Authors' names in alphabetical order (o through z)

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The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it. - J. Robert Oppenheimer

On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time. - George Orwell

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. - George Orwell

To be loved, be lovable. - Ovid




The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom. - Cyril Parkinson

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. - Ellen Parr

If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world. - Blaise Pascal

I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they (the whites of South Africa) have turned to loving, they will find we (the blacks) are turned to hating. - Alan Paton

What broke in a man when he could bring himself to kill another? - Alan Paton

Who knows for what we live, struggle and die?... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom. - Alan Paton

To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man. - Alan Paton

Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack. - George S. Patton

Never tell the people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their integrity. - George S. Patton

Public office is the last refuge of a scoundrel. - Boies Penrose

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today. - Laurence J. Peter

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices. - Laurance Peter

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it. - Laurance Peter

In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. - Laurence Peter

Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame. - Laurance Peter

Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics. - Wendell Phillips

Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood. - Augusto Pinochet

The measure of a man is what he does with power. - Pittacus

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater. - Roman Polanski

Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true. - Polish proverb

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. - Antonio Porchia

They talk most who have the least to say. - Mathew Prior

A city is a large community where people are lonesome together. - Herbert Prochnow

Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous. - William Proxmire

Practice is the best of all instructors. - Publilius Syrus




If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure. - J. Danforth Quayle

Happy campers you have been, happy campers you are, and happy campers you will always be. - J. Danforth Quayle

I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people. - J. Danforth Quayle




A nuclear power plant is infinently safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year. - Dixy Lee Ray

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. - Ronald Reagan

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. - Ronald Reagan

I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary. - Ronald Reagan

I would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. - Ronald Reagan

The scientists split the atom; now the atom is splitting us. - Quentin Reynolds

The streets are safe in Philadelphia, it's only the people who make them unsafe. - Frank Rizzo

If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought. - Dennis Roch

Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.... You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week. - Will Rogers

We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom we admire. - Francois

We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. - Will Rogers

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to someone else. - Will Rogers

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little. - Jean Jacques Rousseau

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. - Bertrand Russel

You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you. - Rwandan proverb




A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you. - Francois Sagan

A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world. - George Santayana

When the rich make war it's the poor that die. - Jean-Paul Sartre

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship. - George Bernard Shaw

Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say "Why not?" - George Bernard Shaw

A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic. - Joseph Stalin

The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end. - Adlai Stevenson

There is nothing in this world constant but inconstancy. - Swift




The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. - Mother Teresa

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. - Lily Tomlin

If you can't convince them, confuse them. - Harry S Truman

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry S Truman

Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship. - Harry S Truman

I like thinking big. If you're going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. - Donald Trump

Words divide us, actions unite us. - Slogan of the Tupamaros

Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to. - Mark Twain

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. - Mark Twain




Good politics are often inextricably intertwined. - Morris Udall




The Vice Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does. - Bill Vaughan

It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail. - Gore Vidal




The sports page records people's accomplishments; The front page nothing but their failures. - Jutice Earl Warren

Too much of a good thing is wonderful. - Mae West

No man is rich enough to buy back his past. - Oscar Wilde

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. - Oscar Wilde

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. - Oscar Wilde

Only the winners decide what were war crimes. - Gary Wills

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments. - Earl Wilson






Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - William Butler Yeats




It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees! - Emiliano Zapata

You can't be a Real Country unless you have a BEER and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a BEER - Frank Zappa