Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.

Satchel Paige (1906-1982) American baseball player


If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my children may have peace.

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) American political philosopher and writer


These are the times that try men's souls...Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered: yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809) American political philosopher and writer


When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) American political philosopher and writer


He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) American political philosopher/writer "Dissertation on the First Principles of Government" (1795)


“We are the middle children of history, raised by television to believe that someday we’ll be millionaires and movie stars and rock stars, but we won’t. And we’re just learning this fact,” Tyler said. “So don’t fuck with us.”

Chuck Palahniuk Fight Club


To stand here and try to fix her life is just a big waste of time. People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.

Chuck Palahniuk Survivor


Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed.

Chuck Palahniuk Lullaby


Experts in ancient Greek culture say that people back then didn’t see their thoughts as belonging to them. When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love.

Now people hear a commercial for sour cream potato chips and rush out to buy, but now they call this free will.

At least the ancient Greeks were being honest.

Chuck Palahniuk Lullaby


Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.

Norm Papernick


There was never a place for her in the ranks of the terrible, slow army of the cautious. She ran ahead, where there were no paths.

Dorothy Parker


How can they tell?

Dorothy Parker , on the news that Calvin Coolidge had died


I shall stay the way I am because I do not give a damn.

Dorothy Parker


They sicken of the calm, who know the storm.

Dorothy Parker


She looks like something that would eat its young. (about Dame Edith Evans)

Dorothy Parker


The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Dorothy Parker


If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end... I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.

Dorothy Parker


All I say is, nobody has any business to go around looking like a horse and behaving as if it were all right. You don’t catch horses going around looking like people, do you?

Dorothy Parker


There’s a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.

Dorothy Parker


Lots of real creeps have self-respect. They just have a creepy version of it.

Robert Parker (b. 1932) American writer A Savage Place (1981)


Maybe the matter of understanding has been overrated. Maybe I don't have to understand your situation to sympathize with it, to help you alter it, to be on your side. I've never experienced starvation, either, but I'm opposed to it. When I encounter it, I try to alleviate it. I sympathize with its victims. The question of whether I understand it doesn't arise. … Maybe civilization is possible, if at all, only because people can care about conditions they haven't experienced.

Robert Parker (b. 1932) American writer A Savage Place (1981)


The thing about monsters is, you want to kill them until you meet them, and when you meet them they don't seem monstrous, and killing them begins to seem unkind.

Robert Parker (b. 1932) American writer Crimson Joy (1988)


   "The truth will set you free," Paul said. His voice was angry.
   "Not necessarily," I said. "But *pretend* sure as hell doesn't do it."

Robert Parker (b. 1932) American writer Pastime (1991)


I hadn't smoked in ten or twelve years, but I wished then I'd had a cigarette that I could have taken a final drag on and flipped still burning into the river as I turned and walked away. Not smoking gains in the area of lung cancer, but it loses badly in the realm of dramatic gestures.

Robert Parker (b. 1932) American writer The Judas Goat (1978)


If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French scientist and philosopher


The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French scientist and philosopher Pensees


The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French scientist and philosopher Love and Hate


To him that waits all things reveal themselves, provided that he has the courage not to deny, in the darkness, what he has seen in the light.

Coventry Patmore


Pacifists would do well to study the Siegfried and Maginot Line, remembering that these defenses were forced; that Troy fell; that the wall of Hadrian succumbed; that the Great Wall of China was futile. In war, the only sure defense is offense.

George S. Patton (1885-1945) American soldier


The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his.

George S. Patton (1885-1945) American soldier


This isn't right. This isn't even wrong.

Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) American physicist On a paper submitted by a physicist colleague


   BOSS: I'm just doing my job, Luke. You gotta appreciate that.
   LUKE: Calling it your job don't make it right, Boss.

Donn Pearce (contemp.) American writer, former convict Cool Hand Luke (with Frank Pierson) (1967)


Evil people hate the light because it reveals themselves to themselves. ... They will destroy the light, the goodness, the love in order to avoid the pain of self-awareness. ... [E]vil is laziness carried to its ultimate, extraordinary extreme.

Dr. M. Scott Peck (b. 1936) American writer, behavioral scientist, philosopher The Road Less Traveled (1978)


Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.

William Penn


The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but hold hands.

Alexander Penney


Many people think that if you sing a song of peace, you have peace. What you have is a concert.

Shimon Peres (b. 1923) Polish-Israeli politician


Sure, opposites attract. But one person being a man and the other a woman is about all the opposite most couples can handle.

Bob Perlman


Going to church does not make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.

Lawrence J. Peter (c. 1925-1990) American writer


Heredity is what sets parents of a teenager wondering about each other.
Lawrence J. Peter (c. 1925-1990) American writer


Our children are watching us live, and what we are shouts louder than anything we can say.
Wilferd A. Peterson


A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him.
William Lyon "Billy" Phelps


Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation -- what are they? They are the happiest people in the world.
William Lyon "Billy" Phelps


I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I'm more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.

Emo Phillips (contemp.) American comedian at the Montreal Comedy Festival


Art is not truth; art is the lie which makes us see the truth.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor


Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor


It is my misfortune - and probably my delight - to use things as my passions tell me. What a miserable fate for a painter who adores blondes to have to stop himself putting them into a picture because they don't go with the basket of fruit! ... I put all the things I like into my pictures. The things - so much the worse for them. They just have to put up with it.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor


I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor


There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor


It’s not that you can’t go home again. It’s that most people know better.

Daniel Pinkwater, Fish Whistle


The moment you open your mouth to say one thing about the nature of reality, you automatically have a whole set of enemies who've already said reality is something else.

Robert Pirsig (b. 1928) American philosopher, writer


The world comes to us in an endless stream of puzzle pieces that we would like to think all fit together somehow, but that in fact never do.

Robert Pirsig (b. 1928) American philosopher, writer


The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.

Robert Pirsig (b. 1928) American philosopher, writer Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, ch. 1 (1974)


You shouldn't speak until you know what you're talking about. That's why I get uncomfortable with interviews. Reporters ask me what I feel China should do about Tibet. Who cares what I think China should do? I'm a f---ing actor! They hand me a script. I act. I'm here for entertainment, basically, when you whittle everything away. I'm a grown man who puts on makeup.

Brad Pitt (b. 1963) American actor Time, interview (13 Oct. 1997)


A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

Max Planck (1858-1947) German physicist


How would you like a job where, if you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?
Jacques Plante hockey goalie


There is so much hurt in this game of searching for a mate, of testing, trying. And you realize suddenly that you forgot it was a game, and turn away in tears.

Sylvia Plath


We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

Plato (c.428-347 BC) Greek philosopher


You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
Plato (c.428-347 BC) Greek philosopher


Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen.

Pliny the Younger (c. 61-c. 113) Roman politician, writer [Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus]


Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don’t talk back.
Janet and Greta Podeleski

O God! can I not save one from the pitiless wave? Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?

Edgar Allen Poe, A Dream Within a Dream


Its not what I had feared, but what I had not thought to fear.
Edgar Allan Poe


The most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up there’s no law against whacking them around a little.



Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.

Emily Post


Educators may bring upon themselves unnecessary travail by taking a tactless and unjustifiable position about the relation between scientific and religious narratives. ... Profound but contradictory ideas may exist side by side, if they are constructed from different materials and methods and have different purposes. Each tells us something important about where we stand in the universe, and it is foolish to insist that they must despise each other.

Neil Postman (b. 1931) American psychologist and pedagogue The End of Education (1995)


A sense of shame is not a bad moral compass. I remember how easy it was for my mother to snap me back into line with a simple rebuke: 'I'm ashamed of you. You embarrassed the family.' I would have preferred a beating to those words.

Colin Powell (b. 1937) American military leader, Secretary of State My American Journey


History balances the frustration of "how far we have to go" with the satisfaction of "how far we have come." It teaches us tolerance for the human shortcomings and imperfections which are not uniquely of our generation, but of all time.

Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (1907-1998) US Supreme Court Justice (1972-87)


Setting the AI reactions for a giant spiderbot is pretty easy... hate, hate, hate, hate.

Steve Powers


Huh! Priests! They're all the same. Always telling you you're going to live after you're dead, but you just try it and see the look on their faces.

Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer


The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.

Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer Diggers


Rincewind rather enjoyed times like this. They convinced him that he wasn’t mad because, if he was mad, that left no word at all to describe some of the people he met.

Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer Sourceror


A journalist has a rapist’s mentality. Get in there, get what you want, get out again quick. An interview needn’t last more than fifteen minutes. A good quote for the middle, a good quote for the end, and the rest you make up back at the office.
Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer


If World War Three actually happens, I want to be the one to say, as the mushroom cloud erupts, “Well, that about wraps it up for this lifetime!” If you’ve got say something that’s a great deal better than saying ‘Aaaaarrggghh!’

Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer

People whose concept of ancient history is the first series of Star Trek may be treated with patience, because it’s usually not their fault they were reduced to getting their education from school.
Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer

Real education happens when you pick up a fact here, and another fact there, and put them together and get an insight.
Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer

Most modern fantasy just rearranges the furniture in Tolkien’s attic.
Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer

Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of evil... prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden death, demon...
Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer

You can’t make people happy by law. If you said to a bunch of average people two hundred years ago “Would you be happy in a world where medical care is widely available, houses are clean, the world’s music and sights and foods can be brought into your home at small cost, travelling even 100 miles is easy, childbirth is generally not fatal to mother or child, you don’t have to die of dental abcesses, and you don’t have to do what the squire tells you”, they’d think you were talking about the New Jerusalem and say “yes”.
Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer


People needed to believe in gods, if only because it was so difficult to believe in people.
Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer Pyramids


Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out.
Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer The Light Fantastic

Most books on witchcraft will tell you witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.
Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman) (1990)


His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools -- the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up all three of them in his famous phrase, `You can’t trust any bugger further than you can throw him, and there’s nothing you can do about it, so let’s have a drink.’

Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer


Every dog is two meals away from being a wolf.

Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer


A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.

Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer


Build a man a fire and you keep him warm for a day. Set a man on fire and you keep him warm for the rest of his life.

Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer Jingo


   "From what I remember," replied Crowley, thoughtfully, "-- and we were never actually on what you might call speaking terms -- He wasn't exactly one for a straight answer.   In fact, in fact, He'd never answer at all. He'd just *smile*, as if He knew something that you didn't."
   "And of course that's true," said the angel. "Otherwise, what'd be the point?"

Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman) (1990)


   "Perhaps this isn't just a test of the world," said Crowley. "It might be a test of you people, too. Hmm?"
   "God does not play games with His loyal servants," said the Metatron, but in a worried tone of voice.
   "Whooo-eee," said Crowley. "Where have you *been*?"

Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman) (1990)


... God moves in extremely mysterious, not to say, circuitous ways. God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players (i.e., everybody), to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who *smiles all the time.*

Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman) (1990)


The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. (This is not actually true. The road to Hell is paved with frozen door-to-door salesmen. On weekends many of the younger demons go ice-skating down it.)

Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman) (1990)


People who used magic without knowing what they were doing usually came to a sticky end. All over the entire room, sometimes.

Terry Pratchett (b. 1948) English writer Moving Pictures


Like its politicians and its wars, society has the teenagers it deserves.

J. B. Priestley (1894-1984) English author, dramatist

The Hell Law says that Hell is reserved exclusively for them that believe in it. Further, the lowest Rung in Hell is reserved for them that believe in it on the supposition that they'll go there if they don't.
The Principia Discordia    The Gospel According to Fred, 3:1

FLAKFIZER: Sorry, two's company, and three's an adult movie.

Pat Proft (b. 1947) American screenwriter Brain Donors (1992)


Debt is the slavery of the free.

Publilius Syrus (d. 42 BC) Roman writer, philosopher


All children wear the sign: ‘I want to be important NOW.’ Many of our juvenile delinquency problems arise because nobody reads the sign.

Dan Pursuit


MICHAEL: If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone.

Mario Puzo (1920-1999) American novelist, screenwriter The Godfather (screenplay with Francis Coppola) (1972)