Tom's Favorite Quotes

  • Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be. - A. Lincoln

  • If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four sharpening the axe. - A. Lincoln

  • Cherish the questions, for the answers keep changing. - Albert Einstein

  • Fish and visitors smell in three days. - Benjamin Franklin

  • Aqaba is over there. It's only a matter of going. - T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

  • Nothing is written. - T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

  • The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts. - T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

  • Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes? - Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

  • It's hard to soar like an eagle when you're surrounded by turkeys. Well, guess what Chester? It's Thanksgiving. - Tom Way

  • The Earth is a place. It is by no means the only place. It is not even a typical place. - Carl Sagan

  • It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known. - Carl Sagan

  • The important thing is not to stop questioning. - Albert Einstein

  • A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. - Lao-Tzu

  • All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions. - Leonardo da Vinci

  • It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow. - Robert Goddard

  • Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night. - Isaac Asimov

  • In the long run men hit only what they aim at. - Thoreau

  • Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana. - Groucho Marx

  • How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. - Annie Dillard

  • I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use. - Galileo Galilei

  • Two roads diverged in a wood, and I... took the one less traveled. - Robert Frost

  • The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. - Bertrand Russell

  • The unexamined life is not worth living. - Socrates

  • Gravity is not responsible for people falling in love. - Albert Einstein

  • Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. - Lao Tzu

  • Develop teachers of fisherman, and you lift all of society. - Franklin Covey

  • The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. - Friedrich Nietzsche

  • What does not destroy me, makes me stronger. - Friedrich Nietzsche

  • What is the difference between someone who is convinced and one who is deceived? None, if he is well deceived. - Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. - Thomas Henry Huxley

  • Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. - Thomas Henry Huxley

  • Try to learn something about everything and everything about something. - Thomas Henry Huxley

  • The great end of life is not knowledge but action. - Thomas Henry Huxley

  • Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. - Carl Sagan

  • Religion is the route of all evil. - Tom Way

  • You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep seated need to believe. - Carl Sagan

  • Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this astonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy. - Carl Sagan

  • People who like this sort of thing will find that this is the sort of thing they like. - Abraham Lincoln

  • Entitites should not be multiplied unnecessarily. (Occam's Razor) - 14th century logician William of Occam

  • To say that George W. Bush is not the sharpest knife in the drawer is to insult the cutting ability of the forks and spoons of the world. - Tom Way

  • Better to burn in hell for all of eternity than to spend even a second in the heavenly company of Jerry Falwell. - Tom Way

  • Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think. - Jean de La Bruyère

  • Life is too important to be taken seriously - Oscar Wilde

  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King Jr.

  • If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. - Albert Einstein

  • Show business is like high school with money. - Martin Mull

  • Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein

  • BS is just what it stands for, an MS is More of the Same, and a PhD is Piled Higher and Deeper. - Bobby Knight

  • Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something. - Anton Chekhov

  • When permitted to listen to alternative opinions and engage in substantive debate, people have been known to change their minds. It can happen. - Carl Sagan

  • It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. - Carl Sagan

  • Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. - Carl Sagan

  • The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' - Isaac Asimov

  • The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos. - Stephen Jay Gould

  • Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview - nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty. - Stephen Jay Gould

  • It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. - Albert Einstein

  • Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. - Blaise Pascal

  • Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary. - Blaise Pascal

  • Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

  • As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious. - Albert Schweitzer

  • If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. - Lao Tzu

  • It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. - Mark Twain

  • Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. - Leonardo da Vinci

  • There is no sin greater than ignorance. - Rudyard Kipling

  • If God made us in His image we have certainly returned the compliment. - Voltaire

  • The world is so exquisite, with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence. Far better, it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look Death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides. - Carl Sagan

  • I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know. - Mark Twain

  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

  • I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth. - Umberto Eco

  • Everything should be as simple as possible — but no simpler. - Albert Einstein

  • Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you're no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn't just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. This leaf has jagged edges. This rock looks loose. From this place the snow is less visible, even though closer. These are things you should notice anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountains which sustain life, not the top. - Robert Pirsig, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"

  • Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down. - Ray Bradbury

  • In science there is only physics; everything else is stamp collecting. - Ernst Rutherford

  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain

  • I'd write you a shorter letter, but I haven't the time. - Mark Twain

  • Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. - Mark Twain

  • Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain

  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain

  • Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great. - Mark Twain

  • First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. - Mahatma Gandhi

  • Working in a bad sitcom writing room is like taking a plane to Europe every day. Ten hours in a cramped room, with two bad meals, surrounded by people you wouldn't normally even talk to. - Wayne Kline

  • Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

  • If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul. - Isaac Asimov

  • One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion. - Arthur C. Clarke

  • The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. - Chinese Proverb

  • If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed. - George Carlin

  • Carpe diem quam minime credula postero. (Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future.) - Horace

  • I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go. - Langston Hughes

  • Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. - Margaret Mead

  • I don't know what I think until I write it down. - Joan Didion

  • I'll be your Sears Catalog. - Tom Way

  • If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again. - Penn Jillette

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