QUOTEoftheDay

Friday
Feb242012

Arthur Schopenhauer

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.

Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.
 
A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.

Compassion is the basis of all morality.

Life is a business that does not cover the costs.

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.

After your death you will be what you were before your birth.

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
 

To free a man from error does not mean to take something from him, but to give him something.

Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth.

It is the courage to make a clean breast of it in the face of every question that makes the philosopher.

The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.

Hatred is a thing of the heart, contempt a thing of the head.

Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes . . .

 



 

 

Wednesday
Feb222012

Jon Stewart

My life [is] a series of Hollywood orgies and Kabbalah center brunches with the cast of Friends. At least that's what my handlers tell me.

I have complete faith in the continued absurdity of whatever’s going on.

The Jews celebrate Passover by eating unpalatable food to remind them what will happen to their people if they ever leave New York City. The traditional meal often includes gefilte fish. For those of you who don't know what gefilte fish is, it strongly resembles a ball of tuna fish that has been passed nasally.

I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.

I was born with an adult head and a tiny body. Like a 'Peanuts' character.

I'm not just a boy toy. I have feelings and dreams like anybody else.

I'm too short to host a late-night talk show. It's like the bar at an amusement-park ride. You have to be six foot two or over.

I've always liked Atlanta. And not just for the strip clubs, but the shopping and the food.

I've been to Canada, and I've always gotten the impression that I could take the country over in about two days.

The seven marvels that best represent man's achievements over the last 2,000 years will be determined by Internet vote... so look for Howard Stern's Private Parts to come in No. 1.

There are a hell of a lot of jobs that are scarier than live comedy. Like standing in the operating room when a guy's heart stops, and you're the one who has to fix it!

There is no such thing as an impartial jury because there are no impartial people. There are people that argue on the web for hours about who their favorite character on "Friends" is.

Monday
Feb202012

Leonard Cohen

Ah, you loved me as a loser, but now you're worried that I just might win . . .

I do not think that a saint dissolves the chaos even for himself, for there is something arrogant and warlike in the notion of a man setting the universe in order. It is a kind of balance that is his glory . . .

I don't consider myself a pessimist at all. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel completely soaked to the skin.

Please understand, I never had a secret chart
to get me to the heart of this
or any other matter.

A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.

Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act.

Any startling piece of work has a subversive element in it, a delicious element often. Subversion is only disagreeable when it manifests in political or social activity.

Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.

I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That's what sitting on your ass does to your face.

I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.

In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress.

Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.

Sunday
Feb192012

Simone de Beauvoir

All oppression creates a state of war.

All the idols made by man, however terrifying they may be, are in point of fact subordinate to him, and that is why he will always have it in his power to destroy them.

Art is an attempt to integrate evil.

Buying is a profound pleasure.

Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.

Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.

I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.

Society cares about the individual only in so far as he is profitable. The young know this. Their anxiety as they enter in upon social life matches the anguish of the old as they are excluded from it.

It was said that I refused to grant any value to the maternal instinct and to love. This was not so.

Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth — and truth rewarded me.

I'm never afraid. But in my case it's nothing to be proud of.

There is only one good. And that is to act according to your conscience.

 

Saturday
Feb182012

Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron)

For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction.

Fame is the thirst of youth.

There's not a joy the world can give like that it takes away.

What's drinking?
A mere pause from thinking!

The "good old times" — all times when old are good —
Are gone.

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.

Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge.

But what is Hope? Nothing but the paint on the face of Existence; the least touch of truth rubs it off, and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of.

Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.

Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life - and if Virtue is not its own reward I don't know any other stipend annexed to it.

For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear.

Friendship is Love without his wings!

Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.

He who is only just is cruel. Who on earth could live were all judged justly?

Friday
Feb172012

Louisa May Alcott

Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling.

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

I am angry nearly every day of my life, but I have learned not to show it; and I still try to hope not to feel it, though it may take me another forty years to do it.

Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.

Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.

Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad, but babies never are.

Girls are so queer you never know what they mean. They say No when they mean Yes, and drive a man out of his wits for the fun of it.

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.

Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.

Thursday
Feb162012

Nicolaus Copernicus

Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe.

Accordingly, since nothing prevents the earth from moving, I suggest that we should now consider also whether several motions suit it, so that it can be regarded as one of the planets. For, it is not the center of all the revolutions.

For I am not so enamored of my own opinions that I disregard what others may think of them. I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not subject to the judgment of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavor to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to human reason by God. Yet I hold that completely erroneous views should be shunned.

Not a few other very eminent and scholarly men made the same request, urging that I should no longer through fear refuse to give out my work for the common benefit of students of Mathematics.

Of all things visible, the highest is the heaven of the fixed stars.

Pouring forth its seas everywhere, then, the ocean envelops the earth and fills its deeper chasms.

So far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect anything certain from astronomy, which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth ideas conceived for another purpose, and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it.

The earth also is spherical, since it presses upon its center from every direction.

The earth together with its surrounding waters must in fact have such a shape as its shadow reveals, for it eclipses the moon with the arc of a perfect circle.

The massive bulk of the earth does indeed shrink to insignificance in comparison with the size of the heavens.

Therefore I would not have it unknown to Your Holiness, the the only thing which induced me to look for another way of reckoning the movements of the heavenly bodies was that I knew that mathematicians by no means agree in their investigation thereof.

Therefore, having obtained the opportunity from these sources, I too began to consider the mobility of the earth.

Wednesday
Feb152012

Tom Stoppard

I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you might nudge the world a little or make a poem that children will speak for you when you are dead. 

A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.

A movie camera is like having someone you have a crush on watching you from afar - you pretend it's not there.

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

Back in the East you can't do much without the right papers, but with the right papers you can do anything The believe in papers. Papers are power.

Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.

Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end?

Every exit is an entry somewhere else.

From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.

Get me inside any boardroom and I'll get any decision I want.
It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture.

It's better to be quotable than to be honest.

It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.

James Joyce - an essentially private man who wished his total indifference to public notice to be universally recognized.

 

Tuesday
Feb142012

George Sand

The truth is too simple: one must always get there by a complicated route.

Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.

Art is a demonstration of which nature is the proof.

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.

He made a single instrument speak a language of infinity. He could often sum up, in ten lines that a child could play, poems of a boundless exaltation, dramas of unequalled power.

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.

Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.

The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.

The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul.

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.

I have no enthusiasm for nature which the slightest chill will not instantly destroy.

Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness.

Sunday
Feb122012

James A. Michener

I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains.

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.

I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains.

The arrogance of the artist is a very profound thing, and it fortifies you.  

The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality.

The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination.

There are no insoluble problems. Only time-consuming ones.

I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains.

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.

If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.

I don't know who my parents were. I know nothing about my inheritance. I could be Jewish; I could be part Negro; I could be Irish; I could be Russian. I am spiritually a mix anyway, but I did have a solid childhood fortunately, because of some wonderful women who brought me up. I never had a father or a man in the house, and that was a loss, but you live with that loss.