God does not play dice with the universe.
That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people would want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.
Wine is a clog to the pen, not an inspiration
One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold.
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them.
When I got into junior high school, that's when my mom let me dress how I wanted to dress. Up to that point I wore suits to school all the time.
In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes so with present time.
Leonardo da Vinci
Control over the production and distribution of oil is the decisive factor in defining who rules whom in the Middle East.
You can figure out who you were by which movies you loved when.
You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
You can easily find people who are ten times as rich at sixty as they were at twenty; but not one of them will tell you that they are ten times as happy
George Bernard Shaw
And finally, no matter how good the science gets, there are problems that inevitably depend on judgement, on art, on a feel for financial markets.
Trust me, I'm going to find out where the money has gone and how it has been spent, and see if we can't get it down there quicker to let that rebuilding start.
Most men would feel insulted, if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now.
Henry David Thoreau
Useless knowledge can be made directly contributory to a force of sound and disinterested public opinion.
Albert J. Nock
'We're always lucky,' I said and like a fool I did not knock on wood.
I thought of Paris as a beauty spot on the face of the earth, and of London as a big freckle.
James Weldon Johnson
...reality, however utopian, is something from which people feel the need of taking pretty frequent holidays....
I continuously go further and further learning about my own limitations, my body limitation, psychological limitations. It's a way of life for me.
Pleasure and freedom from pain, are the only things desirable as ends.
John Stuart Mill
The ordinary affairs of a nation offer little difficulty to a person of any experience, but the gift of office is the dreadful burthen which oppresses him
To me, the truth is what actually happened. Yet it is impossible to know anything approaching the whole truth about past events. Even the people living them could not possibly understand. That truth is always out of reach.
Orson Scott Card
Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.
Paradise Lost' is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is.
I never - you know also one of the things that would save me for a man my age, it was not that easy to lose that much weight and fall down and look like something draped.
What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!
I have been a reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a long time, since I was 11 or 12 I think, so I understand it and I'm not at all surprised that readers of the genre might enjoy my books.
Jean M. Auel
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
In this world, which is so plainly the antechamber of another, there are no happy men. The true division of humanity is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness. Our aim must be to diminish the number of the latter and increase
I've thought about it, not a lot, but I thought my relationship with Congress - the Democrats and Republicans - would help me get some things done. Not everything, but at least they'd be willing to try.
Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
James K. Polk
What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.
Comedy is like music, and the way to make the best music is to have skilled musicians in your band.
Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.
E. B. White
Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.
Throughout this country's history there have of course been systematic efforts to create an official underclass.
In 1858 I received the degree of D. S. from the Lawrence Scientific School, and thereafter remained on the rolls of the university as a resident graduate.
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together.
We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.
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