Favorite Quotes

Compiled by: Sam C. Chan

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.


"Lorsqu'un gouvernement est dépendant des banquiers pour l'argent, ce sont ces derniers, et non les dirigeants du gouvernement qui contrôlent la situation, puisque la main qui donne est au dessus de la main qui reçoit. [...] L'argent n'a pas de patrie; les financiers n'ont pas de patriotisme et n'ont pas de décence; leur unique objectif est le gain." - Napoléon Bonaparte

(When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.)

Wer sich zum Wurm macht, soll nicht klagen, wenn er getreten wird.  -Immanuel Kant

Die Mehrheit? Was ist die Mehrheit? Mehrheit ist der Unsinn; Verstand ist stets bei Wen'gen nur gewesen. (The majority is madness; Reason has still ranked only with the few.)

Friedrich Schiller

Jede Wahrheit durchläuft drei Stufen: Erst erscheint sie lächerlich, dann wird sie bekämpft, schließlich ist sie selbstverständlich.  (All truth passes through 3 stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. )

Arthur Schopenhaür

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

Die glücklichen Sklaven sind die erbittertsten Feinde der Freiheit. (Happy slaves are the bitterest enemies of freedom. )

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916)

I slept and found that life was joy. I woke up and found out that life was duty. I did my duty and found out that it was joy.  (Danke Annalena, für die Übersetzung.)

Rabindranath Tagore

Le cri : audace ! est un Fiat Lux.

Victor Hugo

If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.

Ancient Chinese proverb
(as cited by Elizabeth Kucinich on her blog)

Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.


La passion fait souvent un fou du plus habile homme, et rend souvent les plus sots habiles. (Passion often renders the most clever man a fool, and even sometimes renders the most foolish man clever.)

François de La Rochefoucauld

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.


He who controls the present controls the past.  He who controls the past controls the future.

George Orwell

Terrorism is war by the poor, and war is terrorism by the rich.


We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

Edward R. Murrow

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Albert Einstein

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.


The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.

Abraham Lincoln

I have no patience with extreme Rightists who call everyone who disagrees with them a Communist, nor with the Leftists who shout that the rest of us are heartless money grubbers.

Dwight Eisenhower

...in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.

 John F. Kennedy

The old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.

Abraham Lincoln

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

Niccolò Machiavelli, Florence, Italy

As night-fall does not come at once, neither does oppression... It is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air―however slight―lest we become victims of the darkness.

William Orville Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both.

James Madison (4th President of the United States)

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

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