- Footprints on the sands of time are not made
by sitting down.
- Nothing great was ever accomplished without
- We are dismayed when we find that even
disaster cannot cure us of our faults.
- Being defeated is only a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.
- It's easy to escape criticism: do nothing, say
nothing, be nothing.
- Those who have done nothing in life are not
qualified to judge those who have done little..
- Ever thought about this? The Ark was
built by amateurs: professionals
built the Titanic.
- Fear leads you directly into the path of that
which you fear.
- The ultimate result of shielding men from the
effects of their own folly is to fill the world with fools.
- There is no need to explain anything. Your friends
do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
- Charm is that quality in others that makes us feel
more satisfied with ourselves.
- Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot.
- Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything that
reaches beyond their own understanding.
- Dogma does not indicate the absence of thought,
but the end of thought.
- Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has
seen, but thinking what nobody else has thought.
- The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye;
the more light you pour upon it, the more that it will contract.
The following quotes deal mostly
with Truth & Deception:
- One's most valuable trait is a judicious
sense of what not to believe.
- One who lies for you will also lie against
- Almost all our faults are more pardonable
than the methods we use to conceal them.
- What probably distorts everything in life is
that one is convinced that one is speaking the truth because one says what
- A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the
lies you can invent.
- Contradiction is not a sign of falsity any more than
the lack of contradiction is a sign of truth.
- Those who never retract their opinions love
themselves more than they love the truth.
- Remember: one lie does not cost you one truth ---- it
costs you THE truth.
- That which is always accepted by everyone,
everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
- Man, as he is, is not the genuine article. He is an
imitation of something --- and not a very good one at that.
- It is one thing to show a man that he has erred, but
quite another to put him in possession of the truth.
- Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we
practice to deceive.
- Remember this above all; to thine own self be
true, and it will follow as the night the day, thy canst not then be false to
- Unlike grownups, children have little need to deceive
- There is great skill involved in knowing how to
conceal one's skill.
- Suspect him the most who trusts the least.
- Nothing is more damaging to a new truth than an old
- Where something originated is secondary to this
question: Is it true by and of itself?
- Unwavering convictions can be a more dangerous foe of
truth than lies.
- Crafty people deal only in generalizations.
- Beware the flatterer: He feeds you with an empty
- We find it so easy to believe that praise is sincere.
After all, why should anyone lie while telling us the truth?
The following quotes deal mostly
with History and Government:
- Nothing doth hurt more in a state than that
cunning men pass for wise.
- There is a great demand today for those who can
make wrong appear right.
- Democracy eventually passes into despotism.
- Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, when
put into a position of power, will corrupt power.
- Ever considered that the handwriting on the wall
may be a forgery?
- Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you
want to test a man's real character, give him power.
- Throughout history the world has been laid waste
to ensure the triumph of those concepts that are just as dead as the men who
died for them.
- Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent
many for appointment by the corrupt few.
- We hang the petty thieves but elect the great ones
to public office.
- In politics, as in religion, there is a holy
mistaken zeal in which we persuade others in order to convince ourselves.
- Unanimity is almost always an indication of
*Taken from: The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (In Two Lines or
Less) compiled and edited by John
Shanahan, HarperCollins Publishers.
(some wording has been paraphrased).