There are many To-morrows, my Love, my Love, –
There is only one To-day.
—Joaquin Miller (American Poet)
This is a confusing and uncertain period, when a thousand wise words can go completely unnoticed, and one thoughtless word can provoke an utterly nonsensical furor.
—Vaclav Havel (Czech Dramatist, Statesman)
Kissin’ wears out. Cookin’ don’t.
—Pennsylvania Dutch Proverb
Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base.
—George S. Patton (American Military Leader)
Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.
—Nikos Kazantzakis (Greek Novelist, Statesman)
All science requires mathematics. The knowledge of mathematical things is almost innate in us. This is the easiest of sciences, a fact which is obvious in that no one’s brain rejects it; for laymen and people who are utterly illiterate know how to count and reckon.
—Roger Bacon (English Philosopher)
It is rude to silence a fool, and cruelty to let him go on.
Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven’t committed.
—Anthony Powell (English Novelist)
Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
—Edwin Hubbell Chapin (American Preacher, Poet)
What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato’s cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don’t know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?
—Desiderius Erasmus (Dutch Humanist, Scholar)
I don’t think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking there’s some kind of change.
—Bob Dylan (American Musician)
God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.
—Billy Graham (American Baptist Religious Leader)
Happiness is the light on the water. The water is cold and dark and deep.
—William Keepers Maxwell Jr. (American Novelist, Editor)
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.
—Tacitus (Roman Orator, Historian)
If you can actually count your money, then you’re not a rich man.
—J. Paul Getty (American Business Person)
How I wish we lived in a time when laws were not necessary to safeguard us from discrimination.
—Barbra Streisand (American Musician)
There are too many idiots in this world. And having said it, I have the burden of proving it.
—Frantz Fanon (Algerian Political Theorist)