Making the world a better place
Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
It is the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism- Leninism on the ash heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and…
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
If thou rememb'rest not the slightest folly into which love hast made thee run, though hast not loved.
Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be.
There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.
It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.
Your life story would not make a good book. Don't even try.
Envy is as evil a thing as arrogance.
A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit.
All science, even the divine science, is a sublime detective story. Only it is not set to detect why a man is dead; but the darker secret of why he…
After 'The Matrix,' I cannot wear sunglasses. As soon as I put them on, people recognise me.
Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish…
Even the poor should give something to charity.
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.
Well, the telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in…
There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into…
Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men.
An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant…
The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend…
When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web....now even my cat has its own page.
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
The more man puts into God, the less he retains in himself. The worker puts his life into the object; but now his life no longer belongs to him, but…
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.
Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up.
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.
Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.
Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.
We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
So let us begin anew -- remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out…
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.
Hosting the Oscars is like making love to a beautiful woman - it's something I only get to do when Billy Crystal's out of town.
Man was made for action, and to promote by the exertion of his faculties such changes in the external circumstances both of himself and others, as may seem most favourable…
Without a doubt, psychological warfare has proven its right to a place of dignity in our military arsenal.
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had…
There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams. Then they put the box away and bring…
When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
In the Orthodox spiritual tradition, the ultimate moral question we ask is the following: Is what we are doing, is what I am doing, beautiful or not?
The taxpayers are sending congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it except they keep coming back.
When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is…
Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.
Have you ever heard people say 'don't sweat the details'? Well, they're wrong: sweat the details. They have a name for people who sweat the details: millionaires.
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
Every time you meet a situation, though you think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it…
When I read about the evils of drinking I gave up reading.
The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it…
If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
Hitting is 50% above the shoulders.
Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.
There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in…
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other 'sins' are invented nonsense.
Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.
When they tell me I'm too old to do something, I attempt it immediately.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
When you're comfortable with someone you love, the silence is the best.
Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.
We each have the kind of children we deserve.
Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time.
Parents are not interested in justice, they're interested in peace and quiet.
The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
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