Great Thoughts

"How exactly will capitalism work when there's no longer much need for human labor?" -- Nick Delonas

"Art is the proper task of life." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." -- Plato

"Dreamless sleep is nothing to fear." -- Nick Delonas

"Art suffers the moment other people start paying for it. The more you need the money, the more people will tell you what to do. The less control you will have. The more bullshit you will have to swallow. The less joy it will bring. Know this and plan accordingly."  -- Hugh MacLeod

"Doubt 'til thou canst doubt no more . . . doubt is thought and thought is life. Systems which end doubt are devices for drugging thought." -- Albert Guerard

"Hell is the inability to recognize and appreciate beauty."  -- Nick Delonas

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." -- Aristotle

"Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so." -- John Stuart Mill

"Assumptions are the termites of relationships." -- Henry Winkler

"Ever the malcontent, there's just no pleasing a thirsty fish." -- Nick Delonas

"Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational." -- Hugh Mackay

"The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame." -- Rod Steiger

"You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take." -- Wayne Gretzky

"A good psychiatrist is an uncommon find -- a competent one, a true rarity." -- Nick Delonas

"Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight." -- Benjamin Franklin

"Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect." -- Benny Hill

"Worry is a misuse of imagination." -- Dan Zadra

"I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate." -- George Burns

"In life we donít get what we want, we get in life what we are. If we want more we have to be able to be more, in order to be more you have to face rejection." -- Farrah Gray

"An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined." -- Henry David Thoreau

"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you." -- Eric Hoffer

"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." -- Pablo Picasso

"Treating hypertension with medication is like putting an oxygen mask on your canary in the mine." -- Nick Delonas

"A specification that will not fit on one page of 8.5x11 inch paper cannot be understood." -- Mark Ardis

"If life were ever lasting and free will real, all would eventually choose death." -- Mahaviscera

"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." -- Tacitus

"When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary." -- William Wrigley Jr.

"He that accepts protection, stipulates obedience." -- Samuel Johnson

"Mozart is too easy for beginners and too difficult for artists." -- Artur Schnabel

"Any doctrine that weakens personal responsibility for judgment and for action helps create the attitudes that welcome and support the totalitarian state." -- John Dewey

"The inevitable consequence of democracy is a tyranny of stupidity." -- Nick Delonas

"Having smoking and non-smoking sections in the same room is like having urinating and non-urinating sections in a swimming pool." -- Ross Parker

"I am proud to have been in a business that gives pleasure, creates beauty, and awakens our conscience, arouses compassion, and perhaps most importantly, gives millions a respite from our so violent world." -- Audrey Hepburn

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." -- Groucho Marx

"The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane." -- Nikola Tesla

"Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble." -- Samuel Johnson

"To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered." -- Voltaire

"It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor." -- Neil Gaiman

"We are an impossibility in an impossible universe." -- Ray Bradbury

"Music is mathematics.  Mathematics is God." -- Nick Delonas

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

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." -- Benjamin Disraeli

"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich." -- Napoleon

"Those constipated all week clog toilets on weekends." -- Nick Delonas

"They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

"Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right." -- Laurens van der Post

"It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument." -- William G. McAdoo

"I'm going to memorize your name and throw my head away." -- Oscar Levant

"The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind." -- Humphrey Bogart

"Justice will only exist where those not affected by injustice are filled with the same amount of indignation as those offended." -- Plato

"The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

"Law is mind without reason." -- Aristotle

"I am amazed by the depth of cowardice underlying the typical anonymous Internet attack. You've got to be one hell of a yellow belly to go after someone viciously using a pseudonym. Sometimes a personal attack is in order, but you're a despicable coward if you don't undertake it using your own, real name." -- Nick Delonas

"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." -- H.L. Mencken

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary." -- Federalist Papers

"The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

"All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind." -- Aristotle

"Fill your days with the dull. You'll seem to live much longer and when the end finally comes, you won't mind so much." -- Mahaviscera

"A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker." -- H.L. Mencken

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

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies." -- Thomas Jefferson

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." -- Henry de Jouvenel

"Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity." -- Irving Kristol

"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." -- Jack London

"What does not kill us often makes us wish we were dead." - James Mohen

"The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Ignorance is only a sin when embraced." -- Nick Delonas

"I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but the people. And if we think them not enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take power from them, but to inform them by education." -- Thomas Jefferson

"It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem." - Malcolm Forbes

"We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action." -- Frank Tibolt

"Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes." -- Henry David Thoreau

"Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time." -- Steven Wright

"Without music, life would be a mistake." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark." -- Samuel Johnson

"Oddly enough, a house of cards is more stable on a foundation of sand." -- Nick Delonas

"The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget." -- Thomas Szasz

"In music, the passions enjoy themselves" -- Friedrich W. Nietzsche

"Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers." -- Mignon McLaughlin

"I had an epiphany a few years ago where I was out at a celebrity party and it suddenly dawned on me that I had yet to meet a celebrity who is as smart and interesting as any of my friends." -- Moby

"I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him." -- Galileo Galilei

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live." -- Henry David Thoreau

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." -- Voltaire

"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages." -- Friedrich W. Nietzsche

"If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion." - George Bernard Shaw

"Never get into a stinking contest with a skunk. You just end up smelling like a skunk and the skunk smells the same as when you started." -- author unknown

"If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one - if he had the power - would be justified in silencing mankind." -- John Stuart Mill

"Never take the advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble." -- Sidney J. Harris

"A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain." -- Robert Frost

"There are too many things." -- Nick Delonas

"In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place." -- Mahatma Gandhi

"To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter." -- Aleister Crowley

"Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four." -- Katharine Hepburn

"The dignity of man is in free choice." -- Max Frisch

"A great many laws in a country, like many physicians, is a sign of malady." -- Voltaire

"The day I'm convinced that the American public has embraced a healthful, high-fiber diet is the day I invest heavily in toilet plungers." -- Nick Delonas

"Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge." -- Paul Gauguin

"Those who suppress freedom always do so in the name of law and order." -- John V. Lindsay

"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)." -- Ayn Rand

"The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind." -- H.L. Mencken

"There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." -- John Adams

"Victory belongs to the most persevering." -- Napoleon Bonaparte

"All phone calls are obscene." -- Karen Elizabeth Gordon

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." -- Bill Cosby

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

"Outstanding financial success is generally the result of intelligence, nerve and luck (in reverse order of importance)." -- Nick Delonas

"Never, ever, vote for a lawyer." -- Nick Delonas

"An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory." -- Friedrich Engels

"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal." -- Oscar Wilde

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury." -- Alexander Tytler

"The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else." -- James M. Barrie

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." -- Napoleon Bonaparte

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." -- H.L. Mencken

"There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking." -- Alfred Korzybski

"The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore." -- H.L. Mencken

"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Television is for appearing on - not for looking at." -- Noel Coward

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do." -- Dale Carnegie

"Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad." -- Diogenes the Cynic

"No good deed goes unpunished." -- Clare Booth Luce

"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart." -- H.L. Mencken

"Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic." -- Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." -- Friedrich W. Nietzsche

"All quick-and-dirty projects end up being merely dirty." -- Nick Delonas

"It's hard to keep your underwear clean when you've got more than one ass hole." -- Glen Greene

"I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't park anywhere near the place." -- Steven Wright

"Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt." -- Mahatma Gandhi

"Performance of one's duties should be independent of public opinion." -- Mahatma Gandhi

"It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good." -- Marcus Tullius Cicero

"As a rule, dictatorships guarantee safe streets and terror of the doorbell. In democracy the streets may be unsafe after dark, but the most likely visitor in the early hours will be the milkman." -- Adam Michnik

"People who reach the top of the tree are only those who haven't got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom." -- Peter Ustinov

"Democratic institutions form a system of quarantine for tyrannical desires." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Laws provide against injury from others; but not from ourselves." -- Thomas Jefferson

"There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action." -- Bertrand Russell

"Even if you don't fully understand what's going on, there's much to be said for simply giving it a go." -- Nick Delonas

"All things are difficult before they are easy." -- Dr. Thomas Fuller

"If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience." -- John Cage

"Never has there been nothing." -- Nick Delonas

"Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social, and even political." -- Ignazio Silone

"One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory." -- Rita Mae Brown

"The problem with ice is it is always frozen." -- Nick Delonas

"'My Sweet Lord' is a much better song than 'He's so fine.'" -- Nick Delonas

"The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews." -- William Faulkner

"We'd all like to vote for the best man but he's never a candidate." -- Kin Hubbard

"The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think." -- Horace Walpole

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit." -- Aristotle

"It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them." -- Dame Rose Macaulay

"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy." -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

"In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks." -- Chris Patten

"Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain." -- Friedrich von Schiller

"You're better off dead than in a life without bread." -- Nick Delonas (on the Atkins diet)

"That government is best which governs least." -- Henry David Thoreau

"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid." -- George Bernard Shaw

"It is the besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which the masses of men exhibit their tyranny." -- James Fenimore Cooper

"Joyous distrust is a sign of health. Everything absolute belongs to pathology." -- Friedrich W. Nietzsche

"For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong." -- H.L. Mencken

"The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it." -- Laurence J. Peter

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

"Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something." - Robert Heinlein

"It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law...that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either his own devices or his own thoughts." -- H.L. Mencken

"The universe existed without a glimmer of consciousness for an eternity, but no one remembers it." -- Nick Delonas

"I always look forward to the opportunity to chop off more heads so that I can earn more money." -- Saeed Al Sayyaf, Saudi Arabia's state executioner

"Of government, at least in democratic states, it may be said briefly that it is an agency engaged wholesale, and as a matter of solemn duty, in the performance of acts which all self-respecting individuals refrain from as a matter of common decency." -- H.L. Mencken

"The greatest task of democracy -- its ritual and feast -- is choice." -- H.G. Wells

"It's dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." -- Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

"An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box." -- Italian Proverb

"There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

"No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session." -- Judge Gideon J. Tucker

"If some asshole comes looking for a fight, let him keep looking." -Nick Delonas

"A specification that will not fit on one page of 8.5x11 inch paper cannot be understood." -- Mark Ardis

"I sometimes wonder why it is that all the things I most love to eat and drink are bad for me while everything that's really good for me makes me fart." -- Nick Delonas

"What's another word for Thesaurus?" -- Steven Wright

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

"Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones." -- Bertrand Russell

"Violence is the last resource of the incompetent." -- Salvor Hardin

"No human thing is of serious importance." -- Plato

"Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in." -- Katherine Mansfield

"What ought to be done to the man who invented the celebrating of anniversaries? Mere killing would be too light." -- Mark Twain

"In politics stupidity is not a handicap." -- Napoleon

"Abstract art is the product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered." -- Al Capp

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." -- Albert Einstein

"Life is short and death eternal. Fortunately, time passes quickly when dead." -- Nick Delonas

"If...the machine of government...is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law." -- Henry David Thoreau

"Intellectual freedom is the only guarantee of a scientific - democratic approach to politics, economic development, and culture." -- Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." -- Groucho Marx

"Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language." -- Ludwig Wittgenstein

"'Penis-reduction-surgical specialists' is not a winning slogan."  -- Nick Delonas