Quotes




April 2012

2012-04-01: "To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival." -- Wendell Berry

2012-04-02: "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

2012-04-03: "If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference." -- Buckminster Fuller

2012-04-04: "My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together." -- Desmond Tutu

2012-04-05: "In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute." -- Thurgood Marshall

2012-04-06: "We ought to think that we are one of the leaves of a tree, and the tree is all humanity. We cannot live without the others, without the tree." -- Pablo Casals

2012-04-07: "It is not tolerable, it is not possible, that from so much death, so much sacrifice and ruin, so much heroism, a greater and better humanity shall not emerge." -- Charles de Gaulle

2012-04-08: "The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. I come to you in defense of a cause as holy as the cause of liberty - the cause of humanity." -- William Jennings Bryan

2012-04-09: "Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another." -- Joseph Addison

2012-04-10: "I try to be as honest about what I see and to speak rather than be silent, especially if it means I can save lives, or serve humanity." -- Sandra Cisneros

2012-04-11: "The problems of all of humanity can only be solved by all of humanity." -- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

2012-04-12: "The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever." -- Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

2012-04-13: "We are running ourselves into a damaged earth. But I am optimistic. I believe that we can change; we must change. As a human race, we are very young and quite primitive. The sooner we learn the greatness of humanity the better off we will all be." -- John Astin

2012-04-14: "A love for humanity came over me, and watered and fertilised the fields of my inner world which had been lying fallow, and this love of humanity vented itself in a vast compassion." -- Georg Brandes

2012-04-15: "As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope." -- Ursula K. Le Guin

2012-04-16: "By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." -- Confucius

2012-04-17: "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." -- Thomas Jefferson

2012-04-18: "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." -- Henry David Thoreau

2012-04-19: "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." -- Robert Louis Stevenson

2012-04-20: "In a gentle way, you can shake the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi

2012-04-21: "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." -- Gautama Buddha

2012-04-22: "We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

2012-04-23: "Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway." -- John Wayne

2012-04-24: "Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools." -- Albert Einstein

2012-04-25: "Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up." -- Jesse Jackson

2012-04-26: "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." -- Mark Twain

2012-04-27: "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2012-04-28: "In a world full of people who couldn't care less, be someone who couldn't care more." -- Unknown

2012-04-29: "The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. " -- Nelson Henderson

2012-04-30: "Courage, my friends; 'tis not too late to build a better world." -- Tommy Douglas



May 2012

2012-05-01: "The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend." -- Abraham Lincoln

2012-05-02: "Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

2012-05-03: "Salvation for a race, nation or class must come from within." - A. Philip Randolph

2012-05-04: "Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more." -- Oscar Wilde

2012-05-05: "There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect." -- Ronald Reagan

2012-05-06: "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." -- Henry Ford

2012-05-07: "Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be." -- Kahlil Gibran

2012-05-08: "If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress." -- Barack Obama

2012-05-09: "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." -- Frederick Douglass

2012-05-10: "Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." -- George Bernard Shaw

2012-05-11: "Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies." -- Robert F. Kennedy

2012-05-12: "If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future." -- Winston Churchill

2012-05-13: "Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future." -- Steve Jobs

2012-05-14: "Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." -- John F. Kennedy

2012-05-15: "Without forgiveness, there's no future." -- Desmond Tutu

2012-05-16: "We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present." -- Adlai Stevenson II

2012-05-17: "It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow." -- Robert H. Goddard

2012-05-18: "I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe." -- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

2012-05-19: "My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope." -- Ovid

2012-05-20: "Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one." -- John Lennon

2012-05-21: "Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment." -- Napoleon Bonaparte

2012-05-22: "Not without hope we suffer and we mourn." -- William Wordsworth

2012-05-23: "If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius." -- Joseph Addison

2012-05-24: "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." -- Isaac Asimov

2012-05-25: "There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope." -- Baruch Spinoza

2012-05-26: "Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before." -- Edgar Allen Poe ('The Raven')

2012-05-27: "If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." -- Benjamin Franklin

2012-05-28: "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

2012-05-29 - "If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them." -- Isaac Asimov

2012-05-30: "Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative." -- H.G. Wells

2012-05-31: "Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



June 2012

2012-06-01: "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." -- Confucius

2012-06-02: "War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason." -- James Madison

2012-06-03: "All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness." -- John Ruskin

2012-06-04: "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." -- Rick Warren

2012-06-05: "Only the consciousness of a purpose that is mightier than any man and worthy of all men can fortify and inspirit and compose the souls of men." -- Walter Lippmann

2012-06-06: "Without consciousness and intelligence, the universe would lack meaning." -- Clifford D. Simak

2012-06-07: "Experience teaches only the teachable." -- Aldous Huxley

2012-06-08: "A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same." -- Elbert Hubbard

2012-06-09: "All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come." -- Victor Hugo

2012-06-10: "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." -- Abraham Lincoln

2012-06-11: "In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning." -- Carl Sandburg

2012-06-12: "If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade." -- Tom Peters

2012-06-13: "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." -- Harriet Tubman

2012-06-14: "Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

2012-06-15: "Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are." -- Bertolt Brecht

2012-06-16: "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." -- Albert Camus

2012-06-17: "There's time enough, but none to spare." -- Charles W. Chesnutt

2012-06-18: "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." -- Margaret Mead

2012-06-19: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -- Oscar Wilde

2012-06-20: "To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage." -- Confucius

2012-06-21: "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." -- Jonathan Swift

2012-06-22: "There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?" -- Robert F. Kennedy

2012-06-23: "Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world." -- Joel A. Barker

2012-06-24: "Success is the child of audacity." -- Benjamin Disraeli

2012-06-25: "Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally." -- Abraham Lincoln

2012-06-26: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -- Jimi Hendrix

2012-06-27: "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." -- Thomas Paine

2012-06-28: "You can never plan the future by the past." -- Edmund Burke

2012-06-29: "For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream." -- Vincent van Gogh

2012-06-30: "The only way to have a friend is to be one." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson



July 2012

2012-07-01: "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell ('Nineteen Eighty-Four')

2012-07-02: "We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it's easy, but when it is hard." -- Barack Obama

2012-07-03: "The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire." -- Richard M. Nixon

2012-07-04: "Get busy living, or get busy dying." -- Stephen King

2012-07-05: "Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality." -- Frank Herbert

2012-07-06: "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." -- John F. Kennedy

2012-07-07: "Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured." -- Mark Twain

2012-07-08: "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." -- Oscar Wilde

2012-07-09: "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2012-07-10: "We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it." -- Barack Obama

2012-07-11: "It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct." -- Sigmund Freud

2012-07-12: "Our civilization is now in the transition stage between the age of warring empires and a new age of world unity and peace." -- John Boyd Orr

2012-07-13: "If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power." -- Harriet Martineau

2012-07-14: "I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done." -- Gautama Buddha

2012-07-15: "The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." -- Thomas Paine

2012-07-16: "For all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice." -- Barack Obama

2012-07-17: "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." -- Helen Keller

2012-07-18: "I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." -- Woodrow Wilson

2012-07-19: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." -- Oscar Wilde

2012-07-20: "Things do not happen. Things are made to happen." -- John F. Kennedy

2012-07-21: "We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future." -- George Bernard Shaw

2012-07-22: "Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs." -- Charlotte Brontë

2012-07-23: "Do or do not." -- Yoda ('Star Wars')

2012-07-24: "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." -- H.P. Lovecraft

2012-07-25: "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. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." -- Frank Herbert ('Dune', 1965, Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear)

2012-07-26: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better." -- Dr. Seuss ('The Lorax')

2012-07-27: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality." -- Ayn Rand

2012-07-28: "To witness titanic events is always dangerous, usually painful, and often fatal." -- Larry Niven ('Ringworld')

2012-07-29: "The measure of intelligence is the ability to change." -- Albert Einstein

2012-07-30: "Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell." -- George Orwell

2012-07-31: "Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience." -- George Washington



August 2012

2012-08-01: "If we aren't willing to pay a price for our values, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all." -- Barack Obama

2012-08-02: "What I am more concerned about is whether our whole civilization will be around in the next 25 years." -- Sonny Rollins

2012-08-03: "There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting." -- Gautama Buddha

2012-08-04: "Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers." -- Leigh Hunt

2012-08-05: "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

2012-08-06: "I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders." -- Jewish Proverb

2012-08-07: "Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant." -- Horace

2012-08-08: "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2012-08-09: "If you're going through hell, keep going." -- Winston Churchill

2012-08-10: "If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2012-08-11: "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." -- Samuel Johnson

2012-08-12: "It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." -- Carl Sagan

2012-08-13: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mahatma Gandhi

2012-08-14: "Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2012-08-15: "Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences." -- J.K. Rowling

2012-08-16: "Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away." -- Barack Obama

2012-08-17: "To perceive is to suffer." -- Aristotle

2012-08-18: "We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival." -- Winston Churchill

2012-08-19: "You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." -- Yogi Berra

2012-08-20: "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." -- Alan Kay

2012-08-21: "Sometimes it is not enough that we do our best; we must do what is required." -- Winston Churchill

2012-08-22: "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." -- Mark Twain

2012-08-23: "Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens." - J.R.R. Tolkien

2012-08-24: "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." -- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

2012-08-25: "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." -- Mahatma Gandhi

2012-08-26: "One man with courage makes a majority." -- Andrew Jackson

2012-08-27: "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." -- Abraham Lincoln

2012-08-28: "Not much longer shall we have time for reading lessons of the past. An inexorable present calls us to the defense of a great future." -- Henry Luce

2012-08-29: "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." -- Chinese Proverb

2012-08-30: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

2012-08-31: "Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future." -- Charles F. Kettering



September 2012

2012-09-01: "The only alternative to coexistence is codestruction." -- Jawaharlal Nehru

2012-09-02: "Whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners to it." -- Barack Obama

2012-09-03: "Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way." -- George S. Patton

2012-09-04: "If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things." -- Rene Descartes

2012-09-05: "Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." -- Helen Keller

2012-09-06: "Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly." -- Thomas Henry Huxley

2012-09-07: "Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it." -- Cicero

2012-09-08: "How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it." -- Marcus Aurelius

2012-09-09: "Before I can live with other folks, I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience." -- Harper Lee ('To Kill A Mockingbird', 1960)

2012-09-10: "People only see what they are prepared to see." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2012-09-11: "With great power comes great responsibility." -- Stan Lee ('Amazing Spider-Man')

2012-09-12: "No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear." -- Edmund Burke

2012-09-13: "Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will." -- George Bernard Shaw

2012-09-14: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." -- Mahatma Gandhi

2012-09-15: "Fall seven times, stand up eight." -- Japanese Proverb

2012-09-16: "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death." -- Harold Wilson

2012-09-17: "My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary." -- Martin Luther

2012-09-18: "Waste not fresh tears over old griefs." -- Euripides

2012-09-19: "The measure of a country's greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis." -- Thurgood Marshall

2012-09-20: "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2012-09-21: "A brave man dies but once, a coward many times." -- Native American Proverb

2012-09-22: "Life is a long lesson in humility." -- J. M. Barrie

2012-09-23: "Laughter is the closest distance between two people." -- Victor Borge

2012-09-24: "Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men." -- Seneca The Younger

2012-09-25: "No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit." -- Helen Keller

2012-09-26: "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." -- Mahatma Gandhi

2012-09-27: "I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way." -- Carl Sandburg

2012-09-28: "Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people." -- Harry Emerson Fosdick

2012-09-29: "Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends." -- Czech Proverb

2012-09-30: "Adversity is the touchstone of friendship." -- French Proverb



October 2012

2012-10-01: "He that can't endure the bad will not live to see the good." -- Jewish Proverb

2012-10-02: "I am the Lorax, and I'll yell and I'll shout for the fine things on earth that are on their way out!" -- Dr. Seuss ('The Lorax', 1971)

2012-10-03: "You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." -- Morpheus ('The Matrix')

2012-10-04: "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." -- Beverly Sills

2012-10-05: "A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." -- Herman Albright

2012-10-06: "What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" -- Henry David Thoreau

2012-10-07: "If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow." -- William McFee

2012-10-08: "Speak the truth, but leave immediately after." -- Slovenian Proverb

2012-10-09: "It's not too late to whip it, whip it good." -- Devo ('Whip It', 1980)

2012-10-10: "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought." -- Albert Szent-Györgyi

2012-10-11: "Either war is obsolete or men are." -- Buckminster Fuller

2012-10-12: "In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends." -- John Churton Collins

2012-10-13: "The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth." -- Cicero

2012-10-14: "If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling." -- Joseph Addison

2012-10-15: "If you're willing to fail interestingly, you tend to succeed interestingly." -- Edward Albee

2012-10-16: "If wishes would prevail with me, my purpose should not fail with me." -- William Shakespeare ('Henry V', c. 1599)

2012-10-17: "Don't let your sorrow come higher than your knees." -- Swedish Proverb

2012-10-18: "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." -- Confucius

2012-10-19: "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." -- Laozi

2012-10-20: "For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth." -- Bo Bennett

2012-10-21: "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." -- Mother Teresa

2012-10-22: "The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." -- Cicero

2012-10-23: "There are no hopeless situations; there are only men who have grown hopeless about them." -- Clare Boothe Luce

2012-10-24: "Hold a true friend with both hands." -- Nigerian Proverb

2012-10-25: "Hope is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul. / And sings the tune / Without the words, / And never stops at all." -- Emily Dickinson

2012-10-26: "Pale Death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings." -- Horace

2012-10-27: "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." -- William Shakespeare ('All's Well That Ends Well', c. 1604)

2012-10-28: "I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act." -- G. K. Chesterton

2012-10-29: "When it becomes more difficult to suffer than to change...you will change." -- Robert Anthony

2012-10-30: "I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains." -- Anne Frank

2012-10-31: "War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace." -- Thomas Mann



November 2012

2012-11-01: "Everybody's bleedin' 'cause the times are tough. Well, it's hard to be strong when there's no one to dream on." -- Bon Jovi ('Keep The Faith', 1992)

2012-11-02: "He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever." -- Chinese Proverb

2012-11-03: "Peace hath higher tests of manhood, than battle ever knew." -- John Greenleaf Whittier

2012-11-04: "Maybe it's not too late to learn how to love and forget how to hate." -- Ozzy Osbourne ('Crazy Train', 1980)

2012-11-05: "Mother Earth will punish you with some serious juju." -- Sammy Hagar ('Serious Juju', 2000)

2012-11-06: "Be true to your work, your word, and your friend." -- Henry David Thoreau

2012-11-07: "Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power." -- Benjamin Disraeli

2012-11-08: "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again." -- Maya Angelou

2012-11-09: "I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." -- Harry S. Truman

2012-11-10: "Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another." -- Plato

2012-11-11: "Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit." -- Anton Chekhov

2012-11-12: "What a cruel thing war is...to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors." -- Robert E. Lee

2012-11-13: "I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up." -- Benjamin Franklin

2012-11-14: "Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace." -- Gautama Buddha

2012-11-15: "If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace." -- John Lennon

2012-11-16: "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -- Confucius

2012-11-17: "It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters." -- Epictetus

2012-11-18: "A pessimist, confronted with two bad choices, chooses both." -- Jewish Proverb

2012-11-19: "Deliberation is the function of the many; action is the function of one." -- Charles de Gaulle

2012-11-20: "The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge." -- Erich Fromm

2012-11-21: "Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind." -- Bulgarian Proverb

2012-11-22: "I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." -- John Cage

2012-11-23: "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -- Aesop

2012-11-24: "If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain." -- Adlai Stevenson II

2012-11-25: "Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?" -- Cicero

2012-11-26: "Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity." -- Og Mandino

2012-11-27: "Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course." -- William Shakespeare ('Henry VI', c. 1591)

2012-11-28: "We have come too far, we have sacrificed too much, to disdain the future now." -- John F. Kennedy

2012-11-29: "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

2012-11-30: "If suffer we must, let's suffer on the heights." -- Victor Hugo



December 2012

2012-12-01: "You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger." -- Gautama Buddha

2012-12-02: "We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it." -- Lyndon B. Johnson

2012-12-03: "If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow." -- Chinese Proverb

2012-12-04: "In a networked world, trust is the most important currency." -- Eric Schmidt

2012-12-05: "As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand." -- Josh Billings

2012-12-06: "Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." -- William Jennings Bryan

2012-12-07: "We're living in a mad world, and that's the bloody truth. We're living in a bad world; good luck to me and you." -- Krokus ('Mad World', 2003)

2012-12-08: "Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration." -- Victor Hugo

2012-12-09: "In the courtroom of the conscience, a case is always in progress." -- Dutch Proverb

2012-12-10: "Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." -- Robert Louis Stevenson

2012-12-11: "I see the bad moon arising. I see trouble on the way." -- Creedence Clearwater Revival ('Bad Moon Rising', 1969)

2012-12-12: "Use soft words and hard arguments." -- English Proverb

2012-12-13: "The future ain't what it used to be." -- Yogi Berra

2012-12-14: "A lie runs until it is overtaken by the truth." -- Cuban Proverb

2012-12-15: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." -- Marcel Proust

2012-12-16: "Truth is the only safe ground to stand on." -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

2012-12-17: "Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people." -- Jawaharlal Nehru

2012-12-18: "A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner." -- English Proverb

2012-12-19: "The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy." -- Steven Weinberg

2012-12-20: "Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb." -- Winston Churchill

2012-12-21: "We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

2012-12-22: "The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." -- Thomas Paine

2012-12-23: "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened." -- Winston Churchill

2012-12-24: "'Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive." -- John Sheffield

2012-12-25: "This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure." -- Winston Churchill

2012-12-26: "We are, we are the new generation, we are the only ones. We are the only ones who can make a change." -- Scorpions ('New Generation', 2004)

2012-12-27: "We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided." -- Alexander Hamilton

2012-12-28: "Fortune befriends the bold." -- John Dryden

2012-12-29: "He who has a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

2012-12-30: "Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so." -- Bertrand Russell

2012-12-31: "Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives." -- Abba Eban



January 2013

2013-01-01: "It's better to burn out than fade away." -- Def Leppard ('Rock Of Ages', 1983)

2013-01-02: "In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest." -- Livy

2013-01-03: "There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul." -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

2013-01-04: "Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another." -- Arthur Conan Doyle

2013-01-05: "It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." -- Seneca The Younger

2013-01-06: "The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of this planet." -- John F. Kennedy

2013-01-07: "Reality isn't the way you wish things to be, nor the way they appear to be, but the way they actually are." -- Robert Ringer

2013-01-08: "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; and the realist adjusts the sails." -- William Arthur Ward

2013-01-09: "Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future." -- Paul Boese

2013-01-10: "Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig." -- Marcus Aurelius

2013-01-11: "Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit." -- Bernard Williams

2013-01-12: "Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." -- Douglas Adams

2013-01-13: "We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are." -- Harry S. Truman

2013-01-14: "If you knew that hope and despair were paths to the same destination, which would you choose?" -- Robert Brault

2013-01-15: "Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement." -- Jim Horning

2013-01-16: "You've got to learn to roll with the changes." -- REO Speedwagon ('Roll With The Changes', 1978)

2013-01-17: "For the ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle (home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics) he feels himself master of his fate, but against major events he is as helpless as against the elements. So far from endeavoring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him." -- George Orwell

2013-01-18: "As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round." -- Ben Hogan

2013-01-19: "Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come." -- Anne Lamott

2013-01-20: "The days grow shorter and the nights are getting long. Feels like we're running out of time." -- Triumph ('Fight The Good Fight', 1981)

2013-01-21: "The time is always right to do what is right." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

2013-01-22: "Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first." -- Robert Quillen

2013-01-23: "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple.  But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." -- Charles F. Brannan

2013-01-24: "Who you gonna call, what you gonna say? Standin' in the shadows as the world's just fadin' away." -- Robert Plant ('Calling To You', 1993)

2013-01-25: "The moment is a masterpiece, the weight of indecision's in the air." -- Kansas ('The Wall', 1976)

2013-01-26: "Fasten your seat belts. It's gonna be a bumpy ride." -- Zombieland Rule #4 (2009)

2013-01-27: "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -- Native American Proverb

2013-01-28: "I want to build a different future than the tomorrow I see on the horizon." -- Reed Richards (Fantastic Four #570)

2013-01-29: "I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed." -- George Carlin

2013-01-30: "I wonder what tomorrow has in mind for me. / Or am I even in its mind at all? / Perhaps I'll get a chance to look ahead and see. / Soon as I find myself a crystal ball." -- Styx ('Crystal Ball', 1976)

2013-01-31: "The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists." -- Japanese Proverb



February 2013

2013-02-01: "We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there." -- Charles F. Kettering

2013-02-02: "The future has already arrived. It's just not evenly distributed yet." -- William Gibson

2013-02-03: "Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. " -- Isaac Asimov

2013-02-04: "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." -- William Penn

2013-02-05: "On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers." -- Adlai Stevenson II

2013-02-06: "I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes. I saw the sign." -- Ace Of Base ('The Sign', 1993)

2013-02-07: "A different world cannot be built by indifferent people." -- Unknown

2013-02-08: "We cannot see things that stare us in the face until the hour comes that the mind is ripened." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2013-02-09: "The Earth is beautiful, and bright, and kindly, but that is not all. The Earth is also terrible, and dark, and cruel." -- Ursula K. Le Guin ('The Tombs of Atuan', 1971)

2013-02-10: "There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew." -- Marshall McLuhan

2013-02-11: "Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!" -- Rage Against The Machine ('Wake Up', 1992)

2013-02-12: "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." -- Carl Sagan

2013-02-13: "We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed." -- Charles Caleb Colton

2013-02-14: "As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious." -- Albert Schweitzer

2013-02-15: "Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers." -- Victor Hugo

2013-02-16: "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

2013-02-17: "Everybody's sayin' that the times are gettin' rough. / You gotta stay loose, baby, and you gotta be tough." -- Rainbow ('Power', 1982)

2013-02-18: "You can observe a lot by watching." -- Yogi Berra

2013-02-19: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there." -- Lewis Carroll

2013-02-20: "Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant." -- Seneca The Younger

2013-02-21: "Patience is the companion of wisdom." -- Augustine Of Hippo

2013-02-22: "Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid it will never begin." -- Grace Hansen

2013-02-23: "We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them." -- Livy

2013-02-24: "Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward. " -- Robert C. Gallagher

2013-02-25: "Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." -- Joshua J. Marine

2013-02-26: "Nothing has more strength than dire necessity." -- Euripides

2013-02-27: "Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes." -- Gautama Buddha

2013-02-28: "Necessity is the mother of taking chances." -- Mark Twain



March 2013

2013-03-01: "When life hands you a lemon, say, 'Oh yeah, I like lemons. What else ya got?'" -- Henry Rollins

2013-03-02: "What one has to do usually can be done." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

2013-03-03: "Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

2013-03-04: "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation." -- Jean Kerr

2013-03-05: "Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly." -- Francis Bacon

2013-03-06: "You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave." -- Henry Ward Beecher

2013-03-07: "It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." -- Yogi Berra

2013-03-08: "The future is purchased by the present." -- Samuel Johnson

2013-03-09: "A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind." -- John Neal

2013-03-10: "We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours." -- Dag Hammarskjold

2013-03-11: "It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don't have to. " -- Walter Linn

2013-03-12: "Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature. Never is life so low or so little as when occupied with the present." -- Walter Savage Landor

2013-03-13: "No, you can't always get what you want / But if you try sometime, you just might find / You get what you need." -- Rolling Stones ('You Can't Always Get What You Want', 1969)

2013-03-14: "Not enjoyment, and not sorrow is our destined way, but to act that each tomorrow may find us further than today." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2013-03-15: "There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad." -- George Orwell ('Nineteen Eighty-Four', 1949)

2013-03-16: "Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. " -- Theodore Roethke

2013-03-17: "The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power." -- Mary Pickford

2013-03-18: "Climbing as we fall / We dare to hold on to our fate / And steal away our destiny / To catch ourselves with quiet grace." -- INXS ('The Stairs', 1990)

2013-03-19: "He, who will not reason, is a bigot; he, who cannot, is a fool; and he, who dares not, is a slave." -- William Drummond Of Hawthornden

2013-03-20: "The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all." -- Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

2013-03-21: "I'm here to give you the bad news. / The clock is tickin' away!" -- Krokus ('Mad World', 2003)

2013-03-22: "He knew in advance what O'Brien would say. That the Party did not seek power for its own ends, but only for the good of the majority. That it sought power because men in the mass were frail cowardly creatures who could not endure liberty or face the truth, and must be ruled over and systematically deceived by others who were stronger than themselves." -- George Orwell ('Nineteen Eighty-Four', 1949)

2013-03-23: "In this world we're livin' in, we have our share of sorrow. / Answer now is, don't give in, aim for a new tomorrow!" -- Judas Priest ('You've Got Another Thing Coming', 1982)

2013-03-24: "We know what we are, but know not what we may be." -- William Shakespeare ('Hamlet', c. 1600)

2013-03-25: "There's no such thing as chance; and what to us seems merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny." -- Friedrich von Schiller

2013-03-26: "It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all the human mind has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening." -- H.G. Wells

2013-03-27: "No tree has branches so foolish as to fight among themselves." -- Native American Proverb

2013-03-28: "Take my hand / We're off to Never Never Land!" -- Metallica ('Enter Sandman', 1991)

2013-03-29: "A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind." -- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

2013-03-30: "You may have your suspicions, your fears, you may even believe there is something, somewhere, terribly, drastically wrong, but because someone else is in charge, because there is a part of the system above you which you don't know, you don't question it, you even distrust your own doubts." -- Graham Swift

2013-03-31: "No man should think himself a zero, and think he can do nothing about the state of the world." -- Bernard Baruch



April 2013

2013-04-01: "To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else." -- Bernadette Devlin McAliskey

2013-04-02: "I ain't here to play. / I'm gonna live my life everyday!" -- Bon Jovi ('Everyday', 2002)

2013-04-03: "Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

2013-04-04: "When patterns are broken, new worlds can emerge." -- Tuli Kupferberg

2013-04-05: "The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it." -- Peter Medawar

2013-04-06: "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." -- Gloria Steinem

2013-04-07: "Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind." -- Charles Caleb Colton

2013-04-08: "Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys." -- Alphonse de Lamartine

2013-04-09: "Who made who? Who made you?" -- AC/DC ('Who Made Who', 1992)

2013-04-10: "Wild, dark times are rumbling towards us, and the prophet who wishes to write a new apocalypse will have to invent entirely new beasts, and beasts so terrible that the ancient animal symbols of Saint John will seem like cooing doves and cupids in comparison." -- Heinrich Heine ('Lutezia', 1855)

2013-04-11: "For life is quite absurd / And death's the final word. / You must always face the curtain with a bow. / Forget about your sin, give the audience a grin. / Enjoy it - it's your last chance anyhow." -- Monty Python ('Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life', 1979)

2013-04-12: "You can fool too many of the people too much of the time." -- James Thurber

2013-04-13: "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." -- Gautama Buddha

2013-04-14: "There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot." -- Plato

2013-04-15: "When an idea reaches critical mass there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce." -- Marianne Williamson

2013-04-16: "When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon." -- Thomas Paine

2013-04-17: "Philosophers and plowmen, each must know his part / To sow a new mentality, closer to the heart!" -- Rush ('Closer To The Heart', 1977)

2013-04-18: "He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity." -- Ben Jonson

2013-04-19: "You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut." -- Maxwell Maltz

2013-04-20: "If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking." -- George S. Patton

2013-04-21: "In a dark time, the eye begins to see." -- Theodore Roethke

2013-04-22: "Hey you! Don't tell me there's no hope at all. / Together we stand, divided we fall." -- Pink Floyd ('Hey You', 1979)

2013-04-23: "The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to sharpen." -- Eden Phillpotts

2013-04-24: "We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated." -- Maya Angelou

2013-04-25: "Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, the chief glory of man." -- Bertrand Russell

2013-04-26: "One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night." -- Kahlil Gibran

2013-04-27: "Bitter tears taste so sweet. / I'm seein' my way for the first time in years!" -- INXS ('Bitter Tears', 1990)

2013-04-28: "The world isn't interested in the storms you encountered, but whether or not you brought in the ship." -- Raul Armesto

2013-04-29: "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." -- Louis L'Amour

2013-04-30: "It is the moment of evolutionary truth for the race, and what man does with that moment will be more important than the events of the previous millenium." -- Charles Musès



May 2013

2013-05-01: "There's none so blind as they that won't see." -- Jonathan Swift

2013-05-02: "Another world, some other time / You lay your sanity on the line / Familiar faces, familiar sights / Reach back, remember with all your might!" -- Van Halen ('Love Walks In', 1986)

2013-05-03: "Scientists announced today that they have discovered a cure for apathy. However, they claim no one has shown the slightest interest in it." -- George Carlin

2013-05-04: "The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." -- Isaac Asimov

2013-05-05: "When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." -- Alexander Graham Bell

2013-05-06: "It is a stern fact of history that no nation that rushed to the abyss ever turned back. Not ever, in the long history of the world. We are now on the edge of the abyss. Can we, for the first time in history, turn back? It is up to you." -- Taylor Caldwell

2013-05-07: "I don't ask for much, the truth will do just fine. / Won't you lay it on the line!" -- Triumph ('Lay It On The Line', 1979)

2013-05-08: "Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends." -- William Shakespeare ('Henry VI, Part 1', c. 1591)

2013-05-09: "It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish." -- J. R. R. Tolkien ('The Fellowship Of The Ring', 1954)

2013-05-10: "From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other." -- Arthur Conan Doyle ('A Study In Scarlet', 1886)

2013-05-11: "Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them." -- Ralph W. Gerard

2013-05-12: ""If you're thinkin' it over but you just can't sort it out / Do you want someone to tell you what they think it's all about?" -- Triumph ('Magic Power', 1981)

2013-05-13: "It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2013-05-14: "The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant." -- Plato

2013-05-15: "Against change of fortune set a brave heart." -- French Proverb

2013-05-16: "If we don't discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us." -- William Feather

2013-05-17: "Send you to heaven, take you to hell! / I ain't foolin', can't you tell?" -- AC/DC ('Live Wire', 1975)

2013-05-18: "You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop...the Twilight Zone." -- Rod Serling ('The Twilight Zone', Season Three Intro, 1961-1962)

2013-05-19: "Four things come not back. The spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity. " -- Arabic Proverb

2013-05-20: "On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points." -- Virginia Woolf

2013-05-21: "Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: it is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak." -- Thomas Carlyle

2013-05-22: "Just tune in to what this place has got to offer / 'Cause we may never be here again!" -- Van Halen ('Best Of Both Worlds', 1986)

2013-05-23: "Let me fly, let me see things that are hidden from other eyes." -- Sonya Hartnett

2013-05-24: "In the fell clutch of circumstance / I have not winced nor cried aloud. / Under the bludgeonings of chance / My head is bloody, but unbowed." -- William Ernest Henley ('Invictus', 1875)

2013-05-25: "The imagination equips us to perceive reality when it is not fully materialized." -- M. C. Richards

2013-05-26: "If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking 'til you DO succeed!" -- Curly Howard ('Movie Maniacs', 1936)

2013-05-27: "Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation." -- Jack Nicklaus

2013-05-28: "The most dangerous thing is illusion." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2013-05-29: "I keep a stiff upper lip, and I shoot from the hip! " -- AC/DC ('Stiff Upper Lip', 2000)

2013-05-30: "Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble." -- Arabic Proverb

2013-05-31: "Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness." -- James Thurber



June 2013

2013-06-01: "I believe in fate and destination / But so much of that lies in our own hands!" -- Sammy Hagar ('Give To Live', 1987)

2013-06-02: "A system has order, a flowing from point to point. If something dams the flow, order collapses. The untrained might miss that collapse until it was too late. That’s why the highest function of ecology is the understanding of consequences." -- Pardot Kynes ('Dune', 1965, Frank Herbert)

2013-06-03: "The things which are most important don't always scream the loudest." -- Bob Hawke

2013-06-04: "Illegitimi non carborundum" -- Mock-Latin aphorism meaning 'Don't let the bastards grind you down.'

2013-06-05: "There's as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something." -- Trammell Crow

2013-06-06: "I believe in the good vibration / I believe there should be no segregation / I believe that there's magic up our sleeves / And now it's time to spread it around!" -- Berlin ('Blink Of An Eye', 2002)

2013-06-07: "What is not started today is never finished tomorrow." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2013-06-08: "I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity." -- Igor Stravinsky

2013-06-09: "One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore." -- André Gide

2013-06-10: "I'd rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed." -- Robert H. Schuller

2013-06-11: "When I woke up this morning, could've sworn it was Judgement Day." -- Prince ('1999', 1982)

2013-06-12: "Better a bitter truth than a sweet lie." -- Finnish Proverb

2013-06-13: "Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running." -- Thomas L. Friedman

2013-06-14: "After the ship has sunk, everyone knows how she might have been saved." -- Italian Proverb

2013-06-15: "We have more ability than will power, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible." -- François de La Rochefoucauld

2013-06-16: "The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder." -- G. K. Chesterton

2013-06-17: "Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul." -- Will Durant

2013-06-18: "If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees." -- Hal Borland

2013-06-19: "There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception." -- Aldous Huxley

2013-06-20: "There are two ways to live your life, one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle." -- Albert Einstein

2013-06-21: "Baby got poison gas / Baby got heart attacks." -- Fluke ('Atom Bomb', 1997)

2013-06-22: "Not being known doesn't stop the truth from being true." -- Richard Bach

2013-06-23: "Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

2013-06-24: "Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war." -- William McKinley

2013-06-25: "Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door." -- Emily Dickinson

2013-06-26: "The world cannot continue to wage war like physical giants and to seek peace like intellectual pygmies." -- Basil O'Connor

2013-06-27: "Avoiding a problem doesn't solve it." -- Bonnie Jean Thornley

2013-06-28: "The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is." -- Winston Churchill

2013-06-29: "It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment." -- Freeman Dyson

2013-06-30: "I write about violence as naturally as Jane Austen wrote about manners. Violence shapes and obsesses our society, and if we do not stop being violent we have no future." -- Edward Bond



July 2013

2013-07-01: "Hey, hey, do the Zombie Stomp!" -- Ozzy Osbourne ('Zombie Stomp', 1991)

2013-07-02: "We're just waiting for the hammer to fall." -- Queen ('Hammer To Fall', 1984)

2013-07-03: "On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time." -- George Orwell

2013-07-04: "Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath." -- Mary Wollstonecraft

2013-07-05: "Incredulity is the wisdom of the fool." -- Josh Billings

2013-07-06: "Reality, if rightly interpreted, is grander than fiction." -- Thomas Carlyle

2013-07-07: "We must learn to tailor our concepts to fit reality, instead of trying to stuff reality into our concepts." -- Victor Daniels

2013-07-08: "Apathy is one of the characteristic responses of any living organism when it is subjected to stimuli too intense or too complicated to cope with. The cure for apathy is comprehension." -- John Dos Passos

2013-07-09: "All of us are watchers -- of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway -- but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing." -- Peter M. Leschak

2013-07-10: "There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them." -- Denis Waitley

2013-07-11: "Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand." -- Bodie Thoene

2013-07-12: "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." -- Dale Carnegie

2013-07-13: "The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can't wake up." -- D.H. Lawrence

2013-07-14: "I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world." -- Socrates

2013-07-15: "There are no uninteresting things, there are only uninterested people." -- G.K. Chesterton

2013-07-16: "How do you know if your mission in life is finished? If you're still alive, it isn't." -- Richard Bach

2013-07-17: "If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." -- Frank A. Clark

2013-07-18: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." -- Helen Keller

2013-07-19: "Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2013-07-20: "There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments — there are consequences." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

2013-07-21: "And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" -- William Butler Yeats

2013-07-22: "Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there." -- Richard P. Feynman

2013-07-23: "At last he came to a door, with these words in glowing emeralds: The End of the World. He did not hesitate. He opened the door and stepped through." -- Orson Scott Card ('Ender's Game')

2013-07-24: "People look to me and say / Is the end near, when is the final day? / What's the future of mankind? / How do I know, I got left behind!" -- Ozzy Osbourne ('I Don't Know', 1980)

2013-07-25: "The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones." -- William Faulkner

2013-07-26: "Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life." -- Marcus Aurelius

2013-07-27: "Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent." -- Napoleon Bonaparte

2013-07-28: "The world is getting to be such a dangerous place, a man is lucky to get out of it alive." -- W.C. Fields

2013-07-29: "Doctor my eyes, tell me what is wrong. / Was I unwise to leave them open for so long?" -- Jackson Browne ('Doctor My Eyes', 1972)

2013-07-30: "Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off." -- Jonathan Swift

2013-07-31: "Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." -- Apple 'Think Different' Ad (Short Version)



August 2013

2013-08-01: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." -- James Baldwin

2013-08-02: "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." -- William Edwards Deming

2013-08-03: "I feel the Earth and the sky touching our lives tonight!" -- Shooting Star ('Tonight')

2013-08-04: "Too low they build who build beneath the stars." -- Edward Young

2013-08-05: "My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" -- Dr. Seuss

2013-08-06: "The world has teeth and it can bite you with them any time it wants." -- Stephen King ('The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon')

2013-08-07: "The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves." -- Marcus Tullius Cicero

2013-08-08: "Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run / There's still time to change the road you're on." -- Led Zeppelin ('Stairway To Heaven', 1971)

2013-08-09: "We've learned from experience that the truth will come out." -- Richard P. Feynman

2013-08-10: "Death grinn'd horrible a ghastly smile, to hear His famine should be fill'd." -- John Milton ('Paradise Lost')

2013-08-11: "Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion." -- Henri-Frédéric Amiel

2013-08-12: "If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles." -- Benjamin Franklin

2013-08-13: "The politician's speech is jive. / He lies to keep the lie alive." -- Sammy Hagar ('Serious Juju')

2013-08-14: "Non semper ea sunt quae videntur." -- Phaedrus ('Things are not always what they seem.')

2013-08-15: "Bring out your dead!" -- Monty Python ('The Holy Grail')

2013-08-16: "I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book." -- Groucho Marx

2013-08-17: "Death, the Destroyer of Delights and the Sunderer of Society, had arrived at last." -- Philip José Farmer ('To Your Scattered Bodies Go')

2013-08-18: "History shows again and again / How nature points up the folly of men!" -- Blue Öyster Cult ('Godzilla')

2013-08-19: "Every age hath its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration." -- Bahá'u'lláh

2013-08-20: "We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which cats prick up their ears after midnight." -- H.P. Lovecraft ('From Beyond')

2013-08-21: "We are born in ignorance, we die in ignorance, but maybe sometimes we learn something important and pass it along to others before we die." -- Greg Bear ('Hull Zero Three')

2013-08-22: "The future is in the skies." -- Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

2013-08-23: "We need long term, slow burn, getting it done / And some straight talking, hard working son of a gun. / Whatcha doin' tonight? I got faith in our generation. / Let's stick together and futurize our attitudes!" -- Styx ('Rockin' The Paradise')

2013-08-24: "Once in everyone's life there is apt to be a period when he is fully awake, instead of half asleep." -- E.B. White

2013-08-25: "I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world because they'd never expect it." -- Jack Handey ('Deep Thoughts')

2013-08-26: "Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my best friend is truth." -- Isaac Newton

2013-08-27: "The Unexpected always comes at the most awkward times." -- Larry Niven ('Scatterbrain')

2013-08-28: "Raise your hands if you want a better world! / Raise your hands, I say that truth is the word!" -- Krokus ('Raise Your Hands')

2013-08-29: "Today, I saw a spark of decency. Let's blow on that spark and give it fuel." -- Orson Scott Card ('Earthborn')

2013-08-30: "Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter." -- Morihei Ueshiba

2013-08-31: "The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no place in the endeavor of science." -- Carl Sagan ('Cosmos')



September 2013

2013-09-01: "It is the mountains that do not move to help one another; but one man surely comes to the help of another." -- Persian Proverb

2013-09-02: "If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them." -- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

2013-09-03: "Lies have short legs." -- Portuguese Proverb

2013-09-04: "The Greek word for philosopher (philosophos) connotes a distinction from sophos. It signifies the lover of wisdom (knowledge) as distinguished from him who considers himself wise in the possession of knowledge. This meaning of the word still endures: the essence of philosophy is not the possession of the truth but the search for truth." -- Karl Jaspers

2013-09-05: "There is nothing impossible to him who will try." -- Alexander The Great

2013-09-06: "The life we’ve been leading couldn’t last forever. It’s a wonder it lasted as long as it did." -- Jack Vance ('The Last Castle')

2013-09-07: "Having one’s eyes opened doesn’t make one grateful." -- Greg Bear ('Eon')

2013-09-08: "The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it." -- George Marshall

2013-09-09: "What small potatoes we all are, compared with what we might be!" -- Charles Dudley Warner

2013-09-10: "Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind." -- Virginia Woolf

2013-09-11: "If things do not change, there will be nothing left to change." -- Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

2013-09-12: "If we would guide by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold." -- Louis Brandeis

2013-09-13: "I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward." -- Charlotte Brontë

2013-09-14: "But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing." -- Andrew Jackson

2013-09-15: "You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real." -- Van Halen ('Jump')

2013-09-16: "With despair, true optimism begins: the optimism of the man who expects nothing, who knows he has no rights and nothing coming to him, who rejoices in counting on himself alone and in acting alone for the good of all." -- Jean-Paul Sartre

2013-09-17: "You can be standing right in front of the truth and not necessarily see it, and people only get it when they’re ready to get it." -- George Harrison

2013-09-18: "We know how to speak many falsehoods which resemble real things, but we know, when we will, how to speak true things." -- Hesiod

2013-09-19: "Psychologists have hitherto failed to realize that imagination is a necessary ingredient of perception itself." -- Immanuel Kant

2013-09-20: "The unconscious is selective, when it learns what to listen for." -- Philip K. Dick ('A Scanner Darkly')

2013-09-21: "This is the first age that's ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one." -- Arthur C. Clarke

2013-09-22: "An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run." -- Sydney J. Harris

2013-09-23: "Apply reason to difficulties; harsh circumstances can be softened, narrow limits can be widened, and burdensome things can be made to press less severely on those who bear them cleverly." -- Seneca The Younger

2013-09-24: "Nobody likes the man who brings bad news." -- Sophocles

2013-09-25: "I hear the voices when I'm dreaming / I can hear them say / Carry on my wayward son / There'll be peace when you are done." -- Kansas ('Carry On Wayward Son')

2013-09-26: "Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt." -- Francis of Assisi

2013-09-27: "Technology must be guided and driven by ethics if it is to do more than provide new toys for the rich." -- Freeman Dyson

2013-09-28: "We are born, we live, and we die in the midst of the marvelous." -- Napoleon Bonaparte

2013-09-29: "I think there is a very close connection between what frightens people and what makes them laugh." -- Christopher Walken

2013-09-30: "No thing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig." -- Epictetus



October 2013

2013-10-01: "Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world." -- Blaise Pascal

2013-10-02: "Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old." -- Epicurus

2013-10-03: "I am on the edge of mysteries and the veil is getting thinner and thinner." -- Louis Pasteur

2013-10-04: "Eternal vigilance is the price of knowledge." -- George Santayana

2013-10-05: "No power and no treasure can outweigh the extension of our knowledge." -- Democritus

2013-10-06: "The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and a thousand other things well." -- Hugh Walpole

2013-10-07: "There is no escape — man drags man down, or man lifts man up." -- Booker T. Washington

2013-10-08: "It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark." -- Michael Jackson ('Thriller')

2013-10-09: "When you're mad at the world and you feel like you're losing control / All you need to get by is a little bit of soul!" -- Bon Jovi ('Little Bit Of Soul')

2013-10-10: "It is essential to release humanity from the false fixations of yesterday, which seem now to bind it to a rationale of action leading only to extinction." -- Buckminster Fuller

2013-10-11: "Father and mother should be respected and so should elders, kindness to living beings should be made strong and the truth should be spoken." -- Ashoka The Great

2013-10-12: "We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can't bomb it into peace." -- Michael Franti

2013-10-13: "It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery." -- Demosthenes

2013-10-14: "I grow sick and tired of the same old lies!" -- Judas Priest ('You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise')

2013-10-15: "Truth is beyond space and time." -- Acharya Mahapragya

2013-10-16: "The people of this world must unite or they will perish." -- Robert Oppenheimer

2013-10-17: "As time goes on and the horrors pile up, the mind seems to secrete a sort of self-protecting ignorance which needs a harder and harder shock to pierce it, just as the body will become immunised to a drug and require bigger and bigger doses." -- George Orwell ('As I Please', The Tribune, 1947)

2013-10-18: "The work of the world must still be done, / And minds are many though truth be one." -- Henry Newbolt ('The Echo')

2013-10-19: "I'd like to move on and make the most of the night." -- Ozzy Osbourne ('No More Tears')

2013-10-20: "States are doomed when they are unable to distinguish good men from bad." -- Antisthenes

2013-10-21: "Must helpless man, in ignorance sedate, / Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate?" -- Samuel Johnson ('Vanity of Human Wishes', 1749)

2013-10-22: "A man who says he feels no fear is either a fool or a liar." -- Fred Dibnah

2013-10-23: "The division of mankind threatens it with destruction." -- Andrei Sakharov

2013-10-24: "Welcome to the jungle, it gets worse here everyday!" -- Guns N' Roses ('Welcome To The Jungle')

2013-10-25: "Remember: all I'm offering is the truth. Nothing more." -- -- Morpheus ('The Matrix')

2013-10-26:"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." -- Philip K. Dick

2013-10-27: "It is the courage to make a clean breast of it in the face of every question that makes the philosopher. He must be like Sophocles' Oedipus, who, seeking enlightenment concerning his terrible fate, pursues his indefatigable inquiry even though he divines that appalling horror awaits him in the answer." -- Arthur Schopenhauer

2013-10-28: "But who will guard the guardians themselves?" -- Juvenal

2013-10-29: "The annihilation of our race is at hand unless we unite in one common cause against the common foe." -- Tecumseh

2013-10-30: "Human beings are members of a whole, / In creation of one essence and soul." -- Saadi Shirazi

2013-10-31: "The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age." -- H.P. Lovecraft



November 2013

2013-11-01: "Everything that is created is subject to destruction." -- Sallustius

2013-11-02: "History does not always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells, 'Can't you remember anything I told you?' and lets fly with a club." -- John W. Campbell

2013-11-03: "Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal." -- Arthur C. Clarke

2013-11-04: "Military cemeteries in every corner of the world are silent testimony to the failure of national leaders to sanctify human life." -- Yitzhak Rabin

2013-11-05: "Don't bite people, don't ever bite people!" -- Yo Gabba Gabba! (South Park, 'Taming Strange')

2013-11-06: "Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent." -- Horace Walpole

2013-11-07: "Consider that nothing in human life is stable; for then you will not exult overmuch in prosperity, nor grieve overmuch in adversity." -- Isocrates

2013-11-08: "Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods. You will be certain to find something you have never seen before, and something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the result of thought." -- Alexander Graham Bell

2013-11-09: "The sleep of reason produces monsters." -- Francisco Goya

2013-11-10: "An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." -- Mahatma Gandhi

2013-11-11: "We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars." -- Carl Sagan ('Cosmos')

2013-11-12: "I have brought you to the ring, now dance if you can." -- William Wallace

2013-11-13: "The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning." -- Albert Camus

2013-11-14: "I think I exist, therefore I exist. I think." -- David Gerrold ('The Man Who Folded Himself')

2013-11-15: "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." -- Alice Walker

2013-11-16: "I have always held those political opinions which point to the universal brotherhood of man, no matter in what rank of life he may have taken his origin." -- Alexander Mackenzie

2013-11-17: "The beginning of all wisdom is recognition of facts." -- Juho Kusti Paasikivi

2013-11-18: "It's easy sometimes when you just coast along / But like it or not something always seems to go wrong." -- Phish ('Birds Of A Feather')

2013-11-19: "It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination." -- Martha Gellhorn

2013-11-20: "Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime." -- Thomas Paine

2013-11-21: "True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one’s own the suffering and joys of others." -- André Gide

2013-11-22: "Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking." -- Terence

2013-11-23: "Know the smallest things and the biggest things, the shallowest things and the deepest things." -- Miyamoto Musashi

2013-11-24: "Wars begin in the minds of men, and in those minds, love and compassion would have built the defenses of peace." -- U Thant

2013-11-25: "Chase after the truth like all hell and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails." -- Clarence Darrow

2013-11-26: "The basic drive behind real philosophy is curiosity about the world, not interest in the writings of philosophers." -- Bryan Magee

2013-11-27: "The future's in the air / I can feel it everywhere." -- Scorpions ('Wind Of Change')

2013-11-28: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -- John F. Kennedy

2013-11-29: "Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts." -- Edward R. Murrow

2013-11-30: "When the truth cannot be clearly made out, what is false is increased through fear." -- Quintus Curtius Rufus



December 2013

2013-12-01: "I've started, so I'll finish." -- Magnús Magnússon

2013-12-02: "Reality, as usual, beats fiction out of sight." -- Joseph Conrad

2013-12-03: "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." -- Leonard Cohen

2013-12-04: "If our society continues at its present rate to become less livable as it becomes more affluent, we promise all to end up in sumptuous misery." -- John W. Gardner

2013-12-05: "I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice." -- William Lloyd Garrison

2013-12-06: "The truth comes as conqueror only because we have lost the art of receiving it as guest." -- Rabindranath Tagore

2013-12-07: "Fellow citizens: The hour to try your souls and to redeem your pledges has arrived." -- Charles Stewart Parnell

2013-12-08: "All I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the ground / And my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land." -- Led Zeppelin ('Kashmir')

2013-12-09: "What for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth." -- Boris Pasternak

2013-12-10: "Coping with the totality of Spaceship Earth and universe is ahead for all of us." -- Buckminster Fuller

2013-12-11: "But here you are in the ninth / Two men out and three men on / Nowhere to look but inside / Where we all respond to...pressure!' - Billy Joel ('Pressure')

2013-12-12: "Do not doubt him who tells you he is afraid, but be afraid of him who tells you he has no doubts." -- Erich Fried

2013-12-13: "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." -- Edith Wharton

2013-12-14: "I like to consider all the angles from which we might gain perspective on our amazing universe and the nature of existence." -- John Archibald Wheeler

2013-12-15: "The test of the moral quality of a civilization is its treatment of the weak and powerless." -- Jerome Frank

2013-12-16: "As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the one thing left to us in a bad time." -- E. B. White

2013-12-17: "Delay is the deadliest form of denial." -- C. Northcote Parkinson

2013-12-18: "Everyone goes through changes, looking to find the truth!" -- Ozzy Osbourne ('I Don't Know')

2013-12-19: "Since Adam and Eve ate the apple, man has never refrained from any folly of which he was capable. The End." -- Bertrand Russell ('History of the World in Epitome (for use in Martian infant schools)')

2013-12-20: "But, when tales of the cosmos are told, this period of ours may always be recalled as that in which men first came to realise what a violent universe we inhabit." -- Nigel Calder

2013-12-21: "'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore, / And coming events cast their shadows before." -- Thomas Campbell ('Lochiel's Warning', 1802)

2013-12-22: "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear." -- Rosa Parks

2013-12-23: "Our cleverness has grown prodigiously - but not our wisdom." -- Martin Ryle

2013-12-24: "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world." -- Anne Frank

2013-12-25: "I was still blind, but twinkling stars did dance / Throughout my being's limitless expanse, / Nothing had yet drawn close, only at distant stages / I found myself, a mere suggestion sensed in past and future ages." -- Novalis

2013-12-26: "When you see the shadows falling / When you hear that cold wind calling / Hold on tight to your dream." -- Electric Light Orchestra ('Hold On Tight', 1981)

2013-12-27: "Here's the thing about the future: every time you look at it, it changes, because you looked at it. And that changes everything else." -- Nicolas Cage ('Next')

2013-12-28: "Maybe there's a world where they've learned to live with the planet instead of just on it." -- Travis The Louse (South Park, 'Lice Capades', 2007)

2013-12-29: "There comes not seldom a crisis in the life of men, of nations, and of worlds, when the old forms seem ready to decay, and the old rules of action have lost their binding force." -- Benjamin N. Cardozo

2013-12-30: "From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent." -- H.P. Lovecraft ('The Shunned House')

2013-12-31: "I'm gonna break the cycle / I'm gonna shake up the system." -- Madonna ('Die Another Day', 2003)



January 2014

2014-01-01: "The hour is later than you think." -- Saruman ('The Fellowship Of The Ring', 1954)

2014-01-02: "The planet isn't going anywhere. We are! We're going away. Pack your shit, folks. We're going away." -- George Carlin ('Jammin' in New York')

2014-01-03: "Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday." -- Dale Carnegie

2014-01-04: "Here and there awareness is growing that man, far from being the overlord of all creation, is himself part of nature, subject to the same cosmic forces that control all other life. Man's future welfare and probably even his survival depend upon his learning to live in harmony, rather than in combat, with these forces." -- Rachel Carson

2014-01-05: "Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form." -- Vladimir Nabokov

2014-01-06: "It is dangerous and harmful to be guided in our life's course by hatreds and aversions, for they are wasteful of energy and limit and twist the mind and prevent it from perceiving truth." -- Jawaharlal Nehru

2014-01-07: "Those who apply themselves too much to little things often become incapable of great ones." -- François de La Rochefoucauld

2014-01-08: "Beware of those who use words to mean their opposites. At the same time have pity on them, for usually this trick is their only stock in trade." -- R. A. Lafferty ('The Flame is Green')

2014-01-09: "The great wheel of Fate rolls on like a Juggernaut, and crushes us all in turn, some soon, some late." --  H. Rider Haggard ('Allan Quatermain', 1885)

2014-01-10: "Why don't we just...wait here for a little while...see what happens?" -- MacReady (John Carpenter's 'The Thing', 1982)

2014-01-11: "This is no dream! This is really happening!" -- Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

2014-01-12: "Little by little, gonna get it, I swear. / One more piece of the puzzle, I'm there." -- Van Halen ('The Seventh Seal')

2014-01-13: "You know nothing. Hell is only a word. The reality is much, much worse." -- Event Horizon

2014-01-14: "Time to nut up or shut up!" -- Tallahassee ('Zombieland', 2009)

2014-01-15: "Truths kindle light for truths." -- Lucretius

2014-01-16: "The gunslinger smiled. 'On the way to the Dark Tower,' he said, 'anything is possible.'" -- Stephen King ('The Drawing of the Three')

2014-01-17: "Now things are really what they seem. / No, this is no bad dream." -- Pink Floyd ('Sheep')

2014-01-18: "If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way." -- Émile Zola

2014-01-19: "Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." -- Marie Curie

2014-01-20: "There is a certain indolence in us, a wish not to be disturbed, which tempts us to think that when things are quiet, all is well." -- A. J. Muste

2014-01-21: "Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see." -- John Ruskin

2014-01-22: "Walk a single path, becoming neither cocky with victory nor broken with defeat, without forgetting caution when all is quiet or becoming frightened when danger threatens." -- Kano Jigoro ('Kodokan Judo', 1882)

2014-01-23: "The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory." -- Howard Zinn

2014-01-24: "Reason itself does not work instinctively, but requires trial, practice, and instruction in order gradually to progress from one level of insight to another." -- Immanuel Kant

2014-01-25: "There's no system foolproof enough to defeat a sufficiently great fool." -- Edward Teller

2014-01-26: "It may be argued that the past is a country from which we have all emigrated, that its loss is part of our common humanity." -- Salman Rushdie

2014-01-27: "If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search." -- John Templeton

2014-01-28: "Temperate, sincere, and intelligent inquiry and discussion are only to be dreaded by the advocates of error. The truth need not fear them..." -- Benjamin Rush

2014-01-29: "Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them." -- Richard E. Byrd

2014-01-30: "I feel a little unbalanced, between the pros and the con men." -- April Wine ('Future Tense')

2014-01-31: "So long as you are a slave to the opinions of the many you have not yet approached freedom or tasted its nectar..." -- Julian



February 2014

2014-02-01: "You asked for wisdom? Hear these words. Nothing limits intelligence more than ignorance; nothing fosters ignorance more than one's own opinions; nothing strengthens opinions more than refusing to look at reality." -- Sheri S. Tepper ('The Visitor', 2002)

2014-02-02: "Isn't life the strangest thing you've ever seen?" -- Patricia Rozema

2014-02-03: "War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives." -- Smedley Butler

2014-02-04: "Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace." -- Benito Juárez

2014-02-05: "There's nothing more reassuring than realizing the world is crazier than you are." -- Erik Selvig ('Thor: The Dark World', 2013)

2014-02-06: "We gotta get out of this place / If it's the last thing we ever do." -- The Animals

2014-02-07: "If they give you ruled paper, write the other way." -- Juan Ramón Jiménez

2014-02-08: "Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on." -- Samuel Butler

2014-02-09: "On all sides round horror spread wide; the very silence breathed a terror on my soul." -- Virgil

2014-02-10: "Reason well from the beginning and then there will never be any need to look back with confusion and doubt." -- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

2014-02-11: "Either write something worth reading about, or do something worth writing about." -- Kurt Russell ('The Art Of The Steal', 2013)

2014-02-12: "Who hunts the hay-field over / Will find the four-leaved clover." -- Sarah Orne Jewett

2014-02-13: "Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself." -- Simone de Beauvoir

2014-02-14: "It's the age of destruction in a world of corruption. / It's the age of destruction and they hand us oblivion." -- Billy Idol ('Neuromancer', 1993)

2014-02-15: "Game over, man! Game over!" -- Bill Paxton ('Aliens', 1986)

2014-02-16: "If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice." -- Rush ('Freewill')

2014-02-17: "While truth is always bitter, pleasantness waits upon evildoing." -- Jerome

2014-02-18: "Learn all the rules...then break them." -- Lea DeLaria

2014-02-19: "Now endless questions fill my head. / Some nights I'm frightened by the answers." -- Stabbing Westward ('Lost')

2014-02-20: "Salus populi suprema lex esto." -- Cicero ('Let the welfare of the people be the ultimate law.')

2014-02-21: "A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one." -- Alexander Hamilton

2014-02-22: "Apocatastasis. What it means: 1) Restoration, re-establishment, renovation 2) Return to a previous condition 3) (Astronomy) Return to the same apparent position, completion of a period of revolution." -- Neil Gaiman

2014-02-23: "No man can tell what the future may bring forth, and small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises." -- Demosthenes

2014-02-24: "In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone." -- John Kenneth Galbraith

2014-02-25: "Yes, I believe I CAN make a difference." -- Rookie Judge ('Dredd', 2012)

2014-02-26: "The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it." -- Thucydides

2014-02-27: "I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center." -- Kurt Vonnegut ('Player Piano')

2014-02-28: "Mind and spirit together make up that which separates us from the rest of the animal world, that which enables a man to know the truth, and that which enables him to die for the truth." -- Edith Hamilton ('The Greek Way', 1930)



March 2014

2014-03-01: "Nature is inexorable and immutable; she never transgresses the laws imposed upon her, or cares a whit whether her abstruse reasons and methods of operation are understandable to men." -- Galileo Galilei

2014-03-02: "Not every light is a true light; To the wise the light of truth is light itself." -- Thiruvalluvar

2014-03-03: "Conscience is a man's compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities in directing one's course by it, still one must try to follow its direction." -- Vincent van Gogh

2014-03-04: "We don't have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it." -- Douglas Adams

2014-03-05: "People are supposed to fear the unknown, but ignorance is bliss when the knowledge is so damn frightening." -- Laurell K. Hamilton ('The Laughing Corpse')

2014-03-06: "If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one." -- John Galsworthy

2014-03-07: "Each man has in him the potential to realize the truth through his own will and endeavour and to help others to realize it." -- Aung San Suu Kyi

2014-03-08: "The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true." -- Carl Sagan

2014-03-09: "Many great civilizations have fallen, leaving nothing but cracked ruins and scattered genetics." -- David Eagleman

2014-03-10: "Man watches his history on the screen with apathy and an occasional passing flicker of horror or indignation." -- Conor Cruise O'Brien

2014-03-11: "If you want to move mountains, you just go move mountains. If you don't have a big enough shovel, you get some friends to help you." -- Paul MacCready

2014-03-12: "What is more important in a library than anything else — is the fact that it exists." -- Archibald MacLeish

2014-03-13: "I believe that intelligence and rationality will always be primary no matter what shape sentient creatures take. To not think that would be to doubt the value of life itself." -- Peter F. Hamilton ('Pandora's Star')

2014-03-14: "Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not." -- Isaac Asimov

2014-03-15: "If one has no affection for a person or a system, one should feel free to give the fullest expression to his disaffection so long as he does not contemplate, promote, or incite violence." -- Mahatma Gandhi

2014-03-16: "Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life." -- George Sand

2014-03-17: "Depending on the circumstance, you should be: hard as a diamond, flexible as a willow, smooth-flowing like water, or as empty as space." -- Morihei Ueshiba

2014-03-18: "I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization." -- Roger Ebert

2014-03-19: "Only in true surrender to the interest of all can we reach that strength and independence, that unity of purpose, that equity of judgment which are necessary if we are to measure up to our duty to the future, as men of a generation to whom the chance was given to build in time a world of peace." -- Dag Hammarskjöld

2014-03-20: "Truth is the most powerful thing in the world, since even fiction itself must be governed by it, and can only please by its resemblance." -- Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury

2014-03-21: "There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval." -- George Santayana

2014-03-22: "Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt." -- Phil Ochs

2014-03-23: "I would like to make the point that we cannot undo the past but we can learn from it, and we cannot predict the future but we can shape and build it." -- Epeli Ganilau

2014-03-24: "Socratic questioning is disciplined questioning that can be used to pursue thought in many directions and for many purposes, including: to explore complex ideas, to get to the truth of things, to open up issues and problems, to uncover assumptions, to analyze concepts, to distinguish what we know from what we don't know, to follow out logical implications of thought or to control the discussion." -- Wikipedia

2014-03-25: "I believe in the vast potentialities of mankind. But I see everywhere a wide disparity between what they can be and what they are." -- Clifford Odets

2014-03-26: "The only thing in the world worth a damn is the strange, touching, pathetic, awesome nobility of the individual human spirit." -- John D. MacDonald ('A Deadly Shade of Gold', 1965)

2014-03-27: "Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody's power and is not easy." -- Aristotle

2014-03-28: "We may learn everything about something, and we may learn something about everything, but we're never going to learn everything about everything." -- Robert Sapolsky

2014-03-29: "There is often no greater obstacle to freedom than the assumption that it has already been attained." -- David Edwards

2014-03-30: "Deserve's got nothin' to do with it." -- Clint Eastwood ('Unforgiven')

2014-03-31: "The wind came steadily, like the rushing of a great cataract heard at a great distance, but the noises of the sea were continually changing, rising and falling, with the stupendous modulations of an orchestra played by giants." -- Liam O'Flaherty



April 2014

2014-04-01: "It's high time to draw the line / Put an end to this game before it's too late." -- Foreigner ('Head Games')

2014-04-02: "I know you feel these are the worst of times. / I do believe it's true. / When people lock their doors and hide inside, / Rumor has it it's the end of paradise." -- Styx ('Best Of Times')

2014-04-03: "Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language." -- Wikipedia

2014-04-04: "The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil." -- Hannah Arendt

2014-04-05: "If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat." -- Jean-Paul Sartre

2014-04-06: "If God wanted man to become a spacefaring species, he would have given man a moon." -- Krafft Arnold Ehricke

2014-04-07: "Hate is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy dies." -- Unknown

2014-04-08: "Change it had to come / We knew it all along." -- The Who ('Won't Get Fooled Again')

2014-04-09: "Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder." -- Socrates

2014-04-10: "Love truth, but pardon error." -- Voltaire

2014-04-11: "The human mind may be denied the policeman's privilege of arresting this instinct or that. It may sit as no more than a moderator in the eternal instinctual debate. But it is a moderator with unlimited investigative powers." -- Robert Ardrey

2014-04-12: "There are substitutes for oil; there is no substitute for fresh water." -- Paul R. Ehrlich

2014-04-13: "Fear not those who argue but those who dodge." -- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

2014-04-14: "Goodbye blue sky. / Goodbye blue sky, goodbye, goodbye." -- Pink Floyd ('Goodbye Blue Sky')

2014-04-15: "You sound like a man with a vision. Care to pass that bong over this way?" -- Paul Vixie

2014-04-16: "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." -- Albert Einstein

2014-04-17: "You must remember that an oak tree is not a crime against the acorn." -- David Zindell ('War In Heaven', 1998)

2014-04-18: "Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." -- Helen Keller

2014-04-19: "Right knows no boundaries and justice no frontiers; the brotherhood of man is not a domestic institution." -- Learned Hand

2014-04-20: "Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps." -- Emo Philips

2014-04-21: "I don't intend for this to take on a political tone. I'm just here for the drugs." -- Nancy Reagan

2014-04-22: "Just as we hit water when we dig in the earth, so we discover the incomprehensible sooner or later." -- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

2014-04-23: "It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane." -- Philip K. Dick ('VALIS', 1981)

2014-04-24: "People who get eyeball arthritis see only what they're supposed to see, like that TV screen." -- Gene Wolfe

2014-04-25: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

2014-04-26: "Throw away your television / Make a break, big intermission / Recreate your super vision now!" -- Red Hot Chili Peppers ('Throw Away Your Television')

2014-04-27: "Lately it occurs to me: What a long, strange trip it's been." -- Grateful Dead ('Truckin')

2014-04-28: "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." -- Jack Handey

2014-04-29: "The acquisition of a new truth is like the acquisition of a new sense, which renders a man capable of recognizing a large number of phenomena that are hidden from another, as they were from him originally." -- Justus von Liebig

2014-04-30: "What egotism, what stupid vanity, to suppose that a thing could not happen because you could not conceive it!" -- Philip Wylie



May 2014

2014-05-01: "'And beware the meek,' she continued, 'for we shall attempt to inherit the Earth.'" -- Roger Zelazny ('He Who Shapes', 1965)

2014-05-02: "When a building is about to fall down, all the mice desert it." -- Pliny the Elder

2014-05-03: "We often do not see what we do not expect to see." -- Alan Lightman

2014-05-04: "I'm so glad we had this time together / Just to have a laugh or sing a song / Seems we just get started and before you know it / Comes the time we have to say, 'So long.'" -- Carol Burnett Show Signoff Song (1967-1978)

2014-05-05: "If those in charge of our society — politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television — can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves." -- Howard Zinn

2014-05-06: "Our best support and succor in distress is fortitude of mind." -- Plautus

2014-05-07: "I knew it had to happen / Felt the tables turnin' / Got me through my darkest hour." -- REO Speedwagon ('Roll With The Changes', 1978)

2014-05-08: "If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it." -- Abraham Lincoln

2014-05-09: "But glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity." -- Rush ('The Spirit of Radio', 1980)

2014-05-10: "One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands still in the midst of the struggle and says, 'I have it,' merely shows by so doing that he has just lost it." -- Henrik Ibsen

2014-05-11: "The more false we destroy the more room there will be for the true." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

2014-05-12: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone." -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

2014-05-13: "You can't find the right answer if you ask the wrong questions." -- Woo-jin Lee ('Oldboy', 2003)

2014-05-14: "I loved when Bush came out and said, 'We are losing the war against drugs.' You know what that implies? There's a war being fought, and the people ON drugs are winning it." -- Bill Hicks

2014-05-15: "The world changes fast, and the rate at which it changes is itself speeding up. In such a world it's not a good idea to have fixed plans." -- Paul Graham

2014-05-16: "The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful." -- Kurt Vonnegut

2014-05-17: "At root what is needed for scientific inquiry is just receptivity to data, skill in reasoning, and yearning for truth." -- Willard van Orman Quine

2014-05-18: "I've always been more interested in the future than in the past." -- Grace Hopper

2014-05-19: "You better live every day like your last because one day you're going to be right." -- Ray Charles

2014-05-20: "Do we realize that industry, which has been our good servant, might make a poor master?" -- Aldo Leopold

2014-05-21: "It is not decided by votes what is true; otherwise we could never come to any truth, ever." -- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

2014-05-22: "It is not possible for any thinking person to live in such a society as our own without wanting to change it." -- George Orwell

2014-05-23: "Anger is a momentary madness so control your passion or it will control you." -- Horace

2014-05-24: "Any given man sees only a tiny portion of the total truth, and very often, in fact almost...perpetually, he deliberately deceives himself about that precious little fragment as well." -- Philip K. Dick ('A Scanner Darkly', 1977)

2014-05-25: "There are too many ironies in the fire!" -- John Leonard

2014-05-26: "What if there be a fated day / When the Faery Isle shall pass away, / And its beautiful groves and fountains seem / The myths of a long, delicious dream!" -- Edmund Clarence Stedman ('Elfin Song', 1850)

2014-05-27: "For every generation, there is a destiny." -- Lyndon B. Johnson

2014-05-28: "I have spent much time thinking about the alleged pseudo-relations that are called coincidences. What if some of them should not be coincidences?" -- Charles Fort

2014-05-29: "To live effectively is to live with adequate information." -- Norbert Wiener

2014-05-30: "There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line." -- Oscar Levant

2014-05-31: "Workin' on a mystery, goin' wherever it leads." -- Tom Petty ('Runnin' Down A Dream')



June 2014

2014-06-01: "Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time." -- Benjamin Disraeli

2014-06-02: "The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves." -- Arnold J. Toynbee

2014-06-03: "War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that the enemy too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost." -- Karl Kraus

2014-06-04: "It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound? / Everybody look what’s going down." -- Buffalo Springfield ('For What It's Worth', 1966)

2014-06-05: "And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too, / I'll see you on the dark side of the moon." -- Pink Floyd ('Brain Damage', 1973)

2014-06-06: "By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall." -- John Dickinson

2014-06-07: "He who follows reason in all things is both tranquil and active at the same time, and also cheerful and collected." -- Marcus Aurelius

2014-06-08: "Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. / Now it looks as though they're here to stay." -- Beatles ('Yesterday', 1965)

2014-06-09: "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach." -- Aldous Huxley

2014-06-10: "It's wrong to hate. It always has been wrong and it always will be wrong. It's wrong in America, it's wrong in Germany, it's wrong in Russia, it's wrong in China. It was wrong in 2000 B.C., and it's wrong in 1954 A.D." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

2014-06-11: "An approximate answer to the right question is worth a great deal more than a precise answer to the wrong question." -- John Tukey

2014-06-12: "We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed." -- Thomas Jefferson

2014-06-13: "Since there is no telling in advance where it may lead, reflection can be seen as dangerous." -- Simon Blackburn

2014-06-14: "Truth is a shining goddess, always veiled, always distant, never wholly approachable, but worthy of all the devotion of which the human spirit is capable." -- Bertrand Russell

2014-06-15: "What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the Earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle." -- Stephen King ('Cell')

2014-06-16: "Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them." -- Michel Faber ('The Crimson Petal and the White', 2002)

2014-06-17: "If thou intend to do any good; tarry not till to-morrow! for thou knowest not what may chance thee this night." -- Pythagoras

2014-06-18: "To recognize that some of the things our culture believes are not true imposes on us the duty of finding out which are true and which are not." -- Allan Bloom

2014-06-19: "The only people who see the whole picture are the ones who step outside the frame." -- Salman Rushdie

2014-06-20: "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers." -- Thomas Pynchon

2014-06-21: "I decline to accept the end of man." -- William Faulkner

2014-06-22: "Upon the brink of the wild stream / He stood, and dreamt a mighty dream." -- Aleksandr Pushkin

2014-06-23: "The future will soon be a thing of the past." -- George Carlin ('Napalm and Silly Putty', 2001)

2014-06-24: "Is this the age of the thunder and rage? / Can you feel the ground move 'round your feet?" -- Simple Minds ('Sanctify Yourself')

2014-06-25: "It is almost impossible to bear the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody’s beard." -- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

2014-06-26: "I don't know anything, but I do know that everything is interesting if you go into it deeply enough." -- Richard Feynman

2014-06-27: "No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don't." -- Stephen King ('The Stand')

2014-06-28: "However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light." -- Stanley Kubrick

2014-06-29: "You can't serve the public good without the truth as a bottom line." -- Carl Bernstein

2014-06-30: "You are uncertain, to varying degrees, about everything in the future; much of the past is hidden from you; and there is a lot of the present about which you do not have full information. Uncertainty is everywhere and you cannot escape from it." -- Dennis Lindley



July 2014

2014-07-01: "In a mad world, only the mad are sane." -- Akira Kurosawa

2014-07-02: "Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do." -- Wendell Berry

2014-07-03: "The man who isn't alarmed simply doesn't understand the situation — or he is crazy." -- Harry S. Truman

2014-07-04: "Truly nothing is to be expected but the unexpected." -- Alice James

2014-07-05: "Can't hear you. I'm inside my protective blanket of fear." -- Scott Kurtz ('PvP')

2014-07-06: "Stand out on the edge of the earth / Dive into the center of fate / Walk right in the sight of a gun / Look into this new future's face!" -- 30 Seconds To Mars ('Edge of the Earth')

2014-07-07: "Stand high long enough and your lightning will come." -- William Gibson

2014-07-08: "You'll never get out of this maze." -- Phish ('Maze', 1992)

2014-07-09: "Not in the time of pleasure / Hope doth set her bow; / But in the sky of sorrow, / Over the vale of woe." -- John Vance Cheney ('Tears', 1892)

2014-07-10: "Life is incredibly short, yet we're always told that change takes time. For a race of mortals, dicking around just isn't acceptable." -- Ted Rall

2014-07-11: "Things there are in the world which have never loved Men, which have been in the world far longer than humankind, so that once when Men were newer on the earth and the woods were greater, there had been places a Man might walk where he might feel the age of the world on his shoulders." -- C. J. Cherryh ('Arafel's Saga', 1983)

2014-07-12: "Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." -- James Madison

2014-07-13: "The objector and the rebel who raises his voice against what he believes to be the injustice of the present and the wrongs of the past is the one who hunches the world along." -- Clarence Darrow

2014-07-14: "You know, many a man realizes late in life that if when he was a boy he had known what he knows now, instead of being what he is he might be what he won't; but how few boys stop to think that if they knew what they don't know instead of being what they will be, they wouldn't be?" -- Stephen Leacock

2014-07-15: "At exactly which point do you start to realize / that life without knowledge is death in disguise?" -- Talib Kweli

2014-07-16: "There is only one thing that it requires real courage to say, and that is a truism." -- G. K. Chesterton

2014-07-17: "Think for yourself and question authority." -- Timothy Leary

2014-07-18: "In anger nothing right nor judicious can be done." -- Cicero

2014-07-19: "Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light." -- John Milton ('Paradise Lost')

2014-07-20: "The past is closed and limited; the future is open and free." -- Deepak Chopra

2014-07-21: "I have always wanted to know as much as possible about the world." -- Linus Pauling

2014-07-22: "Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed." -- Tom Clancy

2014-07-23: "There is no such thing as a 'white lie' — there has not yet been an untruth uttered, that sooner or later hasn't led to unfortunate consequences for everyone." -- Adolph Freiherr Knigge

2014-07-24: "Once you get into cosmological shit like this, you got to throw away the instruction manual." -- Stephen King ('It')

2014-07-25: "The past and future are veiled; but the past wears the widow's veil; the future, the virgin's." -- Jean Paul

2014-07-26: "Only the lucky ones really get to know!" -- Loverboy ('Lucky Ones', 1981)

2014-07-27: "We always thought the living earth was a thing of beauty. It isn’t. Life has had to learn to defend itself against the planet’s random geological savagery." -- Arthur C. Clarke

2014-07-28: "It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening." -- Sue Monk Kidd ('The Secret Life Of Bees')

2014-07-29: "I don't know where I'ma gonna go / When the volcano blow." -- Jimmy Buffett ('Volcano')

2014-07-30: "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man will poke out his eye to fit in." -- Caitlín R. Kiernan

2014-07-31: "Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it." -- Søren Kierkegaard



August 2014

2014-08-01: "We cannot help living in history. We can only fail to be aware of it." -- Robert Heilbroner

2014-08-02: "Crack of dawn, all is gone, except the will to be. / Now they see what will be, blinded eyes to see. / For whom the bell tolls!" -- Metallica ('For Whom The Bell Tolls')

2014-08-03: "Got a dream, I'm gonna fight 'til I get it right." -- Tom Petty ('American Dream Plan B')

2014-08-04: "Death walks faster than the wind and never returns what he has taken." -- Hans Christian Andersen

2014-08-05: "If you were damned certain you weren’t looking for something, there was a very good chance you wouldn’t see it." -- Gregory Benford ('Timescape', 1980)

2014-08-06: "Zephyr in the sky at night I wonder / Do my tears of mourning sink beneath the sun / She's got herself a universe gone quickly / For the call of thunder threatens everyone!" -- Madonna ('Ray Of Light', 1998)

2014-08-07: "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." -- Archilochus

2014-08-08: "It’s a fixer-upper of a planet [Mars] but we could make it work." -- Elon Musk

2014-08-09: "What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark?" -- Werner Herzog

2014-08-10: "Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government." -- Edward Bernays

2014-08-11: "It is, in fact, far easier to act under conditions of tyranny than it is to think." -- Hannah Arendt

2014-08-12: "If our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds." -- Carl Sagan

2014-08-13: "Appearances often are deceiving." -- Aesop

2014-08-14: "Lucy took a walk, now Lucy's dead." -- Phish ('Carini')

2014-08-15: "Close the city and tell the people that something's coming to call!" -- Black Sabbath ('The Mob Rules')

2014-08-16: "Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do." -- Thomas Carlyle

2014-08-17: "The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing." -- Sigmund Freud

2014-08-18: "Takin' my time, choosin' my line / Tryin' to decide what to do." -- James Gang ('Walk Away')

2014-08-19: "Truth is strong enough to overcome all human sophistries." -- Aeschines

2014-08-20: - "The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind." -- H.P. Lovecraft

2014-08-21: "With your nerves in tatters / As the cockleshell shatters / And the hammers batter down your door / You better run!" -- Pink Floyd ('Run Like Hell')

2014-08-22: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

2014-08-23: "See the sun go down, it’s going on down, and the night is deep. / Want a little light, but who’s gonna save a little light for me?" -- Vampire Weekend ('Unbelievers', 2013)

2014-08-24: "I am mindful of human weakness, and I reflect upon the might of Fortune and know that everything that we do is exposed to a thousand chances." -- Scipio Africanus

2014-08-25: "Big storm risin' out of the east / You can cage that tiger but you can't tame the beast / World be revvin' up and I be winding down.' -- Sammy Hagar ('Winding Down')

2014-08-26: "The time has come when scientific truth must cease to be the property of the few, when it must be woven into the common life of the world." -- Louis Agassiz

2014-08-27: "I try to find a way but there's nothing I can say to make it stop (stop stop stop stop stop stop)!" -- Phish ('Down With Disease')

2014-08-28: "He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers." -- Charles Péguy

2014-08-29: "An idea starts to be interesting when you get scared of taking it to its logical conclusion." -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb

2014-08-30: "There is no mystery whatever — only inability to perceive the obvious." -- Wei Wu Wei

2014-08-31: "Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day / Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way / Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town / Waiting for someone or something to show you the way." -- Pink Floyd ('Time')



September 2014

2014-09-01: "Irony is jesting hidden behind gravity. Humor is gravity concealed behind the jest." -- John Weiss

2014-09-02: "It is a part of probability that many improbable things will happen." -- Agathon

2014-09-03: "You're reaching for your four leaf clover / But baby, there ain't no luck down there!" -- Bon Jovi ('Fear')

2014-09-04: "The individual is ephemeral, races and nations come and pass away, but man remains." -- Nikola Tesla

2014-09-06: "'We were making the future,' he said, 'and hardly any of us troubled to think what future we were making. And here it is!'" -- H.G. Wells ('The Sleeper Awakes', 1910)

2014-09-07: "Now if there's a smile on my face / It's only there trying to fool the public / But when it comes down to fooling you / Now honey that's quite a different subject." -- Smokey Robinson ('Tears Of A Clown')

2014-09-08: "The moon, by her comparative proximity, and the constantly varying appearances produced by her several phases, has always occupied a considerable share of the attention of the inhabitants of the earth." -- Jules Verne ('From The Earth To The Moon', 1865)

2014-09-09: "Cause it don't mean nothin', the words that they say. / No it don't mean nothin', these games that people play." -- Richard Marx ('Don't Mean Nothin')

2014-09-10: "My prison shall be my grave before I will budge a jot; for I owe my conscience to no mortal man." -- William Penn

2014-09-11: "There's people over here, people over there. / Everybody's looking for a little more air." -- Rainbow ('Can't Happen Here')

2014-09-12: "The humanities are despised because they are dangerous. They arm us with the intellectual weapons we need to fight the forces of ignorance and idiocracy, and to free ourselves from freedumb." -- Laura Penny

2014-09-13: "We said it was forever but then it slipped away / Standing at the end of the final masquerade." -- Linkin Park ('Final Masquerade')

2014-09-14: "What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly — that is the first law of nature." -- Voltaire

2014-09-15: "The mountain screamed three times today / I guess it thought I'd like to play." -- Monster Magnet ('Look To Your Orb For The Warning')

2014-09-16: "To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind." -- Anne Rice ('The Vampire Lestat')

2014-09-17: "The last thing that I recall I got lost in a deep black hole." -- Scorpions ('Blackout', 1982)

2014-09-18: "Change is rarely comfortable." -- Arno Allan Penzias

2014-09-19: "Welcome to the Grand Illusion / Come on in and see what's happening / Pay the price, get your tickets for the show!" -- Styx ('The Grand Illusion')

2014-09-20: "Whenever government assumes to deliver us from the trouble of thinking for ourselves, the only consequences it produces are those of torpor and imbecility." -- William Godwin

2014-09-21: "Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin' / I don't know where I'll be tomorrow!" -- Journey ('Wheel In The Sky')

2014-09-22: "Patience is not very different from courage. It just takes longer." -- James Richardson

2014-09-23: "Blowin' and burnin', blinded by thirst / They didn't see the stop sign / Took a turn for the worse." -- Eagles ('Life In The Fast Lane')

2014-09-24: "Investigate what is, and not what pleases." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2014-09-25: "Call out the instigator / Because there's something in the air / We've got to get together sooner or later / Because the revolution's here." -- Thunderclap Newman ('Something In The Air')

2014-09-26: "I am forced, as I have often said, to try to make myself laugh, that I may not cry: for one or other I must do." -- Samuel Richardson

2014-09-27: "Is everything speeding up or am I slowing down? / I'm just spinning around and I don't know why." -- Nine Inch Nails ('Where Is Everybody')

2014-09-28: "A person can find anything if he takes the time, that is, if he can afford to look. And while he’s looking, he’s free, and he finds things he never expected." -- Tove Jansson

2014-09-29: "Strange days have found us / Strange days have tracked us down." -- The Doors ('Strange Days')

2014-09-30: "The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them." -- Gene Roddenberry



October 2014

2014-10-01: "Through all the happiness and sorrow / I guess I'd do it all again / Live for today and not tomorrow / It's still the road that never ends." --  Ozzy Osbourne ('Road To Nowhere')

2014-10-02: "Imminent seems the collapse of that which for millennium has constituted man's universe." -- Karl Jaspers

2014-10-03: "Now did you read the news today / They say the danger's gone away / But I can see the fires still alight / They're burning into the night." -- Genesis ('Land Of Confusion')

2014-10-04: "He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself, for every man hath need to be forgiven." -- Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury

2014-10-05: "You have entered the Twilight Zone / Beyond this world strange things are known / Use the key, unlock the door / See what your fate might have in store." -- Rush ('The Twilight Zone')

2014-10-06: "We have been ruled more by deceit than by force, and we have been degraded more by vice than by superstition. Slavery is the daughter of darkness: an ignorant people is a blind instrument of its own destruction." -- Simón Bolívar

2014-10-07: "No time for tears, trouble and sorrow / Rock and roll like there's no tomorrow / Turn off the tube and put your magazine down / We're doin' it right on the wrong side of the town!" -- April Wine ('Doin' It Right')

2014-10-08: "Consciousness is a much smaller part of our mental life than we are conscious of, because we cannot be conscious of what we are not conscious of." -- Julian Jaynes

2014-10-09: "The secret story is the one we'll never know, although we're living it from day to day, thinking we're alive, thinking we've got it all under control and the stuff we overlook doesn't matter. But every single damn thing matters!" -- Roberto Bolaño ('Last Evenings On Earth', 2006)

2014-10-10: "If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it." -- Herodotus

2014-10-11: "Our world is in profound danger. Mankind must establish a set of positive values with which to secure its own survival." -- Richard Matheson

2014-10-12: "The time must come when, great and pressing as change and betterment may be, they do not involve killing and hurting people." -- W. E. B. Du Bois

2014-10-13: "Many things are not as they seem: The worst things in life never are." -- Jim Butcher ('White Knight', 2007)

2014-10-14: "Man is a substantial emigrant on a pilgrimage of being, and it is accordingly meaningless to set limits to what he is capable of being." -- José Ortega y Gasset

2014-10-15: "I'm in a trance and the word is spinning, spinning baby, out of control." -- Madonna ('Impressive Instant')

2014-10-16: "Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it." -- W. Somerset Maugham

2014-10-17: "There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon." -- Samuel Butler

2014-10-18: "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." -- George Orwell

2014-10-19: "Our destiny is frequently met in the very paths we take to avoid it." -- Jean de La Fontaine

2014-10-20: "I've read that there used to be a time when a taxpayer could demand the facts on anything and get them. I don't know; it sounds Utopian." -- Robert A. Heinlein ('The Puppet Masters', 1951)

2014-10-21: "Humor is really laughing off a hurt, grinning at misery." -- Bill Mauldin

2014-10-22: "To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is." -- Thích Nhat Hanh

2014-10-23: "In the struggle between yourself and the world, second the world." -- Franz Kafka

2014-10-24: "You cannot rely upon what you have been taught. All you have learned from history is old ways of making mistakes. There is nothing that history can tell you about what we must do tomorrow. Only what we must not do." -- Edwin H. Land

2014-10-25: "There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind." -- Joseph Heller ('Catch-22', 1961)

2014-10-26: "They must find it hard to take Truth for authority who have so long mistaken Authority for Truth." -- Gerald Massey

2014-10-27: "Platitudes are safe, because they're easy to wink at, but truth is something else again." -- Hunter S. Thompson

2014-10-28: "None of us ever knows what impact we have on the world around us." -- Stephen R. Lawhead ('The Bone House', 2011)

2014-10-29: "What if everything around you isn't quite as it seems? / What if all the world you used to know is an elaborate dream?" - Nine Inch Nails ('Right Where It Belongs V2')

2014-10-30: "The sky is crying, burning holes into the ground. / The sky is dying, and the whole world's falling down." -- Ozzy Osbourne ('The Whole World's Falling Down')

2014-10-31: "Who knows the end? What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise. Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men." -- H.P. Lovecraft ('The Call of Cthulhu')



November 2014

2014-11-01: "Many people feel they are powerless to do anything effective with their lives. It takes courage to break out of the settled mold, but most find conformity more comfortable. This is why the opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it's conformity." -- Rollo May

2014-11-02: "It's a useful habit to never believe more than half of what people tell you, and not to concern yourself with the rest. Rather keep your mind free and your path your own." -- Halldór Laxness

2014-11-03: "For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt." -- Lillian Hellman

2014-11-04: "Hey! Everything is not okay!" -- Nine Inch Nails ('All Time Low')

2014-11-05: "There is analysis when from a complicated truth one deduces more simple truths." -- André-Marie Ampère

2014-11-06: "Nothing conveys the feeling of infinity as much as stupidity does." -- Ödön von Horváth

2014-11-07: "I fight authority, authority always wins." -- John Mellencamp ('Authority Song')

2014-11-08: "The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it." -- Ernest Hemingway ('For Whom The Bell Tolls', 1940)

2014-11-09: "Evils draw men together." -- Aristotle

2014-11-10: "It is not pleasant to come upon Death in a lonely place at midnight." -- Robert E. Howard ('The God In The Bowl', 1952)

2014-11-11: "You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world." -- Morpheus ('The Matrix')

2014-11-12: "We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2014-11-13: "History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again. Please write that down." -- Kurt Vonnegut ('Slapstick', 1976)

2014-11-14: "It's got me up and down / I been lost and found / Down in a deep dark hole." -- ZZ Top ('Doubleback', 1990)

2014-11-15: "Fate, however, is to all appearance more unavoidable than unexpected." -- Plutarch

2014-11-16: "Thou hast seen nothing yet." -- Miguel de Cervantes ('Don Quixote', 1605)

2014-11-17: "I long ago come to the conclusion that all life is six to five against." -- Damon Runyon

2014-11-18: "No his mind is not for rent / To any god or government. / Always hopeful yet discontent / He knows changes aren't permanent / But change is!" -- Rush ('Tom Sawyer', 1981)

2014-11-19: "All that we see or seem / Is but a dream within a dream." -- Edgar Allen Poe ('A Dream Within A Dream', 1847)

2014-11-20: "When I hear it contended that the least sensitive are, on the whole, the most happy, I recall the Indian proverb: 'It's better to sit than to stand, it is better to lie down than to sit, but death is best of all.'" -- Nicolas Chamfort

2014-11-21: "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." -- Mark Twain

2014-11-22: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." -- Wayne Gretzky

2014-11-23: "They tried to break us, looks like they'll try again." -- Duran Duran ('The Wild Boys', 1984)

2014-11-24: "This isn't life in the fast lane, it's life in the oncoming traffic." -- Terry Pratchett

2014-11-25: "Mind like parachute - only function when open." -- Charlie Chan ('Charlie Chan At The Circus')

2014-11-26: "To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone — to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone: From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink — greetings!" -- George Orwell ('Nineteen Eighty-Four')

2014-11-27: "Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude." -- A.A. Milne ('Winnie-the-Pooh')

2014-11-28: "It's a rite of passage through a hurricane / Through a rolling thunder, through a screaming rain." -- Bob Seger ('Rite of Passage')

2014-11-29: "A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now." -- Thomas Pynchon ('Gravity's Rainbow', 1973)

2014-11-30: "Ideas are dangerous, but the man to whom they are most dangerous is the man of no ideas." -- G. K. Chesterton



December 2014

2014-12-01: "There are two great rules of life: never tell everything at once." -- Ken Venturi

2014-12-02: "Ain't it a shame / To be shot down in flames." -- AC/DC ('Shot Down In Flames', 1979)

2014-12-03: "Before all masters, necessity is the one most listened to, and who teaches the best." -- Jules Verne ('The Mysterious Island', 1874)

2014-12-04: "Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please." -- Pythagoras

2014-12-05: "The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos." -- H. L. Mencken

2014-12-06: "People have learned to escape reality very well but too often lose their way back." -- Eugene J. Martin

2014-12-07: "The road unwinds towards me / What was there is gone / The road unwinds before me / And I go riding on." -- Rush ('Driven')

2014-12-08: "Everything has an end, if only you live long enough to see it." -- H. Rider Haggard ('King Solomon's Mines', 1885)

2014-12-09: "There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice, that does not live by secrecy." -- Joseph Pulitzer

2014-12-10: "He who thinks little, errs much." -- Leonardo da Vinci

2014-12-11: "Death hath a thousand doors to let out life." -- Philip Massinger

2014-12-12: "There'll be war, there'll be peace / But everything one day will cease. / All the iron turned to rust / All the proud men turned to dust." -- Pink Floyd ('Childhood's End')

2014-12-13: "The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much." -- William Hazlitt

2014-12-14: "He was staked now totally on one belief: that an honest man cannot be cheated, that truth, if the game be played through right to the end, will lead to truth." -- Ursula K. Le Guin  ('City Of Illusions', 1967)

2014-12-15: "It is notable how little empathy is cultivated or valued in our society." -- Gore Vidal

2014-12-16: "It's no use crying over spilt milk, because all of the forces of the universe were bent on spilling it." -- W. Somerset Maugham

2015-12-17: "The moment ends though I feel winds / Blowing differently than ever before." -- Phish ('The Moma Dance')

2014-12-18: "Like most experts, I've always defined a planet in common-sense terms: Can you beam down to it? Is it populated by green-skinned women? Would Galactus eat it for food?" -- John Hodgman

2015-12-19: "We ought never to scoff at the wretched, for who can be sure of continued happiness?" -- Jean de La Fontaine

2014-12-20: "A snake lurks in the grass." -- Virgil

2014-12-21: "What have they done to the earth? / What have they done to our fair sister? / Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her / Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn / And tied her with fences and dragged her down." -- The Doors ('When The Music's Over', 1967)

2014-12-22: "Thus does the unyielding, inescapable future ineluctably devour the present." -- Robert Silverberg ('The Stochastic Man', 1975)

2014-12-23: "Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law." -- Douglas Hofstadter

2014-12-24: "The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin." -- Jay Leno

2014-12-25: "We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers." -- Carl Sagan ('Cosmos', 1980)

2014-12-26: "Now deep in ocean sunk the lamp of light, / And drew behind the cloudy vale of night." -- Homer ('The Iliad')

2014-12-27: "It is well for one to know more than he says." -- Plautus

2014-12-28: "So far they'd had two full-dress rehearsals for wiping out what passed as civilization. This time it looked as if things might be leading up to the real performance." -- James P. Hogan ('Paths To Otherwhere', 1996)

2014-12-29: "Constant and frequent questioning is the first key to wisdom … For through doubting we are led to inquire, and by inquiry we perceive the truth." -- Peter Abelard

2014-12-30: "Looks like there's gonna be a showdown. / You better not slow down." -- Loverboy ('Gangs In The Street')

2014-12-31: "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." -- Benjamin Franklin



January 2015

2015-01-01: "The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written." -- Melody Beattie

2015-01-02: "An ill wind comes arising / Across the cities of the plain / There's no swimming in the heavy water / No singing in the acid rain. / Red alert, red alert!" -- Rush ('Distant Early Warning')

2015-01-03: "My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world." -- George Bernard Shaw

2015-01-04: "Man is a small thing, and the night is large and full of wonder." -- Edward Plunkett

2015-01-05: "Science does not know its debt to imagination." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2015-01-06: "After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box." -- Italian Proverb

2015-01-07: "Everybody's fallin' in batches / Pyromaniacs striking matches / I'm gonna itch me where it scratches / Freaking at the freakers ball." -- Dr. Hook ('Freakin' At The Freaker's Ball')

2015-01-08: "Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards." -- Fred Hoyle

2015-01-09: "And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings." -- Meister Eckhart

2015-01-10: "The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." -- Flannery O'Connor

2015-01-11: "One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them." -- Aldous Huxley ('Brave New World', 1932)

2015-01-12: "Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange!" -- David Bowie ('Changes')

2015-01-13: "I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it." -- Groucho Marx

2015-01-14: "Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living." -- Gautama Buddha

2015-01-15: "And it comes with no warning, nature loves her little surprises!" -- Joe Walsh ('A Life Of Illusion')

2015-01-16: "If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you." -- Oscar Wilde

2015-01-17: "There's one thing worse than change and that's the status quo." -- John le Carré ('Smiley's People', 1979)

2015-01-18: "The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning." -- Ivy Baker Priest

2015-01-19: "We sail across dominions barely seen, washed by the swells of time." -- Norman Mailer ('Ancient Evenings', 1983)

2015-01-20: "The task is, not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees." -- Erwin Schrödinger ('Problems of Life', 1952)

2015-01-21: "Take a good look at this world, how riddled it is with huge, gaping holes, how full of Nothingness, the Nothingness that fills the bottomless void between the stars, how everything about us has become lined with it, how it darkly lurks behind each shred of matter." -- Stanislaw Lem ('The Cyberiad', 1967)

2015-01-22: "You don't wanna, you don't wanna know. / You're on a piece of ground above a volcano." -- U2 ('Volcano')

2015-01-23: "People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served up." -- George R. R. Martin ('A Clash Of Kings', 1998)

2015-01-24: "The greater part of men are much too exhausted and enervated by their struggle with want to be able to engage in a new and severe contest with error. Satisfied if they themselves can escape from the hard labour of thought, they willingly abandon to others the guardianship of their thoughts." -- Friedrich Schiller

2015-01-25: "B-b-b-baby, you ain't seen nothin' yet! / Here's something you're never gonna forget!" -- Bachman-Turner Overdrive ('You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet')

2015-01-26: "Things are different from what I thought. They’re much worse." -- Fritz Leiber ('Conjure Wife', 1953)

2015-01-27: "We will feel the draft blowing through the cracks in the structure of causality." -- Cees Nooteboom ('The Following Story', 1991)

2015-01-28: "A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five." -- Groucho Marx

2015-01-29: "We are near awakening when we dream that we dream." -- Novalis

2015-01-30: "We think we've come so far / On all our lies we depend / We see no consequence / This is the beginning of the end." -- Nine Inch Nails ('The Beginning Of The End')

2015-01-31: "Knowing was better than not knowing. But not by much." -- Orson Scott Card ('Homebody', 1998)



February 2015

2015-02-01: "There is nothing so powerful as truth — and often nothing so strange." -- Daniel Webster

2015-02-02: "The sun has not yet set for all time." -- Livy

2015-02-03: "Now is the winter of our discontent." -- William Shakespeare ('Richard III')

2015-02-04: "Life is a highway / I want to ride it all night long!' -- Tom Cochrane ('Life Is A Highway')

2015-02-05: "They went to the Moon and they brought back rock. Trouble is, we've got rock. That was the one thing we didn't need, wasn't it? 'Rock, Neil? I don't know whether you looked at the planet before you took off, but it's made of fucking rock!'" -- Eddie Izzard ('Dress To Kill', 1998)

2015-02-06: "You live and learn. Or you don't live long." -- Robert A. Heinlein ('Time Enough For Love', 1973)

2015-02-07: "I see a tremendous amount of intricacy in the world and we have probably only begun to scratch at the surface of its intricacy." -- Roy J. Glauber

2015-02-08: "Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow." -- Maria Mitchell

2015-02-09: "Is anybody out there? Anybody there? / Does anybody wonder? Anybody care?" -- Def Leppard ('Foolin')

2015-02-10: "The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is." -- Nadine Gordimer

2015-02-11: "This would be a great world to dance in if we didn't have to pay the fiddler." -- Will Rogers

2015-02-12: "It turns out your conscious mind — the part you think of as you — is really the smallest part of what’s happening in your brain, and usually the last one in line to find out any information." -- David Eagleman

2015-02-13: "Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies." -- Buckminster Fuller

2015-02-14: "Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels / I don't know how to tell you all just how crazy this life feels." -- Jackson Browne ('Running On Empty')

2015-02-15: "Life is mostly froth and bubble; / Two things stand like stone, / Kindness in another's trouble, / Courage in your own." -- Adam Lindsay Gordon

2015-02-16: "By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes." -- William Shakespeare ('Macbeth')

2015-02-17: "Do not consider yourself deprived because your dreams were not fulfilled; the truly deprived have never dreamed." -- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

2015-02-18: "Humor can be a doorway into the deepest reality, and wit and playfulness are a desperately serious transcendence of evil." -- Tom Robbins

2015-02-19: "We go out in the world and take our chances / Fate is just the weight of circumstances / That's the way that lady luck dances / Roll the bones." -- Rush ('Roll The Bones')

2015-02-20: "Don't give over all of your critical faculties to people in power, no matter how admirable those people may appear to be." -- Frank Herbert ('Dune Genesis', 1980)

2015-02-21: "By striving to do the impossible, man has always achieved what is possible." -- Mikhail Bakunin

2015-02-22: "You may wake up one day and find yourself extinct." -- Deacon Frost ('Blade', 1998)

2015-02-23: "We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives." -- Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

2015-02-24: "So much to do, so much to see / So what's wrong with taking the back streets / You'll never know if you don't go / You'll never shine if you don't glow." -- Smash Mouth ('All Star')

2015-02-25: "The best mind-altering drug is truth." -- Lily Tomlin

2015-02-26: "Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony." -- Morpheus ('The Matrix')

2015-02-27: "The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2015-02-28: "How happy is he born and taught, / That serveth not another's will; / Whose armor is his honest thought, / And simple truth his utmost skill!" -- Henry Wotton ('The Character of a Happy Life', 1614)



March 2015

2015-03-01: "A drunkard wants another drink of wine and a politician wants your vote. / I don't want much of nothing at all but I will take another toke." -- Charlie Daniels ('Long-Haired Country Boy')

2015-03-02: "The world is full of ghosts, and some of them are still people." -- Peter Straub ('The Throat')

2015-03-03: "Why does everybody agree that atmospheric oxygen comes from life, but no one speaks about the other gases coming from life?" -- Lynn Margulis

2015-03-04: "Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know." -- Daniel J. Boorstin

2015-03-05: "Hindsight is notably cleverer than foresight." -- Chester W. Nimitz

2015-03-06: "We gonna have a soul shakedown party tonight." -- Bob Marley ('Soul Shakedown Party')

2015-03-07: "Beware of averages. The average person has one breast and one testicle." -- Dixie Lee Ray

2015-03-08: "In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind." -- Louis Pasteur

2015-03-09: "The safest place to be during an earthquake would be in a stationary store." -- George Carlin ('Brain Droppings', 1997)

2015-03-10: "It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do." -- Molière

2015-03-11: "Yeah, I was laughing, 'cause there was no room to cry, there was too much growing to do." -- Kansas ('What's On My Mind')

2015-03-12: "Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few." -- George Berkeley

2015-03-13: "Ill news is wing'd with fate, and flies apace." -- John Dryden ('Threnodia Augustalis', 1685)

2015-03-14: "Ní mar a shíltear a bhítear." -- Irish Proverb ('Things aren't as they seem.')

2015-03-15: "I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him." -- Booker T. Washington

2015-03-16: "Life's such a treat and it's time you taste it / There ain't a reason on earth to waste it." -- Kiss ('Lick It Up')

2015-03-17: "The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange." -- G. K. Chesterton

2015-03-18: "I am not bound over to swear allegiance to any master; where the storm drives me I turn in for shelter." -- Horace

2015-03-19: "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson

2015-03-20: "The search for the truth is the most important work in the whole world — and the most dangerous." -- James Clavell (Screenplay for 'The Fly', 1958)

2015-03-21: "We got the bubble headed bleached blonde, comes on at five / She can tell you 'bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye." -- Don Henley ('Dirty Laundry')

2015-03-22: "In my experience, there is no such thing as luck." -- Obi-Wan Kenobi ('Star Wars IV: A New Hope', 1977)

2015-03-23: "Catastrophe Beach Party – scene one. Cue disaster effects and, action!" -- Calculon ('Futurama')

2015-03-24: "But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late!" -- Samuel Beckett

2015-03-25: "Nothing can be lasting when reason does not rule." -- Quintus Curtius Rufus

2015-03-26: "Danger up ahead of you / Comin' up behind you too." -- Doobie Brothers ('Dangerous')

2015-03-27: "What is not good for the beehive, cannot be good for the bees." -- Marcus Aurelius

2015-03-28: "I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance." -- Rubén Blades

2015-03-29: "Living is not for the weak." -- Oliver Queen ('Arrow', Season 2, Episode 4)

2015-03-30: "When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic." -- Donald James

2015-03-31: "We live happily forever, so the story goes / But somehow we missed out on the pot of gold / But we'll try best that we can...to carry on!" -- Styx ('Come Sail Away')



April 2015

2015-04-01: "One doesn’t have to understand in order to look. One has to look, in order to understand." -- Robert Charles Wilson ('The Observer', 2000)

2015-04-02: "Not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt." -- Thomas Henry Huxley

2015-04-03: "With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another." -- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

2015-04-04: "The world cares very little what you or I know, but it does care a great deal about what you or I do." -- Booker T. Washington

2015-04-05: "The magical mystery tour is coming to take you away, coming to take you away." -- Beatles ('Magical Mystery Tour', 1967)

2015-04-06: "Pity they didn’t devote a little more ingenuity to staying alive rather than conducting mass slaughter as efficiently as possible." -- Iain Banks ('Consider Phlebas', 1987)

2015-04-07: "Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue." -- Francis Bacon

2015-04-08: "Every event has had its cause, and nothing, not the least wind that blows, is accident or causeless." -- Pearl S. Buck

2015-04-09: "Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well." -- Jack London

2015-04-10: "All I wanna do is stop this game / It's gonna really end / Oh, stop this game / It's such a touchy, touchy thing." -- Cheap Trick ('Stop This Game')

2015-04-11: "In ancient Rome, the gladiators went into the arena with these words on their lips: let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver

2015-04-12: "Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife." -- Johannes Kepler

2015-04-13: "Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?" -- J. M. Barrie ('The Little White Bird', 1902)

2015-04-14: "Today we need a special kind of courage. Not the kind needed in battle, but a kind which makes us stand up for everything that we know is right, everything that is true and honest." -- Queen Elizabeth II (Christmas Broadcast, 1957)

2015-04-15: "When it all was over, we had to find another place / But Swiss time was running out, it seemed that we would lose the race / Smoke on the water, fire in the sky!" -- Deep Purple ('Smoke On The Water')

2015-04-16: "The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth." -- Gaston Bachelard

2015-04-17: "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." -- Katharine Hepburn

2015-04-18: "It's so hard to believe in anything anymore. If it weren't for my lucky astrology mood watch, I wouldn't believe in anything." -- Steve Martin

2015-04-19: "Oh, what a tangled web we weave / When first we practise to deceive!" -- Walter Scott ('Marmion', 1808)

2015-04-20: "No more lies. No more lies. No more lies. No more lies. No more lies. No more lies. No more lies. No more lies! Uh!" -- Rage Against The Machine ('Take The Power Back')

2015-04-21: "A man becomes a philosopher by reason of a certain perplexity, from which he seeks to free himself." -- Arthur Schopenhauer

2015-04-22: "It is still an open question as to whether mankind or insects shall ultimately inherit the earth." -- Henry Fountain Ashurst

2015-04-23: "Ignorance is fatal." -- Ray Bradbury ('The Martian Chronicles', 1950)

2015-04-24: "There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." -- Will Rogers

2015-04-25: "I get knocked down, but I get up again, you're never gonna keep me down." -- Chumbawamba ('Tubthumping')

2015-04-26: "Anything you don't understand is dangerous until you do understand it." -- Larry Niven ('Flatlander', 1967)

2015-04-27: "Truth alone will endure; all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time." -- Mahatma Gandhi

2015-04-28: "By neglecting our garden, we are storing up for ourselves, in the not very distant future, a world catastrophe as bad as any atomic war, and we are doing it with all the bland complacency of an idiot child chopping up a Rembrandt with a pair of scissors." -- Gerald Durrell

2015-04-29: "So many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible." -- Lewis Carroll ('Alice's Adventures In Wonderland', 1865)

2015-04-30: "Right around the bend is a coming disaster / Count down to the end and we're headed there faster." -- Nine Inch Nails ('Meet Your Master')



May 2015

2015-05-01: "I have a very bad feeling about this." -- Luke Skywalker ('Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope', 1977)

2015-05-02: "Father, the sleeper has awakened!" -- Paul Atreides ('Dune', 1984)

2015-05-03: "Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas." -- Tagline For 'Army of Darkness' (1992)

2015-05-04: "The future calls upon us to prepare its way. Dare we fail to answer its solemn summons?" -- Felix Adler

2015-05-05: "All I want is to be left alone in my average home / But why do I always feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone?" -- Rockwell ('Somebody's Watching Me')

2015-05-06: "It was fate, and being angry at fate was as futile as being angry at the weather." -- Ian McDonald ('Desolation Road', 1988)

2015-05-07: "Have I not reason to lament / What man has made of man?" -- William Wordsworth ('Lyrical Ballads', 1798)

2015-05-08: "Truth is the most unbending and uncompliable, the most necessary, firm, immutable, and adamantine thing in the world." -- Ralph Cudworth

2015-05-09: "A time will come when men will sit with history before them or with some old newspaper before them and ask incredulously, 'Was there ever such a world?'" -- H.G. Wells ('The Open Conspiracy', 1933)

2015-05-10: "Outta sight, outta mind, ills you don't expect to find." -- Billy Squier ('Too Daze Gone')

2015-05-11: "Nothing happens in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to what we know of it." -- Scully ('The X-Files', 'Herrenvolk')

2015-05-12: "As long as the world shall last, there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever." -- Clarence Darrow

2015-05-13: "And no matter how each of us survive, maybe we owe it to those who didn't to become the best of mankind." -- Tom Mason ('Falling Skies')

2015-05-14: "The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error." -- Voltaire

2015-05-15: "In a world gone crazy, everything seems hazy." -- Iggy Pop ('Real Wild Child')

2015-05-16: "The hall is rented; the orchestra engaged. Now it's time to see if you can dance." -- Q ('Star Trek: TNG')

2015-05-17: "Sit down before fact with an open mind. Be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads or you learn nothing." -- Hyman G. Rickover

2015-05-18: "It was a nice sickly season just at this time. In commercial phrase, coffins were looking up." -- Charles Dickens ('Oliver Twist', 1838)

2015-05-19: "Never be afraid to sit a while and think." -- Lorraine Hansberry

2015-05-20: "I find the answers aren't so clear, wish I could find a way to disappear / All these thoughts they make no sense, I find bliss in ignorance / Nothing seems to go away, over and over again." -- Linkin Park ('One Step Closer')

2015-05-21: "Nothing's unthinkable once somebody’s thought it." -- Robert Silverberg ('Born with the Dead', 1974)

2015-05-22: "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." -- William Shakespeare ('Hamlet', c. 1600)

2015-05-23: "It is not by delusion, however exalted, that mankind can prosper, but only by unswerving courage in the pursuit of truth." -- Bertrand Russell

2015-05-24: "If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties." -- Francis Bacon

2015-05-25: "The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair." -- Douglas Adams ('Mostly Harmless', 1992)

2015-05-26: "The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself." -- Archibald MacLeish

2015-05-27: "At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice." -- Gore Vidal

2015-05-28: "Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail." -- Bruce Lee

2015-05-29: "We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented, it's as simple as that." -- Christof ('The Truman Show', 1998)

2015-05-30: "The human race believes in not taking its problems seriously enough to solve them." -- Celia Green ('The Decline and Fall of Science', 1976)

2015-05-31: "No one can outrun their destiny." -- Tagline For 'Apocalypto' (2006)



June 2015

2015-06-01: "Humanity is now experiencing history's most difficult evolutionary transformation." -- Buckminster Fuller

2015-06-02: "But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them." -- Ray Bradbury ('Fahrenheit 451', 1953)

2015-06-03: "I'm a walking nightmare, an arsenal of doom, I kill conversation as I walk into the room." -- Manfred Mann ('Demolition Man', 1983)

2015-06-04: "Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It's more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack." -- Dr. Seuss

2015-06-05: "It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers." -- James Thurber

2015-06-06: "I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for." -- Thornton Wilder

2015-06-07: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -- Arthur C. Clarke

2015-06-08: "No time, chained to the rack. / Show time, got a dragon on my back!" -- Queen ('Dragon Attack')

2015-06-09: "Civilised life, you know, is based on a huge number of illusions in which we all collaborate willingly. The trouble is we forget after a while that they are illusions and we are deeply shocked when reality is torn down around us." -- J. G. Ballard

2015-06-10: "In a violent flash of lightning I discern on the highest peak of power the final, the most fearful pair embracing: Terror and Silence. And between them, a Flame." -- Nikos Kazantzakis

2015-06-11: "We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom." -- E. O. Wilson

2015-06-12: "The poles of fear, the extremes of how the Earth might conceivably be doomed. Minor exercise in the care and feeding of a nightmare, respectfully submitted by all the thermometer-watchers in the Twilight Zone." -- The Twilight Zone ('The Midnight Sun')

2015-06-13: "In tradition and in books an integral part of the individual persists, for it can influence the minds and actions of other people in different places and at different times: a row of black marks on a page can move a man to tears, though the bones of him that wrote it are long ago crumbled to dust." -- Julian Huxley

2015-06-14: "The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less." -- Václav Havel

2015-06-15: "Value truth, however you come by it." -- James Burgh

2015-06-16: "When a nation or family is about to flourish, there are sure to be happy omens; and when it is about to perish, there are sure to be unlucky omens." -- Confucius

2015-06-17: "Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good / Now, cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good / When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move." -- Led Zeppelin ('When The Levee Breaks', 1971)

2015-06-18: "We are living in a time of trouble and bewilderment, in a time when none of us can foresee or foretell the future." -- Laurence Binyon

2015-06-19: "Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny." -- Carl Schurz

2015-06-20: "Fate laughs at probabilities." -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton

2015-06-21: "You're entering the vicinity of an area adjacent to a location. The kind of place where there might be a monster or some kind of weird mirror. These are just examples. It could also be something much better. Prepare to enter The Scary Door." -- Futurama ('A Head In The Polls')

2015-06-22: "Life is a ladder infinite-stepped, that hides its rungs from human eyes." -- Richard Francis Burton

2015-06-23: "Tell me not, in mournful numbers, / 'Life is but an empty dream!' / For the soul is dead that slumbers, / And things are not what they seem." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2015-06-24: "The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret." -- Terry Pratchett

2015-06-25: "My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious." -- Karl Kraus

2015-06-26: "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do." -- Harper Lee ('To Kill A Mockingbird')

2015-06-27: "The whole world is a circus if you know how to look at it." -- Dr. Lao ('7 Faces Of Dr. Lao', 1964)

2015-06-28: "Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor." -- Arnold J. Toynbee

2015-06-29: "The true test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do." -- John Holt

2015-06-30: "Never burn a penny candle looking for a halfpenny." -- Irish Proverb



July 2015

2015-07-01: "Accept the truth from whatever source it comes." -- Maimonides

2015-07-02: "One should always be a little improbable." -- Oscar Wilde

2015-07-03: "We do not dwell in the Palace of Truth. But, as was mentioned to me not long since, 'There is a time coming when all things shall be found out.' I am not so sanguine myself, believing that the well in which Truth is said to reside is really a bottomless pit." -- Oliver Heaviside

2015-07-04: "Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or his new way of looking at things." -- Zapp Brannigan ('Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs', 2008)

2015-07-05: "What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it." -- Herbert A. Simon

2015-07-06: "Countless choices define our fate: each choice, each moment, a moment in the ripple of time. Enough ripple, and you change the tide...for the future is never truly set." -- Professor X ('X-Men: Days of Future Past', 2014)

2015-07-07: "If all the parts of the universe are interchained in a certain measure, any one phenomenon will not be the effect of a single cause, but the resultant of causes infinitely numerous." -- Henri Poincaré

2015-07-08: "We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." -- Thomas Jefferson

2015-07-09: "The difference between reality and unreality is that reality has so little to recommend it." -- Allan Sherman ('A Gift of Laughter', 1965)

2015-07-10: "Nothing, I am sure, calls forth the faculties so much as the being obliged to struggle with the world." -- Mary Wollstonecraft

2015-07-11: "Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry." -- Terry Pratchett

2015-07-12: "I try to get up every day." -- Jimi Hendrix

2015-07-13: "Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason." -- Jerry Seinfeld

2015-07-14: "Is there a plan, a purpose or a reason to our existence? Will we pass, as those before us, into oblivion, into the sixth extinction that scientists warn is already in progress?" -- Scully ('The X-Files', 'Biogenesis')

2015-07-15: "The fool too late, his substance eaten up, reckons the cost." -- Plautus

2015-07-16: "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

2015-07-17: "Where some see coincidence, I see consequence." -- The Merovingian ('Matrix Revolutions', 2003)

2015-07-18: "A ship does not sail with yesterday's wind." -- Louis L'Amour ('The Walking Drum', 1984)

2015-07-19: "While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, / As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door." -- Edgar Allen Poe ('The Raven', 1845)

2015-07-20: "The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it." -- Woodrow Wilson

2015-07-21: "The only certainty is that nothing is certain." -- Pliny The Elder

2015-07-22: "1,500 years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was flat. And 15 minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow." -- Agent K ('Men In Black', 1997)

2015-07-23: "Sometimes you hear an unlikely thing and that's all it is. Other times, you hear something improbable and it strikes an echo." -- Roger Zelazny ('Prince Of Chaos', 1991)

2015-07-24: "If you cannot make knowledge your servant, make it your friend." -- Baltasar Gracián

2015-07-25: "The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it." -- Carl Jung

2015-07-26: "Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little." -- Plutarch

2015-07-27: "Stern is the visage of necessity." -- Friedrich Schiller

2015-07-28: "Channel Z's all static all day forever / Time to take disinformation and shove it in the shredder." -- The B52s ('Channel Z')

2015-07-29: "Methinks we be boned." -- Bender ('Futurama: Bender's Game', 2008)

2015-07-30: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

2015-07-31: "And we know that as long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost, and science can never regress." -- Robert Oppenheimer



August 2015

2015-08-01: "If you can see the handwriting on the wall...you're on the toilet." -- Redd Foxx

2015-08-02: "If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people in the world?" -- Stephen Fry

2015-08-03: "Shock the monkey, shock the monkey, shock the monkey to life!" -- Peter Gabriel ('Shock The Monkey', 1982)

2015-08-04: "We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness." -- Max Planck

2015-08-05: "Peace rules the day, where reason rules the mind." -- William Collins

2015-08-06: "We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done." -- Alan Turing

2015-08-07: "The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant." -- Maximilien Robespierre

2015-08-08: "There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches." -- Ray Bradbury ('Fahrenheit 451', 1953)

2015-08-09: "I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine." -- J. B. S. Haldane

2015-08-10: "Education is what you get when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." -- Pete Seeger

2015-08-11: "Self-respect cannot be hunted. It cannot be purchased. It is never for sale. It cannot be fabricated out of public relations. It comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth, we have spoken it." -- Alfred Whitney Griswold

2015-08-12: "Circumstances rule men; men do not rule circumstances." -- Herodotus

2015-08-13: "What good would it be to possess the whole universe if one were its only survivor?" -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

2015-08-14: "I'd rather be here, a free man among brothers, facing a long march and a hard fight, than the richest citizen in Rome: fat with food he didn't work for, and surrounded by slaves." -- Spartacus ('Spartacus', 1960)

2015-08-15: "All of us live by the employment of countless untested assumptions, the truth or falsehood of which we can determine only through the hazard of our lives." -- Robert Sheckley ('Mindswap', 1966)

2015-08-16: "There can be no triumph without loss. No victory without suffering. No freedom without sacrifice." -- Tagline For 'Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King' (2003)

2015-08-17: "Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." -- Mary Poppins ('Mary Poppins', 1964)

2015-08-18: "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." -- Kurt Vonnegut ('Cat's Cradle', 1963)

2015-08-19: "When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep." -- Ursula K. Le Guin ('The Left Hand Of Darkness', 1969)

2015-08-20: "Slowly but inexorably crawling upon my consciousness and rising above every other impression, came a dizzying fear of the unknown; a fear all the greater because I could not analyse it, and seeming to concern a stealthily approaching menace; not death, but some nameless, unheard-of thing inexpressibly more ghastly and abhorrent." -- H. P. Lovecraft ('The Crawling Chaos', 1921)

2015-08-21: "It is difficult not to write satire." -- Juvenal

2015-08-22: "If time is treated in modern physics as a dimension on a par with the dimensions of space, why should we a priori exclude the possibility that we are pulled as well as pushed along its axis?" -- Arthur Koestler

2015-08-23: "Corporation, n. An ingenious device for securing individual profit without individual responsibility." -- Ambrose Bierce

2015-08-24: "If the wind will not serve, take to the oars." -- Latin Proverb

2015-08-25: "Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well. On the other hand, when they split up knowledge, concentrate on their own field, and scorn and ignore other fields, they grow less wise — even in their own field." -- Isaac Asimov ('The Roving Mind', 1983)

2015-08-26: "There's a crack in the mirror, somewhere there's a hole in a window-pane. / Do you think I'm to blame? Tell me do you think I'm to blame?" -- Genesis ('Abacab', 1981)

2015-08-27: "It is the duty of the humor of any given nation in time of high crisis to attack the catastrophe that faces it in such a manner as to cause the people to laugh at it in such a way that they cannot die before they are killed." -- Lord Buckley ('H-Bomb', 1960)

2015-08-28: "You can't convince some people there's a fire even when their hair is burning." -- Ollie Weeks ('The Mist', 2007)

2015-08-29: "I keep six honest serving-men: / (They taught me all I knew) / Their names are What and Where and When / And How and Why and Who." -- Rudyard Kipling ('Just So Stories', 1902)

2015-08-30: "I have known hunger of the belly kind many times over, but I have known a worse hunger: the need to know and to learn." -- Louis L'Amour ('Education Of A Wandering Man', 1989)

2015-08-31: "Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' And Vanity comes along and asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But Conscience asks the question 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.



September 2015

2015-09-01: "I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention." -- Diane Sawyer

2015-09-02: "There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory, which states that this has already happened." -- Douglas Adams ('Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy', 1979)

2015-09-03: "To live, indeed, is not in our power; but to live rightly is." -- Quintus Sextius

2015-09-04: "Since after extinction no one will be present to take responsibility, we have to take full responsibility now." -- Jonathan Schell

2015-09-05: "There was so much to grok, so little to grok from." -- Robert A. Heinlein ('Stranger In A Strange Land', 1961)

2015-09-06: "We've been blind, and in our blindness, our enemy has returned." -- Gandalf ('The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug', 2013)

2015-09-07: "We have since built museums to celebrate the past, and spent decades studying prehistoric lives. And if all this has taught us anything, it is this: no species lasts forever." -- Kenneth Branagh

2015-09-08: "To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction." -- Isaac Newton

2015-09-09: "Ignorance was the enemy. Lies and superstition, misinformation, disinformation. Sometimes, no information at all." -- Max Brooks ('World War Z', 2006)

2015-09-10: "We are able to breathe, drink, and eat in comfort because millions of organisms and hundreds of processes are operating to maintain a liveable environment, but we tend to take nature's services for granted because we don't pay money for most of them." -- Eugene Odum

2015-09-11: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -- John. F. Kennedy

2015-09-12: "Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting." -- T. H. White

2015-09-13: "Invisible transfers, long distance calls / Hollow laughter in marble halls / Steps have been taken, a silent uproar / Has unleashed the dogs of war." -- Pink Floyd ('The Dogs Of War', 1987)

2015-09-14: "What happens in our future can change the meaning of what has happened in our past." -- John Twelve Hawks

2015-09-15: "Slight not what's near through aiming at what's far." -- Euripides

2015-09-16: "Anyone who isn't confused doesn't really understand the situation." -- Edward R. Murrow

2015-09-17: "The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease." -- Nathaniel Hawthorne ('The House of the Seven Gables', 1851)

2015-09-18: "Curiosity responsible for cat needing nine lives." -- Charlie Chan

2015-09-19: "The wise man looks into space and does not regard the small as too little, nor the great as too big, for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions." -- Zhuang Zhou ('Zhuangzi', 3rd Century BC)

2015-09-20: "Oh dance in the dark of night, sing to the morning light. / The magic runes are writ in gold to bring the balance back. Bring it back!" -- Led Zeppelin ('The Battle Of Evermore', 1971)

2015-09-21: "Intuition is the father of new knowledge, while empiricism is nothing but an accumulation of old knowledge." -- Albert Einstein

2015-09-22: "Among those points of self-education which take up the form of mental discipline, there is one of great importance, and, moreover, difficult to deal with, because it involves an internal conflict, and equally touches our vanity and our ease. It consists in the tendency to deceive ourselves regarding all we wish for, and the necessity of resistance to these desires." -- Michael Faraday

2015-09-23: "There is a destiny that makes us brothers / None goes his way alone / All that we send into the lives of others / Comes back onto our own." -- Edwin Markham

2015-09-24: "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours." -- Yogi Berra

2015-09-25: "In the mountains of truth you will never climb in vain: either you will get up higher today or you will exercise your strength so as to be able to get up higher tomorrow." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

2015-09-26: "To avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, an alert citizenry today should take the trouble to learn how easy it can be for a powerful minority to manipulate information to win the support - or the indifference - of the majority towards an action." -- Randal Marlin

2015-09-27: "Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism." -- Hunter S. Thompson

2015-09-28: "Everyone wants the truth...until they find it." -- Tagline For 'Gone Baby Gone' (2007)

2015-09-29: "I'm ready, ready for what's next / Ready to duck, ready to dive / Ready to say I'm glad to be alive / I'm ready, ready for the push." -- U2 ('Zoo Station', 1991)

2015-09-30: "To me there is nothing that goes against nature. If it seems incomprehensible, it’s because we haven’t been able to understand it yet." -- Richard Matheson



October 2015

2015-10-01: "I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade...and try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party." -- Ron White

2015-10-02: "If you build a fantasy based on a false assumption and continue to build on such a fantasy, your whole existence becomes a lie which you implant in others who are too lazy or too busy to question its truth." -- Michael Moorcock ('The Sundered Worlds', 1965)

2015-10-03: "When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick." -- George Burns

2015-10-04: "Fraud and deceit abound in these days more than in former times." -- Edward Coke

2015-10-05: "The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me." -- Abraham Lincoln

2015-10-06: "Only puny secrets need protection. Big secrets are protected by public incredulity." -- Marshall McLuhan

2015-10-07: "A problem never exists in isolation; it is surrounded by other problems in space and time." -- Russell L. Ackoff

2015-10-08: "Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all. " -- Douglas Adams ('Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency', 1987)

2015-10-09: "The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them." -- Gandalf ('The Return Of The King', 1955)

2015-10-10: "There never was an apple, in Adam's opinion, that wasn't worth the trouble you got into for eating it." -- Gaiman/Pratchett ('Good Omens', 1990)

2015-10-11: "Quiet and pensive, my thoughts apprehensive, the hours drift away / Leaving my homeland, playing a lone hand, my life begins today!" -- Rush ('Fly By Night', 1975)

2015-10-12: "To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse." -- John Quincy Adams

2015-10-13: "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else." -- Charles Dickens ('Our Mutual Friend', 1864)

2015-10-14: "History never looks like history when you are living through it." -- John W. Gardner

2015-10-15: "There are no happy endings in history, only crisis points that pass." -- Isaac Asimov ('The Gods Themselves', 1972)

2015-10-16: "We cross our bridges when we come to them, and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered." -- Tom Stoppard ('Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead', 1990)

2015-10-17: "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2015-10-18: "We have a surrounding body of atmosphere, which completes the globe. This vital fluid is no less necessary in the constitution of the world than are the other parts; for there is hardly an operation upon the surface of the earth, that is not conducted or promoted by its means." -- James Hutton ('Theory Of The Earth', 1788)

2015-10-19: "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you gotta be willing to put up with the rain." -- Dolly Parton

2015-10-20: "This world's a treasure, but it's been telling us to leave for a while now." -- Cooper ('Interstellar', 2014)

2015-10-21: "Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door." -- Benjamin Jowett

2015-10-22: "Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought." -- John Rawls ('A Theory Of Justice', 1971)

2015-10-23: "We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world." -- Gautama Buddha ('Dhammapada')

2015-10-24: "The spirit of the universe is at once creative and destructive — it creates while it destroys and destroys while it creates, and therefore it remains to us a riddle." -- Albert Schweitzer

2015-10-25: "In the bathtub of history the truth is harder to hold than the soap and much more difficult to find." -- Terry Pratchett ('Sourcery', 1988)

2015-10-26: "Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision." -- Tecumseh

2015-10-27: "The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere." -- Xun Kuang

2015-10-28: "It is better to wear rags in honesty than brocade in dishonour." -- Girolamo Gigli

2015-10-29: "The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman." -- Jonathan Swift

2015-10-30: "All your questions can be answered, if that is what you want. But once you learn your answers, you can never unlearn them." -- Neil Gaiman ('American Gods', 2001)

2015-10-31: "We may only feel really comfortable with horror as long as we can see the zipper running up the monster's back, when we understand that we are not playing for keepsies." -- Stephen King ('Danse Macabre', 1981)



November 2015

2015-11-01: "And the whole [is] greater than the part." -- Euclid ('Elements', c. 300 BC)

2015-11-02: "Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute." -- Gladys Bronwyn Stern

2015-11-03: "Death is mighty, and is no one's friend." -- Roger Zelazny ('Lord Of Light', 1967)

2015-11-04: "It's amazing how quickly things can go from bad to total shitstorm." -- Columbus ('Zombieland', 2009)

2015-11-05: "It is your concern when your neighbor's wall is on fire." -- Horace ('Epistles')

2015-11-06: "Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, that wants it down." -- Robert Frost ('Mending Wall', 1914)

2015-11-07: "I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant." -- H. L. Mencken

2015-11-08: "Give your free will a chance / You've got to want to succeed." -- Yes ('Owner Of A Lonely Heart', 1983)

2015-11-09: "In the course of centuries, Man has devoured the Earth itself. The Machine Age has dried up the seas of oil. Industry has consumed the heartlands of coal. The Atomic Age has plundered the rare elements — uranium, cobalt, plutonium — leaving behind worthless deposits of lead and ashes. Starvation is at hand." -- The Outer Limits ('The Man With The Power', 1963)

2015-11-10: "Everything changes and nothing stands still." -- Heraclitus

2015-11-11: "The isness of things is well worth studying; but it is their whyness that makes life worth living." -- William Beebe

2015-11-12: "One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere." -- William The Silent

2015-11-13: "The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

2015-11-14: "Don't ever trade your liberty for another man’s offer to do your thinking and make your mistakes for you." -- Poul Anderson ('Brain Wave', 1954)

2015-11-15: "It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done." -- Terry Pratchett

2015-11-16: "Blizzards, floods, volcanos, hurricanes, earthquakes: They fascinate because they nakedly reveal that Mother Nature, afflicted with bipolar disorder, is as likely to snuff us as she is to succor us." -- Dean Koontz ('The Taking', 2004)

2015-11-17: "Ill fortune seldom comes alone." -- John Dryden ('Cymon and Iphigenia', 1700)

2015-11-18: "In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backward. That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practise it much." -- Arthur Conan Doyle ('A Study In Scarlet', 1886)

2015-11-19: "With a bit of a mind flip, you're into the time slip, and nothing can ever be the same." -- Rocky Horror Picture Show ('Time Warp', 1975)

2015-11-20: "Conscience... that stuff can drive you nuts!" -- Terry Malloy ('On The Waterfront', 1954)

2015-11-21: "I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road." -- Stephen Hawking

2015-11-22: "Seeing is both good and perilous." -- Galadriel ('The Fellowship Of The Ring', 1954)

2015-11-23: "In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it." -- Samuel Johnson

2015-11-24: "We're gonna stimulate some action / We're gonna get some satisfaction / We're gonna find out what it is all about / After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang down." -- J.J. Cale ('After Midnight', 1966)

2015-11-25: "What doesn't kill you makes you stranger." -- The Joker ('The Dark Knight', 2008)

2015-11-26: "Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." -- Charles Dickens ('Sketches By Boz', 1836)

2015-11-27: "Oh cruel fate, to be thusly boned!" -- Bender ('Futurama', 'Godfellas', 2002)

2015-11-28: "Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen." -- John Steinbeck

2015-11-29: "How quick are we to learn, that is, to imitate what others have done or thought before. And how slow to understand, that is, to see the deeper connections. Slowest of all, however, are we in inventing new connections or even applying old ideas in a new field." -- Frits Zernike

2015-11-30: "The end of man is knowledge but there's one thing he can't know. He can't know whether knowledge will save him or kill him. He will be killed, all right, but he can't know whether he is killed because of the knowledge which he has got or because of the knowledge which he hasn't got and which if he had it would save him." -- Robert Penn Warren ('All The King's Men', 1946)



December 2015

2015-12-01: "Strange about learning; the farther I go the more I see that I never knew even existed." -- Daniel Keyes ('Flowers For Algernon', 1966)

2015-12-02: "This thing all things devours: / Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; / Gnaws iron, bites steel, / Grinds hard stones to meal; / Slays king, ruins town, / And beats high mountain down." -- J. R. R. Tolkien ('The Hobbit', 1937)

2015-12-03: "I found that it is much more pleasurable to read adventures than to live them." -- John Varley ('The Ophiuchi Hotline', 1977)

2015-12-04: "The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools." -- Herbert Spencer

2015-12-05: "In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future." -- Eric Hoffer ('Reflections On The Human Condition', 1973)

2015-12-06: "Until such time as the world ends, we will act as though it intends to spin on." -- Nick Fury ('The Avengers', 2012)

2015-12-07: "There are no absolute certainties in this universe. A man must try to whip order into a yelping pack of probabilities, and uniform success is impossible." -- Jack Vance ('The Languages of Pao', 1958)

2015-12-08: "Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod." -- William Shakespeare ('Henry V', 1599)

2015-12-09: "Ours is a problem in which deception has become organized and strong; where truth is poisoned at its source; one in which the skill of the shrewdest brains is devoted to misleading a bewildered people." -- Walter Lippmann

2015-12-10: "Life is like a trumpet. If you don't put anything into it, you don't get anything out." -- W. C. Handy

2015-12-11: "Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, 'Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.' Man bursts into tears. Says 'But Doctor... I am Pagliacci.'" -- Rorschach ('Watchmen', 1986)

2015-12-12: "Come what come may, / Time and the hour runs through the roughest day." -- William Shakespeare ('Macbeth', c.1605)

2015-12-13: "Don't be tricked by what you see, you got two ways to go. / I'll say it again in the land of the free / Use your freedom of choice, freedom of choice!" -- Devo ('Freedom Of Choice', 1980)

2015-12-14: "It would seem to me that by the time a race has achieved deep space capability it would have matured to a point where it would have no thought of dominating another intelligent species. Further than this, there should be no economic necessity of its doing so." -- Clifford D. Simak

2015-12-15: "I'm just someone who simply lifts a rock and exposes what's beneath it. It's not my fault that monsters come out sometimes." -- José Saramago

2015-12-16: "It is not the facts which guide the conduct of men, but their opinions about facts; which may be entirely wrong." -- Norman Angell

2015-12-17: "Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." -- John Stuart Mill

2015-12-18: "The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less." -- Arthur Miller

2015-12-19: "Ofttimes the test of courage becomes rather to live than to die." -- Vittorio Alfieri

2015-12-20: "Somebody's gonna hurt someone before the night is through / Somebody's gonna come undone, there's nothin' we can do." -- Eagles ('Heartache Tonight', 1979)

2015-12-21: "The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew." -- Abraham Lincoln

2015-12-22: "The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it." -- Elbert Hubbard

2015-12-23: "When I don’t understand, I have an unbearable itch to know why." -- Robert A. Heinlein ('Have Space Suit Will Travel', 1958)

2015-12-24: "Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day." -- Anton Chekhov ('Uncle Vanya', 1897)

2015-12-25: "Without peace, all other dreams vanish and are reduced to ashes." -- Jawaharlal Nehru

2015-12-26: "If trouble comes when you least expect it then maybe the thing to do is to always expect it." -- Cormac McCarthy ('The Road', 2006)

2015-12-27: "Homer: To the panic room! Marge: We don't have a panic room. Homer: To the panic room store!" -- The Simpsons ('Treehouse Of Horror XX', 2009)

2015-12-28: "Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves." -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

2015-12-29: "The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one. The barrier between them cannot be said to have broken down as a result of recent experience in the physical sciences, for this barrier does not exist." -- Erwin Schrödinger

2015-12-30: "Fiction has to be plausible. All history has to do is happen." -- Harry Turtledove

2015-12-31: "Time present and time past / Are both perhaps present in time future / And time future contained in time past." -- T. S. Eliot ('Burnt Norton', 1936)



January 2016

2016-01-01: "The mayfly lives only one day. And sometimes it rains." -- George Carlin ('Napalm And Silly Putty', 2001)

2016-01-02: "A crowd of fellow-sufferers is a miserable kind of comfort." -- Seneca The Younger

2016-01-03: "Everything that has been will be, everything that will be is, everything that will be has been." -- Eugène Ionesco

2016-01-04: "I think our best chance lies in humor, which in this case means a wry acceptance of our predicament. We don't have to like it but we can at least recognize its ridiculous aspects, one of which is ourselves." -- Ogden Nash

2016-01-05: "Something went wrong. An error occurred. And now a serious problem exists. You have seen these things. You know a great deal." -- Philip K. Dick ('Adjustment Team', 1954)

2016-01-06: "Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; and now I know it." -- John Gay

2016-01-07: "Penetrating so many secrets, we cease to believe in the unknowable. But there it sits nevertheless, calmly licking its chops." -- H. L. Mencken ('Minority Report: H. L. Mencken's Notebooks', 1956)

2016-01-08: "You can drive nature out with a pitchfork, she will nevertheless come back." -- Horace ('Epistles')

2016-01-09: "Centuries pass when nothing happens, and then in a few short years events of such tremendous importance take place that the world is never the same again." -- David Eddings ('The Belgariad', 1982)

2016-01-10: "Whatever nature has in store for mankind, unpleasant as it may be, men must accept, for ignorance is never better than knowledge." -- Enrico Fermi

2016-01-11: "Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen." -- Aeschylus

2016-01-12: "There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat." -- James Russell Lowell

2016-01-13: "And now for my next impression: Jesse Owens! [Runs off]" -- Sheriff Bart ('Blazing Saddles', 1974)

2016-01-14: "Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased — thus do we refute entropy." -- Spider Robinson ('Callahan And Company', 1988)

2016-01-15: "Brain, n. An apparatus with which we think we think." -- Ambrose Bierce

2016-01-16: "The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living beings breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again." -- William Beebe ('The Bird', 1906)

2016-01-17: "Turn this crazy bird around / Should not have got on this flight tonight." -- Joni Mitchell ('This Flight Tonight', Nazareth Version, 1971)

2016-01-18: "In soft deluding lies let fools delight. A shadow marks our days, which end in Night." -- Hilaire Belloc ('On A Sundial')

2016-01-19: "Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers." -- Erich Fromm ('Man For Himself', 1947)

2016-01-20: "Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee." -- John Donne

2016-01-21: "You have to play the game to find out why you're playing the game." -- Allegra ('Existenz', 1999)

2016-01-22: "They are slaves who fear to speak / For the fallen and the weak." -- James Russell Lowell ('Stanzas on Freedom')

2016-01-23: "The only people who ever prize purity of ignorance are those who profit from a monopoly on knowledge." -- Orson Scott Card ('Children Of The Mind', 1996)

2016-01-24: "Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved." -- Søren Kierkegaard

2016-01-25: "When all is said and done, usually more is said than done." -- Lou Holtz

2016-01-26: "There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark." -- Aragorn ('The Two Towers', 1954)

2016-01-27: "We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to enquire. We know that the wages of secrecy are corruption. We know that in secrecy error, undetected, will flourish and subvert." -- Robert Oppenheimer

2016-01-28: "Fate does not seek our consent." -- Terry Goodkind ('Blood Of The Fold', 1996)

2016-01-29: "Life is one long insane trip. Some people just have better directions." -- Tagline For 'Donnie Darko' (2001)

2016-01-30: "He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator." -- Francis Bacon ('Of Innovations’, 1625)

2016-01-31: "Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms. For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in terms of anything else." -- Erwin Schrödinger



February 2016

2016-02-01: "The real is what matters, not the apparent." -- José Martí

2016-02-02: "It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong." -- Voltaire

2016-02-03: "All knowledge is oriented toward some object and is influenced in its approach by the nature of the object with which it is pre-occupied. But the mode of approach to the object to be known is dependent upon the nature of the knower." -- Karl Mannheim

2016-02-04: "The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment." -- Arthur C. Clarke

2016-02-05: "The proper method for hastening the decay of error is not by brute force, or by regulation which is one of the classes of force, to endeavour to reduce men to intellectual uniformity; but on the contrary by teaching every man to think for himself." -- William Godwin

2016-02-06: "There's something in the fog!" -- Adrienne Barbeau ('The Fog', 1980)

2016-02-07: "If...if there's a problem, we're gonna know about it. The authorities would tell us." -- Madison Clark ('Fear The Walking Dead', Pilot, 2015)

2016-02-08: "Let me strive, every moment of my life, to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right, and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice. Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage." -- Code Of Doc Savage

2016-02-09: "We must fall back on the old axiom that when other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." -- Data ('Star Trek: TNG', 'Lonely Among Us', 1987)

2016-02-10: "We must beware of any attempt to make hatred in any form the basis of action." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2016-02-11: "Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." -- Art Buchwald

2016-02-12: "There are few states, I suppose, which exact so severe a toll from one's nervous system as the anticipation of calamity." -- Sax Rohmer ('The Mystery Of Dr. Fu Manchu', 1913)

2016-02-13: "Ninety per cent of most magic merely consists of knowing one extra fact." -- Terry Pratchett ('Night Watch', 2002)

2016-02-14: "There are powers in the universe inscrutable and profound. Fear cannot save us. Rage cannot help us. We must see the stranger in a new light - the light of understanding. And to achieve this, we must begin to understand ourselves, and each other." -- The Outer Limits ('The Galaxy Being', 1963)

2016-02-15: "A man must know how to look before he can hope to see." -- George R. R. Martin ('A Dance with Dragons', 2011)

2016-02-16: "We all like to think that we have some control over the events in our lives, and a lot of the time we can fool ourselves into thinking that we really are in charge. But then something happens to remind us that the world runs by its own rules and not ours and that we're just along for the ride." -- Allie Keys ('Taken', 2002)

2016-02-17: "Strange, that when we feel we understand nothing, we have begun, at last, to understand." -- Tanith Lee ('The Birthgrave', 1975)

2016-02-18: "Danger, danger!" -- Robot B-9 ('Lost In Space', 1965-1968)

2016-02-19: "If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of." -- Bruce Lee

2016-02-20: "The only thing I can recommend at this stage is a sense of humor, an ability to see things in their ridiculous and absurd dimensions, to laugh at others and at ourselves, a sense of irony regarding everything that calls out for parody in this world." -- Václav Havel

2016-02-21: "Where necessity speaks it demands." -- Russian Proverb

2016-02-22: "What you're looking at could be the end of a particularly terrifying nightmare. It isn't. It's the beginning." -- Rod Serling ('Twilight Zone: The Movie', 1983)

2016-02-23: "Curiouser and curiouser!" -- Alice ('Alice's Adventures In Wonderland', 1865)

2016-02-24: "Never have so many been manipulated so much by so few." -- Aldous Huxley ('Brave New World Revisited', 1958)

2016-02-25: "I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views." -- Abraham Lincoln

2016-02-26: "Every man has seen the wall that limits his mind." -- Alfred de Vigny

2016-02-27: "Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause." -- Voltaire ('Dictionnaire Philosophique', 1764)

2016-02-28: "Life is short and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth." -- Arthur Schopenhauer ('The World As Will And Representation", 1818)

2016-02-29: "There are conditions of blindness so voluntary that they become complicity." -- Paul Bourget



March 2016

2016-03-01: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." -- Gandalf ('The Fellowship Of The Ring', 1954)

2016-03-02: "We've only been on this Earth two million years, give or take. The cockroach, that fellow's been around 350 million years. So, based on that, which of us is the more successful species?" -- Starla Grant ('Slither', 2006)

2016-03-03: "No man has all the wisdom in the world; everyone has some." -- E. W. Howe

2016-03-04: "To ask the proper question is half of knowing." -- Roger Bacon

2016-03-05: "A well-stocked mind is safe from boredom." -- Arthur C. Clarke ('Childhood's End', 1953)

2016-03-06: "It is of the highest importance in the art of detection to be able to recognize, out of a number of facts, which are incidental and which vital." -- Arthur Conan Doyle ('The Adventure Of The Reigate Squire' 1893)

2016-03-07: "One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place." -- G. K. Chesterton

2016-03-08: "When the last tree is cut, the last river poisoned, and the last fish dead, we will discover that we can’t eat money." -- Alanis Obomsawin

2016-03-09: "As careful attention shows, thought itself is in an actual process of movement. That is to say, one can feel a sense of flow in the stream of consciousness not dissimilar to the sense of flow in the movement of matter in general. May not thought itself thus be a part of reality as a whole? But then, what could it mean for one part of reality to 'know' another, and to what extent would this be possible?" -- David Bohm ('Wholeness And The Implicate Order', 1980)

2016-03-10: "The truth is always the strongest argument." -- Sophocles

2016-03-11: "As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air — however slight — lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." -- William O. Douglas

2016-03-12: "Maybe we'll leave come springtime / Meanwhile, have another beer / What would we do without all these jerks anyway? / Besides, all our friends are here / Down at the Sunset Grill." -- Don Henley ('Sunset Grill', 1984)

2016-03-13: "And that's the way it is." -- Walter Cronkite

2016-03-14: "History can predict nothing except that great changes in human relationships will never come about in the form in which they have been anticipated." -- Johan Huizinga

2016-03-15: "Fry: Since when is the internet about robbing people of their privacy? Bender: August 6, 1991." -- Futurama ('Attack Of The Killer App', 2010)

2016-03-16: "Another day to live through. Better get started." -- Vincent Price ('The Last Man On Earth', 1964)

2016-03-17: "Nothing is too small. I counsel you, put down in record even your doubts and surmises. Hereafter it may be of interest to you to see how true you guess. We learn from failure, not from success!" -- Abraham Van Helsing ('Dracula', 1897)

2016-03-18: "If there had been no trouble-makers, no Dissenters, we should still be living in caves." -- A. J. P. Taylor

2016-03-19: "What, me worry?" -- Alfred E. Neuman (Mad Magazine #24, July 1955)

2016-03-20: "Just think! If we survive them, these will be the good old days!" -- Bill Downs

2016-03-21: "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?" -- Walter B. Gibson ('The Shadow', 1930s-1940s)

2016-03-22: "It's important to think. It's what separates us from lentils." -- Jeff Bridges ('The Fisher King', 1991)

2016-03-23: "Man is constituted as a speculative being; he contemplates the world, and the objects around him, not with a passive indifferent eye, but as a system disposed with order and design." -- John Herschel

2016-03-24: "Yield not one inch to all the forces which conspire to make you an echo." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2016-03-25: "What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?" -- George Eliot

2016-03-26: "Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of." -- Jonathan Swift

2016-03-27: "The beast is ready to devour all the metal they can hold / Reachin' overload, start to explode!" -- Sammy Hagar ('Heavy Metal', 1981)

2016-03-28: "It is a test of true theories not only to account for but to predict phenomena." -- William Whewell

2016-03-29: "It would be almost unbelievable, if history did not record the tragic fact, that men have gone to war and cut each other's throats because they could not agree as to what was to become of them after their throats were cut." -- Walter P. Stacy

2016-03-30: "That truth-is-stranger-than-fiction factor keeps getting jacked up on us on a fairly regular, maybe even exponential, basis." -- William Gibson

2016-03-31: "What cannot be imagined cannot even be talked about." -- Ludwig Wittgenstein



April 2016

2016-04-01: "The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." -- Mark Twain

2016-04-02: "As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying." -- Arthur C. Clarke

2016-04-03: "Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children." -- Kahlil Gibran

2016-04-04: "Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic." -- Frank Herbert ('Dune', 1965)

2016-04-05: "We've sensed it. We've seen the signs. Now...it's happening." -- Tagline for 'The Happening' (2008)

2016-04-06: "Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side." -- Yiddish Proverb

2016-04-07: "Truth frightens man. He plants illusion in the debris of his mind to hide him from the clean white light she brings. His arguments defeat her wisdom. In his preconceptions and prejudices he dictates, in advance, what form she must take, what garments she must wear; and because of this he often does not recognize her when they meet." -- Mark Clifton ('They'd Rather Be Right', 1954)

2016-04-08: "Things are not what they seem; nor are they otherwise." -- Shurangama Sutra (c. 700)

2016-04-09: "It is circumstances which show what men are." -- Epictetus

2016-04-10: "And feel by turns the bitter change / Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce." -- John Milton ('Paradise Lost', 1667)

2016-04-11: "For all we take we must pay, but the price is cruel high." -- Rudyard Kipling ('The Courting Of Dinah Shadd', 1890)

2016-04-12: "Any technology that does not appear magical is insufficiently advanced." -- Gregory Benford ('Foundation's Fear', 1997)

2016-04-13: "Now civilizations, I believe, come to birth and proceed to grow by successfully responding to successive challenges. They break down and go to pieces if and when a challenge confronts them which they fail to meet." -- Arnold J. Toynbee ('Civilization On Trial', 1948)

2016-04-14: "There's small choice in rotten apples." -- William Shakespeare ('The Taming Of The Shrew', c. 1593)

2016-04-15: "Thought once awakened does not again slumber." -- Thomas Carlyle

2016-04-16: "In the country of the blind, who are not as unobservant as they look, the one-eyed is not king, he is spectator." -- Clifford Geertz ('Local Knowledge: Further Essays In Interpretive Anthropology', 1983)

2016-04-17: "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." -- Robert F. Kennedy

2016-04-18: "We always do what’s natural, only sometimes we shouldn’t do it." -- Alfred Bester ('The Stars My Destination', 1956)

2016-04-19: "How you treat the weak is / Your true nature calling!" -- Jane's Addiction ('True Nature', 2003)

2016-04-20: "When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead / And the White Knight is talking backwards and the Red Queen's off with her head / Remember what the dormouse said: 'Feed your head, feed your head!'" -- Jefferson Airplane ('White Rabbit', 1967)

2016-04-21: "At Learning's fountain it is sweet to drink, / But 'tis a nobler privilege to think." -- John Godfrey Saxe

2016-04-22: "History repeats itself. That’s one of the things wrong with history." -- Clarence Darrow

2016-04-23: "We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions." -- Daniel J. Boorstin

2016-04-24: "To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection." -- Henri Poincaré

2016-04-25: "A lie will gallop halfway round the world before the truth has time to pull its breeches on." -- Cordell Hull

2016-04-26: "When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set." -- Lin Yutang

2016-04-27: "Civilization, as it progresses, requires a higher conscience, a keener sense of justice, a warmer brotherhood, a wider, loftier, truer public spirit. Failing these, civilization must pass into destruction." -- Henry George

2016-04-28: "The power of the culture industry's ideology is such that conformity has replaced consciousness." -- Theodor W. Adorno

2016-04-29: "Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect: like a man, who hath thought of a good repartee when the discourse is changed, or the company parted; or like a physician, who hath found out an infallible medicine, after the patient is dead." -- Jonathan Swift

2016-04-30: "A wrongness persisted, a sense of aberration, some factor not quite right, the feeling of a corner." -- Clifford D. Simak ('Highway Of Eternity', 1986)



May 2016

2016-05-01: "It gets late early out there." -- Yogi Berra

2016-05-02: "There are no small problems. Problems that appear small are large problems that are not understood." -- Santiago Ramón y Cajal

2016-05-03: "Things that people learn purely out of curiosity can have a revolutionary effect on human affairs." -- Frederick Seitz

2016-05-04: "He that will have a cake out of the wheat must tarry the grinding." -- William Shakespeare ('Troilus And Cressida', c. 1602)

2016-05-05: "Consciousness is unquantifiable, a ghost in the machine, barely considered real at all, though in a sense this flickering mosaic of awareness is the only true reality that we can ever know." -- Alan Moore

2016-05-06: "You oughta be thankful, a whole heaping lot, / For the places and people you're lucky you're not!" -- Dr. Seuss ('Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?', 1973)

2016-05-07: "The instinct for self-deception in human beings makes them try to banish from their minds dangers of which at bottom they are perfectly aware by declaring them non-existent." -- Stefan Zweig ('Beware Of Pity', 1939)

2016-05-08: "Perception requires imagination because the data people encounter in their lives are never complete and always equivocal." -- Leonard Mlodinow

2016-05-09: "If we don't get collectively smarter, we're doomed." -- Douglas Engelbart

2016-05-10: "Once again the crust of civilization has worn thin, and beneath can be heard the muttering of primeval fires." -- John Buchan

2016-05-11: "I felt at the time a kind of encroaching loneliness, and desolation; a feeling of how nightmarish it would be to wind up in a city with no inhabitants." -- Rod Serling

2016-05-12: "What goes too long unchanged destroys itself." -- Ursula K. Le Guin ('Tales From Earthsea', 2001)

2016-05-13: "Bender: Life is about decisions. Make the wrong ones and you'll wind up face down in a pool of your own blood and urine. Zoidberg: Still, to have your own pool!" -- Futurama ('Free Will Hunting', 2012)

2016-05-14: "There is no act that is not the coronation of an infinite series of causes and the source of an infinite series of effects." -- Jorge Luis Borges

2016-05-15: "History is always repeating itself, but each time the price goes up." -- Will Durant

2016-05-16: "Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." -- Samuel Johnson ('The History Of Rasselas', 1759)

2016-05-17: "We're in a freefall into future. We don't know where we're going. Things are changing so fast, and always when you're going through a long tunnel, anxiety comes along." -- Joseph Campbell ('Sukhavati', 2007)

2016-05-18: "When you get to a fork in the road, take it." -- Yogi Berra

2016-05-19: "I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason." -- Klaatu ('The Day The Earth Stood Still', 1951)

2016-05-20: "Since, in the long run, every planetary society will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring — not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive." -- Carl Sagan ('Pale Blue Dot', 1994)

2016-05-21: "Let's imagine: if you glimpsed the future, and were frightened by what you saw, what would you do with that information? Would you go to the politicians? The captains of industry? And how would you convince them? Data? Facts? Good luck. The only facts they won't challenge are the ones that keep the wheels greased and the dollars rolling in." -- Governor Nix ('Tomorrowland', 2015)

2016-05-22: "Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating." -- Carl von Clausewitz

2016-05-23: "I have goosebumps, people!" -- Woody Harrelson ('2012', 2012)

2016-05-24: "I am trying to see / I am trying to believe / This is not where I should be / I am trying to believe." -- Nine Inch Nails ('Good Soldier', 2007)

2016-05-25: "Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with." -- Douglas Adams ('Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy', 1979) [May 25 is Towel Day]

2016-05-26: "Do not fear the lack of knowledge, fear false knowledge." -- Leo Tolstoy ('A Calendar Of Wisdom', 1903-1910)

2016-05-27: "The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose." -- J. B. S. Haldane

2016-05-28: "I avow myself the partisan of truth alone." -- William Harvey

2016-05-29: "There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world." -- Gandalf ('The Fellowship Of The Ring', 1954)

2016-05-30: "A fool can throw a stone into the water which ten wise men cannot recover." -- Buckaroo Banzai ('The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension', 1984)

2016-05-31: "I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books than a king who did not love reading." -- Thomas Babington Macaulay



June 2016

2016-06-01: "Nature will always maintain her rights, and prevail in the end over any abstract reasoning whatsoever." -- David Hume ('An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding', 1748)

2016-06-02: "Curiosity is not a sin.... But we should exercise caution with our curiosity... yes, indeed." -- Albus Dumbledore ('Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire', 2000)

2016-06-03: "It is right to be content with what we have, but never with what we are." -- James Mackintosh

2016-06-04: "I'm gonna tell you something I found out / Whatever you think your life is about / Whatever life may hold in store / Things will happen that you won't be ready for!" -- Jackson Browne ('For A Rocker', 1983)

2016-06-05: "Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen." -- Carl Sandburg

2016-06-06: "There exists in the world a single path along which no one can go except you: whither does it lead? Do not ask, go along it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

2016-06-07: "When one is considering systems it's always wise to raise questions about the most obvious and simple assumptions." -- C. West Churchman ('The Systems Approach', 1968)

2016-06-08: "Oh, I have suffered / With those that I saw suffer." -- William Shakespeare ('The Tempest', c. 1610-1611)

2016-06-09: "Try again. Fail again. Fail better." -- Samuel Beckett ('Worstward Ho!', 1983)

2016-06-10: "Time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

2016-06-11: "Apocalypse could not be repealed by the democratic process." -- Greg Bear ('The Forge Of God', 1987)

2016-06-12: "The planet'll shake us off like a bad case of fleas." -- George Carlin ('Jammin' in New York', 1992)

2016-06-13: "There is a limit to the time assigned you, and if you don't use it to free yourself it will be gone and never return." -- Marcus Aurelius ('Meditations', 161-180 AD)

2016-06-14: "I've got to keep on keepin' on / You know the big wheel keeps on spinnin' around." -- Steve Miller ('Jet Airliner', 1977)

2016-06-15: "Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you opportunity to commit more." -- Mark Twain ('More Maxims Of Mark', 1927)

2016-06-16: "Ignorance is not bliss — it is oblivion." -- Philip Wylie

2016-06-17: "Life is a wave which in no two consecutive moments of its existence is composed of the same particles." -- John Tyndall

2016-06-18: "Let us, then, be up and doing. / With a heart for any fate; / Still achieving, still pursuing, / Learn to labor and to wait." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ('A Psalm Of Life', 1838)

2016-06-19: "Money is the fruit of evil as often as the root of it." -- Henry Fielding

2016-06-20: "Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it." -- Alan Perlis

2016-06-21: "Nothing is so fatal to the progress of the human mind as to suppose that our views of science are ultimate; that there are no mysteries in nature; that our triumphs are complete, and that there are no new worlds to conquer." -- Humphry Davy

2016-06-22: "If you fell down yesterday, stand up today." -- H.G. Wells ('The Anatomy Of Frustration', 1936)

2016-06-23: "The existing scientific concepts cover always only a very limited part of reality, and the other part that has not yet been understood is infinite." -- Werner Heisenberg

2016-06-24: "The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human." -- Aldous Huxley ('The Olive Tree', 1936)

2016-06-25: "The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being." -- Socrates

2016-06-26: "No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place." -- Zen Proverb

2016-06-27: "We do not conceive of sudden, radical, irrational change as built into the very fabric of existence. Yet it is." -- Michael Crichton ('Jurassic Park', 1990)

2016-06-28: "The thirst to know and understand, / A large and liberal discontent; / These are the goods in life's rich hand, / The things that are more excellent." -- William Watson

2016-06-29: "Nothing is more uncertain than the result of any one throw; few things are more certain than the result of many throws." -- James A. Garfield

2016-06-30: "Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it." -- Alfred Hitchcock



July 2016

2016-07-01: "Dethrone the dictaphone. Hit it in its funny bone. That's where they expect it least.'" -- Manfred Mann ('Blinded By The Light', 1976)

2016-07-02: "Enjoy the little things." -- Zombieland Rule #32 (2009)

2016-07-03: "Nowadays we can send a message around the world in one-seventh of a second, but it takes years to drive an idea through a quarter-inch of human skull." -- Charles Kettering

2016-07-04: "I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!" -- Charles Dickens ('A Christmas Carol', 1843)

2016-07-05: "The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences." -- Winston Churchill

2016-07-06: "Often you must imagine something before you can come to terms with it." -- Clifford D. Simak

2016-07-07: "The true laboratory is the mind, where behind illusions we uncover the laws of truth." -- Jagadish Chandra Bose

2016-07-08: "Like any work of art, life needs to be thought about." -- Albert Camus ('A Happy Death', 1971)

2016-07-09: "Inductive reasoning is reasoning from particular facts to a general law, or proposition, called the conclusion." -- Erle Elsworth Clippinger

2016-07-10: "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes." -- Henry David Thoreau

2016-07-11: "Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

2016-07-12: "Let every sluice of knowledge be opened and set a-flowing." -- John Adams

2016-07-13: "How quickly one accepts the incredible if only one sees it." -- Richard Matheson ('I Am Legend', 1954)

2016-07-14: "This dead of midnight is the noon of thought, / And wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars." -- Anna Laetitia Barbauld ('A Summer Evening's Meditation', 1773)

2016-07-15: "He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." -- Thomas Paine

2016-07-16: "Do not commence your exercises in philosophy in those regions where an error can deliver you over to the executioner." -- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

2016-07-17: "The truth is out there." -- Tagline For 'The X-Files' (1993–2002, 2016)

2016-07-18: "Thoughts are mightier than strength of hand." -- Sophocles

2016-07-19: "A misconception remains a misconception, even when it is shared by the majority of people." -- Leo Tolstoy ('A Calendar Of Wisdom', 1903-1910)

2016-07-20: "What we got here is a failure to communicate." -- Paul Newman ('Cool Hand Luke', 1967)

2016-07-21: "BOOM! Here comes the BOOM, ready or not!" -- P.O.D. ('Boom', Crystal Method Remix, 2002)

2016-07-22: "When I walk along with two others, from at least one I will be able to learn." -- Confucius

2016-07-23: "We made too many wrong mistakes." -- Yogi Berra

2016-07-24: "A method is more important than a discovery, since the right method will lead to new and even more important discoveries." -- Lev Landau

2016-07-25: "An inch of foreknowledge is worth ten miles of after-thought." -- Jack Vance ('Cugel's Saga', 1983)

2016-07-26: "That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions and, were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions." -- George Santayana

2016-07-27: "Boundary, n. In political geography, an imaginary line between two nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of the other." -- Ambrose Bierce ('The Devil's Dictionary', 1911)

2016-07-28: "The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." -- Harlan Ellison

2016-07-29: "Bifurcation theory studies and classifies phenomena characterized by sudden shifts in behavior arising from small changes in circumstances, analysing how the qualitative nature of equation solutions depends on the parameters that appear in the equation. This may lead to sudden and dramatic changes, for example the unpredictable timing and magnitude of a landslide." -- Catastrophe Theory

2016-07-30: "Why should things be easy to understand?" -- Thomas Pynchon

2016-07-31: "Live in the present and shape the future, do not be casting lingering looks to the distant past for the past has passed away, never again to return." -- Subramania Bharati



August 2016

2016-08-01: "There is a time for some things, and a time for all things; a time for great things, and a time for small things." -- Miguel de Cervantes ('Don Quixote', 1605)

2016-08-02: "You see, the basis of all reasoning is the mind's awareness of itself. What we think, the external objects we perceive, are all like actors that come on and off stage. But our consciousness, the stage itself, is always present to us." -- Kyle Broflovski ('South Park', 'The Tooth Fairy's Tats', 2000)

2016-08-03: "It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed." -- Francis Bacon

2016-08-04: "If we assume that the last breath of, say, Julius Caesar has by now become thoroughly scattered through the atmosphere, then the chances are that each of us inhales one molecule of it with every breath we take." -- James Hopwood Jeans ('An Introduction To The Kinetic Theory of Gases', 1940)

2016-08-05: "Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception." -- Carl Sagan

2016-08-06: "Among other evils folly has also this, that it is always beginning to live." -- Seneca The Younger

2016-08-07: "Knowledge does verily destroy ignorance as light destroys deep darkness." -- Adi Shankara

2016-08-08: "Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking makes what we read ours." -- John Locke

2016-08-09: "As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it." -- Albert Einstein

2016-08-10: "Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work." -- Horace

2016-08-11: "The man with the real sense of humor is the man who can put himself in the spectator's place and laugh at his own misfortunes." -- Bert Williams

2016-08-12: "It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question." -- Eugène Ionesco

2016-08-13: "The world is a stage!" -- Tagline For 'The Truman Show' (1998)

2016-08-14: "There was no substitute for reality; one should be aware of imitations." -- Arthur C. Clarke ('The Fountains Of Paradise', 1979)

2016-08-15: "Time is the wisest of all things that are; for it brings everything to light." -- Thales

2016-08-16: "Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin' / And we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive." -- Bee Gees ('Stayin' Alive', 1977)

2016-08-17: "Running off a cliff is sudden if you don't know it's there, even if you have been running toward it for days." -- John Barnes ('Earth Made Of Glass', 1998)

2016-08-18: "In the air all directions lead everywhere." -- H.G. Wells ('The War In The Air', 1907)

2016-08-19: "Time is the school in which we learn, / Time is the fire in which we burn." -- Delmore Schwartz

2016-08-20: "It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him." -- J. R. R. Tolkien ('The Hobbit', 1937)

2016-08-21: "I have taken all knowledge to be my province." -- Francis Bacon

2016-08-22: "Man never makes a plan but fortune makes another." -- Bernardo Dovizi

2016-08-23: "The things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done." -- Buckminster Fuller

2016-08-24: "I was caught in the middle of a railroad track. (Thunder!) / I looked round and I knew there was no turning back. (Thunder!)" AC/DC ('Thunderstruck', 1990)

2016-08-25: "Time can't be measured in days the way money is measured in pesos and centavos, because all pesos are equal, while every day, perhaps every hour, is different." -- Jorge Luis Borges

2016-08-26: "Premonitions played tag in the grottoes of my mind, none of which I would have cared to take to lunch." -- Roger Zelazny ('The Courts Of Chaos', 1978)

2016-08-27: "No matter how many instances of white swans we may have observed, this does not justify the conclusion that all swans are white." -- Karl Popper ('The Logic Of Scientific Discovery', 1934)

2016-08-28: "The first step towards philosophy is incredulity." -- Denis Diderot

2016-08-29: "If you survive until tomorrow, it could mean that either a) you are more likely to be immortal or b) that you are closer to death." -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb ('The Black Swan', 2007)

2016-08-30: "Don't get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one." -- Ludwig Wittgenstein

2016-08-31: "Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of human life is to grasp as much as we can out of the infinitude." -- Alfred North Whitehead



September 2016

2016-09-01: "Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge." -- Kahlil Gibran

2016-09-02: "If it's just us, it seems like an awful waste of space." -- Tagline For 'Contact' (1997)

2016-09-03: "Too far a retreat from reality is insanity." -- Poul Anderson ('Brain Wave', 1954)

2016-09-04: "There are only 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't." -- Unknown

2016-09-05: "Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life." -- Jean Paul

2016-09-06: "Whatever an enemy might do to an enemy, or a foe to a foe, the ill-directed mind can do to you even worse. Whatever a mother, father or other kinsman might do for you, the well-directed mind can do for you even better." -- Gautama Buddha ('Cittavagga: The Mind')

2016-09-07: "There has been an earth for a little more than a billion years. As for the question of the end of it I advise: Wait and see!" -- Albert Einstein

2016-09-08: "Neither the gifts nor the blows of fortune equal those of nature." -- Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

2016-09-09: "Scientists say three species become extinct everyday. Who knows how many new ones are being created?" -- Fox Mulder ('The X-Files', 'The Host', 1994)

2016-09-10: "Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy." -- W. Somerset Maugham

2016-09-11: "Veracity is the heart of morality." -- Thomas Henry Huxley

2016-09-12: "The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises." -- Sigmund Freud

2016-09-13: "Ah, sitting, the great leveler. From the lowliest peasant to the mightiest pharaoh, who does not enjoy a good sit?" -- Montgomery Burns ('The Simpsons', 'Mountain Of Madness', 1997)

2016-09-14: "Our lives are not our own; from womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness we birth our future." -- Sonmi~451 ('Cloud Atlas', 2012)

2016-09-15: "Doom very evenly! Do not doom one doom to the rich; another to the poor! Nor doom one doom to your friend; another to your foe!" -- Alfred The Great ('The Doom Book', c. 893 AD)

2016-09-16: "To see a candle’s light, one must take it into a dark place." -- Ursula K. Le Guin ('The Farthest Shore', 1972)

2016-09-17: "Just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist." -- Madeleine L'Engle ('A Wrinkle In Time', 1963)

2016-09-18: "Fate goes ever as it must." -- Beowulf (c. 975-1025 AD)

2016-09-19: "There is nothing in the world, I venture to say, that would so effectively help one to survive even the worst conditions, as the knowledge that there is a meaning in one’s life." -- Viktor Frankl ('Man's Search For Meaning', 1946)

2016-09-20: "All the public business in Congress now connects itself with intrigues, and there is great danger that the whole government will degenerate into a struggle of cabals." -- John Quincy Adams

2016-09-21: "Whom calamity oft passes by she finds at last." -- Seneca The Younger

2016-09-22: "It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err." -- Mahatma Gandhi

2016-09-23: "Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks." -- Herodotus ('The Histories', 440 BC)

2016-09-24: "Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past - let us accept our own responsibility for the future." -- John F. Kennedy

2016-09-25: "Show respect to all people and grovel to none." -- Tecumseh

2016-09-26: "I am very conscious that there is no scientific explanation for the fact that we are conscious." -- Andrew Huxley

2016-09-27: "Do not be hasty, that is my motto." -- Treebeard ('The Two Towers', 1954)

2016-09-28: "Confidence is a feeling you get when you don't REALLY understand the situation." -- James P. Hogan ('Code Of The Lifemaker' 1983)

2016-09-29: "So blind is the curiosity by which mortals are possessed, that they often conduct their minds along unexplored routes, having no reason to hope for success, but merely being willing to risk the experiment of finding whether the truth they seek lies there." -- René Descartes

2016-09-30: "Another busy day! So let’s to business. The clock moves forward; wasted time is life defeated!" -- Jack Vance ('To Live Forever', 1956)



October 2016

2016-10-01: "The problem of measurement and the observer is the problem of where the measurement begins and ends, and where the observer begins and ends." -- John Stewart Bell

2016-10-02: "In every part of the globe it is the same! Hatred, fear and unreasoning hostility have possessed men's hearts!" -- Silver Surfer (Silver Surfer #1, 1968)

2016-10-03: "Nobody rides for free. Nobody gets it like they want it to be. Nobody hands you any guarantee. Nobody." -- Jackson Browne ('Boulevard', 1980)

2016-10-04: "Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." -- T. E. Lawrence ('Seven Pillars Of Wisdom', 1922)

2016-10-05: "Unless we are very careful, very careful indeed, and very conscientious, there is still great danger that our children may turn out to be the same kind of people we are." -- Brock Chisholm

2016-10-06: "Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise." -- Francis Bacon

2016-10-07: "Surprise, surprise, surprise!" -- Gomer Pyle ('Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.', 1964-1969)

2016-10-08: "A life is not important except for the impact it has on other lives." -- Jackie Robinson

2016-10-09: "Space itself is said to be bounded by its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity." -- Gene Wolfe ('The Citadel Of The Autarch', 1983)

2016-10-10: "Facts are stubborn things." -- Tobias Smollett

2016-10-11: "And the truth will rise above, and fiction fall beneath. / Although the lies may bite, the truth has all the teeth." -- Phish ('No Man's Land', 2015)

2016-10-12: "All things must change, to something new, to something strange." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ('Kéramos', 1878)

2016-10-13: "The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true." -- James Branch Cabell ('The Silver Stallion', 1926)

2016-10-14: "Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties." -- John Milton ('Areopagitica', 1644)

2016-10-15: "We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately." -- Benjamin Franklin

2016-10-16: "I began by saying that our history will be what we make it. If we go on as we are, then history will take its revenge and retribution will not limp in catching up with us." -- Edward R. Murrow ('Good Night, And Good Luck', 2005)

2016-10-17: "Conservation of mass! It's the law!" -- Homer Simpson ('The Simpsons', 'Dial 'N' for Nerder', 2008)

2016-10-18: "All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies." -- John Arbuthnot

2016-10-19: "Knowledge once gained casts a faint light beyond its own immediate boundaries." -- John Tyndall

2016-10-20: "People usually take for granted that the way things are is the way things must be." -- Poul Anderson ('The Enemy Stars', 1959)

2016-10-21: "It's the same old story, same old song and dance, my friend." -- Aerosmith ('Same Old Song And Dance', 1974)

2016-10-22: "The world is a beautiful book, but of little use to him who cannot read it." -- Carlo Goldoni

2016-10-23: "When one tries to rise above Nature one is liable to fall below it." -- Arthur Conan Doyle ('The Adventure Of The Creeping Man', 1923)

2016-10-24: "The greatest danger to our future is apathy." -- Jane Goodall

2016-10-25: "Between too early and too late, there is never more than a moment." -- Franz Werfel

2016-10-26: "Ernest Hemingway once wrote, 'The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part." -- Morgan Freeman ('Se7en', 1995)

2016-10-27: "It is as bad for a man to think that he can know nothing as to think he knows all." -- Henry George

2016-10-28: "The laws of circumstance are abolished by new circumstances." -- Napoleon Bonaparte

2016-10-29: "No one gets out alive." -- Tagline For 'Doom' (2008)

2016-10-30: "The eternal, never-ceasing search for knowledge often leads to dark and dangerous places." -- Outer Limits ('Cold Hands, Warm Heart', 1964)

2016-10-31: "It cannot be seen, cannot be felt, / Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt. / It lies behind stars and under hills, / And empty holes it fills. / It comes first and follows after / Ends life, kills laughter." -- J. R. R. Tolkien ('The Hobbit', 1937)



November 2016

2016-11-01: "The daily routine takes your soul, lost without a trace / It holds you down and turns you 'round and puts you in your place / Another day, another dollar, another pretty face / Another chance to lose yourself in the endless race." - Triumph ('Hold On', 1979)

2016-11-02: "The whole world yearns after freedom, yet each creature is in love with his chains; this is the first paradox and inextricable knot of our nature." -- Sri Aurobindo

2016-11-03: "Whatever the progress of human knowledge, there will always be room for ignorance, hence for chance and probability." -- Émile Borel

2016-11-04: "None can be call'd deform'd but the unkind." -- William Shakespeare ('Twelfth Night' c. 1601-02)

2016-11-05: "Thousands have lived without love, not one without water." -- W. H. Auden

2016-11-06: "I wish the first word I ever said was the word 'quote,' so right before I die I could say 'unquote.'" -- Steven Wright

2016-11-07: "A little prescience goes a long way, especially in a galaxy as disorganized as this one." -- Robert Sheckley ('Dimension Of Miracles', 1968)

2016-11-08: "Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem, but you sow the seeds for another." -- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

2016-11-09: "It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them." -- Alfred Adler

2016-11-10: "The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before." -- Thorstein Veblen

2016-11-11: "The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short." -- Abraham Maslow

2016-11-12: "Every good mathematician is at least half a philosopher, and every good philosopher is at least half a mathematician." -- Gottlob Frege

2016-11-13: "Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people." -- Edward Robert Harrison

2016-11-14: "The American Revolution was ignited by the slogan ‘no taxation without representation’, a slogan suggested by democratic ideals. Ought not the present day version of the old slogan be 'No annihilation without representation?'" -- Anatol Rapoport

2016-11-15: "Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will." -- James Stephens ('The Crock Of Gold', 1912)

2016-11-16: "In this galaxy, there's a mathematical probability of three million Earth-type planets. And in all of the universe, three million million galaxies like this. And in all of that...and perhaps more, only one of each of us." -- Leonard 'Bones' McCoy ('Star Trek', 'Balance Of Terror', 1966)

2016-11-17: "A little group of wise hearts is better than a wilderness full of fools." -- John Ruskin

2016-11-18: "Nothing is so unworthy of a civilised nation as allowing itself to be governed without opposition by an irresponsible clique that has yielded to base instinct." -- The White Rose (First Leaflet, 1942)

2016-11-19: "No more useful inquiry can be proposed than that which seeks to determine the nature and the scope of human knowledge." -- René Descartes ('Rules For The Direction Of The Mind', c. 1628)

2016-11-20: "Attempts to place different disciplines in different camps are revealed as artificial in the face of the unity of knowledge." -- Glenn T. Seaborg

2016-11-21: "How can we be optimistic in the face of a planet where people live so badly, nature is being destroyed and the dominant empire is money?" -- José Saramago

2016-11-22: "Whatever we call reality, it is revealed to us only through the active construction in which we participate." -- Ilya Prigogine

2016-11-23: "In pushing other species to extinction, humanity is busy sawing off the limb on which it is perched." -- Paul R. Ehrlich

2016-11-24: "When prosperous the fool trembles for the evil that is to come; in adversity the philosopher smiles for the good that he has had." -- Ambrose Bierce

2016-11-25: "They say the sea turns so dark / That you know it's time you see the sign." -- Kansas ('Point Of Know Return', 1977)

2016-11-26: "We're on the express elevator to hell, going down!" -- Private Hudson ('Aliens', 1986)

2016-11-27: "We live in an age disturbed, confused, bewildered, afraid of its own forces, in search not merely of its road but even of its direction." -- Woodrow Wilson

2016-11-28: "Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

2016-11-29: "Destiny and history are untidy." -- Djuna Barnes

2016-11-30: "Year by year, month by month, the plight of our fragmentary and precarious civilization becomes more serious." -- Olaf Stapledon ('Star Maker', 1937)



December 2016

2016-12-01: "Sometimes, the best answer is a more interesting question." -- Terry Pratchett

2016-12-02: "A man spends the first year of his life learning that he ends at his own skin, and the rest of his life learning that he doesn't." -- Saul Gorn

2016-12-03: "By space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; by thought I comprehend the world." -- Blaise Pascal

2016-12-04: "I believe in coincidences. Coincidences happen every day. I don't trust coincidences." -- Elim Garak ('Star Trek: Deep Space Nine', 'Cardassians', 1993)

2016-12-05: "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." -- T. S. Eliot

2016-12-06: "You can’t rule out the impossible, because you never know which of your assumptions about what was possible might turn out, in the real universe, to be false." -- Orson Scott Card ('Ender's Shadow', 1999)

2016-12-07: "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist." -- Kenneth E. Boulding

2016-12-08: "Men willingly believe what they wish to be true." -- Julius Caesar

2016-12-09: "He that will not when he may, / When he will he shall have nay." -- Robert Burton ('The Anatomy Of Melancholy', 1621)

2016-12-10: "Dirty deeds and they're done dirt cheap." -- AC/DC ('Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap', 1976)

2016-12-11: "Still...let's talk about fear. We won't raise our voices and we won't scream; we'll talk rationally, you and I. We'll talk about the way the good fabric of things sometimes has a way of unraveling with shocking suddenness." -- Stephen King ('Night Shift', Foreword, 1978)

2016-12-12: "You know, I'm sick of following my dreams, man. I'm just going to ask where they're going and hook up with 'em later." -- Mitch Hedberg

2016-12-13: "Everything you do closes a door somewhere ahead of you. And finally there is only one door left." -- Cormac McCarthy ('The Sunset Limited', 2006)

2016-12-14: "Like it or not we live in interesting times." -- Robert F. Kennedy

2016-12-15: "It had been the Golden Age. But gold was also the color of sunset, of autumn." -- Arthur C. Clarke ('Childhood's End', 1953)

2016-12-16: "I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." -- Abraham Maslow

2016-12-17: "Some choices are easy, some aren't. Those are the really important ones, the ones that define us as people." -- Walter Sparrow ('The Number 23', 2007)

2016-12-18: "My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it — you will regret both." -- Søren Kierkegaard ('Either/Or', 1843)

2016-12-19: "Fortune is not on the side of the faint-hearted." -- Sophocles

2016-12-20: "The future — the gray-cloud-future — with its feeling that the entire universe rolled toward a boiling nexus hung around him like a phantom world." -- Frank Herbert ('Dune', 1965)

2016-12-21: "Despite every effort, no one lives forever. Sorry to be such a spoiler. My advice is, when the time comes, don't panic. It doesn't seem to help. I guess I should introduce myself properly, but then again, you'll meet me soon enough — not before your time, of course; I make it a policy to avoid the living." -- Death ('The Book Thief', 2013)

2016-12-22: "I know it stinks. The whole universe stinks, sometimes. Haven’t you discovered that yet?" -- Robert Silverberg ('The Man In The Maze', 1968)

2016-12-23: "These are the times that try men's souls." -- Thomas Paine ('The American Crisis', December 23, 1776)

2016-12-24: "You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilization from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass." -- John Buchan

2016-12-25: "Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store?" -- Dr. Seuss ('How The Grinch Stole Christmas', 1957)

2016-12-26: "The force which makes for war does not derive its strength from the interested motives of evil men; it derives its strength from the disinterested motives of good men." -- Norman Angell

2016-12-27: "The Computers would have no Computing to do, Life-Plotters no lives to Plot, Sociologists no societies to profile; none of the Specialists would have anything to do, if it weren't for the Observer." -- Isaac Asimov ('The End Of Eternity', 1955)

2016-12-28: "How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean." -- Arthur C. Clarke

2016-12-29: "Hatred is the anger of the weak." -- Alphonse Daudet

2016-12-30: "Every today is at the same time both a cradle and a shroud: a shroud for yesterday, a cradle for tomorrow." -- Yevgeny Zamyatin

2016-12-31: "The problem with the future is that it keeps turning into the present." -- Bill Watterson ('Calvin And Hobbes', 1985-1995)



January 2017

2017-01-01: "Industry don't pay a price that's fair / All the common people breathing filthy air." -- Pointer Sisters ('Neutron Dance', 1985)

2017-01-02: "One of the greatest sorrows of human existence is that some people aren't happy merely to be alive but find their happiness only in the misery of others." -- Dean Koontz ('Lightning', 1988)

2017-01-03: "Perhaps seeing things from a new perspective has reminded me of life's beauty. Or perhaps my new posture is causing blood to pool in the back of my brain, resulting in a slight delirium." -- Professor Farnsworth ('Futurama', 'Bendless Love', 2001)

2017-01-04: "There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self." -- Aldous Huxley

2017-01-05: "Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood." -- Henry Miller ('Tropic Of Capricorn' 1938)

2017-01-06: "Things do not turn out the way you think they will." -- Michael Crichton ('Prey', 2002)

2017-01-07: "Our world is terrifying in its insignificance." -- Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

2017-01-08: "You wake me up early in the morning to tell me that I'm right? Please wait until I'm wrong." -- John von Neumann

2017-01-09: "Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed." -- Blaise Pascal

2017-01-10: "Strange thoughts beget strange deeds." -- Percy Bysshe Shelley ('The Cenci', Act IV, Scene 4, 1819)

2017-01-11: "How many never think, who think they do!" -- Jane Taylor

2017-01-12: "Each species, be it a form of bacteria or deer, is knitted together in a network of interdependence, however indirect the links may be." -- Murray Bookchin

2017-01-13: "The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile." -- Bertrand Russell

2017-01-14: "Men substitute words for reality and then argue about the words." -- Edwin Howard Armstrong

2017-01-15: "If the earth must lose that great portion of its pleasantness which it owes to things that the unlimited increase of wealth and population would extirpate from it, for the mere purpose of enabling it to support a larger but not a better or a happier population, I sincerely hope, for the sake of posterity, that they will be content to be stationary, long before necessity compels them to it." -- John Stuart Mill

2017-01-16: "There cannot be mental atrophy in any person who continues to observe, to remember what he observes, and to seek answers for his unceasing hows and whys about things." -- Alexander Graham Bell

2017-01-17: "I am not going to question your opinions. I am not going to meddle with your belief. I am not going to dictate to you mine. All that I say is, examine; enquire. Look into the nature of things." -- Frances Wright

2017-01-18: "A frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean." -- Zhuang Zhou ('Zhuangzi', 3rd Century BC)

2017-01-19: "Rock crushes scissors ... but paper covers rock ... and scissors cut paper. Kif, we have a conundrum. Search them for paper, and bring me a rock." -- Zapp Brannigan ('Futurama', 'Brannigan, Begin Again', 1999)

2017-01-20: "Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped." -- Elbert Hubbard

2017-01-21: "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." -- John Muir

2017-01-22: "We have been cocksure of many things that were not so." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

2017-01-23: "Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers." -- Ray Bradbury

2017-01-24: "One may ride upon a tiger's back but it is fatal to dismount." -- Ernest Bramah ('Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat', 1928)

2017-01-25: "The definition of the good society is one in which virtue pays. I can now add a slight variation on this; you cannot have a good society unless virtue pays." -- Abraham Maslow

2017-01-26: "Humour is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him." -- Romain Gary

2017-01-27: "Good deeds remain good, no matter whether we know how the world was made or not. Vile deeds are vile, no matter whether we know or do not know what, after death, will be the fate of the doer." -- Felix Adler

2017-01-28: "Nothing is better for self-esteem than survival." -- Martha Gellhorn

2017-01-29: "We do not choose our concerns." -- Graham Greene

2017-01-30: "If our eye could penetrate the earth and see its interior from pole to pole, from where we stand to the antipodes, we would glimpse with horror a mass terrifyingly riddled with fissures and caverns." -- Umberto Eco ('Foucault's Pendulum', 1988)

2017-01-31: "If we're still alive in the morning then we'll know we're not dead." -- Randy Marsh ('South Park', 'Cartoon Wars Part I', 2006)



February 2017

2017-02-01: "I am little pieces little pieces little pieces, pieces that were picked up on the way / Imprinted with a purpose with a purpose with a purpose, a purpose that's become quite clear today." -- Nine Inch Nails ('Copy Of A', 2013)

2017-02-02: "Well, it's Groundhog Day... again..." -- Bill Murray ('Groundhog Day', 1993)

2017-02-03: "History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It's been around a long time." -- Terry Pratchett

2017-02-04: "A door opens to me. I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors." -- Antonio Porchia

2017-02-05: "Intellect distinguishes between the possible and the impossible; reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless." -- Max Born

2017-02-06: "Like living creatures, automobiles expired when their environment became saturated with their own excreta. We ourselves are living creatures. We don't want the same to happen to us." -- John Brunner ('Stand On Zanzibar', 1968)

2017-02-07: "The World has moved on. Bad times are on horseback." -- Stephen King ('The Gunslinger', 1982)

2017-02-08: "Above all, try always to be able to feel deeply any injustice committed against any person in any part of the world." -- Che Guevara

2017-02-09: "Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle." -- Robert N. Anthony

2017-02-10: "It is not enough to be in the right place at the right time. You should also have an open mind at the right time." -- Paul Erdos

2017-02-11: "Do not destroy what you cannot create." -- Leó Szilárd

2017-02-12: "Every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable." -- John F. Kennedy

2017-02-13: "A very great vision is needed, and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky." -- Crazy Horse

2017-02-14: "Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated." -- Rosalind Franklin

2017-02-15: "Who dares not speak his free thoughts is a slave." -- Euripides

2017-02-16: "Nature has a way sometimes of reminding Man of just how small he is." -- The Return Of Godzilla (1984)

2017-02-17: "A man who sells his conscience for his interest will sell it for his pleasure." -- Maria Edgeworth

2017-02-18: "Release the Kraken!" -- Zeus ('Clash Of The Titans', 1981)

2017-02-19: "Choose only one master — Nature." - Rembrandt

2017-02-20: "It can scarcely be denied that the fundamental phenomena which first led mankind into chemical inquiries are those of combustion." -- William Crookes

2017-02-21: "Satire, by being leveled at all, is never resented for an offence by any." -- Jonathan Swift ('A Tale Of A Tub', 1704)

2017-02-22: "We do not know the truth. But sometimes we get a glimpse of the shadow of the truth. And where there is a shadow, somewhere there must be light." -- Eric Mervyn Lindsay

2017-02-23: "I hear Socrates saying that the best seasoning for food is hunger; for drink, thirst." -- Cicero

2017-02-24: "Every object in the Universe with a temperature above absolute zero radiates in the infrared, so this part of the spectrum contains a great deal of information." -- Frank J. Low

2017-02-25: "He that would seriously set upon the search of truth, ought in the first place to prepare his mind with a love of it. For he that loves it not, will not take much pains to get it; nor be much concerned when he misses it." -- John Locke ('An Essay Concerning Human Understanding', 1689)

2017-02-26: "A pinch of probability is worth a pound of perhaps." -- James Thurber

2017-02-27: "Logic is the most useful tool of all the arts. Without it no science can be fully known. It is not worn out by repeated use, after the manner of material tools, but rather admits of continual growth through the diligent exercise of any other science." -- William of Ockham

2017-02-28: "Maybe you have to know darkness before you can appreciate the light." -- Madeleine L'Engle



March 2017

2017-03-01: "Stand up on your feet, 'cause your life is short as hell. / You could be dead tomorrow, today may be your last chance!" -- Shooting Star ('Last Chance', 1980)

2017-03-02: "Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind." -- Douglas MacArthur

2017-03-03: "If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable." -- Thomas More

2017-03-04: "What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens." -- Benjamin Disraeli

2017-03-05: "If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?" -- Thomas Henry Huxley

2017-03-06: "Imagination is the air of mind." -- Philip James Bailey ('Festus', 1839)

2017-03-07: "All between the Cradle and the Coffin is uncertain." -- Thomas Fuller

2017-03-08: "If you have no sympathy for human pain, / The name of human you cannot retain." -- Saadi ('Gulistan', 1258)

2017-03-09: "The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program." -- Larry Niven

2017-03-10: "Wars are fought by teenagers, you realize that. They really ought to be fought by the politicians and old people who start these wars." -- James Clavell

2017-03-11: "Remote fountains are of little help to nearby fires." -- Han Fei

2017-03-12: "We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

2017-03-13: "Virtue owns no master: he who honors her shall have more of her, and he who slights her, less. The responsibility lies with the chooser." -- Plato ('The Republic', c. 380 BC)

2017-03-14: "The acquisition of any knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good." -- Leonardo da Vinci

2017-03-15: "Beware the ides of March." -- William Shakespeare ('Julius Caesar', c. 1599)

2017-03-16: "The common stock of intellectual enjoyment should not be difficult of access because of the economic position of him who would approach it." -- Jane Addams  ('Twenty Years At Hull House', 1910)

2017-03-17: "There was something new here, factors he hadn't counted on. He kept reassuring himself there was an explanation for everything, once you had your facts straight." -- Harry Harrison ('Deathworld', 1960)

2017-03-18: "Our waking life's desire to shape the world to our convenience invites all manner of paradox and difficulty." -- Cormac McCarthy ('Cities Of The Plain', 1998)

2017-03-19: "To tear treasure out of the bowels of the land was their desire, with no more moral purpose at the back of it than there is in burglars breaking into a safe. " -- Joseph Conrad ('Heart Of Darkness', 1899)

2017-03-20: "To go one's way with sincerity brings clarity." -- I Ching (Western Zhou Period, China, 1046–771 BC)

2017-03-21: "There is no dress which embellishes the body more than science does the mind." -- Laurent Clerc

2017-03-22: "Show a man what he expects to see, and he won't look beneath the surface." -- Catwoman

2017-03-23: "One finds many companions for food and drink, but in a serious business a man's companions are few." -- Theognis Of Megara

2017-03-24: "Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not." -- Nathaniel Hawthorne

2017-03-25: "Many journalists now are no more than channelers and echoers of what George Orwell called the 'official truth'." -- John Pilger

2017-03-26: "What makes a good writer of history is a guy who is suspicious." -- Jim Bishop

2017-03-27: "Odd that the brain could function on its own, without acquainting him with its purposes, its reasons. But the brain was an organ, like the spleen, heart, kidneys. And they went about their private activities. So why not the brain?" -- Philip K. Dick ('The Man Who Japed', 1956)

2017-03-28: "Those whom guilt stains it equals." -- Lucan ('Pharsalia', 61 AD)

2017-03-29: "Man has no greater enemy than himself." -- Petrarch

2017-03-30: "You have to explore every contingency if you want to keep winning the survival game." -- Roger Zelazny ('Sign Of The Unicorn', 1975)

2017-03-31: "Clarity of thought is a shining point in a vast expanse of unrelieved darkness." -- Stanislaw Lem ('His Master's Voice', 1968)



April 2017

2017-04-01: "I'm so confused by the things I read / I need the truth but the truth is, I don't know who to believe." -- Styx ('Borrowed Time', 1979)

2017-04-02: "Certain signs precede certain events." -- Cicero

2017-04-03: "One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal." -- Alvin Toffler

2017-04-04: "Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance." -- Abigail Adams

2017-04-05: "How senseless is the sordid love of gain; / Blind to all else the mind that's set on profit." -- Diphilus

2017-04-06: "Look out that window, Eden isn't burning. It's burnt." -- Matthew McConaughey ('Reign Of Fire', 2002)

2017-04-07: "Often people fight hardest of all to preserve a delusion. And they will frequently persecute those who challenge that delusion." -- Michael Moorcock ('The Dragon In The Sword', 1987)

2017-04-08: "I contest anything that is unjust, that causes suffering in humanity." -- Yip Harburg

2017-04-09: "There can be no doubt that the knowledge of logic is of considerable practical importance for everyone who desires to think and infer correctly." -- Alfred Tarski

2017-04-10: "Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind." -- Henry James

2017-04-11: "The senses are of the earth; Reason, stands apart in contemplation." -- Leonardo da Vinci

2017-04-12: "Escape or die frying." -- Tagline for 'Chicken Run' (2000)

2017-04-13: "The easiest thing in the world is self-deceit; for every man believes what he wishes, though the reality is often different." -- Demosthenes

2017-04-14: "If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine." -- Che Guevara

2017-04-15: "In this shrinking world, it is futile to seek safety behind geographical barriers." -- Harry Truman

2017-04-16: "The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do." -- B. F. Skinner

2017-04-17: "But optics sharp it needs, I ween, / To see what is not to be seen." -- John Trumbull ('McFingal', 1782)

2017-04-18: "There is in gardens a plant which one ought to leave dry, although most people water it. It is the weed called envy." -- Cosimo de' Medici

2017-04-19: "The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators." -- Edward Gibbon

2017-04-20: "How short our happy days appear! How long the sorrowful!" -- Jean Ingelow

2017-04-21: "The future is a riddle only time can solve." -- The Riddler

2017-04-22: "The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience." -- Leo Tolstoy

2017-04-23: "Lu tempu è priziusu." -- Sicilian Proverb ('Time is precious.')

2017-04-24: "Make truth your island, make truth your refuge; there is no other refuge." -- Gautama Buddha

2017-04-25: "The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." -- Jane Wagner

2017-04-26: "A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep." -- Saul Bellow

2017-04-27: "And all that the Lorax left here in this mess / was a small pile of rocks with the one word: UNLESS. / Whatever that meant . . . well, I just couldn't guess." -- Dr. Seuss ('The Lorax', 1971)

2017-04-28: "Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2017-04-29: "Most people don't believe something can happen until it already has." -- Ludi Boeken ('World War Z', 2013)

2017-04-30: "Question reality. Change your destiny." -- Tagline for 'Doctor Strange' (2016)



May 2017

2017-05-01: "And another one gone, and another one gone, another one bites the dust." -- Queen ('Another One Bites The Dust', 1980)

2017-05-02: "There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." -- Alexander Woollcott

2017-05-03: "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

2017-05-04: "You’ve got to look at life clearly. No rose-colored glasses." -- Taylor Caldwell

2017-05-05: "I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself by now and then finding a smooth pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." -- Isaac Newton

2017-05-06: "A war refugee sought the Master. He said, 'You are wise and serene. Teach me to escape the horrors of this world.' And the Master blinded him with fire-irons." -- Syndicate Wars

2017-05-07: "Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor." -- Hesiod

2017-05-08: "Mother Nature doesn't care if you're having fun." -- Larry Niven ('Niven's Laws', #3)

2017-05-09: "The just man is most free from disturbance, while the unjust is full of the utmost disturbance." -- Epicurus

2017-05-10: "Every age has its temptations, its weaknesses, its dangers." -- Rutherford B. Hayes

2017-05-11: "Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one." -- Voltaire

2017-05-12: "And o'er the past oblivion stretch her wing." -- Homer ('The Odyssey', c. 8th Century BC)

2017-05-13: "The days are numbered." -- Tagline for '28 Days Later' (2002)

2017-05-14: "According to recent studies, at least one star out of three is multiple." -- Stanislaw Ulam

2017-05-15: "It is the great glory as well as the great threat of science that everything which is in principle possible can be done if the intention to do it is sufficiently resolute." -- Peter Medawar

2017-05-16: "Conceal nothing, and watch the fools search forever." -- Andromeda ('Saving Light From A Black Sun', 2005)

2017-05-17: "Each time the discovery of new facts, the overthrow or extension of accepted theories, reminded us that science is never finished." -- Charles Fabry

2017-05-18: "Circumstances alter cases." -- Thomas Chandler Haliburton

2017-05-19: "Seek out reality, leave things that seem." -- W. B. Yeats ('Vacillation', 1933)

2017-05-20: "The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances." -- Atisa

2017-05-21: "Drive the natural away, it returns at a gallop." -- Philippe Néricault Destouches

2017-05-22: "Be fair, or foul, or rain, or shine, / The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine." -- John Dryden

2017-05-23: "Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma." -- E. B. White

2017-05-24: "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -- George Bernard Shaw

2017-05-25: "Don't forget to bring a towel!" --  Towelie (South Park, 'Towelie', 2001) [May 25 is Towel Day]

2017-05-26: "We got to sit back and look at this thing from a distance. Things are not all they appear to be." -- Denzel Washington ('Inside Man', 2006)

2017-05-27: "We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge." -- Robert F. Kennedy

2017-05-28: "From hence, let fierce contending nations know / What dire effects from civil discord flow." -- Joseph Addison ('Cato, A Tragedy', 1713)

2017-05-29: "I have followed after the truth, across this windy planet upon which every person is nourished by one or another lie." -- James Branch Cabell ('The Silver Stallion: A Comedy Of Redemption', 1926)

2017-05-30: "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." -- Hector Berlioz

2017-05-31: "We may try to see things as objectively as we please. None the less, we can never see them with any eyes except our own." -- Benjamin N. Cardozo



June 2017

2017-06-01: "So forget all that you see, it's not reality, it's just a fantasy." -- Aldo Nova ('Fantasy', 1982)

2017-06-02: "Do this. Don't do that. Stay back in line. Where's tax receipt? Fill out form. Let's see license. Submit six copies. Exit only. No left turn. No right turn. Queue up and pay fine. Take back and get stamped. Drop dead — but first get permit." -- Robert A. Heinlein ('The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress', 1966)

2017-06-03: "While a man maketh his train longer, he maketh his wings shorter." -- Francis Bacon ('Ornamenta Rationalia', 1597)

2017-06-04: "Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor." -- Truman Capote

2017-06-05: "He whom you suppose an idealist may be a practical man." -- Kahlil Gibran

2017-06-06: "There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others." -- Jane Austen ('Pride And Prejudice', 1813)

2017-06-07: "I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here." -- Arthur C. Clarke

2017-06-08: "What doesn't slumber under the shells of us all? One just needs courage to uncover it and be oneself." -- Cesare Pavese

2017-06-09: "What is this life if, full of care, / We have no time to stand and stare." -- William Henry Davies ('Leisure', 1906)

2017-06-10: "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." -- Chesty Puller

2017-06-11: "To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge." -- Benjamin Disraeli ('Sybil', 1845)

2017-06-12: "The Darkness is coming. It will spread to every corner of the land." -- Smaug ('The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug', 2013)

2017-06-13: "Men must be aggressive for what is right if government is to be saved from those who are aggressive for what is wrong." -- Robert Marion 'Fighting Bob' La Follette Sr.

2017-06-14: "He hears but half who hears one party only." -- Aeschylus

2017-06-15: "It took a couple of hundred million years to develop a thinking ape and you want a smart one in a lousy few hundred thousand?" -- Spider Robinson ('God Is An Iron', 1977)

2017-06-16: "The problem inherent in the surface of things, and only in the surface of things, is the heart of things." -- Leo Strauss ('Thoughts On Machiavelli', 1958)

2017-06-17: "Technology is both a tool for helping humans and for destroying them. This is the paradox of our times which we're compelled to face." -- Frank Herbert

2017-06-18: "Contradiction is the essence of the universe." -- Fernando Pessoa

2017-06-19: "Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth." -- Baltasar Gracián

2017-06-20: "They say that the prospect of being hanged in the morning concentrates a man's mind wonderfully; unfortunately what the mind inevitably concentrates on is that it is in a body, that, in the morning, is going to be hanged." -- Terry Pratchett

2017-06-21: "And so it begins." -- Théoden ('The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers', 2002)

2017-06-22: "Little things are big." -- Yogi Berra

2017-06-23: "Now, we shall see the beginning of a great tragedy." -- William The Silent

2017-06-24: "As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance." -- John Dewey

2017-06-25: "Education costs money, but then so does ignorance." -- Claus Moser

2017-06-26: "Have a nice Apocalypse." -- Tagline for Southland Tales (2006)

2017-06-27: "Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit." -- Elbert Hubbard

2017-06-28: "Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth." -- Agatha Christie ('The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd', 1926)

2017-06-29: "Discovering the object of the game is the object of the game." -- Daniel Schorr ('The Game', 1997)

2017-06-30: "It is a more worthy intellectual task perhaps to learn to think dynamically and relationally rather than statically." -- Karl Mannheim



July 2017

2017-07-01: "People coming, people going, people born to die / Don't ask me, because I don't know why / But it's like that, and that's the way it is." -- Run DMC ('It's Like That', 1984)

2017-07-02: "You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it." -- Charles Buxton

2017-07-03: "Man ought to be content, it is said; but with what?" -- Voltaire

2017-07-04: "Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power." -- Benjamin Franklin

2017-07-05: "This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations." -- Rutherford B. Hayes

2017-07-06: "Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief." -- Jane Austen ('Emma', 1815)

2017-07-07: "True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing." -- Jean Cocteau

2017-07-08: "Happiness is beneficial for the body but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind." -- Marcel Proust ('In Search Of Lost Time', 1927)

2017-07-09: "A man can do but little. Enough if that little be right." -- Poul Anderson ('There Will Be Time', 1972)

2017-07-10: "To govern well, one must see things as they are." -- José Martí

2017-07-11: "It is the unknown that defines our existence. We are constantly searching, not just for answers to our questions, but for new questions." -- Benjamin Sisko ('Star Trek: Deep Space Nine', 'Emissary', 1993)

2017-07-12: "A little learning is a dangerous thing; / Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring; / Their shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, / And drinking largely sobers us again." -- Alexander Pope ('An Essay On Criticism', 1709)

2017-07-13: "I’d rather get bad news from an honest man than lies from a flatterer." -- Ursula K. Le Guin ('The Other Wind', 2001)

2017-07-14: "A spark neglected has often raised a conflagration." -- Quintus Curtius Rufus

2017-07-15: "No gifts from Chance, have conquer’d Fate." -- Matthew Arnold ('Resignation', 1849)

2017-07-16: "Saying is one thing and doing is another." -- Michel de Montaigne

2017-07-17: "Sometimes your whole life boils down to one insane move." -- Jake Sully ('Avatar', 2009)

2017-07-18: "Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual." -- Arthur Koestler

2017-07-19: "Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley." -- A. J. Cronin

2017-07-20: "Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today." -- Ernest Hemingway

2017-07-21: "Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense." -- Thornton Wilder ('Our Town', 1938)

2017-07-22: "To do successful research, you don't need to know everything, you just need to know one thing that isn't known." -- Arthur Leonard Schawlow

2017-07-23: "So far as consciousness goes, one does one's thinking before one knows what he is to think about." -- Edwin Boring

2017-07-24: "In order to learn anything we need time. And to make time we must use information filters allowing us to ignore most of the information aimed at us. We must ignore much to learn a little." -- Mario Bunge

2017-07-25: "Within the brain's most secret cells / A certain Lord Chief Justice dwells / Of sovereign power, whom one and all / With common voice, we Reason call." -- Charles Churchill

2017-07-26: "Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?" -- Bertrand Russell ('The Conquest Of Happiness', 1930)

2017-07-27: "When you understand the nature of a thing, you know what it's capable of." -- Blade ('Blade', 1998)

2017-07-28: "We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." -- Louis Brandeis

2017-07-29: "Presentiment is that long shadow on the lawn / Indicative that suns go down; / The notice to the startled grass / That darkness is about to pass." -- Emily Dickinson ('Nature', 1824)

2017-07-30: "War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent." -- George Orwell ('Nineteen Eighty-Four', 1949)

2017-07-31: "Coarse hail, and foul water and snow pour down through the tenebrous air; the earth that receives them stinks." -- Dante Alighieri ('Inferno', 'Divine Comedy', c.1308)



August 2017

2017-08-01: "Do you know who you can trust? / Do you sign your life away and write your name in the dust?" -- AC/DC ('Dog Eat Dog', 1977)

2017-08-02: "To live is to risk it all. Otherwise, you're just an inert chunk of randomly-assembled molecules drifting wherever the universe blows you." -- Rick Sanchez ('Rick And Morty', 'Rickmancing The Stone', 2017)

2017-08-03: "Things are getting worse faster than I can lower my standards." -- Carrie Fisher

2017-08-04: "I feel I was denied critical need-to-know information." -- Burt Gummer ('Tremors 2: Aftershocks', 1996)

2017-08-05: "And this is the nature of the universe. We struggle against it. We fight to deny it, but it is of course pretense. It is a lie. Beneath our poised appearance, the truth is we are completely...out of control." -- The Merovingian ('The Matrix Reloaded', 2003)

2017-08-06: "I tell you naught for your comfort, / Yea, naught for your desire, / Save that the sky grows darker yet / And the sea rises higher." -- G. K. Chesterton ('The Ballad Of The White Horse', 1911)

2017-08-07: "The oppressor, who is himself dehumanized because he dehumanizes others, is unable to lead this struggle." -- Paulo Freire ('Pedagogy Of The Oppressed', 1968)

2017-08-08: "Let each man pass his days in that wherein his skill is greatest." -- Propertius

2017-08-09: "The three greatest mistakes that can be made — lack of intelligence, lack of resolution, or lack of responsibility." -- Thucydides ('History Of The Peloponnesian War', 5th Century BC)

2017-08-10: "People never want to be told anything they do not believe already." -- James Branch Cabell ('The Cream Of The Jest', 1917)

2017-08-11: "We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'." -- Arthur Eddington

2017-08-12: "Any man may make a mistake; none but a fool will stick to it." -- Cicero

2017-08-13: "We are powerfully imprisoned in these Dark Ages simply by the terms in which we have been conditioned to think." -- Buckminster Fuller ('Cosmography: A Posthumous Scenario For The Future Of Humanity', 1992)

2017-08-14: "It seems that thought itself has a power for which it has never been given credit." -- Colin Wilson ('Frankenstein's Castle', 1980)

2017-08-15: "Who now travels that dark path from whose bourne they say no one returns." -- Catullus

2017-08-16: "Let me list all the ways you're gonna die: rain, heat, disease-carrying flies, and we haven't started on the things that want to eat you alive." -- Tom Hiddleston ('Kong: Skull Island', 2017)

2017-08-17: "Total absence of humor renders life impossible." -- Colette

2017-08-18: "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." -- Edgar Allan Poe ('Eleonora', 1841)

2017-08-19: "Sometimes the only thing more dangerous than a question is an answer." -- Ferengi Rule Of Acquisition #208

2017-08-20: "To the scientist there is the joy in pursuing truth which nearly counteracts the depressing revelations of truth." -- H. P. Lovecraft

2017-08-21: "Maybe somebody should've labelled the future 'some assembly required'." -- Michael Garibaldi ('Babylon 5', 'Hunter, Prey', 1995)

2017-08-22: "The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

2017-08-23: "When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred." -- Thomas Jefferson

2017-08-24: "Whenever we proceed from the known into the unknown we may hope to understand, but we may have to learn at the same time a new meaning of the word 'understanding.'" -- Werner Heisenberg

2017-08-25: "Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world — and never will." -- Mark Twain

2017-08-26: "Hope often tricks a fool." -- Havelok The Dane (c. 1280-1290 AD)

2017-08-27: "Earnest among the thoughtless, awake among the sleepers, the wise man advances like a racer, leaving behind the hack." -- Gautama Buddha ('Dhammapada', 'Appamada-vaggo: On Earnestness')

2017-08-28: "I honor the man who is willing to sink / Half his present repute for the freedom to think, / And, when he has thought, be his cause strong or weak, / Will risk t'other half for the freedom to speak." -- James Russell Lowell ('A Fable For Critics', 1848)

2017-08-29: "If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run — and often in the short one — the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative." -- Arthur C. Clarke

2017-08-30: "Whatever we call reality, it is revealed to us only through the active construction in which we participate." -- Ilya Prigogine

2017-08-31: "The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy." -- John W. Gardner



September 2017

2017-09-01: "And what does it matter, it'll be over soon / Our head's on a platter, so let's spin in the light of the moon." -- Phish ('Breath And Burning', 2016)

2017-09-02: "Once one is caught up into the material world, not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

2017-09-03: "Anyone who thinks that just because they didn't already know a thing, it must not be true or important, is an idiot." -- Orson Scott Card ('Hidden Empire', 2009)

2017-09-04: "At this rate, by Tuesday it will be Thursday, by Wednesday it will be August, and by Thursday it will be the end of existence as we know it!" -- Professor Farnsworth ('Futurama', 'Time Keeps On Slippin', 2001)

2017-09-05: "Fortune never seems so blind as to those upon whom she confers no favors." -- François de La Rochefoucauld

2017-09-06: "The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

2017-09-07: "I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which when you looked at it in the right way, did not become more complicated." -- Poul Anderson ('Call Me Joe', 1957)

2017-09-08: "Life is a slow-motion avalanche, and none of us are steering." -- Donald E. Westlake

2017-09-09: "No simplicity of mind, no obscurity of station, can escape the universal duty of questioning all that we believe." -- William Kingdon Clifford

2017-09-10: "To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals — this alone is worth the struggle." -- William Osler

2017-09-11: "I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey." -- Hunter S. Thompson

2017-09-12: "Serendipity is looking in a haystack for a needle and discovering a farmer's daughter." -- Julius H. Comroe, Jr.

2017-09-13: "To nourish oneself on ancient virtue induces perseverance." -- I Ching (Western Zhou Period, China, 1046–771 BC)

2017-09-14: "Comedy and tragedy step through life together, arm in arm, all along, out along, down along lea." -- Seán O'Casey

2017-09-15: "You see only the productions of second-rate folk who are in a hurry to get wealth and fame. The true knowledge, the deadly knowledge, is still kept secret. But, believe me, my friend, it is there." -- John Buchan ('The Power-House', 1916)

2017-09-16: "Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought; our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks." -- Samuel Johnson

2017-09-17: "Like the fish that, though in the water, is unaware of the water, we are so thoroughly engulfed in the blessings of nature that we tend to forget its very existence." -- Koichi Tohei

2017-09-18: "I see dead people." -- Haley Joel Osment ('The Sixth Sense', 1999)

2017-09-19: "Nobody makes up my mind for me." -- Rita Hayworth

2017-09-20: "Be charitable before wealth makes thee covetous." -- Thomas Browne

2017-09-21: "A lie never lives to be old." -- Sophocles

2017-09-22: "Maybe we know that under the right set of circumstances the things that live in the catacombs would be glad to crawl out." -- Stephen King ('Apt Pupil', 1982)

2017-09-23: "Do not let yourself be bothered by the inconsequential. One has only so much time in this world, so devote it to the work and the people most important to you, to those you love and things that matter." -- Louis L'Amour ('Ride The River', 1983)

2017-09-24: "But what happens here when night comes? When pretending ends, and reality begins?" -- The Outer Limits ('Second Chance', 1964)

2017-09-25: "I keep the subject constantly before me, and wait 'till the first dawnings open slowly, by little and little, into a full and clear light." -- Isaac Newton

2017-09-26: "'Tis the business of little minds to shrink but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." -- Thomas Paine

2017-09-27: "Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." -- Mark Twain ('Pudd'nhead Wilson', 1894)

2017-09-28: "Starting from a logically clear concept of probability, based on experience, using arguments which are usually called statistical, we can discover truth in wide domains of human interest." -- Richard von Mises

2017-09-29: "Thus idly busy rolls their world away." -- Oliver Goldsmith ('The Traveller', 1764)

2017-09-30: "The ideal citizen of a politically corrupt state, such as the one we now have, is a gullible dolt unable to tell truth from bullshit." -- Charles Simic



October 2017

2017-10-01: "We're on a runaway train rolling down the track." -- Moody Blues ('English Sunset', 1999)

2017-10-02: "The philosopher forms his principles on an infinity of particular observations. He does not confuse truth with plausibility; he takes for truth what is true, for false what is false, for doubtful what is doubtful, and probable what is probable. The philosophical spirit is thus a spirit of observation and accuracy." -- Denis Diderot

2017-10-03: "The universe is basically an animal. It grazes on the ordinary. It creates infinite idiots just to eat them." -- Rick Sanchez ('Rick And Morty', 'The ABC's of Beth', 2017)

2017-10-04: "Consequences are unpitying." -- George Eliot ('Adam Bede', 1859)

2017-10-05: "With respect to the present time, there are few persons who unite the qualifications of good observers with a situation favourable for accurate observation." -- Jean-Baptiste Say

2017-10-06: "To everything there is a season. Yes. A time to break down, and a time to build up. Yes. A time to keep silent and a time to speak." -- Ray Bradbury ('Fahrenheit 451', 1953)

2017-10-07: "Something frightening. Something strange. Something different." -- Tagline For 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' (1983)

2017-10-08: "All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental." -- Kurt Vonnegut ('Timequake', 1997)

2017-10-09: "Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty." -- Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein

2017-10-10: "Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple." -- Charles Mingus

2017-10-11: "That is to be wise to see not merely that which lies before your feet, but to foresee even those things which are in the womb of futurity." -- Terence

2017-10-12: "Perhaps a man really dies when his brain stops, when he loses the power to take in a new idea." -- George Orwell

2017-10-13: "Change the way you look at the world." -- Tagline for 'K-PAX' (2001)

2017-10-14: "What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell

2017-10-15: "Voiceless it cries, wingless flutters, toothless bites, mouthless mutters." -- Gollum ('The Hobbit', 1937)

2017-10-16: "Induction, I maintain, may or may not employ hypothesis, but what is essential to it is the inference from the particular to the general, from the known to the unknown, and the nature of this inference it is impossible to represent adequately by reference to the forms of deduction." -- Thomas Fowler ('Logic, Deductive And Inductive', 1893)

2017-10-17: "The historian's one task is to tell the thing as it happened." -- Lucian

2017-10-18: "In a climate of confusion, one of the surest ways of confounding the enemy is to tell him the plain truth." -- Gordon R. Dickson ('Necromancer', 1962)

2017-10-19: "All men know of death, but they do not expect it of a sudden, and it comes upon them unawares. So, though the dry flats extend far out, soon the tide comes and floods the beach." -- Yoshida Kenko

2017-10-20: "We must trust to nothing but facts: these are presented to us by nature and cannot deceive." -- Antoine Lavoisier

2017-10-21: "Every discovery takes place in more than a scientific context." -- Charles J. Pedersen

2017-10-22: "To be or not to be, that is the question." -- William Shakespeare ('Hamlet', c. 1600)

2017-10-23: "The road has its own reasons and no two travelers will have the same understanding of those reasons." -- Cormac McCarthy ('The Crossing', 1994)

2017-10-24: "Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached." -- Franz Kafka ('The Zürau Aphorisms', 1917)

2017-10-25: "Hell is truth seen too late." -- Thomas Hobbes ('Leviathan', 1651)

2017-10-26: "He who dreams not creates not." -- Louis Sullivan

2017-10-27: "A problem thoroughly understood is always fairly simple." -- Charles F. Kettering

2017-10-28: "Live mindful of death; the hour flies." -- Persius

2017-10-29: "It is the beginning of the end of our world as we knew it. Doom is the operative ethic." -- Hunter S. Thompson

2017-10-30: "Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice." -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

2017-10-31: "Halloween - the one time of the year where the squalor of our home works to our advantage." -- Homer Simpson ('The Simpsons', 'Treehouse Of Horror XXII', 2011)



November 2017

2017-11-01: "You never get too sad, you never get too blue / It must be all the chemtrails raining down on you." -- Phish ('Blaze On', 2015)

2017-11-02: "Speak softly and carry a big stick." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2017-11-03: "Anybody who is not like everybody, who does not think like everybody, runs the risk of being eliminated." -- José Ortega y Gasset ('The Revolt Of The Masses', 1930)

2017-11-04: "Looking at one's cards is a crutch for players who rely on skill." -- Bender ('Futurama', 'Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder', 2009)

2017-11-05: "Speak truth to power." -- Bayard Rustin

2017-11-06: "There is always a 'but' in this imperfect world." -- Anne Brontë ('The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall', 1848)

2017-11-07: "Atrocity on a mass scale has become impersonal and official; moral indignation as a public fact has become extinct or made trivial." -- C. Wright Mills

2017-11-08: "Little is needed to make a wise man happy, but nothing can content a fool." -- François de La Rochefoucauld

2017-11-09: "Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials." -- Lin Yutang

2017-11-10: "Ignorance is king. Many would not profit by his abdication. Many enrich themselves by means of his dark monarchy." -- Walter M. Miller Jr. ('A Canticle For Leibowitz', 1960)

2017-11-11: "A demagogue must be neither an educated nor an honest man; he has to be an ignoramus and a rogue." -- Aristophanes ('The Knights', 424 BC)

2017-11-12: "Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong." -- Thomas Jefferson ('Notes On The State Of Virginia', 1785)

2017-11-13: "You know, the problem with real life is there's no danger music." -- Chip Douglas ('The Cable Guy', 1996)

2017-11-14: "Life is a thin narrowness of taken-for-granted, a plank over a canyon in a fog." -- Rose Wilder Lane

2017-11-15: "We may well ask how it happened that the entire scheme of advanced education is devoted exclusively to ever narrower specialization." -- Buckminster Fuller

2017-11-16: "He that lives upon hope will die fasting." -- Benjamin Franklin

2017-11-17: "With no power comes no responsibility, except that wasn't true." -- Kick-Ass ('Kick-Ass', 2010)

2017-11-18: "There is no advance without strife." -- Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer ('After Worlds Collide', 1934)

2017-11-19: "Every cause produces more than one effect." -- Herbert Spencer

2017-11-20: "To know the truth, you must risk everything." -- Neo ('The Animatrix', 2003)

2017-11-21: "I have entered on an enterprise which is without precedent, and will have no imitator." -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

2017-11-22: "As science learns one answer, it is characteristically true that it also learns several new questions." -- Warren Weaver

2017-11-23: "Proposition: It's far better to be alive than to be dead." -- King Arthur ('Camelot', 1967)

2017-11-24: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." -- Albert Einstein

2017-11-25: "Mankind which began in a cave and behind a windbreak will end in the disease-soaked ruins of a slum." -- H. G. Wells

2017-11-26: "I propose to beg no question, to shrink from no conclusion, but to follow truth wherever it may lead." -- Henry George

2017-11-27: "Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of a plutocracy." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2017-11-28: "It frequently appears that some people will believe almost anything. Thus judgments can be manipulated or warped by unscrupulous groups. Distortions or outright falsehoods can come to be accepted as fact." -- Henry Way Kendall

2017-11-29: "No particular results then, so far, but only an attitude of orientation, is what the pragmatic method means. The attitude of looking away from first things, principles, 'categories,' supposed necessities; and of looking towards last things, fruits, consequences, facts." -- William James

2017-11-30: "A story is not finished, until it has taken the worst turn." -- Friedrich Durrenmatt



December 2017

2017-12-01: "Before we leave we must make a stand." -- REO Speedwagon ('Golden Country', 1972)

2017-12-02: "Some success, some failure, but either way the gnawing hunger to know is never sated, and the road to the unknown continues to be dark and strange." -- The Outer Limits ('Expanding Human', 1964)

2017-12-03: "The world's big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark." -- John Muir

2017-12-04: "Aristotle taught that the brain exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true only of certain persons." -- Will Cuppy

2017-12-05: "Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence." -- Ambrose Bierce ('The Devil's Dictionary', 1911)

2017-12-06: "You are interested in the unknown, the mysterious, the unexplainable. That is why you are here." -- Criswell ('Plan 9 From Outer Space', 1956)

2017-12-07: "Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise." -- Cato The Elder

2017-12-08: "Another day and we’re still alive. Maybe even a trifle wiser. Wise enough to realize there are many more things we still need to know." -- Roger Zelazny ('The Hand Of Oberon', 1976)

2017-12-09: "I have learnt through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmuted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmuted into a power which can move the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi

2017-12-10: "But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead." -- John Maynard Keynes

2017-12-11: "It is sad that we should meet only thus at the ending. For the world is changing: I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth, and I smell it in the air." -- Galadriel ('The Return Of The King', 1955)

2017-12-12: "Do you hear that? That is the sound of a thousand terrible things headed this way." -- Qui-Gon Jinn ('Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace', 1999)

2017-12-13: "You're looking at Act One, Scene One, of a nightmare, one not restricted to witching hours and dark, rainswept nights." -- Rod Serling ('The Twilight Zone', 'Long Live Walter Jameson', 1960)

2017-12-14: "And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world." -- John Steinbeck ('East Of Eden', 1952)

2017-12-15: "The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country." -- John Adams

2017-12-16: "The shadows are deepening all around us. Now is the time when we must begin to see our world and ourselves in a different way." -- Madeleine L'Engle

2017-12-17: "Dissimulation, even the most innocent in its nature, is ever productive of embarrassment; whether the design is evil or not, artifice is always dangerous and almost inevitably disgraceful." -- Jean de La Bruyère

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