In a fight between you and the world, back the world.

Franz Kafka


I’m not so constituted as to always return honesty for honesty, but I will return lie for lie without hesitation or guilt.

D. Kami Dan’shir


The way I see it, the world is divided into those go after what they want and those who don't. The passionate ones, the ones who go after what they want, may not get what they want, but they remain vital, in touch with themselves, and when they lie on their deathbeds, they have few regrets. The ones who don't go after what they want ... well, who gives a shit about them anyway?

Charlie Kaufman (contemp.) film producer, writer Being John Malkovitch (1999)


I once complained to my father that I didn't seem to be able to do things the same way other people did. Dad's advice? 'Margo, don't be a sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep.'

Margo Kaufman (1953-2000) American writer, humorist


The only thing worse than a man you can't control is a man you can.

Margo Kaufman (1953-2000) American writer, humorist


Dammit boss, I like you too much not to say it. You’ve got everything, except one thing: Madness. A Man needs a little madness or else... he never dares cut the rope, and be free.

Nikos Kazantzakis Zorba the Greek


Only in their dreams can men be truly free. Twas always thus, and always thus will be.
John Keating (character, Dead Poet’s Society)


Aldous Huxley said that an intellectual was a person who had discovered something more interesting than sex.  A civilised man, it might be said, is someone who has discovered something more satisfying than combat.
John Keegan, A History of Warfare


I believe that sometimes you have to look reality in the eye and deny it.
Garrison Keillor (b. 1942) American entertainer, author


This life we have is short, so let us leave a mark for people to remember.

Kip Keino (b. 1940) Kenyan athlete explaining why he adopted and educated 69 orphan children


Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968) American author and lecturer


No loss of flood and lightning, no destruction of cities and temples by hostile forces of nature, has deprived man of so many noble lives and impulses as those which his intolerance has destroyed.

Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968) American author and lecturer


Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature. ... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968) American author and lecturer


There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.

Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968) American author and lecturer


Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.

Mary Ellen Kelley (contemp.) In Hope Dance magazine


We has met the enemy, and he is us.

Walt Kelly ( ) Pogo


A good speech should be like a woman's skirt - short enough to keep your attention, but not so short that it wasn't worth bothering with in the first place.

Tommy Kelsall


It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.

Sally Kempton (b. 1943) American writer, feminist


Things equal out pretty well. Our dreams seldom come true, but then neither do our nightmares.

Charles Kennedy (1871-1950) Anglo-American dramatist


Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) US President (1961-63)


To know what is right and not to do it, is the worst cowardice.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) US President (1961-63)


Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) US President (1961-63)


What is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.

Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968) American politician


It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and injustice.

Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968) American politician

Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, South Africa (1966)


The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones that are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.

Jack Kerouac


You have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plum crazy.

Ken Kesey


A man who says, ‘we’re on the road to disaster’, is seldom trying to wrench the wheel away from the driver.

Ken Kesey

It happened that a fire broke out backstage in a theater. The clown came out to inform the public. They thought it was a jest and applauded. He repeated his warning. They shouted even louder. So I think the world will come to an end amid the general applause from all the wits who believe that it is a joke.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish theologian


People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish theologian


To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose one’s self.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish theologian


Wherever I go, people are waving at me. Maybe if I do a good job, they’ll use all their fingers.

Frank King, Winter Olympic Games organizing committee chairman.


In the end, it's not the words of our enemies we will remember, but the silence of our friends.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) American clergyman and reformer


One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) American clergyman and reformer


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) American clergyman and reformer


We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) American clergyman and reformer


If a man hasn't discovered something that he would die for, he isn't fit to live.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) American clergyman and reformer Speech in Detroit (23-Jun-1963)


I think that we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better.
Stephen King, Danse Macabre


Maybe there aren’t any such things as good friends or bad friends - maybe there are just friends, people who stand by you when you’re hurt and who help you feel not so lonely. Maybe they’re always worth being scared for, and hoping for, and living for. Maybe worth dying for, too, if that’s what has to be. No good friends, No bad friends. Only people you want, need to be with; people who build houses in your heart.

Stephen King, It


Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

Stephen King


We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.

Stephen King

I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs.

Stephen King


Show me a man or a woman alone and I’ll show you a saint. Give me two and they’ll fall in love. Give me three and they’ll invent that charming thing we call ‘society.’ Give me four and they’ll build a pyramid. Give me five and they’ll make one an outcast. Give me six and they’ll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they’ll reinvent warfare.

Stephen King, The Stand


   GILES: Grave robbing? That's new, interesting.
   BUFFY: I *know* you meant to say 'gross and disturbing.'
   GILES: Yes, of course. It's a terrible thing, must put a stop to it.

Ty King (contemp.) American screenwriter Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Some Assembly Required" (1997)


The person who doesn’t fit in with our notions of who is worthy of our love - the bag lady at the corner, the strange man who rides through town on a three wheel bike all strung up with flags - is just the person who, by not fitting into out patterns, insists that we expand not only our views but also our capacity to love. Today see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those whom you can give it easily, but also those who need it so much.

Daphne Rose Kingma


Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

Rudyard Kipling


She who faces Death by torture for each life beneath her breast, May not deal in doubt or pity-must not swerve for fact or jest... For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Rudyard Kipling


Words can destroy. What we call each other ultimately becomes what we think of each other, and it matters.

Jeane Kirkpatrick


The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.

Henry Kissinger (b. 1923) German-American diplomat


There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

Henry Kissinger (b. 1923) German-American diplomat


A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.

Knights of Pythagoras


We all deceive. Some of us deceive the whole world, every single fellow creature we meet. Some of us deceive only selected people, wives and lovers, mothers and fathers. And some of us deceive only ourselves. But none of us is totally honest with everyone all the time, in all matters. Hell, the need to deceive is just one more curse that our sorry species has to bear.
Dean Koontz


Any idiot can use a gun; it takes a special kind of idiot to use a sword.
Joseph Kormann

Honor isn't about making the right choices. It's about dealing with the consequences.

Midori Koto (b. 1971) Japanese violinist [a.k.a. Midori Goto, Midori]


I do get scared about the physical danger from drug dealers. But it’s not in the same league as the danger I feel eating an $80 lunch with my privileged friends to discuss hunger and poverty. That’s when my soul feels imperiled.

Jonathan Kozol, journalist (on his work chronicling the lives of the poor in the Bronx.)


We must start to think about these inner-city children as our future entry-level workers. We are told by business leaders as they forge their various alliances and partnerships with poorly funded urban schools. It’s said so frequently that it occasions little stir. Still, it’s fair to ask why we are being urged to see ‘these’ children in quite that specific way. Why are we asked to look at Elio and see a future entry-level worker rather than to see him, as we see our own kids, as perhaps a future doctor, dancer, artist, poet, priest, psychologist, or teacher, or whatever else he might someday desire to be? Why not, for that matter, look at him and see the only thing he really is: a seven-year-old child?

Jonathan Kozol, journalist


Comrade Mao Tse-tung, nowadays that sort of thinking is out of date. You can no longer calculate the alignment of forces on the basis of who has the most men. Back in the days when a dispute was settled with fists or bayonets, it made a difference who had the most men and the most bayonets on each side. Then when the machine gun appeared, the side with more troops no longer necessarily had the advantage. And now with the atomic bomb, the number of troops on each side makes practically no difference to the alignment of real power and the outcome of a war. The more troops on a side, the more bomb fodder.

Nikita Khrushchev Khrushchev Remembers


She would have liked to tell them that behind Communism, Fascism, behind all occupations and invasions lurks a more basic, pervasive evil and that the image of that evil was a parade of people marching by with raised fists and shouting identical syllables in unison.

Milan Kundera (b. 1929) Czech novelist, playwright, poet The Unbearable Lightness of Being


In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
Akiro Kurosawa