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There are those who seek the path to truth and those who decide what they want truth to be and seek a crooked enough path to bring them there.

He who expends many words to explain a simple idea is usually engaged in hiding the truth in his many words rather than revealing it.



Albert Einstein


Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. 

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. 

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity. 

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.  

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.

When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.

Mark Twain

Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.

Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.

The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.

Man is the Only Animal that Blushes. Or needs to.

Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else.

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.


Confucius

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.

I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.

There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth...lust. When he is strong...quarrelsomeness. When he is old...covetousness.

Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.


Benjamin Franklin

A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.

God heals, and the doctor takes the fees.

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

If you wouldst live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life.

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price.

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.

Who is wise? He that learns from every One.
Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions.
Who is rich? He that is content.
Who is that? Nobody.

You may delay, but time will not.

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.

Perhaps the history of the errors of mankind, all things considered, is more valuable and interesting than that of their discoveries. Truth is uniform and narrow; it constantly exists, and does not seem to require so much an active energy, as a passive aptitude of the soul in order to encounter it. But error is endlessly diversified; it has no reality, but is the pure and simple creation of the mind that invents it. In this field the soul has room enough to expand herself, to display all her boundless faculties, and all her beautiful and interesting extravagancies and absurdities.

Fish and visitors smell in three days.

Wish not so much to live long as to live well.


George Washington

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

It's wonderful what we can do if we're always doing.

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.


J.R.R. Tolkien

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.

I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence.

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.

It's a dangerous business going out your front door.

There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.

The wise speak only of what they know.


Courage is found in unlikely places.

He who breaks a thing to find out what it is, has left the path of wisdom.

Good Morning? What do you mean? Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good on this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on? 

It's wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope.

It must often be so when things are in danger: someone has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.

I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge.


Fair speech may hide a foul heart.

To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face.

The wide world is all about you; you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.

Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible; and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works, or of the kinds of writing that they evidently prefer.

He should not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.

So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending.

The wolf that one hears is worse than the orc that one fears.


Ronald Reagan

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.

Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

Don't be afraid to see what you see.

Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.

Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.

I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'.

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

Man is not free unless government is limited.

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size.

Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.

Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.

Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.

Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.

The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.

There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.

To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat you he will.

We are never defeated unless we give up on God.

We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.

Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face.

Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.