There are 444 quotes in this list.

Quietly yearning for what you don’t have, while dreading losing what you do.


I began to discover that, if I put the work in before going to bed, I often had a little creative idea overnight, which fixed whatever problem it was that I was trying to deal with.

2020 | John Cleese

You can have your own opinions, but you can't have your own facts.

2018-03-13 | Ricky Gervais

Any man can stay sober in a desert, he mused, but only the loyal can sit in an oasis and refuse to part his lips.

2017 | Dan Brown

We cling to memories as if they define us but... they really don't. What we do is what defines us.


Compatibility is an achievement of love; it must not be its precondition.

2016-05-29 | Alain De Botton

If changing habits is difficult, make it a habit.

2016-03-24 | Mattias Vral

Caring about something makes people vulnerable, so not caring gives you power.

2015-01-30 | Randall Munroe

Modern idiot routinely knows what only geniuses had known in the past, yet he is still an idiot - a depressing byproduct of mass media.

2014-10-01 | Tomáš Fülöpp

The universal label — Ingredients: hydrogen, time.

2012 | Randall Munroe

For perfection, infinity is a requirement.

2011-09-07 | Tomáš Fülöpp

So hard to accept that the prison door is open and we could walk out if we truly wanted.

2011-07-25 | Alain De Botton

The well adjusted don't evolve.

2011-04-28 | Flemming Funch

"Ethics" for some is equivalent to "Nice guys finish last." Not great if you wanna be winning.

2011-04-25 | Umair Haque

Človek je mladý dovtedy, kým dokáže zabehnúť viac kilometrov než koľko má rokov.

2011-04-17 | Tomáš Fülöpp

You are young as long as you can manage to run more kilometres than what is your age!

2011-04-17 | Tomáš Fülöpp

You know what they call alternative medicine that's been proved to work? - Medicine.

2011 | Tim Minchin

Transparency is a foolish ideal. Life becomes intolerable without a capacity for secrets.

2010-12-22 | Alain De Botton

A true sense of your age derives not from people you fancy, but from those who start to fancy you.

2010-12-17 | Alain De Botton

Don't ask permission. Do it now and regret later.

2010-12-17 | Paulo Coelho

A silence with a beautiful person always leaves you feeling you're the boring one.

2010-12-16 | Alain De Botton

Of all the unmentioned things between people, one of the greatest is the reality of aging.

2010-11-11 | Alain De Botton

Over 50 guests, you can be sure most people will be bitching about the hosts. Few of us have so many loyal friends.

2010-11-03 | Alain De Botton

In an unpredictable world, the challenge isn't seeing further into the future. It's seeing deeper into now.

2010-07-30 | Umair Haque

Power is sex for the old.

2010-05-10 | Alain De Botton

There's nothing brave in those who expect the worst. They just fear disappointment.

2010-05-05 | Tomáš Fülöpp

God seems to be just another unconfirmed extraterrestrial being.

2010-02-14 | Tomáš Fülöpp

Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.

2010 | Stephen Hawking

Complete freedom is incompatible with life.

2009-07-31 | Tomáš Fülöpp

The truth in wine is that it helps you to forget the question.

2009-07-30 | Tomáš Fülöpp

Důležitá je stopa v srdcích živých, kterou za sebou zanecháme.

2009-05-13 | Jaromír Nohavica

Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.

2009 | Mark Zuckerberg

Copyright is a crime against humanity.

2008-01-08 | Tomáš Fülöpp

Výnimočnosť klíči v samote.

2007-12-17 | Tomáš Fülöpp

Krása je ako polarizované svetlo — vidno ju len z určitého uhla.

2007-04-20 | Tomáš Fülöpp

The promise of eternal life is a threat unless you get to start over.

2006 | Daniel Suarez

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.

2006 | Richard Dawkins

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.

2005-06-14 | Steve Jobs

Miracle is an euphemism for something we do not understand.

2005-05-27 | Tomáš Fülöpp

Conception is a death sentence.

2005-03-11 | Tomáš Fülöpp

he greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.

1991 | Arthur C. Clarke

Narrar é criar, pois viver é apenas ser vivido.

1982 | Fernando Pessoa

To narrate is to create, for living is just being lived.

1982 | Fernando Pessoa

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.

1974 | Richard P. Feynman

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

1973 | Arthur C. Clarke

Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people living for today...

1971 | John Lennon

Bombing for peace is like fucking for virginity.

1969 | (Anti-Vietnam war protest)

It's been a long time, now I'm coming back home. I've been away now, oh how I've been alone. Wait till I come back to your side. We'll forget the tears we cried.

1965 | The Beatles

Now it's been ten thousand years man has cried a billion tears for what he never knew

1964 | Rick Evans

If one is vacilando, he is going somewhere but doesn't greatly care whether or not he gets there, although he has direction.

1962 | John Steinbeck

Pretty girls make graves.

1958 | Jack Kerouac

If one could run without getting tired I don't think one would often want to do anything else.

1956 | C. S. Lewis

Kdyby někdo mohl běhat a neunavil se při tom, pochybuju, že by chtěl dělat něco jiného.

1956 | C. S. Lewis

Člověk nemá zestárnout, dokud nezmoudří.

1954 | Jan Werich

Not all those who wander are lost.

1954 | J. R. R. Tolkien

I don't even know what I was running for — I guess I just felt like it.

1951 | Jerome D. Salinger

Vlastně ani nevím, proč jsem běhal. Nejspíš se mi chtělo.

1951 | Jerome D. Salinger

You can't say A is made of B or vice versa. All mass is interaction.

1948 | Richard P. Feynman

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

1936 | F. Scott Fitzgerald

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

1935 | Upton Sinclair

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are made for.

1928 | John A. Shedd

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

1922 | George Santayana

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.

1922 | Ludwig Wittgenstein

To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men.

1914 | Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Limited minds can recognize limitations only in others.

1909 | Jack London

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

1906 | George Santayana

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

1890 | Arthur Conan Doyle

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity...

1859 | Charles Darwin

History teaches us that man learns nothing from history.

1832 | Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Beauty is nothing other than the promise of happiness.

1822 | Stendhal

Given for one instant an intelligence that could comprehend all the forces by which nature is animated ... an intelligence sufficiently vast to submit these data to analysis ...

1814 | Pierre-Simon De Laplace

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.

1770 | Voltaire

I would have written less, but I didn't have enough time.

1656-12-04 | Blaise Pascal

To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.

1615 | Cardinal Bellarmine

A camel is a horse designed by a committee.

A clear conscience is a sign of a fuzzy memory.

A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.

| Arthur C. Clarke

A good question is like a miniskirt. Long enough to cover the essentials, but short enough to keep everyone interested.

| Charles Halsey

A good runner leaves no track.

| Lao Tzu

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.

| Lao Tzu

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything that you have.

| Gerald Ford

A long train of these practices has at length unwillingly convinced me that there is something behind the throne greater than the King himself.

| William Pitt

A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.

| Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

| Albert Einstein

"A philosopher," said the theologian, "is like a blind man in a darkened room looking for a black cat that isn't there." "That's right," the philosopher replied, "and if he were a theologian, he'd find it.

A radical is one who speaks the truth.

| Charles August Lindbergh

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

| Publilius Syrus

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

| Mignon McLaughlin

A vase gives form to the void, and music to silence.

| Georges Braque

A wise man is never less alone than when he is alone.

| Jonathan Swift

Act quickly, think slowly.

| (Greek proverb)

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.

| Horace

Age doesn’t always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.

| Confucius

Akoby nás ani neboli schopní milovať takých, akí sme. Akoby nás nevedeli milovať dovtedy, kým nás trochu nezmenia. Takmer rovnako, a zväčša i väčšmi, milujú dôvody, pre ktoré nás chcú milovať.

| Jerome D. Salinger

Alcohol is not an answer but it certainly helps to forget the questions.

Alea iacta est.

| Suetonius

All art is but imitation of nature.

| Lucius Annaeus Seneca

All generalizations are false, including this one.

| Mark Twain

All our history... is no more than accepted fiction.

| Voltaire

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

| Aristotle

All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.

| Lucretius

Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.

| Robert A. Heinlein

Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.

| Napoleon Bonaparte

An authority is anyone who guessed right more than once.

An extraterrestrial visitor examining the differences among human societies would find those differences trivial compared to the similarities.

| Carl Sagan

An eye for an eye ends in making everybody blind.

| Mahatma Ghandhi

An optimist believes that we are living in the best of all possible worlds and a pessimist is afraid that it is true.

| Voltaire

Answers satisfy the mind, mysteries capture the heart.

| David Gate

Any idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears you out.

| Anton Chekhov

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.

| Albert Einstein

Any man who would change the World in a significant way must have showmanship, a genial willingness to shed other people's blood, and a plausible new religion.

| Kurt Vonnegut,Jr.

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.

| Gregory Benford

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.

| Oscar Wilde

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

| Voltaire

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.

| Socrates

As long as you don't choose, everything remains possible.

Asti, asti bandar ko bakaro!

Atheism is a non-prophet organisation.

Be isolated, be ignored, be attacked, be in doubt, be frightened... but do not be silenced.

| Bertrand Russell

Beauty is only a light switch away.

Bez lásky je človek predsa len ako mŕtvola na dovolenke.

| Erich Maria Remarque

Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves achieved, we can scarcely call our own.

| Ovid

Blindly following ancient customs and traditions doesn't mean that the dead are alive, but that the living are dead.

| Ibn Khaldun

Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.

| Thor Heyerdahl

Bůh miluje ateisty, protože ho neobtěžují svými problémy.

| Miroslav Horníček

But in modern war, you die like a dog for no good reason.

| Ernest Hemingway

But those who dare to fall in love with practice without science, or with science without practice, are like the sailor who steers a vessel with neither rudder nor compass and no idea of where to go.

| Leonardo da Vinci

By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher... and that is a good thing for any man.

| Socrates

By the act of marriage you endorse all the ancient and dead values. You endorse things like monogamy. Lifelong monogamy is a maniacal idea.

| Germaine Greer

Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar.

| Antonio Machado

Cestujúci blázon je lepší než sediaci mudrc.

| (Mongolské príslovie)

Chaos often breeds life, while order breeds habit.

| Henry Brooks Adams

Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise.

| Samuel Lover

Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience.

| Howard Zinn

Človek je jediný tvor na tejto planéte, ktorý sa vie smiať, hoci na to má najmenej dôvodov.

| Ernest Hemingway

Člověk musí být zraněn a vzrušen, jinak nemůže ani pomyslit na věty, které jsou skutečně dobré a pronikají vším jako rentgenové paprsky.

| Aldous Huxley

Človeka možno poraziť, nie však zničiť.

| Ernest Hemingway

Človeka oceníme až keď ho niet.

| Erich Maria Remarque

Co blázníte, vždyť jsou tady lidi!

| Jaroslav Hašek

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

| Albert Einstein

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

| Pablo Picasso

Confidence comes from not always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.

| Peter McIntyre

Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative.

| Oscar Wilde

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

| Ambrose Redmoon

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

| Arthur Koestler

Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.

| Epicurus

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

| George Bernard Shaw

Did it ever occur to you that nothing occurs to God?

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.

| Oscar Wilde

Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.

| George Bernard Shaw

Do not let too strong a light come into your bedroom. There are in a beauty a great many things which are enhanced by being seen only in a half-light.

| Ovid

Dokonalosť sa nedosahuje vtedy, keď nemožno nič pridať, ale vtedy, keď nemožno nič odobrať.

| Albert Einstein

Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.

| Ann Landers

Don't worry whether your trip will work out. Just go!

| Tony Wheeler

Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why: Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.

| Omar Khayyam

Educating a woman is like pouring honey over a fine Swiss watch. It stops working.

| Kurt Vonnegut,Jr.

Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.

Everyone hears only what he understands.

| Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Faith is the path of least resistance.

Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.

| Ernest Hemingway

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

| Albert Einstein

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more clearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization...

| Robert Louis Stevenson

Freedom is not 'choosing between black and white', but to avoid such predetermined choice.

Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth.

| Archimedes

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.

| Albert Einstein

Green cedar leaves and gorgeous sun-glow May be food for the immortals, but not for men

| Tu Fu

Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendo.

| Ovid

He was a wise man who originated the idea of gods.

| Euripides

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.

| George Bernard Shaw

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.

| Aristotle

History is a lie agreed upon.

| Napoleon Bonaparte

How peaceful life would be without love, how safe, how tranquil. And how dull.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

| Thomas Jefferson

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

| Voltaire

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

| Galileo Galilei

I don't feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell. It doesn't frighten me.

| Richard P. Feynman

I love to doubt as well as know.

| Dante Alighieri

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

| Douglas Noel Adams

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. ...

| Frank Herbert

I should stop myself from dying if a good joke or a good idea occurred to me.

| Voltaire

I was not, and I became; I was, and am no more. Thus much is true; Who says other, lies; for I shall not be. And thou who livest drink, play, come.

| (Roman grave inscription)

I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a part of hell will break loose — it'll be much harder to detect.

| George Carlin

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.

| Voltaire

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

| Voltaire

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution.

| Albert Einstein

If money is the root of all evil, why do churches beg for it?

If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done.

| Peter Ustinov

If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re heading.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

| Albert Einstein

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

| Albert Einstein

If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking.

If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence and sheer ignorance as religion is, you'd resign in protest.

| Bill Maher

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.

| Hermann Hesse

If you look behind every exceptional person there is an exceptional teacher.

| Stephen Hawking

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

| (African proverb)

If you want to hide your face, walk naked.

If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.

| Woody Allen

If you wish to converse with me, define your terms.

| Voltaire

Illusion is the first of the pleasures.

| Voltaire

Imagine the silence if everyone said only what they know.

In Europe men and women have intercourse because they love each other. In the South Seas they love each other because they have had intercourse. Who is right?

| Paul Gauguin

In abstract love of humanity one almost always only loves oneself.

| Fyodor Dostoevsky

In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.

| Haruki Murakami

In our play we reveal what kind of people we are.

| Ovid

In science there is only physics; all the rest is stamp collecting.

| Ernest Rutherford

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.

| Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

| Albert Einstein

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

| Epicurus

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.

| Aeschylus

It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe that there are.

| Ovid

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

| Voltaire

It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.

| Voltaire

It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.

| Ursula K. LeGuin

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

| Charles Darwin

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.

| Voltaire

It is one thing to control starving peasants; it is quite another to govern them once they have food in their bellies.

| Nikita Khrushchev

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

| Aristotle

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him.

| Arthur C. Clarke

It requires ages to destroy a popular opinion.

| Voltaire

It's easier to get into a hole than get out of it.

| (Arabic saying)

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

| Voltaire

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.

| Joseph Heller

Kameň čo sa kotúľa neobrastá machom.

| Publilius Syrus

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

Krúžok na kľúče je starý vynález, ktorý nám umožňuje stratiť všetky kľúče naraz.

Kto chce zdolať vrchol, musí pri tom nazrieť do najhlbších priepastí.

| Erich Maria Remarque

Kto pravidelne cvičí, zomrie zdravší!

Kým je tvoj kôň silný, je čas cestovať a poznávať svet.

| (Mongolské príslovie)

La solitudine è per lo spirito ciò che il cibo è per il corpo.

| Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lásky jsou jako impéria — když zanikne myšlenka, na níž byly založeny, zajdou i ony.

| Milan Kundera

Less is more. More or less.

Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.

| Mark Twain

Life happens too fast for you to ever think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.

| Kurt Vonnegut,Jr.

Life is a journey, not a destination.

| Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is complex: it has real and imaginary parts.

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it, but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.

| Charles Lindbergh

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

| John Lennon

Life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose.

| Ernest Hemingway

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear brighter — until they speak.

| Steven Wright

Loneliness is for the spirit what food is for the body.

| Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Love fed fat soon turns to boredom.

| Ovid

Love is the dawn of marriage, and marriage is the sunset of love.

| (French proverb)

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

| Henry Louis Mencken

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

| Voltaire

Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else — unless it is an enemy.

| Albert Einstein

Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.

| Robert Louis Stevenson

Marriage changes passion... suddenly you're in bed with a relative.

May the gods keep the wolves in the hills and the women in our beds!

| Menelaus

Milovať znamená správať sa tak, aby sme si nemuseli nič odpúšťať.

| Erich Segal

Minds are like parachutes — they only function when open.

| Thomas Dewar

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

| Saint Augustine

Modern education is like being taken to the world's greatest restaurant & being forced to eat the menu.

| Murray Gell-Mann

Musíš vždy konať, rozprávať a myslieť tak, akoby práve ten okamih bol posledný v tvojom živote.

| Marcus Aurelius

My objection to organized religion is the premature conclusion to ultimate truth that it represents.

| Arthur C. Clarke

Mysteries are not necessarily miracles.

| Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Naděje je nejkrásnější prokletí — naděje je jediné co zbývá.

| Jaromír Nohavica

Najkrajším zážitkom, ktorý človek môže mať je pocit tajomna.

| Albert Einstein

Naším opravdovým osudem je možná být věčně na cestě, neustále litovat a nostalgicky toužit, stále dychtit po odpočinku, ale bez přestání bloudit.

| Stefan Zweig

Nations and empires flourish and decay, By turns command, and in their turns obey.

| Ovid

Neexistuje výrok, ktorý by ešte nebol povedaný.

Nesmím se bát. Strach zabíjí myšlení. Strach je malá smrt přinášející naprosté vyhlazení. Budu svému strachu čelit. Dovolím mu, aby prošel kolem mne a skrze mne. ...

| Frank Herbert

Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.

| Sigmund Freud

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes.

| Eleanor Roosevelt

Never argue with an idiot. They'll bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Never memorize what you can look up in books.

| Albert Einstein

Never mistake motion for action.

| Ernest Hemingway

Nikdy nie je nič stratené, pokiaľ človek žije.

| Erich Maria Remarque

No doubt? No dialogue!

| Anthony Judge

No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.

| Plato

No longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men.

| Woodrow Wilson

No man can reveal to you anything but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

| Kahlil Gibran

No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the nonexistence of Zeus or Thor, but they have few followers now.

| Arthur C. Clarke

No one is listening until you fart.

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

| Voltaire

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

| Albert Camus

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

| Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nós, ossos que aqui estamos, pelos vossos esperamos.

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.

Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday.

| Woody Allen

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

| Albert Camus

Nothing is more powerful than habit.

| Ovid

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.

| Voltaire

Obráť svoju tvár k slnku a všetky tiene padnú za teba.

| Ernest Hemingway

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

| Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.

| Arthur C. Clarke

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

| Albert Einstein

Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.

| Voltaire

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.

| Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

| Samuel Johnson

People asked a computer: "Is there a God?" And the computer said, "There is now," and fused the plug.

| Stephen Hawking

Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation and I care not who makes its laws.

| Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Philosophy is a study that lets us be unhappy more intelligently.

Pleasure is the bait of sin.

| Plato

Pomaly, pomaličky chytaj opice!

Poznáme pleskot dvoch tlieskajúcich dlaní. Ale ako zaplieska jedna dlaň?

| Jerome D. Salinger

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.

| Niels Bohr

Představte si to ticho, kdyby lidé říkali jen to, co vědí!

| Karel Čapek

Questions last — answers multiply and rot.

| Anthony Judge

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

| Albert Einstein

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

| Philip Kindred Dick

Religion: Because thinking is hard.

| Dan Brown

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.

| Robert Green Ingersoll

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.

| Napoleon Bonaparte

Saxum volutum non obducitur musco.

| Publilius Syrus

Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith. I consider the capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.

| Kurt Vonnegut,Jr.

Scientists are those who know more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

| John Ziman

Šedesát dva tisíce čtyři sta opakování vytváří jednu pravdu. Idioti!

| Aldous Huxley

Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer.

| Voltaire

Si tým, o čom si premýšľal a čím si sám seba urobil.

| Buddha

Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

| Leonardo da Vinci

Slowly, slowly catchee monkey!

Smích bez příčiny znamená, že jste buď idiot, nebo zlaťoučké děvčátko.

| Miroslav Horníček

So look carefully at the map of the microwave sky. It's a blueprint for all the structure in the universe. We are the product of quantum fluctuations in the very early universe.

| Stephen Hawking

Sometimes I wish that I could freeze the picture and save it from the funny tricks of time.


Sometimes, ya gotta break some rules, to put things straight.

Space is only a two-hour drive away, if your car could go vertically upwards.

| Fred Hoyle

Stupid ideas seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered, and the courage with which he maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.

| Charles Lindbergh

Tak, čtenáři pozdní veršů mých, až k nim se nakloníš, po staletích a staletích, možná že ucítíš, jak smolnou vůni borovic starého smutku dech: ssaj tiše jej a pokorně a dětem svým též trochu nech!

| Wang Si-č'

Takt je tichý dohovor mlčať o spoločných chybách, namiesto toho, aby sme sa ich zbavovali.

| Erich Maria Remarque

Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it.

Tell me and I'll forget; Show me and I may remember; Involve me and I'll understand.

| (Chinese proverb)

That is the great fallacy, the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.

| Ernest Hemingway

The Buddhists say we come back as animals and they refer to them as lesser beings. Well, animals aren't lesser beings, they're just like us. So I say fuck the Buddhists.

| Björk

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction.

| Richard Dawkins

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

| Omar Khayyam

The Ten Commandments consist in observing human behaviour and then inserting a "not".

| W. H. Auden

The amount of noise generated by a change is inversely proportional to the complexity of the change.

| C. Northcote Parkinson

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

| Voltaire

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.

| Winston Churchill

The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.

| Voltaire

The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it.

| Voltaire

The chief source of problems is solutions.

| Eric Sevareid

The christian religion is a parody on the worship of the Sun, in which they put a man whom they call Christ, in the place of the Sun, and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the Sun.

| Thomas Paine

The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space programme.

| Larry Niven

The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

| Albert Einstein

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.

| Bertrand Russell

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.

| Albert Einstein

The instinct of a man is to pursue everything that flies from him, and to fly from all that pursue him.

| Voltaire

The modern habit of saying, "Every man has a different philosophy; this is my philosophy and it suits me" - the habit of saying this is mere weak mindedness.

| Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.

| Abraham Lincoln

The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble.

| Bill Maher

The only difference between graffiti and philosophy is the word "fuck."

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

| Oscar Wilde

The possible ranks higher than the actual.

| Martin Heidegger

The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.

| Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The reward of suffering is experience.

| Aeschylus

The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.

| Francis Bacon

The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.

| Chris Hedges

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.

| Henny Youngman

The soul invariably travels at the speed of a camel.

| (Arabic saying)

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good.

| W. H. Auden

The sustainability of the environment is ensured by the co-existence of species that by definition do not engage in fruitful intercourse.

| Anthony Judge

The truth has a million faces, but there is only one truth.

| Hermann Hesse

The two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.

| Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The world has persisted many a long year, having once been set going in the appropriate motions. From these everything else follows.

| Lucretius

The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.

| Benjamin Disraeli

Theories are cheap; proof is precious.

There are different kinds of rules. From the simple comes the complex, and from the complex comes a different kind of simplicity. Chaos is order in a mask.

| Terry Pratchett

There are many good people who are beneficially stimulated by some, but not all, manmade arrangements of colors and shapes on flat surfaces, essentially nonsense.

| Kurt Vonnegut,Jr.

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

| William Somerset Maugham

There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.

| Voltaire

There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword. The other is by debt.

| John Adams

There is a hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags will not wave in a vacuum.

| Arthur C. Clarke

There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

| Douglas Noel Adams

There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity.

| Saint Augustine

There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.

| Ovid

There is nothing more dangerous than a shallow thinking compassionate person.

| Garrett Hardin

There is one thing certain, namely, that we can have nothing certain; therefore it is not certain that we can have nothing certain.

| Samuel Butler

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.

| Aristotle

There's good money in empire building. But, there's more in empire wrecking.

| Margaret Mitchell

They hang the man, and flog the woman, That steals the goose from off the common; But let the greater villain loose, That steals the common from the goose.

Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.

| Albert Einstein

Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax.

| Charles Franklin Kettering

This present moment used to be the unimaginable future.

| Stewart Brand

This too shall pass.

| (Sufi adage)

Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them.

| Hermann Hesse

To a toad, what is beauty? A female with two pop-eyes, a wide mouth, yellow belly and spotted back.

| Voltaire

To be able to throw one's self away for the sake of a moment, to be able to sacrifice years for a woman's smile — that is happiness.

| Hermann Hesse

To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.

| Stephen Hawking

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.

| Søren Kierkegaard

To hang all this desperate sociology on the idea of The Cloud-Guy who has The Big Book, who knows if you've been bad or good- and cares about any of it — to hang it all on that, folks, is the chimpanzee part of the brain working.

| Frank Zappa

To know recursion, you must first know recursion.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism — to steal from many is research.

To the eye of enmity virtue appears the ugliest blemish.

| Sa'di

Traveller, there is no path. Paths are made by walking.

| Antonio Machado

Treba veľa tmy, kým ľuďom začne svitať.

| Tomáš Janovic

Úbohý je iba ten, kto už nič nechce.

| Erich Maria Remarque

Under the Federal Reserve Act, panics are scientifically created. The present panic is the first scientifically created one, worked out as we figure a mathematical equation.

| Charles August Lindbergh

Unless we invent a better future, we won't have one of any kind.

| Arthur C. Clarke

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.

| (African proverb)

V každom človeku je slnko, len ho nechať horieť.

| Socrates

Veľa je na svete mocného, no nič nie je mocnejšie ako človek.

| Sofocles

Venus, a beautiful, good-natured lady, was the goddess of love; Juno, a terrible shrew, the goddess of marriage; and they were always mortal enemies.

| Jonathan Swift

Very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is.

| David Dunning

Viem tvoje veci. Vlažné vypľujeme. Rozumiem tvojej výčitke. Všetko sa vrýva do pamäti zeme a nieto miesta pre plytké. Všetko má svoju hĺbku. Pretrpené. A cesta sa vždy vreže do mäsa. Zem pamätá. A bohom pripomenie, že rachotili po nej kolesá.

| Milan Rúfus

Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.

| Hermann Goering

War does not determine who is right — only who is left.

| Bertrand Russell

We all are joined in the serious business of keeping our food, shelter, clothing and loved ones from combining with oxygen.

| Kurt Vonnegut,Jr.

We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

| Carl Sagan

We are all in the gutter. But some of us are looking at the stars.

| Oscar Wilde

We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.

| Ovid

We are star stuff harvesting star light.

| Carl Sagan

We are what we frequently do.

| Aristotle

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

| Aesop

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard.

| Voltaire

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks — if we agree with him.

| Mark Twain

We need a law that will permit a voter to sue a candidate for breach of promise.

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

| Bryan White

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.

| T.S. Eliot

We should be ruled not by leaders chosen by a majority, but by those who are most intelligent.

| Plato

We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful.

What an optimistic animal man is! Imagine expecting the species to last for ten million more years - as though people were as well-designed as turtles!

| Kurt Vonnegut,Jr.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

What is allowed us is disagreeable, what is denied us causes us intense desire.

| Ovid

What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.

| Albert Einstein

What you cannot enforce, do not command.

| Socrates

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

| Lao Tzu

When I lie down on my bed and look at the stars in the sky I always wonder where the heck is my ceiling?

When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.

| Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

When I'm running I don't have to talk to anybody and don't have to listen to anybody. This is a part of my day I can't do without.

| Haruki Murakami

When choosing between two evils, I always like to take the one I've never tried before.

| Mae West

When experience is not retained... infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

| George Santayana

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land.

| Desmond Tutu

When you are standing on the edge of a cliff a step forward is not progress.

When you dream about bad things happening it shows you're still fighting. You're still alive. It's when you start do dream about good things you should start to worry.

When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes. When you sit on a hot stove for two minutes, it seems like two hours. That's relativity.

| Albert Einstein

When you're arguing with a fool, make sure he isn't doing the same thing.

Whenever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience.

| Thomas Haliburton

Who would have known of Hector, if Troy had been happy? The road to valor is built by adversity.

| Ovid

Wise men talk because they have something to say; Fools talk because they have to say something.

| Plato

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

| Robert A. Heinlein

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

| Abraham Lincoln

You can never correct your work well until you have forgotten it.

| Voltaire

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.

| Albert Einstein

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something!

| Winston Churchill

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

| Buckminster Fuller

Your work is both true and original. Unfortunately, the parts that are true are not original, and the parts that are original are not true.

| Edgar Allan Poe

Zákon platí dovtedy, pokým nezasiahnu čary.

| John Steinbeck

Život je dosť dlhý ak vieš, ako ho prežiť.

| Lucius Annaeus Seneca