let the nightingale keep to her flowers. - Ancient Saying

Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade the pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class - whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy. - Politics as Repeat Phenomenon: Bene Gesserit Training Manual

Peace encourages aggression, thus igniting war. - Bene Gesserit Precept

In all major socializing forces you will find an underlying movement to gain and maintain power through the use of words. From witch doctor to priest to bureaucrat it is all the same. A governed populace must be conditioned to accept power-words as actual things, to confuse the symbolized system with the tangible universe. In the maintenance of such a power structure, certain symbols are kept out of the reach of common understanding - symbols such as those dealing with economic manipulation or those which define the local interpretation of sanity. Symbol - secrecy of this form leads to the development of fragmented sub - languages, each being a signal that its users are accumulating some form of power. With this insight into a power process, our Imperial Security Forces must be ever alert to the formation of sub - languages. - Lecture to the Arrakeen War College by the Princess Irulan

One learns from books and reels only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things. - Farad'n Corrino ( Harq al-Ada)

Run faster. History is a constant race between invention and catastrophe. Education helps but it's never enough. You must also run. - Leto Atreides II

Above all else, the mentat must be a generalist, not a specialist. It is wise to have decisions of great moment monitored by generalists. Experts and specialists lead you quickly into chaos. They are a source of useless nit - picking, the ferocious quibble over a comma. - The Mentat Handbook

The one - eyed view of our universe says you must not look far afield for problems. Such a problem may never arrive. Instead, tend to the wolf within your fences. The packs ranging outside may not even exist. - The Azhar Book; Shamra 1: 4

The wise animal blends into its surroundings. - Fremen Saying

My mind controls my reality. - The Beginnings of Prana-Bindu Balance

The spirit of Muad'Dib is more than words, more than the letter of the Law which arises in his name. Muad'Dib must always be that inner outrage against the complacently powerful, against the charlatans and the dogmatic fanatics. It is that inner outrage which must have its say because Muad'Dib taught is one thing above all others: that humans can endure only in a fraternity of social justice. - The Fedaykin Compact

Caution is the path to mediocrity. Gliding passionless mediocrity is all that most people think they can achieve. - Leto Atreides II

I must not fear. Fear is the mind - killer. Fear is the little - death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. - The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear

Limits of survival are set by climate, those long drifts of change which a generation may fail to notice. And it is the extremes of climate which set the pattern. Lonely, finite humans may observe climatic provinces, fluctuations of annual weather and, occasionally may observe such things as "This is a colder year than I've ever known." Such things are sensible. But humans are seldom alerted to the shifting average through a great span of years. And it is precisely in this alerting that humans learn how to survive on any planet. They must learn climate. - Arrakis, the Transformation After Harq al-Ada

Any path which narrows future possibilities may become a lethal trap. Humans are not threading their way through a maze; they scan a vast horizon filled with unique opportunities. The narrowing viewpoint of the maze should appeal only to creatures with their noses buried in sand. - The Spacing Guild Handbook

The child who refuses to travel in the father's harness, this is the symbol of man's most unique capability. "I do not have to be what my father was. I do not have to obey my father's rules or even believe everything he believed. It is my strength as a human that I can make my own choices of what to believe and what not to believe, of what to be and what not to be." - Leto Atreides II, Harq al-Ada Biography

Radicals are only to be feared when you try to suppress them. You must demonstrate that you will use the best of what they offer. - Leto Atreides II

"Make no heroes," my father said. - Voice of Ghanima, from The Oral History

All machines fail or are superseded. Still, the Army worships at the shrine of such things - both fascinated and fearful. ...In its guts, the Army knows it is the Sorcerer's Apprentice. It unleashes technology and never again can the magic be stuffed back into the bottle. - Leto Atreides II

Technology breeds anarchy. It distributes these tools at random. And with them goes the provocation for violence. The ability to make and use savage destroyers falls inevitably into the hands of smaller and smaller groups until at last the group is a single individual. - Leto Atreides II

The ability to view our futures can become a bore...It has occurred to me more than once that holy boredom is good and sufficient reason for the invention of free will. - From an inscription on the storehouse at Dar-es-Balat

Enemies strengthen you. Allies weaken. - The Stolen Journal

Sheathe the blade. Never remove it without drawing blood. - Leto Atreides II

Even ordinary tyrants have motives and feelings beyond those usually assigned them by facile historians...History has a way of magnifying some characteristics while it discards others. - Leto Atreides II

Government is a shared myth. When the myth dies, the government dies. - Leto Atreides II

Beware of the truth...Although much sought after, truth can be dangerous to the seeker. Myths and reassuring lies are much easier to find and believe. If you find a truth, even a temporary one, it can demand that you make painful changes. Conceal your truths within words. Natural ambiguity will protect you then. - Leto Atreides II

The only past which endures lies wordlessly within you. - Leto Atreides II

I teach a lesson in responsibility...Membership in a conspiracy, as in an army, frees people from the sense of personal responsibility. - Leto Atreides II

It is said that there is a principle of conflict which originated with the single cell and gas never deteriorated. - Reverend Mother Anteac, the Truthsayer

The expectations which history creates for one generation are often shattered in the next generation. - Voice from the past of Leto Atreides II

Some things do not change very much. They are merely taken from one place and reformed in another place. - Duncan Idaho

Law always chooses sides on the basis of enforcement power. Morality and legal niceties have little to do with it when the real question is: who has the clout? - Bene Gesserit Council Proceedings: Archives # X0X232

The mind imposes this framework which it calls "reality." That arbitrary framework has a tendency to be quite independent of what your senses report. - Paul Muad'Dib Atreides

Most people are not creatures of reason. - Leto Atreides II, at the Citadel

Any religion circles like a planet around a sun which it must use for its energy, upon which it depends for its very existence. - Leto Atreides II

The universe is timeless at its roots and contains therefore all times and all futures. - Leto Atreides II

Police always observe that criminals prosper. It takes a pretty dull policeman to miss the fact that the position of authority is the most prosperous criminal position available. - Leto Atreides II

I will die four deaths - the death of the flesh, the death of the soul, the death of the myth and the death of reason. And all of these deaths contain the seed of resurrection. - Leto Atreides II

Reputation can be a beautiful weapon. It often spills less blood. - Basher Miles Teg

The difference beteen a good administrator and a bad one is about five heartbeats. Good administrators make immediate choices...A bad administrator, on the other hand, hesitates, diddles around, asks for committees, for research and reports than with decisions. He wants the hard record which he can display as an excuse for his errors...Good administrators depend on verbal orders. They can never lie about what they've one if their verbal orders cause problems, and they surround themselves with people able to act wisely on the basis of verbal orders. Often, the most important piece of information is that something has gone wrong. Bad administrators hide their mistakes until it's too late to make corrections. - Leto Atreides II

Sometimes, Time rushes by me; sometimes, it creeps. - Leto Atreides II

The surest sign that an aristocracy exists is the discovery of barriers against change, curtains of iron or stone or of any substance which excludes the new, the different. - Leto Atreides II

All of us try to evolve, but if something blocks us, we can transfer our potential into pain - seeking it or giving it. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable. - Moneo Ibn Fuad Al-Lichna Atreides, majordomo to the God Emperor

Thrown sand is a profound gesture. It says: "We share the same burden. Sand is our only enemy. This is what we drink. The hand that holds sand holds no weapon." - Fremen Axiom

That is the beginning of knowledge - the discovery of something we do not understand. - Leto Atreides II

The fire never completely goes out. - Leto Atreides II

All words are plastic. Word images begin to distort in the instant of utterance. Ideas embedded in a language require that particular language for expression. This is the very essence of the meaning within the word exotic. See how it begins to distort? Translation squirms in the presence of the exotic...Dangers lurk in all systems. Systems incorporate to the unexamined beliefs of their creators. Adopt a system, accept its beliefs, and you help strengthen the resistance to change. - The Stolen Journals

All people have intentions. - Leto Atreides II

The three legs of the agreement-tripod are desire, data and doubt. Accuracy and honesty have little to do with it...desire brings the participants together. Data sets the limits of their dialogue. Doubt frames the questions. - Leto Atreides II

Argument closes off the doors of the senses...It always masks violence. Continued too long, argument always leads to violence. - Leto Atreides II

Most civilization is based on cowardice. It's so easy to civilize by teaching cowardice. You water down the standards which would lead to bravery. You restrain the will. You regulate the appetites. You fence in the horizons. You make a law for every movement. you deny the existence of chaos. You teach even the little children to breathe slowly. You tame. - The Stolen Journals

How tempting it is to raise high walls and keep out change. Rot here in our own self-satisfied comfort. Enclosures of any kind are a fertile breeding ground for hatred of outsiders. That produces a bitter harvest. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

When a thing vanishes, that is as much of a message as when a thing suddenly appears. The empty spaces are always worthy of our study. - Leto Atreides II

If I choose the good, does that make me good? - Leto Atreides II

If you live in bad faith, lies will appear to you like the truth. - Leto Atreides II

You don't know what it is to love. What have you ever given? - Leto Atreides II

It's not knowing that conjures up the greatest terrors. - Darwi Odrade

Mobility is the key to military success. If you're tied down in forts, even whole-planet forts, you are ultimately vulnerable. - Basher Miles Teg

When logic fails, another tool must be used. - Honored Matres Axiom

I warn you that ignorance thrives on hysteria...The undeserving maintain power by promoting hysteria. The Atreides art is the art of ruling without hysteria, the art of being responsible for the uses of power. - Moneo Ibn Fuad al-Lichna Atreides, Majordomo to the God Emperor

Rot at the core spreads outward. - The Tleilaxu Mahai, Tylwyth Waff, Master of the Masters

In my estimation, more misery has been created by reformers than by any other force in human history. Show me someone who says, "Something must be done!" and I will show you a head full of vicious intentions that have no other outlet. What we must strive for always is to find the natural flow and go with it. - Reverend Mother Taraza, Conversational Record, BG File GSXXMAT9

If we cannot adjust our differences peacefully we are less than human. - Mentat Precept

Life cannot find reasons to sustain it, cannot be a source of decent mutual regard, unless each of us resolves to breathe such qualities into it. - Chenoeh: "Conversations with Leto II"

Some people never observe anything. Life just happens to them. They get by on little more that a kind of dumb persistence, and they resort with anger and resentment anything that might lift them out of that false serenity. - Reverend Mother Superior Alma Mavis Taraza

Remember your philosopher's doubts...Beware! The mind of the believer stagnates. It fails to grow outward into an unlimited, infinite universe. - Reverend Mother Superior Alma Mavis Taraza

The unclouded eye is better, no matter what it sees. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat Records

Tone of voice and attitude alone can subjugate another's will. - Duncan Idaho

One of the most dangerous things in the universe is an ignorant people with real grievances. That is nowhere near as dangerous, however, as an informed and intelligent society with grievances. The damage that vengeful intelligence can wreak, you cannot even imagine. - Basher Miles Teg

I always prepare secondary ways of dealing with problems. - Basher Burzmali

Survival! That's all the noble purpose we need. Survival! - Reverend Mother Superior Alma Mavis Taraza

Man is but a pebble dropped in a pool. - Tleilaxu Belief

It is your fate, forgetfulness. All of the old lessons of life, you lose and gain and lose and gain again. - Leto II, the Voice of Dar-es-Balat

No planet, no land or sea, no part of any land or sea is here forever. Wherever we stand, we are only stewards. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

There was a man who sat each day looking out through a narrow vertical opening where a single board had been removed from a tall wooden fence. Each day a wild ass of the desert passed outside the fence and across the narrow opening - first the nose, then the head, the forelegs, the long brown back, the hindlegs, and lastly the tail. One day, the man leaped to his feet with the light of discovery in his eyes and he shouted for all who could hear him: "It is obvious! The nose causes the tail." - Stories of the Hidden Wisdom, from the Oral History of Rakis

Historians exercise great power and some of them know it. They recreate the past, changing it to fit their own interpretations. Thus, they change the future as well. - Leto II, His Voice, from Dar-es-Balat

Never believe that you have plumbed the depths of any place...or of any human. - Reverend Mother Superior Alma Mavis Taraza

Complexity hides within complexity. Great deeds and foul ones have been done at the goading of sexual forces. - Reverend Mother Superior Alma Mavis Taraza

You may think of this only as sexuality but we prefer the more basic term: procreation. It has many facets and offshoots and it has apparently unlimited energy. The emotion called "love" is only one small aspect...This energy must have an outlet. Bottle it up and it becomes monstrously dangerous. Redirect it and it will sweep over anything in its path. This is an ultimate secret of all religions. - Bene Gesserit Teaching

Laws to suppress tend to strengthen what they would prohibit. This is the fine point on which all the legal professions of history have based their job security. - Bene Gesserit Coda

I know a profound pattern humans deny with words even while their actions affirm it. They say they seek security and quiet, conditions they call peace. Even as they spread, they create seeds of turmoil and violence. - Leto II, the God Emperor

Humans have this deep desire to classify, to apply labels to everything...We lay claim to what we name. We assume an ownership that can be misleading and dangerous. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

You cannot know history unless you know how leaders move with its currents. Every leader requires outsiders to perpetuate his leadership. - Leto II (The Tyrant), from the Vether Bebe Translation

If I am to die, I must pass along a transcendental lesson. I must leave with serenity. - Reverend Mother Lucilla

Always beware of those who fawn upon us, nuzzling up to all of that power we're supposed to have. How flattering to find great mobs of servants waiting and anxious to do our bidding! How utterly debilitating. - Reverend Mother Lucilla

You cannot manipulate a marionette with only one string. - The Zensunni Whip

Show me a completely smooth operation and I'll show you someone who's covering mistakes. Real boats rock. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your own life. The object can be stated this way: Live the best life you can. Life is a game whose rules you learn if you leap into it and play it to the hilt. Otherwise, you are caught off balance, continually surprised by the shifting play. Non-players often whine and complain that luck always passes them by. They refuse to see that they can create some of their own luck. - Darwi Odrade

We trundle along on borrowed days. - Reverend Mother Sheeana

There is nothing humans hate more than the unpredictable. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

Whose truth? Modified in what way? In what context? - Bene Gesserit View, said to be Zensunni

Names carry magic. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

What glue had actually held the Old Empire together? Many things, some small and some large, but mostly economic. Lines of connection thought of often as conveniences. And what kept them from blasting one another out of existence? The Great Convention. "You blast anyone and we blast you." - Scytale, the Face Dancer

Trust no government! - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

To know a thing well, know its limits. Only when pushed beyond its tolerance will true nature be seen. - The Amtal Rule

Oh, the perils of leadership in a species so anxious to be told what to do. How little they knew of what they created by their demands. Leaders made mistakes. And those mistakes, amplified by the numbers who followed without questioning, moved inevitably toward great disasters. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

Never damage your own nest. - Reverend Mother Dortujla

All states are abstractions. - Octun Politicus, BG Archives

The greatest relevancy can become irrelevant in the space of a heartbeat. Mentats should look upon such moments with joy. - Mentat Teaching

Some precious stones can be identified by their impurities. Experts map impurities within the stones. A secret fingerprint. People are like that. You often know them by their defects. The glittering surface tells you too little. Good identification requires you to look deep inside and see the impurities. There is the gem quality of a total being. What would Van Gogh have been without impurities? - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

The difference between sentiment and sentimentality is easy to see. When you avoid killing somebody's pet on the glazeway, that's sentiment. If you swerve to avoid the pet and that causes you to kill pedestrians, that is sentimentality. - Mentat Teaching

Moral decisions are always easy to recognize. They are where you abandon self-interest. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

Do not depend only on theory if your life is at stake. - Bene Gesserit Commentary

The true warrior often understands his enemy better than he understands his friends. A dangerous pitfall if you let understanding lead to sympathy as it will naturally when left unguided. - Basher Miles Teg

Humans can balance on strange surfaces. Even on unpredictable ones. It's called "getting in tune." Great musicians know it. Surfers I watched when I was a child on Gammu, they knew it. Some waves throw you but you're prepared for that. You climb back up and go at it once more. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

Never follow a leader without asking your own questions. - Bene Gesserit Axiom

Uproot your questions from their ground the dangling roots will be seen. More questions! - Mentat Zensufi

Power attracts the psychotics. Always. That's what we have to avoid within ourselves. - Leto Atreides II

Try to hold on to youth and it mocks you while it sprints away. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

Beware jargon. It usually hides ignorance and carries little knowledge. - The Coda

We live in our little congeries like anyone else. Rooms of the mind, rooms of the body. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

Creative anarchy is the path to survival in this universe. - Ixian Philosophy

Look for the ones who can say "Yes." Never bother with underlings who can only say "No." - Ancient Bene Gesserit Insight

Chaos exists as raw material from which to create order. - Reverend Mother Superior Darwi Odrade

Paired opposites define your longings and those longings imprison you. - The Zensunni Whip

Today is sufficient unto today. - Reverend Mother Murbella

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. - The Coda

I do not imply that bread and circuses are evil things in themselves. Man needs material sustenance and he needs recreation. These needs are so basic that they come within the purview of every religion. In every religion there is a harvest festival of thanksgiving for good crops. And as for recreation, we need only recall that our word 'holiday' was originally 'holy day,' a day of religious observance. In fact, the circuses and games of old Rome were religious in origin. The evil was not in bread and circuses, per se, but in the willingness of the people to sell their rights as free men for full bellies and the excitement of the games which would serve to distract them from the other human hungers which bread and circuses can never appease. The moral decay of the people was not caused by the doles and the games. These merely provided a measure of their degradation. Things that were originally good had become perverted and, as Shakespeare reminds us, 'Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.' --- Ben Moreell

“The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.” Ronald Reagan

“We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Each day a few more lies eat into the seed with which we are born, little institutional lies from the print of newspapers, the shock waves of television, and the sentimental cheats of the movie screen.” - Norman Mailer

“Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” - Mark Twain

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” - William Arthur Ward

“Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.” - Albert Einstein

“Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.” - Albert Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.” - Henry Emerson Fosdick

“The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.” - Kahlil Gibran

“Persistent people begin their success where others end in failures.” - Edward Eggleston

“Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.” - Jonathan Kozol

“Show me a man with both feet on the ground, and I’ll show you a man who can’t put his pants on.” - Arthur K. Watson

“The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward.” - Arthur Koestler

“Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.” - Mark Twain

“O senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm and yet will make Gods by the dozen!” - Michel de Montaigne

“Talent develops in tranquility, character in the full current of human life.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” - Marcus Aurelius

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” - Helen Adams Keller

“There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.” - Soren Kierkegaard

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Inside every large program is a small program struggling to get out.” - Tony Hoare

“Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” - Heraclitus

“Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.” - Abraham Lincoln

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” - Mark Twain

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” - Helen Adams Keller

“If words are to enter men’s minds and bear fruit, they must be the right words shaped cunningly to pass men’s defenses and explode silently and effectually within their minds.” - J.B. Phillips

“A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.” - Sydney J. Harris

Do not praise yourself not slander others: There are still many days to go and any thing could happen. Kabir

“War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.” - Thomas Jefferson

“It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.” - Bertrand Russell

“New and stirring things are belittled because if they are not belittled, the humiliating question arises, ``Why then are you not taking part in them?’’” - H.G. Wells

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” - Henry David Thoreau

“Noise proves nothing—often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.” - Mark Twain

“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.” - Alfred Adler

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” - Helen Adams Keller

“One is always a long way from solving a problem until one actually has the answer.” - Stephen Hawking

“Knowing all truth is less than doing a little bit of good.” - Albert Schweitzer

“If a man points at the moon, an idiot will look at the finger.” - Sufi wisdom

“A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.” - Chuang-tzu

“The refusal to choose is a form of choice; disbelief is a form of belief.” - Frank Barron

“There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” - Francis Bacon

“Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.” - Paul Tournier

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.” - George Bernard Shaw

“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” - Charles F. Kettering

“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.” - Marcus Aurelius

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” - Robert F. Kennedy

“You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end.” - Sidney A. Friedman

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” - William Arthur Ward

“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his [or her] happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.” - Andy Rooney

“Most of my major disappointments have turned out to be blessings in disguise. So whenever anything bad does happen to me, I kind of sit back and feel, well, if I give this enough time, it’ll turn out that this was good, so I shouldn’t worry about it too much.” - William Gaines

“If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life.” - Norman Cousins

“Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.” - Carl Jung

“Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.” - George Sand

“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” - Ursula K. Le Guin

“As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.” - Josh Billings

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.” - Epictetus

“The future must be seen in terms of what a person can do to contribute something, to make something better, to make it go where he believes with all his being it ought to go.” - Frederick R. Kappel

“We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.” - William Arthur Ward

“If you don’t make a total commitment to whatever you’re doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It’s tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his life jacket on.” - Lou Holtz

“At times failure is very necessary for the artist. It reminds him that failure is not the ultimate disaster. And this reminder liberates him from the mean fussing of perfectionism.” - John Berger

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” - Jim Valvano

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” - Alexander Graham Bell

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.” - Niels Bohr

“Life is a long lesson in humility.” - James Barrie

“The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.” - Hugh Black

“If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.” - Isaac Newton

“A man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of life getting his living.” - Henry David Thoreau

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” - Rabindranath Tagore

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers… Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.” - Francois Fenelon

“No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.” - Victor Hugo

“People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.” - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations.” - Bertrand Russell

“The journey into self-love and self-acceptance must begin with self-examination. … until you take the journey of self-reflection, it is almost impossible to grow or learn in life.” - Iyanla Van Zant

“Walking is also an ambulation of mind.” - Gretel Ehrlich

“The teacher is like the candle which lights others in consuming itself.” - Giovanni Ruffini

“How often is it a phantom woman who draws the man from the way he meant to go? So was man created, to hunger for the ideal that is above himself, until one day there is magic in the air, and the eyes of a girl rest upon him. He does not know that it is he himself who crowned her, and if the girl is as pure as he, their love is the one form of idolatry that is not quite ignoble. It is the joining of two souls on their way to God. But if the woman be bad, the test of the man is when he wakens from his dream. The nobler his ideal, the further will he have been hurried down the wrong way, for those who only run after little things will not go far. His love may now sink into passion, perhaps only to stain its wings and rise again, perhaps to drown.” - James Barrie (The Little Minister, Chapter 1: The Love-Light)

“The praise that comes of love does not make us vain, but humble rather. Knowing what we are, the pride that shines in our mother’s eyes as she looks at us, is about the most pathetic thing a man has to face, but he would be a devil altogether if it did not burn some of the sin out of him.” - James Barrie

“Yet if he upbraided her in his hurry, it was to repent bitterly his temper the next, and to feel its effects more than she, temper being a weapon that we hold by the blade.” - James Barrie

“A great writer has spoken sadly of the shock it would be to a mother to know her boy as he really is, but I think she often knows him better than he is known to cynical friends. We should be slower to think that the man at his worst is the real man, and certain that the better we are ourselves the less likely is he to be at his worst in our company. Every time he talks away his own character before us he is signifying contempt for ours.” - James Barrie

“So Babbie loved the little minister for the best that she had ever seen in man. I shall be told that she thought far more of him than he deserved, forgetting the mean in the worthy: but who that has had a glimpse of heaven will care to let his mind dwell henceforth on earth? Love, it is said, is blind, but love is not blind. It is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard. To see the best is to see most clearly, and it is the lover’s privilege.” - James Barrie

“When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.” - Confucius

“The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.” - John Vance Cheney

“There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.” - Aristotle

“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.” - Wayne Dyer

“Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risk.” - Shirley Hufstedler

“Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.” - Erma Bombeck

“Without danger you cannot get beyond danger.” - George Herbert

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” - Rabbi Harold Kushner

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” - Tom Robbins

“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.” - Adlai E. Stevenson

“No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.” - George Eliot

“Nothing worse could happen to one than to be completely understood.” - Carl Jung

“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” - Jack Canfield

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.” - Robert Anthony

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” - Mother Teresa

“You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.” - Henri Frederic Amiel

“What we wish, that we readily believe.” - Demosthenes

“Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.” - Demosthenes

“Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.” - Mark Twain

“There’s as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something.” - Trammel Crow

“We must travel in the direction of our fear.” - John Berryman

“How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.” - Stephen Covey

“If you want happiness for an hour - take a nap. If you want happiness for a day - go fishing. If you want happiness for a month - get married. If you want happiness for a year - inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime - help someone else.” - Chinese Proverb

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” - David Lloyd George

“Your decision to be, have and do something out of ordinary entails facing difficulties that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.” - Brian Tracy

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make a mistake.” - Elbert Hubbard

“Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.” - Germain de Stael

“Love your enemies because they bring out the best in you.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.” - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” - Henry David Thoreau

“Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” - Victoria Holt

“We must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions.” - Dorothy Day

“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first. When you learn to live for others, they will live for you.” - Paramahansa Yogananda

“Playing it safe is the riskiest choice we can ever make.” - Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” - Henry Van Dyke

“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.” - Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

“When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with such applause in the lecture room, how soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick; Till rising and gliding out, I wandered off by myself, in the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, looked up in perfect silence at the stars.” - Walt Whitman

“People can’t live with change if there’s not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.” - Stephen R. Covey

“Praying without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.” - Peace Pilgrim

“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When you don’t know what harbor you’re aiming for, no wind is the right wind.” - Seneca

“The truth which makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.” - Herbert Sebastian Agar

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“We are no longer happy as soon as we wish to be happier.” - Walter Savage Landor

“To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.” - Theophile Gautier

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” - Andre Gide

“Figure out what your purpose is in life, what you really and truly want to do with your time and your life then be willing to sacrifice everything and then some to achieve it. If you are not willing to make the sacrifice, then keep searching.” - Quintina Ragnacci

“No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” - Harry Emerson Fosdick

“Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain.” - Kahlil Gibran

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world we lose connection with one another and ourselves.” - Jack Kornfield

“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” - Albert Schweitzer

“I have accepted fear as a part of life - specifically the fear of change. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.” - Erica Jong

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for.” - Tennessee Williams

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” - Norman Cousins

“They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.” - Francis Bacon

“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” - E. F. Schumacher

“Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.” - Buddha

“Most people are paralyzed by fear. Overcome it and you take charge of your life and your world.” - Mark Victor Hansen

“…if there is sin against life, it lies in hoping for another life and evading the implacable grandeur of the one we have.” - Albert Camus

“Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.” - Epicurus

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” - Charles Darwin

“One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past nor complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the very essence of life.” - Anatole France

“The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That’s all you have to do. Change is not something you do, it’s something you allow.” - Will Garcia

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid one hundred days of sorrow.” - Chinese Proverb

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” - Carl Bard

“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” - Harry Emerson Fosdick

“You will never find time for anything. You must make it.” - Charles Buxton

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” - Benjamin Disraeli

“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.” - Edwin Schlossberg

“Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.” - John Andrew Holmes

“A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.” - Barnett Cocks

“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.” - Mohandas K. Gandhi

“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do.” - Elbert Hubbard

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” - John Muir

“An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.” - Cato The Elder

“The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” - Moliere

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” - Edward Abbey

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” - Walt Whitman

“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.” - Alan Alda

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” - Ovid

“Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on ‘I am not too sure.’” - H.L.Mencken

“If people can be educated to see the lowly side of their own natures, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and to love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more tolerance towards oneself can only have good results in respect for our neighbor; for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures.” - Carl Jung

“How does one become a butterfly? … You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” - Trina Paulus

“We should have a great many fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas, and not for things themselves.” - John Locke

“People change and forget to tell each other.” - Lillian Hellman

“Thank God I’m not a Jungian.” - Carl Jung

“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done. Then they begin to hope it can be done. Then they see it can be done. Then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.” - Frances Hodgson Burnett

“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.” - Robertson Davies

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” - Henry Winkler

“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.” - Alfred A. Montapert

“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” - Norman Cousins

“I am sitting in the smallest room of my house. I have your review before me. In a moment it will be behind me.” - Max Reger

“If you give me six lines written by the most honest man, I will find something in them to hang him.” - Cardinal Richelieu

“Whenever you do things from your Soul, you feel a river inside, a joy.” - Rumi

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” - Emily Dickinson

“God is in you as the ocean is in the wave.” - Eric Butterworth

“Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.” - Meister Eckhart

“The world in general doesn’t know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger.” - W. Somerset Maugham

“The apparently unendurable conflict is proof of the rightness of your life. A life without contradiction is only half a life; or else a life in the Beyond, which is destined only for angels. But God loves human beings more than the angels.” - Carl Jung

“Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.” - Jean-Paul Sartre

“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.” - Joseph Addison

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. - Bertrand Russell (in The Triumph of Stupidity 10 May 1933)” - Bertrand Russell

“A bit of perfume always clings to the hand that gives the rose.” - Chinese proverb

“Often war is waged only in order to show valor; thus an inner dignity is ascribed to war itself, and even some philosophers have praised it as an ennoblement of humanity, forgetting the pronouncement of the Greek who said, ‘War is an evil in as much as it produces more wicked men than it takes away.’” - Immanuel Kant

“I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” - Susan B Anthony

“All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished.” - Marshall Rosenberg

“Punishment damages goodwill and self-esteem, and shifts our attention from the intrinsic value of an action to external consequences.” - Marshall Rosenberg

“My aim is to agitate and disturb people. I’m not selling bread, I’m selling yeast.” - Miguel de Unamuno

“The Experience of Sacred Space makes possible the founding of the world: where the sacred Manifests itself in space, the real unveils itself, the world comes into existence.” - Mircea Eliade

“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

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens….” - Carl Jung

“When we understand the needs that motivate our own and other’s behavior, we have no enemies.” - Marshall Rosenberg

“Everything has changed, except our way of thinking.” - Albert Einstein

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence, but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It’s never what people do that make us angry, it’s what we tell ourselves about what they did.” - Marshall Rosenberg

“Making a request without revealing the feeling/need takes all the joy out of other’s service.” - Lucy Leu

“You can never learn anything that is not a part of yourself.” - Louis Kahn

“The significant problems of our time cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” - Albert Einstein

“Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.” - Henry David Thoreau

“Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.” - Oscar Wilde

“Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” - Emily Kimbrough

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” - Albert Einstein

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” - Albert Einstein

“Enlightenment must come little by little—otherwise it would overwhelm.” - Idries Shah

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.” - Barry LePatner

“Humanity has been sleeping—and still sleeps—lulled within the narrowly confining joys of its little closed loves. In the depths of the human multitude there slumbers an immense spiritual power which will manifest itself only when we have learnt how to break through the dividing walls of our egoism and raise ourselves up to an entirely new perspective, so that habitually and in a practical fashion we fix our gaze on the universal realities.” - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.” - James Barrie

“Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.” - Ambrose Bierce

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.” - Voltaire

“People all say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” - Joseph Campbell

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” - Carl Jung

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.” - Albert Einstein

“Being stuck is a position few of us like. We want something new but cannot let go of the old — old ideas, beliefs, habits, even thoughts. We are out of contact with our own genius. Sometimes we know we are stuck; sometimes we don’t. In both cases we have to do something.” - Inga Teekens

“If you are inside of something, say an atom, you only see electrons whirling chaotically around you. If you moved outside the atom you would see those electrons moving with a pattern around the atom. If you rise further above you see that atoms are actually the building blocks of larger structures called molecules. And so it goes, on up the scale, ad infinitum. The ever familiar ‘forest from the trees’ syndrome. It’s all a matter of perspective. True creativity is allowing yourself to gain the loftiest perspective you can in relation to the object of your quandary or inquiry.” - J.L. Read

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” - Buddha

“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

“Any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad hoc, informally-specified, bug-ridden, slow implementation of half of Common Lisp.” - Philip Greenspun

“I don’t mind what happens.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.” - Gene Fowler

“The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.” - Tacitus

“Organizations which design systems are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations.” - Melvin Conway design systems communication organizations

“I did not fail two thousand times. I merely found two thousand ways not to make a lightbulb.” - Thomas Edison

“I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.” - Nikos Kazantzakis

“The Tao that can be spoken is not the true Tao.” - Lao Tzu

“The best practice is inspired by theory.” - Donald Knuth

“The best theory is inspired by practice.” - Donald Knuth

“A moment’s thought would have shown him. But a moment is a long time, and thought is a painful process.” - J. E. Houseman

“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.” - Lewis Carroll

“I’ve had a lot of trouble in my life—most of which never happened.” - Mark Twain

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” - Buckminster Fuller

“Learning of all kinds goes on best, lasts best, and tends to lead itself on more when it grows out of a real focus of interest in the learner.” - Carl Rogers

“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” - A N Whitehead

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.” - William James

“You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” - Albert Einstein

“The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.” - Daniel J. Boorstin

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” - Shunryu Suzuki

“To get the viewpoint of the other person appreciatively and profoundly and reconcile it with his own so far as possible is the supreme achievement of man and his highest vocation.” - Henry Nelson Wieman

“I conclude that there are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult.” - Tony Hoare

“We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil.” - Tony Hoare

“Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits.” - Dan Barker

“There’s only one wrong way to live and that’s unhappily.” - Patrick Elliott

“If you have the same problem for a long time, maybe it’s not a problem. Maybe it’s a fact.” - Yitzhak Rabin

“If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.” - Lyndon Baines Johnson

“Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.” - e.e. cummings

“To be positive: To be mistaken at the top of one’s voice.” - Ambrose Bierce

“The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best — and therefore never scrutinize or question.” - Stephen Jay Gould

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” - Søren Kierkegaard

“There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” - Albert Einstein

“Curiosity is a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance.” - S. Leonard Rubinstein

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” - Albert Einstein

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” - Arthur Schopenhauer

“Only short programs have any hope of being correct.” - Arthur Whitney

“The answers you get depend upon the questions you ask.” - Thomas Kuhn

“Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things.” - Noam Chomsky

“Man’s ‘progress’ is but a gradual discovery that his questions have no meaning.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs.” - Max Beerbohm

“Those who are enamored of practice without theory are like a pilot who goes into a ship without rudder or compass and never has any certainty where he is going. Practice should always be based on a sound knowledge of theory.” - Leonardo da Vinci

“IV.17 When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.” - Confucius

“When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” - R. Buckminster Fuller

“The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.” - Stephen Jay Gould

“The data stream has been corrupted, return to first principles.” - Terence McKenna

“Religion is a defense against the experience of God.” - Carl Gustav Jung

“The attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.” - Alan Watts

“The discovery of this reality is hindered rather than helped by belief, whether one believes in God or believes in atheism. We must make here a clear distinction between belief and faith, because, in general practice, belief has come to mean a state of mind which is almost the opposite of faith. Belief, as I use the word here, is the insistence that the truth is what one would ‘lief’ or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on the condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith lets go. In this sense of the word, faith is the essential virtue of science, and likewise of any religion that is not self-deception.” - Alan Watts

“The object of mathematical rigor is to sanction and legitimize the conquests of intuition, and there was never any other object for it.” - Jacques Hadamard

“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” - Pablo Picasso

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.” - Picasso

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” - James Oppenheim

“As tedious as arguing about definitions is, it can’t hold a candle to arguing without definitions.” - David R MacIver

“On two occasions I have been asked, — ‘Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?’ In one case a member of the Upper, and in the other a member of the Lower, House put this question. I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.” - Charles Babbage

“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” - Albert Einstein

“A variable is to data flow what GOTO is to control flow. Just as GOTO allows control to go anywhere, a variable allows data to go anywhere.” - Arch D Robinson

“Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count.” - Albert Einstein

“Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you.” - Wayne Dyer

“Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.” - Oscar Wilde

“Everything you can imagine is real.” - Pablo Picasso

“The moon could not continue shining if it had to pay attention to all the dogs barking at it.” - Anonymous

“The great snare of thought is uncritical acceptance of irrational assumptions.” - Will Durant

“Sometimes we do a thing in order to find out the reason for it. Sometimes our actions are questions not answers.” - Le Carre

“The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.” - Richard Hamming

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” - William Butler Yeats

“The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept.” - D.H. Lawrence

“Yo can’t reason someone out of something he didn’t reason himself into.” - Jonathan Swift (via Alfie Kohn)

“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” - Edward R. Murrow

“What you already know is merely a good departure point.” - Keorapetse Kgositsile

“The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.” - William Somerset

“Being attached to a speculation is not a good guide to research planning. One should always try both directions of every problem. Prejudice has caused famous mathematicians to fail to solve famous problems whose solution was opposite to their expectations, even though they had developed all the methods required.” - Anil Nerode (on P vs NP)

At this point I am reminded of the keynote speech of the then boss of IBM in France who addressed the audience at the 7th IEEE Logic programming conference in Paris. IBM prolog had added a lot of OO extensions, when asked why he replied: Our customers wanted OO prolog so we made OO prolog. I remember thinking “how simple, no qualms of conscience, no soul-searching, no asking ‘Is this the right thing to do’” … - Joe Armstrong Why OO Sucks

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” - Linus Pauling

“Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in this world for ugly mathematics.” - G. H. Hardy, A Mathematician’s Apology

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” - Rene Descartes

“I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.” - Wernher von Braun

“In science, ‘fact’ can only mean ‘confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.’ I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.” - Stephen Jay Gould

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.” - Eckhart Tolle (thanks @ktotheb)

“Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance.” - Anthony de Mello

“I would suggest that today, we know about as much concerning the human mind as we knew about the galaxy in 1300.” - Alan Watts

“A question mark does not a question make.” - Anonymous (thanks @jakevsrobots)

“The act of forgiveness is the act of returning to present time. And that’s why when one has become a forgiving person, and has managed to let go of the past, what they’ve really done is they’ve shifted their relationship with time.” - Caroline Myss

“The creative adult is the child who has survived.” - Ursula K LeGuin (thanks @ktotheb)

“Only that in you which is me can hear what I’m saying.” - Ram Dass (thanks @ktotheb)

“If extreme idealism isn’t working out for you, maybe it is because you are not wholeheartedly following your own ideals.” - Luke Palmer (blog post)

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world (- Mahatma Gandhi). As applied to software: design software as if it were the beautiful paradise you want it to be, then build pieces of the scaffolding back to the status quo.” - Luke Palmer (blog post)

“It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau

“The moment you realize you are not present, you are present.” - Eckhart Tolle

“Accept — then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” - Eckhart Tolle

“Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness.” - Eckhart Tolle

“If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into aliveness, alertness, and creativity.” - Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

“When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life. It means fear is no longer a dominant factor in what you do and no longer prevents you from taking action to initiate change. The Roman philosopher Tacitus rightly observed that ‘the desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.’ If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into aliveness, alertness and creativity.” - Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

“Change is painful, yet pain is changeful.” - Anonymous

“Observe your thoughts, don’t believe them.” - Eckhart Tolle

“What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart.” - Marshall B. Rosenberg

“We have produced many of our problems through our confused mental states.” - Tenzin Palmo

“If you want to enjoy intimacy, you must learn to enjoy pain.” - Marshall Rosenberg

“Man suffers because of his craving to possess and keep forever things which are impermanent.” - Alan Watts

Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls, something borrowed which we mistake as our own. Ignorance is better than this; clutch at madness instead. Always run from what seems to benefit your self: sip the poison and spill the water of life. Revile those who flatter you; lend both interest and principal to the poor. Let security go and be at home amidst dangers. Leave your good name behind and accept disgrace. I have lived with cautious thinking; now I’ll make myself mad.

Rumi, Mathnawi II: 2327–2332, version by Camille and Kabir Helminski, posted to Sunlight

“When the forms of an old culture are dying, the new culture is created by a few people who are not afraid to be insecure.” - Rudolf Bahro

“Everything is the same spirit watching itself through the eyes of different observers.” - Depak Chopra

“Love is the beginning of the journey, its end, and the journey itself.” - Depak Chopra

“Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.” - Thomas H. Huxley

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” - Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Hard writing is easy reading; easy writing is hard reading.” - E.B. White

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

“Learning is remembering what you’re interested in.” - Richard Saul Wurman

“I call intuition cosmic fishing. You feel a nibble, then you’ve got to hook the fish.” — Buckminster Fuller

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” - Anais Nin

“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” - Elbert Hubbard

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” - Chinese Proverb

“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.” - Yogananda

“Perhaps you have moved away by standing still.” - Anonymous (via @ktotheb)

“A man demonstrates his rationality, not by a commitment to fixed ideas, stereotyped procedures, or immutable concepts, but by the manner in which, and the occasions on which, he changes those ideas, procedures, and concepts.” - Stephen Toulmin (from “Human Understanding”)

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” - Upton Sinclair

Are you willing to let go of all you hold dear to grasp what is real? - N. Robison 01/01/09

“If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinion for or against” - Osho (Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain)

“If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinion for or against. The struggle of what one likes and what one dislikes is the disease of the mind.” - Hsin Hsin Ming

“Remain in wonder if you want the mysteries to open up for you. Mysteries never open up for those who go on questioning. Questioners sooner or later end up in a library. Questioners sooner or later end up with scriptures, because scriptures are full of answers. And answers are dangerous, they kill your wonder.” - Osho

“He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.” - Raymond Hull

“Life cannot be possessed. You cannot have it in your fist. If you want to have it, you have to keep your hands open.” - Osho

“It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” - Carl Sagan

“Doubt everything. Find your own light.” - Buddha

We too should make ourselves empty, that the great soul of the universe may fill us with its breath. Lawrence Binyon

“Practice not-doing, and everything will fall into place.” - Lao-tzu

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” - Krishnamurti

“Here it is — right now. Start thinking about it and you miss it.” - Huang Po

“Dare to be naive.” - R. Buckminster Fuller

“I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuities. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat may come along and make a fortuitous life preserver. This is not to say, though, that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top. I think we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday’s fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem.” - R. Buckminster Fuller

“If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions.” - Susanne Langer

“We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.” - Marshall McLuhan

“Unless you have the courage to doubt you will never come to know the truth.” - Osho

“When your creative expressions match the needs of you fellow humans, then wealth will spontaneously manifest.” - Deepak Chopra

“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.” - Ram Dass

“It is better to believe than to disbelieve, in so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility.” - Albert Einstein

“The wise speak only of what they know.” - J.R.R. Tolkien

“I look into your eyes and see the whole universe, not yet born.” - Rumi

“Take sips of this pure wine being poured. Don’t mind that you’ve been given a dirty cup.” - Rumi

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo da Vinci

“If the world is to be saved at all, it won’t be saved by old minds with new programs, but by new minds with no programs.” - Daniel Quinn

“If the world is saved, it will not be saved by old minds with new programs but by new minds with no programs at all.” - Daniel Quinn (The Story of B)

“Don’t choose one side of the argument. Learn to take both sides & work towards the middle.” - Paul Ferrini

“When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.” - Arthur C. Clarke

“To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good.” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The perfect way is only difficult for those who pick and choose. Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear. Make a hairbreadth difference, and Heaven and Earth are set apart. If you want the truth to stand clearly before you, never be for or against. The struggle between for and against is the mind’s worst disease. — Zen master Sent-ts’an

“The recognition of the false is already the arising of the real.” - Eckhart Tolle

“Preventing the new generation from changing in any deep way is what most societies require of their educators.” - George Leonard (1923–2010)

“Only the schools’ inefficiency can account for creativity surviving after age 25.” - George Leonard

“In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists”. - Eric Hoffer

“This impure world that we presently experience exists only in relation to our impure mind.” - G. K. Gystso (maybe for a post on FP)

“You’re happiest while you’re making the greatest contribution.” - Robert F. Kennedy

“Don’t keep searching for the truth, just let go of your opinions.” - Buddha

“Every really new idea looks crazy at first.” - Abraham H. Maslow

“Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.” - Edsger Dijkstra

“As is often the case with baffling errors it is really quite simple. We tend to fixate on incorrect assumptions, and overlook the obvious, surprisingly frequently. I have found that one way to break through such barriers is to use the ‘Spaniel’ method: Carefully explain the program to your dog. Since the dog knows nothing of programming, you must justify every statement you make. In the process you will often discover the mistake. (I know it sounds weird, but it really does work!)” - W. W. Waite (as quoted in “Literate Programming and the ‘Spaniel’ Method” by Nick Hatzigeorgiu and Apostolos Syropoulos)

“Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.” - Pythagoras

“Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love” - Kahlil Gibran

“Philosophers’ Syndrome: mistaking a failure of imagination for an insight into necessity” (Daniel Dennett, Consciousness Explained, 1991).

“One had to be a Newton to notice that the moon is falling, when everyone sees that it doesn’t fall” (Paul Valéry, Analecia, vol 14, 1970).

“Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future. In other words, if we’re going to be more cheerful in the future, it’s because of our aspiration and exertion to be cheerful in the present. What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do right now.” - Pema Chödrön in When Things Fall Apart

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” - Soren Kierkegaard

“The 70% solution is usually the 40% solution, described by someone who can’t tell the difference.” - Gilad Bracha

“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” - Albert Einstein

“When you speak of love, please ask yourself: ‘Is my love free of conditions?’ When you speak of truth, please ask yourself: ‘Is my truth free of judgement or opinion?’ When you speak of essence, ask: `Am I attached to the way people perceive or receive me?’” - Paul Ferrini (From “I Am the Door: Exploring the Christ Presence Within”)

“A person is able to understand only when he solves the problem by himself.” - Peter Dunov

“Tears have cleansed my eyes, and errors have taught me the language of the hearts.” - Kahlil Gibran

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.” - Charles Darwin

“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.” - Charles Darwin

“The modern man thinks that everything ought to be done for the sake of something else, and never for its own sake.” - Bertrand Russell (from “In Praise of Idleness”)

“All great truths begin as blasphemies.” - George Bernard Shaw

“If a thing is worth doing at all, it’s worth doing badly.” - G. K. Chesterton

“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” - Jessica Hische

“It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.” - Claude Bernard

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” - Pablo Picasso

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” - Helen Keller

“The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist.” - J. Harold Wilkins

“A person hears only what they understand.” - Johann Wolfgang Goethe

“When you accept who you really are, your arguments with others cease.” - Paul Ferrini

“Self worth cannot be verfied by others” - Wayne W Dyer

“My commitment is to truth, not consistency.” - Gandhi

“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.” - Wayne Dyer

“Beauty is a consequential thing, a product of solving problems correctly.” - Joseph Esherick

“Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.” - Ludwig Wittgenstein

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” - G. K. Chesterton

“Belief is not merely an idea that the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind”. - Robert Bolt

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” - Erica Jong

“I use memories but I do not allow memories to use me.” - Shiva Sutras

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.” - Galileo Galilei

“A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“It is not that he is ignorant, it is that so much of what he knows is not true.” - Mark Twain

“By living deeply in the present moment we can understand the past better & prepare for a better future.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

“Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.” - Robert Allen

“The slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts. The point is that the process is reversible.” - George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

“That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted.” - George Boole, The Laws of Thought

“If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.” - John Stuart Mill

“In order to forgive you must have blamed. If you don’t blame there is nothing to forgive.” - Wayne Dyer

“If you do not fling old ideas out of your mind, you cannot give birth to new ones.” - Peter Dunov

“Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step toward political regeneration: so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional [or scholarly] writers.” - George Orwell “Politics and the English Language” 1946. (quoted)

“Nature is trying hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.” - Buckminster Fuller

“All things are difficult before they are easy.” - Thomas Fuller

“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred.” - George Bernard Shaw

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” - Gandhi

“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.” - Philip K. Dick

“Selfishness comes from poverty in the heart, from the belief that love is not abundant.” - Don Miguel Ruiz

“Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.” - Bertrand Russell

“Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.” - Marshall McLuhan

“Creativity arises out of the state of thoughtless presence in which you are much more awake than when you are engrossed in thinking.” - Eckhart Tolle

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt

“Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.” - James Harvey Robinson

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” - Buddha

“Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.” - Bertrand Russell

“Dreams are the answers to questions that we haven’t yet figured out how to ask.” - Fox Mulder

“Your commitment to other people must be an extension of your commitment to yourself, not at odds with it.” - Paul Ferrini

“Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’.” - Eckhart Tolle

“He who experiences the unity of life, sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.” - Buddha

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” - Henri Bergson

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” - George Bernard Shaw

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” - Chinese Proverb

“When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” - Sinclair Lewis

“For as knowledges are now delivered, there is a kind of contract of error between the deliverer and the receiver; for he that delivereth knowledge desireth to deliver it in such a form as may be best believed, and not as may be best examined; and he that receiveth knowledge desireth rather present satisfaction than expectant inquiry.” - Francis Bacon

“Whatever people do, they do for a reason and they think that it meets their needs….by their perception.” - Anthony Robbins

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” - Plato

“When you stop projecting your anger & fear on the world, you can stand for truth without hurting others.” - Paul Ferrini

“The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.” - William Blake

“To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” - Confucius

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” - Henry Ford

“Language etches the grooves through which your thoughts must flow.” - Noam Chomsky

“There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.” - Anaïs Nin

“The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.” - Eckhart Tolle

“Attention Deficit Disorder was coined by regularity chauvinists. Regularity chauvinists are people who insist that you have got to do the same thing every time, every day, which drives some of us nuts. Attention Deficit Disorder - we need a more positive term for that. Hummingbird mind, I should think.” - Ted Nelson (via Jake Elliott)

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” - Epictetus

“Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon.” - Alan J. Perlis

“Facts are God’s native tongue.” - Michael Dowd

“Our minds can shape the way a thing will be, because we act according to our expectations.” - Federico Fellini

“The deeper you surrender to existence, life, nature, the more loving, more understanding, more insightful you become.” - Osho

“The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.” - Arnold H. Glasow

“We criticize people for not giving us what we ourselves are afraid to ask for.” - Marshall Rosenberg

“You are not just a drop in the ocean, you the mighty ocean in the drop.” - Rumi

“The collective dream is the hypnosis of social conditioning. Only sages, psychotics & geniuses manage to break free.” - Deepak Chopra

“Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance.” - Will Durant

“There is nothing so practical as a good theory” - Phil Wadler

“Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes.” - Norman Douglas

“Hell is just resistance to life.” - Pema Chödrön

“If you don’t have the right abstractions, you can make things artificially difficult. For example, if I was going to teach arithmetic and I only knew about Roman numerals, you might get the idea that multiplication is extremely difficult. Given the idea of Arabic numerals it becomes a lot easier. If we took Roman numerals, the Romans have no way to express zero. It was just a sort of concept that didn’t exist so a whole branch of mathematics was not only difficult, it was impossible. If we have the wrong abstractions, we can make things which are intrinsically rather simple very difficult. I think that’s what’s happened in parallel programming. We’re using the wrong abstractions and that’s making things artificially difficult.” - Joe Armstrong

“The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you do something, you should burn yourself completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.” - Shunryu Suzuki

“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.” - Kahlil Gibran

“Never underestimate the power of compassionately recognizing what’s going on.” - Pema Chödrön

“Awareness is the key. Do we see the stories that we’re telling ourselves and question their validity?” - Pema Chödrön

“What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.” - Paul Valery

“The only real security in life lies in relishing life’s insecurity.” - M. Scott Peck

“A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” - Lao Tzu

“To put it concisely, we suffer when we resist the noble and irrefutable truth of impermanence and death.” - Pema Chödrön

“There must be a way of promoting human values without involving religion, based on common sense, experience and recent scientific findings.” - Dalai Lama

“Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected. But if that’s all that’s happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves a big deal and being really serious about it, wanting it to be like that forever. The gloriousness becomes tinged by craving and addiction. On the other hand, wretchedness—life’s painful aspect—softens us up considerably. Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person. When you are feeling a lot of grief, you can look right into somebody’s eyes because you feel you haven’t got anything to lose—you’re just there. The wretchedness humbles us and softens us, but if we were only wretched, we would all just go down the tubes. We’d be so depressed, discouraged, and hopeless that we wouldn’t have enough energy to eat an apple. Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.” - Pema Chödrön (Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living)

“Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person.” - Pema Chödrön

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” - Charles Mingus (via Garr Reynolds)

“Every problem contains within itself the seeds of its own solution.” - Stanley Arnold

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” - Plato

“If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.” - Wayne W Dyer

“Only the closed mind is certain.” - from the movie Dean Spanley

“Right perspective is no perspective or all perspectives.” - Buddha (via Deepak Chopra)

“If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” - Engelbreit (via ktotheb)

“Paradoxes are only conflicts between reality and your feelings of what reality ought to be.” - Richard Feynman (via Luke Palmer)

“It is not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It is because we dare not venture that they are difficult.” - Seneca

“In the most ordinary terms, egolessness is a flexible identity. It manifests as inquisitiveness, as adaptability, as humor, as playfulness.” - Pema Chödrön

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what is not being said.” - Peter Drucker

“Speak well of your enemies. After all you made them.” - Unknown

“Your problems are just old habit patterns, asking to be released.” - Karen Bell (KB, ktotheb)

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does tend to rhyme.” - Mark Twain

“All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician and ridiculous to the philosopher.” - Lucretius

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” - Henry David Thoreau

“What we think, we become.” - Buddha (via Garr Reynolds)

“Complexity grows incrementally. Regaining simplicity requires a revolution.” - Conal Elliott

“How much ‘ego’ do you need? Just enough so that you don’t step in front of a bus.” - Shunryu Suzuki

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” - Christopher Columbus

“A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.” - Alan Perlis

“So often I hear ‘The Real World’ as a static notion (e.g., ‘but in the Real World …’). I’m for helping the Real World evolve.” - Conal Elliott

“A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” - Charles F. Kettering

“The Corporate impulse for human uniformity instills shame at difference and, thus, the contemporary zeal for privacy.” - John Perry Barlow

“What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.” - Thaddeus Golas

“Not choice, but habit rules the unreflecting herd” - William Wordsworth

“Everything you do consciously is preserved for you: everything you do mechanically, since you did not do it, is lost.” - Maurice Nicoll (Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, volume 1, page 95)

“We hold on to hope, and hope robs us of the present moment.” - Pema Chödrön

“… inherited collective mind-patterns … have kept humans in bondage to suffering for eons.” - Eckhart Tolle

“They belong to what is as yet a small but fortunately growing minority of spiritual pioneers: people who are reaching a point where they become capable of breaking out of inherited collective mind patterns that have kept humans in bondage to suffering for eons.” - Eckhart Tolle

“The future is uncertain. But such uncertainty lies at the very heart of human creativity.” - Ilya Prigogine

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” - Abraham Lincoln

“One of my favorite problem solving questions: what if what I’m trying to solve isn’t actually a problem? What if I embraced it?” - Luke Palmer

“We cannot change anything unless we accept it.” - Carl Jung

“Your happiness depends on you alone.” - Aristotle

“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” - Peter Drucker

“In a sense, recursive equations are the ‘assembly language’ of functional programming, and direct recursion the goto.” - Jeremy Gibbons

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” - Marcus Aurelius

“They must find it hard to take Truth for authority who have so long mistaken Authority for Truth.” - Gerald Massey

“People who achieve access to the deepest roots of their freedom can completely change.” - Peter Koestenbaum

“It’s a healthy thing to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” - Bertrand Russell

“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals that do not inspire them.” - Anthony Robbins

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” - Albert Einstein

“Someone once said the fundamental reason we get married is because have a universal human need for a witness.” - Roger Ebert.

“Being too early is indistinguishable from being wrong.” - Tim O’Reilly

“The truth is that good and bad coexist; sour and sweet coexist. They aren’t really opposed to each other.” - Pema Chödrön, (Start Where you Are)

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” - Arthur Schopenhauer

“Philosophers’ Syndrome: mistaking a failure of the imagination for an insight into necessity.” - Daniel C Dennett

“Every time you share your vision, you strengthen your own subconscious belief that you can achieve it.” - Jack Canfield

“The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange.” - G.K. Chesterton

“A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books.” - Chinese proverb

“You lose it if you talk about it.” - Ernest Hemingway

“You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.” - John Knox

“Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts” - Richard Feynman

“Things are only impossible until they’re not.” - Jean-Luc Picard

“Jump and the net will appear.” - Mick Ebeling

“Where is peace to be found? The answer is surprising but clear. In weakness. Why there? Because in our weakness, our familiar ways of controlling and manipulating our world are being stripped away, and we are forced to let go from doing much, thinking much, and relying on our self-sufficiency. Right there where we are most vulnerable, the peace that is not of this world is mysteriously hidden.” - Henri Nouwen

“The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.” - Ram Dass

“The first step in conflict is to shift from agree/disagree to trying to understand, what is the experience of the person saying this?” - MK (Miki Kashtan?)

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” - Lindquist

“The stories we tell ourselves can serve as straitjackets for stagnation, or scaffolding for transformation.” - Seb Paquet

“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.” - Hardy D. Jackson

“Good ideas come from bad ideas, but only if there are enough of them” - Seth Godin

“The intellectual mind that is unconnected to the heart is an uncultivated mind.” - B.K.S. Iyengar

“Although we think that we think, most of the time we are being thought by the collective mind, the hypnosis of conditioning.” - Deepak Chopra

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” - Naguib Mahfouz

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” - Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Nowadays, when people assert that mutable state is really what happens on the machine, I ask them if they mean string theory or quantum field theory.” - Chung-chieh Shan

“It is so interesting to watch how every soul is looking for trouble. It is not so interesting that every person is seeking pleasure, but it is most interesting to see how everyone is seeking his pain, looking out for it. Tagore says: ‘When the string of the violin was being tuned it felt the pain of being stretched, but once it was tuned then it knew why it was stretched’. So it is with the human soul. While the soul goes through pain, torture and trouble it thinks that it would have been much better if it had gone through life without it. But once it reaches the culmination of it then, when it looks back, it begins to realize why all this was meant: it was only meant to tune the soul to a certain pitch.” - Hazrat Inayat Khan (source)

“There is an almost sensual longing for communion with others who have a larger vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendships between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality almost impossible to describe.” - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“It is our duty as human beings to proceed as though the limits of our capabilities do not exist.” - Teilhard de Chardin

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” - William Shakespeare

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” - John F Kennedy

“Those who control their passions do so because their passions are weak enough to be controlled.” - William Blake

“In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become loyal to performing daily trivia until we become enslaved by it.” - Robert Heinlein

“When your judgements parade as the truth, you deceive everyone, including yourself.” - Paul Ferrini

“When the solution is simple, God is answering.” - Albert Einstein

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” - Hans Hofmann

“Participate joyfully in the sorrows of life.” - Joseph Campbell

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” - Mark Twain

“Don’t Take Yes for an Answer” - Anon

“The use of anthropomorphic terminology forces you linguistically to adopt an operational view. And it makes it practically impossible to argue about programs independently of their being executed.” - Edsger Dijkstra

“‘I don’t know’ is my favorite position.” - Byron Katie

“You are never upset for the reason you think.” - A Course in Miracles

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” - Anatole France

“NVC is an awareness practice masquerading as a communication tool.” - Kit Miller

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” - Stephen Covey

“The secret to creative freedom is letting go of our habitual certainities.” - Deepak Chopra

“When you blame and criticize others, you are avoiding some truth about yourself.” - Deepak Chopra

“People never leave a sinking ship until they see the lights of another ship approaching.” - Buckminster Fuller

“The chief source of problems is solutions.” - Eric Sevareid

“The purpose of visualization is insight, not pictures.” - Ben Shneiderman

“I wake up every day both wanting to change the world and to have one heck of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day difficult.” - E.B. White

“If something is not beautiful, it is probably not true.” - John Keats

“Do not confuse your horizon with the edge of the world.” - Seb Paquet

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” - Gandhi

“Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.” - Margaret Millar

“If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.” - John von Neumann

“The two Virtues of Equanimity and Compassion become more available to the person whose ego-shell has been smashed—either by great suffering or by great love—or by both.” - Richard Rohr

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman

“An approximate answer to the right problem is worth a good deal more than an exact answer to an approximate problem.” - John Tukey

“Wisdom is what’s left after we’ve run out of personal opinions.” - Cullen Hightower

“FP offers a unique opportunity to exploit a compositional approach to algorithms and show the effectiveness of math in programming” - R. Bird

“Thesis, antithesis, synthesis — most of us only take the first or second steps.” - Edward Craig (@NewMindMirror)

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (or George Carlin? Uncertain)

“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” - Rumi

“Time is God’s way of keeping everything from happening at once.” - Anonymous

“You can’t come to a new point of view until you realize what your brainwashing has been.” - Morton Kelsey

“What we assume, what we have never clearly thought out, controls us.” - Morton Kelsey

“Honesty is not brutal. Brutality is not honest. If what you’re saying is brutal, you’re leaving unspoken a deeper, respectful truth.” - Dale Emery

“There is no security for those who seek it outside of themselves.” - Byron Katie

“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” - Thomas Merton

“It is not that you must be free from fear. The moment you try to free yourself from fear, you create resistance against fear. Resistance in any form does not end fear. What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it, not how to resist it.” - Krishnamurti

“A thought is harmless unless we believe it.” - Byron Katie

“The past has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that.” - Eckhart Tolle

“In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.” - Robert G. Ingersoll

“Every nation makes decisions based on self-interest and defends them in the name of morality.” - William Sloane Coffin

“The shortest path to exceeding expectations doesn’t generally pass through meeting expectations.” - Ward Cunningham

“I don’t let go of my thoughts—I meet them with understanding, then they let go of me.” - Byron Katie

“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.” - Pema Chödrön

“One can’t proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.” - Alan Perlis

“Wisdom is a love affair with questions. Knowledge is a love affair with answers.” - Julio Olalla (via Holly Croydon)

“What other people think about you is none of your business.” - unknown

“Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” - Anaïs Nin

“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much of life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.” - Henry David Thoreau

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” - Aristotle

“In the future, we will hold jealousy as a call for support, not a proof of love. A love where no one sacrifices to another, but grace is evoked through the sharing of deep vulnerability.” - Kelly Bryson

“drop the story line, which means instead of acting out/repressing—use the situation as an opportunity to feel your heart, to feel the wound.” - Pema Chödrön

“Feel the wounded heart that’s underneath the addiction, self-loathing, or anger.”- Pema Chödrön

“Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting.” - Ivan Illich

“Pay close attention to when you’re being the real you and when you’re trying to impress an invisible jury.” - Derek Sivers

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.” - Rachel Naomi Remen

“Our listening creates a sanctuary for the homeless parts within another person.” - Rachel Naomi Remen

“When you listen generously to people they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time.” - Rachel Naomi Remen

“Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it” - Alan Perlis

“Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.” - Edsger Dijkstra

“I think the terminology I would use is ‘a continuous process of reflection’. I’ve always thought of only two questions that have mattered to me personally. One is what is really needed in the world and the second is what’s really important to me and how these two intersect. It’s always been a reflective process — spiraling around these two poles.” - Peter Senge

“Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, live truly, and forgive quickly.” - Paulo Coelho

“Seeking love keeps you from the awareness that you already are it.” - Byron Katie

“Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.” - Bertrand Russell

“The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.” - Herbert Agar

“Solving a problem simply means representing it so as to make the solution transparent.” - H.A. Simon

“We must eradicate from the soul all fear and terror of what is to come out of the future. We must acquire serenity in all feelings and sensations about the future. We must look with absolute equanimity to everything that may come and we must think only that whatever comes is given to us by a world direction full of wisdom. It is part of what we must learn in this age, namely to live out of pure trust without any security in existence, trusting in the ever present help of the spiritual world. Truly nothing else will do if our courage is not to fail. Let us discipline our will and let us seek the awakening from within ourselves every morning and every evening.” - Rudolf Steiner

“The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” - Gloria Steinem

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” - Steve Jobs

“Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.” - Bertrand Russell “Ideas that Have Harmed Mankind” (1946)

“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.” - Bertrand Russell

“Dialogue requires space, time, and a calm spirit. People need to be given a chance to tune into themselves. Dialogue is a deep process. For me, this requires some quiet and inner peace — and some time for interaction.” - Bob Niederman

“If you can’t solve a problem, then there’s an easier problem you can solve: find it.” - George Polya

“If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” - Dr Suess

“We are all born originals — why is it so many of us die copies?” - Edward Young

“If I try to be like him, who will be like me?” - Yiddish proverb

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Anaïs Nin

“Resentment is disappointment waiting to be felt. When you feel it, you move through to space, resolution and peace.” - Bridget Pilloud

“The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice. So long as men are not trained to withhold judgment in the absence of evidence, they will be led astray by cocksure prophets, and it is likely that their leaders will be either ignorant fanatics or dishonest charlatans. To endure uncertainty is difficult, but so are most of the other virtues.” - Bertrand Russell

“As the State is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence.” - Mohandas K. Gandhi

“If the words ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.” - Terence McKenna

“Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.” - Esther Hicks

“…Simplifications have had a much greater long-range scientific impact than individual feats of ingenuity. The opportunity for simplification is very encouraging, because in all examples that come to mind the simple and elegant systems tend to be easier and faster to design and get right, more efficient in execution, and much more reliable than the more contrived contraptions that have to be debugged into some degree of acceptability….Simplicity and elegance are unpopular because they require hard work and discipline to achieve and education to be appreciated.” - Edsger Dijkstra

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.” - C.S. Lewis

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” ~Pema Chödrön (The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times)

“Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it.” - Richard P. Feynman

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” - Philip K. Dick

“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” - Buddha

“The purpose of abstraction is not to be vague, but to create a new semantic level in which one can be absolutely precise.” - Edsger Dijkstra

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they aren’t values. They’re hobbies.” - Jon Stewart

“We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.” - David Lynch

“We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.” - Buckminster Fuller

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” - Henry Ford

“It has long been my personal view that the separation of practical and theoretical work is artificial and injurious. Much of the practical work done in computing, both in software and in hardware design, is unsound and clumsy because the people who do it have not any clear understanding of the fundamental design principles of their work. Most of the abstract mathematical and theoretical work is sterile because it has no point of contact with real computing. One of the central aims of the Programming Research Group as a teaching and research group has been to set up an atmosphere in which this separation cannot happen.” - Christopher Strachey (citation)

“People are so alienated from their own soul that when they meet their soul they think it comes from another star system.” - Terence McKenna

“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” - Robert Brault

“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.” - Mark Twain

“The more room you give yourself to express your true thoughts and feelings, the more room there is for your wisdom to emerge.” - Marianne Williamson

“Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.” - George Kneller

“We all operate in two contrasting modes, which might be called open and closed. The open mode is more relaxed, more receptive, more exploratory, more democratic, more playful and more humorous. The closed mode is the tighter, more rigid, more hierarchical, more tunnel-visioned. Most people, unfortunately spend most of their time in the closed mode. Not that the closed mode cannot be helpful. If you are leaping a ravine, the moment of takeoff is a bad time for considering alternative strategies. When you charge the enemy machine-gun post, don’t waste energy trying to see the funny side of it. Do it in the”closed" mode. But the moment the action is over, try to return to the “open” mode—to open your mind again to all the feedback from our action that enables us to tell whether the action has been successful, or whether further action is need to improve on what we have done. In other words, we must return to the open mode, because in that mode we are the most aware, most receptive, most creative, and therefore at our most intelligent." - John Cleese

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” - Albert von Szent-Gyorgy

“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.” - Picasso

“When you are completely absorbed or caught up in something, you become oblivious to things around you, or to the passage of time. It is this absorption in what you are doing that frees your unconscious and releases your creative imagination.” - Dr. Rollo May

“The joy is in creating, not maintaining.” - Vince Lombardi

“One cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.” - Albert Einstein

“It is the questions in life that move us forward, not the answers.” - Anon (heard a talk from Unity of Hawaii in a podcast about the Yin & Yang of attachment)

“A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.” - Horace Mann

“Self-judgment is how conditioned mind keeps control over your life.” - Cheri Huber

“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measels of mankind. Never do anything against conscience — even if the state demands it.” - Albert Einstein

“To practice NVC, we must completely abandon the goal of getting other people to do what we want.” - Marshall Rosenberg

“As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it.” - Eckhart Tolle

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum — even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.” - Noam Chomsky

“There is no ethics in general. There are only—eventually—ethics of processes by which we treat the possibilities of a situation.” - Alain Badiou, ‘Ethics’, 1993.

“As you inquire into issues and turn judgments around, you come to see that every perceived problem appearing ‘out there’ is really nothing more than a misperception within your own thinking.” - Byron Katie

“To ‘see both sides’ of a problem is the surest way to prevent its complete solution. Because there are always more than two sides.” - Idries Shah

“If you want to enter a state of grace, question the assumption you’re defending right now.” - Byron Katie

“In that it dulls curiosity, the obvious is the enemy of the true.” - Conal Elliott

“My own approach to literary problems is very like the one Dr. Johnson’s blind housekeeper used when she poured tea—she put her finger inside the cup.” - Flannery O’Connor

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” - Oscar Wilde

“Whenever you think that your needs are not being met, you’re telling the story of a future.” - Byron Katie

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” - Wayne W. Dyer

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” - Michelangelo

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” - W.B. Yeats

“People try nonviolence for a week, and when it ‘doesn’t work,’ they go back to violence, which hasn’t worked for centuries.” - Theodore Roszak

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit” - E.E. Cummings

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.” - Gabrielle Roth

“Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.” - Benjamin Lee Whorf (Language, Thought, and Reality, 1964)

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” - Ludwig Wittgenstein

“A language that doesn’t affect the way you think about programming, is not worth knowing.” - Alan Perlis

“As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter.” - Eckhart Tolle

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again.” - Pema Chödrön

“First something is a great idea, then it becomes a cause, then it becomes a business and finally it becomes a racket.” - Eric Hoffer

“The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” - Lao Tzu

“William James used to preach the ‘will-to-believe.’ For my part, I should wish to preach the ‘will-to-doubt.’ None of our beliefs are quite true; all at least have a penumbra of vagueness and error. What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.” - Bertrand Russell in “Sceptical Essays” (1928)

“There is a transcendental dimension beyond language…. It’s just hard as hell to talk about it.” - Terence McKenna

“Until you look forward to all criticism, your Work’s not done.” - Byron Katie (on Tumbler)

“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.” - Gerry Spence

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

“In the end only three things matter: how fully you have lived, how deeply you have loved and how well you have learned to let go.” - Buddhist saying

“The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity: monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, mono-medicine. The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity.” - Thomas Szasz

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” - George Orwell

“‘Rights’ are granted; ‘duties’ are enforced. To speak of rights and duties is to think in terms of authority.” - Laurence Labadie

“Never say, and never take seriously anyone who says, ‘I cannot believe that so-and-so could have evolved by gradual selection’. I have dubbed this kind of fallacy ‘the Argument from Personal Incredulity’. Time and again, it has proven the prelude to an intellectual banana-skin experience.” - Richard Dawkins

Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back. — Piet Hein

“Any story that you tell about yourself is food for the ego. There is no authentic story.” - Byron Katie

“The opinion other people have of you is their problem, not yours.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“If we are unduly absorbed in improving our lives we may forget altogether to live them.” - Alan Watts

“Successful problem solving requires finding the right solution to the right problem. We fail more often because we solve the wrong problem than because we get the wrong solution to the right problem” - Russell Ackoff

“Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn’t there, and finding it.” - Oscar Wilde

“It’s very dangerous to mix up the words natural and habitual. We have been trained to be quite habitual at communicating in ways that are quite unnatural.” - Mohandas K. Gandhi

“Types don’t just contain data; types explain data.” - Conor McBride (source)

“The word ‘choice’ is a fraud while people choose only what they have been taught to choose.” - Idries Shah

“Exhale only love.” - Rumi

“Hand-waving is an important factor in staying stuck in impossibility thinking, since rigorous argument uncovers unconscious limiting assumptions. I’m just as happy if you are working on showing impossibility as discovering the possible, as long as you are rigorous and get rigorous peer review. Otherwise, we all fall into the trap of self-deceit.” - Conal Elliott (Source)

“It is not only not right, it is not even wrong.” - Wolfgang Pauli

“Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to cope with it.” - Unknown

“A ship in harbor is safe —- but that is not what ships are for.” - John A. Shedd

“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.” - Alan Wilson Watts

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” - Dresden James

“You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.” - Ray Bradbury

“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” - Alan Watts

“Ego is a social institution with no physical reality. The ego is simply your symbol of yourself.” - Alan Watts

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” - Flannery O’Connor

“The obstacle is the path.” - Zen Proverb

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T. S. Eliot

“Silence is the best reply to a fool.” - Imam Ali

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” - Jack Kerouac

“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.” - Alejandro Jodorowsky

“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.” - Lou Reed

“How long will this last, this delicious feeling of being alive, of having penetrated the veil which hides beauty and the wonders of celestial vistas? It doesn’t matter, as there can be nothing but gratitude for even a glimpse of what exists for those who can become open to it.” - Alexander Shulgin

“He who wants to get to the source must swim against the current.” - Stanislaw Lec

“The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.” - Alberto Brandolini

“It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.” - Alfred North Whitehead

“When I am with you, everything is a prayer.” - Rumi

“Only a Perfect One who is always laughing at the word two can make you know of Love.” - Hafiz

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom.” - Viktor Frankl

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” - Wayne Dyer

“Reality is much more complex than any judgment of right and wrong encourages you to believe. When you really understand the ethical, spiritual, social, economic, and psychological forces that shape individuals, you will see that people’s choices are not based on a desire to hurt. Instead, they are in accord with what they know and what world views are available to them. Most are doing the best they can, given what information they’ve received and what problems they are facing.” - Michael Lerner

“It’s not good to settle into a set of opinions; it’s a mistake to put in effort and obtain some understanding and stop at that.” - Hagakure

“The question you raise ‘how can such a formulation lead to computations’ doesn’t bother me in the least! Throughout my whole life as a mathematician, the possibility of making explicit, elegant computations has always come out by itself, as a byproduct of a thorough conceptual understanding of what was going on. Thus I never bothered about whether what would come out would be suitable for this or that, but just tried to understand —- and it always turned out that understanding was all that mattered.” - Alexander Grothendieck (in a letter to Ronnie Brown, December 4, 1983)

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” - Dalai Lama XIV (1935- )

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance” - George Bernard Shaw

“Can you remain unmoving / till the right action arises by itself?” - Lao Tzu

“The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go. The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.” - Atisha

“Our suffering is caused by holding on to how things might have been, should have been, could have been.” - Stephen Levine

“Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.” - Alan Watts

“Insanity in individuals is something rare —- but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

“I mean by intellectual integrity the habit of deciding vexed questions in accordance with the evidence, or of leaving them undecided where the evidence is inconclusive. This virtue, though it is underestimated by almost all adherents of any system of dogma, is to my mind of the very greatest social importance and far more likely to benefit the world than Christianity or any other system of organized beliefs.” - Bertrand Russell, Can Religion Cure Our Troubles (1954)

“When your eyes are functioning well you don’t see your eyes. If your eyes are imperfect you see spots in front of them. That means there are some lesions in the retina or wherever, and because your eyes aren’t working properly, you feel them. In the same way, you don’t hear your ears. If you have a ringing in your ears it means there’s something wrong with your ears. Therefore, if you do feel yourself, there must be something wrong with you. Whatever you have, the sensation of I is like spots in front of your eyes - it means something’s wrong with your functioning.” - Alan Watts (Ego - from the Essential Alan Watts)

“The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.” - Albert Einstein

“Culture is a plot against the expansion of consciousness.” - Terence McKenna

“If you can’t get out of it, get into it.” - anon

“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.” - Alan Watts

“Don’t try to change people’s minds. People will change their own minds. Instead, design an experience that leads to a new way of thinking.” - Dave Gray

“Worry is preposterous; we don’t know enough to worry.” - Wei Boyang

“If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.” - Zen Proverb

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” - Lao Tzu

It is a typical human reaction to want to save all people with other peoples' resources - Unknown