Power Words

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A considerable number of persons are able to protect themselves against the outbreak of serious neurotic phenomena only through intense work. Karl Abrah Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile. Henry Adams How can they say my life isn't a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten? Cindy Adams We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. Abigail Adams I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way. Franklin P. Adams Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit. Henry B. Adams A genius is one who can do anything except make a living. Joey Adams Success has made failures of many men. Cindy Adams A psychiatrist is a fellow who asks you a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing. Joey Adams Marriage is give and take. You'd better give it to her or she'll take it anyway. Joey Adams A teacher affects eternity; no one can tell where his influence stops. Henry Adams We have not fit men for the times. John Adams Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable. Joseph Addison

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A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes. Joseph Addison Early to bed and early to rise is a bad rule for anyone who wishes to become acquainted with our most prominent and influential people. George Ade An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured. Konrad Adenauer . . . there is no point in our ancestors speaking to us unless we know how to listen. Mortimer J. Adler It is easier to fight for one's principles than live up to them. Alfred Adler Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself. Felix Adler The paper burns, but the words fly away. Ben Joseph Akiba I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humour. Edward Albee Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. Louisa May Alcott If at first you don't succeed you're running about average. M.H. Alderson Often the test of courage is not to die but to live. Conte Vittorio Alfieri In case you're worried about what's going to become of the younger generation, it's going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation. Roger Allen The only thing I regret is that I'm not somebody else. Woody Allen It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens. Woody Allen Most of the time I don't have much fun. The rest of the time I don't have any fun at all. Woody Allen The structure of the joke is . . . the juxtaposition of the trivial and the mundane . . . We have to reconcile the paradox of it all. The joke mirrors that paradox. Woody Allen

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Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted. Fred Allen A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized. Fred Allen Your whole life is a series of effects, having their cause in thought - in your own thought. All conduct is made and molded by thought; all deeds, good or bad, are thoughts made visible. James Allen A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done. Fred Allen An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer. Fred Allen Imitation is the sincerest form of television. Fred Allen Success is like dealing with your kid or teaching your wife to drive. Sooner or later you'll end up in the police station. Fred Allen I commend you to the goddess of ambition. She teaches the great virtues of labour, aggression and perseverance. John Peter Altgeld For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law, it is administered with subhuman efficiency. Eric Ambler Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man. American Proverb Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not to be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt. Henri Frederic Amiel Every nation sincerely desires peace; and all nations pursue courses which if persisted in, must make peace impossible. Sir Norman Angell Actresses don't have husbands, they have attendants. Margaret Anglin The great artist and thinker are the simplifiers. Henri Frederic Aniel A synonym is the word you use when you can't spell the right one and therefore can't find it in the dictionary. Anon Many people quit looking for work when they find a job. Anon

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A sinner can reform, but stupidity is forever. Anon You never have read anything about the "plans and objectives" of the Apostles. The title of the book is "The Acts of the Apostles". Anon If Earthlings cannot co-operate with their fellow inhabitants, what makes them think they can co-operate with the inhabitants of other planets. Anon Among civilized nations reason has always been an occupational hazard. Anon A reactionary is a man whose political opinions always manage to keep up with yesterday. Anon Bigamy is having one husband too many. Monogamy is the same. Anon No productive author can remain a productive author without other productive authors. Anon College professors are people who get what's left over after the football coach is paid off. Anon Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire. Anon Marriage is the price I pay for having hormones. Anon If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. Anon What stronger breastplate than a heart untainted! Anon The girl who has half a mind to become an actress doesn't realize that that's what it requires. Anon Rebellion: A system devised to replace one form of tyranny with another. Anon The primary requisite for any new tax law is for it to exempt enough voters to win the next election. Anon What do you do with the problem solvers after the problem is solved? Anon One real test of will-power is to have the same ailment someone is describing - and not mention it. Anon

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Science is a history of superseded theories. Anon Vanity is the result of a delusion that someone is paying attention. Anon Wealth is not his that has it, but his who enjoys it. Anon What most people consider as virtue after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. Anon When a wife reminds a husband that they're not getting any younger, he can assume that she is about to suggest something expensive. Anon Wise men learn more from fools, than fools do from wise men. Anon Wise people think all they say; fools say all they think. Anon You cannot expect a person to see eye to eye with you when you're looking down on him. Anon On retirement: Twice as much husband on half as much money. Anonymous Wife Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, one must write. Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance. Jean Anouilh Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage. Jean Anouilh The only question left to be settled now is, are women persons? Susan B. Anthony That the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly, they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell. Saint Thomas Aquinas The discontented child cries for toasted snow. Arab Proverb A man profits more by the sight of an idiot than by the orations of the learned. Arabian Proverb Judge a man by the reputation of his enemies. Arabian Proverb You should have seen what a fine-looking man he was before he had all those children. Arapesh tribesman

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Human war has been the most successful of all our cultural traditions. Robert Ardrey A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart. Pietro Aretino There are some jobs in which it is impossible for a man to be virtuous. Aristotle Wit is cultured insolence. Aristotle Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence. Aristotle The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness, and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. Aristotle The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of the circumstances. Aristotle I have learned only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she is having her own way. Second, let her have it. Antony Armstrong-Jones. Lord Snowdon Racism is the snobbery of the poor. Raymond Aron Children grow up so fast. Before you know it, the little girl in the frilly, feminine dress is a woman in blue jeans. Edward Asner It isn't the common man at all who is important; it's the uncommon man. Lady Nancy Astor The only thing I like about rich people is their money. Lady Astor There is a good deal of solemn cant about the common interests of capital and labour. As matters stand, their only common interest is that of cutting each other's throat. Brooks Atkinson Only those in the last stage of disease could believe that children are true judges of character. W.H. Auden Lord give me chastity - but not yet. Saint Augustine A lady's imagination is very rapid: it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment. Jane Austen

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Those who do not complain are never pitied. Jane Austen It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Jane Austen Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. Jane Austen A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. Francis Bacon All things are admired either because they are new or because they are great. Francis Bacon It is as natural to die as to be born, and to a little infant perhaps the one is as painful as the other. Francis Bacon He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. Francis Bacon He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils, for time is the greatest innovator. Francis Bacon He was reputed one of the wise men that made answer to the question, when a man should marry? "A young man not yet, and elder man not at all". Francis Bacon Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable. Francis Bacon Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. Francis Bacon Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue. Francis Bacon What is it then to have or have not wife But single thraldom, or a double strife? Francis Bacon Women - one half the human race at least - care fifty times more for a marriage than a ministry. Walter Bagehot The cure for admiring the House of Lords is to go and look at it. Walter Bagehot Nothing is more unpleasant than a virtuous person with a mean mind. Walter Bagehot

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They who forgive most shall be most forgiven. Philip James Bailey Punctuality is something that if you have it, there's often no one around to share it with you. Hylda Baker A teacher who is consistently fair, kindly and honest - whatever his religious convictions - does more moral good in a school than a year of religious assemblies. Balaam The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in. James Baldwin Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul. Honore de Balzac A woman seen by all is a woman wished for; hence the terrible power of actresses. Honore de Balzac For continued success, study and prepare to accomplish future objectives. Harry F. Banks Women get more unhappy the more they try to liberate themselves. Brigitte Bardot In marriage you are chained, it is an obligation; living with someone is a mutual agreement that is renegotiated and re-endorsed every day. Brigitte Bardot I don't see why people want new plays all the time. What would happen to concerts if people wanted new music all the time? Clive Barnes I am not young enough to know everything. Sir James M. Barrie Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. Sir James M. Barrie A woman can be anything that the man who loves her would have her to be. Sir James M. Barrie I've read some of your modern free verse and wonder who set it free. John Barrymore The trouble with life is that there are so many beautiful women and so little time. John Barrymore In Genesis it says that it is not good for a man to be alone, but sometimes it's a great relief. John Barrymore

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Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances. Bruce Barton The most important thing about getting somewhere is starting right were we are. Bruce Barton Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts. Bernard Baruch Ten ancient commandments lousing up the fun. Along came prosperity and then there were none. Gerald Barzan You don't have to fool all the people all of the time; you just have to fool enough to get elected. Gerald Barzan Trickle, trickle, Trickle, trickle. Give me a buck And I'll give you a nickel. Gerald Barzan Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. Jacques Barzun One man's remorse is another man's reminiscence. Gerald Horton Bath The pleasure of being in crowds is a mysterious expression of sensual joy in the multiplication of Number. Baudelaire It appears on close examination, that work is less boring than amusing oneself. Charles Baudelaire Marriage always demands the greatest understanding of the art of insincerity possible between two human beings. Vicki Baum I knew her when she didn't know where her next husband was coming from. Anne Baxter Never in the history of fashion has so little material been raised so high to reveal so much that needs to be covered so badly. Cecil Beaton. On the miniskirt When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior. Simone de Beauvoir Marriage is traditionally the destiny offered to women by society. Most women are married or have been, or plan to be or suffer from not being. Simone de Beauvoir

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To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job. Simone de Beauvoir You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. Clay P. Bedford There are no women composers, never have been and possibly never will be. Sir Thomas Beecham It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of the voyage. Henry Ward Beecher Whatever is only almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is the more likely to lead astray. Henry Ward Beecher Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it. Henry Ward Beecher Civilized people can talk about anything. Clive Bell The wisest men, in the bulk, are the men who have tilled the earth . . . Hilaire Belloc A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. Saul Bellow A great many people have . . . asked how I manage to get so much work done and still keep looking so dissipated. Robert Benchley The wise man thinks once before he speaks twice. Robert Benchley Great literature must spring from an upheaval in the author's soul. If that upheaval is not present then it must come from the works of any other author which happens to be handy and easily adapted. Robert Benchley It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous. Robert Benchley If we justify war it is because all peoples always justify the traits of which they find themselves possessed. Ruth Benedict Grant us brotherhood, not only for this day, but for all our years - a brotherhood not of words, but of acts and deeds. Stephen Vincent Benet

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Perspective, I soon realized, was a fine commodity, but utterly useless when I was in the thick of things. Ingrid Bengis They are the most embarrassed people in this world, the English. Alan Bennett Taxes are going up so fast that government is likely to price itself right out of the market. Dan Bennett I believe in instinct, not in reason. When reason is right, nine times out of ten it is impotent, and when it prevails, nine times out of ten it is wrong. A.C. Benson If one truly has lost hope, one would not be on hand to say so. Eric Bentley The physical union of the sexes . . . only intensifies man's sense of solitude. Nicolas Berdyaev Governments last as long as the under-taxed can defend themselves against the over-taxed. Bernard Berenson The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Irving Berlin The wish to pray is a prayer in itself. George Bernanos Art is I; science is we. Claude Bernard Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Bible The thing that hath been; it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Bible (Ecclesiastes) It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house. Bible. Proverbs Nepotism: Appointing your grandmother to office for the good of the party. Ambrose Bierce Clergyman: A man who undertakes the management of our spiritual affairs as a method of bettering his temporal ones. Ambrose Bierce Bore: A person who talks when you wish him to listen. Ambrose Bierce

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Plan: To bother about the best method of accomplishing an accidental result. Ambrose Bierce Brain: The apparatus with which we think we think. Ambrose Bierce Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. Ambrose Bierce Saint: A dead sinner revised and edited. Ambrose Bierce President : The leading figure in a small group of men of whom - and of whom only - it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for President. Ambrose Bierce Diagnosis: The physician's art of determining the condition of the patient's purse in order to find out how sick to make him. Ambrose Bierce Prison: A place of punishments, and rewards. Ambrose Bierce Egotist: A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. Ambrose Bierce Success is the one unpardonable sin against one's fellows. Ambrose Bierce Epitaph: A monumental inscription designed to remind the deceased of what he might have been if he had had the will and opportunity. Ambrose Bierce Prophecy: The art and practice of selling one's credibility for future delivery. Ambrose Bierce Push: One of the two things mainly conducive to success, especially in politics. The other is pull. Ambrose Bierce Quotation: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. Ambrose Bierce Redemption is the fundamental mystery of our holy religion, and who believeth in it shall not perish, but have everlasting life in which to try to understand it. Ambrose Bierce Repentance: The faithful attendant and follower of Punishment. It is usually manifest in a degree of reformation that is not inconsistent with continuity of sin. Ambrose Bierce

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Resign: To renounce an advantage for a greater advantage. Ambrose Bierce Restitution: The founding or endowing of universities and public libraries by gift or bequest. Ambrose Bierce Revolution: In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment. Ambrose Bierce Year: A period of three hundred and sixty-five disappointments. Ambrose Bierce Acquaintance: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from but not well enough to lend to. Ambrose Bierce Remember the poor - it costs nothing. Josh Billings Never teach your child to be cunning or you may be certain you will be one of the very first victims of his shrewdness. Josh Billings If a man is right he can't be too radical; if he is wrong, he can't be too conservative. Josh Billings Woman's influence is powerful, especially when she wants something. Josh Billings Confidence is simply that quiet assured feeling you have before you fall flat on your face. Dr. L. Binder. (American historian) He who makes his law a curse, By his own law shall surely die. William Blake No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. William Blake A Robin Red breast in a cage Puts all Heaven in a rage. William Blake Learn to reason forward and backward on both sides of a question. Thomas Blandi Sow an act and you reap a habit. George D. Boardman The secret of power is the knowledge that others are more cowardly than you are. Ludwig Boerne An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field. Niels Bohr. Danish physicist

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No one who cannot halt at self-imposed boundaries could ever write. Nicolas Boileau Motherhood is the biggest on-the-job training scheme in the world. Erma Bombeck An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow. Edwin Booth Most educators would continue to lecture on navigation while the ship is going down. James H. Boren What a man knows should find its expression in what he does; the value of superior knowledge is chiefly in that it leads to a performing manhood. Christian N. Bovee That is partly why women marry - to keep up the fiction of being in the hub of things. Elizabeth Bowen Statistics are for losers. Scotty Bowman A French woman, when double-crossed, will kill her rival; the Italian woman would rather kill her deceitful lover; the English woman simply breaks off relations - but they all will console themselves with another man. Charles Boyer Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents? Peg Bracken The right to be let alone is the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued in civilized man. Justice Louis D. Brandeis We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Justice Louis D. Brandels An actor's a guy who if you ain't talking about him, he ain't listening. Marlon Brando There is just one thing I can promise you about the outerspace programme: Your tax dollar will go farther. Wernher von Braun Men always fall for frigid women because they put on the best show. Fanny Brice For of course the true meaning of a term is to be found by observing what a man does with it, not by what he says about it. P.W. Bridgman

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Get away from the crowd when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, if only for a few hours daily. Arthur Brisbane For some reason, we see divorce as a signal of failure despite the fact that each of us has a right and an obligation to rectify any other mistake we make in life. Dr. Joyce Brothers My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants. J. Brotherton Why in the world are salaries higher for administrators when the basic mission is teaching. Governor Jerry Brown It may be laid down as an axiom that a man who does not live the life of the mob will not think its thought either. Lewis Browne Since when was genius found respectable? Elizabeth Barrett Browning The great mind knows the power of gentleness, only tries force because persuasion fails. Robert Browning When the fight begins within himself, a man's worth something. Robert Browning It is a great misfortune neither to have enough wit to talk well nor enough judgment to be silent. Jean de La Brupere A strict observer is one who would be an atheist under an atheistic king. Jean De La Bruyere There are few wives so perfect as not to give their husbands at least once a day good reason to repent of ever having married, or at least of envying those who are unmarried. Jean de la Bruyere Liberality lies less in giving liberally than in the timeliness of the gift. Jean De La Bruyere There are only two ways of getting on in this world: by one's own industry, or by the weakness of others. Jean de La Bruyere This great misfortune - to be incapable of solitude. Jean de la Bruyere The majority of men devote the greater part of their lives to making their remaining years unhappy. Jean De La Bruyere

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There are only three events in a man's life; birth, life, and death; he is not conscious of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live. Jean De La Bruyere There are some who speak one moment before they think. Jean De La Bruyere Nothing's too good for winners . . . but take defeat with dignity while planning to come back. Paul Bryant I explained to him I had simple tastes and didn't want anything ostentatious, no matter what it cost me. Art Buchwald Through zeal, knowledge is gotten, through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost; let a man who knows this double path of gain and loss thus place himself in that knowledge may grow. Buddha The no-mind not-thinks no-thoughts about no-things. Buddha Style is the man himself. Georges de Buffon Beneath the rule of men entirely great, The pen is mightier than the sword. Edward Bulwer-Lytton Ambition has no rest. E.R. Bulwer-Lytton Life would be tolerably agreeable if it were not for its amusements. E.R. Bulwer-Lytton If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues. E.R. Bulwer-Lytton Nothing can constitute good breeding which has not good nature for its foundation. E.R. Bulwer-Lytton A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power. E.R. Bulwer-Lytton There are no warlike peoples - just warlike leaders. Ralph Bunche The people no longer believe in principles, but will probably periodically believe in saviours. Jacob Burckhardt A woman is but an animal, and an animal not of the highest order. Edmund Burke

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Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Edmund Burke A nation without the means of reform is without means of survival. Edmund Burke The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth. Edmund Burke Superstition is a religion of feeble minds. Edmund Burke The march of the human mind is slow. Edmund Burke Pleasures are like poppies spread: You seize the flower, its bloom is shed; Or like the snow falls in the river: A moment white - then melts forever. Robert Burns Never do today what you can do tomorrow. Something may occur to make you regret your premature action. Aaron Burr Few persons realize how much of their happiness, such as it is, is dependent upon their work, upon the fact that they are kept busy and not left to feed upon themselves. John Burroughs Diogenes struck the father when the son swore. Robert Burton War, like any other racket, pays high dividends to the very few. The cost of operations is always transferred to the people who do not profit. General Smedley Butler Those that fly may fight again, Which we can never do that's slain. Hence timely running's no mean part Of conduct, in the martial art. Samuel Butler A sense of humour keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those that are worth committing. Samuel Butler There are the few who make things happen; the many more who watch things happen and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens. Nicholas Murray Butler Oaths are but words, and words are but wind. Samuel Butler All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income. Samuel Butler

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Every new idea has something of the pain and peril of childbirth about it. Samuel Butler Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. Samuel Butler The souls of women are so small, That some believe they've none at all. Samuel Butler No gold, no Holy Ghost. Samuel Butler Brigands require your money or your life. Women require both. Samuel Butler An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less. Nicholas Murray Butler. American educator Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death. James F. Byrnes A would-be satirist, a hired buffoon, A monthly scribbler of some low lampoon, Condemn'd to drudge, the meanest of the mean, And furbish falsehoods for a magazine. Lord Byron Father of Light, great God Heaven! Hear'st thou the accents of despair? Can guilt like man's be e'er forgiven? Can vice atone for crimes by prayer? Lord Byron Though women are angels, yet wedlock's the devil. Lord Byron Shut up the world at large, let Bedlam out; And you will be perhaps surprised to find All things pursue exactly the same route. Lord Byron A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. Herb Caen There is only one trait that marks the writer. He is always watching. It's a kind of trick of mind and he is born with it. Morley Callaghan Always the gods give small things to the small. Callimachus An honest politician is one who when he's bought stays bought. Simon Cameron I don't understand why girls who wear wigs, false eyelashes, and falsies always complain that there are no REAL men anymore. Glen Campbell

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Marriage is the deep, deep peace of the double bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue. Mrs. Campbell. British actress He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hopes for the human condition is a fool. Albert Camus Every man on the foundation of his own sufferings and joys, builds for all. Albert Camus Every act of rebelling expresses a nostalgia for innocence. Albert Camus There is only one truly philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Albert Camus Those who write clearly have readers; those who write obscurely have commentators. Albert Camus Arrogance, pedantry, and dogmatism are the occupational diseases of those who spend their lives directing the intellects of the young. Henry S. Canby But of all plagues, good Heaven, they wrath can send, Save me, oh, save me, from the candid friend. George Canning I called the New World into existence to redress the balance of the Old. George Canning Truth or tact? You have to choose. Most times they are not compatible. Eddie Cantor It takes twenty years to make an overnight success. Eddie Cantor Words fascinate me. They always have. For me, browsing in a dictionary is like being turned loose in a bank. Eddie Cantor Every age is modern to those who are living in it. Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo A well-written Life is almost as rare as a well-spent one. Thomas Carlyle Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man, but for the one man who can stand prosperity there are a hundred who will stand adversity. Thomas Carlyle I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. Thomas Carlyle

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The universe is but one vast Symbol of God. Thomas Carlyle Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. Thomas Carlyle France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams. Thomas Carlyle Genius (which means transcendent capacity of taking trouble, first of all). Thomas Carlyle History is the essence of innumerable biographies. Thomas Carlyle Nature admits no lie. Thomas Carlyle No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men. Thomas Carlyle No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad. Thomas Carlyle The true University of these days is a collection of books. Thomas Carlyle As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. Andrew Carnegie Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think. Dale Carnegie As to virtue . . . it is an act of the will, a habit which increases the quantity, intensity and quality of life. It builds up, strengthens and vivifies personality. Alexis Carrel Man cannot remake himself without suffering. For he is both the marble and the sculptor. Alexis Carrel Dressing with style is akin to issuing a manifesto; dressing fashionably is like signing a petition. Quentin Crisp and Donald Carroll Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it. Lewis Carroll When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less. Lewis Carroll Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves. Lewis Carroll

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In time of war the first casualty is truth. Boake Carter I'd rather eat shit than wear a suit. Billy Carter Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise. George Washington Carver Medicine in the hands of a fool is poison, just as poison becomes medicine in the hands of the wise. Giacomo Casanova I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do. Willa Cather The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new. Cato It is a difficult matter to argue with the belly since it has no ears. Cato I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone. Edith Cavell A private sin is not so prejudicial in the world as a public indecency. Miguel de Cervantes Valour lies just half way between rashness and cowheartedness. M.de Cervantes Good actions ennoble us, and we are sons of our own deeds. M.de Cervantes Tell me what company thou keepest, and I'll tell thee what thou art. M.de Cervantes A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. M.de Cervantes Many men and women enjoy popular esteem not because they are known, but because they are not known. Sebastian Chamfort Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. E.H. Chapin Humility is not a weak and timid quality, it must be carefully distinguished from a groveling spirit. There is such a thing as an honest pride and self-respect. Edwin H. Chapin

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I remain just one thing, and one only - and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician. Charles Chaplin Of Presbyterianism: Not a religion for gentlemen. Charles II I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse. Charles V Traditional nationalism cannot survive the fissioning of the atom. One world nor none. Stuart Chase In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence. Cesar Chavez Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable. Chekhov The passion of ambition is the same in a courtier, a soldier, or an ecclesiastic; but, from their different educations and habits, they will take very different methods to gratify it. Lord Chesterfield Since attaining the full use of my reason no one has every heard me laugh. Earl of Chesterfield He makes people pleased with him by making them first pleased with themselves. Lord Chesterfield It is not to be imagined by how many different ways vanity defeats its own purpose. Lord Chesterfield The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet. Lord Chesterfield Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough. Lord Chesterfield A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. Gilbert Keith Chesterton A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things. G.K. Chesterton Free verse is like free love; it is a contradiction in terms. G.K. Chesterton Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution. G.K. Chesterton

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All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change. G.K. Chesterton The full potentialities of human fury cannot be reached until a friend of both parties tactfully intervenes. G.K. Chesterton Why shouldn't we quarrel about a word? What is the good of words if they aren't important enough to quarrel over? Why do we choose one word more than another if there isn't any difference between them? G.K. Chesterton As enunciated today, "progress" is simply a comparative of which we have not settled the superlative. G.K. Chesterton There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great. G.K. Chesterton Carlyle said that men were mostly fools. Christianity, with a surer and more reverend realism, says that they are all fools. G.K. Chesterton Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem. G.K. Chesterton Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf is better than a whole loaf. G.K. Chesterton Mr. Shaw is (I suspect) the only man on earth who has never written any poetry. G.K. Chesterton New roads: new ruts. G.K. Chesterton The artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs. G.K. Chesterton The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason. G.K. Chesterton The modern world . . . has no notion except that of simplifying something by destroying nearly everything. G.K. Chesterton The rich are the scum of the earth in every country. G.K. Chesterton

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The word "orthodoxy" not only no longer means being right; it practically means being wrong. G.K. Chesterton There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person. G.K. Chesterton Only the brave deserve the fair, but only rich, fat, cowardly merchants can afford them. Chinese Proverb Settle one difficulty and you keep hundreds away. Chinese Proverb Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others. Sir Winston Churchill In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies. Sir Winston Churchill Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. Sir Winston Churchill True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. Sir Winston Churchill Men will forgive a man anything except bad prose. Sir Winston Churchill Perfectionism is spelled "Paralysis." Sir Winston Churchill Without victory there is no survival! Sir Winston Churchill I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. Sir Winston Churchill I said that the world must be made safe for at least fifty years. If it was only for fifteen to twenty years then we should have betrayed our soldiers. Sir Winston Churchill Of Mr. Baldwin: It is a fine thing to be honest but it is also very important to be right. Sir Winston Churchill Of the British: They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are - who like to be told the worst. Sir Winston Churchill Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right than to be responsible and wrong. Sir Winston Churchill

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Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war. Sir Winston Churchill Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival. Sir Winston Churchill One had as good to be out of the world, as out of the fashion. Colley Cibber We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free. Cicero The harvest of old age is the memory and rich store of blessings laid up earlier in life. Cicero The good of the people is the chief law. Marcus Tullius Cicero There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it. Marcus Tullius Cicero When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honourable to reach the second or even the third rank. Cicero Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks on great and honourable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself. Cicero Believe one who knows: you will find something greater in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. St. Bernard of Clairvaux Are bombs the only way of setting fire to the spirit of a people? Is the human will as inert as the past two worldwide wars would indicate? Gregory Clark Among the porcupines, rape is unknown. Gregory Clark He is next to the gods whom reason impels. Claudian I had rather be right than be President. Henry Clay War is too important to be left to the generals. Georges Clemenceau Unswerving loyalty to duty, constant devotion to truth, and a clear conscience will overcome every discouragement and surely lead the way to usefulness and high achievement. Grover Cleveland

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'Tis better to have fought and lost, Than never to have fought at all. Arthur Hugh Clough To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility. William Cobbett To watch the progress of the crops is by no means unentertaining to any rational creature. William Cobbett The joy of the young is to disobey - but the trouble is, there are no longer any orders. Jean Cocteau Tact consists in knowing how far to go too far. Jean Cocteau The purity of a revolution can last a fortnight. Jean Cocteau Most of us hate to see a poor loser - or a rich winner. Harold Coffin Science is a flickering light in our darkness, it is but the only one we have and woe to him who would put it out. Morris Cohen A man's house is his castle. Sir Edward Coke A "New Thinker" when studied closely, is merely a man who does not know what other people have thought. Frank Moore Colby No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humour. Samuel Taylor Coleridge Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing, Beloved from pole to pole. Samuel Taylor Coleridge Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. Samuel Taylor Coleridge I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance. Samuel Taylor Coleridge Often do the spirits of great events stride on before the events And in today already walks tomorrow. Samuel Taylor Coleridge What comes from the heart, goes to the heart. Samuel Taylor Coleridge Don't ever wear artistic jewellery; it wrecks a woman's reputation. S.G. Colette

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A man is as old as he's feeling, a woman as old as she looks. Mortimer Collins Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. Charles Caleb Colton Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind. Charles Caleb Colton Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by other men. Charles Caleb Colton Imitation is the sincerest of flattery. Charles Caleb Colton If the cause be good, the most violent attack of its enemies will not injure it so much as an injudicious defense of it by its friends. Charles Caleb Colton Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; anything but - live for it. Charles Caleb Colton In great cities men are more callous both to the happiness and the misery of others . . . for they are constantly in the habit of seeing both extremes. Charles Caleb Colton If you have nothing to say, say nothing. Charles Caleb Colton When in reading we meet with any maxim that may be of use, we should take it for our own, and make an immediate application of it, as we would of the advice of a friend whom we have purposely consulted. Charles Caleb Colton Slogans are both exciting and comforting, but they are also powerful opiates for the conscience. James Bryant Conant Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based upon excellence of performance. J.B. Conant The job of satire is to frighten and enlighten. Richard Condon Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue. Confucius It is not truth that makes man great, but man who makes truth great. Confucius

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Have no friends not equal to yourself. Confucius Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous. Confucius Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them far apart. Confucius Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness. Confucius Study the past, if you would divine the future. Confucius The people may be made to follow a course of action, but they may not be made to understand it. Confucius The superior man is distressed by his want of ability. Confucius The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress. Confucius To be able to practise five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue . . . gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them. Confucius An author arrives at a good style when his language performs what is required of it without shyness. Cyril Connolly As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers so those with irrational fear of life become publishers. Cyril Connolly Better to write for yourself and have no public, than write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly Boys do not grow up gradually. They move forward in spurts like the hands of clocks in railway stations. Cyril Connolly I have always disliked myself at any given moment; the total of such moments is my life. Cyril Connolly Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once. Cyril Connolly

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The ape-like virtues without which no one can enjoy a public school. Cyril Connolly The man who is master of his passions is Reason's slave. Cyril Connolly There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall. Cyril Connolly Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising. Cyril Connolly The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. Joseph Conrad The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house as a guest and then becomes a host and then a master. Joseph Conrad You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends. Joseph Conrad You have got to do something about it to make it count. Carl C. Conway I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had ever been before, but as far as it was possible for a man to go. Captain James Cook Satisfaction does not come from indulgence or satiety; it comes from achievement. Calvin Coolidge What we need in appointive positions are men of knowledge and experience with sufficient character to resist temptations. Calvin Coolidge Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped. Calvin Coolidge Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it. Thomas Cooper A good memory is needed after one has lied. Pierre Corneille Do your duty and leave the rest to the Gods. Pierre Corneille The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. Pierre Corneille We triumph without glory when we conquer without danger. Pierre Corneille No man is a hero to his valet. Anne-Marie Bigot de Cornuel

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The best things in life must come by effort from within and not by gifts from the outside. Fred Corson An intimate truth is also a universal truth. John Cournos Many of the same people who have no difficulty in finding extenuating circumstances to account for the violence of the hardhats, find it impossible to accept any explanations for the violence of the students. Norman Cousins It is nonsense to say there is not enough time to be fully informed . . . Time given to thought is the greatest timesaver of all. Norman Cousins People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time. Norman Cousins The message from the moon which we have flashed to the far corners of this planet is that no problem need any longer be considered insoluble. Norman Cousins The only security for the American people today, or for any people, is to be found through the control of force rather than the pursuit of force. Norman Cousins The possibility of war increases in direct proportion to the effectiveness of the instruments of war. Norman Cousins Where is the indignation about the fact that the United States and Soviet Union have accumulated thirty thousand pounds of destructive force for every human being in the world? Norman Cousins Never mind, dear, we're all made the same, though some more than others. Sir Noel Coward Strange how potent cheap music is. Sir Noel Coward The Stately Homes of England How beautiful they stand, To prove the upper classes Have still the upper hand. Sir Noel Coward Life is an incurable disease. Abraham Cowley God made the country, and man made the town. William Cowper Farce is the essential theatre. Farce refined becomes high comedy: farce brutalized becomes tragedy. Sir Edward Gordon Craig

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There is no future in any job. The future lies in the man who holds the job. Dr. George Crane The Golden Rule is of no use to you whatever, unless you realize that it is your move. Frank Crane A man said to the universe, "Sir, I exist." "However," replied the universe, "the fact has not created in me a sense of obligation." Stephen Crane No people do so much harm as those who go about doing good. Mandell Creighton Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are. Quentin Crisp Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with our oppressors. Evelyn Cunningham The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance. John Philpot Curran Golf is like a love affair: if you don't take it seriously, it's no fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart. Arnold Daly Any man with a fine shock of hair, a good set of teeth, and a bewitching smile can park his brains, if he has any, and run for public office. Frank Dane Females are not the only species who prostitute themselves for money; they are the only ones that are honest about it. Frank Dane Everything is organized today. I called my Congressman a jack-ass, and I heard from the jack-ass lobby. Frank Dane If the real estate gang could, they'd raise the rents in the graveyards. Frank Dane Posterity is that which is denied an author until he is in the public domain. Frank Dane I get no respect. The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I'd be honest. Rodney Dangerfield Defeat never comes to a man until he admits it. Josephus Daniels

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Give to a pig when it grunts and a child when it cries, and you will have a fine pig and a bad child. Danish proverb In revolutions authority remains with the greatest scoundrels. Georges Jacques Danton History repeats itself, that's one of the things that's wrong with history. Clarence Darrow When I was a boy I was told that anyone could be President. I'm beginning to believe it. Clarence Darrow Man with all his noble qualities . . . still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin. Charles Robert Darwin A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. Charles Darwin What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. William Henry Davies You can always borrow a corkscrew from a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Chauncey Depew If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. Descartes Nothing deflates so fast as a punctured reputation. Thomas R. Dewar It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations. Charles Dickens Of Course - I prayed - And did God Care? Emily Dickinson Tell the truth But tell it slant. Emily Dickinson He was one of those men who think that the world can be saved by writing a pamphlet. Benjamin Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield) It is well known what a middle man is: he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other. B. Disraeli A precedent embalms a principle. B. Disraeli The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. B. Disraeli

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A university should be a place of light, of liberty and of learning. B. Disraeli What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens. B. Disraeli The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians. B. Disraeli The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes. B. Disraeli There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. B. Disraeli "My idea of an agreeable person," said Hugo Bohun, "is a person who agrees with me." Benjamin Disraeli Every woman should marry - and no man. Benjamin Disraeli When I want to read a novel I write one. Benjamin Disraeli Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret. Benjamin Disraeli Youth is the trustee of posterity. Benjamin Disraeli To understand any living thing, you must, so to say, creep within and feel the beating of its heart. W. MacNeile Dixon It is difficult to be humble. Even if you aim at humility, there is no guarantee that when you have attained the state you will not be proud of the feat. Bonamy Dobree It's an old adage that the way to be safe is never to be secure. Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best. Harold W. Dodds I got disappointed in human nature as well and gave it up because I found it too much like my own. James Patrick Donleavy Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. John Donne Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies. John Donne

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No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main. John Donne The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. Mark Van Doren A just cause is not ruined by a few mistakes. Dostoevsky If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things. Norman Douglas Depend upon it, there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Don't put the fate of your business in the delusions of economists. Peter Drucker In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from. Peter Drucker Property has its duties as well as its rights. Thomas Drummond Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all he can do. Henry Drummond He who will not reason, is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave. Sir William Drummond Beware the fury of a patient man. John Dryden When beauty fires the blood, how love exalts the mind! J. Dryden Even victors are by victory undone. J. Dryden But far too numerous was the herd of such, who think too little, and who talk too much. J. Dryden

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Virtue is its own reward. J. Dryden Did wisely from expensive sins refrain, and never broke the sabbath, but for gain. J. Dryden For politicians neither love nor hate. J. Dryden Great wits are sure to madness allied and thin partitions do their bounds divide. J. Dryden Put even the plainest woman into a beautiful dress and unconsciously she will try to live up to it. Lady Lucie Duff-Gordon Social progress does not have to be bought at the price of individual freedom. John Foster Dulles The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. John Foster Dulles It is often woman who inspires us with the great things that she will prevent us from accomplishing. Alexandre Dumas One of the strangest things about life is that the poor, who need the money the most, are the ones that never have it. Finley Peter Dunne In those days, the (Roman) government gave them bread and circuses. Today we give them bread and elections, but it is just a change in the style of a periodical amusement. Will Durant If our economy of freedom fails to distribute wealth as ably as it has created it, the road to dictatorship will be open to any man who can persuasively promise security to all. Will & Ariel Durant Nothing is clearer in history than the adoption by successful rebels of the methods they were accustomed to condemn in the forces they deposed. Will & Ariel Durant Religions are born and may die, but superstition is immortal. Only the fortunate can take life without mythology. Will & Ariel Durant We . . . repeatedly enlarge our instrumentalities without improving our purpose. Will Durant A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke. Max Eastman

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We are not at war with Egypt. We are in an armed conflict. Sir Anthony Eden Restlessness is discontent - and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man - and I will show you a failure. Thomas Alva Edison The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil. Thomas A. Edison Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. Thomas A. Edison So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake . . . Religion is all bunk. Thomas A. Edison There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the real labour of thinking. Thomas A. Edison Successful teachers are effective in spite of the psychological theories they suffer under. Educational Proverb I never think of the future. It comes soon enough. Albert Einstein Don't have any children. It makes divorce so much more complicated. Albert Einstein My political ideal is democracy. Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized. Albert Einstein The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder. Albert Einstein Well, it's hard for a mere man to believe that woman doesn't have equal rights. Dwight D. Eisenhower Virtue does not consist so much in abstaining from vice, as in not having an affection for it. W.T. Eldridge Poetry is not the assertion of truth, but the making of that truth more fully real to us. T.S. Eliot In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness. George Eliot

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An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down. George Eliot Humankind cannot bear very much reality. T.S. Eliot Birth, and copulation, and death. That's all the facts when you come to brass tacks. Thomas Stearns Eliot I should like to know what is the proper function of women if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out. George Eliot We are all apt to believe what the world believes about us. George Eliot What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance. Henry Havelock Ellis There are few among us who have not suffered from too early familiarity with the Bible and the conceptions of religion. Havelock Ellis All mankind love a lover. Ralph Waldo Emerson A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before. R.W. Emerson Good writing is a kind of skating which carries off the performer where he would not go. R.W. Emerson Genius borrows nobly. R.W Emerson Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science. R.W. Emerson Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm. R.W. Emerson Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass. There is no such thing as concealment. R.W. Emerson No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it. R.W. Emerson Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense. R.W. Emerson Every hero becomes a bore at last. R.W. Emerson

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By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. R.W. Emerson Every reform is only a mask under cover of which a more terrible reform, which dares not yet name itself, advances. R.W. Emerson If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbour, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door. R.W. Emerson You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong. R.W. Emerson In every work of genius, we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. R.W. Emerson Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die. R.W. Emerson By right or wrong Lands and goods go to the strong. R.W. Emerson Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. R.W. Emerson God screens men from premature ideas. R.W. Emerson Our best thoughts come from others. R.W. Emerson The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. R.W. Emerson When it is dark enough you can see the stars. R.W. Emerson There is properly no history; only biography. R.W. Emerson Take notes on the spot, a note is worth a cart-load of recollections. R.W. Emerson To be great is to be misunderstood. R.W. Emerson In failing circumstances no man can be relied on to keep his integrity. R.W. Emerson We boil at different degrees. R.W. Emerson Love of beauty is Taste . . . The creation of beauty is Art. R.W. Emerson Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. R.W. Emerson Let a man know his worth, and keep things under his feet. R.W. Emerson

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The end of the human race is that it will die of civilization. R.W. Emerson Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book. R.W. Emerson The highest compact we can make with our fellow is - "Let there be truth between us two forevermore." R.W. Emerson Weed - a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. R.W. Emerson The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next. R.W. Emerson Whilst he sits on the cushions of advantage, he goes to sleep. R.W. Emerson The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world, is the highest applause. R.W. Emerson They can conquer who believe they can. It is he who has done the deed once who does not shrink from attempting it again. R.W. Emerson Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters. Nathaniel Emmons There is perhaps nothing more conducive to success in any important and difficult undertaking than a firm, steady, unremitting spirit. Nathaniel Emmons He that would the daughter win, Must with the mother first begin. English Proverb No sooner said than done, so acts your man of worth. Ennius Keep neither a blunt knife nor an ill-disciplined looseness of tongue. Epictetus You need but will, and it is done; but if you relax your efforts you will be ruined, for ruin and recovery are both from within. Epictetus In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king. Desiderius Erasmus Righteous vengefulness . . . has always made new tyrannies out of aging liberations. Erik Erickson

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There's a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me. John Erskine Most people have some sort of religion, at least they know which church they're staying away from. John Erskine We do not insist that the more saintly of two surgeons shall operate on us for appendicitis. John Erskine The quizzical expression of the monkey at the zoo comes from his wondering whether he is his brother's keeper or his keeper's brother. Evan Esar After wisdom comes wit. E. Esar All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy - and Jill a wealthy widow. E. Esar Si jeunesse savait; si vieillesse pouvait: If only youth knew, if only age could. Henri Estienne Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad. Euripides All other woes a woman bears are minor But lose her husband! - might as well be dead. Euripides Stoicism is the wisdom of madness and cynicism the madness of wisdom. Bergen Evans To the naive, skepticism often seems malicious perversity: Only some secret enemy in the inward degenerate nature of man, said Topsell, could lead anyone to doubt the existence of the unicorn. B. Evans Wisdom is meaningless until our own experience has given it meaning . . . and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom. B. Evans When a woman behaves like a man why doesn't she behave like a nice man. Dame Edith Evans Words are one of our chief means of adjusting to all the situations of life. The better control we have over words, the more successful our adjustment is likely to be. B. Evans Tall oaks from little acorns grow. David Everett

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I gave my life for freedom - this I know: For those who bade me fight had told me so. W.N. Ewer The formula for Utopia on earth remains always the same: to make a necessity of virtue. Clifton Fadiman . . . the difference between town and country is mostly the view. Nan Fairbrother Childhood is fierce as tigers. Tame the tigers, there is no childhood. Henry Fairlie The people came to realize that wealth is not the fruit of labour but the result of organized protected robbery. Frantz Fanon Violence alone, violence committed by the people, violence organized and educated by its leaders, makes it possible for the masses to understand social truths and gives the key to them. Frantz Fanon There's no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty. George Farquhar If people really liked to work, we'd still be plowing the land with sticks and transporting goods on our backs. William Feather Important work is seldom done when one is feeling important. W. Feather Indifference and inaction must always pay a penalty. W. Feather All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers . . . Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born. Francois Fenelon Live, as it were, in trust. All that is in you, all that you are, is only loaned to you. Make use of it according to the will of Him who lends it, but never regard it for a moment as your own. Francois Fenelon Let justice be done, though the world perish. Ferdinand I A man who experiences no genuine satisfaction in life does not want peace . . . Men court war to escape meaninglessness and boredom, to be relieved of fear and frustration. Nels F.S. Ferre Men just don't seem to jump off the bridge for big reasons; they usually do so for little ones. W.H. Ferry

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A mighty good sausage stuffer was spoiled when the man became a poet. Eugene Field Anybody who hates children and dogs can't be all bad. W.C. Fields I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally. William Claude Fields Why shouldn't the American people take half my money from me? I took all of it from them. Edward A. Filene Maturity of mind is the capacity to endure uncertainty. John Finley A conclusion is the place where you got tired thinking. Martin H. Fischer What this country needs is radicals who will stay that way regardless of the creeping years. John Fischer The most essential feature of man is his improvableness. John Fiske An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards. F.Scott Fitzgerald The victor belongs to the spoils. F.Scott Fitzgerald Of himself and his wife: Sometimes I don't know whether Zelda and I are real or whether we are characters in one of my novels. F.Scott Fitzgerald Marriage: It is the loose ends with which men hang themselves. Zelda Fitzgerald. Wife of F.Scott Fitzgerald Love is like linen often changed, the sweeter. Phineas Fletcher England is the paradise of women, the purgatory of men, and the hell of horses. John Florio Patience and passage of time do more than strength and fury. Jean De La Fontaine Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. Henry Ford If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability. Henry Ford Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. Henry Ford

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Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible. E.M. Forster Always take a job that is too big for you. H.E. Fosdick Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. H.E. Fosdick It is no disgrace to rest a bit. G. Fowler In every well-governed state wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the ONLY sacred thing. Anatole France We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we yearn for another that will be eternal. Anatole France A woman must choose: with a man liked by women, she is not sure; with a man disliked by women, she is not happy. Anatole France Of all sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. Anatole France In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin 'Tis a laudable Ambition, that aims at being better than his Neighbours. Benjamin Franklin There is much difference between imitating a man and counterfeiting him. Benjamin Franklin We think we are on the right road to improvement because we are making experiments. Benjamin Franklin We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately. Benjamin Franklin Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough. Benjamin Franklin Americans have mastered the art of being prosperous though broke. Billy Boy Franklin All a man needs to be elected President is the kind of profile that looks good on a postage stamp. B.B. Franklin

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I have made it a rule, whenever I say something stupid, to immediately attribute it to Samuel Johnson, the President of these United States - or the Bible. B.B. Franklin Be generous, good and just - when anything is to be gained by virtue. B.B. Franklin If a lie is repeated often enough all the dumb jackasses in the world not only get to believe it, they even swear by it. B.B. Franklin Mere survival is an affliction. What is of interest is life, and the direction of that life. Guy Fregault At bottom God is nothing more than an exalted father. Sigmund Freud Children are completely egotistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them. Sigmund Freud When a man is freed of religion, he has a better chance to live a normal and wholesome life. Sigmund Freud Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires. Sigmund Freud Man's judgments of value follow directly his wishes for happiness - they are an attempt to support his illusions with arguments. Sigmund Freud The great question . . . which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is "What does a woman want?" Sigmund Freud Clothe an idea in words and it loses its freedom of movement. Egon Friedell There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue. Erich Fromm As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask. Erich Fromm The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal. Erich Fromm The idea that egotism is the basis of the general welfare is the principle on which competitive society has been built. Erich Fromm

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There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue. Erich Fromm Accounting: Nobody was ever meant To remember or invent What he did with every cent. Robert Frost A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. Robert Frost A poet begins in delight and ends in wisdom. Robert Frost By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day. Robert Frost The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work. Robert Frost Most of the change we think we see in life Is due to truths being in and out of favour. Robert Frost The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. Robert Frost I would as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down. Robert Frost More than once I should have lost my soul to radicalism if it had been the originality it was mistaken for by its young converts. Robert Frost The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise. Robert Frost The style is the man. Rather say the style is the way the man takes himself. If it is with outer seriousness, it must be with inner humour. If it is with outer humour, it must be with inner seriousness. Robert Frost A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain. Robert Frost. American Poet The practical effect of a belief is the real test of its soundness. James Anthony Froude When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only of how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. Buckminster Fuller

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A man's best fortune, or his worst, is his wife. Thomas Fuller Ninety-five percent of films are born of frustration, of self-despair, of poverty, of ambition for survival, for money, for fattening bank accounts. Sam Fuller Action is the proper Fruit of Knowledge. Thomas Fuller The number of malefactors authorizes not the crime. Thomas Fuller Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help, and what he cannot help. Thomas Fuller Husbands are like fires - they go out when unattended. Zsa Zsa Gabor I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house. Zsa Zsa Gabor You never really know a man until you have divorced him. Zsa Zsa Gabor Wife, mother, nurse, seamstress, cook, housekeeper, chambermaid, laundress, dairy-woman, and scrub generally, doing the work of six, for the sake of being supported. Frances Dana Gage In the United States though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes. J.K. Galbraith Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive. J.K. Galbraith It is impossible in a democratic society to think of a single measure for the improvement of social well-being which is not subject to subversion by ill-conceived minority or even majority pressures. J.K. Galbraith Emancipation of the mind is a no less worthy enterprise than emancipation of the body. J.K. Galbraith I have a feeling that at any time about three million Americans can be had for any militant reaction against law, decency, the Constitution, the Supreme Court, compassion and the rule of reason. J.K. Galbraith Talk of revolution is one of avoiding reality. J.K. Galbraith

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I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use. Galileo Galilei What difference does it make to the dead . . . whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? Mohandas Gandhi What is a man if he is not a thief who openly charges as much as he can for the goods he sells? Mohandas Gandhi I consider myself a Hindu, Christian, Moslem, Jew, Buddhist, and Confucian. Mohandas Gandhi Golden shackles are far worse than iron ones. Mohandas Gandhi I cannot see myself as a wife - ugly word. Greta Garbo Women marry because they don't want to work. Mary Garden. Opera singer Violence is counter-productive and produces changes of a sort you don't want. It is a very dangerous instrument and can destroy those who wield it. John Gardner The job of a teacher is to excite in the young a boundless sense of curiosity about life, so that the growing child shall come to apprehend it with an excitement tempered by awe and wonder. John Garrett My country is the world. My countrymen are all mankind. William Lloyd Garrison Humour is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him. Romain Gary Forget the times of your distress, but never forget what they taught you. Herbert Gasser Before being the master of others, you should be the master of yourself. Jose Ortega y Gasset Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan. W.I.E. Gates What if Columbus had been told, Chris baby, don't go now. Wait until we've solved our No.1 Priorities - war and famine; poverty and crime;

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pollution and disease; illiteracy and racial hatred - and Queen Isabella's own brand of internal security. W.I.E Gates The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits. John Gay Give a woman a job and she grows balls. Jack Gelber There is nothing so fatal to character as half-finished tasks. David Lloyd George There are people into whose heads it never enters to conceive of any better state of society than that which now exists. Henry George A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs. German Proverb The worst scoundrels make the best preachers. German Proverb Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book. Edward Gibbon I was never less alone than while by myself. Edward Gibbon So urgent on the vulgar is the necessity of believing, that the fall of any system of mythology will probably be succeeded by the introduction of some other mode of superstition. Edward Gibbon Disagreement may be the shortest cut between two minds. Kahlil Gibran I always voted at my party's call, And never thought of thinking for myself at all I thought so little, they rewarded me By making me the Ruler of the Queen's Navee! W.S. Gilbert In all the woes that curse our race, There is lady in the case. W.S. Gilbert I got all the schooling any actress needs. That is, I learned to write enough to sign contracts. Hermione Gingold Everyone, when there's a war in the air, learns to live with a new element; falsehood. Jean Giraudoux A wife loves out of duty, and duty leads to constraint, and constraint kills desire. Jean Giraudoux

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Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. Arnold Glasow Behind every successful man is a woman - with nothing to wear. L. Grant Glickman Hereditary wealth is in reality a premium paid to idleness. William Godwin And here, poor fool, with all my lore I stand no wiser than before. J.W. von Goethe Ambition and love are the wings of great actions. J.W. von Goethe When an idea is wanting a word can always be found to take its place. J.W. von Goethe Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Behavior is a mirror in which everyone displays his image. J.W. von Goethe If any man wishes to write a clear style, let him first be clear in his thoughts. J.W. von Goethe Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. J.W. von Goethe I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing. Oliver Goldsmith Love: An abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves. Oliver Goldsmith Silence gives consent. Oliver Goldsmith I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well. Oliver Goldsmith It would indeed be a tragedy if the history of the human race proved to be nothing more than the story of an ape playing with a box of matches on a petrol dump. David Ormsby Gore Civilized man's brain is a museum of contradictory truths. Remy de Gourmont

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Atom bomb stockpiles are no guarantee of security. Until lust and greed and murder are removed from the hearts of men, there is, there can be, no peace or security. A.P. Gouthey There is more required today to make a single man wise than formerly to make Seven Sages. Baltasar Gracian Childhood is ignorant, boyhood is lightheaded, youth is rash, and old age is ill-humoured. Luis De Granada There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword. Ulysses S. Grant When a man despairs, he does not write; he commits suicide. George Monro Grant If you steal something small you are a petty thief, but if you steal millions you are a gentleman of society. Greek Proverb The real theatre of the sex war is the domestic hearth. Germaine Greer If the work of God could be comprehended by reason, it would be no longer wonderful, and faith would have no merit if reason provided proof. Pope Gregory 1 Nature didn't make us perfect so she did the next best thing. She made us blind to our faults. Grit Figures won't lie, but liars will figure. Charles H. Grosvenor I had always assumed that cliche was a suburb of Paris, until I discovered it to be a street in Oxford. Philip Guedalla Biography, like big game hunting, is one of the recognized forms of sport, and it is as unfair as only sport can be. Philip Guedalla A fairly bright boy is more intelligent and far better company than the average adult. J.B.S. Haldane If there are two ways of doing something - the easy way and the best way, most people will select the easy way even though it's hardly ever effective. Robert Half Why is it that when a store is going out of business, the store's personnel are always helpful and polite. Robert Half

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History is philosophy teaching by examples. Dionysius of Halicarnassus Most men's anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady they neither of them care for. Lord Halifax Actually, I'm an overnight success. But it took twenty years. Monty Hall Man's security comes from within himself, and the security of all men is founded upon the security of the individual. Manly Hall Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more, and none can tell whose sphere is the largest. Gail Hamilton To let oneself be bound by a duty from the moment you see it approaching is part of the integrity that alone justifies responsibility. Dag Hammarskjold You have not done enough, you have never done enough, so long as it is still possible that you have something to contribute. Dag Hammarskjold Next to the American corpse, the American bride is the hottest thing in today's merchandising market. Kitty Hanson. American writer Virtue is its own revenge. E.Y. Harburg Ambition is a commendable attribute, without which no man succeeds. Only inconsiderate ambition imperils. Warren G. Harding More and more university students are convinced that work in American society is morally empty, aesthetically ugly, and, under conditions of automation, economically unnecessary. Michael Harrington Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own. Sydney Harris You may be sure that when a man begins to call himself a realist, he is preparing to do something he is secretly ashamed of doing. Sydney Harris Intelligence, I admit, is no safeguard if one is determined to leap into disbelief. Barbara Harrison Irreligious men are often better suited for godly missions. Hasidic Saying All that was new in them was false and what was true was old. Professor Haughton. on Darwin's findings

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A man's soul may be buried and perish under a dungheap or in a furrow of the field, just as under a pile of money. Nathaniel Hawthorne Science seeks generally only the most useful systems of classification: these it regards for the time being, until more useful classifications are invented as true. S.I. Hayakawa The last thing a scientist would do is cling to a map because he inherited it from his grandfather, or because it was used by George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. S.I. Hayakawa Those who cannot miss an opportunity of saying a good thing are not to be trusted with the management of any great question. William Hazlitt Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them. William Hazlitt Wit is the rarest quality to be met with among people of education. William Hazlitt Actors are the only honest hypocrites. William Hazlitt Life is the art of being well deceived. William Hazlitt No style is good that is not fit to be spoken or read aloud with effect. William Hazlitt Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater. William Hazlitt Don't tell my mother I work in an advertising agency - she thinks I play the piano in a whore house. Head of French advertising agency What's not worth doing is not worth doing well. Don Hebb Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest violence. Hebrew Proverb Poverty is a wonderful thing. It sticks to a man after all his friends have forsaken him. Hebrew Proverb Life has a value only when it has something valuable as its object. Hegel Poverty sits by the cradle of all our great men and rocks all of them to manhood. Heinrich Heine

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If I had to give young writers advice, I'd say don't listen to writers talking about writing. Lillian Hellman Callous greed grows pious very fast. Lillian Hellman Courage is grace under pressure. Ernest Hemingway But in modern war . . . you will die like a dog for no good reason. Ernest Hemingway All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened. Ernest Hemingway Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. Ernest Hemingway Plain women know more about men than beautiful ones do. But beautiful women don't need to know about men. It's the men who have to know about the beautiful women. Katherine Hepburn Only the young die good. Oliver Herford Manuscript: Something submitted in haste and returned at leisure. Oliver Herford That age is best which is the first When youth and blood are warmer. Robert Herrick Wonder rather than doubt is the root of knowledge. Abraham Joshua Heschel Adults have already been taught to look at things only one way - the accepted way. Eight-year-olds are too uneducated to be that dumb. Karl Hess When two cultures collide is the only time when true suffering exists. Hermann Hesse The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have - and that is a moral problem, not an economic one. Paul Heyne Many people have played themselves to death. Many people have eaten and drunk themselves to death. Nobody ever thought himself to death. Gilbert Highet

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There's a might big difference between good, sound reasons and reasons that sound good. Burton Hillis There is nothing women hate so much as to see men selfishly enjoying themselves without the solace of feminine society. Katharine Tynan Hinkson To do nothing is also a good remedy. Hippocrates Style is self-plagiarism. Alfred Hitchcock The cinema is not a slice of life, it's a piece of cake. Alfred Hitchcock A violently active, dominating, intrepid, brutal youth - that is what I am after. Adolf Hitler We stand for the maintenance of private property. Adolf Hitler The victor will never be asked if he told the truth. Adolf Hitler All who are not of good race in this world are chaff. Adolf Hitler A new age of magic interpretation of the world is coming, of interpretation in terms of the will and not of the intelligence. There is no such thing as truth, either in the moral or the scientific sense. Adolf Hitler By this revolution the German way of life is definitely settled for the next thousand years. Adolf Hitler England and America will one day have a war with one another, which will be waged with the greatest hatred imaginable. One of the two countries will have to disappear. Adolf Hitler In a hundred years, our language will be the language of Europe. Adolf Hitler The Japanese are occupying all the islands, one after another. They will get hold of Australia, too. The White Race will disappear from those regions. Adolf Hitler The beauties of the Crimea, which we shall make accessible by means of an autobahn - for us Germans, that will be our Riviera. Adolf Hitler The day of individual happiness has passed. Adolf Hitler

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The essential thing for the future is to have lots of children. Everybody should be persuaded that the family's life is assured only when it has upwards of four children - I should even say, four sons. Adolf Hitler The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one. Adolf Hitler Truth is with the victor - who, as you know, also controls the historians. Rolf Hochhuth We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents. Eric Hoffer Humility is not renunciation of pride but the substitution of one pride for another. Eric Hoffer Many of the insights of the saint stem from his experience as a sinner. Eric Hoffer The sterile radical is basically . . . conservative. He is afraid to let go of the ideas and beliefs he picked up in his youth lest his life be seen as empty and wasted. Eric Hoffer To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are. Eric Hoffer Deep down, Erikson wants profoundly to be respected and admired - and very deep down he wants to be left alone. Stanley Hoffmann The best way I know of to win an argument is to start by being in the right. Quentin Hogg A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise that you can hardly stand it. Then the child departs, leaving the house so silent that you think you are going mad. John Andrew Holmes The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent. John H. Holmes Fresh air is good if you don't take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air. Oliver Wendell Holmes The Law, wherein, as in a magic mirror we see reflected not only our own lives, but the lives of all men that have been! When I think of this majestic theme my eyes dazzle. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

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Every calling is great when greatly pursued. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. The longing for certainty and repose is in every human mind. But certainty is generally illusion and repose is not the destiny of man. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. How many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made! Oliver Wendell Holmes The man who is always worrying whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn. Oliver Wendell Holmes Babies and infants show a style of life, and a desire and ability to learn, that in an adult we might well call genius. John Holt Absolute freedom of the press to discuss public questions is a foundation stone of American liberty. Herbert Hoover Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt. Herbert Hoover A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it. Bob Hope What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and wildness? Let them be left, let them be left, wildness and wet; Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet. Gerard Manley Hopkins No poems can live long or please that are written by water-drinkers. Horace Beggars, actors, buffoons, and all that breed. Horace Instead of forming new words I recommend to you any kind of artful management by which you are able to give cost to old ones. Horace The man is either mad, or he is making verses. Horace Nature not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write. A.E. Housman I think I am better than the people who are trying to reform me. E.W. Howe

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Men have as exaggerated an idea of their rights as women have of their wrongs. E.W. Howe The way of the world is to praise dead saints and to persecute living ones. Nathaniel Howe Prosperity: That condition which attracts the lively interest of lawyers, and warrants your being sued for damages, or indicted; or both. Elbert Hubbard We work to become, not to acquire. Elbert Hubbard If you suffer, thank God! - it is a sure sign that you are alive. Elbert Hubbard A society in which women are taught anything but the management of a family, the care of men, and the creation of the future generation is a society which is on the way out. L. Ron Hubbard An optimist is a fellow who believes what's going to be will be postponed. Kin Hubbard A man is as good as he has to be, and a woman as bad as she dares. Elbert Hubbard An optimist is always broke. Kin Hubbard Poet: A person born with an instinct for poverty. Elbert Hubbard I'll say this for adversity; people seem to be able to stand it, and that's more than I can say for prosperity. Kin Hubbard Polygamy: An endeavour to get more out of life than there is in it. Elbert Hubbard Saintship is the exclusive possession of those who have either worn out or never had the capacity to sin. Elbert Hubbard When a fellow says it ain't the money but the principle of the thing, it's the money. Kin Hubbard I guess walking slow getting married is because it gives you time to maybe change your mind. Virginia Cary Hudson England has two books, one which she has made and one which has made her: Shakespeare and the Bible. Victor Hugo

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Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers. Victor Hugo Habit is the nursery of errors. Victor Hugo Advice is not disliked because it is advice; but because so few people know how to give it. Leigh Hunt The same people who can deny others everything are famous for refusing themselves nothing. Leigh Hunt We do not know what education could do for us, because we have never tried it. Robert Maynard Hutchins The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to put the other somewhat higher. Thomas Huxley Children are remarkable for their . . . intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision. Aldous Huxley Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work. Aldous Huxley I am ignorant and impotent and yet, somehow or other, here I am unhappy, no doubt, profoundly dissatisfied . . . In spite of everything I survive. Aldous Huxley They intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are. Aldous Huxley To a person uninstructed in natural history, his country or seaside stroll is a walk through a gallery filled with wonderful works of art, nine-tenths of which have their faces turned to the wall. Thomas Henry Huxley Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed. Thomas Henry Huxley Several excuses are always less convincing than one. Aldous Huxley In practical life, the woman is judged by man's law, as if she were a man, not a woman. Henrik Ibsen To write: that is to sit in judgement over one's self. H. Ibsen I am afraid the clergyman's God is often the head of the clerical profession. Dean W.R. Inge

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A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbours. Dean William R. Inge. Dean of St. Paul's London Few rich men own their own property. The property owns them. Robert G. Ingersoll Women prefer men who have something tender about them - especially the legal kind. Kay Ingram Everything that I know now I have known since the age of six or seven: the age of reason. Eugene Ionesco It isn't what people think that is important, but the reason they think what they think. Eugene Ionesco Of three things the devil makes a stew: lawyers' tongues, lovers' promises, and ungrateful children. Italian proverb The nation that is richest in proverbs (Spain) is the one that has proved itself the least wise in action. Joseph Jacobs We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood. William James Childhood is the one prison from which there's no escape, the one sentence from which there's no appeal. We all serve our time. P.D. James So far war has been the only force that can discipline a whole community, and until an equivalent discipline is organized, I believe that war must have its way. William James Suicide was naturally the consistent course dictated by the logical intellect. (Is suicide the ultimate sincerity? There seems to be no way to refute the logic of suicide but by the illogic of instinct.) William James The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James The exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess success is our national disease. William James It is only in the lonely emergencies of life that our creed is tested: then routine maxims fail, and we fall back on our gods. William James

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The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. William James The more fervent opponents of Christian doctrine have often enough shown a temper which, psychologically considered, is indistinguishable from religious zeal. William James Religious awe is the same organic thrill which we feel in a forest at twilight, or in a mountain gorge. William James The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it. William James Most comics make jokes to defend themselves against what they see as a hostile and inhumane world . . . often a deeply felt rage. Samuel S. Janus . . . and another lot of young people will appear, and consider us completely outdated, and they will write ballads to express their loathing of us, and there is no reason why this should ever end. Alfred Jarry There is nothing so good to the heart as well argued conversation, when you know that your companion will answer to your thought as the anvil meets the hammer . . . Richard Jefferies I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. Thomas Jefferson I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. Thomas Jefferson When we get piled upon one another in large cities, we shall become as corrupt as in Europe, and go to eating one another as they do there. Thomas Jefferson For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate error so long as reason is free to combat it. Thomas Jefferson Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear. Thomas Jefferson Love is like the measles; we all have to go through it. Jerome K. Jerome

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It often happens that I wake at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope. Pope John XXIII A cow is a very good animal in the field, but we turn her out of a garden. Samuel Johnson All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it to be evidently a great evil. Samuel Johnson We do pretty much whatever we want to. Why can't we live in good cities? Philip Johnson Patriotism: The last refuge of the scoundrel. Dr. Johnson Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy. Samuel Johnson I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read. Samuel Johnson Smoking is a shocking thing - blowing smoke out of our mouths into other people's mouths, eyes, and noses, and having the same thing done to us. Samuel Johnson The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book. Samuel Johnson Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. Samuel Johnson A man in jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company. Samuel Johnson To improve the golden moment of opportunity and catch the good that is within our reach is the great art of life. Samuel Johnson Oats: A grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people. Samuel Johnson What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. Samuel Johnson Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled. Samuel Johnson

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That is the happiest conversation where there is no competition, no vanity but a calm quiet interchange of sentiments. Samuel Johnson The applause of a single human being is of great consequence. Samuel Johnson Men seldom make passes at a girl who surpasses. Franklin P. Jones What makes resisting temptation difficult, for many people, is that they don't want to discourage it completely. Franklin P. Jones Wearing shorts usually reveals nothing about a man so much as his indifference to public opinion. Franklin P. Jones Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. Erica Mann Jong Ambition, like a torrent, ne'er looks back; And is a swelling, and the last affection A high mind can put off. Ben Jonson He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity. Ben Jonson Taste is the literary conscience of the soul. Joseph Joubert They castrate the books of other men in order that with the fat of their works they may lard their own lean volumes. Jovious Pity is the feeling which arrests the mind in the presence of whatsoever is grave and constant in human sufferings and unites it with the human sufferer. James Joyce Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render to everyone his due. Justinian Anyone can direct a good picture if he's got a good script. Garson Kanin You do not destroy an idea by killing people; you replace it with a better one. Edward Keating If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all. John Keats Beauty is truth, truth beauty. John Keats I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest. John Keats

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If you cannot mould yourself as you would wish, how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking? Thomas A. Kempis Thou shalt ever joy at eventide if thou spend the day fruitfully. Thomas A. Kempis It is much safer to obey than to rule. Thomas A. Kempis Verily, when the day of judgment comes, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done. Thomas A. Kempis Man proposes but God disposes. Thomas A. Kempis Sic transit gloria mundi - Oh, how swiftly the glory of the world passes away! Thomas A. Kempis Would to God that we might spend a single day really well! Thomas A. Kempis The truly passionate are little boys. Murray Kempton Teach me to live, that I may dread The grave as little as my bed. Bishop Thomas Ken We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or to make it the last. John F. Kennedy Oppressed people are frequently very oppressive when first liberated . . . They know best two positions. Somebody's foot on their neck or their foot on somebody's neck. Florence Kennedy Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F. Kennedy Is there such a thing as Shoppers Anonymous? John F. Kennedy. Commenting on wife Jacqueline There are three sides to every story - yours, mine, and all that lie between. Jody Kern Tact: Ability to tell a man he's open-minded when he has a hole in his head. F.G. Kernan Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house. Jean Kerr. American writer

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If you want to kill any idea in the world today, get a committee working on it. C.F. Kettering You can be sincere and still be stupid. Charles F. Kettering It is man's destiny to ponder on the riddle of existence and, as a by-product of his wonderment, to create a new life on the earth. C.F. Kettering Learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. C.F. Kettering There never has been any thirty-hour week for men who had anything to do. C.F. Kettering It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil. John Maynard Keynes Practical men . . . are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Johy Maynard Keynes Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge where there is no river. Nikita S. Khrushchev If you feed the people just with revolutionary slogans they will listen today, they will listen tomorrow, they will listen the day after tomorrow, but on the fourth day they will say, To hell with you! Nikita Khrushchev For men must work and women must weep, And the sooner it's over, the sooner to sleep. Charles Kingsley Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth. Charles Kingsley We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. Charles Kingsley The sin ye do by two and two ye must pay for one by one. Rudyard Kipling For Allah created the English mad - the maddest of all mankind! Rudyard Kipling For the female of the species is more deadly than the male. Rudyard Kipling

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Four things greater than all things are,- Women and Horses and Power and War. Rudyard Kipling He travels the fastest who travels alone. Rudyard Kipling I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. Rudyard Kipling If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same. Rudyard Kipling If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch. Rudyard Kipling The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool. Rudyard Kipling Too bad ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation. Henry Kissinger Every good thought you think is contributing its share to the ultimate result of your life. Grenville Kleiser We cannot unthink unless we are insane. Arthur Koestler There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking. Alfred Korzybski The adherents of the status quo never had it so bad. There has always been a conflict between those who feel their values are eternal and those who feel they are relative. R. Kostelanetz Television: A medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done. Ernie Kovacs Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength. Charles Lamb Nothing puzzles me more than time and space, and yet nothing puzzles me less, for I never think about them. Charles Lamb The most mortifying infirmity in human nature, to feel in ourselves, or to contemplate in another, is, perhaps, cowardice. Charles Lamb Levity is the soul of wit. Melville D. Landon. (Eli Perkins)

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Taken as a whole, the universe is absurd. Walter Savage Landor He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than illumination. Andrew Lang Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud, and one the stars. Frederick Langbridge By 1960 work will be limited to three hours a day. John Langdon-Davies. A Short History of the Future 1936 By 1975 parents will have ceased to bring up their children in private family units. John Langdon-Davies. A Short History of the Future 1936 By 1975 sexual feeling and marriage will have nothing to do with each other. John Langdon-Davies. A Short History of the Future 1936 Crime will be considered a disease after 1985 and will cease to exist by AD 2000. John Langdon-Davies. A Short History of the Future 1936 Democracy will be dead by 1950. John Langdon-Davies. A Short History of the Future 1936 A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor. Ring Lardner How can you write if you can't cry? Ring Lardner For a desperate disease, a desperate cure. Latin Proverb Polygamy: The greatest testimony to man's willingness to take chances. Joe Laurie Jr. London seems to me like some hoary massive underworld, a hoary ponderous inferno. The traffic pours through the rigid grey streets like the rivers of hell . . . D.H. Lawrence Grand Old Man: That means on our continent (North America) anyone with snow-white hair who has kept out of jail till eighty. Stephen Leacock. People don't ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts. Robert Keith Leavitt

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There's always room for improvement. It's the biggest room in the house. Louise Heath Leber At the beginning there was the Word - at the end just the Cliche. Stanislaw J. Lec Not all women give most of their waking thoughts to the problem of pleasing men. Some are married. Emma Lee It's easier to be original and foolish than original and wise. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz The resistance of a woman is not always proof of her virtue but more frequently of her experience. Ninan de Lenclos . . . the fatal theory of the separation of Church and State. Pope Leo XIII To despise legitimate authority, no matter in whom it is invested, is unlawful; it is rebellion against God's will. Pope Leo XIII To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting. Stanislaus J. Lescynski A man who does not lose his reason over certain things has none to lose. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. Aaron Levenstein Noblesse oblige - Nobility carries its obligations. Duc De Levis When audiences come to see us authors lecture, it is largely in the hope that we'll be funnier to look at than to read. Sinclair Lewis It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, as long as you've got money. Joe. E. Lewis A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents. G.C. Lichtenberg Ambition and suspicion always go together. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg If you have done your best and failed, try doing your worst; you might see your error and succeed. Benjamin Lichtenberg Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one. A.J. Liebling

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My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh anything but work. Abraham Lincoln Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. Abraham Lincoln The ballot is stronger than the bullet. Abraham Lincoln It is characteristic of all movements and crusades that the psychopathic element rises to the top. Robert Lindner I do beseech you to direct your efforts more to preparing youth for the path and less to preparing the path for youth. Judge Ben Lindsay Very few established institutions, governments and constitutions . . . are ever destroyed by their enemies until they have been corrupted and weakened by their friends. Walter Lippmann Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much. Walter Lippmann I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. John Locke One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant. John Locke New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common. John Locke We should have a great many fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves. John Locke The ignorant man always adores what he cannot understand. Cesare Lombroso A boy's will is the wind's will, And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow To say the least, a town life makes one more tolerant and liberal in one's judgement of others. H.W. Longfellow Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. H.W. Longfellow

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Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one. Konrad Lorenz Education is about the only thing lying around loose in the world, and it's about the only thing a fellow can have as much of as he's willing to haul away. George Horace Lorimer Everytime I give someone a title, I make a hundred people angry and one person ungrateful. Louis XIV Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage. Richard Lovelace A wise scepticism is the first attribute of a good critic. James Russell Lowell The misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come. James Russell Lowell There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat. James Russell Lowell So long as a man enjoys prosperity, he cares not whether he is beloved. Marcus Annaeus Lucan Reason is the enemy of faith. Martin Luther By virtue we merely mean the avoidance of the vices that do not attract us. Robert Lynd Yesterday is a cancelled cheque; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have - so spend it wisely. Kay Lyons Men who use terrorism as a means to power, rule by terror once they are in power. Helen MacInness . . . undergraduates . . . were always in revolt. They were never static. The only way they could form their minds was by opposing accepted opinion. Helen MacInness As civilisation advances, poetry almost necessarily declines. Thomas Macaulay Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind. Thomas Macaulay

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The business of everybody is the business of nobody. Thomas Macaulay The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of the realm. Thomas Babington Macaulay We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality. Thomas Macaulay Every nation has the government that it deserves. Joseph De Maistre. On Russia in 1811 You show me a capitalist, I'll show you a bloodsucker. Malcolm X A break in the established order is never the work of chance. It is the outcome of a man's resolve to turn life to account. Andre Malraux The path that leads from moral standards to political activity is strewn with our dead selves. Andre Malraux War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace. Thomas Mann The ideal must be high; the purpose strong, worthy and true, or the life will be a failure. Orison Swett Marden If you have one strong idea, you can't help repeating it and embroidering it. Sometimes I think that authors should write one book and then be put in a gas chamber. John Marquand I know a fellow who's as broke as the Ten Commandments. John Marquand Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. Don Marquis If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves. Don Marquis An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it. Don Marquis When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him WHOSE. Don Marquis A cult is a religion with no political power. Thomas Wolfe

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Early in life I had to choose between arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change. Frank Lloyd Wright I know the price of success - dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. Frank Lloyd Wright The truth is more important than the facts. Frank Lloyd Wright The only thing wrong with architecture is architects. Frank Lloyd Wright Too low they build who build beneath the stars. Edward Young What ardently we wish, we soon believe. Edward Young It is difficult to retain the knowledge one has acquired, without putting it into practice. Pliny the Younger He is either dead or teaching school. Zenobius What I want to do is to make people laugh so that they'll see things seriously. William Zinsser

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