I’ve been accumulating the quotes below from various sources over the past few years. I appreciate each one for different reasons and I kind of hate to just keep them tucked away to myself, so here they are in all their copy/paste glory.

There isn’t any order to the quotes below. Any trends in authors or themes are just a result of my favoriting similar or identically authored quotes at QuotationsPage.com in a single site visit, which puts them near each other in my saved list there as that’s where I copied many of them from.

If you see I’ve misquoted someone, or if I have the wrong name beneath a quote, please let me know. As I’ve just been collecting these from the web if my web source was incorrect I will be too!

Enjoy– and feel free to post some of your favorite quotes in the comment section!


“Variety is the soul of pleasure.”
Aphra Behn
(For years this quote was the tag line of my blog. It is a quote, and a reality, to which I have- rather unfortunately and much to my own dismay, I might add- become quite wholly addicted. It is a truth I live by, and a source of unquenchable thirst. Ah but I love the ties that bind me to my all too human addiction to pleasure. God help us all.)

“Seize the time, Meribor. Live now. Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard as Kamin, “The Inner Light”

“In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.”
Bertrand Russell

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only one.”
Tyrion Lannister

“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.”
Chinese Proverb

“To measure up to all that is demanded of him, a man must overestimate his capacities.”

“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
Chinese Proverb

“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.”
Dennis Wholey

“When you have no choice, mobilize the spirit of courage.”
Jewish proverb

“You can cheat an honest man but you can not make a fool out of him.”

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.”
Abraham Maslow

“Theatre: A building nobody goes to where gay people act straight and straight people try to convince the rest of the world they’re not gay.”
Matthew J. Patten

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
Robert Hanlon

“If you neglect your art for one day it will neglect you for two.”
Chinese Proverb

“The truth is more important than the facts.”
Frank Lloyd Wright

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
Henry David Thoreau

“The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”
Charles du Bois

“You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”
Abraham Lincoln

“The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.”
Robert M. Pirsig

“Actors generally ask for the script, demand explanations about how the character will be filmed, what they’ll be doing, etc. How can you know all that before you shoot the film? A film is an adventure.”
Catherine Breillat

“If an actor doesn’t want to be loved, and so transformed and caught- Because to be loved is to be caught. So, if they don’t want that, if they say, “I control my image and I don’t want it taken from me,” I don’t see what I’m doing on the set. They can make their film, but it’s not my film. Actors who don’t understand that, who want to control what they do, will be mediocre.”
Catherine Breillat

“Seasoned actors have a kind of mediocrity even if they’re proficient. For me, proficiency is the opposite of art. By that I mean if they have the skill, they could potentially make art, but they prefer being proficient. It becomes academic. “
Catherine Breillat

“Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same.”
Pearl Buck

“There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.”
Pearl Buck

“There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream – whatever that dream might be.”
Pearl Buck

“A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.”
Pearl Buck

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.”
H.L. Mencken

“There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.”
Anatole Broyard

“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.”

“Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error.”
Benjamin Disraeli

“Honor does not have to be defended.”
Robert J. Sawyer

“The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.”
H. L. Mencken

“Critic: A job created to allow the mentally retarded to pursue a career in literature.”
Matthew J. Patten

“We must learn to reawaken by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionablility of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.”
Don Marquis

“Those who welcome death have only tried it from the ears up.”
Wilson Mizner

“Never knock on Death’s door: ring the bell and run away! Death really hates that!”
Matt Frewer, as Dr. Mike Stratford in “Doctor, Doctor”

“She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.”
Dorothy Parker, speaking of Katharine Hepburn

“I’m never going to be famous. My name will never be writ large on the roster of Those Who Do Things. I don’t do any thing. Not one single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don’t even do that any more.”
Dorothy Parker

“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”
Dorothy Parker

“If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.”
Dorothy Parker

“Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can’t trade for your heart’s desire is your heart.”
Lois McMaster Bujold, “Memory”, 1996

“If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.”
Brendan Francis

“The wise man will love; all others will desire.”

“Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It’s unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don’t have to try.”
Peggy Noonan

“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
Oscar Wilde

“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”
George Bernard Shaw

“I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.”
An English Professor, Ohio University

“Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.”
Russell Baker

“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.”
Eric Hoffer

“It is a sign of a creeping inner death when we no longer can praise the living.”
Eric Hoffer

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
Jack London

“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.”
Henry J. Tillman

“Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.”
Peter Ustinov

“Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.”
Peter Ustinov

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.”
Peter Ustinov

“To you I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the Loyal Opposition.”
Woody Allen

“Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.”
Eric Hoffer

“The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.”
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

“There are certain sacred things in my life that I would never talk about. Because they are clear in my head, I can walk freely around the opposite side. I keep them completely separate in my mind.”
Heather Armstrong

“He can make me love something just by showing me the energy with which he loves it.”
Heather Armstrong

“DISOBEDIENCE, n. The silver lining to the cloud of servitude.”
Ambrose Bierce

“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.”
W. H. Auden

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable than risk being happy.”
Robert Anthony

“I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re going and hook up with them later.”
Mitch Hedberg

“I like an escalator because an escalator can never break, it can only become stairs. There would never be an escalator temporarily out of order sign, only an escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience.”
Mitch Hedberg

“I wanna hang a map of the world in my house. Then I’m gonna put pins into all the locations that I’ve traveled to. But first, I’m gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map so it won’t fall down.”
Mitch Hedberg

“I like rice. Rice is great if you’re hungry and want 2000 of something.”
Mitch Hedberg

“I don’t own a cell phone or a pager. I just hang around everyone I know, all the time. If someone wants to get a hold of me, they just say ‘Mitch,’ and I say ‘what?’ and turn my head slightly.”
Mitch Hedberg

“We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.”
H. L. Mencken

“There is always a well-known solution to every human problem–neat, plausible, and wrong.”
H. L. Mencken

“Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.”
H. L. Mencken

“Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.”
H. L. Mencken

“It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.”
H. L. Mencken

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”
Sidney J. Harris

“The universe seems wondrous to me, with or without God. It has powerful lines and uncompromising ways. Patience and time sit like sages on the planets, strong and impersonal. There is a stark beauty to all of this.”
Real Live Preacher

“When someone allows you to bear his burdens, you have found deep friendship.”
Real Live Preacher

“We think having faith means being convinced God exists in the same way we are convinced a chair exists. People who cannot be completely convinced of God’s existence think faith is impossible for them. Not so. People who doubt can have great faith because faith is something you do, not something you think. In fact, the greater your doubt the more heroic your faith.”
Real Live Preacher

“God, I don’t have great faith, but I can be faithful. My belief in you may be seasonal, but my faithfulness will not. I will follow in the way of Christ. I will act as though my life and the lives of others matter. I will love. I have no greater gift to offer than my life. Take it.”
Real Live Preacher

“Fidelity to commitment in the face of doubts and fears is a very spiritual thing.”
Real Live Preacher

“The only comfort comes in thinking about how nice it was to know them, and how nice it was to brush against goodness for a season.”
Real Live Preacher

“If you want to write you must have faith in yourself. Faith enough to believe that if a thing is true about you, it is likely true about many people. And if you can have faith in your integrity and your motives, then you can write about yourself without fear.”
Real Live Preacher

“When you really trust someone, you have to be okay with not understanding some things.”
Real Live Preacher

“I say to mankind, Be not curious about God. For I, who am curious about each, am not curious about God – I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least.”
Walt Whitman

“When someone is giving you their theology, their God words, you should listen hard and be very gentle. The time to deliver your God words is when you are asked.”
Real Live Preacher

“No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen.”
Minor White

“We must accept that this creative pulse within us is God’s creative pulse itself.”
Joseph Chilton Pearce

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”
Horace Walpole

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.”
Cherie Carter-Scott

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.”
Blaise Pascal

“Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it’s compounding a felony.”
Robert Benchley

“The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass.”
Martin Mull

“When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”
Henny Youngman

“Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.”
Fran Lebowitz

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Nothing changes your opinion of a friend so surely as success – yours or his.”
Franklin P. Jones

“The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.”
Cythina Nelms

“EXPERIENCE, n. The wisdom that enables us to recognize as an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.

To one who, journeying through night and fog,
Is mired neck-deep in an unwholesome bog,
Experience, like the rising of the dawn,
Reveals the path that he should not have gone.”
Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1914), The Devil’s Dictionary

“Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again – this is the brave and happy life.”
J. E. Buchrose

“Estimated amount of glucose used by an adult human brain each day, expressed in M&Ms: 250”
Harper’s Index

“When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.”
George C. Marshall

“Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.”
Elbert Hubbard

“No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.”
Lily Tomlin

“I put things down on sheets of paper and stuff them in my pockets. When I have enough, I have a book.”
John Lennon

“Yes, the long war on Christianity. I pray that one day we may live in an America where Christians can worship freely, in broad daylight, openly wearing symbols of their religion, perhaps around their necks. And maybe – dare I dream it – maybe one day there could even be an openly Christian president. Or, perhaps, 43 of them. Consecutively.”
John Stewart

“The problem with Wikipedia is that it only works in practice. In theory, it can’t possibly work.”
A signature on /.

“…once you’re crazy and know nothing about numbers, the chances of finding something psychotic and hateful in a scrabble factory explosion are hovering just around 100%.”
Penn Jillette, in an article about coincidental images in the Wingding font

“If anyone can hear me, hear this. My mind is my center and everything that happens there is my responsibility. Other people may believe what it please them to believe, but I will do nothing without I know the reason why and know it clearly. If you want something, then let me know, but do not you dare touch my mind.”
Dirk Gently, DGHDA (Douglas Adams)

“He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops during thunderstorms in wet copper armour shouting ‘All the Gods are bastards.'”
Terry Pratchett

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”
Douglas Adams

“Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.”
Matt Groening

“Some people say that I must be a horrible person, but that’s not true. I have the heart of a young boy — in a jar on my desk.”
Stephen King

“Life in Lubbock, Texas taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you’re going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth, and you should save it for someone you love.”
Butch Hancock

“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”
Robert Heinlein

“If you don’t have something that can disprove what you believe then you’re not believing in anything. It must be falsifiable. If something causes everything then it causes nothing.”
Penn Jillette

“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”
The Bhagavad Gita


  1. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!

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