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4515Reinhold NiebuhrGrant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.Wisdom
6493Abraham H. MaslowWhat a man can be, he must be.Psychology
2996Winston ChurchillStudy history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.History
3243Bertrand RussellReligion may in most of its forms be defined as the belief that the gods are on the side of the Government.Religion
2606Mark TwainIf you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.Truth
2695Anatole FranceThe law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.Equality
4865Oscar WildeI have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.Taste
3034Leonardo da VinciWhere the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.Art
2241Erich FrommWhy should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?Education
2266Henry FordIt is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.Economy
6045Jean-Paul SartreI am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul.Morality
2546AnonymousWhat a man says drunk he has thought sober. -- Flemish proverbDrinking
4330Peter DruckerManagement is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.Management
2811Theodore H. WhiteThe most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing, and to watch someone else do it wrong without comment.Criticism
6485Abraham H. MaslowAnother peculiar characteristic of the human organism when it is dominated by a certain need is that the whole philosophy of the future tends also to change. For our chronically and extremely hungry man, Utopia can be defined very simply as a place where there is plenty of food.Psychology
3122Italian proverbTell me what you are reading and I will tell you who you are.Reading
2308Eric HofferIn a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. Learning
4285George Bernard ShawActivity is the only road to knowledge.Knowledge
5137George CarlinSome people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that. Work
3868Dante AlighieriThe hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.Neutrality
2887VoltaireIf God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.Religion
4244Joseph JoubertThe poet must not cross an interval with a step when he can cross it with a leap.Poetry
4232Joseph JoubertGod is the place where I do not remember the rest.God
2833Will RogersSo live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.Morality
4702Ambrose BierceBIRTH: The first and dirtiest of all disasters.Life
4166Emile CioranOnly what you hide is profound, is true.Truth
4206Antonio PorchiaA child shows his toy, a man hides his.Playing
4595George CarlinI think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.Humour
6309Karl PopperDo not allow your dreams of a beautiful world to lure you away from the claims of men who suffer here and now. Our fellow men have a claim to our help; no generation must be sacrificed for the sake of future generations, for the sake of an ideal of happiness that may never be realised.Miscellaneous
4334Jonathan SwiftQuando un vero genio appare in questo mondo, lo si può riconoscere dal fatto che gli idioti sono tutti coalizzati contro di lui.Genius
4414Mahatma GandhiWhatever you do will be insignificant. But it is very important that you do it.Action
2224PlatoGood people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.Law
2412William Butler YeatsThe best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.Miscellaneous
4327Peter DruckerThe purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.Management
4304George Bernard ShawBeware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.Miscellaneous
3799Ben BovaFeeding the starving poor only increases their number.Charity
2942Sharon StoneWomen might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.Lying
6489Abraham H. MaslowOther broader aspects of the attempt to seek safety and stability in the world are seen in the very common preference for familiar rather than unfamiliar things, or for the known rather than the unknown. The tendency to have some religion or world-philosophy that organizes the universe and the men in it into some sort of satisfactorily coherent, meaningful whole is also in part motivated by safety-seeking. Here too we may list science and philosophy in general as partially motivated by the safety needs....Psychology
5126George CarlinFighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.Peace
4290George Bernard ShawEconomy is the art of making the most of life.Economy
4400Johann W. von GoetheKnowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.Knowledge
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
4435Ignazio SiloneLiberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility

of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social, and even political.
4311Peter DruckerThe aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer, so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.Marketing
3208Steven WrightIf everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.Miscellaneous
2125Bruno CancellieriTo appreciate the intelligence of a person, you have to be at least as intelligent.Intelligence
3518Winston ChurchillA pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.Optimism
4211Antonio PorchiaSuffering is above, not below. And everyone thinks that suffering is below. And everyone wants to rise.Suffering
2469Henny YoungmanMy Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.Jokes
4802Niccolò MachiavelliThere is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order to things.Changing

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