The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day
after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike, and rejoice at what brings you nothing
but misfortune. ~Boris Pasternak
Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will
forget the pose, and then where are you? ~Fanny Brice
I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever
died of ignorance. ~Reuben Blades
The first gold star a child gets in school for the mere performance of a needful
task is its first lesson in graft. ~Philip Wylie, Generation of Vipers, 1942
Natives who beat drums to drive
off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams. ~Mary Ellen Kelly
companies will soon rule the world if we keep letting them believe that we are a happy, functional society so long as all
the women are on Prozac, all children on Ritalin, and all men on Viagra. ~Terri Guillemets
Suburbia is where the developer
bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. ~Bill Vaughn
Widespread caffeine use explains a lot about
the twentieth century. ~Greg Egan, "Distress"
We have produced a world of contented bodies and discontented minds.
~Adam Clayton Powell, Keep the Faith, Baby!, 1967
Nothing can be more readily disproved than the old saw, "You
can't keep a good man down." Most human societies have been beautifully organized to keep good men down. ~John W. Gardner
of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition. ~Alvin Toffler
age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists and calculators has succeeded. ~Edmund Burke, Reflections on the
Revolution in France
I've been reading a lot lately about Indian captives. One woman who had been captured by the
Indians and made a squaw was resentful when she was rescued because she'd found that there was a lot more work to do as the
wife of a white man. ~Stephen Vincent Benét
It is perfectly easy to be original by violating the laws of decency and
the canons of good taste. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Over the Teacups, 1891
"Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top."
"For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'"
-John Greenleaf Whittier
"Death is the only inescapable, unavoidable, sure thing. We are sentenced to die the day we're born."
-Gary Mark Gilmore
"We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who
has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds
its peace in impotence."
"If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved."
"A solitary, unused to speaking of what he sees and feels, has mental experiences which are at once more intense and less
articulate than those of a gregarious man."
"A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and
"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define
"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day,
something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."
-Mark Twain (Samuel
"The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: 'It's a girl.'"
"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make
"It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved."
I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country."
"Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their
"The tears that you spill, the sorrowful, are sweeter than the laughter of snobs and the guffaws of scoffers."
"Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real."
"You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you."
"I wish they would only take me as I am."
-Vincent Van Gogh
"Never assume, for it makes an ASS out of U and ME."