Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual — and the soul of a people.

Anwar el-Sadat (1918-1981) Egyptian soldier and statesman


Kids’ views are often just as valid as the teachers’. The best teachers are the ones that know that.

Morley Saefer


If America cannot win a war in a week, it begins negotiating with itself.
William L. Safire


But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

Carl Sagan (1934-1996) American scientist and writer


To make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.
Carl Sagan (1934-1996) American scientist and writer


My parents were not scientists. They knew almost nothing about science. But in introducing me simultaneously to skepticism and to wonder, they taught me the two uneasily cohabiting modes of thought that are central to the scientific method.
Carl Sagan (1934-1996) American scientist and writer The Demon-Haunted World


When you make the finding yourself -- even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light -- you'll never forget it.

Carl Sagan (1934-1996) American scientist and writer


Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen.

Mort Sahl (b. 1927) Canadian-American humorist


If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the workers to gather wood, don't divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French aviator and writer


It is such a secret place, the land of tears.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French aviator and writer


I have no right to say or do anything that diminishes a man in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him, but what he thinks of himself. Hurting a man in his dignity is a crime.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French aviator and writer


On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur... L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux... (It is only with the heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.)

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French aviator and writer


What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens Reminiscences


Most people are worried about their own bellies and other people's souls, while we should all be worried about other people's bellies and our own souls.

Rabbi Israel Salanter (1810-1883) Lithuanian scholar, founder of Musar movement [Israel Lipkin]


If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe.

Robert Cecil, Lord Salisbury (1830-1903) British politician


Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.

Sallust (c. 86-35 BC) Roman historian and politician [Gaius Sellustius Crispus] History


Poor science. We look to it to extend our lifespan, explain our origins, chart the stars, shrink the globe, and make us sexy until our dying day. But do we revere it? Adore it?

Stephanie Salter


The United States is like the guy at the party who gives cocaine to everybody and still nobody likes him.

Jim Samuels (contemp.) American stand-up comic


Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste, nor condemn him, if we are just, for knowing so human a passion.

George Santayana (1863-1952) Spanish-American poet and philosopher


To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.

George Santayana (1863-1952) Spanish-American poet and philosopher


My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the Universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image to be servants of their own human interests.

George Santayana (1863-1952) Spanish-American poet and philosopher On My Friendly Critics


For 37 years I've practiced 14 hours a day, and now they call me a genius.

Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908) Spanish violinist and composer


Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.

William Saroyan (1908-1981) American writer


If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) French philosopher and writer


Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) French philosopher and writer


We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act.

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) French philosopher and writer


Most people are willing to pay more to be amused than to be educated.

Robert C. Savage (contemp.)


A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.

George Savile, Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695) English politician and essayist


I cannot open the windows from the outside without breaking them; but from the inside, you can lift them with ease.

B. Sbragia


A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) German poet, playwright, critic


The man who fears nothing is as powerful as he who is feared by everybody.
Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) German poet, playwright, critic


You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if its just in your own eyes.

Walter M. Schirra, Sr.


Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind ... the race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Mary Schmich


The notes I handle no better than many pianists, But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!
Arthur Schnabel


Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the correctness, of a belief.

Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931) Austrian physician, playwright, novelist Büch der Spruche und Bedenken


We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves to be like other people.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher


MR. KEATING: We don’t read and write poetry because it is cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law and business are noble pursuits. They are necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance and love; these are what we stay alive for. You are here. Life exists, and identity. The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

Tom Schulman (contemp.) American screenwriter, director Dead Poet's Society (1989)


MR. KEATING: Now, I’d like you to step forward over here. They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? --- Carpe --- hear it? --- Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.

Tom Schulman (contemp.) American screenwriter, director Dead Poet's Society (1989)


My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?

Charles Schulz

There’s nothing like unrequited love to take all the taste out of a peanut butter sandwich.

Charles Schulz


Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
E F Schumacher

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Of course, you could do even better with a dead squirrel.

Fred Schwartz


I believe forgiving them is God's function. Our job is simply to arrange the meeting.

Norman Schwartzkopf (b. 1934) American military leader On forgiving the 9/11 terrorists


There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.

Albert Schweitzer


For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning that all glory is fleeting.

George C. Scott in “Patton”


The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) Scottish writer, historian, biographer


They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist --

John Sedgwick (1813-1864) American army officer Last words to troops during a Civil War battle


There's very little advice in men's magazines, because men don't think there's a lot they don't know. Women do. Women want to learn. Men think, "I know what I'm doing, just show me somebody naked."

Jerry Seinfeld (b. 1955) American comedian


Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God's final word on where your lips end.

Jerry Seinfeld (b. 1955) American comedian


Throughout history it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.

Haile Selassie


And when he came to the place where the wild things are they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws till Max said “BE STILL!” and tamed them with the magic trick of staring into all their yellow eyes without blinking once and they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all and made him king of all wild things. “And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”

Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are


It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.

Rod Serling (1924-1975) American writer


I once cried because I had no shoes until I met a man that had no class.

George Sessum


Sometimes you just have to throw your hands up in the air and say, 'He was dead when I got here'.

George Sessum


And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, “How could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.” And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. “What if Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”

Dr. Seuss


I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.

Dr. Seuss


If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.
Dr. Seuss


Insisting on perfect safety is for people who don't have the balls to live in the real world.

Mary Shafer (contemp.) American aeronautics engineer


Truth is the most powerful thing in the world, since even fiction itself must be governed by it, and can only please by its resemblance.

Anthony Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713) English politician and philosopher


One of the tragedies of modern times is that people have come to believe that something said by someone in the past, perhaps for illustrative or provocation purposes, actually represents that person's beliefs at the time.

Idries Shah (1924-1996) Indian- British writer, Sufi teacher


This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English dramatist and poet Hamlet Act I, Scene III


There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English dramatist and poet Hamlet


Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time, and all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English dramatist and poet Macbeth


“If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English dramatist and poet A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream


We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English dramatist and poet The Tempest, IV.I


Death during adolescence feels unfair. We’re young. We’re invincible. Death is supposed to come with old age. When death breaks into our lives and steals our innocence, its finality leaves us unnaturally older. There are too many elderly young people.

Sara Shandler


Why are they always blaming everything on the rappers? Don't blame the youth. Blame the wicked culture. Every Sunday night on TV, Angela Lansbury taught these kids violence on _Murder, She Wrote_ ... Blame the reruns of _Have Gun, Will Travel_ and _Gunsmoke_.

Rev. Al Sharpton (b. 1954) American clergyman and activist on media coverage of Gangsta Rappers


There's more to life than a tiny tush, and you don't die from embarrassment.

Carole Shaw (contemp.) American singer, publisher, activist When asked the most important things she'd learned in life


If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn’t!

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don’t have it.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic Maxims for Revolutionists


Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


We should be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence. -- on pain of liquidation.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic


Lack of money is the root of all evil.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic Man and Superman (1903)


The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British playwright and critic The Devil's Disciple



I met a traveller from an antique land

Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survived, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:

And on the pedestal these words appear:

`My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Soul meets soul on lover’s lips.

Percy Bysshe Shelley


It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.

Alan Shepherd (1923-1998) American astronaut


A rain came along last night and gently wet San Diego. It cleaned off my car except for a stubborn bird blessing on the hood. I had been staring at it for several days and the rain cleaned everything except that single spot. (sigh) For the most part, things take care of themselves if we just let them, but every now and again we've got to get involved, and dirty our hands.

Jeff Shepherd (contemp.) Jeff's Weekly Quotations, #39 (1994)


In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul.

Lisa T. Shepherd


When someone attaches unkindness to criticism, she's angry. Angry people need to criticize as an outlet for their anger. That's why you must reject unkind criticism. Unkind criticism is never part of a meaningful critique of you. Its purpose is not to teach or to help, its purpose is to punish.

Barbara Sher American Author


Life isn't supposed to be an all or nothing battle between misery and bliss. Life isn't supposed to be a battle at all. And when it comes to happiness, well, sometimes life is just okay, sometimes it's comfortable, sometimes wonderful, sometimes boring, sometimes unpleasant. When your day's not perfect, it's not a failure or a terrible loss. It's just another day.

Barbara Sher American Author


In order for [a] monkey to type the thirteen letters opening Hamlet’s soliloquy [-- To be or not to be --] by chance, it would take 26 to the power of 13 trials for success. This is sixteen times as great as the total number of seconds that have elapsed in the lifetime of our solar system.

Michael Shermer, Why People Believe Weird Things…, 1997


“I retain a few scruples.”
“Well, mostly to amuse myself, I’ll admit.”
Will Shetterly, Why Cats Have No Lord

We forfeit three-forths of ourselves to be like other people.

Arthur Shopenhauer

Trouble is a part of your life, and if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you enough chance to love you enough.

Dinah Shore (1917-1994) American actress, singer


I am not intending to imply insult or judgement here but I am curious to know in order to respond to your posts in an appropriate manner, so please forgive what appears to be, but is not in fact intended as, an insulting question: Are you stupid?
Melinda Shore

Nature abhors a hero. For one thing, he violates the law of conservation of energy. For another, how can it be the survival of the fittest when the fittest keeps putting himself in situations where he is most likely to be creamed?
Solomon Short


It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years. That's what makes a marriage last -- more than passion or sex.

Simone Signoret (1921-1985) German-French actress


I'm not happy. I'm cheerful. There's a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them.

Beverly Sills (b. 1929) American opera singer


Said the old man, “I do that too.”

The little boy whispered, “I wet my pants.”

“I do that too,” laughed the old man.”

Said the little boy, “I often cry.”

The old man nodded, “So do I.”

“But worst of all,” said the boy, “it seems

Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.”

And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.

“I know what you mean,” said the old man.

Shel Silverstein


The great atrocities of our civilization have rarely been the acts of generals or presidents or kings. They have been the doings of petty bureaucrats acting within the strict confines of the law.

Alain Simon


Sometimes even music can’t substitute for tears.

Paul Simon


All lies and jest; still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.

Simon & Garfunkel, “The Boxer”


People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening, People writing songs that voices never share, and no one dare disturb the Sound of Silence.

Simon & Garfunkel, “The Sounds of Silence”


The Europeans were able to conquer America, not because of their military genius, or their religious motivation, or their ambition, or their greed. They conquered it by waging unpremeditated biological warfare.
Howard Simpson


They still believe in God, the family, angels, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other obsolete stuff.

Isaac Singer, on why he began writing for children


It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.

John Sinor


Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and delight in the recognition.

Alexander Smith

“I did not want this. Not this life -- not this pain. There is a limit to what humanity can endure.”
“You’d think there must be.”
David C Smith, Master of Evil


I like aphorisms, they give all the appearance of wisdom without any of that tedious thinking.

Derek Smith


It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

Elinor Smith


To see what students learn in school, look at how they leave school. If they leave thinking that reading and writing are difficult and pointless, that mathematics is confusing, that history is irrelevant, and that art is a bore, then that is what they have been taught. People learn what is demonstrated to them, and this reality will not change to suit the convenience of politicians and educations administrators.

Frank Smith Insult to Intelligence, 1986, p.ix


We underrate our brains and our intelligence. Education has become such a complicated and overregulated activity that learning is regarded as something difficult that the brain would rather not do... But reluctance to learning cannot be attributed to the brain. Learning is one of the brain's primary functions, its constant concern, and we become restless and frustrated if there is no learning to be done. We are all capable of high and unsuspected learning accomplishments without effort.

Frank Smith Insult to Intelligence, 1986, p.18


    SERENDIPITY: I have issues with anyone who treats faith as a burden instead of a blessing. You people don't celebrate your faith; you mourn it.

Kevin Smith (b. 1970) American writer, film director, actor Dogma (1999)


People who object to weapons aren’t abolishing violence, they’re begging for rule by brute force, when the biggest, strongest animals among them were always automatically “right.” Guns ended that, and social democracy is a hollow farce without an armed populace to make it work.

L. Neil Smith, The Probability Broach


If you grow up too much you lose what makes you human.
Leah Smith

To deny we need and want power is to deny that we hope to be effective.

Liz Smith (b. 1923) American entertainment journalist


There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail.

Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946) American-English essayist, editor, anthologist Afterthoughts (1931)


All Reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.

Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946) American-English essayist, editor, anthologist Afterthoughts, ch. 3 (1931)


One cardinal rule of marriage should never be forgotten: “Give little, give seldom, and above all, give grudgingly.” Otherwise, what could have been a proper marriage could become an orgy of sexual lust.

Ruth Smythers , Marriage advice for women, 1894


By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.

Socrates (c.470-399 BC) Greek philosopher


If the whole world depends on today's youth, I can't see the world lasting another 100 years.

Socrates (c.470-399 BC) Greek philosopher


If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a part of his own heart?

Alexander Solzhenitzen (b. 1918) Russian novelist, émigré The Gulag Archipelago


You only have power over people as long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything he’s no longer in your power --he’s free again.

Alexander Solzhenitzen (b. 1918) Russian novelist, émigré


Ever negotiate with lawyers at a huge company? If they saw you drowning 100 feet from the shore, they'd through you a 51-foot rope and say they went more than halfway.

Paul Somerson (contemp.) American technology writer PC Computing (1996)


I have learned of the power of words, and I know that as long as I live I shall choose no other weapon.

S.P. Somtow


Those calamities which we inflict upon ourselves are those which cause the greatest pain.

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex


If you are never scared, embarassed, or hurt, it means you never take chances.

Julia Soul


Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.

Robert Southey


I am of nothing special; of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.

Nicholas Sparks


Altruism is a fine motive, but if you want results, greed works much better.
Henry Spencer


Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.

Benjamin Spock (1903-1998) American pediatrician, writer, activist

The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, "Preparing for the Baby" (1946)


If you speak three languages, you are trilingual. If you speak two languages, you are bilingual. If you speak one language, you are American.

Sonny Spoon


Under any conditions, anywhere, whatever you are doing, there is some ordinance under which you can be booked.

Robert D. Sprecht (contemp.) RAND Corp. analyst


Those who say it is better to die free than to live as a slave must think long and truly before they say it.
Christopher Stassheff


Morality is only moral when it is voluntary.

Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936) American journalist


There’s a responsibility in being a person. It’s more than just taking up space where air would be.

John Steinbeck, East of Eden


Whether we like it or not, the natural and the human environment are inseparable. It would be a great mistake to try to completely erase human traces from any part of the landscape. We need to protect the natural world, but we also need to protect reminders of the human past so that we can learn from them.

Bonnie Stepenoff (b. 1949) American writer "Landscapes Remember"


The key to being a good manager is to keep the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
Casey Stergal


Universities, even modern universities, are not in the business of maintaining security over information. On the contrary, universities, as institutions, predate the 'information economy' by many centuries and are not-for-profit cultural entities, whose reason for existence (purportedly) is to discover truth, codify it through techniques of scholarship, and then teach it. Universities are meant to pass the torch of civilization, not just download data into student skulls, and the values of the academic community are strongly at odds with those of all would-be information empires. Teachers at all levels, from kindergarten up, have proven to be shameless and persistent software and data pirates. Universities do not merely 'leak information' but vigorously broadcast free thought.

Bruce Sterling, The Hacker Crackdown

Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone.

G. B. Stern (1890-1973) British Writer [Gladys Bronwyn Stern]


When I was very young, I was disgracefully intolerant but when I passed the thirty mark I prided myself on having learned the beautiful lesson that all things were good, and equally good. That, however, was really laziness. Now, thank goodness, I’ve sorted out what matters and what doesn’t. And I’m beginning to be intolerant again.

G. B. Stern (1890-1973) British Writer [Gladys Bronwyn Stern]


It is the US that often engages in pointless technological overkill. For example, we spend millions of dollars on warning systems to prevent fighter pilots from flying too fast. The Russians paint a red line on the airspeed indicator and tell the pilots if they exceed it the wings will fall off.

David Sternlight sci.crypt


A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular.

Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1900-1965) American politician


There is nothing more horrifying than stupidity in action.

Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1900-1965) American politician


The world has no room for cowards. We must all be ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die. And yours is not the less noble because no drum beats before you when you go out into your daily battlefields, and no crowds shout about your coming when you return from your daily victory or defeat.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish essayist, novelist, poet


To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish essayist, novelist, poet


The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish essayist, novelist, poet "Virginibus Puerisque" (1881)


Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the truth about men.

John Stoltenberg


    ADAMS [praying to God in song]:
          A little flood, a simple famine, plagues of locusts everywhere,
          Or a cataclysmic earthquake, I'd accept with some despair.
          But no, you send us Congress! Good God, sir, was that fair?

Peter Stone (b. 1930) American writer 1776, with Sherman Edwards (play 1969)


You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your own soul’s doing.

Marie Carmichael Stopes


Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where's it going to end?

Tom Stoppard (b. 1937) Czech-English playwright and screenwriter Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967)


G: I think I have it. A man talking sense to himself is no madder than a man talking nonsense not to himself.

R: Or just as mad.

G: Or just as mad.

R: And he does both.

G: So there you are.

R: Stark raving sane.

Tom Stoppard (b. 1937) Czech-English playwright and screenwriter Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967)


The idea of God is slightly more plausible than the alternative proposition that, given enough time, some green slime could write Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Tom Stoppard (b. 1937) Czech-English playwright and screenwriter


Our names shouted in a certain dawn...a message... a summons... There must have been a moment, at the beginning, where we could have said - “no.” But some how we missed it.

Tom Stoppard (b. 1937) Czech-English playwright and screenwriter


I’ve lost all capacity for disbelief. I’m not sure I could even rise to a little gentle skepticism.

Tom Stoppard (b. 1937) Czech-English playwright and screenwriter


We are slaves to a language that makes up for in obscurity what it lacks in style.

Tom Stoppard (b. 1937) Czech-English playwright and screenwriter


We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.

Tom Stoppard (b. 1937) Czech-English playwright and screenwriter


I agree with everything you say, but I would attack to the death your right to say it.

Tom Stoppard (b. 1937) Czech-English playwright and screenwriter


What makes a marriage last is for a man and a woman to continue to have things to argue about.

Rex Stout (1886-1975) American writer


The problem with an alarm clock is that what seems sensible when you set it seems absurd when it goes off.

Rex Stout (1886-1975) American writer "The Rodeo Murder"


The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) American author


So we're just in this maze for now, trying to figure out if that glint in the distance is daylight, or a Minotaur with an Uzi.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer


The universe considers me its personal cat toy.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer


   VIR: I'd like to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and stick it on a pike as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come with too high a price. I want to look up into your lifeless eyes and wave, like this. Can you and your associates arrange that for me, Mr. Morden?

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


   DELENN: The Universe puts us in places where we can learn. They are never easy places. But they are right. Wherever we are is the right place, at the right time. The pain that sometimes comes is part of the process of constantly being born.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


LONDO: The quiet ones change the universe. The loud ones just take the credit.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


G'KAR: By G'Quon I can't recall the last time I was in a fight like that! No moral ambiguity, no hopeless battle against ancient and overwhelming forces. They were the bad guys, as you say, and we were the good guys! And they made a very satisfying thump when they hit the floor!

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5, "A Late Delivery from Avalon" (1996)


MARCUS: Touch passion when it comes your way...It’s rare enough as it is. Don’ t walk away when it calls you by name.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


   G’KAR: The universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: Energy, Matter, and Enlightened Self-Interest.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


LONDO: There comes a time when you look into the mirror and realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. Then you accept it, or you kill yourself. Or, you stop looking into mirrors.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


MARCUS: You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair; then I thought, 'Wouldn't it be much worse if life *were* fair, and all the terrible things that happened to us come because we actually deserved them?' So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5, "A Late Delivery from Avalon" (1996)


DELENN: Without the hope that things will get better, that our inheritors will have a future that is richer and fuller than our own, life is pointless, and evolution is vastly overrated.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


G’KAR: Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope; the death of dreams; against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting in moments of transitions to be borne in moments of revelation.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


LONDO: Do you understand? No, of course not. You have that vacant look in your eyes that says, ‘Put my head to your ear, and you shall hear the ocean.’

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


DELENN: The heart does not recognize boundaries on a map, or wars, or political policies. The heart does as the heart does.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


   IVANOVA: You're having delusions of grandeur again.
   MARCUS: Well, if you're going to have delusions, you may as well go for the really satisfying ones.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5, "The Summoning"


LONDO: The universe is already mad. Everything else is redundant.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


G’KAR: No dictator, no invader can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


GARIBALDI: It’s easy to find something worth dying for...the hard part is finding something worth living for...

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


G’KAR: Our thoughts form the universe, they always matter.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5


   ZATHRAS: Yes, Zathras is used to being beast of burden to other people's needs. Very sad life. Probably have very sad death. But at least there is symmetry.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5, "War Without End"


   LONDO: Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you.

J. Michael Straczynski (b. 1954) American screenwriter, producer, writer Babylon 5: “In the Beginning” (1998)


You have been told that Real Life is not like college, and you have been correctly informed. Real Life is more like high school.

Meryl Streep (b. 1949) American actress Commencement Address


After finding no qualified candidates for the position of principal, the school board is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of David Steele to the post.

Philip Streiffer American school superintendent, Barrrington, RI Superintendent of Schools, Barrington, RI


I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves.
August Strindberg


To fall in love is easy, even to remain in love is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But it is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade though who’s steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be.
Anna Loise Strong


There are only two kinds of programming languages: those people always bitch about and those nobody uses.

Bjarne Stroustrup

A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.

Mildred W. Struven American Christian Scientist, housewife


To sit alone with my conscience will be judgement enough for me.

Charles William Stubbs (1845-1912) British cleric (Bishop of Truro)


A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it.

William Styron


   MRS. CADBURY: Tell me what you know about yourself.
   ANNE SHIRLEY: Well, it really isn't worth telling, Mrs. Cadbury... but if you let me tell you what I *imagine* about myself you'd find it a lot more interesting.

Kevin Sullivan (contemp.) Canadian screenwriter, director, producer

Anne of Green Gables (with J. Wiesenfeld, books by L. M. Montgomery) (1985)


To this day, no one has settled the controversy over whether Christ's body is literally present in the bread and wine of the Communion.  This is unfortunate, since many people were executed for their divergent opinions on this issue.  It would be nice to know which ones got burned by mistake.
Frank Sulloway,  Born to Rebel


Men never cling to their dreams with such tenacity as at the moment when they are losing faith in them, and know it, but do not dare yet to confess it to themselves.

William Graham Sumner (1840-1910) American economist and sociologist


May your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you strike, fall like a thunderbolt.

Sun-Tzu (fl. 6th C. AD) Chinese general and philosopher [a.k.a. Sun Wu]


Par-runts of rugmonkeys *everywhere* are worrying that their children will want to become Force-wielding breath-masked Sithlords? Sweet Cream-of-Jesus on TOAST POINTS, people!! So now we have to fear that every crib-lizard that loves Anakin Skywalker will become Evil Incarnate. It's been a lovely planet, but I think I need to go, now.

Alan D. Swan (contemp.)


A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance, and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.

Paul Sweeney


[But] maybe what is important doesn’t change. I learned this from Bob Haggart, a good friend in my hometown of Syracuse, New York. Bob had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1988 and was not doing well. He wouldn’t live to see the new millennium. I wanted to get his perspective, as someone who knows death is real, about what is important and enduring. But before I could do so, his wife, Brenda, called. Bob was in the hospital. He was too sick to see visitors or to write his regular newspaper column for the Syracuse Post-Standard. Then on Valentine’s Day a column by Bob - written on a word processor sneaked into his hospital room by one of his colleagues - appeared in the Post-Standard. “This is my Valentine to Brenda,” it reads. “Unfortunately, this Valentine will not look or taste as good as those hearts that grade-school teachers in Kansas helped me cut out and paste on big pieces of red paper. ... So here is my Valentine, composed in my head as Brenda sleeps beside me on my hospital bed. The paper and paste of my Valentine hold straight and true the best words I have ever written in my life. Bob loves Brenda forever.” Eleven days later Bob died. I never got to see him or thank him for answering my question. Love endures.

Joel L. Swerdlow (contemp) Making Sense of the Millennium


We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) English writer and churchman Thoughts on Various Subjects


When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) English writer and churchman Thoughts on Various Subjects


Happiness is an imaginary condition formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

Thomas Szasz (b. 1920) Hungarian-American psychiatrist, educator The Second Sin, "Happiness"


People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.

Thomas Szasz (b. 1920) Hungarian-American psychiatrist, educator The Second sin, "Personal Conduct" (1973)