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  1. Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that he sometimes has to eat them.
    -- Adlai Stevenson

  2. To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything.
    -- Albert Camus

  3. Feminists are those who cannot stand female characteristics.
    -- G.K. Chesterson

  4. You've no idea of what a poor opinion I have of myself, and how little I deserve it.
    -- W.S. Gilbert

  5. Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.
    -- Anon.

  6. It ain't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.
    -- Will Rogers

  7. I loved you; even now I may confess,
      Some embers of my love their fire retain;
    But do not let it cause you more distress,
      I do not want to sadden you again.
    Hopeless and tonguetied, yet I loved you dearly
      With pangs the jealous and the timid know;
    So tenderly I loved you, so sincerely,
      I pray God grant another love you so.
    -- Alexander Pushkin, translated from the Russian

  8. However, never daunted, I will cope with adversity in my usual manner...sulking and nausea.
    -- Tom K. Ryan

  9. The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you.
    -- Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher, author

  10. The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are . . . grandiose thoughts in embryo.
    -- Soren Kierkegaard

  11. During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
    -- Soren Kierkegaard

  12. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
    -- Soren Kierkegaard

  13. The difference between a man who faces death for the sake of an idea and an imitator who goes in search of martyrdom is that the former expresses his idea most fully in death while the latter really enjoys the bitterness of failure.
    -- Soren Kierkegaard

  14. Knowledge is the intellectual manipulation of carefully verified observations.
    -- Sigmund Freud

  15. Thought is action in rehearsal.
    -- Sigmund Freud

  16. Men are strong only so long as they represent a strong idea. They become powerless when they oppose it.
    -- Sigmund Freud

  17. From error to error one discovers the entire truth.
    -- Sigmund Freud

  18. The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest till it has gained a hearing.
    -- Sigmund Freud

  19. Genius has somewhat of the infantine; But of the childish not a touch or taint.
    -- Robert Browning

  20. Stung by the splendour of a sudden thought.
    -- Robert Browning

  21. And gain is gain, however small.
    -- Robert Browning

  22. Grow old with me! The best is yet to be!
    -- Robert Browning

  23. Study men, not historians.
    -- Harry Truman

  24. You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now.
    -- Harry Truman

  25. It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
    -- Harry Truman

  26. If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em.
    -- Harry Truman

  27. He who wishes to teach us a truth should not tell it to us, but simply suggest it with a brief gesture, a gesture which starts an ideal trajectory in the air along which we glide until we find ourselves at the feet of the new.
    -- Jose Ortega y Gasset

  28. The metaphor is probably the most fertile power possessed by man.
    -- Jose Ortega y Gasset

  29. We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create.
    -- Jose Ortega y Gasset

  30. Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.
    -- Jose Ortega y Gasset

  31. The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.
    -- Jose Ortega y Gasset

  32. This search for what you want is like tracking something that doesn't want to be tracked. It takes time to get a dance right, to create something memorable.
    -- Fred Astaire

  33. When you're experimenting you have to try so many things before you choose what you want, and you may go days getting nothing but exhaustion.
    -- Fred Astaire

  34. I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around.
    -- Fred Astaire

  35. The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style.
    -- Fred Astaire

  36. I don't want to be the oldest performer in captivity. . . . [on why he stopped dancing professionally at age 71]
    -- Fred Astaire

  37. The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.
    -- Salvador Dali

  38. The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
    -- Salvador Dali

  39. Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
    -- Salvador Dali

  40. Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.
    -- Salvador Dali

  41. In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.
    -- Salvador Dali

  42. Reading computer manuals without the hardware is a frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software.
    -- Arthur C. Clarke

  43. If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.
    -- Dykstra

  44. I write all my critical routines in assembler, and my comedy routines in FORTRAN.
    -- Anonymous

  45. Reading USENET is like drinking from a firehose, you'll get very wet but you probably will still be thirsty.
    -- Steve Steinberg

  46. Are we thinking here, or is this just so much pointing and clicking?
    -- The New Yorker

  47. A master was explaining the nature of Tao to one of his novices. "The Tao is embodied in all software -- regardless of how insignificant," said the master.
      "Is Tao in a hand-held calculator?" asked the novice.
      "It is," came the reply.
      "Is the Tao in a video game?" continued the novice.
      "It is even in a video game," said the master.
      "And is the Tao in the DOS for a personal computer?"
    The master coughed and shifted his position slightly.
      "The lesson is over for today," he said.
    -- from "The Tao of Programming"

  48. What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined... to strengthen each other... to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.
    -- George Elliot

  49. Cliches should be avoided like the plague.
    -- Anon.

  50. Good-byes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say good-bye to; this hurts, you feel, this must not happen again.
    -- Elizabeth Bowen, _The House in Paris_

  51. Every parting gives a foretaste of death;. . .
    -- Schopenhauer, _Parerga and Paralipomena_

  52. Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
    that I shall say good night till it be morrow.
    -- Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare. Act II, Scene II, lines 220-221

    From The Conduct of Life , by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

  53. The efforts which we make to escape from our destiny only serve to lead us into it.

  54. Enlarge not thy destiny, said the oracle: endeavor not to do more than is given thee in charge.

  55. Go face the fire at sea, or the cholera in your friend's house, or the burglar in your own, or what danger lies in the way of duty, knowing you are guarded by the cherubim of Destiny. If you believe in Fate to your harm, believe it, at least, for your good.

  56. They who talk much of destiny, their birth-star, etc., are in a lower dangerous plane, and invite the evils they fear.

  57. Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and with a manly heart.
    -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882 Hyperion [1839], bk. IV, ch. 8

  58. It [training] doesn't get easier; you just get faster.
    -- Greg Lemond, Three time winner of Tour d' France

  59. Do not compute the totality of your poultry population until all the manifestations of incubation have been entirely completed.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

  60. Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.
    -- Thomas Dekker (1577-1632)

  61. Sleep, rest of nature, O sleep, most gentle of the divinities, peace of the soul, thou at whose presence care disappears, who soothest hearts wearied with daily employments, and makest them strong again for labour!
    -- Ovid (B.C. 43-18 A.D.)

  62. Come, Sleep: O Sleep! the certain knot of peace,
    The baiting place of wit, the balm of woe,
    The poor man's wealth, the prisoner's release,
    The indifferent judge between the high and low.
    -- Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

  63. If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track, which has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.
    -- Joseph Campbell

  64. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
    -- Ernest Hemingway

  65. Happiness, it is said, is seldom found by those who seek it, and never by those who seek it for themselves.
    -- F. Emerson Andrews

  66. Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
    -- Helen Keller

  67. Happiness is nothing more than health and a poor memory.
    -- Albert Schweitzer

  68. Orpheus with his lute made trees,
    And the mountain tops that freeze,
    Bow themselves, when he did sing;
    To his music, plants and flowers
    Ever sprung; as sun and showers
    There had made a lasting spring.
    Every thing that heard him play,
    Even the billows of the sea,
    Hung their heads, and then lay by.


    In sweet music is such art,
    Killing care and grief of heart
    Fall asleep, or hearing, die.
    -- William Shakespeare, Song in _King Henry the Eighth_, Act 3, Scene 1

  69. How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
    Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
    Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
    Become the touches of sweet harmony.
    -- -Shakespeare, _Merchant of Venice_, Act 5, Scene 1

  70. Television is a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done.
    -- Ernie Kovacs (1919-1974)

  71. There is something supremely reassuring about television; the worst is always yet to come.
    -- Jack Gould, quoted in: New York Times, 11/3/66

  72. I invite you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air...and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure uou that you will observe a great wasteland.
    -- Newton N Minow, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, speech before the National Association of Broadcasters, Washington, DC, May 9, 1961

  73. All business proceeds on beliefs, or judgments of probabilities, and not on certainties.
    -- Charles W. Eliot (1834-1926)

  74. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. Never contradict. Never explain. Never apologise
    -- Lord "Johnnie" Fisher - British Admiral

  75. I won't grow up
    I don't want to go to school
    Just to learn to be a parrot
    and recite a silly rule


    If growing up means it would be
    beneath my dignity to climb a tree
    I'll never grow up, never grow up,
    never grow uuuuuuup, not me.


    I won't grow up
    I don't want to wear a tie
    and a serious expression
    in the middle of July


    And if it means I must prepare
    to shoulder burdens with a worried air
    I'll never grow up, never grow up,
    never grow uuuuuuup, so there.


    Never gonna be a man, I won't
    Like to see somebody try and make me
    Anyone who wants to try and make me
    turn into a man, catch me if you can!


    I won't grow up
    not a peny will I pinch
    I will never grow a mustache
    or a fraction of an inch


    Cause growing up is awfuller
    than all the awful things that ever were
    I'll never grow up, never, grow up,
    never grow uuuuuuup, no sir!


    I won't grow up
    I will never even try
    I will do what Peter tells me
    and I'll never ask him why


    I won't grow up
    no, I promise that I won't
    I will stay a kid forever
    and be banished if I don't


    And Neverland will always be
    the home of peace and joy and librety
    I'll never grow up, never grow up,
    never grow uuuuuuuup, not me!
    -- from "Peter Pan", 1954 Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Music by Mark Charlap

  76. It's called flowers wilt.
    It's called apples rot.
    It's called thieves get rich and saints get shot.
    It's called God don't answer prayers a lot.
    Alright, now you know.
    -- Stephen Sondheim in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

  77. The evil that men do lives on the front pages of greedy newpapers, but the good is oft interred apathetically inside.
    -- Brooks Atkinson, "December 11," _Once Around the Sun_ (1951)

  78. The liberty of the press is most generally approved when it takes liberties with the other fellow, and leaves us alone.
    -- Edgar Watson Howe, _Country Town Sayings_(1911)

  79. Justice? You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.
    -- William Gaddis, Writer

  80. Criticizing lawyers for lawsuits is like criticizing linebackers for knocking people down.
    -- Dale Dauten, Newspaper columnist

  81. No laws, however stringent, can make the idle industrious, the thriftless provident, or the drunken sober.
    -- Samuel Stiles, 19th Century English writer

  82. We shake papers at each other the way primitive tribes shake spears.
    -- John Jay Osborn, Jr., Author of The Associates

  83. A judge should be about sixty, clean shaven, with white hair, china-blue eyes, and suffer from hemorrhoids so that he will have that concerned look.
    -- Anonymous

  84. We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read.
    -- Mark Twain, Writer and humorist

  85. If the end of the world is imminent before all Tenant's obligations are fully performed, then Landlord may elect to declare all rents to the end of the term to be immediately due and payable in full and may be enforced against Tenant by any available procedure. For remedial purposes, the Landlord will be deemed aligned with the forces of light, and the Tenant with the forces of darkness, regardless of the parties' actual ultimate destinations, unless and until Landlord elects otherwise in writing.
    -- "End of the World" clause proposed in a lease offered by a South Florida shopping center developer

  86. For a ploy hatched in hell, don't expect angels for witnesses.
    -- Robert Perry, Lawyer

  87. Law school has been described as a place for the accumulation of learning. First-year students bring some in; third-year students take none away. Hence it accumulates.
    -- Daniel R. White, Writer

  88. Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate.
    -- Robert G. Ingersoll, 19th Century lawyer

  89. I love judges, and I love courts. They are my ideals, that typify on earth what we shall meet hereafter in heaven under a just God.
    -- William Howard Taft, 27th President of the U.S. and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

  90. This is what has to be remembered about the law: Beneath that cold, harsh, impersonal exterior there beats a cold, harsh, impersonal heart.
    -- David Frost, British television journalist

  91. The worse the society, the more law there will be. In Hell there will be nothing but law, and due process will be meticulously observed.
    -- Grant Gilmore, Legal scholar

  92. Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle.
    Every prayer reduces itself to this:
    Great God, grant that two and two be not four.
    -- Ivan Turgenev

  93. You have spent many lives and much treasure to bring freedom to many lands that were reluctant to receive it. And here you have a people who won it by themselves and need only the help to preserve it.
    -- Corazon C Aquino, President of the Philippines - from an adress to the US Congress, 1986

  94. Diplomacy means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends, but not quite deceiving all your enemies.
  95. Kofi Busia, Prime Minister of Ghana

  96. I personally think that he did violate the law, that he committed impeachable offenses. But I don't think that he thinks he did.
    -- Jimmy Carter, 39th US President - refering to former President Richard M Nixon, 1977

  97. If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement. 1978
    -- Jimmy Carter, 39th US President

  98. For the first time in the history of our country the majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years. 1979
    -- Jimmy Carter, 39th US President

  99. Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease. 1980
    -- Jimmy Carter, 39th US President

  100. America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America. from his Farewell Address 1981
    -- Jimmy Carter, 39th US President

  101. I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action. 1959
    -- Fidel Castro, President of Cuba

  102. I have never accepted what many people have kindly said--namely that I inspired the nation. Their will was resolute and remorseless, and as it proved, unconquerable. It fell to me to express it.
    -- Winston Churchill - from an address to Parliament, 1954

  103. It may be that we shall by a process of sublime irony have reached a stage in this story where safety will be the sturdy child of terror, and survival the twin brother of annihilation.
    -- Winston Churchill - on the hydrogen bomb, 1955

  104. Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.
    -- Winston Churchill

  105. If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.
    -- Winston Churchill - 1952

  106. In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
    -- Winston Churchill

  107. No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
    -- Charles De Gaulle:

  108. A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.
    -- Deng Xiaoping, Chinese Premier:

  109. It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice. 1986
    -- Alec Douglas-Home, Prime Minister of Great Britain

  110. Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
    -- Dwight D Eisenhower - Inaugural address, 1953

  111. Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
    -- Dwight D Eisenhower 1953

  112. Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates.
    -- Dwight D Eisenhower - from the State of the Union address, 1961

  113. You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
    -- Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, 1982

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