- I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up wrinkles the soul.
Salvador de Madaringa
- The Anglo-Saxon conscience doesn't keep you from doing anything. It just keeps you from enjoying it.
John D. MacDonald
- Friendships, like marriages, are dependent on avoiding the unforgivable.
- Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked.
- Before all else, be armed.
- There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order to things.
- The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.
- Many politicians lay it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
- A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to Farce, or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance. and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
- What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their natural and surest support.
- The finest gift you can give anyone is encoragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams. We would have more than one Einstein, Edison, Schweitzer, Mother Theresa, Dr. Salk and other great minds in a century.
- At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard the past.
John Gillespie Magee
- Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.
- You can't have Capitalism without Racism
- Dreams have as much influence as actions.
Dudley Field Malone
- I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.
- A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, nothing else.
- A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.
- A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.
- It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live a martyr than to die one.
- Years ago it meant something to be crazy, now everybody's crazy.
- In waking a tiger, use a long stick.
- Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
- Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
(1923- ) French actor, mime, creator of Bip, the white-faced clown
- Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?
- To communicate through silence is a link between the thoughts of man.
- I have designed my style pantomimes as white ink drawings on black backgrounds, so that man's destiny appears as a thread lost in an endless labyrinth.
- I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment.
- Never get a mime talking. He won't stop.
Orison Scott Marden
- When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time.
- Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt, or thought has had its hand in molding us, shaping us.
- We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police.
- Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
Who ever lov'd, that lov'd not at first sight?
- Every cloud has a silver lining, but it is sometimes difficult to get it to the mint.
- We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.
- When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: "Whose?
- The successful people are the ones who can think up things for the rest of the world to keep busy at.
- It takes all sorts of people to make the underworld.
- If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt.
- You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.
Julius Henry (Groucho) Marx
- I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
- Blood's not thicker than money. - from Double Dynamite
- Military intelligence. Isn't that a contradiction in terms?
- Paying alimony is like feeding hay to a dead horse.
- Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife.
- Why was I with her? She reminds me of you. In fact, she reminds me more of you than you do!
- She's afraid that if she leaves, she'll become the life of the party.
- She got her good looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon.
- Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
- I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.
- Now there's a man with an open mind - you can feel the breeze from here!
- Well, Art is Art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water! And East is East and West is West and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now, uh... Now you tell me what you know. - from Animal Crackers
- There is only one way to find out if a man is honest--ask him. If he says 'yes', you know he is crooked.
- The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing; if you can fake that, you've got it made.
- Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others.
- Either he's dead or my watch has stopped. - from A Day at the Races
- I cannot say that I do not disagree with you.
- The trouble with writing a book about yourself is that you can't fool around. If you write about someone else, you can stretch the truth from here to Finland. If you write about yourself the slightest deviation makes you realize instantly that there may be honor among thieves, but you are just a dirty liar.
- Room service? Send up a larger room.
- Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a bananna.
- I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it.
- Outside of a dog, books are a man's best friend; inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
- I must say that I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.
- From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
- Marriage is a wonderful institution...but who wants to live in an institution?
- Politics doesn't make strange bedfellows, marriage does.
- The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his checkbook open.
- Time wounds all heels.
- Why should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?
- It isn't necessary to have relatives in Kansas City in order to be unhappy.
- Go, and never darken my towels again. - from Duck Soup
- No one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend.
- There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of one's fellow man.
- I'd horsewhip you if I had a horse.
- In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians, and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people.
- I did toy with the idea of doing a cook-book. The recipes were to be the routine ones: how to make dry toast, instant coffee, hearts of lettuce and brownies. But as an added attraction, at no extra charge, my idea was to put a fried egg on the cover. I think a lot of people who hate literature but love fried eggs would buy it if the price was right.
- Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.
- Oh, I know it's a penny here and a penny there, but look at me. I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty. - from Monkey Business
- I don't have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They're upstairs in my socks.
- Oh are you from Wales ? Do you know a fella named Jonah ? He used to live in whales for a while.
- Although it is generally known, I think it's about time to announce that I was born at a very early age.
- My mother loved children -- she would have given anything if I had been one.
- I think that the Peeps or Peppies or Pipes diaries would be much more popular had there been a universal pronuncation of his name.
- Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.
- Look, if you don't like my parties, you can leave in a huff. If that's too soon, leave in a minute and a huff. If you can't find that, you can leave in a taxi.
- Last night I shot an elephant in my Pajamas and how he got in my pajamas I'll never know.
- Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and then misapplying the wrong remedies.
- This man has the mind of a 4-year old boy -- and I bet he was glad to get rid of it
- One of the best hearing aids a man can have is an attentive wife.
- Religion is the opium of the people.
- All surplus value, whatever particular (profits, interest, rent) it may subsequently crystallize into, is in substance the materialization of unpaid labor.
- From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
- Religion is the sigh of the opressed creature, the feeling of a heartless world, the soul of soulless circumstances.
- The class struggle necessarily leads to the dictatorship of the proletariat.
- Hegel remarks somewhere that all great historical facts and personages occur as it were twice. He forgets to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.
- Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly found, given, and transmitted from the past.
Orison Swett Marden
- The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action.
Marilyn from Northern Exposure
- Words are heavy like rocks...they weigh you down. If birds could talk, they wouldn't be able to fly.
- When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail.
- A highbrow is a person educated beyond his intelligence.
W. Somerset Maugham
- The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
- It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say 'I don't know'.
- It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
- Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
- An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.
- Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
- Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives by make-believe.
- Only a mediocre writer is always at his best.
- She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
- There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
- There are times when I look over the various parts of my character with perplexity. I recognize that I am made up of several persons and that the person that at the moment has the upper hand will inevitably give place to another. But which is the real one? All of them or none?
- The highest activities of consciousness have their origins in physical occurrences of the brain just as the loveliest melodies are not too sublime to be expressed by notes.
- I can't think of a single Russian novel in which one of the characters goes to a picture gallery.
- You know, of course, that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.
- Impropriety is the soul of wit.
- People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.
- A woman will always sacrifice herself if you give her the opportunity. It is her favourite form of self-indulgence.
- The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.