"Not all who wander are lost." -- J.R.R. Tolkien

Quotable Quotes

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"Where all think alike, no one thinks very much."

-- Walter Lippmann

"Loving the ideal more than the reality is the cause of all the misery the human species creates for itself."

-- Dean Koontz

"Where there is doubt, there is freedom."

-- Latin proverb

"We make ourselves rich by making our wants few."

-- Henry David Thoreau

"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at least you need a beer."

-- Frank Zappa

Honey, honey you think I'm a fool?
Think I'd quit you while the weather's cool?

-- Railroad Bill

"Lead me not into temptation, I can find the way myself."

-- Rita Mae Brown

"What you teach us to do is admirable, but what you teach us to believe is foolish."

-- King Rama IV (aka King Mongkut), in describing the efforts of Christian missionaries in Siam.

"Human hopes and human creeds; have their root in human needs."

--Eugene Fitch Ware (aka Ironquill)

"The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it."

-- H. L. Mencken

"The existence of things is not in dispute.
It is the manner in which they exist that must be clarified."

-- Dalai Lama XIV

"Bhikkhus, the round is beginningless. Of the beings that travel and trudge through this round, shut in as they are by ignorance and fettered by craving, no first beginning is describable."

-- Buddha, Samyutta Nikaya 15:1

"Deep within the heart of every evangelist lies the wreck of a car salesman."

-- H. L. Mencken

"It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking the most fruitful developments frequently take place at those points where two different lines of thought meet. These lines may have their roots in quite different parts of human nature, in different times or different cultural environments or different religious traditions: hence if they actually meet, that is, if they are at least so much related to each other that a real interaction can take place, then one may hope that new and interesting developments may follow."

-- Werner Heisenberg, founder of quantum mechanics

"If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it."

-- Albert Einstein

"If you've 'eard the East a' callin', you won't never 'eed nought else."

-- Rudyard Kipling

Anyone who doesn't secretly want to be a rock star is lying.
Anyone who doesn't secretly want to be a rock star is boring.

-- Anonymous

"I don't really care if we become rock stars. I just want to sell enough records so that we can tour the world. I've never been to Thailand, I'd like to go. Just so long as we sell that many, that would be okay with me."

-- Marilyn Manson

"It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not."

-- Andre Gide

"Man is hypnotized by the glitter of his own gadgetry"

-- Aldous Huxley

Chet Atkins plays guitar in a recording session and someone comments on how good the guitar sounds. So Chet puts the guitar down and says, "How does it sound now?"

"Rotten wood cannot be carved."

-- Confucius