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Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.   Plato

 

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Let's have some new clichés. - Samuel Goldwyn

 

 

 

 


The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.   George Bernard Shaw

 

 

 

 


I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.   Bertrand Russell


 

 

 


Men willingly believe what they wish.   Julius Caesar


 

 



Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe.  Laurence J. Peter   paraphrasing Sir Walter Scott


 

 



Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.   Lewis Carroll

 

 

 

 

 

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past.   Robertson Davies

 

 

 

 

 

There are times when you can be less than great and still succeed. These aren’t them!  Bill Bachrach

 

 

 

 

 

We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.   John W. Gardner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.   Plato

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me.    Andre Gide


 

 



All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.   Mark Twain


 

 



Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.   Norman Vincent Peale

 

 

 

 


Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.   Sophia Loren


 

 

 


Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.   Samuel Johnson

 

 

  

 

 

 

As I know more of mankind I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man upon easier terms than I was formerly.    Samuel Johnson

 



 

 

A witty saying proves nothing.  Voltaire

 

 

 

 

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.   Lord Byron


 



It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.  Mark Twain

 

 

 

 

 

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.   Alan Kay

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever lies before me is not blocking my next step.  It is my next step. - Maureen Brady

 

 

 

 


 After all is said and done, usually more is said than done.  Anon

 

 

 

 

 

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.  Benjamin Disraeli

 

 

 

 

 

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.  Herm Albright

 

 

 



I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.    Martha Washington


 

 

 


Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.  William James

 

 


 

 

Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them.   Benjamin Disraeli


 

  



Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.   Clarence Thomas


 

 

 

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.   Eric Hoffer


 

 



Don't reserve your best behavior for special occasions. You can't have two sets of manners, two social codes - one for those you admire and want to impress, another for those whom you consider unimportant. You must be the same to all people.   Lillian Eichler Watson

 

 

 



Associate with well-mannered persons and your manners will improve. Run around with decent folk and your own decent instincts will be strengthened.    Stanley Walker

 

 

 



The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.      Frank Lloyd Wright

 

 

 

 

 

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." - Soren Kierkegaard

 

 

 

 

 

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.   Benjamin Disraeli

 

 

 

 



Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't   Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.   Franklin P. Jones

 

 

 

 



To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.   Elbert Hubbard


 

 

 



Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are.   Henry Fielding

 

 

 

 




An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.  Anatole France

 

 

 

 



Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.   B. F. Skinner

 

  

 

 



America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.   Evan Esar
 

 

 

 



Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.    G. M. Trevelyan

 

 

 



A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.  John Ciardi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.- Winston Churchill

 

 

 

 

 

 


Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.   George Orwell

 

 

 

 


   
The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others.   Bertrand Russell

 

 

 

 

 

It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.   Aristotle


 

 

 


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.   Henry David Thoreau


 

 



I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.   Oscar Wilde

 

 

 

 



Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.   Albert Einstein

 

 

 



Manifest plainness,     Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,   Have few desires.         Lao-tzu

 

  

 

 

 

 

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.  Ellen Parr


 

 



Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.   Eugene S. Wilson

 

 

 

 

 


Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.  Steven Wright


 

 



What we have to do is to be forever curiously testing new opinions and courting new impressions.   Walter Pater

 

 

 

 



Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance.   William Wirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words -- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.   Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

 

 

 

 

I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.  Cato the Elder

 

 

 



In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.  Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

 



"'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.  Abraham Lincoln

 

 

 



"Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.  Muhammad Ali

 

 

 

 



Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.   Josh Billings

 

 

 

 

 

The prime purpose of eloquence is to keep other people from talking.   -- Louis Vermeil

 

 

 

 

 

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.-- Don Herold

 

 

 

 

 

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion. It is easy in solitude to live after our own. But the great man is he who, in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 


 


   
Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously.   Booth Tarkington

 

 

 

 

Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed." - Michael Pritchard

 

 

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards - Oscar Wilde

 

 


Only he is free who cultivates his own thoughts, and strives without fear to do justice to them.  Berthold Auerbach

 

 

 

 

When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.   Joseph Campbell

  

 

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom.   Albert Einstein


 



They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.   Benjamin Franklin

 

 



I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.   Isaac Asimov

 

 



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

 

 



Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.   Pablo Picasso


 



"Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons.   unknown, Popular Mechanics, March 1949


 

 

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.   Stephen Hawking

 

 



The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.   Justice Anthony Kennedy


 



It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.  Mark Twain

 



You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.   Malcolm X

 

 

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.   Albert Einstein

 

 

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. -- Niels Bohr

  

 

They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.  Emily Dickinson

 



Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon man.   Francis Cardinal Spellman

  



I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.  Mother Teresa

 


Live among men as if God beheld you; speak to God as if men were listening.    Seneca

 

 

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.    Benjamin Disraeli

 

 

Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.   Eleanor Roosevelt


 



Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.   
Franklin P. Jones

 




To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.   Elbert Hubbard

 


Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are.   Henry Fielding

 

  

Our envy of others devours us most of all.   Alexander Solzhenitsyn


 


Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.   Erica Jong

 



"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. G. Wells

 



"It is better to be envied than pitied. Herodotus

 



O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.   William Shakespeare

 

 

 

I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.  Adlai Stevenson

 

 

 

The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. H. L. Mencken

 

 


"The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop. P. J. O'Rourke

 



It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.  Voltaire

 

 


Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.  John Stuart Mill
 

 

 

The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.   Socrates

 

 

 

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.   - Benjamin Disraeli

 

 

Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.  Cicero

 


"Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?  Benjamin Franklin


 


Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

 

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.  Sydney Smith


 

 
Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other.  Seneca

 

 

 

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. - Herm Albright

 

 

 

 

 

 

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want."
- Ben Stein

 

 

 

 

 

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well."
- Horace Walpole

 

 

 

 

 

No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern; no idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated.   Ellen Glasgow

 

 

 

 

 

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. - Alexander Pope

 

 

 

 

 

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today. Laurence J. Peter

 

 

 

 

 

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. - Mark Twain

 

 

 

 

 

In war, truth is the first casualty.   Aeschylus

 

 

 

 

 

Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions. Evan Esar

 

 

 

 

 

 

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. Yogi Berra

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance."- Ray Bradbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

We must remember that a right lost to one is lost to all.  William Reece Smith Jr.

 

 

 

 


   
 Mediocrity does not see higher than itself. But talent instantly recognizes the genius. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.- Henry David Thoreau

 

 

 

 

 

The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.   - David Russell

 

 

 

 

 

There are times when you can be less than great and still succeed. These aren’t them!  -Bill Bachrach

 

 

 

 


Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader.  - Paul J. Meyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence."- Henry Adams

 

 

  

 

 

   
You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time."   Abraham Lincoln


 

  

 


   
It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.      Aristotle

 

 

  

 

 

 

Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important." -- Eugene McCarthy

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else." -- James M. Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sell a stock because the company's fundamentals deteriorate, not because the sky is falling.  Peter Lynch

 

 

  

 

 

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.   Indira Gandhi

 

 

  


   
 Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.     Laurence J. Peter

 

 

 

 

  

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should understand that no individual or company is large enough, strong enough, or smart enough to control the markets.   Bill Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

To carry one's eggs in a great number of baskets without having the time or opportunity to discover how many have holes in the bottom is the surest way of increasing risks and losses . John Maynard Keynes

 

 

 

 

 

 

In line with our goal. our discipline is to maintain a singular focus on our investment philosophy of owning only excellent businesses, located in strong long-term growth industries and holding them for the very long run.  Michael Lee-Chin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By being very selective you increase your chances of picking superior performers. You can also watch those stocks much more carefully, which is important to controlling risk. William O'Neil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guys that are loading risk into the fund in the hope that , one year, they will produce spectacular growth are the ones to avoid. Julian Coutts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How quickly investors flock to better performing mutual funds, even though financial researchers have shown that the "hot" funds in any one time period very often turn out to be the poorest performers in another. David Dreman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The speed at which a business's success is recognized is not that important as long as the company's intrinsic value is increasing at a satisfactory rate. In fact m delayed recognition can be an advantage.  Michael Lee-Chin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." -- Will Durant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?" - Edward Young

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." -- Bertrand Russell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.   Albert Einstein


 

 



Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.   Bertrand Russell


 

 



I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.   Plato

 

 

 



We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and.   Sir Arthur Eddington


 

 



If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.   Vannevar Bush

 

 

 

 

 

 

All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership.  Ann Landers

 

 



 

Man's best possession is a sympathetic wife.  Euripides

 

 


 

 

 

Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to.   J. R. R. Tolkien

 

 


 


A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.   Pearl Buck

 

 

 

 



Remember, that if thou marry for beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which perchance will neither last nor please thee one year; and when thou hast it, it will be to thee of no price at all; for the desire dieth when it is attained, and the affection perisheth when it is satisfied.
Sir Walter Raleigh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tradition is what you resort to when you don't have the time or the money to do it right" -- Kurt Herbert Alder

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it."- Pablo Picasso

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally disappears." -- Robert W. Sarnoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.   Abraham Lincoln

 

 

 

 


   
  The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.     Helen Keller

 

 

 

 

 

 

"It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help." -- Judith Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful."- Samuel Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.- Sun Tzu

 

 

 

 

 

 

"A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world." -- John le Carre

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The price one pays for pursuing any profession is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side." --
James Baldwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get them, get them right, or they will get you wrong."- Dr. Thomas Fuller

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have the heart of a man, not a woman, and I am not afraid of anything.   Queen Elizabeth I

 

 



 



Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another.   George Bernard Shaw

 

 

 

 



Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.   Margaret Fuller

 

 

 

 

 


If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.   Plato

 

 

 



For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.   Virginia Woolf

 

 

  



Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.      William Congreve

 

 

 

 

 

I had only one superstition. I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run." - Babe Ruth

 

 

 

 

 

 

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." -- Sir Winston Churchill

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work." - Bette Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All generalizations are dangerous, even this one."- Alexandre Dumas

 

 

 

 

 

 

The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any." -- Katharine Whitehorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field." --
Niels Bohr

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counsellor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.  Joseph Addison

 

 

 

 

 


It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.   Henry Ward Beecher
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question." -- Stephen Jay Gould

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?'" -- Don Marquis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." --
Elbert Hubbard

 

 

 

 

 

There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking."- Alfred Korzybski

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough."- George Bernard Shaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some people have so much respect for their superiors they have none left for themselves."
- Peter McArthur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action." -- Frank Herbert

 

 

 

 

 

No man ever listened himself out of a job." -- Calvin Coolidge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing, layout, processes, and procedures."- Tom Peters

 

 

 

The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is 'look under foot.' You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.  John Burroughs

 

 

 

It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem."
- Malcolm Forbes

 

 

 

 

 

 

"When everyone is against you, it means that you are absolutely wrong -- or absolutely right." -- Albert Guinon

 

 

 

 

 

Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with."- Bob Wells

 

 

 

 

 

 A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married."    ~ H.L. Mencken

 

 

 

 

The best defence is to stay out of range"   ~ French Proverb
   

 




When one door of happiness closes, another one opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.  Helen Keller


 



For 'tis the sport to have the engineer
Hoist with his own petard...  William Shakespeare  "Hamlet", Act 3 scene 4


 

 



"Dangerous is wrath concealed. Hatred proclaimed doth lose its chance of wreaking vengeance. Seneca

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool."- Jane Wagner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 "I'm very pleased to be here. Let's face it, at my age I'm very pleased to be anywhere." ~ George Burns
   

 

 

 

 

There is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income.- Edmund Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbours to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.   Abraham Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Do not trust your memory; it is a net full of holes; the most beautiful prizes slip through it."
- Georges Duhamel

 

 

 

 

 

All is in the hands of man. Therefore wash them often." -- Stanislaw J. Lec

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it." -- Mary Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."
- Voltaire

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives." --William Dement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.   F. Scott Fitzgerald


 

 

 

 


There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.  Thomas H. Huxley

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.   
   Sir Winston Churchill   

 

 

 


   
 In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.  Paul Dirac

 

 

 

 

 

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.  
    ~ Nikita Khrushchev

 

 

 



   
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. John Kenneth Galbraith

 

 

 

 

 

 

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. Thomas Paine

 

 

 

 

 

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.  Andre Gide

 

 

 



Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake.  E. M. Forster

 

 

 



In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.  Jane Austen

 

 

 

 

 

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.   Frank Zappa

 

 

 

 



Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.  Pablo Picasso

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.  Samuel Butler

 

 

 

 


   
 It is always the best policy to speak the truth--unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.  Jerome K. Jerome

 

 

 


   
  Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.   Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

 




 A lie told often enough becomes the truth.   Lenin

 

 

 

 

 

 

One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't.   
   George Bernard Shaw


 

 

 


   
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.  Woodrow Wilson (   

 

 

 


   
There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.   Henry Adams
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confusion is always the most honest response.   Marty Indik

 

 

 

 

 

There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.   Hippocrates

 

 

 

 



Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by the air. Facts are the air of science. Without them a man of science can never rise.   Ivan Pavlov

 

 

 

 



If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says that it is impossible he is very probably wrong.   Arthur C. Clarke


 

 

 



There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.   Mark Twain

 

 

 

 

 

It is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.- Mark Twain

 

 

  

 

 

 

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.   E. B. White

 

 

  

 



Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.  H. L. Mencken

 

  

 

  

 

 

I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labour on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

 

 

 

 
  
What a country calls its vital economic interests are not the things which enable its citizens to live, but the things which enable it to make war. Petrol is much more likely than wheat to be a cause of international conflict.   Simone Weil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Man is the victim of the very instruments he values most. Every gain in power, every mastery of natural forces, every scientific addition to knowledge, has proved potentially dangerous, because it has not been accompanied by equal gains in self-understanding and self-discipline.  Lewis Mumford

 

 

 

 

 

 

To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

 

 

  

 

 

 

You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?
George Bernard Shaw


 

 

 



Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.  Henry David Thoreau

 

 

 



He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.   Douglas Adams

 

 

 

 

 


There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.  William Shakespeare

 

 

 

 

 


There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia to-day, flesh and blood tomorrow.   Victor Hugo

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would cure anger, do not feed it. Say to yourself: 'I used to be angry every day; then every other day; now only every third or fourth day.' When you reach thirty days offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the gods.  Epictetus

 

 

 

 

 


When the political columnists say 'Every thinking man' they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'Every intelligent voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them.  Franklin P. Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.  Ring Lardner

 

 

 

 

 

When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken. - Benjamin Disraeli

 

 

 

 

 

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.   Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

 

 

We shall find no fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman,-scorned, slighted, dismissed without a parting pang.   Colley Cibber  - Love's Last Shift, Act 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bid him look into the lives of men as though into a mirror, and from others to take an example for himself.   Terence Adelphoe

 

 

  



   
 When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.  Harry S Truman

 

 

 

  

 

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.  Henry Kissinger

 

 

 

 

 

A good listener is usually thinking about something else.  Kin Hubbard

 

 

 

 

 

Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.   Polybius

 

 

 

 

 

   
 Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forgo an advantage.   Benjamin Disraeli

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. - Alexander Pope

 

 

 

 

 

 

I still believe in liberalism today as much as I ever did, but, oh, there was a happy time when I believed in liberals.   G. K. Chesterton


 

 


Do something every day that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.   Mark Twain

 

 

 

 

 

The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.   Josh Billings

 

 

 

 

 

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. Harry S Truman

  

 

 

 

 

 

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.   Henry Ward Beecher


 

 

 

 


God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971), in a sermon in 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.  Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.  Woodrow Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.  Confucius

 


 

 



The great masses of the people... will more easily fall victims to a great lie than to a small one.  Adolf Hitler

 

 

 

 

 

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way  -- Franklin P. Adams

 

 

 

 

There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.    Indira Gandhi

 

 

 

 

 

You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time.  Abraham Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars.  J. Paul Getty

 

 

 

 

 

 

"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."   

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "Macbeth", Act 5 scene 5


 

 

 

 

The future will be better tomorrow.   Dan Quayle

 

 

 

  

 

 

"Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.  Samuel Johnson

 

 



 

 

Physical deformity, calls forth our charity. But the infinite misfortune of moral deformity calls forth nothing but hatred and vengeance.  Clarence Darrow

 

 

 

 

 

The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots. Rebecca West


 



To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and keep absolutely sober. Logan Pearsall Smith

 

 

 

 

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. - Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

Fortune can, for her pleasure, fools advance,  And toss them on the wheels of Chance.. - Juvenal

 

 

 

 

Men must be decided on what they will not do, and then they are able to act with vigor in what they ought to do.   Mencius

 

 

 

 


I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.  George Washington

 

 

 

 

 

An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit. Pliny the Younger

 

 



Talk not of wasted affection, affection never was wasted,
If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters returning
Back to their springs, like the rain shall fill them full of refreshment;
That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

 

 

 

 

An expert is a person who avoids small error as he sweeps on to the grand fallacy. - Benjamin Stolberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

The worst derangement of the spirit is to believe things because we want them to be so, not because we have seen them for what they are.  Jacques Bossuet

 

 



What we're saying today is that you're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem  .Eldridge Cleaver

 

 

 

 

 

 

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Abraham Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

We are just tenants on this world. We have just been given a new lease, and a warning from the landlord.  Arthur C. Clarke in 2010


 

 

 


The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.   H. L. Mencken

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

  

 

 

 

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.   Helen Keller

 

 

 

 


Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice.    George Jackson

 

 

 

 



"If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.  Isaac Newton

 

 

 

 

 


Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.  Leonardo da Vinci

 

 

 

 



How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees.  William Shakespeare

 

 

 

 

 

In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.   Samuel Johnson


 

 



To live without killing is a thought which could electrify the world, if men were only capable of staying awake long enough to let the idea soak in.   Henry Miller

 

 

 

 

 

The world is an oyster but you don't crack it open on a mattress.- Arthur Miller

 

 

  

 

The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.   Havelock Ellis

 

 



Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.    Marcus Aurelius Antoninus 


 

  


Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.   Henry Miller

 

  

 


There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.   Sir Francis Bacon


  



When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.   R. Buckminster Fuller

 

 

  

 

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.   Steven Wright

 

 

  

 

 

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.   Ben Hecht


 



Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.   Gore Vidal

 

 



A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.   Henry Fielding


 

 

Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.   Mark Twain

 

 

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it...The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.   Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

 

A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.   Samuel Johnson

 

 


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