Sunday, May 06, 2007

You Know What They Say

Yep, time again for some more quotations that have been collecting dust around here. I'm pretty sure that all of them come from the wonderful A Word a Day, which you ought to be subscribing to if you're not already, even though that means you will have already seen most of the quotations I post here. But that's your problem, not mine.

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace. -Andre Gide, author, Nobel laureate (1869-1951)

Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right. -Carl Schurz, revolutionary, statesman and reformer (1829-1906)

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

The automobile has not merely taken over the street, it has dissolved the living tissue of the city. Its appetite for space is absolutely insatiable; moving and parked, it devours urban land, leaving the buildings as mere islands of habitable space in a sea of dangerous and ugly traffic. -James Marston Fitch, historic preservationist (1909-2000)

History is a vast early warning system. -Norman Cousins, editor and author (1915-1990)

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. -Henry Ford, industrialist (1863-1947)

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. -Faith Baldwin, novelist (1893-1978)

Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we resort to to hide them. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld, writer (1613-1680)

Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched. -Guy de Maupassant, short story writer and novelist (1850-1893)

Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade in which you're not really interested in order to get where you're going. -Christopher Morley, writer (1890-1957)

War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands. -H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through. -Paul Valery, poet and philosopher (1871-1945)

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy? -Ursula K. Le Guin, author (1929- )

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