I run across many quotes in my interweb travels, and I thought it about time to start a repository. Here is said repository, sorted by a loose categorical system. I have no idea how often this will get updated.
“We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you know, everyone you love, everyone you’ve ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines. Every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”
– Carl Sagan, ‘Pale Blue Dot‘
Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
Or do without
– oft-quoted bit of advice during the Great Depression, found on Nicholas Johnson’s blog
“The world is like a ride at an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it, you think it’s real, because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round and it has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly colored and it’s very loud. And it’s fun, for a while.
Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: ‘Is this real? Or is this just a ride?’ And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and they say ‘Hey! Don’t worry, don’t be afraid – ever – because… this is just a ride.’ And we kill those people.
‘Shut him up! We have a lot invested in this ride! Shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry; look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.’
It’s just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that – ever notice that? – and we let the demons run amok. But it doesn’t matter, because… it’s just a ride, and we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort. No worry. No job. No savings and money. Just a choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your door, buy bigger guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one.
Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, into a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defense each year and, instead, spend it feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would do many times over – not one human being excluded – and we can explore space together, both inner and outer, forever. In peace.”
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. – Søren Kierkegaard
We dwell in a present-tense culture that somehow, significantly, decided to employ the telling expression “You’re history” as a choice reprobation or insult, and thus elected to speak forgotten volumes about itself.
– Christopher Hitchens
If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you. – Winnie the Pooh
“On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend’s life also, in our own, to the world.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” – Harry S. Truman
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, From a speech before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953
“Governing is not ruling. It’s managing diversity.” – ppGaz, balloon-juice.com comment
“That’s how ‘The System’ works. It’s become a paper-based RPG – your lawyer versus their lawyer, knight vs. knight. ” – Slashdot comment
“Necessitous men are not free men.” – FDR quoting an ‘old English judge’ in his 1944 State of the Union Address.
“Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” – Abraham Lincoln
“It’s called the ‘American Dream’ because you have to be asleep to believe it.” – George Carlin
“A nation of sheep begets a government of wolves.” – Edward R. Murrow (attributed)
“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F Kennedy
“The corruption of the press is part of our sad reality, and it reveals the complicity of the oligarchy.” – Monseñor Óscar Romero
“Is it child abuse or a learning experience?” – Access Hollywood lede, 9/2/2007
“To quote my friend Nancy Grace, there is no such thing as coincidences.” – Nancy Grace’s sub, 10/31/07
“I know who the enemy is and I want to kill them. But I think that’s the government’s job.” – Ann Coulter, 11/28/07
“During the daily peak viewing periods, television in the main insulates us from the realities of the world in which we live. If this state of affairs continues, we may alter an advertising slogan to read: LOOK NOW, PAY LATER.
For surely we shall pay for using this most powerful instrument of communication to insulate the citizenry from the hard and demanding realities which must be faced if we are to survive. I mean the word survive literally.” – Edward R. Murrow, RTNDA Convention Speech (1958)
“Whoever controls the media,controls your mind.” – Jim Morrison
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. ” – Edward Bernays
“The modern susceptibility to conformity and obedience to authority indicates that the truth endorsed by authority is likely to be accepted as such by a majority of people, who are innately obedient to authority. This obedience-truth will then become a consensus-truth accepted by many individuals unable to stand alone against the majority. In this way, the truth promulgated by the propaganda system – however irrational – stands a good chance of becoming the consensus, and may come to seem self-evident common sense.” – David Edwards
“Material goods are to Americans as alcohol is to a drunk.” – Mike Oehler