QUOTEoftheDay

Monday
Aug292011

T. S. Eliot

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.

Here I am, an old man in a dry month,
Being read to by a boy, waiting for rain.

History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors
And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions,
Guides us by vanities...

Humankind cannot bear very much reality.

It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves.


 

Sunday
Aug282011

Voltaire

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

To hold a pen is to be at war.

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths. We fetch it from our neighbor's, we kindle it at home, we communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.

 

Saturday
Aug272011

Bill Maher

If you think you have it tough, read history books.

I think capital punishment works great. Every killer you kill never kills again.

Maybe every other American movie shouldn't be based on a comic book. Other countries will think Americans live in an infantile fantasy land where reality is whatever we say it is and every problem can be solved with violence.

The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs.

The tea baggers. The one thing they hate is when you call them racist. The other thing they hate is black people. But they won't say it.

We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.

Whenever the people are for gay marriage or medical marijuana or assisted suicide, suddenly the "will of the people" goes out the window.


Friday
Aug262011

H. G. Wells

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not pay with their own.

The only true measure of success is the ratio between what we might have done and what we might have been on the one hand, and the thing we have made and the things we have made of ourselves on the other.

The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn.

Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions, great or small.

Thursday
Aug252011

Joseph Heller

Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them.

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.

I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private individuals.

When I grow up I want to be a little boy.

The truth is whatever people will believe is the truth. Don't you know history?

Destiny is a good thing to accept when it's going your way. When it isn't, don't call it destiny; call it injustice, treachery or simple bad luck.


Wednesday
Aug242011

Paul A. M. Dirac

If we are honest — and scientists have to be — we must admit that religion is a jumble of false assertions, with no basis in reality. The very idea of God is a product of the human imagination. It is quite understandable why primitive people, who were so much more exposed to the overpowering forces of nature than we are today, should have personified these forces in fear and trembling. But nowadays, when we understand so many natural processes, we have no need for such solutions.

It seems clear that the present quantum mechanics is not in its final form.

Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star.

There is in my opinion a great similarity between the problems provided by the mysterious behavior of the atom and those provided by the present economic paradoxes confronting the world.

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.

Tuesday
Aug232011

George Carlin

If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.

I think I am, therefore I am. I think.

I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood.

Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

I think people should be allowed to do anything they want. We haven't tried that for a while. Maybe this time it'll work.

Remember, wolves mate for life, and they care for their sick and infirm; they don't run them off, or kill them, or abandon them. Give me a wolf over some fuckin' jackoff rancher any day of the week.

Monday
Aug222011

Rene Descartes

Doubt is the origin of wisdom.

Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare.

I think, therefore I am.

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.

One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.

A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.

Sunday
Aug212011

Will Durant

As soon as liberty is complete it dies in anarchy.

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.

In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.

If the average man had had his way there would probably never have been any state. Even today he resents it, classes death with taxes, and yearns for that government which governs least. If he asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous.

Saturday
Aug202011

Edgar Allen Poe

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?

All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.