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My Collection of Favorite Quotes



"All I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy." -Spike Milligan

"Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but the highest form of intelligence" - Oscar Wilde (unconfirmed)

"I not only use all the brains I have, but all that I can borrow." - Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. President

"Next to being witty yourself, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit." - Christian Nevell Bovee, American author and lawyer

"The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation." - Isaac D'Israeli, British historian

"Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time." - Anonymous

"I think the biggest issue is that Enthusiasm means different things to different people and some people think they are entitled to enthusiasm .....I don't buy that . they are entitled to a safe work location, fair pay, respect and values .....enthusiasm they need to bring some with them !!!!!" - Anthony DiBitetto

"Discipline is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction."

"Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts." ~Buddha

"True nobility is not being superior to your fellow man, true nobility is being superior to one's former self." -Ernest Hemingway

"You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts." -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"When you start putting belief before reason stagnation replaces imagination." -Sans Souci (FB)

"the love of simplicity…has been the source of much false reasoning in philosophy." -David Hume

"A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind." -John Maynard Keynes

"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones." -John Maynard Keynes

"The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis is comparison of prediction with experience." -Milton Friedman

"It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance." -Thomas Sowell

"One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them." -Thomas Sowell

"Mistakes can be corrected by those who pay attention to facts but dogmatism will not be corrected by those who are wedded to a vision." -Thomas Sowell

"Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty." -Thomas Sowell

"From my point of view, the Jedi are evil!" -Anakin Skywalker

"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one." -Voltaire
"Doubt protects us from dogmatism, which can easily morph into fanaticism and what William James calle a 'premature closing of our accounts with reality'." -John Horgan

DAS Quotes Section

DAS - Start

"Courtesy and Brevity, seldom wasted..." -DAS

"'Right' depends on who grants themselves the 'moral' high ground to impose their opinion on another." -DAS

"Sometimes the premise itself must be challenged, elucidating valueless efforts." -DAS

"A respected degree is not necessarily commensurate with real education." -DAS

"Children should not be taught to think, they already do that, they must be taught, there is so much more to think about." -DAS

"Don't assume the learnings of your lifetime are fully conclusive when judging others." -DAS

"Embarrassment is confirmation of pride." -DAS

"Feeling strong and being strong aren't always simultaneous." -DAS

"If you live a good enough story, someone else will take care of writing it down." -DAS

"Intelligence and curiosity couple better than presupposition and intolerance." -DAS

"Fear and Guilt(disguised as Compassion), the two most powerful weapons for controlling other people,
it is unclear which is more powerful, but when coupled together, the 'fear of not having compassion',
is a 5x magnifier of either mechanism individually. Be careful what you fear, even more careful where you place your compassion, both are controlling the rudder of your life." -DAS

"Without learning something and improving, getting older is just a waste of time." -DAS

"Good information at the wrong time, is still just spam. Good information at the right time is an epiphany." -DAS

"Great quotes are just proverbs, found outside of the bible." -DAS

"Gun advocates see guns as a right to defend, while many gun control advocates see guns as a sense of a right to attack. This disparity is a big problem." -DAS

"History, like the present, is highly subjective containing selective information, governed by the bias of the historian." -DAS

"Many of the world's struggles are related to people that aren't capable of discerning the difference between fact and belief, and fail to recognize the resultant internal bias." -DAS

"Bad times come to everyone, Good time come to those that MAKE them." -DAS

"Bad times come automatically, Good times you have to MAKE. Bad memories happen automatically, Good memories you have to retain." -DAS

"Some bad memories are hard to forget because they lead to good memories of those loved." -DAS

"Some good memories are hard to consider because they lead to bad memories of those now lost." -DAS

"Imagine a world where any child born could randomly come out any race." -DAS

"Conversations, I Love, Arguments are for the self-righteous." -DAS

"I don't need to be great to in the eyes of the world, but awesome to the ones I choose to love." -DAS

"The truth is the truth no matter how assaulted." -DAS

"There's no hammer like experience." -DAS

"The food I missed today, won't bother me, but the food I shouldn't have had, certainly will." -DAS

"Common sense is like a one-way mirror we each have it, but it seems like no one else does." -DAS

"Christians are told that God is known by MANY names, Elohim, El Elyon, El Olam, Yahweh, Adonai, Theos, Kurios, Despotes, Father, Abba, Alpha, Omega, Advocate, Adam, Almighty, The Amen, Ancient of Days, Annointed, Chief Apostle, author and finisher of our faith, author of life, Prince of peace, Avi, Attoining sacrifice, Blessed hope, Chief Cornerstone, I Am, and 800+ other names......... but just try to call him Thor, Zues, or Allah ......" -DAS

"Knowledge is espoused, wisdom is discovered." -DAS

"Knowledge is espoused, wisdom is drawn out." -DAS

"Use superlatives wisely and sparingly, or there'll be no dynamic left for true expression" -DAS

"Voting rarely demonstrates much more than the largest group of successfully indoctrinated people, when it should reflect an well educated populous." -DAS

"Without hard times to make us grow, we'd all still be babies" -DAS

"The Truth is the Truth no matter how assaulted." -DAS (revised W. Church)

"I was once a believer but was converted by the two missionaries on either side of my nose". -DAS (converted from Robert Brault,

"fallen rebels" -sometimes the rebel classification simply means the loser -DAS

"Morality is a topic that few people really give sufficient thought. They generally accept the moral code they grew up with, some from home (parental), some societal, some religious. My perception of morals is a person's interpretation of his lessons and experiences, categorized as positive/productive/healthy vs. negative/destructive/harmful, to them self and those they ascribe as valuable (most generally having morals that lend to similar outcomes). To me that means morals are much more of a personal persuasion, than consistent, perfect, unchanging rules. They can be significantly modified by changing the environment and situation of the moral holder. Many might not believe this, but I think most people could take the 10 commandments (for example) and think creatively of situations where an opposite version of the commandment might actually make sense. The same is probably true for most moral basis. Morals are guidelines that we impose upon ourselves, and try to influence others to align with, because we deem them to foster profitable behavior. They are morals precisely because they are personal, which is different from ethics, which are a code of conduct, that results from negotiating the overlay of the morals of a group of people." -DAS

"I have run into this phrase my whole life, "Love the sinner, hate the sin". I am of the strong persuasion that it is meaningless, impossible christianese, with the sole purpose of self elevation. If you see yourself as better than someone else, I think what is called love is actually plain old pity. You can not "Love" someone that you feel yourself above. This is the mindset propagated (mindlessly) down many centuries (since 424 B.C., St. Augustine) that needs reconsidered because the sheeple are becoming more educated. Silly phrases like that need to be replaced with better reflections of truth and rationality. Maybe, "Love the sinner. Let the Holy Spirit handle the conviction." -DAS

"When people are offended, it's because you made them deal with their own issues, they are imposing on you." -DAS  (adapted from Lenny Pappano)

"Pictures are just shadows of moments that passed by and happened to be noticed." - DAS

"IQ tests exist so the highly intelligent can aid everyone else understand themselves." - DAS

"IQ tests exist so the highly intelligent can aid everyone else understand who is whom." - DAS

"Freedom is when we manage our own ideas, rather than others managing them for us either through clever marketing(pull) or dominating indoctrination(push). In truth, all we need is a good story to change the direction of what we believe, as long as it seems to make sense and line up with our experiences, and desires, doesn't matter if the story is right or wrong. People will turn on a dime if the story and backing data seem legit, and turn again provided another compelling story. Since none of us are free from the earth we live on, we are the product of the stories, information, and experiences available here, even if we fancy ourselves free thinkers. The point is there is NO true freedom, but there are varying amounts of it within the context of life as we have available." -DAS

"Close your eyes and listen, each note, its unique color, flavor, tambre, vibrance, moment in time. Listen, each note, dancing, flirting, teasing each other, a 4 dimensional swirl. A school in a pond moving independently together. Dashing, climbing, turning, dodging, laughing. Each instrument's and musician's unique journey through time to arrive together to produce a moment, an instance of pure beauty. Pop is like two teenagers frolicing, but a symphony is as seasoned lovers, so combined as to never stop, never separate, yet existing as only a delicate vapor." -DAS

"It has been almost 9 years since my mom passed, and every once in a while, out of the blue, something will strike me just right for a few moments that causes me to recoil in grief for a bit. I can tell you, the more you loved someone, the longer the sting of loosing them, and it's neither something you can control, nor should you try. Just consider it the honor of having had them in your life." -DAS

"Grief IS Love." -DAS

"Improve your argument, to demonstrate your truth, name calling only goes to demonstrate that you're at the end of your intellectual rope, and you have exited the arena of ideas." -DAS

"EVERYTHING is biased, you just need to be perpetually cognitive of motivation in order to balance otherwise insightful information, with your own bias." -DAS

"I have confidence that all the attributes of men will recur, both good and bad." -DAS

"I have seldom observed real tenacity defeated, but I have seen many try to explain why they shouldn't have any." -DAS

"It's easier to be civilized about taking someone's else's money by ballot, than when it is being taken." -DAS

"Poise has authority and charisma." -DAS

"The best thing we can teach our kids is that they can and should overcome any and all opposition to enjoy their own happiness. You want to blame everyone else. Blame is not nearly as effective as ambition." -DAS

"I can't tell if my problem is the ability to grasp both sides of a competing topic better than the bias on either side, or if it's a failure to thoroughly understand enough to see only one has legitimate merit." -DAS

"We all have a high opinion of our own opinions." -DAS

"Understanding the difference between education and propaganda is key to rational thinking." -DAS

"It's not enough just to think, choosing good topics matters." -DAS

"Engineered education followed up with media pollution, is a perfect way to cause large groups of people to behave intentionally." -DAS

"I heard a word pairing today that was intellectually sapid, the pairing was 'cognitively endowed'." -DAS

"Little attention is paid to extinguished candles" -DAS

"People seek comfort in simplified blame." -DAS

"I love my long time friends, ...when everyone else sees time taking us over, we, instead, still see the young friends inside." -DAS

"The bible says, 'The LOVE of money is the root of all evil', I disagree, the love of money is a symptom of the love of self; to predatory proportions." -DAS

"Facts are merely resilient subjectivity." -DAS

"Science is better than politics, because science has strict controls on the burden of proof and acceptance of validity. Politics are essentially synonymous with subjectivity." -DAS

"Generally speaking, self proclamation is a thin veil covering a verifiable deficit" -DAS

"When I consider the extensive spread of competence and intelligence across all the political parties, I MUST recognize that saying one is 'right' and all others 'wrong', is enormously unsophisticated." -DAS

"People follow whatever story is more believable at any given moment, not necessarily the one most true. If you want power, be a good story teller." -DAS

"When you think all opposing votes irrelevant, you in effect, prefer to make slaves of all opposing voters. We are Americans. We get the privilege of having a right to vote, to disagree and have input. Something worth celebrating even if you don't get your way every time." -DAS

"The unstudied passing astute judgements, that's rich." -DAS

"Go tackle yesterday's failures with today's successes." -DAS

"Excellence is never accidental." -DAS

"This money, is going to be a memory well purchased" -DAS

"Turn money into memories" -DAS

"Best thing to buy with money? Memories." -DAS

"People often make valueless laws, to control non-criminal activity, out of fear.
Laws that villains will ignore regardless, and good citizens don't require in order to respect others.
Conservatives fear every transgender person is a bathroom villain, while most will never harm a soul.
Liberals fear guns and gun owners, while most would put themselves in harm's way to defend those same liberals.
Both can see the irrationality of the other's fear, while failing to see their own." -DAS

"Too many people enjoy legislating everyone else's ethical code, based on their own moral code." -DAS

"Excellence is never accidental." -DAS

"Laws are the products of the clash of morals and ethics." -DAS

"Opposing ideas aren't nearly as big a problem as those held as untouchable." -DAS

"The hardest arguments to build and wage are against our own presuppositions." -DAS

"Everyone is a stereotype to someone else. But we are not trying to live in their country." -DAS (on Islamic Immigration)

"Impeachment used to be the punishment for serious breach of allegiance to the WHOLE nation, each election cycle it is becoming closer to meaning, "I want a recount, I didn't get my way"." -DAS

"In less than a hundred years, everyone that knew who you are and cared about you will take those memories to their own graves. In a few ten thousand to few million years, our species will likely have run it's coarse and be gone and all evidence will have been eroded from the face of the planet, including these words. In a couple hundred million years or less the earth's atmosphere will be toxic to oxygen breathers once again, or be gone altogether. In a couple billion years the sun will have destroyed the earth and every record of the existence of life, and still further our solar system will be swallowed by a black hole or other solar systems. Our self-importance is over-rated" -DAS

"Great ideas if never shared are worth little to anyone" -DAS

"It's harder to learn when not to speak, than to learn to talk." -DAS

"Are you more likely to put your foot in your mouth as much as a resulting of being multi-lingual?" -DAS

"A brain is like a big mixing pot being stirred all the time, but if you don't keep adding new ideas and perspectives all the time, you'll always just have the same old recipe coming out." -DAS

"Following a leader results in benefits for all, following a persuader, results in loss to most." -DAS

"Identification is physical, Identity is from the mind and the heart alone." -DAS

"To seek and discover truth in those you disagree with, is the beginning of understanding." -DAS

"Does a difference in opinion annoy you or inspire you? Does it trigger feelings of defense or anticipation that an opportunity for personal growth is at hand?" -DAS

"Seducing me into bed is one thing, but seducing in bed, quite another." -DAS

"Neither condescension, nor assumption that a differing opinion equates to a lack of education, make your points more valid. You might, in fact be quite surprised at how studied a person with a different opinion might be. If anything, your attempt to suggest a differing opinion is the result of a ignorance might be viewed as a tell of your inability to articulate a more reasoned perspective." -DAS

"The best way to build relationships is to let people verbally invest in you." -DAS

"In general the way people behave is fairly simple and predictable, it's not that they aren't complex minds, just that their faculties of social interactions don't appear to have developed at the same rate as their ingenuity. Which is probably why they are so easily governed, and influenced." -DAS

"One of the greatest challenges is identifying and permanently correcting our own irrationality with our own logic, even greater is wanting to do so." -DAS

"The moment patriotism is required it becomes vapor." -DAS

"Coins need more sides." -DAS

"So long as there are living beings, there will predators. So long as there are humans, there will be non-sequiturs." -DAS

"The trouble with any accusation, is the residual suspiscion." -DAS

"I really bristle when I see things like this statement, "if we know anything about the left, it's that they utterly despise the facts". Not because I am liberal but because it's not a fact and entirely self incriminating. EVERYONE dismissed facts they don't like, or they modify their position, not their counter arguments." -DAS

"Exchanging Freedom for 'Free Stuff'" -DAS

"Believing and pretending the world is better than it actually is won't make it so, but it can get a lot of people hurt." -DAS

"A simple nudge can make a permanent trajectory change." -DAS

"Sometimes life gets in the way of living." -DAS

"We can't have any facts get in the way of emotional vomit." -DAS

"We need to be more specific about what society can, and/or should be responsible for, considering society includes the poor.
Society, can provide equal opportunity, but not equal ambition. Society can provide a safety net for those that misstep, or are incapable, but it can't force them to get up and try again. In the event they don't try, does society have a responsibility to provide for their lack of desire and effort, endlessly? Society has a responsibility to provide access to education, but learning falls to the student, and the application of the learning, all the more. Is it everyone's responsibility to make everyone equally wealthy, without equal effort? I shared the video to point out that many people rise up in spite of their opposition, they did not achieve because society coddled them, but rather due to their own unquenchable desire. Social programs, routinely bleed off ambition, rather than inspire it, whereas adversity quite often inspires. Sir, if you think that video is about hating the poor, rather than showing off how people can overcome great challenges, and celebrating that success, then you have provided important information about how you view those physically handicapped. I made no mention of any relationship between poverty and morality, as I don't think such a relationship exists. In fact, the video was proof that people are capable of building marketable skills, people that we in the America would easily write-off or rob of the self-esteem of accomplishment. People that go around accusing others of not heart bleeding along side of them, are often indulgent at the expense of the people they claim to be helping." -DAS

"Gun control is the redistribution of victimization." -DAS

"Check and balances are needed because ignorance and predatory ambition are more powerful and swifter than thoughtful deliberation." -DAS

"Leaving someone speechless is not always due to soundly defeating them." -DAS

"Confidence, isn't some magical quality some people are lucky to possess, it's simply the absence of insecurity." -DAS

"It's so much more than being smart or dumb, educated or ignorant. Humans require context and there's only so much context a person can have at their given age. Add to that, how context can be grossly subjective, and usually is. Control people by changing the information available to them, that leads them to what they become convinced they believe. EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE functions under this same principle, most while being convinced, that they are the exception. Give them sufficiently convincing new context and they will change to the desired course. It's less about how gullible you are, than how compelling the narrative. We all work the same way." -DAS

"My competing ideaologies fight with my values and preferences, and all are all held in check by reality." -DAS

"Empathy is ultimately self aggrandizement." -DAS

"Empathy is self aggrandizement, regardless of any colateral behavior." -DAS

"Everything living things do is ultimately for self, no matter how well masked." -DAS

"People get so surprised, their own misplaced trust." -DAS

"And so indignant upon being told or shown that it's misplaced." -DAS

"I think a brain bug in humanity is that they have a stronger need to feel right than to be right." -DAS

"Life does not come with a manual, instead it comes with close friends." -DAS

On, Ravi Zacharias: "Notice he never debates, only pontificates responses so he can sell his ideas rather than have a merit based discussion. After waxing on with scripted responses, crafted to elicit demagoguery and emotional fortitude, he facilitates dismissal of facts rather than review of his own assertions and diversions, pure verbal sleight of hand, so he can control the narrative. He is no scholar, simply a showman." -DAS

"The Truth is self-serving, all too often in stark opposition to self-bias, and rarely a team player." -DAS
When asked to elaborate: "The first and last segments of the sentence target personified human qualities of the concept of truth. If truth were a person, it would violate social norms, that frequently favor feelings being a source of evaluation over pragmatic accuracy. Most ethical, and even moral systems derive their positions from how people feel about a matter. Even reading this last sentence will engage the self bias mechanism in most readers, with the majority dutifully jumping to the conclusion that it is wrong before exercising a diligent review, to challenge their own confirmation bias, with the Dunning–Kruger effect in full force. Truth is selfish, narcissistic, and inconsiderate of the feelings that social norms endeavor to protect." -DAS

"Isn't it hypocritical to expect everyone else not to be?" -DAS

"Is there some rule requiring a person to be consistent on every idea, especially for their entire life? So why is the declaration of hypocrisy grounds for invalidating everything about another person? Oh, because they make us deal with our own issues." -DAS

"When I am cooking, I have to wonder about the chefs of the store bought products. Do they think to themselves, you know what this recipe needs? Hmmmm...... how about some Potassium Chloride, Monopotassium Phosphate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Monosodium Glutamate, Modified Food Starch, Beta Carotene For Color, Soy Protein Isolate, Sodium Phosphate. Who has these items in their spice cabinet?" -DAS

"One of the great things I've experienced in my life has been the rejection of several common dogmas, based on review of the facts/claims. Where I used to be a deeply religious conservative, I have not swung to the opposite, because that would have accomplished nothing, just different dogma. Rather I can step back and compare competing dogmas with how I observe things really functioning. It's probably one of my favorite experiences, to be enjoyed perpetually." -DAS

"I don't require myself to have an opinion on every topic." -DAS

"April 15, deadline for financial discrimination day." -DAS

DAS - End

Sir Winston Churchill Quotes

Sir Winston Churchill - Start

Winston Churchill said, 'The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.'

The price of greatness is responsibility - Sir Winston Churchill

That man has all of the qualities I despise, and none of the vices I admire.

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.

A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.

Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.

Some regard private enterprise as if it were a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look upon it as a cow that they can milk. Only a handful see it for what it really is--the strong horse that pulls the whole cart. - Sir Winston Churchill

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack. - Sir Winston Churchill

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. - Sir Winston Churchill

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Sir Winston Churchill

Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it. - Sir Winston Churchill

It's no use saying, ''We are doing our best.'' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. - Sir Winston Churchill

I never worry about action, but only inaction. - Sir Winston Churchill

Danger -- if you meet it promptly and without flinching -- you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never! - Sir Winston Churchill

Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result.

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.

Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.

This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.

In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill.

It is all right to rat, but you can't re-rat.

Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.

It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses.

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile -- hoping it will eat him last.

The English never draw a line without blurring it.

There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right.

The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.

They are decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.

The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.

Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.

The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.

I have never accepted what many people have kindly said-namely that I inspired the nation. Their will was resolute and remorseless, and as it proved, unconquerable. It fell to me to express it.

I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar.

No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.

All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

It is better to be frightened now than killed hereafter

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.

Great and good are seldom the same man.

Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.

No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.

The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.

The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.

Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.

These are not dark days: these are great days -- the greatest days our country has ever lived.
Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never -- in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.

I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks.

In war you can be killed only once. In politics, many times.

Any 20 year-old who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart, and any 40 year-old who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain.

Politicians have the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterward to explain why it didn't happen.

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read a book of quotations.

No crime is so great as daring to excel.

Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game.

I am easily satisfied with the very best.

Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.

When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber.

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

Say what you have to say and first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending; sit down.

Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.

This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.

Eating words has never given me indigestion.

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.

When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.

This is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end. It is, instead, the end of the beginning.
The United States is like giant boiler. Once the fire is lighted under it, there is no limit to the power it can generate.

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Sir Winston Churchill - End

Education Quotes

Education - Start

Formal education is but an incident in the lifetime of an individual. Most of us who have given the subject any study have come to realize that education is a continuous process ending only when ambition comes to a halt. - R. I. Rees

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. - Carl Rogers 1902-1987, American Psychotherapist

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. - Jim Rohn American Businessman

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society. - Theodore Roosevelt 1858-1919, Twenty-sixth President of the USA

The purpose of education is to keep a culture from being drowned in senseless repetitions, each of which claims to offer a new insight. - Harold Rosenberg 1906-1978, American Art Critic, Author

No one wants a good education. Everyone wants a good degree. - Lee Rudolph

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas. - George Santayana 1863-1952, American Philosopher, Poet

Most people are willing to pay more to be amused than to be educated. - Robert C. Savage

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. - B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner 1904-1990, American Psychologist

A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear. - James B. Stockdale

I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. - Anne Sullivan 1866-1936, American Educator of the Deaf, Blind

How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living? - Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook. - Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark Twain 1835-1910, American Humorist, Writer

A college education never hurt anybody who was willing to learn after he got it.

An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life.

The most important outcome of education is to help students become independent of formal education. - Paul E. Gray

Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don't know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. - Sir William Haley

Much learning does not teach understanding. - Heraclitus BC 535-475, Greek Philosopher

Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought. - Napoleon Hill 1883-1970, American Speaker, Motivational Writer, ''Think and Grow Rich''

Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible. - Robert M. Hutchins 1899-1977, American University President

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation. - John F. Kennedy 1917-1963, Thirty-fifth President of the USA

Education is too important to be left solely to the educators. - Francis Keppel

Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack the wise to prove that they are not idiots. - Karl Kraus 1874-1936, Austrian Satirist

Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty. - James Madison 1751-1836, American Statesman, President

The aim of education should be to convert the mind into living fountain, and not a reservoir. - John Mason

People commonly educate their children as they build their houses, according to some plan they think beautiful, without considering whether it is suited to the purposes for which they are designed. - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1689-1762, British Society Figure, Letter Writer

No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head. ~Terry Josephson

"Too much of what is called 'education' is little more than an expensive isolation from reality." -Thomas Sowell

"Our schools and colleges are turning out people who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do." -Thomas Sowell

"There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young." -Thomas Sowell

"Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late." -Thomas Sowell

"Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, but is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination." -Thomas Sowell

Education - End

Confucius Quotes

Confucius - Start

The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The superior man...does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects

There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth...lust. When he is strong...quarrelsomeness. When he is old...covetousness.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects

What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the mean man seeks is in others.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects

When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.

If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!

Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

Study the past, if you would divine the future.

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.

The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.

The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

Work to become, not to acquire.

Confucius - End

Assorted Random Quotes

Assorted - Start
“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.” –Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur C. Clarke’s third law: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”

"Life becomes easier when you accept the apology you never got."

"Unfortunately, confidence through encouragement does not automatically equate to capability." - David Thorne

"The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." - Ronald Reagan

"Jewish people do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store."

One should not take too much notice of "how many" said this or that.
What is important is how things really are, not how many people believe this or that.
Deciding truths by voting is seldom a good way. It can only show what people believe.
Some peoples beliefs might of course be right, but too often correct information
and relevant listening experiences drowns in common misconceptions, preconceived
notions and the media background noise. - Ing. Öhman of the Swedish Audio
Technical Society

“You can get a lot more done with politeness and a weapon than with politeness alone,” Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Russia legalizing gun carry for self-defense.

"I'd rather spend my time and effort building a life than trying to salvage one" - David (Cunningham) Jackson

"Middle age is when a man turns out the lights for financial reasons instead of romantic ones." - David (Cunningham) Jackson

"It's not worth arguing with someone who's competing with reality" - David (Cunningham) Jackson

"Guilt and fear can be used to manipulate any population, but you'll find it rare that guilt sparks revolution, where fear almost always does." - David (Cunningham) Jackson

"You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays." - Professor Harold Hill, The Music Man 1962

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." -Albert Einstein

"Talent does what it can, genius does what it must." --Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (Who incidentally, wasn't much of a genius in anyone's mind but his own.)

"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only saps today of its joy." -Leo Buscaglia

"People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little." -Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Chance favors the prepared mind.” -Louis Pasteur

"Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil." - J. Paul Getty

"Problems are those frightful things one sees when one takes one's eyes off one's goal." -Henry Ford

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. Without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." -Steven Weinberg

"The more laws, the less justice." --Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas” ~ Linus Pauling

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” --L. P. Jacks

"I love my wife's looks and body, but if someone different were residing in her head, that wouldn't have been enough to get through the things we've been through together." -Jacob Daniel Culton

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. ~André Gide

A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure. ~Lee Segall

It requires a great deal of faith for a man to be cured by his own placebos. ~John L. McClenahan

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. ~Henri Louis Bergson

I was once a skeptic but was converted by the two missionaries on either side of my nose.~Robert Brault,

It's such a waste to look at all others and hope to only see ourselves. -TheThinkingAtheist(Seth Andrews)

"The only freedom which counts is the freedom to do what some other people think to be wrong.
There is no point in demanding freedom to do that which all will applaud. All the so-called liberties
or rights are things which have to be asserted against others who claim that if such things are
to be allowed their own rights are infringed or their own liberties threatened. This is always true,
even when we speak of the freedom to worship, of the right of free speech or association, or of public assembly.
If we are to allow freedoms at all there will constantly be complaints that either the liberty itself or the way
in which it is exercised is being abused, and, if it is a genuine freedom, these complaints will often be justified.
There is no way of having a free society in which there is not abuse. Abuse is the very hallmark of liberty."
-Former Lord Chief Justice Halisham

Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be,
and wherever he may be, the man who thinks, becomes a light and a power.
-Henry George 1839-1897

I PUT the following work under your protection. It contains my
opinions upon Religion. You will do me the justice to remember,
that I have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man
to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine.
He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his
present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.
-Thomas Paine

We can have justice whenever those who have not been injured by injustice are as outraged by it as those who have been. -Solon (594 B.C.)

Too many times people think that disagreement or lack of agreement is aggressive behavior. The expression "If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all" never once lead to lasting improvements. -Tom Bailey, FB member

"The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future." -John Maynard Keynes

“Truth is stranger than fiction… because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” — Mark Twain

"A good reputation is hard and slow to build, and fast and easy to destroy" - Ronald D. Huber

"Sometimes, a modicum of profanity is necessary as an 'emotional modifier' to whatever point is being made. While in a perfect world, everyone would respond to reason and evidence, in the real world, sometimes you need a potty mouth to get someone off their tuchus and into action." -Nikola Dzhilvidzhiev, Facebook

"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it." -Henry David Thoreau

“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” ― Malcolm X

"Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space." - Orson Scott Card

"There is no contradiction. Read both quotes again carefully instead of jumping to conclusions. I don’t want to patronise you by explaining as if you were retarded." - Mike Dowson

"Look at every top model agency website in the world and you’ll find more than 30% of the girls are from eastern European countries, many are Russian or Ukraine, simply because they are genetically superior and don’t stuff themselves with junk food or cover their bodies in repulsive tattoos." - Mike Dowson

"Dismissing someone else’s opinion doesn’t make your own opinion any more valid — instead, it dismisses your value as a discourse participant." -Katie Hoffman, Writer, blogs at

"Opinions always benefit from becoming more nuanced." -Katie Hoffman, Writer, blogs at

"Don’t be afraid to adapt. Circumstances change, individuals grow, and opinions are mutable. Don’t be afraid to dip a toe in the spectrum of thought." -Katie Hoffman, Writer, blogs at

"What does school really teach children?"
1. Truth Comes From Authority
2. Intelligence is the Ability to Remember and Repeat
3. Accurate Memory and Repetition are Rewarded
4. Non-Compliance is Punished
5. Conform: Intellectually and Socially

Assorted - End

Investing Quotes

Investing - Start
"Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others." -John Maynard Keynes

Investing - End

Jury Duty Quotes

Jury Duty - Start
Jurors should acquit, even against the judge's instruction...
if exercising their judgment with discretion and honesty
they have a clear conviction the charge of the court is wrong.
-Alexander Hamilton, 1804

If a juror accepts as the law that which the judge states, then the juror has accepted
the exercise of absolute authority of a government employee and has surrendered
a power and right that once was the citizen's safeguard of liberty.
-Justice Theophilus Parsons, 1788

I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which
a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.
-Thomas Jefferson, 1789

It is not only the juror's right, but his duty to find the verdict according to his own best
understanding, judgment and conscience, though in direct opposition to the instruction of the court.
-John Adams, 1771

There has been no clearer principle of English or American constitutional law than that, in criminal cases,
it is not only the power and duty of juries to judge what are the facts, what is the law, and what is the
moral intent of the accused; but that it is also their power, and their primary and paramount duty,
to judge the justice of the law, and to hold all laws invalid, that are, in their opinion, unjust or oppressive,
and find all persons guiltless in violating, or resisting the execution of, such laws."
-Lysander Spooner, 1852
Jury Duty - End

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Abraham Lincoln - Start
A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.

All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.

Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.

Everybody likes a compliment.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.

He who molds the public sentiment... makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make.

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.

I can make more generals, but horses cost money.

I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end... I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.

I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this.

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.

No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.

Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.

Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar.

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.

Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything.

Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.

The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.

The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions.

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.

The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.

There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, "Truth is the daughter of Time."

These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.

To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.

Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.

We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves -- in their separate, and individual capacities.
Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life - Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln - End

Vision and Leadership Quotes

Vision and Leadership - Start

“We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.”
“Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.” - Ayn Rand
“Vision without a task is only a dream. A task without a vision is but drudgery. But vision with a task is a dream fulfilled.”
A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power. - Brian Tracy
"The empires of the future are empires of the mind." — Winston Churchill
“When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic.” - Charles R. Swindoll
“What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action” - Meister Eckhart
“We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.”
“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” - Joel Barker
“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” - Oscar Wilde
You will encounter many distractions and many temptations to put your goal aside: The security of a job, a wife who wants kids, whatever. But if you hang in there, always following your vision, I have no doubt you will succeed. - Larry Flynt
“My doctrine is not a doctrine but just a vision. I have not given you any set rules, I have not given you a system.” - Buddha
“America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal - to discover and maintain liberty among men.” - Woodrow T. Wilson
“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” - Cecil Beaton
“You're in the midst of a war: a battle between the limits of a crowd seeking the surrender of your dreams, and the power of your true vision to create and contribute. It is a fight between those who will tell you what you cannot do, and that part of you that knows / and has always known / that we are more than our environment; and that a dream, backed by an unrelenting will to attain it, is truly a reality with an imminent arrival.” - Anthony Robbins
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” - Carl Gustav Jung
“In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours.” - annesqui Ayn Rand
“Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider yourself defeated again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile!” - Og Mandino
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” - Helen Keller
“Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the "right stuff" to turn our dreams into reality.” - James Womack

“A culture is made -- or destroyed -- by its articulate voices.” - Ayn Rand
Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present. - Rudy Giuliani
A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done. - Ralph Lauren
There are many qualities that make a great leader. But having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader. - Rudy Giuliani
When you confront a problem you begin to solve it. - Rudy Giuliani
“Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there.” - John Kotter
“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.”
“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” - John C. Maxwell
“People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing. A leader's job is to help people have vision of their potential.” - John Porter
“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” - Jack Welch
“People are more inclined to be drawn in if their leader has a compelling vision. Great leaders help people get in touch with their own aspirations and then will help them forge those aspirations into a personal vision.” - John Kotter
“The vision is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information about what's going on so they can do a lot more than they've done in the past.” - Bill Gates

Vision and Leadership - End

Edward R. Murrow Quotes

Edward R. Murrow - Start
"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." — Edward R. Murrow

“Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.” - Edward R. Murrow

“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.” - Edward R. Murrow

“Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation.” - Edward R. Murrow

“Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices--just recognize them.” - Edward R. Murrow

“No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.” - Edward R. Murrow

“Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.” - Edward R. Murrow

“It is almost impossible to substitute intelligence for experience.” - Edward R. Murrow

Edward R. Murrow - End

Victor Hugo Quotes

Victor Hugo - Start

"When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes." - Victor Hugo

"Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery." - Victor Hugo

"When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right." - Victor Hugo

"Virtue has a veil, vice a mask." - Victor Hugo

"Toleration is the best religion." - Victor Hugo

"One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas." - Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo - End

David Cunningham Quotes

David Cunningham - Start

"That shortcoming isn't going to change. Most creatives are not wired to handle money because they all hate rules and structure. Anything that hampers their creativity is the enemy, as is anything that offends their sense of entitlement." -DJC

"Spectacular success is usually just one step beyond a grand failure. The failure which leads to the revelation that causes the success." -DJC

"A primary trait of a liberal is to want everyone else to foot the bill for their altruism." - DJC

"There is only one side: the universe" - DJC

"There is reality and anything that fails to accept it. Those are the sides. History shows reality very clearly." -DJC

David Cunningham - End

Jeff Hood Quotes

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“Women have some desires that only trust can reveal.” - Jeff Hood

“Kindness is the most attractive form of beauty...” - Jeff Hood

“Love is never wasted on anyone, time is...” - Jeff Hood

“The strongest hearts have the most scars...” - Jeff Hood

“Who you love says nothing, How you love them says everything...” - Jeff Hood

“Beauty has nothing to do with being beautiful...” - Jeff Hood

“She will give you all of her, when she knows she has all of you...” - Jeff Hood

“Write your own definitions for love and happiness and let everyone else do the same...” - Jeff Hood

“Never trade part of your soul for someone else's heart...” - Jeff Hood

“Don't call it love unless you're willing to call it that forever...” - Jeff Hood

“Love didn't break your heart. The jackass everyone warned you about did...” - Jeff Hood

“Tell her why you love her. Not how much you love her...” - Jeff Hood

“Never confuse the person you were with the person you are...” - Jeff Hood

“If you spend all your time wishing the person you love would change. You are with the wrong person...” - Jeff Hood

“Never hide who you are behind the person someone else wants you to be..” - Jeff Hood

“A heart that has never been broken is a heart that has never loved..” - Jeff Hood

“Strip her down to nothing, and kiss her everything...” - Jeff Hood

“The most important person I ever met, was a person in need...” - Jeff Hood

“The greatest misconception most people have is thinking they are that much different from anyone else...” - Jeff Hood

“Hate is the favorite child of Ignorance and Pain.” - Jeff Hood

“Give me a kiss my heart will remember...” - Jeff Hood

“Her love is not a place you visit it's a place you live.” - Jeff Hood

“When it comes to Love you can have a thousand reasons to leave but only need one to stay...” - Jeff Hood

“How much you love someone else, is not what determines how much they love you...” - Jeff Hood

“Try listening to what she needs, versus telling her what you want...” - Jeff Hood

“Every kiss should leave you wanting more....” - Jeff Hood

“Sometimes you don't need to convince them to stay, you need to convince yourself to leave...” - Jeff Hood

“Never look for your future in your past.....” - Jeff Hood

“I don't want to hear "I love you" I want to see "I love you"...” - Jeff Hood

“Your happiness is one of my favorite places...” - Jeff Hood

“How other people make you feel is completely up to you not them...” - Jeff Hood

“Where you end up has more to do with what direction you are headed then where you started...” - Jeff Hood

Good Romance Lines/Pickup Lines:
“I don't want to see you in my dreams, I want to feel you in my memories...” - Jeff Hood
“I don't remember if I passed you on the street or saw you in a dream, I just know I want to see you again....” - Jeff Hood
“I want to fall into forever with you....” - Jeff Hood
“My forever would be much more interesting with you in it...” - Jeff Hood
“I look for you in every dream, and listen for you in every song....” - Jeff Hood
“Sometimes crazy has a cute face....” - Jeff Hood
“You make my soul smile, and my heart laugh.” - Jeff Hood
“We are all puzzles in search of missing pieces...” - Jeff Hood
“Being next to you is not close enough...” - Jeff Hood
“Some things should only be whispered...” - Jeff Hood
“I don't need anything more than your smile...” - Jeff Hood
“I don't want to just make love to you, I want to make a life of love with you...” - Jeff Hood
“I want to stay in bed all day and memorize the lines of your smile...” - Jeff Hood
“Kiss her so deeply that her soul shakes and her body gasps...” - Jeff Hood

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Political/Government Quotes

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Stop tolerating in your leaders what you would not tolerate in your friends. -Michael Ventura

...unfortunately, we can't control the actions of everyone. -Bill Clinton, April 20, 1993

Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let people have guns ...why should we let them have ideas? -Joseph Stalin

"Nature" affords you exactly 0 rights. You don't even have a guarantee of being fertilized and born, and after birth for the rest of your life any of over a quadrillion things can kill you with no warning. According to "nature", your life is equally insignificant to all other lives.
"Rights", as we call them, are afforded by the society in which you live. Nature does not supply your right to free speech, fuck, it's an evolutionary miracle that you have vocal chords at all, let alone the neurological connections to use them. Your "right' is agreed upon by the people around you
Property in nature is defended to the death. In human society owning property must mean that everyone agrees that it us yours, agrees not to steal it from you, and allows you to use it. In actual nature, disconnected from human concerns (to include space) no property is guaranteed to even exist for that long, let alone belong to you.
Marriage was invented by humans, and humans are the ultimate deciders of who takes part in that. Up until recently bunches if humans forbade bunches of other humans from equally being defined as "married" in our society. Built by, populated by, and maintained by humans. You want rights? You need to claim them, they need to be agreed upon by the people you're around (you can't just pee on shit and it be yours), and you need a large body to defend that right, should other humans try to deny you. Nature won't even promise your next meal, and you actually believe that any creature anywhere is granted "rights"? Animals do not function based on rights, it is a basic system of natural fairness with a lot of teamwork and some violence. You only have the rights that everyone else agrees you have, no more. Want more? You have a lot if work convincing society (you know, the millions of people you're around) of those rights, and you're gonna need a huge force to combat the scores of individuals who will try to stop you. Natural rights my ass. -Gabriel Scott, Facebook Post

"The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government." -Milton Friedman

"The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy." -Milton Friedman

"Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program." -Milton Friedman

"Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government." -Milton Friedman

"So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system." -Milton Friedman

"The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn't construct his theory under order from a, from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way." -Milton Friedman

"Inflation is taxation without legislation." -Milton Friedman

"The black market was a way of getting around government controls. It was a way of enabling the free market to work. It was a way of opening up, enabling people." -Milton Friedman

"The only way that has ever been discovered to have a lot of people cooperate together voluntarily is through the free market. And that's why it's so essential to preserving individual freedom." -Milton Friedman

"Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it." -Milton Friedman

"Indeed, a major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself." -Milton Friedman

"There's no such thing as a free lunch." -Milton Friedman

"The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system." -Milton Friedman

"And what does reward virtue? You think the communist commissar rewards virtue? You think a Hitler rewards virtue? You think, excuse me, if you'll pardon me, American presidents reward virtue? Do they choose their appointees on the basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the basis of their political clout?" -Milton Friedman

"The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit." -Milton Friedman

"We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork." -Milton Friedman

"Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another." -Milton Friedman

"One man's opportunism is another man's statesmanship." -Milton Friedman

"The most important ways in which I think the Internet will affect the big issue is that it will make it more difficult for government to collect taxes." -Milton Friedman

"I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible." -Milton Friedman

"I'm in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal." -Milton Friedman

"Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler somehow than economic self-interest?" -Milton Friedman

"Most of the energy of political work is devoted to correcting the effects of mismanagement of government." -Milton Friedman

"Governments never learn. Only people learn." -Milton Friedman

"Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence." -Milton Friedman

"The power to do good is also the power to do harm." -Milton Friedman

"The old adage about giving a man a fish versus teaching him how to fish has been updated by a reader: Give a man a fish and he will ask for tartar sauce and French fries! Moreover, some politician who wants his vote will declare all these things to be among his 'basic rights.'" -Thomas Sowell

"If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today." -Thomas Sowell

"Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." -Thomas Sowell

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." -Thomas Sowell

"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics." -Thomas Sowell

"If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win." -Thomas Sowell

"It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it." -Thomas Sowell

"If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly." -Thomas Sowell

"In liberal logic, if life is unfair then the answer is to turn more tax money over to politicians, to spend in ways that will increase their chances of getting reelected." -Thomas Sowell

"The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites." -Thomas Sowell

"The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department." -Thomas Sowell

"Groups that rose from poverty to prosperity seldom did so by having their own racial or ethnic leaders to follow." -Thomas Sowell

"The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved. Their descendants would have been worse off today if born in Africa instead of America. Put differently, the terrible fate of their ancestors benefitted them." -Thomas Sowell

"Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face." -Thomas Sowell

"Few professors would dare to publish research or teach a course debunking the claims made in various ethnic, gender, or other 'studies' courses." -Thomas Sowell

"Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it." -Thomas Sowell

"Hyperinflation can take virtually your entire life's savings, without the government having to bother raising the official tax rate at all." -Thomas Sowell

"The biggest and most deadly 'tax' rate on the poor comes from a loss of various welfare state benefits - food stamps, housing subsidies and the like - if their income goes up." -Thomas Sowell

"If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism." -Thomas Sowell

"Liberals seem to assume that, if you don't believe in their particular political solutions, then you don't really care about the people that they claim to want to help." -Thomas Sowell

"Helping those who have been struck by unforeseeable misfortunes is fundamentally different from making dependency a way of life." -Thomas Sowell

"A moral monopoly is the antithesis of a marketplace of ideas." -Thomas Sowell

"The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best." -Thomas Sowell

"Those who cry out that the government should 'do something' never even ask for data on what has actually happened when the government did something, compared to what actually happened when the government did nothing." -Thomas Sowell

"Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders." -Thomas Sowell

"Being willing to donate the taxpayers' money is not the same as being willing to put your own money where your mouth is." -Thomas Sowell

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." -Daniel Webster, US diplomat, lawyer, orator, & politician (1782 - 1852)

"Human beings will generally exercise power when they can get it, and they will exercise it most undoubtedly in popular governments under pretense of public safety." -Daniel Webster, US diplomat, lawyer, orator, & politician (1782 - 1852)

"The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions" -Daniel Webster, US diplomat, lawyer, orator, & politician (1782 - 1852)

"Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from...the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence." -Daniel Webster, US diplomat, lawyer, orator, & politician (1782 - 1852)

"The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power." -Daniel Webster, US diplomat, lawyer, orator, & politician (1782 - 1852)

"Those who do not look upon themselves as a link, connecting the past with the future, do not perform their duty to the world." -Daniel Webster, US diplomat, lawyer, orator, & politician (1782 - 1852)

"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures." -Daniel Webster, US diplomat, lawyer, orator, & politician (1782 - 1852)

"I mistrust the judgment of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned." -Daniel Webster, US diplomat, lawyer, orator, & politician (1782 - 1852)

"We have been taught to regard a representative of the people as a sentinel on the watch-tower of liberty." -Daniel Webster, US diplomat, lawyer, orator, & politician (1782 - 1852)

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Lenny Papanno Quotes

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"God bless Bruce Jenner for being brave enough to face everyone else's issues..." - Lenny Pappano

"Boobs!" - Lenny Papanno

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Tony Smith Quotes

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"Democratic Socialists want what never was and never can be: economic security without personal responsibility." - Tony Smith, FB

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