QUOTATION COLLECTION Authors' names in alphabetical order (H through N):

H     I     J     K     L     M     N    


Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. - Alex Hamilton

War will cease when men refuse to fight. - Fridtjof Hansen

Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own. - Sydney Harris

In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these. - Paul Harvey

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater. - William Hazlitt

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

Plain women know more about men than beautiful ones do. But beautiful women don't need to know about men. It's the men who have to know about beautiful women. - Katherine Hepburn

There is nothing permanent except change. - Heraclitus

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks. - Herodotus

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out. - Alfred Hitchcock

The victor will never be asked if he told the truth. - Adolf Hitler

What luck for the rulers that men do not think. - Adolf Hitler

Strength lies not in defense but in attack. - Adolf Hitler

Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong. - Adolf Hitler

The great masses of the people... will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one. - Adolf Hitler

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. - Eric Hoffer

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it. - Abbie Hoffman

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Justice is incidental to law and order. - J. Edgar Hoover

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. - Elbert Hubbard

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men. - Kin Hubbard

When a fellow says it ain't the money but the principle of the thing, it's the money. - Kin Hubbard

Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature. - Kin Hubbard

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. - Hubert H. Humphrey

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment. - Robert Hutchins

Maybe this world is another planet's Hell. - Aldous Huxley

Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. - Aldous Huxley




A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. - Henrik Ibsen

The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone. - Henrik Ibsen

Few rich men own their own property. The property owns them. - Robert G. Ingersoll




The will to win is worthless if you don't get paid for it. - Reggie Jackson

It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are. - Clive James

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. - William James

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. - William James

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty. - Thomas Jefferson

That government is best which governs least. - Thomas Jefferson

It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar. - Jerome K. Jerome

Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. - Pope John XXIII

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. - Samuel Johnson

An ounce of emotion is equal to a ton of facts. - John Junor




In the fight between you and the world, back the world. - Franz Kafka

You do not destroy an idea by killing people; you replace it with a better one. - Edward Keating

College isn't the place to go for ideas. - Helen Keller

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all- the apathy of human beings. - Helen Keller

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. - John F. Kennedy

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. - John F. Kennedy

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. - John F. Kennedy

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or to make it the last. - John F. Kennedy

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. - John F. Kennedy

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. - Robert F. Kennedy

In the long run we are all dead. - John Maynard Keynes

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers. - Nikita Khruschev

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. - Martin Luther King Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King Jr

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. - Rudyard Kipling

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer. - Henry Kissinger

Television - a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well-done. - Ernie Kovacs

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. - Jonathan Kozol




People don't ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts. - Robert Keith Leavitt

Physics isn't a religion. If it were, we'd have a much easier time raising money. - Leon Lederman

It is well that war is so terrible, or we should get too fond of it. - Robert E. Lee

You must be careful how you walk, and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set. - Robert E. Lee

The education of a man is never completed until he dies. - Robert E. Lee

There is a terrible war coming, and these young men who have never seen war cannot wait for it to happen, but I tell you, I wish that I owned every slave in the South, for I would free them all to avoid this war. - Robert E. Lee

It is true that liberty is precious - so precious that it must be rationed. - Nikolai Lenin

The world began without man, and it will complete itself without him. - Claude Levi-Strauss

Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. - Aaron Levenstein

Ask a man which way he is going to vote, and he will probably tell you. Ask him, however, why, and vagueness is all. - Bernard Levin

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. - Abraham Lincoln

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. - Abraham Lincoln

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. - Abraham Lincoln

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much. - Walter Lippmann

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. - John Locke

Winning is not everything. It's the only thing. - Vince Lombardi

Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. - Joe Louis




In war there is no substitute for victory. - General Douglas MacArthur

It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved. - Niccolo Machiavelli

All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing. - Maurice Maeterlinck

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed. - Mao Zedong

An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience. -Donald R. Perry Marquis

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. - Karl Marx

Religion... is the opium of the masses. - Karl Marx

Love is only the dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species. - W. Somerset Maugham

A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground. - H. L. Mencken

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. - H. L. Mencken

No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. - H. L. Mencken

Time is the great legalizer, even in the field of morals. - H. L. Mencken

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. - H. L. Mencken

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something. - Wilson Mizner

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking. - H. L. Mencken

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism; but when you take it from many writers, it's research. - Wilson Mizner

Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing for something. - Wilson Mizner

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. - Hannah More

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. - John Morley

Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought. - Dwight Morrow

It's so easy to laugh. It's so easy to hate. It takes strength to be gentle and kind. - Stephen Morrissey

Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation. - Edward R. Murrow

The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery without almost noticing them. - Gunnar Myrdal




Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent. - Napoleon

In politics stupidity is not a handicap. - Napoleon

If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing. - Napoleon

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. - Napoleon

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. - Napoleon

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. - George Jean Nathan

Nobody believes the official spokesman... but everybody trusts an unidentified source. - Ron Nesen

Lack of will power has caused more failure than lack of intelligence or ability. - Flower A. Newhouse

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons... - Alfred E. Newman

One should dies proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. - Friedrich Nietzsche

What does not destroy me, makes me strong. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves? - Friedrich Nietzsche

A ship is always referred to as "she" because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder. - Chester Nimitz

I would have made a good pope. - Richard Nixon

Voters quickly forget what a man says. - Richard Nixon

When the president does it, that's means it is not illegal. - Richard Nixon

Laws were made to be broken. - Christopher North