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Billy on a Bike
Humanities 100: Creative and Critical Thinking
Billy on a Bike
Imagination is more important than knowledge,
For knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
When all think alike, no one is thinking very much.
The best argument against democracy
is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass
And the little ones get caught.
-----Honore de Balzac
Many people speak of killing time
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
-----Henry David Thoreau
Good judgement comes from experience;
Experience comes from bad judgement.
I find that the harder I work,
the more luck I seem to have.
The whole problem with the world
Is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves,
but wiser people so full of doubts.
If man hasnt discovered something that he will die for,
He isnt fit to live.
-----Martin Luther King, Jr.
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars,
Or sailed to an uncharted land,
Or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
By the things you didnt do,
Than by the things you did.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown
Is the belief that ones work is terribly important.
It was when I found out I could make mistakes
that I knew was on to something.
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
A word to the wise aint necessary,
Its the stupid ones that need all the advice.
Dont be so humbleyou are not that great.
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances,
But rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
The wise man doesnt give the right answers,
He poses the right questions.
If everything is under control you are going too slow.
If you are going through hell, keep going.
Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself
For he shall never cease to be entertained.
When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing
Those who do not know it,
But for the sake of defending those that do.
Well done is better than well said.
We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle
Is a false opinion;
And if we were sure,
Stifling it would be an evil still.
-----John Stewart Mill
There are two ways to slide easily through life:
To believe everything or to doubt everything;
Both ways save us from thinking.
The law of gravitation cannot be held responsible
For two people falling in love.
It is the work of an educated mind
To be able to entertain thought without accepting it.
It is not the size of the dog in the fight,
Its the size of the fight in the dog.
The cobra will bite you whether you call it cobra
or Mr. Cobra.
People demand freedom of speech
to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see
when you take your eyes off your goals.
The right to be heard does not automatically include
the right to be taken seriously.
To refuse praise reveals a desire to be praised twice over.
-----Duc De La Rochefoucauld
Wear your learning like a watch in a private pocket;
And do not pull it out and strike it
Merely to show that you have one.
-----Earl of Chesterfield
I shall never permit myself to stoop so low
As to hate any man.
-----Booker T. Washington
I dont know the key to success,
But the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
Happy is the man who knows what to remember of the past
What to enjoy in the present,
and what to plan for the future.
Men are disturbed not by the things that happen,
but by their opinions of the things that happen.
In three words I can sum up everything I have heard about life:
It goes on.
Life is a journey not a destination.
First say to yourself what you would be;
Then do what you have to do.
Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.
-----Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Dont worry about life.
You are not going to survive it anyway.
-----Harry S. Truman
Some, for renown, on scrapes of learning dote,
And think they grow immortal as they quote.
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth,
But most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.
The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
Defend me from my friends;
I can defend myself from my enemies.
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
Our greatest glory is not never falling
But in rising everytime we fall.
Kindness is a language
which the deaf can hear and the blind can read.
Everybody is ignorant, just on different subjects.
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
God gave men both a penis and a brain,
But unfortunately not enough blood supply
to run both at the same time.
Im the one who has to die when it is time for me to die,
So let me live my life the way I want to.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being
Can alter his life by altering his attitude.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world;
The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
-----George Bernard Shaw
The object of war is not to die for your country,
But to make the other bastard die for his.
-----General George Patton
The difference between involvement and commitment
is like an egg and ham breakfast.
The chicken is involvedthe pig was committed.
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
If you want to make beautiful music,
You must play the black and white keys together.
-----Richard M. Nixon
We should take care not to make the intellect our god.
It has, of course, powerful muscles,
But no personality.
It is better to be feared than loved, if not both.
A single death is a tragedy.
A million deaths is a statistic.
The 2nd most foolish man to have ever walked the earth found a small patch of land and called it his property. The 1st most foolish man was the one who believed him.
-----Jean Jacques Rousseau
Dont worry about the world coming to an end today.
Its already tomorrow in Australia.
Only dead fish swim with the stream.
What luck for the rulers that men do not think.
Ah, but a mans reach should exceed his grasp,
Or whats a heaven for.
Avoid all needle drugs.
The only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.
Were going to have the best educated American people in the world.
A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
-----Ralph Waldo Emerson
Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.
Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
-----Sire James Dewar
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
Forgive your enemies,
But never forget their names.
-----John F. Kennedy
He who hesitates is a damned fool.
Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish),
But itll also deprive me of the possibility of being right.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
While we are postponing, life speeds by.
Self-love seems so often unrequited.
Too bad all the people who know how to run this country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.
Half the world is composed of idiots.
The other half of them are people clever enough to take
indecent advantage of them.
If a million people say a foolish thing,
It is still a foolish thing.
Education without values, as useful as it is,
Seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.