“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“I would rather have a competent extremist than an incompetent moderate.”
“All species capable of grasping this fact manage better in the struggle for existence than those which rely upon their own strength alone: the wolf, which hunts in a pack, has a greater chance of survival than the lion, which hunts alone.”
—Christian Lous Lange.
“It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”
—William Carlos Williams.
“A vitamin is a substance that makes you ill if you don’t eat it.”
“Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth. The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.”
“Most social acts have to be understood in their setting and lose meaning if isolated… No error in thinking about social acts is more serious than the failure to see their place and function.”
“Ideally, couples need three lives, one for him, one for her, and one for them together.”
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ― Albert Einstein.
“… the defining of risk is essentially a political act.”
—Roger E. Kasperson.
“After you play husband and wife on camera multiple times, it becomes easy to be husband and wife off camera as well.”
“A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.”
“The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best — and therefore never scrutinize or question.”
—Stephen Jay Gould.
“The English people, a lot of them, would not be able to understand a word of spoken Shakespeare. There are people who do and I’m not denying they exist. But it’s a far more philistine country than people think.”
“People make mistakes in life through believing too much, but they have a damned dull time if they believe too little.”
“If more politicians in this country were thinking about the next generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United States and the world.”
“Don’t complain. Contribute.”
“An individual who is observed to be inconstant to his plans, or perhaps to carry on his affairs without any plan at all, is marked at once. By all prudent people, as a speedy victim to his own unsteadiness and folly.”
‒ Alexander Hamilton.
“Children are often better actors than adults because they have a greater capacity for believing in a situation.”
“I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.”
‘Why is it that married people always say “Come in” when everything they do says “Get out”?’
—Sir Malcolm Bradbury.
“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”
“If you put people in a corner, you see what their character really is.”
“In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.”
“Our errors are surely not such awfully solemn things. In a world where we are so certain to incur them in spite of all our caution, a certain lightness of heart seems healthier than this excessive nervousness on their behalf.”
— William James.
“We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.”
“A harbor, even if it is a little harbor, is a good thing, since adventurers come into it as well as go out, and the life in it grows strong, because it takes something from the world, and has something to give in return.”
–Sarah Orne Jewett.
“The Mars research has advanced my life in no capacity. How has it helped your life? Looks like Arizona, tastes like chicken. Billions of dollars. I think we should just blow it up and sniff it as it drifts past.”
“Evil is that which one believes of others. It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.”
—Henry Lewis Mencken.