Quotes

This page contains all the random quotes displayed in the sidebar. Yes, some are probably attributed to the wrong author, but the message is the matter.


If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

— George Orwell

I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.

— Oscar Wilde

If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

— George Washington

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

— Ronald Reagan

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

— John Adams

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.

— Plato

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.

— Anais Nin

Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.

— Anais Nin

I don’t pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.

— Arthur C. Clarke

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

— Albert Einstein

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

— Albert Einstein

My parents taught me how to listen to everybody before I made up my own mind. When you listen, you learn. You absorb like a sponge and your life becomes so much better than when you are just trying to be listened to all the time.

— Steven Spielberg

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

— Benjamin Franklin

Some subjects are so serious that one can only joke about them

— Niels Bohr

An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them.

— Werner Heisenberg

Big Brother is watching you.

— George Orwell

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

— George Orwell

In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.

— George Orwell

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

My heart is broken in the face of the stupidity of my species.

— Joni Mitchell

Stubborn and ardent clinging to one’s opinion is the best proof of stupidity.

— Michel de Montaigne

People’s ignorance really pisses me off. Stupidity is when you can’t help it -ignorance is when you choose not to understand something.

— Sarah McLachlan

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

— Robert A. Heinlein

It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

— Douglas Adams

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

— Douglas Adams

I don’t like anything in the mainstream and they don’t like me.

— Bill Hicks

When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.

— Barack Obama

The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.

— Carl Sagan

We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

— Carl Sagan

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

— Carl Sagan

The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free.

— Jean Cocteau

We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?

— Niels Bohr

Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

— George Carlin

Never interfere with your enemy when he is making a mistake.

— Napoleon

We need to think about encryption not as black magic but as something that works, It’s the defense against the dark arts in the digital realm.

— Edward Snowden

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.

— Unknown

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

— Matthew Kelly, The rhythm of life: living every day with passion and purpose (2004)

If you’re not pissing someone off, you probably aren’t doing anything important

— Oliver Emberton

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.

— Voltaire

Common sense is not so common.

— Voltaire

The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.

— Voltaire

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.

— Rene Descartes

Conforming to other people’s anger is caving to the most stupid part of their nature.

— Oliver Emberton

If you’re willing to fail interestingly, you tend to succeed interestingly.

— Edward Albee

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

— Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. And it’s the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves.

— Ken Robinson

Human communities depend upon a diversity of talent not a singular conception of ability

— Ken Robinson

Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.

— George Carlin

If you say “I got nothing to hide”, remind me not to tell you any secrets

— Unknown

Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say

— Edward Snowden

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events and small minds discuss people

— Eleanor Roosevelt