Some Favorite Quotes

“He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak.”  – Michel de Montaigne

“Let us give nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.”                      – Michel de Montaigne

“Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.”  – Michel de Montaigne

“Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens.”  – Michel de Montaigne

“When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.”                    – Michel de Montaigne

“Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.”  – Thomas Gray

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”  –  Isaac Asimov

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”  –  E.L. Doctorow

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”  –  Gustave Flaubert 

“He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.”  – Jose Rizal

“There can be no tyrants where there are no slaves.”  –  Jose Rizal

“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.”  –  F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Patriotism is like religion; It is the egg from which wars hatch.”  – Guy de Maupassant 

“Each government also has a duty to avoid war as a ship’s captain must avoid a shipwreck.”  – Guy de Maupassant

“Writing is like prostitution.  First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends and then for money.”  – Molière

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands, and then eat just one of the pieces – Judith Viorst

“Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.”  – Mark Twain

“Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”  – Mark Twain

“It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.”  – Thomas Paine

“The world is my Country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”              – Thomas Paine

“Suspicion is the companion of mean souls and the bane of all good society.”                         – Thomas Paine

“A long habit of thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”  – Thomas Paine

“Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.” – John Steinbeck

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”   – Stephen Hawking

You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.” – Charles Chaplin

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”   –  Carl Sanburg

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.”   –  Plutarch

“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.”   –  Plato

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths you Can’t Avoid

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“In the true sense one’s native land, with its background of tradition, early impressions, reminiscences and other things dear to one, is not enough to make sensitive human beings feel at home.”
– Emma Goldman

“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”
– Mark Twain

“Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
– Albert Einstein

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.”
– Albert Einstein

“Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them!”
– Albert Einstein

“I want to cultivate the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.”

– Kathe Kollwitz

“Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship’s captain has to avoid a shipwreck.”
– Guy de Maupassant

‘When Walt Whitman said that who touches this book touches man, I feel that he could have been speaking for me. I like you to open my door the way you open a book, a book that leads into a magic world in your imagination.
– George Whitman

“For sleep, one needs endless depths of blackness to sink into; daylight is too shallow, it will not cover one.”
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.”
– Guy de Maupassant

“A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.”
– H. L. Mencken

“A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.”
– H. L. Mencken

“A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.”
– H. L. Mencken

“A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.”
– H. L. Mencken


6 thoughts on “Some Favorite Quotes”

  1. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Hmm… time to dig out Le Petit Prince again.

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