1. I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.
  2. I’m not a politician. And I don’t want to be.
  3. I’m no natural beauty. If I’m gonna have any looks at all, I’m gonna have to create them.
  4. I’m just a simple country girl.
  5. I’m just a friendly person; that runs in my family.
  6. I’m gonna be making records anyway, even if I had to sell ’em out of the trunk of my car. I’m that kind of musician and singer.
  7. I’m easy to look like, so there are lots and lots of Dolly look-alikes.
  8. I’m comfortable in my own skin, no matter how far it’s stretched. Ha ha.
  9. I’m an energy vampire. I just suck off everybody’s energy. But I give it back.
  10. I’m always amazed by the people who work on stage who sing night after night, day after day, week in week out.
  11. I’m almost like three people. There’s me the, Dolly, the person. There’s me, the star. And then there’s me, the manager.
  12. I’m a workin’ girl.
  13. I’m a singer, a writer and an actress – when I find something that I feel good enough about doing.
  14. I’m a showgirl, as you can tell. I’m ever ready.
  15. I’ll never graduate from collagen.
  16. I’ll bring my grits when I travel, because I get so hungry on the road.
  17. I’ll be like Bob Hope, touring when I’m 100.
  18. I’d love to do a duet, always wanted to work with Madonna, but she never asked.
  19. I write for myself things that I’ve gone through.
  20. I wouldn’t wanna go out not looking like the Dolly people have come to know, because I’ve come to know her that way, too.
  21. I would honestly say that with all the awards and all the other things that I’ve done in my life, Dollywood is one of the greatest dreams that I’ve ever had come true – I am so proud of that I can’t even begin to tell you, Dollywood is real special to me.
  22. I will not play just an evil part. In fact, I got offered $7 million several years ago to play the part that Faye Dunaway played in ‘Supergirl.’ I was kind of insulted. I was impressed with the money, but I said, ‘Why are you asking me to play an evil witch? Do I come across as an evil witch to you?’
  23. I will never retire unless I have to.
  24. I wear wigs all the time on shows, and every day when I’m in public, at Dollywood. People say, ‘How many wigs do you have?’ And I say, ‘Well, at least 365 because I wear at least one a day.’
  25. I wear make-up, and it gets a little bit thicker every year.
  26. I was very honored to get to be part of ‘American Idol.’
  27. I was the first woman to burn my bra – it took the fire department four days to put it out.
  28. I was probably 7 years old when I started playing the guitar and writing some serious songs.
  29. I was born with a happy heart, and I try to keep a good attitude. It’s not true that I’m happy all the time because nobody is, and we all go through our things.
  30. I was approached about having my own network many, many years ago. There were some people who wanted to start up a network, and I didn’t want to get that involved in the business aspect of it.
  31. I was always a junk food person, still am.
  32. I wanted to write a book that talked about the emotions of children, which is the rainbow. We all have moods. We talk about being blue when we’re sad, and being yellow when we’re cowards, and when we’re mad, we’re red.
  33. I want to go and go, and then drop dead in the middle of something I’m loving to do. And if that doesn’t happen, if I wind up sitting in a wheelchair, at least I’ll have my high heels on.
  34. I walk tall; I got a tall attitude.
  35. I usually get up at 3 A.M. I don’t require a lot of sleep, and if I get tired, I’ll take a powernap during the day.
  36. I used to sing songs and write with my uncle, Bill Owens.
  37. I used to always sit in church looking out the windows at the boys, wondering if I could make an excuse to go out and, you know, go to the bathroom because all the outdoor toilets. But anyhow, I was only going out to see the boys.
  38. I try to see the good in everybody, and I don’t care who people are as long as they’re themselves, whatever that is.
  39. I try not to go around looking like a hag.
  40. I think your values are always influenced by your family and your community.
  41. I think there is a little magic in the fact that I’m so totally real but look so artificial at the same time.
  42. I think that I’m perfect.
  43. I think that I know the value of a dollar.
  44. I think so many people live their whole life in fear and doubt and shame.
  45. I think people take me as seriously as I want them to. They take me as seriously as I take myself – let’s put it that way.
  46. I think everyone should be with who they love.
  47. I think every entertainer’s had nights when things go wrong. I mean you can’t remember everything all the time, and especially if you’re having hard times personally, things going on that you – you know, and then people make it worse. And that makes you feel worse.
  48. I think country music is popular – has been popular and will always be popular because I think a lot of real people singing about a lot of real stuff about real people. And it’s simple enough for people to understand it. And we kind of roll with the punches.
  49. I think I’ve got my business notions and my sense for that sort of thing from my dad. My dad never had a chance to go to school. He couldn’t read and write. But he was so smart. He was just one of those people that could just make the most of anything and everything that he had to work with.
  50. I think I became more productive through not having children. I never really had the desire to have them. My husband didn’t want them either, so it worked out well.
  51. I think 9/11 affected everybody in one way or another.
  52. I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time but after some reflection. I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed.
  53. I still have my first paycheck. It was just, I think, a dollar or two that I got when I started as a songwriter with BMI, and I had some songs there that I had through the company, and in the mail I got this big old check for, like, a dollar and a half or something. Somebody had recorded one of my songs.
  54. I still close my eyes and go home – I can always draw from that.
  55. I say, ‘Yeah, Taylor Swift.’ I think she is a smart, beautiful girl. I think she’s making all the right moves. She’s got a good head on her shoulders. She’s surrounded with wonderful people. Her songs are great. She keeps herself anchored. She knows who she is, and she’s living and standing by that.
  56. I really learned to sing in church, I think, really with emotion.
  57. I often joke that 100 years from now I hope people are saying, ‘Dang, she looks good for her age!’
  58. I never thought, in my lifetime, that you’d be able to watch movies, read books and listen to music from a phone, but I guess the technology of tomorrow is here today.
  59. I modelled my looks on the town tramp.
  60. I met my husband before I became a star, and he doesn’t care about any of it.
  61. I love traveling all over the world; but it’s true: there’s nothing like home.
  62. I love to flirt, and I’ve never met a man I didn’t like.
  63. I love story songs because I’ve always loved books.
  64. I love being active.
  65. I love Velveeta cheese.
  66. I love Indian, Italian and Mexican food. And if it’s a romantic type of thing, I like a good French restaurant.
  67. I look like a woman, but I think like a man.
  68. I look just like the girls next door… if you happen to live next door to an amusement park.
  69. I look at myself like a show dog. I’ve got to keep her clipped and trimmed and in good shape.
  70. I listen to my old records and I think, ‘How did I ever get on the radio?’
  71. I know who I am, I know what I can and can’t do. I know what I will and won’t do. I know what I’m capable of and I don’t agree to do things that I don’t think I can pull off.
  72. I know that I always wanted things. I was always proud of my people, proud of my home, but I always wanted more. I think most people do.
  73. I know some of the best Dolly Parton jokes. I made ’em up myself.
  74. I know it’s corny – but I love ‘Jingle Bells!’
  75. I just kind of wake up with a new idea and new dreams every day, and I follow that dream, as they say.
  76. I just don’t have time to get old!
  77. I just don’t feel like I have to explain myself.
  78. I have tennis shoes with little rhinestones that I slip on if I exercise. But I always wear heels, even around the house. I’m such a short little thing, I can’t reach my kitchen cabinets.
  79. I have surrounded myself with very smart people.
  80. I have suffered most of the things I write about – or my friends have.
  81. I have little bones.
  82. I have had some cosmetic surgery, especially after I lost weight and stuff, and I’ve had my breasts lifted – but not injected. That would scare me to death, anyway.
  83. I have a tendency to be awfully big-hearted and it’s very hard for me to say no, even when I need to.
  84. I have a big gay and lesbian following and they’ve been very loyal and kind to me.
  85. I hated school. Even to this day, when I see a school bus it’s just depressing to me. The poor little kids.
  86. I had to get rich so I could sing like I was poor again.
  87. I had nothing growing up, but I always wanted to be ‘sexy,’ even before I knew what the word was.
  88. I grew up around lots of men – my father, my brothers, my uncles – so I wasn’t intimidated by them.
  89. I feel that sin and evil are the negative part of you, and I think it’s like a battery: you’ve got to have the negative and the positive in order to be a complete person.
  90. I don’t think you ever really know what all you’re doing, so you have to act on faith.
  91. I don’t think I’m supposed to boss other people around just because I’m a so-called celebrity or star. I hate that when people act that way. No one deserves it. I’ve seen it happen. I don’t call those people out – they know who they are. Some enjoy that reputation.
  92. I don’t make people bend over backwards, and I don’t like that in people. I am definitely no diva.
  93. I don’t like to give advice. I like to give people information because everyone’s life is different, and everyone’s journey is different.
  94. I don’t like to get involved in things that I am not familiar with. I’m kind of a hands-on type of person.
  95. I don’t kiss nobody’s butt.
  96. I don’t have time to stand around and listen to an 11-minute song.
  97. I don’t have maids or servants, and my husband and I love waking up early and going to the 24-hour supermarket when there is nobody else there.
  98. I don’t have anything to say about other people’s art and their work.
  99. I do write a lot of children’s songs, and I’m going to do a children’s television show, which also means I’ll be doing a lot of albums. So I do hope my future will hold a lot of things for children.
  100. I do remember how it was to be poor. I do remember that in my early years, we had to grow and raise all of our food, even our animals. And I remember in my early life, we didn’t even have electricity. So it was very, very hard times then.
  101. I do have a lot of gays in my family now, but some will never come out.
  102. I do have a few little tattoos, but they were mostly done to cover scars because I’m so fair.
  103. I do believe that any successful business starts from the top and works its way down.
  104. I didn’t know any gay people in my childhood.
  105. I did not, thank the Lord, have to have a hysterectomy.
  106. I come from a family of 12, so I kind of got a little lost as a child.
  107. I can’t tell anybody else how to run their life or their business, but I really believe I’ve got a good bead on myself.
  108. I can’t keep somebody from being a star, and I can’t make somebody a star, and nobody can.
  109. I can’t do nothing just a little.
  110. I can write a song in about an hour if it’s a simple country song.
  111. I can be accused of trying to be commercial sometimes.
  112. I am not gay, but if I were, I would be the first one running out of the closet.
  113. I am confident that partnering my Dollywood Company with a great company like Gaylord will create something truly special.
  114. I am a tender-hearted person, and I feel everything to the ninth degree.
  115. I always wanted to be loved.
  116. I always thought that if I made it big or got successful at what I had started out to do, that I wanted to come back to my part of the country and do something great, something that would bring a lot of jobs into this area.
  117. I always think of myself as a working girl.
  118. I always loved that old song ‘Banks of the Ohio’ – it was always such a man’s song, so I’ve always wanted to record it.
  119. I always ask God to work through me and let me be a light of some kind and help in this world, so I always pray for that, and I always want to do good.
  120. I ain’t never far away from a pencil and paper or a tape recorder.
  121. God tells us not to judge one another, no matter what anyone’s sexual preferences are or if they’re black, brown or purple.
  122. God knows when the end of time will come, not some fanatic… The world will end someday, but the end of the world and the end of time are two different things.
  123. God has his plans and his reasons. Sometimes we are supposed to go through things so that we learn lessons.
  124. God and I have a great relationship, but we both see other people.
  125. George Jones was my all-time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world.
  126. Funny thing is that the poorer people are, the more generous they seem to be.
  127. For some reason, I have better luck when I work with women. I guess I have a good sense of sisterhood.
  128. First thing I do in the morning, after I have my breakfast and do my spiritual work, is put on my makeup and fix my hair, and I can do my makeup in 15 minutes.
  129. Find out who you are. And do it on purpose.
  130. Everywhere I go, the kids call me ‘the book lady.’ The older I get, the more appreciative I seem to be of the ‘book lady’ title. It makes me feel more like a legitimate person, not just a singer or an entertainer. But it makes me feel like I’ve done something good with my life and with my success.
  131. Everybody has a purpose.
  132. Every time I come to Europe, I’m just as excited as I was my very first time, which was many, many years ago. I love that part of the world, and I especially love the fans.
  133. Every single diet I ever fell off of was because of potatoes and gravy of some sort.
  134. Every seven years, I sit down and make a whole new plan.
  135. Every day I pray about all I do.
  136. Energy begets energy.
  137. Dollywood is a family park, and all families are welcome. We do have a policy about profanity or controversial messages on clothing or signs. It is to protect the individual wearing or carrying them, as well as to keep down fights or problems by those opposed to it at the park.
  138. Depression runs in my family on both sides, and I have to be wary.
  139. Children have always responded to me because I have that cartoon-character look.
  140. Believe it or not, I was just given an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee.
  141. Being brought up very religious, I have a fear of people that look to idol gods.
  142. Being a star just means that you just find your own special place, and that you shine where you are. To me, that’s what being a star means.
  143. As a songwriter, you respect and appreciate the writings of other people, and I often get asked, are there songs out there I wish I’d written? Yes. There’s many of them!
  144. All of my brothers and sisters are very talented. They all sang all right.
  145. All my momma’s people were very musical. My grandpa, who was the Pentecostal minister, he was a great musician. He played the fiddle, he played the piano.
  146. After momma gave birth to 12 of us kids, we put her up on a pedestal. It was mostly to keep Daddy away from her.
  147. Adjusting to the passage of time, I think, is a key to success and to life: just being able to roll with the punches.
  148. Actually, I hear a lot of rock music. My husband is a big rock fan.
  149. Above everything else I’ve done, I’ve always said I’ve had more guts than I’ve got talent.
  150. A lot of people think I’m a comedian.
  151. A lot of people have said I’d have probably done better in my career if I hadn’t looked so cheap and gaudy. But I dress to be comfortable for me, and you shouldn’t be blamed because you want to look pretty.
  152. A lot of people don’t realise I came out of the Smoky Mountains with a load of songs.
  153. A lot of my heartbreak songs are inspired by things my sisters are going through, or friends.
  154. A lot of dreams can turn to nightmares… if you don’t really work them.
  155. A gypsy told me I was going to do great things. I was going to make all kinds of money.
  156. ‘Wrecking Ball’ is a great song.
  157. ‘Jolene’ has been very popular all of these years, even overseas.
  158. ‘9 to 5,’ that little song, that little story, just won’t ever end. Just like ‘I Will Always Love You,’ it just keeps comin’ back, popping up its head in one way or another.
  159. ‘9 to 5 the Musical’ is perfect for anyone that’s ever wanted to string up their boss, which is almost all of us.
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  163. You’ve got to be able to sell yourself.
  164. You throw your best punch, otherwise don’t do it.
  165. You lose your energy, you lose that excitement and it gets the audience up.
  166. You know what’s funny to me? Attitude.
  167. You know how a fighter always comes into the dressing room way before a fight? That’s me – I’m like a fighter.
  168. You got to have a lot of courage. Secondly, whatever it is you’re doing, you have to believe in it wholeheartedly. Thirdly, you have to be able to stand up in front of people and know that they’ll laugh.
  169. You can’t study comedy; it’s within you. It’s a personality. My humor is an attitude.
  170. Yeah, I make fun of blacks, and why not? I’m not a black.
  171. Why should I retire? I’m like a fighter. The bell rings, and you come out and fight.
  172. Who picks your clothes – Stevie Wonder?
  173. When you stand alone and sell yourself, you can’t please everyone. But when you’re different, you can last.
  174. When you first start out with something new, you’re always a little uptight.
  175. When you enter a room, you have to kiss his ring. I don’t mind, but he has it in his back pocket.
  176. When you do comedy, you can’t please the world, although I’d like to think that most of my audiences were on my side.
  177. When I’m onstage, I’m acting.
  178. When I was a younger guy doing comedy, it was a big struggle. Promoters canceled me out of clubs left and right when I called somebody a dummy or a yo-yo. Then they realized I was different.
  179. When I walk down the street in New York, I swear to God, the building constructor, the guy pounding cement and what not, will yell, ‘Hey, you hockey puck!’
  180. When I got out of high school, I wanted to be an actor but was getting a lot of rejections. I was getting rejected by life. My mother, God rest her soul, told me not to quit.
  181. Whatever you do to gain success, you have to hang in there and hope good things happen. Always think positive.
  182. What keeps me going is that young people still want to see me.
  183. Well, I call myself an actor. I always wanted to be one.
  184. We were Orthodox Jews, but we really didn’t deserve it. I mean, bacon – my father said, ‘Don’t put bacon in the house,’ but we had bacon. We didn’t keep kosher. And we observed which today would be Conservative Jews. But in those days, we belonged to an Orthodox temple. So we made out we were Orthodox Jews, but we really weren’t.
  185. To this day, when I say that I went to the American Academy, people are very impressed. The reputation of the school has always been fantastic.
  186. To this day, if you gave me $1,000, I really can’t stand up – You can tell a joke. You’re a good storyteller and a good joke teller.
  187. To my knowledge, I was the first guy really to do what I do. And then later on different comedians started trying doing it.
  188. To me, the stand up part in my life is great. I know I can do that. When I get an acting chance, I’m really thrilled.
  189. They always use the word ‘insult’ with me, but I don’t hurt anybody. I wouldn’t be sitting here if I did. I make fun of everybody and exaggerate all our insecurities.
  190. There’s a difference between an actual insult and a friendly jab. So I don’t think I’m offensive onstage.
  191. The young comedians always ask me, ‘What’s the secret for staying around?’ I tell them, ‘There is no secret – just stay around. Longevity is the most important thing.’
  192. The thing I love about Vegas is that it’s a melting pot. It’s like working Ellis Island.
  193. The old days were the old days. And they were great days. But now is now.
  194. The man I adored, and miss him terribly, was Johnny Carson.
  195. The inaugural of Ronald Reagan, with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. And that was the greatest thing. Ronald Reagan and George Bush. That was – I still remember like it was yesterday.
  196. The highlight of my career was being at the inaugural gala of Ronald Reagan, and I owe that to Mr. Sinatra.
  197. The girls, like, in we’ll say Hooters, have less clothing than the girls I worked with in those days. We thought it was wild when they just wore little bells and so forth. But today, in restaurants, some of the waitresses almost work in the nude, you know, to get business.
  198. The average person pushes an elevator button 6 or 7 minutes before realizing it’s not working. I did a study on this, you know.
  199. Struggling is hard because you never know what’s at the end of the tunnel.
  200. Sometimes, I knew generally what I was going to do, but I’ve never written anything down. Call it a sixth sense: the lines just come.
  201. Somehow, in my head, I don’t think I’ll die. I know that everybody dies, of course. I just think that it’ll never come to me. It’s crazy, but there it is.
  202. Some people say funny things, but I say things funny.
  203. Some people call me a legend and the last of the greats, and I appreciate it.
  204. So, I’m on the satellite every Sunday, no matter where we are, with the Rams. Turn on the satellite; got to watch the Rams.
  205. Smartphones. Who cares? Smartphones. I only have dummy phones.
  206. Sinatra was somebody special.
  207. Sinatra had a lot of mood swings, but he was wonderful to my wife Barbara and to me. He made no bones about who he liked and who he loved, and he had this great charisma. When he walked into a room, it stopped. I’ve only seen that happen with Ronald Reagan.
  208. Show business is my life. When I was a kid I sold insurance, but nobody laughed.
  209. Room service is great if you want to pay $500 for a club sandwich.
  210. Political correctness? In my humor, I never talk about politics. I was never much into all that.
  211. One thing a comedian does, when you step on the stage, you’re selling yourself, and certainly I don’t think the whole world can love you. But if you can get the majority on your side, you’re really in business.
  212. Once in a while, when I’m alone, I think about my age. I think, ‘How many more years do I have on this earth?’ But I can’t really conceive of dying.
  213. Now when I’m not working, I don’t really hang out with the young comics.
  214. Nobody ever dared with Frank, because he had such mood swings, and you never knew how he was going to react. But I could tell the minute I saw him that he was going to be in my corner.
  215. No matter where you go in this world, you will always find a Jew sitting in the beach chair next to you.
  216. Ninety percent of the people who come to see me are my fans.
  217. My wife, Barbara, is great. She arranges when I do work that I have a day off between performances.
  218. My wife is great. She always goes to the bank to see if the check has cleared.
  219. My wife came into my life, and my mother still wanted to be the boss.
  220. My whole act is off the top of my head.
  221. My mother was a big influence. She kept pushing me because I was very shy and inhibited. And schoolwork was very difficult for me because I couldn’t concentrate. I was failing almost every subject. To this day, I’m not too good at reading a book. But I was the president of my high school comedy group, and they treated me like a king.
  222. My mother was a Jewish General Patton.
  223. My life was in Montreal years ago. Best food in the world.
  224. My grandchildren just know me now as Mr. Potato Head.
  225. My father was an insurance man and a small-time gambler. He was a good man, but he had an eye for the racehorses, and I saw how it used to bother my mother. I’ve never gambled a dime. Never, in all those years in Vegas.
  226. Most people think the character I do onstage is the way I am offstage, but I’m just a regular guy who spends time with his family and who turns on the television and watches a lot of sports.
  227. Many, many years ago, I stood on the stage and told bad jokes and did Sophie Tucker as an impersonation, and nobody looked up; and suddenly, I looked down and said, ‘Sir, I’m getting fed up with you. Either you watch, or I’m going to suck your neck,’ or words to that effect, and suddenly people started to laugh.
  228. Las Vegas is the boiling pot of entertainment.
  229. Johnny Carson was king of the kings, in my opinion.
  230. Johnny Carson was a big influence on me – all of those shows I did with him over the years, like, 100 of them, they made a bit of a name for me at the time, so that part of my life was very good.
  231. Italians are fantastic people, really. They can work you over in an alley while singing an opera.
  232. It’s very sweet to have people say nice things about you, and I always accept that.
  233. It’s tough having the last name ‘Rickles.’ Luckily, my kids handled it great.
  234. It takes many years to be a great comedian.
  235. In the 45 years I’ve worked in casinos, I dreamed of being honored by an organization like the American Gaming Association, especially since I don’t even have a hunting license.
  236. In our day we went from – we went into saloons. We couldn’t cross over like you can today, get a television series and all of a sudden you’re a major movie star, you know.
  237. If something strikes me as funny, I’ll put it in my performance.
  238. If I were to insult people and mean it, that wouldn’t be funny.
  239. If I have learned anything, it is to keep my wife happy by sending her lavish gifts. Other men can learn from my success and send their wives and girlfriends fresh flowers for birthdays, anniversaries, and of course, Valentine’s Day.
  240. I’ve never had a written script.
  241. I’ve never gone to comedy clubs.
  242. I’ve got an accountant who’s been with me forty years. If he makes a mistake, he dies.
  243. I’ve been to Philadelphia a lot of times over the years, playing the old Celebrity Room and most of the other clubs around there that don’t exist anymore.
  244. I’ve been hot, I’ve been lukewarm, I’ve been freezing, but I’ve always been a headliner.
  245. I’m very shy so I became very outgoing to protect my shyness.
  246. I’m not one of those guys who wants to die on a stage.
  247. I’m a New Yorker, originally. I was raised in Jackson Heights. I went to P.S. 148 and then Newtown High School. If World War II didn’t come, I’d still be there in school. World War II saved me.
  248. I’d like to think my performance is today. I never try to – it’s so, as you know, watching me, I have a beginning, middle and ending. But every night the show changes and I relate to an audience and I relate to the young people.
  249. I write my own tweets.
  250. I was sitting in the toilet and I was by myself. I was tired of playing with the roller, so I said I’d better write a book.
  251. I was nice to the people in the Philippines for the two and a half years I was there, because I knew eventually I’d have to kiss up to them so my grandchildren could have toys.
  252. I was in World War II; I cried when they took me in the Navy. That’s the last time I cried.
  253. I was always the guy who made jokes and ribbed people at parties. After I went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts I got sidetracked into clubs and started doing comedy.
  254. I was always the guy – out of insecurities, I was always making fun, even as a kid.
  255. I was a mother’s boy.
  256. I was a big shot in high school – big into social events and at the dramatic society – and I always had trouble in school. Not because I was a dummy, but I was always busy being the Jackson Heights clown.
  257. I was 28 when my father died, and I was an only child.
  258. I want to be a dog, but I’m a pussycat.
  259. I used to work over a bar. That was – there was no stage. I stood over a tiny bar. Louis Prima, rest his soul, he worked there. I was the guy that filled in when he was off the stage.
  260. I used to play golf. I wanted to be a better player, but after a while, I realized I’d always stink. And that’s when I really started to enjoy the game.
  261. I told jokes badly.
  262. I think if I took therapy, the doctor would quit. He’d just pick up the couch and walk out of the room.
  263. I stopped smoking. But my personality I still have. I get up in the morning, and not everybody loves me, so if you want to call that a bad habit, there’s that.
  264. I still have drive, but everything is relative.
  265. I spent two and a half years in the Philippines in World War II.
  266. I shouldn’t make fun of the blacks: President Obama is a personal friend of mine. He was over to the house yesterday, but the mop broke.
  267. I say things I get away with, and it becomes a joke.
  268. I ride a recumbent bike for half an hour every day.
  269. I never went out looking for glory.
  270. I mean, in my – and I’m not trying to do spilled milk, but in those days it was a little – I think it was much tougher, because you got an image, and you were in a saloon. And it was tough to come out of a saloon and to get in films, and to maintain an image, you know.
  271. I like to think I’m like the guy who goes to the office Christmas party Friday night, insults some people, but still has his job Monday morning.
  272. I have to have energy because I have a lot of expenses. A couple of cars, couple of dogs and a big estate.
  273. I have no idea what I’m going to say when I stand up to give a toast. But I do know that anything I say I find funny.
  274. I have my own gym. When you do jokes and they sell, you get a gym.
  275. I have a wonderful road manager, and he travels with me. And my valet and friend travels with me. My little entourage is great, and they take good care of me.
  276. I have a problem, if the light goes on on TV and it blinks midnight, I don’t know how to fix it.
  277. I exaggerate all our selves, our beings. I make fun of everything: of our life and what we are. But I don’t tell jokes, really. I just exaggerate life, and it comes out funny.
  278. I enjoy mixed audiences, not one particular group. Short, tall, scientists, Jews, gentiles, whatever, as long as they breathe and like to laugh.
  279. I don’t walk into a dinner party and say, ‘You’re an idiot; give me my coat.’
  280. I don’t say I was the first, because, who knows, maybe there was a guy out in Minnesota doing it before me.
  281. I don’t practice or write stuff down – everything I do onstage was just made up before I went on.
  282. I don’t like to compare myself with anybody.
  283. I don’t have regrets. I’ve never sat here and thought, ‘Gee, if only I’d done ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’ on Broadway, I would have been happier.’
  284. I don’t drink much anymore, but when I traveled with Frank Sinatra, God rest his soul, I used to drink like I could do it. He made it a test. In Vegas, the Rat Pack, which I was a little part of, drank all night and slept most of the day. Then, about 5 o’clock, we’d meet in the hotel steam room, lock the door, and steam our brains out.
  285. I don’t do impressions.
  286. I don’t care if the average guy on the street really knows what I’m like, as long as he knows I’m not really a mean, vicious guy. My friends and family know what I’m really like. That’s what’s important.
  287. I do situations and make fun of authority and life.
  288. I didn’t get married until I was 38.
  289. I did a picture 40 years ago with Carroll O’Connor and Telly Savalas, God rest their souls, and Clint Eastwood, called ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ which we filmed in Yugoslavia for six months.
  290. I did a few movies, but the word ‘star’… I cannot compare to a star like Clint Eastwood. I used to call Clint ‘Larry Dickman’ when he would come to my show; then, he started using the name when he would go under cover in a ‘Dirty Harry’ movie. That’s why he’s a movie star… he’s so creative.
  291. I couldn’t sell air conditioners on a 98-degree day. When I demonstrated them in a showroom, I pushed the wrong button and blew the circuit.
  292. I cannot tell a joke. But I can do a situation, that it becomes a joke.
  293. I can get an audience screaming in Las Vegas and say, ‘Barbara, that was a great show,’ and she’ll say, ‘Would you please hurry up? We have dinner reservations at 9:30.’
  294. I call myself an actor. I always wanted to be one.
  295. I busted my bird for 60 years in the business, but my grandkids only know me as Mr. Potato Head.
  296. I always say, when you’re onstage you can’t please everybody. I’m sure there are people who may not take to what I do, but that’s okay. Thank God the majority are in my corner.
  297. I always rib people, but nobody ever gives me a hard time. I don’t know why. Maybe they’re afraid of what I might say. There’s probably a lesson in that somewhere, but I don’t know what it is.
  298. Honestly, I didn’t realize it – all of a sudden, I was 90. The years skipped by quickly. When it happened, I said, ‘Where did the time go?’
  299. Herb Solo at that time was the head of MGM. I said, ‘I want to live like Clint Eastwood.’ Did I know at that time Clint Eastwood, to him, Heaven was a truck, a dog, and a picnic basket for food or something?
  300. Half the battle is that people have to like you before you say one joke, one bit of humor.
  301. Girls were scared of me because I can be loud. Barbara, my wife of 51 years, is very low-key. She was my picture agent’s secretary.
  302. Funny is funny.
  303. Frank Sinatra. Hey, Frank, I saw you in ‘The Pride and Passion,’ and I want to tell you the cannon was wonderful!
  304. Famous people are deceptive. Deep down, they’re just regular people. Like Larry King. We’ve been friends for forty years. He’s one of the few guys I know who’s really famous. One minute he’s talking to the president on his cell phone, and then the next minute he’s saying to me, ‘Do you think we ought to give the waiter another dollar?’
  305. Everything I’ve performed has been from my own head.
  306. Everything I’ve ever done in my whole career, people might not know, I’ve never written anything down on paper.
  307. Every night when I go out on stage, there’s always one nagging fear in the back of my mind. I’m always afraid that somewhere out there, there is one person in the audience that I’m not going to offend!
  308. Even when I was in high school and the Navy, I was the guy who could rip somebody, and they’d laugh at it.
  309. Eddie Fisher married to Elizabeth Taylor is like me trying to wash the Empire State Building with a bar of soap.
  310. Don’t call me ‘sir; ‘King Jew’ will do fine.
  311. Diana Krall I met in, I think it was Canada. She’s a lovely lady. Her husband, Elvis Costello, is a great star.
  312. Compared to what some of the young comics use for material today, I’m a priest.
  313. Compared to what comics say today, I’m a monk, but in those days, it was unheard of to make fun of people like I did. Of course, they exaggerated how outrageous I really was.
  314. Bob Newhart, who is my best friend, is one of the guys I adore.
  315. Bob Hope was totally regimented. I go in and say a line like, ‘Hi Bob’ and I’d have to do it five times, and then Bob would take me to the writers to say the line different ways. He wouldn’t let me ad-lib.
  316. Being in the Navy, when I came home, it changed your whole life. You’re 18, you go away for two and a half years, you come home – boy, you’re a different person.
  317. At 90, I’m still working a couple of dates a month. My mind is very sharp on the stage, so why not? This may sound corny, but I do it because people – young and old – still come to see me, and they’re very enthusiastic about my work. They treat me like the Godfather.
  318. Asians are nice people, but they burn a lot of shirts.
  319. An insult is mean or unkind. Milton Berle called me the Sultan of Insult, and I was called the King of Insult. But the guy that gave me the best title – and I use it to this day – was Johnny Carson. He called me Mr. Warmth.
  320. An ‘insult comic’ is the title I was given. What I do is exaggeration. I make fun of people, at life, of myself and my surroundings.
  321. Among my friends, I’m not a little Boy Scout, and they love my humor, thank God.
  322. Alan King, a comedian I adored, was considered society, and I was considered the Jewish kid from the neighborhood.
  323. After over 50 years of headlining, I’ve been received very beautifully. But I always say, when you’re onstage, you can’t please everybody. I’m sure there are people who may not take to what I do, but that’s OK.
  324. After I graduated, I tried Broadway, which was difficult for me. It was tough to get a part on Broadway, so I just started talking to audiences at different social gatherings, and little by little I became Don Rickles – whatever that is.
  325. You live and learn. At any rate, you live.
  326. Years and years ago, I did a game based on ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ with a company called Infocom, which was a great company. They were doing witty, intelligent, literate games based on text.
  327. Working out the social politics of who you can trust and why is, quite literally, what a very large part of our brain has evolved to do.
  328. When you write your first book aged 25 or so, you have 25 years of experience, albeit much of it juvenile experience. The second book comes after an extra year sitting in bookshops. Pretty soon, you begin to run on empty.
  329. What the computer in virtual reality enables us to do is to recalibrate ourselves so that we can start seeing those pieces of information that are invisible to us but have become important for us to understand.
  330. We think that the world is a solid, vivid place, full of shape and colour and solid objects like this table and this microphone and so on, but we actually create that in our heads out of the bits of information that hit the back of our eyeballs or hit our eardrums or hit our tongues or whatever.
  331. We no longer think of chairs as technology; we just think of them as chairs. But there was a time when we hadn’t worked out how many legs chairs should have, how tall they should be, and they would often ‘crash’ when we tried to use them.
  332. We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can’t cope with is therefore your own problem.
  333. Wandering around the web is like living in a world in which every doorway is actually one of those science fiction devices which deposit you in a completely different part of the world when you walk through them. In fact, it isn’t like it, it is it.
  334. To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.
  335. To be frank, it sometimes seems that the American idea of freedom has more to do with my freedom to do what I want than your freedom to do what you want. I think that, in Europe, we’re probably better at understanding how to balance those competing claims, though not a lot.
  336. Time is bunk.
  337. Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
  338. This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.
  339. There’s nothing worse than sitting down to write a novel and saying, ‘Well, okay, I’m going to do something of high artistic worth.’
  340. There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
  341. There is a piece of me that likes to fondly imagine my maverick and rebellious nature. But, more accurately, I like to have a nice and cosy institution that I can rub up against a little bit.
  342. The usual method of finding a little dongly thing that actually matches a gizmo I want to use is to go and buy another one, at a price that can physically drive the air from your body.
  343. The mere thought hadn’t even begun to speculate about the merest possibility of crossing my mind.
  344. The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair.
  345. The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
  346. The impossible often has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks.
  347. The difficulty with this conversation is that it’s very different from most of the ones I’ve had of late. Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees.
  348. The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.
  349. Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the drug store, but that’s just peanuts to space.
  350. See first, think later, then test. But always see first. Otherwise, you will only see what you were expecting. Most scientists forget that.
  351. People wanted me to do a CD-ROM of ‘Hitchhiker’s,’ and I thought, ‘No, no.’ I didn’t want to just sort of reverse-engineer yet another thing from a book I’d already written. I think that the digital media are interesting enough in their own right to be worth originating something in.
  352. One of the most important things you learn from the Internet is that there is no ‘them’ out there. It’s just an awful lot of ‘us.’
  353. Of course you can’t ‘trust’ what people tell you on the web anymore than you can ‘trust’ what people tell you on megaphones, postcards or in restaurants. Working out the social politics of who you can trust and why is, quite literally, what a very large part of our brain has evolved to do.
  354. My absolute favourite piece of information is the fact that young sloths are so inept that they frequently grab their own arms and legs instead of tree limbs, and fall out of trees.
  355. Most of the time spent wrestling with technologies that don’t quite work yet is just not worth the effort for end users, however much fun it is for nerds like us.
  356. Look at a book. A book is the right size to be a book. They’re solar-powered. If you drop them, they keep on being a book. You can find your place in microseconds. Books are really good at being books, and no matter what happens, books will survive.
  357. Life is wasted on the living.
  358. It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
  359. It is a rare mind indeed that can render the hitherto non-existent blindingly obvious. The cry ‘I could have thought of that’ is a very popular and misleading one, for the fact is that they didn’t, and a very significant and revealing fact it is too.
  360. It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
  361. Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
  362. In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
  363. In order to fly, all one must do is simply miss the ground.
  364. If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a nonworking cat.
  365. If somebody thinks they’re a hedgehog, presumably you just give ’em a mirror and a few pictures of hedgehogs and tell them to sort it out for themselves.
  366. If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.
  367. I’ve been trying to… Having been an English literary graduate, I’ve been trying to avoid the idea of doing art ever since. I think the idea of art kills creativity.
  368. I’m spending a year dead for tax reasons.
  369. I was the only kid who anybody I knew has ever seen actually walk into a lamppost with his eyes wide open. Everybody assumed that there must be something going on inside, because there sure as hell wasn’t anything going on the outside!
  370. I wanted to be a writer-performer like the Pythons. In fact, I wanted to be John Cleese, and it took me some time to realise that the job was, in fact, taken.
  371. I used to be a great fan of doing crosswords. When you’re fiddling around with anagrams, you get wonderful jumbles of syllables that become interesting.
  372. I think you get most of the most interesting work done in fields where people don’t think they’re doing art but are merely practicing a craft and working as good craftsmen. Being literate as a writer is good craft, is knowing your job, is knowing how to use your tools properly and not to damage the tools as you use them.
  373. I think the idea of art kills creativity.
  374. I think that the digital media are interesting enough in their own right to be worth originating something in.
  375. I think that growing up in a crowded continent like Europe with an awful lot of competing claims, ideas… cultures… and systems of thought, we have, perforce, developed a more sophisticated notion of what the word ‘freedom’ means than I see much evidence of in America.
  376. I think fish is nice, but then I think that rain is wet, so who am I to judge?
  377. I taught myself to play the guitar by listening to Paul Simon records, working it out note by note. He is an incredibly intelligent musician. He’s not someone who has a natural outpouring of melody like McCartney or Dylan, who are just terribly prolific with musical ideas.
  378. I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
  379. I remember very little about writing the first series of ‘Hitchhiker’s.’ It’s almost as if someone else wrote it.
  380. I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
  381. I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
  382. I have rooms full of little dongly things and don’t want any more. Half the little dongly things I’ve got, I don’t even know what gizmo they’re for. More importantly, half the gizmos I’ve got, I don’t know where their little dongly thing is.
  383. I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.
  384. I find the difference, for me, between having no money and having quite a bit is that the bills get bigger. And that’s it. The lifestyle doesn’t change.
  385. I don’t think anybody would argue now that the Internet isn’t becoming a major factor in our lives. However, it’s very new to us. Newsreaders still feel it is worth a special and rather worrying mention if, for instance, a crime was planned by people ‘over the Internet.’
  386. I don’t believe it. Prove it to me and I still won’t believe it.
  387. I briefly did therapy, but after a while, I realised it is just like a farmer complaining about the weather. You can’t fix the weather – you just have to get on with it.
  388. Hundreds of people who’ve never written before send in ‘Dr. Who’ scripts. They may have good ideas, but what they fail to realise is that writing for TV is incredibly complicated. They have no idea how difficult it is and what the financial commitment is.
  389. Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
  390. He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher… or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
  391. He hoped and prayed that there wasn’t an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn’t an afterlife.
  392. For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.
  393. Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
  394. Every country is like a particular type of person. America is like a belligerent, adolescent boy; Canada is like an intelligent, 35-year-old woman. Australia is like Jack Nicholson. It comes right up to you and laughs very hard in your face in a highly threatening and engaging manner.
  395. Ever since Newton, we’ve done science by taking things apart to see how they work. What the computer enables us to do is to put things together to see how they work: we’re now synthesized rather than analysed. I find one of the most enthralling aspects of computers is limitless communication.
  396. Cyberspace is – or can be – a good, friendly and egalitarian place to meet.
  397. Computers are still technology because we are still wrestling with it: it’s still being invented; we’re still trying to work out how it works. There’s a world of game interaction to come that you or I wouldn’t recognise. It’s time for the machines to disappear. The computer’s got to disappear into all of the things we use.
  398. Books are sharks… because sharks have been around for a very long time. There were sharks before there were dinosaurs, and the reason sharks are still in the ocean is that nothing is better at being a shark than a shark.
  399. Because the Internet is so new, we still don’t really understand what it is. We mistake it for a type of publishing or broadcasting, because that’s what we’re used to. So people complain that there’s a lot of rubbish online, or that it’s dominated by Americans, or that you can’t necessarily trust what you read on the Web.
  400. As a child, I was an active Christian. I used to love the school choir and remember the carol service as always such an emotional thing.
  401. Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
  402. Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
  403. After ten years of word processing, I can’t even do hand writing anymore.
  404. A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
  405. You are remembered for the rules you break.
  406. We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction.
  407. They died hard, those savage men – like wounded wolves at bay. They were filthy, and they were lousy, and they stunk. And I loved them.
  408. There is no substitute for victory.
  409. There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.
  410. The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other.
  411. The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
  412. The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.
  413. Part of the American dream is to live long and die young. Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.
  414. Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear – kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor – with the cry of grave national emergency.
  415. Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear.
  416. Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die.
  417. One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda.
  418. Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
  419. Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.
  420. My first recollection is that of a bugle call.
  421. Like the old soldier of the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Goodbye.
  422. Life is a lively process of becoming.
  423. It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.
  424. It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.
  425. In war, you win or lose, live or die – and the difference is just an eyelash.
  426. In war there is no substitute for victory.
  427. In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.
  428. I’ve looked that old scoundrel death in the eye many times but this time I think he has me on the ropes.
  429. I suppose, in a way, this has become part of my soul. It is a symbol of my life. Whatever I have done that really matters, I’ve done wearing it. When the time comes, it will be in this that I journey forth. What greater honor could come to an American, and a soldier?
  430. I have known war as few men now living know it. It’s very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.
  431. I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!
  432. I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.
  433. Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.
  434. Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war.
  435. Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
  436. Americans never quit.
  437. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.
  438. Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.
  439. A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.
  440. A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding.
  441. You know, there are artists who are 35 and up that still make rap and that still works for them. I don’t know if I want to be that guy.
  442. You do get certain publications in the States where, if things don’t go according to plan, they flip the story and it becomes very negative.
  443. When you’re on the road and moving city to city, when someone isn’t there at the end of the night, you feel empty.
  444. When it comes to knowing what to say, to charm, I always had it.
  445. When I’m writing, I’m thinking about how the songs are going to play live. Fifty bars of rap don’t translate onstage. No matter how potent the music, you lose the crowd. They want a hook; they want to sing your stuff back to you.
  446. When I think of myself, I think of Toronto. My music would never sound the way it does if it weren’t for Toronto.
  447. Trying to meet new women, it’s always a little more difficult as opposed to calling somebody I knew that’s single and trying to rebuild that connection.
  448. To go indie is a thing. But to put an album in the stores, you need a distribution label.
  449. There will be days when I walk in an arena and people will cheer and then there might be days when I walk in an arena and people might boo, but it all sounds the same to me because it’s all just noise that lets me know that I’m relevant.
  450. There were people who incorporated melody before me, but I would deem myself the first person to successfully rap and sing.
  451. There are a lot of good women in New York.
  452. The ideal girl is driven, working on something other than modeling or being a singer.
  453. Surface R&B doesn’t work any more. The whole heartthrob thing, songs about unrealistic love and tearing your shirt off every show – that’s not really where it’s at any more. It’s becoming harder for those guys to sell records, and harder for them to succeed.
  454. Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.
  455. Reviews condition people. At the end of the day, a lot of human minds are malleable. They can be easily shaped with strong words.
  456. Rappers aren’t the really rich ones. We all have nice houses with studios and cars, but you need a piece of someone’s business to be super wealthy.
  457. People like to build their own story about my life. I don’t know if it makes them feel better, or if it makes it okay for them to not like me, but the last thing I grew up as was rich.
  458. Patience is key for getting over a breakup. That, and trailing off your interaction after the breakup.
  459. My mother made me truly appreciate women.
  460. My life is mine to remember.
  461. My favorite artists always documented emotion. Marvin Gaye and Al Green and Sade and Aaliyah.
  462. My dad is a great writer. Naturally talented, naturally charming. He embodies that back-in-the-day cool.
  463. Me and my dad are friends. We’re cool. I’ll never be disappointed again, because I don’t expect anything anymore from him. I just let him exist, and that’s how we get along.
  464. Kanye West is my favorite artist.
  465. Jealousy is just love and hate at the same time.
  466. It’s important for me to let my fans know I really don’t care. I’m confident.
  467. I’ve never been reckless – it’s always calculated. I’m mischievous, but I’m calculated.
  468. I’m not going to lie; listen, I’m nice at basketball.
  469. I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down.
  470. I’m mischievous, but I’m calculated.
  471. I’m dying to be a great dad one day, whenever that day comes.
  472. I’m cool with Jay-Z. Jay-Z is genuinely my friend.
  473. I’m actually a very honest person, and sometimes I end up like, ‘Man, I said too much.’ It’s hard for me not to tell the truth when you ask me.
  474. I’d rather tell you how I really feel.
  475. I would say that I’m more moved by melody, even though I love to rap.
  476. I wake up in the morning and my heart is light, man. It’s not heavy. I don’t have skeletons in the closet on their way out.
  477. I try to really capitalize off of what other rappers really can’t do. There are opportunities that rappers I love simply can’t get, because… you know… I don’t have the tattoos; I have a different image.
  478. I respect Chris Brown. I’d like to call myself a friend – I don’t know if I’m allowed to do that.
  479. I push myself in a lot of aspects when I write a song. I write a piece and where most people would stop and say, ‘Oh, that’s the hook right there,’ I’ll move that to the first four bars of the verse and do a new hook.
  480. I like sweaters. I have a sweater obsession, I guess.
  481. I like Ryan Gosling as an actor. I watch all of his movies, and he’s Canadian and I just like his swag. I read his interviews and I’m a big fan of his.
  482. I just have a thing in my brain that when I’m about to do something that’s genuine or authentic, I think of it in song form. I’ll be like, ‘Yo, this is a human emotion that no one talks about.’
  483. I have an urge to communicate. I think I’m a change from what it would be like dating a normal guy who doesn’t talk too much.
  484. I feel that when you care about your music, taking risks is something you should do to keep things exciting.
  485. I feel connected to my generation through the music, but I also fear for us. We’re in a very self-destructive state where we’re addicted to outside opinions and we all feel like we have fans.
  486. I don’t really have a gimmick or a ‘thing.’ I’m one of the few artists who gets to be himself every day.
  487. I don’t measure my success anymore by the Grammys. I can’t because I’ll just end up crushed.
  488. A relationship can give you a gut wrenching feeling sometimes. It’s a real emotional ride.
  489. ‘Perfection’ to me is, I walk away from a situation and say, ‘I did everything I could do right there. There was nothing more that I could do.’ I was a hundred percent, like the meter was at the top. There was nothing else I could have done. You know? Like, I worked as hard as I possibly could have. That’s perfection.
  490. You’ve got to keep your finger on the pulse of what your audience is thinking, and know what they’ll accept from you.
  491. You don’t sign up for a divorce when you get married. It’s very painful. But it’s taught me a great deal about myself.
  492. Yeah, I was a delinquent. It was when I was in the ninth grade. I was doing stupid stuff, and the cops came into the class. I was humiliated more than anything.
  493. Wrestling was like stand-up comedy for me. Every night I had a live audience of 25,000 people to win over. My goal was never to be the loudest or the craziest. It was to be the most entertaining.
  494. Wrestling was like stand-up comedy for me.
  495. Wrestling is intimate. You can reach out and touch the wrestlers.
  496. Working out anchors my day.
  497. With drive and a bit of talent, you can move mountains. I know. I’ve done it.
  498. With all the… success that I’ve been lucky enough to get? That doesn’t happen unless the home life is solid.
  499. With action films, it’s great if it’s not just driven by action, but by a good story and interesting characters, as well. Though, there’s nothin’ like kicking butt!
  500. When you have something as unique and special as the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise, you want to create an experience for the fans that they can only feel and experience at Universal Parks.
  501. When he speaks to you he speaks with an earnest vibe and an earnest energy.
  502. When a family film is done well, there’s a character that every member of the audience can relate to. I want to be one of those guys.
  503. When I was ten, I won the horseshoe-throwing contest at summer camp. I was also the Wiffle ball champion in my town.
  504. When I was a kid, I never thought much about football. I thought about following in my family’s footsteps and going into professional wrestling.
  505. When I was a kid, I loved Elvis, and Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. But I had no connection to Hollywood – and being a movie star was such a far-fetched idea, growing up in Hawaii.
  506. When I was a kid at four years old, that’s when I started amateur wrestling with my dad and family. And when that’s instilled in you, it never goes away.
  507. When I was 8, I thought I was Harrison Ford, Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Elvis, and Chuck Norris all at once.
  508. When I was 8 years old, I saw ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ in Charlotte, North Carolina. I walked out of there and was so inspired. I loved the movie, and I knew I wanted to be that guy.
  509. When I say I’m going to take care of a woman, I don’t just mean physically or sexually or romantically. I’m going to take care of her emotionally and spiritually. I’m going to take care of her in all ways. I take a lot of pride in that today.
  510. What was important to me was entertaining the audience, and whether that meant winning, losing, singing, or whatever it was on the live show we were doing every week, which was awesome, I was game for it.
  511. What I like to do is get the family in the pick-up truck… and then we just go for a drive. That’s it!
  512. We all live with cancer, whether it is present in ourselves or affects someone we love.
  513. WWE is a space where I thrived, and I loved, and I still do. I love connecting with an audience; that is the greatest thing about going back to WWE.
  514. To be immortalized in a ride is a very cooI thing.
  515. There’s this lingering philosophy that movie stars shouldn’t do TV.
  516. There are definitely people who disagree with certain creative decisions you make. Pleasing everyone is pretty hard.
  517. The successful men I admired all built their bodies.
  518. The single most powerful thing I can be is to be myself.
  519. The sexiest thing that a woman can do, wear, and say all fall under one word to me: subtlety. To be subtle in the things that she does and the things she says and the things she wears – I appreciate the details.
  520. The only film I’ve enjoyed starring a wrestler was Mickey Rourke in ‘The Wrestler.’
  521. The one thing that I keep learning over and over again is that I don’t know nothing. I mean, that’s my life lesson.
  522. The one thing I couldn’t identify with was the blue cowboy outfit he put on.
  523. The men I idolized built their bodies and became somebody – like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger – and I thought, ‘That can be me.’ So I started working out. The funny thing is I didn’t realize back then that I was having a defining moment.
  524. The goal for me is always to have the opportunity to work in different genres. This is a great and exciting time in my career, where I can have the opportunity to work in different genres, and also I recognize there’s not a lot of actors who have that opportunity and I’m grateful for it.
  525. The Revlon Run/Walk effort to focus on women’s cancer has my wholehearted support and gratitude.
  526. That’s a traditional Samoan dance. I was lucky that I was able to fly my cousins, who are professional dancers, up from Hawaii and they were able to be in the movie with me. We had a great time.
  527. Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.
  528. Some of the kids in school used to call my father a fake or a phony. That kind of thing brought on a few fights.
  529. Playing big, heroic characters with heart is always a lot of fun. I enjoy making movies like that, and a lot of people love to live vicariously through those characters.
  530. Part of my daily regime is my glucosamine and, of course, a multitude of multivitamins. Branched-chain amino acids, glutamine, of course protein. I have one protein shake a day, and that is immediately after my training.
  531. One of the skills I had to learn and become proficient in is kissing a man. I had never kissed a man. Will Smith did it in his movies, so did Jake Gyllenhaal, and I figured it was my time. So it was me and Steve Carell – fantastic.
  532. Oh, I can keep many secrets, so I would be a phenomenal secret agent. I love secrets.
  533. Nutrition is so important. It can’t be stressed enough.
  534. Not only do I think being nice and kind is easy but being kind, in my opinion, is important.
  535. My reputation precedes me now.
  536. My philosophy is, it’s always very rewarding when you can make an audience laugh. I don’t mind making fun of myself. I like self-deprecating comedy. But I’d like you to laugh with me occasionally, too.
  537. My parents weren’t actors or studio executives.
  538. My parents were dealing with evictions and repossessions and electricity getting shut off, and I just realized that I had to get it together.
  539. My mom cleaned toilets for a long time, and she’d seen a lot of terrible things, but she was still the strength of our family. And there are women like that all across the country – all around the world – who show that type of fortitude.
  540. My grandfather was one of the very, very first, if not the first, Samoan wrestlers to become known on a worldwide basis.
  541. My goal was never to be the loudest or the craziest. It was to be the most entertaining.
  542. My genetic make-up is one of physicality. I’m a visceral guy.
  543. My freshman and sophomore years in high school, I spent a lot of time trying to get back on the right track. I was arrested multiple times by the time I was 16, so I had a little harder time trying to adjust like a lot of us do in high school.
  544. Mickey Rourke’s character in ‘The Wrestler’ – that was my dad, that was my uncles, that was so many members of my family. It was the only thing they knew. And then they would end up wrestling for a hundred bucks, go to autograph signings for two hundred bucks.
  545. Maybe I’ll give Broadway a try. But you know what would be great? Hosting the Oscars. I promise you, that would be a show no one forgot.
  546. Life is anything but predictable.
  547. It’s the philosophies of being an athlete that carry me today.
  548. It took Simone a long time to understand why people want Daddy’s autograph. I’d tell her, and my wife would tell her, too, ‘People see Daddy in the movies, and they are excited to meet him.’ But she couldn’t really grasp it.
  549. It is no surprise that animation is Hollywood’s most successful and innovative genre.
  550. In wrestling, there’s a shelf life, and some wrestlers don’t pay attention to the shelf life.
  551. In the ’60s and ’70s and early ’80s, the trainers would grind you, and eventually they would break something – they would break an ankle in ways that it would heal. It was just the way of the business, to ensure that you learned respect for wrestling.
  552. In Hollywood, a lot of times when something is in development, it just takes a lot of time.
  553. If you tell me there’s something I can’t do, I’ll want to do it even more. Especially when it comes to entertaining.
  554. If you ever see The Rock working out in the gym, don’t think you can just go up and disturb his workout and expect him to take a picture. He’s there to work, so kindly just pass the silverback on by or he’ll rip your face off.
  555. If you check your ego at the door when it comes to comedy, you’ve got a pretty good shot at making a great movie that you can commit yourself to, you can jump off the proverbial cliff with, and have a great time, and the audiences respond to that.
  556. If I want to be called ‘The Rock,’ I’ll be called ‘The Rock.’ If I want to go back to wrestling, I’ll go back to wrestling.
  557. If I love you, I show you I love you every day. Little things, big things.
  558. If I had to describe myself to an alien I’d say I was bigger than the average human, enjoy a drink or two with a good meal and have a bigger head than most. I’d also say I’m really handsome – especially if they were a female alien.
  559. I’ve never gone wrong trusting my gut.
  560. I’ve learned never to say never.
  561. I’ve been through natural disasters. I lived down in Miami and was down there for Hurricane Andrew which was a Category 5. There were members of my family that thought they were going to die. Everyone was in the bathtub.
  562. I’ve been known to have a good step or two. I’m half Samoan, you know, and part of our culture is singing and dancing daily.
  563. I’ve been fortunate to have had the life I had prior to Hollywood. I wasn’t starving; I was going to eat the next day.
  564. I’ve always seen first responders as unsung heroes and very special people because, when everyone else is running away from danger, they run into it.
  565. I’ve always loved the showmanship of professional wrestling. While I love making movies, I love that platform, too.
  566. I’ve always loved the idea of playing Black Adam.
  567. I’m very low-key. I don’t really blend in, so it’s difficult to go out in public. I like to do things that are kind of quiet, whether it’s a dinner at my house or a restaurant, or a movie night at home.
  568. I’m always asked, ‘What’s the secret to success?’ But there are no secrets. Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.
  569. I’m a passionate, hardcore fisherman. Biggest fish I caught? A 200-pound tarpon.
  570. I’ll never, ever be full. I’ll always be hungry. Obviously, I’m not talking about food. Growing up, I had nothing for such a long time. Someone told me a long time ago, and I’ve never forgotten it, ‘Once you’ve ever been hungry, really, really hungry, then you’ll never, ever be full.’
  571. I’ll be honest: I haven’t ruled politics out.
  572. I’d love to do a musical. I’ve been known to have a good step or two. I’m half Samoan, you know, and part of our culture is singing and dancing daily.
  573. I would never win an award for not loving pizza.
  574. I was raised by strong women, and that DNA is in my daughter and wife.
  575. I was fortunate and I was lucky that I had a couple of people in my life who cared about me. I had good, loving parents.
  576. I was brought up as an only child, and we were very close. But when I was 14, we got evicted. We came home to a padlock, and I looked up at my mom and she was crying, and there was nothing to do.
  577. I was born to play Hercules. I have loved and honored the mythology over the years – since I was a kid. When I first broke into Hollywood, ‘Hercules’ was one of the movies that I – not chased, because I didn’t have the power to chase anything – but always had in the back of my mind.
  578. I was a good football player, and I had a chance to play with some great players.
  579. I was a bit challenged when I was younger to stay on the right path.
  580. I want to be a man who is truthful and who won’t let pride get in the way of my ripping myself open to my partner and saying, ‘Here I am. This is me.’ I feel there’s something powerful when a man reaches a point in his life when he can be completely vulnerable.
  581. I want someone who can trust that my big hands are going to take care of them.
  582. I used to get into a lot of fights.
  583. I think there are a number of things that you can do to encourage your kids’ dreams, but I do believe in speaking by experience of having a lot of help along the way, stumbling in the past. We’ve all stumbled, and we certainly all deserve to get up and walk again.
  584. I think that always makes it fun, trying to create a heroic character and putting your own twist on it and injecting your own personality into it.
  585. I started in action, and then I went to comedy school.
  586. I played with two lines of action figures when I was a kid: G.I. Joe and Star Wars.
  587. I plan on taking athletics as far as I can.
  588. I never wanted to stay in one genre; I never wanted to be pigeon-holed or defined as the actor who only worked in one genre. I want to be able to work in all different genres. For me it’s fun, and that’s how I grow as an actor.
  589. I love the 3D revolution. I love the technology today that continues to push the envelope, continues break the new ground, and continues to raise the bar.
  590. I love making people laugh and feel good, and that’s awesome and special for me to be able to do that, but there really is nothing like kicking ass whether it’s on a major scale, or whether it’s in more of a dramatic fashion. Being physical and taking care of business the old-fashioned way is something that I love doing.
  591. I love making movies, but there’s nothing like performing live.
  592. I love WWE, and I love that platform. There is no other platform in the world that gives me that instant gratification. There is just no other platform.
  593. I love Steve Carell.
  594. I liked his ability to deal with a lot of the negativity that surrounded him. Even though he was in a world that he didn’t want to be in, he still saw the bigger picture.
  595. I like to use the hard times in the past to motivate me today.
  596. I like the idea of working in different genres and transcending genres and hopefully finding success, and ultimately make movies people like.
  597. I like the idea of making a big, fun, adventure type of movie.
  598. I learned a long time ago how to be coachable.
  599. I know Gov. Christie. We’ve met a couple of times.
  600. I knew early on that I wanted to entertain in some form. And I knew I would work as hard as anyone to do it.
  601. I knew credibility would come only in time and through earnest performances.
  602. I have good friends who are politicians on both sides.
  603. I have an immense amount of respect for acting. I’ve always loved movies and was always fascinated by movie-making. But to become an actor, I wanted to commit myself.
  604. I grew up where, when a door closed, a window didn’t open. The only thing I had was cracks. I’d do everything to get through those cracks – scratch, claw, bite, push, bleed. Now the opportunity is here. The door is wide open, and it’s as big as a garage.
  605. I grew up in a musical family; the majority of my growing up was done in Hawaii. It’s what we do. You sing, you dance, you play ukulele and you drink.
  606. I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realise is that you’re not alone.
  607. I enjoyed working with Stephen Merchant. He was wonderful. I’ve been such a big fan of his acting.
  608. I don’t race cars.
  609. I don’t have a need for speed. I’m not that guy.
  610. I do all my own stunts. I’m kidding.
  611. I didn’t have to win, and winning wasn’t important to me. Being world champion wasn’t important to me. What was important to me was entertaining the audience, and whether that meant winning, losing, singing, or whatever it was on the live show we were doing every week, which was awesome, I was game for it.
  612. I can’t deny that the thought of being governor, the thought of being president, is alluring. And beyond that, it would be an opportunity to make a real impact on people’s lives on a global scale. But there are a lot of other things I want to do first.
  613. I can hold my own when it comes to burping. I’ve got a good feeling that I could win a championship.
  614. I can eat two large pizzas and a tray of brownies in one sitting. I’m not sharing that. We can get another one, but I ain’t sharing.
  615. I break ground. I trailblaze.
  616. I am not The Rock. I am Dwayne Johnson.
  617. I absolutely believed when I was young because the Tooth Fairy was always good to me. The Tooth Fairy generally left me a dollar or two dollars and, as a kid, that was a lot of money.
  618. For me, training is my meditation, my yoga, hiking, biking all rolled into one. Wake up early in the morning, generally around 4 o’clock, and I’ll do my cardio on an empty stomach. Stretch, have a big breakfast, and then I’ll go train.
  619. For me it came from the material. It was so well written and brought the opportunity to work with great actors. And of course the opportunity to ‘mince about’ was an added element that I wanted to take advantage of!
  620. For different roles, my condition and training and diet does alter. Depending on the role, it will really dictate the type of training I do.
  621. For ‘Hercules,’ I went for the demigod look: big and mean. When you’re playing a character like the son of Zeus, you only get one shot.
  622. Football changed my life and it gave me a platform to get out my aggression and it gave me a sense of value.
  623. Every once in a while I get the highly inappropriate proposal which is like, ‘Wow, Really! You don’t even know me and I don’t know you at all, and you want that to happen? Tonight? Ok, I get off work at 7.30.’
  624. Come on, you can’t name a truck after a chick.
  625. Check your ego at the door. The ego can be the great success inhibitor. It can kill opportunities, and it can kill success.
  626. By the time I was 23 years old, I had multiple arrests.
  627. But being on location and shooting, whether its in Puerto Rico or Atlanta, it always reminds me of how really cool my job can be. Interacting with the fans is one of the best parts of it.
  628. But I do believe that there’s going to be a time where all movies are going to be made in 3D and it’s just going to be a given, and that is going to be an exciting time.
  629. Before ever meeting Priyanka Chopra, I had heard her name coming out of Bollywood and was impressed: she was beautiful, talented, had made nearly 50 movies, earned multiple awards – a massive star.
  630. Because of my wrestling background, nothing a director can throw at me on a set can faze me.
  631. Barack Obama did tell me that I was one of Michelle Obama’s favorite actors.
  632. Attitude and enthusiasm play a big part in my life. I get excited about the things that inspire me. I also believe in laughing and having a good time.
  633. As we all know, sequels can be tricky.
  634. As an athlete, you’d better laugh at yourself when you slip in the mud.
  635. As a father, safety is always a top of mind issue for me.
  636. Around every corner, always protect the engine that powers you.
  637. Ain’t nothing like a good cry.
  638. ‘Be Cool’ was a defining movie for me.
  639. You have a row of dominoes set up; you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is that it will go over very quickly.
  640. You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.
  641. When you put on a uniform, there are certain inhibitions that you accept.
  642. When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were – to the very last minute – a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
  643. When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war.
  644. Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
  645. What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
  646. Well, when you come down to it, I don’t see that a reporter could do much to a president, do you?
  647. We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
  648. We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.
  649. We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.
  650. We are tired of aristocratic explanations in Harvard words.
  651. We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
  652. War settles nothing.
  653. Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates.
  654. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.
  655. Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
  656. This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
  657. This desk of mine is one at which a man may die, but from which he cannot resign.
  658. Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
  659. Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
  660. There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.
  661. There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.
  662. There is no victory at bargain basement prices.
  663. There is no person in this room whose basic rights are not involved in any successful defiance to the carrying out of court orders.
  664. There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.
  665. There are a number of things wrong with Washington. One of them is that everyone is too far from home.
  666. The world moves, and ideas that were once good are not always good.
  667. The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.
  668. The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth.
  669. The sergeant is the Army.
  670. The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency. The country is entitled to both.
  671. The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.
  672. The people of the world genuinely want peace. Some day the leaders of the world are going to have to give in and give it to them.
  673. The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
  674. The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.
  675. The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
  676. The free world must not prove itself worthy of its own past.
  677. The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.
  678. The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned. When you hear a lot of talk about it, it’s usually lousy.
  679. The United States strongly seeks a lasting agreement for the discontinuance of nuclear weapons tests. We believe that this would be an important step toward reduction of international tensions and would open the way to further agreement on substantial measures of disarmament.
  680. Some years ago I became president of Columbia University and learned within 24 hours to be ready to speak at the drop of a hat, and I learned something more, the trustees were expected to be ready to speak at the passing of the hat.
  681. Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.
  682. Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.
  683. Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
  684. Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
  685. Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one.
  686. Plans are nothing; planning is everything.
  687. Pessimism never won any battle.
  688. Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
  689. Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.
  690. Our pleasures were simple – they included survival.
  691. Our forces saved the remnants of the Jewish people of Europe for a new life and a new hope in the reborn land of Israel. Along with all men of good will, I salute the young state and wish it well.
  692. Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.
  693. Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.
  694. Only Americans can hurt America.
  695. Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.
  696. No one should ever sit in this office over 70 years old, and that I know.
  697. Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
  698. Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
  699. May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
  700. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
  701. It is far more important to be able to hit the target than it is to haggle over who makes a weapon or who pulls a trigger.
  702. In the final choice a soldier’s pack is not so heavy as a prisoner’s chains.
  703. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
  704. In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
  705. In most communities it is illegal to cry ‘fire’ in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims?
  706. If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.
  707. If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing a world order.
  708. If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man’s intelligence and his comprehension… would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.
  709. If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
  710. I’m saving that rocker for the day when I feel as old as I really am.
  711. I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.
  712. I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the presidency.
  713. I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
  714. I shall make that trip. I shall go to Korea.
  715. I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.
  716. I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem – and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
  717. I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem – and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
  718. I have found out in later years that we were very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn’t know it then.
  719. I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
  720. I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new-one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use. That new language is the language of atomic warfare.
  721. I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center.
  722. I deplore the need or the use of troops anywhere to get American citizens to obey the orders of constituted courts.
  723. I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens.
  724. Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.
  725. How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?
  726. History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
  727. Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
  728. From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny is in trouble and reminders that its structure is as brittle as its surface is hard.
  729. Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age.
  730. Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.
  731. Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
  732. Don’t think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
  733. Don’t join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
  734. Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative.
  735. Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy.
  736. Ankles are nearly always neat and good-looking, but knees are nearly always not.
  737. An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
  738. An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame – Southern Methodist University game and doesn’t care who wins.
  739. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
  740. ‘Worry’ is a word that I don’t allow myself to use.
  741. You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.
  742. Without a trace of irony I can say I have been blessed with brilliant enemies. I owe them a great debt, because they redoubled my energies and drove me in new directions.
  743. When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all.
  744. When you get into the whole field of exploring, probably 90 percent of the kinds of organisms, plants, animals and especially microorganisms and tiny invertebrate animals are unknown. Then you realize that we live on a relatively unexplored plan.
  745. What’s been gratifying is to live long enough to see molecular biology and evolutionary biology growing toward each other and uniting in research efforts.
  746. What we need is an electronic encyclopedia of life, with one page for each species. On each page is given everything known about that species.
  747. Well, let me tell you, ants are the dominant insects. They make up as much as a quarter of the biomass of all insects in the world. They are the principal predators. They’re the cemetery workers.
  748. We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.
  749. We ought to recognize that religious strife is not the consequence of differences among people. It’s about conflicts between creation stories.
  750. We have decommissioned natural selection and must now look deep within ourselves and decide what we wish to become.
  751. We don’t need to clear the 4 to 6 percent of the Earth’s surface remaining in tropical rain forests, with most of the animal and plant species living there.
  752. We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.
  753. True character arises from a deeper well than religion.
  754. To the extent that philosophical positions both confuse us and close doors to further inquiry, they are likely to be wrong.
  755. There is no better high than discovery.
  756. There doesn’t seem to be any other way of creating the next green revolution without GMOs.
  757. Theology made no provision for evolution. The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all! Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God?
  758. The world depends on fungi, because they are major players in the cycling of materials and energy around the world.
  759. The work on ants has profoundly affected the way I think about humans.
  760. The variety of genes on the planet in viruses exceeds, or is likely to exceed, that in all of the rest of life combined.
  761. The two major challenges for the 21st century are to improve the economic situation of the majority and save as much of the planet as we can.
  762. The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us.
  763. The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology.
  764. The human juggernaut is permanently eroding Earth’s ancient biosphere.
  765. The historical circumstance of interest is that the tropical rain forests have persisted over broad parts of the continents since their origins as stronghold of the flowering plants 150 million years ago.
  766. The essence of humanity’s spiritual dilemma is that we evolved genetically to accept one truth and discovered another. Is there a way to erase the dilemma, to resolve the contradictions between the transcendentalist and the empiricist world views?
  767. The education of women is the best way to save the environment.
  768. The biological evolutionary perception of life and of human qualities is radically different from that of traditional religion, whether it’s Southern Baptist or Islam or any religion that believes in a supernatural supervalance over humanity.
  769. The ant world is a tumult, a noisy world of pheromones being passed back and forth.
  770. Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound but because it is wrong.
  771. So in my freshman year at the University of Alabama, learning the literature on evolution, what was known about it biologically, just gradually transformed me by taking me out of literalism and increasingly into a more secular, scientific view of the world.
  772. Secular humanists can sit around and talk about their love of humanity, but it doesn’t stack up against a two-millennium-old funeral high mass.
  773. Science and religion are the two most powerful forces in the world. Having them at odds… is not productive.
  774. Religious beliefs evolved by group-selection, tribe competing against tribe, and the illogic of religions is not a weakness but their essential strength.
  775. Religious belief itself is an adaptation that has evolved because we’re hard-wired to form tribalistic religions.
  776. Real biologists who actually do the research will tell you that they almost never find a phenomenon, no matter how odd or irrelevant it looks when they first see it, that doesn’t prove to serve a function. The outcome itself may be due to small accidents of evolution.
  777. Political ideology can corrupt the mind, and science.
  778. Perhaps the time has come to cease calling it the ‘environmentalist’ view, as though it were a lobbying effort outside the mainstream of human activity, and to start calling it the real-world view.
  779. People respect nonfiction but they read novels.
  780. People need a sacred narrative. They must have a sense of larger purpose, in one form or another, however intellectualized. They will find a way to keep ancestral spirits alive.
  781. Our brain is mapping the world. Often that map is distorted, but it’s a map with constant immediate sensory input.
  782. One thing I did was grow up as an ardent naturalist. I never grew out of my bug period.
  783. Once I feel I’m right, I have enjoyed provoking.
  784. Of course, there is no reconciliation between the theory of evolution by natural selection and the traditional religious view of the origin of the human mind.
  785. Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
  786. Jehovah had nothing to say to Moses and the others about the care of the planet. He had plenty to say about tribal loyalty and conquest.
  787. It’s the technique, I think, of writing a novel that is difficult for a nonfiction writer.
  788. It’s obvious that the key problem facing humanity in the coming century is how to bring a better quality of life – for 8 billion or more people – without wrecking the environment entirely in the attempt.
  789. It’s like having astronomy without knowing where the stars are.
  790. It’s always been a great survival value for people to believe they belong to a superior tribe. That’s just in human relationships.
  791. It’s always been a dream of mine, of exploring the living world, of classifying all the species and finding out what makes up the biosphere.
  792. Individual versus group selection results in a mix of altruism and selfishness, of virtue and sin, among the members of a society.
  793. In some ways, I had a traditional ‘old South’ upbringing, meaning that I spent some time in a military school, and acquired an inoculum of the military ethic that is still with me today: honor, duty, loyalty.
  794. In my heart, I’m an Alabaman who went up north to work.
  795. In many environments, take away the ants and there would be partial collapses in many of the land ecosystems.
  796. In addition I wanted to write a Southern novel, because I’m a Southerner.
  797. In 2010, my two Harvard mathematician colleagues and I dismantled kin-selection theory, which was the reigning theory of the origin of altruism at the time.
  798. If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. Within a few months.
  799. If those committed to the quest fail, they will be forgiven. When lost, they will find another way. The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone, whether successful or not, provided the effort is honorable and failure memorable.
  800. If history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth.
  801. If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.
  802. Ideas emerge when a part of the real or imagined world is studied for its own sake.
  803. I’ve found that good dialogue tells you not only what people are saying or how they’re communicating but it tells you a great deal – by dialect and tone, content and circumstance – about the quality of the character.
  804. I’m very much a Christian in ideals and ethics, especially in terms of belief in fairness, a deep set obligation to others, and the virtues of charity, tolerance and generosity that we associate with traditional Christian teaching.
  805. I was a senior in high school when I decided I wanted to work on ants as a career. I just fell in love with them, and have never regretted it.
  806. I thought perhaps it should be recognized that religious people, including fundamentalists, are quite intelligent, many of them are highly educated, and they should be treated with complete respect.
  807. I tend to believe that religious dogma is a consequence of evolution.
  808. I see no way out of the problems that organized religion and tribalism create other than humans just becoming more honest and fully aware of themselves.
  809. I had reached a point in my career in which I was ready to try something new in my writing, and the idea of a novel has always been in the back of my mind.
  810. I had in mind a message, although I hope it doesn’t intrude too badly, persuading Americans, and especially Southerners, of the critical importance of land and our vanishing natural environment and wildlife.
  811. I grew up as a Southern Baptist with strict adherence to the Bible, which I read as a youngster.
  812. I doubt that most people with short-term thinking love the natural world enough to save it.
  813. For me, the peculiar qualities of faith are a logical outcome of this level of biological organization.
  814. Every major religion today is a winner in the Darwinian struggle waged among cultures, and none ever flourished by tolerating its rivals.
  815. Every kid has a bug period… I never grew out of mine.
  816. Even as empiricism is winning the mind, transcendentalism continues to win the heart.
  817. Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.
  818. Competing is intense among humans, and within a group, selfish individuals always win. But in contests between groups, groups of altruists always beat groups of selfish individuals.
  819. Companies that are willing to share, to withhold in order to further the growth of the company, willing to try to get a better atmosphere through a demonstration of democratic principles, fairness and cooperation, a better product, those will win in the end.
  820. Change will come slowly, across generations, because old beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false.
  821. By any reasonable measure of achievement, the faith of the Enlightenment thinkers in science was justified.
  822. But once the ants and termites jumped the high barrier that prevents the vast variety of evolving animal groups from becoming fully social, they dominated the world.
  823. But I feel music has a very important role in ritual activity, and that being able to join in musical activity, along with dancing, could have been necessary at a very early stage of human culture.
  824. Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition.
  825. Because the living environment is what really sustains us.
  826. Ants make up two-thirds of the biomass of all the insects. There are millions of species of organisms and we know almost nothing about them.
  827. Ants have the most complicated social organization on earth next to humans.
  828. Ants are the leading removers of dead creatures on the land. And the rest of life is substantially dependent upon them.
  829. Ants are the dominant insects of the world, and they’ve had a great impact on habitats almost all over the land surface of the world for more than 50-million years.
  830. An individual ant, even though it has a brain about a millionth of a size of a human being’s, can learn a maze; the kind we use is a simple rat maze in a laboratory. They can learn it about one-half as fast as a rat.
  831. America in particular imposes an horrendous burden on the world. We have this wonderful standard of living but it comes at enormous cost.
  832. All three of the Abrahamic religions were born and nurtured in arid, disturbed environments.
  833. A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable price of population and economic growth, or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic.
  834. ‘The Creation’ presents an argument for saving biological diversity on Earth. Most of the book is for as broad an audience as possible.
  835. Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind.
  836. Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.
  837. You’ll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea.
  838. You can measure opportunity with the same yardstick that measures the risk involved. They go together.
  839. You are, at this moment, standing, right in the middle of your own ‘acres of diamonds.’
  840. Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; whenever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable. They go together.
  841. Whenever we’re afraid, it’s because we don’t know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid.
  842. Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.
  843. What’s going on in the inside shows on the outside.
  844. We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.
  845. We tend to live up to our expectations.
  846. We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.
  847. We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.
  848. We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light.
  849. The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.
  850. The mind moves in the direction of our currently dominant thoughts.
  851. The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!
  852. The big thing is that you know what you want.
  853. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.
  854. Picture yourself in your minds eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you’ll be doing when you’ve reached your goal.
  855. People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.
  856. People are where they are because that is exactly where they really want to be – whether they will admit that or not.
  857. Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.
  858. Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.
  859. Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.
  860. Ideas are elusive, slippery things. Best to keep a pad of paper and a pencil at your bedside, so you can stab them during the night before they get away.
  861. Get into a line that you will find to be a deep personal interest, something you really enjoy spending twelve to fifteen hours a day working at, and the rest of the time thinking about.
  862. Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.
  863. Excellence always sells.
  864. Everything that’s really worthwhile in life comes to us.
  865. Everything in the world we want to do or get done, we must do with and through people.
  866. Everything begins with an idea.
  867. Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.
  868. Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.
  869. Any person who contributes to prosperity must prosper in turn.
  870. Always keep that happy attitude. Pretend that you are holding a beautiful fragrant bouquet.
  871. All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.
  872. All you have to do is know where you’re going. The answers will come to you of their own accord.
  873. A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.
  874. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form.
  875. Your entire life only happens in this moment. The present moment is life itself. Yet, people live as if the opposite were true and treat the present moment as a stepping stone to the next moment – a means to an end.
  876. You can have religion with spirituality. You can also have religion without spirituality.
  877. You can always cope with the present moment, but you cannot cope with something that is only a mind projection – you cannot cope with the future.
  878. You are the universe, you aren’t in the universe.
  879. You are not a problem that needs solving.
  880. Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.
  881. When you wash your hands, when you make a cup of coffee, when you’re waiting for the elevator – instead of indulging in thinking, these are all opportunities for being there as a still, alert presence.
  882. When you take your attention into the present moment, a certain alertness arises. You become more conscious of what’s around you, but also, strangely, a sense of presence that is both within and without.
  883. When you get into your car, shut the door and be there for just half a minute. Breathe, feel the energy inside your body, look around at the sky, the trees. The mind might tell you, ‘I don’t have time.’ But that’s the mind talking to you. Even the busiest person has time for 30 seconds of space.
  884. When the dog looks at you, the dog is not thinking what kind of a person you are. The dog is not judging you.
  885. When people get taken over by the ego to such an extent, there is nothing else in their mind except the ego. They can no longer feel or sense their humanity – what they share with other human beings, or even with other life forms on the planet. They are so identified with concepts in their minds that other human beings become concepts as well.
  886. What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. ‘Who am I, then?’ The one who sees that.
  887. We should purify our innate well of contentment – what a wonderful expression – and then external things will be in harmony with us.
  888. Was Jesus the son of God? Yes. But so are you. You just haven’t realized it yet.
  889. To realize that you are not your thoughts is when you begin to awaken spiritually.
  890. To me the ego is the habitual and compulsive thought processes that go through everybody’s mind continuously. External things like possessions or memories or failures or successes or achievements. Your personal history.
  891. To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.
  892. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.
  893. Thoughts are fine when you don’t confuse them with who you are, and then thoughts are not a problem. Thinking is a wonderful tool to create things in this world. It only becomes problematic and a source of suffering when you confuse thinking with who you are.
  894. Thought can be so seductive and hypnotic that it absorbs your attention totally, so you become your thoughts.
  895. Thinking is a wonderful tool if it’s applied. Thinking, however, can not become the master. Thinking is a very bad master. If you’re dominated by thinking then your life becomes very restricted.
  896. Thinking fragments reality – it cuts it up into conceptual bits and pieces.
  897. There’s not some idea I’m going to create a work that’s going to change everybody’s consciousness.
  898. There is such a thing as old emotional pain living inside you. It is an accumulation of painful life experience that was not fully faced and accepted in the moment it arose. It leaves behind an energy form of emotional pain.
  899. There is a fine balance between honoring the past and losing yourself in it. For example, you can acknowledge and learn from mistakes you made, and then move on and refocus on the now. It is called forgiving yourself.
  900. The soul is your innermost being. The presence that you are beyond form. The consciousness that you are beyond form, that is the soul. That is who you are in essence.
  901. The real truths of life are never entirely new to you or to anybody because there is a level deep down within you where you already know all the things, all those spiritual truths that you read or hear, and then recognize them. I say ‘recognize’ because you’re not… it’s not new.
  902. The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.
  903. The personal ego already has a strong element of dysfunction, but the collective ego is, frequently, even more dysfunctional, to the point of absolute insanity.
  904. The only thing you ever have is now.
  905. The more you live in the present moment, the more the fear of death disappears.
  906. The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately… you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you.
  907. The answer is, who you are cannot be defined through thinking or mental labels or definitions, because it’s beyond that. It is the very sense of being, or presence, that is there when you become conscious of the present moment. In essence, you and what we call the present moment are, at the deepest level, one.
  908. The ‘soul’ is one of the words you can use to talk about your innermost being, the essence of who you are.
  909. That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were. So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.
  910. Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching. They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffering anymore.
  911. So many people have this idea: I want to achieve something great or be somebody great. And they neglect the step that leads to greatness. They don’t honor this step at this moment because they have this idea of some future moment where they are going to be great.
  912. Religion and ritual can be vehicles for entering stillness. It says in Psalm 46:10, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ But they are still just vehicles. The Buddha called his teaching a raft: You don’t need to carry it around with you after you’ve crossed the river.
  913. Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.
  914. Prejudice of any kind implies that you are identified with the thinking mind. It means you don’t see the other human being anymore, but only your own concept of that human being. To reduce the aliveness of another human being to a concept is already a form of violence.
  915. Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.
  916. People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.
  917. People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future.
  918. People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.
  919. Often, little situations trigger enormous reactions. Be there, present for it. Your partner will find it easier to see it in you, and you will find it easier to see it in them.
  920. Narrow your life down to this moment. Your life situation may be full of problems – most life situations are – but find out if you have a problem at this moment. Do you have a problem now?
  921. Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live.
  922. Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.
  923. Memories are thoughts that arise. They’re not realities. Only when you believe that they are real, then they have the power over you. But when you realize it’s just another thought arising about the past, then you can have a spacious relationship with that thought. The thought no longer has you in its grip.
  924. Many people in this world are still so identified with every thought that arises in their head. There is not the slightest space of awareness there.
  925. Many people identify their sense of self with the problems they have, or think they have.
  926. Love is a state of being.
  927. Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form.
  928. Life is an adventure, it’s not a package tour.
  929. Jesus said, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.’ I think if he lived nowadays, instead of ‘kingdom,’ he would have said, ‘dimension.’ And ‘heaven’ refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness.
  930. It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.
  931. Is fear preventing you from taking action? Acknowledge the fear, watch it, take your attention into it, be fully present with it. Doing so cuts the link between the fear and your thinking. Don’t let the fear rise up into your mind. Use the power of the Now. Fear cannot prevail against it.
  932. In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love.
  933. In the egoic state, your sense of self, your identity, is derived from your thinking mind – in other words, what your mind tells you about yourself: the storyline of you, the memories, the expectations, all the thoughts that go through your head continuously and the emotions that reflect those thoughts. All those things make up your sense of self.
  934. In the West, as well as some other parts of the world, the personal sense of ego tends to predominate, whereas in other areas, there is a more collective sense of ego. This collective ego emphasizes the ‘we’ rather than the ‘I.’
  935. If you live only in one culture for the first 20 years of your life, you become conditioned without knowing it.
  936. If you are not living this moment, you are not really living.
  937. If there are people you haven’t forgiven, you’re not going to really awaken. You have to let go.
  938. If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.
  939. If small things have the power to disturb you, then who you think you are is exactly that: small.
  940. If danger arises in the present moment, there may be an emotion. There may even be pain. But that’s a challenge, not a problem. For a problem to exist, you need time and repetitive mind activity.
  941. I’m grateful for always this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes.
  942. I sometimes ask people, ‘Can you be aware of your own presence? Not the thoughts that you’re having, not the emotions that you’re having, but the very presence of your very being?’ You become aware of your own presence by sensing the entire energy field in your body that is alive. And that is the totality of your presence.
  943. I don’t believe in an outside agent that creates the world, then walks away. But I feel very strongly there is an intelligence at work in every flower, in every blade of grass, in every cell of my body. And it is that intelligence that, I wouldn’t say created the universe. It is creating the universe. It’s an ongoing process.
  944. I believe that Jesus realized his oneness with God and he showed, what he attempted to do was show the way to all of us, how to realize our own onenes with God also, so he’s a precursor.
  945. For many people who are so lost in their minds, so much involved in their thought processes, the only moments they have when they are not trapped in that is when they are relating to their animal, their pet.
  946. Fear seems to have many causes. Fear of loss, fear of failure, fear of being hurt, and so on, but ultimately all fear is the ego’s fear of death, of annihilation. To the ego, death is always just around the corner. In this mind-identified state, fear of death affects every aspect of your life.
  947. Even the most seemingly unpleasant situations – if you become aligned with it, something good will emerge from that.
  948. Don’t wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.
  949. Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of ‘I know.’ Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its dogmas.
  950. Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.
  951. Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not ‘yours,’ not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you.
  952. Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you.
  953. Because of its phantom nature, and despite elaborate defense mechanisms, the ego is very vulnerable and insecure, and it sees itself as constantly under threat. This, by the way, is the case even if the ego is outwardly very confident.
  954. Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.
  955. Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.
  956. Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.
  957. Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
  958. With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.
  959. Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.’ The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of ‘Artist.’
  960. We loved with a love that was more than love.
  961. To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.
  962. They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
  963. There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.
  964. There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.
  965. The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.
  966. The rudiment of verse may, possibly, be found in the spondee.
  967. The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.
  968. The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.
  969. The generous Critic fann’d the Poet’s fire, And taught the world with reason to admire.
  970. The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.
  971. The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?
  972. That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.
  973. That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.
  974. Stupidity is a talent for misconception.
  975. Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
  976. Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary.
  977. Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.
  978. Man’s real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.
  979. Lord, help my poor soul.
  980. It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.
  981. It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.
  982. It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.
  983. In one case out of a hundred a point is excessively discussed because it is obscure; in the ninety-nine remaining it is obscure because it is excessively discussed.
  984. In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.
  985. If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.
  986. I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.
  987. I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
  988. I need scarcely observe that a poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul. The value of the poem is in the ratio of this elevating excitement.
  989. I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect – in terror.
  990. I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
  991. I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it.
  992. I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
  993. I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity.
  994. Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.
  995. Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
  996. Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
  997. All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
  998. All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
  999. A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this – that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made – not to understand – but to feel – as crime.
  1000. Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.