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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- The last time somebody said, 'I find I can write much better with a word processor.', I replied, 'They used to say the same thing about drugs.'
- Roy Blount Jr.
- The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.
- Denis Watley
- Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
- Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870)
- When you own or take responsibility for your feelings, you place yourself in a position of power and control.
- Julie A., M.A. Ross and Judy Corcoran, Joint Custody with a Jerk: Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex, 2011
- I am just going outside and may be some time.
- Captain Lawrence Oates (1880 - 1912), last words
- If thou are a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf.
- Thomas Fuller (1608 - 1661)
- You must lose a fly to catch a trout.
- George Herbert (1593 - 1633)
- Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.
- Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)
- If God had really intended men to fly, he'd make it easier to get to the airport.
- George Winters
- A gift - be it a present, a kind word or a job done with care and love - explains itself!... and if receivin' it embarrasses you, it's because your 'thanks box' is warped.
- Alice Childress
- That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment.
- Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967), 'But the One on the Right,' in New Yorker, 1929
- Cakes have such a terrible habit of turning out bad just when you especially want them to be good.
- L. M. Montgomery (1874 - 1942), Anne of Green Gables, 1908
- It's the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.
- Rebecca West (1892 - 1983)
- If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex?
- Art Hoppe
- Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.
- Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719), 'Cato'
- There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.
- Ken Olsen (1926 - ), President, Digital Equipment, 1977
- All is in the hands of man. Therefore wash them often.
- Stanislaw J. Lec (1909 - 1966), "Unkempt Thoughts"
- It is only the first step that is difficult.
- Marie De Vichy-Chaconne, Marquise Du Defend, letter to Defend, 1763
- Think of life as a terminal illness, because, if you do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived.
- Anna Quindlen (1953 - ), A Short Guide to a Happy Life, 2000