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  1. Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.

    Jesse Jackson

  2. Your children need your presence more than your presents.

    Peter de Jager

  3. Sometimes being pushed to the wall gives you the momentum necessary to get over it!

    Clive James

  4. Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.

    William James

    (1842-1910)

  5. A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

  6. There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.

  7. I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride.

  8. The man whose acquisitions stick is the man who is always achieving and advancing whilst his neighbors, spending most of their time in relearning what they once knew but have forgotten, simply hold their own.

  9. When a thing is new, people say: 'It is not true.'
    Later, when its truth becomes obvious, they say: 'It is not important.'
    Finally, when its importance cannot be denied, they say: 'Anyway, it is not new.'

  10. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

  11. Religion is the monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.

    Gerald Jampolsky

  12. Through our willingness to help others we can learn to be happy rather than depressed.

    Randall Jarrell

  13. I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry.

    Thomas Jefferson

  14. The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.

  15. When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.

  16. No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it...To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends.

  17. It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.

  18. The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers wthout government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers, and be capable of reading them.

  19. Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.

  20. The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

  21. Information is the currency of democracy.

  22. Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost.

  23. I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

  24. This institution will be based upon the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it. - on the University of Virginia

  25. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. - from the US Declaration of Independence

  26. We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. - from the first draft of the US Declaration of Independence

  27. When a man has cast his longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

  28. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.

  29. It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate - to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.

  30. Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you and act accordingly.

  31. Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

    Jerome K. Jerome

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

    Saint Jerome

    (340?-420)

  33. When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting.

  34. Love knows no rule.

    Ben Jonson

  35. Weigh the meaning and look not at the words.

  36. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.

    Diane Johnson

  37. Women have the feeling that since they didn't make the rules, the rules have nothing to do with them.

    Lyndon B. Johnson

  38. Organized crime constitutes nothing less than a guerilla war against society.

    Lynn Johnston

  39. An apology is the superglue of life: it can repair just about anything.

    M. M. Johnston

  40. Campus sidewalks never exist as the straightest line between two points.

    Philip Johnson

  41. Architecture is the art of how to waste space.

    Samuel Johnson

  42. If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

  43. A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.

  44. Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

  45. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

  46. I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.

  47. Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.

  48. It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

  49. Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought; our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

  50. It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.

  51. There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.

  52. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill ... Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverence.

  53. What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.

  54. A cucumber whould be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and viniger, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.

  55. Round numbers are always false.

  56. It is better to live rich than to die rich.

  57. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill - Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverence.

  58. Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas.

  59. Language is the dress of thought.

  60. When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timourous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it. His enemies may indulge their pride by airy negligence and gratify their malice by quiet neutrality.

    Stewart B. Johnson

  61. Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves - to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.

    Wendell Johnson

  62. Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.

    Gerald W. Johnston

  63. Nothing changes more constantly than the past; for the past that influences our lives does not consist of what happened, but of what men believe happened.

    Al Jolson

  64. You think that's noise - you ain't heard nuttin' yet!

    Charley Jones

  65. The sheepskin conferred on a student by a college, hardly compensates for the human hide that will be knocked off him later in the school of experience.

    Franklin P. Jones

  66. The most efficient labor-saving device is still money.

  67. The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.

  68. Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again.

  69. Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

  70. Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.

  71. It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.

  72. Originality is the art of concealing your source.

    John Paul Jones

  73. I have not yet begun to fight.

    Erica Jong

  74. Men and women, women and men. It will never work.

  75. Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

    Janis Joplin

  76. Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.

    Robert Jordan

  77. Death is light as a feather, duty is heavy as a mountain.

    William George Jordan

  78. Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil - the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the constant radiation of what a man really is, not what he pretends to be.

    David Starr Jordan

  79. There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living.

    Narasha Josefowitz

  80. Without a goal to work toward, we will not get there.

    Joseph Joubert

  81. To teach is to learn twice.

  82. Choose in marriage only a woman whom you would choose as a friend if she were a man.

  83. Children need models more than they need critics.

    James Joyce

  84. Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

    Peggy Joyce

  85. Alimony is a system by which, when two people make a mistake, one of them keeps paying for it.

    Carl Jung

  86. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

    Carl Jung

  87. As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.

  88. The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.

    Juvenal

  89. Two things only the people actually desire: bread and circuses.

  90. Ardeat ipsa licet, tormentia gaudet amantis.
    (Though she may herself burn, she delights in her lover's torment.)

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