Notable Quotes

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful?
He that governs his passions.
Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.

— Benjamin Franklin

“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn.
The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.”  

— P.J. O”Rourke
Gonzo Journalist

“If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar.
If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.”

— Abraham Lincoln


“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six.
Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”

— Shirley Temple   1928 – 2014

“The weirder you are going to behave, the more normal you should look.
 It works in reverse, too.
When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose,
I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person.”

— P. J. O’Rourke

“I think sleeping was my problem in school. 
If school had started at four in the afternoon, I’d be a college graduate today.”

— George Foreman

“Life has many good things. 
The problem is that most of these good things can be gotten only by sacrificing other good things. 
We all recognize this in our daily lives. 
It is only in politics that this simple, common sense fact is routinely ignored.”

— Thomas Sowell

“All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. 
Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.”

 — Erma Bombeck

“The sole purpose of a child’s middle name, is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.”

— Justine Vogt

“The purpose of life is to discover your gift; 
the work of life is to develop it; and the meaning of life is to give your gift away.” 

— David Viscott

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

— Theodore Roosevelt
26th U.S. President

“I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work. 
I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain.”  

— Frank Lloyd Wright

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions
than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”

— Thomas Sowell

“This Einstein fellow has proven a great comfort to us that always knew we didn’t know much. 
He has shown us that the fellows that we thought was smart is just as dumb as we are.”

 — Will Rogers,
The Daily Telegraph

“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.” 

— George Washington Carver

Humor is everywhere,
 in that there’s irony in just about anything a human does. 

 — Bill Nye

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, 
like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.”

— Garrison Keillor


The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants.
He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct,
his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole.
Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts,
and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right.
Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President,
right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else.
But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

— Theodore Roosevelt
26th U.S. President


“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. 
But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”

— Mark Twain