D quotations.


The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside.

Never "for the sake of peace and quiet" deny your own experience or convictions.

Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-07-29/1961-09-18). Swedish diplomat and Secretary General of the United Nations.


Kevin, your wit is tepid and lacking in spirit. You are as a small flower which, when carried upon the wind's harrowing passages, is thrown hither and thither, never reaching safe ground to spread its roots. And therefore, just as the flower, your feeble witicisms die from lack of nitrogen.

Dan Appelquist.


The same Wisconsin Magazine article quotes my father Norman Barker discussing how he dealt with his son's change of views: "I tried to straighten him out. It worked the other way around." After Dad stopped believing in God, he was amazed at how quickly his Christian friends turned on him. 'I used to think it was a tough thing to be a Christian in this big, bad world. You want to see something interesting, try not being one.'

Dan Barker. An atheist who used to be a Christian minister and song writer.


Worry is a misuse of the imagination.

Dan Zadra


There is no such thing as philosophy-free science; there is only science whose philosophical baggage is take on board without examination.

Daniel Dennett (1942-03-28). American philosopher.


A great flame follows a little spark.

Dante Alighieri (1265/1321-09-13). Florentine poet. Best known for La divina commedia (The Divine Comedy).


People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.

Dave Barry (1947-07-03). American humor author.


A successful man is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.

David Brinkley (1920/2003).


Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home.

David Frost


Do you know what the greatest test is? Do you still get excited about what you do when you get up in the morning?

David Halberstam


One can measure the importance of a scientific work by the number of earlier publications rendered superfluous by it.

David Hilbert (1862-01-23/1943-02-14). German mathematician


Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus.

David Hockney (1937-07-09). British artist based in California.


The most effective leader is the one who satisfies the psychological needs of his followers.

David Oglivy.


To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.

David Viscott


Rape is loss. Like death, it is best treated with a period of mourning and grief. We should develop social ceremonies for rape, rituals, that, like funerals and wakes, would allow the mourners to recover the spirits that the rapist, like death, steals. The social community is the appropriate center for the restoration of spirit, but the rape victim is usually shamed into silence or self-imposed isolation.

-1976

Deena Metzger


In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.

Deepak Chopra


To fight fear, act. To increase fear --wait, put off, postpone.

David J. Schwartz


Skepticism is the first step toward truth.

Denis Diderot (1713-10-05/1784-07-31). French writer and philosopher.


If you think education is expensive - try ignorance.

Derek Bok


It was Christians, you know, not Pagans, who were responsible for the Holocaust. It was Christians, not Pagans, who lynched people here in the South, who burned people at the stake, frequently in the name of this Jesus Christ.

-Speaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church, to participants in the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches in 2000-01. (In the same speech, he reminded his audience that the racist apartheid policy in his native South Africa was also created by Christians, not Pagans.)

Desmond Mpilo Tutu (1931-10-07). First black Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa.


It is infinitely easier to suffer in obedience to a human command than to accept suffering as free, responsible men.

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer.


Trouble is a part of your life, and if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.

Dinah Shore


Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?

Diogenes of Sinope (c. 412/323 BCE). Aka The Cynic. Greek philosopher.


When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.

It's not only the rich countries that impoverish the poor countries with the arms trade. The poor countries impoverish themselves by believing that they have need of these arms for their prestige, their ambitions, or in imitation of the great powers, for insuring their security by deterrence.

Dom Helder Camara (1909/1999-08-27). Aka Archbishop Dom Camara; Dom Hélder Câmara. Brazilian champion for the poor.


An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.

-The Sun Dial.

Don Marquis.


No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.

Donald Foster


In the Sahara a man sweats [and expirates] about two gallons of water a day ?four if walking. By the time one of the travelers lost roughly a gallon of water, without any liquids to replace it, he would have experienced dehydration: parchment skin, dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, a low fever, and irritability.

By the time he lost two gallons of fluid, he could no longer stand upright; swelling thickened the tongue and rendered swallowing difficult, locomotion -even on hands and knees- became impossible, his outer layers of skin began to tighten, darken, and split; and his kidneys and liver began to fail. As his body's core temperature rose, his central nervous system could no longer control his heart rate or breathing, leaving him to drift into coma and death.

"Two years ago a friend of mine got lost out here for nine day," Ixa says. "By the time we found him, his face was black. We could not tell who he was. Not until we got some water into him and he regained consciousness a few day later could he speak his name. Then, we were all shocked."...

...Then there was the French couple and their six-month-old baby who were found dead in the middle of the desert, far from any established routes. From a journal found at the scene investigators learned the gruesome details of their ordeal.

As their thirst grew perilous, the young parents cut themselves, giving their baby their own blood to drink. The husband died first, his wife went a few days after him, leaving their infant alone in the vast desert. But as the woman lay slowly dying, she wrote in her journal describing the beatific silence and glorious swarms of stars of the desert night sky.

-"Journey to the Heart of the Sahara". National Geographic 1999-03.

Donovan Webster.


The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out of it.

Doris Day


It is not love in the abstract that counts. Men have loved a cause as they have loved a woman. They have loved the brotherhood, the workers, the poor, the oppressed - but they have not loved [humanity]; they have not loved the least of these. They have not loved "personally." It is hard to love. It is the hardest thing in the world, naturally speaking. Have you ever read Tolstoy's Resurrection? He tells of political prisoners in a long prison train, enduring chains and persecution for the love of their brothers, ignoring those same brothers on the long trek to Siberia. It is never the brothers right next to us, but the brothers in the abstract that are easy to love.

Dorothy Day


I am the Lorax
I speak for the trees.
I speak for the trees,
For the trees have no tongues.

Dr. Seuss (1904-03-02/1991-09-24). Pseudonym for Theodor Seuss Geisel. American author and illustrator of children's books.


Gentlemen! You can't fight in here! This is the war room!

-President Merkin Muffley (played by Peter Sellers) breaking up a fight between an American general and the Soviet ambassador

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Directed by Stanley Kubrick (1928). Screenplay by Peter George (1925/1966) and Terry Southern (1928/1995). Adapted from Peter George's novel Red Alert, which he wrote under the pseudonym Peter Bryant. 1964.


Beginning reform is beginning revolution.

Duke of Wellington (1769/1852). Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.


He who is outside the door has already got a good part of his journey behind him.

Dutch saying


Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

-April 16, 1953

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-10-14/1969-03-28). Dwight David Eisenhower. Aka Ike. American supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II and the 34th U.S. President(1953/1961).


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