This used to be “Some of my favorite quotes”. But the list is becoming longer and longer, and “some” is no longer the right word for it. Hence: a collection of my favorite quotes, in no particular order.
(Several quotes about religion and atheism were taken from the Positive Atheism's Big List of Quotations.)


Someone has somewhere commented on the fact that millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Susan Ertz, “Anger in the Sky”

You see things; you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”

George Bernard Shaw, “Back to Methuselah”

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

A ship in port is safe but that's not what ships are built for.

William Shedd (often attributed to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper)

Je déteste vos idées, mais je suis prêt à mourir pour que vous ayez le droit de les exprimer.

“I loathe your ideas, but I'm prepared to die defending your right to express them”

often attributed to Voltaire, actually by Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

Pablo Picasso

Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Thomas A. Edison

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.

George McGovern

When I get a little money I buy books — and if any is left I buy food and clothes.

Desiderius Erasmus

Se non hai mai pianto, i tuoi occhi non potranno mai essere belli.

“If you never cried your eyes can never be beautiful”

Sophia Loren

Love is a rose, but you better not pick it,
It only grows when it's on the vine.
A handful of thorns, and you know you missed it.
You lose your love, when you say the word mine.

Neil Young, “Love is Rose”

Alle Menschen sind Ausländer — fast überall.

“All people are foreigners — almost everywhere”

Seen on a car bumper sticker on a German Autobahn

I don't mind a reasonable amount of trouble.

Sam Spade, “The Maltese falcon

Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen.

“Wherever books are burned, in the end people will be burned too”

Heinrich Heine in 1823

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Ellen Parr

Either war is obsolete or men are.

R. Buckminster Fuller

Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you're exactly the same.

Audrey Hepburn

I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes — and six months later you have to start all over again.

Joan Rivers

Be confident, not certain.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.

Mark Twain

Do what you feel in your heart to be right — for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

Eleanor Roosevelt

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.

Rita Mae Brown

The Ooh-Ah bird is so called because it lays square eggs

From the BBC comedy series “The Good Life”

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I'm possible”!

Audrey Hepburn