Category Archives: quote


  • 塞翁失马,焉知非福(中国)
  • 인간만사새옹지마(韓国)
  • Νῦν εὖ πεπλόηκα, ὅτε νεναυάγηκα.(古典ギリシア語)
  • Nunc bene navigavi, cum naufragium feci.(ラテン語)
  • A joyful evening may follow a sorrowful morning.(英語)
  • La roue de la Fortune.(フランス)
  • La ruota della fortuna gira.(イタリア)
  • Das Glücksrad geht um.(ドイツ)
  • Нет худа без добра.(ロシア)
  • No hay mal que por bien no venga.(スペイン)
  • După râs, vine plâns.(ルーマニア)
  • A szerencse forgandó.(ハンガリー)
  • La vida es un cubo de noria, unos suben y otros bajan.(メキシコ)
  • Allah gümüş kapıyı kaparsa altın kapıyı açar.(トルコ)
  • काहिले घाम काहिले पानी।(ネパール)



と言ったそうだが 実際には
ということのほうが 多いのではないか



努力するのは いいことで
怠けるのは 悪いことだろうか
希望を語るのは いいことで
不満を語るのは 悪いことだろうか

怠ける人ほど 夢見がちで



You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

Ivan Turgenev

In the end, nature is inexorable: it has no reason to hurry and, sooner or later, it takes what belongs to it. Unconsciously and inflexibly obedient to its own laws, it doesn’t know art, just as it doesn’t know freedom, just as it doesn’t know goodness.

Richard Feynman

If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t understand quantum mechanics.

I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.

Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.

Science is what we have learned about how not to fool ourselves about the way the world is.

The International Churchill Society

“You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.”

While often attributed to Churchill, a search of over 2.5 million words by and about Churchill in The Churchill Centre’s research database fails to show that Churchill ever spoke or wrote those words.





The wise man knows that it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world.


  • 幸せになりたいんじゃない、幸せと感じる事の出来る心を手に入れたいんじゃ。
  • 時代は良くも悪くもなってない。いつだって今が最高。
  • 楽しいと楽は対極だよ。楽しいことがしたいなら,楽はしちゃダメだと思うよ。
  • 言いたいことは言う。 その時は心を込めて言う。
  • どうにもならないことなんて、どうにでもなっていいこと。
  • 新しく何かをやりたいんじゃなくて、今何をやりたいかなんだよ。
  • ボクは一貫して自己満足です。めざすものは。
  • ルール破ってもマナーは守れよ。
  • 戦争やってる遠くの国のことよりも、友達の方が大切だと思うけどなぁ。
  • いつだって今が最高。やっぱ『死に方』より『生き方』だよな。
  • はっきりさせなくてもいい。あやふやなまんまでいい。僕たちはなんとなく幸せになるんだ。

Jose Mujica

I’m called ‘the poorest president’, but I don’t feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle and always want more and more.

My definition of poor are those who need too much. Because those who need too much are never satisfied.

Larry Flynt

Majority rule only works if you’re also considering individual rights. Because you can’t have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.

Wilferd Peterson

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.

Mark Twain

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Chinese Proverb

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.

Amy Tan

  • If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.
  • Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward.
  • Writing what you wished was the most dangerous form of wishful thinking.


  • 近代的であるというのは、例えば日本とヨーロッパの現実は違うということを知ることなのである。そのために一命を失った日本の近代人もいる。
  • 無意味に生きていること以外に、生きていることに意味はない。
  • 旅行している時に本や雑誌を読むの程、愚の骨頂はない。読むというのは、そこにあることの方へ連れて行かれることだ。
  • 迷ったらば迷ったで進む。 先駆者というのは皆そうである。


If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of beauty would be.

The best dreams happen when you’re awake.

Artur Schnabel, Miles Davis, Dizzie Gillespy

The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides.
~ Artur Schnabel

It’s not the notes you play; it’s the notes you don’t play.
~ Miles Davis

It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.
~ Dizzie Gillespy

Milan Kundera

Le temps humain ne tourne pas en cercle mais en ligne droite. C’est pourquoi l’homme ne peut être heureux puisque le bonheur est désir de répétition.
L’homme ne peut jamais savoir ce qu’il faut vouloir car il n’a qu’une vie et il ne peut la comparer à des vies antérieures ni la rectifier dans des vies ultérieures.
La sensualité, c’est la mobilisation maximale des sens : on observe l’autre intensément et on écoute ses moindres bruits.
Les métaphores sont dangereuses. L’amour commence par une métaphore.

John Maynard Keynes

  • Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.
  • But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.
  • There is no harm in being sometimes wrong — especially if one is promptly found out.
  • Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.

Wilson Mizner

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.


I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.

Ira Glass

You will be stupid. You will worry your parents as I worried mine. You will question your own choices. You will question your relationships, your jobs, your friends, where you live, what you studied in college, that you went to college at all. The thing I want to say is: That is totally okay. That is totally normal. If that happens, you’re doing it right.

Jane Lynch

Let life surprise you. Don’t have a plan. Plans are for wusses. If my life went according to my plan, I would never ever have the life I have today. You are obviously good planners, or you wouldn’t be here. Stop it! Stop it now! Don’t deprive yourself of the exciting journey your life can be when you relinquish the need to have goals and a blueprint.


  • Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.
  • If you suffer injustice, console yourself; the true unhappiness is in doing it.
  • Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.
  • By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.
  • Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.
  • Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
  • Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss.
  • I would rather discover one true cause than gain the kingdom of Persia.
  • It is better to destroy one’s own errors than those of others.
  • It is godlike ever to think on something beautiful and on something new.

>Zhang Yimou

>No matter what wars or disasters happen in history, what surrounds these times is life, love, salvation and humanity. I hope those things are felt in this story. The human side of the story was more important to me than the background of the Nanjing massacre. Human nature, love and sacrifice — these are the things that are truly eternal. For me, the event is the historical background of the film. But the enduring question of the story is how the human spirit is expressed in wartime.

>Steve Geller


Most of the quotes were collected because I like the messages or lessons they had in them. They each inspired me in some way. I placed the first quote in that position for a reason. If you read the first entry and understand the meaning behind it, you will understand why I collected the quotes. Not everyone will agree with every quote I collected. But the first entry will speak for me. My hope is that other people can find the same lessons and wisdom that I did, and maybe even ones I have not seen. I hope they will be meaningful to others.

>Sir Ernest Cassel


When I was young, people called me a gambler. As the scale of my operations increased I became known as a speculator. Now I am called a banker. But I have been doing the same thing all the time.

>Jill Pendley

>To live in this single moment, this lightest breath, this softest touch, to be captured by this smallest, this briefest space of time, to be fully present, alive, consumed in this instant alone, this is truly living.





  • 良賈深蔵如虚
  • 水深川清
  • 絶景在険峰
  • 丹心照万古
  • 尽凡心開天地
  • 去華就実
  • 在素知贅 (simple living and high thinking)
  • 任怨分謗 (任怨: 何か思い切った新しい仕事をやる時には、きまってだれかの怨みをかう。だが、そうした怨をいちいち気にしていたのでは、とても新規事業はやりとげられない。敢えてその怨を受けよ。中傷の火の粉を恐れるな; 分謗: いったん志をともにした以上は、一心同体となってその怨を分けて受ける気概がなければならない)

>Daniel Kahneman


Many people will admit that they made a mistake. But that doesn’t mean that they’ve changed their mind about anything in particular. It doesn’t mean that they are now able to avoid that mistake.

>Antonin Scalia

>I even accept for the sake of argument that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged.

But it is blindingly clear that judges have no greater capacity than the rest of us to decide what is moral.

>HR 3162 RDS


“Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001”
107th CONGRESS, 1st Session, H. R. 3162, IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, October 24, 2001, Received
AN ACT – To deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, …
Any investigative or law enforcement officer, or attorney for the Government, has obtained knowledge of the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, or evidence derived therefrom, may disclose such contents to any other Federal law enforcement, intelligence, protective, immigration, national defense, or national security official to the extent that such contents include foreign intelligence or counterintelligence, or foreign intelligence information, to assist the official who is to receive that information in the performance of his official duties.

>Edmund Burke


BELIEVE ME, SIR, those who attempt to level, never equalize. In all societies, consisting of various descriptions of citizens, some description must be uppermost. The levelers, therefore, only change and pervert the natural order of things; they load the edifice of society by setting up in the air what the solidity of the structure requires to be on the ground. The association of tailors and carpenters, of which the republic (of Paris, for instance) is composed, cannot be equal to the situation into which by the worst of usurpations- an usurpation on the prerogatives of nature- you attempt to force them.

Colin Powell

Under agreements that we have negotiated just over the past few years and will come into effect by the end of the decade, we are bringing the number of our nuclear warheads down from over 20,000 when I became chairman four years ago to just over 5000. And today I can declare my hope and declare it from the bottom of my heart that we will eventually see the time when that number of nuclear weapons is down to zero and the world is a much better place.

Michael Oakeshott

To be conservative is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss.

Harry S Truman

Any man who sees Europe now must realise that the victory in a great war is not something you win once and for all like victory in a ball game. Europe to-day is hungry. As the winter comes on, the distress will increase. Unless we do what we can to help we may lose next winter what we won at such terrible cost last spring.

The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid the killing of civilians. But if Japan does not surrender bombs will have to be dropped on war industries. I urge Japanese civilians to leave the industrial cities immediately to save themselves from destruction.

We won the race of discovery against the Germans. Having found the bomb, we have used it. We have used it in order to shorten the agony of the war, in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans. We shall continue to use it until we completely destroy Japan’s power to make war.

The atomic bomb is too dangerous to be let loose in a lawless world. That is why Great Britain and the United States, who have the secret of its production, do not intend to reveal the secret until means have been found to control the bomb so as to protect ourselves and the rest of the world from the danger of total destruction.

I shall ask the Congress to co-operate to the end that its production and use be controlled, and that its power be made an overwhelming influence towards world peace. We must constitute ourselves trustees of this new force, to prevent its misuse, and to turn it into the channels of service to mankind.

It is an awful responsibility which has come to us. We thank God that it has come to us instead of to our enemies, and we pray that He may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes.

We know now that the basic proposition of the work and dignity of man is not sentimental aspiration or a vain hope or a piece of rhetoric. It is the strongest, the most creative force now present in this world. Let us use that force and all our resources and all our skill in the great cause of a just and lasting peace.

(The “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, followed on 9 August the detonation of the “Fat Man” over Nagasaki, then on 10 August President Truman said the above in a broadcast.)

Ireneo Namboka

when her child is sick
she takes care of the child
without sleep or rest
with love and affection

she does not ask for over time pay
she does not ask for a promotion
the UN could save the world
if its members are all like the mother