The 25 BEST things ever said, by anyone

Yesterday, in Top 20 all time stupid Republican quotes, brought to us by Mr. Liberal, we had a lot of fun.

To extend it, I thought we could list our FAVORITE quotes. It was hard to limit it to 25, but mine are below the fold (the order is pretty arbitrary, I like all of these a lot, but number 1 is special).

  1. If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.

-- Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973)

(I have seen this attributed to Truman, as well)

  1. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

-- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  1. Music is the pleasure that the human soul encoutners from counting without knowing that it is counting.

-- Leibniz

  1. To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

-- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  1. When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.

-- Desiderius Erasmus (1465-1536)

  1. It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.

-- Epictetus (c.55-c.135)

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.

-- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  1. As I would not be a slave, so I will not be a master.

Abraham Lincoln


No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

-- John Donne (1572-1631), Meditation XVII

  1. If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.

-- Noam Chomsky (b. 1928)

  1. My Country, right or wrong" is a thing no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, "My mother, drunk or sober

-- Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)

  1. This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man.



The gods are amused when the busy river condemns the idle clouds

Rabindranath Tagore

  1. Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.

-- Niels Bohr (1885-1962)


Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

-- William Pitt (1759-1806)

  1. Pain shared is lessened, joy shared, increased

Spider Robinson

The good old days. I was there. Where was they?

Moms Mabley 1894-1975

  1. All models are wrong but some are useful.

-- George Box


The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" but "That's funny..."

-- Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)

  1. That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.

Hillel (link in 5)

  1. If I am not for myself, who is for me?

If I am for myself alone, what am I?
If not now, when?

  1. Those who would give up a little freedom to get a little security shall soon have neither

Benjamin Franklin

  1. If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let each man march to his own rhythm, however measured, or far away

H. D. Thoreau

There is nothing so horrible in nature as to see a beautiful theory murdered by an ugly gang of facts

Benjamin Franklin

and, my favorite


Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls, when we all ought to be worried abut our own souls, and other people's bellies

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