Crowds of men are like crowds of sheep. Not the best, but the first leader is usually followed.
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.
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.
There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.
Life is a tragedy when seen in closeup, but a comedy in long-shot.
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.
“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.
Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever.
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.
Life is all about learning from yesterday, living for today and hoping for tomorrow.
- 言いたいことは言う。 その時は心を込めて言う。
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.
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.
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.
If anything can go wrong, it will.
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.
- 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.
War is when your government tells you who the enemy is.
Revolution is when you figure it out yourself.
- 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.
The problem with quotes on the internet, is everybody has one, and most of them are wrong.
~ Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)
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
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.
We may not always get what we want, but surely we will get what we deserve.
- 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.
What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Save a little money each month and at the end of the year you’ll be surprised at how little you have.
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.
Peace begins with a smile.
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.
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.
Все время оглядываться скучно. Азарт и волнение – в завтрашнем дне.
>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.
>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.
>Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
- 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)
>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.
>Je donne mon avis non comme bon mais comme mien.
Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond of offering criticism from on high instead of studying and understanding things from within.
>Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
>If everyone else was jumping off a bridge, do you have to jump too?
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.
It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education, than to have education without common sense.
Don’t worry, God understands all languages.
Life without love is no life at all.
They often imposed free trade on weaker countries to perpetuate their inbuilt advantages.
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.
Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s art
Respect is what we owe; love, what we give
Kindness is wisdom
Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art
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.)
えらばず きらわず みすてず
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Каждый думает о том, как изменить мир, но никто не думает о том, как изменить себя.
Je suis capable du meilleur et du pire. Mais, dans le pire, c’est moi le meilleur.
Douter de tout ou tout croire, ce sont deux solutions également commodes, qui l’une et l’autre nous dispensent de réfléchir.
Well, I don’t think so.
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
Etre le premier amant d’une femme ne signifie rien; il faut être son dernier amant; tout est là.
C’est parce que tu a voulu le faire.