Favorite Quotes

“Busy hands are happy hands.” — Grandma Swanstrom (1901-1979)

“It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.” — Epictetus (c55-c135), Discourses, ii, 17.

“If you would be a good reader, read; if a writer, write.” — Epictetus (c55-c135), Discourses, ii, 18.

“Never lick a gift horse in the mouth.” — Brian Reedy, Omni Magazine, 2000

“For all that has been, thanks – to all that will be, yes.” — Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Swedish diplomat

“The thing which is the most outstanding and the most desirable to all healthy and good and well-off persons, is a peaceful life with honor.”  — Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BCE-43 BCE), Pro Sestio, xlv, 98

“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”  — Anatole France (1844-1924), French author

“Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” —  Mark Twain (1835-1910), American humorist

“Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.” — J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973), The Lord Of the Rings

“People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.” — Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish theologian

“I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be.” — Diogenes (412-323 BCE)for-all