Richard's Favorite Quotes
“We may have come here on different ships but we are all in the same boat now.” – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“There is no logic in obeying an unjust law.” – Malcolm X
“I am a peace-loving man. I believe that it ought to be the first wish of every honest man to live in tranquility of mind… I am sorry that all kings and princes are not of this humor.” – Peter Paul Rubens, 17th Century Artist
“I would rather have it bent and dull… put it on the grindstone… hammer it into shape and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say… well-oiled in the closet, but unused.” – Ernest Hemingway, 20th Century Author
“Of a cubist picture one asks: ‘What does that represent?’ Of a surrealist picture, one sees what it represents but one asks: ‘What does that mean?’ Of a ‘paranoiac’ picture one asks abundantly: ‘What do I see? What does that represent? What does that mean?’” – Salvador Dali y Domenech, 20th Century Artist
“By whatever means necessary.” – Malcom X
“Don’t Panic.” – Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” – Malcolm X
“You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views, which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.” – Tom Baker, Doctor Who, S14:E16 The Face of Evil: Part Four
“This world is turning into a cesspool of imbeciles.” – Harlan Ellison
“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man, for precisely the same reasons.” – Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
“It’s not the size of your planet, but it’s income, that matters.” – 264th Rule of Acquisition
“If, of all the many truths there are, you follow one blindly, it becomes a falsehood — and you a fanatic.” – Mrs. Smith (aka. Mom)
“We probably could have saved ourselves, but we were too damned lazy to try very hard… and too damn cheap.” – Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), who carved it into a wall on the Grand Canyon as a message for extraterrestrial visitors
“You don't trust me, do you? I don't blame you. If there is to be a brave new world, our generation is going to have the hardest time living in it.” – Chancellor Gorkon, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” – Sir Winston Churchill
“That which is Fundamental Truth, the Substantial Reality, is beyond true naming, but the Wise men call it The All.” – Old Egyptian Proverb
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams (1722-1803), Massachusetts Patriot, Boston Tea Party, known as the ‘Father of the American Revolution’
“Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are to finishing it. You take diplomacy out of a war and the thing would fall flat in a week.” – Will Rogers
“Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.” – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, 3rd U.S. President
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