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I'm glad I didn't have to fight in any war. I'm glad I didn't have to pick up a gun. I'm glad I didn't get killed or kill somebody. I hope my kids enjoy the same lack of manhood.
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Tom Hanks (1956 - )
A little drama wins more friends than boring.
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Scott Westerfeld, Midnighters: The Secret Hour, 2004
Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.
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Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)
Never compare your inside with somebody else's outside.
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Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 13, 08-22-04
The strongest possible piece of advice I would give any young woman is: Don't screw around, and don't smoke.
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Edwina Currie, in Observer, 1988
Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously.... Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.
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Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Pride and Prejudice, 1811
Resentment is anger directed at others--at what they did or did not do.
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Peter McWilliams, Life 101
Though it sounds absurd, it is true to say I felt younger at sixty than I felt at twenty.
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Ellen Glasgow (1873 - 1945), The Woman Within, 1954
People are people, messy and mutable, combining differently with one another from day to day - even hour to hour.
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Elizabeth Moon, The Speed of Dark, 2003
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
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Erica Jong
The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.
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Stephen Ambrose (1936 - 2002), in Fast Company
Fear plays an interesting role in our lives. How dare we let it motivate us? How dare we let it into our decision making; into our livelihoods; into our relationships? It's funny isn't it? We take a day a year to dress up, in costume and celebrate fear.
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Greg Daniels, Carrie Kemper, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, The Office, Spooked, October 2011
I've always followed my father's advice: he told me, first to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble.
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John Wayne (1907 - 1979)
Doubt 'til thou canst doubt no more...doubt is thought and thought is life. Systems which end doubt are devices for drugging thought.
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Albert Guerard
I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead.
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Samuel Goldwyn (1882 - 1974)
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
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Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004)
One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
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Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Critic as Artist, part 2, 1891
Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it "the first law of personal growth."
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Peter McWilliams, Life 101
Real strength is not just a condition of one's muscle, but a tenderness in one's spirit.
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McCallister Dodds
We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
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Wernher von Braun (1912 - 1977)
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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
The Devil's Dictionary Contributed Quotations

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