Saturday, October 31, 2009

End II

"In the end, everything is a gag."
--Charlie Chaplin

Friday, October 30, 2009


"For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed."
--Clifton Fadiman

Thursday, October 29, 2009


"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible."
--T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935) British adventurer, soldier, and scholar

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


"A year from now you will wish you had started today."
--Karen Lamb

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


"If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him."
--Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British writer

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fear III

"If you're afraid to die, you will not be able to live."
--James Baldwin (1924-1987) American novelist

Sunday, October 25, 2009


"All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the causes of endless strife. . . . Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest."
--Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) English author and illustrator

Friday, October 23, 2009


"The General Strike has taught the working class more in four days than years of talking could have done."
--Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930) British statesman

Thursday, October 22, 2009


"How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it."
--Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) French novelist and dramatist

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


"Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality."
--Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) Electrical engineer and inventor

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."
--Saul Bellow (1915- ) US writer

Monday, October 19, 2009


"I believe the State exists for the development of individual lives, not individuals for the development of the state." --Sir Julian Sorell Huxley (1887-1975) English biologist and writer

Sunday, October 18, 2009


"But I know now that there is not a chance in hell of America becoming humane and reasonable. Because power corrupts us, and absolute power corrupts us absolutely. Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power. By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East? Their morale, like so many lifeless bodies, is already shot to pieces. They are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922 -2007 ) Author

Thursday, October 15, 2009


"The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them."
--George Orwell

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


"To be able to choose between proprietary software packages is to be able to choose your master. Freedom means not having a master. And in the area of computing, freedom means not using proprietary software."
--Richard K. Stallman, of the GNU Project and Free Software Foundation.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


"Animal advocacy is, in a certain sense, standing up to tell true life stories that are not being heard; true life stories that most people are ignoring. The first step in animal advocacy is to help people see things differently. Animals are somebody, not something."
--Tom Regan

Monday, October 12, 2009


"Mere unorthodoxy or dissent from the prevailing mores is not to be condemned. The absence of such voices would be a symptom of grave illness to our society."
--Earl Warren (1891-1974) Chief Justice, U. S. Supreme Court
Source: Sweezy v. New Hampshire, 1957

Sunday, October 11, 2009


"When a thief has nothing to steal,
he regards his 'virtue' as real."
--Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 22a
As cited in "Jewish Wisdom" by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Only when the last tree has died
and the last river has been poisoned
and the last fish has been caught
will we realize
we cannot eat money.

--Cree Indian Expression

Friday, October 09, 2009


Good day to you all! said the fox, when he got into the goose-pen.
--Proverb, (Dutch)

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


"There is a terrible forest fire. All the animals are fleeing the conflagration except Hummingbird, who is flying back and forth, scooping up little slivers of water from a spring and dumping them on the flames. 'What do you think you're doing, stupid little bird?' the other animals ask derisively, and Hummingbird says, 'I'm doing what I can"
--Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize-winning founder of Kenya's Greenbelt Movement

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


"The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him."
--Russell Baker

Monday, October 05, 2009

Different II

"When I was four years old they tried to test my IQ, they showed me this picture of three oranges and a pear. They asked me which one is different and does not belong, they taught me that different was wrong."
--Ani DiFranco

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Necessity II

"There is no denying that consideration of others is worthwhile. There is no denying that our happiness is inextricably bound up with the happiness of others. There is no denying that if society suffers we ourselves suffer. Nor is there any denying that the more our hearts and minds are afflicted with ill-will, the more miserable we become. Thus we can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion."
--Dalai Lama

Saturday, October 03, 2009


"Here's to the confusion of our enemies!"
--Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) American singer, actor

Friday, October 02, 2009


"What if this weren't a hypothetical question?"

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Thoughts II

"An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it."
--Jef Mallett, Frazz, 04-04-07