Nicolas De Chamfort
(1741-1794) --French author and humorist
- Most of today's books have an air of having been written in one day from books read the night before.
- The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
- Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.
(1883-1971) --French designer
- There is time for work. And there is time for love. That leaves no other time.
- How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
William E. Channing
- Error is discipline through which we advance.
- The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.
- Young men think old men are fools, but old men know young men are fools.
- Hard is the heart that loveth nought in May.(1370)
101 Toasts for Every Occasions
- To better days - may the happiest days of your past be the saddest days of your future.
- May the most you wish for be the least you get.
- May we treat our friends with kindness and our enemies with generosity.
- To Perfect friends who were once perfect strangers.
- To this who know me best, and for some reason, still love me.
- A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.
(1860-1904) --Russian author and playwright
- Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to
what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests
keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, and the climate's ruined
and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.- from Uncle Vanya
- He who desires nothing, hopes for nothing, and is afraid of nothing, cannot be an artist.
John Vance Cheney
- The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.
--American singer and actress
- The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing, and then they marry him.
(1694-1773) --Philip Dormer Stanhope - English politician and author
- Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them.
- Ridicule is the best test of truth.
- I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.
- Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial.
G. K. Chesterton
(1874-1936) --English author and journalist
- There is something to be said for every error; but, whatever may be said for it, the most important thing to be said about it is that it is erroneous.
- Materialists and madmen never have doubts.
- Hell is God's great compliment to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human choice.
- Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.
- Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much.
Jerome Chodorov and Joseph Fields
- I'll tell you the real secret of how to stay married. Keep the cave clean. They want the cave clean and spotless. Air-conditioned, if possible. Sharpen his spear, and stick it in his hand when he goes out in the morning to spear that bear; and when the bear chases him, console him when he comes home at night, and tell him what a big man he is, and then hide the spear so he doesn't fall over it and stab himself. (Anniversary Waltz, 1954)
David A. Christensen
- The secret of marriage is self-mastery.
4th century BC - Chinese philosopher and teacher
- Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education.
- Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech is cantankerous.
- Cherish that which is within you, and shut off that which is without; for too much knowledge is a curse.
- The surest road to health, say what they will,
Is never to suppose we shall be ill; -
Most of those evils we poor mortals know,
From doctors and imagination flow.
(1874-1965) --British statesman, prime minister, author
- The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
- Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
- Success is never final.
- There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.
- It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.
- I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
- Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
- Mr Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.
- Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'
- A dog will look up on you; a cat will look down on you; however, a pig will see you eye to eye and know it has found an equal.
- When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.
- We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
- The maxim of the British people is "Business as Usual."
- Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others.
- I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic.
- It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
- It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice. I consider the real vice is making losses.
- Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never -- in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
- For myself I am an optimist--it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
- The substance of the eminent Socialist gentleman's speech is that making a profit is a sin, but it is my belief that the real sin is taking a loss.
(1916-1986) --American Poet
- Early to bed and early to rise probably indicates unskilled labor.
- Every game ever invented by mankind, is a way of making things hard for the fun of it!
- It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions. I wish I could teach the sad young men of this mealy generation the courage of their confusion.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
(106-43 BC) --Roman senator, speaker, and philosopher
- Vivere est cogitare. (To think is to live)
- No one can give you better advice than yourself.
- A room without books is like a body without a soul.
- The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.
- Men in no way approach so nearly to the gods as in doing good to men.
- Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
- For how many things, which for our own sake we should never do, do we perform for the sake of our friends.
- Nothing quite new is perfect.
- While there's life, there's hope.
- Democritus maintains that there can be no great poet without a spite of madness.
- To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to be ever a child. For what is man's lifetime unless the memory of past events is woven with those of earlier times?
- If you aspire to teh highest place it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third.
- There is no place more delightful than home.
Arthur C. Clarke.
- Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.
Frank A Clark
- We find comfort among those who agree with us--growth among those who don't.
- It is hard to detect good luck - it looks so much like something you've earned.
Kay Knight Clarke
- The critical element is sellng a service comes in providing support after the sale, because, unlike other types of marketing, the customer can't really try the product until he's already bought it.
4th century BC --Roman consul
- Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
British actor, humorist, member of Monty Python
- If life were fair, Dan Quayle would be making a living asking 'Do you want fries with that?'
- The cemeteries are full of people who thought they were indispensable.
St. Clement of Alexandria
- If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.
Arthur Hugh Clough
- Thou shalt not steal; an empty feat,
When it's so lucrative to cheat.