Random Quotations

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He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), Journal, February 11, 1840
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "Man and Superman" (1903), act 4
It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not.
James Gordon, M.D.
Never have children, only grandchildren.
Gore Vidal (1925 - )
The great god Ra whose shrine once covered acres
Is filler now for crossword-puzzle makers.
Keith Preston
I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do?
Ronnie Shakes
Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.
Herman Melville (1819 - 1891)
You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.
Mortimer Adler
Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
Sir Arthur Eddington (1882 - 1944)
The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
A smile is the shortest distance between two people.
Victor Borge (1909 - 2000)
If you're trying to take a roomful of people by surprise, it's a lot easier to hit your targets if you don't yell going through the door.
Lois McMaster Bujold, "The Warrior's Apprentice", 1986
Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989)
Nobody will believe in you unless you believe in yourself.
Liberace (1919 - 1987)
I never trust people's assertions, I always judge of them by their actions.
Ann Radcliffe (1764 - 1823), The Mysteries of Udolpho, 1764
If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.
Anna Quindlen (1953 - )
There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other.
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997
You can't base your life on the past or the present. You have to tell me about your future.
Chuck Palahniuk (1962 - ), Invisible Monsters, 1999
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), speech in Washington D.C., 1865
No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
Henry Adams (1838 - 1918)
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MM's Cynical Quotes LM's Motivational Quotes Classic Quotes
Cole's Quotables Rand Lindsly's Quotes Poor Man's College
alt.quotations Archives 20th Century Quotations Quotations by Women
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