Famous Quotes

 

 

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
          -  Edward Abbey


We need laws that protect everyone. Men and women, straights and gays, regardless of sexual perversion... uh, persuasion.
          -  Bella Abzug


Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
          -  Lord Acton


I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
          -  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


There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
          -  Douglas Adams


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


Indecision is like a stepchild: if he does not wash his hands, he is called dirty, if he does, he is wasting water.
          -  African proverb


Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.
          -  Howard Aiken


The man who has no imagination has no wings.
          -  Muhammad Ali


Eighty percent of success is showing up.
          -  Woody Allen


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


Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought - particularly for people who cannot remember where they left things.
          -  Woody Allen


The only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind.
          -  John Allston


If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
          -  Maya Angelou


The way to make a small fortune in the commodities market is to start with a large fortune.
          -  Anonymous


There are 10 kinds of people in the world -- those who understand binary and those who don't.
          -  Anonymous


Come to the edge
He said. They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge
He said. They came.
He pushed them, and
they flew...
          -  Guillaume Apollinaire


Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble.
          -  Arabic proverb


Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
          -  Archimedes


Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
          -  Pietro Aretino


Friendship consists of only one soul inhabiting two bodies.
          -  Aristotle


Happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it.
          -  Aristotle


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


Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
          -  Aristotle


That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
          -  Neil Armstrong


It is costly wisdom that is brought by experience.
          -  Roger Ascham


Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.
          -  Mary Kay Ash


There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
          -  Isaac Asimov


Simply stated, it is sagacious to eschew obfuscation.
          -  Norman Augustine


How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
          -  Marcus Aurelius


Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.
          -  Marcus Aelius Aurelius


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


Knowledge is power.
          -  Francis Bacon


Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
          -  Francis Bacon


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


I gave up on new poetry myself thirty years ago, when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens on a hostile world.
          -  Russell Baker


I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
          -  James Baldwin


Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
          -  James Barrie


God gave us memory that we might have roses in December.
          -  James Matthew Barrie


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


Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.
          -  Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C.


Any healthy man can go without food for two days -- but not without poetry.
          -  Charles Baudelaire


Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures
          -  Henry Ward Beecher


Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.
          -  Henry Ward Beecher


Nobody ever died of laughter.
          -  Max Beerbohm


Critics are like eunuchs in a harem: they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.
          -  Brendan Behan


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


The moment a man talks to his fellows he begins to lie.
          -  Hilaire Belloc


There may be said to be two classes of people in the world; those who constantly divide the people of the world into two classes and those who do not.
          -  Robert Benchley


I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.
          -  Jack Benny


As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.
          -  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


I hope I never get so old I get religious.
          -  Ingmar Bergman


A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
          -  Ingrid Bergman


The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success.
          -  Irving Berlin


Baseball is 90% mental; the other half is physical.
          -  Yogi Berra


When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
          -  Yogi Berra


It's like déjà vu all over again.
          -  Yogi Berra


If you let that sort of thing go on, your bread and butter will be cut right out from under your feet.
          -  Ernest Bevin, Former British foreign minister


Do to others what you would have them do to you.
          -  Bible


Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
          -  Ambrose Bierce


Patience: A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue.
          -  Ambrose Bierce


Pray: To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
          -  Ambrose Bierce


Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum.
"I think that I think, therefore I think that I am."
          -  Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary


Ack.
          -  Bill the Cat


Laws are like sausages -- it is better not to see them being made.
          -  Otto von Bismarck


It is better that ten guilty escape than one innocent suffer.
          -  William Blackstone


It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
          -  William Blake


Love is the immortal flow of energy that nourishes, extends and preserves.
          -  Smiley Blanton


Education is the movement from darkness to light.
          -  Allan Bloom


Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.
          -  Niels Bohr


A picture is worth a thousand words.
          -  Napoleon Bonaparte


Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
          -  Napoleon Bonaparte


History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
          -  Napoleon Bonaparte


The human race is governed by its imagination.
          -  Napoleon Bonaparte


The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
          -  James Bond


There was a time when the reader of an unexciting newspaper would remark, "How dull is the world today!" Nowadays he says, "What a dull newspaper!"
          -  Daniel J. Boorstin


'Tis nobler to lose honor to save the lives of men than it is to gain honor by taking them.
          -  David Borenstein


Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
          -  Victor Borge


A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.
          -  Hal Borland


Time isn't a commodity, something you pass around like cake. Time is the substance of life. When anyone asks you to give your time, they're really asking for a chunk of your life.
          -  Antoinette Bosco


The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance -- the idea that anything is possible.
          -  Ray Bradbury


We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.
          -  Ray Bradbury


The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
          -  Omar Bradley, US army general


Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
          -  Jacob M. Braude


Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
          -  Bertold Brecht


A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years.
          -  Rupert Brooke


The only limits are, as always, those of vision.
          -  James Broughton


Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.
          -  Les Brown


Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.
          -  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
          -  Robert Browning


Everyday people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
          -  Lenny Bruce


Friends are treasures.
          -  Horace Bruns


Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
          -  Buddha


Never in this world can hatred be stilled by hatred; it will be stilled only by non-hatred -- this is the law Eternal.
          -  Buddha


We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
          -  Buddha


When the student is ready, the master appears.
          -  Buddhist proverb


Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and take a look around every once in a while, you could miss it.
          -  Ferris Bueller


We are the people our parents warned us about.
          -  Jimmy Buffett


Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
          -  Edmund Burke


The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
          -  Edmund Burke


First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down.
          -  George Burns


The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley.
          -  Robert Burns


I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
          -  John Burroughs


For seven and half years I've worked alongside President Reagan. We've had triumphs. Made some mistakes. We've had some sex... uh... setbacks.
          -  George Bush, Vice President


It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas.
          -  George W. Bush


It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.
          -  George W. Bush


You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.
          -  George W. Bush


Adversity is the first path to truth.
          -  George Gordon Byron


Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you're just a reflection of him?
          -  Calvin (Bill Watterson)


People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.
          -  Calvin (Bill Watterson)


That's the remarkable thing about life. No matter how bad it gets it can always get worse.
          -  Calvin (Bill Watterson)


The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
          -  Calvin (Bill Watterson)


There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
          -  Calvin (Bill Watterson)


Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
          -  Albert Camus


Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
          -  Albert Camus


In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
          -  Albert Camus


In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.
          -  Albert Camus


Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
          -  Albert Camus


Vote early and vote often.
          -  Al Capone


Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
          -  Thomas Carlyle


I am amazed at radio DJ's today. I am firmly convinced that AM on my radio stands for Absolute Moron. I will not begin to tell you what FM stands for.
          -  Jasper Carrott


Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
          -  Pablo Casals


My mother's love for me was so great I have worked hard to justify it.
          -  Marc Chagall


When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it – a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand – as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there’s a clash between the two, it’s bad art.
          -  Marc Chagall


It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.
          -  Jacob Chanowski


An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
          -  G, K. Chesterton


A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.
          -  Chinese proverb


Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life.
          -  Chinese proverb


He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.
          -  Chinese proverb


It is the beautiful bird that gets caged.
          -  Chinese proverb


Life begins the day you start a garden.
          -  Chinese proverb


Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted.
          -  Chinese proverb


Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
          -  Chinese proverb


A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
          -  Winston Churchill


I always avoid prophesying beforehand because it is much better to prophesy after the event has already taken place.
          -  Winston Churchill


Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
          -  Winston Churchill


The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
          -  Winston Churchill


The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
          -  Winston Churchill


The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity.
          -  Winston Churchill


The price of greatness is responsibility.
          -  Winston Churchill


The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whiskey. By diligent effort, I learned to like it.
          -  Winston Churchill


We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.
          -  Winston Churchill


The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.
          -  Arthur C. Clarke


The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
          -  Arthur C. Clarke


I tried marijuana once. I did not inhale.
          -  Bill Clinton


There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
          -  Bill Clinton


If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.
          -  Irvin S. Cobb


Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
          -  Jean Cocteau


Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.
          -  Chapman Cohen


Advice is like snow -- the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.
          -  Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Water, water everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.
          -  Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
          -  Confucius


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


Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
          -  William Congreve


Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
          -  Rich Cook


It takes a great man to be a good listener.
          -  Calvin Coolidge


When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results.
          -  Calvin Coolidge


The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.
          -  James Fenimore Cooper


I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
          -  Bill Cosby


Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
          -  Norman Cousins


Live out of your imagination, not your history.
          -  Stephen Covey


Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you.
          -  Malcolm Cowley


When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
          -  Norm Crosby


death i think is no parenthesis
          -  e. e. cummings


i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart)
          -  e. e. cummings


since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
          -  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


Obstacles cannot crush me; every obstacle yields to stern resolve.
          -  Leonardo da Vinci


Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
          -  Leonardo da Vinci


The police are not here to create disorder. They're here to preserve disorder.
          -  Richard Daley, Chicago mayor, 1968 Democratic National Convention


The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad.
          -  Salvador Dali


Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.
          -  Josephus Daniels


The road to a friend's house is never long.
          -  Danish proverb


There is no such thing as justice--in or out of court.
          -  Clarence Darrow


The man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
          -  Charles Darwin


Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
          -  Edward De Bono


A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
          -  Saint Antoine de Exupery


A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
          -  Bernard de Fontenelle


China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.
          -  Charles de Gaulle


Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
          -  Jules de Gaultier


The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.
          -  Willem de Kooning


Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.
          -  Francis Duc de la Rochefoucauld


Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
          -  Antoine de Saint Exupery


Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
          -  John Dewey


"Hope" is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tunes without the words
And never stops -- at all --.
          -  Emily Dickinson


A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
          -  Emily Dickinson


Success is counted sweetest,
By those who ne'er succeed.
          -  Emily Dickinson


I haven't committed a crime. What I did was I failed to comply with the law.
          -  David Dinkins, New York City Mayor and tax evader


A billion here, a billion there. Sooner or later it adds up to real money.
          -  Everett Dirksen


It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
          -  Walt Disney


Nurture your mind with great thoughts.
          -  Benjamin Disraeli


We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
          -  Benjamin Disraeli


Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove
Of golden sands, and crystal brooks,
With silken lines, and silver hooks.
          -  John Donne


No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.
          -  John Donne


Where would Christianity be if Jesus got eight to fifteen years, with time off for good behavior?
          -  James H. Donovan, New York Senator, on capital punishment


It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
          -  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Beware the fury of a patient man.
          -  John Dryden


Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.
          -  André Dubus


Everything that can be invented, has been invented.
          -  Charles H. Duell, 1899


What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print.
          -  Isadora Duncan


Efficiency is intelligent laziness.
          -  David Dunham


My work is done, why wait?
          -  George Eastman, suicide note


If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters, they might write all the books in the British Museum.
          -  Sir Arthur Eddington


Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration.
          -  Thomas Edison


Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
          - Thomas Edison


I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.
          -  Thomas Edison


Everything should be made as simple as possible...but not simpler.
          -  Albert Einstein


Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
          -  Albert Einstein


I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
          -  Albert Einstein


I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.
          -  Albert Einstein


I am not only a pacifist, but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace.
          -  Albert Einstein


It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.
          -  Albert Einstein


No, this trick won't work... How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?
          -  Albert Einstein


Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
          -  Albert Einstein


Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
          -  Albert Einstein


Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.
          -  Albert Einstein


The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
          -  Albert Einstein


The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
          -  Albert Einstein


Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
          -  Albert Einstein


Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
          -  Dwight D. Eisenhower


Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.
          -  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


Mother is the name of God in the lips and hearts of children.
          -  George Eliot


This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
          -  T. S. Eliot


Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


Every burned book enlightens the world.
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


I hate quotations.
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


Ideas must work through the brains and arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


Imagination is not a talent of some men but is the health of every man.
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


Love and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as much as the two sides of an algebraic equation.
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


Some of your hurts you have cured,
And the sharpest you still have survived,
But what torments of grief you endured,
From evils which never arrived!
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


The earth laughs in flowers.
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


The mind does not create what it perceives, any more than the eye creates the rose.
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


The world belongs to the energetic.
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


To be simple is to be great.
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.
          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.
          -  Nora Ephron


Only the educated are free.
          -  Epictetus


In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
          -  Desiderius Erasmus


His thoughts swam between us, hidden under rocks, disappearing in weeds, and I was fishing for them, dangling my own words like baits and lures.
          -  Louise Erdrich, Chippewa poet


Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration.
          -  Lou Erickson


An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
          -  Evan Esar


You can kill a man but you can't kill an idea.
          -  Medgar Evers


Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
          -  William Feather


Economists state their GNP growth projections to the nearest tenth of percentage point to prove they have a sense of humor.
          -  Edgar R. Fiedler


Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite. And furthermore always carry a small snake.
          -  W. C. Fields


To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being. You have to care about people who have no power.
          -  Jane Fonda


Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.
          -  Malcolm Forbes


To measure the man, measure his heart.
          -  Malcolm Forbes


Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.
          -  Henry Ford


You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.
          -  Henry Ford


Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
          -  Gene Fowler


All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
          -  Anatole France


Inflation is the one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.
          -  Milton Friedman


The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
          -  Milton Friedman


Technology is a way of organizing the universe so that man doesn't have to experience it.
          -  Max Frisch


If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.
          -  Robert Fritz


Immature love says: "I love you because I need you." Mature love says "I need you because I love you."
          -  Erich Fromm


Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.
          -  Erich Fromm


We all dream; we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake.
          -  Erich Fromm


Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
          -  Robert Frost


In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
          -  Robert Frost


The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep.
          -  Robert Frost


Two roads diverged in a wood and I --
I took the one less travelled by,
and that has made all the difference."
          -  Robert Frost


Between, our birth and death we may touch understanding
As a moth brushes a window with its wing.
          -  Christopher Fry


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


All commend patience, but none can endure to suffer.
          -  Thomas Fuller


One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.
          -  Thomas Fuller


If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
          -  John Kenneth Galbraith


Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.
          -  John Kenneth Galbraith


I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
          -  Galileo Galilei


I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.
          -  Galileo Galilei


Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.
          -  Mahatma Gandhi


Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
          -  Mahatma Gandhi


Where there is love there is life.
          -  Mahatma Gandhi


You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
          -  Mahatma Gandhi


I do not regard flesh-food as necessary for us at any stage and under any clime in which it is possible for human beings ordinarily to live. I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species. We err in copying the lower animal world -- if we are superior to it.
          -  Mohandas Gandhi


I'm shopping around for something to do that no one will like.
          -  Jerry Garcia


For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
          -  Judy Garland


There are no bugs in any Microsoft software that the majority of users want fixed.
          -  Bill Gates


Casual drug users should be taken out and shot.
          -  Daryl Gates


We may be finding that in some blacks when the choke hold is applied, the veins or arteries do not open up like in normal people.
          -  Daryl Gates, Los Angeles police chief


I shut my eyes in order to see.
          -  Paul Gauguin


In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters.
          -  Paul Gauguin


To change and to change for the better are two different things.
          -  German proverb


A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland.
          -  Kahlil Gibran


Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.
          -  Kahlil Gibran


I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers
          -  Kahlil Gibran


I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.
          -  Kahlil Gibran


If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.
          -  Kahlil Gibran


If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were.
          -  Kahlil Gibran


Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
          -  Kahlil Gibran


Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
          -  Kahlil Gibran


We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
          -  Kahlil Gibran


Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
          -  Kahlil Gibran


Cyberspace: A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation.
          -  William Gibson


The 'Net is a waste of time, and that's exactly what's right about it.
          -  William Gibson


It is better to be hated for what one is, then to be loved for what one is not.
          -  Andrew Gide


I'm very well acquainted too with matters mathematical,
I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,
About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot of news--
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.
          -  Gilbert and Sullivan, Pirates of Penzance


Justice delayed is justice denied.
          -  William Gladstone


The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.
          -  Ellen Glasgow


Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.
          -  Arnold Glasow


I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.
          -  John Glenn


Choose well. Your choice is brief, and yet endless.
          -  Goethe


Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
          -  Johann von Goethe


Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.
          -  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


The purpose of life is to produce another generation to figure it out.
          -  J. H. Goldfuss


A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
          -  Samuel Goldwyn


Books won't stay banned -- ideas won't go to jail.
          -  Alfred Whitney Griswold


We're vegetarians, you know. People don't trust that. They'd rather you were a gangster than a vegetarian.
          -  Larry Hagman


If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
          -  James Halliwell


Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
          -  Alexander Hamilton


Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what he feels about dogs.
          -  Christopher Hampton


Higher beings from outer space may not want to tell us the secrets of life, because we're not ready. But maybe they'll change their tune after a little torture.
          -  Jack Handey


Whenever anybody says he's struggling to become a human being I have to laugh because the apes beat him to it by about a million years. Struggle to become a parrot or something.
          -  Jack Handey


Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.
          -  Sydney J. Harris


Capital punishment is our society's recognition of the sanctity of human life.
          -  Orrin Hatch, Utah Senator


My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
          -  Stephen Hawking


A politician will do anything to keep his job -- even become a patriot.
          -  William Randolph Hearst


Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
          -  Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel


Music is the soul of language.
          -  Max Heindel


A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain—then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system?
          -  Robert A. Heinlein


Always listen to the experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.
          -  Robert A. Heinlein


Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
          -  Robert A. Heinlein


Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
          -  Robert A. Heinlein


There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.
          -  Robert A. Heinlein


Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.
          -  Sir Arthur Helps


To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
          -  Claude-Adrien Helvetius


The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
          -  Nelson Henderson


Give me liberty, or give me death!
          -  Patrick Henry


I have many regrets, and I'm sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret... if you have any sense... And if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid.
          -  Katharine Hepburn


Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get -- only with what you are expecting to give -- which is everything.
          -  Katharine Hepburn


Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.
          -  Frank Herbert


My basic principle is that you don't make decisions because they are easy; you don't make them because they are cheap; you don't make them because they're popular; you make them because they're right.
          - Theodore Hesburgh


The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.
          -  Theodore Hesburgh


Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.
          -  Hermann Hesse


Would ye both eat your cake and have your cake?
          -  John Heywood


As to diseases, make a habit of two things - to help, or at least, to do no harm.
          -  Hippocrates


There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
          -  Alfred Hitchcock


The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category.
          -  Adolf Hitler


It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
          -  John Andrew Holmes


It is by no means certain that our individual personality is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal frames.... We all do things both awake and asleep which surprise us. Perhaps we have cotenants in this house we live in.
          -  Oliver Wendell Holmes


One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
          -  Oliver Wendell Holmes


We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it—but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
            -Oliver Wendell Holmes


What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
          -  Oliver Wendell Holmes


I slept and dreamed that life was beauty.
I awoke -- and found that life was duty.
          -  Ellen Sturgis Hooper


In my opinion, we are in danger of developing a cult of the Common Man, which means a cult of mediocrity.
          -  Herbert Hoover


Justice is incidental to law and order.
          -  J. Edgar Hoover


Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero. (Seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow.)
          -  Horace


He has the deed half done who has made a beginning.
          -  Horace


A thief believes everybody steals.
          -  Edward W. Howe


A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
          -  Elbert Hubbard


Fences are made for those who cannot fly.
          -  Elbert Hubbard


Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
          -  Elbert Hubbard


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


Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
          -  Langston Hughes


An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
          -  Victor Hugo


Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
          -  Victor Hugo


Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
          -  Victor Hugo


The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
          -  Victor Hugo


The right to be heard does not autmatically include the right to be taken seriously.
          -  Hubert Humphrey


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
          -  Margaret W. Hungerford


No one is entitled to the truth.
          -  E. Howard Hunt


I know the rent is in arrears
The dog has not been fed in years
It's even worse than it appears
but it's all right.
          -  Robert Hunter


The wheel is turning and you can't slow down
You can't let go and you can't hold on
You can't go back and you can't stand still
If the thunder don't get you then the lightning will.
          -  Robert Hunter


Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.
          -  Aldous Huxley


Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
          -  Aldous Huxley


The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
          -  Aldous Huxley


You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
          -  Aldous Huxley


The great tragedy of science -- the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
          -  Thomas Huxley


It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
          -  Dean Inge


Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
          -  William R. Inge


It is an old habit with theologians to beat the living with the bones of the dead.
          -  Robert G. Ingersoll


Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.
          -  Eugene Ionesco


An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.
          -  Washington Irving


... work together with me for a better life for oil... I mean all.
          -  Henry Jackson, Washington Senator


We have one simple rule here: Be kind.
          -  Sam Jaffe, Lost Horizon


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
          -  William James


Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
          -  William James


The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
          -  William James


Fall seven times, stand up eight.
          -  Japanese proverb


Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes... just be an illusion.
          -  Javan


Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
          -  Thomas Jefferson


I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
          -  Thomas Jefferson


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


That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
          -  Thomas Jefferson


Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
          -  Thomas Jefferson


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


If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: PRESIDENT CAN'T SWIM.
          -  Lyndon Johnson


I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
          -  Samuel Johnson


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


Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
          -  Samuel Johnson


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


Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
          -  Franklin P. Jones


Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
          -  Franklin P. Jones


I have not yet begun to fight!
          -  John Paul Jones


Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to nurture it in solitude and to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.
          -  Erica Jong


It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.
          -  Jeseph Joubert


Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.
          -  Carl Jung


Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more.
          -  Franz Kafka


If you can remember anything about the sixties, you weren't really there.
          -  Paul Kantner


"Beauty is truth, truth beauty," -- that is all
Ye know on Earth, and all ye need to know.
          -  John Keats


Love is my religion -- I could die for it.
          -  John Keats


The poetry of the earth is never dead.
          -  John Keats


I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.
          -  Garrison Keillor


No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
          -  Helen Keller


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


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


We have met the enemy and it is us.
          -  Walt Kelly, Pogo


Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
          -  John F. Kennedy


Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
          -  John F. Kennedy


Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.
          -  John F. Kennedy


Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
          -  John F. Kennedy


Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
          -  John F. Kennedy


Some men see things as they are and ask, "why?" I dream things that never were and ask, "why not?"
          -  Robert F. Kennedy


He who angers you conquers you.
          -  Elizabeth Kenny


Half the world is composed of idiots, the other half of people clever enough to take indecent advantage of them.
          -  Walter Kerr


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
          -  Joyce Kilmer, Trees


The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance... logic can be happily tossed out the window.
          -  Stephen King


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
          -  Martin Luther King, Jr.


I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!
          -  Martin Luther King, Jr.


We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
          -  Martin Luther King, Jr.


Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
          -  Henry Kissinger


The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.
          -  J. Krishnamurti


There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.
          -  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
          -  Stanley Kubrick


There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.
          -  La Rochefoucauld


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


The three R's of Microsoft: Retry Reboot Reinstall.
          -  Matt Lammers


Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven.
          -  Walter Savage Landor


Commonplace minds usually condemn what is beyond the reach of their understanding.
          -  Francois LaRochefoucauld


By the time they had diminished from 50 to 8, the other dwarves began to suspect "Hungry"...
          -  Gary Larson, The Far Side


Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.
          -  Jonathan Larson


I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.
          -  D. H. Lawrence


Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
          -  D. H. Lawrence


I take music pretty seriously. This scar on my wrist, do you know what that's from? I heard the Bee Gees were getting back together again.
          -  Denis Leary


To me the outdoors is what you must pass through in order to get from your apartment into a taxicab.
          -  Fran Lebowitz


It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
          -  Ursula K. LeGuin


A lie told often enough becomes truth.
          -  Vladimir Lenin


I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round.
          -  John Lennon


Imagine all the people living in the world agree. You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one. I hope some day you'll join us and the world will live as one.
          -  John Lennon


Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
          -  John Lennon


Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.
          -  John Lennon


We're humorous, and we stand a better chance under that guise, because all the serious people like Martin Luther King and Kennedy and Ghandi got shot.
          -  John Lennon


A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.
          -  Gotthold Ephraim Lessing


Everyone has a purpose in life. Perhaps yours is watching television.
          -  David Letterman


Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.
          -  Alex Levine


The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.
          -  W. M. Lewis


I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.
          -  G. C. Lichtenberg


Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
          -  Abraham Lincoln


I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
          -  Abraham Lincoln


If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
          -  Abraham Lincoln


People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.
          -  Abraham Lincoln


You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
          -  Abraham Lincoln


You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
          -  Abraham Lincoln


When all men think alike, no one thinks very much.
          -  Walter Lippmann


I hate you with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns.
          -  Shelley Long, as Diane Chambers in Cheers


When a butterfly flutters its wings in one part of the world, it can eventually cause a hurricane in another.
          -  Edward Lorenz


Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy.
          -  Henri de Lubac


Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it.
          -  J. Russel Lynes


We are not retreating; we are advancing in another direction.
          -  Douglas MacArthur, General


The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
          -  Thomas B. Macaulay


It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.
          -  Niccolo Machiavelli


Honest businessmen should be protected from the unscrupulous consumer.
          -  Lester Maddox, governer of Georgia


The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church.
          -  Ferdinand Magellan


A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
          -  Nelson Mandela


We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
          -  Nelson Mandela


Do all things with love.
          -  Og Mandino


It's good to shut up sometimes.
          -  Marcel Marceau


I have no weakness for shoes. I wear very simple shoes which are pump shoes. It is not one of my weaknesses.
          -  Imelda Marcos, owner of 3,400 pairs of shoes


All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.
          -  Orison Swett Marden


Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
          -  Joshua J. Marine


Man cannot be uplifted; he must be seduced into virtue.
          -  Don Marquis


Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
          -  Don Marquis


Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens -- and then everybody disagrees.
          -  Boris Marshalov


Work is the true elixir of life. The busiest man is the happiest man.
          -  Sir Theodore Martin


A child of five would understand this. Send somebody to fetch a child of five.
          -  Groucho Marx


Marriage is a wonderful institution. But who wants to live in an institution?
          -  Groucho Marx


Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and then misapplying the wrong remedies.
          -  Groucho Marx


She got her good looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon.
          -  Groucho Marx


From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need.
          -  Karl Marx


To the man who only has a hammer in the toolkit, every problem looks like a nail.
          -  Abraham Maslow


It is more profitable for your congressman to support the tobacco industry than your life.
          -  Jackie Mason


It is bad luck to be superstitious.
          -  Andrew Mathis


I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
          -  Henri Matisse


Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
          -  Somerset Maugham


Don't dwell on reality; it will only keep you from greatness.
          -  Rev. Randall R. McBride, Jr.


I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
          -  George McGovern


If I knew what I was so anxious about, I wouldn't be so anxious.
          -  Mignon McLaughlin


It is important to our friends that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to our friendship that we are not.
          -  Mignon McLaughlin


No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.
          -  Mignon McLaughlin


I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence.
          -  Doug McLeod


There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.
          -  Marshall McLuhan


Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
          -  Margaret Mead


I'm not against the blacks, and a lot of the good blacks will attest to that.
          -  Evan Mecham, Arizona governor


Don't be humble. You're not that great.
          -  Golda Meir


We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
          -  Herman Melville


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


Imagine the Creator as a stand up commedian - and at once the world becomes explicable.
          -  H. L. Mencken


It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
          -  H. L. Mencken


Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
          -  H. L. Mencken


The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
          -  H. L. Mencken


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


We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
          -  H. L. Mencken


It's like an Alcatraz around my neck.
          -  Thomas Menino, Boston mayor, on the shortage of city parking spaces


It's not enough that I should succeed -- others should fail.
          -  David Merrick


A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
          -  Michelangelo


Faith in oneself... is the best and safest course.
          -  Michelangelo


I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
          -  Michelangelo


If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
          -  John Stuart Mill


Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
          -  Henry Miller


All progress occurs because people dare to be different.
          -  Harry Millner


Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
          -  John Milton


Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.
          -  John Milton, Paradise Lost


I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever.
          -  Miss Alabama, 1994 Miss Universe contestant


More than anything I must have flowers, always, always.
          -  Claude Monet


Isn't there any other part of the matzo you can eat?
          -  Marilyn Monroe, after being served matzoball soup three meals in a row


I'm an experienced woman; I've been around... well, alright, I might not've been around, but I've been... nearby.
          -  Mary Tyler Moore, as Mary Richards


You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
          -  John Morley


The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
          -  John Muir


The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.
          -  Vladimir Nabokov


Annual drug deaths: tobacco: 395,000, alcohol: 125,000, "legal" drugs: 38,000, illegal drug overdoses: 5,200, marijuana: 0. Considering government subsidies of tobacco, just what is our government protecting us from in the drug war?
          -  Ralph Nader


You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
          -  Mahfouz Naguib


Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
          -  George Jean Nathan


Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.
          -  Cynthia Nelms


I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means "put down."
          -  Bob Newhart


A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.
          -  John Henry Newman


If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you.
          -  Paul Newman


God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
          -  Reinhold Niebuhr


Perhaps I know why it is man alone who laughs: He alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
          -  Friedrich Nietzsche


That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
          -  Friedrich Nietzsche


There are no facts, only interpretations.
          -  Friedrich Nietzsche


When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
          -  Anais Nin


I was not lying. I said things that later on seemed to be untrue.
          -  Richard M. Nixon


I'm not a crook.
          -  Richard M. Nixon


It is necessary for me to establish a winner image. Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
          -  Richard M. Nixon


When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.
          -  Richard M. Nixon


The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
          -  Novalis


It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.
          -  Mary O'Connor


Microsoft is a cross between The Borg and the Ferengi. Unfortunately they use Borg to do their marketing and Ferengi to do their programming.
          -  Simon Oke


Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.
          -  Sir Laurence Olivier


The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows.
          -  Aristotle Onassis


I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
          -  J. Robert Oppenheimer


He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.
          -  George Orwell


Happy the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying, once and for all.
          -  Ovid


Let your hook be always cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be fish.
          -  Ovid


Catch the wind, see it spin, sail away, live the day way up high in the sky.
          -  Jimmy Page and Robert Plant


Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
          -  Thomas Paine


Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom.
          -  Charlie Parker


Every year, back come Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.
          -  Dorothy Parker


The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
          -  Jean Paul


The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
          -  Linus Pauling


Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
          -  Octavio Paz


The priest persuades a humble people to endure their hard lot, a politician urges them to rebel against it, and a scientist thinks of a method that does away with the hard lot altogether.
          -  Max Percy


He conquers who endures.
          -  Persius


Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed.
          -  Irene Peter


Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.
          -  Laurence J. Peter


In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
          -  Laurence J. Peter


Everything you can imagine is real.
          -  Pablo Picasso


My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you'll be a general; if you become a monk, you'll end up as the pope." Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
          -  Pablo Picasso


Never eat more than you can lift.
          -  Miss Piggy, Muppet


Every gift, though it be small, is in reality great if given with affection.
          -  Pindar


A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
          -  Maxwell Planck


At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
          -  Plato


One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
          -  Plato


Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
          -  Plato


Hope is the dream of a waking man.
          -  Pliny the Elder


The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
          -  Plutarch


All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
          -  Edgar Allan Poe


We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.
          -  Pogo


Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.
          -  Polish proverb


A critic is a legless man who teaches running.
          -  Channing Pollock


Hope springs eternal in the human breast.
          -  Alexander Pope


To err is human; to forgive, divine.
          -  Alexander Pope


The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
          -  John Powell


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


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
          -  Marcel Proust


The entire sum of existence is the magic of being needed by just one other person.
          -  Vi Putnam


I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy. But that could change.
          -  Dan Quayle


I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix.
          -  Dan Quayle


I stand by all the misstatements.
          -  Dan Quayle


If we don't succeed, then we run the risk of failure.
          -  Dan Quayle


It is wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago.
          -  Dan Quayle


The loss of life will be irreplaceable.
          -  Dan Quayle, on the San Francisco earthquake


I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
          -  Gilda Radner


Facts are stupid things.
          -  Ronald Reagan


If you've seen one redwood tree, you've seen them all.
          -  Ronald Reagan


The United States has much to offer the Third World War.
          -  Ronald Reagan, one of nine times he referred to the Third World that way in the same speech


My fellow Americans. I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.
          -  Ronald Reagan, unaware that his microphone was live


It is more difficult to be an honourable man for a week than to be a hero for fifteen minutes.
          -  Jules Renard


The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It's only the people that make them unsafe.
          -  Frank Rizzo, Philadelphia Mayor and Police Chief


I love the way Microsoft follows standards. In much the same manner that fish follow migrating caribou.
          -  Kirrily Robert


Time is the fire in which we burn.
          -  Gene Roddenberry


Never let yesterday use up too much of today.
          -  Will Rogers


No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
          -  Eleanor Roosevelt


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
          -  Eleanor Roosevelt


You must do the things you think you cannot do.
          -  Eleanor Roosevelt


The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
          -  Franklin Delano Roosevelt


There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.
          -  Franklin Delano Roosevelt


When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
          -  Franklin Delano Roosevelt


I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
          -  Leo Rosten


A husband is what is left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted.
          -  Helen Rowland


The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.
          -  Theodore Rubin


Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
          -  Bertrand Russell


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


The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
          -  Bertrand Russell


The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
          -  Bertrand Russell


There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
          -  Bertrand Russell


To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
          -  Bertrand Russell


War does not determine who is right -- only who is left.
          -  Bertrand Russell


The scientific theroy I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
          -  Mark Russell


Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
          -  Carl Sagan


It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
          -  Antoine De Saint-Exupery


Tell me who admires you and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.
          -  Charles Augustin Sainte-Beauve


Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
          -  George Santayana


Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
          -  Jean-Paul Sartre


Hell is other people.
          -  Jean-Paul Sartre


The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side.
          -  The Scarecrow, still not quite getting it...


I've developed a new philosophy... I only dread one day at a time.
          -  Charles Schultz, Charlie Brown


Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
          -  Albert Schweitzer


One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
          -  Albert Schweitzer


Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!
          -  Sir Walter Scott


As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do.
          -  Zachary Scott


Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.
          -  Scottish proverb


Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
          -  Haile Selassie


All art is but imitation of nature.
          -  Lucius Annaeus Seneca


If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
          -  Lucius Annaeus Seneca


It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
          -  Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not.
          -  Dr. Seuss


The chief cause of problems is solutions.
          -  Eric Sevareid


The joy that isn't shared dies young.
          -  Anne Sexton


All that glisters is not gold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
          -  William Shakespeare


God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
          -  William Shakespeare


If music be the food of love, play on.
          -  William Shakespeare


It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
          -  William Shakespeare


Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
          -  William Shakespeare


A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
          -  George Bernard Shaw


Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends.
          -  George Bernard Shaw


England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
          -  George Bernard Shaw


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


Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.
          -  George Bernard Shaw


Smoking kills. And if you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life.
          -  Brooke Shields


The first time you say to anyone that we want to produce human sperm in mice, they look at you with frank horror.
          -  Dr. Roger Short


I didn't think it was physically possible, but this both sucks and blows.
          -  Bart Simpson


And Lord, we are especially thankful for nuclear power, the cleanest, safest energy source there is. Except for solar, which is just a pipe dream.
          -  Homer Simpson


Dear Lord, thank You for this microwave bounty, even though we don't deserve it. I mean... our kids are uncontrollable hellions! Pardon my French... but they act like savages! Did You see them at the picnic? Oh, of course You did... You're everywhere, You're omnivorous. Oh Lord! Why did You spite me with this family?
          -  Homer Simpson


Dear Lord: The gods have been good to me. For the first time in my life, everything is absolutely perfect just the way it is. So here's the deal: You freeze everything the way it is, and I won't ask for anything more. If that is OK, please give me absolutely no sign. OK, deal. In gratitude, I present you this offering of cookies and milk. If you want me to eat them for you, give me no sign. Thy will be done.
          -  Homer Simpson


Every time I learn something new it pushes some old stuff out of my brain.
          -  Homer Simpson


How ironic -- now he's blind after a life of enjoying being able to see.
          -  Homer Simpson


I discovered a meal between breakfast and brunch.
          -  Homer Simpson


If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing.
          -  Homer Simpson


If you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers!
          -  Homer Simpson


No! No no no no no no! Well, yes.
          -  Homer Simpson


Television! Teacher, mother, secret lover.
          -  Homer Simpson


Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals... except the weasel.
          -  Homer Simpson


When will I learn? The answer to my problems isn't at the bottom of a bottle -- it's on TV!
          -  Homer Simpson


You couldn't fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine.
          -  Homer Simpson


People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.
          -  Isaac Bashevis Singer


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


Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or the last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
          -  Betty Smith


The artist should be a seeing-eye dog for a myopic civilization.
          -  Jacob Getlar Smith


My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.
          -  Socrates


Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
          -  Socrates


The unexamined life is not worth living.
          -  Socrates


Wisdom begins in wonder.
          -  Socrates


Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
          -  Sophocles


As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven, it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape.
          -  John Lancaster Spalding


Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
          -  Baruch Spinoza


Excuse me, there is a multi-legged creature crawling up your shoulder.
          -  Spock


I am endeavoring to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins.
          -  Spock


I assumed you needed help. I see I am in error.
          -  Spock


One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.
          -  Josef Stalin


You know...that a blank wall is an apalling thing to look at. The wall of a museum -- a canvas -- a piece of film -- or a guy sitting in front of a typewriter. Then, you start out to do something -- that vague thing called creation. The beginning strikes awe within you.
          -  Edward Steichen


No one wants advice -- only corroboration.
          -  John Steinbeck


The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep.
          -  George Stephanopolous, aide to President Clinton


Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
          -  Robert Louis Stevenson


Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.
          -  Robert Louis Stevenson


We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughter houses daily with screams of pain and fear.
          -  Robert Louis Stevenson


Illegitimis non carborundum. (Don't let the bastards grind you down.)
          -  Joseph Stilwell, General


Every exit is an entry somewhere.
          -  Tom Stoppard


I remember being handed a score composed by Mozart at the age of eleven. What could I say? I felt like de Kooning, who was asked to comment on a certain abstract painting, and answered in the negative. He was then told it was the work of a celebrated monkey. "That's different. For a monkey, it's terrific."
          -  Igor Stravinsky


Form follows function.
          -  Louis Henri Sullivan


I've always thought that underpopulated countries in Africa are vastly underpolluted.
          -  Lawrence Summers, World Bank chief economist, on exporting toxic wastes


Fear less, hope more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours.
          -  Swedish proverb


Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
          -  Swedish proverb


We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.
          -  Ben Sweetland


May you live every day of your life.
          -  Jonathan Swift


The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
          -  Jonathan Swift


We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
          -  Jonathan Swift


Practice is the best of all instructors.
          -  Publilius Syrus


To do two things at once is to do neither.
          -  Publilius Syrus


What is left when honour is lost?"
          -  Publilius Syrus


Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
          -  Rabindranath Tagore


I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
          -  S. G. Tallentyre


The journey is the reward.
          -  Taoist proverb


Bill, strange things are afoot at the Circle K.
          -  Ted


'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
          -  Alfred Lord Tennyson


Ours not to reason why
Ours but to do and die.
          -  Alfred Lord Tennyson


There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
          -  William Makepeace Thackeray


If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
          -  Mother Theresa


Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
          -  Dylan Thomas


Come, gentle Spring! ethereal Mildness! come.
          -  James Thomson


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


I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.
          -  Henry David Thoreau


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


You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.
          -  James Thurber


All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.
          -  J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
          -  Leo Tolstoy


All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.
          -  Lily Tomlin


Reality is a crutch for people who can't handle drugs.
          -  Lily Tomlin


The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.
          -  Kilgore Trout


In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time.
          -  Edward P. Tryon


Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a rose.
          -  Turkish proverb


A fool and his money are soon parted.
          -  Thomas Tusser


Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
          -  Mark Twain


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


It is better to give than receive... especially advice.
          -  Mark Twain


It's noble to be good. It's nobler to teach others to be good, and less trouble.
          -  Mark Twain


October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February.
          -  Mark Twain


Such is the human race. Often it does seem such a pity that Noah... didn't miss the boat.
          -  Mark Twain


He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
          -  Lao Tzu


Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better.
          -  John Updike


When a fellow begins to understand that he doesn't understand, he's beginning to understand.
          -  Unknown


Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.
          -  Theodore N. Vail


The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
          -  Paul Valery


Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
          -  Henry Van Dyke


It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.
          -  Vincent van Gogh


The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.
          -  Hendrik Willem Van Loon


A democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
          -  Gore Vidal


Perhaps even these things, one day, will be pleasing to remember.
          -  Virgil, Aenid


If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
          -  Voltaire


Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
          -  Voltaire


Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.
          -  Voltaire


The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.
          -  W. R. Wallace


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


If you can imagine it,
You can achieve it.
If you can dream it,
You can become it.
          -  William Arthur Ward


I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
          -  Booker T. Washington


All I am I owe to my mother.
          -  George Washington


We don't have to protect the environment -- the Second Coming is at hand.
          -  James Watt


I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.
          -  John Wayne


I may be going to hell in a bucket, but at least I'm enjoying the ride.
          -  Bob Weir


Hope is the denial of reality.
          -  Margaret Weis


Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.
          -  John Wesley


A hard man is good to find.
          -  Mae West


Whenever I have to decide between two evils, I always choose the one I haven't tried before.
          -  Mae West


Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
          -  William Westmoreland, General


Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
          -  Walt Whitman


The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
          -  Walt Whitman


The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
          -  Flora Whittemore


For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: "It might have been!"
          -  John Greenleaf Whittier


A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
          -  Oscar Wilde


Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
          -  Oscar Wilde


Bachelors should be heavily taxed. It's not fair that some men should be happier than others.
          -  Oscar Wilde


Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.
          -  Oscar Wilde


Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative.
          -  Oscar Wilde


Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.
          -  Oscar Wilde


I can resist everything except temptation.
          -  Oscar Wilde


Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.
          -  Oscar Wilde


Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
          -  Oscar Wilde


Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
          -  Oscar Wilde


The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
          -  Oscar Wilde


The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
          -  Oscar Wilde


The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
          -  Oscar Wilde


Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.
          -  Oscar Wilde


The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.
          -  Colin Wilson


Nothing recedes like success.
          -  Walter Winchell


There are people with no more brains than you, but they have one thing you don't have... they have a diploma!
          -  The Wizard of Oz


It is not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
           - John Wooden


Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
          -  George E. Woodberry


The child is father of the man.
          -  William Wordsworth


A doctor can always bury his mistakes. An architect can only advise his client to plant ivy.
          -  Frank Lloyd Wright


An idea is salvation by imagination.
          -  Frank Lloyd Wright


If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
          -  Steven Wright


The sweetest of all sounds is praise.
          -  Xenophon


Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
          -  William Butler Yeats


Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.
          -  Yiddish proverb


Some Scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.
          -  Frank Zappa


Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
          -  Zeuxis


Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together....
          -  Carl Zwanzig


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