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   Quotable Earthlings
         a collection of clever remarks

Over the past few thousand years, the people of Earth have said a few things worth remembering. Here are some quotes I've collected. Some are wise; some are funny. In the best, the line between wise and funny disappears.

All truths are half-truths.

   Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

There are trivial truths and the great truths. The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true.

   Niels Bohr (1885-1962)

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.

   Chinese fortune cookie

When one remembers that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

   Mark Twain (1835-1910)

There is only one success--to be able to spend your life in your own way.

   Christopher Morley (1890-1957)

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.

   James Thurber

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.

   Anais Nin

We don't think our way into a new life; we live our way into a new kind of thinking.

   Richard Rohr

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.

   Albert Einstein

The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

   Marcel Proust

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

   Thomas Paine

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

   Jonathan Kozol

If everything's under control, you're going too slow.

   Mario Andretti

There is more to life than increasing its speed.


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