Carl von Clausewitz peace is maintained by the equilibrium of forces, and will continue just as long as this equilibrium exists, and no longer. +
Epictetus An ignorant person is inclined to blame others for his own misfortune. To blame oneself is proof of progress. But the wise man never has to blame another or himself. +
Euripides Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. +
Marshall McLuhan A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. +
Arthur Schopenhauer All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. +
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. +
Socrates There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. +
Groucho Marx Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself. +
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. +
Friedrich Nietzsche Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies. +
Cicero Kindness is stronger than fear. +
Kilroy J. Oldster A person's spiritual power originates from using knowledge, compassion, charity, and personal humility to break away from custom and creed. +
Abraham Lincoln Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? +
Juvenal It is a poor thing to lean upon the fame of others, lest the pillars give way and the house fall down in ruin. +
Plato False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. +
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. -- +
Arthur Schopenhauer Many undoubtedly owe their good fortune to the circumstance that they possess a pleasing smile with which they win hearts. Yet these hearts would do better to beware and to learn from Hamlet's tables that one may smile, and smile, and be a villain. +
Friedrich A. Hayek planning and competition can be combined only by planning for competition but not by planning against competition. +
Adam Smith Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all. +
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Love does not dominate; it cultivates. +
Immanuel Kant Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for. +
Katharine Hepburn Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only with what you are expecting to give - which is everything. +
Ronald Reagan Jefferson repeatedly said that the best government was the smallest government, that “governments are not the masters of the people, but the servants of the people governed. +
Tacitus There was more courage in bearing trouble than in escaping from it; the brave and the energetic cling to hope, even in spite of fortune; the cowardly and the indolent are hurried by their fears +
John Maynard Keynes It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong. +
Bias of Priene Do not praise an undeserving man because of his riches. +
Montesquieu It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of maturer age are already sunk into corruption. +
Ronald Reagan Any system that penalizes success and accomplishment is wrong. Any system that discourages work, discourages productivity, discourages economic progress, is wrong. If, on the other hand, you reduce tax rates and allow people to spend or save more of what they earn, they'll be more industrious; they'll have more incentive to work hard, and money they earn will add fuel to the great economic machine that energizes our national progress. The result: more prosperity for all and more revenue for government. A few economists call this principle supply-side economics. I just call it common sense. +
Arthur Schopenhauer The ordinary man places his life’s happiness in things external to him, in property, rank, wife and children, friends, society, and the like, so that when he loses them or finds them disappointing, the foundation of his happiness is destroyed. +
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 +
Samuel Johnson But the gradual growth of our own wickedness, endeared by interest, and palliated by all the artifices of self-deceit, gives us time to form distinctions in our own favour, and reason by degrees submits to absurdity, as the eye is in time accommodated to darkness. +
George Santayana Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said. +
George Washington It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. +
Lao Tzu A leader is best When people barely know he exists Of a good leader, who talks little, When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, They will say, “We did this ourselves. +
Thomas Jefferson The opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction. +
Coco Chanel Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. +
Friedrich A. Hayek It should be noted, moreover, that monopoly is frequently the product of factors other than the lower costs of greater size. It is attained through collusive agreement and promoted by public policies. When these agreements are invalidated and when these policies are reversed, competitive conditions can be restored. +
Mark Twain If Christ were here there is one thing he would not be—a Christian. +
Seneca And I hold that no man has treated mankind worse than he who has studied philosophy as if it were some marketable trade, who lives in a different manner from that which he advises. +
Alvin Toffler Society needs people who take care of the elderly and who know how to be compassionate and honest," he said. "Society needs people who work in hospitals. Society needs all kinds of skills that are not just cognitive; they're emotional, they're affectional. You can't run the society on data and computers alone. +
William Shakespeare Out, out brief candle, life is but a walking shadow...a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. +
H.L. Mencken Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. +
Montesquieu Democratic and aristocratic states are not in their own nature free. Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments; and even in these it is not always found. It is there only when there is no abuse of power. But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go. +
William Cullen Bryant Can anything be imagined more abhorrent to every sentiment of generosity and justice, than the law which arms the rich with the legal right to fix, by assize, the wages of the poor? If this is not slavery, we have forgotten its definition. Strike the right of associating for the sale of labor from the privileges of a freeman, and you may as well bind him to a master, or ascribe him to the soil. +
Ambrose Bierce Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. +
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. +
George Bernard Shaw Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. +
H. L. Mencken Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. +
Seneca The duty of a man is to be useful to his fellow-men; if possible, to be useful to many of them; failing this, to be useful to a few; failing this, to be useful to his neighbours, and, failing them, to himself: for when he helps others, he advances the general interests of mankind. Just as he who makes himself a worse man does harm not only to himself but to all those to whom he might have done good if he had made himself a better one, so he who deserves well of himself does good to others by the very fact that he is preparing what will be of service to them. +
Edward R. Murrow Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation. +