No king on earth is as safe in his job as a Trade Union official. There is only one thing that can get him sacked; and that is drink. Not even that, as long as he doesn't actually fall down.
The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of common man.
This morning in the Washington Post there was a statistic about how 85% of Americans are Christians.
It helps to be able to be alone. 'Cuz writing is done alone, unless you collaborate, but I don't do that. Ask my ex-wife.
We feel unsatisfied until we know ourselves akin even with that greatness which made the spots on which it rested hallowed and until, by our own lives, and by converse with the thoughts they have bequeathed us, we feel that union and relationship of the spirit which we seek.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Prayer is mans greatest power!
W. Clement Stone
It's funny how making odd noises can get you into strange situations sometimes.
The imminent demise of the large record companies as gatekeepers of the world's popular music is a good thing, for the most part.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess.
But with comedy it's a simple premise. If it's funny, people laugh. If it's not, they don't.
Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
Stillness and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding. Vulgar persons can't sit still, or at least must always work their limbs and features.
Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
You see so many artists who are so talented end up living sad, empty lives. This industry takes so much out of you that without the accountability and leaving God in the center, you can be left so empty and void.
Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.
Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.
People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, why wasn't it done the other way?
Man is born a predestined idealist, for he is born to act. To act is to affirm the worth of an end, and to persist in affirming the worth of an end is to make an ideal.
So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.
Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.
A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.
Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory even more are false, and most are uncertain.
Karl Von Clausewitz
Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
We've taken the view that if the rest of the world would democratize and create market economies, that would spread the benefits of prosperity around the world, and that it would enhance our own prosperity, and our own stability and security, as well.
A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend.
My mother raised three children on her own and my dad was a doctor working 16 hours a day.
Like all best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.
Queen Elizabeth II
Women's natural role is to be a pillar of the family.
We'll take the cake with the red cherry on top.
Navjot Singh Sidhu
The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.
I've worked for 55 years. I'm going to take a little time off, to tell you the truth. It's just that now in the last couple of weeks, Gelman is pouring it on. 'Farewell to Regis!' It's getting embarrassing.
The whole secret to our success is being able to con ourselves into believing that we're going to change the world because statistically we are unlikely to do it.
A very quiet and tasteful way to be famous is to have a famous relative. Then you can not only be nothing, you can do nothing too.
P. J. O'Rourke
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