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    E. W. Faber

  1. Kind thoughts are rarer than either kind words or deeds. They imply a great deal of thinking about others. This in itself is rare. But they also imply a great deal of thinking about others without the thoughts being criticisms. This is rarer still.

    Clifton Fadiman

  2. 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.

    Perry Farrar

  3. If you lie to the computer, it will get you.

    James T. Farrell

    (1904-1979) --American Novelist

  4. If you let conditions stop you from working, they’ll always stop you

  5. America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true.

    Steven Feiner

  6. You can tell how far we have to go when FORTRAN is the language of supercomputers.

    William Faulkner

  7. It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.

    William Feather

  8. One of the indictments of civilization is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.

    Jules Feiffer

  9. I used to think I was poor.
    Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy.
    Then they told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy.
    I was deprived.
    (Oh not deprived but rather underprivileged)
    Then they told me that underprivileged was overused.
    I was disadvantaged.
    I still don't have a dime.
    But I have a great vocabulary.

    Ransom K. Ferm

  10. With every passing hour our solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster M13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress.

    Linda Festa

  11. The most important thing in a relationship between a man and a woman is that one of them be good at taking orders.

    Richard Feynman

  12. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself-- and you are the easiest to fool.

    Marshall Field

  13. Those who enter to buy, support me. Those who come to flatter, please me. Those who complain, teach me how I may plase others so that more will come. Only those hurt me who are displeased but do not complain. They refuse me permission to correct my errors and thus improve my service.

    Henry Fielding

  14. When children are doing nothing they are doing mischief. --from Tom Jones

    W. C. Fields

  15. Never give a sucker an even break.

  16. Anyone who hates dogs and kids can't be all bad.

  17. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it.

  18. What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork from my lunch?

  19. Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.

  20. A woman drove me to drink and I never even had the courtesy to thank her.

  21. Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had nothing to live on but food and water.

    Guy Finley

  22. Nothing we are afraid to live without can be the source of our success.

    Martin Henry Fischer

  23. Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window, except that the birds might eat them.

    Carrie Fisher

  24. As you get older, the pickings get slimmer, but the people don't.

  25. There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.'

    Irving Fisher

    --Professor of Economics, Yale University

  26. Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau. (1929)

    Val Fitch

  27. Quality doesn't improve by sitting on things.

    Edward Fitzgerald

  28. The moving finger writes and, having writ,
    Moves on; nor all your piety nor wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
    Nor all your tears wash out a word of it.
    - from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  29. First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.

  30. The test of a first-fate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.

  31. Advertising is a racket--its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.

    Zelda Fitzgerald

  32. We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising. I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion.

    Marechal Ferdinand Foch

    --Professor of Strategy

  33. Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.

    Gustave Flaubert

    (1821-1880) --French Author

  34. One must not always think that feeling is everything. Art is nothing without form. (Letter, 1846)

  35. Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.

    Jane Fonda

  36. A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming.

    J. de La Fontaine

    (1621-1695)

  37. The opinion of the strongest is always the best.

  38. By the work one knows the workman.

  39. It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

  40. It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.

  41. In everything one must consider the end.

  42. Help thyself, and God will help thee.

  43. Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value.

  44. No path of flowers leads to glory.

  45. Nothing more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.

  46. We heed no instincts but our own.

    Malcom Forbes

  47. Anyone who says businessmen deal in facts, not fiction, has never read old five-year projections.

    B. C. Forbes

  48. Any business arrangement that is not profitable to the other fellow will in the end prove unprofitable for you. The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated.

    Henry Ford

  49. History is more or less bunk.

  50. Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

  51. A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.

  52. An idealist is a man who helps other people to be prosperous.

  53. Any colour - so long as it's black.

  54. My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.

  55. The workingmen have been exploited all the way up and down the line by employers, landlords, everybody.

  56. It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history.

  57. Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.

  58. If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.

    John Ford

    (1586-1640)

  59. Love is the tyrant of the heart; it darkens
    Reason, confounds discretion; deaf to Counsel
    It runs a headlong course to desperate madness.
    - from The Lover's Melancholy

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