Mischief

Bob Marley Page

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!”

- Bob Marley

Source/Notes: Wake Up and Live! on Survival (1979) - Song Lyrics
Swami Vivekananda Page

“Women will work out their destinies — much better, too, than men can ever do for them. All the mischief to women has come because men undertook to shape the destiny of women.”

- Swami Vivekananda

Source/Notes: Pearls of Wisdom
Thomas Paine Page

“Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.”

- Thomas Paine

Source/Notes: The life and writings of Thomas Paine: containing a biography (1908), p. 183, "Thoughts on Defensive War"
Lord Byron Page

“The devil's in the moon for mischief; they Who call'd her chaste, methinks, began too soon Their nomenclature; there is not a day, The longest, not the twenty-first of June, Sees half the business in a wicked way, On which three single hours of moonshine smile — And then she looks so modest all the while!”

- Lord Byron

Source/Notes: Don Juan, Canto I, st. 116
Robert Burton Page

“Tobacco, divine, rare, superexcellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all the panaceas, potable gold, and philosophers stones, a sovereign remedy to all diseases but as it is commonly abused by most men, which take it as tinkers do ale, 'Tis a plague, a mischief, a violent purger of goods, lands, health; hellish, devilish and damned tobacco, the ruin and overthrow of body and soul.”

- Robert Burton

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Mary Oliver Page

“I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.”

- Mary Oliver

Source/Notes: Evidence (2009)
Thomas Jefferson Page

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Saint Augustine Page

“Wine-drinking is the mother of all mischief, the root of crimes, the spring of vices, the whirlwind of the brain, the overthrow of the sense, the tempest of the tongue, the ruin of the body, the shame of life, the stain of honesty, and the plague and corruption of the soul.”

- Saint Augustine

Isaac Watts Page

“For Satan always finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.”

- Isaac Watts

Source/Notes: Divine Songs Attempted in the Easy Language of Children (1715), Song 20: "Against Idleness and Mischief"
Isaac Watts Page

“In works of labour or of skill I would be busy too: For Satan finds some mischief still For idle hands to do.”

- Isaac Watts

Source/Notes: Song 20: Against Idleness and Mischief. - Divine Songs Attempted in the Easy Language of Children (1715)

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Aeschylus Page

“What exists outside is a man's concern; let no woman give advice; and do no mischief within doors.”

- Aeschylus

Aristotle Page

“In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.”

- Aristotle

Source/Notes: Wit and wisdom of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle: being a treasury of thousands of glorious, inspiring and imperishable thoughts, views and observations of the three great Greek philosophers, classified under about four hundred subjects for comparative study (1967 edition)
Jane Austen Page

“Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.”

- Jane Austen

Source/Notes: Emma (1882 edition)
Jeremy Bentham Page

“All punishment is mischief; all punishment in itself is evil.”

- Jeremy Bentham

William Blackstone Page

“The law, which restrains a man from doing mischief to his fellow citizens, though it diminishes the natural, increases the civil liberty of mankind.”

- William Blackstone

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Chris Chocola Page

“Anytime a large, emergency spending bill makes its way through Congress, the potential for mischief is great.”

- Chris Chocola

Henry Fielding Page

“When children are doing nothing, they are doing mischief.”

- Henry Fielding

Source/Notes: Book XV, Ch. 2. - The History of Tom Jones (1749)