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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
- Charles Bukowski (1920 - 1994), From "Betting on the Muse"
- When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
- Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)
- Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again - this is the brave and happy life.
- J. E. Buchrose
- If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
- John Cleese (1939 - )
- My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
- Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)
- It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.
- L. M. Montgomery (1874 - 1942), Anne of Green Gables, 1908
- You have to have funny faces and words, you can't just have words. It is a powerful thing, and I think that's why it's hard for people to imagine that women can do that, be that powerful.
- Ellen DeGeneres, US Magazine, January 1995
- The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn't behave that way you would never do anything.
- John Irving (1942 - )
- Men are generally idle, and ready to satisfy themselves, and intimidate the industry of others, by calling that impossible which is only difficult.
- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784), Life of Boerhaave
- A harbor, even if it is a little harbor, is a good thing... It takes something from the world, and has something to give in return.
- Sarah Orne Jewett (1849 - 1909)
- Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made.
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Soul of Man Under Socialism
- The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
- Charles Du Bos
- The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), Notebook, 1935
- I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.
- Jerome K. Jerome (1859 - 1927), "Three Men in a Boat", 1889
- A person who trusts no one can't be trusted.
- Jerome Blattner
- In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell (1903 - 1950)
- I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
- Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
- John Wesley (1703 - 1791)
- That's what building a body of work is all about. It's about the daily labor, the many individual acts, the choices large and small that add up over time, over a lifetime to a lasting legacy. It's about not being satisfied with the latest achievement, the latest gold star, because the one thing I know about a body of work is that it's never finished. It's cumulative. It deepens and expands with each day you give your best. You may have setbacks and you may have failures, but you're not done. You haven't even started.
- Barack Obama (1961 - ), Arizona State Commencement Speech, 2009
- People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.