Quotes
 

 

Politics

My country, right or wrong’ is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying ‘My mother, drunk or sober.’
G.K. Chesterton

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
Samuel Johnson

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
Lillian Hellman

We are a people who do not want to keep much of the past in our heads. It is considered unhealthy in America to remember mistakes, neurotic to think about them, psychotic to dwell on them.
Lillian Hellman

Behind every great fortune is a crime.
Honore de Balzac

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
Anatole France

It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg.
Anatole France

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
Thomas Jefferson

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?
- Mahatma Gandhi

Chess
Then with the losers let it sympathize, for nothing can seem foul to those that win. KING HENRY IV (Part I), Act 5, Scene 1

The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strenghtened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions.
Benjamin Franklin

I failed to make the chess team because of my height.
Woody Allen

In life, as in chess, forethought wins.
Charles Buxton

I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art - and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position.
Marcel Duchamp

I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.
Marcel Duchamp

You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.
Stanley Kubrick

How can I lose to such an idiot!?"
Aaron Nimzovich (1886-1935)

The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the Universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature and the player on the other side is hidden from us
Thomas Huxley

Excellence at  Chess is one mark of a scheming mind
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Chess is the gymnasium of the mind
Blaise Pascal

Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe.
Hindu proverb

If a ruler does not understand Chess, how can he rule over a kingdom?
King Khusros II

Misc.
Man makes himself indeed, but according to plans laid down for the Cambrian trilobytes; even for the first Earthly atoms.  -  Crane Brinton, A History of Western Morals

It's a poor mind that can't think of more than one way to spell a word.
Thomas Jefferson

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.
Niels Bohr

Golf is a game who's aim it is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.
Winston Churchill

No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
H.L. Mencken

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody is looking.
H.L. Mencken

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
H.L. Mencken

Immorality: The morality of those who are having a better time.
H.L. Mencken

The Americans are a funny lot; they drink whiskey to keep them warm; then they put some ice in it to keep it cool; they put some sugar in it to make it sweet; and then they put a slice of lemon in it to make it sour. Then they say 'Here's to you' and drink it themselves.
B.N. Chakravaty

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
William G. McAdoo

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
Einstein

You can observe a lot just by watching.
Yogi Berra

History is a set of lies agreed upon.
Napolean Bonaparte

On one issue, at least, men and women agree : they both distrust women.
H. L. Mencken

A hen is an egg's way of producing another egg.
Samuel Butler

To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.
William Blake

Physics is to math what sex is to masturbation.
Richard Feynman