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KHAQQ calling Itasca. We must be on you, but cannot see you. Gas is running low.
Please know that I am quite aware of the hazards. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.
A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.
A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything.
A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.
A smile is the universal welcome.
Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.
Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.
Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.
History is not an escalator.
Humour is the instinct for taking pain playfully.
I don't know why it is we are in such a hurry to get up when we fall down. You might think we would lie there and rest for a while.
It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.
It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humour.
Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
Nothing could be more calamitous than for patriotism to become the established religion of this country.
People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo.
Robert Benchley has a style that is weak and lies down frequently to rest.
Socialism is no mean religion. But it is not a religion that binds or blesses the rich and powerful, and so it could hardly become established in a country like ours. For an established religion we needed something a little more like God... a little vaguer and more elegant and better adapted to bind in among other motives the economic self-interest of those who rule. We needed something that would give us the same emotional crystallization without greatly disturbing the profits on capital.
The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
The words socialist and communist are changing their meaning just as the word Christian did. Just as heretics were burned by thousands in the name of the love of the neighbour, so peasants have been starved by millions in the name of the workers' and peasants' republic. The crude animal egoisms of men and classes of men thus grab ideas and use them, not as heroic lights to action, but as blinds to hide inaction or actions that are too base.
The worst enemy of human hope is not brute facts, but men of brains who will not face them.
This magazine is owned and published cooperatively by its editors. It has no dividends to pay, and nobody is trying to make money out of it. A revolutionary and not a reform magazine: a magazine with a sense of humour and no respect for the respectable: frank, arrogant, impertinent, searching for true causes: a magazine directed against rigidity and dogma wherever it is found: printing what is too naked or true for a money-making press: a magazine whose final policy is to do as it pleases and conciliate nobody, not even its readers.
What is thesecret ballotwhen only one party can run candidates for office, and that the party in power? What isfree press and assemblagewhen no man can form, advocate, or support the platform of any but the gang in power, and when ten to twenty thousand of those who have done so are in jail or exile while you talk about it? What is the whole talk under these conditions about howweare going togive the Russian peoplethe most democratic constitution on earth? Is there any term in the language to describe it except apple-sauce?
Authors from whom others steal should not complain, but rejoice. Where there is no game there are no poachers.
Conquer, but don't triumph.
Exceptions are not always the proof of the old rule; they can also be the harbinger of a new one.
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. After some years, it can boast of a long series of successes.
Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.
He who believes in freedom of the will has never loved and never hated.
If you have one good idea, people will lend you twenty.
Imaginary evils are incurable.
In youth we learn; in age we understand.
Little evil would be done in the world if evil never could be done in the name of good.
Nobody knows enough, but many know too much.
None are so eager to gain new experience as those who don't know how to make use of the old ones.
Not what we experience, but how we perceive what we experience, determines our fate.
Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them.
Privilege is the greatest enemy of right.
So soon as a fashion is universal, it is out of date.
The poor man wishes to conceal his poverty, and the rich man his wealth: the former fears lest he be despised, the latter lest he be plundered.
Those who understand only what can be explained understand very little.
To be satisfied with little is hard, to be satisfied with a lot is impossible.
We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for.
We don't believe in rheumatism or true love until we have been attacked by them.
What delights us in visible beauty is the invisible.
Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.
Who doesn't know anything, has to believe everything.
You can stay young as long as you can learn, acquire new habits and suffer contradictions.
You can't trust thespecialslike the old timecopperswhen you can't find your way home.
First get in, then get rich, then get respectable.
Some of them think they have me by the balls, but their hands aren't big enough.
Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children and cut their own fingers.
People are the lifeblood of any airline, and it is the people of BA who will deliver its future success.
The answer to old age is to keep one's mind busy and to go on with one's life as if it were interminable. I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was dying of tuberculosis.
We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home, more to put him in a foster home, and the most to institutionalize him.
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
It is very beautiful over there.
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaption to the problem you're working on.
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
No, I shall not give in. I shall go on. I shall work to the end.
The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
You play to win the game!
No organizational action has more power for motivating employee behavior change than feedback from credible work associates.
At any rate, I am convinced that He [God] does not play dice.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live...[We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.
The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.
The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.
The only real valuable thing is intuition. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute - and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.
Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
Failing is good as long as it doesn't become a habit.
I find that no matter how long a meeting goes on, the best ideas always come during the final five minutes, when people drop their guard and I ask them what they really think.
Blameless people are always the most exasperating.
Dogs are such agreeable friends...they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
I like not only to be loved, but to be told I am loved.
Nature repairs her ravages, but not all. The uptorn trees are not rooted again; the parted hills are left scarred; if there is a new growth, the trees are not the same as the old, and the hills underneath their green vesture bear the marks of the past rending. To the eyes that have dwelt on the past, there is no thorough repair.
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
The mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
You are lonely; I love you; I want you to consent to be my wife; I will wait, but I want you to promise that you will marry me - no one else.
April is the cruellest month.
I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
If we all were judged according to the consequences
Of all our words and deeds, beyond the intention
And beyond our limited understanding
Of ourselves and others, we should all be condemned.
The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down.
All my possessions for a moment of time.
I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too!
The art of love is largely the art of persistence.
Dance is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
Bill Gates is the pope of the personal computer industry. He decides who's going to build.
We will ship them our garbage. We believe in full disclosure.
You can't win without being completely different. When everyone else says we are crazy, I say, gee we really must be on to something.
A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.
All diseases run into one, old age.
All mankind love a lover.
Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
Character is higher than intellect ... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.
Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.
Men are what their mothers made them.
Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.
Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Sincerity is the highest compliment you can pay.
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
We as for long life, but 'tis deep life, or noble moments that signify. Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.
What is the imagination? Only an arm or weapon of the interior energy; only the precursor of the reason.
Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.
Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life.
The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing.
All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
It is difficulties that show what men are.
It is your own conviction which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.
Only the educated are free.
Definition of a Statistician: A man who believes figures don't lie, but admits than under analysis some of them won't stand up either.
Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures.
Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.
There is noroyal roadto geometry.
A bad beginning makes a bad ending.
In every work a reward added makes the pleasure twice as great.
Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.
Man tell us our lives are free of danger. We stay at home. They go to war. Rubbish. I'd rather face three assaults. In line of battle, than bear one child.
Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.
There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience.
Where two discourse, if the one's anger rise,
The man who lets the contest fall is wise.
Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.
An expert is someone called in at the last minute to share the blame.
Computers are like bikinis. They save people a lot of guesswork.
Contracts are agreements made up of big words and little type.
Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.
The person who agrees with everything you say either isn't paying attention or else plans to sell you something.
Two things to help keep one's job. First, let the boss think he's having his own way. Second, let him have it.
When the meek inherit the earth, lawyers will be there to work out the deal.