"Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes.
That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and
you have their shoes."

— Ann Brashares


"So tell me, what is it you intend to do with your one wild and precious life?"

—Mary Oliver, American poet


"You may not believe in irony, but irony believes in you."

—anonymous, quoted by Eric Alterman


"You must have chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star."

—Frederick Nietzsche


"No artist tolerates reality."

—Frederick Nietzsche


"If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less
but to dream more, to dream all the time."

—Marcel Proust


"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act."

—George Orwell


"It's not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true."

—Henry Kissinger


"I do know I'm ready for the job. And if not, that's just the way it goes."

—George W. Bush 8.21.00


"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."

—Edward R. Murrow


"Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act."

—Albert Einstein


"Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility."

—James Thurber


"A country is not only what it does—it is also what it puts up with, what it tolerates."

—Kurt Tucholsky


"We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom."

—Stephen Vincent Benét


"The older we get, the more we become like ourselves."



"If once a man indulges himself in murder,
very soon he comes to think little of robbing;
and from robbing he comes next to drinking and sabbath-breaking,
and from that to incivility and procrastination."

—Thomas DeQuincey, 1785-1859


"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal,
well-meaning but without understanding." 

—Louis D. Brandeis


"Life is short; live it up!"

—Nikita Krushchev


"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry.
I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff."

—Mariah  Carey


"If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom."

—Robert Frost


"What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know, it's what we know for sure that just ain't so."

—Mark Twain


"Judge me on the content of my character, not the underwear on my head."

—Bill of Portland, ME (dailykos.com)


"Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world
is either a madman or an economist."

—Kenneth Boulding, economist


“The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

—Rosa Parks


"The universe is full of magical things,
patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

—Eden Phillpotts


"Where am I going? And why am I in this hand basket?"



"We're lost but we're making good progress."

—Yogi Berra


"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."

—Winston Churchill


"Even if you win the rat race, you're still a rat."

—attributed to both William Sloane Coffin and Lily Tomlin


"I don't know what weapons World War Three will be fought with,
but World War Four will be fought with sticks and stones."

—Albert Einstein


"To sin is a human business, to justify sins is a devilish business."

—Leo Tolstoy


"Humor is reason gone mad." 

—Groucho Marx


"Daylight-Savings Time is a good idea because the extra hour of sunlight
in the spring and summer months is good for the crops."

Jim Greene, Letter to Editor, SF Chronicle


"Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see."

—John Lennon, "Strawberry Fields"


"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads.
One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness.
The other, to total extinction.
Let us pray we have the wisdom
to choose wisely."

—Woody Allen