1. I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them.
  2. I’m the greatest thing that ever lived! I’m the king of the world! I’m a bad man. I’m the prettiest thing that ever lived.
  3. I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
  4. I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.
  5. I’m no leader; I’m a little humble follower.
  6. I’m more at home with my log cabins than I am in my house in Cherry Hill.
  7. I’m just hoping that people understand that Islam is peace and not violence.
  8. I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.
  9. I would say things like ‘I am the greatest! I’m pretty! If you talk jive, you’ll drop in five! I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! I’m pretty!’ When white people heard me talking like this, some said, ‘That black man talks too much. He’s bragging.’
  10. I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.
  11. I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.
  12. I used to tease Joe Louis by reminding him that I was the greatest of all time. But Joe Louis was the greatest heavyweight fighter ever.
  13. I should be a postage stamp, because that’s the only way I’ll ever get licked. I’m beautiful. I’m fast. I’m so mean I make medicine sick. I can’t possibly be beat.
  14. I shook up the world, I shook up the world.
  15. I said I was ‘The Greatest,’ I never said I was the smartest!
  16. I never thought of losing, but now that it’ s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
  17. I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.
  18. I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free.
  19. I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring. America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky.
  20. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
  21. I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.
  22. I had a good time boxing. I enjoyed it – and I may come back.
  23. I got no quarrel with them Vietcong.
  24. I give thanks to God and to all the people in the U.K. who have supported me over the years.
  25. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
  26. I figure I’ll be champ for about ten years and then I’ll let my brother take over – like the Kennedys down in Washington.
  27. I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.
  28. I don’t have to be what you want me to be.
  29. I didn’t want to submit to the army and then, on the day of judgment, have God say to me, ‘Why did you do that?’ This life is a trial, and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for Judgment Day.
  30. I calculate that I took 20,000 punches, but I earned millions and kept a lot of it. I may talk slow, but my mind is OK.
  31. I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.
  32. I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
  33. I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.
  34. I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.
  35. I always bring out the best in men I fight, but Joe Frazier, I’ll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I’m gonna tell ya, that’s one helluva man, and God bless him.
  36. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
  37. Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.
  38. God tries you in certain, certain ways. Some people are rich, and they believe in God. They lose the money, things get hard, they get weak and quit going to church. Quit serving God like they did.
  39. Go up in an airplane. Go high enough, and it’s like we don’t even exist.
  40. Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
  41. Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the U.S. Bureau of Wild Life.
  42. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
  43. Ever since I first came here in 1963 to fight Henry Cooper, I have loved the people of England.
  44. Don’t feel sorry for me.
  45. Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don’t belong anymore to anyone, that I’m not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.
  46. Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
  47. At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.
  48. Anywhere I go, there is always an incredible crowd that follows me. In Rome, as I land at the airport, even the men kiss me. I love Rome.
  49. America is the greatest country in the world.
  50. Allah’s the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.
  51. All of us are so mixed. My great-grandfather was white.
  52. All black Americans have slave names. They have white names; names that the slave master has given to them.
  53. Ali’s got a left, Ali’s got a right – when he knocks you down, you’ll sleep for the night; and when you lie on the floor and the ref counts to ten, hope and pray that you never meet me again.
  54. Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
  55. A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.
  56. A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
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  62. You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.
  63. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
  64. You have to develop ways so that you can take up for yourself, and then you take up for someone else. And so sooner or later, you have enough courage to really stand up for the human race and say, ‘I’m a representative.’
  65. You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.’
  66. You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.
  67. Writing and cookery are just two different means of communication.
  68. Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
  69. Won’t it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.
  70. While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man’s humanity to man.
  71. While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.
  72. Whenever something went wrong when I was young – if I had a pimple or if my hair broke – my mom would say, ‘Sister mine, I’m going to make you some soup.’ And I really thought the soup would make my pimple go away or my hair stronger.
  73. Whenever I’m around some who is modest, I think, ‘Run like hell and all of fire.’ You don’t want modesty, you want humility.
  74. Whenever I want to laugh, I read a wonderful book, ‘Children’s Letters to God.’ You can open it anywhere. One I read recently said, ‘Dear God, thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.’
  75. When younger writers and poets, musicians and painters are weakened by a stemming of funds, they come to me saddened, not as full of dreams and excitement and ideas. I am then weakened and diminished, and made less rich.
  76. When the human race neglects its weaker members, when the family neglects its weakest one – it’s the first blow in a suicidal movement. I see the neglect in cities around the country, in poor white children in West Virginia and Virginia and Kentucky – in the big cities, too, for that matter.
  77. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
  78. When a person is going through hell, and she encounters someone who went through hellish hell and survived, then she can say, ‘Mine is not so bad as all that. She came through, and so can I.’
  79. When I write, I tend to twist my hair. Something for my small mind to do, I guess.
  80. When I was 8 years old I became a mute and was a mute until I was 13, and I thought of my whole body as an ear, so I can go into a crowd and sit still and absorb all sound. That talent or ability has lasted and served me until today.
  81. When I cook for my family on Christmas, I make feijoada, a South American dish of roasted and smoked meats like ham, pork, beef, lamb, and bacon – all served with black beans and rice. It’s festive but different.
  82. Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.
  83. What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.
  84. What humility does for one is it reminds us that there are people before me. I have already been paid for. And what I need to do is prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who has yet to come but who may be here and needs me.
  85. We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.
  86. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
  87. We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!
  88. We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.
  89. We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men… We are who we are because they were who they were. It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name.
  90. We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.
  91. Until blacks and whites see each other as brother and sister, we will not have parity. It’s very clear.
  92. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
  93. To take a few nouns, and a few pronouns, and adverbs and adjectives, and put them together, ball them up, and throw them against the wall to make them bounce. That’s what Norman Mailer did. That’s what James Baldwin did, and Joan Didion did, and that’s what I do – that’s what I mean to do.
  94. Timidity makes a person modest. It makes him or her say, ‘I’m not worthy of being written up in the record of deeds in heaven or on earth.’ Timidity keeps people from their good. They are afraid to say, ‘Yes, I deserve it.’
  95. Though I do manage to mumble around in about seven or eight languages, English remains the most beautiful of languages. It will do anything.
  96. Those of us who submitted or surrendered our ideas and dreams and identities to the ‘leaders’ must take back our rights, our identities, our responsibilities.
  97. There’s something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.
  98. There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
  99. There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
  100. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
  101. There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
  102. The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.
  103. The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.
  104. The terrorist action of 9/11 gave birth to President Obama’s entry to the White House. Not directly, but indirectly.
  105. The sadness of the women’s movement is that they don’t allow the necessity of love. See, I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
  106. The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you – black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight.
  107. The only thing is, people have to develop courage. It is most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtues consistently.
  108. The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
  109. The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you’re wrinkled.
  110. The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.
  111. The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.
  112. The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.
  113. The language of all the interpretations, the translations, of the Judaic Bible and the Christian Bible, is musical, just wonderful. I read the Bible to myself; I’ll take any translation, any edition, and read it aloud, just to hear the language, hear the rhythm, and remind myself how beautiful English is.
  114. The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
  115. The hope, the hope that lives in the breast of the black American, is just so tremendous that it overwhelms me sometimes.
  116. The first decade of the twentieth century was not a great time to be born black and poor and female in St. Louis, Missouri, but Vivian Baxter was born black and poor, to black and poor parents. Later she would grow up and be called beautiful. As a grown woman she would be known as the butter-colored lady with the blowback hair.
  117. The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
  118. The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken.
  119. The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
  120. That’s the biggest gift I can give anybody: ‘Wake up, be aware of who you are, what you’re doing and what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming ill.’
  121. Somehow, we have come to the erroneous belief that we are all but flesh, blood, and bones, and that’s all. So we direct our values to material things.
  122. Some critics will write ‘ is a natural writer’ – which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
  123. Shakespeare – I was very influenced – still am – by Shakespeare. I couldn’t believe that a white man in the 16th century could so know my heart.
  124. Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
  125. Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
  126. Politicians must set their aims for the high ground and according to our various leanings, Democratic, Republican, Independent, we will follow. Politicians must be told if they continue to sink into the mud of obscenity, they will proceed alone.
  127. Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
  128. Our stories come from our lives and from the playwright’s pen, the mind of the actor, the roles we create, the artistry of life itself and the quest for peace.
  129. One of the wonderful things about Oprah: She teaches you to keep on stepping.
  130. One of my lungs is half gone, and the other half, because I smoked for years, has a lesion. So I can’t swim anymore and had the swimming pool covered over. Now it’s what I call the dance pavilion, and so I and my friends sit out and put music on and watch people dance.
  131. One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
  132. Once you appreciate one of your blessings, one of your senses, your sense of hearing, then you begin to respect the sense of seeing and touching and tasting, you learn to respect all the senses.
  133. On Saturday afternoons when all the things are done in the house and there’s no real work to be done, I play Bach and Chopin and turn it up real loudly and get a good bottle of chardonnay and sit out on my deck and look out at the garden.
  134. Of course, there are those critics – New York critics as a rule – who say, ‘Well, has a new book out and of course it’s good but then she’s a natural writer.’ Those are the ones I want to grab by the throat and wrestle to the floor because it takes me forever to get it to sing. I work at the language.
  135. Nothing will work unless you do.
  136. Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more.
  137. My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
  138. My mom was a terrible parent of young children. And thank God – I thank God every time I think of it – I was sent to my paternal grandmother. Ah, but my mother was a great parent of a young adult.
  139. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
  140. My life has been one great big joke, a dance that’s walked a song that’s spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
  141. My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.
  142. My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine.
  143. My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
  144. My grandmother took me to church on Sunday all day long, every Sunday into the night. Then Monday evening was the missionary meeting. Tuesday evening was usher board meeting. Wednesday evening was prayer meeting. Thursday evening was visit the sick. Friday evening was choir practice. I mean, and at all those gatherings, we sang.
  145. Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
  146. Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
  147. Most people don’t grow up. It’s too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That’s the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children, but they don’t grow up.
  148. Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops.
  149. Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age.
  150. Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
  151. Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
  152. Living in a state of terror was new to many white people in America, but black people have been living in a state of terror in this country for more than 400 years.
  153. Like a pianist runs her fingers over the keys, I’ll search my mind for what to say. Now, the poem may want you to write it. And then sometimes you see a situation and think, ‘I’d like to write about that.’ Those are two different ways of being approached by a poem, or approaching a poem.
  154. Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’
  155. Life loves the liver of it.
  156. It’s very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race.
  157. It’s still scary every time I go back to the past. Each morning, my heart catches. When I get there, I remember how the light was, where the draft was coming from, what odors were in the air. When I write, I get all the weeping out.
  158. It’s so tedious writing cookbooks or writing the recipes because I’ve never been much of a measurer. But to write a book, you have to measure everything.
  159. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.
  160. It’s good to remember that in crises, natural crises, human beings forget for awhile their ignorances, their biases, their prejudices. For a little while, neighbors help neighbors and strangers help strangers.
  161. It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
  162. It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.
  163. It is a no-fail, incontrovertible reality: If you get, give. If you learn, teach. You can’t do anything with that except do it.
  164. Information helps you to see that you’re not alone. That there’s somebody in Mississippi and somebody in Tokyo who all have wept, who’ve all longed and lost, who’ve all been happy. So the library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, but that you’re not really any different from everyone else.
  165. Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.
  166. In the flush of love’s light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.
  167. In so many ways, segregation shaped me, and education liberated me.
  168. In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics, the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats – maybe it’s imperative that we encounter the defeats – but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be. Human beings are more alike than unalike.
  169. In all my work, I try to say – ‘You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?’
  170. In a magazine, one can get – from cover to cover – 15 to 20 different ideas about life and how to live it.
  171. In a long meter hymn, a singer – they call it ‘lays out a line.’ And then the whole church joins in in repeating that line. And they form a wall of harmony so tight, you can’t wedge a pin between it.
  172. If you’re serious, you really understand that it’s important that you laugh as much as possible and admit that you’re the funniest person you ever met. You have to laugh. Admit that you’re funny. Otherwise, you die in solemnity.
  173. If you’re a human being, you can attempt to do what other human beings have done. We don’t understand talent any more than we understand electricity.
  174. If you will have a person enslaved, the first thing you must do is convince yourself that the person is subhuman. The second thing you have to do is convince your allies so you’ll have some help, and the third and probably unkindest cut of all is to convince that person that he or she is subhuman and deserves it.
  175. If you were the President of the United States or the Queen of England – you couldn’t have a person who would be more protective than my mother was for me. Which meant really that I could dare to do all sorts of things.
  176. If you want what you’re saying heard, then take your time and say it so that the listener will actually hear it. You might save somebody’s life. Your own, first.
  177. If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
  178. If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
  179. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
  180. If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
  181. If we don’t plant the right things, we will reap the wrong things. It goes without saying. And you don’t have to be, you know, a brilliant biochemist and you don’t have to have an IQ of 150. Just common sense tells you to be kind, ninny, fool. Be kind.
  182. If we accept being talked to any kind of a way, then we are telling ourselves we are not quite worth the best. And if we have the effrontery to talk to anybody with less than courtesy, we tell ourselves and the world we are not very intelligent.
  183. If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
  184. If I’m the people’s poet, then I ought to be in people’s hands – and, I hope, in their heart.
  185. If I walked into the kitchen without washing my hands as a kid, I’d hear a loud ‘A-hem!’ from my mother or grandmother. Now I count on other people to do the same.
  186. I’ve still not written as well as I want to. I want to write so that the reader in Des Moines, Iowa, in Kowloon, China, in Cape Town, South Africa, can say, ‘You know, that’s the truth. I wasn’t there, and I wasn’t a six-foot black girl, but that’s the truth.’
  187. I’ve read everything Thomas Wolfe ever wrote; my brother and I memorized whole chapters of ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’ and ‘Look Homeward, Angel.’
  188. I’ve never had a dislike for men. I’ve been badly treated by some. But I’ve been loved greatly by some. I married a lot of them.
  189. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
  190. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
  191. I’ve conducted the Boston Pops! Imagine that! Me! ! I’ve sang and danced at La Scala!
  192. I’ve always written. There’s a journal which I kept from about 9 years old. The man who gave it to me lived across the street from the store and kept it when my grandmother’s papers were destroyed. I’d written some essays. I loved poetry, still do. But I really, really loved it then.
  193. I’m working at trying to be a Christian, and that’s serious business. It’s like trying to be a good Jew, a good Muslim, a good Buddhist, a good Shintoist, a good Zoroastrian, a good friend, a good lover, a good mother, a good buddy – it’s serious business.
  194. I’m very, very serious – I’m serious enough not to take myself too seriously. That means I can be completely wedded to the moment. But when I leave that moment, I want to be completely wedded to the next moment.
  195. I’m not a writer who teaches. I’m a teacher who writes.
  196. I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.
  197. I’m just like you – I want to be a good human being. I’m doing my best, and I’m working at it. And I’m trying to be a Christian. I’m always amazed when people walk up to me and say, ‘I’m a Christian.’ I always think, ‘Already? You’ve already got it?’ I’m working at it. And at my age, I’ll still be working at it at 96.
  198. I’m interested in women’s health because I’m a woman. I’d be a darn fool not to be on my own side.
  199. I’m happy to be a writer – of prose, poetry, every kind of writing. Every person in the world who isn’t a recluse, hermit or mute uses words. I know of no other art form that we always use.
  200. I’m grateful to intelligent people. That doesn’t mean educated. That doesn’t mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call ‘mother wit’ means intelligence that you had in your mother’s womb. That’s what you rely on. You know what’s right to do.
  201. I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.
  202. I’m considered wise, and sometimes I see myself as knowing. Most of the time, I see myself as wanting to know. And I see myself as a very interested person. I’ve never been bored in my life.
  203. I’m always disappointed when people don’t live up to their potential. I know that a number of people look down on themselves and consequently on everybody who looks like them. But that, too, can change.
  204. I’m a serious aficionada of country music – Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry. I’ve even written some songs. They haven’t done anything of mine yet. But it’s only a matter of time.
  205. I’m a religious woman. And I feel I have responsibility. I have no modesty at all. I’m even afraid of it – it’s a learned affectation and it’s just stuck on me like decals. Now I pray for humility because that comes from inside out.
  206. I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right.
  207. I write some country music. There’s a song called ‘I Hope You Dance.’ Incredible. I was going to write that poem; somebody beat me to it.
  208. I would be stupid not to be on my own side. But I’m a human being, too. And I’m on the side of human beings, rather than on the side of crocodiles.
  209. I would be a liar, a hypocrite, or a fool – and I’m not any of those – to say that I don’t write for the reader. I do. But for the reader who hears, who really will work at it, going behind what I seem to say. So I write for myself and that reader who will pay the dues.
  210. I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.
  211. I will not sit in a room with black people when the N word is used. I know it was meant to belittle a person, so I will not sit there and have that poison put on me. Now a black person can say, ‘Oh, you know, I can use this word because I’m black.’
  212. I wasn’t a pretty girl. I was six feet tall at 15, you know.
  213. I was very blessed to have family and friends, but particularly family, who told me I was not only all right, I was just right, so I believe that my brain is a good one, and it’s lasting me very well.
  214. I was married a few times, and one of my husbands was jealous of me writing.
  215. I was born in St. Louis but lived there just for a few minutes in my life.
  216. I was a dancer for many years. I was a premier dancer with ‘Porgy and Bess,’ the opera. And I taught dance some, in different places.
  217. I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine… before she realizes she’s reading.
  218. I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.
  219. I think that that’s the wisest thing – to prevent illness before we try to cure something.
  220. I think music is one of the hero/sheroes of the African-American existence.
  221. I think a number of the leaders are, whether you like it or not, in the hip-hop generation. And when they understand enough, they’ll do wonders. I count on them.
  222. I think I have had so much blessing – I’ve had my brother, who was brilliant – I think my family came closest to making a genius when they made my brother – Bailey was just all of that. He loved me.
  223. I think Clinton, after getting into office and into Washington, was shocked at being bludgeoned. So he spent time trying to be all things to all people – one way guaranteed not to be successful or respected in a lion’s den. You can’t just play around with all those big cats – you’ve got to take somebody on.
  224. I thank God I’m myself and for the life I’m given to live and for friends and lovers and beloveds, and I thank God for knowing that all those people have already paid for me.
  225. I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition.
  226. I speak a number of languages, but none are more beautiful to me than English.
  227. I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.
  228. I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human beings.
  229. I read the Bible to myself; I’ll take any translation, any edition, and read it aloud, just to hear the language, hear the rhythm, and remind myself how beautiful English is.
  230. I promised myself that I would write as well as I can, tell the truth, not to tell everything I know, but to make sure that everything I tell is true, as I understand it. And to use the eloquence which my language affords me.
  231. I never had that feeling that I had to carry the weight of somebody’s ignorance around with me. And that was true for racists who wanted to use the ‘n’ word when talking about me or about my people, or the stupidity of people who really wanted to belittle other folks because they weren’t pretty or they weren’t rich or they weren’t clever.
  232. I never expected anyone to take care of me, but in my wildest dreams and juvenile yearnings, I wanted the house with the picket fence from June Allyson movies. I knew that was yearning like one yearns to fly.
  233. I love wisdom. And you can never be great at anything unless you love it. Not be in love with it, but love the thing, admire the thing. And it seems that if you love the thing, and you don’t just want to possess it, it will find you.
  234. I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.
  235. I love the song ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. I was going to write that song, but someone beat me to it.
  236. I love the melodies in the Old Testament, how preachers highlight them when they read from the Scripture. But I was influenced forever by the New Testament. I love the Beatitudes, informing us that the meek shall inherit the earth.
  237. I love a Hebrew National hot dog with an ice-cold Corona – no lime. If the phone rings, I won’t answer until I’m done.
  238. I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
  239. I long for the time when all human history is taught as one history, because it really is.
  240. I liked to write from the time I was about 12 or 13. I loved to read. And since I only spoke to my brother, I would write down my thoughts. And I think I wrote some of the worst poetry west of the Rockies. But by the time I was in my 20s, I found myself writing little essays and more poetry – writing at writing.
  241. I like to speak on matters which matter to human beings, and almost everything matters to human beings.
  242. I like to have guns around. I don’t like to carry them.
  243. I like chicken a lot because chicken is generous – that is to say, it’s obedient. It will do whatever you tell it to do.
  244. I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.
  245. I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard.
  246. I know that one of the great arts that the writer develops is the art of saying, ‘No. No, I’m finished. Bye.’ And leaving it alone. I will not write it into the ground. I will not write the life out of it. I won’t do that.
  247. I know that I’ve been guided by God. I am obedient.
  248. I know that I’m not the easiest person to live with. The challenge I put on myself is so great that the person I live with feels himself challenged. I bring a lot to bear, and I don’t know how not to.
  249. I know some people might think it odd – unworthy even – for me to have written a cookbook, but I make no apologies. The U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins thought I had demeaned myself by writing poetry for Hallmark Cards, but I am the people’s poet so I write for the people.
  250. I know for sure that loves saves me and that it is here to save us all.
  251. I keep a hotel room in my town, although I have a large house. And I go there at about 5:30 in the morning, and I start working. And I don’t allow anybody to come in that room. I work on yellow pads and with ballpoint pens. I keep a Bible, a thesaurus, a dictionary, and a bottle of sherry. I stay there until midday.
  252. I have great respect for the past. If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going. I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. I’m here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I’m at, then I go forward to the next place.
  253. I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
  254. I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind.
  255. I have a feeling that I make a very good friend, and I’m a good mother, and a good sister, and a good citizen. I am involved in life itself – all of it. And I have a lot of energy and a lot of nerve.
  256. I got my own back.
  257. I find in my poetry and prose the rhythms and imagery of the best – I mean, when I’m at my best – of the good Southern black preachers. The lyricism of the spirituals and the directness of gospel songs and the mystery of blues are in my music or in my poetry and prose, or I missed everything.
  258. I don’t think there’s such a thing as autobiographical fiction. If I say it happened, it happened, even if only in my mind.
  259. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be around. I’ll probably be writing when the Lord says, ‘Maya, , it’s time.’
  260. I do like to have guns around. I don’t like to carry them. But I like – if somebody is going to come into my house and I have not put out the welcome mat, I want to stop them.
  261. I did work in a strip club, but I didn’t strip. I danced, and I became very popular.
  262. I created myself. I have taught myself so much.
  263. I could fall in love with a sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn’t have to translate.
  264. I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.
  265. I believe that every person is born with talent.
  266. I believe that each of us comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory.
  267. I became the kind of parent my mother was to me.
  268. I am never proud to participate in violence, yet I know that each of us must care enough for ourselves that we can be ready and able to come to our own defence when and wherever needed.
  269. I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.
  270. I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I’ll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me.
  271. I agree with Balzac and 19th-century writers, black and white, who say, ‘I write for money.’ Yes, I think everybody should be paid handsomely; I insist on it, and I pay people who work for me, or with me, handsomely.
  272. I admire people who dare to take the language, English, and understand it and understand the melody.
  273. Human beings love poetry. They don’t even know it sometimes… whether they’re the songs of Bono, or the songs of Justin Bieber… they’re listening to poetry.
  274. How wonderful it is to be an American. We have known the best of times and the worst of times.
  275. How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
  276. Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. During slavery, who was able to read or write or keep anything? The ability to have somebody to tell your story to is so important. It says: ‘I was here. I may be sold tomorrow. But you know I was here.’
  277. History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
  278. Growing up, my grandmother did not want worldly music in the house. Then when I went out to California, I started listening to Spanish music, mostly Mexican music. But were I in Egypt, I would listen to the music of the people, or if I was in Italy, I’d listen to Italian music.
  279. Growing up, I decided, a long time ago, I wouldn’t accept any manmade differences between human beings, differences made at somebody else’s insistence or someone else’s whim or convenience.
  280. For a person who grew up in the ’30s and ’40s in the segregated South, with so many doors closed without explanation to me, libraries and books said, ‘Here I am, read me.’ Over time I have learned I am at my best around books.
  281. For Africa to me… is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
  282. Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.
  283. Fighting for one’s freedom, struggling towards being free, is like struggling to be a poet or a good Christian or a good Jew or a good Muslim or good Zen Buddhist. You work all day long and achieve some kind of level of success by nightfall, go to sleep and wake up the next morning with the job still to be done. So you start all over again.
  284. Everyone has at least one story, and each of us is funny if we admit it. You have to admit you’re the funniest person you’ve ever heard of.
  285. Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity.
  286. Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It’s a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play.
  287. Encouragement to all women is – let us try to offer help before we have to offer therapy. That is to say, let’s see if we can’t prevent being ill by trying to offer a love of prevention before illness.
  288. Elimination of illiteracy is as serious an issue to our history as the abolition of slavery.
  289. Effective action is always unjust.
  290. Eating is so intimate. It’s very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life.
  291. Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it’s right, it’s easy. It’s the other way round, too. If it’s slovenly written, then it’s hard to read. It doesn’t give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader.
  292. Early on, I was so impressed with Charles Dickens. I grew up in the South, in a little village in Arkansas, and the whites in my town were really mean, and rude. Dickens, I could tell, wouldn’t be a man who would curse me out and talk to me rudely.
  293. During bad circumstances, which is the human inheritance, you must decide not to be reduced. You have your humanity, and you must not allow anything to reduce that. We are obliged to know we are global citizens. Disasters remind us we are world citizens, whether we like it or not.
  294. Don’t let the incidents which take place in life bring you low. And certainly don’t whine. You can be brought low, that’s OK, but don’t be reduced by them. Just say, ‘That’s life.’
  295. Don’t get older just to get wiser. If you get older, you will be wiser, I believe that – if you dare. But get older because it’s fun!
  296. Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
  297. Courage – you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself.
  298. Cooking certain dishes, like roast pork, reminds me of my mother.
  299. Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
  300. Black people comprehend the South. We understand its weight. It has rested on our backs… I knew that my heart would break if ever I put my foot down on that soil, moist, still, with old hurts. I had to face the fear/loathing at its source or it would consume me whole.
  301. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
  302. Bitterness is cancer – it eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure.
  303. Autobiography is awfully seductive; it’s wonderful. Once I got into it, I realized I was following a tradition established by Frederick Douglass – the slave narrative – speaking in the first-person singular, talking about the first-person plural, always saying ‘I,’ meaning ‘we.’
  304. At one time, you could sit on the Rue de la Paix in Paris or at the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv or in Medina and you could see a person come in, black, white, it didn’t matter. You said, ‘That’s an American’ because there’s a readiness to smile and to talk to people.
  305. At one time in my life, from the time I was seven until I was about 13, I didn’t speak. I only spoke to my brother. The reason I didn’t speak: I had been molested, and I told the name of the molester to my brother who told it to the family.
  306. At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
  307. At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.
  308. As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
  309. Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
  310. And if a person is religious, I think it’s good, it helps you a bit. But if you’re not, at least you can have the sense that there is a condition inside you which looks at the stars with amazement and awe.
  311. All of us knows, not what is expedient, not what is going to make us popular, not what the policy is, or the company policy – but in truth each of us knows what is the right thing to do. And that’s how I am guided.
  312. All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
  313. All information belongs to everybody all the time. It should be available. It should be accessible to the child, to the woman, to the man, to the old person, to the semiliterate, to the presidents of universities, to everyone. It should be open.
  314. All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.
  315. All great achievements require time.
  316. Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
  317. A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.
  318. A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see, because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
  319. A black person grows up in this country – and in many places – knowing that racism will be as familiar as salt to the tongue. Also, it can be as dangerous as too much salt. I think that you must struggle for betterment for yourself and for everyone.
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  323. You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
  324. You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.
  325. Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
  326. When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
  327. When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.
  328. When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.
  329. When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
  330. What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?
  331. We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.
  332. We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.
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  334. We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
  335. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
  336. We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
  337. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
  338. We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.
  339. We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect.
  340. We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
  341. We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.
  342. We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.
  343. We are asking the nations of Europe between whom rivers of blood have flowed to forget the feuds of a thousand years.
  344. We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm.
  345. War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.
  346. War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can’t smile, grin. If you can’t grin, keep out of the way till you can.
  347. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.
  348. Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
  349. True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.
  350. Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
  351. To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.
  352. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
  353. To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
  354. Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war.
  355. This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.
  356. This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.
  357. These are not dark days: these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived.
  358. There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.
  359. There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you.
  360. There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
  361. The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
  362. The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all.
  363. The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
  364. The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
  365. The price of greatness is responsibility.
  366. The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.
  367. The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.
  368. The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
  369. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
  370. The great defense against the air menace is to attack the enemy’s aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure.
  371. The first quality that is needed is audacity.
  372. The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.
  373. The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
  374. The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
  375. The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.
  376. Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.
  377. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
  378. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
  379. Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
  380. Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.
  381. Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
  382. Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
  383. Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
  384. Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
  385. Really I feel less keen about the Army every day. I think the Church would suit me better.
  386. Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.
  387. Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
  388. Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
  389. Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times.
  390. Play the game for more than you can afford to lose… only then will you learn the game.
  391. Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
  392. Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.
  393. One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
  394. One does not leave a convivial party before closing time.
  395. Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
  396. Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
  397. Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
  398. No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.
  399. No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
  400. No crime is so great as daring to excel.
  401. Never, never, never give up.
  402. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
  403. Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
  404. Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.
  405. My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.
  406. My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.
  407. My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
  408. Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.
  409. Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
  410. Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.
  411. Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
  412. Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
  413. Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.
  414. It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion’s heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.
  415. It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
  416. It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive.
  417. It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.
  418. It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
  419. It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
  420. It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.
  421. It is a fine game to play – the game of politics – and it is well worth waiting for a good hand before really plunging.
  422. It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
  423. India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator.
  424. In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
  425. In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.
  426. In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
  427. In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice.
  428. In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.
  429. If you’re going through hell, keep going.
  430. If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
  431. If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.
  432. If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.
  433. If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.
  434. If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.
  435. If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.
  436. If it weren’t for painting, I wouldn’t live; I couldn’t bear the extra strain of things.
  437. If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.
  438. I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks.
  439. I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should at once have been rightly cast aside.
  440. I never worry about action, but only inaction.
  441. I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.
  442. I like a man who grins when he fights.
  443. I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
  444. I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
  445. I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
  446. I have been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who get drunk.
  447. I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
  448. I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
  449. I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.
  450. I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
  451. I am easily satisfied with the very best.
  452. I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
  453. I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
  454. I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.
  455. I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality by contact with this great novel land of yours which sticks up out of the Atlantic.
  456. I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.
  457. However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
  458. History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
  459. History is written by the victors.
  460. Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
  461. He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
  462. Great and good are seldom the same man.
  463. From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
  464. For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
  465. For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank.
  466. Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
  467. Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
  468. Eating words has never given me indigestion.
  469. Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.
  470. Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
  471. Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
  472. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
  473. Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
  474. Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
  475. Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.
  476. Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
  477. Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.
  478. Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.
  479. Baldwin thought Europe was a bore, and Chamberlain thought it was only a greater Birmingham.
  480. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
  481. An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
  482. Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
  483. Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.
  484. All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
  485. A state of society where men may not speak their minds cannot long endure.
  486. A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
  487. A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.
  488. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
  489. A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
  490. A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
  491. ‘No comment’ is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
  492. Hello world! Welcome to GotHow.com Blog
  493. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
  494. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
  495. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
  496. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
  497. Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.
  498. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
  499. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
  500. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
  501. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.
  502. My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.
  503. That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
  504. Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.
  505. For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
  506. Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.
  507. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
  508. Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.
  509. Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.
  510. Most people have no concept of how an automatic transmission works, yet they know how to drive a car. You don’t have to study physics to understand the laws of motion to drive a car. You don’t have to understand any of this stuff to use Macintosh.
  511. Japan’s very interesting. Some people think it copies things. I don’t think that anymore. I think what they do is reinvent things. They will get something that’s already been invented and study it until they thoroughly understand it. In some cases, they understand it better than the original inventor.
  512. Stay hungry, stay foolish.
  513. Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.
  514. As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.
  515. We think Android is very, very fragmented, and becoming more fragmented by the day. And as you know, Apple strives for the integrated model so that the user isn’t forced to be the systems integrator.
  516. And no, we don’t know where it will lead. We just know there’s something much bigger than any of us here.
  517. The desktop metaphor was invented because one, you were a stand-alone device, and two, you had to manage your own storage. That’s a very big thing in a desktop world. And that may go away. You may not have to manage your own storage. You may not store much before too long.
  518. Throughout my years in business, I discovered something. I would always ask why you do things. The answers that I would invariably get are: ‘Oh, that’s just the way things are done around here.’ Nobody knows why they do what they do. Nobody thinks very deeply about things in business.
  519. But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem.
  520. I’m sorry, it’s true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much – if at all.
  521. Well, Apple invented the PC as we know it, and then it invented the graphical user interface as we know it eight years later (with the introduction of the Mac). But then, the company had a decade in which it took a nap.
  522. Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest.
  523. I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
  524. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.
  525. Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.
  526. I believe life is an intelligent thing: that things aren’t random.
  527. We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.
  528. When you’re young, you look at television and think, there’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want.
  529. This revolution, the information revoultion, is a revolution of free energy as well, but of another kind: free intellectual energy. It’s very crude today, yet our Macintosh computer takes less power than a 100-watt bulb to run it and it can save you hours a day. What will it be able to do ten or 20 years from now, or 50 years from now?
  530. I met Woz when I was 13, at a friend’s garage. He was about 18. He was, like, the first person I met who knew more electronics than I did at that point. We became good friends, because we shared an interest in computers and we had a sense of humor. We pulled all kinds of pranks together.
  531. There’s no other company that could make a MacBook Air and the reason is that not only do we control the hardware, but we control the operating system. And it is the intimate interaction between the operating system and the hardware that allows us to do that. There is no intimate interaction between Windows and a Dell notebook.
  532. So when these people sell out, even though they get fabulously rich, they’re gypping themselves out of one of the potentially most rewarding experiences of their unfolding lives. Without it, they may never know their values or how to keep their newfound wealth in perspective.
  533. And one more thing.
  534. Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation.
  535. I think we’re having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we’re always trying to do better.
  536. The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people – as remarkable as the telephone
  537. An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator… these are NOT three separate devices! And we are calling it iPhone! Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone. And here it is.
  538. Microsoft has had two goals in the last 10 years. One was to copy the Mac, and the other was to copy Lotus’ success in the spreadsheet – basically, the applications business. And over the course of the last 10 years, Microsoft accomplished both of those goals. And now they are completely lost.
  539. So let’s not use a stylus. We’re going to use the best pointing device in the world. We’re going to use a pointing device that we’re all born with – born with ten of them. We’re going to use our fingers. We’re going to touch this with our fingers. And we have invented a new technology called multi-touch, which is phenomenal. It works like magic.
  540. I think right now it’s a battle for the mindshare of developers and for the mindshare of customers, and right now iPhone and Android are winning that battle.
  541. Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.
  542. I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I’ve done that sort of thing in my life, but I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.
  543. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service. The iMac is not just the color or translucence or the shape of the shell. The essence of the iMac is to be the finest possible consumer computer in which each element plays together.
  544. The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That’s over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered the dark ages, and it’s going to be in the dark ages for the next 10 years, or certainly for the rest of this decade.
  545. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
  546. A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.
  547. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.
  548. It’s not the tools that you have faith in – tools are just tools. They work, or they don’t work. It’s people you have faith in or not. Yeah, sure, I’m still optimistic I mean, I get pessimistic sometimes but not for long.
  549. We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn’t build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build.
  550. Apple’s market share is bigger than BMW’s or Mercedes’s or Porsche’s in the automotive market. What’s wrong with being BMW or Mercedes?
  551. Who wants a stylus. You have to get em and put em away, and you lose em. Yuck. Nobody wants a stylus.
  552. In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design.
  553. Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, and artists, and zoologists, and historians. They also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world. But if it hadn’t been computer science, these people would have been doing amazing things in other fields.
  554. The system is that there is no system. That doesn’t mean we don’t have process. Apple is a very disciplined company, and we have great processes. But that’s not what it’s about. Process makes you more efficient.
  555. The engineering is long gone in most PC companies. In the consumer electronics companies, they don’t understand the software parts of it. And so you really can’t make the products that you can make at Apple anywhere else right now. Apple’s the only company that has everything under one roof.
  556. I think money is a wonderful thing because it enables you to do things. It enables you to invest in ideas that don’t have a short-term payback.
  557. We want to reinvent the phone. What’s the killer app? The killer app is making calls! It’s amazing how hard it is to make calls on most phones. We want to let you use contacts like never before – sync your iPhone with your PC or mac.
  558. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
  559. I want to put a ding in the universe.
  560. This is what customers pay us for – to sweat all these details so it’s easy and pleasant for them to use our computers. We’re supposed to be really good at this. That doesn’t mean we don’t listen to customers, but it’s hard for them to tell you what they want when they’ve never seen anything remotely like it.
  561. I think it’s brought the world a lot closer together, and will continue to do that. There are downsides to everything; there are unintended consequences to everything. The most corrosive piece of technology that I’ve ever seen is called television – but then, again, television, at its best, is magnificent.
  562. The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.
  563. We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with our life.
  564. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.
  565. Things don’t have to change the world to be important.
  566. Innovation has nothing to do with how many R & D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R & D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.
  567. The over-all point is that new technology will not necessarily replace old technology, but it will date it. By definition. Eventually, it will replace it. But it’s like people who had black-and-white TVs when color came out. They eventually decided whether or not the new technology was worth the investment.
  568. What we want to do is make a leapfrog product that is way smarter than any mobile device has ever been, and super-easy to use. This is what iPhone is. OK? So, we’re going to reinvent the phone.
  569. Our DNA is as a consumer company – for that individual customer who’s voting thumbs up or thumbs down. That’s who we think about. And we think that our job is to take responsibility for the complete user experience. And if it’s not up to par, it’s our fault, plain and simply.
  570. I’ll always stay connected with Apple. I hope that throughout my life I’ll sort of have the thread of my life and the thread of Apple weave in and out of each other, like a tapestry. There may be a few years when I’m not there, but I’ll always come back.
  571. It takes these very simple-minded instructions – ‘Go fetch a number, add it to this number, put the result there, perceive if it’s greater than this other number’ – but executes them at a rate of, let’s say, 1,000,000 per second. At 1,000,000 per second, the results appear to be magic.
  572. And it comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.
  573. Older people sit down and ask, ‘What is it?’ but the boy asks, ‘What can I do with it?’.
  574. I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals.
  575. It is piracy, not overt online music stores, which is our main competitor.
  576. My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each others’ negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts.
  577. These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I’m not downplaying that.
  578. The reason that Apple is able to create products like the iPad is because we’ve always tried to be at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts.
  579. But Apple really beats to a different drummer. I used to say that Apple should be the Sony of this business, but in reality, I think Apple should be the Apple of this business.
  580. I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard on something, but working on Macintosh was the neatest experience of my life. Almost everyone who worked on it will say that. None of us wanted to release it at the end. It was as though we knew that once it was out of our hands, it wouldn’t be ours anymore.
  581. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it.
  582. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.
  583. We hire people who want to make the best things in the world.
  584. I’m very excited about having the Internet in my den.
  585. Woz is living his own life now. He hasn’t been around Apple for about five years. But what he did will go down in history.
  586. You’ll see more and more perfection of that – computer as servant. But the next thing is going to be computer as a guide or agent.
  587. I’ve always wanted to own and control the primary technology in everything we do.
  588. Now, we are selling over 5 million songs a day now. Isn’t that unbelievable? That’s 58 songs every second of every minute of every hour of every day.
  589. It’s not about charisma and personality, it’s about results and products and those very bedrock things that are why people at Apple and outside of Apple are getting more excited about the company and what Apple stands for and what its potential is to contribute to the industry.
  590. What is Apple, after all? Apple is about people who think ‘outside the box,’ people who want to use computers to help them change the world, to help them create things that make a difference, and not just to get a job done.
  591. We’ve demonstrated a strong track record of being very disciplined with the use of our cash. We don’t let it burn a hole in our pocket, we don’t allow it to motivate us to do stupid acquisitions. And so I think that we’d like to continue to keep our powder dry, because we do feel that there are one or more strategic opportunities in the future.
  592. My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.
  593. I was lucky – I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents’ garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years, Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees.
  594. To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines.
  595. We’re going to be able to ask our computers to monitor things for us, and when certain conditions happen, are triggered, the computers will take certain actions and inform us after the fact.
  596. You know, my main reaction to this money thing is that it’s humorous, all the attention to it, because it’s hardly the most insightful or valuable thing that’s happened to me.
  597. Each year has been so robust with problems and successes and learning experiences and human experienes that a year is a lifetime at Apple. So this has been ten lifetimes.
  598. The seven-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone, and too small to compete with an iPad.
  599. First was the mouse. The second was the click wheel. And now, we’re going to bring multi-touch to the market. And each of these revolutionary interfaces has made possible a revolutionary product – the Mac, the iPod and now the iPhone.
  600. It’s hard to tell with these Internet startups if they’re really interested in building companies or if they’re just interested in the money. I can tell you, though: If they don’t really want to build a company, they won’t luck into it. That’s because it’s so hard that if you don’t have a passion, you’ll give up.
  601. The reason we wouldn’t make a seven-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit a price point, it’s because we don’t think you can make a great tablet with a seven-inch screen.
  602. Apple took the edge off the word ‘computer.’
  603. You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.
  604. It’s not a faith in technology. It’s faith in people.
  605. We’re just enthusiastic about what we do.
  606. Of all the inventions of humans, the computer is going to rank near or at the top as history unfolds and we look back. It is the most awesome tool that we have ever invented. I feel incredibly lucky to be at exactly the right place in Silicon Valley, at exactly the right time, historically, where this invention has taken form.
  607. When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back.
  608. I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was 23 and the way I handled that.
  609. If you’re gonna make connections which are innovative… you have to not have the same bag of experiences as everyone else does.
  610. Pointing is a metaphor we all know. We’ve done a lot of studies and tests on that, and it’s much faster to do all kinds of functions, such as cutting and pasting, with a mouse, so it’s not only easier to use but more efficient.
  611. The manual for WordStar, the most popular word-processing program, is 400 pages thick. To write a novel, you have to read a novel – one that reads like a mystery to most people. They’re not going to learn slash q-z any more than they’re going to learn Morse code. That is what Macintosh is all about.
  612. I get asked a lot why Apple’s customers are so loyal. It’s not because they belong to the Church of Mac! That’s ridiculous.
  613. It took us three years to build the NeXT computer. If we’d given customers what they said they wanted, we’d have built a computer they’d have been happy with a year after we spoke to them – not something they’d want now.
  614. You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
  615. Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
  616. Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.
  617. Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
  618. Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself.
  619. Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation.
  620. Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.
  621. Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
  622. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
  623. When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.
  624. When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.
  625. When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
  626. When red-haired people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.
  627. When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself.
  628. When in doubt tell the truth.
  629. When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
  630. When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.
  631. When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.
  632. What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce.
  633. What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.
  634. What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.
  635. We have the best government that money can buy.
  636. We are all alike, on the inside.
  637. We Americans… bear the ark of liberties of the world.
  638. Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.
  639. Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
  640. Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
  641. Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.
  642. Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain’t so.
  643. Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
  644. To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
  645. To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.
  646. Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
  647. Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.
  648. There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.
  649. There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.
  650. There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.
  651. There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.
  652. There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.
  653. There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one – keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.
  654. There are lies, damned lies and statistics.
  655. There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.
  656. The wit knows that his place is at the tail of a procession.
  657. The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
  658. The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.
  659. The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in Heaven.
  660. The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
  661. The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
  662. The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
  663. The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
  664. The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.
  665. The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.
  666. The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.
  667. The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.
  668. The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.
  669. The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
  670. The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
  671. The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives.
  672. The lack of money is the root of all evil.
  673. The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.
  674. The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
  675. The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.
  676. The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.
  677. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
  678. The educated Southerner has no use for an ‘r’, except at the beginning of a word.
  679. The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.
  680. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
  681. The Public is merely a multiplied ‘me.’
  682. The Christian’s Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes.
  683. Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
  684. Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
  685. Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.
  686. Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.
  687. She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.
  688. Repartee is something we think of twenty-four hours too late.
  689. Prosperity is the best protector of principle.
  690. Prophesy is a good line of business, but it is full of risks.
  691. Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
  692. Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
  693. Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.
  694. Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
  695. Optimist: day dreamer more elegantly spelled.
  696. Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
  697. Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial ‘we.’
  698. One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
  699. Often it does seem such a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.
  700. Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.
  701. Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.
  702. No sinner is ever saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.
  703. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
  704. Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.
  705. Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
  706. Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.
  707. My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
  708. My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.
  709. Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins.
  710. Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.
  711. Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.
  712. Man was made at the end of the week’s work, when God was tired.
  713. Man is the only animal that blushes – or needs to.
  714. Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.
  715. Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
  716. Lord save us all from old age and broken health and a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.
  717. Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
  718. Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.
  719. Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.
  720. Let us endeavor so to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
  721. Laws control the lesser man… Right conduct controls the greater one.
  722. Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
  723. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
  724. It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.
  725. It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.
  726. It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.
  727. It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.
  728. It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
  729. It put our energies to sleep and made visionaries of us – dreamers and indolent… It is good to begin life poor; it is good to begin life rich – these are wholesome; but to begin it prospectively rich! The man who has not experienced it cannot imagine the curse of it.
  730. It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.
  731. It is easier to stay out than get out.
  732. It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
  733. It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
  734. It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected.
  735. It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
  736. It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
  737. It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.
  738. It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
  739. In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
  740. In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.
  741. In ‘Huckleberry Finn,’ I have drawn Tom Blankenship exactly as he was. He was ignorant, unwashed, insufficiently fed; but he had as good a heart as ever any boy had.
  742. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
  743. If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.
  744. If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later.
  745. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but deteriorate the cat.
  746. If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.
  747. Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.
  748. I’ve never let my school interfere with my education.
  749. I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.
  750. I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.
  751. I never smoke to excess – that is, I smoke in moderation, only one cigar at a time.
  752. I never let schooling interfere with my education.
  753. I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.
  754. I make it a rule never to smoke while I’m sleeping.
  755. I have never taken any exercise, except sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any.
  756. I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
  757. I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.
  758. I don’t like to commit myself about heaven and hell – you see, I have friends in both places.
  759. I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.
  760. I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
  761. I can live for two months on a good compliment.
  762. I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.’
  763. I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.
  764. Humor must not professedly teach and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever.
  765. Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.
  766. How lucky Adam was. He knew when he said a good thing, nobody had said it before.
  767. Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.
  768. He is now rising from affluence to poverty.
  769. Grief can take care if itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
  770. Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
  771. Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
  772. Golf is a good walk spoiled.
  773. God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board.
  774. Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
  775. Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.
  776. Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
  777. Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
  778. George Washington, as a boy, was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie.
  779. Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
  780. Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.
  781. Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
  782. Few of us can stand prosperity. Another man’s, I mean.
  783. Familiarity breeds contempt – and children.
  784. Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.
  785. Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
  786. Everything has its limit – iron ore cannot be educated into gold.
  787. Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.
  788. Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.
  789. Don’t say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.
  790. Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
  791. Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.
  792. Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
  793. Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
  794. Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
  795. Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.
  796. Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.
  797. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
  798. Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
  799. Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.
  800. Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
  801. Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
  802. By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean.
  803. Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.
  804. But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?
  805. Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.
  806. Better a broken promise than none at all.
  807. Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.
  808. Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
  809. As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake.
  810. Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.
  811. Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
  812. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.
  813. All right, then, I’ll go to hell.
  814. All generalizations are false, including this one.
  815. All emotion is involuntary when genuine.
  816. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
  817. Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.
  818. Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
  819. A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.
  820. A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
  821. A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.
  822. A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
  823. A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
  824. A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.
  825. A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
  826. ‘Classic.’ A book which people praise and don’t read.
  827. List of Top Web Search Engine Websites
  828. You can’t regulate every lab in the world.
  829. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.
  830. Women. They are a complete mystery.
  831. With genetic engineering, we will be able to increase the complexity of our DNA, and improve the human race. But it will be a slow process, because one will have to wait about 18 years to see the effect of changes to the genetic code.
  832. Why are we here? Where do we come from? Traditionally, these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead.
  833. While physics and mathematics may tell us how the universe began, they are not much use in predicting human behavior because there are far too many equations to solve. I’m no better than anyone else at understanding what makes people tick, particularly women.
  834. When we understand string theory, we will know how the universe began. It won’t have much effect on how we live, but it is important to understand where we come from and what we can expect to find as we explore.
  835. When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.
  836. What was God doing before the divine creation?
  837. What I’d really like to control is not machines, but people.
  838. We think we have solved the mystery of creation. Maybe we should patent the universe and charge everyone royalties for their existence.
  839. We think that life develops spontaneously on Earth, so it must be possible for life to develop on suitable planets elsewhere in the universe. But we don’t know the probability that a planet develops life.
  840. We should seek the greatest value of our action.
  841. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.
  842. We must develop as quickly as possible technologies that make possible a direct connection between brain and computer, so that artificial brains contribute to human intelligence rather than opposing it.
  843. We lived in a tall, narrow Victorian house, which my parents had bought very cheaply during the war, when everyone thought London was going to be bombed flat. In fact, a V-2 rocket landed a few houses away from ours. I was away with my mother and sister at the time, but my father was in the house.
  844. We live in a bewildering world.
  845. We are the product of quantum fluctuations in the very early universe.
  846. We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
  847. We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.
  848. We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.
  849. We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being, but we share the same human spirit.
  850. Wagner manages to convey emotion with music better than anyone, before or since.
  851. Using e-mail, I can communicate with scientists all over the world.
  852. Up until the 1920s, everyone thought the universe was essentially static and unchanging in time.
  853. To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.
  854. To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.
  855. Time travel was once considered scientific heresy, and I used to avoid talking about it for fear of being labelled a ‘crank.’
  856. Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein’s general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out.
  857. Time can behave like another direction in space under extreme conditions.
  858. Throughout history, people have studied pure science from a desire to understand the universe rather than practical applications for commercial gain. But their discoveries later turned out to have great practical benefits.
  859. There’s no way to remove the observer – us – from our perceptions of the world.
  860. There is nothing bigger or older than the universe.
  861. There is no unique picture of reality.
  862. There is no physical law precluding particles from being organised in ways that perform even more advanced computations than the arrangements of particles in human brains.
  863. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
  864. There is a real danger that computers will develop intelligence and take over. We urgently need to develop direct connections to the brain so that computers can add to human intelligence rather than be in opposition.
  865. There could be shadow galaxies, shadow stars, and even shadow people.
  866. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet.
  867. There are plenty of dead scientists I admire, but I can’t think of any living ones. This is probably because it is only in retrospect that one can see who made the important contributions.
  868. There are no black holes in the sense of regimes from which light can’t escape to infinity.
  869. There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end ofthe search for the ultimate laws of nature.
  870. Theoretical physics is one of the few fields in which being disabled is no handicap – it is all in the mind.
  871. Theology is unnecessary.
  872. The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.
  873. The voice I use is a very old hardware speech synthesizer made in 1986. I keep it because I have not heard a voice I like better and because I have identified with it.
  874. The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?
  875. The universe is not indifferent to our existence – it depends on it.
  876. The universe is governed by science. But science tells us that we can’t solve the equations, directly in the abstract.
  877. The radiation left over from the Big Bang is the same as that in your microwave oven but very much less powerful. It would heat your pizza only to minus 271.3*C – not much good for defrosting the pizza, let alone cooking it.
  878. The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.
  879. The missing link in cosmology is the nature of dark matter and dark energy.
  880. The media need superheroes in science just as in every sphere of life, but there is really a continuous range of abilities with no clear dividing line.
  881. The human race may be the only intelligent beings in the galaxy.
  882. The fastest manned vehicle in history was Apollo 10. It reached 25,000 mph.
  883. The doctor who diagnosed me with ALS, or motor neuron disease, told me that it would kill me in two or three years.
  884. The cyclic universe theory predicts no gravitational waves from the early universe.
  885. The Planck satellite may detect the imprint of the gravitational waves predicted by inflation. This would be quantum gravity written across the sky.
  886. The Paralympic Games is about transforming our perception of the world.
  887. Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.
  888. Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer. The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection, because the embryos are going to die anyway.
  889. Sometimes I wonder if I’m as famous for my wheelchair and disabilities as I am for my discoveries.
  890. Someone told me that each equation I included in the book would halve the sales.
  891. Some scientists think it may be possible to capture a wormhole and enlarge it many trillions of times to make it big enough for a human or even a spaceship to enter.
  892. Some people would claim that things like love, joy and beauty belong to a different category from science and can’t be described in scientific terms, but I think they can now be explained by the theory of evolution.
  893. Some forms of motor neuron disease are genetically linked, but I have no indication that my kind is. No other member of my family has had it. But I would be in favour of abortion if there was a high risk.
  894. So long as the universe had a beginning, we could suppose it had a creator. But if the universe is really completely self-contained, having no boundary or edge, it would have neither beginning nor end: it would simply be. What place, then, for a creator?
  895. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.
  896. Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in.
  897. Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.
  898. Science is increasingly answering questions that used to be the province of religion.
  899. Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Examples include the double helix in biology and the fundamental equations of physics.
  900. Science can lift people out of poverty and cure disease. That, in turn, will reduce civil unrest.
  901. Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics.
  902. Perhaps one day I will go into space.
  903. People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.
  904. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.
  905. Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill.
  906. Our minds work in real time, which begins at the Big Bang and will end, if there is a Big Crunch – which seems unlikely, now, from the latest data showing accelerating expansion. Consciousness would come to an end at a singularity.
  907. Only black holes of very low mass would emit a significant amount of radiation.
  908. One cannot really argue with a mathematical theorem.
  909. One can’t predict the weather more than a few days in advance.
  910. Obviously, because of my disability, I need assistance. But I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have traveled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity.
  911. Observations indicate that the universe is expanding at an ever increasing rate. It will expand forever, getting emptier and darker.
  912. Nothing cannot exist forever.
  913. Not only does God play dice, but… he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.
  914. No one undertakes research in physics with the intention of winning a prize. It is the joy of discovering something no one knew before.
  915. No one can resist the idea of a crippled genius.
  916. My work and my family are very important to me.
  917. My wife and I love each other very much.
  918. My three children have brought me great joy.
  919. My ideal role would be a baddie in a James Bond film. I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit the part.
  920. My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
  921. My first popular book, ‘A Brief History of Time,’ aroused a great deal of interest, but many found it difficult to understand.
  922. My father was a research scientist in tropical medicine, so I always assumed I would be a scientist, too. I felt that medicine was too vague and inexact, so I chose physics.
  923. My discovery that black holes emit radiation raised serious problems of consistency with the rest of physics. I have now resolved these problems, but the answer turned out to be not what I expected.
  924. My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.
  925. Most sets of values would give rise to universes that, although they might be very beautiful, would contain no one able to wonder at that beauty.
  926. Most people don’t have time to master the very mathematical details of theoretical physics.
  927. Maybe I don’t have the most common kind of motor neuron disease, which usually kills in two or three years.
  928. Many people find the universe confusing – it’s not.
  929. Many badly needed goals, like fusion and cancer cure, would be achieved much sooner if we invested more.
  930. M-theory is the unified theory Einstein was hoping to find.
  931. Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
  932. Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.
  933. Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of.
  934. Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor.
  935. It’s time to commit to finding the answer, to search for life beyond Earth. Mankind has a deep need to explore, to learn, to know. We also happen to be sociable creatures. It is important for us to know if we are alone in the dark.
  936. It’s a pity that nobody has found an exploding black hole. If they had, I would have won a Nobel prize.
  937. It was Einstein’s dream to discover the grand design of the universe, a single theory that explains everything. However, physicists in Einstein’s day hadn’t made enough progress in understanding the forces of nature for that to be a realistic goal.
  938. It now appears that the way the universe began can indeed be determined, using imaginary time.
  939. It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.
  940. It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years.
  941. It is generally recognised that women are better than men at languages, personal relations and multi-tasking, but less good at map-reading and spatial awareness. It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that women might be less good at mathematics and physics.
  942. It is extremely important to me to write for children.
  943. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
  944. In the past, there was active discrimination against women in science. That has now gone, and although there are residual effects, these are not enough to account for the small numbers of women, particularly in mathematics and physics.
  945. In my school, the brightest boys did math and physics, the less bright did physics and chemistry, and the least bright did biology. I wanted to do math and physics, but my father made me do chemistry because he thought there would be no jobs for mathematicians.
  946. In my opinion, there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human mind.
  947. In less than a hundred years, we have found a new way to think of ourselves. From sitting at the center of the universe, we now find ourselves orbiting an average-sized sun, which is just one of millions of stars in our own Milky Way galaxy.
  948. In Britain, like most of the developed world, stem-cell research is regarded as a great opportunity. America will be left behind if it doesn’t change policy.
  949. Imaginary time is a new dimension, at right angles to ordinary, real time.
  950. If you understand the universe, you control it, in a way.
  951. If you believe in science, like I do, you believe that there are certain laws that are always obeyed.
  952. If we want to travel into the future, we just need to go fast. Really fast. And I think the only way we’re ever likely to do that is by going into space.
  953. If we do discover a complete theory, it should be in time understandable in broad principle by everyone. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people be able to take part in the discussion of why we and the universe exist.
  954. If the rate of expansion one second after the Big Bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred thousand million million, it would have recollapsed before it reached its present size. On the other hand, if it had been greater by a part in a million, the universe would have expanded too rapidly for stars and planets to form.
  955. If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans.
  956. If I had to choose a superhero to be, I would pick Superman. He’s everything that I’m not.
  957. If I had a time machine, I’d visit Marilyn Monroe in her prime or drop in on Galileo as he turned his telescope to the heavens.
  958. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.
  959. I’m never any good in the morning. It is only after four in the afternoon that I get going.
  960. I’m an atheist.
  961. I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.
  962. I would like nuclear fusion to become a practical power source. It would provide an inexhaustible supply of energy, without pollution or global warming.
  963. I was not a good student. I did not spend much time at college; I was too busy enjoying myself.
  964. I was never top of the class at school, but my classmates must have seen potential in me, because my nickname was ‘Einstein.’
  965. I was born on January 8, 1942, exactly three hundred years after the death of Galileo. I estimate, however, that about two hundred thousand other babies were also born that day. I don’t know whether any of them was later interested in astronomy.
  966. I want to know why the universe exists, why there is something greater than nothing.
  967. I want my books sold on airport bookstalls.
  968. I used to think information was destroyed in black hole. This was my biggest blunder, or at least my biggest blunder in science.
  969. I think we have a good chance of surviving long enough to colonize the solar system.
  970. I think those who have a terminal illness and are in great pain should have the right to choose to end their own life, and those that help them should be free from prosecution.
  971. I think the human race doesn’t have a future if it doesn’t go into space.
  972. I think the discovery of supersymmetric partners for the known particles would revolutionize our understanding of the universe.
  973. I think the brain is essentially a computer and consciousness is like a computer program. It will cease to run when the computer is turned off. Theoretically, it could be re-created on a neural network, but that would be very difficult, as it would require all one’s memories.
  974. I think it quite likely that we are the only civilization within several hundred light years; otherwise we would have heard radio waves.
  975. I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.
  976. I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
  977. I hope I have helped to raise the profile of science and to show that physics is not a mystery but can be understood by ordinary people.
  978. I have wondered about time all my life.
  979. I have wanted to fly into space for many years, but never imagined it would really be feasible.
  980. I have visited Japan several times and have always been shown wonderful hospitality.
  981. I have so much that I want to do. I hate wasting time.
  982. I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
  983. I have found far greater enthusiasm for science in America than here in Britain. There is more enthusiasm for everything in America.
  984. I have a full and satisfying life. My work and my family are very important to me.
  985. I had not expected ‘A Brief History of Time’ to be a best seller. It was my first popular book and aroused a great deal of interest. Initially, many people found it difficult to understand. I therefore decided to try to write a new version that would be easier to follow.
  986. I had not expected ‘A Brief History of Time’ to be a best seller.
  987. I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the Higgs particle wouldn’t be found.
  988. I grew up thinking that a research scientist was a natural thing to be.
  989. I first had the idea of writing a popular book about the universe in 1982. My intention was partly to earn money to pay my daughter’s school fees.
  990. I entered the health care debate in response to a statement in the United States press in summer 2009 which claimed the National Health Service in Great Britain would have killed me off, were I a British citizen. I felt compelled to make a statement to explain the error.
  991. I enjoy all forms of music – pop, classical and opera.
  992. I don’t want to write an autobiography because I would become public property with no privacy left.
  993. I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space.
  994. I don’t have much positive to say about motor neurone disease. But it taught me not to pity myself because others were worse off, and to get on with what I could still do.
  995. I don’t have much positive to say about motor neuron disease, but it taught me not to pity myself because others were worse off, and to get on with what I still could do. I’m happier now than before I developed the condition.
  996. I don’t care much for equations myself. This is partly because it is difficult for me to write them down, but mainly because I don’t have an intuitive feeling for equations.
  997. I can’t say that my disability has helped my work, but it has allowed me to concentrate on research without having to lecture or sit on boring committees.
  998. I can’t disguise myself with a wig and dark glasses – the wheelchair gives me away.
  999. I believe things cannot make themselves impossible.
  1000. I believe there are no questions that science can’t answer about a physical universe.