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First feelings are always the most natural. Louis XIV
We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable. John Updike
It's the people who try to be clever who never are; the people who are clever never think of trying to be. Gilbert Parker
Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something. Gertrude Stein
There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder. Ronald Reagan
Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments. John Steinbeck
Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man. Benjamin Disraeli
Perception is reality. Lee Atwater
Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. Arthur Schopenhauer
The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity. Rollo May
The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. Henrik Ibsen
Money brings some happiness. But after a certain point, it just brings more money. Neil Simon
It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience. Roger Ascham
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself. John Steinbeck
Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth. Desiderius Erasmus
Men do not fail; they give up trying. Elihu Root
It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good. Thomas Jefferson
Heroism is endurance for one moment more. George F. Kennan
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. Leonardo da Vinci
The human mind is our fundamental resource. John F. Kennedy
A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so. Walter Lippmann
Courage is the fear of being thought a coward. Horace Smith
Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it. William Shenstone
You can observe a lot by watching. Yogi Berra
Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit. Frank Borman
Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. Euripides
Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education. Henry Adams
Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves. Larry McMurtry
It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them. Alfred Adler
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. Winston Churchill
The possible ranks higher than the actual. Martin Heidegger
If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. Confucius
We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us. Lucy Maud Montgomery
Memory is man's greatest friend and worst enemy. Gilbert Parker
It is impossible, in our condition of Society, not to be sometimes a Snob. William Makepeace Thackeray
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter. Denis Diderot
Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. Benjamin Disraeli
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect. Herbert Spencer
Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature. Dennis Gabor
He who hates vice hates men. John Morley
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. Epictetus
Ambition can creep as well as soar. Edmund Burke
Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem. John Galsworthy
Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason. William R. Alger
Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever. Georg C. Lichtenberg
All men would be tyrants if they could. Daniel Defoe
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits. Nathaniel Hawthorne
We are at heart so profoundly anarchistic that the only form of state we can imagine living in is Utopian; and so cynical that the only Utopia we can believe in is authoritarian. Lionel Trilling
There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice. Joseph Addison
Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. Jean de La Fontaine
Zeal will do more than knowledge. William Hazlitt
Fear has many eyes and can see things underground. Miguel de Cervantes
It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth. Arthur Balfour
The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice. Arthur Schopenhauer
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. George Eliot
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. Theodore Roosevelt
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. Eleanor Roosevelt
To be or not to be isn't the question. The question is how to prolong being. Tom Robbins
We never know, believe me, when we have succeeded best. Miguel de Unamuno
What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs. John Stuart Mill
Creditors have better memories than debtors. Benjamin Franklin
The general fact is that the most effective way of utilizing human energy is through an organized rivalry, which by specialization and social control is, at the same time, organized co-operation. Charles Horton Cooley
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. Bertrand Russell
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. Marie Curie
Maybe it's a cultural thing, being Korean, but my first reflex has always been to exude humility - but it doesn't help you in acting. For acting, humility isn't the best thing. It'll weaken your work. Steven Yeun
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. Arthur Conan Doyle
Lord, where we are wrong, make us willing to change; where we are right, make us easy to live with. Peter Marshall
It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. Noel Coward
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? Eleanor Roosevelt
A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true. Demosthenes
If we divine a discrepancy between a man's words and his character, the whole impression of him becomes broken and painful; he revolts the imagination by his lack of unity, and even the good in him is hardly accepted. Charles Horton Cooley
Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. Thomas A. Kempis
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. George Bernard Shaw
A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit. Thomas Jefferson
Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. Abraham Lincoln
We cannot perform our tasks to the best of our power, unless we think well of our own capacity. William Godwin
Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. George Orwell
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. Thomas Jefferson
It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly. Samuel Butler
I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth. Christopher Hampton
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt
Even a paranoid can have enemies. Henry A. Kissinger
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell
There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable. Mark Twain
Envy is the central fact of American life. Gore Vidal
United we stand, divided we fall. Aesop
The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. Charles de Gaulle
Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred. Jean de La Fontaine
The march of the human mind is slow. Edmund Burke
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. Edmund Burke
Everyone calls himself a friend, but only a fool relies on it; nothing is commoner than the name, nothing rarer than the thing. Jean de La Fontaine
At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass. John Steinbeck
No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion. Carrie Chapman Catt
Sex is like money; only too much is enough. John Updike
Fear makes us feel our humanity. Benjamin Disraeli
Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect. Lionel Trilling
I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of. Michel de Montaigne
The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it. Madame de Stael
Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have. Elizabeth Bowen
An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run. Sydney J. Harris
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. James Anthony Froude
A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon. Walter Lippmann
You are never strong enough that you don't need help. Cesar Chavez
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. William James
Ambition never comes to an end. Kenneth Kaunda
My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me. Benjamin Disraeli
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. Joseph Conrad
The shortest distance between two people is a smile. Victor Borge
Little things affect little minds. Benjamin Disraeli
Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel. Benjamin Disraeli
Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy. Aristotle
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. Douglas Adams
Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man. Henry Adams
Understanding is a two-way street. Eleanor Roosevelt
It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak. Eric Hoffer
Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself. Simone de Beauvoir
A man's character is his fate. Heraclitus
You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends. Joseph Conrad
As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes. Mel Brooks
To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people. William Howard Taft
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism. William Osler
People believe what they want to believe. Tab Hunter
One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done. Marie Curie
Governments never learn. Only people learn. Milton Friedman
The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every man has his dignity. I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion and not when someone else tells me to. Denis Diderot
To generalize is to be an idiot. William Blake
From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength. Cesar Chavez
Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion. Scott Adams
Nothing seems at first sight less important than the outward form of human actions, yet there is nothing upon which men set more store: they grow used to everything except to living in a society which has not their own manners. Alexis de Tocqueville
Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. Edward H. Harriman
Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up. Max Beerbohm
The only white man you can trust is a dead white man. Robert Mugabe
It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble. Jane Austen
The only thing I am afraid of is fear. Arthur Wellesley
Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered. Daniel Webster
If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also. Fred Woodworth
Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable. Oscar Wilde
Don't struggle to get what you want, but modify your wants. Buddha
We humans find it difficult to resist infection by hubris.. Alexander Horne
It is better for a man to avenge his friend than to mourn him long.. Beowulf
Compulsion destroys cooperation. Jawaharlal Nehru
The nature of man is intricate; the objects of society are of the greatest complexity and therefore no simple disposition or direction of power can be suitable either to man's nature or to the quality of his affairs Edmund Burke
There is no document of civilization that is not simultaneously a document of barbarism. Walter Benjamin
Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself. Richard Nixon
Unanimity of opinion is characteristic of savages and civilization only advances as more and more people have the right to call wrong what the majority calls right.. George Samuel Schuyler
People learn the most about themselves by confronting those with whom they deeply disagree.. Gregory Fried
I am a zealot, and I am wildly proud of it. Judie A. Brown
Far from being a loathsome aberration that ought to be purged from our behavior, it turns out that stereotypes are essential life tools, are accurate much more often than not. John Derbyshire
Corporate greed, where they need more and more and more, regardless of how much they already have, is ruining the economy of this country. Bernie Sanders
Much unhappiness has come to the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. Fyodor Dostoevsky
I imagine that one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain. James Baldwin
... it is much more likely that the reports of flying saucers are the results of known irrational characteristics of terrestrial intelligence rather than the unknown effects of extra-terrestrial intelligence. Richard P. Feynman
Looking back at the worst times [in history], it always seems that they were times in which there were people who believed with absolute faith and absolute dogmatism in something. And they were so serious in the matter that they insisted that the rest of the world agreed with them. Richard P. Feynman
The most original minds borrowed from one another. Voltaire
Nothing is so common as to imitate one's enemies, and to use their weapons. Voltaire
Prejudice is an opinion without judgement. Voltaire
... common sense is very rare. Voltaire
Man is free at the instant he wants to be. Voltaire
Become not a beggar to the money you make. What's saved for a friend a foe may take. Good plans often go awry. Vikings
Be your friend's true friend to tell him and his friends Beware of befriending an enemy's friend. Vikings
Ask you must and answer well to be called clever One may know your secret never a second. Iff three a thousand will know. Vikings
A prudent man wields his power in modest measure. With brave men he finds that none is foremost or excels in all things. Vikings
The lame rides a horse the maimed drives the herd the deaf is brave in battle. A man is better blind than buried A dead man is deft at nothing. Vikings
We all lock our doors at night, not because we hate the people outside, but because we love the people inside. Alex Castellanos
Modernity is not a problem to be overcome but a challenge to be met. Stephen B. Smith
Underlying all the explanations, intellectual constructions and self-delusions, we can still know a good man when we see one. Saul Bellow
From the point of view of evolution, trying to consciously shape the the how your children will turn out is both futile and self-defeating. Alison Gopnik
No one gets up early to do laundry for a species, Ruth Graham
Sexual intercourse is a momentary affair, terminating in exhaustion and disgust. If it begins in the spirit, it soon ends in the flesh; i. e., the amative, which is spiritual, is drowned in the propagative, which is sensual. The exhaustion which follows naturally breeds self-reproach and shame, and this leads to dislike and concealment of the sexual organs, which contract disagreeable associations from the fact that they are the instruments of pernicious excess. This undoubtedly is the philosophy of the origin of shame after the fall. Adam and Eve first sunk the spiritual in the sensual, in eating the forbidden fruit; and then, having lost the true balance of their natures, they sunk the spiritual in the sensual in their intercourse with each other, by pushing prematurely beyond the amative to the propagative, and so became ashamed, and began to look with an evil eye on the instruments of their folly. John Humphrey Noyes
I used to think that capitalism was human nature. Now I know that it is culture. Milton Friedman
Unless something drastic is done very soon, then bloodshed and violence are going to happen…almost inevitably… A people made desperate by despair and injustice and oppression will use desperate means. Desmond Tutu
If we compare the present time with former ages, we find that the same tendencies and desires have at all times governed states and peoples. Niccolo Machiavelli
Nothing that is totally voluntary that is painful, ever works. Nina Totenberg
Only the brave know how to forgive... Laurence Sterne
The majority is always sane. Larry Niven
The most important message of a crucifix, to me anyway, was how unspeakably cruel supposedly sane human beings can be when under orders from a superior authority Kurt Vonnegut
It strikes me as gruesome and comical that in our culture we have an expectation that man can always solve his problems. This is so untrue that it makes me want to cry — or laugh. Kurt Vonnegut
All things living are in search of a better world. Karl Popper
Rationalization may be defined as self-deception by reasoning. Karen Horney
The natural reaction people have when violence has been used against them is to react violently. Sari Nusseibeh
The right to hope is the most powerful human motivation. Aga Khan IV
There is a little bit of the totalitarian buried somewhere, way down deep, in each and everyone of us. George F. Kennan
I am slow to listen to criminations among friends, and never espouse their quarrels on either side…allow by—gones to be by—gones, and look to the present & future only. Abraham Lincoln
…it was the nature of man, when told that he should be shunned and despised and condemned as the cause of all the vice and misery and crime in the land, to retreat within himself, close all the avenues to his head and his heart. Abraham Lincoln
The people who have sufficient passion for the truth to give the truth a chance to prevail, if it runs counter to their bias, are in a minority. How important is this "minority?" It is difficult to say at this point, for, at the present time their influence on governmental decisions is not perceptible. Leo Szilard
It will never be possible to eliminate the fact that human beings have different levels of knowledge and consciousness Murray Bookchin
Simply to pit "society" against "nature," "humanity" against the "biosphere," and "reason," "technology," and "science" against less developed, often primitive forms of human interaction with the natural world, prevents us from examining the highly complex differences and divisions within society so necessary to define our problems and their solutions. Murray Bookchin
We suffer not only as individuals from alienation and confusion over our identities and goals; our entire society, conceived as a single entity, seems unclear about its own nature and sense of direction. Murray Bookchin
Today fear, the most corroding of influences, is the moving cause ... Bernard Baruch
The free world should not wait for dictatorial regimes to consent to reform. Natan Sharansky
The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines. Daniel P. Moynihan
Deep-seated preferences cannot be argued about — you cannot argue a man into liking a glass of beer — and therefore, when differences are sufficiently far reaching, we try to kill the other man rather than let him have his way. But that is perfectly consistent with admitting that, so far as appears, his grounds are just as good as ours. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Men never do good unless necessity drives them to it. Niccolo Machiavelli
Men are not yet ready to shape their own destinies, to control and direct world events, of which -- instead -- they become the victims. Maria Montessori
Sure there's different roads from this to Dungarvan -- some thinks one road pleasanter, and some think another; wouldn't it be mighty foolish to quarrel for this? -- and sure isn't it twice worse to try to interfere with people for choosing the road they like best to heaven? Countess of Blessington Marguerite; Deborah Docherty; Sally Power
In loss itself I find assuagement: having lost the treasure, I've nothing to fear. Juana Ines de la Cruz
I am a peace man except when I wish to fight. Henry Ward Beecher
People who see themselves as victims are known not to be sensitive to the suffering of others. Shulamit Aloni
There is something delicious in finding fault with something. Pema Chodron
He who would dare to undertake to establish a nation would have to feel himself capable of altering, so to speak, human nature, to transform each individual, who by his very nature is a unique and perfect whole, into a mere part of a greater whole, from which this individual would in a sense receive his life and his being. Jean Jacques Rousseau
Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles. Swami Vivekananda
Indians are born with an instinct for riding, rowing, hunting, fishing, and swimming. Americans are born with an instinct for fooling around with machines. William Saroyan
When adults first become conscious of something new, they usually either attack or try to escape from it... Attack includes such mild forms as ridicule, and escape includes merely putting out of mind. William Beveridge
Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt. Samuel Johnson
Hope dies last. Mexican Proverb
A coward dies many times before his death. The valiant never taste of death but once. William Shakespeare
When one must, one can Swedish Proverb
The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy. William Hazlitt
We can scarcely hate any one that we know. William Hazlitt
There is, however, no prejudice so strong as that which arises from a fancied exemption from all prejudice. William Hazlitt
… the cynic has unusually high motives or insight. He is better able to see behind false appearances, and he is more shocked and disappointed to discover the low motives of others. Because he is unwilling to be hypocritical, he is less popular and so he succeeds and leads less. Most people dislike cynics because cynics expose most people's hypocrisy. Robin Hanson
We must consider the ruling propensities of every age of the world.… superstition and fanaticism rule with unlimited domination, and the understanding of man really seems to be going backwards. Adolph Friedrich Ludwig Freiherr von Knigge
Denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd. Annie Besant
Responsibility: A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one's neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star. Ambrose Bierce
It is in the nature of man to like what he is familiar with and in what he has been brought up, and that he fears anything alien. The plurality of religions and their mutual intolerance result from the fact that people remain faithful to the education they receive. Moses Maimonides; Rambam
In ancient days the darkest moment has ever produced in men of our race the sternest resolve. George V
There has been no crime committed by statesmen of this character without those statesman appealing to the nations' honour. We fought the Crimean War because of our honour. We rushed to South Africa because of out honour. The Right Hon. Gentleman (Sir Edward Grey) is appealing to us today because of our honour. What is the use of talking about coming to the aid of Belgium, when, as a matter of fact, you are engaging in a whole European War which is now going to leave the map of Europe in the position it is in now? James Ramsay MacDonald
If there is no struggle there is no progress…. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Frederick Douglass
Perhaps it is as well to keep an open and charitable mind, and to try to understand why people do things instead of condemning the acts themselves Eleanor Roosevelt
Motives are often more important than actions Eleanor Roosevelt
Happiness may exist under all conditions, given the right kind of people and sufficient economic security for adequate food and shelter. Eleanor Roosevelt
I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. Gerry Spence
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. Voltaire
Most men hate the necessity of revising their convictions. Daniel J. Boorstin
What is a compromise? It is a work of mutual concession --- an agreement in which there are reciprocal stipulations --- a work in which, for the sake of peace and concord, one party abates his extreme demands in consideration of an abatement of extreme demands by the other party: it is a measure of mutual concession --- a measure of mutual sacrifice. Henry Clay
It is hate that binds people together. Love is personal. John Lukacs
A fault confessed is half remedied. Portuguese Proverb
He who has been stung by a serpent is afraid of a lizard. Italian Proverb
The symbol of the race ought to be a human being carrying an ax, for every human being has one concealed about him somewhere, and is always seeking the opportunity to grind it. Mark Twain
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. Mark Twain
Agitators are a set of interfering meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary. Oscar Wilde
The goal of security is common to all human beings; but some of them mistake the direction in which security lies. Alfred Adler
Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason. Events which excite those feelings will produce wonderful effects. Samuel Adams
The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. James Branch Cabell
A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities Charles de Gaulle
By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears. Thomas Carlyle
When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. Haitian Proverb
What one hopes for is always better than what one has. Ethiopian Proverb
The destiny of civilized humanity depends more than ever on the moral forces it is capable of generating. Albert Einstein
The people of Northern Italy are the most civilized people I have ever met. Albert Einstein
It is abhorrent to me when a fine intelligence is paired with an unsavory character. Albert Einstein
The undignified mania of adaptive conformity, exhibited by many of my kinsmen, has always been very repulsive to me. Albert Einstein
To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe. Anatole France
Strong people have strong weaknesses. Peter Drucker
Some people choose not to believe the truth because it disagrees with what they fundamentally want. Lee Scott
. . .little has changed in our New York neighborhoods except the faces, the names, and the languages spoken. The same decent values of hard work and accomplishment and service to city and nation still exist. David Dinkins
People recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment. Herbert Marcuse
Nature is lethal but it doesn’t hold a candle to man. Samuel L. Jackson
Every man has a wild animal in him. Frederick II
A nice man is a man of nasty ideas. Jonathan Swift
It is impossible that a man who is false to his friends and neighbors should be true to the public. George Berkeley
Man is a history—making creature who can neither repeat his past nor leave it behind. W. H. Auden
The man who gets angry at the right things and with the right people, and in the right way and at the right time and for the right length of time, is commended. Aristotle
I think it is world—wide. As long as there is sex, it is going to be used… We recognize the existence of sex and the attraction of sex. Allen Welsh Dulles
Reach your ambition as high as the skies! Dream as high as the skies! Because if you fell, you will fall among the stars!! Sukarno
In every age and clime we see,, Two of a trade can ne’re agree. John Gay
What is government itself but the great reflection of human nature. James Madison
A foolish man may be known by six things: Anger without cause, speech without profit, change without progress, inquiry without object, putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking foes for friends. Arab Proverb
When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. Haiti Proverb
At the narrow passage there is no brother and no friend Arab Proverb
One man's beard is on fire, and another man warms his hands on it. Indian Proverb
Eleven persons take eleven paths. Indian Proverb
The bad plowman quarrels with his ox. Korean Proverb
No one is a good judge in his own cause. Portuguese Proverb
An angry man heeds no counsel. Portuguese Proverb
He doubts nothing who knows nothing. Portuguese Proverb
Favor oft avails more than justice or reason. Portuguese Proverb
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulty. Japanese Proverb
The God’s themselves cannot recall their gifts. Alfred Tennyson
Most sorts of diversion in men, children, and other animals, are an imitation of fighting. Jonathan Swift
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own. Jonathan Swift
The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. William Stekel
We have to believe in free will. We’ve got no choice. Isaac Bashevis Singer
The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. Albert Schweitzer
Men are not necessarily more zealous for truth than they are for error. Salman Rushdie
All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. Thomas Edward Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia
Every person who ever had a plan to do anything, and went and did it, or who laid his plan before others, and won their co-operation to do it with him, without going to external authorities to please do the thing for them, was a direct actionist. Voltairine de Cleyre
It is the nature of men to be bound by the benefits they confer as much as by those they receive. Niccolo Machiavelli
Humans are one another’s enemies African Proverb
One man with beliefs is equal to a thousand with only interests. John Stuart Mill
The young have strength; the old, knowledge Albanian Proverb
Every person is observant of the flaws of others and blind to his own flaws. Arab Proverb
To know your limitations is the hallmark of a wise person. Bhutan Proverb
Mistakes are made even by priests at the altar. Corsican Proverb
Courage is largely habits and self confidence. George S. Patton
Europe is not America; one of the reasons for the fragmentation and individualism of American life is that it is a vast country. In Europe with its much higher population density and planning controls, the rules have to be different. We are condemned to share—the rich cannot ignore the poor, the indigenous cannot ignore the immigrant—but that does not mean people are always happy to share David Goodhart
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is a constant trend in human affairs toward the perfectibility of mankind. This was plainly stated at the time of tile French Revolution and has been reasserted ever since that time, and with increasing plausibility. Reinhold Niebuhr
Let me conjure you, in the name of our common Country, as you value your own sacred honor, as you respect the rights of humanity, and as you regard the Military and National character of America, to express your utmost horror and detestation of the Man who wishes, under any specious pretences, to overturn the liberties of our Country, and who wickedly at- tempts to open the flood Gates of Civil discord, and deluge our rising Empire in Blood. You will defeat the insidious designs of our Enemies, who are compelled to resort from open force to secret Artifice. You will give one more distinguished proof of unexampled patriotism and patient virtue, rising superior to the pressure of the most complicated sufferings; And you will, by the dignity of your Conduct, afford occasion for Posterity to say, when speaking of the glorious example you have exhibited to Mankind, "had this day been wanting, the World had never seen the last stage of perfection to which human nature is capable of attaining. George Washington
It's important to determine not just the quality of your mind but the fullness of your heart. Charles E. Schumer
In times of prosperity friends will be plenty, in times of adversity not one in twenty. Anonymous
When we risk no contradiction, it prompts the tongue to deal in fiction. Anonymous
Custom is the plague of wise men and the idol of fools. Anonymous
He that despises his own life is soon master of another's. Anonymous
If you have no enemies, it is a sign Fortune has forgot you. Anonymous
Many can bear adversity, but few contempt. Anonymous
The ambitious do not belong to themselves: they are the slaves of the world. Anonymous
Victorious, you are a king; But vanquished, a bandit. Anonymous
We are apt to believe what we wish for. Anonymous
We are more mindful of injuries than benefits. Anonymous
The great corrupter of public man is the ego. Dean Acheson
The elemental human desire for self-government knows no geographical or racial boundaries. Joseph Ada
I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature, and that power whether vested in many or few is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, 'Give, give.' Abigail Adams
It's always the good men who do the most harm in the world. Henry Adams
The ambitious climbs up high and perilous stairs, and never cares to come down; the desire of rising hath swallowed up his fear for a fall. Thomas Adams
When anger comes, there is no way of satisfying its demands Adandozan
Men and nations cannot bear to feel inferior. Alfred Adler
Tyranny's disease, to trust no friends Aeschylus
He who does not advance, retreats. African Proverb
Pride, envy, avarice—these sparks Have set on fire the hearts of all men. Dante Alighieri
It is human nature that rules the world, not governments ... Svetlana Alliluyeva
A man without passion is only a latent force, only a possibility, like a stone waiting for the blow from the iron to give forth sparks. Henri Frederic Amiel
Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil—and if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty. Aristotle
It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way. Aristotle
Intellectuals cannot tolerate the chance event, the unintelligible: they have a nostalgia for the absolute, for a universally comprehensive scheme. Raymond Aron
Those to whom evil is done do evil in return. W. H. Auden
The desire for fame tempts even noble minds. Saint Augustine; Aurelius
Suppress prostitution, and capricious lusts will overthrow society. Saint Augustine
When, therefore, man lives according to man, not according to God, he is like the devil. Saint Augustine
I cannot comprehend how any man can want anything but the truth. Marcus Aurelius
The trouble with you is that you expect to live without enemies. Isaac Emmanuilovich Babel
Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. Francis Bacon
There is one radical distinction between different minds … that some minds are stronger and apter to mark the difference of things, others to mark their resemblances. Francis Bacon
Tradition" is very often an excuse word for people who don't want to change. Red Barber
All true ambition and aspiration are without comparisons. Henry Ward Beecher
To destroy is still the strongest instinct of our nature. Max Beerbohm
You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men. Max Beerbohm
A man's heart tells him his opportunities better than seven watchmen on a tower. Wisdom of Ben Sira
Every bird dwells with its own kind. Wisdom of Ben Sira
Government and business are simple. It's only people that make them complicated. W. A. C. Bennett
Not every time there's a disagreement is somebody lying. Samuel R. Berger
If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, it makes no sound. George Berkeley
Ambition is the mother of hypocrisy and prefers to skulk in corners and dark places. It cannot endure the light of day. It is an unclean vice wallowing in the depths, always hidden, but with ever an eye to advancement. Bernard of Clairvaux
No society, no individual, can be at peace with himself if his past is repressed or dishonest. Olivier de Berranger
Scratch a pessimist, and you often find a defender of privilege. William Beveridge
Consistency frequently launches its devotees into obstinacy. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
When I want a thing, I want it dreadfully. James G. Blaine
The strongest poison ever found Came from Caesar's laurel crown. William Blake
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. William E. Borah
There is nothing that dies so hard and rallies so often as intolerance. William E. Borah
Life is lived on a slippery slope. You are constantly making judgements. Robert Bork
Fear works. It is more effective than any drug, tactic, or torture device. Mark Bowden
Men are herd animals, and prefer to go with the flow, especially when moving in the other direction is harsh. Mark Bowden
Individualism degenerates into disease without limits. William W. Bradley
The world wants to be deceived. Sebastian Brant
Even the vilest criminal remains a human being possessed of common human dignity. William J. Brennan, Jr.
Washington is a pool of money surrounded by people who want some. David Brinkley
Government can try to make the world a little better, but can we alter the human condition? No. We can't make saints out of sinners. St. Augustine had something to say about that. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Of course I am an optimist. You can't do what I do without being optimistic. Lee P. Brown
Men get opinions as boys learn to spell, by reiteration chiefly. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
A political career brings out the basest qualities in human nature. James Bryce
My home is not a place, it is people. Lois McMaster Bujold
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. Lois McMaster Bujold
Suicidal glory is the luxury of the irresponsible. Lois McMaster Bujold
The will to be stupid is a very powerful force, but there are always alternatives. Lois McMaster Bujold
Ambition has no rest! Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Hearts are strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals. Ralph Bunche
He that is down needs fear no fall. He that is low, no pride. John Bunyan
Manners are more important than laws. Upon them, in great measure, the laws depend. Edmund Burke
There is no safety for honest men but by believing all possible evil of evil men. Edmund Burke
Those who have much to hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous. Edmund Burke
Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn. Robert Burns
O, would some Power give us, To see ourselves as others see us! Robert Burns
Hate breeds violence. George W. Bush
The obstinate Man does not hold Opinions; they hold him. Samuel Butler
In extreme danger, fear feels no pity. Julius Caesar
It is nearly always invisible dangers that are the most terrifying. Julius Caesar
I am one of the great army of mediocrity which constitutes the majority. Joseph Cannon
The spirit of the age, as it is revealed to each of us, is too often only the spirit of the group in which the accidents of birth or education or occupation or fellowship have given us a place. Benjamin N. Cardozo
Every government is the exact symbol of its people ... Like People like Government. Thomas Carlyle
The man who cannot laugh is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils, but his whole life is already a treason and a stratagem. Thomas Carlyle
Thought once awakened does not again slumber. Thomas Carlyle
Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser. Jimmy Carter
Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. Jimmy Carter
It is not easy for me to accept criticism and reassess my way of doing things. Jimmy Carter
When our thoughts, which bring actions, are filled with hate against anyone, Negro or white, we are in a living hell. That is as real as hell will ever be. George Washington Carver
…In the human and social sciences it is well to be aware above all of the plurality of methods and viewpoints, each of which reveals only one aspect of reality which is so complex that it defies simple and univocal explanation. Catholic Church
Man is worth more for what he is than for what he has. Catholic Church
Necessity, which even makes cowards brave ... Catiline
Credulity without enquiry is a sure way to deceive oneself. Aulus Cornelius Celsus
The rich are the scum of the earth in every country. Gilbert K. Chesterton
If you bow at all, bow low. Chinese Proverb
You don't achieve anything by playing it safe. Shirley Chisholm
If the past is any guide our [current] beliefs will be wrong as our past beliefs have been wrong. Noam Chomsky
Courage is the most important of the virtues because it is the one that makes all the others possible. Winston Churchill
Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened. Winston Churchill
There is no limit to the ingenuity of man if it is properly applied under conditions of peace and justice. Winston Churchill
All men prefer a false promise to a flat refusal. Quintus Tullius Cicero
Mende people do well, but not all. Some bad people, same as here. Cinque
The expectation of paternal care on the part of Government ... weakens the sturdiness of our national character. Grover Cleveland
It is time to break the bad habit of expecting something for nothing from our Government or from each other. Let us all take more responsibility not only for ourselves and our families but our communities and our country. Bill Clinton
I have differences with every single human being I know, but that difference shouldn’t define our relationship. James Clyburn
We are all citizens of one world, we are all of one blood. To hate a man because he was born in another land, because he speaks a different language, or because he has different views is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human….Let us have but one end in view – the welfare of humanity. John Amos Comenius
Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them far apart. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
Still you can’t worry too much about the future. Life is not a rehearsal. Billy Connolly
All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. James Fenimore Cooper
No man is a hero to his valet. Anne-Marie Bigot de Cornuel
There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord Acton
Fanaticism is ... overcompensation for doubt. Robertson Davies
The Republic was not established by cowards; and cowards will not preserve it. Elmer Davis
When self-interested motives are strengthened by the apprehension of any danger, there are few persons who will not be induced by them to betray even their best friend. Maximilien De Bethune; Maximilien De Bethune; Duc de Sully
We’re defending the West here … a certain notion of what man is. Charles de Gaulle
Work—honest work—is not degrading. The man who by honest toil earns an honest living is a peer of the realm. Eugene V. Debs
Some people have more sense than other people think they have. Perl Decker
Nothing is easier than self-deceit, since what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true. Demosthenes
Common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it. Rene Descartes
I trust that the time may never come when the love of fame shall cease to be the sovereign passion of public men. Benjamin Disraeli
Life is a masquerade. Benjamin Disraeli
No one can be patient who is not independent. Benjamin Disraeli
How profoundly human nature and indeed human relations affect the outcome of events. Anatoly Dobrynin
No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. John Donne
All the cant and hypocrisy, all the damnable survivals, all the vestiges of old truths now putrid and false infect the air, choke you worse than German gas—The ministers from their damn smug pulpits, the business men—the heroics about war—my country right or wrong—oh infinities of them! Oh the tragic farce of the world. John Dos Passos
Yes, once—many, many years ago. I thought I had made a wrong decision. Of course, it turned out that I ha been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong. John Foster Dulles
Science has brought forth this danger [the atomic bomb], but the real problem is in the minds and hearts of men. Albert Einstein
It's them that take advantage that get advantage in this world. George Eliot; Mary Ann Cross
Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmith. Elizabeth I
In America the geography is sublime, but the men are not. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whoso would be a man must be a non-conformist. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The hazards of politics come not from campaigns and elections, as might be supposed, but rather from the nature of the creature that engages in politics. Ambition, love, jealousy, hate and the many emotions and reactions man is heir to frequently affect the course of nation and world more than principles or circumstances or events. James A. Farley
It is a maxim of wise government to deal with men not as they ought to be but as they are. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Genius is knowing where to stop. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
No two men see the world exactly alike, and different temperaments will apply in different ways a principle that they both acknowledge. The same man will, indeed, often see and judge the same things differently on different occasions. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity; yet there is still a greater, which is the good man that comes to relieve it. Oliver Goldsmith
I don't believe the makeup of America is as solid as it was 40 years ago. Society has become more selfish and, as a result, less dedicated to the common good. Millions hail a culture that is now more concerned with money and appearances than with genuine accomplishment. Barry Goldwater
Today, not a numerous, but an active part of the German people are beginning to realize, not that they have been led astray, not that bad times await them, not that the war may end in defeat, but that what is happening is sin and that they are personally responsible for each terrible deed that has been committed - naturally, not in the earthly sense, but as Christians. Helmuth James von Moltke
We don’t usually know how to see beyond our presuppositions (the reason, of course, why so many false views of indubitable past geniuses seem so strange to us today.) Stephen Jay Gould
Don’t give explanations to those who haven’t asked for them. And although they are asked for, it is folly to give them too eagerly. To offer excuses before they are called for is to incriminate yourself, and to bleed yourself when you are healthy is to attract malady and malice. Excusing yourself before hand awakens suspicions that were fast asleep. The prudent person should never blink before the suspicion of others: that would be looking for offense. He should try to dissimulate with a firm, righteous manner. Baltasar Gracian
Without love, we are not free from our own self interest. William H. Gray
People are extremely reluctant to give up that which gives them pleasure. Sigmund Freud
Good fences make good neighbors. Robert Frost
The rich follow Wealth, and the Poor the Rich. Thomas Fuller
Malice hath a strong memory. Thomas Fuller
Praise makes good men better and bad men worse. Thomas Fuller
.d ambition;, .d Spain;, .d human nature;, Ambition is bondage. Solomon Ibn Gabirol
Always think yourself a perfect being and be satisfied with yourself. Marcus Garvey
From a distance it is something; and nearby it is nothing. Jean de La Fontaine
A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing, and, as the judgment, so also the conscience may be erroneous. Thomas Hobbes
To have done more hurt to a man than he can, or is willing to expiate, inclineth the doer to hate the sufferer. For he must expect revenge or forgiveness; both of which are hateful. Thomas Hobbes
In the nature of man we find three principle causes of quarrel. First, competition; second diffidence; thirdly, glory. Thomas Hobbes
The fanatic ... sacrifices his life to prove his worth. Eric Hoffer
The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cock sure of many things that were not so ... Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
A certain portion of the human race / Has certainly a taste for being diddled. Thomas Hood
One has to have hope. Without hope you can't get anywhere. ibn Talal Hussein
The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar.... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen. Aldous Huxley
It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and end in superstitions. Thomas Huxley
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it. Washington Irving
Distrust naturally creates distrust. John Jay
Distrust naturally creates distrust. John Jay
An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting … Thomas Jefferson
I have not observed men's honesty to increase with their riches. Thomas Jefferson
The rights of human nature are deeply wounded by this infamous practice. Thomas Jefferson
In my Father's house are many mansions. Book of John
Now you folks come on and be happy, come on and be happy. Lyndon B. Johnson
When there is no hope, there can be no endeavor. Samuel Johnson
By golly, there's something unusual going on here. Generally, fish don't attack people. Weldon E. Jones
We forget how quickly the American people forget. Hamilton Jordan
How many weak shoulders have craved heavy burdens. Joseph Joubert
Those who never retract their opinions, love themselves more than they love truth. Joseph Joubert
Community ends with coercion; it doesn't begin there. Stephen Macedo
Men are not altogether bad or altogether good. Niccolo Machiavelli
He who believes that new benefits make great men forget old injuries deceives himself. Niccolo Machiavelli
When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content. Niccolo Machiavelli
Whoever desires to found a nation and give it laws must begin by assuming that all men are bad and always ready to display their evil nature. Niccolo Machiavelli
But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external controls nor internal controls on government would be necessary. James Madison
Force is never more operative than when it is known to exist but is not brandished. Alfred Thayer Maham
People are violent by nature. That’s why we rule the earth; we beat the crap out of everyone else. Drew Markham
Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed in one self place; for where we are is Hell, and where Hell is, there must we ever be. Christopher Marlowe
Those are most desirous of honor and glory who cry out the loudest of its abuse and the vanity of the world. Baruch Spinoza
Man is a rational animal, endowed by nature with rights and with an innate sense of justice. Thomas Jefferson
In truth, I do not recollect in all the animal kingdom a single species but man which is eternally and systematically engaged in the destruction of its own species. Thomas Jefferson
I do not believe with the Rochefoucaults and the Montaignes that fourteen out of fifteen men are rogues. I believe a great abatement from that proportion may be made in favor of general honesty. Thomas Jefferson
Cannibals are not to be found in the wilds of America only, but are reveling on the blood of every living people Thomas Jefferson
Mankind soon learn to make interested uses of every right and power which they possess, or may assume. Thomas Jefferson
That every man shall be made virtuous by any process whatever is, indeed, no more to be expected than that every tree shall be made to bear fruit, and every plant nourishment. Thomas Jefferson
All know the influence of interest on the mind of man, and how unconsciously his judgment is warped by that influence. Thomas Jefferson
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Karl Marx
Neither friends nor wealth nor learning have the power to make us glad. Mary Queen of Scots
Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. W. Somerset Maugham
Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job. W. Somerset Maugham
Tolerance is only another name for indifference. W. Somerset Maugham
We always live under the weight of the old and odious customs ... of our barbarous ancestors. Guy de Maupassant
What is earnest is not always the truth. Andre Maurois
Half-heartedness never won a battle. William McKinley
I'm not great enough to be humble. Golda Meir
It needs courage to throw oneself forward, but it needs no less to hold oneself back. Desire Joseph Mercier
After the primary necessities of food and raiment, freedom is the first and strongest want of human nature. John Stuart Mill
Nothing is more certain than that improvement in human affairs is wholly the work of the uncontented characters. John Stuart Mill
Stupidity is much the same all the world over. John Stuart Mill
That so few dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time. John Stuart Mill
The bad propensities of human nature are only kept within bounds when they are allowed no scope for their indulgence John Stuart Mill
Whoever feels the amount of interest in the government of his country which befits a freeman, has some convictions on national affairs which are like his life-blood; which the strength of his belief in their truth, together with the importance he attaches to them, forbid him to make a subject of compromise, or postpone to the judgment of any person, however greatly his superior. John Stuart Mill
And that's the wonder, the wonder of this country that a man can end with diamonds here on the basis of being liked. Arthur Miller
But what will not ambition and revenge descend to? John Milton
In order to endure death and horror one tends to kill ones own humanity, which is a much greater danger than not being able to bear it. Helmuth James von Moltke
The world is divided into those who want to become someone and those who want to accomplish something. Jean Monnet
The thing of which I have most fear is fear. Michel de Montaigne
We find those who do not agree with us disagreeable. Michel de Montaigne
On the most exalted throne in the world, we are still seated on nothing but our arse. Michel de Montaigne
Human nature, in which the laws of politics have their roots, has not changed since the classical philosophies of China, India, and Greece endeavored to discover those laws. Hans Morgenthau
Heavens, Mary, of course we'll laugh again. It's just that we'll never be young again. Daniel P. Moynihan
There is a God, and no one is going to live longer than he was given to live. Hosni Mubarak
If dogs and pigs don't do it [homosexuality] why must human beings. Let the Americans keep their sodomy, bestiality, stupid and foolish ways to themselves, out of Zimbabwe. We don't want these practices here. Let them be gay in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Robert Mugabe
God is with those who persevere. Muhammad
From church to Congress, America has become a nation of self-indulgent, what's-in-it-for-me individual freedom seekers. Susan Myrick
Changing ideas is a strain not to be lightly incurred, particularly when these ideas are intimately related to one’s self-esteem ... men have elaborated an explanation for their situation in life.... Their rationales are endowed with moral qualities Robert E. Lane
The meanest worm that crawls upon the earth, when trampled upon, will endeavor to recoil and strike back, and I say that the guilt of the rebellion does not rest with these men [the Metis rebels] so much as those who provoked them. Wilfrid Laurier
How can you compare the the masses of Western Europe with our people—so patient, so accustomed to privation? Vladimir Lenin
To believe with certainty, we must begin with doubting. Stanislaus Leszczynski
There is a kind of theme that runs through the modern world that human relationships should be looked at in terms of power relationships, in terms of the manipulation of power. That is one of the really wicked ways of looking at the world. It strips people of their humanness. Edward Levi
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln; Phineas Taylor Barnum
Folks who have no vices have very few virtues. Abraham Lincoln
Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed. Abraham Lincoln
I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, 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. Abraham Lincoln
If the Almighty had ever made a set of men that should do all the eating and none of the work, He would have made them with mouths only and no hands. Abraham Lincoln
Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them. Abraham Lincoln
Moral principle is a looser bond than pecuniary interest. Abraham Lincoln
The lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them. Abraham Lincoln
Apprehensions are greater in proportion as things are unknown. Livy
All men are liable to error; and most men, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it. John Locke
The American is by nature optimistic. John F. Kennedy
Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan. John F. Kennedy
People don't want to hear bad news. They don't want their institutions criticized. Paul Kennedy
Only when you have crossed the river, can you say the crocodile has a lump on his snout. African Proverb
Hypocrisy is a fearful evil, and every thing which has a tendency to produce it should be avoided. Archibald Alexander
Men are satisfied commonly if they can so regulate their lives as to escape the censure of men, and the disgrace which follows wicked actions. Archibald Alexander
It comes to pass that men do so magnify their own opinions, and are as censorious of any that differ from them in lesser things Richard Baxter
A tree falls the way it leans. Bulgarian Proverb
A murder may be forgiven, an affront never Chinese Proverb
A wise person would never be eager to ask for acknowledgment of his or her contribution. Chinese Proverb
Men trip not on mountains they trip on molehills. Chinese Proverb
Once one feels content about what one has, then humiliation does not arise. If one could never feel content, one would never even get what one wished to have. Chinese Proverb
People could empathize with other people who had gone through the same experience as they had. Chinese Proverb
When one is having good fortune, one's mind tends to be clear. When one is struck by a disaster, one's mind tends to be muddled. Chinese Proverb
When the water is deep enough, we can tell who is tall. Chinese Proverb
Wild beasts hate nets, and people hate their superiors. Chinese Proverb
In all Places it is observed, that Great Men alwayes have their Followers, who hang on their Skirts; and some who have no thoughts of their own, make the Rich and Powerful their Oracle John Colman
We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament,, and embrace it with passion. Cyril Connolly
It is hard to imagine, considering the inherent silliness, cruelty and superstition of the human race, how it has contrived to last as long as it has. The witch-hunting, the torturing, the gullibility, the massacres, the intolerance, the wild futility of human behaviour over the centuries is hardly credible. And the laws, as they stand today, are almost inconceivably stupid. With all this brilliant scientific knowledge of atom splitting and nuclear physics, etc., we are still worshipping at different shrines, imprisoning homosexuals, imposing unnecessary and completely irrelevant restrictions on each other. Hearts can be withdrawn from human beasts, dead hearts, and, after a little neat manipulation, popped back again as good as new. The skies can be conquered. Sputniks can whiz round and round the globe and be controlled and guided. People are still genuflecting before crucifixes and Virgin Marys, still persecuting other people for being coloured or Jewish or in some way different from what they apparently should be. There are wars being waged at this very moment in Indonesia, Algeria, the Middle East, Cyprus, etc. The Pope still makes pronouncements against birth control. The Ku-Klux-Klan is still, if permitted, ready to dash out and do some light lynching. God, for millions of people, is still secure in his heaven, and My Fair Lady opened in London last night. Noel Coward
The human mind always makes progress, but it is in spirals. Madame de Stael-Holstein; Anne Louise Germaine Necker
Male homosexuality, in particular, seems to possess some quality of being intrinsically subversive when let loose in long-established institutions, especially male dominated ones. John Derbyshire
The whole world of mankind is divided into these two sorts, those that are God's visible people; and those that are of the visible kingdom of Satan. Jonathan Edwards
Hitch your wagon to a star Ralph Waldo Emerson
A good servant makes a bad enemy English Proverb or Saying
Advice when most needed is least heeded English Proverb or Saying
It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper Errol Flynn
The ancients called happy those who learned caution from the danger of others...as wax receives its impression from a seal, so the character of human life is shaped by example Frederick II
How easy it is to say the wrong thing! How easy it is not to recognize one has said the wrong thing! Hugh Gaitskell
Who begins too much accomplishes little. German Proverb
Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. Andre Gide
I am much disposed to believe in Atlantis. William E. Gladstone
Expecting something for nothing is the most popular form of hope Arnold H. Glasow
A man must himself be cleansed, before cleansing others Gregory of Nazianzus
There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day: we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life. Eric Hoffer
Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that are not so Oliver Wendell Holmes
How few are there, who, having a family, children, and relations, do not spend more on the maintenance and education of these than on their own pleasures David Hume
It has always been found, that the virtuous are far from being indifferent to praise. David Hume
Man did not evolve but was created. Jehovah's Witnesses
The individual is prior to society and society must be ordered to the good of the individual. John XXIII
Every man has a right by nature to possess property as his own. Leo XIII
Every human creative endeavor is subject to mathematical law that you’re not always going to be right all the time. Gerald Levin
Youth is not a period of time. It is a state of mind, a result of the will, a quality of the imagination, a victory of courage over timidity, and the taste of adventure over the love of comfort. A man doesn't grow old because he's lived a certain number of years, he grows old because he deserts his ideal. The years may wrinkle his skins, but deserting his ideals wrinkles his soul. Preoccupation, fears, doubts, and despair are dust before death. You will remain young as long as you are open to what is beautiful, good, great and receptive to the messages of other men and women and nature and of God. If one day you should become bitter, pessimistic, and gnawed by despair, may God have mercy on your old man's soul. Douglas MacArthur
Man makes his own history, but he does not make it out of the whole cloth; he does not make it out of conditions chosen by himself, but out of such as he finds close at hand. Karl Marx
Once a person insists on how you are to think he immediately begins to insist on how you are to behave. Harold Nicolson
There is no rational creature which is not capable both of good and evil Origen; Origenes Adamantius
As humans become civilized, the survival rate of the lazy, botched and dim-witted grow in inverse proportion to the productive segment since nature can no longer remove them from the species. Elmer Pendell
A falsehood resulting in conciliation is better than a truth producing trouble Persian Proverb
When qualities have become fixed in men by nature or by the training of a long period of time, it is impossible for them to lay them aside thus lightly. Procopius of Caesarea
It is human natures to find scapegoats. When things are going badly people try and find someone to blame. Ashraf Jehangir Qazi
There is another very specific quality which distinguishes them [man from animals], and which will admit of no dispute. This is the faculty of self-improvement, which, by the help of circumstances, gradually develops all the rest of our faculties, and is inherent in the species as in the individual: whereas a brute is, at the end of a few months, all he will ever be during his whole life, and his species, at the end of a thousand years, exactly what it was the first year of that thousand. Jean Jacques Rousseau
The first thing a man will do for his ideals is lie. Joseph A. Schumpeter
Unbridled arrogance is worse than pride; for if pride will not break a superior, arrogance will not brook and equal. Henry I. Suger
Each person is a link, weak or strong, in an endless chain. Ida Tarbell
Mad ambition trumpeteth to all Nathaniel Parker Willis
Every man might have need of others, and from hence they might be all knit more nearly together in the Bonds of brotherly affection. From hence it appears plainly that no man is made more honorable than another or more wealthy … out of any particular and singular respect to himself, but for the glory of his creator and the common good of the creature, man John Winthrop
Hate-racial, tribal, religious, ancestral, national, social, ethical, political, economic, ideological-in itself represents the inexorable defeat of mankind, its absolute defeat. If there is an area in which mankind cannot claim the slightest progress, this surely is it. It does not take much for human beings, collectively or individually, to suddenly one day pit themselves like wild beasts one against the other, their worst instincts laid bare, in a state of deleterious exaltation. One decision, one simple word, and a family or a community will drown in blood or perish in flames. Why is there so much violence, so much hate? How is it conceived, transmitted, fertilized, nurtured? As we face the disquieting, implacable rise of intolerance and fanaticism on more than one continent, it is our duty to expose the danger. By naming it. By confronting it. Elie Wiesel
The beginning of wisdom is fear. John Paul II; Karol Jozef Wojtyla
When you empower people you sign up for a life of uncertainty and change. Bettany Hughes
It is not the multitude of ale-houses . . . that occasions a general disposition to drunkenness among the common people; but that disposition, arising from other causes, necessarily gives employment to a multitude of ale-houses Adam Smith
Many of the former Slaves are only nominally free, for the servile spirit is still within them. Ivan Derer
It is as much in the order of nature that men should enslave each other as that animals should prey upon each other. William Harper
The best way to keep loyalty in a man's heart is to keep money in his purse. Irish Proverb
The opinions of people are determined by their interests. Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Suard
We hope vaguely, we dread precisely; our fears are infinitely more precise than our hopes Paul Valery
I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. Anne Frank
The ancients called happy those who learned caution from the danger of others Frederick II
Man always needs a rein, and even if it might be ridiculous to sacrifice to fauns, or sylvans, or naiads, it is much more reasonable and more useful to venerate these fantastic images of the Divine than to sink into atheism. An atheist who is rational, violent, and powerful, would be as great a pestilence as a blood-mad, superstitious man Voltaire
Surely one will not expect men to be less moral than women, nor less capable of disciplining their desires Musonius; Musonius Rufus
All human knowledge thus begins with intuitions, proceeds thence to concepts, and ends with ideas. Immanuel Kant
Because of the demand for luxury articles, they become customary, and thus come to be necessities Ibn Khaldun
Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by those who are doing it. James Baldwin
The curse of the human race is not that we are so different from each other, but that we are so alike. Salmon Rushde
We sometimes miss the inner working of government….most people wander around, make mistakes, and put on their pants just the way we do…. It’s not all this big conspiracy. Tim Russert
The hand that receives is always lower than the hand that gives. African Proverb
How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him. Adam Smith
An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run. Sydney J. Harris
We believe what we want to believe, what we like to believe, what suits our prejudices and fuels our passions. Sydney J. Harris
People change when they have to – not when we tell them to. Thomas Friedman
Each bird loves to hear himself sing. Arapaho Tribe
... pain doesn't listen to reason. It has its own reason, which is not reasonable. Milan Kundera
Conservatives believe that human nature is what makes us imperfectible. Liberals believe that human nature can be changed and perfected. Mike Rosen
A big city is a big ocean; the one who doesn’t know how to swim finds himself at its bottom! Mehmet Murat İldan
Everybody lives for something better to come. That's why we want to be considerate of every man— Who knows what's in him, why he was born and what he can do? Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch Peshkov
We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers Friedrich Nietzsche
Any prediction of the future is certainly a lie in order to sell a position. Michael Crichton
Error is a hardy plant: it flourisheth in every soil. Martin Farquhar Tupper
Egos appear by setting themselves apart from other egos. Martin Buber
Some are smart but they are not wise Shoshone Indian Proverb
Failures mire us in dogmatism and tunnel vision Stephen Jay Gould
It is far from easy to determine whether Nature has proved to man a kind parent or a merciless stepmother. Pliny the Elder
But we Americans are as other men, exactly. Of one blood, one species, one brain, one figure, one fundamental set of collective instincts, one solitary body of information, one everything. Superiority and inferiority are individual, not racial or national. Philip Wylie
People in general have no notion of the sort and amount of evidence often needed to prove the simplest matter of fact. Peter Latham
People in general have no notion of the sort and amount of evidence often needed to prove the simplest matter of fact. Peter Latham
Knowledge which ... transcends the bounds, the prejudices and pre-judgments of any one society and culture is not an illusion but, on the contrary, a glorious and luminous reality. Just how it was achieved remains subject to debate. Ernest Andre Gellner
Greed, greed, greed. That’s the fundamental problem of mankind. If we can solve that problem, the rest of man’s problems would follow. The only thing that can undermine our free society is greed. Dwight D. Eisenhower
There is no such thing as a saint without a past or a sinner without a future. Christopher Dodd
The level of real income is not what determines whether they are happy or not. It’s their relative place in the pecking order. Alan Greenspan
Those bureaucrats who are shrewd analysts of human nature, then, and who understand the way rulers operate, will, if they see that the cherished policy of their President is in grave error, tend to keep their mouths shut, and let some other sucker be the messenger of bad news and get shot down. Murray Rothbard
We ascend the hill-tops of philosophy, not to gaze up at the ever-visible heavens, but to embrace in one grand view the human world beneath us. Arnold J. Toynbee
Almost all men are born under it, all men are used to it, few men are used to anything else; till of late years nobody ever dispraised it, ... men were reconciled to mixed monarchy in England by the same causes by which they were reconciled to pure monarchy in Morocco, Turkey, and Hindustan. Jeremy Bentham
You cannot change the psychology of a people by a coup d'etat, or by some quick process of political chemistry convert an idle nobleman into a serious worker, or a medical student into a full-blown statesman. Herbert A. L. Fisher
… a crowd is more than the sum of the individuals who compose it. The collective body thinks and acts in ways which the component units thinking and acting for themselves would never sanction and would often reprobate. In general the action of the crowd is more emotional and less intellectual than the action of an individual. The nerve counts for more, the brain for less. Waves of sentiment or cruelty pass through the collective body with a force which the individuals who compose it find it difficult to comprehend, when they are removed from the contagion of their neighbours… Herbert A. L. Fisher
Men are corrupt and will be so … laws must be invented to check and balance the original and ineradicable perversion of human nature. Henry Ireton
A totalitarian society makes enormous demands on the courage of men, and a partially totalitarian society makes even greater demands because the general anxiety is greater. Norman Mailer
With the fundamentalist Islamic fanatics of today, there is no dialogue possible either, because for them all others are “infidel dogs”. As soon as the Other becomes a wrongdoer or an infidel, dialogue becomes impossible. Edgar Morin
Mexicans are not assertive about themselves like Americans. They are shy about themselves Elena Poniatowska
All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible George Santayana
He who points a gun kills. Arab Proverb
Mercy and anger do not go together. Arab Proverb
A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic. Joseph Stalin
People don't stay mobilized. Elise Boulding
Every man is by … natural right, the master of his own thoughts Baruch Spinoza
It's a different world out there…. humanitarians will have to operate under the cover of arms—or not at all. Cheryl Benard
Conflicts arouse tremendous passions and passion clouds judgment. Zbigniew Brzezinski
Humans have a tendency towards short-term thinking. Jared Diamond
Men will face destructive cannon and mortars, engage each other in the clashing of arms, and meet the horrors of war undaunted, but the devil and his banditti of fiends and emissaries fright them out of their wits… Ethan Allen
So much stupidity has already oppressed the wretched world that Christians now believe things so absurd that no one ever before could persuade the pagans to believe them. Agobard of Lyons
The grain is always greener in foreign fields, and the flocks of our neighbor have richer yields Ovid
Comets, earthquakes, volcanoes, and northern lights (in the night,) with many other extraordinary phenomena or appearances intimidate weak minds, and are by them thought to be miraculous, although they undoubtedly have their proper natural causes. Ethan Allen
The bulk of mankind, even in those nations which are most celebrated for learning and wisdom, are still carried down the torrents of superstition, and entertain very unworthy apprehensions Ethan Allen
It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth …I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it. Patrick Henry
Different men often see the same subject in different lights Patrick Henry
The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself; but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you even into eternity. Marcus Garvey
The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power. Alexander Hamilton
We can't solve any problem without first solving the problem of human nature Ashley Montague
You show me a murderer, and I'll show you a person who's been failed in the supreme need for love, who never learned how to love, and will hate Ashley Montague
We’re not used to calculating large amounts of data. Our brains think anecdotally. Michael Shermer
We only half live when we only half think Voltaire
People look for an edge in an uncertain world. Richard A. Wolff
Failure is just another step… Julie Eisenberg
For such is the disease of wealth, which knows no limit to its desire of more... Gregory of Nazianzus
No legislation can suppress nature …. We can refuse to brand an act of nature as a crime, and to impute to vice what is due to ignorance. Tennessee Claflin
The history of Western science confirms the aphorism that the great menace to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge. Daniel J. Boorstin
Some people would believe anything, especially if it eliminates awkward social and political problems. Thomas Balogh
Ordinary people need extraordinary examples. Lois McMaster Bujold
Mankind likes to think in terms of extreme opposites. John Dewey
Error is the stuff of which the web of life is woven, and he who lives longest and wisest is only able to weave out the more of it. Thomas Jefferson
Man [is] a rational animal, endowed by nature with rights and with an innate sense of justice. Thomas Jefferson
Men, according to their constitutions and the circumstances in which they are placed, differ honestly in opinion. Thomas Jefferson
Ultimately the person, even the child, must choose for himself. Abraham Maslow
The more severe the pain or illness, the more severe will be the necessary changes. These may involve breaking bad habits, or acquiring some new and better ones. Peter McWilliams
It is the habit of mankind to mistake familiarity for accurate knowledge. John Stuart Mill
Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature Tom Robbins
His opinions are like water in the bottom of a canoe, going from side to side. African Proverb
He is a fool whose sheep runs away twice. African Proverb
Until he has been part of a cause larger than himself, no man is truly whole. Richard Nixon
Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort Franklin D. Roosevelt
People do change. Ehud Barak
Gazans are normal people like me and you. Unfortunately, they are under the control of Hamas. Ehud Barak
No man limps because another is hurt. Danish Proverb
He who knows nothing, doubts nothing Spanish Proverb
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. Chinese Proverb
An enemy will agree, but a friend will argue. Russian Proverb
Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies Spanish Proverb
Our ancestors have bred pugnacity into our bone and marrow, and thousands of years of peace won't breed it out of us. William James
The gentle and insinuating manners of the female sex tend to soften the roughness of the other sex. Henry Home; Lord Kames
There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth John Kenneth Galbraith
We take issue even with perfection. Blaise Pascal
People change when they tell themselves they have to change. People do not change when you tell them they have to change. Thomas Friedman
Our society has lost its taste for complexity and nuance…. We want simple answers …. We have almost disabled our politicians from speaking. John Edward Sexton
Anything that can be imagined can be accomplished. Scott Carpenter
Commerce has not delivered us out of history’s passions, the World Wide Web has not cast aside blood and kin and faith. Fouad Ajami
Americans see the world as they want it to be rather than the way it is. Aaron David Miller
Your thoughts create your reality. Louise Hay
If you spend most of your effort preventing bad things from happening you will also prevent many good things from happening. Philip L. Weiser
People like to be consulted. William J. Fallon
I have now reigned above fifty years in victory or peace; beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity. In this situation, I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: they amount to Fourteen: - O man! place not thy confidence in this present world. Abd-ar Rahman III
Genius is talent exercised with courage Ludwig Wittgenstein
Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself Ludwig Wittgenstein
At the core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded Ludwig Wittgenstein
Most of us...are naturally more sanguine and hopeful than logic would justify. We seem to be so constituted that in the absence of any facts to go upon we are happy and self-satisfied; so that the effect of experience is continually to contract our hopes and aspirations Charles S. Peirce
In what depends on the known or the regular course of nature, the mind trusts to itself; but in strange and uncommon situations, it is the dupe of its own perplexity, and, instead of relying on its prudence or courage, has recourse to divination, and a variety of observances, that, for being irrational, are always the more revered. Adam Ferguson; Ferguson of Rath
Confidence in the effect of superstitious observances is not peculiar to any age or nation. Few, even of the accomplished Greeks and Romans, were able to shake off this weakness Adam Ferguson; Ferguson of Rath
Men are disturbed, not by things, but by the principles and notions which they form concerning things Epictetus
Every generation lives with illusions. Gordon Wood
In Iran, we don't have homosexuals, like in your country. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. Thomas A. Edison
Princes, corrupted by flattery, take everything, that is free and ingenuous, to be harsh and austere. They are become so delicate, that everything, which is not an adulation, offends them. But nothing ought they to be so greatly afraid of, as this very adulation, since there are no miseries, into which they may not be hurried by its poisonous insinuation. On the contrary, the prince is happy, even if he has but a single subject, who is so generous as to speak the truth to him; such a man is the treasure of the state Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
We cannot see but a small depth into the heart of man, and can only discover the work of his tongue. Good Peter; Agwelondong
We are governed by our hopes and our fears. DeWitt Clinton
It is a sin peculiar to man to hate his victim. Cornelius Tacitus
As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men’s minds more seriously than what they see. Julius Caesar
Quite often good things have harmful consequences… men have been ruined by their money or killed by their courage. Aristotle
We often despise that which is most useful to us. Aesop
Latin Americans hold on tight even to pain and suffering preferring a certain present to an uncertain future/ Oscar Arias
The man who is possessed of wealth, who lolls on his sofa or rolls in his carriage, cannot judge the wants or feelings of the day-laborer. James Madison
Shared danger is the strongest of bonds; it will keep men united in spite of mutual dislike and suspicion. Livy
Once doubt begins it spreads rapidly. John Maynard Keynes
Nobody wants to change. Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
The individualism of the Arab has been erased from this society. Ibrahim Buleihi
A zealot is a person who, having forgotten his original purpose, redoubles his efforts. Alan K. Simpson
A man's ethnic identity has more to do with a personal awareness than with geography. William Saroyan
It is impossible not to notice that our world is tormented by failure, hate, guilt, and fear. William Saroyan
The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holder’s lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately. Bertrand Russell
Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle. Annie Besant
Intellectuals are cynical and cynics have never built a cathedral.. Henry A. Kissinger
Faith is believing what you know ain’t so. Mark Twain
The evolution of the brain not only overshot the needs of prehistoric man, it is the only example of evolution providing a species with an organ which it does not know how to use. Arthur Koestler
Males do not represent two discrete populations, heterosexual and homosexual. The world is not to be divided into sheep and goats. Not all things are black nor all things white. It is a fundamental of taxonomy that nature rarely deals with discrete categories. Only the human mind invents categories and tries to force facts into separated pigeon-holes. The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects. The sooner we learn this concerning human sexual behavior, the sooner we shall reach a sound understanding of the realities of sex. Alfred Kinsey
The fact is there is nothing that you can trust; and that is a terrible fact, whether you like it or not. Psychologically, there is nothing in the world that you can put your faith, your trust, or your belief in. Neither your gods, nor your science can save you, can bring you psychological certainty; and you have to accept that you can trust in absolutely nothing. That is a scientific fact, as well as a psychological fact. Because, your leaders—religious and political—and your books—sacred and profane—have all failed, and you are still confused, in misery, in conflict. So, that is an absolute, undeniable fact. Jiddu Krishnamurti
We thrive on blaming others, which is a form of self-pity Jiddu Krishnamurti
Human beings are unable to be honest with themselves about themselves. They cannot talk about themselves without embellishing Akira Kurosawa
Beware, as long as you live, of judging people by appearances. Jean de La Fontaine
Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire Jean de La Fontaine
Hardly any man is clever enough to know all the evil he does. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We promise according to our hopes; we fulfill according to our fears. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
It only takes a day to change someone from an anti-intellectual to an intellectual by persuading him that he might be one! Edwin Land
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail Edwin Land
The first inclination which an animal has is to protect itself Zeno of Elia
We should not be upset that others hide the truth from us, when we hide it so often from ourselves Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Man is always partial and is quite right to be. Even impartiality is partial. Georg C. Lichtenberg
I am often of one opinion when I am lying down and of another when I am standing up. Georg C. Lichtenberg
We often do not see what we do not expect to see. Alan Lightman
Under a tyranny, most friends are a liability. One quarter of them turn "reasonable" and become your enemies, one quarter are afraid to speak, and one quarter are killed and you die with them. But the blessed are the final quarter keep you alive. Sinclair Lewis
Under the influence of fear, which always leads men to take a pessimistic view of things, they magnified their enemies’ resources, and minimized their own. Livy
Men are only too clever at shifting blame from their own shoulders to those of others. Livy
All men work more zealously against their enemies than they cooperate with their friends. Julius Caesar
Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present. Fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead. C. S. Lewis
In general it is a natural characteristic of human nature everywhere, that whenever a man fails in his first contests he becomes disheartened with respect to what is to come. Augustus
Oh, the poor folks hate the rich folks, And the rich folks hate the poor folks. All of my folks hate all of your folks, It's American as apple pie. Tom Lehrer
Greater is our terror of the unknown. Livy
Passion, prejudice, and error, are characteristics of human nature …. . Literary talents may be prostituted, and the powers of genius debased to subserve the purposes of ambition or avarice. Mercy Otis Warren
I did not feel that I was designed for hand-to-hand combat. Marian Anderson
The depraved nature of man is well known. He has a natural bias toward his own interest, which will prevail ... unless checked. Patrick Henry
And how much better to die in all the happy period of undisillusioned youth, to go out in a blaze of light, than to have your body worn out and old and illusions shattered. Ernest Hemingway
To great evils we submit; we resent little provocations. William Hazlitt
An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run. Sydney J. Harris
I sincerely wish ingratitude was not so natural to the human heart as it is. Alexander Hamilton
Nothing is more fallacious than to expect to produce any valuable or permanent results in political projects by relying merely on the reason of men. Men are ... for the most part governed by the impulses of passion. Alexander Hamilton
The passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint. Alexander Hamilton
We must take man as we find him, and if we expect him to serve the public we must interest his passions in doing so. Alexander Hamilton
You see few people here in America who really care very much about living a Christian life in a democratic world. Clare Boothe Luce
Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country. All nations and ages have been subject to them Thomas Paine
A man's ethnic identity has more to do with a personal awareness than with geography. William Saroyan
There was a touch of anxiety in the whole human race about its future. William Saroyan
Courage mounteth with occasion William Shakespeare
We may try to see things as objectively as we please. None the less, we can never see them with any eyes except our own. Benjamin N. Cardozo
The Aryan is not greatest in his mental qualities, but in his noblest form he willingly subordinates his own ego to the community and, if the hour demands, even sacrifices it. Adolf Hitler
Be not content with what you have or are. William McKinley
We respond to the unknown by trying to retreat from it, or trying to comprehend it, or trying to control it. The first approach is evident in longings for return to a simpler "risk-free" life that never was. The second is reflected in the fantasy of synoptic risk assessment: Measure the requisite probabilities and trade-offs, calculate the social risk-benefit function, and the common good will have been defined. The third approach is in the tradition of professional engineering. It serves us well but, as engineers have been among the first to point out, has met its match and more in the complex social problems it increasingly is called upon to address. William C. Clark
The people with the most ridiculous ideas are always the people who are most certain of them Bill Maher
In Turkey, Egypt and the Maghreb, men who are ‘active’ in sexual relations with other men are not considered homosexual; the sexual domination of other men even confers a status of hyper-masculinity. Khalid Duran
There is nothing to fear as much as fear. Henry David Thoreau
… cultural pride can turn, too often, into an endeavor to normalize one's culture. The quest for identity can then become an exclusionary process - so that we define ourselves less by what we are FOR and more by whom we are AGAINST. When this happens, diversity turns quickly from a source of beauty to a cause of discord. Aga Khan IV
For too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things Robert Kennedy
Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge. Dante Alighieri
There is no greater sorrow Than to be mindful of the happy time In misery Dante Alighieri
God cracked down a great hammer on the Japanese people. Fakasaku Yasubumi
It is very difficult to get a man to understand something when his tribal identity depends on his not understanding it. Michael Berube
For the progress of the nation, what is needed is discipline. Ferdinand Marcos
Things are never as good or as bad as they seem. Dennis C. Blair
We have a never sated appetite for self deception. Michael Crichton
Vote counting is 90 percent art, 10 percent science, and all about human nature William Paxon
The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosives and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy. And a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own Rod Serling
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument an exchange of ignorance. Robert Quillen
Among all the diseases of the mind there is not one more epidemical or more pernicious than the love of flattery. Richard Steele
The human race is a race of cowards. I am not only marching with them but am carrying the banner. Mark Twain
The distrust and suspicion which men everywhere evidence toward their adversaries, at all states of historical development, may be regarded as the immediate precursor to the notion of ideology. Karl Manheim
Why did Allah create human beings different from one another? The development of the world, the enrichment of life, and the progress of Man and society can only take place when there is such diversity. Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari
The fallacy of genetic determinism is to suppose that the genes "make' the organism. It is a basic principle of developmental biology that organisms undergo a continuous development from conception to death, a development that is the unique consequence of the interaction of the genes in their cells, the temporal sequence of environments through which the organisms pass, and random cellular processes that determine the life, death, and transformation of cells. As a result, even the fingerprints of identical twins are not identical. Their temperaments, mental processes, abilities, life choices, disease histories, and death certainly differ despite the determined efforts of many parents to enforce as great a similarity as possible. Richard Lewontin
Man is very vain; he likes to feel that he is responsible for all the favorable things that happen, and he is innocent of all the unfavorable happenings R. Buckminster Fuller
The world cannot live at the level of its great men. James G. Frazer
One of the widest gaps in human experience is the gap between what we say we want to be and our willingness to discipline ourselves to get there. Harry Emerson Fosdick
Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong. David Franklin Fasold
There are three sides to every story: your side, my side, and the truth. Robert Evans
Each community has a curious and distorted image of itself which is always flattering. Carl Henry Eckart
A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else. Fyodor Dostoevsky
It is absurd to suppose, if this is God’s world, that men must always be selfish barbarians. Charles Fletcher Dole
Men's fundamental attitudes toward the world are fixed by the scope and qualities of the activities in which they partake. John Dewey
When men cease to fight — they cease to be — Men Arthur Desmond
To "go to extremes" is ever symptomatic of genius and greatness. Arthur Desmond
The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise. Fernando de Rojas
Once we become wealthy, we tend to move away from what made us wealthy. James Dyson
Almost everything you do fails. To develop a great success we must have thousands of failures along the way James Dyson
In an ideological, polarized political environment, people see the reality that they want to see. David Brooks
So long as men are corrupt and revel in sewer filth, entertainers will sell them what they want. Laws may be passed, arrests may be made, lawyers may argue, courts may sentence and jails may harbor men of corrupt minds, but pornography and allied insults to decency will never cease until men have cleansed their minds and cease to require and pay for such vile stuff. Spencer W. Kimball
People frequently say that it is human nature to want to gamble and, therefore, you cannot prevent it. It seems to me there are ways of satisfying this enjoyment in gambling without encouraging widespread crime organizations. Much of what we read about could not possibly go on without the connivance of government officials in cities and states and even at the Federal level. Eleanor Roosevelt
I understand the world solely as a field for cultural competition among the peoples. Georgi Nikolov Delchev; Gotse Delchev
We think in myths; we live in myths David W. Blight
Men of today seem to feel more acutely than ever the paradox of their condition. They know themselves to be the supreme end to which all action should be subordinated, but the exigencies of action force them to treat one another as instruments or obstacles, as means. The more widespread their mastery of the world, the more they find themselves crushed by uncontrollable forces. Simone de Beauvoir
From ignorance our comfort flows. Matthew Prior
Children are like men, the experience of others does not help them. Alphonse Daudet
An untruth must be spoken, where need requires. For whether men lie, or say true, it is with one and the same object. Men lie, because they think to gain by deceiving others; and speak the truth, because they expect to get something by their true speaking, and to be trusted afterwards in more important matters. Thus, though their conduct is so opposite, the end of both is alike. If there were no gain to be got, your true-speaking man would tell untruths as much as your liar, and your liar would tell the truth as much as your true-speaking man. Darius I
Humble people, I've found, don't get very far. Muhammad Ali; Cassius
No trusting without testing Lord; John Emerich Edward Dalberg
Diseases desperate grown by desperate appliance are relieved, or not at all. William Shakespeare
The English are certainly very jealous of foreigners, and so … are the rest of mankind. William Lamb
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut
Man is never perfect, nor contented. Jules Verne
The number one rule of today's marketing – the key secret of those who seek to control your beliefs and habits in order to take your money, your votes, your time or whatever else it is they desire from you – is to always keep in mind that nobody really believes they can be manipulated. Brian W. Vaszily
Man is said to be a reasoning animal. I do not know why he has not been defined as an affective or feeling animal. Perhaps that which differentiates him from other animals is feeling rather than reason Miguel de Unamuno
Our life is a hope which is continually converting itself into memory and memory in its turn begets hope. Miguel de Unamuno
To learn to know oneself, to judge oneself with truth and impartiality, must be the great objects of one's exertion; they are only attainable by constant and cool self-examination. Leopold II
… people are far from acting generally according to the dictates of their interests, but oftener in consequence of their passions, though it may even prove injurious to their interests. Leopold II
Forgiveness is an absolute necessity for continued human existence Desmond Tutu
Human stupidity is international. Kurt Tucholsky
Economic man and sensual man are not suppressible. Barbara Tuchman
… women are more quiet. They don't feel called to mount a barrel and harangue by the hour every time they imagine they have produced an idea. Anna Julia Cooper
Ain't no man can avoid being average, but there ain't no man got to be common Satchel Paige
Explain it as we may, a martial strain will urge a man into the front rank of battle sooner than an argument, and a fine anthem excite his devotion more certainly than a logical discourse. Henry Theodore Tuckerman
He who does not need to lie is proud of not being a liar. Friedrich Nietzsche
If someone tells you he is going to make ‘a realistic decision’, you immediately understand that he has resolved to do something bad. Mary McCarthy
I have always maintained that, excepting fools, men did not differ much in intellect, only in zeal and hard work. Charles Darwin
Once there was a certain man who was very clever, but it was his character to always see the negative points of his work. If such is one’s way, one will be useless. Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Grace under pressure. Ernest Hemingway
A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate. Pierre Trudeau
A man's mind will very generally refuse to make itself up until it be driven and compelled by emergency. Anthony Trollope
… the passion for wealth is certainly in some senses new. It grew up very rapidly at the beginning of the present century [19th]; it was not so strong in the last century [18th], when men were much more content to lead a quiet easy life of leisure. The change has really influenced the relations between men; but in the future it is quite possible that the scramble for wealth may grow less intense, and a change in the opposite direction take place. Arnold J. Toynbee
Economists, firstly, regard only one part of man's nature, and treat him simply as a money-making animal; secondly, they disregard the influence of custom, and only take account of competition. Arnold J. Toynbee
The closer people are to the truth, the more tolerant they are of the mistakes of others. Leo Tolstoy
Most men … can seldom discern even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as obliges them to admit the falsity of conclusions they have formed, perhaps with much difficulty — conclusions of which they are proud, which they have taught to others, and on which they have built their lives Leo Tolstoy
The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience. Leo Tolstoy
It was hard to have a conversation with anyone. There were too many people talking.. Yogi Berra
In the United States a man builds a house to spend his latter years in it and he sells it before the roof is on. He plants a garden and lets [rents] it just as the trees are coming into bearing. He brings a field into tillage and leaves other men to gather the crops. He embraces a profession and gives it up. He settles in a place which he soon afterward leaves to carry his changeable longings elsewhere. If his private affairs leave him any leisure he instantly plunges into the vortex of politics and if at the end of a year of unremitting labour he finds he has a few days' vacation, his eager curiosity whirls him over the vast extent of the United States, and he will travel fifteen hundred miles in a few days to shake off his happiness. Alexis de Tocqueville
The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must Thucydides
Hope--danger's comforter Thucydides
Hope leads men to venture; and no one ever yet put himself in peril without the inward conviction that he would succeed in his design Thucydides
Great good fortune coming suddenly and unexpectedly tends to make a people insolent Thucydides
We know that there can never be any solid friendship between individuals, or union between communities that is worth the name, unless the parties be persuaded of each other’s honesty. Thucydides
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.. Henry David Thoreau
The wisest man preaches no doctrines. Henry David Thoreau
Superstition would seem to be simply cowardice in regard to the unknown. Theophrastus
Obsequiousness begets friends, truth hatred. Publius Terentius Afer
Much of the research into humans' risk-avoidance machinery shows that it is antiquated and unfit for the modern world; it is made to counter repeatable attacks and learn from specifics. If someone narrowly escapes being eaten by a tiger in a certain cave, then he learns to avoid that cave. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
We favor the visible, the embedded, the personal, the narrated, and the tangible; we scorn the abstract. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The fool generalizes the particular; the nerd particularizes the general; ... the wise does neither. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The sucker’s trap is when you focus on what you know and what others don’t know, rather than the reverse. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake, though all the World sees them to be in downright nonsense. Jonathan Swift
…the doctrine of self-interest rightly understood seems to me, of all the philosophical theories, the most attuned to the needs of men in our time, and I see in it the most powerful safeguard men have left against themselves. Alexis de Tocqueville
…mortals cannot cherish what is private without injury to the community…to the extent that we call anything our own it absorbs our affections and diverts them from the service of the common good. Thomas More
…in a crisis of confidence and credit, psychology is the big factor. Henry L. Stimson
Those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least. Francis H. Bradley
The world looks different and is understood differently at every spot on earth. Without accepting this simple truth it is hard for us to grasp the behavior of others, the motives and aims of those actions. Ryszard Kapuscinski
Living together is an art. William Pickens
If to be venerated for benevolence, if to be admired for talents, if to be esteemed for patriotism, if to be beloved for philanthropy, can gratify the human mind, you must have the pleasing consolation to know that you have not lived in vain. George Washington
The Social Sciences will concern themselves with the rationalization of social control... the control of human behavior. Charles Max Mason
Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer. Sydney J. Harris
You can't appreciate home till you've left it, money till it's spent, your wife till she's joined a woman's club, nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on the shanty of a consul in a foreign town O. Henry; William Sidney
Almost all our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us. Stendhal; Marie-Henri
People who have been made to suffer by certain things cannot be reminded of them without a horror which paralyses every other pleasure Stendhal; Marie-Henri
The American people are willing to listen to anyone who has attained prominence. The main fact is that we've heard a man's name a great many times; that makes us ready to accept whatever he says. Charles Proteus Steinmetz
It has always seemed strange to me. The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. John Steinbeck
No one wants advice, only corroboration.. John Steinbeck
No one knows how greatness comes to a man. It may lie in his blackness, sleeping, or it may lance into him like those driven fiery particles from outer space. These things, however, are known about greatness: need gives it life and puts it in action; it never comes without pain; it leaves a man changed, chastened, and exalted at the same time--he can never return to simplicity... John Steinbeck
A creator is not in advance of his generation but he is the first of his contemporaries to be conscious of what is happening to his generation. Gertrude Stein
The universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle. John Paul Stapp
When a man makes his personal interests the mainspring of his life and he is greedy to make use of everything that can benefit him, he naturally enters into conflict with other persons, acting also in their own interests, hence the disagreements that can become a hundred years old, and drive whole generations to a mutual hate.. Afrikan Aleksandrovich Spir
I have labored carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions Baruch Spinoza
Everyone wishes to catch popular applause for himself, and readily represses the fame of others. Baruch Spinoza
Men will find that they can prepare with mutual aid far more easily what they need, and avoid far more easily the perils which beset them on all sides, by united force. Baruch Spinoza
Hatred is increased by being reciprocated, and can on the other hand be destroyed by love. Baruch Spinoza
Superstition, then, is engendered, preserved, and fostered by fear. Baruch Spinoza
… no one can have lived in the world without observing that most people, when in prosperity, are so over-brimming with wisdom (however inexperienced they may be), that they take every offer of advice as a personal insult, whereas in adversity they know not where to turn, but beg and pray for counsel from every passer-by. Baruch Spinoza
... anyone who seeks for the true causes of miracles, and strives to understand natural phenomena as an intelligent being, and not to gaze at them like a fool, is set down and denounced as an impious heretic by those, whom the masses adore as the interpreters of nature and the gods. Such persons know that, with the removal of ignorance, the wonder which forms their only available means for proving and preserving their authority would vanish also. Baruch Spinoza
Those who cavalierly reject the Theory of Evolution, as not adequately supported by facts, seem quite to forget that their own theory is supported by no facts at all. Like the majority of men who are born to a given belief, they demand the most rigorous proof of any adverse belief, but assume that their own needs none. Herbert Spencer
Prejudice locks the mind. Nothing can enter. Nothing true can escape. Gerry Spence
It is more profitable to be mindful of our own faults than of those of our age. John Lancaster Spalding
When we have not the strength or the courage to grasp a new truth, we persuade ourselves that it is not a truth at all. John Lancaster Spalding
The common man is impelled and controlled by interests; the superior, by ideas. John Lancaster Spalding
When I have tried and failed, I shall have failed. Sophocles
Nobody likes the man who brings bad news. Sophocles
I believe that courage is morally neutral. I can well imagine wicked people being brave and good people being timid or afraid. I don't consider it a moral virtue. Susan Sontag
In order to do any thing in this world worth doing, we must not stand shivering on the bank thinking of the cold and the danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can. Sydney Smith
It is a very wise rule … to acquire early a correct notion of your own peculiar constitution of mind, and to become well acquainted with … your idiosyncrasy Sydney Smith
No man lives without fault. Joseph Smith, Jr.
Politically, economically and philosophically the motive of self-interest not only is but must...and ought to be the mainspring of human conduct... Frederick Elwin Smith Birkenhead
The most frivolous disaster which could befall himself would occasion a more real disturbance. If he was to lose his little finger to-morrow, he would not sleep to-night; but, provided he never saw them, he will snore with the most profound security over the ruin of a hundred millions of his brethren, and the destruction of that immense multitude seems plainly an object less interesting to him, than this paltry misfortune of his own. Adam Smith
Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog. Adam Smith
A person who has been punished is not thereby simply less inclined to behave in a given way; at best, he learns how to avoid punishment. B. F. Skinner
People with honorary awards are looked upon with disfavor. Would you let an honorary mechanic fix your brand-new Mercedes? Marvin Neil Simon
In relations with others, one should express resentment and anger openly and straightforwardly. If one cannot express them openly and straightforwardly, the only thing to do is forget about them. To harbor grievances in one's heart, awaiting some later opportunity to give vent to them, is to act like a weak and petty man-in truth, it can only be called cowardice. Yoshida Shoin
Chastity is a monkish and evangelical superstition, a greater foe to natural temperance even than unintellectual sensuality; it strikes at the root of all domestic happiness, and consigns more than half the human race to misery. Percy Bysshe Shelley
It is by no means surprising that prejudices and resentments, which for years were so assiduously cultivated and so violently inflamed, should not have been turned into affection by a defeat; nor are they likely to disappear as long as the southern people continue to brood over their losses and misfortunes. They will gradually subside when those who entertain them cut resolutely loose from the past and embark in a career of new activity on a common field with those whom they have so long considered their enemies. Carl Schurz
True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job. Norman Schwarzkopf
People are often reproached because their desires are directed mainly to money and they are fonder of it than of anything else. Yet it is natural and even inevitable …. every other blessing can satisfy only one desire and one need; for instance, food is good only to the hungry, wine only for the healthy, medicine for the sick, a fur coat for winter, women for youth, and so on... Money alone is the absolutely good thing because it meets not merely one need in concreto, but needs generally in abstracto. Arthur Schopenhauer
For the purpose of acquiring gain, everything else is pushed aside or thrown overboard, for example, as is philosophy by the professors of philosophy. Arthur Schopenhauer
It is difficult, if not impossible, to define the limit of our reasonable desires in respect of possessions. Arthur Schopenhauer
For our improvement we need a mirror. Arthur Schopenhauer
A reproach can only hurt if it hits the mark. Whoever knows that he does not deserve a reproach can treat it with contempt. Arthur Schopenhauer
Intellect is invisible to the man who has none. Arthur Schopenhauer
Pride is an established conviction of one’s own paramount worth in some particular respect, while vanity is the desire of rousing such a conviction in others, and it is generally accompanied by the secret hope of ultimately coming to the same conviction oneself. Pride works from within; it is the direct appreciation of oneself. Vanity is the desire to arrive at this appreciation indirectly, from without. Arthur Schopenhauer
Every true thinker for himself is so far like a monarch; he is absolute, and recognizes nobody above him. His judgments, like the decrees of a monarch, spring from his own sovereign power and proceed directly from himself. He takes as little notice of authority as a monarch does of a command; nothing is valid unless he has himself authorized it. On the other hand, those of vulgar minds, who are swayed by all kinds of current opinions, authorities, and prejudices, are like the people which in silence obey the law and commands. Arthur Schopenhauer
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. Arthur Schopenhauer
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people. Arthur Schopenhauer
More people are killed every year by pigs than by sharks, which shows you how good we are at evaluating risk. Bruce Schneier
One of the worst things in the world is to be the victim of a process over which you have no control. Sergio Marchionne
Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity Antonin Scalia
Nothing hath an uglier Look to us than Reason, when it is not of our side. George Savile
Man cannot will unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone. Jean-Paul Sartre
Human nature is, by definition, a talkative one, imprudent, indiscreet, gossipy, incapable of closing its mouth and keeping it closed. Jose Saramago
Creating is always so much more stimulating than destroying. Jose Saramago
It's really a pity that there are observers who view political events like comic strips. There has to be a Zorro, there has to be a star. No, the problem of Upper Volta is more serious than that. It was a grave mistake to have looked for a man, a star, at all costs, to the point of creating one, that is, to the point of attributing the ownership of the event to captain Sankara, who must have been the brains, etc. Thomas Sankara
The Republic is a dream. Nothing happens unless first a dream. Carl Sandburg
There are some people who can receive a truth by no other way than to have their understanding shocked and insulted. Carl Sandburg
I am well aware that there is such a great craving in man for heroism and the heroic, and that hero worship forms not a small motif in his complex. I am also aware that, unless man believes in his own heroism and the heroism of others, he cannot achieve much or great things. We must, however, take proper care that we do not make a fetish of this cult of hero-worship, for then we will turn ourselves into votaries of false gods and prophets. Aung San
There are three stages of truth. First is that it can't be true, and that's what they said. “You couldn't immunize against polio with a killed-virus vaccine.” Second phase: they say, "Well, if it's true, it's not very important. And the third stage is, 'Well, we've known it all along. Jonas Salk
Whenever a massacre of Armenians is reported from Asia Minor, everyone assumes that it has been carried out "under orders" from somewhere or another; no one seems to think that there are people who might like to kill their neighbors now and then. Hector Hugh Munro
If you want to be immortal, do something useful in your lifetime. Craig Venter
A friendship that can be ended / didn't ever start Mellin de Saint-Gelais
There are good people on both sides of almost every issue. Scott Brown
Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one, Have ofttimes no connection. Knowledge dwells In heads replete with thoughts of other men, Wisdom in minds attentive to their own. Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much, Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. William Cowper
There is no shame in admitting that the ultimate principle of all the wonders of the universe is unknown to us. Francesco Marla Pompeo Colonna
The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience; the stupid, by necessity; and brutes by instinct. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
The human mind has no frontiers, it extends proportionately as the universe displays itself; man, then, can and must attempt all, and he needs only time in order to know all Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
The habit of an opinion often leads to the complete conviction of its truth, it hides the weaker parts of it, and makes us incapable of accepting the proofs against it. Jons Jacob Berzelius
Of course, Behaviorism 'works'. So does torture. Give me a no-nonsense, down-to-earth behaviorist, a few drugs, and simple electrical appliances, and in six months I will have him reciting the Athanasian Creed in public. W. H. Auden
The balance between the cooperative and altruistic tendencies and those which are disoperative and egoistic is relatively close. Under many conditions the cooperative forces lose, In the long run, however, the group centered, more altruistic drives are slightly stronger. ... human altruistic drives are as firmly based on an animal ancestry as is man himself. Warder Clyde Allee
Another source of fallacy is the vicious circle of illusions which consists on the one hand of believing what we see, and on the other in seeing what we believe. Thomas Clifford Allbutt
Every man is his own greatest dupe. William R. Alger
Ignorance is less remote from the truth than prejudice. Denis Diderot
We are all imperfect. We cannot expect perfect government. William Howard Taft
It is a dangerously short step from frustration to fanaticism. Charles Colson
We are all striving to acquire riches of honor or power, or some other object, whose possession is to realize the day dreams of our imaginations; and the aggregate of these efforts constitutes the advance of our society. Lewis Cass
I’ve learned to recognize my failings and seek opportunities for redemption. John McCain
Nothing in life is more exhilarating than fighting for something larger than you. John McCain
The condition of our survival in any but the meagerest existence is our willingness to accommodate ourselves to the conflicting interests of others, to learn to live in a social world. Learned Hand
When people feel they’re heard and understood, they’ll listen. Frank Luntz
The mistakes you made you tend to conveniently forget Kenneth D. Taylor
I was a changed being after that fight. I was nothing before. I was a man now. Frederick Douglass
He chose to be rich by making his wants few, and supplying them himself. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I found everywhere now the most direct antagonism between the two classes. The whites charge generally that the negro is idle, and at the bottom of all local disturbances, and credit him with most of the vices and very few of the virtues of humanity. The negroes charge that the whites are revengeful, and intend to cheat the laboring class at every opportunity, and credit them with neither good purposes nor kindly hearts.. Sidney Andrews
Self interest is a masterful agent in modern civilization. Sidney Andrews
The student of French history will recall three systems which have tried to deal with this admitted passion of the French people. The Bourbons crushed it; the Orleanists snubbed it; the Bonapartes deceived it. Herbert Tuttle
Nothing is too absurd to be believed of human prejudice. James Parton
Where a bad custom has been in existence for any length of time, most people grow to regard it as part of the order of nature. Theodore Roosevelt
That which lies before the human race is a constant struggle to maintain and improve Thomas Huxley
Our permanent enemy is the noted bellicosity of human nature.... The plain truth is that people want war.... It is a sacrament. Society would rot, they think, without the mystical blood-payment. William James
As human nature is very much the same in Congress as in a stock exchange, a church convention, or a newspaper office, the President who deals with Congress tactfully and courteously will, in the long run get more of what he wants than the President who does not do so. He may not get so much credit for what he does gain, from those people who like to see a President fight Congress, especially in that flattering way which consists in appealing to them to make Congress do what the President wants done. Henry B.F. Macfarland
Thinking too little about things or thinking too much both make us obstinate and fanatical. Blaise Pascal
Nothing is surer than that the people will be weak. Blaise Pascal
The innovator, however, must in the first place be discontented, he must doubt the value of what he is doing or question the accepted ways of doing it. And secondly, he must be prepared to take fresh paths, to venture into fields where he is by no means expert. This is true, at least, of major forms of innovation; they make it possible for other men to be expert, but are not themselves forms of expertise John Passmore
...only mastery and sovereignty bring glory, and only slavery brings shame. Blaise Pascal
Custom is our nature … Blaise Pascal
Man loves malice, but not against one-eyed men nor the unfortunate, but against the fortunate and proud. Blaise Pascal
People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive. Blaise Pascal
Some people get a feeling of power from being unpleasant. Alexei Panshin
What is cowardice in the young is wisdom in the old, but all the same one can be ashamed of wisdom.” Graham Greene
Whereas the Bedouin who survey 100 miles of empty sand and crave company and can psychologically afford to offer each stranger a warm welcome, his urban contemporaries, at heart no less well-meaning or generous, must in order to preserve a modicum of balance, live without any acknowledgement of the millions of human beings sleeping arguing. Copulating, and dying only inches away. Modern society does not help us to put forward our more dignified side. Alain de Botton
The dignity and importance of the individual. I try to hang on to that in all my films. Frank Capra
The current public aspiration seems to be: Get what you can. Can what you get. Sit on the can behind gated fences. Patricia Schroeder
A man with a conviction is a hard man to change. Chris Mooney (journalist)
The 21st century does not like tidy minds. Martin Sorrell
Heroes don't get anything but dead. Laurell K. Hamilton
The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is, to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed. Nathaniel Hawthorne
There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties. Charles Darwin
A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity. Eleanor Roosevelt
My greatest fear has always been that I would be afraid - afraid physically or mentally or morally and allow myself to be influenced by fear instead of by my honest convictions. Eleanor Roosevelt
The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, `I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather than to fear, to try rather than not to try. For one thing we know beyond all doubt: Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, `It can't be done.' Eleanor Roosevelt
Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down. Eleanor Roosevelt
How unfortunate and how narrowing a thing it is for a man to have wealth who makes a god of it instead of a servant. Mark Twain
That desire which is in us all to better other people's condition by having them think as we think. Mark Twain
The lottery is a government institution & the poor its best patrons. Mark Twain
But men's hearts are so made that the sight of one voluntary victim for a noble idea stirs them more deeply than the sight of a crowd submitting to a dire fate they cannot escape. Mark Twain
The fact is the human race is not only slow about borrowing valuable ideas--it sometimes persists in not borrowing them at all. Mark Twain
The human race consists of the dangerously insane and such as are not. Mark Twain
Our heroes are the men who do things which we recognize with regret and sometimes with a secret shame that we cannot do. We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself there would be no heroes. Mark Twain
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered--either by themselves or by others. Mark Twain
The government is not best which secures mere life and property -- there is a more valuable thing -- manhood. Mark Twain
That's the difference between governments and individuals. Governments don't care, individuals do. Mark Twain
If we would learn what the human race really is at bottom, we need only observe it in election times. Mark Twain
Human beings feel dishonor the most, sometimes, when they most deserve it. Mark Twain
It is curious--curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. Mark Twain
Conformity--the natural instinct to passively yield to that vague something recognized as authority. Mark Twain
The only very marked difference between the average civilized man and the average savage is that the one is gilded and the other is painted. Mark Twain
Civilization largely consists in hiding human nature. When the barbarian learns to hide it we account him enlightened. Mark Twain
In all the ages, three-fourths of the support of the great charities has been conscience money. Mark Twain
We are chameleons, and our partialities and prejudices change places with an easy and blessed facility, and we are soon wonted to the change and happy in it. Mark Twain
Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the stake. Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace
Time is the great physician. Benjamin Disraeli
Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes. Benjamin Disraeli