Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3, 75–77
Falstaff: I will not lend thee a penny.
Pistol: Why then the world’s mine oyster,
Which I with sword will open.
Falstaff: Not a penny.
~William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Act 2, Scene 2, 2–5
Every valuable human being must be a radical and a rebel, for what he must aim at is to make things better than they are.
~Niels Bohr, as quoted in The World of the Atom (1966) by Henry Abraham Boorse and Lloyd Motz, p. 741
Some subjects are so serious that one can only joke about them.
~Niels Bohr, as quoted in The Genius of Science: A Portrait Gallery (2000) by Abraham Pais, p. 24
482. Crimes were committed to punish crimes, and crimes were committed to prevent crimes. The world has been filled with prisons and dungeons, with chains and whips, with crosses and gibbets, with thumbscrews and racks, with hangmen and heads-men–and yet these frightful means and instrumentalities have committed far more crimes than they have prevented . . . . Ignorance, filth, and poverty are the missionaries of crime. As long as dishonorable success outranks honest effort–as long as society bows and cringes before the great thieves, there will be little ones enough to fill the jails.
~Robert Ingersoll, Crimes Against Criminals
When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge.
Money, get away.
Get a good job with good pay and you’re okay.
Money, it’s a gas.
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.
New car, caviar, four-star daydream,
Think I’ll buy me a football team.
~Pink Floyd, “Money“
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes, you just might find
You get what you need
~Jagger-Richards, The Rolling Stones, “Can’t Always Get What You Want,” Let it Bleed (1969)
Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go for a walk.” And when they were out in a field, Cain killed him.
Afterwards the LORD asked Cain, “Where is Abel?”
“How should I know?” he answered. “Am I supposed to look after my brother?”
Do not murder.
You have acted like those sinful kings of Israel and have encouraged the people of Judah to stop worshiping the LORD, just as Ahab and his descendants did. You even murdered your own brothers, who were better men than you.
–2 Chronicles 21:13
You know that our ancestors were told, “Do not murder“ and “A murderer must be brought to trial.”