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Anonymous: When a diplomat says yes he means perhaps;
when he says perhaps he means no; when he says no he is no diplomat.
One of these days is none of these days.
(AP Internet, 9/17/97)
Where apathy is master, all men are slaves.
(AP Internet, 10/1/97)
"It is easier to admire hard work if you don't do it."
(AP Internet, 11/1/98)
The world is divided into people who think they are right.
(AP Internet, 10/9/97)
When he (Columbus) started out he didn't know where he was going, when
he got there he didn't know where he was, and when he got back he didn't
know where he had been.
(AP Internet, 10/12/97)
We used to do things for posterity, now we do things for ourselves and
leave the bill to posterity.
(AP Internet, 10/15/97)
"A fool and his money are soon parted, but you never call him a fool
till the money is gone."
(AP Internet, 12/17/97)
"Wisdom is divided into two parts: (a) having a great deal to say, and
(b) not saying it."
(AP Internet, 1/5/98)
"Christ died for all men -- not just the ones you know and like."
(AP Internet, 5/17/98)
"Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get."
(AP Internet, 5/24/98)
Where something is found, there look again.
"The amount of sleep required by the average person is just five minutes
(AP Internet, 11/2/98)
"The road to ruin is always kept in good repair."
(AP, Internet, 1/1/99)
"When you look into a mirror you do not see your reflection. Your reflection
(AP, Internet, 2/25/99)
"Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for
(AP, Internet, 3/23/99)
"The difference between gossip and news depends on whether you hear
it or tell it."
(AP, Internet, 4/3/99)
"Thanksgiving, to be truly thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving."
(AP, Internet, 11/27/97)
Aesop (c600 BC) said: "We hang the petty thieves, but appoint the great
ones to public office."
(SFEC, 3/15/98, Z1 p.8)
Agesilaus II (c.444-360 BC), King of Sparta: If I have done any deed
worthy of remembrance, that deed will be my monument. If not, no monument
can preserve my memory.
(AP Internet, 10/29/97)
Archilochus, Greek poet, said: The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog
knows one big thing. In 1953 Isaiah Berlin wrote his essay The Hedgehog
and the Fox based on this thought.
Bible: My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. -- Proverbs
(AP Internet, 8/30/97)
Socrates: Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a
(Hem., 1/97, p.96)
Africa: The problem of the thief is not how to steal the chief's bugle,
but where to blow it.
(SFEC, 9/14/97, Z1 p.5)
African proverb: "When an old man dies, a library burns down."
(AP Internet, 5/7/98)
African saying: Somewhere the Sky touches the Earth, and the name of
that place is the End.
(AP Internet, 9/15/97)
African saying: "When the elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.
Don't be the grass."
(SFEM, 1/31/99, p.14)
Albanian proverb: "If your neighbor is an early riser, you will become
(AP, Internet, 2/9/99)
American political maxim: "Never vote for a tax bill nor against an
(AP, Internet, 3/11/98)
Arab proverbs: While the word is yet unspoken, you are master of it;
when once it is spoken, it is master of you.
(AP Internet, 9/11/97)
An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions
led by a sheep.
(SFC, 8/30/97, p.E4)
"Every ambitious man is a captive and every covetous one a pauper."
(AP Internet, 5/31/98)
"When you are dead, your sister's tears will dry as time goes
on, your widow's tears will cease in another's arms, but your mother will
mourn you until she dies."
(SFEC, 6/28/98, Z1 p.8)
Armenian proverb: "He who tells the truth must have one foot in the
(AP Internet, 7/15/98)
Armenian proverb: "Warm up to a frozen snake and she will bite you."
(SFEC, 11/22/98, Z1 p.8)
Bohemian proverb: "The time will come when winter will ask us: 'What
were you doing all the summer?"'
(AP Internet, 12/21/97)
Chinese Proverbs: Make no promises when seized by joy; write no letters
when seized by anger.
(SFEC, 1/12/97, zone 3 p.4)
Two leaps per chasm is fatal.
(SFC, 6/21/97, p.E4)
Great souls have wills, feeble souls only wishes.
(SFEC,11/23/97, Z1 p.3)
From the sparrows in the sky to the intestines of
pigs, everything is black. [in relation to coal use in China]
If you have foresight, you're blesses. If you have
insight, you're a thousand times blessed.
(SFEC, 8/2/93, Z1 p.8)
Even as a hollow building echoes all sounds, so
is a vacant mind open to all suggestions.
(SFC, 9/12/98, p.E4)
"The man who does not learn is dark, like one walking
in the night."
(AP Internet, 10/27/98)
Corollary to Murphy's Law: "If you play with a thing long enough, you
will surely break it."
(AP Internet, 6/10/98)
Danish proverb: Faults are thick where love is thin.
(AP Internet, 5/15/97)
Dilbert Principle of Scott Adams: The most ineffective workers are systematically
moved to the place where they can do the least amount of damage.
(WSJ, 1/25/99, p.A16)
English proverb: In a thousand pounds of law, there's not an ounce of
(SFC, 7/18/98, p.E3)
Flynn Effect: The average IQs in the industrialized nations have been
rising about 3 points a decade for at least half a century.
(WSJ, 6/2/98, p.A20)
French proverb: He who has imagination but no education has wings but
(SFEC, 1/10/99, Z1 p.8)
French proverb: If you lend money, you endanger the borrower's mind
- it sometimes causes a loss of memory.
(SFEC, 3/7/99, Z1 p.8)
French proverb: "Pierre qui roule n'amasse pas mousse." (A rolling stone
gathers no moss.)
(AP, Internet, 4/1/99)
Friedman's Theory, proposed in 1996 by the New York Times columnist:
"No two countries that both have a McDonald's have ever fought a war against
(Wired, 2/98, p.68)
German proverb.: "Charity looks at the need and not at the cause."
(AP Internet, 7/29/98)
Who begins too much accomplishes little. [see H.D.
"Before God and the bus driver we are all equal."
(AP Internet, 9/29/98)
"One does evil enough when one does nothing good."
(AP, Internet, 2/17/99)
Guinean saying: Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated,
it cannot be harvested.
(AP Internet, 10/4/97)
Irish Proverb: To be red-headed is better than to be without a head.
(SFEC, 5/10/98, Z1 p.8)
Irish toast: "May the enemies of Ireland never eat bread nor drink whisky,
but be tormented with itching without benefit of scratching." -- Traditional
St. Patrick's Day toast.
(AP, Internet, 3/17/99)
Italian proverbs: Quick climbers suffer sudden falls.
(SFEC, 7/6/97, Z1 p.6)
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go
back into the same box.
(SFEC,11/23/97, Z1 p.3)
He who is not impatient is not in love.
(SFC, 9/5/98, p.E3)
"A thousand probabilities do not make one fact."
(AP Internet, 12/22/98)
Japanese proverbs: The old forget. The young don't know.
(AP Internet, 8/14/97)
"If you believe everything you read, better not
(AP Internet, 1/29/98)
Javanese phrase: "Victory without defeat; war without army."
(WSJ, 5/12/98, p.A1)
Latin proverb: "Caveat actor." (Let the doer beware.)
(AP, Internet, 3/6/98)
"De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum." (There is no
arguing about taste.)
(WSJ, 5/15/98, p.W11)
Talmud, a collection of writings that constitute the Jewish civil and
religious law: "Slander injures three: the slanderer, the person who hears
the slander, and the person slandered."
(AP Internet, 11/24/98)
Law of Chameleon Rhetoric: Any example can be subtly morphed to prove
a point or its opposite.
(Wired, 2/98, p.101)
Law of Ettore: The other line moves faster.
(SFC, 1/31/98, p.E3)
Law of Gresham: "Bad money drives out good."
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R8)
Law of Gold: If the shoe fits, it's ugly.
Law of Life's Highway: If everything's coming your way, you're in the
Law of Lynch: When the going gets tough, everybody leaves.
(SFC, 1/10/98, p.E5)
Law of McGovern: The longer the title, the less important the job.
(SFC, 1/16/99, p.E5)
Law of Shedenhelm: All trails have more uphill slopes than downhill
Law of Wing-Walking: Never let go of what you hold until you've got
hold of something else."
(SFC, 1/10/98, p.E5)
Libyan proverb: Silence is the door of consent.
(SFEC, 8/17/97, Z1 p.2)
Locard's Exchange Principle: Any person passing through a room will
unknowingly leave something there and take something away. Formulated by
Emile Locard, a French criminologist, more than a half century ago.
(SFEC, 4/26/98, Z1 p.8)
Malayan proverb: "One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever
in debt to those who are kind."
(AP Internet, 7/10/98)
Malaysian proverb: Every gallstone wants to be somebody's lucky charm.
New England saying: "If you want to know what God thinks of money, look
at the people he gives it to."
Perkin's Postulate: The bigger they come, the harder they hit.
(SFC, 1/24/98, p.E5)
Peter's Placebo: An ounce of image is worth a pound of performance.
(SFC, 1/24/98, p.E5)
Russian proverb: Wisdom is born, stupidity is learned.
(AP Internet, 8/12/97)
"If men could foresee the future, they would still
behave as they do now."
(AP, Internet, 3/30/99)
Scottish proverb: "Know yourself, and your neighbor will not mistake
(AP Internet, 1/21/98)
What may be, may not be.
(SFEC, 7/27/97, Z1 p.7)
Serbian proverb: "What is it to be a gentleman? The first to thank and
the last to complain."
(AP, Internet, 3/31/98)
Spanish proverb: "Los secretos ni oirlos ni decirlos." (Don't listen
to secrets -- and don't tell them.
(AP Internet, 1/31/98)
"El amor es fuego, pero con el no se cuece el puchero."
(Love is a furnace, but it will not cook the stew.)
(AP, Internet, 3/22/99)
Sufi proverb: I saw the Lord with the Eye of the heart. So I said, Who
art thou? He answered: Thou.
(SFEC, 9/7/97, p.C9)
Swedish proverb: "Being young is a fault which improves daily."
(AP, Internet, 1/12/99)
Texas saying: All hat and no cattle.
(WSJ, 6/25/98, p.A20)
Vietnam: When you drink, you should remember the source.
(SFC, 10/3/97, p.B14)
Vietnam: "Your way of giving is more important than what you give."
(AP Internet, 11/18/98)
Zen saying: "Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it is dark."
(AP Internet, 6/24/98)
371-289BC Mencius, Chinese philosopher: "The great man is he who
does not lose his child's heart." [see 373-288BC]
(AP Internet, 11/19/98)
Epicharmus (? - c.450 BC), Sicilian Greek comic poet: "The wise man
must be wise before, not after."
Protagoras, (c485BC) the leading Greek Sophist, stated: Man is the measure
of all things.
B.C Lao-tzu (c604-531BC), Chinese philosopher: "The greater the number
of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be."
(AP Internet, 5/4/98)
Aeschylus (524 B.C.?-456 BC?)(525-465), Greek poet and dramatist: "Everyone's
quick to blame the alien."
(V.D.-H.K.p.51)(WSJ, 7/10/97, p.A13)(http://eawc.evansville.edu,
p.9)(AP Internet, 10/12/98)
Plato (c427 -347 BC): "What we respect we always do, but what we do
not respect we ignore."
(AP, Internet, 2/11/97)
Aristotle (384 B.C.-322 BC), Greek philosopher: "Hope is a waking dream."
(AP Internet, 8/9/98)
Chuang-tzu (c.369 B.C.-c.286 BC) Chinese writer: Rewards and punishments
are the lowest form of education.
(AP Internet, 11/11/97)
Cato (234 B.C.-149 BC), Roman statesman and historian: "If you are ruled
by mind, you are a king; if by body, a slave."
(AP, Internet, 1/11/99)
Cicero (106-43BC), Roman orator, statesman and philosopher: "What is
more unwise than to mistake uncertainty for certainty, falsehood for truth?"
(AP, Internet, 4/10/98)
Caesar Augustus (63 BC-14 AD), Roman emperor: Make haste slowly.
(AP Internet, 11/20/97)
Seneca (c5 B.C.-A.D. 65), Roman statesman: "Malice drinks one-half of
its own poison."
(AP Internet, 6/8/98)
Pliny the Elder (A.D.23-A.D.79), Roman scholar: "Among these things
but one thing seems certain -- that nothing certain exists, and that nothing
is more pitiable or more presumptuous than man."
(AP Internet, 11/5/98)
Simon Ben Azzai, second century (A.D.) Jewish scholar: In seeking wisdom
thou art wise; in imagining that thou has attained it thou art a fool.
(AP Internet, 11/15/97)
Augustine (Aurelius Augustinus, (354-430) of Hippo held that as long
as the fetus was "shapeless" homicide laws did not apply because it had
no senses and no soul. "Total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation."
(V.D.-H.K.92)(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.13)
Thomas a Kempis (c1380-1471), German monk and author: "Would to God
that we might spend a single day really well."
(AP Internet, 1/28/98)
Francois Rabelais (1494-1553), French satirist: "If you wish to avoid
seeing a fool you must first break your mirror."
(AP, Internet, 2/23/98)
Madame Virginie de Rieux, 16th-century French writer: "Marriage is a
lottery in which men stake their liberty and women their happiness."
(AP Internet 12/6/97)
William of Occam (1290-1349), English philosopher: "Entia non sunt multiplicanda
praeter necessitatem." (Entries should not be multiplied unnecessarily.)(Known
as "Occam's razor," a modern version of this principle of logic might be:
"The simpler, the better.")
(AP, Internet, 2/4/99)
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political philosopher: "Men
are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular
(AP Internet, 11/15/98)
Madame Virginie de Rieux, 16th-century French writer: "Marriage is a
lottery in which men stake their liberty and women their happiness."
(AP Internet, 12/6/97)
Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), St. Theresa, Spanish Carmelite nun. She
initiated reforms in the Order. She co-founded with John of the Cross (1542-1591)
the Order of Discalced (barefoot) Carmelites. "Untilled ground, however
rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man." "To
wish to act like angels while we are still in this world is nothing but
(CU, 6/87)(WUD, 1994, p.769)(AP Internet 12/8/97)(AP Internet,
Michel Montaigne (1533-1592) "Nothing is so firmly believed as what
we least know."
Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English philosopher: Studies serve for delight,
for ornament, and for ability. "If a man will begin in certainties he shall
end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin in doubts he shall end
(DA, 1992)(AP Internet, 5/1/98)
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) from "Henry V": "Once more unto the
breach, dear friends, once more."
(AP Internet, 4/23/98)
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), English dramatist and poet: "Very few men are
wise by their own counsel; or learned by their own teaching. For he that
was only taught by himself, had a fool to his master."
(AP Internet, 1/4/98)
Robert Burton (1577-1640), English author: "A mere madness, to live
like a wretch and die rich."
(AP Internet, 8/19/98)
George Herbert (1593-1633), English author: "The best mirror is an old
(AP Internet, 4/16/98)
Izaak Walton (1593-1683), English writer: "That which is everybody's
business is nobody's business."
(AP Internet, 8/29/98)
Pedro Calderon de la Barca (1600-1681), Spanish dramatist: "Cuando amor
no es locura, no es amor." (When love is not madness, it is not love.)
(AP Internet, 10/30/98)
Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French dramatist and poet: "Guess, if
you can, and choose, if you dare."
(AP, Internet, 3/28/98)
Anne Bradstreet(1612-1672), American poet: "Authority without wisdom
is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish."
(AP, Internet, 2/22/99)
Francois, Duc de la Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French author: "When
we cannot find contentment in ourselves it is useless to seek it elsewhere."
(AP Internet, 12/2/98)
Moliere (1622-1673), French dramatist: "It is a stupidity second to
none, to busy oneself with the correction of the world."
(AP Internet, 11/10/98)
Queen Christina (1626-1689) of Sweden: Fools are more to be feared than
the wicked. "Dignity is like a perfume; those who use it are scarcely conscious
(AP Internet 7/8/97)(AP, Internet, 1/14/99)
John Locke (1632-1704), English philosopher: New opinions are always
suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they
are not already common.
(AP Internet, 8/4/97)
Johann Joachim Becher (1635-1682), German alchemist. ""It is always
better to sell goods to others than to buy goods from others, for the former
brings a certain advantage and the latter inevitable damage."
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R50)
Pierre Bayle (1647-1706), French philosopher and critic: If an historian
were to relate truthfully all the crimes, weaknesses and disorders of mankind,
his readers would take his work for satire rather than for history.
(AP Internet, 11/19/97)
Francois Fenelon (1651-1715), French theologian: "Nothing is more despicable
than a professional talker who uses his words as a quack uses his remedies."
(AP Internet, 11/27/98)
Jean Baptiste Massillon (1663-1742), French clergyman: To be proud and
inaccessible is to be timid and weak.
(AP Internet 7/23/97)
Joseph Addison (1672-1719), English essayist and poet: We are always
doing, says he, something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity
do something for us. "A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes
there is no virtue or truth but on his own side."
(AP Internet, 11/21/97)(AP Internet, 7/14/98)
Charles Louis de Montesquieu (1689-1755), French philosopher: "In most
things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed."
(AP, Internet, 4/13/99)
Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773), English author and statesman: "In scandal,
as in robbery, the receiver is always as bad as the thief."
(AP, Internet, 2/21/98)
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire (1694-1778), French philosopher, historian,
dramatist and essayist. He wrote that "Self-love resembles the instrument
by which we perpetuate the species. It is necessary, it is dear to us,
it gives us pleasure and it has to be concealed." "All styles are good
except the tiresome sort." "Love truth, but pardon error." "The great errors
of the past are useful in many ways. One cannot remind oneself too often
of crimes and disasters. These, no matter what people say, can be forestalled."
"Le sens commun n'est pas si commun." (Common sense is not so common.)
(WUD, 1994, p.1600) (G&M, 2/1/96, p.A-22)(AP Internet 7/17/97)(SFEC,
1/4/98, Z1p.8)(HNQ, 10/1/98)(AP, Internet, 3/6/99)
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790): "If you would not be forgotten, as soon
as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things
worth the writing."
(AP Internet, 4/17/98)
Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793), Italian dramatist: "He who talks much cannot
always talk well."
(AP Internet, 6/1/98)
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), English lexicographer: Patriotism is the
last refuge of a scoundrel. -- (To which Ambrose Bierce replied, I beg
to submit that it is the first.) "The lawyer has no business with the justice
or injustice of a cause. The justice or injustice is to be decided by the
(AP Internet, 10/8/97)(SFEC, 1/10/99, Par p.10)
Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), English author: Free thinkers are generally
those who never think at all.
(AP Internet 6/19/97)
Horace Walpole (1717-1797), Fourth Earl of Orford, English: "The whole
secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand
(AP Internet, 1/13/98)
Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780), English jurist and writer on law.
He wrote that: "Husband and wife are one, and that one is the husband."
(WUD, 1994, p.155)(SFC, 7/18/98, p.A15)
Catherine the Great (1729-1796), Russian czarina: I am one of the people
who love the why of things.
(AP Internet, 9/4/97)
Edmund Burke (1729-1797), British statesman: "A very great part of the
mischief's that vex this world arises from words." "Superstition is the
religion of feeble minds."
(V.D.-H.K.p.224)(AP Internet 7/20/97)(AP Internet, 11/29/98)
Edmund Burke (1729-1797), British statesman: A very great part of the
mischiefs that vex this world arises from words.
(AP Internet 7/20/97)
Nicolas Chamford (1740-1794), French writer: "The public! the public!
How many fools does it take to make up a public?"
(AP Internet 6/9/98)
Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801), Swiss theologian: "I am prejudiced
in favor of him who, without impudence, can ask boldly. He has faith in
humanity, and faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to give grandly
can ask nobly and with boldness."
(AP, Internet, 1/2/99)
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826): In matters of principle, stand like a
rock. In matters of taste, swim with the current. "History, in general,
only informs us what bad government is."
(SFEC,12/28/97, Z1 p.2)(AP Internet, 4/13/98)
Abigail Adams (1744-1818), American first lady, writer of letters and
wife of John Adams: These are times in which a genius would wish to live.
It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station,
that great characters are formed.... Great necessities call out great virtues.
(AHD, 1971, p.14)(AP Internet 6/29/97)
John Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832) completed "Faust" just before his death
in Weimar. "when Ideas fail, words come in handy." "True excellence is
rarely found, even more rarely is it cherished."
(V.D.-H.K.p.255)(SFEC, 7/27/97, p.T6)(SFEC, 4/26/98, Z1 p.8)(AP
Joseph Joubert (1754-1824), French moralist. "Kindness consists in loving
people more than they deserve." "To be capable of respect is today almost
as rare as to be worthy of it."
(AP Internet, 3/22/97)(AP, Internet, 1/22/99)
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), English author: The mind will ever
be unstable that has only prejudices to rest on, and the current will run
with destructive fury when there are no barriers to break its force.
(AP Internet, 11/10/97)
Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805), poet, dramatist
and historian. "A beautiful soul has no other merit than its own existence."
[He was a friend of Goethe.] "Die Weltgeschichte ist das Weltgericht."
(The history of the world is the verdict of the world.)
(WUD, 1994, p.1277)(AP Internet, 8/2/98)(AP, Internet, 3/13/99)
Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825), German author: A timid person is frightened
before a danger; a coward during the time; and a courageous person afterward.
"Spring makes everything young again except man."
(AP Internet 7/3/97)(AP, Internet, 3/20/98)
William Pinkney (1764-1822)., American diplomat: "A definition is no
(AP, Internet, 2/15/99)
Wordsworth (1770-1850) composed the lines: "The world is too much with
us" in 1806.
(NOHY, 3/90, p.163)
Friedrich von Schlegel (1772-1829), German diplomat and writer: A historian
is a prophet in reverse.
(AP Internet, 5/25/97)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), English poet and author: I have
seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance.
(AP Internet, 9/12/97)
Charles Lamb (1775-1834), English essayist and author: "No one ever
regarded the first of January with indifference. It is the nativity of
our common Adam."
(AP Internet, 12/31/97)
Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847), Irish political leader: "Bigotry has no
head, and cannot think; no heart, and cannot feel."
(AP Internet, 8/12/98)
William Ellery Channing (1780-1842), American clergyman: "How the 'I'
pervades all things!"
(AP Internet, 12/14/98)
Daniel Webster (1782-1852), US Senator and orator: Liberty and Union,
now and forever, one and inseparable!
(WSJ, 9/30/97, p.A20)
Susan Edmonstone Ferrier (1782-1854), Scottish novelist: There are plenty
of fools in the world; but if they had not been sent for some wise purpose,
they wouldn't have been here; and since they are here they have as good
a right to have elbow-room in the world as the wisest.
(AP Internet, 10/3/97)
Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857), Russian-French author: The chains
which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least. "The world has no
sympathy with any but positive griefs; it will pity you for what you lose,
but never for what you lack."
(AP Internet, 8/25/97)(AP, Internet, 2/13/99)
Stendahl Henri Beyle (1783-1842), French author and critic: "Beauty
is the promise of happiness." "One can acquire everything in solitude,
(WSJ, 3/25/97, p.A16)(AP Internet 12/4/97)(AP Internet, 6/6/98)
Washington Irving (1783-1859), American author: "No man is so methodical
as a complete idler, and none so scrupulous in measuring out his time as
he whose time is worth nothing."
(AP Internet, 9/10/98)
Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (1786-1859), French actress and poet: "Who
will give me back those days when life had wings and flew just like a skylark
in the sky."
(AP, Internet, 2/28/99)
James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), American author: The press, like
fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.
(AP Internet 6/25/97)
Felicia Dorothea Browne Hemans (1793-1835), English poet: "Though the
past haunt me as a spirit, I do not ask to forget."
(AP Internet, 12/31/98)
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), English (Scot) essayist, critic and historian,
friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson. "A man doesn't know what he knows, until
he knows what he doesn't know." "No great man lives in vain. The history
of the world is but the biography of great men."
(V.D.-H.K.p.400)(SFEC, 6/28/98, Z1 p.8)(AP Internet, 7/2/98)
Mary Lyon (1797-1849), American educator: "There is nothing in the universe
that I fear but that I shall not know all my duty, or shall fail to do
(AP Internet, 4/27/98)
Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), German poet and critic: In these times we
fight for ideas, and newspapers are our fortresses.
(AHD, p.611)(AP Internet 7/18/97)
Thomas Hood (1799-1845), English author: "I saw old Autumn in
the misty morn Stand shadowless like silence, listening To silence."
(AP Internet, 9/23/98)
Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859), English historian: "No particular
man is necessary to the state. We may depend on it that, if we provide
the country with popular institutions, those institutions will provide
it with great men." "A page digested is better than a volume hurriedly
(AP Internet 11/30/97)(WDG, 10/29/98)
Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), English writer: "In spite of the honestest
efforts to annihilate my 'I-ity,' or merge it in what the world doubtless
considers my better half (historian Thomas Carlyle), I still find myself
a self-subsisting and alas! self-seeking ME."
(AP Internet, 8/27/98)
Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880), American author: "It is right noble to
fight with wickedness and wrong; the mistake is in supposing that spiritual
evil can be overcome by physical means."
(AP Internet 12/3/97)
Louis Kossuth (1802-1894), Hungarian statesman: The instinctive feeling
of a great people is often wiser than its wisest men.
(AP Internet 7/2/97)
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, poet and philosopher:
Money often costs too much. "Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense
and plain dealing."
(AP Internet, 10/22/97)(AP Internet, 7/8/98)
George Sand (1804-1876), French author: "I would rather believe that
God did not exist than believe that He was indifferent."
(AP Internet, 10/17/98)
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman: "Youth is a blunder;
manhood a struggle; old age a regret."
(AP Internet, 10/21/97)
Gamaliel Bailey (1807-1859), American abolitionist: "Who never doubted,
never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is -- it is her shadow."
(AP Internet, 1/27/98)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), American poet: What is time?
The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running of the sand,
day and night, summer and winter, months, years, centuries -- these are
but arbitrary and outward signs, the measure of Time, not Time itself.
Time is the Life of the soul.
(AP Internet, 10/11/97)
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), American author and poet: "I hold that
a long poem does not exist. I maintain that the phrase, 'a long poem,'
is simply a flat contradiction in terms."
(AP, Internet, 1/29/99)
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865): "As I would not be a slave, so I would
not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy." "No man is good
enough to govern another man without that other's consent."
(AP Internet, 4/14/98)(AP, Internet, 2/12/99)
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), American author: "A man may fulfill
the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and
attempting a task he cannot achieve." "If there is any principle of the
Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other
it is the principle of free thought -- not free thought for those who agree
with us but freedom for the thought that we hate."
(AP Internet, 8/10/98)(AP, Internet, 3/8/99)
Tryon Edwards (1809-1894), American clergyman: One of the great lessons
the fall of the leaf teaches, is this: Do your work well and then be ready
to depart when God shall call.
(AP Internet, 9/22/97)
Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), American social reformer: Man is not made
for society, but society is made for man. No institution can be good which
does not tend to improve the individual.
(AP Internet 7/12/97)
Theodore Parker (1810-1860), American religious leader: Religion without
joy -- it is no religion.
(AP Internet, 10/26/97)
Phineas T. Barnum (1810-1891), American showman: "More persons, on the
whole, are humbugged by believing nothing, than by believing too much."
(AP Internet, 6/28/98)
Horace Greeley (1811-1872), American journalist: "There is no bigotry
like that of 'free thought' run to seed."
(AP Internet, 7/21/98)
Charles Sumner (1811-1874), American author: There is the National flag.
He must be cold, indeed, who can look upon its folds rippling in the breeze
without pride of country. If in a foreign land, the flag is companionship,
and country itself, with all its endearments.
(AP Internet, 6/14/97)
Charles Dickens (1812-1870), the closing line of "A Christmas Carol,":
"And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!"
(AP Internet, 12/19/98)
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher: Truth is not introduced
into the individual from without, but was within him all the time. "Don't
forget to love yourself."
(AP Internet, 10/23/97)(AP, Internet, 3/5/98)
Eliza Farnham (1815-1864), American reformer: "The ultimate aim of the
human mind, in all its efforts, is to become acquainted with Truth."
(AP Internet, 11/23/98)
Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), German statesman: History is simply a
piece of paper covered with print; the main thing is still to make history,
not to write it.
(AP Internet, 11/6/97)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), a social reformer and militant feminist,
said, "The male element is a destructive force" in an address to the Women's
Suffrage Convention in Washington, D.C. in 1868.
(AP Internet, 11/12/97)(HNQ, 5/17/98)
Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), English author: Better to be without logic
than without feeling.
(AP Internet, 9/13/97)
Charlotte Saunders Cushman (1816-1876), American actress: "To me it
seems as if when God conceived the world, that was Poetry; He formed it,
and that was Sculpture; He colored it, and that was Painting; He peopled
it with living beings, and that was the grand, divine, eternal Drama."
(AP Internet, 11/7/98)
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American essayist and poet, author:
In the long run, men hit only what they aim at... they'd better aim at
(AHD, p.1339)(SFC,12/13/97, p.C5)
Frederick Douglass (c.1817-1895): "The life of the nation is secure
only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous."
(AP, Internet, 2/20/99)
Jacob Christoph Burckhardt (1818-1897), Swiss historian: "The people
no longer believe in principles, but will probably periodically believe
in saviors." "Neither in the life of the individual nor in that of mankind
is it desirable to know the future."
(AP Internet, 5/6/98)(AP Internet, 6/11/98)
George Eliot (1819-1880), English author: "The happiest women, like
the happiest nations, have no history."
(AP Internet, 11/14/98)
Theodor Fontane (1819-1898), German author: Happiness, it seems to me,
consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second --
and best -- in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having
had a good night's sleep and not being hurt by new shoes.
(AP Internet, 8/7/97)
Queen Victoria, British monarch (1819-1901): "Great events make me quiet
and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves."
(AP, Internet, 2/24/99)
General William T. Sherman (1820-1891), Union military leader: "Vox
populi, vox humbug." (The voice of the people is the voice of humbug.)
(AP, Internet, 4/7/99)
Christian Nestell Bovee (1820-1904), American author: "Doubt whom you
will, but never doubt yourself."
(AP, Internet, 3/10/99)
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), English nursing pioneer: Were there
none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach
(AP Internet, 11/12/97)
Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss critic: The man who has no inner
life is the slave of his surroundings.
(AP Internet, 8/3/97)
Feodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), Russian author: "Originality and a feeling
of one's own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle."
(AP Internet 12/9/97)
Edward John Phelps (1822-1900), American lawyer and diplomat: The man
who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
(AP Internet, 8/9/97)
Coventry Patmore (1823-1896), English poet: "Nearly all our disasters
come from a few fools having the 'courage of their convictions."'
(AP, Internet, 3/16/98)
F. Max Mueller (1823-1900), German philologist: To think is to speak
low. To speak is to think aloud.
(AP Internet, 10/14/97)
Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911), American clergyman-author: "To
be really cosmopolitan, a man must be at home even in his own country."
(AP Internet, 4/6/97)
Thomas Huxley (1825-1895), English biologist and author: God give me
strength to face a fact though it slay me. "My experience of the world
is that things left to themselves don't get right."
(AP Internet, 11/1/97)(AP, Internet, 1/26/99)
Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), English editor and economist: One of the
greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea. "It is good to
be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptation."
(AP Internet, 5/22/97)(AP Internet, 9/2/98)
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Norwegian dramatist: "The worst enemy of truth
and freedom in our society is the compact majority. Yes, the damned, compact,
(AP Internet, 7/22/98)
George Meredith, English poet (1828-1909): "Cynicism is intellectual
(AP Internet, 10/20/98)
Elizabeth Charles (1828-1896), British writer: "To know how to say what
others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to
dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers
-- or both."
(AP Internet, 12/13/98)
Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900), American author and editor: "Public
opinion is stronger than the legislature, and nearly as strong as the Ten
(AP Internet, 9/24/98)
Carl Schurz (1829-1906), American politician: "Ideals are like stars;
you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring
man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following
them you will reach your destiny."
(AP Internet, 5/21/98)
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian author: "History would be an excellent
thing if only it were true."
Alexander Smith (1830-1867), Scottish poet and essayist: "Christmas
is the day that holds all time together."
(AP Internet, 12/24/97)
Christina Rosetti (1830-1874), British poet: "Better by far you should
forget and smile Than that you should remember and be
(AP Internet, 12/11/98)
Helen Maria Hunt Jackson (1830-1885), American author: It is the weakness
and danger of republics, that the vices as well as virtues of the people
are represented in their legislation.
(AP Internet, 5/24/97)
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), American poet: "They say that God is everywhere,
and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse."
(AP, Internet, 1/10/99)
Amelia Edith Barr (1831-1919), American author and journalist "The fate
of love is that it always seems too little or too much."
(AP Internet, 3/29/98)
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), American author: "It takes people a long
time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious
young men and women."
(AP Internet, 7/12/98)
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898, "Lewis Carroll"), English author:
"If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find
fault with, you will not do much."
(AP Internet, 1/14/98)
Moncure D. Conway (1832-1907), American clergyman and author: "It is
the darling delusion of mankind that the world is progressive in religion,
toleration, freedom, as it is progressive in machinery."
(AP, Internet, 3/19/99)
Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899), American lawyer and statesman: "Heresy
is what the minority believe; it is the name given by the powerful to the
doctrines of the weak." "The history of the world shows that when a mean
thing was done, man did it; when a good thing was done, man did it." "Courage
without conscience is a wild beast."
(AP Internet 6/28/97)(AP Internet, 6/7/98)(AP Internet, 7/20/98)
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author: "Life is one long process
of getting tired."
(AP Internet, 4/22/98)
Augusta Jane Evans (1835-1909), American novelist: "Life does not count
by years. Some suffer a lifetime in a day, and so grow old between the
rising and the setting of the sun."
(AP, Internet, 2/11/99)
Mark Twain (1835-1910): "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because
fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't." "Everybody's
private motto: It's better to be popular than right." "Let us be thankful
for the fools. But for them, the rest of us could not succeed." "Why is
it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we
are not the person involved." "Thunder is impressive, but it is the lightning
that does all the work."
(AP Internet, 6/2/97)(AP Internet, 10/17/97)(AP, Internet, 4/1/98)(AP
Internet, 4/21/98)(SFEC, 3/28/99, Z1 p.8)
Bret Harte (1836-1902), American author and journalist: "The only sure
thing about luck is that it will change."
(AP, Internet, 4/2/98)
William Dean Howells (1837-1920), American author and editor: "We are
creatures of the moment; we live from one little space to another; and
only one interest at a time fills these." "If we like a man's dream, we
call him a reformer; if we don't like his dream, we call him a crank."
(AP, Internet, 3/3/98)(AP Internet, 11/13/98)
John Burroughs (1837-1921), American author and naturalist: "Time does
not become sacred to us until we have lived it, until it has passed over
us and taken with it a part of ourselves."
(AP Internet, 5/28/98)
Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), American historian-author: "One friend
in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible." "A teacher
affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
(AP Internet, 3/21/97)(AP, Internet, 1/28/99)
John, Viscount Morley (1838-1923) of Blackburn, English journalist:
"The great business of life is to be, to do, to do without, and to depart."
(AP Internet, 8/13/98)
William Graham Sumner (1840-1910), American sociologist and economist:
"All history is only one long story to this effect: men have struggled
for power over their fellow men in order that they might win the joys of
earth at the expense of others, and might shift the burdens of life from
their own shoulders upon those of others."
(AP Internet, 8/31/98)
Stephane Mallarme 1842-1898), French essayist and poet: "Every soul
is a melody which needs renewing."
(AP Internet, 7/17/98)
William James (1842-1910), American philosopher and psychologist: "A
great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging
their prejudice." "Self-esteem equals Success over Pretensions."
(AP Internet, 4/25/98)(AP, Internet, 3/24/99)
President William McKinley (1843-1901): I do not prize the word cheap.
It is not a badge of honor ... it is a symbol of despair. Cheap prices
make for cheap goods; cheap goods make for cheap men; and cheap men make
for a cheap country!
(AP Internet, 10/16/97)
Henry James (1843-1916), American author: "It takes a great deal of
history to produce a little literature."
(AP Internet, 8/3/98)
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher: "No one is such
a liar as the indignant man." "In individuals, insanity is rare; but in
groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule."
(AP, Internet, 3/19/98)(AP Internet, 12/3/98)
Anatole France (1844-1924), French author and critic: "All the historical
books which contain no lies are extremely tedious."
(AP Internet, 10/11/98)
Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916), Polish author: "The greater the philosopher,
the harder it is for him to answer the questions of common people."
(AP Internet, 2/5/97)
Mary Catherwood (1847-1901), American novelist: Next to the slanderer,
we detest the bearer of the slander to our ears.
(AP Internet, 6/9/97)
Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911), Hungarian-born American newspaper publisher
Thought for Today: "What is everybody's business is nobody's business --
except the journalist's."
(AP Internet, 8/30/98)
Richard Jefferies (1848-1887), English author: "The very idea that there
is another idea is something gained."
(AP Internet, 9/21/98)
Arthur Balfour (1848-1930), the First Earl of Balfour, English statesman:
A religion that is small enough for our understanding would not be large
enough for our needs.
(AP Internet, 11/14/97)
Richard R. Bowker (1848-1933), American publisher: "It's all right to
have a train of thoughts, if you have a terminal."
(AP Internet, 11/12/98)
Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909), American author: "Tact is, after all,
a kind of mind-reading." "A lean sorrow is hardest to bear."
(AP Internet, 5/22/98)(AP, Internet, 1/18/99)
Sir William Osler (1849-1919), Canadian physician and educator: The
philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the
foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow."
(AP Internet, 10/15/98)
Luther Burbank (1849-1926), American horticulturist: "For those who
do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in
(AP Internet, 4/26/98)
Emma Carleton (1850-1925), American journalist: Reputation is a bubble
which a man bursts when he tries to blow it for himself.
(AP Internet, 6/4/97)
Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), English author and statesman: History
is a pageant and not a philosopher.
(AP Internet, 9/10/97)
Kate Chopin (1851-1904), American writer: "There are some people who
leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water."
(AP, Internet, 3/11/99)
Grace King (1852-1932), American author: Patience! Patience! Patience
is the invention of dullards and sluggards. In a well-regulated world there
should be no need of such a thing as patience.
(AP Internet, 6/1/97)
Henry van Dyke (1852-1933), American clergyman: "Self is the only prison
that can ever bind the soul."
(AP, Internet, 11/26/97)
Lillie Langtry (1853-1929), English actress: "The sentimentalist ages
far more quickly than the person who loves his work and enjoys new challenges."
(AP Internet, 7/27/98)
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900): "Anybody can make history. Only a great man
can write it."
(AP, Internet, 2/16/99)
Bourke Cockran (1854-1923), American politician and orator: You simply
cannot hang a millionaire in America.
(AP Internet, 11/18/97)
Fiona MacLeod (William Sharp,1855-1905), Scottish author and poet: "My
heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill."
(AP Internet, 9/15/98)
Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), South African author and feminist: "My
feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others,
and comforting those that are sad."
(AP Internet, 7/24/98)
Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926), American socialist leader: "No man ever
made a great speech on a mean subject."
(AP, Internet, 3/1/99)
George Edward Woodberry (1855-1930), American poet, critic and educator:
To feel that one has a place in life solves half the problem of contentment.
(AP Internet, 8/15/97)
Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), English dramatist: Those who love
deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.
(AP Internet 6/30/97)
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), American author: The love we give away is
the only love we keep. If you want work well done, select a busy man --
the other kind has not time. "To escape criticism -- do nothing, say nothing,
(AP Internet 7/22/97)(AP Internet, 9/29/97)(AP Internet, 12/12/98)
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), American educator: To be successful,
grow to the point where one completely forgets himself; that is, to lose
himself in a great cause.
(AP Internet, 6/6/97)
Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915), American efficiency expert declared
in 1911: In the past man was first, in the future the system will be first.
(WSJ, 6/13/97, p.A17)
Elisabeth Marbury (1856-1933), American writer: "The richer your friends,
the more they will cost you."
(AP Internet, 9/25/98)
Minna Antrim (1856-1950), American writer: "Experience is a good teacher,
but she sends in terrific bills."
(AP Internet 12/14/97)
George Gissing (1857-1903), English author and critic: That is one of
the bitter curses of poverty; it leaves no right to be generous.
(AP Internet, 8/18/97)
Clarence Darrow (1857-1938), American lawyer: You can only protect your
liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can
only be free if I am free.
(AP Internet, 9/30/97)
Beatrice Potter Webb (1858-1943), English sociologist: "Religion is
love; in no case is it logic."
(AP Internet, 11/8/98)
Felix Emmanuel Schelling (1858-1945), American educator and scholar:
"True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality,
the inequality of success; the glorious inequality of talent, of genius;
for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization,
is the measure of the progress of the world."
(AP Internet 12/15/97)
Agnes Repplier (1858-1950), American essayist: "The man who never tells
an unpalatable truth 'at the wrong time' (the right time has yet to be
discovered) is the man whose success in life is fairly well assured."
(AP, Internet, 3/26/99)
Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927), English author and humorist: "It is impossible
to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do."
(AP Internet, 5/30/97)
Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British writer: Mediocrity knows nothing
higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
(AP Internet 6/17/97)
Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), American feminist: "No written law
has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion."
John Dewey (1859-1952), American philosopher: "Open-mindedness is not
the same as empty-mindedness. To hang out a sign saying, 'Come right in;
there is no one at home' is not the equivalent of hospitality."
(AP, Internet, 2/25/98)
James Gibbons Huneker (1860-1921), American author and critic: "We are
all snobs of the Infinite, parvenus of the Eternal."
(AP Internet, 8/5/98)
Jane Addams (1860-1935), American social worker and Nobel Peace laureate:
"The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of one's
self." "You do not know what life means when all the difficulties are removed!
I am simply smothered and sickened with advantages. It is like eating a
sweet dessert the first thing in the morning."
(AHD, 1971, p.15)(AP Internet, 8/28/97)(AP Internet, 10/4/98)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), American economist and feminist:
A concept is stronger than a fact. "The world is quite right. It does not
have to be consistent."
(AP Internet 7/10/97)(AP, Internet, 4/12/99)
Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937), Scottish dramatist-author: The
life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and
writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as
it is with what he hoped to make it.
(AP Internet, 8/6/97)
Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), American poet and essayist: "Quotations
(such as have point and lack triteness) from the great old authors are
an act of filial reverence on the part of the quoter, and a blessing to
a public grown superficial and external."
(AP Internet, 7/9/98)
Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), English philosopher and mathematician:
We think in generalities, but we live in detail. I have always noticed
that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious
of those who aren't. "It is more important that a proposition be interesting
than that it be true."
(AP Internet, 4/11/97)(AP Internet, 10/5/97)
William Sydney Porter (aka O. Henry,1862-1910), American short story
writer: Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of
(WUD, 1994, p.1120)(AP Internet 6/15/97)
William A. Billy Sunday (1862-1935), American baseball player turned
evangelist, is said to have said: If there is no Hell, a good many preachers
are obtaining money under false pretenses. "Going to church doesn't make
you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile."
(AP Internet, 10/19/97)(AP Internet, 12/20/98)
Edith Wharton (1862-1937), American author: "There are two ways of spreading
light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it." "The essence
of taste is suitability. Divest the word of its prim and priggish implications,
and see how it expresses the mysterious demand of the eye and mind for
symmetry, harmony and order."
(AP Internet, 8/17/97)(AP Internet, 1/11/98)
Gerald Stanley Lee (1862-1944), American clergyman and author: "America
is a tune. It must be sung together."
(AP, Internet, 3/3/99)
Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947), American educator: "Time was invented
by Almighty God in order to give ideas a chance." "The force that rules
the world is conduct, whether it be moral or immoral."
(AP Internet, 4/5/97)(AP, Internet, 1/13/99)
James Harvey Robinson (1863-1936), American historian: We are incredibly
heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves filled with
an illicit passion for them when anyone proposes to rob us of their companionship.
(AP Internet, 11/23/97)
William Gibbs McAdoo (1863-1941), American government official: It is
impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
(AP Internet, 6/11/97)
David Lloyd George (1863-1945), First Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, English
statesman It is always too late, or too little, or both. And that is the
road to disaster.
(AP Internet, 8/13/97)
Henry Ford (1863-1947), American auto manufacturer: You can't build
a reputation on what you are going to do.
(AP Internet, 8/16/97)
George Santayana (1863-1952), Spanish-American philosopher: "What man
strives to preserve, in preserving himself, is something which he has never
been at any particular moment." "Miracles are propitious accidents, the
natural causes of which are too complicated to be readily understood."
"Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament."
(AP Internet 12/7/97)(Historynet, 7/18/98)(AP Internet, 10/25/98)
George Washington Carver (1864-1943), American botanist: "Ninety-nine
percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."
(AP Internet, 9/20/98)
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet and playwright: "Too long
a sacrifice / Can make a stone of the heart. / O when may it suffice?"
(AP Internet, 4/29/98)
William Lyon Phelps (1865-1943), American educator and journalist: "The
fear of life is the favorite disease of the 20th century."
(AP Internet 12/11/97)
Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), Anglo-American author: If you are
losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul. "How awful
to reflect that what people say of us is true."
(AP Internet, 9/19/97)(AP, Internet, 1/27/99)
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), Finnish composer, was born as Johan Julius
Christian. Pay no attention to what critics say. There has never been set
up a statue in honor of a critic.
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.B3)(WUD, 1994, p.1323)(SFEC,11/16/97, Z1 p.5)
Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), Chinese statesman: To understand is hard. Once
one understands, action is easy.
(AP Internet 6/22/97)
Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936), American investigative reporter: Nothing
is done. Everything in the world remains to be done or done over.
"Never practice what you preach. If you're going to practice it, why preach
it?" "Morality is moral only when it is voluntary."
(AP Internet, 5/16/97)(AP Internet, 4/24/98)(AP, Internet, 2/10/99)
Richard Le Gallienne (1866-1947), English poet and essayist: "It is
only on paper that one moralizes -- just where one shouldn't."
(AP Internet, 6/21/98)
Ernest Dimnet (1866-1954), French priest, lecturer and author: "The
happiness of most people we know is not ruined by great catastrophes or
fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things."
(AP Internet, 9/6/98)
Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), English poet, author and critic: Good taste
is better than bad taste, but bad taste is better than no taste at all.
(AP Internet, 11/5/97)
Marie Curie (1867-1934), Polish scientist: "You cannot hope to build
a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us
must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general
responsibility for all humanity."
(AP Internet, 10/26/98)
Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936), American humorist: "A fanatic is a man
that does what he thinks th' Lord wud do if He knew th' facts in th' case."
(AP, Internet, 1//99)
Kin Hubbard (Frank McKinney, 1868-1930), American humorist: There seems
to be an excess of everything except parking space and religion.
(AP Internet, 9/26/97)
E.V. Lucas (1868-1938), English author and critic: "The art of life
is to show your hand. There is no diplomacy like candor. You may lose by
it now and then, but it will be a loss well gained if you do. Nothing is
so boring as having to keep up a deception."
(AP Internet, 7/31/98)
William Allen White (1868-1944), American journalist: "Consistency is
a paste jewel that only cheap men cherish."
(AP, Internet, 2/8/99)
Paul Claudel (1868-1955), French author: "Why must all the churches
be closed at night? How often has the wanderer groaned in front of those
(AP Internet, 12/27/98)
Stephen Leacock (1869-1944), Canadian humorist-educator: "If youth only
had a chance or old age any brains."
(AP Internet, 4/28/98)
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian spiritual leader: "Love is the
strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable."
"To enjoy life one should give up the lure of life."
(AP Internet, 1/12/98)(AP, Internet, 1/20/99)
Norman Douglas (1868-1952), Scottish author: Justice is too good for
some people and not good enough for the rest.
(AP Internet, 11/3/97)
Andre Gide (1869-1951), French author and critic: "There are very few
monsters who warrant the fear we have of them." "Believe those who are
seeking the truth; doubt those who find it." "The color of truth is gray."
(AP Internet, 10/31/97)(AP, Internet, 3/24/98)(SFEC, 6/28/98,
Emma Goldman (1869-1940) American anarchist: "Show me the country in
which there are no strikes and I'll show you that country in which there
is no liberty."
(AP Internet, 9/7/98)
Rosa Luxemburg (1870-1919), German socialist leader: "Freedom is always
and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently."
(AP Internet, 11/28/98)
Alfred Adler (1870-1937), Austrian psychoanalyst: "There is a Law that
man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should
be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does
not learn it he must perish." "It is the individual who is not interested
in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides
the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all
human failures spring."
(AP Internet, 4/19/97)(AP, Internet 2/24/98)
William Hammond Hall (1871), Superintendent of Golden Gate Park In San
Francisco stated: Destroy a public building and it can be rebuilt in a
year; destroy a city woodland park and all the people living at the time
will have passed away before its restoration can be effected.
(SFC, 7/28/97, p.A8)
Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914), English author and clergyman: "You can
love a person deeply and sincerely whom you do not like. You can like a
person passionately whom you do not love."
(AP Internet, 9/16/98)
Emily Carr (1871-1945), Canadian artist and author: "You come into the
world alone and you go out of the world alone yet it seems to me you are
more alone while living than even going and coming."
(AP Internet, 7/11/98)
Addison Mizner (1872-1933), American architect: "Misery loves company,
but company does not reciprocate." "God gives us relatives; thank God,
we can choose our friends."
(AP Internet 12/2/97)(AP Internet, 1/24/98)
Leon Blum (1872-1950), French statesman: "Life does not give itself
to one who tries to keep all its advantages at once. I have often thought
morality may perhaps consist solely in the courage of making a choice."
(AP Internet, 8/22/98)
Georges Gurdjieff (1872-1949), Armenian author and explorer: "Awakening
begins when a man realizes that he is going nowhere and does not know where
(AP Internet, 9/12/98)
Ellery Sedgwick (1872-1960), American editor: "In America, getting on
in the world means getting out of the world we have known before."
(AP Internet, 4/30/98)
Judge Learned Hand (1872-1961), American jurist: "A society in which
men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where
freedom is the possession of only a savage few."
(AP Internet 12/13/97)
Alexander Meiklejohn (1872-1964), American educator: "There is, I think,
nothing in the world more futile than the attempt to find out how a task
should be done when one has not yet decided what the task is."
(AP, Internet, 2/19/98)
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), English philosopher and mathematician:
"Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than
when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?"
(AP, Internet, 1/8/99)
Charles Peguy (1873-1914), French poet and writer: "It is impossible
to write ancient history because we lack source materials, and impossible
to write modern history because we have far too many."
(AP Internet, 7/28/98)
Jakob Wassermann (1873-1934), German author: "In every person, even
in such as appear most reckless, there is an inherent desire to attain
(AP, Internet, 3/8/98)
Fritz Thyssen (1873-1951), German industrialist: When I rest, I rust.
(AP Internet 7/29/97)
Colette (1873-1954), French author: To talk to a child, to fascinate
him, is much more difficult than to win an electoral victory. But it is
also more rewarding.
(AP Internet, 10/18/97)
Ellen Glasgow (1874-1945), American author: "Experience has taught me
that the only cruelties people condemn are those with which they do not
happen to be familiar." "No idea is so antiquated that it was not once
modern. No idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated....
To seize the flying thought before it escapes us is our only touch with
(AP Internet 12/12/97)(AP Internet, 5/11/98)(AP Internet, 6/25/98)
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), American author: "Everybody gets so much
information all day long that they lose their common sense." "It is awfully
important to know what is and what is not your business."
(AP Internet, 12/27/97)(AP Internet, 9/3/98)
Robert Frost (1874-1963) , American poet: "Before I built a wall I'd
ask to know What I was walling in or walling out."
(AP Internet, 11/9/98)
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), English author-dramatist: "The tragedy
of love is indifference." "The great tragedy of life is not that men perish,
but that they cease to love."
(AP, Internet, 11/29/97)(AP Internet, 9/17/98)
John Buchan (1875-1940), 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Scottish author: "There
may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make
(AP Internet, 1/7/98)
Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), American educator and reformer: Invest
in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.
(AP Internet 7/9/97)
Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author: "Speech is civilization itself.
The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact -- it is
silence which isolates."
(AP Internet, 10/19/98)
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), German poet. On the new year day: "And
now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched,
full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done,
full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take
it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who
demand of it necessary, serious and great things." "As people used to be
wrong about the motion of the sun, so they are still wrong about the motion
of the future. The future stands still; it is we who move in infinite space."
(WSJ, 3/19/96, p.A-12)(WSJ, 12/15/97, p.A20)(AP Internet, 1/1/98)(AP
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), German-born missionary and Nobel laureate.
"Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn
again to exercise his will -- his personal responsibility in the realm
of faith and morals."
(AP Internet, 3/23/97)
Wilson Mizner (1876-1933), American playwright: "The worst-tempered
people I've ever met were people who knew they were wrong." "A fellow who
is always declaring he's no fool usually has his suspicions."
(AP Internet, 5/8/97)
Helen Rowland (1876-1950), American writer, journalist and humorist:
"Nothing annoys a man as to hear a woman promising to love him 'forever'
when he merely wanted her to love him for a few weeks."
(AP Internet, 9/9/98)
Ralph Barton Perry (1876-1957), American author and educator. "Humanitarianism
needs no apology ... Unless we feel it toward all men without exception,
we shall have lost the chief redeeming force in human history."
(AP Internet, 3/28/97)(AP,Internet, 3/2/98)
Isaac Frederick Marcosson (1876-1961), American journalist: "Only the
mediocrities of life hide behind the alibi 'in conference.' The great of
this earth are not only simple but accessible."
(AP, Internet, 2/26/99)
Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967), German statesman: "The good Lord set definite
limits on man's wisdom, but set no limits on his stupidity -- and that's
(AP Internet, 7/1/98)
Edna Woolman Chase1877-1957, American fashion editor: Fashion can be
bought. Style one must possess.
(AP Internet, 8/31/97)
Henry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969), American clergyman: He who cannot
rest, cannot work; he who cannot let go, cannot hold on; he who cannot
find footing, cannot go forward. "I would rather live in a world where
my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my
mind could comprehend it."
(AP Internet, 5/23/97)(AP, Internet, 3/7/98)
Leon Trotsky (1879-1940): "Old age is the most unexpected of all the
things that happen to a man."
(AP Internet, 8/21/98)
Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), American writer: The real drawback
to 'the simple life' is that it is not simple. If you are living it, you
positively can do nothing else. There is not time. "Funny how people despise
platitudes, when they are usually the truest thing going. A thing has to
be pretty true before it gets to be a platitude."
(AP Internet 7/5/97)(AP, Internet, 1/7/99)
Robert Lynd (1879-1949), British essayist: "Were I a philosopher, I
should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need
to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children
is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive."
(AP Internet, 12/25/98)
Alfred Korzybski (1879-1950), Polish-American linguist: "There are two
ways to slice easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything.
Both ways save us from thinking."
(AP, Internet, 2/16/98)
Albert Einstein (1879-1955): The most beautiful experience we can have
is the mysterious ... the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle
of true art and true science.
(AP Internet 7/19/97)
Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958), American author and essayist: "If
we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we
want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with
a two weeks' vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and
the aimless procession of our busy days."
(AP Internet, 10/9/98)
Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959), American actress: "You must learn day by
day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the
more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant
about -- the more you have left when anything happens."
(AP Internet, 8/7/98)
Lord Beveridge (1879-1963), British economist: "Scratch a pessimist,
and you find often a defender of privilege."
(AP, Internet, 3/25/99)
Viscountess Astor (1879-1964), American-born English politician:
The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.
(AP Internet, 6/13/97)
Edward Steichen (1879-1973), American photographer: "Every 10 years
a man should give himself a good kick in the pants."
(AP Internet, 2/1/97)
B.C. Forbes (1880-1954), Scottish journalist: "You have no idea how
big the other fellow's troubles are."
(AP Internet, 12/17/98)
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956), American author and journalist: "It is the
dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull." "One
may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of
the world than one will be able to go to Hell without perspiring." "Injustice
is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice."
(AP Internet, 5/14/97)(AP Internet, 6/14/98)(AP Internet, 10/10/98)
Dame Christabel Pankhurst (1880-1958), English suffragist: "Never lose
your temper with the press or the public is a major rule of political life."
(AP, Internet, 3/21/99)
Kathleen Norris (1880-1960), American author: "Each and every one of
us has one obligation, during the bewildered days of our pilgrimage here:
the saving of his own soul, and secondarily and incidentally thereby affecting
for good such other souls as come under our influence."
(AP Internet, 12/6/98)
Helen Keller (1880-1968), American author and lecturer: No matter how
dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his
indisputable right. "There is no king who has not had a slave among his
ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his."
(AP Internet, 11/17/97)(AP Internet, 12/16/98)
Mary Webb (c.1881-1927), Scottish religious leader: The more anybody
wants a thing, the more they do think others want it. "The well of Providence
is deep. It's the buckets we bring to it that are small."
(AP Internet 7/7/97)(AP Internet, 12/9/98)
Rose Macaulay (1881-1958), English poet and essayist: "Work is a dull
thing; you cannot get away from that. The only agreeable existence is one
of idleness, and that is not, unfortunately, always compatible with continuing
to exist at all."
(AP Internet, 12/30/97)
Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959), American author, journalist and poet: "The
best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds."
(AP Internet, 8/14/98)
James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish poet. From "Ulysses": History, Stephen
said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
(AP Internet, 6/22/98)
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), English author and critic: On the outskirts
of every agony sits some observant fellow who points. "The compensation
of growing old was simply this: that the passions remain as strong as ever,
but one has gained -- at last! -- the power which adds the supreme flavor
to existence, the power of taking hold of experience, of turning it round,
slowly, in the light." "The older one grows the more one likes indecency."
(AP Internet 7/6/97)(AP Internet, 1/18/98)
Hendrik Willem van Loon (1882-1944), Dutch-American journalist and lecturer:
"Any frontal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are
always ready to defend their most precious possession -- their ignorance."
(AP Internet, 12/7/98)
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945): "Eternal truths will be
neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social
(AP Internet, 4/12/98)
Fiorello LaGuardia (1882-1947), mayor of New York City: "The devil is
easy to identify. He appears when you're terribly tired and makes a very
reasonable request which you know you shouldn't grant."
(AP Internet, 1/8/98)
Ludwig Lewisohn (1882-1955), German-born English author and artist:
There are philosophies which are unendurable not because men are cowards,
but because they are men.
(AP Internet 7/11/97)
Percy Williams Bridgeman (1882-1961), American scientist: There is no
adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.
(AP Internet, 8/10/97)
Sam Rayburn (1882-1961), Speaker of the U-S House of Representatives:
"When you get too big a majority, you're immediately in trouble."
(AP, Internet, 2/10/97)
Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965), Supreme Court justice: "There is no inevitability
in history except as men make it."
(AP, Internet, 2/27/98)
Jose Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish philosopher. I am I plus my
circumstances. Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going
to do. "Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect; they mark
our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved
by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries."
(V.D.-H.K.p.370)(AP Internet, 3/20/97)(AP Internet, 7/31/97)(AP,
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), American author and poet: History
must stay open, it is all humanity.
(AP Internet, 9/20/97)
Walter Gropius (1883-1969), German-American architect: "The human mind
is like an umbrella. It functions best when open."
(AP Internet, 10/7/98)
Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), American author and poet: I found more joy
in sorrow / Than you could find in joy. "No one worth possessing can be
(AP Internet, 9/21/97)(AP Internet, 12/18/97)
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), American first lady: "You gain strength,
courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to
look fear in the face. ... You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
(AP Internet, 1/6/98)
Phyllis Bottome (1884-1963), English author: "There is nothing final
about a mistake, except its being taken as final." "Nothing ever really
sets human nature free, but self-control."
(AP Internet, 5/25/98)(AP, Internet, 3/299)
President Truman (1884-1972): "If there is one basic element in our
Constitution, it is civilian control of the military."
(AP, Internet, 1/17/99)
Florida Scott-Maxwell (1884-1979), American writer and psychologist:
Life is a tragic mystery. We are pierced and driven by laws we only half
understand, we find that the lesson we learn again and again is that of
accepting heroic helplessness.
(AP Internet, 9/2/97)
Sacha Guitry (1885-1957), French director, actor and dramatist: "The
little I know I owe to my ignorance." "You can pretend to be serious; but
you can't pretend to be witty."
(AP Internet, 5/27/98)(AP, Internet, 2/27/99)
Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), American: "There are two insults which no
human will endure: the assertion that he hasn't a sense of humor, and the
doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble."
(AP Internet, 6/26/98)
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), American poet and critic: "Literature is news
that stays news."
(AP Internet, 8/25/98)
Will Durant (1885-1981), American historian: "I think America is richer
in intelligence than any other country in the world; and that its intelligence
is more scattered than in any country of the world."
(AP, Internet, 4/17/99)
Will (1885-1981) and Ariel Durant (1898-1981), American historians:
History is mostly guessing, the rest is prejudice. He also said: To speak
ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves." "History repeats
itself in the large because human nature changes with geological leisureliness."
(AP Internet, 9/24/97)(SFEC,12/21/97, Z1 p.5)(AP Internet, 1/30/98)
Sister Elizabeth Kenny (1886-1952), Australian nurse: "Some minds remain
open long enough for the truth not only to enter but to pass on through
by way of a ready exit without pausing anywhere along the route."
(AP Internet, 11/25/97)
Robert Schuman (1886-1963), French statesman: When I was a young man
I vowed never to marry until I found the ideal woman. Well, I found her
-- but, alas, she was waiting for the perfect man.
(AP Internet 6/26/97)
Paul Tillich (1886-1965), American theologian: "The first duty of love
is to listen."
(AP, Internet, 11/28/97)
Rex Stout (1886-1975), American author: There are two kinds of statistics,
the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
(AP Internet 7/14/97)
Ruth Benedict (1887-1948), American anthropologist: "The passionate
belief in the superior worthwhileness of our children -- it is stored up
in us as a great battery charged by the accumulated instincts of uncounted
(AP Internet, 7/3/98)
Theresa Helburn (1887-1959), American theatrical producer: "One's lifework,
I have learned, grows with the working and the living. Do it as if your
life depended on it, and first thing you know, you'll have made a life
out of it. A good life, too."
(AP, Internet, 1/9/99)
Edna Ferber (1887-1968), American author: "There are only two kinds
of people in the world that really count. One kind's wheat and the other
(AP, Internet, 3/14/98)
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), American poet: "The passion for setting
people right is in itself an afflictive disease." "Psychology, which explains
everything, explains nothing, and we are still in doubt."
(AP, Internet, 2/17/98)(AP Internet, 11/15/98)
Mary Ellen Chase (1887-1973), American author: Suffering without understanding
in this life is a heap worse than suffering when you have at least the
grain of an idea what it's all for.
(AP Internet 6/23/97)
Samuel Eliot Morison (1887-1976), American historian: "If the American
Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it
would have been worthwhile."
(AP Internet 7/4/97)
Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979), French composer and teacher: "Loving a
child doesn't mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring
out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult."
(AP, Internet, 2/23/99)
George Abbott (1887-1995), American theatrical producer: "The great
temptation is to have an alibi."
(AP, Internet, 2/2/99)
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), New Zealander author: I do believe
one ought to face facts. If you don't they get behind you and may become
terrors, nightmares, giants, horrors. As long as one faces them one is
top dog. "To be wildly enthusiastic, or deadly serious -- both are wrong.
Both pass. One must keep ever present a sense of humour."
(AP Internet, 6/3/97)(AP Internet, 9/26/98)
Aline Kilmer (1888-1941), American poet: "Many excellent words are ruined
by too definite a knowledge of their meaning."
(AP, Internet, 2/5/99)
Joyce Cary (1888-1957), English author: "It is the tragedy of the world
that no one knows what he doesn't know -- and the less a man knows, the
more sure he is that he knows everything."
(AP, Internet, 1/30/99)
T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), American-Anglo poet and critic: "Those who say
they give the public what it wants begin by underestimating public taste
and end by debauching it."
(AP, Internet, 3/28/99)
Robert Benchley (1889-1945), American humorist: For a nation which has
an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush,
we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of
windows, just waiting.
(AP Internet, 9/18/97)
Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), Indian statesman: A man who is afraid
will do anything. "Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking
about things than to doing them."
(AP Internet, 9/27/97)(AP Internet, 12/28/97)
Arnold Joseph Toynbee (1889-1975), English historian: "The history of
almost every civilization furnishes examples of geographical expansion
coinciding with deterioration in quality." "Of the 20 or so civilizations
known to modern Western historians, all except our own appear to be dead
or moribund, and, when we diagnose each case ... we invariably find that
the cause of death has been either War or Class or some combination of
(AP, Internet, 3/24/98)(Historynet, 4/14/98)(AP Internet, 8/24/98)
Christopher Darlington Morley (1890-1957), American author-journalist:
Religion is an attempt, a noble attempt, to suggest in human terms more-than-human
realities. "My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but
not signed." "Truth is not a diet but a condiment."
(AP Internet, 11/1697)(AP Internet, 11/25/98)(AP, Internet, 1/19/99)
Gene Fowler (1890-1960), American journalist and author: "Men are not
against you; they are merely for themselves."
(AP, Internet, 5/6/98)
Boris Pasternak (1890-1960), Russian author: "No single man makes history.
History cannot be seen, just as one cannot see grass growing."
(AP Internet, 10/6/98)
Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970): "Nothing great will ever be achieved
without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be
(AP Internet, 11/22/98)
Eddie Rickenbacker (1890-1973): "If a thing is old, it is a sign that
it was fit to live. ... The guarantee of continuity is quality."
(AP Internet, 10/8/98)
Graucho Marx (1890-1977), comedian and actor: "There's one way to find
out if a man is honest--ask him. If he says 'yes,' you know he is crooked."
(AP Internet, 10/2/98)
Gerald W. Johnson (1890-1980), American journalist: What makes a leader
-- intelligence, integrity, imagination, skill: in brief, statecraft? Not
at all. It is the fact that the man has a following.
(AP Internet, 9/28/97)
Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), American author: Love is purely a
creation of the human imagination ... the most important example of how
the imagination continually outruns the creature it inhabits.
(AP Internet, 7/30/97)
Rose Kennedy (1890-1995): "I have always believed that God never gives
a cross to bear larger than we can carry. ... No matter what, God wants
us to be happy. He doesn't want us to be sad. Birds sing after a storm.
Why shouldn't we?"
(AP Internet, 7/25/98)
Thurman Arnold (1891-1969), American lawyer: "Dissent is not sacred;
the right of dissent is."
(AP Internet, 5/14/98)
David Sarnoff (1891-1971), American broadcasting pioneer: "Competition
brings out the best in products and the worst in people."
(AP Internet, 6/30/98)
Henry Miller (1891-1980), American author. "Until we lose ourselves
there is no hope of finding ourselves." "Like ships, men founder time and
(AP Internet, 3/16/97)(AP Internet, 5/2/98)
Wendell L. Willkie (1892-1944), American politician: "The Constitution
does not provide for first and second class citizens."
(AP, Internet, 4/14/99)
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), American author and poet: "It's
not love's going hurts my days / But that it went in little ways."
(AP, Internet, 3/4/98)
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), English author: "All that is gold does not
glitter; not all those that wander are lost."
(AP, Internet, 1/5/99)
Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), English poet and author: Summer makes
a silence after spring.
(AP Internet 6/21/97)
Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett (1892-1969), English author: "There are different
kinds of wrong. The people sinned against are not always the best."
(AP Internet, 10/21/98)
Walter C. Hagen, 1892-1969, American golfer: Don't hurry, don't worry.
You're only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers.
(AP Internet, 5/18/97)
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), American clergyman and author: God, give
us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage
to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other. The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan
values and ends is ... the source of all religious fanaticism.
(AP Internet, 5/4/97)(AP Internet, 11/2/97)
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), American author: The basic discovery about
any people is the discovery of the relationship between its men and women.
"It is no simple matter to pause in the midst of one's maturity, when life
is full of function, to examine what are the principles which control that
(AP Internet 6/18/97)(AP Internet, 6/27/98)
Dame Rebecca West (1892-1983), Irish author and journalist: "Those who
foresee the future and recognize it as tragic are often seized by a madness
which forces them to commit the very acts which makes it certain that what
they dread shall happen." "There is no such thing as conversation. It is
an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all."
(AP Internet, 9/5/98)(AP, Internet, 4/9/99)
George Aiken (1892-1984), U.S. Senator: "If we were to wake up some
morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed, and color, we
would find some other causes for prejudice by noon."
(AP, Internet, 4/11/99)
Helen Hathaway (1893-1932), American writer: "More tears have been shed
over men's lack of manners than their lack of morals."
(AP, Internet, 3/5/99)
Huey P. Long (1893-1935), American politician: It ain't enough to get
the breaks. You gotta know how to use 'em.
(AP Internet, 8/29/97)
Ernst Toller (1893-1939), German poet and dramatist: History is the
propaganda of the victors.
(AP Internet, 10/7/97)
Dorothy L. Sayers, 1893-1957, English author: The worst sin -- perhaps
the only sin -- passion can commit, is to be joyless.
(AP Internet, 5/17/97)
Evelyn Scott (1893-1963), American author: "I realized a long time ago
that a belief which does not spring from a conviction in the emotions is
no belief at all."
(AP, Internet, 4/5/99)
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967): Authors and actors and artists and such
/ Never know nothing, and never know much.
(AP Internet, 8/22/97)
Martha Graham (1893-1991), American modern dance pioneer: Censorship
is the height of vanity.
(AP Internet, 9/8/97)
Fred Allen (1894-1956), American comedian: "Television is a triumph
of equipment over people, and the minds that control it are so small that
you could put them in a gnat's navel with room left over for two caraway
seeds and an agent's heart."
(AP Internet, 6/3/98)
Dorothy Thompson (1894-1961), American journalist and author: "It is
not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that
ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives." "When liberty is
taken away by force, it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished
voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered."
(AP Internet, 1/19/98)
James Thurber (1894-1961), American humorist: "You can fool too many
of the people too much of the time." "It is better to know some of the
questions than all of the answers." "A lady of 47 who has been married
27 years and has six children knows what love really is and once described
it for me like this: 'Love is what you've been through with somebody."'
(AP Internet, 10/22/98)(AP, Internet, 1/1/99)(AP, Internet, 2/14/99)
e.e. cummings (1894-1962): "To be nobody but myself -- in a world which
is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to
fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop
(AP Internet, 10/14/98)
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), English author: "Most human beings have an
almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted." "Parodies and
caricatures are the most penetrating of criticisms."
(AP Internet 7/13/97)(AP Internet, 7/26/98)
Jack Benny (1894-1974), comedien: "Age is strictly a case of mind over
matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
(AP, Internet, 2/14/98)
Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894-1975), American singer and comedian: "The
teen-agers aren't all bad. I love 'em if nobody else does. There ain't
nothing wrong with young people. Jus' quit lyin' to 'em."
(AP Internet, 7/16/98)
George Meany (1894-1980), American labor leader: "The most persistent
threat to freedom, to the rights of Americans, is fear."
(AP Internet, 8/16/98)
Katherine Anne Porter (1894-1980), American author: "Love must be learned,
and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction,
but wants only to be provoked." "I do not understand the world, but I watch
(AP Internet, 1/25/98)(AP, Internet, 3/4/99)
Brooks Atkinson (1894-1984), American drama critic: "The most fatal
illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion,
a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one."
(AP, Internet, 1/24/99)
J.B. Priestley, British novelist (1894-1984): "The weakness of American
civilization, and perhaps the chief reason why it creates so much discontent,
is that it is so curiously abstract. It is a bloodless extrapolation of
a satisfying life. ... You dine off the advertiser's 'sizzling' and not
the meat of the steak."
(AP Internet, 9/13/98)
Adela Rogers St. Johns (1894-1988), American journalist: "Happiness
is a sort of atmosphere you can live in sometimes when you're lucky. Joy
is a light that fills you with hope and faith and love."
(AP Internet, 11/26/98)
Michael Arlen, English novelist (1895-1956): "Any man should be happy
who is allowed the patience of his wife, the tolerance of his children
and the affection of waiters."
(AP Internet, 9/27/98)
Anna Freud (1895-1982), Austrian-born psychoanalyst: "Creative minds
always have been known to survive any kind of bad training."
(AP Internet, 5/12/98)
R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983): The more we learn the more we realize
how little we know.
(AP Internet 7/1/97)
Robert Graves (1895-1985), English poet: "There's no money in poetry,
but then there's no poetry in money either."
(AP, Internet, 4/8/99)
Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986), Indian author and philosopher: "To seek
fulfillment is to invite frustration."
(AP Internet, 6/19/98)
Peter Cheyney (1896-1951), English author: "The line of least resistance
was always the most difficult line in the long run."
(AP Internet, 11/4/98)
Helen Merrell Lynd (1896-1982), American sociologist and author: "Our
whole life is an attempt to discover when our spontaneity is whimsical,
sentimental irresponsibility and when it is a valid expression of our deepest
desires and values." "One of the sources of pride in being a human being
is the ability to bear present frustrations in the interests of longer
(AP, Internet, 3/25/98)(AP Internet, 6/29/98)
Ruth Gordon (1896-1985), American actress and playwright: "I think there
is one smashing rule: 'Never face the facts."
(AP Internet, 2/6/97)
Virgil Thomson (1896-1989), American composer and critic: "The clearest
statement of principle goes bad if it is repeated too often. It ceases
to be a statement and becomes a slogan."
(AP Internet, 1/22/98)
George Burns (1896-1996) was born Nathan Birnbaum in New York City.
"By the time you're 80 years old, you've learned everything. You only have
to remember it."
(WSJ, 3/11/96, p. A1)(AP Internet, 1/20/98)
Bernard De Voto (1897-1955), American author, journalist and critic:
History abhors determinism, but cannot tolerate chance.
(AP Internet, 8/20/97)
William Faulkner (1897-1962): The poet's voice need not merely be the
record of man; it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure
(AP Internet, 9/25/97)
Lillian Smith (1897-1966), American writer and social critic: Education
is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience,
and has little to do with school or college.
(AP Internet, 11/13/97)
Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973), American author: "I speak the truth,
not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more,
as I grow older."
(AP, Internet, 3/23/98)
Amelia Earhart (1898-1937), American aviator: In soloing -- as in other
activities -- it is far easier to start something than it is to finish
it. Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
(AP Internet, 8/27/97)(AP Internet, 10/20/97)
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), British author: "Friendship is unnecessary,
like philosophy, like art. ... It has no survival value; rather it is one
of those things that give value to survival."
(AP Internet, 12/20/97)
Henry R. Luce (1898-1967), American magazine publisher: "Show me a man
who claims he is objective and I'll show you a man with illusions."
(AP, Internet, 3/9/98)
Malcolm Cowley (1898-1989), American author and critic: "Talent is what
you possess; genius is what possesses you."
(AP Internet, 5/26/98)
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), American author: "Never confuse motion
(AP Internet, 11/21/98)
William C. Menninger (1899-1966), American scientist, physician, engineer:
"It is difficult to give children a sense of security unless you have it
yourself. If you have it, they catch it from you."
(AP Internet, 4/9/98)
Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), Irish-born author: One can live in the
shadow of an idea without grasping it. "The charm, one might say the genius
of memory, is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental: it rejects the
edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing
a hunk of melon in the dust."
(AP Internet, 4/19/97)(AP Internet, 8/5/97)
Duke Ellington (1899-1974), American jazz artist: Love is indescribable
and unconditional. I could tell you a thousand things that it is not, but
not one that it is.
(AP Internet 7/15/97)
Erich Kastner (1899-1974), German author and poet: "The only people
who attain power are those who crave it."
(AP Internet, 12/1/98)
David E. Lilienthal (1899-1981), American public official: "A river
has no politics."
(AP Internet, 8/17/98)
E.B. White (1899-1985), American author and humorist: "People are, if
anything, more touchy about being thought silly than they are about being
thought unjust." "To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more
difficult with every year."
(AP Internet, 3/15/98)(AP Internet, 12/24/98)
Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938), American author: "All youth is bound to be
'misspent'; there is something in its very nature that makes it so, and
that is why all men regret it." "Loneliness ... is and always has been
the central and inevitable experience of every man."--From "You Can't Go
Home Again." "Spring has no language but a cry."
(AP Internet 7/28/97)(AP Internet, 9/18/98)(AP, Internet, 3/20/99)
Richard Hughes (1900-1976), Welsh author and dramatist: "Middle age
snuffs out more talent than ever wars or sudden deaths do."
(AP Internet, 8/1/98)
Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), American author and critic: "The people
who think they are happy should rummage through their dreams."
(AP Internet, 12/10/98)
Helen Gahagan Douglas (1900-1980), U.S. representative: "In trying to
make something new, half the undertaking lies in discovering whether it
can be done. Once it has been established that it can, duplication is inevitable."
(AP Internet, 6/15/98)
Louise Nevelson (1900-1988), Russian-American artist: I never liked
the middle ground -- the most boring place in the world.
(AP Internet 7/25/97)
Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938), American author: All youth is bound to be
'misspent'; there is something in its very nature that makes it so, and
that is why all men regret it.
(AP Internet 7/28/97)
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (1900-1948), American writer: "Nobody has ever
measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold." "By the time a person
has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and
the moment has long passed which determined the future."
(AP Internet, 11/24/97)(AP, Internet, 1/25/99)
Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American anthropologist: We must have ...
a place where children can have a whole group of adults they can trust.
It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never
label a necessary evil as good.
(AP Internet, 5/20/97)(AP Internet, 10/30/97)
Cornelia Otis Skinner (1901-1979), American actress and author: "One
learns in life to keep silent and draw one's own confusions."
(AP Internet, 10//98)
George H. Gallup (1901-1984), American pollster: I could prove God statistically.
Take the human body alone -- the chances that all the functions of an individual
would just happen is a statistical monstrosity.
(AP Internet, 11/9/97)
Chester Bowles (1901-1986), American diplomat, businessman, author and
politician: Government is too big and important to be left to the politicians.
(AP Internet 7/26/97)
Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), Russian-born American violinist: No matter
what side of an argument you're on, you always find some people on your
side that you wish were on the other side.
(AP Internet 7/24/97)
John Steinbeck (1902-1968), American author: A man, after he has brushed
off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean
question: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well -- or ill? "It is
the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him."
(AP Internet 6/27/97)(AP, Internet, 3/9/99)
Ogden Nash (1902-1971), American author and humorist: Vanity, vanity,
all is vanity/ That's any fun at all for humanity. "Winter comes but once
a year, And when it comes it brings the doctor good cheer."
(AP Internet, 10/24/97)(AP Internet, 12/21/98)
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), American author and philosopher: Our present
addiction to pollsters and forecasters is a symptom of our chronic uncertainty
about the future. ... We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical
tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the
entrails of a chicken. It almost seems that nobody can hate America as
much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish
it. "We do not usually look for allies when we love. Indeed, we often look
on those who love with us as rivals and trespassers. But we always look
for allies when we hate."
(AP Internet, 5/21/97)(AP Internet, 10/28/97)(AP Internet, 5/23/98)
Fernand Braudel (1902-1985), French historian: History may be divided
into three movements: what moves rapidly, what moves slowly and what appears
not to move at all.
(AP Internet, 9/5/97)
Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), English author: "News is what a chap who doesn't
care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read
it. After that it's dead."
(AP, Internet, 3/29/99)
Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968), American actress: The only thing I regret
about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again, I'd
make the same mistakes, only sooner.
(AP Internet, 5/28/97)
Anais Nin (1903-1977), American writer: People do not live in the present
always, at one with it. They live at all kinds of and manners of distance
from it, as difficult to measure as the course of planets. Fears and traumas
make their journeys slanted, peripheral, uneven, evasive.
(AP Internet, 9/7/97)
Harry Lewis Golden (1903-1981), American author, editor and publisher:
The imperceptible process of age has a point which, once passed, cannot
be retraced. I knew I had passed that point and was getting old the day
I noticed that all the cops looked so young.
(AP Internet, 10/10/97)
Alan Paton (1903-1988), South African author: "The tragedy is not that
things are broken. The tragedy is that they are not mended again."
(AP Internet, 7/7/98)
Moss Hart (1904-1961), American playwright and director: "The self-hatred
that destroys is the waste of unfulfilled promise."
(AP Internet, 8/18/98)
J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), American physicist: "In some sort
of crude sense which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite
extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which
they cannot lose." "As long as men are free to ask what they must,
free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can
never be lost, and science can never regress."
(AP Internet 7/16/97)(AP Internet, 1/26/98)
Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971), American photojournalist: "A burning
purpose attracts others who are drawn along with it and help fulfill it."
"To understand another human being you must gain some insight into the
conditions which made him what he is."
(AP Internet, 5/18/98)(AP, Internet, 4/10/99)
Betty Smith (1904-1972), American author: "I can never give a 'yes'
or a 'no.' I don't believe everything in life can be settled by a monosyllable."
(AP, Internet, 2/19/99)
Bergen Baldwin Evans (1904-1978), American author: "Freedom of speech
and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there
is no freedom of thought without doubt."
(AP Internet, 8/11/98)
William L. Shirer (1904-1993), American author and journalist: "History
must speak for itself. A historian is content if he has been able to shed
(AP Internet, 1/10/98)
Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961), U.N. Secretary-General: "A successful
lie is doubly a lie; an error which has to be corrected is a heavier burden
than the truth."
(AP Internet, 8/6/98)
Ivy Baker Priest (1905-1975), former U.S. treasurer Thought for Today:
"We seldom stop to think how many peoples' lives are entwined with our
own. It is a form of selfishness to imagine that every individual can operate
on his own or can pull out of the general stream and not be missed."
(AP Internet, 6/16/98)
Ilka Chase (1905-1978), author, actress and humorist: "You can always
spot a well-informed man -- his views are the same as yours."
(AP Internet, 12/23/97)
Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978), American poet and author: "Time is the
thief you cannot banish." "God knows that a mother needs fortitude and
courage and tolerance and flexibility and patience and firmness and nearly
every other brave aspect of the human soul. But because I happen to be
a parent of almost fiercely maternal nature, I praise casualness. It seems
to me the rarest of virtues." "History must always be taken with a grain
of salt. It is, after all, not a science but an art."
(AP Internet, 12/22/97)(AP Internet, 5/9/98)(AP Internet, 10/24/98)
Ayn Rand (1905-1982), Russian-born author: "Upper classes are a nation's
past; the middle class is its future." "So you think that money is the
root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of money?" "Civilization
is the progress toward a society of privacy."
(AP Internet, 4/30/97)(AP Internet, 5/13/98)(AP, Internet, 3/14/99)
Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), American author, poet and critic: "What
is man but his passion?"
(AP, Internet, 2/18/98)
Stanislaw J. Lec (1909-1966), Polish poet, author and satirist: "THINK
before you think!"
(AP Internet, 8/28/98)
Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), American historian and philosopher: "Real
stories, in distinction from those we invent, have no author. Although
history owes its existence to men, it is not 'made' by them." "Forgiveness
is the key to action and freedom."
(AP Internet, 5/7/97)(AP Internet, 8/15/98)
Gilbert Highet (1906-1978), Scottish-born American author and educator:
What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support
that and endure these for the promise of those?
(AP Internet, 11/4/97)
Richard Armour (1906-1989): "Shake and shake / The catsup bottle. /
None will come, / And then a lot'll."
(AP, Internet, 2/28/98)
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) Irish novelist-playwright: "We are all born
mad. Some of us remain so."
(AP Internet, 10/3/98)
Mike Todd (1907-1958), American movie producer: "I've never been poor,
only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary
(AP Internet, 12/5/98)
Rachel Carson (1907-1964), American biologist: "If a child is to keep
alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least
one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement
and mystery of the world we live in."
(AP Internet, 12/29/98)
James Ramsey Ullman (1907-1971), American author: To know a little less
and to understand a little more: that, it seems to me, is our greatest
(AP Internet, 8/21/97)
W.H. Auden (1907-1973), British poet: "Political history is far too
criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children
should acquire their heroes and villains from fiction."
(AP Internet, 4/15/98)
Laurence Olivier (1907-1989), British actor: "I take a simple view of
living. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it."
(AP, Internet, 3/18/98)
James Michener (1907-1997), American author: "Character consists of
what you do on the third and fourth tries."
(AP Internet, 2/4/97)
Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian novelist: "The only joy in the world
is to begin."
(AP, Internet, 3/16/99)
Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965), American broadcast journalist: "Most of
us probably feel we couldn't be free without newspapers, and that is the
real reason we want the newspapers to be free."
(AP, Internet, 2/26/98)
William Saroyan (1908-1981) In the time of your life, live -- so that
in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the
world, but shall smile to the infinite variety and mystery of it.
(AP Internet, 10/25/97)
Harriette Arnow (1908-1986), American author: "If a religion is unpatriotic,
it ain't right."
(AP Internet, 5/5/97)
Sylvia Ashton-Warner (1908-1984), New Zealander author and educator:
"Love has the quality of informing almost everything -- even one's work."
(AP Internet, 4/18/98)
Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher: "All sins are attempts
to fill voids." "Man alone can enslave man."
(AP Internet 12/10/97)(AP Internet, 8/23/98)
Errol Flynn (1909-1959), American actor: "It isn't what they say about
you, it's what they whisper."
(AP, Internet, 2/1/99)
Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997): "It is Christmas every time you
let God love others through you ... yes, it is Christmas every time you
smile at your brother and offer him your hand."
(AP Internet, 12/25/97)
Dame C.V. Wedgwood (1910-1997), English historian: "An educated man
should know everything about something, and something about everything."
(AP Internet 12/1/97)
Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), American gospel singer: "It's easy to be
independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't
got a thing -- that's the Lord's test."
(AP, Internet, 3/18/99)
Rosalind Russell (1911-1976), American actress: "Taste. You cannot buy
such a rare and wonderful thing. You can't send away for it in a catalogue.
And I'm afraid it's becoming obsolete."
(AP Internet, 4/20/97)
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), from "The Glass Menagerie": "Time is
the longest distance between two places."
(AP Internet, 12/26/98)
Lucille Ball (1911-1989), American actress-comedian: "I don't know anything
about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck
to me is something else: hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity
and what isn't."
(AP, Internet, 3/12/98)
George J. Stigler (1911-1991), American economist: "The trouble is that
hardly anybody in America goes to bed angry at night."
(AP, Internet, 1/23/99)
Mary McCarthy (1912-1989), American author: When writers come, I find
I'm talking all the time, exchanging thoughts I haven't exchanged for some
time. I get stupid in solitude.
(AP Internet, 11/8/97)
Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989), American historian: "If power corrupts,
weakness in the seat of power, with its constant necessity of deals and
bribes and compromising arrangements, corrupts even more."
(AP Internet, 9/22/98)
Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), American news commentator: "The biggest big
business in America is not steel, automobiles, or television. It is the
manufacture, refinement and distribution of anxiety."
(AP Internet, 5/8/98)
Studs Terkel (b.1912) American author: "Take it easy, but take it."
(AP Internet, 5/16/98)(Historynet, 5/16/98)
Bernard Malamud (1914-1986), American author: Life is a tragedy full
(AP Internet, 5/26/97)
Billie Holiday (1915-1959), American singer: "Sometimes it's worse to
win a fight than to lose."
(AP, Internet, 3/15/99)
Thomas Merton (1915-1968), American poet and author: "A happiness that
is sought for ourselves alone can never be found; for a happiness that
is diminished by being shared is not big enough to make us happy."
Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982), Swedish-born actress: Happiness is good
health and a bad memory.
(AP Internet 7/20/97)
Theodore H. White (1915-1986), American political writer: "To go against
the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every
day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can have."
(AP, Internet, 2/13/98)
Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986), American journalist: Men make counterfeit
money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.
(AP Internet, 8/8/97)
Arthur C. Clarke (b.1917), science fiction writer: "Any sufficiently
advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
(AP Internet 12/16/97)
Anwar Sadat (1918-1981), president of Egypt: "There can be hope only
for a society which acts as one big family, and not as many separate ones."
(AP Internet, 5/9/98)
Pearl Bailey (1918-1990), American singer and actress: "There is a way
to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you if you don't
repeat it." "A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no
love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth
is ever so alive."
(AP Internet 6/24/97)(AP Internet, 6/12/98)
Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990), American publisher: "When in doubt, duck."
(AP Internet, 5/5/97)
Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990), Canadian-born educator and author of
The Peter Principle: A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he's
crossing a one-way street.
(AP Internet, 8/11/97)
James Baldwin (1924-1987), American author: "People are trapped in history
and history is trapped in them." "The price one pays for pursuing any profession,
or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side."
(AP, Internet, 3/1/98)(AP Internet, 12/18/98)
Malcolm X (1925-1965): "You can't separate peace from freedom because
no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."
(AP, Internet, 2/21/99)
Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968): The free way of life proposes ends, but
it does not prescribe means.
(AP Internet, 6/5/97)
Medgar Evers (1926-1963), American civil rights activist: "You can kill
a man but you can't kill an idea."
(AP, Internet, 4/4/99)
R.D. Laing (1927-1989), Scottish psychiatrist: "We live in a moment
of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present
only when it is disappearing."
(AP, Internet, 1/31/99)
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968), civil rights leader, was born in
Atlanta: "A man can't ride your back unless it's bent." "The old law about
'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind." "I refuse to accept the idea
that the 'is-ness' of man's present nature makes him morally incapable
of reaching up for the 'ought-ness' that forever confronts him."
(AP Internet, 1/15/98)(SFC, 5/16/98, p.E3)(AP, Internet, 1/15/99)
King Baudouin I (1930-1993) of Belgium: America has been called a melting
pot, but it seems better to call it a mosaic, for in it each nation, people
or race which has come to its shores has been privileged to keep its individuality,
contributing at the same time its share to the unified pattern of a new
(AP Internet, 9/14/97)
John Lennon (1940-1980): "The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened
of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, illusions,
wars, peace, love, hate, all that. Unknown is what it is. Accept that it's
unknown and it's plain sailing."
(AP Internet, 12/8/98)
Janis Joplin (1943-1970), American rock singer: Don't compromise yourself.
You are all you've got.
(AP Internet, 8/19/97)
Jim Morrison (1943-1971), American rock singer: "When you make your
peace with authority, you become authority."
(AP Internet, 11/11/98)
Gilda Radner (1946-1989), American comedian: "I wanted a perfect ending.
... Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some
stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not
knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it,
without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity."
(AP Internet, 5/20/98)
Renata Adler, American writer: "Bored people, unless they sleep a lot,
(AP Internet, 7/6/98)
Richard Avedon, American fashion photographer: I think charm is the
ability to be truly interested in other people.
(AP Internet, 11/7/97)
Phyllis Battelle, American journalist: "If you haven't had at least
a slight poetic crack in the heart, you have been cheated by nature."
(AP, Internet, 4/15/99)
Saul Bellow, American author: "A man is only as good as what he loves."
(AP, Internet, 4/4/98)
Ken Burns, film maker, "The great arrogance of the present is to forget
the intelligence of the past."
(SFC, 4/18/98, p.C3)
Kenneth Bancroft Clark, American educator and psychologist: "Pride,
like humility, is destroyed by one's insistence that he possesses it."
(AP Internet, 8/1/97)
John Barth, American author: "Everyone is necessarily the hero of his
own life story."
(AP Internet, 8/2/97)
O.A. Battista, Canadian-born author-scientist: "Nothing has more lives
than an error you refuse to correct."
(AP Internet, 12/5/97)
Douglass Cater, American author and educator: "If power corrupts, being
out of power corrupts absolutely."
(AP, Internet, 3/12/99)
Alistair Cooke, British-born American journalist and broadcaster: "As
I see it, in this country (America) -- a land of the most persistent idealism
and the blandest cynicism -- the race is on between the decadence and its
(AP, Internet, 3/30/98)
Marcelene Cox, American writer: No one knows his true character until
he has run out of gas, purchased something on the installment plan and
raised an adolescent.
(AP Internet, 8/24/97)
Lowell Darling: (1968) If you don't like the new, make the news.
(SFEM, 1/19/96, p.11)
Milovan Djilas, Yugoslav author and politician: "The strongest are those
who renounce their own times and become a living part of those yet to come.
The strongest, and the rarest."
(AP Internet, 10/18/98)
Margaret Drabble, British author: Nothing succeeds, they say, like success.
And certainly nothing fails like failure.
(AP Internet, 9/1/97)
Peter F. Drucker, American government official: "It was naive of the
19th century optimists to expect paradise from technology -- and it is
equally naive of the 20th century pessimists to make technology the scapegoat
for such old shortcomings as man's blindness, cruelty, immaturity, greed
and sinful pride."
(AP Internet, 2/2/97)
Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat: "History teaches us that men and nations
behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives."
(AP Internet, 6/17/98)
Clifton Fadiman, American author, editor and radio personality: "We
are all citizens of history."
(AP Internet, 12/15/98)
Betty Friedan, American feminist and author: "It is easier to live through
someone else than to become complete yourself."
(AP Internet, 8/26/98)
John Kenneth Galbraith, American economist: "Only the man who finds
everything wrong and expects it to get worse is thought to have a clear
(AP Internet, 5/30/98)
John W. Gardner, U.S. government official: "The conventional notions
of happiness cannot possibly be taken seriously by anyone whose intellectual
or moral development has progressed beyond that of a three-week-old puppy."
"The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a
humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an
exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither
its pipes nor its theories will hold water."
(AP Internet, 9/28/98)(AP Internet, 10/29/98)
Althea Gibson, American tennis champion: No matter what accomplishments
you make, somebody helps you.
(AP Internet, 8/23/97)
Nikki Giovanni, American author and poet: Everything will change. The
only question is growing up or decaying. "Most of us love from our need
to love, not because we find someone deserving."
(AP Internet, 9/16/97)(AP, Internet, 4/2/99)
Barry M. Goldwater in Jul 16, 1964 accepting the Republican presidential
nomination in San Francisco, said extremism in the defense of liberty is
no vice and that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
(AP Internet 7/16/97)
Stephen Jay Gould: In the heat of immediate enthusiasm, we often mistake
transient fashion for permanent enlightenment.
(NH, 6/97, p.20)
Shirley Ann Grau, American: "Haven't you ever noticed how highways always
get beautiful near the state capital?"
(AP Internet, 5/29/98)
Charlotte Greenwood , American actress-comedian: "Temperament is temper
that is too old to spank."
(AP, Internet, 2/18/99)
Judith Guest, American author: "To have reason to get up in the morning,
it is necessary to possess a guiding principle. A belief of some kind.
A bumper sticker, if you will."
(AP Internet, 1/3/98)
Margaret Halsey, American writer: The role of a do-gooder is not what
actors call a fat part.
(AP Internet, 10/2/97)
Joseph Heller, American author: "It is the anonymous 'they,' the enigmatic
'they' who are in charge. Who is 'they'? I don't know. Nobody knows. Not
even 'they' themselves."
(AP Internet, 8/8/98)
Celeste Holm, American actress: "We live by encouragement and die without
it -- slowly, sadly and angrily."
(AP, Internet, 2/15/98)
Bob Hope: "You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than
(AP Internet, 5/29/97)
William James: Forgetting is as important as remembering.
(SFEC, 7/27/97, Z1 p.7)
Elizabeth Janeway, American author: "If every nation gets the government
it deserves, every generation writes the history which corresponds with
its view of the world."
(AP Internet, 5/19/98)
Erica Jong, American author: "Jealousy is all the fun you think they
(AP Internet, 1/23/98)
Bel Kaufman, American author and educator: "Children are the true connoisseurs.
What's precious to them has no price -- only value."
(AP Internet, 10/13/98)
Stanley Kauffmann, American film and theatre critic: "The next great
step of mankind is to step into the nature of his own mind."
(AP Internet, 11/20/98)
Lane Kirkland, American labor leader: "The usefulness of a meeting is
in inverse proportion to the attendance."
(AP Internet, 10/5/98)
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, former U-S ambassador to the United Nations: "History
is a better guide than good intentions."
(AP Internet, 5/15/98)
Henry Kissinger: History is not, of course, a cookbook offering pretested
recipes. It teaches by analogy, not by maxims. It can illuminate the consequences
of actions in comparable situations, yet each generation must discover
for itself what situations are in fact comparable. "The illegal we do immediately.
The unconstitutional takes a little longer."
(SFEC, 2/1/98, Z1p.8)
Stanley Kubrick, American movie director: "If you can talk brilliantly
about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been
(AP, Internet, 2/6/99)
Maxine Kumin, American poet: "The time on either side of 'now' stands
(AP, Internet, 2/7/99)
Ursula K. Le Guin, American author: "It is good to have an end to journey
towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."
(AP Internet, 1/2/98)
Fran Lebowitz, American satirist: "The telephone is a good way to talk
to people without having to offer them a drink."
(AP Internet, 9/19/98)
Eda J. LeShan, American educator: "What intellectual snobs we have become!
Virtue is now in the number of degrees you have -- not in the kind of person
you are or what you can accomplish in real-life situations."
(AP Internet, 6/13/98)
Russell Lynes, American editor and author: "The only graceful way to
accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can't ignore it, top it; if you
can't top it, laugh at it; if you can't laugh at it, it's probably deserved."
(AP, Internet, 4/16/99)
Marcel Marceau (b. Mar 22, 1923) French mime: "I do not get my ideas
from people on the street. If you look at faces on the street, what do
you see? Nothing. Just boredom."
(AP Internet, 3/22/97)(Historynet, 3/22/97)
Ashley Montagu, English anthropologist: "Human beings are the only creatures
who are able to behave irrationally in the name of reason."
(AP Internet, 2/7/97)
Jeanne Moreau, French actress: "We have so many words for states of
the mind, and so few for the states of the body."
(AP Internet, 11/17/98)
H.H. Munro (Saki): A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
(SFEC, 7/27/97, Z1 p.7)
Iris Murdoch, Irish author: We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion.
The great task in life is to find reality.
(AP Internet, 9/6/97)
Joyce Carol Oates, American author: "The worst cynicism -- a belief
(AP Internet, 7/13/98)
Sean O'Faolain, Irish author: "God made the grass, the air and the rain;
and the grass, the air and the rain made the Irish; and the Irish turned
the grass, the air and the rain back into God."
(AP, Internet, 3/17/98)
Eugene McCarthy, former U.S. Sen.: "An efficient bureaucracy is the
greatest threat to liberty."
(AP Internet, 7/30/98)
Charlotte Painter, American writer and educator: "If a thing is absolutely
true, how can it not also be a lie? An absolute must contain its opposite."
(AP Internet, 8/20/98)
Grace Paley, American writer: "Rosiness is not a worse windowpane than
gloomy gray when viewing the world."
(AP Internet, 12/23/98)
Adelia Prado, Brazilian poet: "Suffering belongs to no language."
(AP Internet, 8/26/97)
Leontyne Price, American opera singer: "If you're not feeling good about
you, what you're wearing outside doesn't mean a thing."
(AP, Internet, 3/7/99)
Agnes Repplier, American essayist: "The clearsighted do not rule the
world, but they sustain and console it."
(AP Internet, 10/1/98)
Adrienne Rich, American poet: "Only where there is language is there
(AP, Internet, 4/7/97)
Anne Roe, American psychologist: "Freedom breeds freedom. Nothing else
(AP, Internet, 1/6/99)
Marilyn von Savant: The true test of a genius is the ability to see
the follies of one's own times. The ability to change one's own times is
the true test of a leader. And the ability to do both is the true test
of a visionary who will never be elected.
(SFEC, 8/10/97, Par p.5)
Ryotaro Shiba, Japanese novelist: A country whose textbooks lie... will
(SFC, 8/30/97, p.A12)
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer: "Your friend will argue with
(AP Internet, 2/3/97)
Susan Sontag, American author and critic: "The only interesting answers
are those which destroy the questions." "He who despises himself esteems
himself as a self-despiser."
(AP Internet, 9/23/97)(AP Internet, 4/8/98)
Muriel Spark, Scottish author: Art and religion first; then philosophy;
lastly science. That is the order of the great subjects of life, that's
their order of importance.
(AP Internet, 9/3/97)
Sir Stephen Spender, British poet and critic: "History is the ship carrying
living memories to the future."
(AP, Internet, 4/6/99)
Tom Stoppard, Czechoslovak-born British author and dramatist: "It's
not the voting that's democracy -- it's the counting."
(AP Internet, 11/3/98)
Gay Talese, American author and journalist: "The real problem is what
to do with the problem solvers after the problems are solved."
(AP Internet, 11/30/98)
Diana Trilling, American author and literary critic: "There's much to
be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it."
(AP Internet, 12/4/98)
Kurt Vonnegut, American author: "We are what we pretend to be so we
must be careful what we pretend to be."
Eudora Welty, American author: "Out of love you can speak with straight
(AP, Internet, 3/27/98)
Harry Westcott, lay preacher of the Cedar Waters Christian nudist resort
in Nottingham, N.H., held that: Dancing is a vertical manifestation of
a horizontal desire.
(WSJ, 8/11/97, p.A8)
Tom Wolfe, author: "It's the kiss of death for a writer to think he's
summing up the age. The only way to do it is [like] Blazac and Zola - to
plunge into the world around you."
(SFEM, 11/29/98, p.20)
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