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2849Lily TomlinWhy is it when we talk to God we're praying -- but when God talks to us, we're schizophrenic?Religion
6043Jean-Paul SartreWhen rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die.War
2415Niccolò MachiavelliIt is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.Fear
2590Dale CarnegieWhen dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.Mankind
2691Martin H. FischerKnowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. Knowledge
3624George Matthew AdamsThere is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our
character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
3346Bertrand RussellSo far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.Religion
5596Bruce FeirsteinThe distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.Madness
4296George Bernard ShawThe unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it.Unconscious
3442AnonymousIf you can keep your head when all around you have lost theirs, then you probably haven't understood the seriousness of the situation.
4501Zsa Zsa GaborA man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished.Marriage
4244Joseph JoubertThe poet must not cross an interval with a step when he can cross it with a leap.Poetry
4744John ClayWEDDING: A necessary formality before securing a divorce.Marriage
2702Hector BerliozTime is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.Time
4306George Bernard ShawIf you begin by sacrificing yourself to those you love, you will end by hating those to whom you have sacrificed yourself.Sacrifice
3711George Bernard ShawHe who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.Teaching
3717C. Wright MillsThere is then rationality without reason. Such rationality is not commensurate with freedom but the destroyer of it.Rationality
5008Piero ScaruffiMost books are about aspects of human knowledge. Few people write books about human ignorance, despite the fact that there would be much more to write about.Ignorance
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
3445George EliotOur deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.Personality
2423Mark TwainGrief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.Joy
5814Winston ChurchillThe truth is so precious that it must be guarded by a vast bodyguard of lies.Truth
2298Elbert HubbardTo avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.Criticism
2224PlatoGood people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.Law
2606Mark TwainIf you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.Truth
6280Karl PopperIt might be well for all of us to remember that, while differing widely in the various little bits we know, in our infinite ignorance we are all equal. Ignorance
2802Chinese ProverbIt is always easier for one man to solve another man's problem.Problem solving
3970Philip Dormer StanhopeLearning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various editions of them.Knowledge
2847Yogi BerraIn theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.Theory
5602François de La RochefoucauldMen give away nothing so liberally as their advice.Advicing
2558George CarlinYou have to stay in shape. My mother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now and we have no idea where she is.Sport
3774Daniel Patrick MoynihanEveryone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts.Facts
2183Sam LevensonIt's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.Wisdom
2617Bertrand RussellOne of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.Work
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
4644Emil KrotkyMediocrity is forgiven more easily than talent.Mediocrity
4415George Bernard ShawYou see things and you say 'why?" But I dream things that never were and I say 'why not?'Dreaming
2387John RuskinEvery increased possession loads us with new weariness.Possession
2707Ambrose BierceWar is God's way of teaching Americans geography. War
4729Orson Scott CardMETAPHOR: A way of holding the most truth in the least space. Talking
5610AnonymousPlay the music, not the instrument.Music
4684George Bernard ShawHe who has never hoped can never despair.Hope
5084Benjamin FranklinPoliticians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reason.Politics
4206Antonio PorchiaA child shows his toy, a man hides his.Playing
4286George Bernard ShawDo not give your children moral and religious instruction unless you are quite sure they will not take it too seriously. Better be the mother of Henri Quatre and Nell Gwynne than of Robespierre and Queen Mary Tudor.Morality
3250Bruno CancellieriIt is stupid to blame a stupid person for not being more intelligent.Stupidity
3101AnonymousA woman's mind is cleaner than a man's....she changes it more often !!Women
3850Johann W. von GoetheTalent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.Talent
3665Ralph Waldo EmersonThe louder he talks of honour, the faster we count our spoons.Honour
5595Thomas S. EliotOnly those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.Miscellaneous

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