Wednesday, July 18, 2007

J. R. "Bob" Dobbs

Don't just eat that hamburger, eat the HELL out of it!

J. R. "Bob" Dobbs

'Too much' is always better than not enough.

J. R. "Bob" Dobbs

You know how dumb the average person is? Well, by definition, half of 'em are even dumber than THAT.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Lady Macbeth (William Shakespeare)

Things without all remedy should be without regard: what's done is done.

Arnold Lobel

Books to the ceiling, Books to the Sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them

Umberto Eco

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

Richard P. Feynman

Of course you only live one life and you make all your mistakes and learn what not to do and that's the end of you.

Raymond Chandler

Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.

Bertrand Russell

It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatsoever for supposing it is true.

Dr. Seuss

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

Harry S. Truman

If you can't convince them, confuse them.

Clint Eastwood

There's only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I'll get married again.

Philip K. Dick

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away

Dan Barker

If the answers to prayer are merely what God wills all along, then why pray?

Terry Pratchett

Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual.

Gore Vidal

I'm a born-again atheist

Peter Ustinov

It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously

Mahatma Gandhi

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

Friedrich Nietzsche

It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.

Richard P. Feynman

I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.

Douglas Adams

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

Elbert Hubbard

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

Kate Sheppard

All that separates, whether of race, class, creed, or sex, is inhuman, and must be overcome.

Noam Chomsky

Regarding censorship: It is a poor service to the memory of the victims of the holocaust to adopt a central doctrine of their murderers.

Steven Weinberg

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.

Stephen Jay Gould

In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.

Sir Julian Huxley

Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat.

Andre Malraux

The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.

John Cage

If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience.

Robert A. Heinlein

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

George Bernard Shaw

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.

Noam Chompsky

Freedom without opportunity is a devil's gift.

WC Fields

A thing worth having is a thing worth cheating for.

Nadine Gordimer

The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.

Kurt Vonnegut

Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.

Burt Bacharach

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.

Oscar Wilde

Only the shallow know themselves.

Thomas Szasz

When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.

Kurt Vonnegut

Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.

Paul Dirac

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.

Akira Kurosawa

In a mad world only the mad are sane.

Norm Papernick

Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.

George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

Roald Dahl

A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.

Thomas Jefferson

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

Don Juan Manuel

He who praises you for what you lack wishes to take from you what you have.

Doug Larson

There must be a happy medium somewhere between being totally informed and blissfully unaware.

Albert Einstein

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

Ken Kesey

I've never seen anybody really find the answer, they think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.

Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Henry David Thoreau

Do not despair of life. You have no doubt force enough to overcome your obstacles. Think of the fox prowling through wood and field in a winter night for something to satisfy his hunger. Notwithstanding cold and hounds and traps, his race survives. I do not believe any of them ever committed suicide.

Carl Sagan

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.

Russian Proverb

The church is near but the road is icy; the bar is far away but I will walk carefully.


Patience is the art of hoping.

Albert Einstein

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts

Tom Waits

I like to walk out of a restaurant with enough gas to open a Mobil station.

Kurt Vonnegut

Listen: We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different!

Isaac Asimov

I can not bring myself to believe that if knowledge presents danger, the solution is ignorance

Robert A. Heinlein

Wisdom includes not getting angry unnecessarily. The Law ignores trifles and the wise man does, too.

Robert A. Heinlein

I now define "moral behavior" as "behavior that tends toward survival." I won't argue with philosophers or theologians who choose to use the word "moral" to mean something else, but I do not think anyone can define "behavior that tends toward extinction" as being "moral" without stretching the word "moral" all out of shape.

Robert A. Heinlein

The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.

Robert A. Heinlein

Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense

Robert A. Heinlein

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.

Bob Dylan

Disillusioned words like bullets bark, As human gods aim for their mark, Make everything from toy guns that spark To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark. It's easy to see without looking too far That not much is really sacred.

Robert A. Heinlein

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.


By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.

George Bernard Shaw

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

Matt Groening

Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra, which suddenly flips over, pinning you underneath. At night the ice weasels come.

James Baldwin

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.

Albert Einstein

The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.

Nelson Algren

Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never play cards with a man named Doc. And never lie down with a woman who's got more troubles than you.

J. W. Nienhuys

It is the creationists who blasphemously are claiming that God is cheating us in a stupid way.


I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.

Ted Koppel

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.

Mark Twain

The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

Will Durant

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.

Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown

It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so.

Mark Twain

They spell it "da Vinci" and pronounce it "da Vinchy". Foreigners always spell better than they pronounce.

Robert G. Ingersoll

Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows.

Bertrand Russell

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

Bertrand Russell

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.


The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.


Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.

Blaise Pascal

Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.

Friedrich Nietzsche

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.

Vladimir Nabokov

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.

Frank Herbert

The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.

George Santayana

To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.

Blaise Pascal

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

Hermann Hesse

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.

Adolf Hitler

What luck for rulers that men do not think.

Sir William Drummond

He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.


Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.


Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.


Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.


It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.