A List of My Favorite Quotes

Oppose the oppressor and support the oppressed.
- Imam Ali
We wanted it to go better, but it turned out as always.
- Viktor Chernomyrdin, Prime Minister
Russia is a country with an unpredictable past.
- Yuri Afanasiev, May 1993
Precise adaptation, with each part finely honed to perform a definite function in an optimal way, can only lead to blind alleys, dead ends, and extinction.
- Stephen Jay Gould
The final conquest of the truth comes, if ever, inevitably tinged with disillusion, soured by the realization of the ultimate irrelevance of all intellectual endeavors.
- Gian-Carlo Rota
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
We all have to be concerned about terrorism, but you will never end terrorism by terrorizing others.
- Martin Luther King III
Why, of course the people don't want war... But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
- Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II
Today the world faces a single man armed with weapons of mass destruction, manifesting an aggressive, bullying attitude, who may well plunge the world into chaos and bloodshed if he miscalculates. This person, belligerent, arrogant, and sure of himself, truly is the most dangerous person on Earth. The problem is that his name is George W. Bush, and he is our president.
- Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School, September 22, 2002
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
- George Santayana
History is the story of warfare between secret societies.
- Ismael Reed
There is nothing so powerful, not all the armies in the world, as an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo
The politicians tell lies to journalists, and then believe those same lies when they turn up in print.
- Karl Kraus
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.
- Calgacus
Chess is not something that drives people mad; chess is something that keeps mad people sane.
- William Hartston
Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes (I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts).
- Virgil
A nation which enslaves another forges its own chains.
- Karl Marx
Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.
- George Burns
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.
- Vernon Law
The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.
- Oscar Wilde
The heart has its reasons which reason does not know.
- Pascal
Roberto: It is a sad and beautiful world.
Zack: Yeah, it's a sad and beautiful world buddy.
- Down by Law, a movie by Jim Jarmusch
There are just two rules for success: 1. Never tell all you know.
- Roger H. Lincoln
This is a simple tale of a devout monk who spent his life in deep meditation. Along this journey, he experienced a profound revelation: A vision of nirvana. Enthralled by its insight, he believed he had achieved absolute enlightenment. He shared his revelation with his master. His master was unimpressed yet compassionate. "Indeed," the master intoned, "this is not a singular event among men." He told the monk that his vision of enlightenment would draw him away from his spiritual journey. The monk became greatly distressed. Then the master told the monk that if he should meet the Buddha, he should slay him. "Why kill the Buddha?" asked the monk in disbelief. "Because that Buddha will not be the true Buddha," replied the master. "He will merely be an expression of your longing for what it is you seek. If you do not kill the Buddha, he will only stand in your way."
- Zen Buddhist Tradition
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
- Dante
Forgetfulness is the handmaiden of tyranny.
- James Carroll
Sometimes the truth is too simple for intellectuals.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Markets can stay irrational longer than participants can stay liquid.
- John Maynard Keynes
In the long run, we are all dead.
- John Maynard Keynes
This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
- HAL 9000
Young man knows the rules and the old man knows the exceptions.
- James Dines
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison ... the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor.
- Henry David Thoreau
There is nothing new under the Sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know.
- Ambrose Bierce
If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied.
- Rudyard Kipling
Be brave when others are afraid, and afraid when others are brave.
- Warren Buffett
Wer im Glashaus sitzt, soll nicht mit Steinen werfen.
- German Proverb
Kurtz: "What did they tell you?"
Willard: "They told me that you had gone totally insane, and that your methods were unsound."
Kurtz: "Are my methods unsound?"
Willard: "I don't see any method, at all, sir."
- Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola, Director
Nothing is EVER about anything except money.
- The Mogambo Guru, Richard Daughty
It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
- Yogi Berra
Now it is not good for the Christian's health to hustle the Aryan brown,
For the Christian riles, and the Aryan smiles and he weareth the Christian down;
And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased,
And the epitaph drear: "A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East."
- The Naulahka, Rudyard Kipling
Never mistake motion for action. For motion can be action-less, and sometimes action should be motionless.
- Dr. Ho, Zen Buddhist
Civilization exists by geologic consent, subject to change without notice.
- Will Durant, Historian
Whenever you can, count.
- Francis Galton
All empires collapse eventually: Akkad, Sumeria, Babylonia, Ninevah, Assyria, Persia, Macedonia, Greece, Carthage, Rome, Mali, Songhai, Mongonl, Tokugawaw, Gupta, Khmer, Hapbsburg, Inca, Aztec, Spanish, Dutch, Ottoman, Austrian, French, British, Soviet, you name them, they all fell, and most within a few hundred years. The reasons are not really complex. An empire is a kind of state system that inevitably makes the same mistakes simply by the nature of its imperial structure and inevitably fails because of its size, complexity, territorial reach, stratification, heterogeneity, domination, hierarchy, and inequalities.
- Kirkpatrick Sale
You cannot drink yourself sober and, you cannot borrow your way to solvency.
- Randolph Buss
I cannot exceed what I see.
- Saul Bellow
Bilgi toplumu oldunuz da, duygu toplumu olmaniza megabaytlariniz mi yetmiyor?
- Musfik Kenter
I would like to name XX century not as century of catastrophe as sometimes it is named but as century of the warning. The events of present century have allowed us to take a glance after a horizon - we have seen the features a reality, which can expect us, can expect all of us, all the mankind. Previous years and the events really warn us. But simultaneously also give us a chance, because we have understood: much still is not late to make. But the Collective Decisions and Collective Will are necessary for this purpose! I am sure that the world goes to a rational society in which at all colorful palette of the cultures, which is necessary for future maintenance of Man, the unity without national borders, national governments and confrontation will be ratified".
- N. N. Moiseev, from the book "The Modern Rationalism"
A conqueror is always a lover of peace.
- Karl von Clausewitz, Prussian General
You know the best thing about necrophilia? You don't have to bring flowers. Usually they're already there.
- George Carlin
An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.
- Eugene McCarthy, US Senator & Anti-War Activist
You are a den of vipers. I intend to rout you out and by the Eternal God I will rout you out. If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning."
-Andrew Jackson, 1828
The US is safest when Congress is in recess.
- Will Rogers
Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.
- Will Rogers
It is probably true that hard work never killed anyone, but why take a chance?
- Ronald Reagan
If you're really good at what you do, and you dress funny, you're an eccentric. If you're not so good at what you do, and you dress funny, you're a schmuck. So our motivation here has always been to be extraordinarily good at what we do, so therefore we can wear whatever we want.
- Sam Zell
He asked if we're not scared. I told him we are more scared of not having anything to eat on Saturday.
- Mexican bridge worker, From the movie "In the Pit"
Law is that which is boldly asserted and plausibly maintained.
- Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson's Vice President
As long as the state permits itself to interfere in the affairs of literature, literature has the right to interfere with the affairs of state.
- Joseph Brodsky
I came to Istanbul to look at the past, not at the future -- since the latter doesn't exist here: ... Here there is only an unenviable, third-rate present of the people, industrious yet plundered by the intensity of the local history. Nothing will happen here anymore, apart perhaps from street disorders or an earthquake.
- Joseph Brodsky, 1980s
O Lord, if there is a Lord, save my soul, if I have a soul.
- Ernest Renan
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
- Albert Einstein
80% of success is showing up.
- Woody Allen
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
- Mark Twain
I have almost achieved perfection you see, of a divine creature that is pure, harmonious, absolutely incapable of any malice. And if in my tinkering I have fallen short of the human form by the snout, claw or hoof, it really is of no great importance. I am closer than you could possibly imagine sir.
- Marlon Brando as Dr. Moreau, from the 1996 movie "The Island of Dr. Moreau"
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
- Seneca