Resources:  File 8
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.

-----Albert Einstein


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.

-----Walter Lippman


The best argument against democracy

is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

-----Winston Churchill


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 judgment comes from experience;

Experience comes from bad judgment.

-----Aldous Huxley


I find that the harder I work,

the more luck I seem to have.

-----Thomas Jefferson


The whole problem with the world

Is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves,

but wiser people so full of doubts.

-----Bertrand Russell


If man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for,

He isn’t 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.

-----Helen Keller


The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

-----Lao Tse


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed

By the things you didn’t do,

Than by the things you did.

-----Mark Twain


One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown

Is the belief that ones work is terribly important.

-----Bertrand Russell


It was when I found out I could make mistakes

that I knew was on to something.

-----Ornette Coleman


Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

-----Ingrid Bergman


A word to the wise ain’t necessary,

It’s the stupid ones that need all the advice.

-----Bill Cosby


Don’t be so humble—you are not that great.

-----Golda Meir


A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances,

But rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

-----Hugh Downs


The wise man doesn’t give the right answers,

He poses the right questions.

-----Claude Strauss


If everything is under control you are going too slow.

-----Mario Andretti


If you are going through hell, keep going.

-----Winston Churchill


Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself

For he shall never cease to be entertained.

-----John Bowell


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.

-----William Blake


Well done is better than well said.

-----Benjamin Franklin


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.

-----Theodore Rubin


The law of gravitation cannot be held responsible

For two people falling in love.

-----Albert Einstein


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,

It’s the size of the fight in the dog.

-----Mark Twain


The cobra will bite you whether you call it cobra

or Mr. Cobra.

-----Indian Proverb


People demand freedom of speech

to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

-----Soren Kierkegaard


Obstacles are those frightful things you see

when you take your eyes off your goals.

-----Henry Ford

The right to be heard does not automatically include

the right to be taken seriously.

-----Hubert Humphrey


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 don’t know the key to success,

But the key to failure is to try to please everyone.

-----Bill Cosby


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.

-----A Glason


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.

-----Robert Frost


Life is a journey not a destination.

-----Steven Tyler


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


Don’t 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.

-----Edward Young


Man will occasionally stumble over the truth,

But most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.

-----Winston Churchill


I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.

-----W.C. Fields


The best and most beautiful things in the world

cannot be seen or even touched.

They must be felt with the heart.

-----Helen Keller


Defend me from my friends;

I can defend myself from my enemies.

-----Napoleon Bonaparte


I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.

-----Albert Einstein


Our greatest glory is not never falling

But in rising every time we fall.



Kindness is a language

which the deaf can hear and the blind can read.

-----Mark Twain


Everybody is ignorant, just on different subjects.

-----Roy Rogers


A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

-----Willy Wanka


God gave men both a penis and a brain,

But unfortunately not enough blood supply

to run both at the same time.

-----Robin Williams


I’m 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.

-----Jimi Hendrix


The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being

Can alter his life by altering his attitude.

-----Richard Carlson


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 involved—the pig was committed.



A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

-----Vladimir Lenin


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.

-----Albert Einstien


It is better to be feared than loved, if not both.

-----Niccolo Machiavelli


A single death is a tragedy.

A million deaths is a statistic.

-----Joseph Stalin


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


Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today.

It’s already tomorrow in Australia.

-----Charles Schultz


Only dead fish swim with the stream.

-----Mark Twain


What luck for the rulers that men do not think.

-----Adolf Hitler


Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,

Or what’s a heaven for.

-----Robert Browning


Avoid all needle drugs.

The only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.

-----Abbie Hoffman


We’re going to have the best educated American people in the world.

-----Dan Quayle


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.

-----Thomas Jefferson


Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.

-----Benjamin Franklin


It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

-----St. Augustine


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.

-----Mark Twain


Forgive your enemies,

But never forget their names.

-----John F. Kennedy


He who hesitates is a damned fool.

-----Mae West




Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish),

But it’ll also deprive me of the possibility of being right.

-----Igor Stravinsky


Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

-----Napoleon Bonaparte


While we are postponing, life speeds by.



Self-love seems so often unrequited.

-----Anthony Powell


Too bad all the people who know how to run this country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.

-----George Burns


Half the world is composed of idiots.

The other half of them are people clever enough to take

indecent advantage of them.

-----Walter Kerr


If a million people say a foolish thing,

It is still a foolish thing.

-----Anatole France


Education without values, as useful as it is,

Seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

-----C.S. Lewis


People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.

-----Abraham Lincoln