Quotes: T

We lack imagination and repress it in others.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Sin: that which is unnecessary … civilization is based entirely on sin.

Tarkovsky, The Sacrifice

“‘In the beginning was the Word’. Why is that, Papa?”

Tarkovsky, The Sacrifice

It’s hard to think critically if you’re laughing.


The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the rellection of his own face.

William Makepeace Thackeray

It is all vanity to be sure: but who will not own to liking a little of it? I should like to know what well-constituted mind, merely because it is transitory, dislikes roast beef?

William Makepeace Thackeray

Henry David Thoreau has his own quotes module here.

We both alike know that in the discussion of human affairs the question of justice only enters where there is equal power to enforce it, and that the powerful exact what they can, and the weak grant what they must.


God is a symbol of God.

Paul Tillich

Circumstances alter cases.

Geoffrey & Kathleen Tillotson

We must know how to disobey.

André Thirion

A cynic has been defined as one who knows the price of things, but not their value.

The Tillotsons

Asleep at the wheel and proud of it

Alvin Toffler

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

Alvin Toffler

Industrialism shattered culture.

Alvin Toffler

The buck stops here.

Harry Truman
(A buck is the token in poker passed around the table to indicate who’s dealing the cards.)
(Truman seems to have meant that he’d take responsibility, be accountable:
yet casino rules are that the house always deals: whether or not that house is crooked.)

All external government is tyranny.

Benjamin Tucker

Parental rights must not be taken away, and parental responsibilities must not be foisted upon others.

Benjamin Tucker

Government: the subjection of the noninvasive individual to an external will.

Benjamin Tucker

God gave the American people three inestimably precious things: freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and the good sense never to practice either.

Mark Twain

It was no place for a Presbyterian … and I didn’t remain one very long.

Mark Twain (on visiting the wild west)

I keep regular health habits: I never smoke more than one cigar at a time; I eat when I’m hungry; and I get up when I wake up.

Mark Twain

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

Mark Twain

The source of all humor is not laughter but sorrow.

Mark Twain

Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves, and how little we think of the other person.

Mark Twain

What I’ve done in the past is a history;
What I do in the future is a mystery.

Mike Tyson

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

Alexander Fraser Tytler
AKA: Lord Woodhouselee [1748 – 1813]
(attribution unverified)

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About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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