Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong.

David Fasold (contemp.) American ship salvager, amateur archaeologist


Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency... to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate. The “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is worth any number of old ladies.
William Faulkner (1897-1962), Writers At Work (1958)


An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they chose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why. He is completely amoral in that he will rob, borrow, beg, or steal from anybody and everybody to get the work done.
William Faulkner, Interview in Malcolm Cowley (1958). Writers at Work, First Series


If I were reincarnated, I'd want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.
William Faulkner, Interview in Malcolm Cowley (1958). Writers at Work, First Series


With every passing hour our solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster M13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress.

Ransom K. Ferm


I have argued flying saucers with lots of people. I was interested in this: they keep arguing that it is possible. And that's true. It is possible. They do not appreciate that the problem is not to demonstrate whether it's possible or not, but whether it's going on or not.

Richard Feynmann (1918-1988) American physicist


Scientists take it for granted that it is perfectly consistent to be unsure -- that it is possible to live and *not* know. But I don't know whether everyone realizes that this is true.

Richard Feynmann (1918-1988) American physicist


“So I know why people kill themselves.”
“Okay.” Orley tried to be diffident. “Tell me why, then.”
“They do it because there’s nowhere else to hide.”
Timothy Findley, Headhunter


A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.

Dorothy Fisher

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.

F. Scott Fitzgerald


(Referring to Ernest Hemingway) He’s a great writer. If I didn’t think so I wouldn’t have tried to kill him... I was the champ and when I read his stuff I knew he had something. So I dropped a heavy glass skylight on his head at a drinking party. But you can’t kill the guy. He’s not human.

F. Scott Fitzgerald


I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self- respect and it’s these things I’d believe in even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and that’s the beginning of everything.

F. Scott Fitzgerald


The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying in a subtle, complimentary way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had for dinner the night before.
F. Scott Fitzgerald


I’m not at a fork in the road, I’m at an eggbeater in the road.
Thom Fitzgerald

You couldn’t get a clue during the clue mating season in a field of horny clues if you smeared your body with clue musk and did the clue mating dance.

Edward Flaherty


The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.
Gustave Flaubert

It is only when you recognize that you CAN do what Hitler did that you can consciously choose not to.

Joseph C. Fletcher (1905-1991) American ethicist


Enlightened self-interest is a wonderful thing. Turning on the light can be hard.

Peter Flom (contemp.) Belief-L (24 Jan. 2001)


Money can't buy happiness, but poverty can't buy anything.

Peter Flom (contemp.) Belief-L (6 Jun. 2001)


It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper.

Errol Flynn


Heroes come in many forms. Some are more frightening than others.

Phil Foglio (b. 1957) American cartoonist Bill & Barry - The Heterodyne Boys! (1987)


We are living in a new culture, one of responsibility dodgers and corner cutters. Nobody cares if a thing is right or not. If you try to trace a poor job or craftsmanship back, you will find, inevitably, that nobody did it.

Robert Fontaine


Anyone who says businessmen deal in facts, not fiction, has never read old five-year projections.

Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) American billionaire


Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) American billionaire


A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.

Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913) US President, 1974-77 [b. Leslie Lynch King, Jr.] (1976)


If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) English novelist, essayist, critic Two Cheers for Democracy, "What I Believe"


I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.

Henry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) American clergyman, author, teacher


Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.

Jodie Foster

It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.

Emmet Fox


Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folk have lent to me.

Anatole France (1844-1924) French writer [pseud. for Jaques-Anatole-François Thibault]


The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that it is everything.

Anatole France (1844-1924) French writer [pseud. for Jaques-Anatole-François Thibault]


An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.

Anatole France (1844-1924) French writer [pseud. for Jaques-Anatole-François Thibault]


The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

Anatole France (1844-1924) French writer [pseud. for Jaques-Anatole-François Thibault]


I don't believe the war is simply the work of politicians and capitalists.  Oh no, the common man is every bit as guilty; otherwise, people and nations would have rebelled long ago!  There's a destructive urge in people, the urge to rage, murder, and kill.  And until all of humanity, without exception, undergoes a metamorphosis, wars will continue to be waged, and everything that has been carefully built up, cultivated and grown will be cut down and destroyed, only to start all over again!
Anne Frank (1929-1945) German-Dutch Jewish diarist The Diary of a YoungGirl: the Definitive Edition


I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.

Anne Frank (1929-1945) German-Dutch Jewish diarist The Diary of a Young Girl (1952)


I become more and more convinced people were never really all that homophobic to start with, mostly. They thought they were supposed to be.

Congressman Barney Frank

   HAWKINS: I've got it! I've got it! The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true! Right?
   GRISELDA: Right. But there's been a change: they broke the chalice from the palace!
HAWKINS: They *broke* the chalice from the palace?
   GRISELDA: And replaced it with a flagon.
   HAWKINS: A flagon...?
   GRISELDA: With the figure of a dragon.
   HAWKINS: Flagon with a dragon.
   GRISELDA: Right.
   HAWKINS: But did you put the pellet with the poison in the vessel with the pestle?
   GRISELDA: No! The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon! The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!
   HAWKINS: The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.
   GRISELDA: Just remember that.

Melvin Frank (1913-1988) American screenwriter, director The Court Jester (with Norman Panama) (1956)


Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.

Rose Franken (1925-1966) American novelist and playwright


A clean desk is a sign of an empty mind.

Justice Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) US Supreme Court Justice; jurist and teacher


It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have frequently been forged ... [by] not very nice people.

Justice Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) US Supreme Court Justice; jurist and teacher

United States v. Rabinowitz, 339 US 56, 69 (dissenting) (1950)


We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

Victor Frankl (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer


Humor is another of the soul's weapons in the fight for self-preservation. It is well known that humor more than anything else in the human makeup, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds.

Victor Frankl (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer


No man should judge unless he asks himself in absolute honesty whether in a similar situation he might not have done the same.

Victor Frankl (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer


Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.

Victor Frankl (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer


What is to give light must endure burning.

Victor Frankl (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer


Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher


The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher


I am what I am and that’s all that I am and if I’m supposed to be somebody else, why do I look like me?

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher


There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher


Coincidences throw open a skylight to a universe more mysterious and mischievous than we dare imagine. They tune our ear to the sound of cosmic laughter.
Sylvia Fraser

The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Austrian psychoanalyst and neurologist


He was a strong man, to be sure, and brave in the way that the strong can afford to be brave.
C. S. Friedman Black Sun Rising

Babies are rational.  So are cats.  If you insist on reading the newspaper when you should be petting your cat, the cat solves the problem by lying down on the paper.  I don't know if that tactic is the product of calculation or trial and error -- but it works.
David D. Friedman,  Hidden Order


I never run when it starts raining. I just keep to my same leisurely pace and try to walk between the drops. You get about equally wet either way, but if you run you look stupid. If you walk you just look crazy. There's more dignity in crazy, and it's also less strenuous.
Kinky Friedman


The scientific name for an animal that doesn't either run from or fight its enemies is "lunch."

Michael Friedman


Immature love says: “I love you because I need you.” Mature love says “I need you because I love you.”

Erich Fromm


I am not confused, I'm just well mixed.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) American poet


In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) American poet


The best way out is always through.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) American poet A Servant to Servants (1914)


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -; I took the one less traveled by; And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) American poet


Dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) American poet


I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) American poet


Families break up when people take hints you don't intend and miss hints you do intend.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) American poet Writers at Work: Second Series, Interview with Richard Poirier (1963)


I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.

Robert Fulghum


And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is better to hold hands and stick together.

Robert Fulghum


The line between good and evil, hope and despair, does not divide the world between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Instead it runs down the middle of every one of us.

Robert Fulghum


I want to be 5 yrs. old again. I want to laugh a lot & cry a lot. I want to be picked up & rocked to sleep in someone’s arms, & carried up to bed just one more time. I know what I really want for Christmas. I want my childhood back.

Robert Fulghum


When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

Richard Buckminster Fuller


Heaven is a cheap purchase, whatever it cost.

Thomas Fuller (1654-1734) English writer, physician Gnomologia


Americans are the only people in the world known to me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
Paul Fussell