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"No generalization is wholly true, not even this one."
   (Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. )

"All general judgments are loose and imperfect."
   (Michel de Montaigne, Essays III)

"To generalize is to be an idiot."
   (William Blake


"The man who anticipates his century is always persecuted when living, and is always pilfered when dead."
   (Benjamin Disraeli, Vivian Grey)

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent transpiration."
   (Thomas Alva Edison)

"There is no genius without a mixture of madness."
   (Seneca, De Tranquillitate Animi)

"When a true genius appears in this world you may know him by the sign that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." 
   (Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on various subjects)


"If God lived on earth, people would break his windows."
   (Yiddhish Proverb)

"Ethiopians gave gods with snub noses and black hair; Thracians have gods with gray eyes and red hair."
   (Xenophanes of Colophon)

"The people would not believe in God at all if they were not permitted to believe wrong in Him."

"Men pretend to serve Almighty God who doth not need it, but make use of him because they need him."

"We cannot know whether we love God, although there may be strong reasons for thinking so, but there can be no doubt about whether we love our neighbor or no."
   (Saint Theresa)

"I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for his reputation if he didn't."

"I will call no being good who is not what I mean when I apply the epithet to my fellow creatures, and if such a being can sentence me to hell for not so calling him, then to hell I will go."
   (John Stuart Mill, Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy)

"And God saw everything he had made, and, behold, it was very good."
   (Bible - Genesis)

"Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
   (Bible - Genesis)

"And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM."
   (Bible - Exodus)

"The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
   (Bible - Job)

"Curse God, and die."
   (Bible - Job)

"Canst thou by searching find out God?"
   (Bible - Job)

"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God."
   (Bible - Psalms)

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork."
   (Bible - Psalms)

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
   (Bible - Psalms)

"I myself have seen the ungodly in great power"
   (Bible - Psalms)

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."
   (Bible - Psalms)

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge."
   (Bible - Proverbs)


"We are all capable of evil thoughts, but only very rarely of evil deeds; we can all do good deeds, but very few of us can think good thoughts."

"Most people are good only so long as they believe others to be so."

"We often repent the good we have done as the ill."
   (Hazlitt, Characteristics)


"The four pillars of government... (which are religion, justice, counsel and treasure)."

"The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of the rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man."
   (Lord Beveridge)

 Original: Mar 26, 2005                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top