… events do not reflect God's choices. They happen at random, and randomness is another name for chaos… And chaos is evil; not wrong, not malevolent, but evil nonetheless…

Rabbi Harold S. Kushner,
When Bad Things Happen To Good People

If you see a blind man, kick him; why should you be kinder than God?

Iranian folk proverb

If we won't play God, who will?

Amol Vaidya

In nature there are no rewards or punishments: there are consequences.

Horace Annesley,
The Face of Clay

Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.

… truth without compassion is brutality.

Shanti Fader,
"A Certain Point of View":
Lying Jedi, Honest Sith, and the Viewers Who Love Them

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.

J.K. Galbraith,
The Affluent Society

The function of genius is not to give new answers but to pose new questions – which time and mediocrity can solve.

Hugh Trevor-Roper

Your goal is not to do well in practice; your goal is to do well on the final test.

James Doyle

You are supposed to hate your thesis. It's one of the seven stages of thesis development – inspiration, excitement, dismay, disgust, hatred, resignation, completion.

Kathleen O'Connor

The best replacement for nicotine is the ability to cope with life.

Gerald Goodwin

I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.

George Burns

I believe that it is during my creative endeavors that I come closest to experiencing what it might be like to be human.

"Inheritance", Star Trek: The Next Generation

The emotional excess of music felt more real than the muted emotion and soft demeanor I expressed in daily life. When I was this passionately engaged I didn't need anything else to "complete" me; not a man, not a career affirmation. I only had to give in to the music to live an immense life that I could experience any time I chose.

Barbara Feldon,
Living Alone & Loving It

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

Groucho Marx

Television – a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well-done.

Ernie Kovacs

… most men believe deep down that all women, even those they see on television, are potential mates.

Michael J. Nelson,
Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese

Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who laughs at himself shall never cease to be amused.

Shirley MacLaine

Sexiness wears thin after a while, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat.

Joanne Woodward

Whomever is less vested in the relationship has more power.

Ryan Suenaga

Instead of going out tonight, punch yourself in the nuts three times and the heart twice. This will save you approximately $75.

"Dating Tips",
The Onion

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

James Baldwin

When love is your greatest weakness, you will be the strongest person in the world.

Garman Wold

One may give without loving; but none can love without giving.

A friend isn't someone who always wants to talk to you; a friend is someone who listens when you want to talk.

You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you've collected nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.

Robert Preston,
The Music Man

Heaven forbid life be dull.

What I say whenever
anything goes wrong