Quotable utterings of the famous (Part 2)

The following text is originally lifted from the trivia section of The Jakarta Post dated Saturday, 15 March 2008.

~Compiled from various sources~

  • "I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as thought it had an underlying truth" - Umberto Eco.
  • "Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down" - Jimmy Durante.
  • "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good" - Samuel Johnson.
  • "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both" - Dwight Eisenhower.
  • "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them" - Albert Einstein.
  • "Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working" - Albert Giacometti (sculptor).
  • "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident" - Arthur Schopenhauer.
  • "Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street" - Elbert Hubbard.
  • "There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life" - Frank Zappa.
  • "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away" - Antoine de Saint Exupery
  • "Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome" - Isaac Asimov.
  • "If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe" - Carl Sagan.
  • "It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts" - G.B. Burgin.
  • "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action" - Auric Goldfinger, in Goldfinger by Ian Fleming.
  • "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance" - Oscar Wilde.
  • "Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens" - Jimi Hendrix.
  • "A clever man commits no minor blunders" - Goethe.
  • "Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours" - Richard Bach.
  • "A witty saying proves nothing" - Voltaire.
  • "Sleep is an excellent way of listening to an opera" - James Stephens.
  • "The nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people they think it's their fault" - Henry Kissinger.
  • "Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance" - Will Durant.
  • "I have often regretted my speech, never my silence" - Xenocrates.
  • "It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion" - Albert Einstein.
  • "If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough"
  • "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal" - Henry Ford.
  • "I'll sleep when I'm dead" - Warren Zevon.
  • "There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread" - Mahatma Gandhi.
  • "When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you" - Friedrich Nietzsche.
  • "The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honours on your head" - Jean Cocteau.
  • "Everyone is a genius at least once a year, a real genius has his original ideas closer together" - Georg Lichtenberg.
  • "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it" - Henry David Thoreau.
  • "While we are postponing, life speeds by" - Seneca.
  • "Fill what's empty, empty what's full, and scratch where it itches" - the Duchess of Windsor, when asked what is the secret of a long and happy life.
  • "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win" - Mahatma Gandhi.

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