Quote of the Week (29 December 1998) :
Intellect is invisible to the man who has none. Arthur Schopenhauer
Best new quotes (29 December 1998) :
It is easier to love humanity than to love your neighbor. Eric Hoffer
Mathematics is as little a science as grammar is a language. Ernst Mayr
We must believe in free will. We have no other choice. Isaac Bashevis Singer
All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die. Bob Dylan
Other new quotes (29 December 1998) :
A genius is always a teacher, never a pupil; he is always self-made. Ludwig von Mises
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. Edward Abbey
A race of altruists is necessarily a race of slaves. A race of free men is necessarily a race of egoists. Max Stirner
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain
...each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late. Thomas Sowell
Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll sit in a boat and drink beer.
God answers prayers in His own way, not ours. Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
He who knows nothing doubts nothing. Spanish Proverb
Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. Mark Twain
Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience. Leonardo da Vinci
No one in this world, as far as I know...has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. H. L. Mencken, Notes on journalism, Chicago Tribune, Sept. 19, 1926, quoted in Bartlett's
Nothing has an uglier look to us than reason, when it is not on our side. Lord Halifax
People constantly speak of "the government" doing this or that, as they might speak of God doing it. But the government is really nothing but a group of men, and usually they are very inferior men. They may have some better man working for them, but they themselves are seldom worthy of any respect. H.L. Mencken
Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves. Eric Hoffer
The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do. Eric Hoffer
The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. And one of the games to which it is most attached is called, ''Keep tomorrow dark,'' and which is also named (by the rustics in Shropshire, I have no doubt) ''Cheat the Prophet.'' The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that the clever men have to say about what is to happen in the next generation. The players then wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them nicely. Then they go and do something else. That is all. For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun. Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The meaning of life is that it stops. Franz Kafka
The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power. Francis Bacon
The thinker makes a great mistake when he asks after cause and effect. They both together make up the indivisible phenomena. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There are several good protections against temptation but the surest is cowardice. Mark Twain
There is probably an element of malice in the readiness to overestimate people: we are laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size. Eric Hoffer
There's an illusion that homosexuals have sex and heterosexuals fall in love. That's completely untrue. Everybody wants to be loved. Boy George
[They say] "We do not know how this is, but we know that God can do it." You poor fools! God can make a cow out of a tree, but has He ever done so? Therefore show some reason why a thing is so, or cease to hold that it is so. William of Conches
To wage a war for a purely moral reason is as absurd as to ravish a woman for a purely moral reason. H.L. Mencken
Trivial facts are often the best hints to what is going on. J.M. Roberts
We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart. H.L. Mencken
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses. Shirley Chisholm
When watching men of power in action it must be always kept in mind that, whether they know it or not, their main purpose is the elimination or neutralization of the independent individual- the independent voter, consumer, worker, owner, thinker- and that every device they employ aims at turning men into a manipulable "animated instrument" which is Aristotle's definition of a slave. Eric Hoffer
Words don't mean, people mean. Alfred Korzybski
Quote of the Week (17 November 1998) :
I don’t even know what street Canada is on. Al Capone
Best new quotes (17 November 1998) :
Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose. Garrison Keillor
It has, I belive been often remarked that a hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg. Samuel Butler 1835-1902, Life and Habit, Ch. 8
A Canadian is someone, who knows how to make love in a canoe. Pierre Berton
What two ideas are more inseparable than Beer and Britannia? Sydney Smith
Other new quotes (17 November 1998) :
Acting is like making love. It’s better if your partner is good but it’s probably possible if your partner isn’t. Jeremy Irons Cinema, Cinemas, Antenne 2 (French TV, 15 January 1991)
America is a consumer culture, and when we change what we buy - and how we buy it - we’ll change who we are. Faith Popcorn
Every why hath a wherefore. William Shakespeare
Everyone lives by selling something. Robert Louis Stevenson
For every why he had a wherefore. Samuel Butler 1612-1680, Hudibras, 132
He who knows nothing doubts nothing. Spanish Proverb
I do a job. I get paid. I go home. Maureen Stapleton (about acting), People, 3 May 1982
I don’t understand acting except when I’m doing it. And sometimes, not even then. Nastassja Kinski, Time, 2 May 1983.
Keep it simple. Make a blank face and the music and the story will fill it in. Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) to daughter Isabella Rossellini, Time, 2 May 1983
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. Samuel Butler 1835-1902, Notebooks, Ch.1, 9
Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. George Orwell
Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Susan Ertz
No goverment ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Thomas Jefferson
No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. Abraham Lincoln
The books that the world calls immortal are the books that show the world its own shame. Oscar Wilde
The longer the title, the less important the job. George McGovern
The secret of being bore is to tell everything. Voltaire
The souls of women are so small, / That some belive they’ve none at all. Samuel Butler 1612-1680, Miscellaneous Thoughts
The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people. E.B. White
There is one thing certain, namely, that we can have nothing certain; therefore it is not certain that we can have nothing certain. Samuel Butler
Quote of the Week (20 October 1998) :
I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. Mae West
Best new quotes (20 October 1998) :
If God had wanted us to use the metric system, Jesus would have had 10 apostles. Unknown
Baseball is like church. Many attend. Few understand. Leo Durocher,manager
Light is the shadow of God. Plato
How can we have any new ideas or fresh outlooks when ninety per cent of all the scientists who have ever lived have not yet died? Alan L Macay
Other new quotes (20 October 1998) :
A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but diamonds are a girl's best friend. Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it. Neils Bohr
Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible. (Paul Klee, In: Creative Credo, sec. 1, The Inward Vision, 1957, originally published 1920)
Baseball is like church. Many attend. Few understand. Leo Durocher,manager
Boys, baseball is a game where you gotta have fun. You do that by winning. Dave Bristol, manager
Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave. Constantin Brancusi
Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you a car. Laurence J. Peter
I am willing to love all mankind, except an American. Samuel Johnson Boswell's Life
I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey. Mark Twain
I don't think suicide is so terrible. Some rainy winter Sunday, when there's a little boredom, you should always carry a gun.Not to shoot yourself, but to know exactly that you're always making a choice. -Lina Wertmuller
I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it. Mae West
I used to be Snow White...but I drifted. Mae West
In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others. Andre Maurois 15 April 1778
In the beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. Douglas Adams (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe)
Is that a pistol in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? Mae West
It's as large as life and twice as natural. Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass
I've been in Who's Who and I know what's what, but this is the first time I've been in the dictionary. Mae West
I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. Mae West
Light is the shadow of God. Plato
Hatcheck girl: Goodness, that's a beautiful diamond!
Mae West: Goodness had nothing to do with it....
Marriage is a fine institution - but I'm not ready for an institution. Mae West
Only he who has seen better days and lives to see better days again knows their full value. Mark Twain
Rain does not fall on only one roof. Proverbial saying in Camaroon
So many men, so little time. Mae West
Some men have sighed over the abduction of their wives, most men, however, because nobody wanted to abduct them. Nietzche
Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that. Bill Shankly (Greatest football team manager of all time) - remark made on BBC TV 1981
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Henry David Thoreau
Talent always beats experience. Because by the time you get experience, the talent's gone. Pat Corrales, manager
Talked to Podgorny about football and hockey and a little bit about the constitution. Leonid Brezhnev - Diary entry from 1977
The best cure for dandruff - Guillotine. P.G. Wodehouse
The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go. Galileo
There are two kinds of women:those who want power in the world and those who want power in bed. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him. Robert Heinlein
These impossible women! How they do get around us! The poet was right: can't live with them, or without them. Aristophanes
They make a desert and call it peace. Tacitus
When I'm good, I'm very, very, good, but when I'm bad, I'm better. Mae West
Without fear there would be no courage. Robert Puller
Quote of the Week (30 September 1998) :
We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal. Anatole France
Best new quotes (30 September 1998) :
From the moment I picked up your book, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend on reading it. - Groucho Marx
Chess is a great game. No matter how good one is, there is always somebody better. No matter how bad one is, there is always somebody worse. I.A. Horowitz
I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk. Robert Bloch
I don't know why people think I'm a dumb blonde -- I know I'm not dumb, and I'm _certainly_ not a blonde. It takes a lot of money to look this cheap! Dolly Parton
Other new quotes (30 September 1998) :
Everything you see I owe to spaghetti. Sophia Loren
For us in Russia communism is a dead dog, while, for many people in the West, it is still a living lion.--Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Good taste is the enemy of creativity. Pablo Picasso
I don't even like old cars......I'd rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human. J.D.Salinger
I have not loved the world, nor has the world loved me Lord Byron
If money could talk, it would say goodbye. Anon.
Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky, and I thought to myself, “Where is the ceiling?!” Anon.
Mere facts are for children only. As they begin to point towards conclusions they become food for men. Edmund Selous
My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. Abraham Lincoln
OK then, let her drive. Last words of Captain of Challenger
One girl can be pretty -- but a dozen are only a chorus. F.Scott Fitzgerald
Pain and death are a part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself. Havelock Ellis
That we must all die, we always knew; I wish I had remembered it sooner. Samuel Johnson: Letter to Sir Joshua Reynolds
The more I read, the more I think // There's nothing like a good square drink. Kingston (Ontario) Daily British Whig, 20 December 1869
The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so that they believe they are as clever as he. Karl Kraus
There are two freedom's - the false where a man is free to do as he likes, the true where a man is free to do as he ought. Charles Kingsley
What was that bang. Last words of Mayor of Hiroshima
When a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of many men for the inattention of one. --Helen Rowland
When God is about to do something great, He starts with a difficulty, when he is about to do something truly magnificent, he starts with an impossibility. Armin Gesswein
When you have their balls, their hearts and minds will follow. Anon.
Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
Quote of the Week (23 September 1998) :
Yeah, I read history. But it doesn't make you nice. Hitler read history, too. Joan Rivers
Best new quotes (23 September 1998) :
The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked.
"Where do you want to go?", responded the Cheshire cat.
"I don't know." Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter." Lewis Carroll "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1865)
No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road - turn back. Turkish Proverb
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. George Bernard Shaw
Quote of the Week (15 September 1998) :
A painter can hang his pictures, but a writer can only hang himself. Edward Dahlberg
Best new quotes (15 September 1998) :
We didn't have much money, so we had to use our brains. Anon.
A credit card is something that enables us to spend money we don't have for things we don't need to impress folks we don't like. Anon.
I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book. Julius Henry (Groucho) Marx (1895-1977)
It's lonely at the top, but the food is better. Woody Allen
Other new quotes (15 September 1998) :
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man. Anon.
Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born. Ronald Reagan
Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce? Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you imagine. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is much easier not to write like a man than to write like a woman. Samuel Johnson: Rambler #20 (May 26, 1750)
Life's too short for chess. H. J. Byron, "Our Boys", act I.
Love makes the world go round, but it's the lack of money that keeps it flat. Anon.
Of chess it has been said that life is not long enough for it - but that is the fault of life, not chess.Napier
Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case
the idea is quite staggering Arthur C. Clarke.
The best things in life are free, but the second best things in life are expensive as Hell. Anon.
The only people making money these days are the ones selling computer paper. Anon.
There are plenty of people who believe that Elvis is alive, or that aliens occasionally land here to do highly personal things to people, or that the whole idea of evolution is a conspiracy of godless scientists. Almost all of these people can vote and some of them have got guns. Terry Pratchett
There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him. Robert Heinlein
We are all alike, on the inside. Mark Twain
Quote of the Week (08 September 1998) :
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. Logan Pearsall Smith
Best new quotes (08 September 1998) :
Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford. Cindy Crawford
He does not weep who does not see. Victor Hugo
Some read to thing - these are rare; some to write, these are common; and some read to talk, and these form the great majority. Charles Caleb Colton
There is no such thing as a moral or an immortal book. Books are well written. That is all. Oscar Wilde
Other new quotes (08 September 1998) :
A painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen. Paul Valery
A poet’s authobiography is his poetry. Anything else can only be a footnote. Evgeny Yevtushenko
An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have. Andy Warhol
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support. John Buhan
Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible. Paul Klee
Art is an attempt to integrate evil. Simone De Beauvoir
Art is meant to disturb. Science reassures. Paul Cezanne
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. Twyla Tharp
Authority is never without hate. Euripides
Do not make yourself so big, you are not so small. Jewish Proverb
Every exit is an entry somewhere else. Tom Stoppard
Everything in life is somwhere else, and you get there in a car. E.B. White
How many good books suffer neglect through the inefficiency of their beginnings! Edgar Allan Poe
I belive because it is impossible. Tertullian
I would sooner read a timetable or catalogue than nothing at all. W.Somerset Maugham
In art, as in love, innstinct is enough. Anatole France
It is we that are blind, not Fortune. Thomas Browne
It was such a lovely day I thought it was a pity to get up. W.Somerset Maugham
Least said soonest mended. Proverb
Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies. John Donne
Nothing is so firmly belived, as what we least know. Michel Monntaigne
Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless: peacocks and lilies, for instance. John Ruskin
The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The hour which gives us life begins to take it away. Seneca
The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines. Frank Lloyd Wright
There are bad manners everywhere, but aristocracy is bad manners organised. Henry James
To betray you must first belong. Harold Philby
With audacity one can undertake anything , but not do everything. Napoleon I
Quote of the Week (26 August 1998) :
As you know, God is usually on the side of the big battalions against the small. Comte De Bussy-Rabutin (1618-1693), Letter to the Comte de Limoges, 18 Oct. 1677
Best new quotes (26 August 1998) :
All places are distant from heaven alike. Robert Burton
Suddently, as rare things will, it vanished. Robert Browning, One Word More, 4
Somebody has said, that a king may make a nobleman, but he cannot make a gentleman. Edmund Burke
So to be patriots as not to forget that we are gentlemen. Edmund Burke
Other new quotes (26 August 1998) :
All poets are mad. Robert Burton (1577-1640)
And nobody calls you a dunce, // And people suppose me clever: // This could but have happened once, // And we missed it, lost it for ever. Robert Browning, Youth and Art, 17
Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience. George-Louis De Buffon (1707-1788), attr. In Herault de Sechelles, Voyage a Montbar
I never gave away anything without wishing I had kept it; nor kept it without wishing I had given it away. Louise Brooks (1908-1985) own epithaph, quoted in Kenneth Tynan, Show People
If there is a hell upon earth, it is to be found in a melancholy man’s heart. Robert Burton, Pt I, 4, Memb.1.3
“Let me not live”, said Aretine’s Antonia,”if I had not rather hear thy discourse than see a play” Robert Burton, Pt III, 1, Memb.1.1
Man partly is and wholly hopes to be. Robert Browning (1812-1889), A Death in the Desert, 588
Now I am ashamed of confessing that I have nothing to confess. Fanny Burney (Mme D’Arblay) (1752-1840), Evelina, Letter 59
Oh to love so, be so loved, yet so mistaken! Robert Browning
Reads verse and thinks she understands. Robert Browning, Dis aliter visum, 4
Since when was genius found respectable? Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), Aurora Leigh, (Bk vi)
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Speech on the Middlesex Election,1771
The only fault’s with time; // All men become good creatures: but so slow! Robert Browning, Luria, V
The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds - success. Edmund Burke, Letter to a Member of National Assembly
There may be heaven; there must be hell; // Meantime, there is our earth here - well! Time’s Revenges
To enlarge and illustrate this power and effect of love is to set a candle in the sun. Robert Burton, Pt III, 2, Memb.1.2
Quote of the Week (19 August 1998) :
I think of birth as the search for a larger apartment. Rita Mae Brown
Best new quotes (19 August 1998) :
Nothing is so firmly belived, as what we least know. Michel de Montaigne
I belive because it is impossible. Tertullian
The Christian's Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes. Mark Twain
Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know the real truth about his or her love affairs. Rebecca West
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Quote of the Week (05 August 1998) :
The first duty in life is to be as artifical as possible. What the second duty is no one has yet discovered. Oscar Wilde
Best new quotes (05 August 1998) :
It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. P.G. Wodenhouse
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth. Aesop
It’s easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so. Frank O’Hara
Please all, and you will please none. Aesop
When we want to please in the world, we must resign ourselves to learning many things from people, who are ignorant of them. Nicolas Chamfort
We shape our buildings: thereafter they shape us. Winston Churchill
Quote of the Week (28 July 1998) :
There's a Bible on that shelf there. But I keep it next to Voltaire - poison and antidote. Bertrand Russel
Best new quotes (28 July 1998) :
A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What
more could one want? Oscar Wilde
At one time I thought he wanted to be an actor. He had certain qualifications, including no money and
a total lack of responsibility. Hedda Hopper (1890-1966)
Cocaine is God's way of telling you that you make too much money. Robin Williams
Other new quotes (28 July 1998) :
An American friend of mine, a cultured gentleman, who loved poetry well enough for its own sake, told me that he had obtained a more correct and more satisfying idea of the Lake district from an eighteenpenny book of photographic views than from all the words of Coleridge, and Southey, and
Choose an author as you choose a friend. Wentworth Dillon (from M. Kogan)
I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist. Sally Kempton
I dream my painting and then I paint my dreams. Vincent Van Gogh
If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I will find something in them which will hang him. Cardinal Richelieu (from M. Kogan)
If you wonder why something is the way it is, find out who’s making money from it being that way.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me. But it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important. Martin Luther King
Money can't buy friends, but you do get a better class of enemy. Senator Somers White
Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than in a Lada. Anon.
Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. Anon.
Money is the root of all evil, and man needs roots. Anon.
Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule.Jefferson Davis (1808-1889)
Only believe half of what you see and nothing of what you hear. Usually attributed to Mark Twain.
Science is facts. Just as houses are made of stones, so science is made of facts. But a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science. Henri Poincare
The poet may be used as the barometr, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather. Leonel Trilling (from M. Kogan)
The point of good writting is knowing when to stop. L. M. Montgomery (from M. Kogan)
The present time has one advantage over every other - it is our own. Charles Caleb Colton
The problem with any unwritten law is that you don't know where to go to erase it. Glaser & Way
The world loved man when he smiled. The world became afraid of him when he laughed. Rabindranath Tagore
When a new book is published, read an old one. Samuel Rogers (from M. Kogan)
Wordsworth put together. Jerome K. Jerome, "Three Men on the Bummel"
Young men think older women know everything and suspect nothing. Zsa Zsa Gabor
Quote of the Week (21 July 1998) :
Streets full of water. Please advise. Robert Benchley (1889-1945) [Telegram on arriving Venice]
Best new quotes (21 July 1998) :
She's not so pretty anyone would want to ruin her. Bertold Brecht
It is a pretty poem, Mr Pope, but you must not call It Homer. Richard Bentley (1662-1742)[Of Pope's Iliad. Quoted in Samuel Johason, Life of Pope]
This lsland is almost made at coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish Great Britain at the same time. Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960) [Speech.et Black-pool, 18 May 1945]
Other new quotes (21 July 1998) :
“Ye can call it influenza if ye like,” said Mrs Machin. “There was no influenza in my young days. We called a cold a cold.” Arnold Bennet (1867-1931) [The Card, Ch. 8]
A fool sees not the same tree that wise sees. William Blake
Brain, n. An apparatus with which we think that we think. Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)
Conquered people tend to be witty. Saul Bellow (1915- )[Mr Sammler’s Planet, Ch.2]
For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy. Boethius (480?-524) [Consolation of Philosophy, Bk ii. Prose 4]
For that which is born death is certatn, and for the dark of reason for the dead birth is certain. Therefore grieve not over that which is unavoidable. Bhagavad Gita 2nd Milleniun BC [Ch.2 7]
Grub first, then ethics. Bertold Brecht [ The Threepenny Opera, II, i]
It Is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer. Sir William Blackstone [iv. 27]
It is worse than a crime, it is a blunder. Boulay De La Meurthe (1761-1840) [Commeat on the execution of the Duc O'Boghlen, 21 Mar. 1804; also attributed to Talleyrand]
Man was formed for society. Sir William Blackstone[Commentary on the laws of England, Introduction]
Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct; but to find these reasons is no less an instinct. F.H.Bradley (1846-1924) [Appearance and Reality, Preface]
Peace, n. In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting. Ambrose Bierce
Politics is no exact science. Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898) [Speech in, Prussian Chamber, 18 Dec.1863]
Put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry. Valentine Blacker (1778-1823) [Oliver Cromwell's Advidce]
She's not so pretty anyone would want to ruin her. Bertold Brecht
Take fresh heart and never forget that a warmed-up dinner is worth nothing at all. Nicolas Boileau [Satires, VIII.1]
That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution. Sir William Blackstone [iii 17]
The dreadful burden of having nothing to do. Nicolas Boileau (1636-1711) [Epitres, XL 86]
The king never dies. Sir William Blackstone(1723-1780) [Bk i.7]
The poor darlings [the Jews], I’m awfully fond of them and I’m awfully sorry for them, but it’s their own silly fault - they ought to have let God alone. Hillaire Belloc (1870-1953) [Letter to the author, quoted in Robert Speaight, Life of Hilaire Belloc, Ch.19]
The right words in the right order. Alexander Blok (1880-1921)[Of poetry, Quoted in D. Burg and G. Felfer, Solzhenitsyn]
To generalize is to be an idiot. William Blake [Annotation to Reynolds, Discourses II]
To see a World in a grain of sand. / And a Heaven In a wild flower, / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, / And Eternity In an hour. William Blake 1757-1827 [Auguries of Innocence]
War Is like love, it always finds a way. Bertold Brecht (1898-1956)
What a place to plunder! Marshal Bluecher (1742-1814) [Alleged remark on seeng London in 1814]
Quote of the Week (15 July 1998) :
Childhood ends at 12, youth at 18, love at 20, faith at 30, hope at 40, desire at 50. German proverb
Best new quotes (15 July 1998) :
Every policemen knows that though goverments may change, the police remain. Leon Trotsky, What Next?, 1932
As men / Do walk a mile, women should talk an hour, / After supper. ‘This their exercise. Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, Philaster, II.iv
There are bad manners everywhere, but an aristocracy is bad manners organised. Henry James
Other new quotes (15 July 1998) :
“After all,” as a pretty girl once said to me, “women are sex by themselves, so to speak.” Max Beerbohm, The Pervasion of Rouge
A young angel, an old devil. French proverb
Almost never killed a fly. German proverb
An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow. Ascribed variously to Lawrence Barrett (1838-1891) and Edwin Booth (1833-1893)
Fresh air keeps the doctor poor. Danish proverb
He who pays has the right to advise. French proverb
Most women are not so young as they are painted. Max Beerbohm (1872-1956) A Defence of Cosmetics
Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own. Sir James Barrie “Courage”, rectorial address, St Andrews University, 3 May 1922
Never give advice unless asked. German proverb
No answer is also an answer. German proverb
Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis. Brendan Behan (1923-1964), Richard’s Cork Leg, I
Take the first advice of a woman; not the second. French proverb
There is no other purgatory but a woman. Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher ,The Scornful Lady, III,i
We all are born mad. Some remain so. Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)
What is food to one man may be poison to another. Lucretius, De rerum natura, IV, 57 B.C.
When I am dead, I hope it may be said: / “Yis sins were scarlet, but his books were read.” Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) “On His Books”.
You will find that the woman who is really kind to dogs is always one who has failed to inspire sympathy in men. Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson, ch.6
Quote of the Week (08 July 1998) :
Airline travel is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror. Al Boliska
Best new quotes (08 July 1998) :
The best thing about animals is that they don’t talk much. Thornton Wilder
In America you watch TV and think that’s totally unreal, then you step outside and it’s just the same. Joan Armatradin
If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at Swiss bank. Woody Allen
I have everything now I had twenty years ago - except now it’s all lower. Gipsy Rose Lee
Other new quotes (08 July 1998) :
A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good. Henry Ward Beecher
After your death you will be what you were before your birth. Arthur Schopenhauer
Age is not a handicap. Age is nothing but a number. It is how you use it. Ethel Payne
Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power. Napoleon I
I do want to get rich but I never want to do what there is to do to get rich. Gertrude Stein
I don’t have to look up my family three, because I know that I’m the sap. Fred Allen
I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. Abraham Linkoln
I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets: It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on. Jean Kerr
If you’re going to America, bring your own food. Fran Lebowitz
Lord, if there is a Lord? Save my soul, if I have a soul. Ernest Renan
Man partly is and wholly hopes to be. Robert Browing
Most people would succeed in small things, if they were not troubled with great ambitions. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Of course, America had often been discovered before, but it had always been hushed up. Oscar Wilde
Sitting at the table doesn’t make you a dinner, unless you eat some of what’s on the plate. Being here in America doesn’t make you an American. Being born in America doesn’t make you an American. Malcolm X
The true authentic American is pilgrim with a small “p” armed with little more than the phrase “I wish...” Anna Quindlen
Three may keep counsel, if two be away. John Heywood
We are more inclined to hate one another for points on which we differ, than to love one another for points on which we agree. Charles Caleb Colton
What is a rebel ? A man who says no. Albert Camus
Quote of the Week (01 July 1998) :
Cocaine isn’t habit-forming. I should know – I’ve been using it for years. Tullulah Bankhead (1903-1968) (Quoted in Lillian Hellman, Pentimento, “Theatre”)
Best new quotes (01 July 1998) :
If you would know what the Lord God thinks of money, you have only to look at those to whom He gives it. Maurice Baring (1874-1945) Quoted by Dorothy Parker in Malcolm Cowley (ed.), Writers at Work, First Series
It’s a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it [charm], you don’t need to have anything else; and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t much matter what else you have. Sir James Barrie (1860-1937) What Every Woman Knows, 1
I have always found that the man whose second thoughts are good is worth watching. Sir James Barrie
Quote of the Week (24 June 1998) :
When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half. Gracie Allen
Best new quotes (24 June 1998) :
First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then a drink takes the man. Japanese proverb
To be really cosmopolitan, a man must be at home even in his own country. Thomas Wentworth Higginson: Short Studies of American Authors
Duty is what one expects from others. Oscar Wilde: A Woman of No Ignorance, II
Other new quotes (24 June 1998) :
…while you are considering which of two two things you should teach your child first, another boy has learhn them both. Samuel Johnson: in Boswell’s Life, July, 26, 1763
A small debt a man your debtor, a large one makes him your enemy. Seneca: Ad Lucilium XIX.xii
Death – it’s nature’s way of telling you to slow down. Anon. Newsweek, April 25, 1960
Debt is the slavery of the free. Publilius Syrus: Maxims
Don’t venture all your eggs in one basket. Samuel Palmer: Moral Essays on Proverbs
Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness. Seneca: Ad Lucilium LXXX-III
Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse will not hold. William Shensbone: On Writing and Books
How hard it is to make an Englishman acknowlege that he is happy. W.M. Thackeray: Pendennis, I
If Mr.Selwyn calls, let him in; if I am alive I shall be very glad to see him, and if I am dead, he will be very glad to see me. Last words of Henry Fox: referring to George Augustus Selwyn, who had morbid interest in the dead.
If to look truth in the face and not resent it when it’s unpaltable, and take human nature as you find it,… is to be cynical, then I suppose I’m cynic. W. Somerset Maugham: The Back of Beyond
It costs a lot of money to die comfortably. Samuel Butler (1835-1902): A Luxurious Death
It happens very well that Christmas should fall out in the middle of winter. Joseph Addison: The Spectator N269 (Sir Roger De Coverly speaking; paralleled by the lady who said that was too bad that uneployment come during the depression)
Not only England, but every Englishman is an island. Novalis: Fragments, 1799
The crisis of yesterday is the joke of tomorrow. H.G. Wells: You Can’t Be Too Careful
The goal of all life is death. Sigmund Freud: quoted by New York Times Magazine, May, 6, 1956
There are two reasons for drinking: one is, when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other, when you are not thirsty, to prevent it… Thomas Love Peacock: Melincourt
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. William Blake: Proverbs of Hell
To die will be an awfully big adventure. J.M.Barrie : Peter Pan, III
Waldo is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death. H.H. Munro “Saki”: The Feast of Nemesis
We triumph without glory when we conquer without danger. Corneille: Le Cid II.ii
What times! What customs! (Latin: O tempora! O mores!) Cicero: In Catilinum
When a dog bites a man, that is not news; but when a man bites a dog that is news. John B. Bogart, City Editor of the New York Sun (about 1880), often incorrect attributed to Charles Dana, Editor of the Sun
You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. Attributed to Robespierre, but it seems more probable that it was simply a proverb
Quote of the Week (17 June 1998) :
I hate books, for they only teach people to talk about what they do not understand. Jean Jacques Rousseau: Emile I
Best new quotes (17 June 1998) :
A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a Smoke. R. Kipling: The Betrothed
Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does. Stewart Henderson Britt quoted in New York Herald Tribune, Oct. 30,1956
Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old. Jonathan Swift: Thoughts on Various Subjects
Other new quotes (17 June 1998) :
An ambassador is an honest man, send to lie abroad for the good of his country. Sir Henry Wotton wrote it in the album of a friend in 1604. Often misquoted “send abroad to lie”
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support. Fulton Sheen Look, Dec. 14, 1955
And I hated all for love of Jesus Christ. Christina Rossetti: A Portrait
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor. Francis Bacon: Aphotegms, quoted as by Queen Elizabeth
Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. Oscar Wilde: A Woman Of No Importance.
Genealogist – One who traces back your family as for as your money will go. Anon.
His bark is worse than his bite. George Herbert: Jacula Prudentum
I forget who it was that recomended men for their soul’s good to do each day two things they disliked: …it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously, for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed. W. Somerset Maugham The Moon and Sixpence II
If you can’t be clever, be good. Palingenius: Zodiacus Vitae,”Taurus”
My dear friend, clear your mind of cant. Samuel Johnson in Boswell’s Life, May 15, 1783
Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own. Nelson Algren, Newsweek, July 2, 1956
Nothing is less worty of honor than the old man, who has no other evidence of having lived long exept his age. Seneca: De Tranquillitate
Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable. Plato: Phaedrus
Old age is an incurable disease. Seneca: Ad Licilium, Epist. Cviii
Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative. Maurice Chevalier, New York Times, Oct. 9, 1960
Old people have fewer diseases than the young, but their diseases never leave them. Hippocrates: Aphorisms
There are few chaste women, who are not tired of their pride. La Rochefoucald: Maxims
There is probably no hell for authors in the next world – they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this. C.N. Bovee: Authors
Those who do not complain are never pitied. Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
We seldom attribute common sense except to those who agree with us. La Rochefoucald: Maxims
Quote of the Week (10 June 1998) :
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered. W.H. Auden
Best new quotes (10 June 1998) :
Love, and do what you will. St Augustine (354-430)
Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris. Thomas Appleton (1812-1884)
If I had been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better arrangement of the Universe. Alfonso The Wise (1221-1284)
Other new quotes (10 June 1998) :
A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep. W.H. Auden
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they must want to do. W.H. Auden
Here lies Fred, / Who was alive and is dead: / Had it been his father, / I had much rather; / Had it been his brother, / Still better than another; / Had it been his sister, / No one would have missed her; / Had it been the whole generation, / Still better for the nation: / But since ‘tis only Fred, / Who was alive and is dead, - / There no more to be said. Horace Walpole, Memoirs of George II
I am dying with the help of too many physicians. Alexander The Great (356-323 BC)
If it is not thrue, it is a very happy invention. Italian proverb
Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past nor leave it behind. W.H. Auden
Man is by nature a political animal. Aristotle
No hero is mortal till he dies. W.H. Auden
Private faces in public places / Are wiser and nicer / Than public faces in private places. W.H. Auden (1907-1973)
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. Francis Bacon
The French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are. Francis Bacon
The living need charity more than the dead. George Arnold (1834-1865)
There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little. Francis Bacon
To ask the hard question is simple. W.H. Auden
To choose time is to save time. Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
What is it then to have or have no wife, but single thraldom, or a double strife? Francis Bacon
What’s the use of worrying? / It never was worth while, / So, pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag, / And smile, smile, smile. George Asaf (George H. Powell (1880-1951))
Quote of the Week (03 June 1998) :
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. Oscar Wilde
Best new quotes (03 June 1998) :
It is easy to bear misfortunes of others. Proverb
I give myself sometimes admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it. Mary Wortley Montagu
He that has one eye is a prince among those that have none. Thomas Fuller
Other new quotes (03 June 1998) :
A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him. Nicolas Boileau
Act quickly, think slowly. Greek Proverb
Accident - An inevitable occurence due to the action of immutable natural laws. Ambrose Bierce
Actor - a guy who, if you ain’t about him, he ain’t listening. Marlon Brando
Advice - what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t. Erica Jong
Barking dogs seldom bite. Proverb
Do your job and demand your compensation – but in that order. Cary Grant
Don’t use your conscious past. Use your creative imagination to create a past that belongs to your characters. Stella Adler
Everybody knows good counsel except him, that has need of it. German Proverb
He that has no children brings then up well. Proverb
One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done... Marie Curie
Only little people pay taxes. Leona Helmsley
Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves. Italian Proverb
Success folows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successfull. Malcolm Forbes
Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much. John Wayne
That which does not kill me makes me stronger. Friedrich Wilheim Nietzsche
There is but one step from the sublime to the ridiculous. Napoleon I
Those who are absend are always wrong. English Proverb
To achive great things we must live as though we were never going to die. Luc de Vauvenargues
We give nothing so freely as advice. Francois de la Rochefoucauld
You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosvelt
Quote of the Week (27 May 1998) :
When a man points finger at someone else, he should remember that three of his fingers are pointing at himself. Anon.
Best new quotes (27 May 1998) :
Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. Bette Davis
Always we like those who admire us, but we do not always like those whom we admire. Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Men need some kind of external activity, because they are inactive within. Arthur Schopenhauer
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