Besides, interesting things happen along borders - transitions - not in the middle where everything is the same.

Neal Stephenson, from "Snow Crash"

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.

Amos Bronson Alcott

Assume the person you're in love with WILL NEVER change. Know that the brain chemistry of Love WILL change. 'Love' will fade and then you've got them as is.

Reid Mihalko

Knowledge talks, wisdom listens.


Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Abraham Lincoln

Not every story has explosions and car chases. That's why they have nudity and espionage.

Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum

Sex without love is an empty experience, but as empty experiences go, it's one of the best.

Woody Allen

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. 

Martin Luther King, Jr

I'm not telling you to make the world better, because I don't think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I'm just telling you to live in it. Not to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I would tell you that the grave's a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that's what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.

Joan Didion

Dime con quien andas, te diré quien eres. (Tell me who you hang out with, and I'll tell you who you are.)

Latin American idiom

A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.

Eleanor Roosevelt

The problem with quotations that you see on the Internet is that it is difficult to discern if they are genuine.

Abraham Lincoln

People fear what they don't understand. Apparently there's a lot people don't understand. 

Leo Notenboom

The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what interests you and that you can do well, and put your whole soul into it - every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.


John D. Rockefeller, III

Love like there's no tomorrow; dance like there's no one watching; sing like you don't need the money.


About half an hour later, I passed Rapisardi dancing with three women and one other man. He seemed to have trouble keeping his balance, keeping his feet anywhere near the floor, but he'd tied some sort of multicolored rag around his head, and was grinning so broadly I wondered if his mouth would be sore in the morning.

Funny, but I don't think I'd ever before seen anyone try so hard to have a good time, and still manage to succeed.

Wil McCarthy, from "Bloom"

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.

H. L. Mencken

To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.

Michael Jordan

The limits of your imagination are not the boundaries of my universe.

Paul Myers

Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I've ever known.

Chuck Palahniuk

It shoulda gone just how it went. If it shoulda gone different then it woulda went different.

overheard from a truck driver

We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.

Tom Stoppard

All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.

Benjamin Franklin

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.

Albert Einstein

The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans. The present is our only reality.

Robert M. Pirsig

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mahatma Ghandi

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.

Stephen Jay Gould

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.

Thomas Szasz

A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.

Samuel Johnson

As a wise man once said, “April Fools Day is for amateurs. You NEVER need an excuse to mess with people's heads.”

Al Yankovic

Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.

Desmond Tutu

When the flower arranger arranges flowers, he also arranges his mind and the mind of the person who looks at the flowers.

Zen saying

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.

G. K. Chesterton

To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.

Aleister Crowley

Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.

Isaac Newton

Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be Pirates.

Mark Twain

Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits.

Dan Barker

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

Ambrose Redmoon

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott