1. Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
  2. Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.
  3. Somewhere it is written that parents who are critical of other people’s children and publicly admit they can do better are asking for it.
  4. Sometimes I can’t figure designers out. It’s as if they flunked human anatomy.
  5. Someone once threw me a small, brown, hairy kiwi fruit, and I threw a wastebasket over it until it was dead.
  6. Some say our national pastime is baseball. Not me. It’s gossip.
  7. People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are the same. Look for something you’ll feel comfortable wearing. Allow for room to grow.
  8. Onion rings in the car cushions do not improve with time.
  9. One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child’s name and how old he or she is.
  10. Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I’m taking with me when I go.
  11. On vacations: We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings.
  12. No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. I have known mothers who remake the bed after their children do it because there is wrinkle in the spread or the blanket is on crooked. This is sick.
  13. Never order food in excess of your body weight.
  14. Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
  15. Never have more children than you have car windows.
  16. Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated.
  17. Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
  18. Never accept a drink from a urologist.
  19. My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?
  20. My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
  21. My kids always perceived the bathroom as a place where you wait it out until all the groceries are unloaded from the car.
  22. Most women put off entertaining until the kids are grown.
  23. Marriage has no guarantees. If that’s what you’re looking for, go live with a car battery.
  24. Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It’s too controversial.
  25. It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
  26. It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.
  27. It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.
  28. In two decades I’ve lost a total of 789 pounds. I should be hanging from a charm bracelet.
  29. In general my children refuse to eat anything that hasn’t danced in television.
  30. If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.
  31. If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
  32. I’ve exercised with women so thin that buzzards followed them to their cars.
  33. I will buy any creme, cosmetic, or elixir from a woman with a European accent.
  34. I was too old for a paper route, too young for Social Security and too tired for an affair.
  35. I was terrible at straight items. When I wrote obituaries, my mother said the only thing I ever got them to do was die in alphabetical order.
  36. I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: ‘Checkout Time is 18 years.’
  37. I never leaf through a copy of National Geographic without realizing how lucky we are to live in a society where it is traditional to wear clothes.
  38. I haven’t trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I’ve never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex.
  39. I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up.
  40. I have a hat. It is graceful and feminine and give me a certain dignity, as if I were attending a state funeral or something. Someday I may get up enough courage to wear it, instead of carrying it.
  41. I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.
  42. Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously. It’s literary suicide.
  43. How come anything you buy will go on sale next week?
  44. Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.
  45. House guests should be regarded as perishables: Leave them out too long and they go bad.
  46. Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving.
  47. God created man, but I could do better.
  48. Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You’re not out of it until the computer says you’re out of it.
  49. For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it’s time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward.
  50. For some of us, watching a miniseries that lasts longer than most marriages is not easy.
  51. Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.
  52. Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
  53. Do you know what you call those who use towels and never wash them, eat meals and never do the dishes, sit in rooms they never clean, and are entertained till they drop? If you have just answered, ‘A house guest,’ you’re wrong because I have just described my kids.
  54. Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?
  55. Children make your life important.
  56. Car designers are just going to have to come up with an automobile that outlasts the payments.
  57. Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you.
  58. Before you try to keep up with the Joneses, be sure they’re not trying to keep up with you.
  59. All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.
  60. A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.
  61. A friend will tell you she saw your old boyfriend – and he’s a priest.
  62. A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday.
  63. A friend doesn’t go on a diet because you are fat.
  64. You’re beautiful, like a May fly.
  65. You see, I am trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across – not to just depict life – or criticize it – but to actually make it alive. So that when you have read something by me, you actually experience the thing. You can’t do this without putting in the bad and the ugly as well as what is beautiful.
  66. You can write any time people will leave you alone and not interrupt you. Or, rather, you can if you will be ruthless enough about it. But the best writing is certainly when you are in love.
  67. You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.
  68. Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
  69. Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure?
  70. When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first.
  71. When you go to war as a boy, you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed, not you… Then, when you are badly wounded the first time, you lose that illusion, and you know it can happen to you.
  72. When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
  73. When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
  74. When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea.
  75. When I am working on a book or a story, I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you, and it is cool or cold, and you come to your work and warm as you write.
  76. What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
  77. We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
  78. Wars are caused by undefended wealth.
  79. To be a successful father… there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.
  80. Time is the least thing we have of.
  81. Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes, and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear, and by these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses, he will endure or be forgotten.
  82. They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
  83. There’s no one thing that is true. They’re all true.
  84. There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
  85. There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.
  86. There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
  87. There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.
  88. There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.
  89. There is no friend as loyal as a book.
  90. There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.
  91. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.
  92. The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
  93. The shortest answer is doing the thing.
  94. The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.
  95. The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life and one is as good as the other.
  96. The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.
  97. The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.
  98. The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
  99. That terrible mood of depression of whether it’s any good or not is what is known as The Artist’s Reward.
  100. That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best – make it all up – but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.
  101. Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.
  102. Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.
  103. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.
  104. Pound’s crazy. All poets are. They have to be. You don’t put a poet like Pound in the loony bin.
  105. Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat – no matter who killed the meat for him.
  106. Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.
  107. Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
  108. On the ‘Star,’ you were forced to learn to write a simple declarative sentence. This is useful to anyone. Newspaper work will not harm a young writer and could help him if he gets out of it in time.
  109. No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.
  110. Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
  111. Never mistake motion for action.
  112. Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.
  113. My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
  114. Man is not made for defeat.
  115. Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
  116. It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
  117. In modern war… you will die like a dog for no good reason.
  118. If you have a success you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work.
  119. If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
  120. If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.
  121. I’ve tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I’m afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.
  122. I’m not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy.
  123. I wake up in the morning and my mind starts making sentences, and I have to get rid of them fast – talk them or write them down.
  124. I rewrote the ending to ‘Farewell to Arms,’ the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied.
  125. I never had to choose a subject – my subject rather chose me.
  126. I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don’t like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around.
  127. I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?
  128. I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
  129. I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.
  130. I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.
  131. I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
  132. I know now that there is no one thing that is true – it is all true.
  133. I don’t like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can’t do it.
  134. I always rewrite each day up to the point where I stopped. When it is all finished, naturally you go over it. You get another chance to correct and rewrite when someone else types it, and you see it clean in type. The last chance is in the proofs. You’re grateful for these different chances.
  135. His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred.
  136. Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.
  137. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
  138. From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality.
  139. For a war to be just three conditions are necessary – public authority, just cause, right motive.
  140. For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.
  141. For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.
  142. Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.
  143. Ezra was right half the time, and when he was wrong, he was so wrong you were never in any doubt about it.
  144. Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
  145. Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.
  146. Cowardice… is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination.
  147. Courage is grace under pressure.
  148. Certainly it is valuable to a trained writer to crash in an aircraft which burns. He learns several important things very quickly. Whether they will be of use to him is conditioned by survival. Survival, with honor, that outmoded and all-important word, is as difficult as ever and as all-important to a writer.
  149. But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
  150. Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honor.
  151. As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.
  152. An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.
  153. Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
  154. All things truly wicked start from innocence.
  155. All our words from loose using have lost their edge.
  156. All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.
  157. All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
  158. All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.
  159. After you finish a book, you know, you’re dead. But no one knows you’re dead. All they see is the irresponsibility that comes in after the terrible responsibility of writing.
  160. About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
  161. A writer of fiction is really… a congenital liar who invents from his own knowledge or that of other men.
  162. A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.
  163. A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
  164. ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ was a problem which I carried on each day. I knew what was going to happen in principle. But I invented what happened each day I wrote.
  165. Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.
  166. Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.
  167. When a man’s stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor.
  168. Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
  169. To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man.
  170. To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.
  171. Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad.
  172. This is slavery, not to speak one’s thought.
  173. There is the sky, which is all men’s together.
  174. There is something in the pang of change More than the heart can bear, Unhappiness remembering happiness.
  175. There is just one life for each of us: our own.
  176. The wavering mind is but a base possession.
  177. The lucky person passes for a genius.
  178. The greatest pleasure of life is love.
  179. The good and the wise lead quiet lives.
  180. The bold are helpless without cleverness.
  181. The best of seers is he who guesses well.
  182. The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.
  183. Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.
  184. Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
  185. Some wisdom you must learn from one who’s wise.
  186. Slight not what’s near through aiming at what’s far.
  187. Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.
  188. Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.
  189. Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.
  190. Prosperity is full of friends.
  191. One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.
  192. One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word. A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for.
  193. Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.
  194. No one who lives in error is free.
  195. No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will.
  196. No one is happy all his life long.
  197. No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow.
  198. New faces have more authority than accustomed ones.
  199. Much effort, much prosperity.
  200. Lucky that man whose children make his happiness in life and not his grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes.
  201. Luckier than one’s neighbor, but still not happy.
  202. Love makes the time pass. Time makes love pass.
  203. Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.
  204. Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.
  205. Leave no stone unturned.
  206. Joint undertakings stand a better chance when they benefit both sides.
  207. It’s not beauty but fine qualities, my girl, that keep a husband.
  208. In misfortune, which friend remains a friend?
  209. Impudence is the worst of all human diseases.
  210. Ignorance of one’s misfortunes is clear gain.
  211. I would prefer as friend a good man ignorant than one more clever who is evil too.
  212. Human misery must somewhere have a stop; there is no wind that always blows a storm.
  213. He was a wise man who originated the idea of God.
  214. He is not a lover who does not love forever.
  215. Happiness is brief. It will not stay. God batters at its sails.
  216. God hates violence. He has ordained that all men fairly possess their property, not seize it.
  217. Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.
  218. Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment.
  219. Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.
  220. Events will take their course, it is no good of being angry at them; he is happiest who wisely turns them to the best account.
  221. Down on your knees, and thank heaven, fasting, for a good man’s love.
  222. Do not plan for ventures before finishing what’s at hand.
  223. Do not consider painful what is good for you.
  224. Danger gleams like sunshine to a brave man’s eyes.
  225. Cleverness is not wisdom.
  226. Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.
  227. But learn that to die is a debt we must all pay.
  228. Better a serpent than a stepmother!
  229. Authority is never without hate.
  230. Among mortals second thoughts are wisest.
  231. Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.
  232. ‘Twas but my tongue, ’twas not my soul that swore.
  233. Unless you love someone, nothing else makes any sense.
  234. Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.
  235. To like an individual because he’s black is just as insulting as to dislike him because he isn’t white.
  236. To destroy is always the first step in any creation.
  237. To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
  238. The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.
  239. The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
  240. Private property began the instant somebody had a mind of his own.
  241. Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
  242. Listen; there’s a hell of a good universe next door: let’s go.
  243. Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.
  244. Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.
  245. It takes three to make a child.
  246. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
  247. I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.
  248. I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.
  249. I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.
  250. I like my body when it is with your body. It is so quite new a thing. Muscles better and nerves more.
  251. I imagine that yes is the only living thing.
  252. Humanity I love you because when you’re hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink.
  253. Be of love a little more careful than of anything.
  254. At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.
  255. America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn’t standing still.
  256. Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.
  257. A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.
  258. A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.
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  263. You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.
  264. You can stroke people with words.
  265. When people are taken out of their depths they lose their heads, no matter how charming a bluff they may put up.
  266. What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years?
  267. Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
  268. Trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement. Discouragement has a germ of its own, as different from trouble as arthritis is different from a stiff joint.
  269. To write it, it took three months; to conceive it three minutes; to collect the data in it all my life.
  270. To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing.
  271. Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children’s party taken over by the elders.
  272. There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.
  273. There are no second acts in American lives.
  274. The world, as a rule, does not live on beaches and in country clubs.
  275. The victor belongs to the spoils.
  276. The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
  277. The idea that to make a man work you’ve got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We’ve done that for so long that we’ve forgotten there’s any other way.
  278. The faces of most American women over thirty are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness.
  279. The easiest way to get a reputation is to go outside the fold, shout around for a few years as a violent atheist or a dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the shelter.
  280. The compensation of a very early success is a conviction that life is a romantic matter. In the best sense one stays young.
  281. Switzerland is a country where very few things begin, but many things end.
  282. Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.
  283. Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.
  284. Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.
  285. Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you’ll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.
  286. Riches have never fascinated me, unless combined with the greatest charm or distinction.
  287. Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.
  288. Only remember west of the Mississippi it’s a little more look, see, act. A little less rationalize, comment, talk.
  289. Often people display a curious respect for a man drunk, rather like the respect of simple races for the insane… There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions.
  290. Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.
  291. No such thing as a man willing to be honest – that would be like a blind man willing to see.
  292. No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.
  293. No decent career was ever founded on a public.
  294. Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
  295. My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.
  296. Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known.
  297. Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.
  298. It’s not a slam at you when people are rude, it’s a slam at the people they’ve met before.
  299. It occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well.
  300. It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.
  301. It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won’t save us any more than love did.
  302. In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.
  303. I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.
  304. I’m a romantic; a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won’t.
  305. I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.
  306. His was a great sin who first invented consciousness. Let us lose it for a few hours.
  307. Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower.
  308. Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.
  309. Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.
  310. Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores.
  311. Forgotten is forgiven.
  312. For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming.
  313. First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.
  314. Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds, they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.
  315. Everybody’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
  316. Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.
  317. Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.
  318. Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.
  319. At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.
  320. An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.
  321. All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
  322. After all, life hasn’t much to offer except youth, and I suppose for older people, the love of youth in others.
  323. Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.
  324. Action is character.
  325. A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.
  326. A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.
  327. You may agree or not with Gaddafi’s political ideas, but no one has the right to question the existence of Libya as an independent state and member of the United Nations.
  328. Xi Jinping is one of the strongest and most capable revolutionary leaders I have met in my life.
  329. Without a tutor to help me in the study of Marxism-Leninism, I was no more than a theorist and, of course, had total confidence in the Soviet Union.
  330. When the Revolution triumphed in 1959, our island was a true Yankee colony. The United States had duped and disarmed our Liberation Army. One couldn’t speak of developed agriculture, but of immense plantations exploited on the base of manual and animal labour that in general used neither fertilizers nor machinery.
  331. When at just 27 years old, Qaddafi, colonel in the Libyan army, inspired by his Egyptian colleague Abdel Nasser, overthrew King Idris I in 1969, he applied important revolutionary measures such as agrarian reform and the nationalization of oil.
  332. What prevails in every corner of this globalized world is the real struggle of our species for its own survival.
  333. We have always been prepared to negotiate with the U.S. government everything that has to do with bilateral relations, on a basis of the strictest mutual respect for the sovereign rights of each country. We will never try to ask the government of the United States to change its economic and political system.
  334. We do not need the empire to give us anything.
  335. We do not exploit our dolphins for profit.
  336. We are proud of the history of our country; we learned it in school and have grown up hearing of freedom, justice and human rights.
  337. We are political animals, as, not without reason, affirmed Aristotle, who perhaps influenced humanity’s thinking more than any other ancient philosopher through his almost 200 treatises, according to reports, of which only 31 have been preserved.
  338. Venezuela, given its extraordinary educational, cultural, and social developments, and its vast energy and natural resources, is called on to become a revolutionary model for the world.
  339. Twenty-six million Russians died in the defense of their homeland against the Nazis.
  340. To our brothers in Latin America and the world, we must convey that the Cuban people will overcome.
  341. They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?
  342. There is plenty of building material and more than enough manpower to make a decent home for every Cuban. But if we continue to wait for the golden calf, a thousand years will have gone by, and the problem will remain the same.
  343. There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust.
  344. There is not Communism or Marxism, but representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy.
  345. The world has not yet reached the point which, in my view, is an essential condition for the survival of our human species: access by all the peoples to the material resources of this planet.
  346. The unyielding resistance of the Cuban patriots is symbolized by our 5 Heroes. They shall never back down! They shall never surrender!
  347. The universities are available only to those who share my revolutionary beliefs.
  348. The traditional stand adopted by the Cuban Revolution, which was always opposed to any action that could jeopardize the life of civilians, is well known.
  349. The squandering of oil and gas is associated with one of the greatest tragedies, not in the least resolved, which is suffered by humankind: climate change.
  350. The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.
  351. The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used exclusively for the benefit of the people, to whom they belong.
  352. The prestige of the international financial institutions rates less than zero.
  353. The people respect and believe in men who fulfill their duty.
  354. The people of Egypt are an intelligent people with a glorious history who left their mark on civilization.
  355. The lies of the empire and the treason of the quislings shall be defeated.
  356. The last time I visited Qaddafi was in May of 2001, 15 years after Reagan attacked his rather modest residence where he took me to show me how it had been left.
  357. The kings of Spain brought us the conquistadores and masters, whose footprints remained in the circular land grants assigned to those searching for gold in the sands of rivers, an abusive and shameful form of exploitation, traces of which can be noted from the air in many places around the country.
  358. The human being is a strange mixture of blind instinct, on one hand, and conscience, on the other.
  359. The fact is, when men carry the same ideals in their hearts, nothing can isolate them – neither prison walls nor the sod of cemeteries. For a single memory, a single spirit, a single idea, a single conscience, a single dignity will sustain them all.
  360. The existing world economic order constitutes a system of plundering and exploitation like no other in history. Thus, the peoples believe less and less in statements and promises.
  361. The equal right of all citizens to health, education, work, food, security, culture, science, and wellbeing – that is, the same rights we proclaimed when we began our struggle, in addition to those which emerge from our dreams of justice and equality for all inhabitants of our world – is what I wish for all.
  362. The death of Abdel Nasser on September 28, 1970, was an irreversible setback for Egypt.
  363. The United States tyrannizes and pillages the globalized world with its political, economic, technological, and military might.
  364. The United States never stopped conspiring against the Arab world, which holds the largest oil reserves on the planet.
  365. The United States is supplying the most modern and sophisticated weaponry to Israel to the tune of billions of dollars every year.
  366. The U.S.S.R. had absolutely nothing to do with the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.
  367. The Soviet Union, the socialist camp, the People’s Republic of China, and North Korea helped us resist, with essential supplies and weapons, the implacable blockade of the United States, the most powerful empire ever to exist.
  368. The Revolution did not assume a socialist nature because of support from the U.S.S.R.; it was the other way around: support from the U.S.S.R. was produced by the socialist nature of the Cuban Revolution. To such a degree, that when the U.S.S.R. disappears, Cuba keeps on being socialist.
  369. The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore.
  370. The Arab population of Palestine are victims of genocidal actions; their lands are confiscated or deprived of water supplies in the semi-desert areas, and their homes are destroyed with heavy wrecking equipment.
  371. Sorry, I’m still a dialectical materialist.
  372. Soon, I’ll be like all the others. The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Communists will remain.
  373. Something must be done to save humanity! A better world is possible!
  374. Someday, the capitalist system will disappear in the United States, because no social class system has been eternal. One day, class societies will disappear.
  375. Some time ago, the United States was an English colony. If an Englishman were asked if the United States would be independent, he would have said no, that it would always be an English colony.
  376. Social struggles have been taking place throughout millennia, since human beings, by resorting to wars, were able to take hold of a surplus production to satisfy the essential needs of life.
  377. Senator McCain is Israel’s most unconditional ally in Mossad’s machinations, something that even his worst adversaries would have been able to imagine. McCain participated alongside this secret service in the creation of the Islamic State, which has appropriated a considerable part of Iraq as well as a third of Syria, according to its affirmations.
  378. Religious faith, like political belief, should be based on reasoning, on the development of thought and feelings. The two things are inseparable.
  379. Reactionaries often describe both Marx and Lenin as theorists, without taking into consideration that their utopias inspired Russia and China – the two countries called upon to lead a new world which will allow for human survival if imperialism does not first unleash a criminal, exterminating war.
  380. Peoples do not defy repression and death, nor do they remain for nights on end protesting energetically, just because of merely formal matters.
  381. Our position is that we do not accept conditions of any kind which may affect the independence and sovereignty of our country just with the view to solve economic problems existing between the United States and Cuba.
  382. Our Revolution emerged where it was least expected by the empire, in a hemisphere where it was used to acting like an all-powerful master.
  383. On one occasion, I accompanied my father to Pinares de Mayari. I was eight or nine years old. How he enjoyed talking when he left the house in Biran! There he was the proprietor of the land where sugar cane, pasture, and other agricultural crops were planted.
  384. Oil has become the principal wealth in the hands of the great Yankee transnationals; through this energy source, they had an instrument that considerably expanded their political power in the world.
  385. Obama has no way to conceal that Osama was executed in front of his children and wives, who are now under the custody of the authorities of Pakistan, a Muslim country of almost 200 million inhabitants, whose laws have been violated, its national dignity offended, and its religious traditions desecrated.
  386. Nothing in the world is irreversible, not even capitalism.
  387. North Americans don’t understand… that our country is not just Cuba; our country is also humanity.
  388. None of us is designed for the role we must assume in a revolutionary society, although Cubans had the privilege of Jose Marti’s example.
  389. None of us has any personal interest above the interests of the country. Our country is more important than our careers.
  390. No thieves, no traitors, no interventionists! This time the revolution is for real!
  391. No political event can be judged outside of the era and the circumstances in which it took place.
  392. No one even knows one percent of the fabulous history of Man; but thanks to history, we know about occurrences that go beyond the limits of the imaginable.
  393. Never have we stolen the intelligences of other peoples. On the contrary, in Cuba we have trained tens of thousands of doctors and other top-level professionals, for free, in order to send them back to their own countries.
  394. Nature teaches us that tens of billions of light years may have passed, and life in all of its expressions has always been subjected to an incredible combination of matter and radiation.
  395. NATO’s brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious instrument of repression known in the history of humankind.
  396. My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system now doesn’t work either for the United States or the world, driving it from crisis to crisis, which are each time more serious.
  397. Mubarak was oppressing and pillaging his own people. He was an enemy to the Palestinians and an accomplice of Israel, the sixth nuclear power on the planet, associated with the war-mongering NATO group.
  398. More than 820 million people in the world suffer from hunger; and 790 million of them live in the Third World.
  399. Men do not shape destiny, Destiny produces the man for the hour.
  400. Marx and Engels never talked about murdering the bourgeois. According to the old bourgeois concept, the judges were the ones who judged, and the executioners were the ones who executed.
  401. Many things shall change in Cuba, but they shall change because of our efforts and despite the United States. Perhaps that empire shall crumble first.
  402. It is a fundamental principle of criminal law that an imputed offense must correspond exactly to the type of crime described by law. If no law applies exactly to the point in question, then there is no offense.
  403. It doesn’t sound too good to say I am the son of a landowner, so let us rather say I am the grandson of exploited Galician peasants.
  404. It constitutes a superhuman effort to lead any people in times of crisis. Without them, the changes would be impossible.
  405. In my next incarnation, I want to be a writer.
  406. If you calculate 15 minutes a day to shave, that is 5,000 minutes a year spent shaving.
  407. I would not vote for the mayor. It’s not just because he didn’t invite me to dinner, but because on my way into town from the airport there were such enormous potholes.
  408. I will never retire from politics, the revolution, or the ideas I have.
  409. I was not the son of a worker or lacking in material or social resources for a relatively comfortable existence; I could say I miraculously escaped wealth.
  410. I was born in a territory called Biran, in the eastern region of Cuba. It’s known by that name, although it has never appeared on a map.
  411. I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened.
  412. I see Libya as a member of the Non-Aligned Movement and a sovereign State of the nearly 200 members of the United Nations.
  413. I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ.
  414. I neither will aspire to nor will I accept, the position of president of the council of state and commander in chief.
  415. I have always fought for concrete facts, for justice.
  416. I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating… because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.
  417. I don’t think it is so difficult to solve the problems between Cuba and the United States; it all depends on whether there is a dialogue, a discussion, or if the prejudices and hatred of people like the extremists and terrorists from the Cuban community, who try to impose their policies, prevail.
  418. I don’t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews.
  419. I can assure you that my first and foremost interest is my country.
  420. I believe Karl Marx could have subscribed to the Sermon on the Mount.
  421. I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.
  422. I became a Communist by studying capitalist political economy, and when I had some understanding of that problem, it actually seemed to me so absurd, so irrational, so inhuman, that I simply began to elaborate on my own formulas for production and distribution.
  423. I barely need to reiterate what you already know: the close links that exist between our people and the people of Venezuela and Hugo Chavez, the promoter of the Bolivarian Revolution and the United Socialist Party he founded.
  424. I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement.
  425. I am a just man.
  426. I am a Marxist Leninist and I will be one until the last day of my life.
  427. I am Fidel Castro and we have come to liberate Cuba.
  428. I almost laughed about the Machiavellian plans of the presidents of the United States.
  429. How can we help President Obama?
  430. Homeland or death! Socialism or death! We shall overcome!
  431. General Giap was one of the most brilliant military strategists of our era, who in Dien Bien Phu was able to place missile launchers in remote, mountainous jungles, something the yankee and European military officers considered impossible.
  432. For revolutionary Cubans, to cooperate with other poor and exploited peoples has always been a political principle and a duty towards humanity.
  433. Following the missile crisis, detente started to gain ground between the United States and the Soviet Union, so the international political climate improved after that.
  434. Experience acquired in the heroic battle against Batista’s tyranny showed that the enemy, no matter what his strength, could not defeat the Cuban people.
  435. Every country must be absolutely free to adopt the type of economic, political and social system that it considers convenient.
  436. Every citizen has the real right to receive general education and professional training at no cost, something that the United States has not been able to ensure for all its inhabitants.
  437. Even in the United States, the enslavement of African descendants continued until the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. That brutal form of slavery was abolished there hardly thirty years before it was abolished in Cuba.
  438. Even Gaddafi’s adversaries assure us that he stood out for his intelligence as a student; he was expelled from high-school for his anti-monarchic activities. He managed to enroll in another high-school and later graduated in law at the University of Benghazi at the age of 21.
  439. England was the first true colonial power to use its dominion over a large part of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, North America, and many Caribbean islands, in the first half of the 20th century.
  440. During the second half of the twentieth century, I had the privilege of living through years of intensive erudition, and I realized that Canadians, located in the northernmost region of this hemisphere, were always respectful towards our country.
  441. Defending peace is the duty of all.
  442. Cynicism is something which has become symbolic of imperial policy.
  443. Cuba never had advisors in Vietnam. The military there knew very well how to conduct their war.
  444. Cuba came to be the last country to get rid of Spanish colonialism and the first to shake off the heinous imperialist tutelage.
  445. Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.
  446. Christ didn’t choose the rich to preach the doctrine; he choose 12 poor ignorant workers – that is, he chose the proletariat of the times.
  447. Chinese combatants, men and women, inheritors of a millennial culture, are people of uncommon intelligence and an invincible spirit of struggle.
  448. Chavez, who came out of the ranks of the Venezuelan Army, is methodical and tireless. I have observed him over the course of 17 years, since his first visit to Cuba. He is an extremely humanitarian and law-abiding person; he has never taken revenge on anybody.
  449. Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away.
  450. Born to a tribal Bedouin family of nomadic desert shepherds in the region of Tripoli, Gaddafi was profoundly anti-colonialist. It is affirmed that his paternal grandfather died fighting against the Italian invaders when Libya was invaded by them in 1911.
  451. At times, I’ve referred to Christ’s miracles, and have said, ‘Well, Christ multiplied the fish and the loaves to feed the people. That is precisely what we want to do with the Revolution and socialism.’
  452. At the age of 6, a teacher full of ambitions, who taught in the small public school of Biran, convinced my family that I should travel to Santiago de Cuba to accompany my older sister who would enter a highly prestigious convent school. Including me was a skill of that very teacher from the little school in Biran.
  453. As we know, while our species remains alive, everybody has the sacred duty to be optimistic. Ethically, any other behaviour wouldn’t be admissible.
  454. Any negotiated, peaceful solution to the problems between the United States and peoples, or any people of Latin America, which does not imply force or the use of force, must be addressed in accordance with international principles and norms.
  455. Although we resolutely supported the armed struggle against Batista’s tyranny, we were, on principle, opposed to any terrorist action that could cause the death of innocent people.
  456. A revolution is not a bed of roses.
  457. A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.
  458. Women have no sympathy and my experience of women is almost as large as Europe.
  459. Wise and humane management of the patient is the best safeguard against infection.
  460. Why do people sit up so late, or, more rarely, get up so early? Not because the day is not long enough, but because they have no time in the day to themselves.
  461. Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.
  462. The world is put back by the death of every one who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality.
  463. The very elements of what constitutes good nursing are as little understood for the well as for the sick. The same laws of health or of nursing, for they are in reality the same, obtain among the well as among the sick.
  464. The most important practical lesson that can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe – how to observe – what symptoms indicate improvement – what the reverse – which are of importance – which are of none – which are the evidence of neglect – and of what kind of neglect.
  465. The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
  466. The greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.
  467. So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.
  468. Sick children, if not too shy to speak, will always express this wish. They invariably prefer a story to be told to them, rather than read to them.
  469. She said the object and color in the materials around us actually have a physical effect on us, on how we feel.
  470. Never speak to an invalid from behind, nor from the door, nor from any distance from him, nor when he is doing anything. The official politeness of servants in these things is so grateful to invalids, that many prefer, without knowing why, having none but servants about them.
  471. Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. Far the greatest things grow by God’s law out of the smallest. But to live your life, you must discipline it.
  472. It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm.
  473. If a patient is cold, if a patient is feverish, if a patient is faint, if he is sick after taking food, if he has a bed-sore, it is generally the fault not of the disease, but of the nursing.
  474. If I could give you information of my life, it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do In His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing.
  475. I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
  476. I have lived and slept in the same bed with English countesses and Prussian farm women… no woman has excited passions among women more than I have.
  477. I have learned to know God. I have recast my social belief… All my admirers are married; most of my friends are dead; and I stand with all the world before me, where to choose a path to make in it.
  478. I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.
  479. How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.
  480. God spoke to me and called me to His Service. What form this service was to take the voice did not say.
  481. Everything you do in a patient’s room, after he is ‘put up’ for the night, increases tenfold the risk of his having a bad night. But, if you rouse him up after he has fallen asleep, you do not risk – you secure him a bad night.
  482. Every nurse ought to be careful to wash her hands very frequently during the day. If her face, too, so much the better.
  483. Do not meet or overtake a patient who is moving about in order to speak to him or to give him any message or letter. You might just as well give him a box on the ear. I have seen a patient fall flat on the ground who was standing when his nurse came into the room.
  484. Badly constructed houses do for the healthy what badly constructed hospitals do for the sick. Once insure that the air in a house is stagnant, and sickness is certain to follow.
  485. A hundred struggle and drown in the breakers. One discovers the new world. But rather, ten times rather, die in the surf, heralding the way to that new world, than stand idly on the shore.
  486. A dark house is always an unhealthy house, always an ill-aired house, always a dirty house. Want of light stops growth and promotes scrofula, rickets, etc., among the children. People lose their health in a dark house, and if they get ill, they cannot get well again in it.
  487. Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.
  488. Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
  489. Wives are young men’s mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men’s nurses.
  490. Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
  491. Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.
  492. Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
  493. When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.
  494. What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.
  495. We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
  496. We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
  497. Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
  498. Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
  499. Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
  500. Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.
  501. Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.
  502. Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.
  503. This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.
  504. Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
  505. They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
  506. They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
  507. Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.
  508. There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.
  509. There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
  510. There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
  511. There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man’s self.
  512. There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man’s own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.
  513. There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
  514. The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
  515. The worst men often give the best advice.
  516. The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.
  517. The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
  518. The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.
  519. The remedy is worse than the disease.
  520. The quarrels and divisions about religion were evils unknown to the heathen. The reason was because the religion of the heathen consisted rather in rites and ceremonies than in any constant belief.
  521. The place of justice is a hallowed place.
  522. The pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.
  523. The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.
  524. The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
  525. The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
  526. The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
  527. The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
  528. The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.
  529. The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
  530. The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.
  531. The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
  532. Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.
  533. Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.
  534. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
  535. Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
  536. Silence is the virtue of fools.
  537. Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
  538. Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
  539. Science is but an image of the truth.
  540. Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.
  541. Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
  542. Rebellions of the belly are the worst.
  543. Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
  544. Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted… but to weigh and consider.
  545. Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.
  546. Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
  547. Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.
  548. People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.
  549. People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can’t fool the neighbors.
  550. Opportunity makes a thief.
  551. Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
  552. Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.
  553. Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
  554. No body can be healthful without exercise, neither natural body nor politic, and certainly, to a kingdom or estate, a just and honourable war is the true exercise.
  555. Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.
  556. Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
  557. Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
  558. Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.
  559. Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.
  560. Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.
  561. Many a man’s strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.
  562. Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
  563. Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.
  564. Knowledge is power.
  565. Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
  566. Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
  567. Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
  568. It is natural to die as to be born.
  569. It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about.
  570. It is impossible to love and to be wise.
  571. It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.
  572. It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
  573. It is a true rule that love is ever rewarded, either with the reciproque or with an inward and secret contempt.
  574. It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self.
  575. In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.
  576. In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
  577. Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
  578. If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.
  579. If a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
  580. If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
  581. If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
  582. I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
  583. I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.
  584. I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
  585. Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.
  586. Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
  587. He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.
  588. He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
  589. He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
  590. He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
  591. Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.
  592. God’s first creature, which was light.
  593. God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.
  594. God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
  595. God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
  596. Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.
  597. Friends are thieves of time.
  598. Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
  599. Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.
  600. For my name and memory I leave to men’s charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.
  601. Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
  602. Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
  603. Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.
  604. Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
  605. Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
  606. Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy, but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince’s part to pardon.
  607. Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
  608. By indignities men come to dignities.
  609. But men must know, that in this theatre of man’s life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
  610. Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
  611. As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.
  612. Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
  613. Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
  614. Anger is certainly a kind of baseness, as it appears well in the weakness of those subjects in whom it reigns: children, women, old folks, sick folks.
  615. Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
  616. Acorns were good until bread was found.
  617. A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
  618. A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
  619. A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
  620. A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
  621. A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.
  622. A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.
  623. A bachelor’s life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.
  624. Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
  625. While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
  626. Where there is injury let me sow pardon.
  627. Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
  628. We should never desire to be over others. Instead, we ought to be servants who are submissive to every human being for God’s sake.
  629. We must not be wise and prudent according to the flesh. Rather, we must be simple, humble and pure.
  630. The Father willed that his blessed and glorious Son, whom he gave to us and who was born for us, should through his own blood offer himself as a sacrificial victim on the altar of the cross. This was to be done not for himself through whom all things were made, but for our sins.
  631. Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
  632. Pure, holy simplicity confounds all the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of the flesh.
  633. Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, Who is the day through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour; of You, Most High, he bears the likeness.
  634. Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
  635. Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars; in the heavens, you have made them bright, precious and fair.
  636. Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom You light the night, and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
  637. No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.
  638. Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give. For these, they will receive from the Lord the reward and recompense they deserve.
  639. Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
  640. Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
  641. It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.
  642. It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
  643. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
  644. If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
  645. If a superior give any order to one who is under him which is against that man’s conscience, although he do not obey it yet he shall not be dismissed.
  646. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
  647. I am the herald of the Great King.
  648. Holy wisdom confounds Satan and all his wickednesses.
  649. Holy poverty confounds cupidity and avarice and the cares of this world.
  650. Holy humility confounds pride and all the men of this world and all things that are in the world.
  651. Holy charity confounds all diabolical and fleshly temptations and all fleshly fears.
  652. Great and glorious God, and Thou Lord Jesus, I pray you shed abroad your light in the darkness of my mind. Be found of me, Lord, so that in all things I may act only in accordance with Thy holy will.
  653. Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging.
  654. For it is in giving that we receive.
  655. Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
  656. A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.
  657. Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.
  658. Why, I just shake the buildings out of my sleeves.
  659. Well, now that he’s finished one building, he’ll go write four books about it.
  660. Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.
  661. To look at the cross-section of any plan of a big city is to look at something like the section of a fibrous tumor.
  662. Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
  663. There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.
  664. The truth is more important than the facts.
  665. The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
  666. The space within becomes the reality of the building.
  667. The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
  668. The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines – so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings.
  669. The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.
  670. The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
  671. The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.
  672. The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty.
  673. The architect must be a prophet… a prophet in the true sense of the term… if he can’t see at least ten years ahead don’t call him an architect.
  674. The Lincoln Memorial is related to the toga and the civilization that wore it.
  675. Television is chewing gum for the eyes.
  676. TV is chewing gum for the eyes.
  677. Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
  678. Space is the breath of art.
  679. Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.
  680. Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man. There is no quality so great, none so much needed now.
  681. Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.
  682. Organic buildings are the strength and lightness of the spiders’ spinning, buildings qualified by light, bred by native character to environment, married to the ground.
  683. Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.
  684. Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.
  685. No stream rises higher than its source. What ever man might build could never express or reflect more than he was. He could record neither more nor less than he had learned of life when the buildings were built.
  686. No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.
  687. New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed… a race for rent.
  688. Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain.
  689. Mechanization best serves mediocrity.
  690. Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.
  691. Life always rides in strength to victory, not through internationalism… but only through the direct responsibility of the individual.
  692. Less is only more where more is no good.
  693. If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.
  694. I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too intimate contacts with my own furniture.
  695. I feel coming on a strange disease – humility.
  696. I believe totally in a Capitalist System, I only wish that someone would try it.
  697. I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
  698. Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes.
  699. God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has often been said by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see.
  700. Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
  701. Get the habit of analysis – analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.
  702. Freedom is from within.
  703. Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
  704. Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
  705. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.
  706. Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.
  707. Bureaucrats: they are dead at 30 and buried at 60. They are like custard pies; you can’t nail them to a wall.
  708. Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.
  709. Art for art’s sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.
  710. An idea is salvation by imagination.
  711. An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.
  712. All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable.
  713. A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn’t afterward.
  714. A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.
  715. A free America… means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.
  716. A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
  717. ‘Think simple’ as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.
  718. You just do what you can and you have as much fun as possible.
  719. You gotta make sure the listener is listening to you, so if you put it into a song, often times, if the song is striking enough, then you can really deliver the story most effectively while keeping the ear of the listener the whole time.
  720. You can’t think; you just gotta do things.
  721. Whenever I think about movies, I always look at that art process as having the best of a lot of worlds. Because if you watch a great film, you have a musical element to it, not just on the scoring, but in the way that the shots are edited – that has music and rhythm and time.
  722. When you write a song like ‘Forrest Gump,’ the subject can’t be androgynous. It requires an unnecessary amount of effort.
  723. When I was growing up, there was nobody in my family – not even my mother – who I could look to and be like, ‘I know you’ve never said anything homophobic.’ So, you know, you worry about people in the business who you’ve heard talk that way. Some of my heroes coming up talk recklessly like that.
  724. When I did have some success, it further emboldens you to be like, ‘No, I’m just going to write what I feel I should write.’
  725. We were poor. But my mom never accepted that. She worked hard to become a residential contractor – got her master’s with honors at the University of New Orleans. I used to go to every class with her. Her father was my paternal figure.
  726. We all know we have a finite period of time. I just feel if I’m going to be alive, I want to be challenged – to be as immortal as possible. The path to that isn’t an easy way, but it’s a rewarding way.
  727. This has always been my life and no one else’s, and that’s how it’s always been since the day I came in it.
  728. There’s just some magic in truth and honesty and openness.
  729. The work is the work. The work is not me.
  730. The way I approach this thing, when I started to get my head screwed on straight and really trying to make something of myself as an artist, when I was 19 or 20, it became more about function for me. Like, what is this song doing to you? What is the function of this type of artform? What is it doing?
  731. The idea of recognising your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me.
  732. The first four and a half years was me in the studio every day, writing songs for other people. I had jobs, too – eleven jobs. I worked at Kinko’s, Fatburger, Subway – I was a sandwich artist – and I was a claims processor at Allstate Insurance.
  733. The Internet made fame wack and anonymity cool.
  734. The Internet is just another experiment showing us more sides of us.
  735. Super-envious of the fact that Daft Punk can wear robot helmets and be one of the most famous bands in the world, while also understanding that will never be my situation.
  736. Sometimes, I want to talk on a song and be angry, because I am angry. Then there’s always a part of me that remembers that this record lives past my being angry, and so do I really want to be angry about that? Is that feeling going to have longevity?
  737. Sometimes I’m fascinated with how famous my work could be while I’m not so famous.
  738. Some people focus more on sonics. Some people focus more on story. I focus on both sonics and story.
  739. Some people focus more on sonics. Some people focus more on story. I focus on both sonics and story, but music sometimes, just music itself, can turn into more of a maths problem. I guess everything in life is a math problem, but it can be more about an empirical route to getting the symmetry that you want, and this vibe, sonically.
  740. People are just afraid of things too much. Afraid of things that don’t necessarily merit fear.
  741. Of course awards matter.
  742. Obviously, the cinematography of films is art, just as a still shot can be art. If I’m watching a Wes Anderson movie, the colour palettes alone, and the way they’re painted, could be art. With music, you’re a little bit limited, of course, because it’s only audio.
  743. My music definitely comes from a place of experience. Everything connects to a truth.
  744. My grandfather was smart and had a whole lot of pride. He didn’t speak a terrible amount, but you could tell there was a ton on his mind – like a quiet acceptance of how life had turned out.
  745. It’s not essential for me to have a big debut week; it’s not essential for me to have big radio records.
  746. It’s more interesting for me to figure out how to be superior in areas where I’m naive, where I’m a novice.
  747. It’s hard to articulate how I think about myself as a public figure.
  748. It’s cool to be recognised by your peers.
  749. It’s about the stories. If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story, and all kinds of sonic goodness – sonic goodies.
  750. It started to weigh on me that I was responsible for the moves that had made me successful, but I wasn’t reaping the lion’s share of the profits, and that was problematic for me.
  751. In the studio, we adhere to a strict colour code. Developed over decades, the colour code consists of a finite and precise colour palate… The whole world as we experience it comes to us through the mystic realm of colour.
  752. In art, at a certain level, there is no ‘better than.’ It’s just about trying to operate for yourself on the most supreme level, artistically, that you can and hoping that people get it. Trusting that, just because of the way people are built and how interconnected we are, greatness will translate and symmetry will be recognised.
  753. In art, at a certain level, there is no ‘better than.’ It’s just about trying to operate for yourself on the most supreme level, artistically, that you can and hoping that people get it.
  754. I’ve written some great things. That’s a gift, but there’s consequences. Yeah, you get this great work, but you suffer. You really, really suffer.
  755. I’ve gotten used to being Frank Ocean.
  756. I’ve always wanted to make a career in the arts, and I think that my only hope at doing that is to make it more about the work.
  757. I’m not a centerfold.
  758. I’m in this business to be creative – I’ll even diminish it and say to be a content provider.
  759. I’m extremely compassionate, loving, all of those warm fuzzy things, but the outer shell doesn’t project that all the time.
  760. I’m big on what’s in good taste.
  761. I’m about being the best.
  762. I wrote ‘Channel Orange’ in two weeks. The end product wasn’t always that gritty, real-life depiction of the real struggle that happened.
  763. I worked my face off.
  764. I won’t touch on risky, because that’s subjective. People are just afraid of things too much. Afraid of things that don’t necessarily merit fear.
  765. I was a thug.
  766. I want to thank The Beatles for almost single-handedly getting me out of writer’s block.
  767. I think we all change each other’s paths. I don’t know which law idea that is in physics, but I don’t think any of us can live without affecting one another.
  768. I respect Drake not only as a creative person but as a business mind as well. I think Drake’s important.
  769. I play piano every day. I enjoy that.
  770. I never think about myself as an artist working in this time. I think about it in macro.
  771. I need to know how many records I’ve sold, how many album equivalents from streaming, which territories are playing my music more than others, because it helps me in conversations about where we’re gonna be playing shows or where I might open a retail location, like a pop-up store or something.
  772. I might just write a novel next. I don’t know!
  773. I make pop culture.
  774. I like the anonymity that directors can have about their films.
  775. I hope not to define myself by suffering.
  776. I have no delusions about my likability in every scenario. I know that in order to get things done the way you want them, oftentimes your position will be unpopular.
  777. I had writer’s block for almost a year.
  778. I guess I’m just inspired to tell stories.
  779. I grew up in New Orleans. I had just moved into my dorm at the University of New Orleans, and I was doing laundry, and my mom called me, like, ‘We’ve got to evacuate. There’s a hurricane’s coming.’
  780. I feel like I was writing as I was learning to talk. Writing was always a go-to form of communication. And I knew I could sing from being in tune with the radio.
  781. I enjoy singing my songs in front of people. I enjoy being involved in making the artwork for albums and stupid stuff like that.
  782. I enjoy singing my songs in front of people.
  783. I enjoy being involved in making the artwork for albums and stupid stuff like that.
  784. I don’t intend to stop making music.
  785. I don’t have any secrets I need kept any more.
  786. I don’t fear anybody… at all.
  787. I don’t ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing ‘cos that’s just… that’s just telling yourself a lie.
  788. I can’t usually stomach a project after I finish it, but for those days and weeks and months that it’s new to me, I do listen to it, and it might change over time, but it’s about function.
  789. I can operate in half-a-song format.
  790. I booked my first studio at like 12 or 13. Somewhere in that season of my life, singing along with the radio became me wanting to be on radio, you know. And writing Langston Hughes replica poems became me wanting to write like Stevie Wonder.
  791. I booked my first studio at like 12 or 13. Somewhere in that season of my life, singing along with the radio became me wanting to be on radio, you know.
  792. I believe that I’m one of the best in the world at what I do, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to be.
  793. How we experience memory sometimes, it’s not linear. We’re not telling the stories to ourselves. We know the story; we’re just seeing it in flashes overlaid.
  794. Here’s what I think about music and journalism: The most important thing is to just press play.
  795. Boys do cry, but I don’t think I shed a tear for a good chunk of my teenage years.
  796. Because I’m not in a record deal, I don’t have to operate in an album format.
  797. As long as your intentions are solid and about growth and progression and being productive and not being idle, then you’re doing good in my book.
  798. As a writer, as a creator, I’m giving you my experiences. But just take what I give you. You ain’t got to pry beyond that.
  799. As a lifestyle you always being the focal point is innately unhealthy.
  800. Art’s everything we hope life would be, a lot of times.
  801. All in all, I just don’t trust journalists – and I don’t think it’s a good practice for me to trust journalists.
  802. A friend of mine jokes that I have a painstaking royalty complex. Like maybe I was a duke in a past life.
  803. You treat a lady like a dame, and a dame like a lady.
  804. You gotta love livin’, baby, ’cause dyin’ is a pain in the ass.
  805. Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant. When I sing, I believe. I’m honest.
  806. What I do with my life is of my own doing. I live it the best way I can. I’ve been criticized on many, many occasions, because of – acquaintances, and what have you.
  807. Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing – if I respect the song. If I cannot project this to a listener, I fail.
  808. There are things about organized religion which I resent. Christ is revered as the Prince of Peace, but more blood has been shed in His name than any other figure in history. You show me one step forward in the name of religion, and I’ll show you a hundred retrogressions.
  809. The martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth.
  810. The best revenge is massive success.
  811. Rock ‘n Roll: The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear.
  812. People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.
  813. Our civilization, such as it is, was shaped by religion, and the men who aspire to public office anyplace in the free world must make obeisance to God or risk immediate opprobrium.
  814. Oh, I just wish someone would try to hurt you so I could kill them for you.
  815. Nothing anybody’s said or written about me ever bothers me, except when it does.
  816. My father had a piano that was a nickelodeon – put a nickel, and the roller would play.
  817. May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.
  818. In Hoboken, when I was a kid, I lived in a plenty tough neighborhood.
  819. I’m trying to figure out, Chairman of what Board? People come up to me and seriously say: ‘Well, what are you Chairman of?’ And I can’t answer them.
  820. I’m supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. But the truth is I’ve flunked more often than not. I’m very fond of women; I admire them. But, like all men, I don’t understand them.
  821. I’m not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats. I’m not looking for the secret to life… I just go on from day to day, taking what comes.
  822. I’m like Albert Schweitzer and Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein in that I have a respect for life – in any form. I believe in nature, in the birds, the sea, the sky, in everything I can see or that there is real evidence for. If these things are what you mean by God, then I believe in God.
  823. I’m gonna live till I die.
  824. I’m for whatever gets you through the night.
  825. I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family – and I don’t think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.
  826. I like intelligent women. When you go out, it shouldn’t be a staring contest.
  827. I believe that God knows what each of us wants and needs. It’s not necessary for us to make it to church on Sunday to reach Him. You can find Him anyplace. And if that sounds heretical, my source is pretty good: Matthew, Five to Seven, The Sermon on the Mount.
  828. I am a thing of beauty.
  829. Hell hath no fury like a hustler with a literary agent.
  830. For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business. He excites me when I watch him. He moves me. He’s the singer who gets across what the composer has in mind, and probably a little more.
  831. Don’t get even, get mad.
  832. Dare to wear the foolish clown face.
  833. Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.
  834. Basically, I’m for anything that gets you through the night – be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.
  835. Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.
  836. A man doesn’t know what happiness is until he’s married. By then, it’s too late.
  837. Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
  838. You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
  839. You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.
  840. Writers speak stench.
  841. Woman, or more precisely put, perhaps, marriage, is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms.
  842. We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt.
  843. We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us.
  844. We all have wings, but they have not been of any avail to us and if we could tear them off, we would do so.
  845. Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery.
  846. There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution.
  847. There are only two things. Truth and lies. Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie.
  848. The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further.
  849. The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support.
  850. The relationship to one’s fellow man is the relationship of prayer, the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving; it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one’s striving.
  851. The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man.
  852. The indestructible is one: it is each individual human being and, at the same time, it is common to all, hence the incomparably indivisible union that exists between human beings.
  853. The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
  854. The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite.
  855. The experience of life consists of the experience which the spirit has of itself in matter and as matter, in mind and as mind, in emotion, as emotion, etc.
  856. The decisive moment in human evolution is perpetual. That is why the revolutionary spiritual movements that declare all former things worthless are in the right, for nothing has yet happened.
  857. The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum.
  858. Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe.
  859. Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive.
  860. Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
  861. So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.
  862. Sensual love deceives one as to the nature of heavenly love; it could not do so alone, but since it unconsciously has the element of heavenly love within it, it can do so.
  863. Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence.
  864. Religions get lost as people do.
  865. Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.
  866. One tells as few lies as possible only by telling as few lies as possible, and not by having the least possible opportunity to do so.
  867. One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
  868. One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory.
  869. One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer.
  870. Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it.
  871. No sooner said than done – so acts your man of worth.
  872. My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication – it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness – it is all that I have – and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well.
  873. My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.
  874. My ‘fear’ is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
  875. May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.
  876. Martyrs do not underrate the body, they allow it to be elevated on the cross. In this they are at one with their antagonists.
  877. Let me remind you of the old maxim: people under suspicion are better moving than at rest, since at rest they may be sitting in the balance without knowing it, being weighed together with their sins.
  878. It is only our conception of time that makes us call the Last Judgement by this name. It is, in fact, a kind of martial law.
  879. It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.
  880. It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.
  881. It is comforting to reflect that the disproportion of things in the world seems to be only arithmetical.
  882. In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.
  883. In the struggle between yourself and the world second the world.
  884. In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
  885. In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
  886. In a certain sense the Good is comfortless.
  887. If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth.
  888. If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted.
  889. If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow?
  890. Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues.
  891. I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
  892. I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
  893. How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world.
  894. How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge?
  895. Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places.
  896. Hesitation before birth. If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth.
  897. Heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb.
  898. He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found.
  899. God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
  900. From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
  901. Evil is whatever distracts.
  902. Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
  903. Dread of night. Dread of not-night.
  904. Don’t despair, not even over the fact that you don’t despair.
  905. Don Quixote’s misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza.
  906. By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself.
  907. By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
  908. Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.
  909. Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted.
  910. Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.
  911. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
  912. Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate… but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
  913. Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency.
  914. A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood.
  915. A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
  916. A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
  917. A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
  918. Without a struggle, there can be no progress.
  919. Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
  920. When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.
  921. What to the Slave is the 4th of July.
  922. We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.
  923. To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
  924. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
  925. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
  926. There is not a man beneath the canopy of Heaven who does not know that slavery is wrong for him.
  927. The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.
  928. The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.
  929. The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
  930. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
  931. The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
  932. That which is inhuman cannot be divine.
  933. Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
  934. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
  935. People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.
  936. One and God make a majority.
  937. No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.
  938. Man’s greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
  939. It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
  940. It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
  941. If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
  942. I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man’s political hopes and the ark of his safety.
  943. I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
  944. I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
  945. I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.
  946. I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.
  947. I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.
  948. Fugitive slaves were rare then, and as a fugitive slave lecturer, I had the advantage of being the first one out.
  949. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.
  950. Everybody has asked the question, and they learned to ask it early of the abolitionists, ‘What shall we do with the Negro?’ I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us.
  951. At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
  952. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
  953. A man’s character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.
  954. A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
  955. A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
  956. A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.
  957. To paint is the most terrific thing that there is, but to do it well is very difficult.
  958. They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.
  959. There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.
  960. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.
  961. The most important part of the body is the brain. Of my face, I like the eyebrows and eyes. Aside from that, I like nothing. My head is too small.
  962. Since my subjects have always been my sensations, my states of mind and the profound reactions that life has been producing in me, I have frequently objectified all this in figures of myself, which were the most sincere and real thing that I could do in order to express what I felt inside and outside of myself.
  963. Really, I do not know whether my paintings are surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the frankest expression of myself.
  964. Painting completed my life.
  965. Of the opposite sex, I have the moustache and, in general, the face.
  966. My toys were those of a boy: skates, bicycles.
  967. My painting carries with it the message of pain.
  968. I was a child who went about in a world of colors… My friends, my companions, became women slowly; I became old in instants.
  969. I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.
  970. I put on the canvas whatever comes into my mind.
  971. I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
  972. I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.
  973. I paint flowers so they will not die.
  974. I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.
  975. I love you more than my own skin.
  976. I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.
  977. I find that Americans completely lack sensibility and good taste. They are boring, and they all have faces like unbaked rolls.
  978. I don’t know how to write love letters.
  979. I am my own muse, the subject I know best.
  980. I am in agreement with everything my father taught me and nothing my mother taught me.
  981. I am happy to be alive, as long as I can paint.
  982. Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?
  983. We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.
  984. To love someone means to see him as God intended him.
  985. To live without Hope is to Cease to live.
  986. There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
  987. There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.
  988. The soul is healed by being with children.
  989. The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
  990. The formula ‘Two and two make five’ is not without its attractions.
  991. The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
  992. Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
  993. Realists do not fear the results of their study.
  994. Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!
  995. One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man’s laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.
  996. Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
  997. Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death.
  998. Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship.
  999. Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.
  1000. Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.