Quotations

Authors' names in alphabetical order (A through G):

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A

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. - Lord Acton

No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. - Henry B. Adams

One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible. - Henry B. Adams.

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them. - Alfred Adler

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. - Aesop

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything. - Aesop

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified. - Aesop

The paper burns, but the words fly away. - Ben Joseph Akiba

Leisure time is that five or six hours when you sleep at night. - George Allen

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

The difference between sex and death is that with death you can do it alone and no one is going to make fun of you. - Woody Allen

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. - Muhammad Ali

Women like silent men. They think they're listening. - Marcel Archard

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius. -Henri-Frederic Amiel

In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order. - Idi Amin Dada

Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity to be otherwise. - Maya Angelou

God is not dead. He is alive and working; working on a less ambitious project. - Anonymous

Never argue with a fool - people might not know the difference. - Anonymous

The fewer facts you have in support of an opinion, the stronger your emotional attachment to that opinion. - Anonymous

Women like silent men. They think they're listening. - Marcel Archard

We make war that we may live in peace. - Aristotle

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. - Aristotle

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

 

 

B

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. - Francis Bacon

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations. - Walter Bagehot

Be careful what you set your heart upon - for it will surely be yours. - James Baldwin

Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable. - James Baldwin

The future is like heaven - everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now. - James Baldwin

It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time. - Tallulah Bankhead

God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning. - Imamu Amiri Baraka

Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. the most terrifying thing is what people do want. - Clive Barnes

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

The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you. - Brendan Behan

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. - Hector Berlioz

Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two. - Ambrose Bierce

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election. - Otto von Bismarck

Universal suffrage is the government of a house by its nursery. - Otto von Bismarck

The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important. - Milo Bloom

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field. - Niels Bohr

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. - Niels Bohr

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. - Derek Bok

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, "She doesn't have what it takes." They will say, "Women don't have what it takes. - Clare Boothe Luce

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there. - Clare Boothe Luce

No good deed goes unpunished. - Clare Boothe Luce

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder. - James H. Boren

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

Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone. - Jorge Luis Borges

It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated. - Alec Bourne

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. - General Omar Bradley

Grub first, then ethics. - Bertolt Brecht

I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it. - Ashleigh Brilliant

Please don't ask me what the score is, I'm not even sure what the game is. - Ashleigh Brilliant

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target. - Ashleigh Brilliant

No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power. - Jacob Bronowski

Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance. - Sam Brown

Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. - Mathew Browne

As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children. - Anita Bryant

Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive. - William F. Buckley

Before you kill something make sure you have something better to replace it with; something better than political opportunist slamming hate horse shit in the public park. - Charles Bukowski

We love your adherence to democratic principles. - William F. Buckley

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less. - Nicholas Murray Butler

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. - Samuel Butler

The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore. - Samuel Butler

any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well. - Samuel Butler

One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague. - Robert Burton

 

 

C

The optimist proclaims we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. - James B. Cabell

Men willingly believe what they wish. - Julius Caesar

It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies. - Arthur Calwell

An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought. - Simon Cameron

Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic. - Albert Camus

When I sell liquor, its called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, its called hospitality. - Al Capone

You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone. - Al Capone

Vote early and vote often. - Al Capone

Anyone who can walk to the welfare office can walk to work. - Al Capp

It is long accepted by the missionaries that morality is inversely proportional to the amount of clothing people wore. - Alex Carey

In time of war the first casualty is truth. - Boake Carter

Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice Doggie!" till you can find a rock. - Wynn Catlin

As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it. - Dick Cavett

Everything beautiful has its moment and then passes away. - Luis Cernuda

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. - Miguel de Cervantes

In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence. - Cesar Chavez

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

The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out. - Chinese Proverb

I like a man who grins when he fights. - Winston Churchill

A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye
and see his equal. - Winston Churchill

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. - Winston Churchill

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most times he will pick himself up and carry on. - Winston Churchill

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. - Winston Churchill

Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others. - Winston Churchill

Who will protect the public when the police violate the law? - Ramsey Clark

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him. - Arthur C. Clarke

Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories. - Arthur C. Clarke

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke

You're either part of the solution or part of the problem. - Eldridge Cleaver

The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less. - Eldridge Cleaver

War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military. - Georges Clemenceau

When you have nothing to say, say nothing. - Charles Caleb Colton

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization. - Georges Clemenceau

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

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

Imprisoned in every fat man a thin man is wildly signaling to be let out. - Cyril Connolly

Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium. - Cyril Connolly

Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you. - Cyril Connolly

The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet. - Cyril Connolly

You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends. - Joseph Conrad

Don't talk unless you can improve the silence. - Laurence Coughlin

A man feared that he might find an assassin; Another that he might find a victim. One was wiser than the other. - Stephan Crane

 

 

D

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

The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children. - Clarence Darrow

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

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. - Clarence Darrow

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact a return to the idealised past. - Robertson Davies

There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back. - Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister

People are always talking about tradition, but they forget we have a tradition of a few hundred years of nonsense and stupidity, that there is a tradition of idiocy, incompetence and crudity. - Hugo Demartini

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives. - William Dement

We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up. - Phyllis Diller

I never deny, I never contradict. I sometimes forget. - Benjamin Disraeli

Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, old age a regret. - Benjamin Disraeli

Love built on beauty, soon as beauty dies. - John Donne

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. - Will Durant

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. - Will Durant

E

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. - Abba Eban

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough. - Albert Einstein

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. - Albert Einstein

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

The important thing is not to stop questioning. - Albert Einstein

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one. - Albert Einstein

Before God we are equally wise - and equally foolish. - Albert Einstein

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible. - Albert Einstein

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

What we call "morals" is simply blind obedience to words of command. - Havelock Ellis

Always do what you are afraid to do. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hitch your wagon to a star. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man I meet is in some way my superior. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. - Epictetus

War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it. - Desiderius Erasmus

There's a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me. - John Erskine

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

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. - Euripides

The camera cannot lie. But it can be an accessory to untruth. - Harold Evans

 

 

F

When you read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before. - Clifton Fadiman

If people really liked to work, we'd still be plowing the land with sticks and transporting goods on our backs. - Eilliam Feather

Computer : a million morons working at the speed of light. - David Ferrier

I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally. - W.C. Fields

It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper. - Errol Flynn

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. - Henry Ford

I am responsible only to God and history. - Francisco Franco

Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other. - Benjamin Franklin

In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes. - Benjamin Franklin

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. - Sigmund Freud

The news is the one thing the networks can point to with pride. Everything else they do is crap - and they know it. - Fred Friendly

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal. - Erich Fromm

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain. - Robert Frost

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. - Robert Frost

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer. - Robert Frost

The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. - Robert Frost

We compound our suffering by victimizing each other. - Athol Fugard

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun. - R. Buckminster Fuller

It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It's what you do with your life that counts. - Millard Fuller

 

 

G

Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do. - Zsa Zsa Gabor

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory. - John Kenneth Galbraith

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. - John Kenneth Galbraith

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. - John Kenneth Galbraith

One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know. - John Kenneth Galbraith

A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs. - German Proverb

If you can count your money you don't have a billion dollars. - J. Paul Getty

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. - Andr Gide

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made. - Jean Giraudoux

Expecting something for nothing is the most popular form of hope. - Arnold Glasow

We are not abandoning our convictions, our philosophy or traditions, nor do we urge anyone to abandon theirs. - Mikhail Gornachov

Heresy is another word for freedom of thought. - Graham Greene

Figures won't lie, but liars will figure. - Charles H. Grosvenor