Saturday, November 20, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hitchens quote

Hitchens once wrote a line that has almost gained the status of philosophical epigram or even scientific dictum: "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." Although it echoes Wittgenstein's famous injunction regarding the ineffable – "Whereof we cannot speak, therefore we must be silent" – Hitchens's version is less a "no entry" sign than a civic reminder to place rubbish in the bin.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

bertrand russel quotations

Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.


Topic: Ability

Source: None

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite.

Topic: Beliefs

Source: None

If a law were passed giving six months to every writer of a first book, only the good ones would do it.

Topic: Books

Source: None

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.

Topic: Boredom

Source: None

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Topic: Christianity

Source: None

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.

Topic: Christianity

Source: None

If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.

Topic: Circumstances

Source: None

Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent.

Topic: Civilization

Source: None

Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity.

Topic: Compromise

Source: None

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.

Topic: Computer / Technology / Science

Source: None

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.

Topic: Death

Source: None

Most people would rather die than think: many do.

Topic: Death

Source: None

Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so.

Topic: Death / Immortality

Source: None

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.

Topic: Death / Immortality

Source: None

All human activity is prompted by desire.

Topic: Desire

Source: None

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

Topic: Doubt

Source: None

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

Topic: Doubt

Source: None

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people s ofull of doubts.

Topic: Doubt

Source: None

In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards.

Topic: Equality

Source: None

Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly.

Topic: Happiness

Source: None

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.

Topic: Hatred

Source: None

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.

Topic: Hope

Source: None

We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.

Topic: Hypocrisy

Source: None

A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.

Topic: Illusion

Source: None

There is much pleasure ot be gained from useless knowledge.

Topic: Knowledge

Source: None

There is much pleasure to be gained in useless knowledge.

Topic: Knowledge

Source: None

Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy.

Topic: Love

Source: None

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

Topic: Love

Source: None

I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.

Topic: Nature

Source: None

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.

Topic: Nervousness

Source: None

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.

Topic: Patriotism

Source: None

Philosophy is an unusually ingenious attempt to think fallaciously.

Topic: Philosophy

Source: None

The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real estate, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.

Topic: Please title this page. (mercy.html)

Source: None

It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.

Topic: Property

Source: None

Reason is a harmonizing, controlling force rather than a creative one.

Topic: Reason

Source: None

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.

Topic: Religion / Beliefs

Source: None

Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.

Topic: War

Source: None

For my part I distrust all generalizations about women, favorable and unfavorable, masculine and feminine, ancient and modern; all alike, I should say, result from paucity of experience.

Topic: Women

Source: None

Monday, March 1, 2010

Tom Bodett Quotations

In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson. Tom Bodett

The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh. Tom Bodett

The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson. Tom Bodett

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. Tom Bodett

You can make a new friend but you can't make an old one. Tom Bodett

Monday, January 11, 2010

Douglas Adams

Quotations by Author
Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001) English humorist & science fiction novelist [more author details]
Showing quotations 1 to 23 of 23 total
He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.
Douglas Adams
He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
Douglas Adams
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.
Douglas Adams
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
Douglas Adams
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
Douglas Adams
In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
Douglas Adams
In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.
Douglas Adams
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
Douglas Adams
It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an Airport' appear.
Douglas Adams
Life... is like a grapefruit. It's orange and squishy, and has a few pips in it, and some folks have half a one for breakfast.
Douglas Adams
The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.
Douglas Adams
There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
Douglas Adams
- More quotations on: [Discovery]
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
Douglas Adams
- More quotations on: [Time]
You live and learn. At any rate, you live.
Douglas Adams
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
Douglas Adams, "Last Chance to See"
- More quotations on: [Experience]
The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79.
Douglas Adams, "Mostly Harmless"
- More quotations on: [Common Sense]
He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
- More quotations on: [Dreams]
Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.
Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
Ah, this is obviously some strange usage of the word 'safe' that I wasn't previously aware of.
Douglas Adams, Arthur Dent in "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"
The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.
Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- More quotations on: [Politicians]
Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Even he, to whom most things that most people would think were pretty smart were pretty dumb, thought it was pretty smart.
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt, p. 205

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bad day quotes, author comes after quote . . .

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"Here's my heart and soul, please grind them into hamburger, and enjoy." Meredith GreyIf you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change. John A. Simone, Sr.... let's play a game of whose life sucks worse ... I'll win, I always win ... Ellen Pompeo (Dr. Meredith Grey)In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.F. Scott Fitzgerald Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon. Woody AllenAll the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed. Sean O'Casey When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. RooseveltLife is a horizontal fall. Jean Cocteau Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television. Woody Allen Life is a zoo in a jungle. Peter De Vries "Don't worry. Things will get worse." George SkeltonLife is like an onion; you peel off one layer at a time and sometimes you weep. Carl Sandburg No matter how bad things get, you got to go on living, even if it kills you. Sholom Aleichem There are good days and there are bad days, and this is one of them. Lawrence Welk Life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink. Shunryu Suzuki Roshi Life is painful, nasty and short.. in my case it has only been painful and nasty. Djuna Barnes Personally, I don't think there's intelligent life on other planets. Why should other planets be any different from this one? Bob Monkhouse You know, it's a long world. Lawrence Welk