Here, I will be posting quotes from time to time. Quotes I find interesting. Who knows, so might you.
Rome... "gave government to the rich ... It was a colossally ignorant and unimaginative empire. It foresaw nothing. It had no strategic foresight because it was blandly ignorant of geography and ethnology."
Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares, and the slavery of Home, man feels once more happy.
Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821 -1890).
Taking a bow and ducking are the same thing.
"A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs."
"Browning, in his poem of The Statue and the Bust, has laid down the doctrine that 'it is a man’s wisdom to contend to the uttermost even for the meanest prize that may be within his reach, because by such strenuous contention manhood grows, and by the lack of it manhood decays.' "
"We have learned, a little late no doubt, that for states as for individuals real wealth consists not in acquiring or invading the domains of others, but in developing one's own. We have learned that all extensions of territory, all usurpations, by force or by fraud, which have long been connected by prejudice with the idea of 'rank,' of 'hegemony,' of 'political stability,' of 'superiority' in the order of the Powers, are only the cruel jests of political lunacy, false estimates of power, and that their real effect is to increase the difficulty of administration and to diminish the happiness and security of the governed for the passing interest or for the vanity of those who govern..."
Talleyrand, at the congress of Vienna.
"Sex is one of the most wholesome, beautiful and natural experiences money can buy."
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.
The man who never reads lives only one."
George R. R. Martin.
"It isn't premarital sex if you have no intention of getting married."
"Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place."
"The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes."
Arthur Conan Doyle.
"Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. ...voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
Hermann Goering, quoted in the Nuremberg Diary.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored".
"Atheism is not a religion- its a personal relationship with reality".
Chuck E. Jesus.
"I'm selfish, impatient, and insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle. But If you can't handle me at my worst, you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best"
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent".
"Christianity is an insult to the wisdom of the nineteenth century. To place before its progress and development a leader, ruler, king, saviour, god, whose knowledge was less than a modern five year old school girl, is an outrage upon humanity."
Ella E. Gibson, 1870.
"My days I devote to reading and experiments in chemistry, and I spend many of the clear nights in the study of astronomy. There is, though I do not know how there is or why there is, a sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of heaven. There it must be, I think, in the vast and eternal laws of matter, and not in the daily cares and sins and troubles of men, that whatever is more than animal within us must find its solace and its hope."
H.G. Wells (The Island of Dr. Moreau).
"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."
Tacitus (The Annals of Imperial Rome).
“To read too many books is harmful.”