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    Amusement

  1. Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.
       -- George Bernard Shaw

  2. The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
       -- Joshua Reynolds

  3. The mind ought sometimes to be diverted, that it may return the better to thinking.
       -- Phaedrus

  4. The only way to amuse some people is to slip and fall on an icy pavement.
       -- Ed Howe

  5. ... the happiness of those who cannot think.
       -- Alexander Pope

  6. If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction of the world, they would take away the spring, and youth, the former from the year, the latter from human life.
       -- Honoré de Balzac

  7. Amusement to an observing mind is study.
       -- Benjamin Disraeli

  8. When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.
       -- Michel de Montaigne

  9. Cards were at first for benefits designed,
  10. Sent to amuse, not to enslave the mind.
       -- David Garrick

  11. I am a great friend to public amusements, for they keep people from vice.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  12. You can't live on amusement. It is the froth on water--an inch deep and then the mud.
       -- George MacDonald

  13. True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.
       -- Humboldt


    Ancestry

  14. The happiest lot for a man, as far as birth is concerned, is that it should be such as to give him but little occasion to think much about it.
       -- Richard Whately

  15. Everyone has something ancestral, even if it is nothing more than a disease.
       -- Ed Howe

  16. My father was a Creole, his father a Negro, and his father a monkey; my family, it seems, begins where yours left off.
       -- Alexander Dumas

  17. We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us.
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  18. Breed is stronger than pasture.
       -- George Eliot

  19. Birth is nothing where virtue is not.
       -- Moliere

  20. We inherit nothing truly, but what our actions make us worthy of.
       -- George Chapman

  21. Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.
       -- Voltaire

  22. Some decent, regulated preeminence, some preference given to birth, is neither unnatural nor unjust nor impolite.
       -- Edmund Burke

  23. Everyone has ancestors and it is only a question of going back far enough to find a good one.
       -- Howard Kenneth Nixon

  24. It is indeed a desirable thing to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
       -- Plutarch

  25. Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.
       -- H. F. Hedge

  26. The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry, is like the potato--the best part under ground.
       -- Thomas Overbury

  27. Some men by ancestry are only the shadow of a mighty name.
       -- Lucan

  28. Our ancestors are very good kind of folks; but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with.
       -- Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  29. The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
       -- Ezekiel 17:2

  30. I would like to be like my father and all the rest of my ancestors who never married.
       -- Moliere

  31. It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, so he be man of merit.
       -- Horace


    Anger

  32. Beware the fury of a patient man.
       -- John Dryden

  33. The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
       -- Seneca

  34. An angry man opens his mouth and shuts up his eyes.
       -- Cato

  35. Anger begins with folly, and ends with repentance.
       -- H. G. Bohn

  36. Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
       -- Robert Green Ingersoll

  37. I was angry with my friend:
    I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
    I was angry with my foe:
    I told it not, my wrath did grow.
       -- William Blake

  38. To rule one's anger is well; to prevent it is still better.
       -- Tryon Edwards

  39. Keep cool; anger is not an argument.
       -- Daniel Webster

  40. Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason.
       -- William Rounseville Alger

  41. Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.
       -- Horace

  42. The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love.
       -- Walter S. Landor

  43. When a man is wrong and won't admit it, he always gets angry.
       -- Haliburton

  44. The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves. We injure our own cause in the opinion of the world when we too passionately defend it.
       -- Charles Caleb Colton

  45. Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.
       -- Malabar Proverb

  46. An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.
       -- Publilius Syrus

  47. Anger is seldom without argument but seldom with a good one.
       -- Lord Halifax

  48. Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.
       -- Epictetus

  49. When angry count four; when very angry, swear.
       -- Mark Twain

  50. Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.
       -- Mahatma Gandhi

  51. Anybody can become angry--that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way--that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
       -- Aristotle

  52. Wise anger is like fire from a flint: there is great ado to get it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.
       -- Matthew Henry


    Anticipation

  53. We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.
       -- --Samuel Johnson

  54. A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it co
       -- --Arthur Schopenhauer

  55. What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.
       -- --Benjamin Disraeli

  56. Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
       -- --George Eliot

  57. Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.
       -- --Seneca

  58. Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.
       -- --François de La Rochefoucauld

  59. If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.
       -- --Elbert Hubbard

  60. Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.
       -- --Samuel Johnson


    Anxiety

  61. We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
       -- --Winston Churchill

  62. Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
       -- --Benjamin Franklin

  63. The misfortunes hardest to bear are these which never came.
       -- --James Russell Lowell

  64. God never built a Christian strong enough to carry today's duties and tomorrow's anxieties piled on the top of them.
       -- --Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

  65. The natural role of twentieth-century man is anxiety.
       -- --Norman Mailer

  66. Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbors.
       -- --Rudyard Kipling

  67. Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
       -- --Anonymous

  68. Where everything is bad it must be good to know the worst.
       -- --Francis H. Bradley

  69. How much have cost us the evils that never happened!
       -- --Thomas Jefferson

  70. The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to see whether it will bear.
       -- --Josh Billings


    Apathy

  71. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead.
       -- --William Lloyd Garrison

  72. Apathy is a sort of living oblivion.
       -- --Horace Greeley

  73. There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice.
       -- --Grover Cleveland

  74. Most people are on the world, not in it--having no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them--undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate.
       -- --John Muir

  75. Nothing for preserving the body like having no heart.
       -- --John Petit-Senn

  76. The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
       -- --Montesquieu


    Appearance

  77. The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.
       -- --Edwin Hubbel Chapin

  78. There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whom people in general take to be happy.
       -- --Seneca

  79. You are only what you are when no one is looking.
       -- --Robert C. Edwards

  80. How little do they see what is, who frame their hasty judgments upon that which seems.
       -- --Robert Southey

  81. When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.
       -- --Richard Cardinal Cushing

  82. The world is governed more by appearances than by realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.
       -- --Daniel Webster

  83. Getting talked about is one of the penalties for being pretty, while being above suspicion is about the only compensation for being homely.
       -- --Kin Hubbard

  84. Half the work that is done in this world is to make things appear what they are not.
       -- --Elias Root Beadle

  85. The Devil hath power
    To assume a pleasing shape.
       -- --William Shakespeare

  86. You may turn into an archangel, a fool, or a criminal--no one will see it. But when a button is missing--everyone sees that.
       -- --Erich M. Remarque

    Appetite

  87. Reason should direct and appetite obey.
       -- --Cicero

  88. Any young man with good health and a poor appetite can save up money.
       -- --J. M. Bailey

  89. A well-governed appetite is a great part of liberty.
       -- --Seneca

  90. Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.
       -- --Ralph Waldo Emerson

  91. Animals feed; man eats. Only the man of intellect and judgment knows how to eat.
       -- --Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


    Argument

  92. Never contend with one that is foolish, proud, positive, testy, or with a superior, or a clown, in matter of argument.
       -- --Thomas Fuller

  93. Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.
       -- --Jonathan Swift

  94. The purely agitational attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.
       -- --Jawaharlal Nehru

  95. People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
       -- --Gilbert K. Chesterton

  96. A long dispute means both parties are wrong.
       -- --Voltaire

  97. The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.
       -- --Ed Howe

  98. He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
       -- --Michel de Montaigne

  99. In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
       -- --Matthew Prior

  100. Debate is the death of conversation.
       -- --Emil Ludwig

  101. Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.
       -- --Louis D. Brandeis

  102. The best way I know of to win an argument is to start by being in the right.
       -- --Lord Hailsham

  103. When much dispute has past,
    We find our tenets just the same as last.
       -- --Alexander Pope

  104. Weak arguments are often thrust before my path; but although they are most unsubstantial, it is not easy to destroy them. There is not a more difficult feat known than to cut through a cushion with a sword.
       -- --Richard Whately

  105. Agitation is the atmosphere of the brains.
       -- --Wendell Phillips

  106. Any fact is better established by two or three good testimonies than by a thousand arguments.
       -- --Nathaniel Emmons

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