We lack imagination and repress it in others.
Sin: that which is unnecessary … civilization is based entirely on sin.
“‘In the beginning was the Word’. Why is that, Papa?”
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.
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?
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.
Circumstances alter cases.
We must know how to disobey.
A cynic has been defined as one who knows the price of things, but not their value.
Asleep at the wheel and proud of it
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Industrialism shattered culture.
The buck stops here.
|(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.
Parental rights must not be taken away, and parental responsibilities must not be foisted upon others.
Government: the subjection of the noninvasive individual to an external will.
God gave the American people three inestimably precious things: freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and the good sense never to practice either.
It was no place for a Presbyterian … and I didn’t remain one very long.
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.
There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
The source of all humor is not laughter but sorrow.
Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves, and how little we think of the other person.
What I’ve done in the past is a history;
What I do in the future is a mystery.
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.
AKA: Lord Woodhouselee [1748 – 1813]