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baseball great Hank Aaron
“It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.”  {blog 8/2013}

eco-activist Edward 'Cactus Ed' Abbey [1927-89]
Edward Abbey Quotations Page at Working Minds
Edward Abbey Page at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore

basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
“There are always people who think [that] they have a hilarious height joke [that] you haven't heard before.”  {blog 4/2016}

Bella Abzug [1920-98]
“The establishment is made up of little men, very frightened.”  {blog 9/2014}

Nigerian poet Chinua Achebe [1930-2013]
“Storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control, they frighten usurpers of the right-to-freedom of the
human spirit — in state, in church or mosque, in party congress, in the university or wherever.”  {blog 5/2013}

Lord Acton [1834-1902]
• • “And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters
get control. History has proven that. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are
almost always bad men.”  – full text of the famous 'Dictum of Lord Acton'  [blog 10/2007}
• • “The most certain test by which we can judge whether a country is really free is
the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.”  {blog 3/2008}
• • “Liberty is not the means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.”  {blog 8/2009}

author Ada Adams
“There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Some tunnels just happen to be longer than others.”  {blog 7/2013}

columnist Cecil Adams
“The second law of thermodynamics, simply put, is as follows: left to themselves, things tend
to go to hell in a handbasket.”  {blog 6/2012}

Douglas Adams [1952-2001]
• • “If you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else.”  {blog 4/2013}
• • “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think [that] I have ended up where I needed to be.”  {blog 8/2015}
• • “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something [that is] completely foolproof
is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”  {blog 2/2016}

Franklin P. Adams [1881-1960]
• • “The best you get is an even break.”  {blog 2/2011}
• • “Nothing is more responsible for 'the good old days' than a bad memory.”  {blog 4/2012}

Henry Adams [1838-1918]
“Chaos is the law of nature. Order is the dream of man.”  {blog 3/2013}

Jessi Lane Adams
“Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.”  {blog 3/2016}

Joey Adams [1911-99]
“A genius is one who can do anything except make a living.”  {blog 1/2008}

John Adams [1735-1826]
second President of the United States, 1797-1801
• • “The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance
to the public than all the property of the rich men in the country.”  {Issue #36}
• • “This is a revolution, dammit, we're going to have to offend somebody.”
(during debates on the Declaration of Independence, 1776)  {Issues #48 & #58}
• • “Power always thinks [that] it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak,
and that it is doing God’s will when it is violating all His laws.”  {Issue #69}
• • “Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.
Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.”  {blog 8/2009}
• • “All the perplexities, confusion, and distress in America arise, not from defects in the
Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright
ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.”  {blog 11/2009}
• • “[T]he 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.” - in "A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law" (1765)  {blog 5/2015}
• • “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion,
they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”  {blog 5/2015}
• • “Democracy has never been and can never be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy. There never was a democracy yet
that did not commit suicide.”  {blog 4/2016}

John Quincy Adams [1767-1848]
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”  {blog 11/2013}

English clergyman Richard Adams [1626-98]
“The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal; but ideas are immortal.”  {blog 5/2015}

Samuel Adams [1722-1803]
• • “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless
minority keen to set brushfires in people's minds.”  {Issue #39}
• • “It does not take a majority to prevail . . . but rather an irate, tireless minority,
who keep on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”  {Issue #71}

cartoonist Scott Adams
• • “Experience is just another word for losing hope.” (in "Dilbert" Sunday strip, 2009)  {blog 11/2009}
• • “They can't break you if you don't have a spine.”  {blog 6/2012}

George W. Addair [1931-2012]
“Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”  {blog 4/2015}

activist Jane Addams [1860-1935]
• • “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good [that] we often might win, by fearing to attempt.”  {blog 10/2011}
• • “The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of one's self.”  {blog 9/2013}

Konrad Adenauer [1876-1967]
“History is the sum total of the things that could have been avoided.”  {blog 9/2012}

Alfred Adler [1870-1937]
“It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.”  {blog 2/2011}

Dr. Mortimer J. Adler [1902-2001]
• • “In the case of good books, the point is not how many you can get thru, but rather how many can get thru to you.”  {blog 10/2012}
• • “The ultimate end of education is happiness or a good human life, a life enriched by the possession of every kind of good,
by the enjoyment of every type of satisfaction.”  {blog 2/2014}
• • “Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.”  {blog 3/2014}
• • “Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men.”  {blog 4/2014}
• • “The philosopher ought never to try to avoid the duty of making up his mind.”  {blog 8/2014}
• • “Unless we love and are loved, each of us is alone, each of us is deeply lonely.”  {blog 8/2014}
• • “The mind is not a receptacle; information is not education. Education is what remains after the information
that has been taught has been forgotten.”  {blog 9/2014}

Richard P. Adler
“All television is children's television.”  {blog 6/2012}

German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno [1903-69]
• • “Skepticism about what is unproven can easily turn into a prohibition upon thinking.”  {blog 7/2016}
• • “History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.”  {blog 8/2016}

Aeschylus [c. 525-c. 456 B.C.E.]
“It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.”  {blog 12/2008}

Aesop [620–564 B.C.E.]
• • “We hang the petty thieves, but appoint the great ones to public office.”  {Issue #36}
• • “Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.”  {blog 9/2013}
• • “No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.” - in "The Lion and The Mouse"  {blog 8/2014}

James Agee [1909-55]
“The elementary beginning of true reason . . . resides in the ability to recognize oneself, and others, primarily
as human beings, and to recognize the ultimate absoluteness of responsibility of each human being.”  {Issue #62}

Bartolo Aglialoro [1909-89]
“You want to lose all of your customers? Lie to one of them.”  {blog 3/2015}

artist Ai Weiwei
“To express yourself needs a reason, but expressing yourself is a reason.”  {blog 7/2012}

Howard Aiken [1900-73]
“Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.”   {blog 5/2010}

novelist Catherine Aird
“If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.”  {blog 8/2012}

Abul Ala Al-Ma’arri [973-1057]
“The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and
those with religion, but no brains.”  {blog 9/2013}

playwright Edward Albee [1928-2016]
• • “Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back
a short distance correctly.” (in "Zoo Story", 1958)  {blog 9/2011}
• • “Our reality is determined by our usefulness.” in 1978  {blog 4/2012}
• • “All serious art is being destroyed by commerce. Most people don't want art to be disturbing. They want it to be
escapist. I don't think art should be escapist. That's a waste of time.”  {blog 5/2013}

Mitch Albom
“It is never too late or too soon, it is when it is supposed to be.”  {blog 8/2014}

diplomat Madeleine Albright
• • “Anyone who thinks [that] the world would be a better place if it were run by women doesn't remember high school.”  {blog 12/2012}
• • “What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.”  {blog 3/2017}

Louisa May Alcott [1832-88]
• • “I'd rather take coffee than compliments just now.”  {blog 6/2016}
• • “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship.” - in "Little Women" [1868]  {blog 8/2016}
• • “It is amazing how lovely common things become, if one only knows how to look at them.”  {blog 1/2017}

sci-fi author Brian W. Aldiss [b. 1925]
“Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.”   {blog 9/2016}

Alessandra of France, who blogs as LaFeminista on DailyKos
“When you fly one of these rags {the Confederate flag} you are not being a rebel, you are being a racist.”  {blog 6/2015}

Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich
“When I see a garden in flower, then I believe in God for a second. But not the rest of the time.”  {blog 10/2015}

boxing great Muhammad Ali [1942-2016]
• • “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”  {blog 5/2010}
• • “It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.”  {blog 11/2013}
• • “I wish [that] people would love everybody else the way [that] they love me. It would be a better world.”  {blog 6/2016}
• • “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world [that] they've been given
than to explore the power [that] they have to change it.”  {blog 8/2016}

Alice character as written by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-98]
“Sometimes I have believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  {blog 8/2016}

Fred Allen [1894-1956]
• • “A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing,
but together can decide that nothing can be done.”  {blog 10/2007}
• • “An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer.”  {blog 2/2011}
• • “Man has made his bedlam; let him lie in it.”  {blog 3/2011}
• • “She used to be a schoolteacher, but she has no class now.”  {blog 6/2012}

comedian Marty Allen
“A study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything was last year.”  {blog 5/2012}

entertainer Steve Allen [1921-2000]
“In a rational society we would want our presidents to be teachers. In our actual society
we insist [that] they be cheerleaders.”  {blog 8/2011}

Woody Allen
• • “If my films don't show a profit, I know I'm doing something right.”  {blog 5/2008}
• • “Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.”  {blog 9/2008}
• • “I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.”  {blog 6/2009}
• • “If my films make one more person miserable, I'll feel I have done my job.”  {blog 6/2009}
• • “Confidence is what you have until you understand the problem.”  {blog 9/2011}
• • “Show business is not so much 'dog eat dog' as 'dog doesn't return other dogs' phone calls'.”  {blog 8/2012}
• • “The people who successfully delude themselves seem happier than the people who can't.”  {blog 11/2012}
• • “If it weren't for problems, the work day would be over by 10 a.m.”  {blog 12/2012}
• • “Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering – and it’s all over much too soon.”  {blog 8/2013}
• • “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”  {blog 8/2013}
• • “Life is a comedy, written by a sadistic comedy writer.” - in his new movie "Café Society", 2016  {blog 5/2016}

Eric Alterman
• • “With [George W.] Bush, we're left with the perennial unanswerable question:
dishonest, moronic, or both?”  {Issue #47}
• • “The real opposition to this administration is normative reality and the U.S. Constitution.”  {Issue #61}
• • “The problem with Fox [News] is not that it's conservative. It's that it lies.”  {blog 7/2011}

Italian journalist Corrado Alvaro [1895-1956]
“The blackest despair that can take hold of any society is the fear that
living honestly is futile.”  {blog 10/2011}

Republican Cong. Justin Amash [MI-03]
“The public is not behind us, and that’s a real problem for our party.” - in 2015  {blog 9/2015}

Stephen E. Ambrose [1936-2002]
“God created man with a penis and a brain, but only gave him enough blood to run one at a time.”   {blog 7/2011}

Wally 'Famous' Amos
“Life is a mirror - what you see out there, you must first see inside of you.”  {blog 11/2013}

Baba Amte of India
“Victory is his who even in defeat never surrenders, and so victory will be the people's.”  {Issue #62}

New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya
• • “The battle of good and evil is always for the soul.”  {Issue #21}
• • “Man does not live on enchiladas alone.” (in mystery novel "Zia Summer", 1995)  {blog 11/2007}
• • “Words, like bread, are sacred.”  {blog 7/2013}
• • “I believe that every writer needs a guide, because writing is an exploration and the exploration is not only for me, it's for the reader.”  {blog 4/2016}
• • “Books are the mirror in which we see ourselves.”  {blog 4/2016}

baseball manager George 'Sparky' Anderson [1934-2010]
• • “I've got my faults, but living in the past isn't one of them. There's no future in it.”  {blog 11/2010}
• • “Losing hurts twice as bad as winning feels good.”  {blog 12/2010}

Glenn Anderson
“The actor first feels, then thinks, then responds.”  {Issue #70}

Hans Christian Anderson [1805-75]
“Everyone's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers.”  {blog 2/2016}

author Laurie Halse Anderson
“Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.” - in "Speak" [1999]  {blog 10/2016}

minimalist sculptor Carl Andre
• • “Art is what we do. Culture is what is done to us.”  {blog 12/2011}
• • “Capitalism must be holy because religion is a business.”  {blog 12/2011}

Dale Andreatti
“The optimist thinks [that] the glass is half full. The pessimist thinks [that] the glass is half empty.
The engineer knows the real truth: that the glass is twice as large as it should be for optimum
utilization of resources.”  {blog 1/2010}

racecar driver Mario Andretti
• • “If everything's under control, you're going too slow.”  {blog 5/2010}
• • “Everything comes to those who wait . . . except a cat.”  {blog 4/2013}
• • “Desire is the key to motiviation, but it is determination and commitment to an unrelenting goal – a commitment
to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success [that] you seek.”  {blog 2/2016}

Marcia Angell, MD
“Blanket cynicism gives the illusion of understanding.”  {blog 12/2013}

Dr. Maya Angelou [1928-2014]
Dr. Maya Angelou Quotations Page at Working Minds

Anonymous cyber collective
“Freedom of speech and opinion is non-negotiable.” – in a video, 2015  {blog 3/2015}

Jean Anouilh [1910-87]
“One cannot weep for the entire world. It is beyond human strength. One must choose.”
- in the stageplay "Cecile" (1954)  {blog 9/2009}

Carol Anshaw
“Taking on a pet is a contract with sorrow.”  {blog 5/2013}

suffragist  Susan B. Anthony [1820-1906]
• • “Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”  {blog 3/2014}
• • “Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.”  {blog 2/2016}

Thomas Aquinas [circa 1225-1274]
“There can be no joy of life without joy of work.”  {Issue #19}

Guillaume Apollinaire [1880-1918]
“Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”  {blog 12/2013}

Joni Arends, anti-nuclear activist
“The devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was catastrophic. But we have to realize that
the United States bombed New Mexico first.”  {blog 1/2010}

Hannah Arendt [1906-75]
• • “Few girls are as well-shaped as a good horse.”  {blog 11/2008}
• • “The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”  {blog 8/2012}

Italian satirist Pietro Aretino [1492-1556]
• • “I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.”  {blog 3/2008}
• • “If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them.”  {blog 4/2013}

Aristides the Just [530-468 BCE]
“Temples are to be dedicated to the gods, and books to good men.”  {Issue #55 & blog 1/2013}

Greek philosopher Aristotle [384-322 B.C.E.]
Aristotle Quotations Page at Working Minds

fashion designer Giorgio Armani
“Elegance is not about being noticed, it's about being remembered.”  {blog 5/2016}

Matthew Arnold [1822-88]
“Resolve to be thyself, and know that he who finds himself loses his misery.”  {blog 11/2013}

Raymond Aron
“[Politics] is never a struggle between good and evil, but between the preferable
and the detestable.”  {Issue #56}

Robert G. Arthur of Kings Park, NY
“As a high school English teacher, I can testify that . . . [television] is so poisonous and hypnotic
that the disease of illiteracy is rampant.” (circa 1984)  {blog 9/2008}

Mary Kay Wagner Ash [1918-2001], founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
“Stop spending dollar time on penny jobs.”  {Issue #51}

American poet John Ashbery
“The longest way is the most efficient way.”  {blog 4/2016}

Isaac Asimov [1920-92]
• • “Ignorance must be battled.”  {Issue #33}
• • “The creationists' . . . case is so weak that the only way [that] they can feel sure of maintaining it
is to make sure their victims never hear of anything else.”  {Issue #53}
• • “Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed
and working smoothly, it is completely honest.”  {Issue #62}
• • “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not
'Eureka!' (I found it) - but 'That's funny . . .'.”  {Issue #66}
• • “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”  {blog 7/2008}
• • “Every stick points in two directions, one opposed to the other.” {attributed}  {blog 9/2008}
• • “Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”  {blog 12/2009}
• • “There is an art to science, and science in art; the two are not enemies,
but different aspects of the whole.”  {blog 5/2010}
• • “Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul,
if not quite inventions of the devil - but there is no way around them.”  {blog 2/2012}
• • “Inspect every piece of pseudoscience and you will find a security blanket.”  {blog 6/2012}
• • “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”  {blog 12/2015}
• • “That, of course, is the great secret of the successful fool – that he is no fool at all.”  {blog 12/2015}
• • “I write for the same reason that I breathe – because if I did not I would die.”  {blog 3/2016}

Julian Assange
“Courage is contagious.”  {blog 8/2013}

Viscountess Nancy Astor [1879-1964]
“The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.”  {blog 7/2013}

Gordon Atkinson
“Love is something [that] you do, not something [that] you feel.”  {blog 5/2010}

Margaret Atwood
• • “Wanting to meet an author because you like his books is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pâté.”   {blog 12/2011}
• • “A divorce is like an amputation; you survive, but there is less of you.”  {blog 12/2012}
• • “Stupidity is the same as evil, if you judge by the results.”  {blog 9/2013}
• • “If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.”  {blog 4/2014}
• • “The answers [that] you get from literature depend on the questions [that] you pose.”  {blog 4/2014}
• • “Sanity is a valuable possession; I hoard it the way people once hoarded money. I save it, so [that] I will have enough, when the time comes.”  {blog 11/2016}
• • “Why is it that when we grab for heaven – socialist or capitalist or even religious – we so often produce hell.”  {blog 11/2016}
• • “A word after a word after a word is power.”  {blog 2/2017}

W.H. Auden [1907-1973]
• • “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”  {blog 12/2007}
• • “Knowledge may have its purposes, but guessing is always more fun than knowing.”  {blog 8/2012}
• • “Evil is unspectacular and always human.”  {blog 4/2016}

Michel Audiard [1920-85]
“An idiot will try anything. That is how you know [that] he is an idiot.”  {blog 5/2012}

Berthold Auerbach [1812-82]
“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”   {blog 4/2012}

Augustine of Hippo [354-430 C.E.]
“Ninety percent of the time things turn out worse than you thought they would.
The other ten percent of the time you had no right to expect that much.”  {Issue #46}

Marcus Aurelius [121-180 C.E.]
• • “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself
in the ranks of the insane.”  {Issue #65 & blog 12/2013}
• • “The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.”  {blog 11/2007}
• • “Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.”  {blog 4/2014}
• • “Everything [that] we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything [that] we see is a perspective, not the truth.”  {blog 8/2016}

Jane Austen [1775-1817]
“A large income is the best recipe for happiness.”  {blog 11/2008}

novelist Paul Auster
“The real is always way ahead of what we can imagine.”  {blog 1/2013}

A.J. Ayer [1910-89]
“All utterances about the nature of God are nonsensical.”  {blog 9/2008}

Brandon B.
“The only thing standing between me and total happiness is reality.”  {blog 3/2015}

actress Lauren Bacall [1924-2014]
• • “Time flies even when you're not having fun.”  {Issue #59}
• • “Imagination is the highest kite [that] one can fly.”  {blog 9/2013}

author-aviator Richard Bach
• • “The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.”  {blog 11/2015}
• • “Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.”  {blog 2/2017}

Sir Francis Bacon [1561-1626]
• • “Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, a sense of humor
to console him for what he is.”   {blog 7/2010}
• • “Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, adversity not without many comforts and hopes.”  {blog 6/2012}
• • “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”  {blog 7/2012}
• • “Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.”  {blog 12/2012}
• • “The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss,
and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other.”  {blog 9/2013}
• • “Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.”  {blog 2/2014}
• • “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than
a whole harvest of invention.” (tacked to the darkroom door of American photographer Dorothea Lange [1895-1965])  {blog 8/2014}
• • “All rising to great place is by a winding stair.”  {blog 7/2016}
• • “Only by going too far can you go far enough.”  {blog 9/2016}
• • “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”  {blog 1/2017}

Hollywood columnist James Bacon [1914-2010]
“I don't believe in the tooth fairy, although I once had a dentist [that] I wasn't too sure of.”  {blog 9/2012}

singer-songwriter Joan Baez
• • “Noise is an imposition on sanity, and we live in very noisy times.”  {blog 6/2012}
• • “Action is the antidote to despair.”  {blog 7/2013}

journalist Ben H. Bagdikian [b. 1920]
“Trying to be a first-rate reporter on the average American newspaper is like trying to play Bach's
'St. Matthew Passion' on a ukulele.”  {blog 11/2015}

journalist Walter Bagehot [1826-77]
• • “The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” (in 1853)  {blog 2/2008}
• • “One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.”  {blog 5/2013}

attorney  F. Lee Bailey
“Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today?
It wouldn't even get out of committee.”  {blog 4/2010}

Peter C. Baker
“Corrupt political thought creates and is furthered by sloppy language.”  {blog 12/2007}

dancer George Balanchine [1904-83]
“There is only now.”  {blog 11/2016}

David Baldacci
• • “Without risk there is no possibility for glory.”  {blog 9/2008}
• • “Every soldier who ever died was innocent.”  {blog 9/2008}

decorator Billy Baldwin [1903-83]
“The best decoration in the world is a roomful of books.”  {blog 12/2015}

James Baldwin [1924-87]
• • “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”  {Issue #62}
• • “Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy [that] justice can have.”  {blog 4/2013}
• • “The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions hidden by the answers.”  {blog 5/2016}
• • “All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last,
to tell the whole story, to vomit the anguish up.”  {blog 10/2016}
• • “Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” - in "Giovanni's Room" (1956 novel)  {blog 1/2017}
• • “Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.”  {blog 3/2017}

Natylie Baldwin
• • “The word 'capitalism' does not appear at all in Adam Smith's 1776 ground-breaking 900-page Wealth of Nations.”  {Issue #62}
• • “Marketing – the process by which capitalists constantly work to convince people of the need or desire for [the glut of pointless items made
available and sold to the public every day] – accounts for the majority of waste in terms of labor, materials, and money.”  {Issue #62}

Lucille Ball [1911-89]
• • “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”   {blog 4/2009}
• • “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.”  {blog 8/2013}

Bill Balsamico
“At the current rate of legal and illegal aliens entering this country, August 2013 will be
designated White History Month.”  {Issue #60}

David Baltimore, Nobel Prize winner & president of Cal Tech
“We need a revolution in this country when it comes to parenting around education.”  {Issue #53}

Tallulah Bankhead [1902-68]
• • “Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.”  {Issue #59}
• • “It is the good girls who keep the diaries; the bad girls never have the time.”  {blog 9/2008}

Russell Banks
“One climbs a mountain, not to conquer it, but to be lifted away from the earth up to the sky.”  {blog 8/2016}

French actress Brigitte Bardot
“What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.”  {blog 10/2015}

Dr. Judith M. Bardwick
“Even when people are more successful than they had imagined, nothing is ever achieved
without giving something up.”   {blog 5/2010}

Deanne Barkley
“Writing is the only job [that] you don't have to be hired to do.”  {Issue #70}

British author Julian Barnes
• • “History isn't what happened. History is just what historians tell us.”  {blog 12/2009}
• • “The more [that] you learn, the less [that] you fear.”  {blog 6/2012}
• • “Perhaps the world progresses not by maturing, but by being in a permanent state of adolescence, of thrilled discovery.”  {blog 2/2014}
• • “The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably.”  {blog 4/2016}

Richard Barnet and John Cavanagh
“The balance of power has shifted in recent years from territorially-bound governments to
companies that can roam the world.” in the book "Global Dreams" (1994)  {blog 11/2009}

P.T. Barnum [1810-91]
• • “Nobody ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the American people.”
{ see also H.L. Mencken [1880-1956] }  {blog 1/2010}
• • “The noblest art is that of making others happy.”  {blog 5/2016}

comedian Roseanne Barr
• • “It's okay to be fat. So you're fat. Just be fat and shut up about it.”  {blog 4/2009}
• • [re: parenthood] “You get a lot of tension, you get a lot of headaches. I do what it says
on the aspirin bottle: Take two and keep away from children.”  {blog 9/2013}

playwright J.M. Barrie [1860-1937], creator of "Peter Pan"
• • “God gave us memories that we might have roses in December.”  {blog 11/2011}
• • “Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.”  {blog 8/2013}
• • “The best of our fiction is by novelists who allow that it is as good as they can give, and the worst by novelists
who maintain that they could do much better if only the public would let them.”  {blog 3/2015}
• • “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”  {blog 6/2015}
• • “He was a poet, and they are never exactly grown up.”  {blog 8/2015}
• • “I think one remains the same person throughout, merely passing, as it were, in these lapses of time
from one room to another, but all in the same house.”  {blog 12/2015}
• • “Always be a little kinder than necessary.”  {blog 2/2016}

Dave Barry
• • “Congress, after years of stalling, finally got around to clearing the way for informal discussions
that might lead to possible formal talks that could potentially produce some kind of
tentative agreements . . .”  {blog 12/2007}
• • “People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share
yours with them.”  {blog 3/2008}
• • “Hobbies of any kind are boring, except to people who have the same hobby.”  {blog 9/2012}
• • “Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business.”  {blog 7/2013}
• • “Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other large organizations
habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate.”  {blog 2/2014}

cartoonist Lynda Barry
“We don't create a fantasy world to escape reality, we create it to be able to stay.”  {blog 7/2013}

John Barrymore [1882-1942]
“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”  {Issue #45}

cartoonist C. Barsotti [1933-2014]
“I have everything tied up in making ends meet.”
(cartoon in The New Yorker Magazine)  {Issue #37}

theologian Karl Barth [1886-1968]
“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”  {blog 6/2012}

financier Bernard Baruch [1870-1965]
• • “Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.”  {blog 4/2011}
• • “The main purpose of the stock market is to make fools of as many men as possible.”  {blog 10/2011}

Jacques Barzun [1907-2012]
• • “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”  {blog 7/2013}
• • “Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy.”  {blog 3/2015}
• • “Whoever wants to know about the heart and mind of America must learn about baseball.”  {blog 4/2015}
• • “If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.”  {blog 5/2015}
• • “Music is intended for sentient beings that have hopes and purposes and emotions.”  {blog 6/2015}
• • “Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine.”  {blog 8/2015}
• • “The finest achievement of human society and its rarest pleasure is Conversation.” - in 1959  {blog 9/2015}

poet Matsuo Basho [1644-94]
“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.”  {Issue #42}

Frédéric Bastiat [1801-50]
• • “Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors
to live at the expense of everybody else.”  {Issue #43}
• • “The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be skillfully attacked,
but to be ineptly defended.”  {blog 12/2007}
• • “The solution to the problems of human relationships is to be found in liberty.”  {blog 9/2008}
• • “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society,
they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a
moral code that glorifies it.”  {blog 11/2009}
• • “Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense
of everybody else.”  {blog 11/2009}

economist Dr. Ravi Batra
• • “Supply-side economics is a bogus system.”  {blog 5/2008}
• • “Courage is the main quality of the Warrior Mind.”  {blog 5/2008}
• • “The bigger the goal, the bigger the obstacle. The bigger the obstacle, the bigger the achievement.
So blame the failure not on obstacles but on the absence of relentless effort.”  {blog 5/2010}

media entrepreneur John Battelle
“What if the purpose of business is creativity, not wealth extraction?”  {blog 11/2016}

Orlando A. Battista [1917-95]
“An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.”  {blog 4/2011}

Charles-Pierre Baudelaire [1821-67]
• • “Always be a poet, even in prose.”  {Issue #52}
• • “Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will.”  {Issue #66}
• • “What's irritating about love is [that] it's a crime that requires an accomplice.”  {blog 3/2013}

Ron Bauer of Northridge, California
“Whether it's the war in Iraq, the environment, or the economy, the Bush
administration never lets truth get in its way.” (2004)  {Issue #47}

L. Frank Baum [1856-1919]
“It's no fun being a century ahead of the times.”  {blog 6/2009}

Emily Bazelon
“The world is too big for effective governance.”  {Issue #50}

French film critic André Bazin [1918-58]
“The cinema substitutes for our gaze a world more in harmony with our desires.”  {blog 7/2015}

historian Charles Austin Beard [1874-1948]
“One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating
the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.”  {Issue #67}

poet & novelist Paul Beatty
“Silence can be either protest or consent, but most times it's fear.”  {blog 11/2016}

Warren Beatty
“I was friends with President Ronald Reagan and he once said to me, 'I don't know how
anybody can serve in public office without being an actor'.”   {blog 1/2012}

Irish playwright Samuel Beckett [1906-89]
• • “All writing is a sin against speechlesssness.”  {blog 8/2011}
• • “What is that unforgettable line?”  {blog 9/2012}
• • “The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day.”  {blog 12/2012}
• • “We are all born mad. Some remain so.”  {blog 7/2013}
• • “Ever tried. Ever Failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”  {blog 2/2014}
• • “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – in 'Worstward Ho' [1984]  {blog 3/2015}
• • “To find a form that accomodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.”  {blog 8/2015}
• • “If by Godot I had meant God I would have said God, and not Godot.”  {blog 3/2016}

Henry Ward Beecher [1813-87]
• • “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone
expects of you. Never excuse yourself.”  {Issue #37}
• • “The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts,
and would devour one another but for this protection.”  {blog 1/2010}
• • “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will and the other
from a strong won't.”  {blog 10/2012}
• • “A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble in the road.”  {blog 11/2012}
• • “The philosophy of one century becomes the common sense of the next.”  {blog 4/2014}
• • “A cup of coffee – real coffee – home-browned, home ground, homemade, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a
golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfectly sweet,
neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a cup of coffee is a match for twenty blue devils and will exorcise them all.”  {blog 11/2015}

Max Beerbohm [1872-1956]
“Most women are not so young as they are painted.”  {blog 9/2008}

Peter Beinart
“We live in the world as it is and dream of the world that might one day be and consider ourselves
fortunate to have reduced, even modestly, the distance between the two.”  {blog 8/2009}

singer-activist Harry Belafonte
• • “Anger that has no purpose, that isn't guided toward a positive end, is dangerous and counter-productive.”  {blog 7/2016}
• • “[The victory at Standing Rock] is a call to remind us that the engine can be stopped.”  {blog 3/2017}

Alexander Graham Bell [1847-1922]
“Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”  {blog 2/2016}

Eric Temple Bell [1883-1960]
“Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices.”  {blog 9/2014}

Ted Bell
“The only difference between science and science fiction is timing.”  {blog 5/2012}

Hilaire Belloc [1870-1953]
• • “When I am dead I hope it may be said: 'His sins were scarlet but his books were read.'”  {blog 6/2012}
• • “If we do not restore the Institution of Property we cannot escape restoring the Institution of
Slavery; there is no third course.”  {blog 8/2012}

Saul Bellow [1915-2005]
• • “To be a writer one learns to live like one.”  {blog 5/2010}
• • “For writers the most important question is simply, What is interesting?”  {blog 6/2010}
• • “The name of the game is not Social Security. What an error! Social Security is an entirely different
game. The name of the game is Give All.”  {blog 1/2011}
• • “Public virtue is a kind of ghost town into which anyone can move and declare himself sheriff.”  {blog 4/2013}

Scott Belsky
co-founder of the Bëhance creativity social website [est. 2005]
“[We're] not about ideas. [We're] about making ideas happen.”  {blog 3/2017}

David Ben-Gurion [1886-1973]
“In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”  {blog 2/2008}

Robert Benchley [1889-1945]
“It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing.
But I couldn’t give it up because by then I was too famous.”  {blog 9/2008}

Texas Bix Bender
author of the book "Don't Squat With Yer Spurs On"
• • “Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back.”  {blog 1/2010}
• • “Don't let so much reality into your life that there's no room left for dreamin'.”  {blog 4/2010}

Walter Benjamin [1892-1940]
“The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the ‘state of emergency’ in which we live is not the exception
but the rule. We must attain to a conception of history that is in keeping with this insight. Then we shall clearly
realize that it is our task to bring about a real state of emergency, and this will improve our position in the
struggle against Fascism. One reason why Fascism has a chance is that in the name of progress its opponents
treat it as a historical norm.”  (in 'On The Context of History' 1939)  {blog 10/2007}

British playwright Alan Bennett
“A book is a device to ignite the imagination.”  {blog 3/2014}

Clay Bennett, editorial cartoonist for Chattanooga Times Free Press
CARTOON: [drawing of Hillary Clinton with oral thermometer in mouth] Pneumonia is curable. [drawing of Donald Trump] Stupidity is not.

William J. Bennett
“America's support for human rights and democracy
is our noblest export to the world.”  {Issue #27}

Noah benShea
“The fist starves the hand.”  {blog 6/2012}

Sally Berger, Museum of Modern Art, New York City
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”  {Issue #61}

Thomas Berger
“Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.”  {blog 6/2012}

cinema master Ingmar Bergman [1918-2007]
“No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.”  {blog 11/2016}

Henri Bergson [1859-1941]
• • “Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks.”  {blog 4/2011}
• • “There is no perception that is not full of memories.”  {blog 4/2012}

Shelley Berkley, running in 2012 for U.S. Senate from Nevada
“We have something to fight for in this [election]: the future of the American middle class.”   {blog 8/2012}

Milton Berle [1908-2002]
• • “If evolution really works, how come mothers have only two hands?”  {blog 5/2012}
• • “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”  {blog 4/2014}

composer  Irving Berlin  [1888-1989]
“Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.”  {blog 6/2012}

Dr. Eric Berne [1910-1970]
• • “We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs.”  {blog 9/2014}
• • “The destiny of every human being is decided by what goes on inside his skull when confronted by what goes on
outside his skull.”  {blog 9/2014}
• • “Each person designs his own life, freedom gives him the power to carry out his own designs, and power gives
the freedom to interfere with the designs of others.”  {blog 9/2014}

South African activist Hilda Bernstein [1915-2006]
“The meaning of life is a choice you make about the way [that] you live.”  {Issue #63}

composer Leonard Bernstein [1918-90]
“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”  {blog 6/2016}

William Bernstein
“The stock broker services his clients in the same way that Bonnie & Clyde serviced banks.”  {blog 11/2009}

baseball great Yogi Berra [b. 1925]
• • “If you don't go to somebody's funeral, they won't come to yours.”  {Issue #55}
• • “The future ain't what it used to be.”  {blog 8/2009}
• •Baseball is 90 percent mental; the other half is physical.”  {blog 8/2009}
• • “If you don't know where you're going, you'll probably end up someplace else.”  {blog 5/2010}
• • “Some things are just too coincidental to be a coincidence.”  {blog 5/2013}

Wendell Berry
• • “The gullibility of the public [has become] an economic resource.”  {blog 9/2009}
• • “The human species . . . has outlived the name homo sapiens.”  {blog 10/2009}
• • “This strange economy produces, in the ordinary course of business, products that are
destructive or fraudulent or unnecessary or useless, or all four at once.”  {blog 10/2009}
• • “The most political act you can do is raise a child well.”  {blog 12/2012}
• • “Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”  {blog 2/2014}

Peter Berryman
“The main quality that sets humans apart from other animals is the human desire to set itself apart
from other animals.”   {blog 6/2012}

Toba Beta
“Scientists may have sophisticated laboratories, but never forget 'eureka' was inspired in a bathtub.”  {blog 11/2014}

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune [1875-1955]
“'Love thy neighbor' is a precept which could transform the world if it were universally practiced.”  {blog 5/2012}

Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon, Inc.
“Invention is by its very nature disruptive. If you want to be understood at all times, then don't do anything new.”
{blog 11/2014}

Yogi Bhajan [1929-2004]
“If you can't see God in all, you can't see God at all.”  {Issue #48}

poet Elizabeth Bibesco [1897-1945]
“Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.”  {blog 9/2014}

Ambrose Bierce [1842-1914]
• • “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.”  {blog 4/2008}
• • “Finance is the art or science of managing revenues or resources for the best
advantage of the manager.”  {blog 11/2009}
• • “Patience is a minor form of despair disguised as a virtue.”  {blog 3/2011}
• • “Politics is a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.”  {blog 4/2011}
• • “All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.”  {blog 11/2011}
• • “If one cannot do great work, it is worthwhile to do good work and think it great.”  {blog 9/2012}
• • “A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against
himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.”  {blog 4/2015}
• • “Corporation: an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.”  {blog 7/2016}

Earl Derr Biggers [1884-1933], creator of detective Charlie Chan
• • “In California, the subdivider, like the poor, is always with us.”  {blog 12/2007}
• • “Persistence. That's the secret of a good detective.”  {blog 7/2008}

South African martyr Stephen Biko [1946-77]
“The oppressor's most powerful weapon is the mind of the oppressed.”  {blog 8/2015}

Josh Billings [1818-85]
• • “Do not put off until tomorrow what can be enjoyed today.”  {Issue #51 & blog 3/2011}
• • “As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of demand.”  {blog 2/2011}
• • “Self-made men are most always apt to be a little too proud of the job.”  {blog 4/2011}
• • “Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.”  {blog 10/2011}
• • “Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadfully uneasy to take.”  {blog 12/2011}

Norman Birnbaum
[Sociologist C. Wright] Mills is half forgotten – perhaps because much of what he said
is now taken for granted.”  {blog 5/2009}

journalist Jim Bishop [1907-87]
“A good writer is not per se a good book critic, no more than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.”
in the New York Journal, 1957  {blog 8/2012}

Chris Bittler
“It's not enough to be right.”  {Issue #39}

cowboy poet & columnist Baxter Black
“When the chips are down and life hangs in the balance, someone has to be responsible.”  {Issue #52}

Hugo Black [1886-1971]
U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1937-71
• • “Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part
of the government from deceiving the people.”  {Issue #69}
• • “Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.”  {blog 11/2007}

Terry Black
“Idiots are everywhere. Many have degrees.”  {blog 12/2008}

John Stuart Blackie [1809-95]
“Wine is the drink of the gods, milk the drink of babies, tea the drink of women, and water
the drink of beasts.”   {blog 2/2011}

William Blackstone [1809–81]
“The community should guard the rights of each individual member, and (in return for this protection)
each individual should submit to the laws of the community, without which submission of all it is impossible
that protection can be extended to any.”  {blog 10/2010}

U.K. politician Tony Blair
“A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many people want in . . .
and how many people want out.”   {blog 1/2012}

jazz musician Eubie Blake [1883-1983]
“If I'd known I was going to live this long,
I'd have taken better care of myself.”  {Issue #37}

Wm. Blake [1757–1827]
• • “What is now proved was once only imagined.”  {Issue #37}
• • “Execution is the chariot of genius.”  {Issue #46}
• • “Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement
are roads of genius.”  {blog 1/2008}
• • “Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night.”  {blog 5/2010}
• • “If the sun and moon should doubt / they'd immediately go out.”  {blog 3/2014}
• • “The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.”  {blog 4/2014}
• • “A truth that's told with bad intent / beats all the lies you could invent.”  {blog 4/2015}

author Robert Bloch [1917-94]
“The man who can smile when things go wrong has thought of someone else [that] he can blame it on.”   {blog 7/2011}

mystery author Lawrence Block
• • “Dangerous thing, giving humanity the knowledge of good and evil. And the capacity to make the wrong choice more often than not.”   {blog 6/2015}
• • “People don't get to change things. Things change people once in a while, but people don't change things.”  {blog 8/2015}
• • “I don't plan an awful lot in life, just as I don't plan an awful lot in my fiction.”  {blog 9/2015}

Adele Block-Bauer [1881-1925]
“You have to learn to see. If you can appreciate what has quality
and what is worthless in art, you will appreciate it in people.”  {Issue #19}

Allan Bloom [1930-92]
• • “True liberal education requires that the student's whole life is radically changed by it.”  {Issue #48}
• • “Indignation is the soul's defense against the wound of doubt."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
“The cemeteries are full of irreplaceable people.”  {blog 10/2012}

Charles Blow, New York Times columnist
“A 2012 poll found that people who listened to no news were better informed than those who listened to Fox News.”  {blog 3/2014}

Judy Blume
“Fear is often disguised as moral outrage.”  {blog 3/2013}

John Boehner
“[Ted Cruz is] Lucifer in the flesh. I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone,
but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” - at Stanford University in April 2016  {blog 5/2016}

Ivan Boesky, Wall Street arbitrageur
“Greed is all right, by the way. I want you to know that. I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and
still feel good about yourself.” (in a speech given at the commencement ceremony at University of California
Berkeley in 1986; he later spent two years in federal prison for insider trading crimes)
  {blog 1/2010}

physicist David Bohm [1917-92]
“Intelligence requires that you don't defend an assumption.”  {blog 12/2011}

physicist Niels Bohr [1885-1962]
• • “Nothing exists until it is measured.”  {blog 10/2007}
• • “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”  {blog 9/2008}
• • “A physicist is just an atom's way of looking at itself.”  {blog 3/2011}
• • “An expert is [someone] who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a narrow field.”  {blog 11/2011}

Derek Bok, former president of Harvard University
“If you think education is costly, try ignorance.”  {Issue #65}

Roberto Bolaño [1953-2003]
“We . . . tell ourselves that art runs on one track and life, our lives, on another,
and we don't realize [that] that's a lie.”  {Issue #60}

Simón Bolívar [1783-1830]
“The United States seems destined to plague us with all manner of evil in the name of liberty.”
{blog 12/2007}

Erma Bombeck [1927-96]
• • “Laughter rises out of tragedy, when you need it the most, and rewards you
for your courage.”  {Issue #42}
• • “Worry is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”  {blog 3/2012}
• • “Never go to a doctor whose office plants are dead.”  {blog 3/2016}

Napoléon Bonaparte [1769-1821]
• • “He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.”  {Issue #46}
• • “Reality has limits, stupidity has not.”  {Issue #47}
• • “Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self-interest.”  {Issue #68}
• • “In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”  {blog 6/2011}
• • “The best way to keep your word is not to give it.”  {blog 11/2012}
• • “When the enemy is making a false movement, we must take good care not to interrupt him.”  {blog 9/2016}

Frederick G. Bonfils [1861-1933], founder of the Denver Post newspaper
“There is no hope for the satisfied man.”  {blog 11/2013}

Dietrich Bonhoeffer [1906-45]
“We have at times to be willing to be guilty.”  {blog 9/2008}

Daniel Boone [1734-1820]
• • “I can't say [that] I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.”  {Issue #36}
• • “It is never too late to do good.”  {Issue #36}

comedian Elayne Boosler
“When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.”   {Issue #64}

James H. Boren [1925-2010]
“When in charge, ponder. When in trouble, delegate. When in doubt, mumble.”   {blog 4/2012}

entertainer Victor Borge [1909-2000]
• • “A smile is the shortest distance between two people.”  {blog 3/2012}
• • “Santa Claus has the right idea: Visit people only once a year.”  {blog 12/2015}

Jorge Luis Borges [1899-1986]
• • “My father showed me his library, which was very large, and told me to read whatever I wanted,
but that if something bored me, I should immediately put it down.”  {blog 11/2008}
• • “I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.”  {blog 1/2014}

Robert Borosage
“[Bernie Sanders's] message has such power that Hillary Clinton has chosen to recycle parts of it.”  {blog 2/2016}

'Boston Pete', blogger on DailyKos
“How about we treat every man who wants to buy a gun like [we treat] every woman who wants to get an abortion?”  {blog 10/2015}

food show host Anthony Bourdain
“Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”  {blog 7/2013}

E.S. Bouton
“True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by.”  {blog 11/2013}

Paul Bowles [1910-99]
• • “Life, of course, is without meaning, and if you find something that gives it meaning,
you're very fortunate.”  {blog 4/2009}
• • “Not all the ravages caused by our merciless age are tangible ones. The subtler forms of destruction,
those involving only the human spirit, are the most to be dreaded.”  {blog 4/2009}

U.S.A.F. LtCol. Robert Bowman
“If the government has nothing to hide, why is it hiding everything?”  {blog 10/2007}

columnist L.M. Boyd [1927-2007]
• • “The old Greeks coined a noun for the man who took no part in
public matters, and from it we got our word 'idiot'.”  {Issue #35}
• • “Less money is spent annually on medical research than on hairdos.”  {Issue #36}
Reader & cartoonist Carol Lay made use of this quotation in her syndicated cartoon panel #504,
published in early November 2003; to view the cartoon click here.

• • “Sea species are disappearing even faster than land dwellers.”  {Issue #41}
• • “In the [XXth] century, more Americans died in murders than in wars.”  {blog 2/2017}

movie director Danny Boyle
“The texture of a film is affected very much by the honor with which you make it.”  {blog 11/2010}

sci-fi author & poet Ray Bradbury [1920-2012]
• • “Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off and build your wings on the way down.”  {Issue #35}
• • “If you're not in love with what you're doing, don't do it; find what you love.”  {Issue #51}
• • “I can't name a writer who's had a more perfect life. My books are all in print, I'm in all the school
libraries, and when I go places I get the applause at the start of my speech.”  {blog 11/2007}
• • “The thing is to be madly, madly in love all the time.”  {blog 12/2007}
• • “People on a jet have only been on a trip; people on a train have been on a journey.”  {blog 1/2008}
• • “We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip
ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”  {blog 2/2009}
• • “Those who don't build must burn.” (in "Fahrenheit 451", 1953)   {blog 2/2009}
• • “A book is a loaded gun.” (in "Fahrenheit 451", 1953)   {blog 1/2010}
• • “I'm not trying to predict the future. I'm just trying to prevent it.”  {blog 6/2012}
• • “Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in a cage.”  {blog 7/2012}
• • “I do not like what is going on in our society. Our education system . . . is a total disaster.”
— interview in Salon 8/2001  {blog 9/2012}
• • “Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you're doomed.”  {blog 4/2014}
• • “You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”  {blog 12/2015}
• • “Without libraries, what do we have? We have no past and no future.”  {blog 8/2016}
• • “Oh God, the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it’s up to you
to know with which ear you’ll listen.” - in his 1953 novel "Fahrenheit 451"  {blog 11/2016}
• • “Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”  {blog 1/2017}

William Bradford [1599-1657]
“All great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised
and overcome with answerable courage.”   {blog 5/2015}

Marion Zimmer Bradley [1930-99]
“Science fiction encourages us to explore . . . all the futures, good and bad, that the human mind can envision.”  {blog 8/2016}

football player & announcer Terry Bradshaw
“I may be dumb but I'm not stupid.” ~~ wrongly attributed to Bradshaw, since it predates him by fifty-odd years  {blog 4/2013}

British folksinger-activist Billy Bragg
“Our real enemy is cynicism.”  {blog 12/2010}

John Bramhall [1594-1663]
“Where there is no consideration nor use of reason, there is no Liberty at all.”  {blog 10/2009}

David Brancaccio of P.B.S. News
“The country has moved so far to the right [that] you can invoke
Barry Goldwater as sort of a centrist figure.”  {Issue #48}

Western author Max Brand [1892-1944]
• • “All the crookedness ain't outside the law . . . the real fine work
begins on the inside and stays there.”  {Issue #34}
• • “Cowboys are all right, but they need a good laundering, most of the time.”  {Issue #65}
• • “When you're down, every rat is big enough to try to eat you.”  {blog 12/2013}

Stewart Brand
“Information wants to be free.” (in 1984)  {blog 1/2011}

Louis D. Brandeis [1856-1941]
U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1916-39
Louis D. Brandeis Quotations Page at Working Minds

Nathaniel Branden [1930-2014]
“Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves.”  {blog 3/2015}

Joseph M. Branom of Oro Valley, Arizona
“George W. Bush is not a Texan. [He] was born in Connecticut, so I suppose that makes him a Conn man.
Second, Bush does not wear 'cowboy boots'. Cowboy boots have the manure on the outside.”  {Issue #38}

serial entrepreneur Richard Branson
• • “When you lavish praise on people, they flourish; criticize and they shrivel up.”  {blog 8/2013}
• • “It's easy to become a millionaire – start out as a billionaire, and then buy an airline.”  {blog 11/2013}
• • “Storytelling is the best way [that] we have of coming up with new ideas.”  {blog 4/2016}

cubist painter Georges Braque [1882-1963]
• • “Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented.”  {Issue #43 & blog 12/2010}
• • “Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing [that] you cannot explain.”  {blog 9/2014 & 3/2015}
• • “Art is meant to disturb, science reassures.”  {blog 7/2016}

Judge Jacob Braude of Illinois
“Always behave like a duck: Keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle
like the devil underneath.”   {blog 6/2012}

blogger Robert Brault
• • “There is a purpose to our lives that each day tugs at our sleeve as an annoying distraction.”   {blog 5/2009}
• • “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize [that] they were the big things.”  {blog 10/2016}
• • “Worse than telling a lie is spending the rest of your life staying true to a lie.”  {blog 11/2016}

Lilian Jackson Braun [1913-2011]
“A library card is the start of a lifelong adventure.”  {blog 8/2014}

poet Richard Brautigan [1935-84]
“A long time ago this was our future.”  {Issue #31}

Bertolt Brecht [1898-1956]
• • “Art is not a mirror to reflect reality [but] a hammer with which to shape it.”   {Issue #64}
• • “Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.”  {blog 4/2008}
• • “What is robbing a bank compared to the founding of a bank?”  {blog 11/2009}
• • “He who laughs has not yet heard the terrible news.”  {blog 12/2011}
• • “People cannot remain good unless good is expected of them.”  {blog 7/2012}
• • “Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but to see quickly how to make them good.”  {blog 4/2013}

activist Barbara A. Brenner
“If people actually knew what was happening, they would be really p*ssed off. They should be.”   {blog 12/2011}

columnist Jimmy Breslin
“The poor can never be made to suffer enough.”  {blog 9/2015}

French filmmaker Robert Bresson [1901-99]
• • “Painting taught me to make not beautiful images but necessary ones.”  {blog 10/2010}
• • “[There are] two types of films: those that employ the resources of the theater (actors, direction, etc.) and use the camera
in order to reproduce; [and] those that employ the resources of cinematography and use the camera to create.”
in "Notes On The Cinematographer" [1975]  {blog 7/2015}

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin [1755-1826]
“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”  {blog 2/2016}

Ashleigh Brilliant
• • “I want either less corruption or more opportunity to participate in it.”  {Issue #46}
• • “Life is the only game in which the object of the game is to learn the rules.” {Issue #48}
• • “My sources are unreliable, but their information is fascinating.”  {blog 6/2012}

chef Sean Brock of Charleston, South Carolina
“Make cornbread, not war.”  {blog 12/2011}

Joseph Brodsky [1940-96]
“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”  {blog 7/2015}

Richard Brody, blogger/critic at The New Yorker Magazine
“The movies that aren't made are as revealing of the times as those that are.”  {blog 3/2017}

Tom Brokaw
“It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot harder to make a difference.”  {blog 8/2012}

author & naturalist Louis Bromfield [1896-1956] of Ohio
• • “As soils are depleted, human health, vitality, and intelligence go with them.”  {blog 9/2015}
• • “This other war, the war upon destruction of natural assets is one that will never be finished. Our weakness in this vast war
is largely ignorance, that most of our citizens do not realize what is going on under their very feet.”  {blog 10/2015}

Jacob Bronowski [1908-74]
“Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.”  {blog 4/2011}

Charlotte Brontë [1816-55]
• • “Silence is of different kinds, and breathes different meanings.”  {blog 7/2011}
• • “Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”  {blog 1/2013}
• • “Life appears too short to be spent nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”  {blog 3/2014}

David Brooks, New York Times columnist
“When conservatism was a movement of ideas, it attracted oddballs; now that it is a movement
with power, it attracts sleazeballs.”  {Issue #56}

James L. Brooks
“Screenwriting is no more complicated than old French torture chambers, I think. It’s about
as simple as that.”   {blog 6/2011}

Mel Brooks
“Tragedy is when I get a paper cut on my finger. Comedy is when you fall into a sewer and die.”  {blog 4/2013}

historian Van Wyck Brooks [1886-1963]
“Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.”  {blog 4/2013}

Dr. Joyce Brothers [1927-2013], pioneer television psychologist
“Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.”  {blog 12/2015}

poet James Broughton [1913-99]
“The world is not a miserable prison, it is a playground for a nonstop tournament between stupidity and imagination.”  {blog 3/2017}

Heywood Broun [1888-1939]
“God is always on the side which has the best football coach.”  {blog 2/2011}

author Brené Brown
“Maybe stories are just data with a soul.”  {blog 4/2016}

Charlie Brown character of the Peanuts comic strip
as drawn by Charles M. Schulz [1922-2000]
• • “Never stay awake at night asking yourself questions you can't answer.”  {blog 4/2014}
• • “The inside of a mailbox should always be kept clean in case you get a love letter.”  {blog 6/2015}

Edmund G. 'Pat' Brown [1905-96]
California Governor, 1959-67
“I have nothing but contempt for those who say that no new taxes are necessary.”  {Issue #50}

Eryn Brown
“Today, more than 80% of married households have two wages coming in.”
(Los Angeles Times Magazine)  {Issue #37}

Helen Gurley Brown [1922-2012]
• • “If you're not a sex object, you're in trouble.”  {blog 9/2012}
• • “What you have to do is work with the raw material [that] you have, namely you, and never let up.”  {blog 3/2013}
• • “Marriage is insurance for the worst years of your life. During your best years, you don't need a husband.”  {blog 4/2016}

rock legend James Brown [1933-2006]
“The one thing that can change most of our problems is dancing.”  {blog 8/2014}

motivational speaker Leslie C. 'Les' Brown
• • “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”  {blog 8/2013 & 5/2015}
• • “Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.”  {blog 4/2015}

Paul Brown [1908-91]
coached the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns football teams
“When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.”  {blog 1/2017}

English poet Robert Browning [1812-89]
“What comes to perfection perishes.”  {blog 9/2008}

Lenny Bruce [1925-66]
• • “Life is a four-letter word.”  {blog 12/2011}
• • “The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum
of once every fifteen seconds.”  {blog 12/2011}
• • “Pain plus time equals humor.”  {blog 6/2012}
• • “Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.”  {blog 4/2014}
• • “There are never enough I Love Yous.”  {blog 5/2015}
• • “The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them.”  {blog 3/2016}

William Jennings Bryan [1860-1925]
“Destiny is not a 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.”  {Issue #10 & blog 4/2012}

John Bryant [1943-2009]
“If you are afraid to speak against tyranny, then you are already a slave.”  {Issue #36}

Martin Buber [1878-1965]
• • “The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable.”  {blog 2/2009}
• • “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”  {blog 8/2011}

E.A. Bucchianeri
“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”  {blog 3/2017}

mystery author Edna Buchanan
“Books are like your children. They take nine months to write; the manuscript weighs six pounds and . . .
you send them out into the world and hope that some day they'll send back money.”  {blog 6/2012}

Art Buchwald [1925-2007]
“If you attack the establishment long enough, they will make you a member of it.”  {blog 8/2013}

Jerry Buck of Sherman Oaks, California
“Politics seems to be the only place where a draft dodger from Wyoming and an AWOL guardsman from Texas
can question the loyalty of an authentic war hero from Massachusetts.” [L.A. Times Letter 3/2004]  {Issue #42}

entertainer Lord Buckley [1906-60]
“Fate takes its cut.”  {blog 6/2012}

William F. Buckley, Jr. [1925-2008]
• • “Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.”  {blog 9/2015}
• • “I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting [that] you really believe what you just said.”  {blog 9/2016}

Gautama Buddha [5th Century BCE]
• • “Whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings —
that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.” (attributed)  {blog 1/2014}
• • “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting.”  {blog 9/2014}
• • “In this world, hate has never yet dispelled hate. Only love can dispel hate.”  {blog 3/2015}

American capitalist Warren E. Buffett
• • “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”  {Issue #67}
• • “He who knows [that] he has enough is rich.”  {Issue #67}
• • “By any common-sense definition, we are in a recession.” (in March 2008)  {blog 4/2008}
• • “There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war,
and we're winning.”  {blog 7/2011}
• • “I find the argument that we need lower taxes to create jobs mystifying, because we've had
the lowest taxes in this decade and about the worst job creation ever.”  {blog 1/2012}
• • “It takes twenty years to build a reputation, and five minutes to ruin it.”  {blog 9/2013}
• • “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”  {blog 12/2013}
• • “Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don't expect it from cheap people.”  {blog 9/2015}

Vincent Bugliosi
“Plain incompetence . . . from the highest levels on down, is endemic in our society.” (2007)  {Issue #71}

writer Charles Bukowski [1920-94]
• • “The only thing that matters is how you walk thru the fire.”  {Issue #49}
• • “My advice to young writers is to stop looking for advice from old writers.”  {Issue #52}
• • “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”  {Issue #60}
• • “If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be
alone with the gods. And the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to
perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.”  {Issue #63}
• • “I don’t hate people. I just feel better when they are not around.”  {blog 5/2012}

actress Sandra Bullock
“Whoever established the high road, and how high it should be, should be fired.”  {blog 12/2010}

Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1803-73]
“The pen is mightier than the sword.” in the stageplay "Richelieu", 1839  {blog 12/2008}

Luis Buñuel [1900-83]
“Never do for money what you wouldn’t do for free . . . Work is for slaves.”  {blog 11/2015}

blogger David Burge
“The value of an industry is inversely proportional to the number of awards [that] it gives itself.”   {blog 6/2012}

Warren Burger [1907-95]
U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1969-86
“[The NRA's interpretation of the Second Amendment] is one of the greatest pieces of fraud – I repeat
the word 'fraud' – on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”
(on PBS-TV's "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" 16 December 1991)  {blog 2/2011}

Anthony Burgess [1917-93]
• • “Art and morality have little to say to each other.”  {blog 9/2008}
• • “All art preserves mysteries which aesthetic philosophers tackle in vain.”  {blog 4/2013}

actress Billie Burke [1884-1970]
“To survive [in Hollywood] you need the ambition of a Latin American revolutionary,
the ego of a grand opera tenor, and the physical stamina of a cow pony.”  {blog 4/2009}

Edmund Burke [1729-97]
• • “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”  {blog 4/2008}
• • “[Mankind is] a herd of beings that must be governed by fraud, effigy, and show.”  {blog 11/2008}
• • “A nation without the means of reform is without means of survival.”  {blog 3/2010}
• • “Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny.”  {blog 3/2011}
• • “It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.”  {blog 1/2013}
• • “To make men love their country, their country ought to be lovable.”  {blog 12/2015}

mystery author James Lee Burke
• • “Man is more a clown than a satan.”  {Issue #36}
• • “No matter what the war advocates of our time tell us, no violent excursion ends well.”  {Issue #64}
• • “If everybody agrees on it, it's wrong.”  {Issue #64}
• • “Capitalists are hanged by the rope [that] they sell their enemies.” (after V. Lenin)  {Issue #68}
• • “No vice flourishes without sanction.”  {Issue #68}
• • “New Orleans isn't a city, it's an outdoor mental asylum located on top of a giant sponge.”  {blog 9/2009}

Frances Hodgson Burnett [1829-1924]
“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done.
Then they begin to hope [that] it can be done.
Then they see [that] it can be done.
Then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”
{blog 10/2007}

• • “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” - in "The Secret Garden" [1911]  {blog 8/2016}

Chicago architect Daniel H. Burnham [1846-1912]
“Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood; think big.”  {Issue #17 & blog 11/2007}

author Dave Burns
“Writing is dreaming with your eyes open.”  {blog 2/2017}

George Burns [1896-1996]
• • “The most important thing in acting is sincerity. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”  {blog 12/2008}
• • “I honestly think that it is better to be a failure at something [that] you love than to be a success
at something [that] you hate.”  {blog 1/2012}
• • “It's too bad [that] the people who really know how to run the country are so busy cutting hair
and driving taxis.”  {blog 3/2012}

Edgar Rice Burroughs [1875-1950]
“Imagination is but another name for super intelligence.”  {blog 9/2013}

naturalist John Burroughs [1837-1921]
“Leap and the net will appear.”  {blog 3/2014}

William S. Burroughs [1914-97]
• • “A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what is going on.”  {Issue #32}
• • “The only real thing about a writer is what he's written, and not his life.”  {Issue #46}
• • “In the U.S., you have to be a deviant or exist in extreme boredom. Make no mistake,
all intellectuals are deviants in the U.S.”  {blog 2/2008}
• • “And we all die and the stars will go out one after another . . .”  {blog 2/2014}
• • “Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”  {blog 9/2016}

George H.W. Bush
41st President of the United States, 1898-93

          “Trying to eliminate Saddam would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect,
rule Iraq. There was no viable 'exit strategy' [that] we could see, violating another of our principles.
          “Furthermore, we had been consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land.”
          —  {explaining why he didn't go after Saddam Hussein at the end of the Gulf War, in his memoirs "A World Transformed" 1999}  {Issue #47}

• • “I have strong opinions of my own, but I don't always agree with them.”  {Issue #55}

George Dubya Bush
43rd President of the United States, 2001-2009
• • “You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones
you want to concentrate on.” (2001)  {Issues #45 & #47}
• • “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop
thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
(at White House bill-signing ceremony 6 August 2004)  {Issue #47}
• • “I just want you to know that when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.”
(18 June 2002)  {Issue #52}
• • “Money trumps peace.”  (press conference 14 February 2007)  {Issue #68}
• • “If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just as long as
I'm the dictator. Heh, heh, heh.(speech on 18 December 2000)  {blog 11/2007}
• • “Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror . . . States like these and
their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.”
("State of The Union", 29 January 2002)  {blog 12/2007}
• • “I've abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system.”
(C.N.N. interview 16 December 2008, after the meltdown-recession-depression)  {blog 12/2008}
• • “I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president.” to former aides, as reported by Politico in July 2016  {blog 7/2016}

Samuel Butler [1835-1902]
• • “All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.”  {Issue #41}
• • “Life is one long process of getting tired.”  {blog 12/2008}
• • “Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.”  {blog 11/2010}
• • “The better part of valor is indiscretion.”  {blog 2/2011}
• • “Invention is the mother of necessity.”  {blog 3/2011}

Gen. Smedley D. Butler [1881-1940]
“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest,
easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious.”  {Issue #65}

Eric Butterworth
“Don’t go through life, grow through life.”  {blog 11/2015}

chess champion Robert Byrne
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”  {Issue #58}

George Gordon, Lord Byron [1788-1824]
• • “Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools,
and those who dare not, are slaves.”  {Issue #36}
• • “But words are things, and a small drop of ink, / Falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces /
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.”  {Issue #62}
• • 'Tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print;
A book's a book, although there's nothing in't.  {blog 11/2008}
• • “To have joy one must share it.”  {blog 10/2011}
• • “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”  {blog 1/2014}
• • “Truth is stranger than fiction.” – in "Don Juan" (1819)  {blog 7/2016}

Mormon entertainer John Bytheway
“Inch by inch life's a cinch, yard by yard life is hard.”  {blog 4/2015}

James Branch Cabell [1879-1958]
“The optimist proclaims that this is the best of all possible worlds,
and the pessimist fears that this is true.”  {Issue #51}

Julius Caesar [100-44 B.C.E.]
“Experience is the teacher of all things.”  {blog 1/2011}

entertainer Sid Caesar [1922-2014]
• • “In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.”  {blog 11/2015}
• • “The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one.”  {blog 6/2016}

John C. Calhoun [1782-1850]
“It is harder to preserve than to obtain liberty.” (in Senate speech, 1848)  {blog 10/2007}

Carol Cail
“If you hear any sinister background music, run like hell.”  {blog 6/2012}

movie producer John Calley
WaterGate was nothing to what we have now.”  {Issue #47}

Italo Calvino [1923-85]
“The true journey implies a complete change of nutrition, a digesting of the visited country – its fauna and flora and its culture (not only
the different culinary practices and condiments but the different implements used to grind the flour or stir the pot).”  {blog 4/2016}

Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara [1909-99]
“When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor were hungry,
they called me a communist.”  {blog 4/2011}

Julia Cameron
“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.”  {blog 11/2011}

Joseph Campbell [1904-87]
• • “Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what is going on without bothering anybody with
a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.”  {Issue #50}
• • “The god [that] you worship is the god [that] you deserve.”  {Issue #52}
• • “The cave [that] you fear to enter holds the treasure [that] you seek.”  {Issue #62}
• • “I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for
the experience of being alive.”  {blog 12/2007}
• • “All we want is to be completely human and in each other's company.”  {blog 9/2009}

Albert Camus [1913-1960]
• • “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”  {Issue #2}
• • “The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart.”
("Myth of Sisyphus")  {Issue #13}
• • “An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.”  {Issue #18}
• • “There is merely bad luck in not being loved; there is
misfortune in not loving.” ("Return To Tipasa")  {Issue #27}
• • “Liberty is your right not to lie.”  {Issue #31}
• • “The only progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.”  {Issue #52}
• • “Where there is no hope, one must invent hope.”  {Issue #57}
• • “It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.”  {Issue #71}
• • “Integrity needs no rules.”  {blog 10/2007}
• • “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”  {blog 2/2010}
• • “Integrity has no need of rules.”  {blog 10/2010}
• • “The meaning of life is the most urgent of questions.”  {blog 9/2011}
• • “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your
very existence is an act of rebellion.”  {blog 1/2012}
• • “Every act of rebelling expresses a nostalgia for innocence.”  {blog 5/2012}
• • “There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.”  {blog 6/2012}
• • “An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.”  {blog 8/2012}
• • “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  {blog 10/2012}
• • “When the oppressed take up arms in the name of justice, they take a step toward injustice.”  {blog 7/2013}
• • “I know of only one duty, and that is to love.”  {blog 3/2014}
• • “There is no love of life without despair of life.”  {blog 11/2014}
• • “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live
if you are looking for the meaning of life.”  {blog 8/2015}
• • “Integrity needs no rules.”  {blog 9/2015}
• • “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”  {blog 4/2016}
• • “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”  {blog 4/2016}
• • “A great work of art . . . is prepared within the silence of the heart.” – in "An Absurd Reasoning" (1942)  {blog 7/2016}

Martha 'Calamity Jane' Cannary [1852-1903]
“I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.”  {blog 3/2015}

sportswriter Jimmy Cannon [1909-73]
“Sports is the toy department of life.”  {blog 7/2011}

battlefield photographer Robert Capa [1913-54]
“If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough.”  {blog 1/2011}

gangster Al Capone [1899-1947]
• • “You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone.”  {Issue #63}
• • “Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.”  {blog 4/2015}
• • “If I want your opinion, I'll give it to you.”  {blog 1/2017}

Truman Capote [1924-84]
• • “I don’t care what anybody says about me as long as it isn’t true.”  {blog 4/2013}
• • “A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity,
two intelligent talkers seldom meet.”  {blog 9/2014}
• • “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”  {blog 6/2015}
• • “As long as you live, there’s always something waiting; and even if it’s bad, and you know it’s bad, what can you do?
You can’t stop living.” - in the 1966 novel "In Cold Blood"  {blog 11/2016}

cartoonist Al Capp [1909-79]
“I've learned one thing – people who know the least anyways seem to know it the loudest.”  {blog 11/2012}

Frank Capra [1897-1991]
• • “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”  {blog 8/2011}
• • “There are no rules in filmmaking, only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.”  {blog 9/2011}
• • “I thought drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.”  {blog 9/2011}
• • “Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music.”  {blog 7/2012}

Alex Carey
“The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy,
the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power
against democracy.” - in "Taking The Risk Out of Democracy" (1996)  {blog 8/2014}

George Carlin [1937-2008]
• • “The day after tomorrow is the third day of the rest of your life.”  {blog 10/2009}
• • “I worry about my judgment when anything I believe in or do regularly begins to be
accepted by the American public.”  {blog 10/2009}
• • “The only thing high-definition television will do is provide sharper pictures of the garbage.”  {blog 5/2010}
• • “Some people see things that are and ask Why? Some people dream of things that never were and
ask Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that.”  {blog 7/2011}
• • “They call it the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”  {blog 2/2012}
• • “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”  {blog 8/2015}

Thomas Carlyle [1795-1881]
• • “Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.”  {blog 1/2011}
• • “I don't pretend to understand the universe, it is a great deal bigger than I am.”  {blog 9/2012}
• • “Every idle moment is treason.”  {blog 9/2015}

Andrew Carnegie [1835-1919]
• • “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.”  {blog 5/2008}
• • “The man who dies . . . rich dies disgraced.”  {blog 1/2012}

Dale Carnegie [1888-1965]
“When dealing with people, remember [that] you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures
of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudice, and motivated by pride and vanity.”  {blog 11/2011}

Robert Caro
“Power doesn't always corrupt. Power can cleanse. What I believe is always true about power
is that power always reveals.”  {blog 1/2013}

independent filmmaker John Carpenter
“The head of my fan club lives under the Hollywood Freeway in a cardboard box.”  {blog 6/2012}

John Dickson Carr  [1906-77]
“This is business. It's the best game in the world.”  {blog 1/2011}

Leonora Carrington, OBE  [1917-2011]
“Art is a magic which makes the hours melt away and even days dissolve into seconds.”  {blog 8/2015}

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-98]
• • Mad Hatter: "Have I gone mad?" Alice: "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”  {blog 12/2015}
• • “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end, then stop.”  {blog 3/2016}
• • “If everybody minded their own business the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”- in "Alice In Wonderland"  {blog 5/2016}
• • “I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.”  {blog 9/2016}
• • “Actually, the best gift [that] you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures . . .”
- in the novel "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" [1865]  {blog 11/2016}

Johnny Carson  [1925-2005]
“Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up
can be vice president.”  {blog 10/2012}

Rachel Carson  [1907-64]
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the Earth are never alone or weary of life.”  {blog 8/2009}

David O. Carter
“A politician worries about the next election; a statesman about the next generation.”
{quoting James Freeman Clarke [1810-88])  {Issue #38}

Graydon Carter
“The [Bush] administration is well on its way to being the first since Herbert Hoover's to preside over
an overall loss of jobs during its complete term in office.”
(Editor's Letter in Jan 2004 Vanity Fair Magazine)  {Issue #41}

James Earl 'Jimmy' Carter, Jr.
76th Governor of Georgia, 1971-75; 39th U.S. President, 1977-81; winner Nobel Peace Prize in 2002
“The [N.S.A.] invasion of human rights and American privacy has gone too far . . . America has
no functioning democracy at this moment.”
in July 2013  {blog 8/2013}

• • “[T]he essence of what made America a great country [is] its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence
of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members.
So now we’ve just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect and sometimes get favors
for themselves after the election is over.” - on the Thom Hartmann radio show  {blog 9/2015}

• • “We've become, now, an oligarchy instead of a democracy. I think that's been the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards, to the American political system that I've ever seen in my life.” - during Oprah Winfrey tv interview 9/2015  {blog 10/2015}

Matt Cartmill, PhD
“As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life –
so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so [that] you can meet girls.”   {blog 5/2010}

George Washington Carver  [1864-1943]
“Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.”  {blog 2/2008}

James Carville
• • “You know back in 2000 a Republican friend of mine warned me that if I voted for Al Gore and he won,
the stock market would tank, we'd lose millions of jobs, and our military would be totally overstretched. You know what?
I did vote for Al Gore, he did win, and I'll be damned if all those things didn't come true.”  {Issue #62}
• • “Washington [DC] is a dirty diaper that needs a change.”  {Issue #63}

cellist Pablo Casals  [1876-1973]
• • “You must work – we must all work – to make the world worthy of its children.”  {Issue #36}
• • “The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?”  {blog 3/2008}

economist Douglas Casey
“Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people
in poor countries.”  {blog 4/2011}

Rick Cass of Florida
“Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.”  {blog 5/2015}

Neal Cassady  [1926-68]
“Art is good when it springs from necessity.”  {Issue #50}

John Cassavetes [1929-89]
“Life is a series of suicides, divorces, promises broken, children smashed, whatever.”
— line from movie "Love Streams" [1984]  {blog 11/2010}

John Cassidy
“History happens only once.”  {blog 4/2010}

Carlos Castañeda  [1925-98]
“All of us, whether or not we are warriors, have a cubic centimeter of chance that pops out from time to time.
The difference between an average person and a warrior is awareness of this, and one of the tasks is to be alert, deliberately
waiting, so that when the cubic centimeter pops out [the warrior] has the necessary speed and prowess to pick it up.”  {Issue #58}

Fidel Castro [1926-2016]
“Revolutionary justice is not based on legal precepts, but on moral conviction.”, in 1959  {blog 1/2017}

Willa Cather  [1873-1947]
• • “There are some things [that] you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”  {Issue #68}
• • “That is happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great.”  {blog 11/2008}
• • “The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.”  {blog 7/2011}
• • “Happy people do a great deal for their friends.”  {blog 7/2012}
• • “Money is a protection, a cloak; it can buy one quiet and some sort of dignity.”  {blog 9/2013}
• • “Where there is great love there are always miracles.”  {blog 7/2015}

Cato the Elder [234-149 B.C.E.]
“We cannot control the evil tongues of others, but a good life enables us to disregard them.”   {blog 2/2012}

Dick Cavett
“If your parents never had children, chances are [that] you won't either.”  {blog 3/2013}

Louis-Ferdinand Céline [1894-1961]
• • “No art is possible without a dance with death.”  {Issue #34}
• • “Almost every desire [that] a poor man has is a punishable offense.”  {blog 6/2010}
• • “All great innovation is built on rejection.”  {blog 8/2011}

astronaut wife Barbara Jean Atchley Cernan
“If you think [that] going to the moon is hard, try staying at home.”  {blog 8/2013}

painter Marc Chagall [1887-1985]
“Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.”  {blog 9/2016}

Nicolas Chamfort  [1741-94]
• • “Pleasure can be based on illusion, but happiness rests on reality.”  {blog 10/2007}
• • “Whoever is not a misanthrope at forty can never have loved mankind.”  {blog 6/2012}

Charlie Chan character, written by Earl Derr Biggers [1884-1933]
• • “Life is plenty good.”  {blog 10/2007}
• • “Golf, golf, golf. It's ruined more good men than whiskey.”  {blog 1/2010}

Raymond Chandler  [1888-1959]
• • “There are no vital and significant forms of art; there is only art,
and precious little of that.”  {Issue #18}
• • “Funny thing, civilization. It promises so much and what it delivers
is mass production of shoddy merchandise and shoddy people.”  {Issue #25}
• • “The growth of populations has in no way increased the amount [of art], it has merely increased
the adeptness with which substitutes can be produced and packaged.”  {Issue #50}
• • “All men must escape at times from the deadly rhythm of their private thoughts.”  {blog 11/2008}
• • “A good story cannot be devised, it has to be distilled.”  {blog 12/2009}
• • “At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed,
must seem to be inevitable.”  {blog 9/2011}
• • “"Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.” - in "The Big Sleep", 1939  {blog 12/2015}
• • “There is never enough good writing to go around.”  {blog 2/2017}
• • “All of us tough guys are hopeless sentimentalists at heart.”  {blog 3/2017}

Coco Chanel [1883-1971]
• • “There is a time for work and a time for love. That leaves no other time.”  {blog 6/2011}
• • “Some people think [that] luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”  {blog 3/2013}
• • “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”  {blog 8/2014}
• • “You live but once; you might as well be amusing.”  {blog 8/2015}
• • “I don't care what you think about me. I don't think about you at all.”  {blog 2/2016}
• • “The best things in life are free. The second best things in life are very, very expensive.”  {blog 9/2016}

Sir Charles Chaplin  [1889-1977]
• • “Life isn't a meaning but a desire.”  {Issue #71}
• • “All [that] I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman, and a pretty girl.”  {blog 12/2012}
• • “Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.”  {blog 12/2013}

Ralph Charell
“Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be a chess player, not the chess piece.”   {blog 5/2010}

labor leader César E. Chavez  [1927-93]
• • “You are never strong enough that you don't need help.”  {blog 7/2008}
• • “It is not enough to teach our young people to be successful . . . so they can realize their ambitions, so they can earn good
livings, so they can accumulate the material things that this society bestows. Those are worthwhile goals. But it is not
enough to progress as individuals while our friends and neighbors are left behind.”  {blog 7/2008}
• • “The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.”  {blog 7/2008}
• • “Being of service is not enough. You must become a servant of the people. When you do,
you can demand their commitment in return.”  {blog 7/2008}
• • “You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.” (in 1984)  {blog 4/2010}
• • “Talk is cheap. . . It is the way [that] we organize and use our lives every day that tells what we believe in.”  {blog 2/2016}

John Cheever [1912-82]
“Trust your editor, and you'll sleep on straw.”  {blog 11/2008}

Anton Chekhov [1860-1904]
• • “Everything is beautiful in this world – except what we think or do ourselves when we forget
our human dignity and the higher aims of our existence.”  {Issue #36}
• • “The knowledge that the aristocrats take for granted, we must pay for with our youth.”  {blog 11/2008}
• • “Don't tell me [that] the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”  {blog 5/2009}
• • “Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out.”  {blog 12/2009}
• • “You will not become a saint thru other people's sins.”  {blog 10/2011}
• • “Man will become better when we have shown him to himself as he is.”  {blog 5/2013}
• • “Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you,
whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.”  {blog 2/2016}
• • “Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”  {blog 3/2016}
• • “Money, like vodka, turns a man into an eccentric.”  {blog 4/2016}

Michael Chekhov [1891-1955]
“An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease.”  {blog 2/2016}

traitor Dick Cheney
U.S. Vice President 2001-2009
“Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has
weapons of mass destruction.”   (on 20 August 2002)  {Issue #47}

Cheshire Cat, as written by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) [1832-98]
“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”  {blog 2/2016}

country music singer Kenny Chesney
“Chase your dreams. But always know the road that leads you home.”  {blog 6/2016}

author G.K. Chesterton [1874-1936]
G.K. Chesterton Quotations Page at Working Minds

Tracy Chevalier
“It's a rare book that wins the battle against drooping eyelids.”  {blog 10/2016}

physicist Geoffrey F. Chew
“Nature is as it is because this is the only possible nature consistent with itself.” - in the 1960s  {blog 3/2017}

Laura Chick
“If you're not indignant, you're not paying attention.”  {Issue #47}

Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tribe [1840-1904]
“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”  {blog 3/2008}

Julia Child [1912-2004]
• • “The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.”  {blog 4/2013}
• • “The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It's doing something that you appreciate,
something [that] you believe is worthwhile.”  {blog 10/2015}

Jerry Chin
“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain,
there would be no rainbow.”  {blog 1/2010}

Peter Chippindale
“A good police force is one which catches more criminals than it employs.”  {Issue #28}

American politician Shirley Chisolm [1924-2005]
• • “When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.”  {blog 12/2011}
• • “We must reject not only the stereotypes that others have of us, but also those that we have of ourselves.”  {blog 8/2016}

Carina Chocano
“Life is ruled by chaos and chance, but made meaningful and worthwhile by love.”   {Issue #62}

chef & businessman Roy Choi of West Los Angeles
“We're raising our children, our kids, our future generation on crap.”  {blog 7/2015}

Kamo-no Chomei [1155-1216]
“The flowing river never ceases, yet the water is never the same.”  {blog 9/2008}

philosopher-activist Noam Chomsky
• • “Where society is ruled by . . . a privileged elite, barriers must be created to prevent those outside
from understanding reality and acting on it in their own interests.” (1991)  {Issue #24}
• • “Truisms are best.”  {blog 11/2008}
• • “If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.”  {blog 2/2012}
• • “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion,
but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”  {blog 4/2016}
• • “Not only is it extremely unjust in itself, inequality has highly negative consequences on the society as a whole because the very fact
of inequality has a corrosive, harmful effect on democracy.”  {blog 3/2017}
• • “We should never overlook the fact that the threats that we now face are the most severe that have ever arisen in human history. They are
literal threats to survival . . . These are very urgent concerns, they cannot be delayed . . . They have to be faced directly and soon.”  {blog 3/2017}

Dame Agatha Christie  [1890-1976]
• • “There's too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man
does of his own free will.” (in "The Moving Finger")  {Issue #27}
• • “Money's queer. It goes where it's wanted.”  {Issue #36}
• • “What is required is a passion for the truth.”  {Issue #66}
• • “Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's not reason not to give it.”  {Issue #68}
• • “Life, you know, is inclined to make a fellow cynical.”  {Issue #68}
• • “Fiction is founded on fact – but is rather superior to it.”  {blog 4/2008}
• • “Life is a difficult business . . . It needs infinite courage and a lot of endurance. And in the end
one wonders, Was it worth while?”  {blog 8/2008}
• •They is a very vague term.”  {blog 9/2009}
• • “Not one in fifty really uses his eyes properly.”  {blog 2/2014}
• • “I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention . . . arises directly from idleness,
possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.”  {blog 11/2014}

automaker Walter P. Chrysler  [1875-1940]
“Give the public something better and the public will buy.”  {blog 12/2007}

Chuang-Tzu [circa IVth Century B.C.E.]
“The fish trap exists because of the fish; once you've gotten the fish, you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit; once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning; once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so [that] I can have a word with him?”  {blog 9/2008}

Walston Chubb
“An educated person is one who has attained a rational understanding of the pros and cons of
the major problems facing society during his[/her] lifetime.” (in 1978)  {blog 12/2010}

Sir Winston Churchill  [1874-1965]
Member of Parliament, 1924-64
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1940-45 & 1951-55

Winston Churchill Quotations Page at Working Minds
Winston Churchill Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

Michael Chute of the Second Maine Militia
“The problem isn't left versus right, it's up versus down.” (in 2009)  {blog 11/2009}

Marcus Tullius Cicero [106-43 B.C.E.]
• • “Reason should direct and appetite obey.”  {blog 6/2010}
• • “A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority
in which he delights in possessing a vicious dog. Who can trust such creatures?”  {blog 3/2011}
• • “Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.”  {blog 10/2012}
• • “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”  {blog 9/2015}
• • “Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.”  {blog 10/2015}
• • “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”  {blog 9/2016}

Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran [1911-95]
“One doesn't live in a country, one lives in a language.”  {blog 7/2010}

comedian Louie C.K.
“When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don't get to decide that you didn't.”  {blog 4/2016}

writer & cartoonist Frank A. Clark [1911-91]
• • “The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.”  {blog 5/2009}
• • “The most miserable possession [that] a man can have is the thing [that] he hurt somebody to get.”  {blog 1/2012}
• • “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.”  {blog 2/2012}

Gary Clark
“Ain't no money in poetry / That's what sets the poet free” - lyric of song "Cold Dog Soup"  {blog 2/2017}

Joe Clark
“Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.”  {blog 11/2015}

Keri Clark
“Everyone can find the time to write; not everyone can find the courage.”  {Issue #33}

author-visionary Arthur C. Clarke [1917-2008]
• • “All explorers are seeking something [that] they have lost. It is seldom that they find it, and more seldom still
that the attainment brings them more happiness than the quest.”  {Issue #38}
• • “One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.”
(in Free Inquiry, Spring 1999)  {Issue #65}
• • “Politicians should read science fiction, not Westerns and detective stories.”  {blog 12/2015}
• • “How inappropriate to call this planet Earth, when it is quite clearly Ocean.”  {blog 9/2016}

Frank Clarke
“There are 10 kinds of people in this world: those who can deal in binary and those who can't.”  {Issue #30}

Eldridge Cleaver [1935-98]
• • “You are either part of the solution, or you are part of the problem.”  {Issues #28 & #62}
• • “The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.”  {blog 3/2012}

Grover Cleveland [1837-1908]
22nd and 24th President of the United States, 1885-89 & 1893-97
“At times like the present, when the evils of unsound finance threaten us, the speculator may anticipate
a harvest gathered from the misfortune of others, the capitalist may protect himself by hoarding or
may even find profit from the fluctuations of values, but the wage earner – the first to be injured
by a depreciated currency – is practically defenseless.”  {blog 10/2009}

Catherine Clinch
“Battery life has to improve.”  {blog 10/2012}

Bill Clinton
42nd President of the United States, 1993-2001
• • “A slight majority seem to have decided [that] they would like a new
president. Kerry just has to close the deal.”  (July 2004)  {Issue #47}
• • “Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.”  {blog 7/2011}
• • “The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.”  {blog 8/2012}
• • “A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.”  {blog 5/2015}

Hillary Clinton
• • “Women’s rights are human rights.”  {blog 5/2015}
• • “[Orlando] is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States, and it reminds us once more
that weapons of war have no place on our streets.”  {blog 6/2016}
• • “To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws. You need both understanding and action.”  {blog 9/2016}

Kate Clinton
“Republicans are worried about voter fraud – [it] seems [that] there is not enough of it.”  {blog 9/2009}

actor-producer George Clooney
“Find the ones who haven't given up – they are the future.”  — line spoken in the movie "Tomorrowland" [2015]  {blog 6/2015}

Inspector Jacques Clouseau, star of "The Pink Panther" Movies
• • “A woman is like an artichoke, you must work hard to get to her heart.”  {blog 1/2017}
• • “There is a time to laugh and a time not to laugh, and this is not one of them.”  {blog 2/2017}

Ta-nehisi Coates
“The truth stalks us like bad credit.”  {blog 7/2013}

Irvin S. Cobb [1896-1944]
“Learn all the rules, every one of them, so that you will know how to break them.”  {blog 2/2011}

William Cobbett
“It is by attempting to reach the top at a single leap that so much misery is caused in the world.”  {blog 7/2008}

mystery author Margaret Coel
• •Baseball teaches some useful lessons: play by the rules, be part of the team, do your best,
learn from errors, enjoy the rewards.”
• • “Life is a series of adjustments to plans that didn't work out.”  {blog 12/2010}

Brasilian author Paulo Coelho
• • “Do something instead of killing time, because time is killing you.”  {blog 12/2012}
• • “A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.”  {blog 3/2015}
• • “Impossible is just an opinion.”  {blog 8/2015}

Allan Cohen
“The [San Francisco-Oakland] Bay area is one of the great experiments in ambulatory psychosis.”  {blog 7/2016}

Canadian singer-songwriter  Leonard Cohen [1934-2016]
• • “The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.”  {blog 6/2012}
• • “When you stop thinking about yourself all the time, a certain sense of repose overtakes you.”  {blog 12/2012}
• • “There is a crack in everything, it's how the light gets in.”  {blog 4/2015}
• • “Reality is one of the possibilities [that] I cannot afford to ignore.”  {blog 11/2016}

filmmaker [Ms] Maxi Cohen of Venice, California
“Television is the glue that keeps us apart.”  {Issue #43}

Hollywood mogul Harry Cohn [1891-1958]
“I have a foolproof device for judging whether a picture is good or bad. If my fanny squirms,
it's bad. If my fanny doesn't squirm, it's good.”  {blog 12/2011}

Sir Edward Coke [1552-1634]
• • “A man's home is his castle. {The house of an Englishman is to him as his castle.}”  {blog 6/2012}
• • “They [corporations] cannot commit treason . . . for they have no souls.”  {blog 1/2013}

Jean Baptiste Colbert [1619-83]
“The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers
with the least amount of hissing.”  {blog 2/2011}

Frank Moore Colby [1865-1925]
“A new thinker, when studied closely, is merely a man who does not know what other people have thought.”  {blog 5/2015}

Samuel T. Coleridge [1772-1834]
“Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason
or imagination, rarely or never.”  {blog 1/2008}

Colette [1873-1954]
• • “Who said you should be happy? Do your work.”  {Issue #21}
• • “Sit down, and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author
is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.”  {blog 6/2008}
• • “A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.”  {blog 4/2009}

U.S. poet Billy Collins
“One of the ridiculous aspects of being a poet is the gulf between how serious we [poets] take ourselves and
how generally we are ignored by everybody else.”  {blog 10/2015}

John Churton Collins [1848-1908]
“Truth is the object of philosophy, but not always of philosophers.”  {blog 2/2011}

Michael Collins
“Only people destroy beauty.”  {blog 12/2008}

Henry Steele Commager [1902-98]
“Our tradition is one of protest and revolt, and it is stultifying to celebrate the rebels of
the past, while we silence the rebels of the present.”  {blog 4/2010}

Chinese philosopher Confucius [551-479 B.C.E.]
• • “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.” - in "Analects of Confucius"  {blog 11/2007}
• • “The superior man is distressed by his want of ability.”  {blog 11/2008}

English playwright Sir Wm. Congreve [1670-1729]
• • “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.” ~~ the first line of his 1697 play "The Mourning Bride", spoken by Almeria;
often misquoted as 'Music has charms to soothe the savage beast'  {blog 8/2015}

• • “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.” ~~ spoken in "The Mourning Bride" by Zara
in Act III, Scene VIII; usually paraphrased as 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned'  {blog 10/2015}

Darby Conley (draws the "Get Fuzzy" comic strip)
• • “Cogito ergo consume.”  {Issue #35}
• • “I think, therefore I am annoyed.”  {blog 12/2007}

Scottish comedian Billy Connelly
“Who discovered [that] we could get milk from cows, and what did he think that he was doing at the time?”  {blog 4/2016}

mystery author Michael Connelly
• • “There are too many people in the world who believe everything [that] they see on television.”  {Issue #41}
• • “Live by the media, die by the media.”  {Issue #43}
• • “Civil unrest occurs when the feelings of overwhelming powerlessness hit critical mass . . . It has to do with
society not addressing the essential needs of overlooked people.” - in "Angels Flight"  {Issue #66}

Ruth Conniff
“Free market ideology [has] evolved from simple, old-fashioned greed into the sociopathic
culture of looting [that] we see on Wall Street today.”  {blog 7/2010}

Cyril Connolly [1903-74]
• • “We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it
with passion, if we want to be happy.”   {blog 5/2009}
• • “Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities
whom we do not control.”  {blog 8/2012}

Richard Connolly
“In numbers there is quantity.”  {blog 6/2012}

Joseph Conrad [1857-1924]
• • “Give me the right words and the right actions, and I will move the world.”  {Issue #46}
• • “A belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite
capable of every wickedness.”  {blog 2/2010}
• • “I must live until I die – mustn't I?”  {blog 12/2012}
• • “A belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.”  {blog 1/2014}

editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad [1924-2010]
“Beware of the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry, [who] infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How will I know? For this I have done. And I am Julius Caesar.”
{ often falsely attributed to Julius Caesar [100-44 B.C.E.] }  {Issue #29}

mystery author K.C. Constantine
• • “How'd it get like this? It's like the Depression all over again.”  {Issue #38}
• • “Fiction is damn near the only way to tell the truth in America.”  {Issue #39}

Dave Contarino, manager of Bill Richardson's 2008 presidential campaign
“If Job #1 for the next American president is getting us out of Iraq, Job #2 is leading
the world's response to global climate change.”  {blog 7/2008}

historian Blanche Wiesen Cook
“And the purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly
and without fear for newer and richer experience.”  {blog 10/2016}

sports announcer Dan Cook {not Yogi Berra}
“It ain't over till the fat lady sings.”  {Issue #38}

Mason Cooley [1927-2002]
“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”  {blog 3/2017}

(John) Calvin Coolidge [1872-1933]
30th President of the United States, 1923-29
• • “[T]he accumulation of wealth cannot be justified as the chief end of existence . . . So long as
wealth is made the means and not the end, we need not greatly fear it.”  {blog 6/2008}
• • “There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important,
as living within your means.”   {blog 12/2009}
• • “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”  {blog 5/2012}
• • “Nobody ever listened himself out of a job.”  {blog 8/2014}
• • “Work is not a curse. It is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood, and the measure of civilization.”  {blog 2/2016}

columnist Marc Cooper
• • “The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attack on John Kerry is the lowest, filthiest campaign maneuver
I've seen in my adult life. It is deeply offensive and intellectually insulting.”  {Issue #47}
• • “The Big Three Unresolved Issues that neither party has much to say about [are]
jobs, education, and health care.”  {Issue #54}

Bill Copeland [1946-2010]
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”  {blog 4/2014}

Francis Ford Coppola
• • “Time is the lens through which dreams are captured.”  {Issue #37}
• • “I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.”  {blog 7/2015}

Richard Corliss, film critic at Time Magazine
“Familiarity breeds contempt only among [movie] critics.”  {blog 9/2009}

beat poet Gregory Corso [1930-2001]
“You have to hurry. Death is chasing you and it's closer than you think.
There's a lot to do in a short time.”  {Issue #46}

entertainer Bill Cosby
• • “The revolution is in your neighborhood, it's in your house, it's in your mind.”  {Issue #53}
• • “I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
{after Herbert Bayard Swope [1882-1958]}  {Issue #59}
• • “There is no labor [that] a person does that is undignified, if they do it right.”  {blog 9/2011}
• • “Parents are not interested in justice. They're interested in peace and quiet.”  {blog 7/2012}
• • “Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come home.”  {blog 12/2012}
• • “No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior,
and I'm not talking about the kids.”  {blog 3/2013}
• • “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.”  {blog 4/2014}

marketing expert E. Joseph Cossman [1918-2002]
• • “If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.”  {blog 11/2014}
• • “To be without some of the things [that] you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”  {blog 3/2015}
• • “Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.”  {blog 4/2015}
• • “Love is a friendship set to music.”  {blog 5/2015}
• • “Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.”  {blog 6/2015}
• • “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”  {blog 8/2015}

cinema auteur Costa-Gavras
“The moviemaker can ask questions but not give solutions.”  {blog 3/2014}

Kevin Costner
“Being a celebrity is probably the closest to being a beautiful woman as you can get.”  {blog 12/2011}

Ann 'The Man' Coulter
“Democrats would never win if we took away women's right to vote.”  {blog 2/2012}

Jeffrey Courion
“Story is the shortest distance between people.”  {blog 11/2011}

writer-activist Norman Cousins [1915-90]
• • “The wild dream is the first step to reality.”  {Issue #36}
• • “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies within us while we live.”  {Issue #62}
• • “In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries
the ultimate responsibility.”  {blog 11/2007}
• • “In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility.”  {blog 2/2017}

Jacques Cousteau [1910-97]
“Population growth is the primary cause of environmental damage.”  {Issue #43}

Stephen Covey [1932-2012]
• • “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”  {blog 12/2013}
• • “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”  {blog 9/2014}

Noël Coward [1899-1973]
• • “Time has convinced me of one thing: Television is for appearing on – not for looking at.”  {blog 10/2008}
• • “Why must the show go on?”  {blog 12/2009}
• • “Work is much more fun than fun.”  {blog 5/2010}
• • “It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”  {blog 1/2012}

NYC artist Molly Crabapple
“Rejection is inevitable. Let it hit you hard for a moment, feel the hurt, and then move on.”  {blog 12/2015}

U.S.M.C. LCpl. Edwin L. 'Tim' Craft
“For those that fought for it, freedom has a flavor [that] the protected shall never know.”  {blog 12/2013}

Robert Crais
“There isn't so much love in the world that you can turn it away
when it's offered.”  {Issue #33}

cartoonist Brian Crane
“The Buddhist approach is 'Don't just do something, sit there'.”  {blog 3/2010}

Cynic philosopher Crates of Thebes [365?-285? BCE]
“A man ought to study philosophy, up to the point of looking on generals and donkey-drivers in the same light.”
- quoted by Greek historian Diogenes Laërtius [Third Century AD]  {blog 11/2016}

filmmaker Wes Craven [1939-2015]
“Horror films don't create fear. They release it.”  {blog 9/2015}

William Crawford
“The best way to rob a bank is to own one.”  {blog 11/2009}

Lakota Sioux war leader Crazy Horse [c. 1840-1877]
• • “One day I will leave this world and dream myself to reality.” (in 1874)  {Issue #24}
• • “Hóka-héy, today is a good day to die!”  {blog 10/2011}

Dave Crenshaw
“Time management is dead; in our day the true struggle is focus management.”  {blog 3/2016}

Rudy Crew
“Education is about the distribution of knowledge . . . and to whom we actually distribute
this particular commodity is a major question in this country.”  {Issue #43}

Michael Crichton [1942-2008]
• • “If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know [that] it is part of a tree.”  {blog 1/2013}
• • “In other centuries, human beings wanted to be saved, or improved, or freed, or educated. But in our century,
they want to be entertained.”  {blog 11/2013}

Francis H.C. Crick [1916-2004]
“Consciousness is the product of millions of years of evolution.”  {Issue #30}

Quentin Crisp [1908-99]
• • “Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level.”  {blog 9/2008}
• • “The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands
of some other person.”  {blog 3/2012}

Mark Cromer
“There really is no why and there often is no warning. When death comes, it just comes. In the meantime,
we should just celebrate our lives a little each day and relish every sunset [that] we can.”  {blog 7/2016}

A.J. Cronin [1896-1981]
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.”  {blog 10/2012}

Walter Cronkite [1916-2009]
“Most of the people say [that] they . . . get their news from television. That means they're inadequately
informed, too poorly informed to exercise their rights in a democracy. You cannot give people enough
information on the nightly news.”  (Writers' Digest Sept 2001)  {Issue #14}

essayist [Ms] Sloane Crosley
“Life starts out with everyone clapping when you take a poo and goes downhill from there.”  {blog 11/2015}

Aleister Crowley [1875-1947]
“Every act of love is a change in the universe.”  {blog 1/2012}

Eleanor Crumblehulme
“Cutting libraries in a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague.”  {blog 2/2016}

James Crumley [1939-2008]
“Not everything in California is a bad idea.”  {Issue #42}

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
“Twenty years from now if there is some obscure Trivial Pursuit question, I am confident [that] I will be the answer.”  {blog 3/2015}

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“I have a naive trust in the universe . . . that at some level it all makes sense,
and we can get glimpses of that sense if we try.”  {blog 9/2008}

Mark Cuban
“It doesn't matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once, and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.”  {blog 8/2016}

American poet E.E. Cummings [1894-1962]
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”  {Issue #41}

politician Mario Cuomo [1932-2015]
“You campaign in poetry, you govern in prose.”  {blog 6/2016}

Will Cuppy [1884-1949]
“All modern men are descended from wormlike creatures, but it shows more on some people.”  {blog 2/2011}

physicist Marie Curie [1867-1934]
“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”  {blog 1/2010}

movie director Michael Curtiz [1886-1962]
“The next time I want some dumb son of a bitch to do something, I'll do it myself.”  {blog 2/2010}

actress Charlotte Cushman
“To try to be better is to be better.”  {blog 4/2012}

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