I start where the last man left off.
All bibles are man-made.
Great ideas originate in the muscles.
I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
Thomas Edison was home-schooled.
The Edison's kinetoscope was a machine where you put in a coin, look through a peephole in a cabinet, and watch a short motion picture.
Thomas Edison reportedly drank "wine coca" - a medicinal tonic made from coca leaves, the same type of coca that cocaine is extracted from - during marathon research sessions that ran into the night.
Using a primitive cylinder and foil device, Thomas Edison created the first known recording of a human voice: his own, reciting the poem "Mary Had A Little Lamb".
Thomas Edison was close friend of Henry Ford.
Nikola Tesla briefly worked for Edison as a technician but quit after arguing with Thomas Edison one too many times.
Thomas Edison built his own science laboratory at the age of 10. This was built in the basement of his home.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
“He who speaks does not know; he who knows does not speak.”
“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.”
“Without opening your door, you can open your heart to the world. Without looking out your window, you can see the essence of the Tao. The more you know, the less you understand. The Master arrives without leaving, sees the light without looking, achieves without doing a thing.”
“Must you value what others value, avoid what others avoid? How ridiculous! ”
“Act without expectation.”
“Become totally empty quiet the restlessness of the mind only then will you witness everything unfolding from emptiness.”
“He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.”
Laozi was a philosopher and poet of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism.
Laozi was born in the Ku County of the state of Chu, the present day Luyi County of the Henan Province.
Laozi is honored as a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.
There are about 187 million followers of Chinese folk religions including Taoism in the world today.
Laozi was married, and he was said to have had a son named Zong who became a celebrated soldier.
There are stories that claim Laozi was the Buddha himself.
The book Tao Te Ching is a short, poetic text of 5000 Chinese characters, divided into 81 chapters.
Peter Kropotkin noted that Laozi was among the earliest exponents of essentially anarchist concepts.
In English alone, there exist well over 30 translations of Tao Te Ching.
None of the original texts about Taoism have any reference about Laozi's life.
Plato, Xenophon, and Aristotle are the main sources for the historical Socrates.
Socrates' father was Sophroniscus, a sculptor, and his mother Phaenarete, a midwife.
His wife, Xanthippe, bore for him three sons, Lamprocles, Sophroniscus and Menexenus.
His friend Crito of Alopece criticized him for abandoning his sons when he refused to try to escape before his execution.
Some sources say that Xanthippe, his wife, might have been as much as forty years younger than Socrates.
Socrates claims to have been deeply influenced by two women besides his mother: he says that Diotima, a witch and priestess from Mantinea, taught him all he knows about Eros, or love; and that Aspasia, the mistress of Pericles, taught him the art of rhetoric.
Socrates is known to have been fairly short and generally unattractive.
Socrates initially earned his living as a master stonecutter. He took over the profession of stonemasonry from his father who cut stone for the Parthenon.
Shortly before his death, Socrates speaks his last words to Crito: "Crito, we owe a rooster to Asclepius. Please, don't forget to pay the debt."
“I am not an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”
“My advice to you is getting married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.”
“Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.”
“One should eat to live; not live to eat.”
“To be is to do.”
“Virtue does not come from wealth, but wealth, and every other good thing which men have comes from virtue.”
“The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, me to die, and you to live. Which of these two is better? Only God knows.”
“All I know is that I know nothing.”
“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.”
Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. She received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959). Monroe's last completed film was The Misfits (1961), co-starring Clark Gable, with a screenplay written by her then-husband, Arthur Miller. The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for unreliability. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Monroe was ranked as the sixth-greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute and named No. 1 in Film's Sexiest Women of All Time.
Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993) was a British actress recognized as a film and fashion icon. She was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. Hepburn was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema. She is also regarded by some to be the most naturally beautiful woman of all time. She spoke several languages including English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, and German. Hepburn remains one of few people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.
Grace Patricia Kelly (1929 – 1982) was an American film actress who, after marrying Prince Rainier III, became known as the Princess of Monaco. Kelly gained stardom from her performance in the film Mogambo. This film won her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination in 1954. She had leading roles in five films, including The Country Girl, for which her performance earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. She and Prince Rainier had three children: Caroline, Albert, and Stéphanie.
Ingrid Bergman (1915 – 1982) was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and the Tony Award for Best Actress. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942), a World War II drama co-starring Humphrey Bogart, and as Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946), an Alfred Hitchcock thriller co-starring Cary Grant. In 1950, she starred in the Italian film Stromboli, which led to a love affair with director Roberto Rossellini while they were both already married. The affair and then marriage with Rossellini created a scandal that forced her to remain in Europe until 1956, when she made a successful Hollywood return in Anastasia, for which she won her second Academy Award.
“Accumulate, accumulate! This is Moses and the Prophets!”
“Democracy is the road to socialism.”
“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”
“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”
“I am nothing but I must be everything.”
“Moments are the elements of profit”
“My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.”
“Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.”
“People make their own lives, but not necessarily under circumstances of their choosing.”
“Philosophers have tried to describe the world -- the point is to change it,”
“Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.”
“Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.”
“Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex.”
“Surround yourself with people who make you happy.”
“The best thing for rich people to do is become Batman”
“The free development of each is the condition for the free development of all.”
“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”
“A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself.”
“A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then. It is something to think of”
“A lady, without a family, was the very best preserver of furniture in the world.”
“A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”
“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.”
“A man does not recover from such devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not.”
“A mother would have been always present. A mother would have been a constant friend; her influence would have been beyond all other. ”
Jane Austen was mostly educated at home, where she learned how to play the piano, draw and write creatively.
In her lifetime Jane Austen completed six novels, including Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion. Four of them were published before her death.
The first film adaptation of Jane Austen novel was in 1940.
According to her niece, Jane Austen always wore a cap.
Jane Austen's first book was published when she was 36 years old.
Jane Austen's sister Cassandra lived to age 72 and never married.
After Jane Austen died, her sister Cassandra burned several of her letters that contained very private and potentially embarrassing information about her sister.
During her life she earned about £684.13 in total from her writing.
There are 14 kisses in Jane Austen’s novels: four are between women, four are men kissing women’s hands, two are women kissing children, three involve lip contact between men and women and one is a man kissing a severed lock of hair.
Annelies Marie Frank (1929 – 1945) was was one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. She gained international fame posthumously after her diary was published. It documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. Anne Frank and her sister were transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they died in March 1945. Otto Frank, the only survivor of the family, returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that Anne's diary had been saved, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947. It has since been translated into many languages. It was translated from its original Dutch and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl. The diary, which was given to Anne on her thirteenth birthday, chronicles her life from 12 June 1942 until 1 August 1944.
Gabrielle (Coco) Bonheur Chanel (1883 – 1971) was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Along with Paul Poiret, Chanel was credited with liberating women from the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and popularizing the acceptance of a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard in the post-World War I era. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel's influence extended beyond couture clothing. Her design aesthetic was realized in jewelry, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5, has become an iconic product. Chanel was known for her lifelong determination, ambition, and energy which she applied to her professional and social life.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements. By the time of her death, she was regarded as "one of the most esteemed women in the world" and "the object of almost universal respect". Eleanor Roosevelt was ranked in the top ten of Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.
Frida Kahlo de Rivera (1907 – 1954) was a Mexican painter. Her life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. Her work has been described from André Breton as a "ribbon around a bomb". Kahlo had a explosive marriage with the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, many caused by a traffic accident she survived as a teenager. Recovering from her injuries isolated her from other people, and this isolation influenced her works, many of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." She also stated, "I was born a bitch. I was born a painter."
Plato was born in 428 BC and he died in 347 BC.
Plato is just a nickname and his actual name is Aristocles.
The nickname Plato (which means “broad” or “wide” in Greek) was given to him in reference to his broad shoulders.
As a young man, Plato was a wrestler and a playwright.
Plato's Father, Ariston, traced his descent from the king of Athens, Codrus, and the king of Messenia, Melanthus.
Plato's mother, Perictione, was in relationship with the famous Athenian lawmaker and lyric poet Solon.
In 388 B.C. Plato founded his school, the Academy, which is considered the first European university.
Plato was a student of Socrates.
Some 250 known manuscripts of Plato survive.
Thirty-six dialogues and thirteen letters have been ascribed to Plato, though modern scholarship doubts the authenticity of some of these.
In the words of A.N. Whitehead: "The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato."
“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”
“Ideas are the source of all things”
“If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.”
“Ignorance is the root and stem of every evil.”
“I'm trying to think, don't confuse me with facts.”
“Knowledge is the food of the soul.”
“Love is a madness produced by an unclassifiable rational desire to understand the ultimate truth about the world.”
“Love is a serious mental disease.”
“Love is the pursuit of the whole.”
“Not exact, but: the two most important questions are; who will teach the children? What they teach them?”
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”
“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”
“Those who tell the stories rule society.”
Isaac Newton was born three months after the death of his father, a prosperous farmer also named Isaac Newton.
Isaac Newton never married.
Isaac Newton devoted a great part of his time to alchemy.
Albert Einstein kept a picture of Newton on his study wall alongside ones of Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell.
By 1672 Isaac Newton had started to record his theological researches in notebooks which he showed to no one.
Isaac Newton had divested much of his estate to relatives during his last years, and died intestate.
Isaac Newton placed the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at 3 April, AD 33, which agrees with one traditionally accepted date.
Isaac Newton tried unsuccessfully to find hidden messages within the Bible.
In a manuscript he wrote in 1704, in which he describes his attempts to extract scientific information from the Bible, Isaac Newton estimated that the world would end no earlier than 2060.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”
“Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who sets the planets in motion.”
“And to every action there is always an equal and opposite or contrary, reaction.”
“Errors are not in the art but in the artificers.”
“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”
“He who thinks half-heartedly will not believe in God; but he who really thinks has to believe in God.”
“The worst of all fears is the fear of living”
“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'am, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”
“Americanism is a question of principle, of idealism, of character. It is not a matter of birthplace, or creed, or line of descent.”
“If you've got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.”
“The government is us; WE are the government, you and I.”
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”
“You always admire what you really don't understand.”
“All man's troubles come from not knowing how to sit still in one room.”
“Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.”
“Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.”
“Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us.”
“We understand nothing of the works of God unless we take it as a principle that He wishes to blind some and to enlighten others.”
“Life without pain has no meaning.”
“Truth is most beautiful undraped.”
“Each day is a little life.”
“After your death, you will be what you were before your birth.”
“Science is not a taxi-cab that we can get in and out of whenever we like.”
“We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness.”
“A genuine work of art, can never be false, nor can it be discredited through the lapse of time, for it does not present an opinion but the thing itself.”
“A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.”
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
“All I need is a sheet of paper; and something to write with, and then; I can turn the world upside down.”
“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
“And once you are awake, you shall remain awake eternally. ”
“The world is beautiful, but has a disease called man.”
“In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.”
“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”
“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”
“A joke is an epigram on the death of a feeling.”
“A moral system valid for all is basically immoral.”
“A politician divides mankind into two classes: tools and enemies.”
Socrates (470/469 BC – 399 BC) was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. Plato's dialogues are among the most comprehensive accounts of Socrates to survive from antiquity, though it is unclear the degree to which Socrates himself is "hidden behind his 'best disciple', Plato". Through his portrayal in Plato's dialogues, Socrates has become renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics, and it is this Platonic Socrates who lends his name to the concepts of Socratic irony and the Socratic method, or elenchus. The latter remains a commonly used tool in a wide range of discussions, and is a type of pedagogy in which a series of questions is asked not only to draw individual answers, but also to encourage fundamental insight into the issue at hand.
Plato (428/427 – 348/347 BC) was a philosopher in Classical Greece, and an influential figure in philosophy, central in Western philosophy. He was Socrates' student, and founded the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with Socrates and his most famous student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science. Plato's dialogues have been used to teach a range of subjects, including philosophy, logic, ethics, rhetoric, religion and mathematics. His theory of Forms began a unique perspective on abstract objects, and led to a school of thought called Platonism.
Laozi was a philosopher of ancient China. He is best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism, but he is also revered as a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions. Although a legendary figure, he is usually dated to around the 6th century BC and reckoned a contemporary of Confucius, but some historians contend that he actually lived during the Warring States period of the 5th or 4th century BC. A central figure in Chinese culture, Laozi is claimed by both the emperors of the Tang dynasty and modern people of the Li surname as a founder of their lineage. Throughout history, Laozi's work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements.
Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius's thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism. Confucius is traditionally credited with having authored or edited many of the Chinese classic texts including all of the Five Classics. Aphorisms concerning his teachings were compiled in the Analects, but only many years after his death. Confucius's principles had a basis in common Chinese tradition and belief. He favored strong family loyalty, ancestor worship, respect of elders by their children and of husbands by their wives. He also recommended family as a basis for ideal government. He espoused the well-known principle "Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself".
“My life is not an apology, but a life. It is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady.”
“Every wall is a door.”
“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.”
“Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”
“Always do what you are afraid to do.”
“It is not the length of life, but the depth.”
“All our knowledge falls with the bounds of experience.”
“From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.”
“Give me matter, and I will construct a world out of it!”
“Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.”
“Human reason is by nature architectonic.”
“I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.”
“I have no knowledge of myself as I am, but merely as I appear to myself.”
“Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.”
“It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.”
“It is precisely in knowing its limits that philosophy consists.”
“Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.”
“Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason.”
“Only the descent into the hell of self-knowledge can pave the way to godliness.”
“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”
“The death of dogma is the birth of morality.”
“To be is to do.”
“Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.”
“A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others.”
“A man’s worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.”
“All things fade and quickly turn to myth.”
“Be your own master, and look at things as a man, as a human being, as a citizen, as a mortal creature.”
“Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.”
“Confine yourself to the present.”
“Don't go on discussing what a good person should be. Just be one.”
“Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.”
“Everything that happens, happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.”
“He is so rich, he has no room to shit.”
“How soon will time cover all things.”
“Its a dream, a fearful dream, life is”
“Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.”
“Life is opinion.”
“No man is happy who does not think himself so.”
“No more roundabout discussions of what makes a good man. Be one!”
“Receive without conceit, release without struggle.”
“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”
“Strength and honor.”
“To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.”
“What we do now echoes in eternity.”
“A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.”
“A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward.”
“A safe pleasure is a tame pleasure.”
“A short absence is the safest.”
“Little things please little minds.”
“Love and dignity cannot share the same abode.”
“Love is a naked child: do you think he has pockets for money?”
“The lamp burns bright when wick and oil are clean.”
“Venus favors the bold.”
“We two are to ourselves a crowd.”
“What is now reason was formerly impulse or instinct.”
“When a rose dies, a thorn is left behind.”
“Whether they give or refuse, it delights women
just the same to have been asked.”
“You can learn from anyone even your enemy.”
“Better late than never.”
“Certain peace is better and safer than anticipated victory.”
“Dignity is a matter which concerns only mankind.”
“Friendships ought to be immortal, hostilities mortal.”
“Greater is our terror of the unknown.”
“He will have true glory who despises it.”
“It is easier to criticize than to correct our past errors.”
“It is said that truth is often eclipsed but never extinguished.”
“Many things complicated by nature are restored by reason.”
“Men are least safe from what success induces them not to fear.”
“No man likes to be surpassed by those of this own level.”
“No one wants to be excelled by his relatives.”
“Passions are generally roused from great conflict.”
“The sun has not yet set for all time.”
“There is always more spirit in attack than in defense.”
“Woe to the conquered.”
“You know how to vanquish, Hannibal, but you do not know how to profit from victory.”
“A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.”
“A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.”
“A wise man never loses anything if he have himself.”
“Ambition is not a vice of little people.”
“Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil's alphabet - the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies.”
“Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass.”
“He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.”
“He who would teach men to die would teach them to live.”
“In my opinion, every rich man is a miser.”
“Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.”
“Let no man be ashamed to speak what he is not ashamed to think.”
“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.”
“My trade and art is to live.”
“Old age puts more wrinkles in our minds than on our faces.”
“Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.”
“The beautiful souls are they that are universal, open, and ready for all things.”
“Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ....”
“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”
“Money doesn't make us anyway it just unmasks us.”
“Success is 99% failure”
“Those who walk with God, always reach their destination.”
“I would ... rather lose in a cause that I know some day will triumph than triumph in a cause that I know some day will lose.”
“I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.”
“The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.”
“A man is not as big as his belief in himself; he is as big as the number of persons who believe in him.”
“America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal - to discover and maintain liberty among men.”
“Fear God and you need not fear anyone else.”
“A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.”
“There never was a good knife made of bad steel.”
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”
“A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned”
“I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”
“Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.”
“If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.”
“The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.”
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”
“Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow.”
“Liberty is the essence of life. Whatever is done without it is imperfect.”
“Life on earth is a hand-to-hand mortal combat... between the law of love and the law of hate.”
“Man needs to suffer. When he does not have real grief he creates them.”
“Mankind is composed of two sorts of men — those who love and create, and those who hate and destroy.”
“This is the age in which hills can look down upon the mountains.”
“Others go to bed with their mistresses; I with my ideas.”
“A selfish man is a thief.”
“Peoples are made of hate and of love, and more of hate than love. But love, like the sun that it is, sets afire and melts everything.”
“To govern well, one must see things as they are.”
“Learn to think continentally.”
“I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect men.”
“Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.”
“A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.”
“Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals, for the most part governed by the impulse of passion.”
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
“A garden, you know, is a very usual refuge of a disappointed politician. Accordingly, I have purchased a few acres about nine miles from town, have built a house, and am cultivating a garden.”
“A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.”
“A promise must never be broken.”
“It is impossible to love and to be wise.”
“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”
“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
“Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.”
“Boldness is a child of ignorance.”
“Opportunity makes a thief.”
“Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.”
“A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.”
“A healthy body is the guest-chamber of the soul; a sick, its prison.”
“A just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war.”
“A lie faces God and shrinks from man.”
“The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.”
“Every man who is not a monster, a mathematician, or a mad philosopher, is the slave of some woman or other.”
“Adventure is not outside man; it is within.”
“I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.”
“A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.”
“The world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome, dubious eggs, called possibilities.”
“Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.”
“A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.”
“Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.”
“A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.”
“All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.”
“I am determined to control events, not be controlled by them.”
“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
“The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”
“Always stand on principle....even if you stand alone.”
“The foundations of national morality must be laid in private families.”
“Ideology is the science of idiots.”
“The happiness of society is the end of government.”
“Power must never be trusted without a check.”
“A man ought to avow his opinions and defend them with boldness.”
“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
“Everything in life should be done with reflection.”
“Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.”
“A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone.”
“An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.”
“Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral.”
“Man selects only for his own good: Nature only for that of the being which she tends.”
“Multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.”
“We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.”
“A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die - which variety or species shall increase in number, and which shall decrease, or finally become extinct.”
“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer’s hit show on the HISTORY network, History Decoded explores fascinating, unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman “Spear of Destiny”? What’s the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy’s $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? Meltzer sifts through the evidence; weighs competing theories; separates what we know to be true with what’s still—and perhaps forever—unproved or unprovable; and in the end, decodes the mystery, arriving at the most likely solution. Along the way we meet Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the real DB Cooper.
At the beginning of each story is a custom-designed envelope—a faux 19th-century leather satchel, a U.S. government classified file—containing facsimiles of relevant evidence: John Wilkes Booth’s alleged unsigned will, a map of the Vatican, Kennedy’s death certificate. The whole is a riveting, interactive adventure through the compelling world of mysteries and conspiracies.
YOU MIGHT BE A ZOMBIE…
You're going to wish you never picked up this book.
Some facts are too terrifying to teach in school. Unfortunately, Cracked.com is more than happy to fill you in:
* A zombie apocalypse? It could happen. 50% of humans are infected with a parasite that can take over your brain.
* The FDA wouldn't let you eat bugs, right? Actually, you might want to put down those jelly beans. And that apple. And that strawberry yogurt.
* Think dolphins are our friends? Then these sex-crazed thrill killers of the sea have you right where they want you.
* The most important discovery in the history of genetics? Francis Crick came up with it while on LSD.
* Think you're going to choose whether or not to buy this book? Scientists say your brain secretly makes all your decisions 10 seconds before you even know what they are.
If you’re a fan of The Oatmeal or Frak.com and hate being wrong about stuff, you’ll love what you find in YOU MIGHT BE A ZOMBIE from the twisted minds at Cracked.
Jennings takes readers on a world tour of geogeeks from the London Map Fair to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the prepubescent geniuses at the National Geographic Bee to the computer programmers at Google Earth. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of map culture: highpointing, geocaching, road atlas rallying, even the “unreal estate” charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy. He also considers the ways in which cartography has shaped our history, suggesting that the impulse to make and read maps is as relevant today as it has ever been.
From the “Here be dragons” parchment maps of the Age of Discovery to the spinning globes of grade school to the postmodern revolution of digital maps and GPS, Maphead is filled with intriguing details, engaging anecdotes, and enlightening analysis. If you’re an inveterate map lover yourself—or even if you’re among the cartographically clueless who can get lost in a supermarket—let Ken Jennings be your guide to the strange world of mapheads.
Trivia fans will be eager to dive into this book for an edifying and entertaining tour of all the things they didn't know that they didn't know. There is something here for everyone and every occasion, with topics including Space and Science, Being Human, Sports, Music, Food and Drink, and Famous Inventions. It's full of conversation starters, from Herbert Hoover's pet alligators to the longest recorded bout of hiccups (it lasted for 68 years). Brimming with surprising facts, this comprehensive collection of trivia is sure to puzzle and delight.
As the Xerox Corporation's official webmaster, Bill McLain often fielded as many as 1,000 questions a day on just about everything under the sun -- and beyond. The wildest, funniest, and even most astute are collected here (along with their answers) in McLain's second volume that's as fascinating and enlightening as his first, Do Fish Drink Water? A "veritable Internet legend known for having all the answers" (San Francisco Chronicle), McLain explains what keeps squirrels from toppling off telephone wires; why the skin on your fingers and toes shrivels up in the water; how seedless watermelons are created; and more. Whether it's animal, vegetable, mineral, or something completely different, the answer is bound to be as interesting as the question itself, and certain to satisfy the trivia hound in everyone.
Fell asleep during history class in high school when World War II was covered? Learned the table of elements at one time but have forgotten it since? Always wondered who really invented the World Wide Web? Here is the book for you, with all the answers you've been looking for: The New York Times Presents Smarter by Sunday is based on the premise that there is a recognizable group of topics in history, literature, science, art, religion, philosophy, politics, and music that educated people should be familiar with today. Over 100 of these have been identified and arranged in a way that they can be studied over a year's time by spending two hours on a topic every weekend.
For example–February 21: In 1912, on this day, Teddy Roosevelt coined the political phrase “hat in the ring,” so Ken Jennings fires off a series of “ring” questions. What two NFL quarterbacks have four Super Bowl rings each?* What rings are divided by the Cassini Division?** Also on this date, in 1981, the “goth” music scene was born in London, so here’s a quiz on black-clad icons like Darth Vader, Johnny Cash, and Zorro. Do you know the secret identities of Ivanhoe’s Black Knight*** or Men in Black’s Agent M****?
In this ultimate book for trivia buffs and other assorted know-it-alls, the 365 entries feature “This Day in History” factoids, trivia quizzes, and questions categorized by Jennings as “Easy,” “Hard,” and “Yeah, Good Luck.” Topics cover every subject under the sun, from paleontology to mixology, sports feats to Bach suites, medieval popes to daytime soaps. This addictive gathering of facts, oddities, devilishly clever quizzes, and other flights of fancy will make each day a fun and intriguing new challenge.
From the Hardcover edition.