can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements, its state
of development by the condition of the toilets at the airport,
and the advancement of its people by the way they treat their
it’s politicians and it’s war, society has the teenagers it
are not an idealist by the time you are twenty you don’t have a
heart, but if you are still an idealist by thirty you don’t have
Idealists....foolish enough to throw caution to the
winds....have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.
Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from
idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than
a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
always meeting idealists with very long necks.
Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes
impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
William G. McAdoo.
refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know
trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the
intelligent are full of doubt.
ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of
Alfred North Whitehead.
two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and
I'm not sure about the former.
he doesn’t know would make a library anybody would be proud of.
wonder who came up with the expression, “Ignorance is bliss?”
Then again, maybe I’d be happier if I didn’t know.
ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?
the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.
paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
I am enough of an artist
to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more
important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination
encircles the world.
- Albert Einstein.
without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful
objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without
skill gives us modern art.
you are describing,
shape, or sound, or tint;
state the matter plainly,
put it in a hint;
learn to look at all things,
sort of mental squint.
Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before
are only impossible until they're not.
Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation.
have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then
I go out and paint the stars.
Vincent Van Gogh.
that little voice in your head that says "Wouldn't it be
interesting if..." And then do it.
Duane Michals, More Joy of Photography.
Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.
not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau.
most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is
the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion
is a stranger, who can no longer pause and stand wrapped in awe,
is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly
eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant.
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Language of the Night.
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and
thinking what nobody has thought.
patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.
fool-proof method for sculpting an elephant: first, get a huge
block of marble; then you chip away everything that doesn't look
like an elephant
what if I’m a figment of my OWN imagination.
else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular
Kenneth Galbraith, Money: Whence It Came, Where It Went.
Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so
indecision is final.
can make you feel inferior without your consent.
To have a grievance is
to have a purpose in life.
- Eric Hoffer.
Nothing seems to please a fly so much as to be taken for a
currant; and if it can be baked in a cake and palmed off on the
unwary, it dies happy.
primal termite knocked on wood;
tasted it, and found it good.
is why your Cousin May
through the parlour floor today.
silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
INTEGRITY & REPUTATION
had more trouble with myself than with any other man I have ever
Dwight Lyman Moody.
in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot
to the town gossip.
can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball,
that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.
Reputation is character minus what you've been caught doing.
Michael Iapoce, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
Shaw, Man and Superman.
INTELLECTUAL & IDEAS
I wonder why. I
I wonder why I
I wonder WHY I
I wonder why I
- Richard P.
minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds
thinking and put an end to your problems.
great many people think they are thinking when they are merely
rearranging their prejudices.
people would die sooner than think; in fact, they often do.
ideas fail, words come in very handy.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
think I think, therefore I think I am.
mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original
Oliver Wendell Holmes.
think my mind is maturing late, or simply rotted early?
ideas need landing gear as well as wings.
idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea
intellectual is someone who has found something more interesting
has ever had an idea in a dress suit.
Frederick G. Banting.
shape the course of history.
is only one way in which a person acquires a new idea: by the
combination or association of two or more ideas he already has
into a new juxtaposition in such a manner as to discover a
relationship among them of which he was not previously aware.
Francis A. Cartier.
have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then
you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an
idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each
of us will have two ideas.
George Bernard Shaw.
who has begun to think places some portion of the world in
for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it
would be if men died for ideas that were true!
is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world: and that
is an idea whose time has come.
worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any
good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
Howard Aiken, IBM engineer.
truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In
the first, it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the
third it is regarded as self-evident.
captain’s thoughts raced through his head like paper bags in a
discouraging to try to penetrate a mind like yours. You ought to
get it out and dance on it. That would take some of the rigidity
out of it.
if nothing exists and we're all in somebody's dream? Or what's
worse, what if only that fat guy in the third row exists?
mind is the most capricious of insects - flitting, fluttering.
have trouble making up your mind?
Well, yes and no.
won't work unless YOU do.
mind not only wanders, sometimes it leaves completely.
hold your farts in. They travel up your spine, into your brain,
and that’s where the shitty ideas come from.
idea isn’t responsible for the people who believe in it.
I doubt, therefore I might be.
Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists
elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to
a well-known fact that although the public is fine when taken
individually, when it forms itself into large groups, it tends
to act as though it has one partially consumed Pez tablet for a
are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off
during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.
not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us
with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their
intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the
sensible man hardly anything.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Aborigine drafted an I.Q. test, all of Western civilization
would presumably flunk it.
scientific fact that if you stay in California you lose one
point of your IQ every year.
- Truman Capote.
I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob called "brightness", but it doesn't work.
light travels faster than sound, isn't that why some people
appear bright until you hear them speak?
A beard signifies lice, not brains.
I took an IQ test and the results were negative.
Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
Irish: Charming, soft-voiced, quarrelsome, feckless and happily
devoid of the slightest integrity in our stodgy English sense of
Geographically, Ireland is a medium-sized rural island that is
slowly but steadily being consumed by sheep.
Irishman believes everything he can't see, and nothing he
can...has such great respect for the truth, he only uses it in
emergencies...can lick any man in a house he is sole occupant
English should give Ireland home rule - and reserve the motion
showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way
by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.
George Bernard Shaw.
What is Irish and loves to be in the backyard, rain or shine,
night or day?
Northern Ireland has a problem for every solution.
did the Irishman call his pet zebra? Spot!
this end, Paddy’ - with large arrow pointing to the rear end of
an Irish articulated lorry.
average Italian….is a cowardly baritone who consumes 78.3
kilometres of carbohydrates a month and drives about in a car
slightly smaller than he is, looking for a divorce.
Streets flooded. Please advise.
Robert Benchley, telegram to home on arriving in Venice.
would you call it when an Italian has one arm shorter than the
A speech impediment.