Aristotle Choice, not chance, determines your destiny. +
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Divide and rule, the politician cries; Unite and lead, is watchword of the wise. +
Hippocrates There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance. +
Bias of Priene All men are wicked +
Adam Smith The prudent man always studies seriously and earnestly to understand whatever he professes to understand, and not merely to persuade other people that he understands it; and though his talents may not always be very brilliant, they are always perfectly genuine +
Elbert Hubbart The friend is the person who knows all about you, and still likes you. +
Adam Smith The prudent man always studies seriously and earnestly to understand whatever he professes to understand, and not merely to persuade other people that he understands it; and though his talents may not always be very brilliant, they are always perfectly genuine +
Victor Hugo To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better. +
Coco Chanel Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. +
Robert G. Ingersoll As a rule, theologians know nothing of this world, and far less of the next; but they have the power of stating the most absurd propositions with faces solemn as stupidity touched by fear. It is a part of their business to malign and vilify the Voltaires, Humes, Paines, Humboldts, Tyndalls, Haeckels, Darwins, Spencers, and Drapers, and to bow with uncovered heads before the murderers, adulterers, and persecutors of the world. They are, for the most part, engaged in poisoning the minds of the young, prejudicing children against science, teaching the astronomy and geology of the bible, and inducing all to desert the sublime standard of reason. +
Henry Hazlitt Private loans will utilize existing resources and capital far better than government loans. Government loans will waste far more capital and resources than private loans. Government loans, in short, as compared with private loans, will reduce production, not increase it. +
Seneca Reason shows us there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. +
Arthur Schopenhauer Men best show their character in trifles, where they are not on their guard. It is in the simplest habits, that we often see the boundless egotism which pays no regard to the feelings of others and denies nothing to itself. +
Adam Smith It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all the wealth of the world was originally purchased; +
Alfred Lord Tennyson “Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all. +
Mark Twain Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. +
Hannah Arendt The most striking difference between ancient and modern sophists is that the ancients were satisfied with a passing victory of the argument at the expense of truth, whereas the moderns want a more lasting victory at the expense of reality +
Confucious Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. +
Carl von Clausewitz peace is maintained by the equilibrium of forces, and will continue just as long as this equilibrium exists, and no longer. +
Voltaire Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. +
Bias of Priene The naïve men are easily fooled +
Baruch Spinoza Better that right counsels be known to enemies than that the evil secrets of tyrants should be concealed from the citizens. They who can treat secretly of the affairs of a nation have it absolutely under their authority; and as they plot against the enemy in time of war, so do they against the citizens in time of peace. +
Friedrich A. Hayek The chief difference [between totalitarian and free countries] is that only the totalitarians appear clearly to know how they want to achieve that result, while the free world has only its past achievements to show, being by its very nature unable to offer any detailed "plan" for further growth. +
Tacitus The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates. +
George Carlin Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money. +
Epicurus When we say . . . that pleasure is the end and aim, we do not mean the pleasures of the prodigal or the pleasures of sensuality, as we are understood to do by some through ignorance, prejudice or wilful misrepresentation. By pleasure we mean the absence of pain in the body and of trouble in the soul. It is not by an unbroken succession of drinking bouts and of revelry, not by sexual lust, nor the enjoyment of fish and other delicacies of a luxurious table, which produce a pleasant life; it is sober reasoning, searching out the grounds of every choice and avoidance, and banishing those beliefs through which the greatest tumults take possession of the soul. +
Edmund Burke But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. Those who know what virtuous liberty is, cannot bear to see it disgraced by incapable heads, on account of their having high-sounding words in their mouths. +
Euripides Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. +
Socrates The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers. +
Albert Einstein We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life. All that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. +
John Maynard Keynes The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. +
Sun Tzu Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win. +
Abraham Lincoln I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down. +
Leo Tolstoy Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us. +
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean. +
H. L. Mencken Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. +
Adam Smith No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable. It is but equity, besides, that they who feed, clothe, and lodge the whole body of the people, should have such a share of the produce of their own labour as to be themselves tolerably well fed, clothed, and lodged. +
Aldous Huxley The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior 'righteous indignation' — this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats. +
Aristotle It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. +
Khalil Gibran One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life. +
Ralph Waldo Emerson A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood. -- +
H.L. Mencken One man who minds his own business is more valuable to the world than 10,000 cocksure moralists. +
Elizabeth Barrett Browning How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach +
Cicero If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started. +
Ralph Waldo Emerson The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. +
Cicero It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own. +
Napoleon Bonaparte The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains. +
Edmund Burke I wished to warn the people against the greatest of all evils,—a blind and furious spirit of innovation, under the name of reform. +
Friedrich Nietzsche Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies. +
Thomas Paine Let it then be heard, and let man learn to feel that the true greatness of a nation is founded on principles of humanity, and not on conquest. +