Words of Wisdom

I thought, rather than rant on through another column, I'd share some of the most important things that have ever been said. Perhaps this will explain my world better than I have.

Every person must decide whether to walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of selfishness. This is the judgment. Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others? (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Jesus of Nazareth)

God is ashamed when the prosperous boast of his special favour. (Rabindranath Tagore)

If God lived on earth, people would break His windows. (Jewish Proverb)

Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation or creed. (Bertrand Russell)

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. (Bertrand Russell)

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just. (Thomas Jefferson)

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian. (Robert Orben)

We all have the strength to endure the misfortune of others. (La Rochefoucauld)

Nothing is illegal if a hundred businessmen decide to do it. (Andrew Young)

Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. (Mark Twain)

Avarice is the sphincter of the heart. (Matthew Green)

Join the Army, see the world, meet interesting people and kill them. (Unknown)

If you can't annoy somebody, there is little point in writing. (Kingsley Amis)

There is no they, only us. (Bumper Sticker)

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. (Voltaire)

A conservative is a man who wants the rules changed so that no one can make a pile the way he did. (Gregory Nunn)

Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen. (Mort Sahl)

All great truths begin as blasphemies. (George Bernard Shaw)

America...just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. (Hunter S. Thompson)

America. Nowhere in the world is superiority more easily attained, or more eagerly admitted. The chief business of the nation, as a nation, is the setting up of heroes, mostly bogus. (H. L. Mencken)

Scriptures, n., The sacred books of our religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based. (Ambrose Bierce)

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you a car. (Laurence J. Peter)

In every well-governed state wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing. (Anatole France)

Only one indispensable massacre of Capitalists or Communists or Fascists or Christians or Heretics and there we are in the Golden Future. (Aldous Huxley)

The law, in its equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. (Anatole France)

Man is a hating rather than a loving animal. (Rebecca West)

The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to a moralist - that is why they invented hell. (Bertrand Russell)

It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg. (Anatole France)

Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat. (John Morley)

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. (Jonathan Swift)

It is inconceivable that the whole universe was merely created for us who live in this third-rate planet of a third-rate sun. (Alfred Lord Tennyson)

This world is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel. (Horace Walpole)

Probably no invention came more easily to man than Heaven. (Lichtenberg)

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. (Oscar Wilde)

There are so many, many more but I'll wait for a later time to share those.

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