Americans used to roar like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security.
-Norman Vincent Peale
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Galen's Quote List

This is my collection of quotes. There aren't many here, even though I've been collecting them for over a decade. A quote has to really *mean* something to me to make it into my collection.



When a man lies he murders some part of the world. These are the pale deaths which men miscall their lives. All this I cannot bear to witness any longer. Cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home.
--Metallica

Movies mirror the times, they do not create them.
--Shirley Temple Black

Fear is a place where you just tell the truth.
--Clive Barker

Wasted youth is better by far the a wise and productive old age.
--Meatloaf

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
--Mark Twain


Forbear to judge for we are sinners all.
--William Shakespeare

Seek the truth, no matter where it lies.
--Metallica

I don't want to change the world, I don't want the world to change me.
--Ozzy Ozbourne

Memory, prophecy, and fantasy -- the past, the future, and the dreaming moment in between -- are all one country living one immortal day. To know that is wisdom, to use it is The Art.
--Clive Barker

The Devil is by no means the worst that there is. I would rather have dealings with him than with many a human being. He honours his agreements much more promptly than many a swindler on Earth. To be true, when his payment is due, he comes on the dot, just as twelve strikes, fetches his soul and goes off home to Hell like a good Devil. He's just a businessman as is right and proper.
--J.N. Nestroy

Advantages are taken, not handed out.
--Metallica

A rumor is neither true nor cruel; merely possible, always dangerous.
--Tom De Haven

The foolish man think with narrow mind and speak with wide mouth.
--Charlie Chin

If life is just a highway and the soul is just a car, then objects in the rearveiw mirror may appear closer than they are.
--Meatloaf

If any of you in any way hate homosexuals, people of a different color, or women, please do this one favor for us -- leave us the fuck alone!
--Kurt Cobain

If you can judge a wise man by the color of his skin, then mister you're a better man than I.
--Aerosmith

Arrogance and Ignorance go hand in hand.
--Metallica

To thine own self be true
--William Shakespeare

It's all according to the order of things.
--Tom De Haven

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
--Nietzsche


Out for my own, out to be free. One with my mind they just can't see. No need to hear things that they say. Life is for my own to live my own way.
--Metallica

You used to say live and let live, but if this ever--changing world in which we live in makes you give in and cry -- say live and let die.
--Guns & Roses
(Originally by Paul McCartney, but his version sucks)

The ultimate in vanity. Exploiting their supremacy. I can't believe the things you say. I can't believe the price we pay. Nothing can save us. Justice is lost, justice is raped, justice is gone. Pulling your strings justice is done. Seeking no truth. Winning is all. Find it so grim, so true, so real.
--Metallica

Those people who tell you not to take chances, they are all missing on what life's about. You only live once, so take hold of the chance. Don't end up like others, the same song and dance.
--Metallica

Man who think he know all the answers has most likely misunderstood the question.
--Charlie Chin

The road to Heaven is paved in Hell.
--[source unknown]

Life's a journey, not a destination.
--Aerosmith

Never judge a book by it's cover or who you're gonna love by your lover.
--Aerosmith

He who lives by the mouth gets punched in the mouth.
--Hawkeye Pierce
(M*A*S*H)

Big talk is cheap unless you're backin' it up.
--Warrant

Just because you're paranoid don't mean they're not after you.
--Nirvana

There are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on.
--Led Zeppelin

America has never let an absence of any real threat ruin a good panic.
--Danny Harkins, Cracked.com


If I claim to be a wiseman, it surely means that I don't know.
--Kansas

In a society in which it is a moral offense to be different from your neighbor your only escape is never to let them find out. -Robert A. Heinlein We talk like lions, but we sacrifice like lambs.
--Counting Crows

All roads lead to another road for renegades, rebels, and rogues.
--Tracy Lawrence

I doubt if there are any rational people to whom the word 'fuck' would be particularly diabolical, revolting or totally forbidden
--Kenneth Tynan


I'll take my time anywhere. I'm free to speak my mind anywhere.
--Metallica

They think our heads are in their hands, but violent use brings violent plans.
--Metallica

Orthodoxy means not thinking - not needing to think
--George Orwell, "1984"


Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Normal is just a setting on your dryer.
--Patsy Clairmont

A winner forgets he's in a race, he just loves to run.
--Joe Pesci "With Honors"

God mercy on the slow of heart.
The heart of hand that slap and sting.
They do not know the pain they start
Nor understand the death they bring.
And if the mercy of the Lord
Will not apply to villains, well...
Then may they get their just reward
And rot their stinking souls in Hell.
--Gregory Maguire

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.


There is no knowledge that is not power.
--Mortal Kombat 3

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
--|source unknown|

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
--Forrest Gump

Stupid is as stupid does.
--Forrest Gump

Racism has no part in Christianity, and if that's too liberal for your redneck theology then hit the door! We don't need you here!
--Pastor John Hagee

I don't have to know everything, as long as I know something you don't.
--Stoney

Knowledge only makes us stupider.
--Stoney

You gotta shit on a mushroom to make it grow.
--Stoney

We've got far too many hung juries and not enough hung defendants.
--Dennis Miller

Washington D.C. polititions don't give a shit about you and me.
--Dennis Miller

If I'm wrong, tell me I'm wrong. Don't talk to me about protocol.
--Dr. Gregory House


Isn't this the greatest country in the world? Yeah, but isn't that like being valadictorion in summer school?
--Dennis Miller

Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers.
--George Carlin

Sometimes what you've learned conflicts with what you know.
--Children of the Corn II

The brightest flame burns quickest
--Metallica

The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it.
--Albert Einstein

Life's about changing. Nothing ever stays the same.
--Patty Loveless

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
--Rush

I will choose the path that's clear. I will choose free will.
--Rush

In Hollywood, it's hard to be funny, because all the big jokes are in Washington.
--Rich Little

When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.
--E. Stanly Jones

When someone throws trash on you, shake it off, stomp on it, and use it to rise to the top!
--Pastor John Hagee

The true measure of our lives is not how many people know our names when we die, but whether or not we've touched the lives of others.
--The Outer Limits (1996)

Don't try to be a great man, just be a man and let history make it's own judgements.
--Zefram Cochran
"Star Trek -- First Contact"

We've bent so far backwards to protect the rights of defendant's that we risk putting the legal system flat on its back.
--Law & Order

Loyalty to petrified opinion never broke a chain or freed a human soul. --Mark Twain

Any plan, no matter how poorly conceived, if boldly executed, is better than inaction.
--U.S. Infantry manual

Fools are the only folk on Earth who can absolutely count on getting what they deserve.
--Stephen King

Affection can no more spoil a child than the sun could be put out by a bucket of gasoline.
--L. Ron Hubbard

The feminist movement has far more anger for men than it has love for women.
--Dennis Prager

A fanatic is a nut who has something to believe in.
--Dean Koontz
"Lightning"

If might makes right, then Rome still rules the world.
--L. Ron Hubbard

Whether or not God exists is not as important as whether a belief in God exists.
--Daniel Jackson
"Stargate SG-1"

It is the stupidest children who are the most childish and the stupidest grown-ups who are the most grown-up.
--C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair


Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable
--John F. Kennedy.

A video game ain't never made you do nothin' except scratch your ass and break your controller
--Stoney

There is nothing more atrociously cruel than an adored child.
--Vladimir Nabokov
"Lolita"

One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state.
--Isabel Paterson

A person's a person, no matter how small.
-- Dr. Seuss

The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.
-- Thomas Jefferson

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
-- Thomas Jefferson
(in a letter to Archibald Stuart, 1791)

I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
-- Voltaire
(Despite always being attributed to Voltaire, this quote is actually NOT from Voltaire. He never said or wrote this)

There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dare to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty--four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
--John Swinton
Prominent Journalist, The New York Times


No one is more truly helpless, more completely a victim, than he who can neither choose nor change nor escape his protectors.
--John Holt


Too many people grow up. That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don't remember what it's like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors.
--Walt Disney

You don't have to live an antisex, antidope, antibooze, anti-everything life. Let people do whatever the fuck they want and stay the fuck out and don't ask them about it.
--Oliver Stone

I don't run around trying to be what's not within me. Look into my eyes, I am free. You're just a wanna-be
--KoRn

In our system, state-operated schools may not be enclaves of totalitarianism. School officials do not possess absolute authority over their students. Students in school as well as out of school are 'persons' under our Constitution.
--Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas
Tinker v. DesMoines, (1969)

Things are only impossible until they're not.
-- Jean-Luc Picard

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
--George Bernard Shaw


Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
-- Ronald Reagan

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
-- Samuel Goldwyn

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
-- H. L. Mencken

Man is the only animal that blushes...or needs to.
-- Mark Twain

Common sense isn't all that common
-- Voltaire

Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?
-- Ernest Gaines


Day after day, week after week, I hear more and more stories of the fucked up world we live in. I will not, and I cannot just walk away. My health is deteriorating, my checking account balance is negative and my car is falling apart, but damn it youth rights is true. I know it is true and just with every stick of bone and drop of marrow. Young people are oppressed. They are. The oppression hurts youth and it hurts adults. We can't give up on them. We can't walk away. We can't let them down. Cause if we don't finally put an end to this then our kids are gonna go through the same bullshit we went through. And their kids. And their kids. Someone has to put an end to it. That someone is us.
-- Alex Koroknay-Palicz
Executive Director

National Youth Rights Association

Resist much. Obey little.
-- Walt Whitman


A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government.
-- Edward Abbey


Reporters are puppets. They simply respond to the pull of the most powerful strings.
-- Lyndon Johnson


If humiliating perverts and needlessly terrifying parents is the best use that newsmagazines can make of hours of primetime television, then perhaps they should be allowed to die and the time given over to the blood sport of reality programming. At least no one would dare to call it news.
-- Columbia Journalism Review (Feb. 2007)
(regarding, "To Catch A Predator")


Anger and agony are better than misery.
-- 3 Days Grace, "Pain"


Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
-- Anne Frank


Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better?
-- Jane Nelson


Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
--Oscar Wilde


Insanity in individuals is something rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
--Nietzsche


Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
--Henry David Thoreau


We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
--Gene Roddenberry


The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
--Bertrand Russell


When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
--Eugene V. Debs


The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
--Woodrow Wilson


In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.
--Mohandas Gandhi


Any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it.
--Henry David Thoreau


If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people.
--Dr. Gregory House


People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
--V for Vendetta


With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
--Steven Weinberg


Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
--Hanlon's razor


Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.
--Grey's Law


Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
--Elbert Hubbard


The people should not pledge allegiance to the government; the government should pledge allegiance to the people.
--Michael Lind