But Charlie, remember what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted. . . . He lived happily ever after.
Roald Dahl Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Why be annoying, when with a little bit of effort, you can be completely impossible?

Carsten Dahlgaard


This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

The Dalai Lama (b. 1935) Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader [b. Tenzin Gyatso]


Help others, failing in that do no harm.
The Dalai Lama (b. 1935) Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader [b. Tenzin Gyatso]


Just as I am astonished that a bank clerk never eats a cheque, so too am I astonished that no painter before me ever thought of painting a soft watch.

Salvador Dali (1904-1989)


The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.

Salvador Dali (1904-1989)


Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth or the only truth.

Charles A. Dana


The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Italian poet quoted by John F. Kennedy, 24 Jun. 1963 (from "Inferno" canto 3, lines 35-42?)


Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here.

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Italian poet “Inferno” Sign at the entrance to Hell


I wept not, so to stone within I grew.

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Italian poet


I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with a lot of pleasure.

Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) American lawyer "Medley"


Sometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny.

Guy Davenport


For here is spiritual pride, the ultimate sin, in action -- the sin of believing in one's own righteousness. The true prophet says humbly, "To me, a sinful man, God spoke." But the scribes and Pharisees declare, "When we speak, God agrees." They feel no need of a special revelation, for they are always, in their own view, infallible. It is this self-righteousness of the pious that most breeds atheism, by inspiring all decent, ordinary men with loathing of the enormous lie.

Joy Davidman (1915-1960) American poet; wife of C.S. Lewis [Joy Davidman Gresham] Smoke on the Mountain (1955)


Book lovers are thought by unbookish people to be gentle and unworldly, and perhaps a few of them are so. But there are others who will lie and scheme and steal to get books as wildly and unconscionably as the dope-taker in pursuit of his drug. They may not want the books to read immediately, or at all; they want them to possess, to range on their shelves, to have at command. They want books as a Turk is thought to want concubines-- not to be hastily deflowered, but to be kept at their master’s call, and enjoyed more often in thought than in reality.

Robertson Davies (1913-1995) Canadian author, editor, publisher Tempest-Tost (1951)


Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
Robertson Davies (1913-1995) Canadian author, editor, publisher


I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them. Censors only read a book with great difficulty, moving their lips as they puzzle out each syllable, when someone tells them that the book is unfit to read.

Robertson Davies (1913-1995) Canadian author, editor, publisher


Wisdom is a variable possession. Every man is wise when pursued by a mad dog, fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion.
Robertson Davies (1913-1995) Canadian author, editor, publisher

And no, reason and logic are not masculine instruments of oppression. To suggest that they are is an insult to women.

Richard Dawkins Unweaving the Rainbow


As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy.

Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) English historian The Judgement of Nations (1942)


Dream as if you’ll live forever and live as if you’ll die tomorrow.

James Dean


There is love, and there is work; and we have only one heart.
Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917)


A memory is what is left when something happens, and does not completely unhappen.

Edward de Bono


The graveyards are full of indispensable men.

Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French statesman and soldier


No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.

Agnes De Mille (1905-1993) American dancer, choreographer


To dance is to be out of yourself, larger, more powerful, more beautiful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.

Agnes De Mille (1905-1993) American dancer, choreographer


I'm not a big one for "my nation, right or wrong." I've always been extremely uneasy with the argument that "might makes right". But sometimes my nation is right, and sometimes might is the correct answer. Sometimes when the entire world condemns you all it proves is that they value different things. What's good for them may not be good for us. War is bad, but sometimes all the alternatives are worse.

Steven Den Beste (contemp.) American essayist, engineer U.S.S. Clueless (1 Sep. 2002)


Every day, the dog and I, we go for a tramp in the woods. And he loves it! Mind you, the tramp is getting a bit fed up!

Jerry Dennis


Bravery is not a function of firepower.

J. C. Denton, Deus Ex


A bomb's a bad choice for close-range combat.

J. C. Denton, Deus Ex


There is always, in any good list, a sort called “other”.

Morlenden Deren


Memorize quotes. They’re useful in ending and winning arguments. Then again, so are semi-automatic weapons.

Tony Detharidge


[But] I've spent a lot of my life working in New Guinea [on bird evolution] among technologically primitive people. The average New Guinean is smarter, more alert, more interested and more engaged than the average white American.
Jared Diamond,  Guns Germs and Steel


Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
Nick Diamos


One time I figured out this: if you aren't brave, it doesn't matter what other virtues you have, because you aren't going to act them out. What good does it do to be able to see truth if you're too chickenshit to act on the basis of what you see? I finally reduced all human virtues to one: bravery.

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) American writer


What he did not know then is that it is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) American writer VALIS


The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) American writer


I hope, for His sake, that God does not exist -- because if He does, He has an awful lot to answer for.
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) American writer


It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.

Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities, spoken by Sydney Carter


Because I could not stop for Death, he kindly stopped for me. The carriage held but just ourselves, and immortality.

Emiliy Dickinson


It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.

Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) German-American actress, singer


All things can be cured by salt water: sweat, tears, or the ocean.

Isak Dinesen (1885-1962) Danish writer [pseud. of Karen Christence, Countess Blixen]


If they're selling elephants two for a quarter, that's a great bargain. But only if you have a quarter -- and only if you need elephants.

David N. Dinkins (b. 1927) American politician On a great land deal for the city; quoted by Leonard Buder, _New York Times_


Cat-lovers will no doubt point out that the elegance and dignity of cats are the consequence of their sojourn in the temples of the gods, where their attitudes and movements were regarded as divine prognostications. Be that as it may, it is obvious that the cat's wealth of expressions make it an ideal candidate for such a role. Unlike the dog, which either wags its tail or does not wag its tail, the cat possesses a wide range of means to convey its emotions: It arches its back, makes its fur stand on end, meows, rubs itself against furniture and against humans, purrs, lashes its tail, spits, and hisses. The priests of Bacht, therefore, had ample material for interpretation.
Philippe Diolé, French biologist. "At the Service of the Heart"


A woman did what a woman had to, the best way she knew how. To do more was impossible, to do less, unthinkable.

Dirisha, “The Man Who Never Missed”


Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) English politician and author


Frank and explicit — that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) English politician and author Sybil, "The Gentleman in Downing Street," bk 6, ch 1 (1845)


Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) English politician and author The Infernal Marriage (1834)


"I'd totally forgotten," Sagar [Mrs. Dutta's son] says. "How can you keep track of all those old, old things?"

Because it is the lot of mothers to remember what no one else cares to, Mrs. Dutta thinks. To tell those stories over and over, until they are lodged, perforce, in family lore. We are the keepers of the heart's dusty corners.

Chitra Divakaruni, "Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter," in The Best American Short Stories 1999, ed. Amy Tan


Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.

Missy Dizick


You know how dumb the average person is? Well, by definition, half of them are dumber than “that”!

J.R. “Bob” Dobbs


Then there's the giant tentacle creature. Which is probably the most awesome collection of polygons we've seen in a 3D game. Naturally you want to unload several thousand rounds into its face. Except it hasn't got a face. And anyway, that's the worst thing you can do because it hunts by sound, menacingly tippity-tapping away on the metal grates surrounding it.... The tentacle beast... obviously resides in the lovely warmth of a missile silo, just below the main engines of a rocket. Firing that rocket immediately becomes your sole reason for existence.

Mark Donald of PC Gamer UK, reviewing the game “Half-Life”


No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

John Donne (1572-1631) English poet Devotions on Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII (1624)


No one holds command over me. No man. No god. No prince. What is the claim of age for ones who are immortal? Call your damnable hunt. We shall see who I drag screaming into hell with me.

Gunther Dorn; Vampire: the Masquerade


Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) Russian novelist "Celebrating a Lie"


Living in Los Angeles is not blameworthy per se.

Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980) US Supreme Court (1939-75) Lambert v. California (1958)


I used to want to die so bad, it was all I could think about, like oh, if I was dead would this person care, or oh, if I was dead, I wouldn’t feel like this, etc. But then one day I began to realize that I really did not want to die at all. What I REALLY wanted, was to start living.

Jacey Dowery


Beware the fury of a patient man.

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet, dramatist, critic Absalom and Achitophel, pt. 1, l. 1005 (1681)


They have so much. No wonder they understand us so little, who are so poor. Perhaps they don’t even understand the anger that the hungry feel when the full go by, unthinking . . .

Diane Duane -----My Enemy, My Ally


The meek had, after all, inherited Vulcan: The Rihannsu had gone out and conquered the stars.

Diane Duane -----The Romulan Way


The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

Charles Du Bos

If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.

Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) American dancer, feminist


Efficiency is intelligent laziness.

David Dunham (contemp.)


A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.
Irina Dunn, commonly misattributed to Gloria Steinem who had quoted Dunn


And that's the world in a nutshell, an appropriate receptacle.

Stan Dunn


A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case.

Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) American humorist and journalist Mr. Dooley's Opinions, "Casual Observations" (1901)


A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
Lord Dunsany The Laughter of the Gods


Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.

William James Durant (1885-1981) American historian, teacher, philosopher Life (18 Oct. 1963)


Why is it the biggest outcries against same sex marriage always come from places attempting to uphold the sacred bond between a man and his cousin?
Will Durst

You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being, not because anybody says so, not because you’re successful, not because you make a lot of money, but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.

Wayne Dyer


People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.

Bob Dylan


Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.
Freeman Dyson Infinite in All Directions