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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Ask advice only of your equals.
- Danish Proverb
- It's not true that life is one damn thing after another; it is one damn thing over and over.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950)
- Mothers may still want their sons to grow up to be President, but according to a famous Gallup poll of some years ago, some 73 percent do not want them to become politicians in the process.
- John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), Profiles in Courage, 1956
- We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
- Wernher von Braun (1912 - 1977)
- Age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
- Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
- Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
- Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832)
- Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.
- Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977)
- You threaten to punch someone in the face, what do they do? They duck. You try to punch 'em in the wallet and they always open up.
- Howard Gordon and Evan Katz, Awake, Ricky's Tacos, April 2012
- A mind too active is no mind at all.
- Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)
- We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. During the period we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations. We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities - not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.
- Jimmy Carter (1924 - ), in his farewell address
- I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.
- e e cummings (1894 - 1962)
- Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, use that something to support their own existence.
- Frank Zappa (1940 - 1993)
- Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.
- Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)
- To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
- Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973), Tao of Jeet Kune Do
- One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.
- Nancy Astor (1879 - 1964)
- Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so.
- Jacopo Sannazaro
- Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.
- Charles W. Eliot (1834 - 1926), The Happy Life, 1896
- If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
- Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
- Gluttony is not a secret vice.
- Orson Welles (1915 - 1985)