A Few Favorite Quotes

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HERE ARE A FEW STATE­MENTS that I fan­cied when I read them. I orig­i­nally placed them in the sidebar on the home­page of this site but in 2022, side­bars are no longer hip. In fact, most on­line ex­perts about things on­line sug­gest doing away with side­bars com­pletely! Me, I like side­bars but I com­pro­mised with the pros by dras­ti­cally re­ducing the length of mine. 

But not wanting to simply delete the quotes that I had col­lected, I moved them here. They’re in no order and they cer­tainly don’t make some kind of co­he­sive state­ment. So it goes . . .




“So long as opinion is strongly rooted in the feel­ings, it gains rather than loses in­sta­bility by having a pre­pon­der­ating weight of ar­gu­ment against it. For if it were ac­cepted as a re­sult of ar­gu­ment, the refu­ta­tion of the ar­gu­ment might shake the so­lidity of the con­vic­tion; but when it rests solely on feeling, the worse it fares in ar­gu­men­ta­tive con­test, the more per­suaded ad­her­ents are that their feeling must have some deeper ground, which the ar­gu­ments do not reach; and while the feeling re­mains, it is al­ways throwing up fresh en­trench­ments of ar­gu­ment to re­pair any breach made in the old.”

– John Stuart Mill


“Memory is the seam­stress, and a capri­cious one at that. Memory runs her needle in and out, up and down, hither and thither. We know not what comes next, or what fol­lows after. Thus, the most or­di­nary move­ment in the world, such as sit­ting down at a table and pulling the ink­stand to­wards one, may ag­i­tate a thou­sand odd, dis­con­nected frag­ments, now bright, now dim, hanging and bob­bing and dip­ping and flaunting, like the un­der­linen of a family of four­teen on a line in a gale of wind.” 

– Vir­ginia Woolf


“Every­body does better when every­body does better.”

– Jim High­tow­er’s Daddy


“The first prin­ciple is that you must not fool your­self and you are the eas­iest person to fool.”

– Richard Feynman


“So many people have so much time and en­ergy in­vested in cog­ni­tive dis­so­nance as a lifestyle choice that they’re never gonna give up on it now.”

– Nealism


“A man is to be cheated into pas­sion, but to be rea­soned into truth.”

– John Dryden


“Rea­soning will never make a man cor­rect an ill opinion, which by rea­soning he never acquired”

– Jonathan Swift


“What has not been rea­soned in, cannot be rea­soned out.”

– Sydney Smith


“Al­ways tell the truth! It makes your lies that much more believable.”

  – Nealism


“All the an­gels are gone. There’s only devils left.”

– John Dutton


“My life has been full of ter­rible mis­for­tunes, most of which never happened.”

– Michel de Montaigne


“You don’t fight fas­cism be­cause you’re going to win. You fight fas­cism be­cause it is fascist.”

– Jean-Paul Sartre


“There is more stu­pidity than hy­drogen in the uni­verse, and it has a longer shelf life.”

– Frank Zappa


“Not every­thing that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

– James Baldwin


“If women learned to read there seemed to be a pos­si­bility that some day some good man might come home and find his wife reading, and the dinner not ready—and nothing could be imag­ined more hor­rible than that! That seems to be the haunting fear of mankind—that the ad­vance­ment of women will some­time, someway, some­place, in­ter­fere with some man’s comfort.”

– Nellie L. McClung


“What people call the Christmas spirit [is] a kind of dream or hope we carry with us from child­hood. But as adults ... we’re im­bued by the prag­matic rou­tines of life, which makes it dif­fi­cult for us to re­gard any­thing with child­like wonder. But, you know, it’s al­right for us to try. We put on silly hats and drape trees with sparkly lights and wrap gifts in garish paper and that’s good for us. It’s not only al­right for us to allow chil­dren the tran­sient ex­pe­ri­ence of in­no­cence and joy, it’s our responsibility.”

– Lance Sweets


“‘What saves a man is to take a step ... then an­other step.”

— An­toine de Saint-Exupéry


“The old dreams were good dreams. They didn’t work out, but I’m glad I had them.”

– Robert Kincaid


“Fas­cists in a democ­racy de­mand the right of free speech, but once in power will ab­solutely, de­fin­i­tively, not grant it to anyone other than them­selves. That’s their trick and they know it per­fectly well.”

– William Gibson


“Ex­tra­or­di­nary claims re­quire ex­tra­or­di­nary evidence”

– Carl Sagan


“Ex­tra­or­di­nary con­ser­vatism keeps us ex­tra­or­di­narily ignorant.”

– Avi Loeb


“If you value the wrong things, it doesn’t matter how hard you work, you’re going to end up in the wrong place. If you ask the wrong ques­tions, it doesn’t matter how much data you col­lect, your an­swers will be meaningless.”

– Mark Manson


“When someone shows you who they are, be­lieve them the first time. People know them­selves much better than you do. That’s why it’s im­por­tant to stop ex­pecting them to be some­thing other than who they are.”

– Maya Angelou


“Some­times fear needs fearing more than the things we fear.”

– Eliz­a­beth Bligh 


“If you think hiring a pro­fes­sional is ex­pen­sive, wait until you see the cost of hiring an amateur.”

– Nealism


“Un­lim­ited tol­er­ance must lead to the dis­ap­pear­ance of tol­er­ance. If we ex­tend un­lim­ited tol­er­ance even to those who are in­tol­erant, if we are not pre­pared to de­fend a tol­erant so­ciety against the on­slaught of the in­tol­erant, then the tol­erant will be de­stroyed, and tol­er­ance with them. We should, there­fore, claim, in the name of tol­er­ance, the right not to tol­erate the intolerant.”

– Karl Popper


A state of skep­ti­cism and sus­pense may amuse a few in­quis­i­tive minds. But the prac­tice of su­per­sti­tion is so con­ge­nial to the mul­ti­tude that, if they are forcibly awak­ened, they still re­gret the loss of their pleasing vision.”

– Ed­ward Gibbon


“Time is a cre­ated thing. To say, ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’”

– Lao Tzu


“Clearly, any real body must have ex­ten­sion in four di­rec­tions: it must have length, breadth, thick­ness, and duration.”

– H.G. Wells


When you speak truth to power, power fights back.”

– Alexan­dria Octavia-Cortez


“People like us, who be­lieve in physics, know that the dis­tinc­tion be­tween past, present, and fu­ture is only a stub­bornly per­sis­tent illusion.”

– Al­bert Einstein


“Until you value your­self, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do any­thing with it.”

– M. Scott Peck


“The fu­ture has a way of ar­riving unannounced.”

– George F. Will


“Right now, I’m having am­nesia and déjà vu at the same time. I think I’ve for­gotten this before.”

– Steven Wright


How did it get so late so soon?”

― Dr. Seuss


“I don’t trust any­body I’m not close enough to kill.”

– Kelly Burkhardt


“The basic tool for the ma­nip­u­la­tion of re­ality is the ma­nip­u­la­tion of words. If you can con­trol the meaning of words, you can con­trol the people who must use them.”

– Philip K. Dick


“When everyone is a they, then everyone is no one.”

— Nealism


“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble—it’s what you know that just ain’t so.”

– Mark Twain


“I have lived with sev­eral Zen mas­ters, all of them cats.”

– Eck­hart Tolle