Mystery Quote

Without looking it up, tell me who said:

"The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."

Was it:
  • Abraham Lincoln?
  • William James?
  • Mohandas K. Gandhi?
  • Irving Berlin?
  • All of the above?
  • Someone else? Namely?

Extra credit if you provide another quote by any of these people.


  1. I'll guess, Ghandi?

    Abe Lincoln - "Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." :)

    That's probably not the kind of quote you had in mind, though!

    Ghandi - "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

  2. My guess is Irving Berlin. Just sounds like something he would say.

    Abe Lincoln: "It is better to remain silent and appear stupid then to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

    Ghandi: "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent."

    James: "The essence of genius is to know what to overlook."

    I love both of those quotes!

  3. My guess is Irving Berling but I don't know why I guessed him.

  4. It was William James.

    "To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking."

    I'm more of a Carl Sagan guy, myself.

    "Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."

  5. Brian was right on this one - it was indeed William James.


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