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Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
- Lord Acton, letter, 5 April 1887
$Success has made failures of many men.
- Cindy Adams
$A teacher affects eternity; no one can tell where his influence stops.
- Henry B. Adams
$No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean,
for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
- Henry B. Adams, "The Education of Henry
Adams", 1907
$One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.
- Henry B. Adams, "The Education of Henry
Adams", 1907
$Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has
always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
- Henry B. Adams
$It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
- Alfred Adler, 1939
$Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.
- Roy Adzak, in "Contemporary Artists", 1977
$A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
- Aesop
$Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop
$Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
- Aesop
$We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
- Aesop
$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
$Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.
- Conte Vittorio Alfieri
$Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never play cards with a man named Doc.
And never lie down with a woman who's got more trouble than you.
- Nelson Algren, "What Every Young Man Should Know"
$A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do
nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done.
- Fred Allen
$Most of us spend the first 6 days of each week sowing wild oats,
then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure.
- Fred Allen
$Leisure time is that five or six hours when you sleep at night.
- George Allen
$A study of economics usually reveals that the best time
to buy anything is last year.
- Marty Allen
$80% of success is just showing up.
- Woody Allen
$I don't want to achieve immortality through my work.
I want to achieve it through not dying.
- Woody Allen
$If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a
large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.
- Woody Allen, "Without Feathers"
$It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people.
The good ones slept better ... while the bad ones seemed
to enjoy the waking hours much more.
- Woody Allen, "Side Effects" 1981
$Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on the weekend.
- Woody Allen
$Sex without love is an empty experience,
but as empty experiences go it's one of the best.
- Woody Allen
$The difference between sex and death is that with death
you can do it alone and no one is going to make fun of you.
- Woody Allen, in "New York Tribune", 1975
$The lion and the calf shall lie down together
but the calf won't get much sleep.
- Woody Allen
$Time is Nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.
- Woody Allen
$Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
- Muhammad Ali, in "Time", 1978
$Tuez-les tous! Dieu reconnƒitra les seins!
(Kill-them all! God will recognize his own!)
- Arnaud Amaury, Bishop of Citeaux
$Doing easily what others find difficult is talent;
doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
- Henri-Fr‚d‚ric Amiel, "Journal", 1883
$In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the
sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order.
- Idi Amin Dada, 1976
$God has been replaced, as he has all over the West,
with respectability and air conditioning.
- Imamu Amiri Baraka, "Home", 1966
$Every nation sincerely desires peace; and all nations pursue courses
which if persisted in, must make peace impossible.
- Sir Norman Angell
$Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity
of opportunity to be otherwise.
- Maya Angelou, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings",
$Death is life's answer to the question 'Why?'
- anonymous
$God is not dead. He is alive and working on a less ambitious project.
- anonymous
$If you love something, set it free.
If it doesn't return, it was never yours anyway.
If it does, love it forever.
- anonymous
$In March July, October, May,
The Ides are on the fifteenth day,
The Nones the seventh: all other months besides
Have two days less for Nones and Ides.
- anonymous
$Never argue with a fool - people might not know the difference.
- anonymous
$Never go to sea with two chronometers; take one or three.
- anonymous
$The fewer clear facts you have in support of an opinion,
the stronger your emotional attachment to that opinion.
- anonymous
$Vote early and vote often.
- anonymous, on US election banners, 1850's
$You're never alone with schizophrenia.
- anonymous
$Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause
for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776.
- Susan B. Anthony
$Examine what is said, not who speaks.
- Arabian Proverb
$Women like silent men. They think they're listening.
- Marcel Archard
$The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness,
and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
- Aristotle
$We make war that we may live in peace.
- Aristotle
$What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
- Aristotle
$Wit is cultured insolence.
- Aristotle
$That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
- Neil Armstrong
$What passes for optimism is most often the effect on an intellectual error.
- Raymond Aron, "The Opium of the Intellectuals",
$I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
- Isaac Asimov
$The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new
discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..."
- Isaac Asimov
$We are still speaking the same language,
but neither of us is hearing the other.
- Hafez Assad, on Syrian relations with Egypt,
in "Time", 3 April 1989
$Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator,
but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
- W. H. Auden
$Tomorrow the bicycle races through suburbs on summer evenings.
But today the struggle.
- W. H. Auden
$Poets live in dreams and die in hunger.
- Augustine in "Le Chateau de ma Mere"
$Lord give me chastity - but not yet.
- Saint Augustine
$If Gary Hart had seen Fatal Attraction two years ago,
he'd probably be President.
- Bruce Babbitt, 1988 Presidential Campaign
$If you love someone, set them free;
If they come back they're yours;
If they don't they never were
- Richard Bach, "Jonathan Livingstone Seagull"
$Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
- Francis Bacon, 1624
$Rebellions of the belly are the worst.
- Francis Bacon
$There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
- Francis Bacon
$It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
- Walter Bagehot, "Biographical Studies", 1863
$Be careful what you set your heart upon - for it will surely be yours.
- James Baldwin, "Nobody Knows My Name" 1961
$Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart;
for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
- James Baldwin, "Nobody Knows My Name" 1961
$The future is like heaven - everyone exalts it,
but no one wants to go there now.
- James Baldwin, "Nobody Knows My Name", 1961
$Nostalgia is a seductive liar.
- George Ball
$It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason
that it is more difficult to be witty every day
than to say pretty things from time to time.
- Honor‚ de Balzac, "The Physiology of Marriage", 1829
$Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster
that devours everything: familiarity.
- Honor‚ de Balzac, "The Physiology of Marriage", 1829
$No man should marry until he has studied anatomy
and dissected at least one woman.
- Honor‚ de Balzac, "The Physiology of Marriage", 1829
$The duration of passion is proportionate
with the original resistance of the woman.
- Honor‚ de Balzac, "The Physiology of Marriage", 1829
$Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.
- Honor‚ de Balzac
$It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.
- Tallulah Bankhead
$Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it.
- Tallulah Bankhead
$Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture
available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want.
The most terrifying thing is what people do want.
- Clive Barnes, in "New York Times", 1969
$Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow
such a conventional thing to happen to him.
- John Barrymore, dying words
$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
$Half the work that is done in the world is to make things
appear what they are not.
- E. R. Beadle
$To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.
- Simone de Beauvoir
$What is an adult? A child blown up by age.
- Simone de Beauvoir, "La Femme rompue", 1967
$Hoy como ayer, ma¤ana como hoy
­y siempre igual!
Un cielo gris, un horizante eterno,
y andar... andar.
­Ay! A veces me acuerdo suspirando
del antiguo sufrir.
­amargo es el dolor pero siquiera
padecer es vivir!
- Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, "Rimas", 1868
$Hoy la tierra y los cielos me sonr¡en,
hoy llega al fondo de mi alma el sol,
hoy la he visto..., la he visto y me ha mirado...
­Hoy creo en Dios!
- Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, "Rimas", 1868
$Los suspiros son aire y van al aire.
Las l grimas son agua y van al mar.
Dime, mujer: Cuando el amor se olvida,
¨sabes t£ ad¢nde va?
- Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, "Rimas", 1868
$Mientras haya unos ojos que reflejen
los ojos que los miran,
mientras responda el labio suspirando
al labio que suspira,
mientras sentirse puedan en un beso
dos almas confundidas,
mientras exista una mujer hermosa
­habr  poes¡a!
- Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, "Rimas", 1868
$Por una mirada, un mundo,
por una sonrisa, un cielo,
por un beso... ­yo no s‚
qu‚ te diera por un beso!
- Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, "Rimas", 1868
$¨Qu‚ es poes¡a?, dices mientras clavas
en mi pupila tu pupila azul;
­Qu‚ es poes¡a! ¨Y t£ me lo preguntas?
Poes¡a... eres t£.
- Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, "Rimas", 1868
$Now comes the mystery.
- Henry Ward Beecher, dying words, 8 March 1887
$For those who like this sort of thing,
this is the sort of thing they like.
- Max Beerbohm
$Critics are like eunuchs in a harem: they know how it's done,
they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.
- Brendan Behan
$The most important things to do in this world are to get something
to eat, somthing to drink and somebody to love you.
- Brendan Behan, in "Weekend", 1968
$Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work
he is supposed to be doing at that moment.
- Robert Benchley
$Don't make me speak in a New Language,
Just let me tell you the way that I feel about you.
I sure don't want to offend anyone,
But if you take away my words, how can I tell you the truth?
- Moe Berg of TPOH
$Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
- Hector Berlioz, "Almanach des lettres fran‡aises"
$When it comes to a fork in the road, take it.
- Yogi Berra
$So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
- Psalms 90:10
$The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
- Psalms 111:10
$The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
- Proverbs 1:7
$Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
- Proverbs 16:18
$Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is counted prudent.
- Proverbs 17:28
$It is better to be a live dog than a dead lion.
For the living know that they shall die - the dead know nothing.
- Ecclesiastes
$The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.
- Ecclesiastes 9:11
$No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate one and love the other,
or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches.
- Matthew 6:24
$And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life's span?
- Matthew 6:27
$Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
- John 15:13
$When I was a child, I spoke like a child,
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child;
when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
- I Corinthians 13:11 (Revised Standard Version)
$Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.
- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" 1911
$Belladonna, n. In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison.
A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" 1911
$Bore, n: a person who talks when you wish him to listen.
- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" 1911
$Conservative, n: a statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as
distinguished from a Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" 1911
$Cynic, n: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are,
not as they ought to be.
- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" 1911
$Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community
consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves,
making in all, two.
- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" 1911
$Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.
- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" 1911
$Politeness, n: The most acceptable hypocrisy.
- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" 1911
$Spring beckons! All things to the call respond;
the trees are leaving and cashiers abscond.
- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" 1911
$Yankee, n: In Europe, an American.
In the Northern States of our Union, a New Englander.
In the Southern States the word is unknown. (See DAMYANK.)
- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" 1911
$No man is a hero to his valet.
- Anne-Marie Bigot de Cornuel
$The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.
- Josh Billings, "The Kicker"
$People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.
- Otto von Bismarck
$Universal suffrage is the government of a house by its nursery.
- Otto von Bismarck
$It is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer.
- Sir William Blackstone
$He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
- William Blake
$A conclusion is the place where you get tired of thinking.
- Arthur Bloch
$The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start
thinking your work is terribly important.
- Milo Bloom
$An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes
which can be made, in a narrow field.
- Niels Bohr
$No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical.
- Niels Bohr
$Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.
- Niels Bohr
$The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the
opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr
$If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
- Derek Bok, 1978
$The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
$Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed.
If I fail, no one will say, 'She doesn't have what it takes.'
They will say, 'Women don't have what it takes.'
- Clare Boothe Luce
$Censorship, like charity, should begin at home,
but unlike charity, it should end there.
- Clare Boothe Luce
$No good deed goes unpunished.
- Clare Boothe Luce
$When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.
- James H. Boren
$Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
- Victor Borge
$Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand,
but we must build as if the sand were stone.
- Jorge Luis Borges, 1972
$We never know whether we are victors or whether we are defeated.
- Jorge Luis Borges, "Borges On Writing", 1974
$It is possible to store the mind with a million facts
and still be entirely uneducated.
- Alec Bourne, "A Doctor's Creed"
$Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue
to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant
may prove to be our executioner.
- General Omar Bradley
$God runs electromagnetics by wave theory on Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday, and the Devil runs them by quantum
theory on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
- William Bragg
$Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.
- Werner von Braun
$Man in the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft...
and the only one that can be mass-produced with unskilled labor.
- Werner von Braun
$Grub first, then ethics.
- Bertolt Brecht
$I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it.
- Ashleigh Brilliant
$Please don't ask me what the score is, I'm not even sure what the game is.
- Ashleigh Brilliant
$To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first,
and call whatever you hit the target.
- Ashleigh Brilliant
$No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.
- Jacob Bronowski, in "Encounter", 1971
$If Presidents don't do it to their wives, they do it to the country.
- Mel Brooks
$Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.
- Sam Brown, in "Washington Post", 1977
$Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow.
- Matthew Browne, "Lilliput Levee"
$As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically
reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children.
- Anita Bryant, 1977
$Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.
- William F. Buckley
$I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob.
- William F. Buckley
$Before you kill something make sure you have something better
to replace it with; something better than political opportunist
slamming hate horseshit in the public park.
- Charles Bukowski, "Notes of a Dirty Old Man", 1969
$The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke (possibly misattributed)
$Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy
driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.
- George Burns
$Never do today what you can do tomorrow.
Something may occur to make you regret your premature action.
- Aaron Burr
$Language is a virus from outer space.
- William S. Burroughs
$All I was appealing for was an endorsement, not suggesting you endorse it.
- George Bush, 3 March 1992
$Hay, hey, nihaoma. Hey, yeah, yeah.
Heil, heil -- a kind of Hitler salute.
- George Bush, 29 March 1992
$I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens,
nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.
- George Bush, 27 August 1988
$I've got to be careful I don't overcheerlead on this economy.
- George Bush, 1 November 1991
$I hope I stand for anti-bigotry, anti-Semitism, anti-racism.
- George Bush, in "New York Times", 17 January 1992
$I think there were some differences, there's no question, and
will still be. We're talking about a major, major situation here...
I mean, we have got a major rapport-relationship of economics,
major in the security, and all of that and we should not lose sight of.
- George Bush, 10 January 1992
$I will never apologize for the United States of America, ever.
I don't care what the facts are.
- George Bush, Chicago campaign stop, 27 August 1988
$If you're worried about caribou, take a look at the arguments that were
used about the pipeline. They'd say caribou would be extinct. You've got
to shake them away with a stick. They're all making love lying up
against the pipeline and you've got thousands of caribou up there.
- George Bush, 31 October 1991
$It's no exaggeration to say the undecideds could go one way or another.
- George Bush, 21 October 1988
$It would be inappropriate for the President of the United States
to try to fine-tune for the people of Hungary how they ought to eat -
how the cow out to eat the cabbage, as we say in the United States.
- George Bush, in "Philadelphia Inquirer",
13 July 1989
$The caribou love [the Alaska oil pipeline].
They rub up against it, and they have babies.
- George Bush, 1988
and again "New York Times", 3 April 1989
$The final lesson of Viet Nam is that no great nation
can long afford to be sundered by a memory.
- George Bush, 1989 Inaugural Address
$There is no difference between me and the president on taxes.
No more nitpicking. Zip-ah-de-doo-dah. Now it's off to the races!
- George Bush
$To kind of suddenly try to get my hair colored, and dance up and down
in a miniskirt or do something, you know, show that I've got a lot of jazz
out there and drop a bunch of one-liners, I'm running for president of
the United States... I kind of think I'm a scintillating kind of fellow.
- George Bush, 26 April 1988
$We have a complicated three-way conundrum at this point.
- George Bush, 30 December 1989
$We [Reagan and Bush] have had our successes, we have had our failures,
we have had sex.
- George Bush, 1988
$We love your adherence to democratic principles.
- George Bush speaking to Ferdinand Marcos, June 1981
$You cannot be president of the United States if you don't have faith.
Remember Lincoln, going to his knees in times of trial and the Civil War
and all that stuff. You can't be. And we are blessed. So don't feel
sorry for - don't cry for me, Argentina.
- George Bush, 15 January 1992
$An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
- Nicholas Murray Butler
$Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense
to know how to lie well.
- Samuel Butler, "Notebooks", 1912
$Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
- Samuel Butler
$If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death.
- Samuel Butler
$Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
- Samuel Butler
$Look before you leap
for as you sow, ye are like to reap.
- Samuel Butler, 1663
$Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven.
Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity?
- Samuel Butler, "Notebooks", 1912
$The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.
- Samuel Butler, "The Fair Haven", 1873
$One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.
- Robert Burton, 1651
$For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction.
- Lord Byron, "Don Juan", 1818
$The optimist proclaims we live in the best of all possible worlds;
and the pessimist fears this is true.
- James B. Cabell, "The Silver Stallion" 1926
$Men willingly believe what they wish.
- Julius Caesar
$What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story.
And the greatest good is little enough:
for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca, "Life is a Dream"
$History is the fiction we invent to persuade ourselves that
events are knowable and that life has direction and order.
That's why events are always reinterpreted when values change.
We need new versions of history to allow for our current prejudices.
- Calvin, "Calvin & Hobbes"
$I suppose if we couldn't react to things that didn't make sense,
we couldn't react to a lot of life.
- Hobbes, "Calvin & Hobbes"
$It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.
- Arthur Calwell, 1968
$An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.
- Simon Cameron
$Distance lends enhancement to the view.
- Thomas Campbell
$Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.
- Albert Camus, "The Rebel", 1951
$We are all special cases.
- Albert Camus
$When I sell liquor, its called bootlegging; when my patrons serve
it on Lake Shore Drive, its called hospitality.
- Al Capone
$You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun
than you can with a kind word alone.
- Al Capone
$Anyone who can walk to the welfare office can walk to work.
- Al Capp, in "Esquire", 1970
$It is long accepted by the missionaries that morality is inversely
proportional to the amount of clothing people wore.
- Alex Carey
$Remember, inside every silver lining... there's a dark cloud.
- George Carlin, "The Hippy-Dippy Weatherman", 1965
$"Contrariwise," continued Tweedledee, "if it was so, it might be,
and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic!"
- Lewis Carroll, "Through the Looking Glass"
$"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
- Lewis Carroll, "Through the Looking Glass"
$In time of war the first casualty is truth.
- Boake Carter
$Because of the greatness of the Shah, Iran is an island of stability
in the Middle East.
- Jimmy Carter, 31 December 1977
$Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie!" till you can find a rock.
- Wynn Catlin
$As long as people will accept crap,
it will be financially profitable to dispense it.
- Dick Cavett, in "Playboy", 1971
$The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.
- Richard Cecil
$Everything beautiful has its moment and then passes away.
- Luis Cernuda, "Las Ruinas"
$A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
- Miguel de Cervantes
$Every man is as God made him, ay, and often worse.
- Miguel de Cervantes
$Luxury is a necessity that begins where necessity ends.
- Coco Channel
$I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women,
French to men, and German to my horse.
- Charles V, King of France
$In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence.
- Cesar Chavez
$A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
- G. K. Chesterton
$The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies;
probably because generally they are the same people.
- G. K. Chesterton
$I prefer old age to the alternative.
- Maurice Chevalier
$Old age is not so bad when you consider the alternatives.
- Maurice Chevalier
$He who asks is a fool for five minutes,
but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
- Chinese proverb
$The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.
- Chinese proverb
$I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly,
or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.
- Chuang Tzu
$A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
- Winston Churchill
$Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
- Winston Churchill
$Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum,
sodomy and the lash.
- Winston Churchill
$Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
- Winston Churchill, speech, January 1952
$History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill
$I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared
for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
- Winston Churchill
$I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
- Winston Churchill
$I like a man who grins when he fights.
- Winston Churchill
$I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us.
Pigs treat us as equals.
- Winston Churchil
$If you go on with this nuclear arms race,
all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.
- Winston Churchill
$It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government
except all the others that have been tried.
- Winston Churchill
$It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
- Winston Churchill, "My Early Life", 1930
$Man will occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most times he will pick himself up and carry on.
- Winston Churchill
$Mr Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has much to be modest about.
- Winston Churchill
$Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times.
- Winston Churchill
$The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
- Winston Churchill
$There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.
- Winston Churchill
$A university is what a college becomes when
the faculty loses interest in students.
- John Ciardi
$Preparation, knowledge, and discipline can deal with any form of danger.
- Tom Clancy, "THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER", 1984
$Who will protect the public when the police violate the law?
- Ramsey Clark
$Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke, "Profiles of the Future", 1962
$It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God,
but to create him.
- Arthur C. Clarke
$Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.
- Arthur C. Clarke
$You're either part of the solution or part of the problem.
- Eldridge Cleaver, 1968
$The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
- Eldridge Cleaver, "Soul on Ice", 1968
$America is the only nation in history which miraculously
has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without
the usual interval of civilization.
- Georges Clemenceau, 1 December 1945
$War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military.
- Georges Clemenceau
$Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
$When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
- Charles Caleb Colton
$I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
- Confucius
$If we don't know life, how can we know death?
- Confucius
$Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
- Confucius
$Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Confucius
$What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
- Confucius
$When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them;
when we see persons of a contrary character,
we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
- Confucius
$Heav'n has no rage like love to hatred turn'd,
Nor Hell a fury like a woman scorn'd.
- William Congreve, "The Mourning Bride"
$Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones
who will be writing about you.
- Cyril Connolly, "Journal and Memoir" 1983
$Imprisoned in every fat man a thin man is wildly signaling to be let out.
- Cyril Connolly, "The Unquiet Grave" 1945
$Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime,
but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
- Cyril Connolly, "The Unquiet Grave" 1945
$The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.
- Cyril Connolly, "Journal and Memoir" 1983
$Truth is a river that is always splitting up into arms that reunite.
Islanded between the arms the inhabitants argue for a lifetime
as to which is the main river.
- Cyril Connolly, "The Unquiet Grave" 1945
$Youth is a period of missed opportunities.
- Cyril Connolly, "Journal and Memoir" 1983
$The horror! The horror!
- Joseph Conrad, "Heart of Darkness", 1902
$You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
- Joseph Conrad, "Lord Jim", 1900
$I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and
invigorating climate, but most of all because of her indomitable people.
- Calvin Coolidge, Speech, 21 September 1928
$One of the best things (slave traders) did for you was
to drag your ancestors over here in chains.
- William Coors, Coors Brewing Company, 1984
$A good memory is needed after one has lied.
- Pierre Corneille
$We triumph without glory when we conquer without danger.
- Pierre Corneille
$I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
- Bill Cosby
$Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.
- Laurence Coughlin
$A man feared that he might find an assassin;
Another that he might find a victim.
One was more wise than the other.
- Stephan Crane, "The Black Riders and Other Lines",
$A man said to the universe, "Sir, I exist." "However," replied the universe,
"the fact has not created in me a sense of obligation."
- Stephan Crane, "War is Kind", 1899
$I stood upon a high place, and saw, below, many devils,
running, leaping, and carousing in sin.
One looked up, grinning, and said, "Comrade! Brother!"
- Stephan Crane, "The Black Riders and Other Lines",
$I walked in a desert.
And I cried,
"Ah, God, take me from this place!"
A voice said, "It is no desert."
I cried, "Well, but---
"The sand, the heat, the vacant horizon."
A voice said, "It is no desert."
- Stephan Crane, "The Black Riders and Other Lines",
$I was in the darkness;
I could not see my words
Nor the wishes of my heart.
Then suddenly there was a great light---
"Let me into the darkness again."
- Stephan Crane, "The Black Riders and Other Lines",
$What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass
and loses itself in the sunset.
- Crowfoot, 1890, last words
$There is growing evidence that smoking has pharamacological ...
effects that are of real value to smokers.
- Joseph F. Cullman III (Pres. of Phillip Morris)
Annual Report to Stockholders, 1962
$There are no atheists in the foxholes.
- William Thomas Cummings, 1942
$It takes a long time to understand nothing.
- Edward Dahlberg
$Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days.
An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to
make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.
- the 14th Dalai Lama, interview in "TIME",
11 April 1988
$The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time
of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.
- Dante
$The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents,
and the second half by our children.
- Clarence Darrow
$There is no such thing as justice - in or out of court.
- Clarence Darrow, Interview, April 1936
$When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President;
I'm beginning to believe it.
- Clarence Darrow
$In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces
the world, not to whom the idea first occurs.
- Sir Francis Darwin, 1914
$The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is,
in fact, a return to the idealised past.
- Robertson Davies, "A Voice from the Attic", 1960
$Middle age is youth without it's levity. And old age without decay.
- Daniel Defoe
$There is no such thing as a nonracial society
in a multiracial country.
- F. W. de Klerk, President of South Africa,
in "Time", 11 September 1989
$There are a million ways to lose a work day,
but not even a single way to get one back.
- Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister, "Peopleware", 1987
$People are always talking about tradition, but they forget we have
a tradition of a few hundred years of nonsense and stupidity, that
there is a tradition of idiocy, incompetence and crudity.
- Hugo Demartini, in "Contemporary Artists", 1977
$Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly
and safely insane every night of our lives.
- William Dement, in "Newsweek", 1959
$This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.
- Arthur Dent
$Cogito, ergo sum: I think, therefore I am.
- Rene Descartes
$Don't let your mouth write no check that your tail can't cash.
- Bo Diddley
$We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them
to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.
- Phyllis Diller
$I never deny, I never contradict. I sometimes forget.
- Benjamin Disraeli
$My idea of an agreeable person, is a person who agrees with me.
- Benjamin Disraeli
$The fool wonders, the wise man asks.
- Benjamin Disraeli
$There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
- Benjamin Disraeli
$Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, old age a regret.
- Benjamin Disraeli, "Coningsby" 1844
$The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but a transference of bones
from one graveyard to another.
- J. Frank Dobie, "A Texan in England", 1945
$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, "Devotions", 1624
$Love built on beauty, soon as beauty dies.
- John Donne, "Elegy II, The Anagram"
$No man is an island, entire of it self.
- John Donne, "Devotions"
$Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself,
but talent instantly recognizes genius.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Valley of Fear", 1914
$When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains,
however improbable, must be the truth.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
$The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.
- Peter Drucker
$There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that
which should not be done at all.
- Peter Drucker
$Everything that can be invented has been invented.
- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Patent Office,
$Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
- Will Durant, in "National Enquirer", 1980
$One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do
and always a clever thing to say.
- Will Durant, in "Reader's Digest", 1972
$I'm interested in the fact that the less secure a man is,
the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.
- Clint Eastwood
$A man's got to know his limitations.
- Clint Eastwood in "Magnum Force", 1973
$History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely
once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
- Abba Eban, 1970
$Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
- Thomas Alva Edison, "Life", 1932
$There is no substitute for hard work.
- Thomas Alva Edison, "Life", 1932
$To err is human but to really foul things up requires a computer.
- Paul Ehrlich, in "The Farmers Almanac, 1978"
$Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
- Albert Einstein, "Cosmic Religion"
$Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
- Albert Einstein
$Everything should be as simple as possible -- but not simpler.
- Albert Einstein
$God does not play dice.
- Albert Einstein
$God may be subtle. But He is not malicious.
- Albert Einstein
$Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
- Albert Einstein
$I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war
fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people
of the earth will be killed.
- Albert Einstein
$I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but
World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
- Albert Einstein
$I live in that solitude which is painful in youth,
but delicious in the years of maturity.
- Albert Einstein
$I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.
- Albert Einstein
$If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith.
- Albert Einstein
$If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
- Albert Einstein
$Imagination is more important than knowledge.
- Albert Einstein
$Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
- Albert Einstein
$Long hair minimizes the need for barbers; socks can be done without;
one leather jacket solves the coat problem for many years;
suspenders are superfluous.
- Albert Einstein
$My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior
spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive
with our frail and feeble mind.
- Albert Einstein
$Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
- Albert Einstein
$Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and
the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

- Albert Einstein, "Ideas and Opinions", 1954
$Politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.
- Albert Einstein
$The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own
reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein
$The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science.
- Albert Einstein, "What I Believe", 1930
$The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein, "Life", 1950
$The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably
by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect
for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which
cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase
of crime in this country is closely connected with this.
- Albert Einstein, "My First Impression
of the USA", 1921
$The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has
merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
- Albert Einstein
$The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
- Albert Einstein
$You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his
tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand
this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signls here, they
receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.
- Albert Einstein
$A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
$Do not needlessly endanger your lives until I give you the signal.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
$I think that people want peace so much that one of these days
government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
$In the final choice a soldier's pack is not so heavy as a prisoner's chains.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
$We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
$What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight -
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1958
$Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
- T. S. Eliot
$This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.
- T. S. Eliot, "The Hollow Men", 1925
$The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines
what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.
- Havelock Ellis, "Little Essays of Love
and Virtue", 1922
$The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.
- Havelock Ellis, "The Dance of Life", 1923
$The sun and the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago...
had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
- Havelock Ellis, "The Dance of Life", 1923
$What we call "morals" is simply blind obedience to words of command.
- Havelock Ellis, "The Dance of Life", 1923
$A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.
Before him, I may think aloud.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Essays", 1841
$A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$All mankind love a lover.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$Always do what you are afraid to do.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Conduct of Life", 1860
$Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1871
$Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$Hitch your wagon to a star.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Conduct of Life", 1860
$I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Journal", May 1849
$I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Essays", 1841
$If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better
mouse-trap than his neighbor, tho' he build his house in the woods, the
world will make a beaten path to his door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts;
they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$The end of the human race is that it will die of civilization.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$The world is all gates, all opportunities,
strings of tension waiting to be struck.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$There never was a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$To be great is to be misunderstood.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Essays", 1841
$To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Journal", 20 December 1822
$Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$Weed - a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$When it is dark enough you can see the stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
$Everyone must row with the oars he has.
- English proverb
$A wise man first determines what is within his control;
all else is then irrelevant.
- Epictetus
$We have two ears and one mouth
so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
- Epictetus
$In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.
- Desiderius Erasmus
$Scitum est inter caecos luscumregnare posse.
(It is well known that among the blind the one-eyed man is king.)
- Desiderius Erasmus
$War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
- Desiderius Erasmus
$When I get a little money, I buy books;
and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.
- Desiderius Erasmus
$A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.
- Paul Erd”s
$A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way
that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.
- Ludwig Erhard, in "The Observer", 1958
$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
$He talked with more claret than clarity.
- Susan Ertz
$Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do
with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
- Susan Ertz
$He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.
- M. C. Escher
$I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.
- M. C. Escher
$When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
- Ethiopian proverb
$Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
- Euripides
$The best of seers is he who guesses well.
- Euripides
$Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad.
- Euripides
$When a woman behaves like a man why doesn't she behave like a nice man.
- Dame Edith Evans
$The camera cannot lie. But it can be an accessory to untruth.
- Harold Evans, "Pictures on a Page", 1978
$Tall oaks from little acorns grow.
- David Everett
$Passions are fashions.
- Clifton Fadiman
$When you read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before.
You see more in you than there was before.
- Clifton Fadiman, "Any Number Can Play", 1957
$The people came to realize that wealth is not the fruit of
labour but the result of organized protected robbery.
- Frantz Fanon
$The only accident [at Three Mile Island] is that this thing leaked out.
You could have avoided this whole thing by not saying anything.
- Craig Faust (control-room operator at TMI), 1979,
quoted from "Loose Talk"
$If people really liked to work, we'd still be plowing the land with sticks
and transporting goods on our backs.
- William Feather
$A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
- James Feibleman, "Understanding Philosophy", 1973
$Maturity is only a short break in adolescence.
- Jules Feiffer
$If the King's English was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me!
- Ma Ferguson, Governor of Texas (circa 1920)
$The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
- Fanny Fern, "Willis Parton"
$Computer: a million morons working at the speed of light.
- David Ferrier
$Men just don't seem to jump off the bridge for big reasons;
they usually do so for little ones.
- W. H. Ferry
$The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
$I used to worry about what life was for - now being alive
seems sufficient reason.
- Joanna 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.
- W. C. Fields
$The cost of living has gone up another dollar a quart.
- W. C. Fields
$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
$It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper.
- Errol Flynn
$Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value.
- Marshal Foch, 1911
$Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
- Henry Ford
$Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
$One of the greatest labour-saving inventions of today is tomorrow.
- Vincent T. Foss
$The Law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor,
to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
- Anatole France
$I am responsible only to God and history.
- Francisco Franco
$I still believe that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank
$Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other.
- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac
$In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.
- Benjamin Franklin, 1789
$I have found little that is good about human beings.
In my experience most of them, on the whole, are trash.
- Sigmund Freud
$Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
- Sigmund Freud
$Clothe an idea in words and it loses its freedom of movement.
- Egon Friedell
$Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.
- Milton Friedman
$The news is the one thing the networks can point to with pride.
Everything else they do is crap - and they know it.
- Fred Friendly, 1980
$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
$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
$A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday
but never remembers her age.
- Robert Frost
$A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
- Robert Frost
$A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.
- Robert Frost
$The only way round is through.
- Robert Frost
$The reason why worry kills more people than work is that
more people worry than work.
- Robert Frost
$The world is full of willing people;
some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
- Robert Frost
$The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
- Robert Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a
Snowy Evening", 1923
$There is nothing I'm afraid of like scared people.
- Robert Frost
$We compound our suffering by victimising each other.
- Athol Fugard, in "The Observer", 1971
$Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will break our hearts.
- Robert Fulghum
$It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree.
It's what you do with your life that counts.
- Millard Fuller, in "Time", 16 January 1989
$Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less
obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no
solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There
are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight
- R. Buckminster Fuller
$Faith is much better than belief.
Belief is when someone else does the thinking.
- R. Buckminster Fuller
$How often I found where I should be going only by
setting out for somewhere else.
- R. Buckminster Fuller
$The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.
- R. Buckminster Fuller
$The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller,
quoted in "Contemporary Architects", 1980
$The scalded cat fears even cold water.
- Thomas Fuller
$Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is
almost as silly as getting married just because you do.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor
$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 can blow out a candle, but you can't blow out a fire.
Once the flame begins to catch, the wind will blow it higher.
- Peter Gabriel, "Biko"
$If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
$In economics, the majority is always wrong.
- John Kenneth Galbraith, in "Saturday Evening Post",
$Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
$One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.
- John Kenneth Galbraith, in "Time", 1961
$Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing
between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
$Talk of revolution is one of avoiding reality.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
$The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises
in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral
justification for selfishness.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
$I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence.
There's a knob called "brightness", but it doesn't work.
- Gallagher
$I could prove God statistically.
- George Gallup
$Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
- Gandhi
$There is more to life than increasing its speed.
- Gandhi
$He who awaits much can expect little.
- Gabriel Garc¡a M rquez,
"El Coronel no Tiene quien le Escriba"
$Si Dios no hubiera descansado el domingo
habr¡a tenido tiempo de terminar el mundo.
(If God hadn't rested on Sunday,
He would have had time to finish the world.)
- Gabriel Garc¡a M rquez,
"Los Funerales de Mam  Grande", 1974
$No creo en Dios, pero le tengo miedo.
(I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of Him.)
- Gabriel Garc¡a M rquez,
"El Amor en los Tiempos de C¢lera", 1985
$The ultimate goal of the educational system is
to shift to the individual the burden of pursuing his education.
- John W. Gardner
$If the aborigine drafted an IQ test,
all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.
- Stanley Garn
$On ne peut pas rassembler a froid un pays
qui compte 265 specialites de fromages.
(How do you govern a country which has 265 different kinds of cheese?)
- Charles De Gaulle
$The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.
- Charles de Gaulle, 1967
$A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.
- German Proverb
$There is nothing so fatal to character as half-finished tasks.
- David Lloyd George
$If you can count your money you don't have a billion dollars.
- J. Paul Getty
$If you owe the bank $100, that's your problem.
If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem.
- John Paul Getty:
$Ever it has been that love knows not its own depth
until the hour of separation.
- Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet"
$I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant,
and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
- Kahlil Gibran
$Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
- Andr‚ Gide
$In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over
and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.
- Andr‚ Gide
$The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.
- Jean Giraudoux
$Expecting something for nothing is the most popular form of hope.
- Arnold Glasow
$All things are only transitory.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
$Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
$I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
$Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate
into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
$One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song,
read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible,
speak a few reasonable words.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
$We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
$If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.
- Justice Arthur Goldberg
$If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
- James Goldsmith
$A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
- Samuel Goldwyn
$Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
- Samuel Goldwyn
$I don't think anyone should write their autobiography
until after they're dead.
- Samuel Goldwyn
$If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive.
- Samuel Goldwyn
$I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody
to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.
- Samuel Goldwyn
$We are not abandoning our convictions, our philosophy or traditions,
nor do we urge anyone to abandon theirs.
- Mikhail Gorbachev, UN address, 7 December 1988
$The market is not an invention of capitalism.
It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization.
-Mikhail Gorbachev, 8 June 1990
$Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters;
united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.
- Goya
$A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
- Baltasar Gracian
$The truest wild beasts live in the most populous places.
- Baltasar Gracian, "The Art of Worldly Wisdom" 1647
$Thirty days hath November,
April, June, and September,
February hath twenty-eight alone,
And all the rest have thirty-one.
- Richard Grafton, 1562
$I think when a person has been found guilty of rape
he should be castrated. That would stop him pretty quick.
- Billy Graham, 1974
$I improve on misquotation.
- Cary Grant
$Every silver lining's got a touch of grey
- The Grateful Dead
$A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude
without providing you with company.
- Gian Vincenzo Gravina
$The illusion that times that were are better than those that are,
has probably pervaded all ages.
- Horace Greeley, "The American Conflict", 1864-1866
$If you've got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.
- Motto of the Green Berets
$Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought.
- Graham Greene, 1981
$By the act of marriage you endorse all the ancient and dead values.
You endorse things like monogamy. Lifelong monogamy is a maniacal idea.
- Germaine Greer
$Figures won't lie, but liars will figure.
- Charles H. Grosvenor
$It's round the world I've traveled; it's round the world I've roamed;
but I've yet to see an outlaw drive a family from its home.
- Woody Guthrie, "Pretty Boy Floyd"
$O words of love, O words divine!
The silver thought, the golden line!
Of all men's words, there's none so fine,
As these three words: 'I've got mine!'
- Hagar the Horrible
$The warning message we sent the Russians was a calculated
ambiguity that would be clearly understood.
- Alexander Haig
$I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
- Nathan Hale, 22 September 1776
$He that leaveth nothing to Chance will do few things ill,
but he will do very few things.
- George, Lord Halifax
$There are some who start their retirement
long before they stop working.
- Robert Half
$Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
- Alex Hamilton, "The Listener", 1978
$The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.
- R. W. Hamming, "Numerical Methods for
Scientists and Engineers", 1973
$War will cease when men refuse to fight.
- Fridtjof Hansen
$Licker talks mighty loud w'en it gets loose fum de jug.
- Joel C. Harris, "Uncle Remus: Plantation Proverbs"
$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
$In times like these, it is helpful to remember
that there have always been times like these.
- Paul Harvey
$I'll carry your books, I'll carry a tune, I'll carry on, carry over,
carry forward, Cary Grant, cash & carry, Carry Me Back To Old Virginia,
I'll even Hara Kari if you show me how, but I will not carry a gun.
- Hawkeye, "MASH"
$Not only does God play dice, but ... he sometimes
throws them where they cannot be seen.
- Stephen Hawking
$Age is not important unless you're a cheese.
- Helen Hayes
$The probability of anything happening is in inverse ratio to its desirability.
- John W. Hazard, "Changing Times" 1957
$Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or
difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.
- William Hazlitt
$Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
- William Hazlitt
$Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.
- William Hazlitt
$Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained
with the greatest violence.
- Hebrew Proverb
$Dieu me pardonnera. C'est son metier.
(God will forgive me. It's his job.)
- Heinrich Heine
$Experience is a good school, but the fees are high.
- Heinrich Heine
$Everything to excess. To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites.
Moderation is for monks.
- Robert Heinlein, "Notebooks of Lazarus Long"
$Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does
what it's supposed to do.
- Robert Heinlein
$The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is
that science requires reasoning while those other subjects
merely require scholarship.
- Robert Heinlein
$When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse
is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about
space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere.
- Robert Heinlein
$Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity,
and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them.
- Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
$All good books are alike in that they are truer
than if they had really happened.
- Ernest Hemingway
$Courage is grace under pressure.
- Ernest Hemingway
$Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived
and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
- Ernest Hemingway, in "Sunday Times", 1966
$Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased
at the price of chains and slavery?
- Patrick Henry
$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 beautiful women.
- Katherine Hepburn
$All is flux, nothing stays still.
- Heraclitus
$There is nothing permanent except change.
- Heraclitus
$Some actions have an end but no beginning; some begin but do not end.
It all depends upon where the observer is standing.
- Frank Herbert
$I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that
brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass
over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner
eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
- Frank Herbert, "Dune", 1965
$Manuscript: Something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.
- Oliver Herford
$Only the young die good.
- Oliver Herford
$Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.
- Herodotus
$If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of
fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.
- Herodotus
$Racism is man's gravest threat to man -
the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel
$Many people have played themselves to death.
Many people have eaten and drunk themselves to death.
Nobody ever thought himself to death.
- Gilbert Highet
$There's nothing in the middle of the road
but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.
- Jim Hightower, in "Time", 3 April 1989
$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
$A good film is when the price of the dinner,
the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
- Alfred Hitchcock
$Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
- Alfred Hitchcock, in "The Observer", 1960
$In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is
and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
- Alfred Hitchcock, 1966
$In starting and waging a war it is not right that matters, but victory.
- Adolf Hitler
$Never tolerate the establishment of two continental powers in Europe.
- Adolf Hitler, "Mein Kampf", 1933
$Strength lies not in defense but in attack.
- Adolf Hitler, "Mein Kampf", 1933
$Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong.
- Adolf Hitler, "Mein Kampf", 1933
$The day of individual happiness has passed.
- Adolf Hitler
$The great masses of the people ... will more easily
fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.
- Adolf Hitler, "Mein Kampf", 1933
$The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
- Adolf Hitler
$We stand for the maintenance of private property.
- Adolf Hitler
$What luck for the rulers that men do not think.
- Adolf Hitler
$When I was young, my position [on churches] was: dynamite.
It was only later that I realized that this sort of thing
cannot be rushed. It must rot away like a diseased member.
- Adolf Hitler
$Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
- Eric Hoffer
$You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Eric Hoffer, in "The Faber Book of Aphorisms", 1964
$Stay away from needle drugs.
Richard Nixon is the only dope worth shooting.
- Abbie Hoffman, "Steal this Book"
$The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.
- Abbie Hoffman
$The best way I know of to win an argument is
to start by being in the right.
- Quentin Hogg
$Dignity is like a top hat.
Neither is very much use when you are standing on it.
- Chistopher Hollis
$Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
$Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
$About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
- Herbert Hoover
$Many persons have left their jobs for the more
profitable one of selling apples.
- Herbert Hoover, 1931
$Justice is incidental to law and order.
- J. Edgar Hoover
$Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero!
(Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow!)
- Horace
$Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.
(It is sweet and honorable to die for one's country.)
- Horace
$He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.
- Horace
$Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.
- Horace
$What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge,
and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.
- Marina Horner
$Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.
- William Dean Howells
$A man is as good as he has to be, and a woman as bad as she dares.
- Elbert Hubbard
$Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
- Elbert Hubbard
$If you suffer, thank God! - it is a sure sign that you are alive.
- Elbert Hubbard
$Polygamy: An endeavour to get more out of life than there is in it.
- Elbert Hubbard
$An optimist is a fellow who believes
what's going to be will be postponed.
- Kin Hubbard
$Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
- Kin Hubbard
$Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a
conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
- Kin Hubbard
$If there is anything a public servant hates to do
it's something for the public.
- Kin Hubbard
$Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.
- Kin Hubbard, "Abe Martin's Broadcast", 1930
$When a fellow says it ain't the money but the principle of the thing,
it's the money.
- Kin Hubbard
$If you really want to make a lot of money, start your own religion.
- L. Ron Hubbard
$Folks, I'm telling you, birthing is hard, and dying is mean -
so get yourself a little loving in between.
- Langston Hughes
$Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
- Langston Hughes
$An invasion of armies can be resisted,
but not an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo
$Habit is the nursery of errors.
- Victor Hugo
$We believe that to err is human. To blame it on someone else is politics.
- Hubert H. Humphrey
$The right to be heard does not automatically
include the right to be taken seriously.
- Hubert H. Humphrey, 1965
$A woman has to be twice as good as a man to go half as far.
- Fannie Hurst
$The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from
ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference,
and undernourishment.
- Robert Hutchins, "Great Books" 1954
$Experience is not what happens to you.
It is what you do with what happens to you.
- Aldous Huxley, in "Reader's Digest", 1956
$Maybe this world is another planet's Hell.
- Aldous Huxley
$Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
- Aldous Huxley
$Technological progress has merely provided us with more
efficient means for going backwards.
- Aldous Huxley, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow",
$The most distressing thing that can happen to a prophet
is to be proved wrong. The next most distressing thing is
to be proved right.
- Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World Revisited", 1956
$A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
- Henrik Ibsen, "An Enemy of the People", 1882
$The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.
- Henrik Ibsen, "An Enemy of the People", 1882
$There is always something to upset the most careful of human calculations.
- Ihara Saikaku
$Originality is undetected plagiarism.
- Dean W. R. Inge
$Few rich men own their own property. The property owns them.
- Robert G. Ingersoll
$To think contrary to one's era is heroism.
But to speak against it is madness.
- Eugene Ionesco
$May the road rise to meet you
May the winds be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
May the rains fall softly upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
- traditional Irish Blessing
$It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
- Andrew Jackson
$One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson
$The will to win is worthless if you don't get paid for it.
- Reggie Jackson
$It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are.
- Clive James, in "The Observer", 1976
$A great many people think they are thinking
when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
- William James
$The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
- William James
$The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
- William James
$If you understand everything, you must be misinformed.
- Japanese Proverb
$To teach is to learn.
- Japanese Proverb
$El amor es un camino que de repente aparece
y de tanto caminarlo se te pierde.
- Victor Jara, "El Amor es un Camino"
$In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to Liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson
$I think [a black] ... could scarcely be found capable of
tracing and comprehending the investigations of Euclid.
- Thomas Jefferson, "Notes on Virginia", 1787
$Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
- Thomas Jefferson
$It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless,
of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.
- Jerome K. Jerome
$To seek permission is to seek denial.
- Steve Jobs
$Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.
- Pope John XXIII, 1978
$I never trust a man unless I've got his pecker in my pocket.
- Lyndon B. Johnson
$If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
the headline that afternoon would read: PRESIDENT CAN'T SWIM.
- Lyndon B. Johnson
$If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of
them is doing the thinking.
- Lyndon Baines Johnson
$No member of our generation who wasn't a Communist
or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn.
- Lyndon B. Johnson, 1960
$Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
- Samuel Johnson
$Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
- Samuel Johnson, "Letter to Lord Chesterfield",
7 April 1775
$The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.
- Samuel Johnson
$What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
- 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
$The heart has its prisons that intelligence cannot unlock.
- Marcel Jouhandeau, "De la grandeur"
$Do you not know, my son, with what little understanding the world is ruled?
- Pope Julius III
$As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle
a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.
- Carl G. Jung
$An ounce of emotion is equal to a ton of facts.
- John Junor
$Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
(Who watches the watchmen?)
- Juvenal, "Satires"
$In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
- Franz Kafka
$Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind
only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
- Franz Kafka
$There are two cardinal sins from which all the others spring:
impatience and laziness.
- Franz Kafka
$Trouble is only an opportunity in work clothes.
- Henry J. Kaiser
$Plus ‡a change, plus c`est la mˆme chose.
(The more things change, the more they remain the same.)
- Alphonse Karr, "Les Guˆpes", 1849
$You do not destroy an idea by killing people;
you replace it with a better one.
- Edward Keating
$Beauty is truth, truth beauty.
- John Keats
$Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
- John Keats, Correspondence, 1819
$College isn't the place to go for ideas.
- Hellen Keller
$If you wants to get elected president, you've got to think up
some memorable homily so's school kids can be pestered into
memorizin' it, even if they don't know what it means.
- Walt Kelly
$We have met the enemy and he is us.
- Walt Kelly in "POGO"
$It is much safer to obey than to rule.
- Thomas A. Kempis
$If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
- Florynce Kennedy, 1976
$And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 20 January 1961
$If a free society cannot help the many who are poor,
it cannot save the few who are rich.
- John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 20 January 1961
$Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.
- John F. Kennedy
$Those who make peaceful revolution impossible
will make violent revolution inevitable.
- John F. Kennedy, 12 March 1962
$Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
- John F. Kennedy
$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
$Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy
$Some men see things as they are and say why?
I dream things that never were and say 'Why not?'
- Robert F. Kennedy, in "Esquire", 1969
$What is a magician but a practising theorist?
- Obi-Wan Kenobi
$Without feeling there's no reason to live.
- Andr‚ Kert‚sz, photographer, 1894-1985
$Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will
do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
- John Maynard Keynes
$I wish I'd drunk more champagne.
- John Maynard Keynes, dying words
$In the long run we are all dead.
- John Maynard Keynes, "The General Theory", 1936
$In a fight you don't stop to choose your cudgels.
- Nikita Khruschev
$Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build
bridges even when there are no rivers.
- Nikita Khruschev
$I am part of all I have read.
- John Kieran
$Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
- S”ren Kierkegaard, "Life"
$Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
$It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me,
but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
$Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the
the philanthropist to over-look the circumstances of
economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., "Strength to Love", 1963
$The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., "Strength to Love", 1963
$A woman is a woman. A good cigar is a smoke.
- Rudyard Kipling
$For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
- Rudyard Kipling
$He travels the fastest who travels alone.
- Rudyard Kipling
$The silliest woman can manage a clever man;
but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.
- Rudyard Kipling
$Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
- Rudyard Kipling
$Diplomacy ... the art of restraining power.
- Henry Kissinger
$The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
- Henry Kissinger
$The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.
- Henry Kissinger
$The words `I am...' are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to.
The thing you're claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.
- A. K. Kitselman
$We cannot unthink unless we are insane.
- Arthur Koestler
$Television - a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well-done.
- Ernie Kovacs
$Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
- Jonathan Kozol
$Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.
- Charles Lamb
$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
$Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep.
- Fran Lebowitz
$People find life entirely too time-consuming.
- Stanislaw J. Lec
$When smashing monuments, save the pedestals - they always come in handy.
- Stanislaw Lec
$When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground

from beneath your feet.
- Stanislaw Lec
$It is well that war is so terrible, or we should get too fond of it.
- Robert E. Lee, December 1862
$To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
- Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Wizard of Earthsea", 1975
$When smashing monuments, save the pedestals - they always come in handy.
- Stanislaw Lec
$It's easier to be original and foolish than original and wise.
- Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
$It is true that liberty is precious - so precious that it must be rationed.
- Nikolai Lenin
$Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon and Yoko Ono, "Beautiful Boy", 1980
$Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive,
but what they conceal is vital.
- Aaron Levenstein
$The world began without man, and it will complete itself without him.
- Claude Levi-Strauss, "Tristes Tropiques", 1955
$Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive,
but what they conceal is vital.
- Aaron Levenstein
$Ask a man which way he is going to vote, and he will probably tell you.
Ask him, however, why, and vagueness is all.
- Bernard Levin, in "Daily Mail", 1964
$A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbor's throat
without having his neighbor notice it.
- Trygve Lie
$He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
- Abraham Lincoln
$I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way
the social and political equality of the white and black races --
I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors
of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry
with white people.
- Abraham Lincoln, during first Lincoln-Douglas
debate, 21 August 1858
$I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.
- Abraham Lincoln
$Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln
$Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
- Abraham Lincoln
$The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
- Abraham Lincoln
$Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong
impulse to see it tried on im personally.
- Abraham Lincoln
$You can fool all the people some of the time,
and some of the people all the time,
but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
- Abraham Lincoln
$Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee,
and just as hard to sleep after.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
$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
$Winning is not everything. It's the only thing.
- Vince Lombardi, 1965
$The ignorant man always adores what he cannot understand.
- Cesare Lombroso, "The Man of Genius"
$Never try to outstubborn a cat.
- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"
$Tax reform means "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that
fellow behind the tree."
- Russell Long
$We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing,
while others judge us by what we have done.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
$Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.
- Joe Louis, 1965
$Cynicism - the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.
- Russell Lynes
$In war there is no substitute for victory.
- General Douglas MacArthur, Speech, 19 April 1951
$There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.
- General Douglas MacArthur, 1955
$It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.
- Niccolo Machiavelli
$Caminante, son tus huellas el camino, y nada m s;
caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.
- Antonio Machado, "Proverbios y cantares, VI"
$To be alive at all involves some risk.
- Harold MacMillan, December 1959
$All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death
than the animals that know nothing.
- Maurice Maeterlinck
$Computers can figure out all kinds of problems,
except the things in the world that just don't add up.
- James Magary
$It's only words... unless they're true.
- David Mamet
$Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great
equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.
- Horace Mann, 1848
$The atom bomb is a paper tiger...
Terrible to look at but not so strong as it seems.
- Mao Zedong
$Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
- Mao Zedong, "Quotations from Chairman Mao", 1966
$Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
- Mao Zedong, "Quotations from Chairman Mao", 1966
$an optimist is a guy that has never had much experience
- Donald R. Perry Marquis, "archy and mehitabel", 1927
$I've had a wonderful evening, but this wasn't it.
- Groucho Marx
$Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.
- Groucho Marx
$Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
- Groucho Marx
$The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing;
if you can fake that, you've got it made.
- Groucho Marx
$Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others.
- Groucho Marx
$From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
- Karl Marx
$Religion ... is the opium of the masses.
- Karl Marx, "Critique of the Hegelian Philosophy
of Right", 1844
$Unrecognized faults lead to wasted efforts
- Joanot Martorell, "Tirant lo Blanc", 1490
$Impropriety is the soul of wit.
- W. Somerset Maugham
$The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
- W. Somerset Maugham
$Love is only the dirty trick played on us
to achieve continuation of the species.
- W. Somerset Maugham, "A Writer's Notebook" 1949
$I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.
- William H. Mauldin, "Up Front" 1944
$It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
- William G. McAdoo
$Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
- Charlie McCarthy
$A still tongue makes a happy life.
- Patrick McGoohan (Number 6 in "The Prisoner")
$Be seeing you!
- Patrick McGoohan (Number 6 in "The Prisoner")
$Music makes a quiet mind.
- Patrick McGoohan (Number 6 in "The Prisoner")
$Questions are a burden to others;
answers are a prison for oneself.
- Patrick McGoohan (Number 6 in "The Prisoner")
$I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
- George McGovern
$A billion here, a couple of billion there -- first thing you
know it adds up to be real money.
- Everett McKinley Dirksen
$I don't necessarily agree with everything I say.
- Marshall McLuhan
$We don't know who it was that discovered water,
but we're pretty sure it wasn't a fish.
- Marshall McLuhan
$Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to co-operate.
- Margaret Mead
$The people here [in Nicaragua] are amazingly friendly, when you
figure we're here to overthrow their government.
- Richard Melton, US Ambassador to Nicaragua
$The Navy is the asylum for the perverse, the home of the unfortunate.
- Herman Melville, "White Jacket"
$A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence
and yet keep both ears to the ground.
- H. L. Mencken
$Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.
- H. L. Mencken, "A Mencken Chrestomathy", 1949
$Don't overestimate the decency of the human race.
- H. L. Mencken
$Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
- H. L. Mencken
$Men have a much better time of it than women:
for one thing, they marry later; for another thing they die earlier.
- H. L. Mencken
$Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life,
there is actually no truth to be discovered;
there is only error to be exposed.
- H. L. Mencken, "Prejudices, Third Series", 1922
$No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
- H. L. Mencken
$On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women.
- H. L. Mencken
$Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
- H. L. Mencken
$The American public knows what it wants,
and deserves to get it good and hard.
- H. L. Mencken
$The older I grow the more I distrust
the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
- H. L. Mencken, "Prejudices, Third Series", 1922
$There's always an easy solution to every human problem -
neat, plausible, and wrong.
- H. L. Mencken
$Time is the great legalizer, even in the field of morals.
- H. L. Mencken, "A Book of Prefaces", 1917
$Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now
pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.
- H. L. Mencken
$When women kiss it always reminds one of prize fighters shaking hands.
- H. L. Mencken
$It is the doom of men that they forget.
- Merlin, in Edmund Mallory's "Morte d'Artur"
$Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
- Michelangelo
$Conservatives are not necessarily stupid,
but most stupid people are conservatives.
- John Stuart Mill
$He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.
- John Stuart Mill
$Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.
- Henry Miller, "Tropic of Capricorn"
$Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.
- Henry Miller, "Tropic of Capricorn"
$There is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy.
- Henry Miller, "The Colossus of Maroussi", 1941
$It's better to rule in hell than serve in heaven.
- Milton, "Paradise Lost"
$I bet the human brain is a kludge.
- Marvin Minsky
$A good listener is not only popular everywhere,
but after a while he gets to know something.
- Wilson Mizner
$Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing for something.
- Wilson Mizner
$I respect faith, but doubt is what gives you an education.
- Wilson Mizner
$Some of the greatest love affairs I've known
have involved one actor, unassisted.
- Wilson Mizner
$When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers, it's research.
- Wilson Mizner
$I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.
- Marilyn Monroe
$Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.
- Mary Wortley Montagu
$War hath no fury like a non-combatant.
- C. E. Montague
$Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in,
and those inside equally desperate to get out.
- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
$The value of life lies not in the length of days,
but in the use we make of them...
Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not
on your tale of years, but on your will.
- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1580
$Obstacles are those frightful things you see
when you take your eyes off the goal.
- Hannah More
$Only the sinner has the right to preach.
- Christopher Morley
$There is only one success, to be able to spend your life in your own way.
- Christopher Morley
$You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
- John Morley, "Rousseau", 1876
$Any party which takes credit for the rain
must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the draught.
- Dwight Morrow
$If the nation's economists were laid end to end,
they would point in all directions.
- Arthur H. Motley
$Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty
without taking off your shoes.
- Mickey Mouse
$As a student I learned from wonderful teachers
and ever since then I've thought everyone is a teacher.
- Bill Moyers, interviews on "Fresh Air", 1991
$It is impossible to make anything foolproof
because fools are so ingenious.
- Edsel Murphy
$Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation.
- Edward R. Murrow
$Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.
- Edward R. Murrow
$The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well off,
have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the
greatest misery without almost noticing them.
- Gunnar Myrdal
$Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death
should not be an even greater one.
- Vladimir Nabokov, in "Time", 1981
$Prophecy is the wit of a fool.
- Vladimir Nabokov
$The speed of exit of a civil servant is directly proportional
to the quality of his service.
- Ralph Nader, "The Spoiled System"
$Everybody is interesting for an hour, but few people can last more than two.
- V. S. Naipul, interview in "Time", 10 July 1989
$When you win, nothing hurts.
- Joe Namath
$A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
- Napoleon, "Maxims" 1804-1815
$History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
- Napoleon, "Maxims" 1804-1815
$If you wish to be a success in the world,
promise everything, deliver nothing.
- Napoleon
$In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
- Napoleon
$Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
- Napoleon
$Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
- Napoleon
$Women are nothing but machines for producing children.
- Napolean, in "The Book of Insults", 1978
$A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.
- Ogden Nash
$Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.
- Ogden Nash
$Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.
- Ogden Nash
$The trouble with a kitten is that when it grows up, it's always a cat
- Ogden Nash.
$The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves,
only complicated stupid moves which make the rest of us wonder
at the possibility that we might be missing something.
- Gamel Abdel Nasser
$Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
- George Jean Nathan
$I drink to make other people interesting.
- George Jean Nathan
$Nobody believes the official spokesman ...
but everybody trusts an unidentified source.
- Ron Nesen, 1977
$There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know
what you're talking about.
- John von Neumann
$Lack of will power has caused more failure than
lack of intelligence or ability.
- Flower A. Newhouse
$Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
- Howard W. Newton
$If I have seen far, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
- Sir Isaac Newton
$O God, give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed,
courage to change what should be changed,
and wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
- Reinhold Niebuhr, sermon, 1934
$Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.
- Reinhold Niebuhr
$ They [Nazis] came first for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one left to speak up.
- Martin Niem”ller
$He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
- Fredrich Nietzsche
$In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
$Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
- Friedrich Nietzsche, "Beyond Good and Evil",
1885 - 1886
$One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
$Wer mit Ungeheuern kampft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird.
Und wenn du lange in einem Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund
auch in dich hinein.

(He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster.
And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.)
- Friedrich Nietzsche, "Jenseits von Gut und Bose"
$What does not destroy me, makes me strong.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
$When a hundred men stand together,
each of them loses his mind and gets another one.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
$A ship is always referred to as "she"
because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.
- Chester Nimitz, Speech, 13 February 1940
$Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive,
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
- Anais Nin
$I have nothing to hide.
- Richard Nixon
$I would have made a good pope.
- Richard Nixon
$It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.
Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
- Richard M. Nixon
$Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth -
to see it like it is, and tell it like it is -
to find the truth, to speak the truth, and live the truth.
- Richard Nixon. accepting the Presidential
Nomination, 1968
$Voters quickly forget what a man says.
- Richard Nixon
$When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.
- Richard Nixon, in interview with David Frost,
19 May 1977
$Your President is no crook!
- Richard Nixon
$You can't underestimate the power of fear.
- Tricia Nixon
$Laws were made to be broken.
- Christopher North
$Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly upon our own point of view.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Return of the Jedi"
$There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.
- Kenneth H. Olson, President of DEC,
Convention of the World Future Society, 1977
$The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds,
and the pessimist knows it.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer,
"Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists" 1951
$Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.
- George Orwell
$Liberal - a power worshipper without power.
- George Orwell
$On the whole human beings want to be good,
but not too good and not quite all the time.
- George Orwell, collected essays
$All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
- George Orwell, "Animal Farm" 1945
$Big Brother Is Watching You
- George Orwell, "1984", 1948
$Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell, "1984", 1948
$At 50 everyone has the face he deserves.
- George Orwell, "Journals", 1949
$Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives,
but on balance life is suffering and only the very young
or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
- George Orwell, "Shooting an Elephant", 1950


- George Orwell, "1984", 1948
$It is convenient that there be gods,
and, as it is convenient, let us believe there are.
- Ovid, "Ars Amatoria"
$To be loved, be lovable.
- Ovid, "Ars Amatoria"
$If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.
- Thomas Paine
$Brevity is the soul of lingerie.
- Dorothy Parker
$The chief product of an automated society
is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
- Cyril Parkinson
$It is a commonplace observation that work expands so as
to fill the time available for its completion.
- C. Northcote Parkinson, in "The Economist", 1955
$The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
- Ellen Parr
$If all men knew what others say of them,
there would not be four friends in the world.
- Blaise Pascal, 1656
$Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.
- Blaise Pascal
$Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed.
- Blaise Pascal, "Pens‚es", 1670
$Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor
of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply... For fear will
rob him of all if he gives too much.
- Alan Paton, "Cry, The Beloved Country", 1948
$God forgives us. ... Who am I not to forgive?
- Alan Paton, "Cry, The Beloved Country", 1948
$I have one great fear in my heart, that one day
when they [the whites of South Africa] have turned to loving,
they will find we [the blacks] are turned to hating.
- Alan Paton, "Cry, The Beloved Country", 1948
$Then what is it worth, this mining industry? And why should it
be kept alive, if it is only our poverty that keeps it alive? ...
Is it we that must be kept poor so that others may stay rich?
- Alan Paton, "Cry, The Beloved Country", 1948
$What broke in a man when he could bring himself to kill another?
- Alan Paton, "Cry, The Beloved Country", 1948
$Who knows for what we live, and struggle, and die? ...
Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand.
But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle,
is beyond all human wisdom.
- Alan Paton, "Cry, The Beloved Country", 1948
$Yet [white] men [of South Africa] were afraid,
with a fear that was deep, deep in the heart,
a fear so deep that they hid their kindness, ...
They were afraid because they were so few.
And fear could not be cast out, but by love.
- Alan Paton, "Cry, The Beloved Country", 1948
$To give up the task of reforming society is to
give up one's responsibility as a free man.
- Alan Paton, 1967
$Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do
and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
- George S. Patton, "War As I Knew It", 1947
$Watch what people are cynical about,
and one can often discover what they lack.
- George S. Patton
$Assuming that either the left wing or the right wing gained
control of the country, it would probably fly around in circles.
- Pat Paulsen
$The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but hold hands.
- Alexander Penney
$Public office is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
- Boies Penrose, 1931
$Always be sincere, even when you don't mean it.
- Irene Peter
$An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow
why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
- Laurence J. Peter
$A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street.
- Laurence Peter
$Democracy is a process by which the people are free
to choose the man who will get the blame.
- Laurence Peter, "Peter's Quotations", 1977
$Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.
- Laurence Peter
$In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
- Laurence Peter, "The Peter Principle" 1969
$Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear
but forgetting where you heard it.
- Laurence Peter, "Peter's Quotations", 1977
$A man who is always ready to believe what is told him will never do well.
- Gaius Petronius, "Satyricon"
$Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics.
- Wendell Phillips, Speech, 7 November 1860
$What is defeat? Nothing but education,
nothing but the first step toward something better.

- Wendell Phillips
$Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
- Pablo Picasso
$Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
- Pablo Picasso
$God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant
and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.
- Pablo Picasso
$Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood.
- Augusto Pinochet
$The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd.
The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places
no one has ever been.
- Alan Ashley-Pitt
$The measure of man is what he does with power.
- Pittacus
$If everybody's behavior can be explained by simple stupidity and greed,
there's no point in assuming a conspiracy.
- P. J. Plauger
$Prosperity tries the fortunate: adversity the great.
- Pliny the Younger
$I don't need a friend who changes when I change
and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
- Plutarch
$The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch
$Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
- Roman Polanski
$Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.
- Polish proverb
$Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think.
- Alexander Pope
$For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
- Alexander Pope, "Essay on Criticism, 625"
$If you do not raise your eyes you will think you are the highest point.
- Antonio Porchia, "Voces", 1968
$One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.
- Antonio Porchia, "Voces", 1968
$Por un teu mais terno olhar
dera da vida a metade:
'nun sorriso dera a vida
por un beijo a eternidade
- Traditional Portuguese poem
$They talk most who have the least to say.
- Matthew Prior
$A city is a large community where people are lonesome together.
- Herbert Prochnow
$A good workman is known by his tools.
- Proverb
$Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret,
especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.
- William Proxmire
$Maxim 914: Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
- Publilius Syrus
$Maxim 1070: I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
- Publilius Syrus
$Practice is the best of all instructors.
- Publilius Syrus
$I loved you. And love for you has not yet burned out of my soul. But
don't let my love cause you distress any more. I don't wish to bring you
grief. I loved you silently, hopelessly, sometimes in joy, sometimes in
jealousy. I loved you so sincerely, so tenderly. Ah, may God grant that
you be so loved by another.
- Aleksander Pushkin, "Ya Vas Lyubil"
$Silence is better than unmeaning words.
- Pythagoras
$Actually I'm a little bit envious of Murphy Brown.
At least she's guaranteed to come back this fall.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 1992
$Although in public I refer to him as Mr. Vice President, in private
I call him George ... When I called him on the phone yesterday,
I called him George rather than Mr. Vice President. But in public,
it's Mr. Vice President because that's who he is.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 27 August 1988
$Certainly I know what to do, and when I am Vice President - and
when I will be - there will be contingency plans under different
situations. And I'll tell you what - I'm not going to go out and
have a news conference about it, I'm going to put it in a safe and
keep it there! Does that answer the question?
- J. Danforth Quayle, 10 October 1988
$From a historical basis, Middle East conflicts do not last a long time.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 2 October 1990
$Happy campers you are, happy campers you have been,
and as far as I am concerned, happy campers you will always be.
- J. Danforth Quayle, on arrival in American Samoa,
25 April 1989
$Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific.
It is IN the Pacific. It is a part of the United States
that is an island that is right here.
- J. Danforth Quayle
$Hawaii is a unique state. It is a state that is by itself...
It is different than the other 49 states. Well all states
are different, but it's got a particularly unique situation.
- J. Danforth Quayle, "Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette",
11 October 1992
$I am not part of the problem; I am a Republican.
- J. Danforth Quayle
$I am the future!
- J. Danforth Quayle, 10 October 1988
$I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom
and democracy - but that could change.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 22 May 1989
$I don't watch it, but I know enough to comment on it.
- J. Danforth Quayle, commenting on "Murphy Brown",
21 May 92
$I suppose three important things certainly come to my mind that
we want to say thank you. The first would be our family. Your family,
my family - which is composed of an immediate family of a wife and
three children, a larger family with grandparents and aunts and uncles.
- J. Danforth Quayle, "Des Moines Register",
23 November 1988
$I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret
I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I
could converse with those people.
- J. Danforth Quayle, in "Time", 8 May 1989
$I wear their scorn as a badge of honor.
- J. Danforth Quayle, commenting on the media elite,
9 June 1992
$I would guess that there's adequate low-income housing in this country.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 27 October 1988
$If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure.
- J. Danforth Quayle, to the Phoenix Republican
Forum, 23 March 1990
$If you give a person a fish, they'll fish for a day.
But if you train a person to fish, they'll fish for a lifetime.
- J. Danforth Qualye
$It isn't pollution that's harming the environment.
It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.
- J. Danforth Quayle
$It's rural America. It's where I came from. We always refer to ourselves
as real America. Rural America, real America, real, real, America.
- J. Danforth Quayle
$Japan is an important ally of ours. Japan and the United States of
the western industrialized capacity, 60 percent of the GNP, two
countries. That's a statement in and of itself.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 2 October 1989
$Mars is essentially in the same orbit... We have seen pictures where
there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, there is
oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe.
- J. Danforth Quayle, interviewed on Cable Network
News, 11 August 1989
$May our nation continue to be the beakon [sic] of hope to the world.
- J. Danforth Quayle, Christmas card, 1989
$My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and
we will never, never surrender to what is right.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 15 November 1991
$One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Vice President,
and that one word is 'to be prepared'.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 6 December 1989
$People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions
and have a tremendous impact on history.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 28 September 1988
$Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 18 September 1990
$Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 8 September 1988
$The American people will judge me on what I am saying.
- J. Danforth Quayle
$[The Gulf War is] a stirring victory for the forces of aggression.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 11 April 1991
$The real question of 1988 is whether we're going to go forward
to tomorrow or past to the -- to the back!
- J. Danforth Quayle, 17 August 1988
$There is nothing that a good defense cannot beat a better offense.
In other words, a good offense wins.
- J. Danforth Quayle, on "Star Wars",
in "Time", 19 September 1988
$This isn't a man who is leaving with his head between his legs.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 6 December 1991
$Unfortunately, the people of Louisiana are not racists.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 12 October 1990
$Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.
- J. Danforth Quayle
$We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 21 September 1988
$We are ready for any unforseen event which may or may not occur.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 18 September 1990
$We should develop anti-satellite weapons because we could
not have prevailed without them in "Red Storm Rising".
- J. Danforth Quayle
$Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts.
- J. Danforth Quayle, 20 July 1989
$What a waste it is to lose one's mind or not to have a mind...
How true it is.
- J. Danforth Quayle, addressing the United Negro
College Fund, 9 May 1989
$Who would have predicted... that Dubcek, who brought the tanks
into Czechoslovakia in 1968 is now being proclaimed a hero in
Czechoslovakia. Unbelievable.
- J. Danforth Quayle
$Why wouldn't an enhanced deterrent, a more stable peace, a better prospect
to denying the ones who enter conflict in the first place to have a
reduction of offensive systems and an introduction to defensive capability.
I believe that is the route this country will eventually go.
- J. Danforth Quayle
$Religions tend to disappear with man's good fortune.
- Raymond Queneau, "A Model History"
$A bachelor is a selfish, undeserving guy who has cheated some woman
out of a divorce.
- Don Quinn
$I have been staying in Moscow for only 24 hours,
but already I feel almost at home.
- Hashemi Rafsanjani, in "New York Times",
22 June 1989
$Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.
- Dan Rather
$A nuclear power plant is infinitely safer than eating,
because 300 people choke to death on food every year.
- Dixy Lee Ray, 1977, in "Loose Talk"
$A woman is like a teabag - you can't tell how strong she is
until you put her in hot water.
- Nancy Reagan
$115,000 acres of trees in the state park system is a lot to look at.
How long can you look?
- Ronald Reagan, in "Sacramento Bee", 28 March 1966
$A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at?
- Ronald Reagan, in "Sacramento Bee", 12 March 1966
$Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
- Ronald Reagan
$All the wastes in a year from a nuclear power plant
can be stored under a desk.
- Ronald Reagan, in "Burlington Free Press",
15 February 1980
$Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released
by vegetation. So let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough
emissions standards for man-made sources.
- Ronald Reagan, in "Sierra", 10 September 1980
$Because Vietnam was not a declared war, the veterans are not even eligible
for the G.I. Bill of Rights with respect to education or anything.
- Ronald Reagan, in "Newsweek", 21 April 1980
$Draft registration destroys the very values that
our society is committed to defending.
- Ronald Reagan, May 5, 1980
$Facts are stupid things.
- Ronald Reagan, 1988 Republican Convention
$Fascism's private ownership, private enterprise, but total government
control and regulation. Well, isn't this the liberal philosophy?
- Ronald Reagan, in "Newsweek", 12 January 1976
$Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal. It was Mussolini's success
in Italy, with his government-directed economy, that led the early New
Dealers to say 'But Mussolini keeps the trains running on time'.
- Ronald Reagan, in "Time", 17 May 1976
$Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite
at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
- Ronald Reagan, in "Saturday Evening Post", 1965
$Growing and decaying vegetation in this land are responsible
for 93 percent of the oxides of nitrogen.
- Ronald Reagan, in "LA Times", 9 October 1980
$History shows that when the taxes of a nation approach about 20% of the
people's income, there begins to be a lack of respect for government....
When it reaches 25%, there comes an increase in lawlessness.
- Ronald Reagan, in "Time", 14 April 1980
$I'm a fellow who bleeds every time a tree is cut down.
- Ronald Reagan, in "Sacramento Bee", 28 March 1966
$I don't believe a tree is a tree and
if you've seen one you've seen them all.
- Ronald Reagan, in "Sacramento Bee", 28 March 1966
$I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964
and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary.
- Ronald Reagan, 20 October 1965
$I have just signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever;
we begin bombing in 5 minutes.
- Ronald Reagan, weekly radio address, 11 August 1984
$I just didn't say it.
- Ronald Reagan, 5 October 1966
$I would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- Ronald Reagan, 1968
$If you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all.
- Ronald Reagan
$Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening,
coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close.
- Ronald Reagan, 1966
$Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards,
if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
- Ronald Reagan
$The truth is, all of the nuclear waste now on hand and yet
to be accumulated between now and the year 2000, could be stacked
on a single football field and the stack would only be six feet high.
- Ronald Reagan, radio interview, 1978
$The waste from one nuclear power plant in a year would take
less storage space than a dining room table.
- Ronald Reagan, radio interview, 1979
$Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.
- Ronald Reagan, 1981
$Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.
- Ronald Reagan, in "Sacramento Bee", 28 April 1966
$We should declare war on North Vietnam... We could pave the whole country
and put parking strips on it, and be home by Christmas.
- Ronald Reagan, quote in "Fresno Bee",
10 October 1965
$We think there is a parallel between federal involvement in education
and the decline in profit over recent years.
- Ronald Reagan, 1983
$Well, I learned a lot... I went down [to Latin America] to find out
from them and [learn] their views. You'd be surprised.
They're all individual countries.
- Ronald Reagan, in "Washington Post",
6 December 1982
$Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?
- Ronald Reagan
$They made us many promises, more than I can remember,
but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land,
and they took it.
- Red Cloud
$The scientists split the atom; now the atom is splitting us.
- Quentin Reynolds, in "Quote & Unquote", 1970
$What makes old age so sad is not that our joys but our hopes cease.
- Jean Paul Richter
$The streets are safe in Philadelphia,
it's only the people who make them unsafe.
- Frank Rizzo
$We need excellence in public education and if the teachers can't do it,
we'll send in a couple of policemen.
- Frank Rizzo, in "Philadelphia Bulletin",
October 19, 1973
$If little else, the brain is an educational toy.
- Tom Robbins
$[Feminism is] a socialist, anti-family, political movement that
encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children,
practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.
- Pat Robertson,
addressing 1992 Republican National Convention
$One of the weaknesses of our age is our apparent inability
to distinguish our needs from our greeds.
- Don Robinson, in "Reader's Digest", 1963
$If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind,
give it more thought.
- Dennis Roch
$Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
- Fran‡ois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
$Good advice is something a man gives
when he is too old to set a bad example.
- Fran‡ois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
$It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
- Fran‡ois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
$Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches
beyond their own understanding.
- Fran‡ois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, "Maxims" 1665
$Old people like to give good advice,
as solace for no longer being able to provide bad examples.
- Fran‡ois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, "Maxims" 1665
$Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done
as the fear of the consequences.
- Fran‡ois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, "Maxims" 1665
$The reason that lovers never weary each other
is because they are always talking about themselves.
- Fran‡ois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, "Maxims" 1665
$There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love
when they no longer love each other.
- Fran‡ois, Duc de La Rochefoucald
$We always love those who admire us,
but we do not always love those whom we admire.
- Fran‡ois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
$We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
- Fran‡ois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
$Wit sometimes enables us to act rudely with impunity.
- Fran‡ois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
$Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are
for finishing it.... You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing

would fall flat in a week.
- Will Rogers
$Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
- Will Rogers
$Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
- Will Rogers
$Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time
we have rushed through life trying to save.
- Will Rogers
$There is nothing as stupid as an educated man
if you get him off the thing he was educated in.
- Will Rogers
$There's no trick to being a humorist when you have
the whole government working for you.
- Will Rogers
$This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session
as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
- Will Rogers
$We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb
and clap as they go by.
- Will Rogers
$Everything is funny as long as it is happening to someone else.
- Will Rogers, "The Illiterate Digest", 1924
$I never met a man I didn't like.
- Will Rogers, speech, June 1930
$Half our life is spent trying to find something to do
with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
- Will Rogers, "The Autobiography of Will Rogers", 1949
$The world is an enormous injustice.
- Jules Romains
$Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things
they make it easier to do don't need to be done.
- Andy Rooney
$We've sent a man to the moon, and that's 29,000 miles away. The center
of the Earth is only 4,000 miles away. You could drive that in a week,
but for some reason nobody's ever done it.
- Andy Rooney
$No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt, "This is My Story", 1937
$The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those
who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
$It is common sense to take a method and try it.
If it fails, admit it frankly and try another.
But above all, try something.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt, Speech, 22 May 1932
$The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1st Inaugural Address, 1933
$Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
- Theodore Roosevelt
$First you forget names, then you forget faces,
then you forget to pull your zipper up,
then you forget to pull your zipper down.
- Leo Rosenberg
$A technique is a trick that works.
- Gian-Carlo Rota
$It's not whether you win or lose, it's how good you look playing!
- David Lee Roth
$One half of the children born die before their eighth year.
This is nature's law; why try to contradict it?
- Jean Jacques Rousseau, "mile, ou de l'education",
$People who know little are usually great talkers,
while men who know much say little.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau, "mile, ou de l'education",
$Never trust anyone over thirty.
- Jerry Rubin, 1966
$The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong -
but thats the way to bet.
- Damon Runyon
$The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always
so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
- Bertrand Russell
$Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -
more than ruin, more even than death.
- Bertrand Russell, "Selected Papers"
$You can outdistance that which is running after you,
but not what is running inside you.
- Rwandan proverb
$A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you.
- Fran‡oise Sagan
$A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man
contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
$A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
- Saki, "The Square Egg", 1924
$Women and elephants never forget an injury.
- Saki, "Reginald", 1904
$Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king
but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty.
- Sallust, "De bello Iugurthino"
$In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes
when you awake in the morning.
- Carl Sandburg, in "New York Post", 1960
$Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves,
spits on its hands and goes to work.
- Carl Sandburg, in "New York Times", 1959
$A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
- George Santayana
$A man's feet should be planted in his country,
but his eyes should survey the world.
- George Santayana
$Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness...
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana, "Life of Reason"
$Skepticism, like chastity should not be relinquished too readily.
- George Santayana
$I think it's about time we voted for senators with breasts.
After all, we've been voting for boobs long enough.
- Claire Sargent, Arizona senatorial candidate
$When the rich make war it's the poor that die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre, "Le Diable et le bon Dieu", 1951
$Tolerance means excusing the mistakes others make.
Tact means not noticing them.
- Arthur Schnitzler
$Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision
for the limits of the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer, "Studies in Pessimism"
$There is no problem so big it cannot be run away from.
- Charles M. Schulz, "Peanuts"
$There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.
- Charles M. Schulz
$The true worth of a man is not to be found in man himself,
but in the colours and textures that come alive in others.
- Albert Schweitzer
$Comment is free, but facts are sacred.
- C. P. Scott, c.1900
$They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist---
- General John B. Sedgwick, last words, 1864
$They that govern the most make the least noise.
- John Seldon, 1689
$People will swim through shit if you put a few bob in it.
- Peter Sellers
$Every reign must submit to a greater reign.
- Seneca, "Thyestes"
$It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing.
- Seneca, "Epistles"
$Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
- Seneca
$There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
- Seneca, "On Tranquility of the Mind"
$It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both
incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted
by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.
- Rod Serling
$Singing makes all the sad people happy because it is the voice of happiness.
- Joseph Shabalala
$Insisting on perfect safety is for people who don't have
the balls to live in the real world.
- Mary Shafer
$Brevity is the soul of wit.
- Shakespeare
$O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths
to steal away their brains!
- Shakespeare, "Othello"
$The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
- Shakespeare, "Julius Caesar"
$A government that robs Peter to pay Paul
can always depend upon the support of Paul.
- George Bernard Shaw
$Any man who is not a communist at the age of twenty is a fool.
Any man who is still a communist at the age of thirty is an even bigger fool.
- George Bernard Shaw
$Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
- George Bernard Shaw, "The Rejected Statement"
$Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election
by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
- George Bernard Shaw
$Every person who has mastered a profession is a skeptic concerning it.
- George Bernard Shaw
$He's a man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby
a man without originality or moral courage.
- George Bernard Shaw.
$He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
- George Bernard Shaw, "Man and Superman", 1903
$I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig.
You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
- George Bernard Shaw
$I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
- George Bernard Shaw
$If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.
- George Bernard Shaw
$It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
- George Bernard Shaw
$It is most unwise for people in love to marry.
- George Bernard Shaw
$Lack of money is the root of all evil.
- George Bernard Shaw, "Man and Superman", 1903
$Martyrdom is the only way a person can become famous without ability.
- George Bernard Shaw
$Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability.
- George Bernard Shaw
$Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior
to all others because you were born in it.
- George Bernard Shaw
$Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.
- George Bernard Shaw
$Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.
- George Bernard Shaw
$She had lost the art of conversation,
but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
- George Bernard Shaw
$There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it
- George Bernard Shaw
$You see things; and you say, "Why?"
But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
- George Bernhard Shaw, "Back to Methuselah"
$Virtue is insufficient temptation.
- George Bernard Shaw.
$We've already established what you are, ma'am.
Now we're just haggling over the price.
- George Bernard Shaw
$Liars ought to have good memories.
- Algernon Sidney
$What money does is give you the opportunity not to worry about money.
- Gene Simmons
$Prayer is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
- Lisa Simpson, "The Simpsons"
$Even rats learn from experience.
- George Skarbek
$Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
- B. F. Skinner
$Woman's virtue is man's greatest invention.
- Cornelia Otis Skinner
$It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker,
that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest.
- Adam Smith
$Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others,
and the delight in the recognition.
- Alexander Smith
$All reformers, however strict their social conscience,
live in houses just as big as they can pay for.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
$The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the man.
- Roy L. Smith
$Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog.
Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog.
Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement.
- Snoopy
$I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
- Socrates
$I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates
$Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
- Socrates
$The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
- Socrates
$If God had meant there to be more than 2 factors of production,
He would have made it easier for us to draw three-dimensional diagrams.
- Robert Solow
$Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind.
If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
- Arthur Somers Roche
$Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.
- Susan Sontag
$A short saying contains much wisdom.
- Sophocles
$From a fallen tree, all make kindling.
- Spanish proverb
$Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
- Spinoza, 1677
$If you want a thing well one, do it yourself.
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon
$A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
- Joseph Stalin
$Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union.
- Joseph Stalin, 1935
$Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party.
- Joseph Stalin, Speech, 19 April 1923
$The writer is the engineer of the human soul.
- Joseph Stalin
$Must the hunger become anger and the anger fury before anything will be done?
- John Steinbeck
$Time is the only critic without ambition.
- John Steinbeck, "Writers at Work', 1977
$A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
- Gloria Steinem
$There are really not many jobs that actually require a penis or a
vagina, and all other occupations should be open to everyone.
- Gloria Steinem
$Anxiety is fear of one's self.
- Wilhelm Stekel
$A hungry man is not a free man.
- Adlai Stevenson
$In America, any boy may become president and I suppose
that's just one of the risks he takes.
- Adlai Stevenson
$Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact
that sometimes he has to eat them.
- Adlai Stevenson
$The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end.
- Adlai Stevenson, 9 September 1952
$The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
- Robert Louis Stevenson, "Virginibus Puerisque", 1881
$History will teach us nothing.
- Sting (Gordon Summer)
$Success always necessitates a degree of ruthlessness.
Given the choice of friendship or success, I'd probably choose success.
- Sting (Gordon Summer), 1980
$If God, as some now say, is dead, He no doubt died of trying
to find an equitable solution to the Arab-Jewish problem.
- I. F. Stone, 1967
$I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
- Tom Stoppard
$It is better to be quotable than to be honest.
- Tom Stoppard
$The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left
unsaid and for deeds left undone.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
$Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
- Igor Stravinsky
$Ninety per cent of everything is crap.
- Theodore Sturgeon
$Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly.
- Simeon Strunsky
$There is nothing in this world constant but inconstancy.
- Swift
$Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and
thinking what no one else has thought.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgi
$And you may ask yourself "Am I right? ... Am I wrong?"
And you may say to yourself "MY GOD! ... WHAT HAVE I DONE?"
- The Talking Heads
$The burden is equal to the horses strength.
- The Talmud
$Think of three things and you will not sin:
whence you came, where you are going and to whom you must account.
- The Talmud
$The nice thing about standards is that there are
so many of them to choose from.
- Andrew S. Tanenbaum
$A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, will tell you.
- Bert Taylor, "The So-Called Human Race", 1922
$'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, "In Memoriam, xxvii"
$Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die
- Alfred Lord Tennyson,
"The Charge of the Light Brigade"
$The hunger for love is much more difficult
to remove than the hunger for bread.
- Mother Teresa, in "Time", 4 December 1989
$El infierno es el lugar donde no se ama.
(Hell is the place where love is not found.)
- Santa Teresa
$I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.
- Santa Teresa de Avila
$If you want anything said, ask a man.
If you want anything done, ask a woman.
- Margaret Thatcher
$You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.
- Margaret Thatcher, 1976
$I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone,
but they've always worked for me.
- Hunter S. Thompson
$As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
- Henry David Thoreau, "Walden", 1854
$If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau, "Walden", 1854
$It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak and the other to hear.
- Henry David Thoreau
$That government is best which governs least.
- Henry David Thoreau, "Civil Disobedience" 1849
$The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
- Henry David Thoreau, "Walden", 1854
$The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
- Henry David Thoreau, "Journal", 26 September 1859
$Under a government which imprisons any unjustly,
the true place for a just man is also a prison.
- Henry David Thoreau
$I think that maybe if women and children
were in charge we would get somewhere.
- James Thurber
$It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
- James Thurber
$You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.
- James Thurber, "The Thurber Carnival", 1945
$Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence.
- Henrik Tikkanen
$The Law of Raspberry Jam - The wider any culture is spread,
the thinner it gets.
- Alvin Toffler, "The Culture Consumers", 1964
$The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
- Lily Tomlin
$Civilization is a movement, not a condition; it is a voyage, not a harbor.
- Toynbee
$The function of genius is not to give new answers,
but to pose new questions - which time and mediocrity can solve.
- Hugh Trevor-Roper, "Men and Events"
$The dictatorship of the Communist Party is maintained
by recourse to every form of violence.
- Leon Trotsky, "Terrorism and Communism", 1924
$In Palm Springs, they think homelessness is caused by bad divorce lawyers.
- Gary Trudeau, "Doonesbury"
$A President cannot always be popular.
- Harry S. Truman, "Memoirs, Vol. II", 1955
$If you can't convince them, confuse them.
- Harry S. Truman
$If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
- Harry S. Truman
$It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job;
it's a depression when you lose yours.
- Harry S. Truman, 1958
$It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
- Harry S. Truman
$Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.
- Harry S. Truman, "Memoirs, Vol. II", 1955
$Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.
- Harry S. Truman, 1959
$A little more moderation would be good. Of course,
my life hasn't exactly been one of moderation.
- Donald Trump, in "Time", 16 January 1989
$I like thinking big. If you're going to be thinking
anything, you might as well think big.
- Donald Trump, in "Time", 16 January 1989
$The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
- Lao Tsu
$The more laws and order are made prominent,
the more thieves and robbers there will be.
- Lao Tsu
$Words divide us, action unites us.
- Slogan of the Tupamaros
$If I had any humility I would be perfect.
- Ted Turner
$A classic is something that everybody wants to have read
and nobody wants to read.
- Mark Twain
$Better a broken promise than none at all.
- Mark Twain
$Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
- Mark Twain
$Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
- Mark Twain
$Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain, "Pudd'nhead Wilson", 1894
$God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board.
- Mark Twain
$Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy
you must have somebody to divide it with.
- Mark Twain, "Following the Equator", 1897
$If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be - a Christian.
- Mark Twain
$If you have trouble sleeping, try lying on the end of your bed.
With a little luck you'll drop off.
- Mark Twain
$If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.
This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
- Mark Twain
$It is better to take what does not belong to you than
to let it lie around neglected.
- Mark Twain
$It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
- Mark Twain
$Loyalty to petrified opinion never broke a chain or freed a human soul.
- Mark Twain
$Man is the only animal that blushes -- or needs to.
- Mark Twain
$Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.
- Mark Twain
$Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg
cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.
- Mark Twain
$Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest
without knowing what he is hollering about.
- Mark Twain
$The difference between the right word and a similar word is
the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
- Mark Twain
$The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain
$The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.
- Mark Twain
$There are people who think that honesty is always the best policy.
This is a superstition; there are times when the appearance of it
is worth six of it.
- Mark Twain
$There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
- Mark Twain
$There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale
returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
- Mark Twain
$Thunder is good, thunder is impressive;
but it is lightning that does the work.
- Mark Twain, Correspondence, 1908
$Truth is more of a stranger than fiction.
- Mark Twain
$Truth is most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
- Mark Twain
$We all live in the protection of certain cowardices
which we call our principles.
- Mark Twain
$When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand
to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished
at how much he had learned in seven years.
- Mark Twain
$Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority,
it is time to reform.
- Mark Twain
$Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a
funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
- Mark Twain
$Words are only painted fire; a book is the fire itself.
- Mark Twain
$You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
- Mark Twain
$Good politics are often inextricably intertwined.
- Morris Udall, "Too Funny to Be President", 1988
$Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and tender,
for tomorrow we may have to eat them.
- Morris Udall, in "Sierra", May/June 1989
$Nada muere, todo baja del r¡o del tiempo al mar de la eternidad y all¡ queda.
- Miguel de Unamuno, "Ver con los Ojos y Otros
Relatos Novelescos"
$Nadie tiene m s imaginaci¢n que la realidad.
- Miguel de Unamuno, "El Espejo de la Muerte", 1941
$¨No es acaso todo esto un sue¤o de Dios o de quien sea,
que se desvanecer  en cuanto l despierte,
y por eso le rezamos y elevamos a l c nticos e himnos,
para adormecerle, para cunar su sue¤o?
- Miguel de Unamuno, "Niebla", 1914
$To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be.
- Miguel de Unamuno, "The Tragic Sense of Life", 1913
$The Vice Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate.
Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.
- Bill Vaughan
$I won't use words again
They don't mean what I meant
They don't say what I said
They're just the crust of the meaning
- Suzanne Vega, "Language"
$Words are too solid
They don't move fast enough
To catch the blur in the brain
That flies by and is gone
- Suzanne Vega, "Language"
$Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit.
(And perhaps at some later date it will be pleasant to remember these things.)
- Vergil
$Time is flying never to return.
- Vergil
$Half of the American people never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal
$It is not enough to succed. Others must fail.
- Gore Vidal
$There's a lot to be said for being noveau riche,
and the Reagans mean to say it all.
- Gore Vidal, in "The Observer", 1981
$Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
- Gore Vidal
$Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something.
- Pancho Villa, dying words
$A witty saying proves nothing.
- Voltaire
$I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the
death your right to say it.
- Voltaire
$If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.
- Voltaire, "pŒtres, XCVI"
$The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
- Voltaire
$We are what we pretend to be.
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
$The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
- William Arthur Ward
$One's company, two's a crowd and three's a party.
- Andy Warhol, in "Exposures", 1979
$The sports page records people's accomplishments;
The front page nothing but their failures.
- Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren
$The government of the United States is not, in any sense,
founded on the Christian religion.
- George Washington
$My responsibility is to follow the Scriptures which call upon us
to occupy the land until Jesus returns.
- James Watt, in "The Washington Post", 24 May 1981
$If you worry about your customers,
you won't have to worry about money.
- Les Welch, in "Bicycle USA", March/April 1990
$A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
$I passionately hate the idea of being with it,
I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
- Orson Welles, 1966
$I never loved another person the way I loved myself.
- Mae West
$I'll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.
- Mae West
$Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
- Mae West
$Too much of a good thing is wonderful.
- Mae West
$When choosing between two evils, I always like to take
the one I've never tried before.
- Mae West, in "Klondike Annie" 1936
$When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad I'm better.
- Mae West
$I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is;
I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express
sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.
- Rebecca West, 1913
$Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of
the people are right more than half of the time.
- E. B. White
$Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
- Walt Whitman, "Leaves of Grass", 1855
$Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with
time travel, you never can tell.
- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"
$There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes.
- Doctor Who
$Intelligence appears to be the thing that enables
a man to get along without an education.
Education appears to be the thing that enables
a man to get along without the use of his intelligence.
- A. E. Wiggan
$A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
- Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Grey", 1891
$Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them;
sometimes they forgive them.
- Oscar Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Grey", 1891
$Experience... is simply the name we give our mistakes.
- Oscar Wilde
$He hadn't a single redeeming vice.
- Oscar Wilde
$I think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
- Oscar Wilde
$Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when
he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
- Oscar Wilde
$Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's
opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
- Oscar Wilde
$No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
- Oscar Wilde
$Relations are simply a tedious pack of people,
who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live,
nor the smallest instinct about when to die.
- Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest", 1895
$The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying
than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.
- Oscar Wilde
$There is no sin except stupidity.
- Oscar Wilde, "The Critic as Artist", 1891
$There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about,
and that is not being talked about.
- Oscar Wilde
$We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
- Oscar Wilde, "Lady Windermere's Fan", 1892
$Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
- Oscar Wilde
$Hindsight is always 20:20.
- Billy Wilder
$Voters do not decide issues. They decide *who* will decide issues.
- George F. Will, in "Newsweek", 1976
$Success and failure are equally disastrous.
- Tennessee Williams
$Anyone can hate. It costs to love.
- John Williamson
$Only the winners decide what were war crimes.
- Gary Wills, in "New York Times", 1975
$Not-really-trying is just as much effort as trying-really-hard.
The only difference ... is that not-really-trying receives no reward.
- A. N. Wilson, "Incline Our Hearts", 1989
$If you think nobody cares if you're alive,
try missing a couple of car payments.
- Earl Wilson
$The devil made me do it.
- Flip Wilson
$You can't expect to hit the jackpot if you don't
put a few nickels in the machine.
- Flip Wilson, 1971
$I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
- Woodrow Wilson
$The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
- Woodrow Wilson
$For I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and big words Bother me.
- Winnie the Pooh
$Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others.
- Jonathan Winters in "The Twilight Zone"
$The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
$Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses
possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting
the figure of man at twice its natural size.
- Virginia Woolf, "A Room of One's Own", 1929
$TV is chewing gum for the eyes.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
$I believe that in the end the truth will conquer.
- John Wycliffe
$Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats
$You can build a throne out of bayonets,
but you can't sit on it for very long.
- Boris Yeltsin, August 1991
$He who is conceived in a cage yearns for the cage.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 1968
$If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly
useless manner, you have learned how to live.
- Lin Yutang
$It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!
- Emiliano Zapata
$Most people wouldn't know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.
- Frank Zappa
$One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you
only if they already agree with you. You do not change people's minds.
- Frank Zappa, 1979
$Progress might be a circle, rather than a straight line.
- Eberhard Zeidler, in "Contemporary Architects",

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  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

  3. But one thing that puzzles me is the “mtswslnkmcjklsdlsbdmMICROSOFT” string. There is an article about it here. It is definitely worth a read: