Happen-quotes

Today is: 11/17/2017


I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
-- 2 Timothy 4:7 --


It is the task of the architect to give life a gentler structure.
-- Alvar Aalto --


There is no logical reason why girls shouldn't play baseball. It's not that tough.
-- Hank Aaron --


The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage in weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.
-- Hank Aaron --


It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. l did it in one afternoon on the golf course.
-- Hank Aaron --


Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was to keep swinging.
-- Hank Aaron --


Be loyal to what you love, be true to the earth, fight your enemies with passion and laughter.
-- Edward Abbey --


Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; It has to be itself.
-- Berenice Abbott --


The lens freezes time and space in what may be an optical slavery or, contrarily, the crystallization of meaning. The limits of the lens's vision are esthetically often a virtue.
-- Berenice Abbott --


Photography doesn't teach you how to express your emotions; It teaches you how to see.
-- Bereniece Abbott --


Business without profit is not business any more than a pickle is candy.
-- Charles F. Abbott --


Being an MP is the sort of job all working-class parents want for their children - clean, indoors and no heavy lifting.
-- Diane Abbott --


"The Rite of Spring" is an exciting piece of music, but I don't believe that it has any future as a Broadway musical.
-- George Abbott --


We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.
-- Shirley Abbott --


No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee's frothy goodness.
-- Sheik Abd-al-Kadir --


I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.
-- Sam Abell --


If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.
-- Hal Abelson --


The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.
-- Bella Abzug --


The best cure for hypochondria is to forget about your body and get interested in somebody else's.
-- Goodman Ace --


Politics makes estranged bedfellows.
-- Goodman Ace --


Women have a passion for mathematics. They divide their age in half, double the price of their clothes, and always add at least five years to the age of their best friend.
-- Marcel Achard --


Women like silent men. They think they're listening.
-- Marcel Achard --


The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, do not stand in one place.
-- Chinua Achebe --


I will undoubtedly have to seek what is happily known as gainful employment, which I am glad to say does not describe holding public office.
-- Dean Acheson --


The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.
-- Dean Acheson --


Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, but no one can agree on what it is.
-- Diane Ackerman --


I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
-- Diane Ackerman --


Poetry is an act of distillation. It takes contingency samples, is selective. It telescopes time. It focuses what most often floods past us in a polite blur.
-- Diane Ackerman --


I'd rather be a host than a guest. As Beerbohm observed, a happy host is a sad guest.
-- Harold Acton --


If the past has been an obstacle and a burden, knowledge of the past is the safest and the surest emancipation.
-- John Acton --


No error is so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.
-- Lord Acton --


Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion, and it stands to the domestic feelings and to homesickness as faith to fanaticism and to superstition.
-- Lord Acton --


Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
-- Lord Acton --


Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
-- Abigail Adams --


A little of what you call frippery is very necessary towards looking like the rest of the world.
-- Abigail Adams --


Justice, humanity, and benevolence are the duties you owe to society in general. To your country the same duties are incumbent upon you with the additional obligation of sacrificing ease, pleasure, wealth, and life itself for its defense and security.
-- Abigail Adams --


I will never consent to have our sex considered in an inferior point of light. Let each planet shine in their own orbit. God and nature designed it so - if man is Lord, women is Lordess - that is what I contend for.
-- Abigail Adams --


We have too many high-sounding words and too few actions that correspond with them.
-- Abigail Adams --


Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.
-- Abigail Adams, to John Adams --


When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
-- Ansel Adams --


Yosemite valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.
-- Ansel Adams --


A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.
-- Ansel Adams --


Not everybody trusts paintings, but people believe photographs.
-- Ansel Adams --


In wisdom gathered over time, I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.
-- Ansel Adams --


Executive? A man who talks to visitors so the other employees can get their work done.
-- Cedric Adams --


All right, so I spend money. Can you name one other extravagance I have?
-- Cindy Adams --


I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
-- Douglas Adams --


The world is a thing of utter inordinate complexity and richness and strangeness that is absolutely awesome.
-- Douglas Adams --


Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules.
-- Douglas Adams --


If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat.
-- Douglas Adams --


It's nice to think that one could, even here and now, be whisked away just by hitchhiking.
-- Douglas Adams --


Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
-- Douglas Adams --


In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
-- Douglas Adams --


Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
-- Douglas Adams --


He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.
-- Douglas Adams --


I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
-- Douglas Adams --


I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer.
-- Douglas Adams --


The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks.
-- Douglas Adams --


Even he, to whom most things that most people would think were pretty smart were pretty dumb, thought it was pretty smart.
-- Douglas Adams, from "The Salmon of Doubt" --


There must be a day or two in a man's life when he is the precise age for something important.
-- Franklin P. Adams --


I hate the pollyanna pest who says all is for the best.
-- Franklin P. Adams --


Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year.
-- Franklin P. Adams --


In the order named, these are the hardest to control: wine, women, and song.
-- Franklin P. Adams --


Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.
-- Franklin P. Adams --


The best part of the fiction in many novels is the notice that the characters are purely imaginary.
-- Franklin P. Adams --


Anybody who finds it easy to make money on the horses is probably in the dog food business.
-- Franklin P. Adams --


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


One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.
-- Henry Adams --


Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
-- Henry Adams --


We combat obstacles in order to get repose, and, when got, the repose is insupportable.
-- Henry Adams --


The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant is alone enough to upset Darwin.
-- Henry Adams --


It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.
-- Henry B. Adams --


A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
-- Henry Adams --


Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
-- Henry Adams --


No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
-- Henry Brooks Adams --


No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
-- Henry Brooks Adams --


A man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.
-- James Adams --


There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behooves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.
-- James Truslow Adams --


The most popular labor saving device today is still a husband with money.
-- Joey Adams --


May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions.
-- Joey Adams --


If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.
-- Joey Adams --


Science is really going at a rapid pace. Now it's only a hundred years behind the comic strips.
-- Joey Adams --


Do not worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older it will avoid you.
-- Joey Adams --


If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.
-- John Adams --


Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.
-- John Adams --


Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
-- John Adams --


The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
-- John Adams --


If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
-- John Quincy Adams --


Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear, and obstacles vanish into air.
-- John Quincy Adams --


I can scarcely recollect a single instance of success to anything that I ever undertook. Yet, with fervent gratitude to God, I confess that my life has been equally marked by great and signal success which I neither aimed at nor anticipated.
-- John Quincy Adams --


The great crises of life are not, I think, necessarily those which are in themselves the hardest to bear, but those for which we are least prepared.
-- Mary Adams --


Nature tops the list of potent tranquilizers and stress reducers. The mere sound of moving water has been shown to lower blood pressure.
-- Patch Adams --


Who looks after the psychoanalyst's wife while the psychoanalyst is away being psychoanalyzed?
-- Scarritt Adams --


Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
-- Scott Adams --


There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
-- Scott Adams --


If you hawe any trouble sounding condescending, find a Unix user to show you how it's done.
-- Scott Adams --


Energy is equal to desire and purpose.
-- Sheryl Adams --


Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster.
-- Joe Adcock --


Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.
-- Joseph Addison --


What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.
-- Joseph Addison --


A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.
-- Joseph Addison --


It is ridiculous for any man to criticize the works of another if he has not distinguished himself by his own performances.
-- Joseph Addison --


A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.
-- Joseph Addison --


A cloudy day, or a little sunshine, have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most real blessings or misfortunes.
-- Joseph Addison --


We are growing serious, and, let me tell you, that's the very next step to being dull.
-- Joseph Addison --


Our disputants put me in mind of the cuttlefish, that when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens all the water about him, till he becomes invisible.
-- Joseph Addison --


Silence never shows itself to so great advantage as when it is made the reply to calumny and defamation.
-- Joseph Addison --


What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
-- Joseph Addison --


Justice discards party, friendship, kindred, and is always, therefore, represented as blind.
-- Joseph Addison --


Tis pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul; I think the Romans call it stoicism.
-- Joseph Addison --


When I behold a fashionable table set out in all its magnificence, I fancy that I see gout and dropsies, fevers and lethargies, with other innumerable distempers lying in ambush among the dishes.
-- Joseph Addison --


There is nothing truly valuable which can be purchased without pains and labor.
-- Joseph Addison --


A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.
-- Joseph Addison --


I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
-- Joseph Addison --


For parlor use, the vague generality is a lifesaver.
-- George Ade --


Early to bed and early to rise is a bad rule for anyone who wishes to become acquainted with our most prominent and influential people.
-- George Ade --


There is everything in a name. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but would not cost half as much during the winter months.
-- George Ade --


A friend who is near and dear may in time become as useless as a relative.
-- George Ade --


I don't write songs about a specific, elusive thing. I write about love, and everyone knows what it is like to have your heart broken.
-- Adele --


An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.
-- Konrad Adenauer --


We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon.
-- Konrad Adenauer --


Tradition is what you resort to when you don't have the time and money to do it right.
-- Kurt H. Adler --


It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
-- Alfred Adler --


Man knows more than he understands.
-- Alfred Adler --


The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light.
-- Felix Adler --


Champions know there are no shortcuts to the top. They climb the mountain one step at a time. They have no use for helicopters!
-- Judi Adler --


There is no point in our ancestors speaking to us unless we know how to listen.
-- Mortimer Adler --


Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
-- Stella Adler --


The theater was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.
-- Stella Adler --


Real giving had its joy in imagining the joy of the receiver. It means choosing, expending time, going out of one's way, thinking of the other as a subject: the opposite of distraction.
-- Thodor W. Adorno --


Human prosperity never rests but always craves more, till blown up with pride it totters and falls. From the opulent mansions pointed at by all passers-by none warns it away, none cries, "Let no more riches enter!"
-- Aeschylus --


The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
-- Aesop --


Every truth has two sides; it is well to look at both sides before we commiit ourselves to either.
-- Aesop's Fables --


Make sure of the bear before you sell his skin.
-- Aesop's Fables --


A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
-- Aesop --


Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.
-- Aesop --


The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
-- Aesop --


Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
-- Aesop --


It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.
-- Aesop --


It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
-- Aesop, The Jay and the Peacock --


Beware, lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
-- Aesop --


The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our destruction.
-- Aesop --


He who always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
-- Aesop --


What a splendid head, yet no brain.
-- Aesop --


While I see many hoof marks going in, I see none coming out. It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again.
-- Aesop, from "The Lion, the Fox, and the Beasts" --


It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
-- Aesop --


To watch updates of your relationships on CNN is bizarre in a way I cannot explain. You think, "Isn't there something happening in Bosnia?"
-- Ben Affleck --


The truth which makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.
-- Herbert Agar --


You should never trifle with Nature.
-- Jean Louis Agassiz --


A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn't feel like it. An amateur is a man who can't do his job when he does feel like it.
-- James Agate --


I wonder what it is in the New York air that enables me to sit up till all hours of the night in an atmosphere which in London would make a horse dizzy, but here merely clears the brain.
-- James Agate --


I have views on most matters, and I am as willing as a politician to change most of them.
-- James Agate --


New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.
-- James Agate --


Shaw's plays are the price we pay for Shaw's prefaces.
-- James Agate --


In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again.
-- James Agee --


We all need the waters of the Mercy River. Though they don't run deep, there's usually enough, just enough, for the extravagance of our lives.
-- Jonis Agee --


The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated into a contemporary antagonism known as the generation gap.
-- Spiro T. Agnew --


A rumor will travel fastest to the place where it will cause the greatest harm.
-- Gustavo Agrait --


It's a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children.
-- Ama Ata Aidoo --


At the present time there exist problems beyond our ability to solve, not because of theoretical difficulties, but because of insufficient means of mechanical computation.
-- Howard Aiken --


If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
-- Howard Aiken --


You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
-- Leo Aikman --


If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.
-- Catherine Aird --


Set your expectations high; find men and women whose integrity and values you respect; get their agreement on a course of action; and give them your ultimate trust.
-- John Akers --


In human intimacy there is a secret boundary; neither the experience of being in love nor passion can cross it, though lips be joined together in awful silence, and the heart break asunder with love.
-- Anna Akhmatova --


Life on the farm is a school of patience: you can't hurry the crops or make an ox in two days.
-- Henri Alain --


Posy and pearls, amethyst and gold, forever you and I, our precious love to hold.
-- Astrid Alauda --


He slept beneath the moon, he basked in the sun; he lived a life of going-to-do, and died with nothing done.
-- James Albery --


The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
-- Mitch Albom --


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


Summer vacation: When parents suddenly realize that teachers are grossly underpaid.
-- Herm Albright --


Only in America could a refugee girl from Europe become secretary of state.
-- Madeline Albright --


To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
-- Amos Bronson Alcott --


Devotees of grammatical studies have not been distinguished for any very remarkable felicities of expression.
-- Bronson Alcott --


First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.
-- Amos Bronson Alcott --


That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with delight and profit.
-- A. B. Alcott --


There is virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards, in fields, streams, and groves, in rustic recreations and plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy.
-- Amos Bronson Alcott --


The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.
-- Amos Bronson Alcott --


Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.
-- Amos Bronson Alcott --


Keep your sense of humor. There's enough stress in the rest of your life to let bad shots ruin a game you're supposed to enjoy.
-- Amy Strum Alcott --


Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling.
-- Louisa May Alcott --


I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
-- Louisa May Alcott --


My definition of a philosopher is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down.
-- Louisa May Alcott --


I had a pleasant time with my mind, for it was happy.
-- Louisa May Alcott --


I don't think secrets agree with me; I feel rumpled up in my mind since you told me that.
-- Louisa May Alcott --


The good thing about being a hypocrite is that you get to keep your values.
-- Alan Alda --


If I can't get the girl, at least give me more money.
-- Alan Alda --


It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich.
-- Alan Alda --


No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.
-- Alan Alda --


It's too bad I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that.
-- Alan Alda --


Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.
-- Alan Alda --


There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.
-- Robert Alden --


Why should you be confused just because you come from a confused civilization?
-- Brian Aldiss --


Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.
-- Brian Aldiss --


What is lovely never dies, but passes into other loveliness, stardust, or sea foam, flower or winged air.
-- Thomas Bailey Aldrich --


How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.
-- Alexander the Great --


Harold (Robbins) could be the best conversationalist in the world - if he ever found anyone he thought worth talking to.
-- H. Alexander --


All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.
-- Scott Alexander --


Trying to squash a rumor is like trying to unring a bell.
-- Shana Alexander --


Letters are expectation packed in an envelope.
-- Shana Alexander --


A handwritten, personal letter has become a genuine modern-day luxury, like a child's pony ride.
-- Shana Alexander --


Providence sees to it that no man gets happiness out of crime.
-- Vittorio Alfieri --


Had I been present at the Creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.
-- Alfonso, King of Castile, on studying the Ptolemaic system --


Be what you say; and, within the rules of prudence, say what you are.
-- Henry Alford --


If a problem is too difficult to solve, one cannot claim that it is solved by pointing at all the efforts made to solve it.
-- Hannes Alfven --


After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul's indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.
-- William R. Alger --


The flower we do not pluck is the only which never loses its beauty or its fragrance.
-- W. R. Alger --


False eloquence is exaggeration: true eloquence is emphasis.
-- William Rounseville Alger --


The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility of the writer in all ages of man.
-- Nelson Algren --


If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.
-- Muhammad Ali --


Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
-- Muhammad Ali --


To be a great champion, you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are.
-- Muhammad Ali --


Advice to a young man: Stay in college, get the knowledge. And stay there until you're through. If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they sure can make something out of you.
-- Muhammad Ali --


The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
-- Muhammad Ali --


I have said I am the greatest. Ain't nobody ever heard me say I was the smartest.
-- Muhammad Ali --


It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
-- Muhammad Ali --


I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.
-- Muhammad Ali --


Inside a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's wrong.
-- Muhammad Ali --


Pride, envy, avarice - these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men.
-- Dante Alighieri --


Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild.
-- Dante Alighieri --


The more perfect a thing is, the more susceptible to good and bad treatment it is.
-- Dante Alighieri --


The shortest distance between two points is under construction.
-- Noelie Alito --


Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; He should be drawn and quoted.
-- Fred Allen --


The penguin flies backwards because he doesn't care to see where he's going, but wants to see where he's been.
-- Fred Allen --


An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer.
-- Fred Allen --


If I could get my membership fee back, I'd resign from the human race.
-- Fred Allen --


The American arrives in Paris with a few French phrases he has culled from a conversational guide or picked up from a friend who owns a beret.
-- Fred Allen --


I like long walks. Especially when they're taken by people who annoy me.
-- Fred Allen --


Was she old? When they lit the candles on her birthday cake, six people were overcome by the heat.
-- Fred Allen --


Television is a medium because anything well done is rare.
-- Fred Allen --


A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide nothing can be done.
-- Fred Allen --


I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college, won the case and got my tuition back.
-- Fred Allen --


He writes so well he makes me feel like putting my quill back in the goose.
-- Fred Allen --


The head of our advertising agency suffered from claustrophobia so he had to stay out of Rhode Island.
-- Fred Allen --


You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a fruit fly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart.
-- Fred Allen --


His hobby is collecting old echoes.
-- Fred Allen --


An advertising agency is eighty-five percent confusion and fifteen percent commission.
-- Fred Allen --


I have just returned from Boston. It is the only thing to do if you find yourself up there.
-- Fred Allen --


I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.
-- Fred Allen --


I always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names, and - I can’t remember what the third thing is.
-- Fred Allen --


Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for movie stars.
-- Fred Allen --


Forget the past - the future will give you plenty to worry about.
-- George Allen, Sr. --


Every time you win, you're reborn; when you lose, you die a little.
-- George Allen, Sr. --


I was so surprised at being born that I didn't speak for a year and a half.
-- Gracie Allen --


Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for the big one to come along.
-- Hugh Allen --


If I can't blow up the world in the first ten seconds, then the show is a flop.
-- Irwin Allen --


You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration.
-- James Allen --


Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will bring about right results.
-- James L. Allen --


Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
-- James Allen --


Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
-- James Allen --


A study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year.
-- Marty Allen --


Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam - and I'll show you a house full of dirt.
-- Marty Allen --


Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist.
-- Robert Allen --


While I relish our warm months, winter forms our character and brings out our best.
-- Tom Allen --


It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off.
-- Woody Allen --


All people know the same truth; Our lives consist of how we choose to distort it.
-- Woody Allen --


The curtain rises on a vast primitive wasteland, not unlike certain parts of New Jersey.
-- Woody Allen --


There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?
-- Woody Allen --


If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.
-- Woody Allen --


How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?
-- Woody Allen --


They reside with my father - who polishes them. Well, I'm certainly not going to put Oscars in my house.
-- Woody Allen --


Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.
-- Woody Allen --


I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.
-- Woody Allen --


Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
-- Woody Allen --


It is impossible to experience one's death objectively and still carry a tune.
-- Woody Allen --


What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.
-- Woody Allen --


I'm astounded by people who want to "know" the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.
-- Woody Allen --


My education was dismal. I went to a series of schools for mentally disturbed teachers.
-- Woody Allen --


How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world, given my waist and shirt size?
-- Woody Allen --


I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.
-- Woody Allen --


When I was born, my family was so poor my mother couldn't afford to use talcum powder on me. So she used to douse me with kitchen baking soda. About once every month I'd break out in a severe case of cookies.
-- Woody Allen --


Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.
-- Woody Allen --


I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
-- Woody Allen --


I'd rather die than live in the country. I've always been at two with nature.
-- Woody Allen --


Sex without love is an empty experience, but, as empty experiences go, it's one of the best.
-- Woody Allen --


My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.
-- Woody Allen --


I do not believe in an afterlife, but I am bringing a change of underwear.
-- Woody Allen --


Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.
-- Woody Allen --


His mistaken belief in his own superiority cuts him off from reality as completely as if he were living in a colored glass jar.
-- Margery Allingham --


Outrage, combining as it does shock, anger, reproach, and helplessness, is perhaps the most unmanageable, the most demoralizing of all the emotions.
-- Margery Allingham --


There's a lot of terrible things goin' on all the time, but you gotta try and have some fun in the end.
-- Mose Allison --


There is a story of an Oxford student who once remarked, "I despise all Americans, but have never met one I didn't like."
-- Gordon Allport --


There's a kind of blackmail that only the family can exercise over you and it is more powerful than anything the whole of society can do to you.
-- Pedro Almodovar --


We begin by fooling others and end by fooling ourselves.
-- Eric Alterman --


If this was adulthood, the only improvement she could detect in her situation was that she could now eat dessert without eating her vegetables.
-- Lisa Alther --


I've always felt that a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.
-- Lisa Alther --


That's the risk you take if you change; that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along.
-- Lisa Alther --


I've about had it - the agencies, the winking, the networks, the ratings. Anyone who thinks TV is an art medium is crazy - it's an advertising medium.
-- Robert Altman --


I got fired for many years for doing a lot of the things that I'm now getting accolades for.
-- Robert Altman --


The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.
-- Michael Altshuler --


Look around the table. If you don't see a sucker, get up, because you're the sucker.
-- Amarillo Slim --


No man can be a sound lawyer who is not well-read in the laws of Moses.
-- Fisher Ames --


Heroism is the brilliant triumph of the soul over the flesh - that is to say, over fear. Heroism is the dazzling and glorious concentration of courage.
-- Henri Amiel --


If man was what he ought to be, he would be adored by the animals.
-- Henri Amiel --


A man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied.
-- Henri Frederic Amiel --


Learn to be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.
-- Henri Frederic Amiel --


Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent propaganda. As far as lies in its power, it tends to transform the universe and humanity into its own image.
-- Henri Amiel --


Blessed be childhood which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.
-- Henri F. Amiel --


Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.
-- Amiel --


There is only one way of not hating those who do us wrong, and that is by doing them good.
-- Henri Amiel --


Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
-- Henri Frederic Amiel --


The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.
-- Henri Amiel --


To surrender what is most profound and mysterious in one's being and personality at any price less than that of absolute reciprocity is profanation.
-- Henri Amiel --


A modest garden contains, for those who know how to look and wait, more information than a library.
-- Henri Frederic Amiel --


An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains.
-- Henri Amiel --


Life is short, and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to live, make haste to be kind!
-- Henri Frederic Amiel --


Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not to be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
-- Henri Frederic Amiel --


Music is harmony; Harmony is perfection; Perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven.
-- Henri Frederic Amiel --


If you can't annoy somebody with what you write, I think there's little point in writing.
-- Kingsley Amis --


A bad review may spoil your breakfast, but you shouldn't allow it to spoil your lunch.
-- Kingsley Amis --


The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness.
-- John Amodeo --


You can't make the Duchess of Windsor into Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. The facts of life are very stubborn things.
-- Cleveland Amory --


I think NASCAR would be much more exciting if, like in a skating rink, every fifteen minutes someone announced it was time to reverse direction.
-- Jeffrey Anbinder --


Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.
-- Hans Christian Andersen --


"But the Emperor has nothing on at all!" cried a little child.
-- Hans Christian Andersen --


I go about looking at horses and cattle. They eat grass, make love, work when they have to, bear their young. I am sick with envy of them.
-- Sherwood Andersen --


Speeches are like steer horns - a point here, a point there and a lot of bull in between.
-- Evelyn Anderson --


Tattoo - what a loaded word it is, rife with associations to goons, goofs, bikers, tribal warriors, carnival artists, drunken sailors and floozies.
-- Jon Anderson --


Why does everybody stand up and sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" when they're already there?
-- Larry Anderson --


My greatest enemy is reality. I have fought it successfully for thirty years.
-- Margaret Anderson --


As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.
-- Marian Anderson --


The interest in the lives of others, the high evaluation of these lives, what are they but the overflow of the interest he finds in himself, the values he attributes to his own being?
-- Sherwood Anderson --


The whole glory of writing lies in the fact that it forces us out of ourselves and into the lives of others.
-- Sherwood Anderson --


The first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
-- Walter Anderson --


It's a mystery. All I did was wear this bikini in "Dr. No" - not even a small one - and whoosh! Overnight I've made it.
-- Ursula Andress --


I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. And that's living.
-- Ursula Andress --


If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
-- Mario Andretti --


O can't you see, brother - death's a congested road for fighters now, and hero a cheap label.
-- C. D. Andrews --


All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, and you can't bat a thousand all the time.
-- Julie Andrews --


Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.
-- Julie Andrews --


All love shifts and changes. I don't know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time.
-- Julie Andrews --


For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter.
-- Maya Angelou --


There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
-- Maya Angelou --


I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.
-- Maya Angelou --


We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
-- Maya Angelou --


If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
-- Maya Angelou --


Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
-- Maya Angelou --


How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
-- Maya Angelou --


Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
-- Maya Angelou --


I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere.
-- Maya Angelou --


I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; You need to be able to throw something back.
-- Maya Angelou --


No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
-- Maya Angelou --


Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
-- Maya Angelou --


Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without it we can't practice any other virtue with consistency.
-- Maya Angelou --


There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
-- Maya Angelou --


As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good.
-- Maya Angelou --


The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.
-- Maya Angelou --


You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you may trod me in the very dirt but still, like dust, I'll rise.
-- Maya Angelou --


You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right.
-- Maya Angelou --


Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
-- Maya Angelou --


I always knew that fury was my natural enemy. It clotted my blood and clogged my pores. It literally blinded me so that I lost my peripheral vision.
-- Maya Angelou --


The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
-- Maya Angelou --


There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
-- Maya Angelou --


Nothing will work unless you do.
-- Maya Angelou --


I don't believe that the accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings. Gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.
-- Maya Angelou --


If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
-- Maya Angelou --


Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
-- Maya Angelou --


I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
-- Maya Angelou --


If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
-- Maya Angelou --


If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning "Good morning" at total strangers.
-- Maya Angelou --


In all my work what I try to say is that as human beings we are more alike than we are unalike.
-- Maya Angelou --


History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
-- Maya Angelou --


Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kind of falls into place.
-- Jennifer Aniston --


The greater your capacity to love, the greater your capacity to feel the pain.
-- Jennifer Aniston --


The spring is wound up tight. It will uncoil of itself. That is what is so convenient in tragedy. The least little turn of the wrist will do the job. Anything will set it going.
-- Jean Anouilh --


Real miracles are created by men when they use their God-given courage and intelligence.
-- Jean Anouilh --


Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
-- Jean Anouilh --


Oh, love is real enough, you will find it some day but it has one archenemy, and that is life.
-- Jean Anouilh --


Everything ends this way in France. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings. affairs of state - everything is a pretext for a good dinner.
-- Jean Anouith --


Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle.
-- Robert Anthony --


Some people are willing to work only if they can start at the top and work up.
-- Dr. Robert Anthony --


Others can stop you temporarily. Only you can do it permanently.
-- Dr. Robert Anthony --


Your interpretation of what you see and hear is just that - your interpretation.
-- Dr. Robert Anthony --


Your enemy might become your friend, if you allow him to become who he is.
-- Dr. Robert Anthony --


If you are honest because honesty is the best policy, then your honesty is corrupt.
-- Dr. Robert Anthony --


If you are honest because honesty is the best policy, then your honesty is corrupt.
-- Dr. Robert Anthony --


The true Republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.
-- Susan B. Anthony --


The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation.
-- Susan B. Anthony --


Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform.
-- Susan B. Anthony --


Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother.
-- Susan B. Anthony --


When I was young, if a girl married poverty, she became a drudge; if she married wealth, she became a doll.
-- Susan B. Anthony --


There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.
-- Marie Antoinette --


When you walk into a room, a healthy, beautiful smile is incredibly important.
-- Susan Anton --


Nature and certainty are very hard to come at, and infallibility is mere vanity and pretense.
-- Marcus Antonius --


Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.
-- Marcus Antonius --


A beautiful woman delights the eye; a wise woman, the understanding; a pure one, the soul.
-- Minna Antrim --


Between flattery and admiration there often flows a river of contempt.
-- Minna Antrim --


I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand.
-- Sir Edward Appleton --


If all evil were prevented, much good would be absent from the universe. There would be no patience of martyrs if there were no tyrannical persecution.
-- Saint Thomas Aquinas --


To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
-- Thomas Aquinas --


He who is dying of hunger must be fed rather than taught.
-- Thomas Aquinas --


I was allowed to ring the bell for five minutes until everyone was in assembly. It was the beginning of power.
-- Jeffery Archer --


Pull off a coup and you're a national hero, fail and you're an evil criminal; in business it's the same difference between bankruptcy and making a fortune.
-- Jeffrey Archer --


Dear, never forget one little point. It's my business. You just work here.
-- Elizabeth Arden, To Her Husband --


No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes.
-- Hannah Arendt --


Revolutionaries do not make revolutions. The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and then they can pick it up.
-- Hannah Arendt --


Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
-- Hannah Arendt --


It is well known that the most radical revolutionary will become a conservative on the day after the revolution.
-- Hannah Arendt --


It is far easier to act under conditions of tyranny than it is to think.
-- Hannah Arendt --


The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative on the day after the revolution.
-- Hannah Arendt --


As witnesses not of our intentions but of our conduct, we can be true or false, and the hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself.
-- Hannah Arendt --


Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.
-- Hannah Arendt --


Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think.
-- Hannah Arendt --


Absence of thought is indeed a powerful factor in human affairs, statistically speaking the most powerful; not just in the conduct of the many but in the conduct of all.
-- Hannah Arendt --


Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life.
-- Aristophanes --


Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
-- Aristotle --


All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
-- Aristotle --


Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
-- Aristotle --


When they are asleep you cannot tell a good man from a bad one, whence the saying that for half their lives there is no difference between the happy and the miserable.
-- Aristotle --


My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
-- Aristotle --


Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
-- Aristotle --


He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
-- Aristotle --


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
-- Aristotle --


Wit is educated insolence.
-- Aristotle --


Young people have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things.
-- Aristotle --


Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
-- Aristotle --


So poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history.
-- Aristotle --


Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
-- Aristotle --


He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
-- Aristotle --


The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but the inward significance.
-- Aristotle --


The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
-- Aristotle --


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
-- Aristotle --


Most people would rather get than give affection.
-- Aristotle --


The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
-- Aristotle --


Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.
-- Aristotle --


Comedy aims at representing men as worse, and tragedy as better, than in real life.
-- Aristotle --


The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
-- Aristotle --


It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
-- Aristotle --


Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
-- Aristotle --


All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
-- Aristotle --


Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.
-- Aristotle --


We make war that we may live in peace.
-- Aristotle --


What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
-- Aristotle --


That judges of important causes should hold office for life is a disputable thing, for the mind grows old as well as the body.
-- Aristotle --


The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
-- Aristotle --


Honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.
-- Aristotle --


Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
-- Aristotle --


It is amazing how nice people are to you when they know you are going away.
-- Michael Arlen --


Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision.
-- Dick Armey --


Politics will sooner or later make fools of everybody.
-- Dick Armey --


Hard labor: a redundancy, like "working mother."
-- Joyce Armor --


There may be luck in getting a job, but there's no luck in keeping it.
-- Ogden Armour --


Here is where people, 0ne frequently finds, Lower their voices And raise their minds.
-- Richard Armour, "Library" --


When it comes to eating, you can sometimes help yourself more by helping yourself less.
-- Richard Armour --


The conscience is a built-in feature / That haunts the sinner, helps the preacher. / Some sins it makes us turn and run from, / But most it simply takes the fun from.
-- Richard Armour --


I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love, and abundance. Then, whenever doubt, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal - and soon they'll forget my number.
-- Edith Armstrong --


Toil and be strong. By toil the flaccid nerves grow firm, and gain a more compacted tone.
-- J. Armstrong --


When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.
-- Kristin Armstrong --


Man, if you gotta ask, you'll never know.
-- Louis Armstrong --


The main thing is to live for that audience. What you're there for is to please people the best you can. Those few moments belong to them.
-- Louis Armstrong --


A lotta cats copy the "Mona Lisa," but people still line up to see the original.
-- Louis Armstrong --


This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
-- Neil Armstrong --


I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.
-- Neil A. Armstrong --


Houston, tranquility base here. The "Eagle" has landed.
-- Neil A. Armstrong --


A cat refuses to be the object of sentimentality - If she doesn't want to be cuddled. that's it.
-- Samantha Armstrong --


Comedy needs heart and warmth, even a tear or two, not just a lot of slapstick laughs.
-- Desi Arnaz --


I am convinced that the Muses and the Graces never thought of having breakfast anywhere but in bed.
-- Mary Arnim --


The worst bankrupt in the world is the person who has lost his enthusiasm.
-- H. W. Arnold --


France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme.
-- Mathew Arnold --


Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style.
-- Matthew Arnold --


The men of culture are the true apostles of equality.
-- Matthew Arnold --


Culture is "to know the best that has been said and thought in the world."
-- Matthew Arnold --


The grand style arises in poetry, when a noble nature, poetically gifted, treats with simplicity or with severity a serious subject.
-- Matthew Arnold --


The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.
-- Matthew Arnold --


Now the great winds shorewards blow; Now the salt tides seawards flow; Now the wild white horses play, Champ and chafe and toss in the spray.
-- Matthew Arnold --


One thing only has been lent to youth and age in common - discontent.
-- Matthew Arnold --


We do not what we ought; What we ought not, we do; And lean upon the thought, that chance will bring us through.
-- Matthew Arnold --


Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.
-- Matthew Arnold --


Journalism is literature in a hurry.
-- Matthew Arnold --


My love for any place, or person, or institution, is exactly the measure of my desire to reform them.
-- Thomas Arnold --


I never had a huge need to be a big movie star or a billionaire.
-- Patricia Arquette --


The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.
-- Gloria M. Arroyo --


All this time I've just wanted to be blonde, beautiful, and five feet two inches tall.
-- Beatrice Arthur --


The best way you can surprise a woman with an anniversary gift is to give her just what she wanted.
-- Arbuth Arundale --


Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.
-- Sholem Asch --


There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and encourage a will to learning, as is praise.
-- Roger Ascham --


Through politics men can learn to use ballots instead of bullets, symbols instead of weapons.
-- M. Ascoli --


If you think you can, you're right. And if you think you can't, you're right.
-- Mary Kay Ash --


Sandwich every bit of criticism between two heavy layers of praise.
-- Mary Kay Ash --


There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.
-- John Ashbery --


You have to get to the point where going for it is more important than winning or losing.
-- Arthur Ashe --


True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to server others at whatever cost.
-- Arthur Ashe --


There is a syndrome in sports called paralysis by analysis.
-- Arthur Ashe --


I learned to play tennis because the tennis courts were the closest athletic facility to my house.
-- Arthur Ashe --


I can feel the wind go by when I run. It feels good. It feels fast.
-- Evelyn Ashford --


In a great romance, each person basically plays a part that the other really likes.
-- Elizabeth Ashley --


People pay all that money to sit in a chair in the theater mainly because it is a respectable way to see and experience things they cannot see and experience in their own lives.
-- Elizabeth Ashley --


Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
-- Isaac Asimov --


We must find methods of maintaining a healthy ecological balance on earth. If there is any spare effort left over from these absolute necessities, we can put them into other projects - otherwise not.
-- Isaac Asimov --


Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right.
-- Isaac Asimov --


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 the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" but "That's funny..."
-- Isaac Asimov --


Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.
-- Herbert Henry Asquith --


She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake.
-- Margot Asquith --


He's very clever, but sometimes his brains go to his head.
-- Margot Asquith --


I have always wanted to be a man, if only for the reason that I would like to have been gauged by the value of my intellect.
-- Margot Asquith --


Klee's pictures seem to me to resemble, not pictures, but a sample book of patterns for linoleum.
-- Sir Cyril Asquith --


Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
-- Fred Astaire --


Fetters of gold are still fetters, and the softest lining can never make them so easy as liberty.
-- Mary Astell --


In a story, the craftsmanship is fully exposed. A novel is like charity; it covers a multitude of faults.
-- Thea Astley --


From the American newspapers you'd think America was populated solely by naked women and cinema stars.
-- Lady Astor --


We women do talk too much, but even then we don't tell half of what we know.
-- Nancy Astor --


It isn't the common man at all who is important; it's the uncommon man.
-- Lady Nancy Astor --


I refuse to admit that I am more than fifty-two, even if that does make my sons illegitimate.
-- Lady Astor --


The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.
-- Nancy Astor --


Say "Yes" to the seedlings and a giant forest cleaves the sky. Say "Yes" to the universe and the planets become your neighbors. Say "Yes" to dreams of love and freedom. It is the password to Utopia.
-- Brooks Atkinson --


In every age "the good old days" were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them.
-- Brooks Atkinson --


It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.
-- Brooks Atkinson --


This nation was built by men who took risks - pioneers who were not afraid of the wilderness, business men who were not afraid of failure, scientists who were not afraid of the truth, thinkers who were not afraid of progress, dreamers who were not afraid of action.
-- Brooks Atkinson --


The evil that men do lives on the front pages of greedy newspapers, but the good is oft interred apathetically inside.
-- Brooks Atkinson --


You've got friends, then you've got your best friend. Big difference. To me, a friend is a guy who will help you move. A best friend is a guy who will help you move a body.
-- Dave Attell --


Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
-- Clement Attlee --


I think the British have the distinction above all other nations of being able to put new wine into old bottles without bursting them.
-- Clement Attlee --


Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized.
-- Margaret Atwood --


In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
-- Margaret Atwood --


Falling in love, we said; I fell for him. We were falling women. We believed in it, this downward motion; so lovely, like flying, and yet at the same time so dire, so extreme, so unlikely.
-- Margaret Atwood --


Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
-- Margaret Atwood --


If time were the wicked sheriff in a horse opera, I'd pay for riding lessons and take his gun away.
-- W. H. Auden --


LSD? Nothing much happened, but I did get the distinct impression that some birds were trying to communicate with me.
-- W. H. Auden --


When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes.
-- W. H. Auden --


Dance till the stars come down from the rafters Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop.
-- W. H. Auden --


And make us as Newton was, who in his garden watching the apple falling towards England, became aware between himself and her of an eternal tie.
-- W. H. Auden --


Your cameraman might enjoy himself, because my face looks like a wedding cake left out in the rain.
-- W. H. Auden --


Among those whom I like, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
-- W. H. Auden --


No opera plot can be sensible, for in sensible situations people do not sing.
-- W. H. Auden --


The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar, and is shocked by the unexpected: the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel, and is bored by repetition.
-- W. H. Auden --


It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one's nose, a good deal of it to know in which direction to point that organ.
-- W. H. Auden --


Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
-- W. H. Auden --


Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.
-- W. H. Auden --


The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews.
-- W. H. Auden --


To choose what is difficult all one's days, as if it were easy, that is faith.
-- W. H. Auden --


The quality common to all the great operatic roles, is that each of them is a passionate and willful state of being. In real life they would all be bores, even Don Giovanni.
-- W. H. Auden --


A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
-- W. H. Auden --


Because of impatience, we were driven out of paradise; Because of impatience, we cannot return.
-- W. H. Auden --


Poetry makes nothing happen. It survives in the valley of its saying.
-- W. H. Auden --


A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.
-- J. J. Audubon --


The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
-- Fred Auerbach --


God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
-- John Aughey --


Since nothing we intend is ever faultless, and nothing we attempt ever without error, and nothing we achieve without some measure of finitude and fallibility we call humanness, we are saved by forgiveness.
-- David Augsburger --


He who is good is free, even if he is a slave. He who is evil is a slave, even if he is a king.
-- Augustine of Hippo --


Bulls do not win bullfights. People do. People do not win people fights. Lawyers do.
-- Norman R. Augustine --


I found Rome built of bricks; I leave her clothed in marble.
-- Augustus --


We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.
-- Marcus Aurelius --


A man does not sin by commission only, but often by omission
-- Marcus Aurelius --


Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.
-- Marcus Aurelius --


The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.
-- Marcus Aurelius --


Nothing is so conducive to greatness of mind as the ability to examine systematically and honestly everything that meets us in life.
-- Marcus Aurelius --


Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
-- Marcus Aurelius --


Do not expect Plato's ideal republic; be satisfied with even the smallest step forward, and consider this no small achievement.
-- Marcus Aurelius --


Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. be one.
-- Marcus Aurelius --


Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.
-- Marcus Aurelius --


Everything that happens, happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.
-- Marcus Aurelius --


Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them if you had them not.
-- Marcus Aurelius --


A man makes no noise over a good deed, but passes on to another.
-- Marcus Aurelius --


Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog, or man. There is no difference there between a cat and a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage.
-- Sri Aurobindo --


Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man.
-- Ausonius --


Those who do not complain are never pitied.
-- Jane Austen --


I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
-- Jane Austen --


Selfishness must always be forgiven, you know, because there is no hope of a cure.
-- Jane Austen --


A woman especially, if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
-- Jane Austen --


Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.
-- Jane Austen --


One man's way may be as good as another, but we all like our own best.
-- Jane Austen --


He and I should not in the least agree of course, in our ideas of nobels and heroines; pictures of perfection as you know make me sick and wicked.
-- Jane Austen --


Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.
-- Jane Austen --


One cannot always be laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
-- Jane Austen --


There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry... It is, of all transactions, the one in which people expect most from others, and are least honest themselves.
-- Jane Austen --


We met Dr. Hall in such very deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead.
-- Jane Austen --


The younger brother must help to pay for the pleasures of the elder.
-- Jane Austen --


Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply.
-- Jane Austen --


A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter.
-- Jane Austen --


Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.
-- Jane Austen, "Mansfield Park" --


The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
-- Jane Austen --


It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her.
-- Jane Austen --


Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!
-- Jane Austen --


For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?
-- Jane Austen --


I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.
-- Jane Austen --


Solemn history, I cannot be interested in: the quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences on every page, and hardly any women at all.
-- Jane Austen --


Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.
-- Jane Austen, "Emma" --


One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
-- Jane Austen, "Emma" --


She was not a woman of many words: for, unlike people in general, she proportioned them to the number of her ideas.
-- Jane Austen --


What is the difference in matrimonial affairs, between the mercenary and the prudent move? Where does discretion end, and avarice begin?
-- Jane Austen --


Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
-- Jane Austen --


One of the conditions of being human is that, even if we're surrounded by others, we essentially live our lives alone: Real life takes place inside us.
-- Paul Auster --


The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.
-- Alfred Austin --


To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.
-- Alfred Austin --


There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.
-- Alfred Austin --


This is when we say "words fail" and mean this literally. We should need new words. The old ones just would not fit. They aren't meant to cover this kind of case.
-- John Austin, on Kafka's "Metamorphosis" --


People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker.
-- Mary Austin --


I should like my epitaph to say, “He helped people see God in the ordinary things of life, and he made children laugh.”
-- Rev. W. Awdry --


I honestly don't think you possibly share a small tent for any length of time with someone who's ebullient.
-- Alan Ayckbourn --


If you are flattering a woman, it pays to be a little more subtle. You don't have to bother with men, they believe any compliment automatically.
-- Alan Ayckbourn --


If I had been someone not very clever, I would have done an easier job like publishing. That's the easiest job I can think of.
-- A. J. Ayer --


Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.
-- Maltbie D. Babcock --


Our business in life is not to get ahead of other people, but to get ahead of ourselves.
-- M. D. Babcock --


Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.
-- Roger Babson --


Your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
-- Lauren Bacall --


I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
-- Lauren Bacall --


What I learned from Mr. Bogart - I learned from a master, and that, God knows, has stood me in very good stead.
-- Lauren Bacall --


There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Bach --


To the timid soul, nothing is possible.
-- John Bach --


The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
-- Richard Bach --


The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
-- Richard Bach --


The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel. The same questions, asked again, bring you just the answers you need just the minute you need them.
-- Richard Bach --


The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
-- Richard Bach --


In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.
-- Richard Bach --


A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
-- Richard Bach --


Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't.
-- Richard Bach --


A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.
-- Burt Bacharach --


A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.
-- Gaston Bachelard --


Take only pictures and leave only footprints.
-- The Backpacker's Code --


Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success.
-- Jim Backus --


Some books are to be tasted, others to be swllowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
-- Francis Bacon --


The wonder of a single snowflake outweighs the wisdom of a million meteorologists.
-- Francis Bacon --


The end of our foundation is the knowledge of causes, and secret motions of things; and the enlarging of the bounds of human empire, to the effecting of all things possible.
-- Francis Bacon --


Houses are built to live in and not to look on; therefore let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.
-- Francis Bacon --


Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold!
-- Josephine Bacon --


I've been a film star so long that I don't know what it would feel like not to be one.
-- Kevin Bacon --


Reasoning draws a conclusion and makes us grant the conclusion, but does not make the conclusion certain, nor does it remove doubt.
-- Roger Bacon --


But no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth.
-- Francis Bacon --


He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
-- Francis Bacon --


I knew one that when he wrote a letter he would put that which was most material in the postscript, as if it had been a bymatter.
-- Francis Bacon --


The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
-- Francis Bacon --


The sun, though it passes through dirty places, yet remains as pure as before.
-- Francis Bacon --


Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds; they ever fly by twilight.
-- Francis Bacon --


It is in life as it is in ways. The shortest way is commonly the foulest, and surely the fairer way is not much about.
-- Francis Bacon --


The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs.
-- Francis Bacon --


Knowledge itself is power.
-- Francis Bacon --


In taking revenge a man is equal to his enemy, but in passing it over he is his superior.
-- Bacon --


Philosophy, when superficially studied, excites doubt; when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.
-- Francis Bacon --


A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal.
-- Francis Bacon --


If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
-- Francis Bacon --


Love can find an entrance, not only into an open heart, but also into a heart well fortified, if watch be not well kept.
-- Francis Bacon --


Men in great place are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business.
-- Francis Bacon --


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
-- Sir Francis Bacon --


If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
-- Francis Bacon --


Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.
-- Sir Francis Bacon --


Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain than the virtuous.
-- Sir Francis Bacon --


Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to the more ought law to weed it out.
-- Sir Francis Bacon --


As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all innovations, which are the birth of time.
-- Francis Bacon --


He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many.
-- Sir Francis Bacon --


Without friends, the world is but a wilderness.
-- Francis Bacon --


Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
-- Sir Francis Bacon --


Natural abilities are like natural plants, they need pruning by study.
-- Francis Bacon --


Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.
-- Arthur Baer --


A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence but doesn't climb over it.
-- Arthur "Bugs" Baer --


A newspaper is a circulating library with high blood pressure.
-- Arthur "Bugs" Baer --


You can take a boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy.
-- Arthur "Bugs" Baer --


What's good economics is bad politics; what's bad economics is good politics.
-- Eugene W. Baer --


The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.
-- Joan Baez --


Screaming at people may not be the most efficient way. I'm going to stay back a little from now on. I'm learning how to listen to people instead of preaching at them so much.
-- Joan Baez --


It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
-- Joan Baez --


The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
-- Walter Bagehot --


Public opinion requires us to think other men's thought, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits.
-- Walter Bagehot --


An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind.
-- Walter Bagehot --


The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt; it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and greatest; it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen.
-- Walter Bagehot --


Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.
-- Walter Bagehot --


The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.
-- Walter Bagehot --


Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.
-- Walter Bagehot --


Why do birds sing in the morning? It's the triumphant shout: “We got through another night.”
-- Enid Bagnold --


The fear is worse than the pain.
-- Shannon Bahr --


When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it.
-- Bernard Bailey --


Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee.
-- F. Lee Bailey --


The origin of civilization is man's determination to do nothing for himself which he can get done for him.
-- H. C. Bailey --


Any young man with good health and a poor appetite can save up money.
-- J. Bailey --


What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.
-- Pearl Bailey --


There are two kinds of talent, man-made talent and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.
-- Pearl Bailey --


One is tempted to say that old myths never die; they just become embedded in the textbooks.
-- Thomas A. Bailey --


Look, daddy, teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.
-- Zuzu Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life --


Everything else you grow out of, but you never recover from childhood.
-- Beryl Bainbridge --


Son, you have to guard against speaking more clearly than you think.
-- Howard Baker's Father --


Socialists make the mistake of confusing individual worth with success. They believe you cannot allow people to succeed in case those who fail feel worthless.
-- Kenneth Baker --


Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
-- Russell Baker --


When compelled to cook, I produce a meal that would make a sword-swallower gag.
-- Russell Baker --


Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don't work, those that break down, and those that get lost.
-- Russell Baker --


Life is always walking up to us and saying, "Come on in, the living's fine," and what do we do? Back off and take its picture.
-- Russell Baker --


The magic of children is their ability to cloud our memories so that when we look back we recall only the golden moments, the sweet laughter and the sentimental tears, and none of the awful trials.
-- Russell Baker --


Lobbies exist to behave swinishly on behalf of people too delicate to behave swinishly for themselves.
-- Russell Baker --


While edging toward a coma during the endless years of baseball this weekend, I suddenly realized I didn't know what a slider was.
-- Russell Baker --


In America, it is sport that is the opiate of the masses.
-- Russell Baker --


When we moved to New York we had to get rid of the children. Landlords didn't like them and, in any case, rents were so high. Who could afford an apartment big enough to contain children?
-- Russell Baker --


The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.
-- Russell Baker --


First comes the sweat. Then comes the beauty - if you're very lucky and have said your prayers.
-- George Balanchine --


A balanced guest list of mixed elements is to a successful party what the seasoning is to a culinary triumph.
-- Letitia Baldrige --


Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.
-- Billy Baldwin --


Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
-- Faith Baldwin --


One thing I know about march - whether it storms or shines, it is the key to spring.
-- Faith Baldwin --


It's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.
-- James Baldwin --


Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart, for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
-- James Baldwin --


I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
-- James Baldwin --


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


We live in an age when silence is not only criminal but suicidal. If they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.
-- James Baldwin --


When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.
-- James Baldwin --


Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
-- James Baldwin --


Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
-- James Arthur Baldwin --


The determination to outwit one's situation means that one has no models, only object lessons.
-- James Baldwin --


Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
-- James Baldwin --


The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.
-- James Baldwin --


Silence never won rights. They are not handed down from above; they are forced by pressure from below.
-- Roger Baldwin --


I thought he was a young man of promise, but it appears he is a young man of promises.
-- Arthur James Balfour --


Civilization is the upward struggle of mankind, in which millions are trampled to death that thousands may mount on their bodies.
-- Charles Balfour --


He who fishes for compliments can expect to be handed a line.
-- Ivern Ball --


Ever notice that people never say "It's only a game" when they're winning?
-- Ivern Ball --


I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.
-- Lucille Ball --


Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.
-- Lucille Ball --


In life, all things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.
-- Lucille Ball --


I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
-- Lucille Ball --


The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
-- Lucille Ball --


Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste.
-- Lucille Ball --


Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.
-- Lucille Ball --


In my ballets, woman is first, men are consorts. God made men to sing the praises of women. They are not equal to men; they are better.
-- George Ballanchine --


Californians are good at planning for the earthquake, while simultaneously denying it will happen.
-- Sheila Ballantyne --


Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
-- Hosea Ballou --


A single bad habit will mar an otherwise flawless character as a single ink drop soils the pure white page.
-- Hosea Ballou --


Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.
-- Hosea Ballou --


He stood spellbound, like a child to whom his nurse is telling him some wonderful story.
-- Honere De Balzac --


She walked with a proud, defiant step, like a martyr to the coliseum.
-- Honore De Balzac --


Talent, like gout, sometimes skips two generations.
-- Honore De Balzac --


Society, like the Roman youth at the circus, never shows mercy to the fallen gladiator.
-- Balzac --


It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music.
-- Honore de Balzac --


In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.
-- Honore De Balzac --


Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
-- Honore de Balzac --


Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice.
-- Honore Balzac --


Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
-- Honore De Balzac --


An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.
-- Honore De Balzac --


The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
-- Honore De Balzac --


The measure of the progress of civilization is the progress of the people.
-- George Bancroft --


By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
-- George Bancroft --


It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.
-- Tallulah Bankhead --


I was a hedonist long before I knew what a hedonist was.
-- Tallulah Bankhead --


The less I behave like Whistler's Mother the night before, the more I look like her the morning after.
-- Tallulah Bankhead --


It's one of the tragic ironies of the theater that only one man in it can count on steady work, the night watchman.
-- Tallulah Bankhead --


If I had to live my life again, I'd make all the same mistakes, only sooner.
-- Tallulah Bankhead --


I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.
-- Tallulah Bankhead --


Whatever you have read I have said is almost certainly untrue, except if it is funny, in which case I definitely said it.
-- Tallulah Bankhead --


I read Shakespeare and the Bible and I can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal education.
-- Tallulah Bankhead --


Since we court public display we're the foes of privacy. The glass house is our favorite residence.
-- Tallulah Bankhead --


I'm miserable if I'm not in love and, of course, I'm miserable if I am.
-- Tallulah Bankhead --


Facts do not make history; facts do not even make events. A fact is an isolated particle of experience, is reflected light without a source, planet with no sun, star without constellation, constellation beyond galaxy, galaxy outside the universe - fact is nothing.
-- Russell Banks --


The kilt, being a practical outdoor garment, failed him only once, and that occurred during a short-lived interest in beekeeping.
-- J. M. Bannerman --


She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along.
-- Margaret Culkin Banning --


Athletics is a luxury.
-- Roger Bannister --


The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
-- Roger Bannister --


The reason that good women flock to see my pictures is that there is a little bit of vampire instinct in every woman.
-- Theta Bara --


God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air-conditioning.
-- Imamu Amiri Baraka --


I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.
-- Brigitte Bardot --


The cinema means nothing to me, I cannot remember it.
-- Brigitte Bardot --


The marvelous thing about a joke with a double meaning is that it can only mean one thing.
-- Ronnie Barker --


They say they climb mountains because they are there. I wonder if it would astound them to know that the very same reason is why the rest of us go around them.
-- S. Omar Barker --


The best audience is intelligent, well educated and a little drunk.
-- Alben W. Barkley --


If "ifs" were gifts, every day would be Christmas.
-- Charles Barkley --


I am not a role model. I am paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids.
-- Charles Barkley --


If I weren't earning three million dollars a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.
-- Charles Barkley --


We are adhering to life now with our last muscle - the heart.
-- Djuna Barnes --


Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.
-- Natalie Clifford Barney --


Money is, in some respects, like fire; it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.
-- P. T. Barnum --


There's a sucker born every minute.
-- P. T. Barnum --


More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing in nothing than by believing in too much.
-- P. T. Barnum --


It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; In joy we face the storm and defy it.
-- Amelia Barr --


Experts say you should never hit your children in anger. When is a good time? When you're feeling festive?
-- Roseanne --


There's a lot more to being a woman than being a mother, but there's a hell of a lot more to being a mother than most people suspect.
-- Roseanne --


If you do every job like you're going to do it for the rest of your life, that's when you get noticed.
-- Mary Barra --


A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.
-- Luis Barragan --


When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.
-- Colleen C. Barrett --


An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow.
-- Lawrence Barrett --


Nothing can be accomplished by denying that man is an essentially troubled being, except to make more trouble.
-- William Barrett --


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


The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.
-- J. M. Barrie --


The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.
-- James M. Barrie --


You have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip.
-- J. M. Barrie --


Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that. It's our only joke. Every woman knows that.
-- J. M. Barrie --


The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
-- James M. Barrie --


If we unlock the rooms of the far past we can peer in and see ourselves, busily occupied in beginning to become you and me.
-- James M. Barrie --


Charm is a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it, you don't need to have anything else; and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter what else you have.
-- James M. Barrie --


When the first baby laughed for the first time, his laugh broke into a million pieces, and they all went skipping about. That was the beginning of fairies.
-- J. M. Barrie --


The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive and more constructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.
-- Frank Barron --


Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow.
-- T. A. Barron --


Nothing of worth or weight can be achieved with half a mind, with a faint heart, and with a lame endeavor.
-- Isaac Barrow --


If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."
-- Dave Barry --


Both of your socks should always be the same color, or they should at least both be fairly dark.
-- Dave Barry --


I have come up with a sure-fire concept for a hit television show, which would be called, "A Live Celebrity Gets Eaten by a Shark."
-- Dave Barry --


Crabgrass can grow on bowling balls in airless rooms, and there is no known way to kill it that does not involve nuclear weapons.
-- Dave Barry --


No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
-- Dave Barry --


The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside we all believe that we are above-average drivers.
-- Dave Barry --


I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me.
-- Dave Barry --


The groom's party should wear pastel senior prom style outfits rented at the shopping mall. The bride's party should wear expensive dresses so unattractive that they can never be used again, even as tourniquets.
-- Dave Barry --


A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter is not a nice person.
-- Dave Barry --


The four building blocks of the universe are fire, water, gravel and vinyl.
-- Dave Barry --


Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.
-- Dave Barry --


If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.
-- Dave Barry --


Love is an exploding cigar which we willingly smoke.
-- Lynda Barry --


If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.
-- Lynda Barry --


Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.
-- Drew Barrymore --


The people are unreal. The flowers are unreal, they don't smell. The fruit is unreal, it doesn't taste of anything. The whole place is a glaring, gaudy, nightmarish set, built up in the desert.
-- Ethel Barrymore, on Hollywood --


I am thinking of taking a fifth wife. Why not? Solomon had a thousand wives and he is a synonym for wisdom.
-- John Barrymore --


I like to be introduced as America's foremost actor. It saves the necessity of further effort.
-- John Barrymore --


The trouble with this life is that there are so many beautiful women and so little time.
-- John Barrymore --


Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.
-- John Barrymore --


It (rain) sounds like all the little beggars of the world, tapping their canes and crutches on the roof as they go out to ask for bread.
-- John Barrymore --


If it isn't the sheriff, it's the finance company. I've got more attachments on me than a vacuum cleaner.
-- John Barrymore --


Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.
-- John Barrymore --


Audiences? No, the plural is impossible. Whether it be in Butte, Montana, or Broadway, it's an audience. The same great hulking monster with four thousand eyes and forty thousand teeth.
-- John Barrymore --


The good die young - because they see no point in living if you have to be good.
-- John Barrymore --


If tolerance of diversity involves an admitted element of risk to national unity, intolerance involves a certainty that unity will be destroyed.
-- Alan Barth --


All official institutions of language are repeating machines: school, sports, advertising, popular songs, news, all continually repeat the same structure, the same meaning, often the same words: the stereotype is a political fact, the major figure of ideology.
-- Roland Barthes --


To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.
-- Roland Barthes --


What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself.
-- Roland Barthes --


Cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals, the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists.
-- Roland Barthes --


The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.
-- Albert A. Bartlett --


I cannot conceive of music that expresses absolutely nothing.
-- Bela Bartok --


Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.
-- Bruce Barton --


I have known men who could see through the motivations of others with the skill of a clairvoyant, only to prove blind to their own mistakes. I have been one of those men.
-- Bernard Baruch --


A political leader must keep looking over his shoulder all the time to see if the boys are still there. If they aren't still there, he's no longer a political leader.
-- Bernard Baruch --


None of us can be free of conflict and woe. Even the greatest men have had to accept disappointments as their daily bread.
-- Bernard Baruch --


Even when we know what is right, too often we fail to act. More often we grab greedily for the day letting tomorrow bring what it will, putting off the unpleasant and unpopular.
-- Bernard M. Baruch --


No man should think himself a zero, and think he can do nothing about the state of the world.
-- Bernard Baruch --


I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
-- Bernard Baruch --


I am a speculator. The word comes from the latin "speculari," which means "observe." I observe.
-- Bernard Baruch --


If you get all the facts, your judgment can be right; if you don't get all the facts, it can't be right.
-- Bernard M. Baruch --


An elder statesman is somebody old enough to know his own mind and to keep quiet about it.
-- Bernard M. Baruch --


Don't try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. This can't be done – except by liars.
-- Bernard Baruch --


The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.
-- Bernard M. Baruch --


We can't cross a bridge until we come to it, but I always like to lay down a pontoon ahead of time.
-- Bernard Baruch --


Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
-- Bernard Baruch --


Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
-- Jacques Barzun --


All through history the rogues are the ones who live forever in people's minds and imaginations. Eventually they'll do a musical on Imelda Marcos, the way they did on Evita.
-- Lina Basquette --


I teach the art of turning anguish into delight.
-- Georges Bataille --


What would it be like to have not only color vision but culture vision, the ability to see the multiple worlds of others.
-- Mary Catherine Bateson --


Of any stopping place in life. it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain.
-- Mary Catherine Bateson --


The Christian tradition was passed on to me as a great rich mixture, a bouillabaisse of human imagination and wonder brewed from the richness of individual lives.
-- Mary Catherine Bateson --


A Jaywalker is a bird of the Schmo Family who can be found in traffic jams and morgues.
-- Phyllis Battelle --


A broken heart is what makes life so wonderful five years later, when you see the guy in an elevator and he is fat and smoking a cigar and saying long-time-no-see. if he hadn't broken your heart, you couldn't have that glorious feeling of relief!
-- Phyllis Battelle --


If you haven't at least a slight poetic crack in the heart, you have been cheated by nature.
-- Phyllis Battelle --


An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.
-- Orlando Aloysius Battista --


Tact is the ability to make a person see the lightning without letting him feel the bolt.
-- O. A. Battista --


Each time the November elections are over, it's easy to understand why Thanksgiving Day always follows them.
-- O. A. Battista --


There is no flower in the world that breathes a sweeter fragrance than a freshly bathed baby.
-- O. A. Battista --


Frequently the fellow who doesn't let grass grow under his feet is too lazy to plant some.
-- O. A. Battista --


There is no better medicine for ailing grandparents than baby grandchildren.
-- O. A. Battista --


The trouble with some mothers who raise their children by the books is they use the comic books.
-- O. A. Battista --


When it comes to visitors, the most hospitable ones are those who like to listen.
-- O. A. Battista --


A smart wife is one who knows how to retie the Christmas package her husband has hidden from her.
-- O. A. Battista --


The trait most people enjoy inheriting from their ancestors is trust in the form of an estate
-- O. A. Battista --


Tolerance consists in seeing things with your heart instead of with your eyes.
-- O. A. Battista --


The shortest distance between two jokes makes a perfect speech.
-- O. A. Battista --


The man in the greatest danger always is the one who has climbed to the top of the ladder.
-- O. A. Battista --


A great speaker is one who rises to the occasion, and promptly sits down.
-- O. A. Battista --


A sick boy is one who comes down with a bug on Saturday morning.
-- O. A. Battista --


An easy chair is one that is hard to get in and even harder to get out of.
-- O. A. Battista --


Marriage will fast disappear unless it is limited strictly to only one to a customer.
-- O. A. Battista --


One time you can be sure you have twenty-twenty vision is when you go looking for trouble.
-- O. A. Battista --


The only fair way to talk about somebody is to imagine he is listening to every word you say.
-- O. A. Battista --


Neighbor: A person who can get to your house in less than a minute and take two hours to go back home.
-- O. A. Battista --


Many times I am asked, "How can you be from a small town in the Midwest and sing Mozart?" Mozart was a human being with emotions and a sense of humor. We all share these qualities as human beings.
-- Kathleen Battle --


Now is the time to get drunk! To stop being the martyred slaves of time to get absolutely drunk - on wine, poetry, or on virtue, as you please.
-- Charles Baudelaire --


A precious liquid, a poison dearer than that of the Borgias - because it is made from our blood, our health, our sleep, and two-thirds of our love - we must be stingy with it.
-- Charles Baudelaire, on hatred --


Even if God did not exist, religion would still be holy and divine. God is the only being who, in order to reign, need not even exist.
-- Charles Baudelaire --


[Victor] Hugo, like a priest, always has his head bowed - bowed so low that he can see nothing except his own navel.
-- Charles Baudelaire --


Anyone, provided he can be amusing, has the right to talk to himself.
-- Charles Baudelaire --


A sweetheart is a bottle of wine; a wife is a wine bottle.
-- Charles Baudelaire --


Hard work never kills anybody who supervises it.
-- Harry Bauer --


What's right with America is a willingness to discuss what's wrong with America.
-- Henry C. Bauer --


I don't kill flies but I like to mess with their minds. I hold them above globes. They freak out and yell, "Whoa, I'm way too high!"
-- Bruce Baum --


I don't know what's wrong with my television set. I was getting C-Span and the Home Shopping Network on the same station. I actually bought a congressman.
-- Bruce Baum --


The assumption must be that those who can see value only in tradition, or versions of it, deny man's ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
-- Stephen Bayley --


I am rather like a mosquito in a nudist camp: I know what I ought to do, but I don't know where to begin.
-- Stephen Bayne --


Love thy neighbor as thyself, but choose your neighborhood.
-- Louise Beal --


And finally winter, with its bitin' whinin' wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow.
-- Roy Bean --


Too few people truly understand a good sandwich.
-- James Beard --


The artist with vision sees his material, chooses, changes, and by integrating what he has learned with his own experiences, finally molds something distinctly personal.
-- Romare Bearden --


Perhaps the world's second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore.
-- Cecil Beaton --


The truly fashionable are beyond fashion.
-- Cecil Beaton --


In all those expressions of conscious beauty, which when imitated become clumsy, or arrogant, or ridiculous, there is a manifestation of what Hollywood cannot destroy.
-- Cecil Beaton, on Greta Garbo --


There are things that get whispered about that writers are there to overhear.
-- Ann Beattie --


Feel what you feel, know what you know, and set your relatives free to do the same.
-- Melody Beattie --


Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
-- Melody Beattie --


Each moment in time we have it all, even when we think we don't.
-- Melody Beattie --


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
-- Melody Beattie --


"Oscar night" is enjoyable in the way that bobbing for apples is enjoyable. You can't take the game seriously.
-- Warren Beatty --


It is not necessary to believe things in order to reason about them.
-- Beaumarchais --


I quickly realized that friendships without tomorrows, and the little anguishes of parting, were part of the pleasures of traveling.
-- Simone de Beauvoir --


The ideal of the average western man is a woman who freely accepts his domination, who does not accept his ideas without discussions, but who yields to his arguments, who resists him intellectually, and ends by being convinced.
-- Simone de Beauvoir --


When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior.
-- Simone de Beauvoir --


One's life has value so long as one attribute value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, and compassion.
-- Simone de Beauvoir --


It's frightening to think that you mark your children merely by being yourself.
-- Simone de Beauvoir --


In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
-- Simone de Beauvoir --


Garbo's visage had a kind of emptiness into which anything could be projected - nothing can be read into Bardot's face.
-- Simone de Beauvoir --


No one can really know the life of his own day, let alone that of times long past. Always the historian sees as in a mirror darkly, the reds and golds rendered drab by the shadows of time.
-- Earl R. Beck --


No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.
-- Martha Beck --


Better are the blows of a friend than the false kisses of an enemy.
-- Thomas a Becket --


Don't look for your dreams to come true; look to become true to your dreams.
-- Michael Beckwith --


There are two golden rules for an orchestra; start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between.
-- Thomas Beecham --


Good music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and quits the memory with difficulty.
-- Thomas Beecham --


When inviting company, do not tempt the palate with a great variety of unhealthful dainties.
-- Catherine Beecher --


We sleep, but the loom of life never stops and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up tomorrow.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation's flag, sees not the flag, but the nation itself.
-- H. W. Beecher --


There are many persons who look on Sunday as a sponge to wipe out the sins of the week.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


Fear is a kind of bell ...it is the soul's signal for rallying.
-- H. W. Beecher --


Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
-- H. W. Beecher --


A proud man is seldom a grateful man for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
-- H. W. Beecher --


Nowhere can one find so miscellaneous, so various an amount of knowledge as is contained in a good newspaper.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


In this world, often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


Learning, to be of much use, must have a tendency to spread itself among the common people.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


The cynic puts all human actions into two classes: openly bad and secretly bad.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


God pardons like a mother kisses away the tears of a repentant child.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without in himself.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


Conceit is the most incurable disease that is known to the human soul.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


Our life is but a new form of the way men have lived from the beginning.
-- H. W. Beecher --


Every man should have a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
-- H. W. Beecher --


You cannot teach a child to take care of himself unless you will let him take care of himself. He will make mistakes, and out of these mistakes will come his wisdom.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


He who hunts for flowers will find flowers; and he who loves weeds may find weeds.
-- H. W. Beecher --


It is not what we intend but what we do that makes us useful.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction. Fear secrets acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


We grow best when clouds hang over us because clouds bear rain and rain refreshes us.
-- H. W. Beecher --


In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


Every charitable act is a stepping-stone toward heaven.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


The head learns new things, but the heart forever more practices old experiences.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


A man should fear when he enjoys only the good he does publicly. Is it not publicity rather than charity, which he loves? Is it not vanity, rather than benevolence, that gives such charities?
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
-- Henry Ward Beecher --


The blossom cannot tell what becomes of its odor; and no man can tell what becomes of his influence.
-- Henry W. Beecher --


No great advance has been made in science, politics or religion without controversy.
-- Lyman Beecher --


Never chase a lie; let it alone and it will soon run itself to death.
-- Lyman Beecher --


Macbeth and Lady Macbeth stand out as the supreme type of all that a host and hostess should not be.
-- Max Beerbohm --


You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men.
-- Max Beerbohm --


To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.
-- Max Beerbohm --


I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him.
-- Sir Max Beerbohm --


There is much to be said for failure. It is more interesting than success.
-- Max Beerbohm --


Man sinks almost to the level of an animal when eating becomes his chief pleasure.
-- Ludwig Von Beethoven --


I will seize Fate by the throat; It shall certainly not bend and crush me completely.
-- Ludwig van Beethoven --


New York is my Lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment; it is a place where you're least likely to be bitten by a wild goat.
-- Brendan Behan --


Each moment of a happy lover's hour is worth an age of dull and common life.
-- Aphra Behn --


You never have the wind with you - either it is against you or you're having a good day.
-- Daniel Behrman --


You can cage the singer but not the song.
-- Harry Belafonte --


If you can't write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don't have a clear idea.
-- David Belasco --


Evaluate what you want - because what gets measured, gets produced.
-- James A. Belasco --


Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
-- Alexander G. Bell --


Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.
-- Alexander Graham Bell --


When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
-- Alexander Graham Bell --


Don't worry if you forget something important - someone else will be sure to remember to point it out to you.
-- Guy Belleranti --


Any subject can be made interesting, and therefore any subject can be made boring.
-- Hilaire Belloc --


We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
-- Hilaire Belloc --


I'm tired of love, I'm still more tired of rhyme, but money gives me pleasure all the time.
-- Hilaire Belloc --


A man who talks a great deal talks a great deal of nonsense; he who talks very little hardly ever talks sense.
-- Hilaire Belloc --


She was what we used to call a suicide blonde - dyed by her own hand.
-- Saul Bellow --


A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
-- Saul Bellow --


Nobody likes being written about in their lifetime, it's as though the FBI and the CIA were suddenly to splash your files in the paper.
-- Saul Bellow --


The secret motive of the absent-minded is to be innocent while guilty. Absentmindedness is spurious innocence.
-- Saul Bellow --


There is a vital force in rumor. Though crushed to earth, to all intents and purposes buried, it can rise again without apparent effort.
-- Eleanor Robson Belmont --


England and America should scrap cricket and baseball and come up with a new game that they both can play. Like baseball, for example.
-- Robert Benchley --


Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he's supposed to be doing at the moment.
-- Robert Benchley --


My only solution for the problem of habitual accidents is to stay in bed all day. Even then, there is always the chance that you will fall out.
-- Robert Benchley --


In America there are two classes of travel; first class and with children.
-- Robert Benchley --


I am pretty sure that, if you will be quite honest, you will admit that a good rousing sneeze, one that tears open your collar and throws your hair into your eyes, is really one of life's sensational pleasures.
-- Robert Benchley --


There seems to be no limits to which humorless people will not go to analyze humor. It seems to worry them. They can't believe that anything could be so funny just on its own hook.
-- Robert Benchley --


Drawing on my fine command of the language, I said nothing.
-- Robert Benchley --


Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it's compounding a felony.
-- Robert Benchley --


There are several ways to apportion the family income - all of them unsatisfactory.
-- Robert Benchley --


If you think that you have caught a cold, call in a good doctor. Call in three good doctors and play bridge.
-- Robert Benchley --


The extra calories needed for one hour of intense mental effort would be completely met by the eating of one oyster cracker or one half of a salted peanut.
-- Francis G. Benedict --


If we justify war, it is because all peoples always justify the traits of which they find themselves possessed, not because war will bear an objective examination of its merits.
-- Ruth Benedict --


Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.
-- Ruth Benedict --


A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.
-- Ruth Benedict --


We thought we were done with these things but we were wrong. We though because we had power, we had wisdom.
-- Stephen Vincent Benet --


In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.
-- David Ben-Gurion --


Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.
-- Walter Benjamin --


Our age will be known as the age of committees.
-- Ernest Benn --


It is well, when judging a friend, to remember he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.
-- A. Bennett --


Those who have known the famous are publicly debriefed of their memories, knowing as their own dusk falls that they will only be remembered for remembering someone else.
-- Alan Bennett --


We were put to dickens as children but it never quite took. That unremitting humanity soon had me cheesed off.
-- Alan Bennett --


We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn't obey the rules.
-- Alan Bennett --


I've always felt that the past was over and somehow I'd missed it. Now it's starting all over again.
-- Alan Bennett --


To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists.
-- Arnold Bennett --


A cause may be inconvenient, but it's magnificent. It's like champagne or high heels and one must be prepared to suffer for it. -- Arnold Bennett
-- Arnold Bennett --


Of all the inhabitants of the inferno, none but Lucifer knows that hell is hell, and the secret function of purgatory is to make of heaven an effective reality.
-- Arnold Bennett --


You are not in charge of the universe; you are in charge of yourself.
-- Arnold Bennett --


The man of thirty who loves for the first time is usually the embodiment of cautious discretion. He does not fall in love with a violent descent, but rather lets himself gently down, continually testing the rope.
-- Arnold Bennett --


The moment you're born, you're done for.
-- Arnold Bennett --


A man of sixty has spent twenty years in bed and over three years in eating.
-- Arnold Bennett --


It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.
-- Arnold Bennett --


Always behave as if nothing had happened, no matter what has happened.
-- Arnold Bennett --


I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else; hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.
-- Arnold Bennett --


As sure as the spring will follow the winter, prosperity and economic growth will follow recession.
-- Bo Bennett --


Spend some time this weekend on home improvement; improve your attitude toward your family.
-- Bo Bennett --


I have made mistakes but I have never made the mistake of claiming that I have never made one.
-- James Gordon Bennett --


The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
-- Thomas Arnold Bennett --


I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different.
-- Tony Bennett --


Blessed is he who expects no gratitude, for he shall not be disappointed.
-- W. C. Bennett --


Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.
-- William Bennett --


Leaders learn by leading, and they learn best by leading in the face of obstacles. As weather shapes mountains, problems shape leaders.
-- Warren Bennis --


Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it.
-- Warren Bennis --


Managers are people who do things right, and leaders are people who do the right thing.
-- Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus --


Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.
-- Jack Benny --


A recipe is only a theme which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation.
-- Madame Benoit --


It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps on to see, not, perhaps, the way out, but the way in.
-- A. C. Benson --


I believe in instinct, not in reason. When reason is right, nine times out of ten it is impotent, and when it prevails, nine times out of ten it is wrong.
-- A. C. Benson --


One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.
-- A. C. Benson --


They know, they just know where to grow, how to dupe you, and how to camouflage themselves among the perfectly respectable plants, they just know, and therefore, I've concluded weeds must have brains.
-- Dianne Benson --


None of us wants to be average. That we are so is a melancholy fact borne in upon us in middle life, and we do not always relish it.
-- Margaret Benson --


If we all wore crowns, the kings would go bareheaded.
-- R. H. Benson --


A full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conversable animal, than an infant of a day, or a week, or even a month old.
-- Jeremy Bentham --


The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.
-- Jeremy Bentham --


One should not exaggerate the importance of trifles. Life, for instance, is much too short to be taken seriously.
-- Nicolas Bentley --


Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.
-- Timothy Bentley --


The good may prove to be a hidden form of evil. The evil may prove to be a new and not yet recognized form of good.
-- Nicholas Berdyaev --


I wish I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.
-- Bernard Berenson --


Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
-- Bernard Berenson --


All of the arts - poetry, music, ritual, the visible arts, the theater - must singly and together create the most comprehensive art of all: a humanized society, and its masterpiece, free man.
-- Bernard Berenson --


A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.
-- Jose Bergamin --


I never used to like babies. I'd always thought if a baby were more like a chimpanzee, I'd have one.
-- Candice Bergen --


At times failure is very necessary for the artist. It reminds him that failure is not the ultimate disaster. And this reminder liberates him from the mean fussing of perfectionism.
-- John Berger --


At times, failure is very necessary for the artist. It reminds him that failure is not the ultimate disaster. And this reminder liberates him from the mean fussing of perfectionism.
-- John Berger --


Reinhart was never his mother's favorite - and he was an only child.
-- Thomas Berger --


A kiss is a rosy dot over the "I" of loving.
-- Cyrano de Bergerac --


A large nose is the mark of a witty, courteous, affable, generous and liberal man.
-- Cyrano de Bergerac --


Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that's really where you wish they were.
-- George E. Bergman --


Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge. The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become, but your views become more extensive.
-- Ingmar Bergman --


Everything is worth precisely as much as a belch, the difference being that a belch is more satisfying.
-- Ingmar Bergman --


I am not a writer. My plays and scripts are skeletons awaiting sinew.
-- Ingmar Bergman --


After years of playing with images of life and death, life has made me shy.
-- Ingmar Bergman --


I always wanted to do comedies but nobody discovered this until my old age. They think all Swedes are like Garbo.
-- Ingrid Bergman --


I've never sought success in order to get fame and money; it's the talent and the passion that count in success.
-- Ingrid Bergman --


Keep it simple. Make a blank face and the music and the story will fill it in.
-- Ingrid Bergman, to daughter Isabella Rossellini --


Action on the move creates its own route, creates to a very great extent the conditions under which it is to be fulfilled, and thus baffles all calculation.
-- Henri Bergson --


It is the emotion which drives the intelligence forward in spite of obstacles.
-- Hens Bergson --


A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.
-- Milton Berle --


Syncopation is the soul of every true American.
-- Irving Berlin --


The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in business. You've got to keep working that talent.
-- Irving Berlin --


Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.
-- Irving Berlin --


Liberty is liberty, not equality or fairness or justice or human happiness or a quiet conscience.
-- Isaiah Berlin --


Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
-- Hector Louis Berlioz --


The sooner you are there (at the airport), the sooner you will find out how long you will be delayed.
-- Shelley Berman --


To be able to find joy in another's joy, that is the secret of happiness.
-- Georges Bernanos --


Journalism is the only thinkable alternative to working.
-- Jeffrey Bernard --


In the theater, the audience wants to be surprised, but by things that they expect.
-- Tristan Bernard --


Once the curtain is raised, the actor ceases to belong to himself. He belongs to his character, to his author, to his public. He must do the impossible to identify himself with the first, not to betray the second, and not to disappoint the third.
-- Sandra Bernhardt --


If you want to recapture your youth, just cut off his allowance.
-- Al Bernstein --


The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed garbage.
-- Carl Bernstein --


The failures of the press have contributed immensely to the emergence of a talk-show nation, in which public discourse is reduced to ranting and raving and posturing.
-- Carl Bernstein --


It would be nice to hear someone accidentally whistle something of mine, somewhere, just once.
-- Leonard Bernstein --


A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.
-- Leonard Bernstein --


You can observe a lot just by watching.
-- Yogi Berra --


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


You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.
-- Yogi Berra --


You can't win all the time. There are guys out there who are better than you.
-- Yogi Berra --


You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six.
-- Yogi Berra --


It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
-- Yogi Berra --


The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.
-- John Berry --


A good idea plus capable men cannot fail; it is better than money in the bank.
-- John Berry --


Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.
-- Mary Frances Berry --


Our hair turns white with our ripening as though to fly away to some coming wind, bearing the seed lot what we know.
-- Wendell Berry --


The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.
-- Wendell Berry --


Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so... And moreover my mother taught me as a boy (repeatingly) "ever to confess you're bored means you have no inner resources."
-- John Berryman --


We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.
-- Andre Berthiaume --


For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.
-- Henry Beston --


Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.
-- Mary McLeod Bethune --


Friendly attacks should begin with faint praise, but be careful not to use adjectives or phrases of which the publisher can make use in advertisements.
-- John Betjeman --


Thought itself needs words. It runs on them like a long wire. And if it loses the habit of words, little by little it becomes shapeless, somber.
-- Ugo Betti --


Sisterly love is, of all sentiments, the most abstract. Nature does not grant it any functions.
-- Ugo Betti --


We cannot bear to regard ourselves simply as playthings of blind chance; we cannot admit to feeling ourselves abandoned.
-- Ugo Betti --


We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road: they get run over.
-- Aneurin Bevan --


He has the lucidity which is the by-product of a fundamentally sterile mind. He does not have to struggle with the crowded pulsations of a fecund imagination.
-- Aneurin Bevan, on Neville Chamberlain --


If you have one chink in your psychological armor, playing the horses will bring it out.
-- Andrew Beyer --


Much better to do one's own work, even if you have to do it imperfectly, than it is to do somebody else's work perfectly.
-- Bhagavad-Gita --


There is nothing lost or wasted in this life.
-- Bhagavad-Gita --


Love is the crocodile on the river of desire.
-- Bhartrihari --


When a thing is true, there is no need to use any arguments to substantiate it.
-- Vinoba Bhave --


He is invariably in a hurry. Being in a hurry is one of the tributes he pays to life.
-- Elizabeth Bibesco --


The weak have one weapon: the errors of those who think they are strong.
-- Georges Bidault --


Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Advice: The suggestions you give someone else which you hope will work for your benefit.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime, and a fool's excuse for failure.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Acquaintance: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Politeness: The most acceptable hypocrisy.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Patience: A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Future: that period of time when our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Dentist: a prestidigitator who, putting metal into your mouth, pulls coins out of your pocket.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Hospitality: The virtue that induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food and lodging.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Consul: in American politics, a person who, having failed to secure an office from the people, is given one by the administration on condition that he leave the country.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Responsibility: a detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one's neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Bigot: One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Ocean: A body of water occupying two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


The ocean is a body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Clergyman: A man who undertakes the management of our spiritual affairs as a method of bettering his temporal ones.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


The gambling known as business looks with austere displeasure upon the business known as gambling.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


International arbitration can be defined as the substitution of many burning questions for a smoldering one.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


When Eve first saw her reflection in a pool, she sought Adam and accused him of infidelity.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Knowledge: The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Optimism: The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Opera: A play representing life in another world, whose inhabitants have no speech but song, no motions but gestures, and no postures but attitudes.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Chop: A piece of leather skillfully attached to a bone and administered to the patients at restaurants.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Epitaph: An inscription on a tomb, showing that virtues acquired by death have a retroactive effect.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Conservative: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Fashion: A despot whom the wise ridicule and obey.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Peace - in international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Politics - a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Here's to woman! Would that we could fall into her arms without falling into her hands.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


The covers of this book are too far apart.
-- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" --


Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think.
-- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary --


An international political alliance is the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pocket that they cannot separately plunder a third.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Absurdity, noun: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.
-- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" --


Philosophy: a route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


To be positive: To be mistaken at the top of one's voice.
-- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary --


Day: n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


Beauty: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.
-- Ambrose Bierce --


There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don't know.
-- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" --


I don't do what I do to try and break a glass ceiling.
-- Kathryn Bigelow --


No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp and exist in a state of suspended animation.
-- Theodore Bikel --


The power of a movement lies in the fact that it can indeed change the habits of people. This change is not the result of force, but of dedication, of moral persuasion.
-- Steve Biko --


Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail; then you can let go when you want to.
-- Josh Billings --


Self-made men are most always apt to be a little too proud of the job.
-- Josh Billings --


There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together
-- Josh Billings --


A man with a small head is like a pin without any, very apt to get into things beyond his depth.
-- Josh Billings --


Genuine grief is like penitence, not glamorous, but subdued.
-- Josh Billings --


Man is my brother, and I am nearer related to him through his vices than I am through his virtue.
-- Josh Billings --


Laughing is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one spot.
-- Josh Billings --


I don't care how much a man talks if he only says it in a few words.
-- Josh Billings --


When a man gets talking about himself, he seldom fails to be eloquent and often reaches the sublime.
-- Josh Billings --


The trouble with people is not that they don't know but that they know so much that ain't so.
-- Josh Billings --


There's lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.
-- Josh Billings --


Friendship is like earthenware, once broken it can be mended; Love is like a mirror, once broken that ends it.
-- Josh Billings --


Advice is like castor oil, easy to give, but dreadful to take.
-- Josh Billings --


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


Nature never makes any blunders; when she makes a fool she means it.
-- Josh Billings --


Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite.
-- Josh Billings --


About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
-- Josh Billings --


As long as we are lucky we attribute it to our smartness; our bad luck we give the gods credit for.
-- Josh Billings --


Most people repent of their sins by thanking God they ain't so wicked as their neighbors.
-- Josh Billings --


Fame is climbing a greasy pole for ten dollars and ruining trousers worth fifteen dollars.
-- Josh Billings --


Solitude: a good place to visit, but a poor place to stay.
-- Josh Billings --


If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself.
-- Josh Billings --


The best time to hold your tongue is the time when you feel you must say something or bust.
-- Josh Billings --


Better that a girl has beauty than brains, because boys see better than they think.
-- Josh Billings --


The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to see whether it will bear.
-- Josh Billings --


The road to ruin is always kept in good repair, and the travelers pay the expense of it.
-- Josh Billings --


Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing well those cards you hold.
-- Josh Billings --


There are people so addicted to exaggeration they can't tell the truth without lying.
-- Josh Billings --


Every man has his follies - and often they are the most interesting thing he has got.
-- Josh Billings --


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


As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
-- Josh Billings --


It is very easy to manage your neighbor's business, but our own sometimes bothers us.
-- Josh Billings --


I honestly believe it is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.
-- Josh Billings --


There are two things in this life for which we are never fully prepared, and that is twins.
-- Josh Billings --


The Devil is the father of lies, but he neglected to patent the idea. and the business now suffers from competition.
-- Josh Billings --


It is the little bits of things that fret and worry us; We can dodge an elephant but we can't dodge a fly.
-- Josh Billings --


Consider the postage stamp: Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
-- Josh Billings --


There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.
-- Josh Billings --


There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won't.
-- Josh Billings --


Every man has a perfect right to his opinion, provided it agrees with ours.
-- Josh Billings --


In youth, we run into difficulties. And in old age, difficulties run into us.
-- Josh Billings --


Good breeding is the art of making everybody satisfied with themselves and pleased with you.
-- Josh Billings --


The morning paper is just as necessary to an American as dew is to the grass.
-- Josh Billings --


Genuine laughter is a vent of the soul, the nostrils of the heart, and it is just as necessary for health and happiness as spring water is for a trout.
-- Josh Billings --


I have seen hypocrisy that was so artful that it was good judgment to be deceived by it.
-- Josh Billings --


Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
-- Josh Billings --


Fiftieth birthdays should be times of huge goodwill. Only people who put on fake tan and pretend to be younger than they are don't get to join the party.
-- Maeve Binchy --


I had to face the facts. I was pear shaped. I was a bit depressed because I hate pears. 'Specially their shape.
-- Charlotte Bingham --


Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
-- Larry Bird --


A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
-- Larry Bird --


I've got a theory that if you give a hundred percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.
-- Larry Bird --


I do not object to people looking at their watches when I am speaking. But I strongly object when they start shaking them to make certain they are still going.
-- Lord Birkett --


Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.
-- Augustine Birrell --


(Those born in November) ... should prize the topaz's amber hue - emblem of friends and lovers true.
-- Birthstone Rhymes --


We get so much in the habit of wearing a disguise before others that we eventually appear disguised before ourselves.
-- Jim Bishop --


People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.
-- Otto von Bismarck --


Passions are like the trout in a pond; one devours the others until only one fat old trout is left.
-- Otto von Bismarck --


When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of putting it into practice.
-- Otto von Bismarck --


Universal suffrage is the government of a house by its nursery.
-- Otto von Bismarck --


With a gentleman, I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.
-- Otto von Bismarck --


A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.
-- Otto von Bismarck --


Politics is the art of the possible.
-- Otto von Bismarck --


A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.
-- Jacqueline Bisset --


The chance of bread falling with the buttered side up is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
-- Arthur Black --


It is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer.
-- William Blackstone --


It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffers.
-- William Blackstone --


For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.
-- Elizabeth Blackwell --


We wanted something for ourselves and for our children, so we took a chance with our lives.
-- Unita Blackwell --


The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
-- Tony Blair --


This is not the time for sound bites. I can feel the hand of history on our shoulders.
-- Tony Blair, on talks with Northern Ireland --


Most of the worthwhile, the beautiful, the progressive, and the useful achievements of Homo sapiens had been produced by introverted neurotics.
-- Anne Blaisdell --


If I'd known I was gonna live this long (100 years), I'd have taken better care of myself.
-- Eubie Blake --


Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind; listen to the birds. And don't hate nobody.
-- Eubie Blake --


East side, west side, all around the town
-- James W. Blake and Charles B. Lawlor --


The apple tree never asks the beech how he shall grow, nor the lion, the horse, how he shall take his prey.
-- William Blake --


To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.
-- William Blake --


It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
-- William Blake --


A robin red breast in a cage puts all heaven in a rage.
-- William Blake --


No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
-- William Blake --


When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.
-- William Blake --


When nations grow old, the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree.
-- William Blake --


It's not that women try to do too much. It's that women have too much to do.
-- Mary Kay Blakely --


If somebody can do something eighty percent as good as you think you would have done it yourself, then you've got to let it go.
-- Sara Blakely --


A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education.
-- Dr. Smiley Blanton --


The obstacles you face are ... mental barriers which can be broken by adopting a more positive approach.
-- Clarence Blasier --


When we find that we are not liked, we assert that we are not understood; when probably the dislike we have excited proceeds from our being too fully comprehended.
-- Countess of Blessington --


Mountains appear more lofty the nearer they are approached, but great men resemble them not in this particular.
-- Lady Blessington --


Memory seldom fails when its office is to show us the tombs of our buried hopes.
-- Lady Blessington --


Flattery, if judiciously administered, is always acceptable, however much we may despise the flatterer.
-- Marguerite Blessington --


There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.
-- Allan Bloom --


Education is the movement from darkness to light.
-- Allan Bloom --


If you were a member of Jesse James' band and, people asked you what you were, you wouldn't say, "Well, I'm a desperado." You'd say "I work in banks" or "I've done some railroad work"
-- Roy Blount, Jr. --


Fashion matters considerably more than horoscopes, rather more than dog shows, and slightly more than hockey.
-- Roy Blount, Jr. --


As dreams are the fancies of those that sleep, so fancies are but the dreams of those awake.
-- Sir Thomas Pope Blount --


I have a great diet. Eat anything you want, but you must eat it with naked fat people.
-- Ed Bluestone --


If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear.
-- Judy Blume --


I learned to trust my obsessions. It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions.
-- Robert Bly --


Let us not say, every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, every man is the architect of his own character.
-- G. D. Boardman --


Much of what we ascribe to human nature is no more than a reaction to the restraints put upon us by our civilization.
-- Franz Boas --


In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
-- Tom Bodett --


They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world. Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
-- Tom Bodett --


The good life is the healthful life, the merry life. Life is health, joy, laughter.
-- Jean Bodin --


Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
-- Paul Boese --


Actors have always been a suspect breed. Socially, I find myself more admissible now in England because I've written books.
-- Dirk Bogarde --


A hot dog at the ballpark is better than a steak at the Ritz.
-- Humphrey Bogart --


A hot dog at the ball game beats roast beef at the Ritz.
-- Humphrey Bogart --


Money has only one use - to give one independence from his enemies.
-- Humphrey Bogart --


The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.
-- Humphrey Bogart --


Acting is experience with something sweet behind it.
-- Humphrey Bogart --


When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.
-- John B. Bogart --


In some sense man is a microcosm of the universe; therefore what man is, is a clue to the universe. We are enfolded in the universe.
-- David Bohm --


The opposite of a great truth may well be another profound truth.
-- Niels Bohr --


One of the favorite maxims of my father was the distinction between the two sorts of truths, profound truths recognized by the fact that the opposite is also a profound truth, in contrast to trivialities where opposites are obviously absurd.
-- Niels Bohr --


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


Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
-- Niels Bohr --


Gold gives even to plainness the color of beauty.
-- Nicolas Boileau --


There is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those who cannot.
-- Derek Bok --


Your families are extremely proud of you. You can't imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money.
-- Gary Bolding, in a commencement speech --


The king has been very good to me. He promoted me from a simple maid to be a marchioness. Then he raised me to be a queen. Now he will raise me to a martyr.
-- Anne Boleyn --


Airline travel is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror.
-- Al Boliska --


One of the saddest lines in the world is, "Oh come now - be realistic." The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were realistic. They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and gave them horses to ride.
-- Richard Nelson Bolles --


There are better starters than me but I'm a strong finisher.
-- Usain Bolt --


A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.
-- Robert Bolton --


To use a method is to compare the realm of mind to a stool. The true thinker walks freely.
-- Godfried Bomans --


What's with you men? Would hair stop growing on your chest if you asked directions somewhere?
-- Erma Bombeck --


The Rose Bowl is the only bowl I've ever seen that I didn't have to clean.
-- Erma Bombeck --


Limousines used to be reserved for the ruling class, or, on special occasions, for the working class.
-- Erma Bombeck --


If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
-- Erma Bombeck --


In general, my children refused to eat anything that hadn't danced on TV.
-- Erma Bombeck --


Today, limousines are like taxicabs with the door handles still intact.
-- Erma Bombeck --


I get very disgusted with the younger generation of women. We had a torch to pass, and they are just sitting there. They don't realize it can be taken away.
-- Erma Bombeck --


The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
-- Erma Bombeck --


People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are the same. Look for something you'll feel comfortable wearing. Allow room to grow.
-- Erma Bombeck --


When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice safe playpen. When they're finished, I climb out.
-- Erma Bombeck --


Before you try to keep up with the Joneses, be sure they're not trying to keep up with you.
-- Erma Bombeck --


For some unexplained reason, it's always the other end of the table that's wild and raucous, with screaming laughter and a fella who plays "Holiday for Strings" on water glasses.
-- Erma Bombeck --


When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, "I used everything you gave me."
-- Erma Bombeck --


As a child, my number one best friend was the librarian in my grade school. I actually believed all those books belonged to her.
-- Erma Bombeck --


I do not participate in any sport with ambulances at the bottom of a hill.
-- Erma Bombeck --


I work ridiculous hours every day, and people always ask me how I do it. But fourteen years of unemployment kind of rests a guy.
-- Danny Bonaduce --


There is no legitimacy on earth but in a government which is the choice of the nation.
-- Joseph Bonaparte --


Audacity succeeds as often as it fails; In life it has an even chance.
-- Napoleon Bonaparte --


The old nobility would have survived if they had known enough to become masters of printing materials.
-- Napoleon I --


There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.
-- Napoleon I --


A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
-- Napoleon I --


Great men are like meteors: they glitter and are consumed to enlighten the world.
-- Napoleon --


Men of genius are meteors destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age.
-- Napoleon I --


Water, air, and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacopoeia.
-- Napoleon I --


Why and how are words so essential that they cannot be too often used.
-- Napoleon --


Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
-- Napoleon I --


Circumstances! - I make circumstances!
-- Napoleon I --


I defy anyone to trick me. Men would have to be exceptional rascals to be as bad as I assume them to be.
-- Napoleon I --


I love a brave soldier who has undergone the baptism of fire.
-- Napoleon I --


If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
-- Napoleon I --


Constitutions are the work of time; one cannot leave too large a space for improvements.
-- Napoleon I --


The human race is governed by its imagination.
-- Napoleon I --


What a delightful thing rest is! The bed has become a place of luxury to me. I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world.
-- Napoleon I --


A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
-- Napoleon I --


A leader is a dealer of hope.
-- Napoleon Bonaparte --


I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies. I love it as an artist.
-- Napoleon I --


If you wish to keep your private affairs secret, keep your servants well paid
-- Napoleon I --


The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
-- Napoleon I --


Men are like ciphers: They acquire their value merely from their position.
-- Napoleon I --


Soldiers win battles and generals get the credit.
-- Napoleon I --


International incidents should not govern foreign policy, but foreign policy, incidents.
-- Napoleon I --


If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
-- Napoleon I --


Soldiers are made on purpose to be killed.
-- Napoleon --


Come, let us give a little time to folly, and even in a melancholy day let us find time for an hour of pleasure.
-- Saint Bonaventura --


The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer --


The test of morality of a society is what it does for its children.
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer --


Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer --


Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer --


In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer --


It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis.
-- Margaret Bonnano --


The function of good software is to make the complex appear to be simple.
-- Grady Booch --


Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, o Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night.
-- Book of Common Prayer --


Give, and it shall be given to you. For whatever measure you deal out to others, it will be dealt to you in return.
-- Book of Luke --


All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.
-- Daniel Boone --


Although politicians hold no monopoly on speaking without thinking, they certainly have a knack for it.
-- Louis E. Boone --


Formerly a public man needed a private secretary for a barrier between himself and the public. Nowadays he has a press secretary, to keep him properly in the public eye.
-- Daniel Boorstin --


Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
-- Daniel Boorstin --


When the gods wish to punish us, they make us believe our own advertising.
-- Daniel Boorstin --


The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.
-- Daniel Boorstin --


Celebrity-worship and hero-worship should not be confused. Yet, we confuse them every day, and by doing so we come dangerously close to depriving ourselves of all real models.
-- Daniel J. Boorstin --


I've never been married, but I tell people I'm divorced so they won't think something's wrong with me.
-- Elayne Boosler --


My ancestors wandered lost in the wilderness for forty years because even in biblical times, men would not stop to ask for directions.
-- Elayne Boosler --


I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.
-- Elayne Boosler --


Laundry's easier when you live alone. Fifteen minutes before a date, put 'em on, dry 'em with a hair blower.
-- Elayne Boosler --


A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.
-- James H. Boren --


My father invented the burglar alarm - which unfortunately was stolen from him.
-- Victor Borge --


Santa Claus has the right idea: Visit people once a year.
-- Victor Borge --


The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb.
-- Jorge Luis Borges --


There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.
-- Jorge Luis Borges --


You can't measure life in days the way you do money in dollars, because every day is different.
-- Jorge Luis Borges --


I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.
-- Jorge Luis Borges --


Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.
-- Jorge Luis Borges --


In truth, the Library includes all verbal structures, all variations permitted by the twenty-five orthographical symbols, but not a single example of absolute nonsense.
-- Jorge Luis Borges --


You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
-- Hal Borland --


Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
-- Hal Borland --


Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.
-- Ludwig Borne --


I don't pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.
-- Robert Bosch --


I, who have no sisters or brothers, look with some degree of innocent envy on those who may be said to be born to friends.
-- James Boswell --


Nothing really sets human nature free but self-control.
-- Paul Bottome --


There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.
-- Phyllis Bottome --


Where there is laughter there is always more health than sickness.
-- Phyllis Bottome --


Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.
-- Nadia Boulanger --


Anyone who believes the exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.
-- Kenneth Boulding --


When a man can observe himself suffering, and is able, later, to describe what he's gone through, that means he was born for literature.
-- Edouard Bourdet --


It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.
-- Alec Bourne --


Good talk is like good scenery - continuous, yet constantly varying, and full of the charm of novelty and surprise.
-- Randolph Bourne --


You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.
-- Jim Bouton --


How come nobody wants to argue with me? Is it because I'm always right?
-- Jim Bouton --


Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
-- Jim Bouton --


The same wind that carries one vessel into port may blow another off shore.
-- C. N. Bovee --


Honesty is not only the first step toward greatness - it is greatness itself.
-- C. N. Bovee --


Judicious praise is to children what the sun is to flowers.
-- C. N. Bovee --


A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it.
-- Christian Bovee --


A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
-- Christian Nestell Bovee --


Active natures are rarely melancholy; Activity and sadness are incompatible.
-- C. N. Bovee --


Living with a saint is more grueling than being one.
-- Christian Nestell Bovee --


Kindess is a language the mute can speak and the deaf can hear.
-- Christian Bovee --


As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
-- C. N. Bovee --


Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.
-- Catherine Drinker Bowen --


On the subject of dress almost no one, for one or another reason, feels truly indifferent: if their own clothes do not concern them, somebody else's do.
-- Elizabeth Bowen --


It is not only our fate but our business to lose innocence, and once we have lost that, it is futile to attempt a picnic in Eden.
-- Elizabeth Bowen --


The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental; it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.
-- Elizabeth Bowen --


When I hear of an “equity” in a case like this, I am reminded of a blind man in a dark room – looking for a black hat – which isn't there.
-- Lord Bowen --


Common exercises indulged in by the average middle-aged American male are running down their friends, jumping to conclusions, sidestepping responsibility, and pushing their luck.
-- W. J. Bowerman and W. E. Harris --


I want to be a Frank Sinatra figure. And I will succeed.
-- David Bowie --


It wasn't why he painted a Campbell's soup can. It was "What sort of man paints a Campbell's soup can?" That's what aggravates people.
-- David Bowie, on Andy Warhol --


I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.
-- David Bowie --


Anyone who eats three meals a day should understand why cookbooks outsell sex books three to one.
-- L. M. Boyd --


You are not as bright as you feel after the second drink.
-- Meg Bracken --


A slight tax increase costs you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut saves you thirty cents.
-- Peg Bracken --


What most of us are after, when we have a picture taken, is a good natural-looking picture that doesn't resemble us.
-- Peg Bracken --


I've noticed your hostility towards him - I ought to have guessed you were friends.
-- Malcolm Bradbury --


The English are polite by telling lies. The Americans are polite by telling the truth.
-- Malcolm Bradbury --


You've got to jump off the cliff all the time, and build your wings on the way down.
-- Ray Bradbury --


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


I love writing, it's the center of my life. If you don't love what you do, you'd better find something else to love. Otherwise, you don't have a reason for living.
-- Ray Bradbury --


Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We've been so busy damning ourselves for years. We've done it all, and yet we don't take credit for it.
-- Ray Bradbury --


There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.
-- Ray Bradbury --


Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.
-- Ray Bradbury --


I've found two gray hairs in my head the week before last, and an impertinent crow has planted a delicate impression of his foot under my right eye.
-- Mary Elizabeth Braddon --


Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ideals, he is unfit to command.
-- Omar N. Bradley --


The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience.
-- Gen. Omar Bradley --


Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.
-- Gen. Omar N. Bradley --


Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.
-- Gen. Omar N. Bradley --


Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.
-- Gen. Omar N. Bradley --


I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities.
-- Preston Bradley --


If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
-- Anne Bradstreet --


Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
-- Anne Bradstreet --


Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
-- Harriet Braiker --


Snobbery is the pride of those who are not sure of their position.
-- Berton Braley --


Like mothers, taxes are often misunderstood, but seldom forgotten.
-- Lord Bramwell --


Why is the king of hearts the only one that hasn't a moustache?
-- James Branch --


When fantasy turns you on, you're obligated to God and nature to start doing it right away.
-- Stewart Brand --


Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.
-- Louis Brandeis --


If we would be guided by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold.
-- Louis D. Brandeis --


Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
-- Louis Brandeis --


I abhor averages. I like the individual case. A man may have six meals one day and none the next, making an average of three meals per day, but that is not a good way to live.
-- Louis D. Brandeis --


If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.
-- Marlon Brando --


Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite.
-- Marlon Brando --


The only reason I'm in Hollywood is that I don't have the moral courage to refuse the money.
-- Marlon Brando --


Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.
-- Anthony Brandt --


There would be no pleasure properly so called if a man were sure to win. It is the reconciling of uncertainty to our desires that creates the satisfaction.
-- Frederick Brandt --


A heretic is a fellow who disagrees with you regarding something neither of you knows anything about.
-- William Cowper Brann --


If you want to be more productive, then start at the start: Get there on time.
-- Richard Branson --


Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like the devil underneath.
-- Jacob Braude --


The fence that makes good neighbors needs a gate to make good friends.
-- Jacob M. Braude --


There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly lit front porch.
-- Robert Brault --


Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share, and sought advantage over no one.
-- Robert Brault --


Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.
-- Robert Brault --


Sometimes in tragedy we find our life's purpose - the eye sheds a tear to find its focus.
-- Robert Brault --


For my confirmation, I didn't get a watch and my first pair of long pants, like most Lutheran boys. I got a telescope. My mother thought it would make the best gift.
-- Wernher Von Braun --


With every new answer unfolded, science has consistently discovered at least three new questions.
-- Wernher Von Braun --


I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution.
-- Wernher von Braun --


Research is what i'm doing when I don't know what i'm doing.
-- Wernher Von Braun --


The source of status is no longer the ability to make things but simply the ability to purchase them.
-- Harry Braverman --


A nap is not to be confused with sleeping. We sleep to recharge our bodies. We nap to care for our souls.
-- Sarah Ban Breathnach --


Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well-informed about the United States.
-- J. Bartlet Brebner --


Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.
-- Bertolt Brecht --


The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error.
-- Bertolt Brecht --


Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
-- Bertolt Brecht --


He who laughs last has not yet heard the bad news.
-- Bertolt Brecht --


Because I don't trust him, we are friends.
-- Bertolt Brecht --


Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
-- Marjorie Barstow Breenbie --


Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the world is love. the poor know that it is money.
-- Gerald Brenan --


Intellectuals are people who believe that ideas are of more importance than values. That is so say, their own ideas and other people's values.
-- Gerald Brenan --


Misers aren't fun to live with, but they make wonderful ancestors.
-- David Brenner --


A vegetarian is a person who won't eat anything that can have children.
-- David Brenner --


Media, the plural of mediocrity.
-- Jimmy Breslin --


As a reporter, I like to keep in the middle and be disliked by both sides.
-- Jimmy Breslin --


Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.
-- Jimmy Breslin --


When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best - that is inspiration.
-- Robert Bresson --


An old thing becomes new if you detach it from what usually surrounds it.
-- Robert Bresson --


All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.
-- Andre Breton --


If you're lucky enough to still have grandparents, visit them, cherish them and celebrate them while you can.
-- Regina Brett --


We've become so focused on that tiny screen that we forget the big picture, the people right in front of us.
-- Regina Brett --


Diligence is that energy and industry which we show when we do what we like.
-- E. C. Brewer --


Judgment is more than skill. It sets forth on intellectual seas beyond the shores of hard, indisputable, factual information.
-- Kingman Brewster --


Memory is the storehouse in which the substance of our knowledge is treasured up.
-- Charles Bridges --


I know that if odor were visible, as color is, I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.
-- Robert Bridges --


Conduct lies in masterful administration of the unforeseen.
-- Robert Bridges --


Much as we may wish to make a new beginning, some part of us resists doing so as though we were making the first step toward disaster.
-- William Bridges --


There is no adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.
-- Percy Williams Bridgman --


Animals feed; man eats. Only the man of intellect knows how to eat.
-- Brillat-Savarin --


It's not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line.
-- Ashleigh Brilliant --


My life has a superb cast, but I cannot figure out the plot.
-- Ashleigh Brilliant --


I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it.
-- Ashleigh Brilliant --


No man is an island, but some of us are pretty long peninsulas.
-- Ashleigh Brilliant --


To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target.
-- Ashleigh Brilliant --


When something bad happens to me, I think I'm able to deal with it in a pretty good way. That makes me lucky. Some people fall apart at the first little thing that happens.
-- Christie Brinkley --


A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
-- David Brinkley --


To be constantly skeptical is to believe in doubt, which is after all a form of faith.
-- Crane Brinton --


Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark: You know what you are doing, but nobody else does.
-- Steuart Henderson Britt --


The horse is a companion like a dog or cat and can go places a car cannot.
-- Debbie Britt-Hay --


The vast majority of the mass of the universe seems to be missing.
-- William Broad --


You can't be afraid to make errors! You can't be afraid to be naked before the crowd, because no one can ever master the game of baseball, or conquer it. You can only challenge it.
-- Lou Brock --


Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.
-- Lou Brock --


Anybody that wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.
-- David Broder --


Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off.
-- Paul Brodeur --


In Scotland we have a verdict "not proven." That means "not guilty, but don't do it again."
-- Andrew Brodie --


Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain.
-- Fawn M. Brodie --


A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.
-- Fawn M. Brodie --


No matter under what circumstances you leave it, home does not cease to be home. No matter how you lived there - well or poorly.
-- Joseph Brodsky --


There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
-- Joseph Brodsky, at a press conference, Washington, D.C. --


The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
-- Jacob Bronowski --


Whether our work is art or science or the daily work of society, it is only the form in which we explore our experience which is different.
-- Jacob Bronowski --


The wish to hurt, the momentary intoxication with pain, is the loophole through which the pervert climbs into the minds of ordinary men.
-- Jacob Bronowski --


Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.
-- Jacob Bronowski --


I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.
-- Charlotte Bronte --


Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.
-- Charlotte Bronte --


I feel monotony and death to be almost the same.
-- Charlotte Bronte --


A memory without a blot of contamination must be an exquisite treasure, an inexhaustible source of pure refreshment.
-- Charlotte Bronte --


No mockery in the world ever sounds to me as hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness. Happiness is not a potato, to be planted in mold, and tilled with manure.
-- Charlotte Bronte --


Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
-- Emily Bronte --


It's not the winning that teaches you how to be resilient. It's the setback. It's the loss.
-- Beth Brooke --


A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years.
-- Rupert Brooke --


Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.
-- Rupert Brooke --


Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life.
-- Adele Brookman --


Egotism is the anesthetic given by a kindly nature to relieve the pain of being a damned fool.
-- Bellamy Brooks --


Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.
-- Fred Brooks --


Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.
-- Garth Brooks --


With melted opals for my milk, Pearl-leaf for my cracker.
-- Gwendolyn Brooks --


Directing is preventing the bad picture from happening, rather than making the good movie.
-- James L. Brooks --


Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We're unrehearsed.
-- Mel Brooks --


As long as the world is turning, we're going to be dizzy.
-- Mel Brooks --


I have always been a huge admirer of my own work. I'm one of the funniest and most entertaining writers I know.
-- Mel Brooks --


My Uncle Joe was a philosopher, very deep, very serious. Never eat chocolate after chicken, he'd tell us, wagging his finger. Don't buy a cardboard belt.
-- Mel Brooks --


It is almost as presumptuous to think you can do nothing as to think you can do everything.
-- Phillips Brooks --


Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
-- Phillips Brooks --


Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
-- Phillips Brooks --


Emerson advised his fellow townsmen to manufacture schoolteachers and make them the best in the world.
-- Van Wyck Brooks --


Joe Garagiola is considered a humorist, like Mark Twain, who also came from Missouri. The resemblance is purely residential.
-- Jim Brosnan --


A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.
-- Joyce Brothers --


Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
-- Dr. Joyce Brothers --


Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
-- Joyce Brothers --


Listening, not imitation, may be the sheerest form of flattery.
-- Joyce Brothers --


Marriage is not just spiritual communion; It is also remembering to take out the trash.
-- Joyce Brothers --


My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my needs.
-- Brotherton --


Loving kindness, warm hearts and the stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shining gifts that make peace on earth.
-- Bishop Henry Brougham ("The Bishop's Wife") --


Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive, easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
-- Henry Brougham --


Appeasers believe that if you keep on throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will become a vegetarian.
-- Heywood Broun --


All there is to be said for work as opposed to dancing is that it is so much easier.
-- Heywood Broun --


The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil.
-- Heywood Broun --


Almost nobody means precisely what he says when he makes the declaration, "I'm in favor of free speech."
-- Heywood Broun --


Being a well-dressed man is a career, and he who goes in for it has no time for anything else.
-- Heywood Broun --


Repartee is what you wish you'd said.
-- Heywood Broun --


The underdog can and will lick his weight in the wildcats of the world.
-- Heywood Broun --


Brotherhood is not just a bible word. Out of comradeship can come and will come the happy life for all.
-- Heywood Broun --


Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
-- Heywood Hale Broun --


A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip, and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.
-- Charlie Brower --


The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
-- A. Whitney Brown --


That is the saving grace of humor, if you fail, no one is laughing at you.
-- A. Whitney Brown --


Our bombs are smarter than the average high school student. At least they can find Kuwait.
-- A. Whitney Brown --


Actually, I became a vegetarian not so much because I love animals but because I hate plants. I still like to hunt though. In fact, I've found that plants are a lot easier than animals to sneak up on.
-- A. Whitney Brown --


I have always thought the nuclear threat was blown way out of proportion. I have a feeling our descendants are going to look back at all this nuclear hysteria from the bottom of their toxic waste dumps and laugh their feelers off. Philosophically, I would much rather die in a nuclear holocaust along with three or four hundred million of my fellow world citizens than die alone in the gutter from some chemical induced cancer. I suppose that's because I'm basically a people person.
-- A. Whitney Brown --


Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.
-- Brene Brown --


There must be millions of people all over the world who never get any love letters - I could be their leader.
-- Charlie Brown --


Journalism could be described as turning one's enemies into money.
-- Craig Brown --


The only reason you were born was to be better than your parents and to make this world better for your children.
-- Drew Brown --


Spy and the world spies with you; get caught and you're on your own.
-- G. Brown --


Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
-- H. Jackson Brown --


My mother said, "No matter how hard you hug your money, it never hugs you back."
-- H. Jackson Brown --


Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.
-- H. Jackson Brown Jr. --


Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.
-- H. Jackson Brown Jr. --


Be smarter than other people, just don't tell them so.
-- H. Jackson Brown, Jr. --


When you are angry or frustrated, what comes out? Whatever it is, it's a good indication of what you're made of.
-- H. Jackson Brown, Jr. --


Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.
-- H. Jackson Brown Jr. --


Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.
-- H. Jackson Brown, Jr. --


Time is God's way to keep everything from happening at once.
-- James Brown --


The insatiable appetite for campaign dollars virtually has turned the government into a stop-and-shop for every greed and special interest in the country.
-- Jerry Brown --


Reasoning with a child is fine, If you can reach the child's reason without destroying your own.
-- John Mason Brown --


How prophetic L'Enfant was when he laid out Washington D. C. as a city that goes around in circles.
-- John Mason Brown --


Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
-- Les Brown --


Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
-- Les Brown --


Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.
-- Les Brown --


You cannot be wimpy out there on the dream-seeking trail. Dare to break through barriers, to find your own path.
-- Les Brown --


When life knocks you down, try to fall on your back because if you can look up, you can get up.
-- Les Brown --


Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.
-- Les Brown --


Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.
-- Les Brown --


Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
-- Les Brown --


You know you're old when you have lost all your marvels.
-- Merry Brown --


If your sister is in a tearing hurry to go out and cannot catch your eye, she's wearing your best sweater.
-- Pam Brown --


Sisters don't need words. They have perfected a language of snarls and smiles and frowns and winks - expressions of shocked surprise and incredulity and disbelief. Sniffs and snorts and gasps and sighs - that can undermine any tale you're telling.
-- Pam Brown --


When a man throws an empty cigarette package from an automobile, he is liable to a fine of fifty bucks. When a man throws a billboard across a view, he is richly rewarded.
-- Pat Brown --


The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
-- Rita Mae Brown --


Once you know what women are like, men get kind of boring.
-- Rita Mae Brown --


Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
-- Rita Mae Brown --


You can't be truly rude until you understand good manners.
-- Rita Mae Brown --


The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they are okay, then it's you.
-- Rita Mae Brown --


Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
-- Rita Mae Brown --


A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one.
-- Rita Mae Brown --


About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all.
-- Rita Mae Brown --


Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people of earth.
-- Rita Mae Brown --


You sell a screenplay like you sell a car. If somebody drives it off a cliff, that's it.
-- Rita Mae Brown --


The only person who listens to both sides of an argument is the fellow in the next apartment.
-- Ruth Brown --


The blues itself knows no color line. It is about people learning how to go inside themselves and touch something. The blues is like vocal crying. It is a way for a man to cry with dignity.
-- Ruth Brown --


Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.
-- Sam Brown --


It costs to be stupid. The stupider you are, the more it costs.
-- Sherrill Brown --


Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you learn to do it well.
-- Steve Brown --


A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!
-- T. E. Brown --


The sweetest sounds to mortals given; are heard in mother, home and heaven.
-- William Goldsmith Brown --


Character is the trademark of the trustworthy.
-- Merry Browne --


It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many millions of faces, there should be none alike
-- Thomas Browne --


It is a brave act to despise death; but where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.
-- Sir Thomas Browne --


A man may be in as just possession of truth as a city, and yet be forced to surrender.
-- Sir Thomas Browne --


But the iniquity of oblivion blindly scattereth her poppy, and deals with the memory of men without distinction to merit of perpetuity.
-- Sir Thomas Browne --


You were made perfectly to be loved - and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.
-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning --


I was only a poor poet, made for singing at her casement, as the finches or the thrushes, while she thought of other things.
-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning --


What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes.
-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning --


Men get opinions as boys learn to spell, by reiteration chiefly.
-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning --


Since when was genius found respectable?
-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning --


Love me sweet, With all thou art, Feeling, thinking, seeing; Love me in the Lightest part, Love me in full Being.
-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning --


All we have gained then by our unbelief! Is a life of doubt diversified by faith, For one of faith diversified by doubt; We called the chess-board white - we call it black.
-- Robert Browning --


Lied is a rough phrase; say he fell from truth.
-- Robert Browning --


When the fight begins within himself, a man's worth something.
-- Robert Browning --


Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.
-- Robert Browning --


The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them.
-- Lenny Bruce --


If people turn to look at you in the street, you are not well dressed.
-- Beau Brummel --


You are more likely to act yourself into feelings, than feel yourself into action.
-- Jerome Brunner --


New Yorkers are nice about giving street directions - in fact, they seem proud of knowing where they are themselves.
-- Katherine Brush --


The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.
-- Kobe Bryant --


Weep not that the world changes - did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.
-- William Cullen Bryant --


The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
-- James Bryce --


Medicine: the only profession that labors incessantly to destroy the reason for its own existence.
-- James Bryce --


Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
-- James Bryce --


I had always thought that once you grew up you could do anything you wanted - stay up all night or eat ice cream straight out of the container.
-- Bill Bryson --


It is the mistake of youth to think imagination a substitute for experience; it is the mistake of age to think experience a substitute for intelligence.
-- Lyman Bryson --


True ecstasy hails neither from spirit nor from nature, but from the union of these two.
-- Martin Buber --


The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.
-- Martin Buber --


Solitude is the place of purification.
-- Martin Buber --


The hasty reformer who does not remember the past will find himself condemned to repeat it.
-- John Buchan --


The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
-- John Buchan --


I always warn aspiring reporters to observe three basic rules: 1. Never trust an editor; 2. Never trust an editor; 3. Never trust an editor.
-- Edna Buchanan --


True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway.
-- Edna Buchanan --


There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed.
-- Frank Buchman --


I always wanted to get into politics, but I was never light enough to make the team.
-- Art Buchwald --


Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got.
-- Art Buchwald --


This is not an easy time for humorists because the government is far funnier than we are.
-- Art Buchwald --


None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
-- Pearl S. Buck --


It is indeed exasperating to have a memory that begins too young and continues too long.
-- Pearl Buck --


Sorrow fully accepted brings its own gifts. For there is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.
-- Pearl S. Buck --


The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation.
-- Pearl S. Buck --


Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked.
-- Pearl S. Buck --


One faces the future with one's past.
-- Pearl S. Buck --


Husbands are awkward things to deal with; even keeping them in hot water will not make them tender.
-- Mary Buckley --


The academic community has in it the biggest concentration of alarmists, cranks, and extremists this side of the giggle house.
-- William F. Buckley, Jr. --


All civilized men want peace. And all truly civilized men must despise pacifism.
-- William F. Buckley --


There is an inverse relationship between reliance on the state and self-reliance.
-- William F. Buckley, Jr. --


The Beatles are not merely awful ... they are so unbelievably horrible, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art, that they qualify as crowned heads of antimusic.
-- William F. Buckley, Jr. --


Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
-- Buddha --


No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
-- Buddha --


There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
-- Buddha --


As a solid rock is not shaken by a strong gale, so wise persons remain unaffected by praise or censure.
-- Buddha --


Times of luxury do not last long, but pass away very quickly; nothing in this world can be long enjoyed.
-- Buddha --


Never in this world can hatred be stilled by hatred; it will be stilled only by non-hatred - this is the law eternal.
-- The Buddha --


Sound health is the greatest of gifts; contentedness, the greatest of riches; trust the greatest of qualities.
-- Buddha --


If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
-- Buddha --


Do not dwell in the past. Do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment.
-- Buddha --


The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
-- Buddha --


Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
-- Buddha --


Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
-- Buddha --


Isn't it refreshing to know that just because we've always been a certain way, it doesn't mean we have to stay that way forever? Our beliefs are merely stories in our minds that we ourselves wrote long ago. Knowing that, don't you feel empowered to rewrite them if they no longer serve you? Scan your mind for viruses called fears, anxieties, judgments, doubts, hatred and despair, and put a little note next to them that says "Outdated; no longer valid."
-- Buddhist Boot Camp --


We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.
-- Buddy the elf in Elf --


When you have gained a victory, do not push it too far.
-- Eustace Budgell --


You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.
-- Frederick Buechner --


It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence of God as it would be for even Sheriock Holmes to demonstrate the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle.
-- Frederick Buechner --


It has been said that cigarettes are the only product that, if used according to the manufacturer's instructions, have a very high chance of killing you.
-- Michael Buerk --


Advertising - the driving force behind supply-and-demand economics: the stimulation of demand for useless products through the supply of misleading claims.
-- Chaz Bufe --


We're not the descendants of philosophers. We're the children of court jesters.
-- Jimmy Buffet --


It didn't matter how big our house was; It mattered that there was love in it.
-- Peter Buffett --


Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.
-- Warren Buffett --


Wall street is the only place people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from people who take the subway.
-- Warren Buffett --


Investment must be rational. If you can't understand it, don't do it.
-- Warren Buffett --


In the insurance business, there is no statute of limitations on stupidity.
-- Warren Buffett --


You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.
-- Warren Buffett --


Rule Number One: Never lose money. Rule Number Two: Never forget Rule Number One.
-- Warren Buffett --


We might have had a two party system, but one of the two parties would be in office and the other in prison.
-- Nikolai Bukharin --


Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
-- Charles Bukowski --


The difference between a Democracy and a Dictatorship is that in a Democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a Dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.
-- Charles Bukowski --


Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and eight times out of nine, I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities.
-- Charles Bukowski --


You must have the score (music) in your head, not your head in the score.
-- Hans von Bulow --


When people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.
-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton --


Anger ventilated often hurries toward forgiveness; and concealed often hardens into revenge.
-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton --


Everyone who observes vigilantly and observes steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton --


Personal liberty is the paramount essential to human dignity and human happiness.
-- Bulwer-Lytton --


Strike from mankind the principle of faith, and men would have no more history than a flock of sheep.
-- Bulwer --


A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.
-- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton --


A fool flatters himself; the wise man flatters the fool.
-- Bulwer-Lytton --


It is astonishing how little one feels poverty when he loves.
-- Baron Bulwer-Lytton --


The cleverness of avarice is but the cunning of imbecility.
-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton --


The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.
-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton --


If you are in doubt whether to write a letter or not, don't. And the advice applies to many doubts in life besides that of letter writing.
-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton --


Most people are brave only in the dangers to which they accustom themselves, either in imagination or practice.
-- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton --


Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset.
-- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton --


No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.
-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton --


Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.
-- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton --


The prudent person may direct a state, but it is the enthusiast who regenerates or ruins it.
-- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton --


There are two things in life that a sage must preserve at every sacrifice, the coats of his stomach and the enamel of his teeth. Some evils admit of consolations, but there are no comforters for dyspepsia and the toothache.
-- Henry Bulwer-Lytton --


We do not need, and indeed never will have, all the answers before we act. it is often only through taking action that we can discover some of them.
-- Charlotte Bunch --


Nothing would disgust me more, morally, than winning an Oscar. Nothing in the world would make me accept it. I wouldn't have it in my home.
-- Luis Bunuel --


When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words without heart.
-- John Bunyan --


There was a man, though some did count him mad, the more he cast away, the more he had.
-- John Bunyan --


Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture.
-- Mario Burata --


Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; They are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
-- Luther Burbank --


Men should stop fighting among themselves and start fighting insects.
-- Luther Burbank --


Buckle up, and know that it's going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.
-- Tory Burch --


The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib.
-- Robert Burchfield --


Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death's perfect punctuation mark is a smile.
-- Julie Burchill --


Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.
-- Virginia Burden --


There are two days in the week when I never worry: one is yesterday, the other is tomorrow.
-- Robert Burdette --


You've got to create a dream. You've got to uphold the dream. If you can't, go back to the factory or go back to the desk.
-- Eric Burdon --


Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore and you sleep alone
-- Anthony Burgess --


A work of fiction should be, for its author, a journey into the unknown, and the prose should convey the difficulties of the journey.
-- Anthony Burgess --


When a person visits you, remember he's your guest; receive him very kindly, and be sure he has the best.
-- Gelett Burgess --


When the waitress puts the dinner on the table, the old men look at the dinner. The young men look at the waitress.
-- Gelett Burgess --


A woman and a mouse, they carry a tale wherever they go.
-- Gelett Burgess --


If you stop and think about it, you'll realize that three out of four persons do not know exactly what they're doing a large part of the time.
-- Gelett Burgess --


It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts.
-- G. B. Burgin --


If you want to say it with flowers, a single rose says: I'm cheap."
-- Delta Burke --


I wanted to be Miss America so bad. I didn't make it to the top ten and I'm listening to all the names ... and I thought, I bet if I ran down there and ripped the crown off her head, I'd get on Johnny Carson.
-- Delta Burke --


The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again.
-- Edmund Burke --


The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke --


No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
-- Edmund Burke --


The people have been in the wrong, frequently and outrageously, both in other countries and in this. But I do say, that in all disputes between them and their rulers, the presumption is at least upon a par in favor of the people.
-- Edmund Burke --


Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
-- Edmund Burke --


A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
-- Edmund Burke --


Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
-- Edmund Burke --


Ambition can creep as well as soar.
-- Edmund Burke --


Manners are of more importance than laws. Upon them, in a great measure, the laws depend.
-- Edmund Burke --


People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.
-- Edmund Burke --


To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
-- Edmund Burke --


He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
-- Edmund Burke --


In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish. But the works of malice and injustice are finished with a bold, masterly hand.
-- Edmund Burke --


All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke --


Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
-- Edmund Burke --


An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.
-- Edmund Burke --


Good order is the foundation of all things.
-- Edmund Burke --


The elevation of the mind ought to be the principal end of all our studies.
-- Edmund Burke --


The husband who doesn't tell his wife everything probably reasons that what she doesn't know won't hurt him.
-- Leo Burke --


People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.
-- Leo Burke --


Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.
-- Michael Burke --


We all get where we're going by circuitous journeys, and some of the setbacks are warranted.
-- Carol Burnett --


When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get them, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either.
-- Leo Burnett --


It's a delightful thing to think of perfection; but it's vastly more amusing to talk of errors and absurdities.
-- Fanny Burney --


The cure of a romantic first flame is a better surety to subsequent discretion, than all the exhortations of all the fathers, and mothers, and guardians, and maiden aunts in the universe.
-- Fanny Burney --


Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood. Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.
-- Daniel H. Burnham --


Angels come in all sizes and shapes and colors, visible and invisible to the physical eye. But always you are changed from having seen one.
-- Sophy Burnham --


A warless world will come as men develop warless hearts.
-- Charles Wesley Burns --


Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.
-- George Burns --


There were twelve kids in my family, and my mother's idea of liberation was to get into the kitchen.
-- George Burns --


I smoke cigars because at my age, if I don't have something to hang on to I might fall down.
-- George Burns --


Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
-- George Burns --


You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.
-- George Burns --


When I went to school, I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.
-- George Burns --


When you stop giving and offering something to the rest of the world, it's time to turn out the lights.
-- George Burns --


I should have been a country-western singer. After all, I'm older than most western countries.
-- George Burns --


I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than be a success at something I hate.
-- George Burns --


It's hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.
-- George Burns --


Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.
-- George Burns --


Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal. a good cigar, and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.
-- George Burns --


Ignorance is when you don't know something and somebody finds it out.
-- Jethro Burns --


I have seen the Mississippi. That is muddy water. I have seen the St. Lawrence. That is crystal water. But the Thames is liquid history.
-- John Burns --


Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn.
-- Robert Burns --


Those who think that composing a Scotch song is a trifling business - let them try.
-- Robert Burns --


Some parents get better children than they deserve.
-- Raymond Burr --


All that I have accomplished has been by that plodding, patient, persevering process of accretion which builds the ant heap particle by particle, thought by thought, fact by fact.
-- Elihu Burritt --


Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.
-- John Burroughs --


I go to books and to nature as a bee goes to the flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey.
-- John Burroughs --


The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.
-- John Burroughs --


A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
-- John Burroughs --


Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levis to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages.
-- William Burroughs --


I am an American and therefore what I do, however small, is of importance.
-- Struthers Burt --


A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.
-- Robert Burton --


If there is a hell upon earth, it is to be found in a melancholy man's heart.
-- Robert Burton --


Cookery is become an art, a noble science; Cooks are gentlemen.
-- Robert Burton --


One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.
-- Robert Burton --


The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.
-- Sir Richard Burton --


When the chips are not exactly down but just scattered about, you discover who your real friends are.
-- Richard Burton --


Of all the vanities and fopperies, the vanity of high birth is the greatest. True nobility is derived from virtue, not from birth.
-- Sir Richard Burton --


Don't brood, get on with living and loving, you don't have forever.
-- Leo Buscaglia --


A single rose can be my garden ... a single friend, my world.
-- Leo Buscaglia --


Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough.
-- Wilhelm Busch --


I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life.
-- Barbara Bush --


I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.
-- Barbara Bush --


Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens at the White House, but on what happens inside your house.
-- Barbara Bush --


Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the President's spouse. I wish him well!
-- Barbara Bush --


Giving peace a chance does not mean taking a chance on peace.
-- George Bush --


Let the others have the charisma. I've got the class.
-- George H. W. Bush --


I've watched so much Olympics that when Barbara asked me to move a piece of furniture, I asked her, "What's the degree of difficulty?"
-- George Bush --


I have opinions of my own - strong opinions - but I don't always agree with them.
-- George H. W. Bush --


I'm not going to be the guy who promises something he can't deliver. I don't believe in "ready, fire, aim."
-- George W. Bush --


I don't want to win? If that were the case, why the heck am I on the bus sixteen hours a day, shaking thousands of hands, giving hundred of speeches, getting pilloried in the press and cartoons and still staying on message to win?
-- George W. Bush --


You know what's interesting about Washington? It's the kind of place where second-guessing has become second nature.
-- George W. Bush --


By being myself I will distinguish myself from my father, because we're two separately different people.
-- George W. Bush --


The peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history, yet common in our country. With a simple oath, we affirm old traditions and make new beginnings.
-- George W. Bush --


No matter how old you are and no matter what you do, you can never escape your mother.
-- George W. Bush --


I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.
-- George W. Bush --


Chew before you swallow.
-- George W. Bush, about his passing out while eating a pretzel --


Once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.
-- Laura Bush --


Business is a good game - lots of competition and a minimum of rules. You keep score with money.
-- Nolan Bushnell --


The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing should be taken too seriously.
-- Nicholas Murray Butler --


Oaths are but words, and words but wind.
-- Samuel Butler --


Every man's work, whether it is literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
-- Samuel Butler --


Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.
-- Samuel Butler --


There is no permanent absolute unchangeable truth; what we should pursue is the most convenient arrangement of our ideas.
-- Samuel Butler --


He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. It is in strife that life lies, and were there no opposing forces there would be neither moral nor immoral, neither victory nor defeat.
-- Samuel Butler --


Life is like playing the violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
-- Samuel Butler --


All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
-- Samuel Butler --


The body is but a pair of pincers set over a bellows and a stewpan, and the whole fixed upon stilts.
-- Samuel Butler --


Youth is like spring, an over-praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.
-- Samuel Butler --


"The Ancient Mariner" would not have taken so well if it had been called "The Old Sailor."
-- Samuel Butler --


A definition is the enclosing of a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.
-- Samuel Butler --


If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason.
-- Samuel Butler --


To live is to love; all reason is against it; instinct is for it.
-- Samuel Butler --


Example is not only the best way of propagating an opinion, but it is the only way worth taking into account.
-- Samuel Butler --


The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.
-- Samuel Butler --


Adversity, if a man is set down to it by degrees, is more supportable with equanimity by most people than any great prosperity arrived at in a single lifetime.
-- Samuel Butler --


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


Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
-- Samuel Butler --


An obstinate man does not hold opinions, but they hold him.
-- Samuel Butler --


An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have only heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.
-- Samuel Butler --


Though wisdom cannot be gotten with gold, still less can it be gotten without it.
-- Samuel Butler --


The lions would not eat Daniel; they would eat most anything but they drew the line at prophets.
-- Samuel Butler --


America was too big to have been discovered all at one time. It would have been better for the graces if it had been discovered in pieces of about the size of France or Germany at a time.
-- Samuel Butler --


It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.
-- Samuel Butler --


Life is like music; It must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule.
-- Samuel Butler --


The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.
-- Samuel Butler --


If the better part of valor is discretion, how much more is not discretion the better part of vice?
-- Samuel Butler --


Imagination depends mainly on memory, but there is a small percentage of creation of something out of nothing with it. We can invent a trifle more than can be got at by mere combination of remembered things.
-- Samuel Butler --


Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.
-- Samuel Butler --


One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.
-- Samuel Butler --


Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.
-- Martin Buxbaum --


The fact is, nothing comes; at least, nothing good. All has to be fetched.
-- Charles Buxton --


You have not fulfilled every duty unless you have fulfilled that of being cheerful and pleasant.
-- C. Buxton --


Silence is sometimes the severest criticism.
-- Charles Buxton --


Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body and soul.
-- Charles Buxton --


A man doesn't begin to attain wisdom until he recognizes that he is no longer indispensable.
-- Richard E. Byrd --


A library, a garden, a grove, a purling stream, are the innocent scenes that divert our leisure
-- William Byrd --


When one subtracts from life infancy - which is vegetation, sleep, eating and swilling, buttoning and unbuttoning - how much remains of downright existence? The summer of a dormouse.
-- Lord Byron --


Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.
-- Lord Byron --


Man's love is of man's life a part; it is woman's whole existence.
-- Byron --


No hand can make the clock strike for me the hours that are passed.
-- Byron --


It is to be hoped that, with all the modern improvements, a mode will be discovered of getting rid of bores.
-- Lord Byron --


Here's a sigh to those who love me, and a smile to those who hate; and whatever sky's above me, here's a heart for every fate.
-- Lord Byron --


All is to be feared where all is to be lost.
-- Lord Byron --


Society is now one polish'd horde, formed of two might tribes, the bores and the bored.
-- Lord Byron --


It is the hour when from the boughs the nightingale's high note is heard.
-- Lord Byron --


All who would win joy must share it - Happiness was born a twin.
-- Lord Byron --


We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.
-- Lord Byron --


I wish he would explain his explanation.
-- Lord Byron --


'Tis strange - but true, for truth is always strange, Stranger than fiction.
-- Lord Byron --


But what is Hope? Nothing but the paint on the face of Existence; the least touch of truth rubs it off, and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of.
-- Lord Byron --


As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.
-- Lord Byron --


The American dream is that any citizen can rise to the highest office in the land. The British dream is that the Queen drops in for tea.
-- Michael Bywater --


Virtue has always been conceived of as victorious resistance to one's vital desire.
-- James Branch Cabell --


The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true.
-- James Branch Cabell --


I regret that I have but one life to live in San Francisco.
-- Herb Caen --


Fortune, which has a great deal of power in other matters but especially in war, can bring about great changes in a situation through very slight forces.
-- Julius Caesar --


The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one.
-- Sid Caesar --


Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.
-- Sid Caesar --


The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius.
-- Sid Caesar --


I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
-- John Cage --


With me, a career was the simple matter of putting groceries on the table.
-- James Cagney --


A song-and-dance man is what I am basically. I think dancing is a primal urge coming to life at the first moment we need to express joy.
-- James Cagney --


It is an article of faith in my creed to pick the man who does not take himself seriously, but does take his work seriously.
-- Michael C. Cahill --


Mystery is a resource, like coal or gold, and its preservation is a fine thing.
-- Tim Cahill --


Do something for the joy of doing it and pray you won't be punished.
-- Sammy Cahn --


The sins of the flesh have always been very attractive to me - all of them.
-- Michael Caine --


Our children are not going to be just "our children" - they are going to be other people's husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchildren.
-- Mary S. Calderone --


The secret of negotiation is to harmonize the real interests of the parties concerned.
-- Francois de Calieres --


A happy childhood can't be cured. Mine'll hang around my neck like a rainbow, that's all, instead of a noose.
-- Hortense Calisher --


A lie can be halfway round the world before the truth has its boots on.
-- James Callaghan --


I am prisoner of a gaudy and unlivable present, where all forms of human society have reached an extreme of their cycle and there is no imagining what new forms they may assume.
-- Italo Calvino --


A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
-- Italo Calvino --


When I give food to the poor they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food they call me a communist.
-- Helder Camara --


It was long ago in my life as a simple reporter that I decided that facts must never get in the way of truth.
-- James Cameron --


Love is the substance of all life. Everything is connected in love, absolutely everything.
-- Julia Cameron --


In order to have a real relationship with our creativity, we must take the time and care to cultivate it.
-- Julia Cameron --


You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.
-- Roy Campanella --


Quality isn't something that can be argued into an article or promised into it. It must be put there. If it isn't put there, the finest sales talk in the world won't act as a substitute.
-- C. G. Campbell --


Let me be a little kinder, let me be a little blinder to the faults of those around me.
-- Glenn Campbell --


Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
-- Joseph Campbell --


Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
-- Joseph Campbell --


I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
-- Joseph Campbell --


Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
-- Joseph Campbell --


The departure from the world is regarded not as a fault, but as the first step into that noble path at the remotest turn of which illumination is to be won.
-- Joseph Campbell --


Midlife is when you reach the top of the ladder only to discover it's leaning against the wrong wall.
-- Joseph Campbell --


Tallulah Bankhead is always skating on thin ice. Everyone wants to be there when it breaks.
-- Mrs. Patrick Campbell --


Wedlock: The deep, deep peace of the double bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise.
-- Mrs. Patrick Campbell --


Golf is the only game in the world in which a precise knowledge of the rules can earn you a reputation for bad sportsmanship.
-- Patrick Campbell --


Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
-- Albert Camus --


As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays it is the only desert within our means.
-- Albert Camus --


Truth is mysterious, elusive, ever to be won anew. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to get along with as it is exciting.
-- Albert Camus --


Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
-- Albert Camus --


Real nobility is based on scorn, courage and profound indifference.
-- Albert Camus --


It is indeed true that we live in tragic times, but too many people confuse tragedy with despair.
-- Albert Camus --


An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
-- Albert Camus --


I have said the world is absurd but I spoke too soon. All we can say is that this world in and of itself is not reasonable. What is absurd, though, is the conflict between this irrationality and man's desperate wish for intelligibility.
-- Albert Camus --


But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
-- Albert Camus --


You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having to ask any clear question.
-- Albert Camus --


A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but most certainly, without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.
-- Albert Camus --


I don't want to be a genius; I have enough problems just trying to be a man.
-- Albert Camus --


With freedom of the press, nations are not sure of going toward justice and peace. But without it, they are sure of not going there.
-- Albert Camus --


Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.
-- Albert Camus --


If there is a sin against life, it lies perhaps less in despairing of it than in hoping for another and evading the implacable grandeur of the one we have.
-- Albert Camus --


Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
-- Albert Camus --


Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
-- Albert Camus --


A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
-- Albert Camus --


Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency, and "historical tasks" is an actual or potential assassin.
-- Albert Camus --


Do not wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day.
-- Albert Camus --


A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images.
-- Albert Camus --


Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into a liar than into a person telling the truth. Truth, like light, is blinding. Falsehood, on the other hand, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
-- Albert Camus --


Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
-- Albert Camus --


There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
-- Albert Camus --


Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worst.
-- Albert Camus --


You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
-- Albert Camus --


Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
-- Albert Camus --


Absolute justice is achieved by the suppression of all contradiction: therefore it destroys freedom.
-- Albert Camus --


If it is true that talent recreates life while genius has the additional gift of crowning it with myths, Melville is first and foremost a creator of myths.
-- Albert Camus --


If you don't realize there is always somebody who knows how to do something better than you, then you don't give proper respect for others' talents.
-- Hortense Canady --


We are drawn to our television sets each year the way we are drawn to the scene of an accident.
-- Vincent Canby on the Academy Awards Show --


I would like to start from scratch. Where is scratch?
-- Elias Canetti --


All the pessimists in world history are nothing against reality.
-- Elias Canetti --


When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.
-- Elias Canetti --


Of all the words in all languages I know, the greatest concentration is in the English word "I."
-- Elias Canetti --


All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.
-- Elias Canetti --


Some people think doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back into the shell.
-- Dorothy Canfield --


When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
-- George Canning --


Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
-- Eddie Cantor --


The two most common causes of divorce? Men and women.
-- Eddie Cantor --


I know one star in Hollywood who hasn't been spoiled by success and that is Mickey Mouse.
-- Eddie Cantor --


It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.
-- Eddie Cantor --


There is one difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist - the taxidermist leaves the hide.
-- Mortimer Caplan --


Many women are poor cooks only because their native greatness has been beaten down by ingratitude.
-- Robert Capon --


You can get much further with a kind word and a gun that you can get with a kind word alone.
-- Al Capone --


Even an attorney of moderate talent can postpone doomsday year after year, for a the system of appeals that pervades American jurisprudence amounts to a legalistic wheel of fortune, a game of chance, somewhat fixed in the favor of the criminal, that the participants play interminably.
-- Truman Capote --


The art of dealing with one's enemies is an art no less necessary than knowing how to appreciate one's friends.
-- Truman Capote --


Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
-- Truman Capote --


Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
-- Truman Capote --


Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
-- Al Capp --


Art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
-- Al Capp --


I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
-- Frank Capra --


Make a blockbuster - you're the lion of the cocktail circuit. Make a bomb - you buy your own drinks.
-- Frank Capra --


We give them the love we can spare, the time we can spare. In return dogs have given us their absolute all. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.
-- Roger Caras --


Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.
-- Orson Scott Card --


All living things are manipulated. As long as there is a will, it is bent and twisted constantly. Only the dead are allowed the luxury of freedom, and then only because they want nothing, and therefore can't be thwarted.
-- Orson Scott Card --


If you're not English, you're a foreigner, so you must be sexy. It's an old British film cliche.
-- Claudia Cardinale --


Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more.
-- Benjamin Cardozo --


Unaccompanied Bach is for me one of the severest hardships of the calling of musical critic. It is probably good, even jolly, to play, but to have to listen to it is worse than breaking stones.
-- Neville Cardus --


I see my face in the mirror and go, "I'm a Halloween costume? That's what they think of me?"
-- Drew Carey --


I was raised by just my mom. See, my father died when I was eight years old. At least, that's what he told us in the letter.
-- Drew Carey --


The road winds up the hill to meet the height; Beyond the locust hedge it curves from sight - And yet no man would foolishly contend. That where he sees it not, it makes an end.
-- Emma Carleton --


If people stand in a circle long enough, they'll eventually begin to dance.
-- George Carlin --


The reason I talk to myself is because i'm the only one whose answers I accept.
-- George Carlin --


I recently went to a new doctor and noticed he was located in something called the Professional Building. I felt better right away.
-- George Carlin --


Comedy is a socially acceptable form of hostility and aggression. That is what comics do, stand the world upside down.
-- George Carlin --


Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.
-- George Carlin --


Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.
-- George Carlin --


The day after tomorrow is the third day of the rest of your life.
-- George Carlin --


The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it.
-- George Carlin --


I saw a sign that said, "coming soon - a 24-hour restaurant." and I thought, "well, that's unusual. At least try it for a week or two, and see if you can build a clientele."
-- George Carlin --


As grown-ups, we never get to "wave bye-bye." I think it would be fun. "Steve, the boss is sailing for Europe; we're all going down to the dock to wave bye-bye."
-- George Carlin --


I enjoy chaos and disorder, and not just because they help me professionally.
-- George Carlin --


I think when you eat out you should have a little fun; it's good for digestion. Simple things. After the waiter recites a long list of specials, ask him if they serve cow feet.
-- George Carlin --


I don't like to lose my bearings, so I keep them in the cabinet near my bed.
-- George Carlin --


My parents chose what, at the time, was the very latest method of childbirth. You've heard of Lamaze? This was La Paz. The mother receives powerful narcotics, the father is sent to Bolivia, and the nurse does all the screaming.
-- George Carlin --


Do you know why hurricanes have names instead of numbers? To keep the killing personal. No one cares about a bunch of people killed by a number. "200 dead as Number Three slams ashore" is not nearly as interesting a headline as "Charlie kills 200." Death is much more satisfying and entertaining if you personalize it.
-- George Carlin --


Scientists announced today that they have discovered a cure for apathy. However, they claim no one has shown the slightest interest in it.
-- George Carlin --


Sometimes, when I'm told to use my own discretion, if no one is looking I'll use someone else's. But I always put it back.
-- George Carlin --


There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.
-- George Carlin --


I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.
-- George Carlin --


They keep saying you can't compare apples and oranges. I can. An apple is red and distinctly non-spherical; an orange is orange and nearly spherical. So, what's the big problem?
-- George Carlin --


If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted?
-- George Carlin --


The other night, I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.
-- George Carlin --


If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.
-- George Carlin --


I could mention plenty of things that contribute to violence. One is simply the condition of being violent; the predisposition. Everyone knows this is a cranky species.
-- George Carlin --


As a matter of principle. I never attend the first annual anything.
-- George Carlin --


It is impossible to know accurately how you look in your sunglasses.
-- George Carlin --


After the Go-Gos sold three or four million albums, we thought we wouldn't be treated like an all-girl band anymore, but as a rock 'n' roll band. That never really worked.
-- Belinda Carlisle --


TV cameras seem to add ten pounds to me. So I make it a point never to eat TV cameras.
-- Kitty Carlisle --


The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low.
-- Richard Carlson --


Happiness is the result of my decision to be happy. There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.
-- Richard Carlson --


Oh, give us the man who sings at his work.
-- Thomas Carlyle --


Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one rascal less in the world.
-- Carlyle --


Every human being has a right to hear what other wise human beings have spoken to him. It is one of the Rights of Men; a very cruel injustice if you deny it to a man!
-- Thomas Carlyle --


If a book come from the heart, it will contrive to reach other hearts; all art and authorcraft are of small amount to that.
-- Thomas Carlyle --


Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can.
-- Thomas Carlyle --


Of all acts of man, repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.
-- Thomas Carlyle --


Thought works in silence, so does virtue. One might erect statues to silence.
-- Thomas Carlyle --


It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.
-- Thomas Carlyle --


Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.
-- Thomas Carlyle --


Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
-- Thomas Carlyle --


Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
-- Thomas Carlyle --


The coldest word was once a glowing new metaphor.
-- Thomas Carlyle --


Music is well-said to be the speech of angels.
-- Thomas Carlyle --


If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should kiss a pretty girl, give her the benefit of the doubt.
-- Thomas Carlyle --


A man lives by believing, not by debating and arguing about many things.
-- Thomas Carlyle --


A "fact" merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease.
-- Bliss Carman --


No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
-- Andrew Carnegie --


People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
-- Andrew Carnegie --


Those who would administer wisely must, indeed, be wise, for one of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity.
-- Andrew Carnegie --


There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.
-- Andrew Carnegie --


As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
-- Andrew Carnegie --


People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
-- Andrew Carnegie --


Concentrate your energy, thought, and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. "Don't put all your eggs in one basket" is all wrong. I tell you "put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch that basket."
-- Andrew Carnegie --


Take away my people, but leave my factories, and soon grass will grow on the factory floors. Take away my factories, but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory.
-- Andrew Carnegie --


No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.
-- Andrew Carnegie --


You cannot push a man up a ladder unless he is willing to climb himself.
-- Andrew Carnegie --


Eight hours to work; Eight hours to play; Eight hours to sleep; seems the ideal division.
-- Andrew Carnegie --


Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.
-- Andrew Carnegie --


The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
-- Andrew Carnegie --


We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
-- Dale Carnegie --


Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
-- Dale Carnegie --


Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
-- Dale Carnegie --


The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
-- Dale Carnegie --


You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.
-- Dale Carnegie --


If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
-- Dale Carnegie --


The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?
-- Dale Carnegie --


The best things in life are yours, if you can appreciate yourself.
-- Dale Carnegie --


Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
-- Dale Carnegie --


Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
-- Dale Carnegie --


Little acts of kindness, little words of love make our earth an Eden like heaven above.
-- Julia Carney --


Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under the tree.
-- Charlotte Carpenter --


What the historian is called on to investigate is what lies behind the act; and to this the conscious thought or motive of the individual actor may be quite irrelevant.
-- Edward Hallett Carr --


After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash.
-- Emily Carr --


Every day we have some weather, and yesterday was no exception.
-- John Carr --


All students are gifted; Some just open their packages earlier than others.
-- Michael Carr --


The first duty of society is to give each of its members the possibility of fulfilling his destiny. When it becomes incapable of performing this duty it must be transformed.
-- Alexis Carrel --


The difference between constructive criticism and destructive criticism is simple: any criticism you give is constructive; any criticism you get is destructive.
-- Jon Carroll --


I said it very loud and clear; I went and shouted in his ear.
-- Lewis Carroll --


I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.
-- Lewis Carroll --


If you drink much from a bottle marked "POISON", it is almost certain to disagree with you sooner or later.
-- Lewis Carroll --


Curtsy while you're thinking what to say. It saves time.
-- Lewis Carroll --


They drew all manner of things – everything that begins with M, such as mousetraps, and the moon, and memory, and muchness.
-- Lewis Carroll --


Begin at the beginning ... and go on till you come to the end: Then stop.
-- Lewis Carroll --


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


Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
-- Lewis Carroll --


If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.
-- Lewis Carroll --


"Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with," the Mock Turtle replied, "and then the different branches of Arithmetic, Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision."
-- Lewis Carroll --


"If everybody minded their own business," the Duchess said in a hoarse growl, "the world would go round a deal faster than it does."
-- Lewis Carroll --


If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners.
-- Johnny Carson --


No experiment is ever a complete failure. It can always be used as a bad example.
-- Johnny Carson --


Any time four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has taken place.
-- Johnny Carson --


The best things in life are free. And the cheesiest things in life are free with a paid subscription to "Sports Illustrated."
-- Johnny Carson --


If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.
-- Johnny Carson --


Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.
-- Johnny Carson --


Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.
-- Johnny Carson --


For all at last return to the sea - to Oceanus, the ocean river, like the ever-flowing stream of time, the beginning and the end.
-- Rachel Carson --


It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.
-- Rachel Carson --


In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.
-- Rachel Carson --


The "control of nature" is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and the convenience of man.
-- Rachel Carson --


When we recognize that we don't have all the time in the world, we see our priorities most clearly.
-- Laura Carstensen --


There are lots of things that you can brush under the carpet about yourself until you're faced with somebody whose needs won't be put off.
-- Angela Carter, on being a mother --


But you have no silver linings without a cloud.
-- Angela Carter --


The sheltering of upper-income children in private schools not only accelerates the deterioration of public education, it hides its consequences from precisely those people who could do something about it.
-- Hodding Carter --


There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.
-- Hodding Carter --


We are of course a nation of differences. Those differences don't make us weak. They're the source of our strength.
-- Jimmy Carter --


A simple and a proper function of government is just to make it easy for us to do good and difficult for us to do wrong.
-- Jimmy Carter --


America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense ... human rights invented America.
-- Jimmy Carter --


The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself - always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.
-- Jimmy Carter --


Always remember the distinction between contribution and commitment. Take the matter of bacon and eggs. The chicken makes a contribution. The pig makes a commitment.
-- John Mack Carter --


Public opinion is the last refuge of a politician without any opinion of his own.
-- Mark Bonham Carter --


You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.
-- Rosalynn Carter --


Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.
-- Rosalynn Carter --


First Ladies throughout our history have been expected to be adoring wives and perfect mothers.
-- Rosalyn Carter --


Once you accept the fact that you're not perfect, then you develop some confidence.
-- Rosalynn Carter --


A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go but ought to be.
-- Rosalynn Carter --


The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.
-- Henri Cartier-Bresson --


The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.
-- Margaret Carty --


Watermelon, it's a good fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face.
-- Enrico Caruso --


When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way you will command the attention of the world.
-- George Washington Carver --


Nature is the greatest teacher and I learn from her best when others are asleep. In the still dark hours before sunrise God tells me of the plans I am to fulfill.
-- George Washington Carver --


I wanted to know the name of every stone and flower and insect and bird and beast, but there was no one to tell me.
-- George Washington Carver --


Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
-- George Washington Carver --


Love doesn't grow on trees like apples in Eden - it's something you have to make.
-- Joyce Cary --


It is the tragedy of the world that no one knows what he doesn't know; and the less a man knows, the more sure he is that he knows everything.
-- Joyce Cary --


Poison put to sound - a brutalization of both life and art.
-- Pablo Casals, on rock-and-roll --


The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
-- Pablo Casals --


The art of interpretation is not to play what is written.
-- Pablo Casals --


The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper.
-- Pablo Casals --


It is only necessary to have courage, for strength without self-confidence is useless.
-- Giacomo Casanova --


I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into minds which were ignorant of its charms.
-- Casanova --


A woman broke up with me and sent me pictures of her and her new boyfriend in bed together. Solution? I sent them to her dad.
-- Christopher Case --


Nightclubs are places where the tables are reserved and the guests aren't.
-- Frank Caspar --


The biggest word in the language of business is not gross, but net.
-- Herbert Casson --


The more parking spaces you provide, the more cars will come to fill them. It's like feeding pigeons.
-- Sir Hugh Casson --


The one big target for the crusaders was the tango. I suppose its opponents objected to the man bending the woman over backwards and peering into her eyes with a smoldering passionate look.
-- Irene Castle --


The Cuban movement is not a Communist movement. Its members are Roman Catholics, mostly.
-- Fidel Castro --


I would not vote for the mayor. It's not just because he didn't invite me to dinner, but because on my way into town from the airport there were such enormous potholes.
-- Fidel Castro --


The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.
-- Willa Cather --


Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.
-- Willa Cather --


In this world people have to pay an extortionate price for any exceptional gift whatever.
-- Willa Cather --


What was any art but a mold in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.
-- Willa Cather --


I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
-- Willa Cather --


Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness. The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
-- Willa Cather --


To simplify is very nearly the whole of the higher artistic process, finding what conventions of form and what detail one can do without - and yet preserve the spirit of the whole.
-- Willa Cather --


That is happiness: to be dissolved into something completely great.
-- Willa Cather --


Where there is great love, there are always miracles.
-- Willa Cather --


I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
-- Willa Cather --


The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
-- Catherine the Great --


To see men admitting that you are what you believe yourself to be, is one of the triumphs of existence.
-- Mary Catherwood --


We cannot control the evil tongues of others, but a good life enables us to disregard them.
-- Cato --


The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new.
-- Cato --


The wise man does no wrong in changing his habits with the times.
-- Cato --


Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.
-- Cato the Elder --


There are two kinds of restrictions upon human liberty - the restraint of law and that of custom. No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
-- Carrie Chapman Catt --


Progress is the sum of small victories won by individual human beings.
-- Bruce Catton --


When I finished school I took one of those career aptitude tests and, based on my verbal ability score, they suggested I become a mime.
-- Tim Cavanagh --


If your parents never had children, chances are you won't either.
-- Dick Cavett --


The man who trusts men will make fewer mistakes than he who distrusts them.
-- Camillo Di Cavour --


A contemplative life has more the appearance of piety than any other; but the divine plan is to bring faith into activity and exercise.
-- Richard Cecil --


Soldiers in peace are like chimneys in summer.
-- William Cecil --


I have a great dog. She's half Lab, half pit bull. A good combination. Sure, she might bite off my leg, but she'll bring it back to me.
-- Jim Celeste --


I write my own quotes. Except this one. I obviously stole this from somebody really clever.
-- Brian Celio --


Good Manners: The noise you don't make when you're eating soup.
-- Bennett Cerf --


Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.
-- Cervantes --


Every man was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
-- Cervantes --


Those who play with cats must expect to be scratched.
-- Cervantes --


Delay always breeds danger, and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.
-- Miguel de Cervantes --


Make it your business to know yourself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.
-- Cervantes --


Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.
-- Cervantes --


By the street of by-and-by one arrives at the house of never.
-- Cervantes --


There is no greater folly in the world than for a man to despair.
-- Cervantes --


Take care, your worship, those things over there are not giants but windmills.
-- Miguel Cervantes --


A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
-- Cervantes --


'Tis a dainty thing to command, though 'twere but a flock of sheep.
-- Miguel de Cervantes --


No man is more than another unless he does more than another.
-- Miguel De Cervantes --


Experience is the universal mother of sciences.
-- Miguel de Cervantes --


Absence, that is the common cure of love.
-- Cervantes --


When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
-- Miguel de Cervantes --


Whoever came up with ice fishing must have had the worst marriage on the planet.
-- Jeff Cesario --


I love mirrors. They let one pass through the surface of things.
-- Claude Chabrol --


When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God-made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.
-- Marc Chagall --


All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.
-- Marc Chagall --


In my youth, poverty enriched me, but now I can afford wealth.
-- Marc Chagall --


Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding.
-- Marc Chagall --


I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment.
-- Marc Chagall --


The Americans are a funny lot. They drink whiskey to keep them warm, then they put ice in it to make it cool; then they put some sugar in it to make it sweet, and then they put a slice of lemon in it to make it sour. Then they say, "Here's to you" and drink it themselves.
-- B. N. Chakravarty --


The grand essentials of life are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for
-- Allan Chalmers --


In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers.
-- Neville Chamberlain --


When a man is at his wits' end, it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get in touch with Reality.
-- Oswald Chambers --


Human nature, if healthy, demands excitement; and if it does not obtain its thrilling excitement in the right way, it will seek if in the wrong. God never makes bloodless stoics; He makes no passionless saints.
-- Oswald Chambers --


The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
-- Sebastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort --


Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
-- Nicolas Chamfort --


Nowadays, those who love nature are accused of being romantic.
-- Chamfort --


It must be admitted that there are some parts of the soul which we must entirely paralyze before we can live happily in this world.
-- Nicolas Chamfort --


All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.
-- Nicolas Chamfort --


If we would please in society, we must be prepared to be taught many things we know already by people who do not know them.
-- Sebastien Chamfort --


Fortune, in order to come to me, must conform to certain conditions imposed on her by my character.
-- Chamfort --


A little drowsing cat is an image of perfect beatitude.
-- Champfleury --


Big results require big ambitions.
-- James Champy --


The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind, but the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
-- Chanakya --


Take away the newspaper and this country of ours would become a scene of chaos.
-- Harry Chandler --


Opportunity does not knock; It presents itself when you beat down the door.
-- Kyle Chandler --


A smile appeared upon her face as if she'd taken it directly from her handbag and pinned it there.
-- Loma Chandler --


Los Angeles is a city with the personality of a paper cup.
-- Raymond Chandler --


Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.
-- Raymond Chandler --


It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.
-- Raymond Chandler --


The edges of the folded handkerchief in her breast pocket looked sharp enough to slice bread.
-- Raymond Chandler --


If I'm going slow I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.
-- Raymond Chandler --


A preoccupation with words for their own sake is fatal to good filmmaking. It's not what films are for.
-- Raymond Chandler --


Yes, I am exactly like the characters in my books. I am very tough and have been known to break a Vienna roll with my bare hands. I am very handsome, have a powerful physique, and change my shirt every Monday.
-- Raymond Chandler --


I am, by tradition and long study, a complete snob. Phillip Marlowe and I do not despise the upper classes because they take baths and have money; we despise them because they are phony.
-- Raymond Chandler --


Fashion is architecture: It is a matter of proportions.
-- Coco Chanel --


He who does not enjoy his own company is usually right.
-- Coco Chanel --


Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.
-- Coco Chanel --


How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
-- Coco Chanel --


Fashion is made to become unfashionable.
-- Coco Chanel --


You ask if they were happy. This is not a characteristic of a European. To be contented - that's for the cows.
-- Coco Chanel --


Youth is something very new: Twenty years ago no one mentioned it.
-- Coco Chanel --


God knows I wanted love. But the moment I had to choose between the man I loved and my dresses, I chose the dresses.
-- Coco Chanel --


There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.
-- Coco Chanel --


April is the month when the green returns to the lawn, the lilac, and the IRS.
-- Changing Times --


Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
-- Carol Channing --


Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
-- William Ellery Channing --


Undoubtedly a man is to labor to better his condition, but first to better himself.
-- William Channing --


The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.
-- W. E. Channing --


He is to be educated not because he is to make shoes, nails and pins, but because he is a man.
-- William Ellery Channing --


No human being, man or woman, can act up to a sublime standard without giving offense.
-- W. E. Channing --


A man in earnest finds means, or if he cannot find, creates them.
-- W. E. Channing --


The young soldier is taught as his first duty to obey his superior without consulting his conscience.
-- William Ellery Channing --


Have you ever noticed that life consists mostly of interruptions, with occasional spells of rush work in between?
-- Buwei Yan Chao --


Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
-- Edwin Hubbell Chapin --


At the bottom of a great deal of the bravery that appears in the world there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they cannot face public opinion.
-- Edwin H. Chapin --


Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury.
-- E. H. Chapin --


Not armies, not nations, have advanced the race; but here and there, in the course of ages, an individual has stood up and cast his shadow over the world.
-- Edwin Hubbell Chapin --


Be ready when opportunity comes. Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.
-- Roy Chapin, Jr. --


All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman, and a pretty girl.
-- Charlie Chaplin --


Hair is vitally personal to children. They weep vigorously when it is cut for the first time; No matter how it grows, bushy, straight or curly, they feel they are being shorn of a part of their personality.
-- Charlie Chaplin --


Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
-- Charlie Chaplin --


I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.
-- Charlie Chaplin --


They are spoiling the oldest art in the world - the art of pantomime. They are ruining the great beauty of silence.
-- Charlie Chaplin, on talkies --


People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins, they wonder whether they are catching cold.
-- John Jay Chapman --


So long as there is any subject which men may not freely discuss, they are timid upon all subjects.
-- John Jay Chapman --


The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring.
-- Warren Chappell --


Science is wonderfully equipped to answer the question "how?," but it gets terribly confused when you ask the question "why?"
-- Erwin Chargaff --


To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers - or both.
-- Elizabeth Charles --


Politicians are necessary, and it'd be foolish to blame them for our troubles. They're just doing what they've always done - looking to survive, looking to climb, trying to please everyone at once, and grinning and lying while they're doing it.
-- Ray Charles --


Little comfort can be sucked from a perhaps.
-- Stephen Charnock --


He who receives a benefit should never forget it; he who bestows should never remember it.
-- Pierre Charron --


Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea.
-- Alain (Émile-Auguste Chartier) --


Found a Society of Honest Men, and all the thieves will join it.
-- Alain (Emile-Auguste Chartier) --


The obstinacy of human beings is exceeded only by the obstinacy of inanimate objects.
-- Alexander Chase --


There are few successful adults who were not at first successful children.
-- Alexander Chase --


The peak of tolerance is most readily achieved by those who are not burdened with convictions.
-- Alexander Chase --


Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.
-- Edna Woolman Chase --


America's best buy is a telephone call to the right man.
-- Ilka Chase --


Like building a house, travel always costs more than you estimate.
-- Ilka Chase --


When he said we were trying to make a fool of him, I could only murmur that the Creator had beaten us to it.
-- Ilka Chase --


The only people who never fail are those who never try.
-- Ilka Chase --


The original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be imitated by none.
-- Francois-Rene De Chateaubriand --


One is not superior merely because one sees the world as odious.
-- Chateaubriand --


An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.
-- Viscount De Chateaubriand --


Good and bad luck is a synonym, in the great majority of instances, for good and bad judgment.
-- John Chatfield --


In some cases, non-violence requires more militancy than violence.
-- Cesar Chaves --


In the distance, the gestures of animals look human; the gestures of human beings bestial.
-- Malcolm De Chazal --


Homesickness is absolutely nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time. You don't really long for another country. You long for something in yourself that you don't have, or haven't been able to find.
-- John Cheever --


A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.
-- John Cheever --


People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.
-- Anton Chekhov --


The Lord God has given us vast forests, immense fields, wide horizons; surely we ought to be giants, living in such a country as this.
-- Anton Chekhov --


If you cry, "forward," you must be sure to make clear the direction in which to go. Don't you see that if you fail to do that and simply call out the word to a monk and a revolutionary, they will go in precisely opposite directions.
-- Anton Chekhov --


Love, friendship, respect do not unite people as much as common hatred for something.
-- Anton Chekhov --


One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.
-- Anton Chekhov --


Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress. When I get tired of one I spend the night with the other.
-- Anton Chekhov --


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
-- Anton Chekhov --


People tell me that Senator Edwards got picked for his good looks, his sex appeal, and his great hair. I say to them, "How do you think I got the job?"
-- Dick Cheney --


It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you.
-- Dick Cheney --


All people are made alike. They are made of bones, flesh and dinners. Only the dinners are different.
-- Gertrude L. Cheney --


If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better, and that makes you so happy.
-- Kristin Chenoweth --


The truth is, I hardly ever see men I'm attracted to. Plus, there's the problem of being Cher. No man wants to be Mr. Cher.
-- Cher --


If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.
-- Cher --


The trouble with some women is they get all excited about nothing - and then they marry him.
-- Cher --


I'm the female equivalent of a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill. Half of what you see is a pretty good reproduction, and the rest is a fraud.
-- Cher --


They call me the Queen of the Newsstands. There are not enough hours in the day for me to do all the things they say I do, and with all the people they say I do them with.
-- Cher --


Capitalism requires people to be pious souls in the workplace, wily pagans at the cash register.
-- Ron Chernow --


How sad that men would base an entire civilization on the principle of paternity, upon the legal ownership and presumed responsibility for children, and then never get to know their sons and daughters very well.
-- Phyllis Chesler --


In scandal, as in robbery, the receiver is always as bad as the thief.
-- Earl Of Chesterfield --


Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things yet cannot receive giant ones.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


Patience is a most necessary qualification for business; many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


It is often more necessary to conceal contempt than resentment, the former being never forgiven, but the latter sometimes forgot. Wrongs are often forgiven; contempt never.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


Never hold any one by the button, or the hand, in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


I recommend you take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


Manners must adorn knowledge and smooth its way in the world, without them it is like a great rough diamond very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but most prized when polished.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


Lay aside the best book whenever you can go into the best company; and depend upon it, you change for the better.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice; because I will not have anybody's torments in this world or the next laid to my charge.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


Abhor a knave and pity a fool in your heart, but let neither of them unnecessarily see that you do.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


He who has the most friends and the fewest enemies is the strongest.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


There is hardly any place or any company where you may not gain knowledge, if you please; almost everybody knows some one thing and is glad to talk about that one thing.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


If you have wit, use it to please and not to hurt; you may shine like the sun in the temperate zones without scorching.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


When you have found out the prevailing passion of any man, remember never to trust him where that passion is concerned.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


When one is learning, one should not think of play; and when one is at play, one should not think of learning.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


A man who cannot command his temper should not think of being a man of business.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


The less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings.
-- Lord Chesterfield --


All architecture is great architecture after sunset; Perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
-- Gilbert K. Chesterton --


A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
-- Gilbert K. Chesterton --


There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.
-- Gilbert K. Chesterton --


People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
-- Gilbert K. Chesterton --


To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world. An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
-- G.K. Chesterton --


A vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


The only people who seem to have nothing to do with the education of the children are the parents.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


There are no uninteresting things, only uninteresting people.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


I shall continue to praise the English climate till I die, even if I die of the English climate.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


The telescope makes the world smaller; it is only the microscope that makes it larger.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.
-- G.K. Chesterton --


Music with dinner is an insult to both the cook and violinist.
-- Gilbert K. Chesterton --


Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump. You may be freeing him from being a camel.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Honor is a luxury for aristocrats, but it is a necessity for hall porters.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Journalism largely consists in saying "Lord Jones Dead" to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Tradition does not mean that the living are dead but that the dead are living.
-- Gilbert Chesterton --


The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.
-- G.K. Chesterton --


The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


The artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Elderly people are often much more romantic than young people, and sometimes even more adventurous, having begun to realize how many things they do not know.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
-- Gilbert K. Chesterton --


It is better to speak wisdom foolishly like the saints than to speak folly wisely like the dean.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
-- Gilbert K. Chesterton --


Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.
-- Gilbert K. Chesterton --


My brother and I devoted all our boyhood to one long argument, unfortunately interrupted by meals, school, and work.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Every act of will is an act of self-limitation. To desire action is to desire limitation. In that sense, every act is an act of self-sacrifice. When you choose anything, you reject everything else.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


What affects men sharply about a foreign nation is not so much finding or not finding familiar things; It is rather not finding them in the familiar place.
-- G. K. Chesterton --


Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money, power, and influence.
-- Henry Chestor --


Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it.
-- Maurice Chevalier --


Kissing is a custom in France. We kiss a man we haven't seen in five years - or a woman we haven't seen in five minutes.
-- Maurice Chevalier --


If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.
-- Chief Seattle --


When the last red man shall have vanished from this earth, and his memory is only a story among the whites, these shores will still swarm with the invisible dead of my people.
-- Chief Seattle --


Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.
-- Julia Child --


The view of history that we get through the kitchen window is a more gentle view, not of war and politics, but of family and community and sharing.
-- Julia Child --


The dinner table in America is becoming a trap. People are so scared, they don't have any butter or anything. When they talk about healthy food, they usually mean things that don't taste very good.
-- Julia Child --


Noodles are not only amusing but delicious.
-- Julia Child --


It's (food) so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it.
-- Julia Child --


Non-cooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet.
-- Julia Child --


You find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.
-- Lydia M. Child --


Nature made us individuals, as she did the flowers and the pebbles; but we are afraid to be peculiar, and so our society resembles a bag of marbles, or a string of mold candles. Why should we all dress after the same fashion? The frost never paints my windows twice alike.
-- Lydia M. Child --


An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.
-- L. M. Child --


An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.
-- Lydia M. Child --


Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.
-- Lydia M. Child --


Writers are encouraged to "keep ‘em laughing" and complain "with good humor" in order to "win" allies. The joke is always on ourselves.
-- Alice Childress --


I was so mad you could have boiled a pot of water on my head.
-- Alice Childress --


I continue to create because writing is a labor of love and also an act of defiance, a way to light a candle in a gale wind.
-- Alice Childress --


I'm worried that the universe will soon need replacing. It's not holding a charge.
-- Edward Chilton --


There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price.
-- Shirley Chisholm --


Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.
-- Shirley Chisholm --


It's possible to have too much in life. Too many clothes jade our appreciation for new ones; too much money can put us out of touch with life; too much free time can dull the edge of the soul.
-- Joan Chittister --


But goodness, how we lose our heads at the mention of a wedding! Especially the older women, who should know better. At the sound of the word, all basic standards of elegance fly to the wind.
-- Susan Chitty --


If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
-- Noam Chomsky --


We were going to make "The Corsican Brothers" in Salzburg, but I said no. One really doesn't feel funny in Austria.
-- Tommy Chong --


The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.
-- Kate Chopin --


There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.
-- Deepak Chopra --


To think is to practice brain chemistry.
-- Deepak Chopra --


The possibility of stepping into a higher plane is quite real for everyone. It requires no force or effort or sacrifice. It involves little more than changing our ideas about what is normal.
-- Deepak Chopra --


Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.
-- Deepak Chopra --


I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming ... suddenly you find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you.
-- Agatha Christie --


Trains are wonderful. To travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers, in fact, to see life.
-- Agatha Christie --


Surfing is like that. You are either vigorously cursing or else you are idiotically pleased with yourself.
-- Agatha Christie --


One of the oddest things in life, I think is the things one remembers.
-- Agatha Christie --


It was the kind of desperate, headlong, adolescent calf love that he should have experienced years ago and got over.
-- Agatha Christie --


Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as well; your taste, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul are revealed by your actions.
-- Agatha Christie --


An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
-- Agatha Christie --


Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.
-- Agatha Christie --


There is something about conscious tact that is very irritating.
-- Agatha Christie --


Sometimes you have to learn how to give the right answer to a wrong question.
-- Warren Christopher --


No Santa Claus! Thank God, he lives and he lives forever.
-- Francis P. Church --


An awkward man never does justice to himself; to his intelligence, to his intentions, or to his actual merit. A fine person, or a beauteous face are in vain without the grace of deportment.
-- Charles Churchill --


I shall never get used to not being the most beautiful woman in the room. It was an intoxication to sweep in and know every man had turned his head. It kept me in form.
-- Lady Randolph Churchill --


Haven't you learned yet that I put something more than whisky into my speeches.
-- Sir Winston Churchill --


Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
-- Winston Churchill --


It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.
-- Winston Churchill --


The belief that security can be obtained by throwing a small state to the wolves is a fatal delusion.
-- Winston Churchill --


I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.
-- Winston Churchill --


It is no use saying, "we are doing our best." you have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
-- Winston Churchill --


The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
-- Winston Churchill --


There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.
-- Winston Churchill --


Men occasionally stumble over the truth, most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing has happened.
-- Winston Churchill --


I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
-- Winston Churchill --


Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they may not dismount and the tigers are getting hungry.
-- Winston Churchill --


Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
-- Winston Churchill --


My wife and I used to breakfast together. But we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.
-- Winston Churchill --


I am always ready to learn, but I do not always like being taught.
-- Winston Churchill --


In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used frequently to take my advice.
-- Winston Churchill --


It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion's heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.
-- Winston Churchill --


There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
-- Winston Churchill --


Continuous efforts - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.
-- Winston Churchill --


Houses are built of bricks, mortar and good will, not politics, prejudices and spite.
-- Winston Churchill --


I shall always be glad to have seen it - for the same reason papa gave for being glad to have seen Lisbon - namely "that it will be unnecessary ever to see it again."
-- Winston Churchill, On Calcutta --


Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
-- Winston Churchill --


I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
-- Winston Churchill --


My most brilliant achievement was my ability to persuade my wife to marry me.
-- Winston Churchill --


The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.
-- Winston Churchill --


Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.
-- Winston Churchill --


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


The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
-- Sir Winston Churchill --


There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
-- Winston Churchill --


We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
-- Winston Churchill --


It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
-- Winston Churchill --


I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
-- Winston Churchill --


An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
-- Sir Winston Churchill --


All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
-- Sir Winston Churchill --


Without measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.
-- Winston Churchill --


He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about.
-- Winston Churchill --


It's not good enough that we do our best; Sometimes we have to do what's required.
-- Sir Winston Churchill --


The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
-- Winston Churchill --


Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.
-- Winston Churchill --


During a long life I have had to eat my own words many times, and I have found it a very nourishing diet.
-- Winston Churchill --


I do not like elections, but it is in my many elections that I have learnt to know and honor the people of this island. They are good through and through.
-- Winston Churchill --


From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
-- Sir Winston Churchill --


Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
-- Winston Churchill --


A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
-- Winston Churchill --


Life is a test and this world a place of trial. Always the problems - or it may be the same problem - will be presented to every generation in different forms.
-- Winston Churchill --


Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
-- Sir Winston Churchill --


The fulfillment of spiritual duty in our daily life is vital to our survival.
-- Winston Churchill --


In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.
-- Winston Churchill --


Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.
-- Winston Churchill --


You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
-- John Ciardi --


Modem art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
-- John Ciardi --


The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.
-- John Ciardi --


A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place, but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of ideas.
-- John Ciardi --


Old houses mended cost little less than new before they're ended.
-- Colley Cibber --


Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.
-- Cicero --


Everyone clings to the doctrine he has happened upon, as to a rock against which he has been thrown by a tempest.
-- Cicero --


Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.
-- Cicero --


If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
-- Cicero --


Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.
-- Cicero --


The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
-- Marcus Tullius Cicero --


The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.
-- Cicero --


Even the best pilots are willing to take advice from their passengers in bad weather.
-- Cicero --


What I enjoy is not the fruits alone, but I also enjoy the soil itself, its nature and its power.
-- Cicero --


The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he comes down to human affairs.
-- Cicero --


To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to be ever a child. For what is man's lifetime unless the memory of past events is woven with those of earlier times?
-- Cicero --


Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
-- Cicero --


Let us not go over old ground; let us rather prepare for what is to come.
-- Cicero --


No man who depends on the caprice of the ignorant rabble can be accounted great.
-- Cicero --


As if anything were so common as ignorance! The multitude of fools is a protection to the wise.
-- Cicero --


The good of the people is the chief law.
-- Cicero --


Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
-- Cicero --


It is the character of a brave and resolute man not to be ruffled by adversity and not to desert his post.
-- Cicero --


What one has, one ought to use; and whatever he does, he should do with all his might.
-- Cicero --


It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.
-- Cicero --


Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.
-- Cicero --


No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration.
-- Cicero --


Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.
-- Cicero --


He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
-- Cicero --


Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.
-- Cicero --


Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency, in giving them no offense.
-- Cicero --


A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.
-- Cicero --


I will go further, and assert that nature without culture can often do more to deserve praise than culture without nature.
-- Cicero --


In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honor, command, power, and glory.
-- Cicero --


No man can be brave who considers pain the greatest evil of life; or temperate, who regards pleasure as the highest good.
-- Cicero --


If you have a garden and library, you have everything you need.
-- Cicero --


A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
-- Cicero --


It is not enough merely to possess virtue, as if it were art; it should be practiced.
-- Cicero --


Virtue and decency are so nearly related that it is difficult to separate them from each other but in our imagination.
-- Cicero --


Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.
-- Cicero --


A life of peace, purity, and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age.
-- Cicero --


Let arms give place to the robe, and the laurel of the warriors yield to the tongue of the orator.
-- Cicero --


Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
-- Cicero --


A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
-- E. M. Cioran --


We had seen the light at the end of the tunnel, and it was out
-- John C. Clancy --


The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
-- Tom Clancy --


Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress.
-- John Clapham --


We didn't really have a band with Cream. We rarely played as an ensemble; We were three virtuosos, all of us soloing all the time.
-- Eric Clapton --


One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.
-- Cassandra Clare --


Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
-- Cassandra Clare --


You see, George, you've really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?
-- Clarence, The Angel in It's A Wonderful Life --


No man is so insignificant as to be sure his example can do no hurt.
-- Lord Clarendon --


There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water.
-- Alan Clark --


Let us watch well our beginnings, and results will manage themselves.
-- Alexander Clark --


We've got a name for sushi in Georgia - bait.
-- Blake Clark --


What a lot of people are saving for a rainy day is somebody else's umbrella.
-- Caroline Clark --


Gossip needn't be false to be evil - there's a lot of truth that shouldn't be passed around.
-- Frank A. Clark --


Maybe a person's time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food.
-- Frank A. Clark --


It's hard to detect good luck – it looks so much like something you've earned.
-- Frank A. Clark --


If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.
-- Frank A. Clark --


Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway.
-- Frank A. Clark --


A lot of impulsive mistakes are made by people who simply aren't willing to stay bored a little while longer.
-- Frank A. Clark --


We find comfort among those who agree with us, growth among those who don't.
-- Frank A. Clark --


The only thing that continues to give us more for our money is a weighing machine.
-- George Clark --


Science, for hundreds of years, has spanned the differences between cultures and between countries.
-- Laurel Clark --


A right is not what someone gives you, it's what no one can take from you.
-- Ramsey Clark --


You've got to sing like you don't need the money. You've got to love like you'll never get hurt. You've got to dance like there's nobody watching. You've got to come from the heart, if you want it to work.
-- Susanna Clark --


There is no such thing as chance or accident, the words merely signify our ignorance of some real and immediate cause.
-- Adam Clarke --


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 --


It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.
-- Arthur C. Clarke --


Any smoothly functioning technology will have the appearance of magic.
-- Arthur C. Clarke --


The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
-- Arthur C. Clarke --


It has yet to be proved that intelligence has any survival value.
-- Arthur C. Clarke --


How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean.
-- Arthur C. Clarke --


Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
-- Arthur C. Clarke --


The intelligence of the planet is constant and the population is growing.
-- Arthur C. Clarke --


And O! She was the Sunday, in every week.
-- Austin Clarke --


A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation.
-- J. F. Clarke --


He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.
-- J. F. Clarke --


A word spoken is past recalling.
-- John Clarke --


Better to be alone than in bad company.
-- John Clarke --


The most terrible of lies is not that which is uttered but that which is lived.
-- W. G. Clarke --


A successor is almost always deemed not as adequate as the incumbent, and that's almost always not true.
-- A. W. Clausen --


The treacherous, unexplored areas of the world are not in continents or the seas; they are in the hearts and minds of men.
-- Allen E. Claxton --


I would rather be right than be President.
-- Henry Clay --


The time will come when winter will ask you what you were doing all summer.
-- Henry Clay --


The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity - unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.
-- Henry Clay --


Political parties serve to keep each other in check, one keenly watching the other.
-- Henry Clay --


Truth is that which serves the interests of a people. Two groups of people locked in combat cannot be expected to have the same truth.
-- Albert B. Cleage, Jr. --


I don't think you have to teach people how to be human. I think you have to teach them how to stop being inhumane.
-- Eldridge Cleaver --


Leaders who win the respect of others are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who promise more than they can deliver.
-- Mark A. Clement --


If you do everything you should do, and do not do anything you should not do, you will, according to the best available statistics, live exactly eighteen hours longer than you would otherwise.
-- Logan Clendening --


We should render a service to a friend to bind him closer to us, and to an enemy in order to make a friend of him.
-- Cleobulus --


The ship of democracy, which has weathered many storms, may sink through the mutiny of those aboard.
-- Grover Cleveland --


He mocks the people who proposes that the Government shall protect the rich and that they in turn care for the laboring poor.
-- Grover Cleveland --


The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work.
-- Patricia Clifford --


We have a generation enslaving itself to drugs, young men and women doing to our race what slavery couldn't.
-- Lucille Clifton --


In every era, society must strike the right balance between the freedom businesses need to compete for a market share and to make profits and the preservation of family and community values.
-- Hillary Rodham Clinton --


There is no such thing as other people's children.
-- Hillary Rodham Clinton --


All our artists and cultural institutions are an integral part of what we call America, and we must work very hard not only to preserve and nurture, but to love them, because of the impact they make on our lives.
-- Hillary Rodham Clinton --


Don't confuse having a career with having a life. They are not the same.
-- Hillary Rodham Clinton --


I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas. But what I decided was to fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life.
-- Hillary Rodham Clinton --


If we disagree and I think I'm right, I just go ahead and do what I think is right. And then Hillary tells me, "I told you so."
-- Bill Clinton --


We must not let the Iron Curtain be replaced with a veil of indifference.
-- Bill Clinton --


There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right in America.
-- William J. Clinton --


The bad news is our only child is going to college. The good news is it opens up another bedroom.
-- Bill Clinton --


All great art comes from a sense of outrage.
-- Glenn Close --


Like a tall woman walking across the hayfield, The rain came slowly, dressed in crystal and the sun.
-- Elizabeth Coatsworth --


If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.
-- Irvin S. Cobb --


His face looked like a face that had refused to gel and was about to run down on his clothes.
-- Irvin S. Cobb --


As I understand it, sport is hard work for which you do not get paid.
-- Irvin S. Cobb --


It is by attempting to reach the top at a single leap, that so much misery is caused in the world.
-- William Cobbett --


The past is never there when you try to go back. It exists, but only in memory. To pretend otherwise is to invite a mess.
-- Chris Cobbs --


A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
-- Sir Barnett Cocks --


Silence moves faster when it's going backward.
-- Jean Cocteau --


History is a combination of reality and lies. The reality of History becomes a lie. The unreality of the fable becomes the truth.
-- Jean Cocteau --


When I wrote that Victor Hugo was a madman who thought he was Victor Hugo, I was not joking.
-- Jean Cocteau --


An artist cannot speak about his work any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
-- Jean Cocteau --


Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts.
-- Jean Cocteau --


Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
-- Jean Cocteau --


Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not obtained by sentimental blackmail.
-- Jean Cocteau --


A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
-- Jean Cocteau --


The awful thing about getting old is that you stay young inside.
-- Jean Cocteau --


Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life trying to untie.
-- Jean Cocteau --


I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul.
-- Jean Cocteau --


One of the characteristics of the dream is that nothing surprises us in it. With no regret, we agree to live in it with strangers, completely cut off from our habits and friends.
-- Jean Cocteau --


Cookbooks bear the same relation to real books that microwave food bears to your grandmother's.
-- Andrei Codrescu --


Writing means sharing. It's part of the human condition to want to share things - thoughts ideas, opinions.
-- Paulo Coelho --


The only thing worse than an active conscience is one that's retroactive.
-- Harold Coffin --


I don't care what you say about me, as long as you say something about me, and as long as you spell my name right.
-- George M. Cohan --


Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
-- Leonard Cohen --


Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
-- Leonard Cohen --


I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.
-- Leonard Cohen --


Nothing can so alienate a voter from the political system as backing a winning candidate.
-- Mark B. Cohen --


Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy - the mother.
-- Claudette Colbert --


To be celebrated is nothing. To be loved is everything.
-- Claudette Colbert --


It matters more what's in a woman's face than what's on it.
-- Claudette Colbert --


A "new thinker," when studied closely, is merely a man who does not know what other people have thought.
-- Frank L. Colby --


Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor?
-- Frank Moore Colby --


Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest. Tolerance is composed of nine parts of apathy to one of brotherly love.
-- Frank Moore Colby --


There are a lot of notes lying around on that old piano. I just pick at the ones I like.
-- Nat "King" Cole --


Prose is words in their best order; poetry is the best words in the best order.
-- Charles Coleridge --


She is not fair to outward view, as many maidens be; her loveliness I never knew, until she smiled on me.
-- Hartley Coleridge --


The fruits of the tree of knowledge are various; he must be strong indeed who can digest all of them.
-- Mary Coleridge --


Solitude affects some people like wine; they must not take too much of it, for it flies to the head.
-- Mary Coleridge --


Poetry is certainly something more than good sense, but it must be good sense at all events, just as a palace is more than a house, but it must be a house.
-- Samuel Coleridge --


Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, And hope without an object cannot live.
-- Samuel Coleridge --


And in today already walks tomorrow.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge --


The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge --


The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge --


A man of maxims only is like a cyclops with one eye, and that eye placed in the back of his head.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge --


Every human feeling is greater and larger than its exciting cause - a proof, I think, that man is designed for a higher state of existence.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge --


Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon and the deeper it sinks into the mind
-- Samuel Coleridge --


I have no faith in act-of-parliament reform. All the great - the permanently great - things that have been achieved in the world have been so achieved by individuals, working from the instinct of genius or of goodness.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge --


No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge --


Some men are like musical glasses; to produce their finest tones, you must keep them wet.
-- Samuel Coleridge --


Contempt is egotism in ill humor.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge --


Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge --


Poor little Foal of an oppressed race, I love the languid patience of thy face.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge --


It is wise to apply the refined oil of politeness to the mechanism of friendship.
-- Colette --


To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.
-- Colette --


I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering.
-- Colette --


My cat does not talk as respectfully to me as I do to her.
-- Colette --


As for an authentic villain, the real thing, the absolute, the artist, one rarely meets him even once in a lifetime. The ordinary bad hat is always in part a decent fellow.
-- Colette --


You go through so many changes as a child, then you grow up and discover that none of that stuff mattered, except for the impression it made on your mind.
-- Joan Walton Collaso --


Music is almost as dangerous as gunpowder; and it maybe requires looking after no less than the press, or the mint. 'Tis possible a public regulation might not be amiss.
-- Jeremy Collier --


We must not let go manifest truths because we cannot answer all questions about them.
-- Jeremy Collier --


The mere fact that you have obstacles to overcome is in your favor.
-- Robert Collier --


See things as you would have them be instead of as they are.
-- Robert Collier --


Perfect freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work and in that work does what he wants to do.
-- R. G. Collingwood --


One of the ridiculous aspects of being a poet is the huge gulf between how seriously we take ourselves and how generally we are ignored by everybody else.
-- Billy Collins --


If you want to be a writer, stop talking about it and sit down and write!.
-- Jackie Collins --


I've never yet met a man who could look after me. I don't need a husband. What I need is a wife.
-- Joan Collins --


"Dynasty" was the opportunity to take charge of my career rather than walking around like a library book waiting to be loaned out.
-- Joan Collins --


Always mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior.
-- John Churton Collins --


To ask for advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery.
-- John Churton Collins --


What I am looking for is a blessing not in disguise.
-- Kitty O'Neill Collins --


The good teacher makes the poor student good, and the good student superior.
-- Marva Collins --


I knew I was alone in a way that no earthling has ever been before.
-- Michael Collins --


There are two modes of establishing our reputation: to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues.
-- Charles Caleb Colton --


Courage is generosity of the highest order, for the brave are prodigal of the most precious things.
-- Charles Caleb Colton --


There are three modes of bearing the ills of life: by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.
-- Charles Caleb Colton --


All adverse and depressing influences can be overcome, not by fighting, but by rising above them.
-- Charles Caleb Colton --


If you want enemies, excel others; if you want friends, let others excel you.
-- C. C. Colton --


None are so fond of secrets as those who do not keep them.
-- Charles Caleb Colton --


Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
-- Charles Caleb Colton --


Marriage is like a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner.
-- Charles Caleb Colton --


If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; if you would know, and not be known, live in a city.
-- Charles Caleb Colton --


The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.
-- Charles Caleb Colton --


Logic is a large drawer, containing some useful instruments, and many more that are superfluous. A wise man will look into it for two purposes, to avail himself of those instruments that are really useful, and to admire the ingenuity with which those that are not so, are assorted and arranged.
-- Charles Caleb Colton --


A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition.
-- Charles Caleb Colton --


True friendship is like sound health; The value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
-- Charles Colton --


Wealth after all is a relative thing, since he that has little and wants less is richer than he that has much and wants more.
-- C. C. Colton --


The poorest man would not part with health for money, but the richest would gladly part with all their money for health.
-- Charles Caleb Colton --


By paying our other debts, we are equal with mankind; but in refusing to pay a debt of revenge, we are superior.
-- C. C. Colton --


He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further, and try to plant a virtue in its place.
-- Charles Caleb Colton --


If the music doesn't say it, how can the words say it for the music?
-- John Coltrane --


Although it is dangerous to have too much knowledge of certain subjects, it is still more dangerous to be totally ignorant of them.
-- Columbat --


You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
-- Christopher Columbus --


A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.
-- Laurie Colwin --


I don't call it gossip. I call it "emotional speculation."
-- Laurie Colwin --


Worry about being better; bigger will take care of itself. Think one customer at a time and take care of each one the best way you can.
-- Gary Comer --


Management must be concerned first with the opportunity for a decent living.
-- Hugh Comer --


We may eventually come to realize that chastity is no more a virtue than malnutrition.
-- Alexander Comfort --


People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.
-- David H. Comins --


With the United States, history was rather a creation of the nation, and it is suggestive that in the New World the self-made nation was as familiar as the self-made man.
-- Henry Steele Commager --


The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
-- Henry Steele Commager --


The conservation of natural resources is, and has been for half a century, the paramount domestic issue before the American people.
-- Henry Steele Commager --


We should not forget that our tradition is one of protest and revolt, and it is stultifying to celebrate the rebels of the past while we silence the rebels of the present.
-- Henry Steele Commager --


For a people to be without history, or to be ignorant of its history, is as for a man to be without memory.
-- Henry Steele Commager --


Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change.
-- Henry Steele Commager --


The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.
-- Barry Commoner --


If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way.
-- Barry Commoner --


The audience knows I'm not going to do anything after all these years to upset them.
-- Perry Como --


Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth. But we seem to have no other.
-- Ivy Compton-Burnett --


Slogans are both exciting and comforting, but they are also powerful opiates for the conscience.
-- James Conant --


Liberty, like charity, must begin at home.
-- James Bryant Conant --


Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
-- Confucius --


He who wished to secure the good of others has already secured himself.
-- Confucius --


Chi Wen Tsu always thought three times before taking action. Twice would have been quite enough.
-- Confucius --


The mirror reflects all objects without being sullied.
-- Confucius --


The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.
-- Confucius --


It is by the odes that the man is aroused. It is by the rules of propriety that the character is established. It is from music that the finish is received.
-- Confucius --


In education there should be no class distinction.
-- Confucius --


When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.
-- Confucius --


The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
-- Confucius --


Virtue is like the polar star, which keeps its place, and all stars turn toward it.
-- Confucius --


I hear and forget. I see and remember. I do and understand.
-- Confucius --


The people may be made to follow a course of action, but they may not be made to understand it.
-- Confucius --


It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
-- Confucius --


Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or stars.
-- Confucius --


Humility is the solid foundation of all the virtues.
-- Confucius --


Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
-- Confucius --


Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.
-- Confucius --


When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
-- Confucius --


The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
-- Confucius --


The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.
-- Confucius --


Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
-- Confucius --


To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.
-- Confucius --


There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life: reciprocity.
-- Confucius --


He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
-- Confucius --


The superior man thinks only of virtue; the common man thinks only of comfort.
-- Confucius --


Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed.
-- Confucius --


What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
-- Confucius --


Study the past if you would define the future.
-- Confucius --


If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?
-- Confucius --


Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
-- Confucius --


With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of all these things.
-- Confucius --


Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
-- Confucius --


As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances.
-- Confucius --


Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
-- Confucius --


The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.
-- Confucius --


They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
-- Confucius --


When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature, we have the pedant.
-- Confucius --


To find a young fellow that is neither a wit in his own eye, nor a fool in the eye of the world, is a very hard task.
-- William Congreve --


What, he speaks unseasonable truths sometimes, because he has not wit enough to invent an evasion.
-- William Congreve --


I always take blushing either for a sign of guilt, or of ill breeding.
-- William Congreve --


It is the business of a comic poet to paint the vices and follies of humankind.
-- William Congreve --


I felt the rush of happiness and warmth coming out of the people and I was carried out among them on a surge of joy. I suppose when you die and go to heaven you get a feeling like that.
-- Gerry Conlon --


More than anything else, I'd like to be an old man with a good face, like Hitchcock or Picasso.
-- Sean Connery --


I like women. I don't understand them, but I like them.
-- Sean Connery --


If you compromise your independence for any reason, there's not much use for living. If you compromise it for something as fleeting as money you are already dead.
-- Sean Connery --


Marriage is a wonderful invention; but, then again, so is a bicycle repair kit.
-- Billy Connolly --


I've always wanted to go to Switzerland to see what the army does with those wee red knives.
-- Billy Connolly --


Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares? He's a mile away, and you've got his shoes.
-- Billy Connolly --


Have you heard about the oyster who went to a disco and pulled a mussel?
-- Billy Connolly --


Our memories are card indexes consulted, and then put back in disorder, by authorities whom we do not control.
-- Cyril Connolly --


He could not blow his nose without moralizing on the state of the handkerchief industry.
-- Cyril Connolly --


Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
-- Cyril Connolly --


Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turning before we have learnt to walk.
-- Cyril Connolly --


Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
-- Cyril Connolly --


All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.
-- Cyril Connolly --


I like my image. It's me. I'm a louse, but if you're going to be a louse, I say be a good one. I play to win and I play to entertain.
-- Jimmy Connors --


I take it that what all men are really after is some form of, perhaps only some formula of, peace.
-- James Conrad --


I don't like work - no man does - but I like what is in the work - the chance to find yourself.
-- Joseph Conrad --


A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.
-- Joseph Conrad --


The last thing a woman will consent to discover in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage.
-- Joseph Conrad --


You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
-- Joseph Conrad --


The intention of every other piece of prose may be discussed and even mistrusted; but the purpose of a cookery book is one and unmistakable. Its object can conceivably be no other than to increase the happiness of mankind.
-- Joseph Conrad --


All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upwards on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
-- Joseph Conrad --


Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love and to put its trust in life.
-- Joseph Conrad --


It was amazing to think that in those miles of human habitations there was not probably half a dozen pounds of nails.
-- Joseph Conrad, on Bangkok --


It is very difficult to be wholly joyous or wholly sad on this earth. The comic, when it is human, soon takes upon itself the face of pain.
-- Joseph Conrad --


Gossip is what nobody claims to like but everyone enjoys.
-- Joseph Conrad --


The sea never changes, and its works, for all the talk of men, are wrapped in mystery.
-- Joseph Conrad --


All that a city will ever allow you is an angle on it - an oblique, indirect sample of what it contains, or what passes through it; a point of view.
-- Peter Conrad --


I really don't want to have on my tombstone the inscription, "She was a good duster." I would rather write bestseller books or ride a camel across the Sahara than stay home and vacuum.
-- Shirley Conran --


Baseball fans love numbers. They love to swirl them around their mouths like Bordeaux wine.
-- Pat Conroy --


I believe in opening mail once a month, whether it needs it or not.
-- Bob Considine --


St. Patrick's day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic.
-- Adrienne Cook --


If you're not making mistakes, then you're not making decisions.
-- Catherine Cook --


Though language forms the preacher, 'Tis "good works" make the man.
-- Eliza Cook --


Say and do something positive that will help the situation; It doesn't take any brains to complain.
-- Robert A. Cook --


Calvin Coolidge's perpetual expression was of smelling something burning on the kitchen stove.
-- Sherwin L. Cook --


Calvin Coolidge believed that the least government was the best government; he aspired to become the least President the country had ever had; he attained his desire.
-- Alistair Cooke --


Nearly every move in baseball - the windup, the pitch, the motion of the infielders - is different from other games.
-- Alistair Cooke --


Curiosity ... endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.
-- Alistair Cooke --


Don't fight with the pillow, but lay down your head and kick every worriment out of the bed.
-- Edmund Cooke --


We have no higher life that is really apart from other people. It is by imagining them that our personality is built up; to be without the power of imagining them is to be a low-grade idiot.
-- Charles Horton Cooley --


We rarely gain a high or larger view except as it is forced upon us through struggles which we would have avoided if we could.
-- Charles Horton Cooley --


Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also.
-- Charles Horton Cooley --


No matter what a man does, he is not fully sane or human unless there is a spirit of freedom in him, a soul unconfined by purpose and larger than the practicable world.
-- Charles Horton Cooley --


If suffering brought wisdom, the dentist's office would be full of luminous ideas.
-- Mason Cooley --


Writers tell more truths, and more lies, than most.
-- Mason Cooley --


I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
-- Calvin Coolidge --


Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow.
-- Calvin Coolidge --


One of the first lessons a president has to learn is that every word he says weighs a ton.
-- Calvin Coolidge --


Few men are lacking in capacity, but they fail because they are lacking in application.
-- Calvin Coolidge --


A school is not the end but only the beginning of an education.
-- Calvin Coolidge --


Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
-- Calvin Coolidge --


No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
-- Calvin Coolidge --


Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.
-- Calvin Coolidge --


Civilization and profits go hand in hand.
-- Calvin Coolidge --


Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
-- Calvin Coolidge --


I have never been hurt by what I have not said.
-- Calvin Coolidge --


Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
-- Calvin Coolidge --


If the shoe fits, you're not allowing for growth.
-- Robert N. Coons --


I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.
-- Gary Cooper (on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone with the Wind.") --


Candor is a proof of both a just frame of mind, and of a good tone of breeding. It is a quality that belongs equally to the honest man and to the gentleman.
-- James Fenimore Cooper --


Never drink black coffee at lunch; it will keep you awake in the afternoon.
-- Jilly Cooper --


Bloody men are like bloody buses - you wait for about a year and as soon as one approaches your stop two or three others appear.
-- Wendy Cope --


I think it's a question which particularly arises over women writers; whether it's better to have a happy life or a good supply of tragic plots.
-- Wendy Cope --


To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.
-- Aaron Copeland --


When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.
-- Bill Copeland --


The path to your success is not as fixed and inflexible as you think.
-- Misty Copeland --


To get something done a committee should consist of no more than three people, two of whom are absent.
-- Robert Copeland --


Listening to the fifth symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams is like staring at a cow for forty-five minutes.
-- Aaron Copland --


The difference between Beethoven and Mahler is the difference between watching a great man walk down the street and watching a great actor act the part of a great man walking down the street.
-- Aaron Copland --


Whom God wishes to destroy, He first makes successful in show business.
-- Francis Ford Coppola --


The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.
-- Barbara Corcoran --


I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night.
-- Marie Corelli --


Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what it is you think you want to hear.
-- Alan Coren --


The Act of God designation on all insurance policies means roughly that you cannot be insured for the accidents that are most likely to happen to you. If your ox kicks a hole in your neighbor's Maserati, however, indemnity is instantaneous.
-- Alan Coren --


Apart from cheese and tulips, the main product of the country (Holland) is advocaat, a drink made from lawyers.
-- Alan Coren --


TV is more interesting than people. If it were not, we should have people standing in the corners of our rooms.
-- Alan Coren --


There is nothing love cannot face; There is no limit to its faith, its hope, and endurance.
-- Corinthians --


He on whom heaven confers a sceptre knows not the weight till he bears it.
-- Corneille --


Just vengeance doesn't call for punishment.
-- Pierre Corneille --


Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in very nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies.
-- Francis M. Cornford --


I and my companions suffer from a disease of the heart that can be cured only with gold.
-- Hernando Cortes --


Like most kids today, my school friends and I majored in one timeless subject: writing notes.
-- Bill Cosby --


My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood, but it didn't, because parenting can be learned only by people who have no children.
-- Bill Cosby --


I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
-- Bill Cosby --


Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.
-- Bill Cosby --


No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.
-- Bill Cosby --


A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
-- Bill Cosby --


Arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, persecuting, distasteful, verbose, a show-off. I have been called all of these. Of course, I am.
-- Howard Cosell --


The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep.
-- Joseph Cossman --


Stopping at third base adds no more to the score than striking out.
-- E. Joseph Cossman --


Love is a friendship set to music.
-- E. Joseph Cossman --


In any sport, the anticipation of what might happen is almost as important as what actually happens.
-- Bob Costas --


But in truth there are only three types of people in the world: people who work, people who are not allowed to, and people who don't have to.
-- Elvis Costello --


Acting has always been holy to me. When I act I don't get caught lying very often.
-- Kevin Costner --


Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better.
-- Smile Coue --


I don't think that a band can really swing on just a kick-off, you know; I think you've got to set the tempo first.
-- Count Basie --


Love matches are formed by people who pay for a month of honey with a life of vinegar.
-- Countess Of Blessington --


What if it was cats who invented technology? Would they have tv shows starring rubber squeak toys?
-- Douglas Coupland --


If human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on halloween.
-- Douglas Coupland --


Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.
-- Doug Coupland --


I don't answer the phone. I get the feeling whenever I do that there will be someone on the other end.
-- Fred Couples --


Fine art is knowledge made visible.
-- Gustave Courbet --


One of the most obvious results of having a baby around the house is to turn two good people into complete idiots who probably wouldn't have been much worse than mere imbeciles without it.
-- Georges Courteline --


Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young, Who loved thee so fondly as he, He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, And joined in thy innocent glee.
-- Margaret Courtney --


Ignorance is the primary source of all misery and vice.
-- Victor Cousin --


Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
-- Norman Cousins --


A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.
-- Norman Cousins --


It has always seemed to me that hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally, without having to go outdoors.
-- Norman Cousins --


The message from the moon which we have flashed to the far corners of this planet is that no problem need any longer be considered insoluble.
-- Norman Cousins --


We are wide-eyed in contemplating the possibility that life may exist elsewhere in the universe, but we wear blinders when contemplating the possibilities of life on earth.
-- Norman Cousins --


Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
-- Norman Cousins --


To talk about the need for perfection in man is to talk about the need for another species.
-- Norman Cousins --


How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.
-- Parks Cousins --


I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
-- Stephen Covey --


Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.
-- Stephen Covey --


Time has convinced me of one thing. Television is for appearing on, not looking at.
-- Noel Coward --


It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
-- Noel Coward --


At this particular moment, I cannot find so much to laugh at as I would like.
-- Noel Coward --


I write at high speed because boredom is bad for my health. It upsets my stomach more than anything else. I also avoid green vegetables. They're grossly overrated.
-- Noel Coward --


I don't believe in astrology. The only stars I can blame for my failures are those that walk about the stage.
-- Noel Coward --


I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and large garden.
-- Abraham Cowley --


Five minutes - Zounds! I have been five minutes too late all my lifetime.
-- Hannah Cowley --


I always thought a yard was three feet, then I started mowing the lawn.
-- C. E. Cowman --


Our thoughts are unseen hands shaping the people we meet. Whatever we truly think them to be, that's what they'll become for us.
-- Richard Cowper --


Variety's the very spice of life that gives it all its flavor.
-- William Cowper --


With spots quadrangular of diamond form, Ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife, And spades, the emblems of untimely graves.
-- William Cowper --


Absence of occupation is not rest; a mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
-- William Cowper --


Boys are, at best, but pretty buds unblown, whose scent and hues are rather guessed than known.
-- William Cowper --


Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
-- William Cowper --


The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
-- William Cowper --


Reasoning at every step he treads, man yet mistakes his way, whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads, are rarely known to stray.
-- William Cowper --


The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower.
-- William Cowper --


A life of ease is a difficult pursuit.
-- William Cowper --


Keeping your clothes well pressed will keep you from looking hard pressed.
-- Coleman Cox --


Now that it's all over. What did you really do yesterday that's worth mentioning?
-- Coleman Cox --


Heredity: the thing a child gets from the other side of the family.
-- Marcelene Cox --


No man knows his true character until he has run out of gas, purchased something on the installment plan, and raised an adolescent.
-- Marcelene Cox --


Life is a camel: You can make it do anything except back up.
-- Marcelene Cox --


Divorce: that's when a husband no longer has to bring the money home to his wife. He can mail it.
-- Morty Craft --


A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision with a task is the hope of the world.
-- Dinah Craik --


You put together the best team that you can with the players you've got, and replace those who aren't good enough.
-- Robert Crandall --


You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.
-- Frank Crane --


The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.
-- Frank Crane --


There is no future in any job. The future lies in the man who holds the job.
-- George Crane --


When you praise a child, focus on his accomplishments rather than on himself. Thus, you encourage good works instead of mere egotism.
-- George Crane --


Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade before the public. Never clothe them in vulgar or shoddy attire.
-- George Crane --


Congealed thinking is, in the long run, the forerunner of failure. An open mind is the mark of real leadership in top executives. Make sure that you are always receptive to new ideas.
-- George Crane --


There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it.
-- Monta Crane --


Every sin is the result of a collaboration.
-- Stephen Crane --


To be a genuine individualist requires a great deal of strength and courage. It is never easy to chart new territory, to cross new frontiers, or to introduce subtle shadings to an established color.
-- Toller Cranston --


When human power becomes so great and original that we can account for it only as a kind of divine imagination, we call it genius.
-- William Crashaw --


The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself.
-- Wes Craven --


I think women see me on the cover of magazines and think I never have a pimple or bags under my eyes. You have to realize that's after two hours of hair and makeup, plus retouching. Even I don't wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.
-- Cindy Crawford --


They fell, but o'er their glorious grave, floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.
-- Francis Marion Crawford --


Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.
-- Joan Crawford --


I need sex for a clear complexion, but I'd rather do it for love.
-- Joan Crawford --


The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.
-- Bishop Mandell Creighton --


History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstance.
-- Donald Creighton --


Don't think of it as wrinkles. Think of it as relaxed fit skin.
-- Cathy Crimmins --


If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style.
-- Quentin Crisp --


Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.
-- Quentin Crisp --


Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin.
-- Quentin Crisp --


There was no need to do any housework after all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse.
-- Quentin Crisp --


There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.
-- Walter Cronkite --


Where the blue of the night, meets the gold of the day, someone waits for me.
-- Bing Crosby --


Make a bigger space in the universe for you head to live in and it will grow to fill the space.
-- David Crosby --


Angels descending, bring from above, Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
-- Fanny Crosby --


You can tell how bad a musical is by the number of times the chorus yells "hooray."
-- John Crosby --


Viewing with dismay the conditions in somebody else's backyard is the specialty of the New York Times.
-- John Crosby --


In former days, everyone found the assumption of innocence so easy; today we find fatally easy the assumption of guilt.
-- Amanda Cross --


Life has this in common with prizefighting: If you've received a belly blow, it's likely to be followed by a right to the jaw.
-- Amanda Cross --


It's the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more.
-- Frank Cross, in Scrooged --


The opposite of love isn't hate - it's indifference. And if you hate me, that means you still care.
-- Marcia Cross --


Political thinking consists in deciding upon the conclusion first and then finding good arguments for it. An open mind is considered irresponsible - and perhaps it really is.
-- Richard Crossman --


Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways.
-- Samuel McChord Crothers --


God has editing rights over our prayers. He will edit them, correct them, bring them in line with His will and then hand them back to us to be resubmitted.
-- Stephen Crotts --


Making a big hollywood film that really affects people is as hard as making a small movie on a credit card.
-- Cameron Crowe --


A relationship isn't meant to be an insurance policy, a life preserver, or a security blanket.
-- Diane Crowley --


War destroys men but luxury destroys mankind; at once it corrupts the body and mind.
-- John Crowne --


Instead of seeing the rug being pulled from under us, we can learn to dance on a shifting carpet.
-- Thomas Crum --


The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes that had left the conscious mind.
-- Thalassa Cruso --


I never dreamed about being a millionaire - I dreamed about being a football player.
-- Victor Cruz --


Knowledge is not a passion from without the mind, but an active exertion of the inward strength, vigor, and power of the mind, displaying itself from within.
-- Ralph Cudworth --


Games must be regarded not as conscious inventions, but as survivals from primitive conditions, under which they originated in magical rites and chiefly as means of divination.
-- Stewart Culin --


My poetry, I think, has become the way of my giving out what music is within me.
-- Countee Cullen --


It is better to wear out than to rust out.
-- Richard Cumberland --


I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.
-- e. e. cummings --


It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
-- e. e. cummings --


He had no nose, properly speaking, but a large beak of preposterous widthlessness, which gave his whole face the expression of falling gravely downstairs, and quite obliterated the unimportant chin.
-- e. e. cummings --


To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
-- e. e. cummings --


I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.
-- e. e. cummings --


Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.
-- e. e. cummings --


Do not save your loving speeches for you friends till they are dead; do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead.
-- Anna Cummins --


I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in fifty years what my father taught by example in one week.
-- Mario Cuomo --


A belief is made religious, not so much by its content, as rather by the way it is held.
-- Don Cupitt --


Some people lose all respect for the lion unless he devours them instantly. There is no pleasing some people.
-- Will Cuppy --


Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.
-- Will Cuppy --


All modern men are descended from a wormlike creature, but it shows more on some people.
-- Will Cuppy --


I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me a wedding dress, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory.
-- Marie Curie --


We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
-- Marie Curie --


All my life through, the new sight of nature made me rejoice like a child.
-- Marie Curie --


I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.
-- Marie Curie --


Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
-- Marie Curie --


Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves.
-- Marie Curie --


Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
-- Marie Curie --


One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
-- Marie Curie --


In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection.
-- Curnonsky --


A color commentator is a guy who's paid to talk while everyone goes to the bathroom.
-- Bill Curry --


Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
-- Richard Curtis --


When I first got to Hollywood, I made forty dollars a week and they named a hair style after me and made me into a kind of male Yvonne DeCarlo, fooling around in Arabian Nights rubbish.
-- Tony Curtis --


If you asked me for my New Year resolution, it would be to find out who I am.
-- Cyril Cusack --


Plan ahead; it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
-- Richard Cushing --


Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
-- Leonardo Da Vinci --


As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings a happy death.
-- Leonardo Da Vinci --


I have wasted my hours.
-- Leonardo da Vinci --


Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
-- Leonardo da Vinci --


The time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they look on the murder of men.
-- Leonardo da Vinci --


A bird is an instrument working according to mathematical law, which instrument it is within the capacity of man to reproduce with all its movements.
-- Leonardo Da Vinci --


The air moves like a river and carries the clouds with it; just as running water carries all the things that float upon it.
-- Leonardo da Vinci --


Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is a painting which is heard and not seen.
-- Leonardo da Vinci --


Just as eating against one's will is injurious to health, so study without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.
-- Leonardo da Vinci --


It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
-- Leonardo da Vinci --


I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.
-- Leonardo da Vinci --


When I was six, I made my mother a little hat - out of her new blouse.
-- Lilly Dache --


Mothers are basically a patient lot. They have to be or they would devour their offspring early on, like guppies.
-- Mary Daheim --


It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.
-- Roald Dahl --


A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.
-- Roald Dahl --


Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It's made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners.
-- Roald Dahl --


If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
-- Roald Dahl --


Though man is the only beast that can write, he has small reason to be proud of it. When he utters something that is wise it is nothing that the river horse does not know, and most of his creations are the result of accident.
-- Edward Dahlberg --


There is a strange and mighty race of people called the Americans who are rapidly becoming the coldest in the world because of this cruel, man-eating idol, lucre.
-- Edward Dahlberg --


Teddy bears shouldn't sit in closets when there's a child around who will love them.
-- Janet Dailey --


In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.
-- Dalai Lama --


If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
-- Dalai Lama --


In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
-- Dalai Lama --


Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others' activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.
-- Dalai Lama --


Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
-- Dalai Lama --


This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
-- Dalai Lama --


Marriage is a matter of give and take, but so far I haven't been able to find anybody who'll take what I have to give.
-- Cass Daley --


Technology is reshaping this economy and transforming businesses and consumers. This is about more than e-commerce, or e-mail, or e-trades, or e-files. It is about the "e" in economic opportunity.
-- William Daley --


The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.
-- Salvador Dali --


Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
-- Salvador Dali --


I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait. - - Salvador Dali
-- Salvador Dali --


We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art.
-- Salvador Dali --


The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
-- Salvador Dali --


Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making.
-- Salvador Dali --


The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.
-- Salvador Dali --


Here's to the whole of it, stars, stripes and pole of it. Here's to the soul of it, red, white and blue.
-- John Jay Daly --


I think I care too much about what people think about me.
-- Matt Damon --


As I walk from crap game to crap game, my brain becomes active and agile and dwells on lofty thoughts.
-- Nick "The Greek" Dandalos --


Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.
-- Frank Dane --


If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.
-- Anthony J. D'Angelo --


Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
-- Anthony J. D'Angelo --


I looked up my family tree and found out I was the sap.
-- Rodney Dangerfield --


When I was born I was so ugly the doctor slapped my mother.
-- Rodney Dangerfield --


Every private citizen has a public responsibility.
-- Myra Daniels --


Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
-- C. Archie Danielson --


The law has no compassion. And justice is administered without compassion.
-- Christopher Darden --


A habit is something you can do without thinking - which is why most of us have so many of them.
-- Frank A. Dark --


We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion just as effectively as by bombs.
-- Kenneth Dark --


Men would be great criminals did they need as many laws as they make.
-- Charles John Darling --


The first half of our life is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.
-- Clarence Darrow --


Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
-- Clarence Darrow --


I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means.
-- Clarence Darrow --


History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history
-- Clarence Darrow --


Common experience shows how much rarer is moral courage than physical bravery. A thousand men will march to the mouth of the cannon where one man will dare espouse an unpopular cause.
-- Clarence Darrow --


Freedom comes from human beings, rather than from laws and institutions.
-- Clarence Darrow --


I don't like spinach, and I'm glad I don't, because if I liked it I'd eat it and I just hate it.
-- Clarence Darrow --


If a man is happy in America, it is considered he is doing something wrong.
-- Clarence Darrow --


You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.
-- Clarence S. Darrow --


When I was a boy, I was told that anybody could become president; I'm beginning to believe it.
-- Clarence Darrow --


Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
-- Clarence Darrow --


True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
-- Clarence Darrow --


The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
-- Charles Darwin --


A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.
-- Charles Darwin --


It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.
-- Charles Darwin --


Great is the power of steady misrepresentation - but the history of science shows how, fortunately, this power does not long endure.
-- Charles Darwin --


It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
-- Charles Darwin --


I conclude that musical notes and rhythms were first acquired by the male or female progenitors of mankind for the sake of charming the opposite sex.
-- Charles Darwin --


As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities.
-- Charles Darwin --


In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.
-- Francis Darwin --


I eat what I eat. Don't make eating complicated. Rules are made only when food is plentiful; in times of famine, one eats what one can get.
-- Hari Dass --


The crimes of extreme civilization are certainly more atrocious man those of extreme barbarism.
-- Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly --


Spend enough time around success and failure, and you learn a reverence for possibility.
-- Dale Dauten --


Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups.
-- Peter Davies --


Canada is not really a place where you encouraged to have large spiritual adventures.
-- Robertson Davies --


Censors only read a book with great difficulty, moving their lips as they puzzle out each syllable, when somebody tells them that the book is unfit to read.
-- Robertson Davies --


Whether you are really right or not doesn't matter, it's the belief that counts.
-- Robertson Davies --


Olivier brandished his technique like a kind of stylistic alibi. In catching the eye, he frequently disengaged the brain.
-- Russell Davies --


The best time I ever had with her was when I pushed her downstairs in "Baby Jane."
-- Bette Davis, on Joan Crawford --


My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
-- Bette Davis --


We movie stars all end up by ourselves. Who knows? Maybe we want to.
-- Bette Davis --


Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone, but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.
-- Bette Davis --


I will not retire while I've still got my legs and my make-up box.
-- Bette Davis --


A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.
-- Bette Davis --


I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work. No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless.
-- Bette Davis --


I would take a bad script and a good director any day against a good script and a bad director.
-- Bette Davis --


I have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and ofttimes disagreeable. I suppose I'm larger than life.
-- Bette Davis --


I always wanted to do Peter Pan. I've always resented that only women get to do it, It's about a boy who refused to grow up, not a girl.
-- Brad Davis --


Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
-- Chili Davis --


I have often wondered if the results of the Versailles Conferences following the First World War would have been different if Woodrow Wilson had been a poker player.
-- Clyde Brian Davis --


This will remain the land of the free only as long as it is the home of the brave.
-- Elmer Davis --


Data helps us understand what it is we need to encourage creators to do. Small things can have a huge impact.
-- Geena Davis --


To be born free is an accident; To live free a responsibility; To die free is an obligation.
-- Hubbard Davis --


Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty.
-- Jefferson Davis --


Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.
-- Jim Davis --


My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.
-- Miles Davis --


I'll play it first and tell you what it is later.
-- Miles Davis --


Material deprivation is horrible, but it does not compare to spiritual deprivation.
-- Ossie Davis --


Come in the evening, or come in the morning, come when you're looked for, or come without warning.
-- Thomas Davis --


Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.
-- Sir Humphry Davy --


Consistency in regard to opinions is the slow poison of intellectual life.
-- Sir Humphry Davy --


Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.
-- Charles G. Dawes --


By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
-- Rchard Dawkins --


I think it is likely that there is life out there. I fear we shall never know about it.
-- Richard Dawkins --


As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy.
-- Christopher Dawson --


The great consulting room of a wise man is the library.
-- G. Dawson --


The poets of each generation seldom sing a new song. They turn themes men always have loved, and sing them in the mode of their times.
-- Clarence Day --


As time goes on, new and remote aspects of truth are discovered which can seldom be fitted into creeds that are changeless.
-- Clarence Day --


We talk of our mastery of nature, which sounds very grand; but the fact is we respectfully adapt ourselves, first, to her ways.
-- Clarence Day --


Information's pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.
-- Clarence Day --


You can't sweep other people off their feet if you can't be swept off your own.
-- Clarence Day --


I've never met an animal I didn't like, and I can't say the same thing about people.
-- Doris Day --


The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll outgrow it.
-- Doris Day --


Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.
-- Doris Day --


If a man does something silly, people say, "Isn't he silly?" If a woman does something silly, people say, "Aren't women silly?"
-- Doris Day --


Knitting is very conducive to thought.
-- Dorothy Day --


You know my views about some regulations - they're written for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.
-- Harry Day --


If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
-- Moshe Dayan --


The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.
-- Barbara De Angelis --


Marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get, it's something you do. It's the way you love your partner every day.
-- Barbara De Angelis --


Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.
-- Barbara De Angelis --


Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.
-- Edward De Bono --


Money that may never be spent is nothing but a miser's toy. Saving as an exercise in self-denial is an invalid goal, a sick use of money.
-- Catherine Crook de Camp --


The strength or weakness of our conviction depends more on our courage than on our intelligence.
-- Luc De Clapiers --


She is a fool, who trusts a man.
-- Marie de France --


Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
-- Charles De Gaulle --


A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.
-- Charles de Gaulle --


History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads. People get the history they deserve.
-- Charles de Gaulle --


You have to be sure the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
-- Charles de Gaulle --


Deliberation is a function of the many; action is the function of one.
-- Charles De Gaulle --


A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities.
-- Charles de Gaulle --


The real connoisseurs in art are those who make people accept as beautiful something everybody used to consider ugly, by revealing and resuscitating the beauty in it.
-- Edmond and Jules de Goncourt --


What I love best about music is the women who listen to it.
-- Jules de Goncourt --


Before undergoing a surgical operation, arrange your temporal affairs - you may live.
-- Remy de Gourmont --


We live less and less, and we learn more and more. Sensibility is surrendering to intelligence.
-- Remy de Gourmont --


Oh, no man knows, Through what wild centuries, Roves back the rose.
-- Walter de la Mare --


Gardening is how I relax. It's another form of creating and playing with colors.
-- Oscar De La Renta --


What a relaxed life is that which flees the worldly clamor, and follows the hidden path down which have gone the few wise men there have been in the world!
-- Fray Luis de Leon --


The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; It is essentially a part of it.
-- Charles De Lint --


False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing.
-- Joseph de Maistre --


Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.
-- Paul de Man --


Great artists impose their particular illusion on humanity.
-- Guy de Maupassant --


When you perform, you are out of yourself - larger and more potent, more beautiful. You are for minutes heroic. This is power. This is glory on earth. And it is yours, nightly.
-- Agnes de Mille --


A good education is harmful to a dancer. A good calf is better than a good head.
-- Agnes De Mille --


Then I did the simplest thing in the world. I leaned down and kissed him. And the world cracked open.
-- Agnes de Mille --


I learned three important things in college: to use a library, to memorize quickly and visually, to drop asleep at any time given a horizontal surface and fifteen minutes.
-- Agnes de Mille --


If takes great passion and great energy to do anything creative, especially in the theater. You have to care so much that you can't sleep, you can't eat, you can't talk to people.
-- Agnes de Mille --


Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other everything to gain.
-- Diane De Poitiers --


Flowers that are so pathetic in their beauty, frail as the clouds, and in their coloring as gorgeous as the heavens, had through thousands of years been the heritage of children - honored as the jewelry of God.
-- Thomas de Quincey --


It is most absurdly said, in popular language, of any man, that he is disguised in liquor; for, on the contrary, most men are disguised by sobriety.
-- Thomas de Quincey --


It is not my mode of thought that has caused my misfortunes, but the mode of thought of others.
-- Marquis de Sade --


The surface of American society is covered with a layer of Democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colors breaking through.
-- Alexis de Tocqueville --


There are two things which will always be very difficult for a democratic nation: to start a war and to end it.
-- Alexis de Tocqueville --


History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.
-- Alexis de Tocqueville --


Love is the child of illusion, and the parent of disillusion.
-- Miguel de Unamuno --


The chiefest sanctity of a temple is that it is a place to which men go to weep in common.
-- Miguel De Unamuno --


"Skeptic" does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.
-- Miguel de Unamuno --


The wicked are always surprised to find that the good can be clever.
-- Vauvenargues --


Men despise great projects when they do not feel themselves capable of great successes.
-- de Vauvenargues --


We have neither the strength nor the opportunity to accomplish all the good and all the evil which we design.
-- Vauvenargues --


When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones.
-- Peter de Vries --


Every novel should have a beginning, a muddle, and an end.
-- Peter De Vries --


The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.
-- Peter De Vries --


You can't be happy with a woman who pronounces both d's in Wednesday.
-- Peter de Vries --


The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds; they mature slowly.
-- Peter de Vries --


There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you.
-- Peter de Vries --


Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us.
-- Peter de Vries --


I love being a writer. what I can't stand is the paperwork.
-- Peter de Vries --


Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff.
-- Peter de Vries --


The tuba is certainly the most intestinal of instruments, the very lower bowel of music.
-- Peter de Vries --


It ain't bragging if you can do it.
-- Dizzy Dean --


For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
-- Jimmy Dean --


While there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
-- Eugene Debs --


The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. They have always taught you that it is your patriotic duty to go to war and slaughter yourselves at their command.
-- Eugene V. Debs --


I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.
-- Eugene V. Debs --


When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right.
-- Eugene Debs --


People don't very much like things that are beautiful - they are so far from their nasty little minds.
-- Claude Debussy --


Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.
-- Stephen Decatur --


The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
-- Daniel Defoe --


It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory.
-- Edgar Degas --


Everybody has talent at twenty-five. The difficult thing is to have it at fifty.
-- Edgar Degas --


What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists. One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.
-- Edgar Degas --


Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.
-- Ellen Degeneres --


I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that's ever happened to me has taught me compassion.
-- Ellen Degeneres --


I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls, and they say, "because it's such a beautiful animal." there you go. Well, I think my mother's attractive, but I have photographs of her.
-- Ellen Degeneres --


In the beginning there was nothing. God said, "Let there be light!" And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.
-- Ellen DeGeneres --


My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.
-- Ellen Degeneres --


Shall we call ourselves benevolent when the gifts we bestow do not cost us a single privation?
-- Degerando --


The best helping hand that you will ever receive is the one at the end of your own arm.
-- Fred Dehner --


Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.
-- Thomas Dekker --


O what a heaven is love! O what a hell!
-- Thomas Dekker --


The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
-- Eugene Delacroix --


What is most real for me are the illusions I create with my paintings. Everything else is quicksand.
-- Eugene Delacroix --


Mediocre people have an answer for everything and are astonished at nothing.
-- Eugene Delacroix --


I'm not to blame for an old body, but I should be to blame for an old soul. An old soul is a shameful thing.
-- Margaret Deland --


Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue, it's a spiritual dissipation.
-- Margaret DeLand --


In our dreams, we are always young.
-- Sadie Delany --


I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version.
-- Don Delillo --


When the designs are chosen with care, tattoos have a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also enhance the soul.
-- Michelle Delio --


Tattooing is about personalizing the body, making it a true home and fit temple for the spirit that dwells inside it. Tattooing, therefore, is a way of keeping the spiritual and material needs of my body in balance.
-- Michelle Delio --


There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating.
-- Frederick Delius --


Idleness is not doing nothing, idleness is being free to do anything.
-- Floyd Dell --


I've been fighting ten years to make people forget I'm just a pretty boy with a beautiful face. It's a hard fight, but I'll win it.
-- Alain Delon --


I'm actually a thin, serious person, but I play fat and funny, but only for the movies.
-- Dom Deluise --


For westerners, the tattoo has always been a metaphor of difference.
-- Margo DeMello --


Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly.
-- Cecil B. DeMille --


A dozen press agents working overtime can do terrible things to the human spirit.
-- Cecil B. DeMille --


Remember you are a star. Never go across the alley even to dump garbage unless you are dressed to the teeth.
-- Cecil B. DeMille, To Paulette Goddard --


The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of a great soul is the whole world.
-- Democritus --


Strength and beauty are the blessings of youth; Temperance, however, is the flower of old age.
-- Democritus --


Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.
-- Democritus --


Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold. Happiness dwells in the soul.
-- Democritus --


And if a friend does evil to you, say to him, "I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?"
-- Democritus --


Education is an ornament for the prosperous, a refuge for the unfortunate.
-- Democritus --


Nothing is so easy as to deceive one's self; for what we wish, that we readily believe.
-- Demosthenes --


Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
-- Demosthenes --


There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.
-- Edwin Denby --


They've brought me more publicity than any film I've done. I'm recognized on every street corner in New York.
-- Catherine Deneuve on her Chanel ads --


Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
-- Sir John Denham --


The most expensive bracelet you'll ever own isn't gold or silver. It's vinyl. They strap it on your wrist when you're admitted to the hospital.
-- Ron Dentinger --


I appreciate teamwork. I don't like a one-man show. I'm an interpreter, a sort of tool - I don't mean an object. The right tool is quite essential. Try pounding a nail in with a screwdriver.
-- Gerard Depardieu --


The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.
-- Johnny Depp --


Things are very bad when kids have to write to an actor for advice. I can't tell anybody what to do. I'm just as screwed up as the next guy.
-- Johnny Depp --


I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face.
-- Johnny Depp --


Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping.
-- Bo Derek --


I was always the creative kid who was a nerd. I listened to Vivaldi, wrote poetry, and actually did my homework.
-- Laura Dern --


Do you know anyone who would - secretly, sincerely, in his innermost self - really prefer to return to childhood?
-- Anita Desai --


If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
-- Rene Descartes --


I seemed to have gained nothing in trying to educate myself unless it was to discover more and more fully how ignorant I was.
-- Rene Descartes --


Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.
-- Rene Descartes --


Common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well-supplied with it.
-- Rene Descartes --


Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.
-- Rene Descartes --


Have no more doubt of the omnipotence of a free people.
-- Camille Desmoulins --


The British press is always looking for stuff to fill the space between the cartoons.
-- Bernadette Devlin --


A husband should tell his wife everything that he is sure she will find out anyway and before anybody else does.
-- Thomas Dewar --


Patience is the greatest of all shock absorbers. The only thing you can get in a hurry is trouble.
-- Thomas R. Dewar --


Minds are like parachutes; they only function when open.
-- Thomas Dewar --


To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.
-- John Dewey --


Cease conceiving of education as mere preparation for later life, and make it the full meaning of the present life.
-- John Dewey --


Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
-- John Dewey --


Intellectually, religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves readily to the current view of the world and consecrate it.
-- John Dewey --


What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child that must the community want for all its children.
-- John Dewey --


Genuine ignorance is profitable because it is likely to be accompanied by humility, curiosity, and open-mindedness; whereas ability to repeat catch-phrases, cant terms, familiar propositions, gives the conceit of learning and coats the mind with varnish waterproof to new ideas.
-- John Dewey --


Failure is instructive. The person who thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.
-- John Dewey --


Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
-- John Dewey --


Anyone who has begun to think places some portion of the world in jeopardy.
-- John Dewey --


Education is a social process. Education is growth.
-- John Dewey --


I like viable women who are out there doing. I like women who are very involved with living and who haven't pulled out from life.
-- Colleen Dewhurst --


You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I'll buy you a new car.
-- Harvey Diamond --


If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.
-- Princess Diana --


If men had to have babies, they would only ever have one each.
-- Diana, Princess of Wales --


Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.
-- Princess Diana --


Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can.
-- Princess Diana --


Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K. Dick --


There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
-- Charles Dickens --


There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.
-- Charles Dickens --


The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.
-- Charles Dickens --


Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving - How Not To Do It.
-- Charles Dickens --


Do all the good you can and make as little fuss about it as possible.
-- Charles Dickens --


Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes, and prism, are all very good words for the lips; especially prunes and prism.
-- Charles Dickens --


Philadelphia is a handsome city, but distractingly regular. After walking about it for an hour or two, I felt that I would have given the world for a crooked street.
-- Charles Dickens --


It's enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people's
-- Charles Dickens --


Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many: not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
-- Charles Dickens --


Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
-- Charles Dickens --


Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.
-- Charles Dickens --


Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature.
-- Charles Dickens --


Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
-- Charles Dickens --


Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
-- Charles Dickens --


A person who can't pay gets another person who can't pay to guarantee that he can pay.
-- Charles Dickens --


Charity begins at home and justice begins next door.
-- Charles Dickens --


I do not know the American gentleman. God forgive me for putting two such words together.
-- Charles Dickens --


No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
-- Charles Dickens --


It is well for a man to respect his own vocation, whatever it is, and to think himself bound to uphold it and to claim for it the respect it deserves.
-- Charles Dickens --


With affection beaming out of one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.
-- Charles Dickens --


Adventures are an indication of inefficiency. Good explorers don't have them.
-- Herbert Spencer Dickey --


A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.
-- James Dickey --


My mother was against me being an actress - until I introduced her to Frank Sinatra.
-- Angie Dickinson --


How strange that natue does not knock, and yet does not intrude!
-- Emily Dickinson --


I hope your rambles have been sweet, and your reveries spacious.
-- Emily Dickinson --


The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee, a clover, anytime, to him, is aristocracy.
-- Emily Dickinson --


To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
-- Emily Dickinson --


The spider as an artist has never been employed, though his surpassing merit is freely certified.
-- Emily Dickinson --


Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all.
-- Emily Dickinson --


Anger as soon as fed is dead - 'tis starving makes it fat.
-- Emily Dickinson --


I felt it shelter to speak to you.
-- Emily Dickinson --


That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.
-- Emily Dickinson --


Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
-- Emily Dickinson --


A young man gave up his lucrative job to become a writer. He was asked, "Have you sold anything yet?" He replied, "Yes, my car and my television."
-- Patrick Dickinson --


Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.
-- Gordon R. Dickson --


Don't let your mouth write a check that your tail can't cash.
-- Bo Diddley --


I opened the door for a lot of people, and they just ran through and left me holding the knob.
-- Bo Diddley --


In general, the more a people is civilized, refined, the less its morals are poetic; everything weakens and turns mild.
-- Denis Diderot --


Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.
-- Denis Diderot --


Women swallow at one mouthful the lie that flatters, and drink drop by drop the truth that is bitter.
-- Denis Diderot --


Mankind have banned the Divinity from their presence; they have relegated Him to a sanctuary; the walls of the temple restrict His view; He does not exist outside of it.
-- Denis Diderot --


All children are essentially criminal.
-- Denis Diderot --


Only God and some few rare geniuses can keep forging ahead into novelty.
-- Denis Diderot --


Distance is a great promoter of admiration.
-- Denis Diderot --


Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.
-- Joan Didion --


The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
-- Joan Didion --


A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.
-- Joan Didion --


Children will tell you how lonely it is sleeping alone. if possible you should always sleep with someone you love. You both recharge your mutual batteries free of charge.
-- Marlene Dietrich --


Soup not only warms you and is easy to swallow and to digest, it also creates the illusion in the back of your mind that mother is there.
-- Marlene Dietrich --


The average man is more interested in a woman who is interested in him than he is in a woman with beautiful legs.
-- Marlene Dietrich --


It's the friends you can call up at four A. M. that matter.
-- Marlene Dietrich --


The relationship between the make-up man and the film actor is that of accomplices in crime.
-- Marlene Dietrich --


Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs.
-- Marlene Dietrich --


You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is necessary. But the stars neither require nor demand it.
-- Annie Dillard --


There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.
-- Annie Dillard --


I think the dying pray at the last not "please" but "thank you" as a guest thanks his host at the door.
-- Annie Dillard --


There is a certain age at which a child looks at you in all earnestness and delivers a long, pleased speech in all the true inflections of spoken English, but with not one recognizable syllable.
-- Annie Dillard --


Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.
-- Annie Dillard --


A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.
-- Annie Dillard --


I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them.
-- Phyllis Diller --


When I go to the beauty parlor, I always use the emergency entrance. Sometimes I just go for an estimate.
-- Phyllis Diller --


Fang, my husband, says the only thing domestic about me is that I was born in this country.
-- Phyllis Diller --


Old age is when the liver spots show through your gloves.
-- Phyllis Diller --


A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
-- Phyllis Diller --


Women want men, careers, money, children, friends, luxury, comfort, independence, freedom, respect, love, and a three-dollar pantyhose that won't run.
-- Phyllis Diller --


Never go to bed mad - stay up and fight.
-- Phyllis Diller --


If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, "Who could have done this? We have no enemies."
-- Phyllis Diller --


I was in a beauty contest once. I not only came in last, I was hit in the mouth by Ms. Congeniality.
-- Phyllis Diller --


Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
-- Phyllis Diller --


These few dollars you lose here today are going to buy you stories to tell your children and great-grandchildren.
-- John Dillinger --


Ironically, rural America has become viewed by a growing number of Americans as having a higher quality of life not because of what it has, but rather because of what it does not have!
-- Don A. Dillman --


Repentance, without amendment, is like continually pumping without mending the leak.
-- Lewis W. Dilwyn --


A ballplayer's got to be kept hungry to become a big leaguer. That's why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues.
-- Joe Dimaggio --


Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul.
-- Ernest Dimnet --


The flamingos are the most delicately colored of all the African birds, pink and red like a flying twig of an oleander bush.
-- Isak Dinesen --


I think these difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
-- Isak Dinesen --


In the mind and nature of a man a secret is an ugly thing, like a hidden physical defect.
-- Isak Dinesen --


God made the world round so we could never see too far down the road.
-- Isak Dinesen --


Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: give me leave to do my utmost.
-- Isak Dinesen --


People need to respect each other's concerns and differences. And frankly, there's far more in common than divides us.
-- David Dinkins --


Over the door of a library in Thebes is the inscription, "Medicine For The Soul".
-- Diodorus Siculus --


We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.
-- Diogenes --


Aristotle said that education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
-- Diogenes --


A blush is the color of virtue.
-- Diogenes --


Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad.
-- Diogenes --


Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.
-- Christian Dior --


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 --


A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money.
-- Everett Dirksen --


I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.
-- Everett Dirksen --


It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
-- Roy Disney --


The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
-- Walt Disney --


When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.
-- Walt Disney --


I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known.
-- Walt Disney --


Cartoon animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.
-- Walt Disney --


You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
-- Walt Disney --


I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible because dreams offer too little collateral.
-- Walt Disney --


It is well known what a middleman is: He is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


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


There are some silent people who are more interesting than the best talkers.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret
-- Disraeli --


A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step in knowledge.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


A man who is not a liberal at sixteen has no heart; a man who is not a conservative at sixty has no head.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of man.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


Mankind may supply us with facts, but the results, even if they agree with previous ones, must be the work of our mind.
-- Disraeli --


Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


Youth is the trustee of prosperity.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


The wisdom of the wise and the experience of ages may be preserved by quotation.
-- Disraeli --


Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


Wherever is found what is called a paternal government was found a State education. It had been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


The divine right of kings may have been a plea for feeble tyrants, but the divine right of government is the keystone of human progress, and without it governments sink into police, and a nation is degraded into a mob.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


What we anticipate seldom occurs, but what we least expect generally happens.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


He was one of those men who think that the world can be saved by writing a pamphlet.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being.
-- Benjamin Disraeli --


The defects of great men are the consolation of dunces.
-- Isaac D'Israeli --


If you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done.
-- Mike Ditka --


Football is not really a contact sport, it's a collision sport. And it's a matter of skill, strength, endurance, and strategy. But I think when it comes down to it, people just like to hit each other.
-- Mike Ditka --


While it is a misfortune to a woman never to be loved, it is a tragedy for her never to love.
-- Dorothy Dix --


The reason husbands and wives don't understand each other is because they belong to different sexes.
-- Dorothy Dix --


Surely the consolation of old age is finding out how few things are worth worrying over.
-- Dorothy Dix --


An unexpected fact is less readily absorbed than one which was expected.
-- Norman F. Dixon --


Every generation is convinced there has been a deplorable breakdown of manners.
-- Byron Dobell --


It is necessary to invent quotes more and more these days because professional golfers are gradually losing the power of speech. Already adverbs have been eliminated entirely from their vocabulary. "I hit the ball super but putted just horrible."
-- Peter Dobereiner --


There is always a way to be honest without being brutal.
-- Arthur Dobrin --


Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.
-- E. L. Doctorow --


Honolulu: it's got everything: sand for the children, sun for the wife, sharks for the wife's mother.
-- Ken Dodd --


Great individuals, not great organization men, make a college or university great.
-- Harold W. Dodds --


Nowadays, people's visual imagination is so much more sophisticated, so much more developed, particularly in young people, that now you can make an image which just slightly suggests something, they can make of it what they will.
-- Robert Doisneau --


When you're in your nineties and looking back, it's not going to be how much money you made or how many awards you've won. It's really what did you stand for. Did you make a positive difference for people?
-- Elizabeth Dole --


Sometimes I think we're the only two lawyers who trust each other.
-- Elizabeth Dole, To Bob Dole --


Only the amateurs stay mad.
-- Sam Donaldson --


We need metaphors of magic and monsters in order to understand the human condition.
-- Stephen Donaldson --


Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.
-- J. P. Donleavy --


All other things, to their destruction draw. Only our love hath no decay; This, no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday. Running it never runs from us away, but truly keeps his first, last, everlasting day.
-- John Donne --


Remember me not for my abilities, but remember my labors and my endeavors.
-- John Donne --


Death be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so.
-- John Donne --


No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.
-- John Donne --


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 --


Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right; By these we reach divinity.
-- John Donne --


The man who follows a crowd will never be followed by a crowd.
-- R. S. Donnell --


Individuals are considered sincere when there is little or no discrepancy between the goals they seek and those they claim to be seeking.
-- Leonard W. Doob --


The world is hard to love, though we must love it because we have no other, and to fail to love it is not to exist at all.
-- Mark Van Doren --


It's very dangerous if you keep love letters from someone who is not now your husband.
-- Diana Dors --


To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
-- Tony Dorsett --


The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Throughout history, "tender loving care" has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing.
-- Larry Dossey --


To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else'S.
-- Fyodor Dostoyevsky --


The formula "two and two is five" is not without its attractions.
-- Fyodor Dostoevsky --


Too high a price is asked for harmony, and so I hasten to give back my entrance ticket. It's not God that I don't accept, only I most respectfully return him the ticket.
-- Fyodor Dostoevsky --


So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find someone to worship.
-- Fyodor Dostoevsky --


Man survives where swine perish, and laughs where gods go mad.
-- Dostoyevsky --


One stands perplexed and wonders whether one should use force or humble love. Always decide to use humble love! If you resolved on that once and for all, you may subdue the whole world.
-- Fyodor Dostoevsky --


Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
-- Fyodor Dostoyevsky --


A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is hardly worth troubling about.
-- Fyodor Dostoyevsky --


Can one even as much as touch a gaming table without becoming immediately infected with superstition?
-- Fyodor Dostoevsky --


The strongest and most influential memories are almost always those of childhood.
-- Fyodor Dostoevsky --


If the devil does not exist, and Man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.
-- Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky --


A man can wear a hat for years without being oppressed by its shabbiness.
-- James Douglas --


I like to think of thoughts as living blossoms borne by the human tree.
-- James Douglas --


It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark, so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.
-- James Douglas --


Awkward, technically difficult: You've got to do acrobatics and contortions so the lighting and camera angles are right. Sorry guys, but love scenes are work.
-- Michael Douglas --


The heroes, the saints, and sages – they are those who face the world alone.
-- Norman Douglas --


You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.
-- Norman Douglas --


Why always "not yet"? Do flowers in spring say "not yet"?
-- Norman Douglas --


A man who reforms himself has contributed his full share toward the reformation of his neighbor.
-- Norman Douglas --


Are we never to learn that socialism has its roots in envy and in nothing else?
-- Norman Douglas --


Perhaps one should not think so much of oneself, though it is an interesting subject.
-- Norman Douglas --


The Liberals talk about a stable government, but we don't know how bad the stable is going to smell.
-- Thomas Douglas --


Where people have no dreams and no hopes and aspirations, life becomes dull and a meaningless wilderness.
-- Tommy Douglas --


The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.
-- William O. Douglas --


No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.
-- Frederick Douglass --


A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
-- Frederick Douglass --


Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
-- Frederick Douglass --


When the right man smiled it would be, music skittering up her calf, like a chuckle.
-- Rita Dove --


When I am asked, "What made you want to be a writer?" my answer has always been, "Books." First and foremost, now, then, and always, I have been passionate about books.
-- Rita Dove --


The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
-- Maureen Dowd --


Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully as a distinguished success.
-- Dowden --


Hatred is never anything but fear - if you feared no one, you would hate no one.
-- Hugh Downs --


I have forgot much, Cynara! Gone with the wind, Flung roses, roses, riotously, with the throng, dancing, to put thy pale. lost lilies out of mind.
-- Ernest Dowson --


Crime is common, logic is rare, therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell.
-- Arthur Conan Doyle --


How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle --


While the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty. You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will be up to, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to.
-- Arthur Conan Doyle --


You're on your own, and you know what you know, and you are the guy who'll decide where to go.
-- Dr. Seuss --


Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting.
-- Dr. Seuss --


Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
-- Dr. Seuss --


You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
-- Dr. Seuss --


Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
-- Dr. Seuss --


My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It's the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. You'll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond 'Z' and start poking around!
-- Dr. Seuss --


Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is 'youer' than you.
-- Dr. Seuss --


Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
-- Dr. Seuss --


I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.
-- Dr. Seuss --


Sometimes it seems the only accomplishment my education ever bestowed on me was the ability to think in quotations.
-- Margaret Drabble --


Affluence was, quite simply, a question of texture. The threadbare carpets of infancy, the coconut matting, the ill-laid linoleum, the utility furniture has all spoken of a life too near the bones of subsistence, too little padded, too severely worn.
-- Margaret Drabble --


And there isn't any way that one can get rid of the guilt of having a nice body by saying that one can serve society with it, because that would end up with oneself as what? There simply doesn't seem to be any moral place for flesh.
-- Margaret Drabble --


If a ferret bites you it is nearly always your own fault.
-- Phil Drabble --


Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.
-- Lovelle Drachman --


Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.
-- Drake --


A bad grade is only one letter in the Essay of Life.
-- Lee Drake --


The advantage of time and place in practical actions is half the victory; which being lost is irrecoverable.
-- Sir Francis Drake --


The Montreal Olympics can no more have a deficit than a man can have a baby.
-- Jean Drapeau --


Our beliefs in a rich future life are of little importance unless we coin them into a rich present life.
-- Thomas Dreier --


Be true to the best you know. This is your high ideal. If you do your best, you cannot do more.
-- H. W. Dresses --


It's not how old you are, but how you are old.
-- Marie Dressler --


Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.
-- Elizabeth Drew --


I always knew that I could be a star for the audience that didn't relate to John Wayne or Al Pacino.
-- Richard Dreyfuss --


Part of me is still waiting to grow up, to be an adult, and the other part knows there is no such thing.
-- Richard Dreyfuss --


Happiness has a bad rap. People say it shouldn't be your goal in life. Oh, yes it should.
-- Richard Dreyfuss --


The higher one is in a hierarchy, the more befuddled one becomes when one attempts to operate the photocopy machine.
-- Robert S. Driscoll --


Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.
-- Peter Drucker --


Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
-- Peter Drucker --


There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
-- Peter F. Drucker --


The best way to predict the future is to create it.
-- Peter F. Drucker --


Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
-- Peter Drucker --


People never know what kind of hobby they're no good at until they've spent a fortune on it.
-- John Drybred --


But far more numerous was the herd of such, Who think too little and who talk too much.
-- John Dryden --


Truth is the foundation of all knowledge and the cement of all societies.
-- John Dryden --


Shakespeare is the very Janus of poets; he wears almost everywhere two faces, and you have scarce begun to admire the one, ere you despise the other.
-- John Dryden --


One cannot say he wanted wit, but rather that he was frugal of it.
-- John Dryden --


He invades authors like a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets, is only victory in him.
-- John Dryden, on Ben Jonson --


Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is, with thoughts of what may be.
-- John Dryden --


For all the happiness mankind can gain, is not in pleasure, but in rest from pain.
-- John Dryden --


For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
-- Alfred D'Souza --


Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor, not that men are wicked, but that men know so little of men.
-- W. E. B. Du Bois --


Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.
-- W. E. B. Du Bois --


If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes that the meek shall inherit the earth, they have not often let their presence be known.
-- W. E. B. Du Bois --


The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
-- W. E. B. Du Bois --


Let us choose for ourselves our path in life, and let us try to strew that path with flowers.
-- Emilie du Chatelet --


Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.
-- Madame Marie Du Deffand --


There should be an invention that bottles up a memory like a perfume, and it never faded, never got stale, and whenever I wanted to I could uncork the bottle, and live the memory all over again.
-- Daphne du Maurier --


The ambition of every good cook must be to make something very good with the fewest possible ingredients.
-- Chef Urbain Dubois --


Reporters keep asking me, "What did you do to research playing a doctor?" The answer is, I watched as much "ER" as I could.
-- David Duchovny --


Fame is based on what people say about you, reputation on what they think of you.
-- Louis Dudek --


Everything that can be invented has been invented.
-- Charles H. Duell(Commissioner, U. S. Office of Patents, 1899) --


You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what's in your heart.
-- Carol Ann Duffy --


I used to say of him that his presence on the field made the difference of forty thousand men.
-- Duke of Wellington, on Napoleon --


Of all the tasks of government, the most basic is to protect its citizens against violence.
-- John Dulles --


Social progress does not have to be bought at the price of individual freedom.
-- John Foster Dulles --


There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more.
-- Alexandre Dumas --


Music is the only noise for which one is obliged to pay.
-- Alexandre Dumas --


I prefer rogues to imbeciles because they sometimes take a rest.
-- Alexandre Dumas --


Kings will lose privilege, as stars which have completed their time lose their splendor.
-- Alexandre Dumas, pere --


There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent their spleen.
-- Alexander Dumas --


We enjoy thoroughly only the pleasure that we give.
-- Alexandre Dumas --


How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.
-- Alexandre Dumas --


So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.
-- Isadora Duncan --


Dancing: the highest intelligence in the freest body.
-- Isadora Duncan --


Before I go out on the stage, I must place a motor in my soul. If I do not get time to put that motor in my soul, I cannot dance.
-- Isadora Duncan --


Art is not necessary at all. All that is necessary to make this world a better place to live in is to love - to love as Christ loved, as Buddha loved.
-- Isadora Duncan --


The real American type can never be a ballet dancer. The legs are too long, the body too supple, and the spirit too free for this school of affected grace and toe-walking.
-- Isadora Duncan --


I find I always have to write something on a steamed mirror.
-- Elaine Dundy --


I always believed that if you set out to be successful, then you already were.
-- Katherine Dunham --


Everything one does enough of eventually generates its own interest and one then begins to believe in it.
-- Alan Dunn --


Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there.
-- Elizabeth Clarke Dunn --


Athlete: A dignified bunch of muscles, unable to do dishes or mow the lawn.
-- H. Alan Dunn --


I have been a believer in the magic of language since, at a very early age, I discovered that some words got me into trouble and others got me out.
-- Katherine Dunn --


What happened to Truman Capote was that he got inside the establishment and tried to stay. It's just a place to visit.
-- Dominick Dunne --


It doesn't make much difference what you study as long as you don't like it.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks the Lord would do if he knew the facts of the case.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


The past always looks better than it was; it's only pleasant because it isn't here.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


People tell me to be frank but how can I when I don't dare to know myself?
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


Swearing was invented as a compromise between running away and fighting.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


You can lead a man up to the university, but you can't make him think.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


No matter whether the country follows the flag or not, the Supreme Court follows the election returns.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


Many a man that could rule a hundred million strangers with an iron hand is careful to take off his shoes in the front hallway when he comes home late at night.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


Politics ain't beanbag: 'tis a man's game, and women, children 'n' 'pro-hy-bitionists' had best stay out of it.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


The best husbands stay bachelors; they're too considerate to get married.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


High finance isn't burglary or obtaining money by false pretenses, but rather a judicious selection from the best features of those fine arts.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


Alcohol is necessary for a man so that now and then he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed by the facts.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


Freedom is like drink. If you take any at all, you might as well take enough to make you happy for a while.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


Most vegetarians look so much like the food they eat that they can be classified as cannibals.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


There is one thing to be said in favor of drink, and that is that it has caused many a lady to be loved that otherwise might have died single.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


An appeal is when you ask one court to show its contempt for another court.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


A man that would expect to train lobsters to fly in a year is called a lunatic; but a man that thinks men can be turned into angels by an election is a reformer and remains at large.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


Trust everybody, but cut the cards.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


There are no friends at cards or world politics.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


Among men, Hennessy, wet eye means dry heart.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


Like most poets, preachers, and metaphysicians, he burst into conclusion at a spark of evidence.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


The first thing to have in a library is a shelf. From time to time, this can be decorated with literature. But the shelf is the main thing.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


A man has more fun wishing for the things he hasn't got than enjoying the things he has got.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


If you go to the zoo, always take something to feed the animals, even if the signs say "Do not feed animals". It wasn't the animals that put them signs up.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


One of the strangest things about life is that the poor, who need money the most, are the very ones that never have it.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


I wonder why you can always read a doctor's bill and you never can read his prescription.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


When the American people get through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical comedy.
-- Finley Peter Dunne --


But logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities.
-- Edward Dunsany --


Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effects when taken in large quantities.
-- Lord Dunsany --


No doubt, it is not necessary to have an amount of wit or imagination; but it is indispensable that we should not think we have it when we don't.
-- Felix A. Dupanloup --


The family is the nucleus of civilization.
-- Ariel and Will Durant --


Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.
-- Kevin Durant --


Nothing is often a good thing to do, and always a clever thing to say.
-- Will Durant --


As we acquire knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.
-- Will Durant --


From the point of view of morals, life seems to be divided into two periods; in the first we indulge, in the second we preach.
-- Will Durant --


The world wisely prefers happiness to wisdom.
-- Will Durant --


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


The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character. The only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionaries are philosophers and saints.
-- Will Durant --


Forget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.
-- Will Durant --


The great snare in human thought is unconditional acceptance or irrational assumptions.
-- Will Durant --


In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.
-- Will Durant --


Be nice to people on your way up because you may meet them on your way down.
-- Jimmy Durante --


Just as a Hollywood pin-up represented sex, so I represented the ideal daughter millions of fathers and mothers wished they had.
-- Deanna Durbin --


What are we at the park for except to win? I'd trip my mother. I'd help her up, brush her off, tell her I'm sorry. But mom don't make it to third.
-- Leo Durocher --


There are only five things you can do in baseball - run, throw, catch, hit, and hit with power.
-- Leo Durocher --


I love to feel events overlapping each other, crawling over one another like wet crabs in a basket.
-- Lawrence Durrell --


Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened.
-- Lawrence Durrell --


No one can go on being a rebel too long without turning into an autocrat.
-- Lawrence Durrell --


A woman's best love letters are always written to the man she is betraying.
-- Lawrence Durrell --


I hate the outdoors. To me, outdoors is where the car is.
-- Will Durst --


While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact.
-- Andrea Dworkin --


Freedom is not an abstraction, nor is a little of it enough.
-- Andrea Dworkin --


You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, 'I release the need for this in my life'.
-- Dr. Wayne W. Dyer --


We are Divine enough to ask and we are important enough to receive.
-- Wayne Dyer --


If I could define enlightenment briefly I would say it is "the quiet acceptance of what is."
-- Wayne Dyer --


The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do.
-- Wayne Dyer --


There's no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
-- Wayne Dyer --


Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you.
-- Wayne Dyer --


Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
-- Wayne Dyer --


When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.
-- Wayne Dyer --


When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out because that's what's inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside.
-- Wayne Dyer --


Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.
-- Wayne Dyer --


If you choose to live outside the law, you must obey the law more stringently than anyone.
-- Bob Dylan --


We each have our own vision and a voice inside that talks only to us. We have to be able to hear it.
-- Bob Dylan --


He not busy being born is busy dying.
-- Bob Dylan --


Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
-- Bob Dylan --


In writing songs, I've learned as much from Cezanne as I have from Woody Guthrie.
-- Bob Dylan --


People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around - the music and the ideas.
-- Bob Dylan --


People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
-- Bob Dylan --


I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom
-- Bob Dylan --


The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.
-- Bob Dylan --


The world don't need any more songs. If nobody wrote any songs from this day on, the world ain't gonna suffer it.
-- Bob Dylan --


For insight into human affairs I turn to stories and poems rather than to sociology. I am not able to make use of the wisdom of the sociologists because I do not speak their language.
-- Freeman Dyson --


It is not easy to do something good, but it is extremely difficult to do something bad.
-- Charles Eames --


The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
-- Amelia Earhart --


You can act to change and control your life and the procedure. The process is its own reward.
-- Amelia Earhart --


I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.
-- Amelia Earhart --


In soloing - as in other activities - it is far easier to start something than it is to finish it.
-- Amelia Earhart --


History is only a confused heap of facts.
-- Earl of Chesterfield --


If any man will draw up his case, and put his name at the foot of the first page, I will give him an immediate reply. Where he compels me to turn over the sheet, he must wait my leisure.
-- Earl of Sandwich --


I think there are only three things America will be known for two thousand years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball.
-- Gerald Early --


The streets of the City of Failure are paved with alibis - some of which are absolutely perfect.
-- Harry A. Earnshaw --


I've always thought of myself as a character actor rather than a leading man.
-- Clint Eastwood --


There's a rebel lying deep in my soul. I hate the idea of trends. I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality. I got where I am by coming off the wall.
-- Clint Eastwood --


Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.
-- Clint Eastwood --


When you're not interested in trying new things, that's when you should start hitting golf balls.
-- Clint Eastwood --


I've always had the ability to say to the audience: "Watch this if you like it and if you don't - take a hike."
-- Clint Eastwood --


I used to play a lot of lab assistants. I'd be the guy running in, yelling "The place is on fire!" I never got shot or died - if that had happened, I would've gotten more screen time than average.
-- Clint Eastwood --


They say marriages are made in heaven, but so is thunder and lightning.
-- Clint Eastwood --


Propaganda is the art of persuading others of what you don't believe yourself.
-- Abba Eban --


History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
-- Abba Eban --


People must not do things for fun. We are not here for fun. There is no reference to fun in any act of parliament.
-- Abba Eban --


Now more than ever do I realize that I shall never be content with a sedentary life, and that I shall always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.
-- Isabelle Eberhardt --


Tom Hanks must be fundamentally a good person, or he is an even better actor than we think
-- Roger Ebert --


If you have one good idea, people will lend you twenty.
-- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach --


We don't believe in rheumatism and love until after the first attack.
-- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach --


If there is a faith that can move mountains, it is a faith in your own power.
-- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach --


A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry; but money answereth all things.
-- The Bible, Ecclesiastes --


The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.
-- Meister Eckhart --


To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God.
-- Meister Eckhart --


If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "Thank you," that would suffice.
-- Meister Eckhart --


I ask you to look both ways. For the road to a knowledge of the stars leads through the atom, and important knowledge of the atom has been reached through the stars.
-- Arthur Eddington --


Angels are pure thoughts from God, winged with truth and love.
-- Mary Baker Eddy --


Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.
-- Marian Wright Edelman --


Corruption never has been compulsory.
-- Anthony Eden --


It is quite fitting that charity should begin at home, but it should not end at home; for those that help nobody will find none to help them in time of need.
-- Maria Edgeworth --


The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.
-- Maria Edgeworth --


Man is to be held only by the slightest chains; with the idea that he can break them at pleasure, he submits to them in sport.
-- Maria Edgeworth --


Friends should quarrel to strengthen their attachment, and offend each other for the pleasure of being reconciled.
-- Maria Edgeworth --


Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.
-- Thomas Alva Edison --


Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure.
-- Thomas A. Edison --


I am long on ideas but short on time. I expect to live only about one hundred years.
-- Thomas A. Edison --


Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
-- Thomas Edison --


The inventor tries to meet the demands of a crazy civilization.
-- Thomas Edison --


Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
-- Thomas Edison --


Restlessness is discontent - and discontent is the first necessity of progress.
-- Thomas A. Edison --


Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
-- Thomas A. Edison --


Restlessness is discontent - and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
-- Thomas Edison --


Remember, nothing that's good works by itself, just to please you. You've got to make the damn thing work.
-- Thomas Alva Edison --


The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
-- Thomas A. Edison --


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
-- Thomas Alva Edison --


I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
-- Thomas Edison --


I have not failed. I've just found ten thousand ways that won't work.
-- Thomas Alva Edison --


Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.
-- Thomas Edison --


I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
-- Thomas A. Edison --


I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.
-- Edward VIII --


Now I know what a statesman is; he's a dead politician. We need more statesmen.
-- Bob Edwards --


One can always tell when one is getting old and serious by the way that holidays seem to interfere with one's work.
-- Bob Edwards --


I've often said that the most important thing you can give your children is wings.
-- Elizabeth Edwards --


In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.
-- Flora Edwards --


I once saw a very large spider, to my surprise, swimming in the air, and others have assured me that they often have seen spiders fly; the appearance is truly very pretty and pleasing.
-- Jonathan Edwards --


Resolved: Never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.
-- Jonathan Edwards --


I tried, in my time, to be a philosopher, but ... cheerfulness was always breaking in.
-- Oliver Edwards --


A good man who goes wrong is just a bad man who has been found out.
-- Robert Chambers Edwards --


Imperfect knowledge is the parent of doubt; thorough and honest research dispels it.
-- Tryon Edwards --


Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.
-- Tryon Edwards --


Contemplation is to knowledge what digestion is to food - the way to get life out of it.
-- Tryon Edwards --


Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.
-- Edward Eggleston --


You could cover the whole world with asphalt, but sooner or later green grass would break through.
-- Ilya Ehrenburg --


Anyone who has invented a better mousetrap, or the contemporary equivalent, can expect to be harassed by strangers demanding that you read their unpublished manuscripts or undergo the humiliation of public speaking, usually on remote midwestern campuses.
-- Barbara Ehrenreich --


No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.
-- Barbara Ehrenreich --


It seems to me that there must be an ecological limit to the number of paper pushers the earth can sustain, and that human civilization will collapse when the number of, say, tax lawyers exceeds the world's population of farmers, weavers, fisherpersons, and pediatric nurses.
-- Barbara Ehrenreich --


We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.
-- Barbara Ehrenreich --


James Bond in his Sean Connery days was the first well-known bachelor on the American scene who was not a drifter or a degenerate and did not eat out of cans.
-- Barbara Ehrenreich --


With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
-- Max Ehrmann (from Desiderata) --


Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
-- Albert Einstein --


Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
-- Albert Einstein --


The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.
-- Albert Einstein --


Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
-- Albert Einstein --


Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
-- Albert Einstein --


Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary.
-- Albert Einstein --


It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
-- Albert Einstein --


Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a persistent one.
-- Albert Einstein --


People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.
-- Albert Einstein --


It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion.
-- Albert Einstein --


Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
-- Albert Einstein --


I, at any rate, am convinced that God is not playing at dice.
-- Albert Einstein --


When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute – and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.
-- Albert Einstein --


I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.
-- Albert Einstein --


If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies. It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.
-- Albert Einstein --


Isn't it strange that I who have only written unpopular books should be such a popular fellow.
-- Albert Einstein --


A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory.
-- Albert Einstein --


Perfections of means and confusion of goals seem - in my opinion - to characterize our age.
-- Albert Einstein --


Our situation on this earth seems strange. Every one of us appears here involuntarily and uninvited for a short stay without knowing why. To me, it is enough to wonder at the secrets.
-- Albert Einstein --


I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
-- Albert Einstein --


An empty stomach is not a good political adviser
-- Albert Einstein --


Marie Curie is, of all celebrated beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted.
-- Albert Einstein --


If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
-- Albert Einstein --


Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
-- Albert Einstein --


Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
-- Albert Einstein --


People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live. We never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.
-- Albert Einstein --


No one knows enough to be a pessimist.
-- Albert Einstein --


The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
-- Albert Einstein --


I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious
-- Albert Einstein --


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


I think and think for months, for years. Ninety-nine times the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
-- Albert Einstein --


Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.
-- Albert Einstein --


He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.
-- Albert Einstein --


He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
-- Albert Einstein --


I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
-- Albert Einstein --


My political ideal is democracy. Everyone should be respected as an individual but no one idolized.
-- Albert Einstein --


No amount of experimentation can prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
-- Albert Einstein --


I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don't have to.
-- Albert Einstein --


Schools must not work with methods of fear, force, and artificial authority. Such treatment destroys the sound sentiments, the sincerity, and the self-confidence of pupils and produces a subservient subject.
-- Albert Einstein --


The development of general ability for independent thinking and judgment should always be placed foremost, not the acquisition of special knowledge.
-- Albert Einstein --


Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
-- Albert Einstein --


Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudice laid down by the mind before you reach eighteen.
-- Albert Einstein --


You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
-- Albert Einstein --


The world war after the next one will be fought with rocks.
-- Albert Einstein --


One must divide one's time between politics and equations. But our equations are much more important to me.
-- Albert Einstein --


The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax!
-- Albert Einstein --


Anybody who really wants to abolish war must resolutely declare himself in favor of his own country's resigning a portion of its sovereignty in favor of international institutions.
-- Albert Einstein --


It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
-- Albert Einstein --


Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
-- Albert Einstein --


Science without religion is lame; Religion without science is blind.
-- Albert Einstein --


Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
-- Albert Einstein --


The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
-- Albert Einstein --


I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
-- Albert Einstein --


Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
-- Albert Einstein --


The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.
-- Albert Einstein --


Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
-- Albert Einstein --


The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth.
-- Albert Einstein --


Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
-- Albert Einstein --


There are two ways to live: You can live as if nothing is a miracle; You can live as if everything is a miracle.
-- Albert Einstein --


We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
-- Albert Einstein --


To enjoy baseball, you do not need violence in your heart.
-- Charles Einstein --


You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


The best foreign policy is to live our daily lives in honesty, decency, and integrity.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


An atheist is a guy who watches a Notre Dame Southern Methodist University football game and doesn't care who wins.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half-hour looking at my face on their television screens.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from a cornfield.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


The true slogan of a true democracy is not "let the government do it" but rather, "let's do it ourselves." This is the spirit of a people dedicated to helping themselves - and one another.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


The qualities of a great man are vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.
-- 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 --


An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


Before all else, we seek, upon our common labor as a nation, the blessings of Almighty God.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
-- 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 --


When you appeal to force, there's one thing you must never do - lose.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower --


Purpose is the central ingredient of power. Powerful people and organizations have a strong, sometimes even skewed, sense of purpose. A strong point of view is worth eighty IQ points.
-- Michael Eisner --


If it's not growing, it's going to die.
-- Michael Eisner --


Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that idea is not quite clear to him.
-- Paul Eldridge --


Esteem and knowledge of a person are generally as the two sides of a seesaw: When one rises, the other falls.
-- Paul Eldridge --


Authors hide their big thefts by putting small ones between quotation marks.
-- Paul Eldridge --


Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
-- Charles W. Eliot --


It will never rain roses: When we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
-- George Eliot --


The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.
-- George Eliot --


More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of human pity that will not forsake us.
-- George Eliot --


Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.
-- George Eliot --


We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinnertime.
-- George Eliot --


There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
-- George Eliot --


Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age.
-- George Eliot --


There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
-- George Eliot --


As to memory, it is known that this frail faculty naturally lets drop the facts which are less flattering to our self-love - when it does not retain them carefully as subjects not to be approached, marshy spots with a warning flag over them.
-- George Eliot --


I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.
-- George Eliot --


He is like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
-- George Eliot --


Opinions: men's thoughts about great subjects. Taste: their thought about small ones: dress, behavior, amusements, ornaments.
-- George Eliot --


Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
-- George Eliot --


Correct English is the slang of prigs who write history and essays.
-- George Eliot --


Childhood has no forebodings; but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow.
-- George Eliot --


He said he should prefer not to know the sources of the Nile, and that there should be some unknown regions preserved as hunting grounds for poetic imagination.
-- George Eliot --


Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
-- George Eliot --


We do not expect people to be deeply moved by what is not unusual. That element of tragedy which lies in the very fact of frequency, has not yet wrought itself into the coarse emotion of mankind.
-- George Eliot --


An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
-- George Eliot --


If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.
-- George Eliot --


Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
-- George Eliot --


Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
-- George Eliot --


What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?
-- George Eliot --


Justice is like the kingdom of God - it is not without us as a fact, it is within us as a great yearning.
-- George Eliot --


Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it.
-- George Eliot --


Errors look so very ugly in persons of small means - one feels they are taking quite a liberty in going astray; whereas people of fortune may naturally indulge in a few delinquencies.
-- George Eliot --


What we strive to gratify, though we may call it a distant hope, is an immediate desire; the future estate for which men drudge up city alleys exists already in their imagination and love.
-- George Eliot --


I easily sink into mere absorption of what other minds have done, and should like a whole life for that alone.
-- George Eliot --


A patronizing disposition always has its meaner side.
-- George Eliot --


There is no sorrow I have thought more about than that - to love what is great, and try to reach it, and yet to fail.
-- George Eliot --


Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
-- George Eliot --


Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds.
-- George Eliot --


There's many a one who would be idle if hunger didn't pinch him; but the stomach sets us to work.
-- George Eliot --


The words of genius have a wider meaning than the thought that prompted them.
-- George Eliot --


It always seemed to me a sort of clever stupidity only to have one sort of talent - like a carrier pigeon.
-- George Eliot --


Hint to farmers: what ought to be done today, do it, for tomorrow it may rain.
-- Jared Eliot --


Rule number one is, don't sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it's all small stuff.
-- Robert Eliot --


Honest criticism and sensitive appreciation are directed not upon the poet but upon the poetry.
-- T. S. Eliot --


Home is where one starts from. As we grow older the world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated of dead and living.
-- T. S. Eliot --


But the essential advantage for a poet is to be able to see beneath both beauty and ugliness; to see the boredom, and the horror, and the glory.
-- T. S. Eliot --


Never commit yourself to a cheese without having first examined it.
-- T. S. Eliot --


The present and the past are perhaps both present in the future and the future is contained in the past.
-- T. S. Eliot --


If you want to write poetry you must earn a living some other way.
-- T. S. Eliot --


I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
-- T. S. Eliot --


Midnight shakes the memory as a madman shakes a dead geranium.
-- T. S. Eliot --


Poetry is not an assertion of truth, but the making of that truth more fully real to us.
-- T. S. Eliot --


The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.
-- T. S. Eliot --


I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river is a strong brown god – sullen, untamed and intractable.
-- T. S. Eliot --


Success is relative: It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.
-- T. S. Eliot --


And the wind shall say: "here were decent godless people: their only monument the asphalt road and a thousand lost golf balls."
-- T. S. Eliot --


I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
-- T. S. Eliot --


The one thing to do, is to do nothing. Wait. You will find that you survive humiliation, and that's an experience of incalculable value.
-- T. S. Eliot --


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
-- T. S. Eliot --


This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.
-- T. S. Eliot --


No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be; Am an attendant lord, one that will do, To swell a progress, start a scene or two, Advise the prince. Midnight shakes the memory, As a madman shakes a dead geranium.
-- T. S. Eliot --


Yes, I suppose some editors are failed writers - but so are most writers.
-- T. S. Eliot --


We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
-- T. S. Eliot --


Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
-- T. S. Eliot --


It is time I stepped aside for a less experienced and able man.
-- Scott Elledge --


There is a gentle absurdity about Washington D.C., and it is easy to develop affection for the place, if you can forget that the consequences of what goes on there are real, whereas what goes on there may not be.
-- Linda Ellerbee --


If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?
-- Linda Ellerbee --


In the coldest February, as in every other month in every other year, the best thing to hold on to in this world is each other.
-- Linda Ellerbee --


If men rule the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?
-- Linda Ellerbee --


I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that.
-- Linda Ellerbee --


I was raised by, and have raised, people who regard telling one story when two would do as a sign someone is not really trying.
-- Linda Ellerbee --


There has never been a statue erected to the memory of someone who let well enough alone.
-- Jules Ellinger --


A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
-- Duke Ellington --


My mother told me I was blessed, and I have always taken her word for it. Being born of – or reincarnated from – royalty is nothing like being blessed. Royalty is inherited from another human being, blessedness comes from God.
-- Duke Ellington --


Life has two rules: Number one, never quit; Number two, always remember rule number one.
-- Duke Ellington --


Love is indescribable and unconditional. I could tell you a thousand things that it is not, but not one that it is.
-- Duke Ellington --


Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
-- Walter Elliott --


Live in terms of your strong points. Magnify them. Let your weaknesses shrivel up and die from lack of nourishment.
-- William Young Elliott --


The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
-- Albert Ellis --


It has always been difficult for man to realize that his life is all an art. It has been more difficult to conceive it so than to act it so.
-- Havelock Ellis --


One can know nothing of giving aught that is worthy to give unless one also knows how to take.
-- Havelock Ellis --


"Charm" - which means the power to effect work without employing brute force - is indispensable to women. Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm.
-- Havelock Ellis --


What we call "Progress" is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.
-- Havelock Ellis --


All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
-- Havelock Ellis --


Dance is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
-- Havelock Ellis --


Every artist writes his own autobiography.
-- Havelock Ellis --


All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
-- Havelock Ellis --


Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
-- Ralph Ellison --


Had the price of looking been blindness, I would have looked.
-- Ralph Ellison --


The true artist destroys the accepted world by way of revealing the unseen, and creating that which is new and uniquely his own.
-- Ralph Ellison --


All I know is I end up singin' the blues and while I'm singing them blues I makes up my mind that I ain't nobody but myself and ain't nothing I can do but let whatever is gonna happen happen.
-- Ralph Ellison --


Anybody who doesn't know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose.
-- James Ellroy --


You can't think about things you want to change. Just be yourself.
-- Ethan Embry --


Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Wherever a man commits a crime, God finds a witness. Every secret crime has its reporter.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


I can reason down or deny everything except this perpetual belly: Feed he must and will, and I cannot make him respectable.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Go often to the house of a friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Improve (your spare moments) and they will become the brightest gems in your life.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


A man finds room in the few square inches of his face for the traits of all his ancestors; for me expression of all his history, and his wants.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Let every man shovel out his own snow and the whole city will be passable.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


No man is quite sane. Each has a vein of folly in his composition - a slight determination of blood to the head, to make sure of holding him hard to some one point which he has taken to heart.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


The new individual must work out the whole problem of science, letters and theology for himself; can owe his fathers nothing.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


It is always pleasant to be generous though very vexatious to pay debts.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Self-sacrifice is the real miracle out of which all the reported miracles grow.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.
-- Emerson --


But it is a cold, lifeless business when you go to the shops to buy something, which does not represent your life and talent, but a goldsmith's.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


The astonishment of life is the absence of any appearance of reconciliation between the theory and the practice of life.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Ennui shortens life and bereaves the day of light.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Heaven is large and affords space for all modes of love and fortitude.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Evermore in the world is this marvelous balance of beauty and disgust, magnificence and rats.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Good men are they who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


In Maine they have not a summer but a thaw.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Men who know the same things are not long the best company for each other.
-- Emerson --


The machine unmakes the man. Now that the machine is so perfect, the engineer is nobody.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Every thought which genius and piety throw into the world alters the world.
-- Emerson --


Rings and jewels are not gifts but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of yourself.
-- Emerson --


The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of the cities, but the kind of man that the country turns out.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


There is nothing we value and hunt and cultivate and strive to draw to us, but in some hour we turn and rend it.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Nations have lost their old omnipotence; the patriotic tie does not hold. Nations are getting obsolete, we go and live where we will.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


This time, like all other times, is a very good one, if only we know what to do with it.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


The salvation of America and of the human race depends on the next election, if we believe in the newspapers.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


We are not free to use today, or to promise tomorrow, because we are already mortgaged to yesterday.
-- R. W. Emerson --


A drop of water has the properties of the sea, but cannot exhibit a storm.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


It's never too soon or too late to build for your future.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


The lesson is, to know that men are superficially very inflammable, but that these fervors do not strike down and reach the action and habit of the man.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


He who does his own work frees a slave. He who does not his own work is a slaveholder.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


A sufficient and sure method of civilization is the influence of good women.
-- R. W. Emerson --


In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from the fear.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


There is always room for a man of force, and he makes room for many.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


We do what we can and then make a theory to prove our performance the best.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


A mechanic is driven by his work all day, but it ends at night; it has an end. But the scholar's work has none.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


If you would lift me up, you must be on higher ground.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


You send your child to the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys who educate him.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Win as if you were used to it; Lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


No facts to me are sacred; none are profane.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


There never was a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfaction is provided with a resource against calamity.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Every reform is only a mask under cover of which a more terrible reform, which dares not yet name itself, advances.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Every man is a borrower and a mimic; life is theatrical and literature a quotation.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


A man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


As we are, so we do; and as we do, so is done to us. We are the builders of our fortunes.
-- R. W. Emerson --


A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Life is short but there is always time enough for courtesy.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Art is a jealous mistress.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


Cities force growth, and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --


We have no choice, to be a human being is to be a latent fool. The choice we have is whether or not we are going to be practicing fools.
-- Stewart Emery --


I am whatever you say I am; If I wasn't then why would you say I am.
-- Eminem --


Any fact is better established by two or three good testimonies than by a thousand arguments
-- Emmons --


Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.
-- Nathaniel Emmons --


The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
-- Sigmund Engel --


You can lay down and die, or you can get up and fight, but that's it - there's no turning back.
-- Jon English --


Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there.
-- Nora Ephron --


I always read the last page of a book first so that if I die before I finish i'll know how it turned out.
-- Nora Ephron --


If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.
-- Nora Ephron --


I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.
-- Nora Ephron --


I always say that a successful parent is one who raises a child so that they can pay for their own psychoanalysis.
-- Nora Ephron --


You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets.
-- Nora Ephron --


There is no reason to confuse television news with journalism.
-- Nora Ephron --


What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.
-- Nora Ephron --


Whoever sins least, he is the best man; for no man is innocent, no one free from blame.
-- Epicharmus --


You may fetter my leg, but Zeus himself cannot get the better of my free will.
-- Epictetus --


Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
-- Epictetus --


Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
-- Epictetus --


The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
-- Epictetus --


Nature hath given men one tongue but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.
-- Epictetus --


If any one speak ill of thee, consider whether he hath truth on his side; and if so, reform thyself, that his censures may not affect thee.
-- Epictetus --


Good fortune, like ripe fruit, ought to be enjoyed while it is still present.
-- Epictetus --


And have you not received faculties which will enable you to bear all that happens to you? Have you not received greatness of spirit? Have you not received courage? Have you not received endurance?
-- Epictetus --


Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.
-- Epictetus --


There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
-- Epictetus --


If I were a nightingale, I would sing like a nightingale, if a swan, like a swan. But, since I am a rational creature, my role is to praise God.
-- Epictetus --


First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.
-- Epictetus --


It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
-- Epictetus --


The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it.
-- Epicurus --


It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
-- Epicurus --


The greatest good is prudence; a more precious thing even than philosophy; from it spring all the other virtues.
-- Epicurus --


It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.
-- Epicurus --


The central function of imaginative literature is to make you realize that other people act on moral convictions different from your own.
-- William Epson --


Within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we will live.
-- Joseph Epstein --


When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.
-- Erasmus --


If you look at history you'll find that no state has been so plagued by its rulers as when power has fallen into the hands of some dabbler in philosophy or literary addict.
-- Erasmus --


Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception, and ignorance, but it isn't - it's human.
-- Erasmus --


Let a king recall that it is better to improve his realm than to increase his territory.
-- Desiderius Erasmus --


You know, some people fall right through the hole in their lives. It's invisible, but they come to it after time, never knowing where.
-- Louise Erdrich --


A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he got the biggest piece.
-- Ludwig W. Erhard --


Architecture doesn't come from theory. You don't think your way through a building.
-- Arthur Erickson --


Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps on ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.
-- Lou Erickson --


Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.
-- Erik H. Erikson --


The artist is a spectator, indifferent or impassioned, at the birth of his work, and observes the phases of its development.
-- Max Ernst --


The shoulders of a borrower are always a little straighter than those of a beggar.
-- Morris Ernst --


Man's fear of ideas is probably the greatest dike holding back human knowledge and happiness.
-- Morris Leopold Ernst --


A beautiful woman is one I notice; a charming woman is one who notices me.
-- John Erskine --


Opinion is that exercise of the human will which helps us to make a decision without information.
-- John Erskine --


I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.
-- John Erskine --


That which is called firmness in a king is called obstinacy in a donkey.
-- Lord Erskine --


Someone has somewhere commented on the fact that millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
-- Susan Ertz --


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


Family: a social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space.
-- Evan Esar --


If you have made up your mind that you cannot do it, you're absolutely right.
-- Evan Esar --


There is only one food for thought; more thought.
-- Evan Esar --


We can't do much about the length of our lives, but we can do plenty about its width and depth.
-- Evan Esar --


The best time to make friends is before you need them.
-- Evan Esar --


The only job at which you start at the top is digging a hole.
-- Evan Esar --


No matter how much you nurse a grudge, it won't get better.
-- Evan Esar --


Hope: Tomorrow's veneer over today's disappointment.
-- Evan Esar --


An ace in your hand is worth two in the deck.
-- Evan Esar --


Genius is entitled to respect only when it promotes the peace and improves the happiness of mankind.
-- Lord Essex --


If youth only knew; if age only could.
-- Henri Estienne --


When love grows diseased, the best thing we can do is put it to a violent death. I cannot endure the torture of a lingering and consumptive passion.
-- Sir George Etherege --


I always wanted the fire of Springsteen. I always wanted the melodies that Van Morrison could write. I always wanted the heart of Joni Mitchell. And I wanted the guitar rhythms of Keith Richards.
-- Melissa Etheridge --


Relationships are hard. It's like a full-time job, and we should treat it like one. If your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to leave you, they should give you two weeks' notice. There should be severance pay, and before they leave you, they should have to find you a temp.
-- Bob Ettinger --


Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.
-- Euripides --


He who neglects learning in his youth loses the past and is dead for the future.
-- Euripides --


The company of just and righteous men is better than wealth and a rich estate.
-- Euripides --


To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man. The coward despairs.
-- Euripides --


There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.
-- Euripides --


Do not consider painful what is good for you.
-- Euripides --


When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.
-- Euripides --


The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.
-- Euripides --


The wisest men follow their own direction.
-- Euripides --


Circumstances rule men and not men rule circumstances.
-- Euripides --


Slight not what's near, while aiming at what's far.
-- Euripides --


In this world second thoughts, it seems, are best.
-- Euripides --


Time will explain it all. He is a talker, and needs no questioning before he speaks.
-- Euripides --


Dishonor will not trouble me, once I am dead.
-- Euripides --


In case of dissension, never dare to judge till you've heard the other side.
-- Euripides --


Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.
-- Euripides --


No matter how grouchy you're feeling, You'll find the smile more or less healing. It grows in a wreath All around the front teeth Thus preserving the face from congealing.
-- Anthony Euwer --


There is no necessary connection between the desire to lead and the ability to lead, and even less the ability to lead somewhere that will be to the advantage of the led.
-- Bergen Evans --


Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.
-- Bergen Evans --


I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better.
-- George Bird Evans --


Idiom is larger than geography; it is the hot breath of a people - singing, slashing, explorative. Imagery becomes the magic denominator, the language of a passage, saying the ancient unchanging particulars.
-- Mari Evans --


Freedom has never been free ... I love my children and I love my wife with all my heart. And I would die, die gladly, if that would make a better life for them.
-- Medgar Evers --


Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.
-- Sam Ewing --


In many instance, marriage vows would be more accurate if the phrase were changed to “Until debt do us part.”
-- Sam Ewing --


Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.
-- Sam Ewing --


If there isn't a law, there will be.
-- Harold Faber --


Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking,
-- Clifton Fadiman --


A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be oversophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk's leap toward immortality.
-- Clifton Fadiman --


To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history.
-- Clifton Fadiman --


Ennui, felt on the proper occasions, is a sign of intelligence.
-- Clifton Fadiman --


Cheese - milk's leap forward to immortality.
-- Clifton Fadiman --


Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye, particularly if he adds a firm handshake, is hiding something.
-- Clifton Fadiman --


Maybe the most that you can expect from a relationship that goes bad is to come out of it with a few good songs.
-- Marianne Faithfull --


Americans are rather like bad Bulgarian wine: they don't travel well.
-- Bernard Falk --


When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary to not make a decision.
-- Lord Falkland --


Listening to someone talk isn't at all like listening to their words played over on a machine. What you hear when you have a face before you is never what you hear when you have before you a winding tape.
-- Oriana Fallaci --


One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories.
-- Rebecca Falls --


Feminism's agenda is basic: it asks that women not be forced to choose between public justice and private happiness.
-- Susan Faludi --


To despise riches may, indeed, be philosophic, but to dispense them worthily must surely be more beneficial to mankind.
-- Fanny Burney --


Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature, and in such things as these, experiment is the best test of such consistency.
-- Michael Faraday --


Why sir, there is every possibility that you will soon be able to tax it!
-- Michael Faraday, when asked about the usefulness of electricity --


I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all God's gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment.
-- Frances Farmer --


A real friend is someone who takes a winter vacation on a sun drenched beach and doesn't send you a card.
-- Farmer's Almanac --


The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.
-- William Faulkner --


The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has no peace until then. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written.
-- William Faulkner --


A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.
-- William Faulkner --


I never know what I think about something until I read what I’ve written on it.
-- William Faulkner --


If I were reincarnated, I'd want to come back as a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.
-- William Faulkner --


No man can cause more grief than that one clinging blindly to the vices of his ancestors.
-- William Faulkner --


Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
-- William Faulkner --


We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
-- William Faulkner --


I don't think you should rule out the possibility that just occasionally, Chance might deal you a good card.
-- Sebastian Faulks --


God is a child who amuses himself, going from laughing to crying for no reason, each day reinventing the world to the chagrin of hair-splitters, pedants, and preachers, who try to teach God his job as creator.
-- Elie Faure --


The reason the All-American boy prefers beauty to brains is that the All-American boy can see better than he can think.
-- Farrah Fawcett --


If people really liked to work, we'd still be plowing the land with sticks and transporting goods on our backs.
-- William Feather --


We always admire the other fellow more after we have tried to do his job.
-- William Feather --


Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing.
-- William Feather --


A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it.
-- William Feather --


Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
-- William Feather --


Next to doing a good job yourself, the greatest joy is in having someone else do a first-class job under your direction.
-- William Feather --


I'm a man of simple wants - all I want is my share of the best there is.
-- William Feather --


The hardest job of all is trying to look busy when you're not.
-- William Feather --


I'm in real trouble. First my laundry called and said they lost my shirt, then my broker said the same thing.
-- Leopold Fechtman --


Much of good manners is about knowing when to pretend that what's happening isn't happening.
-- Mrs. Falk Feeley --


Every book has a strong individual character, like a leader among men.
-- James K. Feibleman --


You can say one thing about ignorance: There seems to be more than enough to go around.
-- James Feibleman --


Help a man in trouble and he will remember you when he's in trouble again.
-- James Feibleman --


Every time we see Hamlet in a new and improved version, it almost seems as though we have lost him.
-- James Feibleman --


A scholar is one who thinks that if the meaning of a word changes with time, it is always for the worse.
-- James K. Feibleman --


Adults have trouble opening the safety cap on aspirin bottles but children can do it easily.
-- James Feibleman --


I had a terrible nightmare. I dreamed that all the truths were known.
-- James Feibleman --


Contract bridge was invented to save people the embarrassment of having to talk to each other.
-- James Feibleman --


Old people maintain a conspiracy of silence. They never tell the young that they are having their best years.
-- James Feibleman --


The really great are those who are able to make life meet them on their terms.
-- James Feibleman --


Fiction takes many forms: novels, short stories, plays, campaign promises.
-- James K. Feibleman --


We are at once the beneficiaries and the victims of our great technology. What man makes remakes man.
-- James Feibleman --


Getting out of bed in the morning is an act of false confidence.
-- Jules Feiffer --


With a suit, even if you're having a nervous breakdown, you still look like you're in charge.
-- Paul Feig --


Never accept the proposition that just because a solution satisfies a problem, that it must be the only solution.
-- Raymond Feist --


Dad taught me all I know about remodeling by making an example of our house. Our house was like one of the great European cathedrals: never finished.
-- Michael Feldman --


Society teaches us to lie. One of the first things parents teach kids is that they should try to look like they like a gift whether they do or not.
-- Robert Feldman --


All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
-- Federico Fellini --


People reproach me for not always telling the same story the same way. But this happens because I've invented the whole tale from the start and it seems boring to me and unkind to other people to repeat myself.
-- Federico Fellini --


A different language is a different vision of life.
-- Federico Fellini --


In the mythology of cinema, Oscar is the supreme prize.
-- Federico Fellini --


A good opening and a good ending make for a good film provided they come close together.
-- Federico Fellini --


If not a director I would've been an actor, a singer, a painter, a circus performer, a musician, a writer, and a doctor in a mental hospital. I am very fortunate. As a director I can be all of these.
-- Federico Fellini --


Frequently a big advantage can be gained by knowing how to give in at the right moment.
-- Fenelon --


Love is conquered only by flight. Against such an enemy, true courage consists in fear and retreat, in retreat without deliberation, and without looking back.
-- Francois Fenelon --


The purpose of primary education is the development of your weak characteristics; the purpose of university education, the development of your strong.
-- Nevin Fenneman --


A new baby is always the brightest cause for rejoicing in any house.
-- Edward Fenton --


Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing. It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense of what can and cannot be done.
-- James Fenton --


I am not belittling the brave pioneer men, but the sunbonnet as well as the sombrero has helped to settle this glorious land of ours.
-- Edna Ferber --


A stricken tree, a living thing, so beautiful, so dignified, so admirable in its potential longevity, is, next to man, perhaps the most touching of wounded objects.
-- Edna Ferber --


To enjoy walking merely as walking was, and is, considered an eccentricity in the United States.
-- Edna Ferber --


About mistakes it's funny. You got to make your own; and not only that, if you try to keep people from making theirs they get mad.
-- Edna Ferber --


Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside.
-- Marilyn Ferguson --


Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture, the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest.
-- Marilyn Ferguson --


An atmosphere of trust, love, and humor can nourish extraordinary human capacity. One key is authenticity: parents acting as people, not as roles.
-- Marilyn Ferguson --


The poet is like an acrobat, climbs on rime to a high wire of his own making.
-- Lawrence Ferlinghetti --


Whatever Nature has in store for mankind, unpleasant as it may be, men must accept, for ignorance is never better than knowledge.
-- Enrico Fermi --


More husbands would leave home if they knew how to pack their suitcases.
-- Leopold Fetchner --


The only suitable gift for the man who has everything is your deepest sympathy.
-- Imogene Fey --


You can't be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.
-- Tina Fey --


Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.
-- Richard Feynman --


I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.
-- Richard Feynman --


I am in love with high, far-seeing places.
-- Arthur Ficke --


Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.
-- Jim Fiebig --


He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.
-- Edgar R. Fiedler --


Human thought is like a monstrous pendulum; it keeps swinging from one extreme to the other.
-- Eugene Field --


Here we have a baby. It is composed of a bald head and a pair of lungs.
-- Eugene Field --


I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know.
-- Joanna Field --


I used to think I had ambition, but now I'm not so sure. It may have been only discontent. They're easily confused.
-- Rachel Field --


You don't have to do "issues" pictures to be worthwhile. Entertainment is one of the great values of mankind.
-- Sally Field --


He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the latter.
-- Henry Fielding --


His designs were strictly honorable, as the phrase is: That is, to rob a lady of her fortune by way of marriage.
-- Henry Fielding --


Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.
-- Henry Fielding --


The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.
-- Sarah Fielding --


I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I have lost is two weeks.
-- Totie Fields --


I always keep a supply of stimulant handy in case I see a snake – w