Another batch: my favorite quotes

March 31, 2013 | By | Reply More

Here’s another batch of quotes I have been collecting. It’s a constantly growing collection, supplemented by my personal review of anything I happen to read. I realize that this collection is getting quite large. Here’s the latest batch:

“Live and let live,” writes a clear-headed Austrian officer,
“is no device for an army. Contempt for one’s own comrades, for
the troops of the enemy, and, above all, fierce contempt for
one’s own person, are what war demands of every one. Far better
is it for an army to be too savage, too cruel, too barbarous,
than to possess too much sentimentality and human reasonableness.”
– William James. From The Varieties of Religious Experience.

“School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.”
― Ivan Illich

“If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people, including me, would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.”
-Hunter Thompson

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
― William Wilberforce

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a ride!”
-Hunter Thompson

“Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
-Leonardo da Vinci

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”
H. P. Lovecraft (1890 – 1937), “The Call of Cthulhu”,

“Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary.”
Evan Esar (1899 – 1995)

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
Henry David Thoreau

“The tragedy of life is not death ..but what we let die inside of us while we live.”
Norman Cousins

“The Story of Salvation: Omnipotent God chooses not to use his power to simply forgive humankind, but instead implements a solution which requires that he impregnate a teen girl in order to give birth to himself so he can have himself slaughtered to save human beings from the Hell that he created. He then decides to communicate his scheme through conflicting accounts penned decades later by anonymous authors and subjectively handed down by flawed translators who can’t even agree on the interpretation of ‘virgin.'”
Found on Facebook.

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.”
Albert Einstein

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”
Lao Tzu


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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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