"The Lord's Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words."
"My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself."
- George Bernard Shaw "Everybody's Political What's What"
"Schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the great enterprises of the planet. No one believes any more that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. The truth is that schools don't really teach anything except how to obey orders."
- John Taylor Gatto
"My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school"
- Margaret Mead
"I loathed every day and regret every day I spent in school. I like to be taught to read and write and add and then be left alone."
- Woody Allen
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves." -- William Pitt the Younger
"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no
God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." -- Thomas Jefferson
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because
he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however
measured or far away." - Henry David Thoreau
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
"Common sense is a collection of prejudices
acquired by age eighteen." - Albert Einstein
"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people." -George Bernard Shaw
The true measure of a man is not where he stands at times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and controversy." (MLK Jr.)
"We must learn to live together as brothers,
or perish together as fools." MLK. Jr.
"Life is what happens to you while your busy
making other plans." John Lennon
"and in the end.. the love you take..
is equal to the love you make.. " Paul McCartney
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - MLK Jr.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become
silent about things that matter" - MLK Jr.
"We may have come over on different ships,
but we're all in the same boat now!" MLK Jr
"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."-MLK,Jr.
"We must accept finite disappointment,
but never lose infinite hope." - MLK Jr
"Procrastination is the key thief of time." MLK, Jr
"Rarely do we find people who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think." MLK jr.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. (MLK, JR.)
"IF YOU WILL NOT STAND FOR SOMETHING...
YOU'LL FALL FOR EVERY THING"......MLK,Jr.
"I was happy as a child with my toys in my nursery. I have been happier every year since I became a man. But this interlude of school makes a somber grey patch upon the chart of my journey. It was an unending spell of worries that did not then seem petty, and of toil uncheered by fruition; a time of discomfort, restriction and purposeless monotony."
- Winston Churchill
"Everything we see is a shadow, cast by that which we do not see." MLK Jr.
"We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity."...MLK,JR
"If people do not know what your passion is then you don't have one". MLK Jr.
"If a man has not discovered something that he will die for he isn't fit to live" MLK Jr.
"The civilized man is a more experienced and wiser savage."
- Henry David Thoreau
"we must walk only part way to our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success"-thoreau
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you've imagined." Thoreau
"Not until we are lost to we begin to understand ourselves." - Thoreau
"If you have built your castles in the air, your work need not be lost. Now, put the foundations under them." -- Thoreau
"It takes 2 to speak the truth- one to speak,
and another to hear" Henry David Thoreau
"Every generation laughs at the old fashions,
but follows religiously the new." Thoreau
"Whenever you find that you are a member of the majority, it's time to reform"-Mark Twain
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation- H.D. Thoreau
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau
This world is but a canvas to our imaginations -Henry David Thoreau
"Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another." ~ Homer
To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a
man who is quite awake "Thoreau"
"There is no remedy for love but to love more."
Henry David Thoreau
"The attack on youth is a national pathology, unwarranted by fact, smokescreen for the failure of adulthood and its leadership to confront larger predicaments. No rescue by the monied, governing, institutional, or otherwise privileged is in sight. It's up to the energy and inventiveness of the younger generation to pull the gated minds of millennium America toward acceptance of diversity, community, and fairness, and I hope they have as much fun as I did in my adolescences achieving what we Sixties kids only imagined."
- Mike Males "Framing Youth"
"To have a good enemy, choose a friend:
he knows where to strike." -- Diane de Poitiers
"Who knows where the road will take you,
stop worrying and enjoy the trip" Thoreau
"The world is but a canvas to our imagination". -H.D. Thoreau
"How vain it is to sit down and write,
when you have not stood up to live." (Thoreau)
"To know that we know what we know,
and that we do not know what we do not know,
that is true knowledge" - Henry David Thoreau
That which we do not confront in ourselves,
we will meet as fate. (Carl Jung)
Before we can forgive one another we have
to understand one another. What lies before
us and what lies behind us are small matters
compared to what lies within us. And when
we bring what is within out into the world,
miracles happen. (Henry Thoreau)
"In the long run men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, though they should fail immediately,
they had better aim at something high." -Henry David Thoreau
"No one can make you feel inferior without
your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt
"No genius has ever existed without some
touch of madness."-Aristotle
"Far greater it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy nor suffer too much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."--- Teddy Roosevelt
It isn't enough to talk about peace..One must believe it.....It isn't enough to believe in it..One must work at it - Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which we do for ourselves dies with us.
That which we do for others is immortal." -- Alfred Pike
Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.
-- Herbert Hoover
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
-- Winston Churchill
Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parent,
gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.
The 'teenager' seems to have replaced the Communist as the appropriate target for public controversy and foreboding. - Edgar Friedenberg "The Vanishing Adolescent"
History is the version of past events that people
have decided to agree upon.
-- Napoleon Bonaparte
Those who cannot remember the past are
condemned to repeat it.
A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.
-- Fr. Jerome Cummings
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work
one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble. -Emerson
For everything you have missed, you have gained
something else; and for everything you gain, you
lose something else. -Emerson
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it.
~ John F. Kennedy ~
The greatest Glory of a free-born People, Is to transmit that Freedom to their Children.
~ William Havard ~
The farther we go, the more the ultimate explanation recedes from us, and all we have left is faith.
~ Vaclav Hlavaty ~
That's the thing about faith. If you don't have it you can't understand it. And if you do, no explanation is necessary
~ Major Kira Nerys ~
"It is easy for us to criticize the prejudices of our grandfathers, from which our frathers freed themselves. It is more difficult to distance ourselves from our own views, so that we can dispassionately search for prejudices among the beliefs and values we hold."
- Peter Singer "Practical Ethics"
"Children do not constitute anyone's property: they are neither the property of their parents nor even of society. They belong only to their own future freedom."
- Mikhail Bakunin
A faith that hasn't been tested can't be trusted.
~ Adrian Rogers ~
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.
~ Elton Trueblood ~
I, for one, hope that youth will again revolt and again demoralize the dead weight of conformity that now lies upon us.
~ Howard M. Jones ~
The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.
~ Frank A. Clark ~
Having children makes one no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.
~ Michael Levine ~
The best things in life aren't things.
~ Art Buchwald ~
Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo not for a man.
~ Samuel Butler ~
In the early days all I hoped was to make a living out of what I did best. But, since there's no real market for masturbation I had to fall back on my bass playing abilities.
~ Les Claypool ~
Too often man handles life as he does the bad weather, He whiles away the time as he waits for it to stop.
~ Alfred Polgar ~
Dance like no one is watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it's heaven on earth.
~ William Purkey ~
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
~ H. L. Mencken ~
Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
~ Billy Wilder ~
Be an optimist -- at least until they start moving animals in pairs to Cape Canaveral.
~ Source Unknown ~
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. -Confucious
Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it. -Confucious
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. -Winston Churchill
"Those that would give up essential liberty for a little safety deserve neither liberty nor
"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away."
-- Barry Goldwater (1964)
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely
exercised for the good of its victims
may be the most oppressive. ...those who
torment us for our own good will
torment us without end for they do so with
the approval of their own
C. S. Lewis
"I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves."
"If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual."
"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."
-Charles Austin Beard
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes."
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."
"When a great truth once gets abroad in the world, no power on earth can imprison it, or prescribe its limits, or suppress it. It is bound to go on till it becomes the thought of the world."
-- Frederick Douglass
"In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all - security, comfort and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again."
"Politicians are the same all over: they promise to build a bridge even where there is no river."
-- Nikita Khrushchev (1960)
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
-- Ronald Reagan, President of The United States
"If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist."
-- Joseph Sobran (1995)
The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
I know there's other fish in the sea, but I lost my pole when the last one got away from me. Royal Rangers - "Out to Sea"
O never give all the heart outright,
For they, for all smooth lips can say,
Have given their hearts up to the play
And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind with love?
He that made this knows all the cost,
For he gave all his heart and lost
It used to be believed that the parent had unlimited claims on the child and rights over him. In a truer view of the matter, we are coming to see that the rights are on the side of the child and the duties on the side of the parent. (William G. Sumner, 1840-1910)
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. (Harry S. Truman, 1884-1972)
Historically the belief in heaven and the belief in utopia are like compensatory buckets in a well: when one goes down the other comes up. When the classic religions decayed, communistic agitation rose in Athens (430 B.C.), and revolution began in Rome (133 B.C.); when these movements failed, resurrection faiths succeeded, culminating in Christianity; when, in our eighteenth century, Christian belief weakened, communism reappeared. In this perspective the future of religion is secure.
- Will Durant
"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the trouble makers. The round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them, because they change things, they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do..." Steve Jobs, CEO & Founder of Apple Computers
"If I am young and wrong, then you are right [to look down on my youthful ignorance]. But if I am young and right, what does my age matter?"
"The oppressed should rebel, and they will continue to rebel and raise disturbance until their civil rights are fully restored to them and all partial distinctions, exclusions and incapacitations are removed."
--Thomas Jefferson, 1776.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.
-- Albert Einstein
Love your country, but never trust its government.
-- Robert A. Heinlein.
"The solution of adult problems tomorrow depends in large measure upon the way our children grow up today. There is no greater insight into the future than recognizing that, when we save children, we save ourselves." - Margaret Mead
"Don't let anyone think little of you because you are young."
-1 Timothy 4:12
"If you're explaining, you're loosing." JC Watts
When they took the fourth amendment, I was quiet because I didn't deal drugs.
When they took the sixth amendment, I was quiet because I was innocent.
When they took the second amendment, I was quiet because I didn't own a gun.
Now they've taken the first amendment, and I can say nothing about it.
There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws.
Liberty is the soul's right to breathe, and when it cannot take a long breath laws are girded too tight. Without liberty, man is a syncope.
- William Congrave
"It is idle to talk of civil liberties to adults who were systematically taught in adolescence that they had none; and it is sheer hypocrisy to call such people freedom loving."
- Edgar Friedenberg "The Dignity of Youth and Other Atavisms"