Quotes

Title Body Author Subject
Quote 128

George Bernard Shaw was being his usual male chauvinist piggish self in pronouncing on the superior intellect men had as compared to women, and he turned to his wife for support. Her reply?

"Of course, dear. You married me, and I, you."

N/A Insults
Quote 127

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one."

                    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one."

                     --Winston Churchill, in response.

N/A Insults
Quote 126

A member of Parliament to Disraeli:

"Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."

"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

N/A Insults
Quote 125

The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:

She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison."

He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

N/A Insults
Quote 135

"Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?"

                    --Tom DeLay to three young evacuees, at the jammed Astrodome 9/9/05

N/A Hubris, Politics, America
Quote 57

From Federalist #8, "Consequences of Hostilities Between the States":

"Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates.

The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached o liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.... They [these institutions] would, at the same time, be necessitated to strengthen the executive arm of government, in doing which their constitutions would acquire a progressive direction toward monarchy.

It is of the nature of war to increase the executive at the expense of the legislative authority”... The perpetual menacings of danger oblige the government [of a localized confederacy] to be always prepared to repel it; its armies must be numerous enough for instant defense. The continual necessity for their services enhances the importance of the soldier, and proportionally degrades the condition of the citizen. The military state becomes elevated above the civil. The inhabitants of territories, often the theatre of war, are unavoidably subjected to frequent infringements on their rights, which serve to weaken their sense of those rights; and by degrees the people are brought to consider the soldiery not only as their protectors, but as their superiors.

The transition from this disposition to that of considering them masters, is neither remote nor difficult; but it is very difficult to prevail upon a people under such impressions, to make a bold or effectual resistance to usurpations supported by the military power.”

N/A America, Politics
Quote 124

Two Wolves: One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self|pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

N/A Advice, Hubris
Quote 129

Evil is no faceless stranger, living in a distant neighborhood. Evil has a wholesome, hometown face, with merry eyes and an open smile. Evil walks among us, wearing a mask which looks like all our faces.

                       --The Book of Counted Sorrows

N/A Advice
Quote 166

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it."

Moses Hadas Insults
Quote 138

We consistently see this administration trying to solve real policy problems by knocking out dissent, as though dissent itself were the problem. The Bushies always remind me of Cousin Claude, a major political thinker. Claude says: "Hell, yiss, I believe in the right to dissent. H'it's in the Constitution! What I can't stand is all this criticism. Criticize, criticize, criticize. Why don't they leave poor Dubya alone and let him fight his war in peace? "We're sendin' our best boys over there, and you know what them Eye-raqis do? They come out at night. Wearin' dirty robes. Not even Christian. If they don't like what we're doin' for 'em, whyn't they just go back where they come from?'"

Molly Ivins Politics, America
Quote 197

"Nobody in this country knows how to talk about class. America is like a giant manor estate where the aristocrats don't know they're aristocrats and the peasants imagine themselves undiscovered millionaires."

Matt Taibbi Politics
Quote 47

"Legislation won't change the heart, but it will restrain the heartless."

Martin Luther King Jr. Politics
Quote 213

"... whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere, because because a man can't ride your back unless it's bent." -- From the speech in a Memphis church the night before he was shot.

Martin Luther King Jr. Advice
Quote 77

"Loyalty to the country, always; loyalty to the government, when it deserves it."

Mark Twain Politics
Quote 142

"The citizen who sees his society’s democratic clothes being worn out and does not cry it out, is not a patriot, but a traitor."

Mark Twain Politics
Quote 147 "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." Mark Twain Insults
Quote 146 "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" Mark Twain Insults
Quote 185

"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. "

Mark Twain Hubris, Advice
Quote 11

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."

Mark Twain Advice
Quote 38

"Punish the monkey, let the organ|grinder go."

Mark Knoffler Politics
Quote 175

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."

Mae West Insults
Quote 209

“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.”

Lewis Carrol Advice
Quote 120

"Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all."

John Maynard Keynes Capitalism
Quote 169

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."

John Bright Insults, Religion
Quote 160

"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war."

John Adams Advice, War