“The greatest wealth is health.” Virgil
“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” John Lennon.
“Listen to many, speak to a few.” William Shakespeare.
“I am here to live out loud.” Emile Zola
“War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.”… Ambrose Bierce
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” Plato.
Not quite a ‘quote’ but a classic bit of repartee- Lady Astor to Winston Churchill- “If you were my husband I would poison your tea!”. Churchill in reply- “Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it!”
Another cracker from Churchill . Bessie Braddock– “Winston, you are drunk!” Churchill in reply- “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Winston Churchill
Charles de Gaulle – “When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. So we were often angry at each other.”
“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.” Bob Dylan
“I want you to know that everything I did, I did for my country.” Pol Pot.
“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business; it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability; it is essential for human survival.” The Dalai Lama
“Every decision you make, every decision that you make every second, is not a decision about what to do, it is a decision about who you are. Every act is an act of self-definition.” Neale Donald Walsch
“Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest” Emile Zola.
“The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.” Herodotus.
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, and the earth brought forth grass and the Rastafarians smoked it.” Spike Milligan.
“I don’t believe in angels and I have trouble with the whole God thing. I don’t want to say I don’t believe in God, but I don’t think I do. But I believe in people who do.” Billy Connolly.
“Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.” Capt James Cook.
“When things go wrong don’t go with them” Elvis Presley.
“If you want to execute me I will bring my own fucking rope.” Saddam Hussein
“Genius is eternal patience.” Michelangelo.
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
“The only white man you can trust is a dead white man.” Robert Mugabe.
“Dontopedology is the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it.” The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“What treaty have the Sioux made with the white man that we have broken? Not one. What treaty have the white man ever made with us that they have kept? Not one.” Chief Sitting Bull.
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” Adolf Hitler.
“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” Jimi Hendrix.
“Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.” Tiger Woods.
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Vincent Van Gogh.
“The differences between friends cannot but reinforce their friendship.” Mao Tse Tung.
Also from Mao Zedong. “Enable every woman who can work to take her place on the labour front, under the principle of equal pay for equal work.”
“When I’m good I’m very, very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.” Mae West.
“Education is dangerous – Every educated person is a future enemy.” Hermann Goering.
“We believe that the biggest thieves in the world are Americans and the biggest terrorists on earth are the Americans.” Osama Bin Laden.
“I’m so overexposed, I’m making Paris Hilton look like a recluse.” Barack Obama.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” …and “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” Martin Luther King.
“Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.” Golda Meir (to visiting diplomat!)
“Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.” St Augustine.
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein.
“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” Henry Ford.
“Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’.” Yoda.
“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” Thomas Huxley.
“The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.” Salvador Dali.
“He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.” Saki (H H Munro.)
“Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.” George Eliot.
“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.” James Branch Cabell
“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Samuel Johnson.
“There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.” Frank Zappa.
“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.” Xenocrates.
“My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.” Socrates.
“I would have made a good Pope.” Richard M Nixon.
“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Fanny Lou Harmer.