G quotations.

The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or the words must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in this world for ugly mathematics.

-A Mathematician's Apology.

G.H. Hardy (1877-02-07/1947-12-01). Godfrey Harold Hardy. British mathematician.

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.

G.K. Chesterton

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

Galileo Galilei (1564-02-15/1642-01-08). Italian astronomer, philosopher, and physicist.

We carry adolescence around in our bodies all our lives. We get through the Car Crash Age alive and cruise through our early twenties as cool dudes, wily, dashing, winsome...shooting baskets, the breeze, the moon, and then we try to become caring men, good husbands, great fathers, good citizens.

Garrison Keillor (1942-08-07). American author, humorist, musician, and radio personality.

The harder you work, the luckier you get.

Gary Player (1935-11-01). South African professional golfer.

Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war.

General Douglas MacArthur. US Army.

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.

There are people who think that everything one does with a serious face is sensible.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that exalted, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.

-Getting Married.

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-07-26/1950-11-02). Irish playwright.

I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate.

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.

George Burns (1896/1996).

Its never just a game when you're winning.

George Carlin

It blows my mind because [unlike conservatives] we [liberals] don't have to put the word "compassionate" in front of it to say we actually give a shit about people. I'm going to keep saying "liberal" as loud as I can, as often as I can.

-In interview. David Ansen. "Curious George". Newsweek: 2005-10-10.

George Clooney

It's never too late to be what you might have been.

Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot?

-Middlemarch. 1871.

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!


It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.

George Eliot (1819-11-22/1880-12-22). Pseudonym for Mary Ann Evan. English novelist. Yes, she used a male pen name.

... the great man of the age is the one who can put into words the will of his age, tell his age what its will is, and accomplish it. What he does is the heart and essence of his age; he actualizes his age.

What experience and history teach us is this-that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.

George Hegel (1770-08-27/1831-11-14). George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. German philosopher.

Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice.

George Jackson

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

-Reason in Common Sense, the first volume of The Life of Reason.

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.

- "War Shrines," Soliloquies in England (1922).

To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.

Those who speak most of progress measure it by quantity and not by quality.

George Santayana (1863-12-16/1952-09-26).  Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.

To many men ... the miasma of peace seems more suffocating than the bracing air of war.

-Bronowski Memorial Lecture. "Has Truth a Future?" (1978).

George Steiner (b. 1929). French-born U.S. critic, novelist. 

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

-Speech to both Houses of Congress, Jan. 8, 1790. Quotation comparable with:

  • Qui desiderat pacem præparet bellum (Who would desire peace should be prepared for war). By Vegetius: Rei Militari 3, Prolog.
  • In pace, ut sapiens, aptarit idonea bello (In peace, as a wise man, he should make suitable preparation for war. By Horace: Book ii. satire ii.

George Washington (1732/1799). First U.S. President.

The painting is finished when it has blotted out the idea.

Georges Braque (1882-05-13/1963-08-31). French painter and sculptor.

It is easier to make war than to make peace.

-Speech, July 20, 1919, Verdun, France. Discours de Paix (1938).

War is too important a matter to be left to the military.

Georges Clemenceau (1841/1929). French statesman.

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.

-Shooting an Elephant, "I Write As I Please," (1950).

George Orwell (1903/1950). British author.

Nobody sees a flower, really —it is so small we haven't time, and to see takes time.

Georgia O'Keefe

He who prizes little things is worthy of great ones.

German saying

Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.

Gerry Sikorski

In time of war you know much more what children feel than in time of peace, not that children feel more but you have to know more about what they feel. In time of peace what children feel concerns the lives of children as children but in time of war there is a mingling there is not children's lives and grown up lives there is just lives and so quite naturally you have to know what children feel.

-Wars I Have Seen (1945).

Gertrude Stein (1874/1946). U.S. author; relocated to France.

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fear.

Glenn Clark

A pedestal is as much a prison as any other small space.

Gloria Steinem

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.


We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon—no alternative.

-Life (New York, Oct. 3, 1969).

Golda Meir (1898/1978). Israeli politician, prime minister.

Fiddle-dee-dee! War, war, war. This war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream. Besides, there isn't going to be any war.

-Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) to the Tarleton twins (Fred Crane, George Reeves)

Gone With The Wind  (movie). 1939. Sidney Howard (1891/1939), U.S. screenwriter.


Broadcast June 5, 1973 CFRB, Toronto, Ontario

Topic: "The Americans"

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971 and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the earth.

As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtze. Who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did.

They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges and the Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of the Mississippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.

When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries into help... Managua Nicaragua is one of the most recent examples. So far this spring, 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped.

The Marshall Plan .. the Truman Policy .. all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now, newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent war-mongering Americans.

I'd like to see one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplanes.

Come on... let's hear it! Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar or the Douglas 107? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all international lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or women on the moon?

You talk about Japanese technocracy and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy and you find men on the moon, not once, but several times ... and safely home again. You talk about scandals and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everyone to look at. Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, most of them ... unless they are breaking Canadian laws .. are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend here.

When the Americans get out of this bind ... as they will... who could blame them if they said 'the hell with the rest of the world'. Let someone else buy the Israel bonds, Let someone else build or repair foreign dams or design foreign buildings that won't shake apart in earthquakes.

When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke. I can name to you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble.

Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbours have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles.

I hope Canada is not one of these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians. And finally, the American Red Cross was told at its 48th Annual meeting in New Orleans this morning that it was broke.

This year's disasters .. with the year less than half-over... has taken it all and nobody...but nobody... has helped.


Gordon Sinclair (1900-06-03/1984-05-17).Canadian radio journalist and commentator.

Life is full of obstacle illusions.

Grant Frazier

First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.

Greek saying

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