My Favorite Quotes

"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."

- Douglas Adams (as The Hichhiker's Guide to The Galaxy's Book Narrator)

"Do not worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older it will avoid you."

- Joey Adams

"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted."

- Aesop of Thrace

"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'."

"Education is not something you can finish."

- Isaac Asimov

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one."

- Cesare, The Marquis Beccaria

- Chris Boucher (delivered by Tom Baker as Doctor Who's, The Doctor)

"I would always rather be happy than dignified."

- Charlotte Brontë (as Jane Eyre)

"Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something."

- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

"If people would dare to speak to one another unreservedly, there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence."

- Samuel Butler

"As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can."

"Which death is preferable to every other? The unexpected."

"What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also."

"It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience."

"Cowards die many times before their actual deaths."

- Dictator Perpetuus Gaius Julius Caesar

"The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept."

- George Carlin

"Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are."

- Thomas Carlyle

"There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else."

- Andrew Carnegie

"Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have."

- Dale Carnegie

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."

- Anonymous Chinese proverb

"You have in America... a political system which is built on the premise of taking competing interests and elevating them until they can be resolved politically. And this is done in a transparent fashion and so it ALWAYS looks like the United States is about to go out of business in some way."

- General Wesley Clark

"The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous."

- Raymond Chandler

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