Alan's Favorite Quotes

The following are some of my favorite quotes, proverbs, sayings, and other pithy statements (including some from your's truly). There is no intentional order other than grouping quotes from the same source together. Note: these quotes do not necessarily represent my personal views (though many do).



Ask a question and you are a fool for three minutes. Do not ask a question and you are a fool for the rest of your life.

-- Chinese proverb



The man with one clock knows what time it is, while the man with two is never sure.

-- Chinese proverb



A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

-- Greek proverb



When you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.

-- Jewish proverb



Like mother, like daughter.

-- Jewish proverb



Speak softly and carry a big stick.

-- West African Proverb



If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

-- Abraham Maslow



Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

-- Lord Acton



God never got around to creating a substitute for experience.

-- Adrian Rogers



We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

-- Aesop



After all is said and done, more is said than done.

-- Aesop



The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

-- Alan Kay



When people attached themselves to a sect or a party, in religion or politics, and they have no good arguments to employ, they attempt to overwhelm their adversaries by bitter and reproachful words.

-- Albert Barnes, 1884



The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.

-- Albert Camus, "The Rebel", 1951



The situation may be expressed by an image: science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

-- Albert Einstein, speech at Princeton Theological Seminary, May 19, 1939



The strength of the constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are constitutional rights secure.

-- Albert Einstein



Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

-- Albert Einstein



Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

--Albert Einstein



There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

--Albert Einstein



Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.

--Albert Einstein



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.

-- Albert Einstein



God is subtle but He is not malicious.

-- Albert Einstein



The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.

-- Albert Einstein



Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.

-- Albert Einstein



Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

-- Albert Einstein



Great spirits have often encountered violent oppostition from weak minds.

-- Albert Einstein



Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.

-- Albert Einstein



The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

-- Albert Einstein



The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

-- Albert Einstein



We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

-- Albert Einstein



Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.

-- Albert Einstein



I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

-- Albert Einstein



It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.

-- Albert Einstein



I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.

-- Albert Einstein



If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

-- Albert Einstein



When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

-- Albert Einstein



Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.

-- Albert Einstein



When the solution is simple, God is answering.

-- Albert Einstein



What we don't know is much more than what we know.

-- Albert Einstein



Intellectuals solve problems. Geniuses prevent them.

-- Albert Einstein



A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.

-- Alexander Pope



To a foreigner, nearly all domestic quarrels of the Americans seem at first glance either incomprehensible or puerile, and one is hard put to decide whether one ought to pity a people that takes such wretched trifles seriously or envy it the good fortune that permits to to do so.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America", 1840



Anarchy is almost always a consequence of tyranny or incompetence rather than impotence.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America", 1840



Despotism corrupts the person who submits to it far more than the person who imposes it.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America", 1840



Despotism often presents itself as the remedy for all ills suffered in the past. It is the upholder of justice, the champion of the oppressed, and the founder of order,. Nations are lulled to sleep by the temporary prosperity to which it gives rise, and when they awake, they are miserable.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America", 1840



If, in the midst of this universal upheaval, you do not succeed in linking the idea of rights to the personal interest that stands out as the only fixed point in the human heart, what means of governing the world will be left to you other than fear?

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America", 1840



But I also think that when the central administration claims that it can dispense entirely with the free participation of those whose interests are primarily at stake, then it is either deceiving itself or trying to deceive you.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835



In the eyes of democracy, government is not a good but a necessary evil.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America", 1840



The mind is easily taken in by the false air of exactitude that even aberrant statistics retain and calmly accepts errors that it sees a cloaked in mathematical truth.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America", 1840



We can be sure that the majority of men will remain in one of these two states: they will either believe without knowing why, or not know precisely what they ought to believe.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America", 1840



It is possible both to remain popular and to oppose the rights of the people, to be a secret servant of tyranny and an avowed lover of liberty.

-- Alexis de Toqueville, speaking of post-revolution France, "Democracy in America", 1850



In order to reap the priceless goods that derive from the freedom of the press, one must learn to accept the inevitable evils that it breeds.

-- A. Tocqueville, "Democracy in America", 1840



The human mind invents things more readily than words. That is why so many improper terms and inadequate expressions are in use.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America", 1840



Parties are an evil inherent in free governments.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America", 1840



A long war almost always brings a nation face-to-face with an unhappy alternative: defeat will lead to destruction, while triumph will end in despotism.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America", 1840



Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them.

-- Andrew V. Mason



Even Superman lived as Clark Kent most of the time.

-- April Hamelink



It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

-- Aristotle



We are what we repeatedly do.

-- Aristotle



Nothing so clearly distinguishes a spiritual man as his treatment of an erring brother.

-- Augustine



There are no original ideas. There are only original people.

--Barbara Grizzuti Harrison



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, acceptance speech in 1964 Republican Convention



One of the greatest tragedies of life is the murder of a beautiful theory by a gang of brutal facts.

-- Benjamin Franklin



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

-- Benjamin Franklin (presumed), 1755



And here let me with all humility acknowledge, that to Divine Providence I am indebted for the felicity I have hitherto enjoyed. It is that power alone which has furnished me with the means I have employed, and that has crowned them with success. My faith in this respect leads me to hope, though I cannot count upon it, that the divine goodness will still be exercised towards me, either by prolonging the duration of my happiness to the close of life, or by giving me fortitude to support any melancholy reverse which may happen to me as well as to many others. My future fortune is unknown but to Him, in whose hand is our destiny, and who can make our very afflictions subservient to our benefit.

-- Benjamin Franklin, from his memoirs



If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?

-- Benjamin Franklin



Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

-- Benjamin Franklin



Well done is better than well said.

-- Benjamin Franklin



But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

-- Benjamin Franklin



We must all hang together, or, assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

-- Benjamin Franklin



Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.

-- Benjamin Franklin, “Poor Richard's Almanac”, June 1746



Distrust and caution are the parents of security.

-- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 114



The truest interpretations are those with the best justification.

-- Bernard Ramm, Protestant Biblical Interpretation



The mistake is made when action is taken in ignorance of a risk, not when the risk makes itself known.

-- Bill Mann, Dec. 10, 2003



Great obstacles make great leaders.

-- Billy Diamond, Cree leader



The right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defense is justly called the primary law of nature, so it is not, neither can it be in fact, taken away by the law of society.

-- Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England



I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

-- Bjarne Stroustrup, inventor of the C++ language



Politics make strange bedfellows.

-- Charles Dudley Warner



He who is not angry at transgression becomes a partaker in it.

-- Charles H. Spurgeon



Men are handicapped when it comes to arguing, 'cause we have a need to make sense.

-- Chris Rock



Science teaches us to doubt.

-- Claude Bernard



To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.

-- Confucius



Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

-- Confucius



Study the past if you would define the future.

-- Confucius



Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.

-- Confucius, “Analects”



Have no friends not equal to yourself.

-- Confucius, “Analects”



Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

-- Confucius, “Analects”


The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

-- Confucius, “Analects”



What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

-- Confucius, “Analects”



Uncommon things must be said in common words.

-- Coventry Patmore



You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.

-- CS Lewis



Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.

-- C. Lewis



When I became a man, I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.

-- CS Lewis



But probably ever age gets, within certain limits, the science it desires.

-- CS Lewis, “The Funeral of a Great Myth”



Diplomacy is the act of letting someone have your way.

-- Daniel Vare



The metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet.

-- Dave Barry



A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' come together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.

-- Dave Meurer



Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

-- David Starr Jordan



When you realize that you're driving drunk, the best thing you can do is stop driving.

-- David Yen



If you can't see very far ahead...go ahead as far as you can see.

-- Dawson Trotman



There are two kinds of fool. One says, “This is old, and therefore good.” And one says, “This is new, and therefore better.”

-- Dean Inge



Character is what you are in the dark.

-- Dwight L. Moody



We become what we think about the most.

-- Earl Nightingale



There are seldom technical solutions to behavioral problems.

-- Ed Crowley



Life will give you what you ask of here if only you ask long enough and plainly enough.

-- Edith Nesbit



When people insist on perfection or nothing, they get nothing.

-- Edith Schaeffer



I set out with a perfect distrust of my own abilities, a total renunciation of every speculation of my own, and with a profound reverence for the wisdom of our ancestors, who have left us the inheritance of so happy a Constitution and so flourishing an empire, and, what is a thousand times more valuable, the treasury of the maxims and principles which formed the one and obtained the other.

-- Edmund Burke, Mar. 22, 1775



People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.

-- Edmund Burke, 1790



APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection. It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past: it creates a new generation of coding bums.

-- Edsger Wybe Dijkstra



Besides a mathematical inclination, an exceptionally good mastery of one's native tongue is the most vital asset of a competent programmer.

-- Edsger Wybe Dijkstra



Cripples the mind; its teaching should therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense.

-- Edsger Wybe Dijkstra, in reference to COBOL



Mentally mutilated potential programmers beyond hope of regeneration.

-- Edsger Wybe Dijkstra, in reference to BASIC programmers



The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.

-- Edward M. Bounds



Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

--Eleanor Roosevelt



After man knows the truth, he cannot be too careful of his words.

-- Florence Scovel Shinn, from her book "The Game of Life"



The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency.

-- Eugene McCarthy



The higher up you go, the more mistakes you’re allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style.

-- Fred Astaire



Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he doesn't become a monster.

-- Friedrich Nietzsche



Out of life's school of war: What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

-- Friedrich Nietzsche



I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

-- Galileo Galilei



Discipline without love breeds resentment. Discipline with love builds character.

-- Gary Chapman



To call a child “stupid” reveals more about our own intelligence than it does about the child's.

-- Gary Chapman



Do not become so obsessed by reading books on how to be a parent that you don't have time left over to actually parent.

-- Gary Chapman



With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.

-- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg



We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.

-- George Bernard Shaw



America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.

-- George Clemenceau, 1841-1921



Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.

-- George Eliot



To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.

-- George Mason, 1788 during Virginia's ratification convention



In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

-- George Orwell



Those who speak most of progress measure it by quantity and not by quality.

-- George Santayana



Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

-- George Santayana, "The Life of Reason", 1905



I've seen many politicians paralyzed in the legs as myself, but I've seen more of them who were paralyzed in the head.

-- George Wallace



Great men are very apt to have great faults; and the faults appear the greater by their contrast with their excellencies.

-- Gerald J. Simmons



There will be peace in the Middle East when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.

-- Golda Meir



The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.

-- Grace Murray Hopper [speaking of technical standards]



It's remarkable how attached we often become to what's familiar. We feel confortable when we know how to do something well – whether or not that “something” fits the needs of others around us.

-- Rev. Greg Parsons



I find television very educating - everytime someone turns on a set, I go into the other room and read a book.

-- Groucho Marx



Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

-- Groucho Marx



Well, yes: people write poems when they are in love, but a wise man will not print them.

-- Hans Christian Andersen, "The Goloshes Of Fortune"



How little do the wisest among us know of that which is so important to us all.

-- Hans Christian Andersen, "The Philosopher's Stone"



The wiser a man becomes, the more he will read, and those who are wisest read most.

-- Hans Christian Andersen, "The Philosopher's Stone"



I thank God that I live in a country where dreams can come true, where failure sometimes is the first step to success and where success is only another form of failure if we forget what our priorities should be.

-- Harry Lloyd Hopkins



I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

-- Helen Keller



It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

-- Henry David Thoreau



Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

-- Henry David Thoreau



Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

-- Henry David Thoreau



That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.

-- Henry David Thoreau



The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

-- Henry David Thoreau



How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.

-- Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Reading, 1854



No amount of artificial reinforcement can offset the natural inequalities of human individuals.

-- Henry P. Fairchild



The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm those only who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.

-- Henry Palolucci, 1764



Furious Activity is no substitute for understanding.

-- H. H. Williams



Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.

--Howard Aiken



There are two kinds of people, those who work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.

-- Indira Gandhi



Contempt is a well-recognized defensive reaction.

-- I.A. Richards



Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. Its the transition that's troublesome.

-- Isaac Asimov



In America, we tax work, investment, employment, savings, and production, while we subsidize non-work, consumption, and debt. It's time we reverse this trend.

-- Jack Kemp



Praise God for the King Jamnes Version! It was good enough for the apostle Paul; it's good enough for me.

-- Dr. Jack Van Impe (from “Signs of the Times Part One”)



...you understand the game behind the Curtain too well not to perceive the old trick of turning every contingency into a resource for accumulating force in the Government.

-- James Madison, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 14 March 1794



The facility and excess of law-making seem to be the diseases to which our governments are most liable.

-- James Madison, "The Federalist Papers", 1788



Children are harmed more by our apathy than our error.

-- Jay Strack



The more Dad and Mom love each other, the more secure their children will feel.

-- Jay Strack



Vendors have learned, this year more than ever, that to simply churn out upgrades that fulfill already-expressed needs simply isn't enough. One goal of all progressive vendors should be to hear these words from a thankful customer: “I didn't even know that this was what I needed.”

-- Jill Duffy, “2006 Front Line Awards”. January 2006 Game Developer magazine



Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.

-- Jim Horning



I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.

-- John Cage



There is no God and there is no soul. Hence, there are no needs for the props of traditional religion. With dogma and creed excluded, immutable truth is also dead and buried. There is no room for fixed, natural laws or moral absolutes.

-- John Dewey



It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.

-- John Philpot Curran, “Speech upon the right of election”, 1790



If your case is just, if your principles are pure, and if your conduct is prudent, you need not fear the multitude of opposing hosts.

-- John Witherspoon



Even despotism does not produce its worst effects, so long as individuality exists under it; and whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called, and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.

-- John Stuart Mill, "On Liberty", Chapter 3, 1859



I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.

-- Unknown (attributed to both Alexander the Great and Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord)



I consider strangers as friends I haven't met yet.

-- Unknown



The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.

-- John Maynard Keynes



Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.

-- Joseph Stalin



Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has.

-- Josh Billings



There is no patch for stupidity.

-- Kevin Mitnik



Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.

-- Kim Hubbard



We'd all like to vote for the best man but he's never a candidate.

-- Kim Hubbard



"Many Laws, many transgressions." This is akin to a government which draws all things under its guardianship. It trains people for utter dependence rather than responsible independance. The result of this is that the greater number of laws that are given, the fewer are kept. And a worse result in government, education, or family can scarcely be imagined than a decreasing respect for law altogether. The man who could bring us to live under few laws, but would see them fairly administrered from above, and willingly obeyed for conscience' sake from beneath, would be the greatest possible benefactor of the state...the school...the family.

-- Dr. Heinrich Thiersch, "Christian Family Life", 1856 (translated by S. R. Gardiner)



If you steal ideas from one source, that's plagiarism, but if you steal ideas from more than one source, that's research.

-- Laurendo Almeida



I like to remind myself, as a parent, that God holds me responsible to, not for, my children!

-- Lee Ezell



We will give an account, to God, for our own actions – not our children's reactions.

-- Lee Ezell



War is not courtesy but the most horrible thing in life; and we ought to understand that, and not play at war. We ought to accept this terrible necessity sternly and seriously. It all lies in that: get rid of falsehood and let war be war and not a game.

-- Leo Tolstoy, “War and Peace”



I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explainig to colleagues, proudly taught to others, and which they haven woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.

-- Leo Tolstoy



In a country where the sole employer is the State, opposition means death by slow starvation. The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced by a new one: who does not obey shall not eat.

-- Leon Trotsky



Owing to its preference for totalistic explanation, scientism transforms science into an ideology, which is of course a betrayal of the experimental and empirical spirit.

-- Leon Wieseltier



Why is it when we talk to God, we're said to be praying -- but when God talks to us, we're schizophrenic?

-- Lily Tomlin



The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.

-- Linus Pauling



Experience should teach us to be more on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.

-- Louis Brandeis, US Supreme Court justice



Love is as love does.

-- M. Scott Peck



It is much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.

-- Malcolm Forbes, 1919-1990



We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.

-- Marshall McLuhan



Fathering a child is for many, not difficult. But *being* a father is.

-- Max Lucado



Brevity is the soul of wit.

-- Oscar Wilde



Fear of God builds churches, but love of God builds men.

-- Louis O. Williams



Chance favors only the prepared mind.

-- Louis Pasteur



Neither is there any substantial difference between the intentions of the self-styled 'progressives' and those of the Italian Fascists and the German Nazis. The Fascists and the Nazis were no less eager to establish all-round regimentation of all economic activities than those governments and parties which flamboyantly advertise their anti-Fascist tenets.

-- Ludwig von Mises



We see, again and again, that resentment lies behind all socialist ideas.

-- Ludwig von Mises, "Socialism", 1951



Mere opportunists excepted, everyone is convinced of the rightness of his opinions. But, if such a conviction by itself were a justification for intolerance, then everyone would have a right to coerce and persecute everyone else of another way of thinking. In these circumstances, the demand for toleration can only be a prerogative of the weak. With power comes the exercise of intolerance.

-- Luwig von Mises, "Socialism", 1951



To obtain legal recognition of the subjective rights of citizens, to limit the arbitrary action of officials to the narrowest possible field - this is the aim and object of libertarianism. It demands not grace but rights. And it recognizes from the outset that there is no other way of realizing this demand than by the most rigid suppressing of the powers of the State over the individual.

-- Ludwig von Mises, "Socialism", 1951



Who ever stirs up the resentment of the poor against the rich can count on securing a big audience. Democracy creates the most favourable preliminary conditions for the development of this spirit, which is always and everywhere present, though concealed. So far all democratic states have foundered on this point. The democracy of our own time is hastening towards the same end.

-- Ludwig von Mises, "Socialism", 1951



Facts per se can neither prove nor refute anything. Everything is decided by the interpretation and explanation of the facts, by the ideas and the theories.

-- Ludwig von Mises, "Socialism", 1951



Only by a battle of ideas can a decision be reached.

-- Ludwig von Mises, "Socialism", 1951



A speaker who inflames the passions of the masses is supposed to have a better chance of success than one who appeals to their reason.

-- Ludwig von Mises, "Socialism", 1951



Those interventionists who look at interventionism as a means of improving capitalism and thereby preserving it are utterly confused.

-- Ludwig von Mises, "Socialism", 1951



The philosophy of the Nazis, the German National Socialist Labour party, is the purest and most consistent manifestation of the anti-capitalistic and socialist spirit of our age.

-- Luwig von Mises, "Socialism", 1951



The slogan into which Nazis condensed their economic philosophy, viz., Gemeinnutz geht vor Eigennutz (i.e., the commonweal ranks above private profit), is likewise the idea underlying the American New Deal and the Soviet management of economic affairs. It implies that profit-seeking business harms the vital interests of the immense majority, and that it is the sacred duty of popular government to prevent the emergence of profits by public control of production and distribution.

-- Ludwig von Mises, "Socialism", 1951



Hitler was not the founder of Nazism; he was its product. He was, like most of his collaborators, a sadistic gangster.

-- Ludwig von Mises, "Socialism", 1951



The truth is that most people lack the intellectual ability and courage to resist a popular movement, however pernicious and ill-considered.

-- Ludwig von Mises, "Socialism", 1951



If the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

-- Madeleine L'Engle



To be alive is to be vulnerable.

-- Madeleine L'Engle



First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

-- Mahatma Gandhi



Consensus? Consensus is the negation of leadership.

-- Margaret Thatcher, upon her assumption of leadership over the conservative party in 1975



Honest differences are are often a healthy sign of progress.

-- Mahatma Gandhi



The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

-- Mahatma Gandhi



The workshop of character is everyday life.

-- Maltbie Babcock



A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

-- Mark Twain



Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

-- Mark Twain



If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

-- Mark Twain



I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said I don't know.

-- Mark Twain



It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress.

-- Mark Twain



Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

-- Mark Twain



The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

-- Mark Twain



Truth is more of a stranger than fiction.

-- Mark Twain



When in doubt, tell the truth.

-- Mark Twain



The reason we hold truth in such respect is that we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it.

-- Mark Twain



The history of our race, and each individual's experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.

-- Mark Twain



Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often.

-- Mark Twain



The report of my death was an exaggeration.

-- Mark Twain, New York Journal, June 2, 1897



Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.

-- Mark Twain



There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

-- Mark Twain



It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

-- Mark Twain



Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

-- Mark Twain



Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.

-- Mark Twain



Get your facts first, and then you can distort 'em as much as you please.

-- Mark Twain (1835-1910)



Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics”.

-- Mark Twain, autobiography



Those who make a distinction between education and entertainment don't know the first thing about either.

-- Marshall McLuhan



In Germany they came first 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 no one was left to speak up.

-- Martin Niemoeller, speaking about Nazism in the 1930s.



Remember that God is our only sure trust.

-- Mary Washington (George Washington's Mother)



Contrary to the politically correct culture we inhabit, men are not defective women.

-- Matthew Jacobson



If you never fail, you aren't trying hard enough.

-- Michael Bloomberg



Extreme liberalism is not a political philosophy. It is a mental disorder.

-- Michael Savage, 2003



Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

-- Mignon McLaughlin



When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always.

-- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi



When you feel you're at the end of your rope, remind yourself whose hand is holding the other end.

-- Nancy Kennedy



Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

-- Napleon Bonaparte



...it is much better to do things you cannot explain than explain things you cannot do.

-- Nassim Nicholas Taleb



The problem with wit and wisdom is that you usually get one or the other.

-- NB (Times Literary Supplement, September 28, 2007)



Whereas Europeans generally pronounce my name the right way, Americans invariably mangle it into 'Nickle-less Worth'. This is to say that Europeans call me by name, but Americans call me by value.

-- Niklaus Wirth, Author of the Pascal and Modula programming languages



A government which does not trust its citizens to be armed is not itself to be trusted.

-- Niccolo Machiavelli



Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in amost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in American can not enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.

-- Noah Webster, An Examination Into the Leading Principals of the Federal Constitution.



Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.

-- Daniel Webster, speech given March 15, 1837



I believe that every single event in life that happens is an opportunity to choose love over fear.

-- Oprah Winfrey



I am not young enough to know everything.

-- Oscar Wilde



Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.

-- Oscar Wilde



We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

-- Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act 3



A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

-- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891



An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

-- Oscar Wilde



It is not by means of speeches and majority resolutions that the great issues of the day will be decided...but by iron and blood..

-- Otto von Bismarck, 29-September-1862 Gray, 1891



Guard with jealous attention to the public liberty. Suspect every on who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it by downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.

-- Patrick Henry



When people forget God, tyrants forge their chains; a corrupted public conscience is incompatible with freedom.

-- Patrick Henry



The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone, it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

-- Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia convention, March 23, 1775



Why is it that we often give the most of our time to those who care about us the least, and the least of our time to those who care about us the most? We should prioritize everything on the basis of who will cry at our funeral.

-- Patrick Morley



Priorities are a grid to help us distinguish opportunity from distraction.

-- Patrick Morley



People are bad at looking at seeds and guessing what size tree will grow out of them.

-- Paul Graham



Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they're looking for ideas

-- Paula Poundstone



Help us, O Lord, when we want to do the right thing, but know not what it is. But help us most when we know perfectly well what we ought to do, and do not want to do it.

-- Peter Marshall



Unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.

-- Peter Marshall



Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-- Philip K. Dick



The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs...is to be ruled by evil men.

-- Plato



Knavery is the best defense against a knave.

-- Plutarch



Only the Lord knows how many children lose heart because their fathers have hard days.

-- R. Kent Hughes



The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.

-- P. J. O'Rourke



Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)



A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)



The ancestor of every action is a thought.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)



What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)



A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by statesmen and philosophers and divines.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)



The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1839



To be great is to be misunderstood.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, An Essay on Self-Reliance



We make our decisions; then our decisions turn around and make us.

-- Ray Pritchard



Our children copy everything we do. This is one of the most terrifying truths of parenthood.

-- Ray Pritchard



I think, therefore I am.

-- Rene Descartes



Argue for your limitations, and they are yours.

-- Richard Bach



Absolute freedom is absolute nonsense! We gain freedom in anything through commitment, discipline, and fixed habit.

-- Dr. Richard J. Foster



Organizations that don't make a significant commitment to Research & Development do not survive over the long haul – no matter how dominant they are at a given moment. The waves of other peoples' progress are simply too powerful, too relentless, to be met with halfhearted efforts.

-- Robert Buden, 2003, Technology Review magazine



Anyone who believes that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach flunked geography.

-- Robert Byrne



Good fences make good neighbors.

-- Robert Frost



The essence of strategy is not to carry out a brilliant plan that proceeds in steps; it is to put yourself in situations where you have more options than the enemy does.

-- Robert Greene



The greatest generals, the most creative strategists, stand out not because they have more knowledge but because they are able, when necessary, to drop their preconceived notions and focus intensely on the present moment.

-- Robert Greene, The 33 Strategies of War



The constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.

-- Samuel Adams, 1788, during the Massachusetts' US Constitution Ratification Convention



No people can be great who have ceased to be virtuous.

-- Samuel Johnson



The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

-- attributed to Samuel Johnson



Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.

-- Sara Brady, 1994



I'm not saying that all salespeople are liars – just the really good ones.

-- Scott Buresh, January 8 2007 issue of Lockergnome “Web Developers” newsletter



It is easy to tell a lie but hard to tell only one.

-- Sissela Bok



Scars remind us where we've been. They don't have to dictate where we're going.

-- Steve Forbes, 2012



For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.

-- Stuart Chase



For to win a crowd is not so great a trick; one only needs some talent, a certain dose of untruth and a little acquaintance with the human passions.

-- Søren Kierkegaard, 'On the Dedication to "That Single Individual"'



The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.

-- St. Paul (1 Corinthians 8:2)



If you believe in God, you don't need religion.

-- Teresa Evans



Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.

-- Thomas Painem Common Sense



There are only 10 types of people in the world: those that understand binary and those that don't.

-- Tina Sieber



Artifical intelligence usually beats real stupidity.

-- Tina Sieber



To err is human - and to blame it on a computer is even more so.

-- Tina Sieber



CAPS LOCK - Preventing login since 1980.

-- Tina Sieber



If at first you don't succeed, call it version 1.0.

-- Tina Sieber



Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility.

-- Thomas a Kempis



I am not so much afraid of death, as ashamed thereof.

-- Thomas Browne



Premature Optimization is the root of all evil.

-- Tony Hoare



Death isn't the worst thing that can happen to you. The worst thing that can happen to you is allowing yourself to die inside while you're still alive.

-- Travis Bradberry



Fear cannot be banished, but it can be calm and without panic; and it can be mitigated by reason and evaluation.

-- Vannevar Bush



Text without context is pretext.

-- Dr. Walter Martin



One should leave enough money for his children to do anything, but not enough for them to do nothing.

-- Warren Buffet



There is nothing so terrible as a battle won – except a battle lost.

-- Wellington (from his commentary on Waterloo)



The more closely you look at one thing, the less closely can you see something else.

-- Dr. Werner Heisenberg



One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to preserve.

-- William I



Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

-- William Arthur Ward



Heaven hath no rage like love to hatred turned, nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorned.

-- William Congreve



Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.

-- William Shakespeare, “Julius Ceasar”, Act 2, scene 2



The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones.

-- William Shakespeare, “Julius Ceasar”, Act 3, scene 2



In time we hate that which we often fear.

-- William Shakespeare



Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.

-- William Shakespeare



Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

-- William Shakespeare



The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

-- William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, Act 2, scene 7



Brevity is the soul of wit.

-- William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 2, scene 2



Stop asking the government for "free" goods and services, however desirable and necessary they may seem to be. They are not free. They are simply extracted from the hide of your neighbors - and can be extracted only by force. If you would not confront your neighbor and demand his money at the point of a gun to solve every new problem that may appear in your life, you should not allow the government to do it for you.

-- William Simon, "A Time For Truth"



Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason.

-- William R. Alger



I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.

-- Will Rogers



Education is like a double-edged sword. It may be turned to dangerous uses if it is not properly handled.

-- Wu Ting-Fang



Prediction is very hard, particularly when it's about the future.

-- Yogi Berra



When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

-- Yogi Berra



The child who has not been disciplined with love by his little world will be disciplined, generally without love, by the big world.

-- Zig Ziglar



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

-- George Washington



We have staked the whole future of the American civilization, not upon the power of the government (but) upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves, according to the Ten Commandments of God.

-- James Madison



A bad cause seldom fails to betray itself.

-- James Madison, The Federalist Papers



If this spirit shall ever be so far debased as to tolerate a law not obligatory on the legislature, as well as on the people, the people will be prepared to tolerate anything but liberty.

-- James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 57



If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.

-- James Madison



All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.

-- James Madison, 1787, speech at the Constitutional Convention



The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.

-- James Madison, Federalist Papers



Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

-- Abraham Lincoln



Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them.

-- Abraham Lincoln



In regard to this great book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to men. All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong.

-- Abraham Lincoln, "Remarks upon the Holy Scriptures, In Receiving the Present of a Bible from a Negro Delegation"



Let them beware of surrendering a political power which they already possess, and which, if surrendered, will surely be used to close the door of advancement against such as they, and to fix new disabilities and burdens upon them, till all of liberty shall be lost.

-- Abraham Lincoln, from a message to congress, 1861



The philosophy of the classroom in one generation is the philosophy of government in the next.

-- attributed to Abraham Lincoln



The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

-- President Franklin D. Roosevelt



We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, or revenge would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

-- President John Quincy Adams, October 11, 1798, speech



The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissolutable bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. From the day of the Declaration...they were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of the Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rules of their conduct.

-- President John Qunicy Adams



Politics are a labyrinth without a clue.

-- John Adams



Statesman, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue.

-- John Adams, June 21, 1776



Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

-- Alexander Hamilton



I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1932)



On every question of construction let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying to determine what meaning can be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.

-- Thomas Jefferson



No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

-- Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virgina Constitution (1776), Jefferson Papers 344



I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

-- Thomas Jefferson



The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

-- Thomas Jefferson



The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty. A student's perusal of the sacred volume will make him a better citizen, a better father, a better husband.

-- Thomas Jefferson



Whereas it appeareth that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of their natural rights, and are at the same time themselves better guarded against degeneracy, yet experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny...

-- Thomas Jefferson, "Preamble to a Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge", 1778



In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.

-- Thomas Jefferson, The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 (16-November-1798).



It's not me who can't keep a secret - it's the people I tell that can't.

-- Abraham Lincoln



Press on: nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

-- Calvin Coolidge



It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, 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 the dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat

-- Theodore Roosevelt



Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

-- Theodore Roosevelt



Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.

-- Dwight D. Eisenhower



It has been said that freedom is merely the opportunity for self-discipline; when restraint is gone, so is the effectiveness of the democratic system.

-- Dwight D. Eisenhower, "Waging Peace"



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.

- Attributed to Dwight D. Eisenhower



Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.

-- John F. Kennedy



A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.

-- Gerald Ford



I used to say that politics is the second oldest profession, and I have come to know that it bears a gross similarity to the first.

-- Ronald Reagan



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



How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

-- Ronald Reagan



Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.

-- 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



The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.

-- Ronald Reagan



Government is not the answer to the problem - it IS the problem.

-- Ronald Reagan



Washington doesn't solve problems. It subsidizes them.

-- Ronald Reagan, November 1967



A Pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An Optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

-- Winston Churchill



Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

-- Winston Churchill



A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

-- Winston Churchill



Character may be manifested in great choices but made in the small ones.

-- Winston Churchill



A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

-- Winston Churchill



He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

-- Winston Churchill



It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

-- Winston Churchill



Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

-- Winston Churchill



One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.

-- Winston Churchill



Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesmen who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

-- Winston Churchill



The price of greatness is responsibility.

-- Winston Churchill



Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

-- Winston Churchill



We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

-- Winston Churchill



There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is half of them are true.

-- Winston Churchill



For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use being anything else.

-- Winston Churchill



Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

-- Winston Churchill



The cemetery is full of indispensable people.

-- Winston Churchill



The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

-- Winston Churchill



Once lead this people into war, and they'll forget there ever was such a thing as tolerance. To fight you must be brutal and ruthless, and the spirit of ruthless brutality will enter into the very fibre of our national life, infecting Congress, the courts, the policeman on the beat, the man in the street.

-- President Woodrow Wilson



They are done merely for ornament. ... the common people regard them as supernatural.

-- Xun-zi (ca. 215 BC), spoken in regard to religious rituals



A liberal is a person who'll give you the shirt off his neighbor's back.

-- Author Unknown



If you're not a liberal when you're 20, you have no heart. If you're a liberal when you're 50, you have no brain.

-- Author Unknown



Programming in C is unteachable. It is acquired through trial and error, chiefly error.

-- Author Unknown



There's good music and bad music, and there's music you like and music that you don't like. They're not the same thing.

-- Author Unknown



We are either a nation of laws, or a nation of outlaws.

-- Author Unknown



Ask twelve Americans for their opinion and you will get thirteen responses.

-- Author Unknown



When man works, man works. When man prays, God works.

-- Author Unknown



Twice is he armed whose who hath his quarrel just.

--Author unknown



Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

-- Author unknown



When all is said and done, more has been said than has been done.

-- Author unknown



A man is only as good as his word.

-- Author unknown



The truly educated man is that rare individual who can separate reality from illusion.

-- Author unknown



Today's headlines are tomorrows birdcage drop-sheets.

-- Author unknown



The cure should not be worse than the disease.

-- Author unknown



Only within constraints am I free.

-- Author unknown



No man ever became great doing as he pleased.

-- Author unknown



The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

-- Author unknown



Faith is spelled R-I-S-K.

-- Author unknown



What a person is when he is a child is the fault of his parents. What a person is when he is an adult is the fault of himself.

-- Author unknown



Consistency is a hallmark of reality.

-- Author unknown



Those who are not willing to bleed and die for what they hold dear will always be held hostage by those who are.

-- Author unknown



To belittle is to be little.

-- Author unknown



There is very little future in being right when your boss is wrong.

-- Author unknown



Never attribute to malice what you can attribute to stupidity.

-- Author unknown



Two of the most famous products of Berkeley are LSD and Unix. I don't think that this is a coincidence.

-- Author unknown



A man surprised is half beaten.

-- Author unknown



If it isn't broken, don't fix it.

-- Author unknown



You are what you eat.

-- Author unknown



An absence of evidence is not an evidence of absence.

-- Author unknown



The difference between “involvement” and “commitment” is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was “involved” – the pig was “committed”.

-- Author unknown



Bravery is not a lack of fear – it is doing what needs to be done even when you are afraid.

-- Author unknown



Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.

-- Author unknown



People prefer the devil they know to the devil they don't.

-- Author unknown



People prefer the devil they know to the God they don't.

-- Alan Conroy



The wise man learns from the mistakes of others. The fool doesn't even learn from his own. For myself, I hope I can be prudent. That is, even if I don't learn from the mistakes of others, at least I can avoid repeating my own mistakes.

-- Alan Conroy



There is no stronger bond known to man than that between an American Christian and his money.

-- Alan Conroy



Life has no meaning if you're dead.

-- Alan Conroy



The fool chatters whilst the wise man listens.

-- Chiun (from Remo Williams)



Certainly no legislation can be supposed more wholesome and necessary in the founding of a free, self-governing commonwealth... than that which seeks to establish it on the basis of the idea of the family, as consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and one woman...

-- The United States Supreme Court, Murphy v. Ramsey, 1885



With much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.

-- King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 1:18)



The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?

-- King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 6:11)



When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong.

-- King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 8:11)



Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

-- Proverbs 11:22 (NIV)



Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.

-- Proverbs 12:1 (NIV)


A man's riches may ransom his life, but a poor man hears no threat.

-- Proverbs 13:8



There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

-- Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25 (NIV)


Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.

-- Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)



A fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in airing his own opinions.

-- Proverbs 18:2 (NIV)


It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.

-- Proverbs 19:2 (NIV)



A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.

-- Proverbs 19:3 (NIV)



Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?

-- Proverbs 20:6 (NIV)



Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

-- Proverbs 21:9 & 25:24 (NIV)



Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.

-- Proverbs 21:19 (NIV)



The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant ot the lender.

-- Proverbs 22:7 (NIV)



A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day; restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.

-- Proverbs 27:15-16 (NIV)



He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue.

-- Proverbs 28:23 (NIV)



The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.

-- Proverbs 29:7 (NIV)



Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

-- Hebrews 11:1