Monday, 1 May 2017

I Have Loved the Stars Too Fondly


If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. ~ Henry David Thoreau #quote

Accept what is done and follow your heart. ~ Unknown #quote

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist but you will have ceased to live. ~ Mark Twain #quote

After all, it is no more surprising to be born twice than to be born once. ~ Voltaire #quote




Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all deadly sins. ~ Edith Wharton The Age of Innocence #quote


Being disappointed is one thing. Being discouraged is something else. ~ Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie #quote


People are not so dreadful when you get to know them. That's what you have to remember! ~ Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie #quote

They're just beginning to open the doors in their minds. But once you've been through that door, you can't just keep going through it over and over again. ~ Tom Wolfe The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test #quote

We would often be ashamed of our best actions if the world knew our motives behind them. ~ Francois de la Rochefoucald #quote

Sometimes, just saying that you hate something, and having someone agree with you, can make you feel better about at terrible situation. ~ Lemony Snicket The Bad Beginning #quote


A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope  of fame and money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well ~ G. K. Chesterton #quote

I have learned the novice can often see things that the expert overlooks. All that is necessary is not to be afraid of making mistakes or of appearing naive. ~ Abraham Maslow, psychologist and philosopher #quote

Everything was becoming allegorical, understood by the group mind, and especially this: "You're either on the bus...or off the bus." ~ Tom Wolfe The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test #quote

"Very stupid people," said Beauty, "are never aware of it themselves."  ~ Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont #quote


Oftentimes, when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too. But it never helps. ~ Lemony Snicket The Wide Window #quote

Beware of all enterprises which require new clothes. ~ David Mamet #quote

The world, dear Agnes, is a strange affair. ~ Jean Baptist Moliere #quote

If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities. ~ Voltaire #quote

There's a tendency today to absolve individuals of moral responsibility and treat them as victims of social circumstance. You buy that, you pay with your soul. ~Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker #quote

He never donated his knowledge, he donated his opinion, which quite frankly is useless. ~ Anonymous student, University of Kansas #quote


No one who's seen it in action can say the phrase "government help" without either laughing or crying. #oneliners

Courage is resistance of fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. #oneliners

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

The two pillars of `political correctness' are, a) willful ignorance, and b) a steadfast refusal to face the truth ~ George MacDonald Fraser #quote

As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents. ~ George Orwell #quote


The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor. ~ H. L. Mencken #quote

To stay young requires the unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods. ~ Lazarus Long #quote

Conservatism is the blind and fear-filled worship of dead radicals. #oneliners

Everybody will die, but very few people want to be reminded of that fact. ~ Lemony Snicket The Austere Academy #quote



A person's true character is revealed by what he does when no one is watching. ~ Unknown #quote

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. ~ Unknown #quote





I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. ~ Unknown #quote

"So I'm finally going mad," she thought, "like everybody else. What a nuisance. Though I suppose it will be a change." ~ Margaret Atwood The Edible Woman #quote

These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after. ~ Natalie Babbitt Tuck Everlasting #quote

Perhaps you want to lie down and be as the lichen: not dead exactly but just very still for a long, long time. ~ Bill Bryson A Walk in the Woods #quote


"Normal isn't the same as average," Ainsley said cryptically. "Nobody is normal." ~ Margaret Atwood The Edible Woman #quote

That's the trouble with losing your mind; by the time it's gone, it's too late to get it back. ~ Bill Bryson A Walk in the Woods #quote

It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men. ~ Fredrick Douglas #quote

A being is free only when it can determine and limit its activity. ~ Karl Barth #quote

Man needs more to be reminded than instructed. ~ Samuel Johnson #quote

Nice is not the same as good. ~ Little Red Riding Hood (Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods) #quote



Man will become better when you show him what he is like. ~ Anton Chekhov #quote

There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy. ~ Dante #quote

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. ~ Fredrick Douglas #quote

Too much sanity may be madness, but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be. ~ Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes) #quote

Become the change you seek in the world. ~ Gandhi #quote


It is your own assent to yourself, and the constant voice of your own reason, and not of others, that should make you believe. ~ Pascal #quote

He that has much to do will do something wrong. ~ Samuel Johnson #quote

Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience. ~ George Washington #quote

All of us are more-or-less pawns. We're moved about like chessmen by circumstances over which we have no control. ~ Theodore Dreiser #quote


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

If We Hadn't Named it Earth


For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson #quote

Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion. ~ David Cronenberg #quote

A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else. ~ Cardinal De Retz #quote





There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. ~ Aldous Huxley #quote

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions. ~ Henry Ward Beecher #quote

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experience. No one can eliminate prejudices--just recognize them. ~ Edward R. Murrow #quote

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death ~ James F. Bymes #quote


The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled & those who have no such desire. ~  R.A.Heinlein #quote

Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong. ~ Robert Anton Wilson #quote

Conventionality is not morality. ~ Charlotte Bronte #quote



Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. #quote

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean. ~ Arthur C. Clarke #quote


On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time. ~ George Orwell #quote

Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process. ~ Anne Wilson Schaef #quote

All of mans troubles stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone. ~  Blaise Pascal #quote

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom. ~ Marilyn Ferguson #quote


It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job. It's a depression when you lose yours. ~ Harry S. Truman #quote

None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. ~ Goethe #quote

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. ~ J. R. Oppenheimer #quote


Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. ~ Truman Capote #quote

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

To be worn out is to be renewed. ~ Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu #quote

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. ~ Sir Winston Churchill #quote


I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying. ~ Woody Allen #quote

And remember, no matter where you go, there you are. ~ Confucius #quote

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. ~ Deepak Chopra #quote

Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone. ~ Jim Fiebig #quote

If you're not confused, you're not paying attention. ~ Tom Peters #quote

No sooner does man discover intelligence than he tries to involve it in his own stupidity. ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau #quote

Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humour itself is not joy but sorrow. ~ Mark Twain #quote

I don't have a moral plan, I'm a Canadian. ~ David Cronenberg #quote

I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her. ~ Arthur C. Clarke #quote

Those things which I am saying now may be obscure, yet they will be made clearer in their proper place. ~ Nicolaus Copernicus #quote

If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up.~ Hunter S. Thompson #quote

Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair. ~ George Burns #quote


I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise. ~ Noel Coward #quote

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. ~ Andre Gide #quote

If we hadn't named it Earth, our next pick would have been Irony. ~ Fred Farkle #quote