Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals… except the weasel.
– Homer Simpson
Where are we going? Do not ask! Ascend, descend. There is no beginning and no end. Only this present moment exists, full of bitterness, full of sweetness, and I rejoice in it all.
– Nikos Kazantzakis
The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.
– Jonas Salk
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
– G. K. Chesterton
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
– G. K. Chesterton
Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder, ‘Why, why, why?’ Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand.
– Bokonon in Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, there will be peace on earth.
– Jimi Hendrix
This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll look down and whisper “No.” They had a choice, all of them. They could have followed in the footsteps of good men like my father or President Truman. Decent men who believed in a day’s work for a day’s pay. Instead they followed the droppings of lechers and communists and didn’t realize that the trail led over a precipice until it was too late. Don’t tell me they didn’t have a choice. Now the whole world stands on the brink, staring down into bloody Hell, all those liberals and intellectuals and smooth-talkers… and all of a sudden nobody can think of anything to say.
– Rorschacht, The Watchmen
A tribal elder tells his grandson about the battle he was waging within himself. He said, “My son, it is between two wolves. One is an evil wolf, anger, envy, sorrow, greed, guilt, resentment, lies, false pride, superiority, self-pity, and ego. The other is the good wolf, joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.” The boy took this in and then asked “which wolf won?” The elder replied “The one I feed”.
– Quoted by Bill Moyer