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ABILITY

Ability is the art of getting credit for all the home runs somebody else hits.

~ Casey Stengel

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Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities.

~ Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)

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ABYSS OF SELF

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live!

~ Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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There are many people who have the gift, or failing, of never understanding themselves. I have been unlucky enough, or perhaps fortunate enough, to have received the opposite gift.

~ Charles de Tallyrand (1754 - 1838)

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Actor - Stage and Screen

 

ACTS/ACTION

I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgement, it takes place every day.

~ Albert Camus

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When you see a snake, never mind where he came from.

~ W G Benham

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Alcohol Quotations

Anger Quotations

Animal Magic

Anonymous

 

ANIMALS

We hope that, when the animals take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.

~ Bill Vaughan

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The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.

~ Samuel Butler

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All animals except man know that the ultimate aim of life is to enjoy it.

~ Samuel Butler

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APATHY

The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crises, maintain their neutrality.

~ Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321)

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Argument Quotations

Art Quotations

 

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory.

~ Franklin P Jones

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Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an autobiography.

~ Evelyn Waugh

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B

Baby Quotations

 

BEHAVIOUR

I like men to behave like men - strong and childish.

~ Francoise Sagan

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BELIEF

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.

~ John Kenneth Galbraith

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Books and the Written Word

 

BORES

A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, he tells you.

~ Bert Leston Taylor

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He's the kind of bore who's here today and here tomorrow.

~ Binnie Barnes

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A person who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.

~ Gian Vincenzo Lavina

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C

Canadian quotations

Careful!

Cat Quotations

 

CHARACTER

Every man has three characters - that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.

~ Alphonse Karr (1808 - 1890)

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A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's.

~ Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

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

~ Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800 - 1859)

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Children Quotations

Circus terms

Computer Quotations

 

COMMUNICATION

"Out of sight, out of mind," when translated into Russian [by computer], then back again into English, became "invisible maniac".

~ Arthur Calder Marshall

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CREATIVITY

Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.

~ Stephen Leacock

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When I am..completely by myself, entirely alone...or during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how these come I know not nor can I force them..Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively, but I hear them gleich alles zusammen (lit. simultaneously)

~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)

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One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love and to long life.

~ Alexander A Bogomoletz

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Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us will put out more and better ideas if our efforts are appreciated.

~ Alex F Osborn

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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

When I see the Ten Most Wanted lists..I always have this thought; if we'd made them feel wanted earlier, they wouldn't be wanted now.

~ Eddie Cantor

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Death Quotations

Definitions

Divorce

Dog Quotations

 

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EDUCATION

The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind: to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others.

~ Tryon Edwards (1809 - 1894)

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Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

~ Will Durant

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Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.

~ Thomas Henry Huxley

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The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.

~ Mohammed (570 - 632)

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FALSEHOODS

A liar needs a good memory.

~ Quintillian (35? - 95?)

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Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all.

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jnr

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A halber emez iz a gantzer lign (A half-truth is a whole lie)

~ Yiddish Proverb

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A falsehood is an attempt to withhold the truth from those who have a right to know.

~ Lawrence J Peter

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FAMILY

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.

~ Mark Twain

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FOOD

Obesity is really widespread.

~ Joseph O Kern II

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Another good reducing exercise consists in placing both hands against the table edge and pushing back.

~ Robert Quillen

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I'm not going to starve to death just so I can live a little longer.

~ Irene Peter

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FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.

~ Hannah Arendt

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To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

~ Confucius (c 551 - 479 BC)

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People will sometimes forgive you the good you have done them, but seldom the harm they have done you.

~ Somerset Maugham

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Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury.

~ E H Chapin (1814 - 1880)

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FORTUNE / MISFORTUNE

Let us be of good cheer, remembering that misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.

~ James Russell Lowell (1819 - 1891)

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Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health.

~ Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

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There are many of us in this old world of ours who hold that things break about even for all of us. I have observed, for example, that we all get the same amount of ice. The rich get it in summertime and the poor get it in the winter.

~ Bat Masterson

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FRIENDS

You can always tell a real friend: when you've made a fool of yourself, he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.

~ Lawrence J Peter

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GENIUS AND TALENT

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal [but] which the reader recognises as his own.

~ Salvatore Quasimodo

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Grandmother Knew Best

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HEART AND HEAD

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
'Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away'.

~ A E Housman

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The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.

~ Horace Walpole (1717 - 1797)

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IDEAS

Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one has not the time to write down.

~ Hector Berlioz

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The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.

~ William James

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IMMORTALITY

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

~ Susan Ertz

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INDIVIDUALITY

The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.

~ Robert Frost

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Insanity Quotations

 

 

K

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

~ Lao-tzu (604? - 531 BC)

 

L

Life is easier to take than you'd think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable and bear the intolerable.

~ Kathleen Norris

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Life is like a blanket too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder; but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night.

~ Marion Howard

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One learns in life to keep silent and draw one's own confusions.

~ Cornelia Otis Skinner

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Let us endeavour so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

~ Mark Twain

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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

~ Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.

~ Thomas La Mance

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Is not this the true romantic feeling - not the desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you?

~ Thomas Clayton Wolfe

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The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

~ David Russell

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My sense of my own importance to myself is tremendous. I am all I have; to work with, to play with, to suffer and to enjoy. It is not the eyes of others that I am wary of, but my own.

~ Noel Coward

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The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.

~ Bertrand Russell

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Love Quotations

Luck and Fortune

 

LYING / LIARS

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

~ Mark Twain

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The cruellest lies are often told in silence.

~ R L Stephenson

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The biggest liar in the world is They Say.

~ Douglas Malloch

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Marriage Quotations

 

MEDIA

We are drowning our youngsters in violence, cynicism and sadism piped into the living room and even the nursery: the grandchildren of the kids who used to weep because the Little Match Girl froze to death now feel cheated if she isn't slugged, raped and then thrown into a Bessemer converter.

~ Jenkin Lloyd Jones

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Memories Quotations

 

Men Quotations

 

MIDDLE AGE

Middle Age is when you're sitting at home on Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you.

~ Ogden Nash

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Mother Says

Music Quotations

 

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NAMES

The Ancient Mariner would not have taken so well if it had been called The Old Sailor.

~ Samuel Butler

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NONSENSE / TRIVIA

If your parents didn't have any children, there's a good chance that you won't have any.

~ Clarence Day

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If you jot down every silly thought that pops into your mind, you will soon find out everything you most seriously believe.

~ Mignon McLaughlin

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He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.

~ Sidney Smith (1771 - 1845) said of Macaulay

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OPINION

Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.

~ Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.

~ Thomas Mann

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If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary 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 (1806 - 1873)

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OPIUM FOR UNDERACHIEVERS

Remember, no-one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Renown is a source of toil and sorrow; obscurity is a source of happiness.

~ Johann L von Mosheim (1694 - 1755)

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It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.

~ Desiderius Erasmus (1465 - 1536)

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The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.

~ Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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Oh, blessed a thousand times the peasant who is born, eats and dies without anybody bothering about his affairs.

~ Guiseppe Verdi

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ORATORY

My father gave me these hints on speech-making: "Be sincere..be brief..be seated"

~ James Roosevelt

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A speech is a solemn responsibility. The man who makes a bad thirty-minute speech to two hundred people wastes only half hour of his own time. But he wastes one hundred hours of the audience's time - more than 4 days - which should be a hanging offence.

~ Jenkin Lloyd Jones

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If you haven't struck oil in your first three minutes - stop boring!

~ George Jessel

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ORIGINALITY

People who take time to be alone usually have depth, originality and quiet reserve.

~ John Miller

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What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.

~ Dean William

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Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.

~ Johann W von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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There is nothing new under the sun.

~ The Bible (Eccles. 1:9)

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Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do.

~ William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)

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OVERPOPULATION

 

The command 'Be fruitful and multiply' [was] promulgated, according to our authorities, when the population of the world consisted of two persons.

~ Dean William R Inge

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PEOPLE

Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.

~ George Burns

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People have one thing in common; they are all different.

~ Robert Zend

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Photoquotations

 

POETRY

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

~ Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

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I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.

~ Carl Sandberg

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Poets are born, not paid.

~ Wilson Mizner

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I should define a good poem as one that makes complete sense; and says all it has to say memorably and economically, and has been written for no other than poetic reasons.

~ Robert Graves

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The success of a poem is determined not by how much the poet felt in writing it, but by how much the reader feels in reading it.

~ John Ciardi

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

~ Don Marquis

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A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer.. He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring.

~ E B White

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When you read and understand a poem, comprehending its rich and formal meanings, then you master chaos a little.

~ Stephen Spender

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A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

~ Robert Frost

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A poem should not mean / But be.

~ Archibald MacLeish

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PREJUDICE

I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.

~ W C Fields

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All looks yellow to a jaundiced eye.

~ Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

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Prejudice may be defined as thinking ill of others without sufficient warrant.

~ Gordon W Allport

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[but] a prejudiced person will almost certainly claim that he has sufficient warrant for his views.

~ Gordon W Allport

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Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest violence.

~ Frances Jeffrey (1773 - 1850)

 

 

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Racism is the snobbery of the poor.

~ Raymond Aron

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There is no evidence that there is any advantage in belonging to a pure race. The purest races now in existence are the Pygmies, the Hottentots, and the Australian aborigines..the ancient Greeks..who were the most civilized, were also the most mixed.

~ Bertrand Russell

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RADICAL

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.

~ Mark Twain

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RELIGION

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.

~ H L Mencken

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I consider myself a Hindu, Christian, Moslem, Jew, Buddhist and Confucian.

~ Mohandas Gandhi

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I want nothing to do with any religion concerned with keeping the masses satisfied to live in hunger, filth and ignorance.

~ Jawaharlal Nehru

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RESPONSIBILITY

The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the man.

~ Roy L Smith

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Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will - his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals.

~ Albert Schweitzer

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RICHES

To suppose as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and stay sober.

~ Logan Pearsall Smith

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It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.

~ Logan Pearsall Smith

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SELF-DECEPTION

When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.

~ Louis Nizer

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A Puritan: a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.

~ G K Chesterton

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There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.

~ Erich Fromm

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Let me have my own way exactly in everything, and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist.

~ Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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Sex Quotations

 

Smoking Quotations

 

SOCIOECONOMICS

Undermine the entire structure of society by leaving the pay toilet door ajar so the next person can get in free.

~ Taylor Mead

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Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.

~ Johann W von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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So long as a man enjoys prosperity, he cares not whether he is beloved.

~ Marcus Annaeus Lucan (39 - 65)

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SOLITUDE

In Genesis it says that it is not good for a man to be alone, but sometimes it's a great relief.

~ John Barrymore

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STATISTICS

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than illumination.

~ Andrew Lang

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Then there is the man who drowned crossing a stream with an average depth of six inches.

~ W I E Gates

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Figures won't lie, but liars will figure.

~ Charles H Grosvenor

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I always find that statistics are hard to swallow and impossible to digest. The only one I can ever remember is that if all the people who go to sleep in church were laid end to end they would be a lot more comfortable.

~ Mrs Robert A Taft

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STYLE

Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.

~ Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (1832 - 1898)

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SUCCESS

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.

~ Christopher Morley

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Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

~ Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

~ Henry David Thoreau

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How can they say my life isn't a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?

~ Logan Pearsall Smith

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TACT

Tact: Tongue in check.

~ Sue Dytri

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Tact: Ability to tell a man he's open-minded when he has a hole in his head.

~ F G Kernan

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

~ Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

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TEACHING

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

~ Chinese Proverb

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Travel

TRUTH

Express a mean opinion of yourself occasionally; it will show your friends that you know how to tell the truth.

~ Ed Howe

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Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.

~ Mark Twain

 

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V

 

Valentine

 

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W

 

Wanted Ads and Other Paraphernalia

 

WIT AND HUMOUR

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humour, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.

~ Jessamyn West

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WORK

Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do.

~ Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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Most people like hard work. Particularly when they are paying for it.

~ Franklin P Jones

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Women Quotations

 

WRITING

If I had to give young writers advice, I'd say don't listen to writers talking about writing.

~ Lilian Hellman

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Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped.

~ Lilian Hellman

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Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.

~ Olin Miller

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If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading it to themselves.

~ Don Marquis

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Failure is very difficult for a writer to bear, but very few can manage the shock of early success.

~ Maurice Valency

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First you're an unknown, then you write one book and you move up to obscurity.

~ Martin Myers

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It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give up because by that time I was too famous.

~ Robert Benchley

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Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.

~ Samuel Johnson

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Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that, just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him to the public.

~ Winston Churchill

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An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterwards.

~ F Scott Fitzgerald

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Good writing is a kind of skating, which carries off the performer where he would not go.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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How can you write if you can't cry?

~ Ring Lardner

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My purpose is to entertain myself first and other people secondly.

~ John D MacDonald

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