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If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.
But it doesn't matter, because it's just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.
"Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration – that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There's no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we're the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather."
I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point “If this isn’t nice I don’t know what is.
Critics build nothing.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
If we really want to live, we'd better start at once to try;
If we don't, it doesn't matter, but we'd better start to die.
At all times love and discipline have led to a beautiful environment and a good life.
If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Action expresses priorities
There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. Its knack lies in learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, that provides the difficulties.
I'd give it all up, for just a little bit more.
Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it
"And yet. And yet. This new road will one day be the old road too."
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whiskey and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested.
Hunter S. Thompson
If everything seems under control then you aren't going fast enough
"If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."
“WHAT IS A GOOD IDEA? One that happens is. If it doesn’t, it isn’t.”* *Even a bad idea that happens is better than a “good idea” that doesn’t
“The best piece of advice ever given was by the art director of Harper’s Bazaar, Alexey Brodovitch, to the young Richard Avedon, destined to become one of the world’s great photographers. The advice was simple: ‘ASTONISH ME.’ Bear these words in mind, and whatever you do will be creative.”
Those who least need extravagance enjoy it most
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.
I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.
In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.
A good woman will push you beyond your normal restricted safe area. My wife kind of pushed me out into traffic in a stroller
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
Robert A. Heinlein
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Thomas A. Edison
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it.
Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
Sir Winston Churchill
Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
Where was I going? I puzzled and wondered about it til I actually enjoyed the puzzlement and wondering.
Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.
I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed
I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way.
Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
Whosoever shall not fall by the sword or by famine, shall fall by pestilence, so why bother shaving?
I can't understand why a person will take a year to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.
I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.
His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy.
As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree' -- probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year and spends very little on office supplies.
Eternal nothingness is fine if you happen to be dressed for it.
What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.
It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good ones slept better... while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours much more.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying.
Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends.
I took a speed reading course and read 'War and Peace' in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue center light pop and everybody goes awww!
Love, n - A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
Egotist, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me!
Fork, n. An instrument used chiefly for the purpose of putting dead animals into the mouth.
"Abroad, adh. At war with savages and idiots. To be a Frenchman abroad is to be miserable; to be an American abroad is to make others miserable."
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
EDUCATION, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
Barometer, n.: An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having.
PRAY, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don't know.
Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum (I think that I think, therefore I think that I am.)
It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God -- but to create him.
A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.
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 arecold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
"Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them."
The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised.
I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true.
If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.
This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea
Sir Francis Bacon
Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.
Society, my dear, is like salt water, good to swim in but hard to swallow.
The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward
John Maynard Keynes
"Be as decent as you can. Don't believe without evidence. Treat things divine with marked respect -- don't have anything to do with them. Do not trust humanity without collateral security; it will play you some scurvy trick. Remember that it hurts no one to be treated as an enemy entitled to respect until he shall prove himself a friend worthy of affection. Cultivate a taste for distasteful truths. And, finally, most important of all, endeavor to see things as they are, not as they ought to be."
Life's too short for chess
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence
Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought -- particularly for people who can never remember where they have left things.
If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.
Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at.
Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Ahhh. A man with a sharp wit. Someone ought to take it away from him before he cuts himself.
Peter da Silva
The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.
You don't get anything clean without getting something else dirty.
All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.
H. L. Mencken
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.
I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.
I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.
I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
I think it would be a good idea. (when asked what he thought of Western civilization)