Quote Book - Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. 12 Nature never did betray the heart that loved her. 63 Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. 28 Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance. 202 Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them. 390 There is no wealth but life. 212 A person doesn't die when he should but when he can. 24 If there is no God, everything is permitted. 13 Religion, to me, is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don't need. 11 Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind. 54 To 'choose' dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid. 1 Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. 47 The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location. 154 Forbid us something, and that thing we desire. 162 The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings. 186 Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams? 73 Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. 205 Words build bridges into unexplored regions. 65 There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth. 25 What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. 56 Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. 181 What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience? 19 To me, comedy is a great occupation because I don't really worry that much about what other people think of me. 46 If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win. 383 I love fools' experiments. I am always making them. 114 One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all. 2 If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. 180 The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility. 146 There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. 22 A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. 400 Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. 69 There is no better high than discovery. 142 Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words. 15 No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience. 49 Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life. 150 You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. 152 I don't know what's the matter with people: they don't learn by understanding, they learn by some other way — by rote or something. Their knowledge is so fragile! 58 Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead. 14 Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. 9 Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. 8 Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. 60 You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test. 167 Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for 170 Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals. 215 I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman. 393 The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. 193 The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. 382 It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover. 179 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. 44 A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling ’Stop!’ 397 Women. They are a complete mystery. 59 Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. 394 There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact. 88 If I cannot overwhelm with my quality, I will overwhelm with my quantity. 147 What are kings, when regiment is gone, but perfect shadows in a sunshine day? 88 A mind not to be changed by place or time. The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n. 50 All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason. 42 A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart. 52 I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. 31 Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. 26 Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places. 23 Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. 20 If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him. 61 Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs. 36 The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people. 4 Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. 99 After your death you will be what you were before your birth. 91 An educated people can be easily governed. 158 The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois. 175 To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. 10 The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? 21 He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance. 35 One can say of language that it is potentially the only human home, the only dwelling place that cannot be hostile to man. 206 Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes. 190 Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides. 76 Be faithful to that which exists within yourself. 75 I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. 37 Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. 164 Bit by bit, at 124 and in the Clearing, along with others, she had claimed herself. Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another. 387 War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. 40 A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others. 62 A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing. 145 Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. 187 The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak. 98 He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. 51 A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes. 53 This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. 43 We need never be ashamed of our tears. 6 There are times when it is best to be content with what one has, so as not to lose everything. 219 The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. 398 Remember tonight... for it is the beginning of always 127 Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. 163

In Order of Appearance

Each chapter features the same authors in the same order! Different quotes.

  1. Friedrich Nietzsche - 12

  2. William Wordsworth - 63

  3. Samuel Beckett - 28

  4. Jean-Paul Satre - 202

  5. Umberto Eco - 390

  6. John Ruskin - 212

  7. Gabriel García Márquez - 24

  8. Fyodor Dostoyevsky - 13

  9. Bill Maher - 11

  10. Marcel Proust - 54

  11. Christopher Hitchens - 1

  12. John Dewey - 47

  13. Flannery O'Connor - 154

  14. Geoffrey Chaucer - 162

  15. J.M. Barrie - 186

  16. Alex Grobman - 73

  17. Jean-Jacques Rousseau - 205

  18. Adolf Hitler - 65

  19. Leo Tolstoy - 25

  20. Oscar Wilde - 56

  21. Henry James - 181

  22. Adam Smith - 19

  23. Joe Rogan - 46

  24. Thomas Sowell - 383

  25. Charles Darwin - 114

  26. Richard Dawkins - 2

  27. Henry David Thoreau - 180

  28. Emil Cioran - 146

  29. Ernest Hemingway - 22

  30. Winston Churchill - 400

  31. Albert Einstein - 69

  32. E.O. Wilson - 142

  33. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - 15

  34. John Locke - 49

  35. Eudora Welty - 150

  36. F. Scott Fitzgerald - 152

  37. Richard Feynman - 58

  38. James Joyce - 14

  39. Albert Camus - 9

  40. William Shakespeare - 8

  41. Victor Hugo - 60

  42. George W. Bush - 167

  43. Gore Vidal - 170

  44. John Steinbeck - 215

  45. Virginia Woolf - 393

  46. James Madison - 193

  47. Thomas Paine - 382

  48. Henri Poincare - 179

  49. Jane Austen - 44

  50. William F. Buckley Jr. - 397

  51. Stephen Hawking - 59

  52. Walt Whitman - 394

  53. Arthur Conan Doyle - 88

  54. John Milton - 50

  55. Immanuel Kant - 42

  56. Jonathan Swift - 52

  57. Aristotle - 31

  58. Mark Twain - 26

  59. Franz Kafka - 23

  60. Carl Sagan - 20

  61. Voltaire - 61

  62. Denis Diderot - 36

  63. Noam Chomsky - 4

  64. Benjamin Franklin - 99

  65. Arthur Schopenhauer - 91

  66. Frederick the Great - 158

  67. Frankie Manning - 175

  68. Bertrand Russell - 10

  69. Edgar Allan Poe - 21

  70. David Hume - 35

  71. John Berger - 206

  72. James Anthony Froude - 190

  73. André Malraux - 76

  74. André Gide - 75

  75. Douglas Adams - 37

  76. George Eliot - 164

  77. Toni Morrison - 387

  78. George Orwell - 40

  79. William Faulkner - 62

  80. Elizabeth I of England - 145

  81. Jack Kerouac - 187

  82. Baruch Spinoza - 98

  83. John Stuart Mill - 51

  84. Ludwig Wittgenstein - 53

  85. Isaac Newton - 43

  86. Charles Dickens - 6

  87. José Saramago - 219

  88. William James - 398

  89. Dante Alighieri - 127

  90. George Bernard Shaw - 163