T quotations.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

It is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.

-about radio

T.S. Eliot

The greatest carver does the least cutting.

Tao Te Ching.

Instructions for Life:

  • Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  • When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
  • Follow the three Rs: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  • Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  • Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  • When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  • Spend some time alone every day.
  • Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  • In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
  • Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
  • Be gentle with the earth.
  • Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
  • Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  • Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

-Sentiments for the year 2000. May or may not have been said by him but it is still commonly attributed to him.

Now, there are many, many people in the world, but relatively few with whom we interact, and even fewer who cause us problems. So, when you come across such a chance for practicing patience and tolerance, you should treat it with gratitude. It is rare. Just as having unexpectedly found a treasure in your own house, you should be happy and grateful to your enemy for providing that precious opportunity.

-The Pocket Dalai Lama. Edited by Mary Craig. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, 2002.

Anger or hatred is like a fisherman's hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it.

Tenzin Gyatso (1935-07-06). 14th Dalai Lama of Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

In peacetime, they had all been normal decent, cowards, frightened of their wives, trembling before their bosses, terrified at the passing of the years, but war had made them gallant. They had been greedy men. Now they were self-sacrificing. They had been selfish. Now they were generous. War isn't hell at all. It's man at his best, the highest morality he is capable of.

-Charlie Madison played by James Garner, describing the soldiers he saw dying around him in battle.

It's not greed and ambition that makes wars—it's goodness. Wars are always fought for the best of reasons, for liberation or manifest destiny, always against tyranny and always in the best interests of humanity. So far this war, we've managed to butcher some 10,000,000 people in the interest of humanity. The next war, it seems we'll have to destroy all of man in order to preserve his damn dignity.


The Americanization of Emily . Directed by Arthur Hiller. Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky. Based upon a novel by William Bradford Huie. 1964.

We don't murder, we kill.... You don't murder animals, you kill them.

-Sergeant (played by Lee Marvin) to young soldier who questions whether war isn't murder in the movie.

The Big Red One (1980). Samuel Fuller, U.S. screenwriter.

A toast to plain speaking and clear understanding.

-Kasper Gutman, aka "Fat Man", as played by Sydney Greenstreet.

The Maltese Falcon. Directed by John Huston. Actors include Humphrey Bogart.

It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858/1919).

Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.

-American Biology Teacher 35 (1973): pp 125-129.

Theodosius Dobzhansky. Geneticist and evolutionary theorist. Devout Christian.

Be very, very careful what you put into that head, because you will never, ever get it out.

Thomas Cardinal Wolsey (1471/1530).

We call it a Society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named "fair competition" and so forth, it is a mutual hostility.

-Past and Present. 1843. Bk. 3, ch. 2.

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. -

Thomas Carlyle (1795/1881). Scottish essayist, historian. 

There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.

-In signs posted at his laboratories and factories.

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas Edison. Aka Thomas Alva Edison; Thomas A. Edison. American Inventor.

He does not believe who does not live according to his belief.

Thomas Fuller

The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties, blind faith the one unpardonable sin.

-On the Advisableness of Improving Natural Knowledge, 1866.

Thomas Henry Huxley (1825/1895).

True and False are attributes of speech, not of things. And where speech is not, there is neither Truth nor Falsehood.

Thomas Hobbes.

Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny

[The clergy] believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly: for I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man

-Letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, September 23, 1800.

[Common law] is that system of law which was introduced by the Saxons on their settlement in England …about the middle of the fifth century. But Christianity was not introduced till the seventh century. …We may safely affirm (though contradicted by all the judges and writers on earth) that Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.

-Letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814.

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus… will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter

-Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823.

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

But is an enemy so execrable that tho in captivity his wishes and comforts are to be disregarded and even crossed? I think not. It is for the benefit of mankind to mitigate the horrors of war as much as possible.

-Letter, March 27, 1779, to Patrick Henry. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 2, p. 242, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. 1950.

Thomas Jefferson (1743/1826). The 3rd U.S. President (1801/09). Author of the Declaration of Independence. Deist.

Let Us Drink and Be Merry

Let us drink and be merry, dance, joke, and rejoice,
With claret and sherry, theorbo and voice!
The changeable world to our joy is unjust,
    All treasure's uncertain,
    Then down with your dust!
In frolics dispose your pounds, shillings, and pence,
For we shall be nothing a hundred years hence.

We'll sport and be free with Moll, Betty, and Dolly,
Have oysters and lobsters to cure melancholy:
Fish-dinners will make a man spring like a flea,
    Dame Venus, love's lady,
    Was born of the sea:
With her and with Bacchus we'll tickle the sense,
For we shall be past it a hundred years hence.

Your most beautiful bride who with garlands is crown'd
And kills with each glance as she treads on the ground.
Whose lightness and brightness doth shine in such splendour
    That one but the stars
    Are thought fit to attend her,
Though now she be pleasant and sweet to the sense,
Will be damnable mouldy a hundred years hence.

Then why should we turmoil in cares and in fears,
Turn all our tranquill'ty to sighs and to tears?
Let's eat, drink, and play till the worms do corrupt us,
    'Tis certain, Post mortem
    Nulla voluptas
For health, wealth and beauty, wit, learning and sense,
Must all come to nothing a hundred years hence.

-English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray. The Harvard Classics. 1909/14

Thomas Jordan (1612/1865). British poet and pamphleteer.

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Thomas Mann

Our being is silent, but our existence is noisy.

Lanza del Vasto noted a deep connection between play and war, even before the games theory and nuclear war strategy became practically identified. In our society, everything, in fact, is a game. But if everything is a game, then everything leads to war. Play is aimless and yet multiplies obstacles so that the "aim," which in fact does not exist, cannot be attained by the opponent. For instance, getting a ball in a hole. War is caused by similar aimless aims. Not by hunger, not by real need. War is a game of the powerful, or of whole collectivities devoted to self-assertion. It is "the great public vice that consists in playing with the lives of men." War plays with life and death, and does so magnificently. Everybody becomes involved. Everybody has to live or die—so that other side may not get a ball in a hole.

-"The Fork in the Road". Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. Doubleday, 1966.

Thomas Merton (1915/1968). U.S. religious writer, poet.

All politics is local.

Thomas O'Neil (1912-12-09/1994-01-05). Aka Thomas Phillip O'Neil, Jr.; Thomas P. O'Neil; "Tip" O'Neil. American politician. Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. Speaker of the House (1977/1987).

My country is the world and my religion is to do good.

- The Rights of Man, 1791

Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself than this thing called Christianity

-The Age of Reason, 1794

Thomas Paine (1737/1809). American founding father and Deist.

The proverb warns that "You should not bite the hand that feeds you." But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.

Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.

Thomas Szasz

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.

Thomas Wolfe (1900/1938).

A private man, however successful in his own dealing, if his country perish is involved in her destruction; but if he be an unprosperous citizen of a prosperous city, he is much more likely to recover. Seeing, then, that States can bear the misfortunes of individuals, but individuals cannot bear the misfortunes of States, let us all stand by our country.


It is better to be at the right place with 10 men than absent with 10,000.

Timur (1336/1405-02). Aka Temur; Taimur; Timur Lenk; Timur i Leng; Tamerlane; Tamburlaine; or Taimur-e-Lang, which translates to Timur the Lame, as he was lame after sustaining an injury in battle. Renowned 14th century Mongol conqueror, ruler of the Timurid Empire (1370/1405) in Central Asia, and founder of the Timurid dynasty, which survived until 1506.

Some people say the pen is mightier than the sword. I say fuck the pen, because you can die by the sword.

Tom Araya.

It's easy to make a buck, but hard to make a difference.

Tom Brokaw

The secret of successful weblogging is - it seems - never to pause for a moment. Never let the fact that you're kind of not in the mood for a few days to stop you putting some old crap up on your site. Because the longer you leave it, the more pressure there is to make your return worthwhile, valuable, interesting.


Tom Coates.

The Gulf War was like teenage sex. We got in too soon and out too soon.

Tom Harkin (1939). U.S. Democratic politician.

Think of what would happen to us in America if there were no humorists; life would be one long Congressional Record.

Tom Masson

I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks.

Totie Fields

Most success comes from ignoring the obvious.

Trevor Holdsworth.

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