Quotes that Make you Squirm and Wonder

10 08 2010

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.

Tom Robbins

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.


Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.

G. K. Chesterton

He may be mad, but there’s method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It’s what drives men mad, being methodical.

G. K. Chesterton

In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.

Mark Twain

Victory belongs to the most persevering.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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


The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.

G. K. Chesterton

The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways–I to die and you to live. Which is the better, only God knows?


A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.

G. K. Chesterton

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.

Pierre Beaumarchais

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


We are what we repeatedly do.


The people who are the most bigoted are the people who have no convictions at all.

G. K. Chesterton

Character is higher than intellect… A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.

G. K. Chesterton

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

Mahatma Gandhi

Man is by nature a political animal.


There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.

G. K. Chesterton

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.


The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.

G. K. Chesterton

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.


An optimist is the human personification of spring.

Susan J. Bissonette

It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.

Roberto Benigni

The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.

Thorstein Veblen

Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.


Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.


Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

G. K. Chesterton

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Benjamin Franklin

All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion,  then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.


An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.

G. K. Chesterton

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.

G. K. Chesterton

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.

George Orwell

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.

Bertrand Russell

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G. K. Chesterton

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.

Dave Barry

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

Henry David Thoreau

The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.

G. K. Chesterton

Neither can embellishments of language be found without arrangement and expression of thoughts, nor can thoughts be made to shine without the light of language.


Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

William Pitt

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

G. K. Chesterton

With reasonable men I will reason; with humane men I will plea; but to tyrants I will give neither no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.

William Lloyd Garrison

Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.

Friedrich von Schiller

Of course truth is stranger than fiction, we make fiction suit ourselves.

G. K. Chesterton

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Mahatma Gandhi

A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence.

Chinese Proverb


Man has responsibility, not power.

American Indian Proverb

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.

Anthony Jay

The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.

James Barrie

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.

G. K. Chesterton

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

Albert Einstein

Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others, as, by self-examination, thoroughly to know our own.

Francois Fenelon



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