"Excellence does not require perfection" -Henry James

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. - Thomas Jefferson

"It’s a vile human, anthropocentric notion that animals and species are commodities, at their disposal to allow to live or kill, for a myth or even a small amount of social status, or health benefits. It’s like massacre of humans for their teeth, or fingernails, and justifying it as “good” for their beauty treatment! What is missing is human intelligence, empathy and a sense of belonging to the ecosystem and planetary biosphere. It’s as if these predatory humans were passing shelves in a supermarket where anything there is THEIR property, and available to plunder and kill – for whatever trivial and ephemeral use. Homo sapiens means “wise man”, but it’s a meaningless title – I don’t think so!" -VivKay

"All the animals languish, filling the air with lamentations. The woods fall in ruin, the mountains are torn open in order to carry away the metals which are produced there...but how can I speak of anything more wicked than man who raises hymns of praise to heaven for those who, with greater zeal have injured their country and the human race..." -Leonardo da Vinci 1470

"Man has great power of speech, but the greater part thereof is empty and deceitful. The animals have little, but that little is useful and true; and better is a small and certain thing than a great falsehood." --Leonardo Davinci

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. - Daniel Webster

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. - Benjamin Franklin


"Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves they have a better idea." - John Ciardi

"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." -Eden Phillpotts

"Look at those morons! I paid my taxes a year ago." -Homer Simpson

"Dear Marge, you deserve the finest things in life. I can give you all that. But they'll be repossessed and I'll be hunted down like a dog."  -Homer Simpson

"Give me guys that are poor smart and hungry..and no feelings.  You win a few, you lose a few; but you keep on fighting, and if you need a friend-get a dog!  It is trench warfare out there."   -Gordon Gecko

"The things you own end up owning you" -Tyler Durden

"Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing." -Tyler Durden

"If you're Ok with being lied to, on any level, even by someone you don't know or when it doesn't really matter, then you just have not been lied to enough, yet." -Preechr Timpson

"There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path" -Morpheus

"Our experiences not only define us, they can be our arsenal...using even the smallest of them to reach success at a later point in life."  - Oliver Self

"Pipe dreams are good, in a way...Keep the dream alive..because otherwise one day you'll go: 'could I have made it' and if you keep trying; at least then when it doesn't happen for you can go: 'at least I gave it a go.'"  -David Brent
"People hardly ever make use of the freedom they have, for example, the freedom of thought; instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation." -Soren Kierkegaard

"There are people who have an appetite for greif; pleasure is not strong enough and they crave pain." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To describe happiness is to diminish it" -Henri Stendhal

"Every enthusiast contains a false enthusiast, every lover a false lover, every man of genius a false man of genius, and, as a rule, every fault its counterfeit:  this is necessary in order to assure the continuity of one's personality, not only in the eyes of others but in one's own-in order to understand oneself, count upon oneself, think of oneself; in order in short, to BE oneself." -Paul Valery

" "do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark.In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours." -Ayn Rand

"We have to serve ourself many years before we gain our own confidence." -Henry Haskins

"Everyone is perfectly willing to learn from unpleasant experience-if only the damage of the first lesson could be repaired." -Georg Lichtenberg

"To the eyes of a miser a guinea is far more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes.  The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way.  As a man is, so he sees."  -William Blake

"We think in generalities but live in detail." -Alfred North Whitehead

"Nothing has an uglier look to us than reason, when it is not of our side." -George Savile Marquis of Halifax

"He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying." -Michel Montaigne

"If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago." -William Hazlitt

"The fox condemns the trap, not himself." -William Blake

"No man is rich enough to buy back his past." -Oscar Wilde

"True penitence condemns to silence.  What a man is ready to recall, he would be willing to repeat." -Francis H. Bradley

"Whoever supermoralizes unmoralizes." -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"If we were not all so excessively interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it." -Arthur Schopenhauer

"He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage-he won't encounter many rivals in his love." -Georg Lichtenberg

"Self is the Gorgon.  Vanity sees it in the mirror of other men and lives.  Pride studies it for itself and is turned to stone." -Gilbert Keith Chesterton

"There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they had no good in them." -Francois Duc La Rochefoucauld

"I love being superior to myself better than [to] my equals." -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"The friend of all humanity is not to my taste." -Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere

"Genuine responsibility exists only where there is real responding." -Martin Buber

"Nothing is enough to the man for whom enough is too little." -Epicurus

"Snobbery haunts those who are not reconciled with themselves, evolution is the hope of the immature." -George Santayana

"Experience is not what happens to a man.  It is what a man does with what happens to him." -Aldous Huxley

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror." -Oscar Wilde

"He that talketh what he knoweth will also talk what he knoweth not." -Sir Francis Bacon

"Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think."  -Arthur Schopenhauer

"We dance around in a ring and suppose, But the secret sits in the middle and knows." -Robert Frost

"What men usually ask of God when they pray is that two and two not make four." -Anonymous

"Only our concept of time makes it possible for us to speak of the Day of Judgement by that name; in reality it is a summary court in perpetual session." -Franz Kafka

"One must not cheat anybody, not even the world of its triumph." -Franz Kafka

"Only the finest and most active animals are capable of boredom.  A subject for a great poet-God's boredom on the seventh day of creation." -Friedrich Nietzsche

"No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings." -William Blake

"Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey." -Malcolm de Chazal

"I prefer chaos to the structure and organization of tyranny, at least there is some opportunity in chaos." -Oliver Self

"The only thing you can do wrong with raising your child is to not love it." -Mary Miller

"Don't believe anything you hear or half of what you see." -Oliver Cochran

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."-St. Augustine

"It is impossible to be depressed when you are doing jumping jacks"-Dr. Rachel L. Self