Words. Words. Words.

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities"


"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend"

Melody Beattie

"He does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers"

Charles Peguy

"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms"

Muriel Rukeyser

"I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received"

Antonio Porchia

"A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail"

Lewis Mumford

"A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed -- I well know. For it is a sign that he has tried to surpass himself"

Georges Clemenceau

"Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego"

Jean Arp

"The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say; The children are now working as if I did not exist."

Maria Montessori

"There's just a moment in time, if... If you find the right balance between desperation and fear, you can make people believe anything"

Trevor Noah

"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business"

Henry Ford

"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things"

Amelia Earhart

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

William Pitt

"Compassion is not weakness and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism"

Hubert Humphrey

"There are years that ask questions and years that answer"

Zora Neale Hurston

"Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them"

Umberto Eco

"Art is partly communication, but only partly. The rest is discovery"

William Golding

"If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint"

Edward Hopper

"In any free society, the conflict between social conformity and individual liberty is permanent, unresolvable, and necessary"

Kathleen Norris

"The power to define the situation is the ultimate power"

Jerry Rubin

"The measure of a country's greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis"

Thurgood Marshall

"Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone"

Czeslaw Milosz

"If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone"

Thomas Hardy

"I cannot stress often enough that what science is all about is not proving things to be true but proving them to be false"

Lawrence M Krauss

"The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely"

Lorraine Hansberry

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for"

Joseph Addison

"I don't mind that you think slowly but I do mind that you are publishing faster than you think"

Wolfgang Pauli

"An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may"

William Hazlitt

"Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us"

Paul Theroux

"I fully believe in the legitimacy of taking moral holidays"

William James

"Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from that of their social environment"

Albert Einstein

"If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe"

Carl Sagan

"What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth"

Boris Pasternak

"Memoir is not an act of history but an act of memory, which is innately corrupt"

Mary Karr

"Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way"

Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.

"What a heavy oar the pen is, and what a strong current ideas are to row in!"

Gustave Flaubert

"I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers"

Khalil Gibran

"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought"

John F. Kennedy

"Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in"

Alan Alda

"...because the wise person knows that he knows nothing, and the outright brilliant person makes sure he's not being a jerk about it"

"Luke McKinney"

"What I like in a good author isn't what he says, but what he whispers"

Logan Pearsall Smith

"If the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living"

Jewish Proverb

"Every saint has a past and every sinner a future"

Oscar Wilde

"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently"

Friedrich Nietzsche

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed"

Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent"

Gore Vidal

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness"

Mark Twain

"It is as easy to dream a book as it is hard to write one"

Honore de Balzac

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward"

Spanish proverb

"Every increased possession loads us with new weariness"

John Ruskin

"The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve"

Albert Schweitzer

"May my silences become more accurate"

Theodore Roethke

"Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought"

Matsuo Basho

"Fast is fine. Accuracy is final."

Wyatt Earp

"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

"If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?"


"Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock"

Ben Hecht

"Nothing in this world can take the place of devotion. Talent won't. Genius can't. Drive, determination, a gentle heart and the will to conquer the odds are some powerful forces"

Grand Lee Bush

"If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him"

Francis Bacon

"Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way"

E L Doctorow

"When money speaks, the truth keeps silent"

Russian proverb

"I hate the word homophobia. It's not a phobia. You are not scared. You are an asshole"

Morgan Freeman

"Be humble for you are made of Earth. Be noble for you are made of stars"

Serbian proverb

"I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could"

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

"The worst kind of people are those who confuse kindness for weakness"

Werner Makowski

"The skylines lit up at dead of night, the air-conditioning systems cooling empty hotels in the desert and artificial light in the middle of the day all have something both demented and admirable about them. The mindless luxury of a rich civilization, and yet of a civilization perhaps as scared to see the lights go out as was the hunter in his primitive night"

Jean Baudrillard

"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

"The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise"

Alden Nowlan

"I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers"

Kahlil Gibran

"Moderate giftedness has been made worthless by the printing press and radio and television and satellites and all that. A moderately gifted person who would have been a community treasure a thousand years ago has to give up, has to go into some other line of work, since modern communications put him or her into daily competition with nothing but world's champions"

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

"What is to give light must endure burning"

Viktor Frankl

"The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of"

Blaise Pascal

"Since my house burned down / I now own a better view / of the rising moon"

Mizuta Masahide

"Some stories are true that never happened"

Elie Wiesel

"Every human being's essential nature is perfect and faultless, but after years of immersion in the world we easily forget our roots and take on a counterfeit nature"


"Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought"

Matsuo Basho

"I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars"

Walt Whitman

"Our chief want in life, is, somebody who shall make us do what we can"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life"

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play"


"If what you are getting online is for free, you are not the customer, you are the product"

Jonathan Zittrain

"It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us."


"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do"

Edward Everett Hale

"If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer"

Dag Hammarskjold

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."

William Shakespeare

"Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock"

Ben Hecht

"Never cut what you can untie"

Joseph Joubert

"There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures"

James Thurber

"Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: 'My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly'"

Denis Diderot

"He who has a why can endure any how"

Friedrich Nietzsche

"The path of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked"

Napoleon Hill

"There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous"

Raymond Chandler

"When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set"

Lin Yutang

"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs - jolted by every pebble in the road"

Henry Ward Beecher

"Zen is not a particular state but the normal state: silent, peaceful, unagitated. In Zazen neither intention, analysis, specific effort nor imagination take place. It's enough just to be without hypocrisy, dogmatism, arrogance -- embracing all opposites"

Taisen Deshimaru

"We're here to put a dent in the universe"

Steve Jobs

"Style is time's fool. Form is time's student"

Stewart Brand

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all"

Peter Drucker

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"

Leonardo da Vinci

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed"

Michael Jordan

"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease"


"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

"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another"

Anatole France

"By a free country, I mean a country where people are allowed, so long as they do not hurt their neighbours, to do as they like. I do not mean a country where six men may make five men do exactly as they like"

Robert Cecil

"Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul"

Mark Twain

"Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry."

William Butler Yeats

"Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone, KINDNESS in another's trouble, COURAGE in your own."

Adam Lindsay Gordon

"The poorest work of art takes more courage to create than the cleverest criticism."

Thomas Mulligan

"Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch. "

Tim Berners-Lee

"An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission. "

Fred Allen

"Airline travel is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror. "

Al Boliska

"Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work - that goes on, it adds up. "

Barbara Kingsolver

"But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth. "

Umberto Eco

"When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people."

Abraham Joshua Heschel

"Spirit can walk, spirit can swim, spirit can climb, spirit can crawl. There is no terrain you cannot overcome."

Irisa Hail

"Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic."

Jean Sibelius

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially."

Ernest Hemingway

"Silence is golden, but duct tape is silver."


"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he'd learned in seven years."

Mark Twain

"Requiem for the Croppies The pockets of our greatcoats full of barley - No kitchens on the run, no striking camp - We moved quick and sudden in our own country The priest lay behind ditches with the tramp. A people, hardly marching - on the hike - We found new tactics happening each day: We'd cut through reins and rider with the pike And stampede cattle into infantry, Then retreat through hedges where cavalry must be thrown. Until, on Vinegar Hill, the fatal conclave. Terraced thousands died, shaking scythes at cannon. The hillside blushed, soaked in our broken wave. They buried us without shroud or coffin And in August the barley grew up out of the grave. "

Seamus Heaney

"Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae."

Kurt Vonnegut

"Never impose your language on people you wish to reach."

Abbie Hoffman

"Fortite e Fidelite. Bravely, out of Loyalty."

Mulligan Family Motto

"Fac et spera. Do and Hope."

Matheson Clan Motto

"Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world..."

Willam Butler Yeats

"I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back."

Abraham Lincoln

"And the poor beetle, that we tread upon, In corporal sufferance finds a pang as great As when a giant dies."

Shakespeare Measure for Measure (3.1.85)

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there."

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

"Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth."

Mark Twain

"It doesn't work to leap a twenty-foot chasm in two ten-foot jumps."

American Proverb

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. "

Helen Keller

"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead

" A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral."

Antoine de Saint-Exupery