1. If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
  2. If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
  3. If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
  4. If it is surely the means to the highest end we know, can any work be humble or disgusting? Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder, the means by which we are translated?
  5. If an injustice requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the government machine.
  6. If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
  7. If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
  8. If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?
  9. If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself.
  10. If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
  11. I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
  12. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
  13. I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment.
  14. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartanlike as to put to rout all that was not life.
  15. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
  16. I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
  17. I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.
  18. I often visited a particular plant four or five miles distant, half a dozen times within a fortnight, that I might know exactly when it opened.
  19. I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live and could not spare any more time for that one.
  20. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
  21. I have thought there was some advantage even in death, by which we mingle with the herd of common men.
  22. I have the habit of attention to such excess, that my senses get no rest – but suffer from a constant strain.
  23. I have seen how the foundations of the world are laid, and I have not the least doubt that it will stand a good while.
  24. I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another.
  25. I have found that hollow, which even I had relied on for solid.
  26. I have been as sincere a worshipper of Aurora as the Greeks.
  27. I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.
  28. I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.
  29. I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
  30. I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now.
  31. I cannot read a single word of the Hindoos without being elevated.
  32. I am sorry to think that you do not get a man’s most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
  33. I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
  34. How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
  35. How sweet is the perception of a new natural fact!
  36. How many things there are concerning which we might well deliberate whether we had better know them.
  37. How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.
  38. How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?
  39. How can any man be weak who dares to be at all?
  40. Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
  41. Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars.
  42. Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
  43. God reigns when we take a liberal view, when a liberal view is presented to us.
  44. Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
  45. Front yards are not made to walk in, but, at most, through, and you could go in the back way.
  46. Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.
  47. Faith never makes a confession.
  48. Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
  49. Every people have gods to suit their circumstances.
  50. Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the sun; short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
  51. Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
  52. Every day or two, I strolled to the village to hear some of the gossip which is incessantly going on there, circulating either from mouth to mouth, or from newspaper to newspaper, and which, taken in homeopathic doses, was really as refreshing in its way as the rustle of leaves and the peeping of frogs.
  53. Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
  54. Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
  55. Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.
  56. Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do anything else.
  57. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends… Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
  58. Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
  59. Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so.
  60. Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
  61. Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?
  62. Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
  63. Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated.
  64. Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
  65. Being is the great explainer.
  66. Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years.
  67. Be not simply good – be good for something.
  68. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
  69. As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society.
  70. As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
  71. As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.
  72. As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
  73. Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
  74. An unclean person is universally a slothful one.
  75. An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
  76. All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
  77. All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.
  78. Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!
  79. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
  80. After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.
  81. A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
  82. A man’s interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.
  83. A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
  84. A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
  85. A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man’s life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.
  86. ‘Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
  87. Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.
  88. Where’s your will to be weird?
  89. When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.
  90. We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.
  91. Violence isn’t always evil. What’s evil is the infatuation with violence.
  92. This is the strangest life I’ve ever known.
  93. There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.
  94. The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.
  95. The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.
  96. The appeal of cinema lies in the fear of death.
  97. Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.
  98. Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it’s usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies.
  99. People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.
  100. Music inflames temperament.
  101. Love cannot save you from your own fate.
  102. Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.
  103. It’s like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don’t know where your going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It’s like the throw of the dice.
  104. If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
  105. I’m interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.
  106. I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
  107. I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences.
  108. I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
  109. I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.
  110. I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.
  111. I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom… Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical.
  112. Hatred is a very underestimated emotion.
  113. Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.
  114. Film spectators are quiet vampires.
  115. Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
  116. Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors.
  117. Drugs are a bet with your mind.
  118. Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens claws.
  119. Blake said that the body was the soul’s prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses the ‘windows of the soul.’ When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experence.
  120. Actually I don’t remember being born, it must have happened during one of my black outs.
  121. A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
  122. Why should man’s first flight to the moon be a matter of national competition? Why should the United States and the Soviet Union, in preparing for such expeditions, become involved in immense duplications of research, construction and expenditure?
  123. When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
  124. When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we’d been saying they were.
  125. When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
  126. We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.
  127. We stand today on the edge of a new frontier – the frontier of the 1960’s – a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils – a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats.
  128. We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination.
  129. We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
  130. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.
  131. We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
  132. We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.
  133. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.
  134. We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
  135. Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
  136. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
  137. Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
  138. Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes… can no longer be of concern to great powers alone.
  139. Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
  140. Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
  141. To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust.
  142. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
  143. Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
  144. Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
  145. There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.
  146. There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.
  147. There are many people in the world who really don’t understand-or say they don’t-what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin!
  148. The world knows that America will never start a war. This generation of Americans has had enough of war and hate… we want to build a world of peace where the weak are secure and the strong are just.
  149. The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.
  150. The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.
  151. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
  152. The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital… the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy.
  153. The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.
  154. The pay is good and I can walk to work.
  155. The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are. The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
  156. The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
  157. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
  158. The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.
  159. The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
  160. The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.
  161. The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
  162. The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
  163. The best road to progress is freedom’s road.
  164. The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
  165. The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.
  166. Sure it’s a big job; but I don’t know anyone who can do it better than I can.
  167. Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.
  168. Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
  169. Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
  170. Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
  171. Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
  172. Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.
  173. Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
  174. Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.
  175. Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place.
  176. No one has been barred on account of his race from fighting or dying for America, there are no white or colored signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.
  177. My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
  178. My brother Bob doesn’t want to be in government – he promised Dad he’d go straight.
  179. Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.
  180. Modern cynics and skeptics… see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.
  181. Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
  182. Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
  183. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
  184. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
  185. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans – born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.
  186. Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
  187. Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.
  188. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
  189. Khrushchev reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a place on the wall to hang the tiger’s skin long before he has caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas.
  190. It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree.
  191. It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
  192. Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.
  193. In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it.
  194. In a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.
  195. In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.
  196. If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
  197. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
  198. If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president’s.
  199. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
  200. I’m an idealist without illusions.
  201. I’m always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.
  202. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
  203. I think ‘Hail to the Chief’ has a nice ring to it.
  204. I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.
  205. I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy; Dear Jack, Don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.
  206. I hope that no American will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant.
  207. I don’t think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.
  208. I believe in a president whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.
  209. I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.
  210. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president who happens also to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my church on public matters – and the church does not speak for me.
  211. I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.
  212. I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic.
  213. History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
  214. Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.
  215. Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
  216. For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.
  217. For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.
  218. Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
  219. Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
  220. Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I’m the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House.
  221. Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
  222. Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
  223. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
  224. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
  225. America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.
  226. All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’
  227. A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today’s military rejects include tomorrow’s hard-core unemployed.
  228. A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today – and in fact we have forgotten.
  229. A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
  230. A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
  231. A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.
  232. A child miseducated is a child lost.
  233. You’re just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You’ve got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It’s all down to you, mate.
  234. You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
  235. You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.
  236. You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!
  237. Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.
  238. Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.
  239. When you’re drowning, you don’t say ‘I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,’ you just scream.
  240. We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.
  241. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.
  242. We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow’s nest of that ship.
  243. Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.
  244. These critics with the illusions they’ve created about artists – it’s like idol worship. They only like people when they’re on their way up… I cannot be on the way up again.
  245. There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.
  246. The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
  247. The postman wants an autograph. The cab driver wants a picture. The waitress wants a handshake. Everyone wants a piece of you.
  248. The more I see the less I know for sure.
  249. The cross of the Legion of Honor has been conferred on me. However, few escape that distinction.
  250. The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that’s making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?
  251. Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn’t insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.
  252. Rituals are important. Nowadays it’s hip not to be married. I’m not interested in being hip.
  253. Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
  254. Possession isn’t nine-tenths of the law. It’s nine-tenths of the problem.
  255. Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.
  256. Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.
  257. My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
  258. Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.
  259. Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.
  260. Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.
  261. Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war – for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more.
  262. Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
  263. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.
  264. It was like being in the eye of a hurricane. You’d wake up in a concert and think, Wow, how did I get here?
  265. It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man.
  266. Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
  267. If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.
  268. If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
  269. If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
  270. If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.
  271. I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.
  272. I’m not claiming divinity. I’ve never claimed purity of soul. I’ve never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can… But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.
  273. I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.
  274. I don’t believe in killing whatever the reason!
  275. I believe time wounds all heels.
  276. I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?
  277. I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.
  278. He didn’t come out of my belly, but my God, I’ve made his bones, because I’ve attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I’m so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride.
  279. Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace isn’t enough and you have to go and get shot or something.
  280. God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
  281. Everything is clearer when you’re in love.
  282. Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.
  283. Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock and roll or Christianity.
  284. As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.
  285. And God help Bruce Springsteen when they decide he’s no longer God… They’ll turn on him, and I hope he survives it.
  286. All you need is love.
  287. All we are saying is give peace a chance.
  288. Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.
  289. Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.
  290. When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.
  291. When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
  292. When people get married because they think it’s a long-time love affair, they’ll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.
  293. What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.
  294. We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about.
  295. We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
  296. The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
  297. The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
  298. The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
  299. Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.
  300. Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
  301. One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.
  302. Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
  303. Love is a friendship set to music.
  304. Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.
  305. It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
  306. Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes?
  307. I think the person who takes a job in order to live – that is to say, for the money – has turned himself into a slave.
  308. I don’t have to have faith, I have experience.
  309. I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
  310. God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It’s as simple as that.
  311. Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
  312. Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
  313. Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.
  314. Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.
  315. A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
  316. Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow.
  317. Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
  318. Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.
  319. Your friend is your needs answered.
  320. Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.
  321. Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
  322. You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
  323. You have your ideology and I have mine.
  324. You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
  325. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
  326. Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
  327. Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.
  328. Would that I were a dry well, and that the people tossed stones into me, for that would be easier than to be a spring of flowing water that the thirsty pass by, and from which they avoid drinking.
  329. Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
  330. Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.
  331. Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.
  332. Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?
  333. When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?
  334. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
  335. When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
  336. When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.
  337. When love beckons to you, follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
  338. What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt?
  339. What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you?
  340. We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
  341. Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.
  342. Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
  343. To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
  344. To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.
  345. Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.
  346. They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.
  347. There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
  348. The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
  349. The person you consider ignorant and insignificant is the one who came from God, that he might learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom.
  350. The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.
  351. The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.
  352. The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.
  353. The just is close to the people’s heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God.
  354. The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is.
  355. Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’
  356. Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.
  357. Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.
  358. Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert.
  359. Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
  360. Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.
  361. Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
  362. Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.
  363. Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
  364. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
  365. Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
  366. Of life’s two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer’s hand.
  367. Nor shall derision prove powerful against those who listen to humanity or those who follow in the footsteps of divinity, for they shall live forever. Forever.
  368. No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
  369. Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
  370. Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.
  371. March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.
  372. Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.
  373. Love… it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be.
  374. Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love.
  375. Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
  376. Love is trembling happiness.
  377. Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms.
  378. Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
  379. Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
  380. Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
  381. Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.
  382. Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in your seeds.
  383. Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
  384. In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
  385. If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?
  386. If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
  387. If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.
  388. If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
  389. If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.
  390. If the grandfather of the grandfather of Jesus had known what was hidden within him, he would have stood humble and awe-struck before his soul.
  391. If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.
  392. If in the twilight of memory we should meet once more, we shall speak again together and you shall sing to me a deeper song.
  393. I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.
  394. I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
  395. I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
  396. I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
  397. I existed from all eternity and, behold, I am here; and I shall exist till the end of time, for my being has no end.
  398. Hallow the body as a temple to comeliness and sanctify the heart as a sacrifice to love; love recompenses the adorers.
  399. Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.
  400. Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
  401. Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
  402. Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
  403. For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
  404. Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
  405. Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.
  406. Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.
  407. Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
  408. Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
  409. Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
  410. Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.
  411. But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
  412. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
  413. Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
  414. Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in the desert.
  415. And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
  416. And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
  417. All that spirits desire, spirits attain.
  418. All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.
  419. Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.
  420. A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
  421. A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?
  422. Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window One can see the way of heaven. The further one goes The less one knows.
  423. When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
  424. When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
  425. When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’
  426. When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.
  427. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
  428. Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
  429. Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
  430. Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.
  431. To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
  432. To see things in the seed, that is genius.
  433. To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
  434. To lead people walk behind them.
  435. To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.
  436. Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.
  437. There was something undifferentiated and yet complete, which existed before Heaven and Earth. Soundless and formless, it depends on nothing and does not change. It operates everywhere and is free from danger. It may be considered the mother of the universe. I do not know its name; I call it Tao.
  438. The words of truth are always paradoxical.
  439. The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
  440. The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’
  441. The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
  442. The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
  443. The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
  444. The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.
  445. The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.
  446. The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
  447. The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
  448. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
  449. The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.
  450. The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest.
  451. The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao; the name that can be named is not the eternal name. The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth; the Named is the mother of all things.
  452. Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere.
  453. Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
  454. Silence is a source of great strength.
  455. Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
  456. People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.
  457. One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.
  458. One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
  459. Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.
  460. Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
  461. Nature is not human hearted.
  462. Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
  463. Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
  464. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
  465. Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
  466. Man’s enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
  467. Man takes his law from the Earth; the Earth takes its law from Heaven; Heaven takes its law from the Tao. The law of the Tao is its being what it is.
  468. Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
  469. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
  470. Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
  471. Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
  472. Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
  473. It is better to do one’s own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins.
  474. In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.
  475. In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
  476. If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
  477. If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.
  478. If you keep feeling a point that has been sharpened, the point cannot long preserve its sharpness.
  479. If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
  480. If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
  481. I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
  482. I do not concern myself with gods and spirits either good or evil nor do I serve any.
  483. How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
  484. Heaven is long-enduring, and earth continues long. The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves.
  485. Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.
  486. He who talks more is sooner exhausted.
  487. He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
  488. He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
  489. He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
  490. He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
  491. He who knows himself is enlightened.
  492. He who is contented is rich.
  493. He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
  494. He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
  495. He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.
  496. Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.
  497. Great acts are made up of small deeds.
  498. Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish – too much handling will spoil it.
  499. Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.
  500. From wonder into wonder existence opens.
  501. From caring comes courage.
  502. For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.
  503. Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
  504. Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
  505. By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.
  506. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
  507. Because of a great love, one is courageous.
  508. Be the chief but never the lord.
  509. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
  510. At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
  511. Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
  512. An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
  513. Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
  514. All things in the world come from being. And being comes from non-being.
  515. All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.
  516. A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
  517. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
  518. A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
  519. You go on Facebook, you buy social advertising. And you can very cost-effectively target people who are in the market for your product from all over the world.
  520. When you’re dealing with machines or anything that you build, it either works or it doesn’t, no matter how good of a salesman you are.
  521. Whatever you’re selling, storage or networking or security, you’re going head to head with the incumbent players.
  522. To bring out a new technology for consumers first, you just had a very long road to go down to try to find people who actually would pay money for something.
  523. This has been a trend for a long time; the days of lifetime employment are long since over.
  524. There was a point in the late ’90s where all the graduating M.B.A.’s wanted to start companies in Silicon Valley, and for the most part they were not actually qualified to do it.
  525. The reality is the world is a really, really big place, and there’s a lot of people running around with a lot on their mind. And you really have to figure out how to build a company that can put on a message that can actually reach people and have an impact globally.
  526. The advantage of the consumer businesses is they tend to be much broader-based, much larger number of customers, that tend to over time be a lot more predictable. The advantage of the enterprise companies is they are not as subject to consumer trend, fad, behavior.
  527. Many of the best firms historically in venture capital have been multi-sector.
  528. Jobs are critically important, but looking at economic change through the impact on jobs has always been a difficult way to think about economic progress.
  529. If you want to bring down the prices of healthcare and education, the answer will be more innovation, more technology, which will then have the effect of freaking everybody out and saying, ‘Oh, my God, you’re going to kill all the jobs.’
  530. If we’re building high quality companies, if the customers like the products, if the technology innovation is real, then the substance is going to win out in the end.
  531. I would say the consumer Internet companies – in a lot of ways, if you go inside the consumer Internet companies and you see how they run, it’s how all their businesses are going to run.
  532. I feel like I’m constantly falling behind. I feel like every day I’m out of the office I’m falling behind.
  533. I am bullish on the global development. I am bullish on billions of people getting out of poverty.
  534. Google is working on self-driving cars, and they seem to work. People are so bad at driving cars that computers don’t have to be that good to be much better.
  535. China should be another United States from an economic standpoint. Beijing should be another Silicon Valley.
  536. At a certain point in your career – I mean, part of the answer is a personal answer, which is that at a certain point in your career, it becomes more satisfying to help entrepreneurs than to be one.
  537. You know, most people really don’t know me.
  538. Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
  539. With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, somebody else’s ideas about you, but what’s important is how you feel about yourself – for survival and living day to day with what comes up.
  540. Why is it you always meet people when you look your worst?
  541. When it comes to gossip, I have to readily admit men are as guilty as women.
  542. When I was five, I think, that’s when I started wanting to be an actress. I loved to play. I didn’t like the world around me because it was kind of grim, but I loved to play house. It was like you could make your own boundaries.
  543. When I was five I think, that’s when I started wanting to be an actress.
  544. When I was a youngster I lived with different families. I nearly always felt closer to the man of the house. Maybe because I always dreamed of having a father of my own.
  545. When I was 11, the whole world was closed to me. I just felt I was on the outside of the world.
  546. When Clark Gable died, I cried for 2 days straight. I couldn’t eat or sleep.
  547. What’s the good of drawing in the next breath if all you do is let it out and draw in another?
  548. What good is it being Marilyn Monroe? Why can’t I just be an ordinary woman?
  549. What good am I? I can’t have kids. I can’t cook. I’ve been divorced three times. Who would want me?
  550. What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.
  551. What I really want to say: That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers.
  552. We should all start to live before we get too old.
  553. We human beings are strange creatures and still reserve the right to think for ourselves.
  554. We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.
  555. To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I’m working on the foundation.
  556. There was my name up in lights. I said, ‘God, somebody’s made a mistake.’ But there it was, in lights. And I sat there and said, ‘Remember, you’re not a star.’ Yet there it was up in lights.
  557. There isn’t anybody that looks like me without clothes on.
  558. There is just no comparison between having a dinner date with a man and staying home playing canasta with the girls.
  559. There is a need for aloneness, which I don’t think most people realise for an actor. It’s almost having certain kinds of secrets for yourself that you’ll let the whole world in on only for a moment, when you’re acting. But everybody is always tugging at you. They’d all like sort of a chunk of you.
  560. There are many times when a woman will ask another girl friend how she likes her new hat. She will reply, ‘Fine,’ but slap her hand to her forehead the minute the girl leaves to yipe, ‘What a horror!’
  561. The working men, I’ll go by and they’ll whistle. At first they whistle because they think, ‘Oh, it’s a girl. She’s got blond hair and she’s not out of shape,’ and then they say, ‘Gosh, it’s Marilyn Monroe!’
  562. The truth is, I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let men sometimes fool themselves.
  563. The trouble with censors is that they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn’t any.
  564. The thing I want more than anything else? I want to have children. I used to feel for every child I had, I would adopt another.
  565. The real lover is the man who can thrill you just by touching your head or smiling into your eyes – or just by staring into space.
  566. The public doesn’t mind people living together without being married, providing they don’t overdo it.
  567. The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.
  568. The fact is that I find more most men are more open, more generous, and much more stimulating than the majority of females I know.
  569. The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.
  570. The ‘public’ scares me, but people I trust.
  571. Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.
  572. Sometimes, wearing a scarf and a polo coat and no makeup and with a certain attitude of walking, I go shopping or just look at people living. But then, you know, there will be a few teenagers who are kind of sharp, and they’ll say, ‘Hey, just a minute. You know who I think that is?’ And they’ll start tailing me. And I don’t mind.
  573. Sometimes I’ve been to a party where no one spoke to me for a whole evening. The men, frightened by their wives or sweeties, would give me a wide berth. And the ladies would gang up in a corner to discuss my dangerous character.
  574. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you’d never complete your life, would you? You’d never wholly know you.
  575. Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big rejection.
  576. Someone said to me, ‘If fifty percent of the experts in Hollywood said you had no talent and should give up, what would you do?’ My answer was then and still is, ‘If a hundred percent told me that, all one hundred percent would be wrong.’
  577. Someday I want to have children and give them all the love I never had.
  578. Some of my foster families used to send me to the movies to get me out of the house and there I’d sit all day and way into the night. Up in front, there with the screen so big, a little kid all alone, and I loved it. I loved anything that moved up there and I didn’t miss anything that happened and there was no popcorn either.
  579. Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.
  580. Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don’t have that?
  581. Only the public can make a star. It’s the studios who try to make a system out of it.
  582. One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I’m a woman. That is the way all females should feel.
  583. Of course, it does depend on the people, but sometimes I’m invited places to kind of brighten up a dinner table like a musician who’ll play the piano after dinner, and I know you’re not really invited for yourself. You’re just an ornament.
  584. Nothing’s ever easy as long as you go on living.
  585. No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t.
  586. Next to my husband, and along with Marlon Brando, I think that Yves Montand is the most attractive man I’ve ever met.
  587. Naturally, there are times when every woman likes to be flattered… to feel she is the most important thing in someone’s world. Only a man can paint this picture.
  588. My work is the only ground I’ve ever had to stand on. To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation, but I’m working on the foundation.
  589. My public is growing up just as I am. After all, I’m not 19 anymore and if I stick with the sex bit, who will be paying to see me when I’m 50?
  590. My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night, I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops or some liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that is all. I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots.
  591. Millions of people live their entire lives without finding themselves. But it is something I must do.
  592. Men who think that a woman’s past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid and weak.
  593. Men are so willing to respect anything that bores them.
  594. Marriage destroyed my relationship with two wonderful men.
  595. Like any creative human being, I would like a bit more control so that it would be a little easier for me when the director says, ‘One tear, right now,’ that one tear would pop out.
  596. It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.
  597. It’s not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on.
  598. It’s not to much fun to know yourself too well or think you do – everyone needs a little conceit to carry them through & past the falls.
  599. It’s nice to be included in people’s fantasies but you also like to be accepted for your own sake.
  600. It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone – so far.
  601. It’s all make believe, isn’t it?
  602. It is wonderful to have someone praise you, to be desired.
  603. In fact, my popularity seems almost entirely a masculine phenomenon.
  604. In Hollywood a girl’s virtue is much less important than her hairdo.
  605. Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
  606. If your man is a sports enthusiast, you may have to resign yourself to his spouting off in a monotone on a prize fight, football game or pennant race.
  607. If you spend your life competing with business men, what do you have? A bank account and ulcers!
  608. If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.
  609. If there is only one thing in my life that I am proud of, it’s that I’ve never been a kept woman.
  610. If a star or studio chief or any other great movie personages find themselves sitting among a lot of nobodies, they get frightened – as if somebody was trying to demote them.
  611. If I’m a star, then the people made me a star.
  612. If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.
  613. If I close my eyes and think of Hollywood, all I see is one big varicose vein.
  614. I’ve often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people.
  615. I’ve never dropped anyone I believed in.
  616. I’ve found men are less likely to let petty things annoy them.
  617. I’ve been on a calendar, but I’ve never been on time.
  618. I’ve always wanted a baby.
  619. I’ve always felt toward the slightest scene, even if all I had to do in a scene was just to come in and say, ‘Hi,’ that the people ought to get their money’s worth and that this is an obligation of mine, to give them the best you can get from me.
  620. I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.
  621. I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.
  622. I’m one of the world’s most self-conscious people. I really have to struggle.
  623. I’m looking forward to becoming a marvelous – excuse the word marvelous – character actress. like Marie Dressler, like Will Rogers.
  624. I’ll think I have a few wonderful friends and all of a sudden, ooh, here it comes. They do a lot of things. They talk about you to the press, to their friends, tell stories, and you know, it’s disappointing.
  625. I won’t be satisfied until people want to hear me sing without looking at me. Of course, that doesn’t mean I want them to stop looking.
  626. I wish I knew why I am so anguished.
  627. I was honoured when they asked me to appear at the president’s birthday rally in Madison Square Garden. There was like a hush over the whole place when I came on to sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ like if I had been wearing a slip, I would have thought it was showing or something. I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, what if no sound comes out!’
  628. I was brought up differently than the average American child because the average child is brought up expecting to be happy.
  629. I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.
  630. I want to be an artist, not… a celluloid aphrodisiac.
  631. I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity, and that includes all kinds of parts.
  632. I want the world to see my body.
  633. I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.
  634. I used to get the feeling, and sometimes I still get it, that sometimes I was fooling somebody; I don’t know who or what, maybe myself.
  635. I think that when you are famous every weakness is exaggerated.
  636. I think that sexuality is only attractive when it’s natural and spontaneous.
  637. I think one of the basic reasons men make good friends is that they can make up their minds quickly.
  638. I think I have always had a little humor.
  639. I restore myself when I’m alone.
  640. I remember when I was in high school I didn’t have a new dress for each special occasion. The girls would bring the fact to my attention, not always too delicately. The boys, however, never bothered with the subject. They were my friends, not because of the size of my wardrobe but because they liked me.
  641. I read poetry to save time.
  642. I once wanted to prove myself by being a great actress. Now I want to prove that I’m a person. Then maybe I’ll be a great actress.
  643. I often wake up in the night, and I like to have something to think about.
  644. I never wanted to be Marilyn – it just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.
  645. I myself would like to become more disciplined within my work.
  646. I love a natural look in pictures.
  647. I like to feel blonde all over.
  648. I like actors very much, but to marry one would be like marrying your brother. You look too much alike in the mirror.
  649. I learned to walk as a baby, and I haven’t had a lesson since.
  650. I know I will never be happy, but I know I can be gay!
  651. I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.
  652. I just got to feel that whoever I marry has some real regard for me.
  653. I have too many fantasies to be a housewife. I guess I am a fantasy.
  654. I have noticed… that men usually leave married women alone and are inclined to treat all wives with respect. This is no great credit to married women.
  655. I have never cared especially for outdoor sports and have no desire to excel at tennis, swimming, or golf. I’ll leave those things to the men.
  656. I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.
  657. I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.
  658. I have been told my eating habits are absolutely bizarre. But I don’t think so.
  659. I have always had a talent for irritating women since I was fourteen.
  660. I guess I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone’s wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.
  661. I enjoy acting when you really hit it right.
  662. I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.
  663. I don’t want everybody to see exactly where I live, what my sofa or my fireplace looks like.
  664. I don’t mind making jokes, but I don’t want to look like one.
  665. I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.
  666. I don’t look at myself as a commodity, but I’m sure a lot of people have.
  667. I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.
  668. I don’t know if high society is different in other cities, but in Hollywood, important people can’t stand to be invited someplace that isn’t full of other important people. They don’t mind a few unfamous people being present because they make good listeners.
  669. I don’t digest things with my mind.
  670. I don’t consider myself an intellectual. And this is not one of my aims. But I admire intellectual people.
  671. I defy gravity.
  672. I am trying to find myself. Sometimes that’s not easy.
  673. I am not a victim of emotional conflicts. I am human.
  674. I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle.
  675. I am invariably late for appointments – sometimes as much as two hours. I’ve tried to change my ways but the things that make me late are too strong, and too pleasing.
  676. I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.
  677. I am alone; I am always alone no matter what.
  678. I always have a full-length mirror next to the camera when I’m doing publicity stills. That way, I know how I look.
  679. Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives.
  680. How do I know about a man’s needs for a sex symbol? I’m a girl.
  681. Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.
  682. Having a child, that’s always been my biggest fear. I want a child and I fear a child.
  683. Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.
  684. Girls shouldn’t worry about being the equal of men in the business world.
  685. Girdles and wire stays should have never been invented. No man wants to hug a padded bird cage.
  686. Friends accept you the way you are.
  687. For a long time I was scared I’d find out I was like my mother.
  688. First, I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m a person. Then maybe I’ll convince myself that I’m an actress.
  689. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.
  690. Fame will go by and, so long, I’ve had you, fame. If it goes by, I’ve always known it was fickle. So at least it’s something I experience, but that’s not where I live.
  691. Fame may go by and – so long, I’ve had you.
  692. Fame is like caviar, you know – it’s good to have caviar but not when you have it at every meal.
  693. Fame is fickle, and I know it. It has its compensations but it also has its drawbacks, and I’ve experienced them both.
  694. Fame doesn’t fulfill you. It warms you a bit, but that warmth is temporary.
  695. Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.
  696. Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.
  697. Dogs never bite me – just humans.
  698. Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.
  699. Depending upon my activities, I sleep between five and ten hours every night. I sleep in an extra-wide single bed, and I use only one heavy down comforter over me, summer or winter. I have never been able to wear pajamas or creepy nightgowns; they disturb my sleep.
  700. Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you’re a human being, you feel, you suffer. You’re gay, you’re sick, you’re nervous or whatever.
  701. Consider the fellow. He never spends his time telling you about his previous night’s date. You get the idea he has eyes only for you and wouldn’t think of looking at another woman.
  702. Confidentially, the type of male I find most enjoyable for a friend is one who has enough fire and assurance to speak up for his convictions.
  703. Black men don’t like to be called ‘boys,’ but women accept being called ‘girls.’
  704. Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered.
  705. Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him.
  706. Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.
  707. At twelve I looked like a girl of seventeen. My body was developed and shapely. I still wore the blue dress and the blouse the orphanage provided. They made me look like an overgrown lummox.
  708. Arthur Miller wouldn’t have married me if I had been nothing but a dumb blonde.
  709. An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine.
  710. An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument. Isaac Stern takes good care of his violin. What if everybody jumped on his violin?
  711. An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument.
  712. All my stepchildren carried the burden of my fame. Sometimes they would read terrible things about me, and I’d worry about whether it would hurt them. I would tell them: ‘Don’t hide these things from me. I’d rather you ask me these things straight out, and I’ll answer all your questions.’
  713. A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself.
  714. A woman can’t be alone. She needs a man. A man and a woman support and strengthen each other. She just can’t do it by herself.
  715. A woman can bring a new love to each man she loves, providing there are not too many.
  716. A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world.
  717. A smart girl leaves before she is left.
  718. A sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing.
  719. A man makes you feel important – makes you glad you are a woman.
  720. A man is more frank and sincere with his emotions than a woman. We girls, I’m afraid, have a tendency to hide our feelings.
  721. A man has a tendency to accept you the way you are, while most women immediately start to pick flaws and want to change you.
  722. A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.
  723. A career is born in public – talent in privacy.
  724. When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
  725. Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
  726. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
  727. We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.
  728. We must use time creatively.
  729. We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
  730. We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
  731. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.
  732. We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
  733. We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
  734. We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
  735. We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
  736. Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
  737. War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.
  738. Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.
  739. To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.
  740. There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
  741. There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November.
  742. There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
  743. The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
  744. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
  745. The time is always right to do what is right.
  746. The sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
  747. The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.
  748. The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
  749. The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.
  750. The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
  751. The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.
  752. The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
  753. The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
  754. The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
  755. The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
  756. The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’
  757. The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.
  758. The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.
  759. That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.
  760. Since being in India, I am more convinced than ever before that the method of nonviolent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for justice and human dignity.
  761. Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
  762. Seeing is not always believing.
  763. Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control.
  764. Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
  765. Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man.
  766. Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul.
  767. Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
  768. Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
  769. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
  770. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
  771. Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.
  772. One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society… shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.
  773. Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
  774. Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
  775. Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
  776. Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it.
  777. Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
  778. Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
  779. Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
  780. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
  781. Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
  782. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
  783. Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
  784. It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.
  785. It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
  786. It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.
  787. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
  788. In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
  789. If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
  790. If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.
  791. If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
  792. If I wish to compose or write or pray or preach well, I must be angry. Then all the blood in my veins is stirred, and my understanding is sharpened.
  793. I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.
  794. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
  795. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
  796. I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
  797. I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.
  798. I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
  799. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
  800. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
  801. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
  802. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
  803. I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.
  804. Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
  805. Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
  806. History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
  807. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
  808. Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
  809. Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
  810. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
  811. Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
  812. Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
  813. Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live.
  814. Don’t let anybody make you think God chose America as His divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world.
  815. Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
  816. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
  817. Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
  818. Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That’s the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system.
  819. At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
  820. Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.
  821. An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
  822. Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
  823. All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
  824. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
  825. A riot is the language of the unheard.
  826. A right delayed is a right denied.
  827. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
  828. A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
  829. A lie cannot live.
  830. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
  831. You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
  832. You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.
  833. Winning isn’t always championships.
  834. When I was young, I had to learn the fundamentals of basketball. You can have all the physical ability in the world, but you still have to know the fundamentals.
  835. When I was playing before I retired, I never really understood the appreciation and the respect that people gave me. People had treated me like a god or something, and that was very embarrassing.
  836. When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game.
  837. We all fly. Once you leave the ground, you fly. Some people fly longer than others.
  838. Ultimately, if you can say that I’m a bad owner and we’re winning championships, I can live with that. But if we’re not making the playoffs and we’re spending and losing money, then I have to look in the mirror and say maybe I’m not taking the necessary steps to doing what it takes to run an organization.
  839. To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.
  840. There’s only one Michael Jordan.
  841. There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either.
  842. There is no ‘i’ in team but there is in win.
  843. The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.
  844. The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.
  845. The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.
  846. The best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are.
  847. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
  848. Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.
  849. Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.
  850. Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
  851. Purchasing the Bobcats is the culmination of my post-playing career goal of becoming the majority owner of an NBA franchise.
  852. Playing sick. That is so hard to do. It has to be a total mental challenge, as well as the physical challenge.
  853. One day, you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.
  854. Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
  855. My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.
  856. My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’
  857. My challenge when I came back was to face the young talent, dissect their games, and show them maybe that they needed to learn more about the game than just the money aspect.
  858. My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.
  859. My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.
  860. Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.
  861. Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
  862. It’s hard to say if the NBA is hurt by the influx of younger players, but it’s definitely impacted the league.
  863. It’s absolutely wrong that I don’t want guys to challenge me. And the people who say that aren’t in the room.
  864. It’s a heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody. My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can and provide entertainment for everyone who wanted to watch basketball. Obviously, people may not agree with that; again, I can’t live with what everyone’s impression of what I should or what I shouldn’t do.
  865. It’s a habit of mine now, noticing labels, logos, shoes.
  866. It is nerve-wracking watching my kids’ games.
  867. In reality, I never want to grow up.
  868. In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. I’ve been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn about life, to create a world apart from basketball.
  869. In any investment, you expect to have fun and make money.
  870. If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
  871. If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.
  872. I’ve never been afraid to fail.
  873. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
  874. I’ve had tendinitis since college.
  875. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
  876. I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.
  877. I’m patient.
  878. I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.
  879. I’m not a Twitterer, I’m not a twerker, I’m not a Facebooker, I’m not nothing. I’m old school.
  880. I’d like to be settled into somewhat of a normal life. Somewhat. I know it’s never going to be completely normal.
  881. I won’t have any competitive instincts in any sports, other than golf. I can’t see being competitive in sports any more.
  882. I will not quit this game because of what the media has done to me.
  883. I wasn’t really a work-conscious type of person. I was a player. I loved to play sports.
  884. I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life.
  885. I want to play for years.
  886. I want to be the bridge to the next generation.
  887. I want to be perceived as a guy who played his best in all facets, not just scoring. A guy who loved challenges.
  888. I want people to understand, gambling is not a bad thing if you do it within the framework of what it’s meant to be, which is fun and entertaining.
  889. I think the players win the championship, and the organization has something to do with it, don’t get me wrong. But don’t try to put the organization above the players.
  890. I realize that I’m black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody’s wish.
  891. I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.
  892. I never thought a role model should be negative.
  893. I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.
  894. I like control.
  895. I know the signs of scaredness.
  896. I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude.
  897. I do not have a problem, I enjoy gambling, but I think people are trying to make it seem like I have a problem, because people really don’t know.
  898. I can’t speak for the future. I have no crystal ball.
  899. I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
  900. I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.
  901. I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era.
  902. How many times have your parents told you not to do things, and the next thing you know, you go do it? And you realized you shouldn’t have done it.
  903. Gambling is legal and betting is legal, for what I bet.
  904. For a competitive junkie like me, golf is a great solution because it smacks you in the face every time you think you have accomplished something. That to me has taken over a lot of the energy and competitiveness for basketball.
  905. Even when I’m old and grey, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.
  906. Do I need my number retired throughout the course of the league to acknowledge what I’ve done? No.
  907. Being Michael Jordan means acting the same as I always have.
  908. Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game, and in some ways that’s about life too.
  909. As athletes, we’re used to reacting quickly. Here, it’s ‘come, stop, come, stop.’ There’s a lot of downtime. That’s the toughest part of the day.
  910. Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.
  911. You know, you can only lead them from behind.
  912. Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face. So it’s very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country.
  913. Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.
  914. When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
  915. When I came to Johannesburg from the countryside, I knew nobody, but many strangers were very kind to me. I then was dragged into politics, and then, subsequently, I became a lawyer.
  916. Whatever position I occupied, it was the result of colleagues – of my comrades in the movement – who had decided in their wisdom to use me for the purpose of focusing the attention of the country and the international community on me.
  917. We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.
  918. We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
  919. We can’t afford to be killing one another.
  920. To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
  921. There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
  922. There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.
  923. There is no such thing as part freedom.
  924. There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
  925. There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
  926. There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
  927. There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.
  928. There are so many men and women who hold no distinctive positions but whose contribution towards the development of society has been enormous.
  929. There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenceless people.
  930. There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty.
  931. The titanic effort that has brought liberation to South Africa, and ensured the total liberation of Africa, constitutes an act of redemption for the black people of the world.
  932. The names of Dingane and Bambata, Hintsa and Makana, Squngthi and Dalasile, Moshoeshoe and Sekhukhuni, were praised as the glory of the entire African nation. I hoped then that life might offer me the opportunity to serve my people and make my own humble contribution to their freedom struggle.
  933. The education I received was a British education, in which British ideas, British culture, British institutions, were automatically assumed to be superior. There was no such thing as African culture.
  934. The United States has made serious mistakes in the conduct of its foreign affairs, which have had unfortunate repercussions long after the decisions were taken.
  935. Sometimes, I feel like one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself.
  936. Sabotage did not involve loss of life, and it offered the best hope for future race relations. Bitterness would be kept to a minimum and, if the policy bore fruit, democratic government could become a reality.
  937. Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did.
  938. Prison life, fortunately, I spent a lot of years, about 18 years with other prisoners, and, as I say, they enriched your soul.
  939. People respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that’s how they’ll react. But if you say, ‘We want peace, we want stability,’ we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society.
  940. Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual.
  941. Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.
  942. Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul, and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.
  943. Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.
  944. On the first day of school, my teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave each of us an English name and said that from thenceforth that was the name we would answer to in school. This was the custom among Africans in those days and was undoubtedly due to the British bias of our education.
  945. Nonviolence is a good policy when the conditions permit.
  946. No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.
  947. Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.
  948. My son has died of AIDS.
  949. Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
  950. Let us give publicity to H.I.V./AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like TB, like cancer, is always to come out and say somebody has died because of H.I.V./AIDS, and people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary.
  951. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
  952. Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
  953. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.
  954. Leaders in all spheres who are living with HIV should be encouraged, not coerced, to lead by example and disclose their HIV status.
  955. It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.
  956. It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
  957. It always seems impossible until its done.
  958. Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace.
  959. In the 1940s, traveling for an African was a complicated process. All Africans over the age of sixteen were compelled to carry ‘Native passes’ issued by the Native Affairs Department and were required to show that pass to any white policeman, civil servant, or employer. Failure to do so could mean arrest, trial, a jail sentence or fine.
  960. In my country we go to prison first and then become President.
  961. In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains.
  962. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
  963. If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
  964. If you are poor, you are not likely to live long.
  965. If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.
  966. If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.
  967. If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.
  968. I would wear the blue overalls of the fieldworker and often wore round, rimless glasses known as Mazzawati teaglasses. I had a car, and I wore a chauffeur’s cap with my overalls. The pose of chauffeur was convenient because I could travel under the pretext of driving my master’s car.
  969. I will not leave South Africa, nor will I surrender. Only through hardship, sacrifice and militant action can freedom be won. The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.
  970. I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.
  971. I was first imprisoned in Pretoria, and then, thereafter, I was taken to Robben Island. I stayed there for a couple of weeks. I was taken back to Pretoria when I was charged in the Rivonia trial, when I was then sent to Robben Island for life.
  972. I was called a terrorist yesterday, but when I came out of jail, many people embraced me, including my enemies, and that is what I normally tell other people who say those who are struggling for liberation in their country are terrorists.
  973. I started to make a study of the art of war and revolution and, whilst abroad, underwent a course in military training. If there was to be guerrilla warfare, I wanted to be able to stand and fight with my people and to share the hazards of war with them.
  974. I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.
  975. I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism.
  976. I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren and of course with my wife.
  977. I realized quickly what Mandela and Tambo meant to ordinary Africans. It was a place where they could come and find a sympathetic ear and a competent ally, a place where they would not be either turned away or cheated, a place where they might actually feel proud to be represented by men of their own skin color.
  978. I made a mistake by being ejected from the presidency. Next time, I will choose a Cabinet which will allow me to be life President.
  979. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
  980. I have retired, but if there’s anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do.
  981. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
  982. I have been influenced in my thinking by both west and east.
  983. I have always regarded myself, in the first place, as an African patriot.
  984. I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.
  985. I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.
  986. I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites.
  987. I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.
  988. I cannot say for certain if there is such a thing as love at first sight, but I do know that the moment I first glimpsed Winnie Nomzamo, I knew that I wanted to have her as my wife.
  989. I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders.
  990. I can’t pretend that I’m brave and that I can beat the whole world.
  991. I came across few whites as a boy at Qunu. The local magistrate, of course, was white, as was the nearest shopkeeper. Occasionally, white travelers or policemen passed through our area. These whites appeared as grand as gods to me, and I was aware that they were to be treated with a mixture of fear and respect.
  992. I am confident that nobody… will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time, while I am still in good health, with my family, my friends and also with myself.
  993. Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS.
  994. From the beginning, Mandela and Tambo was besieged with clients. We were not the only African lawyers in South Africa, but we were the only firm of African lawyers. For Africans, we were the firm of first choice and last resort.
  995. Forget the past.
  996. For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
  997. Even if you have a terminal disease, you don’t have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have.
  998. Especially for those of us who lived in single cells, you had the time to sit down and think, and we discovered that sitting down just to think is one of the best ways of keeping yourself fresh and able, to be able to address the problems facing you, and you had the opportunity, also, of examining your past.
  999. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
  1000. Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?