Disclaimer: Pleas note that for the most part these quotations were gleaned from the web, some laboriously transcribed from hard copy and a very few are from my own hand. I've made a sustained effort to cite the author and source of this material. In many places where I don't recall who expressed a particular thought I've simply put a question mark. In cases of wide spread common usage with no name attached I've left off the question mark. Also these documents like the rest of this website are somewhat bloglike in that I make liberal use of cross references via HTML links of a related nature tagged to keywords throughout the text.
Quotes: Collected Works: Light Lite
THOROUGH -Zen-, -Tao-, Golas, Sutphen, Powell... 04 FEB 2K5
Quotes: Collected Works: Topical
MASSIVE Organized by Keyword. 04 FEB 2K5
Quotes: Collected Works: Giants ...to stand on the shoulders of
MASSIVE by prolific individuals with much to say. 02 FEB 2K5
Quotes: Mostly Sweet, Just Not So Short.
MASSIVE Allegory, Story, Fable, Poem, Top Ten lists and other long quotations. 10 JAN 2K5
MASSIVE In addition to "Confusion say" form of naughty fortune cookie advice I include many other pithy, pissy and politically incorrect... --the really short so called One Liners. 18 JAN 2K5
More Quotes on Page 42It is a good thing...to read books of quotations. The quotations, when engraved upon the memory give good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
MASSIVE A Chaotic Podge-Hodge of Way Words.15 JAN 2K5
- Sir Winston Churchill
quoting other people is really lame and unoriginal..
- Sergio as quoted by Sergio
A witty saying proves nothing.
- Voltaire (1694-1778)
I often quote myself; it adds spice to my conversation.
- George Bernard Shaw
A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.
- Joseph Roux
A spiritual notebook filled with ideas and quotations from the holy men and women who have walked before us - or who walk alongside of us - can help remind us of what's important and what we are doing and why.
- Lama Surya Das, "Awakening to the Sacred"
When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
- Erasmus, 1466
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
- James Russell Lowell, poet, editor, and diplomat (1819-1891)
And yet on the other hand unless warinesse be us'd, as good almost kill a Man as kill a good Book; who kills a Man kills a reasonable creature, Gods Image, but hee who destroyes a good Booke, kills reason it selfe, kills the Image of God, as it were in the eye.
- Milton, 1644, "Areopagitica"
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.
- Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist, essayist, and poet (1850-1894)
This book is a mirror. When a monkey looks in, no philosopher looks out.
- Lichtenberg as quoted by Robert Anton Wilson
There are books in which the footnotes or comments scrawled by some reader's hand in the margin are more interesting that the text. The world is one of these books.
- George Santayana, philosopher (1863-1952)
There never was a time when those that read at all, read so many more books by living authors than books by dead authors; there never was a time so completely parochial, so shut off from the past.
- T.S. Eliot, poet
It is as easy to dream a book as it is hard to write one.
- Honore de Balzac, novelist (1799-1850)
I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.
- Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)
All my good reading, you might say, was done in the toilet. There are passages in Ulysses which can be read only in the toilet -- if one wants to extract the full flavor of their content.
- Henry Miller (1891-1980) American Author
No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
- Ezra Pound (1885-1972) American Poet, Critic
Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German Philosopher
Very young children eat their books, literally devouring their contents. This is one reason for the scarcity of first editions of Alice in Wonderland and other favourites of the nursery.
- A.S.W. Rosenbach
Reading furnishes our mind only with materials of knowledge
it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
- John Locke
Reading makes a full man,
meditation a profound man,
discourse a clear man.
- Benjamin Franklin
Readers may be divided into four classes:
1. Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtied.
2. Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time.
3. Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read.
4. Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet, critic (1772-1834)
One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographers' plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul.
- John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914)
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