Philosophy and Living
Incontestably, alas, most people are not, in action, worth very much; and yet, every human being is an unprecedented miracle. One tries to treat them as the miracles they are, while trying to protect oneself against the disasters they've become... Perhaps, however, the moral of the story (and the hope of the world) lies in what one demands, not of others, but of oneself?
— James Baldwin
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
— Robert Heinlein, writing as Lazarus Long
"Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and, in cold, water becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind."
— Leornado Da Vinci
There are two kinds of fool. One says, 'This is old, and therefore good.' And one says, 'This is new, and therefore better.'
— Dean Inge
"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad."
— C.S. Lewis
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
It doesn’t matter if a cave has been in darkness for 10,000 years or half an hour, once you light a match it is illuminated.
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
— Leonardo DaVinci
Hopelessness is merely a sentiment for the apathetic.
— Ralph Nader
Hey, kid, ain't ya heard? Everybody wants to go to Heaven, nobody wants to die.
— Barney Frank
Metaphysics and the Occult
Ninety percent of adult Americans professed a belief in God. More interesting, half believe in ghosts, nearly one-third believe in astrology and more than one-fourth believe that they were reincarnated from other people. Two-thirds believe in the devil and hell (but very few expect that they will go there themselves).
— Harris Polls, 2004
If you scratch a physicist very hard you'll reveal a cleric.
— Robert Hayes
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
When you want something with all your heart, the entire universe conspires to give it to you.
— Paulo Coelho
THE RUB ... is finding that balance between being open-minded enough to accept radical new ideas but not so open-minded that your brains fall out.
— Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine
Theology and Religions
God speaks oftener to those who transgress than to those who do not. It
is the genius of spiritual law or economy to reinstate the prodigal
child by signs and visions. Elijah, Jonah, David, and Paul were brought
to the altar of repentance through the vigilant energy of the hidden
— Gustavus Hindman Miller
"Speak low, speak slow, and never wear suede shoes."
— John Wayne to Michael Caine, after Caines' American movie debut
And what is an orgasm, except laughter of the loins?
— Mickey Rooney
"Let's get this sewn up right away. You know, we had a saying at Schlumberger - but I can't remember what it was. Something about logs, or grease. Whatever.
It's difficult to meditate on amphetamines.
— Joe Walsh