S quotations.

Love, and do what you like.

Saint Augustine

Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Saint Francis

I am a free Prince and I have as much Authority to make War on the whole World as he who has a hundred Sail of Ships at Sea and an Army of 100,000 Men in the Field; and this my Conscience tells me.

Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy. Pirate.

People are always looking for things to do to pass the time that would pass anyway.

Samuel Beckett.

Let's have some new clichés.

Samuel Goldwyn

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Samuel Johnson

The purpose of models is not to fit the data, but to sharpen the questions.

Samuel Karlin.

....the West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.

Samuel P. Huntington.

Until the Second World War, it was unthinkable for a married woman of the working or middle class to disgrace her husband by working after marriage, because her employment indicated that he was a poor provider.

-Originally noted in, "Woman's Proper Place", S.M. Rothman (1978). Mother Care/Other Care, 1984, ch. 2.

Sandra Scarr. Developmental psychologist. 

The thing that matters is not what you bear, but how you bear it.

Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own.

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.


Skepticism is an ability, or mental attitude, which opposes appearances to judgments in any way whatsoever, with the result that, owing to the equipollence of the objects and reasons thus opposed, we are brought to a state of mental suspense and finally to a state of ataraxia [unperturbedness] or quietude.

The Sceptic being a lover of his kind, desires to cure by speech, as best he can, the self-conceit and rashness of the Dogmatists. So, just as the physicians who cure bodity ailments have remedies which differ in strength, and apply the severe ones to those whose ailments are severe and the milder to those mildly affected?so too the Sceptic propounds arguments which differ in strength, and employs those which are weighty and capable by their stringency of disposing of the Dogmatists' ailment, self-conceit, in cases where the mischief is due to a severe attack of rashness, which he employs the milder arguments in the case of those whose ailment is superficial and easy to cure, and whom it is possible to restore to health by milder methods of persuasion.

-Outlines of Pyrrhonism, bk. III, ch. xxxii, Loeb Library edition, Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge (1939). Explanation of Pyrrhonian skepticism.

Sextus Empiricus (c. 150/225). Pyrrhonian Skeptic.

If there is a way to overcome the suffering, then there is no need to worry; if there is no way to overcome the suffering, then there is no use in worrying


India is not an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay

-The Great Indian Novel

Shashi Tharoor

Service is the rent you pay for room on this planet.

Shirley Chisholm

A game is a collection of interesting choices.

Sid Meier.

Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.

Sigmund Freud

I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth; and truth rewarded me.

Simone de Beauvoir.

It is a good rule not to put overmuch confidence in observational results... until they have been confirmed by theory.

Let us suppose that an ichthyologist is exploring the life of the ocean. He casts a net into the water and brings up a fishy assortment. Surveying his catch, he proceeds in the usual manner of a scientist to systematise what it reveals. He arrives at two generalisations: (1) No sea-creature is less than two inches long. (2) All sea-creatures have gills. These are both true of his catch, and he assumes tentatively that they will remain true however often he repeats it.

In applying this analogy, the catch stands for the body of knowledge which constitutes physical science, and the net for the sensory and intellectual equipment which we use in obtaining it. The casting of the net corresponds to observation; for knowledge which has not been or could not be obtained by observation is not admitted into physical science.

An onlooker may object that the first generalisation is wrong. "There are plenty of sea-creatures under two inches long, only your net is not adapted to catch them." The icthyologist dismisses this objection contemptuously. "Anything uncatchable by my net is ipso facto outside the scope of icthyological knowledge. In short, "what my net can't catch isn't fish." Or--to translate the analogy--"If you are not simply guessing, you are claiming a knowledge of the physical universe discovered in some other way than by the methods of physical science, and admittedly unverifiable by such methods. You are a metaphysician. Bah!"

-The Philosophy of Physical Science, Ann Arbor Paperbacks, The University of Michigan Press, 1958, p 16.

Sir Arthur Eddington. British astronomer and physicist.

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.

Sir Arthur Helps

No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit.

Sir Frederick G. Banting.

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.

Sir Stephen Henry Roberts (1901/1971).

Music creates order out of chaos; for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.

Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

Joy is eternal it will never die: sorrow is illusory, it will never live.

Sivananda Saraswati. Aka Swami Sivananda Saraswati.

Socrates. --> See Plato.

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.

Solomon Ibn Gabriol (1020/1070). Poet.

One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.


Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.

Spanish saying.

People find life entirely too time-consuming.

Stanislaw J. Lec

Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible.

Stanislaw Lem

Try not. Do, or do not. There is no "try".

-Yoda in Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back.

Star Wars. Movies. Created by George Lucas.

When they are preparing for war, those who rule by force speak most copiously about peace until they have completed the mobilization process.

-Sternstunden der Menschheit (Stellar Moments in Human History). Trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld and S. Fischer Verlag. 1953. p. 45.

Stefan Zweig (1881/1942). Austrian writer. 

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.

Stephen Jay Gould

Remove the rock from your shoe rather than learn to limp comfortably.

Stephen Paul

No actual tyrant known to history has ever been guilty of one-hundredth of the crimes, massacres, and other atrocities attributed to the Deity in the Bible.

Steve Allen (1921/2000). Original host of TV's The Tonight Show. Secular humanist.

I have a lot of homework and I can't justify blowing it off to see a movie without at least 30 violent deaths.

Time flies when you're having drinks.

Steve Bajzek.

If morality represents how people would like the world to work, then economics show how it actually does work.

-Freakanomics. Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2005.

Steven D. Levitt. American economist at the University of Chicago.

Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.

Steven Weinberg. Nobel Laureate in physics.

You don't beat the man, you beat his style.

Sugar Ray Leonard. American Boxing Champion.

When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.

-The Art of War, ed. James Clavell (1981), ch. 9, axiom 38 (c. 490 B.C.).

Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.

ibid., ch. 6, axiom 9 (c. 490 B.C.).

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

ibid., ch. 3, axiom 18 (c. 490 B.C.).

The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.

ibid., ch. 10, axiom 24 (c. 490 B.C.).

Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

ibid., ch. 3, axiom 2 (c. 490 B.C.).

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.

ibid., ch. 5, axiom 17 (c. 490 B.C.). The translator of this edition, Lionel Giles, added the explanatory note: "If you wish to feign confusion in order to lure the enemy on, you must first have perfect discipline; if you wish to display timidity in order to entrap the enemy, you must have extreme courage; if you wish to parade your weakness in order to make the enemy over- confident, you must have exceeding strength."

It is best to win without fighting.

Sun Tzu (ca. 6th century BCE). Chinese general.

Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.

-As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 41, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). Said in 1893.

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.

Susan B. Anthony (1820/1906). U.S. suffragist. 

When people forget that they are going to die, and act as if they think they are going to live forever, they do not appreciate and utilize the passing months and years. As long as they are like this, they only act on greed, anger, and falsehood, turning away from social and family duties, not understanding human kindness and obligation, employing flattery and cajolery, neglecting home and work for useless hobbies and amusements.

Suzuki Shosai.

Don't cross the stream to look for water.

Swedish saying.

An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.

Sydney J. Harris.

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