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5873Fran LebowitzThe telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink.Miscellaneous
3709Griffin's ThoughtWhen you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.Competition
3192Bill CosbyI don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.Success
3455AnonymousTime is nature's way of making sure everything doesn't happen at once.Time
4730Ambrose BiercePAIN: An uncomfortable frame of mind that may have a physical basis in something that is being done to the body, or may be purely mental, caused by the good fortune of another. Pain
4057John PowellBlessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself, for he shall never cease to be entertained.Humour
3882Anatole FranceIf a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.Conformism
3948Jewish ProverbIf the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living.Money
4700Philip JohnsonARCHITECTURE: The art of how to waste space.Architecture
4696Oscar WildeHard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do.Work
6295Karl PopperWhen I speak of reason or rationalism, all I mean is the conviction that we canlearn through criticism of our mistakes and errors, especially through criticism by others, and eventually also through self-criticism. The genuine rationalist does not think that he or anyone else is in possession of the truth; nor does he think that mere criticism as such helps us achieve new ideas. But he does think that, in the sphere of ideas, only critical discussion can help us sort the wheat from the chaff. He is well aware that acceptance or rejection of an idea is never a purely rational matter; but he thinks that only critical discussion can give us the maturity to see an idea from more and more sides and to make a correct judgement of it.Reason
6068AnonymousThe earth is my body, my head is in the stars. (From the film "Harold and Maude")Miscellaneous
5005Piero ScaruffiThe more familiar I get with the universe, the less familiar I feel with myself.Universe
6491Abraham H. MaslowLove and affection, as well as their possible expression in sexuality, are generally looked upon with ambivalence and are customarily hedged about with many restrictions and inhibitions.Psychology
5876Fran LebowitzHaving been unpopular in high school is not a just cause for book publication.Books
2705John LubbockWhat we see depends on mainly what we look for.Perception
2480Isaac AsimovNever let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.Morality
2897Stephen W. HawkingThe whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.Nature
3445George EliotOur deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.Personality
3208Steven WrightIf everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.Miscellaneous
2246Caskie StinnettA diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.Diplomacy
2930Sigmund FreudEverywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.Poetry
2223Henry FordOne of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.Ability
4019George Bernard ShawIt is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.Sincerity
4419Angie PapadakisA leader who keeps his ear to the ground allows his rear end to become a target.Leadership
2307George EliotBlessed is the man, who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.Talking
4337Albert EinsteinTheory is when we know everything but nothing works. Praxis is when everything works but we do not know why. We always end up by combining theory with praxis: nothing works and we do not know why.
Theory
2119Abraham LincolnAnd in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.Life
5950Alan GreenspanThere are errors in this book. I do not know where they are. If I did they wouldn't be there. But with close to two hundred thousand words my probabilistic mind tells me some are wrong.Error
4617AnonymousIn God we trust; all others must pay cash.God
2293Henry FordBefore everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.Success
2259Henry FordDon't find fault, find a remedy.Fault
2430Rabbi Samson Raphael HirschIf someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give.Smiling
3371David BrentNever do today that which will become someone else's responsibility tomorrow.Responsibility
6032Jean-Paul SartreMan is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.Freedom
2313Erich FrommLove is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.Love
3679The BeatlesAll you need is love.Love
5598Gilbert Keith ChestertonI owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.Success
4719Ambrose BierceCONSERVATIVE: A statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.Politics
2251Erich FrommIf it were not for hopes, the heart would break.Hope
3810Leonardo da VinciIron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.Idleness
2912Groucho MarxThose are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.Principles
4503Michelangelo BuonarrotiThe greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.Ambition
4117Oscar WildeWork is the curse of the drinking classes.Work
4301George Bernard ShawWe are told that when Jehovah created the world he saw that it was good. What would he say now?Miscellaneous
2506AnonymousIt is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.Conformism
4115Oscar WildeI never put off till tomorrow what I can do the day after.Time
5072Robert DangoorYou wouldn't be normal if you didn't react in an abnormal way.Miscellaneous
2559Samuel ButlerMan is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.Man & Animals
6803Dale CarnegieSpeakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.Attention

 
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