Stuff I Like.


Here I have decided to put, well, stuff I like. Indeed, my whole site is full of stuff I like, but this stuff will be such stuff as has no particular category in which I can easily place it. It will consist mainly of stuff I find about, in books, newspapers, magazines, web sites, &c.


The first thing here is a short passage from “Walking,” an essay by Henry David Thoreau.


“I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least,—and it is commonly more than that,—sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. You may safely say, A penny for your thoughts, or a thousand pounds. When sometimes I am reminded that the mechanics and shopkeepers stay in their shops not only all the forenoon, but all the afternoon too, sitting with crossed legs, so many of them—as if the legs were meant to sit upon, and not to stand or walk upon—I think that they deserve some credit for not having committed suicide long ago.”


Here, then, are some more various quotations.


“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

                        —Leo Tolstoy


“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.”

                        —Nikita Khrushchev


“A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular.”

                        —Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.


“Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.”

                        —Tom Stoppard


“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”



“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”

                        —Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)


“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.”

                        —Andre Gide


“It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.”

                        —H. L. Mencken


“Eat a live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”



“You are not superior just because you see the world in an odious light.”

                        —Vicomte de Chateaubriand


“No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.”

                        — George Washington, 1789 Inaugural Address


“Never spend your money before you have it.”

                        —Thomas Jefferson


“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”

                        —Thomas Jefferson


“Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.”

                        —Thomas Jefferson


“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

                        —Thomas Paine


“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.”

                        —Thomas Paine


“To see it in our power to make a world happy — to teach mankind the art of being so — to exhibit, on the theater of the universe, a character hitherto unknown — and to have, as it were, a new creation entrusted to our hands, are honors that command reflection, and can neither be too highly estimated, nor too gratefully received.”

                        —Thomas Paine, 1783


“The key of heaven is not in the keeping of any sect, nor ought the road to it be obstructed by any.”

                        —Thomas Paine, 1803


“We are spirits. That bodies should be lent us, while they can afford us pleasure, assist us in acquiring knowledge, or doing good to our fellow creatures, is a kind and benevolent act of God.”

                        — Benjamin Franklin


“Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.”

                        —William Shakspere


“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

                        —William Shakspere


“He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.”

                        —William Shakspere


“This above all: to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

                        —William Shakspere