Some of these quotes used to appear on my work home page, but someone from the American office complained about them being both unpatriotic and inappropriate, so I had to remove them.
I add to them from time to time when I see something interesting or amusing.
Quoteth the Soup Dragon
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.
The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.
You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it.
If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.
Cutting Libraries in a Recession is like cutting Hospitals in a Plague.
I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’ ‘No,’ said the priest, ‘not if you did not know.’ ‘Then why,’ asked the Eskimo earnestly, ‘did you tell me?’
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road. the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.
Obama is not a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free healthcare. You’re thinking of Jesus.
We could really speed up the whole process of drug improvement if we did not have all the rules on human experimentation. If companies were allowed to use clinical trials in Third World countries, paying a lot of poor people to take risks that you wouldn’t take in a developed country, we could speed up technology quickly. But because of the Holocaust …
What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference and under nourishment
I don’t trust a man who uses the word evil eighteen times in ten minutes. If you’re half evil, nothing soothes you more than to think the person you are opposed to is totally evil.
I’m not anti-Bush; I’m anti-Bush behavior. In other words, I’m against cheating, greed, cruelty, racism, imperialism, religious fundamentalism, treason, and the seemingly limitless capacity for hypocrisy shown by Bush and his Administration.
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine; and remember that we are not descended from fearful men. Not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular.
Climate change is a modern version of Pascal’s wager… we do better if we believe and act, even if we turn out to be wrong.
Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having tried.
Wherever there’s injustice, oppression, and suffering, America will show up six months late and bomb the country next to where it’s happening.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
In February , CIA lawyers prudently asked for and obtained from the administration a formal exemption from President Bush’s pledge to abide by “the spirit” of the Geneva Conventions. The CIA was aware, if no one else seemed to be, that the new White House policy authorized American officers to commit acts for which the Second World War Allies had hanged Gestapo and SS officers and Japanese prison-camp commanders.
The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.
My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its officeholders.
We have the best government that money can buy.
Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.