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What is the matter with Kansas?
W. A. White

Keynes, John Maynard

It is important to get clear that Keynes was never a socialist … At heart he believed in liberal capitalism not only because he thought it more likely to produce the goods than any other imaginable system, but for moral reasons: he thought the destruction of economic freedom must, in practice, lead to a progressive diminution of political freedom.
Paul Johnson

Keynes was an empiricist and an original who had no attachment to theory—hated theory in fact. His method was to look at new facts squarely, and then seek to explain them, and devise methods to cope with them. The only trouble with Keynesianism in the later 1970s was that Keynes was dead, and so unable to bring his uniquely creative mind to bear on its problems.
Paul Johnson


If a man comes to kill you, rise early and kill him first.
The Talmud

Kill them all; God will recognize his own.


A little more than kin, and less than kind.


I expect to pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing that I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I will not pass this way again.

One kind word can warm three winter months.
Japanese saying

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.
Sir Arthur Helps

That best portion of a good man’s life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.
William Wordsworth

Kindness begets kindness.

Wherever there is a human being there is a chance for a kindness.

Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks,
Shall win my love.

Kind hearts are soonest wronged.
Nicholas Breton

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
Joseph Joubert

Little deeds of kindness, little words of love,
Help to make earth happy like the Heaven above.
Julia A. F. Carney


It is not a sign of arrogance for the king to rule. That is what he is there for.
William F. Buckley

This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.
1 Samuel 8:11-18

Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning.
Ecclesiastes 4:13

It is the lot of a king to do well and be ill spoken of.
Marcus Aurelius

The king is dead, long live the king! (Le roi est mort, vive le roi!)
Form of proclamation on the death of a French king, first used on the death of Charles VII, 1461.

It is atheism and blasphemy to dispute what God can do; good Christians content themselves with His will revealed in His Word; so it is presumption and contempt to dispute what a king can do, or say that a king cannot do this or that.
James I

The king reigns, but does not govern. (Rex regnat, sed non gubernat.)
Jan Zamojski

Alas, what are we kings?
Why do you gods place us above the rest,
To be serv'd, flatter'd, and ador'd, till we
Believe we hold within our hands your thunder?
And when we come to try the power we have,
There's not a leaf shakes at our threat'nings.
Beaumont and Fletcher

It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear, and yet that commonly is the case of kings.
Francis Bacon

In a monarchy the king must by necessity be above the laws.
Robert Filmer

The more happy I am, the more I pity kings.

If any of our countrymen wish for a king, give them Aesop's fable of the frogs who asked a king; if this does not cure them, send them to Europe. They will come back good republicans.
Thomas Jefferson

That which is called firmness in a king is called obstinacy in a donkey.
Ascribed to Thomas Erskine

A king should die standing.
Louis XVIII of France

Kings are like stars—they rise and set, they have
The worship of the world, but no repose.
P. B. Shelley

An honest king's the noblest work of God.
Edmund Blunden

A king gets blamed before he does any wrong. and is praised before he does any good.
Finnish Proverb

The king never dies. (Rex nunquam moritur.)
Legal Maxim

When you strike at a king, you must kill him.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

King Arthur

And many men say that there is written upon his tomb this verse: Hic iacet Arthurus, rex quondam, rexque futurus [Here lies Arthur, the once and future king].
Sir Thomas Mallory


These poor half-kisses kill me quite.
Michael Drayton

Free of her lips, free of her hips.
John Ray

He is a fool that kisseth the maid when he may kiss the mistress.
James Howell

You must not kiss and tell.
William Congreve

Lord! I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.
Jonathan Swift

What lies lurk in kisses!
Heinrich Heine

Our spirits rushed together at the touching of the lips.
Alfred Tennyson

Some women blush when they are kissed; some call for the police; some swear; some bite. But the worst are those who laugh.
Author unidentified


When Knaves betray each other, one can scarce be blamed, or the other pitied.
Author unidentified

The honest Man takes Pains, and then enjoys Pleasures; the Knave takes Pleasure, and then suffers Pains.
Author unidentified

He who says there is no such thing as an honest man, you may be sure is himself a knave.
George Berkeley


Try to know everything of something, and something of everything.
Henry Peter, Lord Brougham

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
Lao Tsu

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird … So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing—that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.
Richard Feynman

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
Pablo Picasso

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.
Franklin P. Adams

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.
Francis Bacon

A definition may be very exact, and yet go but a very little way towards informing us of the nature of the thing defined.
Edmund Burke

[For] that observation which is called knowledge of the world, will be found much more frequently to make men cunning than good.
Samuel Johnson

Other things may be seized by might, or purchased with money, but knowledge is to be gained only by study, and study to be prosecuted only in retirement.
Samuel Johnson

[Since] they cannot but know, that every human acquisition is valuable in proportion to the difficulty employed in its attainment.
Samuel Johnson

[A] man may excel in learning, without being either more wise or more virtuous than those whose ignorance he pities or despises.
Samuel Johnson

A desire for knowledge is the natural feeling of mankind; and every human being, whose mind is not debauched, will be willing to give all he has to get knowledge.
Samuel Johnson

He [Thomas Hobbes] was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men, he should have known no more than other men.
John Aubrey

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
Samuel Johnson

The circle of knowledge is too wide for the most active and diligent intellect, and while science is pursued, other accomplishments are neglected; as a small garrison must leave one part of an extensive fortress naked, when an alarm calls them to another.
Samuel Johnson

What you don’t know would make a great book.
Sydney Smith

Knowledge is the food of the soul.

"Know thyself" is a good saying, but not in all situations. In many it is better to say "Know others."

No one can know everything. (Nec scire fas est omnia.)

Grace is given of God, but knowledge is bought in the market.
Arthur Hugh Clough

It is better to have useless knowledge than to know nothing.

All wish to know, but none want to pay the price.

It is much better to know something about everything than to know everything about one thing.
Blaise Pascal

Of all kinds of knowledge that we can ever obtain, the knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves are the most important.
Jonathan Edwards

Knowledge always desires increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but which will afterwards propagate itself.
Samuel Johnson

All that men really understand is confined to a very small compass; to their daily affairs and experience, to what they have an opportunity to know, and motives to study or practise. The rest is affectation and imposture.
William Hazlitt

In science, as in life, learning and knowledge are distinct, and the study of things, and not of books, is the source of the latter.
T. H. Huxley

Mediocre men often have the most acquired knowledge.
Claude Bernard

It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.
H. W. Shaw (Josh Billings)

Banish me from Eden when you will, but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge.
R. G. Ingersoll

Strange how much you've got to know
Before you know how little you know.
Author unidentified

The happiest life is to know nothing. (Nihil scire est vita jucundissima.)
Latin Proverb

Many know many things, no one everything. (Multi multa, nemo omnia novit.)
Legal Maxim

Sorrow is knowledge: they who know the most
Must mourn the deepest o’er the fatal truth,
The Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life.
Lord Byron

… and so true is it, that a man may know what he cannot teach.
Samuel Johnson

Vulgar and inactive minds confound familiarity with knowledge, and conceive themselves informed of the whole nature of things when they are shown their form or told their use.
Samuel Johnson

Knowledge and Ignorance

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 without having come by their ignorance the hard way.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

The first step to knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.
Lord David Cecil

Tain't what a man don't know that hurts him; it's what he knows that just ain't so!
Frank McKinney Hubbard ("Kin Hubbard")

As soon as any man says of the affairs of state, What does it matter to me? the state may be given up as lost.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
Elbert Hubbard

Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.

Learned foolishness, is more egregiously foolish than the folly of ignorance. It is wayward, positive, and imperious; too conceited and indocile to be informed, and too obstinate to forsake error.
Ezra Sampson

And it's a necessity [for journalists] to pretend to be competent on every subject, some of which they really do not understand. They are under that necessity, I regret; I'm sorry for them. But to pretend to understand all the things you write about, and habitually to write about things you do not understand, is a very corrupting thing.
Friedrich von Hayek

Those who know don't talk.
Those who talk don't know.
Lao Tzu

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
Thomas Jefferson

Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?
Harold Pinter

Do not be arrogant because of your knowledge, but confer with the ignorant man as with the learned.

What you have learned is a mere handful;
What you haven't learned is the size of the world.

A seeming ignorance is often a most necessary part of worldly knowledge.
Lord Chesterfield

Knowledge and Wisdom

We live and learn, but not the wiser grow.
John Pomfret

Knowledge is proud that he has learn’d so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
William Cowper

There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.
Francis Bacon

Knowledge without wisdom is double folly.
Baltasar Gracián

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
O. W. Holmes

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
Martin H. Fischer

Knowledge dwells
In heads replete with thoughts of other men;
Wisdom in minds attentive to their own.
William Cowper


The Alcoran of the Turks (I speak without prejudice) is an ill-composed piece containing in it vain and ridiculous errors in philosophy, impossibilities, fictions, and vanities beyond laughter, maintained by evident and open sophisms, the policy of ignorance, deposition of universities, and banishment of learning.
Thomas Browne

[The Koran is] a wearisome confused jumble, crude, incondite; endless iterations, long-windedness, entanglement; most crude, incondite; —insupportable stupidity, in short! Nothing but a sense of duty could carry any European through the Koran.
Thomas Carlyle


They don't like anyone who isn't Korean, and they don't like each other all that much, either. They're hardheaded, hard-drinking, tough little bastards, "the Irish of Asia."
P. J. O'Rourke


I [Krishna] am all-powerful Time which destroys all things, and I have come here to slay these men. Even if thou does not fight, all the warriors facing thee shall die.

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