If i am not for myself... who will
If i am only for myself... what am i?
If not now... when?
- Rabbi Hillel
Be the change that you want to see
in the world.
- M. K. Gandhi
...the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions.
- Thomas Szasz
What is the most important for democracy
is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should
not remain in the same hands.
- Alexis de Tocqueville
If I die, I forgive you; if I live, we shall see....
- Spanish Proverb
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror
that reflects it.
- Edith Wharton
It's not rebels that make trouble,
but trouble that makes rebels.
- Ruth MESSINGER
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent
All cruelty springs from weakness.
There is only one good, knowledge;
one evil, ignorance.
Tit for tat
The first job of a government is to maintain justice (not
- Allan BOESAK
You might as well fall flat on your
face as lean over too far backward.
- James THURBER
It is with life as with a play; it matters not how long it is, but how
good it is.
We are faced with insurmountable
Men always want to be a woman's first love;
Women have a more subtle instinct;
what they like is to be a man's last romance.
- Oscar WILDE
The people I admire most are those who are sensitive
and want to create something or discover something, and do not see life
in terms of power.
- E. M. FORSTER
Is it true?
Is it necessary?
Is it kind?
The 3 most important things in the world are first Honesty, then Goodness,
- Ho Dixiang (?)
The ideals that have lighted my
way, and time after time have given me courage to face life cheerfully
have been kindness, beauty and truth.
Trends will come and trends will go, but
meeting the needs of your customer,
taking care of your employees,
and being responsible to the communities in which we live and work
are basic values that will never go out of style.
- Brian D. PERKINS as quoted by Faith POPCORN The Popcorn Report, 1991, p.239
Du militas, tria profitas.
(Two fight, a third profits.)
Our age is characterized by a perfection of means and a confusion of
Believe those who are seeking truth.
Don't believe those who have found it.
- Andre GIDE
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can
change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret MEAD
In Germany they first came for the communists
and i didn't speak up because i was not a communist.
Then they came for the Jews
and i didn't speak up because i was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists
and i didn't speak up because i was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics
and i didn't speak up because i was a Protestant.
Then they came for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.
- Pastor Martin NIEMOLLER
Your silence will not protect you.
- Audre LOURDE
Treat your enemy today as if he might be your ally tomorrow.
It's not philanthropy. It's a clever stroke of business..
- Andrew CARNEGIE when asked why he gave money to build free public libraries
Mortigu kokon por timigi simion. (in Esperanto)
(Kill a cock to intimidate a monkey.)
- Chinese proverb
It will not end soon!
Take time now!
To know how to free oneself is nothing,
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre GIDE
The "seven social sins" that can destroy a nation:
- politics without principle
- wealth without work
- commerce without morality
- pleasure without conscience
- education without character
- science without humanity
- worship without sacrifice
- Mohandas GANDHI
As far as i'm concerned,
being any gender is a drag.
- Patti SMITH
How to give charity, from the most meritorious to the least meritorious:
1. Enabling the recipient to become self-reliant
2. Giving when neither party knows the other's identity
3. Giving when you know the recipient's identity, but the recipient doesn't know your identity
4. Giving when you do not know the recipient's identity, but the recipient knows your identity
5. Giving before being asked
6. Giving after being asked
7. Giving less than you should, but giving it cheerfully
8. Giving begrudgingly
- I read that for the Jews there are levels of charity. This is a description i found on the 'net. I think the original is better.
Circumstance has made us neighbors;
let justice make us friends.
Do something, even if it's wrong.
- Marie (she meant "get off your butt")
Don't just stand there, do something!
- common phrasing
Don't just do something. sit there!
- Zen call for meditation
The true meaning of life is to plant
trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something
else is more important than fear.
- Ambrose Redmoon
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he
uses to frighten you.
- Eric Hoffer
If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us.
- Francis Bacon
It is better that ten guilty escape than one innocent
- William Blackstone
Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither,
in my opinion, is safe.
- Edmund Burke
Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no
- Marcus Tullius Cicero De Officiis
Justice is incidental to law and order.
- J. Edgar Hoover !
You can tell whether a man is clever
by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib, Mahfouz
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the
audience is deaf.
- Walter Lippman
If you tell the truth, you don't
have to remember anything.
- Mark Twain
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable,
must be the truth.
- Conan Doyle
It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know
that you would lie if you were in his place.
- H. L. Mencken
The truth shall make you free, but first it shall make you angry.
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
- Henry David Thoreau
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw
Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it's hard to get it back in!
- H.R. Haldeman
Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.
Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't
- Beverly Sills
The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything -- and
- William Strong
Defeat is not the worst of failures.
Not to have tried is the true failure.
- George E. Woodberry
If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have
- Maya Angelou
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of
- Albert Einstein
Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
- Lily Tomlin
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction
of being loved for yourself, or more correctly, being loved in spite of
- Victor HUGO
The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
- Salvador Dali
Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it
does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
- Sloan Wilson
To laugh often and much; to win
the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn
the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a
little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed
social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you
have lived. This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Always design a thing by considering
it in its next larger context - a chair in a room, a room in a house, a
house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.
- Eliel SANRINEN
Trust in Allah, but tie your camel.
- Arabic proverb
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
- Mahatma GANDHI
A Galileo could no more be elected president of the United States than
he could be elected Pope of Rome. Both high posts are reserved for men
favored by God with an extraordinary genius for swathing the bitter facts
of life in bandages of self-illusion.
- H. L. MENCKEN
Don't mourn. Organize!
- Joe HILL
An injustice to one is an injustice
- union slogan
Unions: the people who brought you
- bumper sticker
The executive exists to make sensible exceptions to general rules.
- Elting E. MORISON
Success is a journey, not a destination.
- Ben SWEETLAND
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred
days of sorrow.
- Chinese proverb
The great end of life is not knowledge
- Thomas Henry HUXLEY
If you want children to improve, let them hear
the nice things you say about them to others.
- Dr. Haim GINOTT
If the only tool you have is a hammer,
you tend to see every problem as a nail.
- Abrahm MASLOW
It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have
to do that makes life blessed.
Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I am somehow less interested in
the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty
that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.
- Jay Gould
The most serious threat to democracy
is the notion that it has already been achieved.
- Author unknown
Democracy is not something you have, it's something you do!
We must love them both --
those whose opinions we share, and
those whose opinions we reject.
For both have labored in the search for TRUTH
and both have helped us in the FINDING of it.
- St. Thomas Aquinas
El pueblo unido jamas sera' vencido! (Spanish)
La unuighinta popolo neniam estos venkita! (Esperanto)
The people, united, will never be defeated.
In the beginning the Universe was
created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded
as a bad move.
- Douglas Adams
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build
bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce
bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
- Rich Cook
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe
is that it has never tried to contact us.
- Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson)
When Buddha was first enlightened, those around him questioned him on
"Are you a god?", they said.
"No.", he replied.
"Are you a saint?", they asked.
"No.", he replied.
"What _are_ you?", they inquired.
He thought about this for a moment, and said, "I am awake."
We are convinced that freedom without
Socialism is privilege and injustice, and that Socialism without freedom
is slavery and brutality
- Mikhail Bakunin
I see no problem with legal prostitution. In the words of George Carlin "Selling is legal. F**king is legal. Why isn't selling f**king legal?"
It's not the repression by the bad people that hurts- it's the silence
of the good
- Martin Luther KING Jr
The lesson is simple, the truth is complicated, the path is always open.
Some fear death, they hope to avoid it.
Some bring death, they hope to control it.
Some chase death, they hope to confront it.
Some live life, they understand the nature of death.
- some Zen thing
Work like hell
Tell everyone everything you know
Close a deal with a handshake
- Doc Edgerton 1903-1990
One is not born a woman, one becomes
- Simone de Beauvoir
Little girls shouldn't treat
Little boys they happen to meet
Like little Gods.
- Voice of the Beehive
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign,
that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
- Jonathan Swift
Courage is the price that Life exacts
for granting peace, The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little
- Amelia Earhart
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!
- Karen KREJCHA
Throughout the history of mankind
there have been murderers and tyrants; and while it may seem momentarily
that they have the upper hand, they have always fallen. Always.
- M.K. GANDHI
The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
- G.B. SHAW
In New York City in 1985, 311 people were bitten by rats...
1,519 were bitten by other people!
Don't worry. Be happy!
- Meher BABA (made famous by the Bobby MCFERREN song)
Do your best! Don't worry. Be happy!
- my improvement
The proper function of man is to
live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.
- Jack LONDON
Those who think they have not time
for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
- Edward STANLEY, the Earl of Derby, 1873
A society with too few independent thinkers is vulnerable to control
by disturbed and opportunistic leaders. A society which wants to create
and maintain a free and democratic social system must create responsible
independence of thought among its young.
- John DEWEY
I do not feel obliged to believe that same God who endowed us with sense,
reason, and intellect, had intended for us to forgo their use.
There are really not many jobs that
actually require a penis or a vagina, and all other occupations should
be open to everyone.
- Gloria STEINEM
We don't waste people the way white society does. Every person has their
- Crow Indian
... I was reminded of a remark of Willa Cather's, that you can't paint
sunlight, you can only paint what it does with shadows on a wall. If you
examine a life, as Socrates has been so tediously advising us to do for
so many centuries, do you really examine a life, or do you examine the
shadows it casts on other lives? Entity or relationships? Objective reality
or the vanishing point of a multiple perspective exercise? Prism or the
rainbows it refracts? And what if you're the wall? What if you never cast
a shadow or rainbow of your own, but have only caught those cast by others?
- from The Spectator Bird de Wallace STEGNER p. 162
I may not believe in what you say, but I will fight to
the death for your right to say it.
When i give food to the poor they
call me a saint.
When i ask why the poor have no food they call me a communist.
- Dom Helder CAMARA Brazil
He prayed - it wasn't my religion.
He ate - it wasn't what i ate.
He spoke - it wasn't my language.
He dressed - it wasn't what i wore.
He took my hand - it wasn't the color of mine.
But when he laughed - it was how i laughed,
and when he cried - it was how i cried.
- Amy MADDOX, 16, Underneath We're All the Same
Each time you love
love as deeply
as if it were
only nothing is
Speak proudly to your children
wherever you may find them
you are the offspring of slaves
and your mother was
- Audre LOURDE
Be quick to praise,
slower to criticize.
in the end,
the love you take
is equal to the love
- The Beatles