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  1. A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
       -- Charlotte Bronte

  2. In its early stages, insomnia is almost an oasis in which those who have to think or suffer darkly take refuge.
       -- Colette

  3. How do people go to sleep? I'm afraid I've lost the knack. I might try busting myself smartly over the temple with the night-light. I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if I can remember any of the damn things.
       -- Dorothy Parker

  4. There are twelve hours in the day, and above fifty in the night.
       -- Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

  5. Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants.
       -- Jessamyn West

Instinct, Intuition

  1. There is not, in my opinion, anything more mysterious in nature than this instinct in animals, which thus rise above reason, and yet fall infinitely short of it.
       -- Joseph Addison

  2. Instinct is untaught ability.
       -- Alexander Bain

  3. Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.
       -- Saint Bartholomew

  4. I feel there are two people inside me -- me and my intuition. If I go against her, she'll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.
       -- Kim Basinger

  5. I make all my decisions on intuition. I throw a spear into the darkness. That is intuition. ThenI must send an army into the darkness to find the spear. That is intellect.
       -- Ingmar Bergman

  6. Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
       -- Dr. Joyce Brothers

  7. Good instincts tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.
       -- Michael Burke

  8. A few strong instincts and a few plain rules suffice us.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  9. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  10. Instinct is the nose of the mind.
       -- Madame de Girardin

  11. Instinct is action taken in pursuance of a purpose, but without conscious perception of what the purpose is.
       -- Van Hartmann

  12. A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend.
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  13. It is the rooted instinct in men to admire what is better and more beautiful than themselves.
       -- James Russell Lowell

  14. Ideas pull the trigger but instinct loads the gun.
       -- Don Marquis

  15. The active part of man consists of powerful instincts, some of which are gentle and continuous; others violent and short; some baser, some nobler, and all necessary.
       -- Francis W. Newman

  16. Calculation never made a hero.
       -- John Henry Cardinal Newman

  17. All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.
       -- Blaise Pascal

  18. The heart has reasons which reason cannot understand.
       -- Blaise Pascal

  19. A trembling in the bones may carry a more convincing testimony than the dry, documented deductions of the brain.
       -- Llewelyn Powers

  20. It is wisdom to believe the heart.
       -- George Santayana

  21. Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness.
       -- John Sterling

  22. I go by instinct -- I don't worry about experience.
       -- Barbara Streisand

  23. A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
       -- Rabindranath Tagore

  24. We are so clothed in rationalization and dissemblance that we can recognize but dimly the deep primal impulses that motivate us.
       -- James Ramsey Ullman

  25. Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.
       -- Billy Wilder


  1. Young men soon give, and soon forget affronts,
    Old age is slow in both.
       -- Joseph Addison

  2. He who puts up with insult invites injury.
       -- Anon.

  3. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you.
       -- Bible: Luke

  4. It seldom pays to be rude. It never pays to be only half-rude.
       -- Norman Douglas

  5. A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
       -- Frederick Douglass

  6. It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking.
       -- Epictetus

  7. The best way to procure insults is to submit to them.
       -- William Hazlitt

  8. Calumny requires no proof. The throwing out of maliscious imputations against any character leaves a stain which no after-refutation can wipe out. To create an unfavourable impression, it is not necessary that certain things should be true, but that they have been said.
       -- William Hazlitt

  9. The slight that can be conveyed in a glance, in a gracious smile, in a wave of the hand, is often the ne plus ultra of art. What insult is so keen or so keenly felt, as the polite insult which it is impossible to resent?
       -- Julia Kavanagh

  10. There are two insults no human being will endure: that he has no sense of humor, and that he has never known trouble.
       -- Sinclair Lewis

  11. If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it, laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved.
       -- Russell Lynes

  12. A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.
       -- Louis Nizer

  13. It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it.
       -- Seneca


  1. It is impossible to underrate human intelligence--beginning with one's own.
       -- Henry Brooks Adams

  2. When you don't have an education, you've got to use your brains.
       -- Anon.

  3. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
       -- Arthur Bloch

  4. Wit without employment is a disease.
       -- Robert Burton

  5. A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers.
       -- Nicolas Chamfort

  6. A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.
       -- Lord Chesterfield

  7. It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.
       -- Rene Descartes

  8. We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
       -- Albert Einstein

  9. An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
       -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

  10. Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  11. The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
       -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

  12. I've had a lot of experience with people smarter than I am.
       -- Gerald Ford

  13. You should never be clever but when you cannot help it.
       -- Richard Fulke Greville

  14. It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.
       -- Stephen Hawking

  15. There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
       -- Don Herold

  16. You cannot gage the intelligence of an American by talking with him.
       -- Eric Hoffer

  17. Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it, and never destroy it.
       -- Thomas a Kempis

  18. Intelligence is not all that important in the exercise of power and is often, in point of fact, useless. Just as a leader doesn't need intelligence, a man in my job doesn't need to much of it either.
       -- Henry Kissinger

  19. The naked intellect is an extraordinarily innacurate instrument.
       -- Madeline L'Engle

  20. The intellect is always fooled by the heart.
       -- La Rochefoucauld

  21. It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence.
       -- James Russell Lowell

  22. The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.
       -- Marya Mannes

  23. The unluckiest insolvent in the world is the man whose expenditure is too great for his income of ideas.
       -- Christopher Morley

  24. One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intelligence.
       -- Lewis Mumford

  25. Here's a rule of thumb:
    Too clever, is dumb.
       -- Ogden Nash

  26. At a ceertain age, people's minds close up. They live on their intellectual fat.
       -- William Lyon Phelps

  27. People who are smart get into Mensa. People who are really smart look around and leave.
       -- James Randi

  28. There is something in us wiser than our head.
       -- Arnold Schopenhauer

  29. The moe unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.
       -- Arnold Schopenhauer

  30. A man's intelligence does not increase as he acquires power. What does increase is the difficulty in telling him so.
       -- D. Southerland

  31. A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence.
       -- Barbara Walters

  32. The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.
       -- Simone Weil

  33. Will and intellect are one and the same thing.
       -- Spinoza

  34. The job of intellectuals is to come up with ideas, and all we've been producing is footnotes.
       -- Theodore H. White

  35. I not only use all of the brains I have, but all I can borrow.
       -- Woodrow Wilson

  36. Time has a way of deomonstrating that the most stubborn are the most intelligent.
       -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko


  1. Interest makes some people blind, and others quick-sighted.
       -- Francis Beaumont

  2. There are no uninteresting things, there are only uninterested people.
       -- Gilbert K. Chesterton

  3. It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.
       -- Charles Darwin

  4. The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.
       -- François de La Rochefoucauld

  5. I don't believe in principle, but I do in interest.
       -- James Russell Lowell

  6. A man's interest in the world is only an overflow from his interest in himself.
       -- George Bernard Shaw

  7. I take it to be a principle rule of life, not to be too much addicted to any one thing.
       -- Terence

  8. Only free peoples can hold their purpose and their honor steady to a common end and prefer the interest of mankind to any narrow interest of their own.
       -- Woodrow Wilson


  1. Nothing dies so hard, or rallies so often as intolerance.
       -- Henry Ward Beecher

  2. Intolerance has been the curse of every age and state.
       -- Samuel Davies

  3. The closed mind, if closed long enough, can be opened by nothing short of dynamite.
       -- Gerald W. Johnson

  4. In the blood of the martyrs to intolerance are the seeds of unbelief.
       -- Walter Lippmann

  5. Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it.
       -- George Santayana

  6. Bigotry and intolerance, silenced by argument, endeavors to silence by persecution, in old days by fire and sword, in modern days by the tongue.
       -- Charles Simmons

  7. Whoever kindles the flames of intolerance in America is lighting a fire underneath his own home.
       -- Harold E. Stassen


  1. Edison did not invent the first talking machine -- he invented the first on that could be turned off.
       -- Anon.

  2. A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind.
       -- Henry Ward Beecher

  3. Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself.
       -- Alexander Graham Bell

  4. Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  5. If a man can write a better book, or preach a better sermon, or build a better mousetrap than his neighbor, though he builds his house in the woods, thr world will make a beaten path to his door.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  6. The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt.
       -- Henry George

  7. If you build a better mousetrap, you will catch better mice.
       -- George Gobel

  8. We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity--gunpowder and romantic love.
       -- André Maurois

  9. The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
       -- Eden Phillpotts

  10. Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.
       -- Jonathan Swift


  1. Irony is bitter truth
    Wrapped up in a little joke.
       -- Hilda Doolittle(H.D.)

  2. Irony is the gaity of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
       -- Anatole France

  3. Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
       -- Agnes Repplier

  4. Irony is jesting behind hidden gravity.
       -- John Weiss

  5. Pleasure in irony, either in your own life or in what you read, is an ego trip. "I know what others do not."
       -- Jessamyn West

  6. A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
       -- Jessamyn West

  7. Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment.
       -- Edwin Percy Whipple


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