A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma in a velvety hollandaise sauce.
Hey, hey, we're the monkeys...
Desmond Morris (not really)
Self-love, my liege, is not / so vile a sin / As self-neglecting.
Henry V Act 2 Scene IV
Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
Quintilian (A.D. c.35-c.100)
Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily.
William of Occam (c.1285-c.1349)
Men loven of proper kynde newefangelnesse.
Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343-1400)
This hitteth the nail on the head.
John Heywood (c.1497-c.1580)
Seven cities warred for Homer being dead,/ Who living had no roof to shroud his head.
Thomas Heywood (c.1574-c.1641)
There is pleasure sure / In being mad which none but madmen know.
John Dryden (1631-1700)
No one would talk much in society, if he knew how often he misunderstands others.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
The Machine is the friend of ideas and the enemy of superstition: the Machine is omnipotent, eternal; blessed is the Machine.
E.M. Forster - The Machine Stops (1909)
Of its own beauty is the mind diseased.
Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Meme sur un banc d'accuse il est toujours interessant d'entendre parler de soi.
Albert Camus L'Etranger
...the others...not understanding him, had no idea that he could understand them...
Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis
The highest ideal for Buddhists is that nothing can surprise them.
Tor Norretranders The User Illusion
There are no new melodies nowadays. What people talk of as 'the last new song' always recalls to me some tune I've known as a child!
Lewis Carroll Sylvie and Bruno Concluded
Misfortune is liable to make me a damn bad man.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)This Side of Paradise
It's the bizarreness of existence that continually bemuses me.
Lawrence Sanders The Tomorrow File
Brave, brave were the soldiers (high named today) who lived / through the fight; / But the bravest press'd to the front and fell, unnamed, unknown.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
My road of misery would never end.
Knut Hamsun (1859-1952) Hunger
I never seen goodness come o' goodness yet.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Treasure Island, spoken by Israel Hands
For why should my thirst for knowledge be aroused, only to be disappointed and punished?
Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926) Flatland
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse-races.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) Pudd'nhead Wilson
The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)
Hypocrite lecteur-mon semblable-mon frere.
Charles Beaudelaire (1821-1867)
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
Henry Brooke Adams (1838-1918)
The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed (in a painting) will set off a revolution.
From Joachim Gasquet Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
Confucius (551-479 B.C.)et al.
My own art is negation of society, an affirmation of the individual, outside all rules and demands of society.
Emile Zola (1840-1902)
As a rule, man is sociable just in the degree in which he is intellectually poor and generally vulgar.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
Genius...means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an inhabitual way.
William James (1842-1910)
To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.
Anatole France (1844-1924)
And you wouldn't recognize the complete uninterrupted flight of an arrow if it hit you in the eye, / which it will / Someday
DREXELITES 9.4-6 The Boomer Bible R.F. Laird
There is nothing so well known as that we should not expect something for nothing - but we all do and call it Hope.
Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937)
It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941)
I would like to be a free artist and nothing else, and I regret God has not given me the strength to be one.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904)
I mean, if I went 'round saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!
Dennis - Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Perhaps the greatest lovers of God and man have been confirmed atheists, confirmed criminals. The lunatics of love, so to say.
Henry Miller - Nexus
Art...is a productive state that is truly reasoned, while it's contrary non-art (atechnia) is a productive state that is falsely reasoned...
Aristotle - Ethics
Pause you who read this, and think of a long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of that first link on one memorable day.
Charles Dickens - Great Expectations
He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher. Perfect sanity shows the master among philosophs...
Walt Whitman - Leaves Of Grass
But in accordance with the primitive arrangement of things, the most trifling causes produce the greatest events, and the grandest undertakings end in the most insignificant results.
Nikolai Gogol - Old Fashioned Farmers
Useless laws weaken necessary laws.
I neglected my clients and my own business...prophets and inspired people are always considered by the majority to be mad.
Edwin A. Abbott - Flatland
It's like putting on crampons and trying to walk through a room full of puppies.
Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash
Like software, the best programs never end up as industry standards.
Peter Watts - Starfish
Though an angel should write, still 'tis devils must print.
Thomas Moore - The Fudge Family in England (Letter III)
I became filled with the hatred and contempt for humanity so common among bright young boys who read too much and listen to punk rock.
Jim Knipfel - Slackjaw
"If there's one thing I hate", I said to the beautiful woman on the airplane, "it's meeting a beautiful woman on an airplane."
Kinky Friedman - The Mile-High Club (opening line)
He was always being called one of the most eminent philosophers of his time but he knew that nobody could really define what special features his philosophy had, or what 'eminent' meant or what 'his time' exactly was, or who were the other worthies. When writers in foreign countries were called his disciples he never could find in their writings anything remotely akin to the style or temper of thought which, without his sanction, critics had assigned to him, so that he finally began regarding himself (robust rude Krug) as an illusion or rather as a shareholder in an illusion which was highly appreciated by a great number of cultured people (with a generous sprinkling of semi-cultured ones.)
Vladimir Nabokov - Bend Sinister
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm.
The free spirit stands amid the cosmos with a joyous and thrusting fatalism - he does not negate anymore.
Frederick Nietzsche quoted in Radix by A.A. Attanasio
The man of noble mind seeks to achieve the good in others and not their evil. The little-minded man is the reverse of this.
Confucius - Analects
...the resistance of a scientist to a new theory almost invariably is based on ideological reasons rather than on logical reasons or objections to the evidence.
Michael Shermer - The Borderlands Of Science
For a nod to the nabir is better than wink to the wasbanti.
James Joyce - Finnegan's Wake
Mais ce sont les bons nageurs qui se noient.
Choderlos De Laclos - Les Liaisons Dangereuses
...one of the characteristics of genius is not to let its thoughts trail along in the rut traced out by the common herd.
Stendahl - Scarlet And Black
My vices are the children of a forced solitude that I abhor; and my virtues will necessarily arise when I live in communion with an equal.
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein (The Modern Prometheus)
And even that tavern music, which makes one man merry, another mad, in me strikes a deep fit of devotion.
Thomas De Quincey - Confessions Of An English Opium-Eater
All the traits of an anti-hero are expressly gathered together here
- morally rotting in my corner
- lack of fitting environment
- divorce from real life
- rankling spite
Fyodor Dostoievski - Notes From The Underground
Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.
Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Employers in me sense a denial of their values. (Ignatius P. Reilly)