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A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything

Max Eastman (1883-?)

An executive is a person who always decides; sometimes he decides correctly, but he always decides

John H. Patterson

The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion

George Washington (1732-1799)

The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance

Marcus Tullius Cicero, 55 BC

For every problem there is a solution which is simple, obvious, and wrong

Albert Einstein

Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life

Bertolt Brecht

A liberal is someone who won't take his own side in an argument

When you find yourself in the majority, it is time to pause and reflect

Mark Twain

We cannot be free men if this is, by our national crisis, to be a land of slavery. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves

Abraham Lincoln

All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation

Oscar Wilde

The problems of this world cannot possibly be solved by sceptics or cynics, but only by men who can dream of things that never was

John F. Kennedy

Sunnt folkevett er en samling av fordommer som er tileget i en alder av 18 år

Albert Einstein

We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us

Marcel Proust

En vis mann ser så mye som han bør, ikke så mye som han kan


There was never a genius without a tincture of madness


Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars

Oscar Wilde

Bli den du er


Life is like the Olympic games; a few men strain their muscles to carry off a prize, others sell trinckets to the crowd for a profit; some just come and see how everything is done


If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, "Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number?" No. "Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence?" No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion

David Hume

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced

Leo Tolstoy

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers

Pablo Picasso

Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved


Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish


There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it

George Bernard Shaw

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education

George Bernard Shaw

Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels


Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason

Oscar Wilde

Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities


Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual


Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it

Laurence J. Peter

Wagner has lovely moments but awful quarters of an hour

Gioacchino Rossini

To *you* I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition

Woody Allen

I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of

Clarence Darrow

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life

Immanuel Kant

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened

Winston Churchill

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game


The aim of education is the wise use of leisure


For å stimulere kreativitet, må man utvikle en barnslig tilbøylighet for lek og en barnslig tilbøylighet til behovet for anerkjennelse

Albert Einstein

Mote er en form for styggedom så uutholdelig at vi er nødt for å bytte den ut hver sjette måned

Oscar Wilde

Minds are conquered not by arms but by greatness of soul


Et folk som setter privilegier høyere enn prinsipper, vil snart miste begge

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Enten eksisterer Gud, eller så gjør han det ikke. Enten tror jeg på Gud eller så gjør jeg det ikke. Av de fire alternativene er det kun en som kan virke ufordelaktig for meg. For å unngå den muligheten, tror jeg på Gud

Blaise Pascal

Min ateisme, slik som Spinozas, er oppriktig gudfryktighet for universet og fornekter kun guder som er skapt i menneskets bilede for kun å tjene menneskets interesser

George Santayana

Inspect every piece of pseudoscience and you will find a security blanket, a thumb to suck, a skirt to hold. What have we to offer in exchange? Uncertainty! Insecurity!

Isaac Asimov

Science does not promise absolute truth, nor does it consider that such a thing necessarily exists. Science does not even promise that everything in the Universe is amenable to the scientific process.

Isaac Asimov

True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others


Each of us visits this Earth involuntarily, and without an invitation. For me, it is enough to wonder at the secrets

Albert Einstein

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise

Sigmund Freud

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man

Francais Bacon

Har den som ikke kan telle, men finner en firkløver, også rett til lykken?

Stanislav J.Lec

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see

Winston Churchill, 1874-1965

I vår øredøvende tid, må man misunne de hørselsskadde

Arne Stav

Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice

Stephen R. Covey

Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.

Jim Rohn

A WINNER knows how much he still has to learn, even when he is considered an expert by others; a LOSER wants to be considered an expert by others before he has even learned enough to know how little he knows. A WINNER knows what to fight for, and what to compromise on; a LOSER compromised on what he shouldn't, and fights for what isn't worthwhile fighting about. A WINNER shows he's sorry by making up for it; a LOSER says "I'm sorry," but does the same thing the next time. A WINNER respects those who are superior to him, and tries to learn something from them; a LOSER resents those who superior to him, and tries to find chinks in their armor. A WINNER has a healthy appreciation of his abilities, and a keen awareness of his limitations; a LOSER is oblivious both of his true abilities and his true limitations. A WINNER focuses, a LOSER sprays. A WINNER is sensitive to the atmosphere around him; a LOSER is sensitive only to his own feelings. A WINNER admits his prejudices, and tries to correct for them in making judgments; a LOSER denies his prejudices, and thus becomes their lifelong captive. A WINNER recognizes that the only true authority is moral authority; a LOSER having little inner respect, tries to assume more external authority than his character can handle. A WINNER stops talking when he has made his point; a LOSER goes on until he has blunted his point.

Harris, J. Sydney

The possibility of stepping into a higher plane is quite real for everyone. It requires no force or effort or sacrifice. It involves little more than changing our ideas about what is normal

Deepak Chopra

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it

Lou Holtz

If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails

Leo Buscaglia