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History “I yield to no one in my admiration for heroism and ability, no matter which side of the line a man was

born or fought on when the war broke out.” -- Shelby Foote "History ought never to be confused with nostalgia. It's written not to revere the dead, but to inspire the living. It is part of our cultural bloodstream, the secret of who we are. And it tells us to let go of the past, even as we honour it; to lament what ought to be lamented; and to celebrate what should be celebrated." -- Simon Schama, "A History of Britain" “In the end, history, especially British history with its succession of thrilling illuminations, should be, as all her most accomplished narrators have promised, not just instruction but pleasure.” -- Simon Schama, "History of Britain" “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” -- George Santayana “In its Greek origins, historia meant inquiry, and from Thucydides onwards, the past has been studied to understand its connections with the present.” -- Simon Schama “When Cromwell instructed his portraitist to paint him ‘warts and all’, he meant both halves of that equation. To teach the warts alone is morbid and unhealthy.” -- Mark Steyn, "The Spectator" “Time's glory is to calm contending kings, to unmask falsehood, and to bring truth to light.” -- Oedipus Rex No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read. -- David McCullough We must not look at the past with the enormous condescension of posterity. -- EP Thompson "History is written by the winners." — George Orwell At the bidding of a Peter the Hermit millions of men hurled themselves against the East; the words of a hallucinated enthusiast such as Mahomet created a force capable of triumphing over the Graeco-Roman world; an obscure monk like Luther bathed Europe in blood. The voice of a Galileo or a Newton will never have the least echo among the masses. The inventors of genius hasten the march of civilization. The fanatics and the hallucinated create history. -- Gustave Le Bon

In Italy under the Borgia’s, they had 30 years of warfare, terror, murder & bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, DaVinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love and 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The Cuckoo Clock. -- Orson Welles as Harry Lime in "The Third Man" History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up. --Voltaire "A great man represents a strategic point in the campaign of history, and part of his greatness consists of his being there." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes Freedom does not always win. This is one of the bitterest lessons of history. -- A.J.P. Taylor Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. -- Mignon McLaughlin HISTORY, n. An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools. PEACE, n. In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting. -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary Well behaved women rarely make history. -- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich K is for KENGHIS KHAN. He was a very nice person. History has no record of him. There is a moral in that, somewhere. -- Harlan Ellison, "From A to Z in the Chocolate Alphabet" "The real story of our times is seldom told in the horse-puckey-filled memoirs of dopey, selfserving presidents or generals, but in the outrageous, demented lives of guys like Lenny Bruce, Giordano Bruno, Scott Fitzgerald — and Paul Krassner. The burrs under society's saddle. The pains in the ass." -- Harlan Ellison I against my brother, I and my brother against our cousin, I, my brother and our cousin against the neighbors, all of us against the foreigner. -- Bedouin proverb I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. -- John Adams

"The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary" Draft : The White people sending black people to fight yellow people to protect the country they stole from red people. The martyr dies. friendship.Niccolo Machiavelli The great nations have always acted like gangsters and the small nations like prostitutes. -." -. n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils. n : In international politics. but it is very necessary to appear to have them." -. respect. however upright. an imaginary line between two nations. and his rule begins. -.James Rado Therefore it is unnecessary for a prince to have all the good qualities I have enumerated.Napoleon Bonaparte "I don't think we poisoned him.Anton Chekhov.Ambrose Bierce. -. Conservative. separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of another. his rule ends.Stanley Kubrick No character. do not unite people as much as a common hatred of something.Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Love. -. "Notebooks" Boundary.The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. but we don't poison them. So it is with great men who died centuries ago. -. is a match for constantly reiterated attacks. -. we blow them up. but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities. They can reply: Just think of all the evil that we could have done and have not done. We stifle people. That's not the way we do things.Alistair Horne." -. for I intend to write it. n : In political geography. the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pocket that they cannot separately plunder a third. -. however false.Søren Kierkegaard History is a lie agreed upon.Winston Churchill Politics The great of this world are often blamed for not doing what they could have done. . Alliance. who wishes to replace them with others. -. on the mysterious death of Napoleon "Of course history will be kind to me. as distinguished from a Liberal.Kahlil Gibran "The tyrant dies.

or any way better than the rest of us that you have to be wary of.Ambrose Bierce . – Galileo The most precious gift God gave humans is reason.. I mean. Knowledge (science) is the best form of prayer. and intellect. -. and social ties. To know the human environment. do I have to spell it out for you dummies? Think!" —Huey Freeman. Its best use is the search for knowledge. -. The Boondocks Religion A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy.Fatima Mernissi The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. had intended for us to forgo their use. if he had the power. mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he. is to know God.John Stuart Mill "In Attack of the Clones. to start a war. would be justified in silencing mankind. of things without parallel. to know the earth and galaxies.George Bernard Shaw Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge.. -.-. reason. It's people who claim that they're good. -. 48% indignation and 50% envy. — Boq. Wicked Conscience : The inner voice which warns us that someone might be looking -. He then uses that war to expand his own powers and create a massive military machine that will eventually oppress the galaxy as a fascist regime. no religious basis is necessary. which he was secretly in league with. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.Vittorio De Sica I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who endowed us the sense. -. education.Albert Einstein People who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us. -. the president of the Republic uses the threat of a powerful foreign enemy.HL Mencken Moral indignation is in most cases 2% moral..Alexander Hamilton If all mankind minus one were of one opinion. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.

Buddha I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church.Thomas Jefferson If God is omnipotent. by the Turkish church.every man must get to heaven in his own way.George Santayana. -. it dreamt of infinite bliss’s and crowns it should be crowned with before an electrified universe and an applauding God. But after observation and analysis. then accept it and live up to it. and by rulers as useful. It looked beyond.for.65 A. -. -. and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.. -. Christianity sought to purge it with fire. . and burned. Like a hound it tracked the very scent of heresy. by the Roman church.Friedrich Nietzsche Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. whence evil? If God wills to prevent evil but cannot. then he is not good.David Hume. omniscient and wholly good. by the Greek church. -.. and nursed furious hatreds and ambitions. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. by the wise as false. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. tortured. -. by the Protestant church. If He can prevent evil but does not." . then He is not omnipotent. he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear. All this would have been impossible if. It kindled wars. 18th century Scottish philosopher Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution. Buddhism had tried to quiet a sick world with anesthetics. -.Thomas Paine Question with boldness even the existence of a God.Bertrand Russell All religions must be tolerated. -. because. quite like Mohammedism. if there be one.C. nor by any church that I know of.) .Unknown Religion is regarded by the common people as true. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.Frederick II Christianity persecuted.Faith : Not wanting to know what is true. extermination and tyranny. like Buddhism.. -. In either case he is not God.. when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all. My own mind is my own church.D. It sanctified. it had looked only for peace and the liberation of souls.. "The Life of Reason" "I am treated as evil by those who feel persecuted because they are not allowed to force me to believe as they do.Seneca the Younger (4 B.

Horoscope seen in "The Onion" "Do you believe in the devil? You know." -. on religious wars "Heaven for climate. Hobbes.H." -. Chesterton "You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain—then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. -." -. "Job: A Comedy of Justice" The Bible is the greatest hoax in all history. do the Christian Scriptures make the father of knowledge a serpent: slimy. The leading characters of the Old Testament would today be in the penitentiary and those of the New would be under observation in psychopathic wards. L."I count religion but a childish toy. -. you may be sure. -.Robert A. a supreme evil being dedicated to the temptation." -. Mencken It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.Christopher Marlowe "Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought. -. and destruction of man?" "I'm not sure that man needs the help." -.Mark Twain on the afterlife alternatives You'll never be quite the same again after that Bible you've been thumping all these years finally has enough and beats the living shit out of you.Calvin. And hold there is no sin but ignorance. it's a lousy way to run a universe. Hell for society. Heinlein.Calvin. "Calvin & Hobbes" A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven.Calvin & Hobbes No efficiency.Charles Smith . I tell you.Graham Greene "Not by accident.Gilbert K. sneaking and abominable. "Calvin & Hobbes" It's hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning. Is that the system? -. corruption.Rich Jeni. No accountability. -." -.

-.H.Bill Maher. You see that's what happens when you mix New Testament and Old Milwaukee.Thomas H. though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry. Mencken God.Bruce Sterling. darling. Huxley It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics.Soren Kierkegaard .." "I remember. -. -. Man had nothing to do with him. -.Ambrose Bierce.George Santayana "Do you remember. The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.Winston Churchill Heaven doesn't want me and hell is scared I am going to take over.Mark Twain It is as respectable to be a modified monkey as modified dirt. at the 2006 Emmys Pray : To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy. -. -.. L. -. because Christ wasn't a woman.Sojourner Truth If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be: A Christian." "I was wrong. It had become obvious that he was never going to do a thing I said. Abelard. Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman. -. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.Havelock Ellis "The President said that Gold told him to invade Iraq." -. -. "Schismatrix" I am ready to meet my Maker.Eve Toth I must find a truth that is true for me.That man says women can't have as much rights as men. Being God is better.Quentin Crisp The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum." -. -. -.Once I told you that ecstasy was better than being God. from whose territory I had withdrawn my ambassadors at the age of fourteen.

“There are truths which are not for all men. therefore. Others dream things that never were and ask why not. Now that isn't enough.Voltaire “Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy. -. the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.George Bernard Shaw Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.John Milton.Alex P. Keaton. or the crier that proclaims who are conquerors? -. -. All progress. "Family Ties" Tis better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven.Voltaire Ambition When I was young.Colm O'Rourke The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. -. -. crush the infamous thing.Ben Franklin It is the greatest ability to be able to conceal one's ability. depends upon the unreasonable man. and love those who love you.Duc de la Rochefoucauld . -. a conqueror in the Olympic games. -.George Bernard Shaw Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. -.Oscar Wilde Some men see things as they are and ask why.” -. nor for all times.Homer We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars. -.Marianne Williamson In every person there is the capacity to do something really special.Voltaire “Whatever you do.” -. -.” -. "Paradise Lost" Which would you rather be. The unreasonable man adapts the world to himself. all I wanted was to be ruler of the universe.

Money can’t buy happiness. "The London Times" The grand essentials of life are something to do. if you refuse to accept anything but the best.Editorial. study what you most affect. -. To succeed one must have wealth.Joseph Addison Sensible people find nothing useless. we do all we can to destroy it. called pride in midlife.Joseph Addison One's religion is whatever he is most interested in. -. But it helps you look for it in a lot more places. in "Babylon 5" . In brief.Lady Morella. -. something to love and something to hope for. it is dismissed in old age and reconsidered in death — because we cannot tolerate greatness in our midst. At all costs one must have wealth. and to know that you are at the best second rate. "The Telegraph" No profit grows where is no pleasure taken. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do. People are often justified in being unhappy about their circumstances and surroundings. The God of this century is wealth. -.Vincent Van Gogh. -. -. and you will never work a day in your life -. I can think of nothing more soul destroying in life than to persist in trying to do a thing you want desperately to do well. you very often get it. Discontent and ambition have driven humanity to confront and overcome the challenges they faced.Confucius Every man loves what he is good at. -. -. With such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.Oscar Wilde It's a funny thing about life. "Fables" A good life is not always a happy one. -. and yours is Success.Somerset Maugham Greatness is never appreciated in youth.Jean de la Fontaine.1 Find a job that you love. "Taming Of The Shrew": 1.Thomas Shadwell Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck.Shakespeare. -. What this century worships is wealth. sir.Frank Furedi. -. -.Agatha Christie Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons.

as they must.Shakespeare. Thoughts on Various Subjects Education Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. a Pascal. but never a Socrates. First-rate pursuits — involving. Education is a great shield against experience. a Churchill.Malcolm Muggeridge Superior ability breeds superior ambition.Spock. flying thought the stratosphere or landing on the moon.Napoleon A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions. that there's a temptation to miss your own life in pursuing the lives of your betters. Star Trek Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. "Julius Caesar" When a true genius appears in this world.Robertson Davies.Jonathan Swift.Goethe It is only possible to succeed at second-rate pursuits—like becoming a millionaire or a prime minister. character is best formed in the stormy torrents of the world. a Roosevelt can feel themselves to be successful. A Napoleon. ready-made and all from the best shops. which is none the less the only one worthy of serious attention. there are no solids in the universe. -. you know. "World Of Wonders" . a Blake. There are no straight lines.TS Eliot He thinks too much. seducing beautiful women. It offers so much. Such men are dangerous. It makes you wise in some ways. -.James Russell Lowell Talents are best nurtured in solitude. -. -. Therein lies the inevitability of failure in embarking upon its quest. "Space Seed". -. There are no surfaces. winning a war. that all the dunces are all in confederacy against him. -. .R. but it can make you a blindfolded fool in others. There are no absolute continuums.Ability is of little account without opportunity. trying to understand what life is about and trying to convey that understanding — inevitably result in a sense of failure. Understanding is for ever unattainable. -. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. Buckminster Fuller They're all so highly educated. -. For example. you may know him by this sign. -.

Epictetus. from the elementary schools to the universities. there of necessity will be much arguing. "In Search of a University".Bertrand Russell A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. an aristocracy. based on logic and evidence. to accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete. for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making. -. not stupid. and children are students together. The schools are not nurseries of progress and improvement.Eric Hoffer To create a community of radical scholars.Franklin Delano Roosevelt To accuse others for one's misfortunes is a sign of want of education. -. --John Milton Our whole educational system. and as the mold in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government. The implications of having so many people so incapable of confronting opposing arguments with anything besides . they are made stupid by education.A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car.John Stuart Mill. or a majority of the existing generation. -. to accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun." -. parents. The University Game Where there is much desire to learn. -. that should be our goal. leading by a natural tendency to one over the body. -. is increasingly turning out people who have never heard enough conflicting arguments to develop the skills and discipline required to produce a coherent analysis. where grandparents. -. in proportion as it is efficient and successful. imitators. but conservatories of tradition and unvarying modes of thought.Howard Adelman. "The Encheiridon" "A general State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly like one another. The truly human society is a learning society. but if he has a university education he may steal the whole railroad. whether this be a monarch. it establishes a despotism over the mind. but have mastered them nonetheless.Ludwig Von Mises Men are born ignorant. "On Liberty" Education rears disciples.George Santayana The central task of education is to implant a will and facility for learning. men and women who recognize that rules and social conventions are arbitrary. and routinists. -. a community which shares such a scorn and disrespect for the present society that it can embrace the whole bundle of rules and subvert them thereby. many opinions. it should produce not learned but learning people. much writing. not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses.

and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. It pulls knowledge from God knows where.Anna Quindlen. Stupidity has saved many a man from going mad. A good parent remembers what it was like to be a child.Roger Ebert.Antoine De Saint-Exupery. and then we know that we have looked back through the ivory gates into that world of wonder that was ours. Lovecraft. It stretches before them in long. empty hours. of plains that stretch down to sleeping cities of bronze and stone. "Celephais" I got a fortune cookie that said. — Dorothy Thompson "A weak mind isn't strong enough to hurt itself. reviewing "Smooth Talk". A good judge remembers what it was like to be a lawyer.ad hominem responses reach far. A good editor remembers being a writer.Doctor Frank Reeves. It leaps with great ellipses. Some of us awake in the night with strange phantasms of enchanted hills and gardens. somewhere else. "To remember is to understand. -." -. of fountains that sing in the sun. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.Quentin Crisp Knowledge & Genius The kind of intelligence a genius has is a different sort of intelligence. but these others — these waiting ones — seem to be the victims of time. of golden cliffs overhanging murmuring seas. -.H." I have never forgotten it.P. and of shadowy companies of heroes that ride caparisoned white horses along the edges of thick forests. -. It is a need to be someone else. "Chicago Sun Times" "My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it. "A Matter of Life and Death" . The thinking of a genius does not proceed logically. "Thinking Out Loud" There is a certain kind of teenager who always seems to be waiting for something. before we were wise and unhappy. -.Thomas Sowell Childhood "Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves.Quentin Crisp "The young always have the same problem — how to rebel and conform at the same time. The Little Prince." -." -. You can look at them and almost literally see the need in their eyes. -. Some live in the moment.

Owen Meredith Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence. Simply put . -. like parachutes.Oliver Wendell Holmes. and a sense of humour was provided to console him for what he is. -.Rene Descartes The secret isolated joy of the thinker. --Oliver Goldsmith .Henrik Tikkanen Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.Ludwig Borne Minds. wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman. -. that great characters are formed. and in cold weather becomes frozen. stagnant water loses its purity. men who never heard of him will be moving to the measure of his thought.” -. who knows that. doing what is impossible for talent is genius. -. --Oscar Wilde Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant. work only when open. John Quincy Adams Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not. Iron rusts from disuse. a hundred years after he is dead and forgotten.I think. -. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. letter to her son and future President. Great necessities call our great virtues. even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. -. Doing easily what others find difficult is talent. When a mind is raised. Analects Some faults are so closely allied to qualities that it is difficult to weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue. or the repose of a pacific station. -.Abigail Adams.Henri-Frederic Amiel Genius does what it must. except one thing. --Sir James Dewar. and Talent does what it can. Scottish scientist. therefore I am. and that is the very fact that I doubt. -.Confucius.Leonardo Da Vinci I can doubt everything.These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life. and animated by scenes that engage the heart.

Inarticulate wretches have been behind most of the major advances in civilization. computer programmers . pitch manure. program a computer.EE Cummings. "Money.Robert Heinlein." -. means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight. if not mad." -. balance accounts. Dream.James Gleick Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. and never stop fighting. but there is no happiness without action. but be not afraid of greatness. But the genes wouldn't let him. and that would be that. design a building. give orders.seem.mathematicians. butcher a hog. Some are born great. "Twelfth Night" Life Try to be nice to people. and some have greatness thrust upon them. and received a big turn out at his funeral.William Shakespeare. some achieve greatness. The Irish Independent "Geniuses of certain kinds .Mark Twain Action may not always bring happiness.Robert A. -. Catch the trade winds in your sails.Benjamin Disraeli To be nobody-but-yourself. Heinlan. The Notebooks of Lazarus Long Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. cooperate. then he might have become an excellent painter-decorator. Specialization is for insects. to make you everybody else. at least lacking in the social skills most easily identified with sanity. Discover. from Monty Python A human being should be able to change a diaper. -.Albert Einstein In my stars I am above thee. So throw off the bowlines. -. write a sonnet. analyze a new problem.Declan Lynch. comfort the dying. night and day. -. "Why don't they-" is almost always. Sail away from the safe harbour. chess players. -. set a bone. "A Poet's Advice" "Why don't they make more science fiction movies?" The answer to any question starting. get a bit of exercise now and again and read a few good books. take orders. cook a tasty meal. -. plan an invasion. fight efficiently. -. solve equations. "Shooting Destination Moon" . conn a ship.The Meaning Of Life. build a wall. die gallantly. act alone. If Vincent Van Gogh had been able to get on with his neighbors. -. in a world which is doing its best. Explore.

— Winston Churchill People People are illogical. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor . Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.I will need them all. people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Help people anyway. Do good anyway. Be honest and frank anyway. it's up to you. If you do good. —The Paradoxical Commandments "I have ever hated all nations.David H. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Sometimes. Fight for a few underdogs anyway. He may not have one. professions and communities. and self-centered.) . Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth. Build anyway. Peter." -. Succeed anyway. Comins "My new catchphrase is: 'Pull yourself together.' I've done the inner child. Do good anyway.I don’t expect to be happy… it’s gotten beyond that somehow.People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first..Jonathan Swift Never appeal to man's "better nature". Give the world the best you have anyway. you will win false friends and true enemies. (Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. you must do what is required. -. although I heartily love John." -. principally I hate and detest that animal called man.Sheila Hancock Don’t wish me happiness . it is not enough to do your best. unreasonable. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. and all my love is toward individuals. If you are successful. I've had analysis.Anne Morrow Lindbergh Sometimes. Thomas and so forth. -.. Think big anyway. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Love them anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. I've decided that unless you're mentally ill and need support.

L. -. But how can he accomplish this law. and I feel that my responsibility is to drag the human race along with me. or speak down to. I am an elitist. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. of all that I have been seen done. who finds pleasure in weeping and who even invents fiction to make himself weep..William F. by man shall his blood be shed? -. . "Time Enough For Love" Man is never honestly the fatalist. There are deep wells of strength that are never used. no doubt.Harlan Ellison "We dump toxic waste in our oceans and air to weed out the weak! We detonate atomic devices in our only biosphere! We nailed our God to a tree! We are the Human Race! Don't fuck with us!" — Internet quote The philosopher can even discover how permanent carnage is provided for and ordained in the grand scheme of things.Salman Rushdie. for it favors the strong and the brave. that I will never pander to. St. This fighting. "Midnight's Children" It is a love/hate relationship I have with the human race. Yet who will kill him who kills everything else? Man! It is man himself who is charged with slaughtering man. I believe in my neighbors. Mencken Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling in them. he who is a moral and merciful being. who is born to love. or play the safe game.-. who weeps for others as for himself. to understand me you must swallow a world. makes for human progress. but about matters so obvious that it has gone out of style to mention them. nor even the stoic. I am everything that happens after I've gone that would not have happened if I had not come. -.Joseph de Maistre.. It also makes for beauty. But will this law stop at man? Undoubtedly not.. -." -. Petersburg Dialogues I am not going to talk about religious beliefs. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. Halsey "Who am I? I am the sum total of everything that went before me.Robert Heinlein.Richard E.H. -. only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet. to whom it has been said that whoever sheds blood unjustly. and finally. Byrd There are no great men. of everything done-to-me. He fights his fate. for lesser men try to escape from a hopeless and intolerable world by creating a more lovely one of their own. often desperately.

these things were built level and square by craftsmen who were honest in their bones. I believe in -. I believe in my townspeople. 'I'm hungry. brown --in the honesty..survive.. his insatiable curiosity. it is buried in the obituaries --but it is a force stronger than crime. Take a look around you. carrying with him his honesty. business could not go on from day to day. durability... our nation has had the most decent and kindly internal practices and foreign policies to be found anywhere in history. I believe in the unseen and unending fight against desperate odds that goes on quietly in almost every home in the land.. we would never have gotten past the thirteen colonies. I believe in Doc.the United States. You and I are free today because of endless unnamed heroes from Valley Forge to the Yalu River. I believe in my whole race. low paid or not paid at all. This I believe with all my heart. will spread out to the other planets. if I'm in trouble. I've found the same ready charity everywhere. You can knock on any door in our town say.' there are a hundred. no child would live to grow up.' and you will be fed. How how far you going?' I believe in my fellow citizens.000 honest decent kindly men. --Robert A. black. Our headlines are splashed with crime. to the stars. No fee -. I believe in the honest craft of workmen. yet for every criminal there are 10. If this were not true.I got mine.endure. From Independence Hall to the Grand Coulee Dam. And finally. Take Father Michael down our road a piece --I'm not of his creed. Doc will get out of bed after a hard day to help a stray cat. Our town is no exception. oversize brain case and the opposable thumb. Despite shortcomings.” 1952 The World . but I know the goodness and charity and lovingkindness that shine in his daily actions. a thousand. I'll go to him. thumb for a ride and in a few minutes a car or a truck will stop and someone will say.. pal. that we always make it just by the skin of our teeth --but that we will always make it..and goodness. and beyond. Decency is not news. I can step to the highway.I know their faults and I know that their virtues far outweigh their faults. this animal barely up from the apes. white. Mac. despite all warnings against hitchhikers...no prospect of a fee.. doing their level best without thanks or glory to make our system work.I am proud to belong to -. I am proud to be a human being. I believe in the patient gallantry of nurses.. from lynchings to bad faith in high places..of the overwhelming majority of my brothers and sisters everywhere on this planet. 'To heck with you -. “This I Believe.' I know that. If it were not so. courage.. his unlimited courage --and his noble essential decency. 'Sure. There never were enough bosses to check up on all that work.. Heinlein. sit down. My next-door neighbor is a veterinary doctor. I believe in Father Mike..in the tedious sacrifices of teachers. For every bribed alderman there are hundreds of politicians. I believe that almost all politicians are honest. 'Climb in. I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching. red. will endure --will endure longer than his home planet. Yellow. intelligence. For the one who says. I believe that we have come this far by the skin of our teeth. who will say. I believe in Rodger Young.

-. knowledgeable. "Still Life With Woodpecker There are books in which the footnotes. Nature does not reveal her mysteries once and for all. There is no one here but us chickens. -. In fact. -. and long to flee misery and skip death. when it has advanced.Robert A. ambivalent. It kills the very good.Unknown Humanity has advanced. fearful and self-aware. let me do it now. A Farewell to Arms “There were no formerly heroic times. who pray for their loved ones. the absolute is available to everyone in every age. -.I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. — Ernest Hemingway. The world is one of those books. a people who scheme. and the very brave.that's the way we're built and I assume there's some reason for it. Heinlein. deceive and conquer. any good thing therefore that I can do.” — Annie Dillard. promote. for I shall not pass this way again. and the plain duty of each and all of us is to try to make the little corner he can influence somewhat less miserable and somewhat less ignorant than it was before he entered it. but because it has been playful. or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature. first century There ought not to be anything in the whole universe that man can't poke his nose into . -.Tom Robbins.George Santayana The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. impartially. rebellious. "Methuselah's Children" I expect to pass through this world but once. "Natural Questions".Seneca. responsible. and the very gentle. -. and immature. are more interesting than the text. It is a weakening and discoloring idea that rustic people knew God personally once upon a time — or even knew selflessness or courage or literature — but that it is too late for us. and cautious. and never a less. There never was a more holy age than ours. important. -.Henry Emerson Fosdick Our universe is a sorry little affair unless it has something for every age to investigate.Etienne de Grellet We live in a world which is full of misery and ignorance. not because it has been sober. let me not defer or neglect it. or the comments scrawled by some reader's hand in the margin. and so it has always been: a people busy and powerful. For The Time Being Cynicism & Idealism . and there was no formerly pure generation. But those that will not break it kills.

" —Robin. For one thing. how can it be the survival of the fittest when the fittest keeps putting himself in situations where he is most likely to be creamed? -. Minister "The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds. Modesitt. the abyss also gazes into you." — L. the pessimist fears this is true. For another." -. Or at least. You can't make everybody nice." -.A pessimist is what an idealist calls a realist. insidiously committing evil deeds. Teen Titans "No man chooses evil because it is evil. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.Tom Robbins Nature abhors a hero. Jr... and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. when you gaze long into the abyss." -..Solomon Short .Maureen Charlton "There is good. Yes... The Silver Stallion. he violates the law of conservation of energy. it's supposed to be. as different as day and night. There are those who commit crimes and those who stop them. and the line between them is clear." — James Branch Cabell." -." — Sir Humphrey Appleby.Alexander Solzhenitsyn "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves. the good he seeks. he only mistakes it for happiness.E. The Ethos Effect Good & Evil "If only there were evil people somewhere. The two sides are opposite.Mary Wollstonecraft Heroism "We're our own dragons as well as our own heroes. "Sometimes cynicism is the last refuge of the idealist. and there is evil. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?" -. "Beyond Good and Evil" "Ten percent of the human race are always going to be boors or horrors.Friedrich Nietzsche.

but correct to say that we have lots to fear from cowardice. They don't flinch. really hard.Ambrose Redmoon Courage is resistance to fear. Maybe one chance is . and they refuse to yield when the situation is ten light-years beyond hopeless. -. instead of the tawdry. show fear. and their color recognition vocabulary is limited to just six words. -. I wanted Storisende and Poictesme. —BADASS: The Book Books & Reading “What did I want? I wanted the hurtling moons of Barsoom. No matter what the odds are. –Michel de Montaigne It is an exaggeration to say we have nothing to fear but fear itself.Brendan Keenan Badasses. whatever your true name may be — and I had known it — and I had let it slip away. Even if it's raining really. much like the Goonies. but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. Helen of Troy. I wanted Prester John.Mark Twain A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears. "The game's afoot!" I wanted to float down the Mississippi on a raft and elude a mob in company with the Duke of Bilgewater and Lost Dauphin. or act like they notice when it's raining. I had had one chance — for ten minutes yesterday afternoon. hesitate. nobody stands in their way. Nothing bothers them. fouled-up mess it is. To that end. I wanted to sail with Ulysses and with Tros of Samothrace and to eat the lotus in a land that seemed always afternoon. never say die.not absence of fear. mastery of fear .Funkakoshi Courage is not the absence of fear. lousy. -. -. I wanted the feeling of romance and the sense of wonder I had known as a kid. and Excalibur held by a moon-white arm out of a silent lake.Sir Winston Churchill Heroism consists in hanging on one minute longer. -. they never say diet.Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others. they won't accept anything less than victory at all costs.Norwegian proverb Only a true weakling is capable of true courage. I wanted the world to be the way they had promised me it was going to be. cry. and Holmes shaking me awake to tell me. -.

Sometimes I still feel like that small girl of seven who pinches herself at the largesse on offer in libraries.and its scale. -.Charles Kinglsey A surprising number of people — including many students of literature — will tell you they haven't really lived in a book since they were children. thousands of miles away. comfort us.Rory Gilmore. Reilly. the towering check-out desk and the shelves I couldn't reach." -.AS Byatt It will be my birthday on Tuesday. -. "The Gilmore Girls" Except a living man. and he who studies men will know how they are. Today is World Book Day. open their hearts to us as brothers. fought alongside Napoleon.Robert A." -. committed absurdities with Ignatius J. terrify us. "The Times" "A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.the fustiness -. at the worlds we can access through the pages of a book. to be honest.Jerry Seinfeld Visits to the local library are among my earliest memories. Heinlein. sailed a raft with Huck and Jim. I've been a resident of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. -.Martina Devlin.Ancient Egyptian scribal text He that studies books alone will know how things ought to be. I recall its smell vividly -. arouse us.. and strolled down Swann's Way. who lived. perhaps. hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod. speak to us.Daniel Finkelstein. "The Irish Independent" Plunge into a book as you would a pool of clear water. there is nothing more wonderful than a book! a message to us from the dead —from human souls we never saw. teach us.W Fusselman . I reached the painful conclusion that there wasn’t enough time left to read every book ever written. my gloomy realization is even more painful — I will not be able to correct everyone’s mistakes before I depart. Last year.. in the middle of Library Ireland Week. in those little sheets of paper.all you ever get. It's a rewarding world. "Glory Road" "I live in two worlds. I was mesmerized by it and. -. “ -.Charles Caleb Colton Today a reader — tomorrow a leader. This year. One is a world of books. -. But libraries continue to captivate me. -. there's not much I find as enthralling today as I did at seven. rode a sad train with Anna Karenina. -. And yet these.

" -." – George Carlin on the flamethrower ." -.John Locke Reading furnishes the mind only with materials for knowledge. it means that at some point. -.Ray Bradbury "The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and those who are going to read it. If only I had something that would throw flame on them.With books we stand on the shoulders of giants. . But I'm way too far away to get the job done.. in the end. it is thinking that makes what we read ours.Almansor Heinrich Heine: A Tragedy You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. burn human beings. some person said to himself.The London Times in their original review of the Rings novels "If you don't think that Tolkien is the greatest writer there ever was when you are 13 then there's something wrong with you. "Gee. -.John Locke Wherever they burn books they will also. -. I sure would like to set those people on fire over there. Just get people to stop reading them.Terry Pratchett Random “And what this indicates to me.