+ 369 I never took a grant or borrowed a penny from anybody. It was partially because I didn't really know how to do that, but secondly, my pride never would have allowed me to. In the beginning it was about doing it the right way, on the merits of the music. Bryan Adams

+ 287 Pride works frequently under a dense mask, and will often assume the garb of humility. Adam Clarke

+ 256 You don't take a photograph, you make it. Ansel Adams

+ 288 When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. Ansel Adams

+ 297 There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. Ansel Adams

+ 280 It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. Ansel Adams

+ 286 Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. Ansel Adams

+ 296 No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit. Ansel Adams

+ 302 A good photograph is knowing where to stand. Ansel Adams

+ 275 There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. Ansel Adams

+ 293 There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept. Ansel Adams

+ 293 Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution. Ansel Adams

+ 299 A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. Ansel Adams

+ 271 Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. Ansel Adams

+ 306 Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. Ansel Adams

+ 289 Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment. Ansel Adams

+ 291 A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. Ansel Adams

+ 330 In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. Ansel Adams

+ 276 Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. Ansel Adams

+ 289 Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. Ansel Adams

+ 300 I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can! Ansel Adams

+ 310 The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways. Ansel Adams

+ 290 A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into. Ansel Adams

+ 368 Some photographers take reality... and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation. Ansel Adams

+ 318 The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance. Ansel Adams

+ 311 Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. Ansel Adams

+ 348 Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit. Ansel Adams

+ 309 We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium. Ansel Adams

+ 320 To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things. Ansel Adams

+ 372 The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit. Ansel Adams

+ 389 In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular... sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice. Ansel Adams

+ 333 It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators. Ansel Adams

+ 350 There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit. Ansel Adams

+ 353 When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without. Ansel Adams

+ 386 These people live again in print as intensely as when their images were captured on old dry plates of sixty years ago... I am walking in their alleys, standing in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in and out of their windows. Any they in turn seem to be aware of me. Ansel Adams

+ 302 Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams

+ 330 Now to what higher object, to what greater Character, can any Mortal aspire, than to be possessed of all this Knowledge, well digested, and ready at Command, to assist the feeble and Friendless, to discountenance the haughty and lawless, to procure Redress of Wrongs, the Advancement of Right, to assert and maintain Liberty and Virtue, to discourage and abolish Tyranny and Vice? John Adams

+ 268 I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. John Adams

+ 343 Now to what higher object, to what greater Character, can any Mortal aspire, than to be possessed of all this Knowledge, well digested, and ready at Command, to assist the feeble and Friendless, to discountenance the haughty and lawless, to procure Redress of Wrongs, the Advancement of Right, to assert and maintain Liberty and Virtue, to discourage and abolish Tyranny and Vice? John Adams

+ 283 I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. John Adams

+ 257 Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams

+ 295 An intimate Knowledge therefore of the intellectual and moral World is the sole foundation on which a stable structure of Knowledge can be erected. John Adams

+ 286 Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. John Adams

+ 375 Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. John Adams

+ 380 Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide. John Adams

+ 301 Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws. John Adams

+ 280 I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. John Adams

+ 305 Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams

+ 344 All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation. John Adams

+ 313 There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. John Adams

+ 291 Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. John Adams

+ 309 Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. John Adams

+ 299 Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society. John Adams

+ 268 Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. John Adams

+ 230 The happiness of society is the end of government. John Adams

+ 261 Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak. John Adams

+ 303 The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations. John Adams

+ 249 Fear is the foundation of most governments. John Adams

+ 279 The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea. John Adams

+ 246 In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams

+ 245 A government of laws, and not of men. John Adams

+ 315 Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order. John Adams

+ 289 My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived. John Adams

+ 222 Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war. John Adams

+ 295 The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws. John Adams

+ 371 I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth. John Adams

+ 292 Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power. John Adams

+ 282 Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. John Adams

+ 299 I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman. John Adams

+ 249 The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries. John Adams

+ 317 When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more. John Adams

+ 330 I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate. John Adams

+ 247 Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty. John Adams

+ 299 While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill - little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago. John Adams

+ 219 Genius is sorrow's child. John Adams

+ 355 A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man. John Adams

+ 349 The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that... and all the glory of it. John Adams

+ 355 As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children. John Adams

+ 311 Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination - everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell. John Adams

+ 260 Madam, I may be President of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damn business. Chester A. Arthur

+ 307 By sheer force of moral purpose, by clarity of perception, by mastery of detail and benign manipulation of men, he had become, as Henry Adams admiringly wrote him, "the best herder of Emperors since Napoleon. ~ Edmund Morris

+ 234 Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition. Adam Smith

+ 254 The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies God in us. Madame de Stael

+ 299 During my time at Watchung Hills Regional High School, I was fortunate to have a number of teachers who inspired me and filled me with enthusiasm for learning. Adam Riess

+ 283 There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept. Ansel Adams

+ 226 Don’t call a woman insidious.
You are her product.
It is your fate, it is good
To eat Adam’s fruit.
Alexander Alpeev

+ 238 He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which. Douglas Adams

+ 256 He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife. Douglas Adams

+ 266 Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner. Douglas Adams

+ 309 I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. Douglas Adams

+ 270 I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. Douglas Adams

+ 250 In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. Douglas Adams

+ 253 In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri. Douglas Adams

+ 247 It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes. Douglas Adams

+ 219 It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an Airport' appear. Douglas Adams

+ 299 Life... is like a grapefruit. It's orange and squishy, and has a few pips in it, and some folks have half a one for breakfast. Douglas Adams

+ 231 The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't. Douglas Adams

+ 210 Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. Douglas Adams

+ 324 There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened. Douglas Adams

+ 222 You live and learn. At any rate, you live. Douglas Adams

+ 309 Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. Douglas Adams

+ 270 The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79. Douglas Adams

+ 343 He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it. Douglas Adams

+ 259 Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws. Douglas Adams

+ 256 Ah, this is obviously some strange usage of the word 'safe' that I wasn't previously aware of. Douglas Adams

+ 323 The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair. Douglas Adams

+ 275 Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. Douglas Adams

+ 263 Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind - bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space. Douglas Adams

+ 274 Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty- five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things. Douglas Adams

+ 251 Even he, to whom most things that most people would think were pretty smart were pretty dumb, thought it was pretty smart. Douglas Adams

+ 307 I won't close down a business of subnormal profitability merely to add a fraction of a point to our corporate returns. I also feel it inappropriate for even an exceptionally profitable company to fund an operation once it appears to have unending losses in prospect. Adam Smith would disagree with my first proposition and Karl Marx would disagree with my second; the middle ground is the only position that leaves me comfortable. Warren Buffett, The Warren Buffett Way by Robert Hagstrom+

+ 273 There were ten generations from Adam to Noah. This is to teach us the extent of G-d's tolerance; for all these generations angered Him, until He brought upon them the waters of the Flood. There were ten generations from Noah to Abraham. This is to teach us the extent of G-d's tolerance; for all these generations angered Him, until Abraham came and reaped the reward for them all. Pirkei Avot 5:2

+ 282 I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations ... They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison to the Jews. They have given religion to three-quarters of the globe and have influenced the affairs of mankind more and more happily than any other nation, ancient or modern. John Adams, Second President of the United States (From a letter to F. A. Van der Kemp [Feb. 16, 1808] Pennsylvania Historical Society)

+ 254 Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world. Ansel Adams

+ 216 The ambitious climbs up high and perilous stairs and never cares how to come down; the desire of rising hath swallowed up his fear of a fall. Thomas Adams

+ 213 To Adam He said, You listened to your wife, and ate from the tree regarding which I specifically gave you orders, saying, Do not eat from it. The ground will therefore be cursed because of you. You will derive food from it with anguish all the days of your life. Bereshit 3:17

+ 167 God made leather garments for Adam and his wife and He clothed them. Bereshit 3:21

+ 188 Adam knew his wife again, and she gave birth to a son. She named him Seth - Because God has granted (shath) me other offspring in place of Abel, whom Cain had killed. Bereshit 4:25

+ 168 This is the book of the Chronicles of Adam: On the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. Bereshit 5:1

+ 167 He created them male and female. He blessed them and named them Man (Adam) on the day that they were created. Bereshit 5:2

+ 192 Adam lived 130 years, and he had a son in his likeness and form. He named him Seth. Bereshit 5:3

+ 160 Adam lived 800 years after he had Seth, and he had sons and daughters. Bereshit 5:4

+ 174 All the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. Bereshit 5:5

+ 107 If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams

+ 88 If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams

+ 95 This planet has — or rather had — a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much all of the time. Douglas Adams, The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

+ 123 The Prayerbook and the Villager

by Shai Agnon

Shai Agnon (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature) told:

One time, a number of us—myself, Chaim Nachman Bialik, Eliezer Meir Lifshitz, Rabbi Simchah Asaf, Binyamin and others—entered the presence of the great Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kook and discussed the problems of the generation and how to rectify it.

One of the group made a speech in praise of the Torah, which ended by criticizing the many additional laws enacted by the rabbis in every generation. Rabbi Nachman rose in pain, and appeared angry. But he immediately overcame his anger, as was his holy way, and answered quietly: Hearing this has brought to mind a story.

There was once a great rabbi who happened to pass through a village. Night fell, and he had to stay there overnight. He asked the villager at whose house he was staying for a volume of the Talmud, but the villager didn’t have one. He asked for a mishnah—the villager didn’t have. He asked for an Ein Yaakov—the villager didn’t have that either.

Finally, he asked the villager, “Do you have a prayerbook?” The villager brought him an old prayerbook, which contained a commentary that the rabbi read the entire night, and which he enjoyed greatly.

The next day, the rabbi offered to pay a good price for the prayerbook, but the villager refused. The rabbi persisted: “I’ll trade it for a new prayerbook with a fine binding.” But the villager still refused.

“Why?” asked the rabbi.

The villager replied, “Rabbi, every morning when I get up I like to drink something hot, and I warm up the kettle. To make the fire catch quickly, I light a piece of paper and put it under the tinder. Since I don’t have much paper in the house, I rip a page out of the prayerbook and light that. And also, every time I want to smoke my pipe, I rip a page out of the prayerbook to light it.

“I am already an old man, but because there is so much commentary, I still haven’t come to the prayers. All the pages I’ve ripped out really aren’t the prayerbook.”

Malachim Kivnei Adam, pp. 363-65

+ 100 Sustaining the World

by Avraham Shoar

In his youth, the writer, Avraham Shoar, was the chavruta (study partner) of Rav Kook in the beis medrash of Lutzin. He tells that young Avraham Yitzchak’s diligence was extraordinary. If a short amount of time passed without learning Torah, he felt real anguish: a actual physical pain:

One day (tells Avraham Shoar), he told me: “I have decided that two nights a week, we should learn mishmar (extended learning). Two nights a week, let us learn until dawn.”

I remember one such mishmar night, typical of the character of this extraordinary man. We were learning Chulin from the Talmud together. We were engaged in halachic dispute. I stood my ground, and we argued at length until we at last came to a shared understanding.

It was late. We were learning at the bimah. Around us was silence. In the adjoining dormitory, all the students were already asleep. Before us, burning above the holy ark, was the ner tamid—the eternal light. And we took a short rest from our toil and sat and conversed.

He said to me in a secretive voice: “Do you know, perhaps just the two of us are now sustaining the entire world. Perhaps the Holy One, blessed be He, is judging the world right now. And mankind’s sins are being considered, and they outweigh the good.

“Now the angel Michael, the one defender out of a thousand, picks up the words of our Torah learning and places them on the scale, and our words of Torah help outweigh the other side. If so, we have merited to sustain the entire world. And we are still just children. This is the first year that I am wearing tefillin, and as for you, you are not even bar mitzvah.”

As he spoke, I was lifted to the highest worlds. I could see, almost with my own eyes, the heavenly host: the fiery scale, the angels and cherubim. They were weighing the acts of humanity, and behold, they placed upon the scale the page of Chulin that we were learning, with the commentaries of Rashi, Tosafot and the Maharsha. And this page gave merit to the entire world.”

As I sat, submerged in my visions, Avraham Yitzchak’s voice continued. I heard him say with great simplicity: “A day will come when and I will be great in Torah. And then...” He touched me so that I would turn to him, and I saw his face burning, his eyes brilliant and sparkling like fiery coals set in milk. And he whispered: “I will go to the land of Israel, to the holy city of Jerusalem, and I will found a yeshiva there, like Kerem Beyavneh. And students from all over the world will gather there, and ‘from Jerusalem will come forth Torah.’”

These were the youthful dreams of Rav Kook.

These were his desires and yearnings when he had just become bar mitzvah.

Malachim Kivnei Adam, pp. 4-5

+ 86 After Adam was created, there he was in the Garden of Eden all alone. Of course it wasn't good for him to be all by himself, so the Lord came down to visit. "Adam," He said, "I have a plan to make you much, much happier. I'm going to give you a companion, a help mate for you -- someone who will fulfill your every need and desire. Someone who will be faithful, loving, and obedient. Someone who will make you feel wonderful every day of your life." Adam was stunned. "That's sounds incredible!" "Well, it is," replied the Lord. "But it doesn't come for free. In fact, this is someone so special that it's going to cost you an arm and a leg." "That's a pretty high price to pay," said Adam. "What can I get for a rib?"