Quotations to Live By


This is my list of quotations that I find myself remembering to make it through life. When you consider all of the things that people have said and written over the centuries, it's amazing how some things are crafted in such a perfect manner that their presentation defies time and can be quoted years, decades, and even centuries, after they're first shared.

In order to understand why some of the following were chosen, you've got to learn a little about me. Otherwise, you may not understand why I find these tidbits worth remembering. I believe in God and Christ and an afterlife. I also find man to be a selfish animal in a group and an expression of the Divine when allowed to be an indvidual.

Any Biblical quotes refer to the Douay Reims version.

Without further ado, or interpretation, here are those gems that prevent me from sealing the cracks and turning up the gas.


"Heaven and earth shall pass: but my words shall not pass." - Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:35)

"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"...the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint." - Hesoid ca. 800 B.C.

"..all is for the best in this world." with
"..this is the best of all possible worlds..." - Voltaire from Candide (It's a satire.)

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." - Voltaire

"Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one." - Benjamin Franklin

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin

"If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack." - Winston Churchill

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." - Winston Churchill

"Diplomacy is the art of saying nice doggie until you can find a rock." - Will Rogers

"The cat, having sat upon a hot stove lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again. But he won't sit upon a cold stove lid either." - Mark Twain (Sam Clemens)

"Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig." - Anonymous (No, not Mark Twain)

"Victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan." - by G. Ciano as restated by John F. Kennedy

"Nothing under the sun is new..." - Ecclesiastes 1:10 ca. 950 B.C.

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty." - Thomas Jefferson

"Any large company composed of wholly admirable persons has the morality and intelligence of an unwieldly, stupid, and violent animal." - Carl Jung

"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." - Carl Jung

"Barbarism is the foundation upon which civilization is built." (approximate) - H. Beam Piper from Space Viking

"An aware warlord knows that good ground is essential for the mobility of his troops." - Sun Tzu

"...blessed are they that have not seen and have believed." - Jesus Christ (John 20:29)