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August 1914 is the axial date in modern Western history, and once past it we are directly confronted with the present-day world. The sense of power over the material universe with which modern man emerged, as we have seen, from the Middle Ages, changed on that date into the opposite: a sense of weakness and dereliction before the whirlwind that man is able to unleash but not to control. That feeling of danger has persisted and grown stronger, and our generation knows it as uncanny awareness of the explosive quality of man's secular powers -- and now, alas, with the possession of atomic weapons, the word must be taken literally.
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
The story is told (by Kierkegaard) of the absent-minded man so abstracted from his own life that he hardly knows he exists until, one fine morning, he wakes up to find himself dead.
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
If the essence of history is the memory of things said and done, then it is obvious that every normal person, Mr. Everyman, knows some history.
Address at the American Historical Association (December 1931)
What a man knows should find its expression in what he does. The value of superior knowledge is chiefly in that it leads to a performing manhood.
Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862)
The thorough man of business knows that only by years of patient, unremitting attention to affairs can he earn his reward, which is the result, not of chance, but of well-devised means for the attainment to ends.
The dilemma of the critic has always been that if he knows enough to speak with authority, he knows too much to speak with detachment.
A Qualified Farewell, essay (early 1950's)
The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
All the world cries, Where is the man who will save us? We want a man! Don't look so far for this man. You have him at hand. This man, -- it is you, it is I, it is each one of us! -- How to constitute one's self a man? Nothing harder, if one knows not how to will it; nothing easier, if one wills it.
I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations.
Commerce is a game of skill, which every man cannot play, which few men can play well. The right merchant is one who has the just average of faculties we call common sense; a man of a strong affinity for facts, who makes up his decision on what he has seen. He is thoroughly persuaded of the truths of arithmetic. There is always a reason, in the man, for his good or bad fortune, and so, in making money. Men talk as if there were some magic about this, and believe in magic, in all parts of life. He knows, that all goes on the old road, pound for pound, cent for cent, — for every effect a perfect cause, — and that good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.
The Conduct of Life (1860)
It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.
Everyone knows that by far the happiest and universally enjoyable age of man is the first. What is there about babies which makes us hug and kiss and fondle them, so that even an enemy would give them help at that age?
There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It's a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you 'play' with them!
Who knows whether in retirement I shall be tempted to the last infirmity of mundane minds, which is to write a book.
Necessity knows no law; I know some attorneys of the same.
Oftentimes in denying yourself pleasure you do but store the desire in the recesses of your being. Who knows but that which seems omitted today, waits for tomorrow?
The Prophet (1923)
Apologizing – a very desperate habit, – one that is rarely cured. Apology is only egotism wrong side out. Nine times out of ten, the first thing a man's companion knows of his shortcomings is from his apology. It is mighty presumptuous on your part to suppose your small failures of so much consequence that you must make a talk about them.
The Professor At The Breakfast Table (1906)
The great scientists, as all great men, have not been concerned with fame. The joy of achievement that comes from finding something new in the universe is by far their greatest joy. A great research scientist is constantly discovering new things in his field. This is his reward. He knows how to spend long years in preparation and long hours in investigation, with no thought of public honor or reward.
Jon Stewart is exactly the same guy he's always been, only with money. He knows that the moment he really believes he's important, the funny goes away and he becomes Bill O'Reilly, except shorter and Jewish.
Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. A rule that came to mind in 1983. Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them. What the writer is doing, he's writing, perpetrating hooptedoodle, perhaps taking another shot at the weather, or has gone into the character's head, and the reader either knows what the guy's thinking or doesn't care. I'll bet you don't skip dialogue.
From Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, as appeared in The New York Times (July 16, 2001)
That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.
On Mitford’s History of Greece (1824)
Revolution is bloody, revolution is hostile, revolution knows no compromise, revolution overturns and destroys everything that gets in its way. And you, sitting around here like a knot on the wall, saying, "I'm going to love these folks no matter how much they hate me." No, you need a revolution. Whoever heard of a revolution where they lock arms, singing "We Shall Overcome"? You don't do that in a revolution. You don't do any singing, you're too busy swinging.
Message to the Grass Roots speech (November 10, 1963)
It is said that the wind never blows fair for that sailor who knows not to what port he is bound.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Liberty and democracy are eternal enemies, and every one knows it who has ever given any sober reflection to the matter.
"Liberty and Democracy" in the Baltimore Evening Sun (April 13, 1925)
The proper memory for a politician is one that knows what to remember and what to forget.
I would only believe in a God that knows how to dance.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice.
Speech, Dec. 23, 1965
Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
Thrice happy is the nation that has a glorious history. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
"The Strenuous Life"
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
"Citizenship in a Republic." Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
What are lawyers really? To me a lawyer is basically the person that knows the rules of the country. We're all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our pieces around the board, but if there's a problem, the lawyer is the only person that has actually read the inside of the top of the box.
A friend is one who knows who you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still gently allows you to grow.
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways;I to die,and you to live.Which is better?Only God knows
Everybody knows that if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
The Winter of Our Discontent (1961)
The problem of cat versus bird is as old as time. If we attempt to resolve it by legislation who knows but what we may be called upon to take sides as well in the age old problems of dog versus cat, bird versus bird, or even bird versus worm. In my opinion, the State of Illinois and its local governing bodies already have enough to do without trying to control feline delinquency.
Stevenson vetoed a bill that imposed fines on owners who allowed cats to run at large (April 23, 1949).
The old saw says -- "let a sleeping dog lie." Experience knows better; experience says, If you want to convince do it yourself.
Written in Clara Clemens's copy of The Gilded Age
Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world.
Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.
Mark Twain's Notebook
Love is not a product of reasonings and statistics. It just comes--none knows whence--and cannot explain itself.
Heaven knows insanity was disreputable enough, long ago; but now that the lawyers have got to cutting every gallows rope and picking every prison lock with it, it is become a sneaking villainy that ought to hang and keep on hanging its sudden possessors until evil-doers should conclude that the safest plan was to never claim to have it until they came by it legitimately. The very calibre of the people the lawyers most frequently try to save by the insanity subterfuge ought to laugh the plea out of the courts, one would think.
"Unburlesquable Things," The Galaxy Magazine, July 1870
Of all the creatures, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.
I'm tired of suppressing myself. How can you live such an extreme life and nobody knows even half of what you've gone through?
About her autobiography
He to whom the present is the only thing that is present knows nothing of the age in which he lives.
Problem could be neurological. Everyone knows TV rots your brain.
House, Top Secret. By Dr. Gregory House.
On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.
Caption for Peter Steiner's cartoon, as published in The New Yorker (July 5, 1993)