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    Satya Sai Baba
    ( )
  1. Man's many desires are like the small metal coins he carries about in his pocket. The more he has the more they weigh him down.



  2. Eve Babitz
    ( )
  3. By the time I'd grown up, I naturally supposed that I'd be grown up.



  4. Lauren Bacall
    ( ) American Actress, married to Humphrey Bogart
  5. Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly.



  6. Richard Bach
    ( )
  7. Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't.



  8. Jim Backus
  9. Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success.



  10. Francis Bacon
    (1561 - 1626) English Philosopher
  11. Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
  12. Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.
  13. For those who intend to discover and to understand, not to indulge in conjectures and soothsaying, and rather than contrive imitation and fabulous worlds plan to look deep into the nature of the real world and to dissect it -- for them everything must be sought in things themselves.
  14. He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.
  15. Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
  16. If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
  17. If any human being earnestly desire to push on to new discoveries instead of just retaining and using the old; to win victories over Nature as a worker rather than over hostile critics as a disputant; to attain , in fact, clear and demonstrative knowlegde instead of attractive and probable theory; we invite him as a true son of Science to join our ranks. - from Novum Organum Prefatio. 1620
  18. If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.
  19. If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and we are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.
  20. Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
  21. Man, being the servant and interpreter of nature, can do and understand so much and so much only as he has observed in fact or in thought of the course of nature: beyond this he neither knows anything nor can do anything.
  22. Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. - from Novum Organum
  23. Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
  24. No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of Truth.
  25. Nothing is to be feared but fear.
  26. Reading makes a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
  27. Silence is the virtue of fools.
  28. We cannot command nature except by obeying her.
  29. A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.



  30. Roger Bacon
    (Ca. 1220 - 1292 )
  31. Many secrets of art and nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical.



  32. Joan Baez
    ( )
  33. Hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers.



  34. Walter Bagehot
    (1826 - 1877) English economist, journalist)
  35. The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.



  36. Pearl Bailey
    (1918 - 1990) American singer, actress
  37. What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.
  38. There's a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.
  39. A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.
  40. When you're young, the silliest notions seem the greatest achievements.
  41. There are two kinds of talents, man-made talent and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.
  42. We must change in order to survive.



  43. James Baldwin
    ( ) American Author
  44. The price we pay when pursuing any art or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
  45. You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can't, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world... The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way ... people look at reality, then you can change it.
  46. Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did. - from Nobody Knows My Name
  47. Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; Freedom is something that people take and people are as free as they want to be.
  48. Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.



  49. Walter Bagehot
    (1826 - 1877) English economist, journalist
  50. The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.



  51. Arthur James Balfour
    ( )
  52. It is unfortunate, considering enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth.



  53. Aleksandar Baljak
    (1945 - ) Serbian author, critic of communism
  54. A dictator wants the same thing as the people - to decide everything for himself.
  55. An aphorism is proof that even great plays can be played on a small stage.



  56. Lucille Ball
    ( ) American Actress, Comedienne
  57. I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do.



  58. Honore de Balzac
    (1799 - 1850) French author and saririst
  59. An entire city can slander a man but if he has no friends he will remain blissfully ignorant of it.
  60. The husband who leaves nothing to be desired is a doomed man.
  61. In the first woman we love, we love everything. Growing older, we love the woman only.
  62. It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be wiity every day than to say pretty things from time to time.
  63. Life is simply whatr our feelings do to us.
  64. A lover teaches a wife all her husband has kept hidden from her.
  65. A man's own vanity is a swindler that never lacks for a dupe.
  66. Men may allow us to rise above them but they never forgive us for not sinking to their own level.
  67. The more one judges, the less one loves.
  68. One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
  69. Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
  70. A rent in your close is a mishap, a stain on them is a vice.
  71. Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.
  72. What is art? Nature concentrated.
  73. When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.
  74. With monuments as with men, position means everything.
  75. A woman knows the face of the man she loves like a sailor knows the open sea.



  76. Tallulah Bankhead
    ( )
  77. Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.



  78. Buckaroo Banzai
    ( ) Fictional Character
  79. No matter where you go, there you are.



  80. Joel Barker
    ( )
  81. Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.



  82. Alvin Barkley
    ( )
  83. The best audience is intelligent, well-educated, and a little drunk.



  84. John Perry Barlow
    ( )
  85. In Cyberspace, the First Amendment is a local ordinance.
  86. Groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having.



  87. Clive Barnes
    ( )
  88. Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.



  89. P. T. Barnum
    ( ) Circus Promoter
  90. There's a sucker born every minute.
  91. Advertising is like learning -- a little is a dangerous thing.



  92. Maurice Barrès
    ( )
  93. The politician is an acrobat; he keeps his balance by doing the opposite of what he says



  94. James M. Barrie
    ( )
  95. Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.
  96. One's religion is whatever one is most interested in.



  97. Dave Barry
    ( ) American Humorist, Author
  98. Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.
  99. If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.
  100. I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care.
  101. You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'
  102. Thus the metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet.
  103. You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'



  104. Marion Barry
    ( ) Mayor of Washington, DC
  105. Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.



  106. Ethel Barrymore
    (1879 - 1959) American Actress
  107. You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizons. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about--the more you have left when anything happens.



  108. John Barrymore
    (1882 - 1942) American Actor
  109. Happiness sneaks through a door you didn't know that you left open.
  110. America is the country where you buy a lifetime supply of aspirin for one dollar, and use it up in two weeks.



  111. Bruce Barton
    ( )
  112. Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things - I am tempted to think there are no little things.
  113. Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.



  114. Bernard M. Baruch
    ( )
  115. During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.



  116. Jacques Barzun
    ( )
  117. Since it is seldom clear whether intellectual activity denotes a superior mode of being or a vital deficiency, opinion swings between considering intellect a privilege and seeing it as a handicap. - from The House of Intellect



  118. Basho
    ( )
  119. Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.



  120. Orlando. A. Battista
    ( )
  121. An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.



  122. Charles Baudelaire
    ( )
  123. Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but now without poetry.
  124. It is regrettable that, among the Rights of Man, the right of contradicting oneself has been forgotten.



  125. Jean Baudrillard
    ( )
  126. The skylines lit up at dead of night, the air-conditioning systems cooling empty hotels in the desert, and artificial light in the middle of the day all have something both demented and admirable about them: the mindless luxury of a rich civilization, and yet of a civilization perhaps as scared to see the lights go out as was the hunter in his primitive night.



  127. Vicki Baum
    (1888 - 1960) --American author
  128. Marriage always demands the finest arts of insincerity possible between two human beings.



  129. Clifford Bax
    ( )
  130. No one becomes forty without incredulity and a sense of outrage.





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