I’ve never been a classic diarist. Recording quotes, poems, book passages, and dialogue has always been my own way of journaling to understand my thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Three decades later and the result is near-eidetic memory for quotation and citation. It’s my version of a party trick. I continue to update this page as new quotes are added to my personal log.

Anais Nin

“We see things as we are, not as they are.”

John Dewey

“A problem well put is half solved.”

Yuval Noah Harari

“The scientific revolution has not been a revolution of knowledge. It has been above all a revolution of ignorance. The great discovery that launched the scientific revolution was the discovery that humans do not know the answers to their most important questions.”

James Baldwin

“Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man that hated and this was an immutable law.”

Simone de Beauvoir

“I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end.”

Stephen Covey

“When you defend those who are absent, you retain the trust of those present.”

Hua Hsu

“Derrida remarked that friendship’s driver isn’t the pursuit of someone who is just like you. A friend, he wrote, would ‘choose knowing rather than being known.’ I had always thought it was the other way around.”


“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

E.O. Wilson

“The real problem of humanity is the following: we have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and God-like technology.”

Victor E. Frankl

“Between stimulus and response there is a space.”