Gnomicon Inventory by date

1 29-Feb-12 W RAND Ayn Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.
2 1-Mar-12 H BURKE Arleigh The major deterrent to war is in a man’s mind.
3 2-Mar-12 F WILDE Oscar Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.
4 3-Mar-12 S WHITMAN Walt I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.
5 4-Mar-12 U KAFKA Franz God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
6 5-Mar-12 M ACHEBE Chinua The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.
7 6-Mar-12 T PICASSO Pablo Action is the foundational key to all success.
8 7-Mar-12 W ANGELOU Maya Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you … yet … survived
9 8-Mar-12 H BRANDO Marlon I don’t mind that I’m fat. You still get the same money.
10 9-Mar-12 F BUDDHA Siddhartha Gautama Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else;  you are the one who gets burned.
11 10-Mar-12 S PROVERB Portuguese An old man in love is like a flower in winter.
12 11-Mar-12 U CHOUDHURY Bikram Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch again.
13 12-Mar-12 M CAMUS Albert But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
14 13-Mar-12 T STEIN Gertrude There ain’t no answer.  There ain’t gonna be any answer.  There never has been an answer.  That’s the answer.
15 14-Mar-12 W von NEUMANN John There’s no sense in being precise when you don’t even know what you’re talking about.
16 15-Mar-12 H ADAMS Ansel A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
17 16-Mar-12 F ANONYMOUS When the door of happiness closes, another opens.  But often times we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one which has been …
18 17-Mar-12 S MONLUC Adrien de Chat échaudé craint l’eau froide. (A scalded cat is afraid of cold water.)
19 18-Mar-12 U POPULAR expression (Norway) Sånn er det bare.  (“That’s just the way it is.”)
20 19-Mar-12 M NERUDA Pablo Es tan corto el amor y es tan largo el olvido.  (Love is so brief, and forgetting it takes so long.)
21 20-Mar-12 T HAMMARÉN Carl  Det räcker inte med att ha erfarenheter – man måste komma ihåg dem också.  (It’s not enough to have experiences – you have to remember them too.)
22 21-Mar-12 W GOETHE Johann Wolfgang von Es ist nichts schrecklicher als eine tätige Unwissenheit.    (There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.)
23 22-Mar-12 H HORACE post equitem sedet atra Cura – (behind the horseman sits black anxiety)
24 23-Mar-12 F SOPHOCLES πολλὰ τὰ δεινὰ κοὐδὲν ἀν- | θρώπου δεινότερον πέλει·   (Many are the marvels and nothing | exists more marvelous than man.)
25 24-Mar-12 S MAO Tse-tung ? 殺 鷄 嚇 猴  (shā jī xià hóu) –  Kill the chicken, scare the monkey.
26 25-Mar-12 U STALLONE Sylvester I’m not handsome in the classical sense. The eyes droop, the mouth is crooked, the teeth aren’t straight, the voice sounds like a Mafioso pallbearer …
27 26-Mar-12 M DARROW Clarence When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become president;  I’m beginning to believe it.
28 27-Mar-12 T BRANDEIS Louis D. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
29 28-Mar-12 W PROVERB Persian (?) I was sad and angry, for I had no socks and shoes.  Then I met a man who had no feet.
30 29-Mar-12 H ARTHUR Chester A. Madam, I may be President of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damn business.
31 30-Mar-12 F MENCKEN H. L. Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.
32 31-Mar-12 S LEARNED HAND Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us.
33 2-Apr-12 M BORGES Jorge Luis To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
34 3-Apr-12 T PROVERB Chinese If you want happiness …
35 4-Apr-12 W QUAYLE Dan I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican.
36 5-Apr-12 H BIERCE Ambrose Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
37 6-Apr-12 F REAGAN Ronald The best minds are not in government.  If any were, business would steal them away.
38 7-Apr-12 S SEUSS Dr. Today you are You, that is truer than true. …
39 8-Apr-12 U SHAKESPEARE William As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
40 9-Apr-12 M DEAN James Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.
41 10-Apr-12 T WHARTON Edith If we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
42 11-Apr-12 W WILSON Edward O. True character arises from a deeper well than religion.
43 12-Apr-12 H MANDELA Nelson If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
44 13-Apr-12 F BERLIN Isaiah Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.
45 14-Apr-12 S USTINOV Peter If Botticelli were alive today he’d be working for Vogue.
46 15-Apr-12 U CAPOTE Truman Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe.
47 16-Apr-12 M EINSTEIN Albert No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right;  a single experiment can prove me wrong.
48 17-Apr-12 T FORSTER E M Nonsense and beauty have close connections.
49 18-Apr-12 W PARKER Dorothy If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it too.
50 19-Apr-12 H PROVERB Swedish Borta bra men hemma bäst.
51 21-Apr-12 S CONRAD Joseph All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
52 21-Apr-12 S VIDAL Gore Andy Warhol is the only genius I’ve ever known with an I.Q. of 60.
53 25-Apr-12 W SAHL Mort A conservative is someone who believes in reform. But not now.
54 27-Apr-12 F HAWTHORNE Nathaniel Easy reading is damn hard writing.
55 29-Apr-12 U LOMBARDI Vince Winners never quit and quitters never win.
56 1-May-12 T QUILLEN Robert If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready.  The first one, too, was made out of chaos.
57 3-Apr-12 H SAYING Chinese 天 高 皇帝 遠   Heaven is high and the emperor is far away.
58 8-May-12 T Proverb She is rich who owes nothing.
59 22-May-12 T 孫 子  Sun Tzu 知 己 知 彼  百 戰 百 勝   If you know yourself and your enemy, in a hundred battles you’ll have a hundred victories.
60 10-Jun-12 U TACITUS Argentum et aurum propitiine an irati di negaverint dubito.   “I’m not sure if the gods have denied to them the use of gold and silver … “
61 17-Jun-12 U JUNG Carl Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
62 18-Jun-12 M KISSINGER Henry There cannot be a crisis next week.  My schedule is already full.
63 19-Jun-12 T GANDHI Mohandas (Mahatma) You must not lose faith in humanity.  Humanity is an ocean;  if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
64 20-Jun-12 W CHURCHILL Sir Winston From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
65 21-Jun-12 H FREUD Anna If some longing goes unmet, don’t be astonished. We call that Life.
66 14-Jul-12 S SARTRE  Jean-Paul Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.
67 15-Jul-12 U HARDING Florence Well, Warren Harding, I have got you the presidency. What are you going to do with it?
68 16-Jul-12 M WILDE Oscar Be yourself;  everybody else is already taken.
69 17-Jul-12 T HARVEY Paul If ‘pro’ is the opposite of ‘con’, what is the opposite of ‘progress’?
70 18-Jul-12 W ROBINSON Jackie This ain’t fun. But you watch me, I’ll get it done.
71 19-Jul-12 H ELIOT Charles William Books are the quietest and most constant of friends …
72 20-Jul-12 F CHIEF Joseph I will fight no more forever.
73 21-Jul-12 S AOKI Devon Defining beauty is simply a matter of opinion.
74 22-Jul-12 U THATCHER Margaret Socialist governements … always run out of other peope’s money ….
75 23-Jul-12 M WONDER Stevie Ya gots to work with what you gots to work with.
76 24-Jul-12 T HOOVER Herbert Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt.
77 25-Jul-12 W KING Stephen I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries.
78 26-Jul-12 H BENNY Jack Age is strictly a case of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
79 27-Jul-12 F GRANT Cary My formula for living is quite simple …
80 28-Jul-12 S ASIMOV Isaac I don’t believe in an afterlife, so I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell, …
81 29-Jul-12 U HAVEL Václav The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life but that it bothers him less and less.
82 30-Jul-12 M MOTHER Teresa If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
83 31-Jul-12 T TWAIN Mark In the first place, God made idiots.  That was for practice.  Then he made school boards.
84 1-Aug-12 W DAWKINS Richard The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.
85 2-Aug-12 H DENG Xiaoping It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.
86 3-Aug-12 F BIERCE Ambrose Academe, n.:  An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: [from academe] A modern school where football is taught.
87 4-Aug-12 S EASTWOOD Clint My old drama coach used to say, ‘Don’t just do something, stand there.’  Gary Cooper wasn’t afraid to do nothing.
88 5-Aug-12 U TUCHMAN Barbara Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.
89 6-Aug-12 M PASTERNAK Boris As for the men in power, they are so anxious to establish the myth of infallibility that they do their utmost to ignore truth.
90 7-Aug-12 T MAIMONIDES Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.
91 8-Aug-12 W TRUMP Donald Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.
92 9-Aug-12 H WEST Mae You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
93 10-Aug-12 F GUDERIAN Heinz There are no desperate situations, there are only desperate people.
94 11-Aug-12 S O’CONNOR Sandra Day I need to retire from retirement.
95 12-Aug-12 U NIN Anaïs We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
96 13-Aug-12 M PLATH Sylvia I talk to God but the sky is empty.
97 14-Aug-12 T GIBRAN Khalil If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours.  If they don’t, they never were.
98 15-Aug-12 W WILMOT John Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.
99 16-Aug-12 H BARLOW John Perry Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install you window blinds.
100 17-Aug-12 F YADAV Shivpal Singh If you work hard, and put your heart and soul into it, then you are allowed to steal some.
101 18-Aug-12 S BERRA Yogi Yogi ordered a pizza. …
102 19-Aug-12 U CHANEL Coco A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
103 20-Aug-12 M WILL George World War II was the last government program that really worked.
104 21-Aug-12 T de la FONTAINE Jean Everyone calls himself a friend, but only a fool relies on it;  nothing is commoner than the name, nothing rarer than the thing.
105 22-Aug-12 W MARX Groucho Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
106 23-Aug-12 H ANONYMOUS My thinker’s all broke!
107 24-Aug-12 F LEWIS Sinclair When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.
108 25-Aug-12 S HERACLITUS πάντα ῥεῖ   panta rhei   ‘All is in flux.’
109 26-Aug-12 U STOLBERG Sheryl Gay Mr. Romney is, by nature, intensely private, not given to talking about himself, even with  friends.  One … said …
110 27-Aug-12 M HOLMES Oliver Wendell The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
111 28-Aug-12 T JARRETT Keith Jazz is there and gone. It happens. You have to be present for it. That simple.
112 29-Aug-12 W LAUREN Ralph I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.
113 30-Aug-12 H OBAMA Barack Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time.  We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
114 31-Aug-12 F ALLEN Woody Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.
115 1-Sep-12 S PERÓN María Eva In government, one actress is enough.
116 2-Sep-12 U WOOLF Virginia We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.
117 3-Sep-12 M ST IGNATIUS Loyola We should always be disposed to believe that that which appears white is really black, if the hierarchy of the Church so decides.
118 4-Sep-12 T MONROE Marilyn It’s not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on.
119 5-Sep-12 W ORWELL George Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasure …
120 6-Sep-12 H WALKER Alice In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.  Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.
121 7-Sep-12 F KAEL Pauline Kevin Costner has feathers in his hair and feathers in his head.  The Indians should have called him ‘Plays with Camera.’
122 8-Sep-12 S DISNEY Walt The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
123 9-Sep-12 U McGOVERN George I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
124 10-Sep-12 M GABOR Zsa Zsa Macho does not prove mucho.
125 11-Sep-12 T WASHINGTON George It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.
126 12-Sep-12 W SALINGER J. D. I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.
127 13-Sep-12 H BALDWIN James Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart;  for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
128 14-Sep-12 F DIANA Princess Family is the most important thing in the world.
129 15-Sep-12 S SADAT Anwar Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution.
130 16-Sep-12 U VREELAND Diana Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal.
131 17-Sep-12 M MACMILLAN Harold We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.
132 18-Sep-12 T FEYNMAN Richard P. Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
133 19-Sep-12 W FANON Franz Violence is man re-creating himself.
134 20-Sep-12 H USTINOV Peter Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
135 21-Sep-12 F JACKSON Michael People write negatives things, cause they feel that’s what sells.  Good news to them, doesn’t sell.
136 22-Sep-12 S BARZUN Jacques In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work.  It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.
137 23-Sep-12 U DARROW Clarence Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
138 24-Sep-12 M BARNARD Christiaan The prime goal is to alleviate suffering, and not to prolong life. And if your treatment does not alleviate suffering, but only prolongs life, that treatment should be stopped.
139 25-Sep-12 T CONRAD Paul I have no idea what readership is of written editorials, but it doesn’t come anywhere close to the readership of editorial cartoons.
140 26-Sep-12 W EISENHOWER Dwight D May we, in our dealings with all the peoples of the earth, ever speak the truth and serve justice.
141 27-Sep-12 H JOBS Steve If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?
142 28-Sep-12 F GAUGUIN Paul The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art’s audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.
143 29-Sep-12 S SIHANOUK Norodom Cambodia wanted no part of SEATO. We would look after ourselves as neutrals and Buddhists.
144 30-Sep-12 U LIN Maya To fly we have to have resistance.
145 1-Oct-12 M MONTAIGNE Michel de My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.
146 2-Oct-12 T FOREMAN George The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.
147 3-Oct-12 W HUXLEY Aldous The pleasures of ignorance are as great, in their way, as the pleasures of knowledge.
148 4-Oct-12 H BEECHER Henry Ward All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can’t be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot.
149 5-Oct-12 F WATTS Naomi Pain is such an important thing in life.  I think that as an artist you have to experience suffering.
150 6-Oct-12 S SINATRA Frank Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant.  When I sing, I believe. I’m honest.
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