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Hail, Emperor, those who are about to die salute you. (Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant).
… I observed he [Samuel Johnson] poured a large quantity of it [wine] into a glass, and swallowed it greedily. Everything about his character and manners was forcible and violent; there never was any moderation; many a day did he fast, many a year did he refrain from wine; but when he did eat, it was voraciously; when he did drink wine, it was copiously. He could practise abstinence, but not temperance.
San Diego didn't look like the kind of town where people get born.
The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.
Satire should, like a polished razor keen,
Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen.
I die without remorse, as I have lived without guilt.
An old Jewish man reads about Einstein's theory of relativity in the newspaper and asks his scientist grandson to explain it to him.
"Well, Zayda, it's sort of like this. Einstein says that if you're having your teeth drilled without Novocain, a minute seems like an hour. But if you're sitting with a beautiful woman on your lap, an hour seems like a minute."
The old man considers this profound bit of thinking for a moment and says, "And from this he makes a living?"
Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.
I can't believe that God plays dice with the universe.
If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German, and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German, and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.
When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it's only a minute. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it's two hours. That's relativity.
Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.
Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
Science is built of facts the way a house is built of bricks; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a pile of bricks is a house.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
There's a mighty big difference between good, sound reasons and reasons that sound good.
No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
If I have been able to see farther than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants.
Perfection [in design] is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but rather when there is nothing more to take away.
Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it.
There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
The great tragedy of Science—the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
The answer to unethical science is not to give up on ethics, but rather to pursue ethical science.
Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths.
Post-Normal Science is where facts are uncertain, values in dispute, stakes high and decisions urgent.
The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
This isn't right. This isn't even wrong.
[In] the post-Enlightenment world, science [has] taken the place of magic, miracles, and superstition.
There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
It is wise not to seek a Secret, and Honest not to reveal it.
Three may keep a Secret, if two of them are dead.
Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature.
But seduction … isn't making someone do what they don't want to do. Seduction is enticing someone into doing what they secretly want to do already.
There is nothing noble about being superior to some other men. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
There is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.
Only the shallow know themselves.
There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
We run fastest and farthest when we run from ourselves.
The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbors as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant of others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.
My life is one long escape from myself.
Every observer, however superficial, has remarked that in many men the love of pleasures is the Ruling Passion of their youth, and the love of money that of their advanced years. However this be, it is not proper to dwell too long on the resistless power and despotic authority of this tyrant of the soul, lest the reader should, as it is very natural, take the present inclination, however destructive to society or himself, for the Ruling Passion, and forbear to struggle when he despairs to conquer.
I think high self-esteem is overrated. A little low self-esteem is actually quite good … Maybe you're not the best, so you should work a little harder.
Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it—what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellowmen. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.
Be at war with your vices,
At peace with your neighbors,
And let every New Year,
find you a better man.
When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. But I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my country. When I found I couldn't change my country, I began to focus on my town. However, I discovered that I couldn't change the town, and so as I grew older, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only one I can change is myself, but I've come to recognize that if long ago I had started with myself, then I could have made an impact on my family. And my family and I could have made an impact on our town. And that, in turn, could have changed the country and we could all, indeed, have changed the world.
No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
They [selfies] are this horrible thing where you are distorted. The chin is too big, the head is too small. No, this is electronic masturbation.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.
Where sense is wanting,
Everything is wanting.
A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.
They that [are] serious in ridiculous matters [will] be ridiculous in serious affairs.
The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.
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 entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection is the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted.
The daughter-in-law of Pythagoras said that a woman who goes to bed with a man ought to lay aside her modesty with her skirt, and put it on again with her petticoat.
Of all sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
Marriage has many pains but celibacy has no pleasures.
They made love as though they were an endangered species.
The physical union of the sexes … only intensifies man's sense of solitude.
As a child of eight Mr. Trout had once kissed a girl of six under the mistletoe at a Christmas party, but there his sex life had come to abrupt halt.
Ducking for apples—change one letter and it's the story of my life.
Women complain about sex more often than men. Their gripes fall into two major categories: (1) Not enough. (2) Too much.
Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way around.
Women can sleep with whoever they want;
Men have to sleep with whoever will let them.
A man on a date wonders if he'll get lucky. The woman already knows.
You don't get married to get sex. Getting married to get sex is like buying a 747 to get free peanuts.
I know nothing about sex because I was always married.
Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at.
Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.
Men want sex. If men ruled the world, they could get sex anywhere, anytime. Restaurants would give you sex instead of breath mints on the way out. Gas stations would give sex with every fill-up. Banks would give sex to anyone who opened a checking account.
Lie back and think of England.
After all, [female genital mutilation is] a key pillar of institutional misogyny in Islam: its entire purpose is to deny women sexual pleasure. True, a lot of us hapless western men find we deny women sexual pleasure without even trying, but we don't demand genital mutilation to guarantee it. On such slender distinctions does civilization rest.
I'll come and make love to you at five o'clock. If I'm late start without me.
You'll have to ask somebody older than me.
What men call gallantry, and gods adultery,
Is much more common where the climate's sultry.
She broke her marriage vows; she tried to sleep with me
He may be the best lover in the world, but what do you do the other twenty-two hours of the day?
Women need a reason to have sex, men just need a place.
Men don't realize that if we're sleeping with them on the first date, we're probably not interested in seeing them again either.
I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.
What's the worst thing about oral sex? The view.
What's a promiscuous person? It's usually someone who is getting more sex than you are.
Many years ago I chased a woman for almost two years, only to discover that her tastes were exactly like mine: we both were crazy about girls.
It's so long since I've had sex I've forgotten who ties up whom.
Why don't you come up sometime, and see me?
Is sex dirty? Only if it's done right.
A fast word about oral contraception. I asked a girl to go to bed with me and she said 'no'.
On bisexuality: It immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.
Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
and discerning if he holds his tongue.
Silence is the virtue of fools.
I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed with solicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evils.
When… you have succeeded in dehumanizing the Negro; when you have put him down and made it forever impossible for him to be but as the beasts of the field; when you have extinguished his soul and placed him where the ray of hope is blown out in darkness like that which broods over the spirits of the damned, are you quite sure that the demon you have roused will not turn and rend you?
Diligence overcomes Difficulties, Sloth makes them.
I have made it a rule never to smoke more than one cigar at a time.
[Social Darwinism] is the most influential misconception in history, since it produced the Marxism of Capital, the imperialism of Joe Chamberlain, and the racialism of Adolf Hitler.
Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area—crime, education, housing, race relations—the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them.
My point is that you cannot force social change at a speed that it cannot go. Social change is evolutionary, not revolutionary. Deep social change takes time.
I am certain, however, that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.
If any student of social science comes to appreciate the case of the Forgotten Man, he will become an unflinching advocate of strict scientific thinking in sociology, and a hard-hearted skeptic as regards any scheme of social amelioration. He will always want to know, Who and where is the Forgotten Man in this case, who will have to pay for it all?
To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukemia with leeches.
Marxian Socialism must always remain a portent to the historians of Opinion—how a doctrine so illogical and so dull can have exercised so powerful and enduring an influence over the minds of men, and, through them, the events of history.
[In the Soviet Union,] they pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.
Give people plenty and security, and they will fall into spiritual torpor.
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money.
[Socialists claim] that we reject fraternity, solidarity, organization, and association; and they brand us with the name of individualists. We can assure them that what we repudiate is not natural organization, but forced organization. It is not free association, but the forms of association that they would impose upon us. It is not spontaneous fraternity, but legal fraternity. It is not providential solidarity, but artificial solidarity, which is only an unjust displacement of responsibility. Socialism … confounds Government and society.
Society in its full sense … is never an entity separable from the individuals who compose it.
There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.
But a society that has nothing to die for has nothing to live for …
To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father's has acquires too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily7 the first principle of association—'the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.'
The form was still the same, but the animating health and vigor were fled.
Stop chasing [Facebook] likes and start doing more likable things.
The patient and active virtues of a soldier are insensibly nursed in the habits and discipline of a pastoral life.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone…
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all—
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.
How did you enjoy yourself with these people? Answer: very much, almost as much as I do when alone.
Man may indeed preserve his existence in solitude, but can enjoy it only in society…
He who causes his father's heart to bleed
Will one day have a son to avenge the deed.
Beat your son every day; you may not know why, but he will.
But for sorrow there is no remedy provided by nature; it is often occasioned by accidents irreparable, and dwells upon objects that have lost or changed their existence; it requires what it cannot hope, that the laws of the universe should be repealed; that the dead should return, or the past should be recalled.
Sorrow is a kind of rust of the soul, which every new idea contributes in its passage to scour away. It is the putrefaction of stagnant life, and is remedied by exercise and motion.
Coddle the body and you harm the soul.
If there is but little water in the stream, it is the fault, not of the channel, but of the source.
Noli equi dentes inspicere donati. [Never look a gift horse in the mouth.]
Such was the unhappy condition of the Roman emperors, that, whatever might be their conduct, their fate was commonly the same. A life of pleasure or virtue, of severity or mildness, of indolence or glory, alike led to an untimely grave; and almost every reign is closed by the same disgusting repetition of treason and murder.
Alas! the republic has lost a useful servant, and the rashness of an hour has destroyed the services of many years. You know not, the misery of sovereign power; a sword is perpetually suspended over our head. We dread our very guards, we distrust our companions. The choice of action or of repose is no longer in our disposition, nor is there any age, or character, or conduct, that can protect us from the censure of envy. In thus exalting me to the throne, you have doomed me to a life of cares, and to an untimely fate.
[If] the exercise of justice is the most important duty, the indulgence of mercy is the most exquisite pleasure, of a sovereign.
The usual disease of princes, grasping covetousness, had made them suspicious and quarrelsome neighbors.
Pyrrhus revived this image [of Alexander the Great] by the fire and vigor of his movements in the field of battle; the rest only mimicked the hero, whose title they assumed, in their demeanor, and in the trappings and state of royalty.
[The] day of his inauguration was the last day of his happiness.
The Romans derided [Marius's] indolence; they soon bewailed his activity.
For my own part, I adhere to the maxim of antiquity, that the throne is a glorious sepulchre.
To maintain the harmony of authority and obedience, to chastise the proud, to protect the weak, to reward the deserving, to banish vice and idleness from his dominions, to secure the traveller and merchant, to restrain the depredations of the soldier, to cherish the labors of the husbandman, to encourage industry and learning, and, by an equal and moderate assessment, to increase the revenue, without increasing the taxes, are indeed the duties of a prince …
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards.
Space … is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.
Once upon a time, there was a non-conforming sparrow who decided not to fly south for the winter. However, soon after the weather turned cold, the sparrow changed his mind and reluctantly started to fly south. After a short time, ice began to form his on his wings and he fell to earth in a barnyard almost frozen. A cow passed by and crapped on this little bird and the sparrow thought it was the end, but the manure warmed him and defrosted his wings. Warm and happy the little sparrow began to sing. Just then, a large Tom cat came by and, hearing the chirping, investigated the sounds. As Old Tom cleared away the manure, he found the chirping bird and promptly ate him.
There are three morals to this story:
- Everyone who shits on you is not necessarily your enemy.
- Everyone who gets you out of shit is not necessarily your friend.
- If you are warm and happy in a pile of shit, keep your mouth shut.
It is a great misfortune neither to have enough wit to talk well nor enough judgment to be silent.
10 persons who speak make more noise than 10,000 who are silent.
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.
The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.
[He] possessed that vehemence of speech, which seldom fails to impart the persuasion of the soul.
Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.
Most men with any convictions in a confused and complicated age have had the almost uncanny sensation of shouting at people that a mad dog is loose or the house is on fire, to be met merely with puzzled and painfully respectful expressions, as if the remark were a learned citation in Greek or Hebrew.
I am ignorant, sir, of your motives or provocations; I only know, that you have acted like a man who cuts off his right hand with his left.
Some [soccer] players suffer four or five fatal injuries per game. That's how tough they are.
Rockne wanted nothing but "bad losers." Good losers get into the habit of losing.
It's never just a game when you're winning.
What I admire most in any man is a serene spirit, a steady freedom from moral indignation, and all-embracing tolerance—in brief, what is commonly called sportsmanship.
Spouse, n. Someone who'll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn't have had if you'd stayed single.
I don't like those men who claim that their wife is their best friend. … I think spouses should tolerate each other and occasionally have sex.
I don't like those men who claim that their wife is their best friend. My wife doesn't even crack the top 25.
The stories of Paul, Hilarion, and Malchus, by [St. Jerom], are admirably told: and the only defect of these pleasing compositions is the want of truth and common sense.
There is this special biologist word we use for 'stable'. It is 'dead'.
Arrest, try, shoot!
It was the voice of the new England: uncomfortable with greatness, wary of excellence, indifferent to challenges abroad … an appropriate debut for this evangelist of political mediocrity.
I don't want to be a star—most of the ones I know are too unhappy.
The end-game for statists is very obvious. If you expand the bureaucratic class and you expand the dependent class, you can put together a permanent electoral majority.
Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.
Noblesse oblige [Rank has its obligations].
Never tell a story because it is true: tell it because it is a good story.
The separation of the Arabs from the rest of mankind has accustomed them to confound the ideas of stranger and enemy …
Listen up, if someone is being nice to you, and you don't know them, run away. No one is nice to you just to be nice to you, and if they are, well, they can go take their pleasant ass somewhere else.
Short-term thinking drives out long-term strategy.
Never attribute to malice that which can adequately be explained by stupidity.
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
Against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.
Remember, when you are dead, you do not know you are dead. It is painful only for others. The same applies when you are stupid.
Orders can be benign or malign, but the habit of obeying them can become ingrained.
It is not enough to succeed, a friend must fail.
What is success?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
That is to have succeeded.
Lose as if you like it; win as if you were used to it.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.
Eighty percent of success is showing up.
Eighty percent of success is showing up.
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
It is sobering to consider that when Mozart was my age he had already been dead for a year.
The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God's children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil.
Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet 'em on your way down.
The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition.
It is difficult to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys.
It matters not whether you win or lose: what matters is whether I win or lose.
There are two kinds of success: initial and ultimate. To act by half-measures, with a lack of conviction miscalled "caution," is to run the greatest risks and lose the prize.
In the real world, very smart people fail and mediocre people rise. Part of what makes people fail or succeed are skills that have nothing to do with IQ.
The sufferings that fate inflicts on us should be borne with patience, what enemies inflict with manly courage.
To live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in the suffering.
If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death.
When we have lost everything, including hope, life becomes a disgrace and death a duty.
Unhappy men! If you are thus weary of your lives, is it so difficult for you to find ropes and precipices?
The criminal penalties [for suicide] are the production of a later and darker age.
Yet the civilians have always respected the natural right of a citizen to dispose of his life …
The superfluous is very necessary.
A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time.
Fear has been the original parent of superstition, and every new calamity urges trembling mortals to deprecate the wrath of their invisible enemies.
Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining.
Zounds! I was never so bethump'd with words
Since I first call'd my brother's father dad.
The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
The Swiss are not a people so much as a neat, clean, quiet solvent business.
Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
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