Quotes

There are 406 public quotes by various authors in this list.

1890 Arthur Conan Doyle

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

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. ...
1859 Charles Darwin

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...

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and ...
1822 Stendhal

Beauty is nothing other than the promise of happiness.

Beauty is nothing other than the promise of happiness. ...
1814 Pierre-Simon De Laplace

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 ...

Given for one instant an intelligence that could comprehend all the forces by which nature is animated ... an intelligence ...
17th century (unknown)

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.

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 ...
1770 Voltaire

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

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one. ...
1656-12-04 Blaise Pascal

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

I would have written less, but I didn't have enough time. ...
1615 Cardinal Bellarmine

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

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

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

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

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. ...
Voltaire

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

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

Nothing is more powerful than habit.

Nothing is more powerful than habit. ...
Voltaire

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

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

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

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

Illusion is the first of the pleasures.

Illusion is the first of the pleasures. ...
Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All our history... is no more than accepted fiction. ...
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing ...
Ovid

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

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

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

The sustainability of the environment is ensured by the co-existence of many species that, by definition, do not engage in fruitful ...
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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. ...
Voltaire

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

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

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

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

It requires ages to destroy a popular opinion.

It requires ages to destroy a popular opinion. ...
Ovid

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

In our play we reveal what kind of people we are. ...
Charles August Lindbergh

A radical is one who speaks the truth.

A radical is one who speaks the truth. ...
Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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 dream about bad things happening it shows you're still fighting. You're still alive. It's when you start do dream about ...
Arthur C. Clarke

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

Unless we invent a better future, we won't have one of any kind. ...
(Roman grave inscription)

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.

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 ...
Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

The chief source of problems is solutions.

The chief source of problems is solutions. ...
(unknown)

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

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

Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative.

Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative. ...
Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to ...
Nikita Khrushchev

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

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

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

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

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

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