E quotations.


The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.

-Small is Beautiful. 1973.

I think I should not go far wrong if I asserted that the amount of genuine leisure available in a society is generally in inverse proportion to the amount of labor-saving machinery it employs.

E.F. Schumacher


We're not just afraid of predators, we're transfixed by them, prone to weave stories and fables and chatter endlessly about them, because fascination creates preparedness, survival. In a deeply tribal sense, we love our monsters.

Genius is the summed production of the many with the names of hte few attached for easy recall.

E.O. Wilson (1929-06-10). Edward Osborne Wilson. American entomologist and biologist.


I realise that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.

-Inscription, Cavell monument, London. Guilty of breaking the rules of war by using her status as a Red Cross nurse to help Allied prisoners escape from German-occupied territory, Cavell spoke these words to her chaplain, Rev. Stirling Gahan, shortly before her execution in Brussels as a spy (1915-10-11).

Edith Cavell (1865/1915). British nurse.


There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.

Edith Wharton (1862-01-24/1937-08-11). American novelist and short story writer.


The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke (1729/1797). Irish philosopher, statesman.


I believe there are three reasons why people are hired: to make money for a company, to save money for a company, or to solve a problem. People get hung up on the number of hours they put in, when it's really one of those three issues they should be focused on.

Edna Rice.


A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.

Orthodoxy is a relaxation of the mind accompanied by a stiffening of the heart.

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell.

One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it's still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.

No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets.

Edward Abbey (1927-01-29/1989-03-14). Edward Paul Abbey. American author, essayist, and environmentalist.


A Book of Verses underneath the Bough
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread --and Thou
    Beside me singing in the Wilderness--
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883).


We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

-1954 broadcast regarding McCarthy.

Edward R. Murrow.


When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.

Edward Teller


Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote,
And think they grow immortal as they quote.

Edward Young


An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.

Elbert Hubbard


I have never believed that war settled anything satisfactorily, but I am not entirely sure that some times there are certain situations in the world such as we have in actuality when a country is worse off when it does not go to war for its principles than if it went to war.

I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.

Eleanor Roosevelt


... women learned one important lesson—namely, that it is impossible for the best of men to understand women's feelings or the humiliation of their position. When they asked us to be silent on our question during the War, and labor for the emancipation of the slave, we did so, and gave five years to his emancipation and enfranchisement.... I was convinced, at the time, that it was the true policy. I am now equally sure that it was a blunder.

-Eighty Years and More (1815-1897), ch. 16 (1898). On suffragists' agreement to devote their energies to supporting the Union and the anti-slavery cause during the Civil War. Stanton and many other suffragists were angry and disillusioned when those with and for whom they had worked successfully failed to support the suffrage cause after military victory and emancipation of the slaves. They were also bitter that African American men were now enfranchised, while women of all races still were not.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815/1902). U.S. suffragist, author, and social reformer.


The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.

Elizabeth Foley


It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.

Elizabeth Kenny


O I know they make war because they want peace; they hate so that they may live; and they destroy the present to make the world safe for the future. When have they not done and said they did it for that?

Elizabeth Smart


The worst thing about war is that so many people enjoy it.

-The Woman Within, ch. 19 (1954). Written in 1944, near the end of World War II.

Ellen Glasgow (1873/1945). U.S. novelist.


It's not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it's who you are.

Elvis Presley


The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.

Emily Dickinson


Optimism is true moral courage.

Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-02-15/1922-01-05). Irish explorer, esp. for his 1914/1916 Antarctic expedition in the Endurance.


One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

-The Roycroft Dictionary and Book of Epigrams. 1923.

Elbert Hubbard


Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.

-On Death and Dying.

Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross.


Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

The particular human chain we're part of is central to our individual identity.

Elizabeth Stone.


The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.

Elizabeth Taylor


Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone, For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-11-05/1919-10-30). American poet, journalist, and free thinker


Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.

Emily Dickinson (1830-12-10/1886-05-15). American poet.


No great thing is created suddenly.

Epictetus (~-0200)


Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.

-Or "Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."

The Renaissance was a time of mercenary soldiers, ours is a time of mercenary labor.

-Before the Sabbath.

A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business.

-The True Believer.

Eric Hoffer (1902-07-25/1983). American social philosopher.


It takes courage to show your dreams to someone else.

Erma Bombeck


Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.

Erick Golnik


Intelligent people being stupid.

-His description of Monty Python.

Eric Idle (1943-03-29).  British comedian, actor, and film director. Best known for his work on Monty Python.


Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

Erica Jong


Never confuse movement with action.

Ernest Hemingway


My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.

Errol Flynn


The two-party system has given this country the war of Lyndon Johnson, the Watergate of Nixon, and the incompetence of Carter. Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life-rafts.

-Chicago Tribune (September 10, 1978).

Eugene J. McCarthy (b. 1916). U.S. senator.


Far from wishing to waken the artist in the pupil prematurely, the teacher considers it his first task to make him a skilled artisan with sovereign control of his craft. The pupil follows out this intention with untiring industry. As though he had no higher aspirations he bows under his burden with a kind of obtuse devotion, only to discover in the course of years that forms which he perfectly masters no longer oppress but liberate. He grows more capable of following any inspiration without technical effort, and also of letting inspiration come to him through meticulous observation. The hand that guides the brush has already caught and executed what floated before the mind at the same moment the mind began to form it, and in the end the pupil no longer knows which of the two --mind or hand-- was responsible for the work.

-Zen in the Art of Archery. New York, NY: Vintage Books Division of Random House, Inc., 1989. p 41.

Eugene Herrigel.


You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.

Evan Esar (1899/1995).


The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.

-In Gaudier-Brzeska: a Memoir (1916, rev. 1960). "Gaudier: A Postscript," Esquire (New York, Aug. 1934).

Ezra Pound (1885/1972). U.S. poet, critic.


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