Quotes & Quips

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) in June 1856 (...

Thoreau Rockin' Ridiculously Cool Facial Hair (Image via Wikipedia)

I went back and forth and back again on whether it is appropriate/cool/acceptable to put quotes onto STOTU.  In the final/current analysis I figure that yes, giving credit where it is of course due, it is well within bounds to post what for me are some of the more insightful snippets out there, even if it means this one abuse of your relative captivity.  

I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations – one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it – you will regret both.

Soren Kirkegaard

Believe those who are seeking the truth.  Doubt those who find it.

Andre Gide

Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence

Napoleon (Hanlon’s Razor)

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.


Confucius and you are both dreams, and I who say you are dreams am a dream myself. This is a paradox. Tomorrow a wise man may explain it; that tomorrow will not be for ten thousand generations.

–Chuang Tse

Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me?  And why should I not speak to you?

Walt Whitman

If you’re not happy, you’re fucked.

–My big Fijian friend Joe

We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.

Immanuel Kant

There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.

Cyril Connolly

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.

Benjamin Franklin

…If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.  If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.

–Gospel of Thomas

When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war.


Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.

Kurt Vonnegut

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.   The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.  The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.

A. A. Milne

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

George Bernard Shaw

It’s never too late to be what you could have been.

–George Eliot

Shit, I was gonna say fuck.

My old friend Mark

To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.


Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so.  Aim above morality.  Be not simply good; be good for something.

Henry David Thoreau

It was impossible to get a conversation going; everybody was talking too much.

Yogi Berra


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