Quotes for the new year

January 2, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More

Here is another batch of quotes that I have collected over the past couple of months. Hundreds more of my favorite quotes can be found here.

I don’t travel in circles where people say, ‘I have faith, I believe this in my heart and nothing you can say or do can shake my faith.’ That’s just a long-winded religious way to say, ‘Shut up.’
Penn Jillette, NPR interview

Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something.
Pancho Villa (1877 – 1923), last words

“No matter how careful you are, there’s going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn’t experience it all. There’s that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should’ve been paying attention. Well, get used to that feeling. That’s how your whole life will feel some day. This is all practice.” -Chuck Palahniuk

Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, and went bang in the noonday sun.
Kurt Vonnegut – God Bless You Mr. Rosewater

“It’s pretty amazing that our society has reached a point where the effort necessary to extract oil from the groud, ship it to a refinery, turn it into plastic, shape it appropriately, truck it to a store, buy it, and bring it home is considered to be less effort than what it takes to just wash the spoon when you’re done with it.” Poster

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
― Albert Einstein

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940), “The Crack-Up” (1936)

“Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property; Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person.”

“The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.”
Russell Baker (1925 – )

“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

‎”When I feed the poor, I am called a saint… when I ask why the poor are hungry, I am called a Communist!”
Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara (Liberation Theologian RC priest, Brazil 1909-1990)

“It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.”
David Brin (1950 – )

“Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.”
Joseph Heller (1923 – 1999), “Catch-22”

“That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.”
Christopher Hitchens.

“Conceit is God’s gift to little men.”
Bruce Barton

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.”

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”
Patrick Henry


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. A lot of good ones there. I hadn’t heard that Einstein quotation before — that’s genius.

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