"Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?"—T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), American-English poet, playwright, and literary critic. (Quotation is from his poem, The Rock, 1934)
“When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. But
when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is
wrong.”—R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), American inventor, designer, architect, and author
“I have a retort, timed and well-framed, laden with irony and literary allusion—but I refuse to favor you with it. I have my dignity.” —Larry Niven (1910-1983), British actor and novelist.
“One person—resolute—abiding by truth shall rally a majority.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American poet, essayist, and lecturer.
"Never a lip is curved with pain that can't be kissed into smiles again." —Bret Harte (1839-1902), American poet
“Energy begets energy. Life begets life. It is in spending ourselves that we grow rich.” —Sarah Bernhardt, (1844-1923), French actress.
“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” —Thomas Paine (1737-1809), American author and revolutionary
"The trouble with most of our prayers is that we give them as if we were picking up the telephone and ordering groceries—we place our order and hang up. We need to meditate, contemplate, think of what we are praying about and for and then speak to the Lord as one man speaketh to another." —Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008), American writer and educator, 15th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
“Unless you listen, you can’t know anybody. Oh, you will know facts and what is in the newspapers and all of history, perhaps. But you will not know one single person. You know, I have come to think listening is love, that’s what it really is.” —Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), American journalist, editor, writer, and teacher of writing
“The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don't have to pay taxes—naturally, no one wants to live any other way.” —Judith Martin (Miss Manners), American columnist and expert on ettiquette.
"Never a tear bedims the eye that time and patience will not dry." —Bret Harte
“Quote me as saying I was misquoted.” —Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx, (1890-1977), American comedian and film star
“There’s always room for a good one.” —Dutch proverb
“If you can't be kind, at least be vague.” —Judith Martin
"I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better." —Disputed but take your pick: Sophie Tucker, Gertrude Stein, Mae West, W. C. Fields, Beatrice Kaufman, and others.
“We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.” —Judith Martin
"Dear Miss Manners: What is the proper way to eat potato chips? Gentle Reader: With a knife and fork. A fruit knife and an oyster fork, to be specific. Good heavens, what is the world coming to? Miss Manners does not mind explaining the finer points of gracious living, but she feels that anyone without the sense to pick up a potato chip and stuff it in their face should probably not be running around loose on the streets." —Judith Martin
"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. " —Gilda Radner (1946-1989), American commedienne and actress
"I believe the world will be saved by beauty. I am a believer because Christianity is that beauty." —Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), Russian writer of novels, essays, and short stories (from his novel, The Idiot)
“If anyone could prove to me that Christ is outside the truth, and if the truth really did exclude Christ, I should prefer to stay with Christ and not with truth.” —Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainmwnt can be reduced proportionately. When the affection IS the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted."
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” —Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005), American journalist and author.
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were. Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” —From Meditation XVII by John Donne (1572-1631), English poet, satirist, lawyer, and cleric in the Church of England.
"Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation." —Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC), Greek philosopher, writer, and polymath...a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great.
Suppose that Jesus Christ and holy angels should object to us on frivolous things, what would become of us? We must be merciful to one another and overlook small things...Nothing is so much calculated to lead people to forsake sin as to take them by the hand, and watch over them with tenderness. When persons manifest the least kindness and love to me, O what power it has over my mind, while the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and depress the human mind."—Joseph Smith, 1805-1844 (from Teachings of the Prophet, Joseph Smith, page 240)
"War is the health of the State."—Randolph Bourne (1886-1918), American essayist and anti-war advocate.
"Expecting a trouble-free life because you are a good person is like expecting the bull not to charge you because you are a vegetarian."—Jeffrey R. Holland
"Money doesn't matter at all, as long as you have too much of it."—Hamilton Nolan ( ), Blog editor and Staff Writer at Gawker Media (written with great sarcasm)